Round-up: The FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd (ESL & EaSL sides – Fri/Sat/Sun 9-11 Aug) [FAC EPR 11.8.19]

Still from West Essex v Whitton Utd (Sun) [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to another of  round-up pieces, looking at the many FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties involving Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South sides. Due to the large amount of ties being played this weekend, I will focus on 13 ties with other results also being listed. The winners will receive £2, 250 while the losing side still earns £750.


Friday 9th August


Hackney Wick  1 – 3  Framlingham Town | Switched to Framlingham Sports Club

In a match switched due to the issues at their current landlords Clapton, Wick (of the Eastern Senior Lge South) travelled to Thurlow Nunn Division One North side Framlingham. Hackney led on six minutes though were pegged back by Mason Ransome’s goal. Town made their way into the next round though as Danny Smith and Cyrus Thorpe strikes sealed a good victory.


Woodford Town  1 – 1  White Ensign   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 281

White Ensign’s first-ever FA Cup tie saw them travel to Harlow to face ESL side Woodford Town. For the lion’s share of this one, they were the better side and took the lead through Connor Barnby. Town rallied though and forced a replay in midweek through the increasingly-reliable Vlad Sighiartau. The replay will be the first competitive match played at Ensign’s new home, ground-sharing at Great Wakering – it is a set for Wednesday night and Brett Munyard’s team will be hopeful of a repeat showing then.


Saturday 10th August


Clapton  0 – 6  Stowmarket Town   | Moved to Parkside (Aveley FC) | Att: 31

Thurlow Nunn Premier side Stowmarket outclassed the ESL outfit at Parkside. Josh Mayhew led the way for the ambitious ‘Stow with a hat-trick, recent signing Christy Finch added a brace with the other goal scored by Joe Jefford as Rick Andrews’ team breezed into the next round.


 Crawley Green  2 – 5  Takeley  | Crawley Green Recreation Ground

Essex Senior League side Takeley travelled to Spartan South Midlands side Crawley Green and came away with a fine victory. Bryn Thorpe and Mitchell Das both nabbed braces here alongside a first-half Mike Castle goal which will please boss Marc Das. Crawley Green joint-managers Craig Meyrick & Craig Bicknell did have something to savour though as full-back Bunker got a brace of his own, the second of those being a late spot-kick.


Hadley  4 – 2  Redbridge   |  Brickfield Lane  | Att: 68

In this all ESL-tie, Hadley welcomed Redbridge to Brickfield Lane. The hosts played well on the opening day of the league season at home though they didn’t start as well here as Redbridge led early on through Taylor Tombides. Alfie Bartram responded for the Bricks with another brace of spot-kicks (ala last week) before Connor Okus struck for the visitors to make it 2 – 2. The hosts restored their lead through strikes by Solomon Ofori and Sam Lyon as Anthony Clark’s team made the next round.


Ilford  1 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston   | Cricklefield

Eastern Senior League South side Harwich visited ESL side Ilford and exited with a memorable win. Kevin Coyle and Jordan Heath got the goals for the visitors, buoyed by an exuberant travelling support. Valter Simao got the consolation for the Foxes though they bowed out of the competition here.


Saffron Walden Town 1 – 0 Baldock Town  | Catons Lane

ESL side Walden narrowly won over Spartan South Midlands side Baldock as Jack Isherwood’s solitary strike a minute before the break was enough to seal Jason Maher’s side’s progression to the next round.


Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 3  Halstead Town  | Crofters

Halstead Town, of the Eastern Senior Lge South returned to the competition with a fine away win at out-of-form Sawbridgeworth. Although the hosts opened the scoring, the Humbugs responded through Tom Cook and Kane Munday strikes before sealing the win early in the second half thanks to Callum Vincent’s strike.


Southend Manor  0 – 0  Long Melford   | Southchurch Park

Southend Manor entertained Thurlow Nunn Premier side Long Melford as the blowy conditions affected both sides at Southchurch Park.

I attended this match, my full report is here:


Tower Hamlets 2 – 1  Selsey  | Mile End Stadium

South Coast side Selsey made the long trip to East London to face ESL side Tower Hamlets. Damien Briggs’ team won out thanks to a brace from promising AJ Folkes. Selsey responded through an unfortunate OG, following a good ball in from Selsey’s Callum Dowdell. Hamlets held on though for a morale-boosting triumph and their FA Cup adventure continues.


Walthamstow  5 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd     | Wadham Lodge

This all-ESL tie saw Walthamstow progress with another goal-laden display against a Bengal side that ended the match with nine men. Dwade James got another double, with Samrai Gebrai, Jamie Bennett and Danny McCullock all on the score-sheet for Ryan Maxwell’s side who also had a man dismissed.


Other Results from Saturday 10th August

FC Clacton 3 – 0  St Margaretsbury    | Rush Green Bowl

Fairford Town  3 – 2    Enfield   | Cinder Lane

Leyton Athletic 0 – 1  Cockfosters   | Chalk Lane (tie switched)

Woodbridge Town  1 – 0  Coggeshall Utd  | Notcutts Park


Sunday 11th August

Barkingside  4 – 1  Stansted  | Cricklefield  | Att 125

Eastern Senior South side Barkingside’s second-half comeback stunned ESL side Stansted to reach the next round at Cricklefield. The Airportmen led at the break through Rob Norris’ thunderbolt, though substitute Ali Rajim soon levelled early in the second-half. The turnaround was completed by Steven Le Sage’s side as Francesco Balestrini, Elliott Scott and Joe Oates all netted to record a memorable win.


West Essex  1 – 2  Whitton Utd       | Moved to Oakside (Redbridge FC) | Att: 109

Thurlow Nunn Premier side Whitton Utd withstood playing with a man light for more than an hour to record a precious win over ESL side West Essex. Liam Wales and Jamie Cole strikes saw Steve Caldron’s side to victory. Tom MacLeod’s powerful header had levelled things early in the second-half for the Stags.


Match Report link is here: 


Other Result: Hoddesdon Town  2 – 0  Brantham Athletic  | Wodson Park


That’s all for the this FA Cup Extra Prelim Round round-up. Check back late in the week when the Essex Senior League Preview articles return. Thanks for reading.


Results Round-up: Eastern Senior Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem (Sat 8th Sept) [EaSL & TNP 8.9.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action on the second weekend of September in the Eastern Senior League South, the Thurlow Nunn Premier division and also the FA Cup First Round Quali ties involving Thurlow Nunn Prem sides. Thanks for reading.
Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Friday 7th September

Wivenhoe Town  3 – 0   Braintree Town Reserves
Saturday 8th September
Burnham Ramblers   0 – 4  Hashtag Utd

Fire Utd  4 – 0  Brightlingsea Regent Reserves

Frenford  0 – 1  Halstead Town

Hackney Wick  2 – 2  Coggeshall Utd

Harwich & Parkeston  2 – 1  Benfleet

Holland   2 – 0  Lopes Tavares

White Ensign  0 – 1  Little Oakley

Wormley Rovers  2 – 2  Newbury Forest
Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Saturday 8th September


Great Yarmouth Town   0 – 3   Ely City

Hadleigh Utd  3 – 0  Wroxham

Kirkley & Pakefield  5 – 0   Thetford Town

Norwich Utd  2 – 1  Framlingham Town

Stowmarket Town   4 – 3  Gorleston

Walsham-le-Willows  2 – 2  FC Clacton
FA Cup First Round Quali   (involving Thurlow Nunn Premier sides)

Sat 8th Sept


Haverhill Rovers  0 – 0   Long Melford   (2pm KO)

Brantham Athletic   1 – 0  Spalding Utd

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 0  Newmarket Town

Hitchin Town    3 – 1  Godmanchester Rovers

King’s Lynn Town  2 – 2   Histon

Swindon Supermarine   7 – 1  Woodbridge Town


That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.

Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 3 Brentwood Town (FA Cup PR Replay – Wed 29.8.18) [FAC 30.8.18]

The FA Cup Prelim Round – Replay (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 158

2018-19 Season – Match 11

Wednesday 29th August 2018  – 7.45pm KO

S Bengal Utd: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks

Brentwood Town: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Light Blue Socks

Brentwood tough it out to win a cracker at Mile End

Both teams before KO (Image: Peter D)

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with photos by Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

The FA Cup Prelim Round continued with this fascinating replay between Sporting Bengal Utd and Brentwood Town at Mile End Stadium. The initial tie ended 1 – 1 at the Brentwood Arena the previous Saturday.

With regards to the respective line-up’s, Bengal named a strong starting XI with Bobby Redwood leading the attack with Steven Carvell, skipper Ashaan Siddik and Codey Cameron among the supporting cast. For the Blues, player-assistant boss John Easterford partnered Connor Martin in the centre of defence, with ex-Romford goalkeeper Rob Budd between the sticks. The forward line was led by Jack Mitchell and Alfie Hilton.

