Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 20 Apr) [EOFL 21.4.19]

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OS Ressies v Westhamians (D3 from this weekend)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, looking at the action from Saturday 20th April from the top-tier to Division Four as the games start to trickle in as the end of the season is nigh. Even so, this weekend was big for two sides who has cause to celebrate.

EOFL Premier Division

In the top-tier, two matches saw two wins for the home sides. First, Springfield belied their poor league position with a 3 – 0 win over champions Buckhurst Hill. Andrew Elgar struck twice for the hosts, with Ross Lamb getting the other goal. Hill lost only their second match this term here and ended a run of 14 straight league wins. Springfield’s fifth win in their last nine matches sees them finish in 10th spot.

Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town handed Kelvedon Hatch a 2 – 0 loss with Harry Talnbot and Bailey Moss the scorers to give Town their fifth win in their last six. Hatch’s 5th loss in their last seven sees them needing two points from their last two matches to finish second in the standings.

Senior League Cup: Semi-Final

In the outstanding Semi-Final in the Senior Cup, a barn-storming match between Basildon Town of D1 and Premier side Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended 3 – 3 after extra time. Keith King, Barv Walkuaika and substitute Levi Harbour struck for Town, while Gavin Cockman struck twice for Swifts and Charles Brown also netted. Swifts saw out the battle of nerves as they won 5 – 4 on spot-kicks to make their first appearance in this final for 16 years.

EOFL Senior One

In Senior One, two matches took place with implications at both ends of the table. FC Hamlets were held 0 – 0 by rivals Snaresbrook. FC extend their unbeaten stretch to six matches while ‘Brook drew their third straight match and have now ended their campaign. Hamlets need to win both of their remaining matches you feel to deny Basildon Town who have four matches yet to play, and they are only a point behind them.

At the other end of the table, Galleywood defeated struggling Rayleigh Town Reserves 1 – 0 with Sam Donn getting the decisive goal. Town have the small matter of Ramsden Scotia and Basildon Town to play in their last two matches, needing one win to avoid the drop. The Scotia match is in midweek.

EOFL Senior Two

In the only match in Senior Two, Harold Wood Athletic Reserves were heavily beaten at home to in-form Chingford Athletic. Ath won 4 – 0 with Gary Murray, Archie Stojic, Louis Ballard on target, plus an OG which means Chingford are promoted to Senior One after another superb season so congratulations to them. They can still win the title with a win over bottom side May & Baker ‘A’ next weekend.

EOFL Senior Three

In a match I attended at Garon Park, two title hopefuls faced off in Old Southendian Reserves and Westhamians. Old Southendian’s second side won a physical battle on a hard pitch 3 – 0 with Dave Stubbs getting another brace to crown off a strong performance. A late penalty by Oliver Tatton-Bennett sealed the win which confirmed the Old Boys as champions of the division & promoted to Senior Two, which in turn led to exhuberant celebrations post-match. Many congrats to them on a fine campagn.

Westhamians’ stuttering form continued as they have not won in their last four matches now, though they did have chances here that they couldn’t make the most of. They also need to win their last game in three weeks time at Basildon Town Ressies to pip Laindon Orient to the second promotion spot.

EOFL Senior Four

In Senior Four, Corinthians kept the title race alive until the last day with a fine 5 – 0 win at Galleywood Reserves. John Bolton-Smith struck a double, with Jake Lang, Bill Wilton & Luke Owen also all finding the net.
Toby Reserves also won well, 4 – 1 at Buckhurst Hill Reserves with James Coleman getting a hat-trick and Ryan Morgan getting the other goal. The crucial game happens next week as Corinthians need to beat the Toby outfit to pip Epping to the title in the last league match of the season.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

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Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 13 Apr) [EOFL 14.4.19]

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at the Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 13 April, from the top tier to the results from Division Four as the games slowly whittle down as we head for the end of the season.

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts ended their campaign with a 1 – 0 home win over second-placed Kelvedon Hatch. Sam Coe got the only goal as Swifts record their second win in their last five matches. Hatch’s hopes of that runners-up spot took a slight knock but one win in their last three games will secure 2nd spot. Meanwhile, Sungate won 2 – 1 at Manford Way with Chris Barry and Rory McKenzie on the scoresheet for ‘Gate while Sean O’Callaghan responded for Manford who ended proceedings with ten men. Sungate finish in 9th spot after six wins in their last ten outings.

