Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 7 December) [ESL 19/20 7.12.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to this week’s Essex Senior round-up, taking in the action from Saturday 7 December. Thanks for reading.

Cockfosters  0 – 2  Saffron Walden Town  | Chalk Lane | Att: 60

Walden racked up another three points thanks to this win at Cockfosters. Ryan Fleming opened the scoring after just five minutes for Jason Maher’s team, before Nathan Scarborough gave the Bloods a cushion with their second on 31 minutes. Four wins in their last five matches sees Walden in third spot, just two points off leaders Hashtag Utd. ‘Fosters suffered their third loss in their last four and fall to seventh place.


Hashtag Utd  3 – 0  Woodford Town   | Chadfields  | Att: 129

Hashtag continued their superb recent form with a comfortable win over Woodford at Chadfields. Jamie Hursit put the hosts ahead on 23 minutes, before Ross Gleed converted a second penalty of the match for the hosts with 56 minutes on the watch. Harry Honesty nabbed a late third to give Jay Devereux’s side their fourth consecutive win and stay a point clear at the summit. The vocal presence of their fans could not inspire the Towners on this occasion as they remain in 10th.


Hoddesdon Town  P – P  Hadley | Postponed due to a Waterlogged pitch


Sawbridgeworth Town  A – A Redbridge  (HT: 0 – 0)  | Crofters

Unfortunately this match did not get past half-time as the floodlights did not enter the fray because of a club issue, causing the abandonment.

Southend Manor  2 – 3  Stansted   | Southchurch Park | Att: 37

Stansted battled to a last-minute win despite being reduced to ten men. Manor started the match strongly and broke the deadlock after just five minutes through Louie Hunt. Stansted’s hopes of recovered were blighted by Joe Clark’s dismissal though did get back into the contest with twenty minutes remaining through in-form forward Daniel Cheema. Jack Mitchell put the Airportmen ahead just five minutes afterwards but Reece Latimer levelled things up again with six minutes to play. The ‘sting in the tail’ came in added-time as club stalwart Paul Clayton grabbed all three points for his side and in doing so made it seven straight league wins, which in turn leaps them up to sixth, still seven points adrift of Hadley in 5th. Manor put in a much stronger performance though they haven’t won in five now and remain third-bottom.


Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 1  Clapton   | Mile End | Att: 40

Bengal were held by Clapton in this lower-half battle at Mile End. Zakariya Muhammed netted for the Tons with new skipper Rokib Choudhury getting the goal for the home side. Former Everton, Portsmouth & Middlesbrough striker Yakubu was in attendance though a point does little for either side as Bengal remain unbeaten in three matches in 13th while Clapton remain second-bottom.


West Essex  2 – 4  Walthamstow   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 42

In a dramatic match, Walthamstow overpowered the Stags at Mayesbrook Park. Three goals in the first 15 minutes set the tone as Dwade James converted from twelve yards just a minute into the match, with Callum Ibe making it two on nine minutes. James then enhanced his growing goal-tally five minutes later to make it three-nil to the visitors. West came back into the contest in the latter stages, with an OG pulling one back with eleven minutes of normal time to go. Unfortunately, a temporary floodlight failure extended the match somewhat, with substitute Lewis Francis netting for ‘Stow seven minutes into added-time before Callum Bloss’ free-kick five minutes later rounded out the scoring. Stow’s fifth win in their last seven means they remain the nearest challengers to Hashtag at the top, while West’s barren run continues as they stay in 12th.

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1 Cockfosters (Mon 2nd Dec) [ESL 19/20 3.12.19]

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Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 43

Monday 2nd December 2019 – 7.50pm KO

T Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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



Clarke stunner edges Cockfosters to win at Mile End

Tower Hamlets  0 – 1  Cockfosters

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

A rare Monday night Essex Senior match took me to Mile End to see the new-look Tower Hamlets side face Cockfosters. Hamlets named a front two of Ezra Ndukuba with Anthony Folkes in support, with Yoan Edoukou and Josh Rusoke on the flanks. Cockfosters had first-choice Brad Robinson in goal, Matt Thomson alongside Billy Murray in midfield and a front two of in-form Billy Healey and Ned Clarke.

