S20-21 Match Report: Ilford 2 – 4 Colney Heath (FA Vase R2) [FAV 20-21 5.12.20]

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Cricklefield

2020-21 Season: Match 19

Saturday 5th December 2020 – 3pm KO

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

Colney H: Black & White Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


Ilford 2 – 4 Colney Heath

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

The first match after the enforced month-long break in November saw me travel to Cricklefield for this intriguing FA Vase Second Round tie between Essex Senor side Ilford and unbeaten Spartan South Midlands side Colney Heath. Ilford were missing a few of their squad for this one including both the Djotzi brothers and the likes of full-backs Bailey Pryce and Sean Ekila but lynchpin skipper Steve Sylvester was in the back four, alongside Ronnie Bullen and full-backs Charlie Hannam and Naseer Ishanzadeh. The potent front three of Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Yemi Adelani and Mo Kargbo all started with forwards Larry Akanbi and Fred Agyemang along with Ian Vangu and Caleb Steele on the substitute’s bench. Colney Heath are second in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division at present and they would start as favourites here. Matt Evans was the glovesman, with a front three of returning skipper Spencer Clarke-Mardel joined by Jack Woods and league top-scorer George Devine. Options from the sidelines included Marcus Mealing, Danny Fitzgerald, Bailey Stevenson and Aaron Jewell.

The early stages of this contest were a bit subdued as both teams looked to set their stall out to gain the early advantage. Colney forwards Jack Woods and Spencer Clarke-Mardel looked to drive down the flanks to arrow in crosses to test youthful Ilford goalkeeper Josh Blackburn. The first real chance came on the quarter-hour for the visitors as a fine right-wing centre found forward George Devine those his header lacked the power to bypass Blackburn. No matter though as the Magpies did break the deadlock with twenty minutes played as forward Jack Woods made no mistake with a calm, low finish after breaching the Foxes backline. As it turned out, Adam Peek’s side were only behind for four minutes before a deep cross from creative forward Dimitri Christou superbly picked out the run of rapid forward Dion Lewis-Kirwan who rose to fire in an equally superb header right into the top corner with visiting custodian Matt Evans understandably beaten. It was a terrific goal.  

Much to their credit, Colney Heath were looking as solid and organised as you would expect given their exploits this season so far, and their persistence of firing crosses into the Ilford eighteen-yard area continued, with Foxes full-back Charlie Hannam fortunate to slice a clearance beyond his near post, it could have gone anywhere. Both sides were also conceding free-kicks with alarming regularity. On thirty-six minutes, one such free-kick for the Magpies ended up falling to central midfielder Harry Shepherd and he confidently blasted low into the net to once again give Ryan Thompson’s side the lead. It could have been worse for the hosts as Heath had a goal chalked off for as Woods was deemed to have fouled stopper Blackburn who couldn’t prevent the ball going into the net, three minutes before the interval.

Ilford did importantly get back level a minute before the break as Christou was banking the assists again, with his left-sided corner finding full-back Naseer Ishanzadeh who powerfully headed past the Colney defence.

Half-Time: Ilford  2 – 2  Colney Heath


Ilford showed a lot of grit and spirit to keep themselves in this tie, and immediately after the break it was the hosts who got at their opponents with pace and strength going forward. Five minutes in to the half, Mo Kargbo did well to release forward Yemi Adelani but unfortunately he could only find the side-netting with only Evans to beat. Ishanzadeh had another chance to add to his side’s tally as a corner was well recycled in the Colney eighteen-yard box but his effort was skewed wide. Those chances would prove to be telling as just past the hour, Jack Woods was at well-placed again at the back-post to nab a tap-in from mere yards out as the Magpies led for a third time. The visitors were gradually getting their way back into the driving seat in terms of play moments before that goal. With twenty minutes remaining, substitute Ian Vangu’s goal-saving clearance earned him the plaudits of his goalkeeper.

Blackburn was to be in the action again with fifteen minutes remaining as a firm strike from Colney substitute Marcus Mealing needed the Foxes stopper to claw it away. Unfortunately for the Foxes, Colney did rubber-stamp their progression to Round Three of the Vase as Martin Standen’s late goal vanquished any chance of a comeback with four minutes left.   

Full-Time: Ilford  2 – 4  Colney Heath

To be fair to Ilford, they showed a lot of industry and pace going forward but they also have a knack of conceding goals and that is what ultimately cost them here. All in all, Colney Heath did deserve to go through and forward Jack Woods has to lead the honourable mentions for me, given his work-rate down the right channel and two goals helps a bit too. Full-back Dominic Knaggs and midfielder Harry Shepherd also did well for Ryan Thompson’s side.

For the Foxes, Dion Lewis-Kirwan was again a tough prospect to deal with his his pace, movement and passing. Fellow forward Yemi Adelani also gave the Colney defence problems and full-back Charlie Hannam did a solid job in lessening the threat of the visiting forward line. All that’s left for me to do is wish Colney Heath well for the rest of the season & in the Vase and thank Ilford for their welcome today.

Teams:

Ilford    | Manager: Adam Peek 

1 Joshua Blackburn (GK), 2 Charlie Hannam, 18 Naseer Ishanzadeh (12 Larry Akanbi 65′), 4 Jerold Cobblah, 5 Steve Sylvester (Capt), 6 Ronnie Bullen, 7 Dion Lewis-Kirwan, 8 Alfie Walker (15 Ian Vangu 13′ replaced by 14 Fred Agyemang 79′), 9 Yemi Adelani, 10 Dimitri Christou, 11 Mo Kargbo

Goal-scorers: Dion Lewis-Kirwan [24’’], Naseer Ishanzadeh [44’]

Booked: Adelani, Bullen | Subs Not Used: Sarr, Steele



Colney Heath   | Manager: Ryan Thompson 

1 Matt Evans (GK), 2 Dominic Knaggs, 3 Max Jessop, 4 Jay Lovell, 5 Yasin Boodhoo, 6 Martin Standen, 7 Chris Griffin, 8 Harry Shepherd (14 Marcus Mealing 46′), 9 Jack Woods, 10 George Devine (15 Aaron Jewell 62′), 11 Spencer Clarke-Mardel (Capt) (16 Danny Fitzgerald 46’)


Goal-scorers: Jack Woods [20′, 64′], Harry Shepherd [36′], Martin Standen [86′]

Booked: Clarke-Mardel  | Subs Not Used: Stevenson, Walsh



Referee: Ivan Gelov

S20-21 So Far: Club In-Focus – Southend Manor [20-21 CIF 29.11.20]

Southend Manor club crest

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome the sixth and penultimate article in this current series of  ‘Club In-Focus’ blogs where figures in the Grassroots & Non-League game fill us in on their season so far and also recite some chosen moments from recent seasons too.

In this article, I caught up with Southend Manor boss Craig Waters who took the post about a year ago. Manor had a tough season last time out but are holding steady in mid-table at time of writing.

SW: 1. Hello Craig, firstly can I thank you for your time. We’ll begin with marking the first anniversary of your appointment at Southend Manor, along with your assistant Garry Pond. How has the journey been so far in that time? 

CW: The journey so far has been tough but also enjoyable, I have really enjoyed my time at Southend Manor so far and have also enjoyed working with Garry [Pond] and all my management team as well as all the players.

SW: 2. How has the first two months of the season been as a management team, under the shadow of Covid-19 rules?

CW: Coaching under the Covid rules has been very different and challenging at times but everyone at the club have been fantastic and we are getting through it. the same as every other club.

SW: 3. At the season break, Manor are in ninth place on sixteen points, just four points away from the top three. Which sides have stood out for you in Essex Senior in the first two months of this campaign? 

