Hoddesdon ended their season with a good win over ‘Side at Cricklefield. Blue Gallagher put his side ahead on 14 minutes and that lead persisted until the interval. Connor Bolton [62’] & Joss Lillis [65’] strikes gave Simon Riddle’s side a cushion as they cruised to victory which took them past 50 points and kept 9th spot for them. Barkingside also announced yesterday that Alex Goldstone will be standing down from his role as manager, due to work commitments.
Clapton 7 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd | Old Spotted Dog | Att: 62
Jon Fowell’s final match in charge saw the Tons grab a big win over a depleted Bengal side at the Old Spotted Dog. Seven different players got the goals for the hosts – Bryan Kyungu, Lanre Vigo, Kirk McPherson, Ryan Reed, Giovanni Palmer, Greg Potts and Andy Greenslade all were on the scorers’ list. Yasir Rashid got the goal for Bengal though they were well-beaten here. Clapton finish in 11th spot, outside the top ten on goal difference. Bengal finish 8th, 11 points adrift of the top six but this is a second record-breaking season on the trot in terms of points for them.
I attended this huge match for Hullbridge as they did the job with a win over gritty Stanway at Lower Road, in front of a huge crowd of over 400. Adebola Sotoyinbo’s brace did the job for his side, and though Stanway got a stoppage-time goal through substitute Jordan Blackman, it was Darren Manning’s team that toasted a brilliant season with promotion to the Bostik League for very first time. Many congrats to all at the club.
Bottom side Leyton undoubtedly got the result of the day with a surprise win over Stansted at Wadham Lodge. Ike Izuchukwu got the only goal on the hour mark, after the visitors had missed a penalty. Ath held for only their fourth win of the season and arguably their best day of the campaign. Stansted suffered only their second loss in their last eight and finish in the runners-up spot though they could still win a Cup double if they capture the Errington Cup next Monday.
Saffron Walden Town 1 – 2 Woodford Town | Catons Lane | Att: 353
Woodford ended a fruitful season with a fine win at Walden. Andrea Montovani’s free-kick and Mohammad Al-Dani goals turned things their way, with Jamie Riley netting for the hosts in front of a crowd of more than 300. It;s been a good season for the Bloods, having the highest crowds in the league though the odd poor result and occasionally leaky defence cost them the chance to get promoted this season, they finish fourth. Woodford finish a spirited campaign in 6th spot and have four wins in their last six. They hope to move in to Ashton’s in time for next season.
Sawbridgeworth ended a difficult season with this draw with Enfield. Daryl Doolan struck for the hosts while Tyler Fowles netted for the E’s. Both sides will look for better fortunes next term, as Sawbo finish 18th and also will be looking for a new gaffer in the summer as current incumbent John Watters announced yesterday he is stepping down after three years in the role. Enfield will leave the Harlow Arena and play at Bishop’s Stortford next term, they end this term in 14th spot.
‘Stow saw out the season how they’ve played this calendar year to grab a big win at Manor. Kieran Bishop got the ball rolling with the opener on 20 minutes, before Dwade James doubled that lead two minutes later. James completed yet another hat-trick [22’ & 45’] to vanquish any doubt he will end the season as the Essex Senior League top goal-scorer. Kye Jude did get one back two minutes before James’ third of the afternoon on 43 minutes though Manor were up against it. Reece Conway made it five before Mohamed Kargbo got a second for the hosts midway through the second-half. Manor finish 17th, 14 points clear of the bottom two. Ryan Maxwell’s side end the campaign third, with the second best defence in the league.
The Motormen ended their season with a massive win at ‘Bury. The home side couldn’t handle the visiting forwards as Daniel Gilchrist struck five here to get to 16 league goals this season for Redbridge. Taylor Tombides also grabbed a hat-trick, with Marcus Carter and Connor Okus also on the score-sheet in a win that sent Micky Wetherall’s team to a 12th place finish. St Margs still finished seventh despite this result in what’s been a season of change at the Rec. They are one of a few clubs looking for new management (& direction perhaps) next season.
