Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 14 Dec) [EOFL 19/20 12.12.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my preview of Essex Olympian League action on Saturday 14th December. The Olympian League gets its own Half-Season Report episode on Grassroots Football Show, set for next Thursday (19th Dec), check out @ELRFootball on Twitter for details. This weekend’s are highly likely to be subject to change/postponement due to inclement weather, with the exception of artificial pitches, noted as [3G] below.

Saturday 14 December

Premier Division


Basildon Town  v  Catholic Utd    | Basildon Sports Club

Canning Town   v   Sungate    | West Ham Community Grd [3G]

Harold Wood Athletic  v    Old Southendian   | Harold Wood Rec

Kelvedon Hatch   v    Shenfield AFC    | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers   v   Buckhurst Hill    | Belfairs Park

Springfield   v   Bishop’s Stortford Swifts    | Springfield Hall Park


Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v   Lakeside   | Town Mead [3G]

Galleywood   v   Herongate Athletic    | Clarkes Field (* 2.30pm KO)

Old Chelmsfordians  v    Toby   | Lawford Lane

Rayleigh Town Res    v    Manford Way  | London Road

Snaresbrook   v   Runwell Sports   | Nutters Field


Anagram Records Trophy – Hutton  v  FC Hamlets  | Polo Fields


Senior Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Laindon Orient   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground (1.30pm KO)

Corinthians  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town  v  Wakering Sports   | Stonards Hill

May & Baker Res  v  Rochford Town  | May & Baker FC

Old Southendian Res  v  Leigh Town   | Garon Park



Senior Division Three

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Basildon Town Res   | Lower Road

Leigh Town Res  v  Corinthians Res    | John Burrows Recreation Ground

Wakebury  v  Collier Row   | Shoebury Park

White Ensign Res  v  Hutton Res   | Len Forge Centre [3G]

Lakeside Res  v  ACD Utd  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]




Senior Division Four

Roydon  v  Ongar Town Res  (1.30pm KO)

Forest Glade  v  Catholic Utd  Res

Laindon Orient Res  v  Canning Town Res

Leytonstone Utd  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Galleywood Res

Wakering Sports Res  v  Chingford Athletic Development


Senior Division Five

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  v  Springfield Res

Collier Row Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Roydon Res  v  Leigh Ramblers Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  Newbury Forest Res

Wakering Sports Development  v  Shoebury Town Res



Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 30 November) [EOFL 19/20 1.12.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action from Saturday 30th November. Also includes results from the Anagram Records Trophy & Essex Junior Cup action alongside the top four EOFL divisions and results from Senior Four & Five. Thanks for reading.


Saturday 30 November

Premier Division

Four of the five Premier Division fixtures survived the weather, and added to a very tight top of the standings at present as the top four are all separated by only goal difference.  Springfield were held 3 – 3 by Sungate with their immediate rivals Buckhurst Hill and Ratyleigh Town both in Anagram Records Trophy action this weekend. The result means Sungate rise to second, ahead of Springfield in 3rd.

Catholic Utd made a blistering comeback to draw 3 – 3 at home to improving Old Southendian at the Len Forge. Nick Henesy got a brace for OS with Ed Gould the other scorer for Connor Lane’s team, who are now unbeaten in their last five. The ‘Super Hoops’ drop to fifth but are only a point off Hill in top spot, although the latter have games in hand on the other top five sides. Basildon Town got a decent 2 – 0 at strugglers Canning Town with Brodie Horne and Keith King both netting as Bas got their third win in their last four to go sixth.

Harold Wood Athletic also won, 2 – 1 at Leigh Ramblers with Nick Reynolds and Chris Muir on target for Kris Taylor’s side, who rise to tenth after their second straight league win. Kelvedon Hatch’s match with Hutton was postponed due to weather.

Senior Division One

In the three surviving matches in Senior One, Chingford Athletic extended their lead at the summit to seven points after a 6 – 2 victory over ten-man Manford Way. Lee Lashley grabbed a treble here, with Sam Coe, Alex Gordon and Gary Murray all also on target for the Town Mead side. Olajide Yusuff and Josh Hayward struck for Manford who remain in mid-table. Elsewhere, Lakeside swept Toby aside as they won 6 – 3 against the bottom side to strengthen their hold on fifth spot and Shoebury Town got their sixth draw in nine league matches this term as they held FC Hamlets 1 – 1. George Oakley’s spot-kick accounted for the FCH goal at Cupid’s.


