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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 16/Sat 17 Aug) [ESL 2019/20 18.8.19]

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

Hello all and welcome to another of my weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. After a frenetic two weeks of ESL & FA Cup matches which involved replays for a few of our sides, the league programme to take centre stage, hot on the heels of the Replays that two of our sides had in midweek.

Friday 16th August

Woodford Town  1- 3  West Essex   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 58

West started the weekend’s action with a fine win at Woodford. Symeon Taylor opened the scoring for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Sharn Quinn levelled for Dee Safer’s Town side though it was the visitors who took the points as Hakim Medfai & Brad Russell both struck to make it a night to remember for the Stags.

 

Saturday 17th August 

Enfield   1 – 3   Cockfosters  | Woodside

Cockfosters came away from Woodside with a good three points. James Verney, on loan from Hitchin Town, got the first for Player-manager Ryan Wade’s side on 19 minutes. Wade then notched himself as the visitors had a 2 – 1 lead at the break. Verney then got his second with three minutes remaining to give the ‘Fosters their second win of the campaign. The E’s tricky start to the season continued here with their fourth loss in five matches in all competitions.

 

Hadley  2 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 52

The Bricks kept their home form going in all competitions with a hard-fought win over Bengal at Brickfield Lane. After an own goal had put the hoss ahead, substitute Peter Rosemin completed the scoring to give Anthony Clark’s team the win, their third in League and Cup.

 

Ilford  0 – 3   Hoddesdon Town  | Cricklefield

Hoddy overpowered the Foxes with a fine display at Cricklefield. All the goals came after the hour as Connor Scully’s double [62’ & 80’] more than set Simon Riddle’s side on their way to victory. Blue Gallagher added a late third as Ilf extended their wait for a first win this term.

 

Redbridge  0 – 2   Hashtag Utd  | Oakside

Hashtag held firm to record their second win of the season at Oakside. Substitute George Smith was the difference-maker as he got the opening goal on the hour, just six minutes after entering the fray. Smith then completed his brace five minutes later as Jay Devereux’s side showed they can get results wherever they play here. The Motormen were defeated at home for the second time this term, though remain in the top ten in this embryonic table.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 4  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

Hamlets produced a fine display to add to Sawbo’s early-season woes at Crofters. Ezra Ndukuba grabbed a hat-trick to make it a day worth savouring personally while Kahlil Kirwan-Meade got the other goal for Damien Briggs’ side, who racked up their first win of the season here.

 

Takeley  0 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road

Walden got the result in this local derby, laying another foundation for a possible challenge on the top three here. Jack Leachman got the only goal of the game just shy of the hour mark as the Bloods got their second win of the season. Takeley’s 100% start to the campaign ended here though they remain top of the standings.

 

Walthamstow  1 – 0  Stansted       | Wadham Lodge Stadium | Att: 63

Finally, ‘Stow won a battle with rivals Stansted as Dwade James struck again on 56 minutes to edge a tight affair at Wadham Lodge.

I attend this match & my in-depth report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/match-report-walthamstow-1-0-stansted-sat-17-aug-esl/

 

That’s all for this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. Thank you for reading. Check back regularly for more Essex Senior League round-up articles, Match Reports from the ESL & elsewhere, plus the regular Essex Olympian League round-up articles here on my blog. Finally, here are the results from this weekend’s Eastern Senior League South matches. Thanks for reading.

 

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 16th August

Barkingside 1 – 0 Hackney Wick

Frenford  2 – 2  Coggeshall Utd

May & Baker  3 – 0  Newbury Forest

Wivenhoe Town 3 – 0 Brightlingsea Regent Res

 

Saturday 17th August

Benfleet  5 – 1  Holland

Halstead Town  1 – 0  Burnham Ramblers

Little Oakley  2 – 0 Fire Utd

White Ensign  3 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston

 

 

Match Report: White Ensign 3 – 1 Woodford Town (Wed 14th Aug) [FAC 19/20 EPR 15.8.19]

