Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri/Sat 31 Jan/1 Feb) [ESL 19/20 2.2.20]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, from Friday 31st January & Saturday 1st February.

 

Essex Senior

Friday 31 January

Redbridge  2 – 7  Clapton  | Oakside  | Att: 49

Clapton put in an outstanding showing to batter the Motormen at Oakside on Friday night. Deimar Queni, Jaydon Charles and Nana Boakye-Yiadom all got braces for the Tons, to which Asher Modeste added a goal so Clapton led 7 – 0 before a late double from Hassan Nalbant and substitute Charlie Portway spared the hosts from a heavier loss. The Tons’ recent form continues to impress as its five wins from their last seven matches which sees them in 11th. Redbridge fell to their second loss in their last five though remain eighth.

Saturday 1 February    –   Essex Senior

Hashtag Utd  2 – 2  Takeley  | Chadfields  | Att: 139

Hashtag fought back twice to claim a share of the points at Chadfields. An OG put Marc Das’ side ahead on the quarter-hour, though Kris Newby got the Tags back on terms four minutes into the second half. In an encounter that was getting increasingly fraught, Reece Barrett put the visitors back in front on 55 minutes and it looked as though they may eke out the win though it wasn’t to be. Tom Anderson kept up his knack of scoring goals with a late equaliser to preserve the unbeaten run at five matches for Jay Devereux’s team.  Takeley remain 5th while Utd go up to second with rivals Walthamstow in Cup action this weekend.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 1  Enfield   | Crofters | Att: 40

Enfield left it late before getting a crucial win at fellow strugglers Sawbridgeworth. Prince Adeyemi’s 90th-minute goal was enough to give Matt Hanning’s team an important three points, their first in eleven games to gain ground on rivals Tower Hamlets in the bottom three. Sawbo’s losing run extends to eight matches now and they are now 14 points adrift at the bottom with twelve matches remaining.

Southend Manor  1 – 0  Hoddesdon Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 21

Manor emerged with a narrow win over Hoddesdon, thanks to Ruben Kennedy’s strike seven minutes before the end to obtain their first win in four games and leap up above Tower Hamlets into 16th and they are only three points off Sporting Bengal in 12th spot. Hoddesdon’s top-five aspiration this term is slipping as their winless run extended to four as they remain in ninth.

Stansted  3 – 2  West Essex  | Hargrave Park | Att: 68

The Airportmen made it ten straight league wins with a battling win over West Essex at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsay got the opener for the hosts inside a minute, though West have shown they are fired up in recent matches and levelled the match after 12 minutes through Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe. The game was well-poised into the second-half though Paul Clayton turned the game in a big way with a brace [70’ & 87’]. The Stags were depleted through illness and suspension though still got one back in added-time through Hakim Medfai though Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side held on to remain sixth though they went four points clear of Cockfosters in 7th.

My Non-League colleague Matt North was at the game and here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-stansted-3-2-west-essex-esl-19-20-01-02-20/

Tower Hamlets  0 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Mile End ‘derby’ | Att: 30

Bengal got their second Mile End ‘derby’ win of the season as they got a much-needed three points. Curtley McIntosh got the opener for Imrul Gazi’s side five minutes before the break and Bobby Redwood ended up securing the win midway through the second-half to give Bengal their second win in their last six to rise up to 12th spot. Hamlets’ quest for a win goes on and they drop to third-bottom after a winless stretch which now sits at eight matches.

 

News: In better news for Hamlets, starlet Ali Omar signed for EFL Championship side Barnsley this week so plaudits have to go to the Essex Senior side for the project they have instigated this term and best wishes go to Ali as he continues his football development at Oakwell.

 

Errington Challenge Cup : Quarter-Final

Walthamstow  0 – 2  Cockfosters  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 40

The new dawn at Walthamstow began with defeat as Cockfosters made the last four of the Errington Cup. First-half goals by Ceykan Karagozlu [20’] and Harley Haag five minutes before the break ensured that Ryan Wade’s team got the win though for ‘Stow, it is arguably more important that new boss Max Mitchell & his new signings get settled quickly as the club seeks to maintain its promotion challenge this season.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 4 Jan) [ESL 19/20 5.1.20]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello and welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League from Saturday 4 January 2020 as League action returned. I would also like to wish a very Happy New Year to all clubs, staff, players & readers of this blog.

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Saturday 4 January 2020 – Essex Senior

Hadley  0 – 0 Saffron Walden Town   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 160

Hadley held firm and denied Saffron Walden another three points in this Brickfield Lane stalemate. Both sides had their chances though ultimately it was a point apiece which Hadley may be content with, given they have matches in hand on the top three. Walden drop to second. Behind Walthamstow on goal difference though are also unbeaten in their last nine matches now.

