Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 15 Feb) [ESL 19/20 16.2.20]

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Written by Scott W 

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 14th January & Saturday 15th February.

Friday 14 January

Woodford Town 3 – 0  Stansted  | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Att: 78

Woodford got their second win inside four days as they defeated ten-man Stansted late on at the Harlow Arena. The Airportmen had a setback to contend with when playmaker Ashaan Siddik was sent off with 18 minutes remaining. The Towners soon took advantage as Yemi Adelani opened the scoring on 75 minutes, and got a second six minutes from time to give Joe Gadsdon & Roy Darbo’s team a comfortable lead. Eddy Mombanza made the points safe with a third for the hosts, two minutes from the end to see Woodford go up to 11th in the table. Stansted’s incredible 12-match winning run may be over though they are in 6th spot, level on points with Takeley just above them.

Saturday 15 February    –   Essex Senior

Enfield  2 – 2  Tower Hamlets  | Woodside  | Att: 71

The E’s were pegged back late on by a resilient Hamlets side at Woodside. Things started positively for Matt Hanning’s side as Rob Hodgson put Enfield ahead on 19 minutes. Ben Bradbury doubled that advantage with 52 minutes on the watch with a well-taken finish. Hamlets finished the stronger and halved their deficit thanks to replacement Suaibo Balde’s spot-kick from 12 yards with 15 minutes yet to play. Bishop Lutula then promptly levelled five minutes later to claim a hard-earned point for John Jatto’s side. In reality, the point does neither side much good, with Enfield second-bottom and Hamlets remaining a point above them in third-bottom, having played a game more.

Fellow Non-League writer Matt North was at the match & here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/15/match-report-enfield-fc-2-2-tower-hamlets-esl-19-20-15-02-20/

Sporting Bengal Utd  3 – 4  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Mile End  | Att: 35

Sawbridgeworth got a big win at Mile End with victory over Sporting Bengal in what was an extraordinary match. Sawbridgeworth broke the deadlock through loanee Cabham Clarke, who was playing as a forward rather than his usual goalkeeping spot. Fair play Cabham. Bengal did level before half-time through hotshot Curtley McIntosh though the drama hardly ended there. Substitute Adil Haque put Imrul Gazi’s team ahead eight minutes into the second-half. Newcomer Leroy Hlabi equalised again for Sawbo, before Haque smashed in a 30+ yard free-kick to make it 3 – 2 to Bengal. Hlabi got his second to make it level-pegging again before the crucial winner for Town was struck by substitute Kasper Borowicz who reacted first after a penalty was saved by Bengal custodian Ataib Khan.

All in all, Sawbo ended a twelve-match winless run with this morale-boosting triumph whilst Bengal sit in 14th spot, four points above the top three.

 

Matches OFF:
Hadley  P – P  Walthamstow
Hashtag Utd  P – P  Hoddesdon Town
Redbridge  P – P Cockfosters

Takeley  P – P  West Essex

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 7/Sat 8 Feb) [ESL 19/20 9.2.20]

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Written by Scott W 

Hello and welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action & one Peter Butcher Trophy tie, from Friday 7th February & Saturday 8th February.

Friday 7 January – Peter Butcher Trophy Round Two

Woodford Town 1 – 4  Clapton  | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Att: 45

Clapton continued their recent good form to advance to the next round of the Peter Butcher Trophy with victory at Woodford. Asher Modeste got a brace, which was added to by Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Abdus Salami as Julian Charles’ team got another good win. Kieran Hughes-Mason got the solitary response for Joe Gadsdon & Roy Darbo’s side though their focus will be on the league for the remainder of the season.

Saturday 8 February    –   Essex Senior

Cockfosters 0 – 0 Takeley  | Chalk Lane  | Att: 63

Takeley’s efforts to keep pace with the four were stifled by a Cockfosters who could have pinched all three points in this stalemate at Chalk Lane. Marc Das’ side remain in fifth, unbeaten in their last four matches though other results mean they are being caught by neighbours Stansted just behind them. The ‘Fosters drop to eighth after this result and despite only losing one of their last six outings, they are vulnerable to being caught up by Hoddesdon and West Essex just behind them.

