Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted (ESL 3.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2017-18 Season – Match 53

Date: Saturday 3rd February 2018 – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts and Yellow Socks

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Socks & Royal Blue Socks


Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)


As the we entered the final three months of the Essex Senior League season, Southend Manor welcomed Stansted to Southchurch Park. This was Manor’s first action in three weeks while the Airportmen gave leaders Redbridge a fright in midweek before losing out late on. Manor’s attack was led by target-man Ellis Skidmore with Rhys Fatt and Hamid Zamani providing support from the flanks. Stansted joint-managers Paul Pittuck and Marc Benterman won the ESL’s Managers of the Month for January and fielded a strong XI with Julien Lloyd, Jack West and skipper Ryan Ramsey in attack.

The match started with a bang as merely three minutes in, Stansted forward Jack West struck a shot wide as the visitors looked to gain the advantage. Two yellow cards in the space of less than a minute for Manor’s Lewis Sparrow handed them that advantage as they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area and Sparrow a very early bath. Stefan Neilsen struck a powerful effort past the wall and although home goallkeeper Klinton Makayabo got a hand on it, he was unable to keep it out as the visitors took the lead with just five minutes gone.

For the remainder of the half, there wasn’t a huge array of chances created by either side as the match struggled to find much rhythm. Manor forward Ellis Skidmore snuffed out the off-side trap but struck his effort wide on eleven minutes while eight minutes later Stansted winger Paul Preston shot wide in what was a decent oppurtunity.

As this encounter started to get quite scrappy, the visitors nearly doubled their advantage though forward Julien Lloyd slotted his shot just wide of the post. Manor winger Rhys Fatt was doing his best to get his side into the match though in truth, he couldn’t quite carve out the quality crosses his side needed.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted

Due to a power cut, during the break the Stansted management elected to give their team-talk to the players in the stand which added to what was already an interesting afternoon.

After the break, the slippery surface did have an effect on both sides to a degree though Stansted were again looking threatening in the early stages as a corner was bravely headed away by Manor midfielder Robbie Norris at the back stick. The visitors defended stoutly, denying an effort on goal from midfielder John-Jo Slatert ten minutes into the half.

The hosts struggled to contain the pace of the Airportmen’s attacks as forward Ryan Ramsey blazed over from 20 yards just past the hour and soon afterwards, Preston’s strike was well-kept out by Makayabo at his near-post. Preston was in the action again 15 minutes from time as his curling effort needed to headed over the bar by Manor captain Lee Delf.

Manor did enjoy the better of possession in the latter stages as both sides tired though still couldn’t create enough to consistently test visiting custodian Laurence Whymark. With six minutes remaining, substitute Brennon Nolan was well-denied by Whymark though in all honesty, the visitors deserved the win today. Winger Paul Preston in particular was a constant threat down the right flank for the visitors in my view.

Still from 2nd half of the match

Hamid Zamani was dismissed late on as the hosts’ frustration was palpable, finishing with nine men. Stansted went into 12th place, just above Manor following this victory. Check out my post-match interview with the Stansted joint-managers Paul & Marc on the Grassroot Football Show on Thursday night.

My thanks to Manor for their hospitality and best wishes to them for the remainder of the season & congratulations to Stansted on their hard-earned win here although they could have made it more comfortable, had they taken a few of their chances.



Southend Manor

Klinton Makayabo (GK), Grant Webb, Jamie Alexandrou, Charlie Barlow (Ibrahim Kagbanda 63), Lee Delf (Capt), Lewis Sparrow, Rhys Fatt (Alfie Lindfield 59′), John-Jo Slater, Ellis Skidmore (Brennon Nolan 72′), Robbie Norris, Hamid Zamani


Booked: Barlow  | Sent Off: Sparrow [4′], Zamani [90’+2]

Subs Not Used: Newell, Scott



Laurence Whymark (GK), Papa Asamoah, Jahvanne Wilson, Sam West, Chris Moore, Stefan Neilsen (Oliver Fortune 82′), Paul Preston, Elias Olmos (Warren Thomas 62′), Julien Lloyd (Jack Sykes 70′), Jack West, Ryan Ramsey (Capt)

Goal-scorer: Stefan Neilsen [5′]

Booked: J West    | Subs Not Used: Baltazar, McKinson


Essex Senior League Preview (3.2.18)


Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to this week’s piece looking at the weekend’s Essex Senior League action as we enter the final three months of the season. Here are Peter’s and my thoughts on all the fixtures set for this weekend (Weather-permitting):


Basildon Utd v Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees have continued their magnificent form into 2018 and are hot on the heels of second placed FC Romania right now, but they welcome a Sawbo side who have also had a decent 2018 and are unbeaten in five right now.  Gonna be a tight one this but I reckon the Bees may just sneak this one by the odd goal.

Peter’s Prediction: 2-1

Scott: The Bees welcome in-form Sawbridgeworth to the Hive. Marc Harrison’s edged out Ilford in midweek to keep the heat firmly on the top two. The hosts are unbeaten in eight matches now and take on a Sawbo side unbeaten in their last five outings as they look to climb above Woodford Town into the top half of the table. John Watters’ side battled hard to claim a point at Waltham Forest in midweek. Hard not to go for a home win here though Sawbo could pull off a surprise here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Burnham Ramblers v Waltham Forest | Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers 2018 has been woeful, and it gets no easier for them as they welcome Forest to Leslie Field full of attacking intent in their ranks.  The Walthamstow based side are only a point above the drop zone and so nearly ended Sawbridgeworth’s unbeaten 2018 in midweek, and haven’t won in three games.  But against a defence who have conceded 24 in four games this year, it’s hard to see the visitors not getting the points here.

Peter’s Prediction: 0-2

Scott: Burnham welcome Forest to Leslie Field. Lee Hughes’ side need to address a four-match losing streak to avoid being pulled back into the relegation scrap and were comfortably beaten last weekend at Wakering. Forest were beaten by leaders Redbridge last weekend and drew at home to Sawbridgeworth in midweek and have lost a couple of players recently, with Mo Sagaf leaving for an extended trial with Ipswich Town’s U-23’s. Forest haven’t won in three matches either though this match may be a good one to claim points in as Qayum Shakoor’s side also need points to avoid dropping into the bottom four. Entertaining draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Enfield 1893 v Clapton   | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts managed to grab their first win in 2018 with an important victory at Hackney Wick last time out, and they welcome a Tons side to Harlow who have won back to back league games recently.  Can Enfield build on that confidence boosting result at Wick, or will Clapton continue that winning run?  Well that is the million dollar question, but I reckon the visitors may take this one.

Peter’s Prediction: 1-2


Scott: Enfield entertain Clapton at the Harlow Arena after finally ending their long winless streak in midweek with victory at fellow strugglers Hackney Wick. Jon Fowell’s side are rather a different proposition to face though with three wins in their last five matches as they seek to gain ground on the top-five. I reckon this will be a battle and if the visitors aren’t up for that battle, they won’t get all the points though I suspect the Tons will prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Hackney Wick  v  Barkingside   | Venue: OSD
Peter: Wick suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of relegation rivals Enfield in midweek, and they know wins are what they need now after falling further into the mire.  It won’t be easy though against an improved Barkingside outfit, and although ‘Sides form has been rather inconsistent of late, they should have enough to see off the bottom side at The Old Spotted Dog.

