Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Ilford (ESL)

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 34

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

The Lower Road pitch

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..


Hullbridge Sports


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
Referee: Mark Pond
Assistant Referees: Paul Sturton

Graham Smith

Match Report: Southend Manor 4 – 2 Redbridge (ESL)

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 37

Date: Tuesday 27th September 8pm

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black & Yellow Socks

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

Redbridge & Manor walking out for the second half..

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

On a cool evening at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Redbridge in an ESL encounter.

The match was delayed until 8pm due to traffic problems. Unfortunately, the visitors looked a bit ‘jet-lagged’ in the early stages of the match, as Manor took the lead with only four minutes on the clock with Rhys Fatt prodding home, following poor Redbridge defending. Manor quickly doubled their advantage, Michael Hopkins blasting home into the roof of the net following-up after Callum Ibe’s effort was blocked by Redbridge ‘keeper Lloyd Anderson.

Manor weren’t content with a two-goal cushion though, as the sluggish visitors had to repel wave after wave of Manor attacks, being thankful for last-ditch defending and poor finishing from the hosts for not being further behind in the first 20 minutes.

Jack Roult, Jay Knight & captain Kieran English all missed chances for Redbridge to get back in the game during the course of the first half. Then, with half-time approaching, Redbridge winger Joe Gent was amazingly denied three times in the same move by a combination of last-ditch defending & home ‘keeper Ellis Holiday, making his debut for the club.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 2 – 0 Redbridge

At the start of the second period, Gent was Redbridge’s most creative outlet, drawing saves from Holiday and fizzing in the odd cross in as well from the right flank.

However, it was Manor who made it 3-0 through substitute Sam Short. Manor continued to push forward, Hopkins drawing a good save from ‘keeper Anderson.

A frenetic finale to the match started through English tapping-in a consolation for the visitors after Gent had hit the bar. Minutes after, Ibe rounded Anderson and lobbed the ball into the net to make it 4-1 to Manor, though right on 90 minutes, Knight atoned for his earlier miss by grabbing a late second for his side.

Full-Time:  Southend Manor 4 – 2 Redbridge

Fatt 4’                               English 83’

Hopkins 8’                          Knight 90’

Short 67’

Ibe 89’

Summary: Manor will be happy with the way they started the match and looked a threat going forward in a good win for Stuart Marshall’s men. Redbridge though couldn’t settle in the first half and will need to plug their leaky backline to move up the ESL table. They did keep going though and that will please co-managers Ricky Eaton & Dave Ross.


Southend Manor Starting XI: Holiday (GK), Bottone, Keen, Okah, Buchanan, Norris (C.), Jex, Newell, Fatt, Ibe & Hopkins

Redbridge Starting XI: Anderson (GK), Opok, Akande, Odutola, Roult, Gent, McCann, Gordon, Coxi -Sebastfao, English (C.) & Knight

*Unfortunately, Full Team-sheets were unavailable for this match.

NHS Mental Health Trusts: The deepening layers….

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

Most of us have heard about the debacle that is the NHS Southern Health Trust which led to their Chief Executive resigning after lengthy fierce criticism, then being pandered off to another ‘advisory’ job on the same salary & ‘benefits’. This week the Interim Chairman has also stepped down of the embattled organisation.

Recently, I was at a Conference for members of staff at another Mental Health Trust. Interestingly, the ‘bigwigs’ of the organisation (aka CEO, Directors etc) were mostly absent, for whatever reason.

The day itself went well and featured a workshop that was prepared & run by a five-strong team of ‘Experts by Experience’ which encouraged staff to discuss a scenario, derived from real-life experiences of care. The first thing that struck me was that the ‘bigwigs’ may have benefitted from taking part in this sort of session themselves, if nothing else, to highlight where services could be lacking at present.

The second thing that struck me from the day itself in my opinion was that staff may well see the Board (i.e. the ‘bigwigs’) as another obstacle to deal with, in a world already complicated by the likes of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) & our dear (or not) Government. It makes you think that ‘Do they really need more obstacles?’

I would say ‘No’ to that question. It’s true that staff vary in effectiveness and that can be part-down to the training they get etc. Though parking that thought for a moment, this doesn’t excuse those at Board level from under-estimating both how much the Mental Health (MH) Community can contribute to the future of services, plus how much they need to alter their attitude as they give the impression they like ‘Photo Opportunities’ and PR-related guff among other things. Is this sort of thing really that important?

To them, I say this – Enough with the ‘glory-hunting’, work with your staff and lose the cop-out answers as well. It might just help you in future.

