S22-23 Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 1p Barking (4-5 on pens) (Fri 5 May) [ECC Final 6.5.23]

The Errington Challenge Cup

Errington Challenge Cup – Final

Venue: Parkside (Aveley FC)

Attendance: 377

2022-23 Season: Match 62

Friday 5th May 2023 – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Barking: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Barking’s squad celebrate with the Cup [Image Credit: @EssexSenior]

Tough duel sees Barking emerge with Errington Cup on spot-kicks

Redbridge  1 – 1  Barking  (Barking won 5 – 4 on pens)

Match Report by Scott W [ Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Photos by Scott W & @EssexSenior

The first game of the weekend saw another Essex Senior League Cup Final, this time the Errington Cup Final between Peter Butcher Trophy winners Redbridge and in-form Barking at Aveley’s Parkside. Redbridge were going for a unique treble after their exploits earlier in the week, and boss George Christou named Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with Michael Pindy and Tayo Olukolu the fast attacking full-backs, alongside a central defence of Joe Elliott and Nathan Okoye. Skipper Jack Chawner & Jamie Price were in central midfield, with Abs Thompson & Solomon Ogunwomoju supporting forwards George Purcell and Brian Moses. Barking finished their ESL campaign strongly under manager Nick Harding and had Harvey Simson in goal, with a backline of Kyrell Palmer, Kenedi Dariri, Alfie Leach & captain Eljay Worrell. Jess Norey & Jack Folan were the steel in central midfield, with Darnell Baxter-Alleyne & Sa-Sean Lutumba on the flanks and Sam Shaban and Ahmed Abdulla in attack.

Redbridge’s Tayo Olukolu jostles with Barking’s Kyrell Palmer

I will add right from the outset that this was a real tough duel between two fast forward lines & two strong defences and the first half in particular saw both sides gradually turn up the pace on each other. Chances were not plentiful, but there was intrigue among the more than 350 fans in attendance. On 17 minutes, following a good break down the left, Solomon Ogunwomoju’s firm strike brought a good save out of Barking custodian Harvey Simson. Shortly before that, fast winger Sa-Sean Lutumba let fly with a decent strike from an acute angle just outside the penalty area, and centre-back Kenedi Dariri also headed over. Redbridge captain Jack Chawner also had an effort blocked, as the tension steadily grew. In short, both sides were having their moments with decent forward moves but that decisive goal could not be found.

Sa-Sean Lutumba with the ball for Barking

HT: Redbridge 0 – 0 Barking

After the break, Barking winger Darnell Baxter-Alleyne had an effort off-target after a good turn down the left side, as they were having a good phase at this point. Shortly after coming off the bench, forward Lauric Diakiesse made a good run down the left and the ball eventually came to forward Sam Shaban although he was denied a clear chance by the good positioning of the Motormen’s Joe Elliott who cleared. Redbridge responded through chances by tall frontman Brian Moses who blasted the ball over Simson’s goal & George Purcell who headed wide after a cross from deep by Michael Pindy. Substitutes Reuben Campbell & James Barlow were adding more energy & pace down the channels for the Motormen but the spine of Barking’s defence & midfield were nullifying their chances to good effect, particularly Jess Norey and Kenedi Dariri.

The nerves from both sets of supporters were rising and it looked increasingly likely that the extra 30 minutes would be required, although right on the stroke of 90 minutes, as Barking substitute Tim Ogunrinde struck a superb strike which powered off the woodwork.

After 90 mins: Redbridge 0 – 0 Barking

So extra time began in earnest in good time, and Barking were edging the first period when forward Ahmed Abdulla’s decent strike from a narrow angle was well-denied by Redbridge goalkeeper Connor Wheatley at the near post. Nick Harding’s side did take the lead ten minutes into extra time, as Abdulla turned provider, as his cross was headed in well by Dariri, who had showcased his aerial skills in defence for most of the game. The side in Blue here continued to push down the flanks, with the trickery of replacement Loui Hazelwood making it tough for the hard-working Barking midfield.

Redbridge’s Olukolu again tries to outwit the opposition defence

There was another goal & more drama to come 19 minutes into the allotted thirty as a curling, dipping set-piece by Hazelwood got past Simson and the goal-line before it came off the woodwork, and just like that, Redbridge were level again. Both sides gave it all they had but the dreaded penalty shoot-out would soon be upon us. In some ways, it was fitting as you had to commend the work rate & energy levels of both teams.

After a tense lottery of spot-kicks, it came to the two number 16’s. Firstly, Motormen midfielder Jamie Price (who had a very good game it must be said) blazed his penalty over & then Barking substitute Daniel Brock stepped up & duly blasted his penalty into the net, to cue joyous scenes among the Barking contingent, many congratulations to them on winning the Errington Challenge Cup.

Full-Time (AET):  Redbridge 1 – 1  Barking (Barking won 5 – 4 on spot-kicks)

In summary, this was a battle of two sides who both had strong defences which did affect the quality at times, but the passion that both teams showed at the end of a gruelling season was commendable. Barking edged to a slender lead in extra time, but didn’t panic after conceding and it was hard to not be pleased for them after winning a tense penalty shoot-out. It’s hard on George Christou’s team but their stellar week could not end with further history being made, we wish them well in Step 4 next term.

We start the honourable mentions with victors Barking. In a match which was so tight for long periods, central midfielder Jack Folan had a fine game, putting in a high-energy performance in defence and attack. Folan broke up the play well and made some astute passes. Full-back Kyrell Palmer had a fine game also, dealing well with the threat of Ogunwomoju & Olukolu down his flank & made good interceptions. Centre-back Kenedi Dariri ended a fine season with a strong defensive showing, and his aerial ability also saw him net a crucial goal. Lastly, a word for winger Sa-Sean Lutumba who was a real threat down the left side in what was a cagey first half, utilising his pace and movement to good effect.

For Redbridge, central midfielder Jamie Price had a very good game overall, winning headers and breaking up the opposition attacks well as well putting in a very hard shift & making neat passes. Centre-back Joe Elliott continues to impress this term & he made some vital clearances as well as standing up to the inventive Barking forwards well. Finally, a mention is deserved for forwards Solomon Ogunwomoju & Tayo Olukolu who used their pace well and showed every bit of passion & drive that this match will be remembered for. Ogunwomoju made several key passes & Olukolu showed admirable work rate as well.


Redbridge |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli | Physio: Graham Pitkin

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 17 Michael Pindy, 3 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 11 Tayo Joshua Olukolu (12 Mustafa Kahie ET 16′) , 8 Jack Chawner (Capt), 16 Jamie Price, 7 Abs Thompson (4 Loui Hazelwood 90′), 10 Solomon Ogunwomoju (5 Reuben Campbell 61′), 9 George Purcell (18 Ibrahim Kehinde ET 2′), 19 Brian Moses (15 James Barlow 75′)

Goal-scorer: Loui Hazelwood [ET 19′]

Booked: Olukolu | Sub Not Used: None

Barking | Manager: Nick Harding | Physio: Ally Maloney

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harvey Simson (GK), 2 Kyrell Palmer (12 Harry Baker 79′), 5 Kenedi Dariri, 6 Alfie Leach, 3 Eljay Worrell (Capt), 4 Jess Norey, 8 Jack Folan (16 Daniel Brock 84′), 7 Darnell Baxter-Alleyne (14 Lauric Diakiesse 54′), 11 Sa-Sean Lutumba (17 Tim Ogunrinde 54′), 9 Sam Shaban, 10 Ahmed Abdulla (15 Alessandro Wisdom ET 17′)

Goal-scorer: Kenedi Dariri  [ET 10′]

Booked: Palmer, Abdulla, Leach   | Sent Off: Norey [ET 27′, two bookings] | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Tom Wyatt
Assistants: Connor Cornell & Katie Dorling
Fourth Official: Charlie Roberts


S22-23 M. Report: Redbridge 1 – 0 FC Clacton (Mon 1 May) [PBT Final 22-23 2.5.23]

Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy – Final

Venue: Station Road (Takeley FC)

Attendance: 207

2022-23 Season: Match 61

Monday 1st May 2023 – 3pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

FC Clacton: Yellow Shirts, Navy Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge celebrate! [Image by @TheOnionBag1]

Redbridge battle to retain Peter Butcher Trophy

Redbridge 1 – 0 FC Clacton

Match Report by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Photos by Scott W (unless stated), Essex Senior [@EssexSenior] & @TheOnionbag1, used with thanks

The first game of May saw a welcome return to covering the Essex Senior’s Peter Butcher Trophy Final, as the defending champions Redbridge took on FC Clacton at Takeley’s Station Road. George Christou’s team rotated their squad a bit here, naming George Martin as goalkeeper, with a defence of Bradley Bennett, Joe Elliott and centre-backs Olamiji Ayoola & Dean Hall. The midfield had Remi Nelson, Abd Thompson, Jack Chawner and Jerold Cobblah, with the forward line being led by Ibrahim Kehinde and skipper James Barlow. Clacton were also forced to make a couple of changes but could name Luke Avenell in goal, with a backline of powerful centre-backs Chris Ribchester and Michael Okafor, with Jordan Lartey & captain Billy Wales. Kyelan Marvell and Jack Marshall were in central midfield, with Teddy Collis and Rueben Cowler on the flanks. Top goalscorer Mekhi McKenzie was joined by Adam Tilson in attack.

