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

 

 

Essex Senior League Preview (27.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This weekend, the Essex Senior League returns to take centre-stage following FA Vase action for some clubs last weekend. As we’ve past the quarter-way stage of the campaign, it is evident that we’re in for a very competitive season this time around. Here are my thoughts on this weekend’s matches as Peter takes a deserved week off this time around.

Friday 27th October

Wadham Lodge v Ilford    |   Venue: Kitchener Road

Scott: Ilford travel to Kitchener Road to take on bottom side Wadham on Friday night. Wadham are looking to continue their slight upturn in form recently though take on a resurgent Ilford side that are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions, including a good win at Redbridge in the Errington Challenge Cup last weekend. It may not be an easy match for the Foxes though I reckon they will get the job done here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Saturday 28th October

Basildon Utd   v   Burnham Ramblers    | Venue: The Hive

Scott: Basildon welcome Burnham Ramblers to the Hive. The Bees will arguably want to banish the memory of last weekend’s home exit in the FA Vase, though they did return to league action in midweek with a decent point at Takeley. Burnham also exited the FA Vase last weekend though they will seek to continue their good recent run. In my opinion, Ramblers are going to have to deal with the firepower of the hosts well if they are going to get a positive result. I reckon Marc Harrison’s side will be fired-up for this one and they will come away with the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Clapton v Tower Hamlets   |   Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Scott: Tower Hamlets travel to the Old Spotted Dog to take on a Clapton side that could arguably be described as ‘in transition’ as although the Tons exited the FA Vase last weekend, they have won their last four league matches. Hamlets are unbeaten in their last three league matches themselves though this will still be a stern test for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s men and I suspect the hosts will edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Enfield 1893  v   Great Wakering Rovers  |  Venue: The Harlow Arena

Scott: Enfield welcome Wakering to the Harlow Arena. Enfield played well at times in their midweek draw at Southend Manor and will look to build on that result and their good win over Coggeshall in the FA Vase last weekend. Wakering went out of the Essex Senior Cup at home to National League South side East Thurrock in midweek and have had a blip in the league, losing their last two ESL matches. Enfield will give Rovers a game, that much is for sure and this one could end in a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Southend Manor v Hackney Wick  | Venue: Southchurch Park

Scott: Southend Manor take on Hackney Wick at Southchurch Park. Manor are unbeaten in their last four league matches now while Wick’s run of five straight league defeats has left them second-bottom. Manor will be chasing the win which could take them in and around the top-ten. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  FC Romania   |   Venue: Mile End Stadium

Scott: Out-of-form Sporting Bengal welcome FC Romania to Mile End. Bengal need to stop their recent decline which has seen them suffer a six-game winless run in the league. FC Romania are unbeaten in their last five league matches which has seen them rise to third place. Bengal will need to bring their ‘A-game’ to stop Ion Vintila’s side here. I reckon away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Stansted  v   Redbridge   |    Venue: Hargrave Park

Scott: The Motormen travel to Hargrave Park to take on mid-table Stansted. The Airportmen have won three of their last seven matches, whilst Redbridge’s good league run ended at Leslie Field recently and Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side will want to get back on track here. I doubt Stansted will make it easy for the visitors though Redbridge should be too strong in this encounter.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Takeley  v  Hullbridge Sports       |  Venue: Station Road

Scott: Takeley welcome Hullbridge to Station Road.  Marc Das’ side are unbeaten in their last four league matches in the league though were one of a number of side who exited the FA Vase last weekend. Hulbridge got perhaps a crucial win in their FA Vase replace in middle to probe in the competition in midweek. In league terms though they have only won one of their last five matches. The hosts are tough sides to break down and at home, it is likely they will get the job done here as they seek to maintain top spot.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Coming up this weekend, there’ll be round-up’s on the ESL/EOFL & ECC plus the FA Trophy FQR/Bostik South here on my blog. Thanks for reading,

 

 

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 2 Enfield 1893 (ESL) (25.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 71

2017-18 Season – Match 32

Wednesday 25th October 2017 7.45pm

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Enfield 1893: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Both sides before KO (SM v En1893 ESL 25.10.17)
Both sides before KO 

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice autumn’s evening at Southchurch Park, Enfield 1893 were the the visitors as they took on Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League encounter.

After a fairly even start to proceedings, Enfield were awarded a spot-kick as the referee adjudged there was a hand-ball in the area on ten minutes. Forward Danny Jones stepped up and duly converted to give the visitors an early advantage. Manor almost responded two minutes later though forward Jacob Cleaver’s shot was saved by visiting ‘stopper Michael Corderoy. The hosts did level on 28 minutes as from Jamie Brown’s corner, full-back Alfie Lindfield snuck in to get a tap-in, beating Corderoy to the ball.

Matt Hanning’s side nearly re-took the lead on the half-hour though forward Carl Mullings had his strike saved by home custodian David Leader. Mullings was giving the home defence something to think about though defender Ross Johnson did well to snuff out the threat on 33 minutes as the ball trickled out for a goal-kick. Enfield did re-take the lead ten minutes before half-time, Jones made a good run and was well-found and the forward passed the ball into the net when one-one-one with Leader to grab his second of the evening.

Manor had a few chances to level before the break though Brown couldn’t find the target and Cleaver’s close-range effort was saved by Corderoy.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 2  Enfield 1893

The second half began with both sides trading chances, Jones could’ve put the visitors further ahead though couldn’t find the target eight minutes after the interval. Soon after, Manor full-back Robbie Norris blazed his shot over the bar and Lindfield was also denied by Corderoy. Manor felt aggrieved when with twenty minutes or so to play as forward Bayley Newell made a surging run and whilst battling with a visiting defender in the area, went down though the referee did not award a spot-kick, much to the consternation of the home bench.

In the latter stages, both Jones and Mullings missed chances for Enfield to put the game to bed, being denied by Leader. The hosts were running out of time though pushed for an equaliser and got it in the nick of time as substitute Rhys Fatt’s ball into the area was seized on by Newell who slotted home past Corderoy who was unable to keep it out.

