Match Report: White Ensign 1 – 0 Halstead Town (Sat 22 Feb) [EaSL Sth 19/20 23.2.20]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 59

Saturday 22nd February 2020 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Halstead: & Black & White Squared Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

Ensign narrowly overcome spirited Halstead to reach 11 straight League wins

White Ensign  1 – 0 Halstead Town

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

The weekend’s Non-League match saw me return to Burroughs Park to see the Eastern Senior League South encounter between leaders White Ensign and promotion rivals Halstead Town. Although I’d seen the Navy Boys at home in the FA Vase this term, this was the first League match I’ve attended this season, as well as the first time seeing Halstead, who I’d heard good things about. Ensign looked to extend their ten-match league winning run whilst Town looked to gain ground on their opponents. The hosts were depleted, without the suspended Connor Barnby and influential forward Luke Skinner. They did name former Woodford Town & Holland stopper Nick Wilson in goal, with Dave Limber and skipper Jake McWee at the centre of the backline, with front two Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Brett Munyard supported by Dominic Locke and John Hilliard. Recent signing Rhys Fatt and defender Jack Maleary were among the options from the bench. Halstead fielded Jack Cherry between the posts with centre-backs Garry Burdett, Matt Caley and Jack Schelvis in front of him, and a attack of top scorer Chris Harris and Ricky Gardner. Hassan Ayten, Conor Scurlock and Nick Miller were all on the bench.

This highly-anticipated match started in a tense way, as both sides looked to get a minor advantage. The first chance of note came after just two minutes for the hosts as from a John Hilliard corner, centre-back Dave Limber powerfully headed wide of the far post. Town were looking good going forward though as moments later a neat through ball by Kane Munday found the run of forward Ricky Gardner though the home defence retreated to clear their lines. I feel it would be fair to say Ensign started the match in a nervy way, particularly in defence, much to the ire of vastly experienced custodian Nick Wilson. As the increasing breeze made conditions tough, Ensign winger Dominic Locke was once again a big outlet on the right flank with his surging runs and passing. It was Locke himself who played in forward Jason Reynolds-Blanche though the ball’s path decreased his angle on goal as he fired wide of the opposite post past the committed Humbugs ‘keeper Jack Cherry.

In truth, Halstead were growing in stature as their neat build-up play tested the hard-working Ensign midfield. Moments after Town midfielder Charlie Pleace had fired wide, a searching cross by Munday from the left got caught up in the wind, and Wilson did well to prevent it landing in the far corner by clawing it away with an outstretched hand, though Jamie Baker’s follow-up shot was comfortably gathered by the well-positioned Wilson. Ensign needed a telling blow at this point of the match and they duly found it on 33 minutes. A fine ball in from the left by Hilliard was flicked on by Reynolds-Blanche to the onrushing Locke who bypassed the visiting defence to power home from about five yards out as Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side took the lead.

Halstead did well to keep their focus as eight minutes before half-time, as Ensign forward Reynolds-Blanche did well to get past the defence though his well-hit drive was tipped over by Cherry. From the ensuing corner, Hilliard found Locke at the near post but Cherry again foiled him, getting down low to claw it away. The pace was building in this dramatic match as Halstead responded at the other end as an errant clearance by the hosts found Gardner just outside the 18-yard box though he couldn;t find the target. Baker also fired wide before Halstead had a penalty appeal turned down as Ensign were getting ‘hot under the collar’ in clearing their lines.

 

Half-Time: White Ensign 1 – 0 Halstead Town

After the break, Ensign forced a number of set-pieces and had a penalty shout of their own as Reynolds-Blanche went down in the area. Referee Fabio Roque refused to budge, just as with the earlier appeal at the other end before the interval. Early in the half, Ensign were having more joy in attack, as Hilliard’s clever passing and the pace of Locke overloaded the visitors’ backline. On the hour, a fine centre by Locke found Reynolds-Blanche though his header lacked the power to trouble Cherry. Meanwhile, Humbugs full-back Munday was engaged in a entertaining duel with home full-back Charlie Buffin down the Halstead left flank, in what was a battle of wills.

