Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 2 – 5 West Essex (ESL 9.12.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 16

Saturday 9th December 2017 3pm KO

2017-18 Season – Match 45

Burnham Ramblers: Navy Blue & Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

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


Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a day partly beset by postponements due to the inclement weather, West Essex travelled to Leslie Field to take on Burnham Ramblers. Burnham were depleted though still named Charlee Hughes and Karl Swanborough in attack. West Essex were also missing a few key players though the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot was joined by Fatos Zeqiri up front and Jack Coker was back between the sticks.

I had a good feeling about this match before kick-off and that feeling was soon validated. The hosts had a double-chance early on though forwards Karl Swanborough and Charlee Hughes were both denied by visiting custodian Jack Coker. Both sides traded chances soon after that with home skipper Ryan Stillwell having an effort saved while West defender Nick Walk’s chip was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Josh Strizovic and Mignot’s lob struck the bar. It really was an open start to this match.

The visitors struck 17 minutes into the match through forward Fatos Zeqiri’s strike which found its way past Strizovic. The hosts struggled to keep up with the quickness of the Stags’ attacks and Strizovic produced a really good save to deny Mignot on the half-hour. That save was even more important at this point of the match as the hosts levelled minutes later through Karl Swanborough’s tap-in following-up.

The visitors responded just four minutes later as winger Cameron Gray’s initial shot was blocked though midfielder Joe Lefley slotted home neatly into the right corner. Strizovic was called upon again four minutes before the break to deny Zeqiri’s shot with his feet. There was a sense even at this point that there were more goals in this match.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 2 West Essex

Just a minute after the re-start, the Stags extended their lead as a well-directed long pass found forward Michael Mignot and after rounding Strizovic, slotted home calmly into an unguarded net. Soon after, Gray nearly made it four though his effort was well-saved by Strizovic. Burnham spurned a decent opening six minutes after the break as Hughes fired wide. The visitors made it 4-1 moments after as Zeqiri grabbed his second of the afternoon, wrong-footing Strizovic before blasting home. Kwame Kwateng’s side continued to push with rapid attacks and just after the hour, midfielder Brad Russell’s attempted lob was well-saved again by the over-worked Strizovic.

The hosts got some respite in the form of a spot-kick, tucked away by Swanborough midway through the half to lessen the arrears once again and could’ve given the visitors a tricky last 15 minutes though Swanborough’s twin efforts on goal couldn’t get past Coker. In the last ten minutes of a really entertaining affair, West made it five after Mignot slotted home well from a narrow angle while at the other end five minutes later, Hughes couldn’t connect well with his header which was gratefully claimed by Coker.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 2 – 5 West Essex

All in all, a pulsating match filled with both sides wanting to get the ball down and play good attacking football on a tricky pitch though to be fair, West had done more than enough to warrant the points so credit to them and in doing so, ending Burnham’s four-match unbeaten run. As for the hosts, well on another day they may have scored more and I have the feeling that manager Lee Hughes & his coaching staff will drive them on to a decent finish this term. One thing is for sure, watching Burnham’s matches is hardly dull, as there’s usually goals in them.

Finally, I’d like to thank both Burnham boss Hughes and West Essex Head Coach Kwame Kwateng as it was really good to talk to both of them post-match.



Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Jed Bowman, Edison Tereziu (Jake Croft 46′), Ryan Plom, Fraser Inns (Julian Bavin 46′), Alex Karkoski, Ryan Stillwell (Capt), Ben Burgess, Robert Bagnall (Sam Warwick 63′), Charlee Hughes, Karl Swanborough

Goal-scorers: Karl Swanborough [32′ & pen 67′]

Subs Not Used: A French (GK), L Bond | Booked: Burgess


West Essex

Jack Coker (GK), Nick Walk, Ben Leo, Maanoon Khan, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt) (Kofi Appiah 87′) , Brad Russell, Joe Lefley (Tom Woodbridge 76′), Cameron Gray, Michael Mignot, Fatos Zeqiri (James Bromley 81′)