Old Southendian slipped to tenth after a 4 – 2 home loss to mid-table Leigh Ramblers. Luke Moloney got both of the OS goals though Matt Allum’s brace plus strikes by Acer Wake and Justin Hazell made sure the Rams won this local derby and will therefore finish 7th in the table.

Senior League Cup – Semi-Final

Catholic Utd made it through to their third Cup final this term with a 4 – 1 triumph over Chingford Athletic at the Len Salmon. Jamie Salmon’s brace and strikes by Tony Jacobs and Tom Hollingsworth got the job done for Dan Trenkel’s side.

 

EOFL Senior One

Four matches in Senior One saw the promotion race take another turn. FC Hamlets defeated Old Chelmsfordians 3 – 2  to end OC’s seven-match unbeaten run. Sener Suavi’s 12th goal of the campaign, a thunder-bolt from Barv Waikwaiku and Keith King all struck for Town to overcome goals from Sam Adams and Jordan Boden for the visitors. Town rise to third while Oc’s stay 7th. FC Hamlets rose to fourth with a 4 – 1 win over rivals Ramsden Scotia, which ended Scotia’s promotion aspirations. Charlie Heatley struck his 13th league goal of the season plus Faron Smith, Aaron Glasgow and Ishmael Carter all netted to extend FC’s unbeaten stretch to five matches and remain in the hunt for elevation next term.

Rayleigh Town Res hopes of averting the drop are still intact as they held second-placed Snaresbrook to a 0 – 0 draw. Town need three points to definitely remain in Div One next term. ‘Brook must surely win their final match at rivals FC Hamlets to have any hope of staying where they are, though one win in their last five isn’t that promising. Elsewhere, Ongar Town beat May & Baker Res 3 – 2 with Ross Adams, Ross Carpenter & Ben Stone all on target for Town. Ernest Dunlop and Moises Kalukembi Da Silva goals for Baker’s made it tight but they fell to their 20th loss this term. Ongar rise to 9th.

EOFL Senior Two  – No action this weekend

 

EOFL Senior Three

In the only Senior Three match, Leigh Town won 4 – 1 over strugglers Basildon Town Res with Sam Irvine getting a double while Zac Mashford and Sam Gilmore both hit their 6th league strikes of the campaign to make sure Town will finish 6th. Tommy Green struck for Town though with two matches left, they can still finish 7th at best.

 

EOFL Senior Four

Finally in Division Four, Toby Res are finishing strongly as they won 6 – 2 at Canning Town Res. Peter Spicer struck four on his own to lead the way, with Ben Britton and Simon Bamidele also netting to see Toby back up to 7th in the standings. Lakeside Res also won away from home, 5 – 3 at Shenfield AFC Res. Harry Davison took his league tally to 14 for the season with a hat-trick as Daniel Damain and Ben Austin also netted here to keep ‘Side fourth., having won half of their 22 games this term.

Sadly, Old Barkabbeyans’ last match of the campaign with Galleywood Res didn’t take place so ‘Wood got a home walkover.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 13 Apr) [ESL 14.4.19]

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Still from Redbridge v Stansted this weekend

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up. With the season rapidly concluding, the last of these pieces for this season will be in two weeks’ time. This day was still quite big for two clubs at the bottom of the table.

Sat 13 April

Enfield 4 – 2 Clapton  | Harlow Arena | Att: 67

The E’s came from behind to overcome the Tons at the Harlow Arena. In-form Giovanni Palmer put the visitors ahead on 18 minutes. Either side of the break, young Leyton Orient loanee Ernold Haxhiu struck, first levelling on 32 minutes before putting his side in front with 63 minutes on the watch. Luke Thomas netted nine minutes later to increase the home side’s lead before Palmer added to his growing reputation as a marksman by making it 3 – 2 wiith 12 minutes left. Joe Pattison made the points safe for Matt Hanning’s side two minutes from time, who now rise to 11th.

