Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1 West Essex (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 27

Date: Monday 12th December 2016 7.45pm

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

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

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Mile End Stadium pitch, W Essex training before KO.

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

Teams:

Tower Hamlets

Manager: Ade Abayomi

West Essex

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

Substitutes:

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’)
Referee: Wally James
Assistant Referees: John Noblemunn

Robert Bradley

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Match Report: Redbridge 5 – 1 West Essex (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 83

Date: Friday 9th December 2016 7.45pm

 Redbridge : Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

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

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The Oakside pitch before KO under the lights.//

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene evening at Oakside, mid-table Redbridge took on West Essex in a rare Friday night encounter. Before the match, a minute’s silence was observed after long-time ESL treasurer Margaret Errington passed away this week, following a period of illness. Best wishes to Rob & the family.

The visitors started the match on the front foot, forward Michael Mignot’s hearder hitting the post after good work on the left flank by winger Chad Norris. West Essex striker Tom Woodbridge was also making his presence felt, Redbridge full-back Marcus Carter needing to block a decent cross intended for Woodbridge fairly early on.

However, it was the home side though who pounced first, midfielder Sean Kettle tucking in a rebound after visiting goal-keeper Jack Coker had made a save from Redbridge captain Charlie Parish’s free-kick. Home defender Ore Odutolia also blazed a free-kick over the bar shortly afterward.

Redbridge gradually got going in the match, as West Essex conceded a few free-kicks, Kettle showing good skill on-the-ball before winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao blasted his effort over the bar.

Out of nowhere, West Essex got level seven minutes before the break through a fantastic strike from midfielder Tanvir Ahmed, who blasted his effort into the roof of the net past helpless home ‘keeper Jake Mernagh from 25 yards out! Unsurprisingly, he was delighted with his goal.

Half-Time:  Redbridge 1 – 1 West Essex

The second half took a little while to fizz into action, though a key moment struck nine minutes into the half when Redbridge striker Jacob Dingli was through on goal, Coker rushed out and brought Dingli down outside the box, which earned Coker a straight red card, leaving West Essex down to 10 men and full-back Josh Kane having to take the keeper’s gloves.

Just seven minutes later, Redbridge re-took the lead, winger Coxi-Sebastfao blasting his strike into top-left corner after an initial effort was blocked.

After that, it was main the home side that piled forward, winger Terrell Miller forced a save from Kane and hit the bar with a decent strike too. Redbridge went further ahead through a Dingli tap-in and then minutes later Dingli added to his tally, placing a effort low into the far corner.

Motormen substitute Joe Gent blasted an effort over the bar, having been left alone by a tiring visiting defence. Deep into injury time, Dingli showed his instincts once again, grabbing a hat-trick, passing the ball into the net to add a bit of gloss to the score-line.

Full-Time: Redbridge 5 – 1 West Essex

Kettle 23’                          Tanvir Ahmed 37’

Coxi-Sebastfao  61’

Dingli 77, 83’ 90+3

Credit to Redbridge for seizing the opportunity to in the end, comfortably win the match though I can’t help but wonder if West Essex could’ve kept all eleven players on the pitch, it would have been a different match altogether. The sending-off did ‘spoil’ the match a bit. Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.

Teams:

Redbridge

 

Managers: Dave Ross & Ricky Eaton

West Essex

 

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

1  Jake Mernagh (GK) 1  Jack Coker (GK)
2  Jack Roult                    (Subbed 86’) 17  Sanchez Hardy
3  Marcus Carter 3  Josh Kane
4  Ore Odutolia 4  Nick Carroll
5  Charlie Parish (C) 5  Nick Walk
6  Sean Kettle 14  Josh French
7  Terrell Miller           (Subbed 78’) 7  Michael Mignot
8  Bryan Kyungu          (Subbed 81’) 8  Syed Tanvir Ahmed
9  Jacob Dingli 9  Tom Woodbridge
10  Samuel Phillips 15  Chad Norris
11 Reside Coxi-Sabastfao 11  Ben Clarke

