Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 16.11.18]


Written by Scott W

Hello & welcome to another of the preview pieces looking at the Essex Senior League action this weekend, with Scott going solo due to Peter needing time out this week.

Saturday 17th November

Hoddesdon Town  v  Takeley   | Lowfield

Scott: Hoddy welcome a Takeley side that have won their last four league outings. Simon Riddle’s side have found wins hard to grab of late though did defeat Clapton at home in midweek. Takeley won narrowly at Barkingside on Monday night to follow up on recent league wins at Tower Hamlets and Ilford. This may be a tougher test at Lowfield though will still head for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Ilford  v  West Essex    | Cricklefield

Scott: Ilford welcome the Stags to Cricklefield. The hosts have lost their last two matches, away to Stanway and at home to Sporting Bengal before that, two weeks ago. West made a spirited return to action in midweek before losing out at Hullbridge. This one could really go either way though I’ll go for a entertaining draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Saffron Walden Town  v   Clapton    |  Catons Lane

Scott: The new-look Tons visit Saffron Walden, on the back of a four-match winless league, though all of those matches have been away from home, due to ongoing complications at the Old Spotted Dog. Jason Maher’s Bloods side have won four of their last six matches though were held by Barkingside in their last league outing two weeks back. I have to say that Walden look one of the stronger sides in the division at preent and therefore will plump for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Southend Manor    v    Barkingside    | Southchurch Park

Scott: These two out-of-form sides meet at Southchurch Park. Manor haven’t won in eight league matches as they sit third-bottom currently. ‘Side are still bottom and brought in Romford Director of Football Alex Goldstone as they new boss, replacing Michael Walther. The latter’s last game ended in a narrow home loss to Takeley on Monday night. I have a gut feeling this ‘six-pointer’ will be a gritty affair. Narrow home win, in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

St Margaretsbury    v    Hullbridge Sports    |   The Recreation Ground

Scott: St Margs welcome Hullbridge to the Rec. Max Mitchell’s side are on a upturn in form, unbeaten in four outings now, winning three of them. Add to that a big comeback win over Enfield in their Gordon Brasted Quarter-Final in midweek. Sports are unbeaten in six and won in midweek, at home to West Essex. This could be a cracker with goals aplenty, and I’ll plump for a home win, just.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Stansted   v   Tower Hamlets     |  Hargrave Park

Scott: Tower Hamlets make the trip to Hargrave Park to face a Stansted side who have won their last four and can win ‘ugly’. The Airportmen came back to win late on at Woodford on Monday night and are two points clear at the summit. Hamlets have won one of their last six matches league-wise though did pick up an important victory over Sawbridgeworth in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek. All being said though, it would be a surprise if the hosts didn’t pick up the win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 1


Stanway Rovers   v   Redbridge    |  Hawthorns

Scott: These two do battle again at the Hawthorns, just a week after Rovers sent the Motormen out of the Peter Butcher Trophy. Stanway built on that cup win by beating Ilford at home in midweek while Redbridge were held at fellow strugglers Leyton Athletic. New Rovers gaffer Terry Spillane has already made a few changes to his playing squad and they are unbeaten in five matches now. Redbridge were held by their opponents in their delayed fixture at home only 18 days ago so will want to look to better that outcome though they haven’t won in five matches now themselves. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Walthamstow   v    Woodford Town   |  Kitchener Road / Wadham Lodge

Scott: 5th plays 8th here at Wadham Lodge though only four points seperate the sides pre-match. ‘Stow lost out at Stansted last time out in the league at the end of last month though did defeat co-tenants Leyton Ath in the GBT Quarter-Finals last weekend. Woodford exited the Peter Butcher Trophy last weekend to ESL Reserve Division side Tiptree Jobserve before they also suffered a late defeat to Stansted in midweek. With recent additions like Bryn Thorpe, Dwade James and Joe Benjamin, Ryan Maxwell’s side are building their strength up squad-wise and may be too strong here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

