Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 London Bari (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 44

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’


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

London Bari

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

Assistant Referees:

Ray Parmenter

Christina Hattersley


Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 1 Basildon Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 63

Date: Monday 13th March 2017 7.45pm KO

Barkingside : Light Blue Shirts, Dark Blue Shorts, Light Blue Socks

 Basildon Utd : Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

Both sides before KO (Side v Basildon U - ESL 13.3.17)
Both sides shaking hands just before KO.

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on Basildon Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter, with both sides gunning for a top-ten finish.

The hosts started the match fairly well, with on-loan forward Jakub Berkowicz shooting wide after being played in by winger Kai Heather. Fellow forward Luke With managed to get past visiting ‘keeper David Leader in another attack though couldn’t turn the ball home.

Basildon improved after the quarter-hour and made the hosts pay for missing those early chances as a initial effort by forward Malaki Toussaint hit the bar before Jack Adlington headed the rebound in from close range. Adlington could have made it two just past the half-hour after a lovely through-ball but couldn’t finish. As half-time approached, Basildon captain John-Joe Slater had an effort blocked on the goal-line as ‘Side looked to keep it tight going into the break. Just before the break, a good ball from George Ademilyu nearly found Berkowicz though the ball just trickled out of reach for the young forward.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Basildon Utd

Five minutes into the second half, Barkingside were awarded a penalty for a foul. Luke With stepped up and unfortunately skewed the ball well wide of the left-hand post. Just past the hour mark, ‘Side were awarded another penalty as visiting defender George Whitby was adjudged to have handled in the box and promptly got his second booking. With once again stepped up to take it, though this time, it crashed in with a little assistance from the upright.

With the visitors reduced to ten men, the home side went for the win, and Heather had a good strike on goal deflected for a corner mid-way through the half.  ‘Side had further chances to take the lead though Marvin Birch, Berkowicz and substitute Jason Fontaine couldn’t hit the target.

Basildon were still a bit tricky on the counter-attack though as pacy forward Ayoola Odedoyin made a couple of good runs down the flanks after coming off the bench.

Overall, a bit of a battle though the Bees will be the happier of the two sides I would imagine, given that Barkingside had enough chances to score three or four this evening. Barkingside are in 11th place in the ESL table, a point behind Basildon in 10th spot.

Full-Time:  Barkingside 1 – 1 Basildon Utd

With (pen) 62’                             Adlington 17’



Manager: Gus Gulfer

Basildon Utd

 Manager: Aaron Bloxham

1  Tyler McCarthy  (GK) 13  David Leader (GK)
2  George Ademilyu 2  Jim Paterson
3  Liam Clifton 3  Yaw Danso
4  Scott Mitchell 4  Lee Delf
5  Sam Edwards 5  George Whitby
6  Jason Ajoodha    (Subbed 80’) 16 Jack Adlington
7  Kai Heather 7  Joe Skeels    (Subbed 74’)
8  Marvin Birch 8  John-Joe Slater (C)
9  Luke With 9  Malaki Toussaint
10  David Laird (C)    (Subbed 41’) 20  Reece Tranter
11  Jakub Berkowicz 11  Jamie Brown


12  Fionn Glancy 15 Taylor Sinfield
14  Ibrahim Conteh     (On 41’) 19 Ayoola Odedoyin   (On 74’)
15  Danny Blake **  Tyler Jalland
16  Paul Wright
17  Jason Fontaine   (On 80’)
Booked: Ademilyu Sent Off: Whitby
Referee: Peter Wilson
Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn

Cliff Everitt

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 10

Date: Saturday 11th March 2017 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor  : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Sporting Bengal Utd  : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a pleasant afternoon at Southchurch Park, high-flying Southend Manor took on the improving Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter.

The match fizzed into life in the early-going, as Manor had a Dwade James goal ruled out for off-side. Moments later, Bengal forward Oscar Mendes was one-on-one with home ‘keeper Lewis Down but missed the target – as it happened it would’ve been ruled out for off-side regardless.

It was the visitors though who took the lead after just 11 minutes, with winger Shiblu Miah slotting past Down. The game fizzled out again for a little bit afterward, though Sporting Bengal were shading it, with more incisive passing than the home side.