Manor maybe deserved the point for their endeavour though Enfield will feel they should have won this match. They looked comfortable at times though they also had enough chances to prevail here.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 2 – 2  Enfield 1893

       Lindfield 28’, Newell 90’ +1  |   Jones (pen) 10’, 35’

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Enfield 1893

Manager: Matt Hanning

1  David Leader  (GK) 1  Michael Corderoy  (GK)
2  Robbie Norris     (Subbed 62’) 2  Matt Claxton
3  Alfie Lindfield     (Subbed 75’) 3  Joe Clark
4  Lee Delf  (C) 4  Matt Thoma         (Subbed 33’)
5  Ross Johnson 5  James O’Brien  (C)
6  Jamie Alexandrou 6  Jacob Dixon          (Subbed 72’)
7  Jamie Brown 7  Joe Johnson
8  Charlie Barlow 8  Joe Staunton
9  Jacob Cleaver 9  Danny Jones
10  Bayley Newell 10  Carl Mullings
11  John-Joe Slater   (Subbed 84’) 11  Ben Bradbury     (Subbed 81’)
   

Substitutes:

12  Scott Keys 12  Abiola Balogun     (On 81’)
14  Rhys Fatt           (On 84’) 14  David Ottley          (On 72’)
15  Ryan Kelland     (On 75’) 15  Tony Da Silva
16  Lee Scott 16  Matt Duberry-Lawrence  (On 33’)
17 Taj Hussain         (On 62’)  
   

Referee:

Chris Cooper

Assistant Referees:

Jeff Stanley

Karl Dunnage

   

Booked: Cleaver, Lindfield

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (22.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s reduced fixture list in the Essex Senior League, also featuring an extended look at the Essex Olympian League with results from the Premier Division down to Division Two plus the updated EOFL tables & results from the Anagram Records Trophy. How did your side do this weekend? Enjoy.

Saturday 21th October

Southend Manor   2 – 0     Wadham Lodge 

Venue: Southchurch Park    |   Attendance: 60

Manor continued their recent revival with victory over Wadham at Southchurch Park. A second-half brace from forward Bayley Newell did the job for Stuart Marshall’s side who rise to 14th in the table now. Wadham have to shrug off their poor record away from Kitchener Road, they’ve lost every one of seven away matches in the ESL thus far.

Sporting Bengal Utd   2 – 3    Barkingside

Venue: Mile End Stadium   |    Attendance: 20

‘Side struck late to grab all three points at Mile End. Chid Onokwai put Michael Walther’s side ahead after 12 minutes before Tony Cookey doubled the visitors’ lead on 34 minutes. Bengal responded well with goals from Oscar Mendes and David Vaughan though substitute Michael Ogboin’s winner two minutes from time saw Barkingside record the win and they go into 11th place in the table.

West Essex   1 – 0   Stansted

Venue: Mayesbrook Park      |      Attendance: 23

West Essex ended a four-match winless streak with a slender victory at Mayesbrook Park. Isaac Marfo got the only goal of the match just before the hour mark to send the hosts back up to third spot. The Airportmen’s third loss in their last five league matches sees them reside in 12th place.

The full round-up of ESL action returns next week.

 

EOFL badge (50th Anni)

Saturday 21th October

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town  1 – 5   Harold Wood Athletic

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  4 – 3   Leigh Ramblers

Canning Town   0 – 1    White Ensign

Frenford  1 – 2   Kelvedon Hatch

Manford Way   2 – 2    Catholic Utd

Springfield  0 – 1    Rayleigh Town

 

Essex Olympian League (EOFL) Premier Division table (After Oct 21st matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 May & Baker E.C 7 4 2 1 +6 14
2 Harold Wood Athletic 7 4 1 2 +13 13
3 Frenford 7 4 1 2 +9 13
4 Manford Way 7 3 3 1 +6 12
5 Kelvedon Hatch 7 3 2 2 5 11
6 Springfield 6 3 2 1 +5 11
7 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 6 3 2 1 +4 11
8 Catholic Utd 6 2 3 1 +2 9
9 White Ensign 7 3 0 4 -1 9
10 Rayleigh Town 7 1 2 4 -14 5
11 Leigh Ramblers 7 1 1 5 -6 4
12 Basildon Town 7 1 1 5 -21 4
13 Canning Town 5 0 2 3 -8 2

 

Division One

Buckhurst Hill  4 – 1    Great Baddow

FC Hamlets   P – P   Newbury Forest (Due to ‘No Referee present’)

Shenfield AFC    5 – 1  Runwell Sports

Snaresbrook   1 – 0    Harold Hill

Sungate   2 – 0    Old Chelmsfordians

 

EOFL Division One table  (After Oct 21st matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Sungate 6 5 1 0 +13 16
2 Buckhurst Hill 5 4 0 1 +11 12
3 Great Baddow 6 3 1 2 +2 10
4 Hutton 5 3 1 1 +2 10
5 Shenfield AFC 7 3 1 3 0 10
6 Snaresbrook 6 3 1 2 -1 10
7 Harold Hill 7 3 1 3 -7 10
8 FC Hamlets 6 2 3 1 +6 9
9 Old Southendian 4 3 0 1 +5 9
10 Old Chelmsfordians 7 1 1 5 -9 4
11 Galleywood 5 1 0 4 -4 3
12 Newbury Forest 4 1 0 3 -4 3
13 Runwell Sports 6 0 0 6 -14 -2*
               
  *points deducted          

 

Division Two

May & Baker E.C Res    3 – 2    Toby

Ramsden Scotia    1 – 2    Ongar Town

Rayleigh Town Res  1  – 2    Benfleet

Ryan    0 – 5    A1 Sports 

Upminster  1 – 3    Newham Utd 

 

EOFL Division Two table   (After Oct 21st matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Ongar Town 8 7 0 1 +13 21
2 Ramsden Scotia 7 5 0 2 +18 15
3 Herongate Athletic 5 4 0 1 +6 12
4 Rayleigh Town Res. 7 3 2 2 +5 11
5 Newham Utd 6 3 2 1 +5 11
6 Benfleet 4 3 1 0 +13 10
7 May & Baker E.C Res. 5 3 0 2 -6 9
8 A1 Sports 5 1 2 2 -2 5
9 Upminster 6 1 1 4 -7 4
10 Ryan 7 1 0 6 -31 3
11 Rochford Town 7 1 1 5 -5 2*
12 Toby 7 0 1 6 -9 1
               
