FA Vase Second Quali R (ESL sides) & ESL Preview (22.9.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

This weekend, the Buildbase FA Vase reaches the Second Qualifying Round some ESL sides are in action. Which teams will triumph and bag £725 in prize money? There are also a limited number of Essex Senior League fixtures this weekend. Here are Peter’s and my thoughts on this weekend’s ties…

FA Vase Second Qualifying Round

Saturday 23th September

Basildon Utd v Walsham-le-Willows  |   Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees welcome Walsham-le-Willows to The Hive for the second time this season after the teams met in the FA Cup earlier in the season.  Basildon won that one after a draw in Suffolk and so will be confident of another victory no doubt.  The visitors have won five league games this season though and will pose a threat so it won’t be straight forward, but I feel the hosts will win though.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: It’s a case of ‘déjà vu’ as Basildon welcome Walsham-le-Willows to the Hive, the very venue where the ESL side knocked out the same opposition in the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round replay just last month. Basildon’s unbeaten start in the ESL was ended last weekend by Enfield 1893 while Walsham are in the top ten of the Thurlow Nunn Premier at present, having only lost three of 11 matches thus far. The hosts will want to respond following’s last weekend’s defeat though I suspect this will be a tight match. Narrow home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Hadleigh Utd v Sawbridgeworth Town  | Venue: The Millfield

Peter: Sawbridgeworth travel to Suffolk to take on Hadleigh United and will be looking for another superb away performance in the Vase like the one against Saffron Walden Town in the previous round and put their difficult start in the league to one side.  Hadleigh have beaten ESL opponents in the shape of Sporting Bengal United already this season so would love another, and I feel they may just do this too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Hadleigh welcome ESL side Sawbridgeworth to the Millfield. The hosts have won three of their eight league matches in ECL Premier thus far, whilst Sawbridgeworth have won two of their eight thus far. John Watters’ side did knock out Hadleigh’s fellow ECL Prem side Saffron Walden in the last round of the Vase so they may fancy this encounter. I have a feeling they may just get the job done in another tough match

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Ilford v Hullbridge Sports   |   Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: An all-ESL match up at Cricklefield sees Ilford host Hullbridge Sports with both sides confident of victory.  Both sides have tasted success and failure already this season but a good run in the Vase could certainly help them kick-start their seasons for sure.  I feel home advantage may swing this one Ilford’s way though.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: Ilford welcome Hullbridge to Cricklefield in the first of two all-ESL ties in the FA Vase this weekend. The hosts have not enjoyed their last two league matches, conceding seven goals in the process. Hullbridge haven’t been in the best of form recently either and have had a week off from ESL duty so that makes this tie very difficult to call. What is true of both sides is they need to stop conceding goals. My belief is that if the hosts start this match well, they will get a positive result. As I said, tough to call though I think narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Kirkley & Pakefield v Burnham Ramblers   |  Venue: The Lauren Lou 3G Arena

Peter: Ramblers travel to the outskirts of Lowestoft to take on Kirkley & Pakefield knowing the hosts haven’t had the best of seasons having only won one of their ten league games so far this campaign although Burnham themselves have lost seven of their nine league games themselves but certainly have been competing well recently.  I fell that the Suffolk side may grab a win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Burnham travel to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Kirkley & Pakefield. Both sides have struggled to put wins together thus far in their respective divisions. The hosts are in the bottom four of the ECL Prem, whilst Burnham are also in a similar position in the ESL though they have shown spirit this season. Again, this is a very hard one to call though this tie might require a replay.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Redbridge  v  Coggeshall Town  |   Venue: Oakside

Peter: The Motormen welcome another Thurlow Nunn side in the shape of Coggeshall Town to Oakside and will be hoping for a similar outcome to the one last round when they put a decent Brantham Athletic side to the sword, but the visitors are probably a step up having won eight out of ten in the league and will pose plenty of problems to the ESL side.   I do feel however that Redbridge will edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: ECL Premier high-flyers Coggeshall Town visit Oakside in this intriguing contest. Redbridge are on an excellent run as they proved in the last round of the FA Vase by defeating Brantham 6-1. Coggeshall are 2nd in the ECL Prem and also won at Hullbridge in the Essex Senior Cup this week. That said, if the Motormen can continue their recent performances, they will take some stopping here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Stowmarket Town v Enfield 1893  | Venue: Greens Meadow

Peter: This proves one hell of a challenge for Enfield as they take on big-spenders Stowmarket Town.  Things haven’t gone well for the hosts in the league though having lost four of their seven outings but in the cups they thrashed Barkingside at Cricklefield in the FA Cup and even held Bostik North side Romford at home before losing the replay.  And they hit seven in the last round of this competition too so Enfield need to be on their mettle here, and with their win at Basildon United last time out proved they are capable.  Sadly, I can only see a home win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Enfield make the long trip to Greens Meadow to take on the Thurlow Nunn Premier side. Last weekend’s triumph at Basildon may be a glimpse of what’s to come after a slow start in the league for Matt Hanning’s side. They did however defeat Haverhill Borough in the last round of the FA Vase. Stowmarket have had an indifferent start to the league though did win at Histon last weekend and thumped Team Bury 7-0 last time out in the Vase. Hard to see anything but a Stowmarket win here, especially as I saw them in the FA Cup earlier this term.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Tower Hamlets  v  Little Oakley    |   Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hamlets are flying right now after six wins in row in all competitions and they welcome Thurlow Nunn One side Little Oakley the Mile End looking to make it seven-in-a -row and earn a place in the First Round Proper.  The visitors league form isn’t great but they did defeat Thurlow Nunn Premier side Haverhill Rovers away last time out so this will give them confidence.  Oakley also pushed West Essex hard in the County Cup so Hamlets shouldn’t take this one for granted.  However I feel the hosts are feeling unbeatable right now so will take victory here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Hamlets welcome Step 6 side Little Oakley to Mile End. Hamlets are in-form at present, having won at Woodford Town 6-1 in midweek. Little Oakley did triumph at Hadleigh Utd though in the ECL League Challenge Cup in midweek. Though the visitors are really going have to be at their best to stop a Hamlets side that’s scored 22 goals in seven ESL matches. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

West Essex  v  Great Wakering Rovers   |    Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: ESL leaders West Essex host sixth-placed Rovers in what should be a corker of a cup-tie at Mayesbrook Park.  Both have began the season very well indeed so this one is a hard one to call, but I have a sneaky feeling Rovers may grab a win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Scott: For me, this is one of the ties of the round as Wakering travel to Mayesbrook Park. Kwame Kwateng’s side are joint-top of the ESL pile at present after enthralling wins at Southend Manor and Clapton in the last week. Wakering are on a good run themselves having won their last three in all competitions, with one of those being a thumping win over Sporting Bengal in the last round. I think they’ll be goals in this one too and will be a good indication of whether the league is the main focus for both sides this season. Wakering may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Sunday 24th September

