S21-22 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield (Sat 11 Sept) [FAV 1RQ 12.9.21]

FA Vase crest

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 22

Saturday 11th September 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Enfield: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Both teams just prior to kick-off (Image: Scott W)

The Stags’ Fairytale season goes on with big Vase win over Enfield

Buckhurst Hill  3 – 0  Enfield

The second match of two on this hectic FA Vase weekend saw a return visit to the upgraded Roding Lane as Eastern Senior League South high-fliers Buckhurst Hill welcomed Essex Senior side Enfield in their First Qualifying Round tie. Before we get to the on-pitch things, I have to add that it is great to see a seated stand, turnstiles and a little Food kiosk are now present at the ground. Alright, now onto the hosts’ line-up and boss Mark Williams named a strong squad with Daniel Blockley in goal, a defence comprised of full-backs Liam Foster and Keaton Moore and Henry Day and Alfie Harris in central defence. The forward line was again led by star forward Suleyman Zuhdu, supported by Sonny Shilling and Nathan Sollosi. Their substitutes’ bench included the likes of Buchanan, Rowland, Nicholson, Griggs and Sam Sollosi.

Enfield were looking to return from their FA Cup exit to Hadley after 120 minutes on Wednesday night and with regular custodian James Bransgrove unavailable due to a knock, Jack Willmott took the gloves, with a defence of centre-backs Jack Johnson and Vinny Murphy and Ryan Ramsay and Jack Folan as full-backs. Dwade James was again the focal point of the attack for Jamie Cureton’s team, with support forwards Callum Ibe and Olly Miles also looking to add to their goal-scoring tallies this term.

It was the hosts who started the match with the first sight of goal, with Hill understandably a little nervy given the scope of the tie and the occasion. Enfield centre-back Jack Johnson sent a decent header over the crossbar from a set-piece. The respective number nines then had glimpses of goal with Buckhurst forward Sonny Shilling striking wide and Enfield’s Olly Miles effort blocked by a home defence who were starting to find their rhythm, buoyed on by an exuberant home crowd.

The E’s were unable to find that telling final ball but had speculative chances as Miles sent in a delicate lob on the quarter-hour but Buckhurst custodian Daniel Blockley could easily gather. It was the E’s turn to have a let-off a moment later as a superb run by forward Suleyman Zuhdu did Johnson for pace down the left side of the eighteen yard area but Zuhdu was unable to get the power on his shot to bypass Willmott.

Zuhdu did make a telling contribution on 26 minutes though as Buckhurst took a surprise lead. The physical forward’s threaded pass found the run of Nathan Sollosi and Sollosi slotted home past Willmott with cool aplomb. The home defence was aware of the rapid counter-attack by the E’s and with 31 minutes on the watch, Blockley did well to claw over an in-swinging corner by Alex Warman. The visitors had a decent phase of the game and in a match where he was uncharacteristically quiet, forward Dwade James was well found by full-back Jack Folan’s pass but James’ strike wasn’t strong enough to trouble Blockley. Soon after, Hill countered and from a good pass by full-back Liam Foster, Shilling’s header was off-target.

Zuhdu was troubling the visiting backline with pace and movement, though at the other end, Buckhurst centre-back Alfie Harris was also doing well to stifle a strong Enfield forward line. It was a slender lead at the interval but the pressure was slowly going across to the visitors, with the hosts growing in confidence.


Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 0 Enfield

Enfield did begin the second period quite well with another searing run by Miles being well-tracked by Buckhurst centre-back Henry Day, while Zuhdu again got in the action, only to see his effort on goal deflected wide for a set-piece by the E’s defence. Enfield so nearly made it a totally different match as first on fifty-four minutes, Dwade James was one-on-one with Blockley but the ‘keeper did well to claw away the effort. Moments later, a superb strike, I think by Miles fizzed off the crossbar, with Blockley doing superbly to deny follow-up strikes by James and Miles. The E’s were still well in the tie with twenty minutes remaining as Miles narrowly headed over the goal-frame and substitute Benji Crilley also had an effort cleared off the goal-line as the visitors cursed their lack of fortune.

Buckhurst also had a Shilling goal chalked off but they would not be denied overall as the crucial second goal for them came on 75 minutes. Zuhdu was involved again as another fine pass found Tyler Dolan who evaded the off-side trap and finished calmly past Willmott to really put themselves in a great position. The E’s did keep going but as the minutes ticked by, the feeling grew that it wasn’t going to be their day and they conceded a third goal in added time as Dolan turned provider, tracking the run of midfielder Josh Banfield, who advanced on Wilmott’s goal and again finished well low into the right corner.

When the final whistle went, the contrasting reactions of the two sides was clear. Absolute unfiltered joy for Buckhurst, whilst the E’s had to reflect on what has been a bad week for them.

Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield

In summary, the hosts showed pretty much what they are about – good, quick passing Football and defensively they dealt admirably with the threat posed by a good forward line of Enfield, even if the latter were perhaps not at their best. The E’s will be disappointed they didn’t quite create enough chances to really get back in the match but as so often us scribes say, if one of their chances did go in it really would’ve been a different match entirely. Hill do deserve credit though for not allowing the occasion to overwhelm them though, and it was a superb turnout – no doubting that.

For this match’s ‘stand-outs’ I’ll start with the victors. I have to credit Nathan Sollosi who really made the most of the space he managed to create and also took his goal well. Centre-back Henry Day again led the defensive line suoerbly, making a number of important interceptions himself during the match. Goalkeeper Dan Blockley had another good natch, pulling off two superb saves to deny James and Miles when his side were only one goal up. Also, talisman Suleyman Zuhdu again led the forward line with pace and power and he showed he can be a telling assist-maker as well as a fine goalscorer. For Enfield, I felt forward Olly Miles was their chief threat and was unlucky not to score. Miles was quick, direct and as we know, has a good strike on him. Callum Ibe and Jack Johnson also had good games, Ibe being tricky and pacy while Johnson had to really do well to stifle promising Buckhurst attacks. Midfielder David Cowley rounds off the mentions as his set-pieces had to be dealt with too.

Buckhurst progress into the Second Quali Round where they face a trip to local rivals Newbury Forest, who have also been scoring a lot of goals already this term. I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.