Goal-scorers: Fatos Zeqiri [17′ & 53′], Joe Lefley [36′], Michael Mignot [46′ & 81′]

Subs Not Used: T Ahmed, Carroll | Booked: None

Referee: James Masson
Assistant Referees: Ray Parmenter & Trevor Williams



Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 0 Woodford Town (2017) (ESL 8.12.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 59

2017-18 Season – Match 44

Friday 8th December 2017 7.45pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford Town: Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

The teams before KO

Scott W reporting  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at Oakside, leaders Redbridge welcomed mid-table Woodford Town in another Essex Senior League encounter. The Motormen were led by Brian Moses and Calvin Poku in attack, with Reside Coxi-Sebastfao on the left flank, who scored a hat-trick against the same opponents earlier in the season. Woodford’s forward line was led by livewire Larry Asare and Ethan Kessel.

Pre-match, one or two may well have had Redbridge down to win this fixture convincingly though as it turned out, it wasn’t quite that. The visitors did start proceedings fairly well as they made sure the Motormen defence were alert with a couple of near-misses. Twelve minutes in, a powerful drive from Town forward Larry Asare was well-saved by home goalkeeper Lewis Greene.

Redbridge couldn’t really get going at their best going forward though Brian Moses and winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao spurned half-chances. On 34 minutes, arguably against the run of play, the hosts took the lead as from skipper Eljay Worrell’s corner, Moses headed home past visiting stopper Nick Wilson. It stayed that way at the break, with the visitors still well in the match and were arguably unfortunate to be behind, although they couldn’t find that telling final ball to breach the home defence.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 0 Woodford Town

A minute into the second half, Asare struck an effort wide as Town were looking to level. Their chances took a knock when Dion Lewis-Kirwan was dismissed for a second booking six minutes after the interval. Just past the hour mark, the hosts nearly doubled their lead as Moses ghosted past several Woodford defenders but couldn’t find the finish. Although they found it tougher with ten men, the visitors still put the ‘hard yards’ in, particularly at the back with Town skipper Jack Grosvenor making a number of good challenges.

Into the last 20 minutes or so, and Moses & midfielder Shaun Harris had efforts that couldn’t find the target. Town defender Grosvenor denied Redbridge substitute Jacob Dingli a icertain goal with a good goal-line clearance with 15 minutes left. Soon after, Town had a goal chalked off for off-side and their frustrations were evident by this stage. Dingli was denied late on by Wilson as the striker was one-on-one with the Town ‘keeper.

Redbridge sealed the points in added-time as Wilson had denied an initial attack though Moses grabbed his second with a low curling effort into the right corner. They say ‘It doesn’t matter how you win, just that you do’ and on this occasion, Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side did exactly that without being at their best, not that they will mind much as this was their 8th straight league win. Woodford should take some solace though from their performance here as in phases, they played well and made it difficult for the league leaders.

Full-Time: Redbridge 2 – 0 Woodford Town



Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Eljay Worrell (Capt.), Shaun Harris, Liam Thomas, Jonathon Mbamarah, Tommie Turner, (Thomas Gogo 61′) Patrick Duggan, Calvin Poku (Jacob Dingli 61′) Brian Moses, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao

Goal-Scorers: Brian Moses [34′ & 90’+2]

Subs Not Used: Toussaint, Nelson & Brown-Bamfpoe | Booked: Worrell, Harris

Woodford Town (in estimated position order)

Nick Wilson (GK), Leon Wildman, Ola Ogunwamide, James Walkinshaw, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Gamal Nfodjo, Ryley Scott (Yusuf Topal 83′), Andre Bennett (Djazton Mandica 63′), Ethan Kessel, Larry Asare (De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale 70′)

Subs Not Used: Lefevre, Abdul | Booked: Wildman

| Sent Off: Lewis-Kirwan [51′ – second booking]

Referee: Ede Eruero
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Charlie Roberts


Essex Senior League Preview (8.12.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

This weekend, the ESL programme returns in ‘full flight’. Peter also returns so here are his and my thoughts on the weekend’s matches:-