Hoddesdon Town  3 – 3  Enfield  | Lowfield   | Att: 117

Enfield roared back from two goals down to claim a point at Lowfield to aid their stuttering campaign. Things didn’t start so well for the visitors though as Liam Mulligan put the Lilywhites ahead after only three minutes, before another strike from 12 yards from Isaac Marfo-Jacobs double that home advantage six minutes afterward. Enfield halved their arrears from the spot themselves thanks to Michael Salako on 16 minutes though they kept themselves firmly in the game as Joe Pattison levelled the match three minutes before the end of a pulsating first half-hour. Ben Bradbury completed some turnaround with the third for Matt Hanning’s team three minutes before the interval.

Hoddesdon were not done though as Jack Gibbs’s strike ten minutes before the end made it three draws in their last six matches for Simon Riddle’s side, which saw them drop to seventh. Enfield’s second successive draw sees them inch above Clapton to third-bottom.

Ilford  0 – 1  Cockfosters   | Cricklefield  | Att: 56

Cockfosters ground out a decent win at Ilford, thanks to loanee striker James Verney on 72 minutes. Ryan Wade’s side got their third win in their last six matches here and fortify eighth place in the process. Ilford’s recent mixed form continues as they remain in 12th spot as one of three teams on 21 points.

 

Southend Manor  2 – 1 St Margaretsbury  | Southchurch Park  | Att: 51

Manor got a hugly important win over a promising St Margaretsbury side at Southchurch Park in my featured match on Saturday. After a fairly dry first-half, Jermaine Nicholson put the visitors ahead with a low drive on 52 minutes. However, the latter stages saw Manor rise in belief and after Louie Hunt’s opportunistic leveller with 72 minutes gone, skipper Reece Latimer got the winner three minutes from time.

If you’d like more on this match, my match report in-full is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/01/04/match-report-southend-manor-2-1-st-margaretsbury-sat-4th-jan-esl/

Stansted  5 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 110

The Airportmen delivered one of the performances of their season in this local derby to maintain their stellar winning run and heap more pressure on bottom side Sawbridgeworth. Connor Hammond broke the deadlock for the home side after twenty minutes and Daniel Cheema struck again fourteen minutes later to set their path to the win here. Hammond got his second of the afternoon five minutes later and when Jack Mitchell despatched a spot-kick home four minutes before half-time, the ‘writing was on the wall’ for Lee Mackman’s side.

To their credit, Sawbo did pull a goal back three minutes after the break through Harry Bushell but it was a rare highlight on a tough day for the visitors. Ryan Ramsay made it five with 17 minutes left as the hosts enjoyed their afternoon by claiming an eighth straight league win and in doing so, rise back up to sixth. Sawridgeworth remain bottom and are 11 points adrift of their nearest rivals, with 17 matches left to play this term.

 

Tower Hamlets  1 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | Mile End  | Att: 75

Hashtag overcame a scare at Mile End to grab another precious three points in their promotion campaign. Sam Byles put the Tags ahead after just ten minutes though the young Hamlets side once again provided tough opposition to more experienced opposition and levelled through Enock Seganile’s goal. However, Ricky Evans’ free-kick with 15 minutes remaining was the decisive goal as Utd made it five wins from their last six outings to stay 3rd though also extended their cushion over Hadley in fourth to six points. Hamlets remain 15th, though are three points clear of second-bottom side Clapton.

Walthamstow  2 – 1  Clapton   | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 130

Walthamstow secured another victory which saw them go top of the table on goal difference. Danny McCullock’s strike gave the ‘Stow a 15th-minute lead before another penalty from talisman Dwade James six minutes later put Ryan Maxwell’s side in some measure of command. Jaydon Charles’ late goal wasn;t enoughfor a Tons  side who only have one win in their last five matches and other results saw them drop to second-bottom.

 

Match Off: Takeley P – P Redbridge  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

 

Match Report: Saffron Walden 4 – 3 Cockfosters (Sat 28th Dec) [ECC 19/20 28.12.19]

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Errington Challenge Cup 2019-20: Round One

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: 214

2019 – 20 Season: Match 49

Saturday 28th December 2019 – 3pm KO

Saffron Walden: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Cockfosters: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

 

 

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Walden edge ‘Fosters in an enthralling battle at Catons Lane

Saffron Walden Town 4 – 3 Cockfosters

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The last match of 2019 saw me make a welcome return to Catons Lane to take in this Errington Challenge Cup match between Saffron Walden Town and Cockfosters. Both sides are good to watch and I had high hopes that would see a pulsating match. Walden are blighted by injuries at present though still named a strong side, with Rob Budd between the posts, a back four of club stalwart Spike Bell, Tom Skelton and centre-backs Jamie Riley and George Pullen. Recent signing Tyger Smalls joined Nathan Scarborough and Gavin Cockman in their forward line and their substitutes’ bench included the likes of Greg Strong and Connor Molloy. Cockfosters also made a few changes, with Josh Mollison in goal, though Danny Haigh and Dan Odamo remained at the heart of the defence with a three-pronged attack comprising Billy Healey, Ceykan Karagozlu and Kai Bowers. Ned Clarke, Billy Murray and Harley Haag were all options from the bench for Ryan Wade’s team.