The hosts had won two of the last five before this one, while ‘Fosters had lost out in their last two matches. On what was a frightfully cold evening in East London, there were early sighters on goal in this one. First, Hamlets midfielder Ambrosio Preira’s drive smashed against a post after four minutes. Almost immediately, Ryan Wade’s side responded at the other end though winger Rueben Campbell’s drive was well over the woodwork. Moments later, a decent run down the centre by visiting forward Ceykan Karagozlu bypassed the first defender before Hamlets centre-back Alan Zuqolli tracked back and cleared well into the stands and the proverbial ‘Row Z’. Forward Billy Healey also whistled a drive past Ade Oyenuga’s goal soon after as Cockfosters gradually built momentum.

That being said, Hamlets were still dangerous on the counter with good balls in from the flanks being exemplified by full-back Tony Musoke’s cross from the left flank, which brought visiting stopper Robinson into action to punch away from danger. Midway into the half, Oyenuga did well to block another Healey drive from close range though Karagozlu really could have scored on the follow-up, only for it to be cleared off the goal-line.

The visitors did concede the odd needless free-kick just outside 18-yard area and from one of these on 26 minutes, forward Anthomy Folkes fizzed a well-directed effort just over the goal frame. Nine minutes later, the threatening Karagozlu sent in two or three teasing balls into the six-yard area though a teammate could not a decisive touch on them. Karagozlu also had a good effort saved by Oyenuga after evading the home defence though the telling moment came in added-time before the break.

Forward Ned Clarke, who has had a good start to life at Cockfosters, received the ball 30 yards out in a bit of space before hammering home an unstoppable drive with a tad or curl to pass Oyenuga and high into the net. It was undoubtedly one of the goals of the campaign that I’ve seen. And with that, referee Andy Simmonds soon blew for half-time.


Half-Time:  Tower Hamlets  0 – 1 Cockfosters

You have to respect what this Hamlets team have done since the summer, given that most have come up from the Reserve side playing in the Essex Alliance League last term. They came out after the break with renewed purpose, and Ndukuba did well to evade his marker before firing harmlessly over the crossbar four minutes into the half.

Cockfosters knew they were in for a battle here as Hamlets maintained the momentum in the next phase of the game, with Zuqolli heading a corner towards goal though Robinson could gather just in front of his own goal frame.

Home winger Josh Rusoke also tested Robinson moments afterward as his drive looked to get a small deflection off the defender though Robinson held firm to deny him. ‘Fosters had a goal chalked off for a foul with twenty minutes remaining, though they held firm as Hamlets couldn’t sustain the possession pressure to continue their attacking intent. A twenty-yard drive by skipper Ali Omar was gathered by Robinson in the dying minutes. Finally, on the stroke of the ninety, Cockfosters substitute George Beattie’s fierce strike brushed a post though they deserved the win although it may have been grittier than they would have ideally wanted.


Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1 Cockfosters

In summary, a tough evening’s work for Cockfosters though ultimately they did enough to claim the points, thanks to that Clarke’s stunning strike. Clarke had another decent game, as did strike partner Billy Healey and winger Rueben Campbell. For Hamlets, forward Ezra Ndukuba was skilful, quick and a danger to the opposition defence while Anthony Folkes provided good support and Yoan Edoukou also did well. Best wishes to both sides going forward this term and also thank you to Hamlets for their welcome.


Teams (with shirt numbers)

Tower Hamlets   |  Manager: John Jatto

99 Ade Oyenuga (GK), 2 Jesse Boalenga, 3 Anthony Musoke, 4 Ali Omar (Capt), 5 Allan Zuqolli, 6 Ambrosio Preira (16 Adam Kerroche 43’), 7 Yoan Edoukou, 8 Ben Brookes, 9 Ezra Ndukuba (12 Benas Vaivada 80’), 10 Anthony Folkes, 11 Josh Rusoke

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Anderson, Daniel


Cockfosters | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Luke Marshall, 3 Marcus Crowther, 4 Matt Thomson, 5 Danny Haigh (Capt), 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Rueben Campbell, 8 Billy Murray, 9 Billy Healey (12 George Beattie 81’), 10 Ned Clarke (14 Alex Michaelides 67’), 11 Ceykan Karagozlu (15 Kai Bowers 74’),

Goal-scorer: Ned Clarke  [45’ +2]

Booked: Thomson | Sub Not Used: Charles, Haag


Referee: Andy Simmonds

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 30 Nov) [ESL 19/20 1.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior round-up, here on my blog. This week we had eight matches, starting with one on Friday night. Thanks for reading.

