Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (22.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s reduced fixture list in the Essex Senior League, also featuring an extended look at the Essex Olympian League with results from the Premier Division down to Division Two plus the updated EOFL tables & results from the Anagram Records Trophy. How did your side do this weekend? Enjoy.

Saturday 21th October

Southend Manor   2 – 0     Wadham Lodge 

Venue: Southchurch Park    |   Attendance: 60

Manor continued their recent revival with victory over Wadham at Southchurch Park. A second-half brace from forward Bayley Newell did the job for Stuart Marshall’s side who rise to 14th in the table now. Wadham have to shrug off their poor record away from Kitchener Road, they’ve lost every one of seven away matches in the ESL thus far.

Sporting Bengal Utd   2 – 3    Barkingside

Venue: Mile End Stadium   |    Attendance: 20

‘Side struck late to grab all three points at Mile End. Chid Onokwai put Michael Walther’s side ahead after 12 minutes before Tony Cookey doubled the visitors’ lead on 34 minutes. Bengal responded well with goals from Oscar Mendes and David Vaughan though substitute Michael Ogboin’s winner two minutes from time saw Barkingside record the win and they go into 11th place in the table.

West Essex   1 – 0   Stansted

Venue: Mayesbrook Park      |      Attendance: 23

West Essex ended a four-match winless streak with a slender victory at Mayesbrook Park. Isaac Marfo got the only goal of the match just before the hour mark to send the hosts back up to third spot. The Airportmen’s third loss in their last five league matches sees them reside in 12th place.

The full round-up of ESL action returns next week.


EOFL badge (50th Anni)

Saturday 21th October

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town  1 – 5   Harold Wood Athletic

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  4 – 3   Leigh Ramblers

Canning Town   0 – 1    White Ensign

Frenford  1 – 2   Kelvedon Hatch

Manford Way   2 – 2    Catholic Utd

Springfield  0 – 1    Rayleigh Town


Essex Olympian League (EOFL) Premier Division table (After Oct 21st matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 May & Baker E.C 7 4 2 1 +6 14
2 Harold Wood Athletic 7 4 1 2 +13 13
3 Frenford 7 4 1 2 +9 13
4 Manford Way 7 3 3 1 +6 12
5 Kelvedon Hatch 7 3 2 2 5 11
6 Springfield 6 3 2 1 +5 11
7 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 6 3 2 1 +4 11
8 Catholic Utd 6 2 3 1 +2 9
9 White Ensign 7 3 0 4 -1 9
10 Rayleigh Town 7 1 2 4 -14 5
11 Leigh Ramblers 7 1 1 5 -6 4
12 Basildon Town 7 1 1 5 -21 4
13 Canning Town 5 0 2 3 -8 2


Division One

Buckhurst Hill  4 – 1    Great Baddow

FC Hamlets   P – P   Newbury Forest (Due to ‘No Referee present’)

Shenfield AFC    5 – 1  Runwell Sports

Snaresbrook   1 – 0    Harold Hill

Sungate   2 – 0    Old Chelmsfordians


EOFL Division One table  (After Oct 21st matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Sungate 6 5 1 0 +13 16
2 Buckhurst Hill 5 4 0 1 +11 12
3 Great Baddow 6 3 1 2 +2 10
4 Hutton 5 3 1 1 +2 10
5 Shenfield AFC 7 3 1 3 0 10
6 Snaresbrook 6 3 1 2 -1 10
7 Harold Hill 7 3 1 3 -7 10
8 FC Hamlets 6 2 3 1 +6 9
9 Old Southendian 4 3 0 1 +5 9
10 Old Chelmsfordians 7 1 1 5 -9 4
11 Galleywood 5 1 0 4 -4 3
12 Newbury Forest 4 1 0 3 -4 3
13 Runwell Sports 6 0 0 6 -14 -2*
  *points deducted          


Division Two

May & Baker E.C Res    3 – 2    Toby

Ramsden Scotia    1 – 2    Ongar Town

Rayleigh Town Res  1  – 2    Benfleet

Ryan    0 – 5    A1 Sports 

Upminster  1 – 3    Newham Utd 


EOFL Division Two table   (After Oct 21st matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Ongar Town 8 7 0 1 +13 21
2 Ramsden Scotia 7 5 0 2 +18 15
3 Herongate Athletic 5 4 0 1 +6 12
4 Rayleigh Town Res. 7 3 2 2 +5 11
5 Newham Utd 6 3 2 1 +5 11
6 Benfleet 4 3 1 0 +13 10
7 May & Baker E.C Res. 5 3 0 2 -6 9
8 A1 Sports 5 1 2 2 -2 5
9 Upminster 6 1 1 4 -7 4
10 Ryan 7 1 0 6 -31 3
11 Rochford Town 7 1 1 5 -5 2*
12 Toby 7 0 1 6 -9 1
  *points deducted            

