Ryman Premier Division & Division North Round-up – Mon 2nd January 2017

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

As the festive Football fixture programme concludes, here’s a round-up of the Ryman Premier & Division North matches that took place on 2nd January, the first matches of 2017.

Ryman Premier Division

AFC Sudbury 1  –  1 Lowestoft Town

Sudbury were denied a morale-boosting win late-on at King’s Marsh. Dylan Williams opened the scoring at the start of the second period, though Lowie snatched a point with moments remaining through top-scorer Jake Reed. Sudbury haven’t won in their last four league matches now, sitting in 16th spot. Lowie fall to 9th spot, only four points off the top five.

Billericay Town  2 –  1 Tonbridge Angels

Craig Edwards’ men hit back late-on to defeat Tonbridge at New Lodge. Luke Blewden gave the Angels the lead early-on. With minutes remaining, Goldy Capela and Billy Bricknell scored as ‘Ricay grabbed all three points. Before today, Billericay hadn’t won in five home league matches. They sit 14th in the table. Tonbridge fall to 7th.

Dulwich Hamlet 2  –  1 Hendon

In-form Dulwich triumphed over Hendon in front of more than 1,000 fans at Champion Hill. Ashley Carew put Hamlet a goal up midway through the first half. Kenny Beaney doubled the lead just after the hour mark, though Hendon pulled one back through Reis Stanislaus 20 minutes from time. Dulwich, who now have only lost one of their last ten league matches, are in 4th place, four points of the leaders. Hendon by contrast, have lost their last six league matches and sit 22nd, three points from safety.

Folkestone Invicta  3  –  1  Burgess Hill Town

Folkestone got an important win against Burgess Hill at the Fullicks Stadium. Frankie Chappell put the home side ahead on the quarter-hour. The Hillians equalised just before the hour through Billy Medlock though a Joe Taylor brace sealed the points for Invicta & their first league win in six matches. Folkestone are 13th, whilst Burgess Hill remain 18th.

Harlow Town 2  –  2  Canvey Island

Harlow were held by lowly Canvey at the Harlow Arena. Alex Read and Khale da Costa put the hosts two-up at the break. Canvey roared back straight after the restart as two goals in eight minutes from George Sykes and Ryan Blackman levelled the match. Harlow reside in 11th spot, whilst Canvey inch off the bottom into 23rd spot, still four points from safety.

Harrow Borough 1  – 5 Enfield Town

Enfield blitzed Harrow at Earlsmead. Goals from Scott Shulton, Billy Crook and Dernell Wynter put the visitors three up before half-time. Ricky Gabriel and Harry Ottaway completed the blitz before Sahr Kabba got a consolation for ‘Boro. Harrow are 19th, whilst Enfield rise to 6th place, two points away from the top five, having lost only one of their last eight away league matches.

Havant & Waterlooville 1  –  1  Wingate & Finchley

Havant were held to their third 1-1 league draw in-a-row by Wingate at West Leigh Park. Matt Patterson put the Hawks in front just past the half-hour. Wingate’s chances of salvaging anything from this match were hit when Reece Beckles-Richards received a straight-red card midway through the second-half. Regardless, ex-Dagenham youngster Tommy Tejan-Sie nabbed a late leveller. Havant remain 3rd in the table. Wingate rise to 17th spot, two points clear of the bottom four.

Leiston 5 – 1  Needham Market

Leiston continued their great home form by brushing aside Needham Market at Victory Road. Goals from Gareth Heath and Byron Lawrence (2) made sure they were 3-0 up at the break. The home side sealed the win thanks to further goals by Patrick Brothers and Niko Muir-Merchant before the hour mark. Luke Ingram got a consolation for Needham though they were well beaten here. Leiston remain 5th, whereas Needham fall to 2nd place after their first defeat in seven league matches.

Merstham 0  –  0  Leatherhead

Strugglers Merstham held Leatherhead at Moatside Stadium in this low-key affair. Hayden Bird’s men extend their winless run to five league matches though and are 20th in the table, out of the bottom four only on goal difference. The Tanners fall to 15th spot.

Metropolitan Police 1 – 0  Kingstonian

Jim Cooper’s men picked up a narrow win at Imber Court. A penalty from Charlie Collins was enough for all three points. Met Police, who’ve now won 5 out of their last 6 home league matches, sit in 21st spot. Kingstonian fall to 12th spot in the table, six points away from the top five.

