Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 3 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 12.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 57

2017-18 Season – Match 19

Tuesday 12th September 2017 7.45pm KO

Hullbridge Sports: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Burnham Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Hodgson scores early-on (HS v BR ESL 12.9.17)b
Rob Hodgson (far right) heads Hullbridge ahead (Credit: Neil H –  Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a wet, grim evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. And this one was a cracker!

Hullbridge started this match like a train and hassled the visitors’ defence early-doors. They made good on their intentions early-doors too as player-boss Rob Hodgson, playing in midfield, got the opener just four minutes in, heading in defender Aaron Hunwicks’ free-kick. The hosts were in dreamland after just eight minutes as winger Yvan Kombi blasted a curling effort that sailed past visiting goalkeeper Josh Strizovic to put Sports two goals to the good.

Importantly though for the visitors, Burnham pulled one back on the quarter-hour as after a good right-wing cross by full-back Jed Bowman eventually fell to midfielder Billy Howard who slotted home in a congested penalty area. In all fairness, it was a super start to the match.

As the midway point of the first half approached, the visitors hit the bar twice, forward Charlee Hughes hit a 25-yarder which cannoned off the woodwork and then soon after fellow forward Bradley Morgan’s drive was spilled by Hullbridge goalkeeper Bobby Mason onto the bar and out. Mason has returned to the club after ending his spell at Isthmian Premier side Thurrock recently.

The visitors did have a good spell around the half-hour mark though couldn’t convert their decent play. In the last six minutes of the half, it was a tale of two chances. Firstly, on 39 minutes Burnham were awarded a penalty after a foul on Morgan by Hullbridge defender Angus Poole in the area. Hughes stepped up to take it though blazed his effort over the bar.

And secondly, three minutes afterward, Hodgson made a good run down the middle and was found by captain Jimmy Cox and slotted home well for his second of the evening to restore Hullbridge’s two-goal cushion at half-time.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

The rain continued to lash down as the second half began and before long, the conditions were not easy to play in.  A minute into the second half, Hullbridge winger Charlie Gerada made a good darting run down the left wing though couldn’t find the cross to pick out Cox in the middle. Burnham responded though Burnham midfielder Adam Brotherton twice couldn’t find the target. The hosts could have extended their lead seven minutes after the break, though Hodgson couldn’t direct his header past Strizovic and the ‘keeper made the save.

Burnham were reduced to ten men eight minutes into the second half as Brotherton was given a straight red what was adjudged to be a dangerous tackle. This seemed to invigorate Burnham though as on 59 minutes, Hughes got his side’s second as he nodded home a free-kick past Mason. And then only two minutes later, Burnham were level as a drive from distance from Hughes sailed past Mason into the left corner to get his brace.

The visitors really had their ‘tails up’ now and midfielder Ben Timson’s strike was well-saved by Mason. Hullbridge forced Strizovic into a good save soon after as Kombi made a good run and strike though the ‘keeper was equal to it. For about 20 minutes from the midway point of the half onwards, Burnham pliled forward as Morgan was twice denied by Mason and Hughes blasted a 30-yard drive which went over the bar. Full-back Grant Webb also shot wide of the far-post after substitute Craig Heskey’s pass.

Hullbridge also poured forward in the dying moments though couldn’t quite fashion any clear-cut chances.

So, it ended as a draw, on another day it might’ve been a different result. We could’ve conceivably had eight or more goals tonight. Both sides may be frustrated, though what I do know is that this encounter was richly entertaining and credit has to go to both sides on that note. For Hullbridge, Rob Hodgson played well and could’ve had a hat-trick, Yvan Kombi also did well. For Burnham, Charlee Hughes ran his socks off in leading the line for his side and full-back Jed Bowman really put in a good performance as well in my view.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 3 Burnham Ramblers

Hodgson 4’, 42’                 Howard 15’

Kombi 8’                             Hughes 59’, 61’

I’d like to wish both sides well for the rest of the season and thank Hullbridge for their hospitality.


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

1  Bobby Mason (GK) 1  Josh Strizovic  (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Jed Bowman
3  Aaron Hunwicks 3  Grant Webb
4  Lewis Watson 4  Scott Plom
5  Angus Poole 5  Andrew Mowforth   (Subbed 76’)
6  Ollie Quick 6  Billy Howard
7  Yvan Kombi 7  Adam Brotherton
8  Rob Hodgson 8  Ben Timson
9  Jimmy Cox  (C) 9  Bradley Morgan     (Subbed ‘90+3)
10  Sam Dulieu            (Subbed 80’) 10  Ryan Stillwell  (C)
11  Charlie Gerada      (Subbed 68’) 11  Charlee Hughes    (Subbed ‘90+1)


12  Ronnie Pallett         (On 80’) 12  Craig Heskey   (On ‘90+1)
14  Ryan Wallington     (On 68’) 14  Sam Eve
15  Jamie Buffin 15  Daniel Green     (On 76’)
16  George Vile 16  Albino Christo   (On ‘90+3)
17  Jamie Merralls (GK) 17  Aydin Coban
Referee: Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees: Paul Falvey

Cristiana Hattersley

Booked: Cox Booked: Plom, Howard
  Sent Off: Brotherton



FA Vase 1QR (ESL sides) & EOFL round-up (10.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a round-up of the FA Vase First Qualifying Round ties involving ESL sides this weekend (Fri-Sun). Following that, we have our semi-regular round-up of the results in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division, Division One & Division Two on Saturday. Enjoy.

