Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 19/Sat 20 Oct) [ESL 19.10.18]

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to another edition of our Preview pieces, looking at this weekend’s ESL action. Pete powered to victory last week predictions-wise to extend his lead. What do you think of our preview?

Also, check out this week’s Grassroots Football Show which Pete and Scott presented here:
Friday 19th Oct

Sporting Bengal Utd    v    Clapton    | Mile End Stadium

Pete: The weekend gets underway at Mile End on Friday evening as Sporting host local rivals Clapton, and the hosts are in fine form right now having netted twenty goals in their last six outings and winning four of those along the way, whereas Clapton have lost two of their last three league outings and have almost conceded as much as they have scored in their last six, so form points to an home win you’d say, well that’s what I believe too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Bengal welcome the Tons to Mile End. Imrul Gazi’s side blasted five goals in a midweek win over Redbridge while Clapton were hampered by traffic on the way to defeat at Hullbridge in midweek. The hosts average three goals a game in league action thus far this term and with Clapton being hard to predict, I’ll head for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Saturday 20th Oct

Hoddesdon Town  v  Barkingside  |  Lowfield

Pete: Hoddy are the draw specialists in their last six games, drawing five of those, and with only five scored and four conceded in those last six it shows they are solid but not spectacular.  They come up against a Barkingside who a bottom and winless so far this campaign, and with them having lost their last six and conceding twenty in the process it doesn’t look good for them in this one.  Reckon it will be a narrow win for the hosts.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: Lowfield hosts this clash with Hodd looking to extend their fine recent run of eight matches without defeat. ‘Side are looking to avert a ten-match losing run though did make life tough for Stansted and Walthamstow before succumbing to defeat. Hoddesdon edged Leyton 1 – 0 in midweek and it could be another battle though will go for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Ilford  v  Takeley  |  Cricklefield

Pete: The Foxes form of late is inconsistent you could say, having won two, drawn two and lost two in those games, however after Hoddesdon Town they have the best defensive record in the league over the last few outings so no doubt this will prove difficult for an out-of-sorts Takeley side who have lost five of their last six in the league as ‘the wheels have come off their bandwagon’ recently.  The pre-season title favourites have only scored four goals in their last six games, which is only beaten by bottom side Barkingside, and I feel their poor run may continue here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: This battle is arguably more important for the visitors as they are seeking to end their run of five losses in six which has seen them drop to mid-table. Ilford defeated Hamlets in midweek and look sturdy in defence, while Marc Das’ side has seen in-form striker Stuart Zanone depart this week. Factor in a defeat late on at home to West Essex and the odds may favour a home win. Though I will go for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Redbridge  v  St Margaretsbury    | Oakside

Pete: Only one point and one position separate these two at kick-off and it’s two sides who ‘blow hot and cold’, so predicting this one is tricky.  Both have lost four of their last six although Redbridge have won the other two, although both have conceded a few in that time as well, making it exciting for the neutral at least.  I reckon this one may end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Redbridge entertain St Margs in a match both sides could do with winning. The hosts’ fickle form continued this week as a fine win at Southend Manor in the FA Vase was dampened by a heavy league loss at Sporting Bengal in midweek. St Margs were hit for five at Saffron Walden last weekend though did win in the Herts County Cup this week at Harpenden Town. The Motormen need to shake off the losing feeling at home and they may do that here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Stansted  v  Leyton Athletic   | Hargrave Park

Pete: The Aiportmen’s long winning run came to an end last time out as they succumbed to local rivals Saffron Walden Town, so they will be looking to put together another decent run starting with their home game against a Leyton Athletic side who have only one win from six and no wins in three.  They did hold league leaders Hullbridge to a draw recently though in a game they could have easily won, so Stansted need to be aware.  But I feel the hosts will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Stansted face Leyton as they look to get back on the winning trail after a narrow derby loss to Saffron Walden saw their superb eight-match winning run end in midweek. Ath are showing signs of improvement as they played well at Hullbridge last weekend before narrowly being defeated at Hoddesdon in midweek. This one might surprise a few with how much of a tough game it could be. Narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Stanway Rovers  v  Hullbridge Sports  | Hawthorns

Pete: Leaders Hullbridge travel to The Hawthorns to take on Stanway Rovers off the back of getting back to winning ways on Tuesday after they suffered a rare setback against Sawbridgeworth a week before that and they will be looking to make it back-to-back wins here.  The hosts though have improved in recent times and did win last time out against Tower Hamlets, but Hullbridge will be a much tougher opposition most probably and I feel they win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1- 2

Scott: Stanway entertain Hullbridge, having tasted victory at home to Hamlets last weekend. Hullbridge got back to winning ways after recovering from a poor start to grab a home win over Clapton in midweek and this one may be a close-fought battle but ‘Bridge could well take the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Tower Hamlets  v  West Essex  |  Mile End Stadium

