The FA Vase 2018-19: First Round Qualifying Draw (FAV 6.7.18)

Compiled by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the draw for the First Round Qualifying for the 2018-19 FA Vase, which starts on weekend of the 1st September. The winners will grab £550 in prize money with the losers obtaining £175.

The FA Vase 2018-19: First Round Qualifying Draw



1 Alnwick Town v Charnock Richard

2 Stokesley SC v Guisborough Town

3 Holker Old Boys v Prestwich Heys

4 Goole v Barnoldswick Town

5 Whickham v Jarrow

6 West Allotment Celtic v Yorkshire Amateur

7 Darlington Railway Athletic v Bedlington Terriers

8 Chester-Le-Street Town v Sunderland Ryhope CW

9 Esh Winning v Whitley Bay

10 Bishop Auckland v Newton Aycliffe

11 North Shields v Consett

12` Daisy Hill v Whitehaven

13 Harrogate Railway Athletic v Silsden

14 Thackley v Thornaby

15 Dunston UTS v Heaton Stannington

16 Team Northumbria v Garforth Town

17 Billingham Town v Campion

18 Blyth v Crook Town

19 Billingham Synthonia v Knaresborough Town

20 Durham City v Seaham Red Star

21 Eccleshill United v Hebburn Town

22 Northallerton Town v Willington

23 Lower Breck v West Didsbury & Chorlton

24 Longridge Town v Vauxhall Motors

25 Worksop Town v Grimsby Borough

26 Burscough v Alsager Town

27 Wythenshawe Town v Rylands

28 Winsford United v Liversedge

29 Maltby Main v Ashton Athletic

30 Ashton Town v St Helens Town

31 Barton Town v AFC Liverpool

32 AFC Blackpool v Nostell MW

33 Sandbach United v Athersley Recreation

34 Shelley v Penistone Church

35 AFC Emley v Litherland Remyca

36 Swallownest v Abbey Hey

37 Cammell Laird 1907 v Harworth Colliery

38 Armthorpe Welfare v Worsbrough Bridge Athletic

39 Parkgate v Chadderton

40 Congleton Town v Bootle

41 Selby Town v Stavely MW

42 Kirby Muxloe v Brocton

43 Nuneaton Griff v Coton Green

44 Littleton v Lichfield City

45 Coventry Sphinx v Sporting Khalsa

46 FC Stratford v Bewdley Town

47 Abbey Hulton United v Whitchurch Alport

48 AFC Bridgnorth v Wolverhampton Casuals

49 Ellesmere Rangers v Birstall United Social

50 Rugby Borough v Malvern Town

51 Stafford Town v Wednesfield

52 Droitwich Spa v Coventry United

53 Boldmere St Michaels v GNP Sports

54 Heather St Johns v Rocester

55 Rugby Town H – W Team Dudley**

(**Team Dudley not accepted into Competition)

56 Racing Club Warwick v Pegasus Juniors

57 Melton Town v Ingles

58 Lutterworth Athletic v Cradley Town

59 Wellington FC v St Martins

60 Dudley Sports v Shawbury United

61 Coventry Copsewood v Eccleshall

62 NKF Burbage v Lutterworth Town

63 Gornal Athletic v Stone Old Alleynians

64 Wellington Amateurs H – W Ellistown

(**Ellistown not accepted into Competition)

