Guest Blog 22/23: Essex Alliance Lge & Cups (Sat 8 Oct) [EAL 22-23 10.10.22]

Hello and welcome to the ninth week of the season in the Essex Alliance League, as well as action in the Essex Premier Cup in which EAL sides represent the League in the inter-divisional competition. My thanks in advance to the EAL’s Rob Parker. Thank you for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

With Introduction & additional reporting by Scott W


Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 10 October

FENTON CUP

The Fenton Cup action continued on Saturday and FC Baresi continued their excellent league form into the cup competition with a comprehensive 10 – 1 victory away at Premier Division side, Barkingside Under 23s. Tyreece Robinson scored a hat-trick for Baresi with Raymond Poku and Paul Benfield both scoring twice. Nicola Rapacchiani, Korede Da Silva and Umaru Kabia netted the others, Leo Gaspar scored the ‘Side consolation.

FENTON TROPHY

The Under 23s of FC Baresi followed the lead of their first team counterparts as they also ran in double figures in the Trophy competition, defeating Avondale Rangers in a 12 – 2 scoreline. Adam Friend and Jake Clarke both scored for Rangers but four Hamza Hafesji goals in reply for the hosts, plus goals from David Poirier (2), Zaahir Patel (2), Marco Perkola, Abbas Osman, Junior Ouattara and Adam Patel were plenty enough to secure their place in the next round. In the day’s other tie in the competition, it was an in-form Ilford Reserves side who played host to Division Four’s Collier Row Wheels, both sides having made decent starts in their respective competitions. But the Foxes avoided any kind of slip up with a 4 – 0 home win to put themselves through to the next round.

SENIOR DIVISION

With cup football top of the agenda for many this week, Sporting Hackney took full advantage to move to within two points of the leading sides as they returned home from Rapid Chingford with all three points in a 6 – 1 success. Tyler Springer and Percival Winter both bagged a brace with Joel Akuwudike and Richard Balogun goals rendering Andrei Boga’s effort as just consolation. FC Petrocub also took the chance to shut the gap on the sides above them as the fifth placed side put a 6 – 1 win of their own on the board with a terrific performance away at mid-table Walthamstow Reserves at Wadham Lodge. Ion Spinu came off the bench to score a hat-trick, adding to goals from Nicolai Gutu, Vasilica-Cristinel Ilie and Nicolai Cotruta.

It was a hat-trick of away wins in the division when Brimsdown ran out victors at Fairlop Oak against Blue Marlin, the Hertfordshire based side cruising to a 5 – 1 success to take maximum points back home with them. Cory Rose & Jason Rice both notched twice for Brimsdown with Sterlange Nzeza also scoring to secure the win which saw Brimsdown move up to sixth in the standings as they continue their quest for an immediate return to senior football.

PREMIER DIVISION EAST

Four sides remain with a perfect record at the top end of the Premier Division East standings with Fairlop Rovers top on goal difference following their 6-1 success on Saturday, beating Freetown 6 – 1 to make it three from three. Donald Adaakwah scored the ‘Town goal but his efforts proved in vain as his side remain in the hunt for their first points.

Chingford Athletic’s strong start has seen them make it three wins from three in the league also as they beat a struggling Wapping side 5-1 at Castle Green to stay in touch with the leaders. Harry Rouse scored a hat-trick with Mario-Angelino Lipetz and Dylan Scutt goals carrying them to victory, Juber Ahmed the scorer for the hosts with their consolation. Sitting third but only by the virtue of goal difference, RCXI are also on nine points and put their third league win on the board on Saturday with victory in the Newbury Park derby as they beat Cowley Community 3-1 with Ayo Matthews scoring twice and Daniel Williams once. Rajpal Bumbra scored the Cowley goal in reply, the visitors remaining in mid-table.

Waltham Abbey A bounced back well from defeat last time out to move fifth in the standings after recording a second win in three, beating London Park City 2 – 1 at Seven Kings School over the weekend. Alexandru Gheorghe scored for City but it was the Abbey who ran out winners by the odd goal in the end to extend their decent start.

PREMIER DIVISION WEST

There are new leaders in the West division as North East Lions took full advantage of results around them to move top by a point following an away victory against G7 in east London. A goal apiece from Jae Smith and Alex Zambrano off the bench done the damage as Lions were 2 – 0 winners on the day to put themselves top. That outcome was made possible after CSM London put their second successive league win on the board, defeating the previous leaders, AEK London, over at Mabley Green. Ali Jalo & Tay Chambers got the goals for CSM here. After three wins on the bounce last month, October has been tough for AEK so far with a draw last weekend followed by a 2 – 0 defeat to CSM this weekend.

Priory Park Rangers are another side to take full advantage of the matters around them as the Marshes based outfit recorded a third win to remain unbeaten, defeating Soul in a 6-2 scoreline to move second. Shepdherd Ndlovu has led the way so far for his side this season and he scored four more, adding to strikes from Ali Salama and Deri Fnu. Another side to make strong progress on Saturday were Wanstead who travelled to East Ham on Saturday to face Athletic Newham Under 23s and returned with their first maximum point haul in the league this season, winning 3 – 0. That result saw the visitors leap up to sixth place in the standings and just two points behind the side above them.


