FA Vase 1QR (ESL sides) & EOFL round-up (10.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a round-up of the FA Vase First Qualifying Round ties involving ESL sides this weekend (Fri-Sun). Following that, we have our semi-regular round-up of the results in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division, Division One & Division Two on Saturday. Enjoy.

Friday 8th  September

Tower Hamlets 2 – 1 Hackney Wick

Venue: Mile End Stadium   Attendance: 102

Hamlets overcame Wick at Mile End in the tie that started the FA Vase weekend for our ESL sides. Hamlets were riding the crest of a wave after a big win in midweek and continued this here as Curtis Pond put the hosts ahead on 22 minutes. A cracker of a strike from Ibrahim Camara levelled for Tolga Dervish’s men three minutes before the break. Hamlets pressed after the break and got the winner on 62 minutes as Pond got his second of the match. Hamlets now face Essex side Little Oakley in the next round.


Saturday 9th September

Basildon Utd 1 – 1 St Margaretsbury  AET

Venue: The Hive       Attendance: 95

Both sides lived to fight another day at the Hive, though not before some confusion reigned. Basildon led through Marcus Bowers just shy of the hour before Ryan Wade equalised for the visitors. Extra time was needed and that couldn’t separate the sides, so it went to spot-kicks. However, the winner of the shoot-out turned out to be irrelevant because prior to the match, it had not been agreed to go straight to extra-time and penalties, so after consultation with the FA, there will be a replay at Stanstead Abbotts in midweek.

Framlingham Town 2 – 0  Waltham Forest

Venue: Badlingham Road      Attendance: 71

Framlingham secured their passage to the next round by seeing off Forest at Badlingham Road. Goals from Christopher Boardley and Danny Smith were enough to claim the victory.

Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue: Burroughs Park   Attendance: 78

I attended this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/report-gwr-6-1-s-bengal-utd/

Wakering travel to West Essex in the next round.

Hadleigh Utd  2 – 1 Wadham Lodge

Venue: Tinkers Lane  Attendance: 67

Hadleigh did enough to claim a place in the next round at the expense of Wadham at Tinkers Lane. In the first minute, Kyran Thomas gave the hosts the lead, before a penalty from Ben Elliott doubled the lead. Lodge got a late consolation goal courtesy of Mohamed Sheiknor though they turn their attention to the ESL in the short-term.

Ilford  2 – 0 Cornard Utd

Venue: Cricklefield     Attendance: 34

Ilford scored a goal in each half to see off Step 6 Cornard at Cricklefield. Aaron Wickham gave the Foxes the lead on 14 minutes, before hot-shot James Peagram grabbed a second a minute from time. They meet Hullbridge in the next round.

Redbridge 6 – 1 Brantham Athletic

Venue: Oakside     Attendance: 62

Redbridge produced probably the performance of their season so far to knock out Brantham at Oakside. Reside Coxi-Sebastfao scored a quick-fire brace (15’ & 17’) to give the Motormen the initiative. Brian Moses made it three on 27 minutes before a treble salvo after the break erased any doubts of progress to the next stage. Calvin Poku came off the bench and made it five with a double inside six second-half minutes (47’ & 52’) before Patrick Duggan completed the rout on 61 minutes. Jack Sibbons got a late consolation for Brantham in the 90th minute but it was far too little, too late to prevent Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side reaching the next round, where they will entertain Coggeshall Town.

Saffron Walden Town 1 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town

Venue: Catons Lane      Attendance: 295

Sawbridgeworth put aside their recent indifferent form to advance to the next round with a good win at Catons Lane. A brace from Lewis Francis (15’ & 30’) put them ahead at the break. A penalty from Charlie Portway on the hour reduced the hosts’ arrears but the hosts held for the win in front of a bumper crowd.

Stansted 0 – 3  Wodson Park

Venue: Hargrave Park    Attendance: 32

Wodson Park were party-poopers at Hargrave Park as they progressed to the next round. Goals from Oliver Babbage, Robert Green and Craig Knightley sealed a good win for the Step 6 side on a day the Airportmen would be happier to forget.