Pete: Hamlets are slowly starting to improve after a woeful start to the season, and they come up against a side who lost all their games in August but have now turned it around to sit tenth after three wins in their last five.  West also come into this one after a brilliant come from behind victory at Takeley, whilst Hamlets lost at Ilford in a game they dominated the second half.  Do fancy an away win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: The Stags travel to Mile End in a fascinating encounter between two unpredictable sides. Kwame Kwateng’s side have only lost two of their last seven league matches of late and have crept into the top ten after a late win at Takeley in midweek. Hamlets will look for more of a goal-scoring threat after losses to Stanway and Ilford this week. Have a feeling this may end honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Walthamstow  v  Southend Manor  |  Kitchener Road

Pete: Stow are going well at the moment, four wins in their last six, whilst Manor are struggling at the moment having lost four from six.  Manor’s problem of late has been scoring goals, just six in six currently, whilst their defence has not been too bad of late, so if they can find someone who can net a few goals they will be OK.  Whether it happens here or not remains to be seen but these two did draw earlier in the season, but I feel the hosts will win this.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: The next test for Manor is a trip to Kitchener Road to face a blossoming ‘Stow outfit that are unbeaten in nine matches and also are racking up the goals too. Ryan Maxwell’s team plundered four goals in the last half-hour to overcome Barkingside in midweek. Manor battled well though lost out to Woodford in midweek and this could be a tough afternoon for Adam Peek’s youthful side.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Woodford Town  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Harlow Arena (3G)

Pete: This could be game of the day at The Harlow Arena as Woodford Town, unbeaten in five and four wins, take on Saffron Walden Town who are unbeaten in four and both have scored plenty and also have solid defences over the last few games, so it could be a intriguing contest.  Both have come off the back of decent away wins too so confidence will be high for both.  Going for a draw in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Finally this weekend, Saffron Walden travel to Harlow to take on an in-form Woodford side that have won four of their last five matches, the last of those being a battling win at Manor in midweek. Walden are unbeaten in four themselves and with both teams currently in the top six, this could be a highly entertaining encounter. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.


Round-up: Essex Senior League with FAV R1 (ESL) R’s [ESL 14.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my round-up of ESL action this weekend, with results from the FA Vase action involving ESL sides. Enjoy.

Saturday 13th Oct – Non-League Day

Barkingside  –   Stansted   | Cricklefield  | Att:



Hullbridge Sports   –   Leyton Athletic   | Lower Road  | Att:

I attended this match, my full report is here:


Saffron Walden Town   –  St Margaretsbury  | Catons Lane | Att:



Sporting Bengal Utd   –   Hoddesdon Town   | Mile End Stadium  | Att:



Stanway Rovers   –   Tower Hamlets   | the Hawthorns  | Att:


Results from FA Vase First Round (Sat 13th Oct)


Leverstock Green  –   Sawbridgeworth Town  |


Little Oakley   –   Enfield 1893  |


May & Baker E.C   –  North Greenford Utd  | Barking Rugby Club


Newbury Forest   –   Newport Pagnell Town  |  Oakside


Southend Manor   –   Redbridge  | Southchurch Park


Takeley  –  Wodson Park   |  Station Road


Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Leyton Athletic (Essex Senior Lge – Sat 13th Oct) [ESL 13.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 21

Saturday 13th October 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Leyton Athletic: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks


Leyton give below-par Hullbridge a scare at Lower Road on Non-League Day 2018



Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photo by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @Abridgetoofar16)


Essex Senior League leaders Hullbridge Sports welcomed Leyton Athletic to Lower Road in this encounter on Non-League Day 2018. The hosts were depleted with the likes of Perry Dunn, Ollie Sotoyinbo, Aundre Spencer and goalkeeper George Marsh all unavailable. Clarke Bogard, on-loan from Grays Athletic was between the sticks with a three-man forward line being comprised of skipper Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako.

Leyton Athletic also deployed the wing-back system with Jayesh Gohil and Misha Djemaili on either side of the three-man defence and Christian Londono supporting forwards Dwade James and (new signing) Luwayne Greenwood.

The match began in a sprightly manner with centre-back Rob Hodgson and forward Luke Hornsley both unable to find the target for the hosts though home goalkeeper Clarke Bogard was called into action to claw away an well-directed over-head kick from Leyton top-scorer Dwade James on 7 minutes. In the next attack, Hornsley was denied a chance on goal by a good tackle by wing-back Jayesh Gohil in the area. Moments later, winger Christian Londono’s blistering 20-yard strike cannoned off the woodwork  to reinforce the view they Leyton do have goals in them.