DIVISION ONE

There are some big battles ahead in Division One where at least two sides are making waves at the top, Unitey presently leading the way on goal difference after they put five goals past Atholl without reply on Saturday to record a 5 – 0 win. Devontae Young, Chris Tshimanga, Bubintende Masadi and Akhlad Miah all netted for their side to keep their top form going. Newham Wanderers are treading heel to heel with their rivals at the top and came through a stern test away at Forest Green to take home all three points. Wanderers were 3-0 winners, making it three wins from three with Addae Paponette, Robertson Morais and Manuel Sanuo all netting for the visitors.

Sitting three points further back, Redbridge Community’s first home game of the season saw the visit of Old Esthameians make the short journey to Mayfield but it was the hosts who made the most of their homecoming, earning themselves a 6 – 1 win on the day. Frankie Francis led the way with two goals for the victors, Jahsial Weekes, Michael Kiflezgji, Akiljo Balliu & Merrill Appiah also were on target. That was Redbridge’s second win of the season, moving third with six points.

DIVISION TWO

In Division Two, it’s as you were at the top end of the table with Snaresbrook making it four wins from four, returning home from Chadwell Heath Spartans Reserves with all three points in a 3 – 0 success at Hainault Rec. George Bacon, Ife Ogunbayo and Chris Huggins were the men on target to ensure the continuation of their perfect start. Rainham Phoenix have risen back up to second spot and trail the leaders by three points as they took maximum points from their trip to Old Barkabbeyans on Saturday. The Billys, Humphries and Broadbridge, were both on the scoresheet, Sean Tormey scoring the other as Rainham won the game 3 – 0.

It was a good afternoon for St Francis who got their first win of the season over the weekend as they took three points in their clash with Barking Potters at Castle Green, moving up to fifth with an 8 – 2 win. Teyon Weston was the hero scoring four while Ahmed Zaghloul scored twice and one each from Godwill Kumpana and Aley Khaled finished things off for the Saints.

DIVISION THREE

Newbury East remain the leaders at the top of Division Three, staying a point clear following the weekend’s efforts as they defeated Melbourne Sports at Oaks Park in a 6-2 scoreline. That saw East record a fourth league success of the season, along with their draw, to remain as one of two unbeaten sides in the division. The other unbeaten side are Chingford Harriers who trail by a point but have a game in hand on the leaders following their strong win against another top half side, Jolof Sports Reserves. Andrew Bowring and Grant Coy were the scorers for Harriers as they overcame their east London rivals to win the game 2 – 1.

Promoted Dagenham United Reserves are up into third spot as they leapt above their weekend opponents, Flyers Under 21s, in a heavily congested middle area of the table. Lewis Bennett and Isa Khan both scored twice with Peter Runham accredited with the other as their United side won 5 – 0 at King Georges. Just behind Dagenham sit Frenford A who are now up to fourth after a successful home performance against Romford Under 21s at The Drive which saw them win 5 – 1. Two Kyran Chiedozie goals plus efforts from James Rowlatt, Adam Andrade and Kishawn James done the damage with Eugenio Balde netting the Romford reply.

Buckhurst Way returned to winning league form on Saturday with a solid home performance in a home victory against Football Club of Riverside. Way were 4 – 0 winners at Bancrofts as George Martin, Tom Richardson, Dolapo Gbadamosi and Myles Croxford all struck with goals to see their side move up to sixth in the standings.


DIVISION FOUR

Inter London have closed the gap at the top to just three points following the weekend’s results as they made a successful trip to league leaders, West Essex Under 23s, returning home with all three points in a 3 – 1 success. Ace Soyemi, Nasser Salum and Fahad Abdallah scored the Inter goals to overcome a Ciaran Farrell-Christian strike for West. Results around them also allowed Romford Under 19s to move in touch with the sides above them, recording a 3-1 away win of their own, defeating Fairlop Rovers Reserves at Fairlop Oak. Abel Woldergiorgis scored twice with Oskar Plusa also on the scoresheet to make it two wins from three for Romford.

There was a ten goal thriller in the six-pointer affecting the bottom end of the table where two winless sides, Newham & Havering Borough and Old Esthameians Reserves, met in Rainham. An incredible game eventually saw Old E’s walk away with the points as they won 6 – 4 on the day to pick up their first win of the season, moving off the bottom of the table in the process. The division’s remaining game saw second placed London APSA Under 23s at home to their Flyers Under 23 counterparts in Barkingside, the sides going into the game with three points between them. That gap remained by full-time as neither side could trouble the scorers, the game ending in a 0-0 scoreless draw to take a point each.


COUNTY CUP

There was tremendous success for the league in the county cup competitions, starting with the London Senior Trophy where Jolof Sports faced a difficult first round tie against higher league opposition, facing Thurlow Nunn League side Tower Hamlets at Mile End Stadium. With the game ending level 1 – 1, it was Jolof who took the honours, winning the shootout 4-3 to go through.

It was also a winning start in the competition for Crookz United who were also on the road with a trip to Redbridge Reserves of the Essex Senior League Reserve Division Two. But Crookz were in fine goal scoring form and recorded a thumping 6 – 0 away win to book a spot in round two.

In the BBC Essex Premier Cup, all bar one tie went the way Essex Alliance League sides with last season’s finalists, Woodford East, overcoming a tricky first round trip to the coast, coming away 3 – 2 winners at Old Southendian to ensure their safe passage to round two. The longest trip was made by Chadwell Heath Spartans who travelled up the A12 to Essex & Suffolk Border League opponents, Tiptree Heath. A seven goal thriller went the way of Spartans as they edged through 4 – 3 and now face an even longer trip to West Bergholt next month!