Peter’s Prediction: 0-3


Scott: Wick take on Barkingside in what is a key game for two of the league’s bottom six. The hosts announced a move to the London Marathon Community mini-stadium this week (adjacent to the Olympic Stadium) last week. League-wise though, they are winless in their last eight matches and are now six points adrift at the foot of the table. They badly need a win as they face a ‘Side outfit that have won two of their last five to start their own mission to climb the table (currently 16th). At present, the visitors seem to have more goals in them and that could prove to be the difference here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Ilford v Tower Hamlets   | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The Foxes have been solid if not spectacular of late, whilst Hamlets after a good start to 2018 have tailed off somewhat and have suffered back to back defeats lately.  Got a feeling this will be a battle at Cricklefield and one that Ilford may sneak by the odd goal in three.

Peter’s Prediction: 2-1


Scott: 7th takes on 8th in this encounter at Cricklefield. Both sides have struggled to obtain wins of late with Ilford managing three in their last nine matches and Hamlets winning two of their last eight encounters. Ilford won late-on over Wick last weekend though narrowly lost to Basildon in midweek while Hamlets lost out to Barkingside last weekend. Tough one to call this is, the Foxes may edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Southend Manor v Stansted | Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: The hosts haven’t played for three weeks following postponements, whilst Stansted after nine straight defeats have turned their form around brilliantly, and although their unbeaten start to 2018 ended in heartbreak at Redbridge in midweek, they are moving in the right direction under the joint management of Paul Pittuck and Mark Benterman.  Manor did win their last outing in the league, but I feel the Airportmen will have enough to win this one.

Peter’s Prediction: 1-2


Scott: Manor take on in-form Stansted at Southchurch Park. The hosts have been inactive of late due to postponements though one win from their last six matches sees them in 12th place at present, though they do have games in hand. The Airportmen won against Sporting Bengal last weekend and really ran Redbridge close in midweek. One loss in their last five outings sees Stansted in 13th place, starting to edge away from the bottom-half scramble. If the visitors can maintain their recent form, they could take the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Sporting Bengal Utd v Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Sporting are in terrible form, with the same record as bottom side Wick over the last few games, and they welcome free scoring Rovers to Mile End fresh from their seven goal thrashing of Burnham Ramblers.  Hard to see anything other than a convincing away win here, I think it’s probably a question of how many GWR will score I’m afraid.

Peter’s Prediction: 0-4


Scott: Wakering are the visitors to Mile End to take on Sporting Bengal. Imrul Gazi’s side need points themselves after a run of seven matches without a win. Wakering have won six of their last seven outings and some of those have been big-scoring wins to boot. Wakering will no doubt realise wins of that nature will assist their goal difference and I reckon it could be another big win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3


Takeley  v  FC Romania   | Venue: Station Road

Peter: Wow what a game we could have at Station Road.  Both in the top five, both could potentially win promotion, and both are capable of winning this match up.  Takeley have won four of their last five where as FCR are unbeaten in the league since September, although I believe the hosts need the points more in this one.  I just have a feeling the visitors may not only shut out their opponents, but also take all three points too.

Peter’s Prediction: 0-2


Scott: Quite possibly the game of the weekend takes place at Station Road as Takeley take on promotion rivals FC Romania. Marc Das’ 5th-placed side have been affected by postponements of late so have 16 matches to play after this one. FC Romania won at Barkingside in midweek though it’s arguable that the onus is on the hosts as they need the points to keep in touch with the top four. FCR’s long unbeaten stretch will take some beating though and they may take a point here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

UPDATE: This match at Station Road has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Wadham Lodge  v  Redbridge   | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Free falling Lodge are now second bottom after a terrible run of form, and they welcome possibly the worst side they could come up against in the shape of league leaders Redbridge, who netted for on this ground only last weekend against Lodge’s rivals Waltham Forest.  Cannot see anything other than a convincing away win.

Peter’s Prediction: 0-3

Scott: Redbridge make the trip to Kitchener Road for the second-successive weekend as they take on Wadham Lodge. These two sides are at opposite ends of the table so need points for different reasons. Wadham are winless in their last six and they sit second-bottom. Redbridge were given a fright by battling Stansted in midweek though eventually prevailed to maintain their long-standing winning run. We know Football can ‘serve up some odd results’ sometimes though I cannot see Wadham throwing a “spanner in the works of the Motormen” here. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

UPDATE: This match at Kitchener Road has been postponed due to unforseen circumstances (Source: Redbridge FC)


West Essex v Woodford Town (2017)  |  Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: This could be a potentially entertaining encounter, with both sides keen to show attacking intent.  The hosts however are not in brilliant form, with three defeats in their last four, whilst Woodford on the other hand are unbeaten in five after a decent show of form recently.  However this has the potential to be a high scoring game, and I reckon the sides may share six goals.

Peter’s Prediction: 3-3

Scott: Finally this weekend, The Stags welcome Woodford to Mayesbrook Park. Kwame Kwateng’s side have not found wins easy to come by of late with two wins in their last six outings though they have also been affected by recent postponements. Woodford were held by Hullbridge in midweek though they are definitely a threat going forward. Dee Safer’s side have only lost two of their last seven matches though so the hosts are going to need to play well to grab all three points here. This could well be an entertaining affair.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


That’s your lot for the Preview this week. If you’d like to follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 & Scott: @ScottMHC14

Check back later this weekend to see our ESL results round-up’s on our respective blogs.




Essex Senior League & EOFL Round-up (ESL 28.1.18)

EOFL badge (50th Anni)


Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend, followed by a results round-up from the Essex Olympian League Premier Division, Division One & Division Two.

Friday 26th January 2018

Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Barkingside
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 86

Barkingside produced a strong display to leave Mile End with a good victory. Michael Walther’s men struck twice at the end of the first half through Roddy Lemba [40′ & pen 45′] to have the advantage at the break. An OG four minutes into the second half gave Hamlets some hope though Lemba completed a fine hat-trick seven minutes from time to give ‘Side their second win in their last four matches, sitting in 16th spot. Hamlets’ third loss in their last five matches sees them fall to 8th spot.

Saturday 27th January

Clapton 3 – 1 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 62

The Tons secured a good three points at home to Wadham. Steven Sardinha’s double [29′ & 80′] and a late goal from substitute Kai Bichard late on sealed the win. Brian Simpson got Wadham’s goal. Clapton’s thurd win in their last five sees them keep pace with the top-five in 6th. Wadham’s winless run stretches to six matches as they sit 19th, six points ahead of bottom side Hackney Wick.

Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Burroughs Park | Att: 50

Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Enfield 1893
| Venue: Lower Road | Att: 39

Hullbridge came from behind to claim a point although Enfield were without regular goalkeeper Matt Corderoy so outfield player Jayden Hocking-Rising had to don the gloves. Ben Bradbury [17′] put the visitors ahead before Michael Salako restored parity for Darren Manning’s men eight minutes after the break. Sports inch up to 18th with this result, though are just a point clear of thrir opponents here who are second-bottom as their winless run extended to eight matches.

Ilford 2 – 1 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 55

The Foxes picked up an important if not spectacular victory over bottom side Wick. On-loan Liam Whipps and Jamie Hart got the goals for Allan Fenn & Billy Cove’s side. Jonas Fuadianitu got Wick’s goal. Ilford’s 2nd win in their last 8 sees them go into 7th, two points clear of Tower Hamlets &West Essex. Wick’s winless run continues and they are five points adrift at the bottom.

Southend Manor P – P Basildon Utd

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Stansted 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 37

A superb second-half showing secured Stansted’s third win in the last four matches. Julien Lloyd put the Airportmen ahead ten minutes after the break before strikes from Chris Moore [68′], Warren Thomas [72′] and Ryan Ramsey [85′] secured the win as Stansted went up to 13th, six points clear of the bottom four. Bengal’s fourth defeat on-the-trot sees them down to 15th and not clear of the relegation scrap just yet.