Staines Town  3  –  0   Grays Athletic 

Unfortunately for Jamie Stuart’s men, there were no away-day heroics for Grays in this match as Staines picked up their second home win in succession at Wheatsheaf Park. Goals from Wadah Ahmidi, Mohamed Bettamer (pen) and Afolabi Coker sealed the points for Johnson Hippolyte’s side who rise to 8th spot, just four points off the top five. Grays fall back to the foot of the table, four points from safety.

Worthing  1  – 1  Bognor Regis Town

Worthing continued their good recent run, holding high-flyers Bognor Regis in front of more than 1,700 fans at Woodside Road. Jimmy Wild put the Rocks in front just past the half-hour bark. Though, Worthing hot-shot Omar Bugiel netted once again soon after the interval to grab a decent point for his side. Worthing are now unbeaten in six league matches, residing in 10th place, whilst Bognor go top, a point clear of Needham Market.


Ryman Division North

Aveley  0  –  2 Thamesmead Town

Thamesmead continued their fine recent form with a good win at play-off chasing Aveley. Paul Vines (pen) and Ellis Brown goals sealed the points. Aveley drop out of the top five, down to 6th spot. Thamesmead, who’ve won 7 out of their last 8 league matches rise to 15th place.

Bowers & Pitsea  1  –  5 Witham Town

Bowers’ superb recent run came to a shuddering halt as Witham secured an impressive win at the Len Salmon Stadium. Ryan Imbert put the visitors ahead early-on. Bowers levelled as Tyler Hayes put into his own net. 1 -1 at half-time. Witham profited from Bowers perhaps didn’t take their chances, Town certainly did though as goals from Max Bradford, Nathan Koranteng (pen), Usman Adeniji and Tim Monsheju sealed a cracking win for Adam Flint’s side. Bowers stay 3rd in the table on goal difference, whilst Witham are in 13th place.

Brentwood Town  1 – 2   Heybridge Swifts

Heybridge broke Brentwood hearts late-on at the Brentwood Arena. Nicholas Brown put Swifts in front just after the break, though Ben Sampayo put his side level on the hour. Billy Rees received his marching orders late-on before Heybridge took advantage thanks to Adam Yussuf to grab all three points. The Blues have now lost their last six home league matches, sitting in 22nd spot – five points from safety. Heybridge pull further clear of the bottom three, residing in 19th place.

Brightlingsea Regent  3  –  0  Wroxham

Regent continued their excellent home form with improved second-half display at North Road. Phil Kelly and a Aaron Condon brace sealed the win. Brightlingsea, who have only lost twice in their last ten league matches, rise to 5th spot. Struggling Wroxham stay bottom, now ten points from safety.

Bury Town 2  – 1  Dereham Town

Bury came from behind to defeat the Magpies at Ram Meadow. Joe Gatting scored for the visitors for the second match running, to give Dereham an early lead. In the second half, Bury got the win courtesy of two goals in ten minutes, thanks to Ollie Hughes and Tevan Allen. Bury are now unbeaten in five league matches and sit 4th, whilst Dereham are in 14th place.

Cheshunt  0  –  2 Waltham Abbey

Out-of-form Abbey picked up a rare win at Theobalds Lane. Goals from Rimmel Daniel and Michael Spencer sealed the three points. Cheshunt fall to 9th place. Abbey remain 20th, having got their first win in seven league matches here.

Maldon & Tiptree 2  – 0   Haringey Borough

Maldon continued their imperious home form with victory at the Wallace Binder Group Stadium. Haringey were reduced to ten men before half-time, Ben Adams the man to go after two yellow cards. After the break, the hosts took advantage as goals from Tyler Brampton and hot-shot Liam Nash (pen) grabbed another three points. Maldon extend their lead at the top to five points. Haringey fall to 11th spot.

Norwich Utd  2  – 1    Soham Town Rangers

Despite playing the second-half with 10 men, Norwich Utd battled to victory at Plantation Park. Soham took the lead just after the half-hour as Luke Brown scored a penalty. Angus Mackie saw red just as the 2nd half got underway. The Planters refused to give in though as Andy Eastaugh levelled midway through the 2nd half, then only minutes later Christy Finch got the winner. Norwich Utd are in 12th spot, whilst Soham are in 17th place, now winless in their last five league matches.