There was more away day success for Frenford Development who made the trip down the A406 to Beckton to face Essex Olympian League side, Canning Town. A close game ensued between two sides similarly placed in their respective leagues but it was Frenford who went through, winning 3-2 on the day.

Completing a quarter of away wins for EAL sides, Dagenham United had a fruitful trip to West Thurrock where they took an Essex Senior League side Grays Athletic Reserves in a later kick-off. The Dagenham side came through by the odd goal, winning 2 – 1 to book a place in round three.

Extra-time was needed at May & Baker EC Reserves where the hosts were facing up to Thurlow Nunn visitors in the form of Halstead Town Reserves. With the game level at full-time, the extra thirty minutes saw Jimmy Donald’s side to win 4 – 2 and secure passage into the next round.

The only loss of the round came in the game at Fairlop Oak where it took an extra thirty minutes to eventually separate Oakside from Harold Wood Athletic, the visitors winning the game 2 – 1 in extra time to progress on.

In the AFA Intermediate Cup, the league had representation in the form of Lymore Gardens Reserves who faced a trip to south east London to face West Wickham 3rds. In a game of five goals, Lymore returned empty handed as their interest in the competition ended following a 3-2 defeat.

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Guest Blog: Essex Alliance Lge (Sat 24 Sept) [EAL 22-23 26.9.22]

Hello and welcome to the round-up of the action in the Essex Alliance League, from Saturday 17 September which includes the EAL action & representatives in the Essex Premier Cup.

My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. Thank you for reading.


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Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League Round-up – Saturday 24 September

SENIOR DIVISION

The final week of September action saw a busy schedule which began in midweek with two big results affecting matters in the top half. Woodford East were in good form as they secured all three points with a home success against Chadwell Heath Spartans at The Hive. Billy Barr, Frank Glock, Matthew Stacey, Harry Robinson and Lucio Uare all netted to cancel out Spartan goals from Peter Adeleye and Joseph Butcher in a 5 – 2 East victory. Up at Wormley Playing Fields, Brimsdown were action with a home clash against visitors Oakside with four points separating the sides going into the game under the lights. A closely fought game was settled by one moment in the game Olalekan Ayeketi fired in a strike from distance to hand his Brimsdown side a crucial 1-0 success to keep them in touch.

The Friday night action was an exhilarating affair as Blue Marlin shocked league high fliers, Lymore Gardens, by racing into a 3-0 lead on the night. Garden then fought back to level but Blue Marlin scored a fourth to lead once again before the hosts incredibly netted twice to eventually win a thriller 5 – 4. George Dwobeng scored two with Gaston Mendy, Andre Rashford and Adam Tebbani also on the scoresheet for Lymore, a result which saw them move clear at the top. That lead was short lived however as FC Baresi moved back level on points and top on goal difference as they picked up a superb win in a local derby contest against Walthamstow Reserves at Wadham Lodge. Paul Benfield has been in good form and he struck four goals on the day, adding to efforts from Raymond Poku and Tyreece Robertson in a comprehensive 6 – 0 success.

Jolof Sports’ start to the season has seen them climb to fourth after six games, despite a slightly indifferent start. They now sit three points off the leaders after a solid victory at fellow contenders, Brimsdown in Wormley. Goals from Bogdan Ursica and from substitute Ahma Seye were enough on the day for the east London based side to record a 2-1 win. The hosts responded through Napier Brown’s goal here. It’s now five games unbeaten for Sporting Hackney following their lateral move this season and they put another 4 -1 success on the board this weekend, repeating last week’s feat, this time seeing off the efforts of May & Baker EC Reserves at Barking & Dagenham College. Tyler Springer, Karim Bukleb, Liam O’Hara and Ross Murphy were on the scoresheet to render Aaron Blake’s goal as just consolation.

FC Petrocub’s first win of the calendar month saw them move to four wins for the season on Saturday as they entertained Dagenham United at Noak Hill. The hosts bounced back well from a heavy defeat in their last outing to win the game 2-0, moving up to fifth place and just four points off the pace at the top. After three winless games at the start of the campaign, Frenford Development have reversed their fortunes with three successive wins now as they returned home from Lakeside once again with all three points, defeating Chadwell Heath Spartans 3 – 1. Elie Fanga struck for Spartans but that proved insufficient as Tiwa Osifuwa, Carlos Barahona and Joel Opara goals proved enough for Frenford.

Following Frenford up the table are Kit Out London who made the trip to Walthamstow on Saturday to take on Crookz United at Peter May, three points between the sides going into the game. That was extended to six by full time however as Huge Amaral, Alex Solomon, Mirko Zanco and David Rista goals carried Kit Out through to a 4 – 2 win and home with all three points. Over in Hainault, two of the sides in action from midweek continued their respective fortunes with visitors Woodford East following up their big win in midweek with another this time out against Oakside. Lorrell Dawkins scored twice off the bench with William Letchford, Harry Robinson, Callum Maltese and Lucio Uare goals seeing their East side win comfortably 6 – 0.


