Match Report: Barkingside 3 – 2 Stanway Rovers (Mon 8 Apr) [ESL 9.4.19]

Essex Senior League

2018-19 Season: Match 68

Monday 23rd March 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 78

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


Side ride out anxious finish to complete a hugely significant win over Stanway

Report & Photos by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The latest Essex Senior League tie took me to Cricklefield as Barkingside faced Stanway Rovers in what was a hugely-important match as they looked to avoid finishing bottom of the division. Rovers interestingly made their second trip to Seven Kings inside three days having played Ilford the previous Saturday. ‘Side named Reserve ‘keeper Frankie Warboyes between the sticks, a centre-back pairing of Elliot Scott and Derek O’Halem and a forward line of Nick Reynolds, Isaac Marfo and former Tower Hamlets forward James Ross. Joe Gent and Edward Lang were among a depleted bench. Stanway named a front three of Tyrone Scarlett, Mike Turner and Tommy Lewis with Amar Iyayi and Scott Kemp on the flanks.

In the early-going, both sides made a somewhat tentative start here although the hosts had rather more of the possession, they couldn’t quite fashion the manner of chances they would like. On 19 minutes, winger Joe Oates pinged in a floated ball which found forward James Ross although his header lacked the power to beat Stanway custodian Daniel Beeson. Ross and strike partner Isaac Marfo were having some joy, giving the Rovers backline a headache with their pace and physical presence. Just shy of the half-hour, full-back David Ottley’s pass made its way to Ross in a promising position though his effort was straight at Beeson.

The dead-lock was broken on that half-hour as after some ‘head-tennis’ in the Stanway box, the ball fell to Oates who lashed home a low drive which beat Beeson and found the corner. That’s the way it stayed at the break with Stanway having the odd counter with experienced forward Tyrone Scarlett looking the most threatening for them, needing to be stopped by the home backline on a few occasions.

Half-Time: Barkingside   1 – 0  Stanway

After the break, ‘Side looked to settle again though it was Stanway who fired over the bar, winger Scott Kemp having the effort on 55 minutes. Minutes later, the home crowd were ‘up in arms’ as winger Dan Jones went down under Beeson’s challenge in the box, though the referee didn’t adjudge it to be a penalty. ‘Side doubled their lead on 61 minutes as Marfo ghosted free of the visiting defence, before rounding Beeson and slotting home calmly. Marfo nearly made it two goals in three minutes though Beeson snuffed out a one-on-one oppurtunity to keep Rovers in the game.

The game got more engaging in the latter stages though, as Barkingside got their third goal on 76 minutes. Seconds after coming on, midfielder Joe Gent slotted home well from Jones’ pass. The drama didn’t end there though as ‘Side were cruising in the last five minutes, but nearly came unstuck as Rovers smashed two goals in three minutes to ensure a deeply anxious finale. First, from Scott Kemp’s decent ball in, winger Amar Iyayi stroked home past Warboyes with three minutes left. With added time approaching, Rovers’ tails were well & truly up as forward Tommy Lewis capped off an enterprising foray forward as he blasted home an angled drive.

Alex Goldstone’s side suddenly had to ‘hang on’ to prevent Rovers making a heck of a stirring comeback though relief was the emotion most felt by them as the final whistle sounded.

Full-Time: Barkingside   3 – 2   Stanway Rovers

In summary, for the majority of the match, the hosts were the stronger side and had more of the ball, though Stanway showed them just what can happen when you switch off for five minutes as ‘Side did. In terms of stand-out performances, forwards Isaac Marfo and James Ross showed intent, pace and physicality respectively. Winger Joe Oates showed pace, trickery and good crossing ability and the centre-backs of Derek O’Halem and Elliot Scott also typified the stubborness of the home attitude, the latter made a vital tackle to deny Rovers a chance at a late, late leveller.

For Stanway, Scott Kemp was a keen outlet down the left flank, with centre-back Alfie Partner and rapid full-back Tyler Kemp also had good games today. Barkingside need a point to pretty much avoid finishing bottom though we won’t know 100% until season’s end how many sides will be relegated from the ESL after what happened last summer, thanks largely to the FA.

