Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 8.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at the top and the bottom of the table.

 

Friday 6th April

Barkingside 3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 109

‘Side fought from behind to grab a important victory in a match that was brought to a sudden end due to injury. Jerry Jairette netted on 24 minutes to give the impetus to the visitors, though Roddy Lemba struck twice [29′ & 35′] to swing the balance back in the hosts’ favour. Michael Ogboin got a late third before a nasty facial injury to Hamlets’ Ndure caused a slightly premature end to the match though the result stood. ‘Side’s 2nd win on-the-trot sees them up to 15th (after Saturday’s action) while Hamlets’ fifth straight defeat leaves them 10th, ahead of Woodford Town on goal difference alone.

 

Saturday 7th April

Basildon Utd  2 – 0  FC Romania
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 99

The Bees battled to a good victory over FCR at The Hive. Despite missing key forward Marcus Bowers, a brace from Jack Adlington [57′ & 60′] was enough to secure third first win in three matches. FC Romania have now only won one of their last four league matches. Marc Harrison’s men are now three points behind the Wolves with seven matches left. FCR have 5 matches remaining though are five points adrift of Redbridge in 2nd.

 

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 4   Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 70

Great Wakering raised the game after half-time to secure an important win and go three points clear at the Essex Senior League summit. An own-goal midway through the second-half broke the deadlock before Nathan Dewberry [79′], Chris Bryan [83′] and Neil Richmond [90’+3] sealed their fourth win in their last five matches. Burnham’s 3rd defeat in their last five leaves them third-bottom, two points from safety.

 

Enfield 1893  4 – 0    Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: The Harlow Arena  | Att: 62

Enfield continued their fantastic form by defeating Hullbridge in a one-sided contest in Harlow. Ayo Odukoya’s brace [12′ & 46′] gave Matt Hanning’s men the advantage before further strikes from Ben Bradbury [67′] and Aundre Spencer [82′] meant that the E’s have now won 7 league matches in-a-row and as a result stay 12th though they have gained ground on the teams above them.

 

Hackney Wick 2 – 1   Ilford
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

The Wickers took advantage of another ‘poor day at the office’ for Ilford to obtain their 3rd win in their last five matches. Albie Keith put Ilford ahead before ex-Ilford player Tony Cookey levelled. Hassan Nalbant then got the winner to keep Wick’s slim chances of averting the drop alive. They remain bottom, 12 points from safety. Ilford’s third successive defeat leaves them still in 9th though with other teams having matches in hand, their aim of a top-ten finish may be in doubt.

 

Redbridge  4 – 4    Waltham Forest
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 65

The points were shared in this absolute hum-dinger of a contest at Oakside. It looked at though the Motormen were breezing yowards another win as Reside Coxi-Sebastfao’s double [20′ & 34′] and a Calvin Poku strike [42′] put them three ahead at the break. Forest roared back into the match though as Christian Owusu’s quick-fire brace [57′ & (pen) 60′] reduced the deficit though Phillip Browne-Bampfoe extended the hosts’ lead midway through the second half. The old defensive frailties came back to bite Redbridge though as first Tony Da Silva [82′] struck to make it 3 – 4 and in stoppage-time, Owusu struck again to secure his gat-trick and dampen Redbridge’s title quest.

The Motormen’s second match without a win sees them three points behind leaders Wakering in 2nd spot, while Forest are remain out of the bottom four in 17th, two points clear of danger but with only three matches left.

Update: Waltham Forest have also announced over the weekend that they are ‘over the worst’ of their financial problems which left them in peril earlier in the season.
Full statement here: http://www.walthamforest-fc.co.uk/2018/04/08/club-statement-our-future/

 

Southend Manor  3 – 3    Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Another cracker of a match saw these two sides unable to be seperated at Southchurch Park. Scorer-wise, Manor struck through Ethan Evison, Alfie Lindfield and Ibrahim Kagbanda while target-man Temi Babalola, De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale and Ola Ogunwamide replied for an improving Woodford side that have lost only two of their last six matches which leaves them 11th, outside the top ten on goal difference. Manor are six points further back in 13th after a run of one win in their last seven games.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1   Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 35

Bengal recorded a huge win in this six-pointer at Mile End. Codey Cameron struck early on to open the scoring though Oliver Fortune levelled soon after for the Airportmen. Late on, creative midfielder Ashaan Siddik grabbed the winner to send Sporting 14th, seven points clear of the bottom four while Sransted’s winless run extends to six matches now and are 18th, two points from safety with four matches left.

