S21-22 Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 3 Burnham Ramblers (Mon 4 Apr) [EaSL South 21/22 5.4.22]

Eastern Senior League – South Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBA

2021-22 Season: Match 67

Monday 4th April 2022 – 7.45pm KO

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

Burnham: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Burnham grab good win with hard-working display at Barkingside

Barkingside 0 – 3 Burnham Ramblers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The first midweek match in April saw a return to Cricklefield for this Eastern Senior League South match which saw play-off chasing Burnham Ramblers visit to face Barkingside. The hosts are hoping for a top-ten finisdh but the main thing they needed is impetus ahead of next season. The hosts fielded Duncan Smith in goal, with a defence of captain Jordan Cornelius, Joseph Lanes, Kevin Difika and Nathan Saunders. As ever, James Peagram was the focal point in attack for ‘Side, with support from Josh Duyile, Quincy Warner and Umaru Kabia. Options from the sidelines inluded midfielders David Etcheri and Ismael Dahjaoul and forward Anton Alexander. Burnham have the hallmarks of a united squad which is good to see, they had Adam French in goal, with a back four of Nathan Putt, Albert Galbally plus centre-backs Tom Howard and skipper Ben Wood. Eddie Appleton and Joe Howard were in centtral midfield, Haziz Kone and Samir Ali were the chief support to forwards Adebolu Adeyemi and Jack Walker. Their substitutes included centre-back Ben Jackman, midfielders Harry Shawyer, Liam Barry and George Hart plus Said Issa.

It would be fair to say that the match did take a little while to find its rhythm. The first chance of note saw a good run by Burnham winger Samir Ali down the right flank end with a good cross which found forward Jack Walker but the latter’s header was off-target which didn’t trouble home custodian Duncan Smith. The visitors were having most of the play and the better of the few chances we saw in the half, with wingers Ali and Haziz Kone both testing their markers well. With the half-hour approaching, a good move involving Kone and energetic full-back Albert Galbally found Walker but again he couldn’t test Smith.


The good crowd in attendance (including several from the visitors, which was reassuring to see) did see a goal on 31 minutes and another darting run by the impressive Haziz Kone broke past ‘Side’s backline and slotted home low past Smith with no trouble. The hosts were having some decent approach plkay, largely through the likes of Umaru Kabia’s good runs down the right channel and James Peagram once again leading the line, although the Ramblers defence was being miserly and cleared well for the most part.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Burnham Ramblers


Two minutes after the restart, a rare defensive error by Barkingside’s Kevin Difika allowed Ramblers midfielder George Hart to get on the ball and his strike went wide but it showed that Luke Goodson’s side were keen to build momentum and take the points here as quickly as they could. Forward Adebolu Adeyemi also put in some testing crosses which the hosts did well to clear. A rare chance for Barkingside came on 53 minutes as midfielder Archie Hammond garnered some space down the centre but his effort went over Adam French’s woodwork.

Perhaps sensing their lead at this point was slender, Burnham pushed forward again just after the hour mark and got that telling second goal. Kone again made another good run which couldn’t be stopped, with Kone unleashing a fierce strike which was well palmed away by Smith, but unfortunately for the hosts, Samir Ali got in first to help himself to a close range tap-in.

Burnham’s Nathan Putt takes a long throw

There was no doubting Barkingside’s work rate and they nearly got an important goal back as a fine ball in by substitute David Etcheri just evaded Kabia in the eighteen-yard area. The points were made secure though for the visitors eight minutes from time as Adeyemi fired home a good low strike from a narrow angle at the far post which bypassed Smith and found the net.

In fairness, Burnham did more than deserve the win and showed why they are the fourth highest scorers in the division this season. They have a big match at rivals Halstead Town at the weekend, which could pretty secure the play-off berth they will be looking for.


Full-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 3  Burnham Ramblers

This match can be summed up by Burnham having more options in their team and they have goals throughout their forward line and they showed that once again here. Barkingside have a decent backline, and decent build-up play but their main problem is scoring goals on a consistent basis. James Peagram has 19 league goals this term which is commendable, but he is well ahead of next lead goal-scorer for his team. Burnham also have a robust defence who  did have a few nervy moments, but they were not heavily troubled in this game.

There were some fine performances in this match. First, for winners Burnham I felt winger Haziz Kone had a very good match, showing time & again his pace and crossing ability to really test the home backline. Fellow winger Samir Ali once again showed his credentials as well and his goal was an oppurtunistic one. Forward Adebolu Adeyemi also added further goal threat and took his goal well late on as well as good passes from deep at times. Finally, a word for full-back Albert Galbally, who typified his team’s defence with a robust performance and also sowed good energy and a good outlet for his team.

For Barkingside , winger Umaru Kabia was a good outlet down the right flank for the hosts, making several good runs and showed decent work rate along with it. In central defence, Nathan Saunders made several good interceptions and good positioning to keep proceedings tight, particularly in the first half. Josh Duyile added to his side’s forward moves showing good trickery, pace and movement while full-back Jordan Cornelius also had a decent match at full-back.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Barkingside    |  Manager: Steven Le Sage  | Assistant: Tommy Shelts

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Duncan Smith (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius (Capt), 3 Joseph Lanes (7 David Etcheri 46′), 5 Kevin Difika, 6 Nathan Saunders, 14 Patrick Hoy, 8 Archie Hammond (16 Ismael Dahjaoul 59′), 15 Umaru Kabia, 10 Josh Duyile, 9 James Peagram (17 Anton Alexander 87′), 11 Quincy Warner

| Sub Not Used: Umaru


Burnham Ramblers  | Manager: Luke Goodson | Assistant: Ross Mernick

Starting XI: 1 Adam French (GK), 2 Nathan Putt, 3 Albert Galbally, 5 Ben Wood (Capt), 17 Tom Howard (6 Ben Jackman 75′), 8 Eddie Appleton, 10 Joe Howard (16 George Hart 35′), 9 Adebolu Adeyemi (12 Said Issa 84′), 15 Haziz Kone, 7 Samir Ali, 14 Jack Walker

Goal-scorers: Haziz Kone [31′], Samir Ali [63′], Adebolu Adeyemi [82′]

 | Subs Not Used: Shawyer, Barry


Referee: Ayesemuate Agho
Assistants: Lee Markwick and Peter Jago

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S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 2 Brimsdown (Sat 19 Mar) [EaSL 21-22 19.3.22]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 25

2021-22 Season: Match 62

Saturday 19 March 2022 – 3pm KO

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

Brimsdown: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks  

Benfleet about to take a free-kick in first half

Brimsdown put in spirited performance to take valuable draw at Benfleet

Benfleet 2 – 2 Brimsdown

Match Report & Photos by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The main match this weekend was a fascinating match in Eastern Senior League South as Benfleet welcomed bottom side Brimsdown. Both sides needed the win, albeit for very different reasons and the home side were looking to recover from a frustrating loss to title-chasing Ipswich Wanderers three days previously. Brimsdown really needed the points to gain ground on their rivals. Benfleet named regular goalkeeper Florent Gislette in goal, with a defence of Billy Carter, Joe Hunter plus centre-backs Martyn Lacey, Cameron Harris and Mckenzie Davidson. Ben Foord and Billy Bonham-Dare led the line, with support from Robert Lacey and Aaron Russell, who skippered the side. Brimsdown had Akan George in goal, with Mauro Rodrigues and Adelmar Rodrigues in central defence, captain Ali Tas as the creative midfielder alongside Simeon Beckford, with Damon Rendell leading the line. Supporting him were Zion Dos Santos and Samuel Kyei.

Action still from early on in the contest, Benfleet in Sky Blue shirts

The match began with the home side looking to push on and they were rewarded. On five minutes, full-back Billy Carter made a good run down the right side and his centre found skipper Aaron Russell in a congested penalty area, unfortunately Russell could not connect properly and in the blink of an eye, the chance was gone. However, Brimsdown did not heed that warning as two minutes later, Benfleet did get the opening goal. A set-piece from the right found centre-back Cameron Harris at the back post and his towering header bypassed visiting custodian  Akan George and found the net. That was definitely not in the visitors’ game plan pre-match.