The game got underway with an early flourish from the hosts as a neat move involving forwards Steven Carvell and Bobby Redwood led to playmaker Ashaan Siddik’s cross from the right which evaded everyone in the box. Redwood showed his intent with an effort from the edge of the 18-yard area on 11 minutes.

However, it was Brentwood who struck first as a long-throw from the right was flicked on by defender John Easterford which found full-back Oluwatobi Joseph unmarked at the back post who helped himself to a tap-in just 12 minutes into the game. Joseph could’ve had another only three minutes later but his scuffed shot was gathered by home goalkeeper Suleyman Mahmood. Blues forward Jack Mitchell was also giving the Bengal defence a headache at times with his darting runs though it was Bengal who had the next big oppurtunity as Blues custodian Rob Budd fouled Redwood in the area. Penalty to Bengal though Budd atoned for his error with a decent save from a Siddik penalty which in truth, lacked power.

In the last third of the first period, chances were being shelled at both ends. Brentwood skipper for the evening Albert Levett’s free-kick only just went over the bar before Siddik and Carvell missed the target for the hosts. As Bengal began piling on the pressure to the visiting defence, Redwood’s goal-bound was well-denied by Budd. A mixture of near-misses and committed defending saw the Blues through to half-time with their narrow lead intact.

Brentwood’s Albert Levett stands over free-kick in dangerous position (Image: Peter D)

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal  0 – 1  Brentwood Town

As the second-half breezed into life, Imrul Gazi’s side again started fairly brightly though Siddik blazed a shot from 20 yards over the bar and then Carvell was denied by a combination of the inspired Budd at point-blank range and the post. Carvell by this stage was orchestrating attacks for the hosts though they couldn’t quite create the final ball to thread through the Blues defence.

At the other end, substitute Ayrton Coley was asking the home defence questions with his intelligent runs though Bengal centre-backs Anthony Bruce and Kamarl Duncan dealt with the opposing forwards admirably. Bengal had further chances on the hour as first from a corner, substitute David Vaughan couldn’t direct his header from close range and in the next attack, Siddik blasted over the bar.

The hosts had a lifeline on 68 minutes though as Redwood was felled just inside the area which meant another spot-kick for Bengal. Full-back Jon Watson took up the responsibility and duly converted past Budd to level up the tie once again. However, unlike the original tie, the score was level for all of two minutes before Blues forward Alfie Hilton’s calm finish saw the visitors re-take the lead.

Codey Cameron was really a thorn in the visitors’ side down the Bengal right flank all evening and his direct running and pace led to a corner though from that resulting corner, Cameron’s firm header was just wide. In the latter stages of this pulsating contest, both sides saw a man dismissed as the game got somewhat strained given the rising tension, Adeji for Bengal and Cuthbert for Brentwood both on the other end of two yellow cards. With minutes remaining, Carvell’s powerful drive fizzed just wide of goal before a moment of quality ended the tie in added-time.

Spotting that Bengal galkeeper Mahmood way off his goal-line, Blues winger Levett unleashed a crafty lob from 30 yards which found the target well to cue celebrations from the visiting side and their supporters who had travelled in good numbers here. Brentwood saw out the remaining moments of the match and with it, progression into the next round where will welcome Bostik Premier side Haringey Borough.

Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd   1 – 3  Brentwood Town

In this scribe’s opinion, the main difference between the teams tonight was the visitors’ finishing and perhaps that little bit of experience. In fairness, if Bengal had taken more of their chances, it could have been a marketedly different match though Sporting Bengal have a lot to be proud of given their work rate and passing moves and if they keep building, who knows where they will end up come April.

Sporting Bengal’s Carvell instigating another attack from deep (Image: Peter D)


Sporting Bengal Utd   | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Suleyman Mahmood (GK), Chris Greenslade (Danny Tenkorang 72′), Jon Watson, Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan, Anthony Bruce, Codey Cameron, Ashaan Siddik (Capt), Bobby Redwood, Steven Carvell, Zakariya Haque (David Vaughan 46′)

Goal-scorer: Jon Watson [pen 68′]

Booked: Siddik | Sent Off: Adeji (two bookings) |

Subs Not Used: R Choudhury, Ryan-McCall, R Gazi, Okoli, Hamzah

Brentwood Town  |  Manager: Craig Shipman

Robert Budd (GK), Jack Gardner (Connor Tyrell 87′), Oluwatobi Joseph, Mitchell Hunter, John Easterford, Connor Martin, Harry Doyle (Ayrton Coley 46′), Ryan Mallett, Jack Mitchell (Harry Cuthbert 58′), Alfie Hilton, Albert Levett (Capt)

Goal-scorers: Oluwatobi Joseph [12′], Alfie Hilton [71′], Albert Levett [90’+2]

Booked: Hunter | Sent Off: Cuthbert (two bookings) |

Subs Not Used: Falaise, Brown, Scott, Blockley (GK)

Match Report: Stansted 0 – 1 Takeley (The FA Cup Prelim Rd – Sun 26th Aug) [FAC PR 26.8.18]

The FA Cup Prelim Round (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Woodside Park

Attendance: 207

2018-19 Season – Match 10

Sunday 26th August 2018  – 2pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks

Takeley: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Takeley overcome a spirited Stansted effort at Woodside Park

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

The FA Cup Prelim Round weekend continued with this Sunday encounter at Bishop’s Stortford’s Woodside Park, given that Stansted’s Hargrave Park home is still tied up due to the Cricket season. Takeley have started the league season very well and were heavily backed pre-match. Marc Das’ team saw Matt Gill continuing in goal, Bryn Thorpe at centre-back and the familar front three of Stuart Zanone leading the line with George Wappett and Mitchell Das providing the support from the flanks. Charlie Cole and Matt Hurley were among the substitutes.

For Stansted, Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side were led in attack by ex-Takeley forward Carl Mullings with Callum Ibe, Jordan Palmer and Jack Folan just behind him.

The game got underway in the dreary drizzle more associated with Autumn though in the early stages, the visitors showed their intent with crosses that fizzed wide of the six-yard area followed by chances through midfielder George Pullen which was gathered by Stansted goalkeeper Charlie Turner and tricky winger Mitchell Das’ free-kick which sailed over the woodwork. Carl Mullings had the hosts’ best early chance which Takeley custodian Matt Gill parried over the bar.

One critical moment of this match came as early as the 14th minute as Turner rushed out of his goal and clattered into Das on the Takeley right, which prompted referee Mark Pond to issue a straight red card without hesitation. Midfielder Jack Smith had to take on the goalie’s gloves given that the Airportmen had no specialist ‘keeper on the bench.

At this point you may have thought that Takeley will pile on the goals with a man advantage. What did follow what a wave of chances for the visitors to break the deadlock as Pullen, winger George Wappett and captain Jason Todd couldn’t find the target. The Airportmen still posed a threat of their own with Mullings leading the line manfully. Just after the half hour, visiting centre-back Bryn Thope made a good challenge on winger Jordan Palmer to deny the hosts a decent chance at goal.

The tempo was building in the latter stages of the half as the visitors couldn’t quite find that final ball to bypass the home defence. On 37 minutes, a lovely delivery from the right by Das was headed wide by Wappett though on the brink of half-time, on a semi-rare foray forward, full-back Courtney Homans and skipper Billy Coyne shot wide for Stansted.

Half-Time: Stansted   0 – 0   Takeley

As the second-half petered into life, the conditions worsened as the rain poured down. In the early-going after the break, the hosts had fleeting moments of joy going forward though winger Callum Ibe and Mullings couldn’t find a way past Gill. Takeley had brought on Charlie Cole at half-time to assist Zanone in piercing the hosts’ typically stubborn defence.

Just after the hour, the visitors finally took the lead as Zanone’s ball in from just outside the penalty box was mis-controlled by a home defender, allowing Das to nip in and slot home past stand-in ‘keeper Smith. Soon after, the visitors had a goal ruled out for off-side, Zanone the man denied from Wappett’s teasing ball in.

In the latter stages, Takeley should really have sealed the contest though substitute Matt Hurley’s effort was denied and Zanone blasted a drive high into the stand. To be fair to Stansted, their work rate was very good considering the circumstances and they refused to wilt and might have snatched a replay as substitute Jamie Bennett found himself one-on-one with Gill though the ‘stopper snuffed out his shot.

Full-Time: Stansted   0 – 1  Takeley

Takeley did deserve to win through though it could have been a considerably easier afternoon for the league leaders, had their finishing been better. Congrats to Takeley on their victory regardless and best wishes to Stansted for the rest of the season. Thank you also to Stansted & Bishop’s Stortford for their hospitality as well today. Good food does help on days such as this.