The celebratory mood for the hosts after their comeback win in the Inter-League play-off Final at Haywards Heath Town just 48 hours previous to today was added to here pre-match with a presentation of the Essex Senior Runners-up Shield as well, seen below.

Redbridge skipper James Barlow presented with ESL Runners-up Shield by Lge President Rob Errington

The match itself got underway and both sides battled from the opening minute, but it was the Seasiders who had the edge in terms of ball time and glimmers at goal. Clacton centre-back Chris Ribchester headed over early on, before fellow centre-back Michael Okafor’s low 20-yard drive needed a decent parry from Motormen custodian George Martin, while the follow-up by Mekhi Mckenzie was also well-blocked. Despite their early promise in terms of play, it was the Motormen who broke the deadlock on twenty minutes as a good ball through the middle found forward Ibrahim Kehinde and he bypassed the off-side trap and slotted home past Seasiders stopper Luke Avenell into the right-side corner.

Kehinde was in on the action again on twenty-eight minutes but this time a fine block by Okafor denied him a shot at goal. Clacton were finding it hard to get down the channels but when they did, wingers Teddy Collis and Rueben Cowler looked to get in behind to produce those telling crosses, while midfielder Kyelan Marvell was also getting on the ball and looking to instigate forward moves with some decent passes as well.

Kehinde in possession for Redbridge (Image by Essex Senior Lge)

Half-Time:  Redbridge 1 – 0 FC Clacton

The rain started before the break as well but both teams were looking to find their fluency here. George Christou brought on Solomon Ogunwomoju at half-time, replacing Abs Thompson and it gave them a little more pace & energy in their forward line. The half began with more battling in midfield, and Redbridge skipper lost his footing at the crucial moment when well-poised to strike just three minutes after the resumption. For the most part, Clacton’s defence was rebuffing the opposition, but a minute it was a good piece of oppurtunism by McKenzie who did well to seize the ball ahead of the impressive Olamiji Ayoola and get a strike away, bringing a decent save out of Martin.

The minutes ticked by as stern defending by this resolute & galvanized Redbridge side was equal to Clacton’s attacks and you felt the longer they could defend, the harder it would be for the Seasiders. McKenzie was still a threat throughout both with his pace & his aerial ability, but unfortunately Tommy Austin’s side overall were not at their best here. Saying that, they forced Redbridge to defend deep in the latter stages but they were not to be denied here.

Joe Elliott on the ball here for Redbridge

It could have been easier for the Blues as on 84 minutes, but midfielder Remi Nelson’s good strike was judged well by Avenell as be parried the all over the crossbar. Despite six minutes of added-time, it was not to be for the Seasiders as referee Daniel Baines soon blew the final whistle, which started joyous scenes for the Motormen, who won the Trophy for the second season in succession – some statistic that is by the way!

Full-Time:  Redbridge 1 – 0 FC Clacton

In summary, this was a gritty battle that Redbridge had to stay alert in to deal with an enterprising Clacton side who couldn’t quite establish enough chances to seriously test Motormen stopper George Martin. In truth, this was a game which didn’t provide a morass of chances for either side, but Tommy Austin’s team could not make the most of their promising patches in the game. The Motormen would not be denied thanks to a strong defensive display. Congratulations to Redbridge on a fine achievement & also on their promotion to Step 4. The quest remains now whether they will notch a memorable treble when they play in the Errington Cup Final on Friday night against Barking, and be the first team to do it since Witham Town did in 2012.

A mention also for hard-working Clacton, who still have had a memorable season under manager Tommy Austin & assistant Ryan Salter. They finished fourth in the league, six points clear of in-form Takeley & reached this Final as well. I’d like to wish them all the best going forward, hopefully they will remain in the ESL next term as they are a good side to watch.

We start the honourable mentions with victors Redbridge. Centre-back Olamiji Ayoola really did have a good game, making several good interceptions and was also a good aerial presence as well. Centre forward Ibrahim Kehinde also got the conclusive goal as well as showing good movement at times. Central midfielder Jack Chawner also put in a very good shift & was a decent outlet from set-pieces as well in a match that was always tight. For Clacton, I must add that central defender Michael Okafor had another very good game, battling well against the opposition forwards & made a few runs forward as well at times, forcing a decent save out of Martin at one point. Forward Mekhi McKenzie also worked hard and had a few half-chances at goal, turning past his marker well too on occasions. Finally, midfielder Kyelan Marvell put in some good passes & did well from some of the Seasiders’ free-kicks too.


Redbridge |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Joe Elliott, 5 Dean Hall, 6 Olamiji Ayoola, 8 Jack Chawner, 4 Jerold Cobblah (14 Reuben Campbell 75′), 7 Abs Thompson (10 Solomon Ogunwomoju 46′), 16 Remi Nelson, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (11 George Purcell 62′), 15 James Barlow (Capt) (19 Brian Moses 69′)

Goal-scorer: Ibrahim Kehinde [20′]

Booked: Thompson, Elliott, Purcell | Sub Not Used: Pindy

FC Clacton | Manager: Tommy Austin | Assistant: Ryan Salter

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jordan Lartey, 3 Billy Wales (Capt), 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Michael Okafor, 8 Jack Marshall, 4 Kyelan Marvell, 7 Teddy Collis (15 Toby Harms 90’+2), 10 Adam Tilson (16 Charlie Thompson 69′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie, 11 Rueben Cowler (14 Samuel Thompson 77′)

Booked: Okafor, Ribchester, Marshall | Subs Not Used: Hanna, Lamb

Referee: Daniel Baines
Assistants: Denis Hasanaj & Olabisi Omotosho
Fourth Official: George Barker

S22-23 Match Report: Barking 3 – 2 Woodford Town (Sat 22 Apr) [ESL 22-23 23.4.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 73

2022-23 Season: Match 58

Saturday 22nd April 2023 – 3pm KO

Barking: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts & White Socks

Barking pounce late on to seal narrow win over Woodford in an entertaining close-season match

Barking 3 – 2 Woodford Town

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

The last Saturday of the regular campaign saw an interesting match in the Essex Senior, with Barking welcoming Woodford Town to Mayesbrook Park. The hosts are aiming for a top-six finish while Town are still hoping to crown off a memorable season with a third-placed finish. Both teams made a few changes here, recognising a busy end to their league campaign in two days time, plus Errington Cup Semi-Finals in midweek. Nick Harding’s side had Harvey Simson in goal, with the defence being comprised of full-backs Kyrell Palmer and captain Eljay Worrell, with Kenedi Dariri and Alfie Leach in central defence. Jess Norey & Jack Folan were the central midfielder pair, with Sa-Sean Lutumba & Daniel Brock on the flanks, supporting forwards Sam Shaban and Lauric Diakiesse. Woodford had Sam Soutar in goal, with Miles Mitchell-Nelson, Simon Omope, Lee Sharpe & Luke Steele in their defence. The three-man midfield contained skipper Georges Kebi, James Runham & Ope Mosuro, with Luke Parrott, Ernest Okoh and Dimi Christou the front three here.

Understandably with such a busy last full week of the campaign to come, both sides were a little reserved in their play, and this meant chances were not plentiful. However, visiting goalkeeper Sam Soutar had to be alert to deny rapid Blues forward Sam Shaban’s effort. In the early going at least, it was rather even, as Town forward Ernest Okoh made a few good breaks down the right channel for Shane Baptiste’s side, with winger Sa-Sean Lutumba also showing intent for Blues down their left flank. Both teams were also keen to play their respective brands of possession football on the deck, and just short of the half-hour, the visitors nearly made the breakthrough. A good counter-attack by Town was started by James Runham’s good cross-field ball which found Okoh, and after another good break down the right side, his decent strike was narrowly over home custodian Harvey Simson’s top right corner of the goal.