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (ESL 30.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 48

2017-18 Season – Match 26

Saturday 30th September 2017 3pm KO

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

Sawbridgeworth Town: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Barkingside & Sawbridgeworth players before KO (ESL 30.9.17)
The players before KO


Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cloudy afternoon at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on Sawbridgeworth Town in another Essex Senior League encounter. For the hosts, new signings Bradley Gayer and Kadeem Brightly made the starting XI while fellow newcomer Josh Coulson was named on the bench. Sawbridgeworth were missing a number of players including influential defender Chris Ratambwa (suspended).

The visitors started the match brightly as they had more of the ball and tried to get their possession game going. Sawbridgeworth goalkeeper Matt Ponter still had to be alert though to deny Barkingside forward Tony Cookey seven minutes in. Only a minute later, a good one-two between visiting forwards saw hot-shot Lewis Francis fire wide from an acute angle. The visitors continued to search for clear-cut opportunities and home full-back Aaron Lesta had a bit of a let-off when he missed a defensive header leaving Francis one-on-one with home goalkeeper Will Hunt though the Town forward was off-side. As the half-hour mark approached, Sawbridgeworth midfielder Billy Skinner shot wide of the post. The visitors then had a free-kick on the half-hour, with a knock-down that allowed Skinner to head past Hunt for a debut goal to put the visitors ahead.

The hosts couldn’t quite create any clear-cut chances themselves, finding themselves up against a committed and determined visiting back four. Town led by a single goal at the break.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1   Sawbridgeworth Town

Three minutes into the second-half, a long throw from home defender Euan Taylor-Reid caused a split-second of concern for custodian Ponter, who gathered at the second attempt. The visitors had another great opportunity nine minutes after the re-start as Francis’ powerful drive crashed against the crossbar from little more than six yards out. The Sawbridgeworth defence, led by skipper Daryl Doolan were composed and made several good challenges and interceptions during the match. On 56 minutes, ‘Side substitute Michael Sherwood’s header forced a save from Ponter.

In the last twenty-five minutes, the hosts did push forward and to their credit kept going. Town did seem to defend deep at times, which in turn made it difficult for them to find an outlet going forward. On 66 minutes, Taylor-Reid’s header from winger Jason Fontaine’s free-kick was saved by Ponter. Town spurned another good chance as from Joe Wright’s right-wing centre, forward Aaron Thomas lifted his slot over the bar from close range. As we entered the last ten minutes, Fontaine’s shot was parried by Ponter, before bustling forward Sherwood’s follow-up shot was blocked by defender Josh Knight.

Barkingside did get the leveller as we crept into added-time as substitute Gareth Jones fired past Ponter in a good position to give Michael Walther’s side a point in a match they could have lost, if Sawbridgeworth had been more clinical though John Watters will undoubtedly be proud of his side today. Will Hunt, Matteus Santos and substitute Michael Sherwood did well for the hosts today, while skipper Daryl Doolan, full-back Louis Monk and debutant Billy Skinner stood out for the visitors in my view today.

FT: Barkingside 1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town

Jones 90 +1          Skinner 30’



Manager: Michael Walther

Sawbridgeworth Town

Manager: John Watters

1  Will Hunt  (GK) 1  Matt Ponter  (GK)
2  Aaron Lesta  (Subbed 46’) 2  Ross Gill
3  Bradley Gayer 3  Louis Monk
4  Jayden Mitchell-Brown  (C) 4  Josh Knight
5  Euan Taylor-Reid 5  Antony Deyonte     (Subbed 67’)
6  Kadeem Brightly    (Subbed 53’) 6  James Mays
7  Matteus Santos 7  Daryl Doolan  (C)
8  Raphael Duyile 8  Billy Skinner             (Subbed 74’)
9  Michael Ogboin   (Subbed  69’) 9  Aaron Thomas
10  Tony Cookey 10  Lewis Francis
11  Jason Fontaine 11  Joe Wright