Ilford  0 – 3  Hullbridge Sports | Cricklefield | Att: 53

Hullbridge soured to a very decent win over Ilford at Cricklefield. Midfield dynamo Emmanuel Okunka opened the scoring only three minutes in. The Foxes were a man down after Steve Sylvester accrued two bookings and they were made to pay as first, Nathan Scarborough struck six minutes into the second-half before in added-time, Luke Hornsley grabbed a third for his side. Darren manning’s side know they have to win at home to Stanway on the final day to secure a much-desired ESL title and play in Botik league Division North for the first time next term.

Leyton Athletic  0 – 3  Takeley  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 38

Takeley secured a good three points at Wadham Lodge, which also ensured Ath will finish bottom of the Essex Senior League this term. Nick Barrett [19′] got the opener for Marc Das’ side, before Bryn Thorpe got his fifth goal in two matches ten minutes before half-time. Barrett got his second of the game three minutes before the break which rounded out the scoring here. Ath’s inability to win games has seriously impinged their quest to remain in Step 5, with only three wins all campaign. It looks very likely they will be relegated to the Eastern Senior League South next term, with the question now being is any other side going to join them, which will ultimately be decided by the FA.

Redbridge   0 – 4  Stansted | Oakside | Att: 70

Stansted showed their desire and superior finishing to win well at a decent Redbridge side. Goals from Jack Mitchell [9′], Jack West [41′ & 90’+1] and Paul Clayton [83′] saw off their hosts, who had to play the last half-hour with ten men following Daniel Smith’s dismissal. The Airportmen must win at Leyton to have any chance of winning the title in two weeks’ time. I attended this match and my report is here:  https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/match-report-redbridge-0-4-stansted-sat-13-apr-esl/

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 2  Southend Manor  | Catons Lane | Att: 203

Walden rode out a late comeback from Manor to grab all three points. Walden struck on 11 eleven minutes through full-back Spike Bell. Seven minutes after the break, Bell got his second of the afternoon before Matt Frew made it three on 59 minutes. Manor did fight back well in the latter stages as arguably their stand-out player this term Mo Kargbo netted a late brace [85′ & 89′] to make it a nervy end for Jason Maher’s team. Walden stay fourth and will finish third if they better Walthamstow’s result on the last day which would still constitute a good campaign. Manor’s first loss in five games means they stay fifth-bottom.

St Margaretsbury   0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town | The Rec | Att: 44

These two out-of-form sides scrapped to a stalemate at the Rec. St Margs did end a four-match losing streak here though are could still be regarded as ‘under-dogs’ for the upcoming Gordon Brasted Final on Easter Monday. Sawbridgeworth ended a five-match losing run here with this point though they remain in the bottom three.

Stanway Rovers  0 – 0  West Essex | Hawthorns | Att: 61

These two bottom-half sides battled in a goal-less stalemate in what the visitors described as a ‘end-of-seaon affair’ at the Hawthorns. Stanway are somewhat limping their way towards the end of their campaign with only two wins in their last 11 games while West are finishing in a decent run with four wins in their last nine matches though it is likely the Stags will finish just outside the top-ten.

Peter Butcher Trophy: Semi-Final

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  Barkingside Res | Lowfield | Att: 127

Barkingside Reserves continued their fine campaign as they defeated another Essex Senior League side to reach the PBT final. Reserve Division top-scorer Carl Patten broke the deadlock on 56 minutes though that lead only lasted seven minutes before Lilywhites winger Connor Bolton levelled. Late drama followed though as Darren Seymour got the winner for the visitors wth six minutes left.

Match Report: Redbridge 0 – 4 Stansted (Sat 13 Apr) [ESL 13.4.19]

Essex Senior League

2018-19 Season: Match 69

Saturday 13th April 2019 – 3pm KO

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 70

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stansted: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

 

Stansted comfortably see off mis-firing Redbridge to extend Title Race

 

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

The penultimate weekend of regular action in the Essex Senior League this season took me to Oakside for this interesting battle which saw Redbridge entertain Stansted, who really needed a win here to keep the title race going into that final day’s action. The Motormen have suffered with injuries & unavailability of late and named Harvey Wright, on loan from AFC Hornchurch in goal, with Paul Preston and Daniel Gilchrist on the flanks with Daniel McCullock and Walid Chaib up front. Among the substitutes was the returning Calvin Poku and Joe Maskell.