Finally, I’d like to thank Barkingside and their chairman Jimmy for their hospitality both here and this season, as a whole. They are one of quite a few clubs that are good to cover. I know he’ll certainly be hoping for a better season next term.


Barkingside  |    Manager: Alex Goldstone

Frankie Warboyes (GK), David Ottley, Ricardo Bailey (Edward Lang 36′), Elliot Scott, Derek O’Halem, Joe Oates, Harry Matthews (Capt), Dan Jones, Nick Reynolds, James Ross (Joe Gent 75′), Isaac Marfo

Goal-scorers: Joe Oates [30′], Isaac Marfo [61′], Joe Gent [76′]

Booked: None        |   Subs Not Used: Lopes

Stanway Rovers    |  Interim Manager: Danny Slatter

Daniel Beeson (GK), Fionn O’Reilly, Tyler Kemp (Capt), Alfie Partner, Ruben Kennedy, Jett Hogan Amar Iyayi, Tommy Lewis, Scott Kemp, Mike Turner, Tyrone Scarlett (Frank Tiffney 53′)

Goal-scorers: Amar Iyayi [87′], Tommy Lewis [89′]

Booked: None        |  Sub Not Used: Okosi, Haxell (GK)

Referee: Kennedy Kikulwe
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Cliff Everitt


Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 29/Sat 30 Mar) [ESL 1.4.19]

Turner punches out from danger (St v Hul ESL 30.3.19)
Stansted’s Charlie Turner punches ball away [Image: Neil H] 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up, as we hit the last month or so of the league season. Thanks for reading.

Fri 29 Mar

Woodford Town  3 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Harlow Arena | Att: 118

The weekend’s ties started with this success for Woodford in a hard-fought encounter with Sawbridgeworth. Sawbo took the lead on 17 minutes through Aaron Thomas though couldn’t maintain that lead until the interval as Asher Modeste levelled for the Towners on 34 minutes. Modeste got his second on 63 minutes before Samir Ali rounded out the scoring ten minutes from time. Sawbo ‘keeper James Askew did save a Town penalty though Sawbo’s winless run extends to ten matches, the worst in the division. Dee Safer’s side rounded out their stay at Harlow with their fifth win in their last ten matches overall.


Sat 23 Mar

Clapton  2 – 2  Stanway Rovers    |  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 87

The Tons were held by Rovers in the mid-table clash at the Old Spotted Dog. Giovanni Palmer and Ali Al-Nashi struck for Jon Fowell’s side though Stanway showed their knack of scoring late goals again as Tyrone Scarlett got their first on 56 minutes before Scott Kemp got their second in added time. Boss Terry Spillane surprisingly departed Rovers this week and Rovers have announced Danny Slatter will see out the season as interim manager.

Enfield       1 – 3     Barkingside     | Harlow Arena  | Att: 51

‘Side got a huge result with a this win at Enfield. Edward Lang broke the deadlock on 29 minutes though the bulk of the twists came after the break. Powerful centre-back Derek O’Halem doubled the visitors’ lead on the hour though Jimmy Cox kept up his recent goal-scoring run with the E’s goal seven minutes later. Isaac Marfo had the last word though as his strike 14 minutes from time sealed the win for Alex Goldstone’s side which lifts them off the bottom.

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  Southend Manor  | Lowfield | Att: 79

Manor got another fine win, this time over Hoddy at Lowfield. Kye Jude put Adam Peek’s side ahead five minutes into the second half. Connor Bolton restored parity for the Lilywhites midway through the half though Manorgot their fourth win in their last five thanks to another important goal by recent signing Michael Ogboin on 72 minutes. Hoddy lost ground on a number of sides chasing them for a top-ten berth here.

Ilford  2 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Cricklefield  | Att: 30

The Foxes did co-tenants Barkingside a favour by beating Leyton at Cricklefield. The hosts had a youthful side out though they certainly had an impact on proceedings, with Alejandro Seoane-Barber breaking the stalemate only ten minutes in. Ryan O’Connell made the points safe with a second on 62 minutes as Ilf’s unbeaten run extends to four matches. Leyton fell back to the foot of the standings after their third straight loss.