CW: “For me, Walthamstow have stood out so far this season, they play some nice football at times and with the attacking players they have, they won’t have any problems scoring goals, they will surely be in the top two come the end of the season I feel”.

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SW: 4. For those that aren’t that familiar with your squad, forward Luca Frankis and midfielder Ben Allen have both amassed three league goals so far this season. Who are the players in the side that really make the team drive on?

CW: To be honest there’s not one stand-out player who drives the team on, all the lads play their part and the togetherness and team spirit is fantastic which has shown with some of the results we have had so far this season.

SW: 5. Away from Football, what are your sporting interests?

CW: Football and family that’s all I do these days, I don’t have time for anything else but I wouldn’t change anything.

SW: 6. And finally, How competitive do you feel the Essex Senior League is as a division this season?

CW: I think this season is very competitive, with the results so far this season it shows anyone is capable of beating anyone which is great to see. We will definitely be trying to get as many points as possible and hopefully cause a few more upsets along the way.

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I’d like to thank Craig for his thoughts in this article and I wish him and Manor well for a good season. Thank you for reading.

Season 2020-21 So Far: Essex Senior League [ESL 20/21 23.11.20]

ESL crest

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to an article looking back at the Essex Senior League 2020-21 season so far, as part of my content during this enforced break of November 2020.

In this article, we look at the Essex Senior table in general and experiences of watching the division in the opening two months or so pre-break. Also in a new feature, I’ll be joined by an expert reporting panel of fellow Non-League writers to pass on our views on the ESL. They are Matt North [MN]  (@MattNorth_) and Aaron Moore [AM] (@aaron_moore25). My thanks to them both for their time & contributions in this article.

First up, we have the full table at the time the enforced break came in (on November 5th) which will be followed by our panel looking at how their tips pre-season are doing so far and respective experiences of the Essex Senior as well.

Essex Senior table (as of Wed November 4th – Lockdown)

Panel insight regarding Season 2020-21 So Far:

Key: Scott = SW, Matt = MN & Aaron = AM

Which clubs did you tip to be in each of the following areas of the table in August & have those clubs started the campaign in the vein you felt they would and why? (a) Top Six (b) Mid-table (c) Bottom Six

AM: (a) Top Six – “I think we are all in agreement of who will be the winner as Hashtag seem to find a way to win regardless of how they play. The other five will be a fight and tough to predict. Stansted because of the start they’ve made and they look very good. Saffron Walden have built a strong team, Hadley have games in hand and are one of the toughest teams to beat as are Walthamstow as I think bringing players back has boosted them!

(b) Mid-table – I think ‘Fosters, Hoddesdon and West Essex will be at the top of the mid table sides based on their starts and the teams they are beating. Takeley had a poor start so will struggle, I don’t think Manor can keep up with their form throughout the season and Redbridge and Sawbo win some but also lose important games.

(c) Bottom Six – I think the bottom six will pretty much stay the same to what is it now. Woodford have made it hard for themselves already and will find it tough to recover, Clapton & St Margaretsbury find it hard to get wins and I think too many draws will cost them, Ilford and Enfield have decent teams but again they are so inconsistent and I think they will struggle after their start and Sporting Bengal will get limited wins again and I think they will be in the bottom six.”

SW: (a – Top Six) “Before the season began, I thought the likes of Walthamstow, Hashtag Utd and Saffron Walden Town would be up there given all three sides’ keenness to progress up the Non-League ladder and their consistency last season, which the FA might have voided officially but for writers and fans etc, it is anything but meaningless. The way that the Tags have started tells you they mean business but their levels of experience, their management team led by Jay Devereux and their togetherness are all good reasons why they could be the team to beat. Saffron Walden have started to find their rhythm after a tricky start sitting in fourth spot while Walthamstow have made strides to further improve their squad, enticing back two-time winner of the Essex Senior ‘Golden Boot’ Dwade James after a brief spell at Hendon. Their management team led by player-boss Max Mitchell and Terry Spillane also have nous & vast experience.

(b – Mid-table) Going back to last season and the way they play, I would not have ruled out Hadley, Cockfosters, Stansted, Hoddesdon, Takeley and West Essex from being mid-table sides this term, if not better given how they all can ‘trouble the scorers’. Stansted and Cockfosters have started well and are again tough sides to beat with ‘Fosters goalkeeper Brad Robinson among the best custodians in the division.

With regards to the bottom of the table, I was intrigued how the likes of Sawbridgeworth, Enfield and Southend Manor would improve on last season’s tough respective campaigns. Manor in particular have shown grit and form at Southchurch Park in patches this term but they also have shelled a few in some damaging defeats thus far too.”

MN: (a – Top Six)  “Before the season even started, I knew that Hashtag United were going to be competing at the top and are certainly clear favourites for the title. I expected it to be the same four sides as last season in the title race in Hashtag, Saffron Walden, Walthamstow and Hadley purely because of how strong those sides are. Although the majority aren’t right up there at the moment, I can still see those four being up there when the season resumes. I did think Stansted would be around the top six positions and have been in a much better position than I thought. From watching them a lot this season, I feel as though Stansted will be another side to challenge for the title. As for 6th place, I thought that position would be very open in my eyes with the likes of Takeley and Hoddesdon being around there. Hoddesdon are currently sitting 5th so I may be spot on with that whilst Takeley are 8th so I them being around that area of the table as well.

In the mid-table places (7th-12th), I expected sides such as Cockfosters, West Essex and Redbridge to be occupying those positions. However, Cockfosters have had a much better start, sitting 2nd and look like challenging towards the top. However, Redbridge and West Essex are in a similar position to what I expected whilst I would have backed Woodford to be in mid-table but they sit bottom with just one win out of 11 games. Finally, St Margaretsbury was a side I thought would be sitting towards the bottom part of mid-table but are in 16th having made a poor start.

The sides I thought would be sitting around the bottom six are currently occupying those positions. Sawbridgeworth, Enfield, Ilford and Clapton were the four sides I thought would be near the bottom considering how those four got on last season. Sawbridgeworth had a very poor season last time out but this campaign they are in a much better position this time round and look unlikely to be right at the bottom. The other two sides I expect to be near the bottom but aren’t there this season are Southend Manor and Sporting Bengal, who both sit comfortably in mid-table territory. Manor are in 9th and doing much better than I thought whilst Bengal are 12th so they could still slip into the bottom six. Apart from that, I have been near enough spot on with my predictions for the bottom six at this early stage.”

Image from Southend Manor 0 – 1 Cockfosters (in FA Vase, Credit: Scott W)

2. Which clubs have surprised you with their start to the season and why? 

SW: As I mentioned earlier, Cockfosters have to be mentioned given the strides they’ve made to improve their defence as well as their attacking options. Saffron Walden and Hoddesdon have been buoyed by their recent form too and cannot be underestimated. Finally, Southend Manor and Redbridge have had an upturn to their form in general, with the latter really finding their feet since the appointment of George Christou in terms of wins.

In the bottom half of the standings, Sawbridgeworth Town already have four more points than they got by the end of the shortened season in March. That being said, their goal difference is the second worst in the division at this point so that may count against them as the season goes on. Finally, Woodford Town are bottom of the standings, having played the vast majority of their games thus far away from home, as they have had to wait for their new home at Ashton’s to be ready. I’ve seen them a couple of times at the start of the campaign and I wouldn’t be that surprised if they get a few wins to evade the bottom three by February, but again they do leak a few goals.