Unfortunately for the visitors though, the hosts went ahead on the quarter-hour as good work from Matt Dicks and Jimmy Cox led to Hornsley stroking home past visiting stopper James Scammell one-on-one. What followed was a quite a dominant passage of play for the visitors as Bogard was much the busier ‘keeper, doing well to deny James and fellow forward Luwayne Greenwood on several occasions as the visitors’ pace really stretched the Hullbridge back-line. Just after the twenty-minute mark, Greenwood in particular contrived to scoop the ball over from close range following a terrific run by Gohil down the right flank.

Having said that, forward Michael Salako perhaps could have extended the hosts’ lead as well before the half-hour marker. On the cusp of half-time, Leyton got the leveller they deserved as Bogard couldn’t stop Dwade James from rolling home, when the forward was again one-on-one with the ‘keeper.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Leyton Athletic

After the break, Hullbridge were still below their best, particularly in their attacking play as that precious final ball to the forwards was not really there. Even so, out of nowhere, a moment of brilliance from captain Jimmy Cox put the hosts back ahead nine minutes after the break. Cox surged down left the left flank, cut inside in the area and sailed a curling effort past Scammell.

‘Bridge skipper Cox rifles home a cracker… (Image: @ABridgeTooFar16 on Twitter)

Leyton continued to push forward and substitute Daniel Londono called Bogard into action again just the past the hour mark. Gaps were appearing in the visiting defence though substitute Nathan Scarborough’s 40-yard lob evaded Scammell but didn’t find the target. That perhaps was a turning point as on 71 minutes, Christian Londono carved open the home defence again, finding James well and he made no mistake beating Bogard when one-on-one. Bogard then bravely denied James at the striker’s feet in the latter stages though ‘Bridge held on to claim a point, despite what you could describe as a ;below-par’ performance.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Leyton Athletic

Leyton will be disappointed they didn’t claim all three points though doubts about them defensively remain. Skipper Eli Benoit was certainly giving his team a rollicking on-the-pitch. Christian Londono, Dwade James, Benoit and Gohil stood out for me today in a good performance from them. For the hosts, Clarke Bogard was without doubt the hero though this may prove to be ‘a point gained’ for the hosts come the latter stages of the season.

Finally, my thanks for the hospitality shown by Hullbridge, as ever showing the true club that they are in spirit.


Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

Clarke Bogard (GK), Matt Dicks, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Andre Gumbs, Rob Hodgson, Dan Okah, Matt Tapley (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Jimmy Cox (Capt), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako (Arnold Achaempong 69′)

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [15′], Jimmy Cox [54′]

Booked: Hodgson, Cox   | Subs Not Used: Risk, Taylor, McLeavy


Leyton Athletic  | Manager: Glen Kendall

James Scammell (GK), Jayesh Gohil, Misha Djemaili, Jason Brown, Eli Beniot (Capt), Cory Rider, Christian Londono, Mario Gjini, Dwade James, Luwayne Greenwood (Daniel Londono 57′), Sheriff Jinadu (Lance Ledgister 57′)

Goal-scorers: Dwade James [45′ +2, 71′]

Booked: Ledgister, Benoit, Gjini  |  Subs Not Used: Seidu, Walsh (GK)

Preview: FA Vase R1 & Essex Senior League (Sat 13/Sun 14 Oct [FAV & ESL 12.10.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) & Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

Hello and welcome to an extended edition of the Preview piece with Non-League bloggers Peter D & Scott W. This week, we look at the FA Vase First Round action involving Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior Lge Sth sides and a reduced league programme on ‘Non-League Day’. Get out there and sample the Non-League game this weekend & what do you think on our predictions?


The FA Vase – First Round (Sat 13th Oct)

Leverstock Green  v   Sawbridgeworth Town  |

Pete: The Robins travel to Spartan South Midlands Leverstock Green off the back of ending Hullbridge Sports’ unbeaten league start to the season, and this proves to be another tough one although Green sit 12th in the division albeit with games in hand over the sides around them.  And the hosts did smack six past Oxhey Jets in their last league game at home so know where the goal is, and I feel the home side may win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Sawbo make the trip to Spartan South Mids Premier side Leverstock, on the back of a battling win over ESL leaders Hullbridge. The home side powered to a big home win over Oxhey last weekend. John Watters’ side have a tough job here though desire is not lacking on the part of the club and I wouldn’t put it past them to advance here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Little Oakley  v  Enfield 1893  |

Pete: If you had asked me to predict this one around two weeks ago I’d have said this could be a potential banana skin for Enfield after Oakley had dispatched Hadleigh United from the Vase.  However, since then the hosts have lost their last two in the league conceding thirteen without reply, so it looks more likely that Enfield will win this one, and although no doubt the hosts will raise their game for this big cup tie, it’s an away win for me.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Enfield make the trip to Eastern Senior League South side LIttle Oakley on the back of being unbeaten in three matches in all competitions. Matt Hanning’s side defeated Stanway at home last weekend before battling to a point at Hoddesdon. The hosts have conceded 13 goals without reply in losses to May & Baker and Benfleet. Has this match been on their minds recently? Time will tell though the visitors are more than useful going forward and that could well be the difference.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 4

