Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 2 Basildon Utd (ESL 16.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 72

Monday 16th April 2018 7.45pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 64

Burnham: Navy Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

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

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a slightly chilly Monday evening at Leslie Field, relegation-threatened Burnham Ramblers welcomed promotion-chasing Basildon in what was a critical Essex Senior League encounter. For the hosts, Joshua Strizovic resumed duties between the sticks while Charlee Hughes also returned in attack, alongside Karl Swanborough. Basildon also welcomed back star striker Marcus Bowers into the starting XI, with Jack Adlington and Jamie Brown on the flanks. James Peagram and Matt Brinklow were among the options on the bench.

The visitors started in a dominant fashion, with wave after wave of attacks in the opening quarter-hour. Seven minutes in, centre-back Zac Littlejohn’s powerful drive  forced an excellent one-handed save from Burnham custodian Joshua Strizovic at full-stretch. Winger Jack Adlington miscued his shot from point-blank range in what was a let-off for Lee Hughes’ side. Burnham did make their way forward at scattered intervals though forwards Julian Bavin and Charlee Hughes should have done better but blazed efforts over the bar.

Bees’ forward Marcus Bowers was once again proving a physical threat to the over-worked Burnham back-line and felllow Basildon forward Oli Spooner also made a nuisance of himself in the number-ten role. After the visitors had a goal ruled-out for off-side on the half-hour, Spooner headed wide from a good delivery from winger Jamie Brown. Burnham skipper Alex Salmon typified his side’s stubborn defending, making two crucial blocks though you wondered whether the Ramblers defence could keep defensive display for the whole 90 minutes. In all honesty, Basildon should have been two goals ahead at  the break.

Half-Time: Burnham 0 – 0 Basildon

Into the second period and five minutes in, Hughes fired a shot from a narrow angle though visiting goalkeeper Connor Wheatley gathered. Moments later, the hosts conceded another free-kick, just outside the edge of the penalty area after Brown’s shot was adjudged to have been blocked by a hand. Bowers stepped up and blasted a sweet strike past Strizovic into the left corner. It was no less than the visitors deserved really and on the hour, Bees substitute Matt Brinklow was denied a good sniff at goal by Burnham winger Alfie Vinton, tracking back.

With 64 minutes on the clock, a Basildon corner was punched out by Strizovic though the ball fell kindly to Bowers in the area, who blasted another well-struck effort past the unsighted Strizovic, who managed to get a hand on it but couldn’t divert it over the bar. Burnham rallied though Hughes’ powerful goal-bound shot was parried by Wheatley. Just after that, the hosts were down to ten men after Vinton was dismissed for expressing his frustrations rather too fiercely.

The Bees should have been further ahead though Brinklow’s effort was cleared off the line. The hosts punished Basildon for that miss as Jamie Marsh’s fine cross was struck home by Hughes. Wheatley had to be alert late on to react to Burnham midfielder Bill Howard’s back header, which the ‘keeper tipped over the bar well. The Bees held on to claim another important win.

 

All in all, Marc Harrison’s side deserved the points with an assured display at times and their attacking pace and movement though Burnham did work hard at times, though they struggled to assert themselves in the first half. Things look bleak for Burnham now as they really need to win both of their remaining fixtures though it looks as though their fate is ‘out of their hands’ now. Basildon return to action at Southend Manor on Wednesday night and a win there will see them go level on points with Redbridge.

 

Teams:

Burnham Ramblers  | Head Coach: Lee Hughes

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Tom Bennett (Tomiwa Adebayo 49′), Ricardo Bailey, Charles Brewer, Alex Salmon (Capt), Jamie Marsh, Alfie Vinton, William Howard, Karl Swanborough, Charlee Hughes, Julian Bavin (Scott Plom 73′)

Goal-scorer: Charlee Hughes [77′]

Booked: Howard, Hughes, Bavin, Salmon, Brewer

Sent Off: Vinton (Foul and Abusive language) | Subs Not Used: Hanlon, French (GK), Lewis

 

Basildon Utd  | Manager: Marc Harrison

Connor Wheatley (GK), Jamie Selby-Knight, Chris Charlery, Joe Skeels, Joe Burgess, Zac Littlejohn, Jamie Brown, Grant Cumming, Marcus Bowers (James Peagram 65′), Oli Spooner (Jack Renew 71′), Jack Adlington (Matt Brinklow 60′)

Goal-scorer: Marcus Bowers [53′, 64′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Putt, Phillips

 

 

 

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Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 31.3.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Senior League action which again was heavily affected by weather… Groundhog Day & a broken record anyone?