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


Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 0 West Essex (Tues 13th Nov) [ESL 14.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Attendance: 62

2018-19 Season – Match 33

Tuesday 13th November 2018  – 7.45pm KO

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

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


Hullbridge emerge with the points after late goals seal the win over West at Lower Road

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos by Scott & @ABridgeTooFar16

Another midweek venture in this season’s Essex Senior League took me to Lower Road to see high-flying Hullbridge take on mid-table West Essex. The last two visits to this ground saw ‘Bridge held by Leyton Athletic and Ilford in league action. Darren Manning named a front three of captain Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako with Joe Skeels and Matt Tapley in midfield. West’s season has been inconsistent thus far and after a two-week break from action, they named Jack Coker between the sticks with a back four of Emmanuel Wazola, Josh French, Nick Walk and Josh Kane though Joe Lefley, Sanchez Hardy and James Bromley were among those unavailable.

Both sides traded chances early on, as West goalkeeper Jack Coker denied Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley only two minutes in. The visitors showed their penchant for counter-attacking with pace at times as well and they had their first half-chance ten minutes in as West midfielder Callum Bloss struck an effort wide. Hullbridge were awarded a penalty on twenty minutes after a foul on Hornsley in the area. Strike partner Jimmy Cox stepped up though his spot-kick crashed against the crossbar and out of play.

West continued to battle hard despite having to take off their main forward Ogedi-Uzokwe midway through the half and did have the odd foray forward though ‘Bridge did finish the half strongly, although the debate is there that they didn’t make the most of their chances. First, with three minutes to go until the break, a strike from home forward Michael Salako did beat Coker but was well-cleared off the line by covering defender Josh Kane. Moments later, a goal-mouth scramble saw the Stags twice deny their hosts on the line as a combination of the goalkeeper and visiting defence got in the way to preserve the stalemate at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 0  West Essex

West came out after the break with renewed vigour and had some joy in midfield getting past the attack-minded hosts as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed put in a number of telling balls through to substitute forward Hakim Medfai, with the latter having three chances on goal in the opening 15 minutes of the half, though he couldn’t find a way past home stopper George Marsh.

West defender Josh French was perhaps a tad fortunate as another searching centre from the hosts was headed powerfully against his own crossbar. The visitors’ impeccable record during the evening of clearing shots off the goal-line was extended early in the half and as we got into the middle part of the half, it seemed as though the hosts had rather ‘run out of energy’. The Stags had the odd chance of their own as on 72 minutes a powerful effort by Medfai called Marsh into action, sprawling across well to parry the low strike wide. Minutes later, a good ball in from the right by stand-in right-back Emmanuel Wazola found skipper Tom MacLeod though his header was gathered by Marsh.

‘Bridge responded with hunger as Hornsley was a thorn in the visiting defenders’ sides in the latter stages. After he had sent two half-chances wide, a third oppurtunity in the space of five minutes was well-blocked by Coker though it was a sign of late drama to come. With two minutes of normal time remaining, Hornsley’s ball in from the right was seized on by substitute Nathan Scarborough who made no mistake at the near post. Barely a minute later, the visitors’ luck ran dry as another Hornsley cross was pushed away by Coker though it fell to Salako who calmly slotted home to finally put the match to bed that they could have made easier for themselves.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 0  West Essex

To be absolutely fair, Hullbridge created too many chances to not deserve the win though they could do with being sharper in terms of finishing. In my view, Joe Skeels, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako stood out for the hosts tonight. West have reasons to be pleased with this performance. They do have grit and determination in abundance as they frustrated their opponents and played good football themselves at times as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed, ‘keeper Jack Coker and the central defensive pair of Josh French and Nick Walk did well for them.

