Essex Senior League 2017/18 – Preview (13.10.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

The ESL full fixture programme returns this weekend after a multitude of Cup & League action in midweek, chiefly the beginning of the newly-renamed Errington Challenge Cup. Below are Peter’s & my thoughts on this weekend’s ESL action.

 

Saturday 14th October

Barkingside v Ilford    |    Venue: Cricklefield

Peter:  It’s the big Cricklefield derby on Saturday as ‘Side take their turn to ‘host’ against Ilford.  The two teams met earlier in the season in the cup and saw Ilford run out with a slender 1-0 victory.  Side though have only won one of their last four games whilst Ilford have won their last two but form normally means nothing in these types of games, and I reckon it’s too tight to call so predicting a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott:  The ‘Cricklefield derby’ sees tenants Barkingside welcome Ilford. Michael Walther’s side edged past Enfield on spot-kicks in the opening match of the Errington Challenge Cup on Monday night though league-wise they’ve won one out of their last four matches. Ilford continued their mini-revival with a good win over Takeley last weekend. I reckon this one will be a tough encounter for both sides though I have a feeling the Foxes will edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Clapton v Great Wakering Rovers    |    Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: The Tons have won their last two games but welcome one of the most in-form sides in the division right now in Great Wakering Rovers to the Old Spotted Dog.  The visitors currently sit top of the league on goal difference and will be looking to keep it that way with victory here although against a tough Clapton side that will always be a hard thing to do. Think I will plump for a draw here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 Scott: GWR travel to the Old Spotted Dog to take on an inconsistent Clapton side. Clapton are ‘on the rise’ though as a huge crowd of nearly 800 saw them prevail in their ‘away’ win over Hackney Wick at the OSD last weekend. Jon Fowell’s side have only lost one of their last five matches in all competitions. Wakering though are still in excellent form though and haven’t conceded a single goal in their last four league matches, which it’s no surprise to say that they’ve won all four, given that defensive record. The defensive record may go though it is hard to not back a Wakering win as more often than not they get results and it’s no surprise really given their form that they are currently joint-top.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Hullbridge Sports v Hackney Wick    |    Venue: Lower Road

Peter: Sports are enduring a very poor run of form which has seen them fail to win a league game for nearly two months and they welcome a side who have lost five of their last six in the league, so both sides badly need the points in this one.  Both sit in the bottom four two, so three points in this game would be a great lift for whoever earns it.  However I feel this one could also end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Two of the league’s current bottom four meet at Lower Road. Sports have lost their last three league matches, two of them being heavy losses to Redbridge & FC Romania and conceding twelve goals in the process. Wick have had a tough week off-the-pitch though on it they’ve lost five of their last six league matches and won’t find it easy here either. If the hosts can have good day defensively (bit of a big if at present) then I think they will edge this match given all that the visitors have had to deal with recently.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Redbridge v Sporting Bengal Utd      |       Venue: Oakside

Peter: The Motormen are the best side in the division right now on form, having won six straight league games, and it surely would have been seven had their game at Southend Manor not been abandoned last weekend.  Sporting on the other hand have gone well off-the-boil, having lost three straight league games to slip from joint top to eighth, and I feel it may be four defeats in a row as Redbridge will have too much for them on the day.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: The Motormen welcome an inconsistent Sporting Bengal side to Oakside. Bengal have lost their last three league matches, shipping ten goals in that time. The hosts are unbeaten in their last seven league matches and will take some stopping here as they seek to join those sides at the top of the division. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 1

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Southend Manor   |     Venue: Crofters End

Peter: The Robins have been solid of late, three draws in a row and only one defeat in five, however they welcome a Manor side full of confidence after their win at Braintree Town in midweek in the County Cup, as well as two straight wins in the league.  Think I’m gonna have to go for a draw in this one as well.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Manor travel to Crofters End to take on Sawbridgeworth. John Watters’ side have drawn their last three league matches though could have won one of those had they been more clinical in front of goal. Stuart Marshall’s Manor picked up an excellent win over Braintree Town at Cressing Road in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek so will be on a high from that triumph. They will be in for a battle here though as both sides seek to move away from a potentially-precarious league position. Tough one to call though I think Town might sneak it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Stansted v Waltham Forest     |    Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: The Airportmen’s last six games have yielded three wins and three defeats, whilst Forest have lost three straight matches in the division, although they did thrash Woodford Town in the Errington Cup in midweek to give themselves some confidence.  Stansted haven’t been brilliant at home and I think Forest may nick something here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Forest travel to Hargrave Park to meet Stansted in an interesting mid-table clash. Paul Pittuck’s side has won three of their last six league matches and recently the Airportmen have a good record against sides in & around them in the table. Forest are one place behind their hosts in the table, though five points separates them. Forest picked up an excellent win at Woodford in Cup action in midweek though in the league only one win in their last five matches leaves them at risk of being caught by the sides below them. I think there will be goals in this one though the visitors are the more susceptible at the back so this might favour a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

