S21-22 Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 0 – 3 Southend Manor (Wed 23 Mar) [ESL 21/22 24.3.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 64

Wednesday 23rd March 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Bengal: Green Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Green Socks


Manor: Blue & White Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks



Late rally sees Manor claim important victory over Bengal at Mile End

Sporting Bengal Utd 0 – 3 Southend Manor

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


Players just prior to KO

The match got underway with an understandable array of nerves from both sides as neither team could break down the oppsition’s defence. Louie Maxwell and Freddy Tandon did an admirable job in central defence for Bengal, while Montel Shonubi, Perry Dunn and Sam Richardson did the same for Manor as they were keen to keep things level and build well from the back. For the smattering of spectators attending, chances were not forthcoming on a regular basis in the first half, though midfielder Josh Devlin’s free-kick wasn’t far off-target, while the oppurtunistic Ben Allen narrowly drilled a strike wide as well in the first twenty minutes. For Bengal, they were finding it hard to bypass the solid Manor backline, though forwards Ricardas Milasius and Troy Cleghorn had some promising moments and keot the visiting defence alert too.

As the first half moved into the midway stages, Bengal winger Reinaloo Araujo had a glimmer of a chance at the far post but couldn’t test Manor stopper Christian North as it fizzed wide. At the other end, the first gilt-edged chance came for Manor youngster Sam Richardson as his fine header drew a good save out of Bengal goalkeeper Christian Villanucci, who parried the ball away well.


We got to the interval with no goals but a fair amount of intrigue as to where the points would be heading by full-time.

HT: Manor 0 – 0 Sporting Bengal

In fairness to Sporting Bengal, they did have the edge in terms of ball time in the early part of the second half. Eight minutes after the restart, Araujo made a good run down the left before finding Milasius who in turn struck a fierce effort which Manor stopper North sprawled across to make a good save and claw the ball away from the top right corner. Bengal centre-back Maxwell also nodded wide from a decent set-piece as well. Manor had to raise their game and maintain their focus, as they were getting drawn into making poor challenges at times.

However, in the last twenty minutes of the game, Southend Manor came back into the match and in some style. Moments after coming off the bench, forward Isaac Acquah finally broke the deadlock on seventy-two minutes as he found half a yard of space before netting from close range past Villanucci. The match as a whole badly needed a goal by this stage but it was only going to get harder for Steve Clark’s team.


Manor made this telling spell count in a big way as only three minutes afterward, the influential Allen took advantage of the hosts switching off in defence to fire the ball confidently into the left side corner to put James Wakeling’s side two goals ahead in the space of four minutes. Manor were really in the ascendancy in the close minutes, as forward Cesario Mendes narrowly hit off-target and a speculative effort by midfielder Daniel Brock cannoned off the crossbar with Villanucci beaten. Manor did get a third goal right on the ninety-minute mark as a fine run by Allen, weaving round his marker with some skill in the penalty area before slotting home well to crown off a fine finish to a game that harboured some tough moments for the improving Manor team.

Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 3  Southend Manor 

In summary, some may look at the scoreline and think this was a comfortable win for Manor. It wasn’t quite like that as Bengal defended well in the first hour or so, but the main problem for the hosts was the lack of consistent goal threat. Manor goalkeeper did need to make two good saves but his side ended the match in a strong way, which breeds optimism for the future.


In terms of stand-out performances, Manor forward Ben Allen was a good outlet for his team, showing good passing and pace and took his goals very well. Manor full-back Ben Sargent also was a key player in the attacking moves, showing good energy and movement while skipper Perry Dunn marshalled the refence well as ever. For Bengal, forward Ricardas Milasius had good pace and movement as well, forcing a good save out of North. Centre-back Louie Maxwell made a lot of good clearances to aid his team plus winger Reinaloo Araujo also stretched the visiting defence utilising his pace and good crossing ability.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign. 


Teams

Sporting Bengal Utd  | Manager: Steve Clark |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Christian Villanucci (GK), 2 Tanvir Ahmed (12 Kamarni Collington 76′), 3 Ajani Bryan-Wilson, 5 Louie Maxwell (Capt), 6 Freddy Tandon, 4 Thami Mmakola, 8 Ben Bickford (17 Emmanuel Olu 42′), 7 Reinaloo Araujo, 9 Troy Cleghorn (14 Prashanta Paul 76′) , 10 Ricardas Milasius, 11 Hugo Amaral

Booked: Ahmed, Mmakola, Tandon | Subs Not Used: George


Southend Manor | Manager: James Wakelindg  | Asstistant: Ryan Frost

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Christian North (GK), 2 Nathan Booty, 3 Ben Sargent, 5 Montel Shonubi, 6 Perry Dunn (Capt), 16 Sam Richardson, 4 Josh Devlin (9 Ryan Kenyon 71′), 8 Daniel Brock, 11 Cesario Mendes (18 Billy Richardson 78′), 10 Ben Allen, 14 Andre Embalo (7 Isaac Acquah 71′)

Goal-scorers: Isaac Acquah [72′], Ben Allen [75′ & 90′]

Booked: Dunn, Devlin, Brock | Sub Not Used: Bolger, J Allen


Referee: Nathan Kitteridge
Assistants: Olabisi Omotosho & Adrian Vernica

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Fri 11/Sat 12 March) [ESL 21/22 13.3.22]

Archive Image: S Manor 1 – 0 Sawbo from late February

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

Hello & welcome to a Essex Senior League round-up from the weekend of Saturday 12th March, which forms part of a occasional blog series through the 2021-22 season. There were big results, particularly at the bottom of the table which does form the bulk of our focus in this piece.

Essex Senior – Saturday 12 March

All the bottom five sides were in action this weekend, and second-bottom Sawbridgeworth Town will be the ones feeling most pleased with their result after a fine 2 – 1 victory at Stanway Rovers. Goals from Harry Davison and Arley Barker meant that Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’ side got their fifth win this term and closed the gap to St Margaretsbury directly above them to three points, with a game in hand. Ernest Okoh netted for Danny Slatter’s side but their form has dropped recently, having only won two of their last ten league games, they remain in seventh spot.  Southend Manor went out of the bottom two after securing a good 1 – 1 draw with Redbridge at Oakside. Tony Martin’s spot-kick put George Christou’s side ahead ten minutes before the break, but ten minutes after the resumption, Ben Allen levelled, also from the penalty spot. Manor are in 18th now, a point behind Clapton who also got a 1 – 1 draw away from home, as they drew with Hoddesdon Town at Lowfield. Larry Asare-Bediako opened the scoring for the hosts six minutes after half-time, though Isaac Stevens got a important equaliser for Michael Walther’s team with 20 minutes left. Hoddy remain 15th in the table.