Thanks also to Essex Senior League President Rob Errington.


Stansted   | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Courtney Homans, Lee Hurkett (Oliver Bell 84′), Paul Clayton, Billy Coyne (Capt), Callum Ibe, Sam West, Jack Smith, Carl Mullings (Jamie Bennett 78′), Jack Folan, Jordan Palmer (Julien Lloyd 70′)

Sent Off: Turner  | Subs Not Used: Thomas, Carvelho

Takeley   |  Manager: Marc Das

Matt Gill (GK), Mason Page, Kyan Russell, Bryn Thorpe, Michael Castle, Freddie Burrell (Charlie Cole 46′), George Pullen (Matt Hurley 80′), Jason Todd (Capt), Stuart Zanone, Mitchell Das, George Wappett (Olly Miles 78′)

Goal-scorer: Mitchell Das [63′]

Booked: Thorpe   |  Subs Not Used: Humphrey, Sosanya, Oatham, C Miles

Match Report: Newmarket Town 2 – 1 Hullbridge Sports (The FA Cup PR 25.8.18)

The FA Cup Prelim Round (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Cricket Field Road

Attendance: 124

2018-19 Season – Match 9

Saturday 25th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Newmarket Town: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Yellow Socks

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



Last-gasp winner sends ‘Bridge out of the FA Cup



Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The FA Cup continued this weekend as we entered the Preliminary Round of the competition as Hullbridge of the Essex Senior League travelled to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Newmarket Town. Hullbridge named a strong side with a three-man central defence made up of Phil Lawson, Andre Gumbs and club stalwart Sam Taylor. Luke Hornsley and Nathan Scarborough were among the forwards in an attack-minded XI. Newmarket, aka the Jockeys named Shaun Avis and Rhys Thorpe in attack with Joe Bennett and Blaze Kicks on the flanks and player-manager Michael Shinn marshalling the midfield.

In the early stages of the contest, the match was more known for full-blooded challenges going in, another reminder of just how precious this match was for both clubs. The hosts were fairly lively in attack and on seven minutes, a Jockeys free-kick was well parried by the ever-impressive ‘Bridge stopper George Marsh. Darren Manning’s side had to be alert at the back as both Phil Lawson and Sam Taylor made good interceptions on the stroke of 20 minutes.

Straight after that, visiting winger Adebola Sotoyinbo curled a sweet strike just over the right corner crossbar. On the half-hour mark, the hosts showed their attacking intent again though right winger Blaze Kicks’ cross was too deep and harmlessly fizzled wide. Into the last ten minutes or so of the first half now and Hullbridge midfielder Matt Tapley’s dipping free-kick was parried, slightly hurriedly by home custodian Andy Archer.

Soon afterwards, Newmarket centre-back Nathan Clarke’s towering header from a long throw provoked a corner which Marsh once again dealt with well, punching clear. Six minutes before the break, the visitors led through a surging run by midfielder Daniel Okah who tapped home after breaking past the home defence. At this point, it was a lead they probably merited.

However, before the half was done, Jockeys captain Jack Watson and forward Shaun Avis both failed to find the target.

Half-Time: Newmarket Town  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports

I should give a mention to the entertaining home mascot as well who certainly ‘earned his keep’. Joking aside, it is always nice to see friendly clubs and the hosts here have to join that list, in my opinion.

Back to the match and after the interval, the hosts looked the brighter of the two sides. Avis was again in the action, forcing a save out of Marsh nine minutes into the second period. Moments later, the over-worked Marsh remained composed to deny home full-back Jack Whiting’s powerful drive which the goalkeeper did well to hold on to as well. Forward Rhys Clarke’s 20-yard curling effort also needed Marsh’s intervention soon after.

Around the hour mark, Sotoyinbo & attacking midfielder Aundre Spencer both blazed decent chances wide for the visitors though for the most part, it was a torrent of possession for the hosts. On 68 minutes, Avis should have scored but his header cannoned off the post from which Marsh could gather. Three minutes later, Marsh did well to tip Thorpe’s effort over the bar and you would be forgiven for thinking ‘it may be the visitors’ day’

Not so, as in the last 15 minutes of this encounter, the pendulum swung. With 12 minutes left, Hullbridge substitute Joe Pattison careered a curling drive over the bar and by this stage the chances were drying up for the visitors. The Jockeys finally did strike on 81 minutes as Avis grabbed a tap0in after a good ball in from the right flank. On the cusp of the 90, ‘bridge substitute Jimmy Cox’s shot was blocked though in added-time, the hosts sealed the comeback as midfielder Michael Shinn’s free-kick hit the post though Avis reacted fastest to tuck home his second of the afternoon.

For me, Jack Whiting, Nathan Clarke and Shaun Avis stood out for the hosts today while for the visitors, centre-back Sam Taylor and goalkeeper George Marsh both had stand-out performances.

Full-Time: Newmarket Town  2 – 1  Hullbridge Sports

Town held on to claim a priceless win and I’d like to wish them the best for the next round & the rest of their season. Thank you to them as well for their hospitality as well.  Best wishes to Hullbridge for the remainder of the season, they are back in league action on Tuesday where they face St Margaretsbury at Lower Road.


Newmarket Town   | Player-Manager: Michael Shinn

Alex Archer (GK), Jacob Partridge, Jack Whiting, Michael Shinn, Nathan Clarke, Tyrone Allene, Blake Kicks, Jack Watson (Capt), Rhys Thorpe (Joshua Lowe 90’+3), Shaun Avis, Joe Bennett

Goal-scorers: Shaun Avis [81′ & 90’+2]

Booked: Clarke, Watson  | Subs Not Used: Newman, Antoine, Gomarsall

Hullbridge Sports   |  Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Sam Taylor, Phil Lawson, Andre Gumbs (Matt Dicks 63′), Matt Rose, Daniel Okah, Matt Tapley, Aundre Spencer (Joe Pattison 69′), Nathan Scarborough, Luke Hornsley (Capt) (Jimmy Cox 85′), Adebola Sotoyinbo

Goal-scorers: Dan Okah [39′]

Booked: Gumbs, Sotoyinbo, Rose, Okah  |

Subs Not Used: Merralls (GK), Hales, Hodgson, Salako

Preview – The FA Cup 2018-19: Prelim Round (ESL sides) & ESL (Sat 25th Aug) [24.8.18]

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to another of our Preview pieces, this week looking at the ties in the FA Cup Prelim Round involving Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South sides.

The FA Cup Prelim Round

Saturday 25th August

Felixstowe & Walton Utd  v  Walthamstow  | Venue: Dellwood Avenue

Pete: Walthamstow travel to Suffolk to take on Bostik North side Felixstowe & Walton United knowing they have every chance of causing an upset here.  However, the hosts know if they play well they should win and I reckon they will do just that.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Walthamstow make the trip to north east Essex to take on last season’s Thurlow Nunn Premier champions Felixstowe. The now-Bostik North hosts here enter the competition here while Ryan Maxwell’s side defeated Walsham-le-Willows in the last round. The ‘Stow narrowly progressed in the Gordon Brasted Trophy with a win at Southend Manor on spot-kicks, despite a second-half slump. If ‘Stow can start well then they could give Felixstowe a game though defensively they simply have to improve. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Heybridge Swifts  v  West Essex  | Venue: Scraley Road  |

Pete: This proves a very tough assignment for West Essex as they travel to take on Heybridge Swifts with the host two wins from two in the Bostik North.  All the signs point to a home win and this is how I feel it will pan out.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 0

Scott: Swifts entertain the Stags at Scraley Road, in what could be described as one of the visitors’ biggest games for some time. Kwame Kwateng’s side recovered to defeat Burnham Ramblers at Leslie Field in the last round. Heybridge have started their Bostik North season well and with the Stags’ recent defensive record in tow, it’s unlikely to see anything but a home win occuring here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Long Melford  v  St Margaretsbury | Venue: Stoneylands |

Pete: This should be a decent tie at Stoneylands as Long Melford host St Margaretsbury with both sides having similar starts in their respective leagues too. But I have a feeling the ESL Premier side will sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: ESL side St Margaretsbury travel to Stoneylands to take on a Long Melford side that is in good form & unbeaten at home in the Thurlow Nunn Premier thus far. The hosts here knocked Redbridge out at Oakside in the previous round while the ‘Bury sent Enfield out of the competition. If the hosts have an off-day then St Margs could make it very tough though I have to go with a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Haringey Borough  v  Stanway Rovers  | Venue: Coles Park

Pete: Stanway Rovers travel to Coles Park to take on Bostik Premier side Haringey Borough as massive underdogs, but this is cup football so you just never know.  But I don’t think their will be much shocking going on here and I feel the visitors may be on the end of a hiding here.

