Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 4 Stowmarket Town (FAC EPR)

The FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 215

2017-18 Season – Match 10

Date: Sunday 6th August 2017 2pm KO

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

Stowmarket Town : Gold & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


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

On a pleasant Sunday afternoon, Essex Senior League side Barkingside welcomed Thurlow Nunn Premier side Stowmarket Town to Cricklefield on the final day of this season’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties.

The hosts had what proved to be one of their best chances with only two minutes on the clock as forward Michael Ogboin was one-on-one with Stowmarket ‘keeper Craig Brand though his strike was just over the bar. The visitors soon responded. In the following twenty minutes, Town had numerous chances to open their account though efforts on goal from midfielder Jack Baker, winger Dan Cunningham and forwards Andrew Wood & George Bugg were all well-saved by the over-worked home goalkeeper Will Hunt.

Stowmarket did eventually take the lead seven minutes from the break, as the impressive full-back Ethan Clarke fizzed across a left-wing cross which was met by Wood, who slotted home past Hunt into the left corner. The visitors pushed for a second goal though Barkingside managed to keep the arrears to one at the break.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Stowmarket Town

The second half began in a similarly frenetic way, with Stowmarket forward Wood having another strike on goal saved by Hunt. The hosts then had a chance to level though forward Jerome Martelli blazed over the bar after being played in by Ogboin. Town spurned two more chances as the hour mark approached, though on 61 minutes they extended their lead as Bugg prodded home from a corner.

‘Side had one of their more decent spells in the match just after that goal though Ex-Southend Manor & Clapton winger Aundre Spencer’s shot went side of the right-side post whilst in a good position. Stowmarket did recover and pushed hard though in the last 15 minutes. The home side had a warning with twelve minutes left as they were indebted to a combination of their defence and Hunt as they cleared off the goal-line. Town did eventually wrap up the win though in the last six minutes as first, Ethan Clarke scored with a good deep looping header into the right corner, after being fed by a good ball in by full-back Ollie Brown. Wood then grabbed his second from the spot, blasted into the top-right corner.

Full-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 4  Stowmarket Town

Wood 38’, 87 (pen)’

Bugg 61’, E Clarke 84’

To be fair, Stowmarket more than deserved the win and played very well, they were good on-the-ball & were a hard-working outfit. As for Barkingside, it’s hard not to mention that this is a virtually new squad so it will take time for consistency to come, though today they didn’t really have the ball enough to create the chances that the likes of Ogboin would make the most of. I must also mention goalkeeper Will Hunt, who made numerous saves to keep his side in the match at times.

Best wishes to Stowmarket who host Romford in the next round. Commiserations to Barkingside, who will now focus elsewhere, starting with a home ESL match against Stansted on Saturday (12th August).



Manager: Michael Walther

Stowmarket Town

Manager: Rick Andrews

1  Will Hunt  (GK) 1  Craig Brand  (GK)
2  Michael Bottone 2  Ollie Brown
3  Mike Sherwood 3  Anton Clarke
4  Euan Taylor-Reid 4  Ethan Clarke
5  Paul Shaves (C) 5  Phil Weavers
6  Jamie Pooley   (Subbed 53’) 6  Jemel Fox
7  Aundre Spencer 7  Dan Cunningham  (C)
8  Bradley Joseph 8  Jack Baker      (Subbed 62’)
9  Michael Ogboin     (Subbed 72’) 9  Andrew Wood
10  Jerome Martelli   (Subbed 53’) 10  George Bugg      (Subbed 79’)
11  Joe Newbold 11  Remi Garrett    (Subbed 72’)


12  Jason Fontaine  (On 72’) 14  Angelo Harrop   (On 62’)
14  Mendez Gomez Formoso 15  Jon Carver
15  Eamon Payne 16  Ryan Yallop        (On 79’)
16 Tony Cookey 17  Billy Clark           (On 72’)
18  Matteus Santos    (On 53’) 18  Paul Mosgrove
19  Reece Hewitt       (On 53’)  
20  Jayden Mitchell-Brown  