 

Enfield  0 – 2  Hadley   | Woodside | Att: 77

The Bricks produced a good display to attain their second win in their last five with victory at Woodside. Goals by Emmanuel Hammond [43’] and Yemi Buraimoh on 63 minutes were enough for Anthony Clark’s side to get the points at go four points clear in fourth spot. The E’s brought in Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley on dual terms this week as they remain second-bottom.

Fellow Non-League writer Matt North was at this match and here is the link to his report: https://mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/match-report-enfield-vs-hadley-esl-19-20-08-02-20/

Hoddesdon Town  3 – 3  West Essex   | Lowfield | Att: 89

The Lilywhites were held by a youthful West Essex side that fielded four of their Under-18 side in this contest. It was the Stags who took a two-goal lead early-doors as Cameron Gray [9’] and Joel Lamb on the quarter-hour put them in a strong position. Hoddesdon, who saw forward Isaac Marfo-Jacobs depart for Isthmian North side Witham Town this week, responded through recent signing Harry Bushell on 16 minutes. Aaron Ramthor made the score level at 2 – 2 just four minutes later. Harry Andic turned the game in the hosts’ favour eight minutes before the break.

 

After weathering the storm, West did pick up a point in a terrific encounter as target-man Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe netted ten minutes from time to ensure they’ve only lost one of their last five matches as they remain tenth. Simon Riddle’s side remain a place and fur points above them in ninth.

 

Ilford  2 – 0  Southend Manor  | Cricklefield | Att: 55

The Foxes got the points to move further clear of the bottom four with victory over Manor at Cricklefield. Larry Akanbi got the opener against his former club on 25 minutes. It was another ex-Manor player who ended up sealing the contest as Jordon Fisher netted 15 minutes from time to rise up to 12th spot. Manor remain in 16th spot, just three points ahead of the bottom two.

 

St Margaretsbury  0 – 2  Redbridge   | The Rec | Att: 29

Redbridge got their second straight clean sheet in all competitions with a decent win at struggling St Margaretsbury. Hassan Nalbant put the visitors ahead on 20 minutes, to which Charlie Portway got a second goal [64’] which gave Micky Wetherall’s side the impetus to rise to seventh spot after their seventh win in their last ten league matches. St Mags’ winless stretch now sits at eleven matches as they remain 15th.

Stansted  2 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Hargrave Park | Att: 268

The Airportmen made it 11 straight league wins with a fine victory over leaders Saffron Walden Town in the Uttlesford derby. John Clarke put the hosts ahead right on half-time, before Ryan Ramsay made it two just four minutes after the restart. Substitute Nathan Scarborough halved the deficit for the Bloods with 57 minutes played though the ‘Blue Brazil’ held on for a famous win, in front of over 250 fans at Hargrave Park, which sees them reduce the gap to Takeley in fifth to three points with a game in hand. Walden’s impressive 13-match unbeaten run is over as they conceded ground to rivals Walthamstow and Hashtag Utd in the title race.

Walthamstow  4 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 57

Finally for this weekend, Walthamstow produced a professional display to outmatch Sawbridgeworth at Wadham Lodge. Lewis Francis got the ball rolling with another brace [23’ & 36’] and as ever, Dwade James also got on the score-sheet on 38 minutes for his 25th league goal this season. New signing Michael Toner added a powerful strike for the fourth goal ten minutes from time as ‘Stow got their fifth win in their last six to leapfrog Hashtag Utd into second place, just two points behind leaders Saffron Walden with two matches in hand on the Bloods. The hard run goes on for Sawbo, as they remain bottom after nine straight defeats.

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.

Match Report: Ilford 2 – 2 Walthamstow (Wed 29 Jan) [ESL 30.1.20]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 65

2019-20 Season: Match 54

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – 7.45pm KO

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

 Walthamstow: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

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Players pre-KO [Image: Scott W]

Ilford battle to hold ‘Stow at Cricklefield

Ilford 2 – 2 Walthamstow

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

A return to midweek action in the Essex Senior took me back to Cricklefield to see mid-table Ilford face Walthamstow, in what was the first match since former boss Ryan Maxwell departed last week. Ilford named Joe Taylor in goal, with Dominic Wynter-Stephens and Ahmed Mohammed in central midfield and a front two of Alfie Walker and Larry Akanbi. Saeed Yusuf and Andre Embalo were among the options from the bench for Jonny Fowell’s side. Walthamstow were guided by the dug-out by the club’s owner I understand. James Bransgrove was once again between the sticks, with a defence in front of him of full-backs Charlie Yexley and Kyan Gulliver and centre-backs Jamie Bennett & Vinny Murphy. The attack-minded front three were skipper Dwade James, Callum Ibe and Lewis Francis with Emiel Aiken, Samrai Gebrai and Danny McCullock all on the bench.