The FA Cup 2019 -20: Extra Preliminary Round Replay

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBA

2019 – 20 Season: Match 13

Wednesday 14th August 2019 – 7.45pm KO

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

Woodford :Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

 

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Ensign triumph in an enthralling FA Cup tie at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  3 – 1  Woodford Town

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

This year’s FA Cup Extra Prelim Round ended for me with a trip to Great Wakering’s Burroughs Park to see White Ensign face Woodford Town in this replay following an entertaining draw in Harlow the previous Friday night. It was widely reported that Ensign held their own in that match and are one of the sides talked about with regards to promotion from the Eastern Senior League South this term. Woodford Town reside in the Essex Senior League though before kick-off it was felt in the local Non-League scene that the hosts had a chance of progression here.

For this debut match in their new ‘home’, Ensign fielded a strong side with Elliot Vile and Andy George in central defence, midfielder & skipper Jack McWee with a front three of player-boss Brett Munyard, Connor Barnby and Dominic Locke. Forward Luke Skinner and midfielder John Hilliard were among the substitutes. Woodford, buoyed on by their travelling support ‘the Woodford Towners’ also named a well-recognised side with Morgan Seaman, Josh Steele, Tola Odedoyin and Ellis Routledge making up their back four, Andrea Mantovani as captain and a front two of the in-form Asher Modeste and a big prospect in Temi Babalola. Samir Ali, Connor Leon and Vlad Sighiartau were among the options on the bench.

The hosts started the game brightly, as on eight minutes forward Connor Barnby got his past his marker to face Town custodian Alex Reed one-on-one though his low drive was adrift of the target. Four minutes later, Ensign took the lead as from Munyard’s in-swinging corner, centre-back Elliot Vile powered home a header past Reed to really gee up the home crowd. Woodford took a little time to settle, particularly defensively and conceded another decent opportunity for the hosts though rapid forward Dominic Locke’s effort was tame and was easily gathered by Reed. As we passed the midway point in the first half, Town were getting their passing game going and had two half-chances of their own though forward Asher Modeste and midfielder Georges Kebi couldn’t trouble home stopper James Parkins.

That momentum continued for Town as the hosts were finding it increasingly difficult to break out of their own half, though the likes of midfielder Ensign Ben Austin were doing an admirable job of ‘dampening the tide’ as Town’s attacks gathered steam. With nine minutes to play until half-time, Locke did well to seize on a Town defensive error though couldn’t make the most of it. Woodford did level moments later as a ricochet off a home defender saw the ball fall kindly to the on-rushing Temi Babalola who made no mistake as he drilled low past Parkins to heighten the tension in this tie.

Half-Time: White Ensign 1 – 1  Woodford Town

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The tempo of the match was building as the second-half began as both sides traded openings. Six minutes into the half, a free-kick in a promising position saw visiting skipper Andrea Mantovani step up and his good strike was well parried away from danger by Parkins. At the other end, forward Brett Munyard was causing some trouble with his set-pieces and from his deep free-kick, energetic midfielder Harry Skinner headed over after being well picked out. On the hour, Ensign’s good passing continued as Munyard was well found though just as he was making his way in on goal to strike, Town centre-back Tola Odedoyin made a crucial interception to snuff out the opportunity.

The hosts had another good opening for Ensign minutes later as after forward Connor Barnby was denied by ‘keeper Reed, Munyard picked up the second ball though his drive was well-blocked on the goal-line. With ten minutes remaining on the watch, Town midfielder Georges Kebi did well showing neat touches before blasting over. The Ensign defence had to stay alert in the latter stages as Parkins superbly denied a firm header on goal.

After 90 Minutes: White Ensign 1 – 1 Woodford Town

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Extra-time it was then and somehow you felt that it was one of those ties that you felt was going to need that extra 30 minutes and that one single incident might have a bearing on who would win out. It was the hosts who had the first chance though after decent approach play, Locke found himself in goal but he couldn’t generate the power in his shot to beat Reed, who gathered comfortably. Kebi also headed over for Town in that first period of extra-time though more drama came on the other side of the extra thirty minutes.