65 Heath Hayes v Shifnal Town

66 Dudley Town v Bardon Hill

67 Pershore Town v Hanley Town

68 Ashby Ivanhoe v Friar Lane & Epworth

69 Bolehall Swifts v Tipton Town

70 Haughmond v Saffron Dynamo

71 Gedling MW v Ilkeston Town

72 Rainworth MW v Teversal

73 Newark Flowserve v Harrowby United

74 Leicester Road v Bottesford Town

75 Loughborough University v West Bridgford

76 Ollerton Town v New Mills

77 Skegness Town v Clay Cross Town

78 Anstey Nomads v Eastwood Community

79 Borrowash Victoria v Hucknall Town

80 Clifton All Whites v Belper United

81 Blidworth Welfare v Blaby & Whetstone Athletic

82 Clipstone v Aylestone Park

83 South Normanton Athletic v St Andrews

84 Oadby Town v Sherwood Colliery

85 Dunkirk v Stapenhill

86 Quorn v Retford United

87 Holwell Sports v Pinxton

88 Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Kimberley Miners Welfare

89 Radford v Selston

90 Framlingham Town v Wisbech St Mary

91 Deeping Rangers v Blackstones

92 Woodbridge Town v Eynesbury Rovers

93 Gorleston v Boston Town

94 Peterborough Northern Star v Fakenham Town

95 Walsham Le Willows v Diss Town

96 Newmarket Town v Downham Town

97 Bourne Town v March Town United

98 Huntingdon Town v Wroxham

99 Ely City v Norwich United

100 Stotfold v Wadham Lodge

101 St Margaretsbury v Hadleigh United

102 Newbury Forest v Wivenhoe Town

103 Wormley Rovers v Biggleswade United

104 Enfield Borough v Halstead Town

105 Clapton v Woodford Town 2017

106 May & Baker Eastbrook Community v Burnham Ramblers

107 Stanway Rovers v White Ensign

108 Baldock Town v Long Melford

109 Haverhill Rovers v Ilford

110 Holland v Cornard United

111 Walthamstow v Takeley

112 Langford v Tower Hamlets

113 Southend Manor v Ipswich Wanderers

114 Stansted v Brantham Athletic

115 London Colney v Cockfosters

116 Whitton United v Hatfield Town

117 British Airways v Harefield United

118 Rothwell Corinthians v CB Hounslow United

119 Spelthorne Sports v Northampton On Chenecks

120 FC Deportivo Galicia v London Tigers

121 Sandhurst Town v Kensington Borough

122 Wellingborough Whitworth v Bugbrooke St Michaels

123 Hanworth Villa v Bedford

124 Ampthill Town v Edgware Town

125 Broadfields United v Daventry Town

126 AFC Hayes v Wembley

127 Rushden & Higham United v Winslow United

128 Raunds Town v Cranfield United

129 Bicester Town v AFC Spelthorne Sports Club

130 Southall v Reading City

131 Leverstock Green v Unite MK

132 Cricklewood Wanderers v Risborough Rangers

133 Burnham H – W Hillingdon**

(**Hillingdon not accepted into Competition)

134 St Panteleimon v Holmer Green

135 Shrivenham v Tytherington Rocks

136 Bashley v AFC Portchester

137 Binfield v Frimley Green

138 Tadley Calleva v Ascot United

139 Milton United v Clanfield 85

140 Chertsey Town v Woodley United

141 Brimscombe & Thrupp v Ash United

142 Wallingford Town v Abingdon United

143 Penn & Tylers Green v AFC Stoneham

144 Lydney Town v Abbey Rangers

145 Cove v Fleet Spurs

146 Royal Wootton Bassett Town H – W Oxford City Nomads**

(**Oxford City Nomads withdrawn)

147 Ardley United v Holyport

148 Fairford Town v Baffins Milton Rovers

149 Colliers Wood United v Stansfeld

150 Bagshot v Sidlesham

151 Raynes Park Vale v Sutton Common Rovers

152 Lingfield v Epsom & Ewell

153 Croydon v Little Common

154 Sutton Athletic v Cray Valley (PM)

155 Hassocks v K Sports

156 St Francis Rangers v FC Elmstead

157 Knaphill v AFC Varndeanians

158 Wick v Godalming Town

159 Mile Oak v Selsey

160 Billingshurst v Tunbridge Wells

161 Lordswood v Fire United Christian

162 Sheerwater v Lancing

163 Meridian VP v Southwick

164 Chessington & Hook United v Oakwood

165 Erith Town v Arundel

166 Lewisham Borough (Community) v Broadbridge Heath

167 Kent Football United v Steyning Town Community

168 Sporting Club Thamesmead v Midhurst & Easebourne United

169 Westside v AC London

170 AFC Croydon Athletic v Worthing United

171 AFC Uckfield Town v Hollands & Blair

172 Glebe v Loxwood

173 Seaford Town v Tooting Bec

174 Lydd Town v Punjab United

175 Snodland Town v Newhaven

176 Erith & Belvedere v Rusthall

177 Fisher v Corinthian

178 East Preston v Eastbourne United

179 Bearsted v Bexhill United

180 Sheppey United v Balham

181 Langney Wanderers v Canterbury City

182 Saltdean United v Crawley Down Gatwick

183 Redhill v Holmesdale

184 Guildford City v Rochester United

185 Whitchurch United v Almondsbury

186 Devizes Town v Warminster Town

187 Calne Town v Fawley

188 Christchurch v Folland Sports

189 Cowes Sports v Westbury United

190 Chippenham Park v Bitton

191 Lymington Town v Portland United

192 Oldland Abbotonians v Totton & Eling

193 Hamworthy United v Amesbury Town

194 Romsey Town v Bridport

195 Ringwood Town v Alresford Town

196 Stockbridge v Roman Glass St George

197 Hallen v Fareham Town

198 East Cowes Victoria Athletic v Pewsey Vale

199 Team Solent v Longwell Green Sports

200 Eversley & California v Downton

201 Bournemouth v Bristol Telephones

202 Hythe & Dibden v Bemerton Heath Harlequins

203 Corsham Town v Laverstock & Ford

204 Exmouth Town v Callington Town

205 Plymouth Parkway v Brislington

206 Tavistock v Helston Athletic

207 Keynsham Town v Sidmouth Town

208 Bishops Lydeard v Bishop Sutton

209 Godolphin Atlantic v Portishead Town

210 Hengrove Athletic v Newquay

211 Wellington AFC v Saltash United

212 Liskeard Athletic v Bovey Tracey

213 Crediton United v Clevedon Town

214 AFC St Austell v Ilfracombe Town

215 Wincanton Town v Radstock Town

216 Witheridge v Wells City

217 Odd Down v Shepton Mallet

218 Elburton Villa v Launceston

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Grassroots Football Show specials (GFS 9.5.18)

Hello all, i felt moved to share two special episodes of the Grassroots Football Show (which as most of you will know, I do a bit for.)

These shows are the “Mental Health in Non-League” special (which looks at the deep subject of MH, in the Non-League arena and the GFS “Extra” podcast – Essex Senior League “Squads of the Season where Pete D & myself take up the challenge of choosing an 18-man squad each.