Barkingside v Whitton Utd        |  Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Side welcome Thurlow Nunn One side Whitton United to Cricklefield and will hope their home advantage and higher step give them the edge here.  But the visitors, who sit second in the league with seven wins from nine outings so know how to win games for sure.  Side have had a mixed campaign but I feel will grab a narrow win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Barkingside welcome Step 6 side Whitton to Cricklefield on Sunday. Barkingside are in the top ten in the ESL table though have won four of their last eight matches in all competitions. To be fair, the visitors are second in the ECL First Division at present having won seven of their nine matches so far so Michael Walther’s side will need to put in a performance here.  Buoyed on by a possible decent crowd here, I reckon ‘Side will prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 22nd September

Woodford Town (2017) v Hackney Wick    |     Venue: Goffs Lane

Peter: Two sides who could do with a win meet on Friday evening at Goffs Lane as Woodford Town host Hackney Wick.  Both teams come into this one off the back of defeats so both will be looking for an important three points however I reckon this will end a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

Scott: Woodford welcome Wick to Goffs Lane on Friday night with both sides looking to push on following midweek defeats. Woodford were heavily beaten by Tower Hamlets and will be on their guard here. Hackney Wick lost out at Waltham Forest on Wednesday night though will believe they can put in another decent showing here. New Woodford manager Dee Safer will want a reaction from his players and if Wick have a good night defensively, then this could be a hard-fought contest. I reckon Woodford may sneak it though.

Scott’s Prediction: 2- 1

Saturday 23rd September

Clapton v FC Romania    |   Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: The Tons have struggled to really get going this season and their league position of 13th suggests that, whilst the visitors have enjoyed a largely good start and have won four out of six in the league although their extra time loss in midweek in the FA Cup might affect them.  However I think that despite this the visitors will grab a win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Clapton welcome the Wolves to the OSD. The Tons’ indeterminate start to the season was highlighted in midweek in a narrow loss at home to West Essex. FCR narrowly lost out in their FA Cup 2nd Quali Round replay at Hayes & Yeading in midweek. Manager Ion Vintila will no doubt want to see his side move on from that disappointment as they turn their attention back to the league. This match will be a good test of both sides’ character though I think we’ll see a score draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Stansted  v  Wadham Lodge  |   Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: Lodge will be desperate for points here after an awful start to this season, summed up by Wednesday evening’s loss at Mile End when leading 2-0 with around half an hour left.  Stansted haven’t had the greatest of starts but did hold FC Romania to a goalless draw recently so can certainly battle.  I do reckon that this one could end all square though.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Stansted welcome Wadham to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck’s side have only won one of their last five matches in all competitions, though that win did come in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek. Bottom side Wadham have only won one of nine league matches thus far and manager James Falaise left the club this week. Ironically, Stansted have beaten Lodge already this season, in the Essex Senior Cup though Lodge were only beaten by a late Sporting Bengal comeback in midweek. This one will be a close-fought encounter though Stansted may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 & on his website at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl

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Match Report: Redbridge 5 – 1 Ilford (ESL 19.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 69

2017-18 Season – Match 22

Tuesday 19th September 2017 7.45pm KO

 Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Oakside (Top view - Redb v Ilf 19.9.17)
Oakside Stadium (top view)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at Oakside, in-form Redbridge took on Ilford in the ‘169 Derby’ & another potentially important Essex Senior League encounter. Redbridge kept the same starting XI & the same personnel on the bench as they had in their previous match, a 2-1 win at Barkingside. Ilford made five changes to the starting XI following their defeat at Wakering last weekend.

The match began with Redbridge having the first shot on goal a couple of minutes in as right winger Joshua Hutchinson had a pop though visiting goalkeeper Chris Clark made the save. The hosts had a goal chalked off for offside six minutes in, tall forward Brian Moses the player being denied. At times, Ilford seemed to be playing a wing-back system with Sam Buffour on the right and Khadean Campbell on the left.

The hosts did take the lead on the quarter-hour as Eljay Worrell’s floated free-kick was spilled by Clark and found its way to Moses who grabbed a tap-in at the second attempt. Ilford nearly responded three minutes later as Chris Lockwood’s free-kick was heading in before Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene tipped it over the bar. Soon afterward, Campbell fizzed a shot just wide of the post before Motormen midfielder Patrick Duggan blasted a low shot wide of goal.

It should be said that the recent rain had made the pitch a slippy surface, which made things difficult for players to keep their footing at times. Twenty-five minutes into the match, Redbridge winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao was about to ‘pull the trigger’ in the area before being denied by an excellent last-ditch tackle by Ilford defender Baffour. As the half-hour mark approached, Campbell forced Greene into making a save with his goal-bound effort. The hosts could’ve been two ahead as well as Moses had a header saved by Clark.

The Motormen did go two goals to the good with ten minutes remaining of the half as Brian Moses played strike partner Calvin Poku in with a neat through-ball and Poku lobbed Clark well to double his side’s lead. It could’ve been three five minutes later though Moses’ header was denied by the ever-alert Clark, who made a good save.

Half-Time: Redbridge 2 – 0  Ilford

The second half started with the hosts on the front-foot as Poku & Moses both drew saves from Clark in the first eight minutes of the half. Ilford’s Billy Rix headed wide from Lockwood’s free-kick nine minutes in. And the hosts punished them for not converting their chances as on 57 minutes, after good build-up play, Sam Shepard’s right-wing cross was headed home well by Moses to pretty much extinguish any doubt where the points were going. Ilford made all three substitutions in the first 15 minutes of the half and whilst they had a few chances on goal, Greene in the Redbridge goal was fairly comfortable, assisted by a solid back four in front of him. With 15 minutes of the match to play, the over-worked Clark denied both Poku and substitute (and ex-Ilford forward) Lindsipho Mtyanda in the same move as the hosts continued to press forward. Clark was beaten to the ball two minutes later by Poku who rounded him before slotted home into an empty net.

Ilford did pull a goal back seven minutes from time as forward James Peagram’s shot from range was spilled by Greene and substitute Jamie Hart, following up, got a tap-in. Redbridge had the last word though as substitute Courtney Homans got a late fifth to add  to a dominant performance from Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side.

The hosts’ front four of Moses, Poku, Coxi-Sebastfao and Hutchinson really were tough for the Ilford defence to handle though conceding goals will be a concern for manager Allan Fenn and his side. For the visitors, goalkeeper Clark really did keep the score down and Campbell and Buffour showed their pace and energy at times as well in what was a disappointing team performance.

One thing I will add is if the Motormen keep this sort of form up, they will have a good season, perhaps an excellent one challenging that top-six. After this result, Redbridge’s 5th of the season, they sit in 7th place in the table while Ilford are in 10th spot.