Redbridge  1 – 4  Tower Hamlets  | Oakside  | Att: 39

Redbridge had another disappointing day as they succumbed to defeat to Hamlets at Oakside. A three-goal blitz from the visitors either side of the half-hour did the bulk of the damage. First, Luka O’Neil opened his account 25 minutes in, before Ryan Atkinson made it two from the spot on the half-hour. O’Neil secured his brace on 35 minutes to give the Motormen a ‘mountain to climb’. Dan Gilchrist set about redicing the deficit with the hosts’ consolation a minute later though Yoan Edoukou made it a great day for AJ Ashinike’s side with the fourth on 64 minutes to complete only their second win in their last seven.

St Margaretsbury   2 – 6  West Essex   | The Rec  | Att: 22

The Stags ran riot over a weakened St Margs side at the Rec. The hosts had to sign at least ten players this week following a mass squad turnover following their recent managerial change. Enzo Periera was the home bright spark’ with a brace here though West are known for ‘making the net bulge’ when their forwards are on-song and that was certainly the case here. Symeon Taylor opened the scoring after only three minutes, with Samraj Gill adding a second five minutes later. Taylor got his second five minutes before the break  before Michael Mignot took centre-stage again with a treble [41’, 87’ & 89’] as Kwame Kwateng’s side roared to a big win which sent them up to 11th, four points adrift of a top-ten spot.

Sporting Bengal Utd  3 – 4  Saffron Walden Town  | Mile End | Att: 30

Saffron Walden produced a stirring comeback to defeat Bengal at Mile End. Talisman Steven Carvell put the hosts in a good position with a brace [17’ & 37’]. Matt Frew pulled one back six minutes before the break for the Bloods though Jason Maher’s team may have feared the worst when Curtley McIntosh restored Sporting’s two-goal lead a minute into the second half. The drama still to come though as first, Lewis Francis [ 78’] reduced the arrears for the visitors before Connor Molloy’s brace [83’ & 87’] turned the tide and gave Walden all three points as they chase a top-three finish.

Stansted  0 – 0  Hullbridge Sports    | Hargrave Park | Att: 183

The big top-two clash saw no goals but plenty of guts and work-rate by both sides as the visitors perhaps were the happier to claim the point as both sides finished with ten men. For more on this match, my report is here:

Walthamstow     2 – 0    Takeley     | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 56

‘Stow know they have to keep winning and they were arguably the ‘winners’ of the day given the above result and their hard-fought win over Takeley. Dwade James strengthened his chances of finishing the season as the ESL’s top goal-scorer with the opener on 17 minutes. Kieran Bishop made it two ust seven minutes later and although Ronnie Yates saved a penalty, they fell to a fourth defeat in their last seven matches.

Match Report: Ilford 2 – 1 Barkingside (Sat 2 Mar) [ESL 2.3.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 56

Saturday 2nd March 2019  – 3pm KO

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

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks


Ilford break ‘Side hearts with late winner in Cricklefield derby


Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This weekend’s match was a crucial one for bottom team Barkingside as they entered the fray of another Cricklefield derby with mid-table Ilford. Alex Goldstone’s men had lost their last three league matches and had apparently struggled to create chances at times during that run. That certainly wasn’t the case here. Ilford have had a ‘mixed bag’ of late with victories hard to come by. Martin Haywood was missing a few of his key men including Jamal Djotsi and the suspended Yemi Adelani, which meant target-man Lauric Diakiesse led the line with support from livewire winger Musa Manneh and Connor Kain, with Lamarr Douglas skippering the side. Barkingside were also somewhat depleted with Isaac Marfo, Edward Lang, Max Bolton and Jamie Marsh all unavailable. Captain Harry Matthews reverted to centre-back, alongside Frederico Hernandez and Derek O’Halem and named a front three of Mario Gjini, David Hornsby and recent signing Craig Jeakins with another new signing in James Ross on the bench.

The match had barely begun when the Foxes handed ‘Side a ‘gift-wrapped’ opener. ‘Keeper Hugo Rossetti made a rare blemish of this magnitude as a goal-kick went straight to ‘Side forward Craig Jeakins about 15 yards out and he made no mistake in evading the attentions of a Ilf defender before slotting home calmly with a minute played. Unsurprisingly, this buoyed the ‘visitors’ as they showed that they were fired-up, even though after a good pass by midfielder Dan Jones, forward David Hornsby scuffed a shot harmlessly wide.

