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/

 

Match Report: Saffron Walden 4 – 3 Cockfosters (Sat 28th Dec) [ECC 19/20 28.12.19]

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Errington Challenge Cup 2019-20: Round One

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: 214

2019 – 20 Season: Match 49

Saturday 28th December 2019 – 3pm KO

Saffron Walden: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Cockfosters: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

 

 

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Walden edge ‘Fosters in an enthralling battle at Catons Lane

Saffron Walden Town 4 – 3 Cockfosters

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

The last match of 2019 saw me make a welcome return to Catons Lane to take in this Errington Challenge Cup match between Saffron Walden Town and Cockfosters. Both sides are good to watch and I had high hopes that would see a pulsating match. Walden are blighted by injuries at present though still named a strong side, with Rob Budd between the posts, a back four of club stalwart Spike Bell, Tom Skelton and centre-backs Jamie Riley and George Pullen. Recent signing Tyger Smalls joined Nathan Scarborough and Gavin Cockman in their forward line and their substitutes’ bench included the likes of Greg Strong and Connor Molloy. Cockfosters also made a few changes, with Josh Mollison in goal, though Danny Haigh and Dan Odamo remained at the heart of the defence with a three-pronged attack comprising Billy Healey, Ceykan Karagozlu and Kai Bowers. Ned Clarke, Billy Murray and Harley Haag were all options from the bench for Ryan Wade’s team.

Before kick-off, there was a minute’s firm applause recognising the commitment to Saffron Walden of former player & Committee member Sid Boyton who sadly passed away earlier this month at the age of 92. Onto the match itself then and we didn’t have to wait long for the first goal. Only two minutes in, left-sided forward Tyger Smalls found space and beat the off-side trap to face visiting goalkeeper Josh Mollison one-on-one and Smalls coolly struck low into the net. Cockfosters showed no hesitation in coming forward despite the setback though as minutes later, forward Kai Bowers’ cross was blocked though forward Ceykan Karagozlu followed up though his weak strike didn’t unduly test Bloods custodian Rob Budd.

 

At the other end on nine minutes, Smalls was causing more havoc among the opposition defence and he was adjudged to have been brought down whilst driving into the area, Penalty to Walden. Forward partner Nathan Scarborough stepped up and calmly tucked home into the left-side corner past Mollison. Things were looking a tad bleak for the visitors at this point. As we got to 15 minutes on the watch, the enterprising Bowers made another darting run toward the penalty box though a well-timed interception by Bloods centre-back George Pullen snuffed out the danger.

Forwards Gavin Cockman and Scarborough were showing good understanding in building attacks for the hosts and after Walden had a goal by Scarborough chalked off for off-side, it was the visitors who halved their arrears as we came into the halfway period of the half. Skipper Matthew Thomson’s free-kick was handled by the defensive wall and another penalty was awarded. Striker Billy Healey stepped up and duly stroked home into the corner, past Budd. With almost half an hour played, attacking midfielder George Beattie’s central run ended with a drive at goal from 20 yards, though Budd was alert enough to parry away before Pullen got in another good tackle to deny Beattie another crack.

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At the other end, Smalls was continuing to have a fine game, as after another great run down the left channel, his centre found Craig Calver who could only skew his shot agonisingly wide of the far post. And then with half-time drawing near, a good ball in from the left by visiting full-back Marcus Crowther found Karagozlu though mistimed effort bobbled harmlessly wide.

Half-Time:  Saffron Walden  2 – 1  Cockfosters

 

So, after a good first-half there was optimism in the air for further goals and again, we wasn’t wanting for long as three minutes after the restart, the Bloods restored their two-goal lead. Calver’s cross from the left was headed on by Scarborough and the ball fell to on-rushing midfieder Jake Noble who slotted home well into the corner. Cockfosters ‘keeper Mollison was in action again soon afterwards, first to deny a good strike by Calver which he palmed away well and then to gather a header by Walden skipper Ross Adams from Spike Bell’s booming long throw.