The match began with ‘Stow having early chances on goal. Only four minutes into the contest, a defensive slip-up by the Foxes handed Walthamstow forward Lewis Francis a one-on-one chance with home stopper Joe Taylor though Francis’ stinging drive was well parried away by the goalkeeper. Minutes later, strike partner Dwade James saw Taylor off his line and tried to lob him from 35 yards away, and the ball only narrowly evaded the goal frame.

The visitors continued to be in the ascendency and Callum Ibe was his usual self, looking a threat in possession and looking to bypass defenders. Ibe also had a good effort denied by Taylor after perhaps initially misjudging the path of the shot, though the stopper did well to prevent it sailing low into the corner. The chances shelled by ‘Stow were costly as Ilford broke the deadlock with twenty minutes on the clock. Dominic Wynter-Stephens’s flick-on evaded the visiting defence into the path of centre-back Jordan Fisher who got a tap-in from close range.

As the half-hour mark approached, Ilf had another half-chance as winger Noel Omondi’s header was gathered by visiting goalkeeper James Bransgrove just under his own crossbar. ‘Stow did level a couple of minutes later as James did well to find Francis who tucked the ball away low past Taylor with aplomb.  Five minutes before half-time, Foxes forward Alfie Walker had to be stretchered off with a bad knee injury, we sincerely wish him well in his recovery.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 1  Walthamstow

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The second half began with a early chance for the visitors though Dwade James’ cross-shot evaded Francis at the back post and harmlessly drifted wide. Walthamstow would not be denied though as on 52 minutes, a free-kick was awarded in a promising position, 20 yards out. Francis stepped up and curled in a well-struck effort into the left-side corner, out of the grasp of Taylor. Even so, ‘Stow were not quite their usual miserly selves in defence as just past the hour, a rare mix-up at the back presented Ilford forward Larry Akanbi with a good chance to strike, though Bransgrove denied his firm strike with strong hands.

With 15 minutes remaining, Vinny Murphy saw a decent free-kick gathered by Taylor though the scoring was rounded out soon after as a corner by full-back Foday Jaiteh got caught up in the swirling wind and evaded everyone and cured into the far corner of the net.

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Full-Time: Ilford  2 – 2  Walthamstow

So the points were shared, a result the Walthamstow contingent will likely see as ‘two points dropped’ though it also represents an ‘end of an era’ in some ways as several players announced post-match that they were moving on to pastures new. Credit to Ilford though who came back well and will see this as a decent point in their quest to rise up the table.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the Foxes, centre-back Jordan Fisher and midfielder Dominic Wynter-Stephens were heavily involved and did well. Winger Chris Magangu and forward Larry Akanbi also stood out being good going forward. For ‘Stow, striker Lewis Francis put in a good performance and his free-kick for the second goal was a classy one. Vinny Murphy also put in a very good showing at the back, whilst Callum Ibe also gave the home defence a headache with this pace and dribbling. ‘Keeper James Bransgrove also made a number of good saves too to deny the hosts all three points. Best wishes to both sides for the rest of the season.

 

Teams

Ilford | Manager: Jonny Fowell | Assistants: Darren Gosnell & Adam Peek

1 Joe Taylor (GK), 2 Tyson Talanya, 3 Foday Jaiteh, 4 Dominic Wynter-Stephens, 15 Ryan Cosson, 6 Jordan Fisher, 7 Chris Magangu (14 Chris Cordara-Soares 82’), 8 Ahmed Mohammed, 9 Larry Akanbi, 10 Alfie Walker (18 Saeed Yusuf 43’), 11 Noel Omondi (16 Andre Embalo 58’)

Goal-scorers: Jordan Fisher [20’], Foday Jaiteh  [77’]

Subs Not Used: Antoniou, Charles  | Booked: Wynter-Stephens

 

Walthamstow |  Stand-in Manager: Lee Doherty

1 James Bransgrove (GK), 2 Charlie Yexley, 3 Kyan Gulliver, 4 Jack Folan, 5 Jamie Bennett, 6 Vinny Murphy, 7 Joel Brown (12 Emiel Aiken 60’), 8 Benji Crilley (14 Danny McCullock 80’), 9 Dwade James (Capt), 10 Callum Ibe, 11 Lewis Francis (16 Samrai Gebrai 72’)

Goal-scorers: Lewis Francis [32’ & 52’]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Douglas

Referee: Liam Giles

Assistant Referees: Cliff Everett & Gavin Bailey

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 24/Sat 25 Jan) [ESL 19/20 26.1.20]

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Archive Image from Hashtag v Redbridge on Sat 18 Jan [Image: Scott W]
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 24th/Saturday 25th January. Thanks for reading.