Takeley 3 – 2 Ilford | Station Road | Att: 62
Takeley edged to a late win over in-form Ilford at Station Road. The hosts took a two-goal lead into the break as Andre Humphreys struck on the half-hour, followed by Josh Sykes two minutes before the interval. The Foxes are a tough side though and two goals in 12 minutes saw them draw level. First, Andre Embalo netted on 58 minutes before Billy Golledge equalised with 20 minutes left. The drama didn’t end there as Nick Barrett struck a 92nd-minute penalty to end his side’s campaign with three wins in their last four and finish fourth, two points shy of Walden. Ilford finish tenth in what’s been a very solid campaign for them.
West Essex 1 – 1 Tower Hamlets | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 28
Finally, the Stags warmed up for their Errington Cup Final date with Stansted next Monday with a hard-earned draw with resilent Hamlets at Mayesbrook Park. Tyreece Morris put the visitors ahead though West continued their good run as Michael Mignot got the leveller. Only one loss in their last seven means West finish 13th, three points off the top half. Hamlets have also finished well, unbeaten in their last four as they finish 16th, above Manor by a point.
That’s all for this week, and this ESL season. Many thanks to the regular readers of this column.
Hullbridge: Blue &White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Stanway: Amber Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks
Hullbridge grab the win to secure their first ESL Title!!
Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with added photos by Neil Hunwicks [Twitter: @AbridgeTooFar16] & Hullbridge FC (@HullbridgeFC)
So this was it. The final day of the 2018-19 Essex Senior League campaign saw me return to Lower Road as part of a hefty crowd to see Hullbridge’s crunch match with Stanway Rovers, who have had an indifferent season. The equation was simple for Darren Manning’s team – win this match and Hullbridge’s first ESL title in nearly 30 years of being a member would be secure and with it, promotion to Bostik League North.
The anticipation for this one has risen in the last couple of weeks and the hosts fielded George Marsh between the sticks with George Whitby joining near ever-present Jamal Allen in central defence. The front three were Adebola Sotoyinbo, Joe Wright and Yemi Adelani with the likes of Nathan Scarborough and Luke Hornsley on an attack-minded substitutes’ bench. Stanway’s backline was comprised of full-backs Finn O’Reilly and skipper Tyler Kemp with Milo Grimes and Columbus Iyayi as centre-backs. Their forward line was led by target-man Mike Turner and the lively Amar Lewis.
To be fair to Rovers, they started the match well as they had an early sighter of goal though home custodian George Marsh was thankful to see sail wide. Forward Amar Lewis also presented a threat for Stanway, cutting inside from the left flank, reminding ‘Bridge that they needed to ‘stay on the front foot’ here. For the hosts, playmaker Matt Baxter certainly looked to set his team’s attacks going from deep, and on the quarter-hour, his ball fed full-back Courtney Homans whose telling cross was cut out well by Stanway skipper Tyler Kemp. Rovers ‘stopper Daniel Beeson was called into action moments later as after midfield engine Emmanuel Okunja scuffed his strike, forward Yemi Adelani struck the re-bound but to no avail.
The hosts were gradually asserting themselves on-the-ball though Rovers made it difficult for them to pierce through their defence. Forward Joe Wright was giving Rovers a bit of a headache with his pace and trickery, peeling off the left though efforts from him and Baxter couldn’t bypass Beeson. With half-time approaching and the nerves steadily rising along with it, tricky forward Adebola Sotoyinbo made a surging run down the middle though his effort on goal lacked power as Beeson denied him and following-up, Adelani somehow struck over though his blushes were spared by the assistant’s raised flag. The lack of a final ball was affecting Hullbridge though after Rovers had scrambled the ball clear from not one but two goal-mouth scrambles, Okunja’s neat flick on the edge of the area found Adelani though he fizzed the ball wide of the far post.
Half-Time: Hullbridge 0 – 0 Stanway
As the second-half got underway, the home crowd thought they had cause to celebrate though centre-back George Whitby’s lashed strike was chalked off for off-side barely a minute after the re-start. Rovers were still in this contest as forward Mike Turner twice struck wide and only an important goal-line clearance by captain Matt Rose denied Stanway a goal that really would have added pressure on their hosts. Soon after that, news filtered though that rivals Stansted had fallen behind at Leyton Athletic so that added to the home crowd’s excitement. The Rovers side were starting to tire, though full-back Finn O’Reilly made a couple of lung-busting runs down the right channel, the second of which was well-marshalled by Sports centre-back Jamal Allen.
