S21-22 Match Report: Cockfosters 0 – 4 Tring Athletic (Sat 20 Nov) [FAV R2 21.11.21]

Fa Vase Trophy

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 43

Saturday 20th November 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Tring Ath: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks


Inspired Tring overwhelm ‘Fosters to progress into Round Three of the Vase

Cockfosters 0 – 4 Tring Athletic

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

With no League action this weekend in the ESL, I decided to visit Chalk Lane for this big FA Vase Round Two match as Cockfosters took on former Spartan South Midlands rivals Tring Athletic. The hosts named a strong squad, with Bartosz Bilinski retaining his spot in goal, with a defence of Rueben Campbell, Prince Madu & centre-backs Danny Haigh and Jamal Brimah. The forward three here were Charncey Dash, George Beattie and Reece Mosanya. Options from the bench included player-boss Ryan Wade, fellow forward Fred Agyemang and midfielder Joe Entwistle. Tring were missing several players but had Dave Saunders between the posts, a defence that included Ben Johnson and Scott Bonner, with Emmanuel Gbejuade and Frankie Hercules on the flanks supporting forwards Chris Blunden and captain Kieran Turner. A youthful bench included Reily Churchill, Ali Mohiuddin, Jimmy Doherty and Temi Bankole.

Kaidyn Michael on the ball (right) for Cockfosters

In the early minutes of the match, it was ‘a tale of two chances’. The hosts had a fine downward header by forward Charncey Dash well clawed away by visiting stopper Dave Saunders with the ball close to the goal-line. Tring responded with some vigour and broke the deadlock on seven minutes as a floated ball in by skipper Kieran Turner was spilled by home custodian Bartosz Bilinski which allowed the onrushing George Carbery to prod home from close range calmly, much to the delight of the visiting contingent of supporters.

Cockfosters had a decent start to the tie, although they were conceding territory to the Tring forward line and they were looking good on the counter-attack. Ryan Wade’s side were feeling the fustration even more after an incident on 23 minutes. The Referee consulted with his assistant before dismissing Dash for lashing out at a Tring defender. Unsurprisingly, Tring were keen to ramp up the pressure the hosts were feeling and just shy of the half-hour, a good run down the right flank by winger Frankie Hercules ended with a fine strike by Turner which thundered off the woodwork.


‘Fosters responded a few minutes later as from 25 yards out, forward George Beattie let fly with a well-struck effort which Saunders couldn’t gather until the second attempt. Athletic managed to extend their lead at a crucial time (on 39 minutes) as another good ball in ended with an initial header coming back off the goal frame with Bilinski beaten, and midfielder John Smith was happy enough to help himself to a tap-in, ahead of a disorganised home defence, which is unusual for them.

There was still more driving play from the visitors for Cockfosters to withstand ahead of the interval as a fine strike by Smith from 25 yards out drifted in the air and needed Bilinski to parry it over for a set-piece, it was a good save.


Half-Time: Cockfosters 0 – 2 Tring Athletic

However invigorating Ryan Wade’s team-talk may have been for the hosts at the interval, Tring effectively ended any hopes of a comeback just two minutes after the restart as more hesitant defending encouraged a move involving forward Chris Blunden and Hercules which found Emmanuel Gbejuade who slotted home with aplomb past the adavancing Bilinski.

On the whole, it was a quieter second half with fewer chances though substitute Fred Agyemang had a decent strike which went wide, soon after entering the field in place of full-back Rueben Campbell. Athletic were still a threat going forward, with the impressive Turner and Hercules both having strikes off-target. Cockfosters couldn’t rally to get themselves back into the contest despite the efforts of Mosanya and Beattie in attack, but you also have to give credit to the miserly Tring defence and the work rate displayed by the entire team here for reducing the amount of chances that the hosts could create.


Ryan Sturges’ side added gloss to what was a memorable day for them as Carbery fired home superbly, high into the net to grab a late fourth for Tring, who advanced into Round Three. ‘Fosters will be disappointed at their performance and not being able to put their opponents under sustained pressure for long periods of the match. Despite the result, it was a good occasion to be a part of and I thank the hosts for their welcome today.


Full-Time: Cockfosters  0 – 4  Tring Athletic

In summary, Tring more than deserved the win and the pain could’ve been worse for Ryan Wade’s side as Tring squandered a few other good chances here. It could’ve been rather different if Saunders hadn’t denied Dash’s early header, but you know what they say about chances missed….

For this match’s stand-out performances I’ll start with the victors. Being earnest, there were a lot of good options to pick from, with George Carbery nabbing two goals today, both of them were well-taken and it was a memorable day for him. Hard to not start with the forward two of Chris Blunden and skipper Kieran Turner who between them were a big headache for the home defence with their movement, passing and work rate. Plaudits to them. A mention too for winger Emmanuel Gbejuade who did stretch the opposition backline from the left channel and didn’t hesitate with the finish for his goal. Finally, John Smith did well from midfield and put in a hard-working display and supported his forwards well. For ‘Fosters, forwards Reece Mosanya and George Beattie did what they could to orchestrate a comeback, with Mosanya testing the resolute visiting defence with sharp runs and passes, while Beattie tested Tring stopper Saunders on two occasions. A note also for enterprising full-back Prince Madu who was a good outlet down the left side and also centre-back Jamal Brimah who also cleared several dangerous crosses well.

I’d like to wish Tring Athletic all the best in the next round of the Vase. Fortunately for the Essex Senior, Athletic Newham and Saffron Walden Town did make it through to Round Three on December 11th.


Teams

Cockfosters |  Player-Manager: Ryan Wade  | Assistant: Sam Ruff

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Bartosz Bilinski (GK), 2 Rueben Campbell (16 Fred Agyemang 57′), 3 Prince Madu, 4 Danny Haigh, 5 Luke Marshall (Capt), 6 Jamal Brimah, 7 Reece Barrett (15 Joe Entwistle 64′), 8 Kaidyn Michael (12 Zivonimir Lopes 79′) , 9 Charncey Dash, 10 George Beattie, 11 Reece Mosanya

Booked: Haigh | Sent Off: Dash [23′] | Subs Not Used: Wild, Hockney, Ungudi, Wade


Tring Athletic  | Manager: Ryan Sturges   | Assistants: Lee Groves & Ian Henderson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Dave Saunders (GK), 2 Harrison Cornick, 3 Adam Sawyer, 16 Scott Bonner, 12 Ben Johnson (17 Reily Churchill 84′), 15 George Carbery, 8 John Smith, 7 Frankie Hercules (14 Ali Mohiuddin 79′), 11 Emmanuel Gbejuade (18 Jimmy Doherty 67′), 9 Chris Blunden, 10 Kieran Turner (Capt)

Goal-scorers: George Carbery [7′ & 87′], John Smith [39′], Emmanuel Gbejuade [47′]

| Subs Not Used: Bankole, Pitts (GK)


S 20-21 Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 1 Holland (AET) (Sat 29 May) [LCC Finals Day 2021 30.5.21]

Len Cordell Cup – Final

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 162

2020 -21 Season – Match 39

Saturday 29th May 2021 – 4pm KO

Redbridge: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

 Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks

Both sides observing a minute’s applause pre-match [Image: Scott W]

Redbridge edge hugely determined Holland to win the Len Cordell Cup!!

Redbridge  2 – 1  Holland

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The second match of Day One of the Cordell Finals weekend saw this hugely anticipated match between Redbridge, looking to claim the Cup in memory & honour of their former Secretary Len Cordell and Eastern Senior League South side Holland who have been impressive in this competition in their run to the Final. If you’d like to read more about this competition from the Writer’s View, head here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/29/2021-in-focus-cordell-cups-the-writers-view/

Before we begin with the match specifics, I feel compelled to note that Holland brought two minibuses full of fans to this match which is some effort so they deserve respect for that and it added to the atmosphere of the match.

Onto the teams then and Redbridge named a strong starting XI, with George Martin between the sticks, Harry Gibbs and Olamji Ayoola at centre-back and the forward line of Abdishakur Farah, Ayub Kairi and Tony Martin. Their bench included midfielders Jack Roult and Sonny Fish. Holland fielded Luke Avenell in goal, with skipper Harvey Cowler and Steven Downes as their centre-back pairing. Their forward line was led by Louis Olymbios, Harry Willoughby and Rueben Cowler, whose free-kick in the Semi-Final got them here. On the bench for Paul Phelan’s side were Thomas Ayton, Adrian Cant and Matthew Williams.  