PREMIER DIVISION (WEST)

It’s been a terrific start for AEK London in the second tier as they made it three wins from three so far in the league but they did face a stern task on Saturday, edging a close game against G7 to secure maximum points. AEK were the scorers of the only goal of the game, winning 1 – 0 to stay clear at the top by a couple of points. Fellow new side, Priory Park Rangers, are the side giving chase at the moment and sit second edging a very close game against third placed North East Lions. Shane Thomas and Nester Boansi netted for the Lions but an unbeaten Priory Park side had just enough to scored three of their own to win this top of the table battle 3-2.

After defeat in their opening game, Leyton City bounced back in terrific fashion with a Jahvarn Steward inspired performance as he netted six goals in a 10-3 success against Tower United. Adam Rowe scored twice with Benjamin Matengulu and Mateus Furieri netting the others to overcome two Abdi Mohamed goals and an Abdullah Jama goal. In the East Ham derby game, co-tenants Athletic Newham Under 23s and London Cranes renewed their battles from last season in a closely fought contest at Flanders on Saturday afternoon. It was just a single goal to separate these sides and Oscar Innocent was guilty of that important moment, netting for London Cranes to make it two wins from three for the visitors.

DIVISION ONE

Newham Wanderers are Division One’s early leaders in the third tier as they picked up win number two at the weekend, returning from Parmiters with all three points following a 3 – 2 success against Atholl. Goals from Ismail Assoufi, Robertson Morais and Mahein Zaman were the difference to edge the game and continue their perfect start. Over in Newbury Park, Old Esthameians reversed their fortunes from their opening day defeat to pick up a first win of the season, defeating Renegade 4-2 to move into the top half. Deimar Cardoso scored twice in his first appearance for the visitors but those goals were in vain as Old E’s four goal haul took them to the win.

DIVISION TWO

In Division Two, it’s Snaresbrook who are setting the pace at the top and made it three wins on the bounce on Saturday though faced a challenge from a winless Barking Potters side so far. ‘Brook were 4-1 winners though as Scott Hill, George Bacon, Sean Ashman and Emile Kwame goals put them on the road to success once again. Old Barkabbeyans were on cloud nine following a huge 9 – 1 away win against Lymore Gardens Reserves, coming out on top following a terrific performance. Michael Ryder’s early season goal form saw him add a hat-trick, Josh Robinson and Dre Ferlisi both scoring twice with Fabio Balde and Robbie Osborne netting the others to earn maximum points for their side, moving third in the process. Warren Isoka’s goal was little consolation as the Lymore second-side was well-beaten.

It was a day for bounce back wins as another of the division’s sides, FC Baresi Under 23s, improved from their opening travails to beat Royal Forest in a 4-3 scoreline on Saturday. Hamza Hafesji scored twice with Junior Ouattara and Joshua Adu both netting to help last season’s double winners to their first win of the new campaign. Forest’s goals came via Joe Meader’s double and Frank Carver. And it was a similar storyline for Woodford East Reserves who produced a terrific performance to end Rainham Phoenix’s perfect start so far, winning 3 – 1 at the Marshes. Sam Springall scored for Rainham but his goal proved just consolation as Harry Carter, Owen McKelvey and Will Osmond all found the back of the net for the Peacocks to earn a first victory of the season.

DIVISION THREE

Things are tight at the top of Division Three where Newbury East hold a single point lead over the chasing pack following a very close game against Romford Under 21s. A Junior Milla hat-trick set them on their way with Mohammed Hussain and Sehraan Hussain goals taking them to a 5 – 3 win against a Romford side making their debut in the competition. It’s two wins from two for promoted Chingford Harriers this season, another impressive outing, particularly in the second half, seeing them take maximum points in a 4-0 win at home to Melbourne Sports. Daniel Taylor, Grant Coy, Seun Lasile and Gerard O’Hara all scored for Harriers to continue their perfect start to the season.

Just outside of the promotion places on goal difference are Jolof Sports Reserves who took their winning record to two from two themselves, beating Buckhurst Way in a 5-2 home success. Derek Adu and Ronald Asante both scored twice with Noah Chesmain notching the other to give their Jolof side the best possible start. Despite an opening defeat, Frenford A have got their first points on the board after a good win at home on Saturday against Dagenham United Reserves at The Drive. Ricky Brown and Isa Khan both notched for United but those efforts were superseded by Frenford goals from Reece Morley, Isima Iguisi, Adam Andrade and Kishawn James in a 5-2 win.

Flyers Under 21s are also on the board with a first success following promotion to Division Three, bouncing back well from their initial reverse to secure a win this time out, beating Football Club of Riverside 1-0 over at King George’s. That result saw them shootout up to the cusp of the top half while their opposition remain in search of their first points.

DIVISION FOUR

Three sides share top spot in Division Four where present leaders, Collier Row Wheels, suffered a first reverse of the season at the hands of Inter London, themselves picking up a first win of the season to go against the form guide. Fahad Abdullah scored twice and Okey Obialo once to set Inter on their way, overcoming two Luke Woodgate goals in the process in a 3 – 2 scoreline. That result enabled West Essex Under 23s to go level, trailing just by goal difference, after they made it two wins from two with a high scoring success against Avondale Rangers. Javen Cole scored a hat-trick with Gabriel Morlova and Franky Okoko also notching in a 5-3 win, overcoming Rangers goals from Jake Clarke, Joe Powell and Phillip Heinen.