Phoenix Sports 4  –  0  VCD Athletic

Phoenix secured a big win against out-of-form VCD at Phoenix Sports Ground. A brace from Michael Power plus goals from Christie Pattison and Theo Fairweather-Johnson sealed a first home win in eight league matches. Phoenix rise to 8th in the table. VCD’s woes were compounded as Derek Duncan was sent off 20 minutes from time & have now only won two of the last ten league matches & fall to 16th place.

Tilbury  1   –  1 Great Wakering Rovers

Struggling Wakering battled for a point at Chadfields. Kurt Smith put the Dockers ahead on-the-hour. Though Rovers responded just ten minutes later through Ricky Evans to seal a creditable draw. Tilbury fall to 10th place, whilst Rovers stay 22nd, seven points from safety.

Ware 3  – 0 Romford

Ware left it late but picked up an morale-boosting win at Wodson Park. Goals from Gareth Price, Dean Mason (pen) and substitute Laurance Vaughan sealed it for Ken Charlery’s men. This was Ware’s first league win in six matches. They sit 21st, five points clear of the bottom three. Romford, who won their previous three away league matches before today, sit 18th.


So that’s it for the main Festive programme for another year, and also this trilogy of round-up’s from me. Many thanks for reading.



Blog – TOL #1 – 2017…

Welcome to a new ‘peg’ of blogs, or indeed mumblings (probably) called ‘Thinking Out Loud’ or TOL for short. In the first of the new ‘peg’, there’s a little look back on 2016 and some thoughts on the new year..

2016… It’s been some year. Yes, there’s been the irritating back-stories of Brexit, politics as a whole (pretty much, many well-known figures leaving us etc etc.

Though what I’ll remember is that ‘quite a few doors closed, and some opened’. September saw the end of the Mental Health-themed podcast ‘Mental Health Matters’, after 15 episodes and a lot of hard work by all involved. Earlier in the year though, the ‘SUCI’ project started and looking at the ‘big picture’ – I think that project could have some big ramifications for the future of student nursing in the future. In truth, there are many other projects that have graced the year and ‘have their place’ as well.

Then, you have the spectacle of Non-League Football as well, actually going to matches and of course the Saturday Sport show, which somehow I’ve managed to pass 50 episodes now, along with a few other podcasts too.

So, 2017 is nearly upon us. For most of December, it has been loitering in the background like what could be found in an unpleasant ‘trap-door’. So, has pessimism struck once again? You bet it has.

The signs have been there: proverbially whacking my head against the wall at posh (or over-rated) meetings involving CCGs, Mental Health Trusts and the like as they are more ‘style over substance’. It just isn’t worth the frustration (or anger). So as a result, there could be come changes coming soon. And I don’t mean the ‘famed (or what could be Infamous)’ Merger between NEP & SEPT, set to start in April 2017.

If only I could use those Size 13 shoes, though the irony is ‘the orders’ are coming from on-high, so to speak. This article gives you a firm idea: butnhs.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/there-is-a-toxic-culture-at-the-top-of-the-nhs/  (Credit: Steve Smith) Indeed, it’s arguable that CCGs are much the same, though that does not excuse their attitude in both cases (Trusts & CCGs).

Though, it’s not all about the NHS, it’s’ ‘cronies’ & the like. I refuse to let them fill the sky with proverbial red. There are more worthwhile things to do than that.

There are good things that are springing up, like tree roots. # discussions on Twitter, such as #TalkMH, podcasts like Mike’s Open Journal are there, as well as the deserved recognition for campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE & the likes of him.

Let’s see where this year takes us…

By Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Ryman Premier Division & Division North Round-up – New Year’s Eve 2016

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

As the festive Football fixture programme continues, here’s a round-up of the Ryman Premier & Division North matches that took place on New Year’s Eve.

Ryman Premier Division

Fri 30th Dec: Billericay Town P – P  Needham Market

Much to both clubs’ frustration, this match fell foul of the weather, with heavy fog postponing this match.

 New Year’s Eve

AFC Sudbury 1 – 1   Canvey Island

Sudbury were held by out-of-form Canvey at King’s Marsh. Sudbury’s Luke Callander put the hosts in front shortly before the break, though Ryan Blackman equalised for Canvey with half-hour to go. Sudbury are in 16th place, five points ahead of the bottom four. The Gulls, who still haven’t won in six league matches now, fall to the root of the Ryman Premier table, four points from safety.

