Essex Senior League & FA Vase (ESL sides) Preview (1.12.17)

Written by Scott W

This weekend, there’s two FA Vase 3rd Rd ties involving ESL sides plus a reduced ESL programme. I’m solo again this week so here are my thoughts on the weekend’s matches:-

Saturday 2nd December

The FA Vase Third Round

Great Wakering Rovers v Cogenhoe Utd | Venue: Burroughs Park

Scott: Wakering welcome United Counties League Premier side Cogenhoe to Burroughs Park. The hosts have had a mixed week with a league win at Barkingside & a Gordon Brasted Trophy defeat by Hullbridge in midweek. Their league form is very good though, and Cogenhoe are mid-table in their division. I reckon Wakering will get the job done as they did ‘shuffle their pack’ a bit squad-wise in midweek.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Hullbridge Sports v Enfield 1893 | Venue: Lower Road

Scott: Also in the FA Vase on Saturday, Enfield travel to Hullbridge in an all-ESL tie at Lower Road. The new-look hosts have had a good week with a league win at Southend Manor last Saturday and that cup win at Wakering in midweek Their opponents have had a mixed one, comprised of a heavy home loss to FC Romania last weekend though came back to get a draw with Bengal on Monday night. Both sides will be up for this encounter though I have a feeling there will be goals in it too, given both sides’ defensive records this term. Hullbridge might just edge it though it really could go either way.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Essex Senior League

FC Romania v Woodford Town | Venue: Theobalds Lane

Scott: Woodford are the visitors to Theobalds Lane as they take on in-form FCR. The hosts picked up a big win at Enfield last time out, while Town lost out at home to Wadham. Dee Safer’s side have lost five out of their last seven league matches though shouldn’t be under-estimated here. That said, I still reckon FCR will prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Ilford v Burnham Ramblers | Venue: Cricklefield

Scott: Ilford take on Burnham at Cricklefield. The Foxes have had a mixed last week, getting a point at Clapton though exited the Errington Challenge Cup at Sawbridgeworth in midweek. League-wise, they’ve won three of their last eight matches. Burnham have had a good week with league wins at Stansted and Wadham which ended a barren ESL run. Really tough one to call this as both sides could do with the points, therefore it might end all-square.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


Sporting Bengal Utd v Hackney Wick | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Bengal welcome near-neighbours Wick to Mile End. The hosts have had a good week with a win over West Essex last weekend and a draw at Enfield on Monday night. Wick lost out to Hamlets last weekend though do have a better record away from home so far this term. Also, Wick appointed ex-Brentwood & Woodford boss Tony Ievoli this week and as ever, you can’t discount the ‘new manager’ effect. I’m going to plump for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Takeley v Southend Manor | Venue: Station Road

Scott: Takeley welcome Manor to Station Road. The hosts lost their long unbeaten stretch last weekend at Waltham Forest while Manor lost out to Hullbridge last Saturday and then exited the Essex Senior Cup at Harlow in midweek. The hosts will know that they have two games in hand on leaders Redbridge though they are under a bit of pressure to win those matches given the leaders’ excellent recent league run. I do reckon they will emerge with the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Waltham Forest v Tower Hamlets | Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Forest welcome Hamlets to Kitchener Road. The home side have are unbeaten in three league matches now following a surprise win over Takeley last weekend. Hamlets have won three & lost three in their last six outings though sit 7th in the table currently. They face a tough test here as Waltham seek to continue their mini-revival. The hosts will have to keep the likes of Curtis Pond quiet though so I’m going to plump for a score draw here.
Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

West Essex v Barkingside | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Scott: ‘Side travel to Mayesbrook Park in this battle of two out-of-form sides. The Stags lost out to Bengal last weekend and have won two of their last eight league matches. Their opponents are on a poor run themselves with just a single win in their last eight ESL matches, though they did get pipped late on at Clapton in midweek. I have a feeling both sides may ‘throw caution to the wind’ here and therefore this could be an exciting encounter. Hard to seperate them though so I’ll go with a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


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Essex Senior League round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another edition of my semi-regular ESL round-up, which this weekend takes in a few upsets and also some good performances. Enjoy.