Ilford struggled for fluency in the early-going, with what few forays forward they had mostly heading the way of winger Musa Manneh who was a threat with his pace and trickery down the left flank. ‘Side defender Derek O’Halem still had to make two telling interceptions though to prevent clear chances on Ryan Karrer’s goal. Just past the half-hour, a rare Foxes corner was headed over at the back stick by centre-back Billy Golledge. ‘Side responded and you can only sum it up by saying they were wasteful in terms of the chances they created. Forward Mario Gjini was a willing runner all match though first his cross from the left of the penalty box lead to Hornsby mis-kicking his effort wide before Gjini himself was 12 yards out and his powerful strike cannoned back off the crossbar. Six minutes before the break, Gjini prodded a lofting drive over from eight yards.

Moments before the half-time whistle, Foxes full-back Emmanuel Dasho sent a pass in to midfielder Lamarr Douglas whose effort from the edge of the area was too tame to beat Karrer.

Half-Time: Ilford  0 – 1  Barkingside

Barkingside had produced a committed display in that first period, but were hamstrung by their wayward finishing.To their credit, Ilf gradually found their feet and battled defensively. Four minutes after the break, Douglas was barely off the left-side touchline before sending in a stinging curler which may have been heading wide of the top-right corner though Karrer was savvy to parry it wide to be safe. Just prior to the hour mark, Jeakins was denied from a set-piece by Rossetti tipping his effort wide before full-back George Woodward headed wide from the resulting corner. The hosts had a further setback when boss Haywood was given his marching orders on 62 minutes though the drama hardly ended there.


Midway through the half, Ilford levelled through a well-taken strike by Golledge, hitting the top corner from about 14 yards. Ilford were suddenly back on terms and keen to battle on while the ‘Side players had the ‘wind knocked out of their sails’. The tension continued to increase with the game having a bit of a lull. With about 15 minutes to play, substitute James Ross had a toe-poke parried by a crucial one-handed save by Rossetti before being cleared off the line well. The luckless Gjini also struck the woodwork again when well-placed  before Rossetti gathered well to snuff out the danger and you wondered if it just wasn’t ‘Side’s day.

Unfortunately for the strugglers, it got worse with six minutes to play. A Douglas free-kick was turned home by ‘Side defender Matthews whose looping header wrong-footed Karrer and into the net. To be fair to Ilford, they kept their heads and saw the game out to collect a victory that earlier in the match they scarcely looked like getting, to be blunt. Not that they will fuss about that.

Full-Time: Ilford  2 – 1  Barkingside

Barkingside had enough chances to win two or three matches here though their poor finishing hurt them. They also showed where they are vulnerable as well as they paid a high price for defensive errors. You could argue that Ilford made the most of their decent periods in the game though sometimes score-lines don’t always reflect how the match goes.

Either way, congratulations to Ilford in their victory as they seek to remain in the hunt for a top-ten finish. Best wishes to ‘Side for the rest of their relegation battle this term. My thanks as well to Ilford for their hospitality.

Ilford   | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Emmanuel Dasho, Alejandro Seoane-Barber, Steve Sylvester, Billy Golledge, Luke Casey, Lion Docaj (Ryan O’Connell 60′), Lamarr Douglas (Capt), Lauric Diakiesse (Jerold Cobbiah 76′), Connor Kain, Musa Manneh

Goal-scorers: Billy Golledge [66′], Harry Matthews [OG 84′]

Booked: Douglas, Golledge  | Subs Not Used: MnCube, Mahoney

Barkingside  | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Ryan Karrer (GK), Harry Matthews (Capt), George Woodward, Derek O’Halem, Frederico Hernandez, Joe Thomas, Dan Jones (Connor Goldstone 80′), Joe Oates, Craig Jeakins, Mario Gjini, David Hornsby (James Ross 63′)

Goal-scorer: Craig Jeakins [1′]

Booked: Oates, Jeakins, O’Halem   | Subs Not Used: None

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 2 Walthamstow (Mon 18 Feb) [ESL 19.2.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 107

2018-19 Season – Match 50

Monday 18th February 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside:  Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Walthamstow: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks





Walthamstow record a comfortable win over ‘Side

Players before KO (Image: Scott)

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with added photos from Peter D (Twitter: @Ped1980)

The midweek action began with this crucial battle with ramifications at both ends of the table. Relegation-threatened Barkingside welcomed top-five side Walthamstow. The hosts welcomed back forwards Mario Gjini amd David Hornsby while veteran ‘keeper Ryan Karrer continued between the sticks. Ryan Maxwell’s side contained a central defensive partnership of Craig Pope and Vinny Murphy with a front two of prolific forward Dwade James and promising youngster Samrai Gebrai.

