Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 15.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to this round-up of the weekend’s Essex Senior League action.

This weekend saw nine matches take place, here’s what transpired in big matches at both ends of the table.

Friday 13th April

Tower Hamlets  0 – 4  Basildon Utd
| Venue: Parkside (Aveley FC)  | Att: 85

Basildon took advantage of a hapless Hamlets showing to keep their promotion hopes alive at Parkside on Friday night. George Whitby’s spot-kick on ten minutes tempered any nerves for the Bees fans. James Brown smashed in a cracker two minutes before the break before goals from Jack Adlington [67′] and substutute James Peagram [69′] sealed a big win, the Bees fourth in their last six to cut the gap to Redbridge in 2nd to six points with two matches in hand on the Motormen. Hamlets’ sixth straight loss keeps them 11th.

 

Saturday 14th April

Burnham Ramblers 2 – 4  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 48

Hullbridge staged quite a comeback to grab a big victory at Leslie Field. It started very well for the hosts as Alex Salmon’s header eight minutes in & Karl Swanborough’s strike ten minutes afterward gave Lee Hughes’s men a good lead. That lead was halved by Jimmy Cox [36′] before Cox restored parity for the visitors on 65 minutes. Darren Manning’s side wrestled the balance of power from the hosts soon after as Adebola Sotoyinbo [70′] and Michael Salako [80′] strikes sealed the win, Sports’ 4th in their last six matches to go seven points clear of the bottom four in 15th. Burnham’s 24th loss of the season leaves them three points adrift of safety.

 

Clapton  1 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 34

Sporting Bengal came from behind to secure a valuable win at the OSD. Jeff Cobblah broke the deadlock to give the Tons the advantage though a strong Bengal line-up recovered after the break as David Vaughan levelled on 65 minutes before Eaia Embalo got the winner ten minutes later. Bengal’s fourth win in their last seven encounters sees them up to 13th, nine points clear of danger.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  4 – 1  Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 78

I attended this match alongside the core GFS Radio team of Adam & Pete and other ESL luminaries at Burroughs Park. My report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/match-report-great-wakering-4-1-wadham-lodge-esl-14-4-18/

 

Redbridge  1 – 1  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 61

The Motormen managed to stall the E’s stunning recent run though had to battle for a point at Oakside. Aundre Spencer [34′] gave Matt Hanning’s side the lead though Phillip Browne-Bampfoe’s leveller on the hour may prove important for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side who remain 2nd, despite being winless in three matches now. Enfield’s unbeaten run extends to nine matches as they stay 9th.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 2  FC Romania
| Venue: Crofters End  | Att: 30

FC Romania battled past stubborn Sawbo at Crofters. Goals from Gabriel Ghinea [48′] and Mihai Botosan [88′] sealed a vital win for Ionut Vintila’s men as they stay third, three points off Redbridge in the likely second promotion spot. Sawbo’s third defeat in their last eight sees them remain 8th.

 

Stansted  2 – 2  West Essex
| Venue: Hargrave Park  | Att: 27

Stansted were twice held by an improving West Essex side at Hargrave Park. Sam West gave the hosts a lifeline three minutes into the second half though substitute Tom MacLeod, making his return from injury, levelled on 65 minutes. Ryan Ramsey’s penalty [72′] gave the hosts the lead once again though the Stags forced a share of the spoils thanks to talismanic striker Michael Mignot’s strike with ten minutes left. Stansted’s dreams of survival are creaking as they sit 18th, two points from safety with three matches left. West are still 7th with only two losses in their last six and have a shot at pinching 6th from Clapton, given they have four matches in hand on the Tons to claw back a gap of seven points.

 

Waltham Forest  2 – 2  Southend Manor
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 66

A last-minute leveller deprived Forest of a vital three points at Kitchener Road. Manor led after just four minutes thanks to skipper Lee Delf though Forest replied thanks to recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s penalty [52′] and then took the lead themselves with eight minutes left through giant midfielder Tony Da Silva. Though the action didn’t stop there as Tyler Fowles dramatically secured a point at the death for Adam Peek’s side. Forest may well be ‘kicking themselves’ as they stay 17th, two points above the relegation trap-door after a run of only one triumph in their last ten matches now. Manor have also found wins hard to come by still, with one win in their last nine encounters which drops them to 14th, eight points clear of danger.

You can watch video highlights of this match (courtesy of  WD Sportz) & post-match Interviews here: https://youtu.be/L23A5xiPeL0

 

Woodford Town (2017) 1 – 4  Takeley
| Venue: Station Road | Att: 71

Takeley overwhelmed Woodford to grab another good three points in this reversed fixture at Station Road. Goals from George Wappett [20′] and Matt Gill [45′] gave Marc Das’ side a two-goal cushion at the break. Further strikes from Mitchell Das [57′] and Olakunmi Bossanya [83′] added to Takeley’s already good goal difference which could prove important in three weeks’ time. Jack Grosvenor’s late consolation four minutes from time probably did little to lift the ‘Woodlife’ side and they stay 12th. Takeley’s 22nd win of the season leaves them 14 points off Redbridge with four matches in hand on them so they need a stellar run-in to overhaul the sides ahead of them.