Video highlights from this encounter & post-match Interviews can be found here:  https://youtu.be/KnNsMFL_xpg

(Courtesy of @WDSprtz)

Wadham Lodge  1 – 1   Clapton
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 248

Wadham battled to grab a point at Kitchener Road against a Clapton side that were heavily backed by the Ultras. Danny Francis got Wadham’s goal while Yusuf Bello netted for the Tons. Wadham have got one win in their last five outings now and remain 20th, four points from safety with 7 matches left. Clapton remain 6th, eight points clear of nearest rivals West Essex, with 3 matches remaining.

West Essex  2 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 18

I attended this match and you can find my match report here: http://www.survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/match-report-west-essex-2-0-takeley-esl-7-4-18/

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

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Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 24.3.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, with several interesting results affecting both ends of the table.

 

Friday 23rd March

West Essex 2 – 0 Waltham Forest
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 41

The action started on Friday night as West Essex defeated Forest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot struck again for the hosts to put them ahead 12 minutes into the second half & late on, a sweet Joe Lefley free-kick sealed the points and the Stags’ third win in their last five and they rise to 7th in the table. Forest’s predictament is rather blue as thanks to other results, they drop into the bottom four, a point from safety as their recent winless run extends to seven matches.

 

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  FC Romania
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 35

Burnham made a rousing comeback to clam their first point of 2018 against promotion-chasing FC Romania at Leslie Field. The visitors were two-up within ten minutes as first Alexandru Bostina [5′] and then Mihai Circiumaru put Ion Vintila’s side in a good position. The visitors didn’t take their chances following that though and paid for it as first Julian Bavin [19′] had a hand in the hosts first before hot-shot Charlee Hughes got a dramatic leveller in injury-time. Ramblers still drop to second-bottom, two points from safety though may have grafted some hope from this result. FCR stay third though are now seven points adrift of leaders Redbridge with Basildon chasing them down as well.

 

Hackney Wick  0 – 4  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

Wick stumbled to another damaging defeat at the OSD. Sawbo took the points through a brace from Aaron Thomas plus strikes from hot-shot Toby Cleaver and Matt Frew. Wick remain bottom, 12 points from safety now while Sawbridgeworth’s third win in their last four matches keeps them 10th, two points behind Ilford.

 

Hullbridge Sports 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Lower Road | Att: 38

I attended this match – my match report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/match-report-hullbridge-4-0-sporting-bengal-esl-24-3-18/

 

Ilford  1 – 3  Enfield 1893  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 50

An Ilford side that’s somewhat ‘in-transition’ were defeated by in-form Enfield at Cricklefield. The visitors were two ahead by the quarter-hour as Dan Chambers [13′] and Ayo Odukoya [15′] gave Matt Hanning’s side the advantage. Recent signing Harry Watkins pulled one back from the spot nine minutes later before Aundre Spencer sealed the win midway through the second half. The Foxes third defeat in four leaves them 9th while Enfield are 14th, six points clear of the bottom four.

Redbridge  3 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 69

The Motormen drove on to another important victory, this time over rivals Takeley at Oakside, in a match were both sides ended with ten men. Talismanic striker Brian Moses put his side ahead 14 minutes in, before strike partner Thomas Gogo doubled that lead five minutes later. An incident ended with both Moses and Takeley defender George Powell seeing red before Gogo coverted a late penalty to seal the hosts fourth straight win and open up a two-point lead over Wakering at the summit. Takeley remain 5th, with up to seven matches in hand on the top four though are 22 points behind second-placed Wakering.

Southend Manor  1 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Southchurch Park  | Att: 107

This local derby so nearly ended with a victory for the hosts but Wakering levelled right at the death. After a goal-less opening 45, Brennon Nolan put Manor ahead on 65 minutes before the late drama which saw Ricky Evans secure a point for Iain O’Connell’s promotion-chasers. Manor are winless in their last four matches now, sitting 12th with ten matches to play. GWR’s four-match winning run ended here and are 2nd, two points behind leaders Redbridge.

 

Stansted   1 – 3    Barkingside
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Stansted were on the recieving end of a Barkingside revival at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Ryan Ramsey gave them the lead after only three minutes. Though ‘Side responded ten minutes later through new signing Rob Hodgson before Aaron Lesta [70′] and Raphael Duyile [78′] sealed the turnaround to end a six-match winless run, they sit 15th, four points clear of the bottom four. Stansted fall behind their opponents and are only two points clear of danger in 16th and are winless in five matches themselves.