The match got more fraught in the latter stages, as the tension rose. Town full-back Liam Whitehead did well to deny player-boss & top scorer Brett Munyard a one-on-one chance with Cherry though the final ball wasn’t quite there for the hosts. With 13 minutes to play, a neat ball by Hilliard found Reynolds-Blanche whose attempted pass was just gathered by Cherry ahead of substitute Rhys Fatt. Locke had another decent chance after another searing run moments later, though his drive cannoned back off the post.

At the other end, Halstead substitute Hassan Ayten and Harris  were giving the home defence a problem or two trying to get in behind though full-back Thando Moyo stuck to his task well. On the cusp of the ninety, Fatt’s header was gathered by the impressive Cherry though Ensign had to endure a nervous added few moments before the final whistle blew.

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Teams shake-hands at Final Whistle

Full-Time : White Ensign  1 – 0 Halstead Town

The score-line doesn’t really tell the story of a tense, gripping encounter which both sides could have won and on another day the Humbugs could well have grabbed a point. Ensign will take some stopping at present though as they made it eleven straight league wins and remain seven points clear at the summit, with Little Oakley remaining their closest rivals after they smashed Benfleet 9 – 1 this weekend. Halstead certainly showed why they are a strong side in a division that some in Non-League arguably still underestimate. Mark McLean’s side are strong going forward and have a committed defence as well, you wouldn’t be surprised if they finish in the top four this season.

In terms of stand-out performances, Ensign winger Dominic Locke had another strong match, aided by the technical ability of John Hilliard sizing up incisive passes while centre-back Dave Limber was a strong presence in the air, assisted by skipper Jake McWee who also shut out the enterprising play of the Halstead forward line well. For Town, centre-back Matt Caley was superb, making quality interceptions all game and showing great awareness to boot. Centre forward Chris Harris was a threat all match too, supported by strike partner Ricky Gardner and energetic full-back Kane Munday who sent in good crosses for most of the match. Goalkeeper Jack Cherry also had a certain presence about him as the last line of the defence.

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams the best for the rest of the campaign. It’s good to see Ensign on such a strong run on-the-pitch and if Halstead do join them in getting promoted this term, they will both strengthen whichever Step 5 division they get placed in.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

1 Nick Wilson (GK), 12 Charlie Buffin, 3 Thando Moyo, 13 Dave Limber, 8 Jake McWee (Capt), 6 Bradley Gates, 16 Ben Austin, 15 John Hilliard (2 Jack Maleary 85’), 9 Jason Reynolds-Blanche, 20 Brett Munyard (14 Rhys Fatt 72’), 11 Dominic Locke

Goal-scorers: Dominic Locke [33’]

Booked: Reynolds-Blanche, Locke, Hilliard | Subs Not Used: Martin (GK), George

 

Halstead Town |  Manager: Mark McLean

1 Jack Cherry (GK), 2 Liam Whitehead, 3 Matt Caley, 4 Garry Burdett, 5 Jack Schelvis, 6 Jake Brown (Capt) (15 Conor Scurlock 76’), 7 Jamie Baker, 8 Charlie Pleace (12 Hassan Ayten 59’), 9 Chris Harris, 10 Ricky Gardner, 11 Kane Munday

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Dunlop, Miller

Referee: Fabio Roque

Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges & Daniel Keeble

Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 3 May & Baker (Sat 16 Nov) [EaSL South 19/20 16.11.19]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 23

2019 – 20 Season: Match 39

Saturday 16th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

M & Baker: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

Bakers edge a pulsating match with Benfleet at Park Lane

Benfleet  2 – 3  May & Baker

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

The weekend’s match took me to Park Lane, to see the Eastern Senior League South match between Benfleet and May & Baker. The increasing chill of November made it a good job that it wasn’t too long a trip to be fair. The Fleet named Danny Confrey between the posts, Emmanuel Adetokunbo and Finlay Dopson on the flanks with a front pair of Ben Foord and Taylor Lawrence. The likes of Jamie Brown, Alfie MacDonald and Ethan Evison were all on the bench. Bakers were missing the influential Kai Warren, though could still name Carl Patten and Danny Gillham in attack, with Darren Seymour and Henry Osei on the flanks. Gabriel Odili and Besmir Hoxhaj were options from the sidelines.