The now bottom two sides both suffered tough defeats this weekend. Bottom side Sporting Bengal Utd’s recent uptick in form was brought to a juddering halt as they lost 1 – 5 at home to Cockfosters at Mile End. George Beattie’s fine treble saw him reach 18 league goals this term, allied with strikes for Reece Mosanya and substitute Bailey Stevenson – Gavin Kelsey’s side got a big win which takes them up to 11th spot. Bengal’s goal here came from Chris Bird once again but they are 11 points adrift of St Mags in third-bottom with only six matches left.  Stansted also heightened the pressure on St Margaretsbury as the Airportmen powered to a 5 – 1 win at Hargrave Park. Michael Salako went past 15 league goals this term with a fine treble here. Jack Mitchell and Michael Mignot also added strikes late on to give co-boss Paul Pittuck a win in his 201st match in charge, congrats on reaching 200 games earlier this week Paul. Jon Stevenson’s goal had given Paul Holding’s side a glimmer of a way back into the contest before half-time.


At the summit, Walthamstow got an important 2 – 0 win at Athletic Newham, with Jason Beck and substitute Tendai Quamina notching for Terry Spillane & John Mackie’s side here. It would seem more likely than not that four more wins will be enough to see the champions-elect secure the title. Newham’s fixture pile-up is starting to have an effect on their form, as they reside in ninth place at present, but they still have 11 matches left to play. Saffron Walden Town have really come back into play-off contention in recent weeks, and they remain third after a 4 – 3 triumph over Ilford at Catons Lane. A double for Khris Oti, plus goals for the long-serving James Crane and George Pullen just outdid a brace for Josh Oghagbon and one from Joel Gomes for Adam Peek’s side. Walden boss Jason Maher paid tribute to the Bloods fans post-match. Ilford remain 16th, seven points clear of the bottom five.


Meanwhile, Enfield got a narrow 1 – 0 win at West Essex with Kieran Bishop getting a late goal to send Jamie Cureton’s side up to fifth. The last game on Saturday saw two sides that are battling it out for a top ten finish battle at Burroughs Park. White Ensign were held by Matt Carmichael’s Little Oakley 0 – 0. Ensign sit in tenth, while Oakley are three points clear in sixth in what has been a fine season for the Acorns, regardless of where they finish.

There was one match on Friday night, which Woodford Town draw 1 – 1 with FC Clacton at a rainy Ashton’s. George Thompson had given the Towners a narrow advantage just before the interval but Jordan Lartey’s second-half leveller meant the points were shared. Woodford dropped to 12th after the weekend’s action and Clacton are well-placed in eighth.

Thanks for reading, hopefully there will be at least one more ESL round-up piece before the end of their campaign.

S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor  1 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 26th Feb) [ESL 21-22 26.2.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 37

2021-22 Season: Match 59

Saturday 26th February – 3pm KO

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

Sawbridgeworth: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Image of the upgrades at Southchurch Park, new nets and in the distance, the new standing area & dug-outs

Manor edge relegation six-pointer with Sawbridgeworth at Southchurch Park

Southend Manor  1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

The last weekend in February saw a return to Southend for this important relegation six-pointer in the Essex Senior League between Southend Manor and Sawbridgeworth Town at the recently upgraded Southchurch Park. Manor have picked up results of late under James Wakeling and Ryan Frost. They named Christian North between the posts, with a defence of Cesario Mendes, Ben Sargent, Montel Shonubi and skipper Perry Dunn. The forward line was led by Luca Frankis, Andre Embalo and Ben Allen. On the bench was defender Todd Bolger, forward Meschack Kisoka and U18 midfielder Marley Gunn.

Sawbo have also made a few signings recently and they named George Edgeworth in goal, with veteran James Falaise in central defence. Joshua Bardouleau, George Spillane and Billy Purdy were in midfield, with captain Teddy Hall, Harry Davison and Horace Ormsby leading the attack. On the sidelines was new recruit Ayub Kadiri, defenders Ryan Willsmer and Arley Barker plus midfielder Ethan Barton.


Before the game, I had a gut feeling that the gravitas or importance of this match was going to be in the players’ minds throughout and in the early stages, that probably would have been fair to say. Manor did have the more energetic opening to the game, with rapid forward Andre Embalo getting down the left side well, and his cross from said left channel did find fellow forward Ben Allen though his strike was narrowly wide of Sawbo stopper George Edgeworth’s left-side post. For Sawbo, midfielder Joshua Bardouleau and forward Teddy Hall were causing problems as the half wore on. Hall had some early sighters at goal as the home backline were kept ever alert by the swift counter-attacks.

In these types of gritty battles, it is hard to be over-critical though Southend Manor were not retaining the ball as they would have liked as we ticked through to the half-hour point. Sawbridgeworth were edging the match by this stage, keeping the ball better and having half-chances through forward Harry Davison and winger Horace Ormsby, though home custodian Christian North was equal to them. Both sides were finding it tough to get past the other’s defence and the visitors nearly broke the deadlock soon after the half-hour but both hall and Spillane sent headers narrowly over the woodwork. Manor could only reflect on what might been as a pacy centre from left side to the back post found captain Perry Dunn but he couldn’t alter his position in time to bundle it in from a yard out.


Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

So the first half was every bit as tense as you might have theorised, though the second half saw a couple of key moments that hurt the visitors. Firstly, the referee blew for a spot-kick after not particularly liking Sawbo’s last-ditch defending in the area. Ben Allen stepped up to take it and Sawbridgeworth goalkeeper George Edgeworth kept out the initial strike but was a tad unfortunate to see Allen pounce and convert the rebound, low into the net.

Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s team were also starting to concede set-pieces as well which added to the pressure their side was feeling at this point. Around the hour mark, with Manor having a decent spell, forward Luca Frankis slid the ball through to Allen though the latter’s effort on goal fizzled wide of Edgeworth’s right-sided post.

Manor skipper Perry Dunn (near right) clears the ball from any danger down left channel

Sawbo’s afternoon got ever harder after centre-back James Falaise was sent off for his second booking with twenty minutes remaining. Frankis and Embalo both also had half-chances around this stage to surely put the points beyond doubt though as I’ve seen them do myself before this term, Sawbridgeworth continued to work hard and scrap for every bit of possession they could get. Although substitute Meschack Kisoka had a late sight of goal which went off-target, a second goal for the hosts probably would have been too harsh on the visitors’ battling efforts, particularly in the earlier stages of the game.

Sawbo chase what would’ve been an important leveller late on

Full-Time: Southend Manor   1 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, Manor will be most pleased with the result and the spell they had in the second half where they arguably created the most in the way of the chances. Sawbridgeworth definitely had good spells as well, particularly in the first half and there was very fine margins in this game in this writer’s opinion that prevented it ending in a draw.

There were a number of good performances from both sides in this match, despite the nerves that understandably both teams felt in the ‘heat of a relegation six-pointer’. Firstly for Manor, forward Andre Embalo was the lead threat down the left channel for the hosts, displaying good pace, energy and work rate to create chances for his side. Fellow forward Ben Allen also played his part with good movement and passing, perhaps being unfortunate not to have scored himself. Also, centre-back Montel Shonubi had a good game making a number of important clearances, alongside the experienced Perry Dunn.