Friday 8th December

Redbridge v Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: Oakside

Peter: Leaders Redbridge face a tough test against a young Woodford Town side, however the hosts are flying so should fear no-one, and although they will be made to work hard by the Goffs Lane side, I see another three points heading the Oakside outfits’ way.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Friday Night Football returns to Oakside as Redbridge take on Woodford. The hosts have had the last ten days off though their seven-game winning run has them still in top spot. Woodford by contrast lost out in midweek at Great Wakering as they look to end a four-match losing run in the league. The visitors are going need to bring their best to this encounter to deny the free-scoring Motormen. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Barkingside v Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The hosts are bottom of the form table over the last six games, having lost all six and conceding 19 goals too, the worst in the league over the same period.  And they welcome a Hullbridge side who have renewed vigour under boss Darren Manning and after last weekend’s Vase win over Enfield will be bouncing and confident of victory.  Fancy the visitors in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-2

Scott: Hullbridge travel back to Cricklefield to take on out-of-form Barkingside, following their FA Vase Triumph last weekend. The hosts need to end a barren run of six straight league defeats & appointed ex-Manor boss Stuart Marshall as assistant boss this week. Hullbridge are starting to put to turn their form around and may fancy their chances here. I’ll plump for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Basildon Utd v Takeley | V: The Hive

Peter: What a mouth-watering match up we have here as two teams battling for the top spots in the division and both have unsurprisngly been in good form over their last half dozen games.  Takeley have scored the most goals in the division (22) over the last six games but the Bees have the best defensive record (3) in the league of the same period, so proves to be an interesting one.  Gonna go for a draw I think.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Basildon welcome fellow ESL high-flyers Takeley to the Hive. The hosts were not in action last weekend while Takeley returned to winning ways last weekend and added to it with a good win at Stansted in midweek. Tough one to call here, though they may battle it out to a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Burnham Ramblers v West Essex | Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers are unbeaten in their last four games, and have netted sixteen and conceded thirteen in their last six, winning three of those games, including a 5-1 win at Wadham Lodge.  They welcome a West Essex side who saw the return of their lynchpin Michael Mignot in last weekend’s last gasp winner against Barkingside, which was their first win in four outings.  Actually do fancy a home win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Burnham host West Essex in a fascinating encounter at Leslie Field. Ramblers are unbeaten in four league matches following a late win at Enfield on Monday night. The Stags also won late on last weekend over Barkingside so this one could be a goal-fest.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Enfield 1893 v Wadham Lodge | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts unpredictability continues as you just do not know which Enfield side will turn up each week.  The last six games have seen two wins, a draw and three defeats, and their last game saw a crazy 4-3 home defeat to Burnham Ramblers, a game they could have easily won.  They welcome a Lodge side to Barrows Farm who saw their six-match unbeaten run ended at home to Burnham Ramblers in their last league outing, so no doubt they will want to get back to winning ways.  However, I fancy the hosts may win a entertaining one here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-2

Scott: Lodge travel to the Harlow Arena. Enfield need to ‘knuckle down’ in the league, having lost three out of their last five matches and conceding goals is an issue for Matt Hanning’s side. Wadham were not in action last weekend and have been a tad inconsistent of late. The hosts may pinch this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Hackney Wick v FC Romania | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: New Wick boss Tony Ievoli saw his new side battle back from 3-1 down at Manor in midweek to force a penalty shoot-out, which they won, to reach the Quarter Finals of the Errington Challenge Cup and give him his first win at the club.  Their league form hasn’t been brilliant of late though, with a 4-0 home win over Burnham their only win in the last six games, and they welcome a side in terrific form in the shape of FC Romania, who could go second with a win here.   The Romanians have netted nineteen and conceded five in their last six and I feel they may add more goals in this one and take an away win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 4