May & Baker E.C  v  North Greenford Utd  | Barking Rugby Club

Pete: Hosts Bakers will look to cause an upset for the second round running after they thrashed Saffron Walden Town away in the last round, but they take on Spartan South Midlands North Greenford United who currently sit sixth in the division, although their form has been mixed of late, although they did hit five at Stotfold in their last league outing.  I have a sneaky feeling May & Baker could edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: May & Baker continue their FA Vase following their fine win at Saffron Walden. Spartan South Midlands Premier side North Greenford are the visitors to Barking RFC if the hosts continue their good start to the season, this is the sort of test they will cherish. Both sides can score goals and defences may not prosper here though will go for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Newbury Forest   v   Newport Pagnell Town  |  Oakside

Pete: Forest have a tough assignment against United Counties League side Newport Pagnell Town who did reach the Quarter Finals of the competition two years ago.  Pagnell do sit down in 15th in their division and have lost half their league games so far, but I feel they will probably have to much for the Step Six opponents here at Oakside.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 4

Scott: Eastern Senior League South side Forest welcome United Counties Premier side Newport Pagnell. The visitors have won two of eight league matches as of last weekend while the hosts also concede a few to be fair and this is a tough match against Step 5 opposition.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Southend Manor  v  Redbridge  | Southchurch Park

Pete: These two played at Southchurch Park recently in a league fixture and saw The Motormen come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and trying to predict this one is fairly tough.  Manor have struggled of late with plenty of players missing whilst Redbridge put a poor few games behind them recently with a superb win at a free-falling Takeley.  Feel Redbridge may repeat the trick here and grab a win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: These two Essex Senior League sides do battle again, weeks after the Motormen roared back from two goals down to win that league encounter at the same venue. One win in their last league outings for Manor means that Adam Peek’s side could do with a victory here while Redbridge are unpredictable themselves though did get a good win at Takeley in midweek. My first instinct is to go for an away win though this is another toughie to call.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Takeley  v  Wodson Park   |  Station Road

Pete: Don’t let Wodson Park’s Step Six status fool you, they are a very good Spartan South One side with six wins and two draws from their eight league games so far, and they visit a Takeley side at sixes and sevens currently.  This is such an intriguing game to try and predict, and you feel the hosts need a win desperately here to try and get their season back on track, and I feel they may just sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Takeley welcome Spartan South Midlands Division One outfit Wodson Park to Station Road. Three or four weeks ago you may well have said that Marc Das’ side would have little trouble in progressing in the competition. Four defeats in their last five league matches puts a slightly different complexion on this match. Wodson are still unbeaten in their league after eight matches, six of which they have won so this is ‘no gimme’ despite the hosts being a step higher. Will go for a home win, just.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Sunday 14th October

West Essex  v  Godmanchester Rovers  | Mayesbrook Park  (2pm KO)

Pete: A tough tie awaits West at Mayesbrook Park as Thurlow Nunn title contenders Godmanchester Rovers come to town, although Rovers last away trip saw them defeated 3-0 at Woodbridge Town who are down in the bottom half of the division.  However, prior to that they had only lost one in seven league outings so it could have been one of those off days.  West though have improved massively since the opening weeks of the season and if they can grab an early goal they may have a chance, but I feel the visitors will win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Finally in the Vase action, The Stags welcome Godmanchester Rovers, of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, to Mayesbrook Park on Sunday. Kwame Kwateng’s side have had a mixed week with a tough win at Southend Manor last weekend followed by defeat at home to Sporting Bengal in midweek. Rovers have won six of their nine league matches and score aplenty as well. Have to go with an away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Essex Senior League

Saturday 13th October – Non-League Day

Barkingside  v  Stansted   | Cricklefield

Pete: On paper this point to an easy away win, with the Airportmen flying right now having won seven league games on the bounce, whilst Side are bottom with no wins and off the back off two heavy defeats to teams around them.  But football is not played on paper, so things don’t always happen this way, but I feel the visitors will grab a win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: These sides are at the opposite ends of the standings and in the form book. Barkingside have had another wearing week with heavy losses to Leyton Athletic and Tower Hamlets while Stansted have scored four or more in each of their last four matches in League and Cup. ‘Side’s losing run stands at eight matches while the Airportmen have won their last seven on-the-reel in the League. Have to plump for an away win though I sincerely hope there is a good crowd in attendance with ‘Side being one of a number of clubs embracing Non-League Day.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Hullbridge Sports  v  Leyton Athletic   | Lower Road