Takeley P – P West Essex

Despite the efforts of the hosts to get this match on, it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Waltham Forest 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 39

Redbridge continued their fine form as all the goals came in the second half at Kitchener Road. Brian Moses gave the Motormen the lead six minutes after the break, before Abdoulie Njai levelled on 62 minutes. Reside Coxi-Sebastfao put the visitors back ahead six minutes later before late goals from Moses [81′] and Jacob Dingli [90’+2] secured the victory. Forest’s 2nd loss in-a-row sees them just two points above the bottom four. Redbridge extend thrir lead at the summit to six points.

Essex Olympian League R’s

Premier Division

Basildon Town 0 – 1 Rayleigh Town
Bishop Stortford Swifts 1 – 4 White Ensign
Canning Town 1 – 4 Kelvedon Hatch
Manford Way 1 – 0 Frenford
May & Baker E.C 4 – 3 Harold Wood Ath.
Springfield 2 – 2 Catholic Utd

Senior Division One

Buckhurst Hill 4 – 1 Shenfield AFC
FC Hamlets 2 – 0 Galleywood
Great Baddow 1 – 0 Hutton
Old Chelmsfordians 1 – 1 Runwell Sports
Old Southendian 5 – 2 Harold Hill

Senior Division Two

Benfleet 4 – 1 Rochford Town
May & Baker E.C. Res 2 – 0 Newham Utd
Ryan 3 – 7 Herongate Athletic
Toby H – W A1 Sports (A1 were unable to raise a team)

That’s all for this week, check back in the coming weeks for more round-up’s from the ESL & EOFL.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 27.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Saturday 27th January 2018 3pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 52

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

Burnham Ramblers: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

GWRvBR (Teams just prior to KO)
Both sides just before KO

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cold, rainy afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering were seeking to keep the heat on the top four, two of which (Basildon & Takeley) were not in action this weekend. Rovers were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell though winger Billy Johnson was in the starting XI, alongside the front three of Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry & Chris Bryan.


Burnham started life without key forward Charlee Hughes here after he left to join Bostik North promotion hopefuls Bowers & Pitsea this week. Lee Hughes’ side was somewhat depleted as Ryan Stillwell and Bradley Morgan were both unavailable. Karl Swanborough led the line with support from Samuel Warwick and Robert Bagnall.

The match began on what was a heavy pitch with the hosts ‘on the front foot’ as five minutes in, GWR forward Nathan Dewberry’s cross was initally blocked by Burnham centre-half Scott Plom, Wakering skipper Scott Pethers blasted a shot over the bar (and into the car park). Dewberry himself blasted a shot over from a good position shortly afterwards. Wakering did break the deadlock ten minutes in a crowded penalty area, the ball fell to forward Chris Bryan and his crisp strike found the left corner.


The hosts continued to press and visiting goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic was called into action to deny winger Billy Johnson’s tame effort and a moment later pulled off a good save to deny Dewberry’s shot. Dewberry did extend the hosts lead midway through the first half though, slotting past Strizovic when one-on-one with the ‘keeper. In a rare Burnham attack, forward Karl Swanborough shot wide to warn the hosts not to ‘step off the gas’.

Rovers forward Jay Nash also twice couldn’t find the target as half-time approached though the hosts did increase their advantage a minute before the break as full-back Danny Hurford’s pass fed Dewberry who blasted an effort past Strizovic.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 0 Burnham Ramblers


GWR v BR (Early in 2nd Half)
Snap-shot early in 2nd half

After the interval, Burnham brought midfielder Leon Lewis on in place of Ryan Willsmer as the re-jigged their defence. Six minutes into the half, Strizovic was in the action again to deny Bryan’s header and then in the same attack, Dewberry’s effort on goal. Despite a few more chances that went astray, Dewberry slotted home to claim his hat-trick just past the hour after substitute Neil Richmond’s unselfish pass. On 65 minutes, Richmond was felled in the area by Burnham defender Plom, Richmond himself stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and duly converted it.


Richmond later had a goal ruled out for off-side though the experienced forward did grab a second with 13 minutes remaining, slotting home from close range after centre-back Oliver Woodhouse did well surging forward in the build-up. Swanborough did force a save from Wakering stopper Louis Hawes on what was a quiet afternoon for the home custodian. Rovers’ Dewberry wasn’t finished either as he netted his fourth with a drive that crept past Strizovic into the net. The torrent of Wakering attacks didn’t end there as late on, Richmond blazed a strike over the bar and Dewberry and substitute Stephen Butterworth were both denied by the ever-impressive Strizovic.


Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers


This was a big win for the hosts, though in truth if it wasn’t for the combination of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping, it could well have been more to be honest. Burnham struggled to find any fluency going forward as Swanborough didn’t get a huge degree of service while defensively they also struggled with the quick passing of the Rovers forward line. Difficult to watch in a way really and Burnham arguably still require points to secure their place in the ESL next season. Rovers’ third win on-the-spin sees them into 4th place….


Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 54′),  Ricky Evans, Jay Nash (Finley Dopson 65′), Nathan Dewberry, Chris Bryan (Stephen Butterworth 54′)

Goal-Scorers: Chris Bryan [10′], Nathan Dewberry [25′, 44′, 62′, 82′], Neil Richmond [pen 65′, 77′]

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Ryan Willsmer (Leon Lewis 46′), Edison Tereziu (Jake Megran 58′), Kyle Musson (Capt), Tomiwa Adebayo-Bella, Scott Plom, William Howard, Alfie Vinton, Karl Swanborough, Robert Bagnall, Samuel Warwick (Jed Bowman  72′)

Subs Not Used: Bond, Burke


Essex Senior League Preview (26.1.18)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to this week’s piece looking at the weekend’s Essex Senior League action, following a week where the weather heavily affected proceedings, leading to a number of postponments. Here are Peter and my thoughts on all the fixtures set for this weekend (Weather-permitting):


Friday 26th January

Tower Hamlets v Barkingside | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Both sides have won, drawn and lost in their last three league games, so calling this one is a hard one.  Both have not won in two league games though so will be looking to put that right at Mile End on Friday evening.  I reckon this could end all-square.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Hamlets begin the weekend’s action as they entertain Barkingside at Mile End. The hosts have been one of many ESL sides to suffer inactivity due to recent postponements.  Two wins from their last six outings sees them still in 7th spot though are seven points off Clapton immediately above them in the table. Barkingside were stung late on at Oakside last weekend though that performance did show that there are signs the defence is tightening up though one win in their last seven matches highlights their need for points as they currently sit 17th, having had the midweek off due to the weather. There could be goals in this one as well though I reckon the hosts will edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Saturday 27th January

Clapton  v  Wadham Lodge   | Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Peter:  The Tons ended a run of two league defeats in-a-row by winning at Burnham Ramblers last time out, whilst Lodge haven’t won in five and have only taken two points from those games which has seen them slide into the bottom four.  I feel the hosts will get the job done here as they continue their quest to catch the top five.

