Venue: Lower Road
Date: Tuesday 11th October 2016 7.45pm
Hullbridge Sports : Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts &Blue Socks
Ilford : Red & White Shirts, Red & White Shorts, White Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a chilly Tuesday evening at Lower Road, ESL high-flyers Hullbridge Sports took on Ilford in an ESL encounter.
This match began the way it would go on, being a tightly-contested affair. Hullbridge had the first chance as winger Charlie Little struck a post from close range, albeit from a narrowing angle.
Ilford took the lead through an own goal from an unfortunate sliced clearance from ‘Bridge defender Joe Turpin, under pressure from Ilford striker Chris Stevens. However, soon after Hullbridge looked to make amends and nearer took advantage of semi-slack marking from the visitors as strikers Jimmy Cox & Ashley Pibworth both had headers on goal.
Ilford could’ve then made ‘Bridge pay as winger Andy Edmunds had an effort parried by home ‘keeper Charlie Aldis when one-on-one. Hullbridge then saw headers from player-manager Rob Hodgson & Pibworth go off-target.
Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 1 Ilford
The second half began will Hullbridge on the front foot with Cox & captain Harry Skinner having efforts on goal. Little was still poing a threat on the right flank with his crossing & running.
Ilford, had sporadic moments going forward, though winger Luke Thomas’ effort was blocked by Aldis. Hullbridge then equalised through Cox nodding in from close range, after poor Ilford defending saw the defence and visiting ‘Keeper Chris Clark misjudge the cross which opened the door for Cox, who made no mistake.
Hullbridge kept on the pressure, with Hodgson, Pibworth, Little among those with headers just off-target. To be fair, Ilford defended well at times & rode their luck on other occasions, using their physicality well, though that was to the detriment of their efforts going forward. Substitutes Carl Mullings & Ryan Ramsey did their best though they were isolated figures up top.
With around 15 minutes remaining, Thomas had another effort blocked for Ilford. Hullbridge finished the match the stronger of the two sides, Ilford defended stoutly though to preserve a hard-earned point.
Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Ilford
Cox 63’ Turpin OG 12’
Ilford manager Allan Fenn will be looking for improvement from his side, particularly his side’s attacking play. Hullbridge boss Rob Hodgson will be pleased with their build-up play & how they stuck to their task well.
Finally, I’d like to say thank you to all at Hullbridge Sports for their hospitality and they are a credit to the ESL. Team-sheets are below..
|1 Charlie Aldis (GK)||1 Chris Clark (GK)|
|2 Aaron Hunwicks||2 Connor Lane|
|3 Sam Taylor||3 Justas Paliulis|
|4 Harry Skinner (C)||4 Harry Matthews|
|5 Joe Turpin||5 Isaac Nkosi (C)|
|6 Tom Dance||6 Luke McLeavy|
|7 Charlie Little||7 Luke Thomas|
|8 Robert Hodgson||8 Paul Clayton|
|9 Ashley Pibworth (Subbed 85’)||9 Chris Stevens (Subbed 57’)|
|10 Jimmy Cox (Subbed 73’)||10 Sipho Mytanda (Subbed 66’)|
|11Ashley Burgess (Subbed 58’)||11 Andy Edmunds (Subbed 74’)|
|12 Matt Brinklow (On 58’)||12 Carl Mullings (On 66’)|
|14 Kieran Offord||14 Ryan Ramsey (On 57’)|
|15 Yvan Kombi (On 85’)||15 Stephen Solarin|
|16 Harry Hart (On 73’)||16 Jamie Hart (On 74’)|
|17 Aziz Kanu|
|Assistant Referees:||Paul Sturton