Dulwich Hamlet  1  – 1  Wingate & Finchley

Dulwich were held by Wingate in front of a bumper crowd of nearly 2,000 at Champion Hill. Reece Beckles-Richards put the visitors in front early-doors, though Dumebi Dumaka equalised for Hamlet midway through the first half. Dulwich, who’ve only lost one of their last ten league matches, are in 4th spot, six points off the top spot. Wingate are in 17th spot.

Folkestone Invicta 0  – 1  Grays Athletic

Jamie Stuart’s side grabbed an important win at mid-table Folkestone, in front of more than 500 fans at the Fullicks Stadium. Kieran Bishop grabbed the only goal just before the half-hour. Invicta are in 13th spot, whilst Grays rise to 23rd though are only three points from safety.

Harlow Town 2 – 1 Leatherhead

The Hawks came from behind to triumph over Jimmy Bullard’s Tanners side at the Harlow Arena. Adam Cash put the visitors in front on the half-hour, though in the second half goals from Stanley Muguo and substitute Khale da Costa sealed the win for Danny Chapman’s side. Harlow sit 11th in the table, whilst Leatherhead are in 15th.

Harrow Borough 4  – 2  Lowestoft Town

Harrow grabbed the points in a goal-fest at Earlsmead. Joshua Webb put ‘Boro in front early-on, though Ross Jarvis equalised for Lowie almost immediately. Harrow took command though as Steve Brown and a brace from Sahr Kabba put Steve Baker’s men 4-1 up. Harvey Hodd got a consolation for Town, who fall to 8th place. Harrow rise to 19th spot with this, their third league win on-the-trot.

Havant & Waterlooville 1  –  1 Kingstonian

Kingstonian were denied a important win late-on by Havant at West Leigh Park. Joe Turner put the K’s ahead midway through the first half, though Havant struck with minutes to spare as substitute Mat Paterson grabbed a point for the Hawks. Havant lost ground on the top two though, but stay third, four points off the leaders. The K’s sit 10th, just three points from the top five.

Leiston 1 – 1 Enfield Town

Leiston struck late-on to snatch a draw at Victory Road. Scott Shulton put the visitors ahead just past the hour mark, though Matt Blake moments from time for the home side. Leiston sit 5th in the table, whilst Enfield are 7th, just two points behind today’s opponents.

Merstham 2 – 2  Burgess Hill Town

Merstham were denied late-on by a spirited comeback by the Hillians at Moatside. Dan Bennett & Dan Hector put Merstham in a good position though in injury time, James Richmond and Billy Medlock grabbed a point for Ian Chapman’s men. Merstham are in 20th spot, just two points ahead of the bottom four. Burgess Hill are in 18th spot, just two points above today’s opponents.

Met Police  0  –  1 Bognor Regis Town

High-flying Bognor pinched the win late-on at Imber Court. Oscar Hayens Brown, brought on as a late substitute, got the only goal. Met Police are in 21st place, two points from safety, whilst Bognor go top, level on points with Needham Market.

Staines Town 3  – 2   Hendon

Staines picked up the win at Wheatsheaf Park. Hendon took the lead early-on through Casey Maclaren. Though after the break, the Swans picked it up as Afolabi Coker and a brace from Adrian Clifton, all inside eleven minutes put them 3-1 up. Dave Diedhiou got Hendon’s second goal in injury-time. Staines are 12th spot, whilst Hendon are 22nd, two points from safety, having failed to win in their last 8 league matches.

Worthing  3 – 0   Tonbridge Angels

The Rebels picked the three points in a bad-tempered match at Woodside Road. Tonbridge defender Ugo Udogi saw red before the half-hour mark for a foul on Worthing hot-shot Omar Bugiel, who converted the resulting spot-kick. Tonbridge were reduced to nine men after Nick Wheeler received his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident, which slightly bizarrely saw Rebels substitute Brannon O’Neill sent off, as well as Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm. In the second-half, Bugiel converted another penalty and Zack Newton sealed the points for Gary Elphick and Jon Meeney’s men. This was Worthing’s fourth consecutive win and lifts them to 9th place, three points from the play-offs. Tonbridge fall to 6th, one point behind the top five.