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 0 Ilford (ESL)

Venue: Cricklefield Stadium

Date: Monday 19th September 2016

Attendance: 97

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Dark Blue Shorts, Sky Blue socks

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red & White Shorts, White Socks

Ilford’s players training before the match

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

Monday Evening Football returned to Cricklefield with a derby between Barkingside & Ilford in an ESL encounter.

‘Side started this match slightly better as Ilford seemed content to allow their opponents to come at them, though they defended stoutly. Barkingside forwards Luke With and Michael Ademilyu both had chances to put the Sky Blues in front, though both efforts were comfortably saved by Ilford ‘keeper Chris Clark.

As the first half wore on, the Foxes came back into the match, with the strike pairing of Dan Jones & Sipho Mtyanda both being denied. Ademilyu though continued to be a threat for the ‘hosts’ though, running down the left flank, it certainly gave the Ilford defence something to think about.

Half-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 0 Ilford

The second half began with ‘Side once again looking to get forward, though soon afterwards, the game started to see a number of crunching tackles going in, something that we didn’t really see in the first period.

Ilford’s Aziz Kanu blasted a good effort from 20 yards over the bar around the hour mark, as the Foxes really looked to ramp it up going forward. At this point, the game went into its most frenetic phase. With had a decent strike blocked on the line for ‘Side, who then saw captain Paul Wright sent off for a bad tackle.

‘Side substitute Danny Hayes nodded a header over the bar from a free-kick though in the latter stages, the ‘home’ side had to focus on their defensive duties, especially being down to 10 men.

Ilford piled forward, desperate to break the deadlock in an increasingly feisty match, with captain Isaac Nkosi having arguably their best chance, directing a free header straight at ‘Side ‘keeper Sam Roach from a Joe Killingback corner. Jones and substitute Harry Matthews both had chances as the clock wound down, though ‘Side held firm with stout, if last-ditch defending.

Leon Smith was sent off with moments remaining for dissent (his second yellow), so ‘Side finished with nine men, though Ilford will wonder how they didn’t create more clear-cut chances, and Ademilyu was still making a nuisance of himself on the counter-attack for ‘Side.

Full-Time: Barkingside 0 – 0 Ilford

After the final whistle, both sides had to be separated from their ‘afters’ which saw ‘Side Chairman Jimmy Flanaghan ordering his players back to the changing room.

My thanks to Barkingside Chairman Jimmy F for the team-sheets.




1 Sam Roach  (GK) 1 Chris Clark (GK)
2  Marvin Birch 2  Luke Thomas
3  Paul Wright (C.) 3  Justas Paliulis
4  Leon Smith 4  Connor Lane                (Subbed 73’)
5  Maxwell Amoako       (Subbed 70’) 5  Aziz Kanu
6  Aidan Lucas                 (Subbed 62’) 6  Isaac Nkosi (C.)
7  Michael Ademilyu 7  Paul Clayton
8  Jason Ajoodha 8  Joe Killingback
9  Luke With                  (Subbed 71’) 9  Dan Jones
10  David Laird 10  Sipho Mtyanda           (Subbed 75’)
11  George Lutaaya 11  Ryan Ramsey             (Subbed 59’)
12  Danny Blake              (On 70’) 12  Carl Mullings     (On 59’)
14  Jide Tihani 14  Harry Matthews         (On 73’)
15  Connor Mitchell        (On 62’) 15  Luke McLeavy
16  Fionn Clancy 16  Leon Rolle
17  Danny Hayes               (On 71’) 17  Ryan Barker-Francis     (On 75’)
Booked: With & Ahoodja Booked: Nkosi, Paliulis, Killingback
Sent Off: Wright & Smith  Sent Off: Killingback
Referee: Paul Humphries
Assistant Referees: Ray Parmenter

Cristiana Hattersley

Match Report: Redbridge 3 – 4 Ilford (ESL)

Venue: Oakside

Date: Tuesday 13th September 2016 7.45pm

Attendance: 82

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

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red & White Shorts, Red socks

The players shaking hands before kick-off..

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

On a humid evening at Oakside, the Motormen took on the Foxes in an ESL encounter.

It was the visitors who looked that bit sharper in the opening stages of the match, with winger Elias Armar-Tackie & forward Sipho Mytanda giving the home defence some worrying moments. Redbridge though, also had decent passages of play going forward too with Jacob Dingli & captain Adam Hunt looking to create chances.

Redbridge opened the scoring with midfielder DJ Adelekan nodding home Hunt’s free-kick after a foul on Aron Gordon. Ilford responded with gusto though, only minutes later the visitors equalised through Mytanda’s strike. Ilford forward Steve Solarin was forced off with injury soon afterward, with club legend Chris Stevens replacing him.