Pete’s Prediction:  3 – 1


Scott: The Tons take on inconsistent Wadham at the OSD. Jon Fowell’s side welcomed back some influential players in last weekend’s win at Burnham though consistency is still much-needed as they remain 6th, five points away from the top five having played at least three more matches than the sides above them. Wadham’s match last weekend fell foul of the weather so they have had a mini-break from action. They are winless in their last five matches & are also in need of points as they are six points clear of bottom side Hackney Wick, in 18th spot. I feel that the Tons need to win these sorts of matches if they are to get back into the top-five this term and reckon they will do just that here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Great Wakering Rovers v Burnham Ramblers  | Venue: Burroughs Park

Peter: Rovers are in that top five and with a great chance of bouncing back to the Bostik North at the first time of asking.  They are in excellent form as well and welcome local rivals Burnham to Burroughs Park who are at the opposite end of the spectrum, having lost all three games in 2018 and have conceded 17 in those three games.  It all therefore points to a home win and that’s exactly what I feel will happen.

Peter’s Prediction: 4 – 0

Scott: An intriguing encounter awaits at Burroughs Park as Wakering welcome Burnham. Wakering were among a clutch of sides to have their matches postponed last weekend, though have won five out of their last six ESL matches – with the only blemish being a home loss to Basildon last month. Iain O’Connell’s side are in 5th spot at present, nine points off leaders Redbridge, though GWR still have 17 games to play in the remaining three months of the campaign. Burnham have lost their last three on-the-trot in the league. They reside in 13th place, still needing some points to be safe in their remaining dozen matches. Lee Hughes’ side also saw influential forward Charlee Hughes depart for Bostik North side Bowers & Pitsea this week. We wish him well in his time at the Len Salmon Stadium. Back to the match itself and it’s hard to not see another Wakering victory here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Hullbridge Sports  v  Enfield 1893  | Venue: Lower Road

Peter: This is a huge six-pointer down the bottom of the league and arguably as big as their recent FA Vase tie at Lower Road.  And if the game is anything like that one was it will be one hectic afternoon for sure.  Sports came out on top in that one and with Enfield badly out-of-form right now expect the same outcome in this game too.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Hullbridge entertain Enfield at Lower Road in a battle of two of the league’s bottom-three. Darren Manning’s side have had a week off following their midweek match being postponed. They will want to banish the memories of a heavy loss at Sawbridgeworth last time out though two defeats in their last six does signify some progress being made. Third-bottom Sports also have at least a game in hand over the sides around them. Enfield return to Lower Road, the site of the two sides’ battle in the FA Vase earlier in the season after a winless streak which sits at seven matches now. Following a heavy loss at home to Basildon last weekend, the E’s have conceded 17 goals in their last six encounters. That needs to change if they are to get results you feel. Rather like the FA Vase tie, I reckon there are goals in this one, though again the hosts may just pinch a hard-fought encounter.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Ilford   v   Hackney Wick  | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The Foxes saw their two-match winning run come to an end last time out and have also seen their star striker James Peagram leave as well, however they have plenty of quality in the squad and come up against a struggling Wick side who badly need wins to pull themselves out of danger.  However, I reckon the hosts will grab victory in this one.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Ilford take on Wick at Cricklefield. The Foxes haven’t had the best week, losing star forward James Peagram on Monday and then were defeated at Stansted the following day. With two victories in their last seven matches, successes are still not easy to come by for Allan Fenn & Billy Cove’s men. That said, they still sit in 9th spot, four points ahead of Woodford Town in 10th. Wick were edged out in extra-time by Sporting Bengal in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek though a run of five defeats in their last six league matches sees them bottom of the table, four points adrift. It’s debatable that both sides need the points here, though I’m going for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Southend Manor v Basildon Utd  | Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Another local derby this weekend sees Manor host The Bees at Southchurch Park, and the hosts would love a result against their rivals and having ended their winless run last time out will be happier coming into this one.  Basildon though are flying and are in contention for promotion into the Bostik League, and signalled their intent by signing James Peagram and Jordan Cox to strengthen a already quality outfit.  Feel that the visitors’ extra quality will prove the difference.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-2

Scott: The Bees travel to Southcurch Park to take on mid-table Manor. Adam Peek’s side have been inactive of late due to postponements and therefore have games in hand compared to most of the sides around them. They welcome a Basildon side who sit third & are ‘on a high’ with six wins in their last seven matches. Marc Harrison’s men will be further buoyed for their tilt at promotion by the signings this week of goal-king James Peagram from Ilford and Jordan Cox, who won the NL South title with Maidenhead Utd last season. Manor’s poor home record of three wins in 12  ESL matches thus far doesn’t bode so well for them, and I suspect the Bees will prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

UPDATE: This match has been postponed. (Source: Basildon Utd on Twitter)


Stansted   v   Sporting Bengal Utd    | Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: The Airportmen are unbeaten since the turn of the year and have taken seven points from nine in the process and they look to continue their recovery against Sporting Bengal United at Hargrave Park.  The visitors’ league form has been poor of late but they did reach the semi finals of the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek so will take some confidence from that.  However, I reckon the hosts will grab another three points here.

Peter’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Bengal are the visitors to Hargrave Park as they take on resurgent Stansted. Paul Pittuck’s side are unbeaten in their last three matches after a good win over Ilford in midweek. They are now 15th, three points clear of the bottom four. Imrul Gazi’s side reached the Semi-Finals of the Errington Cup in midweek though are winless in their last five league matches. They sit 14th, two points clear of their opponents here though they only have three wins from 14 matches away from home thus far. You wouldn’t be surprised if the hosts picked up the win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Takeley v West Essex   |  Venue: Station Road

Peter:  The hosts have won four out of their last five and are playing well right now, whilst West Essex have lost three out of four and are winless in four too, so on paper you’d say a home win is a banker.  Football is not won on paper though and West Essex will no doubt pose the hosts problems in this one, but I feel it’s one the hosts will win.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Takeley entertain West Essex after a mini-break, due to the weather. Marc Das’ side are in good form (4 wins in their last six) and are in 4th place, 4 points behind Basildon with a game more to play than the Bees. The Stags have also been inactive though need to address a four-match winless run in the league though they have a good away record thus far of seven wins in 14 matches so far. They sit 8th but are in danger of being caught by Ilford & Woodford just below them. The hosts realistically can’t afford to slip up here and will need to play well to get the win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Waltham Forest  v   Redbridge    | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: This is an intriguing tie at Kitchener Road as Forest, with three wins from their last five games, take on league leaders Redbridge who just keep on winning.  Forest did beat the Motormen in the Cup earlier in the season so do have previous, but I feel this time around the visitors will take the points as they just do not know how to lose.

Peter’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Forest have the uneviable task of ‘derailing the Redbridge train’ at Kitchener Road. Qayum Shakoor’s side have been out of action this week due to the weather and have only lost once in their last six matches. That run has helped them to 16th spot, two points clear of the bottom four. The Motormen strengthened their coaching team this week with the arrival of ex-Wadham boss Marc Farrell. Although all three of Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s team’s defeats this season have come away from Oakside, they find a way to win, as they showed again (just) in last weekend’s triumph at Oakside. Away win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


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Also, you can check out how the sides did this weekend with our respective round-ups on Peter’s ESL site: and here on my blog by Sunday. That’s your lot for this week. Cheerio & thanks for reading.


Essex Senior League Round-up (20.1.18)

Written by Scott W (@Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the return of the results round-up looking at the Essex Senior League action this weekend, which was heavily affected by the inclement weather. The action began on Friday night with one match at Oakside:

Friday 19th Jan

Redbridge 2 – 1 Barkingside  | Venue: Oakside  | Att: 104

The Motormen produced a stirring late comeback to deny gritty Barkingside at Oakside. Barkingside took a surprise lead through on-loan Ryan Imbert on 32 minutes. The hosts huffed & puffed though it looked as though they would be frustrated by a strong ‘Side defence, assisted well by goalkeeper Ryan Karrer. Though that wasn’t to be as substitute Calvin Poku levelled with two minutes remaining before Poku struck again on the cusp of 90 minutes to ensure another three points for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side, their seventh straight league win.