Before kick-off, there was a minute’s firm applause recognising the commitment to Saffron Walden of former player & Committee member Sid Boyton who sadly passed away earlier this month at the age of 92. Onto the match itself then and we didn’t have to wait long for the first goal. Only two minutes in, left-sided forward Tyger Smalls found space and beat the off-side trap to face visiting goalkeeper Josh Mollison one-on-one and Smalls coolly struck low into the net. Cockfosters showed no hesitation in coming forward despite the setback though as minutes later, forward Kai Bowers’ cross was blocked though forward Ceykan Karagozlu followed up though his weak strike didn’t unduly test Bloods custodian Rob Budd.

 

At the other end on nine minutes, Smalls was causing more havoc among the opposition defence and he was adjudged to have been brought down whilst driving into the area, Penalty to Walden. Forward partner Nathan Scarborough stepped up and calmly tucked home into the left-side corner past Mollison. Things were looking a tad bleak for the visitors at this point. As we got to 15 minutes on the watch, the enterprising Bowers made another darting run toward the penalty box though a well-timed interception by Bloods centre-back George Pullen snuffed out the danger.

Forwards Gavin Cockman and Scarborough were showing good understanding in building attacks for the hosts and after Walden had a goal by Scarborough chalked off for off-side, it was the visitors who halved their arrears as we came into the halfway period of the half. Skipper Matthew Thomson’s free-kick was handled by the defensive wall and another penalty was awarded. Striker Billy Healey stepped up and duly stroked home into the corner, past Budd. With almost half an hour played, attacking midfielder George Beattie’s central run ended with a drive at goal from 20 yards, though Budd was alert enough to parry away before Pullen got in another good tackle to deny Beattie another crack.

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At the other end, Smalls was continuing to have a fine game, as after another great run down the left channel, his centre found Craig Calver who could only skew his shot agonisingly wide of the far post. And then with half-time drawing near, a good ball in from the left by visiting full-back Marcus Crowther found Karagozlu though mistimed effort bobbled harmlessly wide.

Half-Time:  Saffron Walden  2 – 1  Cockfosters

 

So, after a good first-half there was optimism in the air for further goals and again, we wasn’t wanting for long as three minutes after the restart, the Bloods restored their two-goal lead. Calver’s cross from the left was headed on by Scarborough and the ball fell to on-rushing midfieder Jake Noble who slotted home well into the corner. Cockfosters ‘keeper Mollison was in action again soon afterwards, first to deny a good strike by Calver which he palmed away well and then to gather a header by Walden skipper Ross Adams from Spike Bell’s booming long throw.

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Just past the hour, the chances continued to swing between the sides. Beattie’s fierce drive from 18 yards was well-denied by Budd and then moments later, Cockman absolutely blasted a strike which flew wide of Mollison’s goal frame. ‘Fosters got another goal back and ensured a tense finish on 64 minutes as Karagozlu’s teasing cross found Beattie at the back stick and he made no mistake stroking home. Jason Maher’s side poured forward in response with Cockman sending in a low cross which Cockfosters centre-back Haigh did well to track and deny. Walden wouldn’t be denied though as with seventeen minutes left, good work again by Calver found Noble whose pass found Scarborough at the back post for a tap-in from yards out.

Five minutes after visiting ‘keeper Mollison had done well to deny another rasping effort by Smalls, it was the visitors who grabbed another goal back in an increasingly tense phase of the game. Crowther’s well-taken finish gave Ryan Wade’s team hope and to their credit, they pushed hard in the latter stages to take it to spot-kicks, though in fairness, Walden did deserve the win as they created more chances and showed why they are regarded as a quality outfit.

 

Full-Time: Saffron Walden Town  4 – 3  Cockfosters

In summary, this was one of the most entertaining matches of the season thus far in League & Cup at this level. No shortage of quality, guts, desire and drama really got the healthy crowd going and gave them their money’s worth too. It is hard in games like this to single out players though for the hosts, debutant Tyger Smalls gave the visiting backline more than a few head-scratching moments and deserved his goal. Fellow forward Gavin Cockman also put in a characteristically spirited display with good passing to boot, plus Nathan Scarborough also had a fine afternoon and the driving runs of winger Craig Calver also stretched the ‘Fosters defence, particularly in the second half.

For Cockfosters, George Beattie really shone with a number of probing runs and fierce strikes as he looked to drive his side back into the match. Billy Healey also was a presence in attack while Danny Haigh made a number of good interceptions at centre-back. Ned Clarke also showed once again his talents with pace and movement in his cameo from the bench.

