Match Report: White Ensign 1 – 2 Lopes Tavares (Sat 7 March) [EaSL Sth 19/20 7.3.20]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 61

Saturday 7th March 2020 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Lopes T: & Yellow & Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

 

Lopes end Ensign’s record run with fine display at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  1 – 2  Lopes Tavares

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

The weekend’s Non-League match saw a change in the ‘billing’ as after a match elsewhere was shelved, it was a return trip to Burroughs Park to see this Eastern Senior League South top-of the-table clash between White Ensign and Lopes Tavares. The scene was set, a win for the hosts would make it 12 straight league triumphs whereas Lopes needed the points to reduce the gap to the leaders and stay in the promotion hunt. Ensign did have a stronger squad available here as centre-back Andy George returned to join skipper Jake McWee at the back. Cannor Barnby also came back into the side to partner Brett Munyard in attack, with Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Dominic Locke providing the support from the flanks. Dave Limber, Rhys Fatt and John Hilliard were among the options on the bench.

Lopes Tavares fielded a number of familiar names who previously played for Hackney Wick, with Simpson Mpalampa captaining the side, Alvaro Guerrero their technical playmaker and Simon Bamidele & Jeff Idemudia on the flanks. The line was led by experienced forward Tony Cookey and Joel Appiah, with Akin Akinola and tricky forward Richard Kone were among the replacements.

This encounter started slowly in the early minutes, though Lopes did start off the stronger with winger Simon Bamidele’s dangerous cross from the left evading everyone in the six-yard area after getting past Ensign right-back Charlie Buffin. The Navy Boys couldn’t quite find their passing game in the first throngs of the contest as both sides perhaps realised the importance of the three points. There wasn’t a huge amount of goal-mouth action in the first part of the half though as we approached the half-hour mark, a good through ball by home player-boss Brett Munyard found rapid winger Dominic Locke though the angle wasn’t favourable and he struck wide of visiting custodian Wilkinson Boateng’s far post. Moments later, Munyard was denied a one-on-one chance with the ‘keeper himself as Lopes defender Carlos Indjai closed out the chance as quickly as it had arisen.

Lopes powered forward on the counter-attack, and after winger Jeff Idemudia’s drive was deflected out for a corner, the delivery found forward Joel Appiah whose well-directed header was cleared away by the well-positioned Buffin on the goal-line. Right on the half-hour, Tony Cookey added to the chance count for the visitors as he powered a drive just over the goal frame. Minutes later, Ensign responded as from a Bradley Gates free-kick, centre-back Andy George’s header flew just wide of the ‘onion bag’. Connor Barnby also fired over the bar from another set-piece as the minutes ebbed away.

It was Lopes who got the crucial breakthrough three minutes before the break as a fine cross from the left by Bamidele found Cookey who superbly guided a header past Ensign ‘keeper Nick Wilson. On the balance of play, it was a lead Chris Davis’ side did deserve though you also felt there was more to come.

Half-Time: White Ensign 0 – 1  Lopes Tavares

After the break, it was the visitors who had the better opportunities in the first phase of the second half. Idemudia fired over the target after a surging run through the middle, before Appiah had a shot well-saved by Ensign stopper Wilson’s foot. On the hour, an initial error by Lopes goalkeeper Boateng gave a half-chance to George though his header was well tipped over by the recovering Lopes custodian. From that corner, substitute Dave Limber had a header saved before Munyard headed over seconds later. As we entered the final twenty minutes here, energetic winger Jason Reynolds-Blanche had a firm header well-clawed away by Boateng and Locke couldn’t make the most of a rare chance with only Boateng to bypass. The frustration from the home dug-out was audible and you couldn’t really blame them.

Lopes doubled their lead with thirteen minutes remaining as Ensign pushed forward, substitute Richard Kone powered forward on the counter and bypassed the covering McWee and slotted low past the exposed Wilson with aplomb into the far corner. Moments afterward, Kone danced his way past the tiring home backline again though this time Wilson did well to deny him a quick-fire second. Lopes Tavares sensed the chance was there to close the game out and Appiah sent a good centre in which the ever-watchful Wilson did well to palm away from the top corner though thanks to his efforts, Ensign did have a sniff of a point at the end.