As with the proceeding Plate Final, before we began we had a minute’s applause to remember all those lost  & long-term affected in the last fifteen months because of Covid-19. Redbridge started the match with the impetus as in the first minute, a header on Luke Avenell’s goal by centre-back Harry Gibbs needed the custodian to gather. Five minutes later, a free-kick from midfielder Jack Chawner cannoned off the left-side post and trickled across the goal-line, somehow evading the touch it needed to open the scoring. Redbridge were having the lion’s share of the ball in these early stages, though Holland set their stall out to be resolute in defence, with centre-back Steven Downes setting the tone for Paul Phelan’s side by making good interceptions in the first half-hour.

For all the possession they had in said first half-hour, George Christou’s side were unable to make the most of it as their final ball eluded them to a point and also that impacted the amount of clear-cut chances they created. Central midfielder Shaun Harris fired wide for the Motormen with the half-hour mark approaching and you were getting a sense of trepidation for the Essex Senior side that they were going to regret not going in front when they were having the majority of the match. In fairness to Holland, they had to deal with the early loss of full-back Mason Lumley-Ridgway due to injury (second picture above) but as the half went on, they started to keep possession and venture forward and they sent a warning to the ‘hosts’ eleven minutes before the break, with substitute Thomas Ayton getting in on goal, with Redbridge defender Olamji Ayoola doing well to shoulder him off the ball allowing custodian George Martin to sweep in and gather.

Holland made the most of soaking up all the early pressure and broke the deadlock, somewhat against the run of play on thirty-five minutes as a good pass in found forward Harry Willoughby and he struck home well from close range to send the travelling contingent jubilant. The increasing drama of the contest didn’t end there though. Impressive winger Ayub Kadiri curled past two Tangerines defenders and fired at goal though Luke Avenell blocked his first shot well before Kadiri sent the rebound wide. Redbridge were behind then at the interval, though the line of Farah, Martin and Kadiri really kept the Tangerines alert and you have to say the defence was beyond rigid, much to their credit.  

Half-Time:  Redbridge  0 – 1  Holland

Holland had a more than capable forward line themselves, with star forward Olymbios who already has a hat-trick to his name in this competition working well in tandem with tireless forward Harry Willoughby and Rueben Cowler whose passes were causing problems. On fifty-two minutes, Ayton made another good rapid run down the right flank which preceded another good chance for Phelan’s side. Another excellent mazy run by Reuben Cowler ended with Redbridge custodian George Martin denying Olymbios. The end-to-end nature of the match at this stage was further exemplified by a superb fifty-yard run by Motormen winger Kadiri, beating two defenders before his strike was well-parried by Avenell. The atmosphere was getting tetchy as both sides had vocal support from the terraces. Holland saw a chance fade as quickly as it appeared with fifteen minutes remaining as Willoughby ghosted past his marker before skewing his strike wide.

The nerves among the Redbridge management and supporters were getting more frayed as another counter-attack saw replacement Sonny Fish perhaps choosing the wrong option and fired into the side-netting. Target-man Josh Sykes entered the fray with thirteen minutes to play and his good hold-up play fed Tony Martin whose clever pass found full-back Brad Bennett but his couldn’t find the power in his finish to bypass the approaching Avenell, who was happy to gather.

Just when you thought Redbridge had ‘run out of gas’ and Holland were going to complete the job, the Motormen were awarded a penalty on 89 minutes, to which Jake Brocklebank’s spot-kick was converted low into the left corner to send the Motormen fans delirious with delight. Holland were having to hold on as we seeped into added-time and Sykes had a good strike denied by another good save by Avenell. On balance, the Tangerines deserved to take it to extra time at least for the energy and desire they had put into the contest. And with the final whistle blown by referee Alex Kyriacou, it was exactly what was coming – thirty minutes of extra time to determine the winner of the Cordell Cup.  

Full-Time (after 90 minutes): Redbridge  1 – 1  Holland

In the Extra-time that ensued, the tension was getting unbearable, even for the neutral. Holland had a goal chalked off for off-side nine minutes in but earlier in the match, you did wonder if the Tangerines having five players on a yellow card at this stage would hinder them. Eleven minutes into the added 30, a searing run by skipper James Barlow down the left channel ended with his cross being cleared by the ever-dependable Downes. Moments into the second-period of extra-time, Olymbios picked up a second booking to leave Holland down to ten men, but you still wondered whether the Motormen had enough in the tank to make the most of that with twelve minutes to pounce. The tetchy nature on-pitch increased with Sykes getting dismissed as well moments after being substituted for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

On-pitch though, the telling moment came with 109 minutes played in the titan of a match as substitute Jack Roult manoeuvred himself into a bit of space before sending a fizzing low drive from the edge of the eighteen-yard box which was too strong for Avenell to get down and block and found the net, much to the delight of all the Motormen contingent. Holland were unable to level the match and had to settle for the runners-up prizes in a match where genuinely neither side really deserved to lose and you have to add that Holland being a Step 6 side as well, they more than showed their talents as a unit here and who knows, they may be joining recently-promoted White Ensign and Athletic Newham in the not-too-distant future.  

Result:  Redbridge  2 – 1 Holland  (After Extra Time)

How do you summarise this one? Heck knows, but I will add it was an utterly enthralling contest which more than justified the occasion it was and Redbridge have had tough times in recent years, and this apparently in their first Trophy since 2004 so you wouldn’t begrudge them a ‘day in the sun’ here. But at the same time, Holland also justified not only their place in the Final but also crowned off a fabulous competition for them with their performance here, showing the difference between Step 5 and Step 6 in this region isn’t that big at all. Every credit to Paul Phelan’s side and I wish them well for next season, they can be very proud.

Stand-outs wise, Redbridge were led well going forward by tricky, pacey forward Ayub Kadiri who showed a lot of persistence to go with his technical ability. Centre-forward Tony Martin again showed why he is an important player for Christou’s team as well with Abdi Farah also contributing heavily before being substituted. Finally, a shout-out to skipper James Barlow as he also left everything out there energy-wise and centre-half Olamji Ayoola who did well in intercepting the impressive Holland forwards. For the Tangerines, forwards Harry Willoughby and Rueben Cowler deserve a big mention as they are big players for their side. Defender Steven Downes was also superb, with midfielder Keelan Sorrell and custodian Luke Avenell worthy of honourable mentions as well as their side came so close to a big win.

But it was to be Redbridge’s day and they honoured the departed Len Cordell with success here and Len would’ve loved the atmosphere with a good crowd at both matches and for me it was a good way to end the disrupted 2020-21 season, so thank you for reading all these reports during the season. Best wishes, Scott

Teams

Redbridge    |  Manager: George Christou   | Assistant: Jack Toghli

13 George Martin (GK), 2 Brad Bennett (18 Chikosi Basden 85’), 15 James Barlow (Capt), 4 Jack Chawner, 5 Harry Gibbs, 6 Olamji Ayoola, 7 Shaun Harris (12 Jack Roult 77’), 8 Jake Brocklebank, 9 Tony Martin, 10 Abdishakur Farah (16 Sonny Fish 63’), 11 Ayub Kadiri (19 Josh Sykes 77’, who was replaced by 14 Dean Hall 107’)

Goal-scorers: Jake Brocklebank [pen 89’], Jack Roult [109’]

Booked: Chawner, Ayoola, Fish | Sent Off: Sykes (after being substituted)

| Subs Not Used: Blackledge, Dickens

Holland    | Manager: Paul Phelan   | Assistant: Luke Watts

1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Mason Lumley-Ridgway (12 Thomas Ayton 13’), 3 Jamey Williams, 4 Toby Harms, 5 Harvey Cowler (Capt), 6 Steven Downes, 7 Kieran Michaels, 8 Keelan Sorrell (16 Matthew Williams 114’), 9 Louis Olymbios, 10 Harry Willoughby, 11 Reuben Cowler (15 Adrian Cant 78’)

Goal-scorers: Harry Willoughby [35’]

Booked: Sorrell, Michaels, Avenell, Cant  | Sent Off: Olymbios (106’, Two bookings)

 | Subs Not Used: Cook (GK)

Referee: Alex Kyriacou

Assistant Referees: James Latham & Katie Dorling

Fourth Official: Callum Dorling

S 20-21 Match Report: Woodford Town 0 – 3 Hoddesdon Town (Sat 29 May) [LCC Finals Day 2021 30.5.21]