Barking did break the stalemate right on that half-hour, as good initial work by forward Lauric Diakiesse on the right side saw him find winger Daniel Brock and his good touch found the advancing run of full-back Eljsay Worrell which the Town backline had not tracked, allowing Worrell the chance to slot home calmly, past Soutar into the right corner. It was a well-worked goal but a disappointing one from the visitors’ point of view. Woodford duly responded at the other end and levelled three minutes before the interval. Okoh was finding space well on the right channel, but this time he cut inside well and fired a low drive past Simson at his near post to level things up. Okoh netted his 18th league goal this season here. Town midfielder Runham also had a decent effort which needed the intervention of Simson, after a neat passing move.

HT: Barking 1 – 1 Woodford

You had the feeling that there was more to come in this match, given that both teams were looking dangerous going forward and had good spirit along with it. Woodford struck first ten minutes after the resumption as a good header by captain Georges Kebi found the net to give the visitors the lead for the first time. but this time it was the hosts’ turn to respond well. Midway into the second half, Diakiesse spurned a decent chance as he couldn’t generate enough power in his header to bypass Soutar, who comfortably gathered. Soon afterward though, the Woodford stopper couldn’t gather a dangerous cross, allowing forward Sam Shaban to stroke the ball home from five yards out to level the match once again.

Again to their credit, both sides were looking for the win as we entered the latter stages. The visitors had a decent chance nine minutes from time, as substitute Bailey Brown made a purposeful run down the right channel and his cross found fellow replacement Wale Odedoyin but he could only fire wide of the goal frame when well-placed. Nick Harding’s side had a golden chance to grab all three points with moments remaining, as referee Alex Baker pointed to the penalty spot, having adjudged there to be a handball by a Woodford defender.

Shaban duly stepped up & blasted the ball home from twelve yards, for his second in this game and his fourteenth league goal in all this term. Woodford kept going into added time but ultimately, they didn’t quite have enough on this day to avoid defeat. However, other results meant that if they will finish very likely finish third, which is some achievement. Barking will finish sixth if they win at Sawbridgeworth Town and rivals Newham fail to defeat Romford at home.

Full-Time: Barking 3 – 2 Woodford Town

In summary, this was an entertaining duel between two sides aiming to finish the league season strongly. Both sides had their forays forwards and nervy ones in defence too. Barking did well to come back from falling behind for first time not long after the interval, but errors from the visitors affected the result & made it a sore one to take for Shane Baptiste’s team.

The stand-out begins with victors Barking. Winber Sa-Sean Lutumba put in a very good display & made several important darting runs down the left side as well as good passes too. Forward Sam Shaban grew into the game as it went on & made the most of his oppurtunities with two goals, one from the penalty spot & also showcased good movement. Midfielder Jack Folan was a good, energising presence to bolster his side’s attacks while centre-back Kenedi Dariri did well at the back, making several important clearances to deal with a dangerous Woodford front three.

For Woodford, forward Ernest Okoh was always a threat down the right side, as well as cutting indide & taking his goal well. Okoh also made a good good crosses. Skipper Georges Kebi is a key player in this team, putting in another high-energy performance in both defence & attack. His goal did change the momentum in favour of the visitors for a time after the break. Lastly, there are mentions for centre-back Lee Sharpe and full-back Simon Omope. Sharpe had another good game, making important interceptions while Omope also made a few good tackles & was a good outlet from the left flank as well.


Barking |  Manager: Nick Harding  | Assistant: Jeff Sears  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harvey Simson (GK), 2 Kyrell Palmer, 3 Eljay Worrell (Capt), 5 Kenedi Dariri, 6 Alfie Leach, 4 Jess Norey, 8 Jack Folan, 7 Se-Sean Lutumba (14 George Okoye 61′), 9 Sam Shaban, 10 Lauric Diakiesse, 11 Daniel Brock (16 Darnell Baxter-Alleyne 61′)

Goal-scorers: Eljay Worrell [30′], Sam Shaban [68′ & pen 87′]

Booked: Deniri, Leach |  Subs Not Used: Baker, Wisdom, Ombok

Woodford Town | Manager: Shane Baptiste  | Assistant: Dee Safer

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sam Soutar (GK), 2 Miles Mitchell-Nelson, 3 Simon Omope, 5 Lee Sharpe, 6 Luke Steele, 4 James Runham (15 Wale Odedoyin 55′), 7 Ope Mosuro, 8 Georges Kebi (Capt), 9 Luke Parrott (14 Dimitri Nicolaou 74′), 10 Ernest Okoh (16 Zivonimir Lopes 74′), 11 Dimitri Christou (12 Bailey Brown 71′)

Goal-scorers: Ernest Okoh [42′], Georges Kebi [55′]

Booked: Mosuro, Omope, Odedoyin | Sub Not Used: Kiangebeni

Referee: Alex Baker
Assistants: Mihai Nitu & Adam Schroder

S22-23 Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 8 Enfield (Tues 18 Apr) [ESL 22-23 19.4.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 72

2022-23 Season: Match 57

Tuesday 18th April 2023 – 7.45pm KO

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

Enfield: Black & White Shirts, Black Shorts, White Socks

Ruthless Enfield humble Manor to secure Essex Senior title

Southend Manor 0 – 8  Enfield

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

This match in the Essex Senior League saw relegated Southend Manor take on Enfield and after other results twenty-four hours earlier, the equation for Jamie Cureton’s side was simple – another three points would seal the ESL title. Manor are looking to build some momentum ahead of next season, and named Bradley Davison is goal, with a backline of Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro, Ryan Willsmer and centre-backs Kevin Toualeu & Leon Lewis. Skipper Eliandro Soque was alongside Soumen Nandi in central midfield, with Callum Morris supporting the forward line of Deimar Queni, Tobi Olusanya and Celso Da Silva. Enfield named a strong squad, with Jarvis Monk their goalkeeper and captain, a defence of Alfie Mason, Junior Mubiayi and Jack Johnson. The attack-minded midfield contained Alex Warman, Usman Adeniji, Samrai Gebrai and Louis Johnson, with the forward line being led by Luke Hirst, Tom Richardson and Solomon Ofori.

The early stages of this contest saw the hosts begin with a decent foray forward, with forward Deimar Queni putting in a good cross from the right side, which needed an acrobatic clearance from an E’s defence. Enfield responded immediately with the opening goal, as a defensive error forced home stopper Bradley Davison out of position and he couldn’t gather the ball, allowing E’s forward Luke Hirst the chance to round him & slot home into an empty net. The visitors so nearly doubled their lead on nine minutes as forward Solomon Ofori found fellow attacker Tom Richardson but his effort was blocked by the Manor defence. The open nature of the game continue as full-back Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro had a header at the near post blocked. Unfortunately for the home side, that open-ended nature of this game continued.

Moments after Richardson headed wide from another good set-piece, Enfield pretty much made the points safe. On twenty-five minutes, from midfielder Alex Warman threatening free-kick, Samrai Gebrai directed his header well at the near post to find the far corner. Then four minutes later, Hirst was involved again as his run ended with his pass finding Richardson who calmly finished past Davison into the left corner. At this point, the E’s were flying down the flanks almost at will, as Louie Johnson did well to keep the ball in play before his cross was well-gathered by Davison. Another telling moment came on fourty-one minutes, as having earlier been in the sin-bin, centre-back Leon Lewis was also sent off for a tough tackle on Gebrai. The champions-elect were more than happy with their work at the interval, the question was would they drop off in tempo after the interval, we soon got the answer to that.

HT: Manor    0 –  4  Enfield

After the break, there was plenty of action. If there was any lingering doubt over the result, it was extinguished four minutes into the half as Luke Hirst made another good run before finding a crisp low finish which past Davison into the net. Manor still had the occasional foray forward, with Queni doing his best to test the visiting defence in the channels, although substitutes Jack Grosvenor & Jack Cousins contributed to keeping the E’s shut-out intact. On the hour, a good run & cross by Alfie Mason from the left found Warman & his strike forced a decent save out of Davison. Enfield certainly were not finished with scoring goals, as another replacement got on the scorer-sheet on 66 minutes, as Gavin Cockman’s header at the far post found the net, with Mason again involved in the build-up.

It was six on seventy minutes as Luke Hirst sealed his hat-trick after another dazzling run got past the defence and fired home well to secure his treble and took his tally this term to 25 league goals.