Friday 24 January

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Southend Manor   | Mile End  | Att: 35

The round-up this weekend starts with a stalemate at Mile End, as Hamlets were held by relegation rivals Southend Manor. Grant Frances netted for Manor just shy of the half-hour though Hamlets restored parity before half-time through Enock  Seganile and neither side could find a winner. Hamlets remain fourth-bottom on 20 points, still a point ahead & a place ahead of Manor in 17th.

 

Woodford Town  1 – 3  Hashtag Utd   | Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 198

In front a hefty crowd at the Harlow Arena, Hashag cemented their top-three position with another treasured three points. Tom Anderson got the opener with only two minutes on the clock. Woodford showed their battling qualities by levelling things on the half-hour through Reece Antione-DaCosta’s strike. The Tags grasped back the lead just before the interval as George Smith netted his 14th league goal of the season. The match was only settled in added-time as Smith netted from the spot after rapid winger Joshua Osude was felled in the area. Jay Devereux’s side have won their last four matches and go into second spot, five points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden with three matches more to play than the Bloods. Woodford drop to 12th but showed enough to suggest that their form will improve in short order.

 

Saturday 25 January   

Enfield  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Woodside | Att: 81

This tense battle at Woodside came alive after the interval. Redbridge took the lead through a James Barlow strike on 71 minutes. Two late goals from Prince Adeyemi for the E’s and one from Taylor Tombides for the Motormen meant that Micky Wetherall’s side got the ‘W’ in his 400th match as a manager. Keep on going, Micky. Enfield’s relentless dearth of luck continues as it’s ten matches without a win as they remain second-bottom, though they do have games in hand on all the rival sides immediately above them. The Motormen rise to eighth now, only two points behind Stansted in sixth.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 1  Cockfosters   | Lowfield  | Att: 101

Cockfosters were denied a narrow win late on at Hoddesdon showed their battling qualities on-the-pitch again at Lowfield. Ned Clarke put Ryan Wade’s side ahead three minutes after the restart though it wasn’t enough to carry them to the win. Adam Bushell’s injury-time goal kept Simon Riddle’s team from defeat though they still slipped to ninth. The ‘Fosters have lost only one of their last five games and stay seventh.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 5  Clapton   | Crofters  | Att: 36

The Tons overcame a gutsy Sawbridgeworth side to claim a fourth win in their last six matches at Crofters. Jaydon Charles put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes, though they were pegged back ten minutes later as Kacper Borowicz struck for Lee Mackman’s team. Christian Londono restored the Tons’ lead on the hour though again the plucky hosts pushed for a leveller at got one, as Ethan Barton netted with 66 minutes on the watch to make it 2 – 2.

However, two goals in the ten minutes broke the home resistance as substitute Asher Modeste [68’] and Nana Boakye-Yiadom [75’] put the visitors in a strong position, and rounded out the scoring with five minutes to play through Diemar Queni to elevate themselves up to 11th, eight points clear of the bottom two and heighten Sawbo’s relegation worries at the same time. Seven straight losses for Sawbo now means that they need wins, and quickly to evade the danger-zone.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   0 – 3   Saffron Walden Town   | Mile End | Att: 54

Saffron Walden continued their irrepressible recent form with a victory over Bengal at Mile End. The hosts made it tough though Jack Isherwood put the Bloods ahead in first-half added-time. Jason Maher’s side did eventually confirm the points as a late double from one of the stars of the season in Gavin Cockman [87’ & 90’+5] made it ten wins in their last 12 matches for the Bloods, who lead by five points at the top. Bengal’s third loss in their last four sees them drop to 14th and are only three points clear of the bottom three.