Len Cordell Cup – Plate Final

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 72

2020 -21 Season – Match 38

Saturday 15th May 2021 – 12pm KO

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Hoddesdon: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Youthful Hoddesdon out-work Woodford to claim Cordell Trophy Plate

Woodford Town  0 – 3  Hoddesdon Town

Match Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Additional Photo by Jack Hayman, Non-League Chronicles team (@NLChronicles)

The 2020-21 Season ended (for me at least) on the late May Bank Holiday weekend with a return to the Cup Finals Day experience with two matches at Redbridge FC’s Oakside. This first match was the Len Cordell Cup – Plate Final between Woodford Town and Hoddesdon Town. Woodford are still a youthful set-up, marshalled by joint-bosses Dee Safer and Julian Charles and were skippered by centre-back David Agboola, with Harvey Simson between the sticks and a front three of Ramiah Mills, Rasheed Salau and Jaydon Charles. A slightly depleted bench featured Eren Muti and Ramzi Mahmoudi among the options there. Hoddesdon were also missing ten players though injury or unavailability so Simon Riddle’s side also had a youthful complexion but they could still field Connor Bolton as left-back, veteran centre-back Kardan Campbell as skipper and the talented front line of Harrison Rookard, Cyrus Babaie and Harry Andic in attack. Among their options from the bench were Alfie Little, Mark Stevenson and Shaun Barwaah.

Still of the match with Hoddy boss Simon Riddle (left) looking on [Image: Scott W]

The first thing to notice really as the match got underway was the buzz of the returning crowds for this Finals day. More than seventy people were spread out through the sides near the pitch and as you’d expect, the Woodford Towners were there in good numbers providing their usual mix of atmosphere and songs, good on them. Hoddesdon definitely settled the quicker of the two sides on-the-pitch, with the opening ten minutes seeing a firm strike by Cyrus Babaie which he skewed off-target with only Woodford custodian Harvey Simson to defeat. Full-back Connor Bolton then did force Simson into a decent save moments later, as the goalkeeper parried a fierce strike wide for a set-piece. Woodford didn’t need those warnings though as soon after they fell behind. On the quarter-hour, Babaie broke away from the Woodford defence again but this he fired home a cool finish with Simson to bypass and put Simon Riddle’s side in front.

The Lilywhites so nearly doubled their advantage barely a minute later as Babaie was again the architect, involved in a good passing move with midfielder James Mays and fellow forward Harrison Rookard which allowed the later to strike at goal, forcing Simson into an acrobatic save. Hoddy kept up the pressure at this stage of the match, as Woodford were unable to retain possession for any length of time, but skipper David Agboola did make a number of well-timed interceptions in the first half. Another cross from the left by Bolton needed the intervention of the central defender on twenty minutes. You sensed at this point that Woodford were in danger of falling further behind and but for Simson, they may have been as he pulled off another good save to deny as Mays were again one-on-one with the Town stopper.

Hoddesdon did get the second goal their play merited just shy of the half-hour as Cyrus Babaie turned provider by making a good run down the right flank, before his centre found Rookard who helped himself to a close-range goal. Woodford did emerge from their half towards the latter stages of the first period but found Hoddy stopper Alex Reed in decent form as a lofted goal-bound effort from substitute Reece DaCosta was well-tracked and gathered by Reed. So at the break it was an important team-talk for the Woodford side, whereas Hoddesdon had to be mindful of concentration lapses in defence.

Half-Time:  Woodford Town  0 – 2   Hoddesdon Town

If the travelling Hoddesdon contingent were concerned about ‘sitting back’ after the break to protect their lead, they needn’t have done so as two minutes after the resumption, a well-hit overhead kick by Rookard tested Simson before the latter made a good save to clear his lines. In fairness though, Woodford did have more of the play in the second half though they found the Hoddesdon defence eager and enjoying the contest, particularly well-travelled centre-back Kardan Campbell who made a number of good interceptions throughout and was in no mood at all to give the opposition forwards any glimmer of hope of getting back into the match.

If there was one over-riding critique of Woodford up to this point, it was that they really didn’t test Lilywhites stopper Alex Reed enough, despite their customary decent approach play. On fifty-six minutes though, Town forward Jaydon Charles nearly found his radar as a well-struck effort was only narrowly wide of the far-left corner. Not surprisingly, this seemed to lift the ‘hosts’ as midway through the half, a rare blemish in work-rate by the well-drilled Hoddesdon defence allowed forward Ramiah Mills to make a good run and his pass found the advancing Shaye La-Rose, pushed forward from full-back but Reed again was well-placed to deny him with a good save.

During the latter stages, the chances fell away somewhat as Hoddesdon maintained their miserly defending despite the growing heat in the nice blue skies surrounding the ground, but in added-time, Cyrus Babaie grabbed his second of the contest with another cool finish past the unfortunate Simson to add further gloss to the score-sheet and secure the Plate for his side, which on balance was entirely deserved.

Essex Senior officials Lee Dorling & Carl Whay with the momentos for both teams & Officials (in middle) [Image: Scott W]
Campbell (#5) lifts Cordell Plate & celebrates with his Hoddesdon team [Image: Jack Hayman]

Full-Time: Woodford Town  0 – 3  Hoddesdon Town

So in summary, Woodford were not at their best here but it is worth adding that Hoddesdon did not allow their opposition to really settle into the game, through determined defending, good organisation and a high work-rate.

In-terms of stand-out performances, for the victors Hoddesdon, they were indebted to another excellent match for two-goal star Cyrus Babaie who really gave the Woodford defence a hard afternoon. Strike partner Harrison Rookard also had a good game for the Lilywhites, giving a whole-hearted performance with pace and running plus he took his goal well. Skipper Kardan Campbell marshalled the defence well and was a key figure in his side’s efforts, assisting the youngsters in the team. Connor Bolton also showed his experience well and could’ve got on the score-sheet as well.

For Woodford, it goes without saying that goalkeeper Harvey Simson had an impressive afternoon, making at least five important saves to keep his team in it. Skipper David Agboola also had a good game and Shaye La-Rose also made good runs on the left side to assist his side’s forward line.

If you’d like to catch up with our special one-off article looking at the Cordell Competitions from the Writer’s View (including views from other writers who have covered the tournament) then click here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/29/2021-in-focus-cordell-cups-the-writers-view/

All that’s left to say is I wish both sides well for next season. Both have talent but as the cliché says, it is about getting results and Hoddesdon got that result here.

Teams

Woodford Town    | Joint-Managers: Dee Safer & Julian Charles

1 Harvey Simson (GK), 2 Cameron Lyttle (16 Reece DaCosta 33’), 3 Shaye La-Rose, 4 David Agboola (Capt) (12 Eren Muti 74’), 5 Abdus Salam-Salami, 6 Evangelos Empochontsif, 7 Tyriq Alexander (15 Jack Murry-Sharpe 81’), 8 Joshua Ron Gravesande, 9 Ramiah Mills, 10 Rasheed Salau, 11 Jaydon Charles (14 Ramzi Mahmoudi 83’)

Booked: None     | Sub Not Used: McAvoy (GK)

Hoddesdon Town    | Manager: Simon Riddle   | Assistant: Jeff Cross

1 Alex Reed (GK), 2 Ben Fox, 3 Connor Bolton, 4 Archie Lockie, 5 Kardan Campbell (Capt), 6 Sam Cross (14 Alfie Little 71’), 7 Ollie Finch, 8 James Mays (12 Mark Stevenson 25’, himself replaced by 15 Shaun Barwaah 81’), 9 Harrison Rookard (17 Liam Nugent 81’), 10 Harry Andic, 11 Cyrus Babaie

Goal-scorers: Cyrus Babaie [15’ & 90’ +1], Harrison Rookard [29’]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Michael Scott

Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & George Barker

Fourth Official: Alan Steward

S 20-21 Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 1 Athletic Newham (Re won 5 – 4 on pens) (Sat 15 May) [LCC 2021 15.5.21]

Len Cordell Cup – Quarter-Final

Venue: Oakside

2020 -21 Season – Match 35

Saturday 15th May 2021 – 2pm KO

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

Newham: Blue & White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

ESL crest
Oakside pitch pre-match [Image: Scott W]

Redbridge deny spirited Newham on penalties at Oakside

Redbridge  1 – 1  Athletic Newham (Redbridge won 5 – 4 on pens)

Match Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Photos by Scott Lanza (@lanza_sport) & Scott W

This weekend saw me return to the Cordell Cup with this Quarter-Final, which saw Redbridge host Eastern Senior League South side Athletic Newham, who have had a great run in the competition thus far. The hosts were beset by injuries but still named George Martin in goal, a centre-half pairing of Alamiji Ayoola and ex-Romford & Aveley defender Harry Gibbs, with Jack Roult skippering the side in central midfield. Forward Josh Sykes led the line, with support from Abdishakur Farah and Gayene Sanderson. The options on the sidelines for George Christou’s side included forward Tony Martin, plus James Barlow, Sonny Fish and tricky winger Ayub Kadiri. Athletic Newham continued with the attack-minded side which has won them matches in this tournament. Captain Joel Appiah was joined in attack by Richard Kone, with support from Mauricio Rui Carlos and Anderson Baro. Their substitutes’ bench included forward Tony Cookey, plus the likes of Nnamdi Harold-Egole, Blessing Adomah and Simon Bamidele.


