Essex Olympian League – Division One
Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground
Attendance: 20 (Est)
2022-23 Season: Match 63
Saturday 6th May 2023 – 2pm KO
Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks
Beacon Hill: Red Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks
Rovers edge to late win as Corinthians spurn several chances
Corinthians 2 – 3 Beacon Hill Rovers
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The second match of the weekend saw a welcome return to Stambridge for this Essex Olympian League Division One match between Corinthians and Beacon Hill Rovers. The hosts have been frustrated in recent weeks as recent results have seen them drop out of the race for the top-two. Manager Chris Stoneham still named a strong side for their last home game of the term here, with Nathan Warren in goal, a central defence of Daniel Frimley, Alfie Knight and captain Connor Summerhill. Their wing-backs were Charlie Marden and Mark Frostick, with Jake Hinkley and Jordan Stoneham in central midfield. Mike Edgar was the attack-minded midfielder in support of forwards Brodie Horne and Jake Hodder. Beacon Hill have got good results in recent weeks which has seen them retain their second-tier status for next season and they had Charles Fitt as their custodian, William Strutt and William Ritchie in central defence and Ben Prentice and George Sapsford as full-backs. Joshua Jones, skipper Charles Brewer and George Bass were their central midfield, with the forward line being comprised of Jack Walker, Karl Swanborough and Adebolu Adeyemi.
The early stages of this match were a bit reminiscent of an end-of-tern match but the hosts did have the early glimmers at goal, as wing-back Charlie Marden’s pass found forward Jake Hodder and his strike was well tipped over the woodwork by visiting goalkeeper Charles Fitt. Fitt was called into action moments later, denying Hodder’s effort after this time being well picked out by wing-back Mark Frostick’s pass. Corinthians were gathering momentum but still had to be alert at the other end as former Burnham Ramblers midfielder Charles Brewer headed over the crossbar when well-placed in a busy penalty area. The hosts’ frustrations only grew as wily Karl Swanborough managed to dodge both the off-side trap & home defence before rounding the advancing goalie Nathan Warren and slotting nto the empty net, nine minutes before the break. Swanborough had another effort on goal moments later but this time Warren did deny him but you felt there was more defending to do for the visitors.
Half-Time: Corinthians 0 – 1 Beacon Hill
After the break, Corinthians started strongly and Marden & Frostick involved in the build-up, Mike Edgar’s strike was denied by the agile Fitt. Seconds later though, a blemish by the Rovers backline allowed skipper Connor Summerhill to head home a decent corner at the far post to level the game. Unsurprisingly, that goal lifted the home side but there was still drama to come. Just short of the hour mark, another fine run down the right flank by the impressive Charlie Marden ended with a good ball into the box, which found Edgar and his neat header was again well-saved by the Rovers goalkeeper. At this point, Fitt was rather keeping his team in the game, and he had two more superb saves to make as he first denied another decent strike by Hodder and then a fierce drive by Marden, but those sprawling saves kept it level as we went into the last fifteen minutes.
However, Corinthians did take the lead with 13 minutes remaining as a dazzling run by Hodder down the right side evaded two defenders before finding Summerhill with another good cross to the back post & the centre-back’s header found the net once again. To their credit, Rovers responded well and they were finding space between the home defence & midfield at times during the match, they made the most of it as they levelled seven minutes from time. A good run by Adebolu Adeyemi down the right side ended with a good cross-field ball with tracked the run of Swanborough and his low finish crossed the goal-line.
That wasn’t the end of the drama though as both sides pushed for the points but it was Beacon Hill who grabbed the winner a minute before the end of the ninety. Brewer had shown good work rate to join the counter-attack and after his initial close-range effort was parried by Warren, Brewer snatched the rebound and netted from a yard or two out, much to the obvious ire of the home side, who could have been well ahead, had they been more clinical earlier in the game.
Full-Time: Corinthians 2 – 3 Beacon Hill Rovers
This was an entertaining match, with both sides feeling the end-of-season vibes in different ways. The hosts had more than enough chances to win this game well but found Rovers custodian Charles Fitt in inspired form, as he made a number of fine saves to thwart a rapid Corinthians forward line. Unfortunately for the hosts, their team defending hurt them as decent finishing by Rovers cost them the game as Beacon Hill made the most of staying in the contest right until the last few moments.
The stand-out mentions start with Rovers. Not difficult to start with goalkeeper Charles Fitt who as mentioned made about six fine saves to deny Hodder, Edgar & others to effectively keep his side in the game. Congrats to him on a superb performance. Centre-back William Strutt also did well to clear crosses away in the air in particular, while skipper Charles Brewer was a good presence for his side in central midfield and his work rate assisted him to claim the winning goal. Lastly, Ben Prentice also had a good game looking to break down the right channel and made a few neat passes too.
For Corinthians, attacking full-back Charlie Marden was a constant outlet on the right side, making neat passes, showing good pace and put in a few good crosses too. Congrats to Charlie on a good performance. Forward Jake Hodder also put in a very good display with good trickery, pace and movement at times too & was unlucky not to score. Support forward Mike Edgar also had a good game and had a few half-chances himself that were well-denied & also contrubuted to his team’s forward moves in general. Lastly, centre-back Connor Summerhill did well to marshall his defence & claim two oppurtunistic goals as well.
Corinthians | Manager: Chris Stoneham | Assistant: Graham Owen
Starting XI: 1 Nathan Warren (GK), 20 Charlie Marden, 5 Connor Summerhill (Capt), 6 Alfie Knight, 18 Daniel Frimley, 3 Mark Frostick, 24 Jake Hinkley, 14 Jordan Stoneham, 10 Mike Edgar, 19 Brodie Horne, 7 Jake Hodder
Goal-scorer: Connor Summerhill [46′ & 77′]
Subs ON [Time]: 16 Riley Weir [64′, replaced Hinkley], 11 John Bolton-Smith [80′, replaced
Horne], 17 Max Jones [80′, replaced Edgar], 15 Ollie Brickwood [86′, replaced Stoneham]
Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Burrell
Beacon Hill Rovers | Manager: Joe Plumb | Assistant: Gary James
Starting XI: 1 Charles Fitt (GK), 7 Ben Prentice, 5 William Strutt, 12 William Ritchie, 3 George Sapsford, 6 Joshua Jones, 17 Charles Brewer (Capt), 8 George Bass, 9 Jack Walker, 10 Karl Swanborough, 14 Adebolu Adeyemi
Goal-scorers: Karl Swanborough [36′ & 83′], Charles Brewer [89′]
Sub ON (Time): 11 Ben McCrow [70′, replaced Sapsford]
Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Heward
Referee: Danny Squibb