Match Report: West Essex 2 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 26

2017-18 Season – Match 16

Saturday 2nd September 2017 3pm KO

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

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

W Essex v Burnham R(ESL 2.9.217)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a lovely afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex took on Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Burnham had more of the ball in the early stages of the match, though couldn’t quite supply their forwards with clear-cut chances. That said, Ramblers forward Charlee Hughes was still a threat down the right flank in particular. West Essex did have the odd counter-attack and talismanic forward Michael Mignot showed his intentions early-doors as he had a strike saved by Burnham goalkeeper Josh Strizovic on ten minutes. In the main though, Burnham were strong in defence and worked hard to wrestle the initiative from their hosts, who were depleted due to injuries.

The visitors had one effort cleared off the line midway through the first period as home goalkeeper Dan Russell came off his line but proceeded to clatter into an opposing forward, for which he was brandished with a booking. On 25 minutes, Ramblers forward Bradley Morgan had his strike saved by Dan Russell’s legs for a corner. From that resulting set-piece, midfielder Ben Burgess skied his header over the bar. Morgan had three other opportunities at goal before the break though couldn’t find a way past Dan Russell, the latter of the three chances forced a good save from the West Essex ‘keeper three minutes before the break.

For West Essex, Brad Russell headed over the bar from Mignot’s right-wing cross on the half-hour. Soon after, forward Isaac Marfo was one-on-one with Strizovic but the Burnham goalie snuffed out the chance and cleared. The visitors will no doubt be cursing the lack of clinical finishing as they certainly could have led at the break.

Half-Time: West Essex 0 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The second half began with the hosts somewhat ‘finding their feet’ as full-back Tanvir Ahmed sent over a left-wing cross which struck the bar before Marfo’s shot was saved by Strizovic. Unfortunately for West Essex, goalkeeper Dan Russell further blotted his copybook and was dismissed by referee Steve Marr  for a second bookable offence so the hosts were down to ten men and midfielder Brad Russell (Dan’s brother) had to take the gloves for the remaining 36 minutes.

Though this seemed to lift the hosts as minutes after the sending off, Marfo was poised to score though was denied by a great last-ditch block for a corner. With 58 minutes on the clock, Mignot showed his quality again with a mazy run past Burnham defenders after good work from Tanvir Ahmed on the left flank and struck a lovely curling drive into the right corner to give the hosts the lead.

Burgess drilled a shot wide seven minutes later though in truth, Burnham were starting to tire in the last twenty-five minutes of the match. With 20 to go, Burnham full-back Grant Webb attempted to lob stand-in goalie Brad Russell from a free-kick though it went just over the bar. West Essex extended their lead with 16 minutes left as winger Cameron Gray was found by Mignot and slotted home calmly. Burnham’s afternoon got ever harder as Burgess was also sent off for two bookings on 76 minutes.

The visitors had late chances to grab a consolation though substitute Aydin Coban and Hughes couldn’t find a way past stand-in ‘keeper Russell. West Essex could’ve made it three with moments remaining though substitute Tom Woodbridge was denied by the impressive Strizovic.

Full-Time: West Essex 2 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

Mignot 58’, Gray 74’

In summary, West Essex will be pleased with the win though will also know they ‘dodged a bullet’ here, particularly in the first half. Burnham will feel aggrieved that they couldn’t convert their chances though there are positives to take from this match. I’d also like to say thank you to Dan Reading, GM of West Essex for the welcome I received today. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of the ESL campaign.


West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

(Team In formation order)

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

1  Dan Russell  (GK) 1  Joshua Strizovic  (GK)
2  Jayvon Case-Jarrett 2  Grant Webb
23  Tanvir Ahmed 3  Kareem Byam     (Subbed 79’)
21  Maamoon Khan 4  Luke Moloney  (C)
6  Dan Christey  (C) 5  George Elliott
4  Nick Carroll 6  Bradley Smith    (Subbed 68’)
8  Brad Russell 7  William Howard
10  Fatos Zeqiri 8  Ben Burgess
7  Michael Mignot    (Subbed 87’) 9  Bradley Morgan    (Subbed 68’)
24  Isaac Marfo        (Subbed 61’) 10  Ryan Stillwell
11  Cameron Gray    (Subbed 80’) 11  Charlee Hughes


5  Nick Walk    (On 61’) 12  Sam Eve
14  Josh French     (On 80’) 13  Adam French  (GK)
17  Matt Ford 14  Alex Karkoski     (On 68’)
9  Tom Woodbridge    (On 87’) 15  Aydin Coban      (On 68’)
18  Ronell Rochester 16  Albino Cristo      (On 79’)


Steve Marr

Assistant Referees:

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Trevor Williams

Booked: Khan, French Booked: Hughes
Sent Off: D Russell (2 bookings) Sent Off: Burgess (2 bookings)


Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Ilford (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 23

2017-18 Season – Match 12

Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017 7.45pm KO

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

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Burnham & Ilford teams before KO (ESL 15.8.17)
Burnham & Ilford players before kick-off

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a crisp but decent evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers took on Ilford in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter.

