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)


S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 6 – 1 Holland [Sun 26 Sept) [FAV 21/22 26.9.21]


The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Park Lane , Canvey

Attendance: 62

2021-22 Season: Match 26

Sunday 26 September 2021 – 2pm KO

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

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Terrific performance sees Benfleet power past ten-man Holland at Park Lane

Benfleet 6 – 1  Holland

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

This weekend’s second match saw a return to Canvey’s Park Lane for a fascinating all-Eastern Senior League South tie as Benfleet welcomed Holland. The ‘Fleet were looking to advance again after knocking out Essex Senior side St Margaretsbury in the previous round. Florent Gislette was once again the goalkeeper here for the hosts, with a defensive four of Ryan Willsmer, Martyn Lacey plus centre-backs Lee Scott and Cameron Harris. The forward line was once again comprised of Billy Bonham-Dare, Ben Foord and Luc Harpon. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Tom Ayton, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and stalwart Joe Martin. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon and Josh Rutter.


There were many quirks in this match. The first of them arrived barely two minutes into the contest, as an goalkeeping error by Benfleet custodian Florent Gislette allowed the advancing Scott Sloots to slot home into the left corner, much to the silent surprise of the home suppport. However, the hosts were not behind for long as little over five minutes after that, they levelled things up as a good break down the right side of the penalty box by Billy Carter ended with his pass finding forward Billy Bonham-Dare who struck home confidently past Holland stopper Finlay Shorten. At this point in proceedings, things were pretty even, with a looping header by Holland midfielder Keelan Sorrell on the edge of the 18-yard box being gathered by Gislette.

To be fair to the home side, Holland glovesman Shorten had been the busier keeper making two good saves to deny another promising performance by the Benfleet forward line, at this point. At the other end, Holland forward Sloots was a threat in the air. However, it was Benfleet who took the advantage for the first time on 28 minutes, as Carter again found the space to put in a telling pass, this time finding tireless forward Ben Foord who displayed fine technique to get the ball under control before firing home well into the right corner, giving Shorten little chance.

The Seasiders were feeling frustrated as they were limited to strikes from long-range, with Sorrell having a decent effort which sailed wide of Gislette’s left-sided post. Six minutes before the break, the visitors suffered a setback when Sloots was dismissed for adjudged to have lashed out at a home defender. Referee Samuel Everitt didn’t hesitate for a second as Sloots walked off. Things got rather worse for them before the break as moments after ‘Fleet skipper Taylor Lawrence couldn’t test Shorten when in a great position to score, the hosts did extend their lead.


Lawrence did rather make amends for that miss a few moments previously though as from a free-kick, he powered home a fine strike into the right corner past Shorten to make it three-one to the hosts. It got even better two minutes later as the Seasiders’ resolve took another hit. Bonham-Dare was adjudged to have been fouled inthe area by Shorten, with Lawrence stepping up to convert the resulting spot-kick, sending a low effort into the right corner again. Those last ten minutes of the half really upscaled the size of the visitors’ task but you have to credit the ruthlessness of Rob Polkinghorn’s side, who certainly made the most of it to put themselves in a commanding position at the interval.

Half-Time:  Benfleet  4 – 1 Holland


To their credit, the Holland unit kept going admirably, despite being reduced to ten men. Centre-back Joe Martin typified their resolve and they did enough to prevent Bonham-Dare’s header finding the net after being well found by Foord, soon after the resumption. Foord did get a second goal with 54 minutes on the stopwatch. Another good ball in found him before Foord sent a superb low finish past Shorten at his near post. Paul Phelan’s did keep their intent going but found telling counter-attacks hard to come by, with a good run by Rueben Cowler down the left flank ending with his scuffing his effort on goal wide of Gislette’s far post.

Benfleet completed the scoring on what was a memorable afternoon for them on 72 minutes with another smart forward press, involving Foord and replacement Mason Shave before being finished well by full-back Martyn Lacey who neatly tapped home from close range. By this point, Holland knew it wasn’t going to be their day though a set-piece did spin away from the path of Ryan Mahon late on. Foord still had time to create another decent chance, sending a curling effort narrowly wide of Shorten’s far post.

All in all though, it was a very strong result and performance by ‘Fleet as they continued their good form in League & Vase this term.

Ryan Mahon on the ball for Holland

Full-Time: Benfleet  6 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Benfleet’s superb performance made this a more one-sided game than many had expected. Granted that Holland’s red card did dampen the chances of them coming back into the game but they struggled to create the chances they needed after they fell behind and they found the home defence in good form as well.

There were a number of influential performances here, with two-goal Ben Foord standing out for Benfleet with his goals being good clinical finishing, as well as displaying good movement and work rate. Fellow forward Billy Bonham-Dare was also a constant presence in attack and could’ve got a second goal today. Midfielder Billy Carter delivered an energetic display as well and contributed well to his side’s forward moves, while centre-back Cameron Harris also had a fine match making several important tackles. For Holland, Midfielders Ben Dixon and Kieran Michaels showed good intent and passing as they looked to build counter-attacks, while Keelan Sorrell had a good game in anchor midfield, assisting his defence well and centre-back Joe Martin also restricted the strong Benfleet forward line as he made several telling interceptions.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet      | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Ryan Willsmer, 3 Martyn Lacey, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Lee Scott, 7 Billy Carter (12 Mason Shave 60′), 8 Joe Hunter (14 Charlie Sullivan 78′), 9 Billy bonham-Dare, 10 Ben Foord, 11 Luc Harpon (15 Ashley Blackburn 60′)

Goal-scorers: Billy Bonham-Dare [8′], Ben Foord [28′ & 54′], Taylor Lawrence [42′ & 44′ (pen)], Martyn Lacey [72′]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: None


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |  Assistant: Rob Barnett

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Tom Ayton (12 Cameron Dolphin 46′), 3 Rueben Cowler, 5 Joe Martin, 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Kieran Michaels (Capt), 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon, 11 Josh Rutter (14 Jamey Williams 46′)

Goal-scorer: Scott Sloots [2′]

Sent Off: Sloots [39′]   | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts, Fowler (GK)


Referee: Samuel Everitt

S20-21 Match Report: Ilford 2 – 4 Colney Heath (FA Vase R2) [FAV 20-21 5.12.20]

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Cricklefield

2020-21 Season: Match 19

Saturday 5th December 2020 – 3pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Colney H: Black & White Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