For the “Mental Health in Non-League” special, click here or add the URL: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-mental-health-in-non-league-football-special/

 

For the GFS Extra – Essex Senior Lge “Squads of the Season” podcast, click here or add the URL: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/gfs-extra-esl-squads-of-2017-18-season-with-pete-d-scott-w/

 

Hope both are a good listen. Best, Scott

Match Report: Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers (ECC Final 5.5.18)

Errington Challenge Cup Final 2017/8

Venue: Capershotts (Waltham Abbey FC)

Attendance: 211

2017-18 Season – Match 69

Monday 5th May 2018  – 3pm KO

Sawbridgeworth Town: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Great Wakering:  Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts and White Socks

 

 

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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On a baking hot day, Waltham Abbey’s Capershotts ground hosted the Errington Challenge Cup Final between Sawbridgeworth Town and Great Wakering Rovers, who were gunning for the league and cup double. Sawbo named Aaron Thomas and Toby Cleaver in attack while the vastly experienced Matt Frew joined captain Louis Deamer at the heart of the defence with Daryl Doolan among the substitutes. For GWR, they named a very strong XI, though Kiah Froud stepped in for Jason Ring at right-back. Neil Richmond led the line after being rested in Wakering’s final league match on Saturday.

Before the match, the stadium fell silent for a minute’s silence to remember non-league stalwart and former AFC Hornchurch secretary Pete Butcher, who sadly died last week. I’d like to join the chorus of the Non-League community in sending my best wishes to Pete’s family and friends at this sad time.

As the match got underway in front of a very healthy crowd of over 200, Wakering’s leading scorer Neil Richmond was ‘in the mood’ early on though scuffed an effort wide while Sawbridgeworth captain Louis Deamer nodded wide with a back-post header moments later. Rovers found Sawbo goalkeeper James Mays in good form as he denied both full-back Aaron Russell and Richmond in the same attack. Sawbo were stretching the Rovers back-line meaning custodian Louis Hawes did have to ‘rush out’ a bit and twenty minutes in, Hawes just about denied forward Toby Cleaver though the match was a bit scrappy at times with clear-cut chances at somewhat of a premium.

As half-time approached, Wakering midfielder Ricky Evans powered an effort from distance that Mays gathered before at the other end, a good first-time cross from the right by full-back Mark Robinson, which couldn’t quite be turned home by forward Aaron Thomas who sent his effort wide.

Half-Time: Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 0  Great Wakering Rovers

After the interval, the heat was only going to add to the players’ fatigue though Richmond was once again posing problems for the Sawbridgeworth defence and eight minutes into the half, the evergreen striker’s strike cannoned off the post. That chance was a warning of things to come though as after being well-found by Butterworth, Richmond slotted home for his 31st goal of an impressive campaign.

Wakering continued to push forward though Mays denied Richmond twice further, the second of those occasions following a deft lofted pass from winger Stephen Butterworth’s free-kick. The Sawbridgeworth stopper was much the busier of the two goalkeepers in the second half and further earned a “Man of the Match” award by pulling off two more good saves to deny Rovers substitute Chris Bryan, either side of Sawbo substitute Ollie Cleaver’s header that was saved by Hawes and turned in but the goal was ruled out following a assistant referee’s flag being drawn.

In truth, while Sawbridgeworth did show some nice build-up play in their attacking moves, they couldn’t assert themselves going forward against a typically-stubborn Wakering defence. As we got into five minutes of added-time, Sawbo substitute Daryl Doolan’s strike was blocked by the alert Hawes as Wakering held out comfortably to secure a double that sees them leave the Essex Senior League as the first winners of the newly re-named Errington Challenge Cup!

Full-Time: Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 1  Great Wakering Rovers

 

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The officials collect their momentos
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Wakering celebrate with the trophy! (Credit: Pete D)

If you’d like to view match highlights (courtesy of WD Sportz) click here: https://youtu.be/ss_j4LzzFlo

Also, as part of the tie-in with WD Sportz, GFS co-presenter Pete D & myself conducted the post-match interviews with both managers: https://youtu.be/sy5NQpsnk3U and co-did a post-match sum-up: https://youtu.be/br86_AyXuj4

Teams

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Manager: John Watters

James Mays (GK), Mark Robinson (Ollie Cleaver 71′) Louis Monk, Lewis Deamer (Capt), Matt Frew, Tom Jelliman, Danny Wickenden, George Pullen (Jack Cousins 84′), Aaron Thomas, Toby Cleaver, Zak Johnson (Daryl Doolan 56′)

Subs Not Used: Hunter, Wright  | Booked: Robinson, T Cleaver

 

Great Wakering Rovers    | Manager: Iain O’Connell

Louis Hawes (GK), Kiah Froud, Aaron Russell (Danny Hurford 46′), Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Chris Bryan 59′), Ricky Evans, Neil Richmond, Jay Nash, Stephen Butterworth

Goal-scorer: Neil Richmond [58′]

Subs Not Used: Seaden, Dopson  | Booked: Waters, Carter

Referee: Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees: Jamie Wood & Michael Wingate
Fourth Official: Brett Grant

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 22.4.18)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at both ends of the table on “Kick It Out” Day.

Saturday 21st April

 

Basildon Utd 3 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 76

The Bees rounded off an excellent week with victory over Woodford at The Hive. George Whitby gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes before a brace from influential winger Jack Adlington [14′ & 45′ +1] sealed the success for Marc Harrison’s side – their 5th straight win and sit 3rd, outside the second promotion place on goal difference alone, with a game in hand on 2nd-placed FC Romania. Woodford drop to 13th and end their season next weekend with a home tie with Enfield 1893.

 

Enfield 1893  0 – 2  Takeley
| Venue: The Harlow Arena   | Att: 69

Takeley once again showed their gritty determination to get the points at the Harlow Arena. Recently-returned forward Stuart Zanone put Marc Das’ side ahead a minute into the second half before a late OG sealed Takeley’s fourth win in their last six which keeps them 5th, still eight points adrift of Redbridge above them. Enfield’s fine nine-match unbeaten run is over though they are in 9th place and four points from their last two matches should secure a top-ten finish.

 

FC Romania  3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  | Att: 34  | “Kick It Out” Day Designated Match

FCR continued their decent form in recent weeks with a battling win over ten-man Tower Hamlets at Theobalds Lane. Gabriel Ghinea put the hosts ahead eight minutes before the break. Goals from Andrei Baciu [56′] and Sergiu Pitaru [82′] made sure of the points while Montel Williams got Hamlets’ consolation. FCR sit 2nd, above Basildon on goal difference, having played a game more than the Bees. Hamlets eighth-straight defeat drops them to 12th with their chances of a top-ten finish fading.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  3 – 2  Clapton
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 81

Wakering had to fight hard to claim another three points over inconsistent Clapton at Burroughs Park. Steven Sardinha struck to give the Tons a surprise lead on 22 minutes though scarcely a minute later, influential winger Billy Johnson brought GWR back on level terms. Neil Richmond put Rovers ahead three minutes before the break. Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to give the hosts daylight though Nathan Cook halved the lead for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining. Wakering’s 6th win in their last seven means they are five points clear at the summit, needing five points to secure the title. Clapton’s poor end to the season goes on with one win in their last eight games & they reside in 6th, only a point clear of West Essex, having played three games more than the Stags.

 

Hackney Wick  3 – 1  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 48

The Wickers dispatched Hullbridge in their first match since relegation was confirmed in midweek. A brace from Tony Cookey and one from Joel Appiah were enough to grab a morale-boosting three points for Chris Davis’ side. Luke Hornsley got a late goal for Sports who could still do with another victory to avoid any last-day drama – they are in 16th, four points clear of the bottom four.

Click this link for Video Highlights & post-match Interviews (courtesy of WD Sportz): https://youtu.be/BGn68ux-rcA

 

Ilford 1 – 3 Barkingside
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 49

Barkingside came from behind to grab a major win in the “Cricklefield derby”. Ilford led through Jake McWee’s opener on 16 minutes though couldn’t see the match out as three goals in the last 22 minutes turned it around. Roddy Lemba [69′] brought things level before strikes from James Briggs [76′] and Michael Ogboin’s spot-kick four minutes from time saw ‘Side to their 3rd win in their last seven to rise to 15th. Ilford’s sixth defeat on-the-reel sees them stay 11th.

 

Southend Manor  4 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 49

Manor edged another brillantly entertaining encounter at Southchurch Park. Sawbridgeworth’s goal-scorers were Matt Frew, Daryl Doolan and Jack Cousins while second-half goals from Lewis Sparrow [50′], Alfie Lindfield [62′], Brennon Nolan [73’] and the eventual winner from skipper Lee Delf eight minutes from time ended Manor’s five-match winless run to see Adam Peek’s side move eight points clear of the danger-zone in 14th. Sawbridgeworth’s third defeat in their last seven means they cannot improve on 8th place now this term.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1  Redbridge
| Venue: Oakside (12pm KO) | Att: 70 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

Sporting Bengal surprised the Motormen in this match ‘reversed’ to Oakside and was also the early kick-off. Bobby Redwood [16′] broke the deadlock before returning talisman Brian Moses levelled things three minutes before half-time. Bengal skipper Freddy Tandon fired home the winner 16 minutes from time to give Imrul Gazi’s men the double-whammy of a club-record fourth-straight victory and also break the club’s ESL points record and they also rise to 10th spot. Redbridge’s stutter continues as their winless stretch extended to four matches and are now three points adrift of the top three and arguably their fate is ‘no longer in their own hands’ with regards to promotion.

 

Waltham Forest 2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 61

Waltham Forest edged ten-man Stansted to record a priceless victory in their bid to avoid the drop. Stansted led thanks to Ryan Ramsey’s penalty on 19 minutes. Though much to the delight of the Waltham Rabble, Elias Siligato erased that lead nine minutes before the break. Recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s spot-kick on the stroke of half-time ended up sealing the points. Forest are now unbeaten in four and they go above Stansted into 17th, two points clear of them though Forest only have one match to play, compared to Stansted’s two. The Airportmen are 18th and face Enfield and Basildon during the week.

 

West Essex  5 – 1   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 84 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

I attended this match and you can find my match report here:
https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/match-report-west-essex-5-1-wadham-lodge-esl-21-4-18/

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

Match Report: West Essex 5 – 1 Wadham Lodge (ESL 21.4.18)

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Essex Senior League – ‘Kick It Out’ Day 2018

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 84

2017-18 Season – Match 66

Saturday 21st April 2018 – 3pm KO

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

Wadham Lodge: White Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a warm spring afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex welcomed relegation-battlers Wadham Lodge in one of the designated matches supporting the Essex Senior Lsague’s “Kick It Out” Day 2018. The hosts made only one change to the starting XI from their midweek win at Hullbridge with Josh French replacing Kofi Appiah at centre-back alongside Nick Walk with Tom Woodbridge and James Bromley options from the substitute’s bench.

Wadham rocked up here on-the-back of a fine win in midweek and had Louis Chapman between the posts with the attacking four of Abdoulie Njai, Kieron Southgate, captain Sherwin Stanley and Daniel Francis with young forward Rujorn Tuitt on the bench.

The match was preceded by a training session for youngsters, led by West Essex Head Coach Kwame Kwateng himself. The visitors knew their job and how much they needed the win here and broke the deadlock scarcely a minute into the match as a long throw-in caused chaos and midfielder Paul Oshin stole in to help the ball home and give Jason Ngandu’s side something to hold on to.

Only a minute later, the hosts’ start to the contest got worse as after a foul on Wadham forward Kieran Southgate in the area, the referee awarded a penalty though Wadham’s wily striker Stanley attempted to put off West goalkeeper Dan Russell by taking his time over the spot-kick, only for Russell to deny him with a good save. The hosts did gradually get themselves going and ten minutes in, the livewire that is forward Michael Mignot made a great run down the right flank, fizzed a good cross into the box that just evaded the outstretched foot of strike partner Isaac Marfo and the ball trickled harmlessly out of danger.

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Wadham full-back Banks takes a throw-in (ESL 21.4.18)

During the first 20-25 minutes, the Wad Army did have a healthy chunk of the attacking play though couldn’t quite create many clear-cut chances. Good link-up play mid-way through the half between West skipper Tom MacLeod and Mignot resulted in the latter firing wide though you still sensed the Stags had ‘more gears to find’ at this point. As the half entered its latter stages, Wadham defender Ashley Banks made a good challenge on Mignot though moments before, Marfo and midfielder Brad Russell’s efforts on goal couldn’t beat visiting ‘stopper Louis Chapman.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Brad Russell’s cross into the box was cleared by Wadham centre-back Chris Gormley. The resulting corner caused panic in the penalty area and the ball found its way to Mignot who speculatively back-heeled an effort past Chapman to give the Stags the leveller they so needed and undoubtedly the visitors would have been disappointed at the timing of the goal.

Half-Time: West Essex 1 – 1 Wadham Lodge

As the second half began, the hosts were determined to start this half better than they had the first. Seven minutes after the break, Wadham winger Abdoulie Njai made a good run down the right wing though blazed his shot harmlessly wide. West were starting to create more by this point and three minutes shy of the hour-mark, a superb curling left-wing cross by Ben Leo found Marfo in space, who nodded home well past Chapman to put the hosts ahead for the first time.

The visitors were awarded another spot-kick on 67 minutes though midfielder Michael Osei’s penalty was superbly tipped onto the woodwork by Dan Russell. To be fair to Wadham, their heads may have dropped but they didn’t as minutes later, substitute Rujorn Tuitt (who had replaced injured skipper Stanley) found his way into the area though a really good interception by Leo snuffed out the potential chance.

Two goals in three minutes did kill off the contest. With 78 minutes on the watch, a corner found MacLeod who calmly headedhome to give Kwame Kwateng’s side a two-goal cushion. Two minutes later, Mignot claimed another assist as his pass found defender Josh French at the back-post and he made no mistake with a cool finish. Stags ‘keeper Russell still needed to be alert to deny Njai with his outstretched foot, whilst one-on-one.

West remained hungry for goals late on, and after substitute Tom Woodbridge headed over, Mignot claimed his second to further assist his hopes of being the league’s leading scorer in two weeks’ time. All in all, West Essex’s attacking threat overwhelmed the troubled Wadham back-line in the second half as they just couldn’t live with their pace and movement – hardly the first side though this season to have found West difficult to play.

 

Full-Time: West Essex 5 – 1 Wadham Lodge

In closing, I’d like to mention that it was an honour to join Essex Senior League Chairman Rob Errington for this match, on such an important day for the ESL. It has to be said also that both sides put on a good game here for the larger crowd in attendance today.

 

Teams

West Essex  | Head Coach: Kwame Kwateng

Dan Russell (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Nick Walk, Josh French, Brad Russell (Musa Manneh 85′), Greg Frederick (Tom Woodbridge 82′), Tom MacLeod (Capt), Joe Lefley, Michael Mignot, Isaac Marfo (James Bromley 63′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [45′, 90′], Isaac Marfo [57′], Tom MacLeod [78′], Josh French [80′]

Booked: Mignot   | Subs Not Used: Kane, Khan

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Wadham Lodge | Manager: Jason Ngandu

Louis Chapman (GK), Brandon Kelly, Ashley Banks, Chris Gormley, Terry Foxe, Abdoulie Njai, Paul Oshin, Michael Osei (Nathan Joseph 80′), Sherwin Stanley (Capt) (Rujorn Tuitt 65′), Kieran Southgate, Daniel Francis

Goal-scorer: Paul Oshin [1′]

Booked: Osei, Gormley | Subs Not Used: Rider, Kirwan

 

Referee: Chris Cooper

 

 

Essex Senior League Preview (ESL 20.4.18)

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Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to this week’s extended preview piece looking at the weekend’s Essex Senior League action as the league hosts ‘Kick It Out (the anti-discrimination campaign) day 2018’ with three matches designated to support this very worthwhile campaign.

 

Here are Peter and my thoughts on all the fixtures set for this weekend:

Basildon Utd v Woodford Town | Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees have had a decent few days, winning three games in five, which put them right in the mix for promotion. They are tied with FC Romania and Redbridge on 82 points with the former above them on goal difference in second spot and the latter below them for the same reason, so winning is all they want to do right now.  They welcome a good young side to The Ho Ho in the shape of Woodford Town who could climb back into the top ten with victory here, and they will no doubt cause the hosts some problems.  However I feel Basildon will edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-1

Scott: The Bees end a very hectic week (this is their fourth match in eight days or so) with the visit of mid-table Woodford. Basildon have won all three of them thus far, as they bested Tower Hamlets, Burnham and then Southend Manor late on – all away from home. They sit 3rd on goal difference before this weekend’s action, thanks to FC Romania’s win on Thursday (FCR, Basildon & Redbridge all have 82 points).

Woodford’s recent run of one win in four matches was compounded by a hefty loss to Takeley last weekend though Dee Safer’s side still have a chance of sneaking into the top-ten. The Bees will have to battle once again though I still reckon they will come out victorious here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Enfield 1893 v Takeley   | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: Hosts Enfield will look to continue their unbeaten run when they welcome Takeley to Barrows Farm.  The hosts are one of the in-form teams and saw their eight match winning run come to an end last time out, however that was a draw at Redbridge, which threw the promotion race wide open.  Takeley come to Harlow having just seen their slim hopes of promotion all but ended by FC Romania on Thursday, and this may see them arrive in a downbeat mood.  I have a feeling Enfield may grab the points here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Takeley travel to the Harlow Arena to take on Enfield in what is their fourth match in eight days. Victories over Woodford and Tower Hamlets were halted by a narrow loss to FC Romania and you suspect the promotion challenge has been dashed for now. Enfield are still unbeaten after their draw at Redbridge last weekend, that run stands at nine matches now. I believe we may see a surprise here, going for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

FC Romania v Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | ‘Kick It Out’ Designated Match

Peter: The hosts ‘threw their hat into the ring’ for promotion after Thursday evening’s victory at Takeley, and they now sit in second on goal difference above Basildon and Redbridge.  They welcome to Theobalds Lane a Tower Hamlets team who have struggled of late and seem to be going through the motions at times, however they could take advantage of the fact FCR had a tough game on Thursday so may be fresher.  However, I can’t see the hosts slipping up here so three points to the hosts.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-0

Scott: FC Romania welcome Tower Hamlets in another of the “Kick It Out” designated matches at Theobalds Lane. FCR narrowly won at Takeley on Thursday night to keep their dream of promotion alive, being one of three teams on 82 points. They welcome a Hamlets outfit that has lost their last seven on-the-spin and conceded seven goals without reply in the losses to Basildon and Takeley in the last week. The hosts may be jaded, though I still believe they’ll edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 0

 

Great Wakering Rovers v Clapton | Venue: Burroughs Park

Peter: Rovers could all-but-clinch the title and promotion with a win here against an out-of-form Tons side at Burroughs Park.  Rovers lead by five points with four matches remaining so you feel they are the ones to catch now, however they must be wary of this Clapton side who could easily end the hosts fifteen-match unbeaten run.  However, the only thing Clapton have to play for is sixth spot as they have West Essex hot-on-their-heels but will this be a big enough incentive?  Possibly not and I feel Rovers will continue their march towards the Bostik North.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: Wakering welcome the Tons to Burroughs Park. It’s hard to see where the leaders will ‘brake down’ at the moment in the promotion-race though their opponents will have the freedom to play without pressure though the Tons’ recent run of six losses in their eight matches tells its own story. If Jon Fowell’s side do play near their best, this could be a cracker of a match. That said, Wakering have this knack of ‘grinding out’ wins and they may do so again here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Hackney Wick  v  Hullbridge Sports   | Venue: OSD

Peter: With Wick’s relegation confirmed in the week and Sports pretty much safe from the drop this game doesn’t have too much riding on it.  The hosts have four games left now to try and end the season on a high whilst Sports will still be looking for that win to make their position even more safe so both sides will still want to have a ‘W’ on their record.  Feel Sports may edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction 1-2

Scott: Wick welcome Hullbridge in their first match since relegation was unfortunately confirmed for them by virtue of their narrow loss at Stansted in midweek. Just three wins at home all season certainly hasn’t helped matters though they have to look to build for a better season next term now. Other results didn’t exactly assist Hullbridge in midweek and they will look to attain another 3 – 4 points to 100% seal their place in the ESL next season. Although they did well to record a comeback win at Burnham last weekend, they endured a ‘bad day at the office’ in a heavy home loss to West Essex in midweek. My thought is that Sports boss Darren Manning will demand a reaction from his side and they may get all three points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Ilford v Barkingside   | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: It’s the Cricklefield derby on Saturday as Ilford host Barkingside with ‘no love lost’ between these two in recent weeks and months. It has all the ingredients to be an explosive encounter and for the visitors it’s an important one as they need a win to put some daylight between them and the drop-zone.  The Foxes themselves have been in terrible form recently however form goes out the window in these type of contests and they often end all square too, hence why I feel this may end a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: The ‘Cricklefield derby’ comes at a time where both sides are enduring a tough time for differing reasons. Ilford’s form has somewhat unravelled thanks to five straight defeats which leaves them vulnerable with regards to a top-ten finish. A poor performance in midweek against relegation-battlers Wadham may not have inspired confidence either. They face a Barkingside outfit that are far from safe themselves, two points ahead of the bottom-four after a recent run of two wins in their last six outings though they lost to Sporting Bengal in midweek.

Being totally honest, I do wonder when the Foxes are going to find their form and this could be another scrappy encounter though have to go with a ‘Side win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

 

Southend Manor v Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor sit eight points above the drop-zone and are probably going to be OK, although they would like another win to just make it more comfortable, however they welcome a Robins side to Southchurch Park playing with freedom and no worries as they sit in eighth spot after a more than decent 2018.  However, if Manor can replicate their battling qualities they showed in their last game against Basildon they will give themselves a chance.  But I see this one ending all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

Scott: Manor welcome a Sawbo side in decent form, on the back of giving Basildon a scare before going down 2 – 1 on Wednesday night. Adam Peek’s side are winless in five matches now and will want to finish the season well. John Watters’ side have had the midweek off after defeat to FC Romania last weekend, though four wins in their last seven outings tells you they are in decent nick. Sawbridgeworth also have a good record at Southchurch Park in previous seasons and I see no reason why that cannot continue here. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Sporting Bengal Utd v Redbridge
| Venue: Oakside (12pm KO) | ‘Kick It Out’ Designated Match |

Peter: The Motormen are away but they are also at home, if that makes sense, as because Mile End is now closed for football until next season the match was switched to Oakside.  This could play into the Motormen’s hands and they need a win to try and get themselves back into the runners-up spot after falling to fourth on goal difference.

This will be a tough assignment though against a Sporting side who have equalled their best points tally in the ESL and are now all-but-safe from any danger of the drop too. Therefore, the pressure is all on Redbridge, and I feel they will sneak this one in an entertaining game no doubt.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-3

Scott: Bengal face Redbridge in this ‘reversed’ match at Oakside, in what is the early kick-off and also serves as one of the three ‘Designated matches’ for this year’s ‘Kick It Out’ Day. These sides have had a rather contrasting week – Bengal matched their best-ever ESL points total with away wins over Clapton and Barkingside while the Motormen were held by in-form Enfield last weekend. Imrul Gazi’s side are seeking their fourth straight ESL triumph while Redbridge really need to plug a three-match winless run here. There could be goals in this one, purely because of their attacking prowess, I’m plumping for an ‘away’ win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Waltham Forest v Stansted   | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: This is a huge game down at the bottom of the table as fourth-bottom Forest host fifth-bottom Stansted, with both sitting just above the drop-zone.  A win for either side would give them a great chance of survival, whilst for the loser it’s a nervous look over their shoulders.  Recent form suggests a tight one too as both have pretty much the same record over the last half dozen games, so this will probably end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

Scott: This is probably ‘Match of the day’ in the division at Kitchener Road as it has the whiff of “Winner-takes-all’ about it. Both sides have struggled to obtain wins of late with Forest having just one success in recent times and held Southend Manor last weekend. The Airportmen battled to a home draw with West Essex last Saturday before finally ending a seven-match losing run by beating now-relegated Hackney Wick in midweek.

In fairness, there is perhaps a tad more onus on Forest here, not only because they are the hosts here but also it’s their penultimate match of the season. This is not a nice one to have to call quite honestly, and it may well be a scrappy affair- I’ll go home win..just.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

West Essex v Wadham Lodge 
|  Venue: Mayesbrook Park | ‘Kick It Out’ Designated Match

Peter: Hosts West Essex know a win could take them a point behind sixth place with three games in-hand, whilst for Lodge this is another huge game for them in the battle against the drop.  The ‘carrot’ for the visitors is if they win it could see them replaced in the drop-zone by Walthamstow rivals Forest, however they are coming up against a dangerous opponent at Mayesbrook Park who just put five past Hullbridge Sports.  Lodge though did net a super away win at Ilford but I feel the hosts may prove too much here.

Pete’s Prediction: 4-2

Scott: Finally this weekend, The Stags entertain Wadham Lodge in what is their second-to-last home match of a very spirited campaign. It is also the third of the ‘Kick It Out’ Day’s designated matches. West Essex have had a good week, following up a good point at Stansted with a very good performance in a big win at Hullbridge in midweek – their fourth win in their last seven outings. Wadham’s week didn’t start well with a heavy loss at Great Wakering last weekend though it did get better for them with a very encouraging away win at out-of-form Ilford in midweek. Ironically, Wadham have conceded exactly half of their total goals away from home (45 goals in 17 matches) thus far and two successes in their last seven matches isn’t great, and the pressure is still on them to win here to escape the bottom four.

Kwame Kwateng’s side are chasing down Clapton for 6th spot and will pretty much secure a top-ten finish with a victory here. The Wadham back-line may also face another tough afternoon dealing with the likes of Michael Mignot & company. Hard to see anything but a home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

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That’s your lot for the Preview this week. If you’d like to follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 & Scott: @ScottMHC14

 

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 5 West Essex (ESL 17.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 49

2017-18 Season – Match 65

Tuesday 17th April 2018 – 7.45pm KO

Hullbridge: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

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

 

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Both sides before kick-off (Image: Scott W)

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With additional photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16) & Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980)

 

On a nice spring evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed a West Essex side that still had an outside chance of grabbing sixth place come season’s end. Hullbridge meanwhile could have done with one more success to absolutely confirm safety and they named the front two of Luke Hornsley and Adebola Sotoyinbo with Charllie Buffin and Matt Rose on the flanks. Matt Dicks and Jimmy Cox were among those unavailable for Darren Manning’s side so Conor Mead took the armband and reverted to a centre-back role alongside the recently returned Perry Dunn.

West Essex themselves named a strong side with the front-line of Isaac Marfo and talisman Michael Mignot with the creative likes of Brad Russell and Joe Lefley in support. Josh French and James Bromley were on the bench with Dan Christey and goalkeeper Jack Coker still unavailable. Club skipper Tom MacLeod did return to the starting XI.

The match started with the visitors pouring forward though forward Isaac Marfo and defender Tom MacLeod could not find their way past home goalkeeper Jamie Merralls. The hosts did have the odd foray forward in the early stages of the match though found the Stags defence in a stubborn mood. West Essex forward Michael Mignot stated his intent just past the 25 minute mark as his goal-bound header was blocked.

Arguably the best chance of the first half for Sports came moments later as a powerful drive by winger Charlie Buffin was well-tipped over by Stags custodian Dan Russell. The visitors responded just past the half-hour by taking the lead as the ever-dangerous Mignot slotted past Merralls calmly into the right corner of the net. Home forward Luke Hornsley did have sight of goal minutes later though his strike was straight at Russell who gratefully gathered.

Nine minutes before half-time, West doubled their lead as midfielder Joe Lefley cooly put Mignot in on goal and the forward finished well. The visitors had a couple chances to further extend their lead very soon after, with full-back Ben Leo’s fine left-wing cross just evading Marfo in the box. That said, the Stags were in no mood to be denied as a minute before the interval, Lefley’s sweet strike found the bottom corner. In all honesty, West’s movement and pace was very difficult for the home defence to handle thus far.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 West Essex

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‘Bridge forward Sotoyinbo beats Russell from the spot (Image: Neil H)

As the second half began, Sports did threaten a comeback as moments after the inital whistle, a foul on Hornsley in the area by West centre-back Kofi Appiah was spotted and strike partner Adebola Sotoyinbo duly converted the resulting spot-kick. Sotoyinbo shot wide for the hosts only two minutes later though soon afterward, Mignot continued to give the home defence a tough evening’s work and snuck in to gather a ball from the left flank and stroked past Merralls, although a home defender may have got the final touch.

Just past the hour mark, Hullbridge pulled another goal back as a wind-assisted 40-yard free-kick from skipper Conor Mead found its way into the net past Russell and suddenly, the Stags defence looked a bit rocky as Hornsley and substitute Eamon Payne, playing as a makeshift forward, were proving a presence for the hosts’ front-line. Stags full-back Leo did msake a couple of good tackles as the hosts did threaten to eat further into West Essex’s lead for a short period.

However, the match was more than settled with eight minutes of normal time remaining, a corner from Lefley was powerfully headed home by substitute Josh French, to cap a throughly good night’s work for Kwame Kwateng’s side. The only downer for them was that midfielder Brad Russell limped off late on.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 5 West Essex

Hullbridge boss Manning will know there is still ‘some work to do’ to ensure his side improves next season as they are practically safe now. They travel to Hackney Wick on Saturday, while West Essex host Wadham Lodge in one of the three designated matches suppporting ‘Kick It Out’ day on Saturday.

 

Teams

Hullbridge Sports | Manager: Darren Manning

Jamie Merralls (GK), Shawn Coe (Eamon Payne 46′), Sam Taylor, Perry Dunn, Conor Mead (Capt), Joe Pattison, Dan Okah, Charlie Buffin (Howard Wright 82′), Luke Hornsley, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Matt Rose

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [pen 46′], Conor Mead [62′]

Booked: Dunn   | Subs Not Used: Burrell, Poole

 

West Essex  | Head Coach: Kwame Kwateng

Dan Russell (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Tom McLeod (Capt), Nick Walk, Kofi Appiah, Bradley Russell, Joe Lefley, Greg Frederick (Musa Manneh 71′), Michael Mignot (Jonathan Tyrell 82′), Isaac Marfo (Josh French 64′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [31′, 36′ & 50′], Joe Lefley [44′], Josh French [82′]

Booked: Appiah, McLeod, Russell, Walk  | Subs Not Used: Bromley

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Referee: Michael Scott