Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (12.11.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start with the Friday night match, then move to the various matches that took place in the ESL on Saturday.  And there’s a run-down of the results from the Essex Olympian League matches.

Friday 10th November

Barkingside 2 – 3    Clapton

Venue: Cricklefield  |   Attendance: 273

Clapton triumphed at Cricklefield despite not having a recognised goalkeeper in the side. Clapton’s Jeffrey Cobblah broke the deadlock ten minutes before half-time. Barkingside levelled right on half-time through Besi Toke though the Tons led once again three minutes after the break, through Ryan Reed [48’]. The hosts levelled again through Michael Ogboin [75’]. Reed produced a cracker to win it with five minutes remaining. It proved some way to ‘go out’ as the next day it was announced that Reed had signed for Bostik North side (and last season’s ESL champions) Barking. After the weekend matches, Clapton sit in 4th place while ‘Side are 13th.

Saturday 11th November (in KO order)

Redbridge   3 – 1   Burnham Ramblers     (12pm KO)

Venue: Oakside    |   Attendance: 106

Redbridge got the win in the early kick-off to start off the ESL ‘Ground-Hop Day’ in an entertaining affair. Brian Moses gave the Motormen an 8th-minute lead though the visitors levelled a minute before the break through debutant Fraser Inns. Second-half goals from Moses [63’] and substitiute Tommie Turner [85’] sealed the hosts’ 12th win of the campaign and they go 3rd, just a point off pole-sitters Basildon. Burnham drop to 18th place.

If you’d like more on this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/match-report-redbridge-3-1-burnham-esl-11-11-17/

 

Waltham Forest  1 – 3  Woodford Town (2017)   (2.30pm KO)

Venue: Kitchener Road |    Attendance: 60

The action swiftly moved on to Kitchener Road as Woodford took the points. The visitors led on 36 minutes as Asher Modeste struck before Ethan Kessel [49’] made it two. Forest got a goal back though Joe Creasey [67’] though Town sealed the win through Kessel’s second of the afternoon two minutes later. Woodford stay tenth while Forest drop to the foot of the table.

If you;d like more on this match, my report in-brief is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/report-in-brief-w-forest-1-3-woodford-town-esl-11-11-17/

Basildon Utd   1- 2   Southend Manor

Venue: The Hive    |   Attendance: 127

Onto the 3pm KO’s now and Manor picked up a battling win over table-toppers Basildon at the Hive. Luke Hornsley put the hosts head on 21 minutes, before Jamie Brown levelled three minutes later. The visitors were reduced to ten men though Manor still took the lead through Hamid Zamani [65’] and held on to claim their first win under caretaker boss Adam Peek. Basildon stay top as Takeley were not in action today, while Manor rise to 11th spot.

 

Stansted  1 – 3   Sawbridgeworth Town

Venue: Hargrave Park    | Attendance: 88

Sawbridgeworth produced a good performance to triumph in this local derby at Hargrave Park. The hosts took the lead on eight minutes through Wisley Baltazar though the visitors responded though Lewis Deamer [29’] and after the break sealed the win with goals from Billy Skinner [58’] and Toby Cleaver [75’] to rise to 15th place in the table. Stansted are in 12th place.

 

West Essex  2- 1  Ilford       

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    |   Attendance: 35

The Stags picked up a important win at mayesbrook Park. James Peagram struck 11 minutes in to give the Foxes the lead though Tom Woodbridge levelled ten minutes later. Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark was dismissed soon afterward. After the break, the hosts made their numerical advantage count as James Bromley [67’] got the winner. West Essex go into 7th place while Ilford stay 9th.

Hackney Wick  1 – 3   Wadham Lodge    (5.30pm KO)

Venue: Old Spotted Dog    |   Attendance: 106

The ‘Ground-Hop Day’ action concluded at the Old Spotted Dog as Hackney Wick fell to defeat against Wadham Lodge. Mario Gnijaj put Wadham ahead on 22 minutes before Dwade James’ spot-kick [29’] doubled that advantage. Ibrahim Camara pulled one back 12 minutes from time for the hosts though James struck again two minutes from time to seal an important win for Marc Farrell’s side and they rise above Wick to 17th in the table. Hackney drop to 19th, two points above bottom side Waltham Forest.