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Just past the hour, the chances continued to swing between the sides. Beattie’s fierce drive from 18 yards was well-denied by Budd and then moments later, Cockman absolutely blasted a strike which flew wide of Mollison’s goal frame. ‘Fosters got another goal back and ensured a tense finish on 64 minutes as Karagozlu’s teasing cross found Beattie at the back stick and he made no mistake stroking home. Jason Maher’s side poured forward in response with Cockman sending in a low cross which Cockfosters centre-back Haigh did well to track and deny. Walden wouldn’t be denied though as with seventeen minutes left, good work again by Calver found Noble whose pass found Scarborough at the back post for a tap-in from yards out.

Five minutes after visiting ‘keeper Mollison had done well to deny another rasping effort by Smalls, it was the visitors who grabbed another goal back in an increasingly tense phase of the game. Crowther’s well-taken finish gave Ryan Wade’s team hope and to their credit, they pushed hard in the latter stages to take it to spot-kicks, though in fairness, Walden did deserve the win as they created more chances and showed why they are regarded as a quality outfit.

 

Full-Time: Saffron Walden Town  4 – 3  Cockfosters

In summary, this was one of the most entertaining matches of the season thus far in League & Cup at this level. No shortage of quality, guts, desire and drama really got the healthy crowd going and gave them their money’s worth too. It is hard in games like this to single out players though for the hosts, debutant Tyger Smalls gave the visiting backline more than a few head-scratching moments and deserved his goal. Fellow forward Gavin Cockman also put in a characteristically spirited display with good passing to boot, plus Nathan Scarborough also had a fine afternoon and the driving runs of winger Craig Calver also stretched the ‘Fosters defence, particularly in the second half.

For Cockfosters, George Beattie really shone with a number of probing runs and fierce strikes as he looked to drive his side back into the match. Billy Healey also was a presence in attack while Danny Haigh made a number of good interceptions at centre-back. Ned Clarke also showed once again his talents with pace and movement in his cameo from the bench.

Finally, I would like to thank Saffron Walden for their hospitality, you can tell they are a club ‘on the up’ and that they have the quality on-the-field to really be in the mix in the League promotion shake-up come April. I would also like to wish all the readers on my blog a very happy New Year for 2020, we are in for a superb second half of the season I feel.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Saffron Walden Town   | Manager: Jason Maher

1 Rob Budd (GK), 2 Spike Bell, 3 Tom Skelton, 4 Ross Adams (Capt), 5 Jamie Riley, 6 George Pullen, 7 Craig Calver, 8 Jake Noble (16 Greg Strong 81’), 9 Gavin Cockman (15 Connor Molloy 70’), 10 Nathan Scarborough (12 Saeed Zamehran 82’), 11 Tyger Smalls

Goal-scorers: Tyger Smalls [2’], Nathan Scarborough [9’ & 73’], Jake Noble [48’]

Booked: Noble, Skelton (Sin-Bin), Calver | Sub Not Used: Frodsham

 

Cockfosters   | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade

1 Josh Mollison (GK), 2 Luke Marshall, 3 Marcus Crowther, 4 Matthew Thomson (Capt) (Harley Haag 73’), 5 Danny Haigh, 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Danny Charles (12 Billy Murray 81’), 8 George Beattie, 9 Billy Healey, 10 Ceykan Karagozlu, 11 Kai Bowers (14 Ned Clarke 66’)

Goal-scorers: Billy Healey [pen 20’], George Beattie [64’], Marcus Crowther [84’]

Booked: Thomson, Marshall | Sub Not Used: Fajobi, Murphy

 

Referee: Nathan Kitteridge

Assistant Referees: Darrell Evans & Andy Wheaton

Match Report: Stansted 1 – 0 West Essex (Mon 6 May) [ECC Final 6.5.19]

Errington Challenge Cup Final

Venue: Woodside (Bishop’s Stortford FC)

Attendance: 417

2018-19 Season – Match 78

Monday 6th May 2019  – 3pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirt, Royal Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

West Essex: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Stansted secure Errington Cup triumph with last-gasp winner at Woodside

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

On Bank Holiday Monday, another ESL-related season concluded with the Errington Challenge Cup Final at Woodside with League runners-up Stansted looking for a Cup double as they faced mid-table West Essex, who let’s not forget are only in their third season at this level. Stansted were heavily depleted, with both West brothers (Sam & Jack), defensive rock Paul Clayton, midfielder Charlie Barlow and goal-getter James Peagram all unavailable. Moses Carvalho was drafted in at centre-back, with James Briggs making a rare appearance from the start, alongside Rob Norris in midfield. Callum Ibe and Jordan Palmer led the attack with Carl Mullings among those on the bench.