  *points deducted            

FA Vase First Round Proper (ESL sides) & ESL/ECC Preview (20.10.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

This weekend, the Buildbase FA Vase reaches the First Round Proper stage and some ESL sides are in action across the weekend. Which teams will triumph and bag £825 in prize money? There are also a limited number of Essex Senior League fixtures this weekend plus a solitary tie in the Errington Challenge Cup. Here are Peter’s and my thoughts on this weekend’s ties…

FA Vase First Round Proper

Friday 20th October

Holland v Great Wakering Rovers   |   Venue: Rush Green Bowl

Peter:  Rovers travel to Clacton on Friday evening to see if they can continue their FA Vase adventure when they take on Thurlow Nunn One side Holland.  The hosts have won six and drawn four of their ten league games so far, sitting in eleventh place, whilst Rovers have lost their last two without scoring but I feel their one Step advantage may count here and although it will be a tough assignment for them, they will grab the victory.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Wakering travel to Clacton’s Rush Green Bowl to take on Step 6 side Holland in the first local FA Vase tie on Friday night. The Thurlow Nunn Division One side are currently mid-table having won six of their ten league matches thus far. Wakering won at West Essex in the last round of the FA Vase though have lost twice this week against Clapton and Sawbridgeworth Town so Iain O’Connell will likely be demanding a reaction from his players. If the visitors have the right attitude then I can see them going through to the next round.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Basildon Utd  v   Biggleswade    | Venue: The Hive

Peter: This proves to be a tough test for the Bees as they take on Spartan South Midlands Premier side Biggleswade at The Hive.  The visitors sit fourth in the division having won seven of their eleven league matches so far whilst The Bees sit in second spot in the ESL and will be no doubt confident of victory though. Hard one to call here but because of home advantage I will plump for the hosts, maybe after extra time.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: The Bees welcome Spartan South Midlands (SSM) Premier side Biggleswade to the Hive. Basildon defeated Walsham-le-Willows in the last round and have had an excellent start to the campaign in the league. Capping that off, they signed ex-Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley this week and he scored in a home win over Barkingside in midweek. The visitors cannot be discounted either though as they are in the top five of their Step 5 division as well, having won seven matches thus far this term. Home advantage might be the deciding factor in this one and I reckon it will be a tight one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Beckenham Town   v    Sawbridgeworth Town   |   Venue: Eden Park Avenue

Peter:  The Robins travel to Kent to take on Southern Counties East Premier side Beckenham Town and the hosts have had a rather mixed season, having won five and lost five of their ten league games so far. Sawbo themselves have had a rather mixed start but have won twice on the road in the Vase and also recorded victory at Great Wakering Rovers in midweek so will be confident of victory here.  And I expect them to sneak this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Southern Counties East Premier side Beckenham welcome Sawbridgeworth to Eden Park Avenue. The hosts are mid-table in their Step 5 division, having won five and lost five matches so far this term. Sawbridgeworth have only won three ESL matches so far this term, though did send Hadleigh Utd out in the last round. The visitors did pick up a morale-boosting win at Wakering in midweek though I suspect this one will be a tough encounter for John Watters’ side.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Burnham Ramblers  v  Leighton Town  |  Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers welcome Spartan South Midlands Premier side Leighton Town to Leslie Field in the midst of their best spell of the season so far which has seen them win their last three games scoring fourteen goals in the process.  The visitors are having a fairly decent campaign themselves, sitting sixth after six wins, three draws and only two defeats so far.  No reason why the hosts can’t pull of another decent win here and I feel they may just do that.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Burnham host SSM Premier side Leighton at Leslie Field. Burnham got arguably their result of the season thus far overcoming Redbridge in a barn-storming match in midweek though welcome a Leighton side that are in the top six of their league having won six of their 11 matches so far this season. The test will be whether the hosts maintain their level of performance from midweek then heck knows what could happen. I’m going go for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Halstead Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Rosemary Lane

Peter: Hamlets travel to North Essex to take on Thurlow Nunn One side Halstead Town full of confidence after a resounding 5-2 win at Stansted in midweek.  The Mile End club are having a terrific season and sit fifth in the ESL whilst their opponents are a step below and sit in ninth after five wins, five draws and three defeats in their thirteen games so far.  It will be a tough game for Hamlets however I believe they have enough to get through in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Tower Hamlets travel to Rosemary Lane take on ECL Division One side Halstead Town. The hosts are mid-table in their Step 6 league currently while Hamlets have really improved this season, compared to last with one of the bigger differences being goal threat. They scored five in their win at Stansted and thrashed Little Oakley in the last round of the Vase and should start as favourites here, having scored 34 goals in the ESL alone this term.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Hullbridge Sports  v  Colney Heath    |   Venue: Lower Road

Peter: Sports welcome Spartan South Midlands Premier side Colney Heath to Lower Road knowing they could desperately do with a win and a cup run after a difficult season to date.  Their opponents aren’t having a great season either, sitting bottom of the league after five defeats from six, so they may well have the same ideas too.  However, I back Hullbridge to get back to winning ways here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: SSM Premier Division side Colney Heath travel to Lower Road to take on an inconsistent Hullbridge side. Hullbridge recorded a gutsy win at home to Hackney Wick last weekend though went down at Wadham Lodge in midweek. Colney Heath though have only won one of six matches in their division. I reckon this one could be tight and have goals in it as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

London Lions  v   Clapton   |    Venue: Rowley Lane

Peter: The Tons enter the Vase at this stage after their runners-up finish last season and they sit sixth in the ESL this season after a fairly decent opening three months of the season.  Their opponents London Lions sit tenth in the Spartan South Midlands One after four wins, three wins and four defeats in eleven games.  Their last home game saw a remarkable ten-goal thriller against unbeaten league leaders Southall, eventually losing 6-4, and I feel they will fall to defeat again to their higher-step opponents from East London.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: SSM Division One side London Lions welcome Clapton to Rowley Lane. The hosts are mid-table in their Step 6 division and will be aware that Clapton are coming back into form with wins over Great Wakering and Sporting Bengal Utd this week and sit sixth in the ESL table. I reckon the visitors will pull through here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

 