Scott: Wick welcome FCR to the Old Spotted Dog. Tony Ievoli’s side went through on spot-kicks at Manor in an Errington Challenge Cup match in mid-week. FC Romania are still in great form and given Wick’s home form, they may fancy this tie.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Southend Manor v Clapton | Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor will be smarting after letting a lead slip in midweek to eventually lose on penalties and losing out on a Quarter Final place in the Errington Challenge Cup, and off the back of two successive league defeats it’s not been a good week or two for the Southchurch Park side.  They welcome a Clapton side who come into this off the back of a defeat at Metropolitan Police in the London Senior Cup, although they put up a very good second half showing, so will take those positives into this game.  Reckon the Tons may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-1

Scott: Manor welcome the Tons to Southchurch Park and are in the midst of a mini-blip in terms of form. Clapton exited the London Senior Cup at Met Police in midweek though were not in action last weekend. I think the visitors will prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Stansted v Ilford | Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: The Airportmen aren’t exactly flying right now, eight defeats in-a-row and conceding almost three goals a game has seen them drop into the bottom four and only three points off the bottom, and they welcome an Ilford side who who are unbeaten in three and could go up to seventh with a win here. Sadly for the hosts can see a ninth straight defeat on the horizon.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-2

Scott: The Airportmen welcome the Foxes to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck’s men are on a tough run of eight straight league defeats, the latest one being a home loss to Takeley in midweek. Ilford won in the Gordon Brasted Trophy Waltham Forest in midweek though league-wise they are unbeaten in three matches.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Tower Hamlets v Sporting Bengal Utd | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Its the Mile End derby at the weekend and this one is impossible to call, although Sporting are the ones with the better form over the last couple of weeks, currently four games unbeaten, whilst Hamlets have lost three of their last four.  Hamlets do have a six point lead over their rivals currently though, 7th against 11th, but a Sporting win could take them into the top ten.  However, I reckon like most derbies it will end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: Hamlets welcome Bengal in the ‘Mile End derby’. The hosts have lost three of the last four league matches while Bengal are unbeaten in their last four matches. Think this one may be a battle and end honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Waltham Forest v Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Forest have had a decent couple of weeks, winning three of their four league games and climbing to just six points off the top ten.  They did however lose at home to Ilford in their Brasted Trophy Quarter Final in midweek but welcome a Sawbo side who have struggled to get any sort of consistent form going this campaign.  Think Forest may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-1

Scott: Forest take on Sawbo at Kitchener Road. The hosts are on a decent run of late, unbeaten in three in the league. Sawbridgeworth are in decent form league-wise, having lost two of their last six matches so this is set to be a good encounter. I’ll go for an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

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Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893 (FA Vase R3 2.12.17)

The FA Vase Third Round (Last 64)

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 85

2017-18 Season: Match 43

Saturday 2nd December 2017 3pm KO

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

Enfield 1893: Green & White Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks


Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On FA Vase Third Round day, Hullbridge Sports welcomed ESL stable-mates Enfield 1893 to Lower Road for an intriuging cup-tie. For the hosts, Russell Harley got the nod between the sticks, with Harry Watkins making his first start and skipper Jimmy Cox and Michael Salako leading the line. Regarding the visitors, they lost full-back Matthew Claxton in the warm-up because of a hamstring injury, David Ottley filled in while ex-Ilford winger Luke Thomas lined up on the right flank with forward John Bricknell being supported up top by Ben Bradbury. Jayden Hocking-Rising and Josh Sykes were options for Matt Hanning’s side from the bench.

This much-anticipated tie (with radio’s BBC Essex also in attendance) got underway with Hullbridge having the first real chance as Cox’s cross from the left found Salako though he couldn’t direct his header past visiting ‘stopper Michael Corderoy. The visitors did have more of the ball in the early stages, with the hosts arguably sitting too deep. Enfield winger Thomas was a consistent threat down the right flank with his direct running and pace.

As we got to the mid-way point of the 1st half, both sides were lacking that final ball to unlock defences thus far. Midway into the half, home midfielder Joe Pattison’s drive was blocked in the area, the referee pointed to the spot after adjudging it to be a handball. Cox stepped up and buried the spot-kick in the right corner.