Four minutes before the end of the ninety, Locke was felled in the penalty area and Luke Skinner blasted the resulting spot-kick in. That said, a slack throw-in from the hosts allowed Kone another chance at goal though again, custodian Wilson did well to deny him with his feet. What ensued after was a fraca after a bad tackle by Skinner saw him dismissed by referee Ryan Smith, once the situation had been calmed down. However, Idemudia and Indjai were also sent to the dressing rooms for Lopes for respective second bookings for their part in the resulting arguments. Ensign nearly had an unlikely hero deep into added time as from substitute John Hilliard’s deep free-kick, Wilson, up from the back headed towards goal  though his opposite number Boateng was equal to it and gathered. Lopes held on after a tough end to the game but you have to applaud their forward play which involved invention, pace and power.

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Full-Time : White Ensign  1 – 2  Lopes Tavares

It was the right result, although in fairness Lopes Tavares did have more of the chances and showed once again why they are right in amongst the challengers for promotion from this division come of the next month though at time of writing, they still have thirteen matches yet to play. Ensign were not at their peak, by their own admission though are still well-placed to secure an elevation to Step 5 whatever happens.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts centre-back Andy George had to be on good form to repel some of the Lopes attacks, while goalkeeper Nick Wilson pulled off at least four good saves to keep his side in the contest. Jason Reynolds-Blanche & Connor Barnby arguably had the better of the forward line displays today though they could not bypass the visitors’ backline often enough. For Lopes, Joel Appiah was a big threat all match with his pace, unselfish passing and movement. Strike partner Tony Cookey took his goal very well and Simon Bamidele was another constant presence on the left flank and his crossing was really good at times.

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams the best for the rest of the campaign. Also, a thank you to Ensign for their welcome today.

 

Teams

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

1 Nick Wilson (GK), 12 Charlie Buffin (14 John Hilliard 72’), 3 Thando Moyo (13 Dave Limber 52’), 5 Andy George, 8 Jake McWee (Capt), 6 Bradley Gates, 10 Luke Skinner, 7 Connor Barnby, 9 Jason Reynolds-Blanche (15 Rhys Fatt 82’), 20 Brett Munyard , 11 Dominic Locke

Goal-scorers: Luke Skinner [pen 86’]

Booked: Barnby | Sent Off: Skinner [90’ +2] | Subs Not Used: Maleary, Austin, Martin (GK)

 

Lopes Tavares |  Manager: Chris Davis

1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Carlos Indjai, 3 Louis Hiobi, 20 Khalifa Jabbie, 5 Simpson Mpalampa (Capt), 19 Simon Bamidele, 8 Alvaro Guerrero (14 Akin Akinola 88’), 11 Babs Sonupe (16 James Purdon 64’), 7 Jeff Idemudia, 9 Tony Cookey (17 Richard Kone 71’), 10 Joel Appiah

Goal-scorers: Tony Cookey [42’], Richard Kone [77’]

Booked: Mpalampa, Guerrero, Jabbie | Sent Off: Idemudia [two bookings], Indjai  [two bookings] |

Subs Not Used: Jimali, Asaro

 

Referee: Ryan Smith

Assistant Referees: Martin Green & Daniel Keeble

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

Preview: Essex Senior League (with FA Vase 2RQ & EaSL fixtures) (Sat 14 Sept) [ESL 12.9.19]

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Action Still from Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (FA Vase 1RQ on Aug 31) [Image: Scott W] 
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Preview piece looking at the five Essex Senior League matches, plus a listing of the Essex Senior & Eastern Senior South sides involved in The FA Vase weekend, plus fixtures in the Eastern Senior League South for Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 13th Sept  –  Woodford Town  v  Southend Manor  | Harlow Arena

The first of the weekend’s league action starts here with this battle at the Harlow Arena as Manor travel to face Woodford. Despite having a number of players unavailable, Woodford battled hard before losing out to West Essex last weekend. On-the-pitch, Manor have been inactive though off-it, it has not been quite so quiet, after news emerged of chairman Jerry Omango appointing himself as the club’s new manager, with support from the coaching staff. Difficult to gauge this one as Manor will need to keep the same core group of players that started the season in my opinion to do alright. Wins have not been too far from Town’s grasp of late and they may get one here.