Just three minutes into the second period of extra-time, Town defender Tola Odedoyin brought down substitute Luke Skinner and was promptly sent off, much to the dismay of the visiting side. Directly from the free-kick just outside ‘the D’, substitute John Hilliard (who has just come on for Munyard) sent over a crisp strike over the wall and curled in past Reed to give the hosts the lead once again. Ensign hammered home the advantage as with five minutes to play, midfielder Jake McWee made no mistake from close range to send the vocal home fans into raptures and give them a two-goal cushion to defend.

Not even a late second booking for Vile after a tussle with Babalola could dampen the spirits for Ensign who held out for arguably their most important win as a Senior club and complete one of the biggest results in their history.

 

Full-Time (AET): White Ensign  3 – 1  Woodford Town  

After the full-time whistle, the home side turned to their supporters to applaud them as the celebrations begun in earnest. Woodford will feel they had the chances to come away with a win though ultimately the energy levels and determination of the Ensign side could not be matched. As far as stand-out performances go, it is very hard to pick out one or two players. For Ensign, midfielder Harry Skinner typified the resolve of his side and shone, as did centre-half pairing Elliot Vile and Andy George who had to deal with the physicality of Babalola plus the skill of the likes of Modeste and substitute Sighiartau. Full-back Charlie Buffin also showed great willing and energy plus the pace of Dominic Locke really gave the hosts a good outlet on the right flank.

For Woodford, forward Temi Babalola was always an outlet going forward while centre-half pairing Josh Steele and Tola Odedoyin also stood firm under pressure. Skipper Mantovani also helped build his side’s attacks well and could’ve had a big say on the match with his delivery too.

Finally, I’d like to thank Ensign for their hospitality and regardless of the result, it was great to be there for a dramatic and highly-engrossing match. Brett Munyard’s side make the trip to ESL side Takeley in the Preliminary round of the FA Cup and whilst that is a different challenge, these two matches may well buoy them on for the season to come. Best wishes to Woodford as well for the rest of the campaign.

 

Teams

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

James Parkins (GK), Charlie Buffin, Elliot Vile, Andy George, David Limber, Harry Skinner, Jake McWee (Capt), Ben Austin (Luke Skinner 72’), Connor Barnby, Dominic Locke (Jack Maleary 113’), Brett Munyard (John Hilliard 106’)

Goal-scorers: Elliot Vile  [12’], John Hilliard [110’], Jake McWee [115’]

Booked: Locke | Sent Off: Vile (two bookings) | Sub Not Used: Ainslie

 

Woodford Town   | Manager: Dee Safer | Assistants: Neil Day & Ross Weare

Alex Reed (GK), Morgan Seaman, Ellis Routledge (Connor Leon 106′), Chris John (Alfie Anderson 74′), Josh Steele, Tola Odedoyin, Andrea Mantovani (Capt) (Mohammed Al-Dani 84′), Georges Kebi, Temi Babalola, Asher Modeste (Vlad Sighiartau 54′), Sharn Quinn

Goal-scorers: Temi Babalola [37’]

Booked: Routledge, Seaman, Babalola, Quinn | Sent Off: Odedoyin |Subs Not Used: Ali, Parrott

Referee: Lukas Wood

Match Report: Burham Ramblers 2 – 2 White Ensign (Tues 26 Feb) [EaSL Sth 27.2.19]

Eastern Senior League South

2018-19 Season: Match 54

Tuesday 26th February 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: TBC

Burnham: Blue & Navy Blue Shirts, Black Shorts, Sky Blue Shorts

Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Ensign snatch late point at spirited Burnham

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Players enter the ‘field of battle’ [Image by Scott] 
Report by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] with added photos by Peter D [Twitter: @ped1980]

A rare sujorn to Leslie Field saw me take in a midweek battle in the Eastern Senior League South between mid-table Burnham and top-four side White Ensign. The hosts have picked up somewhat since manager Alex Salmon took charge. Having brought a few more former Essex Senior League players into the squad like former Barkingside and Clapton midfielder James Briggs, the hosts are looking for a top-ten finish. They named a strong XI with Grant Webb at right-back, James O”Brien at centre-back and a front four made of wingers Adam Allen and Joe Howard plus forwards Bradley Morgan and ex-Hullbridge youngster Oliver Miller. Ensign needed to keep the pressure on leaders Hashtag Utd and included in their line-up was skipper David Limber, midfielder John Hillard (who grabbed a hat-trick last weekend) and a front three of Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke and player-boss Brett Munyard.