Benfleet nearly had a glimmer of a second goal on ten minutes as a good run by forward Billy Bonham-Dare was deflected off a defender into the path of George at some pace, but the Brimsdown ‘keeper did well to gather. However, anyone who prescribed to the theory that this was going to be a comfortable win for the hosts was soon to be proven wrong. While it was true that interim boss Robert Rook’s side were having a lot of possession, they were not really doing that much with it. as Brimsdown were clearing their lines well. Ben Foord also spurned a half-chance for the hosts but curiously, their momentum were starting to fade which the visitors did sense as we got into the latter part of the half.

Benfleet making another forward press in first half, down the right channel

They had very few in the way of chances on goal up to this point though just after the half-hour, Reon Reid made a fine darting run on the right flank, with his centre deflected for a corner. Soon after, the lack of chances was immaterial as Brimsdown got an important equaliser on thirty-five minutes. A good cross deep from the right flank by Simeon Beckford found forward Damon Rendell and his powerful header found the net well, past Benfleet stopper Florent Gislette. All of a sudden, the visitors were galvanized by the leveller and they sensed that the hosts wanted to get back to the dressing rooms for the half-time team talk in a hurry.

Half-Time: Benfleet 1 – 1  Brimsdown

Brimsdown press forward after the break

As we resumed after the interval, the intent was clear from the home side, as two substitutes came on immediately into the second half. Frankie Stone and Jack Frost had replaced Joe Hunter and goal-scorer Harris respectively. Unfortunately for Benfleet, they couldn’t re-establish their impetus from early on in the game by creating a variety of clear-cut chances. Foord had another decent effort on fifty-three minutes, firing wide of George’s left-side post. Besides that, Brimsdown were admirably holding firm although the concern for them would have been whether they could maintain it.

We had another dramatic turn of events on sixty-five minutes as a well-worked corner by captain Ali Tas found Samuel Kyei who found some space before powering in a superb strike low into the left corner, giving Gislette little chance of stopping it. Brimsdown had the lead, and now Benfleet had to battle their way not only into the ascendancy but crucially, back into the match on the score-sheet along with it. In fairness, the hosts here showed no lack of work rate or endeavour, but as the minutes ticked by, it was looking likely that Brimsdown were going to claim a highly valuable win in their battle to evade the drop.


There was another twist in the match as we approached added-time. Benfleet got a precious equaliser as a good ball in from the right found substitute Frankis Stone who showed no lack of composure to guide his header into the net on 89 minutes. It was hard on Brimsdown though it could’ve been worse for them moments later. Foord went down in the penalty area, after a challenge by Adelmar Rodrigues but referee Paul Sturton was not minded to point to the spot.

The visitors did hold on to claim a worthy point here, though their frustration will be that it could have been all three points. If they do play like this for the remaining five matches this term, they may not finish bottom of the table. Benfleet will need to garner some wins in their remaining six games, with Wivenhoe Town, Burnham Ramblers and Halstead Town still battling them in the play-off area.

Benfleet plead for a spot-kick late on

Full-Time: Benfleet 2 – 2 Brimsdown

In summary, Brimsdown put in a very good display here and made the most of the relatively few chances they had and crucially, their confidence in the match grew just as they sensed their hosts’ confidence was ebbing away. Defensively, Steve Wakefield’s side did well and could have grabbed an unlikely victory, though they were denied late on. You do have to credit the spirit of the Benfleet side, they refused to give up despite their performance not being of the standards they would set themselves.

There were several creditable performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for Brimsdown, centre-back Adelmar Rodrigues was a stand-out player for his side, making a number of important interceptions and showed good energy and positional awareness. Reon Reid had a really good game, making a number of good darting runs down the right channel and put in some good crosses with it, as well as good defensive work. Forward Damon Rendell took his goal really well and generally gave the home defence a hard afternoon with his movement, while Zion Dos Santos also merits a mention for good, energetic play down the left side and that lifted his team at an important time before the interval.

For Benfleet, midfielder Henry Sims had a good game, showing good work rate, good set-pieces and generally had a good influence for his team. Forward Billy Bonham-Dare also stretched a resolute Brimsdown backline well at times with good ace and movement, but will want goals to turn up soon. Also, full-back Billy Carter put in a good hard-working display, making a number of energetic runs down the right channel to give his side extra width. Finally, substitute Frankie Stone got that last-gasp leveller which could prove to be a important moment of composure for him and his team.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Benfleet  | Interim Managers: Robert Rook & Mike Cundy  | (Manager Rob Polkinghorn was away)

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Joe Hunter (12 Frankie Stone 46’), 4 Mckenzie Davidson, 5 Cameron Harris (15 Jack Frost 46’), 6 Martyn Lacey, 7 Billy Bonham-Dare, 8 Henry Sims (14 Mason Shave 81’), 9 Aaron Russell (Capt), 10 Robert Lacey, 11 Ben Foord

Goal-scorers: Cameron Harris [7’], Frankie Stone [89’]

Booked: Russell | Subs Not Used: Hurford, Scott


Brimsdown   | Manager: Steve Wakefield

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Akan George (GK), 8 Reon Reid, 3 Mauro Rodrigues, 5 Adelmar Rodrigues, 9 Pianny Nzamale, 2 Emre Tas, 7 Ali Tas (Capt), 4 Simeon Beckford (15 Masoor Nooristani 79’), 18 Zion Dos Santos, 10 Damon Rendell, 11 Samuel Kyei

Goal-scorers: Damon Randell [35’], Samuel Kyei [65’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Paul Sturton

Assistants: Ian Butler & Michael Jarvis

S21-22 Match Report: May & Baker 3 – 1 Benfleet (Wed 16 Feb) [EaSL South 21-22 17.2.22]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Parkside [3G]

Attendance: 57

2021-22 Season: Match 57

Wednesday 16th February 2022 – 7.45pm KO

May & Baker: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, White Socks

Benfleet: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Bakers’ Anthony Cooke about to strike a set-piece

‘Bakers battle well in tough conditions to claim good win at Parkside

May & Baker  3 – 1  Benfleet

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

An additional match in the season’s journey was played at Parkside, as i finally got the chance to watch May & Baker at their current ‘home’ ground as they welcomed fellow play-off chasing side Benfleet in the Eastern Senior League South. The artifical playing surface came in handy given the terrible weather this week and I can certainly see why several ground-hoppers like this ground with its stadium feel. Bakers had Frankie Worboyes in goal, with a back four of Cain Brougham, Jamie Marsh, George Breen and Kunle Adeyemi. Daniel Whitehead led the forward line, with Anthony Cooke and Robert Bagnall in support. Benfleet named Florent Gislette between the posts, with full-backs Billy Carter and Joe Hunter and a forward line of captain Aaron Russell, Danny Hurford and Mason Shave. The influential forward Ben Foord had to withdraw after pulling up with a niggle during the warm-up.

The match began with a fairly subdued start as both sides had to adapt to high winds and accompanying rain, which came through during most of the match. It was the visitors who had a fair amount of ball retention in those early stages, with full-back Billy Carter making some good runs down the right channel and forward Danny Hurford getting into some good positions in the 18-yard area, which nearly ended up with the latter getting on the end of good cross from the right side. Jordan Harris & Alec Simm’s side did get their way back into the game in the possession stakes, even if clear chances eluded both teams in the first part of the game.

Idris Aminu (#11, far left) makes another good run for Bakers

However, as we got into the second part of the first half, Bakers forward Daniel Whitehead was looking a good threat for the hosts, and fired a good strike at goal which visiting custodian Florent Gislette did well to parry at his far post. The atmosphere was getting a little tense, with the match needing a goal and with Bakers continuing to have the better of the ball time, it duly arrived eight minutes before the interval.


From a set-piece, it was well connected with from a powerful header from centre-back Jamie Marsh and said header gave Gislette zero chance of preventing it finding the corner. Of course, the goal lifted the home side and Gislette also had to punch central mdfielder Robert Bagnall’s free-kick away from danger on the stroke of half-time. May & Baker were edging it at this point, as Benfleet looked decent on the ball but struggled to create chances.