Ilford showed their intentions early-on as forward James Peagram had a shot on-target, though it was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Adam French. The hosts took the lead after just seven minutes thanks to forward Bradley Morgan’s lob over Ilford goalkeeper Tom Jackson that nestled neatly into the right corner. Ilford responded though as Peagram had another opportunity, his header well-saved by French with ten minutes on the clock. Seven minutes later, Ilford had a good opportunity with a free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box, after forward John Bricknell was fouled. Midfielder Chris Lockwood stepped up to take it, and curled it nicely into the left corner. Game on.

Both sides traded chances as the half-hour mark approached, Bricknell and winger Harry Watkins for Ilford and midfielder Ben Burgess & Morgan again for Burnham. The home side were awarded a spot-kick with 13 minutes remaining of the first period, as Charlee Hughes was brought down in the area. Bradley Morgan stepped up to take the penalty though cajoled his shot wide of the left-side post. Ilford then got a further let-off moments later when Billy Howard’s free-kick from the edge of the 18-yard box was blazed over the bar.

As the half drew to a close, Ilford had further chances though full-back Sam Buffour, Peagram and forward Khadean Campbell though their efforts on goal couldn’t get past French. In all honesty, I felt Ilford did struggle to settle at times during the half.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 1 Ilford

The second half started in much the same vein, with both sides having chances. Only three minutes into the second period, Burnham defender Grant Webb did well to block Peagram from having a clear chance at goal in the area. Soon afterward, Buffour fizzed in a good right-wing cross for though Campbell couldn’t find the target for Ilford. Burnham responded in kind, first with Billy Howard’s shot being saved by Jackson and 13 minutes into the half, Burnham re-took the lead thanks to a fine Hughes header that went past Jackson sailing into the Ilford net.

Once again though, Allan Fenn’s side responded quickly as they levelled on-the-hour through Peagram’s tap-in. It didn’t stop there, as Burnham took the lead for the third time through Jed Bowman’s looping shot that found the left corner. In the next little period of the match, it became quite scrappy, getting bogged down by fouls & free-kicks. This was further endorsed by Burnham defender Scott Plom being sent off with four minutes remaining. The hosts did hang on a bit, as Ilford had two goals ruled out for offside. That said, Burnham did have late chances through Burgess and Hughes though they couldn’t get past Ilford goalkeeper Jackson.

Full-Time:     Burnham Ramblers  3 – 2  Ilford

Morgan 7′, Hughes 58′, Bowman 70′   |   Lockwood 17′, Peagram 60′

Plom Sent Off 88′

All in all, this was a compelling match which was also a hard-fought encounter. Ilford were not at their best in either penalty area, and Burnham’s Charlee Hughes gave their backline a headache all match. Yes, on another day Ilford may have got a different result though in my view, you couldn’t begrudge Burnham this win, their first league success of the campaign. I felt Chris Lockwood and Sam Buffour shone for the visitors tonight.

My thanks to Andrew Miller for passing over the team-sheets, keep up the good work Andrew. I send my best wishes to both sides for the rest of the ESL campaign.


Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes


Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Adam French  (GK) 1  Tom Jackson  (GK)
2  Jed Bowman 2  Sam Buffour     (Subbed 74’)
3  Grant Webb 3  Luke McLeavy
4  Scott Plom 4  Paul Oshin
5  Luke Moloney (C)    (Subbed 65’) 5  Jonah Gregory
6  Bradley Smith 6  Stefan Szajewski  (C)
7  Billy Howard 7  Harry Watkins    (Subbed 58’)
8  Ben Burgess 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Bradley Morgan    (Subbed 88’) 9  John Bricknell     (Subbed 58’)
10  Ryan Stillwell 10  James Peagram
11  Charlee Hughes 11  Khadean Campbell


12  Samuel Warwick 12  Sherwin Stanley    (On 58’)
14  Ben Timson        (On 65’) 14  Liam Burgess         (On 58’)
15  Danny Green     (On 88’) 15  Harry Matthews
16  Lewis Bond 16  Bill Rungay            (On 74’)
17  George Howard 17  Ashley Wackers
Referee: Stephen Tate
Assistant Referees: Sam Wigington

Nicholas Hodges

Booked: Morgan, Bowman, Howard, Burgess, Hughes Booked: Jackson, Gregory, Lockwood
Sent Off: Plom

Keep checking back on this blog for further match reports from the Essex Senior League this season. There’s also a fair few recent ones too.