Hullbridge forward Cox coverts the first spot-kick (Image: Neil Hunwicks – Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16 & Used with permission)

Enfield nearly levelled on the half-hour as Bricknell’s free-kick shaded past the top-right corner with home custodian Russell Harley beaten. On the stroke of half-time, Hullbridge midfielder Harry Watkins’ free-kick was saved by Corderoy.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 1 – 0 Enfield 1893

The second half didn’t begin well for the visitors. Already aggrieved at the manner of the first spot-kick given against them, Enfield conceded another penalty two minutes after the re-start. Cox once again duly stepped up for Hullbridge and converted it well, low into the right corner of the net. On the hour mark, Salako was well-denied by Enfield full-back Joe Clark when poised to strike.

On 68 minutes, Clark’s cross from the left found midfielder Joe Johnson though he shot wide at the back post. Five minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty after a foul on Thomas, with Bricknell dispatching it well. So, 2-1 with a little over a quarter-hour to play – you knew it was going to get a bit frantic.

The ‘chaos meter’ went up a notch again with 11 minutes of allotted time left as Hullbridge substitute goalkeeper Jamie Merralls, who had only been on the pitch 12 minutes, was dismissed for reacting to being fouled. Home forward Cox had the unenviable task of taking the goalkeeper’s jersey.

Hullbridge skipper Cox crowns an all-action game by taking the goalie’s gloves late on (Image by Neil Hunwicks & used with permission)

The action was far from over though as with nine minutes of normal time remaining, the hosts increased their lead with a pearler of a free-kick from Watkins, which past Corderoy into the left corner. Enfield showed more guts though a few minutes later to halve the deficit through Thomas’ strike from close range. As we entered six minutes of added-time, Enfield defenders Ryan Cosson and Clark had to be alert to deny Salako another sight of goal. Enfield by this time were peppering the home defence with balls into the box, though the defiant back-line, led by centre-backs Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn and Jordan Meikle dealt with it well though Enfield substitute Jayden Hocking-Rising’s shot did test stand-in stopper Cox.

As the full-time whistle sounded, unsurprisingly the Hullbridge players & staff showed their delight though they knew they had been in a real battle here, for which credit should go to Enfield. There really wasn’t much to seperate these two sides today, though it is Hullbridge who take their place in the next round of the competition.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893

Hullbridge players & management show their delight after the winning goal (Image by Neil Hunwicks)

As ever, I’d like to thank Hullbridge for their hospitality, club photographer Neil for the use of his superb images and wish Enfield the best for the remainder of the league campaign. It was also good to be joined by respected colleague Peter Dudley today and we both spoke to Hullbridge boss Darren Manning post-match which you’ll be able to hear on this week’s Grassroot Football Show on Thursday night (7th December).


Hullbridge Sports

Russell Harley (GK) (Jamie Merralls 67′), Jordan Meikle, Sam Taylor, Joe Pattison, Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn, Tom Ranger (Michael Edgar 39′), Harry Watkins, Michael Salako, Jimmy Cox (Capt), Charlie Buffin

Goal-Scorers: Jimmy Cox [Pen 23′, Pen 47′], Harry Watkins [81′]

Sent Off: Merralls [79′]

Subs Not Used: Offord, Kimmence, Pallett | Booked: Watkins


Enfield 1893

Michael Corderoy (GK), David Ottley (Josh Sykes 76′), Joe Clark, Ryan Cosson, James O’Brien (Capt), Joe Johnson, Luke Thomas, Joe Staunton, John Bricknell, Ben Bradbury, Harry Prince (Jayden Hocking-Rising 65′)

Goal-Scorers: John Bricknell [Pen 73′], Luke Thomas [84′]

Subs Not Used: Thoma, Tirivanhu | Booked: Thomas, Bradbury, Sykes

Essex Senior League round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another edition of my semi-regular ESL round-up, which this weekend takes in a few upsets and also some good performances. Enjoy.