Friday 8th  September

Tower Hamlets 2 – 1 Hackney Wick

Venue: Mile End Stadium   Attendance: 102

Hamlets overcame Wick at Mile End in the tie that started the FA Vase weekend for our ESL sides. Hamlets were riding the crest of a wave after a big win in midweek and continued this here as Curtis Pond put the hosts ahead on 22 minutes. A cracker of a strike from Ibrahim Camara levelled for Tolga Dervish’s men three minutes before the break. Hamlets pressed after the break and got the winner on 62 minutes as Pond got his second of the match. Hamlets now face Essex side Little Oakley in the next round.


Saturday 9th September

Basildon Utd 1 – 1 St Margaretsbury  AET

Venue: The Hive       Attendance: 95

Both sides lived to fight another day at the Hive, though not before some confusion reigned. Basildon led through Marcus Bowers just shy of the hour before Ryan Wade equalised for the visitors. Extra time was needed and that couldn’t separate the sides, so it went to spot-kicks. However, the winner of the shoot-out turned out to be irrelevant because prior to the match, it had not been agreed to go straight to extra-time and penalties, so after consultation with the FA, there will be a replay at Stanstead Abbotts in midweek.

Framlingham Town 2 – 0  Waltham Forest

Venue: Badlingham Road      Attendance: 71

Framlingham secured their passage to the next round by seeing off Forest at Badlingham Road. Goals from Christopher Boardley and Danny Smith were enough to claim the victory.

Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue: Burroughs Park   Attendance: 78

I attended this match, my match report is here:

Wakering travel to West Essex in the next round.

Hadleigh Utd  2 – 1 Wadham Lodge

Venue: Tinkers Lane  Attendance: 67

Hadleigh did enough to claim a place in the next round at the expense of Wadham at Tinkers Lane. In the first minute, Kyran Thomas gave the hosts the lead, before a penalty from Ben Elliott doubled the lead. Lodge got a late consolation goal courtesy of Mohamed Sheiknor though they turn their attention to the ESL in the short-term.

Ilford  2 – 0 Cornard Utd

Venue: Cricklefield     Attendance: 34

Ilford scored a goal in each half to see off Step 6 Cornard at Cricklefield. Aaron Wickham gave the Foxes the lead on 14 minutes, before hot-shot James Peagram grabbed a second a minute from time. They meet Hullbridge in the next round.

Redbridge 6 – 1 Brantham Athletic

Venue: Oakside     Attendance: 62

Redbridge produced probably the performance of their season so far to knock out Brantham at Oakside. Reside Coxi-Sebastfao scored a quick-fire brace (15’ & 17’) to give the Motormen the initiative. Brian Moses made it three on 27 minutes before a treble salvo after the break erased any doubts of progress to the next stage. Calvin Poku came off the bench and made it five with a double inside six second-half minutes (47’ & 52’) before Patrick Duggan completed the rout on 61 minutes. Jack Sibbons got a late consolation for Brantham in the 90th minute but it was far too little, too late to prevent Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side reaching the next round, where they will entertain Coggeshall Town.

Saffron Walden Town 1 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town

Venue: Catons Lane      Attendance: 295

Sawbridgeworth put aside their recent indifferent form to advance to the next round with a good win at Catons Lane. A brace from Lewis Francis (15’ & 30’) put them ahead at the break. A penalty from Charlie Portway on the hour reduced the hosts’ arrears but the hosts held for the win in front of a bumper crowd.

Stansted 0 – 3  Wodson Park

Venue: Hargrave Park    Attendance: 32

Wodson Park were party-poopers at Hargrave Park as they progressed to the next round. Goals from Oliver Babbage, Robert Green and Craig Knightley sealed a good win for the Step 6 side on a day the Airportmen would be happier to forget.

Sunday 10th September

Barkingside  2 – 1  Southend Manor

Venue: Cricklefield    Attendance: 80

Barkingside secured their place in the next round by battling past Manor at Cricklefield. Jason Fontaine put Michael Walther’s side ahead after ten minutes. Michael Ogboin made it two 11 minutes after the interval, though Rhys Fatt came off the bench to pull one back for Manor with two minutes left.