Match Report: Wadham Lodge 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Match Day Centre, Kitchener Road

Attendance: 18

Date: Wednesday 6th April 2017 7.45pm

Wadham Lodge  : White Shirts, White Shorts and White Socks

 Burnham Ramblers : Red Shirts, Red Shorts and Red Socks

Wadham Lodge & Burnham R players before KO (ESL 5.4.17)
Wadham & Burnham players before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at the Match Day Centre at Kitchener Road, mid-table Wadham Lodge took on lowly Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League match.

In the early-going, Wadham and Burnham traded chances, winger Larry Asare blasting his shot over for the hosts and pacy forward Charlee Hughes firing his shot wide of the left-side post for the visitors.

Wadham gradually had more of the ball and the play, forward Charlie Parker hit the post with his deflected effort with 16’ on the clock and then moments later, midfielder Glody Nsamu couldn’t quite get enough power on his header from the resulting corner.

Nsamu did have a part in the opening goal though soon after, as Wadham took the lead through forward Fahinti Falola’s strappy goal after Nsamu had headed the ball on. The home side won’t care about the nature of the goal one bit, I suspect.

Although Wadham had more possession, Burnham looked OK on the counter-attack, as forward pair Charlee Hughes and Craig Heskey kept running at a fairly strong Wadham back-line. On the half-hour mark, Falola could’ve doubled the hosts lead though a strong save from visiting ‘keeper Chris Leonard kept it out, at the expense of a corner. With half-time approaching, Wadham winger Asare was giving the visiting defence a few problems with his pace and trickery. Even so, the hosts had enough chances to really be more than a goal ahead at the break.

Half-Time:  Wadham Lodge 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The second half began with Burnham starting quite well, though midfielder Ryan Stillwell, Hughes and Heskey couldn’t quite find the target. It was sign of things to come though as just before the hour, right-back Charlie Cobb sent in a lovely cross from the right and Hughes headed in past home ‘keeper Lewis Green.

For the remainder of the match, Wadham couldn’t quite keep up the pace and possession they enjoyed in the first half, and soon after the goal both sides got entangled in a bit of a brawl which saw three yellow cards shown by referee David Moreno. After that, the frustration of from the home side was fairly evident as Burnham grew in confidence and could’ve snatched all three points though substitute Jordan Denyer and Hughes both couldn’t tuck their chances away.

Certainly was a battle that both sides could’ve won and the visitors can feel pleased to turn out a gritty performance to take a point which sees them inch a point clear of bottom side Haringey & Waltham in 21st. Wadham remain in 15th place, three points clear of Eton Manor just behind them though Eton have three games in hand.

Full-Time:  Wadham Lodge 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

Falola 20’                           Hughes 58’


Wadham Lodge

Joint Managers: James Falaise & Kevin Lucas

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

1  Lewis Green  (GK) 1  Chris Leonard  (GK & C)
2  Akil Clarke            (Subbed 75’) 2  Charlie Cobb        (Subbed 71’)
3  Bradley Gayer 3  Grant Webb
4  Glody Msamu 4  George Elliott
5  Alex Akanbi 5  Matthew Coppen
6  Nnamdi Harold-Egole  (C) 6  Ben Timson
7  Robert Clarke      (Subbed 69’) 7  Andrew Mowforth    (Subbed 83’)
8  Joe Thomas 8  Sam Eve
9  Charlie Parker 9  Craig Heskey             (Subbed 84’)
10  Fehinti Falola        (Subbed 87’) 10  Ryan Stillwell
11  Larry Asare 11  Charlee Hughes


12  Calvin Poku 12  Luke Stillwell                  (On 83’)
14  Cemal Agdelan     (On 69’) 14  Luke Moloney                (On 71’)
15  Musa Manneh     (On 75’) 15  Jordan Denyer               (On 84’)
16 James Falaise         (On 87’) 16  Mitchell Ribet
Booked: Nsamu, Akanbi Booked: Eve, Elliott, Hughes, Cobb & Moloney


David Moreno

Assistant Referees:

Eddie Andrews

Kristian Keller

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

Tolleshunt D’Arcy Cup Semi-Final

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 51

Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017 7.45pm KO

Hullbridge Sports  : Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Burnham Ramblers : Red & Yellow Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Hullbridge & Burnham teams before KO (TDA Cup 28.3.17)
Hulbridge & Burnham players before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports took on ESL rivals Burnham Ramblers in the second Tolleshunt D’Arcy Cup Semi-Final.

Hullbridge started the stronger of the two sides, having a goal chalked off after just five minutes for an Off-side. Charlie Little down the Hullbridge right flank was posing the visitors’ problems through his direct running, pace and pinging across the odd good cross as well. The Hulbridge forward pairing of captain Jimmy Cox and Luca Frankis did have openings, Cox in particular spurning a few chances, failing to beat visiting ‘keeper Chris Leonard.