Pete’s Prediction: 6 – 0

Scott: Stanway’s reward for defeating Tower Hamlets in midweek is a daunting trip to Bostik Premier side Haringey. That being said, Borough have won one in three league games thus far thouh Stanway have also struggled to adapt to the ESL as well. Should be a home win as Tom Loizou’s side should have too much firepower.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Great Wakering Rovers  v  Leyton Athletic  | Venue: Burroughs Park

Pete:  Leyton Athletic make the trip to the Essex Coast to take on last season’s ESL Premier champions Great Wakering Rovers and the visitors have kept four clean sheets on the spin going into this one, although GWR will be a different kettle of fish and I feel they will be too strong in the end.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 1

Scott: Great Wakering welcome Leyton to Burroughs Park. Athletic’s 3 – 0 win over Barkingside in their replay from the last round saw them here though they face an altogether different proposition in a well-drilled Rovers outfit, who won last weekend in their division. I feel Ath would have to play near their best to get a replay. Another home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Newmarket Town  v  Hullbridge Sports  | Venue: Cricket Field Road

Pete:  This proves to be a good cup tie at Cricket Field Road as Newmarket Town host Hullbridge Sports.  Sports of course knocked out Gorleston in the last round so will not fear their opponents here but Newmarket will still pose a real threat for sure, but I feel the Bridge Boys may nick this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: This fascinating contest sees Hullbridge on another away day heading north-west. They take on a Newmarket side that is struggling put wins together in their division, the Thurlow Nunn Premier. Will the hosts’ artifical surface help or hinder the visitors, that is a question I’m wondering. On the form book, Hullbridge are in better touch though this is another big game and this could be an important marker for the ‘Bridge boys’ season. That said, I’m going be bold (or foolish) and go away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Saffron Walden Town  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Venue: Catons Lane

Pete: These two have had solid starts to their campaigns and this proves to be a tough battle at Catons Lane.  Sure to be plenty of goals too if the hosts previous games are anything to go by, and I predict a high-scoring contest, edged by the visitors.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Scott: This all-ESL clash pts two sides against each other that are in reasonable league form. Saffron Walden needed a replay to send Wroxham out in the last round while Hoddesdon won at Wodson Park. The Bloods’ defence might be a concern for Stuart Wardley’s side given they were pegged back from 3 – 1 up to 4 – 4 by a spirited ten-man Sporting Bengal last weekend. Though forward Charlie Portway is right in-form. I can see goals in this one as Hoddesdon are a hard-working side themselves.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Brentwood Town   v   Sporting Bengal Utd  | Venue: Brentwood Arena

Pete:  Sporting Bengal United travel to take on Bostik North side Brentwood Town knowing this has the makings of a cup shock.  The hosts have lost their only league game so far and welcome a Sporting side to The Brentwood Arena with bags of character and a decent squad to choose from.  If Brentwood play well they will win but if not then Sporting can pounce, and I feel the ESL Premier side may earn a replay here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Brentwood welcome Sporting Bengal to the Brentwood Arena. The hosts have only had one league match, compared to Bengal’s two and Imrul Gazi’s side notched up an incredible comeback to draw at Saffron Walden last weekend and if they keep that scoring touch up then they could be a credible threat. I have a gut feeling the upset is on here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Faversham Town  v  Hackney Wick    | Venue: Salters Lane

Pete: In most step four vs step six encounters you’d say easy home win, well not this one, as Hackney Wick arrive in Kent having banged in ten goals in their last two outings.  They will surely provide a stern test for the hosts who lie eighth in the Bostik South East Division after two games so far.  I really do feel the visitors may earn a replay in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: The Wickers travel to Step 4 side Faversham, on the back of two impressive league wins in the last week. The visitors here may need to raise their game further as their hosts won at Thamesmead last Sunday in the Bostik South East division. This could be a tester for the hosts though they should pull through.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Sunday 26th August

Stansted  v  Takeley   | Venue: Woodside Park (Bishop’s Stortford FC)

Pete: There will be no love lost in this tie as local rivals Stansted and Takeley do battle at Woodside Park on Sunday.  Stansted had to get rid of another local rival in the shape of Sawbridgeworth Town in the last round but I feel Takeley will have too much on the day and will progress in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Takeley travel to Woodside Park to take on a Stansted side that league-wise, is yet to truly find their feet. The same cannot be said for the current league leaders Takeley, the only side with a 100% winning record in the ESL thus far. The Airportmen may well make it a battle though I can see the visitors winning this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Essex Senior League – Saturday 25th August

Enfield Town  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | The Harlow Arena  |

Pete:   In the one League contest at the weekend Enfield host Sawbridgeworth Town at The Harlow Arena.  The hosts are yet to win this season so will be looking to put that right, whilst The Robins have begun their league campaign with two wins from three starts.  This should be a good game and a tough one for both, and I reckon it may end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: The solitary ESL match that has been brought forward sees Sawbridgeworth travel to the Harlow Arena to take on Enfield. Matt Hanning’s side are yet to win this term and will look to improve on their showing against Barkingside last weekend. Sawbridgeworth got back to winning ways last weekend with a narrow win over Woodford. Difficult one to call this is though I’ll plump for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

That’s all for this week. Pete will have the FA Cup round-up later this weekend while Scott will have the round-up’s of the Bostik League action & more. Thanks for reading

Round-up: FA Cup Extra Prelim Round Results [ FAC 16.8.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a round-up of the results across the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round in the last week, including Replays. The Results are given in Draw order. Thanks for reading.