The deadlock was finally broken with 20 minutes remaining, much to the relief of the home fans. Sotoyinbo broke through the Rovers backline and coolly slotted low into the corner past Beeson whilst one-on-one, much to his side’s obvious delight. Beeson did well to deny Homans minutes later though he could do nothing about the hosts’ second goal. Substitute Luke Hornsley strike from a narrow angle was kept out by Beeson though on the edge of the box, Sotoyinbo’s crisp strike flew into the net to cue rapturous celebrations, both in the stands and on the field.
Stanway did half the arrears in added-time as from Scott Kemp’s good centre from the right, slack marking allowed substitute Jordan Blackman to nip in and slot home from close range. But in the grander scheme of things, with mere moments left before full-time, it was too little, too late.
Full-Time: Hullbridge 2 – 1 Stanway
Hullbridge WIN Essex Senior League Title & promotion to Bostik North.
As far as the match goes, it probably wasn’t Hullbridge’s stand-out performance this season, though these types of matches are seldom easy. It was a team showing today, though the front three of Sotoyinbo, Wright and Adelani all did well, even if the latter could have had two goals himself on other day. Centre-back Jamal Allen and playmaker Matt Baxter also had strong games, along with the influence of substitute Hornsley. For Stanway, their back four stood up well at times, with centre-back Columbus Iyayi making a number of important interceptions. Winger Scott Kemp and Amar Lewis also stood out in my view today.
Players recieving their momentos from Messrs Errington & Prentice [Image: Scott W[
Players getting their momentos (2) [Image: Scott W]
So, the match was done and the celebrations could begin, first with the trophy presentation. Both of which you could say the players, management and off-field team really savoured. To be fair, why wouldn’t you? It’s been a hard season, which shows the depth and quality of the league at times, four teams got more than 75 points so that says a bit.
Assistant James Wakeling & players celebrate [Image: Neil H]
Hullbridge Chairman Trevor Lammas & boss Darren Manning with the Trophy [Image: Neil H]
Goalkeeper George Marsh & forward Nathan Scarborough with the ESL Trophy [Image: Scott W]
To close this report, I am happy to see Hullbridge progress into a new chapter into their history and you have to recall the turnaround that’s happened after the tough season last time out. Manager Darren Manning has driven this club to those said new heights in his first full season in management so he & his management team deserve plaudits for that.
In a way, it is sad that they leave the ESL as they are a credit to themselves, the league and Non-League football in general. I sincerely wish them well next season, and it’s been good to partly cover their journey over the last three years in the ESL & beyond.
Squad celebrate with ‘Bridge photographer Neil H [Image: Scott W]
Who’s won the trophy? Squad smile in celebration [Image: Scott W]
Hullbridge Sports | Manager: Darren Manning
George Marsh (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose (Capt), Jamal Allen, George Whitby, Dan Okah, Emmanuel Okunja (Dan Okah 56’), Matt Baxter (Joe Skeels 86’), Adebola Sotoyinbo, Joe Wright (Nathan Scarborough 65’), Yemi Adelani (Luke Hornsley 57’)
Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [70’ & 87’]
Booked: Whitby | Subs Not Used: Morrisey (GK), Monsheju
Stanway Rovers | Manager: Danny Slatter
Daniel Beeson (GK), Finn O’Reilly, Tyler Kemp (Capt), Milo Grimes, Columbus Iyayi, Jett Hogan, Scott Kemp, Ruben Kennedy, Jack Puzey (Jordan Blackman 85’), Mike Turner (Niah Beecher 71’), Amar Lewis (Frank Tiffney 85’)
Hello and a warm welcome to the final preview piece this season, looking at the ten ties that take place on the last day of the Essex Senior League campaign. There are still a few issues to be ironed out, chiefly this – who will be crowned Champions?
Thank you to all the regular readers of this column this season. Enjoy.
Sat 27 April
Barkingside v Hoddesdon Town | Cricklefield
‘Side entertain Hoddesdon at Cricklefield, just two weeks after their reserve side sent the Lilywhites out of the Peter Butcher Trophy. Alex Goldstone’s side have averted finishing bottom of the league after three wins in their last seven matches though lost out last time out at West Essex ten days ago. Hoddy were held by Tower Hamlets last weekend in the only ESL match then. This may be a ‘dead rubber’ though both sides will want to end the campaign well, I’ll go for a narrow home win.
Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1
Clapton v Sporting Bengal Utd | Old Spotted Dog |
Sporting Bengal travel to the Old Spotted Dog to face Clapton in what is Jonny Fowell’s final match in charge of the Tons. They won late at Takeley ten days ago to give them only their second win in their last seven matches. Sporting return to league action here after a break, with their last league outing being a loss at Southend Manor three weeks ago. A top-eight finish is assured for them already though they could go 7th with a win. I feel the hosts will want to give their manager a good send-off though and therefore am going for a home win.
Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1
Hullbridge Sports v Stanway Rovers | Lower Road |
For Hullbridge… this is it. They entertain Stanway at Lower Road knowing that only a win would absolutely guarantee their first ESL championship and elevation to Bostik League Division North. Only one loss in their last eight shows they are up there form-wise though this may be a different type of ‘pressure’ they face here. Rovers are on the face of it limping their way toward the end of the campaign in terms of results with four losses in their last seven though did confirm Danny Slatter at their permanent boss last week.
You know what they say about ‘Football isn’t played on paper’ and the understandable nerves will persist right until kick-off you suspect for the hosts. Stanway did hold West Essex last weekend at home and do have some talent in their side though if I’m being candid, I’d be pretty surprised if ‘Bridge did not ‘finish the job’ here and crown off a stellar season.
I’ll be at this game and it could well be an emotional one.
Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1
Leyton Athletic v Stansted |Wadham Lodge Stadium |
Stansted travel to Wadham Lodge to face bottom side Leyton Athletic. The Airportmen know they have to win to have any chance of usurping Hullbridge and taking the title. Leyton have lost their last five league matches so it would seem they are good opposition to face here. Stansted will be buoyed by their GBT success though and five wins in their last seven league games shows their consistent streak, which they have maintained all season.
This could go one or two ways, if Messrs Pittuck & Benterman’s team start strongly then it could be a goal-fest though they could also be frustrated by their hosts. That said, you have to go away win.
Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3
Saffron Walden Town v Woodford Town | Catons Lane
Walden’s first season back in the Essex Senior concludes with this interesting battle with another attack-minded side in Woodford at Catons Lane. Five wins in their last seven for Jason Maher’s team gives them a shot at a top-three finish, if other results go in their favour. They held off a late comeback by Manor two weeks ago to win then and have amassed 105 league goals this season, comfortably the highest-scorers in the division. Woodford are the third-highest scorers themselves so this could be an entertaining affair. Have to go with a home win here though.
Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2
Sawbridgeworth Town v Enfield | Crofters |
Sawbridgeworth end their campaign with this home match with Enfield at Crofters. John Watters’ side have had a very tough campaign are winless in their last 12 matches. They got a creditable draw at St Margaretsbury two weeks ago in their last match. Incredibly, eight of their ten wins this season have come at home though and need to win to try to avoid finishing in the bottom three. Enfield defeated Clapton in their last match two weeks ago. Matt Hanning’s team have won two of their last three matches and could still finish as high as 11th with a win here, subject to other results going their way. Going to plump for a narrow away win.
Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2
Southend Manor v Walthamstow | Southchurch Park |
Manor entertain Walthamstow in their final match. Adam Peek’s side are on an upturn with five wins in their last seven though narrowly lost out at Saffron Walden two weeks ago. They will look to leap out of the bottom five with a win though ‘Stow are also in super nick with nine wins in their last ten matches and they know a win would cement a hard-earned third-place finish. ‘Stow deafeat St Margaretsbury in their last match three weeks ago though would still reckon they will ‘do the job here’.
Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3
St Margaretsbury v Redbridge | The Rec |
‘Bury welcome Redbridge to the Rec after a spirited display in their loss to Stansted in the Gordon Brasted Trophy Final on Easter Monday. A win here would secure seventh place in what has still been a good campaign for them. The Motormen have struggled to claim wins recently having also been somewhat depleted and lost out at home to Stansted last time out. Will the hosts’ young side be able to snuff out the guile of finishers like Dan Gilchrist? That’s what interests me. Gut instinct says narrow away win.
Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2
Takeley v Ilford | Station Road |
Takeley see out their campaign at home to the Foxes at Station Road.Marc Das’ side lost out late on to Clapton ten days back though are still strong with ‘home comforts’ Their overall form has been mixed of late and their opponents here are stronger away from Cricklefield as well. Martin Haywood’s side have won four of their last six and know that another three points will secure a top-ten finish. Getting past the miserly Takeley defence is seldom an easy task though and I feel compelled to head for a home win.
Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1
West Essex v Tower Hamlets | Mayesbrook Park |
The Stags play their last league match at Mayesbrook before it joins the ‘3G revolution’ next term as they face Tower Hamlets. West defeated Barkingside last time out and a win here could see them sneak inside the top ten. They may have the Errington Cup Final on their minds but they will seek to continue a good run of only one loss in their last six matches. Hamlets held Hoddesdon last week and are also in good touch with two losses in their last six outings. Draw for me.
Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1
That’s all from the Preview pieces this term. Look out for the Round-up on Sunday/Monday. Cheers for reading.
Stansted: Royal Blue Shirt, Royal Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
St Margaretsbury: Red & Black Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red & Black Socks
Stansted club badge
St Margaretsbury club logo
Stansted emerge with the Gordon Brasted Trophy after a hard-fought win over ‘Bury
Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a glorious day weather-wise at Burnham Ramblers’ Leslie Field, this year’s Gordon Brasted Trophy Final pitted high-flyers Stansted against mid-table St Margaretsbury in the first season in the Essex Senior League. There was a sub-plot for both sides as the Airportmen still have a chance of promotion on the last day of the season while ‘Bury have had a mass squad turnover to contend with and thus looked rather more inexperienced compared to the squad that got them to this Final. Stansted named this season;s leading Clean Sheet holder Charlie Turner in goal, with left-back Billy Coyne as skipper and a front four of Callum Ibe, Jack West, Jordan Palmer and Jack Mitchell. Carl Mullings and midfielder Moses Carvalho were among the substitutes.
St Margs are under the caretaker management of Tony Wild and their full-backs were Tom Hayden and Taylor Wild with Daniel Palmer and Chris Cordana-Soanes at the centre of defence, Mason Todd led the line with skipper Tom Cowell in support along with Enzo Periera and Evvan Brown on the flanks. Kane Garwood and Jayden Mitchell-Brown were among their bench.
The match was delayed by 15 minutes due to a bad accident en route to Burnham but in the opening minutes of the contest it was the Airportmen who had the first sighter of goal with anchor midfielder Paul Clayton knocking a lobbed effort wide of the far post. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side broke the deadlock on six minutes as full-back Billy Coyne’s corner curled dangerously into the area, evading everyone in a congested penalty box before nestling into the far corner. St Margaretsbury’s first sight of goal came from skipper Tom Cowell’s 35 yard pot-shot which sailed harmlessly wide.
Stansted winger Callum Ibe was again a good outlet for his team, stretching the ‘Bury defence with his pace and trickery. Right on the quarter-hour mark, attacking midfielder Ollie Bell’s pass found Ibe who lobbed over opposition goalkeeper Cameron Bailey and the woodwork, though he was straining to meet the ball. Tony Wild’s team didn’t have much in the way of forays forward though midfielder Glenn Nightingale’s drive kept Stansted stopper Charlie Turner alert. The ‘Bury defence were finding it hard to handle the Airportmen’s combined physicality and pace and thus conceded more chances through a few errors.
Seven minutes before the interval, Coyne send a lofted ball into the danger area, and forward Jack West headed against the crossbar from close range, though the assistant’s flag spared him any grief for not finding the target. With the break approaching, the ‘Blue Brazil’ had a goal chalked off for off-side as another telling Coyne set-piece was parried by Bailey though Clayton was first in to stroke the ball in. So, with only one goal seperating the sides, St Margs had a sniff at goal a minute before half-time as tricky winger Enzo Periera’s free-kick angled in to the six-yard line where Turner gathered under pressure.
Half-Time: Stansted 1 – 0 St Margaretsbury
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Airportmen started the second period with renewed vigour. Winger Jack Mitchell and forward Jack West had efforts which couldn’t find the target, before a Coyne cross from the left was punched away well by Bailey, who had found crosses awkward at times earlier on. Ibe continued to pose problems down the right as he and forward West had efforts denied by Bailey, the former of those two a good effort by Ibe from the edge of the penallty area. St Margs right-back Tom Hayden made a few crucial interceptions, denying Ibe another shot at goal just shy of the hour before Mitchell skewed a drive wide.