Ilford 2 – 4 Colney Heath

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

The first match after the enforced month-long break in November saw me travel to Cricklefield for this intriguing FA Vase Second Round tie between Essex Senor side Ilford and unbeaten Spartan South Midlands side Colney Heath. Ilford were missing a few of their squad for this one including both the Djotzi brothers and the likes of full-backs Bailey Pryce and Sean Ekila but lynchpin skipper Steve Sylvester was in the back four, alongside Ronnie Bullen and full-backs Charlie Hannam and Naseer Ishanzadeh. The potent front three of Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Yemi Adelani and Mo Kargbo all started with forwards Larry Akanbi and Fred Agyemang along with Ian Vangu and Caleb Steele on the substitute’s bench. Colney Heath are second in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division at present and they would start as favourites here. Matt Evans was the glovesman, with a front three of returning skipper Spencer Clarke-Mardel joined by Jack Woods and league top-scorer George Devine. Options from the sidelines included Marcus Mealing, Danny Fitzgerald, Bailey Stevenson and Aaron Jewell.

The early stages of this contest were a bit subdued as both teams looked to set their stall out to gain the early advantage. Colney forwards Jack Woods and Spencer Clarke-Mardel looked to drive down the flanks to arrow in crosses to test youthful Ilford goalkeeper Josh Blackburn. The first real chance came on the quarter-hour for the visitors as a fine right-wing centre found forward George Devine those his header lacked the power to bypass Blackburn. No matter though as the Magpies did break the deadlock with twenty minutes played as forward Jack Woods made no mistake with a calm, low finish after breaching the Foxes backline. As it turned out, Adam Peek’s side were only behind for four minutes before a deep cross from creative forward Dimitri Christou superbly picked out the run of rapid forward Dion Lewis-Kirwan who rose to fire in an equally superb header right into the top corner with visiting custodian Matt Evans understandably beaten. It was a terrific goal.  

Much to their credit, Colney Heath were looking as solid and organised as you would expect given their exploits this season so far, and their persistence of firing crosses into the Ilford eighteen-yard area continued, with Foxes full-back Charlie Hannam fortunate to slice a clearance beyond his near post, it could have gone anywhere. Both sides were also conceding free-kicks with alarming regularity. On thirty-six minutes, one such free-kick for the Magpies ended up falling to central midfielder Harry Shepherd and he confidently blasted low into the net to once again give Ryan Thompson’s side the lead. It could have been worse for the hosts as Heath had a goal chalked off for as Woods was deemed to have fouled stopper Blackburn who couldn’t prevent the ball going into the net, three minutes before the interval.

Ilford did importantly get back level a minute before the break as Christou was banking the assists again, with his left-sided corner finding full-back Naseer Ishanzadeh who powerfully headed past the Colney defence.

Half-Time: Ilford  2 – 2  Colney Heath


Ilford showed a lot of grit and spirit to keep themselves in this tie, and immediately after the break it was the hosts who got at their opponents with pace and strength going forward. Five minutes in to the half, Mo Kargbo did well to release forward Yemi Adelani but unfortunately he could only find the side-netting with only Evans to beat. Ishanzadeh had another chance to add to his side’s tally as a corner was well recycled in the Colney eighteen-yard box but his effort was skewed wide. Those chances would prove to be telling as just past the hour, Jack Woods was at well-placed again at the back-post to nab a tap-in from mere yards out as the Magpies led for a third time. The visitors were gradually getting their way back into the driving seat in terms of play moments before that goal. With twenty minutes remaining, substitute Ian Vangu’s goal-saving clearance earned him the plaudits of his goalkeeper.

Blackburn was to be in the action again with fifteen minutes remaining as a firm strike from Colney substitute Marcus Mealing needed the Foxes stopper to claw it away. Unfortunately for the Foxes, Colney did rubber-stamp their progression to Round Three of the Vase as Martin Standen’s late goal vanquished any chance of a comeback with four minutes left.   

Full-Time: Ilford  2 – 4  Colney Heath

To be fair to Ilford, they showed a lot of industry and pace going forward but they also have a knack of conceding goals and that is what ultimately cost them here. All in all, Colney Heath did deserve to go through and forward Jack Woods has to lead the honourable mentions for me, given his work-rate down the right channel and two goals helps a bit too. Full-back Dominic Knaggs and midfielder Harry Shepherd also did well for Ryan Thompson’s side.

For the Foxes, Dion Lewis-Kirwan was again a tough prospect to deal with his his pace, movement and passing. Fellow forward Yemi Adelani also gave the Colney defence problems and full-back Charlie Hannam did a solid job in lessening the threat of the visiting forward line. All that’s left for me to do is wish Colney Heath well for the rest of the season & in the Vase and thank Ilford for their welcome today.

Teams:

Ilford    | Manager: Adam Peek 

1 Joshua Blackburn (GK), 2 Charlie Hannam, 18 Naseer Ishanzadeh (12 Larry Akanbi 65′), 4 Jerold Cobblah, 5 Steve Sylvester (Capt), 6 Ronnie Bullen, 7 Dion Lewis-Kirwan, 8 Alfie Walker (15 Ian Vangu 13′ replaced by 14 Fred Agyemang 79′), 9 Yemi Adelani, 10 Dimitri Christou, 11 Mo Kargbo

Goal-scorers: Dion Lewis-Kirwan [24’’], Naseer Ishanzadeh [44’]

Booked: Adelani, Bullen | Subs Not Used: Sarr, Steele



Colney Heath   | Manager: Ryan Thompson 

1 Matt Evans (GK), 2 Dominic Knaggs, 3 Max Jessop, 4 Jay Lovell, 5 Yasin Boodhoo, 6 Martin Standen, 7 Chris Griffin, 8 Harry Shepherd (14 Marcus Mealing 46′), 9 Jack Woods, 10 George Devine (15 Aaron Jewell 62′), 11 Spencer Clarke-Mardel (Capt) (16 Danny Fitzgerald 46’)


Goal-scorers: Jack Woods [20′, 64′], Harry Shepherd [36′], Martin Standen [86′]

Booked: Clarke-Mardel  | Subs Not Used: Stevenson, Walsh



Referee: Ivan Gelov

S20-21 Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Cockfosters (Sat 19th Sept) [FAV 20-21 19.9.20]

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 46

2020-21 Season: Match 9

Saturday 19th September 2020 – 3pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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