Ryman Division North

New Year’s Eve

Brentwood Town 0 – 1 AFC Hornchurch

Brentwood Town endured a frustrating afternoon, as a Leon McKenzie penalty was enough to grab the win for the Urchins. Sam Owusu saw red as well for dissent following the penalty decision. Unfortunately for Tony Ievoli’s men, Brentwood have lost nine out of their last ten league matches now, and sit 22nd in the table. Hornchurch go back into the top five with this win, unbeaten in their last ten league matches.

Brightlingsea Regent 2  – 1   Heybridge Swifts

Regent came from behind to grab the three points at North Road. Adam Yusuff put Heybridge ahead just after the half-hour mark, though Robbie Rees equalised to ensure it was level going into the break. George Doyle won it for James Webster’s men midway through the second period. Regent rise to 7th place, whilst Heybridge stay 19th.

Cheshunt  0  – 1 Bowers & Pitsea

Bowers maintained their imperious end to 2016 with a narrow win at Theobalds Lane. An early David Knight goal was enough to complete their 9th consecutive league win. Rob Small’s men go back into 3rd place in the table. Cheshunt fall to 8th place.

Maldon & Tiptree  3  – 0 VCD Athletic

Kevin Horlock’s men secured a comfortable win at that fortress that is the Wallace Binder Ground. Goals from Adam Mills, Liam Nash (pen) and Tarryn Allarakhia were enough to secure the Jammers tenth consecutive home league win. Maldon stay top of Ryman North, two points clear of Thurrock in second. VCD fall to 15th place.

Norwich Utd  2 – 0  Witham Town

Second-half goals from Tim Henery and Liam Jackson secured the win for John Edridge’s men at Plantation Park. Witham also saw Michael Osei sent off late on. Norwich Utd rise above today’s opponents into 12th place. Witham are now 13th.

Phoenix Sports 1  –  3 Romford

Romford pulled out an impressive win at Phoenix Sports Ground. Boro’ hot-shot Chinedu McKenzie gave the visitors the lead early-on, Michael Power soon equalised though for Phoenix. McKenzie added two more goals for complete his hat-trick and three valuable points for Paul Martin’s men. Phoenix are in 11th place, whilst Romford are in 18th place, eight points clear of the bottom three.

Thurrock 3 –  0 Great Wakering Rovers

Mark Stimson’s Thurrock swept aside struggling Wakering at Ship Lane. Goals from Jordan Clark (pen), Joe Christou and Perry Dunn sealed the Fleet’s 8th consecutive league win. Thurrock stay 2nd in the table, whilst Wakering are 23rd, five points from safety.

Tilbury  1 – 5 Thamesmead Town

Thamesmead thumped the Dockers at Chadfields. A Billy Willis OG gave ‘Mead an early lead though two goals in four minutes from Anidugbe and Teniola gave the visitors a comfortable lead. A penalty from Tony Martin got one back for Tilbury though ‘Mead added two more to complete the rout, Knight and Anidugbe bagging his second of the afternoon. Tilbury are in 10th place, whilst Thamesmead who have won their last four away league matches now, sit 16th.

Waltham Abbey 0 – 0 Soham Town Rangers

The Abbotts secured a valuable point at Capershotts, bringing to an end a run of five consecutive league defeats. Abbey sit in 20th place in the table, three points clear of the bottom three. Soham are 17th.

Ware 0  – 1  Dereham Town

A solitary goal from Joe Gatting was enough to secure all three points for the visitors at Wodson Park. Ware have now lost five league matches on the trot, residing in 21st place, two points ahead of the bottom three. Dereham rise to 14th spot.

Happy New Year, check back very soon for the last of these Festive Fixture Round-up’s in Ryman Premier & Ryman North, going through the matches taking place on Monday 2nd January ’17.


Ryman Premier Division & Division North Round-up – Boxing Day 2016

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

So here we are, the festive Football fixture programme has gotten underway. Here’s a round-up of the Ryman Premier & Division North matches that took place on Boxing Day and a brief mention of matches coming up a few days after.

Ryman Premier Division

Bognor Regis Town 1 – 1 Havant & Waterlooville

Both these high-flying sides battled to a draw at Nyewood Lane. Ryan Woodford put the visitors in front before half-time. After the break, Bognor responded through Ed Sanders just past the hour mark. Bognor remain in second spot in the Ryman Premier table, two points clear of their opponents today. Havant & Waterlooville sit third with games in hand over most of the sides around them.