Welwyn Garden City  v Takeley      |  Venue: Herns Way

Peter: This proves to be a terrific battle between two high-flying sides in their respective leagues, hosts WGC sit second in the Spartan South Midlands Premier with nine wins and a draw from their ten games whilst Takeley are top of the ESL having won ten and losing two of their 12 games so far.  Almost impossible to call this one so going to say home win by the tightest of margins although I think there will be goals in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: In this all-Step 5 tie, Spartans South Midlands Premier side Welwyn Garden City welcome ESL’s Takeley to Herns Way. The hosts are second in their division and unbeaten thus far. Takeley got a good win over Woodford Town in midweek and have won ten of 12 league matches thus far. This will be a stern test of Marc Das’ side though they might prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Sunday 22nd October

Enfield 1893  v  Coggeshall Town        |  Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: This will prove a tough test for Enfield as they welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier high-flyers Coggeshall Town to The Harlow Arena.  The visitors sit second in the table with ten wins from thirteen and with a goal difference of 32 have certainly impressed along with leaders Felixstowe & Walton United.  Enfield though have knocked out the impressive Stowmarket Town in the last round and have recorded some impressive wins this season so will certainly have a chance.  However I feel the visitors may prosper here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Coggeshall travel to The Harlow Arena to take on Enfield 1893. The visitors are sitting pretty in second spot in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division having won ten of their 13 matches thus far. Enfield have started to pick up a bit of league form and gave Takeley a fright last weekend before prevailing at home to Waltham Forest in midweek. Defensively though they do need to tighten up and Coggeshall average three goals a game in their league games alone and consequently, I would think they would be too strong for Matt Hanning’s side.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

 

FC Romania  v  Eynesbury Rovers   |   Venue: Theobalds Lane

Peter: FCR welcome United Counties Premier side Eynesbury Rovers to Theobalds Lane on Sunday as they enter the Vase at the First Round stage.  The visitors sit in seventh place after eight wins from thirteen league games, so they will prove a tough test for the hosts.  FCR are in good form lately though so if they can continue this then they should win through to the next round.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: FCR welcome United Counties side Eynesbury Rovers to Theobalds Lane. Ion Vintila’s side picked up a narrow win at West Essex in midweek and will look to keep up their good form in cup competitions this season, as they did well in the FA Cup earlier this season. Eynesbury Rovers are in the top ten of their division having won eight of their 13 matches thus far. The Wolves will need to play well to seal their side’s progression and I reckon they will do just that.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Essex Senior League

Saturday 21st October

Southend Manor v Wadham Lodge    |     Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor welcome Lodge to Southchurch Park unbeaten in their last four games, winning three of those matches, after they finally found some form expected of them in pre-season.  Lodge have struggled somewhat this campaign after lots of upheaval at the club although they are unbeaten in two games following a draw and a win at home in their last two.  However, they have lost all six of their away games so far and I expect Manor to have too much for them in the end.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Manor welcome Wadham to Southchurch Park. The hosts are on a good run now and are starting to tighten up in defence. With games-in-hand in the league as well, Start Marshall’s side will certainly be keen to grab the points. Wadham did hold West Essex last weekend before a home success over Hullbridge Sports in midweek so they will look continue to build their season, game-by-game.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Barkingside     |   Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hosts Sporting are along with Hackney Wick and Waltham Forest the worst form side in the division over the last half-dozen games having lost five of those games, although visitors Barkingside are not much better off having lost four of their last six so both sides desperately need the points here to kick-start their seasons again.  However, I reckon this one may end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: These two out-of-form sides meet at Mile End. Sporting Bengal have lost their last six straight league matches and will want to get a good result to get themselves ‘back on the road’ to a good league position. Barkingside have lost their last three on-the-bounce in the league though have signed a few players recently and this may be a good opportunity to pick up a much-needed win for them as well. I reckon they’ll be goals in this tussle though I suspect the visitors may pinch it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

West Essex v Stansted  |   Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: Since hitting top-spot earlier in the season hosts West Essex have had a rather mixed bag of results, winning two, drawing one and losing three, whilst Stansted have won three and lost three meaning calling this one is fairly impossible.  The Airportmen were humbled 5-2 at home by Tower Hamlets last time out though so will want to put this behind them whilst the hosts lost a tight encounter at home to FC Romania.  Think this may end a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Finally in the league action on Saturday, Stansted travel to Mayesbrook Park in a tussle of two more inconsistent outfits. West Essex have lost their last three straight league matches without scoring so they’ll need the likes of Cameron Gray and Isaac Marfo to support Michael Mignot more in the goal-scoring stakes in my view while Stansted had their mini-revival ended by Tower Hamlets in midweek as they conceded five in that encounter. This match could really go either way though my gut feeling says the hosts will pinch it by the odd goal.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

Errington Challenge Cup First Round

Saturday 21st October

Redbridge  v   Ilford           |  Venue: Oakside

Peter: There is a derby at Oakside as Redbridge and Ilford meet in the Errington Challenge Cup and the hosts were on a seven-game winning run until it was ended at Burnham Ramblers on Tuesday, whilst Ilford are unbeaten in five after a solid few weeks, so this proves to be a tough and tight battle. I do fancy The Motormen to progress in this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: The other game on Saturday sees two big ESL names clash at Oakside in an Errington Challenge Cup encounter. The Motormen saw their great league end at Burnham in midweek and will be eager to get themselves started to go on another good run against an Ilford side they beat 5-1 at Oakside in the league only a month ago. Ilford are in good form at present though as they unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions and will probably want to ‘level the score’ after that aforementioned loss earlier in the season. Throw in that it’s a cup-tie as well and this could be a real battle. The question for me is can Ilford keep up their decent recent defensive record against the dynamic Redbridge forward line. If they can, then it might be a different result this time around. Even so, it’s hard to go against the hosts so I’ll plump for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

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Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 4 – 3 Redbridge (ESL 17.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 26

2017-18 Season – Match 30

Tuesday 17th October 2017 7.45pm KO

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

Redbridge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both sides at KO (Burnham v Redbridge ESL 17.10.17)
Both sides at kick-off

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers welcomed in-form Redbridge in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Burnham had the familiar front two of Bradley Morgan and Charlee Hughes in the starting XI while Lindsipho Mtyanda and tall target-man Brian Moses led the line for the Motormen, with forward Calvin Poku and winger Joshua Hutchinson unavailable.