Cockfosters win a hard-fought contest at Southchurch to progress in the FA Vase

Southend Manor  0 – 1  Cockfosters

Report & Photos by Scott W ([Twitter: @ScottMHC14] with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @wilkins_media)

The Saturday game this week saw me return to Southchurch Park to see this all-Essex Senior FA Vase First Qualifying Round tie between Southend Manor and Cockfosters. Both sides were on a high after good wins in midweek league action. Manor fielded Klinton Makayabo between the sticks, with skipper Reece Latimer alongside Liam Jarrett in central defence. On the flanks were Jordan Russell and Ben Allen, with Ronnie Edwards and Luca Frankis leading the line. Among the replacements were midfielders Matthew Keiller, Gianni Frankis and Deividas Sertveitis. The ‘Fosters named a strong squad with Brad Robinson retaining the goalkeeper’s jersey, with wingers Rueben Campbell and Reece Mosanya supporting Carl Mullings and player-boss Ryan Wade in attack. On their bench was the likes of George Beattie, Harley Haag and Ned Clarke.

Both sides just before KO [Image: Scott W]



Onto the match itself then and given the wind-affected conditions, that only added to a cagey start to this Vase tie. To their credit, Manor started quite well with a free-kick from midfielder Darnel Bromfield just lobbing its way over the crossbar on six minutes. Home custodian Klinton Makayabo had to be alert twice in as many minutes as firstly on ten minutes, the French ‘keeper gathered Ryan Wade’s shot before a minute later being ever-watchful in tipping opposite number Brad Robinson’s wind-assisted free-kick over the goal frame. Manor responded moments later with a decent move involving Ben Allen and Ronnie Edwards before he passed on to winger Jordan Russell whose drive was saved by Robinson. Winger Allen showed he was up for the contest moments later by getting the better of powerful visiting centre-back Dan Odamo moments later.

Chances were at somewhat of a premium as the visitors were forced to alter their tactics, with Marcus Crowther having to revert to left-back after Prince Madu was forced off with a bad knock.  Both defences were on top for the majority of the half, with Dan Odamo and substitute Josh Fajobi clearing their lines well and Reece Latimer, Joe Elliott and Liam Jarrett doing the same at their end of the pitch for Manor. We finished the half with two half-chances. First on 39 minutes, Wade had another sight of goal quickly snuffed out as his shot was blocked at close range. Scarcely a minute later at the other end, Allen sent a well-hit curling drive narrowly over the right-side corner of goal.  

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Cockfosters

Thus far the game had stuttered in patches though the intrigue was still there. Cockfosters started the second half strongly, with a fine run and cross by attacking full-back Danny Haigh only just evading forward Carl Mulings’ head at the far post merely two minutes after the re-start. Tricky midfielder Kaidyn Michael also fizzed a strike off-target as assistant boss Nick Mountford was trying to get his side into the ascendancy. On the stroke of the hour mark, another good run down the Manor right by the impressive Russell ended with a wind-affected clearance by Fajobi which found its way to Manor forward Luca Frankis, with his lay-off finding strike partner Ronnie Edwards though he was unable to bypass the highly-rated glovesman Robinson.

Manor were having enough of the ball and although replacement Deividas Sertveitis had some joy down the left flank since coming on, making some good runs, Manor were unable to sorely test Robinson. As we entered the last ten minutes, the hosts were given a warning as Campbell fired another strike wide after getting past the home backline. Even so, Cockfosters were mightily relieved when they finally broke the deadlock with five minutes left. A corner from Mosanya found Fajobi and the back post and his powerful header found the net. Manor did try to force the game to spot-kicks with Robinson making a strong punched clearance in a congested 18-yard box but it would be heartbreak for Craig Waters’ side this day.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  Cockfosters

To summarise, it wasn’t the best of spectacles as games go, but the conditions had a part to play in that. Manor will be disappointed at the defeat, however I believe there have more positives to take from their performance today than not. If they can keep this squad together then they may be in for a better season than last term. Cockfosters will have easier matches where they are in the game a lot more than they were at times today but their back five are resolute and coped well with losing Prince Madu to injury fairly early on.

Stand-out performances for me, starting with the visitors were Danny Haigh at right-back who was a threat going forward as well. Rueben Campbell and Kaidyn Michael did well instigate moves and made good driving runs too. Finally, substitute Josh Fajobi played his part in their defensive line making good clearances well before popping up with the winner late on. For Manor, centre-back Reece Latimer had another fine afternoon, clearing crosses in effectively on a regular basis. Right-back Joe Elliott also put in a good shift, particularly in defence while Jordan Russell had a good game on the right flank, making testing runs and crosses. Also, forward Luca Frankis showed good movement and trickery to bring others into the forward moves. Credit has to go to Cockfosters for staying in the game as they did and they progress to the Second Quali Round, where they will play away at Park View in the next round.

‘Fosters ‘Keeper Robinson watches on (Image by Andy Wilkins)

Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: Craig Waters  | Assistant: Garry Pond

1 Klinton Makayabo (GK), 2 Joe Elliott, 3 Billy Harrison (12 Matthew Keiller 75’), 5 Liam Jarrett, 6 Reece Latimer, 14 Jack Frost, 7 Jordan Russell, 8 Darnel Bromfield, 9 Ronnie Edwards (13 Gianni Frankis 70’), 10 Luca Frankis, 11 Ben Allen (15 Deividas Sertveitis 61’

Booked: Frost  | Subs Not Used: Price, Rogers

Cockfosters  | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade   | Assistant: Nick Mountford

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Danny Haigh, 3 Prince Madu (17 Josh Fajobi 19’), 4 Matt Thomson (Capt), 5 Dan Odamo, 6 Marcus Crowther, 7 Rueben Campbell, 8 Kaidyn Michael, 9 Carl Mullings (14 Harley Haag 86’), 10 Ryan Wade (15 George Beattie 88’), 11 Reece Mosanya

Goal-scorers: Josh Fajobi [85’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Clarke, Seymour, Murphy

Season 2020-21: The FA Cup EPR Draw (Local sides) [FAC 20-21 18.8.20]

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Compiled by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello all and welcome to a brief rundown of the draws in the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round, focused on our local sides in East Anglia. Thanks for Reading.