The pain for the overwhelmed hosts regarding the scoresheet ended on seventy-six minutes with Cockman being fouled in the eighteen yard area, which allowed Louis Johnson the chance to fire home his spot-kick past the unfortunate Davison to make it an incredible eight goals for the rampant champions. Hirst could have had another in the latter stages as after one of several searing runs by substitute Kieran Bishop, his pass found Hirst whose effort was half-blocked & came off the post, before having another effort which Davison gathered on the goal-line.

The final whistle came and Enfield celebrated with their travelling support as the achievement of promotion was sinking in. Congrats to manager Jamie Cureton, his staff, the players and all at the club.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0  – 8  Enfield

In summary, the visitors really endorsed their fine season with the manner of this victory, which was ruthless as they added to their advantage steadily during the match. The points here meant they are Essex Senior League champions for season 2022-23. Manor started the game fairly well in their passing & their mindset but simply had no answer to Enfield’s pace, incisive passing & finishing as well.

The stand-out mentions starts with victors Enfield. We have to start with forward Luke Hirst who took his goals well, made good passes and used his pace well to further unsettle the home backline. Samrai Gebrai also had a good game, breaking from the left flank to good effect, getting round defenders well and contributing good passes & a good goal. Central midfielder Alex Warman is an important presence in this team & his set-pieces were decent and tackled well. Lastly, substitute Kieran Bishop added a lot of pace & direct running on the right side, making several important runs & passes.

For Manor, forward Deimar Queni showed good purpise, making several good breaks and neat passes. Soumen Nandi also put in a decent performance, as circumstances in second half meant he pushed forward & kept the work rate going too. Goalkeeper Bradley Davison made a few decent saves as well to prevent the scoreline being higher, while full-back Ryan Willsmer also had a decent game, making a few decent interceptions.


Southend Manor |  Interim Manager: Jerry Omango | Assistant: Jon Casey

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Bradley Davison (GK), 2 Leonardo Stefanes-Ribeiro (18 Oliver Andrayas 81′), 3 Ryan Willsmer (23 James Casey 70′), 5 Leon Lewis, 6 Kevin Toualeu, 4 Eliandro Soque (Capt), 8 Soumen Nandi, 10 Callum Morris, 7 Deimar Queni, 9 Tobi Olusanya (15 Thabo Mgwenya 42′), 11 Celso Da Silva (16 Kian Skilbeck 53′)

Sent Off: Lewis (41′, two bookings) | Subs Not Used: None

Enfield | Manager: Jamie Cureton  | Assistants: Jim Duggan, Gary Hart & Terry Fogarty

Starting XI (Subs): 26 Jarvis Monk (GK & Capt), 3 Alfie Mason (2 Joshua Luther 70′), 5 Junior Mubiayi (6 Jack Grosvenor 46′), 15 Jack Johnson (12 Jack Cousins 46′), 16 Usman Adeniji, 4 Alex Warman, 10 Louis Johnson, 11 Samrai Gebrai, 14 Tom Richardson (18 Gavin Cockman 60′), 9 Luke Hirst, 30 Solomon Ofori (7 Kieran Bishop 53′)

Goal-Scorers: Luke Hirst [9′, 49′ & 70′], Tom Richardson [18′], Samrai Gebrai [25′], Solomon Ofori [29′], Gavin Cockman [66′], Louis Johnson [pen 76′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Brian Taylor
Assistants: Gary Telling & Mitchell Rolfe

S22-23 M. Report: West Essex 0 – 1 Athletic Newham (Sat 15 Apr) [ESL 22-23 16.4.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 22

2022-23 Season: Match 55

Saturday 15th April 2023 – 12pm KO

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

Newham: Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Sanchez Hardy on-the-ball for West in 1st half

Newham battle to narrow win at West Essex

West Essex  0 – 1 Athletic Newham

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

The first game of a welcome double on the penultimate weekend of the normal Step 5 season saw an early game at Mayesbrook Park, where West Essex took on Athletic Newham in the Essex Senior League. Both sides were in action the previous midweek, with West narrowly losing at Stanway Rovers and Newham getting past a jaded FC Clacton side. Kwame Kwateng’s team had to ring the changes here with several players unavailable. Emmanuel Nwosu was their goalkeeper here, with a defence of stalwart Sanchez Hardy, Mitchell Arthur and Rodney Dame. The midfield included skipper Reece Clarke, Emmanuel Wazola, Saliu Lo Seye and Timmy Moncur. The forward line was led by Lewis Danquah, with Zak Oliver and Sam Bajaha down the flanks in support. Newham still have a good chance of getting a top-five finish given their extensive remaining fixture list, and had Wilkinson Boateng in goal, with a backline comprised of Meer Ishanzadeh, Will Martin and Jeff Idemudia. Their midfield had Dayaan Salifou, Anderson Baro, Abdul Shobowale and Simon Bamidele starting, with forwards Richard Kone and Jailson Seidi being supported by skipper Joel Appiah.

The early stages of this match built up nicely, as Newham forward Jailson Seidi being denied a chance at goal by home skipper Reece Clarke. West duly responded, with the surging breaks of forward Zak Oliver a highlight for them, but two decent strikes from him couldn’t bypass visiting stopper Wilkinson Boateng. Defender Sanchez Hardy also fizzed a fierce strike not far over the goal frame as the Stags showed their attacking philosophy well but couldn’t match their good passing with clinical finishing. Newham were concentrating on building momentum through midfield, but although the likes of Anderson Baro, Abdul Shobowale and Joel Appiah were contributing to their approach play, their chances were few & far between in the first half hour. Talisman Richard Kone fired over the goal frame in the early stages but they did take the lead five minutes before the interval.

A good cross in from the left side evaded a stuttering West defence & found Appiah about six yards out and his neat header found went high into the net. Newham’s lead was nearly pegged back on the stroke of half-time as a powerful free-kick from Clarke for West cannoned back off the crossbar. At the interval, Newham held their lead but would have liked more possession to build more attacks & stifle the hosts’ momentum.

HT: West 0 – 1 Newham

Clarke (#14) clears for West with Izekor (#14) close by for Newham

After the break, there were still chances aplenty. Clarke again arrowed a crisp effort not far over the top left corner, while Seidi also fired wide after a decent cross by Simon Bamidele. Newham had brought on forward Daniel Izekor for Richard Kone after he sustained a knock in the first half. Boateng in the Newham goal was also a good presence for them, as he also denied another set-piece strike by Clarke. As the minutes elapsed, the realisation was growing that it just may not be West’s day. Newham were still useful going forward as well, with Izekor utilising the space between the West defence & midfield quite well, although West were in no mood to concede again here.

As we got into the last fifteen minutes, West thought they have levelled but in reaching the ball high off the deck, substitute Tyson Muaxambi struck a decent strike into the net, although it was ruled out as the forward had also clattered into a Newham defender in the process. As they often do, Kwame Kwateng’s side kept going until the end of the game that was getting more scrappy, and midfielder Saliu Lo Seye and Dillon Luker also had half-chances, the latter of which was gathered by Boateng, who will no doubt be pleased to claim another shut-out. The win takes Newham up to seventh, with five league games remaining to play in the next nine days or so.

Bamidele’s (#18) cross cleared by West

Full-Time: West Essex 0 – 1 Athletic Newham

In summary, this was an entertaining match, with plenty of chances for both sides but the frustrating thing for West will be that they created enough to at least take something from the game. Newham were not entirely at their most cohesive defensively but were still a threat going forward and done enough to claim the points. West will be heartened to see their youthful forward line having their moments also.

For victors Newham, centre-back Will Martin had a really good game, making important interceptions and kept his side in the game by thwarting the enterprising West forward line. Forward Jailson Seidi also contributed well to his team’s forward moves, and was unfortunate not to get on the scorers’ sheet today. Creative midfielder Anderson Baro also put in some good passes and showed good movement, with goalkeeper Wilkinson Boateng being a good presence to keep his team ahead, making several decent saves as well.

For West, forward Zak Oliver put in a hard-working display, making several darting runs down the right flank and should have had at least one goal today. Central defender Rodney Dame had a good game, showcasing good positioning and made good clearances too. Tricky midfielder Timmy Moncur played his part in good ‘pass & move’ football with a number of searching passes, while skipper Reece Clarke also kept his side going with a characteristically high-energy performance and was inches away from scoring with a fine set-piece on two separate occasions.


