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.

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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)

 

Essex Senior League 2017/18 – Preview (6.10.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

The weekend comes round again, and with Saturday being ‘Non-League Day’, here are Peter’s and my thoughts on the Essex Senior League (ESL) fixtures to be played this weekend with four sides currently level on points at the summit.

Friday 6th October

Tower Hamlets v West Essex     |    Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter:  The weekend’s ESL action begins on Friday evening as Tower Hamlets host West Essex at Mile End and the hosts have seen their six-game winning run ended with two straight defeats, whilst visitors West Essex have four wins from their last six outings and have a pretty decent away record this season.  Based on this I have a feeling the visitors will sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Scott: Hamlets welcome West Essex to Mile End in their second home match in five days.  The hosts here have lost their last two league matches so will be looking for a reaction here. West Essex lost out at Woodford Town in midweek and whilst their attacking exploits are well-noted, it is their defending which needs to improve, especially against an in-form Hamlets forward line. I feel Hamlets will edge this encounter.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Saturday 7th October

Burnham Ramblers v Sporting Bengal Utd    |    Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers come into this one after an incredible 6-2 win at Waltham Forest, which was only their second win in the league all season.  Sporting in contrast have lost their last two after going joint-top of the division having won the previous three games and have slipped a few places as a result. Got a feeling there may be goals in this one but also for the visitors to get more than the hosts and bounce back and get back on track.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 4

Scott: Sporting Bengal travel to Leslie Field to take on Burnham in this intriguing tie. Burnham are ‘riding on a high’ after an excellent win at Waltham Forest in midweek. Bengal have lost their last two league matches though if they can name their strongest XI then they will feel they have a good chance to get a result here. Though at the back, they will need to be watchful of the likes of Charlee Hughes for the hosts. Tough one to call this is, though I’m going for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Enfield 1893 v Barkingside   |    Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: Enfield come up against a Barkingside outfit who have only lost one in five with three wins in their last six league games.  The hosts have had a luckless season so far, having lost seven out of their nine league games.  However the two wins came at home to Redbridge and away to Basildon, two teams tied at the top right now, so this will prove a tough assignment for the visitors.  Got a feeling Enfield may pull this one off too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Barkingside travel to the 3G of the Harlow Arena to take on Enfield. This is the first of two encounters for these sides as they play each other in midweek in the Errington Challenge Cup. Enfield have lost their last three matches in all competitions though they have five goals in those encounters so are scoring, while Barkingside are harder to beat this season under Michael Walther and got a good win over Hackney Wick in midweek. Draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hackney Wick v Clapton      |       Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: This is the first meeting between the two sides in what is now known as the Hackney derby, but the hosts have lost four of their last six games whilst the Tons recent record reads Won, Lost, Won, Lost and Won, so ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ springs to mind there.  However, backed by their noisy Ultras I feel the visitors will be roared to victory.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: The first ‘Spotted Dog’ derby match of the league season sees tenants Wick go up against Clapton. The hosts still haven’t won at home yet this term, while Clapton have been inconsistent at times, though did pull off a narrow win over Enfield in midweek. Factor in the return of Johnny Ashman (he played in the Enfield match in midweek) for Jonny Fowell’s side and the possible return of the Ultras for this ‘away’ encounter then that leads me to think it’ll be a win for the Tons.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

 

Hullbridge Sports v FC Romania         |        Venue: Lower Road

Peter: Both these sides find themselves in the lower half of the form table after difficult runs, but the Romanians did end Takeley’s 100% start to the season when they beat them in midweek, whilst Hullbridge find themselves in the bottom four after a poor start to their campaign, and last weekend’s 6-1 thrashing at Redbridge wouldn’t of helped their confidence.  Expecting the visitors to do the job here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Hullbridge take on FC Romania at Lower Road. The hosts have had the midweek off though will want to vanquish the memories of a heavy loss to Redbridge last weekend. Sports will also hope that injuries & have abated somewhat as the Wolves come to town having ended Takeley’s unbeaten start to the season in midweek. Hard to see anything else but an FCR win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Ilford v Takeley     |    Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: It will be interesting to see how Takeley react to losing their 100% league record after losing in midweek, and they come up against a tough-spirited Ilford at Cricklefield who themselves recorded a comeback win at Mile End on Monday.  However I do feel the visitors will bounce back and grab their eighth league win of the campaign.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Ilford welcome Takeley to Cricklefield in what is a sure-fire test of their recent mini-revival. In my opinion, the hosts are still seeking the consistency to get in the top-ten and stay there as you’re just not sure ‘which Ilford’ will turn up though they did record a narrow win at Tower Hamlets on Monday night. Takeley will want to react to their narrow loss at FC Romania in midweek as well, though they did defeat Clapton last weekend. This is another tough one to call though I’ll go with a score draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