I’ll mention right from the start that this is some match to try and sum-up. We were set on our way as the visitors struck first in the first minute as winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao struck the crossbar with his drive and forward Brian Moses eventually tucking it away well. Only three minutes later, forward Lindsipho Mtyanda had a shot saved by home goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic. The hosts rallied though soon after as midfielder William Howard’s shot was saved by visiting custodian Lewis Greene. The visitors edged the early-going in both boxes as defender Vinny Murphy’s crucial tackle denied Ramblers forward Bradley Morgan in the area. Thirteen minutes in, Burnham midfielder Ryan Stillwell repaid that compliment with a great tackle on Moses with the forward primed to strike.

The hosts levelled on 17 minutes as a great through-ball found forward Charlee Hughes and he made no mistake, slotting home well to consolidate a super start to this match. There was little let-up in proceedings as ten minutes later, midfielder Julian Bavin swivelled and volleyed a super strike past Greene to put Lee Hughes’ side ahead for the first time. On the half-hour, it needed a great block by centre-back Jonathon Mbamarah to deny Morgan after the Burnham forward had rounded Greene in the area.

The hosts were not to be denied though as twelve minutes before the break from Bavin’s pass, Hughes was in on goal and slotted home to give his side a two-goal lead. A frenetic first half ended in stoppage time as Mtyanda looped a header home from captain Eljay Worrell’s free-kick.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers  3 – 2  Redbridge

The second half began with the visitors much the stronger as home custodian Strizovic denying Mtyanda, midfielder Patrick Duggan and Worrell in the opening quarter-hour or so of the half. Redbridge winger Coxi-Sebastfao was impressing on the left flank with his pace and trickery. It was no surprise when Coxi-Sebastfao himself got the visitors level on 66 minutes as he thumped home an effort past Strizovic following another Worrell free-kick in a spell of sustained pressure from the Motormen.

Strizovic was busy again having to deny Mtyanda moments after the leveller though Burnham found another gear in the latter stages with Hughes’ header being saved by Greene. With nine minutes left, Mtyanda spurned a good chance for the visitors though in retrospect, we couldn’t quite have predicted what was coming. Burnham forward Hughes has a knack for scoring crackers and he came up trumps again with a thunderbolt from at least 25 yards which sailed past Greene to give Burnham the lead once again. In a nervy finale, Stillwell headed wide for the hosts and Moses and substitute Liam Thomas also missed the target with headers.

The full-time whistle blew and unsurprisingly there were contrasting emotions by both sides though what I will say is that football was the ultimate winner in this utterly enthralling contest. Redbridge may look back and wonder how they didn’t get something from this game though the hosts will be delighted with their battling qualities and work-rate, alongside Hughes’ finishing. If this was last season then Burnham may have got overwhelmed though this match is another marker to suggest that they are a different side this term. Congratulations to them and also I’d like to thank them for their hospitality tonight. Best wishes to Redbridge as well for the rest of the season.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers   4 – 3       Redbridge

Hughes 17’, 33’, 84’    | Moses 1’, Mtyanda 45’+1

Bavin 27’            |   Coxi-Sebastfao 66’

Teams:

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

Redbridge

Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Joshua Strizovic  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene  (GK)
2  Bobby Barker       (Subbed 29’) 2  Courtney Homans
3  Grant Webb 3  Eljay Worrell  (C)
18 Julian Bavin         (Subbed 73’) 4  Shaun Harris
5  Luke Moloney  (C) 5  Vinny Murphy
6  Scott Plom 6  Jonathon Mbamarah
7  Samuel Warwick     (Subbed 66’) 7  Tommie Turner    (Subbed 82’)
8  William Howard 8  Patrick Duggan
9  Bradley Morgan 9  Lindsipho Mtyanda
10  Ryan Stillwell 10  Brian Moses
11  Charlee Hughes 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao

Substitutes:

13  Adam French  (GK) 12  Sam Sheppard
14  Kyle Musson             (On 66’) 14  Liam Thomas       (On 82’)
15  Alex Karkoski 15  Malaki Toussaint
16  Andy Mowforth       (On 29’) 16  Philip Brown-Bampoe
17  Daniel Green            (On 73’) 17  Jamil Shariffu

Referee:

Kirk Edwards

Assistant Referees:

Paul Falvey

Joe Burgess

Booked: Moloney, Bavin, Stillwell Booked: Moses, Mtyanda, Coxi-Sebastfao

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (15.10.17)

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 off with all the Saturday action, followed by updated ESL table. And there’s a run-down of the results from the Olympian League plus results from the Senior League Cup & Anagram Records Trophy. How did your side do this weekend? Enjoy.

Saturday 14th October

Barkingside  0 – 1    Ilford

Venue: Cricklefield    |   Attendance: 74

Ilford held on to narrowly defeat Cricklefield rivals Barkingside. The only goal of the match came on 68 minutes as forward James Peagram struck to seal the Foxes’ seventh win of the campaign.

Clapton 2 –  0  Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: Old Spotted Dog   |    Attendance: 61

Clapton upset high-flying Great Wakering at the OSD. Two goals after the break by Ikem Odeh [48’] and Jeffrey Cobblah [63’] sealed a good victory for the Tons, their sixth of the league season.

 Hullbridge Sports  3 – 0   Hackney Wick

Venue: Lower Road      |      Attendance: 49

Hullbridge produced a resolute display to overcome Wick at Lower Road. Luca Frankis put the hosts ahead after nine minutes though couldn’t build on that advantage until after the break. Two second-half goals from Ollie Miller [54’ & 90’+3] sealed the points for Rob Hodgson’s men.

I attended this match and my full match report is here – https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/report-hullbridge-3-0-h-wick-esl/

Redbridge  3 – 2   Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue: Oakside     |        Attendance: 32

The Motormen overcame a wobble to record another win at Oakside. Winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao gave the hosts the lead on eleven minutes though Steven Carvell restored parity for Bengal ten minutes later. The visitors broke the deadlock on 27 minutes through Kai Parkinson’s strike. Redbridge fought back late on though as goals from Eljay Worrell [85’] and substitute Calvin Poku [88’] sealed the turnaround for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side.