Ilford then took the lead through an absolute cracker of a strike from Armar-Tackie and he also soon afterward ghosted in at the far post but headed wide from a decent position.

Just before half-time, Adelekan could’ve had a brace but headed wide from another Hunt free-kick. Ilford also could have been 3-1 up at the break with Stevens skewing his shot wide from a good position.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 2 Ilford

The Motormen really came out of the blocks as the second period began, with Hunt first blasting an effort wide. Then the hosts got the goal they needed, equalising yet again through Adelekan, bundling the ball home.

Mytanda had a penalty appeal turned down for the visitors, leaving the away dug-out far from happy. Ilford, buoyed on by a very vocal manager in Allan Fenn, soon had the upper hand again, through substitute Stevens. Only minutes later, Ilford made it 4-2 with a Dan Jones penalty, after home ‘keeper Mernaga fouled Jones & saw red. Hunt took on the ‘keeper’s jersey.

Redridge though to their credit, kept going, Adelekan nodding over the bar from a corner, before substitute Lee Weemes converted a penalty late-on.
Full-Time: Redbridge 3 – 4 Ilford

Adelekan 21’ & 49’   —–          Mytanda 23’

Weemes 90 +2        ——-            Armah-Tackie 36’

————– ———               Stevens 73’

————————-               Jones (pen) 77’

It was a cracking match, Ilford doing enough for the win though manager Fenn will undoubtedly want his side to tighten up at the back.




1  Jake Mernaga (GK) 1 Chris Clark  (GK)
2  Jack Roult 2  Luke Thomas
3  Marcus Carter 3  Justas Paliulis
4  Stephen Good        (Subbed 84’) 4  Harry Matthews
5  Tyron Thomas 5  Isaac Nkosi (C.)
6  DJ Adelekan 6  Paul Clayton
7  Joe Gent                (Subbed 64’) 7  Dan Jones
8  Aron Gordon 8  Chris Lockwood          (Subbed 64’)
9  Jacob Dingli         (Subbed 67’) 9  Steve Solarin            (Subbed 27’)
10  Adam Hunt (C.) 10  Sipho Mytanga
11 Reside Coxi-Sebastfao 11  Elias Armah-Tackie       (Subbed 70’)
12  Joel Griffiths 12  Chris Stevens    (On 27’)
14  Lee Weemes        (On 67’) 14  Ryan Ramsey       (On 70’)
15  David Sangolo     (On 64’) 15  Ryan Barker-Francis
16 Carlos Espirito-Santo    (On 84’) 16  Joseph Killingack     (On 64’)
17 Leon Opok 17  Connor Lane
Booked: Matthews
Sent Off: Mernaga
Referee: Sam Everitt
Assistant Referees: Jamie Wood

Kadir Nazif


Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Takeley (ESL)

Essex Senior League

       Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 50

Date: Tuesday 6th September 7.45pm

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts & Black Socks

Takeley: Blue shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

Manor & Takeley players shaking hands before kick-off

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

On a warm evening at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on the might of early high-fliers Takeley in an ESL encounter.

Manor certainly started the game brightly, with forward Callum Ibe giving the visitors defence the run-around with his pace & running, including down the channels. Ibe also had two decent efforts on goal in the early stages of the match.

Midway through the half, Manor ‘keeper Karrer was booked by Referee Dean Markwick for dissent after a Takeley forward threw the ball out of play for a goal-kick after an stoppage for a knock taken by Takeley’s Mitchell Das. Markwick didn’t ingratiate himself to the home support with that decision.

Takeley were certainly on the back-foot for the majority of the half, having to resort to last-ditch defending on one occasion, clearing off the line. Manor captain Daniel Okah’s casual defending allowed Takeley hotshot Charlie Cole an effort on goal, which was well-saved by Karrer.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 0 Takeley

First Half Summary: Manor were the better side though powder-puff finishing & not creating enough clear-cut chances meant they were wasteful in the final third. Takeley would’ve been happy to get in the dressing room level. The second period began with Manor wasting another opportunity; Sam Short’s effort was well saved by visiting ‘keeper Josh Knight, who didn’t look entirely comfortable in the first half.

Gradually, the visitors finally got a sense of urgency going forward and had chances through forward Reece Barrett, who blazed one strike well-over from a decent position.

Takeley then delivered the sucker-punch as Manor had gone up in numbers for the preceding corner, the visitors counter-attacked quickly and Das looped an effort over Karrer well to open the scoring.