For Sawbo,  forward Teddy Hall led the line well with verve and strength, certainly creating chances and on another day, would have had at least one goal. On a frustrating day for the team’s forward line, winger Horace Ormsby also had a good game also , being a good quick outlet for his team. Midfielder George Spillane also put in another hard-working performance to break up the hosts’ passing game and also get forward on occasions too.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: James Wakeling  | Assistant: Ryan Frost

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Christian North (GK), 2 Cesario Mendes (20 Marley Gunn 89’), 3 Ben Sargent, 5 Perry Dunn (Capt), 6 Montel Shonubi, 4 Josh Devlin, 8 Daniel Brock, 10 Ryan Kenyon (16 Todd Bolger 54’), 11 Ben Allen, 7 Luca Frankis (15 Meschack Kisoka 76’), 14 Andre Embalo

Goal-scorer: Ben Allen [52’]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Johnson, Allen

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Co-managers: Alex Salmon & Kieran Amos

1 George Edgeworth (GK), 2 Matthew Thoma (16 Arley Barker 66’), 3 Morgan Arnold (15 Ryan Willsmer 70’), 4 Billy Purdy, 17 James Falaise, 6 Freddie Griffiths, , 7 Joshua Bardouleau, 8 George Spillane, 9 Teddy Hall (Capt), 10 Harry Davison, 11 Horace Ormsby (14 Ayub Kadiri 66’)

Booked: None | Sent Off: Falaise [70’] (Two Yellow Cards) | Subs Not Used: Parker (GK), Barton

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Referee: Connor Cornell

Assistants: Alan Steward & Gary Telling

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 19 Feb) [ESL 20.2.22]

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

Hello & welcome to a brief Essex Senior League round-up, rounding-up the three matches on Saturday 19 February that managed to bypass the miserly weather of the past week. It looks as though there will be a hectic end to the campaign for some ESL clubs as the FA have insisted that the season be concluded on April 23rd, a week earlier than planned, to allot time for the Promotion & Relegation play-offs also involving Step 4 and 6 clubs.

Image from West Esex 2 – 2 FC Clacton earlier in Feb 2022

Essex Senior –  Saturday 19 February

We begin with arguably the most important win on this matchday for title favourites Walthamstow, who grabbed a 2 – 0 win at Sporting Bengal Utd, with Charlie Edwards and the returning Jason Hallett both notching for John Mackie & Terry Spillane’s side. Seven more wins will be the most they will need to confirm ‘Stow’s long-awaited elevation to Step 4. Bottom side Bengal will need at least ten points from their ten remaining matches to evade the bottom two in two months’ time.

Also, Saffron Walden Town got a fine 4 – 1 triumph at West Essex, with the ensemble cast of Craig Calver, Khris Oti, George Pullen and Tom Skelton goals proving far too much for the Stags, who managed a reply through Oliseh Okuguni on the half-hour. The win for Walden keeps them in fifth, with games in hand they have a good chance of a top-four finish. Finally, FC Clacton went up to sixth spot with a 3 – 1 derby win over Stanway Rovers at the Rush Green Bowl. Mekhi McKenzie’s brace and one from Harry McDonald just before half-time overhauled a Ayo Odukoya strike just after the hour mark to claim a big win for the Seasiders. Such is how tight the top ten is, Tom Austin’s team may have to keep winning to secure a top ten finish with teams in & around them having matches in hand.


Matches Postponed from Friday 18 & Saturday 19 February because of waterlogged pitches and/or Storm damage:

Friday – Woodford Town v P – P White Ensign   (Match rescheduled for Wednesday 23 February)

Saturday

Clapton P – P Southend Manor

Hoddesdon Town  P – P  Cockfosters

Ilford  P – P Enfield

St Margaretsbury   P – P  Athletic Newham

Stansted   P – P  Redbridge

Takeley  P – P  Little Oakley


Before we end this article, here’s a word on what was hinted on in the Introduction, there are a few sides who will have a fixture pile-up of League matches to complete in the next 60 days or so.

Athletic Newham – 14 matches remaining

Stansted, Saffron Walden Town, Little Oakley, Enfield and Hoddesdon Town  – 11 matches left

Woodford Town, Ilford, Clapton, St Margaretsbury & Southend Manor – also have 11 matches left

That’s all for this edition, thanks for reading. You can follow the league’s Twitter for more updates @EssexSenior

S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 2 – 1 St Margaretsbury (Sat 12 Feb) [ESL 21-22 13.2.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 62

2021-22 Season: Match 56

Saturday 12th February 2022 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red Socks

St Mags: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks



Ensign comeback secures narrow win over St Mags

White Ensign  2 – 1 St Margaretsbury

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

This weekend’s foray into Non-League was a local trip to Burroughs Park to see top ten side White Ensign take on St Margaretsbury, who are one of a clutch of teams looking to avoid the bottom three in the Essex Senior come the end of April.

Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal, with a defensive unit of full-backs Thando Moyo & Charlie Adams alongside centre-backs Patrick Campbell & skipper Jake McWee. Injuries have affected the Ensign squad of late, but Connor Barnby led the line here, with support from the dual-signed Valter Cachicote Da Rocha and Shemarie Perkins-Palmer, Options on the bench included forwards Luke Woodward & Jason Reynolds-Blanche, plus midfielder Ben Austin and co-bosses Carl Conway & Jack Maleary. St Mags could only bring a squad of thirteen players with them here, with Alfie Todd in goal, a back four of Euan Tungamirai-Hove, Andrew Greenslade, Jake Hayden-Eley and Harry Mason. Robbie Allen and Joe Abe led the forward line alongside Tom Mulqueen, with prospects Stefanos Georgiou and Charlie Hill in midfield. Their options from the sidelines were Steven Wade and assistant boss Richard Dagger.


Ensign looking to push forward from midfield

In the early going, it was the visitors who had more impetus on the ball and looked purposeful to really add to the nerves of their hosts, who were getting audibly frustrated with their lack of tempo going through the thirds of the pitch. Both sides shared early glimpses of goal, in the first minute St Mags forward Robbie Allen lofted a strike wide of goal after being found well by winger Joe Abe. While at the other end, midfielder Kris Newby’s pass found Valter Cachicote Da Rocha but his effort on goal drifted wide of Alfie Todd’s right-sided post.

Paul Holding’s side did back up their early promise as they took the lead on eleven minutes. Ensign conceded a set-piece just shy of the eighteen-yard box and Allen duly stepped up to unleash a fine curling strike into the top left corner, despite home stopper Louis Hawes getting a glove on it. It could’ve been worse for Jack Maleary & Carl Conway’s side as Hawes did well to deny Allen’s low strike at the near post eight minutes later. The lead threat for Ensign was the returning Connor Barnby who made some good runs into forward positions, only to be thwarted by the assistant’s flag and determined defending. Da Rocha also stretched the visiting backline with his trickery and energy down the flanks.



Much to his credit, Barnby was having that bit more influence on the game as we entered the last third of the half, with a fine strike from the Ensign forward after a good turn got past his marker and also being found well by Da Rocha. Even so, St Mags were having too much room in midfield to build counter-attacks as the good pace of Stefanos Georgiou and Charlie Hill making lung-busting runs meant that the Ensign defence were under pressure.