Burgess Hill Town 0 -1 Worthing

Mid-table Worthing edged out Burgess Hill Town at Leylands Park. A second-half goal from Ross Edwards was enough to claim all three points. The Hillians fall to 18th in the table, whereas Worthing rise to 10th place, just five points off the top five, having won their last three league matches in a row.

Canvey Island 1 – 2 Billericay Town

Craig Edwards’ Billericay Town fought to an important win at Park Lane, their first in nine league matches. First-hal goals from Michael Bakare and Dipo Akinyeme put them two up at the break. Canvey could only add a late consolation through Steve Sheehan. Danny Heale’s Canvey remain in 23rd spot and haven’t won in five league matches. Billericay rise to 14th place, seven points from the top five.

Enfield Town 3 – 0 Harlow Town

A second-half goal-salvo saw the Towners defeat Harlow at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. Goals from Mark Kirby, Dernell Wynter and Billy Crook earned the three points. Enfield Town sit in 8th place, two points off the top five, having only lost once in ten league matches. Harlow Town fall to 11th spot, three points behind today’s opponents.

Hendon 4 – 5 Harrow Borough

A goal-bonanza was delivered by these two under-pressure teams at Silver Jubilee Park. Hendon were 4-3 up at half-time through goals from Dave Diedhiou, Sam Murphy (pen), Casey Maclaren and Reis Stanislaus. Harrow’s Josh Webb initially put the visitors in front early-doors before Harry Newman and Francis Babalola added to the visitors goal-tally before the break. The visitors found another gear in the second half as a Josh Webb penalty and another from Sahr Kabba broke the Greens’ hearts and edge a pulsating encounter. Hendon haven’t won in seven league matches & reside in 22nd spot. Harrow edge out of the bottom four courtesy of today’s win, sitting in 20th spot.

Kingstonian 2 – 1 Merstham

The K’s grabbed a important win over under-pressure Merstham at Kingsmeadow. First-half goals from Aaron Lamont and Ryan Gondoh put the hosts two goals to-the-good before Tom Kavanagh pulled one back for the Moatsiders. Kingstonian rise to 9th place in the table after today’s win. Merstham sit in 19th place, continuing to struggle away from the MOatside Stadium, having not won in their last ten away league matches.

Leatherhead 2 – 1 Metropolitan Police

Jimmy Bullard’s Tanners grabbed the three points at Fetcham Grove. Mohammed Sagaf put the hosts in front just after the break, substitute Dan Summers levelled from the penalty spot for the Met though late-on Rian Bray won it for Leatherhead. Leatherhead now sit 15th in the table, whereas Met Police fall into the bottom four, into 21st place.

Lowestoft Town 3 – 2 Leiston

Play-off chasing Lowestoft edged this tight contest at Crown Meadow. Travis Cole put Lowie in front, though Niko Muir soon equalised for Leiston. Ross Jarvis’ goal saw Lowie in front at the break. Leiston levelled again through Matt Blake though late on Shaun Bammant won it for Ady Gallagher’s men, who now reside in 7th place, just a point off Leiston who are 5th.

Needham Market 2 – 1 AFC Sudbury

Needham continuined their fine recent form with a good win at Bloomfields. It was Sudbury that took the lead just before half-time through Sam Bantick. After the break, the Marketmen recovered, first through substitute Kem Izzet’s penalty followed soon after by Billy Holland’s goal. Sudbury saw Ryan Henshaw sent off so had to play nearly the entire second half with 10 men. Needham have now won five out of the last six league matches & stay top of the table. Out-of-form Sudbury are in 16th place.

Tonbridge Angels 2 – 2 Folkestone Invicta

Tonbridge held in-form Folkestone at the Longmead Stadium. Invicta went ahead through Joseph Taylor though Alexander Akrofi levelled for the Angels before the interval. Akrofi then put his side in font before Ronnie Dolan sealed a point for Invicta seven minutes from time. Tonbridge sit in 6th spot, level on points with 5th placed Leiston. Folkestone have only lost one of ther last nine league matches, and are in 13th position, seven points from the top five.

Wingate & Finchley 1 – 1 Staines Town

Wingate were held to a draw by out-of-form Staines at the Harry Abrahams Stadium. Tansheh Abrahams put the hosts ahead early on, though Adrian Clifton soon drew the Swans level. Wingate & Finchley are still close to the bottom four, in 17th spot. Staines, who have now only won one of their last eight league matches, are in 12th place.