The first-half wasn’t one of the best you’ll see as both sides battled hard to gain the upper hand. Ensign did look somewhat hesitant in defence as they had to scramble the ball away from their area on two occasions in the early stages. forward Dom Locke was a good outlet down the right to ease the pressure though his good cross in was gathered by home ‘keeper Martin Sawyer. Burnham had two half-chances to break the deadlock before the quarter-hour as first, forward Oliver Miller broke down the left side of goal before drilling a strike just wide of visiting custodian Tim Pitman’s post. Minutes later, a home corner was half-cleared when midfielder James Briggs fired over from 20 yards out.

As the half wore on, both sides wrestled for the momentum and as a result, it did get very niggly for most of the latter part of the half. Ensign did hae a half-chance three minutes before the interval though midfielder Jake McWee’s header lacked the power to bypass Sawyer.

Half-Time: Burnham 0 – 0 White Ensign

 

The second half hardly lacked incident. The speedy Burnham front two did harry the visiting defence right after the whistle though it was Ensign who took the lead on 48 minutes. The home defence momentarily switched off which allowed a neat ball in to find forward Brett Munyard who struck a low effort past Sawyer into the corner. That lead only lasted nine minutes though before the hosts levelled with a fine attacking move. Forward Bradley Morgan found winger Joe Howard who sprinted down the right towards goal, out-pacing the visiting back-line and rifled home past Pitman superbly. Alex Salmon’s side made the most of this good spell as they took the lead five minutes later. This time, Morgan, Miller and Howard were involved in the move which ultimately saw Miller cross in for Morgan to strike home confidently from ten yards out.

Ensign did struggle to ‘raise it’ despite audible warnings from ‘keeper Pitman. In the latter stages, skipper Dave LImber’s back header struck the top of the bar and a 35-yard whopper from fellow centre-back Andy George needed Sawyer to parry it away befopre gathering at the second attempt.

Ensign continued to threaten as attacking midfielder Connor Barmby’s low strike drew another save from Sawyer. The hosts couldn’t hold on for all three points as substitute Nathan Dewberry powered home a well-taken strike, off the inside of the post to secure a point for his side, despite a period of the half where they were below-par and were in danger of defeat.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2 White Ensign

Burnham should be pleased with their performance, with spirit and stout defending being part of that. In my view, the front three of Miller, Joe Howard and Morgan showed that they can be a force in this division if they keep their consistency. They had good games today while for Ensign, forward Dom Locke and Jack Maleary stood-out.

Finally, I’d like to thank Burnham for their hospitality and also Ensign player-boss Brett Munyard.

Teams

Burnham Ramblers   | Manager: Alex Salmon

Martin Sawyer (GK), Grant Webb, Tom Howard, James O’Brien, Tyler Robinson, Jason Jones (Capt (Dave Etcheri 82′), James Briggs, Joe Howard, Bradley Morgan (Christopher Scott 90’+2), Oliver Miller (Karl Swanborough 76′), Adam Allen

Goal-scorers: Joe Howard [57′], Bradley Morgan [62′]

Subs Not Used: Kuderovitch, Fleming  |  Booked: Jones

 

White Ensign   |   Player-Manager: Brett Munyard

Tim Pitman (GK), Jack Maleary, Chris Howard (Thando Moyo 68′), Andy George, David Limber (capt), Jake McWee, Connor Barmby, John Hillard (Nathan Dewberry 72′), Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke, Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Brett Munyard [48′], Nathan Dewberry [89′]

Booked: Maleary, Barmby   |  Subs Not Used: Ainslie, Austin, Stubbs

Match Report: Frenford 1 – 1 White Ensign (Sat 16 Feb) (EaSL Sth 17.2.19)

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Jack Carter Centre, the Drive

Attendance: 56

2018-19 Season – Match 48

Saturday 16th February 2019  – 3pm KO

Frenford: Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

White Ensign: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

 

Frenford hold firm to deny Ensign a vital win

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

This weekend’s second match took me to a new ground and a league I rarely get a chance to watch as Frenford welcomed promotion-chasing White Ensign in this Eastern Senior League South encounter at the Jack Carter Centre in Gants Hill, East London.