Finally, I would like to thank Saffron Walden for their hospitality, you can tell they are a club ‘on the up’ and that they have the quality on-the-field to really be in the mix in the League promotion shake-up come April. I would also like to wish all the readers on my blog a very happy New Year for 2020, we are in for a superb second half of the season I feel.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Saffron Walden Town   | Manager: Jason Maher

1 Rob Budd (GK), 2 Spike Bell, 3 Tom Skelton, 4 Ross Adams (Capt), 5 Jamie Riley, 6 George Pullen, 7 Craig Calver, 8 Jake Noble (16 Greg Strong 81’), 9 Gavin Cockman (15 Connor Molloy 70’), 10 Nathan Scarborough (12 Saeed Zamehran 82’), 11 Tyger Smalls

Goal-scorers: Tyger Smalls [2’], Nathan Scarborough [9’ & 73’], Jake Noble [48’]

Booked: Noble, Skelton (Sin-Bin), Calver | Sub Not Used: Frodsham

 

Cockfosters   | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade

1 Josh Mollison (GK), 2 Luke Marshall, 3 Marcus Crowther, 4 Matthew Thomson (Capt) (Harley Haag 73’), 5 Danny Haigh, 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Danny Charles (12 Billy Murray 81’), 8 George Beattie, 9 Billy Healey, 10 Ceykan Karagozlu, 11 Kai Bowers (14 Ned Clarke 66’)

Goal-scorers: Billy Healey [pen 20’], George Beattie [64’], Marcus Crowther [84’]

Booked: Thomson, Marshall | Sub Not Used: Fajobi, Murphy

 

Referee: Nathan Kitteridge

Assistant Referees: Darrell Evans & Andy Wheaton

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1 Cockfosters (Mon 2nd Dec) [ESL 19/20 3.12.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 43

Monday 2nd December 2019 – 7.50pm KO

T Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks

 

 

Clarke stunner edges Cockfosters to win at Mile End

Tower Hamlets  0 – 1  Cockfosters

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

A rare Monday night Essex Senior match took me to Mile End to see the new-look Tower Hamlets side face Cockfosters. Hamlets named a front two of Ezra Ndukuba with Anthony Folkes in support, with Yoan Edoukou and Josh Rusoke on the flanks. Cockfosters had first-choice Brad Robinson in goal, Matt Thomson alongside Billy Murray in midfield and a front two of in-form Billy Healey and Ned Clarke.

The hosts had won two of the last five before this one, while ‘Fosters had lost out in their last two matches. On what was a frightfully cold evening in East London, there were early sighters on goal in this one. First, Hamlets midfielder Ambrosio Preira’s drive smashed against a post after four minutes. Almost immediately, Ryan Wade’s side responded at the other end though winger Rueben Campbell’s drive was well over the woodwork. Moments later, a decent run down the centre by visiting forward Ceykan Karagozlu bypassed the first defender before Hamlets centre-back Alan Zuqolli tracked back and cleared well into the stands and the proverbial ‘Row Z’. Forward Billy Healey also whistled a drive past Ade Oyenuga’s goal soon after as Cockfosters gradually built momentum.

That being said, Hamlets were still dangerous on the counter with good balls in from the flanks being exemplified by full-back Tony Musoke’s cross from the left flank, which brought visiting stopper Robinson into action to punch away from danger. Midway into the half, Oyenuga did well to block another Healey drive from close range though Karagozlu really could have scored on the follow-up, only for it to be cleared off the goal-line.

The visitors did concede the odd needless free-kick just outside 18-yard area and from one of these on 26 minutes, forward Anthomy Folkes fizzed a well-directed effort just over the goal frame. Nine minutes later, the threatening Karagozlu sent in two or three teasing balls into the six-yard area though a teammate could not a decisive touch on them. Karagozlu also had a good effort saved by Oyenuga after evading the home defence though the telling moment came in added-time before the break.

Forward Ned Clarke, who has had a good start to life at Cockfosters, received the ball 30 yards out in a bit of space before hammering home an unstoppable drive with a tad or curl to pass Oyenuga and high into the net. It was undoubtedly one of the goals of the campaign that I’ve seen. And with that, referee Andy Simmonds soon blew for half-time.

 

Half-Time:  Tower Hamlets  0 – 1 Cockfosters

You have to respect what this Hamlets team have done since the summer, given that most have come up from the Reserve side playing in the Essex Alliance League last term. They came out after the break with renewed purpose, and Ndukuba did well to evade his marker before firing harmlessly over the crossbar four minutes into the half.

Cockfosters knew they were in for a battle here as Hamlets maintained the momentum in the next phase of the game, with Zuqolli heading a corner towards goal though Robinson could gather just in front of his own goal frame.