 

Stansted  P – P   Hadley   |  Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

 

Takeley  3 – 2  St Margaretsbury   | Station Road  | Att: 76

Takeley celebrated their return to Station Road with a comeback win over out-of-form St Margaretsbury. Kyle Roberts put the visitors in a strong early position with a brace, first from twelve yards with six minutes played and then with an 18th-minute strike. Charncey Dash halved the arrears for the hosts, seven minutes before the break. Dash then levelled the match a 63rd minute penalty of his own to make it two for him and his team before Elliott Long got the winner, ten minutes from time to give the hosts their 13th win this term and cut the deficit to Hadley in 4th to two points. St Mags’ dry run continues as they drop to 13th.

 

West Essex  1 – 0  Ilford    | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 33

West ended a tough week with a tight win over fellow mid-table side Ilford at Mayesbrook. Michael Mignot was once again the hero for the hosts getting the only goal six minutes before half-time to elevate the Stags up to tenth in the table. The Foxes drop to 15th after an altogether frustrating afternoon for them.

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 24/Sat 25 Jan) [ESL 19/20 23.1.20]

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Image from Hashtag v Redbridge last weekend [ Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another round of the semi-regular Preview piece here on my blog, looking at the action coming up this coming weekend with big games at both ends of the division.

Essex Senior

Friday 24 January

 

Tower Hamlets  v  Southend Manor   | Mile End

The action starts at Mile End as Hamlets welcome Manor in what is a big match for both sides. Hamlets have continued to show promise though form-wise, they have won two of their last eight matches after a gut-wrenchingly narrow loss to Saffron Walden at the weekend and are only a point & one place above Manor before this one. Manor have won one of their last eight themselves after a disappointing home loss to West Essex last weekend and a decisive result in either side’s favour here may bring the sides above them back into the battle to avoid relegation.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Woodford Town  v  Hashtag Utd   | Harlow Arena [3G]

The other match on Friday sees in-form Hashtag travel to Harlow to face Woodford Town. The Tags are in fine form of late with seven wins in their last eight outings after a fine win at home to Redbridge last weekend. Jay Devereux’s side are looking to get back into the top two with the points here ahead of Saturday’s matches. However, Woodford are not a side to be discounted as they look to break a run of eight matches without a win recently. Roy Darbo & Joe Gadsdon’s side are looking to get back into the top ten in front of what’s expected to be a good crowd. Also, the match will have live commentary by recent additions to the Non-League media circle @FoghornAndMoore (follow them on Twitter).

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Saturday 25 January   

Enfield  v  Redbridge   | Woodside

Saturday’s run-down of the fixtures begins at Woodside as Enfield face Redbridge. The E’s have fallen down to second-bottom after a disappointing run of nine matches without that treasured ‘W’. Matt Hanning’s side were last in action two weeks back with a loss at Sporting Bengal but before that they drew at Hoddesdon. Redbridge have also had a contrasting week, as last weekend they lost heavily at Hashtag though the Motormen responded in some style with a big win over Sawbridgeworth in a ten-goal thriller in midweek.  Micky Wetherall’s team are looking to fortify themselves in the top ten and the E’s have a tough assignment to keep their forwards quiet.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

 

Hoddesdon Town  v  Cockfosters   | Lowfield

Cockfosters travel to Lowfield to face Hoddesdon. Simon Riddle’s side lost out to Walthamstow in their last match two weeks ago, though they are still tough to beat with only two losses in their last seven matches, residing in eighth before this weekend. Cockfosters are in decent form themselves with four wins in their last seven in the league and they narrowly lost at Saffron Walden in their midweek Gordon Brasted Semi-Final. Tough one to call, can see this being another draw with both being good attack-minded sides.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Clapton   | Crofters

Two of the bottom five face off at Crofters with Sawbridgeworth entertaining Clapton. Sawbridgeworth have suffered heavy defeats to Hashtag and Redbridge in their last two league matches though they are scoring as well. The Tons started well but ultimately lost out at home to Walthamstow in midweek.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   v   Saffron Walden Town   | Mile End

Bengal welcome Saffron Walden back to Mile End with both sides in need of points for different reasons. Imrul Gazi’s side were beaten at home by Hadley last weekend while Walden got narrow wins over Tower Hamlets and Cockfosters in League & Cup matches in the last week. Walden have won nine of their last eleven league matches and Jason Maher’s side are currently three points clear at the top of the Essex Senior. Bengal are one of four sides on 22 points before Friday’s action and with the gap to second-bottom Enfield being six points at present, they will want to avert a further drop down the table here. I can see this being a good match though Walden will take some stopping. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Stansted  v  Hadley   |  Hargrave Park

