Essex Senior League
2018-19 Season: Match 68
Monday 23rd March 2019 – 7.45pm KO
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