HT: May & Baker 1 – 0 Benfleet

After the resumption, Benfleet had a good start to the second period but were thwarted as Martyn Lacey continued a good run and placed the ball low into the net past home stopper Frankie Worboyes – though it didn’t count as referee Joshua Evans had already signalled a free-kick for the hosts, presumably for an off-side. Visiting forward Danny Hurford was also putting in some good crosses in fron the left, and one of those narrowly missed the advancing run of Carter just wide of the back post. Bakers soon wrestled back possession and doubled their lead on 53 minutes. The impressive Idris Aminu made another fine darting run down the left channel before finding Whitehead with an instinctive low pass, which Whitehead controlled well and sent a fine curling drive right into the corner, evading the grasp of Gislette.

Benfleet had the pressure squarely on them at this point to launch a comeback but unfortunately, forwards Mason Shave and skipper Aaron Russell were somewhat isolated and the determined home backline were giving little away either. Indeed, it was not a big surprise when May & Baker got their third goal midway into the second half. Darren Seymour made the most of a good counter by the hosts, and he found Whitehead who again finished calmly past Gislette, low into the net.


Benfleet did to their credit, keep the focus going in the latter stages to get themselves back into the contest, and Hurford’s goal-bound effort did require Worboyes to be alert and save. Unfortunately for Robert Polkinghorn’s team, said comeback was a forlorn prospect by the time Russell broke free of the Bakers defence and clawed back a consolation goal with a low drive past Worboyes in added time.


Full-Time: May & Baker 3 – 1 Benfleet

All in all, this was a good performance by May & Baker, who played some good stuff at times despite the challenging conditions (a hefty wind and bands of rain). They created the better chances and made the most of a uncharacteristic display by Benfleet in which they rarely threatened Worboyes’ goal. Losing two players in the warm-up I understand did hit them hard though they will need to be more creative & more clinical going forward to get the points they desire to secure that top-five finish. Bakers are not out of the running for those play-offs either and if they can keep playing like this, they may well be in with a good chance.


As ever, there were good performances worthy of note for both sides. Firstly for visitors May & Baker, forward Daniel Whitehead certainly made a difference for his side in scoring two good goals and played a good role in his side’s forward moves too, showing good pace and movement. Winger Idris Aminu made several good darting runs down the left side, adding fine passing to his team’s moves and got a fine assist. Centre-back Jamie Marsh got a fine goal and typified his side’s defending as well, showing good positioning. Lastly, full-back Kunle Adeyemi put in an energetic display, looking to set the tone with passing as well.

For Benfleet, forwards Danny Hurford and Aaron Russell showed moments of good passing and movement, with full-back Billy Carter put in a good shift, making several good runs down the right flank. Also, custodian Florent Gislette made two good saves to keep his team in the game in the first half.

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams

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

Starring XI (Subs): 1 Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2 Cain Brougham, 3 Kunle Adeyemi, 5 Jamie Marsh, 6 George Breen, 4 Kane Messenger (Capt), 8 Robert Bagnall (17 Josh Lowbridge 83′), 7 Darren Seymour (15 Kalum Bama 77′), 9 Daniel Whitehead, 10 Anthony Cooke (16 Abidemi Lamina 70′), 11 Idris Aminu

Goal-scorers: Jamie Marsh [37′], Daniel Whitehead [53′ & 67′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Rodrigues, Riddell (GK)


Benfleet  |  Manager: Robert Polkinghorn | Assistant: Robert Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Joe Hunter (15 Lee Scott 68′), 4 Stephen Ellery (16 Jack Frost 75′), 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Martyn Lacey, 7 Henry Sims, 8 Taylor Lawrence, 9 Mason Shave, 10 Aaron Russell (Capt), 11 Danny Hurford

Goal-scorer: Aaron Russell [90’+1]

Booked: Harris | Subs Not Used: Stone, Dickinson


Referee: Joshua Evans
Assistants: Craig Wood & Abu Taher

S21-22 Match Report: Barkingside 2 – 0 Park View (Mon 24 Jan) [EaSL Sth 21-22 25.1.22]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 82

2021-22 Season: Match 51

Monday 24th January 2022 – 7.45pm KO

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

Park View: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks



Barkingside do enough to claim decent win over Park View at Cricklefield

Barkingside  2 – 0  Park View

Match Report & Photos by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The midweek matches returned on the Non-League journey this season after a minor hiatus, with a return visit to Cricklefield to see Barkingside face Park View in the Eastern Senior League South. ‘Side were looking to erase the memory of a heavy loss to Harwich & Parkeston at the same venue forty-eight hours earlier. Park View were also looking to bounce back from a loss at the weekend and gain ground on the teams above them in the table. Barkingside fielded Duncan Smith in goal, with a defensive four of centre-backs Nathan Saunders & skipper Elliot Scott, with full-backs Jordan Cornelius and Shaquel Foyewa. The forward line was led by Kevin Difika and James Peagram, with support from Quincy Warner, and options from the bench included forwards Osas Umaru, Archie Hammond and midfielder Jason Jones. Park View gave Ibrahim Nuhu  the goalkeeper’s jersey here, with Francis Williams, Raymond Agyemang and Rui Rocha being their forward line, with Daniel Amihere captaining the side.

The match began in the decreasing temperature with Barkingside very much having the impetus going forward. After only four minutes, a long ball forward found advancing midfielder Anton Alexander, who headed wide of Ibrahim Nuhu’s woodwork after coming inside from the right channel. It was a warning from the hosts which Park View did not heed. Moments later, the home side did break the deadlock with a slightly bizarre goal. A set-piece from deep was sent in to the penalty area and Park View defender Maxwell Ntim got goal-side and unfortunately headed past Nuhu and into his own net. Steven Le Sage’s side were not going to complain though and pressed forward to extend this acquired advantage. Eight minutes in, a long pass by Quincy Warner was gathered at the second attempt by Nuhu before forward Kevin Difika could have a chance from close range.



Barkingside spurned another half-chance five minutes later as James Peagram’s attempted lob was denied by Nuhu. The visitors were feeling the pressure at this stage and did push on the counter-attack, as forward Francis Williams found himself in on goal, only for ‘Side skipper Elliot Scott to get in and intercept the potential danger seconds before Williams could get a strike away at Duncan Smith’s goal.

That chance for the visitors did prove important as on twenty-seven minutes, ‘Side doubled their lead. A good ball in found Peagram just short of the six-yard line and his effort on goal evaded the reach of Nuhu and found the left corner of the goal. The hosts then couldn’t make the most of decent chances as Nuhu denied Alexander’s far post header and Difika nodded wide as well when well-placed. At the other end, Smith pulled off a good save to deny a good strike by rapid forward Rui Rocha not long before the interval.


‘Side getting forward down the right flank in the first half

Half-Time: Barkingside  2 – 0  Park View

After the interval, the pace of the match dropped somewhat, but not before Park View stopper Nuhu denied a goal-bound header by winger Josh Duyile and just shy of the hour, Maxwell Ntim struck his effort over the woodwork for Park View. It was becoming apparent that ‘Side were finding it tricky to keep the same energy & impetus they showed earlier in the game, which allowed Park View more possession and generally speaking, they did cause some nervy moments for the home defence, which were well-dealt with, with skipper Elliot Scott determined to keep the clean sheet.

Just after the hour, Duyile unleashed a speculative effort from the left channel to catch out Nuhu and the ball cannoned off the top of the crossbar. Duyile also brought a good save out of Nuhu in the last twenty minutes, with a fierce drive being tipped over the woodwork by the alert Park View stopper.




In the end, Barkingside would have been happy to see the final whistle come and emerge with the points and a clean sheet. They still have faint hopes of a play-off spot though they will need a lot of wins from the matches they have in hand on their rivals. It was also good to see many ground-hoppers as ever supporting the club here.

Full-Time: Barkingside  2 – 0  Park View

In summary, Barkingside did well to put aside a tough defeat 48 hours previously to put in an energetic showing here, especially in the first half. Park View didn’t test home goalkeeper Duncan Smith on a consistent basis here although they will be disappointed that they did not get on the score-sheet with the few good half-chances they had. The hosts will need to put in consistent performances to get into the play-off picture I feel, with the matches they have in hand on their rivals.