The home side had a poor start to proceedings as ‘Stow scored after just three minutes. A simple ball lofted over the top of the home defence by winger Luke Stanley found Dwade James who lobbed home custodian Ryan Karrer and into the net. The hosts nearly responded minutes later as forward David Hornsby was one-on-one with visiting ‘keeper James Bransgrove though the stopper got the better of the duel. Forward Samrai Gebrai and James were denied by Karrer when presented with good chances to score.

For the most part, the visitors dominated the play though concurrently, Barkingside’s defence was quite rigid, led by spirited centre-back Derek O’Halem. On the odd forage forward that Alex Goldstone’s side had, they were rebuffed by a strong ‘Stow back-line.

Half-Time: Barkingside  0 – 1  Walthamstow




The visitors started the second period in a strong fashion as well, as Gebrai’s dangerous delivery was cleared off the line by O’Halem. Ten minutes into the half, James burst down the left flank and his centre fell to Gebrai whose acrobatic over-head kick was parried by Karrer. ‘Stow continued to have the better of the possession though could be accused of being rather wasteful in terms of finishing. This was further evidenced by midfielder Jack Folan scuffing his shot when clean through to face Karrer.

In the latter stages, full-back George Woodward’s free-kick was headed wide by O’Halem. ‘Stow finally doubled their lead on 73 minutes as Harry Watkins fired in on the half-volley from 25 yards out. ‘Side’s evening got worse as Isaac Marfo was dismissed late on for severe dissent. Douglas was left alone in the area though Karrer denied him on the line.

Full-Time: Barkingside  0 – 2 Walthamstow


Barkingside   | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Ryan Karrer (GK), David Ottley, George Woodward, Jamie Marsh, Derek O’Halem, Harry Matthews (Capt), Joe Oates (Darnell Goather-Braithwaite 79′), Dan Jones, Mario Gjini, Max Bolton  (Isaac Marfo 70′), David Hornsby

Sent Off: Marfo   | Sub Not Used: Lang, Nascimento


Walthamstow | Player-Manager: Ryan Maxwell

James Bransgrove (GK), Ross Pope, Kyan Gulliver, Reece Conway (Capt) (Gus Douglas 79′), Craig Pope, Vinny Murphy, Luke Stanley, Harry Watkins (Benji Crilley 74′), Dwade James (Ryan Maxwell 85′), Samrai Gebrai, Jack Folan

Goal-scorers: Dwade James [3′], Harry Watkins [73′]

Subs Not Used: Flynn

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 4 Saffron Walden Town (Fri 15 Feb) [ECC 16.2.19]

Errington Challenge Cup 2018 – 19: Quarter-Final

2018-19 Season: Match 47

Friday 15th February 2019 – 8pm KO

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 115

Barkingside: Purple Shirts, Purple Shorts, Purple Socks

Saffron Walden: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks



Walden outclass ‘Side to reach the last four of the Errington Challenge Cup


Report & Photo by Scott W  [Twitter: ScottMHC14]

The opening match of this weekend saw Barkingside welcome Saffron Walden in this Errington Challenge Cup Quarter-Final on Friday night, attended by a hefty posse of Ground-hoppers and ESL luminaries. The hosts fielded a front two of Max Bolton and Isaac Marfo with Jamie Marsh and Derek O’Halem in central defence and Ryan Karrer continuing in goal. Walden showed their intentions before kick-off as new signing Scott Pethers joining Ryan Fleming in defence, Jack Isherwood in central midfield and just the small matter of Daniel Trendall, (& former Sky Blues) Charlie Portway and Lewis Francis in attack.


Alex Goldstone being presented with his MOTM award (Image: Adam R)

Before the match, on behalf of the GFS team, I presented ‘Side boss Alex Goldstone with the ESL ‘Manager of the Month’ award for January.