Friday 24th Nov

Tower Hamlets 3 – 2 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 55

Hamlets edged this encounter with Wick to pick up a much-needed win. Curtis Pond gave the hosts the lead three minutes before the break, though Hassan Nalbant [47′] struck with his fourth goal in two matches to level for the visitors. Pond restored Hamlets lead nine minutes later before Jeff Idemudia once again restored parity on 63 minutes. Hamlets were not to be denied though as David McCarthy got the winner 11 minutes from time.

Also, Hackney Wick announced following this match that ex-Woodford & Brentwood boss Tony Ievoli will be their new manager. I’m sure the Non-League community in the area will wish Tony well in his new role.


Saturday 25th Nov

Barkingside 0 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 58

Wakering ‘got the job done’ with victory at Cricklefield. Goals from Jay Nash [5′] and Billy Johnson [55′] were enough. to seal Rovers’ 6th straight league win. For the hosts, their fourth straight league defeat leaves thrm 14th and in danger of being dragged into the dogfight at the bottom of the table.

Clapton 1 – 1 Ilford
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 78

These two old rivals were locked in a stalemate at the OSD. The Tons led through Jeffrey Cobblah 65th-minute strike though hot-shot James Peagram secured a point by levelling 11 minutes from time.

Enfield 1893 0 – 5 FC Romania
| Venue: The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 62

FCR continued their superb recent form with a big win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Mihai Botosan [12′], George Taban [24′], Adrian Balsanu [62′] gave the visitors a big lead though Enfield’s pain was complete as Ionut Juganu [89′] and Sergiu Pitaru [90’+1] added late strikes to seal FCR’s 9th win in their last 11 league matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Crofters End | Attendance: 50

Redbridge came away with another 3 points after this good win at Crofters. Brian Moses struck on 29 minutes to give the visitors the lead at the break. Second-half goals from Eljay Worrell [51′], Moses [60′] and Martin Tuohy six minutes from time sealed the win though Leon Lewis [89′] got a consolation for Sawbo. The Motormen have won their last seven ESL matches on-the-reel.

Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Attendance: 65

Manor were surpassed on the day by an lively new-look Hullbridge side. I attended this match, my report is here:

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 0 West Essex
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 15

Bengal grabbed a rare win through goals from David Vaughan [45′] and Oscar Mendes [75′]. Indeed this was Bengal’s first win in ten league matches while West Essex are on a three-match winless run.

Stansted 1 – 4 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 26

Burnham came from behind to grab a win they badly needed at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Wisley Baltazar [12′] put them ahead. The hosts then missed a penalty soon afterward and were pegged back by Ryan Plom’s goal ten minutes before the break. After the break, goals from Karl Swanborough [56′] and a Bradley Morgan spot-kick on the hour, turned the tide before Swanborough grabbed a fourth in added-time.

Waltham Forest 2 – 0 Takeley
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 58

Forest upset Takeley to grab their second league win in their last five matches. Goals from Abiolo Tanimowo [40′] and Mo Sagaf in added-time sealed a ‘bad day at the office’ for Marc Das’ side as their eight-match unbeaten run was ended.

Woodford Town 2 – 4 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Attendance: 32

Wadham’s turnaround to their season continued as they won at Goffs Lane. Eli Benoit [6′] and Mario Gnijaj [32′] gave Wadham the platform though an OG and Dwade James sealed the points five minutes from time. Asher Modeste & another OG accounted for the hosts’ goals. Wadham’s unbeaten run now sits at six matches.




Bostik League Divisions Nth & Sth round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Welcome to my semi-regular round-up of Bostik League North action with Bostik South results from Saturday 25th November. How did your team do this weekend?