Scott’s Prediction:  3 – 1

Saturday 14th Sept

Hadley  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks welcome Sawbridgeworth to Brickfield Lane. Anthony Clark’s side are certainly in the midst of a ‘bubble’, particularly at home after a win over Arlesey Town in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Cup last weekend. They are unbeaten at home in the league thus far as well though they do face a busy ten days ahead with Cup action, in the Gordon Brasted Trophy and back in the FA Cup. Sawbo have been improving in some ways, just not in results terms recently as they lost out narrowly to Hashtag Utd last weekend, having led earlier in the match. Hard to go against a home win though it may be a tight one.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

 

Hoddesdon Town  v  Clapton   | Lowfield

Hoddesdon welcome Clapton to Lowfield. The hosts had a free weekend last time out and will want to get their league campaign rolling here, while the Tons had another disappointing defeat last weekend at Ilford. This will be a tough match for the visitors and I would head for a win for the hosts here.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 0

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Ilford   | Mile End

Bengal entertain an Ilford side that has seen a mini-renaissance of sorts recently. The Foxes comfortably defeated Clapton last weekend to put them up into the top half with two wins from their opening six matches. Bengal played their part in a terrific match for the neutral with a high-scoring draw at Enfield last time out and are only one spot below their opposition in 10th spot, with only goal difference separating them.  This is Imrul Gazi’s first home league match this term so that may their side a lift. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Stansted  v  Cockfosters   |  Hargrave Park

Finally in the ESL this weekend, Stansted welcome Cockfosters to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ team were held at home by St Margaretsbury last weekend before defeating Eastern Senior South side Benfleet in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek. The ‘Fosters defeated Tower Hamlets last weekend and have only lost once in the league, at Takeley on the opening day. This will be another intriguing battle, though the Airportmen’s steely defence may give them the edge here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

 

The FA Vase – Second Qualifying Round   (ESL & EaSL sides)

Friday 13th Sept   –   New Salamis  v  Tower Hamlets   | Queen Elizabeth II Stadium

 

Saturday 14th September

 

Enfield  v  Enfield Borough   | Woodside
FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Wivenhoe Town   | Goffs Lane
FC Clacton   v  Redbridge    | Rush Green Bowl
Frenford  v  Hashtag Utd   | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Langford  v  Hackney Wick

Lopes Tavares  v  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Takeley  v  Wormley Rovers   | Station Road
West Essex  v  Brantham Athletic   | Mayesbrook Park

White Ensign  v  Newbury Forest   | Burroughs Park
Whitton Utd  v  St Margaretsbury   |  King George V Playing Field

Sun 15 Sept  –  Coggeshall Utd  v  Long Melford   | West Street

 

And.. Eastern Senior League South (Sat 14 Sept)

 

Barkingside  v  Brightlingsea Regent Res   | Cricklefield

Benfleet  v Little Oakley    | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  v  Holland  | Leslie Field

Harwich & Parkeston  v  Halstead Town  | Royal Oak

 

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: White Ensign 3 – 0 Cornard Utd (Sun 1st Sept) [FAV 19/20 FRQ 2.9.19]

The FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2019 – 20 Season: Match 19

Sunday 1st September 2019 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Navy Blue & Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Cornard: Blue & White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

 

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Ensign defeat Cornard in their first FA Vase match at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  3 – 0 Cornard Utd

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

Another frenetic weekend on Non-League action ended with this FA Vase First Round Qualifying tie between Eastern Senior League South side White Ensign and Thurlow Nunn Division One North side Cornard United at Burroughs Park. Ensign have had a spirited start to the campaign with a win in the FA Cup recently over Woodford Town and named a strong line-up here with James Parkins retained in goal, Harry Skinner, skipper Jake McWee and Harry Skinner in midfield with a front three of Connor Barnby, Dominic Locke and player-manager Brett Munyard. Ben Austin, Luke Skinner and Reserves graduate Zach Somerset-Butler were all options on the bench.  Cornard are winless in their division thus far this term though you always have to wary of changing fortunes in Cup competitions. They fielded Harry Allen between the sticks, a front two of Chris Morgan and Ezra Drann with new signing George Vallentyne, once of Hashtag Utd, skippering the team today. Matthew Geen, Oliver Judge and Daniel Sakal were all options from the substitutes’ bench.