 

The FA Cup – Extra Prelim Round   (Ties to be played midweek – September 1st)

Long Melford  v  Northampton-on-Chenecks

Whitton Utd  v  Ipswich Wanderers

Newmarket Town  v  Walsham-le-Willows

Hadleigh Utd  v Mildenhall Town

Diss Town  v  Framlingham Town

Gorleston  v  Swaffham Town

Haverhill Rovers  v  Norwich Utd

Woodbridge Town  v  Biggleswade Utd

Stowmarket Town  v  Rothwell Corinthians

Wroxham  v  Arlesey Town

Godmanchester Rovers  v  Ely City

Redbridge  v  Harpenden Town

Park View  v  Hashtag Utd

 

Harlow Town  v  Enfield

Clapton  v  Sporting Bengal Utd

Hoddesdon Town  v  FC Clacton

New Salamis  v  Colney Heath

Southend Manor  v  Ware

Walthamstow  v  London Lions

Saffron Walden Town  v  Little Oakley

Baldock Town  v  St Margaretsbury

Stansted  v  Takeley

Cockfosters  v  Stanway Rovers

Hullbridge Sports  v  Hadley

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Romford

Brantham Athletic  v  Benfleet  

Woodford Town   v  London Colney

West Essex  v  Crawley Green

Ilford  v  Halstead Town

 

 

 

 

Match Report: White Ensign A – A (0 – 3) Wroxham (Sun 3rd Nov) [FAV 19/20 R2 4.11.19]

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The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 96

2019 – 20 Season: Match 35

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Wroxham: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

 

Floodlight failure means Wroxham unable to complete win at Burroughs Park

White Ensign 0 – 3 Wroxham

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

The final match of a hectic weekend saw a return to Burroughs Park for the latest match of White Ensign’s record-breaking FA Vase run, at home to Thurlow Nunn Premier (Step 5) high-flyers Wroxham. Enisgn have already won at home to Cornard Utd and Buckingham Athletic in the Vase this term, though this would be an altogether tougher assignment. Ensign fielded goalkeeper James Parkins between the posts, a defence of Charlie Buffin, Thando Moyo and centre-backs Elliot Vile and Andy George with a front three of Dominic Locke, Connor Barnby and player-boss Brett Munyard, who had recovered from illness. Ben Austin and John Hillard were among a four-man substitute’s bench. Wroxham named captain Ollie Sutton in goal, with a midfield of sitting midfielder Jordan King, Harvey Black plus wingers Simon Lappin and Charlie Clarke supporting forwards Shaun Taylor and ex-Norwich City veteran Grant Holt, still going at the age of 38, which commands respect you have to add. The Yachtsmen could afford to name six substitutes with Tim Henery, Ryan Oakley and Tom Huckerby among them.

White Ensign looked to start the contest strongly with neat attacking play as in the opening minute support forward Connor Barnby struck an effort straight at opposition stopper Ollie Sutton from 20 yards out. Wroxham predictably responded soon afterwards, as midfielder Harvey Black struck narrowly wide of the right-side post on the quarter-hour. Black then had another opening soon after from a corner though he was unable to divert the ball past home custodian James Parkins. As we entered the midway point of the half, Brett Munyard’s sweet free-kick found centre-back Elliot Vile’s head though Sutton flew in the air rapidly to make a fine one-handed save to deny him.

 

 

That chance would hurt the hosts as only a minute later, a good ball in to the back-post by the visitors found wily striker Grant Holt, who headed back across goal and strike partner Shaun Taylor evaded his defender and bicycle-kicked home from about six yards past Parkins. Ensign could have levelled on 26 minutes as another fine free-kick from Munyard was foiled by Sutton who kept his focus and his bearings to tip it over. Wroxham were starting to unsettle the flowing passing game of the hosts, though not before on the half-hour a good ball in by energetic full-back Charlie Buffin found rapid winger Dominic Locke whose cross from the by-line found forward Luke Skinner though his header lacked direction as it flew wide.

The Yachtsmen were always a threat at the other end of the pitch, with Holt being well denied by a great tackle by centre-back Andy George, denying him a sniff of goal. Moments later, Barnby did well to play in Munyard though he couldn’t bypass Sutton and the glaring chance only increased when the rebound found Luke Skinner, only for the latter to skew his effot wide, after more good work by Locke down the right. Sutton got a bit of luck just before the interval as he rushed out of his goal too quickly though Munyard could only head wide with the goal gaping.

Half-Time: White Ensign 0 – 1 Wroxham

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After the interval, all the good chances Ensign had came back to bite them somewhat as four minutes into the half, desite loud cries of off-side by the home supporters, winger Charlie Clarke nipped in to beat Parkins one-on-one to give Jordan Southgate’s side that crucial second goal. Unsurprisingly, the visitors grew in confidence after that and could have been further in front if Holt hadn’t blazed wide when one-on-one with Parkins on 53 minutes. They didn’t have to wait long for the third though as five minutes later, a superb cross in from the left had enough height to evade centre-back Elliot Vile and fell right on Clarke’s head who powered home well to really add ‘insult to injury’.

 

With 21 minutes remaining, Locke was denied by combination of defender and Sutton though the big story was just about to hit us. With around fifteen minutes yet to play, quite suddenly the floodlights went out around the around all at once and despite pleas from the visitors to see the game out, referee Stephen Matthews halted proceedings. Despite efforts to restore the stricken generator station, the referee soon after had no option but to abandon the match.

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Lights out…. Play is halted (Image: Scott W)

Match Abandoned after 75 mins with score: White Ensign 0 – 3 Wroxham

All in all, this was a closer match than the scoreline may seem, though equally Ensign were unusually not clinical with their chances and were found a little wanting in their passing to the forward line. Wroxham took their chances well and showed good levels of craft as well as energy and skill.

Finally, with regards to stand-out performances here, Dominic Locke once again shone for Ensign with pace and power as well as decent passing ability to go with it. Connor Barnby also supplemented the forward line well with movement and pace, while full-back Thando Moyo made several important interceptions to stifle the impressive visitors, and the other full-back Charlie Buffin put in a typically dynamic, energetic display with good defensive nouse as well good energy. For the Yachtsmen, ex-Scottish International Simon Lappin showed enough skill and creativity to really get his side ticking, while Shaun Taylor and Charlie Clarke were constant threats to the over-run home defence at times. Anchor midfielder Jordan King also deserves a mention for breaking up opposition attacks well at times. Finally, goalkeeper Ollie Sutton made two superb saves to keep his side well in the contest before they were in the ascendancy.