There were several creditable performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for Barkingside, forward Kevin Difika had a good game, putting good energy into the hosts’ forward line alongside James Peagram, and showed decent movement to test the opposition defence. Centre-back Elliot Scott also had a good match, marshalling his defence well and making a number of important interceptions to stifle Park View’s forward line from creating further clear-cut chances. Finally, Anton Alexander showed good pace and touch in midfield to contribute to his team’s display. For Park View, forward Francis Williams was their biggest threat and was unfortunate to not get on the score-sheet here, showing good movement and a few good passes too. Raymond Agyemang and skipper Daniel Amihere both had good matches too, the latter in a defensive role.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Barkingside  | Manager: Steven Le Sage  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Duncan Smith (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 3 Shaquel Foyewa, 5 Nathan Saunders, 6 Elliot Scott (Capt), 14 Quincy Warner, 7 David Etcheri (12 Patrick Hoy 81’), 8 Anton Alexander, 9 James Peagram (16 Antonio Scotellaro 61’), 10 Kevin Difika, 11 Joshua Duyile (17 Jason Jones 74’)     

Goal-scorers: Maxwell Ntim OG [5’], James Peagram [27’]

Subs Not Used: Umaru, Hammond


Park View

Starting XI: 1 Ibrahim Nuhu (GK), 2 Lloyd Mukanda, 3 Daniel Amihere (Capt), 4 Kwadwo Asamoah, 5 Gerald Mensah, 6 Francis Williams, 7 Rui Rocha, 8 Raymond Agyemang, 9 Felix Kouassy, 10 Robinhood Mensah-Sowah, 11 Maxwell Ntim

 Subs Not Used: Debrah, Rudys, Domfeh


Referee: Andrew Crossley

Assistants: Peter Jago & Abu Taher

S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 15 Jan) [EaSL Sth 21\22 15.1.22]

Eastern Senior League – South Division

Venue: Park Lane

Attendance: 52

2021-22 Season: Match 49

Saturday 15th January 2022 – 3pm KO

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

Buckhurst Hill: White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Benfleet deny Buckhurst Hill in hard-fought match

Benfleet 1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s match was a fascinating encounter at Park Lane which saw two of the current top four sides in the Eastern Senior League South clash as Benfleet welcomed promotion-chasing Buckhurst Hill. Both sides have had something of an extended break from action of late but with other sides in the top six having played more matches already, that might be in both teams’ favour come April. Benfleet named Daniel Smith as their goalkeeper, with a back four of Darnell Shakes, Joe Hunter & centre-backs MacKenzie Davidson and Sonny Hartman. Ben Foord led the forward line as ever, with support from Rob Lacey and skipper Aaron Russell. Options on the bench included forwards Billy Bonham-Dare and Mason Shave and centre-back Cameron Harris.

Buckhurst were keen to grab another win here to keep tabs on rivals Ipswich Wanderers and had regular custodian Daniel Blockley in goal, with Alfie Harris and Henry Day as centre-backs and Liam Foster & Edward Buchanan as the attack-minded full-backs. Captain Suleyman Zuhdu led their attack, with support from the Sollosi brothers (Sam & Nathan). Their substitutes included Brad Rowland, Sonny Shilling and Max Nicholson.

The match began with Buckhurst Hill having more possession and therefore having more impetus to break the deadlock. On seven minutes, after Josh Banfield had been involved in the build-up, full-back Liam Foster’s centre found forward Suleyman Zuhdu who retained the ball well just inside the Benfleet penalty area before firing a speculative overhead kick which home stopper Daniel Smith had to gather.


The visitors were showing their high work rate & energetic style of Football, which forced Benfleet to deal with several waves of forward moves from their opposition, although Buckhurst did not create a huge array of clear chances as they sought to regain their clinical finishing. Zuhdu sent in another powerful free-kick which Smith was equal to, before the half-hour though Buckhurst’s final ball was eluding them on occasion.

Benfleet were focused on keeping things tight and were grateful for several important defensive blocks by Sonny Hartman to keep things level, as well as the alertness of goalkeeper Daniel Smith. A minute before the interval, their miserly attitude defensively was rewarded as Hartman took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration from the visitors to head home a set-piece at the near post and altogether change the tone of this match.. and the half-time team talks along with it.


Half-Time: Benfleet 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill

Unsurprisingly, Buckhurst were fired up after the break to get themselves level and Zuhdu was in good form, piercing the home defence on 55 minutes, sprinting to the loose ball ahead of the onrushing Smith but with the ‘Fleet custodian off his goal-line, Zuhdu’s curling finish was headed away on the line by a well-positioned home defender. Rapid winger Nathan Sollosi also had a decent header well thwarted from a set-piece thanks to determined defending by Rob Polkinghorn’s side. At the other end, Benfleet were still decent on the counter, and forward Aaron Russell was unlucky to see a fine strike cannon back off the crossbar with visiting goalkeeper Blockley beaten.

It was becoming apparent that it may not be Buckhurst’s day when they were awarded a penalty, seconds after they had the ball in the net. Tyler Dolan stepped up to take it from twelve yards, but Smith was in no mood to concede, making a fine save. However, Mark Williams’ team did get a deserved goal on sixty-three minutes as from the right side of the 18-yard area, Nathan Sollosi fired home a superb low effort which found the bottom left corner, giving Smith no chance of preserving his clean sheet.



Again, Buckhurst pushed for a decisive goal in the latter stages, with full-back Foster firing wide from a narrow angle and Zuhdu was well-denied by Smith after once again evading the ‘Fleet backline and only had the goalkeeper to bypass. The last key moment of the match came in added time as with Benfleet admirably trying to stifle the rapid forward moves of the visitors, they conceded another spot-kick. Centre-back Henry Day took the responsibility of taking the penalty, but again Smith underlined his good perormance by making a good penalty save, for the second time in the match.

Soon after, the final whistle blew on a match that had a lot of intrigue and good attacking build-up play though not the goals that many may have thought.


Full-Time:  Benfleet  1 – 1 Buckhurst Hill

To sum up this match, Buckhurst Hill had enough ball retention in the first half but couldn’t make the most of the chances they had. Benfleet’s goal just before half-time altered the complexion of the game and although the visitors scored a fine leveller, they were not their usual clinical selves in terms of their finishing. In fairness, both sides were lacking some rhythm, after an extended break from action recently though ‘Fleet will be the happier of the two sides, having got a point.

As ever, there were a number of good performances in this entertaining match. For Benfleet, stopper Daniel Smith had an excellent day, denying penalties from Tyler Dolan and then Henry Day in added-time, which added to fine saves to deny Buckhurst talisman Suleyman Zuhdu. Centre-back Sonny Hartman also shone, making several important defensive blocks as well as scoring his side’s goal with a near-post header. Aaron Russell also did well & was unfortunate to not score from a fine strike. Joe Hunter also showed good energy at left-back.

For Buckhurst, creative midfielder Josh Banfield made several fine passes & some good interceptions. Forward Nathan Sollosi scored a fine leveller & made a number of good runs while Suleyman Zuhdu showed good work rate and was only denied from getting on the score-sheet thanks to fine defending. Lastly, Louis Wynter had a good game as well getting in good positions and setting up good forward moves.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.