The home side certainly started proceedings well with rapid winger Dominic Locke making a series of darting runs down the right flank. The first of those runs ended up needing the intervention of Ards full-back David Dowding to clear. Ensign player-boss Brett Munyard found some space though five minutes in between the visiting midfield and defence to unleash a 25-yard thunderbolt which Cornard ‘keeper Harry Allan did well to get fingertips on though the ball still flew into the net to give the hosts the lead.

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Hilliard delivers in for Ensign [Image: Andy W]
Ensign had more promising situations from midfielder John Hilliard’s free-kicks during the half though on 26 minutes, another powerful run from Locke down the right channel ended with his delivery well-headed away by visiting centre-back Neil Goldsworthy. Ensign nearly doubled their advantage just shy of the half-hour as a stinging set-piece by Hilliard was heading right for the corner, but for the intervention of a really good save by Allan. Cornard couldn’t create too much at this point though forward Chris Morgan was keeping the home defence alert with a series of intelligent runs; backed up by the wing play of George Vallentyne. With minutes to go before the break, Morgan had a half-chance on goal though his 20-yarder lacked the sting to beat White Ensign goalkeeper James Parkins.

Half-Time: White Ensign 1 – 0 Cornard Utd

 

Three minutes after the interval, Cornard had a firm opening to remove the deficit they had, with winger Vallentyne’s powerful drive from about thirty yards needing Parkins to beat it away with a strong hand. As it happened, The hosts did extend their lead on 58 minutes with Munyard being played in well by Hilliard and slotted home low past Allan.

Cornard were still posing the odd threat on the counter-attack with Morgan and Vallentyne posing the biggest dangers for the home backline, though Elliot Vile and Andy George had another decent display at the back. Ensign pretty much made the game safe with arguably the best move of the match with another strong run by Locke feeding Hilliard who in turn found skipper Jake McWee who lashed home from a narrow angle with eighteen minutes remaining. That said, Utd really gave it a go in the last fifteen minutes, much to their credit.

Ensign custodian James Parkins certainly earned his kudos today, first denying substitute Matthew Geen twice before getting across well to deny another rasping effort by Vallentyne. Right on the ninety minutes, Parkins rushed out of his goal to assist his defence, though Geen couldn’t bypass the firm back four and find the target. The only dampener on the last sixth of the match really for Dave Childs’ team was the dismissal of left-back David Dowding for two bookings in the space of four minutes late on.

 

Full-Time: White Ensign  3 – 0 Cornard Utd

All in all, this was a very good performance by Ensign who were clinical in their finishing whereas the Ards will rue the fact they created several opportunities in this match though they also found Ensign goalkeeper James Parkins in very good form. Even so, they did deserve a goal for their second-half efforts in particular.

Finally, with regards to stand-out performances here, Ensign’s penetrating attacking play was at times led by the good darting runs of right-sided forward Locke, with creative midfielder Hilliard also making his mark. Add to that the finishing of forward Munyard and the acrobatics of ‘keeper Parkins and that is that. For Cornard, new signing George Vallentyne certainly made things happen, as did centre forward Chris Morgan while centre-back Neil Goldsworthy also deserves a mention for being sturdy in defence.

 

Teams

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

James Parkins (GK), Charlie Buffin (Jack Maleary 76’), Elliot Vile, Andy George, David Limber, Harry Skinner (Zach Somerset-Butler 78’), Jake McWee (Capt), John Hilliard, Connor Barnby (Ben Austin 64’), Dominic Locke, Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Brett Munyard [5’ & 58’], Jake McWee [69’]

Booked: Barnby | Sub Not Used: Kent, L Skinner

 

Cornard Utd  | Manager: Dave Childs |

Harry Allan (GK), Ben Dethridge, David Dowding, Daniel Brown, Charlie Knight (Daniel Sakal 66’), Neil Goldsworthy, George Vallentyne (Capt), Andrew Fisher, Chris Morgan, Ezra Drann (Oliver Judge 70’), Connor Wlkinson (Matthew Geen 63’)

Sent Off: Dowding (two bookings) | Subs Not Used: McGowan-Harvey, R Drann

Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith