S20-21 Match Report: Cockfosters 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (Sat 12 Dec) [ESL 20-21 13.12.20]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: 100

2020 -21 Season – Match 20

Saturday 12th December 2020 – 3pm KO

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Socks

Sporting Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Second-half goal blitz sees ‘Fosters to victory over Sporting Bengal

Cockfosters 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd

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

With the continuing uncertainty this Football season, I decided to make the long trek to North London and Chalk Lane for this Essex Senior encounter between Cockfosters & Sporting Bengal Utd. Ryan Wade fielded Brad Robinson between the sticks with an attack-focused full-back pair of Luke Marshall and recent signing Vinny Durrant, with a front two of Carl Mullings and James Verney supported by George Beattie. A threadbare bench featured fellow recent signing Kyle Roberts and Matt Turpin, who scored in the London Senior Cup in midweek. Sporting Bengal have had a tricky start to the campaign and named skipper Rokib Choudhury at right-back, Tanvir Ahmed at left-back and D’Norfe Diaz Vaz and Chaka Barnett on the flanks, supporting Soulyman El Amri and lynchpin Joel Ramos in attack. Among their replacements were technical winger Carlos Hubner and defenders Raul Gazi and Manraj Gill.

The match got underway with a flourish from the hosts, with some early crosses giving the Bengal defence one or two nervy moments. Those nerves continued on five minutes as home full-back Vinny Durrant broke through the visiting defence and stroke home crisply from close range, with Sporting stopper Aires Ferreira unable to keep it out despite getting a hand to it. Bengal responded with forward Joel Ramos blasting over the goal frame from thirty yards out, but on the quarter-hour winger George Beattie played the ball in to Durrant but he twice couldn’t find the target, on his weaker foot. Sporting Bengal did find their way into the contest in the second part of the half as winger Chaka Barnett spurned a half-chance by shooting wide of home custodian Brad Robinson’s right-side post when in a promising position.

On twenty-six minutes, Ramos was in the action again as a free-kick from about thirty yards was well-struck and needed Robinson to superbly tip the ball onto the post as it was sliding in. Bengal’s speedy and good passing moves were gaining momentum at this point, with midfielder Gianfranco Mici also blasting wide from twelve yards when he could’ve done better. At the other end, eight minutes from time during another probing attack from the hosts, another fine centre from the right flank from Marshall found tall forward Carl Mullings though he was well thwarted by visiting skipper Rokib Choudhury’s challenge with the striker poised to strike.

Half-Time: Cockfosters  1 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd

It was still well-poised at the interval though Ryan Wade’s side did need to ‘up the ante’ after the break. They certainly started the second half as they did the first. Moments into the half, ‘Fosters winger Rueben Campbell spotted a chance to chip from the right flank and it needed Ferriera to be alert and parry it over with Campbell’s effort arrowing towards the top right corner. Centre-back Marcus Crowther also headed powerfully off-target moments later which only endorsed the home side’s keenness to seal the points. With the hosts still strongly in command, forward James Verney played in strike partner Mullings though only a strong interception from Bengal centre-back Shayan Ghamarinezhad denied him. Perhaps it was the hosts’ day as just after the hour mark, a rare blemish from Robinson allowed Bengal substitute Carlos Hubner to rob him of possession by Hubner could not make him pay as he lobbed his strike over the crossbar.

The chances that Bengal had were to further highlighted as midway through the half, ‘Cockfosters doubled their goal tally. Mullings sprinted down the right channel and fed Beattie though Ferriera was able to block his close-range strike, only for Verney to be in ‘the right place at the right time’ to poke home from close range. ‘Fosters added a third goal only four minutes later as another fine cross by Marshall evaded everyone but found Mullings ghosting in at the far post to fire home well, past Ferriera to more or less seal the win there and then.

Wade’s side then added further pain on the visitors on seventy-one minutes as Beattie ghosted past the Bengal backline to slot home. It was harsh on Bengal but it underlines the fact that you can’t ‘switch off’ against this sort of quality for any period of time. To their credit, Bengal did not allow their heads to drop, with Ramos denied by substitute Charlie Morgan’s tackle with four minutes remaining. Verney then missed a decent opportunity soon after, clipping the ball wide at the near post. Then, with full-time approaching, Bengal replacement Abraham Richard-Tagoe breezed past the tackles of the home defenders but couldn’t get his strike away with any venom to test Robinson.