Saturday 20th Jan

Burnham Ramblers 0 – 3 Clapton   | Venue: Leslie Field | Att: 65

Clapton produced a strong performance to take the points at Leslie Field. Khadean Campbell struck eight minutes in to give the Tons the lead. Burnham had their goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic to thank for frustrating the visitors along with the Ramblers defence though The Tons sealed the win with Steven Sardinha’s penalty [73′] and a strike from Greg Akpele five minutes later. Burnham suffered their third straight defeat while Clapton obtained their second win in their last five matches.


Enfield 1893 1 – 4  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Harlow Arena  | Att: 50

Basildon overwhelmed Enfield to secure another good three points here. Marcus Bowers opened the scoring with a fourth-minute spot-kick before Jack Adlington doubled the lead on 26 minutes. Bowers struck again two minutes before half-time and then three minutes after the interval, Adlington also completed his brace to seal the points. Recent signing Aundre Spencer [64′] grabbed a consolation though the hosts fell to their fourth straight defeat here. The Bees by contrast have now won six of their last seven outings.


The following matches were all postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Hackney Wick P – P  Takeley   | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Ilford P – P Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Cricklefield

Sawbridgeworth Town P – P FC Romania  | Venue: Crofters End

Sporting Bengal Utd P – P Waltham Forest  | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Wadham Lodge P – P Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Kitchener Road

West Essex P – P  Southend Manor  | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Woodford Town (2017) P – P Stansted  | Venue: Goffs Lane


Check back late next week for the next ESL Preview piece. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League Preview (19.1.18)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to this week’s piece looking at the weekend’s Essex Senior League action. Recent leaders Redbridge are joint-top with FC Romania at present and start off the action on Friday night. Here are Peter’s and my thoughts on all the fixtures this time around:

Friday 19th January

Redbridge v Barkingside | Venue: Oakside

Peter: These two often throw up some interesting games when they meet, and this game comes at a time where Redbridge haven’t played this year whilst the visitors have had a decent start to the new year.   This could mean the hosts are rusty and Side could take advantage of that maybe?  However, the Motormen lost top spot to FC Romania in midweek so will be looking to regain this for at least 24 hours.  Gonna be a tight one and I reckon this could end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: Redbridge welcome Barkingside to Oakside. The hosts have been out of action recently, though are still on a impressive winning run in the league and in the ESL, are unbeaten at Oakside. ‘Side are unbeaten in their last two matches after ended their long winless streak in the league. It won’t ‘win any prizes’ though have to go for home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Saturday 20th January

Burnham Ramblers v Clapton | Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers have had an awful start to 2018, losing both games and conceding fourteen goals in those two outings.  Clapton have also had a poor start to the year but recovered to reach a Semi-final in midweek so will be confident of another win here. Think an away win is probably on the cards.

Pete’s Prediction:  0-2

Scott: Two of the league’s inconsistent sides square up at Leslie Field. Ramblers have lost their last two (v Barkingside & Takeley) heavily and in all have conceded 25 goals in their last six matches. They take on a Clapton side who are finding goals hard to come by of late, having scored nine in their last six matches. So something has to give really you feel in this encounter in what is a heck of a match to call. Am going to plump for a narrow win for the Tons.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Enfield 1893 v Basildon Utd  | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts haven’t had the best of it over the last few weeks and are second-bottom in the division.  They will take some heart from their performance against a strong Barnet side in midweek but they come up against a pretty decent outfit in Basildon United who will be looking to bounce back from defeat in midweek, however they put seven past Wick in their last league outing so pose a threat for sure.  Think their could be goals in this one and reckon the Bees will come out on top.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-4

Scott: The Bees travel to the Harlow Arena to take on struggling Enfield. The hosts currently sit in the bottom two, four points ahead of bottom side Hackney Wick after seeing their winless run extend to six matches. They lost to improving Sawbridgeworth last weekend. By stark contrast, Basildon have won five out of their last six league outings, drawing the other one though they did exit the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek in a narrow loss at Clapton. Last weekend, Marc Harrison’s men thumped bottom side Wick 7-0 and you wouldn’t bet against the visitors having another success here as they seek to keep the pressure on the top two.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Hackney Wick v Takeley | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: Wick are going through a tough time lately, and after their thrashing at Basildon last time out saw manager and assistant depart.  They now welcome a side who netted nine in their last league game and recently won 4-0 against Wick at the same ground, so not what the hosts would of wanted for sure.  Wick need points now but I can’t see them getting any here as Takeley will prove too strong I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-4

Scott: Hackney Wick welcome Takeley to the OSD. The hosts sit four points adrift at the foot of the table, having lost five out of their last six matches and parted company with boss Tony Ievoli & his management team this week. Factor in that they are the lowest scorers in the division so far this term with 30 goals from 26 matches. They take on goal-hungry Takeley, who battered Burnham 9-0 at Station Road last weekend and have won four of their last six league encounters. Marc Das’ side are five points behind joint-leaders FC Romania & Redbridge before this weekend’s action and it would be a surprise if they slipped up here. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Ilford v Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: This could be a good one at Cricklefield as an in form Foxes host title and promotion challengers Rovers.  The hosts have defeated Sporting Bengal United and West Essex in their last two outings and will be looking for a third win on the bounce to potentially leap up two places in the division, whilst Wakering need the points to keep the pressure on the leaders.  Gonna plump for a draw here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

Scott: Ilford welcome Wakering to Cricklefield. The Foxes have had a good week with wins over Sporting Bengal at Mile End last weekend followed by a battling home win over West Essex in midweek. The lower part of the top-half of the table is tightening up with only five points seperating Tower Hamlets in 7th and Woodford Town in tenth place. Allan Fenn & Billy Cove’s men currently sit 9th, and have lost only three home league matches so far this term.

Wakering are in good touch themselves, with only one loss in six matches, with the other five being victories, including last weekend’s rout of Tower Hamlets at Burroughs Park. The ESL’s top-five are breaking away somewhat as GWR sit 5th, eight points ahead of 6th-placed Clapton. The hosts will need to be at their best here to win this one, and GWR have only lost two away league matches thus far this term. Another toughie to predict, though will go away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Sawbridgeworth Town v FC Romania  | Venue: Crofters End

Peter: The Robins are in cracking form in 2018, three wins from four, and they take on an FCR side who were held by Stansted in midweek however they did climb to the top of the table with that point and have also won three out of four in 2018, so this proves to be a pretty decent clash at Crofters.  Another draw I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: A fascinating tie awaits here at Crofters End. Sawbridgeworth are finally making their way up the table, with four wins in their last six outings. Surely key to that has been a meaner defence of late compared to earlier this campaign (with six goals conceded in their last six league matches). John Watters’ side sit 12th now, just four points off the top ten. In-form FC Romania are the visitors here, having seen their winning run ended at Hargrave Park as Stansted held them to a goal-less draw in midweek. The Wolves have only tasted defeat three times in the league so far this term and it’s hard to see that happening here given Sawbo’s indifferent home record this season. That said, I reckon the hosts may get a point here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Sporting Bengal Utd v Waltham Forest    | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Two sides in need of a boost after not starting the year too well, Bengal have lost all three games so far whilst Forest started the year well with victory over Clapton however two frustrating losses at FC Romania have set them back a touch.  Still I’d rather be in Forest’s shoes right now and I believe they will take victory at Mile End.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-2