The match had barely begun when Bloods forward Charlie Portway found himself eight yards out though his strike cannoned off a post. On the quarter-hour, strike partner Daniel Trendall unselfishly played in Portway though his strike was this time saved by home custodian Ryan Karrer. Two minutes later, Lewis Francis did round Karrer though he didn’t bank on centre-back Derek O’Halem’s good positioning as he blocked Francis’ effort on the goal-line. To be fair to the hosts, they held firm despite Walden building momentum & pressure, showing the guts they will need you feel in their present League predictament.

The hosts had a little of the ball going forward but in all honesty, they got little change out of the Walden back-line who were certainly up for the challenge. In the latter stages of the half, Walden struck twice to put themselves in a good position. First, livewire Daniel Trendall was well played in and he made no error, slotting home confidently past Karrer. And then right on the stroke of half-time, The Bloods were awarded a spot-kick, which Portway stepped up to take. Despite seeing him uncharacteristically missing one recently, you still had the feeling he’d strike and shock, horror – Portway made no mistake to double his side’s advantage.

Half-Time: Barkingside  0 – 2  Saffron Walden

Jason Maher’s side hardly took their ‘foot off the gas’ as less than a minute into the second half, they were three goals up. Portway continued his unquenchable thrust for goals as he broke free of the ‘Side defence, before rounding Karrer and slotting home calmly. Walden saved the best goal for last though as only four minutes later, centre-back Scott Pethers’ stunning over-head kick flew past Karrer and into the roof of the net. After a sedate passage of play which highlighted where the result was going, Walden did keep going with substitute James Crane driving down the right flank and Francis continuing to strive to create oppurtunities as well on the opposite flank. Late on, substitute Ronnie Ledwith made a good darting run through the middle before his strike was saved by Karrer’s legs. ‘Side will have better evenings going forward though in Max Bolton, they had a quick striker who kept the Walden defence alert at times here.

At the end of the evening, there was no doubt who deserved the win though ‘Side will have to re-focus quickly as they entertain Walthamstow on Monday night. Saffron Walden go on to the semi-finals and they will take some stopping.

Full-Time: Barkingside  0 – 4   Saffron Walden


Barkingside   | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Ryan Karrer (GK), Abdul Musah, Edward Lang (Shaquain Maisara 60′), Harry Matthews (Capt), Jamie Marsh, Derek O’Halem, Dan Jones, Joe Oates, Max Bolton, Isaac Marfo, Darnell Goather-Braithwaite

Subs Not Used: Nascimento, Woodward | Booked: Lang, Marsh, O’Halem, Matthews


Saffron Walden Town   |   Manager: Jason Maher

Nicholas Eyre (GK), Spike Bell, Jack Mead, Ryan Fleming (Capt), Scott Pethers, Karolis Atutis (Ronnie Ledwith 55′), Craig Calver, Jack Isherwood (Tony Da Silva 49′), Daniel Trendall (James Crane 61′), Charlie Portway, Lewis Francis

Goal-scorers: Dan Trendall [38′], Charlie Portway [pen 45′ & 46′], Scott Pethers [50′]

Subs Not Used: Crowther, Maher

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 26 Jan) [ESL 27.1.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my final blog piece of this weekend, looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, which saw 40 goals scored in a hugely entertaining array of matches.

Friday 25th January

Woodford Town  0 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Harlow Arena | Att: 40

Sporting Bengal grabbed a narrow though nevertheless important win over Woodford. Tanvir Ahmed got the only goal on the stroke of half-time to get their first win in four matches. Woodford saw talented prospect Jaden Thompson-Brissett leave for Brentford’s “B” Team this week, we wish him well. Town have now not won any of their last six matches, they drop to sixth after the Saturday matches. Bengal rise to seventh.

Saturday 26th January

Barkingside  4 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Cricklefield  | Att: 50

‘Side picked up a hugely important three points to move off the foot of the ESL table. The hosts struck on six minutes through Mario Gjini. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs added a brace [34′ & 64’] while Derek O’Halem also struck on the hour. Sawbo did pull one back though were second-best here, though they remain 10th. Barkingside’s third win in their last six moves them a point clear of Leyton, who drop to bottom.