Buckhurst’s Josh Banfield in possession [Image: Scott W]

Teams

Benfleet  | Manager:  Rob Polkinghorn |

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Smith (GK), 2 Darnell Shakes, 3 Joe Hunter, 5 MacKenzie Davidson, 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Stephen Ellery, 8 Taylor Lawrence (14 Billy Bonham-Dare 66′), 7 Aaron Russell (Capt) (17 Sam Dulieu 83′), 9 Ben Foord (12 Mason Shave 70′), 10 Robert Lacey, 11 Henry Sims

Goal-scorer: Sonny Hartman [44′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Harris, Scott


Buckhurst Hill     |  Manager: Mark Willams |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster (18 Max Nicholson 77′), 3 Edward Buchanan (12 Keaton Moore 55′), 4 Alfie Harris, 15 Henry Day, 16 Louis Wynter, 8 Josh Banfield, 14 Tyler Dolan, 7 Sam Sollosi (21 Sonny Shilling 61′), 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Goal-scorer: Nathan Sollosi [63′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Falola, Rowland


Referee: Steven Marr
Assistants: Michael Jarvis & Amy Purser

S21-22 Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 1 Benfleet (Mon 8 Nov) [EaSL Sth 21/22 9.11.21]

Eastern Senior League – South Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 78

2021-22 Season: Match 39

Monday 8th November 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

Benfleet: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



‘Fleet grab a narrow win in drab match at Barkingside

Barkingside 0 – 1 Benfleet

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The first midweek match this week saw a return to Cricklefield for this interesting clash between mid-table Barkingside and high-flyers Benfleet in the Eastern Senior League South. Both sides were needing points for different reasons with ‘Side keen to join the top eight and Benfleet looking to keep the pressure up on the top two. ‘Side retained Josh Chebesi in goal, with a back three of Jordan Cornelius, Shaquel Foyewa and captain Elliot Scott. David Etcheri and Archie Hammond were in central midfield, with forwards Dan Jones, James Peagram and Darnel Bromfield. On their bench were midfielders Grant Frances & Patrick Hoy alongside Osas Umaru. Benfleet were looking to keep the ‘winning feeling’ going two days after defeating Wivenhoe Town, with regular stopper Florent Gislette shielded by a back four of Billy Carter, Joe Hunter plus centre-backs Cameron Harris and Sonny Hartman. Callum Fitzer and Mason Shave led the forward line, with support from Luc Harpon and skipper Aaron Russell. Among their options from the sidelines were forward Ben Foord and midfielders Sam Dulieu and David Salako.

Unusually for both sides, the early stages of this match were somewhat quiet in terms of clear-cut chances. Benflert winger Luc Harpon had a sight of Josh Chebesi’s goal but could only blaze over the goal frame in the early stages, while Darnel Bromfield’s strike deflected wide in response for ‘Side. The hosts had a let-off of sorts on 18 minutes as a long throw-in from Benfleet full-back Billy Carter was nodded on ahead on onrushing ‘Side custodian Chebesi but the visitors could not force the ball into the net. Defences were largely on top for both teams at this point in proceedings, with ‘Side forward Dan Jones looking to find those piercing through balls to the likes of James Peagram and Reece Simpson who was making runs from deep.



As the half prorgressed, Benfleet were edging things with making more half-chances though their final ball eluded them to extent. That being said, Barkingside’s defence had to be alert with centre-back Elliot Scott and fellow defender Jordan Cornelius made a few important interceptions to keep them on parity. Benfleet did finally break the deadlock on 39 minutes with a good team move. Full-back Joe Hunter began the move down the left side, finding forward Callum Fitzer who turned and sent in a fizzing cross which found the advancing Mason Shave who powered in a good header high into the net at the near post.



Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Benfleet

So it was the visitors who held a narrow lead but the scrappy nature of this match did persist into the second period. The visitors had a half-chance from a corner on 54 minutes, with centre-back Cameron Harris heading over the woodwork from about six yards out. ‘Side’s promising moves down the channels were thwarted by the visitors’ hard-working defence, marshalled well by centre-back Sonny Hartman who made several important clearrances. As the match entered its later stages, Benfleet were looking to get that crucial second goal which would secure the points for Rob Polkinghorn’s side.

Another free-kick from the visitors tested Chebesi who couldn’t gather, but fortunately for the hosts, Scott was there to clear the danger. And then with moments remaining two substitutes combined as they got clear of the tiring ‘Side backline. Ben Foord found Sam Dulieu in a good arc to strike on goal but the latter’s tame shot came off the left-sided post. The final whistle blew soon afterwards and while ‘Fleet were not at their best form here, they will be happy enough with the points. ‘Side will be frustrated as they remain outside the top ten.



Full-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 1  Benfleet

To sum up this match, well it won’t win many plaudits for quality but what you can say is there was a lot of effort expended by both sides on a chilly evening. Benfleet had more of the chances but could not conclusively put the game beyond the reach of ‘Side, who in turn could not test visiting stopper Gislette.

There were some good performances here. First, for winners Benfleet I felt forwards Mason Shave and Callum Fitzer deserve a mention for their running down the channels and their passing and Shave’s goal came at a good time to quell the nerves of Rob Polkinghorn’s side. Also, centre-back Sonny Hartman put in a good display, clearing several promising attacks for ‘Side away from danger and finally full-back Joe Hunter did well down the left side to build forward moves in support of Fitzer. Barkingside had good performances from forwards Darnel Bromfield and Dan Jones with Bromfield looking to get in behind defenders using his pace and dribbling. Jones looked to find incisive balls to his fellow forwards but was thwarted by a miserly visiting defence. Quincy Warner also put in a good hard-working performance and skipper Elliot Scott put in a valiant display at centre-back as he stifled the quick Benfleet attacks.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.



Teams

Barkingside    |  Manager: Steven Le Sage  | Assistant: Tommy Shelts

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Chesbesi (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 3 Shaquel Foyewa, 6 Elliot Scott (Capt), 5 Archie Hammond, 7 David Etcheri (13 Patrick Hoy 63′), 4 Reece Simpson, 8 Quincy Warner, 9 James Peagram (14 Osas Umaru 63′), 10 Dan Jones (12 Grant Frances 74′), 11 Darnel Bromfield

Booked: Etcheri, Cornelius | Subs Not Used: Piccolo


Benfleet  | Manager: Rob Polkinghorn | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI: 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Joe Hunter, 4 Stephen Ellery, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Sonny Hartman, 7 Luc Harpon (16 Ben Foord 51′), 8 Taylor Lawrence, 9 Callum Fitzer, 10 Aaron Russell (Capt), 11 Mason Shave (14 Sam Dulieu 70′)

Goal-scorer: Mason Shave [39′]

Booked: Lawrence | Sub Not Used: Willsmer, D Salako, Stewart


Referee: Joshua Evans
Assistants: Bobby Breen & Abu Taher

S21-22 Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 6 Buckhurst Hill (Mon 25 Oct) [EaSL Sth 26.10.21]


Eastern Senior League – South Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 115

2021-22 Season: Match 36

Monday 25th October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

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

Buckhurst H: White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Players pre-match

Buckhurst achieve comfortable win over ‘Side at Cricklefield

Barkingside  1 – 6  Buckhurst Hill

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The midweek match in late October was this fascinating encounter at Cricklefield between two sides in contrasting form as Barkingside welcomed local rivals Buckhurst Hill in Eastern Senior League South. ‘Side were looking to swiftly recover from a heavy weekend loss at Halstead whilst Buckhurst were still buzzing after their progression in the FA Vase after victory at Great Yarmouth. One other bit of news for the hosts saw First-team boss Francesco Zabotti depart for EOFL Premier side Springfield last week, which saw GM Steven Le Sage back in charge for Barkingside here. They named Lubomir Georgiev in goal, with right-back Jordan Cornelius skippering the team. David Etcheri and Patrick Hoy were the centre midfield pair, alongside Reece Simpson and Quincy Warner in attack. Options from the sidelines included defender Berkcan Belindir and forward Joe Gent. Buckhurst rotated their squad somewhat following that aforementioned Vase win but still had Daniel Blockley between the sticks, with a defence of Liam Foster, Edward Buchanan, Alfie Harris and Max Nicholson. Suleyman Zuhdu retained his place and captained the side, with Sonny Shilling and Tyler Dolan joining him in an enterprising forward line. Their bench included forwards Nathan Sollosi, Fehinti Falola and Brad Rowland.


As the match began in earnest, it was the hosts who had the first sight of goal on two minutes as forward Reece Simpson showed his intent, firing a good strike wide of the right-side post from twenty-five yards. It was a cagey start to the game, with little in the way of clear-cut openings and to their credit, ‘Side defended quite well and that was shown by good clearances by centre-back Jason Jones and right-back Jordan Cornelius. However, the first big point of the game happened on 21 minutes as Buckhurst forward Tyler Dolan was fouled in the area, which resulted in the penalty being converted low into the right corner by Dolan himself to give the visitors the lead. Barkingside responded on the counter-attack, with Reece Simpson being played in unselfishly and his firm effort on goal was well denied by visiting stopper Dan Blockley.