 

Saturday 31st March 2018

Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Woodford Town
| Venue: Leslie Field | Att: 36

I attended this match and my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/match-report-burnham-ramblers-3-1-woodford-town-esl-31-3-18/

 

Clapton 0 – 3 Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Att: 42

Sawbridgeworth continued their fine recent form with a win over 6th place Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog. Joe Wright put Sawbo ahead seven minutes before the break. A minute after the interval, Aaron Thomas struck to double the lead before Terrell Hunter secured the win later on. Thanks to their 4th win in their last five, John Watters’ side leapfrog Ilford and Tower Hamlets and go into 8th spot. Clapton’s fifth straight defeat means they stay 6th though nearest challengers West Essex have three matches in hand on the Tons.

FC Romania 4 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd | Venue: Theobalds Lane | Att: 35

FCR warmed up for their Gordon Brasted Final appearance on Easter Monday with a comfortable victory over Bengal at Theobalds Lane. The hosts netted another four times here. First through an OG seven minutes after half-time before Mihai Botosan [56′], Cosmin Sandu [73′] and Sergiu Pitaru ten minutes after that sealed the points to grab FCR’s second win in their last four matches. They remain 3rd, though are two points shy of GWR in 2nd. Bengal slide down to 15th, four points clear of the drop zone after three defeats in their last five now.

 

Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Mile End Stadium | Att: 46

Hullbridge ended a superb week for them with a first-half inspired victory at Mile End. Only six minutes had elapsed when Luke Hornsley gave Darren Manning’s side the lead. Adebola Sotoyinbo the continued his recent goal-scoring form by adding a brace [19′ & 22′] to all but seal the points. However, a clean sheet eluded them as Harry Matthews struck in injury-time to give the hosts something to shout about. Hullbridge’s third straight win sees them leap up to 14th, though are five points clear of the relegation zone. Hamlets suffered their third straight loss here and drop to tenth.

And finally, here are the postponed matches over the last few days.

Thurs 29th March – Woodford Town P – P Takeley
Fri 30th March – West Essex P – P Hackney Wick

Sat 31st March
Basildon Utd P – P Redbridge
Ilford P – P Wadham Lodge
Southend Manor P – P Barkingside
Stansted P – P Enfield 1893
Takeley P – P Great Wakering Rovers

Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Woodford Town (ESL 31.3.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 36

Saturday 31st March 2018 3pm KO

2017/18 Season – Match 59

Burnham: Navy Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015)

On a slightly grey day at Leslie Field, relegation-threatened Burnham took on mid-table Woodford in another crunch Essex Senior League encounter. For the hosts, Charlee Hughes and Karl Swanborough led the line with recent signing Alex Salmon skippering the side and partnering Jamie Marsh in the heart of the defence. For the visitors, target-man Temi Babalola was the physical presence in attack with playmaker Ethan Kessel and Andrea Montavani among those in a supporting role.

I had a feeling before kick-off there would be goals in this one and the start didn’t disappoint. Three minutes in, Burnham had a close-range effort scrambled off the goal-line. Only five minutes later, the hosts led as Robert Bagnall’s fine cross from the right was headed home by Karl Swanborough past visiting goalkeeper Nick Wilson. Unsurprisingly, this buoyed the hosts and only a good tackle in the area denied hot-shot Charlee Hughes a decent chance on goal soon after.

Woodford did start to find their rhythm going forward as we passed the quarter-hour mark as winger Connor Leon’s goal-bound effort was well tipped over by Burnham custodian Adam French. Moments later, Town full-back Leon Wildman’s lung-busting run down the right flank wasn’t rewarded as his decent ball in found ‘nobody home’ for his side in the Burnham area.

The hosts doubled their lead on 26 minutes as a Hughes free-kick rather fortuitously found the on-rushing Brad Morgan in the area who slotted home well.

Town responded five minutes later as a well-struck floating free-kick found centre-back & skipper Jack Grosvenor free at the back post and he headed home with aplomb. Burnham could’ve extended their lead ten minutes before the break though Hughes uncharacteristically fired wide. Woodford had chances to level though Montovani, Kessel and Leon couldn’t find the target, the latter being a curling effort that just sailed wide of the post.