AFC Sudbury 4 – 3 Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium | Attendance: 244

The Suds did the damage in the first half as they fought off a comeback by Bowers to claim the points here. The hosts broke the deadlock 12 minutes in through Max Booth though a deluge of goals after the half-hour from Reece Dobson [31′], and Ben Hunter [33′ & 45′] put the home side in a very commanding position at the break. Bowers responded soon into the second half as David Knight [pen 51′] and Ben Sartain [67′] halved the lead. Though Fahad Nyanja [72′] ensured a competitive finale to the match, the Suds held on to extend their unbeaten stretch to four league matches and are 12th in the table. Bowers suffered their first loss here in six league matches and reside in 4th spot.

Barking 2 – 0 Romford
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 93

Barking continued their great league run as they battled to defeat Romford at Mayesbrook Park. The hosts led on 10 minutes through Ben O’Brien though only sealed the points late on through Kiernan Hughes-Mason’s strike [87′]. Barking have now amassed five league wins on-the-spin and now sit 5th while bottom side Romford’s tough run goes on.

Canvey Island 0 – 3 Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Park Lane | Attendance: 193

Canvey were outplayed by in-form Potters Bar at Park Lane. Two goals in four minutes from Eoin Casey [29′] and Lee O’Leary [32′] put Danny Heale’s side on the back foot at the break. Steve Brown added a third for the Scholars six minutes from time to extend their unbeaten run to five league games now. Canvey’s third loss in their last five league matches means they’re in 3rd spot.

Cheshunt 2 – 1 Aveley
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 160

Cheshunt grabbed a rare win against fellow strugglers Aveley at Theobalds Lane. Aveley took the lead through Sewa Marah’s goal on 22 minutes though ten minutes after the break, Jason Hallett levelled for the Ambers. Substitute Michael Kalu [66′] got the decisive goal as Cheshunt got their first win in five league matches. Aveley have only won one of their last seven league matches now and sit in 21st, above today’s opponents only on goal difference.

Grays Athletic 1 – 0 Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Parkside | Attendance: 169

Grays grabbed a narrow win over Soham at Parkside. Veteran midfielder Glenn Poole grabbed the only goal with 18 minutes remaining to give Ath their first win in five league games to go 14th in the table. Soham’s third straight loss means they drop to 17th.

Hertford Town 1 – 1 Norwich Utd
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Attendance: 154

Hertford were held by lowly Norwich Utd here. The hosts led thanks to Ben Andreos’s opener [14′] though Tim Henery’s penalty 12 minutes later eventually sealed a point for the Planters. Norwich Utd’s winless run extends to six matches and they remain second bottom.

Maldon & Tiptree 5 – 1 Dereham Town
| Venue: Park Drive | Attendance: 78

Maldon showed their class as they dismantled leaders Dereham at Park Drive. Jammers’ hot-shot Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s first-half hat-trick [10′, pen 34′ & 35′] gave the Magpies a proverbial mountain to climb though Ryan Crisp did get a consolation on the hour. Further goals from Ryan Gondoh [63′] and substitute Kieran Bailey [68′] sealed Maldon’s fourth straight league win which sees them sit 6th in the table. Dereham remain top despite this defeat.

Tilbury 2 – 2 AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: Chadfields | Attendance: 154

Tilbury held the Urchins at Chadfields. Abdus Salami opened the scoring for the hosts on the quarter-hour though Theo Fairweather-Johnson levelled 13 minutes later. Five minutes after the break, Elliot Styles gave Hornchurch the lead though the hosts claimed a point as Adam Vyse struck with eight minutes left.

Waltham Abbey 4 – 1 Bury Town
| Venue: Capershotts | Attendance: 63

In-form Abbey overwhelmed Bury Town to claim the points at Capershotts. The hosts had a two-goal cushion at the break through goals from Billy Holland [32′] and Nathan Koranteng [39′]. Darelle Russell got a third on 66 minutes before an Ollie Fenn OG [73′] more than made the points safe. The visitors pulled one back through Cemal Ramadan with eight minutes left. Waltham Abbey rise to 9th place while Town’s winless run sits at four league matches.