Matches Postponed:

Ongar Town P – P  Runwell Sports   |

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Rayleigh Town Res  |

Snaresbrook  P – P   Herongate Athletic   |


Anagram Records Trophy round-up

In the three Anagram Records Trophy ties involving EOFL sides, Buckhurst Hill roared into the nxt round with a 6  – 0 win over Olympian Senior One side Galleywood. Max Nicolson struck twice here, as did substitute Fenti Falola, with Nathan Sollosi and Henry Day also on target here for Mark Williams’ team. Rayleigh Town also progressed with a great 3 – 2 away-day win at Tring Corinthians AFC. George Vile, Bailey Moss and Henry Talbot all struck for Paul Higgins’ side. Shenfield AFC are out though after a narrow 1 – 0 loss at Sandridge Rovers.


Senior Division Two

Now into Senior Two, Epping Town edged to a 3 – 2 win over spirited strugglers Rochford Town at Stonards Hill. Jayden Hocking-Rising, Alex Paraskeva and Daniel Garfinkle all netted for Billy Cove’s side, though Rochford certainly gave them a headache as Tommy Dominguez continued his fine scoring run of late with a brace. Epping stay fourth, three points off leaders Leigh Town. Old Southendian Reserves also got a fine 3 – 0 win over high-flying Beacon Hill Rovers at Garon Park. Greg Molford, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and replacement Lewis Telling all scored for Ben Manley’s side who got their third win here in their last four games here to solidify fifth spot.

Wakering Sports got the result of the day though as they eased to a 9 – 0 home win over strugglers Ryan. Danny Pallett got a treble while there were doubles for Ben Rowe, Mohammed Sesay and Mitchell Gleeson as Sports went up to eighth.

Postponed Matches:

AS Rawreth  P – P  May & Baker Res |

Harold Wood Athletic Res  P – P  Leigh Town   |

Laindon Orient  P – P  Corinthians   |


Senior Division Three

In Senior Three, Wakebury went second with a fine 3 – 1 win at Leigh Town Res. Charlie Little struck twice here with Jack Smith getting the other goal as ‘Bury got their seventh win this term. In the other game this weekend, White Ensign Res edged a battle with fellow strugglers Lakeside Res 3 – 2, with Zach Somerset-Butler notching a brace, and replacement Ayodele Awosika also on target at the Len Forge 3G pitch.


Senior League Cup

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  P – P  Old Chelmsfordians


Essex Junior Cup results

Buckhurst Hill Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Corinthians Res  0 – 2  Collier Row

FC Clacton Res  5 – 3  Roydon

Hutton Res  2 – 1  Harold Hill

Shoebury Town ‘A’  P – P  Basildon Town Res

Toby Res  4 – 0  Haver Town


Senior Division Four results

Forest Glade  1 – 1  Chingford Athletic Development

Galleywood Res  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

Laindon Orient Res  P – P  Shenfield AFC Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  2 – 2  Catholic Utd Res

Ongar Town Res  3 – 2  Canning Town Res


Senior Division Five results

Collier Row Res  1 – 4  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Herongate Athletic Res  1 – 3  Roydon Res

Old Barkabbeyans  3 – 0  Newbury Forest Res

Runwell Sports Res  5 – 0  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Springfield Res


Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 30th Nov) [ESL 19/20 1.12.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 38

2019 – 20 Season: Match 42

Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

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



Both teams before KO (Image: Scott W)

Crunch six-pointer for Manor & Sawbo ends honours-even at Southchurch

Southend Manor 1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @Wilkins_Media)

The last match of November 2019 saw me return to Southhchurch Park to see this crucial battle at the bottom of the Essex Senior as bottom side Sawbridgeworth Town travelled to third-bottom Southend Manor. It is that time of year for tricky pitches and that was the case here. Manor gave Josh Harrison the nod in goal, though the forward line was rather youthful as skipper Jordan Chambers was partnered by Harry Rogers, with Max Makaka and Brandon Williams the chief support on the flanks. Grant Frances, Connor Cobb and Cameron Harris were all on the bench. Sawbridgeworth named a fairly strong side, with Cabham Clarke between the posts along with new signings Cory Rider and Ethan Barton in central defence and midfield respectively. Lee Mackman’s side also had a front three of captain Harry Bushell, Mihai Botosan and Myles Passley, with Prince Alozie, Ryan Willsmer and Lion Docaj on their bench.