‘Bridge’s Mickael Salako in action (Credit: Neil H)


Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks, Matt Rose, Sam Taylor, Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels, Matt Tapley (Adebola Sotoyinbo 69′), Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [88′], Michael Salako [89′]

Booked: Dunn   | Subs Not Used: Skinner, Coe, McLeavy


West Essex    | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emmanuel Wazola, Josh Kane, Josh French, Nick Walk, Tanvir Ahmed (Symeon Taylor 65′), Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Hakim Medfai 21′), Cameron Gray

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: McNally

Match Report: Walthamstow 3 – 0 Leyton Athletic (Sat 10th Nov) [GBT QF 10.11.18]

Gordon Brasted Trophy 2018-19: Quarter-Final

Attendance: 57

2018-19 Season – Match 32

Saturday 10th November 2018  – 3pm KO

Walthamstow: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shoorts,  Blue Socks

Leyton Athletic: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks

‘Stow overcome Leyton and the weather to make it into the GBT Semi-Finals

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

Players, Officials & Management observe the two-minutes silence for Rememberance Sunday. Lest we forget.

On a weekend of exclusively ESL Cup action with the Pete Butcher Trophy making its debut in the schedule, I went to Wadham Lodge to see this Gordon Brasted Trophy Quarter-Final tie. Walthamstow named a very strong starting XI, with James Peagram and Christian Owusu being the front two, Rheo Josephs on the left and the evergreen Lee Flynn at full-back. Leyton had a blow to contend with this week as forward Dwade James left the club to join…. Walthamstow, though he was ineligable for this match. For them, James Scammell continued in goal, with Eli Benoit once again skippering the side and Luwayne Greenwood the focal point in attack.

This match began with the hosts on the front foot, though the main issue was finding the final ball to bypass the three-man Ath central defence. Winger Rheo Josephs was having some joy down the ‘Stow left flank with his pace and crossing and on 19 minutes, Josephs had a sight of goal after being played in by forward James Peagram, though the former’s shot from a narrow angle was taken by Ath goalie James Scammell. On the cusp of the half-hour mark, fellow home forward Christian Owusu also struck wide.

It must be said though that both teams had to contend with a deluge of rain and to add to that, a hefty hailstorm as well. Leyton did show their game at times and looked pretty rapid on the counter-attack though they did also get the wrong side of the assistant referee’s flag on a few occasions. Ryan Maxwell’s side did keep the pressure on as just after the half-hour, Josephs again broke down the left channel, beating the on-rushing Scammell to the ball though couldn’t find the telling centre  to make the most of it in that attack.

As it happened, only a minute later the hosts took the lead as a peach of a free-kick from midfielder Robbie Martin curled right into the danger zone and Peagram headed in cooly. Ath had barely settled back into play when ‘Stow doubled their advantage as midfielder Matt Brinklow unleashed a sublime dipping shot which evaded Scammell’s grasp and then crept under the crossbar. One for the Brinklow ‘play-book’ there I suspect.

Half-Time: Walthamstow  2 – 0 Leyton Athletic

After the break, the rain continued to pour down making playing conditions ever more tricky with the ball holding into the pitch and the like. The hosts effectively sealed the contest five minutes after the interval as from Martin’s pass, Peagram struck home his second of the afternoon.

In the last half hour, Leyton did keep going and tried to keep their rapid passing game going despite the torrid conditions. Skipper Eli Benoit as ever tried to drive his team on by making powerful runs forward though in fairness, home custodian James Harkin didn’t have much to do besides cutting out crosses and the like. ‘Stow at the other end had two good chances to add to the score-line though substitute Joe Benjamin, on debut got ahead of the tiring Ath defence thouh chipped wide and moments later, Peagram’s audacious 40-yard lob hit a post with Scammell beaten. Scammell did well with minues remaining to deny a 20-yard bolt from ‘Stow full-back Ross Pope and in almost the last action of the game, Harkin denied attacking midfielder Mario Gjini’s effort.

All in all, a good win for the hosts who were the better side today. Congrats to Walthamstow and best wishes to Leyton Athletic for the remainder of the season.