FT:  Redbridge        5 – 1      Ilford

Moses 15’, 57’             Hart 83’

Poku 35’, 77’

Homans 89’

Teams:

Redbridge

Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Ilford

Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Lewis Greene  (GK) 1  Chris Clark  (GK)
2  Sam Shepard        (Subbed 58’) 2  Sam Baffour
3  Eljay Worrell  (C) 3  Khadean Campbell
4  Shaun Harris 4  Stefan Szajewski  (C)
5  Jonathan Mbamarah 5  Isaac Nkosi
6  Vinny Murphy 6  Billy Rix
7  Joshua Hutchinson 7  Billy Rungay               (Subbed 60’)
8  Patrick Duggan     (Subbed 61’) 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Calvin Poku 9  Sherwin Stanley      (Subbed 54’)
10  Brian Moses        (Subbed 72’) 10  James Peagram
11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao 11  Harry Markatis     (Subbed 46’)

Substitutes:

12  Courtney Homans     (On 58’) 12  Jamie Hart               (On 60’)
14  Liam Thomas 13  Tom Jackson  (GK)
15  Remi Nelson 14  Michael Graham    (On 54’)
16  Lindsipho Mtyanda    (On 72’) 15  Justas Paliulis         (On 46’)
17  Malaki Toussaint        (On 61’) 16  Isiah Anjourin

Referee:

Endrit Malaveci
Assistant Referees:

Tony King

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Booked: Shepard

Booked: Rungay, Markatis

Essex Senior League, FA Cup 2QR (ESL) & EOFL round-up (17.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of the action from the Essex Senior League, Essex Olympian League (Premier-Division Two) that took place this weekend & this week, also mentioning the FA Cup 2nd Quali Round match: F8C Romania v Hayes & Yeading Utd. Enjoy.

Friday 15th September

Essex Senior League

Barkingside 1 – 2  Redbridge

Venue: Cricklefield    | Attendance: 165

Redbridge edged their former tenants at Cricklefield. After a goalless opening half, Shaun Harris put the Motormen ahead three minutes after the break. Michael Ogboin levelled for Michael Walther’s side with 24 minutes remaining before a fortunate winner from Calvin Poku sealed the points for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side & record their fourth win of the season.

If you’d like more about this match – my match report is here:  https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/report-barkingside-1-2-redbridge-esl-15-9-17/

Tower Hamlets  3 – 1   Wadham Lodge        

Venue: Mile End Stadium   | Attendance: 57

Hamets continued their fine recent league run with a win at Mile End. Mata Julio put the hosts ahead on 28 minutes, before a spot-kick from Luke With five minutes prior to half-time put them two-up at the break. Wale Odedoyin struck midway through the second half to seal the points before Wadham got a late consolation from Joe Pattison with two minutes left to play. Hamlets held on well to grab their fourth win of the season and sit 6th in the table after all the other weekend matches.

Saturday 16th September

Essex Senior League

Basildon Utd   1 – 2   Enfield 1893            

Venue: The Hive   | Attendance: 109

Enfield upset Basildon at the Hive to claim all three points and end the Bees’ unbeaten start to the ESL season. A second-half double by Carl Mullings (66’ & 76’) put Matt Hanning’s side in the drivers’ seat before Ash Blackburn pulled one back for the hosts with six minutes left. Marc Harrison’s side drop to second though have still made a superb start to the campaign. Enfield’s second win of the campaign sees them in 18th place.

Clapton 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers   

Venue: Old Spotted Dog    | Attendance: 67

Clapton picked up a narrow but nonetheless important win at the OSD. Ikem Odeh scored the only goal four minutes before the break. After the break, Clapton had Quincy Egbejale dismissed. Goalkeeper Mark Kavanagh saved a penalty well soon after to assist his side getting their second win of the season from six matches. Burnham remain second bottom after what seemed to be a frustrating afternoon for Lee Hughes’ side.

Great Wakering Rovers  2 – 0  Ilford

Venue: Burroughs Park   |     Attendance: 71

Wakering comfortably defeated the Foxes at Burroughs Park. Neil Richmond put Rovers ahead six minutes in. Scott Pethers got the second twenty minutes later as Ilford faltered. Wakering’s 5th win this term sees them rise to third spot, while Ilford’s fourth loss in their eight matches thus far sees them in 9th place.

If you’d like more about this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/report-gwr-2-0-ilford-esl-16-9-17/

Southend Manor  3 – 4  West Essex

Venue: Southchurch Park   |    Attendance: 31

West Essex came from behind to snatch a late win in a pulsating match at Southchurch Park. Daniel Okah put Manor ahead on the half-hour. The visitors responded through talisman forward Michael Mignot five minutes into the second half. Manor put some daylight between the sides after Jacob Cleaver netted a second-half brace (57’ & 71’) though West Essex pulled back level again at 3-3 through goals from Tom MacLeod (80’) and Mignot’s second (83’) though Tom Woodbridge settled it at the death. Apparently, there were four red cards in this match, Manor finished with eight men and W Essex ten men.

Stansted  1 – 3  Woodford Town (2017)   

Venue: Hargrave Park    | Attendance: 27

Stansted were hit by a Woodford comeback at Hargrave Park. Jack Sykes had given the hosts the lead after 21 minutes. Town responded through Andre Bennett 15 minutes later. And then a late, late double from Asher Modeste sealed all three points for the Broxbourne-based side.

Takeley  4 – 1  Hackney Wick

Venue: Station Road   |     Attendance: 49

Takeley comfortably overcame Wick to continue their 100% start to the season. Stuart Zanone gave the hosts the lead on the quarter-hour, before Jason Todd made it two, two minutes before the break. Three minutes after the restart, Todd got his second of the afternoon. Saico Djop got a consolation for Tolga Dervish’s side five minutes from time. The hosts weren’t done though as Mitchell Das grabbed a fourth three minutes later.

Fellow Non-League blogger Peter Dudley was at the match & here’s his report: http://www.realfootytalk.com/2017/09/17/takeley-4-hackney-wick-1/

Waltham Forest  2 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue:  Kitchener Road    |    Attendance: 37

Bengal struck late, late onto claim all three points at Kitchener Road. Steven Carvell put Imrul Gazi’s side ahead on 34 minutes. Oscar Mendes doubled the lead six minutes later. Aniola Tanimowo got one back three minutes before the break. With 11 minutes left, Chris Medina thought he’d given Forest a point though Carvell struck in injury-time to claim a good win for Sporting.

Sunday 17th September

The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round

FC Romania 2 – 2 Hayes & Yeading Utd   

Venue: Theobalds Lane       |    Attendance: 168

FC Romania were denied a famous win late-on by Step 4 side Hayes & Yeading at Theobalds Lane. Rohdell Gordon put Hayes & Yeading ahead ten minutes in, before Florin Pop levelled 18 minutes later. Toby Cleaver struck four minutes into the second half to put FCR ahead, though the hosts were down to ten men late on and Manny Doku scored from the spot with seven minutes left to give the visitors another chance in midweek to book their place in the next round.