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 3    Southend Manor

Venue: Crofters End   |        Attendance: 52

Manor produced another excellent away-day performance to claim an important win at Crofters End. The visitors did the damage in the first half as goals from Ross Johnson [20’], Alfie Lindfield [36’] and Jacob Cleaver [44’] put Stuart Marshall’s side in a great position. Sawbridgeworth did pull one back after the break through Joe Wright.

Stansted     3 – 1    Waltham Forest

Venue: Hargrave Park     |     Attendance: 47

Stansted did the damage early to seal a good win over inconsistent Forest at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsey set the Airportmen on their way with the opener on nine minutes before Jevoi Blair made it two after 20 minutes. Ramsey got his second of the afternoon seven minutes later to put Paul Pittuck’s side in a commanding position at the interval. Substitute Marco Faria [68’] got a consolation for the visitors though it was a case of ‘too little, too late’ for them as the hosts recorded their sixth win of the ESL campaign.

Takeley   5 – 4     Enfield 1893

Venue: Station Road      |     Attendance: 61

Takeley got the better of a nine-goal barnstormer at Station Road. A quick-fire double from Mitchell Das [16’] and Freddie Burrell [18’] gave the hosts the initiative though Miguel Lopes De Matos pulled one back four minutes later. Reece Barrett restored Takeley’s two-goal cushion on 29 minutes as his side led at the break 3-1.  De Matos got his second seven minutes after the break and Luke Thomas levelled a pulsating match on 66 minutes. Marc Das’ side were in no mood to be denied though as a double from substitute Will Green [82’ & 90’+3] sealed the win though Ben Bradbury’s strike deep into injury-time ended the scoring.

Tower Hamlets  2 – 2    FC Romania

Venue: Mile End Stadium      |     Attendance: 31

Hamlets came from behind to record a creditable draw at Mile End. FCR had the better of the early-going and capitalised on it as Gabriel Ghinea struck five minutes in. Sergiu Pitaru doubled the lead 19 minutes later. However, two quick-fire goals either side of half-side from Wale Odedoyin [44’ & 46’] ultimately sealed a point for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side.

Wadham Lodge  3 – 3   West Essex

Venue: Kitchener Road           |        Attendance: 16

West Essex’s recent defensive frailties were again highlighted as they were held at Kitchener Road. In a good first-half for the visitors, talismanic striker Michael Mignot [35’ & 40’] put the visitors’ two-up at the interval. Danny Palmer cut the hosts’ arrears in half on 62 minutes. Mignot completed another hat-trick with 15 minutes remaining as West Essex looked set for a good win. Not to be though as goals from Ben McAllister [79’] and Ben Musaka [89’] grabbed a point for the bottom-placed side.

Woodford Town (2017)  3 – 2    Basildon Utd

Venue: Goffs Lane       |     Attendance: 65

Improving Woodford recorded another good win, this time against the Bees at Goffs Lane. Larry Asare gave Town the lead eleven minutes in before Marcus Bowers levelled things eight minutes before half-time. Substitute Ashley Blackburn put the Bees ahead with 22 minutes to play though late goals from Ola Ogunwamide [80’] and Jack Grosvenor [90’] sealed an important home win for Woodford.

ESL Table (after October 14th matches)

Position

Team

P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Takeley 11 9 0 2 18 27
2 Great Wakering Rovers 12 8 1 3 16 25
3 Redbridge 11 8 1 2 13 25
4 Basildon Utd 11 8 1 2 11 25
5 West Essex 12 7 2 3 4 23
6 Tower Hamlets 12 6 3 3 13 21
7 Ilford 12 7 0 5 5 21
8 Clapton 12 6 3 3 4 21
9 Woodford Town (2017) 14 6 3 5 -3 21
10 FC Romania 11 6 2 3 10 20
11 Stansted 14 6 1 7 2 19
12 Sporting Bengal Utd 14 6 1 7 -3 19
13 Barkingside 11 5 1 5 2 16
14 Southend Manor 8 4 1 3 4 13
15 Hullbridge Sports 12 3 3 6 -11 12
16 Waltham Forest 14 3 2 9 -16 11
17 Sawbridgeworth Town 12 2 4 6 -6 10
18 Burnham Ramblers 12 3 1 8 -10 10
19 Hackney Wick 14 3 1 10 -15 10
20 Enfield 1893 11 3 0 8 -9 9
21 Wadham Lodge 14 2 1 11 -29 7

Saturday 14th October

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town  0 – 7   Kelvedon Hatch

Frenford   3 – 0   White Ensign

Springfield  4 – 2   Harold Wood Athletic

 

Division One

Galleywood  2 – 3   Old Chelmsfordians

Great Baddow  7 – 3   Shenfield AFC

Harold Hill   0 – 6   Sungate

Hutton  2 – 2   FC Hamlets

Runwell Sports  2 – 6   Old Southendian

Snaresbrook    1 – 0   Newbury Forest

 

Division Two

Herongate Athletic   3 – 1   Ryan

May & Baker E.C Reserves  0 – 3   Ramsden Scotia

Ongar Town   2 – 0   Newham Utd

Rayleigh Town Res    3 – 1   Rochford Town

Toby   1 – 2     Upminster

 

Anagram Records Trophy

Catholic Utd  2 – 2    Manford Way AET (Catholic Utd won 4-2 on Penalties)

 

Senior League Cup 2nd Round

Benfleet    3 – 1  Rayleigh Town

Leigh Ramblers   4 – 2   A1 Sports

May & Baker E.C   1 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 0 Hackney Wick (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 49

2017-18 Season – Match 29

Saturday 14th October 2017 3pm KO

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

Hackney Wick : White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice autumnal afternoon at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Hackney Wick in an intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Both sides resided in the bottom four before kick-off. For Hullbridge, Lewis Catling came in between the sticks, with Luca Frankis leading the line though Jimmy Cox returned to the squad, sitting on the bench. For me, this was the first look at Hackney Wick since pre-season so I was intrigued as to how they’d get on – I soon got my answer.

Prior to kick-off, we had a minute’s silence (see image) in remembrance of the Waltham Forest chairman Tergut Esendagli who sadly passed away this week. My condolences to the club and to Tergut’s family for their loss. In the opening stages of this encounter, it was a tale of the ‘number nine’s’ as within three minutes, Hullbridge forward Luca Frankis nearly had a clear chance though the ball just escaped his clutches and into visiting goalkeeper Steven French’s arms. A minute later, Wick forward Allan Bastel had a shot blocked by Hullbridge custodian Lewis Catling. It was the home no.9 who put the hosts ahead though Frankis poked his effort into the corner after winger Ollie Miller’s cushioned header into his path.