If you’d like more on this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/match-report-h-wick-1-3-wadham-esl-11-11-17/

If you’d like an alternative view then my esteemed Non-League blogger colleague Peter Dudley has his say on the ‘Ground-Hop’ day matches and you can find that here: http://www.realfootytalk.com/2017/11/12/essex-senior-league-ground-hop-201718-saturday-11th-november/

 

Saturday 11th November

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town  0 – 1  Canning Town

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  4 – 1  Rayleigh Town

Harold Wood Athletic  1 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

 

Division One

Harold Hill  2 – 1   FC Hamlets

Old Southendian  0 – 0  Hutton

Runwell Sports  3 – 8   Newbury Forest

Snaresbrook  1 – 2   Buckhurst Hill

 

Division Two

May & Baker E.C. Res.   5 – 3      A1 Sports

Newham Utd  5 – 1     Rochford Town

Ongar Town  1 – 6     Toby

Rayleigh Town Res.    10 – 0   Ryan

Upminster   1 – 3   Herongate Athletic

Match Report: Hackney Wick 1 – 3 Wadham Lodge (ESL 11.11.17)

Essex Senior League – Ground-Hop Day Match #3

Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Attendance: 106

2017-18 Season – Match 38

Saturday 11th November 2017 5.30pm KO

Hackney Wick: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Wadham Lodge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both sides before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at the Old Spotted Dog,  the ESL ‘Ground-Hop Day’ came to a close as Hackney Wick took on an improving Wadham Lodge side in an important ‘six-pointer’ with both sides near the bottom of the table.

The visitors knew a win would take them off the bottom of the table, though Wick started the brighter of the two sides with winger Tajahn Figueroa denied by Wadham goalkeeper Stefan Botar whilst one-on-one five minutes in. Wadham had a good chance of their own with Jerome Mtumba mis-timing his strike from a narrow angle on 13 minutes. Soon after,Wick winger Jeffrey Idemudia’s cross from the right found forward Jordy Ndjeka though his shot was saved by Botar. The visitors got the important first goal through Mario Gnijaj’s close-range header at the back post on 22 minutes. Lodge sensed that more joy could be in the offing and after Gnijaj had a shot save, forward Dwade James doubled his side’s lead from the spot seven minutes later following a foul in the area.

Lodge continued to push forward and eleven minutes before the interval, full-back Akin Akinola’s powerful strike was saved by home goalkeeper Martin Arnauchkov though it then cannoned off the bar. Wadham winger Carlos Quintero was also an influence on his side down the left flank and he blasted a shot wide shortly before the break. Wick winger Idemudia piled in with a curling effort on the stroke of half-time though was denied well by Botar.

Half-Time: Hackney Wick 0 – 2 Wadham Lodge

The second half was admittedly somewhat quieter though evergreen forward Sherwin Stanley missed a decent chance eight minutes after the break. Wick forward Ibrahim Camara was denied by Botar soon afterward. Wick did halve their arrears with twelve minutes to play as Camara’s strike found the net.

Both sides made changes and this may have affected the tempo of the match though Wadham won’t mind as late on, James grabbed his second of the evening with a header past Arnauchkov to seal the points for his side and take them above Wick into 17th place while Wick drop to 19th spot.

Full-Time: Hackney Wick 1 – 3 Wadham Lodge

Camara 78’  |  Gnijaj 22, James 29’ & 88’

Teams:

Hackney Wick

Martin Arnauchkov (GK), Simpson Mpalampa (C), Meer Ishanzadeh, Stephen O’Hara, Robert Kasanga, Sergo Sidibe, Jeffrey Idemudia, Jake Casey (Kareem Richardson 73’), Jordy Ndjeka (Saico Djop 61’), Ibrahim Camara, Tajahn Figueroa

Goal-scorer: Ibrahim Camara [78’]

Booked: Kasanga   |  Subs Not Used: Nassim Keniza, Kirk McPherson

Wadham Lodge

Stefan Botar (GK), Danny Palmer, Akin Akinola (Ben Masaku 61’), Jerome Mtumba (George Silver Mulonda 77’), Andrea Kostadinov, Eli Benoit (C), Mario Gnijaj, Gary Silvera, Sherwin Stanley (Rueben Akande 90’), Dwade James, Carlos Quintero

Goal-scorers: Mario Gnijaj [22’], Dwade James [29’ & 88’]

Booked: Quintero, Gnijaj, Silvera  | Subs Not Used: Michael Appiah, Junior Ibweachu

Refree: David Merno  | Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Alan Steward

Report In-Brief: Waltham Forest 1 – 3 Woodford Town (2017) (ESL 11.11.17)

Essex Senior League – Ground-Hop Day Match #2

Venue: Kitchener Road

Attendance: 60

2017-18 Season – Match 37

Saturday 11th November 2017 2.30pm KO

Waltham Forest: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford Town (2017): Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice afternoon at Kitchener Road, Waltham Forest took on Woodford Town in the second match of the designated three with altered kick-offs as part of ‘Ground-Hop Day’. Forest announced this week that they are crowd-funding with the objective of preserving the club beyond this season with the club’s 150th anniversary approaching next term.

In the opening twenty minutes of this encounter, Forest did look the stronger of the two sides with recent signing Chid Okonwai leading the line for the hosts. Twice in the opening half, Okonwai forced visiting stopper Nick Wilson into decent saves. As we headed for the half-hour point, the visitors started to move up a gear with a long-range effort being spilled by Forest goalkeeper Mohammed for a corner. Nine minutes before the break, Woodford took the lead as Mohammed saved a initial shot though the ball fell to forward Asher Modeste who made no mistake.