Michael Mackey

Assistant Referees:

David Behling

Grant Mathias

Booked: None Booked: Garrett


Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 3 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 76

Date: Monday April 3rd 2017 7.50pm

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

 Sporting Bengal Utd: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts and Black Socks

Barkingside v Sporting Bengal players before KO (ESL 3.4.17)
Barkingside & Bengal players before KO


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

On a fairly serene evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on Sporting Bengal Utd in another Essex Senior League match. Before kick-off, there was a minute’s silence recognising the loss of Barkingside U17 player Andrew Balfour, who sadly passed away following a battle with leukaemia. My best wishes to Andrew’s family and friends & I applaud the collection that was organised to assist his family.

Bengal were making their second trip to Cricklefield in three days following Saturday’s loss to Ilford, and made six changes to their starting XI (see teamsheet below)

The start of this match was fairly even, with Bengal having early chances through forwards Oscar Mendes and Yaya Embalo. For the home side, midfielder Liam Clifton’s free-kick was punched away by visiting goalkeeper Denzel Kobia. Barkingside did take the lead though, as winger Kai Heather lobbed Kobia well on 20 minutes. This unsurpringly buoyed the hosts, and on the half-hour, forward Jason Fontaine tried a lob of his own over ‘keeper Kobia though could only find the side-netting.

Heather was also pinging in a few good crosses from the right flank, giving the Bengal defence a few nervous moments. Bengal though were still decent though going forward as with 12 minutes to go until the break, winger Lewis Francis sent in a good cross from the right wing, only for Mendes to head just wide. Moments later, Mendes shot wide after a Bengal corner was half-cleared. With five minutes to go until the break, captain Paul Wright’s free-kick was headed wide by fellow defender Scott Mitchell.

Half-Time: Barkingside 1 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd

After the break, Bengal really stepped it up a gear, having chances early on through Francis and midfielder Bayo Cuino who both shot wide, followed soon after by Embalo who misjudged his header whilst in a good position.

Just past the hour mark, Bengal did level after Mendes found himself in the area and lobbed home ‘keeper Tyler McCarthy. Game on.  Having got back in the match, the visitors piled forward and got further impetus by taking the lead nine minutes after the equaliser as winger Francis was well found by a free-kick in space on the right wing, blasting a fierce drive past McCarthy from just outside the box. Bengal sealed the points with eight minutes remaining, as forward Embalo coolly slotted past McCarthy to complete the turnaround.

Barkingside seemed to lose their rhythm after the break and struggled to create chances, which will no doubt disappoint manager Gus Gulfer. Credit to the visitors though, they deserved the three points as Mendes, Embalo and Francis really gave the home defence a tricky time of it in the second half especially. Barkingside stay 10th, level on points with Hullbridge in 11th, though ‘Side have a game in hand. Bengal remain 19th, though are now 12 points clear of the bottom three.

Full-Time: Barkingside         1   –   3       Sporting Bengal Utd

                   Heather 20’            Mendes 63’  , Francis 72’,  Embalo 82’



Manager: Gus Gulfer

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Tyler McCarthy  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia  (GK)
2  Ibrahim Conteh 2  Anthony Murray-Bruce   (Subbed 88’)
3  Paul Wright   (C) 3  Shafi Noor
4  Scott Mitchell 4  Jack Lamb
5  Danny Blake           (Subbed 85’) 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Jason Ajoodha 6  Mark Wheeler
7  Kai Heather       (Subbed 46’) 7  Codey Cameron
8  Sam Edwards 8  Bayo Cuino
9  Jason Fontaine 9  Oscar Mendes
10  David Laird 10  Yaya Embalo
11  Liam Clifton       (Subbed 77’) 11  Lewis Francis    (Subbed 90’ +1)