Bostik Division South results

Chipstead 2 – 2 Greenwich Borough | V: High Road | Att: 75
Faversham Town 2 – 1 South Park | V: Salters Lane | Att: 157
Hastings Utd 3 – 1 Guernsey | V: The Pilot Field | Att: 272
Herne Bay 2 – 2 East Grinstead Town|V: Winch’s Field| Att: 189
Horsham 2 – 1 Hythe Town | V: Culver Road | Att: 133
Molesey 1 – 1 Ramsgate | V: Walton Road | Att: 45
Sittingbourne 2 – 2 Corinthian Casuals|V: Woodstock Park | Att: 147
Thamesmead Town 2 – 3 Carshalton Athletic | V: Princes Park | Att: 94
VCD Athletic 1 – 0 Shoreham | V: Oakwood | Att: 62
Walton Casuals 4 – 2 Whyteleafe | V: Elmbridge Sports Hub | Att: 102




Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports (ESL 25.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 65

2017-18 Season: Match 42

Saturday 25th November 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

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


Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a very chilly & breezy afternoon at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Hullbridge Sports in an interesting Essex Senior League match. For the hosts, winger Jamie Brown was banned and Nathan Dewberry led the forward line with support from the trio of Fatt, Sighiartau and Zamani behind him. Hullbridge were looking to build on a good point at Waltham Forest, new signings Jordan Meikle, Perry Dunn, Joe Pattison and Michael Salako all started for the visitors.

Both sides took a little time to settle down into the match, with few chances materialising in the first quarter-hour. Manor were on the attack when winger Rhys Fatt’s header couldn’t find a way past visiting goalkeeper Jamie Merralls. Fatt did break the deadlock though on twenty minutes as forward Nathan Dewberry’s flick-on found the winger and he slotted home past Merralls into the left corner. The hosts had another good chance seven minutes later as from a corner, Dewberry’s powerful drive was well-saved by Merrralls.

Hullbridge came back into the match though as on 32 minutes as forward Michael Salako had a goal chalked off for off-side. Two minutes later, they were level as midfielder Ashley Pibworth’s drive found the left corner. The visitors pushed for more and home ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo had to be alert to gather winger Charlie Buffin’s 30-yard effort. Centre-back Perry Dunn’s header went wide from a free-kick as the first-half headed to a close.

Hullbridge took the lead two minutes before the interval as Makayabo missed an in-swinging Taylor corner and Pibworth popped up at the back post to grab a tap-in. In truth, there wasn’t much between the sides at the break though the visitors held a slender lead.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Hullbridge Sports

After the break, Manor looked to restore parity though couldn’t create many clear-cut openings. Even so, they were level on the hour as substitute Jamie Alexandrou’s deep cross found its way to Fatt at the back stick who made no mistake to seal his brace.

The hosts were only level for seven minutes before Hullbridge re-took the lead as Buffin’s pass found Salako who slotted home to grab his first goal in a ‘Bridge shirt. Manor could well have been level soon afterwards though Merralls pulled off good saves to deny efforts from Hamid Zamani and substitute Bayley Newell.

‘Bridge extended their lead with 11 minutes remaining as another Taylor free-kick found its way to skipper Jimmy Cox who slotted home well past Makayabo. Late on, Manor captain Lee Delf’s header was saved by Merralls though it was Hullbridge’s day.

To be fair, Manor were not at their best going forward or in possession today though Hullbridge were more sturdy at the back and had more energy about them in their play and they did deserve this victory in the end, this being new boss Darren Manning’s first win since taking charge.

Hullbridge will savour this performance and it may give them a lift ahead of next weekend’s FA Vase tie at home to Enfield 1893. For the record, Enfield suffered a 0-5 home defeat to FC Romania today.