Half-Time: Waltham Forest 0 – 1 Woodford Town (2017)

The second half began well for the visiting side as they doubled their advantage four minutes in with a powerful drive by forward Ethan Kessel. Forest responded on 67 minutes as two substitutes combined with Daniel Medina’s cross finding Joe Creasey who had a tap-in. The joy for the hosts was short-lived though as Kessel got his second of the afternoon for Woodford just two minutes later to seal the points for Dee Safer’s men.

The match faded somewhat after that though Forest’s Fahad Nazor struck a post with 15 minutes to play and Okonwai couldn’t get his name on the score-sheet as his curling effort went over the bar.

Full-Time: Waltham Forest 1 – 3 Woodford Town (2017)

Creasey 67’   |  Modeste 36’, Kessel 49’ & 69’

Teams: Due to Woodford Town’s team-sheet being unavailable, the teams are not listed in this article, my apologies.

Referee: Lukas Wood

Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Jeremy Mott

Match Report: Redbridge 3 – 1 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 11.11.17)

Essex Senior League – Ground Hop Day Match #1

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 106

2017-18 Season – Match 36

Saturday 11th November 2017 12pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

Burnham Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both sides observe a minute’s silence on Armistice Day

Report by Scott W (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

First up on a special elongated day of Essex Senior League action on ‘Ground-Hop Day’, Redbridge took on Burnham Ramblers at Oakside in the midday kick-off. Redbridge were led in attack by Brian Moses and Sipho Mtyanda, with fellow forward Calvin Poku on the bench as midfielder Shaun Harris and winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao were unavailable. Burnham fielded Charlee Hughes, Bradley Morgan and debutant Fraser Inns in attack.

The Motormen started well as only three minutes in, centre-back Vinny Murphy’s curled free-kick was tipped over the bar by alert Burnham custodian Joshua Strizovic. The hosts took advantage of this early impetus as on eight minutes winger Joshua Hutchinson’s right-wing cross found target-man Moses and his header sailed into the left corner to open their account for the afternoon.

To be fair to the visitors, they responded quickly as only minutes later, a drive from midfielder Ben Burgess needed the intervention of Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene. Both sides traded chances in the following period of the game, with Moses really pulling his side forward. His cross found strike partner Sipho Mtyanda on 17 minutes though was denied by a great tackle from a visiting defender. Burnham’s Bradley Morgan’s effort was denied on the line by Liam Thomas as they looked to level things up.

This seemed to pep the hosts up as they created further chances, captain Eljay Worrell’s shot was denied well by Strizovic. After the rain we’ve had this week, the pitch was a bit slippy, though it didn’t really perturb either side here. Burnham put a ‘spanner in the works’ of the home half-time team-talk as they levelled two minutes before the break as Morgan’s pinpoint cross from the right was powerfully headed home by Fraser Inns.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

After the break, the hosts continued with push early-doors as Worrell had a goal ruled out for off-side, Mtyanda and Moses both sent efforts wide before the latter was one-on-one with Strizovic though the ‘keeper made another good save on 51 minutes. Burnham were still showing spirit, particularly at the back though their resistance was broken just after the hour as Worrell’s corner found Moses who nodded home from close range.

The hosts brought on fit-again forward Jacob Dingli around this point also and soon after that, he brought another good save out of Strizovic though with five minutes remaining, Dingli’s shot was blocked though fellow substitute Tommie Turner turned the ball home to seal the points. I must give credit to Burnham as their heads did not drop, with Strizovic making three more good saves to keep his team in it late on.

Overall, I would say that the Motormen were ‘in the mood’ today and that showed, though Burnham showed their determined nature once again and definitely played their part in this encounter. I’d like to pass on my best wishes to both clubs and thank Redbridge FC for their hospitality.

Full-Time: Redbridge 3 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

Moses 8′, 63′     |     Inns 43′
Turner 85′

Teams:

Redbridge: Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Jonathan Mbamarah, Phillip Brown-Bampoe (Jacob Dingli 62′), Vinny Murphy, Liam Thomas, Joshua Hutchinson (Marcus Carter 85′), Patrick Duggan, Lindisipho Mtyanda (Tommie Turner 65′), Brian Moses, Eljay Worrell (C)

Goal-scorers: Brian Moses [8′ & 63′], Tommie Turner [85′]

Booked: Moses   |  Subs Not Used: Poku

Burnham Ramblers: Joshua Strizovic (GK), Franco Guidi (Julian Bavin 46′), Edison Tereziu (George Kuderovitch 85′), Ben Burgess, Ryan Plom, Scott Plom, Ryan Stillwell (C), William Howard, Bradley Morgan, Fraser Inns, Charlee Hughes

Goal-scorer: Fraser Inns [43′]

Booked: S Plom, Howard, Hughes | Subs Not Used: Green
Referee: Graham Scott

Assistant Referees: Brian Townsend & Trevor Williams

The ESL Ground-hopper’s weekend (8.11.17)

ESL Badge

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This coming weekend (Fri 10th & Sat 11th Nov), the Essex Senior League has something of a unique event coming. Among a reduced Saturday fixture list due to the ESL sides in FA Vase action, there are three matches with staggered kick-off times, starting with the 12midday KO: Redbridge v Burnham Ramblers at Oakside, continuing with a 2.30pm KO: Waltham Forest v Woodford Town (2017) at Kitchener Road and finishing with a 5.30pm match at the Old Spotted Dog where Hackney Wick take on Wadham Lodge.

