Essex Senior League
Venue: Lower Road
Date: Saturday 18th March 2017 3pm KO
Hullbridge Sports : Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
London Bari : Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a cloudy afternoon, Hullbridge Sports took on London Bari in another Essex Senior League encounter at Lower Road.
This match had barely got going before there was a fair-length stoppage due to the referee being unable to continue, due to what looked like a hamstring injury. After a replacement referee was found & donned his kit, we were back underway. It took both sides a little time to find their rhythm, though Bari gradually found their verve, managing to retain possession better, partly through short passing, working the home side hard.
Though when Hullbridge did go on the offensive, they still gave visiting ‘keeper Mehmet Akbas a couple of nervy moments, though he was ably assisted by a decent Bari defence.
Bari forward Joel Appiah was giving Hullbridge’s back four a few problems of their own with his pace & running, though home ‘keeper Jamie Merralls & defender Aaron Hunwicks managed to stop him, the latter denying Appiah from firing into an unguarded net after he rounded Merralls on 25 minutes.
Fellow London Bari forward Hassan Nalbant was also posing a few problems, though just past the half hour mark, his goal-bound strike lacked power & was gathered by Merralls.
Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 0 London Bari
The second half began as Hullbridge definitely sought to improve on what was a poor first period for them. Bari should have been ahead by half-time. The home side though had chances early in the second period, as midfielder Dan Regan and winger Charlie Little both missed the target. Ten minutes into the second half, Bari forward Appiah had a good strike well-saved by Merralls for a corner.
On 74 minutes, Hullbridge took the lead through a good, composed low finish past Akbas into the left corner by substitute Ryan Wallington. Bari kept going though, Nalbant being denied by home defender Joe Turpin.
Bari did get their reward though, with minutes remaining, Nalbant’s free-kick seemed to evade everyone including ‘keeper Merralls before nestling in the top-left corner to grab a deserved equaliser. Bari could have grabbed the win right at the end as substitute Peter Wilcox‘s shot was blocked on the goal-line.
Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 London Bari
Wallington 74’ Nalbant 87’
Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson
Manager: Chris Thomas
|1 Jamie Merralls (GK)||1 Mehmet Akbas (GK)|
|2 Aaron Hunwicks||2 Stephen O’Hara|
|3 Sam Taylor||3 Sammy Abdelaziz|
|4 Dan Regan (Subbed 63’)||4 Jermaine Nicholson (Subbed 85’)|
|5 Rob Hodgson||5 Simpson Mpalampa (C)|
|6 Joe Turpin||6 Usman Shagari|
|7 Charlie Little||7 Tobi Adesina (Subbed 46’)|
|8 Ben Perry||8 Darryl Morson|
|9 Jimmy Cox (C)||9 Hassan Nalbant|
|10 Luca Frankis||10 Joel Appiah|
|11 Charlie Gerada (Subbed 72’)||11 Francesco Grassi (Subbed 85’)|
|12 Ronnie Pallett (On 62’)||14 Oscar Williams (On 46’)|
|14 Ryan Wallington (On ’72’)||15 Tajahn Figueroa|
|15 Dean Wallace||16 Peter Wilcox (On 85’)|
|GK Lewis Catling||17 Junior Decker (On 85’)|
|18 Tony Cookey|
|Booked: Gerada, Merralls||Booked: Morson|
|Peter Newman (Off 7’)
Replacement Ref- Unknown