Teams

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

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster (18 Jonah Gregory 79′), 3 Keaton Moore, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Henry Day, 6 Louis Wynter (16 Jack Griggs 59′), 7 Tyler Dolan, 8 Josh Banfield, 9 Sonny Shilling (15 Max Nicholson 79′), 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Goal-scorers: Nathan Sollosi [26′], Tyler Dolan [75′], Josh Banfield [90’+3]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Buchanan, Rowland, Moss, S Sollosi


Enfield | Manager: Jamie Cureton   | Assistant: Jim Duggan

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Willmott (GK), 2 Jack Folan (6 Luke Wilson 55′), 13 Vinny Murphy, 5 Jack Johnson, 7 Ryan Ramsay, 4 Alex Warman (14 Isaac Stevens 84′), 8 Reece Conway (Capt), 19 David Cowley, 10 Callum Ibe, 27 Dwade James (17 Benji Crilley 71′), 9 Olly Miles

Booked: Conway | Subs Not Used: Vasconcelos


Referee: Fabio Roque

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 24 Oct) [ESL 20-21 24.10.20]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to another of my occasional round-up articles looking at the Essex Senior League for the Season 2020-21. This article tracks all the action from Saturday 24 October. Thanks for reading.

My thanks to Matt North  [@MattNorth_] for the photo

 Essex Senior – Saturday 24 October

Clapton  1 – 5  Enfield   | Terry Mac |

The E’s moved out of the bottom three with a big win over nine-man Clapton at the Terry Mac. Olly Miles struck twice for Jamie Cureton’s side here, with Lewis Francis, Joseph Boachie and a spot-kick from Joe Thomas crowned off an important away win for Enfield and consign the Tons to their sixth loss in ten matches thus far, they remain second-bottom.  

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Southend Manor | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  | Att: 252

In front of another large crowd at the Len Salmon, Hashtag came from behind to secure a point against fellow in-form side Manor. Luca Frankis had put Craig Waters & Garry Pond’s side ahead though Jay Devereux’s side piled on the pressure after the break and got some reward for it as Albert Keith’s levelled things on 52 minutes. Despite dropping points at home for the first time this term, the Tags remain five points clear at the summit, whereas Manor’s unbeaten run sits at three matches now and they reside in sixth place, four points adrift of the top three.

Ilford  3 – 0  Woodford Town | Cricklefield | Att: 60

Ilford ended their five-match winless run with a comfortable win over Woodford at Cricklefield. Two goals in seven minutes saw Adam Peek’s side on their way with Dimitri Christou’s strike [16’] and Yemi Adelani netting his sixth league goal this season seven minutes later. A wonder strike from defender Steve Sylvester in the last few moments ended a good day’s work for the Foxes and sees them up to 14th while the Town remain winless in nine matches this season.

Saffron Walden Town  0 – 1  Walthamstow  | Catons Lane  | Att: 296

Walthamstow emerged from another battle with rivals Saffron Walden with the three points, thanks to Dwade James’ spot-kick late on. Player-manager Max Mitchell’s side got their fifth win in their last six matches which sees them in fourth spot currently. Walden’s luckless run goes on as they fell to eighth place.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 2  Hoddesdon Town  | Crofters  | Att: 54

Hoddesdon got their third win in their last five games with a hard-fought win at Sawbridgeworth. Harry Andic broke the stalemate right on the half-hour to put the Lilywhites ahead, before substitute Harrison Rookard sealed the points with three minutes remaining. Simon Riddle’s side rise up to fifth place while Sawbo drop to 13th, five points clear of the bottom three.

Stansted  1 – 1  Cockfosters   | Hargrave Park   | Att: 110

Stansted came out of a tough encounter with fellow top-three side Cockfosters with a point at Hargrave Park. After a goalless first period, Connor Hammond’s free-kick gave the hosts the lead on 65 minutes. But that lead scarcely lasted three minutes before Ned Clarke levelled following good work by former Stansted player Carl Mullings. With neither side able to force a winner, both sides go on to twenty points, with the ‘Fosters in second on goal difference.  

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 0  West Essex   | Mile End | BCD

Bengal got a third win in their last five matches by edging this contest with the Stags at Mile End. Rachid Qist’s spot-kick was the only goal but the visitors had a goal chalked off which mystified them somewhat. Imrul Gazi’s side go up to twelfth place, level on points with West who drop to tenth but both sides are among five sides who are on 13 points.

Takeley  5 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Station Road | Att: 94

Takeley continued their decent home form as they outclassed St Margaretsbury at Station Road. Elliott Long doubled his goal tally for the season with four goals in this contest to effectively seal the contest, before Ryan Lynch added a late fifth to make it twenty-four goals scored in seven home matches this season – an average of 3.42 per game! The hosts are up to ninth but St Mags’ winless run extends to three matches and are winless away from the Rec – they drop to third-bottom.

Season Review 2019-20: Essex Senior League (Part 2 – Bottom half) [ESL SR 19/20 10.5.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the second of a two-part blog looking back at the Essex Senior League 2019-20 season, as part of my Non-League ‘Season Review’ series.

In this concluding part, I look back at the sides in the bottom half of the division from the dry statistics perspective and my own thoughts on seeing them in action during the campaign, followed by the stats on Top Goal-scorers this season.

For The Top Ten sides in the ESL, add this URL: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/season-review-2019-20-essex-senior-lge-p1/   Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Senior League   (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with most Football at or below Step 3 (Isthmian Premier Division in the local area), the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later.

Beginning the bottom half in 11th are West Essex. The Stags had a season of transition with thirty-one points being gathered in their 24 matches. Their campaign was also blighted by weather-affected postponements though they still struck fifty-one goals (a goals per game average (GpG) of 2.125) and also shelled fifty-one in defence. They won five of their 12 matches away from their Mayesbrook Park home and their strong team ethos spread to their goal-scorers with Michael Mignot (10 league goals), Brad Russell (8) and Hakim Medfai (6) leading the way on that front. It is also notable that they have continued to encourage young talent into the first team this term. I saw them in action defeat Woodford in September, win well at Sawbridgeworth Town and narrowly lose at Cockfosters, the latter two matches both in October. Their attacking pace has continued from last term though I think for most of the season they have been that bit stronger defensively, despite suffering a few heavy losses this term. It may be that their counter-attacking style favours playing away from home, but I believe it is also about longer-term brick-building you feel for the club as they seek to strengthen the youth side of the club to build pathways through to Senior football.