Thanks also to Ensign for their hospitality today, it was also great to see former Premier League players Grant Holt and Simon Lappin in action as well. It doesn’t come around every day. It would appear the situation is that the FA have decided that the replayed match will take place at Wroxham’s Trafford Park on Wednesday night. I can only add that you can never second-guess what the FA decide.

 

Teams

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

1. James Parkins (GK), 12. Charlie Buffin, 17. Elliot Vile, 5. Andy George, 14 Thando Moyo, 4. Harry Skinner, 8. Jake McWee (Capt) (Ben Austin 46’), 10. Luke Skinner (9. John Hilliard 63’), 7. Connor Barnby, 11. Dominic Locke, 20. Brett Munyard

Booked: H Skinner | Sub Not Used: Ainslie, Maleary

 

Wroxham  | Manager: Jordan Southgate |

1. Ollie Sutton (GK & Capt), 2. Wyatt Hill, 3. Travis Dodsworth, 4. Jordan King, 5. Mac Gee, 6. Chris Skipper, 7. Charlie Clarke, 8. Harvey Black (12. Tim Henery 65’), 9. Grant Holt, 10. Shaun Taylor, 11. Simon Lappin

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Poynter, Oakley, Manning, Dasaolu, Huckerby

Referee: Stephen Matthews

Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 2 Nov) [ESL 19/20 31.10.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League preview. Also including the ties in the FA Vase this weekend involving three ESL sides. We have eight league matches this weekend.

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Saturday 2nd November – ESL

Cockfosters  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Chalk Lane

The ‘Fosters have their third home game in a row as they welcome Hoddesdon to Chalk Lane. The previous two home games they have won in different ways, against Sporting Bengal and West Essex respectively in the past week. Hoddesdon came back to form in a big way with a hugely important home triumph over Saffron Walden last weekend. Simon Riddle’s side then backed that up with progression in the Errington Cup in their midweek trip to Southend Manor. This could be another gritty encounter though my instinct says the Lilywhites will ultimately prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Woodford Town   | Brickfield Lane

Hadley return to Brickfield Lane for a league encounter with inconsistent Woodford Town. The Bricks outshone Takeley last weekend at Station Road which made it four straight wins for Anthony Clark’s side. Woodford have been inactive this week because of circumstances beyond their control. Ross Weare’s side will have to be at their best to get the win here, though I have to say home win because of the hosts’ miserly defence.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Ilford  v  Enfield   | Cricklefield

The Foxes welcome Enfield back to Cricklefield. These two sides met in the FA Vase in late August, when Matt Hanning’s side prevailed. The two sides had contrasting emotions in midweek as Ilford’s Errington Cup tie at Sporting Bengal was abandoned due to a serious head injury sustained during the match, while the E’s were heavily beaten at home to in-form Walthamstow. The question that floats in my mind is how much those respective events will affect each side here, going to head for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Redbridge    | Crofters

Sawbridgeworth entertain the Motormen at Crofters, as Lee Mackman’s team look to build on their first point of the campaign at St Margaretsbury last weekend. Redbridge have had a really contrasting week as they progessed in the Errington Cup with a comfortable win over Enfield, only to be humbled by Clapton in midweek, much to the ire of manager Micky Wetherall. You feel there will be a fierce response by the visitors here and again, Sawbo will need to defend well to deprive the likes of Gilchrist, Tombides & co goals here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Southend Manor   v   Clapton    | Southchurch Park

Clapton visit Southchurch Park to face Southend Manor on the back of a fine win over Redbridge in midweek. Manor’s week has been unfortunate to say the least. A loss at home to Walthamstow last weekend in league action was followed by an exit from the Errington Cup at home to Hoddesdon in midweek. Ultimately, results meant that manager Michael Walther was dismissed after six weeks in charge, with Craig Watters taking charge of the first team.

This game could really go either way, though you also feel the Tons need to make the most of the good feeling they will have after that win in midweek.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   v  Hashtag Utd   | Mile End

Bengal welcome Hashtag in their third match in eight days. Imrul Gazi’s side were frustrated as they lost out in a nine-goal thriller at Cockfosters last weekend. Their Errington Cup tie with Ilford was abandoned due to injury to an opposition player though they will replay that match in midweek at Mile End. Hashtag overcame Clapton last weekend to make it ten league wins in succession and they wll take some stopping right now, that much is for sure.

Bengal have the craft and skill to pose a threat here though you suspect they will have to be at their best to dent the Tags imperious recent form.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

St Margaretsbury  v  Tower Hamlets   | The Recreation Ground

St Mags face Hamlets at The Rec. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side were held late on by Sawbridgeworth last weekend though they have only lost one of their last eight league matches. Hamlets have won two of their last six after a narrow loss at home to Stansted last weekend. Even so, they cannot be underestimated. Home win for me, just.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

West Essex  v  Takeley   | Mayesbrook Park

West welcome Takeley to Mayesbrook. with both sides looking to put blips in recent matches behind them. The Stags lost out narrowly to Cockfosters in midweek while Takeley have suffered defeats to Hadley and Hashtag in the last week in League and Cup respectively. My instinct says it could be a narrow win or the visitors.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

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The FA Vase Second Round Proper (ESL Sides)

Saffron Walden Town  v  FC Clacton   | Catons Lane

Stansted  v  Mildenhall Town  | Hargrave Park

Walthamstow   v  AFC Uckfield Town   | Wadham Lodge

Preview: Essex Senior Lge,FA Vase & Essex Olympian Lge Fixtures (Sat 31 Aug) (ESL 19/20 30.8.19)

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to an expanded piece looking at the reduced Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South fixtures this weekend, plus a look at all the FA Vase ties involving the region’s ties plus the Essex Olympian League matches this weekend. Thanks for reading.

If you’d like more previews on the weekend’s action, have a listen to this week’s Grassroots Football Show from 2 hours 19 minutes in: www.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-29th-august-2019/

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 30th August :  Tower Hamlets   v   Redbridge  | Mile End

The weekend’s Essex Senior action begins at Mile End as Hamlets face Redbridge. Damien Briggs’ team had a fine win at Takeley to cherish in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek though consistency is still what they need to find. Redbridge have had a little time away and could be ready to ‘hit the ground running’ here. Have to plump for an away win here though Hamlets may pull off a surprise.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 2

 

Saturday 31st August  – Saffron Walden Town  v  Hadley  | Catons Lane

The only other ESL tie this weekend sees Walden welcome in-form Hadley. Walden progressed in the Essex Senior Cup with a win over Southend Manor in midweek and new signing, prolific goalscorer Charlie Cole could well have a big say in how their season goes. Hadley have also had a good week though as they progressed in the FA Cup last weekend before holding Walthamstow away from home in midweek. This will be a tough match for both sides though the Bloods are a tough outfit and their home crowd could be the difference here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Eastern Senior League South

Saturday 31st August –  Brightlingsea Regent Res  v Newbury Forest | North Road

 

Here is a listing of the FA Vase ties this weekend, with action spread across three days.

