Essex Senior League
Venue: Mile End Stadium
Date: Monday 12th December 2016 7.45pm
Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks
West Essex: Red & Black Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a fairly damp evening with slippery pitch conditions, Tower Hamlets took on West Essex in a Monday night ESL encounter. Both sides are towards the bottom of the ESL table and could’ve done with the win tonight.
The match began with both sides having chances in the early stages, West Essex forward Isaac Marfo headed over the bar after good work by midfielder Tanvir Ahmed. Soon afterwards, West Essex Nick Carroll & Marfo drilled strikes at goal from outside the box, though home ‘keeper Jean Manata got across comfortably to gather. In between those two efforts, Tower Hamlets forward Anthony Ikenwe had an effort of his own well-struck though gathered by visiting ‘keeper Jack Coker.
West Essex full-back Josh Kane had a decent chance though blasted his shot straight at Manata. As we approached half-time, a few fouls crept in, underlying the at times scrappy affair this match was. Referee Wally James spoke to both managers on the touchline shortly before the break, the visitors having shaded the first period.
Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0 West Essex
The second half began with the visitors on the front foot with Josh French & top-scorer Michael Mignot both being denied by ‘keeper Manata. West Essex were also working hard at the back to try and negate the home side’s chances. Substitute Yusuf Ali had a deflected effort go just over the bar for Hamlets, whilst soon after that substitute Joe Lefley’s hopeful looping effort was saved by Manata. The visitors kept going though into injury-time as Mignot’s header from a decent free-kick was tipped over the bar by Manata.
West Essex got their reward for their persistence right at the death as Marfo stole in to grab a tap-in after scrappy defending from Hamlets to secure all three points.
Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1 West Essex
………………………………………Marfo 90 +2
Manager: Ade Abayomi
Manager: Kwame Kwateng
|1 Jean Manata (GK)||1 Jack Coker (GK)|
|2 Inesh Sumithran||2 Jayvon Case-Jarrett|
|3 Edward Lang||3 Josh Kane (Subbed 31’)|
|4 Trecy Bambo||4 Tom Macleod (C)|
|5 Jairo Pedro||5 Nick Walk|
|6 Ade Oreniake (C)||14 Josh French (Subbed 76’)|
|7 Kamon Asidio (Subbed 60’)||7 Michael Mignot|
|8 Landin Joao (Subbed 46’)||8 Tanvir Ahmed (Subbed 60’)|
|9 Germaine Agymang||9 Isaac Marfo|
|10 Anthony Ikenwe||16 Nick Carroll|
|11 Deivity Jesus (Subbed 52’)||11 James Bromley|
|12 Adeyinka Akinlabi (On 46’)||6 Daniel Christey|
|13 Rahim Adama Bamba||10 Joe Lefley (On 60’)|
|14 Yusuf Ali (On 46’)||15 Steffan Kermin (On 31’)|
|15 Ali Ibrahim||17 Tom Wood|
|16 Simeon Awoilyi (On 60’)||24 Bradley Russell (On 76’)|
|Assistant Referees:||John Noblemunn