Full-Time: Cockfosters  4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd

In summary, Cockfosters deserved the win in the end on a tricky surface, although in parts of the game Bengal did show their speed and technical ability, particularly in attack. Unfortunately though for the visitors, defensive lapses cost them dearly here and conceding three goals in six second-half minutes absolutely snuffed out any chance of getting something from the game. Manager Imrul Gazi will know that you cannot gift chances to the calibre of players that the ‘Fosters have they can take positives from this encounter.

For my stand-out performers, the hosts were livened up by a strong front three of James Verney, Carl Mullings and chief support George Beattie who were a threat all match but really forced the pace after the interval. Right-back Luke Marshall also put in some superb crosses which added to the visiting defence’s problems and also showed good energy levels too. Lastly, custodian Brad Robinson made a terrific save before the half-hour when Sporting had a good phase of the match.

For the visitors, forward Joel Ramos was their chief outlet going forward and he also did well looking to stretch the home backline by going into the right-side channel and was unfortunate to not get on the score-sheet. Full-backs Tanvir Ahmed and Rokib Choudbury also showed good willingness to support their attacks and also made good individual interceptions under pressure. Midfielder Gianfranco Mici also showed some neat passing and finally, centre-back Shayan Ghamarinezhad also made some well-time tackles to stifle the strong home forward line at times.

Finally, I’d like to thank Cockfosters for their welcome, particularly Deputy Chairman Mike Bell. It was great to return to Chalk Lane, which is a ground with its own character and is good to visit. Was good also to catch up here with both management teams as well. I wish both sides well for the rest of the season.


Cockfosters  | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade |  Assistant: Nick Mountford

1. Brad Robinson (GK), 2. Luke Marshall, 3. Vinny Durrant (14 Charlie Morgan 58’), 4. Matty Thomson (Capt), 5. Danny Haigh, 6 Marcus Crowther, 7 Rueben Campbell, 18. Kaidyn Michael, 9. Carl Mullings (12 Kyle Roberts 73’), 10. James Verney, 11. George Beattie

Goal-scorers: Vinny Durrant [5’], James Verney [65’], Carl Mullings [69’], George Beattie [71’]

Booked: Mullings | Sub Not Used: Turpin

Sporting Bengal    |  Manager: Imrul Gazi

1. Aires Ferriera (GK), 2. Rokib Choudhury (Capt), 3. Tanvir Ahmed, 4. Anthony Murray-Bruce, 5. Lee Sharpe (17 Manraj Gill 66’), 6. Shayan Ghamarinezhad, 8. Gianfranco Mici, 14. Chaka Barnett (7 Carlos Hubner 60’), 9. Joel Ramos, Soulyman El Amri (12 Abraham Richard-Tagoe 73’), 11. D’Norfe Diaz Vaz

Booked: Ghamarinezad | Subs Not Used: R Gazi, Konjuvca

Referee: Alistair Potter

Assistant Referees: Andy Tregoning & Katie Dorling

Round-up: Essex Senior League & Cups (Sat 28 Dec) [ESL 19/20 29.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League from Saturday 28 December. The weekend’s focus was the Peter Butcher Trophy with one tie each in the League and the Errington Challenge Cup, which saw a superb match take place. I would also like to wish a very happy Happy New Year to all clubs, staff, players & readers of this blog.


Saturday 28 December

Peter Butcher Trophy – Round One

Enfield  3 – 0  Southend Manor   | Woodside  | Att: 73

The E’s got a morale-boosting win to progress into the next round of the Peter Butcher Trophy with victory over fellow strugglers Southend Manor at Woodside. Steven Ellery’s rasping effort put Matt Hanning’s team ahead seven minutes before half-time. The latter stages saw the hosts secure a much-needed triumph as strikes by Dan Chambers [70’] and Joe Pattison [76’], twinned with a rare clean sheet got the job done. Manor’s focus shifts to their league campaign in the New Year.

Redbridge Res  0 – 5  Walthamstow  | Robert Clack [3G]

Walthamstow named a strong line-up and comfortably brushed off Reserve Division side Redbridge Reserves at Robert Clack in Dagenham to secure their progress into the next round. Player-boss Ryan Maxwell got a rare goal here, along with another brace for the seemingly-unstoppable Dwade James. Stanley Muguo and Lewis Francis also netted in this one as the ESL side pretty much wrapped up their progression by half-time.