All this is proceeded by a local derby the previous evening at Cricklefield: Barkingside v Clapton. In a league where we do have Friday night matches as well as midweek action, it is rare though to have altered kick-off times on a Saturday. As such, it does rather feel like a special occasion.

For those folks who will do two or three matches on the day, a long day it may be though it is shaping up to be a cracker and I hope it is a beacon or a start of something that could continue as initiatives like this (as well as refreshments/food & admission etc) to encourage fans to ‘join the party’. It is heartening to see that Non-League crowds are on the rise at higher steps (Step 3’s Isthmian Premier for example) so why not at Step 5?

Also, it has to be said that the clubs involved deserve a mention for taking part in this ‘experiment’ & those that have organised it. Thank you.

Check back on Friday for Peter & my usual Preview piece looking at the ties (in ESL & FA Vase involving ESL sides) in more detail but in the mean time, here are the ESL fixtures themselves (3pm unless stated):

Friday 10th November 2017

Barkingside v Clapton | Venue: Cricklefield (7.45pm KO)

Saturday 11th November

Redbridge v Burnham Ramblers |Venue: Oakside (12pm KO)

Waltham Forest v Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: Kitchener Road (2.30pm KO)

Basildon Utd v Southend Manor | Venue: The Hive

Stansted v Sawbridgeworth Town  | Venue: Hargrave Park

West Essex v Ilford | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Hackney Wick v Wadham Lodge | Venue: Old Spotted Dog  (5.30pm KO)

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 3 Great Wakering Rovers (ESL 7.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 72

2017-18 Season: Match 35

Tuesday 7th November 2017 7.45pm KO

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

Great Wakering Rovers: Green & White Striped Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

Action - HS v GWR (ESL 7.11.17 by PD)
Action from the match (Credit: Peter Dudley)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a rainy Tuesday evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed in-form Great Wakering Rovers in another Essex Senior League encounter. For the hosts, Aaron Hunwicks played at right-back, with captain Jimmy Cox being deployed in an unfamiliar holding midfield role, with Ollie Miller leading the line. Wakering kept a fairly settled side with Neil Richmond and Jay Nash leading in attack.

The visitors started the match the stronger of the two sides with forward Jay Nash twice having efforts on goal, the latter being cleared on the line after home goalkeeper Lewis Catling spilled fellow forward Neil Richmond’s initial free-kick. Rovers did take the lead ten minutes in, as Richmond found himself in a good position in the area, Hullbridge defender Sam Taylor failed to clear under pressure and Richmond helped himself to a tap-in. The same player nearly made it two just four minutes later though Catling denied him following a long-ball forward.

Hullbridge were defending for their lives though there was a sense that Rovers would press home their advantage and they did so on 26 minutes when a good right-wing cross found winger Billy Johnson who had a simple header from a couple of yards out into the net. Rovers extended their lead in unfortunate circumstances for the hosts as home defender Angus Poole’s pass back to Catling bobbled on the slippy pitch, over the custodian’s foot and into the left corner. Hullbridge’s attacking moments were few and far between with midfielder Sam Dulieu’s shot drawing a save from visiting goalkeeper Rees Hawkins. In the main, the visitors were pretty dominant at this point.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 0 – 3 Great Wakering

After the break, Iain O’Connell’s men pushed to extend their advantage early on as Catling did well to keep Johnson’s shot nine minutes after the re-start. The hosts’ defence did get a few good blocks in, led by the stoic centre-back pairing of Rob Hodgson and Angus Poole. Sports were battling better since the interval though were still lacking potency up top with forward Ollie Miller not getting a huge degree of service. That said, the forward did his best to stretch the visiting defence, marshalled by skipper Scott Pethers.

The hosts pulled one back with 18 minutes remaining as winger Charlie Buffin’s drive beat Hawkins to make it 1-3. The visitors did have a different look about them in attack since Richmond departed at the break and midfielder Ricky Evans’ drive was just off-target with 11 minutes to play. The hosts pulled closer with two minutes to go as Charlie Buffin grabbed another, though I’m not sure he knew all about it. The hosts rallied as they pushed for a leveller, which seemed improbable at half-time.