Substitutes: **

12  Jordan Cornelius            (On 86’)  James Bromley
14  Joe Gent                      (On 78’)  Joe Lefley
15  Oliver Bell                   (On 85’) Maanoon Khan
16 Benjamin McGill Jayvon Case-Jarrett
Isaac Marfo
Booked: Walk            Sent Off: Coker

Referee:

Edward Smith

Assistant Referees:

James Wood

Michael Iddenden-Smith

** W Essex Substitute & booking info incomplete

Match Report: Billericay Town 2 – 3 AFC Sudbury

Ryman Premier Division

Venue: New Lodge

Attendance: 273

Date: Tuesday 29th November 2016 7.45pm

Billericay Town : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

AFC Sudbury : Red Shirts, Red Shirts, Red Socks

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A frosty New Lodge pitch before kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a freezing evening at New Lodge, Billericay Town took on AFC Sudbury in a important Ryman Premier Division encounter. Striker Billy Bricknell made his debut for Billericay after re-signing for the club earlier this week.

The hosts started the game brighter, though they couldn’t find the final ball. Sudbury forward Craig Parker was also denied a chance by home defender Alex Stephenson. Sudbury also forced two corners on the spin early on, winger Sam Bantick giving an early indication of his talents with his pace & trickery.

However, Billericay took the lead through midfielder Matt Johnson, his strike finding the right corner of the net. Just moments later, the hosts could’ve been two goals up, though striker Luke Moore’s effort was blocked on the line by the visitors’ defence.

The visitors gradually got themselves back into the match, Parker, Bantick & forward Luke Callander among those having efforts on home ‘keeper Jack Giddens’ goal, Bantick’s second effort in as many minutes was cleared off the line.

Sudbury then made their play count, drawing level through midfielder Dylan Williams’ strike into the right corner, following good play by Bantick, who was a thorn in the home side all evening until he was subbed late on.

Billericay couldn’t settle into their rhythm straight after as moments later, as Callander took advantage of a defensive lapse to blast the ball home from close range. Out of nowhere, Sudbury went into the break with a lead.

Half-Time: Billericay Town 1 – 2 AFC Sudbury

The second half began with Billericay manager Craig Edwards ringing the changes, bring on two substitutes (see team-sheet below). Home defender Luke Wilson had a effort blocked by the Sudbury back-line. Soon after, the visitors once again pushed forward, Parker’s strike saved by Giddens. Just moments after, Sudbury captain Sam Clarke struck his shot well, finding the top-right corner, although there were murmurs of a possible off-side.

Billericay did struggle to find their rhythm going forward, though for the most part they defended OK, centre-back Jerome Sobers being good in the air and sub Gabby Adelowo being decent at right-back. Striker Bricknell got a consolation late on for the hosts, having earlier had a goal chalked off for off-side. Sudbury held on though in the second half to take the three points back to Suffolk.
Full-Time: Billericay Town 2 – 3 AFC Sudbury

Johnson 9’                      Williams 40’, Callander 43’

Bricknell 90’                     Clarke 60’

Teams:

Billericay Town

Manager: Craig Edwards

AFC Sudbury

Manager: Jamie Godbold

1  Jack Giddens (GK & C) 1  Marcus Garnham  (GK)
2  Terence Vancooten        (Subbed 46’) 2  Alfie Carroll
3  Alex Stephenson 3  Aidan Austin      (Subbed 74’)
4  Matt Johnson 4  Dylan Williams
5  Jerome Sobers 5  Ryan Henshaw
6  Luke Wilson 6  Adam Tann
7  Quentin Monville 7  Sam Bantick      (Subbed 83’)
8  Kreshnic Krasniqi   (Subbed 46’) 8  Sam Clarke (C)
9  Billy Bricknell 9  Luke Callander
10  Luke Moore     (Subbed 74’) 10  Craig Parker
11  Lewis Taaffe 11  Rob Eagle      (Subbed 56’)
Substitutes:
12  Gabby Adelowo   (On 46’) 12  Tyler French    (On 56’)
14  Goldy Capela   (On 74’) 14  Jack Newman   (On 74’)
15  Michael Bakare 15  Ollie Dunlop
16  Conor Hubble     (On 46’) 16  Liam Wales     (On 83’)
17  Shane Cojocarel 17  Callum Robinson
Booked: Clarke
Referee: Tom Marshall
Assistant Referees: Joseph Gray