MN: Cockfosters have surprised me with their brilliant start to the season, which I think many others would have said as well. Considering they were around mid-table last season, Ryan Wade’s side have really stepped up this season and have become serious title challengers this early on in the season. However, time will tell to see if they can continue to keep up this form but for now, they are looking good. Stansted have slightly surprised me too as I didn’t expect them to be as high as they are now in 2nd but I feel as though have put themselves in a very good position. Meanwhile, Southend Manor have made a good start to their campaign and sit comfortably in 9th and picked up some great results whereas other people have tipped them to be near the bottom. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, Saffron Walden and Walthamstow have both had difficult starts to the season and many would have seen them to be competing with Hashtag at this early stage. However, with that being said, we are only around 1/4 of the way through the season so there is still plenty of time for those two sides to get a good run of form going.

AM: I think Cockfosters surprised everyone with their start to the season. It was superb from them and put them in a good position for the rest of the season. Southend Manor was another surprise with the win over Stow and drawing with Hashtag. Woodford Town, Saffron Walden Town and Enfield are probably the other end of the scale. No one expected the Woods to be bottom nor did they expect Walden to have only won five out of their thirteen games this season and Enfield brought in a better calibre of players but are still struggling.

All things being good, if the season resumes in December, which sides do you believe are well-placed to go further up the standings and why?

AM: Walthamstow and Hadley will certainly rise up the table with the games in hand they have on the top five.

MN: I believe that Hadley can easily go further up the standings considering all their games in hand on other sides around them. The Bricks have won six out of their seven games this term but sit 6th so if they keep that run going, I see them competing with Hashtag United at the top. Meanwhile, at the bottom, I feel as though Enfield are well placed to get further up the table judging by their form since Jamie Cureton became player-manager. The E’s are only five or so points off the top half so the ball is very much in their court. Finally, another side who look likely to rise up the table is Redbridge. Before the start of the second lockdown, the Motormen had won four on the bounce and with games in hand on sides around them; I wouldn’t put it past them to push towards the top 6 places.

SW: I have to make it “three from three” and say Hadley will be in and around the top three. If they can make Brickfield Lane a fortress again this season and get a few wins on the road, they may still have a say in who gets the title. Takeley may also move up a few places if they can keep their impressive goal-scoring (currently on 34 goals from their eleven games) going.

Image from Saffron Walden 1 – 1 Enfield (September 14th, Image by Matt North)

What have been your favourite matches to watch live this term and why?

MN: One of my favourite matches to watch this season has to be Stansted’s 2 – 1 derby win over Saffron Walden. A huge crowd, an entertaining match along with a last minute winner for the Airportmen which sent the supporters going wild! Other noticeable matches were Hashtag United defeating Sawbridgeworth 4 – 2 and Takeley 3 – 1. However, the majority of matches I have visited so far this season have been entertaining.

AM: I really enjoyed watching the 6 – 0 win for West Essex over Southend Manor as they attacking play was superb. It was great from a neutrals point of view but also the Hashtag vs Sawbo game as it could have gone either way.

SW: I enjoyed the dramatic midweek match in early October where Southend Manor roared back from behind to pinch a 3 – 2 over Ilford. Both sides had the energy and had some class finishing to go with it. Also, on the opening day in September, Hadley started the season as they did a year previous with a strong 4 – 0 win over Woodford Town. That was a long-awaited return to the beautiful Non-League game competitively after six months out.

As a neutral, what grounds do you like visiting as a fan?

SW: I have to nominate Cockfosters’ Chalk Lane first for this. Yes, the ground is comparatively small but it has its own character and the committee also give you a really good, kind welcome. Also, St Margaretsbury’s Recreation Ground is a bit of a ‘hidden gem’ as well. Same goes for Hadley’s Brickfield Lane, though the club have catered well for visiting fans with their seated stand & a covered terrace on the other side.

AM: I’d say Lowfield (Hoddesdon Town). It is a very nice ground which some superb hospitality.

MN: Personally, when it comes to the quality of the ground, I really enjoy visiting Catons Lane, home of Saffron Walden. It’s a very welcoming club with some excellent facilities and the overall visit is an enjoyable one. I also like going to Hargrave Park which is generally down to the friendly committee and supporters and a club I am quite close to.

How different has it been watching Essex Senior matches so far this season, with all the COVID-enforced restrictions?  Has it altered the atmosphere on match day at all?

AM: I don’t think it had hampered atmosphere because it’s what the fans make it. That being said, it’s still strange having to follow the procedures, especially if you forget a mask. It’s hard knowing whether you’ll get into a game with the limited attendance (Usually 300 at this level)

MN: I have seen a difference this season but only in a positive way. Due to the COVID restrictions, no one can visit elite level matches such as the Premier League so opt to visit games in leagues further down the Non-League ladder such as the Essex Senior instead. A lot more supporters have been attracted to games this campaign in comparison to last season which I find brilliant! Of course you have a limit to the amount of supporters allowed in but I feel there is a much better atmosphere to the games now. For example, my brother started going to a few Stansted games and now he has been going on a more regular basis. I feel as though clubs have done very well to follow the COVID guidelines in place.

SW: I think the biggest difference is all the Distancing regulations, it does feel a bit eerie. That being said, it is brilliant to see fans of professional clubs visit their local Non-League sides during the stadia closure in the Premier League & the EFL. If anything, I also believe the fans that have stuck with Non-League for years have savoured matches a little more this year and the fact that it is reflected in attendances for many Essex Senior clubs is a good thing and long may that continue.

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My thanks to Aaron & Matt for their valued contributions to this article and here’s a few snippets of info on them.


Matt North is a Non-League writer focused mainly on the Essex Senior League and also is an avid fan of Chelsea. He’s on Twitter – @MattNorth_ and his blog is at https://mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/ 

Aaron Moore is also a Non-League writer, mainly for Walthamstow FC in the Essex Senior League and also is part of the media team of Harlow Town Ladies. He can be found on Twitter – @aaron_moore25 and his blog is at http://footballreview.net/ 

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Mon 12 – Wed 14 Oct) [ESL 20-21 15.10.20]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to another of my occasional round-up articles looking at the Essex Senior League for the Season 2020-21. This article tracks all the action from the midweek action from Monday 12 October to Wednesday 14 October. Thanks for reading.

My thanks to Matt North  [@MattNorth_] for the photo

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 Essex Senior

 Monday 12 October

Hashtag Utd  2 – 0  Woodford Town | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  | Att: 138

The midweek action started on Monday night as Hashtag got another valuable three points to go level on points with leaders Cockfosters, prior to their match on Wednesday night. An early strike by Samraj Gill gave Jay Devereux’s side the lead, before George Smith got his fifth league goal already this term to confirm a decent win over winless Woodford, who remain four points adrift at the bottom.

Tuesday 13 October

Hoddesdon Town  4 – 2  Walthamstow   | Lowfield |

Hoddesdon fought back from behind to claim a fine win over Walthamstow. It was the visitors who took the lead through a fine header from Jason Beck though the Lilywhites did get back on terms through Frazer John’s close-range finish. Simon Riddle’s side led at the interval thanks to Kardan Campbell’s effort from a set-piece. After the break, Hoddy extended their lead thanks to Ben Quarrington-Carter and Cyrus Babaie to make the points pretty much safe, despite a late goal from Connor Scully for ‘Stow who fell to their third loss in seven games, as they drop to sixth. Hoddesdon go above their opponents into fourth, five points away from the leaders.

Saffron Walden Town  1 – 1  Enfield  | Catons Lane  |  

This gritty encounter ended in a draw at Catons Lane. Walden conceded a spot-kick midway into the half but Enfield’s Olly Miles’ spot-kick was well-denied by commanding goalkeeper James Bransgrove. Eight minutes before the break, centre-back Luke Wilson’s effort was ruled out for a foul on an Enfield player in the build-up. The deadlock was broken eight minutes after the resumption, with Miles successful in striking past Bransgrove to give the E’s the lead. That lead only lasted five minutes though before Gavin Cockman equalised. With no further goals forthcoming, Walden inch up to eighth spot, and Enfield rise to 15th before Wednesday’s action.