Scott: Sporting Bengal entertain Forest at Mile End. Imrul Gazi’s side have lost their last three on-the-spin in the league, with defeat at Woodford Town in midweek. The hosts here have only scored seven goals in the their last six matches which sees them in 14th place though are five points above the bottom six. Forest are also ‘looking over their shoulders’ at the relegation scrap as they are a place behind Bengal and three points worse off. Qayum Shakoor’s side saw their recent unbeaten league run end at FC Romania last weekend to compound their poor away league record so far this term. Both sides need the points here though Forest may edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Wadham Lodge v Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Lodge have gone backwards since the departure of Marc Farrell a few weeks ago and have slipped back into the bottom four on goal difference, whilst Hamlets began the year well but have slipped back in their last two outings, and with their last game being a 6-1 hammering at GWR they will want to get back to winnings ways.  Got a feeling this could well be a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

Scott: Tower Hamlets make the trip to Walthamstow to take on Wadham. The hosts are winless in their last five matches now after a narrow loss to Southend Manor last weekend. this recent barren run has seen them slide back into the bottom four. They take on a Hamlets side that isn’t in great form with two wins & three defeats from their last six league matches. They still sit in 7th place though, level on points with West Essex and four points behind Clapton. Joint-manager AJ Ashinike’s side will need to tighten up defensively after a heavy defeat last weekend at Wakering. Even so, I’m going for a away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


West Essex v Southend Manor  | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: Hosts West Essex will want to try and get back to winning ways after they have started 2018 with just one point from nine, although that point did come away at Basildon United.  Manor themselves got a vital win at Lodge last time out and will look to build on this victory but will have to defend well against a West Essex side who create plenty, but can they convert them in this game?  I reckon they will have enough to defeat the visitors but it will be close.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-2

Scott: The Stags welcome Manor to Mayesbrook Park. The hosts have had a bad week with losses to Hullbridge at home last week and at Ilford in midweek. That said, they are in a respectable 8th place in the table though are being caught by the teams immediately below them (Ilford and Woodford Town). Manor ended their recent winless run with a eventful win at Wadham last weekend though they are still pourous at the back having conceded 20 goals in their last six league matches. In terms of respective records so far this term, Manor have a good away league record having won exactly half of their matches away from Southchurch Park. West Essex don’t have a great home record though they will seek to partly correct that here. I have a feeling there’ll be goals in this one, going go for a home win in an entertaining match.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Woodford Town (2017) v Stansted   |  Venue: Goffs Lane

Peter: The hosts followed up two draws at the start of 2018 with victory over Sporting Bengal United last time out, whilst the visitors have thrashed Clapton and held FC Romania so far this year as they ended a run of nine straight defeats previously, so both are in solid form.  Hard one to predict this one so yet again I am plumping for a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: The last tie of the weekend sees two sides who have both had good weeks meet at Goffs Lane.  Dee Safer’s side defeated Bengal in midweek to go unbeaten in their last four league matches as they look to establish a creditable top-ten run. Stansted followed up a really good win at Clapton last weekend with a shut-out draw at home to FC Romania in midweek. Interestingly, of all the sides currently in the bottom half of the table, the Airportmen have the joint-best defence away from home (with Sawbridgeworth Town). That defence will be tested though I’m going go for a battling draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980

If you’d like to follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottMHC14

Also, you can check out how the sides did this weekend with our respective round-ups on here on Peter’s site:  and here on my blog by Sunday. That’s your lot for this week. Bye for now & thanks for reading.



Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL 13.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 61

2017-18 Season – Match 51

Date: Saturday 13th January 2018 3pm KO

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

Tower Hamlets:  Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

The Tower Hamlets ‘huddle’ before KO
Both teams before KO


Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In my first Essex Senior League match of 2018, I returned to Burroughs Park to see Great Wakering Rovers take on Tower Hamlets. Wakering were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell with the forward trio of Jay Nash, Chris Bryan and Nathan Dewberry leading the line, with Ricky Evans and Neil Richmond options on the bench. Hamlets were also depleted with the likes of Luke With, Curtis Pond, Kane Wilson and Igor Furtado unavailable. Wale Odedoyin and James Ross led the attack, while Jordan Stansbury made his debut between the sticks.

The match began with Wakering on the front foot as five minutes in, forward Nathan Dewberry headed over the bar after being found by full-back Jason Ring’s cross from the right. Dewberry did break the deadlock just two minutes later as he robbed the unfortunate Stansbury in possession and slotted home from a narrow angle. Wakering nearly made it two moments later though Hamlets full-back John Watson cleared off the goal-line well. The hosts were not to be denied though as Dewberry grabbed his second of the afternoon on 16 minutes, following fellow forward Chris Bryan’s threaded pass.

Hamlets were on the back-foot in general play though did pull one back just past the half-hour as winger Elias Tackie’s surging run troubled the home backline and the ball found its way to forward James Ross who slotted home. The hosts hit back though as the visiting defence continued to struggle with the pace of Wakering’s attacks. Billy Johnson’s curling free-kick made it 3-1 before Johnson struck again in first-half added-time beating Stansbury when one-on-one.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets

Wakering were well on top, and Hamlets withdrew young stopper Stansbury, replacing him with experienced stopper James Pellin after the break. Pellin was called into action, denying Dewberry and a moment later, another Johnson free-kick. Iain O’Connell’s side made it five through Johnson slotting home, completing his hat-trick eight minutes after the break. Dewberry matched his team-mate with 19 minutes remaining, completing his treble and a big win for the home side.

The Rovers defence were solid though in all honesty, the visitors did not trouble them too much, though forward Wale Odedoyin made his presence felt in attack, assisted by the willing running of winger Tackie. Late on, substitute Harry Matthews’ drive forced a good save out of home ‘stopper Louis Hawes before fellow substitute Kayode Tobun’s deflected free-kick also kept Hawes honest. Though all in all, it was a bad day ‘at the office’ for the East London outfit.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Tower Hamlets


Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Kia Froud, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 77′), Tom Anderson (Ricky Evans 71′), Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry (Finley Dopson 77′), Chris Bryan

Goal-scorers: Nathan Dewberry [7′,16′ & 71′], Billy Johnson [39′, 45+1 & 53′]

Booked: Bryan  | Subs Not Used: Murford


Tower Hamlets

Jordan Stansbury (GK) (James Pellin 46′), Daniel McCarthy, John Watson, Tola Odedoyin, Jerome Anthony, Elias Tackie, Jacob Kolanda (Harry Matthews 57′), Wale Odedoyin, James Ross, Frankie Sinclair (Capt), Alex Salmon (Kayode Tobun 62′)

Goal-scorer: James Ross [31′]

Booked: Salmon, W Odedoyin | Subs Not Used: Ashinike

Essex Senior League Preview (12.1.18)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to another Preview piece looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. With leaders Redbridge not in action this weekend, attention turns to the chasing pack and the frenzy that is the bottom-half of the table. Here are Peter & my thoughts on this weekend’s action:

Saturday 13th January

Barkingside v Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Side have began 2018 in positive fashion so far and will look to continue this now vein of form against a Woodford side who threw away a three-goal lead last time out.  Both sides’ form over the last few weeks has been fairly similar too so expect a tight one at Cricklefield.  Gonna edge for Barkingside win though.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Barkingside ended a torrid run last weekend with a thumping win at Burnham and welcome Woodford Town to Cricklefield. The hosts here also gave Basildon Utd a tough Monday night match in the Errington Challenge Cup before exiting – once again on penalties. Loan signing Ryan Imbert has ‘hit the ground running’ since joining ‘Side from Witham Town recently. Woodford were three goals up before being pegged back to a draw by Southend Manor at Goffs Lane in midweek. Both sides have been leaky at the back this term and therefore I’m plumping for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Basildon Utd v Hackney Wick | Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees are unbeaten in five and had won four in a row until West Essex’s late leveller last time out meant they had to settle for a draw at home, however they welcome a Wick side who are bottom of the division and haven’t won for five games now.  The Bees have one of the meanest defences in the league too although they haven’t scored too many of late, but they should have too much for this Wick side.