Perhaps it was the mentioned ‘chill’ that got this game to a strong start as Bakers custodian Frankie Worboyes was in action early-doors to deny the pacey Benfleet winger Emmanuel Adetokunbo from having a clear chance at goal after the latter had bypassed visiting defender Josh Perry. The increasing amount of chances in this match started in earnest about ten minutes in as Bakers skipper Scott O’Connor had a header cleared off the goal-line before Mitch Curran fired wide for the Fleet from twenty yards out. Minutes later, a good team move from the hosts ended with forward Taylor Lawrence striking wide of the right-side post. Bakers should really have led on 23 minutes though as a peach of a cross from the left by forward Carl Patten set up winger Darren Seymour well, only for Seymour to head wide, having evaded his marker.

 

It was a costly miss as Benfleet did break the deadlock moments later. From a good Lawrence corner, Curran got a glancing header which sailed past Worboyes into the net. Much to their credit, Bakers were not rattled though as just past the half-hour, a good run by winger Henry Osei ended up with a fine delivery from the left, though onrushing midfielder Josh Lowbridge could not get his header on target. As it turned out, those missed were not as costly as they could’ve been as five minutes prior to the interval, the match was level. Nifty footwork by Patten gave him a chance to find Osei who had breached the home defence before powering home with only Confrey to beat at the near post.

Half-Time: Benfleet  1 – 1  May & Baker

The attack-focused nature of the match continued after the break, as Benfleet sent out a few ‘warning shots’ just after the restart. Strikes on goal by Adetokunbo, Lawrence and strike partner Ben Foord all failed to severely trouble visiting stopper Worboyes, who gathered on all three occasions. With 49 minutes on the watch, a super strike by Lowbridge was superbly parried onto the crossbar by Confrey before the fortunate home defence somehow kept out the ensuing rebound. Soon after, the enterprising winger Finlay Dopson fizzed a strike wide of the right-side post and it’s worth noting he had a good impact on his side going forward making good runs down the channel.

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For the visitors, Patten really was a very useful focal point in attack and his great through ball found Osei who unleashed a curling effort which went the wrong side of the woodwork. Again though, the chances not taken were costly for Jordan Harris & Alec Simms’ side as Benfleet re-took the lead midway through the half. A pearler of a ball in from deep by substitute Alfie MacDonald found the run of attacking midfielder Aaron Russell who headed home with aplomb. However, the lead lasted eight minutes before the visitors levelled things up once again on 72 minutes. A good free-kick into the penalty box caught the Fleet defence napping, with Patten nipping in to slot home past Confrey.

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Bakers were buoyed by their leveller and looked to push on for the points in the latter stages. With 13 minutes left, a soaring run down the left by Osei fed substitute Gabriel Odili who unleashed a fierce effort which Confrey did well to keep out. Bakers also hit the woodwork from replacement Besmir Hoxhaj’s free-kick before the crucial goal came four minutes from time. Odili outpaced the tiring home backline before firing past Confrey when one-on-one, much to the delight of the travelling side.

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Full-Time : Benfleet  2 – 3  May & Baker

All in all, this was a match that you couldn’t really predict the winner, such was the openness of the encounter, with both sides looking more than useful going forward. You could argue that the visitors wasted a number of good chances though ultimately they did finish quite strongly. Have to add it was good to see Benfleet at home for the first time, and good to see Bakers in action again.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts there were a number of strong performances. Winger Finlay Dopson was certainly a key member of the forward line today with his pace and delivery, with ex-Great Wakering midfielder Aaron Russell having a telling presence too. Finally for them, have to give a mention to goalkeeper Danny Confrey who pulled off a few superb saves today, and winger Emmanuel Adetokunbo also stood out for the hosts. For Bakers, rapid winger Henry Osei really made a difference, after the interval in particular, with forward Carl Patten a big asset to his team with his height and build-up play. Centre-back Josh Perry also had a good game making a few important interceptions with on-loan full-back Cain Brougham making good runs from right-back.

Finally, I would like to pass on my thanks to ‘the Fleet’ for their hospitality today. It makes a difference as we now enter into the cold time of the year.