Bengal doubled their advantage just past the half-hour mark as Mendes beat ‘keeper Down to the ball and struck a low, composed finish into the right corner. The visitors had further chances to put the game beyond doubt very soon afterward. Full-back Raul De Silva heading just wide from a corner, before Miah blasted an effort over the bar following a poor clearance.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor 0 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd

Manor boss Stuart Marshall rung the changes at half-time, making two changes at the start of the half. Manor forward James blasted an effort over the bar in the opening minutes.

Bengal forward Ashaan Siddak blasted an well-struck effort nine minutes into the  second half, luckily it was straight at ‘keeper Down. Manor gradually got a bit of rhythm going, though a pair of free-kicks from captain Vinny Murphy saw the first saved by visiting ‘keeper Denzel Kobia and the second blocked for a corner. From the resulting corner, Murphy himself headed over the bar.

Manor did pull one back though with 20 minutes left, returning forward Rhys Fatt headed in from close range after a goal-line clearance from the Bengal defence.

Bengal were still pushing for a third, as Siddak had another effort saved by Down. As the game headed into the last ten minutes, Bengal full-back De Silva still powered down the left wing to assist his forwards.

The game ended on a bit of a sour note as in injury-time Manor captain Murphy was given a straight red card for what can politely be described as a bad headed challenge on Mendes. Murphy knew what was coming before the red card came out of referee Kirk Edwards’ pocket.

Right at the end, Bengal winger Codey Cameron’s free-kick crashed into the angle of post & bar as Bengal held out. Bengal’s performance merited the win, the ‘front four’ of Miah, Cameron, Siddak & Mendes played well. By contrast, I know Manor boss Marshall was not happy at his side’s performance.

Manor stay 4th in the ESL table, though are only 3 points ahead of Takeley in 5th. Bengal stay 19th though pull further clear of fellow Mile End side Tower Hamlets, now 6 points ahead of Hamlets in 20th spot.

Full-Time:  Southend Manor 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd

Fatt 70’                            Miah 18’   Mendes 31’


Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Sporting Bengal Utd

 Player-Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Lewis Down  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia (GK)
2  Shay Kelly 2  David Tarawali
3  Ted Buchanan  (Subbed 46’) 3  Raul De Silva
4  Jake Brocklebank 4  Jack Lamb
5  Daniel Okah 5  Freddy Tandon (C)
6  Vinny Murphy (C) 6  Mark Wheeler
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Codey Cameron
8  Joe Pattison     (Subbed 46’) 8  Shafi Noor
9  Dwade James     (Subbed 62’) 9  Oscar Mendes   (Subbed 90 +2)
10  Christy O’Donoghue 10  Ashaan Siddik
11  George Crispin 11  Shiblu Miah    (Subbed 77’)
12  Robbie Ferrell    (On 62’) 14  David Vaughan   (On 77’)
14  Michael Bottone    (On 46’) 16  Troy Alexander   (On 90 +2)
15  Billy Cottrill     (On 46’) 17  Imrul Gazi
16  Kevin Zola 18  Samad Miah
17  Robbie Norris 19  Steven Carvell
Sent Off: Murphy
Referee: Kirk Edwards
Assistant Referees: Sven Wood

Trevor Williams

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 3 Hullbridge Sports (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 28

Date: Monday 13th February 2017 7.45pm

Tower Hamlets : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

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

Tower Hamlets & Hullbridge players exchanging pleasantries before KO.

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Tower Hamlets took on mid-table Hullbridge Sports on a chilly evening at Mile End Stadium in an Essex Senior League encounter. The home side were looking to avenge a 7-1 home Cup defeat just two weeks ago here.

The visitors started brighter, and took the lead after only four minutes as forward Lucas Frankis slotted home neatly as Hamlets couldn’t clear their lines.

Hamlets attempted to settle themselves down after thieir early setback, though just couldn’t find much fluency in the final third. Forward O’Neal Rowe had two chances comfortably saved by visiting ‘keeper James Merralls. The home side’s best chance of the first period came on the half-hour as Saico Djop blasted a well-executed overhead kick in the area which Merralls saved at the second attempt.