 

Essex Olympian League

Saturday 16th September

Premier Division

 Basildon Town  0 – 4 May & Baker E.C  | Venue: Gardiners Way

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  0 – 1  Frenford  | Venue: Silver Leys

Canning Town 0 – 4 Harold Wood Athletic   | Venue: Albatross Close

Manford Way  4 – 1 Rayleigh Town  |  Venue: Forest Road

Springfield 2 – 2  Kelvedon Hatch   |  Venue: Springfield Hall Park

White Ensign 3 – 1  Leigh Ramblers   | Venue: The Len Forge Centre

 

Senior Division One

Harold Hill 2 – 7 Buckhurst Hill

Hutton  3 – 0  Great Baddow

Newbury Forest  1 – 0  Shenfield AFC

Runwell Sports  0 – 3  FC Hamlets

Snaresbrook  0 – 0  Old Chelmsfordians

Sungate  3 – 1  Galleywood

 

Senior Division Two

 Benfleet  2 – 2  Toby

Herongate Athletic 3 – 1 Ramsden Scotia

May & Baker E.C Res  H – W  Rochford Town

(Rochford Town couldn’t raise a side)

Newham Utd  2 – 0  Ryan

Ongar Town  3 – 2  Upminster

Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 2 A1 Sports

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 0 Ilford (ESL 16.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 71

2017-18 Season – Match 21

Saturday 16th September 2017 3pm KO

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

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

GWR & Ilford players before KO (ESL 16.9.17)
The Players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a changeable afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers took on Ilford in an important early-season Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering welcomed back forward Jake Gordon this week as he has re-signed for the club from Aveley and he made the starting XI here, Scott Pethers took the armband for the hosts as Joe Nightingill was on the bench. For Ilford, James Peagram and Aaron Wickham led the line in attack.

Both sides traded initial efforts on goal in the opening five minutes. Jake Gordon shooting wide for GWR in the first minute, while Ilford’s Liam Burgess also couldn’t hit the target five minutes in. Wakering did take the lead after only six minutes as in-form forward Neil Richmond was put in by Gordon and the Richmond slotted home an easy tap-in.

In the next passage of play there weren’t a whole lot of clear-cut chances for either side though the hosts did have the lion’s share of possession. On the quarter-hour, a Wakering free-kick fell agonizingly wide of Richmond’s reach at the far post. The hosts did increase their lead on 26 minutes when Scott Pethers’ 25-yard low strike beat Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark.

Clark was the busier goalkeeper in the later third of the opening half, first seeing Wakering winger Billy Johnson’s firing his strike just wide from an acute angle and then punching out a Wakering corner fired into the six-yard area. In truth, Ilford hadn’t really got going in the opening 45 minutes and Wakering were on top at the break.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 0 Ilford

The second half began with Iain O’Connell’s side in the ascendancy. Five minutes into the half, Johnson’s goal-bound drive forced Clark into a good save to parry the shot away. Five minutes after that, from Gordon’s free-kick, midfielder Ricky Evans blazed his shot over the bar. Soon after, Ilford had one of their better chances, with substitute Khadean Campbell blasting a fierce drive into the left-corner though it cannoned back off the underside of the bar, with home ‘keeper Rees Hawkins beaten.

With 21 minutes remaining, Richmond forced Clark into another decent save. Ilford did push forward a bit more in the last 15 minutes though simply lacked the cutting edge to get back into this one. Forward James Peagram did seem to be a slightly frustrated figure up top. Wakering held on fairly comfortably to get another three points, their 5th win of the season. Ilford’s ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ season seems to be continuing and manager Allan Fenn will know that his side will need greater consistency soon.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0   Ilford

Richmond 6’, Pethers 26’

For Wakering, Scott Pethers stood out the most in my opinion with a typically whole-hearted performance, though he won quite a few challenges in defence today, as well as his goal. Full-back Charlie Seaden and forwards Richmond & Gordon played their part as well for the hosts. For Ilford, full-back Sam Buffour had a decent match, as did goalkeeper Chris Clark.

 

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Ilford

Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Chris Clark  (GK)
2  Charlie Seaden 2  Sam Buffour
3  Oliver Woodhouse 3  Justas Paliulis
4  Scott Pethers  (C) 4  Stef Szajewski  (C)
5  Louis Robinson 5  Billy Rix
6  Sam Carter 6  Luke McLeavy   (Subbed 46’)
7  Jason Ring 7  Liam Burgess
8  Ricky Evans 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Neil Richmond 9  Aaron Wickham        (Subbed 68’)
10  Jake Gordon    (Subbed 67’) 10  James Peagram
11  Billy Johnson 11  Michael Graham     (Subbed 53’)
   

Substitutes:

12  Joe Nightingill 12  Khadean Campbell    (On 46’)
14  Aaron Russell 13  Tom Jackson (GK)
15  Jimmy Cook 14  Harry Markatis       (On 53’)
16  Chris Bryan       (On 67’) 15  Suli Nasir                      (On 68’)
17  Franklin Craik 16  Bill Rungay
   

Referee:

Dean Markwick
Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Martin Green

   
Booked: None Booked: Rix

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 2 Redbridge (ESL 15.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 165

2017-18 Season – Match 20

Friday 15th September 2017 7.45pm KO

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Barkingside v Redbridge (ESL 15.9.17)
The players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a gloomy evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside welcomed old Oakside rivals Redbridge in another Essex Senior League encounter. Before the match, all the players & officials gathered on the pitch for a minute’s silence in respect of those injured in the incident at Parsons Green Tube Station earlier today.

Redbridge started the match a little brighter, with forward Brian Moses lofting an early effort on goal over the bar. The visitors had a further duo of half-chances though Moses couldn’t find the target. Then, on the quarter-hour, fellow Motormen forward Calvin Poku’s shot was well-saved by home goalkeeper Will Hunt. This stirred the hosts into action and winger Joe Newbold was denied by Redbridge ‘stopper Lewis Greene.

For the next little while, both sides had possession though there was little end product. Moses was back in the thick of the action on 33 minutes when he held off a Barkingside defender and struck his shot well though it cannoned off the bar. The visitors looked a little more threatening in attack but there wasn’t much in it at half-time.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 0  Redbridge

After the break, the visitors started well as a deflected effort from Moses called Hunt into action again as he parried the ball away for a corner. From that corner, at the second attempt, Shaun Harris headed home to give Redbridge the lead three minutes into the second half.

Five minutes afterward, ‘Side midfielder Bradley Joseph’s drive went over the bar and soon after Moses tested Hunt again with the forward’s drive being well saved by the Barkingside ‘keeper. The hosts levelled on 66 minutes as forward Michael Ogboin timed his run into the box well and was rewarded as he slotted home a cross from the right flank. The hosts could’ve been ahead soon after as substitute Tony Cookey drilled his goal-bound effort well though Greene pulled off an excellent save to deny him.

The Motormen ended up scoring the winner in slightly bizarre fashion as a Barkingside defender’s clearance in the six-yard box struck Poku two yards out and trickled into the right corner of the net. Although the goal was fortuitous, Riclky Eaton & Joey May’s side probably edged this encounter on the basis that they were more threatening going forward.

There were highlights for Barkingside though as goalkeeper Will Hunt and winger Matheus Santos stood out for them in my opinion tonight. For Redbridge, Brian Moses and Lewis Greene’s performances helped gain this win in my view.

Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 2   Redbridge

Ogboin 66’             Harris 48’, Poku 83’

I’d like to thank Barkingside for their hospitality and mention that they are one of a few clubs this season charging £5 for admission (adults) for ESL matches this season I believe and they are a good club. Best wishes to both sides for the rest of the season. Redbridge are in 8th place after this win (prior to the Saturday matches) whilst Barkingside sit in 10th place.

Teams:

Barkingside

Manager: Michael Walther

Redbridge

Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Will Hunt  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene  (GK)
2  Akil Clarke             (Subbed 54’) 2  Sam Sheppard
3  Ricardo Bailey  (C) 3  Eljay Worrell  (C)
4  Adegove Adetunji 4  Shaun Harris
5  Euan Taylor-Reid 5  Johnathon Mbamarah
6  Michael Bottone 6  Vinny Murphy
7  Joe Newbold 7  Joshua Hutchinson    (Subbed 75’)
8  Bradley Joseph     (Subbed 61’) 8  Patrick Duggan
9  Michael Ogboin 9  Calvin Poku                 (Subbed 84’)
10  Jason Fontaine   (Subbed 61’) 10  Brian Moses
11  Matheus Santos 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao    (Subbed 75’)
   

Substitutes:

12  Inesh Sumithran 12  Courtney Homans     (On 75’)
14  David Etcheri           (On 54’) 14  Liam Thomas
15  Gareth Jones           (On 61’) 15  Remi Nelson
16  Michael Sherwood 16  Lindsipho Mtyanda   (On 75’)
17  Tony Cookey           (On 61’) 17  Malaki Toussaint       (On 84’)
   
   
Referee: David Moreno
Assistant Referees: Erwin Kegyes

Alan Steward

   
Booked: Taylor-Reid, Joseph, Clarke Booked: Duggan, Mtyanda

Essex Senior League & FA Cup Second Quali Round (ESL) – Preview (15.9.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

Hello and welcome to a joint-preview of the Essex Senior League action taking place this weekend. FC Romania and are the sole team remaining to carry the ‘ESL flag’ in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round as they seek a bumper pay-day of £4,500 on Sunday whilst there is a near-full ESL fixture programme featuring nine matches. Here are both our thoughts on this weekend’s fixtures:

Friday 15th September

Essex Senior League

Barkingside v Redbridge  |     Venue: Cricklefield

Scott: The ESL action kicks off on Friday as Barkingside welcome Redbridge to Cricklefield. Both sides are in mid-table at present though are also unpredictable. This is Barkingside’s third match in six days whilst the Motormen have had midweek off. That could have an impact on this encounter, though Redbridge’s recent improving form (having won their last their last three matches in league & cup) might just give them the edge here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Peter:  A potentially cracking contest awaits us at Cricklefield as former Oakside rivals Barkingside and Redbridge meet on Friday evening.  Both sides come into this game off the back of victories in the FA Vase too, Side defeated Southend Manor last Sunday whilst The Motormen powered past Brantham Atheltic, netting six goals in an hour.  Both will fancy winning this game but I feel it could end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

Tower Hamlets  v   Wadham Lodge   |  Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Hamlets also play on Friday night, as they entertain Wadham at Mile End. Both sides were in league action in midweek, Hamlets winning a feisty encounter at Sawbridgeworth, while Wadham lost at home to Hackney Wick. The hosts have won their last four matches on-the-spin and currently reside in the top ten. The form book would lean towards a home win and I happen to agree with that.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Peter:  The other Friday night game comes from Mile End as Tower Hamlets face Wadham Lodge in another derby in the East End.  Hamlets are on a four-game winning streak in all competitions whilst Lodge are bottom with just one win in seven league games.  I feel this game may be closer than people think but the hosts will most likely come away with the points.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Saturday 16th September

Essex Senior League

Basildon Utd   v   Enfield 1893      |   Venue: The Hive

Scott: In-form Basildon welcome Enfield to the Hive. These two sides are at opposite ends of the table at present. The Bees miserly defence have only conceded four goals in the side’s 100% run thus far in the league. Enfield lost out at Sporting Bengal in midweek and will likely have to be at their best to avoid a negative result here. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Peter:  The Bees are six from six in the league so far this season and sit three points clear at the top after what has been a brilliant start for Marc Harrison as Basildon United manager.  Enfield, who promised much pre-season, have failed to deliver despite some good performances however five defeats from six and only three league goals to show was not the start they wanted.  The visitors almost gained a point at GWR on their last visit to South Essex but I feel the Bees may have enough to see off the Harlow-based side.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Clapton v Burnham Ramblers      |    Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Scott: Clapton welcome Burnham to the Old Spotted Dog Stadium. The hosts have had two weeks off whilst Burnham were held at Hullbridge in midweek in a pulsating encounter. Jon Fowell’s side have drawn their last two league matches and will look to improve on that here. Burnham will be looking to spring a surprise as recently performances have perhaps been better than their results. This one could really go either way though I’m going for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Peter: The Tons have only lost one of their five league games to date however three draws and only one win see them down in 17th spot.  They take on a side two places below them in the table and only two points behind although the visitors have played three games more although they would of been heartened by their 3-3 draw at Hullbridge in midweek after being 3-1 down with ten men.  The Tons won this fixture 7-0 on the very last day of last season to confirm their runners up spot but I don’t think it will be as one-sided this time round, although I do expect a Tons victory.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Great Wakering Rovers  v  Ilford    |   Venue: Burroughs Park

Scott: This tasty encounter sees the Foxes travel to Burroughs Park to face in-form Wakering. The hosts have won four out of their last five in all competitions and put six past Sporting Bengal last weekend in the FA Vase. Ilford have won their last three matches in all competitions, crucially without conceding a goal. That recent defensive record will come under some scrutiny here. If both sides are on-form on the day , this one could be a corker.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Peter:  This proves to be a decent battle at Burroughs Park as Rovers host Ilford and the hosts come into this one after ending Takeley’s 100% home record in all competitions in midweek whilst Ilford also tasted County Cup success, defeating their Cricklefield tenants Barkingside in a low-key contest in midweek.  It really depends what Ilford show up, it’s been a Jekyll and Hyde season for them so far, however I believe these are the type of games Allan Fenn and his players relish and I feel they will grab a point here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Southend Manor v West Essex       |   Venue: Southchurch Park

Scott: Manor welcome West Essex to Southchurch Park. The hosts have lost their last four matches in league & cup and although they’ve only played four league matches thus far, they do need to get their season started. West Essex have won two and lost two of their last four matches in all competitions though have started the season well. Stuart Marshall’s side will need to play well in both boxes to get a win here. I’m thinking this one will end honours even.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Peter:  Manor welcome high-flying West Essex to their Southchurch Park Arena home looking to try and kick start their season which has been pretty disappointing so far. However, Manor have only played four games so a run of positive results will see them climb the table for sure however they come up against a West Essex side who have been awesome away from home and will surely prove a more than tough assignment for the hosts.  I reckon the contest will end all-square but it could go either way too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Stansted v Woodford Town (2017)     |   Venue: Hargrave Park