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round –  Friday 30th August (7.45pm KO)

 

Clapton  v  Catholic Utd    | Moved to Parkside (Aveley FC)

Hackney Wick  v  May & Baker    | Coles Park (3G)

Park View  v  West Essex   | New River Sports Ground

(all three ties will be settled on the night with a penalty shootout if required I understand)

 

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round –  Saturday 31st August

Erith & Belvedere  v  Fire Utd   | Park View Road

FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Barkingside  | Goffs Lane

FC Clacton  v  Southend Manor   | Rush Green Bowl

Halstead Town  v  Haverhill Borough   |  Rosemary Lane

 

Hashtag Utd  v  Leyton Athletic  | Chadfields

Hoddesdon Town  v  Stanway Rovers  | Lowfield

Holland  v  Baldock Town   | Dulwich Road

Ilford  v  Enfield          | Cricklefield

 

 

Long Melford  v  Little Oakley   | Stoneylands

Lopes Tavares  v  Harwich & Parkeston   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Potton Utd  v  Frenford   | Biggleswade Road

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Wormley Rovers   | Mile End Stadium

 

Takeley  v  Burnham Ramblers   |  Station Road

Wivenhoe Town  v  Clapton Community FC (CFC)   | Elmstead Road

Wodson Park  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Wodson Park Sports Centre

Woodford Town  v  St Margaretsbury    |  The Harlow Arena (3G)

 

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round – Sunday 1st September

Benfleet  v  Haverhill Rovers   | Park Lane   (2pm KO)

White Ensign  v  Cornard Utd   | Burroughs Park  (3pm KO)

 

 

Finally, we have a list of the fixtures in the Essex Olympian League divisions this weekend. Check back on Sunday or Monday for my Olympian League round-up here on the blog.

Essex Olympian League Fixtures – Saturday 31 August (2.30pm kick-offs unless stated)

Premier Division

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | Harold Wood Rec

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Buckhurst Hill   | New Hall

Old Southendian  v  Rayleigh Town  | Garon Park

Shenfield AFC  v  Hutton   | St Martins Sch (3G)

Springfield  v  Canning Town  | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Leigh Ramblers  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

EOFL Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  FC Hamlets   | Town Mead Leisure Park  (3G)

Rayleigh Town Reserves  v  Herongate Athletic   | Rayleigh Sports Club,

Runwell Sports  v  Ongar Town  | Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  v  Galleywood  | Cupid’s Country Club

Toby  v  Old Chelmsfordians  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

 

EOFL Senior Challenge Cup

Lakeside  v  Wakebury   | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G pitch)

 

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  Epping Town   | The Warren

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Leigh Town   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Corinthians  v  Laindon Orient       |  Stambridge Memorial Ground

Rochford Town  v  Harold Wood Athletic Reserves   | Rochford Recreation Ground

Ryan  v  May & Baker Reserves    | Wadham Lodge Sports Ground (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Basildon Town Reserves  v  Leigh Town Reserves   |  Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Reserves  v  Collier Row   |  Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Dagenham Utd  v  Lakeside Reserves  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U pitch)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Toby Reserves  | Lower Road

Hutton Reserves  v  ACD Utd   | Polo Fields

White Ensign Reserves  v  Corinthians Reserves   | Len Forge Centre (3G)

 

 

 

Preview: Essex Senior League & Fa Vase R3 (Fri 30th/Sat 1st Dec) [ESL & FAV 30.11.18]

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Written by Scott W and Peter D

Hello and welcome back to our Preview articles looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League & FA Vase action, after a two-week hiatus. Non-League bloggers Scott and Peter give their thoughts on another high-powered weekend of ties in the Essex Senior League and FA Vase Third Round ties (involving ESL sides)

The FA Vase – Third Round Proper | Saturday 1st December

Hullbridge Sports  P – P  Newport Pagnell Town   | Lower Road

Peter: The hosts come into this one having won their last four league games, where as the visitors, who play in the United Counties League, have won two of their last three, so this proves to be a good battle at Lower Road.  Sports pedigree in the Vase is well documented but the visitors did reach the Quarter-Finals two years ago so definitely have previous in this competition too.  But am going to plump for a home win.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: The first of the FA Vase ties is at Lower Road as ESL leaders Hullbridge welcome United Counties League side Newport Pagnell Town, who are currently in mid-table in their division. The interesting thing for the hosts is will the postponement of their Essex Senior Cup tie vs Coggeshall Town (due to affects of adverse weather in midweek) be a help or a hinderance to them. Their visitors score as many as they concede when it comes to the league side of things though suffered a heavy loss at Harborough last weekend. Sports of course were involved in a super match in ESL last weekend with a narrow win over Sporting Bengal. Have to go home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Redbridge   P – P  Chertsey Town    |  Oakside

Peter: The Motormen face a tough challenge against runaway leaders of the Combined Counties League in the shape of Chertsey Town at Oakside, although the visitors have drawn their last two matches, but have only suffered one league defeat all season.  Redbridge have won two of their last three but did lose last time out and will need to be on top form to get anything from this one, although their home form this season is poor.  Expecting the visitors to get the win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: In the other FA Vase tie, mis-firing Redbridge welcome Combined Counties League leaders Chertsey Town to Oakside. Redbridge were defeated by rivals Sawbridgeworth last weekend before succumbed to a big loss to Bowers & Pitsea in a friendly in midweek. The Vase has been by far their best achievement thus far this term and did well to overcome Peterborough Northern Star in the last round, though Chertsey will likely be a different proposition as they have only lost one of 15 league matches in their division so far this term. Have to go with the pointers and say an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 4