 

Half-Time: Burnham 2 – 1 Woodford

Burnham made a change at the break as Adekunle Adeyemi replaced Sam Warwick, who I thought had a decent game today. On with the action though and home ‘keeper French was called into action again on 52 minutes as Connor Leon’s drive was well-tipped over. The hosts responded as substitute Julian Bavin was well-denied by Woodford goalkeeper Wilson. Adeyemi also started to make his presence felt too with a long-range drive which fizzed wide. Bavin also did well to round Wilson though skied his effort over from a tight angle.

Woodford once again responded and looked dangerous at times though Babalola twice couldn’t find the target in three minutes midway into the half. Soon after, Burnham skipper Alex Salmon made a crucial tackle to deny Town a good sight of goal.

There had been signs that tensions were boiling over during the match though with 13 minutes remaining, Woodford were down to ten men and honestly, it could’ve been worse for them. Burnham did find a ‘final flourish’ as Wilson denied Bill Howard late on. Minutes later, a superb ball in by Adeyemi found Swanborough and the forward held off a Woodford defender well to slot home the crucial third goal for his side. As we entered added-time, Swanborough was well found again though this time Wilson denied him though the hosts held firm to claim their first win of 2018.

 

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Woodford Town

In fairness, Burnham were fired-up today which is what they needed though they remain in the bottom four on goal difference after this victory, it will undoubtedly boost their confidence after a really good team display. Woodford were threatening at times going forward as Ethan Kessel was among those who played well though defensively it was a ‘bad day at the office’. That said, Woodford sit 12th and are having a more than decent season.

I’d like to thank Burnham for their hospitality and also thank manager Lee Hughes, who spoke to me post-match which you can hear on the Grassroots Football Show on ELR on Thursday night.

 

Teams:

Burnham Ramblers

Adam French (GK), Alfie Vinton, Ricardo Bailey, Jamie Marsh, Alex Salmon (Capt), Robert Bagnall, Samuel Warwick (Adekunle Adeyemi 46′), Bill Howard, Bradley Morgan, Karl Swanborough, Charlee Hughes (Julian Bavin* 49′ – *Charles Brewer 83′)

Goal-scorers: Karl Swanborough [8′ & 88′], Bradley Morgan [26′]

Booked: Howard    | Subs Not Used: Willsmer, S Plom

 

Woodford Town

Nick Wilson (GK), Leon Wildman, Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), James Walkinshaw, Malaki Toussaint, Connor Leon, Andrea Montovani, Temi Babalola, Ethan Kessel (Samir Ali 64′), Gamel Nfodju (Larry Asare 56′)

Goal-scorer: Jack Grosvenor [31′]

Booked: Asare, Wilson, Wildman | Sent Off: Walkinshaw (Two bookings)

Subs Not Used: Brown, Steele

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 27.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Saturday 27th January 2018 3pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 52

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

Burnham Ramblers: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

GWRvBR (Teams just prior to KO)
Both sides just before KO

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cold, rainy afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering were seeking to keep the heat on the top four, two of which (Basildon & Takeley) were not in action this weekend. Rovers were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell though winger Billy Johnson was in the starting XI, alongside the front three of Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry & Chris Bryan.

 

Burnham started life without key forward Charlee Hughes here after he left to join Bostik North promotion hopefuls Bowers & Pitsea this week. Lee Hughes’ side was somewhat depleted as Ryan Stillwell and Bradley Morgan were both unavailable. Karl Swanborough led the line with support from Samuel Warwick and Robert Bagnall.

The match began on what was a heavy pitch with the hosts ‘on the front foot’ as five minutes in, GWR forward Nathan Dewberry’s cross was initally blocked by Burnham centre-half Scott Plom, Wakering skipper Scott Pethers blasted a shot over the bar (and into the car park). Dewberry himself blasted a shot over from a good position shortly afterwards. Wakering did break the deadlock ten minutes in a crowded penalty area, the ball fell to forward Chris Bryan and his crisp strike found the left corner.

 

The hosts continued to press and visiting goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic was called into action to deny winger Billy Johnson’s tame effort and a moment later pulled off a good save to deny Dewberry’s shot. Dewberry did extend the hosts lead midway through the first half though, slotting past Strizovic when one-on-one with the ‘keeper. In a rare Burnham attack, forward Karl Swanborough shot wide to warn the hosts not to ‘step off the gas’.