Half-Time: White Ensign 0 – 1 St Margaretsbury


After the interval, White Ensign did have more ball time amd were slowly turning the scale of pressure on St Margaretsbury. From a set-piece, half-time substitute Carl Conway’s initial flick-on was nodded narrowly wide of the left-sided post by fellow centre-back Patrick Campbell, much to the visiting defence’s relief. However, the pacy St Mags forward line showed their threat again moments later as a defensive error allowed Georgiou to nip in at the edge of 18-yard area and after making a decent turn, his effort was denied by Hawes.

As the hour approached, Ensign again made a decent move with Newby’s ball sent into to the box in the second phase of an attack, though Barnby’s effort was gathered by Todd. That was a let-off for St Mags but it did not last long. On the hour, with Da Rocha and club stalwart Luke Skinner involved in the build-up, forward Shemarie Perkins-Palmer fired home a fine strike from twenty yards out, finding the right corner and giving Todd litle chance. Ensign had levelled the game, and unsurprisingly that fired them up to finish the job. The St Mags had already expended a fair amount of energy by this point, and centre-back Harry Mason had to be replaced by Steven Wade just after the goal.


Moments after the leveller, Ensign replacement Luke Woodward had a sight at goal, but it lacked the power to bypass Todd after being fed by Barnby, they did get that crucial second goal. With Barnby well primed to shoot from merely six yards out, he was felled in the area, with Newby stepping up and blasting the ball home, high into the net from the resulting penalty.

This entertaining match continued as St Mags were understandly very keen to prise back a goal to take something from the game, though their amount of chances lessened in the last 15 minutes. Charlie Hill did make an excellent run in through the middle of the pitch and evaded the home defence, unfortunately his resulting strike at goal didn’t have the force to bypass Hawes, who gathered. Ensign were also still looking for another goal, though in the end, they would settle for a hard-earned three points here.


I think that that Ensign management will be a tad concerned that the performance did render themselves a bit vulnerable to having conceded more goals than they did, especially in the first half but the style of football that they are known for certainly helped them get back into the game.

Full-Time:  White Ensign  2 – 1 St Margaretsbury

To summarise this entertaining but gritty battle, St Mags started well in the first half but after they conceded the equaliser, they really were up against it. Ensign were not at their most fluent by any means but they did enough to claim the points which keeps them in the running for a top ten finish in their first season at Step Five. The visitors will be disappointed but also have to remember that it is very tight tussle to avoid finishing in the bottom three, and other results were fairly good for them on this matchday.

As ever, there were a number of good performances to mention. Firstly for Ensign, Forwards Connor Barnby and Shemarie Perkins-Palmer both had a real influnece on the game, with Barnby putting in a very good shift, with pace and good movement while Perkins-Palmer scored a fine goal and also made good runs down the right channel. Charlie Adams also had a very good game at left-back, making several good interceptions and also made good passes and got in good areas going forward too, with Valter Cachicote Da Rocha also playing his part to give his side added potency going forward with his trickery, pace and passing.

For St Mags, forward Robbie Allen had a really good game, scoring a fine goal and his pace also made the home defence a little nervy at times. Midfielders Stefanos Georgiou and Charlie Hill also made some excellent runs and stifled the Ensign midfield as well. Right-back Euan Tungamirai-Hove also deserves a mention for stout defending and good awareness for most of the game.

I’d also like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 2 Thando Moyo, 6 Jake McWee (Capt) (14 Carl Conway 46′), 16 Patrick Campbell, 12 Charlie Adams, 5 Luke Skinner, 4 Kris Newby, 7 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer, 10 Jake Chaplin (19 Luke Woodward 65′), 9 Connor Barnby, 18 Valter Cachicote Da Rocha (11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche 88′ )

Booked: Chaplin, Perkins-Palmer  | Sub Not Used: Austin, Maleary


St Margaretsbury | Manager: Paul Holding | Assistant: Richard Dagger

Starting XI: 1 Alfie Todd (GK), 5 Euan Tungamirai-Hove, 6 Harry Mason (14 Steven Wade 61′), 3 Jake Hayden-Eley, 2 Andrew Greenslade, 4 Sami Moutawafiq (Capt), 7 Stefanos Georgiou, 8 Charlie Hill, 9 Tom Mulqueen (17 Richard Dagger 82′), 16 Robbie Allen, 11 Joe Abe

Booked: Georgiou, Allen | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: George Younger
Assistants: Ray Parmenter & Glenn Michaels

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 5 Feb) [EOFL 21/22 7.1.22]


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

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 5 February. This week, the league action takes the central focus, with a few matches also in several Cup competitions. This week’s round-up includes a section looking at EOFL Division Four & Five, with results from the Cup competitions.


Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 5 February

EOFL Premier Division & Division One

In the Premier Division, with Basildon Town in Cup action, the focus turned to the chasing pack. Hutton went to the summit after a comprehensive 5 – 1 win over Harold Wood Athletic at Polo Fields. Luke Ricketts got a double, with Brad Freeman, Stephen Judge and substitute Jack Shaw all joined him on the score0-sheet as Matt Singh’s team made it five straight wins in the league. Rayleigh Town are two points behind them as they got a decisive 4 – 0 success at Sungate. Liam Oliver, Harry Talbot, Charlie Seaden and replacement Ben Baxter all scored for Paul Higgins’ side.

Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC got a fine 3 – 1 victory at Catholic Utd to move up to eighth in the table. A double from Luke Williamson and one from Ben Carroll overhauled Michael Sammut’s reply for Utd and give the visitors another good three points. Also, Canning Town leapt off the bottom of the standings with a 2 – 1 win over Leigh Ramblers in Beckton and Ongar Town were again held at home to a goalless draw by Old Southendian.


In Division One, leaders Runwell Sports were not in action but would have been reasonably happy with their rivals’ results. Toby were held to a 3 – 3 draw by fellow top six side Chingford Athletic, Albert Perry notched two goals for Mark Jones’ side, with Dean Maguchu getting the other goal but a brace of his own from Eren Muti and a goal from Airon Paul was enough to claim a point for Declan Murphy’s side. Wakering Sports were held 1 – 1 at Cupid’s by Epping Town, with Alfie Fossett scoring for Mitchell Gleeson’s side there and Old Chelmsfordians slipped up, as they were beaten 2 – 1 by improving Beacon Hill Rovers, with Charles Brewer and Jack Walker on target for Hill there.

Also, Corinthians got a vital win as they triumphed 6 – 2 at Herongate Athletic to go back up to fourth, just a point adrift of Toby in second.