Hackney Wick responded on 17 minutes as Catling was called into action to push forward Alejandro Ramires’ free-kick wide and then two minutes later, winger Jermaine Nicholson’s shot was also tipped wide. Through most of the remainder of the first period, the hosts pushed forward to clinch that second goal as Wick did struggle to clear their lines at times. Hullbridge was also up for the fight as well as the likes of midfielder Michael Edgar and Frankis ran their socks off to harry the opposition into errors. Nine minutes before the break, Charlie Buffin’s cross from the right flank was headed just wide by midfielder Lewis Watson. The hosts definitely had the better of the play in the first period, though the game was some way from being won with only a slender lead as it was at the interval.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 –  0  Hackney Wick

The visitors made a change at the break and they did seem more energised as a result. Defender Aaron Hunwicks had to ‘have his wits about him’ to deny a certain chance five minutes after the break. A minute afterward, French had to save well to deny Frankis at the back post after good play from Miller and fellow winger Charlie Gerada.  That miss wasn’t costly though as on 54 minutes, a long ball found Miller and one-on-one with French, he slotted past the ‘keeper to double the home side’s advantage. I think it was fair to say that the goalkeeper was not happy with the defence in front of him.

Hullbridge lost centre-back Ollie Quick and Gerada to knocks within seven minutes of each other midway through the second half as Wick continued to battle away going forward. Substitute Guled Ahmed made a difference to his side though with twenty minutes left, his free-kick couldn’t find the target. A further effort on goal soon after by fellow substitute Saico Djop was saved by Catling. At this point, the hosts couldn’t quite keep the ball as effectively as they had done though they were led at the back by the presence of player-manager Rob Hodgson. Into the last five minutes or so, the hosts found another gear as Hodgson’s shot was well-saved by French. Moments later, Wick should have got a consolation though Ramires was twice denied by good saves by Catling and following-up, full-back Blessing Adomah sent his shot over the crossbar. The hosts did get another late on as the impressive Miller was found by substitute Sam Dulieu and the winger slotted home for his brace.

Full-Time:     Hullbridge Sports      3 – 0       Hackney Wick

Frankis 9’, Miller 54’ & 90’+3

In all fairness, Hullbridge deserved their win and played decent football at times, though Wick kept going, particularly in the second half and unfortunately couldn’t find that final ball often enough. For the hosts, almost to a man it was a really good, gutsy display though Hodsgon and Miller’s performances stuck out for me today.

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Hackney Wick

Manager: Tolga Dervish

1  Lewis Catling  (GK) 1  Steven French  (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Blessing Adomah
3  Aaron Hunwicks 3  Marian Histov
4  Michael Edgar 4  Berkcan Belindir
5  Ollie Quick                 (Subbed  61’) 5  Mark Collins
6  Rob Hodgson 6  Jake Casey
7  Ollie Miller 7  Jermaine Nicholson   (Subbed 66’)
8  Lewis Watson 8  Ibrahim Camara  (C)
9  Luca Frankis               (Subbed 56’) 9  Allan Bastel
10  Jamie Buffin  (C) 10  Alejandro Ramires
11  Charlie Gerada         (Subbed 68’) 11  Prince Yeboah           (Subbed 46’)

Substitutes:

12  Jimmy Cox           (On 56’) GK  Vladisav Gorchakov
14  Damien  Siemienczuk 12  Saico Djop           (On 66’)
15  Angus Poole         (On 61’) 13  Simpson Mpalampa
16  Sam Dulieu           (On 68’) 14  Guled Ahmed     (On 46’)
17  Sergo Sidibe

Referee:

Pat Evans

Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Sven Wood

Booked: None Booked: Casey

Essex Senior League 2017/18 – Preview (13.10.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

The ESL full fixture programme returns this weekend after a multitude of Cup & League action in midweek, chiefly the beginning of the newly-renamed Errington Challenge Cup. Below are Peter’s & my thoughts on this weekend’s ESL action.

 

Saturday 14th October

Barkingside v Ilford    |    Venue: Cricklefield

Peter:  It’s the big Cricklefield derby on Saturday as ‘Side take their turn to ‘host’ against Ilford.  The two teams met earlier in the season in the cup and saw Ilford run out with a slender 1-0 victory.  Side though have only won one of their last four games whilst Ilford have won their last two but form normally means nothing in these types of games, and I reckon it’s too tight to call so predicting a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott:  The ‘Cricklefield derby’ sees tenants Barkingside welcome Ilford. Michael Walther’s side edged past Enfield on spot-kicks in the opening match of the Errington Challenge Cup on Monday night though league-wise they’ve won one out of their last four matches. Ilford continued their mini-revival with a good win over Takeley last weekend. I reckon this one will be a tough encounter for both sides though I have a feeling the Foxes will edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Clapton v Great Wakering Rovers    |    Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: The Tons have won their last two games but welcome one of the most in-form sides in the division right now in Great Wakering Rovers to the Old Spotted Dog.  The visitors currently sit top of the league on goal difference and will be looking to keep it that way with victory here although against a tough Clapton side that will always be a hard thing to do. Think I will plump for a draw here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 Scott: GWR travel to the Old Spotted Dog to take on an inconsistent Clapton side. Clapton are ‘on the rise’ though as a huge crowd of nearly 800 saw them prevail in their ‘away’ win over Hackney Wick at the OSD last weekend. Jon Fowell’s side have only lost one of their last five matches in all competitions. Wakering though are still in excellent form though and haven’t conceded a single goal in their last four league matches, which it’s no surprise to say that they’ve won all four, given that defensive record. The defensive record may go though it is hard to not back a Wakering win as more often than not they get results and it’s no surprise really given their form that they are currently joint-top.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Hullbridge Sports v Hackney Wick    |    Venue: Lower Road