Scott: The Airportmen welcome Woodford Town to Hargrave Park. The hosts went out of the FA Vase last weekend, though responded by achieving a creditable draw at FC Romania in midweek. Woodford sit in mid-table at present though are winless in their last three matches. Woodford have had two weeks off and that might help the hosts. I’m going to plump for a narrow home win in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Peter:  The Airportmen play their first home league match of the season against a Woodford side who were beaten heavily at home by an out of form Waltham Forest and with Stansted holding FC Romania to a goalless draw in midweek this will certainly give them confidence going into this one although their home loss to Wodson Park last weekend was a disaster so they will not want a repeat of that.  I do feel the hosts will prevail here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Takeley v Hackney Wick          |   Venue: Station Road

Scott: Takeley welcome Wick to Station Road. Marc Das’ side have gone out of the FA Cup and the Essex Senior Cup in the last fortnight and I would think they’ll be looking for a reaction here. Wick had lost their last four ESL matches prior to a midweek success at Wadham Lodge. Their opponents here are bidding to keep up their 100% start to the campaign and I reckon they will do just that.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Peter:  It will be interesting to see how Takeley bounce back from their first home defeat of the season in midweek however they are still five from five in the league and have the chance to go top on goal difference with a victory here.  Wick would of been heartened after their come from behind win at Wadham Lodge in midweek, their first win since the opening day, but the Station Road outfit are a totally different ‘kettle of fish’ and I feel will ultimately prove too strong for the visiting side.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 1

Waltham Forest v Sporting Bengal Utd    |   Venue:  Kitchener Road

Scott: Forest welcome Sporting Bengal to Kitchener Road. The home side here won well at Woodford Town in midweek. Meanwhile, Bengal have won four of their last six matches in all competitions and currently are in the top six. My gut feeling says that Imrul Gazi’s side will triumph here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Peter:  Forest have had a largely poor season although it improved slightly in midweek with when they came from behind to stick four past Woodford Town, this after three straight defeats with a goal.  Sporting Bengal managed to record a positive result in midweek themselves by beating Enfield at Mile End, which saw Imrul Gazi’s side into sixth spot.  Could be goals in this one and I feel it may end all square too.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 3

 

Sunday 17th September

The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round

FC Romania v Hayes & Yeading Utd  (1pm KO)  |  Venue: Theobalds Lane

Scott:  FC Romania welcome Step 4 Hayes & Yeading to Theobalds Lane. The hosts were shut out by Stansted in the ESL in midweek, whilst Hayes & Yeading won their last encounter in the Evo-Stik South East division last weekend. This will be a good test of FC Romania’s future ambitions though this is unquestionably a step up against the former National League side.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Peter:  FCR welcome Evo Stik Southern East side Hayes & Yeading United to Theobalds Lane for a big FA Cup tie and with a great chance of a ‘cupset’.  The hosts are in pretty good form this season and although they failed to score in their last game they had netted 26 goals in their nine previous games this season in all competitions.  Hayes have picked up slightly with two wins in their last three in the league but their away form hasn’t been great although they have only conceded eight in five league games so they are fairly solid.  Such a hard one to predict but I think it may end in a replay next week.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

 

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 and on his website at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14

If you’d like to catch up on last week’s FA Vase action involving ESL sides, click here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/fa-vase-esl-sides-eofl-r-up-10-9-17/

If you’d like to catch up on the last weekend of all-ESL action, click here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/esl-eofl-r-up-2-9-17/

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (2.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a bonus piece rounding-up all the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend and the results from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian Football League. Enjoy.

Saturday 2nd September

Basildon Utd  2 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: The Hive   Attendance: 164

Basildon scored a late winner to seal the points at the Hive. Wakering took the lead just past the half hour through Billy Johnson. The Bees levelled six minutes before half-time from Dan Dafter’s header. There was late drama though as Wakering missed a late spot-kick before Ash Blackburn popped up to score an injury-time winner for Marc Harrison’s side and retain their 100% league record.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 6   Barkingside              

Venue: Lower Road   Attendance: 40

Barkingside powered to a big win at Lower Road. Ex-Hullbridge player Jason Fontaine set the tone, giving his current side the lead after two minutes. Before the hosts could recover, Michael Ogboin doubled the visitors’ advantage just five minutes later. Rob Hodgson’s side cut their arrears in half through Jimmy Cox’s free-kick on 28 minutes though Fontaine struck again three minutes afterward to give ‘Side a 3-1 half-time lead. Michael Walther’s side kept the pressure on after the break and extended their lead with goals from Matheus Santos (47’) and substitute Michael Sherwood (63’). Tonny Cookey added more pain for the home defence with 17 minutes remaining, before ‘Bridge substitute Luca Frankis netted a late penalty, though this was a real ‘off-day’ for the Lower Road side.

If you’d like to read more about this match, fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins was at this match. Read his report here: https://andywilkinsnonleague.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/hullbridge-sports-2-6-barkingside-fc/

Ilford   2 – 0   Stansted  

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 44

Ilford saw off the challenge of Stansted at Cricklefield. Chris Lockwood struck on 27 minutes to give the Foxes the lead at the break. Aaron Wickham secured the points with his side’s second with 22 minutes to play to see Ilford rise to 6th in the table.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2- 0  Waltham Forest

Venue: Crofters End   Attendance: 29

Sawbridgeworth picked up their second win of the season here. Goals from Joe Wright and Aaron Thomas sealed a morale-boosting trimuph for John Watters’ side, ahead of FA Vase action next weekend.

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 3  Tower Hamlets

Venue: Mile End Stadium   Attendance: 60

Hamlets struck late to claim all the win in the ‘Mile End derby’. Bengal opened the scoring on 15 minutes through Anthony Bruce though Frankie Sinclair levelled for Hamlets five minutes before the break. Kane Wilson gave Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side the lead ten minutes after the break. Bengal were level on the hour thanks to Freddy Tandon’s goal. Curtis Pond struck with four minutes remaining though to give Hamlets all three points.

Wadham Lodge   2 – 1   Enfield 1893   

Venue: Kitchener Road   Attendance: 26

Wadham hit a late winner to secure their maiden win of the season. Jayden Hocking-Rising opened the scoring six minutes before the interval for James Falaise’s side. A Danny Jones penalty with 20 min to play levelled for Enfield though Kirk McPhearson’s 90th-minute winner sealed three precious points for Wadham.

West Essex   2 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

Venue: Mayesbrook Park   Attendance: 26

West Essex shook off their loss to Basildon in midweek to get the points in a feisty contest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot gave the hosts the lead 13 minutes into the second half with a pearler of a strike. Cameron Gray sealed the points 16 minutes from time in a match where both sides ended with ten men and the score-line didn’t quite sum the match up.

If you’d like to read more about this match, I was at the match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/report-w-essex-2-0-burnham-esl/

Woodford Town 2017  1 – 2  Redbridge

Venue:  Goffs Lane      Attendance: 25

Redbridge came from behind to grab their third win of the season. Woodford led after just a minute thanks to Andrea Mantovani’s goal. Jacob Dingli restored parity only two minutes later for the Motormen. Ten minutes after the break, Brian Moses scored the eventual winner to put a smile on Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s faces.