The match was about two minutes old when there was a concerning injury to Newham’s tricky support forward Anderson Baro, who had come off worse from a challenge by Ayoola. Much to his credit though, Baro did return to the pitch after several minutes’ treatment. Newham were keen to get their pass & move game going and an early sighter of that emerged on six minutes as Mauricio Rui Carlos got down the left flank and was well intercepted by Redbridge full-back Chikosi Basden. Visiting skipper Joel Appiah was denied a chance at goal on the quarter-hour by Alamiji Ayoola who stuck to his task well. Redbridge went up the other end and countered through pacy forward Abishakur Farah who weaved his way past two defenders before centre-back Christopher Ndoji got in and cleared. Newham burst forward in the next phase as a fine deep cross from the right channel found forward Richard Kone but his header was off-target.

Sykes converts the spot-kick [Image: Scott Lanza]

One of the many telling moments in this match arrived on twenty-one minutes as referee Alex Kyriacou adjudged a handball in the Newham box, and pointed to the penalty spot. Josh Sykes stepped up and his low strike into the left-side corner opened the scoring, somewhat against the run of play at that stage. As we approached the half-hour, Newham were posing a question or two again to the home defence as Alvaro Guerrero’s free-kick was sent in to the near post and home custodian George Martin passed that test of alertness there. The Motormen missed a good chance just moments later as a fine centre from the left side by full-back Jack Blackledge found Sykes but his powerful header was narrowly wide of the near post. Chris Davis’ side deserved that let-off really given the chances they had created and they weathered this passage of play as a good challenge in the 8-yard area by full-back Louis Hiobi ended Farah’s progress of setting up another attack. From the resulting corner, Ayoola lost his marker but couldn’t guide his header to threaten Wilkinson Boateng’s goal.

As the interval was fast approaching, Rui Carlos made a good run into the danger area and managed to get his strike away which did draw a save out of Martin. Newham were looking the stronger side in terms of building attacking moves but also needed to find a bit more rhythm and composure. Redbridge would definitely have been aware of how slender their lead was at the break.

Half-Time:  Redbridge  1 – 0  Athletic Newham

Image: Scott Lanza

In the early minutes of the second half, Athletic Newham needed to stay alert defensively as a decent move involving winger Gayene Sanderson found Farah again but his tame strike didn’t unduly trouble Boateng in the Newham goal. It was the hosts’ turn to have a let-off on 49 minutes as Appiah’s low strike was also gathered by Martin. The visitors were definitely building their attacking rhythm at this point and soon levelled on fifty-six minutes. Kone’s initial effort was partly blocked by Martin but a combination of being unable to gather and his defenders unable to clear left Jeff Idemudia enough time to strike home, much to the delight of the visiting side.

Newham should really have struck again in the next seven minutes. First, Kone somehow couldn’t finish from a narrow angle as the ball agonizingly trickled across an unguarded goal-line, before full-back Carlos Indjai was denied a goal after being adjudged to have strayed into an off-side position. But, the game stayed level and the hosts needed to retain possession better to prevent the waves of energetic attacking moves by the visitors. This energy was displayed well on sixty-nine minutes as a fine fifty-yard run by centre-back Ndoji ended with him finding Idemudia but this time the latter fired narrowly wide.

The Motormen looked to finish the half strongly but despite good running shown by skipper Jack Roult, their main chance came with a minute of normal time remaining as a powerful header by centre-back Harry Gibbs cannoned off the far post and away from danger.

Full-Time (after 90 minutes): Redbridge  1 – 1  Athletic Newham

So the hosts had denied the more enterprising visitors after normal time and we went straight into the shoot-out. It was Redbridge who went first and they scored their first two spot-kicks, thanks to Jack Brocklebank and Tony Martin. Newham scored their first kick through Louis Hiobi but saw Alvaro Guerrero’s strike saved by Martin. The hosts’ narrow lead looked even more precarious as Harry Gibbs blazed his spot-kick over the woodwork.

Richard Kone successfully blasted high into the net to make it two-two but more drama soon followed. James Barlow’s penalty was adjudged to have crossed the line after coming back off the upright, before Blessing Adomah’s penalty was well-saved by Martin. Newham goalkeeper was then equal to Adbishakur Farah’s penalty, punching it away, before Christopher Ndoji’s low strike made it 3 – 3. Ayub Kadiri for the hosts and Jay Jimali for Newham made no mistake and netted their respective kicks so at 4 – 4, it was down to ‘sudden death’. Skipper Jack Roult blasted his penalty high into net past Boateng and then the experienced Tony Cookey stepped up, but it wasn’t his day as Martin pulled off another good save to his left and parried Cookey’s spot-kick to seal the narrowest of victories for the home side.

Result:  Redbridge  1 – 1  Athletic Newham (Redbridge won 5 – 4 on penalty kicks)

This match is difficult to summarize, but I think even the hosts will feel like on another day they could have been beaten here. Newham were unfortunate to not seal the tie in normal time, as their second-half performance was probably enough to win the match. That and they had several good chances as they had the better of the second period. However, you have to also credit Motormen custodian George Martin for making three penalty saves in the shoot-out and that was the difference at the end of the day.

There were a number of good performances from the visitors today, who showed enough to display why they have a very good record of scoring goals and would be a threat to any side in Step 5 or 6, whichever league they are in next season, but that’s all up to the FA now. Forward Richard Kone had another fine game, showing his pace, passing and movement and was unfortunate not to get his name on the score-sheet here. Wing-back Jeff Idemudia gave it his all and added to the forward line when he took that position later in the match, with centre-back Christopher Ndoji making several key interceptions in the Newham defence. Skipper Joel Appiah again had a good game as well, building the attacking moves that gave the home backline a hard afternoon.

For Redbridge, as mentioned earlier George Martin deserves a lot of credit for his saves in the shoot-out, though forward Abdishakur Farah also had a good afternoon I felt and his pace and trickery was a good outlet for George Christou’s side. Centre-back Harry Gibbs and right-back Chikosi Basden also deserve mentions for showing good energy levels and awareness in both boxes.

Redbridge go through then to the last four, where they will face Clapton, likely to be next weekend but its TBC at present. My best wishes to both sides going into next season as well.

Also, my thanks to Essex Senior Media official Scott Lanza for some of the pictures (all credited) from the match today.