Stansted have had a setttled squad for some time and retained Charlie Turner between the sticks, a defence of Jamie Bennett, skipper Billy Coyne and centre-backs Sam West & Jack West. Wingers Callum Ibe and Jack Mitchell were supporting forwards James Peagram and Jordan Palmer, with Carl Mullings & Ollie Bell among those on the bench.

The match got underway with both sides looking to get the breakthrough early. Former Stansted winger Paul Preston got in on goal in the first minute though blazed over the woodwork. Minutes afterward, ‘Blue Brazil’ winger Jack MItchell sent a good ball in from the right, though the home backline intercepted with forward James Peagram lurking to fire home from close range. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock as after 11 minutes, Peagram played in Mitchell who expertly lobbed Wright to send the ball nestling into the net.

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Stansted managers Benterman & Pittuck look on as match gets underway 

The visitors were finding space in between the Redbridge defence and midfield and spurned a few more chances as from Billy Coyne’s free-kick, Peagram nodded wide before just past the half-hour, a fizzing cross into the area by midfielder Charlie Barlow was connected with well by Peagram though stopper Harvey Wright did well to parry away from danger. At the other end, a rare fumble by Stansted custodian Charlie Turner led to Preston picking the ball up though with only Turner to beat, he skewed his shot wide of goal.

Redbridge were showing promise in their passing without really creating the chances they needed, with support forward Walid Chaib showing good trickery and energy in trying to orchestrate attacks along with deep-lying playmaker Liam Burgess pinging balls forward. The Airportmen finished the half strongly as Mitchell made a surging run down the right flank before sending in a telling cross with Peagram’s good header well-denied by Wright. Four minutes before half-time,  the visitors’ lead was doubled as a winger Callum Ibe’s cross was headed home by centre-back Jack West. In fairness, it was a lead the visitors deserved and showed the gulf in terms of finishing as well.

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Half-time: Redbridge  0 – 2  Stansted

After the break, the tempo of the match fizzled out a little in the early stages. Mitchell again showed his energetic nature with home full-back Billy Willis doing well to deny him a chance from a narrow angle. Midway through the half, Willis did well to smash an effort against the woodwork from just outside the box which substitute Calvin Poku had to react quickly to though could only head wide. Fellow forward Daniel Gilchrist was limited to half-chances from mid-range really as he and Preston were both growing frustrated.

The hosts had a further setback as just before the hour, centre-back Daniel Smith was dismissed for two bookings, the second of which for denying Ibe a run at goal and this did affect the hosts, particularly going forward.

Stansted, buoyed on by their travelling ‘Blue Army’ which added a welcome atmosphere to proceedings, could’ve put the match beyond doubt though after Ibe had nicked the ball off midfielder Charleston Browne, he struck wide before anchor midfielder Paul Clayton was twice denied by Wright, who enhanced his standing with a good display here. It was promotion-chasing Stansted who sealed a good win with two late goals. On 83 minutes, Clayton slotted home well before in added-time, Jack West got his second of the afternoon with a tap-in following a super curling cross in to the back-post.

 

Full-Time: Redbridge  0 – 4  Stansted

In summary, The Airportmen will be happy to have won this game quite conclusively. But for some alert and classy goalkeeping by loanee Harvey Wright for the hosts, the margin could have been more. Redbridge did well going forward though looked somewhat sluggish defensively at times, with Walid Chaib doing well in the #10 role with his dribbling, quick-thinking and pace. Wright also impressed, as did tricky winger Paul Preston, against his old club. For Stansted, Jack Mitchell was a constant threat on the right flank, with Callum Ibe predictably having another strong match, as did energetic centre-back Jack West and experienced forward James Peagram, who can count himself unfortunate that he didn’t get on the score-sheet here.

Finally, my thanks to Redbridge for their kind hospitality, Adam Silver for assistance with team-sheets and to ESL President Rob Errington.