FA Extra Prelim Round – Over the Weekend of August 11th

1  Consett  2 – 1  North Shields

2  Thackley  2 – 3  Whitley Bay

3  Hebburn Town  2 – 3  Dunston UTS

4  Ashington  0 – 2  Knaresborough Town

5  Goole  1 – 5  Morpeth Town

6  Glasshoughton Welfare  1 – 2  Blyth

7  Newcastle Benfield  1 – 1  Stockton Town (led to replay: Stockton Town 0 – 3 Newcastle Benfield)

8  Selby Town  3 – 2  Whickham

9  Seaham Red Star 1 – 1 Heaton Stannington (led to replay: Seaham won  4 – 2 penalties, 4 – 4 AET)

10  Team Northumbria A – W Shildon

11  Northallerton Town  0 – 4  Garforth Town

12  Guisborough Town  3 – 3  Newton Aycliffe (led to Replay: Newton Aycliffe  0 – 2  Guisborough Town)

13 Barnoldswick Town  1 – 1  Billingham Synthonia (Barnsoldwick won replay 4 – 0)

14  Washington  0 – 4  West Auckland Town

15  Sunderland RCA  5 – 2  Sunderland Ryhope CW

16  Bridlington Town  3  – 0  Harrogate Railway Athletic

17  Penrith  0 – 3  Albion Sports

18  Bishop Auckland  0 – 2  Pickering Town

19  AFC Darwen  3 – 1  Barnton

20  Liversedge  5 – 2  Padiham

21  City of Liverpool  3 – 1  Silsden

22  AFC Liverpool  2 – 2  Ashton Athletic  (Ashton Athletic won Replay 4 – 1)

23  Widnes  1 – 1  Northwich Victoria  (Victoria won replay 1 – 0)

24  Burscough  2 – 2  1874 Northwich  (Burscough won replay 4 – 2 on penalties, 3 – 3 AET)

25  Congleton Town  1 – 0  Eccleshill Utd

26  Prestwich Heys  2 – 1  Abbey Hey

27  West Didsbury & Chorlton  2 – 3  Squires Gate

28  Winsford Utd  1 – 2  Irlam

29  Penistone Church  2 – 1  Bootle

30  Hemsworth Miners Welfare  1 – 1  Runcorn Town  (Hamsworth won replay 1 – 0)

31  Hallam  0 – 2  Runcorn Linnets

32  Maltby Main  3 – 0  Athersley Recreation

33  Parkgate  2 – 0  Sandbach Utd

34  Litherland  Remyca  4 – 2  Charnock Richard

35  Maine Road  0 – 1  Handsworth Parramore

36  Walsall Wood  1 – 1  Worcester City  (Walsall Wood won replay 3 – 2 on penalties, 1 – 1 AET)

37  Highgate Utd  1 – 0  AFC Wulfrunians

38  Boldmere St Michaels  2 – 2  Malvern Town  (Malvern  won replay 3 – 2)

39  Atherstone Town  1 – 1 Hanley Town  (Atherstone won replay 4 – 1)

40  Stourport Swifts  2 – 1  Shawbury Utd

41  Wednesfield  2 – 1  Rocester

42  Coventry Utd  1 – 2  Rugby Town

43  Coventry Sphinx  0 – 1  Whitchurch Alport

44  Haughmond  2 – 0  Wolverhampton SC

45  Racing Club Warwick  4 – 3  Coleshill Town

46  Romulus  6 – 1  Westfields

47  Ellesmere Rangers  0 – 1  Leicester Road

48  Sporting Khalsa  2 – 1  Tividale

49  Long Eaton Utd  2 – 1  St Andrews

50  Sleaford Town  0  – 1  South Normanton Athletic

51  Heather St Johns  3 – 6  Kimberley Miners Welfare

52  Kirby Muxloe  0 – 6  AFC Mansfield

53  Clipstone  0 – 0  Barton Town  (Clipstone won 4 – 3 in replay)

54  Lutterworth  2 – 1  Heanor Town

55  Hinckley  1 – 1  Anstey Nomads  (Nomads won replay 4 – 3)

56  Worksop Town  3 – 3  Shepshed Dynamo  (Worksop won replay 5 – 4 AET)

57  Rainworth MW  2 – 1  Dunkirk

58  Staveley MW  4 – 2  Boston Town

59  Teversal  1 – 2  Loughborough University

60  Oadby Town  3 – 1  Shirebrook Town

61  Bottesford Town  3 – 1  Radford

62  Quorn  6 – 1  Belper Utd

63  Leicester Nirvana  0 – 3  Grimsby Borough

64  Cogenhoe Utd  1 – 2  Wisbech Town

65  Wellingborough Whitworth  0 – 1  Harborough Town

66  Deeping Rangers  3 – 2  Holbeach Utd

67  Raunds Town  1 – 2  Eynesbury Rovers

68  Arlesey Town  3 – 4  Desborough Town

69  Thetford Town  1 – 0  Fakenham Town

70  Northampton Sileby Rangers  2 – 0  Ely City

71  Godmanchester Rovers  2 – 0  Newport Pagnell Town

72  Biggleswade Utd  1 – 1  Wellingborough Town  (Wellingborough won replay 2 – 1)

73  Histon  6 – 1  Peterborough Northern Star

74  Daventry Town  9 – 2  Potton Utd

75  Biggleswade  2 – 0  Northampton On Chenecks

76  Swaffham Town  1 – 3  Yaxley

77  Rothwell Corinthians  3 – 0  Pinchbeck Utd

78  Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1 Gorleston

79  Wroxham 1 – 1  Saffron Walden Town (Saffron Walden won 3 – 2 AET in replay)

80  Great Yarmouth Town  1 – 3  Hadleigh Utd

81  Walthamstow  3 – 1  Walsham-le-Willows

82  Kirkley & Pakefield  2 – 2 FC Clacton  (Replay due on 21st Aug)

83  Wodson Park  1 – 3  Hoddesdon Town

84  Stanway Rovers  A – A Tower Hamlets  (Stanway led 3 – 1)

85  Norwich Utd  1 – 2  Takeley

86  St Margaretsbury  2 – 0  Enfield 1893

87  Framlingham Town  1 – 1  Whitton Utd   (Whitton won replay 3 – 1)

88  Southend Manor  1 – 3 FC Romania

89  Wivenhoe Town  0 – 5  Brantham Athletic

90  Stowmarket Town  0 – 2 Basildon Utd

91  Sporting Bengal Utd  4 – 3  Ilford

92  Haverhill Rovers  2 – 0 Haverhill Borough

93  Ipswich Wanderers  0 – 5  Baldock Town

94  Barkingside  0 – 0  Leyton Athletic  (Leyton Ath won replay 3 – 0)

95  Cockfosters  0 – 2  Newmarket Town

96  Woodbridge Town  2 – 2  Clapton (Woodbridge won on 5 – 4 on penalties (1 – 1 AET) in replay))

97  Burnham Ramblers  3 – 5  West Essex

98  Stansted  2 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town

99  Redbridge  1 – 3  Long Melford

100  Oxhey Jets  3 – 4  Wantage Town

101  Tuffley Rovers  1 – 4  Colney Heath

102  Winslow Utd  2 – 2  Easington Sports  (Easington won replay 2 – 0)

103  Harpenden Town  1 – 0  Edgware Town

104  Hadley  2 – 0  Fairford Town

105  Brackley Town Saints  1 – 0  London Colney

106  London Lions  2 – 1  Wembley

107  Windsor  3 – 3  Highworth Town  (Windsor won replay 2 – 1)

108  Bishops Cleeve  5 – 2  Stotfold

109  AFC Hayes  1 – 2  Lydney Town

110  Flackwell Heath  0 – 2  North Greenford Utd

111  Tring Athletic  0 – 2  Berkhamsted

112  Southall  0 – 1  Leverstock Green

113  Holmer Green  0  – 1  Longlevens

114  Ardley Utd  7 – 0  Shortwood Utd

115  Holyport  1 – 2  Brimscombe & Thrupp

116  Abingdon Utd  2 – 2  Burnham   (Burnham won replay 2 – 0)

117  Crawley Green  7 – 1  Woodley Utd

118  Reading City  1 – 1 Chipping Sodbury Town  (CS Town won replay 2 – 1)

119  Leighton Town  0 – 1  Royal Wootton Bassett Town

120  Arundel  4 – 1 Chertsey Town

121  Sutton Common Rovers  0 – 2  CB Hounslow Utd

122  Broadbridge Heath  0 – 2  Shoreham

123  Langney Wanderers  1 – 2  Epsom & Ewell

124  Bearsted  2 – 1  Chichester City

125  Redhill  1 – 3  Horley Town

126  AFC Croydon Athletic  5 – 0  Rochester Utd

127  Spelthorne Sports  3 – 0  Peacehaven & Telscombe

128  Hassocks  1 – 3  Erith Town

129  Worthing Utd  1 – 1  Littlehampton Town  (Worthing Utd won replay 4 – 2 AET)

130  Little Common  2 – 2  Bedfont Sports  (Sports won replay 2 – 1)

131  Crowborough Athletic  1 – 1  Hanworth Villa   (Villa won replay 2 – 0)

132  Raynes Park Vale  3 – 0  Lingfield

133  AFC Uckfield Town  1 – 0  Glebe

134  Abbey Rangers  0 – 4  Newhaven

135  Cobham  1 – 0  Sheppey Utd

136  Fisher  1 – 2  Horsham YMCA

137  Loxwood  2 – 1  Hollands & Blair

138  Sevenoaks Town  6 – 1  Lordswood

139  Crawley Down Gatwick  0 – 1  Three Bridges

140  Eastbourne AFC Utd  0 – 2  Hackney Wick

141  Cray Valley PM  3 – 2  Eastbourne Town

142  Croydon  2 – 2  Tunbridge Wells   (Croydon won replay 3 – 2)

143  Erith & Belvedere  0 – 0  Saltdean Utd   (Saltdean won replay 2 – 0)

144  Haywards Heath Town  0 – 2  Lancing

145  Rusthall  3 – 0  Wick

146  East Preston  0 – 2  Balham

147  K Sports  2 – 2  Pagham   (Pagham won replay 2 – 0)

148  Deal Town  2 – 2  Whitstable Town   (Whitstable won replay 4 – 3)

149  Broadfields Utd  3 – 0  Banstead Athletic

150  Chatham Town  3 – 1  Walton & Hersham

151  Corinthian  3 – 0  Canterbury CIty

152  Beckenham Town  1 – 1  Colliers Wood Utd  (Beckenham won replay 2 – 0)

153  Hamworthy Utd  3 – 2  Team Solent

154  Melksham Town  4 – 0  Badshot Lea

155  AFC Stoneham  0 – 0  AFC Portchester   (AFC Stoneham won replay 3 – 0)

156  Newport (IW)  3 – 1  Amesbury Town

157  Knaphill  0 – 3  Sholing

158  Guildford City  0 – 1  Petersfield Town

159  Tadley Calleva  1 – 3  Baffins Milton Rovers

160  Bemerton Heath Harlequins  1 – 0  Cowes Sports

161  Andover New St  4 – 0  Romsey Town

162  United Services Portsmouth  5 – 2  Andover Town

163  Horndean  5 – 0  Godalming Town

164  Hamble Club  1 – 1  Arlesford Town  (Hamble won replay 2- 0)

165  Farnham Town  1 – 2  Binfield

166  Brockenhurst  2 – 2  Christchurch  (Brockenhurst won replay 2 – 0)

167  Bashley  0 – 2  Bournemouth

168  Fareham Town  1 – 2  Frimley Green

169  Ascot Utd  2 – 1  Camberley Town

170  Sandhurst Town  1 – 1  Lymingham Town  (Lymington won replay 5 -1)

171  Clevedon Town  1 – 2  Portland Utd

172  Westbury Utd  3 – 0  Cribbs

173  Hallen  0 – 0  Longwell Green Sports  (Hallen won replay 1 – 0)

174  Wells City  2 – 5  Shaftesbury

175  Bodmin Town  4 – 4  Keynsham Town    (Bodmin won replay 3 – 1)

176  Cheddar  3 – 2  Bridgwater Town

177  Shepton Mallet  1 – 1  Willand Rovers    (Rovers won replay 3 – 0)

178  Bitton  7 – 0 Tavistock

179  Buckland Athletic  0 – 3 Pewsey Vale

180  Bridport  0 – 0  Wellington AFC   (Bridport won replay 3 – 0)

181  Hengrove Athletic  1 – 5  Plymouth Parkway

182  Saltash Utd  1 – 0  Odd Down

183  Brislington  1 – 2  Cadbury Heath

184  Bradford Town  5 – 2  Roman Glass St George

That’s it, the FA Cup Prelim Rd takes place on the weekend of August 25th

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Gorleston (FA Cup EPR 11.8.18)

The FA Cup Extra Prelim Round  (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 113

2018-19 Season – Match 6

Saturday 11th August 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Gorleston: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks


Late Drama swirls ‘Bridge into the next round in this roller-coaster of a match!


Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos from Andy Wilkins (@andywilkins24)

The FA Cup returned for another season as Hullbridge welcomed Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston to Lower Road. The hosts named a strong starting XI with Adebola Sotoyinbo and Michael Salako on the flanks supporting front two Aundre Spencer and captain Luke Hornsley. Gorleston fielded ex-Wroxham frontman Ross Gilfedder and Joel Watts in attack and they would be right up for this match following a midweek  league win over ex-Bostik North side Norwich Utd

‘Bridge started fair well as tenacious full-back Matt Rose’s left-wing cross just eluded winger MIchael Salako as visiting goalkeeper George Parkin came out to collect. After this initial spell, the visitors came on strongly and led just after the quarter-hour as forward Joel Watts breached the back-tracking home defence and blasted an unstoppable drive past the despairing hand of home custodian George Marsh, much to the delight of the hardy band of visiting fans. Soon afterward, Gorleston had numerous oppurtunities to extend their lead though a mixture of last-ditch defending, poor finishing and good goalkeeping denied Stuart Larter’s side. Marsh himself denied Gilfedder and winger Jordan Stanton’s 25-yard speculative effort in as many minutes.

Hullbridge finished the half a bit better as on 33 minutes, Sotoyinbo’s blasted strike fizzed just over the crossbar though if anything, Darren Manning’s side sorely needed to ‘step things up a gear’ after the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 1  Gorleston

“Hullbridge captain Hornsley on another foray forward (FAC 11.8.18) Credit: Andy W 

Unfortunately for the hosts, Gorleston started the second period in a good vein though wasteful finishing from Watts and Stanton plus a good save from Marsh denying a powerful effort, again from Watts, denied the visitors a dominant lead and you felt the tension rising in this FA Cup tie. Messrs Salako and Sotoyinbo were causing problems on the flanks though a key point of the match saw Gorleston forward Ross Gilfedder limp off with 25 minutes left with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

After that, Hullbridge slowly built some better attacks, buoyed on by an good crowd although they still looked a tad stretched in defence. Into the last ten minutes and Hullbridge were awarded a spot-kick which also resulted in the dismissal of Gorleston right-back Joel Tipple. Sotoyinbo made no mistake, slotting home into the left corner. With my objective hat on, on another day the visitors really should have been ‘home and dry’ as they say.

The hosts saw to it that that analogy meant absolutely zip on this day as substitute Nathan Scarborough first fluffed two good chances from near point-blank range. Full-back Rose showed every part of his tenacity with a brillant sliding challenge to deny visiting substitute Dino Tabakovic a good run at goal. And then…. moments after a fizzing shot crashed against the woodwork, in injury-time, Sotoyinbo sent in another low cross from the right wing which Scarborough gleefully tapped-in from close range to send the management and bulk of the crowd ectatic.  ‘Bridge held on for an improbable victory though you know what they say about “you have to take your chances”.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Gorleston

In saying that though, I can’t just leave it there. Gorleston showed what a good, combative side they are and you had to feel for them, particularly the manner of how they exited the competition. The crowd applauded both teams off the pitch and both sides deserved as much.

Best wishes to both sides for the rest of their respective campaigns. Hullbridge face another tough test – away at fellow Thurlow Nunn Premier side Newmarket Town in the next round.


Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks, Phil Lawson (Andre Gumbs 59′), Luke McLeavy, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Emmanuel Okunja (Joe Pattison 76′), Michael Salako (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Aundre Spencer, Luke Hornsley (Capt), Adebola Sotoyinbo

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [pen 83′], Nathan Scarborough [90’+2]

Booked: None     | Subs Not Used: Merralls (GK), Taylor, Tapley, Cox


Gorleston   |  Manager: Stuart Larter

George Parkin (GK), Jack Tipple, Luke Goreham, Elliott Hannant, George Yussuff, Aarron Taylor (Capt), Nelson Carinhas, Jordan Cantwell, Ross Gilfedder (Dino Tabakovic 66′), Joel Watts, Jordan Stanton

Goal-scorer: Joel Watts [16′]

Booked: Cantwell, Tabakovic | Sent Off: Tipple

Subs Not Used: Stanley, Norton, Philpott, Coombe (GK)

Preview – The FA Cup 2018-19 Extra Prelim Round (FAC EPR 9.8.18)

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to a bumper edition of our Predictions pieces, this time focusing on the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round. Peter and Scott go head-to-head, offering their thoughts on the various ties involving Essex Senior League snd Eastern Senior League South sides as the FA Cup gets underway for another season.

The winners of these matches each earn £2,250 while the losers will get £750.

After a drawn ‘match’ predictions-wise last week, who will make the most of a bigger points total this week? Thanks for reading.

The FA Cup Extra Prelim Round –  Saturday 11th August

Barkingside  v  Leyton Athletic | Venue: Cricklefield

Pete: This all-ESL tie sees the hosts come into this one off the back of two goalless draws in the league, whilst the visitors also managed a goalless draw last time out after a thrashing on the opening day of the season. Expecting the hosts to win this one.

Pete’s Prediction:  2 – 0

Scott: ‘Side welcome Athletic to Cricklefield. The hosts here have drawn their opening two outings, without scoring while the visitors conceded four in their opening game at Woodford before recovering to hold Tower Hamlets to a goalless draw at home in midweek. If ‘Side can retain their early defensive steel then I reckon they will ‘get the job done’ here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Burnham Ramblers  v  West Essex  | Venue: Leslie Field

Pete:  Eastern Senior League South Ramblers host Essex Senior League West Essex at Leslie Field, and both will want to put their poor league starts behind them with a win here.  Ramblers struggled to draw against nine men on Saturday before losing in midweek, whilst the visitors have lost both their games in the league so far.  But I feel the visitors will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Eastern Senior League South side Burnham welcome ESL side West Essex to Leslie Field. Both sides are still looking for their first win of the new season. Burnham lost 3 – 0 at White Ensign in midweek while Walthamstow beat the Stags 5 – 1 in midweek.

I saw these two sides face each other in the ESL last term and the visitors won on that occasion and if they can find a ‘goalscorer’ then my gut feeling is Kwame Kwateng’s side will prevail here.

Scott’ Prediction: 1 – 2

Eastbourne Utd AFC   v   Hackney Wick   | Venue: The Oval

Pete: Eastern Senior League South side Hackney Wick face a long trip to the South Coast to take on Southern Combination Premier side Eastbourne United AFC off the back of a decent point at Hashtag United in midweek.  The hosts have won one and lost one so far and will be an unknown factor to the visitors no doubt, and I feel the hosts may edge this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: The Wickers make the long trip south to take on Eastbourne Utd from the Southern Combination League Premier. The hosts have yet to win in their league and have shipped five goals whilst Wick started their campaign with a creditable draw at Hashtag Utd in midweek. The visitors could do with ‘a tonic’ to help get their campaign going and they may just prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Hullbridge Sports v Gorleston   | Venue: Lower Road

Pete: Sports face a tough assignment as they welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston to their Lower Road ground.  The Norfolk side come into this one unbeaten in two league games so far including a 4-2 home win over Norwich United in midweek, however Sports will take confidence from their win at Southend Manor in midweek themselves, and their home cup form is normally good, and I feel they may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction:  1 – 0

Scott:  Hullbridge welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston to Lower Road, on the back of a good win at Southend Manor in midweek though in my opinion, ‘Bridge’s home form in very important, both in the League and the various Cup competitions. I feel they will need to be near their best here as Gorleston defeated ECL newcomers Norwich Utd in midweek. I’m sure boss Darren Manning will give me some stick for this though the head says away win, though we will see.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

Norwich Utd  v  Takeley  | Venue: Plantation Park

Pete:  Takeley travel to Norfolk to take on Thurlow Nunn Premier Norwich United in full flow after two wins from two in the league so far.  And the hosts come into this off the back of a defeat at Gorleston too so not ideal preparation for the home team, and I feel Takeley can do the business here.