Enfield 1893 1 – 0   Haverhill Borough

Venue: The Harlow Arena   Attendance: 72

Enfield struck early to narrowly win this encounter at the Harlow Arena. Danny Jones 2nd-minute goal was enough to book their place in the next round.


Saturday 9th September

Essex Olympian Football League


Premier Division

Frenford 3 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 1 Catholic Utd

Kelvedon Hatch 1 – 3 Basildon Town

May & Baker E.C 2 – 2 Manford Way

Rayleigh Town 1 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

White Ensign 4 – 5 Springfield


Division One

Harold Hill H-W* Runwell Sports

*Harold Hill get the points as Runwell couldn’t raise a team

Old Southendian 4 – 2 Buckhurst Hill

Shenfield AFC 2 – 3 Sungate


Division Two

Ramsden Scotia   4 – 0   A1 Sports

Rochford Town   1 – 3    Herongate Athletic

Bostik League Premier Division Round-up (9.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Bostik League Premier Division here on my blog. Here’s a round-up of the action that transpired on Saturday 9th September. Enjoy.

Billericay Town 1  – 0  Leatherhead

Venue: New Lodge      Attendance: 1, 651

Billericay held on in the battle of the table-toppers in front of a big crowd at New Lodge. Jake Robinson put ‘Ricay ahead on 19 minutes though their job was made harder by the dismissal of captain Paul Konchesky just before half-time. The Tanners couldn’t find their way past the Blues backline though and the hosts’ picked up their fifth straight win.

Brightlingsea Regent  2 – 1  Enfield Town

Venue: North Road                    Attendance: 263

Regent edged Enfield to rack up their third win of the campaign. Josh Gould put the hosts ahead on 12 minutes, though Simon Thomas levelled things up 12 minutes into the second half. James Webster’s side would not be denied though as Billy Hunt grabbed the winner seven minutes from time.

Dorking Wanderers  0 – 1  Dulwich Hamlet

Venue: London Road                Attendance: 331

Dulwich narrowly won this one at London Road. Ricky Hayles scored the only goal two minutes in, though the visitors did have to battle to secure the win. Gavin Rose’s side have now won three of their opening six matches.

Folkestone Invicta  2 – 0   Staines Town

Venue:  The Fullicks Stadium             Attendance: 401

Invicta took all three points at the Fullicks. Joe Taylor put the hosts’ ahead on 21 minutes and secured the win in stoppage-time through Kieron McCann. Invicta are in 8th spot following their third win of the season.

Harlow Town 2 – 1 Tonbridge Angels

Venue: The Harlow Arena             Attendance: 234

Harlow picked up the win at the Harlow Arena. Nigel Neite put the hosts in the driving seat after just two minutes. Alexander Akrofi levelled the match for Tonbridge just before half-time. The ever-reliable Alex Read got the winner for Danny Chapman’s side with 20 minutes remaining.

Harrow Borough  2 – 2  Merstham

Venue: Earlsmead           Attendance: 140

Harrow came from behind though had to settle for a point at Earlsmead. Merstham led on 25 minutes through Ryan Hall’s strike. Nine minutes later, Reis Stanislaus levelled for Borough, though Hall struck again on the hour as the Moatsiders re-took the lead. Adam Richards secured a point for the hosts with a 86th-minute leveller. Harrow have only lost one of their opening six matches.

Kingstonian  3 – 2  Lowestoft Town

Venue: Feltcham Grove                              Attendance: 218

Kingstonian recovered to pick up the win against ten-man Lowestoft. The visitors were down to ten after only 14 minutes as Dean Leacock was dismissed. Ollie Humphrey put Lowie ahead though ten minutes before the interval. The K’s were level only a minute later thanks to Kane Haysman’s strike. The Trawlerboys once again took the lead from the spot, courtesy of Jake Reed’s penalty three minutes after the interval. Lewis Taylor restored parity with 14 minutes to go before substitute Ricky Sappleton got the winner two minutes later to give Craig Edwards’ side their third win of the campaign.

Leiston 3 – 1  Thurrock

Venue: Victory Road               Attendance: 253

Leiston were too strong for Thurrock at Victory Road. Matt Blake gave the Blues the lead on 28 minutes, before Jack Ainsley’s penalty eight minutes before half-time doubled the lead. Reece Morgan pulled one back for the Fleet a minute before the interval. Blake popped up again six minutes into the second half to make sure of the hosts’ fourth win of the campaign & they are the only side that remain unbeaten in the division.

Metropolitan Police  1 – 2   Hendon

Venue: Imber Court              Attendance: 110

Hendon won this one at the death at Imber Court. Zak Joseph gave Hendon the lead on eight minutes, before Jay Gasson levelled with 24 minutes remaining. Substitute Keagan Cole scored the winner in stoppage-time after his initial penalty was saved. Hendon go into the top four with this, their fourth win of the season.