West were fortunate enough to name a near full-strength team with glovesman Jack Coker between the posts, Emanuel Wazola and Sanchez Hardy the full-backs, Tom Macleod skippering the side and a strong front three of Michael Mignot, Symeon Taylor and Samraj Gill. Cameron Gray and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe were among the substitutes.

The match didn’t take long to get going in fairness. In the first minute, full-back Jamie Bennett struck wide over the upright for the Airportmen though it was West who nearly took the lead five minutes in. Samraj Gill’s corner was powerfully met by midfielder Tom MacLeod though James Briggs did well to head clear on the goal-line. ‘Blue Brazil’ goalkeeper Charlie Turner was called into action soon afterward with the ESL ‘Golden Glove’ winner doing well to deny Joe Lefley’s low drive and Michael Mignot’s effort on goal. The Stags were having some joy going forward with Callum Bloss sending through more telling passes to the forward line as well as running down the channel.

Midway through the half, the Airportmen made sure Coker was alert as a sweet centre from the right by winger Jack Mitchell found forward Jordan Palmer, though he could only head straight at the Stags custodian who held well. Apart from two James Briggs efforts that went just over the woodwork, Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s team had to rally to keep things level. In the last ten minutes or so of the half, West forward Symeon Taylor fizzed a strike wide while Bloss fed Mignot well though the latter could only dribble his effort wide. A telling moment came two minutes before the interval as Mignot did superbly to round Turner though he went for precision with the finish though the lack of power on it told as centre-back Joe Clark did well to clear off the line.

Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 0 West Essex

Goal-less it was at the break though no lack of entertainment or good attacking play. The Stags were guilty of missing chances and but for impressive defending by the Stansted back four, led by Moses Carvalho, they could have had even more. Ten minutes into the second half, lively forward Samraj Gill burst through the middle and curled a sweet strike which just escaped the attentions of the woodwork. Stansted ‘keeper Turner did well to deny Lefley’s drive at the second time of asking near the hour mark.

Stansted substitute Harvey Brown was well-found by a left-wing cross though he blazed wide as we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest. Carl Mullings came off the bench to add more physicality to their forward line as although Callum Ibe was causing some nervous moments for the Stags back-line, the ‘Blue Brazil’ top-scorer wasn’t having much joy when it came to chances. Into the latter stages now and West substitute Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe fired straight at Turner when handily-placed and you started to get an unerring sense that Kwame Kwateng’s side would pay a price for not being comfortably ahead as they could have been.

That feeling was only exacerbated when on the stroke of the ninety, a 40-yard surging run by Mignot ended with only Turner to beat though the Blues stopper showed his class again by gathering bravely at the forward’s feet when well-poised to strike.

And then, in added-time, the ‘clang’ well & truly struck. Brown’s angled free-kick was headed on to Ibe at the near post who headed in past Coker to ‘raise the roof’ among the Stansted contingent. Moments later, the full-time whistle struck and the celebrations began for the Airportmen whilst the desolation and disappointment among the West players was hard to deny.

Full-time: Stansted  1 – 0  West Essex

Firstly, how this match didn’t bring about five or six goals I don’t think we’ll ever know and that is a credit to both sides today – it added to what was a really good occasion.

All in all, the Airportmen got the result they wanted to complete the Cup ‘Double’  this term (the Gordon Brasted Trophy as well as this triumph) through defending in their characteristically strong manner, a bit of luck and having a forward who makes things happen in Callum Ibe. As far as stand-out performances go for the ‘Blue Brazil’, goalkeeper Charlie Turner arguably kept his side in the game to begin with, plus emergency centre-back Moses Carvalho shone alongside central defensive partner Joe Clark.  Ibe was a threat as per usual, as was winger Jack Mitchell and substitute Harvey Brown in his half-hour on-the-field.