Frenford are in a good mid-table spot and named Danny Driscoll as their focal point in attack, with Luke Woodward and Nick Hughes supporting him while skipper Carl Conway was joined in central defence by Nick Pegg. Ensign brought with them a strong squad with skipper Dave Limber alongside Andy George at the heart of their defence with John Williams and Connor Barnby in midfield and a front two of Dominic Locke and recent signing Nathan Dewberry.

The visitors showed flashes of their sharp passing game in the early stages with one example being midfielder John Williams looking to set attacks going with Connor Barnby bombing forward from midfield. Barnby had a sight of goal after a error by home goalkeeper Danny Fowler in clearing his lines fell to him though he fired over from 20 yards. Frenford did grow into the game though as full-back Enoch Freeman made a number of enterprising runs down the right flank, and although at times he was a little isolated, he gave the visiting back-line something to think about. With 16 minutes on the watch, Freeman fed midfielder Harry Daly whose cross found forward Nick Hughes though his header lacked the power to beat visiting custodian James Parkins.

The home side were having some joy down both flanks, with inter-play between full-back Billy Whatling and forward Luke Woodward ending up in crosses finding the Ensign box though more often than not, skipper Dave LImber was well-positioned in heading them out of danger. Ensign did look handy on the counter withexperienced forward Nathan Dewberry looking to beat the off-side trap though he also twice fizzed efforts wide of Fowler’s goal. Ensign spurned a decent opening three minutes before the break as Barnby broke free of the home defence though his strike failed to unduly trouble Fowler, who gathered well.

Half-Time: Frenford  0 – 0  White Ensign

In that first-half, although the hosts had more of the play and showed plenty of vigour, they didn’t really create many clear-cut openings. A mere 40 seconds after the re-start, midfielder Bradley Gates gave Ensign the lead with a vicious lob which diipped over Fowler and straight into the top right corner to leave quite a few in the ground a bit stunned. The hosts nearly responded before the hour though forward Danny Driscoll’s strike was well-saved by Parkins and for the next passage of the game, Frenford’s tempo dipped as Ensign conversely found more of the rhythm they needed. Forward Dominic Locke was also posing problems with his pace and trickery. Fowler was called into action again on 71 minutes though somehow centre-back Andy George missed a good chance to tuck home the re-bound.

Moments afterward, at the other end, Billy Whatling’s driving run from left-back led to another Woodward ball in to the area though Parkins did well to smother with home forwards lurking. However, Frenford were not to be denied as Woodward compounded a good performance by taking aim on the left of the penalty area which a sweet chip which evaded Perkins and crept under the bar. Both sides had chances to win it in the latter stages, with Barnby scuffing an effort whilst one-on-one with Fowler and Driscoll similarly couldn’t bypass Parkins after another telling Woodward pass. In the blur of added-time, a corner for the visitors was knocked on before before being cleared off the goal-line and substitute Julian Edwards got in front of Parkins but lobbed wide.

All in all though, a draw was a fair result, given both sides had their respective strong phases of the game. On another day, either side could have won it though Ensign may feel it is two points dropped, because of their keenness to keep tabs on the leaders. Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to all at Frenford (chiefly, the Forbes clan) for their hospitality and the welcome they extended today. I really wish them well with big plans coming to fruition ahead of next season.