Sawbridgeworth Town v Woodford Town (2017)  |   Venue: Crofters End

Peter: The Robins are another side who have had a surprisingly difficult campaign although the loss of Gavin Cockman to Bowers & Pitsea plus changes in the management structure may have take their time to settle perhaps, and they welcome to Crofters a team who have beaten Sporting Bengal United and West Essex in their last two games so will certainly pose a big threat to the hosts.  However Sawbo put in a good showing in a 0-0 draw with Basildon last time out so reckon they could get a point here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Woodford travel to Sawbridgeworth on the back of two good wins over Sporting Bengal and West Essex. I saw Sawbridgeworth last weekend and although up top they could’ve done with being more clinical, they battled very hard with a depleted side and they’ll need to do the same here against a Woodford side that have scored seven goals in their last three matches, though are still somewhat inconsistent as they won three of their last seven league matches. The visitors are also yet to taste defeat away from home. Hard-fought draw here I reckon.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Southend Manor v Redbridge    |   Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter:  Two in-form teams clash at Southchurch Park as Manor host the Motormen.  The hosts have won their last two outings and may just be turning the corner whilst Redbridge are on a six-game winning streak in the league, finally finding the form many expected them to show prior to the season began.  Difficult one to call here but I reckon Redbridge may just have the edge up front and will sneak this one I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: One of the fixtures of the day takes place at Southchurch Park. Manor have finally got their season ‘up and running’ with wins over Waltham Forest and Stansted over the last week. Though they host an in-form Redbridge side that have won their last six ESL matches, scoring 21 goals in the process. At the risk of stating the obvious, Manor will need to be at their best defensively to shut out the likes of Brian Moses and Calvin Poku in attack for the Motormen. Although we’ve already seen some ‘upsets’ this term, I still reckon it’ll be an away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Stansted v Basildon Utd  |    Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: Stansted followed up two straight wins by being humbled 0-4 at home by Southend Manor in midweek, which summed up their season so far.  Basildon United on the other hand began with six straight wins although a defeat and a draw in their last three games put a stop to that, however they defeated Tower Hamlets 3-0 at home and got a creditable point at Crofters in midweek with a few missing so will be happy with their form still.  Fancy an away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Basildon travel to Hargrave Park for another away-day after a decent point at Sawbridgeworth in midweek. The hosts have had a mixed week, triumphing at Hackney Wick last weekend before a disappointing loss at home to Suthend Manor in midweek. The Bees are unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions and have only conceded six goals in nine league outings thus far. It won’t be a easy encounter for them though I‘ll go for an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Waltham Forest v Great Wakering Rovers   |   Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Forest have the second worst defence in the last six league games and they shipped six at home to bottom side Burnham Ramblers in midweek in an astonishing second half collapse which saw them concede four in thirteen minutes.  And they welcome league leaders Great Wakering Rovers to their Kitchener Road ground with the visitors having won six of their last seven games, including a resounding 4-0 win at home to FC Romania last weekend.  You never really know what you’re gonna get with Forest, but I just can’t see anything other than a comfortable away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 4

Scott: Forest welcome Wakering to Kitchener Road. The hosts have won two of their last six league matches, conceding 19 goals in that time and endured a heavy loss to Burnham in midweek. Wakering by contrast have won their last three league matches, scoring eight goals without reply. Those three matches have all been at Burroughs Park though Iain O’Connell’s well-drilled unit will take some stopping here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

 

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

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14

 

Bostik League Division North (& South) Midweek round-up (3.10.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of the action that took place in the Isthmian League Division North on Tuesday night, coupled with results from Bostik Division South in midweek. Enjoy.