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 4  Redbridge  | Crofters  |

Redbridge continued their upward curve with a fine win at Sawbridgeworth. Darnell Bromfield netted four minutes before the break for his new side to give the Motormen the lead. Ayub Kadiri [67’] and James Barlow [73’] goals put George Christou’s side in command. Sawbo responded five minutes later but Redbridge secured the points late on through replacement Terry Amoafo as the visitors went into the top half. Sawbo fall below their opponents here into 11th.

Stansted  1 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Hargrave Park   |

Sporting Bengal recovered from their FA Vase exit on Sunday in some style with a fine comeback win at Stansted. Ryan Ramsay opened the scoring on 24 minutes after a spot-kick was saved by Bengal ‘keeper Luciano Junior. Imrul Gazi’s team responded strongly after the break as a goal from Mahdi Khan and a late brace from substitute Joel Ramos (who has now scored six goals in the league this term) secured a swift turnaround to give Bengal their second league win this term and move up to 13th. The Airportmen fell to only their second loss this term and drop to fifth.

St Margaretsbury  P – P  Southend Manor | The Rec | Match OFF due to Waterlogged pitch

Takeley  5 – 1  Clapton  | Station Road | Att: 49

Takeley added to the Tons’ pain defensively with a big win at Station Road. A goal-blitz in the first-half through braces from Lewis Deamer [16’ & 29’] and two goals in four minutes for Coby Miles on 37 and 40 minutes all but sealed the game before the half-time team-talks. Matthew Bentley struck again for Clapton three minutes after the break but the hosts held firm after that and replacement Ryan Lynch netted in the final moments to secure the win for Marc Das’ team, who go up to 12th. The Tons remain second-bottom.  

West Essex  0 – 2  Hadley  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  |

Hadley weathered tricky conditions and a tough trip to Barking with a decent win. Shaz Anwar and substitute Jordan Edwards got the goals to see the Bricks to another three points to keep pace with the leaders as they go up to third spot. The Stags drop to tenth but will be in action again at home on Friday night against Enfield.

Wednesday 14 October 

Ilford  1 – 1  Cockfosters  | Cricklefield |

In the solitary match on Wednesday, Adam Peek’s Ilford side held Cockfosters to a creditable 1 – 1 draw. Right on the quarter-hour mark, it was the Foxes who took the lead through the skilful forward Mo Kargbo, though Ryan Wade maintained his fine goal-scoring run to level for the ‘Fosters on the half-hour. Despite a good performance, the hosts couldn’t break through and had to settle for a point. The result keeps Cockfosters at the summit ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Hashtag this weekend, while Ilford go above Enfield into 15th spot.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Mon 5 – Wed 7 Oct) [ESL 20-21 7.10.20]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to another of my occasional round-up articles looking at the Essex Senior League this term.. This article tracks all the action from the midweek action from Monday 5 October to Wednesday 7 October. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior   


Monday 5 October

Hashtag Utd  4 – 1  St Margaretsbury | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  | Att: 110

The action starts at the Len Salmon Stadium as Hashtag got their fifth league win of the season, comfortably defeating St Mags. George Smith’s first-half double [13’ & 33’] either side of a Harry Honesty effort put the Tags in a commanding position at the interval. Visiting forward Kyle Roberts notched his fifth league goal this term eight minutes after the interval, taking advantage of sloppy defending but the result was more than confirmed by substitute Albie Keith’s strike five minutes before the end which leaves Jay Devereux’s side in second spot.

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 3  Hadley  | Mile End Stadium | BCD

The Bricks had to fight off a spirited come back by Bengal before completing another important win on the road at Mile End. Shaz Anwar’s powerful strike gave Anthony Clark’s side the lead, before Sam Edwards’ spot-kick doubled that advantage. The tension only intensified though as a brace from Chaka Barnett levelled the game. However, Bradley Marriott’s header secured another good three points to send Hadley up to third spot, six points adrift of leaders Cockfosters.

Tuesday 6 October

Clapton  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town   | Terrence MacMillan Stadium |

The Tons were held by the Lilywhites at Terry Mac. After a goal-less first half, Matthew Bentley got his second goal in the last three Clapton matches to put them ahead three minutes after the interval. Jack Gibbs levelled the match from the penalty spot before the hour mark and with no further breakthroughs, the Tons drew their fourth league match in six thus far. Hoddy had their first stalemate this term and remain in mid-table.

Cockfosters  4 – 2  Takeley  | Chalk Lane  |

An inspired comeback from the ‘Fosters maintained their three-point lead at the summit and their 100% winning start at Chalk Lane. Takeley started the stronger side with Lewis Deamer putting them ahead in the early stages before Ned Clarke swiftly levelled the match. The ever-reliable Jason Todd gave the visitors the lead once again just before the break but that lead only lasted about eight minutes before Reuben Campbell once again brought Ryan Wade’s side level. Clarke showed signs of last season’s goal-scoring form as he completed his hat-trick with strikes just after the hour and with minutes remaining. The win continues Cockfosters’ fine form in all competitions as they head back to FA Vase action this coming weekend. Takeley remain 13th.  

Redbridge  P – P  West Essex  | Oakside  | Match OFF due to Waterlogged pitch

Southend Manor  3 – 2  Ilford  | Southchurch Park  |

A dramatic encounter saw Manor edge over the line in the latter stages. The Foxes started the match well and Dion Lewis-Kirwan slotted home confidently on eleven minutes to break the deadlock. Liam Jarrett’s fine strike levelled things 11 minutes before the interval but there was more drama to come. First up, Ilford regained the lead through Yemi Adelani’s surging run and finish barely a minute after the resumption. After missing a penalty, substitute Matthew Keiller let fly with a superb 35-yard thunder-bolt to level the game nine minutes before the end. And with Ilford’s nerves growing, Ben Allen was felled in the area moments later before getting up to take the spot-kick himself, which he duly converted to give Craig Waters’ side their third win in their last five matches.

If you’d like more of this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/10/07/s20-21-match-report-southend-manor-3-2-ilford-tues-6th-oct-esl/ 

Walthamstow  3 – 1  Woodford Town  | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 158

Walthamstow rose to fourth spot after a comfortable win over out-of-form Woodford at Wadham Lodge. Jon Clements gave Max Mitchell’s side the lead before a Michael Toner special from forty yards doubled that advantage. Callum Ibe then pretty much sealed the match with his opportunist goal before half-time. Substitute Ezequiel Franchi got a consolation for Town in the latter stages as they continue to seek their first league win this term.

Wednesday 7 October 

Enfield  4 – 0   Sawbridgeworth Town   | Woodside |

And in the only game on Wednesday night, The E’s notched their first of the league campaign with a fine win over Sawbridgeworth at Woodside. James Baker opened the scoring on 13 minutes for player-boss Jamie Cureton’s side. Cureton himself notched the second with a header with eighteen minutes remaining. Sawbo’s night was to get worse as substitute Olly Miles secured a brace [84’ & 87’] to make it four games without a win for Lee Mackman’s team. Enfield rise up to 15th place.

S20-21 Match Report: Southend Manor 3 – 2 Ilford (Tues 6th Oct) [ESL 20-21 7.10.20]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBA

2020-21 Season: Match 13

Tuesday 6th October 2020 – 7.45pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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

  

Manor battle back late on to seal dramatic win over Ilford

Southend Manor  3 – 2  Ilford

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

The first midweek in October saw me return to Southchurch Park to see an enticing Essex Senior contest between Southend Manor and Ilford. Both sides had suffered heavy defeats last time out. Manor fielded Klinton Makayabo between the sticks, with Liam Jarrett skippering the side in place of Reece Latimer, with Joe Elliott and Alex Jenkins in central defence. On the flanks were Jordan Thomas and Ben Allen, with Harry Rogers and Josh Devlin leading the line. With a number of players unavailable including the Frankis brothers, Jordan Russell, Ronnie Edwards and Deividas Sertveitis, the depleted bench included midfielder Matthew Keiller and forward Luke Jackson.