West Essex will feel it was ‘so near, yet so far’ and it’s tough to disagree with that assertion. When the frustration has died down for them, they have quite a lot to be proud of. Their brand of attacking football was on-show in front of a big crowd – even if they did not put away the plethora of chances they had created. Midfielder Callum Bloss had another strong match, with tricky forward Samraj Gill, fellow midfielder Joe Lefley and the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot also impressing, being a thorn in the opposition’s side all match. Their recent improvement defensively was also their to see and centre-backs Nick Walk and Josh French played their part in that.

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Stansted recieve their medals

Finally, as this is my last report of the ESL 2018/19 campaign, I feel it would be remiss not to mention the following – it’s been a quite a season. Twists, turns, quality, grit and guts have all been part of it. Seeing players, managers & clubs write chapters in their history is gratifying to be a part of, as is being part of the Non-League ‘family’. Thank you to all the clubs, countless players, managers and club/league officials who have welcomed me this term – I do notice it and it helps keep me going during tough weeks/months. Thank you also to all that have read these reports this season… and enjoy your summer.

Teams

Stansted  | Co-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne (Capt), Joe Clark, Moses Carvalho, Jack Mitchell, James Briggs (Harvey Brown 61′), Rob Norris, Callum Ibe, Ollie Bell (Lewis Stantiall 83′), Jordan Palmer (Carl Mullings 71′)

Goal-scorer: Callum Ibe [90’+3]

Booked: Norris, Ibe  | Subs Not Used: Buffin, Tyrell

West Essex  |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Wazola, Sanchez Hardy, Nick Walk, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Callum Bloss (Cameron Gray 67′), Joe Lefley, Michael Mignot, Symeon Taylor (Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 79′), Samraj Gill (James Jewers 83′)

Booked: MacLeod    | Subs Not Used: McNally, Woodbridge

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The Officials recieve their momentos

Referee: Mark Pond
Assistant Referees: Eddie Andrews & Charlie Roberts
Fourth Official: Joseph Gray

Match Report: Clapton 2 – 4 West Essex (Tues 2 Apr) [ECC SF 3.4.19]

Errington Challenge Cup: Semi-Final

2018-19 Season: Match 64

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Attendance: TBC

Clapton Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Shorts

West Essex: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

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The Stags’ clinical finishing secures passage to the Errington Cup Final 

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

This Errington Challenge Cup Semi-Final tie between Clapton and West Essex was too big a draw to miss. Both sides have been notching the goals recently so many may well have thought this would be a fascinating encounter. The Tons fielded Emmanuel Olajide in goal, Lanre Vigo and Conor Duffy as their full-backs, and in-form Giovanni Palmer leading the line. Kirk MacPherson, Timi Abiola and Dan Martin were among the substitutes. For West, they named a strong side as well with Jack Coker in goal, skipper Tom MacLeod in midfield alongside Callum Bloss and Joe Lefley. James Jewers and Cameron Gray were among their substitutes.

The visitors had the better of the early running with forward Symeon Taylor stretching the hosts’ backline. Jon Fowell’s side had the first clear-cut chance though on seven minutes as a lung-busting run by forward Giovanni Palmer down the left saw him pass West full-back Emanuel Wazola before placing a good effort towards the far post, although visiting custodian Jack Coker did well to turn it round the post. The Stags responded by breaking the deadlock three minutes later as creative midfielder Callum Bloss played in forward Michael Mignot who kept his composure to lob Tons stopper Emmanuel Olajide and making the net bulge.

In a match which continued to be played at a frenetic pace, Palmer again surged forward, forcing Coker into another good save before Palmer blasted the rebound wide. Midway through the half, Wazola played in Mignot down the West right flank, before cutting inside into the penalty area and sending in a dangerous cross that managed to evade everyone before being hacked away. West doubled their lead just shy of the half-hour with Wazola in the action again, his teasing ball in from the right unfortunately finding opposing full-back Lanre Vigo at the back stick whose momentum forced the ball over the line.

Clapton got back into proceedings minutes later as a curling free-kick from Ali Al-Nashi thundered off the crossbar with Coker beaten, with the ball falling to midfielder Andy Greenslade who fired home well. West soon restored their two-ggoal cushion, on 38 minutes as skipper Tom MacLeod rose highest at the back post and his knock-down caused panic in the home defence while Mignot nipped in and got a rare tap-in.