Southend Manor

Klinton Makayabo (GK), Lee Scott (Jamie Alexandrou 57′), Ross Johnson (Mohamed Kargbo 72′), Joe Skeels, Lee Delf (Capt), Tyler Fowles, Rhys Fatt, Charlie Barlow, Nathan Dewberry, Hamid Zamani, Vlad Sighiartau (Bayley Newell 65′)

Goal-Scorers: Rhys Fatt [20′ & 60′]

Booked: Skeels, Alexandrou | Subs Not Used: Keys, Good


Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Jordan Meikle, Sam Taylor, Ashley Pibworth, Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn, Tom Ranger (Michael Edgar 80′), Joe Pattison, Michael Salako (Luca Frankis 90’+3), Jimmy Cox (Capt), Charlie Buffin (Sam Kimmence 89′)

Goal-Scorers: Ashley Pibworth [34′ & 43′], Michael Salako [67′], Jimmy Cox [79′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Offord, Gerada


Referee: Paul Stratton

Assistant Referees: Jack Racey & Joe Burgess


Essex Senior League Preview (24.11.17)

Written by Scott W

So as the weekend comes around again, you know what that means… more ESL action! Unfortunately, Peter’s having a week off due to work commitments so here’s my thoughts on this week’s action. Enjoy your weekend!


Tower Hamlets v Hackney Wick | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Hamlets welcome Wick to Mile End in their second home match in five days. On Monday night, Redbridge won well though the hosts have won four of their last eight league matches overall. Hackney Wick picked up their first home win in midweek, defeating Burnham though wins are still hard to come by for them just now and I think Hamlets will best them here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Barkingside v Great Wakering Rovers | Venue: Cricklefield

Scott: Onto the action on Saturday then and two contrasting sides (in terms of league form) meet at Cricklefield. Barkingside have been defeated in four of their last five league matches and face another tough test against GWR. Wakering by contrast have won their last five league matches on-the-trot and I saw them power to a big win over Hullbridge last weekend so their confidence will be high going into this one. Factor in that Wakering are one of those sides that ‘find a way’ to win and I can see this one being an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Clapton v Ilford | Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Scott: The Foxes travel to the Old Spotted Dog to meet the Tons in an important match for both sides. The hosts have lost their last three league matches after a narrow home loss to Basildon in midweek, consequently dropping to sixth in the table. Ilford’s form is mixed too with three wins & three losses in their last six league outings. This tie could really go either way though I’m plumping for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


Enfield 1893 v FC Romania | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Scott: The next tie takes place at the Harlow Arena as the Wolves take on Enfield. The hosts are gradually improving, with only two defeats in their last six league matches after their win at Burnham last weekend. FCR are one of the in-form sides though at present, unbeaten in their last six (5 wins, 1 draw) though that draw did occur in midweek at home to Wadham. The hosts will make it tough, though I see this one could be a win for the visitors.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2


Sawbridgeworth Town v Redbridge | Venue: Crofters End

Scott: In-form leaders Redbridge travel to Crofters End to meet Sawbridgeworth. The Motormen are running like a well-oiled train at present with nine wins from their last ten matches in the league after a 5-0 win at Tower Hamlets in midweek. Sawbridgeworth got blitzed by Takeley at home last weekend but drew at West Essex in midweek and their form is steadily improving (W2, D2, L1 in their last 5 matches) so this may be a tricky match for the visitors though I still believe they’ll get the win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Southend Manor v Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Southchurch Park

Scott: Manor take on new-look Hullbridge at Southchurch Park. The hosts have won their last three league matches and triumphed over Tower Hamlets last weekend. Hullbridge ended a six-match losing league run with a creditable point at Waltham Forest in midweek though their run of away games continues here and this is a hard assignment. Home win I reckon.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

**Note** – This match will be promoting the #RainbowLaces campaign. This campaign will be highlighting the issues of LGBT players & the ESL is one if three leagues selected by the Essex FA as part of the wider FA #RainbowLaces campaign. To mark this occasion, Player will be wearing the Rainbow Laces in their boots.