 

Teams

Benfleet    | Manager: Stuart Batch |

1 Danny Confrey (GK), 2 Charlie Cobb, 3 Martyn Lacey (14 Alfie MacDonald 46’), 4 Jamie Williams, 5 Sonny Hartman (Capt), 6 Mitch Curran, 7 Emmanuel Adetokunbo (16 Charlie Sullivan 60’), 9 Ben Foord, 10 Taylor Lawrence (15 Ethan Evison 78’), 11 Finlay Dopson

Goal-scorers: Mitch Curran [25’], Aaron Russell [64’]

Booked (Sin Bin): Curran | Sub Not Used: Brown, Webb

 

May & Baker |  Joint-Managers: Jordan Harris & Alec Simm

1 Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2 Cain Brougham, 3 Steve Johnson, 4 Scott O’Connor (Capt), 5 Josh Perry, 6 Kane Messenger, 7 Darren Seymour (17 Ben Saunders 83’), 8 Josh Lowbridge (14 Gabriel Odili 67’), 9 Carl Patten, 10 Danny Gillham, 11 Henry Osei

Goal-scorers: Henry Osei [40’], Carl Patten [72’], Gabriel Odili [86’]

Booked: Lowbridge, Odili | Subs Not Used: Leavens, Richardson

Referee: Joe Burgess

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 4 May & Baker (Fri 1 Nov) (EaSL 19/20 2.11.19)

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 105

2019-20 Season – Match 33

Friday 1st November 2019 – 8.30pm KO

 Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

May & Baker: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

Bakers emerge with fine win at Cricklefield

Barkingside 0 – 4 May & Baker

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

A rare Friday night match this season took me back to Cricklefield, where Barkingside faced May & Baker in the Eastern Senior League South. As it happened, there were quirks aplenty here. First, ‘Side were facing their Reserve team’s former co-bosses Jordan Harris & Alec Simm, who brought with them the bulk of their team there to M & B in the summer. Then there was the very unfortunate nature of the hefty delay to the match. I’ll say it for what is, the nearly non-existent pitch markings clearly irked the match officials & the assessor for some time and they only relented after home club officials Jimmy & Roger done some 11th hour-work to make the lines around one penalty box more visible, respect to them.

Anyway, at around 8.15pm the officials made their decision and the match got going just after 8.30pm. As for the teams themselves, ‘Side fielded Charlie Howson between the sticks, a back four of Frankie Sinclair, Ricardo Bailey, Shaq Foyewa and skipper Elliott Scott, with Joe Gent and Joe Oates leading the line. Jacob Dingli and Ali Rajim were among the options from their bench. Bakers had Frankie Worboyes in goal, skipper Kane Messenger in central midfield and a front three of Darren Seymour, Kai Warren and Carl Patten. A strong substitutes’ bench included Gabriel Odili, Ricky Teixiera and Daniel Barth.

The delayed start seemed to affect the hosts more in the early-going as they conceded with six minutes gone, as less-than-sharp defending handed the ball back to tricky forward Kai Warren inside the penalty area before burying low into the left-side corner past home ‘keeper Charlie Howson. Barkingside did edge forward on the counter five minutes later though forward Joe Gent’s cross was too deep and led to winger Ben Clarke’s drive being blocked. Right on the quarter-hour, M & B nearly added to their goal tally as a fierce drive by captain Kane Messenger forced Howson into action, the ‘keeper doing well to parry and gather in short order. As we entered the midway point of the half, Barkingside did retain the ball though their finishing was wayward, as first support forward Dan Jones blazed his strike well wide before moments later, a decent hit by central midfielder Sam Bashua cannoned back off the goal frame.

That glimmer of light for the hosts was snuffed out in a big way soon afterward as on 27 minutes, Bakers made it 2 – 0 as a well-directed cross by Warren into the six-yard area ended up going in as Howson dropped the ball in facing goalward. Bakers two minutes afer that then dispossessed their hosts in their half with midfielder Josh Lowbridge breaking clear before playing in the on-rushing Darren Seymour who blasted home with aplomb.