EOFL Senior League Cup

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  9 – 0  Snaresbrook | Silver Leys

Springfield  2 – 3  Basildon Town  | Arun Park


EOFL Reserve Lge Cup

Epping Town Res  0 – 7  Wakering Sports Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Galleywood Res  1 – 1  Leigh Ramblers Res (Galleywood won 5 – 4 on pens)  | Slades Lane


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

Into the League action with the three games played in Division Two. With leaders ACD Utd not in action, Harold Hill got a fine 5 – 0 win over Rochford Town, with Peter Tyler and George Shelvey both scoring twice there. Manford Way also won 3 – 0 at home to Harold Wood Athletic Res, with David Alele, Dominic Esty-Wilkinson and substitute Samuel Oramadike all netted for Manford to take them up to fourth, above Old Southendian Res. Also, Shoebury Town won 2 – 1 at Rayleigh Town Res, with Tyler Boosey and Steven Valente scoring for Town. William Vile got Rayleigh’s reply but they are six points behind Shoebury in seventh.

In Division Three, Basildon Town Res extended their lead in fourth spot to ten points after a 3 – 0 victory over leaders Catholic Utd Res. Keith King scored twice for Town, with Sam Marsh also on target here. Utd lost their unbeaten league record which had held since August. Pitsea Athletic remain in fifth place after a 3 – 2 victory at Leigh Town Res. Sean Devlin, Jason Stanhope and Reece Stone were the goalscorers there for Pitsea. Lastly, Buckhurst Hill U23 also won 3 – 1 against Collier Row at Roding Lane.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five

In Division Four, Roydon once again got a good three points to remain second in the table, after a 3 – 0 victory against Canning Town Res. Nader Benzid, Connor Presland and Ross Bourke all netted for the hosts here. Old Chelmsfordians Res are still third after winning 2 – 0 at Leytonstone Utd, with Martin Mixture on target for the visitors at the Forest Row Centre. Southend Manor Development are now up to fourth spot after a fine 3 – 1 triumph at local rivals Wakering Sports A. Max Franzosi netted twice for the visitors, with Marly Gunn also scoring for Carlos Codinha’s team.

Elsewhere, Sungate Development got their first league win in several weeks with a 4 – 3 success at mid-table Ongar Town Res. Finally, leaders Chingford Athletic Res are four points clear at the top after a 3 – 1 win at Shenfield AFC Res at Warley Playing Fields. Luke Dimond got another two goals here to reach 33 league goals this term, which is some achievement. Billy Calder’s eighth goal of the campaign for Shenfield wasn’t enough to prevent defeat for them.

In Division Five, AS Rawreth Res got another important victory with a 2 – 1 success over Wakebury Res at the Warren. Substitute Justin Burrell got both goals for the hosts, with Ben Morley getting the reply for the Berries’ second-side. In the other game in the division, Old Barkabbeyans went up to seventh spot following a 2 – 1 win at top four side Pitsea Athletic Res. Jay Elliott and Tyler Turner both got on the scoresheet for the East London side. Replacement Vishnu Panikkar responded for Ath at the Basildon Sports Village.

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S21-22 Match Report: West Essex 2 – 2 FC Clacton (Sat 5 Feb) [ESL 21/22 6.2.22]

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Essex Senior League  – Premier Division

Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium

Attendance: 79

2021-22 Season: Match 55

Saturday 5th February 2022 – 3pm KO

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

FC Clacton: Pink Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


Clacton’s Alfie Matthews about to take a freekick in 1st half

A highly-contested battle ends in draw for West and FC Clacton

West Essex  2 – 2  FC Clacton

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

This weekend saw a long trip back to Wadham Lodge for this Essex Senior clash between West Essex and FC Clacton, who I was watching properly for the first time since their transfer to the ESL last July. West Essex opened their Tea Bar today which progresses the matchday experience for spectators and with it, signifying the long-term aspiration for the club. Kwame Kwateng’s side have seen players depart recently and fielded talented goalkeeper Kacper Ignatiuk behind a central defence that included Emmanuel Oluwole and Tala Lo-Seye and a forward line of David Bell, Cameron Gray and Dimitri Frangeskides. Options from the sidelines included David Xavier and forwards Jon Ogunsanya and Symeon Taylor. Clacton had Luis Shamshoum in goal, with a defensive four of Kyle Ferguson, Teddy Collis and central defenders Jack Mochalski and Michael Okafor. Their forward line was comprised of Alfie Matthews and skipper Jordan Lartey with support from Harry McDonald. Their bench included Lee Clowsley and forward Mekhi McKenzie. Assistant boss Ryan Salter led the presence from dug-out with manager Tom Austin absent today.

The match began with a strong burst of energy from the hosts side as they looked to gain the early advantage, with Clacton looking to build on a solid base from the early moments. The Stags were not short of chances in the first third of the half, as forwards Dimitri Frangeskides and David Bell had strikes fizz narrowly wide of visiting custodian Luis Shamshoum’s woodwork. Once you ally that with further half-chances at goal for midfielders Oliseh Okuguni and David Ungudi, you’d be forgiven for thinking that West would regret not taking the lead early on.


Dimitri Frangeskides in possession for West (right side of image)

 On the other side of things, Clacton were looking decent on the counter-attack and even from the early stages, they looked motivated to battle for everything they could get. Jardel Francis was testing the West backline from right channel, while skipper Jordan Lartey was coming in from the left side and posing problems and getting strikes away at goal, which meant home goalkeeper Kacper Ignatiuk had to remain vigilant.

As the half progressed, you felt that the stalemate would not last and sure enough, on the half-hour, it was the hosts who made one of their chances pay, as a good strike by Okuguni in a congest eighteen yard area took a small deflection off a defender before sailing into the top left corner of Shamshoum’s goal.


Clacton the ball (far right) from their half

However, this setback didn’t dissuade the visitors at all.  Moments after Shamshoum punched away two free-kicks by West captain Reece Clarke, Clacton did level things up with a well-taken goal. Full-back Teddy Collis was involved in the move as his initial pass was knocked down well by Lartey into the path of forward Alfie Matthews just inside the penalty box and before the home defence could get a challenge in, Matthews fired the ball home low into the right corner, past the grasp of Ignatiuk.



Half-Time: West Essex 1 – 1 FC Clacton

After the interval, West started the second period with some vigour as they looked to claw back the initiative, with an audacious strike by Clarke going narrowly off-target and Frangeskides also struck wide. That being said, the Stags fell behind for the first time nine minutes after another good move by the Seasiders ended up with Matthews again powerfully striking the ball into the left corner, to the delight of the travelling contingent of supporters. The visitors continued their commendable efforts with a good phase after their second goal with Lartey forcing Ignatiuk into a good reaction save to keep his side in contention.

The spirit and style of play of West Essex was also evident in the latter stages which made for a fine last fifteen minutes of normal time. West got the equaliser they probably deserved on 76 minutes with a superb strike direct from a free-kick by the impressive Clarke, finding the top left corner of the net.



The nerves of both sides were increasingly frayed in the last part of this encounter as they looked for a decisive goal, but you have to give Clacton credit for holding firm, playing some good football at times and they did deserve something from the game. West should also be praised for their spirit as mentioned. I wouldn’t be that surprised if one or both of their sides end up in the top ten, which signifies the quality of the Essex Senior is improving year-on-year.