In the latter stages of the game, it was pretty crazy, to be honest. Substitute Michael Hopkins shot straight at Knight for Manor and then at the other end, Takeley substitute Jason Todd couldn’t believe his luck when poor defending left him to just prod the ball home inside the area to double the visitors’ lead.

I know referees have a hard job though, in my opinion Ref Markwick was rather card-happy, booking a few players late on but the worst was yet to come. Manor, to their credit, threw everything they had at Takeley late on, getting some reward when hesitant goalkeeping from Knight allowed Matt Keiller to ghost in and nod home to make it 2-1.

Manor then bore the brunt of the referee with not one but two players sent off as the home side lost their discipline late on. Captain Okah & then Eamon Payne receiving their marching orders as Manor finished with nine men.

Full-Time:  Southend Manor 1 – 2 Takeley

Matt Keiller 90’                   Mitchell Das 68’    Jason Todd 88’

Manor’s finishing cost them dear though Takeley will be pleased with the three points, having been second-best for large parts of the first half.

Southend Manor Takeley
1  Ryan Karrer (GK) 1 Josh Knight (GK & C.)
2  Matt Keiller 2  Joe Bees
3  Lee Rome                    (Subbed 69’) 3  Dan Hammett
4  Eamon Payne 4  Bryn Thorpe
5  Vinny Murphy            (Subbed 79’) 5  George Powell
6  Daniel Okah (C.) 6  Joe Ryan
7  Sam Short 7  Mitchell Das               (Subbed 69’)
8  Callum Jex 8  Matt Hurley                (Subbed 61’)
9  Tim Beckford                 (Subbed 61’) 9  Reece Barrett
10  Callum Ibe 10  Charlie Cole
11  Aundre Spencer 11  Nick Barrett               (Subbed 77’)
12  Michael Hopkins            (On 61’) 12  Jordan Westcott       (On 69’)
14  Rhys Fatt                        (On 79’) 14  Jason Todd                 (On 61’)
15  Rob Clark                        (On 69’) 15  Joe Rickett
16  Robbie Norris 16  Sean Sanmoogan         (On 77’)
17  Ellis Holiday 17  K. Riley
Booked: Karrer & Clark Booked: Hurley, Ryan & Cole
Sent Off: Okah & Payne
Referee: Dean Markwick
Assistant Referees: Howard Brown

Brian Townsend

Blog: Volunteers & the MH Arena

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello everyone, it’s been a long while since I’ve written a blog. So when I set up this new blogging site, I thought besides Football, it needs to be about something meaningful as writing MH-related blogs are not easy.

I’ve seen a lot in my time as a Volunteer for various projects about how they (Volunteers) are treated, respected & valued (or not, in some cases sadly). We see in the news most days about power-brokers saying “this or that will be sorted” which any cynics will mention is nonsense sometimes – you only have to look at the situation with the NHS & Junior Doctors to recognise that. On a similar note, all this ‘Brexit’ talk is being shoved in and frankly, it gets rather dull & boring, not to mention hiding other more interesting topics that are out there.

Some will say Politics is the same in the boring stakes, though it is undoubtedly a murky & divisive world. I wonder sometimes how those involved in ‘that world’ truly see Volunteers and away from the myriad of Press Releases & public statements (the PR culture), I suspect some of them don’t think highly enough of the army of good people that are out there, improving lives & the like, a far cry from ‘saving money’ and the other turgid things that get mentioned these days.

That brings me to Volunteers in the MH (Mental Health) arena. Some organisations do respect the impact that such people can have, indeed running some peer groups for example & such like because to some (often the big-wigs but not always) such activities can be an after-thought. Also, you have those organisations out there that are rather expectant, which is rather disrespectful in my opinion. It gives you the impression that they don’t really know what Volunteering truly is, which I suspect is pushing its way in, in more areas than it should because of ‘budget cuts’ or just fundamentally not knowing how to respect and/or value people who give up their time & more in some cases to do a lot of good. And whichever way you cut it that is the wrong attitude.

Which in turn brings me back to the said ‘PR culture’ and the ‘big-wigs’. I recall earlier this summer being at an organisation’s mini-event to thank Volunteers which was nice, though when you see the Chief Exec of the organisation walk in to give a speech for a few minutes and then ask for a picture or two with Volunteers & then waltz off soon afterwards, it does make you think. Is it Gate-crashing? Seeking a Photo opportunity? Either way, some of us that were savvy enough to see through it just shook our heads and laughed a tad.

The bottom line is that Volunteering will & should continue until the year dot. I just hope that some attitudes will change in the coming years as a savvy colleague of mine said once “Volunteers should not replace a service, they should compliment it” – and in the current environment, that sort of thinking is being shelved by muppets wanting to take short-cuts.