Home winger Josh Rusoke also tested Robinson moments afterward as his drive looked to get a small deflection off the defender though Robinson held firm to deny him. ‘Fosters had a goal chalked off for a foul with twenty minutes remaining, though they held firm as Hamlets couldn’t sustain the possession pressure to continue their attacking intent. A twenty-yard drive by skipper Ali Omar was gathered by Robinson in the dying minutes. Finally, on the stroke of the ninety, Cockfosters substitute George Beattie’s fierce strike brushed a post though they deserved the win although it may have been grittier than they would have ideally wanted.

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Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1 Cockfosters

In summary, a tough evening’s work for Cockfosters though ultimately they did enough to claim the points, thanks to that Clarke’s stunning strike. Clarke had another decent game, as did strike partner Billy Healey and winger Rueben Campbell. For Hamlets, forward Ezra Ndukuba was skilful, quick and a danger to the opposition defence while Anthony Folkes provided good support and Yoan Edoukou also did well. Best wishes to both sides going forward this term and also thank you to Hamlets for their welcome.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Tower Hamlets   |  Manager: John Jatto

99 Ade Oyenuga (GK), 2 Jesse Boalenga, 3 Anthony Musoke, 4 Ali Omar (Capt), 5 Allan Zuqolli, 6 Ambrosio Preira (16 Adam Kerroche 43’), 7 Yoan Edoukou, 8 Ben Brookes, 9 Ezra Ndukuba (12 Benas Vaivada 80’), 10 Anthony Folkes, 11 Josh Rusoke

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Anderson, Daniel

 

Cockfosters | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Luke Marshall, 3 Marcus Crowther, 4 Matt Thomson, 5 Danny Haigh (Capt), 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Rueben Campbell, 8 Billy Murray, 9 Billy Healey (12 George Beattie 81’), 10 Ned Clarke (14 Alex Michaelides 67’), 11 Ceykan Karagozlu (15 Kai Bowers 74’),

Goal-scorer: Ned Clarke  [45’ +2]

Booked: Thomson | Sub Not Used: Charles, Haag

 

Referee: Andy Simmonds

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 8/Sat 9 Nov) [ESL 19/20 10.11.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & Essex Senior Writer

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action, which includes matches from the nine league matches on this Remembrance weekend of Saturday 9th November. Thanks for reading.

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Friday 8 November

Essex Senior League

 

Redbridge  1 – 2  Woodford Town   | Oakside | Att: 78

Woodford emerged from a tough battle with Redbridge at Oakside with all three points on Friday night. Andrea Montovani put the driven visitors ahead on 27 minutes. Town had more chances to go further ahead and they paid for those misses as Taylor Tombides [68’] levelled things up, though it was substitute Lance Ledgister who got a late winner for the Towners with three minutes to spare. I attended this match and if you’d like more, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/match-report-redbridge-1-2-woodford-town-fri-8th-nov-esl/

 

Saturday 9 November

 

Hadley  8 – 0  Clapton   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 45

Hadley maintained their brilliant home record as they crushed the Tons at Brickfield Lane. The Bricks were four goals up at half-time and had an ensemble cast of Alfie Bartram, Solomon Ofori, Cameron Ferguson, two from Luke Jupp plus Shaz Anwar and substitute Jason Rice to thank for this hugely dominant score-line. As a result, Hadley go into third after their sixth win in succession. Clapton’s fourth loss in their last five sees them remain second-bottom.

 

Hashtag Utd  5 – 2  Enfield   | Chadfields  | Att: 222

The Tags went through the gears to claim another big win, this time over out-of-form Enfield at Chadfields. Rapid winger Joshua Osude put Jay Devereux’s side ahead with 34 minutes gone, to which ex-West Essex forward Samraj Gill plundered a second with a great strike four minutes before the interval. Gill then teed up Jesse Waller-Lassen ten minutes after the restart. The E’s managed to get on the score-sheet thanks to skipper Ben Bradbury with twenty minutes remaining. The match had an entertaining finale as first, Harry Honesty made it 4 – 1 nine minutes from time, before Aundre Spencer got another one back for Matt Hanning’s side five minutes afterwards. Then at the death, Ross Gleed struck from 25 yards out in added-time to add a reminder of the threat Utd pose in the Essex Senior title race as they now extend their lead at the summit to six points, though all the rest of the top four have games in hand on them. Enfield’s third straight defeat sees them drop to 14th.