Wakering had a chance late in added-time though substitute Chris Bryan brought another good save out of Catling. Wakering had the odd nervy moment to contend with though the most important thing is the three points. Hullbridge will know they can’t keep conceding big deficits and expect to come back though their spirit as ever deserves a mention. As does the introduction of local lad Shawn Coe who came off the bench to make his debut tonight for Hullbridge, having played at the club for over a decade, going through the age groups and reserve side. Best wishes Shawn.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 3 Great Wakering Rovers

Charlie Buffin 72′ & 88′   |     Richmond 10′, Johnson 26′, Poole OG 34′

 

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Lewis Catling (GK), Aaron Hunwicks, Sam Taylor (Shawn Coe 67′), Jimmy Cox (C) (Tom Ranger 72′), Rob Hodgson, Angus Poole, Charlie Buffin, Jamie Buffin (Howard Wright 85′), Ollie Miller, Sam Dulieu, Charlie Gerada

Subs Not Used: Nathan Burrell, Damien Siemienczuk

Booked: Miller

Goal-scorers: Charlie Buffin [72′ & 88′]

 

Great Wakering Rovers

Rees Hawkins (GK), Jason Ring, Louis Robinson (Charlie Seaden 85′), Scott Pethers (C), Oliver Woodhouse, Samuel Carter, Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Neil Richmond (Bradley Nobbs 46′), Jay Nash (Chris Bryan 76′), Aaron Russell

Subs Not Used: Jimmy Cook, Finley Dopson

Goal-scorers: Neil Richmond [10′], Billy Johnson [26′], Angus Poole OG [34′]

Report: Tower Hamlets 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 4.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 36

2017-18 Season – Match 34

Saturday 4th November 2017 3pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts and Black Socks

Burnham Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly and damp afternoon, I made my way to Mile End Stadium as Tower Hamlets welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. The hosts were missing a few players including Kane Wilson and the injured Lee McKnight and Wale Odedoyin though new signings Jerome Martelli and Elias Tackie made the starting XI and substitute’s bench respectively. Burnham were missing the likes of forward Bradley Morgan and Luke Maloney though Charlee Hughes led the line for Lee Hughes’ side.

The pitch had to pass a morning pitch inspection and as things got underway, it was evident that while the pitch was OK, it was still boggy and that did mean players slipped a bit. Hamlets forward Curtis Pond nearly opened the scoring in the first minute after being played in by strike partner Luke With though he couldn’t find the target. Tola Odedoyin won a few good headers at centre-back though after a decent initial spell, the hosts had to deal with a few Burnham attacks, midfielder Bobby Barker and forward Hughes couldn’t test home goalkeeper James Pellin.

Pond and winger Martelli blasted shots wide, the latter having a great chance whilst one-on-one with visiting custodian Joshua Strizovic. Hughes hit the post for Burnham on 26 minutes having beaten Pellin. Tola Odedoyin done his side a favour by making a good last-ditch tackle on Hughes when the Burnham forward was in a good position to ‘pull the trigger’ just shy of the half-hour mark.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The hosts may have had more of the chances though Burnham could have snuck ahead in the opening half having had some good moments themselves. Hamlets joint-manager AJ Ashinike was firing out instructions from near the stand to keep his side going though as we made our way past the half-way point in the second half, the hosts pushed forward to find that so far elusive goal. Substitute O’Neal Rowe twice tested Strizovic though Burnham thought they’d broken the deadlock 14 minutes from time though Hughes’s goal was ruled out for off-side, much to the consternation of the Burnham dug-out.

That frustration was amplified soon after as Hamlets took the lead with nine minutes remaining. Substitutes Elias Tackie and Rowe combined, with Rowe laying the ball off for Tackie to power his strike into the right corner. Burnham nearly grabbed a last-minute leveller as a free-kick was well-directed though was just over Hughes’ head at the back stick.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

Tackie 81′

Hamlets may have just edged this one on chances created though I really don’t think there was much between the sides. I think it also serves as another pointer that both these sides have improved compared to last season. Congratulations to Hamlets who sit 7th in the table and my best wishes to Burnham as they strive to rise up the table, they are 17th. My thanks also go to Tilia and Adam (T Hamlets) for their hospitality today, it is appreciated.

Teams:
Tower Hamlets

James Pellin (GK), Lamar Earle, John Watson (Inesh Sumithran 67′), Mata Julio, Tola Odedoyin, Jerome Martelli (O’Neal Rowe 67′), Frankie Sinclair (C), Curtis Pond, Antonio Montiero (Elias Tackie 67′), Luke With, Igor Furtado

Subs Not Used: Harry Wright, James Ross

Goalscorer: Elias Tackie (81′)

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Luke Caston, Grant Webb, Ben Burgess, Alex Karkoski, Bobby Barker, William Howard, Ryan Stillwell (C), Charlee Hughes, Robert Bagnall (George Kuderovitch 84′), Samuel Warwick (Edison Tereziu 73′)

Subs Not Used: Adam French (GK), Andrew Mowforth

Booked: Barker

Referee: Ede Eruero

Assistants: Michael Wingate & Abdel Hemid Zekri

ESL Preview (3.11.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

This weekend, the Essex Senior League has another round of action and it’s good to welcome back Peter as we resume our ‘challenge’ of previewing the action. Below are Peter’s & my thoughts on this weekend’s matches in the ESL:

Basildon United Vs Sporting Bengal United | Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees are unbeaten in four and rose to the top of the table after victory at Waltham Forest in midweek and they welcome a side who have lost their last seven in the league, although they did record a come-from-behind win at Stansted in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek which would of given them a boost.  However I believe the hosts are too strong right now and will record a win here.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Marc Harrison’s side continue to impress this term and have only failed to win one match at home thus far. Sporting Bengal are finding it tough-going at present in the league having slid down to mid-table now though a win in the Errington Cup away from home at Stansted will help their confidence. That said, The Bees’ firepower will take some dealing with so home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Enfield 1893 Vs Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts’ recent form has been very Jekyll and Hyde, there last five league games yielding two wins, a draw and two defeats, with their last outing a thrashing from Great Wakering Rovers on their own patch so they will want to get back to positive ways in this one.  They welcome a Woodford Town side who were four unbeaten until they lost their last two games, with the latest a home defeat to FC Romania, so both sides need a boost in this one.  Hard one to call so gonna go for a draw here.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Enfield welcome Woodford to the Harlow Arena. The hosts will not want reminding of last week’s heavy home defeat though before that they were unbeaten in three matches in all competitions. Woodford have lost their last two matches and have lost a player or two this week. This one will be a tight encounter though I’m going go for a narrow home win as Enfield do have it in them, though arguably they need to start producing on a more regular basis.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

FC Romania Vs Southend Manor | Venue: Theobalds Lane

Peter: The hosts are on a terrific run right now in the league, unbeaten in seven games of which six of those have been victories (four in a row currently) and they welcome managerless Southend Manor to Theobalds Lane with the visitors winless in three and having lost their last two games.  Cannot see anything other than a home win here.

Peter’s Prediction : 2 – 0

Scott: FCR welcome Manor to Theobalds Lane. The Wolves have won five of their six league matches and are bringing themselves back into contention at the top-of-the-table. Manor haven’t had a good week and will need their battling qualities to salvage anything out of this tough assignment. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Hackney Wick Vs Redbridge | Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Peter: Wick ended a run of five straight defeats with victory at Southend Manor last weekend however they welcome the best team in the division over the last ten games in Redbridge who have nine wins in those ten games, with the only blemish being the defeat at Burnham Ramblers two Tuesday’s ago.  Wick showed though in their last game what they can do but I feel Redbridge will have too much for them and will come out on top.

Peter’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Wick upset the odds a bit with a good win at Southchurch Park last weekend to end a five-match losing run though have yet to win a home match this term in five attempts. Redbridge achieved a battling win at Stansted last weekend despite missing a few key players so that shows that can win ‘ugly’. The Motormen will also not want to give up ground in the promotion race and I believe they will get the job done here too.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Hullbridge Sports Vs Clapton | Venue: Lower Road

Peter: The hosts have lost five of their last six in the league and welcome a bang in-form Tons side who are on a six-game winning streak.  But Hullbridge did record a win at Colney Heath in the Vase recently which would have given them a boost although two defeats at high-flying Takeley certainly would not have helped.  But saying all that I feel this one could end all square.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 3

Scott: Hullbridge welcome the Tons to Lower Road. Sports have been inconsistent despite their battling progress in the FA Vase recently. Clapton are on a good run and backed as they could be by the travelling Ultras, that could give them the edge in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Ilford Vs Waltham Forest | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The Foxes four match unbeaten run was ended last time out by Wadham Lodge in what was a poor showing by all accounts, however they did get their revenge in midweek when defeating the same side at home in the Errington Challenge Cup.  Forest are in terrible form right now, bottom of the form table having lost six straight, conceding on average almost three goals a game over the last ten outings.  Think this one will be tight but predicting Ilford to come out on top.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Ilford take on Waltham Forest at Cricklefield. The Foxes have been busy on the signing front of late as they look to have the squad depth to re-charge their push to rise up the table. They did pick up a narrow win in the Challenge Cup over Wadham in midweek to avenge their loss away from home the previous Friday night. Waltham Forest haven’t won in over a month and have conceded twice as many as they have scored thus far this term in their 16 matches. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Takeley Vs Barkingside | Venue: Station Road