Takeley  v   Enfield 1893  |   Venue: Station Road

Peter: Dassy’s Takeley side got back to winning ways with victory at struggling Lodge on Wednesday after two straight defeats previously to that saw questions beginning to be asked of the Station Road side.  They need to be very wary of Enfield too, despite the visitors lowly league position, and with the Harlow-based side having beaten Barkingside last weekend, they will certainly ask questions of the high flying hosts.  However I feel Takeley will grab the points here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Takeley welcome Enfield 1893 to Station Road as Marc Das’ side look to build another good run of results. Following a ‘mini-blip’ they got a good win at Wadham Lodge in midweek. Enfield’s poor recent league run ended with a home win over Barkingside last weekend though they went out of the Errington Challenge Cup to the same opposition on penalties on Monday night. The hosts are another side that can grind out results and I suspect they’ll bank another three points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Tower Hamlets v FC Romania    |   Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter:  Hamlets routed West Essex at home last time out to get back to winning ways after two straight defeats, making it seven wins in nine games.  FC Romania have won their last two after a tricky period but their crushing win at Hullbridge, especially the second half, will give them cause for optimism.  I feel that this one could go in favour of the visitors.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Hamlets welcome FCR to Mile End. Last season, it’s more than likely you’d have said ‘away win’ in this fixture though this term you cannot be so cavalier in your thinking, down in no small part to the resurgent hosts so far this term. Hamlets have won two and lost two in their last four league matches though in-form forward Curtis Pond has certainly got his fair share of goals thus far for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side. The Wolves have an identical record to their hosts in the last four league matches (won two, lost two) though I have a feeling this one could end up honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Wadham Lodge v West Essex   |    Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Bottom side Lodge welcome West Essex to Kitchener Road looking to try and grab something from the game after losing six of their last seven in the league.  West Essex had been flying and found themselves top after four straight wins, however two defeats on the spin have seen the Mayesbrook Park side drop to fifth, and the midweek mauling at the hands of Basildon United in the Errington Cup wouldn’t have helped their confidence.  However, they should have enough to dispose of a struggling Lodge side.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Bottom side Wadham entertain West Essex at Kitchener Road. Although the results indicate one win from their last seven league matches for the hosts, it does seem that Wadham are starting to turn the corner in terms of performances after a very poor start to the campaign. West Essex have lost their last three in all competitions, conceding ten goals without reply in those three matches which is unusual for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Consequently, this might be a ‘good’ time for Wadham to play them and although both sides have leaky defences, I’m going for a score draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Woodford Town (2017)  v  Basildon Utd   |   Venue: Goffs Lane

Peter: Two in-form sides meet at Goffs Lane on Saturday with the Bees trying to overhaul Great Wakering Rovers at the top.  Woodford though are three games unbeaten and were minutes away from winning three straight in the league although they were thrashed at home in the Errington Cup by Waltham Forest in midweek.  The Bees are also unbeaten in three league games but thrashed West Essex in their midweek Errington Cup clash and I feel they will grab the points here too.

Pete’s Prediction:  0 – 2

Scott: Finally on Saturday, the Bees travel to Goffs Lane to take on Woodford Town. The hosts have had an upturn in form in their last four matches in all competitions, only losing once and that was in the Errington Challenge Cup to Waltham Forest in midweek. Basildon were also prevailed in the Cup with a big win over West Essex. In the league, the Bees’ unbeaten run now stands at three matches. Woodford may breach the visitors’ near-impregnable defence (they haven’t conceded a goal in their last five matches in all competitions) though I still reckon Marc Harrison’s side will pick up another three points to bolster what’s been a near-remarkable start to the campaign for them.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 and on his website at https://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl 

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14

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The FA Trophy 1QR Draw (9.10.17)

Compiled by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the complete Buildbase FA Trophy First Qualifying Round draw, where Step 3 sides enter the fray. For sides who came through the previous round, there is prize-money of £3,250 on offer for the winners in this round.

ICYMI, my round-up of the FA Trophy Prelim Round (involving most Isthmian North & South clubs) is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/the-fa-trophy-prelim-r-up-8-10-17/

The FA Trophy First Qualifying Round Draw   (in full)

Ties to be played on the Weekend of 28/29 October (Dates/KO’s TBC)

Ashton Utd   v   Frickley Athletic

Glossop North End  v  Matlock Town

Mossley AFC  v  Lancaster City

Ossett Town v  Droylsden \ Ossett Albion

Altrincham   v   Clitheroe

Farsley Celtic  v  South Shields

Buxton  v  Cleethorpes Town

Warrington Town  v  Bamber Bridge

Shaw Lane AFC  v  Ramsbottom Utd

Whitby Town  v  Marine

Prescot Cables  v   Stalybridge Celtic

Kendal Town  v   Atherton Colleries

Workington AFC  v   Witton Albion

Grantham Town  v  Halesowen Town

Rushall Olympic  v   Nantwich Town

Hednesford Town  v   Mickleover Sports

Newcastle Town  v  Kidsgrove Athletic

Stratford Town    v   Bedworth Utd

Chasetown  v   Spalding Utd

Stafford Rangers   v  St Ives Town

Barwell  v   Carlton Town

Stamford AFC  v  Suton Coldfield Town

St Neots Town  v  Corby Town

Redditch Utd  v   Coalville Town

Cambridge City  v  Alvechurch

Leek Town   v  Kettering Town

Stourbridge  v  Basford Utd

Hitchin Town   v   Cheshunt

Dorking Wanderers v  Ware

Maldon & Tiptree  v  Walton Casuals

Billericay Town  v  Tooting & Mitcham Utd

Leatherhead  v  Hythe Town

Sittingbourne   v   Merstham

Bishop’s Stortford  v  Hanwell Town

Needham Market v Arlesey Town

King’s Lynn Town v Mildenhall Town

Hendon  v  Kings Langley

Aylesbury  v  Harlow Town

Chipstead  / Barking  v  Beaconsfield Town

Brentwood / South Park  v Bedford Town

Tonbridge Angels  v  Heybridge Swifts

Bury Town  v  Chalfont St Peter

Hastings Utd  v  Ashford Town (Middx)