Friday 29 November

Woodford Town  1 – 1  Ilford    | Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 87

Woodford were denied a confidence-boosting win late on by Ilford at the Harlow Arena on Friday night. Lauric Diakiesse put the hosts ahead though with the fog drifting down overhead, a late penalty from Ali Al-Nashi gave Jonny Fowell’s side the points against ten-man Towners, who had former Ilf player Morgan Seaman dismissed. Ross Weare’s side drop to tenth after four games without a win, while Ilford stay 14th.

Saturday 30 November

Enfield   0 – 0  Clapton   | Woodside   | Att: 57

The battle of these two strugglers ended up being an uninspiring draw at Woodside. The E’s were unable to break down the Tons despite the visitors being down to ten men though looking on the positive side, it is a rare clean sheet for both teams. Enfield remain 16th and their winless run extends to seven matches. Clapton remain second-bottom and haven’t won in five matches themselves now.


Hadley  3 – 1  St Margaretsbury   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 74

Hadley continued their irrepressible form at Brickfield Lane as they defeated St Margaretsbury. Goals from Alfie Bartram, Manny Hammond and Shaz Anwar did the business here for Anthony Clark’s side as they grabbed their ninth consecutive success to push them up to third in the standings. St Margs got their goal thanks to Wisley Baltazar though it’s one win in their last five matches now as they fall to 11th.


Saffron Walden Town  3 – 2  Takeley | Catons Lane | Att: 248

This big tussle of two of the top four sides ended with Saffron Walden coming from behind to grab an important three points at Catons Lane in front of a bumper crowd. Charncey Dash gave Marc Das’ side the lead from 12 yards only two minutes in, though top marksman Charlie Cole levelled things up ten minutes before the interval. George Pullen put Jason Maher’s side ahead on 61 minutes before club stalwart Spike Bell got the crucial third eleven minutes later. Lewis Deamer responded swiftly for the visitors two minutes later though it was to be Walden’s day as they rise to 2nd with a five-match unbeaten streak. Takeley’s six-match unbeaten stretch may be over but they are right in contention now, just four points off leaders Hashtag.


Southend Manor  1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 38

In the other crunch battle at the bottom of the table, Manor were held by Sawbridgeworth. Jordan Chambers’ spot-kick two minutes into the second half gave Manor an advantage, though Jake Skeet’s rasping drive twelve minutes later ended up ensuring Sawbo left with a share of the spoils. I attended this match, my report is here:


Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town   |Mile End |  Att: 20

Hoddesdon denied Bengal another three points with a late leveller at Mile End. Curtley McIntosh struck again for the hosts after just two minutes as they started in the ascendency. However, Isaac Marfo-Jacobs stepped up again for Simon Riddle’s side with the equaliser ten minutes from time to make it only one loss in their last six matches for Hoddesdon. Imrul Gazi’s side stay 13th, seven points clear of the bottom two.


Walthamstow  0 – 1  Hashtag Utd  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 185

Leaders Hashtag overcame a stern test at Wadham Lodge as they defeated Walthamstow late on. After dealing with heavy pressure in a physical battle, Joshua Osude’s strike in injury-time gave Jay Devereux’s side a third straight win and keep their lead to two points over Saffron Walden. Stow’s second loss this term (both have come narrowly at home) means they fall to fourth though they are one of three teams on 35 points (Hadley and Takeley being the other sides).