12  Gareth Jones             (On 69’) 12  Danny Wickenden    (On 67’)
14  Michael Sherwood   (On 46’) 14  Alec Lennon               (On 74’)
15  David Etcheri 15  Neil Tillotson
16  Josh Coulson             (On 53’)  
17  Michael Bottone  


Steve Marr
Assistant Referees:

Martin Quinn

Jeremy Mott

Booked: Taylor-Reid, Sherwood Booked: Knight


Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 2 Redbridge (ESL 15.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 165

2017-18 Season – Match 20

Friday 15th September 2017 7.45pm KO

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

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Barkingside v Redbridge (ESL 15.9.17)
The players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a gloomy evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside welcomed old Oakside rivals Redbridge in another Essex Senior League encounter. Before the match, all the players & officials gathered on the pitch for a minute’s silence in respect of those injured in the incident at Parsons Green Tube Station earlier today.

Redbridge started the match a little brighter, with forward Brian Moses lofting an early effort on goal over the bar. The visitors had a further duo of half-chances though Moses couldn’t find the target. Then, on the quarter-hour, fellow Motormen forward Calvin Poku’s shot was well-saved by home goalkeeper Will Hunt. This stirred the hosts into action and winger Joe Newbold was denied by Redbridge ‘stopper Lewis Greene.

For the next little while, both sides had possession though there was little end product. Moses was back in the thick of the action on 33 minutes when he held off a Barkingside defender and struck his shot well though it cannoned off the bar. The visitors looked a little more threatening in attack but there wasn’t much in it at half-time.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 0  Redbridge

After the break, the visitors started well as a deflected effort from Moses called Hunt into action again as he parried the ball away for a corner. From that corner, at the second attempt, Shaun Harris headed home to give Redbridge the lead three minutes into the second half.

Five minutes afterward, ‘Side midfielder Bradley Joseph’s drive went over the bar and soon after Moses tested Hunt again with the forward’s drive being well saved by the Barkingside ‘keeper. The hosts levelled on 66 minutes as forward Michael Ogboin timed his run into the box well and was rewarded as he slotted home a cross from the right flank. The hosts could’ve been ahead soon after as substitute Tony Cookey drilled his goal-bound effort well though Greene pulled off an excellent save to deny him.

The Motormen ended up scoring the winner in slightly bizarre fashion as a Barkingside defender’s clearance in the six-yard box struck Poku two yards out and trickled into the right corner of the net. Although the goal was fortuitous, Riclky Eaton & Joey May’s side probably edged this encounter on the basis that they were more threatening going forward.

There were highlights for Barkingside though as goalkeeper Will Hunt and winger Matheus Santos stood out for them in my opinion tonight. For Redbridge, Brian Moses and Lewis Greene’s performances helped gain this win in my view.

Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 2   Redbridge

Ogboin 66’             Harris 48’, Poku 83’

I’d like to thank Barkingside for their hospitality and mention that they are one of a few clubs this season charging £5 for admission (adults) for ESL matches this season I believe and they are a good club. Best wishes to both sides for the rest of the season. Redbridge are in 8th place after this win (prior to the Saturday matches) whilst Barkingside sit in 10th place.



Manager: Michael Walther


Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Will Hunt  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene  (GK)
2  Akil Clarke             (Subbed 54’) 2  Sam Sheppard
3  Ricardo Bailey  (C) 3  Eljay Worrell  (C)
4  Adegove Adetunji 4  Shaun Harris
5  Euan Taylor-Reid 5  Johnathon Mbamarah
6  Michael Bottone 6  Vinny Murphy
7  Joe Newbold 7  Joshua Hutchinson    (Subbed 75’)
8  Bradley Joseph     (Subbed 61’) 8  Patrick Duggan
9  Michael Ogboin 9  Calvin Poku                 (Subbed 84’)
10  Jason Fontaine   (Subbed 61’) 10  Brian Moses
11  Matheus Santos 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao    (Subbed 75’)


12  Inesh Sumithran 12  Courtney Homans     (On 75’)
14  David Etcheri           (On 54’) 14  Liam Thomas
15  Gareth Jones           (On 61’) 15  Remi Nelson
16  Michael Sherwood 16  Lindsipho Mtyanda   (On 75’)
17  Tony Cookey           (On 61’) 17  Malaki Toussaint       (On 84’)
Referee: David Moreno
Assistant Referees: Erwin Kegyes

Alan Steward

Booked: Taylor-Reid, Joseph, Clarke Booked: Duggan, Mtyanda

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (2.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a bonus piece rounding-up all the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend and the results from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian Football League. Enjoy.