Steven Le Sage’s side were having their best period of the match at this juncture, and just before the half-hour, Jones was unfortunate to have a powerful header at goal cleared off the goalline by a well-placed covering Buckhurst defender. This seemed to galvanise the visitors snd they respoonded with a second goal just after the half-hour. A neat passing move ended with a controlled finish by attacking midfielder Jake Moss who did well to beat stranded ‘keeper Lubomir Georgiev. So, with the Stags two goals to the good, they were in a decent position. However, ‘Side responded all of thirty seconds later as Simpson really nailed a powerful strike from 25 yards which Blockley got a glove on but it still sailed high into the net. You could argue that ‘Side deserved that goal, but it was also apparent that Buckhurst could still raise their game further before the evening was done.


A glimmer of this was shown by another rapid run by forward Suleyman Zuhdu who made a good break down the left channel, cut inside and saw a good effort well parried by Georgiev. With half-time approaching, Barkingside tried fo force a leveller but Simpson’s tame effort dribbled wide of the left-side post, almost demanding that a team-mate would run in and grab a tap-in but it wasn’t to be.

Half-Time: Barkingside  1 – 2  Buckhurst Hill


So, as the players emerged for the second half it was fair to say that ‘Side were in the game and that Buckhurst had ‘more gears to find’ in attack. Unfortunately for the hosts, they did find that rhythm after the break. Eight minutes after the restart, a free-kick from just outside the eighteen-yard area on the angle found the top left corner, courtesy of a great strike by full-back Edward Buchanan. Mark Williams’ side were building their attacking ryhthm now and on the hour, forward Sonny Shilling’s lob somehow cannoned back off a post with the majority of the goal to aim at, and seconds later Zuhdu’s fine strike was well clawed away by the impressive Georgiev. Barkingside were in danger of being overrun at this point and Georgiev was in action again moments afterward, denying Zuhdu again with a fine one-handed save low on the ground.


Hill did get a fourth goal with fifteen minutes left as from a set-piece, full-back Liam Foster’s low finish found the net in a congested penalty area. The hosts couldn’t keep the ball for the long enough as Buckhurst poured forward with wave after wave of forward presses. Substitute Brad Rowland shot was denied by Georgiev as we entered the last ten minutes, though the Stags rounded off a fine evening’s work with replacement Fehinti Falola lobbing Georgiev well and in added-time, Rowland’s fierce strike got a hefty deflection off a defender which wrong-footed the goalkeeper.


Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 6  Buckhurst Hill

In summary, Barkingside did well to compete in the first half and could have made things level at the interval, but ultimately they were unable to stifle a Buckhurst side who continue to impress with their goal-scoring and their pace going forward. Buckhurst deserved to win the game as they continue their quest to fortify their position in the top six.

In terms of stand-out performances, visitors Buckhurst Hill had midfielder Jake Moss to thank for scoring a good goal in a key period of the match. He also played his part in building up forward moves, as did full-back Liam Foster who took his goal well and continues to have a good season thus far. Centre-back Alfie Harris also made a number of important interceptions, while forward Suleyman Zuhdu also had a good gamewith his pace and movement and could’ve had at least two goals here if it wasn’t for good goalkeeping.

On that note, Goalkeeper Lubomir Georgiev had an excellent game for Barkingside, making at least five notable saves to keep his side in the contest. Jason Jones did well at centre-back in making several clearing headers, and support forward Quincy Warner put in a good shift making the visiting defence concentrate with neat passes and good darting runs. Lastly, Reece Simpson took his goal very well and could have added to his goal tally on another day.

My thanks to the hosts for their hospitality & best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Barkingside  | Manager: Steven Le Sage |

Starting XI (Subs) : 1 Lubomir Georgiev (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius (Capt), 3 Shaquel Foyewa (16 Berkcan Belindir 72′), 5 Nathan Saunders, 6 Jason Jones, 14 Patrick Hoy, 7 David Etcheri, 8 Quincy Warner, 9 Reece Simpson, 10 Archie Hammond (18 Grant Frances 83′), 11 Osas Omuru (17 Joe Gent 58′)

Goal-scorer: Reece Simpson [32′]

Booked: Etcheri, Jones  | Sub Not Used: Scott, Thompson


Buckhurst Hill     |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster, 3 Edward Buchanan, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Max Nicholson, 7 Jack Griggs, 8 Josh Banfield, 16 Jake Moss (21 Fehinti Falola 67′), 14 Sonny Shilling, 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (20 Harry Markatis 75′), 15 Tyler Dolan (22 Brad Rowland 46′)

Goal-scorers: Tyler Dolan [pen 21′], Jake Moss [32′], Edward Buchanan [53′], Liam Foster [74′], Fehinti Falola [83′], OG [90’+2]

Sin-Bin: Shilling [44′] | Booked: Nicholson | Subs Not Used: Jiro, N Sollosi


Referee: Tommy Breen
Assistants: Alan Steward & Craig Wood

S21-22 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1 Brimsdown (Tues 19 Oct) [EaSL Sth 20.10.21]


Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: 152

2021-22 Season: Match 34

Tuesday 19th October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Brimsdown: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks



Buckhurst battle hard to defeat Brimsdown at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1 Brimsdown

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The solitary midweek match this week saw a return trip to Roding Lane for the match between high-flying Buckhurst Hill and visitors Brimsdown in what was the first Senior match the hosts played under floodlights at their upgraded ground. The hosts perhaps with their big FA Vase tie at Great Yarmouth Town at the weekend in mind, rotated their squad somewhat, with regular stopper Daniel Blockley having a defensive four in front of him comprised of Liam Foster, Max Nicholson, Alfie Harris and Edward Buchanan. The forward line here was led by centre forward Fehinti Falola, with support from Brad Rowland and Nathan Sollosi. Options from the bench included defender Henry Day and forwards Suleyman Zuhdu and Sonny Shilling. Brimsdown have also had a squad overhaul recently, with new boss Marce Collington naming Ali Dogan in goal, a defensive four of Joshua Lamaswala, Dillon Lee, Omer Bingol and Stephane Zolo. The attack was led by Kamarni Collington and Chikosi Basden with Ricardo Price and Jermaine Baptiste in support.

In the early stages of the match, Brimsdown showed enough to suggest they would be ne an energetic, hard-working side and would not be overawed by their opposition. Hill had a half-chance with six minutes on the clock as a decent centre from the right flank by midfielder Jake Moss found centre forward Fehinti Falola but his header was off-target of visiting goalkeeper Ali Dogan’s goal. The vistors responded swiftly on the counter-attack, as a decent strike by midfielder Anthony Sanderson required home custodian Dan Blockley to be alert. The Sollosi brothers were in tandem moments later for Buckhurst as Sam made a good turn before finding Nathan on the edge of the box but could only turn his strike over the woodwork. Marce Collington’s side responded strongly again as a teasing cross by Ricardo Price was deflected behind for a set-piece. From that resulting corner, forward Chikosi Basden’s fierce initial strike was deflected off a team-mate in Price who got the crucial touch to send it beyond Blockley and into the net, despite the hosts wanting the assistant referee’s flag. No flag was forthcoming so it was Brimsdown who took a surprise lead.


To be fair to Brimsdown, they were more than holding their own during the half as Buckhurst could not find their well-known attacking rhythm and pace. On twenty minutes, a fine run and turn by Nathan Sollosi allowed him the chance to strike at goal, but his tame strike allowed Dogan to gather. Then, just past the half-hour, another set-piece by Sam Sollosi found its way to full-back Liam Foster whose shot also couldn’t bypass Dogan, who was growing in confidence.


Half-time: Buckhurst Hill 0 – 1 Brimsdown


So as we entered the second period of the match, Buckhurst knew they had to raise their game somewhat, but it was Brimsdown who had a sight at goal on 51 minutes, with forward Basden sending through a good pass to find captain Reece Capleton, unfortunately for the visitors, the latter could only fire his effort over the woodwork. Mark Williams did not hesitate long to instigate changes from the bench, and the introduction of Sonny Shilling did bring about a change to the rhythm of the hosts’ attacks. Only two minutes after coming on, Buckhurst had a corner which full-back Edward Buchanan did well to slide the ball across to Nathan Sollosi who curled home a nice strike into the top corner to level things up, after earlier spurning several decent chances.