Full-Time: West Essex  2 – 2 FC Clacton

To sum up this match, this was a very entertaining battle which saw both sides having strong phases of play. West could have been well ahead before the break but profligate finishing prevented them from pushing the Seasiders into a tough position. Clacton could also have been in a match-wining position though the Stags were simply unwilling to give in, in the latter stages. All being said, a draw probably was the fair result for both sides who continue to seek a top-ten finish by late April.

The stand-out performances from this game start with Clacton. Alfie Matthews took both his goals well with crisp finishes and also played his part in good forward moves. Jordan Lartey also led his side well and showed good pace, movement and passing fro the left side of the front three. Centre-back Michael Okafor also had a good match, making several good interceptions to thwart the hosts’ forwards. Lastly, Kyle Ferguson had a good match at right-back and he got forward well. West had a few good performances as well, led by skipper Reece Clarke who once again had an influential performance, making a number of good tackles and also scored with a fine set-piece. Tala Lo-Seye also had a superb match, making several fine interceptions to keep his team in the match, preventing more chances for the Seasiders. Emmanuel Oluwole and custodian Kacper Ignatiuk also put in good performances for Kwame Kwateng’s side.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


West’s Emmanuel Wazola [#17] launches a long throw, right beside their dug-out

Teams

West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng  | Assistant: George Karsa

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Kacper Ignatiuk (GK), 4 Sam McNally, 5 Emmanuel Oluwole, 6 Oliseh Okuguni (19 Jon Ogunsanya 71′), 15 Tala Lo-Seye, 17 Emmanuel Wazola, 8 Daniel Ungudi (2 David Xavier 61′), 12 Reece Clarke (Capt), 7 Dimitri Frangeskides, 11 Cameron Gray, 20 David Bell (9 Symeon Taylor 38′)

Goal-scorers: Oliseh Okuguni [31′] , Reece Clarke [76′]

Booked: Lo-Seye | Subs Not Used: S Lo-Seye, Kaudeer


FC Clacton  | Interim Manager: Ryan Salter | Assistant: Adam Daniels

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Kyle Ferguson, 3 Teddy Collis, 4 Tyler Brampton (16 Craig Hughes 79′), 5 Jack Mochalski, 6 Michael Okafor, 7 Jardel Francis (14 Mekhi McKenzie 46′), 8 Charlie Collis, 9 Alfie Matthews, 10 Harry McDonald (12 Lee Clowsley 66′), 11 Jordan Lartey (Capt)

Goal-scorers: Alfie Matthews [43′ & 54′]

Booked: T Collis, C Collis, Matthews  | Subs Not Used: Hogan, Daniels


Referee: George Barker
Assistants: Kadir Nazif & Adekunle Jide Fawunmi

S21-22 Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 0 – 2 Athletic Newham (Wed 26 Jan) [ESL 21-22 27.1.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 52

Wednesday 26th January 2022 – 7.45pm KO

S Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Ath Newham: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Action still from the first half at Mile End

Energetic display from Newham gains another win at Sporting Bengal

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Athletic Newham

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

The Non-League road continued on Wednesday night with a return to Mile End to see Sporting Bengal welcome play-off chasing Athletic Newham in the Essex Senior League. Sporting Bengal narrowly lost out at Hoddesdon Town four days prior to this match and named Kevin Rrushi in goal, with a midfield of Todor Germanov, Louie Maxwell and Djibril Cante, with a forward line of Yaya Jau, Gianfranco Mici and Mark Nwokeji, who played for Dagenham & Redbridge some twelve years ago. Their options from the bench included forward Quincy Roberts, Daniele Paoloni, Stany Mongha and Ajani Bryan-Wilson. Newham have a few games to catch up on due to their superb FA Vase run to date and named Wilkinson Boateng as their goalkeeper, a midfield of Benjamin Bodipo, Anderson Baro, Abdul Shobowale and Jacques Leurs. In atttack, the league’s leading scorer in Richard Kone was joined by Joel Appiah and Rasheed Salau. From the sidelines, their substitutes included the experienced Simon Bamidele, Babs Sonupe and Best Toke.

The match got underway with the visitors looking to assert themselves in possession and put the Bengal defence under pressure. After only three minutes, Bengal custodian Kevin Rrushi was alert to claim a deflected free-kick from tricky Newham midfielder Anderson Baro. Chris Davis’ side did continue to have more ball retention in the early stages of the contest, with Abdul Shobowale making good runs down the left channel and putting in some good crosses from that side. Richard Kone was occupying defenders from fairly early on as well and after evading his marker, Rrushi did well reach down low to deny Kone’s strike on fourteen minutes.


Newham were finding their rhythm going forward at this point in proceedings, and a well-struck overhead kick by captain Joel Appiah needed the fine intervention of Rrushi to claw the ball onto the far side post. Bengal’s counter-attacks were fairly rare in the first half, with forward Yaya Jau unable to unnerve visiting goalkeeper Wilkinson Boateng & instead fired well over the goal frame. By the midway point of the half, you felt it was a case of when Newham would score rather than if, and defender Perez Goumou’s good header from Baro’s corner was gratefully gathered by Rrushi.

At the other end, Boateng was largely untroubled at this point, with a decent strike by centre-back Daniel Udanoh from just inside the eighteen-yard area eventually being gathered. Unfortunately for the hosts, the closing minutes of the half proved to be somewhat costly. Five minutes before the break, a fierce strike from Benjamin Bodipo evaded the grasp of Rrushi and went low into the net to give Athletic Newham a deserved lead.


Newham made the most of this good spell as another well-worked move three minutes later allowed forward Rasheed Salau to finish from close range to ultimately give the visitors the lead they deserved for their approach play and their chances created.

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal 0 – 2 Athletic Newham

Bengal manager Steve Clark made a change at the interval, bringing on Ajani Bryan-Wilson for central midfielder Djibril Cante and to their credit, they did show work rate, spirit and defensively they held firm as they looked to get back into the contest. That being said, Newham were unlucky not to put the match beyond doubt midway through the half as another Baro set-piece was headed onto the crossbar by Salau. Moments later, midfielder James Runham’s powerful strike was well saved by Rrushi and soon after, Kone got past the impressive Udanoh but the angle on goal was narrow and he could only fire off-target.


Newham were pretty comfortable defensively, although Gianfranco Mici did find half a yard of space before striking at goal, though the strike lacked the power to bypass Boateng, who claimed the ball well. Appiah also drifted a effort wide of goal although he did have a good game here, leading his side well.

In the latter stages, Bengal did make some good runs down the flanks with Bryan-Wilson and full-back Karmani Collington being willing runners though in the end, they couldn’t create enough in the way of chances to really merit any points in the match. The final whistle blew and Newham can feel happy with a good performance earning them another win, which takes them back into fifth spot, ahead of Saffron Walden on goal difference, with Newham travelling to Catons Lane at the weekend.




Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 0 – 2 Athletic Newham

In summary, Newham put in a characteristic display of high work rate and good possession though if their finishing was more clinical, they would have would have won this tie much more convincingly. Bengal did show spirit, particularly in the second half, with decent approach play though ultimately Newham goalkeeper Wilkinson Boateng had a largely stress-free evening.