Metropolitan Police  v   AFC Sudbury  \  Aylesbury Utd

Dunstable Town  v  Lewes

Corinthian Casuals  v  Hertford Town

Cray Wanderers  v  Grays Athletic

Worthing  v  Lowestoft Town

Staines Town  v   Margate

Waltham Abbey   v   Dulwich Hamlet

Thamesmead Town \ AFC Hornchurch v  Brightlingsea Regent

Royston Town  v   Enfield Town

Potters Bar Town  v  Witham Town

Harrow Borough  v  Haringey Borough

Leiston  v  Folkestone Invicta

Burgess Hill Town  v  Marlow / Aveley

Bowers & Pitsea \ Dereham Town  v   Egham Town

Biggleswade Town  v   Wingate & Finchley

Kingstonian   v   Thurrock

Hayes & Yeading Utd  v    Chesham Utd

Taunton / AFC Totton  v   Merthyr Town

Dorchester Town  v   Basingstoke Town

Paulton Rovers  v   Cirencester Town

Gosport Borough  v  Bristol Manor Farm

Fleet Town \ Yate Town  v   Moneyfields

Thame Utd  v  Wimborne Town

Larkhall Athletic  v  Farnborough

Swindon Supermarine  v   Hartley Wintney

Hereford  v  Weymouth

Tiverton Town  v   Banbury Utd

Kidlington  v  Slough Town

Didcot Town  v   Frome Town

 

 

 

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (8.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start off with a Friday night match at Mile End then touch on all the Saturday action. And there’s a run-down of the results from the Senior League Cup 2nd Round involving Olympian League sides plus a smattering of Olympian League action. How did your side do this weekend? Find out below. Enjoy.

Friday 6th October

Tower Hamlets   3 – 0   West Essex

Venue: Mile End Stadium     |   Attendance: 94

Hamlets produced a good second-half display to win this one at Mile End. Curtis Pond’s brace [59’ & 69’] and substitute Wale Odedoyin’s goal was enough to defeat an under-par West Essex side and give Hamlets their sixth win of the season.

I attended this match and my full match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/report-t-hamlets-3-0-w-essex-esl-6-10-17/

Saturday 6th October

Burnham Ramblers   4 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue: Leslie Field   |    Attendance: 24

Burnham prevailed the second match in succession with this win at Leslie Field. Bradley Morgan gave the hosts the lead on 32 minutes, though Oscar Mendes levelled for Imrul Gazi’s side six minutes later. Burnham restored their lead a minute after that through Julian Bavin and second-half goals from Morgan [50’] and Charlee Hughes [65’] sealed a good day for Lee Hughes’ men.

Enfield 1893  3 – 1   Barkingside  

Venue: The Harlow Arena      |      Attendance: 68

Enfield came from behind to seal a good victory at the Harlow Arena. Jayden Mitchell-Brown gave ‘Side the lead after only two minutes though the hosts turned the tables with goals from Danny Jones [9’] and Andrew Tirivanhu [16’] before James O’Brien got the hosts’ third seven minutes before the break to seal their third win of the campaign.

Hackney Wick   1 – 2   Clapton

Venue: Old Spotted Dog     |        Attendance: 785

Clapton triumphed in the ‘Old Spotted Dog’ derby against tenants Wick, watched by a huge crowd of nearly 800 fans including many of the Clapton Ultras. Jeffrey Cobblah gave the Tons the lead before Hassan Nalbani ‘s penalty put Jon Fowell’s side in command before Jay Hardwick reduced Tolga Dervish’s side’s arrears though Clapton held on to claim their 5th win of the season.

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 4   FC Romania  

Venue: Lower Road   |        Attendance: 59

All the goals came in the second-half as FCR prevailed against out-of-form Hullbridge at Lower Road. Florin Pop gave the Wolves the lead ten minutes after the re-start. Ioan Petresc made it two on 62 minutes though Howard Wright netted to make it 1-2 four minutes later. FCR responded as Pop  [67’] and Petresc [69’] both got their braces and sealed a good day for the visitors.

Ilford   2 – 0   Takeley

Venue: Cricklefield      |     Attendance: 71

Two first-half goals were enough to give Ilford a moreale-boosting success at Cricklefield. James Peagram’s spot-kick on 29 minutes and Paul Oshin’s goal five minutes before the break were enough to give Allan Fenn’s side their sixth win of the campaign.

Sawbridgeworth Town   3 – 3  Woodford Town (2017)

Venue: Crofters End      |     Attendance: 45

Both these sides had to settle for a point in this six-goal cracker at Crofters End. Woodford led until the latter stages as goals from Larry Asare [43’], Andrea Montovani [58’] and a late goal from Jack Grosvenor though Sawbridgworth made it honours even through a brace from defender Matt Frew [7’ & 90’] and an Grosvenor OG [46’].

Southend Manor    0 – 3* (*A-A on 80 mins)     Redbridge     

Venue: Southchurch Park      |     Attendance: 64

I attended this match and the Match Report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/outhend-manor-0-3-redbridge-abandoned-after-80-mins-esl-7-10-17/

Stansted  0 – 1  Basildon Utd

Venue: Hargrave Park           |        Attendance: 78

Basildon narrowly won this encounter at Hargrave Park. Ash Blackburn’s goal a minute before half-time was enough to give the Bees their eighth win in ten league matches this term.

Waltham Forest  0  – 2    Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: Kitchener Road       |     Attendance: 47

A goal in each half saw Wakering to another victory, this time at Kitchener Road. Oliver Woodhouse gave GWR the lead 11 minutes before the break before Jake Gordon made it two nine minutes before the end.