The home side did eventually make their superior play count just past the half hour as midfielder Dean Wallace blasted home from inside the area into top right corner. Only minutes later, midfielder comrade Dan Regan blasted another effort wide, much to the Hullbridge man’s dismay. Burnham couldn’t quite retain possession long enough to string together passages of play in attack unfortunately, as the both sides named strong XI’s for this Cup match. Burnham’s best chance really came on 14 minutes as forward Charlee Hughes’ header from a free-kick was saved by home ‘keeper Jamie Merralls.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The second half began with Hullbridge having a slender lead for a fairly dominant first period. They made good on their resolve though early on in the second period, as just three minutes in, Hullbridge forward Cox passed the ball into the net after a defensive mishap to double the home side’s lead. Only seven minutes or so after that, winger Little blasted home a long-range effort to really take the wind out of Burnham’s sails.

Burnham kept going for the majority of the second half, though struggled to create guilt-edged chances, though they did pose the Hullbridge back four a few more problems through forwards Craig Heskey and Charlee Hughes, though Hullbridge could’ve added to their goal tally late on. Substitute Ryan Wallington skewed his strike wide of goal when one-on-one with Leonard, before Little had two well-struck efforts well-saved by Leonard late on as Hullbridge reached the Final, where they’ll play Ryman League Division North side Heybridge Swifts.
FT: Hullbridge Sports       3   –    0     Burnham Ramblers

      Wallace 32’, Cox 48’ , Little 55’


Hullbridge Sports


Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Burnham Ramblers


Manager: Lee Hughes

1  Jamie Merralls (GK) 1  Chris Leonard  (GK)
2  Aaron Hunwicks 2  Connor Peralta
3  Sam Taylor 3  Grant Webb        (Subbed 64’)
4  Dan Regan 4  Ben Timson
5  Rob Hodgson 5  Reggie Disley (C)
6  Joe Turpin 6  Matthew Coppen
7  Charlie Little 7  Andrew Mowforth   (Subbed 64’)
8  Dean Wallace 8  Luke Moloney   (Subbed 46’)
9  Jimmy Cox (C)    (Subbed 73’) 9  Craig Heskey
10  Luca Frankis     (Subbed 73’) 10  Ryan Stillwell
11  Charlie Gerada    (Subbed 73’) 11  Charlee Hughes
12  Ryan Walington    (On 73’) 12  Sam Eve    (On 46’)
14  Howard Wright   (On 73‘) 15  Sam Kimmence
15  Ronnie Pallett     (On  73‘) 15  Jordan Denyer    (On 46’)
GK Ryan Emery 17  James Wilsher     (On 64’)
  18  Kevin Obaze
Booked: Regan, Wright  
Referee: Dave Tregaskes
Assistant Referees: Tom Bullard

Stephen Vieira


Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL)

 Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field Stadium

Attendance: 20

Date: Tuesday 7th February 2017 8pm KO

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

 Tower Hamlets : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts., Orange Socks

Referee: Michael Scott

Burnham Ramblers players in the tunnel before KO.

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a slightly soggy though decent pitch at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers took on Tower Hamlets in a bottom-of-the-table clash in the ESL.

The match started as it carried on, quite open as both sides hit the woodwork early-doors. Burnham took the lead with just ten minutes gone, as Charlee Hughes calmly slotted past the Hamlets’ keeper into the left corner.

Burnham kept on the pressure, having the majority of the chances before Hughes once again popped up in front of goal, blasting home from close-range to double the home side’s advantage.

Hamlets had the odd opportunity to reduce their arrears though their defensive frailties showed once again just before the break. Hughes timing his run well, receiving a good through-ball, rounding the ‘keeper before slotting home assuredly for a first-half hat-trick.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 0 Tower Hamlets

Burnham had chances to extend their lead after the break, though Hamlets did improve and got a consolation late on through Leoman Medrado’s long-range cracker. Burnham finished the match down to ten men as Bobby Bird got his marching orders  late on for two bookable offences. Even so, Burnham deservedly won this encounter, as they were slicker in attack and more defensively sound. Hughes could’ve made it four though hit the post moments before the final whistle.

As a result, Burnham are off the foot of the ESL table, Haringey & Waltham are bottom on goal difference. Hamlets’ indifferent form continues.

Full-Time:  Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Tower Hamlets

Hughes 10, 25, 41               Medrado 74’

This was my first visit to Leslie Field and would like to give an honourable mention to the club for the nice atmosphere and friendliness of the staff. Thank you.


Burnham Ramblers: Lee Hughes
Tower Hamlets: Ade Abayomi

Unfortunately, there was no confirmed team-sheets (for both sides) from this match.