Kevin Nicholson

Match Report: London Bari 2 – 2 Waltham Forest (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: The Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Attendance: 18

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 7.45pm

London Bari: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

Waltham Forest: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

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The OSD Pitch before Kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at the Old Spotted Dog Stadium, London Bari took on relative high-flyers Waltham Forest in another ESL encounter.

The visitors started the stronger with a hat-trick of early corners & most of the possession as Bari struggled to settle into the game & get into the opposition half.

However, when Bari did push forward, forwards Darryl Morson and Joel Appiah showed they were happy to chase down long passes with pace, Morson also having two efforts on target though comfortably saved by visiting ‘Keeper Harrison Seetah.

London Bari suffered a further setback when defender Francesco Grassi was given his marching orders just after the half hour mark after two bookings. Moments later, Forest’s Harry Larner hit a good direct free-kick just over the bar.

Forest did take the lead just before the break, through striker Brian Moses’ penalty, after a foul in the box, given by the assistant referee Martin Quinn on the far side. Forest were dominant at times & should’ve been at least two goals up at the break.

Half-Time: London Bari 0 – 1 Waltham Forest

The second half began with Forest having a chance to double their lead, though Larner once again blazed over the bar with his effort.

London Bari might’ve had their manager Chris Davis’ team-talk still ringing in their ears as they gradually improved, showing good spirit and got level through captain Simpson Mpalampa who made a great run through the centre of the pitch, taking advantage of a bad goalkeeping error by Seetah who misjudged the cross which left Mpalampa to poke the ball into a empty net.

Bari continued the pressure in a much more open start to the second period, with strikers Morson and Appiah both being denied, Appiah by a great save by Seetah to deny a good goal-bound effort.

Forest did have a chance from a free-kick, captain & striker Jeff Hammond’s header was saved by home ‘keeper Mehmet Akbas. Moments later though, Bari took the lead through a powerful effort by Morson though ‘keeper Seetah was at fault again as he misjudged the flight of the ball completely but Bari didn’t care a jot.

Both sides then traded chances, Morson and winger Jermaine Nicholson for Bari, Larner again for Forest. Forest did come away with a draw though as midfielder Ahmed Mohammed blasted in from close-range in a congested penalty area.

Full-Time: London Bari 2 – 2 Waltham Forest

Mpalampa 52’             Moses (pen) 45 +1

Morson 63’                 Mohammed 87’

Bari should be proud of the fighting spirit they showed in the second period though Forest were the architects of their own downfall for at least half of the second period. Credit to Forest though for battling away near the end of the match

Finally, the referee was rather whistle-happy in this one. I don’t like mentioning them but it has to be said.

Teams:

London Bari

Manager: Chris Davis

Waltham Forest

 Manager: Kem Kemal

1  Mehmet Akbas  (GK) 1  Harrison Seetah    (GK)
2  Kanta Nishizawa 2  Charlie Yexley
3  Kareem Richardson     (Subbed 46’) 3  Prince Madu
4  Magnus Orelaja 4  Harry Larner
5  Simpson Mpalampa (C) 5  Faisal Hemati
6  Francesco Grassi 6  Stephen O’Hara     (Subbed 43’)
7  Jermaine Nicholson 7  Steven Wade        (Subbed 56’)
8  Jeffrey Erhabor 8  Ahmed Mohammed
9  Darryl Morson           (Subbed 85’) 19  Jeff Hammond  (C)
10  Joel Appiah 10  Brian Moses
11  Samy Abdelaziz 11  Mickey Clark        (Subbed 62’)
Substitutes:
14  Kingsley Davidson       (On 85’) 12  Timur Koymen       (On 43’)
15  Junior Decker 14  Rheo Josephs         (On 62’)
16  Peter Wilcox              (On 46’) 15  Gus Douglas
17  Chris Davis 16  Lorenzo Correia
17  Elie Mbangu           (On 56’)
Booked: Orelaja, Wilcox Booked: Madu, Hammond, Josephs
Sent Off: Grassi
Referee: Adam Humphreys
Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn

Abu Taher

 

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Barkingside (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 53

Date: Monday 10th November 2016 7.45pm

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts & Orange Socks

 Barkingside: Yellow & Navy Blue Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

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Both sides before the match with the officials

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a drizzly evening at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on Barkingside on a Monday night ESL encounter.

In front of a strong contingent of ground-hoppers & correspondents from the wider area among the crowd, the opening moments of this match saw both sides create openings. Barkingside striker Luke With forced a save from home ‘keeper Jean Manata.

Hamlets responded though as striker Ruben Junior missed the target from close range after a fumble by ‘Side goalkeeper Jack Francis. To be fair, the conditions were tricky for goalkeepers.

Just moments after, Hamlets took the lead through Rahim Adama Bamba’s effort, stroking in a composed finish after sloppy defending from ‘Side from a Hamlets corner.

Barkingside nearly equalised a mere minute later through midfielder Marvin Birch as it was the hosts’ turn to look shaky at the back. The visitors kept up the pressure though as Manata rather fortunately saved ‘Side captain Paul Wright’s free-kick.

Manata redeemed himself with a good save to deny ‘Side winger Jason Fontaine when one-on-one. The visitors did level soon afterwards through a good low finish by Birch.

Hamlets did rally and saw a great effort from defender Jairo Pedro hit the bar from 20 yards out. Barkingside finished the first period the stronger though with Manata once again saving a one-on-one chance, this time from winger Michael Ademilyu. Forward David Laird then missed a penalty after a hand-ball in the area. And then ‘Side took the lead through a lovely solo goal by Fontaine, evading defenders before lobbing a hapless Manata into the net.

Hamlets still could have gone into the break level though Ruben Junior missed the target from six yards out.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 1 – 2 Barkingside

The second half began fairly quiet though Hamlets did push forward, needing good defending from the visitors including full-back Fionn Glancy & Wright though striker O’Neal Rowe put two efforts wide.

‘Side gradually re-asserted themselves and could’ve gone further ahead though Laird missed a very good chance. Striker Luke With also forced the uncertain Manata into action again, tipping an effort wide before saving a goal-bound effort from defender Augustus Ruzgas as well.

The visitors then got the all-important next goal as Fontaine crowned off an impressive showing by dribbling past Hamlets defenders and struck a composed finish for his second of the evening.

Hamlets lost their discipline towards the end unfortunately. It’s not every game you see in-fighting from teammates though we did here, might well be some consequences from it too.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Barkingside

Man of the Match: Jason Fontaine (Barkingside)

Teams:

Tower Hamlets

Manager: Ade Abayomi

Barkingside

Manager: Gus Gulfer

1  Jean Manata (GK) 1  Jack Francis (GK)
2  Inesh Sumithran 2  Kobie Ambrose
3  Sergio Sheymz 3  Fionn Glancy
4  Lukman Atunda 4  Paul Wright (C)
5  Jairo Pedro 5  Augustus Ruzgas
6  Ade Oreniake (C) 6  Marvin Birch
7  Samuel Olanipekun 7  Michael Ademilyu    (Subbed 66’)
8  Olimpio Rui Pina    (Subbed 69’) 8  Jason Ajoodha
9  Ruben Junior      (Subbed 59’) 9  Luke With
10  Rahim Adama Bamba 10  David Laird
11  O’Neal Rowe 11  Jason Fontaine     (Subbed 83’)
Substitutes:
12  Diawara Ibrahima 12  George Ademilyu
13  Vilson Caleir        (On 59’) 14  Connor Mitchell     (On 83’)
14  Ali Ibrahim 15  Everton Martins
15  Saico Djop      (On 69’) 16  George Lutaaya     (On 66’)
16  Joe Biscoe 17  Patrick Campbell
Booked: Atunda, Rowe Booked: Birch
Referee: David Moreno
Assistant Referees: Brian Townsend