 

Wadham Lodge 1 – 4  Basildon Utd
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 34

Basildon’s first-half performance saw them well on their way to another big victory at Kitchener Road. James Peagram [3′], Ollie Spooner [24′], Marcus Bowers [35’] strikes saw Marc Harrison’s side lead comfortably at the break. Substitute Jack Adlington added a fourth on the hour before Wadham got a consolation through Danny Francis with 11 minutes remaining. Wadham sit third-bottom, two points from safety. The Bees got their third straight win as they gained ground on FC Romania ahead of them plus the Bees have three matches in hand.

Woodford Town (2017)  2 – 1  Clapton
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Att: 133

Woodford secured a good win at Goffs Lane. Dion Lewis-Kirwan put Woodford ahead before Sham Barnwell levelled for the Tons. De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale got the winner as the obtained their third win in their last seven matches to remain 11th, six points clear of Southend Manor. Clapton’s fourth straight league defeat leaves them 6th though West Essex are seven points behind them with three matches in hand over the Tons.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League Round-up (ESL 10.3.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend as only four of the ten fixtures survived the persistent rain this week. Even so, there were some important results gained this weekend.

 

Saturday 10th March

 

Barkingside  0 – 1 Enfield 1893
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 48

Enfield continued their super recent run with a last-gasp win at Cricklefield. Ex-Side striker Aundre Spencer struck in added-time to give the E’s their 4th win in-a-row and go up to 12th spot, eight points above the bottom four. Barkingside are now winless in their five matches and sit 15th, three points above that bottom four.

 

Basildon Utd   P – P   Stansted
| Venue: The Hive |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Clapton  P – P  Hackney Wick
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

FC Romania 5 – 0 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  |  Att: 23

FC Romania remained top with this triumph over the Hullbridge at Theobalds Lane. After the visitors managed to hold the free-scoring hosts at the break, FCR broke the stalemate three minutes into the second half through Felix before a quick-fire hat-trick from Mihai Circiumaru [54′, 63′ & 67′] sealed another important three points before Felix grabbed his 2nd late on. FCR maintain the lead at the summit, a point clear of GWR. Hullbridge remain 18th, two points off Waltham Forest above them after a second damaging defeat in days.

 

Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 1 Waltham Forest | Venue: Burroughs Park | Att: 77

I attended this match and my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/match-report-great-wakering-rovers-3-1-waltham-forest-esl-10-3-18/

 

Redbridge P – P Southend Manor   | Venue: Oakside |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  P – P Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Mile End Stadium

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Takeley P – P Ilford | Venue: Station Road

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

West Essex 1 – 0  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 17

West Essex picked up a rare clean-sheet in a late win over Hamlets at Mayesbrook Park. Talisman Michael Mignot secured all three points six minutes from time to reduce the gap between the two sides to a point (Hamlets in 8th & West Essex 9th) and Kwame Kwateng’s side have two games in hand on the Mile End side.

 

Woodford Town  P – P   Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Goffs Lane

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 25.2.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend as the focus shifted to some relegation ‘six-pointers’ involving four of the bottom six sides.

 

Friday 23rd February

Woodford Town P – P  Takeley  | Venue: Goffs Lane

This match has been postponed due to floodlight failure.

 

Saturday 24th February

 

Barkingside  0 – 2   Basildon Utd
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 73

Basildon came through a tricky away fixture to continue their promotion challenge at Cricklefield. Marcus Bowers [44′] and Tommy Barton [87′] goals were enough to give the Bees their 4th win in their last six matches, remaining 4th, 5 points off the leaders. Barkingside’s first loss in five matches sees them drop to 15th, three points clear of the bottom four.

 

Clapton  P – P  Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

FC Romania 3 – 1   West Essex
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  |  Att: 12

FC Romania went top with this triumph over the Stags at Theobalds Lane. James Broomley gave the visitors a surprise lead five minutes before the break though that lead only stood for four minutes before Florin Pop levelled. The hosts rallied and took the lead through Sergiu Maximov before Vlad Sighiartau secured the points late on. FCR’s third win in their last six matches and go a point clear of GWR at the summit, though the chasing pack do have matches in hand. West Essex drop to 9th after their fourth loss in their last six matches.