Friday 24th Nov

Tower Hamlets 3 – 2 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 55

Hamlets edged this encounter with Wick to pick up a much-needed win. Curtis Pond gave the hosts the lead three minutes before the break, though Hassan Nalbant [47′] struck with his fourth goal in two matches to level for the visitors. Pond restored Hamlets lead nine minutes later before Jeff Idemudia once again restored parity on 63 minutes. Hamlets were not to be denied though as David McCarthy got the winner 11 minutes from time.

Also, Hackney Wick announced following this match that ex-Woodford & Brentwood boss Tony Ievoli will be their new manager. I’m sure the Non-League community in the area will wish Tony well in his new role.


Saturday 25th Nov

Barkingside 0 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 58

Wakering ‘got the job done’ with victory at Cricklefield. Goals from Jay Nash [5′] and Billy Johnson [55′] were enough. to seal Rovers’ 6th straight league win. For the hosts, their fourth straight league defeat leaves thrm 14th and in danger of being dragged into the dogfight at the bottom of the table.

Clapton 1 – 1 Ilford
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 78

These two old rivals were locked in a stalemate at the OSD. The Tons led through Jeffrey Cobblah 65th-minute strike though hot-shot James Peagram secured a point by levelling 11 minutes from time.

Enfield 1893 0 – 5 FC Romania
| Venue: The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 62

FCR continued their superb recent form with a big win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Mihai Botosan [12′], George Taban [24′], Adrian Balsanu [62′] gave the visitors a big lead though Enfield’s pain was complete as Ionut Juganu [89′] and Sergiu Pitaru [90’+1] added late strikes to seal FCR’s 9th win in their last 11 league matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Crofters End | Attendance: 50

Redbridge came away with another 3 points after this good win at Crofters. Brian Moses struck on 29 minutes to give the visitors the lead at the break. Second-half goals from Eljay Worrell [51′], Moses [60′] and Martin Tuohy six minutes from time sealed the win though Leon Lewis [89′] got a consolation for Sawbo. The Motormen have won their last seven ESL matches on-the-reel.

Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Attendance: 65

Manor were surpassed on the day by an lively new-look Hullbridge side. I attended this match, my report is here:

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 0 West Essex
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 15

Bengal grabbed a rare win through goals from David Vaughan [45′] and Oscar Mendes [75′]. Indeed this was Bengal’s first win in ten league matches while West Essex are on a three-match winless run.

Stansted 1 – 4 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 26

Burnham came from behind to grab a win they badly needed at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Wisley Baltazar [12′] put them ahead. The hosts then missed a penalty soon afterward and were pegged back by Ryan Plom’s goal ten minutes before the break. After the break, goals from Karl Swanborough [56′] and a Bradley Morgan spot-kick on the hour, turned the tide before Swanborough grabbed a fourth in added-time.

Waltham Forest 2 – 0 Takeley
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 58

Forest upset Takeley to grab their second league win in their last five matches. Goals from Abiolo Tanimowo [40′] and Mo Sagaf in added-time sealed a ‘bad day at the office’ for Marc Das’ side as their eight-match unbeaten run was ended.

Woodford Town 2 – 4 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Attendance: 32

Wadham’s turnaround to their season continued as they won at Goffs Lane. Eli Benoit [6′] and Mario Gnijaj [32′] gave Wadham the platform though an OG and Dwade James sealed the points five minutes from time. Asher Modeste & another OG accounted for the hosts’ goals. Wadham’s unbeaten run now sits at six matches.




Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports (ESL 25.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 65

2017-18 Season: Match 42

Saturday 25th November 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

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


Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a very chilly & breezy afternoon at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Hullbridge Sports in an interesting Essex Senior League match. For the hosts, winger Jamie Brown was banned and Nathan Dewberry led the forward line with support from the trio of Fatt, Sighiartau and Zamani behind him. Hullbridge were looking to build on a good point at Waltham Forest, new signings Jordan Meikle, Perry Dunn, Joe Pattison and Michael Salako all started for the visitors.

Both sides took a little time to settle down into the match, with few chances materialising in the first quarter-hour. Manor were on the attack when winger Rhys Fatt’s header couldn’t find a way past visiting goalkeeper Jamie Merralls. Fatt did break the deadlock though on twenty minutes as forward Nathan Dewberry’s flick-on found the winger and he slotted home past Merralls into the left corner. The hosts had another good chance seven minutes later as from a corner, Dewberry’s powerful drive was well-saved by Merrralls.

