Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up with one match on Friday night and a Saturday of surprises in some quarters. Thanks for reading.
Fri 22 Mar
Woodford Town 0 – 2 Hullbridge Sports | Harlow Arena | Att: 125
The action got underway with Hullbridge recorded a very respectable win at Woodford. Goals from recent signings Yemi Adelani [41’] and substitute Tim Monsheju five minutes from time saw off some nervy moments for interim boss James Wakeling though it’s all about those treasured three points to stay second. Woodford’s first loss in four saw them stay sixth.
Sat 23 Mar
Barkingside 2 – 3 Saffron Walden Town | Cricklefield | Att: 48
‘Side managed to give Walden a tough afternoon before eventually suffering a morale-draining loss at Cricklefield. All the goal action happened after the break, with ex-‘Side forward Charlie Portway breaking the deadlock on 58 minutes. Another former ‘Side star in Lewis Francis made it two for Walden on the hour mark. The script was torn up though minutes later as Dan Jones got a quick-fire double, firstly from the penalty spot on 64 minutes and then again merely two minutes afterward. Portway has a stirring knack of getting important goals and he broke the hosts’ hearts with the winner with twenty minutes remaining.
This Result leaves ‘Side mired in trouble while Walden move to within five points of leaders Stansted and their promotion hopes a little renewed.
Enfield 1 – 0 Stansted | Harlow Arena | Att: 90
The twists & turns of the title race continued to beat as Enfield battled hard to claim a surprise win over in-form Stansted. Ex-Hullbridge forward Jimmy Cox did his old club a favour here by getting the only goal here on 49 minutes and gave his current side a much-needed win to send them up to 11th in the standings. Stansted’s first defeat in five saw their lead cut to a single point.
Southend Manor 2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town | Southchurch Park | Att: 65
Manor continued their decent recent form by handing Sawbo another defeat at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin kept up his recent goal-scoring run with the opening goal with 57 minutes on the watch. Harry Rogers sealed the points with 12 minutes remaining as Manor got their third win in their last four to pass Tower Hamlets and rise to 17th. Sawbridgeworth’s struggles go on and they are one place and three points better off now than their opponents here.
St Margaretsbury 0 – 1 Hoddesdon Town | The Rec | Att: 79
A new era began at St Margs in this local derby with Hoddesdon. The Lilywhites got the win thanks to a Joss Lillis goal midway through the second half, which kept Simon Riddle’s side in 9th place. ’Bury saw a number of players depart this week, following Messrs Mitchell and Faulkner to Hertford Town, including skipper Charncey Dash and winger Connor Scully so a period of transition may follow.
Stanway Rovers 1 – 0 Leyton Athletic | Hawthorns | Att: 51
Stanway got a narrow though nonetheless important win over Leyton at the Hawthorns. Scott Kemp gave Terry Spillane’s side a great start with the only goal after ten minutes. Rovers held on to claim their first league win in five matches to rise to 14th. Leyton may see this as an opportunity missed and remain second-bottom, only a point clear of Barkingside in the relegation dogfight.
Takeley 2 – 0 Tower Hamlets | Station Road | Att: 72
Takeley all but secured fifth spot with this win over Hamlets at Station Road. Michael La Ronda opened the scoring on the quarter-hour and that lead persisted until half-time. Hamlets are a stronger side defensively these days and it took a Nicky Barrett spot-kick seven minutes after the restart to eventually claim the points and their 20th win this season. Hamlets’ campaign is rather stagnating with one win in their last six games now, falling to third-bottom though with healthy cushion of 12 points on Leyton.
Walthamstow 1 – 0 Clapton | Wadham Lodge | Att: 88
‘Stow keep churning out the wins of late and they did so again here with this important, if uninspiring win over the Tons. New signing Kieran Bishop ingratiated himself to the ‘Waltham Rabble’ with the only goal on 22 minutes. Ryan Maxwell’s side retained their recent defensive prowess to a sixth straight win and stay 4th, seven points adrift of the leaders with a game in hand. Clapton’s second loss in their last five sees them drop to 12th though have at least one match in hand on their rivals in a congested mid-table.
West Essex 2 – 0 Redbridge | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 43
I attended this match as West defeated Redbridge. My report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/match-report-west-essex-2-0-redbridge-sat-23-mar-esl/
Also, in the Peter Butcher Trophy, Barkingside Reserves defeated Ilford 3 – 1 on penalties (after it finished 1 – 1 after 90 minutes) to advance to the semi-finals. Well done to them.