 

Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Lower Road  | Att: 37

I attended this match as Hullbridge were held by fellow strugglers Wadham. My match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/report-hullbridge-2-2-wadham-esl-24-2-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town P – P  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Crofters End  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 3   Ilford
| Venue: Southchurch Park   | Att: 41

Ilford produced arguably one of their best away-day showings this season to win at Southchurch Park. Goals from George Whitelock, Liam Burgess and an OG secured the Foxes’ first win in five matches which sees them remain 7th , three points clear of Tower Hamlets behind them. Manor’s indifferent form continues, they remain 12th with matches in hand though they are seven points clear of the bottom four.

 

Tower Hamlets  2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 34

Hamlets overcame Stansted at Mile End. Strike pair Luke With and Wale Odedoyin were on-target for AJ Ashinike’s side while Oliver Fortune had put the visitors ahead before the half-hour. Hamlets ended a five-match winless run here to go back into 8th place while the Airportmen’s 4th defeat in their last six sees them drop to 14th spot, four points clear of the bottom four.

 

Waltham Forest  1 – 2  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 39

Enfield continued their mini-revival with an excellent win at Kitchener Road. Ayo Odukoya gave Matt Hanning’s side the lead on the quarter-hour before Christian Owusu levelled for Forest six minutes before half-time. Dan Chambers [61′] got the winner for the E’s as they secured their fourth win in their last five outings and rise to 13th, five points clear of the relegation zone – a relative luxury compared to just a few weeks ago. Forest are still in bother themselves as their run without a win now sits at five matches, in 17th spot, two points above Hullbridge in 18th.

 

That’s all for this weekend from the ESL, check back soon for more articles. Bye for now.

Essex Senior League Round-up (ESL 18.2.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. All seven matches survived the recent inclement weather and points were won & lost in important matches at both ends of the table.

Saturday 17th February

 

Barkingside 1 – 1  Southend Manor
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 48

‘Side recovered from a goal down to hold Manor at Cricklefield. Alfie Lindfield gave Manor the lead on 37 minutes though a minute before the break, Roddy Lemba restored parity for the hosts and that’s how it stayed. Barkingside go up one place to 14th, just two points above the bottom four. Manor stay 12th.

 

Clapton 0 – 1  Takeley   | Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Att: 72

Takeley were on the right side of another tough match at the OSD. Nick Barrett’s late free-kick secured all the points which takes Takeley back above the Tons into 5th, though they are nine points adrift of the top three. Clapton’s four-match winning run ended here, and are 12 points clear of Ilford in 7th.

 

Enfield 1893 2 – 0 Stansted  | Venue: The Harlow Arena | Att: 54

The E’s battled to their third win in four matches here. Goals from Ayo Odukoya [35′] and Dan Crowe [40′] were enough to pull Matt Hanning’s side out of the bottom four and into 16th place. Stansted’s third loss in their last four sees them stay 13th though the Airportmen are only three points ahead of that bottom four.

 

Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Redbridge
| Venue: Burroughs Park | Att: 92

The top-of-the-table ended honours even at Burroughs Park. Redbridge led through talismanic striker Brian Moses’ 23rd goal of the league season [11′] though GWR levelled just seven minutes later thanks to Nathan Dewberry. They couldn’t be seperated after that as Redbridge stay top by three points, with Wakering joint-second with FC Romania after their unbeaten run extended to seven matches.

 

Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1  Tower Hamlets
|  Venue: Lower Road | Att: 38

Hullbridge picked up a hugely important win at Lower Road. I attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/match-report-hullbridge-2-1-tower-hamlets-esl-17-2-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 1  Ilford
| Venue: Crofters End | Att: 47

These two old rivals had another battle at Crofters End. Aaron Thomas opened the scoring six minutes in to put the hosts ahead before hot-shot Tony Cookey levelled five minutes before the interval. Sawbo stay 11th, above Southend Manor on goal difference while Ilford remain 7th though West Essex and Tower Hamlets behind them have games in hand.

 

Wadham Lodge 4 – 2  Waltham Forest
| Venue: Kitchener Road |

Wadham won the Walthamstow Derby and in doing so, grabbed their first win in seven matches. Sherwin Stanley was again the hero for Lodge with a hat-trick while Brian Simpson got the other strike for the hosts. Christian Owusu got a brace for Forest though a run of one win in their last seven sees Ryan Maxwell’s side in 17th place, perched above the bottom four, only a point above Burnham. Wadham remain 20th though are only four points from safety now.