Half-Time: Clapton 1 – 3 West Essex

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Clapton started the second-half strongly with the lively Giovanni Palmer continuing to be their best outlet, with Palmer in on goal, forcing Coker into another fine save. The Tons fized two more chances wide wirth Al-Nashi and Greenslade unable to find the target. On the hour mark, Mignot was played in again and cut through the home defence before rolling home to complete another hat-trick. Six minutes later, tricky forward Samraj Gill found himself testing Olajide whilst one-on-one.

To their credit, the hosts kept pouring forward and with West bringing on substitutes and adopting a slightly more defensive mindset, gifted winger Ryan Reed blasted home another stunner from 30-yards into the bottom corner to suddenly enhance the his side’s chances of getting back into the game. However, the hosts would have no further joy as West dug in to seal a memorable win.

Full-Time: Clapton  2 – 4  West Essex

Clapton undoubtedly played their part in what was a throughly entertaining match, with Giovanni Palmer unfortunate to add to his growing goal-tally this term here. Lanre Vigo, Ryan Reed and Ali Al-Nashi all had good games tonight too. For West, Michael MIgnot showed once again how important he is to the side, though ‘keeper Jack Coker also made a number of good saves. Symeon Taylor and Callum Bloss also had good games tonight as well.

It is West who progress to the final at Bishop’s Stortford to face Stansted on May 6th, it will be a proud day for their club.

Teams:

Clapton   |    Manager: Jon Fowell

Emmanuel Olajide (GK), Lanre Vigo, Conor Duffy (Timi Abiola 63′), Ebz Gyamerah, James Falaise (Capt) (Tayo Awoderu 63′), Ahmed Mohammed, Ryan Reed, Andy Greenslade, Jeffrey Cobblah, Ali Al-Nashi (Jaydon Charles 68′), Giovanni Palmer

Goal-scorers: Andy Greenslade [34′], Ryan Reed [80′]

Booked: Palmer, Charles       |   Subs Not Used: MacPherson, Martin

West Essex    |   Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Wazola (Kofi Appiah 78′), Sanchez Hardy, NIck Walk, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Callum Bloss, Joe Lefley, Syemeon Taylor (James Jewers 76′), Samraj Gill (Cameron Gray 68′), Michael Mignot

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [10′, 38′ & 59′], Lanre Vigo [OG 29′]

Booked: Gill, Jewers |  Sub Not Used: Woodbridge, Ogedi-Uzokwe

Ref: Robert Claussen

Preview: Essex Senior League & Cups (Fri 15/Sat 16 Mar) [ESL 15.3.19]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to this week’s ESL Preview piece, with added action in the Peter Butcher Trophy and Errington Cup this weekend.

 

 

Fri 15 Mar

Barkingside  v   Sporting Bengal Utd |  Cricklefield  |

Scott: The weekend’s action gets underway on Friday with the Peter Butcher Trophy taking centre stage. This Quarter-Final sees ‘Side face Bengal with both sides two matches away from the final at AFC Hornchurch’s Bridge Avenue. Barkingside got a huge victory at St Margaretsbury last weekend in league action to aid their battle against relegation. Bengal also got a fine win away from home, at Takeley last weekend to reach 50 league points once again. This could be quite a tie, who wants it more? I’ll go for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

 Saturday

 

Cups – Errington Cup Semi-Final
Clapton   v   West Essex     | Old Spotted Dog  |

 

Scott: The Stags have one of their biggest matches for some time as they travel to Clapton for this Errington Cup Semi-Final. The Tons lost heavily at home to Redbridge last weekend while West were held at Leyton Athletic last time out. Both sides can concede goals so it could come down to who performs better on the day. The Stags are no pushovers with their committed style though I’ll go for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Cups – Peter Butcher Quarter-Final

 