Tooting & Mitcham Utd 1 – 1  Needham Market

Venue: Imperial Fields            Attendance: 230

Tooting recovered to hold mid-table Needham at Imperial Fields. Sam Nunn put the visitors ahead after just two minutes though Eddie Dines struck to restore parity just before half-time. Tooting are one of only two sides yet to win in the Isthmian Premier so far this term.

Wingate & Finchley   2 – 0   Burgess Hill Town

Venue: Summers Lane           Attendance: 74

A second-half brace sealed the points for Wingate at Summers Lane. Rob Laney’s double (63’ & 90’) fired Keith Rowland’s side to their fourth win of the campaign.

Worthing 0 – 5 Margate

Venue: Nyewood Lane             Attendance: 256

Bottom side Worthing’s troubles intensified after this drubbing by Margate at Bognor Regis Town’s Nyewood Lane. Margate took the lead after six minutes through Orlando Smith’s goal and Jordan Chiedozie doubled the lead ten minutes before half-time. Both sides were a man light just before half-time as Worthing’s Daniel Akinwunwi and Chiedozie both saw red for violent conduct. Margate poured on the misery after the break though as Frankie Collin netted  a 13-minute hat-trick (61’,67’ & 74’) to seal Margate’s third win of the season. Worthing boss Gary Elphick resigned from his post following this match and I wish him well for the future. The Mackerel Men are pointless from their opening six matches.

Check back soon for more from the Bostik Premier Division.

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Bostik League Division North (& Sth) Round-up (M5 – 9 & 10.9.17)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome another round-up of the action in the Bostik League Division North here on my blog. Here’s the round-up of the action that took place on 9th September, followed by a run-down of the results in Bostik League Division South this weekend.

Saturday 9th September

Aveley  0 – 1  Heybridge Swifts     

Venue: Parkside      Attendance: 248

Heybridge grabbed another three points at Parkside. Luke Callander got the only goal 11 minutes before the break to maintain Swifts’ 100% record (5 wins from 5), one of only two sides to achieve this.

Barking   3 – 1  Grays Athletic  

Venue: Mayesbrook Park         Attendance: 88

Grays came unstuck at Mayesbrook Park as Barking got their first league win of the season. An Suley Zuhdu strike, though credited as an OG  put Grays ahead after only five minutes. Jay Knight levelled things for Barking on 18 minutes, before Theo Ola put Justin Gardner’s side ahead five minutes later. Dan Gilchrist sealed three precious points for the hosts 11 minutes into the second half.

Bowers & Pitsea  1 – 1  Hertford Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium   Attendance: 94

Things ended honours-even at the Len Salmon Stadium. Lewis Manor gave Bowers the lead on 18 minutes, before Tommy Wade restored parity on the half-hour. Both sides currently reside in mid-table.

Brentwood Town  1 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: The Brentwood Arena        Attendance: 143

Nine-man Witham held out to get the win at the Brentwood Arena. Witham were reduced to ten men five minutes before the break as Alex Anderson was dismissed. Ex-Ilford loanee Liam Whipps put the visitors ahead 12 minutes into the second half. Substitute Izzy Bademosi levelled for the Blues ten minutes later. Witham took the lead again with ten minutes left through Damien Green’s goal. Witham had to play the last eight minutes with nine men as Whipps was dismissed for two bookings. Adam Flint’s side held on though to record their second win of the season.

Bury Town  6 – 1  Tilbury

Venue: Ram Meadow       Attendance: 260

Town thumped Tilbury in front of a good crowd at Ram Meadow. Darren Mills put the hosts ahead with 19 minutes on the clock, before Leon Ottley-Gooch doubled the lead just two minutes later. Ollie Hughes made it three after 27 minutes. The Dockers pulled one back through Toby Aromolaran’s strike four minutes before the interval. On the stroke of half-time, Cemal Ramadan made it 4-1. Ramadan completed his hat-trick after the break (48’ & 73’). The afternoon was summed up for the visitors as ‘keeper Charlie Bogard was dismissed with twenty minutes to go. This handsome win for Ben Chenery’s men is their second win of the season.

Cheshunt  3 – 2  AFC Sudbury

Venue: Theobalds Lane                Attendance: 163

Another star turn by hot-shot Jason Hallett swung this one at Theobalds Lane. Adam Mills put Sudbury ahead on 14 minutes. Hallett got his first of the afternoon just two minutes later, before completing his hat-trick with a quick-fire double just before the break (41’ & 43’). A spot-kick from Sam Clarke did ensure a nervy end though Steve Newing’s side held on for their first success of the season.