Monday 2nd September

Aveley   1 – 3 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Parkside          |         Attendance: 266

Abbey grabbed a good win at Parkside in the sole Monday night match. Hot-shot Christian Assombalonga gave the visitors the lead after 16 minutes. Shad Ngandu doubled the lead on 33 minutes. After the break, Daniel Rimmel made the points safe with a third twelve minutes from time. Substitute Billy Coyne’s penalty three minutes from time was scant consolation for Terry Spillane’s men. Abbey had substitute Petrit Elbi dismissed late on though they still recorded their fourth league win of the season.

 

Tuesday 3rd October

AFC Hornchurch    2 – 2   Grays Athletic

Venue: Bridge Avenue          |         Attendance: 222

Grays hit back to end the Urchins’ 100% start to the campaign at Bridge Avenue. Sam Cross gave the visitors the lead nine minutes before half-time. Leon MCKenzie levelled for Hornchurch, before substitute Theo Fairweather-Johnson put the hosts ahead on 75 minutes. Grays sealed a point four minutes through Jack Fowler to end a five-match losing run in the league.

AFC Sudbury  1 – 1   Maldon & Tiptree 

Venue:  Wardale Williams Stadium         |         Attendance: 170

Maldon fought back to claim a draw at ten-man Sudbury. Louis Blake put the Suds ahead on 63 minutes though they were a man short after Alfie Carroll picked up two bookings in five minutes, being dismissed on 78 minutes. A minute later, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe scored a spot-kick to give the Jammers a point and extend their unbeaten league run to four matches.

Barking   1 – 2   Haringey Borough

Venue: Mayesbrook Park     | Attendance: 79

Haringey defeated Barking to claim their sixth straight league win. Jorge Dtassi-Sambu gave the visitors the lead on the hour, before Anthony McDonald extended the lead five minutes later. Albert Levett ulled a goal back for Justin Gardner’s side a minute from time though the hosts’ recent four-match unbeaten run ended with this defeat.

Brentwood Town   2 – 1    Potters Bar Town

Venue: Brentwood Arena          |         Attendance: 87

Brentwood produced a comeback to defeat Potters Bar at the Brentwood Arena. Eoin Casey’s penalty after 20 minutes gave the Scholars the lead though Matt Price levelled 14 minutes later. It may have looked like a stalemate was coming though with seven minutes to play, substitute Brad Hunter struck to hand Brentwood their third league win of the season.

Bury Town  4 – 2  Hertford Town

Venue: Ram Meadow          |         Attendance: 231

Bury Town did most of the damage in the first-half to claim the win at Ram Meadow. Bradley Barber put the hosts ahead on 16 minutes, before Cemal Ramadan doubled the lead nine minutes before half-time. Ramadan struck from the spot two minutes after the re-start to give the hosts a commanding advantage. Darren Mills pretty much sealed the win three minutes later though late goals from Hertford’s Jay Lovell (80’) and Ollie Sharman (90’+3) gave Gavin Kelsey’s side some consolation.

Norwich Utd  0 – 3  Soham Town Rangers

Venue: Plantation Park          |         Attendance: 115

Soham ended the hosts’ hopes of a second straight win with a good display at Plantation Park. Lewis Clayton put the visitors ahead on the quarter-hour before Joe Carden doubled the lead three minutes after the re-start. James Tricks made the win safe with 22 minutes remaining. This was Soham’s third win of the league season.

Tilbury   2  – 6   Canvey Island

Venue: Chadfields          |         Attendance: 112

Canvey produced a sumptuous display to record their fifth straight league win. Sam Collins put the visitors ahead 13 minutes in, though Ryan Melaugh levelled on 36 minutes. Mitchell Gilbey gave the Islanders the lead again two minutes later. Adam Vyse levelled for the Dockers three minutes before the break. After the break, the visitors struck three times in 25 minutes to seal the points, Gilbey getting his brace on 51 minutes, Elliott Warren on 59 minutes and substitute Ryan Charles ten minutes afterward before Collins struck two minutes from time to seal his double and extend Canvey’s unbeaten league run to nine matches.

Ware 3 – 1  Cheshunt

Venue: Wodson Park          |         Attendance: 88

Ware took the points against out-of-form Cheshunt at Wodson Park. Elliot Charles put the Blues ahead on the quarter-hour. Hot-shot Yannick Kamanan made it two on 24 minutes though Manny Osei brought the Ambers back into it on the stroke of half-time. Kamanan got his second late on to seal Ware’s fourth win in their last six league matches.