Hullbridge came back into the match though as on 32 minutes as forward Michael Salako had a goal chalked off for off-side. Two minutes later, they were level as midfielder Ashley Pibworth’s drive found the left corner. The visitors pushed for more and home ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo had to be alert to gather winger Charlie Buffin’s 30-yard effort. Centre-back Perry Dunn’s header went wide from a free-kick as the first-half headed to a close.

Hullbridge took the lead two minutes before the interval as Makayabo missed an in-swinging Taylor corner and Pibworth popped up at the back post to grab a tap-in. In truth, there wasn’t much between the sides at the break though the visitors held a slender lead.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Hullbridge Sports

After the break, Manor looked to restore parity though couldn’t create many clear-cut openings. Even so, they were level on the hour as substitute Jamie Alexandrou’s deep cross found its way to Fatt at the back stick who made no mistake to seal his brace.

The hosts were only level for seven minutes before Hullbridge re-took the lead as Buffin’s pass found Salako who slotted home to grab his first goal in a ‘Bridge shirt. Manor could well have been level soon afterwards though Merralls pulled off good saves to deny efforts from Hamid Zamani and substitute Bayley Newell.

‘Bridge extended their lead with 11 minutes remaining as another Taylor free-kick found its way to skipper Jimmy Cox who slotted home well past Makayabo. Late on, Manor captain Lee Delf’s header was saved by Merralls though it was Hullbridge’s day.

To be fair, Manor were not at their best going forward or in possession today though Hullbridge were more sturdy at the back and had more energy about them in their play and they did deserve this victory in the end, this being new boss Darren Manning’s first win since taking charge.

Hullbridge will savour this performance and it may give them a lift ahead of next weekend’s FA Vase tie at home to Enfield 1893. For the record, Enfield suffered a 0-5 home defeat to FC Romania today.



Southend Manor

Klinton Makayabo (GK), Lee Scott (Jamie Alexandrou 57′), Ross Johnson (Mohamed Kargbo 72′), Joe Skeels, Lee Delf (Capt), Tyler Fowles, Rhys Fatt, Charlie Barlow, Nathan Dewberry, Hamid Zamani, Vlad Sighiartau (Bayley Newell 65′)

Goal-Scorers: Rhys Fatt [20′ & 60′]

Booked: Skeels, Alexandrou | Subs Not Used: Keys, Good


Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Jordan Meikle, Sam Taylor, Ashley Pibworth, Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn, Tom Ranger (Michael Edgar 80′), Joe Pattison, Michael Salako (Luca Frankis 90’+3), Jimmy Cox (Capt), Charlie Buffin (Sam Kimmence 89′)

Goal-Scorers: Ashley Pibworth [34′ & 43′], Michael Salako [67′], Jimmy Cox [79′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Offord, Gerada


Referee: Paul Stratton

Assistant Referees: Jack Racey & Joe Burgess


Essex Senior League Preview (24.11.17)

Written by Scott W

So as the weekend comes around again, you know what that means… more ESL action! Unfortunately, Peter’s having a week off due to work commitments so here’s my thoughts on this week’s action. Enjoy your weekend!


Tower Hamlets v Hackney Wick | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Hamlets welcome Wick to Mile End in their second home match in five days. On Monday night, Redbridge won well though the hosts have won four of their last eight league matches overall. Hackney Wick picked up their first home win in midweek, defeating Burnham though wins are still hard to come by for them just now and I think Hamlets will best them here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Barkingside v Great Wakering Rovers | Venue: Cricklefield