 

In 12th place were Clapton. The Tons had a very strong ‘end’ to the campaign to record thirty-one points also from their 27 matches.  Five of their nine wins this term came in their last eight matches and Julian Charles’ side were nomads, playing at Parkside before finishing the campaign at Southchurch Park. They scored forty goals and conceded 59 in total, though their ten losses from seventeen away matches also impeded them. I saw them twice back in November where they lost at Stansted after a decent start and then gave Saffron Walden Town a test before falling to a loss at home to the Bloods. They struck me as a decent side on-the-pitch though their concentration did let down at times. Deimar Queni led the goal-scoring charts with six league goals so well done Deimar.

In 13th place are Ilford, with Jonny Fowell’s side gaining thirty points from their twenty-eight games. Stats will show that they scored only 31 league goals (a GpG of 1.11) which is the third-lowest in the division this term, though they did concede fifty times at the other end, which on balance is second-best of all the bottom-half sides. Cricklefield was their ‘fortress’ with all league eight wins this season coming from their 15 home games, with only five points coming away from home. Being positive, I have little doubt that Fowell and his strong coaching team will be aiming for a better season next time out. I saw them narrowly best Tower Hamlets at home back in August before giving it their all in a draw with Walthamstow in late January. I found them to be a determined outfit with some talented players who will improve with coaching & experience.

St Margaretsbury ended up in 14th spot with twenty-six points from their 28 games, after a tough end to the season which saw them gain one win in their last ten matches. Tony Wild & Ray Bartlett’s team had issues finding the net, as they scored 36 goals (a GpG of 1.28) whilst shelling forty-eight goals at the other end. Forward Kyle Roberts snared eleven league goals to lessen the threat of being caught in the bottom four. In one of those quirks, I saw them twice against Southend Manor this term. Firstly, in early September where they just edged to a win at home in a real helter-skelter high-scoring battle before Manor returned the favour at Southchurch Park in early January. When I saw them they played quite an open, attacking style and benefitted by having the likes of Ryan Reed on set-pieces too. But in defence, they could be got at, much the same as their rivals in that bottom half. It was announced post-season that Tony Wild has moved across to lead the Youth section next term, with Bartlett taking sole charge of the first team, I’d like to wish both well in their respective roles next season.

A point behind St Mags were Sporting Bengal Utd in 15th, having gathered twenty-five points from their 26 matches, after being deducted three points early on in the campaign. Imrul Gazi’s side have played a attractive style of football for several seasons now, though this term they were that bit more vulnerable defensively, having conceded 62 goals (a GpG of 2.38) this term. Curtley McIntosh led the way in attack with a very respectable twelve league goals, with support from Bobby Redwood who got seven. As mentioned in the previous part of this article, Bengal contributed hugely to a fine match in their draw with Redbridge at Mile End in late September and reminds us that they have a very capable side, even if the consistency isn’t quite there.

Enfield 1893

Into the bottom four now, starting with Enfield in 16th spot. Matt Hanning’s side had twenty-four points on the board from their 26 matches, thanks in part to a decent run of two wins and three draws in their last eight matches. Defensively they conceded sixty-six goals – the second-worst in the division but to their credit, in the last few matches they did tighten up at the back and had the season continued, they may have ended the season in a better position. One plus for them as well was their new home of Woodside (Bishop’s Stortford) and they got some fine results there, winning five of their 14 matches there this season. In 17th spot was Southend Manor who endured a tough season it has to be said. They gained twenty-three points from their 26 matches, with four of their six league wins coming at Southchurch Park. The principal issue for them was scoring goals, as they scored twenty-eight times during the entire season – the lowest in the division (a GpG of 1.07). When I saw them live though, they did have their moments (particularly in the midway point of the season as they held Sawbridgeworth in November and edged to victory of St Margaretsbury in early January) but earlier in the campaign, lapses of concentration & confidence showed in home losses to Redbridge and Cockfosters.

 

Moving into the bottom two, and in 18th place were Tower Hamlets. They were a point adrift of Manor on 22 points from their 27 games played. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Hamlets had one of the youngest squads to play in the division, certainly this season if not going further back into the league’s history. One for the historians that is. On their day, their pace and exuberance was tough to stifle, but on the other end of that scale is that their inexperience cost them, defensively in particular. They shipped sixty-five goals (a GpG of 2.41) and they didn’t win any of their last ten league matches which did put them in the position that they finished, but ran the top-of-the-table sides close which did earn John Jatto’s side respect.  Finally, bottom of the standings were Sawbridgeworth Town who won eight points from their 28 matches. Two league wins all season kind of sets the tone though what really leaps off the page was the unfortunate defensive record, conceding ninety-nine goals this term (a GpG of 3.53). Their league wins came against Cockfosters at home in mid-November and at Sporting Bengal in mid-February. I saw them lose out at home to West Essex in mid-October where they had promising parts of the game but not enough end product.  When I saw next saw them battle hard for a point at Manor at the end of November, there were signs they were tightening up and their attacking promise was evident too. Ultimately though, you’re forced to concede that it was a very harsh campaign for Sawbo and one they can scarcely afford to see again.

 

 

Finally, here’s the Leading Goal-scorers in the Essex Senior League 2019/20

(Source: essexseniorleague.co.uk)

       
    Club/s League Goals Total Goals (All Comps)
1 Dwade James Walthamstow 27 40
2 George Smith Hashtag Utd 19 26
3 Solomon Ofori Hadley 18 25
         
4 Gavin Cockman Saffron Walden Town 16 20
5 Suiabo Balde Tower Hamlets 15 15
6 Lewis Francis Walthamstow/ Saffron Walden Town 13 17
         
=7 Taylor Tombides Redbridge 12 19
  Curtley McIntosh Sporting Bengal Utd 12 16
  Issac Marfo-Jacobs Hoddesdon Town 12 15
         
=10 Kyle Roberts St Margaretsbury/ Hadley 11 15
  Connor Hammond Stansted 11 13
         
=12 Michael Mignot West Essex 10 15
  Manny Hammond Hadley 10 12
  Ned Clarke Cockfosters/ Hadley 10 10
         
=15 Charlie Cole Saffron Walden Town 9 28
  Bryn Thorpe Takeley 9 15
  Alfie Bartram Hadley 9 12
  Hassan Nalbant Redbridge 9 11
  Cameron Ferguson Hadley 9 9
         
         

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri/Sat 31 Jan/1 Feb) [ESL 19/20 2.2.20]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, from Friday 31st January & Saturday 1st February.