West Essex  0 – 1  Redbridge   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 23

Finally in the Essex Senior this weekend, Redbridge emerged as narrow winners in another battle at Mayesbrook Park. Tom Harvey’s 77th-minute strike handed Micky Wetherall’s team their third league win on-the-bounce to lift themselves to ninth. West’s tough patch continues as their winless run extends to seven. They drop to 12th.


Also, in the FA Vase Third Round, Stowmarket Town ended Stansted’s hopes this season as Stow won 4 – 0 with Matt Blake, Josh Mayhew, Dean Bowditch and Luke Read all scored to overwhelm the Airportmen in front of over 400 fans, a record attendance at Greens Meadow.

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 30th Nov) [ESL 19/20 1.12.19]

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Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 38

2019 – 20 Season: Match 42

Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Sawbridgeworth: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Both teams before KO (Image: Scott W)

Crunch six-pointer for Manor & Sawbo ends honours-even at Southchurch

Southend Manor 1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @Wilkins_Media)

The last match of November 2019 saw me return to Southhchurch Park to see this crucial battle at the bottom of the Essex Senior as bottom side Sawbridgeworth Town travelled to third-bottom Southend Manor. It is that time of year for tricky pitches and that was the case here. Manor gave Josh Harrison the nod in goal, though the forward line was rather youthful as skipper Jordan Chambers was partnered by Harry Rogers, with Max Makaka and Brandon Williams the chief support on the flanks. Grant Frances, Connor Cobb and Cameron Harris were all on the bench. Sawbridgeworth named a fairly strong side, with Cabham Clarke between the posts along with new signings Cory Rider and Ethan Barton in central defence and midfield respectively. Lee Mackman’s side also had a front three of captain Harry Bushell, Mihai Botosan and Myles Passley, with Prince Alozie, Ryan Willsmer and Lion Docaj on their bench.

It was Manor who had the edge in the early stages of this contest, as mee minutes in a cross from the right flank by winger Max Makaka found skipper Jordan Chambers though he could only head over the woodwork. Chambers soon after had two great chances to break the deadlock with only visiting custodian Cabham Clarke to bypass. The first was those was after a spirited run, the forward could only loft his effort over the target, before being denied by Clarke on the goal-line following a neat pass in by strike partner Harry Rogers.

Harry Bushell gets past Ruben Kennedy (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Sawbo skipper Bushell gets past his marker (Image: Andy W)

Undeterred, Manor still had the better of the play into the middle of the half as the visitors rare half-chance saw forward Harry Bushell blast an effort wide. On 26 minutes, Chambers again got past the visiting backline though Clarke denied him again though incredibly Rogers could only skew the follow-up wide of the far post. Perhaps sensing that the pendulum was swinging back their way, Sawbo gained some impetus as nine minutes before the break, pacy forward Myles Passley snuck in past the home defence before his powerful effort crashed back off a post from a narrow angle. Five minutes later, a well-directed long-range effort by Sawbo forward Mihai Botosan bounced off the slippery turf causing ‘keeper Josh Harrison to not gather cleanly and Bushell was the first to react though fortunately for the hosts, he also skewed his drive off-target.

Rogers also struck a crisp shot wide for Manor just before the break though the tension was already rising in this match, and goal-less it was the interval.


Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth

The first part of the second half was somewhat different as a minute into it, another rapid run by Chambers in the area was thwarted by Sawbo defender Cory Rider, causing referee Michael Iddenden-Smith to point to the spot. After the first successful spot-kick was ruled out due to an encroachment, the revised penalty by Chambers found the corner to finally break the deadlock.

Chambers about to strike spot-kick (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Chambers strikes Manor’s penalty (Image: Andy W)

Six minutes later, Clarke gathered a Makaka free-kick after it had evaded a crowded penalty box though Sawbridgeworth levelled on the stroke of the hour with a pearler of a goal. Left-back Jake Skeet received the ball on the left-side and let fly with a superb curling strike which sailed past Harrison and into the far corner, much to his side’s obvious delight. The visitors looked to pushed on with their tails up, and soon after Harrison denied Passley’s shot, the home ‘keeper was in action again. Botosan’s neat threaded ball found Passley though Harrison pulled off a firm one-handed save with twenty minutes remaining.