London APSA Under 23s have also accrued six points from their opening fixtures and that was aided by a terrific 5-2 home win on Saturday against Romford Under 19s in Barkingside. Reda El Ghaibouz continued his scoring form with a four goal haul, David Gokou-Siakouri netting the other to hand APSA all three points. Emerson & Upminster Reserves put their first three point haul on the board, responding well to defeat in their first game to take a win this time away at Newham & Havering Borough. Courtney Linton netted for Borough but Emerson goals from Gordon Archie, Tyler Huggett and Billy Warner saw the points head back with the visitors in a 3-1 scoreline.

The league was completed over at Fairlop Oak where the reserves of Fairlop Rovers and Old Esthameians met with the hosts producing a strong performance in their first outing of the year. Fairlop were 6 – 1 winners on the day to shoot straight into the top half of the table, sitting fourth, while Old E’s continue their quest for points.

COUNTY CUP

There were some great results for EAL clubs in the county cup competitions over the weekend with Division One side Ilford Reserves producing a cup shock to knock out Premier Division’s Freetown from the Essex Junior Cup. The young Foxes were 7-0 winners to take their place in the next round where they now face Collier Row. Waltham Abbey A also produced a solid display as they took out Mid Essex League top flight opposition in the form of Blackmore to make the second round. The Abbotts were 3-1 winners on their travels, booking a trip up to Sheering in the next round of the competition.

There was also a cup shock at Wanstead Flats where Division One side Something From Nothing were up against it with the visit of last season’s double winners, Belfry. A close game saw SFN produce a terrific display and ultimately came out on the right side of a 3-2 win to knock out their higher league opposition. It was also a good for Aveley Under 23s who started their cup quest with a home fixture against Emerson & Upminster, coming through that local derby with a win under their belts, the Millers winning 4-2 to set up a home clash against Unitey next month.

Cowley Community, last season’s Trophy finalists, kept their county cup form in good shape following elevation to the Cup and came through narrow winners in an all-EAL derby fixture, beating London Park City 2 – 1 at Fords to progress to a home tie against Leytonstone United.

Another all-EAL tie at Fords saw hosts RC XI up against fellow Premier Division level side CSM London. It was a triumph for the “West” side in the game as CSM London completed a 3 – 1 win and will now face a local derby in the next round with a trip to London Cranes. Barkingside Under 23s complete the action in the first round and it will be a day they might want to forget as their participation came to an end at home against EOFL side Collier Row at Nutter Lane. Row were solid 6 – 0 winners to end ‘Side participation and progress forwards themselves.

In the day’s only Essex Junior Trophy action, Collier Row Reserves completed a Row double against EAL sides as they ended Glendale’s participation in the competition for another season, defeating the Dales in a 4-0 win at Fairlop Oak.

The London Junior Cup action saw a clean sweep for our league sides with Unitey producing a cup giant killing as the Division One side hosted and defeated an out of sorts Wapping side to put them name into the hat for the next round, winning 5 – 2 on the day. Soul are into the hat for the second round but had to overcome a tough battle with fellow east London side Adamant to secure their place, coming through in a shootout victory after the game had ended 3-3 at full-time.

It was a similar story for Rapid Chingford as the Senior Division side were taken all the way by Premier Division Wanstead with that game also ending in a 3-3 scoreline. Rapid held their nerve to book their place in the next round, winning the penalty shootout. The final game of the day saw a win for Division One’s Forest Green in yet another all-EAL fixture, the hosts seeing off St Francis from Division Two over in Leyton to make their own progress through, 5-2 the winning scoreline for Green on the day.

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Guest Blog 22/23: Essex Alliance Lge (Wed 24-Sat 27 Aug) [EAL 22/23 30.8.22]

Hello and welcome to the third week season in the Essex Alliance League, as the Senior Division continued last weekend, with the other divisions due to start next month. My thanks in advance to the EAL’s Rob Parker, as ever.. Thank you for reading

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

With Introduction & additional reporting by Scott W

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Wednesday 25 – Saturday 27 August

Frenford Dev v Spartans from Thurs night (Image by Scott W)

SENIOR DIVISION

Another busy week in the Essex Alliance League saw three fixtures in midweek where, firstly, FC Baresi moved to the top of the standings on Wednesday night as they took on fellow unbeaten side Oakside in their game at Wodson Park. Jahvid Irish struck for ‘Side but a quintet of goals from Tyreece Robertson, Edson Lami, Munnir Saad, Paul Benfield and Raymond Poku gave Baresi a 5 – 1 success.

Some rare Thursday night action took place at The Drive where Chadwell Heath Spartans secured their first win of the campaign against Frenford Development in a terrific contest. A terrific Jamie Pooley goal and Samir Aboulainaf effort gave Spartans a 2-0 lead at the break before a wonderful Wisley Baltazar goal from range brought Frenford back in it, only for Daniel Wheeler to net late on and make it 3-1 to the visitors. Non-League writer Scott W was there here’s his report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/08/26/s22-23-match-report-frenford-dev-1-3-chadwell-heath-spartans-thurs-25-aug-eal/

On Friday night, it was a great night for Lymore Gardens under the lights of Coles Park as they peppered the Kit Out London goal to record an 8 – 0 success and remain unbeaten. Tyrique Peters, Andre Rashford and Adam Tebbani all scored twice each with Inarhu Martin and George Dwobeng goals giving their side the points in comprehensive fashion.