Teams:

Redbridge  |    Manager: Micky Wetherall

Harvey Wright (GK), Billy Willis, Jon Watson, Daniel Smith, Dean Hall, Liam Burgess (Capt), Charleston Browne (Quincy Egbejale 83′), Paul Preston, Daniel McCullock (Calvin Poku 57′), Walid Chaib (Joe Maskell 67′), Daniel Gilchrist

Sent Off: Smith (Two Bookings)  |   Subs Not Used: Adesanya

Stansted    |  Joint-Manager: Paul Pittuck & Marc Brenterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne, Sam West, Jack West, Paul Clayton, Callum Ibe, Charlie Barlow, James Peagram (Carl Mullings 74′), Jordan Palmer (Ollie Bell 63′), Jack Mitchell (James Turvey 76′)

Goal-scorers: Jack MItchell [11′], Jack West [41′ & 90’+1], Paul Clayton [83′]

Booked: None        |  Sub Not Used: Norris, Brown

 

Referee: Eugene Robinson
Assistant Referees: Eddie Andrews & Cameron Scorer

Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 13 Apr) [ESL 11.4.19]

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Barkingside v Stanway on Monday night at Cricklefield

 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Preview of the Essex Senior League action this weekend. Issues still need to be settled throughout the division, what are your thoughts on the upcoming ties?

Saturday 13 April

Enfield  v  Clapton   | The Harlow Arena
The E’s entertain Clapton at the Harlow Arena. Matt Hanning’s side have had the last two weeks off with ther last match being a home loss to Barkingside. The Tons meanwhile were held by Hoddesdon at home in their last outing. Both teams will be looking for a win to keep them in contention to finish in the upper part of the bottom half. The E’s have won of their last seven while The Tons are winless in their last five in all competitions. Will have to go for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Ilford  v  Hullbridge Sports  | Cricklefield

Hullbridge head to Cricklefield to face Ilford knowing that a win could ‘seal the dream’ of promotion if rivals Stansted slip up at Redbridge. Ilford are in good nick though as they won against Stanway last weekend and are unbeaten in their last five matches as they seek to stay in the top-half. ‘Bridge won at West Essex last weekend after a battle and one loss in their last ten league matches tells you their consistency levels. Both teams can be ‘slow-starters’ though and tension may also play a part in what could be a battle once again.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Leyton Athletic  v  Takeley  |Wadham Lodge

Leyton face Takeley at Wadham Lodge, facing a simple equation – only a win will be good enough to avoid finishing bottom of the league and therefore most likely face the drop. Ath put in a spirited showing in a narrow loss at Redbridge last weekend, though four straight losses in the league will be hard to overturn. Takeley return to action following a thumping win over Ath’s relegation rivals Barkingside last weekend and they still have an outside chance of finishing fourth if Walden slip up. Four defeats in their last eight matches means Marc Das’ side’s form is a bit patchy though you’d still be surprised if they fell to defeat here. Away win, though I think it will be close.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Redbridge  v  Stansted   | Oakside

The Motormen welcome Stansted to Oakside, with the Airportmen again knowing what they have to do – win. Micky Wetherall’s team won at home to Leyton last weekend and still have a shot at leapfrogging Hoddesdon to get a top-ten finish, which would be some comfort after their position earlier in the campaign. Their home form still isn’t great though and with Stansted coming from behind to win against Woodford last weekend, they know they will be in for a stern examination. Messrs Pittuck & Benterman know their team won;t have an easy afternoon either though I still reckon they will come away with the points in a gritty battle.

Saffron Walden Town  v  Southend Manor  | Catons Lane

Catons Lane is the venue for Saffron Walden’s game with in-form Southend Manor. Walden have had a little break after their disappointing Errington Cup Semi-Final loss at Stansted. Jason Maher’s side need four points from their last two matches to secure fourth spot in their first season back in the ESL. Manor defeated Sporting Bengal last weekend to make it five wins in their last six which gives them a slim chance of not finishing in the bottom five. You still have to back Walden though with their extensive home crowd backing them though.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

St Margaretsbury  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | The Rec

The Bury face Sawbridgeworth in a match that both sides would want to win. The hosts fell to defeat at Walthamstow last weekend while Sawbo lost at home to Tower Hamlets. Something has to give here as St Margs’ home record isn’t great though nor is Sawbo’s away form. Think we are in for an entertaining draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Stanway Rovers  v  West Essex   | Hawthorns