Pete: League leaders Bridge suffered their first reverse in the league at Sawbridgeworth on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from that, and they welcome a Leyton Athletic side to Lower Road who can cause problems going forward so they will certainly provide a test for the leaders.  I do expect the hosts to win this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Lower Road is the destination for Leyton Athletic here though both sides have had mixed weeks. Hullbridge saw their ten-match unbeaten league run end at Sawbridgeworth in midweek while Leyton went down at home to Clapton, also in midweek. Both clubs won last weekend though and Glen Kendall’s side are a threat going forward so Darren Manning’s side will need to be ‘on it’ here. Leyton have conceded 25 goals in ten matches thus far though and that could be the deciding factor here. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Saffron Walden Town  v  St Margaretsbury  | Catons Lane

Pete: Walden have drawn their last two home games as their challenge for the top spots has faltered slightly, but they welcome a St Margaretsbury side who blow hot and cold but do possess an attacking threat.  Fancy an entertaining game here and the hosts to win a five-goal thriller.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: The Bloods entertain St Margs at Catons Lane following a week where they not once but twice rescued points from a precarious position, particularly aginst Walthamstow in midweek. The visitors had a great day ‘at the office’ last weekend thanks to a thumping win over Tower Hamlets. Jason Maher’s side has a certain resolve about it and that may be enough to swing it their way here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Mile End Stadium

Pete: Potential for a decent match here at Mile End as Sporting Bengal, who have been in terrific form lately, come up against a Hoddesdon Town side who are on a decent unbeaten run themselves.  The visiting defence will have to be on their metal too as the hosts are banging in the goals recently, but Hoddy have decent attacking players themselves and are a solid unit, so it’s a difficult one to predict.  Thinking this could be a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Bengal welcome Hoddesdon to Mile End, following a fine week which saw wins over Sawbridgeworth and West Essex, scoring nine goals in the process. They face a gritty Hoddesdon side who picked up a point at Saffron Walden last weekend followed by a point at home to Enfield in midweek. Imrul Gazi’s side has pace and a growing belief after three straight league wins though my feeling is this will be a really tough encounter for both teams.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Stanway Rovers  v  Tower Hamlets   | the Hawthorns

Pete: Second bottom plays third bottom here at The Hawthorns and there is history between these two after that FA Cup abandonment earlier in the season.  Stanway were winning that tie comfortably at the time and they also won the replay too so previous results would favour a home win here, but Hamlets have kept three clean sheets in their last four outings and apart from a 6-0 thrashing at St Margaretsbury have been doing ok lately.  Their 4-0 win over Barkingside would have certainly helped morale, but I feel the hosts will sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Finally in the league this weekend, Hamlets travel back to Stanway Rovers. ‘Mixed emotions’ might describe the last week for AJ Ashinike’s men as a big loss to St Margaretsbury last weekend was tempered by a important win over Barkingside on Monday night. Stanway have had a tough one themselves with away losses to Enfield and in-form Stansted, conceding eight goals in the process.

I feel Lee Fisher’s side are stronger at home and as Hamlets don’t always play well away from Mile End, I’ll go for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 5th/Sat 6th Oct) [ESL 7.10.18]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to another of my round-up pieces for the weekend’s Essex Senior League action. How did your side get on?

Friday 5th October

Woodford Town  2 – 0  Takeley  |  Harlow Arena | Att: 95

Woodford started the action this weekend with a good win over out-of-form Takeley at the Harlow Arena. Second-half strikes from Ellis Routledge [57′] and Dejuane Taylor-Crossdale [90’+3] saw Dee Safer’s side to their fifth win of the season and up to 4th place after Saturday’s action.

Saturday 6th October

Clapton   2 – 5   Stansted    | Old Spotted Dog | Att: 48

Strikes either side of the half-time interval assisted Stansted to a big win at the OSD. Jordan’s Palmer’s quick-fire double [40′ & 42′] before the break gave the Airportmen a healthy cushion before Palmer completed his treble three minutes after the break. Ollie Bell made it four on 67 minutes before Steven Sardinha [70′] reduced the arrears. Callum Ibe added to his goal tally for the season with 15 minuts left though Timi Abiola rounded out the scoring for the hosts a minute later.

Enfield 1893  3 – 1   Stanway Rovers   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 75

Enfield returned to winnings ways in the league here over Stanway. Jayden Hocking-Rising struck on 14 minutes to give Enfield the lead. Ayo Odukoya [32′] doubled that advantage before Toby Blanche halved the deficit for Rovers. Odukoya restored the E’s two-goal cushion though on 75 minutes to give Matt Hanning’s side a boost.