The tension for both sides was arguably having an impact, and understandably so. Makaka sent another decent strike from 20 yards fizzing past Cabham’s right-side post before a sweet pass in by midfielder Ruben Kennedy found impressive winger Brandon Williams though he couldn’t find the target when well-placed. There was one more chance of note in added-time as Sawbo winger Aaron Donaldson’s drive from the edge of the area was gathered by Harrison. These sides had to settle for a point in a match that both could have won, although the hosts probably had the better chances.


Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth

In summary, although there were flashes of quality by both sides at times during the contest, it is also undeniable that the tension was palpable during the contest as both sides knew how important was to get something from it. In terms of stand-out performances, Manor midfielders Ruben Kennedy and Brandon Williams had a good impact on their side’s attacking intent, whereas on another day skipper Jordan Chambers could have had a hat-trick though he kept going for the majority of the match. Centre-back Reece Latimer also made a few timely interceptions in defence.

For Sawbo, forward Myles Passley was their biggest outlet down the channel and could’ve scored himself here, while ‘keeper Cabham Clarke made a few good saves to keep his side in the contest. Mentions also have to go to full-back Jake Skeet for his stunning leveller and skipper Harry Bushell who looked to drive his side’s forward play going as well. Best wishes to both sides for rest of the season, and it could be a tough one for both.


Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters

1 Josh Harrison (GK), 2 Josh Brocklebank, 3 Ben Richardson (15 Connor Cobb 90’), 4 Harry Markatis, 5 Kiah Froud, 6 Reece Latimer, 7 Max Makaka, 8 Ruben Kennedy, 9 Harry Rogers (14 Louie Hunt 74’), 10 Jordan Chambers (Capt), 11 Brandon Williams

Goal-scorer: Jordan Chambers [pen 47’]

Booked: Froud, Richardson | Subs Not Used: Harris, Frances, Salako


Sawbridgeworth | Manager: Lee Mackman

1 Cabham Clarlke (GK), 2 Michael Folkes, 3 Jake Skeet, 4 Frankie Oatham (15 Prince Alozie 83’), 16 Cory Rider, 6 Connor McQuillan, 7 Aaron Donaldson, 8 Ethan Barton, 9 Harry Bushell (Capt), 10 Mihai Botosan, 11 Myles Passley

Goal-scorers: Jake Skeet [59’]

Booked: Rider, Botosan, Oatham, Barton | Sub Not Used: Webster, Docaj, Willsmer


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 Nov) [ESL 19/20 24.11.19]

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

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Senior round-up on my blog. Two matches were blighted by the weather, though we still had plenty of goals in the seven remaining matches. Thanks for reading.

Matches Postponed: Cockfosters  P – P  Woodford Town  | (Waterlogged pitch)

Saffron Walden Town P – P Sporting Bengal Utd


Saturday 23 November

Hadley  3 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 72

The Bricks came out from this searing battle with exuberant Hamlets with the points though it was the East London side who made it a really tough game, with a late red card having an effect on their fortunes. The hosts had Sam Edwards and Emmanuel Hammond to thank for their first two goals, to which Suaibo Balde and Ezra Ndukuba both responded for the visitors. Edwards’ late spot-kick continued the good form for Anthony Clark’s team to keep them in the title hunt. Hamlets fall to 13th though they would have won a few more admirers of their play for this performance.


Hoddesdon Town  5 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield | Att: 83

The Lilywhites handed Sawbo another damaging defeat after the break at Lowfield. Blue Gallagher put Simon Riddle’s side ahead on 28 minutes and that lead stood until the break. Three goals In nine minutes ultimately set the sides apart as Jack Gibbs got the hosts’ second on the hour, before Jordan Halls made it 3 – 0 three minutes later. Gallagher got his second with 68 minutes on the watch and Connor Bolton [80’] added a late fifth to give Hoddesdon a first win in four league matches to see them up to seventh. Sawbo remain six points adrift of Clapton at the bottom.