 Saturday 7th October

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

May & Baker E.C  2 – 2   Rayleigh Town

 

Division One

FC Hamlets   4 – 0   Old Chelmsfordians

Shenfield AFC  1 – 1  Harold Hill

 

Division Two

Rochford Town   1 – 1   Upminster

Ryan  5 – 2  Ongar Town

 

Senior League Cup 2nd Round

Basildon Town  1 -1 Newham Utd (Newham won 4-3 on Penalties)

Buckhurst Hill  4 – 5   Frenford  (AET)

Canning Town  2 – 6  White Ensign

Catholic Utd  6 – 0    Epping

Harold Wood Athletic   4 – 2  Galleywood (AET)

Kelvedon Hatch  4 –  0  Snaresbrook

Manford Way    4 – 0   Dagenham Utd

Newbury Forest  0 – 5   Westhamians

Ramsden Scotia   3 – 1    Herongate Athletic

Runwell Sports   1 – 3  Southend Sports

Springfield   2 – 1  Old Southendian

Sungate  1 – 3 Great Baddow

Toby  3 – 1  Hutton

The FA Trophy Prelim Round Round-up (8.10.17)

FA Trophy Image (2017)
The FA Trophy  (Credit: The FA)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a bumper round-up of the action from the FA Trophy Preliminary Round involving Bostik North & South sides on ‘Non-League Day’ Sat 7th October & Sun 8th Oct plus the solitary Isthmian North tie this weekend. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 7th October

The FA Trophy Prelim Round

AFC Sudbury  2  – 2   Aylesbury Utd   

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium  |   Attendance: 279

Sudbury fought back at the death to secure a replay in this tie at the Wardale Williams Stadium. Callum Watson gave the hosts the lead on 12 minutes before a second-half brace from Tyriq Hunte [64’ & 88’] turned the pendulum towards the visitors though a late equaliser from Ollie Dunlop means that the replay will take place in midweek at the Meadow.

Ashford Utd  0 – 3  Sittingbourne

Venue:  Homelands       |  Attendance: 325

Sittingbourne won this all-Isthmian South clash at Homelands. Kane Rowland put the Brickies ahead on 29 minutes. After the break, Rowland’s second of the afternoon [70’] and a late third by David Smith sealed the visitors progression into the next round.

Bowers & Pitsea 2 – 2  Dereham Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    | Attendance: 173

Bowers held fellow Bostik North opponents Dereham at the Len Salmon. Tony Stokes put the hosts ahead four minutes after the restart. Rhys Logan restored parity for the Magpies 13 minutes later before Ollie Ebbage gave them the lead on 71 minutes. Stokes was the hero who forced a replay with a late leveller so it’s back to Aldiss Park for a replay in midweek.

Brentwood Town  3 – 3  South Park

Venue: Brentwood Arena  |   Attendance: 113

We’ve heard the cliché ‘it’s a game of two halves’ many times though it was certainly true in this one at the Brentwood Arena. Town had a three-goal cushion at the break as Izzy Bademosi’s brace [4’ & 29’] and Andy Freeman’s goal just before half-time. After the interval, the Sparks really kicked back into life as Kieran Lavery’s penalty [50’] and Joe Jackson’s strike [52’] reduced the arrears  before Chris Smith levelled with four minutes left. A replay will take place at Whitehall Lane in midweek.

Cheshunt 3 – 0   Herne Bay

Venue: Theobalds Lane   |   Attendance: 144

Isthmian North side Cheshunt saw off their Isthmian South opponents with second-half goals by Callum Ellersley [68’] and Adam Wallace [73’ & 79’]. The Bay had to play the last few minutes with ten men as Raphe Brown was dismissed late on.

Chipstead  1 – 1  Barking

Venue: High Road   |   Attendance: 69

The Chips came from behind to seal a replay at High Road. Goldy Capela put the visitors ahead on the quarter-hour though Leon Lalor-Dell levelled for the hosts with 22 minutes left so the sides go again at Mayesbrook Park in midweek.

Corinthian Casuals 2 – 0   AFC Dunstable

Venue: King George’s Field  |   Attendance: 153

The Casuals sealed the win here with a goal in each half. Josh Uzun put the hosts ahead on ten minutes and sealed their progression into the next round with 17 minutes remaining through Jack Strange’s goal.

Cray Wanderers  8 – 0     Horsham 

Venue: Hayes Lane  |   Attendance: 124

Cray thumped fellow Isthmian South side Horsham at Hayes Lane to progress to the next round. Goals from Aaron Rhule [6’] and Jerome Frederico [22’] set the Wands on their way. Marcus Evans made it three six minutes later before a brace from Michael Power [32’ & 39’] made the result safe at the break. The pain continued for the Hornets after the break as Freddie Parker’s hat-trick [pen 60’, 73’ & 78’] sealed the rout.

East Grinstead Town   2 – 4    Lewes

Venue: College Lane |   Attendance: 203

Lewes came from behind to seal their place in the next round with victory at College Lane. The Wasps went ahead after just five minutes thanks to Marcus Elliott’s goal though Billy Medlock levelled on 31 minutes for the visitors.A minutes into the second half, Charlie Postance ‘s strike saw the hosts assume the lead again though that lead only lasted six minutes as Harry Reed levelled for the Rocks. Medlock then completed his hat-trick [71’ & 82’] to seal the win.