Teams

Redbridge    |  Manager: George Christou

13 George Martin (GK), 2 Chikosi Basden, 3 Jack Blackledge (16 James Barlow 60’), 4 Jack Chawner (14 Sonny Fish 80’), 5 Alamiji Ayoola, 6 Harry Gibbs, 7 Jack Roult (Capt), 8 Sam Dickens (12 Jack Brocklebank 73’), 19 Josh Sykes (9 Tony Martin 60’), 10 Abdishakur Farah, 11 Gayene Sanderson (15 Ayub Kadiri 80’)

Goal-scorer: Josh Sykes [pen 21’]

Booked: Sykes     | Sub Not Used: Bennett, Harris, D Hall

Athletic Newham    | Manager: Chris Davis

1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Carlos Indjai (12 Jay Jimali 80’), 3 Louis Hiobi, 4 Christopher Ndoji, 7 Jeff Idemudia (9 Tony Cookey 88’), 8 Alvaro Guerrero, 14 Akin Akinola (6 Blessing Adomah 90’ +4), 18 Mauricio Rui Carlos (20 Nnamdi Harold-Egole 53’), 15 Anderson Baro, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt), 17 Richard Kone

Goal-scorers: Jeff Idemudia [56’]

Booked: Kone, Hiobi, Jimali  | Subs Not Used: Mpalampa, Bamidele, Purdon

Referee: Alex Kyriacou

Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Nick Reece

S 20-21 Match Report: White Ensign* 1 – 1 Barkingside (WE won 3 – 1 on pens) (Fri 30 April) [LCC 2021 1.5.21]

Len Cordell Cup – Last 16

Venue: Lower Road (Hullbridge FC)

2020 -21 Season – Match 31

Saturday 10th April 2021 – 3pm KO

White Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

Barkingside: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

Both sides warming-up pre-match

Ensign edge a highly-competitive contest with ‘Side on spot-kicks in the LCC

White Ensign  1 – 1 Barkingside   (Ensign won 3 – 1 on pens)

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The first match of the weekend saw a trip back to Lower Road for the Len Cordell Cup Last 16 match between White Ensign and Barkingside, both of whom played in the Eastern Senior League South in the previous halted regular season. Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side came into this match with a 100% winning record in the group stages, while ‘Side started well but have found it harder as the competition has gone on. Ensign made a couple of changes to their side since I saw them defeat Great Wakering a few weeks back, with Charlie Buffin and Charlie Adams the full-backs here, alongside club stalwarts Jake McWee and Andy George in central defence. Connor Barnby and Domonic Locke led the line, with support from Munyard and Luke Skinner. Among their plentiful options from the bench was defender/midfielder Thando Moyo, midfielders Bradley Gates and Harry Skinner plus Luke Woodward and Jason Reynolds-Blanche.

Barkingside fielded youthful goalkeeper Duncan Smith behind a defence of centre-backs Nathan Saunders and Elliott Scott, with Jordan Cornelius and Shaquel Foyewa as their full-backs. Forwards Reece Simpson and Jacob Dingli led the attack, with Archie Hammond, Grant Frances and loanee Jack Gibbons in midfield. Their options included wing-back Jason Jones, forward Quincy Warner and defender Berkcan Belindir.

The start of the match did rather set the tone as in the first few minutes, a familiar rapid run by Ensign forward Connor Barnby was well-tracked and intercepted by ‘Side full-back Shaquel Foyewa. The enterprising play of Ensign winger Dominic Locke was back in vogue again moments later as after making half a yard of space, his goal-seeking effort was well gathered by visiting stopper Duncan Smith. The hosts were cursing their luck in front of goal soon after as on eight minutes, John Hilliard’s free-kick was headed wide by skipper Jake McWee. To their credit, Barkingside did not feel the nerves at this point and launched forward themselves on nine minutes as a fine deep cross by full-back Jordan Cornelius found forward Reece Simpson but his header was agonisingly wide of Louis Hawes’ goal.

It was an energetic start by both teams to this match. ‘Side continued to give the home defence a headache as Archie Hammond showed a good turn of pace before experienced forward Jacob Dingli was denied a shot at goal with only Hawes to beat thanks to a good interception by McWee. Ensign full-back Charlie Buffin needed every bit of his rapid pace to catch Dingli moments later a clear chance, even if the Barkingside player was also adjudged to have strayed into an off-side position. Steven Le Sage’s side were not giving the hosts any room to spray the ball around as they like to do and also made a number of telling interceptions. Smith also came to the aid of his defenders by making two decent saves to deny fierce strikes by Charlie Adams from a narrowing angle. In the main, Ensign centre-halves George & McWee were holding firm against opposition forwards Simpson and Dingli but there was still a tinge of doubt that more headaches were on the horizon.

It was the hosts that finally bypassed their growing frustration to take the lead on thirty-six minutes as a fine through ball from Brett Munyard, playing in central midfield, found the run of Locke who cleverly switched one way then another to understandably bamboozle his marker before finishing low past Smith. Luke Skinner had a further drive from twenty yards a minute before the break but it was a slender lead that the hosts held going into the break.

Half-Time:  White Ensign  1 – 0  Barkingside

A decision which may have proved telling happened on the resumption as Ensign made four more substitutions. Thando Moyo, Bradley Gates, Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Luke Woodward entered the fray in place of Adams, Hilliard, Buffin and Munyard respectively. The visiting defence continued to frustrate the new-look Ensign forward line, exemplified by Cornelius denying Woodward down the left channel five minutes into the second period. Cornelius was also making a good contribution in an attacking sense too as his cross found Dingli who fired wide of Hawes’ goal. Dingli’s strike partner Reece Simpson was also causing problems and Hawes had to be alert to gather a deflected strike from the tireless striker.

White Ensign had a decent double chance as we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest. First, a firm strike by Luke Skinner was well-blocked by ‘Side centre-back Nathan Saunders before Barnby struck the follow-up over the crossbar. ‘Side were starting to gather momentum though as with 75 minutes on the clock, a fine strike from the left flank by Gibbons forced a good save out of Ensign custodian Louis Hawes. Ensign spurned another decent opportunity with seven minutes left as Woodward was denied by a super goal-line clearance by midfielder David Etcheri. That clearance was to be telling as moments afterward, ‘Side dramatically levelled the tie. Simpson got ahead of his marker and powered in a good header past Hawes. Understandably the hosts were getting twitchy as Barkingside tried to pinch it at the death and after seven minutes of nerve-jangling injury-time, it was down to the dreaded shoot-out.

Full-Time (after 90 minutes): White Ensign  1 – 1   Barkingside

So a penalty shoot-out was required to settle the tie, and in the first two spot-kicks – Ensign’s Jake McWee and Jason Reynolds-Blanche both netted confidently. ‘Side had to go second in the shoot-out and while their opening penalty from Grant Frances was saved by Hawes, substitute Jason Jones did fire home into the right-sided corner.

Onto the next wave of two penalties then and Bradley Gates’ fierce spot-kick put his side 3 – 1 up and in a strong position. But much to his disappointment, centre-back Elliott Scott’s strike from twelve yards was skied over the woodwork. However, forward Connor Barnby’s penalty was also blasted over the crossbar before Hawes sealed the contest with a decent save to deny Jack Gibbons following spot-kick so Ensign progressed with a 3 – 1 win on penalties to make it to the quarter-finals of the Len Cordell Cup.

Result:  White Ensign 1 – 1 Barkingside  (Ensign won 3- 1 on penalty kicks)

In summary, this was a pretty even match, with the hosts edging it at times in the first half and ‘Side really finishing strongly as Ensign really had to battle to stay in the contest in the latter stages. Being positive though, the fact that it was a nerve-jangler for Ensign may do them good in the long-term, particularly against sides in higher divisions. Barkingside can be proud of themselves for not only frustrating a very good side going forward but also creating problems for the home defence as well. I also have to mention the reserved & good way that visiting manager Steven Le Sage took this defeat, I believe he’ll still be pleased with this showing and he has every reason to be.

In terms of stand-out performances, both sides were dominated by defenders somewhat. For Ensign, centre-backs Andy George and skipper Jake McWee had very good games, making a number of interceptions and dealing with the enterprising forward play from the visitors well. Winger Dominic Locke yet again made a good contribution with his pace, energy and passing. Also, left-back Charlie Adams also showed he’s got fierce strike in his armoury and showed good purpose making rapid runs down the flank in the first half. And ultimately, the hosts were grateful for goalkeeper Louis Hawes making two decent penalty saves in the shoot-out as well, so credit to him.

For Barkingside, full-backs Jordan Cornelius and Shaquel Foyewa had very strong matches, with good energy levels, passing and also making a number of good challenges between them to further frustrate the hosts from creating more clear-cut opportunities on goal. I also thought Jack Gibbons had a good game in central midfield, showing good poise and a range of passing. Finally, centre-back Nathan Saunders had a good game alongside Elliott Scott, showing a very determined mindset to clear the danger on multiple occasions.