Tuesday 27th Dec: Grays Athletic v Dulwich Hamlet   Venue: Mill Field KO: 3pm

Friday 30th Dec: Billericay Town v Needham Market  Venue: New Lodge KO: 7.45pm


Ryman Division North (Boxing Day)

Cheshunt 2 – 0 Ware

High-flying Ceshunt defeated out-of-form Ware at Theobalds Lane. Goals from the prolific Jason Hallett and Emmanuel Osei were enough for the win. Ware saw Alaa Oudji sent off late on to compound their woes. Cheshunt rise to 5th spot in the table, whereas Ware who have only won one of their last ten league matches are in 20th spot.

Dereham Town  3 – 2  Brightlingsea Regent

Dereham earned a great win against in-form Regent at Aldiss Park. Harley Black grabbed a hat-trick (one from the penalty spot) whilst prolific striker Aaron Condon grabbed both Regent goals (one from the penalty spot). Dereham are now in 15th place, whilst Regent lost ground on the top 6, falling to 8th spot.

Great Wakering Rovers 1 –  5 Bowers & Pitsea

Bowers bulldozed their way to another impressive win at Burroghs Park. Ben Sartain’s first hat-trick at this level and a brace from Lewis Manor sealed the win, with Adam Topley scoring what turned out to be a consolation for struggling Wakering. Wakering are still in the bottom three, in 22nd spot whilst Bowers’ 8th league win in a row sees them rise to 3rd spot.

Haringey Borough 3 – 1  Waltham Abbey

In-form Haringey picked up another three points at Coles Park. Goals from Adrian Markus, Dan Aristidou (pen) and subsitiute Chris Benjamin sealed the win. Haringey have now won eight of their last ten league matches, sit in 9th spot. By contrast, Waltham Abbey have only won one of their last ten league matches, fall to 21st spot – two points ahead of the bottom three.

Heybridge Swifts 1 – 0   Maldon & Tiptree

Heybridge upset the league leaders Maldon at Scraley Road. A George Cole goal was enough to secure a big three points for the Swifts. Heybridge rise to 19th place, three points clear of the bottom three. Maldon’s first loss in 8 league matches could see their lead at the top cut to two points if Thurrock defeat Romford on Tuesday.

Soham Town Rangers  1 – 4  Bury Town

Bury Town thumped Soham at Julius Martin Lane. Goals from Luke Read, Ryan Jolland and a Josh Mayhew brace (one a penalty) sealed the win for the Blues. Cemal Ramadan got Soham’s goal, who sit 16th in the table. Bury Town rise to 7th spot, a point off the top 5.

Thamesmead Town 0 – 1  Phoenix Sports

Michael Power got the only goal to give Phoenix the win at Bayliss Avenue. Phoenix are 11th spot in the table, whilst Thamesmead, who suffered their first loss in six league matches, are 17th.

VCD Athletic 3  –  1 Tilbury

The Vickers came from behind to defeat Tilbury at Oakwood. Reece Hewitt put Tilbury ahead just after the break, though VCD roared back through goals from Joseph Bruce and a brace (one from the penalty spot) from much-travelled striker Jamie Guy. VCD’s first league win in 5 matches sees them rise to 13th place. Tilbury are in 10th spot.

Witham Town 4  –  1 Brentwood Town

Witham came from behind to beat Tony Ievoli’s Brentwood Town at the Village Glass Stadium. An Andrew Freeman penalty put Brentwood ahead, though after the break Witham powered their way to their first win in 8 league matches with goals from Ryan Charles, Nathan Koranteng, Usman Adeniji & Luke Mallet. Witham rise to 12th place whilst Brentwood are in 22nd place.

Wroxham  1 – 0  Norwich Utd

A solitary goal from Jack Newman was enough to give the struggling Yachtsmen the three points at Trafford Park. Norwich Utd slip to 14th in the table. Wroxham, who picked up only their fifth win of the campaign here, are still bottom, seven points from safety.

Wed 28th Dec: Romford v Thurrock            Venue: Ship Lane KO: 7.45pm

Friday 30th Dec: Aveley v Haringey Borough**      Venue: Mill Field  KO: 8pm

Bury Town   v  Wroxham**      Venue: Ram Meadow  KO: 7.45pm

Thanks for reading, the next round-up will be of the New Year’s Eve matches.