 

 

 

Essex Senior League & EOFL Round-up [ESL 11.2.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. This week, Following the ESL action, there’s an extended results check from the Essex Olympian League (Premier Division – Senior Division 4)

Saturday 10th February

 

Barkingside P – P  Wadham Lodge  | Venue: Cricklefield |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 0  Takeley   | Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 76

I attended this match, my match report is here:
https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/match-report-great-wakering-1-0-takeley-esl-10-2-18/

 

Hullbridge Sports  P – P   West Essex    | Venue: Lower Road  | Att:

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Redbridge P – P  Basildon Utd    | Venue: Oakside   |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 3  Enfield 1893   | Venue: Crofters End | Att: 28

Enfield upset Sawbo with an excellent victory at Crofters. Ben Bradbury struck on 18 minutes to give strugglers Enfield the lead before Billy Skinner levelled for John Watters’ men on the half-hour. Bradbury grabbed his second just shy of the hour before Joe Johnson [73′] secured a much-needed win for Matt Hanning’s side.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 3  Southend Manor
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 20

Manor edged Bengal to claim all three points at Mile End. Manor led through Rhys Fatt’s opener 20 minutes in before goalkeeper Klinton Makayabo found the net just a minute later. Steven Carvell [32′] halved the deficit for the hosts before Alfie Lindfield restored Manor’s two-goal cushion 20 minutes from time. Syed Tanvir Ahmed pulled another one back for the hosts five minutes later though Manor held on to claim an important victory.

Stansted  2 – 3  Clapton   | Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 122

Clapton powered to an important win in difficult conditions at Hargrave Park. The Tons led thanks to goals from Jay Morris [12′] and Dylan Ebengo [20′] before Ryan Ramsey struck for the Airportmen on the half-hour. Jeff Cobblah [63′] continued his scoring run to make it 1-3 though Julien Lloyd rounded out the scoring for the hosts two minutes from time.

Waltham Forest  1 – 1   FC Romania   |  Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 30

Forest hit back to hold FC Romania at Kitchener Road. Vlad Sighiartau put the in-form visitors ahead seven minutes after the break. Elias Siligato struck [74′] to level things and it finished that way as FCR lost ground on rivals Great Wakering.

 

Woodford Town (2017) 5 – 2  Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Goffs Lane  | Att: 25

Woodford weathered a Burnham comeback to secure a good victory at Goffs Lane. Gemal Nfodjo [2], De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale [2] and a super Andrea Montovani free-kick secured the win for Town, Karl Swanborough and Robert Bagnall scored the visitors’ goals in a seven-minute spell.

 

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

 

Harold Wood Athletic P – P Canning Town

Leigh Ramblers 0 – 3 Catholic Utd

May & Baker E.C  2 – 3 Frenford

Rayleigh Town P – P  Kelvedon Hatch

Springfield  0 – 2  Manford Way

White Ensign 3 – 0 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

 

EOFL – Senior Division One

 

FC Hamlets 1 – 2 Snaresbrook

Galleywood P – P Buckhurst Hill

Harold Hill  P – P  Hutton

Old Southendian  2 – 2 Runwell Sports

Shenfield AFC  2 – 3  Great Baddow

Sungate  P – P Newbury Forest

 

EOFL – Senior Division Two

 

Benfleet 1 – 1 May & Baker E.C Res.

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Herongate Athletic

Ryan   2 – 3  Newham Utd

Toby   3 – 3 Rayleigh Town Res.

 

EOFL – Senior Division Three

 

Frenford Res.  0 – 3  Shoebury Town

Hutton Res.   1 – 4  Beacon Hill Rovers

Leigh Town  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

Manford Way Res.  H – W Debden Sports (Sports failed to raise a side)

Old Southendian Res.  2 – 0  Harold Wood Ath. Res.

 

EOFL – Senior Division Four

Basildon Town Res.  P – P   Galleywood Res.

Southend Sports  P – P  Sungate Res.

 

 

 

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893 (FA Vase R3 2.12.17)

The FA Vase Third Round (Last 64)

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 85

2017-18 Season: Match 43

Saturday 2nd December 2017 3pm KO

Hullbridge Sports: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Enfield 1893: Green & White Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On FA Vase Third Round day, Hullbridge Sports welcomed ESL stable-mates Enfield 1893 to Lower Road for an intriuging cup-tie. For the hosts, Russell Harley got the nod between the sticks, with Harry Watkins making his first start and skipper Jimmy Cox and Michael Salako leading the line. Regarding the visitors, they lost full-back Matthew Claxton in the warm-up because of a hamstring injury, David Ottley filled in while ex-Ilford winger Luke Thomas lined up on the right flank with forward John Bricknell being supported up top by Ben Bradbury. Jayden Hocking-Rising and Josh Sykes were options for Matt Hanning’s side from the bench.