The hoss were really starting to gain momentum at this point and Shilling’s free-kick from a promising position was well parried away from danger by Dogan midway through the half. Brimsdown did respond on the counter-attack as a free-kick of their own by winger Jermaine Baptiste (pictured below) brought a decent save from Blockley as the ball was dipping on him. As we entered the last fifteen minutes of the contest, the energy expended by the visitors was starting to tell on them as Sollosi evaded the defence again, only to be denied again by the impressive Dogan. Forward Suleyman Zuhdu had also come on by this point, and his follow-up strike was also denied by the Brimsdown stopper.


Eventually though, the pressure from Buckhurst did tell and they took the lead on 77 minutes. Moments after the inspired Dogan denied him, Shilling did find the net with a smart low drive into the left corner. Brimsdown played a commendable part in the match though they could not get back into the contest going forward as the minutes ticked by. Zuhdu’s curling set-piece was well gathered by Dogan after re-adjusting his position but on the stroke on the ninety minutes, Buckhurst got a third as a fine lob by Sollosi capped a fine match on a personal note and a hard-earned three points for the hosts on this big occasion for them.



Full-Time:  Buckhurst Hill  3 – 1  Brimsdown

To sum up this occasion, Buckhurst was unusually sloppy with ball retention and with the pace & rhythm of their forward moves for at least half of the match, but a fierce response in the latter stages made it hard for the tiring Brimsdown backline, who couldn’t deal with a strong last thirty minutes from Buckhurst.

In terms of stand-out performances, this time I’ll begin with Brimsdown. Goalkeeper Ali Dogan had an excellent match, making several important saves and effectively kept his side in the match in the second half. Midfielders Anthony Sanderson and Reece Capleton both did well to outwork the hosts in midfield in the first hour and they typified the hard-working display that their side displayed in the match. They both made a number if good tackles as well. Finally, forward Chikosi Basden was a good presence with his pace, energy and passing alongside strike partner Kamarni Collington.

For victors Buckhurst Hill, forward Nathan Sollosi made a telling contribution with his passing, movement & had several shots on goal before finding the net and grabbing his brace. Fehinti Falola did a good job leading the line for Mark Williams’side and could’ve had a couple of goals here. Full-back Liam Foster had another good game and showed his usual high energy levels down the right channel and put in good passes to assist his team. Lastly, substitute Sonny Shilling made a big impact coming off the bench to assist his side’s attacking rhythm with good movement, dribbling and finishing.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Buckhurst Hill   |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster, 3 Edward Buchanan, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Max Nicholson, 6 Jake Moss (17 Jack Griggs 73′), 7 Sam Sollosi (14 Sonny Shilling 57′), 8 Josh Banfield (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi, 9 Fehinti Falola (19 Suleyman Zuhdu 66′), 18 Brad Rowland

Goal-scorers: Nathan Sollosi [59′, 90′], Sonny Shilling [77′]

Booked: Foster | Subs Not Used: Day, Markatis


Brimsdown  | Manager: Marce Collington |

Starting XI (Subs): 12 Ali Dogan (GK), 2 Joshua Lamaswala (16 George Gregory 72′), 3 Stephane Zolo (19 Marcus Cordova 58′), 4 Dillon Lee, 5 Omer Bingol, 6 Reece Capleton (Capt), 7 Jermaine Baptiste, 8 Anthony Sanderson, 9 Karmarni Collington, 10 Chikosi Basden, 11 Ricardo Price (20 Jordan Gomez 24′)

Goal-scorer: Ricardo Price [14′]

Booked: Lee, Basden | Sub Not Used: Traore

Referee: Fabio Roque
Assistants: Chris Noble & David Smith

S 21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 2 Burnham Ramblers (Wed 13 Oct) [EaSL Sth 14.10.21]

Eastern Senior League South (Step 6)

Venue: Park Lane, Canvey

2021-22 Season: Match 31

Attendance: 81

Wednesday 13 October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

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

Burnham R: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Burnham hit late leveller to claim decent point at Park Lane

Benfleet 2 – 2 Burnham Ramblers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This week’s midweek match was a rare excursion to Park Lane to see two sides hoping to be in the running for promotion from Eastern Senior League South come April in Benfleet and visitors Burnham Ramblers. Benfleet manager Rob Polkinghorn rotated his squad for this game and fielded a defensive four of Billy Carter, Martyn Lacey, Sonny Hartman and Cameron Harris, son of forward Millwall legend Neil. Taylor Lawrence and skipper Aaron Russell were the players promoted to attack, with support from the flanks by Luc Harpon and Ben Foord. Options from their bench included former Burnham defender Ryan Willsmer, recent recruit David Salako and goal-scoring forward Billy Bonham-Dare. Luke Goodson’s side incuded Adam French in goal, a central defensive pairing of Matthew Stevens-Brown and Ben Wood, with captain Charlie Brewer and Eddie Appleton in midfield and a forward line of Adebolu Adeyemi, Samir Ali and Harry Shawyer.

Both sides knew the importance of the points here I believe and as you sometimes see in these type of matches, it was a tepid start in terms of chances at either end. Burnham forward Samir Ali had fired over in the opening minutes but we had an early stoppage after a rash tackle by the onrushing Liam Barry saw him clatter into home stopper Florent Gislette, which left the custodian in considerable pain and needing treatment. Admirably though, Gislette continued and Barry was given a early booking. Both sides were showing the way they play, with good passing, movement and possession but they were also both somewhat lacking that final ball that you need to bypass defences. The hosts were unfortunate on 21 minutes as winger Luc Harpon’s teasing cross evaded both the visiting backline and stopper Adam French but forward Ben Foord was agonizingly out of reach of the ball at the far post.


Benfleet were showing glimpses of finding their form, but on the half-hour, they conceded a spot-kick, with tricky Burnham forward Samir Ali felled in the eighteen-yard area. Ali stepped up himself and blasted a firm strike into left-side corner to give Ramblers the lead. Benfleet responded with some vigour, as attacking midfielder Aaron Russell outran the onrushing French but the Burnham custodian did well to recover his position to deny Foord with his follow-up strike. Moments later, a good header from a set-piece by Cameron Harris was clawed away well by French. By contrast, the visitors were unable to unsettle Gislette after the early incident but a Eddie Appleton free-kick did force the Benfleet stopper into gathering the ball minutes before the interval.


Half-Tme: Benfleet 0 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

So it was the Ramblers who held a narrow lead going into the second period. Benfleet did find their rhythm around the hour mark but again were thwarted by Burnham ‘keeper French. Russell had a good chance from close range but the custodian denied him and Foord’s strike on the rebound and perhaps you would start to think it wasn’t going to be the hosts’ night. Not a bit of it – they levelled on 64 minutes as French made another good parry from an initial effort but the bounce rather caught the unfortunate stopper unawares which allowed Foord to head in the rebound. It was as much as ‘Fleet deserved after spurning several decent half-chances prior to that point.

Foord was the chief threat really to a stern Burnham defence who did clear the ball from danger fairly well throughout, even if Benfleet were still stuttering in their quest to find that clinical final pass. As we entered the last fifteen minutes of the match, the tempo ramped up another notch or two. Full-back Billy Carter did well to grab a yard of space in the penalty area to strike an effort on goal which French did well to sprawl over to deny him as the hosts were really the stronger side by this point. Benfleet winger Luc Harpon had made some good runs at times in this match again and another threatening centre from the left side of pemalty area found substitute Billy Bonham-Dare who slotted home past French from close range, barely a minute after coming on to give the hosts the advantage.


The drama didn’t end there though. Benfleet’s defence rather switched off less than two minutes later and on the counter-attack, a move involving forward Adebolu Adeyemi and replacement Tom Howard found Harry Shawyer in space and with only Gislette to beat, he powered in a low drive into the corner of the net to claw back a useful point.  Benfleet had Foord sin-binned in added time for reacting to the referee’s decisions but it was too late to really undermine the home side. You could argue Burnham were fortunate to grab a draw given they had few real chances in the second half but then you also have to factor in that Benfleet really had to see the last five minutes of the match out which they were unable to do.

In fairness though, it is hard to be too critical as it again shows how unpredictable this division is and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a very tightly-packed top eight sides once again as the season progresses.