 

Midweek fixtures:

Barkingside  v   Sporting Bengal Utd
Burnham Ramblers v Basildon Utd (both Mon 16th Apr)

Hullbridge Sports v West Essex
Stansted  v  Hackney Wick
Takeley  v   Tower Hamlets  (all Tues 17th Apr)

Ilford v Wadham Lodge
Southend Manor v Basildon Utd (both Wed 18th Apr)

Takeley v  FC Romania  (Thurs 19th Apr)

 

That’s all from the ESL Round-up this week. Check back soon for more as the season heads for a fascinating conclusion.

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Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 8.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at the top and the bottom of the table.

 

Friday 6th April

Barkingside 3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 109

‘Side fought from behind to grab a important victory in a match that was brought to a sudden end due to injury. Jerry Jairette netted on 24 minutes to give the impetus to the visitors, though Roddy Lemba struck twice [29′ & 35′] to swing the balance back in the hosts’ favour. Michael Ogboin got a late third before a nasty facial injury to Hamlets’ Ndure caused a slightly premature end to the match though the result stood. ‘Side’s 2nd win on-the-trot sees them up to 15th (after Saturday’s action) while Hamlets’ fifth straight defeat leaves them 10th, ahead of Woodford Town on goal difference alone.

 

Saturday 7th April

Basildon Utd  2 – 0  FC Romania
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 99

The Bees battled to a good victory over FCR at The Hive. Despite missing key forward Marcus Bowers, a brace from Jack Adlington [57′ & 60′] was enough to secure third first win in three matches. FC Romania have now only won one of their last four league matches. Marc Harrison’s men are now three points behind the Wolves with seven matches left. FCR have 5 matches remaining though are five points adrift of Redbridge in 2nd.

 

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 4   Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 70

Great Wakering raised the game after half-time to secure an important win and go three points clear at the Essex Senior League summit. An own-goal midway through the second-half broke the deadlock before Nathan Dewberry [79′], Chris Bryan [83′] and Neil Richmond [90’+3] sealed their fourth win in their last five matches. Burnham’s 3rd defeat in their last five leaves them third-bottom, two points from safety.

 

Enfield 1893  4 – 0    Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: The Harlow Arena  | Att: 62

Enfield continued their fantastic form by defeating Hullbridge in a one-sided contest in Harlow. Ayo Odukoya’s brace [12′ & 46′] gave Matt Hanning’s men the advantage before further strikes from Ben Bradbury [67′] and Aundre Spencer [82′] meant that the E’s have now won 7 league matches in-a-row and as a result stay 12th though they have gained ground on the teams above them.

 

Hackney Wick 2 – 1   Ilford
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

The Wickers took advantage of another ‘poor day at the office’ for Ilford to obtain their 3rd win in their last five matches. Albie Keith put Ilford ahead before ex-Ilford player Tony Cookey levelled. Hassan Nalbant then got the winner to keep Wick’s slim chances of averting the drop alive. They remain bottom, 12 points from safety. Ilford’s third successive defeat leaves them still in 9th though with other teams having matches in hand, their aim of a top-ten finish may be in doubt.

 

Redbridge  4 – 4    Waltham Forest
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 65

The points were shared in this absolute hum-dinger of a contest at Oakside. It looked at though the Motormen were breezing yowards another win as Reside Coxi-Sebastfao’s double [20′ & 34′] and a Calvin Poku strike [42′] put them three ahead at the break. Forest roared back into the match though as Christian Owusu’s quick-fire brace [57′ & (pen) 60′] reduced the deficit though Phillip Browne-Bampfoe extended the hosts’ lead midway through the second half. The old defensive frailties came back to bite Redbridge though as first Tony Da Silva [82′] struck to make it 3 – 4 and in stoppage-time, Owusu struck again to secure his gat-trick and dampen Redbridge’s title quest.

The Motormen’s second match without a win sees them three points behind leaders Wakering in 2nd spot, while Forest are remain out of the bottom four in 17th, two points clear of danger but with only three matches left.

Update: Waltham Forest have also announced over the weekend that they are ‘over the worst’ of their financial problems which left them in peril earlier in the season.
Full statement here: http://www.walthamforest-fc.co.uk/2018/04/08/club-statement-our-future/

 

Southend Manor  3 – 3    Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Another cracker of a match saw these two sides unable to be seperated at Southchurch Park. Scorer-wise, Manor struck through Ethan Evison, Alfie Lindfield and Ibrahim Kagbanda while target-man Temi Babalola, De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale and Ola Ogunwamide replied for an improving Woodford side that have lost only two of their last six matches which leaves them 11th, outside the top ten on goal difference. Manor are six points further back in 13th after a run of one win in their last seven games.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1   Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 35

Bengal recorded a huge win in this six-pointer at Mile End. Codey Cameron struck early on to open the scoring though Oliver Fortune levelled soon after for the Airportmen. Late on, creative midfielder Ashaan Siddik grabbed the winner to send Sporting 14th, seven points clear of the bottom four while Sransted’s winless run extends to six matches now and are 18th, two points from safety with four matches left.

Video highlights from this encounter & post-match Interviews can be found here:  https://youtu.be/KnNsMFL_xpg

(Courtesy of @WDSprtz)

Wadham Lodge  1 – 1   Clapton
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 248

Wadham battled to grab a point at Kitchener Road against a Clapton side that were heavily backed by the Ultras. Danny Francis got Wadham’s goal while Yusuf Bello netted for the Tons. Wadham have got one win in their last five outings now and remain 20th, four points from safety with 7 matches left. Clapton remain 6th, eight points clear of nearest rivals West Essex, with 3 matches remaining.

West Essex  2 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 18

I attended this match and you can find my match report here: http://www.survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/match-report-west-essex-2-0-takeley-esl-7-4-18/

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 24.3.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, with several interesting results affecting both ends of the table.

 

Friday 23rd March

West Essex 2 – 0 Waltham Forest
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 41

The action started on Friday night as West Essex defeated Forest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot struck again for the hosts to put them ahead 12 minutes into the second half & late on, a sweet Joe Lefley free-kick sealed the points and the Stags’ third win in their last five and they rise to 7th in the table. Forest’s predictament is rather blue as thanks to other results, they drop into the bottom four, a point from safety as their recent winless run extends to seven matches.

 

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  FC Romania
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 35

Burnham made a rousing comeback to clam their first point of 2018 against promotion-chasing FC Romania at Leslie Field. The visitors were two-up within ten minutes as first Alexandru Bostina [5′] and then Mihai Circiumaru put Ion Vintila’s side in a good position. The visitors didn’t take their chances following that though and paid for it as first Julian Bavin [19′] had a hand in the hosts first before hot-shot Charlee Hughes got a dramatic leveller in injury-time. Ramblers still drop to second-bottom, two points from safety though may have grafted some hope from this result. FCR stay third though are now seven points adrift of leaders Redbridge with Basildon chasing them down as well.

 

Hackney Wick  0 – 4  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

Wick stumbled to another damaging defeat at the OSD. Sawbo took the points through a brace from Aaron Thomas plus strikes from hot-shot Toby Cleaver and Matt Frew. Wick remain bottom, 12 points from safety now while Sawbridgeworth’s third win in their last four matches keeps them 10th, two points behind Ilford.

 

Hullbridge Sports 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Lower Road | Att: 38

I attended this match – my match report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/match-report-hullbridge-4-0-sporting-bengal-esl-24-3-18/

 

Ilford  1 – 3  Enfield 1893  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 50

An Ilford side that’s somewhat ‘in-transition’ were defeated by in-form Enfield at Cricklefield. The visitors were two ahead by the quarter-hour as Dan Chambers [13′] and Ayo Odukoya [15′] gave Matt Hanning’s side the advantage. Recent signing Harry Watkins pulled one back from the spot nine minutes later before Aundre Spencer sealed the win midway through the second half. The Foxes third defeat in four leaves them 9th while Enfield are 14th, six points clear of the bottom four.

Redbridge  3 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 69

The Motormen drove on to another important victory, this time over rivals Takeley at Oakside, in a match were both sides ended with ten men. Talismanic striker Brian Moses put his side ahead 14 minutes in, before strike partner Thomas Gogo doubled that lead five minutes later. An incident ended with both Moses and Takeley defender George Powell seeing red before Gogo coverted a late penalty to seal the hosts fourth straight win and open up a two-point lead over Wakering at the summit. Takeley remain 5th, with up to seven matches in hand on the top four though are 22 points behind second-placed Wakering.

Southend Manor  1 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Southchurch Park  | Att: 107

This local derby so nearly ended with a victory for the hosts but Wakering levelled right at the death. After a goal-less opening 45, Brennon Nolan put Manor ahead on 65 minutes before the late drama which saw Ricky Evans secure a point for Iain O’Connell’s promotion-chasers. Manor are winless in their last four matches now, sitting 12th with ten matches to play. GWR’s four-match winning run ended here and are 2nd, two points behind leaders Redbridge.

 

Stansted   1 – 3    Barkingside
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Stansted were on the recieving end of a Barkingside revival at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Ryan Ramsey gave them the lead after only three minutes. Though ‘Side responded ten minutes later through new signing Rob Hodgson before Aaron Lesta [70′] and Raphael Duyile [78′] sealed the turnaround to end a six-match winless run, they sit 15th, four points clear of the bottom four. Stansted fall behind their opponents and are only two points clear of danger in 16th and are winless in five matches themselves.

 

Wadham Lodge 1 – 4  Basildon Utd
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 34

Basildon’s first-half performance saw them well on their way to another big victory at Kitchener Road. James Peagram [3′], Ollie Spooner [24′], Marcus Bowers [35’] strikes saw Marc Harrison’s side lead comfortably at the break. Substitute Jack Adlington added a fourth on the hour before Wadham got a consolation through Danny Francis with 11 minutes remaining. Wadham sit third-bottom, two points from safety. The Bees got their third straight win as they gained ground on FC Romania ahead of them plus the Bees have three matches in hand.

Woodford Town (2017)  2 – 1  Clapton
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Att: 133

Woodford secured a good win at Goffs Lane. Dion Lewis-Kirwan put Woodford ahead before Sham Barnwell levelled for the Tons. De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale got the winner as the obtained their third win in their last seven matches to remain 11th, six points clear of Southend Manor. Clapton’s fourth straight league defeat leaves them 6th though West Essex are seven points behind them with three matches in hand over the Tons.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 25.2.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend as the focus shifted to some relegation ‘six-pointers’ involving four of the bottom six sides.

 

Friday 23rd February

Woodford Town P – P  Takeley  | Venue: Goffs Lane

This match has been postponed due to floodlight failure.

 

Saturday 24th February

 

Barkingside  0 – 2   Basildon Utd
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 73

Basildon came through a tricky away fixture to continue their promotion challenge at Cricklefield. Marcus Bowers [44′] and Tommy Barton [87′] goals were enough to give the Bees their 4th win in their last six matches, remaining 4th, 5 points off the leaders. Barkingside’s first loss in five matches sees them drop to 15th, three points clear of the bottom four.

 

Clapton  P – P  Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

FC Romania 3 – 1   West Essex
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  |  Att: 12

FC Romania went top with this triumph over the Stags at Theobalds Lane. James Broomley gave the visitors a surprise lead five minutes before the break though that lead only stood for four minutes before Florin Pop levelled. The hosts rallied and took the lead through Sergiu Maximov before Vlad Sighiartau secured the points late on. FCR’s third win in their last six matches and go a point clear of GWR at the summit, though the chasing pack do have matches in hand. West Essex drop to 9th after their fourth loss in their last six matches.

 

Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Lower Road  | Att: 37

I attended this match as Hullbridge were held by fellow strugglers Wadham. My match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/report-hullbridge-2-2-wadham-esl-24-2-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town P – P  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Crofters End  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 3   Ilford
| Venue: Southchurch Park   | Att: 41

Ilford produced arguably one of their best away-day showings this season to win at Southchurch Park. Goals from George Whitelock, Liam Burgess and an OG secured the Foxes’ first win in five matches which sees them remain 7th , three points clear of Tower Hamlets behind them. Manor’s indifferent form continues, they remain 12th with matches in hand though they are seven points clear of the bottom four.

 

Tower Hamlets  2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 34

Hamlets overcame Stansted at Mile End. Strike pair Luke With and Wale Odedoyin were on-target for AJ Ashinike’s side while Oliver Fortune had put the visitors ahead before the half-hour. Hamlets ended a five-match winless run here to go back into 8th place while the Airportmen’s 4th defeat in their last six sees them drop to 14th spot, four points clear of the bottom four.

 

Waltham Forest  1 – 2  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 39

Enfield continued their mini-revival with an excellent win at Kitchener Road. Ayo Odukoya gave Matt Hanning’s side the lead on the quarter-hour before Christian Owusu levelled for Forest six minutes before half-time. Dan Chambers [61′] got the winner for the E’s as they secured their fourth win in their last five outings and rise to 13th, five points clear of the relegation zone – a relative luxury compared to just a few weeks ago. Forest are still in bother themselves as their run without a win now sits at five matches, in 17th spot, two points above Hullbridge in 18th.

 

That’s all for this weekend from the ESL, check back soon for more articles. Bye for now.

Essex Senior League Round-up (20.1.18)

Written by Scott W (@Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the return of the results round-up looking at the Essex Senior League action this weekend, which was heavily affected by the inclement weather. The action began on Friday night with one match at Oakside:

Friday 19th Jan

Redbridge 2 – 1 Barkingside  | Venue: Oakside  | Att: 104

The Motormen produced a stirring late comeback to deny gritty Barkingside at Oakside. Barkingside took a surprise lead through on-loan Ryan Imbert on 32 minutes. The hosts huffed & puffed though it looked as though they would be frustrated by a strong ‘Side defence, assisted well by goalkeeper Ryan Karrer. Though that wasn’t to be as substitute Calvin Poku levelled with two minutes remaining before Poku struck again on the cusp of 90 minutes to ensure another three points for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side, their seventh straight league win.

 

Saturday 20th Jan

Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Clapton   | Venue: Leslie Field | Att: 65

Clapton produced a strong performance to take the points at Leslie Field. Khadean Campbell struck eight minutes in to give the Tons the lead. Burnham had their goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic to thank for frustrating the visitors along with the Ramblers defence though The Tons sealed the win with Steven Sardinha’s penalty [73′] and a strike from Greg Akpele five minutes later. Burnham suffered their third straight defeat while Clapton obtained their second win in their last five matches.

 

Enfield 1893 1 – 4  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Harlow Arena  | Att: 50

Basildon overwhelmed Enfield to secure another good three points here. Marcus Bowers opened the scoring with a fourth-minute spot-kick before Jack Adlington doubled the lead on 26 minutes. Bowers struck again two minutes before half-time and then three minutes after the interval, Adlington also completed his brace to seal the points. Recent signing Aundre Spencer [64′] grabbed a consolation though the hosts fell to their fourth straight defeat here. The Bees by contrast have now won six of their last seven outings.

 

The following matches were all postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Hackney Wick P – P  Takeley   | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Ilford P – P Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Cricklefield

Sawbridgeworth Town P – P FC Romania  | Venue: Crofters End

Sporting Bengal Utd P – P Waltham Forest  | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Wadham Lodge P – P Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Kitchener Road

West Essex P – P  Southend Manor  | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Woodford Town (2017) P – P Stansted  | Venue: Goffs Lane

 

Check back late next week for the next ESL Preview piece. Thanks for reading.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 2 Basildon Utd (ESL 23.12.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 112

2017-18 Season: Match 47

Saturday 23rd December 2017 3pm KO

Great Wakering: Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Basildon: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

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Players before KO

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On the last day of ESL action in 2017, Great Wakering welcomed Basildon in an eagerly-awaited encounter at Burroughs Park. Before kick-off, it was a tough one to call as 4th place took on 5th here. The hosts were a little depleted, missing the likes of Chris Bryan and Ollie Woodhouse with Louis Hawes continuing in goal. Jake Gordon and recent signing Nathan Dewberry were both on the bench, the latter against his old club. Basildon welcomed back midfielder Joe Skeels to the club while hard-working forward Marcus Bowers led the line with Ash Blackburn among the options on the bench.

This may have been a festive match though Wakering were slack in defence from the get-go as Basildon winger Jack Adlington ghosted in and nodded past custodian Louis Hawes to give the Bees a dream start. Wakering started to find their passing somewhat as on ten minutes, winger Billy Johnson fired wide. Adlington missed another headed oppurtunity a few minutes later. Wakering couldn’t really ‘find their feet’ going forward and struggled to create the firepower for forwards Nash and Richmond.

What was also apparent though as we approached the half-hour mark was that while it was a physical match which did include some silly challenges at times, the rhythm of the match was broken up to a degree by the referee’s whistle. More on that later, unfortunately.

On 28 minutes, Basildon captain Tommy Barton’s drive was well-kept out by Hawes although it wouldn’t have counted had it gone in. Eight minutes before the break, the Bees were awarded a penalty which forward Marcus Bowers stepped up to take though Hawes did well to save. Could this have been a turning point?

On another day, it might’ve been though Bowers atoned for that miss by slotting home well past Hawes on the cusp of half-time. To be fair, Hawes was the busier goalkeeper by far while the Wakering attack were met by a strong, tough Bees backline.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 2 Basildon Utd

After the break, the bitty nature of the match continued and  as the half went on the home side’s frustrations became more evident, though there were few clear-cut oppurtunities for both sides. It did also turn rather bad-tempered at times to say the least which added to what was a hard afternoon for the referee.

Midway into the second half, Wakering full-back Jason Ring fired wide though you got a sense that unfortunately it was not going to be Rovers’ day. Hawes was in action again with a quarter-hour remaining to first rush out to deny Bowers and then soon after to deny Barton’s close-range shot.

Truth be told, Basildon were the better side today although the match was rather affected by the sheer amount of bookings (at least a dozen, frankly it was tough to keep track of them towards the end) which included a late dismissal for Basildon midfielder Skeels. Fortunately, it didn’t decide the match as such which the Bees will be delighted to have won. Wakering were below-par here and will no doubt look to use today as a marker to improve on after the festive break.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 2 Basildon Utd

Teams

Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Jimmy Cook, Scott Pethers (Capt), Robert Whitnell, Sam Carter (Jake Gordon 67′) Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Jay Nash (Stephen Butterworth 57), Neil Richmond (Nathan Dewberry 77′), Aaron Russell

Subs Not Used: Yuill

Basildon Utd

Connor Wheatley (GK), Jamie Selby-Knight, Chris Charlery, George Whitby, Darren Phillips, Jack Adlington, Tommy Barton (Capt), Marcus Bowers, Oliver Spooner (Grant Cummings 73′), Kurt Smith

Goal-Scorers: Adlington [1′], Bowers [45′]

Subs Not Used: Willis, Webb, Blackburn, Renew | Sent Off: Skeels (2 bookings)

 

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (8.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start off with a Friday night match at Mile End then touch on all the Saturday action. And there’s a run-down of the results from the Senior League Cup 2nd Round involving Olympian League sides plus a smattering of Olympian League action. How did your side do this weekend? Find out below. Enjoy.

Friday 6th October

Tower Hamlets   3 – 0   West Essex

Venue: Mile End Stadium     |   Attendance: 94

Hamlets produced a good second-half display to win this one at Mile End. Curtis Pond’s brace [59’ & 69’] and substitute Wale Odedoyin’s goal was enough to defeat an under-par West Essex side and give Hamlets their sixth win of the season.

I attended this match and my full match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/report-t-hamlets-3-0-w-essex-esl-6-10-17/

Saturday 6th October

Burnham Ramblers   4 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue: Leslie Field   |    Attendance: 24

Burnham prevailed the second match in succession with this win at Leslie Field. Bradley Morgan gave the hosts the lead on 32 minutes, though Oscar Mendes levelled for Imrul Gazi’s side six minutes later. Burnham restored their lead a minute after that through Julian Bavin and second-half goals from Morgan [50’] and Charlee Hughes [65’] sealed a good day for Lee Hughes’ men.

Enfield 1893  3 – 1   Barkingside  

Venue: The Harlow Arena      |      Attendance: 68

Enfield came from behind to seal a good victory at the Harlow Arena. Jayden Mitchell-Brown gave ‘Side the lead after only two minutes though the hosts turned the tables with goals from Danny Jones [9’] and Andrew Tirivanhu [16’] before James O’Brien got the hosts’ third seven minutes before the break to seal their third win of the campaign.

Hackney Wick   1 – 2   Clapton

Venue: Old Spotted Dog     |        Attendance: 785

Clapton triumphed in the ‘Old Spotted Dog’ derby against tenants Wick, watched by a huge crowd of nearly 800 fans including many of the Clapton Ultras. Jeffrey Cobblah gave the Tons the lead before Hassan Nalbani ‘s penalty put Jon Fowell’s side in command before Jay Hardwick reduced Tolga Dervish’s side’s arrears though Clapton held on to claim their 5th win of the season.

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 4   FC Romania  

Venue: Lower Road   |        Attendance: 59

All the goals came in the second-half as FCR prevailed against out-of-form Hullbridge at Lower Road. Florin Pop gave the Wolves the lead ten minutes after the re-start. Ioan Petresc made it two on 62 minutes though Howard Wright netted to make it 1-2 four minutes later. FCR responded as Pop  [67’] and Petresc [69’] both got their braces and sealed a good day for the visitors.

Ilford   2 – 0   Takeley

Venue: Cricklefield      |     Attendance: 71

Two first-half goals were enough to give Ilford a moreale-boosting success at Cricklefield. James Peagram’s spot-kick on 29 minutes and Paul Oshin’s goal five minutes before the break were enough to give Allan Fenn’s side their sixth win of the campaign.

Sawbridgeworth Town   3 – 3  Woodford Town (2017)

Venue: Crofters End      |     Attendance: 45

Both these sides had to settle for a point in this six-goal cracker at Crofters End. Woodford led until the latter stages as goals from Larry Asare [43’], Andrea Montovani [58’] and a late goal from Jack Grosvenor though Sawbridgworth made it honours even through a brace from defender Matt Frew [7’ & 90’] and an Grosvenor OG [46’].

Southend Manor    0 – 3* (*A-A on 80 mins)     Redbridge     

Venue: Southchurch Park      |     Attendance: 64

I attended this match and the Match Report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/outhend-manor-0-3-redbridge-abandoned-after-80-mins-esl-7-10-17/

Stansted  0 – 1  Basildon Utd

Venue: Hargrave Park           |        Attendance: 78

Basildon narrowly won this encounter at Hargrave Park. Ash Blackburn’s goal a minute before half-time was enough to give the Bees their eighth win in ten league matches this term.

Waltham Forest  0  – 2    Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: Kitchener Road       |     Attendance: 47

A goal in each half saw Wakering to another victory, this time at Kitchener Road. Oliver Woodhouse gave GWR the lead 11 minutes before the break before Jake Gordon made it two nine minutes before the end.

 Saturday 7th October

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

May & Baker E.C  2 – 2   Rayleigh Town

 

Division One

FC Hamlets   4 – 0   Old Chelmsfordians

Shenfield AFC  1 – 1  Harold Hill

 

Division Two

Rochford Town   1 – 1   Upminster

Ryan  5 – 2  Ongar Town

 

Senior League Cup 2nd Round

Basildon Town  1 -1 Newham Utd (Newham won 4-3 on Penalties)

Buckhurst Hill  4 – 5   Frenford  (AET)

Canning Town  2 – 6  White Ensign

Catholic Utd  6 – 0    Epping

Harold Wood Athletic   4 – 2  Galleywood (AET)

Kelvedon Hatch  4 –  0  Snaresbrook

Manford Way    4 – 0   Dagenham Utd

Newbury Forest  0 – 5   Westhamians

Ramsden Scotia   3 – 1    Herongate Athletic

Runwell Sports   1 – 3  Southend Sports

Springfield   2 – 1  Old Southendian

Sungate  1 – 3 Great Baddow

Toby  3 – 1  Hutton

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (1.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. The full fixture programme returned on September 30th, as most ESL sides were in FA Vase action last weekend. After the updated ESL table, there’s a run-down of the results from the Essex Olympian League Premier Division, Division One & Division Two. How did your side do this time around? Find out below. Enjoy.

Saturday 30th September

Barkingside  1 –  1 Sawbridgeworth Town

Venue: Cricklefield   | Attendance: 48

Barkingside came from behind late-on to hold a determined but depleted Sawbridgeworth side to a draw at Cricklefield. Debutant Billy Skinner put the hosts ahead on the half-hour. Despite increasing pressure from the hosts towards the end of the match, it did look at though Town might have held on although they missed two or three good chances themselves. It wasn’t to be though as substitute Gareth Jones slotted home well to give Michael Walther’s side a point.

I attended this match and my full match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/report-barkingside-1-1-sawbridgeworth-esl-30-9-17/

Basildon Utd   3 – 0    Tower Hamlets 

Venue: The Hive        |      Attendance: 95

Basildon ended Hamlets’ recent good league run at the Hive. Hot-shot Marcus Bowers did the damage for Marc Harrison’s side as his first-half hat-trick (7’,15’, 35’) sealed the Bees’ seventh win of the season thus far. Hamlets host Ilford on Monday night hoping for a better result.

Great Wakering Rovers    4 – 0     FC Romania

Venue: Burroughs Park      |      Attendance: 63

Wakering produced an excellent display to defeat FCR at Burroughs Park. Hot-shot Neil Richmond scored another super hat-trick (2’4’ and 87’) to set Iain O’Connell’s side on their way. Substitute Stephen Butterworth added the other goal with 13 minutes left.

Hackney Wick   1 – 2    Stansted

Venue: Old Spotted Dog     |        Attendance: 33

Stansted picked up a narrow win at the OSD. Jayden Hocking-Rising got the opener for his new club, while the visitors; winner was a late OG. Robert Gewada got Wick’s reply.

Redbridge  6 – 1     Hullbridge Sports

Venue: Oakside    |        Attendance: 50

Redbridge inflicted a heavy defeat on Hullbridge at Oakside. Brian Moses opened the scoring from the spot on 14 minutes. Lindsipho Mytanda doubled that lead four minutes before defender Jonathan Mbamarah made it three on 31 minutes. Hullbridge pulled one back through youngster Damien Siemienczuk seven minutes after the re-start, though the Motormen more than secured the points with second-half goals from Reside Coxi-Sebastfao (68’), substitute Billy Golledge (82’) and Moses’ second four minutes from time.

Southend Manor   3 – 2     Waltham Forest   

Venue: Southchurch Park      |     Attendance: 56

Manor came back superbly to grab only their second win this term at Southchurch Park. Edgar Morais and Mo Sagaf’s goals put Forest in command though Michael Hopkins pulled one back on 65 minutes before late goals from Alfie Lindfield (86’) and Lee Scott (88’) completed the comeback and the points for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 4  Woodford Town (2017)

Venue: Mile End Stadium           |        Attendance: 30

Woodford upset Bengal with an excellent performance at Mile End Stadium. Larry Asare put the visitors ahead on 17 minutes before Asher Modeste’s goal five minutes before the break doubled the lead. Town made it three thanks to Bradley Kauzani on the hour. Eaia Embalo got one back for Bengal five minutes from time though Andrea Montovani secured the points for the visitors a minute from time.

 Takeley   2 – 0   Clapton   

Venue:  Station Road     |        Attendance: 145

Takeley maintained their 100% record with victory over Clapton at Station Road. Stuart Zanone gave Takeley the lead in first-half stoppage-time before Mitchell Das made it two on the hour.

 Wadham Lodge  1 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

Venue: Kitchener Road     |        Attendance: 14

Wadham edged Burnham to record an important win in this bottom-two clash at Kitchener Road. Ben McAllister got the only goal on 25 minutes to give Wadham their second win of the season which sees them off the foot of the table.

West Essex  2 – 1  Enfield 1893

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    |        Attendance: 24

West Essex kept up their good league form with victory at Mayesbrook Park. Tom MacLeod gave the hosts the lead two minutes after the re-start before Michael Mignot added to his increasing goal-tally this season with the second on the hour. Enfield got a consolation through Ryan Cosson three minutes from time.

 

ESL table (following 30th September matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 West Essex 9 7 1 1 9 22
2 Takeley 7 7 0 0 17 21
3 Basildon Utd 8 7 0 1 11 21
4 Great Wakering Rovers 9 6 1 2 14 19
5 Redbridge 9 6 1 2 10 19
6 Sporting Bengal Utd 11 6 1 4 3 19
7 Tower Hamlets 9 5 2 2 11 17
8 Woodford Town (2017) 11 4 2 5 -6 14
9 FC Romania 8 4 1 3 6 13
10 Stansted 10 4 1 5 3 13
11 Barkingside 8 4 1 3 2 13
12 Ilford 9 4 0 5 1 12
13 Clapton 9 3 3 3 0 12
14 Waltham Forest 11 3 2 6 -8 11
15 Hackney Wick 11 3 1 7 -8 10
16 Hullbridge Sports 9 2 3 4 -9 9
17 Sawbridgeworth Town 9 2 2 5 -4 8
18 Southend Manor 6 2 1 3 -2 7
19 Enfield 1893 8 2 0 6 -9 6
20 Wadham Lodge 11 2 0 9 -24 6
21 Burnham Ramblers 10 1 1 8 -17 4

Saturday 30th September

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Catholic Utd  1 – 2    May & Baker E.C.

Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 2  Kelvedon Hatch

Leigh Ramblers 2 – 0  Rayleigh Town

Manford Way  3 – 0   Basildon Town

 

Division One

Galleywood  2 – 1 FC Hamlets

Harold Hill   5 – 2   Newbury Forest

Old Chelmsfordians  3 – 4  Shenfield AFC

Old Southendian  1 – 3  Great Baddow

Runwell Sports   1 – 2    Hutton

Snaresbrook  1 – 3   Sungate

 

Division Two

Newham Utd  0 – 0   A1 Sports

Ongar Town  6 – 1  Ryan

Ramsden Scotia   4 – 3    Toby

Rayleigh Town Res.  5 – 2   Herongate Athletic

Upminster    0 – 1    Rochford Town

 

If you missed last week’s ESL & EOFL round-up (24.9.17) , you can view it here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/esl-fa-v-2qr-eofl-r-up-24-9-17/

My match this weekend was in the FA Vase 2QR: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/match-report-w-essex-1-2-gwr-fav/    

 

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: https://andywilkinsnonleague.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/hullbridge-sports-2-6-barkingside-fc/

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: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/report-w-essex-2-0-burnham-esl/

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

2017-18 FA Cup Preliminary Round: Preview

Written by Peter D & Scott W

This weekend sees ten ESL sides compete in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round. The winners of each tie are awarded £1,925 and will make the First Qualifying Round of this year’s competition. Here are Peter and Scott’s thoughts on the upcoming ties:-

Saturday 19th August (3pm KO’s)

Clapton v Norwich Utd      Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Peter: The Tons welcome Bostik North side Norwich United to The Old Spotted Dog for what could be a potential ‘cupset’ here as the Tons are more than useful whilst the visitors sit bottom of their league after two defeats from two, however they will surely be a tough test for the home side still although I feel if you factor the travel and unfamiliar surroundings for the visitors, this may count against them and I can see the hosts pulling off a shock here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: Jon Fowell’s Tons welcome Isthmian North Norwich Utd to the Old Spotted Dog. Clapton have been inconsistent form-wise in league & cup so far though Norwich will be looking for a morale-boosting win though Steve Eastaugh’s men will need to be ‘on-the-ball’ as their hosts may well fancy this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Grays Athletic  v  Redbridge    Venue: Parkside

Peter: Parkside hosts Bostik North Grays against Redbridge and the visitors come into this cup-tie off form after two straight defeats without scoring in the league.  Grays have won one and lost one so far in the Bostik North however they should have enough I feel to see off the Motormen here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Jamie Stuart’s side welcome ESL side Redbridge to Parkside. Grays will see this as a winnable tie though will be conscious of the Motormen’s forward line which could make this one a tricky match. For Redbridge, it’ll be interesting how they perform after a largely inconsistent start to the ESL, and the new artificial pitch at Parkside might also be a factor in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Great Yarmouth Town  v  Basildon Utd     Venue: Sandown Road