 

Essex Senior

Friday 31 January

Redbridge  2 – 7  Clapton  | Oakside  | Att: 49

Clapton put in an outstanding showing to batter the Motormen at Oakside on Friday night. Deimar Queni, Jaydon Charles and Nana Boakye-Yiadom all got braces for the Tons, to which Asher Modeste added a goal so Clapton led 7 – 0 before a late double from Hassan Nalbant and substitute Charlie Portway spared the hosts from a heavier loss. The Tons’ recent form continues to impress as its five wins from their last seven matches which sees them in 11th. Redbridge fell to their second loss in their last five though remain eighth.

Saturday 1 February    –   Essex Senior

Hashtag Utd  2 – 2  Takeley  | Chadfields  | Att: 139

Hashtag fought back twice to claim a share of the points at Chadfields. An OG put Marc Das’ side ahead on the quarter-hour, though Kris Newby got the Tags back on terms four minutes into the second half. In an encounter that was getting increasingly fraught, Reece Barrett put the visitors back in front on 55 minutes and it looked as though they may eke out the win though it wasn’t to be. Tom Anderson kept up his knack of scoring goals with a late equaliser to preserve the unbeaten run at five matches for Jay Devereux’s team.  Takeley remain 5th while Utd go up to second with rivals Walthamstow in Cup action this weekend.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 1  Enfield   | Crofters | Att: 40

Enfield left it late before getting a crucial win at fellow strugglers Sawbridgeworth. Prince Adeyemi’s 90th-minute goal was enough to give Matt Hanning’s team an important three points, their first in eleven games to gain ground on rivals Tower Hamlets in the bottom three. Sawbo’s losing run extends to eight matches now and they are now 14 points adrift at the bottom with twelve matches remaining.

Southend Manor  1 – 0  Hoddesdon Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 21

Manor emerged with a narrow win over Hoddesdon, thanks to Ruben Kennedy’s strike seven minutes before the end to obtain their first win in four games and leap up above Tower Hamlets into 16th and they are only three points off Sporting Bengal in 12th spot. Hoddesdon’s top-five aspiration this term is slipping as their winless run extended to four as they remain in ninth.

Stansted  3 – 2  West Essex  | Hargrave Park | Att: 68

The Airportmen made it ten straight league wins with a battling win over West Essex at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsay got the opener for the hosts inside a minute, though West have shown they are fired up in recent matches and levelled the match after 12 minutes through Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe. The game was well-poised into the second-half though Paul Clayton turned the game in a big way with a brace [70’ & 87’]. The Stags were depleted through illness and suspension though still got one back in added-time through Hakim Medfai though Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side held on to remain sixth though they went four points clear of Cockfosters in 7th.

My Non-League colleague Matt North was at the game and here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-stansted-3-2-west-essex-esl-19-20-01-02-20/

Tower Hamlets  0 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Mile End ‘derby’ | Att: 30

Bengal got their second Mile End ‘derby’ win of the season as they got a much-needed three points. Curtley McIntosh got the opener for Imrul Gazi’s side five minutes before the break and Bobby Redwood ended up securing the win midway through the second-half to give Bengal their second win in their last six to rise up to 12th spot. Hamlets’ quest for a win goes on and they drop to third-bottom after a winless stretch which now sits at eight matches.

 

News: In better news for Hamlets, starlet Ali Omar signed for EFL Championship side Barnsley this week so plaudits have to go to the Essex Senior side for the project they have instigated this term and best wishes go to Ali as he continues his football development at Oakwell.

 

Errington Challenge Cup : Quarter-Final

Walthamstow  0 – 2  Cockfosters  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 40

The new dawn at Walthamstow began with defeat as Cockfosters made the last four of the Errington Cup. First-half goals by Ceykan Karagozlu [20’] and Harley Haag five minutes before the break ensured that Ryan Wade’s team got the win though for ‘Stow, it is arguably more important that new boss Max Mitchell & his new signings get settled quickly as the club seeks to maintain its promotion challenge this season.

Round-up: Essex Senior League & Cups (Sat 28 Dec) [ESL 19/20 29.12.19]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]  – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League from Saturday 28 December. The weekend’s focus was the Peter Butcher Trophy with one tie each in the League and the Errington Challenge Cup, which saw a superb match take place. I would also like to wish a very happy Happy New Year to all clubs, staff, players & readers of this blog.

 

Saturday 28 December

Peter Butcher Trophy – Round One

Enfield  3 – 0  Southend Manor   | Woodside  | Att: 73

The E’s got a morale-boosting win to progress into the next round of the Peter Butcher Trophy with victory over fellow strugglers Southend Manor at Woodside. Steven Ellery’s rasping effort put Matt Hanning’s team ahead seven minutes before half-time. The latter stages saw the hosts secure a much-needed triumph as strikes by Dan Chambers [70’] and Joe Pattison [76’], twinned with a rare clean sheet got the job done. Manor’s focus shifts to their league campaign in the New Year.

Redbridge Res  0 – 5  Walthamstow  | Robert Clack [3G]

Walthamstow named a strong line-up and comfortably brushed off Reserve Division side Redbridge Reserves at Robert Clack in Dagenham to secure their progress into the next round. Player-boss Ryan Maxwell got a rare goal here, along with another brace for the seemingly-unstoppable Dwade James. Stanley Muguo and Lewis Francis also netted in this one as the ESL side pretty much wrapped up their progression by half-time.

 

Match Off: Redbridge P – P Sawbridgeworth Town Res (Waterlogged Pitch)

 

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Essex Senior League

Clapton  2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 25

In the only league match this weekend, Clapton grabbed only their fourth win this term with a win over fellow strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town. Goals from Germaine Dua and Deimar Queni were enough to back up some promising approach play and leap above both Southend Manor and Enfield in the table to go into 16th spot. Sawbo’s tough season goes on, they are nine points below Manor in the standings.

 

The ESL Challenge Cup (CC Final 1.5.17)

Errington Challenge Cup – Round Two

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 3  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane | Att: 214

In the match I attended this weekend, Walden made it into the Quarter-Finals of the Errington Cup was they edged a superb encounter with Cockfosters. Nathan Scarborough struck twice for Walden & had a goal chalked off for off-side. On his debut for the Bloods, Tyger Smalls also scored & Jake Noble got the other goal. Billy Healey, George Beattie & Marcus Crowther got the goals for ‘Fosters who contributed heavily to a dramatic second half in particular.