This much-anticipated tie (with radio’s BBC Essex also in attendance) got underway with Hullbridge having the first real chance as Cox’s cross from the left found Salako though he couldn’t direct his header past visiting ‘stopper Michael Corderoy. The visitors did have more of the ball in the early stages, with the hosts arguably sitting too deep. Enfield winger Thomas was a consistent threat down the right flank with his direct running and pace.

As we got to the mid-way point of the 1st half, both sides were lacking that final ball to unlock defences thus far. Midway into the half, home midfielder Joe Pattison’s drive was blocked in the area, the referee pointed to the spot after adjudging it to be a handball. Cox stepped up and buried the spot-kick in the right corner.

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Hullbridge forward Cox coverts the first spot-kick (Image: Neil Hunwicks – Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16 & Used with permission)

Enfield nearly levelled on the half-hour as Bricknell’s free-kick shaded past the top-right corner with home custodian Russell Harley beaten. On the stroke of half-time, Hullbridge midfielder Harry Watkins’ free-kick was saved by Corderoy.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 1 – 0 Enfield 1893

The second half didn’t begin well for the visitors. Already aggrieved at the manner of the first spot-kick given against them, Enfield conceded another penalty two minutes after the re-start. Cox once again duly stepped up for Hullbridge and converted it well, low into the right corner of the net. On the hour mark, Salako was well-denied by Enfield full-back Joe Clark when poised to strike.

On 68 minutes, Clark’s cross from the left found midfielder Joe Johnson though he shot wide at the back post. Five minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty after a foul on Thomas, with Bricknell dispatching it well. So, 2-1 with a little over a quarter-hour to play – you knew it was going to get a bit frantic.

The ‘chaos meter’ went up a notch again with 11 minutes of allotted time left as Hullbridge substitute goalkeeper Jamie Merralls, who had only been on the pitch 12 minutes, was dismissed for reacting to being fouled. Home forward Cox had the unenviable task of taking the goalkeeper’s jersey.

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Hullbridge skipper Cox crowns an all-action game by taking the goalie’s gloves late on (Image by Neil Hunwicks & used with permission)

The action was far from over though as with nine minutes of normal time remaining, the hosts increased their lead with a pearler of a free-kick from Watkins, which past Corderoy into the left corner. Enfield showed more guts though a few minutes later to halve the deficit through Thomas’ strike from close range. As we entered six minutes of added-time, Enfield defenders Ryan Cosson and Clark had to be alert to deny Salako another sight of goal. Enfield by this time were peppering the home defence with balls into the box, though the defiant back-line, led by centre-backs Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn and Jordan Meikle dealt with it well though Enfield substitute Jayden Hocking-Rising’s shot did test stand-in stopper Cox.

As the full-time whistle sounded, unsurprisingly the Hullbridge players & staff showed their delight though they knew they had been in a real battle here, for which credit should go to Enfield. There really wasn’t much to seperate these two sides today, though it is Hullbridge who take their place in the next round of the competition.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893

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Hullbridge players & management show their delight after the winning goal (Image by Neil Hunwicks)

As ever, I’d like to thank Hullbridge for their hospitality, club photographer Neil for the use of his superb images and wish Enfield the best for the remainder of the league campaign. It was also good to be joined by respected colleague Peter Dudley today and we both spoke to Hullbridge boss Darren Manning post-match which you’ll be able to hear on this week’s Grassroot Football Show on Thursday night (7th December).

Teams

Hullbridge Sports

Russell Harley (GK) (Jamie Merralls 67′), Jordan Meikle, Sam Taylor, Joe Pattison, Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn, Tom Ranger (Michael Edgar 39′), Harry Watkins, Michael Salako, Jimmy Cox (Capt), Charlie Buffin

Goal-Scorers: Jimmy Cox [Pen 23′, Pen 47′], Harry Watkins [81′]

Sent Off: Merralls [79′]

Subs Not Used: Offord, Kimmence, Pallett | Booked: Watkins

 

Enfield 1893

Michael Corderoy (GK), David Ottley (Josh Sykes 76′), Joe Clark, Ryan Cosson, James O’Brien (Capt), Joe Johnson, Luke Thomas, Joe Staunton, John Bricknell, Ben Bradbury, Harry Prince (Jayden Hocking-Rising 65′)

Goal-Scorers: John Bricknell [Pen 73′], Luke Thomas [84′]

Subs Not Used: Thoma, Tirivanhu | Booked: Thomas, Bradbury, Sykes