As we made our way into the last twenty minutes, ‘Bury substitute Kane Garwood turned well on the edge of the box before drawing a save out of Stansted ‘keeper Turner. The Airportmen were straining to put the match to bed, though forward Jordan Palmer struck straight at Bailey when well-placed to at least test the St Margaretsbury custodian. After arguably their best period of play going forward in the match, in which we saw shades of how St Margs ping the ball around, led by the energetic Periera and Nightingale in central midfield, Stansted squandered more oppurtunities as first, good build-up play by substitutes Moses Carvalho and Carl Mullings ended up with the latter’s ball in which Ibe headed down though Bailey saved again, this time with his feet.
After Cowell had miraculously cleared a stray header from a team-mate off the goal-line, Ibe showed his talents again dribbling his way past two defenders before scuffing a shot wide with only Bailey to bypass. In added time with the nerves rising, Carvalho sent a decent free-kick just over for Stansted while moments later a set-piece from deep by Nightingale found substitute Jayden Mitchell-Brown who could only head over the woodwork.
And with that chance, referee Paul Stratton blew up for time with the boys in blue celebrating a hard-earned victory.
Full-time: Stansted 1 – 0 St Margaretsbury
So, the statistics will read that Stansted are the victors and they had more than enough chances to seal a much more comprehensive success here. Credit though has to go to this youthful ‘Bury side who kept things as tight as they could and showed some enterprise going forward as well at times, although their final ball wasn’t quite there to create a number of stonewall chances that they needed. Nonetheless, both sides will be proud of their efforts in a match which perhaps promised more than it actually delivered.
In a really commendable gesture post-match but prior to the Trophy presentation, the Stansted players & managers donned a shirt in memory of co-manager Paul Pittuck’s father Keith who sadly died ten years ago today. Some synergy there on what will undoubtedly be an emotional day for a manager that has more than played his part in Stansted’s revival this term. You have to feel happy for Stansted’s hard-working committee as well who will savour this triumph. They will have a shot at a cup double in the Errington Cup Final against West Essex at Bishop’s Stortford FC on Monday May 6th.
Stansted | Co-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman
Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne (Capt), Sam West, Joe Clark (Carl Mullings 70′), Paul Clayton, Callum Ibe, Ollie Bell (Moses Carvalho 73′), Jack West, Jordan Palmer, Jack Mitchell (James Turvey 85′)
Goal-scorer: Billy Coyne [6′]
Booked: Clark | Subs Not Used: Tyrell, Buffin
St Margaretsbury | Caretaker Manager: Tony Wild
Cameron Bailey (GK), Tom Hayden (Archie Roberts 84′), Taylor Wild, Reece Vicary (Jayden Mitchell-Brown 74′), Daniel Palmer, Chris Cordana-Soanes, Enzo Periera, Glenn Nightingale, Mason Todd, Tom Cowell (Capt), Evvan Brown (Kane Garwood 63′)
Booked: Hayden | Subs Not Used: Shaves, Read
Referee: Paul Stratton
Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges & Callum Dorling
Fourth Official: Steve Marr
Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up. With the season rapidly concluding, the last of these pieces for this season will be in two weeks’ time. This day was still quite big for two clubs at the bottom of the table.
Sat 13 April
Enfield 4 – 2 Clapton | Harlow Arena | Att: 67
The E’s came from behind to overcome the Tons at the Harlow Arena. In-form Giovanni Palmer put the visitors ahead on 18 minutes. Either side of the break, young Leyton Orient loanee Ernold Haxhiu struck, first levelling on 32 minutes before putting his side in front with 63 minutes on the watch. Luke Thomas netted nine minutes later to increase the home side’s lead before Palmer added to his growing reputation as a marksman by making it 3 – 2 wiith 12 minutes left. Joe Pattison made the points safe for Matt Hanning’s side two minutes from time, who now rise to 11th.