Egham Town  7  – 1   Shoreham

Venue: The Runnymede Stadium |   Attendance: 68

Egham overwhelmed Isthmian South side Shoreham at the Runnymede Stadium. The hosts led on ten minutes through Brendan Mathew’s goal though the Musselmen were level five minutes later thanks to Ross Myers’ equaliser. Egham led at the break as Michael Wiseman [26’] and Aaron Berry [32’] goals saw them open up a two-goal advantage. After the break, on the score-sheet anyway it was one-way traffic as Lewis Cole [48’] and Louis Stead [65’] goals made it 5-1 then Berry’s second of the afternoon with 21 minutes left plus a late goal from Liam Tack sealed the big win for the hosts.

Grays Athletic   4  – 3   Norwich Utd

Venue: Parkside  |   Attendance: 201

Grays edged this all-Isthmian North tie at Parkside. Kieran Bishop put Ath ahead on ten minutes though Liam Jackson levelled things nine minutes later. Grays led comfortably at the break as goals from Stanley Muguo [25’], Bishop’s second [39’] and a spot-kick from Joao Carlos [41’] made it 4-1 at the interval. Late goals from Utd’s Adam Hipperson [75’] and substitute Adam Probert [90’] made it tight though Jamie Stuart’s side are through to the next round.

Greenwich Borough    0 – 1   Hanwell Town

Venue: DGS Stadium |   Attendance: 80

Greenwich suffered a late exit as Hanwell edged them at the DGS Stadium. Borough were a man light on 71 minutes as Travis Gregory was dismissed. Glen Yala took advantage with the only goal with nine minutes remaining to see their place in the next round.

Haringey Borough   3 – 0   Whyteleafe

Venue: Coles Park |   Attendance: 175

Isthmian North side Haringey sent their Isthmian South opponents out at Coles Park. Ruarid Kay gave Borough the lead two minutes before the break. Lauren Luke doubled that lead six minutes after the restart before substitute Chris Benjamin sealed his side’s progression six minutes from time.

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 0   Carshalton Athletic

Venue: Scraley Road |   Attendance: 181

A goal in each half sealed the Swifts’ progression in this one at Scraley Road. Lewis Goldbold put the hosts ahead on the half-hour and Juan Luque sealed the win three minutes from time.

 

Kempston Rovers  0 –  1  Hythe Town

Venue: Hillgrounds Stadium |   Attendance: 132

Hythe edged Kempston to seal their spot in the next round. Dean Grant got the only goal on 63 minutes to put the Isthmian South outfit through.

Marlow  0  – 0   Aveley

Venue: Alfred David Ground  |   Attendance: 101

Marlow held their Isthmian North opponents to a creditable draw at the Alfred David Ground. A replay is required which will take place in midweek.

Northwood  2  – 5   Maldon & Tiptree

Venue: Northwood Park   | Attendance: 97

Maldon had to fight hard by their Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 East opponents though went through at Northwood Park. Debutant Jermaine Osei gave the hosts the lead after just three minutes though Ryan Gondoh levelled ten minutes later. Gondoh then grabbed his second on the half-hour to give the Jammers the lead. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe extended the lead with a spot-kick four minutes later, Osei struck again three minutes before the break to cut his side’s arrears in half. Early second-half goals from Johnville Renee [46’] and Ogedi-Uzokwe’s second [49’] sealed the win for Kevin Horlock’s men.

Phoenix Sports  0 –  3  Chalfront St Peter

Venue: The Mayplace Ground  |   Attendance: 93

The visitors won this tie with a first-half goal blitz. Jake Cass put Chalfront ahead just two minutes in before Maxwell Holland made it two just seven minutes later. Rob Hastings sealed the tie with the third 12 minutes before the break to send Sports out.

Potters Bar Town 4 – 0   Tilbury

Venue:  Pakex Stadium   |   Attendance: 89

Potters Bar triumphed over their fellow Isthmian North side Tilbury at the Pakex Stadium. The hosts were two ahead at the break as a brace from Michael Murray [21’ & pen 45’] set them on their way. Billy Lobjoit made it three nine minutes after the restart. The Scholars were a man down with twenty minutes to play as George Nicholas were given a straight red card. It didn’t affect the result though as Lobjoit completed his brace with his side’s fourth, eight minutes from time. After the match, Tilbury boss Gary Henty sadly resigned from his position.

Ramsgate    3 – 5    Bury Town

Venue: Southwood Stadium   |   Attendance: 209

Isthmian North side Bury Town sent their Isthmian South opponents out in a thriller at Southwood. The hosts led on three minutes through Alfie Paxman and doubled that lead on 26 minutes thanks to Tom Chapman’s goal. Town roared back though as goals from Cemal Ramadan [34’] and Ryan Jolland [38’] made it all-square at the break. Paxman struck again on 61 minutes to give the Rams the lead once again though three goals in seven minutes saw the visitors home as Ramadan completed his hat-trick [68’ & 75’] and Noel Aitkens’ goal [68’] sandwiched in the middle.

VCD Athletic   0  – 1    Bedford Town

Venue: Oakwood    |   Attendance: 65

Bedford recorded a narrow win at Oakwood. Jemale McKenzie-Lowe got the winner on 24 minutes as VCD headed out of this year’s competition.

Waltham Abbey   2 – 1    Faversham Town

Venue: Capershotts  |   Attendance: 75

Abbey sent their Isthmian South opponents out at Capershotts with a decent win here. Shad Ngandu gave the hosts the lead on 19 minutes before hot-shot Christian Assombalonga doubled the lead two minutes before the break. Faversham pulled one back through substitute Luke Griffiths [66’] though the Isthmian North side prevailed.