A big game at Hargrave Park awaits as Stansted entertain Hadley. Stansted’s last league match was two weeks ago where they won narrowly at St Margaretsbury. Their best-ever league winning run of nine matches is under threat here as the Bricks have only lost two matches all season. In the last week or so, Anthony Clark’s side have grabbed big wins over Sporting Bengal & Ilford though are still eight points off the top three with matches in hand. This could well be the match of the weekend and with a doubt coming in regarding Hadley’s form away from Brickfield Lane, a win here would go a long way to confirming a top-five finish for certain this term.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

 

Takeley  v  St Margaretsbury   | Station Road

This local derby sees St Mags make the trip to Takeley. The hosts have been affected by postponements of late though have only had one loss in their last seven games, with Marc Das’ side currently in 5th. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side are in the midst of a tough run though did end a seven-match losing run in midweek when they held West Essex at the Rec. St Mags sit 13th and are one of the clutch of four teams on 22 points so positive results are much sought-after. Have a feeling the hosts may well be revved up though as they seek to keep pace with the top four.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

West Essex  v  Ilford    | Mayesbrook Park

West have their third match in eight days as they face Ilford at Mayesbrook Park. Kwame Kwateng’s side have had an interesting last two matches as they went out on spot-kicks in the Gordon Brasted Trophy to Stansted in last week before a good win at Southend Manor last weekend which took them up to tenth in what is a congested bottom half of the table. Ilford have only lost one of their last six league matches though lost at Hadley in the Errington Cup in midweek. The Foxes are only two points behind the Stags and both teams are capable, the question is can West continue their impetus following their return to competitive action.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Match Report: Hashtag Utd 4 – 1 Redbridge (Sat 18th Jan) [ESL 19/20 19.1.20]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Chadfields

Attendance: 190

2019 – 20 Season: Match 52

Saturday 18th January 2020 – 3pm KO

Hashtag Utd: Yellow & Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Hashtag overwhelm Redbridge to claim another fine win

Hashtag Utd 4 – 1 Redbridge

 

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

– Non-League & ESL Writer

 

On another weather-affected weekend in the Essex Senior, I made the trip to Chadfields to see promotion-chasing Hashtag Utd face fellow form outfit Redbridge. Jay Devereux named a very strong side with Louis Hawes in goal, a back four of Simon Peddie, Jack Martin, and centre-backs Farai Tsingano & Luke Wilson and forwards Kris Newby and the prolific George Smith. Their bench was filled with experience with Harry Honesty, Neil Richmond, Ryan Adams, Joshua Osude and goalkeeper Tim Pitman all there. Redbridge are continuing to look for a top-ten finish this term, and they named a back four of Jack Blackledge, Jordayne Henry with centre-backs being Joe Maskell and Dean Hall. Hassan Nalbant led the line with support from skipper Tom Harvey and Kurt Smith. Liam Burgess, Charles Opoku and Charleston Browne were among the options from the sidelines.

It was the Tags who did start the match on a strong footing, with leading scorer George Smith having two efforts on goal though he couldn’t beat visiting goalkeeper Florent Gislette. The chances continued to come for Jay Devereux’s side as on seven minutes a brisk strike from 25 yards from recent signing Tom Anderson fizzed wide of the target. As we approached the midway stage of the half, a peach of a cross by right-back Simon Peddie found Anderson though his header went just wide. Redbridge were dealing with balls coming into their penalty box in the air though struggled to contain the pace and purpose of the Hashtag attacks. With 26 minutes on the watch, following yet another Tags corner, winger Albert Keith’s pass fed midfielder Samraj Gill and after evading oncoming defenders, he could only blaze over the woodwork.

The Motormen gradually had some possession and did launch a few forays forward themselves, with forward Hassan Nalbant doing well to carve out a half-yard of space on the ‘ark of the D’ before curling a well-struck effort agonizingly wide of home custodian Louis Hawes’ far post, ten minutes before half-time. Nalbant also did well to ghost in at the far post though lost his footing on a heavy pitch at the crucial moment. Hashtag did deservingly take the lead with 37 minutes played as a searching long ball wasn’t dealt with by Gislette who mistimed his leap to clear and although the visitors may have felt he was impeded, the ball looped over the ‘keeper with George Smith able to strike home into an empty net from about 12 yards out.