Teams

White Ensign    |  Player-Manager: Brett Munyard  | Asst: Mark Healy

1 Louis Hawes (GK), 2 Charlie Buffin (11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche 46’), 12 Charlie Adams (3 Thando Moyo 46’), 5 Andy George, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 16 Ben Austin (4 Harry Skinner 41’), 18 John Hilliard (8 Bradley Gates 46’), 10 Luke Skinner, 20 Brett Munyard (19 Luke Woodward 46’), 7 Dominic Locke, 9 Connor Barnby

Goal-scorer: Dominic Locke [36’]

Booked: Locke, Luke Skinner & Gates      | Sub Not Used: None

Barkingside    | Manager: Steven Le Sage  |

1 Duncan Smith (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 3 Shaquel Foyewa (12 Jason Jones 58’), 4 David Etcheri, 5 Nathan Saunders, 6 Elliott Scott, 7 Archie Hammond, 8 Grant Frances, 9 Jacob Dingli (14 Quincy Warner 68’), 10 Reece Simpson, 11 Jack Gibbons

Goal-scorers: Reece Simpson [86’]

Booked: Frances, Saunders      | Subs Not Used: Peagram, Belindir

Referee: Adam Miller

Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges & Elliott Hardcastle

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri/Sat 23/24 April) [LCC 2021 25.4.21]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – ESL & Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome to my round-up of third & final weekend of the Group Stages of the Len Cordell Cup, a competition run by the Essex Senior to remember a pillar of the Non-League Family in Len Cordell, who was associated with Redbridge FC for many years. Thanks to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the main image above (from Holland v FC Clacton)

All the results from this week’s action are below, they took place on Saturday 24th April unless stated in the Result line. The sides highlighted in bold progress to the next round. After each group, we have a final table and at the end of the article we have the draw for the last 16 of the Len Cordell Cup and the eight sides that will face each other in the Len Cordell Plate.

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 24 April 

Cockfosters   3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town |  Chalk Lane  | Group A

The ‘Fosters went through from Group A in second spot after a good win over Essex Senior rivals Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. James Verney put his side ahead early on, which was added to by Marcus Crowther five minutes before the break and Jo Wilkinson late on. Harrison Rookard and Alfie Little responded for the Lilywhites but they finish bottom and go into the Plate mini-competition.

DT FC   0 – 2   St Margaretsbury | the Harlow Arena  [3G] | Group A

St Margs did enough to inflict the first defeat on newcomers DT at the Harlow Arena. Strikes from Aiden Read [35’] and Jermaine Nicholson in added time secured a place in the last 16 for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. DT’s loss means they slip down to third but they still make it to the next round.  

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Clapton 2 – 0 Barkingside | Played at J. Carter Cen. [3G], Frenford  | Group B | Fri 23 Apr 

The Tons sealed their progress to the knockout stages of the competition with a decent win over Barkingside in this match played at Frenford on Friday night . Second-half goals from Melos Ajvasi and Bayemore Ndiaye were enough to claim the win which sent the home side to their second win in three games. Both sides go through, with Clapton in second spot.

My good friend Pete Dudley was at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/clapton-2-barkingside-0.html

Woodford Town  2 – 3   Redbridge  |  Coles Park [3G]  | Group B | Sat 24 April

In the match on Saturday, Redbridge recovered from a poor start to complete their third win in succession. Tariq Alexander had given Dee Safer & Julian Charles’ side a first-minute lead but Tony Martin erased that lead two minutes later. Further strikes by tricky winger Ayub Kadiri [21’] and Sonny Fish [61’] turned the tide of the match. Josh Steele pulled one back on the stroke of the 90 minutes but it is the Motormen who advance as group winners in this competition that they dearly want to get to the latter stages at least. Woodford finish bottom and therefore head into the Plate mini-competition.

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Saturday 24 April – Group C

Billericay U23s  2 – 3  Stansted   | New Lodge [3G]   | Group C 

Stansted made a heroic comeback after their interval to defeat Billericay’s development side at New Lodge. The hosts were two goals to the good at the break thanks to strikes by Gabriel Ipanga Mbambo [25’] and Nyan Msuria five minutes later. But Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side once again showed the “Stansted resolve” and goals from John Clarke, Michael Salako and Jack Mitchell’s winner later on sealed their first win and progression into the last 16 as the ‘best’ of the fourth-placed sides.

Holland  3 – 2   FC Clacton   | Dulwich Road   | Group C 

These two local rivals met for the first time in a competitive match and it was the Step 6 hosts who prevailed. It was some match for Louis Olymbios who not only netted a treble but was also later dismissed for persistent fouling. Kevin Coyle’s spot-kick and an OG saw Clacton close but ultimately both sides progressed with Holland topping the group.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/holland-3-fc-clacton-2.html

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Barking  2 – 1  West Essex  | Mayesbrook Park [3G] | Group D  | Friday 23rd April

West Essex faced their landlords Barking for the last time whilst being tenants in this local derby on Friday night. It was to be the Blues who won and progressed as Group winners. Strikes from Louis Dillion six minutes before the break & Johnny Ashman midway through the second half cancelled out a thunderbolt from the returning James Jewers early on. West still head into the knockout phase as they finished in second spot.

Frenford 0 – 2  Hackney Wick | Jack Carter Centre [3G] | Group D  | Sat 24th April

The Saturday game saw Wick grab their first win & with it progression to the knockout phase with victory at Frenford. Mohamed Raza and Jermain Lachoo provided the goals to ensure they leapfrogged Dave Forbes’ side into third spot and sent the hosts out of the Cup and into the Plate mini-competition.

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Athletic Newham  6 – 2   Great Wakering Rovers   | Terry Mac | Group E 

Finally in Group E, Athletic Newham sealed a hugely morale-boosting win over Great Wakering at the Terry Mac. Anderson Baro put the hosts head just past the 20-minute mark, with Richard Kone and Joel Appiah both adding doubles to add to Stephen Butterworth’s team’s pain. Babs Sonupe added further gloss to the score-line late on and render strikes by Jake Gordon and Louie Hay to be mere consolation. Newham go through in second while Wakering exit and will compete in the Plate next weekend.

Brimsdown   0 – 3  White Ensign | Moved to Lower Road | Group E 

Ensign ended a superb group stage for them with a fine win over Brimsdown at Lower Road. Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke and Luke Woodward all struck to complete a decent three weeks for Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s team and they march on to the next round as group winners. Brimsdown’s defensive record has assisted them to the last sixteen as they ended up third.

As promised earlier, here is the draw for the knockout round of the Len Cordell Cup. Fixtures in both competitions will be played on weekend of April 30/May 1.   

Draw for Len Cordell Cup Last 16

Billericay U23  v  Athletic Newham

Brimsdown  v  Clapton

Cockfosters  v  Barking

DT FC   v  Redbridge

Holland  v  Hackney Wick

St Margaretsbury  v  FC Clacton

West Essex  v Stansted

White Ensign  v  Barkingside

Here is the draw for the Cordell Cup Plate competition as well:

Draw for QFs on Len Cordell Plate

Frenford v Hoddesdon Town

Frenford Res. v Walthamstow Res.

Great Wakering Rovers v Woodford Town

Sawbridgeworth Town Res. v West Essex Development

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Fri/Sat 16/17 April) [LCT 2021 18.4.21]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello and welcome to my look at the second weekend of the Len Cordell Trophy, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.

After the Results section in each group, we also have a brief table and a look at the Fixtures for next weekend (Kick-offs may be subject to alteration)

Len Cordell Trophy  – Friday 16th April

Barkingside Res   2 – 0    White Ensign Res  |  Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]  | Group C

Barkingside’s second team got their first win of the competition and went top of Group C after Saturday’s action (see table below) after this win over White Ensign Reserves at the Lakeside Sports Ground. First-half goals from Dominic Edwards [14’] and Manraj Phagura ten minutes after the opener were the difference-makers for the hosts who remain unbeaten from their two matches thus far. Ensign’s Ressie side know that a win against will put them in the top two.

Saturday 17 April

Walthamstow Res  0 – 7    Harlow Town Res   | Wadham Lodge | Group A

Harlow’s second-side made easy work of this tricky encounter at Wadham Lodge. Hassan Muzib grabbed a treble, being well-supported by the ensemble cast of Dillon George who grabbed a brace, plus there were goals for Graeme Barker and Said Issa. Harlow’s thumping win gives their first points of the tournament whereas it was a day to forget for the ‘Stow development side.

Woodford Town U23s  3 – 2   Sawbridgeworth Town Res | Ashton’s (Side pitch) | Group A |

Woodford continued their good start to the Cordell Trophy with their second successive 3 – 2 win, this time over Sawbo’s Ressies at Ashton’s. Luke Steele, Alexandros Ndoj and Rashaad Ogun’s second goal in as many weeks sealed the win for Shane Baptiste’s team. Ollie Palmer and Jack Taylor both netted for the visitors but they are yet to win and they will have to beat Harlow Town to get in the top two.