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Essex Senior League

Friday 30th November

Tower Hamlets  v  Clapton  | Mile End Stadium

Peter: Both have just one league win in their last six outings, whilst the hosts have lost the other five although have been showing signs of competing now, and that one win for the hosts was away at Stansted.  The Tons managed to win last time out, ending a poor run of results, so this one could prove to be tight.  Going to go for a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: In the ESL action this weekend, two unpredictable sides in Hamlets and Clapton meet at Mile End on Friday night. Hamlets will be looking to improve on two recent home losses, to Enfield and Walthamstow respectively. The Tons have also had a ‘mixed bag’ of late though in fairness, they did have a good away day, winning 3 – 2 at West Essex last weekend. The hosts are finding wins hard to come by right now and I’ll plump for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Saturday 1st December

Hoddesdon Town  v  Walthamstow   | Lowfield

Peter: The Lilywhites have won two of their last three including victory at Stansted last time out, whilst Stow ended a run of two straight losses with victory at Tower Hamlets last time out.  Think this one could end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Onto the Saturday ties now and first up is an intriguing tie between two top-ten sides in Hoddy and ‘Stow. Hoddesdon picked up a fine win at Stansted last weekend while Ryan Maxwell’s side won at Tower Hamlets though defensively I feel they still have to be more consistent as they have the firepower to go on a good run. I have a feeling the visitors will take the points here in a tight contest.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Leyton Athletic   v  Woodford Town   | Wadham Lodge/ Kitchener Road

Peter: Hosts Leyton are winless in their last six games, losing four of those, whilst Woodford are one of the in-form teams right now having won their last three.  Leyton’s last defeat came after being two goals up at home to Southend Manor, which would of hurt no doubt, whereas Woodford bagged another away win at West Essex in midweek, this after winning at Walthamstow before that. I can only see an away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: This match is an important one for both sides for differing reasons. Leyton, now under the stewardship of player-boss Eli Benoit haven’t won in nine league matches now. Woodford have won their last three on-the-spin, with wins this week at Enfield and West Essex. Dee Safer’s side certainly have the goal-power in them to get the points and that is my thought as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 4

Sawbridgeworth Town  v   West Essex   | Crofters End

Peter: These two have been rather unpredictable lately; the hosts having won lost won drew their last four, whereas West have one win sandwiched in between four losses.  Both are on 21 points in the table too although looking at the form you would suggest the hosts are better off at the moment, so I’ll go for a home win.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Sawbridgeworth have their third home match in eight days as they welcome West Essex to Crofters. John Watters’ side are on a bit of an upturn of late with one loss in their last four and won against Redbridge last weekend and held Stansted in their derby encounter in midweek. West’s inconsistency has continued recently with one win in their last five. Home losses to Clapton and Woodford this week mean they may fancy a trip away from Mayesbrook plus they cannot be taken lightly. Sawbo did win the reverse fixture in the early throngs of the campaign and they may repeat the trick here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Sporting Bengal Utd  P – P   St Margaretsbury   | Mile End Stadium

Peter: The hosts two month unbeaten run came to an end last weekend but their midweek draw against Takeley proves they belong amongst the elite in the division right now.  St Margaretsbury themselves have only one defeat in six and will not be an easy opponent for the Bengal side.  The hosts did put four past their opponents in the corresponding fixtures at The Rec but this will be a different game I suspect.  Fancy a draw here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: This fascinating match pits Sporting against St Margs at Mile End. Bengal contributed a lot in their loss at Hullbridge last weekend though recovered in midweek to hold Takeley at home. Max Mitchell’s side have lost one of their last five outings and are steadily improving, a sign of that was their narrow home win over Stanway last weekend. I have a feeling this one will have goals in it as well though will head for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Stansted   v   Ilford     |  Hargrave Park

Peter: The Airportmen have not won in three in the league although their points tally of 40 points so far was as many as they achieved in the whole of last season, so a huge improvement despite the recent loss of form.  They still only trail leaders Hullbridge by three points so a win over Ilford would see them back on top of the pile on goal difference, and against an Ilford side who have lost four of their last five this is a possibility.  Feel Stansted will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Stansted welcome Ilford to Hargrave Park in the midst of a challenging blip in form. The Airportmen did recover from last weekend’s home loss to Hoddesdon by grabbing a point at Sawbridgeworth in midweek. Reinforcements have come recently, with ex-Brentwood forward Jack Mitchell and former Manor midfielder Rob Norris being among them. Ilford have two wins from their last six matches and followed up a big derby win over Barkingside last weekend with another loss to Saffron Walden. Defensively in particular they are feeling the rigours of the ESL of late and although the hosts may be ‘feeling the heat’ (despite a superb turnaround this term compared to last season), they have enough to get the points here I believe.

Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 1

Takeley   v   Stanway Rovers    | Station Road

Peter: The Station Road side are the most in form side over the last six games, having won five and drawing one, their last one at Sporting Bengal in midweek, whilst Stanway have lost their last two in the league after four unbeaten matches prior to that.  The visitors did win here in the cup earlier in the season but this is a different Takeley outfit currently so I feel the home side will grab the win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Finally, Takeley seek to continue their fine recent form against Stanway at Station Road. Stanway have already won here this season in Cup action though Rovers are in transition at this point with squad changes having occurred. Marc Das ‘ side are unbeaten in their last eight matches (seven of those eight being wins) as they have fairly quietly pushed up to 4th in the table.  They held Bengal in midweek after an impressive win at Saffron Walden last weekend. Stanway lost out at St Margaretsbury last weekend and have lost their last two outings. Home win in my opinion.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

That’s all for this week, check back soon to see our round-up’s of ESL action on both our respective blogs.

Preview: The FA Vase R2 & Essex Senior Lge (Sat 3rd/Sun 4th Nov)

Written by Scott W & Peter D

Hello and welcome to another of our preview pieces looking at the weekend’s action in the FA Vase Second Round Proper (involving ESL & EaSL sides) & the Essex Senior League. What do you think of our thoughts?