Walton Casuals  3 – 0   Canvey Island  

Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub |   Attendance: 196

Walton pulled off a good win over Isthmian North side Canvey at the Elmbridge Sports Hub. Just before half-time, Josh Kelly put the Stags ahead. After the restart a brace from Lartley Sarpong [55’ & 62’] sent the Islanders out of this year’s FA Trophy.

Sunday 8th October

Romford  0 – 1   Hastings Utd

Venue: Ship Lane    |   Attendance: 130

Isthmian South side Hastings edged out their Isthmian North hosts at Ship Lane. Sam Adams got the only goal of the match on 16 minutes to see the Arrows through to the next round.

Thamesmead Town  1 – 1  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Princes Park  |   Attendance: 116

The Urchins fought back to claim a replay in this tie at Princes Park. Paul Vines put Isthmian South side Thamesmead ahead after just seven minutes. The visitors left it fairly late to seal a draw though substitute Ross Wall did the job with 15 minutes remaining. The replay will be at Bridge Avenue in midweek.

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Bostik Division North   (Sat 7th October)

Hertford Town   2 – 2    Mildenhall Town

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park   |   Attendance: 191

Both these sides battled to a hard-fought draw at Hertingfordbury Park. Michael Toner put the hosts ahead two minutes before half-time though a penalty from Shaun Avis [67’] levelled for the Hall. Toner struck again four minutes later as Hertford re-took the lead though the visitors grabbed a point as Jake Chambers-Shaw levelled things with 11 minutes remaining. Hertford sit 13th in the table, level on points with today’s opponents who are one place above them on goal difference.

Bostik League Premier Division Round-up (7.10.17)

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 7th October on ‘Non-League Day’ followed by the updated Bostik Premier Division table. Enjoy.

Billericay Town  4  – 3    Hendon

Venue: New Lodge    |      Attendance: 1,988

Billericay edged Hendon in this top-two clash at New Lodge in front of nearly 2,000 fans. Hendon took the lead only three minutes in through Ashley Nathaniel-George’s strike though Ricky Modeste levelled for the hosts nine minutes later. Keagan Cole put the Greens ahead once again on 17 minutes though again the hosts quickly levelled as Adam Cunnington scored on 20 minutes. ‘Ricay finished the first half strongly as Billy BRicknell’s spot-kick [35’] and Cunnington’s second saw the hosts 4-2 ahead at the interval. Late on, Nathaniel-George grabbed his second to make it a nervy finish though Glenn Tamplin’s side held on to record their 8th straight league win.

Burgess Hill Town  0 – 5  Lowestoft Town

Venue: Leylands Park    |   Attendance: 479

Lowie had a very happy away-day at Leylands Park. Cruise Nyadzayo gave the visitors the lead on 14 minutes before Jake Reed’s hat-trick [35’,50’,57’] sealed the points for the Trawlerboys. Substitute Josh Greenleaf inflicted more pain on the Hillians with 17 minutes remaining as Lowie recorded their fourth win of the campaign.

Dulwich Hamlet    2 – 0     Needham Market

Venue: Champion Hill       |         Attendance: 2,417

Dulwich secured the win at Champion Hill in front of the highest crowd of the day in the Isthmian Premier. Nathan Ferguson gave the hosts the lead on 32 minutes before Nana Boakye-Yiadom doubled it a minute before the break. Dulwich held the Marketmen at bay after the break to record their fourth straight league win, in all four of those they haven’t a conceded a goal. Needham have only won one of their last five league matches.

Enfield Town   2 – 1     Margate

Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Stadium   |   Attendance: 509

Enfield held off Margate to claim the points at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. Mickey Purcell put the hosts ahead after only a minute played, though a Darren Purse OG on 52 minutes restored parity for the Gate. Taylor McKenzie got the winner 12 minutes later to seal all three points for Andy Leese’s side, their fourth win of the season. Margate’s five-game undefeated league streak ended here.

Harrow Borough  2 – 0   Kingstonian

Venue: Earlsmead        |        Attendance: 227

Two first-half goals assisted Harrow to victory over ten-man Kingstonian at Earlsmead. Sam Page was dismissed on 33 minutes so the K’s had to play nearly an hour with a man short. To add to things, Reis Stanislaus’ spot-kick in the same minute gave the hosts the lead before two minutes later getting his second of the afternoon to hand the Reds their sixth win of the league season.

Leatherhead  2 – 1   Harlow Town

Venue: Feltcham Grove     |   Attendance: 406

Leatherhead fought back to seal the points at Feltcham Grove. Nigel Neite gave Harlow the lead on 32 minutes though ten minutes later, Jack Midson restored parity for Sammy Moore’s side. Twelve minutes into the second-half Reece Williams-Bowers got the eventual winner to give the Tanners their 5th win of the league campaign thus far.

Leiston    2 – 2    Staines Town

Venue: Victory Road               Attendance: 323

Leiston came from behind to hold Staines at Victory Road. Elliott Buchanan put the visitors ahead nine minutes in though Joe Jefford equalised five minutes later for the Blues. Buchanan struck again [58’] to give the Swans the lead for a second time though Jack Ainsley secured a point for the hosts with his leveller with 11 minutes to play and in doing so preserving the hosts’ unbeaten record so far this term.

Merstham  1  – 2  Dorking Wanderers

Venue: Moatside   |   Attendance: 271

Ten-man Dorking struck late to seal the points at Moatside. Jerome Beckles was dismissed after just 12 minutes so Dorking were on the back-foot somewhat. Ryan Hall then put the Moatsiders ahead ten minutes later. After the break, goals from Tom Tolfrey [61’] and Chris Boulter [82’] sealed the turnaround for the Wanderers and end the hosts’ five-match unbeaten run in the league.