Ilford  2 – 1  West Essex    | Cricklefield | Att: 41

The Foxes edged to a late victory over out-of-form West at Cricklefield. Jerold Cobblah put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes after good work from Tyson Talanya and Larry Akanbi down the right channel. Callum Bloss levelled things up nine minutes later and with the game petering towards a draw, Akanbi stepped up to net the winner with eight minutes remaining to end a three-match winless run for llf to lift them up one place to 15th.


Redbridge  6 – 0  Enfield   | Oakside | Att: 25

The Motormen thumped Enfield at Oakside. Tony Martin opened the hosts’ account just ten minutes in. After having new recruit Rob Hodgson dismissed on the half-hour, Enfield’s struggles only became more apparent as Tom Harvey made 2 – 0 to the hosts three minutes before the break. Micky Wetherall’s side really added to the visitors’ pain after the interval as Connor Okus put the game realistically beyond doubt on 53 minutes. Hassan Nalbant made it four goals in his first two games for the club with another double here [67’ & 74’] and Martin got his second on the stroke of full-time to make it a chastening day for the E’s, who drop to 16th. Redbridge’s two wins this week put them up to 12th.


St Margaretsbury   0 – 0  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground | Att: 40

St Mags put in another stubborn showing to hold Takeley at the Rec to a goalless stalemate. The hosts now have only lost two of their last eight games now and stay 9th. Takeley’s five-match winning run ended here though they still drop to third.


Stansted  3 – 0 Clapton   | Hargrave Park | Att: 41

The Airportmen were made to battle hard by the Tons before securing a win in the second-half in the match I attended at Hargrave Park. Connor Hammond, Daniel Cheema and an added-time goal by Jack West did the job but it only tells part of the story. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here:


Walthamstow  7 – 0  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge | Att: 50

‘Stow responded from a rare loss in midweek to Takeley with a superb showing to defeat Manor at Wadham Lodge. The bulk of the damage was done in the first half and started just two minutes in as Callum Ibe scored against his former club. Dwade James struck another treble [14’, 27’ & 28’] to really sour the visitors’ afternoon and Emiel Aiken added a fifth for the relentless hosts just after the half-hour. Aiken got his second on 71 minutes and substitute Lewis Francis added a late seventh to roar Ryan Maxwell’s side back into second spot and join Hadley as the joint-highest league goal-scorers so far this term. It’s five defeats in their last six for Manor who remain third-bottom.


Match Report: Stansted 3 – 0 Clapton (Sat 23rd Nov) [ESL 19/20 24.11.19]

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Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 41

2019 – 20 Season: Match 40

Saturday 23th November 2019 – 3pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Clapton: Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks





Stansted out-finish battling Clapton at Hargrave Park

Stansted  3 – 0  Clapton

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

This weekend’s Essex Senior match took me across the county to make a rare visit to Hargrave Park to see in-form Stansted take on Clapton. The hosts fielded loanee goalkeeper George Marsh between the posts, with a centre-back pairing of Sam West and Joe Clark and skipper Paul Clayton alongside new recruit Ashaan Siddik in midfield. Billy Coyne and Jack West were among their substitutes. Clapton have had more changes to their squad recently, though could name William Hunt in goal, a centre-back pairing of captain Cory Rider and Henry Mabassa with a front three of Jayden Antwi-Nyame, Zakariya Muhammed and ex-Barkingside forward Mario Gjini. The likes of Jordan Cornelius and Jayesh Gohil were options from the sidelines.

The match opened with both sides having promising moments. Stansted forward Daniel Cheema did well to advance down the right channel two minutes in, only to be blocked by a well-timed interception by Tons skipper Cory Rider. The first chance of note came on seven minutes as a Clapton free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area by midfielder Jayke Welch smashed off the crossbar. Even then, the hosts took their time to adapt to the unfriendly pitch as Cheema and skilful midfielder Ashaan Siddik gradually had more influence on the game. The hosts had arguably their best spell yet midway through the half as after Siddik had prodded wide, rapid winger Connor Hammond forced visiting stopper Will Hunt into two smart saves. Firstly, a close-range header by Hammond at the near post forced Hunt to claw the ball wide before moment later, Hammond’s fierce strike was well parried out of danger by the Clapton stopper.