Tower Hamlets      v    Aveley Res   | Mile End  |

Scott: Hamlets welcome an Aveley second-string side that are breezing their way to the to the Reserve Division title. The hosts did fight back well to defeat Leyton on Monday night, following a home loss to Woodford 48 hours earlier. The Millers however have scored 16 goals in their last two league matches so don’t be surprised if they keep that knack up here. Might be a surprise in the offing here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

 

Essex Senior League
Hoddesdon Town   v   Stansted   | Venue: Lowfield  |

 

Scott: Stansted face a tricky trip to Lowfield to face another stubborn side in Hoddesdon. Hoddy gave Hullbridge a tough test before eventually falling to defeat last time out while Stansted powered past strugglers Southend Manor at Hargrave last weekend to keep top spot. Hoddy have the joint-fourth best defence in the league so I believe this match will be a test for the Airportmen and their free-scoring forwards. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

 

Hullbridge Sports    v    Southend Manor   | Chadfields (Tilbury FC)   |

Scott: Hullbridge face Manor in what could be another tough game in a match moved to Tilbury’s Chadfields surface, due to Lower Road being ‘out of commission’ because of the weather. Local derbies can knacker the ‘form book’ somewhat as we’ve seen this season, Stand-in boss James Wakeling will remain in ‘caretaker’ charge with boss Manning still banned although both will be ecstatic with a fine comeback win at Enfield in midweek. Manor could still do with points to confirm safety though defensively they will have to be sharp to repel the likes of Hornsley, Scarborough, Wright and new signing Yemi Adelani. ‘Bridge still need to play well though too though anything other than a home win will be considered a ‘slip-up’ by the home faithful.

 

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Leyton Athletic    v    Sawbridgeworth Town | Wadham Lodge Stadium  |

Scott:  Leyton entertain Sawbridgeworth in a match both sides could do with winning. Ath need the points to get off the bottom while Sawbo would surely like to finish the season well. Both teams got draws last weekend, Ath at home to West Essex while Sawbridgeworth surprised a few (yes, including us) by playing well in a draw at home to Saffron Walden. Ath lost at Hamlets in midweek as well as new boss Morgan LaForce continues to seek a turnaround in form. I’ll head for a narrow away win, despite Ath finding the net a little more often in recent games.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 
Saffron Walden Town   v    Enfield    | Catons Lane  |

Scott: Finally in a shortened league fixture list, Enfield face the tough task of heading to Catons Lane to face Saffron Walden. These two faced off only ten days ago though with Walden winning that particular battle though the Bloods haven’t quite been at their best in recent matches which sees them eight points adrift of top spot following that draw at Sawbridgeworth. Enfield’s form has been decent with only two losses in their last seven games though they will need to get the midweek home loss to Hullbridge ‘out of their systems’ pretty quick. Another bit of news is Dan Trendall has left Walden to join St Neots Town recently so we wish him well with that move up. Home win for me here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Match Report: Sporting Bengal 2 – 2 West Essex (West won 3 – 4 on Pens in Errington Cup – Wed 20 Feb) (ECC QF 21.2.19)

The Errington Challenge Cup – Quarter-Final

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 40

2018-19 Season: Match 52

Wednesday 20th February 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Sporting Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

West Essex: Yellow & Black Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Penalties sees West Essex through to Errington Cup Semi-Finals

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Players before KO (Image: Scott W)

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with added photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @wilkins_media)

The third of three midweek matches this week took me to Mile End for this hotly-anticipated Errington Challenge Cup Quarter-Final between top-seven side Sporting Bengal and mid-table West Essex. Sporting named a strong starting XI with Richard Robins in goal, playmaker Ashaan Siddik and front three of Steven Carvell, Mario Embalo and Curtley McIntosh, who scored four goals in a league match only days before. West Essex also showed they meany business with Jack Coker retaining the goalkeeper’s jersey, with a midfield of Samraj Gill, Callum Bloss and Joe Lefley supporting Hakim Medfai and Michael Mignot in attack.

It was the visitors who really got off to a flyer in this contest and broke the deadlock barely a minute in. A ball in from midfielder Callum Bloss was sent up for talismanic forward Michael Mignot to run onto. In doing just that, Mignot outpaced two Bengal defenders before slotting home well, low past Robins. The hosts were somewhat stunned as the Stags continued to have the better of the early knockings of this match, though Robins did well to deny Mignot on two separate occasions. Sporting started to came back into things as centre-back Kamarl Duncan’s header was parried well by West custodian Jack Coker.