Ex-Manor boss Adam Peek’s Ilford side were also missing a few players here, including right-back Tyson Tala Nya, midfielder Dimitri Christou and former Manor pair Larry Akanbi and Jordan Fisher. They named teenager Josh Blackburn in goal, with Ope Mosuro and Omar Djotzi at the centre of their defence and an impressive front three of Yemi Adelani, Mo Kargbo and Dion Lewis-Kirwan. Among their options from the bench were centre-back Steve Sylvester and forwards Jerold Cobblah and Fred Agyemang.

Both sides just before the first whistle (Image: Scott W)

The match itself began promptly with the hosts looking to grab the momentum early. Manor forward Harry Rogers challenged visiting goalkeeper Josh Blackburn for the ball with the ‘keeper punching the ball away, only for winger Ben Allen to have his follow-up header cleared. On six minutes, home winger Jordan Thomas fired narrowly wide of the right-side post. Ilford were also gathering their stride in attack, with rapid forward Dion Lewis-Kirwan narrowly being caught off-side which only served as a pre-cursor to them taking the lead which they did on eleven minutes.

A swift break forward by the Foxes saw number 10 Mo Kargbo coolly thread the ball in to Lewis-Kirwan on the left side on the 18-yard box before advancing on goal and slotting home past Manor custodian Klinton Makayabo confidently into the far corner for a fine opening goal. Makayabo had to be alert five minutes afterwards as from a set-piece, an attempted clearing header by skipper Liam Jarrett forced Makayabo to parry the ball away from danger from his own defender to prevent an unfortunate own goal. For the next phase of the match, it was a bit of ‘the calm before the storm’ with a good free-kick by Alex Jenkins being clawed away well by Blackburn on the half-hour.

Manor did level things up on 34 minutes as a great curling strike by Jarrett was out of reach of the despairing Blackburn before finding the back of the net. The Ilford ‘keeper had to deny a fierce drive by centre-back Joe Elliott moments later but the hosts had a let-off just before the break as Kargbo again sent a great through pass in to the path of forward Yemi Adelani but he couldn’t get it under control which allowed Makayabo to gather.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Ilford

So, the chances were there for both sides but it was even-stevens at the interval. It hardly stayed that way for long though as a minute after the resumption, Adelani’s rapid run down the middle caught out the Manor backline and made them pay and his calm low finish bypassed Makayabo into the net to give the visitors the lead for the second time. With the hour mark approaching, home winger Ben Allen was working hard to pressure the visiting backline, forcing a couple of set-pieces. From one of those corners, Allen himself fired off-target.

Kargbo ran through on goal soon afterwards as Ilford countered, but Makayabo was grateful to gather. On 63 minutes, Allen again was in the action as another well-hit strike was heading into the top-corner forced a very good save by the over-worked Ilf goalie Blackburn. Ilford were having to deal with considerable pressure at this point, as Elliott also headed just wide from a free-kick midway into the half.

Manor were awarded a spot-kick on 73 minutes but just moments after entering the field of play, replacement Matt Keiller sent his strike wide of the left-corner. The Manor faithful could be forgiven for thinking ‘Oh, it’s going to be another one of those nights’ but with nine minutes left, Keiller more than made up for his missed penalty as he let fly from 35 yards and a absolute thunder-bolt flew past the unfortunate Blackburn into the net to level the match once again. Cracking goal it was. It got better for Craig Waters & Garry Pond’s side two minutes later as the impressive Allen was felled in the area. The Manor winger stepped up himself to take his side’s second spot-kick of the night and Allen struck home into the right corner, much to the delight of the home side.

Ilford were shattered by the sudden turnaround and kept going, much to their credit but were unable to force a third goal here and therefore suffered an agonising defeat. They more than played their part in a dramatic match that was great for the neutral.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  3 – 2  Ilford

In summary, Manor took advantage of a bad spell late on for the visitors to win the match, although the sheer work rate of the hosts was also admirable. Ilford showed enough to suggest why they have been scoring goals so far this term but they will know they have to see out matches better than they did here.

There were a number of good performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for Manor, winger Ben Allen was a driving force in his side’s attacks and kept going all match with his pace and crossing. Centre-back Joe Elliott also had a very good impact, being stern as part of the home defence that dealt with a powerful opposition forward line. Skipper for the evening Liam Jarrett also played his part, being his side’s best attacking outlet at times, scoring one good goal and could have had another while replacement Matthew Keiller has to be noted too for his stunning second equalising goal.

For the Foxes, Mo Kargbo impressed on his return to his old club, showing good vision and great passing. Forward pair Yemi Adelani and Dion Lewis-Kirwan gave the Manor backline a tricky evening as well with their pace and movement while goalkeeper Josh Blackburn also pulled off a few good saves to deny the hosts, particularly in the second half. I’ll close here by noting that this was a really good contest and it is arguable that neither side deserved to lose. Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.

Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: Craig Waters  | Assistant: Garry Pond

1 Klinton Makayabo (GK), 2 Barry Findleton, 3 Billy Harrison, 4 Liam Jarrett (Capt), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Alex Jenkins, 7 Jordan Thomas (14 Ethan Evison 75’), 8 Jack Frost (12 Matthew Keiller 71’), 9 Harry Rogers (15 Luke Jackson 61’), 10 Josh Devlin, 11 Ben Allen

Goal-scorers: Liam Jarrett [34’], Matt Keiller [81’], Ben Allen [pen 83’]

Booked: B Harrison  | Subs Not Used: J Harrison (GK)

Ilford | Manager: Adam Peek   | Assistant: Darren Gosnell

1 Joshua Blackburn (GK), 2 Sean Ekila, 3 Bailey Pryce, 4 Ope Mosuro (17 Charlie Hannam 68’), 5 Omar Djotzi, 6 Hassan Bangura, 7 Juan Cordona (15 Jerold Cobblah 80’), 8 Jamal Djotzi, 9 Yemi Adelani, 10 Mo Kargbo, 11 Dion Lewis-Kirwan (16 Fred Agyemang 76’)

Goal-scorers: Dion Lewis-Kirwan [11’], Yemi Adelani [46’]

Booked: Adelani, Mosuro | Subs Not Used: Sylvester, Hossack

Referee: Reece Pinchback

Assistants: Connor Cornell and Glenn Michaels

S2020-21 Fixtures: Across the Divisions (FAC/ESL/EaSL,EOFL & EAL) [Fri 2nd – Sun 4th Oct] [20-21 All 1.10.20]

Compiled by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s fixture list, looking at the fixtures in the Essex Senior & FA Cup 2RQ involving ESL sides, Eastern Senior League South, Essex Olympian League & Cups,  Essex Alliance League & Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier divisions this weekend – Friday – Sunday 2nd – 4th October.