With eleven minutes remaining of the half, Clapton midfielder Prince Mamboti had a shot blocked before the rebound was struck wide by forward Zakariya Muhammed when in a decent position. The visitors had another good opportunity three minutes before the break, as a free-kick from 20 yards out by Muhammed forced home custodian George Marsh to change direction before making a good save under his own crossbar.


Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 0  Clapton

It was goalless at the break, though it was well-poised and instincts told you it would not remain that way. Both sides continued to trade chances as four minutes after the interval, tricky forward Jayden Antwi-Nyame got past the home backline though his centre went tantalisingly across the goalmouth before drifting wide of danger. Cheema once again reminded the opposition defence of the threat he posed as he had an effort well-saved by Hunt. It was an omen though as with 21 minutes left, the hosts finally broke their opponents’ resistance as a rapid 50-yard run by Cheema ended with an unselfish pass to Hammond who evaded the defence, stayed on-side and finished low, although Hunt did get a hand to it. The crucial second goal three minutes later for Stansted as another superb run by Cheema out-paced Rider before firing home well into the corner.

As we got into the latter stages, Tons forward Mario Gjini couldn’t make the most of a good cross in by substitute Jordan Cornelius before home substitute Jack West added a bit of gloss to the result with a smart low finish in added-time to make it six straight league wins for them and stay in sixth place in the standings.


Full-Time: Stansted  3 – 0  Clapton

In summary, the hosts knew that they were in a game here against a stubborn opposition on a tricky, boggy surface. Ultimately Stansted raised their game in that last half-hour as the Tons started to drift away, although the score-line slightly flattered the Airportmen, given that the visitors contributed heavily to the match, particularly in that first half. The hosts were indebted to forwards Daniel Cheema and Connor Hammond whose understanding and pace really hurt the visiting backline after the interval. Central forward Jack Mitchell and solid centre-back Joe Clark also had good games with goalkeeper George Marsh also making a few good saves to avoid the ‘Blue Brazil’ falling behind earlier in the match.

For the Tons, goalkeeper William Hunt had a fine game, making at least three very good saves in the match, with energetic full-back Daniel Emovan and midfielder Jayke Welch also doing well here. Finally, I’d like to thank Stansted for their hospitality and the welcome received by their committee and their joint-managers Paul Pittuck and John Watters.


Stansted   |  Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters

1 George Marsh (GK), 2 Adam Fowles, 3 Louis Monk, 4 Sam West, 5 Joe Clark, 6 Paul  Clayton (Capt), 7 Daniel Cheema, 8 Ashaan Siddik (13 Billy Coyne 48’), 9 Jack Michell, 10 Ryan Ramsay (18 James Briggs 79’), 11 Connor Hammond (12 Jack West 74’)

Goal-scorers: Connor Hammond [69’]. Daniel Cheema [72’], Jack West [90’+2]

Booked: Fowles, Ramsay (Sin-bin) | Subs Not Used: None


Clapton     | Interim Manager: Wilf Thomas | Assistant: Julian Charles

1 William Hunt (GK), 2 Bleron Ademi, 3 Daniel Emovan, 4 Henry Mabassa, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 6 Mohamed Mahmoud, 7 Prince Mamboti (15 Valentine Iheanyiogu 83’), 8 Jayke Welch (12 Jordan Cornelius 63’), 9 Jayden Antwi-Nyame, 10 Zakariya Muhammed (14 Jayesh Gohil 71’), 11 Mario Gjini

Booked: Ademi, Rider, Mamboti | Sub Not Used: Brija


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith


Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 November) [ESL 19/20 21.11.19]

Manor v Cockfosters (Archive Image by Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of the Essex Senior action this weekend as nine matches take place.