Marlon Williams

 

 

Match Report: Southend Manor 3 – 1 West Essex (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 53

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2016 7.45pm

Southend Manor : Yellow shirts, Black shorts & Black socks

West Essex : Red & Black striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red socks

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Southend Manor & West Essex during the match..

 

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly, windy evening at Southchurch Park, in-form Southend Manor took on West Essex, themselves looking to rise up the table in a mid-week ESL encounter.

The match started fairly uneventfully as both sides looked to settle into the match. Manor striker Callum Ibe had the first chance of the match, though it was saved by West Essex ‘keeper Ryan James. The visitors responded with winger James Bromley being denied by good covering defensive work by Manor’s full-back Michael Bottone & striker Tom Woodbridge drilling a crisp effort wide of the post.

Manor had the next chance of note, with striker Micky Hopkins lifting a curled effort on goal over the bar. The visitors then saw Woodbridge denied a chance of goal by the on-rushing Manor ‘keeper Lewis Down, making his debut after signing on-loan from Witham Town. As half-time was knocking; Bromley fired an effort wide of goal for the visitors.

As it looked like being a goalless first half, midfielder Alex Salmon popped up for Manor, his effort creeping over the line, evading the grasp of James’ outstretched fingers to give the hosts the lead.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 0 West Essex

Manor wasted little time at the start of the second period, Salmon with a good effort from close range, well saved by James, though Hopkins followed up well, slotting the ball home to double Manor’s advantage.

Manor from then had their best period of sustained pressure in the match, with Salmon & winger Sam Short having chances, then Hopkins thought he’d made it 3-0 to the home side though his goal was chalked off for offside.

As it turned out, only a minute later, a good cross found Ibe and he beat the offside trap & tucked away his strike into left corner to cement Manor’s lead.

West Essex did come back into the match in the latter stages, Woodbridge & full-back Jayvon Case-Jarrett among those having efforts on goal before winger Michael Mignot a late consolation for the visitors, moments from time.

Lewis Down shouldn’t be disappointed though, his distribution & command of his area will show him & Manor in good stead.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 3 – 1 West Essex

A solid & fairly clinical performance from Manor more than earned the three points, with Ibe & Hopkins full of running going forward. Manor ,with this win leapfrog Stansted into 3rd place in the ESL table, three points behind Takeley with games in hand. West Essex are in 17th place.

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

1  Lewis Down (GK) 1  Ryan James (GK)
2  Michael Bottone 2  Jayvon Case-Jarrett
3  Lee Rome        (Subbed for Buchanan) 3  Josh Kane
4  Robbie Norris (C) 4  Josh French
5  Daniel Okah 5  Nick Walk
6  Matt Game    (Subbed for Crispin 62’) 6  Dan Christey (C)
7  Mitchell Keen 7  Michael Mignot
8  Alex Salmon    (Subbed for Hutchins 68’) 8  Matt Ford
9  Micky Hopkins 9  Tom Woodbridge
10  Callum Ibe 10  Cameron Gray     (Subbed 62’)
11  Sam Short 11  James Bromley

Substitutes:

12  Josh Hutchins 15  Tanvir Ahmed
14  Ted Buchanan   (On for Rome) 16  Nick Carroll
15  George Crispin  (On for Game 62’) 17  Ben Clarke         (On 62’)
16 Shay Kelly 18  Isaal Marfo
Booked: Norris, Ibe & Hopkins Booked: Walk & Bromley
Referee: Joseph Gray
Assistant Referees: Matthew Bacon

Robert Collins

 

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 3 Stansted (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 87

Date: Monday 7th November 2016  7.45pm

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Dark Blue shorts & Sky Blue socks

Stansted: White shirts, Dark Grey Shorts & Dark Grey socks

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The teams & officials before Kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a distinctly chilly evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on in-form Stansted in another #ESL encounter.