Witham Town 0 – 2    Bowers & Pitsea

Venue: Spa Road          |         Attendance: 66

Bowers sealed the win with a quick-fire brace in the second-half at Spa Road. Ben Sartain ‘got the ball rolling’ with the opener on 61 minutes before James Thomas gave Rob Small’s side the initiative nine minutes later. Witham are now winless in their last five league matches.

Tuesday 3rd October

Bostik Division South

 Ashford Utd   0 – 4   South Park    | Venue: Homelands  | Att: 191

Chipstead  1 – 1   Walton Casuals    | Venue: High Road  | Att: 94

Greenwich Borough  2 – 0 Corinthian Casuals | Venue: DGS Stadium | Att: 162

Hastings Utd  2 – 0   Carshalton Athletic    | Venue: The Pilot Field  | Att: 298

Herne Bay   0 – 1   Sittingbourne    | Venue: Winch’s Field  | Att: 263

Hythe Town  2 – 1    Thamesmead Town   | Venue: Reachfields  | Att: 153

Molesey   4 – 2   East Grinstead Town    | Venue: Walton Road | Att: 53

Ramsgate  3 – 2    Faversham Town  | Venue: Southwood   | Att: 186

Shoreham   1 – 2   Horsham   | Venue: Middle Road  | Att: 132

VCD Athletic  3 – 3  Whyteleafe  | Venue: Oakwood  | Att: 91

 Wednesday 4th October

Cray Wanderers   v     Phoenix Sports    | Venue: Hayes Lane  |

Guernsey   v    Lewes        | Venue: Footes Lane |

The FA Cup 4QR Draw (Updated) (3.10.17)

Compiled by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the complete Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round draw, where National League Premier sides enter the fray. Particularly for sides who came through the previous round, the stakes get ever-higher, as does the potential prize-money with £12,500 on offer for the winners in this round alone.

The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Draw (UPDATED)

(North side followed by South side)

Ties to be played on the weekend of 14th October 2017

Draw – North side

FC Halifax Town  v   Tranmere Rovers    | Venue: The Shay Stadium

Solihull Moors  v  Ossett Town AFC | Venue: Damson Park

South Shields   v   Hartlepool Utd    |   Venue: Mariners Park

Shaw Lane AFC  v   Barrow AFC   |  Venue: Sheerien Park

Chorley    v  Boston Utd       |  Venue: Victory Park

AFC Telford Utd v FC Utd of Manchester  | Venue: New Bucks Head

Harrogate Town  v Gainsborough Trinity | Venue: Wetherby Road

Nantwich Town v Kettering Town   | Venue: Weaver Stadium

Buxton   v  Gateshead     |   Venue: Silverlands

Guiseley  v   Shildon AFC   | Venue: Nethermoor Park

AFC Flyde   v    Wrexham AFC  | Venue: Mill Farm

Kidderminster Harriers   v   Chester  | Venue: Aggborough

Scarborough Athletic  v  Hyde Utd  |  Venue: Scarborough Sports Village

Stourbridge  v  Macclesfield Town    | Venue: War Memorial Athletic Ground

South side

Brackley Town v  Billericay Town  | Venue: St. James Park

Dagenham & Redbridge v Leyton Orient  | Venue: Victoria Road

Eastleigh v Hereford    | Venue: Silverlake Stadium

Aldershot Town  v  Torquay Utd   | Venue: The EBB Stadium

Bath City    v   Chelmsford City  | Venue: Twerton Park

Oxford City   v   Bognor Regis Town  | Venue: Marsh Lane

Maidenhead Utd  v  Havant & Waterlooville  | Venue: York Road

Haringey Borough  v  Heybridge Swifts   | Venue: Coles Park

Woking v Concord Rangers    | Venue: Kingfield

Hampton & Richmond Borough  v Truro City  | Venue: Beveree Stadium

Dover Athletic  v   Bromley    |  Venue: Crabble Athletic Ground

Slough Town   v   Folkestone Invicta   | Venue: Arbour Park

Burgess Hill Town   v   Dartford    | Venue: Leylands Park

St Albans City   v  Boreham Wood    | Venue: Clarence Park

Maidstone Utd   v    Enfield Town    | Venue: Gallagher Stadium

Margate   v    Leatherhead     |   Venue: Hartsdown Park

Paulton Rovers   v  Sutton Utd    | Venue: Winterfield Road

East Thurrock Utd   v  Ebbsfleet Utd   | Venue: Rookery Hill