Group A Table after Week Two (Apr 17, 2021)

Saturday 17 April

May & Baker Res  1 – 1  Redbridge Res  | May & Baker FC | Group B  

May & Baker Reserves maintained their unbeaten run with this draw with Redbridge Ressies. David Asante-Boateng scored for Jimmy Donald’s side, with Landry Gogoa’s goal ensuring that the visitors got their first point of the competition thus far. May & Baker know that if they avoid defeat in their final group match they will be assured of a top two finish in the group.

West Essex Dev  0 – 1   Tower Hamlets Res  | Debden Park Sch   |  Group B

Tower Hamlets’ second-side made the trip to Debden and handed the West development side a second consecutive narrow defeat. Paolo-Armani Okoye got the only goal five minutes before the break and that ended up being enough to see Hamlets to remain top of the standings.

Group B Table after Week Two (April 17,2021)

Saturday 17 April

Frenford Res  1 – 1   Grays Athletic U23s  | The Drive, Frenford  |  Group C

In this encounter at Frenford’s the Drive, the youthful Grays side made it two draws from two games. Harry Baker got the visitors’ goal with Julian Edwards responding for the home side but there was to be no breaking the stalemate. Both sides know they need a win to advance in the main competition.

Group C Table after Week Two (April 17, 2021)

Fixtures for next Weekend  (Friday/Saturday 23/24 April)

Group A

Harlow Town Res v Sawbridgeworth Town Res

| Fri 23 April 7.45pm KO | Harlow Arena [3G]

and Walthamstow Res v Woodford Town U23
| Sat 24 April 2.30pm KO | Wadham Lodge |

Group B (both on Saturday 24 April at 2.30pm)

May & Baker Res v Tower Hamlets Res | May & Baker FC |

and Redbridge Res v West Essex Dev. | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park) |

Group C

Barkingside Res v Frenford Res
| Fri 23 Apr 6.45pm KO | Lakeside Spts Grd [3G] |

and White Ensign Res v Grays Athletic U23 |

Sat 24 April 2.30pm KO | Len Forge Centre [3G]

That’s all from this week’s round-up, thank you for reading.

S 20-21 Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 2 Rebridge (Fri 16 April) [LCC 20-21 17.4.21]

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The Len Cordell Cup – Group B

Venue: Oakside

2020-21 Season: Match 25

Friday 16th April 2021 – 8pm KO

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

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Oakside pitch pre-match

The Motormen edge to the win over ‘Side to go top of Group B

Barkingside 1 – 2 Redbridge

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s action started for me with a rare trip (this season anyway) to Oakside for this Len Cordell Cup encounter between former “ground-mates” in Redbridge and Barkingside, who did play here before moving on to Cricklefield in the Seven Kings area several years ago. Barkingside fielded Duncan Smith in goal, with defence including Jordan Cornelius & former Redbridge player Ore Odutola. David Etcheri, Archie Hammond & Grant Frances made up the midfield engine room, with the forward line led by Jacob Dingli and Reece Simpson. The options from the substitutes’ bench for Steven Le Sage’s side included midfielder Jason Jones and centre-back Elliott Scott. The Motormen had George Martin resuming between the posts, with Chikosi Basden and Jack Roult as full-backs. Sam Dickens and Shawn Harris made up their midfield centre, with attacking midfielder Darnell Bromfield supporting forwards Tony Martin and skipper James Barlow. Their options from the sidelines included forward Josh Sykes, tricky winger Ayub Kadiri and full-back Jack Blackledge.


Onto the match itself, and with the air suitably chilling out from the get-go, the first chance of note fell to the ‘home’ side as a fine effort from midfielder David Etcheri only narrowly went over the top right corner of George Martin’s goal. Both sides proceded to set their stall out and in the process find their rhythm going forward. It was ‘Side who took the lead on sixteen minutes as forward Reece Simpson’s initial effort on goal was saved by Martin, but the Motormen defence were unable to clear their lines and the oppurtunistic Jacob Dingli stroked home calmly to break the deadlock.

The Motormen gradually gain more of the ball in the next phase of the match, and just past the half-hour, midfielder Shawn Harris made a great run down the far side of the eighteen-yard area before an alert Nathan Saunders came in to challenge well, with Harris in a promising position to either strike at goal or send in a low ball to the far post. As it turned out, that was a warning for the ‘Side backline that they didn’t heed. Seven minutes before the interval, Harris nipped in again and his low finish bypassed Duncan Smith in the Barkingside goal to level things up. It could’ve been worse for Barkingside as on the stroke of half-time, Redbridge forward James Barlow headed over the goal frame.



Half-Time: Barkingside 1 – 1 Redbridge

The second-half began in a bit of a tight, highly-contested manner but unfortunately not much in the way of clear-cut chances. As the hour mark approached, both sides each had a half-chance. Firstly on 57 minutes, the impressive Darnell Bromfield sent a decent strike wide before moments later at the other end, a fine run by Barkingside forward Quincy Warner forced opposition custodian Martin to venture out of his area to clear the danger.

On the hour, it would be Redbridge who took the decisive lead as a well-taken close-range finish from Tony Martin low into the net. ‘Side didn’t threaten on a consistent basis in the next phase of the game as the second-half substitutes looked to settle in. Redbridge made the maximum permitted five changes, and it’s worth noting that both Abdishakur Farah and Ayub Kadiri made decent runs down the flanks at times.


As we entered the last ten minutes of the contest, Redbridge substitute Josh Sykes displayed nifty footwork in evading defenders before ‘Side defender Jordan Cornelius did well to intercept at the near post. ‘Side then had a half-chance wit a fine looping header from Grant Frances which sent Redbridge stopper Martin sprawling to parry the ball away from the danger area, a good save in truth. Steven Le Sage’s side did keep the pressure on in the last few moments as substitute Johnson Santos headed over from a corner but it wasn’t to be for the Step Six side here, as Redbridge held on to claim the points.

Full-Time: Barkingside 1 – 2 Redbridge

In summary, it is fair to say that this was a scrappy match at times though there was enough chances in the main to keep both sides focused on reaching the summit of Group B, as both teams have only one match to play. To be fair, Redbridge just about deserve to win the match as they had a few more chances on Duncan Smith’s goal and had more possession as well.

To run through the ‘stand-outs’ from this match – first for Redbridge and attacking midfielder Darnell Bromfield had an impressive match with his pace, dribbling and passing to the forward line. Midfielders Shawn Harris and Gyane Sanderson also presented challenges for the Barkingside backline, and forward Tony Martin took his goal well and deserved respect & alertness from the ‘Side defenders. For Barkingside, midfielder Grant Frances had a good game, always looking forward and set up attacking moves for Messrs Dingli & Simpson. Jacob Dingli showed oppurtunism in scoring his goal and David Etcheri had a good game also showing good running & tackles from midfield.

Redbridge have six points from their Group B matches, while ‘Side still have three points. The sides respective remaining matches see Barkingside face Clapton at Frenford’s The Drive next Friday night (23rd April) &  Redbridge travel to Coles Park to face Woodford Town next Saturday.

Teams

Barkingside    | Manager: Steven Le Sage 

1 Duncan Smith (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 5 Ore Odutola (14 Shaquel Foyewa 46′), 6 Nathan Saunders, 4 David Etcheri (12 Jason Jones 46′), 16 Berkcan Belindir, 7 Archie Hammond (5 Elliott Scott 71′), 8 Grant Frances, 9 Jacob Dingli, 10 Reece Simpson, 15 Quincy Warner (17 Johnson Santos 62′)

Goal-scorers: Jacob Dingli [16′]

Booked: Hammond | Subs Not Used: None

Redbridge   | Manager:  George Christou

1 George Martin (GK), 2 Chikosi Basden, 3 Jack Roult (17 Jack Chawner 51′), 4 Sam Dickens (12 Abdishakur Farah 51′), 5 Olamiji Ayoola, 6 Dean Hall, 7 Gyane Sanderson (11 Ayub Kadiri 69′), 8 Shawn Harris (14 Jack Blackledge 71′), 9 Tony Martin, 10 Darnell Bromfield, 15 James Barlow (Capt) (19 Josh Sykes 78′)

Goal-scorers: Shawn Harris [38′], Tony Martin [59′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: C Hall

Referee: Andy Simmonds

Assistants: Adrian Vernica & Lewis Moore

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Fri/Sat 9/10 April) [LCT 2021 12.4.21]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & Essex Senior Writer

Hello and welcome to my look at the opening weekend of the Len Cordell Trophy  action, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.