Metropolitan Police  3 – 1   Folkestone Invicta

Venue: Imber Court       |       Attendance: 165

The Met recovered after an early setback to grab the win at Imber Court. Ian Draycott put Invicta ahead four minutes in though Jay Gasson levelled ten minutes later. After a break, a brace from Lloyd Macklin [pen 70’ & 76’] sealed the comeback for the hosts and secure their fourth win of the league season.

Thurrock  3 – 3  Brightlingsea Regent

Venue: Ship Lane   |   Attendance: 128

Thurrock got a creditable point in a real ‘ding-dong’ encounter at Ship Lane. Regent led on 18 minutes through Connor Hogan’s opener though Dennis Oli levelled things 11 minutes later. Robbie Rees struck two minutes after the break to put the R’s back ahead before Billy Hunt’s goal [56’] gave them a two-goal cushion. Late goals from Charlie Stimson [83’] and Lewwis Spence [90’] secured a point for Mark Stimson’s side, who have drawn three of their last five league matches now.

Tonbridge Angels   1 – 0     Wingate & Finchley 

Venue: Longmead  |   Attendance: 635

Angels secured the win, watched by a big crowd at Longmead. Alex Akrofi got the only goal on the hour to secure his side’s third league win in their last five league matches.

Tooting & Mitcham Utd  4 – 3   Worthing

Venue: Imperial Fields            Attendance:  265

Tooting edged this bottom-two clash at Imperial Fields. Tooting led on the quarter-hour through Chace O’Neill before Jared Rance levelled 13 minutes later. Worthing took the lead for the first time on 32 minutes as Alex Parsons struck and they led at half-time. Callum McNaughton restored parity for the hosts six minutes after the break before late goals from Omar Folkes [78’] and substitute Billy Dunn [82’] put them ahead though fellow substitute Isaac Newton’s goal a minute from time made it a nervy end for the Terrors. In any case, the hosts did secure their maiden win of the campaign here.

Bostik Premier Division table (following October 7th matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Billericay Town 9 8 0 1 +19 24
2 Dulwich Hamlet 11 7 2 2 +9 23
3 Leiston 10 6 4 0 +10 22
4 Hendon 12 7 0 5 +14 21
5 Harrow Borough 12 6 3 3 +4 21
6 Staines Town 12 5 4 3 +11 19
7 Kingstonian 12 6 1 5 -5 19
8 Tonbridge Angels 12 5 3 4 +2 18
9 Wingate & Finchley 11 6 0 5 +1 18
10 Margate 10 4 4 2 +7 16
11 Leatherhead 10 5 1 4 +1 16
12 Enfield Town 10 4 3 3 +2 15
13 Brightlingsea Regent 12 4 3 5 -3 15
14 Merstham 11 3 5 3 +5 14
15 Folkestone Invicta 9 4 2 3 -1 14
16 Metropolitan Police 11 4 2 5 -3 14
17 Lowestoft Town 11 4 1 6 0 13
18 Dorking Wanderers 11 4 1 6 -2 13
19 Burgess Hill Town 10 3 3 4 -4 12
20 Needham Market 11 3 3 5 -4 12
21 Thurrock 11 3 3 5 -7 12
22 Harlow Town 10 2 1 7 -10 7
23 Tooting & Mitcham Utd 11 1 3 7 -24 6
24 Worthing 13 0 2 11 -22 2
               

Report: Southend Manor 0 – 3* Redbridge (*A-A after 80 mins) (ESL 7.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

2017-18 Season – Match 28

Saturday 7th October 2017 3pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

S Manor v Redbridge (ESL 7.10.16)
The Players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly afternoon at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor welcomed in-form Redbridge in another Essex Senior League encounter on Non-League Day.

The first began with the visitors edging the early-going though 13 minutes in, it was almost bad luck for the visitors as from full-back Lee Scott’s right-wing cross, Manor’s Robbie Norris scuffed his shot at the near post. The visitors did get into their stride somewhat though strikes on goal from front two Brian Moses and Calvin Poku failed to find the target.

The Motormen did take the lead eleven minutes before the break as a long-ball found Poku in space and then one-on-one with Manor goalkeeper Liam Pitts, buried his low strike into the left corner. Redbridge led at the break as Manor couldn’t quite find their rhythm going forward though did battle quite well against the formidable Motormen front four.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1  Redbridge

Seven minutes into the second half, Moses’ shot was saved by Pitts, A minute later, Manor forward Bayley Newell’s drive went wide of the left-side post. The vistors extended their lead on 61 minutes as after Moses was involved in the build-up , winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao struck home from close range. Ten minutes later, Manor substitute Charlie Barlow’s shot called Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene into action though he made the save. Soon after, the visitors were three goals up as after Pitts had denied Moses’ effort, winger Joshua Hutchinson tucked in the re-bound. Newell then tested Greene again with a goal-bound effort which the visiting custodian saved with his foot.

With ten minutes remaining, there was a coming together as Redbridge forward Moses and home goalkeeper Pitts challenged for the ball on the edge of the goalkeeper’s area which left both players down. However, it soon became apparent that the ‘keeper had clearly come off worse for wear and the match was halted while an ambulance was called. I must mention that Moses stayed with the stricken stopper for some time, before and after the paramedic crew arrived. Given the situation, the referee eventually called the match off with ten minutes still to play. Pitts suffered a suspected broken leg. I sincerely wish Liam the very best in his recovery and I am sure the entire Non-League community would also echo that sentiment.