Match Off: Redbridge P – P Sawbridgeworth Town Res (Waterlogged Pitch)


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Essex Senior League

Clapton  2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 25

In the only league match this weekend, Clapton grabbed only their fourth win this term with a win over fellow strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town. Goals from Germaine Dua and Deimar Queni were enough to back up some promising approach play and leap above both Southend Manor and Enfield in the table to go into 16th spot. Sawbo’s tough season goes on, they are nine points below Manor in the standings.


The ESL Challenge Cup (CC Final 1.5.17)

Errington Challenge Cup – Round Two

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 3  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane | Att: 214

In the match I attended this weekend, Walden made it into the Quarter-Finals of the Errington Cup was they edged a superb encounter with Cockfosters. Nathan Scarborough struck twice for Walden & had a goal chalked off for off-side. On his debut for the Bloods, Tyger Smalls also scored & Jake Noble got the other goal. Billy Healey, George Beattie & Marcus Crowther got the goals for ‘Fosters who contributed heavily to a dramatic second half in particular.

If you’d like more on this game, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/28/match-report-saffron-walden-4-3-cockfosters-sat-28th-dec-ecc/


Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 6th Oct) [EOFL 8.10.18]

Compiled by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to another round-up of action in the Essex Olympian League. This weekend we have action from the Essex Senior Cup as well as league action. With thanks to fellow Non-League writer Scott Lanza.


Essex Senior Cup  2018/19  – Sat 6th Oct


Basildon Town 10 – 1 Newbury Forest Res

In the first of our seven in-focus ties, EOFL Division One side Basildon Town put Division Five side Newbury Forest Res to the sword with a huge 10-1 triumph. An Alfie Phillips hat-trick plus braces from Jamie Miller, Alex Witham, substitute Sener Suavi and a solitary goal from Jimmy Markham helped Bas advance freely into the next round.
Buckhurst Hill 5 – 0 Runwell Sports

Olympian Premier outfit Buckhurst Hill powered past Division Two opposition in Runwell Sports  5 – 0 as goals from Nathan Sollosi, Steven Townsend, Frank Glock, Sonny Shilling and Sam Sollosi saw the Hill to a comfortable victory.

Canning Town  0 – 2  Springfield

This all Premier Division-tie saw Springfield prevail at Canning Town as strikes from Graham Hall and David Morgan did the damage and see them progress to the next round.

Corinthians  2 – 3  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  (AET) 

Olympian Division Four side Corinthians gave Premier side Bishop’s Stortford Swifts a real fright at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Swifts needed extra time to complete a 3 -2 victory thanks to a brace from ex-Sawbridgeworth Town striker Gavin Cockman and another goal from Jack Sawyer. Drew Rawlinson and substitute Theodore Cannon struck for the hosts though they showed here that they are going places.

Hutton  1 – 5  Harold Wood Athletic 

Another all-Premier tie saw Ath power forward in the competition with a 5-1 success at Polo Fields. John Bradley, Reiss Kingsley, Chris Muir, Joe Stevens and     Robert  Whitnell all netted for the visitors, who responded through substitute Brad Freeman.

Roydon    1 – 3  Epping Town

Olympian Division Four side Epping continued their good start to the season as they won at Division Three side Roydon 3 – 1. A brace from Daniel Garfinkle and one from ex-Ilford man Alex Paraskeva saw Billy Cove’s side home to progress in the competition.


Toby  1 – 4  Leigh Ramblers  

Finally in our featured matches, Premier side Leigh Ramblers evaded a surprise with a 4 – 1 win at Division Two side Toby. Ramblers goals came from a brace by Jack Deasy with Jacob Cleaver and Justin Hazell also finding the net.


Other Results in Essex Senior Cup : Catholic Utd  3 – 1  Rayleigh Town

                                                                Great Baddow  1 – 0  Snaresbrook

                                               Old Southendian  4 – 2  Academy Soccer


EOFL Premier Division

In the only Premier Division match this weekend, Kelvedon Hatch are up to second in the table after a 5-1 win over lowly Manford Way. Michael Daniels notched a hat-trick, with Theo Ola and Antony Aylett providing the other goals. Buckhurst Hill remain at the summit but only goal difference separates them from Kelvedon Hatch.