Rovers forward Jay Nash also twice couldn’t find the target as half-time approached though the hosts did increase their advantage a minute before the break as full-back Danny Hurford’s pass fed Dewberry who blasted an effort past Strizovic.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

 

GWR v BR (Early in 2nd Half)
Snap-shot early in 2nd half

After the interval, Burnham brought midfielder Leon Lewis on in place of Ryan Willsmer as the re-jigged their defence. Six minutes into the half, Strizovic was in the action again to deny Bryan’s header and then in the same attack, Dewberry’s effort on goal. Despite a few more chances that went astray, Dewberry slotted home to claim his hat-trick just past the hour after substitute Neil Richmond’s unselfish pass. On 65 minutes, Richmond was felled in the area by Burnham defender Plom, Richmond himself stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and duly converted it.

 

Richmond later had a goal ruled out for off-side though the experienced forward did grab a second with 13 minutes remaining, slotting home from close range after centre-back Oliver Woodhouse did well surging forward in the build-up. Swanborough did force a save from Wakering stopper Louis Hawes on what was a quiet afternoon for the home custodian. Rovers’ Dewberry wasn’t finished either as he netted his fourth with a drive that crept past Strizovic into the net. The torrent of Wakering attacks didn’t end there as late on, Richmond blazed a strike over the bar and Dewberry and substitute Stephen Butterworth were both denied by the ever-impressive Strizovic.

 

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

 

This was a big win for the hosts, though in truth if it wasn’t for the combination of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping, it could well have been more to be honest. Burnham struggled to find any fluency going forward as Swanborough didn’t get a huge degree of service while defensively they also struggled with the quick passing of the Rovers forward line. Difficult to watch in a way really and Burnham arguably still require points to secure their place in the ESL next season. Rovers’ third win on-the-spin sees them into 4th place….

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 54′),  Ricky Evans, Jay Nash (Finley Dopson 65′), Nathan Dewberry, Chris Bryan (Stephen Butterworth 54′)

Goal-Scorers: Chris Bryan [10′], Nathan Dewberry [25′, 44′, 62′, 82′], Neil Richmond [pen 65′, 77′]

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Ryan Willsmer (Leon Lewis 46′), Edison Tereziu (Jake Megran 58′), Kyle Musson (Capt), Tomiwa Adebayo-Bella, Scott Plom, William Howard, Alfie Vinton, Karl Swanborough, Robert Bagnall, Samuel Warwick (Jed Bowman  72′)

Subs Not Used: Bond, Burke

 

Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 2 – 5 West Essex (ESL 9.12.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 16

Saturday 9th December 2017 3pm KO

2017-18 Season – Match 45

Burnham Ramblers: Navy Blue & Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a day partly beset by postponements due to the inclement weather, West Essex travelled to Leslie Field to take on Burnham Ramblers. Burnham were depleted though still named Charlee Hughes and Karl Swanborough in attack. West Essex were also missing a few key players though the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot was joined by Fatos Zeqiri up front and Jack Coker was back between the sticks.

I had a good feeling about this match before kick-off and that feeling was soon validated. The hosts had a double-chance early on though forwards Karl Swanborough and Charlee Hughes were both denied by visiting custodian Jack Coker. Both sides traded chances soon after that with home skipper Ryan Stillwell having an effort saved while West defender Nick Walk’s chip was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Josh Strizovic and Mignot’s lob struck the bar. It really was an open start to this match.

The visitors struck 17 minutes into the match through forward Fatos Zeqiri’s strike which found its way past Strizovic. The hosts struggled to keep up with the quickness of the Stags’ attacks and Strizovic produced a really good save to deny Mignot on the half-hour. That save was even more important at this point of the match as the hosts levelled minutes later through Karl Swanborough’s tap-in following-up.

The visitors responded just four minutes later as winger Cameron Gray’s initial shot was blocked though midfielder Joe Lefley slotted home neatly into the right corner. Strizovic was called upon again four minutes before the break to deny Zeqiri’s shot with his feet. There was a sense even at this point that there were more goals in this match.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 2 West Essex

Just a minute after the re-start, the Stags extended their lead as a well-directed long pass found forward Michael Mignot and after rounding Strizovic, slotted home calmly into an unguarded net. Soon after, Gray nearly made it four though his effort was well-saved by Strizovic. Burnham spurned a decent opening six minutes after the break as Hughes fired wide. The visitors made it 4-1 moments after as Zeqiri grabbed his second of the afternoon, wrong-footing Strizovic before blasting home. Kwame Kwateng’s side continued to push with rapid attacks and just after the hour, midfielder Brad Russell’s attempted lob was well-saved again by the over-worked Strizovic.