Dereham Town  1 – 2  Ware

Venue: Aldiss Park                Attendance: 146

Ware struck at the death to claim all three points at Aldiss Park. Eliot Charles put the visitors ahead four minutes before the break. Steve Taylor levelled 16 minutes into the second half. Though, Ware hot-shot Yannick Kamanan pounced in the 90th minute to grab his side their third win of the new season.

Maldon & Tiptree  4 – 1  Norwich Utd

Venue: Park Drive                Attendance: 63

Maldn comfortably defeated out-of-form Utd at Park Drive. After only three minutes, Ryan Clampin put the hosts ahead. Johnville Renee doubled the lead on 26 minutes. The Planters got what turned out to be a consolation seven minutes into the second half through Nathan Stewart’s goal. A second-half brace from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (56’ & 76’) sealed the Jammers’ second win of the campaign.

Mildenhall Town  1 – 2  Haringey Borough

Venue: Recreation Way     Attendance: 151

Haringey struck late to claim all the points at Recreation Way. After a first-half stalemate, Matthew Green put the Hall ahead on 65 minutes. Substitute Anthony McDonald levelled six minutes later before Borough got the winner thanks to Chris Benjamin with seven minutes remaining.

Potters Bar Town  1 – 2  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Pakex Stadium            Attendance: 110

Hornchurch edged this one to retain their 100% start to the league campaign. Theo Fairweather-Johnson gave the Urchins the lead on eight minutes, though Eoin Casey restored parity for the Scholars a minute before the break. Leon McKenzie struck six minutes after the re-start. The hosts were reduced to ten men with moments remaining as Billy Lobjoit saw red. The visitors held on to give Jimmy McFarlane’s side another success and stay top of the table on goals scored. In fairness, this was Potters Bar’s first loss of the campaign.

Romford  0 – 1   Soham Town Rangers  

Venue: Ship Lane     Attendance: 77

An early goal from Matt Allan (3’) was enough to claim all three points for Soham at Ship Lane. This is Soham’s second win of the new season.

Waltham Abbey  1 – 2   Canvey Island

Venue: Capershotts              Attendance: 110

Canvey fought back late-on to grab all three points at Capershotts. Hot-shot Christian Assombalonga struck to give Abbey the lead with 23 minutes left. Frankie Merrifield levelled with a minute of normal time left, before on-loan Charlie Cole got the winner four minutes into injury-time to give Canvey their second win of the campaign.

Bostik League Division South results

Saturday 9th September

Ashford Utd  0 – 1   Molesey        Venue: Homelands |  Att: 196

Carshalton Athletic  2 – 1  Faversham Town  Venue: Colston Avenue | Att: 266

Cray Wanderers 0 – 0  Chipstead        Venue: Hayes Lane  | Att: 128

East Grinstead Town  2 – 2  Greenwich Borough      Venue: College Lane | Att:

Herne Bay 4 – 0  VCD Athletic         Venue: Winch’s Field    | Att: 243

Lewes 1 – 0  Hythe Town        Venue: The Dripping Pan     | Att: 400

Phoenix Sports 3 – 0  Hastings Utd     Venue: The Mayplace Ground  | Att: 120

Ramsgate 1 – 3  South Park        Venue: Southwood Stadium | Att: 218

Walton Casuals 1 – 1 Horsham     Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub | Att: 296

Whyteleafe 2 – 0   Shoreham                Venue: Church Road   | Att: 146


Sunday 10th September Results

Guernsey 0 – 1  Corinthian Casuals    Venue: Footes Lane  | Att: 614

Thamesmead Town  2 – 2  Horsham       Venue: Princes Park | Att: 134

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd (FA Vase 9.9.17)

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 78

2017-18 Season – Match 18

Saturday 9th September 2017 3pm KO

Great Wakering: Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Sporting Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On FA Vase First Qualifying Round day, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed fellow Essex Senior League side Sporting Bengal Utd to Burroughs Park.

Wakering looked to set the tone early and did so when they took the lead only seven minutes in through hot-shot Neil Richmond, who slotted home coolly when the ball fell to him kindly in a congested penalty area. The hosts looked to ‘keep their foot on the gas’ and ten minutes after the goal, winger Billy Johnson drilled a strike wide of the right-side post.

Bengal responded though as winger Codey Cameron fizzed a free-kick wide of the left-side post on 20 minutes. Bengal had a decent penalty shout turned down moments later as forward Shiblu Miah went down under home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins’ challenge, though the referee was adamant in his decision. Wakering’s Johnson then forced visiting goalkeeper Danzel Kobia into action as the winger’s drilled strike was heading in though Kobia managed to tip it over the bar well for a corner. Wakering had further chances before the half-hour mark though they did extend their lead eight minutes from the break as Wakering forward Chris Bryan fired past Kobia after getting past the Bengal defence.