Peter: The hosts are unbeaten in five but lost top spot to Basildon United in midweek although the Bees have played one more game.  And two wins over Hullbridge over the past week, one in the Errington Challenge Cup, would have continued to boost the home sides confidence.  Barkingside arrive at Station Road off the back of ending their three-game losing streak by winning at Sporting Bengal United last time out so will be looking to continue this form, however Takeley are a much tougher proposition and will more than likely pick up the three points here.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Marc Das’ side entertain Barkingside at Station Road. The hosts are unbeaten in three matches in all competitions and welcome a Barkingside outfit that did prevail over Bengal last time out though have also conceded nine goals in their last four league matches. The visitors take on the joint-second best defence in the league and with Takeley’s ability of grinding out results it swings towards a home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Tower Hamlets Vs Burnham Ramblers | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hamlets last five games have seen two wins, a draw and two defeats in what has been a mixed spell, and their last gasp loss at Clapton last time out would of certainly hurt them.  They also fell to a late defeat at Great Wakering Rovers in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek although they showed great qualities against two decent sides.  They welcome Burnham Ramblers to Mile End with the visitors seeing a three game winning run brought to an abrupt halt by leaders Basildon United and then saw Sawbridgeworth hit six past them in midweek in the Errington Challenge Cup, meaning no goals scored and ten against in those two games.  Hamlets to win this one for me.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Hamlets welcome Burnham to Mile End. One thing you definitely see with these two sides is goals. League-wise, Hamlets have lost two of their last five encounters though have only lost one home match thus far this campaign. Burnham need to get back scoring after conceding 11 goals without reply in their last three matches (in all competitions). Factor in that Hamlets average two & a half goals per home match thus far and it’s hard to say home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Wadham Lodge Vs Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Lodge are probably in their best form of late, unbeaten in four with two wins in their last three league outings, and they look a much more competitive outfit now than a few games ago.  They did lose to Ilford in midweek in the Cup though and they welcome a Sawbo side who smashed six past Burnham Ramblers in the Cup in midweek, their second straight win after they picked up a league victory prior to that cup win.  Fancying an away win here.

Peter’s Prediction : 1 – 2

Scott: Sawbridgeworth travel to Kitchener Road to take on an improving Wadham side. All of the hosts’ wins have come at home though it’s hard to ignore that they’ve conceded 46 goals in 16 matches thus far. Sawbridgeworth have it in them to battle and thumped Burnham in the Errington Cup in midweek. John Watters’ side will need to be at their best though they could take the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

West Essex Vs Great Wakering Rovers | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: The hosts ended a four-game winless run with victory last time out and welcome a Rovers side who put seven past Enfield last weekend, and also recorded victory in midweek in the Cup.  The hosts are looking to rediscover their early-season form which briefly saw them top the division, but will find it hard against this GWR side.  I do think this one may end all square though.

Peter’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: In the last match on Saturday, West Essex renew acquaintances with Wakering, having lost an earlier encounter at Mayesbrook Park in the FA Vase this season. The visitors are one place and two points above their hosts before this match and their big win at Enfield perhaps signals another good run after a mini-blip. My instinct tends to lean towards an away win though it will be a tough encounter.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

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Following The ESL : 2017/18 Season (Part 1: July – October) (31.10.17)

Lower Rd pitch (H v WF ESL 29.7.17)
Lower Road pitch (29.7.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

As the dawn of the new season approached back in July, Essex Senior League (or ESL) clubs first began the necessary pre-season campaign, ahead of the season proper which began in late July/early August. Two ‘new’ names joined the fray in Hackney Wick [in place of London Bari] and Wodford Town (2017) [replacing Haringey & Waltham] so we were set for a 21-team league season.

Although we didn’t know the specifics at the time, we knew that Promotion & Relegation were going to take on more significance this season. The former has been subject to ground-grading issues recently, while the latter hasn’t been in place at all, in recent times at least.

Among the interesting differences compared to last season [in which Barking seized the chance to win the division and ascend back to the Isthmian League] were players coming down from higher tiers, more teams arguably having ‘budgets’ and some clubs also actively seeking to improve themselves and being aware that the ESL itself was going to get more ‘coverage’. Not by the ‘recognised press’ who were more than likely to have their attention focused elsewhere, but by an increasing group of folks who seemingly prefer Non-League Football, particularly at this level.

So there’s your ‘scene’. Even at the end of last season, I doubt many people would hazard a guess as to who would be the ‘front-runne

rs’ for the ESL title this term. You could not discount ‘surprises’ either, indeed those sorts of teams could quietly build a platform early -doors from which to sustain during what is a long ol’ season.

Said ‘surprises’ did launch themselves ‘out of the blocks’ in the form of Basildon Utd, Sporting Bengal Utd & West Essex in the first couple of months of the season, as they were among the early leaders.

As a certain lanky soul [ie. Me] made his way from match-to-match and read other reports & articles from other good colleagues as the weeks drifted by, it became pretty clear that a) This is going to be one heck of a competitive season , b) not much was going to stay still and c) at times, anyone could throw up the odd ‘surprise result’ into the air. Throw in quite a few chances in the dug-out (managerial) as well and you get the picture.

Two things have grabbed me, one is the unforgiving nature of results. Why? Well, on occasion they don’t quite reflect the actual match you’ve seen. That score-board isn’t about “could haves, would haves and should haves” – it can be cold in that respect. The other thing is the old chestnut: Consistency – easy to say yet hard to accomplish. Factor in the likely changes in matchday squads & starting XIs though injuries, suspensions and unavailability etc and the variables rise.