The hosts got some respite in the form of a spot-kick, tucked away by Swanborough midway through the half to lessen the arrears once again and could’ve given the visitors a tricky last 15 minutes though Swanborough’s twin efforts on goal couldn’t get past Coker. In the last ten minutes of a really entertaining affair, West made it five after Mignot slotted home well from a narrow angle while at the other end five minutes later, Hughes couldn’t connect well with his header which was gratefully claimed by Coker.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 2 – 5 West Essex

All in all, a pulsating match filled with both sides wanting to get the ball down and play good attacking football on a tricky pitch though to be fair, West had done more than enough to warrant the points so credit to them and in doing so, ending Burnham’s four-match unbeaten run. As for the hosts, well on another day they may have scored more and I have the feeling that manager Lee Hughes & his coaching staff will drive them on to a decent finish this term. One thing is for sure, watching Burnham’s matches is hardly dull, as there’s usually goals in them.

Finally, I’d like to thank both Burnham boss Hughes and West Essex Head Coach Kwame Kwateng as it was really good to talk to both of them post-match.

 

Teams

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Jed Bowman, Edison Tereziu (Jake Croft 46′), Ryan Plom, Fraser Inns (Julian Bavin 46′), Alex Karkoski, Ryan Stillwell (Capt), Ben Burgess, Robert Bagnall (Sam Warwick 63′), Charlee Hughes, Karl Swanborough

Goal-scorers: Karl Swanborough [32′ & pen 67′]

Subs Not Used: A French (GK), L Bond | Booked: Burgess

 

West Essex

Jack Coker (GK), Nick Walk, Ben Leo, Maanoon Khan, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt) (Kofi Appiah 87′) , Brad Russell, Joe Lefley (Tom Woodbridge 76′), Cameron Gray, Michael Mignot, Fatos Zeqiri (James Bromley 81′)

Goal-scorers: Fatos Zeqiri [17′ & 53′], Joe Lefley [36′], Michael Mignot [46′ & 81′]

Subs Not Used: T Ahmed, Carroll | Booked: None

Referee: James Masson
Assistant Referees: Ray Parmenter & Trevor Williams

 

Essex Senior League round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another edition of my semi-regular ESL round-up, which this weekend takes in a few upsets and also some good performances. Enjoy.

Friday 24th Nov

Tower Hamlets 3 – 2 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 55

Hamlets edged this encounter with Wick to pick up a much-needed win. Curtis Pond gave the hosts the lead three minutes before the break, though Hassan Nalbant [47′] struck with his fourth goal in two matches to level for the visitors. Pond restored Hamlets lead nine minutes later before Jeff Idemudia once again restored parity on 63 minutes. Hamlets were not to be denied though as David McCarthy got the winner 11 minutes from time.

Also, Hackney Wick announced following this match that ex-Woodford & Brentwood boss Tony Ievoli will be their new manager. I’m sure the Non-League community in the area will wish Tony well in his new role.

 

Saturday 25th Nov

Barkingside 0 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 58

Wakering ‘got the job done’ with victory at Cricklefield. Goals from Jay Nash [5′] and Billy Johnson [55′] were enough. to seal Rovers’ 6th straight league win. For the hosts, their fourth straight league defeat leaves thrm 14th and in danger of being dragged into the dogfight at the bottom of the table.

Clapton 1 – 1 Ilford
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 78

These two old rivals were locked in a stalemate at the OSD. The Tons led through Jeffrey Cobblah 65th-minute strike though hot-shot James Peagram secured a point by levelling 11 minutes from time.

Enfield 1893 0 – 5 FC Romania
| Venue: The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 62

FCR continued their superb recent form with a big win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Mihai Botosan [12′], George Taban [24′], Adrian Balsanu [62′] gave the visitors a big lead though Enfield’s pain was complete as Ionut Juganu [89′] and Sergiu Pitaru [90’+1] added late strikes to seal FCR’s 9th win in their last 11 league matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Crofters End | Attendance: 50

Redbridge came away with another 3 points after this good win at Crofters. Brian Moses struck on 29 minutes to give the visitors the lead at the break. Second-half goals from Eljay Worrell [51′], Moses [60′] and Martin Tuohy six minutes from time sealed the win though Leon Lewis [89′] got a consolation for Sawbo. The Motormen have won their last seven ESL matches on-the-reel.

Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Attendance: 65

Manor were surpassed on the day by an lively new-look Hullbridge side. I attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/report-southend-manor-2-4-hullbridge-esl-25-11-17/

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 0 West Essex
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 15

Bengal grabbed a rare win through goals from David Vaughan [45′] and Oscar Mendes [75′]. Indeed this was Bengal’s first win in ten league matches while West Essex are on a three-match winless run.