Pete’s Prediction:  0 – 2

Scott: This fascinating tie pits recently-relegated Norwich Utd up against early joint ESL pace-setters Takeley at Plantation Park. The Planters may take some time to re-settle therefore the Blue Army may well fancy their chances to progress here. Utd will have to deal with the likes of Josh Sykes and Stuart Zanone while Marc Das’ side face the wily forward Danny Crow & co. My view is that Takeley will take some stopping so will go for an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Redbridge  v  Long Melford      | Venue: Oakside

Pete:   The Motormen have begun the season with two draws, with the second one of those being a late fightback from two goals down, so they have character for sure.  They welcome Thurlow Nunn side Long Melford to Oakside and the Suffolk side haven’t managed to win in their first two outings in the league so far, with their last one a narrow defeat at Histon.  Fancy Redbridge at home though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Redbridge take on fellow Step 5 side Long Melford at Oakside. The visitors are scoring goals though have yet to win in the Thurlow Nunn Premier thus far, while the Motormen recovered well late on to grab a point at Enfield on Monday night. Like a lot of ESL sides, Ricky Eaton & Joey May could have ‘their eyes on the prize” money which even at this stage, is quite significant (over £2,000 for the winner) though also the co-managers will look to ‘lay down a marker’ for the league as well. This will be a close match too, though my gut says home win.

Scott’ Prediction: 2 – 1

Southend Manor  v   FC Romania  | Venue: Southchurch Park

Pete: Manor welcome Bostik South Central side FC Romania to Southchurch Park hoping to put the disappointment of their midweek defeat against Hullbridge behind them, but FCR will no doubt cause issues although this is the visitors’ first competitive fixture of the season as their league season is yet to begin.  Still feel the visitors will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: FC Romania make a quick return to Southchurch Park following their late promotion to the Bostik League. They take on a Manor side who have already had two competitive matches in the ESL while FCR start their season in Bostik South Cetral next weekend. That earlier start for Adam Peek’s side may be a ‘good leveller’ in this tie and therefore it adds to the difficulty of predicting it. I suspect this tie may need a replay.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Ilford  | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Pete: The all-ESL Premier tie sees Sporting come into this one after drawing their opening game at Barkingside 0-0, whilst Ilford managed to bounce back from their home loss to Stansted by beating Clapton in midweek.  Think this one may end a draw and a replay next week.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Bengal welcome Ilford in what is the first match to be held at Mile End this season due to the Athletics. Bengal shut out Barkingside on Monday night and it seems that forward Steven Carvell has returned to the club. Ilford recovered from their home loss to Stansted last weekend with a decent win at Clapton in midweek so they will be looking to build their consistency here. Another hard one to predict though the Foxes may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Stanway Rovers   v   Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Hawthorns

Pete: Another all-ESL Premier tie at The Hawthorns brings together newboys Stanway Rovers and Mile End’s Tower Hamlets.  The hosts have had an awful start to life in their new league, losing both games, whereas Hamlets lost narrowly at the weekend before getting a goalless draw at Leyton Athletic in midweek.  Gonna say Hamlets to edge this by the odd goal.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: This tie sees Stanway welcome Hamlets to the Hawthorns. Both sides have yet to win this term in the league though Rovers have conceded nine goals in two league matches though they were against Takeley and Saffron Walden Town respectively. For me, Hamlets need to consistently create chances as the likes of Nelson and Mtyanda do have a decent goal-scoring record at this level. If AJ Ashinike’s side can do that, then they may add to the pain for Lee Fisher’s team here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Walthamstow   v   Walsham-le-Willows  | Venue: Kitchener Road

Pete: Walthamstow welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Walsham-le-Willows to their Kitchener Road ground and the hosts have started the season fairly well, and thrashed West Essex last time out to boot, whilst the visitors have won their only league game so far 2-0 at Woodbridge so also come into this one with some confidence.  I do fancy the hosts though in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: ‘Stow entertain Thurlow Nunn Premier side Walsham-le-Willows at Kitchener Road, on the back of a powerful display in their big win at West Essex in midweek. The visitors got their campaign going in midweek with a decent win at Woodbridge Town though may find this contest an altogether tougher challenge. If Ryan Maxwell’s team are ‘charged up’ for this tie, then they may well progress.

Scott’ Prediction: 3 – 1

Wivenhoe Town  v  Brantham Athletic   | Venue: Broad Lane

Pete:  This is a very tough tie for hosts Wivenhoe Town as they welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Brantham Athletic to their own backyard.  The visitors have won both their league games so far whilst Wivenhoe have failed to win either of their opening two games, losing at Braintree Reserves last time out.  Can’t see anything other than an away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: Eastern Senior League South side Wivenhoe welcome Thurlow Nunn Premier side Brantham to Broad Lane. The hosts are yet to win in two league outings while the visitors have two wins from two thus far and defeated Hadleigh Utd well at home in midweek. It would be a surprise to see the higher division side fail to progress here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Wodson Park   v   Hoddesdon Town   | Venue: Wadesmill Road

Pete: A local derby of sorts as Wodson Park host Hoddesdon Town, with the Spartan South Midlands One hosts coming into this one having won their only league game of the season so far in midweek.  Hoddesdon have begun life in the ESL Premier fairly well having picked up a decent point at Walthamstow before brushing Sawbridgeworth aside in midweek, and they will be confident of victory here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: ESL newcomers Hoddesdon travel to the Spartan South MIds Division One side Wodson Park. The hosts here got their league season started with a narrow win in midweek while Town defeated Sawbridgeworth, also in midweek and are unbeaten in the ESL thus far. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Woodbridge Town  v   Clapton  | Venue: Notcutts Park

Pete:  The Tons travel to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Woodbridge Town off the back of a disappointing home defeat to local rivals Ilford.  However they did win their opening game courtesy of a last minute winner against Tower Hamlets and the hosts have lost their only league game to date, a home defeat to Walsham Le Willows.  I feel though that the hosts will regroup and being at home hand the Tons a narrow defeat.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: The Tons travel to Notcutts Park to face Thurlow Nunn Premier side Woodbridge. Town lost on their league bow in midweek while Clapton have one win & a draw in the ESL thus far. This is another hard one to call though am going to plump for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Wroxham   v    Saffron Walden Town  | Venue: Trafford Park

Pete:  Saffron Walden travel to Norfolk to take on a Wroxham side who have started the season rather poorly, having sufferied a five-goal thrashing at Godmanchester Rovers, before grabbing a home draw in midweek. This will give the ESL Premier side heart after they have started the season well with a draw at Redbridge and then a thumping win over Stanway in midweek, however Wroxham will still pose a threat, and this could end all-square and a replay at Catons Lane.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Thurlow Nunn Premier side Wroxham entertain Saffron Walden at Trafford Park. The hosts here haven’t started their season that well as they are yet to win though after an opening-day hammering at Godmanchester Rovers, they got a draw in midweek. Saffron Walden powered past Stanway in midweek and if they can keep a settled side, they could really inflict some damage here. Away win.

Scott’ Prediction: 0 – 3

Sunday 12th August

Stansted  v  Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue:  Dunmow Road (Bishop’s Stortford FC)

Pete: A big local derby at Dunmow Road sees Stansted, who have one won and lost one so far in the league, take on Sawbridgeworth Town who have also won one and lost one. Both managers are good friends too so this proves to be a tough, no-nonsense battle.  Feel The Airportmen may just edge this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Stansted take on Sawbridgeworth at Bishop’s Stortford, because their Hargrave Park home is still hosting the rigours of club cricket. Both teams have won one and lost one thus far this term, with Stansted suffering a loss at Takeley and Sawbridgeworth losing at home to Hoddesdon, both in midweek. This being a derby and the management at both clubs will sorely want to get one over on the other, it is tough to call. This tie might just need a replay.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

St Margaretsbury  v   Enfield  | Venue: The Recreation Ground

Pete:  Hosts St Margaretsbury began life in the ESL Premier with a 5-0 loss against Woodford Town, whilst Enfield started off with defeat at Southend Manor before throwing a two-goal lead away against Redbridge to end up with just a point.  I do fancy Enfield to get the job done here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Finally, the ‘Bury welcome Enfield to The Rec. John Barker’s side lost their ESL opener heavily at Woodford in midweek while Enfield are yet to record a league victory after a draw at home to Redbridge on Monday night. If the E’s play near their best then they have goals in them so I reckon they may edge it.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

That’s all 16 ties for you and we look forward to the action over the weekend and Pete will have a round-up of all the action soon. Check out his blog at  for further round-up’s & Match Reports etc on the Essex Senior League.