Full-Time: Walthamstow   3 – 0  Leyton Athletic

Walthamstow  | Player/Manager: Ryan Maxwell

James Harkin (GK), Ross Pope, Lee Flynn, Reece Conway (Emmanuel Dasho 74′), Craig Pope (Capt), Jack Leachman, Matt Brinklow, Robbie Martin (Gus Douglas 82′), James Peagram, Christian Owusu, Rheo Josephs (Joe Benjamin 50′)

Goal-scorers: James Peagram [35′, 50′], Matt Brinklow [38′]

Booked: Conway, Martin   | Subs Not Used: Gebrai, Edwards (GK)

Leyton Athletic    | Manager: Glen Kendall

James Scammell (GK), Jayesh Gohil (Jonathon Klug 46′), D’Neil Bryan, Jason Brown, Eli Benoit (Capt), Cory Rider, Misha Djemaili (Emmauel Oluwole 56′), Dujan Foster (Francesco Cicconi 56′), Luwayne Greenwood, Mario Gjini, Lance Ledgister

Booked: Oluwole, Brown     |  Subs Not Used: Jinadu, Walsh (GK)

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 3rd Nov) [ESL 3.11.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s ESL action. How did your side do this weekend? Also includes the results of the two teams in FA Vase action this weekend.

Saturday 3rd November

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 4  St Margaretsbury  | Att: 119

St Margs dominated this local derby at Lowfield. After only five minutes, Max Mitchell’s side took the lead through Chris Cordana-Soanes and that lead stood as that at the break. After the interval, Frazer John [51′] doubled that advantage before a pile-driver from Kane Lowe five minutes later reduced the home  side’s deficit. The visitors were not to be denied though as Connor Scully [62′] and John’s second six minutes from time capped a poor afternoon for Hoddy, who also saw skipper Michael Elliott dismissed.

Ilford  1 – 4  Sporting Bengal Utd    | Cricklefield  | Att: 42

Ilf found home comforts hard to find again with defeat to a bang in-form Bengal side. Jay Knight had put Bengal ahead on 26 minutes, though Ilf did level thanks to an OG but in the last 35 minutes, Imrul Gazi’s side finished much the stronger as Jason Ngandu fired a brace [55′ & 80′] and Bobby Redwood added gloss to a victory which extended Bengal’s unbeaten run to nine matches.

Leyton Athletic  1 – 2  Stanway Rovers  | Att: 37

Leyton were undone by an improving Stanway outfit at Kitchener Road. Home hot-shot Dwade James netted again for Glen Kendall’s men though a brace from Marley Okosi steered Rovers to an important success and they haven’t been beaten in five games now. Rovers also announced over the weekend that vastly experienced boss Terry Spillane is their new manager. Leyton suffered their 5th defeat in their last six as they sit second-bottom.

Saffron Walden Town  2 – 2  Barkingside  | Catons Lane | Att: 258

Barkingside conjured up an improved performance to hold the Bloods at Catons Lane. Lewis Francis put the hosts ahead after just two minutes and perhaps the visiting fans may have thought ‘Here we go again..’. Though on this day, Michael Walther’s side were having none of it as Michael Clark’s double either side of half-time [34′ & 60′] put the visitors into a surprise lead. It took a late leveller by Ashley Skeggs to deny them victory though this could give them something to build on in their next few matches. Walden missed the chance to close the gap to leaders Stansted though they have only been beaten once in 16 league matches thus far.

Tower Hamlets  2 – 3  Takeley   | Mile End Stadium |

Hamlets gave Takeley a good ‘run for their money’ though ultimately fell to defeat at Mile End. Takeley’s goals came from Andrew Baahen [27′] and Jason Todd [32′] with Joe Pullen [57′] getting their third. Hamlets’ goals were scored by Darnel Coker and Luke With though it’s four defeats in their last six now for AJ Ashinike’s men. Takeley’s third straight win sees them back in the top seven.

FA Vase R2 Results: Hullbridge 3 – 1 Irchester Utd and Redbridge 1 – 0 Peterborough Northern Star

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading.