Saturday’s action saw FC Petrocub go top of the table after four games as they took maximum points from their home game against Oakside in Noak Hill. The hosts were 4 – 0 winners on the day to make it three wins from four from their solid start to the season. Just behind the leaders, by a single point, Brimsdown sit second after their opening four games, remaining unbeaten too as they recorded an opening 2 – 0 victory against Crookz United in their first competitive home match at Wormley Playing Fields. Jacob Wint scored twice, netting both of this sides’ goals as they recorded win number two this season.

Walthamstow Reserves also remain unbeaten after three games as their second win of the season was wrapped up with a hard fought 3 – 2 win at Wadham Lodge, defeating winless Rapid Chingford in the process. Dragos Aenasoaie scored both of the Rapid goals but his efforts were in vain as ‘Stow goals from Elijah Grant (2) & Callum Malcolm saw them prevail.

After a difficult start, Jolof Sports have recorded their first win of the new season as they came through in a 1 – 0 success in their away trip to Lakeside for Chadwell Heath Spartans’ first outing at their new home ground. Abdou Sow netted the only goal of the game during the second half to secure three points for his side. Over at Barking & Dagenham College, the division’s two draw specialists so far, Dagenham United and Sporting Hackney, ended their clash level at 2 – 2 with Cain Dash’s brace equalled by Parrots’ strikes from Richard Balogun and Ross Murphy. That confirmed United’s fourth successive draw and their opponent’s second.

S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 2 Brimsdown (Sat 19 Mar) [EaSL 21-22 19.3.22]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 25

2021-22 Season: Match 62

Saturday 19 March 2022 – 3pm KO

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

Brimsdown: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks  

Benfleet about to take a free-kick in first half

Brimsdown put in spirited performance to take valuable draw at Benfleet

Benfleet 2 – 2 Brimsdown

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

The main match this weekend was a fascinating match in Eastern Senior League South as Benfleet welcomed bottom side Brimsdown. Both sides needed the win, albeit for very different reasons and the home side were looking to recover from a frustrating loss to title-chasing Ipswich Wanderers three days previously. Brimsdown really needed the points to gain ground on their rivals. Benfleet named regular goalkeeper Florent Gislette in goal, with a defence of Billy Carter, Joe Hunter plus centre-backs Martyn Lacey, Cameron Harris and Mckenzie Davidson. Ben Foord and Billy Bonham-Dare led the line, with support from Robert Lacey and Aaron Russell, who skippered the side. Brimsdown had Akan George in goal, with Mauro Rodrigues and Adelmar Rodrigues in central defence, captain Ali Tas as the creative midfielder alongside Simeon Beckford, with Damon Rendell leading the line. Supporting him were Zion Dos Santos and Samuel Kyei.

Action still from early on in the contest, Benfleet in Sky Blue shirts

The match began with the home side looking to push on and they were rewarded. On five minutes, full-back Billy Carter made a good run down the right side and his centre found skipper Aaron Russell in a congested penalty area, unfortunately Russell could not connect properly and in the blink of an eye, the chance was gone. However, Brimsdown did not heed that warning as two minutes later, Benfleet did get the opening goal. A set-piece from the right found centre-back Cameron Harris at the back post and his towering header bypassed visiting custodian  Akan George and found the net. That was definitely not in the visitors’ game plan pre-match.

Benfleet nearly had a glimmer of a second goal on ten minutes as a good run by forward Billy Bonham-Dare was deflected off a defender into the path of George at some pace, but the Brimsdown ‘keeper did well to gather. However, anyone who prescribed to the theory that this was going to be a comfortable win for the hosts was soon to be proven wrong. While it was true that interim boss Robert Rook’s side were having a lot of possession, they were not really doing that much with it. as Brimsdown were clearing their lines well. Ben Foord also spurned a half-chance for the hosts but curiously, their momentum were starting to fade which the visitors did sense as we got into the latter part of the half.

Benfleet making another forward press in first half, down the right channel

They had very few in the way of chances on goal up to this point though just after the half-hour, Reon Reid made a fine darting run on the right flank, with his centre deflected for a corner. Soon after, the lack of chances was immaterial as Brimsdown got an important equaliser on thirty-five minutes. A good cross deep from the right flank by Simeon Beckford found forward Damon Rendell and his powerful header found the net well, past Benfleet stopper Florent Gislette. All of a sudden, the visitors were galvanized by the leveller and they sensed that the hosts wanted to get back to the dressing rooms for the half-time team talk in a hurry.

Half-Time: Benfleet 1 – 1  Brimsdown

Brimsdown press forward after the break

As we resumed after the interval, the intent was clear from the home side, as two substitutes came on immediately into the second half. Frankie Stone and Jack Frost had replaced Joe Hunter and goal-scorer Harris respectively. Unfortunately for Benfleet, they couldn’t re-establish their impetus from early on in the game by creating a variety of clear-cut chances. Foord had another decent effort on fifty-three minutes, firing wide of George’s left-side post. Besides that, Brimsdown were admirably holding firm although the concern for them would have been whether they could maintain it.