The FA Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round  (Essex Senior sides)

Saturday 3rd October

Hashtag Utd  v  Braintree Town  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Peterborough Sports  v  Stansted  | Lincoln Road

Walthamstow  v  Hornchurch    | Wadham Lodge

ESL crest

Essex Senior League

Friday 2nd October

West Essex  v  Southend Manor  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]

Saturday 3rd October

Clapton  v  Woodford Town  | Terry Mac

Hoddesdon Town v  Hadley  | Lowfield

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Crofters

St Margaretsbury  v  Cockfosters  | The Rec

Sun 4th Oct – Enfield  v  Ilford  | Woodside

Eastern Senior League South Fixtures 

Friday 2nd October  –  Barkingside  v  May & Baker  | Cricklefield

Saturday 3rd October

Burnham Ramblers  v  Athletic Newham  | Leslie Field

Coggeshall Utd  v  Benfleet | West Street

Halstead Town  v  White Ensign  | Millbank Stadium

Harwich & Parkeston v Newbury Forest  | Royal Oak

Holland  v  Wormley Rovers  | Dulwich Road

Little Oakley  v  Hackney Wick  | Memorial Stadium

Wivenhoe Town  v  Frenford  | MEC Stadium

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 Essex Olympian League Fixtures

Saturday 3rd October  (2.30pm KO unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division

Catholic Utd  v  Leigh Ramblers  | Len Forge Centre [3G]

EOFL Senior League Cup    (2.15pm KOs unless stated)

ACD Utd  v Sungate   | Westlands Playing Fields

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Wakebury  | Wickham Bishops Sports Grd

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Old Southendian  | Silver Leys

Buckhurst Hill  v  Leigh Town  | Roding Lane

Collier Row  v  Roydon  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

Epping Town  v  Old Chelmsfordians  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Galleywood  v  Basildon Town   | Clarkes Field

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Harold Wood Park (Pitch 1)

Herongate Athletic  v  Runwell Sports  | St Clere’s Sch [3G] (3pm KO)

Hutton  v  Springfield  | Polo Fields

Lakeside Utd  v  Rayleigh Town  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G] (2.30pm KO)

Manford Way  v  Shenfield AFC  | London Marathon Sports Ground

EOFL Reserve League Cup (2.15pm KOs)

Chingford Athletic Res  v  Manford Way Res  | Town Mead [3G]

Old Southendian Res  v  Wakering Sports Dev  | Garon Park [3G]

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Runwell Sports Res  | London Road

Springfield Res  v  Shoebury Town Res  | Arun Close

Sungate Res  v  Collier Row Res  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

Essex Junior Cup  – Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Wakering Sports Res  | Lower Road (2pm KO)

EOFL Division One

Shoebury Town  v  Chingford Athletic   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Snaresbrook  v  Ramsden Scotia   | Nutters Field

Toby  v  Ongar Town  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

EOFL Division Two

Corinthians  v  AS Rawreth  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Laindon Orient  v  Ryan  | Markhams Chase

Wakering Sports  v  Rochford Town  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 1)

EOFL Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  Toby Res   | Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Corinthians Res  | Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Leigh Town Res  v  Hutton Res  | John Burrows Rec Ground

EOFL Division Four

Hashtag Utd Dev.  v  Galleywood Res

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Catholic Utd Res

Ongar Town Res  v  Leytonstone Utd

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Laindon Orient Res

EOFL Division Five 

AS Rawreth Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  v  Epping Town Res

Old Barkabbeyans  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

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Essex & Suffolk Border Lge crest (Credit: ESBL/Twitter)

Essex & Suffolk Border League  Fixtures   

(Saturday 3 Oct)  (3pm KOs unless stated)

ESBL Premier Division

Barnston  v  Felixstowe & Walton Utd Res  | High Easter Road

Colne Athletic  v  Earls Colne  | Strangers Corner Sports Complex

Dedham Old Boys  v  Alresford Colne Rangers  | Duchy Field

Flitch Utd  v  Little Oakley Res  | Alcott Playing Field

Hatfield Peverel  v  Lawford Lads  | Keith Bigden Memorial Ground

Stanway Pegasus  v  Great Bentley  | Stanway Sch (3.30pm KO)

Tiptree Heath  v  Gas Recreation  | Tollesbury Road

West Bergholt  v  White Notley  | Lorkin Daniell Field

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Essex Alliance League Fixtures  (Sat October 3rd) – 2pm KOs unless stated

Premier Division 

CSM London  v  Blue Marlin  | West Ham Community Ground [3G], Beckton

DT FC  v  FC Petrocub  | the Harlow Arena [3G]

FC Baresi  v  Chigwell Town   | Britannia Sports Ground, Walthamstow

Jolof Sports  v  All Prospects   | Flanders Playing Fields, East Ham

London Cranes  v  Tower Utd   | West Ham Memorial Park

West Essex Res  v  Lymore Gardens  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

Division One

Chadwell Heath Spartans  v  North East Lions  | Mayfield Leisure Centre, Goodmayes

Francis Luke  v  Kit Out London  | Hackney Marshes

Kwanzas London Sport  v  Eastside | Beckton District Park (South), Stansfield Rd

Leyton Royal  v  London Park City  | Salisbury Hall        

Woodford East  v  Frenford ‘A’ | Debden Park Sch

Rest of the Fixtures are on website at essexallianceleague.com 

S 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League Round-up (Fri 25/Sat 26 Sept) [ESL 20-21 27.9.20]

Sawbo v Hashtag image (Image by Matt North)

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to another of my of round-up’s looking at the Essex Senior League for the Season 2020-21, which will appear here on a semi-regular basis. This piece also includes the results from the Eastern Senior League South action this weekend. Thanks to Matt North (@MattNorth_) for the Image & Thanks to you for reading.

Essex Senior League


Friday 25 September

West Essex  2 – 3  Walthamstow  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  | Att: 88

Walthamstow fought back to claim a good three points at Mayesbrook Park, in a match which simply exploded into life in the early-goings. West wasted no time in breaking the deadlock as Cameron Gray’s goal gave them the lead after just two minutes. ‘Stow fell further behind as Michael Mignot extended the hosts’ lead four minutes later. However, before the match had passed the quarter-hour mark, the match was levelled as first Callum Ibe [9’] and then Connor Scully strikes had Kwame Kwateng’s side’s lead disappear almost as soon as it had been created.

Jon Clements finished off a pulsating half to give Max Mitchell’s side the lead for the first time ten minutes from the interval and the Stags were unable to level things again so it was ‘Stow who took their second league win this campaign.

Woodford Town  0 – 2  Redbridge  | The Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 56

The new era at Redbridge gathered momentum as they won 2 – 0 at Woodford Town. Goals from Craig Hall and Terry Amoufo did the business for George Christou’s new side and in doing so they got their first league win this term.

Saturday 26th September

Hadley  1 – 0  Takeley   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 141

Hadley edged a contest with another strong side in Takeley, with Luke Alfano getting the only goal on 28 minutes as Anthony Clark’s team got their second win of the league season. The Bricks are trying to lay the foundations for another season of superb form at home, while Takeley are yet to win this season.

Hoddesdon Town  5 – 3  Enfield  | Lowfield  | Att: 121

Hoddesdon surged to an important 5 – 3 win over Enfield at Lowfield. The action didn’t take long to get started as the Lilywhites broke the stalemate thanks to Craig Tulley’s goal on ten minutes. The E’s, under the tutelage of interim player-boss Jamie Cureton, levelled the game ten minutes afterwards through Sammy Leonard-Mould’s goal. The sides couldn’t be separated at the interval as Liam Mulligan had given the hosts the advantage again with 35 minutes played. Cureton himself netted five minutes later to make it 2 – 2 at half-time.

However, Hoddesdon made the most of the strong second-half with three goals in thirteen minutes. Mulligan got his second of the match on 63 minutes, before Blue Gallagher [70’] and Aiden Critchley [75’] adding to the visitors’ pain to make it 5 – 2. Alex Warman struck in the last few minutes to lessen the damage but Enfield’s tough start to the campaign continued.