Hullbridge were more composed going forward and extended their lead through a 25-yard cracker from forward Howard Wright on 37 minutes. The visitors made it three just minutes later as Frankis powered in good header from Aaron Hunwicks’ free-kick, for his second of the match.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 3 Hullbridge Sports

After the break, Hullbridge started well though Hamlets to their credit, stuck at their task in defence with ‘keeper making saves from winger Charlie Little and Wright.
Late on, the game petered out a little as the visitors defended stoutly. Hamlets kept going though were slightly hesitant going forward, perhaps the effects of two matches in three days starting to tell (though Hullbridge also played on Saturday).

Hullbridge held on well for a deserved victory, and rise to 8th place in the table. Hamlets stay 20th after three defeats on-the-spin.

Full-Time:   Tower Hamlets 0 – 3 Hullbridge Sports

Goalscorers: Frankis  4’ , 40’ & Wright 37’


Tower Hamlets

Manager: Ade Abayomi

Hullbridge Sports

 Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

1  Carl Duggas- During (GK) 1  Jamie Merralls (GK)
2  Inesh Sumithran 2  Sean Savage
3  Ruben Junior 3  Kieran Offord      (Subbed 79’)
4  Rahim Adama Bamba 4  Dan Regan
5  Edward Lang 5  Aaron Hunwicks
6  Jairo Pedro (C) 6  Harry Skinner (C)
7  O’Neal Rowe 7  Charlie Little    (Subbed 73’)
8  Saico Djop     (Subbed 65’) 8  Jimmy Cox       (Subbed 81’)
9  Germaine Agymeng 9  Lucas Frankis
10  Kerfala Kourouma 10  Howard Wright
11  Anthony Ikenwe 11  Sam Taylor
12  Sergionmer da Silva       (On 65’) 12  Will Holland         (On 73’)
13  Librario Fernandonca 14  Luke Osborne      (On 79’)
14  Raymar Cedras 15  Jack Sparrow        (On 81’)
15  Joe Biscoe
Referee: Edward Smith
Assistant Referees: Alan Steward

Tony King

Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL)

 Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field Stadium

Attendance: 20

Date: Tuesday 7th February 2017 8pm KO

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

 Tower Hamlets : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts., Orange Socks

Referee: Michael Scott

Burnham Ramblers players in the tunnel before KO.

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a slightly soggy though decent pitch at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers took on Tower Hamlets in a bottom-of-the-table clash in the ESL.

The match started as it carried on, quite open as both sides hit the woodwork early-doors. Burnham took the lead with just ten minutes gone, as Charlee Hughes calmly slotted past the Hamlets’ keeper into the left corner.

Burnham kept on the pressure, having the majority of the chances before Hughes once again popped up in front of goal, blasting home from close-range to double the home side’s advantage.

Hamlets had the odd opportunity to reduce their arrears though their defensive frailties showed once again just before the break. Hughes timing his run well, receiving a good through-ball, rounding the ‘keeper before slotting home assuredly for a first-half hat-trick.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 0 Tower Hamlets

Burnham had chances to extend their lead after the break, though Hamlets did improve and got a consolation late on through Leoman Medrado’s long-range cracker. Burnham finished the match down to ten men as Bobby Bird got his marching orders  late on for two bookable offences. Even so, Burnham deservedly won this encounter, as they were slicker in attack and more defensively sound. Hughes could’ve made it four though hit the post moments before the final whistle.

As a result, Burnham are off the foot of the ESL table, Haringey & Waltham are bottom on goal difference. Hamlets’ indifferent form continues.

Full-Time:  Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Tower Hamlets

Hughes 10, 25, 41               Medrado 74’

This was my first visit to Leslie Field and would like to give an honourable mention to the club for the nice atmosphere and friendliness of the staff. Thank you.


Burnham Ramblers: Lee Hughes
Tower Hamlets: Ade Abayomi

Unfortunately, there was no confirmed team-sheets (for both sides) from this match.