Clapton  1 – 2  Takeley  | Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 32

The Tons lost out late on to in-form Takeley. The hosts took the lead thanks to Giovanni Palmer. However Takeley responded strongly and levelled through Matt Gill on 57 minutes. Coby Miles’ 85th-minute goal proved to be the winner for Marc Das’ team who are now unbeaten in their last five matches to go back to second spot. The Tons fall to 14th.

Saffron Walden Town Town  7 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Catons Lane  | Att: 257

The Bloods decimated Ath to send them bottom whilst also strengthening their promotion credentials. Walden were only a single goal ahead at the break, through Charlie Portway’s penalty on 33 minutes. It was a wholly different story in the second period. Dan Trendall made it two a minute into the 2nd half, Portway got his second on 49 minutes to make it 3 – 0. Centre-back Matt Frew got a quick-fire brace [65′ & 73′] to add to the visitors’ pain, which was further engrained through Karolis Atutis’ goal on 83 minutes before Trendall got his second on the 90 to complete the rout. Leyton have now conceded 11 goals in two matches without replay, particularly in the latter 45 minutes of those two matches. They are also winless in 11 matches now while Walden have won four in-a-row now, residing in 4th spot – nine points off leaders Stansted with two games in hand.

Southend Manor  0 – 2 Ilford | Southchurch Park  | Att: 48

Two goals early on assisted the Foxes to a good three points at Southchurch Park. Danny Haigh’s 7th minute goal put Ilf ahead. Collins Atubrah made it two on 12 minutes and that was the catalyst for a solid display which ultimately gave them the win. Manor are winless in their last five games as they remain 17th. Ilf are up to 12th.

Stansted  5 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 71

The Airportmen extended their unbeaten stretch to ten matches with this powerful victory over St Margs at Hargrave. Callum Ibe continued his stellar season with the opening goal on seven minutes. James Peagram made it two ten minutes later and although the visitors restricted their goal-hungry hosts for some while after that, the latter stages saw Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side add more polish on the goals front. Ibe got his second on 83 minutes, before Jack Mitchell struck [87′] and Moses Carvalho made it five in second-half added-time. Stansted extend their lead to six points at the summit while St Margs drop to 8th.

Stanway Rovers  2 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Hawthorns | Att: 56

Stanway fought back from behind to claim another late win, this time over Hoddy. Scott Hayes put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes. A double dose of Kemp turned the tide though as first, Tyler Kemp levelled [63′] before Scott Kemp’s 90th minute winner which gave Terry Spillane’s side their third win in their last five matches to go 11th. Hoddy stay 9th.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Hullbridge Sports  | Mile End  | Att: 48

Hullbridge were unable to bypass a resilient Hamlets side and had to settle for a point at Mile End. Hamlets’ goal from Wale Odedoyin while Sports’ strike came from the penalty spot which Adebola Sotoyinbo successfully converted. Hamlets ended a four-match losing run here though they remain third-bottom and only six point clear of Barkingside now. Hullbridge drop to third and are seven points adrift of leaders Stansted, with two matches in hand.

Walthamstow  5 – 1  Redbridge  | Wadham Lodge Stadium  | Att: 61

Walthamstow powered to a big win over ten-man Redbridge at Wadham Lodge. Dwade James opened the scoring on 25 minutes from the penalty spot before Correy Davidson made it a two a minute before half-time. Redbridge’s team-talk may have been somewhat undone barely a minute into the second period as Leon McKenzie made it three for the hosts. James got his second of the afternoon with 20 minutes to go before McKenzie got his brace as well in added time. ‘Stow’s 5th win in their last six sees them rise to 5th place. Redbridge remain 16th.

West Essex  5 – 2  Enfield  | Mayesbrook Park   | Att: 36

I attended this hugely entertaining match at Mayesbrook, my report is here:


Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 3 Hullbridge Sports (Mon 21 Jan) [ESL 22.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 120

2018-19 Season – Match 43

Monday 21st January 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside: Purple Shirts, Purple Shorts, Purple Socks

Hullbridge: Yellow & Black Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Hullbridge hold off ‘Side to record a good win at Cricklefield 

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

A rare midweek jaunt took me to Cricklefield to see a revived Barkingside outfit take on Hullbridge, who were looking for their second away win in four days. The hosts were looking to preserve their unbeaten run and named a front three of David Hornsby, Isaac Marfo and recent signing Mario Gjini, who until recently was at ‘Side’s relegation rivals Leyton Athletic. Hullbridge retained James Pellin in goal with a front three of skipper Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and top-scorer Nathan Scarborough.