Ilford  0 – 1    Walthamstow    | Cricklefield  | Att: 75

‘Stow edged to a narrow win over the Foxes with former Ilford striker James Peagram almost inveitably scoring the only goal of the game just before half-time.The Foxes are now without a win in three games while ‘Stow are unbeaten in seven league matches now.

Leyton Athletic  5 – 0  Barkingside  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 20

Leyton produced an excellent display to only add to ‘Side’s pain and extend their winless record. Emmanuel Oluwole broke the deadlock five minutes before the break and the visitors went into the interval two down as only a minute later, Francesco Cicconi struck for Glen Kendall’s new side. Cicconi pretty much secured the points only four minutes into the second half before a brace from Dwade James [62′ & 90’] rounded out the scoring here to give Leyton only their second win of the season.


Redbridge  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports  | Oakside  | Att: 55

Hullbridge maintained their unbeaten league record with another good win away from from home at Oakside. Nathan Scarborough got the only goal on 64 minutes to ensure the ‘curse’ of ESL Manager of the Month for September didn’t strike Sports boss Darren Manning. For the Motormen, this was their third straight home league defeat.


Saffron Walden Town  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Catons Lane  | Att: 175

The Bloods struck late to deny Hoddesdon a fine win at Catons Lane. Connor Bolton broke the deadlock on 55 minutes to put the visitors ahead. Though the Essex Senior League’s leading marksman Charlie Portway levelled three minutes from time to salvage a point for new boss Jason Maher.


Southend Manor   0 – 1   West Essex   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 40

I was at this match and my full report is here:


Sporting Bengal Utd  5 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Mile End Stadium | Att: 27

Bengal powered to an impressive win over Sawbridgeworth at Mile End. Inside 25 minutes, the hosts were three goals to the good thanks to Charles Gregory [10′], Kamarl Duncan [15′] and the ever-prolific Jay Knight’s first of the afternoon on 23 minutes. Knight completed his hat-trick [44′ & 60′] either side of the interval though Danny Wickenden’s brace ensured the visitors had something to take from the game.


St Margaretsbury  6 – 0  Tower Hamlets    | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 11

St Margs powered to victory over Hamlets, who had another howler away from Mile End. The hosts only led by the odd goal at the break through Michael Morgan’s 36th-minute strike though it was a rather different tale after the break. Firstly, on the hour mark Luke Marshall netted before a 15-minute hat-trick by Charncey Dash [65′, 75′ & 80′] plus a late sixth by David Greene [81′] to seal the hosts first win in six matches.

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading.

Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 West Essex (Sat 6th Oct) [ESL 6.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 40

2018-19 Season – Match 19

Saturday 6th October 2018  – 3pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

 West Essex : Red & Black Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

In what you might describe as ‘ghastly’ conditions, Southend Manor welcomed West Essex to Southchurch Park. The hosts were not only missing the likes of Mo Kargbo, Lee Delf and Nathan Dewberry but also their manager Adam Peek, who is enjoying his stag do, best wishes to Adam on that. This meant Reserve team boss & ex-Rochford Town gaffer Garry Pond stepped up to be manager for the day. As for West, Jack Coker continued between the sticks and skipper Tom MacLeod reverted to centre-back with Symeon Taylor and Cameron Gray supporting focal point Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe in attack.

Before kick-off, the elements signalled their intent with blustery conditions evident. Though before this report turns into a weather-based one, the opening to the match saw few chances to speak of though Manor midfielder Benn Smith lofted a drive over visiting custodian Jack Coker’s crossbar. West responded through an effort from 18 yards by midfielder Callum Bloss was parried by returning Manor goalkeeper Klinton Makayabo.

Manor were perhaps edging the game in terms of passing moves at this point though Stags forward Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe was giving the Manor back four a good test though to be fair the backline did well. On the half-hour, ever-tricky winger Rhys Fatt darted down the middle and got his effort away though Coker did well to save. Coker was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening half, doing well to deny skipper Robbie Norris’ pile-driver and then tip wide Charlie Barlow’s wind-assisted free-kick towards the end of the half.

In recent matches, West have started to clamp down on conceding goals and although they didn’t have the better of the oppurtunities thus far, that ‘steel’ was evident.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  West Essex

After the break, Manor had further chances to take the lead though forward Charlie Little and Barlow’s drives were both saved by Coker. Seven minutes after the interval, West had a decent chance of their own as from James Bromley’s sharp delivery, forward Cameron Gray thumped a header off-target. Only a minute later though, what ended up being the decisive goal came as from Bromley’s corner, MacLeod headed on at the back stick for Gray to head home in a congested penalty area.