 

Ilford  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury   | Cricklefield | Att: 42

St Mags fought to a decent win over Ilford at Cricklefield. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side saw goal-hungry forward Kyle Roberts move to Ware this week, though had defender Dan Palmer to thank for putting them ahead here on eleven minutes. Ryan Reed then showed his ability once again with a fine free-kick two minutes from time. St Mags go back into the top ten while Ilford sit 16th.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 4  Cockfosters   | Southchurch Park | Att: 42

Cockfosters made the most of a superb start to claim the points over Southend Manor. Billy Healey put the visitors ahead after only three minutes, and continued to dazzle the slow-starting Manor side as Ned Clarke doubled that lead with six minutes played. Healey then got a third for Ryan Wade’s side with fourteen minutes gone and they were well on top. Despite Manor picking it up after the break, substitute George Beattie made it four five minutes from time after good work by fellow replacement Ceykan Karagozlu. I also attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/match-report-southend-manor-0-4-cockfosters-sat-9th-nov-esl/

 

 

Stansted  3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town | Hargrave Park | Att: 62

The Airportmen retained their recent good vein of form as they resisted late pressure by the Lilywhites to grab the points at Hargrave Park. Ashaan Siddik joined the club from Sporting Bengal this week and he got the opener with 26 minutes on the watch. Two goals either side of the break from Connor Hammond [40’] and Daniel Cheema [47’] put Messrs Pittuck and Watters’ side in control. Though as ever, Hoddesdon do not ‘throw in the towel’ and gave their hosts a nervy finish as strikes by Isaac Marfo-Jacobs [77’] and Sam Cross with four minutes to play showed their typical resilience. Stansted held on for their third straight win which saw them rise to 12th, while Hoddy drop to eighth.

 

Takeley  2 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Station Road | Att: 61

Takeley got anther three points as they edged this battle with Sporting Bengal at Station Road. George Powell netted on ten minutes to put Marc Das’ side ahead, before two minutes after the restart, Jason Todd made it two. Bobby Redwood responded for Bengal five minutes after that on the eve on manager Imrul Gazi’s birthday. The hosts held on to rise stay fifth.

 

Tower Hamlets  3 – 2  West Essex   | Mile End | Att: 35

Hamlets made a stirring comeback to deny West Essex a much-needed victory at Mile End. Suaibo Balde struck twice for Hamlets here, with Anthony Folkes also on the scorer’s sheet, while Hakim Medfai and Cameron Gray goals had put the Stags ahead. Hamlets rise to 11th while West’s blip continues as they drop to seventh.

 

Walthamstow  0 – 0  Saffron Walden Town  | Wadham Lodge |

Finally, ‘Stow were held by Walden in this top-of-the-table clash at Eadham Lodge. Both sides may be happy with a point given the difficult the conditions though Town remain second, six points adrift of leaders Hashtag with Walthamstow dropping to fourth though retain their unbeaten record after ten matches.

Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Cockfosters (Sat 9th Nov) [ESL 19/20 9.11.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 42

2019 – 20 Season: Match 38

Saturday 9th November 2019 – 3pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks

 

 

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Cockfosters power past mis-firing Manor at Southchurch Park

Southend Manor 0 – 4  Cockfosters

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional (labelled) photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @Wilkins_media)

The Essex Senior weekend continued on Saturday as I returned to Southchurch Park as Southend Manor took on in-form Cockfosters. Manor named a back four of Derek O’Halem and Kiah Froud as full-backs with ex-Redbridge player Reece Latimer alongside Cameron Harris at centre-back. Right winger Jordan Chambers skippered the side, with a front two of Larry Akanbi and Michael Ogboin. On the bench were the likes of Max Makaka and Oussama Khayar. Cockfosters were unbeaten in their last three matches heading into this one and retained Brad Robinson between the sticks, with Dan Odamo partnering skipper Danny Haigh at centre-back with Reece Monsanya reverting to left wing-back. Billy Healey and Ned Clarke resumed their forward partnership here while George Beattie and Ceykan Karagozlu were among the substitutes.

Before the match, we had the customary minute’s silence to mark this Remembrance weekend and it was observed impeccably. This match didn’t take long to fire up once it started with ‘Fosters player-boss Ryan Wade whizzing a free-kick just wide of the left-side post only two minutes in. A ‘blink of an eye’ later, the net bulged as neat play from Ned Clarke saw him tee up strike partner Billy Healey who made no mistake in firing low past home ‘keepr Josh Blackburn. Moments later, the dozy start by the hosts was compounded as Clarke headed in for the visitors’ second only three minutes afterwards.

‘Danger signs’ continued to sound for the home defence as on nine minutes, a fine cross from the left by winger Alex Michaelides only just eluded opposite winger Rueben Campbell’s head at the back stick. Five minutes later though, the visitors would have a third goal as a peach of a cross by Clarke found Healey’s head and his looping header evaded Blackburn and into the net. It was some start for Cockfosters and not being unkind, though Manor looked a bit stunned by it. Try as they might, they could not really get their passing game going as errant passes went astray, much to the home side’s frustration.