Just before half-time, Bengal were awarded a penalty, which captain Freddy Tandon duly converted, sending the ball into the right corner.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd

The second half began well as Bengal winger Cameron powered another free-kick wide. The visitors didn’t have that many chances though the hosts certainly began ‘on the front-foot’ as Richmond popped up again in the box, powering a header into the left corner two minutes after the break. To their credit, the visitors did not ‘drop their heads’ and midfielder Adil Salih tried to lob Hawkins with a floating free-kick from 25 yards though the Wakering goalkeeper managed to save comfortably.

Wakering responded as forward Jay Nash had two chances to extend the hosts’ lead, the second of them being a header which hit the bar and following up, Richmond headed wide. Two minutes after coming on, Wakering forward Stephen Butterworth made it 4-1 with a tap-in after a pinpoint right-wing cross by Richmond. Bengal ‘keeper Kobia was called in action with 16 minutes left, denying midfielder Aaron Russell’s effort.

In the last ten minutes, Jay Nash’s header made it five and the impressive Richmond did get his hat-trick with a tap-in following Butterworth’s unselfish pass. Iain O’Connell’s side were too good today and will be delighted to reach the next round. Richmond was the stand-out performer though Johnson, Nash & Bryan all played their part too. Bengal couldn’t quite make their chances count though in fairness they were missing a few regulars today.

Fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015) was also at the game today and here are his thoughts in-brief: Wakering showed why they should be taken seriously in the ESL with this good performance here. Neil Richmond is continuing his great form and I’m sure his hat-trick today won’t be the last he manages to get this season for the Rovers. They now go to Takeley in midweek with a point to prove against the ESL’s second-placed side in the Essex Senior Cup. As for Bengal, they go again in midweek but they should be happy with their performance as they showed they can do it.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd

Richmond 7’,47’,86’                   Tandon (pen 45’)

Bryan 37’,

Butterworth 67’, Nash 81’


I’d like to wish both sides the best for the remainder of this interesting season. Also, my thanks to Andy for his comments on today’s encounter.


Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia  (GK)
2  Jason Ring       (Subbed 77’) 2  Shafiul Choudhury        (Subbed 58’)
3  Oliver Woodhouse 3  Tanjeem Choudhury    (Subbed 46’)
4  Scott Pethers 4  Antony Murray-Bruce
5  Joe Nightingill  (C) 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Aaron Russell 6  Adil Salih
7  Billy Johnson 7  Codey Cameron            (Subbed 75’)
8  Ricky Evans     (Subbed 75’) 8  David Tarawali
9  Neil Richmond 9  Shiblu Miah
10  Chris Bryan    (Subbed 65’) 10  Ashaan Siddik
11  Jay Nash 11  Sulaimana Udi Ba


12  Franklin Craik 12  Ismael Chand          (On 46’)
14  Samuel Carter                (On 75’) 13  Ataaib Khan
15  Charlie Seadon               (On 77’) 14  David Vaughan       (On 75’)
16  Stephen Butterworth    (On 65’) 15  Mayckol Sabino     (On 58’)
17  Louis Robinson 16  Shafi Noor


James Kerten
Assistant Referees:

Grant Mathias & Newton Gordon

Booked: Russell, Evans, Nightingill, Carter

Booked: Cameron, Sabino

Fa Vase 17-18: 1st Quali R (ESL sides) Preview

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

This weekend, the Buildbase FA Vase returns and many ESL sides are in action in the First Qualifying Round. Which teams will prevail and bag £550 in prize money? Here are Peter’s and my thoughts on this weekend’s ties…

Friday 8th September

Tower Hamlets v Hackney Wick     Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: It’s an East London derby to kick off proceedings on Friday at Mile End as Tower Hamlets hosts Hackney Wick in an all Essex Senior League contest. The hosts have won their last two, scoring eight whilst Wick are making their debut in the competition but have lost four out of six league games and are not in great form. However this is Cup football and a derby so form rarely counts, however I can see the hosts prevailing here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Hamlets play their second home match in just three days as they welcome Hackney Wick to Mile End. Hamlets have won two of their last four league matches, whilst Wick have lost their last four in the league. Hamlets’ thumping win over Waltham Forest in midweek will boost their confidence and if they can maintain their consistency here, I reckon it’ll be the home side that prevails as the visitors have struggled at the back recently.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Saturday 9th September

Basildon Utd v St Margaretsbury      Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees are certainly buzzing this season having won all six of their league games so far and they welcome a St Margaretsbury side to The Hive who have dumped Burnham Ramblers and Hullbridge Sports out of the FA Cup already this season so will be no pushovers. However, I can see the hosts winning this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Basildon welcome St Margaretsbury to the Hive. The visitors have a good recent record against ESL sides in cup competitions, seeing off Burnham & Hullbridge in the FA Cup already this season. The Bees might well be a different proposition though, given their 100% record in the ESL so far this term and that Basildon are the home side here. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Framlingham Town v Waltham Forest     Venue: Badingham Road