Manor found Coker in fine form again on 58 minutes as Little’s effort was denied and although the hosts did look threatening down the flanks through Fatt and fellow winger Dylan James, their final ball didn’t quite materalise. At the other end, West pushed for an important second goal though centre-back Nick Walk’s header was saved by Makayabo. Manor cenre-back Ore Mosuro spurned a late chance by heading over the bar though in fairness, the hosts gave everything in terms of effort though that unfortunate ‘familar story’ of chances missed ultimately cost them.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  West Essex

West will be pleased with another battling three points with forwards Symeon Taylor and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and right-back Sanchez Hardy standing out alongside the impressive Coker today. Finally, credit to both sides for the effort and resolve they showed in poor conditions today.


Southend Manor      | Manager (for the day): Garry Pond

Klinton Makayabo (GK), Charlie Cobb, Grant Webb, Robbie Norris (Capt), Oreoluwa Mosuro, Kye Jude, Rhys Fatt (Jordon Chambers 82′), Benn Smith, Charlie Little (Aaron Baldwin 73′), Charlie Barlow, Dylan James (Matthew Smith 70′)

Booked: Norris   | Subs Not Used: Dias

West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Josh Kane, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Nick Walk, James Bromley, Callum Bloss (Samraj Gill 80′), Greg Frederick, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Tom Woodbridge 68′), Symeon Taylor, Cameron Gray (Joe Lefley 70′)

Goal-scorers: Cameron Gray [53′]

Booked: None  |  Subs Not Used: Ahmed

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 5th/Sat 6th Oct) [ESL 5.10.18]

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to another of our Essex Senior League Predictions pieces as Peter and Scott once again go head-to-head, offering their thoughts on the various fixtures the ESL throws up every week.

Have a peek at the our thoughts for this weekend’s matches.

Friday 5th October

Woodford Town   v   Takeley    |  Venue: Harlow Arena

Pete: This could be an intriguing match up at The Harlow Arena as a dangerous Woodford side welcome Takeley to Harlow having won two of their last three outings, whilst Takeley have had a rather mixed few weeks but are now back up to fourth after victory last time out.  Reckon this will be a decent attacking contest and the visitors to just sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Scott: Woodford begin the weekend’s action as they face Takeley. The hosts have had a good week with victory at Redbridge and a home draw with Tower Hamlets in midweek. Takeley got back to winning ways in ESL with a narrow win over St Margaretsbury last weekend though bowed out of the Gordon Brasted Trophy (GBT) at home to Stanway in midweek. Defeat here would be a further dent in their armour. Going to go for another draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Saturday 6th October


Clapton    v    Stansted    | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Pete: The Airportmen are literally flying right now, having won five league games in a row, and they visit a Clapton side who are themselves having a solid season to date.   Another tight battle awaits here but I feel the visitors may just sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: The Tons welcome Stansted to the OSD. The hosts are unbeaten in their last four league matches, getting a late draw at Sawbridgeworth last weekend though went out of the GBT to Enfield in midweek. The visitors arrive here having won their last five league games and achieved big wins over Sporting Bengal and Sawbridgeworth in league & cup this week. The form side could well prevail here. Away win.

Scott’ Prediction: 1 – 3

Enfield 1893  v  Stanway Rovers   | Venue: Harlow Arena

Pete: The hosts got the perfect response to their loss at Hullbridge last weekend by knocking Clapton out of the Brasted Trophy in midweek, and manager Matt Hanning will no doubt want his side to continue that form against a Stanway side who are starting to turn their season around after two victories in their last three outings.  Should be an entertaining encounter here and I feel the hosts will sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Enfield battle Stanway at the Harlow Arena. The E’s have had a mixed week though recovered from a heavy loss at Hullbridge last weekend to win in the GBT in midweek at Clapton. Stanway have had a good week, building on a good league win at the weekend over Barkingside to surprisingly knock Takeley out of the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek. Consistency is tough to find though this one could go either way. Will plump for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Ilford   v   Walthamstow   | Venue: Cricklefield

Pete: A tasty local battle awaits us at Cricklefield as Ilford host Walthamstow with James Peagram returning to his old club with the visitors.  These two met in the County Cup not so long ago and Ilford came out on top in that one, but Stow have only lost one in nine in the league and will be tough opponents here.  Ilford though had only lost once themselves until losing to Southend Manor last week, but they have surprised many this season and will be a tough test for Stow.  Feel this one could be a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: The Foxes entertain resurgent Walthamstow at Cricklefield. Martin Haywood’s side have only lost two of their nine league matches thus far and battled to a draw with Hoddesdon last weekend. ‘Stow are unbeaten in six league matches now and enjoyed a morale-boosting win at Redbridge in midweek. That said, the amount of goals they concede is costing them points and Ryan Maxwell’s side will need to be watchful here to avert slipping up. Still will go for away win here though.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Leyton Athletic   v   Barkingside  | Venue: Kitchener Road