Full-Time: Frenford  1 – 1 White Ensign

Teams

Frenford   | Manager: Dave Forbes

Danny Fowler (GK), Enoch Freeman, Billy Whatling (Tom Quinn 85′), Carl Conway (Capt), Nick Pegg, Harry Daly, Charlie Fairhead (George Fairhead 72′), Joe Villiers, Danny Driscoll, Luke Woodward, Nick Hughes (Julian Edwards 55′)

Goal-scorer: Luke Woodward [75′]

Booked: Villiers   | Subs Not Used: Cook

 

White Ensign  | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard

James Parkins (GK), Jack Maleary, Thando Mayo, Andy George, Dave Limber (Capt), Jake McWee, Bradley Gates (Peter Paoletti 80′), John Williams, Connor Barnby, Dominic Locke (Charlie Little 80′), Nathan Dewberry (Luke Skinner 64′)

Goal-scorer: Bradley Gates [46′]

Booked: Dewberry, Locke  | Subs Not Used: Austin, Howard

Results Round-up: Eastern Senior League South (Sat 27 Oct) [EaSL 27.10.18]

Written by Scott W

Here is my results round-up from the action in the Eastern Senior League South this weekend, reduced due to Cup action.

Eastern Senior League South 

Brightlingsea Rgent Res  1 – 3  White Ensign

Ensign made it six wins on-the-trot as a brace from Luke Skinner and one from Gates saw them to victory

 

Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Holland

Ramblers produced a fine comeback to defeat Holland at Leslie Field. Goals from Grant Webb, Karl Swanborough and Sam Whinney saw them to a much-needed victory.

 

Frenford  7 – 0  Little Oakley

Frenford piled on the misery for Oakley as four goals from Julian Edwards plus strikes by Charlie Fairhead, Luke Woodward and skipper Lewis Bartrip helped Dave Forbes’ side to a big win.

 

Halstead Town  4 – 1  Braintree Town Res

Newbury Forest 2 – 3  Wivenhoe Town

 

Wormley Rovers  0 – 3  May & Baker E.C

Micky Wetherall’s side got the points thanks to goals by Dean Hall, Dan Gilchrist and Hoxhaj. Certainly is good impetus going into next weekend’s FA Vase Round Two tie.

Mini-Report: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 7 Benfleet (Eastern Snr Lge Sth) [EaSL 16.10.18]

Eastern Senior League South

Tuesday 16th October – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Leslie Field

2018-19 Season: Match 23

Burnham: Black & Navy Blue Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Sky Blue Shorts

Benfleet: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Report by Scott W

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A welcome trip to Leslie Field saw me taking in a rare Eastern Senior Lge Sth match which saw Benfleet travel to Burnham Ramblers. The hosts named skipper Alex Salmon in defence and prolific goal-scorer Karl Swanborough in attack. Benfleet had Leon Gordon, their skipper in attack supported by wingers Taylor Lawrence and Mason Shave.

Burnham have struggled to adapt to this new division somewhat, particularly in defensive terms. The visitors perhaps would have scouted this before kick-off as early on they did pour forward, as after only eight minutes, the Benfleet full-back unleashed a powerful effort that the Burnham goalkeeper did well to deny.

Unfortunately for Lee Hughes’ side, it was a sighter of things to come as Benfleet roared into a three-goal lead before the half-hour mark. First, ex-Hullbridge midfielder Sam Dulieu opened the scoring on 12 minutes with a low shot into the corner before doubling his tally only seven minutes later with a blasted strike from 15 yards into the corner. Skipper Gordon got into the match with a goal as well after having an initial header saved, he made no mistake stroking home well with 27 minutes on the watch.

The hosts didn’t have too many openings with forward Karl Swanborough lofting an effort over the bar early-doors though the pain wasn’t over yet. The fourth goal for the visitors did have an element of fortune about it as a short cross hit midfielder Jack Unwin [32′] on the forehead which sent the ball careering into the top corner. That said, there was nowt that was lucky about the fifth as ten minutes before half-time, winger Taylor Lawrence smashed a cracker from 25 yards which flew into the corner with terrific technique.

Half-Time: Burnham 0 – 5 Benfleet

You may have thought that the visitors would settle a bit after the break for what they had. Not a bit of it as only five minutes into the second half, Unwin’s powerful effort was parried by the Burnham ‘keeper who was unfortunate to see the ball still trickle into the net.