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

Starting XI (Subs): 13 Emmanuel Nwosu (GK), 2 Sanchez Hardy (3 Harley Davison 73′), 25 Mitchell Arthur, 23 Rodney Dame, 6 Emmanuel Wazola, 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 17 Sallu Lo Seye,  20 Sam Bajaha (11 Dillon Luker 69′), 22 Timmy Moncur, 9 Lewis Danquah (10 Tyyson Muaxambi 57′), 19 Zak Oliver

Booked: Muaxambi, Arthur  |  Subs Not Used: None

Athletic Newham  | Manager: Chris Davis  | Assistants: Timothy Tejuosu & Ray Bartlett

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Meer Ishanzadeh (3 Louis Hiobi 66′), 6 Will Martin, 7 Jeff Idemudia, 4 Dayaan Salifou, 15 Anderson Baro (11 Chris Barbosa 88′), 16 Abdul Shobowale, 18 Simon Bamidele, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt) (12 Idris Aminu 66′), 17 Richard Kone (14 Daniel Izekor 46′), 9 Jailson Seidi

Goal-Scorer: Joel Appiah [40′]

Booked: Idemudia, Salifou, Shobowale | Subs Not Used: Akurang

Referee: Nathan Kitteridge
Assistants: Tom Evans & Simon Crowley

S22-23 Match Report: Ilford 1 – 4 Woodford Town (Sat 1 Apr) [ESL 22-23 2.4.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 75

2022-23 Season: Match 52

Saturday 1st April 2023 – 3pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Woodford: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Woodford prevail with good performance at Ilford

Ilford 1 – 4 Woodford Town

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

The main match this weekend saw an interesting local derby in the Essex Senior League at Cricklefield, which saw hosts Ilford host play-off chasing Woodford Town. The Foxes have found it hard of late, with one win in their last seven matches and were missing key players here in defender Jake Chadwick, skipper Mitchell McCabe and playmaker Mo Kargbo. Richard Ponsford’s side did have stalwart Tim Pitman in goal, with a defence comprised of centre-backs OJ Senessie and Ryan Cosson, with full-backs Paul Cox and Ola Oluwasere. Conner Jones skippered the side here, with Nathan Tshola in central midfield, Harry Rawlins & Josh Boxall on the flanks. Jack Zielinski led the forward line, with support from Joe Lilly. Woodford saw their eight-match winning run in the league end on Thursday night as they drew with Halstead Town. Shane Baptiste fielded Eddie Allan as their custodian, with Miles Mitchell-Nelson & Simon Omope in the full-back spots, and Guy Kiangebeni & Lee Sharpe in central defence. James Runham and captain Georges Kebi were the hard-working central midfield, with Dimitri Christou supporting forwards Luke Parrott, Wale Odedoyin & Ernest Okoh.

Lee Sharpe (left) clears for Woodford

The early stages of this contest saw the visitors have slightly more time in possession and their first chance came after two minutes, as tricky support forward Dimitri Christou’s decent strike was well-blocked by Ilford goalkeeper Tim Pitman. Ilford did respond at the other end on six minutes, as forward Joe Lilly struck narrowly over the crossbar – the Foxes were starting to get down the flanks and sending in some decent crosses although those were fleeting moments as Woodford kept the ball well. The home side had several warnings in the next few moments as forward Ernest Okoh twice fired off-target, the second time when well-poised to score. On 17 minutes, Woodford had a big chance as Pitman had advanced out of his area, and forward Wale Odedoyin turned past him well but couldn’t finish from a narrow angle at the near post, allowing the covering defender to clear.

Woodford did get that crucial goal moments later, as from a good corner, full-back Miles Mitchell-Nelson planted a fine header into the net at the near post. So often one goal turns into two and on 25 minutes, Woodford doubled their lead. On the counter, a good pass found forward Luke Parrott and he unselfishly played in Christou who calmly struck low into an unguarded net. At this point, Woodford were in the ascendancy, Parrott had another chance eight minutes prior to the break, as his header drew another save out of Pitman. The Foxes responded at the other end by halving the arrears seconds later as Lilly’s set-piece swung in to the six-yard area and crept over the line despite Town stopper Allan’s best efforts.

Buoyed on by a good visiting Towners contingent, Woodford restored their two-goal led a minute before the break as they were awarded a penalty for a challenge on the left edge of the penalty area. The hosts were miffed at that decision, more so when Parrott converted his spot-kick from 12 yards, into the right-side corner. Overall, Town deserved their lead and could’ve been further ahead, although if Ilf were clinical in their finishing they could still have been well in contention.

HT: Ilford 1 – 3 Woodford

The early stages of the second half saw Woodford push on once again as they sought to make the points safe. Parrott had another decent effort blocked by the home defence, but the same robustness wasn’t there on 49 minutes as a good ball in found Odedoyin who had got past the off-side trap before calmly firing past the unfortunate Pitman to notch Town’s fourth goal. Understandably that goal had an effect on the morale of the Foxes but four minutes later, winger Josh Boxall managed to get some space on the edge of the penalty area before firing narrowly over the crossbar.

Woodford still pushed forward in an energised way, with forward Ernest Okoh unfortunate not to score himself, having at least two chances off-target in the secod half alone. Substitute Zivonimir Lopez also had a half-chance on goal as we entered the later stages of the game, though the Ilford defence was making some decent interceptions, particularly Paul Cox and Ola Oluwasere. The hosts were finding a little more space as Woodford focused on game management, with replacement Maliq Jikiemi and Harry Rawlins making some decent runs down the flanks, but the miserly Town backline was in no mood to concede any more goals.

In added time, Woodford were within inches of adding a fifth goal as a fine free-kick by substitute Dimitri Nicolaou was well tipped onto the crossbar by Pitman. Ultimately, Woodford did more than enough to claim the win.

Full-Time: Ilford 1 – 4 Woodford Town

In summary, this was a really good win for Shane Baptiste’s team, putting in a high-energy performance, particularly in midfield and took enough of their chances to claim another important three points. Ilford fought hard & created a few chances themselves, particularly before the interval but ultimately the pace & guile of the Woodford forward line was too good for them on this day.

We start the player mentions with victors Woodford. Dimitri Christou played an important part in the visiting side’s attacks with his pace, movement and good passing, also bagging a goal in the process. Forward Luke Parrott had a good game as well alongside partners Ernest Okoh and Wale Odedoyin, showing good link-up play and good running. Central midfielder Georges Kebi was influential in midfield, showing good energy levels in overpowering the opposition in the middle of the field and always had an eye for pass forward. Lastly, centre-back Guy Kiangebeni had a strong game in defence, clearing the ball well and showing good positioning.

For Ilford, defender Paul Cox had a good game in my opinion, sticking to his task well, making good interceptions and looking to start attacks as well. Winger Josh Boxall put in some fine crosses in this game & was unfortunate not to score himself, while forward Joe Lilly did score and linked the play well, particularly with Harry Rawlins on the left flank. Finally, substitute Maliq Jikiemi had a good cameo, making several decent darting runs down the left side & showing good dribbling as well.


Ilford |  Manager: Richard Ponsford  | Assistants: Mark Lilly & David Deller |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Ola Oluwasere, 3 Paul Cox, 5 OJ Senessie (16 Frankie Zielinski 79′), 6 Ryan Cosson (17 George Hayes 54′), 4 Conner Jones (Capt), 8 Nathan Tshola (15 Oswald Nyahunda 75′), 7 Joshua Boxall (14 Maliq Jikiemi 63′), 9 Jack Zielinski (12 Brandon Wood 54′), 10 Joe Lilly, 11 Harry Rawlins

Goal-scorer: Joe Lilly [38′]

Booked: Oluwasere |  Subs Not Used: None

Woodford Town | Manager: Shane Baptiste  | Assistant: Dee Safer

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Eddie Allan (GK), 2 Miles Mitchell-Nelson (Ben Byrne 54′), 3 Simon Omope, 5 Lee Sharpe, 6 Guy Kiangebeni, 4 James Runham (17 Zivonimir Lopez 71′), 8 Georges Kebi (Capt), 7 Dimitri Christou (14 Dimitri Nicolaou 63′), 9 Luke Parrott (15 Khalil Kirwan-Meade 71′), 10 Wale Odedoyin (16 Jaedon Phillips 71′), 11 Ernest Okoh

Goal-scorers: Miles Mitchell-Nelson [19′], Dimitri Christou [25′], Luke Parrott [pen 44′], Wale Odedoyin [49′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Avram