Saturday 2nd September

Essex Olympian Football League

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 2 Basildon Town

Frenford 1 – 2 Catholic Utd

Kevledon Hatch 1 – 3 Manford Way

May & Baker EC 2 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Springfield 3 – 0 Canning Town

White Ensign 4 – 0 Rayleigh Town

 

Division One

Buckhurst Hill 6 – 0 Harold Hill

Hutton 3 – 2 Galleywood

Newbury Forest 3 – 4 Galleywood

Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 5 Runwell Sports

Old Southendian 1 – 0 Shenfield AFC

Sungate 3 – 1 Upminster

 

Division Two

Ongar Town 6 – 1 May & Baker EC Reserves

Rayleigh Town Reserves 3 – 1 Toby

Match Report: West Essex 2 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 26

2017-18 Season – Match 16

Saturday 2nd September 2017 3pm KO

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

Burnham Ramblers: Navy Blue & Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

W Essex v Burnham R(ESL 2.9.217)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a lovely afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex took on Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Burnham had more of the ball in the early stages of the match, though couldn’t quite supply their forwards with clear-cut chances. That said, Ramblers forward Charlee Hughes was still a threat down the right flank in particular. West Essex did have the odd counter-attack and talismanic forward Michael Mignot showed his intentions early-doors as he had a strike saved by Burnham goalkeeper Josh Strizovic on ten minutes. In the main though, Burnham were strong in defence and worked hard to wrestle the initiative from their hosts, who were depleted due to injuries.

The visitors had one effort cleared off the line midway through the first period as home goalkeeper Dan Russell came off his line but proceeded to clatter into an opposing forward, for which he was brandished with a booking. On 25 minutes, Ramblers forward Bradley Morgan had his strike saved by Dan Russell’s legs for a corner. From that resulting set-piece, midfielder Ben Burgess skied his header over the bar. Morgan had three other opportunities at goal before the break though couldn’t find a way past Dan Russell, the latter of the three chances forced a good save from the West Essex ‘keeper three minutes before the break.

For West Essex, Brad Russell headed over the bar from Mignot’s right-wing cross on the half-hour. Soon after, forward Isaac Marfo was one-on-one with Strizovic but the Burnham goalie snuffed out the chance and cleared. The visitors will no doubt be cursing the lack of clinical finishing as they certainly could have led at the break.

Half-Time: West Essex 0 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The second half began with the hosts somewhat ‘finding their feet’ as full-back Tanvir Ahmed sent over a left-wing cross which struck the bar before Marfo’s shot was saved by Strizovic. Unfortunately for West Essex, goalkeeper Dan Russell further blotted his copybook and was dismissed by referee Steve Marr  for a second bookable offence so the hosts were down to ten men and midfielder Brad Russell (Dan’s brother) had to take the gloves for the remaining 36 minutes.

Though this seemed to lift the hosts as minutes after the sending off, Marfo was poised to score though was denied by a great last-ditch block for a corner. With 58 minutes on the clock, Mignot showed his quality again with a mazy run past Burnham defenders after good work from Tanvir Ahmed on the left flank and struck a lovely curling drive into the right corner to give the hosts the lead.

Burgess drilled a shot wide seven minutes later though in truth, Burnham were starting to tire in the last twenty-five minutes of the match. With 20 to go, Burnham full-back Grant Webb attempted to lob stand-in goalie Brad Russell from a free-kick though it went just over the bar. West Essex extended their lead with 16 minutes left as winger Cameron Gray was found by Mignot and slotted home calmly. Burnham’s afternoon got ever harder as Burgess was also sent off for two bookings on 76 minutes.

The visitors had late chances to grab a consolation though substitute Aydin Coban and Hughes couldn’t find a way past stand-in ‘keeper Russell. West Essex could’ve made it three with moments remaining though substitute Tom Woodbridge was denied by the impressive Strizovic.

Full-Time: West Essex 2 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

Mignot 58’, Gray 74’

In summary, West Essex will be pleased with the win though will also know they ‘dodged a bullet’ here, particularly in the first half. Burnham will feel aggrieved that they couldn’t convert their chances though there are positives to take from this match. I’d also like to say thank you to Dan Reading, GM of West Essex for the welcome I received today. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of the ESL campaign.

Teams:

West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

(Team In formation order)

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

1  Dan Russell  (GK) 1  Joshua Strizovic  (GK)
2  Jayvon Case-Jarrett 2  Grant Webb
23  Tanvir Ahmed 3  Kareem Byam     (Subbed 79’)
21  Maamoon Khan 4  Luke Moloney  (C)
6  Dan Christey  (C) 5  George Elliott
4  Nick Carroll 6  Bradley Smith    (Subbed 68’)
8  Brad Russell 7  William Howard
10  Fatos Zeqiri 8  Ben Burgess
7  Michael Mignot    (Subbed 87’) 9  Bradley Morgan    (Subbed 68’)
24  Isaac Marfo        (Subbed 61’) 10  Ryan Stillwell
11  Cameron Gray    (Subbed 80’) 11  Charlee Hughes
   

Substitutes:

5  Nick Walk    (On 61’) 12  Sam Eve
14  Josh French     (On 80’) 13  Adam French  (GK)
17  Matt Ford 14  Alex Karkoski     (On 68’)
9  Tom Woodbridge    (On 87’) 15  Aydin Coban      (On 68’)
18  Ronell Rochester 16  Albino Cristo      (On 79’)
   

Referee:

Steve Marr

Assistant Referees:

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Trevor Williams

   
Booked: Khan, French Booked: Hughes
Sent Off: D Russell (2 bookings) Sent Off: Burgess (2 bookings)

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 5 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 42

Date: Saturday 29th April 2017 3.10pm KO

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

 Sporting Bengal Utd : Bright Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Hullbridge & S Bengal players before KO (ESL 29.4.17)
Hullbridge & S. Bengal players before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice sunny afternoon at Lower Road, mid-table Hullbridge Sports took on Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter, on the last day of the ESL season. The eventful nature of this match started before kick-off as it was delayed due to Bengal manager Imrul Gazi being stuck in traffic, also having the team’s kit with him.

It got more eventful as the Bengal line-up was revealed, which saw an already depleted line-up further impinged by having to field Gazi himself in goal. Credit goes to him by the way.

Both sides struggled to settle in the early stages of the match, Bengal having a couple of early chances though forward Steven Carvell’s drive was deflected for a corner then soon afterward, captain Shiblu Miah shot wide of the right-side post.

Hullbridge did battle back with winger Charlie Little looking dangerous on the right flank with his crossing. Indeed, Little fired over the bar midway through the first-half when one-on-one with ‘keeper Gazi. Moments later, Hullbridge captain Jimmy Cox forced a decent save from the stand-in stopper.