That being said, central midfielder Ruben Kennedy did to an extent get his team going with some astute passes and with twenty minutes gone, he played in support forward Grant Frances though visiting custodian Brad Robinson gathered well at his feet. Manor were creating half-chances but their shots on goal lacked the power to beat Robinson, with forwards Michael Ogboin and Larry Akanbi being denied comfortably before another strike by Ogboin sailed into the side-netting.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 3  Cockfosters

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Either side of the interval, Manor continued to gradually build their platform of passes, requiring Cockfosters skipper Danny Haigh to make two crucial interceptions to temper the opposition attacks. As we approached the hour mark, more neat work by Clarke ended with another good Michaelides cross from the left which again just couldn’t find the arriving Campbell at the back post. Robinson was called into action again soon after, first denying a Frances strike before the same player angled in a free-kick from 20-plus yards out, which the visiting ‘keeper clawed away.

Cockfosters once again built up their forward play as we entered the last twenty minutes as from a nice back header by Healey, Clarke struck wide. Substitute George Beattie also drew a decent save out of Blackburn , moments after entering the scene. To their credit, Manor were determined to get something out of this match, shown in spades by energetic winger Oussama Khayar, who made several rapid runs down the channel to spur his side on. With 12 minutes remaining, Khayar’s good ended with a shot that went just wide. Soon after that, a good cross-field ball by Khayar found full-back Derek O’Halem who in turn found substitute Max Makaka though his strike just outside the box lacked the venom to bypass Robinson.

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Cockfosters rounded off a fine afternoon with five minutes left as after a fine run by replacement Ceykan Karagozlu, his thoughtful pass found Beattie who couldn’t miss from close range. Despite Akanbi having two half-chances late on, Manor were well beaten here after their poor start had effectively cost them the match.

 

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Cockfosters

In summary, it was the right result despite Manor showing more willingness to get forward and more energy in the second half. Quite a few players stood out for me today – for the victors it was hard to ignore the front two of Billy Healey and Ned Clarke, with their understanding growing and three goals between is some return today. Also, right winger Rueben Campbell had a good game as did Alex Michaelides on the opposite flank and powerful centre-back Dan Odamo who typically was no-nonsense in his clearances. For Manor, right-back Derek O’Halem did well with a disciplined and energetic performance, with Michael Ogboin and midfielder Ruben Kennedy also working hard to get their side going. Also a mention goes to substitute Oussama Khayar who expended a lot of energy with driving runs down the channels to try to get his team going, but to little avail.

Finally, I’d like to thank Southend Manor for their hospitality and wish them and Cockfosters well for the remainder of this campaign.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters | Assistant: Garry Pond

1 Josh Blackburn (GK), 2 Derek O’Halem, 3 Kiah Froud, 4 Ruben Kennedy, 5 Reece Latimer, 6 Cameron Harris, 7 Jordan Chambers (Capt) (18 Harry Markatis 60’), 8 David Salako (17 Oussama Khayar 60’), 9 Sadiq ‘Larry’ Akanbi, 10 Grant Frances, 11 Michael Ogboin (15 Max Makaka 71’)

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Brocklebank, Williams

 

Cockfosters | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade | Assistants: Nick Mountford & Tony Faulkner

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Nick Briggs, 3 Reece Mosanya, 4 Ryan Wade, 5 Danny Haigh (Capt), 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Reuben Campbell, 8 Billy Murray (15 Josh Yoane 87’), 9 Billy Healey (14 Ceykan Karagozlu 78’), 10 Ned Clarke (George Beattie 73’), 11 Alex Michaelides

Goal-scorers: Billy Healey [3’ & 14’], Ned Clarke [6’], George Beattie [85’]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Crockett

 

Referee: Reece Pinchback

Match Report: Cockfosters 1 – 0 West Essex (Tues 29th Oct) [ESL 19/20 30.10.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: 40

2019 – 20 Season: Match 32

Tuesday 29th October 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

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

 

Cockfosters battle hard to resist off-key West at Chalk Lane

Cockfosters 1 – 0 West Essex

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Midweek matches returned as I made a first visit to Chalk Lane to see this Essex Senior battle between Cockfosters and West Essex. The ground is a short walk away from the Cockfosters London Underground station and with player-boss Ryan Wade and assistant Nick Mountford both playing here, managerial duties were allocated to experienced coach Tony Faulkner. The ‘Fosters edged a ferocious match at home to Sporting Bengal the previous weekend and named Brad Robinson between the sticks, a back four of former Ilford captain Danny Haigh, on-loan Marcus Crowther plus centre-backs Dan Odamo and Mountford. Wingers Reece Mosanya and Alex Michaelides supported forwards Billy Healey and recent signing Ned Clarke. Ceykan Karagozlu, Sam Ruff and Harley Haag were among the options on the hosts’ bench. West were missing near ever-present Sanchez Hardy and midfielder Emanuel Wazola though could still field ‘keeper Jack Coker, with Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss and Cameron Gray in midfield with Symeon Taylor being chief support to forward Michael Mignot. The likes of Hakim Medfai, Brad Russell and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe were on the bench for Kwame Kwateng’s side.