We had a rather slow start to this one as both sides sought to o find their rhythm going forward. The visitors could well have been ahead in the opening 20 minutes as first, with 14 on the watch, ‘Bridge forward Luke Hornsley picked out strike partner Nathan Scarborough though his weak effort when one-on-one with home ‘stopper Ryan Karrer was blocked by the ‘keeper’s legs. Hornsley then had a header chalked off for off-side minutes later.

‘Side forward David Hornsby looked to passes to run onto, on the shoulder of the visiting back-line though found little service given by his team-mates. Nine minutes before the interval, Hornsby did find space and played in winger Joe Oates though he blasted his strike just over the woodwork. A minute later, Hornsby’s effort lacked the power to test visiting custodian James Pellin. The visitors were then awarded a spot-kick seven minutes before half-time as midfielder Emmanuel Okunja was felled in the area, with Adebola Sotoyinbo stepping up to convert the resulting spot-kick. Hullbridge had a goal-bound header cleared off the line moments later before ‘Side forward Mario Gjini squandered a decent opening, gliding his shot wide after doing in well in getting past two defenders.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Hullbridge

Hullbridge certainly looked to put the game to bed in the early stages of the second-half. Scarborough miscued another good chance with only Karrer to beat merely a minute in, before they did double their advantage as full-back Matt Rose’s beautiful cross found forward Jimmy Cox at the back stick to power home a header from close range. To be honest, the next passage of the game saw fairly little in the way of goal-mouth action as the visitors sought to protect their lead and the hosts unable to seriously put pressure on the home defence, despite Gjini’s occasional surging run and the presence of fellow forward Isaac Marfo, who tried to unsettle the centre-back duo of Jamal Allen and Perry Dunn. Sotoyinbo had another effort cleared off the line just after the hour as Hullbridge looked to erase any doubt as to where the points were heading. Scarborough did his goal in the end as with ten minutes remaining, his strike from close range secured the win.

Barkingside did respond four minutes from time, as moments after coming on, substitute Shaiquan Maisara slotted home well in with just Pellin to beat. Unfortunately though for the hosts, they didn’t quite show enough in attack to test a Hullbridge side looking to keep their confidence on a firm foundation to keep tabs on leaders Stansted. ‘Side remain two points adrift of rivals Leyton Ath, having played one game more.

Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 3  Hullbridge

Darren Manning’s side deserved their win in a scrappy battle though they will be more than happy with the points and move on to their trip to Tower Hamlets at the weekend. ‘Side’s four-match unbeaten run ends here. Finally, it was good to see the match in the conpany of ground-hoppers Richard and Andrew plus GFS’ own Adam R, ESL Publicity Officer Scott Lanza and not forgotting the ‘rock at the back (well…ish!)’ of Hainault Athletic, Damian Clark. Thanks also to all at Barkingside for their hospitality.

Barkingside  | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Ryan Karrer (GK), Frederico Hernandez, Akwasi Marfo, Dan Jones, Edward Lang (Harry Matthews 66′), Derek Ohalem, Joe Oates, David Ottley (Capt), Mario Gjini, David Hornsby (George Woodward 60′), Isaac Marfo (Shaiqain Maisara 83′)

Goal-scorer: Shaiqain Maisara [86′]

Booked: Lang, Ottley, Matthews   | Subs Not Used: Buchanan

Hullbridge Sports      | Manager: Darren Manning

James Pellin (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels, Emmanuel Okunja (Joe Pattison 69′), Adebola Sotoyinbo, Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Dan Okah 52′ (Jonas Fuadianitu 76′)), Luke Hornsley, Nathan Scarborough

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [pen 38′], Jimmy Cox [49′], Nathan Scarborough [80′]

Booked: Pellin, Okunja, Okah, Pattison, Homans | Subs Not Used: T Sotoyinbo, McLeavy