Sporting Bengal Utd v West Essex | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: The Stags travel to Mile End once again, this time to face Sporting Bengal. The hosts held Takeley in midweek though their winless run now sits at nine league matches and that needs to change if they are to avoid slipping further down the table. West’s form isn’t great either with two wins from their last eight league matches though they did hold Sawbridgeworth Town to a draw in midweek. Have a feeling that Bengal’s wait for a win will go on here in what could be an entertaining match.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3


Stansted v Burnham Ramblers | Venue: Hargrave Park

Scott: Two out-of-form sides meet at Hargrave Park. In a strange quirk, both sides have lost their last six league matches on-the-trot so something has to give here. Stansted got pipped by Wakering in midweek while Burnham suffered a demoralising loss at Hackney Wick, also in midweek. This one will be very tight I believe, though Stansted might pinch it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Waltham Forest v Takeley | Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Takeley continue their travels as they meet Forest at Kitchener Road. The hosts won at Barkingside last weekend before being held at home by Hullbridge in midweek. Overall, positive results are tough to find for Forest just now and that job hardly gets any easier in this encounter. Takeley were held by Bengal in midweek though are unbeaten in their last eight league matches so that solidifies their reputation as being tough to beat. Marc Das’ side will not want to lose any more ground on the top two (Redbridge & Basildon) so I suspect they’ll be fired-up for this match and I also think they will take the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3


Woodford Town (2017) v Wadham Lodge | Venue: Goffs Lane

Scott: Finally, Woodford welcome a resurgent Wadham outfit to Goffs Lane. The hosts narrowly lost out at Ilford in midweek though did prevail at Hackney Wick last weekend. Their form overall is inconsistent with three wins from their last eight league matches. That said, they sit in mid-table prior to this weekend. Wadham have only tasted defeat once in their last eight league matches and manager Marc Farrell & his staff have certainly set the side on an upward curve and showed that in midweek by holding FC Romania to a draw. This may be another tight one though the visitors may continue their good run here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


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Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 5 Redbridge (ESL 20.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 72

2017-18 Season – Match 41

Monday 20th November 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a Monday night encounter at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on Redbridge in an intriguing Essex Senior League fixture. The hosts still had a few players banned including goalkeeper James Pellin and forward Luke With so Curtis Pond led the attack here, with fellow forwards James Ross and Wale Odedoyin on the bench. For the Motormen, recent signing Martin Tuohy joined the talisman that is Brian Moses in attack, with Calvin Poku and Jacob Dingli options on the bench.

Both sides took a little time to settle on a slippy pitch though midfielder Mata Julio had Hamlets’ first chance of note when he spotted Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene off his line though the stopper recovered to save his lob which was off-target. The Motormen took the lead on 12 minutes as skipper Eljay Worrell flighted in a lovely free-kick into the right corner of the net. This unsurprisingly encouraged the visitors and and after a couple of crosses which were cleared, forward Brian Moses was well played in though he blazed his shot wide of the left corner.

Hamlets did find a bit more urgency soon after that, though Julio and forward Curtis Pond couldn’t hit the target then winger Hasan Mustafa’s shot brought a save out of Greene. In the last minutes of the first half, the visitors did push forward again looking for that important second goal and they got it five minutes before the break as Moses’ downward header was prodded home by Worrell.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 2 Redbridge

Redbridge started the second half with renewed purpose with Hamlets goalkeeper Jerome Anthony being tested by winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao and Moses in the first third of the second period. The hosts were not at their best going forward all evening though prior to being substituted, Mustafa was a threat down the right wing.

Redbridge extended their lead further 19 minutes after the break when Tuohy slotted home calmly past Anthony. Jacob Dingli came off the bench for the visitors and his toe-poke was cleared for a corner soon after coming on though after fellow substitute Calvin Poku’s curling strike was parried by Anthony, Dingli tucked in the rebound to add some gloss to the score-line.

The Motormen defence had been solid all evening, and wanted a rare clean sheet. Unfortunately for the hosts, they conceded a penalty deep in stoppage-time as Dingli was fouled in the area. Worrell stepped up and put away the spot-kick to claim his hat-trick.