Peter: Ironically, the other Walthamstow side Wadham Lodge made the trip to Framlingham in the FA Cup this season, and ended by knocking them out in a replay. Forest have only won one out of seven in the league this campaign and we’re thumped at Mile End by Tower Hamlets last time out so confidence won’t be high. Unsure how they will do here although the hosts have won four of their six league games and are unbeaten at step six level and they will fancy a shot a step five Forest. Gonna go for a draw I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Forest travel to Suffolk on the back of a disappointing result in midweek. They will have another challenge here against Mel Aldis’ side who defeated fellow Kitchener Road side Wadham Lodge in the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round earlier this term. Forest will need to bounce back well and Framlingham will look to continue their cup adventures this term. I think Framlingham may edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Great Wakering Rovers v Sporting Bengal Utd     Venue: Burroughs Park

Peter: An intriguing tie awaits at Burroughs Park as GWR hosts SBU with both sides having fairly decent starts to the season. Both lost last time out though, Wakering at Basildon whilst Sporting saw a three match winning streak ended by Mile End rivals Tower Hamlets. Both sides could win this tie but I reckon the hosts may edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Bengal travel to face Wakering in what is a really interesting tie at Burroughs Park. Wakering are among the early pace-setters in the league though got knocked out of the FA Cup in the Extra Prelim Round so will want a better run in the FA Vase this term. Bengal have started the season quite well themselves though Imrul Gazi’s men will have to be near their best at the back to deal with the likes of Bradley Nobbs and Neil Richmond in attack for GWR. That said, if the hosts have an ‘off-day’, Bengal have enough about them to be a goal-threat as well so I’m going go for a hard-fought draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Hadleigh Utd v Wadham Lodge      Venue: Tinkers Lane

Peter: Lodge travel to Suffolk to take on Hadleigh United and having won their first game of the season last time out will want to build on this with a positive outcome in Suffolk however it’s a tough place to go as Sporting Bengal United found out in the FA Cup and I feel the hosts will progress here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 2

Scott: Wadham make the long trip to Suffolk to take on Hadleigh. Hadleigh have been inconsistent in the Thurlow Nunn ECL Premier thus far though Wadham only picked up their first ESL win last weekend. I do feel the hosts have the edge in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Ilford v Cornard Utd       Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The Foxes welcome a Cornard United side to Cricklefield who have only one point from six league games in Thurlow Nunn One, and sit bottom of that league, and with a step advantage as well, the hosts are clear favourites to progress. Obviously it doesn’t always follow however I feel the home side will secure a comfortable victory.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 0

Scott: Ilford welcome Thurlow Nunn ECL D1 side Cornard to Cricklefield. The Foxes have won two of their last three ESL matches and you feel they are starting to find their rhythm now. Step 6 side Cornard are bottom of their division with one win in six matches though in a one-off cup tie, you never know. I would still think that Ilford should prevail here though.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Redbridge  v  Brantham Athletic        Venue: Oakside

Peter: This proves to be a tough assignment for The Motormen as they welcome a decent Brantham Athletic outfit to Oakside although both teams have similar records in their respective leagues. It has to be said that the Thurlow Nunn Premier is a much tougher league so this could sway the favourites tag towards the visitors. But you can rarely back the visitors when the game is at Oakside against a decent Redbridge outfit and I think they may just squeeze through.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Redbridge welcome fellow Step 5 side Brantham to Oakside. Both sides are currently in mid-table in their respective divisions. The Motormen need to have won their last two league matches though are looking for some consistency and an FA Vase run would surely aid that. The visitors though have won three of the last four league matches, scoring 13 goals in the process so the Redbridge backline will need to be ‘on it’ in this one. I think this one may be a high-scoring encounter, though it is hard to separate the sides here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 3


Saffron Walden Town  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   Venue: Catons Lane

Peter: This is a tough one for The Robins as they travel to Catons Lane for a match against local Thurlow Nunn Premier side Saffron Walden Town. The hosts have good Cup pedigree and with a strong crowd behind them will be a tough side to beat. Sawbridgeworth have also not had the greatest start to their season either although victory at home to Waltham Forest in their last game will have given them a boost but don’t see them getting anything here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Thurlow Nunn ECL Premier side Saffron Walden welcome fellow Step 5 side Sawbridgeworth to Catons Lane. With both sides in mid-table in their respective divisions, this could be a tough contest though Sawbridgeworth have yet to entirely ‘find their mojo’ yet this season and this would be some place to find it. Home advantage could count for a bit here and mainly for that reason, I’m going for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Stansted v Wodson Park                     Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: Hosts Stansted play their first game at home this season and they welcome Step Six side Wodson Park to Hargrave Park. The visitors sit mid-table in the Spartan South Midlands One whilst Stansted are in the bottom half of the Essex Senior League. Stansted have got a decent squad though and may be too much for the visitors in the end.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 1