Hullbridge soured to a very decent win over Ilford at Cricklefield. Midfield dynamo Emmanuel Okunka opened the scoring only three minutes in. The Foxes were a man down after Steve Sylvester accrued two bookings and they were made to pay as first, Nathan Scarborough struck six minutes into the second-half before in added-time, Luke Hornsley grabbed a third for his side. Darren manning’s side know they have to win at home to Stanway on the final day to secure a much-desired ESL title and play in Botik league Division North for the first time next term.
Takeley secured a good three points at Wadham Lodge, which also ensured Ath will finish bottom of the Essex Senior League this term. Nick Barrett [19′] got the opener for Marc Das’ side, before Bryn Thorpe got his fifth goal in two matches ten minutes before half-time. Barrett got his second of the game three minutes before the break which rounded out the scoring here. Ath’s inability to win games has seriously impinged their quest to remain in Step 5, with only three wins all campaign. It looks very likely they will be relegated to the Eastern Senior League South next term, with the question now being is any other side going to join them, which will ultimately be decided by the FA.
Redbridge 0 – 4 Stansted | Oakside | Att: 70
Stansted showed their desire and superior finishing to win well at a decent Redbridge side. Goals from Jack Mitchell [9′], Jack West [41′ & 90’+1] and Paul Clayton [83′] saw off their hosts, who had to play the last half-hour with ten men following Daniel Smith’s dismissal. The Airportmen must win at Leyton to have any chance of winning the title in two weeks’ time. I attended this match and my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/match-report-redbridge-0-4-stansted-sat-13-apr-esl/
Saffron Walden Town 3 – 2 Southend Manor | Catons Lane | Att: 203
Walden rode out a late comeback from Manor to grab all three points. Walden struck on 11 eleven minutes through full-back Spike Bell. Seven minutes after the break, Bell got his second of the afternoon before Matt Frew made it three on 59 minutes. Manor did fight back well in the latter stages as arguably their stand-out player this term Mo Kargbo netted a late brace [85′ & 89′] to make it a nervy end for Jason Maher’s team. Walden stay fourth and will finish third if they better Walthamstow’s result on the last day which would still constitute a good campaign. Manor’s first loss in five games means they stay fifth-bottom.
St Margaretsbury 0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town | The Rec | Att: 44
These two out-of-form sides scrapped to a stalemate at the Rec. St Margs did end a four-match losing streak here though are could still be regarded as ‘under-dogs’ for the upcoming Gordon Brasted Final on Easter Monday. Sawbridgeworth ended a five-match losing run here with this point though they remain in the bottom three.
These two bottom-half sides battled in a goal-less stalemate in what the visitors described as a ‘end-of-seaon affair’ at the Hawthorns. Stanway are somewhat limping their way towards the end of their campaign with only two wins in their last 11 games while West are finishing in a decent run with four wins in their last nine matches though it is likely the Stags will finish just outside the top-ten.
Peter Butcher Trophy: Semi-Final
Hoddesdon Town 1 – 2 Barkingside Res | Lowfield | Att: 127
Barkingside Reserves continued their fine campaign as they defeated another Essex Senior League side to reach the PBT final. Reserve Division top-scorer Carl Patten broke the deadlock on 56 minutes though that lead only lasted seven minutes before Lilywhites winger Connor Bolton levelled. Late drama followed though as Darren Seymour got the winner for the visitors wth six minutes left.
Stansted comfortably see off mis-firing Redbridge to extend Title Race
Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The penultimate weekend of regular action in the Essex Senior League this season took me to Oakside for this interesting battle which saw Redbridge entertain Stansted, who really needed a win here to keep the title race going into that final day’s action. The Motormen have suffered with injuries & unavailability of late and named Harvey Wright, on loan from AFC Hornchurch in goal, with Paul Preston and Daniel Gilchrist on the flanks with Daniel McCullock and Walid Chaib up front. Among the substitutes was the returning Calvin Poku and Joe Maskell.
Players before KO
Stansted have had a setttled squad for some time and retained Charlie Turner between the sticks, a defence of Jamie Bennett, skipper Billy Coyne and centre-backs Sam West & Jack West. Wingers Callum Ibe and Jack Mitchell were supporting forwards James Peagram and Jordan Palmer, with Carl Mullings & Ollie Bell among those on the bench.