If you’d like more on this game, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/28/match-report-saffron-walden-4-3-cockfosters-sat-28th-dec-ecc/

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 19 Oct) [ESL 19/20 20.10.19]

Image from Takeley v Hashtag Utd ESL 1910.19 [Image Credit: Matt North]
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Thanks to ESL reporter Matt North (Twitter: @MattNorth_) for image.

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s round-up of Essex Senior League action on Friday 18 & Saturday 19 October, here on my blog.  Thanks for reading.

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Friday 18th October

Woodford Town  3 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Att: 87

Woodford came out on top as they defeated Sawbridgeworth at the Harlow Arena, in front of a decent crowd on Friday night. Lauric Diakiesse got the first home goal on the half-hour before adding another two on 35 minutes and eight minutes from time to complete his treble for his new side. Harry Bushell got the consolation for Lee Mackman’s team who battled hard though their extended winless run goes on.

 

Saturday 19th October

Enfield  1 – 0  Southend Manor   | Woodside | Att: 64

The E’s got a much-needed win over fellow lower-half side Southend Manor at Woodside. Daniel Chambers got the only goal after just six minutes and this result makes it one loss in their last five in the league as they rise to 14th. Manor’s fourth game without a win sees them drop to fourth-bottom.

 

Hadley  1 – 0  Hoddesdon Town  | Brickfield Lane | Att: 93

Hadley got back to form with a gritty win over Hoddesdon at Brickfield Lane. The only goal came from the penalty spot, on the hour from Alfie Bartram. The Bricks are ‘building the wall’ results-wise as their third win on-the-bounce means they rise to sixth. The Lilywhites drop to eighth, only a point behind their opposition here.

 

Saffron Walden Town  2 – 0  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane  | Att: 175

Saffron Walden got back to league action with a routine win over Cockfosters at Catons Lane. Two goals either side of the break were enough to win this one as an own goal gave Walden the lead three minutes before the interval. Ryan Fleming doubled that advantage on 48 minutes to see Jason Maher’s team to their fifth straight league success and keep the heat on leaders Hashtag Utd. ‘Fosters are in a bit of trough at present with this being their fifth loss in their last six league matches.

 

Stansted  4 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hargrave Park | Att: 70

The Airportmen put in a fine performance to end a recent dreary run at Hargrave Park. Daniel Cheema sent the hosts ahead after just seven minutes, before strikes by John Clark [27’] and Jack Mitchell [34’] put Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side comfortably ahead at the interval. Luke Hirst added a fourth goal for the hosts with 57 minutes on the watch to end a run of four back-to-back defeats. Bengal fell to their third consecutive loss here though they will have better days this term.

 

Takeley  0 – 1  Hashtag Utd | Station Road | Att: 235

In a match supporting Breast Cancer survivors at Station Road, Hashtag edged the contest in front of another bumper crowd to extend their winning run in the league to nine matches. Joshua Osude got the only goal on 72 minutes, to which the hosts couldn’t find a response and therefore saw their unbeaten mini-run end at four league matches. Hashtag remain a point clear at the summit, with Saffron Walden their nearest challengers.

 

 

Tower Hamlets  2 – 0  Clapton | Mile End Stadium | Att: 55

Hamlets got the better of the Tons at Mile End as they recorded their fourth win of the season. An OG plus one from Marcus Castano were enough to extend their visitors’ winless run to four matches now.

 

Walthamstow  2 – 1  Redbridge    | Wadham Lodge | Att:  46

In a match reversed to Wadham Lodge on Thursday, ‘Stow still got a stern test by improving Redbridge as the hosts won 2 – 1. You can barely keep Dwade James off the scorers’ sheet at present and he put Ryan Maxwell’s side ahead from the penalty spot nine minutes into the contest. That lead barely lasted a minute though before the visitors were awarded a spot-kick of their own, which Dan Gilchrist duly converted to level things up. Just when you felt a draw may have been on the radar, Ben Crilley’s strike ten minutes from time gave the hosts their fourth straight league triumph.

 

West Essex  0 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 28

West were held to a goalless stalemate by St Margaretsbury as both sides had a rare match without scoring. Interestingly though, it extends both teams recent records in that they have only lost one of their last six matches now.

 

 

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 18/Sat 19 Oct) [ESL 17.10.19]

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Archive: Sawridgeworth 0 – 3 W Essex in ESL last week (Image: Scott W)


Written by Scott W
[Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s preview of Essex Senior League action on Saturday 19 October, as nine matches take place this coming weekend.

 

ESL Fixtures  –

Friday 18th October

Woodford Town  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Harlow Arena [3G]  |

The weekend’s action gets underway once again at the Harlow Arena as Woodford welcome Sawbridgeworth. The Towners were held last Friday night by Clapton after a late OG gave the Tons a point. Ross Weare’s side have got two wins in their last five but are adjusting after a influx of squad changes recently. Sawbridgeworth showed some spirit before going down at home to West Essex at home last weekend which extended their winless run. The results may start coming for Lee Mackman’s side soon though this is still a tough test on paper. Narrow home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Saturday 19th October

Enfield  v  Southend Manor   | Woodside |

Saturday’s action starts with Manor’s trip to Enfield. The E’s have had a disappointing week, with a long away-day at Harborough Town resulting in their exit from the FA Vase last weekend, followed up by a loss at North Greenford Utd in the Middlesex County Cup in midweek. Southend’s Manor’s form is also mixed of late, with two losses in their last four matches, though new Michael Walther has brought in new players of late so it make time for his new-look squad to gel. Think there will be goals in this one. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Brickfield Lane |

The Bricks look to get their league campaign back on track as they welcome fellow high-flyers Hoddesdon. Hadley suffered a rare home loss to exit the FA Vase as Milton Keynes Robins won last weekend. In the ESL though, they have only conceded one goal in four home matches to date so that tells you something. Hoddesdon were involved in a corker of a match in their loss to Hashtag, having had a two-goal lead thus ultimately fell to a heavy defeat, their first loss since the opening day of the campaign. Therefore, manager Simon Riddle will want a reaction from his side, though piercing the second-best defence in the league will be tough. Narrow home win for the hosts for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Updated: Walthamstow v Redbridge | Wadham Lodge |