As far as the result goes, the League will ultimately decide whether the result will stand or not, though at present I believe it may stand.

Full-Time*: Southend Manor  0 – 3  Redbridge

Poku 34’

Coxi-Sebastfao 61’,

Hutchinson 72’

 

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Redbridge

Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Liam Pitts  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene  (GK)
2  Robbie Norris 2  Courtney Homans
3  Lee Scott                   (Subbed 54’) 3  Billy Golledge
4  Ross Johnson           (Subbed 70’) 4  Shaun Harris
5  Scott Keys  (C) 5  Liam Thomas  (C)
6  Jamie Alexandrou 6  Jonathon Mbamarah
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Joshua Hutchinson
8  Callum Jex 8  Patrick Duggan    (Subbed 67’)
9  Jacob Cleaver 9  Calvin Poku          (Subbed 67’)
10  Bayley Newell 10  Brian Moses
11  Joe Skeels 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao
   

Substitutes:

12  Ryan Kelland        (On 70’) 12  Sam Sheppard
14  Hamid Zamani 14  Lindsipho Mtyanda   (On 67’)
15  Charlie Barlow     (On 54’) 15  Malaki Toussaint       (On 67’)
16  James Coppins 16  Tommie Turner
17  James Good  
   

Referee:

Peter Newman
Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Martin Green

   
Booked: Cleaver Booked: Thomas

 

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 3 – 0 West Essex (ESL 6.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 94

2017-18 Season – Match 27

Friday 6th October 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

T Hamlets v W Essex (ESL 6.10.17)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly calm night at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets welcomed West Essex in a Friday night Essex Senior League encounter. Regarding the teams, Goalkeeper James Pellin made his debut for Hamlets after signing from Southend Manor while for West Essex, Dan Russell continued to deputise in goal for the injured Jack Coker.

The match didn’t start off that lively with few chances coming in the early-going. Fourteen minutes in, a West Essex free-kick by Joe Lefley found centre-back Maamoon Khan though he couldn’t get his shot away on goal. Six minutes later, we had the unusual sight of a fox traversing its way across the pitch. On 24 minutes, Hamlets forward O’Neal Rowe had a good shot saved by West Essex goalkeeper Dan Russell. The remainder of the half saw few real opportunities to break the deadlock though a minute before the break, visiting defender Kofi Appiah’s drive needed a decent save by Hamlets goalkeeper James Pellin to keep it goalless at the interval.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0  West Essex

The hosts took a few minutes to settle after the break, though ten minutes after the re-start, striker Luke With hit a post from a decent position in the area. The visitors nearly responded a minute later though skipper Tom MacLeod’s header went over the bar from a free-kick. Hamlets did opening the scoring on 59 minutes as hot-shot Curtis Pond made a good surging run and buried a low shot past Russell to give the hosts the lead. Hamlets were unsurprisingly buoyed by their goal and full-back Lamar Earle made another good run though blasted his shot over the bar. The visitors were a man down as Dan Christey was dismissed for two bookable offences midway through the second half. With had another effort on goal saved by Russell’s legs with 66 minutes on the clock though three minutes later Pond was left in space and one-on-one with Russell, again placed a low drive into the corner.

The hosts had the initiative now and nearly increased their lead as Rowe showed good pace and skill to get past Russell in the area though his goal-bound effort was well blocked on the goal-line. Two minutes after coming on as a late substitute, forward Wale Odedoyin found space on the counter-attack and lobbed Russell well to seal the win for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side. To be honest, the visitors did tire after the break though Pellin still had to deny striker Michael Mignot and substitute Isaac Marfo late on.

All in all, the second-half showing from Hamlets won them this match and Curtis Pond laid down another marker in terms of his finishing with two goals though Luke With, O’Neal Rowe and defender John Watson also did well tonight. For West Essex, this won’t be a memorable match as they struggled to give the likes of Mignot and Woodbridge enough service up top. They will have better matches this season though there may be a concern about conceding goals. Best wishes to both clubs.

FT: Tower Hamlets  3 – 0   West Essex

Pond 59’,69’

W. Odedoyin 83’

Teams:

Tower Hamlets

Joint Managers: Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike

West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

(position order)

1  James Pellin  (GK) 1  Dan Russell  (GK)
2  Lamar Earle 5  Nick Walk
3  John Watson 3  Josh Kane
4  Mata Julio 21  Maamoon Khan
5  Tola Odedoyin 16  Kofi Appiah
6  Jerome Anthony 6  Dan Christey
7  Curtis Pond         (Subbed 84’) 4 Tom MacLeod  (C)
8  Frankie Sinclair  (C) 10  Joe Lefley
9  Luke With            (Subbed 81’) 7  Michael Mignot
10  O’Neal Rowe 9  Tom Woodbridge   (Subbed 81’)
11  Kane Wilson     (Subbed 71’) 17  Fatos Zeqiri     (Subbed 62’)

Substitutes:

12  Wale Odedoyin   (On  81’) 11  Cameron Gray     (On 62’)
14  James Ross           (On  84’) 14  Josh French
15  Chaka Barnett      (On 71’) 18  Nick Carroll
17  Alhousman Ndure 24  Isaac Marfo         (On 81’)
18  Montel Williams

Referee:

Reece Pinchback
Assistant Referees:

Alan Moore

Erwin Kegyes

Booked: Julio, Pond, T. Odedoyin Booked: MacLeod
Sent Off: Christey (2 Bookings)