Peter’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: The Bees welcome Wick to the Hive as Marc Harrison’s side look to continue their stellar season thus far. Basildon were held by West Essex last weekend in league action but did go through in the Errington Challenge Cup at Cricklefield in midweek. Wick are still going through a tough phase, winless in their last five matches, with losses to Great Wakering (ESL) last weekend and Takeley in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek. The Bees have only lost one of their last six matches and will probably take the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Clapton v Stansted  | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: The Tons have had a mixed last few weeks although remain in the top six, and they welcome the league’s most out-of-form side in the shape of Stansted to Old Spotted Dog who are on a terrible losing run right now and are wondering where their next points are coming from.  The Tons did start 2018 with defeat at Waltham Forest, however I feel they will get back to winning ways here.

Peter’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: The Tons welcome the Airportmen to the OSD. Jon Fowell’s side have won two of their last six matches after defeat last weekend at Waltham Forest as they seek to shake off the inconsistency which has slightly blighted their tilt at the top, sitting in 6th place currently. Stansted’s torrid run was halted by a postponement last weekend though this is a tall order for Paul Pittuck’s side you would think to get a result here. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Enfield 1893 v Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts’ form has been rather poor over the last few weeks and their defeat at Tower Hamlets last weekend wasn’t the start they needed in 2018.  And they welcome a Sawbo side who started the year with an emphatic home win over Sporting Bengal United last weekend before snatching a point at Hamlets, so they are in decent form and will pose a threat. However I feel this one may end all square.

Peter’s Prediction: 2-2

Scott: Sawbridgeworth travel to the Harlow Arena to take on Enfield 1893 in an interesting encounter. The hosts can certainly pose a threat though they just haven’t got the results thus far this term to back that up. Form-wise, they are winless in their last six matches. They face a Sawbridgeworth outfit that are picking up a few results and achieved a good win over Sporting Bengal last weekend before being held by Tower Hamlets in midweek. Concidentally, Enfield were defeated by Hamlets last weekend. Hard one to call this though the visitors may just edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

FC Romania v Waltham Forest
| Venue: Theobalds Lane

Peter: These two met only a few days ago in the Errington Challenge Cup and on that occasion FCR came away with a 2-1 win although Forest were unlucky to lose that one, so they have an immediate chance to gain revenge for that loss.  The hosts’ league form has been excellent and are currently on a five-game winning run, whilst Forest are much improved of late and are six unbeaten in the league with four wins.  This is going to be a tight contest and I feel a point a piece.

Peter’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Forest once again travel to Theobalds Lane to take on FCR following their cup match in midweek, in which the hosts recorded a narrow victory. FCR are top of the chasing pack in 2nd place at pesent thanks to a very consistent run and only three defeats in 23 matches so far. In league action last weekend, the Wolves picked up a good win away at Ilford while Forest battled a trimuph at home to Clapton. Forest are definitely showing signs of improvement and a good result would only endorse that. That said, it’s hard to see anything but a win for the promotion-chasing hosts here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Great Wakering Rovers v Tower Hamlets | Venue: Burroughs Park

Peter: Rovers began 2018 with a comfortable win at bottom side Hackney Wick and have been in excellent form of late, however they welcome a Tower Hamlets side to Burroughs Park who have also started 2018 in positive fashion so this proves to be a good contest here. Reckon the hosts will win but it will be a tight contest and an entertaining one I feel too.

Peter’s Prediction: 3-2

Scott: Another fascinating tie sees Wakering take on Hamlets at Burroughs Park. Fifth-placed GWR started 2018 the right way with a routine win at strugglers Hackney Wick while the visitors defeated Enfield last weekend. Hamlets also held Sawbo to a draw on Monday night. GWR will want to shake off the memory of their last home match just before Christmas though if they bring their ‘A-game’ here they will be tough to stop. Hamlets are also having a good season in 7th spot and have won three of their last six matches. Another hard one to predict, though i suspect the hosts may just pull through.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Sporting Bengal Utd v Ilford | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: The hosts started 2018 with a heavy defeat at Sawbridgeworth, and with no win in three games they will be looking to get back to winning ways.  However, up against this Ilford side that will prove a tough assignment although The Foxes’ form hasn’t been great either, no league win in four and have lost their last two.  Interesting one to call this however I feel it may end all square.

Peter’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: Another intriguing tie awaits at Mile End where Sporting Bengal entertain Ilford. Both sides are finding wins hard to come by of late with the hosts winless in three matches and the visitors winless in their last four encounters. 13th-placed Bengal could do with some points to ward off being dragged into the scramble at the bottom while it seems Ilford are stuck in mid-table. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Takeley v Burnham Ramblers  | Venue: Station Road

Peter: The Station Road outfit may have fallen some way behind the leaders over recent weeks however they still pose a huge threat and with three wins from four are in decent form right now.  They welcome a Burnham side to their home who began 2018 with a stunning home loss to Barkingside, bringing them back down to earth with a bump after finishing 2017 with two wins.  Fancy the hosts to grab the points here.

Peter’s Prediction: 3-1

Scott: Burnham travel to Station Road to take on high-flyers Takeley. The hosts are in good form and were boosted by a good cup win at Hackney Wick in midweek. League-wise, they sit in 4th place as part of the chasing pack. Burnham’s good recent run was ended by a heavy loss to Barkingside last weekend though on their day, Lee Hughes’ side can still spring a surprise. They will have to go some though to get past Takeley’s strong backline though. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Wadham Lodge v Southend Manor | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Lodge haven’t won in the league for four games now and have only one win in six, whilst Manor haven’t won in five, and with three of those defeats are now starting to look over their shoulders at the teams below.  They did fight back from 3-0 down in midweek to grab a point so showed character there, and they will want to go one better this time round.  Think Manor may end their winless run in this one.

Peter’s Prediction: 0-2

Scott: Manor are on the road again as they visit Kitchener Road to take on Wadham. The hosts here were not in action last weekend though one win from their last six outings tells you that they need to pick things up a bit. Manor managed a come away with a point from Woodford Town in midweek though I can see this one being a scrappy battle to be honest. Adam Peek’s men are also finding it hard to get wins of late and thus, I can see this one being a draw as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

West Essex v Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: The hosts haven’t won in two although had won three previous to that, but they did hold Basildon to a draw at the Hive last time out.  Sports will be trying to put their disappointing Vase defeat behind them with a good performance here and no doubt three points to go with it.  And with two wins in their last three league games there is no reason why they couldn’t do it, however West Essex will pose a huge threat.  Fancy this one to end all square.