Finally in the league, Stanway entertain the Stags at the Hawthorns. One win in their last eight games means Rovers could be pulled back into the bottom five. They lost out twice at Cricklefield in the last week, to Ilford last weekend and Barkingside on Monday night. West lost out to leaders Hullbridge but are still in decent form and their hosts will have to close their forwards down well. Kwane Kwateng’s team still have a faint chance of pinching a top-ten finish though need the win here to do it. Will go for a narrow away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Other Fixtures (Sat 13 Apr):

Peter Butcher Trophy Semi-Final: Hoddesdon Town  v  Barkingside Res

Match Report: Catholic Utd 1 – 5 Buckhurst Hill (Wed 10 Apr) [EPC Final 11.4.19]

BBC Essex Premier Cup Final

Venue: New Lodge (Billericay Town FC)

Attendance: 266

2018-19 Season – Match 68

Wednesday 10th April 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Buckhurst Hill: Navy Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hill power past Super Hoops to lift the Essex Premier Cup

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

On a chilly Wednesday night at Billericay Town’s New Lodge, I joined colleague Pete Dudley for this BBC Essex Premier Cup Final between Essex Olympian League (EOFL) heavyweights Catholic Utd & Buckhurst Hill – with the latter riding high on the back of sealing the EOFL Premier Division title a matter of days previously. Catholic Utd named a strong team with Louis Godwin-Green between the sticks, a forward line of Aaron Baldwin, Tom Hollingsworth and Tony Jacobs with player-boss Dan Trenkel and Mark Baptist among those on the bench. For Hill, their front four of Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi, Steve Townsend and Suleyman Zuhdu have chipped in with goals this season in the league, with skipper Billy Wells in the heart of the defence. Sonny Shilling and Fehinti Falola were among the options on the bench.

The match got underway with Utd pushing forward and having the bulk of the forays going forward. Hill had a nervous moment five minutes in as a under-hit back pass to ‘keeper Daniel Blockley was half-cleared though it cannoned off Super Hoops forward Tony Jacobs and before it trickled over the goal-line, centre-back Josh Addinall had the awareness to clear. Hill responded sharply as captain Billy Wells 20-yard curling drive sailed just wide of the right-side post. Moments later, it was the Olympian League champions who took the lead as from a super cross from the right flank, full-back Keaton Moore rose highest to power a header into the net.

Jacobs was the biggest threat for Utd at this point, ghosting all over a fluid Catholic forward line to give the Hill defence a headache, Jacobs also had an effort which sailed over the woodwork. At the other end though, Buckhurst were getting into their stride as prolific forward Steve Townsend was in on goal, one-on-one with Utd stopper  Louis Godwin-Green, though the stopped did well to deny Townsend’s low drive. Just before the half-hour, former Bowers & Pitsea midfielder Jamie Salmon blasted a drive from 18 yards which Blockley did well to scout and tip over the bar.

On that half-hour mark, Utd fell further behind as a errant clearance from Godwin-Green looped up in the air but didn’t get the distance as it fell to forward Suleyman Zuhdu who back-heeled it to winger nathan Sollosi who slotted home into an unguarded net. Hill knew they couldn’t concede before the break though Utd had other ideas, with Jacobs once again testing the palms of Blockley with a decent effort on goal. In fairness, Utd were finding the sheer pace, energy and crossing of the Hill front four (the Sollosi brothers, Townsend & Zuhdu) difficult to cope with. After Hill had two half-chances for Townsend and Addinall denied, they did make it 3 – 0 a minutes before the interval.

A rapid counter-attack from Mark Williams’ team saw Nathan Sollosi repay the favour from earlier as his pass found Zuhdu who controlled the ball smartly before beating Godwin-Green on its way into the corner of the net with a well-taken finish. At this point, the score-line was slightly flattering to Hill given the impetus Catholic had shown going forward. Sometimes you get teams ‘slowing down’ after the break, though there wasn’t a bit of it here.

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Half-Time: Catholic Utd  0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

So, the second-half got going and the chances continued to flow. Moments after the restart, Townsend’s first-time strike cannoned off a post for Hill and Utd hit back soon afterward, as Jacobs was denied yet again by watchful defending on the line by full-back Liam Foster. Mike Sammut’s drive and forward Tom Hollingsworth’s cross-shot couldn’t find the target those misses proved semi-costly.