It was Manor who had the edge in the early stages of this contest, as mee minutes in a cross from the right flank by winger Max Makaka found skipper Jordan Chambers though he could only head over the woodwork. Chambers soon after had two great chances to break the deadlock with only visiting custodian Cabham Clarke to bypass. The first was those was after a spirited run, the forward could only loft his effort over the target, before being denied by Clarke on the goal-line following a neat pass in by strike partner Harry Rogers.

Harry Bushell gets past Ruben Kennedy (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Sawbo skipper Bushell gets past his marker (Image: Andy W)

Undeterred, Manor still had the better of the play into the middle of the half as the visitors rare half-chance saw forward Harry Bushell blast an effort wide. On 26 minutes, Chambers again got past the visiting backline though Clarke denied him again though incredibly Rogers could only skew the follow-up wide of the far post. Perhaps sensing that the pendulum was swinging back their way, Sawbo gained some impetus as nine minutes before the break, pacy forward Myles Passley snuck in past the home defence before his powerful effort crashed back off a post from a narrow angle. Five minutes later, a well-directed long-range effort by Sawbo forward Mihai Botosan bounced off the slippery turf causing ‘keeper Josh Harrison to not gather cleanly and Bushell was the first to react though fortunately for the hosts, he also skewed his drive off-target.

Rogers also struck a crisp shot wide for Manor just before the break though the tension was already rising in this match, and goal-less it was the interval.


Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth

The first part of the second half was somewhat different as a minute into it, another rapid run by Chambers in the area was thwarted by Sawbo defender Cory Rider, causing referee Michael Iddenden-Smith to point to the spot. After the first successful spot-kick was ruled out due to an encroachment, the revised penalty by Chambers found the corner to finally break the deadlock.

Chambers about to strike spot-kick (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Chambers strikes Manor’s penalty (Image: Andy W)

Six minutes later, Clarke gathered a Makaka free-kick after it had evaded a crowded penalty box though Sawbridgeworth levelled on the stroke of the hour with a pearler of a goal. Left-back Jake Skeet received the ball on the left-side and let fly with a superb curling strike which sailed past Harrison and into the far corner, much to his side’s obvious delight. The visitors looked to pushed on with their tails up, and soon after Harrison denied Passley’s shot, the home ‘keeper was in action again. Botosan’s neat threaded ball found Passley though Harrison pulled off a firm one-handed save with twenty minutes remaining.

The tension for both sides was arguably having an impact, and understandably so. Makaka sent another decent strike from 20 yards fizzing past Cabham’s right-side post before a sweet pass in by midfielder Ruben Kennedy found impressive winger Brandon Williams though he couldn’t find the target when well-placed. There was one more chance of note in added-time as Sawbo winger Aaron Donaldson’s drive from the edge of the area was gathered by Harrison. These sides had to settle for a point in a match that both could have won, although the hosts probably had the better chances.


Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth

In summary, although there were flashes of quality by both sides at times during the contest, it is also undeniable that the tension was palpable during the contest as both sides knew how important was to get something from it. In terms of stand-out performances, Manor midfielders Ruben Kennedy and Brandon Williams had a good impact on their side’s attacking intent, whereas on another day skipper Jordan Chambers could have had a hat-trick though he kept going for the majority of the match. Centre-back Reece Latimer also made a few timely interceptions in defence.

For Sawbo, forward Myles Passley was their biggest outlet down the channel and could’ve scored himself here, while ‘keeper Cabham Clarke made a few good saves to keep his side in the contest. Mentions also have to go to full-back Jake Skeet for his stunning leveller and skipper Harry Bushell who looked to drive his side’s forward play going as well. Best wishes to both sides for rest of the season, and it could be a tough one for both.


Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters

1 Josh Harrison (GK), 2 Josh Brocklebank, 3 Ben Richardson (15 Connor Cobb 90’), 4 Harry Markatis, 5 Kiah Froud, 6 Reece Latimer, 7 Max Makaka, 8 Ruben Kennedy, 9 Harry Rogers (14 Louie Hunt 74’), 10 Jordan Chambers (Capt), 11 Brandon Williams

Goal-scorer: Jordan Chambers [pen 47’]

Booked: Froud, Richardson | Subs Not Used: Harris, Frances, Salako


Sawbridgeworth | Manager: Lee Mackman

1 Cabham Clarlke (GK), 2 Michael Folkes, 3 Jake Skeet, 4 Frankie Oatham (15 Prince Alozie 83’), 16 Cory Rider, 6 Connor McQuillan, 7 Aaron Donaldson, 8 Ethan Barton, 9 Harry Bushell (Capt), 10 Mihai Botosan, 11 Myles Passley

Goal-scorers: Jake Skeet [59’]

Booked: Rider, Botosan, Oatham, Barton | Sub Not Used: Webster, Docaj, Willsmer


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith

Preview: Essex Olympian League (Sat 30 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 28.11.19]

Archive – W Ensign Res v Hullbridge Sports Dev. [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of Essex Olympian League action, which includes the fixture list from the top four divisions & more on Saturday 30th November. Please note that these fixtures to subject to change due to the recent inclement weather. As a general rule, matches played on 3G or artificial pitches do get played. Thanks for reading.

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Saturday 30 November  (2.00pm KO’s unless stated)

Premier Division

Canning Town  v  Basildon Town  |  West Ham Community Ground [3G]

Catholic Utd  v Old Southendian  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Hutton             | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Harold Wood Athletic  | Belfairs Park

Springfield  v  Sungate    | Springfield Hall Park


Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  Manford Way   | Town Mead [3G]

Ongar Town  v  Runwell Sports   | Fyfield Village Hall

Ramsden Scotia  v  Rayleigh Town Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Shoebury Town  v  FC Hamlets   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Snaresbrook  v  Herongate Athletic   | Nutters Field

Lakeside  v  Toby   | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] (2.30pm KO)


Anagram Records Trophy  –    (3pm KO unless stated)

Buckhurst Hill  v  Galleywood   | Moved to Roding Valley Sch [3G] (2pm KO)

Sandridge Rovers  v  Shenfield AFC   |

Tring Corinthians AFC  v  Rayleigh Town |


Senior Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  May & Baker Res | The Warren

Epping Town  v  Rochford Town  | Stonards Hill

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Leigh Town   | Harold Wood Park (Pitch 1)

Laindon Orient  v  Corinthians   | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

Old Southendian Res  v  Beacon Hill Rovers   | Garon Park

Wakering Sports  v  Ryan  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 1)


Senior Division Three

Leigh Town Res  v  Wakebury   | John Burrows Recreation Ground

White Ensign Res  v  Lakeside Res  | Len Forge Centre [3G]


Senior League Cup (1.30pm KO)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Old Chelmsfordians | Lower Rd


Essex Junior Cup (1.30pm KOs)

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Wakering Sports Res

Corinthians Res  v  Collier Row

FC Clacton Res  v  Roydon

Hutton Res  v  Harold Hill

Shoebury Town ‘A’  v  Basildon Town Res

Toby Res  v  Haver Town


Senior Division Four

Forest Glade  v  Chingford Athletic Development

Galleywood Res  v  Leytonstone Utd

Laindon Orient Res  v  Shenfield AFC Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Catholic Utd Res

Ongar Town Res  v  Canning Town Res


Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Herongate Athletic Res  v  Roydon Res

Old Barkabbeyans   v  Newbury Forest Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  Wakering Sports ‘A’

Shoebury Town Res  v  Springfield Res



Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 23 Nov) [EOFL 19/20 25.11.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Olympian League action, including a the results from the Essex Premier Cup action alongside the top four EOFL divisions and results from Senior Four & Five. Thanks for reading.


Saturday 23 November

Premier Division


In the only Premier Division match this weekend because of the swathe of Essex Premier Cup action, Catholic Utd got a late winner to defeat Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 1 – 0 at Silver Leys. New recruit Jay Nash got the goal as the ‘Super Hoops’ left up to fifth in the standings. Swifts fall to ninth.