The match got underway with both sides looking to get the breakthrough early. Former Stansted winger Paul Preston got in on goal in the first minute though blazed over the woodwork. Minutes afterward, ‘Blue Brazil’ winger Jack MItchell sent a good ball in from the right, though the home backline intercepted with forward James Peagram lurking to fire home from close range. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock as after 11 minutes, Peagram played in Mitchell who expertly lobbed Wright to send the ball nestling into the net.
The visitors were finding space in between the Redbridge defence and midfield and spurned a few more chances as from Billy Coyne’s free-kick, Peagram nodded wide before just past the half-hour, a fizzing cross into the area by midfielder Charlie Barlow was connected with well by Peagram though stopper Harvey Wright did well to parry away from danger. At the other end, a rare fumble by Stansted custodian Charlie Turner led to Preston picking the ball up though with only Turner to beat, he skewed his shot wide of goal.
Redbridge were showing promise in their passing without really creating the chances they needed, with support forward Walid Chaib showing good trickery and energy in trying to orchestrate attacks along with deep-lying playmaker Liam Burgess pinging balls forward. The Airportmen finished the half strongly as Mitchell made a surging run down the right flank before sending in a telling cross with Peagram’s good header well-denied by Wright. Four minutes before half-time, the visitors’ lead was doubled as a winger Callum Ibe’s cross was headed home by centre-back Jack West. In fairness, it was a lead the visitors deserved and showed the gulf in terms of finishing as well.
Half-time: Redbridge 0 – 2 Stansted
After the break, the tempo of the match fizzled out a little in the early stages. Mitchell again showed his energetic nature with home full-back Billy Willis doing well to deny him a chance from a narrow angle. Midway through the half, Willis did well to smash an effort against the woodwork from just outside the box which substitute Calvin Poku had to react quickly to though could only head wide. Fellow forward Daniel Gilchrist was limited to half-chances from mid-range really as he and Preston were both growing frustrated.
The hosts had a further setback as just before the hour, centre-back Daniel Smith was dismissed for two bookings, the second of which for denying Ibe a run at goal and this did affect the hosts, particularly going forward.
Stansted, buoyed on by their travelling ‘Blue Army’ which added a welcome atmosphere to proceedings, could’ve put the match beyond doubt though after Ibe had nicked the ball off midfielder Charleston Browne, he struck wide before anchor midfielder Paul Clayton was twice denied by Wright, who enhanced his standing with a good display here. It was promotion-chasing Stansted who sealed a good win with two late goals. On 83 minutes, Clayton slotted home well before in added-time, Jack West got his second of the afternoon with a tap-in following a super curling cross in to the back-post.
Full-Time: Redbridge 0 – 4 Stansted
In summary, The Airportmen will be happy to have won this game quite conclusively. But for some alert and classy goalkeeping by loanee Harvey Wright for the hosts, the margin could have been more. Redbridge did well going forward though looked somewhat sluggish defensively at times, with Walid Chaib doing well in the #10 role with his dribbling, quick-thinking and pace. Wright also impressed, as did tricky winger Paul Preston, against his old club. For Stansted, Jack Mitchell was a constant threat on the right flank, with Callum Ibe predictably having another strong match, as did energetic centre-back Jack West and experienced forward James Peagram, who can count himself unfortunate that he didn’t get on the score-sheet here.
Finally, my thanks to Redbridge for their kind hospitality, Adam Silver for assistance with team-sheets and to ESL President Rob Errington.
Redbridge | Manager: Micky Wetherall
Harvey Wright (GK), Billy Willis, Jon Watson, Daniel Smith, Dean Hall, Liam Burgess (Capt), Charleston Browne (Quincy Egbejale 83′), Paul Preston, Daniel McCullock (Calvin Poku 57′), Walid Chaib (Joe Maskell 67′), Daniel Gilchrist
Sent Off: Smith (Two Bookings) | Subs Not Used: Adesanya
Stansted | Joint-Manager: Paul Pittuck & Marc Brenterman
Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne, Sam West, Jack West, Paul Clayton, Callum Ibe, Charlie Barlow, James Peagram (Carl Mullings 74′), Jordan Palmer (Ollie Bell 63′), Jack Mitchell (James Turvey 76′)
Goal-scorers: Jack MItchell [11′], Jack West [41′ & 90’+1], Paul Clayton [83′]
Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Norris, Brown
Referee: Eugene Robinson
Assistant Referees: Eddie Andrews & Cameron Scorer