Peter: The Bees travel to the Norfolk coast to take on Great Yarmouth Town full of confidence after a more than decent start to their campaign.  Basildon saw off Walsham-le-Willows in the last round and come up against a Yarmouth side who lost 4-1 at Godmanchester Rovers in midweek.  However, the hosts did thrash Diss Town 5-0 at home in the last round so can score goals so this will prove a tough test for Marc Harrison’s side.  I feel the fact that Basildon are staying in the area Friday evening will help their preparation even more and this will help see them to a marvellous victory I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Basildon make the long trip to Norfolk to take on ECL Premier Great Yarmouth Town at Sandown Road. The hosts are currently mid-table in their division, having played two matches. Basildon have started their ESL campaign well, and it’ll be interesting to see what effect their preparation for the match will have.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 1

 

Ilford v Haverhill Borough       Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Ilford hosts Thurlow Nunn Haverhill Borough hoping they can bounce back from their midweek loss at Burnham Ramblers although they can look towards the visitors’ league form this season which is played three, lost three, however Borough’s only win this season came in the FA Cup at Enfield 1893 so Ilford should be mindful of this.  But I can see the Foxes getting the result here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: Ilford welcome ECL Premier side Haverhill Borough to Cricklefield. Ilford’s start to the ESL has been inconsistent though they will want to respond well following their loss in midweek. In contrast, Borough have lost all three of their matches so far in the ECL Premier though they did knock out Enfield 1893 in the last round of the FA Cup.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Long Melford  v  FC Romania        Venue: Stoneylands

Peter: Hosts Melford have only picked up one point from three league games however their only win was against Hackney Wick although they were lucky to win that one.  FC Romania on the other hand have won all their league games so far although needed a replay to defeat Waltham Forest in the last round. Despite the hosts having home advantage I still believe the visitors will have too much for the Suffolk side.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: FC Romania travel to the Suffolk/Essex border to take on Long Melford at Stoneylands after knocking out Waltham Forest in their EPR replay in midweek. Long Melford haven’t won yet in the ECL Premier though they did knock out ESL newcomers Hackney Wick in the last round. Given the firepower they have in their side, FCR could very well prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Potters Bar Town  v  West Essex     Venue: Pakex Stadium

Peter:  West Essex’s terrific away record so far this season will be put under immense pressure as they travel to take on Bostik North side Potters Bar Town.  The hosts have started the season well, winning both their games so far and averaging two goals a game in the process, and having home advantage as well I feel they will probably have just much for the high-flying ESL outfit.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: An intriguing tie sees Isthmian North newcomers Potters Bar take on ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Both sides have started their respective seasons well. West Essex will be looking to get to the First Qualifying Round in their first-ever FA Cup campaign which would be a fabulous achievement, should they prevail here. Potters Bar will be looking to continue the ‘winning habit’ and being at home may give them an edge.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

Southend Manor v Gorleston         Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor welcome another Norfolk side to Southchurch Park after they defeated Wroxham there in the last round, however in Gorleston the challenge proves even tougher as the Thurlow Nunn side have won four of their five competitive outings so far, scoring fifteen times in the process, with their only defeat coming against big-spending Stowmarket Town last time out.  Manor have had a steady start to the campaign but are finding goals hard to come by and this was a problem in defeat to ESL leaders Takeley in midweek when they rued missed opportunities in defeat. This will be a tight contest however I see the Norfolk side progressing in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Manor welcome ECL Premier side Gorleston in another interesting tie at Southchurch Park. Manor edged out the visitors’ divisional rivals Wroxham in the last round, though with Gorleston starting their league season well, this may be a sterner test for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Scott’s Prediction:  0 – 1

 

Tower Hamlets v Takeley               Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hamlets are a far tougher nut to crack this season and they will give Takeley a game – no doubt about that, however the hosts struggled to beat a poor FC Broxbourne Borough side in the last round and are yet to record a league win.  Takeley on the other hand, have won all five competitive games this season although their midweek win against Manor was a tad fortunate, but they will surely have too much for Hamlets in the end and will progress I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Hamlets welcome ESL early high-flyers Takeley to Mile End. Although Hamlets haven’t won in the ESL yet this term, they do look a stronger outfit compared to last season, though Takeley are unbeaten in all competitions thus far and will take some stopping here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury   v  Hullbridge Sports     Venue: Stanstead Abbotts

Peter: The Sunday game sees Hullbridge travel to Hertfordshire to take on Spartan South Midlands side St Margaretsbury.  The hosts have lost both their league games so far and sit bottom on goals conceded whilst Sports have picked up two wins in all competitions this season including a 5-1 hammering of Ipswich Wanderers in the last round.  St Margaretsbury’s only win came against Burnham Ramblers in the last round when they fought back from 2-1 down to win in stoppage time and they hope to repeat that feat against another ESL side.  However I feel Sports will have just enough to see off the hosts.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: On Sunday, Hullbridge travel to Stanstead Abbotts following their impressive win over Ipswich Wanderers in the last round. St Margetsbury edged out Hullbridge’s ESL compatriots Burnham in the last round and will be in for another tough one here. Hullbridge have found some form of late, particularly in front of goal and if that continues here they may have the edge.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

As always, my thanks to Peter for his contribution to these Preview pieces.

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 and on his website featuring regular results round-ups & match reports at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl/ 

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14