Stansted 1 – 4 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 26

Burnham came from behind to grab a win they badly needed at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Wisley Baltazar [12′] put them ahead. The hosts then missed a penalty soon afterward and were pegged back by Ryan Plom’s goal ten minutes before the break. After the break, goals from Karl Swanborough [56′] and a Bradley Morgan spot-kick on the hour, turned the tide before Swanborough grabbed a fourth in added-time.

Waltham Forest 2 – 0 Takeley
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 58

Forest upset Takeley to grab their second league win in their last five matches. Goals from Abiolo Tanimowo [40′] and Mo Sagaf in added-time sealed a ‘bad day at the office’ for Marc Das’ side as their eight-match unbeaten run was ended.

Woodford Town 2 – 4 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Attendance: 32

Wadham’s turnaround to their season continued as they won at Goffs Lane. Eli Benoit [6′] and Mario Gnijaj [32′] gave Wadham the platform though an OG and Dwade James sealed the points five minutes from time. Asher Modeste & another OG accounted for the hosts’ goals. Wadham’s unbeaten run now sits at six matches.

 

 

 

The ESL ‘Ground-Hop’ Day – Sat 11th November 2017

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with afterword by Essex Senior League Chairman Rob Errington

Well, you may have seen some of the match reports from the Essex Senior League ‘Ground-Hop’ Day event, though what did the occasion feel like?

So, as part of a good ‘crew’ that included ESL Chair Rob Errington and respected fellow Non-League colleague Peter Dudley, we set off through the maze of traffic to reach Oakside, home of Redbridge FC, for their match against Burnham Ramblers, which kicked off proceedings at midday.

Redbridge & Burnham players honouring the fallen on Armistice Day with a minute’s silence

I will say that the Motormen always give you a decent welcome, led by Programme/Website chap Adam Silver though being honest, the hot food helps as well! Anyway it did seem like a few ground-hoppers and perhaps curious punters had joined the crowd to watch proceedings. To be fair, the match itself was a good one as the hosts showed why there are one of the in-form teams in the division right now. Though as I’ve said previously, Burnham are a different proposition this season compared to last term. They are spirited, more determined and decent going forward too.

Forest (in white shirts) in action v Woodford Town

I’m not usually in a rush to head off post-match though today it was rather a necessity, what with the next match kicking-off about a half-hour afterwards. Joined by ESL Secretary (& organiser of this event) Michelle Dorling in the ‘Batmobile’ (Well, it was jokingly called that so I thought I’d leave it in), the four of us just about made the start of the second designated match at 2.30pm – Waltham Forest v Woodford Town at Kitchener Road,Walthamstow. It’s been documented in the last week or so that Forest are in some financial strife as they look to keep the club going on to & past its 150th anniversary next season, and while the match itself was alright, the result didn’t go the way of the hosts. Being at the ground was a bit of a change for me as I don’t get round there that often, chiefly due to its location. I sincerely wish Forest all at Forest well in their efforts to preserve the club going forward.
With regards to Woodford Town, I could see why they’ve been scoring a few goals this term though they are probably seeking what quite a few other sides are – that ‘holy grail’ of consistency.

Right, well with the darkening sky well on its way, we made our way to our third and final match of the day at the Old Spotted Dog for the 5.30pm KO between Hackney Wick and Wadham Lodge. The chill in the air had also set in by this point though once settled, my attention turned to this encounter which was an important one at the bottom of the table.

The Wick and Wadham players before KO

Along with Woodford, I hadn’t seen Wadham this term before today though I’m well aware they won’t want to recall the tough start to the season that they had to endure. The visitors looked decent at times as they got the result with their superior finishing being the difference in my opinion. 

An action still from Hackney v Wadham (in red)

As far as the ‘occasion’ goes, I don’t think anyone can complain about a lack of goals (12 in three matches). And that adds to my (and others) thoughts that this season is ‘on its way’ nicely at both ends of the table. Perhaps future occasions of this ilk could have one or two matches on a Sunday or Bank Holiday afternoon though for a debut, it was really rather good. Days like this may help most clubs, though particularly those whose attendances aren’t that strong.
In the main though, ‘more of the same’ please. The ESL is ‘on the rise’ and long may that continue.

As hinted earlier, below are the thoughts of ESL Chairman Rob Errington on the day:

The day dawned with the excitement of the first-ever Hop by conveying Scott and Peter and the resultant chats added to the whole experience of the three matches, all ending 3-1 or 1-3, being very memorable. A day to remember indeed and hopefully to be repeated.