Two goals in three minutes sealed the win for Hill. On 64 minutes, a loose ball found Zuhdu who sprinted past centre-back Bradley Vaughan and buried a strike past Godwin-Green to make it four and then two minutes later, from a corner arrowed into the near-post by winger Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi rose almost unchanged to nod it high into the net. The goals didn’t end there as Utd got one back with 71 on the watch as a rash punch out by Blockley fell to to Salmon who rifled hop a sweet lob from fully 25 yards out to give his side something to shout about.

That said, that goal seemed to further gee up the Hill forward line who soared back the other end asUtd ‘keeper Godwin-Green prevented further embarassment making good saves to deny the unfortunate Townsend and midfielder Josh Banfield. With all respect to Utd, Hill could’ve had three or four more goals than the scoreline showed as going forward they were relentless – another shining example of why they have scored a high amont of goals in the Olympian League this term. Six minutes from time, Foster blasted a stinging drive just wide though Hill had done more than enough to win this match and do the double – a far cry from the sinking feeling of relegation from the top-tier two seasons ago.

Full-time: Catholic Utd  1 – 5 Buckhurst Hill

 

Utd are by no means a bad side, though they were made to look more ordinary than they are here by a very driven Buckhurst Hill outfit.

In terms of stand-out performances, for Hill it is quite difficult to pick out individuals given the sheer team performance though the front two of Steven Townsend and Suleyman Zuhdu plus wingers Sam & Nathan Sollosi really harried the Utd backline and barely gave them much peace at all. Josh Addinall also did a stern job at the back as well. For Utd, goalkeeper Louis Godwin-Green pulled off a number of good stops to dampen the number conceded here by his side. Forward Tony Jacobs shone as well, being his side’s chief threat in attack while Jamie Salmon also provided a characteristic presence in midfield.

Finally, congratulations to Buckhurst Hill who retain the Essex Premier Cup while Utd are runners-up for the fourth time in five seasons.

Catholic Utd   | Player-Manager: Dan Trenkel

Louis Godwin-Green (GK), Patrick Kearney, Max Kent (Capt) (Dan Trenkel 60′), Louis Robinson, Bradley Vaughan, Jamie Salmon, Mike Sammut, Tom Hollingsworth, Thomas Kearney, Aaron Baldwin (Mark Baptist 60′), Tony Jacobs (Franklin Craik 70′)

Goal-scorer: Jamie Salmon [71′]

Booked: Kent, Robinson    | Subs Not Used: Sands, Ebbles

Buckhurst Hill  | Manager: Mark Williams

Daniel Blockley (GK), Liam Foster, Keaton Moore, William Wells (Capt), Josh Addinall, Alfie Harris, Josh Banfield, Sam Sollosi (James Sacre 81′), Steven Townsend (Sonny Shilling 83′), Suleyman Zuhdu, Nathan Sollosi (Frank Glock 85′)

Goal-scorers: Keayton Moore [9′], Nathan Sollosi [30′ & 71′], Suleyman Zuhdu [44′ & 64′]

Booked: None     | Subs Not Used: Falola,  Gregory
Referee: Artyon Hursey
Assistant Referees: Craig Charles & Rob Collins
Fourth Official: Kevin Nicholson

Match Report: Barkingside 3 – 2 Stanway Rovers (Mon 8 Apr) [ESL 9.4.19]

Essex Senior League

2018-19 Season: Match 68

Monday 23rd March 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 78

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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Side ride out anxious finish to complete a hugely significant win over Stanway

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

The latest Essex Senior League tie took me to Cricklefield as Barkingside faced Stanway Rovers in what was a hugely-important match as they looked to avoid finishing bottom of the division. Rovers interestingly made their second trip to Seven Kings inside three days having played Ilford the previous Saturday. ‘Side named Reserve ‘keeper Frankie Warboyes between the sticks, a centre-back pairing of Elliot Scott and Derek O’Halem and a forward line of Nick Reynolds, Isaac Marfo and former Tower Hamlets forward James Ross. Joe Gent and Edward Lang were among a depleted bench. Stanway named a front three of Tyrone Scarlett, Mike Turner and Tommy Lewis with Amar Iyayi and Scott Kemp on the flanks.