Preview: The FA Vase R2 & Essex Senior Lge (Sat 3rd/Sun 4th Nov)

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to another of our preview pieces looking at the weekend’s action in the FA Vase Second Round Proper (involving ESL & EaSL sides) & the Essex Senior League. What do you think of our thoughts?

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper  (Sat 3rd Nov)

Hullbridge Sports v Irchester Utd    | Lower Road

Pete: Lower Road boys Hullbridge Sports enter the competition at this stage and they welcome United Counties League Division One side Irchester United to Essex.  The visitors are a step below their ESL Premier opponents and sit ninth after eleven games having won six and lost five so far, so the hosts, who are third in their division, should be confident however Irchester haven’t reached this stage without being a decent side so will no doubt cause the home side some problems.  But I feel the hosts will win this tie.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Hullbridge begin their FA Vase campaign here after their heroics in getting into the last 32 last term. They have shown moderate form of late though it is an aim of manager Darren Manning to get to Round Four again this time round. Irchester have had a good run and may pose problems here given their hosts recent defensive record though I still believe the hosts will pull through here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Redbridge   v  Peterborough Northern Star  | Oakside

Pete: The Motormen welcome United Counties Premier side Peterborough Northern Star to Oakside and will be looking to grab their first win at home this season after their eight league outings to date on their own patch have yielded five defeats and three draws so far.  The visitors sit tenth in their division with five wins and five draws but will no doubt pose a threat to their opponents, and I have a feeling the Peterborough side will sneak this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Redbridge take on Peterborough Northern Star as they look to get a home win for the first time this season. Defensively, the hosts have struggled thus far though in a one-off tie their fortunes may change. ‘Star are a tough outfit though I will go for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Sunday 4th Nov

Enfield    v  Leverstock Green   | Harlow Arena

Pete: Sawbridgeworth Town’s conquerors Leverstock Green visit another ESL Premier side in the shape of Enfield at the Harlow Arena on Sunday although the visitors league record reads three wins, three draws and three defeats as they sit in 15th spot in their division.  Enfield’s league record is as mixed too, but this is the Vase and they will fancy themselves at home on the 3G and I feel they may grab a win here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Enfield take on Leverstock at the Harlow Arena. Matt Hanning’s side defeated EaSL side Little Oakley in a replay in the last round while Green knocked Sawbridgeworth out last time out. Both sides are in the bottom half of their respective divisions (Essex Snr Lge and Spartan South Mids Lge) though Enfield will have to play well to go through. Away win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

May & Baker EC  v  Swaffham Town   | Barking RFC

Pete: This proves to be a terrific tie at Barking Rugby Club as Eastern Senior South meets Eastern Counties League North and with both sides fourth in their divisions too it’s two confident sides who will clash too.  Bakers have picked up nine points this week so are in good form whilst Swaffham haven’t won in three outings although two of those were draws, so you’d say that the hosts may be the favourites here on that stat alone, but it’s unlikely either will feel this way.  But I think the hosts might just win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: This tie sees Eastern Senior League South take on Eastern Senior League North as May & Baker welcome Swaffham Town. Both sides have done well in their respective divisions and this will be a sore test for Micky Wetherall’s side. Going head for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Saturday  3rd November     |     Essex Senior League

Clapton P – P Walthamstow

The Tons home match against Walthamstow has been postponed due to the ongoing problems with the pitch at The Old Spotted Dog.  A new date is yet to be announced.