Steven La Sage’s side responded with another attack on the half-hour mark though as Gent first evaded the off-side trap, his cut-back from the right flank just missed the oncoming Bashua at the back stick from a few yards out. Bakers had more chances to round out the half as first, centre-back Jake Piper headed just over the woodwork from a neat free-kick, before Seymour lofted an effort over the target.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 3  May & Baker

The first half certainly wasn’t devoid of action, though the restart was a little quieter. On the hour, after ghosting past his marker, Oates could only head wide before Jones had another drive on goal gathered by visiting stopper Frankie Warboyes. With 15 minutes to play, M & B forward Danny Gillham struck wide with only Howson to bypass. ‘Side did not look their most energetic though the pouring rain did make it tougher for them. With six minutes remaining, substitute Jacob Dingli sent a pass in for Clarke though Worboyes got in first. Bakers sealed a fine evening’s work with two minutes left as a thunderbolt from 20-plus yards out by replacement Ricky Teixiera sailed through the hands of Howson. Dingli almost pulled one back for the hosts on the stroke of full-time though Worboyes did well to save at his feet. With that, the referee blew up for time – at 10.20pm or so. One interesting evening’s football done.


Full-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 4  May & Baker

In fairness, a strong performance by the visitors was more than enough to deserve the win, though their recent poor form may have added a few nerves in defence at times. In my view, forwards Kai Warren and Carl Patten stood out for Bakers tonight as they really gave the home backline something to think about, with midfielder Kane Messenger a driving force as well. For ‘Side, forwards Joe Oates and Joe Gent looked their most likely source of invention and goals though they will know they need to improve on this showing, despite the circumstances that preceded the match. On that note, you have to feel for the hosts who were let down in terms of pitch preparation.

Finally, thank you to Barkingside as ever for their hospitality. Good to see May & Baker in action as well for first time in a while. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of this campaign.

 

Line-up’s

Barkingside                   |      Manager: Steven Le Sage

1. Charlie Howson (GK), 18. Frankie Sinclair, 3. Ricardo Bailey (2. Jonathan Santos 46’), 4. Sam Bashua (12 Jonathan Ogunsanya 46’), 5 Shaq Foyewa, 6. Elliott Scott (Capt), 7. Archie Hammond, 8. Dan Jones, 9. Joe Gent (14. Jacob Dingli 83’), 10. Joe Oates, 11. Ben Clarke

Booked: Oates  |   Subs Not Used: Hayward, Rajim

May & Baker          |            Joint-Managers: Jordan Harris & Alec Simm

1. Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2. Cain Brougham, 3. Ryan Leavens, 4. Josh Perry, 5. Jake Piper, 6. Kane Messenger (Capt), 7. Darren Seymour, 8. Josh Lowbridge (17 Jamie Pooley 70’), 9. Carl Patten (Gabriel Odili 77’), 10. Danny Gillham, 11. Kai Warren (15 Ricky Teixiera 73’)

Goal-scorers: Kai Warren [6’], OG (Howson) [27’], Darren Seymour [29’], Ricky Teixiera [88’]

Booked: None        |  Subs Not Used: Khimji, Barth

Referee: Thomas Whay

Round-up : Essex Senior League/ FA Cup FRQ & Eastern Senior South (Sat 7 September) [ESL 19/20 8.9.19]

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Action Still from West Essex v Woodford Town [ESL 7.9.19] [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to the latest of my round-up pieces on the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign, with results in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round involving the three remaining ESL sides plus the results from the Eastern Senior League action this weekend.

 

Essex Senior League

Saturday 7th September

Cockfosters  2 – 1  Tower Hamlets  | Chalk Lane  | Att: 38

Two goals in three minutes was enough for the ‘Fosters to defeat Hamlets at Chalk Lane. Billy Healey opened the scoring for the hosts on 31 minutes, before player-boss Ryan Wade’s spot-kick two minutes later put the hosts in a strong position. In-form Suaibo Balde struck again for Damien Briggs’ team though they still fell to their sixth league defeat this term. Cockfosters are unbeaten since the opening day now in the league.

 

 

Enfield  4 – 4  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Woodside   | Att: 65

The game of the day for goals was certainly at Woodside as Enfield drew 4 – 4 with Bengal. The E’s took the lead after just four minutes thanks to Alfie Cleal though Bobby Redwood nullified that lead for Imrul Gazi’s side on 18 minutes. Cleal struck again on 26 minutes before Nana Asamoah made it 3 – 1 to the hosts eight minutes afterward. The momentum continued to swing in this entertaining again as Redwood struck twice more to claim his treble before the interval [43’ & 45’] to ensure it was level. Komal Lleweyn-Reid netted eight minutes after the resumption to hand Matt Hanning’s side the lead again. It wasn’t to last though as Curtley McIntosh netted on the hour for the visitors as this one ended honours-even,

 

Ilford  3 – 0  Clapton   | Cricklefield  | Att: 37

This quickly-convened encounter saw the Foxes defeat the Tons at Cricklefield. Nicolas Keyamo put the hosts ahead on 12 minutes before returning centre-back Steve Sylvester made it two eight minutes into the second-half. Clifford Newby-Harris also netted four minutes later as Morgan LaForce’s side got their second successive league win, while Clapton fell to defeat.