Just past the half-hour mark, Bengal forward Lewis Francis shot wide of goal after an error from home defender Sam Taylor. Almost straight after, Hullbridge forward Luca Frankis twice couldn’t find the target and then Little fired wide from a narrow angle.

What was evident was home captain Cox audibly trying to lift his team-mates throughout the match. Little had a goal ruled out five minutes before the break for a push on visiting defender Raul Da Silva, it looked quite harsh. Though it didn’t matter as two minutes before the interval a free-kick from Aaron Hunwicks went sent into the box and Little was there to get a tap-in. Hullbridge should have been 3 or 4 ahead by this point though a combination of decent defending at times and largely poor finishing meant the difference was only one at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd

The second half began with Bengal hitting the woodwork, Shiblu Miah striking a decent effort, with home ‘keeper Jamie Merralls beaten. The home side had another goal chalked off four minutes after the re-start for off-side. Hullbridge kept going though and got their reward as on 65 minutes, Frankis grabbed another tap-in after a good cross in from Little on the right. Ten minutes later, Cox got the goal he probably deserved, lofting the ball over ‘keeper Gazi to make it 3-0.

Bengal were denied by ‘keeper Merralls three minutes later, Chris Wright being foiled as his shot was well saved. In the closing stages, Hullbridge put the ‘icing on the cake’ as Dean Wallace slotted home past Gazi into the left corner and soon after, Cox got his second, blasting home from close range.

As far as performances went, I thought Charlie Little, Jimmy Cox and Dean Wallace did quite well for Hullbridge. For Sporting Bengal, I thought Aaron Wickham and Steven Carvell did well.

Hullbridge got the win they wanted and deserved; they finish the season in 11th place on 60 points. You had to feel a bit for Bengal, as they held out quite well initially despite only having 12 available players though regardless of today’s result, they finish 19th, 15 points clear of the bottom three and will look to better that position next season.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 5 – 0   Sporting Bengal Utd

Little 43’, Frankis 65’

Cox 75’, 88

Wallace 86’

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Sporting Bengal Utd

Player-Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Jamie Merralls  (GK) 1  Imrul Gazi (GK)
2  Aaron Hunwicks 2  Troy Alexander
3  Sam Taylor 3  Aaron Wickham
4  Dean Wallace 4  Shafi Noor
5  Kieran Offord   (Subbed 56’) 5  Raul Da Silva
6  Joe Turpin 6  Mo Gulzar Hussain
7  Charlie Little 7  Lewis Francis
8  Ben Perry 8  David Vaughan
9  Jimmy Cox (C) 9  Shiblu Miah  (C)
10  Luca Frankis 10  Steven Carvell
11  Charlie Gerada   (Subbed 56’) 11  Chris Wright    (Subbed 79’)
Substitutes:
12  Matt Brinklow  (On  56’) 12  Samad Miah   (On 79’)
14  Rob Hodgson   (On  56’)
Booked: Cox

Referee:

Jeff Stanley
Assistant Referees:

Ray Parmenter

Trevor Williams

 

Match Report: Takeley 3 – 0 Eton Manor (GBMT Final)

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 206

Date: Monday 17th April 2017

Takeley  : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

 Eton Manor : Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cloudy afternoon at Burnham Ramblers’ Leslie Field Stadium, Takeley took on Eton Manor in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final. Neither of these sides had won this competition before so we would see a new name on the cup regardless.

Takeley started the stronger of the two teams in the early-going with winger Andy Bartram and forward Mitchell Das having early strikes on goal, though they couldn’t get past Manor ‘keeper Michael Shoudry. Manor did have to defend deep at times, though they had chances of their own in their best spell of the game from the half-hour mark with midfielder Michael Castle blasting an effort over the bar after decent build-up play. Only a few minutes later, Manor had arguably their best chance with tireless forward Harry Prince striking his shot well, though a good save from Takeley ‘keeper Ronnie Yates tipped it onto the bar.

Half-Time: Takeley 0 – 0 Eton Manor

The second half began with Takeley pushing forward, striving to break the deadlock. Just before the hour mark, Takeley hot-shot Charlie Cole had his header cleared off the line by the under-pressure but resolute Manor back-line. Shortly afterwards, Cole then played in Das though his shot wide, in a good position. Manor had to soak up a lot of Takeley pressure and battled very hard throughout, with centre-backs Josh Woodcock and Ryan Cosson & midfielder Jacob Dixon particularly showing that iron will. Try as they might, Takeley could not quite find that ‘final ball’ often enough.

End of 90 Minutes: Takeley 0 – 0 Eton Manor

As extra-time began, early on there was a nervy moment at the back for Marc Das’ men though Manor captain Ben Bradbury’s effort was saved by Yates. Takeley surged forward again and captain Jason Todd nearly opened the scoring on 96 minutes with a curled drive that only just went over the bar. It was a sign of things to come though as Takeley won a free-kick soon after on the ‘edge of the D’ and substitute Reece Barrett’s curled strike evaded Shoudry to give Takeley the lead.

Unsurprisingly, Takeley were buoyed on by the goal, though just a minute afterward, Cole headed over and then moments later, Cole sent his shot over an unguarded net from Das’ pass. Cole would have his moment in the sun though with minutes remaining, first slotting home past Shoudry from a narrow angle and then getting a tap-in after the Manor ‘keeper had saved Mitchell Das’ effort.

A deserved, hard-fought win it was for Takeley, though admittedly the score-line did flatter them a bit in the end. Tony Stavri’s Manor, to their credit dug in and showed battling qualities which will hold them in good stead for the future, they can be proud of themselves too.

FT (AET): Takeley      3  – 0         Eton Manor

Barrett 98’

Cole 112’, 116’

Teams:

Takeley

Manager: Marc Das

Eton Manor

Manager: Tony Stavri

1  Ronnie Yates  (GK) 1  Michael Shoudry  (GK)
2  Danny Hammett 2  Billy Johnson
3  Bryn Thorpe 3  James Shadwell
4  Nick Barrett 4  Josh Woodcock
5  George Powell 5  Ryan Cosson
6  Alex Martin         (Subbed 106’) 6  Jacob Dixon
7  Andy Bartram     (Subbed 83’) 7  Daniel Chambers   (Subbed 37’)
8  Jason Todd   (C) 8  Michael Castle
9  Mitchell Das 9  Harry Prince        (Subbed 106’)
10  Charlie Cole 10  Ben Bradbury  (C)
11  George Wappett    (Subbed 85’) 11  Daniel Crowie    (Subbed 83’)

Substitutes:

12  Joe Bees 12  Mason Stavri
14  Freddie Burrell     (On 106’) 14  Kingsley Francis    (On 37’)
15  Sean Sanmoogan 15  Lewis Hagland
16  Matt Hurley      (On 83’) 16  Kadeem Brightly     (On 106’)
17  Reece Barrett   (On 85’) 17  Dominic Herbert     (On 83’)
Booked: Martin, Das Booked: Johnson, Cosson, Crowie, Francis, Castle, Woodcock

Referee:

Karl Sear

Assistant Referees:

Eddie Andrews and Tony King

Fourth Official:

Craig Barnett