So at the end of October, who are among the top six in the table? Well, Takeley lead by two points from Basildon Utd with Redbridge, FC Romania, Great Wakering Rovers and Clapton all in hot pursuit. At The bottom, seven clubs are separated by just three points.

It’ll be some battle throughout the division this term. As an independent, I’ll say this: Bring It On!

Thanks for reading.

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Hargrave Park pitch (28.10.17)

Match Report: Stansted 0 – 2 Redbridge (ESL) (28.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 44

2017-18 Season – Match 33

Saturday 28th October 2017 3pm KO

 Stansted: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene late autumn’s afternoon, I made my first visit to Hargrave Park as Stansted welcomed Redbridge in another Essex Senior League encounter. The ground might be a bit compact, but it does have a certain charm to it (see images). On to the teams then and Stansted were missing a number of players that were not available, while the Motormen’s Brian Moses and Jonothon Mbamarah were among those missing for the visitors.

In the main, both sides took a bit of a time to settle on the wet outfield. Stansted could have taken the lead five minutes in though winger Nick Brown’s 20-yard curling strike fizzed just wide. The visitors responded as Redbridge winger Joshua Hutchinson’s angled drive was saved by home goalkeeper Tim Pitman. The visitors did need a little while to get their possession game going though when they did get it up top, they kept the Airportmen backline busy, forward Thomas Gogo making a good run which was blocked for a corner just following the quarter-hour. The visitors had to make a change not long after that as centre-half Vinny Murphy was replaced there by Olly Gollard.

As we past the midway point of the first half, the bustling energy of midfielder Shaun Harris and winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao did start to set some good build-up play up though the end product wasn’t quite there. Stansted reminded them that they were well in this as Brown sent another effort wide. That and fellow winger Ryan Ramsey was having a good tussle at times with Redbridge full-back Courtney Homans at times, Ramsey showing good pace and trickery.

The hosts’ front three of Ramsey, George Smith and Brown were certainly keeping the visiting backline honest. In the latter stages of the half, the visitors did start to dominate though Paul Pittuck’s men were in a typically determined mood, midfielder Jack Folan denying Hutchinson with a good tackle as the latter was poised to strike. The deadlock was broken three minutes before the break as Harris’ angled-drive from just inside the area beat Pitman on its way to the corner. Forward Calvin Poku nearly made it two only a couple of minutes later though he sent his shot wide.

Half-Time: Stansted  0 – 1 Redbridge

The second half began with the hosts having to make two enforced changes in the opening minutes with Brown and skipper Dave Limber going off, replaced by Julian Lloyd and Lewis Riches respectively. The hosts did test visiting custodian Lewis Greene though he was equal to Smith’s effort from a narrow angle on 57 minutes. Both sides pushed in attack, though the visitors were gradually having more of the play with the likes of Coxi-Sebastfao and Hutchinson growing in influence on the game. When Smith limped off with 15 minutes to play, the hosts were down to ten and although you knew they’d graft hard, you also felt it might be an opening for the visitors to make the points safe.

The Motormen did just that eight minutes from the end as Hutchinson slotted past Pitman to double their advantage. In added time, substitute Tommie Turner ‘s shot was well-saved by Pitman though in fairness, the score-line about right as the visitors came away from Hargrave Park with a hard-earned but deserved win. Stansted can hold their heads up high though as they certainly didn’t make it an easy afternoon for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side today.

Full-Time:                    Stansted  0 – 2 Redbridge

                    Harris 42’, Hutchinson 82’

Congrats to Redbridge on the win and best wishes to Stansted for the remainder of the season, and thanks to Glyn and the club for their hospitality.

Teams:

Stansted

Manager: Paul Pittuck

Redbridge

Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Tim PItman  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene (GK)
2  Jack Isherwood 2  Courtney Homans
3  Jevoy Blair          (Subbed 68’) 3  Eljay Worrell  (C)
4  Chris Moore 4  Shaun Harris
5  David Limber  (C)  (Subbed 48’) 5  Vinny Murphy   (Subbed 19’)
6  Jamie Bennett 6  Liam Thomas
7  Nick Brown       (Subbed 46’) 7  Joshua Hutchinson
8  Jack Folan 8  Patrick Duggan
9  George Smith 9  Calvin Poku         (Subbed 76′)
10  Stef Neilsen 10  Thomas Gogo    (Subbed 67′)
11  Ryan Ramsey 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao
   

Substitutes:

12  Julian Lloyd                  (On 46’) 12  Malaki Toussaint
13  Jay Hocking-Rising      (On 68’) 14  Olly Gollard          (On  19’)
14  Lewis Riches                (On 48’) 15  Lindisipho Mtyanda    (On 76’)
  16  Tommie Turner            (On 67’)
  17  Phil Brown-Bampoe
   
   

Referee:

Lukas Wood
Assistant Referees:

James Whittaker Snr

Ike Ayesemuate

   
Booked: Blair, Hocking-Rising Booked: None