Referee: Andy Tregoning

S22-23 Match Report: Stanway Rovers 0 – 1 Redbridge (Sat 25 Mar) [ESL 22-23 26.3.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Hawthorns

Attendance: 175

2022-23 Season: Match 50

Saturday 25th March 2023 – 6.30pm KO

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts & Yellow Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Redbridge again battle hard to claim another important win at Stanway

Stanway Rovers   0 – 1  Redbridge

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

The second match this weekend to mark Non-League Day was a rare visit to the Hawthorns to see hosts Stanway Rovers take on promotion-chasing Redbridge in another Essex Senior League Premier match, which was also my 50th match of the campaign. Redbridge were playing their third match in five days here, the perils of still being in two Cup competitions you may say. George Christou’s team had an understandable air of squad rotation about it, but goalkeeper Connor Wheatley started, with a defence comprised of centre-back pair Joe Elliott & Nathan Okoye, and full-backs Bradley Bennett & Tayo Olukolu. Captain Jack Chawner was alongside Jerrold Cobblah and Reuben Campbell in midfield, with George Purcell & Tony Martin leading the attack, with support from Joey May. Stanway are in transition, and have not had an easy campaign being where they are in 13th place. Former Colchester Utd legend Karl Duguid took the team here, and named Alfie Marigliani as their stopper, with full-backs Sean Bartlett & Emmanuel N’Daw and centre-backs Olumide Akinode & Freddy Cooper comprising their backline. Jordan Barnett, Joe Debell & Max Sherlock were the central midfield three, with Harry Thomas, captain James Crisell and Nathaniel Mardell the forward three.

The early stages of this game were entertaining to watch as Rovers looked to pile the pressure on the visitors. Forward Nathaniel Mardell made two enterprising runs down the right flank in these early stages, but couldn’t quite find the final pass or a finish respectively to significantly challenge visiting custodian Connor Wheatley. Midfielder Jordan Barnett also had decent strike just wide of the left-side post. George Christou’s team did push forward, perhaps sensing the need to wrestle momentum back and after one of several good runs made in the match by energetic midfielder Reuben Campbell, his effort was off-target but served as a warning for Rovers to not be too expansive going forward. To their credit though, Stanway responded well and a fine strike by centre-back Freddy Cooper just inside the eighteen-yard box was well-denied by Motormen stopper Wheatley.

What ended up being the decisive goal came on twenty-four minutes as centre-back Nathan Okoye took advantage of indeterminate marking on a set-piece to plant his header into the net at the near post. One of the better phases of the game for the second-placed side also saw in-form forward George Purcell head over the goal frame. Stanway were not fazed by their deficit and skipper James Crisell’s goal-bound effort required another decent save from Wheatley as the visitors had to do their share of defending, with centre-backs Joe Elliott & Nathan Okoye characteristically miserly in clearing the ball away in an efficient way.

HT: Stanway 0 – 1 Redbridge

The second half was a more restrained contest, with less chances cropping up for both teams. Mardell had again fired wide for Rovers in a rare glimpse at goal. Redbridge had a few chances, chiefly an acrobatic strike by substitute Tendi Quamina from just outside the area, which had to be cleared off the goal-line.

Campbell also fired wide for a Redbridge side which still showcased their game management skills to good effect here, and also their lead was slender, they were not extensively pressured in the latter stages and claimed a vital win, which saw them jump back up above FC Clacton into second place, with a key ‘promotion six-pointer’ at Enfield set for Wednesday night.

Full-Time: Stanway Rovers 0 – 1 Redbridge

In summary, Redbridge turned up and battled to their third win in just five days in all competitions which in itself in some going. Their forward play was decent at times, but credit also has to go to Stanway who were able to restrict the promotiobn-chasing side’s chances through exhuberant defending and also showed enough going forward to stay in the contest, even though their finishing wasn’t clinical and they also found Blues stopper Connor Wheatley in good form here. All in all though, Stanway’s youthful side did show that in time, they may improve.

The stand-out mentions starts with victors Redbridge. Forward George Purcell led the line well and brought others into play effectively as the focal point in attack. Right-sided midfielder Reuben Campbell made the most of space to make several good breaks down the channel and also put in some fine crosses which forced the intervention of the home defence. Lastly, centre-back Nathan Okoye got the telling goal & was his usual composed self in defence, making a number of good interceptions both in the air and on the deck.

For Stanway, rapid winger Nathaniel Mardell really contributed to his team’s attacks right from the get-go, and also had a couple of decent chances himself, utilising his good pace and movement too. Full-back Emmanuel N’Daw also put in a good display, being decent in defence and also pushing forward down the left side, pustting in some good balls into the penalty box. Lastly, centre-back Freddy Cooper had a good game, competing well with the visiting forward line, making some good interceptions and pushed forward as well, being a threat from set-plays too.

I’ll close this report by passing on my thanks to Stanway Rovers for their hospitality pre-match.


Stanway Rovers |  Interim Manager: Karl Duguid | Assistant: Stuart Nethercott |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Alfie Marigliani (GK), 2 Sean Bartlett, 3 Emmanuel N’Daw, 5 Freddy Cooper, 6 Olumide Akinode, 4 Jordan Barnett, 8 Joe Debell, 7 Max Sherlock (16 Harrison Smith 84′), 9 Harry Thomas (15 Sonny Bastone 63′), 10 James Crisell (Capt), 11 Nathaniel Mardell (14 Sonny Dutton 72′)

Booked: Barnett |  Subs Not Used: Lines

Redbridge | Manager: George Christou   | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett (17 Michael Pindy 90′), 3 Tayo Olukolu (16 Dean Hall 46′), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 18 Jack Chawner (Capt), 4 Jerrold Cobblah, 7 Reuben Campbell (15 James Barlow 72′), 19 Joey May (8 Tendi Quamina 58′), 9 George Purcell (11 Loui Hazelwood 84′), 10 Tony Martin

Goal-Scorer: Nathan Okoye [24′]

| Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Kola Adeyemi
Assistants: Robert Collins & Jozef Buda

S22-23 Match Report: FC Clacton 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 25 Mar) [ESL 22-23 26.3.23]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Rush Green Bowl

Attendance: 127

2022-23 Season: Match 49

Saturday 25th March 2023 – 3pm KO

Clacton: White Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Sawbridgeworth:  Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

Clacton hold firm to earn another victory at home to Sawbridgeworth

FC Clacton 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

The first of two matches to mark a special Essex Senior weekend to mark this year’s Non-League Day saw a first visit to the Rush Green Bowl to see FC Clacton take on visitors Sawbridgeworth Town. Tom Auston’s side are still pushing for a top-three finish which would crown off a terrific campaign. They fielded Luke Avenell in goal, with a backline of centre-backs Michael Okafor & Chris Ribchester, with full-backs Jenson Mulqueen and skipper Billy Wales. Kyelan Marvell & Jack Marshall were the hard-working central midfield, with Teddy Collis & Rueben Cowler on the flanks in support of forwards Mekhi McKenzie & Charlie Collis. Sawbridgeworth were looking to pull further clear of the bottom three and co-bosses Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor named George Edgeworth in goal, with a defence comprised of full-backs Zachary Davidson & Luke Clark, alongside the central defence led by Marcus Dowdeswell & Elliott George. Danny Palmer & Jaydon Charles were in in central midfield, with wingers Ayub Kadiri and Louis Monk. The forward line was led by Bruno Gomes, with support from David Etcheri. 

As was the case with several matches in recent weeks, this match took some time to truly find the impetus, not assisted by several stoppages early-doors. The hosts had the better of the early chances, with centre-back Chris Ribchester’s header over the crossbar from a set-piece and winger Teddy Collis also firing a decent strike off-target. On the half-hour, Tom Austin’s team went close after centre forward Mekhi McKenzie’s good pass found Teddy Collis, whose fierce strike at goal was parried away well by visiting stopper George Edgeworth. Sawbo were defending admirably to stifle the hosts who couldn’t find their attacking, passing rhythm during the first half. At the other end, Sawbridgeworth didn’t have a large amount of ball time, but did have a few runs down the channels, and Clacton did not fall to what would have been a ‘sucker punch’ in the latter parts of the first half, with centre-back Michael Okafor in particular being well-placed to rebuff passes into the visiting forward line.