You suspected that this would be quite an attack-minded game given that both sides score goals and that was the case here. Barely a minute in, Cockfosters forward Billy Healey struck wide when given a sighter at goal. The Stags retaliated straight away as Mignot struck wide before having another effort on-target though it was cleared off the goal-line as the home defence set out to improve on their record of conceding recently. The hosts came back into the contest with winger Alex Michaelides headed over on 19 minutes after a fine ball in from the right side. Four minutes later, a well-struck drive by right-side winger Reece Mosanya needed the strong hand of visiting stopper Jack Coker to push it over the woodwork.

 

West were still dangerous at the other end although they couldn’t find that concise final ball to really outdo the home defence. Mignot’s pace again was a threat and just past the half hour, he raced past the ‘Fosters defence though his low strike was well kept out by Cockfosters custodian Brad Robinson.

Half-Time: Cockfosters 0 – 0 West Essex

Honours-even at the break then, though the visitors would have felt they shelled enough chances to have a decent lead at the interval. Early in the second half, Robinson extended his calm presence as he did well to gather midfielder Callum Bloss’ telling ball into the six-yard area before denying Mignot again after the forward had zipped past him on the counter. The hosts were building some momentum of their own though as they were certainly a threat going forward, with winger Reece Mosanya in particular posing problems with his pace, trickery and crossing. With 56 minutes on the watch, home forward Ned Clarke struck wide it was a let-off for the visitors.

Such let-offs would soon expire though as midway through the second-half the hosts took the lead as another telling ball in from the left by the impressive Alex Michaelides found Clarke who manufactured half a yard of space before firing home calmly past Coker to break the deadlock here. It could have been worse for the Stags as minutes after entering the fray, substitute Ceykan Karagozlu ghosted past the West defence, cut inside and sent a rasping strike just wide of the far post. It wasn’t to be West’s night as with eight minutes remaining, Taylor showed good touch before playing in replacement Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe who in turn ran down the left channel before his super centre found Bloss at the back stick though his header was straight into the grateful gather of Robinson.

The visitors’ frustration was visibly confirmed in added-time as after tracking back into his own half, Mignot saw red for a reckless challenge on ‘Fosters player-boss Ryan Wade, for which he soon apologised post-match on social media.  It shouldn’t detract from a decent match though and Tony Faulker’s side will be happy to grab another victory.

Full-Time: Cockfosters  1 – 0  West Essex


In summary, Cockfosters deserve credit for being robust defensively despite being under heavy pressure for several phases of this encounter and being more than useful in attack. Goalkeeper Brad Robinson had a calm, assured presence here and stood out alongside  rapid winger Reece Mosanya, full-back Danny Haigh, forward Ned Clarke and fellow winger Alex Michaelides who all gave the opposition a headache here.

Although West had a good first half here, they still didn’t quite seem entirely themselves and lacked some of the energy they are known for going forward. Striker Symeon Taylor did well as did young full-back Sam McNally and centre-back Josh French. Mignot once again was a searing threat for his side even though his evening did not end well.

Finally, I’d like to note the hospitality shown by Cockfosters tonight. I am pleased to have finally visited the ground and their friendly staff are a credit to their club, and to the League. They are certainly worth a visit. I sincerely wish them well for the rest of the debut campaign in the Essex Senior.
Teams

Cockfosters  |  Manager: Tony Faulkner (with Wade & Mountford on-pitch)

1. Brad Robinson (GK), 2. Danny Haigh (Capt), 3. Marcus Crowther, 4. Ryan Wade, 5. Dan Odamo, 6. Nick Mountford, 7. Reece Mosanya, 8. Reuben Campbell, 9. Billy Healey (15. Sam Ruff 77’), 10. Ned Clarke (12. Ceykan Karagozlu 72’), 11. Alex Michaelides

Goal-scorers: Ned Clarke [65’]

Booked: Haigh | Subs Not Used: Charles, Haag, Prempeh

 

West Essex    |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

1. Jack Coker (GK), 5. Nick Walk, 2 Sam McNally, 4. Tom Macleod (Capt), 14. Josh French, 16. Greg Frederick, 8. Callum Bloss (9. Hakim Medfai 86’), 11. Cameron Gray (18 Brad Russell 71’), 10. Joe Lefley (20. Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 79’ ), 7. Michael Mignot, 12. Symeon Taylor

Booked: Walk | Sent Off: Mignot | Subs Not Used: Woodbridge, D Russell (GK)

Referee: Endrit Malaveci