There were several notable performances from both sides in this match. First up for victors Newham, skipper Joel Appiah put in a fine display, building attacking moves alongside rapid forward Richard Kone who occupied defenders and on another day would have had at least one goal. Also, full-back Perez Goumou had a good all-round match making good defensive clearances and showing good energy and passing. Finally, technical midfielder Anderson Baro also again looked good on the ball and showed his ability to put in good crosses and free-kicks. Baro also did a good share of defensive work for his side to assist his team. For Bengal, centre-back Daniel Udanoh had a really good game, making good clearances when his defence was under considerable pressure, alongside the influential Freddy Tandon, who also had a really good match. Goalkeeper Kevin Rrushi pulled off several good saves to keep his side in the game in the first half and lastly, substitute Ajani Bryan-Wilson also made a difference down the right flank in the second half, looking to get involved in good forward moves.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Sporting Bengal Utd  | Manager: Steve Clark

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Kevin Rrushi (GK), 2 Darius Maxime, 3 Kamarni Collington, 4 Todor Germanov, 5 Freddy Tandon, 6 Daniel Udanoh, 7 Louie Maxwell, 8 Djibril Cante (17 Ajani Bryan-Wilson 46’), 9 Yaya Jau (12 Quincy Roberts 65’), 10 Gianfranco Mici, 11 Mark Nwokeji (14 Daniele Paoloni 57’)    

Subs Not Used: P Paul, Mongha


Athletic Newham  | Manager: Chris Davis

1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Perez Goumou (12 Best Toke 86’), 3 Louis Hiobi, 4 James Runham, 8 Benjamin Bodipo, 11 Jacques Leurs (7 Babs Sonupe 70’), 15 Anderson Baro, 14 Rasheed Salau, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt), 17 Richard Kone, 16 Abdul Shobowale (19 Simon Bamidele 80’)

Goal-scorers: Benjamin Bodipo [40’], Rasheed Salau [43’]

 Subs Not Used: Owootomo, Gaye


Referee: Sam Everitt

Assistants: Royan Campbell & Adrian Vernica

  

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League Round-up (Sat 22 Jan) [ESL 21-22 23.1.22]

Hello and welcome to a bonus blog on the full Essex Senior programme that took place on Saturday 22nd January, as big results affected both ends of the table. The lead image above is from St Margaretsbury v Little Oakley yesterday, the match I attended. Thanks for reading this round-up.

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

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Essex Senior League Round-up- Sat 22 January

We begin with the showdown at the top of the table, as Walthamstow got a added-time winner in a 2 – 1 success against Enfield at Wadham Lodge. Tim Ogunrinde put his new club ahead just past the half hour, though David Cowley levelled from twelve yards three minutes after the interval. Callum Ibe sent the majority of the three hundred fans attending wild with a late winner to fortify ‘Stow’s position at the summit as they kept their ten-point lead over Stansted. The Airportmen now have a five-point cushion in second after a 3 – 1 home win against Cockfosters. Brad Russell gave Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side an early lead, but a crucially timed leveller from ‘Fosters stalwart George Beattie came two minutes before the break. However, second half goals from Michael Salako [66’] & Connor Hammond [84’] made sure that the ‘Blue Brazil’ made the most of other sides faltering around them.

One of those sides who debatably dropped points were Stanway Rovers, who were held to a goalless draw with West Essex at Hawthorns. The Stags are now only four points adrift of the top ten. Redbridge got a narrow 2 – 1 triumph over Takeley at Oakside with two goals in three minutes from Michael Pindy and Robbie Norris enough to give them the points. Charlie Allum got the solitary reply for Marc Das’ side but they fell to twelfth spot. The Motormen remain in fourth but are now seven points clear of Athletic Newham after Newham lost the ‘Terry Mac’ derby 0 – 2 to Clapton, who are now five points clear of the bottom three.


Meanwhile, Little Oakley are a point off the top ten after a 3 – 1 victory at St Margaretsbury, with Danny Garrad giving Matt Carmichael’s side the lead on eleven minutes. Two penalties from the influential Harry Mann and Daniel Rowe completed the win, with Rodney Clements late spot-kick denying the Acorns a clean sheet. I attended this match, if you’d like more on it, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/01/22/s21-22-match-report-st-margaretsbury-1-3-little-oakley-sat-22nd-jan-esl/

Elsewhere, Saffron Walden Town were denied a morale-boosting win as they drew 3 – 3 with White Ensign at Catons Lane. Scott Piggott struck twice for Jason Maher’s team, with Gavin Cockman adding their other goal. However, the crowd of around 250 got their share of goals here as Luke Woodward’s fine treble ensured Carl Conway & Jack Maleary’s side got a point, which lifts them up to eighth and stay only a point off Walden in sixth. Hoddesdon Town got a vital win in their battle of the bottom seven sides, as they edged to a 4 – 3 success over bottom side Sporting Bengal Utd at Lowfield. Harrison Cage struck twice for the hosts, with Jack Lee and Josh Stevens goals also proving decisive. Bengal gave it everything and had strikes by Yaha Djau , Quincy Roberts and Gianfranco Mici to thank staying in the match but ultimately they fell to another loss and their need to win matches gets that bit higher.


Two more matches this weekend and Woodford Town got a narrow 1 – 0 win at Southend Manor, with ex-Redbridge winger Ayub Kadiri getting the only goal there for Shane Baptiste’s side, who remain 14th. Also, FC Clacton set aside a bad loss in midweek as they won 4 – 0 at Sawbridgeworth Town. Kyle Ferguson and Mekhi McKenzie gave the Seasiders a comfortable lead at the interval, with late strikes by Harry McDonald and substitute Jordan Lartey adding further pain to the Sawbo side. This result meant that Clacton stay in the top ten, a point clear of fellow North East Essex side Oakley.

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S21-22 Match Report: St Margaretsbury 1 – 3 Little Oakley (Sat 22nd Jan) [ESL 21-22 22.1.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBA

2021-22 Season: Match 50

Saturday 22nd January 2022 – 3pm KO

St Mags: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

L Oakley: Blue & Black Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks


Oakley produce resolute display to win at St Mags

St Margaretsbury 1 – 3 Little Oakley

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

My 50th match of the campaign saw me return to the Essex Senior League and a long trip back to the Recreation Ground for an intriguing match between strugglers St Margaretsbury and mid-table Little Oakley. Paul Holding’s side had garnered two good wins already this week and were looking to pull further clear of the bottom two. This was my first occasion seeing Oakley since their promotion to the Essex Senior and I’d heard good things about a resolute side under Matt Carmichael’s tutelage. Onto the Teams then and St Mags fielded a front three of Miles Holding, Rodney Clements and Tommy Jenkins, with Jon Stevenson joining stalwart skipper Aiden Read in central defence. Options from the bench included forwards Joe Abe and Jake Hayden-Eley. Little Oakley had Daniel Joyce in goal, Jamie Dobkin and captain Lewis Wood as their centre backs with Rory Harman and Ed Nobbs completing their defence. The goal-hungry pair of Danny Garrad & Harry Mann lined up in attack, with support from Michael Brothers and Mason Ridgway-Lumley. Their substitutes were midfielder Tyler Sullivan and the attack-minded Sam Cooke and Daniel Rowe. Greg Rodger and Nick Farthing were among those unavailable.