Saturday 2nd September

Basildon Utd  2 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: The Hive   Attendance: 164

Basildon scored a late winner to seal the points at the Hive. Wakering took the lead just past the half hour through Billy Johnson. The Bees levelled six minutes before half-time from Dan Dafter’s header. There was late drama though as Wakering missed a late spot-kick before Ash Blackburn popped up to score an injury-time winner for Marc Harrison’s side and retain their 100% league record.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 6   Barkingside              

Venue: Lower Road   Attendance: 40

Barkingside powered to a big win at Lower Road. Ex-Hullbridge player Jason Fontaine set the tone, giving his current side the lead after two minutes. Before the hosts could recover, Michael Ogboin doubled the visitors’ advantage just five minutes later. Rob Hodgson’s side cut their arrears in half through Jimmy Cox’s free-kick on 28 minutes though Fontaine struck again three minutes afterward to give ‘Side a 3-1 half-time lead. Michael Walther’s side kept the pressure on after the break and extended their lead with goals from Matheus Santos (47’) and substitute Michael Sherwood (63’). Tonny Cookey added more pain for the home defence with 17 minutes remaining, before ‘Bridge substitute Luca Frankis netted a late penalty, though this was a real ‘off-day’ for the Lower Road side.

If you’d like to read more about this match, fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins was at this match. Read his report here:

Ilford   2 – 0   Stansted  

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 44

Ilford saw off the challenge of Stansted at Cricklefield. Chris Lockwood struck on 27 minutes to give the Foxes the lead at the break. Aaron Wickham secured the points with his side’s second with 22 minutes to play to see Ilford rise to 6th in the table.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2- 0  Waltham Forest

Venue: Crofters End   Attendance: 29

Sawbridgeworth picked up their second win of the season here. Goals from Joe Wright and Aaron Thomas sealed a morale-boosting trimuph for John Watters’ side, ahead of FA Vase action next weekend.

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 3  Tower Hamlets

Venue: Mile End Stadium   Attendance: 60

Hamlets struck late to claim all the win in the ‘Mile End derby’. Bengal opened the scoring on 15 minutes through Anthony Bruce though Frankie Sinclair levelled for Hamlets five minutes before the break. Kane Wilson gave Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side the lead ten minutes after the break. Bengal were level on the hour thanks to Freddy Tandon’s goal. Curtis Pond struck with four minutes remaining though to give Hamlets all three points.

Wadham Lodge   2 – 1   Enfield 1893   

Venue: Kitchener Road   Attendance: 26

Wadham hit a late winner to secure their maiden win of the season. Jayden Hocking-Rising opened the scoring six minutes before the interval for James Falaise’s side. A Danny Jones penalty with 20 min to play levelled for Enfield though Kirk McPhearson’s 90th-minute winner sealed three precious points for Wadham.

West Essex   2 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

Venue: Mayesbrook Park   Attendance: 26

West Essex shook off their loss to Basildon in midweek to get the points in a feisty contest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot gave the hosts the lead 13 minutes into the second half with a pearler of a strike. Cameron Gray sealed the points 16 minutes from time in a match where both sides ended with ten men and the score-line didn’t quite sum the match up.

If you’d like to read more about this match, I was at the match & my report is here:

Woodford Town 2017  1 – 2  Redbridge

Venue:  Goffs Lane      Attendance: 25

Redbridge came from behind to grab their third win of the season. Woodford led after just a minute thanks to Andrea Mantovani’s goal. Jacob Dingli restored parity only two minutes later for the Motormen. Ten minutes after the break, Brian Moses scored the eventual winner to put a smile on Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s faces.

Saturday 2nd September

Essex Olympian Football League

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 2 Basildon Town

Frenford 1 – 2 Catholic Utd

Kevledon Hatch 1 – 3 Manford Way

May & Baker EC 2 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Springfield 3 – 0 Canning Town

White Ensign 4 – 0 Rayleigh Town


Division One

Buckhurst Hill 6 – 0 Harold Hill

Hutton 3 – 2 Galleywood

Newbury Forest 3 – 4 Galleywood

Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 5 Runwell Sports

Old Southendian 1 – 0 Shenfield AFC

Sungate 3 – 1 Upminster


Division Two

Ongar Town 6 – 1 May & Baker EC Reserves

Rayleigh Town Reserves 3 – 1 Toby

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