Burnham fashioned a few chances in the half through Swanborough’s free-kick which just dipped over the bar just past the hour and who I believe to be Oliver Miller, who did keeep the visiting defenders alert in the latter stages though in trith, the hosts didn’t overwhelmingly look like scoring.

Unsurprisingly, the Burnham ‘keeper was the stand-out player on the night for them as he did well to deny Unwin twice in the latter parts of the match and so denying him a hat-trick though Dulieu did get his treble with a super chip over the goalkeeper to seal a dominant victory for the hosts.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 0 – 7  Benfleet

You must credit Benfleet in that they were quick, powerful and clinical in their finishing this evening and much deserved the three points.

No team-sheets available unfortunately tonight. My apologies.

R’s Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier (Sat 13.10.18) [EaSL & TNP 13.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another round-up of the results in the Eastern Senior League Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this weekend (13th Oct – Non-League Day), how did your side do?

 

Eastern Senior League South 

Braintree Town Res  1 – 3   Coggeshall Utd

Fire Utd  2 – 3   Holland

Frenford  2 – 1  Burnham Ramblers

Harwich & Parkeston  2 – 3  Halstead Town

Hashtag Utd  3 – 1   Benfleet

Wivenhoe Town  0 – 1  Hackney Wick

Wormley Rovers  2 – 3  White Ensign

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier 

 

Framlingham Town 2 – 3  Long Melford

Gorleston 2 – 0 Haverhill Rovers

Hadleigh Utd  2 – 0   Ely City

Walsham-le-Willows  3 – 0  Brantham Athletic

Whitton Utd  3 – 2  Norwich Utd

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem (Fri 5th/Sat 6th Oct) [EaSL & TNP 6.10.18

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South and the Thurlow Nunn Premier division. Thanks for reading.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 6th October

Burnham Ramblers  5 – 1  Braintree Town Res

Frenford  1 – 3  Harwich & Parkeston

Halstead Town  4 – 3  Newbury Forest

Holland  4 – 2  May & Baker

Little Oakley  0 – 5  Benfleet

Lopes Tavares 0 – 2   Hashtag Utd

White Ensign  4 – 2  Hackney Wick

Wivenhoe Town  2 – 0   Fire Utd

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Friday 5th October

Walsham-le-Willows   3 – 1   Hadleigh Utd

Saturday 6th October

Brantham Athletic  5 – 1  Haverhill Rovers

Ely City  2 – 5  Whitton Utd

Framlingham Town  2 – 2  Newmarket Town

Godmanchester Rovers  4 – 3  FC Clacton

Long Melford   0 – 6   Woodbridge Town

Stowmarket Town  1 – 1   Histon

 

 

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Eastern Senior Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem (Sat 29th Sept) [EaSL & TNP 29.9.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South and the Thurlow Nunn Premier division. Thanks for reading.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Friday 28th September

Holland  1 – 2  Wivenhoe Town

Saturday 29th September

Benfleet   1 – 3 White Ensign

Braintree Town Res  0 – 4  Newbury Forest

Brightlingsea Regent Res  3 – 0  Lopes Tavares

Fire Utd  2 – 1  Burnham Ramblers

Hackney Wick  0 – 0  Frenford

Harwich & Parkeston  1 – 2  Wormley Rovers

Hashtag Utd  2 – 1  Halstead Town

May & Baker  8 – 0  Little Oakley

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Saturday 29th September

Brantham Athletic   3 – 0   Ely City

FC Clacton  3 – 3  Kirkley & Pakefield

Gorleston   2 – 1   Newmarket Town

Great Yarmouth Town   0 – 1   Framlingham Town

Haverhill Rovers    2 – 1   Stowmarket Town

Histon   5 – 0   Wroxham

Norwich Utd  1 – 0  Long Melford

Thetford Town  3 – 0   Hadleigh Utd

Whitton Utd  2 – 0  Walsham-le-Willows

Woodbridge Town  3 – 0  Godmanchester Rovers

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.