Ilford  1 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Cricklefield  | Att: 85

Ilford held Walden to a draw at Cricklefield. Dimitri Christou gave the Foxes the lead four minutes before the break, and held on until well into the second period but the Bloods managed to grab a point as centre-back Luke Wilson struck twelve minutes from time. Adam Peek’s side are showing promise with four points from their opening three matches, while Walden have five points from their first four matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 4  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters  | Att: 106

Hashtag had to put their exploits in the Cup competitions to one side as they staged another fine comeback to overwhelm Sawbridgeworth at Crofters. Sawbo opened the scoring after just six minutes through Horace Ormsby’s strike though the Tags responded five minutes later through Joe Gregory. Tom Anderson put the visitors ahead on the half hour though the evident fighting spirit of Lee Mackman’s side in recent weeks showed itself again as Conor Clarke netted from the penalty spot just before the hour to make it 2 – 2.

But, Hashtag are known for finishing games strongly and that showed itself again here as Gregory got his brace with 17 minutes left to give Jay Devereux’s side the lead for the second time and then Harry Honesty sealed the match with five minutes remaining to give the visitors’ their fourth consecutive league win.

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Cockfosters   | Mile End  | BCD

Cockfosters retained their 100% winning start to the league season with a decent win over Bengal at Mile End. Carl Mullings got both goals [2’ & 21’] in the first half and held on to that advantage to their fourth win this season. There was no comeback this time for Imrul Gazi’s side as they fell to their first loss in the league since the opening day.

St Margaretsbury  3 – 3  Clapton  | The Rec   | Att: 35

St Mags clawed themselves back into this contest to claim a point against visitors Clapton at the Rec. The Tons started superbly and were three goals ahead at the break, thanks to goals from Ridwan Hussein, an OG and one from Matthew Bentley right on the stroke of half-time. Ray Bartlett’s side responded with some vigour after the break though, as a brace from Kyle Roberts, first on 65 minutes and then from twelve yards with 78 minutes on the watch, got them back into the match. The Tons were unable to hold on as Jake Hayden-Eley struck eight minutes from time to complete a sterling comeback. Both sides have now drawn three of their opening four league matches so they will need wins soon.

Stansted  5 – 0  Southend Manor  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 63

The Airportmen continued their unbeaten league start as they won decisively against Manor at Hargrave Park. First-half goals from Greg Moore [4’] and Michael Salako seven minutes before the break had given Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side the impetus at the interval. Billy Coyne made it three on the hour and Craig Waters’ side simply had no answer to get back into the contest. The ‘Blue Brazil’ turned on the style with late goals by Moore, who got his second of the afternoon with 85 minutes gone and Ryan Ramsay rounded out the scoring two minutes later.

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 25th September  –  May & Baker   1 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston  | Parkside [3G]

Saturday 26th September

Benfleet  1 – 1  Holland  | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  3 – 1  Brimsdown  | Leslie Field

Frenford  4 – 0  Coggeshall Utd  | The Drive [3G]

Little Oakley  1 – 3  Athletic Newham  | Memorial Stadium

Newbury Forest  2 – 1  Hackney Wick  | Oakside

White Ensign  2 – 1  Barkingside   | Burroughs Park 

Wormley Rovers  1 – 3  Wivenhoe Town  | Wormley Sports Club

S2020-21 Fixtures Across the Divisions (Fri 25/Sat 26 Sept) [20-21 24.9.20]

Compiled by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s fixture list, looking at the fixtures in the Essex Senior, Eastern Senior League South, Essex Olympian League,
Essex Alliance League & Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier divisions this weekend – Friday & Saturday 25/26 September.

ESL crest

Essex Senior League

Friday 25 September

West Essex  v  Walthamstow  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]

Woodford Town  v  Redbridge  | The Harlow Arena [3G]

Saturday 26th September – 3pm KO’s

Hadley  v  Takeley   | Brickfield Lane

Hoddesdon Town  v  Enfield  | Lowfield

Ilford  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Cricklefield

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters

St Margaretsbury  v  Clapton  | The Rec

Stansted  v  Southend Manor  | Hargrave Park

Eastern Senior League South    

Friday 25th September  –  May & Baker   v  Harwich & Parkeston  | Parkside [3G]

Saturday 26th September

Benfleet  v  Holland  | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  v  Brimsdown  | Leslie Field

Frenford  v  Coggeshall Utd  | The Drive [3G]

Little Oakley  v  Athletic Newham  | Memorial Stadium

Newbury Forest  v  Hackney Wick  | Oakside

White Ensign  v  Barkingside   | Burroughs Park 

Wormley Rovers  v  Wivenhoe Town  | Wormley Sports Club

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EOFL Crest

 Essex Olympian League Fixtures

Saturday 26th September 2020   (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Shenfield AFC   | Silver Leys

Buckhurst Hill  v   Rayleigh Town  | Roding Lane

Canning Town  v   Basildon Town  | West Ham Community Ground [3G]

Hutton  v  Sungate    | Polo Fields

Kelvedon Hatch v Leigh Ramblers | New Hall

Old Southendian  v  Harold Wood Athletic | Garon Park [3G]

Springfield  v  Catholic Utd   | Arun Close

EOFL Division One

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Runwell Sports  | Lawford Lane

Ongar Town  v  Snaresbrook | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]

Ramsden Scotia  v  Manford Way  | Nursery Sports Ground

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Galleywood  | London Road

Shoebury Town  v  Herongate Athletic  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch 2)

Toby  v  Chingford Athletic |  Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

EOFL Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  May & Baker Res | The Warren

Corinthians  v   Epping Town | Markhams Chase

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Laindon Orient  | Harold Wood Park (Pitch 1)

Rochford Town  v  Leigh Town  | Rochford Recreation Ground

Wakering Sports  v  Beacon Hill Rovers  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #1) (3pm KO)

EOFL Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  ACD Utd  | Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Toby Res  | Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Collier Row  v  Corinthians Res  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

Manford Way Res  v  Hutton Res  | London Marathon Sports Ground

Wakebury  v  Lakeside Utd  | Shoebury Park

EOFL Division Four

Canning Town Res  v  Wakering Sports Res

Catholic Utd Res  v  Ongar Town Res

Chingford Athletic Res  v  Leytonstone Utd

Hashtag Utd Dev.  v  Shenfield AFC Res 

Laindon Orient Res  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

Sungate Res  v  Galleywood Res

EOFL Division Five 

Collier Row Res  v  Springfield Res

Epping Town Res  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Leigh Ramblers Res  v  Wakering Sports Dev.

Roydon  v  Newbury Forest Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  AS Rawreth Res

Shoebury Town Res  v  Old Barkabbeyans

Essex & Suffolk Border Lge crest (Credit: ESBL/Twitter)

Essex & Suffolk Border League  Fixtures (Premier only)

(Saturday 26 Sept)  (3pm KOs unless stated)

ESBL Premier Division

Alresford Colne Rangers  West Bergholt  |  Ford Lane

Barnston  v  White Notley   | High Easter Road

Colne Athletic  v  Sudbury Sports  | Strangers Corner Sports Complex

Dedham Old Boys  v  Great Bentley   | Duchy Field

Earls Colne  v  Little Oakley Res   | Earls Colne Recreation Club

Gas Recreation  v  Felixstowe & Walton Utd Res  | Salary Close

Hatfield Peverel  v  Stanway Pegasus    | Keith Bigden Memorial Ground

Lawford Lads v  Flitch Utd  |  School Lane

Tiptree Heath  v  Brantham Athletic Res   |  Tollesbury Road

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Essex Alliance League Fixtures  (Sat 26th September) – 2pm KOs unless stated

Premier Division 

All Prospects  v  CSM London  | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

Blue Marlin  v  Jolof Sports   | Ford’s Social Club (Newbury Park)

DT FC  v  Chigwell Town   | The Harlow Arena [3G]

London Cranes v   FC Baresi  | West Ham Memorial Park

Rapid Chingford v  Lymore Gardens  | Salisbury Hall Sports Ground, Chingford

Tower Utd  v  West Essex Res  | Mabley Green [3G]