Minutes later, Ashaan Siddik played in forward Mario Embalo who fired over the woodwork for the home side. Soon after, an error by visiting centre-back Nick Walk allowed Embalo in on goal though the Sporting forward was unable to keep the ball under control as Coker gathered at his feet before he could get a shot away.

Just shy of the half-hour, a brilliant run down the left flank by energetic midfielder Callum Bloss ended with a fine cross which found Mignot though he poked his effort wide. Kwame Kwateng’s side did get that crucial second goal eight minutes before half-time as Mignot slotted home very well from a narrowing angle.

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal  0 – 2  West Essex

As strong as West were at the start of the first-half, Sporting came out in the second period a different side and pulled a goal back on 53 minutes as a super ball in from the right wing found substitute Reside Coxi-Sebastiao who made no mistake from close range. Bengal continued to show their authority on the game though Coxi-Sebastiao fired over when one-on-one with Coker and centre-back Charles Gregory’s effort was straight at the Stags stopper midway through the second-half.

As we entered the latter stages of the 90, attacking midfielder Steven Carvell’s free-kick was well-parried away from immediate danger by Coker. A flash point came with twenty minutes remaining as West forward Hakim Medfai was dismissed for what was a adjudged to be a dangerous tackle on home skipper Duncan.  This further affected the visitors as there was a degree of tetchiness creeping in to the match.

The hosts did level things up with eight minutes to play as a peach of a cross from Carvell found Coxi-Sebastiao whose first effort rebounded off a post and then bundled it in on the second attempt from point-blank range. Bengal had a chance to win the tie in added-time as as another Carvell delivery found Embalo though the latter headed wide when well-placed. West had a half-chance as well seconds later as substitute Izzy Ogedy-Uzokwe headed back to Bloss who blazed his strike over.

After 90 Mins: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 West Essex

So, as the teams couldn’t be separated, the dreaded spot-kick lottery was required. Rokib Choudhury and substitute Codey Cameron netted the first two for Bengal while Callum Bloss and Michael Mignot responded in kind for West to leave it 2 – 2 after the first two kicks each. However, Mario Embalo and Symeon Taylor both missed their respective penalties so that score remained.

Charles Gregory and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe netted the next spot-kicks to make it 3 – 3 though crucially, Coxi-Sebastiao missed which allowed Nick Walk to strike the winning penalty to see West to the Semi-Finals to face Clapton.

Result: West Essex won 4 – 3 on penalties (2 – 2 after 90 mins)

In summary, both sides showed their strengths at times and it could’ve gone either way though Sporting will be disappointed with their start to the match. West may have been similarly disappointed that they didn’t have the match won by half-time though the attending fans certainly saw an enthralling Cup tie with twists & turns. Thanks to Sporting for their hospitality.

Teams

Sporting Bengal   | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Richard Robins (GK), Rokib Choudhury, Tanvir Ahmed, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Charles Gregory, Joshua Adeji, Bobby Redwood (Reside Coxi-Sebastiao 46’), Ashaan Siddik, Mario Embalo, Steven Carvell, Curtley McIntosh (Codey Cameron 73’)

Goal-scorers: Reside Coxi-Sebastiao [53’ & 82’]

Booked: Duncan, Siddik  | Subs Not Used:  Ngandu, R Gazi

West Essex    | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy (Capt), Emanuel Wazola, Nick Walk, Josh French, Sam McNally, Callum Bloss, Samraj Gill (Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 76’), Joe Lefley (Symeon Taylor 76’), Michael Mignot, Hakim Medfai

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [1’ & 37’]

Booked: Mignot, Hardy | Sent Off: Medfai | Subs Not Used: Bromfield, Matthews, Woodbridge

 

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 4 Saffron Walden Town (Fri 15 Feb) [ECC 16.2.19]

Errington Challenge Cup 2018 – 19: Quarter-Final

2018-19 Season: Match 47

Friday 15th February 2019 – 8pm KO

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 115

Barkingside: Purple Shirts, Purple Shorts, Purple Socks

Saffron Walden: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 


Walden outclass ‘Side to reach the last four of the Errington Challenge Cup

 