Stay tuned to my blog over the weekend for round-up’s on the Bostik League divisions & more.

The FA Cup 2018-19: Extra Prelim Round Draw (FAC 6.7.18)

Compiled by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a slight nudge towards the new football season – The FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Draw as 368 clubs from across the country begin this year’s competition on the weekend of August 11th with the winners’ prize being £2,250 and the losers £750.

(Essex Senior League clubs in bold)

The FA Cup 2018-19: Extra Prelim Round Draw
1 Consett v North Shields

2 Thackley v Whitley Bay

3 Hebburn Town v Dunston UTS

4 Ashington v Knaresborough Town

5 Goole v Morpeth Town

6 Glasshoughton Welfare v Blyth

7 Newcastle Benfield v Stockton Town

8 Selby Town v Whickham

9 Seaham Red Star v Heaton Stannington 

10 Team Northumbria v Shildon

11 Northallerton Town v Garforth Town

12 Guisborough Town v Newton Aycliffe

13 Barnoldswick Town v Billingham Synthonia 

14 Washington v West Auckland Town

15 Sunderland RCA v Sunderland Ryhope CW

16 Bridlington Town v Harrogate Railway Athletic

17 Penrith v Albion Sports

18 Bishop Auckland v Pickering Town

19 AFC Darwen v Barnton

20 Liversedge v Padiham

21 City of Liverpool v Silsden

22 AFC Liverpool v Ashton Athletic

23 Widnes v Northwich Victoria 

24 Burscough v 1874 Northwich 

25 Congleton Town v Eccleshill United

26 Prestwich Heys v Abbey Hey

27 West Didsbury & Chorlton v Squires Gate

28 Winsford United v Irlam

29 Penistone Church v Bootle

30 Hemsworth Miners Welfare v Runcorn Town

31 Hallam v Runcorn Linnets

32 Maltby Main v Athersley Recreation 

33 Parkgate v Sandbach United

34 Litherland Remyca v Charnock Richard

35 Maine Road v Handsworth Parramore 

36 Walsall Wood v Worcester City

37 Highgate United v AFC Wulfrunians

38 Boldmere St Michaels v Malvern Town

39 Atherstone Town v Hanley Town

40 Stourport Swifts v Shawbury United

41 Wednesfield v Rocester

42 Coventry United v Rugby Town

43 Coventry Sphinx v Whitchurch Alport

44 Haughmond v Wolverhampton SC

45 Racing Club Warwick v Coleshill Town

46 Romulus v Westfields

47 Ellesmere Rangers v Leicester Road

48 Sporting Khalsa v Tividale 

49 Long Eaton United v St Andrews

50 Sleaford Town v South Normanton Athletic

51 Heather St Johns v Kimberley Miners Welfare

52 Kirby Muxloe v AFC Mansfield

53 Clipstone v Barton Town

54 Lutterworth Town v Heanor Town

55 Hinckley v Anstey Nomads

56 Worksop Town v Shepshed Dynamo 

57 Rainworth MW v Dunkirk

58 Staveley MW v Boston Town

59 Teversal v Loughborough University 

60 Oadby Town v Shirebrook Town

61 Bottesford Town v Radford

62 Quorn v Belper United

63 Leicester Nirvana v Grimsby Borough

64 Cogenhoe United v Wisbech Town

65 Wellingborough Whitworth v Harborough Town

66 Deeping Rangers v Holbeach United

67 Raunds Town v Eynesbury Rovers 

68 Arlesey Town v Desborough Town

69 Thetford Town v Fakenham Town

70 Northampton Sileby Rangers v Ely City

71 Godmanchester Rovers v Newport Pagnell Town

72 Biggleswade United v Wellingborough Town

73 Histon v Peterborough Northern Star

74 Daventry Town v Potton United

75 Biggleswade v Northampton On Chenecks 

76 Swaffham Town v Yaxley

77 Rothwell Corinthians v Pinchbeck United

78 Hullbridge Sports v Gorleston

79 Wroxham v Saffron Walden Town

80 Great Yarmouth Town v Hadleigh United

81 Walthamstow v Walsham Le Willows

82 Kirkley & Pakefield v FC Clacton

83 Wodson Park v Hoddesdon Town

84 Tower Hamlets v Stanway Rovers

85 Norwich United v Takeley

86 St Margaretsbury v Enfield 1893

87 Framlingham Town v Whitton United

88 Southend Manor v FC Romania

89 Wivenhoe Town v Brantham Athletic

90 Stowmarket Town v Basildon United

91 Sporting Bengal United v Ilford

92 Haverhill Rovers v Haverhill Borough

93 Ipswich Wanderers v Baldock Town

94 Barkingside v Wadham Lodge

95 Cockfosters v Newmarket Town

96 Woodbridge Town v Clapton

97 Burnham Ramblers v West Essex

98 Stansted v Sawbridgeworth Town

99 Redbridge v Long Melford

100 Oxhey Jets v Wantage Town

101 Tuffley Rovers v Colney Heath 

102 Winslow United v Easington Sports

103 Harpenden Town v Edgware Town

104 Hadley v Fairford Town

105 Brackley Town Saints v London Colney

106 London Lions v Wembley

107 Windsor v Highworth Town

108 Bishops Cleeve v Stotfold

109 AFC Hayes v Lydney Town

110 Flackwell Heath v North Greenford United

111 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted

112 Southall v Leverstock Green

113 Holmer Green v Longlevens

114 Ardley United v Shortwood United

115 Holyport v Brimscombe & Thrupp

116 Abingdon United v Burnham

117 Crawley Green v Woodley United

118 Reading City v Chipping Sodbury Town

119 Leighton Town v Royal Wootton Bassett Town

120 Arundel v Chertsey Town

121 Sutton Common Rovers v CB Hounslow United

123 Broadbridge Heath v Shoreham

124 Langney Wanderers v Epsom & Ewell

125 Bearsted v Chichester City

126 Redhill v Horley Town

127 AFC Croydon Athletic v Rochester United

128 Spelthorne Sports v Peacehaven & Telescombe 

129 Hassocks v Erith Town

130 Worthing United v Littlehampton Town

131 Little Common v Bedfont Sports

131 Crowborough Athletic v Hanworth Villa

132 Raynes Park Vale v Lingfield

133 AFC Uckfield Town v Glebe 

134 Abbey Rangers v Newhaven

135 Cobham v Sheppey United

136 Fisher v Horsham YMCA

137 Loxwood v Hollands & Blair

138 Sevenoaks Town v Lordswood

139 Crawley Down Gatwick v Three Bridges

140 Eastbourne United v Hackney Wick

141 Cray Valley (PM) v Eastbourne Town

142 Croydon v Tunbridge Wells

143 Erith & Belvedere v Saltdean United

144 Haywards Heath Town v Lancing 

145 Rusthall v Wick

146 East Preston v Balham

147 K Sports v Pagham

148 Deal Town v Whitstable Town

149 Broadfields United v Banstead Athletic 

150 Chatham Town v Walton & Hersham

151 Corinthian v Canterbury City 

152 Beckenham Town v Colliers Wood United

153 Hamworthy United v Team Solent 

154 Melksham Town v Badshot Lea

155 AFC Stoneham v AFC Portchester

156 Newport (IW) v Amesbury Town

157 Knaphill v Sholing

158 Guildford City v Petersfield Town

159 Tadley Calleva v Baffins Milton Rovers

160 Bemerton Heath Harlequins v Cowes Sports

161 Andover New Street v Romsey Town

162 United Services Portsmouth v Andover Town

163 Horndean v Godalming Town

164 Hamble Club v Alresford Town

165 Farnham Town v Binfield

166 Brockenhurst v Christchurch

167 Bashley v Bournemouth 

168 Fareham Town v Frimley Green

169 Ascot United v Camberley Town

170 Sandhurst Town v Lymington Town

171 Clevedon Town v Portland United

172 Westbury United v Cribbs

173 Hallen v Longwell Green Sports

174 Wells City v Shaftesbury

175 Bodmin Town v Keynsham Town

176 Cheddar v Bridgwater Town

177 Shepton Mallet v Willand Rovers

178 Bitton v Tavistock

179 Buckland Athletic v Pewsey Vale

180 Bridport v Wellington AFC

181 Hengrove Athletic v Plymouth Parkway

182 Saltash United v Odd Down

183 Brislington v Cadbury Heath

184 Bradford Town v Roman Glass St George