Pete: It’s too early to say this is must-win for Barkingside, but you feel if they lose this one and Monday’s clash with Tower Hamlets, both sides immediately above them in the division, then it’s going to look very gloomy for the visitors.  Leyton also beat Side 3-0 in an FA Cup replay earlier in the season so have history in this fixture, and I feel they may just sneak this contest too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: These two sides do battle once again, this time at Kitchener Road. The hosts are not in great form though have replaced former boss Jason Ngandu with incoming manager Glen Kendall. To their credit, Ath held Walthamstow in the derby last weekend though they are winless in their last four league outings. Barkingside are in a rut of six straight defeats, the worst in the division and it’s hard to see where their fortunes will change at this juncture. I have a funny feeling though that this will end honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Redbridge  v  Hullbridge Sports    | Venue: Oakside

Pete: League leaders Hullbridge arrive at Oakside with several injuries but come up against a Redbridge outfit who have not had the best of weeks so confidence won’t be too high I’d suspect. The visitors know how to dig out results right now as well so feeling this one will end an away win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Scott: On the back of a sour week for the Motormen, they host in-form Hullbridge at Oakside. I say ‘sour’ as the hosts have already suffered home defeats to Woodford and Walthamstow in the last 8 days. Hullbridge by comparison are riding the crest of a wave at present and are still unbeaten this term after wins over Enfield and Saffron Walden this week. ESL ‘Manager of the Month for Sptember’ Darren Manning will be mightily aware of their opponents’ fighting spirit though it’s hard to see them slipping up at present. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Saffron Walden Town  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Venue: Catons Lane

Pete: These two met in an FA Cup tie back in August at Catons Lane and the hosts came out 4-1 winners on that day, but nearly two months have now passed and no doubt Hoddesdon, who are currently one point and two places above their opponents in fifth spot, will want to avenge that defeat.  Walden though are in decent form, despite losing at home to Hullbridge last time out, and will pose a big threat to the Hoddesdon boys, and I feel a home win is on the cards.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Saffron Walden take on Hoddesdon, having announced their new manager, former assistant boss Jason Maher. His side lost out to Hullbridge in midweek though did post four in a Essex County Cup win over West Essex last weekend. Hoddesdon followed a point at Ilford last weekend with being denied a victory in added-time by West Essex in midweek. I believe it’s only a matter of time before the Bloods regain their rhythm and that could well be here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Southend Manor  v   West Essex   | Venue: Southchurch Park

Pete: Only a point seperates these two in the bottom half of the table, although West have had a much better September than they did in August, winning three league games to pull themselves towards the top ten.  Manor have been frustratingly inconsistent and three defeats in four sees them down in 14th, and their defeat at Hamlets last time out wasn’t what they needed after winning at Ilford before that.  Gonna plump for a draw here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Manor welcome the Stags to Southchurch, following their defeat at Tower Hamlets last weekend. Adam Peek’s side have lost four of their last five in the league now while West have won three of their last five matches. Kwame Kwateng’s team struck late to grab a point at home to Hoddesdon so perhaps the West spirit of last season is returning. This is a blimin’ toughie to call quite frankly, though mainly as West don’t travel so well I’ll head for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Pete: Bengal netted four last time out at St Margaretsbury, this after they had shipped four in successive games prior to that, whilst The Robins were smashed 5-0 by local rivals Stansted last time out in the Brasted Trophy, so will want a response to that no doubt.  Both sides have been wildly inconsistent this season too so predicting this one is impossible, but I must make a decision so will go for a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2
Scott: Bengal welcome Sawbo to Mile End after a mixed week which saw them be beaten again at Stansted before performing well in a good win at St Margaretsbury in midweek. Sawbridgeworth are similarly unpredictable at present, being denied a win by Clapton last weekend before being beaten again by rivals Stansted in the GBT in midweek. Recent signing Jay Knight has shown what goals can do for Imrul Gazi’s side and he may prove to be the difference in a match I can see containing quite a few goals.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

St Margaretsbury  v  Tower Hamlets   | Venue: The Recreation Ground

Pete:  The Bury Boys haven’t been in the best of form recently and six defeats from nine league outings suggests a difficult season so far.  And they face a Hamlets side who are looking to recover from a poor start, and with two clean sheets in their last two and their first win to boot, this could give them heart in this one.  But the hosts do create chances and they must convert them one day, and I feel they may nick this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0
Scott: Finally, out-of-form St Margs welcome Hamlets to the Rec. Max Mitchell’s team are winless in five though do have goals in them. However, losses at Takeley and at home to Sporting Bengal this week may not have helped their confidence. Hamlets got their first league win of the season last weekend over Southend Manor and got a creditable goal-less draw at Woodford in midweek. Hard one to call though if the tide turns for the hosts, it may well do so here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1