Senior Division One

In a reduced schedule of Senior One matches, Old Chelmsfordians won 3 – 0 at strugglers Ramsden Scotia to record their fourth straight win and rise to 2nd in the table. Matthew Crick, Ryan Robinson & substitute Dane Nelson  with the Chelmsford side. Elsewhere, Herongate Athletic were held 1 – 1 by lowly Shoebury Town.


Anagram Records Trophy result

Old Bradwell Utd  0 – 0  FC Hamlets | FC Hamlets won 3 – 2 on pens


Essex Premier Cup

Gas Recreation  3 – 0  Epping Town

Harold Wood Athletic  2 – 0  Hullbridge Sports Res

Lakeside  4 – 1  Tiptree Engaine

Lawfords Lads  0 – 7  Buckhurst Hill

Leigh Ramblers  4  – 0  Witham Town Res

Ongar Town  2 – 0  Hutton

Rayleigh Town  4 – 0  Springfield  

Rayleigh Town Res  8 – 0  Kelvedon Hatch

Runwell Sports  2 – 4  Leigh Town

Shenfield AFC  3  – 1  Canning Town

Stanway Pegasus  1 – 1  Corinthians* (*won 5 – 4  on pens)

Wakering Sports  0 – 6  Chingford Athletic


Senior Division Two

In Senior Two, Old Southendian Res extended their unbeaten stetch to seven matches with a 4 – 0 win over AS Rawreth at Garon Park. Greg Molford, Lewis Caplin, Oliver Tatton-Bennett and substitute Ben Franklin all struck here to give Ben Manley’s team a boost by rising up to fifth spot. Also, Beacon Hill Rovers took advantage of their rivals at the top not being in action by leaping up to second, thanks to a 6 – 0 win at Rochford Town. The ensemble scorers’ list included Will Simpson, Adebolu Adeyemi, Stephen Bennett, Josh Perry and replacements Charles Brewer and Nathan Ruggles.

May & Baker Res also got a win, 2 – 1 over Harold Wood Athletic Res thanks to strikes by Gabriel Odili and Daniel Barth. Joe McBurney responded for Ath though they still fell to defeat here. Bakers’ second-side strengthen their hold on 7th after this win. Also, Westhamians sadly withdrew from the league following their inability to play the match with Ryan at Fairlop Oak.


Senior Division Three

Now into Senior Three and Toby Res remain top of the table by three points as they won 2 – 1 against fellow high-flyers Wakebury. Graham Knight and Luis Ruiz struck for the hosts, while Daniel Buglione netted for ten-man Wakebury, who dropped to third. Corinthians Res are up to second after a 4 – 1 triumph over bottom side Hullbridge Sports ‘A’. Max Hall, Ashley Webb, Ryan Woodley and Sonny Woodward all netted for Terry Rose’s team who make it three consecutive league wins now. Tom Ranger got the goal for the Sports development side though they are yet to win in ten league matches. Hutton Res got their second league win with a 3 – 2 success over Lakeside Res at Polo Fields. Another double by Sean O’Callaghan and one from Josh Sumner secured a vital win for the hosts, while Lakeside’s second-string are the only other side yet to win this term.

Elsewhere, ACD Utd won 2 – 1 at Basildon Town Reserves thanks to goals by Sam Payne and Jamie Alexandrou to stay fourth and Collier Row stay fifth after a good 3 – 0 win at fellow mid-table side Leigh Town Res. A brace from Ed Hart and Alfie Kempton accounted for ACD’s goals here. Also, White Ensign Res got a much-needed win, 1 – 0 over Buckhurst Hill Res at the Len Forge Centre, thanks to substitute Lewis Brown’s goal.


Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  1 – 3  Shenfield AFC Res

Chingford Athletic Development  2 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Galleywood Res  P – P  Wakering Sports Res

Forest Glade 4 – 2  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 Laindon Orient Res 4 – 3 Ongar Town Res

Roydon  7 – 2  Catholic Utd Res


Senior Division Five

Collier Row Res  H – W  Runwell Sports Res

Newbury Forest Res  5 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

Shoebury Town Res  P – P  Roydon Res

Springfield Res  4 – 0  Leigh Ramblers Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’  1 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 Nov) [ESL 19/20 24.11.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Senior round-up on my blog. Two matches were blighted by the weather, though we still had plenty of goals in the seven remaining matches. Thanks for reading.