Scott: Step 6 Wodson Park make the fairly short trip to Hargrave Park. Stansted are a side in transition still you feel and although the visitors are a step below the ESL side, the hosts will want to continue to improve in what is their first home match of the season.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Sunday 10th September

Barkingside v Southend Manor      Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Side come into this Vase tie against fellow ESL outfit Southend Manor off the back of hitting six at Lower Road against Hullbridge Sports whilst Manor haven’t played a competitive fixture for nearly two weeks and only have four points from their four games. Got a feeling the hosts will continue their decent form with another win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott:  Barkingside welcome Stuart Marshall’s Manor side to Cricklefield on Sunday. ‘Side definitely found their rhythm last weekend in a big win at Hullbridge, whilst Manor have lost two out of their last three league matches and here they will need what seems to plague them a bit: getting goals. If both sides are on form, this all-ESL tie could be a cracker.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 2


Enfield 1893 v Haverhill Borough            Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: These two met in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup and Haverhill ran out 2-1 winners in a game Enfield dominated by all accounts. Borough also disposed of Ilford in a reply before losing 8-0 at home last weekend to Southern Premier side Kings Langley. The hosts have only one win to their name all season and lost to Wadham Lodge last time out however I feel they may gain revenge over the Suffolk side in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Finally, Enfield welcome ECL Premier side Haverhill Borough to the Harlow Arena. The hosts haven’t ‘found their feet’ thus far in the ESL and I feel defensively they’ll need to be on their game against a Borough side that has won two of their five matches so far in a very competitive division. Hard to separate the sides though Borough may nick it.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


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Bostik League Fixtures – 9th & 10th September 2017

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Bostik League action resumes this weekend in full, following the break for the FA Cup First Qualifying Round for most Bostik League clubs. Below are the fixtures for all three divisions, my results round-up on the Bostik North with results from Bostik South will be up late on Saturday or on Sunday.

Saturday 9th September  (all 3pm KO’s)

Bostik Premier Division


Billericay Town  v   Leatherhead     Venue: New Lodge

Brightlingsea Regent  v   Enfield Town     Venue: North Road

Dorking Wanderers  v  Dulwich Hamlet    Venue: London Road

Folkestone Invicta  v  Staines Town    Venue: The Fullicks Stadium

Harlow Town   v   Tonbridge Angels        Venue: The Harlow Arena

Harrow Borough  v  Merstham            Venue: Earlsmead

Kingstonian  v  Lowestoft Town          Venue: Feltcham Grove

Leiston  v  Thurrock            Venue: Victory Road

Metropolitan Police  v  Hendon    Venue: Imber Court

Tooting & Mitcham Utd   v  Needham Market     Venue: Imperial Fields

Wingate & Finchley   v  Burgess Hill Town    Venue: Harry Abrahams Stadium

Worthing  v  Margate          Venue: Nyewood Lane


Saturday 9th September  (all 3pm KO’s)

Bostik Division North


Aveley  v  Heybridge Swifts       Venue: Parkside

Barking    v  Grays Athletic        Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Bowers & Pitsea  v  Hertford Town     Venue: Len Salmon Stadium

Brentwood Town  v  Witham Town      Venue: The Brentwood Arena

Bury Town  v  Tilbury          Venue: Ram Meadow

Cheshunt  v  AFC Sudbury      Venue: Theobalds Lane

Dereham Town  v  Ware    Venue: Aldiss Park

Maldon & Tiptree  v  Norwich Utd     Venue: Park Drive

Mildenhall Town  v  Haringey Borough        Venue: Recreation Way

Potters Bar Town  v  AFC Hornchurch     Venue: Pakex Stadium

Romford  v   Soham Town Rangers           Venue: Ship Lane

Waltham Abbey  v   Canvey Island        Venue: Capershotts


Saturday 9th September

Bostik Division South


Ashford Utd  v   Molesey       Venue: Homelands

Carshalton Athletic  v   Faversham Town       Venue: Colston Avenue

Cray Wanderers  v   Chipstead        Venue: Hayes Lane

East Grinstead Town   v  Greenwich Borough          Venue: College Lane

Herne Bay  v  VCD Athletic         Venue: Winch’s Field

Lewes   v  Hythe Town        Venue: The Dripping Pan

Phoenix Sports   v   Hastings Utd       Venue: The Mayplace Ground

Ramsgate  v   South Park        Venue: Southwood Stadium

Walton Casuals   v  Horsham     Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub

Whyteleafe  v   Shoreham                Venue: Church Road


Sunday 10th September

Guernsey  v  Corinthian Casuals    Venue: Footes Lane

Thamesmead Town   v   Horsham       Venue: Princes Park