In the early-going, both sides made a somewhat tentative start here although the hosts had rather more of the possession, they couldn’t quite fashion the manner of chances they would like. On 19 minutes, winger Joe Oates pinged in a floated ball which found forward James Ross although his header lacked the power to beat Stanway custodian Daniel Beeson. Ross and strike partner Isaac Marfo were having some joy, giving the Rovers backline a headache with their pace and physical presence. Just shy of the half-hour, full-back David Ottley’s pass made its way to Ross in a promising position though his effort was straight at Beeson.

The dead-lock was broken on that half-hour as after some ‘head-tennis’ in the Stanway box, the ball fell to Oates who lashed home a low drive which beat Beeson and found the corner. That’s the way it stayed at the break with Stanway having the odd counter with experienced forward Tyrone Scarlett looking the most threatening for them, needing to be stopped by the home backline on a few occasions.

Half-Time: Barkingside   1 – 0  Stanway

After the break, ‘Side looked to settle again though it was Stanway who fired over the bar, winger Scott Kemp having the effort on 55 minutes. Minutes later, the home crowd were ‘up in arms’ as winger Dan Jones went down under Beeson’s challenge in the box, though the referee didn’t adjudge it to be a penalty. ‘Side doubled their lead on 61 minutes as Marfo ghosted free of the visiting defence, before rounding Beeson and slotting home calmly. Marfo nearly made it two goals in three minutes though Beeson snuffed out a one-on-one oppurtunity to keep Rovers in the game.

The game got more engaging in the latter stages though, as Barkingside got their third goal on 76 minutes. Seconds after coming on, midfielder Joe Gent slotted home well from Jones’ pass. The drama didn’t end there though as ‘Side were cruising in the last five minutes, but nearly came unstuck as Rovers smashed two goals in three minutes to ensure a deeply anxious finale. First, from Scott Kemp’s decent ball in, winger Amar Iyayi stroked home past Warboyes with three minutes left. With added time approaching, Rovers’ tails were well & truly up as forward Tommy Lewis capped off an enterprising foray forward as he blasted home an angled drive.

Alex Goldstone’s side suddenly had to ‘hang on’ to prevent Rovers making a heck of a stirring comeback though relief was the emotion most felt by them as the final whistle sounded.

Full-Time: Barkingside   3 – 2   Stanway Rovers

In summary, for the majority of the match, the hosts were the stronger side and had more of the ball, though Stanway showed them just what can happen when you switch off for five minutes as ‘Side did. In terms of stand-out performances, forwards Isaac Marfo and James Ross showed intent, pace and physicality respectively. Winger Joe Oates showed pace, trickery and good crossing ability and the centre-backs of Derek O’Halem and Elliot Scott also typified the stubborness of the home attitude, the latter made a vital tackle to deny Rovers a chance at a late, late leveller.

For Stanway, Scott Kemp was a keen outlet down the left flank, with centre-back Alfie Partner and rapid full-back Tyler Kemp also had good games today. Barkingside need a point to pretty much avoid finishing bottom though we won’t know 100% until season’s end how many sides will be relegated from the ESL after what happened last summer, thanks largely to the FA.

Finally, I’d like to thank Barkingside and their chairman Jimmy for their hospitality both here and this season, as a whole. They are one of quite a few clubs that are good to cover. I know he’ll certainly be hoping for a better season next term.

Teams:

Barkingside  |    Manager: Alex Goldstone

Frankie Warboyes (GK), David Ottley, Ricardo Bailey (Edward Lang 36′), Elliot Scott, Derek O’Halem, Joe Oates, Harry Matthews (Capt), Dan Jones, Nick Reynolds, James Ross (Joe Gent 75′), Isaac Marfo

Goal-scorers: Joe Oates [30′], Isaac Marfo [61′], Joe Gent [76′]

Booked: None        |   Subs Not Used: Lopes

Stanway Rovers    |  Interim Manager: Danny Slatter

Daniel Beeson (GK), Fionn O’Reilly, Tyler Kemp (Capt), Alfie Partner, Ruben Kennedy, Jett Hogan Amar Iyayi, Tommy Lewis, Scott Kemp, Mike Turner, Tyrone Scarlett (Frank Tiffney 53′)

Goal-scorers: Amar Iyayi [87′], Tommy Lewis [89′]

Booked: None        |  Sub Not Used: Okosi, Haxell (GK)

Referee: Kennedy Kikulwe
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Cliff Everitt