Report & Photo by Scott W  [Twitter: ScottMHC14]

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The opening match of this weekend saw Barkingside welcome Saffron Walden in this Errington Challenge Cup Quarter-Final on Friday night, attended by a hefty posse of Ground-hoppers and ESL luminaries. The hosts fielded a front two of Max Bolton and Isaac Marfo with Jamie Marsh and Derek O’Halem in central defence and Ryan Karrer continuing in goal. Walden showed their intentions before kick-off as new signing Scott Pethers joining Ryan Fleming in defence, Jack Isherwood in central midfield and just the small matter of Daniel Trendall, (& former Sky Blues) Charlie Portway and Lewis Francis in attack.

 

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Alex Goldstone being presented with his MOTM award (Image: Adam R)

Before the match, on behalf of the GFS team, I presented ‘Side boss Alex Goldstone with the ESL ‘Manager of the Month’ award for January.

The match had barely begun when Bloods forward Charlie Portway found himself eight yards out though his strike cannoned off a post. On the quarter-hour, strike partner Daniel Trendall unselfishly played in Portway though his strike was this time saved by home custodian Ryan Karrer. Two minutes later, Lewis Francis did round Karrer though he didn’t bank on centre-back Derek O’Halem’s good positioning as he blocked Francis’ effort on the goal-line. To be fair to the hosts, they held firm despite Walden building momentum & pressure, showing the guts they will need you feel in their present League predictament.

The hosts had a little of the ball going forward but in all honesty, they got little change out of the Walden back-line who were certainly up for the challenge. In the latter stages of the half, Walden struck twice to put themselves in a good position. First, livewire Daniel Trendall was well played in and he made no error, slotting home confidently past Karrer. And then right on the stroke of half-time, The Bloods were awarded a spot-kick, which Portway stepped up to take. Despite seeing him uncharacteristically missing one recently, you still had the feeling he’d strike and shock, horror – Portway made no mistake to double his side’s advantage.

Half-Time: Barkingside  0 – 2  Saffron Walden

Jason Maher’s side hardly took their ‘foot off the gas’ as less than a minute into the second half, they were three goals up. Portway continued his unquenchable thrust for goals as he broke free of the ‘Side defence, before rounding Karrer and slotting home calmly. Walden saved the best goal for last though as only four minutes later, centre-back Scott Pethers’ stunning over-head kick flew past Karrer and into the roof of the net. After a sedate passage of play which highlighted where the result was going, Walden did keep going with substitute James Crane driving down the right flank and Francis continuing to strive to create oppurtunities as well on the opposite flank. Late on, substitute Ronnie Ledwith made a good darting run through the middle before his strike was saved by Karrer’s legs. ‘Side will have better evenings going forward though in Max Bolton, they had a quick striker who kept the Walden defence alert at times here.

At the end of the evening, there was no doubt who deserved the win though ‘Side will have to re-focus quickly as they entertain Walthamstow on Monday night. Saffron Walden go on to the semi-finals and they will take some stopping.

Full-Time: Barkingside  0 – 4   Saffron Walden

Teams

Barkingside   | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Ryan Karrer (GK), Abdul Musah, Edward Lang (Shaquain Maisara 60′), Harry Matthews (Capt), Jamie Marsh, Derek O’Halem, Dan Jones, Joe Oates, Max Bolton, Isaac Marfo, Darnell Goather-Braithwaite

Subs Not Used: Nascimento, Woodward | Booked: Lang, Marsh, O’Halem, Matthews

 

Saffron Walden Town   |   Manager: Jason Maher

Nicholas Eyre (GK), Spike Bell, Jack Mead, Ryan Fleming (Capt), Scott Pethers, Karolis Atutis (Ronnie Ledwith 55′), Craig Calver, Jack Isherwood (Tony Da Silva 49′), Daniel Trendall (James Crane 61′), Charlie Portway, Lewis Francis

Goal-scorers: Dan Trendall [38′], Charlie Portway [pen 45′ & 46′], Scott Pethers [50′]

Subs Not Used: Crowther, Maher