Before re look at the matches that took place this weekend, let’s have a quick look at the how the group stages look in this Trophy competition. The twelve teams competing in this competition have been split into three groups, below is a snapshot on who is in which group.

Len Cordell Trophy  – Friday 9th April

Harlow Town Res  2 – 3 Woodford Town U23s  |  the Harlow Arena [3G]  | Group A

Two matches took place on Friday night, as Woodford’s second-side emerged with the points at the Harlow Arena in this Group A encounter. Graeme Butler scored twice for Harlow’s reserve side but strikes by Rashaad Ogun, Umar Ali and Joseph St Luca-Moynihan did the business for Shane Baptiste’s side. As it turned out, the win could well make them early favourites to top the group.

Grays Athletic U23s  1 – 1  Barkingside Res   | Lakeside Sports Ground | Group C

Meanwhile, several miles south in Thurrock, these two local rivals fought to a draw. Callum Watts netted for the home side, with Robert Adams responding for the ‘Side second-string.

Saturday 10th April

Sawbridgeworth Town Res  3 – 3  Walthamstow Res | Crofters | Group A

In the midday kick-off at Crofters, these two sides had an enticing six-goal thriller before both sides had to settle for a point. Samson Bashua netted twice for the Sawbo side, with Stephen Aketo also on target for the home side. ‘Stow responded through goals from Johann Aidoo, Patrick Simpson and Zachary Thomas but both sides with need wins to progress up the group standings in their next matches.

Redbridge Res  0 – 4  Tower Hamlets Res | Ford’s Social Club (Newbury Park) | Group B

Elsewhere, Tower Hamlets Reserves made light work of their first of three away games in this competition with a decisive victory. Ezekiel Adesanya struck twice for the visitors, supported by goals from Rajhi Makasi and Carone Scott to send the Hamlets side top of Group B.

West Essex Dev  0 – 1  May & Baker Res  | Debden Park Sch   |  Group B

In the other match in Group B, May & Baker Reserves returned to action with a narrow win over West Essex Development at Debden Park School. Idris Aminu got the decisive strike for Jimmy Donald’s side as they went second in the table.

White Ensign Res 2 – 0  Frenford Res  | Len Forge Centre [3G]  |  Group C

Finally for this weekend’s six matches, at the Len Forge Centre in Westcliff, White Ensign Reserves defeated Frenford’s second-side thanks to strikes by Lubona Wyatt and Scott Read, which sent Jack Caten’s side top of Group C.

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri/Sat 9/10 April) [LCC 2021 11.4.21]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the opening weekend of the Len Cordell Cup action, an invitational competition run by the Essex Senior to remember a pillar of the Non-League Family in Len Cordell, who was associated with Redbridge FC for many years.

The twenty teams competing in this competition have been split into five groups. Unfortunately, with spectators still barred from attending these matches until mid-May, these matches were largely played “behind closed doors”, with the notable exception of at least two matches, more on that as we go.

Before we recap the action, below is a snapshot on who is in which group.

Len Cordell Cup  – Friday 9 April 


Hackney Wick 3 – 5  West Essex  | Mayesbrook Park [3G] | Group D

The Cordell Cup got off to a corker of a start as West had to dig deep to claim an important win at Mayesbrook Park. Callum Bloss put Kwame Kwateng’s side ahead after only three minutes with a fine finish after being played in by forward Symeon Taylor. That lead lasted all of two minutes before Mohammed Razza levelled things up for Wick, who are also playing their matches at Mayesbrook in this competition. Lewis Danquah fired Wick into the lead just after the twenty minute mark but again, that lead barely existed before Cameron Gray levelled things again for the Stags.

Bloss added another two goals, the second from the spot to claim a first-half treble and give the attack-minded West side a 4 – 2 lead at the interval. Razza netted again nine minutes after the resumption to keep Wick in it before a powerful strike from Emmanuel Shoderu on the 90 minute mark finally sealed the points for West Essex, after one heck of an enthralling battle.

My good friend & fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was at this match, here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/hackney-wick-3-west-essex-5.html 

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 10 April 

DT FC   2 – 2  Cockfosters |  the Harlow Arena [3G]  | Group A

In what was a first for the Essex Senior, this match was streamed live over the virtual screens and it took a last-minute leveller to deny newcomers DT a commendable victory at the Harlow Arena. Ned Clarke added to his reputation at the ‘Fosters by putting them ahead seven minutes before the break. DT held firm though and the Essex Alliance League Senior Division side levelled things up midway through the second-half through Kieron Hipgrave’s strike. It got even better for the hosts as ex-Ilford & Epping Town forward Alex Paraskeva put them ahead with twelve minutes remaining.  That wasn’t the end of the drama though as defender Marcus Crowther snatched a point for Ryan Wade’s side in added time.

St Margaretsbury  1 – 1   Hoddesdon Town | The Rec | Group A

In the other match in Group A, these two old rivals resumed their rivalry at the Rec. Cyrus Babaie put Hoddy ahead before Dominic Wynter-Stephens ensured that Ray Bartlett’s side secured a point and leave the group wide open with two matches for all to play.

Redbridge 1 – 0  Clapton  | Oakside  | Group B

The Motormen began their Cordell Cup campaign with a narrow win over the Tons at Oakside. Tony Martin got the only goal of the game for George Christou’s side on 50 minutes, with Redbridge undoubtedly looking to get deep into the Cup that bears the name of their long-serving former Secretary.
Non-League writer Pete Dudley was also at this game & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/redbridge-1-clapton-0.html

Woodford Town 3 – 4  Barkingside (4pm KO) | Coles Park [3G]   |  Group B

In the late kick-off of the day, Barkingside staved off a late fightback by Woodford to claim all three points at Coles Park. Steven Le Sage’s side started strongly, with Joe Gent [11’] and Reece Simpson [13’] goals giving them a two-goal cushion before the quarter-hour. Jaydon Charles halved the deficit for the hosts from 12 yards just before the break. ‘Side responded in great fashion after the interval, with strikes from Jack Gibbons six minutes into the second-half and Jacob Dingli [65’] giving them an impressive 4 – 1 lead. There was more drama in the latter stages as Charles’ second of the afternoon and Ridwan Hussein goal on the 90 minute mark made it a nervy end for ‘Side but they held on.

Billericay U23  3 – 0  Holland   | New Lodge [3G]   | Group C

In this clash at New Lodge which the hosts also streamed live via YouTube, Billericay U23s grabbed an impressive win with Marlon Stratford opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Second-half goals from Max Gnandi [47’] and Nyan Mesuria twenty minutes from time sealed maximum points for the Essex Senior Reserve Division side.

FC Clacton  2 – 1  Stansted   | Rush Green Bowl   | Group C

The Airportmen made the long trip to North East Essex but ultimately came away empty-handed. Jordan Lartey and Kevin Coyle got the goals for the Eastern Counties League Premier Division side, with Ryan Ramsay getting the solitary reply for Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side.

Frenford  1 – 1 Barking   | The Drive [3G]   | Group D

These two local rivals faced each other at The Drive, with both sides claiming a point. Owen James got the equaliser for the home side, after Isaac Westendorf had put the Blues ahead just short of the half-hour.

Athletic Newham 1 – 1 Brimsdown   | Terry Mac | Group E

This match of the two Eastern Senior League South sides took a while to get going though it was Brimsdown who took the lead through an OG a minute after the interval. Newham did grab a point through as forward Richard Kone levelled in added time. You feel that both these sides need one win in their remaining two matches in the Group to progress.

Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 4   White Ensign | Lower Road | Group E – Featured Match

These two sides usually ground-share at Burroughs Park but on this occasion, they faced off about ten miles away at Hullbridge’s Lower Road. After a promising start by Wakering, it was Ensign who took the lead thanks to impressive winger Dominic Locke on 18 minutes. The visitors took that lead into the second half and pretty much sealed the contest either side of the hour, through well-taken strikes by Connor Barnby [55’] and Locke [64’] to accrue his second of the afternoon. Jake Gordon pulled one back for Rovers with eleven minutes to go but in truth, it was not their day. Locke then turned provider for Luke Skinner to slot home a fourth for Ensign six minutes from time.

This was my featured match this weekend & here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/10/match-report-great-wakering-1-4-white-ensign-sat-10-apr/

That’s all for my round-up of Week One of the Len Cordell Cup, I hope to do more of these as the competition progresses, likely to be on a semi-regular basis.