Peter: Sports are enduring a very poor run of form which has seen them fail to win a league game for nearly two months and they welcome a side who have lost five of their last six in the league, so both sides badly need the points in this one.  Both sit in the bottom four two, so three points in this game would be a great lift for whoever earns it.  However I feel this one could also end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Two of the league’s current bottom four meet at Lower Road. Sports have lost their last three league matches, two of them being heavy losses to Redbridge & FC Romania and conceding twelve goals in the process. Wick have had a tough week off-the-pitch though on it they’ve lost five of their last six league matches and won’t find it easy here either. If the hosts can have good day defensively (bit of a big if at present) then I think they will edge this match given all that the visitors have had to deal with recently.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Redbridge v Sporting Bengal Utd      |       Venue: Oakside

Peter: The Motormen are the best side in the division right now on form, having won six straight league games, and it surely would have been seven had their game at Southend Manor not been abandoned last weekend.  Sporting on the other hand have gone well off-the-boil, having lost three straight league games to slip from joint top to eighth, and I feel it may be four defeats in a row as Redbridge will have too much for them on the day.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: The Motormen welcome an inconsistent Sporting Bengal side to Oakside. Bengal have lost their last three league matches, shipping ten goals in that time. The hosts are unbeaten in their last seven league matches and will take some stopping here as they seek to join those sides at the top of the division. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 1

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Southend Manor   |     Venue: Crofters End

Peter: The Robins have been solid of late, three draws in a row and only one defeat in five, however they welcome a Manor side full of confidence after their win at Braintree Town in midweek in the County Cup, as well as two straight wins in the league.  Think I’m gonna have to go for a draw in this one as well.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Manor travel to Crofters End to take on Sawbridgeworth. John Watters’ side have drawn their last three league matches though could have won one of those had they been more clinical in front of goal. Stuart Marshall’s Manor picked up an excellent win over Braintree Town at Cressing Road in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek so will be on a high from that triumph. They will be in for a battle here though as both sides seek to move away from a potentially-precarious league position. Tough one to call though I think Town might sneak it.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Stansted v Waltham Forest     |    Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: The Airportmen’s last six games have yielded three wins and three defeats, whilst Forest have lost three straight matches in the division, although they did thrash Woodford Town in the Errington Cup in midweek to give themselves some confidence.  Stansted haven’t been brilliant at home and I think Forest may nick something here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Forest travel to Hargrave Park to meet Stansted in an interesting mid-table clash. Paul Pittuck’s side has won three of their last six league matches and recently the Airportmen have a good record against sides in & around them in the table. Forest are one place behind their hosts in the table, though five points separates them. Forest picked up an excellent win at Woodford in Cup action in midweek though in the league only one win in their last five matches leaves them at risk of being caught by the sides below them. I think there will be goals in this one though the visitors are the more susceptible at the back so this might favour a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

Takeley  v   Enfield 1893  |   Venue: Station Road

Peter: Dassy’s Takeley side got back to winning ways with victory at struggling Lodge on Wednesday after two straight defeats previously to that saw questions beginning to be asked of the Station Road side.  They need to be very wary of Enfield too, despite the visitors lowly league position, and with the Harlow-based side having beaten Barkingside last weekend, they will certainly ask questions of the high flying hosts.  However I feel Takeley will grab the points here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Takeley welcome Enfield 1893 to Station Road as Marc Das’ side look to build another good run of results. Following a ‘mini-blip’ they got a good win at Wadham Lodge in midweek. Enfield’s poor recent league run ended with a home win over Barkingside last weekend though they went out of the Errington Challenge Cup to the same opposition on penalties on Monday night. The hosts are another side that can grind out results and I suspect they’ll bank another three points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Tower Hamlets v FC Romania    |   Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter:  Hamlets routed West Essex at home last time out to get back to winning ways after two straight defeats, making it seven wins in nine games.  FC Romania have won their last two after a tricky period but their crushing win at Hullbridge, especially the second half, will give them cause for optimism.  I feel that this one could go in favour of the visitors.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Hamlets welcome FCR to Mile End. Last season, it’s more than likely you’d have said ‘away win’ in this fixture though this term you cannot be so cavalier in your thinking, down in no small part to the resurgent hosts so far this term. Hamlets have won two and lost two in their last four league matches though in-form forward Curtis Pond has certainly got his fair share of goals thus far for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side. The Wolves have an identical record to their hosts in the last four league matches (won two, lost two) though I have a feeling this one could end up honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Wadham Lodge v West Essex   |    Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Bottom side Lodge welcome West Essex to Kitchener Road looking to try and grab something from the game after losing six of their last seven in the league.  West Essex had been flying and found themselves top after four straight wins, however two defeats on the spin have seen the Mayesbrook Park side drop to fifth, and the midweek mauling at the hands of Basildon United in the Errington Cup wouldn’t have helped their confidence.  However, they should have enough to dispose of a struggling Lodge side.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Bottom side Wadham entertain West Essex at Kitchener Road. Although the results indicate one win from their last seven league matches for the hosts, it does seem that Wadham are starting to turn the corner in terms of performances after a very poor start to the campaign. West Essex have lost their last three in all competitions, conceding ten goals without reply in those three matches which is unusual for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Consequently, this might be a ‘good’ time for Wadham to play them and although both sides have leaky defences, I’m going for a score draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Woodford Town (2017)  v  Basildon Utd   |   Venue: Goffs Lane

Peter: Two in-form sides meet at Goffs Lane on Saturday with the Bees trying to overhaul Great Wakering Rovers at the top.  Woodford though are three games unbeaten and were minutes away from winning three straight in the league although they were thrashed at home in the Errington Cup by Waltham Forest in midweek.  The Bees are also unbeaten in three league games but thrashed West Essex in their midweek Errington Cup clash and I feel they will grab the points here too.

Pete’s Prediction:  0 – 2

Scott: Finally on Saturday, the Bees travel to Goffs Lane to take on Woodford Town. The hosts have had an upturn in form in their last four matches in all competitions, only losing once and that was in the Errington Challenge Cup to Waltham Forest in midweek. Basildon were also prevailed in the Cup with a big win over West Essex. In the league, the Bees’ unbeaten run now stands at three matches. Woodford may breach the visitors’ near-impregnable defence (they haven’t conceded a goal in their last five matches in all competitions) though I still reckon Marc Harrison’s side will pick up another three points to bolster what’s been a near-remarkable start to the campaign for them.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

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