Matches Postponed: Cockfosters  P – P  Woodford Town  | (Waterlogged pitch)

Saffron Walden Town P – P Sporting Bengal Utd


Saturday 23 November

Hadley  3 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 72

The Bricks came out from this searing battle with exuberant Hamlets with the points though it was the East London side who made it a really tough game, with a late red card having an effect on their fortunes. The hosts had Sam Edwards and Emmanuel Hammond to thank for their first two goals, to which Suaibo Balde and Ezra Ndukuba both responded for the visitors. Edwards’ late spot-kick continued the good form for Anthony Clark’s team to keep them in the title hunt. Hamlets fall to 13th though they would have won a few more admirers of their play for this performance.


Hoddesdon Town  5 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield | Att: 83

The Lilywhites handed Sawbo another damaging defeat after the break at Lowfield. Blue Gallagher put Simon Riddle’s side ahead on 28 minutes and that lead stood until the break. Three goals In nine minutes ultimately set the sides apart as Jack Gibbs got the hosts’ second on the hour, before Jordan Halls made it 3 – 0 three minutes later. Gallagher got his second with 68 minutes on the watch and Connor Bolton [80’] added a late fifth to give Hoddesdon a first win in four league matches to see them up to seventh. Sawbo remain six points adrift of Clapton at the bottom.


Ilford  2 – 1  West Essex    | Cricklefield | Att: 41

The Foxes edged to a late victory over out-of-form West at Cricklefield. Jerold Cobblah put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes after good work from Tyson Talanya and Larry Akanbi down the right channel. Callum Bloss levelled things up nine minutes later and with the game petering towards a draw, Akanbi stepped up to net the winner with eight minutes remaining to end a three-match winless run for llf to lift them up one place to 15th.


Redbridge  6 – 0  Enfield   | Oakside | Att: 25

The Motormen thumped Enfield at Oakside. Tony Martin opened the hosts’ account just ten minutes in. After having new recruit Rob Hodgson dismissed on the half-hour, Enfield’s struggles only became more apparent as Tom Harvey made 2 – 0 to the hosts three minutes before the break. Micky Wetherall’s side really added to the visitors’ pain after the interval as Connor Okus put the game realistically beyond doubt on 53 minutes. Hassan Nalbant made it four goals in his first two games for the club with another double here [67’ & 74’] and Martin got his second on the stroke of full-time to make it a chastening day for the E’s, who drop to 16th. Redbridge’s two wins this week put them up to 12th.


St Margaretsbury   0 – 0  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground | Att: 40

St Mags put in another stubborn showing to hold Takeley at the Rec to a goalless stalemate. The hosts now have only lost two of their last eight games now and stay 9th. Takeley’s five-match winning run ended here though they still drop to third.


Stansted  3 – 0 Clapton   | Hargrave Park | Att: 41

The Airportmen were made to battle hard by the Tons before securing a win in the second-half in the match I attended at Hargrave Park. Connor Hammond, Daniel Cheema and an added-time goal by Jack West did the job but it only tells part of the story. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here:


Walthamstow  7 – 0  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge | Att: 50

‘Stow responded from a rare loss in midweek to Takeley with a superb showing to defeat Manor at Wadham Lodge. The bulk of the damage was done in the first half and started just two minutes in as Callum Ibe scored against his former club. Dwade James struck another treble [14’, 27’ & 28’] to really sour the visitors’ afternoon and Emiel Aiken added a fifth for the relentless hosts just after the half-hour. Aiken got his second on 71 minutes and substitute Lewis Francis added a late seventh to roar Ryan Maxwell’s side back into second spot and join Hadley as the joint-highest league goal-scorers so far this term. It’s five defeats in their last six for Manor who remain third-bottom.


Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 November) [ESL 19/20 21.11.19]

Manor v Cockfosters (Archive Image by Scott W)

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of the Essex Senior action this weekend as nine matches take place.