Match Report: Ilford 3 – 0 Basildon Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield Stadium

Attendance: 47

Date: Wednesday 21st December 2016 7.45pm

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

 Basildon Utd: Black & Amber Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Amber Socks

Ilford & Basildon players shake hands before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at Cricklefield, Ilford took on mid-table Basildon Utd on the last evening of ESL action in 2016. It was also a ‘battle of the Odedoyin brothers’, Wale for Ilford coming up against his brother Ayoola. The visitors were also missing their top-scorer Nathan Dewberry.

The match had a low-key first half hour or so with relatively few chances, as both sides attempted to settle into a rhythm. Ilford had the better of the possession though couldn’t quite find that incisive final ball though they were well-organised, attempting to play out from their strong back-four.

Basildon, to their credit were not flustered either as wingers Jamie Brown & Ayoola Odedoyin together with forward Reece Tranter led their side’s forward play with pace, occasional trickery & running.

The match suddenly fizzed into life as Ilford’s Joe Killingback smashed a sweetly-struck 25-yarder into the net, past the despairing dive of visiting ‘keeper Jonathan Eckett to open the scoring eight minutes from half-time.  It was a cracker and Killingback was rightly delighted.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

The second half began with a bit more tempo, Ilford forward Sipho Mytanda striking a decent free-kick just over the bar from a decent position. Just on the hour mark, Basildon responded in possession terms as Tranter was denied by the impressive full-back Toib Adeyemi for a corner. Shortly after that, Ayoola Odedoyin headed over the bar from another corner.

This geed the Foxes up as Wale Odedoyin made a great run down the right wing, though couldn’t put an effort on target. Ilford certainly had willing runners in W Odedoyin, Luke Thomas, Killngback & forward Ryan Ramsey though still couldn’t quite make the most of their overall possession.

That was until the later stages, shortly after coming off the bench, good hold-up play by Carl Mullings, gave fellow sub Eden Nelson an opening, though he blazed his strike over the bar. The home side didn’t have to wait much longer though as a good counter saw ‘keeper Eckett come rushing out, Nelson kept his composure and slotted the ball home into the empty net.

Only a couple of minutes later, Ilford made the points safe as Basildon full-back Jim Paterson brought down Ilford winger Luke Thomas in the box, and Killingback converted the resulting penalty into the left corner.

Full-Time: Ilford 3 – 0 Basildon Utd

Killingback 37’, 86 (pen)

Nelson 84’

Ilford will be happy with their second win this week, though what they’ll be seeking is consistency now. I saw enough tonight that if they keep a settled squad then they could rise up the table. Basildon will be disappointed that they couldn’t quite get more of a foot-hold in the match though they showed they will create chances, particularly against defences less well-drilled than their opponents this evening. Ilford finish 2016 in 13th place, only nine points off the top six. Basildon are 10th spot, ten points off the top four.

I’d like to wish all Non-League Football fans & readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas & a very happy 2017.  




Manager: Allan Fenn

Basildon Utd


Manager: Aaron Bloxham

1  Adam Seal (GK) 13  Jonathan Eckett (GK)
2  Toib Adeyemi 2  Jim Paterson
3  Liam Whipps 17  Joe Gilbert
4  Leon Rolle (C) 4  Lee Delf
5  Ajay Ashnike 5  Tyler Jalland
6  Luke McLeavy 19  Ayoola Odedoyin   (Subbed 81’)
7  Luke Thomas 7  Joe Skeels
8  Joe Killingback 8  John-Joe Slater (C)
9  Ryan Ramsay  (Subbed 78’) 20  Reece Tranter
10  Sipho Mytanda  (Subbed 78’) 10  Suleyman Zuhdu
11  Wale Odedoyin 11  Jamie Brown  (Subbed 46’)
12  Carl Mullings (On 78’) 6  Lee Scott     (On 81’)
14  Justas Paliulis 21  Paul Shave
15  Andy Edmunds 3  Churchill Chiatitor
16  Eden Nelson (On 78’) 16  Alf Lindfield     (On 46’)
17 Jean-Tarach Bavangila
Booked: Killingback, Ramsay, Whipps Booked: Paterson
Referee: Tom Fell
Assistant Referees: Jamie Wood

Alan Steward