Full-Time: Benfleet  2 – 2  Burnham Ramblers

In terms of stand-out performances, we’ll start with Benfleet. Winger Luc Harpon had another good game and his presence on the flank unsettled the visiting defence and his assist for the second goal highlighted his value to the side, even when he didn’t get too much of the ball here. Full-back Billy Carter put in another strong, energetic performance, showing good awareness and passing. Defender Sonny Hartman was pushing his side to create forward moves as the ball-playing central defender and forward Ben Foord’s presence in attack meant the Burnham defence had to concentrate and have a solid game. For Burnham, goalkeeper Adam French pulled off several good saves and kept his side in the match, while forward Samir Ali again had a good game, being the most promising outlet for Luke Goodson’s side here. Harry Shawyer also made some good runs and took his goal well, plus centre-back Matthew Stevens-Brown had a good match, making several interceptions to stifle the hosts’ forward line.

All told, it was a good evening’s action. Thanks to the hosts for their kind welcome & also a thank you to my friends Pete Dudley, DW and Rob Parker – it is always nice to be surrounded by good company at matches.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet  | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Martyn Lacey (16 Joe Hunter 61′) 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Stephen Ellery (17 Billy Bonham-Dare 82′), 10 Lee Scott (15 David Salako 71′), 8 Taylor Lawrence, 9 Aaron Russell (Capt), 7 Luc Harpon, 11 Ben Foord

Goal-scorers: Ben Foord [64′]  Billy Bonham-Dare [83′]

Booked: Hartman | Sin-Bin: Ben Foord [90’+1]  | Subs Not Used: Willsmer, Shave


Burnham Ramblers  | Manager: Luke Goodson  |  Assistant: Ross Mernick

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Adam French (GK), 7 Joe Howard (2 Ben Jackman 46′), 11 Liam Barry (16 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer 82′), 4 Matthew Stevens-Brown, 5 Ben Wood, 6 Calum Smith, 8 Eddie Appleton, 17 Charles Brewer (Capt) (15 Tom Howard 74′), 12 Harry Shawyer, 9 Adebolu Adeyemi, 10 Samir Ali

Goal-scorers: Samir Ali [pen 30′], Harry Shawyer [85′]

Booked: Barry  | Subs Not Used: Da Costa, Walker


Referee: Tommy Breen
Assistants: Martin Green & Jamie Wood

S21-22 Match Report: Hackney Wick 1 – 1 Holland (Wed 22 Sept) [EaSL Sth 21-22 23.9.21]


Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Spa Road, Witham

Attendance: 35 (est)

2021-22 Season: Match 24

Wednesday 22 September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Hackney Wick: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Powerful Wick side claim point against determined Holland

Hackney Wick  1 – 1 Holland

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This week’s midweek match saw a first visit to Spa Road to see Hackney Wick face Holland in an Eastern Senior League South match. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the hosts, who now groundshare at Witham Town’s Spa Road. Holland are mid-table having reached the Len Cordell Cup Final in May. The hosts had Jonti Purdom in goal, with a defence of Justin Domfeh, Kwame Dawso and skipper Myles John. The front three were Lewis Danquah, Louie Remi and Daniel Thompson. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Kieran Michaels, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and captain Harvey Cowler. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon.

In fairness, it was a cagey start to this encounter, with Hackney skipper Myles John making a good interception in the opening moments, as the hosts had the majority of the ball in said early stages. the first stinging drive came on the quarter-hour, which saw Dante McIntosh’s strike from 30 yards go wide of Shorten’s goal. McIntosh was in the action again soon afterward with another strike from outside the area being well clawed over by goalkeeper Finlay Shorten. Shorten again showed his ability by denying a one-on-one chance for Wick forward Lewis Danquah when he was well-placed to score not long after the previous oppurtunity.

Holland were buoyed by the aerial ability of forward Scott Sloots but they were also frustrated in that they didn’t have a huge array of chances prior to the midway point of the half. So it was somewhat against the run of play that they took the lead on 25 minutes. Ryan Mahon’s strike manage to evade the Wick defence and did cross the goal-line, after referee Mahdi Elhalawany had consulted with assistant Ian Butler. Now that they had a lead to defend, Paul Phelan’s side were more motivated to get to the interval without conceding. Hackney couldn’t made the most of several promising passes but play-maker Brandon White was unlucky to see a super strike from 35 yards power off a goal post. Marian Hristov somehow was unable to direct a header from mere yards out as well shortly before the interval for the home side.


Half-Time:  Hackney Wick  0 – 1  Holland

After what I reckon to be a stirring team-talk at the interval, both sides emerged with their respective objectives renewed in mind, with Hackney continuing to have a good share of ball rention, buoyed on as they were by a small contingent of vocal Wickers fans behind the goal. Two minutes into the half, a good pass by the energetic Louie Remi found Danquah but again, he couldn’t bypass Shorten who denied him well when one-on-one. Remi himself was unfortunate soon afterward as after a good turn advancing on the edge of the 18-yard area, his strike cannoned off the left-sided goal post with the ‘keeper beaten. On the hour, when Remi had a goal from McIntosh’s pass chalked off for an assistant’s raised flag, then you felt it may not be Wick’s night.

With the minutes beginning to tick away on 71 minutes, Remi again brought a smart save out of the impressive Shorten as after a good turn, the Hackney forward’s effort was denied by the visiting stopper. There were a few signs that the hard-working Seasiders defence were tiring and with nine minutes remaining, their lead disappeared.


Being honest, it was a terrific strike by Brandon White who powered in thunderbolt past the stranded ‘keeper Shorten from some distance, it did show good technique. There were two big chances remaining in the contest, as a rare foray forward in the latter stages for Holland saw right-back Kieran Michaels’ lob from deep narrowly evade both Hackney stopper Jonti Purdom and the crossbar. At the other end, substitute Miles Peterkin had only Shorten to beat but the Holland stopper pulled off another good save in the last seconds of the game.

In some respects, both sides might be disappointed with this result. Wick will feel they did enough to win it given the anount of chances they had while the Seasiders will be frustrated that they didn’t hold on for a narrow win and also they had perhaps conceeded possession too often for their liking.


Full-Time: Hackney Wick  1 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Holland worked extremely hard with their defensive unit characteristically blocking a number of strikes from distance in the match, However, you couldn’t begudge Wick a share of the points for the exhuberance, pace and energy they showed throughout, having enough chances to get the win, but for a combination of superb goalkeeping by visiting custodian Finlay Shorten and the woodwork.

There were a number of good performances here, starting with the hosts. Brandon White did a lot of running and dribbling as a support forward from deep and showed he had an eye for goal and deserved his goal, having earlier been denied by the goal frame. Midfielder Dante McIntosh had a fine game as well, showing good passing, energy and bit of movement too. Forward Louie Remi did well to test the Holland defence with his movement, passing and had several decent efforts on goal, plus full-back Justin Domfeh also had a good game, particularly in the second half. He showed good pace, ability to get past players and passing as well. For Holland, goalkeeper Finlay Shorten assisted his team superbly, making at least four good saves when his defence was breached. Defender Steve Downes also typified the robust Seasiders defence and marshalled the defence well alongside skipper Harvey Cowler, Also, a mention for forward Scott Sloots who won a number of headers despite being somewhat isolated at times, particularly after the interval and he did help build counter-attacks well for Paul Phelan’s side.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Teams

Hackney Wick  | Manager: Yilmaz  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jonti Purdom (GK), 2 Justin Domfeh, 3 Kwame Dawso, 5 Myles Baiden (15 Naser Bakare 46′), 6 Myles John (Capt), 12 Marian Hristov, 4 Dante McIntosh, 10 Brandon White, 9 Lewis Danquah (19 Michael Abu 68′), 7 Louie Remi, 11 Daniel Thompson (14 Miles Peterkin 60′)

Goal-scorers: Brandon White [81′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Gyedu, Sayay


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Kieran Michaels, 3 Rueben Cowler, 4 Joe Martin, 5 Harvey Cowler (Capt), 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Keelan Sorrell, 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon (12 Jamey Williams 68′), 11 Josh Rutter (14 Stephane Trah 62′)

Goal-scorer: Ryan Mahon [25′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts


Referee: Mahdi Elhalawany
Assistants: Ian Butler & Abu Taher