Hoddesdon Town  v  St Margaretsbury   | Lowfield

Pete: The visitors are flying right now having won three of their last six which has put them on the brink of the top ten positions, whilst hosts Hoddy have only won one of their last six although for of those were draws, but their cup form has been mixed, losing at Leyton Athletic and conceding six in the process before thumping four past Woodford Town last time out.  That was as many as they had scored in six league games recently so very different form in the league to cup, and I feel the visitors may continue their good form here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Hoddy welcome their local rivals St Margs to Lowfield. The hosts here have had a mixed week with a narrow loss at Tower Hamlets last weekend though boy did they respond with a impressive Errington Cup win at Woodford in midweek. St Margs have had a good week themselves as they won at Sawbridgeworth last weekend before holding Clapton to a draw in another away fixture. This one is a hard match to call though will go for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Ilford  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Cricklefield

Pete: This should be a decent game at Cricklefield as Ilford, who have been mixed of late but can show flashes of brilliance, take on an in-form Sporting Bengal side who went through October unbeaten and netting 27 goals in the process.  Really depends what Ilford turn up as to how this one goes, although Sporting right now are a match for anyone in the division and I feel they may win this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: The Foxes welcome a Bengal side whose manager Imrul Gazi won the Essex Senior League ‘Manager of the Month’ for October. will that award’s curse strike again though as these two are both in good touch recently as Ilford got a point at Hullbridge last weekend before doing well to win at Enfield on Monday night. Bengal held Walthamstow last Saturday before winning the Mile End derby over Tower Hamlets, also on Monday night. If Sporting can cope with the hosts’ physicality then they ‘could get the ‘W” here though again I think this will be a close one. Honours-even for me in what could be a cracker-jack match.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Leyton Athletic  v  Stanway Rovers    |  Kitchener Road

Pete: The hosts slipped into the bottom two recently after defeat at Takeley last weekend, whilst Stanway have started to pick up again and are unbeaten in four league games.  The hosts do have firepower and put six past Hoddesdon not that long ago, but their problem is at the back having conceded 14 in six games recently.  Stanway have actually conceded more despite their better form recently so could be in for some goals here, and I reckon a draw could be the outcome.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Stanway travel to Leyton on the back of two goal-laden matches away from home, which ended in getting a point from both Redbridge and West Essex. Ath have stalled somewhat with no wins in five league matches though Rovers should be wary of them. Leyton lost at Takeley last weekend though given they have had the midweek off, they might fancy taking on a Rovers side who are unbeaten in four. Got a feeling that Stanway will get the points here in a hard-fought scrap.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Saffron Walden Town  v  Barkingside    |  Catons Lane

Pete: Walden, who are top of the form table and sitting second in the division, face bottom side Barkingside who have conceded 22 goals in their last six and are still winless in the division.  You really do fear for the visitors whose 6-1 home defeat to Woodford last Friday really was a poor showing, and they cannot play like that again otherwise the hosts will do some damage you would have thought.  Can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 0

Scott: The hard games keep coming for ‘Side as they make the trip to Saffron Walden. The hosts are unbeaten in eight matches league -wise and although they were held at Southend Manor last weekend, they won well at West Essex in midweek. Barkingside have to look to play better than they did in defeat to Woodford last weekend. Could well be a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Tower Hamlets  v  Takeley  |  Mile End Stadium

Pete: Hamlets have slowly started to pick themselves up after a poor start, and they welcome a Takeley side whose recent endeavours has made them more vulnerable than previous months.  Saying that they have won back to back games in the league and are back in the top ten as a result, and they will no doubt cause Hamlets problems too.  Feel the visitors will make it three in a row here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Takeley make the trip to Mile End to take on Hamlets. The hosts won at home to Hoddesdon last weekend before losing out to Bengal in the derby on Monday night. Takeley defeated Leyton last weekend and will want to keep their run going here and I reckon they will do.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 26/Sat 27 Oct) [ESL 28.10.18]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the latest action in the Essex Senior League which saw nine league matches and one Errington Cup tie take place this weekend. How did your side do?

For more match reports and other info about the ESL, you can also visit


Friday 26th October

Barkingside   1 – 6   Woodford Town  | Cricklefield  | Att: 76

I was among the attendees for this match, my full report is below as Woodford overwhelmed their hosts with forward Temi Babalola claiming a hat-trick as the weekend’s action got underway at Cricklefield.


Saturday 27th October

Errington Cup

Clapton  1 – 0   Enfield   | Parkside (3G) |

The Tons edged their way to the next round of the Errington Cup at Parkside. Jeffrey Cobblah struck the decisive goal and although Matt Hanning’s side had chances, they were unable to get back into the tie and head out.