 

Redbridge  2 – 3  Saffron Walden Town  | Oakside  | Att: 73

Walden saw of the threat of the Motormen to grab the win at Oakside. Jason Maher’s side led proceedings on five minutes thanks to Gavin Cockman’s opener. Taylor Tombides kept up his goal-scoring form with the hosts’ leveller ten minutes before the break though a strong start after the interval for the Bloods was a telling factor here. First, Jack Isherwood struck on 51 minutes before Cockman got his second of the afternoon midway through the second half. Tombides got a second for the hosts late on to ensure a nervy end though Walden held on to go top, and are still unbeaten.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 3  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters

Hashtag recovered from a poor start to grab all three points at Crofters. Sawbo started well and led by two goals thanks to Aaron Donaldson and Harry Bushell. Veteran Neil Richmond came off the bench and soon levelled things up with a brace [71’ & 86’] before George Smith got the decisive goal with moments remaining as the Tags got their fourth straight league win. Sawbo remain bottom though the signs are more promising than it looked a month ago.

 

Stansted  1 – 1  St Margaretsbury   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 48

St Margs’ continued their decent mini-run with a draw against Stansted at Hargrave Park. Wisley Baltazar got his second goal in as many games with the opener two minutes after the interval for the visitors. The Airportmen did get a point though as Jack Mitchell struck with 19 minutes remaining, though they haven’t won in the league since the opening day now.

 

West Essex  3 – 2  Woodford Town   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 28

West got the points in a hard-fought, high-tempo match at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot got another double here, along with a powerful header by skipper Tom MacLeod. Town levelled on two occasions here through Samir Ali and an OG. I attended this match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/match-report-west-essex-3-2-woodford-town-sat-7th-sept-esl/

 

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 6th September  – Frenford 2 – 3  Benfleet

 

Saturday 7th September

Brightlingsea Regent Res  0 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 1  Lopes Tavares

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 2  White Ensign

Halstead Town 5 – 0 Fire Utd

Little Oakley  7 – 0  Wormley Rovers

Wivenhoe Town 6 – 2 Hackney Wick

 

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The FA Cup  – First Round Qualifying  (ESL Sides) Results

Saturday 7th September

Hadley  3 – 2  Arlesey Town  | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 127

The Bricks continued their fine FA Cup run with a win over Arlesey Town at Brickfield Lane. The goal-getters for Anthony Clark’s side were Shaz Anwar, another spot-kick by Alfie Bartram and one from in-form forward Solomon Ofori. Charlie Thake and James Hatch responded for Town though the ‘fortress’ is holding at present for the ESL side.

 

Takeley  0 – 1  Potters Bar Town  | Station Road | Att: 166

After denying White Ensign in extra-time in the last round, it was Takeley’s turn to feel the heart-break here as an added-time goal sealed progression for Step 3 side Potters Bar in front of a very decent crowd at Station Road. Bradley Sack was the hero for the visitors as they FA Cup journey goes on.

 

 

Sun 8th Sept  – Aylesbury Utd  0 – 3  Walthamstow  (to be updated)

Match Report: Barkingside 4 – 0 Newbury Forest (Mon 5 Aug) [EaSL 19/20 6.8.19]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 145

2019 – 20 Season: Match 8

Monday 5th August 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Newbury Forest: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

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‘Side start the season with a morale-boosting win over Newbury at Cricklefield

Barkingside  4 – 0  Newbury Forest

 

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

The new Non-League season continued with our first midweek venture with regards to competitive action, which saw me travel to Cricklefield to see Barkingside’s first match in Step 6, in which they took on local rivals Newbury Forest. There were a few familiar names in the home starting eleven from last season, with centre-back Elliott Scott skippering the side. Dan Jones and Joe Oates were among the front three, alongside Olijide Yusuff. Forest fielded former Tower Hamlets goalkeeper Jordan Stansbury between the sticks, with ex-White Ensign pair Dean Nevill and Lubona Wyatt at centre-back and on the left flank respectively.