Division One

Chadwell Heath Spartans  v  London Park City  | Mayfield Leisure Centre

Eastside  v  Leyton Royal   | Hackney Marshes

Frenford ‘A’  v  Wapping  | The Drive (Outlying Grass Pitch)

Kwanzas London Sport  v  Kit Out London  | King George V Park, Beckton

North East Lions  v  Francis Luke   | Hackney Marshes

Division Two


Chingford Athletic ‘A’  v  Forest Green  | Town Mead (Grass Pitch)

Cowley Community  v  Newham Wanderers  | Leyton County Ground, Crawley Road

Old Esthameians  v  Dagenham Utd  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Rainham WMC  v  St Francis  | Rainham WMC, Upminster Road South

Unitey  v  Belfry  | Roding Valley Sch, Loughton

Division Three

Fairlop Rovers  v  Bailey Football Academy

Flyers U23s  v  FHN Athletic

Glendale  v  Epping Utd

Lymore Gardens Res  v  Melbourne Sports

Division Four

Brentwood Utd Res  v  Chingford Harriers

Collier Row ‘A’  v  Avondale Rangers

Custom House Utd  v  Dagenham Utd Res

Emerson Utd Res  v  Together Utd

Royal Forest Res  v  Newham Royals

Season 2020-21 Fixtures: Across the Divisions (FAC/EaSL/EOFL/ESBL & EAL) [Fri 11 -Sun 13 Sept] [20-21 All 10.9.20]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter:@ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to a preview of this weekend’s Fixtures across the Divisions, taking in the FA Cup Prelim Round, Eastern Senior League South, Essex Olympian League, Essex & Suffolk Border League & Essex Alliance League matches. Thanks for reading.

The FA Cup 2020-1: Preliminary Round (Essex Senior & EaSL South sides)

Friday 11th Sept 7.45pm KO  – New Salamis  v  West Essex   | Coles Park [3G]

Saturday 12th September – 3pm KO’s

FC Clacton v Hadley | Rush Green Bowl

Harlow Town  v  Sporting Bengal Utd  | The Harlow Arena [3G]

Leiston  v  Halstead Town   | Victory Ground

Sawbridgeworth Town  v St Margaretsbury   | Crofters

Stansted  v  Basildon Utd   | Hargrave Park

Waltham Abbey  v  Woodford Town  | Capershotts

Walthamstow  v  Cockfosters  | Wadham Lodge

Welwyn Garden City  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Herns Way

Sunday 13th September

Hashtag Utd  v Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G] (4pm KO)

[Adam]       Eastern Senior League South    Sat 12th September 3pm KO’s

Barkingside  v  Athletic Newham  | Cricklefield

Brimsdown  v  Little Oakley | Chadfields

Harwich & Parkeston  v  Frenford  | Royal Oak

Holland  v  Hackney Wick  | Dulwich Road

Wivenhoe Town  v  Newbury Forest  | MEC Stadium

Wormley Rovers  v  White Ensign  | Wormley Sports Club

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EOFL Crest

 Essex Olympian League Fixtures

Saturday 12th September 2020   (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division

Basildon Town  v  Kelvedon Hatch   | Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | Roding Lane

Canning Town  v Leigh Ramblers | West Ham Community Ground [3G]

Shenfield AFC  v  Catholic Utd    | St Martin’s Sch [3G]

Springfield  v  Rayeigh Town   | Arun Close

Sungate  v  Harold Wood Athletic | Ilford Wanderers RFC

EOFL Division One

Ongar Town  v  Toby  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]

Ramsden Scotia  v  Shoebury Town  | Nursery Sports Ground

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Snaresbrook  | London Road

Runwell Sports  v  Herongate Athletic  | St Luke’s Park

EOFL Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  AS Rawreth   | Wickham Bishops Spts Gound

Laindon Orient  v  Corinthians  | Markhams Chase

Rochford Town  v Epping Town  | Rochford Recreation Ground

Wakering Sports  v  Ryan  | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #1)

EOFL Division Three –  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Lakeside Utd  | Lower Road

EOFL Division Four –  Hashtag Utd Dev.  v  Sungate Res  | Barleylands Road

EOFL Division Five  –  Old Barkabbeyans  v  Roydon  | Barking Abbey Sch

EOFL Senior League Cup (2.15pm KO’s)

Chingford Athletic  v  Wakebury  | Town Mead [3G]

Leytonstone Utd  v  Leigh Town   | Forest Row Centre (Pitch #1)

EOFL Reserve League Cup  (2.15pm KO unless stated)

AS Rawreth Res  v  Wakering Sports Res  | The Warren

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  v  Springfield Res  | Silver Leys

Canning Town Res  v  Galleywood Res  | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Collier Row Res  v  Shenfield AFC Res  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch #2)

Corinthians Res  v  Catholic Utd Res  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town Res  v  Runwell Sports Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  Shoebury Town Res | Harold Wood Park (Pitch #1)

Herongate Athletic Res  v  Laindon Orient Res  | St Clere’s Sch [3G] (3pm KO)

Hutton Res  v  Basildon Town Res  | Polo Fields

Leigh Ramblers Res  v  Ongar Town Res  | Belfairs Park

Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Chingford Athletic Res  | Lawford Lane

Old Southendian Res  v  Leigh Town Res  | Garon Park [3G]

Toby Res  v  Manford Way Res  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Wakering Sports Dev.  v  Buckhurst Hill Res  | Cupid’s CC (pitch #2)

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Essex & Suffolk Border Lge crest (Credit: ESBL/Twitter)

  

Essex & Suffolk Border League  Fixtures   

(Saturday 12 Sept)  (3pm KOs unless stated)

ESBL Premier Division

Alresford Colne Rangers  v  Gas Recreation  |  Ford Lane

Brantham Athletic Res  v  West Bergholt   | Brantham Leisure Centre

Earls Colne  v  Sudbury Sports  | Earls Colne Recreation Club

Felixstowe & Walton Utd Res  v  Great Bentley   | Town Ground

Flitch Utd  v  Colne Athletic   | Alcott Playing Field

Hatfield Peverel  v  White Notley    | Keith Bigden Memorial Ground

Little Oakley Res  v  Barnston  |  Memorial Club

Tiptree Heath  v  Stanway Pegasus   |  Tollesbury Road

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Essex Alliance League Fixtures  (Sat 12th September) – 2pm KOs unless stated

Premier Division 

Chigwell Town  v  Lymore Gardens   | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

FC Petrocub  v  CSM London   | Noak Hill Sports Complex [3G]

London Cranes  v  Jolof Sports  | West Ham Memorial Park

Rapid Chingford  v  FC Baresi  | Salisbury Hall Sports Ground, Chingford

Tower Utd  v  DT FC  | Hackney Marshes

EAL Division One

Kit Out London  v  Francis Luke   | Noak Hill Sports Complex [3G]

Kwanzas London Sport  v  Woodford East  | King George V Park, Beckton

London Park City  v  North East Lions  | Seven Kings Sch [3G], Ilford

Wapping v  Leyton Royal | Victoria Park  (2.30pm KO)

EAL Division Two
Chingford Athletic ‘A’  v  St Francis  | Town Mead

Cowley Community  v  Forest Green  | Leyton County Ground, Crawley Road

Old Esthameians  v  Newham Wanderers  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Rainham WMC  v  Royal Forest  | Rainham WMC, Upminster Road South

Unitey  v  Dagenham Utd  | Roding Valley Sch, Loughton

EAL Division Three

Fairlop Rovers  v  Lymore Gardens Res

Old Barkbbeyans Res  v  Epping Utd

EAL Division Four

Avondale Rangers  v  Royal Forest Res

Brentwood Utd Res  v  Dagenham Utd Res

Collier Row ‘A’  v  Together Utd

Custom House Utd  v  Newham Royals