Scott: Onto the action on Saturday then and two contrasting sides (in terms of league form) meet at Cricklefield. Barkingside have been defeated in four of their last five league matches and face another tough test against GWR. Wakering by contrast have won their last five league matches on-the-trot and I saw them power to a big win over Hullbridge last weekend so their confidence will be high going into this one. Factor in that Wakering are one of those sides that ‘find a way’ to win and I can see this one being an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Clapton v Ilford | Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Scott: The Foxes travel to the Old Spotted Dog to meet the Tons in an important match for both sides. The hosts have lost their last three league matches after a narrow home loss to Basildon in midweek, consequently dropping to sixth in the table. Ilford’s form is mixed too with three wins & three losses in their last six league outings. This tie could really go either way though I’m plumping for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


Enfield 1893 v FC Romania | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Scott: The next tie takes place at the Harlow Arena as the Wolves take on Enfield. The hosts are gradually improving, with only two defeats in their last six league matches after their win at Burnham last weekend. FCR are one of the in-form sides though at present, unbeaten in their last six (5 wins, 1 draw) though that draw did occur in midweek at home to Wadham. The hosts will make it tough, though I see this one could be a win for the visitors.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2


Sawbridgeworth Town v Redbridge | Venue: Crofters End

Scott: In-form leaders Redbridge travel to Crofters End to meet Sawbridgeworth. The Motormen are running like a well-oiled train at present with nine wins from their last ten matches in the league after a 5-0 win at Tower Hamlets in midweek. Sawbridgeworth got blitzed by Takeley at home last weekend but drew at West Essex in midweek and their form is steadily improving (W2, D2, L1 in their last 5 matches) so this may be a tricky match for the visitors though I still believe they’ll get the win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Southend Manor v Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Southchurch Park

Scott: Manor take on new-look Hullbridge at Southchurch Park. The hosts have won their last three league matches and triumphed over Tower Hamlets last weekend. Hullbridge ended a six-match losing league run with a creditable point at Waltham Forest in midweek though their run of away games continues here and this is a hard assignment. Home win I reckon.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

**Note** – This match will be promoting the #RainbowLaces campaign. This campaign will be highlighting the issues of LGBT players & the ESL is one if three leagues selected by the Essex FA as part of the wider FA #RainbowLaces campaign. To mark this occasion, Player will be wearing the Rainbow Laces in their boots.


Sporting Bengal Utd v West Essex | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: The Stags travel to Mile End once again, this time to face Sporting Bengal. The hosts held Takeley in midweek though their winless run now sits at nine league matches and that needs to change if they are to avoid slipping further down the table. West’s form isn’t great either with two wins from their last eight league matches though they did hold Sawbridgeworth Town to a draw in midweek. Have a feeling that Bengal’s wait for a win will go on here in what could be an entertaining match.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3


Stansted v Burnham Ramblers | Venue: Hargrave Park

Scott: Two out-of-form sides meet at Hargrave Park. In a strange quirk, both sides have lost their last six league matches on-the-trot so something has to give here. Stansted got pipped by Wakering in midweek while Burnham suffered a demoralising loss at Hackney Wick, also in midweek. This one will be very tight I believe, though Stansted might pinch it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Waltham Forest v Takeley | Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Takeley continue their travels as they meet Forest at Kitchener Road. The hosts won at Barkingside last weekend before being held at home by Hullbridge in midweek. Overall, positive results are tough to find for Forest just now and that job hardly gets any easier in this encounter. Takeley were held by Bengal in midweek though are unbeaten in their last eight league matches so that solidifies their reputation as being tough to beat. Marc Das’ side will not want to lose any more ground on the top two (Redbridge & Basildon) so I suspect they’ll be fired-up for this match and I also think they will take the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3


Woodford Town (2017) v Wadham Lodge | Venue: Goffs Lane

Scott: Finally, Woodford welcome a resurgent Wadham outfit to Goffs Lane. The hosts narrowly lost out at Ilford in midweek though did prevail at Hackney Wick last weekend. Their form overall is inconsistent with three wins from their last eight league matches. That said, they sit in mid-table prior to this weekend. Wadham have only tasted defeat once in their last eight league matches and manager Marc Farrell & his staff have certainly set the side on an upward curve and showed that in midweek by holding FC Romania to a draw. This may be another tight one though the visitors may continue their good run here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


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