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper  (Sat 3rd Nov)

Hullbridge Sports v Irchester Utd    | Lower Road

Pete: Lower Road boys Hullbridge Sports enter the competition at this stage and they welcome United Counties League Division One side Irchester United to Essex.  The visitors are a step below their ESL Premier opponents and sit ninth after eleven games having won six and lost five so far, so the hosts, who are third in their division, should be confident however Irchester haven’t reached this stage without being a decent side so will no doubt cause the home side some problems.  But I feel the hosts will win this tie.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Hullbridge begin their FA Vase campaign here after their heroics in getting into the last 32 last term. They have shown moderate form of late though it is an aim of manager Darren Manning to get to Round Four again this time round. Irchester have had a good run and may pose problems here given their hosts recent defensive record though I still believe the hosts will pull through here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Redbridge   v  Peterborough Northern Star  | Oakside

Pete: The Motormen welcome United Counties Premier side Peterborough Northern Star to Oakside and will be looking to grab their first win at home this season after their eight league outings to date on their own patch have yielded five defeats and three draws so far.  The visitors sit tenth in their division with five wins and five draws but will no doubt pose a threat to their opponents, and I have a feeling the Peterborough side will sneak this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Redbridge take on Peterborough Northern Star as they look to get a home win for the first time this season. Defensively, the hosts have struggled thus far though in a one-off tie their fortunes may change. ‘Star are a tough outfit though I will go for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Sunday 4th Nov

Enfield    v  Leverstock Green   | Harlow Arena

Pete: Sawbridgeworth Town’s conquerors Leverstock Green visit another ESL Premier side in the shape of Enfield at the Harlow Arena on Sunday although the visitors league record reads three wins, three draws and three defeats as they sit in 15th spot in their division.  Enfield’s league record is as mixed too, but this is the Vase and they will fancy themselves at home on the 3G and I feel they may grab a win here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Enfield take on Leverstock at the Harlow Arena. Matt Hanning’s side defeated EaSL side Little Oakley in a replay in the last round while Green knocked Sawbridgeworth out last time out. Both sides are in the bottom half of their respective divisions (Essex Snr Lge and Spartan South Mids Lge) though Enfield will have to play well to go through. Away win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

May & Baker EC  v  Swaffham Town   | Barking RFC

Pete: This proves to be a terrific tie at Barking Rugby Club as Eastern Senior South meets Eastern Counties League North and with both sides fourth in their divisions too it’s two confident sides who will clash too.  Bakers have picked up nine points this week so are in good form whilst Swaffham haven’t won in three outings although two of those were draws, so you’d say that the hosts may be the favourites here on that stat alone, but it’s unlikely either will feel this way.  But I think the hosts might just win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: This tie sees Eastern Senior League South take on Eastern Senior League North as May & Baker welcome Swaffham Town. Both sides have done well in their respective divisions and this will be a sore test for Micky Wetherall’s side. Going head for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Saturday  3rd November     |     Essex Senior League

Clapton P – P Walthamstow

The Tons home match against Walthamstow has been postponed due to the ongoing problems with the pitch at The Old Spotted Dog.  A new date is yet to be announced.

Hoddesdon Town  v  St Margaretsbury   | Lowfield

Pete: The visitors are flying right now having won three of their last six which has put them on the brink of the top ten positions, whilst hosts Hoddy have only won one of their last six although for of those were draws, but their cup form has been mixed, losing at Leyton Athletic and conceding six in the process before thumping four past Woodford Town last time out.  That was as many as they had scored in six league games recently so very different form in the league to cup, and I feel the visitors may continue their good form here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Hoddy welcome their local rivals St Margs to Lowfield. The hosts here have had a mixed week with a narrow loss at Tower Hamlets last weekend though boy did they respond with a impressive Errington Cup win at Woodford in midweek. St Margs have had a good week themselves as they won at Sawbridgeworth last weekend before holding Clapton to a draw in another away fixture. This one is a hard match to call though will go for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Ilford  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Cricklefield

Pete: This should be a decent game at Cricklefield as Ilford, who have been mixed of late but can show flashes of brilliance, take on an in-form Sporting Bengal side who went through October unbeaten and netting 27 goals in the process.  Really depends what Ilford turn up as to how this one goes, although Sporting right now are a match for anyone in the division and I feel they may win this one too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: The Foxes welcome a Bengal side whose manager Imrul Gazi won the Essex Senior League ‘Manager of the Month’ for October. will that award’s curse strike again though as these two are both in good touch recently as Ilford got a point at Hullbridge last weekend before doing well to win at Enfield on Monday night. Bengal held Walthamstow last Saturday before winning the Mile End derby over Tower Hamlets, also on Monday night. If Sporting can cope with the hosts’ physicality then they ‘could get the ‘W” here though again I think this will be a close one. Honours-even for me in what could be a cracker-jack match.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Leyton Athletic  v  Stanway Rovers    |  Kitchener Road

Pete: The hosts slipped into the bottom two recently after defeat at Takeley last weekend, whilst Stanway have started to pick up again and are unbeaten in four league games.  The hosts do have firepower and put six past Hoddesdon not that long ago, but their problem is at the back having conceded 14 in six games recently.  Stanway have actually conceded more despite their better form recently so could be in for some goals here, and I reckon a draw could be the outcome.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Scott: Stanway travel to Leyton on the back of two goal-laden matches away from home, which ended in getting a point from both Redbridge and West Essex. Ath have stalled somewhat with no wins in five league matches though Rovers should be wary of them. Leyton lost at Takeley last weekend though given they have had the midweek off, they might fancy taking on a Rovers side who are unbeaten in four. Got a feeling that Stanway will get the points here in a hard-fought scrap.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Saffron Walden Town  v  Barkingside    |  Catons Lane

Pete: Walden, who are top of the form table and sitting second in the division, face bottom side Barkingside who have conceded 22 goals in their last six and are still winless in the division.  You really do fear for the visitors whose 6-1 home defeat to Woodford last Friday really was a poor showing, and they cannot play like that again otherwise the hosts will do some damage you would have thought.  Can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 0

Scott: The hard games keep coming for ‘Side as they make the trip to Saffron Walden. The hosts are unbeaten in eight matches league -wise and although they were held at Southend Manor last weekend, they won well at West Essex in midweek. Barkingside have to look to play better than they did in defeat to Woodford last weekend. Could well be a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Tower Hamlets  v  Takeley  |  Mile End Stadium

Pete: Hamlets have slowly started to pick themselves up after a poor start, and they welcome a Takeley side whose recent endeavours has made them more vulnerable than previous months.  Saying that they have won back to back games in the league and are back in the top ten as a result, and they will no doubt cause Hamlets problems too.  Feel the visitors will make it three in a row here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Takeley make the trip to Mile End to take on Hamlets. The hosts won at home to Hoddesdon last weekend before losing out to Bengal in the derby on Monday night. Takeley defeated Leyton last weekend and will want to keep their run going here and I reckon they will do.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2