It could’ve been better before the break for the hosts as a bullet header by Anderson was well kept out by Gislette though Smith incredibly skied the rebound over when well-placed to strike. Also before the interval, a hefty challenge meant Tags midfield stalwart Ricky Evans had to be substituted with what was revealed later to be a broken arm, we wish him well in his recovery and it ended up being his last game for the club unfortunately.

Half-Time: Hashtag Utd  1 – 0 Redbridge

Any nerves among the home fans here soon dampened as they were awarded a spot-kick two minutes after the restart, with rapid winger Joshua Osude bundled over in the box. Smith stepped up to blast home into the top corner to extend Hashtag’s lead. The visitors didn’t settle and conceded again four minutes later as the impressive Keith got in ahead of the visiting defence and Gislette and his low lob found its way into the corner, keeping ahead of a covering defender. Hashtag were in command at this point though credit to the Motormen as they pulled one goal back five minutes later as a fierce strike from 20 yards by midfielder Connor Okus beat Hawes and gave them a glimmer of hope in the match.

That ‘glimmer’ didn’t last long though as on 62 minutes, Smith again got the better of the Redbridge defence and although his first effort was well-saved by Gislette, the ball cannoned back to the Hashtag forward and the rebound flew unstoppably into the top corner of the net. As the clock wore on to the last fifteen minutes, the sheer energy expended was starting to tell on the visitors and after a full-scale brawl ensued, Redbridge skipper Tom Harvey was dismissed, along with several bookings for both sides.

Hashtag spent the last ten minutes or so of this contest looking to improve their margin of victory though Gill couldn’t get the better of Gislette when one-on-one and skewed an effort wide. Osude also found himself in on goal with only Gislette to bypass two minutes afterward, though also blasted over. The final chance of note was on the stroke of the ninety as Osude’s neat cross found debutant Kris Newby who could only fire wide for Hashtag, though overall it was a more than promising display by the hosts, who moved above Walthamstow into second spot with this win, five points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden.

Full-Time: Hashtag Utd  4 – 1 Redbridge

To summarise, the match was a tad scrappy in the first half though Hashtag still had more chances which they couldn’t quite convert. Unfortunately for the visitors, they could not withstand the pace and finishing of Hashtag in the opening salvos of the second half and it could have been a more convincing score-line as the tension ramped up in the latter stages. For the Tags, George ‘Smudger’ Smith grabbed another treble to add to an already fine campaign thus far, though full-back Simon Peddie, winger Albert Keith, tricky midfielder Samraj Gill and centre-back Farai Tsingano all had good games too. For Redbridge, striker Hassan Nalbant made his presence felt and on another day could’ve had a fine goal. Connor Okus also impressed in midfield, as did the backline who stubbornly resisted in the first period.

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of the season. It looks undeniable that the Tags will be in the mix again for another elevation in the next few months.

 

Teams

Hashtag Utd   | Manager: Jay Devereux     | Assistant: Joe Keith

1 Louis Hawes (GK), 2 Simon Peddie, 3 Jack Martin, 4 Farai Tsingano, 5 Luke Wilson, 6 Ricky Evans (Capt) (12 Joshua Osude 43’), 7 Albert Keith (9 Ryan Adams  81’), 8 Tom Anderson, 15 Samraj Gill, 14 Kris Newby, 10 George Smith

Goal-scorers: George Smith [37’, (pen) 47’ & 62’], Albert Keith [51’]

Booked: Evans, Newby, Martin   | Subs Not Used: Honesty, Pitman (GK)

 

Redbridge    | Manager: Micky Wetherall   | Assistant: Richard Oxby

1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Jack Blackledge (12 Charles Opoku 52’), 3 Jordayne Henry, 4 Harvey Brown, 5 Joe Maskell, 6 Dean Hall, 7 Kurt Smith (16 Charleston Browne 69’), 8 Connor Okus, 9 Hassan Nalbant, 10 Tom Harvey (Capt), 11 James Barlow (14 Liam Burgess 62’)

Goal-scorers: Connor Okus [56’]

Booked: Smith, Nalbant, Maskell, Henry | Sent Off: Harvey | Subs Not Used: Tuitt, Abiola

Referee: Graham Swanton