Essex Senior League

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 2 Ilford  | Lower Road  | Att: 50

I was also at this match and here’s my report from a hard-fought battle at Lower Road:


Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 3  St Margaretsbury  | Crofters End  | Att: 35

St Margs’ superior goal-clout arguably won this one over Sawbo at Crofters, though the hosts finished with ten men. Ramone Cassidy-Sinclair put the visitors ahead before Joe Wright’s penalty levelled things up though the ‘Bury won the match thanks to strikes from Charncey Dash and Luke Marshall.

Fellow Non-League writer Peter D was at this match and his report is here:


Southend Manor  2 – 2  Saffron Walden Town  | Southchurch Park  | Att: 50

A topsy-turvy game saw the points shared as Manor held the Bloods at Southchurch Park. James Crane’s penalty initially gave Jason Maher’s side the lead on the half-hour though the goal-scoring drama really went up a few notches later on. Jordan Fisher levelled proceedings on 70 minutes before Rhys Fatt [85′] struck for the hosts, who may have thought that would be enough to claim a morale-boosting win. It wasn’t to be though as Tony Da Silva’s injury-time equaliser rescued a point and extended SWT’s unbeaten run to seven while Manor are now six without a win.


Stansted  2 – 1  Redbridge   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 51

Stansted maintained their surge of good results with this triumph over the Motormen at Hargrave Park. Connor Hammond struck nine minutes in to give the Airportmen the lead and perhaps negate some nerves in the home camp. Redbridge responded on 22 minutes through Terrell Miller’s strike as the visitors battled stoutly. Jordan Palmer [74′]  got the winner as the hosts were not to be denied an eighth win in nine matches to go two points clear at the summit. Redbridge should take something from this outing though, despite it being their sixth loss in their last eight.


Takeley  2 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Station Road  | Att: 42

Takeley got their second win on-the-bounce (and shutting up a few doubters along the way) here at Station Road. A double from Josh Sykes [2′ & 58′] was enough to send Marc Das’ side up to 8th, thanks to their 7th league win this term. Leyton are now winless in five league matches, slipping to second-bottom in the process.


Tower Hamlets  1 – 0  Hoddesdon Town  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 20

Hamlets picked up a narrow but nonetheless important win over Hoddesdon at Mile End. Darnel Coker got the only goal of the game as AJ Ashinike’s side got their third win this campaign. Hoddy’s nine-match unbeaten run ended here though they sit 7th in the table.


Walthamstow  1 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 46

This much-anticipated match ended honours-even as Bengal got a creditable point at Kitchener Road. Bengal took the lead through defender Kamarl Duncan though ‘Stow made it 11 matches without defeat thanks to Reece Conway’s goal. Imrul Gazi’s Bengal side are seven matches unbeaten themselves. Walthamstow remain fourth while Bengal rise to sixth in the standings.


West Essex  3 – 3  Stanway Rovers | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 28

Finally for this weekend, West struck late again to deny Stanway a good victory at Mayesbrook Park. Stanway took the initiative on ten minutes as Alfie Cleal scored though forward Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe levelled on the half-hour. West led for the first time only five minutes afterward as Ogedi-Uzokwe got his second of the afternoon. Cleal was hardly done himself and added two [50′ & 70′] to seal his hat-trick for the visitors. Though the points were shared thanks to full-back Tanvir Ahmed’s goal a minute from time, following good work by substitute Samraj Gill. The Stags sit 10th while Stanway are up to 15th in the table.

Thanks for reading, that’s all for this week.