On a pleasant winter’s day, the match began with Oakley firing in a few shots at goal to test the reflexes of home custodian Harvir Deans, though he was equal to strikes by Harry Mann, Mason Lumley and the experienced Michael Brothers. The hosts did respond with a decent counter which saw the tireless Stefanos Georgiou fizz a decent effort narrowly wide of visiting goalkeeper’s Daniel Joyce’s woodwork. Unfortunately for the hosts, their inability to keep possession did return to bite them on eleven minutes as forward Danny Garrad stole in from the left flank and after evading his marker, sent in a cool lob out of the grasp of the stranded Deans to open the scoring for the Acorns.

Little Oakley did retain the ball better at this point, with St Mags feeling the frustration and getting caught up in a bit of a scrappy match with several free-kicks being conceded. Tricky forward Harry Mann had a powerful strike deflected wide for a set-piece midway through the half, but it was a good indication of what could transpire if the hosts switched off defensively. As it happened, moments after home defender Jon Stevenson was sent to the sin-bin for dissent, the next goal came from twelve yards after a decision that was also hotly disputed by the St Margaretsbury dugout. Even so, referee Benjamin Horne had little hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Mann duly struck home the resulting penalty.


If anything, Oakley could have put themselves beyond reach in the next phase of the game as a speculative drive from the far side by full-back Rory Harman clipped the woodwork with Deans beaten, and Garrad struck narrowly over as well.

With the interval approaching, Paul Holding’s side were starting to find their rhythm. A good left-wing cross by Andy Greenslade found forward Miles Holding though the latter was unable to get sufficient power in his header to get past Joyce in the Acorns’ goal, who could gather relatively untroubled.

St Mags’ Stefanos Georgiou [#5 on right side] looks to test the Oakley defence

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury  0 – 2  Little Oakley

After the break, St Mags having brought on Euan Tungamirai-Hove and Jake Hayden-Eley to replace the promising Charlie Hill and Dylan Gray, they would have a couple of good spells later in the half. First though in the early stages of the second-half, the likes of Read & co. had to deal with a good ball in from the left edge of the penalty area by support forward Michael Brothers which Tungamirai-Hove got in and cleared just ahead of the onrushing Garrad, primed for a far post tap-in. The hosts did switch off defensively on 55 minutes as Oakley substitute Daniel Rowe beat the offside trap but Deans got down low to pull off a good save from the one-on-one opportunity that Rowe had, having made a good run.

To their credit, St Margaretsbury did respond in a positive way, with Georgiou making another decent run and firing his strike narrowly over the woodwork. Georgiou and fellow midfielder Sami Moutawafiq did have more time in possession at this point and were showing good glimpses of their respective abilities, as was forward Tommy Jenkins, who made a few good runs down the left channel in the first-half. Tungamirai-Hove laid the ball off to forward Rodney Clements just short of the hour mark, and his fierce drive brought a good acrobatic save from Joyce as he clawed it over the woodwork.

Oakley begin another forward move

The Acorns had to show their resolute nature to keep themselves ahead, making good interceptions although St Mags didn’t test Joyce with alarming regularity. Midway through the half, a smart ball in by Rodney Clements from the right flank found replacement Joe Abe but when well-placed, Abe could only blaze his effort over the crossbar, much to his frustration. The hosts persistently looked to reduce their arrears but they conceded another spot-kick in the closing minutes, as substitute Sam Cooke was felled by Read’s challenge. Rowe stepped up to convert the penalty and although they were not in top form, Oakley did enough to claim the points here.

St Margaretsbury did get on the score-sheet in the first of six added minutes as Clements was fouled in the area. Clements stepped up himself to strike low into the net past Joyce to erase the clean sheet that could have come for the Acorns but in truth, they should be pleased with the points. Results elsewhere saw Clapton an important win to reduce St Mag’s advantage over the Tons to one point, in a bottom five tussle that will likely run and run.

Tommy Jenkins [#7 St Mags] going forward trying to unlock Oakley’s defence

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  1 – 3  Little Oakley

In summary, Little Oakley made the most of a disjointed first-half display by the hosts to get themselves ahead but did find it harder after the interval. In fairness though, Matt Carmichael’s side did have enough chances to put the game beyond doubt, particularly in that first 45 minutes.

There were a number of good performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for Oakley, the forward pair of Danny Garrad and Harry Mann posed the home defence enough problems, with Mann’s movement and touch making him hard to track. Garrad came in from the left flank to good effect as well and his goal was well-taken. Ekow Owusu-Boakye had a good match in central midfield, tracking back well at times as well as being involving in attacking moves, with Michael Brothers also playing a good role as a support forward, unsettling the hosts.

For St Mags, forward Tommy Jenkins had a good all-round match, making good runs and making some telling passes to his fellow forwards in a match where his side didn’t create as much as they would have liked. Midfielder Stefanos Georgiou also put in a big shift, looking to dictate the play and playing his part in an improved team showing after the interval. Lastly, a word for forward Rodney Clements who could have been on the score-sheet before the last few moments and showed good energy, pace and work rate with St Margaretsbury looking to get back into the game.  

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.

Teams

St Margaretsbury  | Manager: Paul Holding  | Assistant: Richard Dagger

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harvir Deans (GK), 2 Andy Greenslade, 17 Jon Stevenson, 6 Aiden Read (Capt), 2 Andrew Greenslade, 4 Sami Moutawafiq, 5 Stefanos Georgiou (15 Joe Abe 65’), 8 Charlie Hill (3 Euan Tungamirai Hove 46’), 7 Tommy Jenkins, 9 Dylan Gray (12 Jake Hayden-Eley 46’), 10 Miles Holding, 11 Rodney Clements

Goal-scorer: Rodney Clements [pen 90’+1]

Booked: Read  | Sin-bin: Stevenson [24’]

Subs Not Used: Ajong, Hares


Little Oakley  | Manager: Matt Carmichael | Assistant: James Good

1 Daniel Joyce (GK), 2 Rory Harman, 3 Ed Nobbs, 5 Lewis Wood (Capt), 6 Jamie Dobkin, 4 Bradley James, 7 Mason Ridgway- Lumley, 8 Ekow Owusu-Boakye, 9 Harry Mann (15 Daniel Rowe 52’), 10 Michael Brothers (14 Sam Cooke 79’), 11 Danny Garrad (12 Tyler Sullivan 69’),

Goal-scorers: Danny Garrad [11’], Harry Mann [pen 27’], Daniel Rowe [pen 87’]

| Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Benjamin Horne

Assistants: Trevor Williams & Ray Parmenter