HT: Clacton 0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth

After a nice burger from the food hut at the break, the second half began in a similar tightly-contested vein, as the inveitable array of substitutes entering proceedings also broke up the rhythm a bit as well. Ferguson, Lartey & Tilson came on for the hosts to replace Teddy Collis, full-back Mulqueen & midfielder Marvell and one of those substitutes had a big part to play just moments after coming on. Midway through the second-half, a good move involving tall midfielder Jack Marshall and forward Mekhi McKenzie ended with the ball finding Jordan Lartey at the far post who evaded his marker well enough to strike from close-range to finally break the stern resistance of Sawbo.

So, Clacton had a lead to defend now and Sawbo had a bit more possession in midfield, but a wayward strike by centre forward Bruno Gomes with 15 minutes remaining, which didn’t trouble goalkeeper Luke Avenell. The Seasiders were helped on by a good home crowd, and came close to ,make it two with moments remaining, from substitute Jack Johnson’s free-kick, the ball found its way to Marshall & his fine header was superbly kept out by Edgeworth’s sprawling save.

Full-Time:  FC Clacton 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, this was a gritty battle which Clacton did enough to earn the points, as they did have enough chances & ball time. Sawbridgeworth did defend well as well, with goalkeeper George Edgeworth effectively keeping them in the contest with two fine saves here, but ultimately they could not nullify a strong Seasiders backline and test home custodian Luke Avenell often enough.

The stand-outs here begin wiith victors Clacton. Forward Mekhi McKenzie put in a hard-working display, looking to turn past his marker well and also put in some good passes too to contribute to his team’s attacking moves. Secondly, midfielder Jack Marshall also was a good outlet with his passing and threat aerially too, as welll as contributing to the build-up for the only goal of the game. Lastly, centre-back Michael Okafor led the defence well, showing good positioning and making crucial interceptions as well.

For Sawbridgeworth, centre-back Marcus Dowdeswell had a good game, making several good tackles and his defence made it tough for Clacton to break through as they deallt with crosses well in the air. Goalkeeper George Edgeworth was a good presence for his team and pulled off two very good saves as mentioned & finally, full-back Zachary Davidson bolstered his team’s defensive efforts and offered a decent outlet going forward as well, in support of winger Ayub Kadiri.

Finally, would like to pass on my thanks to Clacton for their hospitality, was good to finally visit the Rush Green Bowl.


FC Clacton |  Manager: Tom Austin | Assistant: Adam Daniels  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jenson Mulqueen (15 Jordan Lartey 62′), 3 Billy Wales, 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Michael Okafor, 4 Kyelan Marvell (14 Adam Tilson 65′), 8 Jack Marshall, 7 Teddy Collis (12 Kyle Ferguson 56′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie (16 Jack Johnson 87′), 10 Charlie Collis, 11 Rueben Cowler (17 Harry Miller 83′)

Goal-scorer: Jordan Lartey [68′]

Booked: Marshall, Mulqueen  |  Subs Not Used: None

Sawbridgeworth Town | Co-Managers: Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor  | Assistant: Paul Gissing

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Edgeworth (GK), 2 Zachary Davidson, 3 Luke Clark (16 Shadrac Malembe 62′), 5 Elliott George, 6 Marcus Dowdeswell (Capt), 4 Danny Palmer (12 George Spillane 83′), 8 Jaydon Charles (14 Joshua Bardouleau 62′), 7 Ayub Kadiri, 9 Bruno Gomes, 10 David Etcheri (15 Austen Garrod 74′), 11 Louis Monk

Booked: Gomes, Dowdeswell, Monk | Subs Not Used: Amos

Referee: Nathan Kitteridge
Assistants: Michael Wallace & Trevor Williams

S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 West Essex (Sat 11 Mar) [ESL 22-23 12.3.23]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2022-23 Season: Match 46

Saturday 11th March 2023 – 3pm KO

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

West: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Timmy Moncur (right) on the ball for West

Ensign secure another point in tough battle with West Essex

White Ensign 0 – 0 West Essex

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

The main match this weekend was a late switch to the Essex Senior match between White Ensign and visitors West Essex at Burroughs Park. The recent incessant rain had not prevented the match from taking place, as both sides were looking for the points – Ensign are looking up towards the top ten while West are still in the race for a top-six finish. White Ensign boss Aaron Bloxham rotated his squad somewhat here, but stlll fielded Luis Shamshoum in goal, with a defence comprised of full-backs Ben Sargent and Daniel Monk and centre-backs Montel Shonubi & Archie McFadden. The hard-working central midfield featured Iyiola Adebayo, Oliver Jenkins and stand-in skipper Kyle McAlindon. Forwards Billy Bonham-Dare and Joe Gregory were supported by Ethan Evison. West were looking to bounce bank from a shattering loss at Woodford Town three days ago and had Arthur LeBlond at their goalkeeper, with a backline of centre-backs Rodney Dame and Mitchell Arthur & full-backs Sanchez Hardy and Joel Lamb. Their midfield engine room had skipper Reece Clarke, Oliseh Okuguni & Saliu Lo Seye starting, with the creative Timmy Moncur supporting forwards Ezequiel Franchi & Cameron Gray.

Ensign’s Iyiola Adebayo keeps the ball in first half

Both teams were adapting to the slightly slippery conditions in the early going of this match, although Ensign certainly had the better of the early sighters at goal. Forward Joe Gregory’s effort had to cleared off the goal-line by a well-placed West defender, while anchor midfielder Oliver Jenkins also had a decent strike parried away by visiting stopper Arthur LeBlond. West couldn’t ease the pressure they had defensively for most of the first twenty minutes and their only glimmer at goal was forward Cameron Gray’s wayward drive which was comfortably off-target. As we neared the half-hour mark, the Stags did start to get their passing game going, as midfielders Saliu Lo Seye & Reece Clarke fired wide of Shamshoum’s goal.

Although chances were somewhat few & far between, the battle here wasn’t a hum-drum one and the West backline held on quite well, led by centre-backs Mitchell Arthur and Rodney Dame who were well-positioned and made key clearances too. Ensign were keen to build their way through the thirds from defence to attack and did so well at times, but the noticable thing for me was how focused their midfield was in not allowing West to settle on the ball, with Iyiola Adebayo and Kyle McAlindon in particular giving the likes of Clarke and Moncur little time to build attacks.

Long ball forward seeks to find the run of Franchi (second left) for West

HT: White Ensign 0 – 0 West Essex

In the early stages of the second half, the hosts had a few more decent chances. Four minutes after the restart, full-back Ben Sargent let fly with a well-struck effort which only narrowly flew over the crossbar. Moments after that, Ethan Evison’s set-piece was heading for the far corner and needed the intervention of LeBlond, although he conceded a corner in the process. From that resulting set-piece, enterprising forward Billy Bonham-Dare headed wide of the left-side post. That was a let-off for West and this game was tight just as the reverse fixture was at Wadham Lodge, several weeks previously. Ensign had a let off a minute later as a good ball found West forward Ezequiel Franchi’s run, although the defender got a important touch to take it out of Franchi’s path, although Shamshoum had advanced by this point to narrow the angle initially, and he had to race back to prevent it dribbling over the goal-line.

Ensign build from midfield in 2nd half

As we entered the last half hour, the tide was turning a bit as the hosts’ nerves were starting to rise after not be able to convert the earlier chances. Franchi and Clarke had efforts which fizzed over the crossbar for West Essex before they brought on tricky winger Mohamud Kaudeer, who had two chances on goal which whistled not far wide. In fairness, it would have been tough on Ensign to not take at least a point from this game and the stalemate means they are four games unbeaten now.

In the last few moments of the contest, both sides looked to try and get that decisive goal with West looking to get down the channels to evade an understandably tiring Ensign backline. Ensign brought on forwards Jack Mead and Emmanuel Abudiore with moments left to try and break through the visiting defence, with Abudiore making one or two good runs down the left but ultimately, the stalemate prevailed and both teams took a point each.

Full-Time: White Ensign 0 – 0 West Essex

This match was a a hard-fought battle and perhaps deserved goals for the teams’ respective endeavour. Ensign will be disappointed given they had the early chances but could not convert them. West took a while to retain the ball and have a few good chances though they found Luis Shamshoum in good form in the home goal. On the plus side for Kwame Kwateng’s team, they will be satisfied with the shut-out, as they also had several players unavailable here.

Ensign had some performances in the team to mention. Firstly, a mention for Archie McFadden who played in an unfamiliar centre-back role here and showed good positioning, work rate and tackling. Central midfielder Kyle McAlindon also had a good game, getting through a lot of work and passed the ball really well, plus linked defence & attack well too. Lastly, a word for forward Billy Bonham-Dare who contributed to his team’s attacks well, utilising his pace & movement plus doing a good shift defensively as well.