The home side started the brighter in terms of possession, though failed to create any telling final balls to the forwards. Four minutes in, a moment of nerves cropped up as custodian Charlie Howson’s hasty clearance cannoned off opposition forward Reece Okugbeni and flew wide of a post at pace. The visitors’ chief threat in those early stages came from wingers Lubona Wyatt and Tyrell Holder, who both exhibited trickery and pace. The half was fairly quiet in terms of chances as both sides laboured to ‘click into gear’. Eight minutes before the break, it was Forest’s turn to have anxious moments as forward Joe Oates was twice foiled by ‘keeper Stansbury.

Not making the most of chances somewhat blighted Barkingside’s campaign last term so at this point you’d be forgiven for thinking the same might happen here.

 

Half-Time: Barkingside  0 – 0  Newbury Forest

After the break, the ‘Side defence had to stay alert to deny Okugbeni an oppurtunity from Holder’s delivery though the tide shifted on 51 minutes when Joe Oates found himself in on goal with a prized chance, and his drive beat Stansbury, although the stopper did get a hand on it he could not keep it out. Barkingside had a much-sought after advantage. The visitors still posed a threat at this stage as Wyatt’s cross was blocked by ‘Side defender Nathan Saunders, who showed decent positioning. It was to be the hosts’ day though as just after the hour, after Stansbury had fumbled Oates’ initial drive, forward partner Dan Jones helped himself to the rebound to double the lead for Steven Le Sage’s team.

Forest had blazed a half-chance over the woodwork minutes later and with 21 minutes left, Oates got his second with a close-range finish with only the ‘keeper to beat. Five minutes after that, the hosts wrapped up a very promising second-half showing as substitute Muyiwa Osenie’s cool low finish fizzed into the left corner. Newbury were still looking to banish the hopes of a clean sheet and substitute Matt Connolly forced a decent save from Howson in the latter stages, while fellow substitute Antony McDonald’s effort just evaded the crossbar as well.

Full-Time: Barkingside  4 – 0  Newbury Forest

All in all, a good showing from ‘Side here with defenders Elliott Scott and Nathan Saunders doing well in defence, with forward Joe Oates proving the difference in attack. Forest fell away in the last half-hour or so which will be a slight concern, with wingers Lubona Wyatt and Tyrell Holder catching the eye in this match for them. I’d like to close by mentioning a ‘thank you’ to Barkingside FC, it may not be often that I’ll see them this term though it was good to be there following a tough time for the club.

 

 

 

 

Teams

Barkingside   | Manager: Steven Le Sage

Charlie Howson (GK), Nathan Saunders, Shaquel Foyewa (Ben Clarke 51’), James O’Brien, Elliott Scott (Capt), Berkcan Belindir, Francesco Balestrini (Ali Rajim 73’), Archie Hammond, Olijide Yusuff (Muyiwa Osenie 73’), Dan Jones, Joe Oates

Goal-scorersJoe Oates [51’ & 69’], Dan Jones [63’], Muyiwa Osenie [76’]

Subs Not Used: Hayward, Fudge

 

Newbury Forest    | Manager: Leo Connolly

Jordan Stansbury (GK), Thierry Bolton, Ansa Edem, Ferid Medanovic (Antony McDonald 70’), Freddie Anderson (Capt), Dean Nevill, Tyrell Holder (Matt Connolly 79’), Joseph Adewunmi, Reece Okugbeni (Zacharias Panagiotou 64’), Kieren Huddart, Lubona Wyatt

Sub Not Used: Morgan, Lupulescu

Referee: Neil Bailey

Match Report: Hashtag Utd 1 – 2 Harleston Town (Tues 12 Mar) [TNFDKO S-F 12.3.19]

Thurlow Nunn First Division KO Cup: Semi-Finals

Venue: Coles Park

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 58

Tuesday 12th March 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Hashtag U: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Harleston: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Harleston overcome Hashtag to make KO Cup Final

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos by Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

On a rare break from Essex Senior League action, I went to Haringey Borough’s Coles Park to see the first semi-final of the TN First Division Knockout Cup which saw Hashtag Utd take on Harleston Town. Both of these sides of top of their respective divisions at present (Hashtag are top of Eastern Senior Lge (EaSL) South while Town are top of EaSL North). As many in the Non-League community have this term, you hear a fair bit of the ‘buzz’ that Hashtag Utd have created in their first season of senior Football, with their match commentary and obvious social media connections but what interested me the most is this: what are they like on-the-pitch?