The visitors started off the brighter as striker Luke Meadwright had a decent chance , striking wide of goal in the first minute. Barkingside’s George Lutaaya also had a long-range effort sail over the bar.

Stansted were purposeful in attack throughout, and a mix-up in the home defence saw forward Sam Ashford miss the target when one-on-one with home ‘Keeper Jack Francis. Very soon afterwards, a good attacking run by Stansted striker Luke Meadwright saw ‘keeper Francis rush out of his goal but didn’t get there and Meadwright stroked the ball home, winger Gareth Jones making doubly sure the visitors took the lead.

Just minutes later, Stansted midfielder Tom Le Masurier hit a post with a good strike after a good passing move. ‘Side responded with a Jason Fontaine effort, which was saved by visiting ‘Keeper Reece Paine. Stansted once again pushed forward, Jones denied a goal-scoring chance by good work by full-back George Ademilyu. Midfielder Connor Martin had a good header tipped over the bar by Francis & Sam Ashford strick a long-range effort over the bar too, all in the space of a few minutes.

The visitors lost their captain just before half-time due to a knock, with Le Masurier taking the captain’s armband. Ashford had another effort well-saved by Francis, just before the break.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Stansted

After the break, both sides were looking to get forward, stand-in full-back Fionn Glancy sent over a good cross from the left flank, punched out of danger by visiting ‘Keeper Paine.

It was the visitors though who still carried the great threat, as Ashford sent over a good cross from the left wing, striker Theo Brown ghosted in, sending a decent strike over the bar. Moments later, the visitors counter-attacked quickly with Ashford once again making a great run down the left wing, fizzing over a good cross and stand-in captain Le Masurier prodded home a tap-in.

‘Side had one glorious chance to get on the scoreboard, though Stansted cleared off the line! It was Stansted’s Sam Ashford though who put the crown on an impressive individual performance by breaking away from the home defence at pace and slotting the ball home well moments before the end.

Full-Time: Barkingside 0 – 3  Stansted

Without stout defending at times, led by captain Paul Wright & good goalkeeping by Jack Francis – ‘Side could’ve conceded 5 or 6. However, Stansted more than deserved their win with a very good team performance & go 3rd in the table. ‘Side are in 11th place.

Man of the Match: Sam Ashford (Stansted)

Teams:

Barkingside

Stansted

1  Jack Francis (GK) 1  Reece Paine (GK)
2  George Ademilyu 2  Jack Isherwood
3  Fionn Glancy 3  Kyan Gulliver
4  Paul Wright (C) 4  Matt Gill (C)     (Subbed 43’)
5  Patrick Campbell 5  Jack Hayes
6  George Lutaaya 6  Connor Martin
7  Dsean Theobalds   (Subbed 72’) 7  Gareth Jones   (Subbed 62’)
8  Jason Fontaine 8  Tom Le Masurier
9  Luke With 9  Luke Meadwright
10  David Laird             (Subbed 61’) 10  Theo Brown
11  Charlie Portway 11  Sam Ashford
Substitutes:
12  Marvin Birch 12  Mark Roach
14  Kobie Ambrose      (On 72’) 14  Lewis Riches      (On 62’)
15  Kerkstun Macpherson 15  Harry Jeffreys
16  Ernest Okah       (On 61’) 16  Ade Adetunji     (On 43’)
17  Everton Martins
Booked: Campbell Booked: Ashford
Referee: Luigi Lungarella
Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn

Alphie Ibrahim