For West, centre-back Mitchell Arthur was an ever-present, making a number of important interceptions, including clearing one goal-bound effort off the goal-line. After a tough game in midweek, Arthur & his defenders can at least be glad to have a clean sheet. Saliu Lo Seye had a good game in midfield as the visitors found it hard to retain possession & breach a stubborn home backline. Lo Seye made several good passes & showed decent movement as well. Finally, full-back Joel Lamb had a good game in defence, tracking back well & giving an option going forward too. Lamb was involved in a good duel with Ensign full-back Ben Sargent for most of the game.


White Ensign  | Manager: Aaron Bloxham | Assistant: Nick Wilbrow

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Archie McFadden, 6 Oliver Jenkins, 11 Kyle McAlindon (Capt), 8 Ethan Evison, 18 Iyiola Adebayo (16 Jake Chaplin 64′), 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (19 Jack Mead 85′), 10 Joe Gregory (15 Emmanuel Abudiore 90’+3)

Booked: McFadden, Chaplin, Bonham-Dare  | Subs Not Used: Ferris, Turner

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

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Arthur LeBlond (GK), 2 Sanchez Hardy, 3 Joel Lamb, 23 Rodney Dame, 25 Mitchell Arthur, 17 Saliu Lo Seye, 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 22 Timmy Moncur (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 64′), 8 Oliseh Okuguni, 24 Ezequiel Franchi, 11 Cameron Gray (9 Lewis Danquah 80′)

Booked: Dame | Sub Not Used: McNally, Wazola

Referee: George Younger
Assistants: Glenn Michaels & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Athletic Newham 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill (Sat 4 Mar) [ESL 22-23 5.3.23]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Terrance MacMillan Stadium

Attendance: 23

2022-23 Season: Match 45

Saturday 4th March 2023 – 3pm KO

Newham: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

Buckhurst: Blue & Black Shirts, Blue Shorts, Black Socks

Newham’s Louis Hiobi pushes forward in 1st half

Newham edge to battling win over out-of-form Buckhurst Hill at Terry Mac

Athletic Newham 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill

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

The match this weekend saw me make a rare trip to the Terry Mac in East London to see Athletic Newham continue their quest to utilise their matches in hand on rivals to gain ground on the top six, as they welcomed Buckhurst Hill in the Essex Senior League Premier Division. Mark Williams’ team were looking to end a eight-match winless run. Athletic Newham rotated their squad somewhat here, with Daniel Izekor, Jacques Leurs & & Chris Cruz Barbosa all not involved here. Manager Chris Davis named regular stopper Wilkinson Boateng in goal, with full-backs Jeff Idemudia & Louis Hiobi plus centre-backs Chris Nguidjol & Michael Adu. Anderson Baro, Andy Greenslade & Abdul Shobowale were the central midfield three, with the forward line led by Jailson Seidi & Richard Kone, supported by captain Joel Appiah. Buckhurst Hill named new recruit Emmanuel Olajide as their goalkeeper, with a defence of full-backs Cameron Weekes and Brad Rowland, with centre-backs being recent signing Daniel Smith and stalwart Alfie Harris. Jake Moss & captain Harry Markatis were in central midfield. Sam Sollosi & Nathan Sollisi started on the flanks, with Ezekiel Bademosi and George Johnson leading the attack.

I have to mention that I was keen to see how these sides would approach this contest, what we got was a slow start to proceedings, with both teams finding it tricky to keep the ball & find that key final pass into the forwards. Newham did have the better of the half-chances in the early stages here, with home skipper Joel Appiah’s shot gathered by visiting custodian Emmanuel Olajide. Talisman Richard Kone also fired off-target twice as well, while Hill midfielder Jake Moss’ decent free-kick was only just over the top right corner. As the half went on, there was no lack of endeavour from the hosts, with Abdul Shobowale and forward Jailson Seidi making several enterprising runs to unsettle a stern Hill backline, led well by Alfie Harris, who made a number of important clearances throught the match. At the other end, Buckhurst was also finding it tricky to find that all-important final pass, despite centre forward Ezekiel Bademosi being a good presence and testing the hosts’ defensive awareness and pace. Winger Nathan Sollosi had an effort blocked at the far post for Mark Williams’ side. Newham were also finding it hard to find their cohesive, rapid flowing forward moves, perhaps their hectic match schedule of late had influenced that, though Shobowale’s effort aimed at the near post needed the intervention of the experienced Olajide not long before the interval.

Buckhurst’s Cameron Weekes on the ball

HT: Newham 0 – 0 Buckhurst

This game needed both a goal and both teams to find some inspiration from somewhere. To their credit, the hosts did up it a hear after the break as five minutes into the second half, a good pass in by Kone found Seidi well, and Seidi’s good strike was well-parried away by Olajide. What turned out to be the only goal came 18 minutes from time as the influential Seidi was felled in the penalty area, and referee Royan Campbell showed little hesitation in pointing to the spot. Richard Kone stepped up and blasted his penalty into the left side of goal to lessen the nerves of the hosts as they saught to continue their winning run of late. Buckhurst did keep going as we entered the latter stages of the match, being thwarted by a combination of the Newham defence, led well by Chris Nguidjol and a lack of fortune. Moss was in the action again as his close range header at the far post was blocked, with the visitors keen to assert there was a foul in that phase of play, to which they got no reply.

Sam Sollosi (#7) in possession for Buckhurst

Athletic Newham have recently signed ex-Dagenham & Redbridge forward, former Coggeshall Utd boss & general Non-League stalwart Cliff Akurang and he came on for the last few moments, replacing Seidi who certainly played his part here. Buckhurst were running against the clock in their keenness to find an equaliser, and substitute Sonny Shilling fired wide from 20 yards out and in the end, the clock won that particular battle, leaving boss Williams understandably frustrated. For Newham though, the points saw them gain ground on Stansted & Little Oakley directrly above them, with several more matches than them to play.

Full-Time: Athletic Newham 1 – 0 Buckhurst Hill

In summary, this was a battle befit for an end of season run-in match, with neither side bossing the match completely & as a result chances were fairly limited. Newham had enough chances to  ake the points safe but will be content with a hard-earned three points to keen their run going (& bearing in mind their forthcoming, hectic end to the campaign), while Buckhurst’s winless run extends to nine matches now. They had some good moments here, but in the end they didn’t quite test Newham custodian Wilkinson Boateng enough here.

There were some good performances here, beginning with victors Newham. We start with a mention for the hard-working Abdul Shobowale, who made several good runs down the channels and showed some good passing and movement. Forward Jailson Seidi contributed well and his pace, energy and movement made it tricky for the opposition defence. Lastly, centre-back Chris Nguidjol had a good game, making several important interceptions and also showing good positioning as well.

For Buckhurst, centre-back Alfie Harris shone in the visiting defence, making good clearances and stifling a quick Newham forward line on a number of occasions.  Right-back Cameron Weekes also had a good game too, being a good presence in the air, as well as passing the ball well, out of defence at times. Finally, a word for forward Ezekiel Bademosi who put a good shift in for his team, keeping the Newham defence alert with his pace and direct running.


Athletic Newham  |  Manager: Chris Davis | Assistants: Timothy Tesuosu & Ray Bartlett |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 7 Jeff Idemudia, 4 Christopher Nguidjol, 12 Michael Adu, 3 Louis Hiobi, 15 Anderson Baro, 8 Andy Greenslade, 16 Abdul Shobowale, 9 Jailson Seidi (19 Cliff Akurang 88′), 17 Richard Kone, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt) (18 Simon Bamidele 90’+3)

Goal-scorer: Richard Kone [pen 72′]

Booked: Kone, Nguidjol, Idemudia, Seidi  |  Subs Not Used: Sathiyananthan, Martin & Goumou

Buckhurst Hill | Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: Jonny Fowell

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Emmanuel Olajide (GK), 2 Cameron Weekes, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Daniel Smith, 3 Bradleigh Rowland, 6 Jake Moss, 8 Harry Markatis (Capt), 7 Sam Sollosi (12 Sonny Shilling 73′), 10 George Johnson (14 James Deaney 60′), 9 Ezekiel Bademosi (15 Oliver Williams 73′), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Booked: Smith | Subs Not Used: Tyrrell

Referee: Royan Campbell
Asstistants: Abdel Hamid Zekri & Abdel Wahid Touileb