The Motormen’s match with ‘Stow has been switched to Wadham Lodge as Oakside is not sufficiently recovered from the week’s weather to host. Redbridge have had their last two league matches postponed, so you have to go back to October 5th for their last league game, a win at Southend Manor. Ryan Maxwell’s Walthamstow side are a different proposition though (with all respect to Manor) as they continued their FA Vase run into Round Two with a good win at Broadfields Utd last weekend,  and won well at St Margaretsbury the midweek before that. ‘Stow have a very stingy defence, the best in the league having only conceded one goal in their six matches so far. Micky Wetherall’s side are strong going forward though can be a tad leaky defensively and ‘Stow will know they need to win their games in hand on the top two. Hard to see anything but an a win for Walthamstow here

 

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane  |

Walden return to the league action after a hugely admirable win in their FA Vase Replay with Biggleswade Utd in midweek. They welcome Cockfosters to Catons Lane, looking to continue their unbeaten league run and keep tabs on leaders Hashtag Utd. Cockfosters were in action in midweek after being thwarted by the weather last weekend. The ‘Fosters won on penalties at Ilford to advance to the last four of the Gordon Brasted Trophy. Their away form does not favour them here, with one win in five matches and therefore, have to go with a win for the Bloods here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Stansted  v  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen welcome Bengal to Hargrave Park, with arguably both sides in need of a win. Paul Pittuck’s & John Watters’ side picked a morale-boosting win in the FA Vase last weekend over Aylesbury Vale Dynamos. Their league form recently though isn’t great as four straight defeats see them third-bottom at present. Bengal have been defeated in their last two home matches, to West Essex and most recently, St Margaretsbury. This could be a highlight match of the weekend. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Takeley  v  Hashtag Utd | Station Road

The ‘big match’ this weekend surely takes place at Station Road as Takeley welcome in-form Hashtag. Marc Das’ side exited the FA Vase last weekend with a narrow loss at Wellingborough Town, after being held by a spirited Southend Manor at home the midweek before. Hashtag are in prime form after a superb comeback win at Hoddesdon last week extended their winning run to eight matches. Goalkeeper Louis Hawes (formerly of Basildon Utd & Great Wakering) has also been added to the squad this week to compete with regular stopper Tim Pitman. The likes of George Smith and Ryan Adams will take some stopping at present and while Takeley are quite capable of producing a brilliant defensive showing, the Tags may well edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Tower Hamlets  v  Clapton | Mile End Stadium

Hamlets welcome the Tons to Mile End. Both sides are finding wins hard to come by, though Hamlets did produce an impressive performance to win well at Southend Manor last weekend. That win was their first in five matches, while the Tons got a point at Woodford last weekend. They are winless in three matches though with both sides being unpredictable, I’m going head for a stalemate here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

West Essex  v  St Margaretsbury  | Mayesbrook Park

Finally for this weekend, the Stags welcome a similarly in-form St Mags side to Mayesbrook. West made it four consecutive league wins with success at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, while Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side win at Sporting Bengal made it one loss in their last six matches. This has the hallmarks of a bruising encounter with technical players in both sides. The crucial factor may be how the visitors’ defence deals with the likes of Taylor and Mignot. Expect this one to a very hard-fought match.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

That’s your Preview for this week, thanks for reading.

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri/Sat 4 & 5 Oct) [ESL 19/20 6.10.19]

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Written By Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action from the weekend of the 4th & 5th October, which saw 40 goals scored in league games. We also round-up the solitary ESL side left in the FA Cup as Hadley made the trip to Havant & Waterlooville.

 

Friday 4th October

Tower Hamlets  1 – 4  Takeley   | Mile End Stadium | Att: 55

Takeley made the tricky trip to Mile End and came away with their third straight win. Hamlets got the opening goal in this one though as young starlet Yoan Edoukou struck after just five minutes. Bryn Thorpe levelled for the visitors on 28 minutes, before an OG put Takeley ahead. Thorpe netted again seven minutes before the break to really send Marc Das’ team into the interval with the initiative. Thorpe completed another treble ten minutes after the break to send Takeley up to third after Saturday’s action, five points off the leaders.

 

Saturday 5th October

Cockfosters  7 – 2  Clapton   | Chalk Lane  | Att: 55

Cockfosters produced a stunning goal-laden display to send the Tons to another heavy defeat at Chalk Lane. Reuben Campbell broke the deadlock in the hosts’ favour on 14 minutes, though Mario Gjini soon restored parity for Glen Kendall’s team two minutes later. However, three goals in the lead up to half-time changed the course of the match. First, Billy Healey restored the ‘Fosters lead on 31 minutes before Ceykan Karagozlu struck twice [33’ & 40’] to give Ryan Wade’s team a commanding 4 – 1 half-time lead.

Karagozlu more than ended the contest as he took his own tally to four with further strikes on 54 & 57 minutes. Francesco Cicconi pulled one back with a spot-kick for the visitors though Harley Haag completed a resounding win for the hosts in added-time. The hosts ended a three-match losing streak here and go into 9th spot while Clapton’s fourth loss in five matches sees them fall to third-bottom.

 

Enfield  5 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Woodside | Att: 86

The E’s pulled off a fine win over Sawbridgeworth in this battle of the strugglers, despite playing with ten men for nearly 80 minutes. Matt Hanning’s side were fortunate to name well-travelled & prolific striker Jamie Cureton in their line-up though his cameo only lasted 11 minutes before he was dismissed for a high foot.

That hardly does the game justice though as Enfield led with 20 minutes played, as Olly Miles netted. Sawbo did take their opportunities as Evaristo Kitoko [42’] & Angus Poole [45’] goals saw them lead at the break. The introduction of Josh Sykes  from the bench was key for the hosts as he levelled things up with ten minutes remaining. Sykes then completed a dizzying hat-trick soon after [80’ & 85’] to shock the bottom side and Sykes himself was brought down in the area in added-time with Alfie Mason converting the resulting spot-kick as the E’s ended a six-match winning run while consigning Sawbo to a ninth straight defeat.

 

Hoddesdon Town  4 – 4  St Margaretsbury   | Lowfield  | Att: 88

This local derby really produced an enthralling spectacle as Hoddy denied St Mags the win late on. It was the Lilywhites who took the lead as quick-fire goals from Jordan Halls five minutes in and Jack Lee two minutes afterward set the tone for the entire match. Daniel Palmer struck on the half-hour for the visitors before Isaac Marfo-Jacobs netted on 35 minutes to see Hoddesdon regain their two-goal lead at the break.