12  Fionn Glancy   (On 77’) 14  Chris Wright         (On 90’ +1)
14  George Ademilyu   (On 46’) 15  David Vaughan    (On 88’)
15  Augustus Ruzgas   (On  85’) 16  Tony Tandon
16  Jimmy Nottage 17  David Tarawali
17  Marvin Birch 18  Daryl Noble


Lee Markwick

Assistant Referees:

Matthew Friend

Abdel Hamid Zekri

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 1 Basildon Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 63

Date: Monday 13th March 2017 7.45pm KO

Barkingside : Light Blue Shirts, Dark Blue Shorts, Light Blue Socks

 Basildon Utd : Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

Both sides before KO (Side v Basildon U - ESL 13.3.17)
Both sides shaking hands just before KO.

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

On a fairly serene evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on Basildon Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter, with both sides gunning for a top-ten finish.

The hosts started the match fairly well, with on-loan forward Jakub Berkowicz shooting wide after being played in by winger Kai Heather. Fellow forward Luke With managed to get past visiting ‘keeper David Leader in another attack though couldn’t turn the ball home.

Basildon improved after the quarter-hour and made the hosts pay for missing those early chances as a initial effort by forward Malaki Toussaint hit the bar before Jack Adlington headed the rebound in from close range. Adlington could have made it two just past the half-hour after a lovely through-ball but couldn’t finish. As half-time approached, Basildon captain John-Joe Slater had an effort blocked on the goal-line as ‘Side looked to keep it tight going into the break. Just before the break, a good ball from George Ademilyu nearly found Berkowicz though the ball just trickled out of reach for the young forward.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Basildon Utd

Five minutes into the second half, Barkingside were awarded a penalty for a foul. Luke With stepped up and unfortunately skewed the ball well wide of the left-hand post. Just past the hour mark, ‘Side were awarded another penalty as visiting defender George Whitby was adjudged to have handled in the box and promptly got his second booking. With once again stepped up to take it, though this time, it crashed in with a little assistance from the upright.

With the visitors reduced to ten men, the home side went for the win, and Heather had a good strike on goal deflected for a corner mid-way through the half.  ‘Side had further chances to take the lead though Marvin Birch, Berkowicz and substitute Jason Fontaine couldn’t hit the target.

Basildon were still a bit tricky on the counter-attack though as pacy forward Ayoola Odedoyin made a couple of good runs down the flanks after coming off the bench.

Overall, a bit of a battle though the Bees will be the happier of the two sides I would imagine, given that Barkingside had enough chances to score three or four this evening. Barkingside are in 11th place in the ESL table, a point behind Basildon in 10th spot.

Full-Time:  Barkingside 1 – 1 Basildon Utd

With (pen) 62’                             Adlington 17’



Manager: Gus Gulfer

Basildon Utd

 Manager: Aaron Bloxham

1  Tyler McCarthy  (GK) 13  David Leader (GK)
2  George Ademilyu 2  Jim Paterson
3  Liam Clifton 3  Yaw Danso
4  Scott Mitchell 4  Lee Delf
5  Sam Edwards 5  George Whitby
6  Jason Ajoodha    (Subbed 80’) 16 Jack Adlington
7  Kai Heather 7  Joe Skeels    (Subbed 74’)
8  Marvin Birch 8  John-Joe Slater (C)
9  Luke With 9  Malaki Toussaint
10  David Laird (C)    (Subbed 41’) 20  Reece Tranter
11  Jakub Berkowicz 11  Jamie Brown


12  Fionn Glancy 15 Taylor Sinfield
14  Ibrahim Conteh     (On 41’) 19 Ayoola Odedoyin   (On 74’)
15  Danny Blake **  Tyler Jalland
16  Paul Wright
17  Jason Fontaine   (On 80’)
Booked: Ademilyu Sent Off: Whitby
Referee: Peter Wilson
Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn

Cliff Everitt