Hamlets were well beaten in the end as the visitors once again showed that they are a ‘force to be reckoned with’ this season and extended their excellent winning run in the league. Hamlets lacked a focal point in attack and found the Motormen back five in miserly form too.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 5 Redbridge



Tower Hamlets

Jerome Anthony (GK), O’Neal Rowe, John Watson, Aliu Ibrahim, Tola Odedoyin, Hasan Mustafa (Wale Odedoyin 65′), Mata Julio, Curtis Pond (James Ross 74′), Frankie Sinclair (C), Danny McCarthy (Elias Tackie 54′), Igor Furtado

Booked: Sinclair  | Subs Not Used: Tobun, Capleton



Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Marcus Carter, Shaun Harris, Liam Thomas, Jonathan Mbamarah, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao (Jacob Dingli 64′), Patrick Duggan (Philip Bamfoe-Browne 66′), Martin Tuohy (Calvin Poku 67′) Brian Moses, Eljay Worrell (C)

Goal-Scorers: Worrell [12′, 40′ & pen 90’+6], Tuohy [64′], Dingli [73′]

Subs Not Used: Turner, Nelson


Referee: Stacey Ford

Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Neil Bailey

Bostik League Division North & South Round-up (19.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of Bostik Division North action and South results that took place on Saturday 18th November. Enjoy.

Saturday 18th November

Bostik Division North

AFC Hornchurch  2 – 0  Hertford Town    |  Venue: Bridge Avenue

Two second-half goals were enough to seal another three points for the Urchins. Nathan Cooper [66’] gave the hosts the lead before Brad Warner secured the points three minutes from time. Results elsewhere meant that this win for Hornchurch takes them above Canvey into second place in the table. Despite Hertford’s defeat they sit in a respectable 9th place.

Barking   1 – 0  Canvey Island

| Venue: Mayesbrook Park    |   Attendance: 117

Barking edged this encounter of two in-form sides to claim another win at Mayesbrook Park. Abs Seymour’s 20th-minute goal was enough to extend Justin Gardner’s side’s undefeated run to seven matches, which brings them into the play-off spots. Canvey suffered only their second loss in their last ten matches though slip to third spot.

Brentwood Town   2 – 0   Haringey Borough

|  Venue:  Brentwood Arena   | Attendance: 112

Brentwood ended a recent dry spell to take the points at the Brentwood Arena. Matt Price gave the hosts the lead from the spot on 24 minutes before Shomari Barnwell doubled the advantage with 59 minutes on the clock. This was Town’s first win in four league matches while Borough’s long unbeaten start to the season was ended here, they sit 4th.

Bury Town  0 – 0    Bowers & Pitsea

| Venue: Ram Meadow         | Attendance: 279

These two top-half sides played out a stalemate at Ram Meadow. Bury Town are winless in three league matches and reside in 8th spot while Bowers are unbeaten in four matches, sitting in 5th spot, nine points behind leaders Dereham.

Grays Athletic   2 – 2   Mildenhall Town

|  Venue: Parkside      |   Attendance: 177

The visitors came from behind twice to share the points at Parkside. Kieran Bishop gave Ath the lead on 13 minutes, though Marcio Pereira levelled on the half-hour for the Hall. Bishop struck again, this from the spot [35’] as Grays once again held a slender lead though Daniel Brown restored parity seven minutes later to grab a point though Town’s winless stretch extends to eight matches now. Grays are winless in their last four matches and are currently 16th in the table.

Heybridge Swifts 1 – 2   Dereham Town  

|   Venue: Scraley Road       |   Attendance: 188

Swifts return to league action wasn’t quite what they hoped for as they lost out to leaders Dereham at Scraley Road. Jamie Forshaw grabbed the initiative for the visitors after seven minutes though Luke Callander levelled on the quarter-hour mark. Toby Hilliard restored the Magpies’ lead 13 minutes before the break. Even the late sending off of Hilliard didn’t stop Dereham from recording their 12th league win of the campaign. Heybridge fell to only their second loss in their nine league matches thus far.

Potters Bar Town  4 – 1    Norwich Utd

| Venue: Pakex Stadium       |   Attendance: 92

Potters Bar recorded a good win over strugglers Norwich Utd here. Michael Murray’s goal put the Scholars ahead ten minutes before the break. That lead only lasted four minutes before Tim Henery struck to equalise for the Planters. Murray struck again four minutes before the break as Potters Bar looked to assert control. That they did after the break as Murray completed his hat-trick on the hour mark then Steve Brown added a fourth five minutes later. The hosts sit in 10th spot while Utd third loss in their last five matches sees them remain second bottom, just a point clear of Romford.