We had another dramatic turn of events on sixty-five minutes as a well-worked corner by captain Ali Tas found Samuel Kyei who found some space before powering in a superb strike low into the left corner, giving Gislette little chance of stopping it. Brimsdown had the lead, and now Benfleet had to battle their way not only into the ascendancy but crucially, back into the match on the score-sheet along with it. In fairness, the hosts here showed no lack of work rate or endeavour, but as the minutes ticked by, it was looking likely that Brimsdown were going to claim a highly valuable win in their battle to evade the drop.


There was another twist in the match as we approached added-time. Benfleet got a precious equaliser as a good ball in from the right found substitute Frankis Stone who showed no lack of composure to guide his header into the net on 89 minutes. It was hard on Brimsdown though it could’ve been worse for them moments later. Foord went down in the penalty area, after a challenge by Adelmar Rodrigues but referee Paul Sturton was not minded to point to the spot.

The visitors did hold on to claim a worthy point here, though their frustration will be that it could have been all three points. If they do play like this for the remaining five matches this term, they may not finish bottom of the table. Benfleet will need to garner some wins in their remaining six games, with Wivenhoe Town, Burnham Ramblers and Halstead Town still battling them in the play-off area.

Benfleet plead for a spot-kick late on

Full-Time: Benfleet 2 – 2 Brimsdown

In summary, Brimsdown put in a very good display here and made the most of the relatively few chances they had and crucially, their confidence in the match grew just as they sensed their hosts’ confidence was ebbing away. Defensively, Steve Wakefield’s side did well and could have grabbed an unlikely victory, though they were denied late on. You do have to credit the spirit of the Benfleet side, they refused to give up despite their performance not being of the standards they would set themselves.

There were several creditable performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for Brimsdown, centre-back Adelmar Rodrigues was a stand-out player for his side, making a number of important interceptions and showed good energy and positional awareness. Reon Reid had a really good game, making a number of good darting runs down the right channel and put in some good crosses with it, as well as good defensive work. Forward Damon Rendell took his goal really well and generally gave the home defence a hard afternoon with his movement, while Zion Dos Santos also merits a mention for good, energetic play down the left side and that lifted his team at an important time before the interval.

For Benfleet, midfielder Henry Sims had a good game, showing good work rate, good set-pieces and generally had a good influence for his team. Forward Billy Bonham-Dare also stretched a resolute Brimsdown backline well at times with good ace and movement, but will want goals to turn up soon. Also, full-back Billy Carter put in a good hard-working display, making a number of energetic runs down the right channel to give his side extra width. Finally, substitute Frankie Stone got that last-gasp leveller which could prove to be a important moment of composure for him and his team.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Benfleet  | Interim Managers: Robert Rook & Mike Cundy  | (Manager Rob Polkinghorn was away)

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Joe Hunter (12 Frankie Stone 46’), 4 Mckenzie Davidson, 5 Cameron Harris (15 Jack Frost 46’), 6 Martyn Lacey, 7 Billy Bonham-Dare, 8 Henry Sims (14 Mason Shave 81’), 9 Aaron Russell (Capt), 10 Robert Lacey, 11 Ben Foord

Goal-scorers: Cameron Harris [7’], Frankie Stone [89’]

Booked: Russell | Subs Not Used: Hurford, Scott


Brimsdown   | Manager: Steve Wakefield

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Akan George (GK), 8 Reon Reid, 3 Mauro Rodrigues, 5 Adelmar Rodrigues, 9 Pianny Nzamale, 2 Emre Tas, 7 Ali Tas (Capt), 4 Simeon Beckford (15 Masoor Nooristani 79’), 18 Zion Dos Santos, 10 Damon Rendell, 11 Samuel Kyei

Goal-scorers: Damon Randell [35’], Samuel Kyei [65’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Paul Sturton

Assistants: Ian Butler & Michael Jarvis

S21-22 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1 Brimsdown (Tues 19 Oct) [EaSL Sth 20.10.21]


Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: 152

2021-22 Season: Match 34

Tuesday 19th October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Brimsdown: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks



Buckhurst battle hard to defeat Brimsdown at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1 Brimsdown

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

The solitary midweek match this week saw a return trip to Roding Lane for the match between high-flying Buckhurst Hill and visitors Brimsdown in what was the first Senior match the hosts played under floodlights at their upgraded ground. The hosts perhaps with their big FA Vase tie at Great Yarmouth Town at the weekend in mind, rotated their squad somewhat, with regular stopper Daniel Blockley having a defensive four in front of him comprised of Liam Foster, Max Nicholson, Alfie Harris and Edward Buchanan. The forward line here was led by centre forward Fehinti Falola, with support from Brad Rowland and Nathan Sollosi. Options from the bench included defender Henry Day and forwards Suleyman Zuhdu and Sonny Shilling. Brimsdown have also had a squad overhaul recently, with new boss Marce Collington naming Ali Dogan in goal, a defensive four of Joshua Lamaswala, Dillon Lee, Omer Bingol and Stephane Zolo. The attack was led by Kamarni Collington and Chikosi Basden with Ricardo Price and Jermaine Baptiste in support.