Saturday 23 November – 3pm KOs

Cockfosters  v  Woodford Town  | Chalk Lane

Woodford are the next visitors to Chalk Lane as they face Cockfosters this weekend. Ryan Wade’s side are entering a blip as they lost at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, to be followed by a loss to Redbridge in midweek at home. Woodford’s week has been slightly better, as their two home games in the last week saw them hold Saffron Walden in a match they nearly won, with tht being followed up by a defeat to Sporting Bengal Utd in midweek to leave them tenth going into this match. I believe this one will be a highly-entertaining encounter with a few goals in it. Going to venture towards an away win as Town’s rapid attacking line will take some stopping.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Hadley  v  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane

Hadley’s run of home matches continues with Hamlets making the trip to Brickfield Lane. The Bricks have convincingly won their last two league matches at home against Clapton and Ilford. Tower Hamlets were beaten well by Walthamstow last weekend and although they will give Anthony Clark’s side a good test, the hosts look very strong indeed at present and with games in hand on all the current top four (Hashtag, Saffron Walden, Takeley & Walthamstow) they cannot be ignored, far from it. Home win for moi.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Hoddesdon Town  v Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield

Hoddesdon face local rivals Sawbridgeworth in what is an important match for both sides, for very different reasons. Simon Riddle’s team were last in action in midweek where they drew with Ilford, also at home. Sawbo finally got that first league win last weekend, defeating Cockfosters though in midweek they lost out at home to reinvigorated Stansted. The hosts only have one win in their last five matches and are losing pace with the top four while Lee Mackman’s visitors will want to claw some points back to close in on nearest rivals Clapton and Southend Manor. This is a hard one to call though the Lilywhites are unquestionably a tough side to beat, so that may edge it in their favour.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Ilford  v  West Essex    | Cricklefield

The Foxes welcome the Stags to Cricklefield. The squad rebuild is well underway for Jonny Fowell’s team and they did well to draw at Hoddesdon in midweek, while West battled hard before succumbing to leaders Hashtag at Mayesbrook last weekend. The hosts haven’t won in three matches while Kwame Kwateng’s West side have lost their last four on-the-spin. Honestly, I think the visitors will take a point here & that could well happen.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


Redbridge  v  Enfield   | Oakside

Redbridge face Enfield at Oakside in a re-run of their Errington Cup tie from the end of last month. The Motormen won that tie, though have had contrasting fortunes in the last week. A hefty loss to Stansted last weekend was bridged by a good win at Cockfosters in midweek. Two wins in their last eight games isn’t great though and their home form they will know needs some sprucing up (one win in five thus far). Enfield’s week hasn’t been super either. They made Takeley work hard last weekend before falling to defeat and Saffron Walden handed them another loss in midweek. The tide will turn for Matt Hanning’s side and it could do here as Micky Wetherall’s team looks for that old adage: consistency.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Saffron Walden Town  P- P  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Catons Lane

Scott’s would-be Prediction: 3 – 1

Update: This match at Catons Lane is now off due to issues at the grund caused by the recent downturn in weather. It will be played in due course.


St Margaretsbury   v  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground

St Mags take on in-form Takeley at the Rec. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side have had two weeks off league-related action though did exit the Herts County Cup in midweek away at Ware in a nine-goal thriller. Their last league match was a good win at Ilford though this will be an altogether different test. Marc Das’ side have beaten Enfield and Walthamstow in the last week, both away from home to extend their winning run to five matches to sit 3rd, two points adrift of leaders Hashtag. It’s hard to see the visitors not racking up another win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Stansted  v  Clapton   | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen face Clapton at Hargrave Park. Messrs Pittuck & Watters have overseen a fine week with wins over Redbridge and Sawbridgeworth. The ‘Blue Brazil’ have five wins on-the-bounce now which has rocketed them up to 7th in the table before this weekend. The Tons have had ten days off after their loss to Takeley. It would be a surprise if Stansted don’t get another three points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Walthamstow  v  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge

Finally this weekend, ‘Stow seek to get rid of the memory of rare loss in midweek as they face Manor at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side overwhelmed Hamlets last weekend before coming unstuck themselves in a gritty battle with Takeley in midweek which saw them drop to fourth after their 12-match unbeaten streak this term ended. Manor have had a week off following a narrow loss at Saffron Walden. Could be another battle this but you’d be surprised if the hosts did not prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0