In this match, Player/assistant boss Neil Richmond led the attack alongside Ryan Adams, with wingers Albie Keith and Harry Honesty providing the support on the flanks. Matt Carter, Lee Hursit and Charlie Morley were among the substitutes. Harleston are another side that have had a stand-out season regardless of how it finishes, as they named Lawrence Cheese as their number nine, with Scott Roberts and Nathan Stone providing support. It was worth noting that all three have got more than ten league goals this term already.

Onto the match itself then and it was the visitors who had the better of the early stages, with full-back Jake Anema looking  to ping in dangerous crosses from the right flank to stretch the home defence. Town frontman Lawrence Cheese signalled his intent as well barely three minutes in as his drive had to be parried away by home stopper Jamie Jackson. The ‘Tags’ responded immediately at the other end as forward Ryan Adams’ stinging effort needed visiting custodian Brandon LIng to be alert enough to tip it over the ccrossbar.

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Image by Peter D 

 

Cheese continued to be a threat for Harleston and only a superb covering tackle by Utd centre-back Faral Tsingano prevented him having a sighter on goal. The action-packed start to the game continued as Hashtag poured forward again, with winger Harry Honesty’s good centre found fellow winger Albie Keith who sent a powerful header towards goal which Ling did well to save. With 19 minutes on the watch, Neil Richmond was well-placed in the penalty box though just when you thought he had a tap-in, Ling reacted well to smother the angle and deny Utd again.

Harleston then broke the stalemate six minutes later as a ball forward nicked off a home defender into the path of the advancing Cheese who blasted home past Jackson low into the net to really give the home side something to think about. Honesty had a header at goal just before the break though in the main, Harleston deserved their lead as they were showing their uncompromising nature, particularly defensively.

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Image by Peter D 

Half-Time: Hashtag 0 – 1 Harleston

Hashtag started the second half looking to get back on terms though in their pursuit of creating clear-cut chances, they were frustrated by a Harleston defence who were in no mood to gift anything, led by the impressive Andrew Howell who barely lost a header all match. Still, Utd were looking to get back on terms, although Honesty let fly with a 30-yarder which Ling gathered at the second attempt. The crucial second goal for the enterprising visitors came on 56 as after Jackson made a good interception to deny a dangerous cross, his momentum took him into Town midfielder Nick Howell who was sent sprawling. Referee’s verdict: Penalty.

Nathan Stone stepped up to duly fire home the spot-kick and Hashtag were really up against it, although you wouldn’t say that to the noisy contingent of home fans singing songs about their favourite players and that is good to see. Utd continued to huff & puff though finally got a breakthrough with 15 minutes remaining. Midfielder Ross Gleed cracked home a super strike, low into the corner from 20+ yards to give Jay Deveraux’s side some hope of getting back into the tie.

Unsurprisingly, Utd poured forward in the latter stages and although there were signs that Town were ‘feeling the pressure’ at the back, they held firm to complete a fine win and a place in the First Division KO Cup Final.

Full-time: Hashtag  1 – 2 Harleston

I would like to say thank you to the hosts for their hospitality and wish Hashtag well in their quest to get promoted and therefore join the ranks of the Essex Senior League.

Hashtag Utd   | Manager: J Deveraux

Jackson (GK), Peddie, Williams, Tsingano, Harrison (Capt), Evans (Hursit 79′), Keith (Morley 83′), Gleed, Adams (Carter 61′), N Richmond, Honesty

Goal-scorer: Ross Gleed [75′]

Booked: Richmond   | Subs Not Used: Brougham, Kellum

 

Harleston Town  | Manager: A Gorleston

Ling (GK), Anema, Delaney, Roe, Howard (Capt), A Howell, Russell, N Howell (Burke 62′), Roberts, Stone (Betts 68′)

Goal-scorers: Lawrence Cheese [25′ ], Nathan Stone [pen 56′]

Booked: Roe    | Subs Not Used: Pickess, Hundson, Green,