In the early stages of the match, Brimsdown showed enough to suggest they would be ne an energetic, hard-working side and would not be overawed by their opposition. Hill had a half-chance with six minutes on the clock as a decent centre from the right flank by midfielder Jake Moss found centre forward Fehinti Falola but his header was off-target of visiting goalkeeper Ali Dogan’s goal. The vistors responded swiftly on the counter-attack, as a decent strike by midfielder Anthony Sanderson required home custodian Dan Blockley to be alert. The Sollosi brothers were in tandem moments later for Buckhurst as Sam made a good turn before finding Nathan on the edge of the box but could only turn his strike over the woodwork. Marce Collington’s side responded strongly again as a teasing cross by Ricardo Price was deflected behind for a set-piece. From that resulting corner, forward Chikosi Basden’s fierce initial strike was deflected off a team-mate in Price who got the crucial touch to send it beyond Blockley and into the net, despite the hosts wanting the assistant referee’s flag. No flag was forthcoming so it was Brimsdown who took a surprise lead.


To be fair to Brimsdown, they were more than holding their own during the half as Buckhurst could not find their well-known attacking rhythm and pace. On twenty minutes, a fine run and turn by Nathan Sollosi allowed him the chance to strike at goal, but his tame strike allowed Dogan to gather. Then, just past the half-hour, another set-piece by Sam Sollosi found its way to full-back Liam Foster whose shot also couldn’t bypass Dogan, who was growing in confidence.


Half-time: Buckhurst Hill 0 – 1 Brimsdown


So as we entered the second period of the match, Buckhurst knew they had to raise their game somewhat, but it was Brimsdown who had a sight at goal on 51 minutes, with forward Basden sending through a good pass to find captain Reece Capleton, unfortunately for the visitors, the latter could only fire his effort over the woodwork. Mark Williams did not hesitate long to instigate changes from the bench, and the introduction of Sonny Shilling did bring about a change to the rhythm of the hosts’ attacks. Only two minutes after coming on, Buckhurst had a corner which full-back Edward Buchanan did well to slide the ball across to Nathan Sollosi who curled home a nice strike into the top corner to level things up, after earlier spurning several decent chances.

The hoss were really starting to gain momentum at this point and Shilling’s free-kick from a promising position was well parried away from danger by Dogan midway through the half. Brimsdown did respond on the counter-attack as a free-kick of their own by winger Jermaine Baptiste (pictured below) brought a decent save from Blockley as the ball was dipping on him. As we entered the last fifteen minutes of the contest, the energy expended by the visitors was starting to tell on them as Sollosi evaded the defence again, only to be denied again by the impressive Dogan. Forward Suleyman Zuhdu had also come on by this point, and his follow-up strike was also denied by the Brimsdown stopper.


Eventually though, the pressure from Buckhurst did tell and they took the lead on 77 minutes. Moments after the inspired Dogan denied him, Shilling did find the net with a smart low drive into the left corner. Brimsdown played a commendable part in the match though they could not get back into the contest going forward as the minutes ticked by. Zuhdu’s curling set-piece was well gathered by Dogan after re-adjusting his position but on the stroke on the ninety minutes, Buckhurst got a third as a fine lob by Sollosi capped a fine match on a personal note and a hard-earned three points for the hosts on this big occasion for them.



Full-Time:  Buckhurst Hill  3 – 1  Brimsdown

To sum up this occasion, Buckhurst was unusually sloppy with ball retention and with the pace & rhythm of their forward moves for at least half of the match, but a fierce response in the latter stages made it hard for the tiring Brimsdown backline, who couldn’t deal with a strong last thirty minutes from Buckhurst.

In terms of stand-out performances, this time I’ll begin with Brimsdown. Goalkeeper Ali Dogan had an excellent match, making several important saves and effectively kept his side in the match in the second half. Midfielders Anthony Sanderson and Reece Capleton both did well to outwork the hosts in midfield in the first hour and they typified the hard-working display that their side displayed in the match. They both made a number if good tackles as well. Finally, forward Chikosi Basden was a good presence with his pace, energy and passing alongside strike partner Kamarni Collington.

For victors Buckhurst Hill, forward Nathan Sollosi made a telling contribution with his passing, movement & had several shots on goal before finding the net and grabbing his brace. Fehinti Falola did a good job leading the line for Mark Williams’side and could’ve had a couple of goals here. Full-back Liam Foster had another good game and showed his usual high energy levels down the right channel and put in good passes to assist his team. Lastly, substitute Sonny Shilling made a big impact coming off the bench to assist his side’s attacking rhythm with good movement, dribbling and finishing.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Buckhurst Hill   |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster, 3 Edward Buchanan, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Max Nicholson, 6 Jake Moss (17 Jack Griggs 73′), 7 Sam Sollosi (14 Sonny Shilling 57′), 8 Josh Banfield (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi, 9 Fehinti Falola (19 Suleyman Zuhdu 66′), 18 Brad Rowland

Goal-scorers: Nathan Sollosi [59′, 90′], Sonny Shilling [77′]

Booked: Foster | Subs Not Used: Day, Markatis


Brimsdown  | Manager: Marce Collington |

Starting XI (Subs): 12 Ali Dogan (GK), 2 Joshua Lamaswala (16 George Gregory 72′), 3 Stephane Zolo (19 Marcus Cordova 58′), 4 Dillon Lee, 5 Omer Bingol, 6 Reece Capleton (Capt), 7 Jermaine Baptiste, 8 Anthony Sanderson, 9 Karmarni Collington, 10 Chikosi Basden, 11 Ricardo Price (20 Jordan Gomez 24′)

Goal-scorer: Ricardo Price [14′]

Booked: Lee, Basden | Sub Not Used: Traore

Referee: Fabio Roque
Assistants: Chris Noble & David Smith