Peter’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: The Stags entertain Hullbridge at Mayesbrook Park. The hosts recovered well to get a point at Basildon last weekend while Hullbridge boss Darren Manning will undoubtedly be looking for a reaction here following their disappointing FA Vase exit last weekend. With both sides being quite open at the back sometimes, I can see goals in this encounter. Another hard one to call, though I’m going go for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

That’s your lot for this week. If you’d like to follow Peter on Twitter, he can found at @ped1980

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And finally, for more on the local Non-League scene, have a listen to this week’s Grassroot Football Show here:

In addition, both Peter & me spent the day with Hullbridge and here’s a special podcast with pre-match thought & post-match reaction with a number of contributors:

Essex Senior League & FA Vase (ESL) preview (4.1.18)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to the return of both our Preview pieces, the ESL for 2018 and the “small matter” of a FA Vase 4th Round tie featuring the last ESL side left in the competition, Hullbridge. Below are Peter’s & my thoughts on this weekend’s action.

The FA Vase Fourth Round Proper

Tring Athletic v Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Grassroots Stadium

Peter: Hullbridge travel to Hertfordshire as the league’s only remaining representatives in the Vase this season.  And the hosts, who had an appalling start to the season, have picked up very well in the last few weeks, winning four of their last five league outings and also scoring victory over Berkhamsted in the previous round (Berkhamsted are unbeaten in the league) so Hullbridge will have a tough task.  However, Sports themselves are on a decent run of form too having lost only once in six, with four of those wins, so it promises to be a decent cup tie, however one that I feel the visitors will prevail in.

Peter’s Prediction: 0-2

Scott: Hullbridge make the trip to the Grassroots Stadium seeking to make it to the last 16 of the Vase for the first time in their history. The hosts here ended the calendar year well though Sports are on an upturn of form themselves of late, having evaded ending 2017 bottom of the ESL table. Manager Darren Manning will undoubtedly have his side raring to go, and they may just do the business here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Basildon Utd v West Essex | Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees are in decent form, having won five of their last six, and they come up against a West Essex side who had won three on-the-spin before losing their final game before Christmas. Basildon are a tough side to break down, with only three goals conceded in their last six, and with suitable firepower up front they will be hard to beat.  Going for a home win.

Peter’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: The Stags travel to the Hive as the ESL resumes for 2018. The Bees battled hard to see off an below-par Wakering side at Burroughs Park last time out and the likes of Michael Mignot & Fatos Zeqiri face a strong, miserly Basildon defence. Kwame Kwateng’s side are going to have to defend well to get any change out of this match in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Burnham Ramblers v Barkingside | Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers are on a decent run & welcome a Barkingside team to Leslie Field hoping they can put 2017 behind them, especially the second half, and start over again after a poor run of results.  The break may have done them good but feeling the hosts will take the spoils in this one.

Peter’s Pediction: 3-1

Scott: ‘Side take on improving Burnham at Leslie Field. Ramblers currently sit in 11th spot in the table, though the entire bottom half of the table is seperated by 12 points. Burnham boss Lee Hughes will want to keep standards high & a win here could see them go 10th. The visitors are right ‘in the thick of it’, two points off bottom spot and though they may test the hosts, I’ll go for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Hackney Wick v Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: Wick face a tough game after the two-week break when they welcome Great Wakering Rovers to The Old Spotted Dog. Rovers are flying whilst Wick are not, and with no win in four for the hosts it does seem unlikely they will cause Rovers much damage here.  Away win.

Peter’s Prediction: 0-3

Scott: Bottom side Wick welcome Wakering to the OSD. The hosts are on a poor run of four losses in their last six matches. Manager Tony Ievoli has another tough test here in the shape of Wakering who have the third best defence in the league thus far. Wakering will need to go on another good run to claw their way back into the top-four, starting with the points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Ilford v FC Romania | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The Romanians have won their last four and have scored 23 goals in their last six, more than any other side in the division, as they continue to chase down Redbridge at the top of the table. Ilford will be hoping they can be more consistent after the break, their last six games of two wins, two draws and two defeats kind of sums up their season to date.  Feel this could be a tight one though, and a draw as a result.

Peter’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: In-form FCR take on Ilford at Cricklefield. The Foxes are in 9th place at present, though they face a stern test here against the division’s current top-scorers. I feel that while Ilford have it in them to pull off results on the day, they need to show it more and I can see FC Romania narrlowly taking the points here as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Redbridge v Stansted | Venue: Oakside

Peter: This game brings a Redbridge side who have won ten-in-a-row against a Stansted side who have lost nine-in-a-row.  Predicting this one therefore should be an easy one yer?  Well this league had thrown up some weird results to date and who knows after a two-week break what shape either side could be in. However, I still think The Motormen will maintain that gap at the top to at least seven points after victory here.

Peter’s Prediction: 3-1

Scott: Redbridge welcome the Airportmen to Oakside. The hosts are on a blinding run at present, though will be aware that the sides immediately behind them have games in hand. Stansted by contrast are on a torrid run, and are the joint-lowest scorers in the division alongside Barkingside so far this term. You’d think ‘home win’ though Stansted can graft and they did just that in the reverse match earlier this season in a battling defeat on that occasion.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Update: This match has been Postponed due to storm damage at Oakside.


Sawbridgeworth Town v Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Crofters End

Peter: The Robins remain down in the lower reaches of the table following another inconsistent month whilst Sporting Bengal lost only once in their last six outings as they continue to punch well above their weight.  However, I feel the home side’s luck may change in this one and they will pick up all three points.

Peter’s Prediction: 2-1

Scott: Sawbridgeworth entertain Bengal at Crofters End. Town are still hampered by inconsistent form somewhat, and know that they are only four points off the foot of the table. Sporting Bengal are on a decent run of one loss in their last six so will be tough opposition here. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Takeley v Wadham Lodge | Venue: Station Road

Peter: With only one win in their last six games you’d be fair to say that the Walthamstow side have not reacted well to the loss of manager Marc Farrell, and they travel to Station Road to take on a Takeley side who have won three of their last four and will be looking to get 2018 off to a flyer no doubt. Fancy a home win here.

Peter’s Prediction: 3-2

Scott: Marc Das’ side welcome Wadham to Station Road. The hosts have won three of their last four matches as they look to ‘keep the heat’ on the top two. Wadham haven’t won in their last four matches and will need to play well to prevent the hosts racking up another three points. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Tower Hamlets v Enfield 1893 | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: These two have had similar runs of form over the last six, and wins have been hard to come by for either side.  Hamlets have lost four of their last six whilst Enfield have only one win from six.  Both sides can ‘turn it on’ when they want to though so all depends really what side ‘turns up on the day’.  Difficult one to call but guessing both will want to hit the ground running in 2018, therefore I feel this one will end all-square.

Peter’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: Enfield make the fairly short trip to Mile End to take on Tower Hamlets. Both sides are not in the best of form at the moment, though Hamlets have won two of their last four matches and will back themselves at home. Enfield are winless in their last five matches and arguably need the points more as they look to pull aeay from the relegation scrap. I agree with Peter, it’s a tough one to call though I’ll head for a draw too.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Waltham Forest v Clapton | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Forest have hit a ‘purple patch’ of form of late and are unbeaten in five games, with three wins and two draws, whilst The Tons have been rather inconsistent of late (two wins, two draws and two defeats), however their win at West Essex prior to the two-week break would of given them some cheer going into the new year.  Think this one will end all square.

Peter’s Pediction 2-2

Scott: Forest take on Clapton at Kitchener Road. The hosts are unbeaten in their last five matches andu that deserves respect. The Tons are not ‘firing on all cylinders’ at present and know that they have ground to make up on the top-four. That said, I have a feeling that Clapton will edge this one, possibly well-backed from the stands.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


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