Romford  1 – 1  Aveley

| Venue: Ship Lane       |   Attendance: 125

Romford struck late on to prevent Aveley picking up a much-needed win at Ship Lane. It was the Millers who took the lead when Alex Teniola [61’] struck though Ayodeji Olukoga levelled with three minutes remaining to extend the hosts’ recent draw streak to three matches. Aveley averted a four-match losing run here though they rise one place to 21st.

Soham Town Rangers  1 – 3   Maldon & Tiptree

| Venue: Julius Martin Lane       |   Attendance: 110

Maldon struck late to secure another three points, this time at Julius Martin Lane. Maldon led after only four minutes through top-scorer Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Jon Kaye restored parity for the hosts four minutes before the break. Soham may have thought they were on for a point though late goals from substitute Chris Millar [83’] and Ogedi-Uzokwe’s second from the spot on the stroke of full-time secured the points and extends the Jammers’ unbeaten run to ten matches and they are in 7th place. Soham’s first defeat in four matches sees them in 15th spot.

Waltham Abbey   2 – 2  AFC Sudbury

| Venue: Capershotts       |   Attendance: 86

The Suds denied Abbey the win late on in this topsy-turvy contest at Capershotts. Reece Dobson put Sudbury ahead on the half-hour though Shad Ngandu levelled on 62 minutes. Aron Gordon turned the tide of the match by giving Abbey the lead just five minutes later. Dobson hit back for the visitors though with eight minutes left to secure a point. The Abbotts sit 11th & have only lost one of their last six matches now while Sudbury are unbeaten in three league matches, sitting in 14th spot.

Ware   0 – 2   Tilbury

| Venue: Wodson Park        |   Attendance: 54

Tilbury struck twice in the last twenty minutes to claim the points in a match that was reversed (Tilbury were due to be at home) due to floodlight failure at Chadfields. So, Wodson Park held this match instead and goals from Adam Vyse [72’] and substitute Charlie Little [89’] secured the visitors’ first win in their last four matches. Ware though are bottom of the form table now as their winless run extends to eight matches.

Witham Town  3 – 2     Cheshunt

| Venue: Spa Road       |   Attendance: 79

Witham continued their good recent run with a narrow win over struggling Cheshunt at Spa Road. Kyle Roberts put the Ambers ahead five minutes before the break though Jeffrey Gyamfi replied just three minutes later to see Town level at the interval. The hosts took the lead from the spot through Elliott Ronto six minutes after the break, before Lance Akins extended the lead with three minutes left. Jason Hallett struck on the cusp of 90 minutes to not help the home side’s nerves though Town held on to pick up their fourth win in their last five matches while Cheshunt have only had one success in their last seven matches.

Bostik Division South – Sat 18th November

Chipstead   1 – 1   Faversham Town   | Venue: High Road    | Att: 38

Corinthian Casuals  3  – 0  Ashford Utd  | Venue: King George’s Field | Att: 182

East Grinstead Town  0 – 7 Cray Wanderers  | Venue: College Lane |  Att: 81

Greenwich Borough 0 – 2  Horsham  | Venue: DGS Stadium|  Att: 106

Guernsey 5 – 2  Shoreham  | Venue: Footes Lane   |  Att: 726


Hastings Utd  2 – 1  VCD Athletic   |   Venue: The Pilot Field  |  Att: 297

Herne Bay  0 – 0  Molesey | Venue: |  Att: 182

Hythe Town  0 – 4  Carshalton Athletic  | Venue: Reachfields  |  Att: 222

Lewes  2 – 2  Thamesmead Town     |  Venue: The Dripping Pan  | Att: 546

Phoenix Sports  0 – 3  Walton Casuals | Venue: The Mayplace Ground | Att: 58

 Ramsgate 4 – 1  Whyteleafe | Venue: Southwood   | Att: 199

Sittingbourne   0 – 3  South Park   | Venue: Woodstock Park |  Att: 112