** = Will be mentioned on the New Year’s Eve round-up.

Match Report: Ilford 3 – 0 Basildon Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield Stadium

Attendance: 47

Date: Wednesday 21st December 2016 7.45pm

Ilford: Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

 Basildon Utd: Black & Amber Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Amber Socks

Ilford & Basildon players shake hands before KO

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

On a fairly chilly evening at Cricklefield, Ilford took on mid-table Basildon Utd on the last evening of ESL action in 2016. It was also a ‘battle of the Odedoyin brothers’, Wale for Ilford coming up against his brother Ayoola. The visitors were also missing their top-scorer Nathan Dewberry.

The match had a low-key first half hour or so with relatively few chances, as both sides attempted to settle into a rhythm. Ilford had the better of the possession though couldn’t quite find that incisive final ball though they were well-organised, attempting to play out from their strong back-four.

Basildon, to their credit were not flustered either as wingers Jamie Brown & Ayoola Odedoyin together with forward Reece Tranter led their side’s forward play with pace, occasional trickery & running.

The match suddenly fizzed into life as Ilford’s Joe Killingback smashed a sweetly-struck 25-yarder into the net, past the despairing dive of visiting ‘keeper Jonathan Eckett to open the scoring eight minutes from half-time.  It was a cracker and Killingback was rightly delighted.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

The second half began with a bit more tempo, Ilford forward Sipho Mytanda striking a decent free-kick just over the bar from a decent position. Just on the hour mark, Basildon responded in possession terms as Tranter was denied by the impressive full-back Toib Adeyemi for a corner. Shortly after that, Ayoola Odedoyin headed over the bar from another corner.

This geed the Foxes up as Wale Odedoyin made a great run down the right wing, though couldn’t put an effort on target. Ilford certainly had willing runners in W Odedoyin, Luke Thomas, Killngback & forward Ryan Ramsey though still couldn’t quite make the most of their overall possession.

That was until the later stages, shortly after coming off the bench, good hold-up play by Carl Mullings, gave fellow sub Eden Nelson an opening, though he blazed his strike over the bar. The home side didn’t have to wait much longer though as a good counter saw ‘keeper Eckett come rushing out, Nelson kept his composure and slotted the ball home into the empty net.

Only a couple of minutes later, Ilford made the points safe as Basildon full-back Jim Paterson brought down Ilford winger Luke Thomas in the box, and Killingback converted the resulting penalty into the left corner.

Full-Time: Ilford 3 – 0 Basildon Utd

Killingback 37’, 86 (pen)

Nelson 84’

Ilford will be happy with their second win this week, though what they’ll be seeking is consistency now. I saw enough tonight that if they keep a settled squad then they could rise up the table. Basildon will be disappointed that they couldn’t quite get more of a foot-hold in the match though they showed they will create chances, particularly against defences less well-drilled than their opponents this evening. Ilford finish 2016 in 13th place, only nine points off the top six. Basildon are 10th spot, ten points off the top four.

I’d like to wish all Non-League Football fans & readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas & a very happy 2017.  




Manager: Allan Fenn

Basildon Utd


Manager: Aaron Bloxham

1  Adam Seal (GK) 13  Jonathan Eckett (GK)
2  Toib Adeyemi 2  Jim Paterson
3  Liam Whipps 17  Joe Gilbert
4  Leon Rolle (C) 4  Lee Delf
5  Ajay Ashnike 5  Tyler Jalland
6  Luke McLeavy 19  Ayoola Odedoyin   (Subbed 81’)
7  Luke Thomas 7  Joe Skeels
8  Joe Killingback 8  John-Joe Slater (C)
9  Ryan Ramsay  (Subbed 78’) 20  Reece Tranter
10  Sipho Mytanda  (Subbed 78’) 10  Suleyman Zuhdu
11  Wale Odedoyin 11  Jamie Brown  (Subbed 46’)
12  Carl Mullings (On 78’) 6  Lee Scott     (On 81’)
14  Justas Paliulis 21  Paul Shave
15  Andy Edmunds 3  Churchill Chiatitor
16  Eden Nelson (On 78’) 16  Alf Lindfield     (On 46’)
17 Jean-Tarach Bavangila
Booked: Killingback, Ramsay, Whipps Booked: Paterson
Referee: Tom Fell
Assistant Referees: Jamie Wood

Alan Steward


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

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


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


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

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

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.




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


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

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’


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’)
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

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.


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’)
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

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)


Tower Hamlets

Manager: Ade Abayomi


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’)
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