The second-half arguably belonged to one man though. Kyle Roberts continued his superb scoring run for St Mags with his opener four minutes after the interval to bring it back to 3 – 2. A subsequent penalty on 62 minutes saw Roberts level things up before the forward completed a fine treble eight minutes later and give the visitors the lead for the first time at 3 – 4. Marfo-Jacobs has been a key source of goals for Town so far this term and his second of the afternoon in added-time denied newly-appointed permanent co-managers Tony Wild & Ray Bartlett’s team all three points. Simon Riddle’s Hoddesdon drop to fourth, while St Mags sit 12th – both sides are unbeaten in their last five matches now.

 

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 0  Ilford   | Catons Lane  | Att: 197

Walden got another three points to keep their lead at the summit to five points with victory over Ilford at Caton Lane. Jack Leachman got the opener on the stroke of the hour, before Charlie Cole got another brace [62’ & 72’] to give Jason Maher’s side a fourth straight win here. The Foxes ended the match with ten men and fell to their fifth consecutive defeat here. They drop to fourth-bottom.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 2  Redbridge   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 40

Redbridge got their first win in three matches here at Southchurch Park. Taylor Tombides’ close-range finish on 36 minutes was added to by Dean Hall’s header shortly before the interval. I attended this match and you can view my report here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/match-report-southend-manor-0-2-redbridge-sat-5th-oct-esl/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 4  West Essex   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 20

West Essex continued their goal-hungry run with a fine win at Mile End. It didn’t start so well though as Curtley McIntosh put Sorting ahead after ten minutes for his fifth goal in the last four league & cup games. West responded two minutes later through Symeon Taylor. A perhaps crucial moment came midway through the half as West ‘keeper Jack Coker saved a second penalty in as many weekends, this time from Sporting midfielder Charles Gregory. Three goals in eight second-half minutes turned the tide though as Brad Russell netted on 67 minutes to give the Stags the lead for the first time at 1 – 2.

Russell then set up Michael Mignot five minutes later before Taylor got his second on 75 minutes to see Kwame Kwateng’s side lead 4 – 1. Steven Carvell thundered home a free-kick late on for Imrul Gazi’s team though West got their third win in their last four games to rise to 8th spot while Bengal stay in 6th.

 

 

Stansted  0 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 214

Hashtag extended Stansted’s stuttering start to the season as they claimed another three points at Hargrave Park. Jesse Lassen has been in good goal-scoring touch recently and broke the stalemate on the half-hour, before getting what turned out to be a decisive second four minutes after the interval. The Tags’ sixth win on-the-spin sees them rise to second, level on points with Takeley while the Airportmen third loss on the trot means they are in 15th.

 

FA Cup Third Round Qualifying   (ESL sides)

 

Havant & Waterlooville  3 – 0  Hadley  | Westleigh Park   | Att: 550

Essex Senior League side Hadley’s FA Cup adventure ended but not before they showed what they are about at National League South side Havant. Joshua Ayenga and Alfie Rutherford goals after the interval pretty much ended realistic hope of progression for the Bricks. Ryan Seager made the game safe for Paul Doswell’s team late on though credit to travelling army of Hadley fans, which the hosts noted as well on social media.

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

Match Summary: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (Sat 31 August) [FAV FRQ 31.8.19]

The FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Venue: Cricklefield

2019-20 Season: Match 18

Saturday 31st August 2019 – 3pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Enfield: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Yellow Socks

 

 

Enfield battle hard to defeat Ilford in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

 

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

Hello readers, due to the chaos that lined the A13 in Western Essex on Saturday, it was tough to even get to a game (annoyingly) so we had to divert to this still intriguing all-ESL FA Vase tie at Cricklefield between Ilford and Enfield. Because I missed the start of the match, the following will be a shorter report than usual, apologies in advance but I still wanted to get something out regarding this match.

Ilford named a fairly strong XI for this one with mainstay Hugo Rossetti retaining the gloves, Tyson Talanya and Lewis Wicker as the full-backs, and Valter Simao and Nicholas Keyamo on the flanks, with youth product Ryan O’Connell and Josh Kraus among those on the bench. Enfield also named a strong side, with Josh Flynn at right-back, loanee Michael Salako joining Alfie Mason in attack with Alfie Cleal and Dean Wallace among the options from the substitutes’ bench.

Ilford had raced into a first-minute lead through Jerold Cobblah, though that early advantage was erased as the E’s restored parity with Michael Salako getting the final touch, and that was after the referee had over-ruled his assistant’s initial flag, presumably for off-side.

After the unorthodox leveller, there were a number of tussles in midfield as both sides looked to grab the momentum. On the half-hour, Ilf centre-back Clifford Newby-Harris poked wide of the right-side post as the edged that phase of the game. Enfield were starting to come back into things in terms of ball retention though still couldn’t quite test Rossetti enough in the Ilford goal. That was until five minutes before the interval as E’s centre-back Josh Woodcock aimed well with a low drive that crept under the goalkeeper’s legs to pass into the net.

The drama wasn’t over there though in an increasingly bizarre period of the match as not one but two Enfield players were sin-binned within seconds of each other, it was midfielder Nana Asamoah and forward Michael Salako who both had to sit out the opening part of the second half.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

Ilford showed they were not out of the contest seven after the break as midfielder Freddie Oakman curled a lovely effort which cannoned off the crossbar before a good pass in by Enfield forward Alfie Mason fed Salako though he couldn’t get the power on the header so Rossetti could come in to gather. It has to be mentioned that Ilf winger Nicolas Keyamo certainly was a headache for the opposition with his pace, trickery and crossing.

Salako was certainly posing a threat for Matt Hanning’s team with his pace and strength though as we entered the latter stages of the tie, it was Mason’s fierce drive that needed a good save by Rossetti to parry the ball out of danger. Ilford certainly put their visitors under pressure in the latter stages though Enfield could have sealed the match as a surging run by Mason down the middle was only denied by a adept interception by Newby-Harris. E’s midfielder Joe Pattison also struck the right-sided post with a firm header in added-time and it was the E’s who ultimately went through to the next round where I believe they will face Enfield Borough.