Saturday 23 November – 3pm KOs

Cockfosters  v  Woodford Town  | Chalk Lane

Woodford are the next visitors to Chalk Lane as they face Cockfosters this weekend. Ryan Wade’s side are entering a blip as they lost at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, to be followed by a loss to Redbridge in midweek at home. Woodford’s week has been slightly better, as their two home games in the last week saw them hold Saffron Walden in a match they nearly won, with tht being followed up by a defeat to Sporting Bengal Utd in midweek to leave them tenth going into this match. I believe this one will be a highly-entertaining encounter with a few goals in it. Going to venture towards an away win as Town’s rapid attacking line will take some stopping.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Hadley  v  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane

Hadley’s run of home matches continues with Hamlets making the trip to Brickfield Lane. The Bricks have convincingly won their last two league matches at home against Clapton and Ilford. Tower Hamlets were beaten well by Walthamstow last weekend and although they will give Anthony Clark’s side a good test, the hosts look very strong indeed at present and with games in hand on all the current top four (Hashtag, Saffron Walden, Takeley & Walthamstow) they cannot be ignored, far from it. Home win for moi.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Hoddesdon Town  v Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield

Hoddesdon face local rivals Sawbridgeworth in what is an important match for both sides, for very different reasons. Simon Riddle’s team were last in action in midweek where they drew with Ilford, also at home. Sawbo finally got that first league win last weekend, defeating Cockfosters though in midweek they lost out at home to reinvigorated Stansted. The hosts only have one win in their last five matches and are losing pace with the top four while Lee Mackman’s visitors will want to claw some points back to close in on nearest rivals Clapton and Southend Manor. This is a hard one to call though the Lilywhites are unquestionably a tough side to beat, so that may edge it in their favour.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Ilford  v  West Essex    | Cricklefield

The Foxes welcome the Stags to Cricklefield. The squad rebuild is well underway for Jonny Fowell’s team and they did well to draw at Hoddesdon in midweek, while West battled hard before succumbing to leaders Hashtag at Mayesbrook last weekend. The hosts haven’t won in three matches while Kwame Kwateng’s West side have lost their last four on-the-spin. Honestly, I think the visitors will take a point here & that could well happen.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


Redbridge  v  Enfield   | Oakside

Redbridge face Enfield at Oakside in a re-run of their Errington Cup tie from the end of last month. The Motormen won that tie, though have had contrasting fortunes in the last week. A hefty loss to Stansted last weekend was bridged by a good win at Cockfosters in midweek. Two wins in their last eight games isn’t great though and their home form they will know needs some sprucing up (one win in five thus far). Enfield’s week hasn’t been super either. They made Takeley work hard last weekend before falling to defeat and Saffron Walden handed them another loss in midweek. The tide will turn for Matt Hanning’s side and it could do here as Micky Wetherall’s team looks for that old adage: consistency.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Saffron Walden Town  P- P  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Catons Lane

Scott’s would-be Prediction: 3 – 1

Update: This match at Catons Lane is now off due to issues at the grund caused by the recent downturn in weather. It will be played in due course.


St Margaretsbury   v  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground

St Mags take on in-form Takeley at the Rec. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side have had two weeks off league-related action though did exit the Herts County Cup in midweek away at Ware in a nine-goal thriller. Their last league match was a good win at Ilford though this will be an altogether different test. Marc Das’ side have beaten Enfield and Walthamstow in the last week, both away from home to extend their winning run to five matches to sit 3rd, two points adrift of leaders Hashtag. It’s hard to see the visitors not racking up another win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Stansted  v  Clapton   | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen face Clapton at Hargrave Park. Messrs Pittuck & Watters have overseen a fine week with wins over Redbridge and Sawbridgeworth. The ‘Blue Brazil’ have five wins on-the-bounce now which has rocketed them up to 7th in the table before this weekend. The Tons have had ten days off after their loss to Takeley. It would be a surprise if Stansted don’t get another three points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Walthamstow  v  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge

Finally this weekend, ‘Stow seek to get rid of the memory of rare loss in midweek as they face Manor at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side overwhelmed Hamlets last weekend before coming unstuck themselves in a gritty battle with Takeley in midweek which saw them drop to fourth after their 12-match unbeaten streak this term ended. Manor have had a week off following a narrow loss at Saffron Walden. Could be another battle this but you’d be surprised if the hosts did not prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0