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Ilford (Essex Snr Lge – Sat 27th Oct) [ESL 27.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 50

2018-19 Season – Match 28

Saturday 27th October 2018  – 3pm KO

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

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

Resolute Ilford hold ‘Bridge in an entertaining affair



Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with Photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: ABridgeTooFar16) & Scott


My second match of the weekend took me to Lower Road to see an intriguing tie in prospect between two sides who have started their seasons well. Hullbridge were missing a few key players, with Matt Rose, Dan Okah and Jimmy Cox all banned plus Rob Hodgson was unavailable. George Marsh continued in goal with Shawn Coe and Lewis Risk being the full-backs with Joe Skeels making his first league start for the club. Ilford were also missing the likes of Morgan Seaman, Mitchell Victorin and Callum Maltese. Yemi Adelani and Lauric Diakiesse led the line for Martin Haywood’s side with a powerful centre midfield partnership of Jamal Dzotsi and Jermaine Findlator.

The match didn’t take long to whirl into life as only two minutes in, Hullbridge took the lead as after Ilf custodian Hugo Rosetti made a decent save to deny forward Luke Hornsley’s effort, Nathan Scarborough tucked home the re-bound right into the top corner from a narrow angle. Both sides looked a threat going forward as moments after the goal, a curling drive from Ilford midfielder Jamal Dzotsi was gathered by by home goalkeeper George Marsh. At the other end, home winger Aundre Spencer fired wide from 18 yards.

The Foxes had a good sight at goal on 13 minutes as forward Yemi Adelani was one-on-one with Marsh though couldn’t beat the ‘keeper. This spurred the visitors on as ten minutes later, Adelani’s pace and tricky rounded the defender in the area, sending a low centre for strike partner Lauric Diakiesse to help himself to a tap-in to level things up. The hosts had one or two more chances to re-take the lead though Hornsley and fellow foorward Ollie Sotoyinbo couldn’t get past Rosetti.

Six minutes before half-time, livewire Adelani raced clear of the home defence before calmly slotting past Marsh to give the visitors the advantage though said advantage lasted mere moments as at the other end, Scarborough’s initial strike was saved by Rosetti, Sotoyinbo made no mistake from close range. An entertaining half it was, though at this point you felt defences were not going to be on top here.

Yemi Adelani (right) puts Ilford ahead, wheeling away in delight (Image: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 2 Ilford

Hullbridge had the better of the early-going after the break though couldn’t make the most of the their chances, though Rosetti did pull off a decent save to deny Scarborough’s powerful effort on 54 minutes. Ilford did gradually get back into the game as Ilford continued to search for telling balls in though much to their credit, the home defence remained undaunted with centre-back Jamal Allen and right-back Shawn Coe particularly impressing.

The weather may have been distinctly chilly but the tension was racking up as well as Rosetti denied Taylor’s free-kick before a nice move involving full-back Lewis Risk and Hornsley resulted in Spencer’s tame shot being gathered by the Ilf stopper. The visitors were thankful that Sotoyinbo’s toe-poke was denied on the goal-line, after substitute Michael Salako had picked him out well.

Late on, Adelani was played in well though just as thought he was was about to strike, a superb tackle by Coe denied him the oppurtunity, almost as quickly as it appeared. It ended all-square though it was in my view, a fair result as both sides could’ve won this entertaining match.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Ilford

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Shawn Coe, Lewis Risk (Matt Tapley 76′), Sam Taylor, Luke McLeavy, Joe Skeels, Luke Hornsley (Capt), Ollie Sotoyinbo, Nathan Scarborough (Arnold Achaempong 84′), Aundre Spencer (Michael Salako 70′)

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [2′], Ollie Sotoyinbo [41′]

Booked: Sotoyinbo, McLeavy     | Subs Not Used: None


Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Isacka Mncube, Henry Mabassa, Dany Haigh (Capt), Jamal Dzotsi, Yasseir Nazor (Leon Bernard 76′), Jermaine Findlator (Lamarr Douglas 82′), Yemi Adelani, Lauric Diakiesse, Lion Docaj (David Oyeleku 85′)

Goal-scorers: Lauric Diakiesse [24′], Yemi Adelani [39′]

Booked: Haigh, Findlator, Bernard    |  Subs Not Used: J Fudge