Full-Time: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

 

The frustration for the hosts was understandable though they did have some notable performances today. Defender Clifford Newby-Harris had another good display, as did winger Nicolas Keyamo. For Enfield, the stern backline of Lleweyn-Reid and Woodcock recovered from a few shaky moments, with Thoma the additional anchor in front of them. Messrs Salako and Mason also linked up well in the forward line.

 

Teams

Ilford | Manager: Morgan LaForce

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Tyson Talanya, Lewis Wicker, Santana Porter, Clifford Newby-Harris, Freddie Oakman (Haaroon Belaid 61’), Valter Simao, Said Ali, Felix Laws-Cochrane, Jerold Cobblah, Nicolas Keyamo (Josh Kraus 72’)

Goal-scorers: Jerold Cobblah  [1’]

Subs Not Used: O’Connell, A Embalo, Tolley

 

Enfield    | Manager: Matt Hanning

Lewis Hawley (GK), Josh Flynn, Kevin Bondjanga, Komal Lleweyn-Reid, Josh Woodcock, Matt Thoma (Alfie Cleal 62’), Joe Pattison, Nana Asamoah (Dean Wallace 65’), Michael Salako, Alfie Mason, Ben Bradbury (Capt) (Josiah Ereku 80’)

Goal-scorers: Michael Salako [11’], Josh Woodcock [40’]

Booked: Pattison | Sin-Binned: Asamoah & Salako | Subs Not Used: Shakes, Gormley

 

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 16/Sat 17 August) [ESL 19/20 15.8.19]

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Still from Hashtag Utd v S Manor on August 7th (Image: Scott W)

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 9th August – 7.45pm KO

 

Woodford Town v West Essex   | the Harlow Arena

The weekend kicks off with Woodford back in action just 48 hours after their battle with White Ensign in the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round Replay which went to extra-time on Wednesday night. They face a West Essex who also went out of the FA Cup this week so both teams may feel they have to ‘get back in the saddle’ with a league triumph. If both sides play near their best, this could be another corker of a match given both teams’ attacking nature. Have to go with my gut instinct which says a narrow West win, purely because they’ve had three more days to recover from their last match than their hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Saturday 10th August – 3pm KO

 

Enfield    v   Cockfosters  | Woodside

Our look at the Saturday action begins at Woodside as Enfield welcome Cockfosters. The E’s haven’t had the best week with a loss in their long trip to Fairford Town last weekend in the Cup before getting narrowly beaten by Hoddesdon in midweek, also at home. Their only win in their opening three has come at home though, ten days ago at home to Stansted so there are signs they could make their new home a fortress, which you sense boss Matt Hanning & co will want to do. Cockfosters may be ‘riding high’ after progression in the FA Cup with a win over Eastern Senior League South side Leyton Athletic last weekend, which was followed by a super comeback to draw at home to Ilford in midweek. Player-boss Ryan Wade scored twice in that latter match and I can see this one perhaps being a draw as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks return to ‘home comforts’ after a good win over ESL side Redbridge in the FA Cup last weekend. Anthony Clark’s team have scored ten goals in their three matches in League & Cup thus far so that is a record they will want to keep adding to at this early stage of the season. Bengal were overpowered by Walthamstow in the Cup last weekend and will seek to avoid a repeat here. Imrul Gazi’s side are not one to under-estimate though in my view they will need to improve defensively to get anything out of this away-day. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Ilford  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Cricklefield

Ilford are at home once again as they welcome the Lilywhites to Cricklefield. Morgan LaForce’s Foxes have had a mixed week at best. Last weekend wasn’t a happy one as they exited the FA Cup with a home loss to Eastern Senior League South side Harwich & Parkeston. That said, their midweek exploits was better as they battled to an entertaining draw at Cockfosters, which was their first points of the campaign. Hoddesdon have had a brighter week with a good win over Brantham Athletic in the FA Cup before a good away performance in the win at Enfield on Wednesday night. If Simon Riddle’s side keep stern in defence then it could be an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Redbridge   v   Hashtag Utd  | Oakside

The Motormen entertain Hashtag Utd at Oakside. Micky Wetherall’s side played their part in their recent two matches, before succumbing to successive defeats at Hadley and Takeley in the FA Cup and league respectively in the past week, despite four goals in those two games. Jay Devereux’s Hashtag outfit will be buoyed after a late five-goal flourish in a hefty win over Tower Hamlets in midweek at Chadfields. This is a tricky one to call as both sides have the firepower to score goals though will narrowly go with ‘the Tags’.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

Sawbo welcome Hamlets to Crofters. These two sides had many battles last term though since then both have had rather extensive squad changes and their recent results suggest that those changes will take time to settle. Sawbridgeworth went out of the Cup with a home loss to Step 6 side Halstead Town last weekend though did score in that match. Hamlets did triumph in the Cup last weekend with a battling win over Selsey at Mile End though had a chastening end to their match at Hashtag in midweek. Manager Damien Briggs will want to get that out result out of his team’s systems. Instinct says a narrow win for the hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Takeley  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road

Takeley face Saffron Walden in an early-season belter at Station Road. Marc Das’ side has started the season in a spritely fashion and backed that up in the last week with wins in League & Cup. First, a good victory at Crawley Green in the Cup last weekend was followed by a hard-fought win at Redbridge in the league in midweek. Forward Bryn Thorpe has notched five goals in all competitions already though this match represents arguably their toughest test yet. Walden also progressed in the FA Cup with a narrow win over Baldock Town last weekend and you do sense their forward line will click into goal-scoring touch sooner or later. Takeley powered to a good win in this fixture last season so Jason Maher’s team may have that in their minds too. Draw in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Walthamstow  v  Stansted       | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally this weekend, another potential corker awaits as ‘Stow entertain Stansted at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side have started the season as they mean to go on, in regards to goal-scoring. They progressed in the Cup with a big win over Sporting Bengal last weekend though following that match, it was revealed that promising forward Samrai Gebrai has departed for Step 3 Canvey Island. Stansted had a hiccup last Sunday as they crashed out to Eastern Senior League South side Barkingside in the Cup as they seek to settle following minor squad changes recently. This may be closer than some think though hard to go against another home triumph.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

That’s all for this edition of the ESL preview blogs. Check back on Sunday/Monday  when I’ll have the round-up of what happened in this weekend’s matches of the 2019 – 20 Essex Senior League season. Thanks for reading.