EOFL Senior Division One

In the Olympian Senior One action this weekend…

Ramsden Scotia  5 – 2  Frenford Res
Ramsden Scotia are up to second after a 5-2 win over Frenford Res; Steve Paoletti’s hat-trick was added to by strikes from Max Corrigan and Ryan Leddra and the result also keeps Frenford Res at the foot of the table.

May & Baker Res  3 – 7  Ongar Town

May & Baker E.C. Res. remain in the drop zone after a 7-3 defeat at home to Ongar Town. The visitors saw James Stevens and Niki Love both net hat-tricks with Ben Polley also chipping in. Alex Owuaday’s double and Perry Tamburrini scored the May & Baker replies.

Herongate Athletic  0 – 5  Old Chelmsfordians

There was also a hat-trick claimed by Martin Mixture as his Old Chelmsfordians side beat Herongate Athletic 5-0. Elijah Akinolu plus an own goal rounded-up the OC scoring.

Rayleigh Town Res  1 – 2 FC Hamlets

FC Hamlets won 2 – 1 as well, at Rayleigh Town Res, with Darren Serrano and Ishmael Saidy scoring their goals, while Charlie Legg notched the Rayleigh reply.

Galleywood  1 – 2 Shenfield AFC

Harry Hatt scored both of Shenfield AFC’s goals in a 2-1 away win at Galleywood.


EOFL Senior Division Two

Shoebury Town remain top of the pile after a 6-2 home win over Lakeside. Dom Binns led the charge with four goals, with Aaron Cooper and Kirk Hudson also notching.

Harold Wood Athletic Res. are second after a Paul Virdi strike from 25 yards, plus a headed winner from Tom Lamb saw them overcome Newham United 2-1. Lamar Obinkwo scored the Newham goal.

Dwayne Francis-Riley, Matthew Hall and David Watson scored the Rochford Town goals in a 3-3 draw with Upminster; Warren Taylor, Matthew Taylor and Daniel Peermamode scoring the visitors’ goals.

Beacon Hill Rovers move up to seventh place after a slender 1-0 win over strugglers Ryan.


EOFL Senior Division Three

Old Southendian Reserves looked to gain ground on leaders Westhamians. With a five point gap to fill, the Southend-based club travelled to Old Chelmsfordians Res. and were struck down by goals Josh Chapman and Cosmin Rashim, who was making his debut for the hosts as OS lost 2 – 1 . Tom Judge scored the Old Southendian goal.

Danny Pallett scored twice for Wakering Sports, who went on to add a further goal from John Sharpe en route to beating Basildon Town Res. 3-1. Wakering Sports also announced this week that former Southend Manor (of the Essex Senior Lge) assistant boss Aaron Bloxham is their new manager.

Chris Skingley scored twice for Hutton Res. but was still on the losing side as Izaih Antoine, Jasper Read, plus a brace from substitute Harry Somerset-Butler helped White Ensign Res. run out 4-3 winners. Alfie Kempton also got his name down on the Hutton score sheet. Laindon Orient picked up a fine 2-0 away win at Leigh Town with Glen Jordan scoring both their goals.

That’s all for this week, we’ll be back soon.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Essex Snr Cup (Sat 11th Aug) [EaSL & ESC 11.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my brief results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South division this weekend, with the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division on a hiatus weekend due to their clubs’ involvement in the FA Cup Prelim Round, which also means there is a reduced programme of EaSL action. There are also two Essex Senior Cup matches on Satuday, results are at the end of the piece. Thanks for reading.

Eastern Senior League South – Sat 11th Aug

Braintree Town Res   2 – 0     Fire Utd     | Cressing Road  |

Brightlingsea Regent Res   0 – 0   Wormley Rovers   | North Road  |

Halstead Town  2 – 0   Benfleet   |

Holland   5 – 0   Newbury Forest   |  Eastcliff  |

May & Baker  4 – 2    Harwich & Parkeston   |  Mayesbrook Park  |

White Ensign    2 – 0    Hashtag Utd     |   Basildon Sporting Village  |

Essex Senior Cup


Frenford    3 – 4   Coggeshall Utd    | The Drive  |

Little Oakley    0 – 2    Lopes Tavares

We’ll be back next week with this results round-up, have a good week.