Sunday 10th September

Barkingside  2 – 1  Southend Manor

Venue: Cricklefield    Attendance: 80

Barkingside secured their place in the next round by battling past Manor at Cricklefield. Jason Fontaine put Michael Walther’s side ahead after ten minutes. Michael Ogboin made it two 11 minutes after the interval, though Rhys Fatt came off the bench to pull one back for Manor with two minutes left.

Enfield 1893 1 – 0   Haverhill Borough

Venue: The Harlow Arena   Attendance: 72

Enfield struck early to narrowly win this encounter at the Harlow Arena. Danny Jones 2nd-minute goal was enough to book their place in the next round.


Saturday 9th September

Essex Olympian Football League


Premier Division

Frenford 3 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 1 Catholic Utd

Kelvedon Hatch 1 – 3 Basildon Town

May & Baker E.C 2 – 2 Manford Way

Rayleigh Town 1 – 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

White Ensign 4 – 5 Springfield


Division One

Harold Hill H-W* Runwell Sports

*Harold Hill get the points as Runwell couldn’t raise a team

Old Southendian 4 – 2 Buckhurst Hill

Shenfield AFC 2 – 3 Sungate


Division Two

Ramsden Scotia   4 – 0   A1 Sports

Rochford Town   1 – 3    Herongate Athletic


Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd (FA Vase 9.9.17)

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 78

2017-18 Season – Match 18

Saturday 9th September 2017 3pm KO

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

Sporting Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On FA Vase First Qualifying Round day, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed fellow Essex Senior League side Sporting Bengal Utd to Burroughs Park.

Wakering looked to set the tone early and did so when they took the lead only seven minutes in through hot-shot Neil Richmond, who slotted home coolly when the ball fell to him kindly in a congested penalty area. The hosts looked to ‘keep their foot on the gas’ and ten minutes after the goal, winger Billy Johnson drilled a strike wide of the right-side post.

Bengal responded though as winger Codey Cameron fizzed a free-kick wide of the left-side post on 20 minutes. Bengal had a decent penalty shout turned down moments later as forward Shiblu Miah went down under home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins’ challenge, though the referee was adamant in his decision. Wakering’s Johnson then forced visiting goalkeeper Danzel Kobia into action as the winger’s drilled strike was heading in though Kobia managed to tip it over the bar well for a corner. Wakering had further chances before the half-hour mark though they did extend their lead eight minutes from the break as Wakering forward Chris Bryan fired past Kobia after getting past the Bengal defence.

Just before half-time, Bengal were awarded a penalty, which captain Freddy Tandon duly converted, sending the ball into the right corner.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd

The second half began well as Bengal winger Cameron powered another free-kick wide. The visitors didn’t have that many chances though the hosts certainly began ‘on the front-foot’ as Richmond popped up again in the box, powering a header into the left corner two minutes after the break. To their credit, the visitors did not ‘drop their heads’ and midfielder Adil Salih tried to lob Hawkins with a floating free-kick from 25 yards though the Wakering goalkeeper managed to save comfortably.

Wakering responded as forward Jay Nash had two chances to extend the hosts’ lead, the second of them being a header which hit the bar and following up, Richmond headed wide. Two minutes after coming on, Wakering forward Stephen Butterworth made it 4-1 with a tap-in after a pinpoint right-wing cross by Richmond. Bengal ‘keeper Kobia was called in action with 16 minutes left, denying midfielder Aaron Russell’s effort.

In the last ten minutes, Jay Nash’s header made it five and the impressive Richmond did get his hat-trick with a tap-in following Butterworth’s unselfish pass. Iain O’Connell’s side were too good today and will be delighted to reach the next round. Richmond was the stand-out performer though Johnson, Nash & Bryan all played their part too. Bengal couldn’t quite make their chances count though in fairness they were missing a few regulars today.

Fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015) was also at the game today and here are his thoughts in-brief: Wakering showed why they should be taken seriously in the ESL with this good performance here. Neil Richmond is continuing his great form and I’m sure his hat-trick today won’t be the last he manages to get this season for the Rovers. They now go to Takeley in midweek with a point to prove against the ESL’s second-placed side in the Essex Senior Cup. As for Bengal, they go again in midweek but they should be happy with their performance as they showed they can do it.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd

Richmond 7’,47’,86’                   Tandon (pen 45’)

Bryan 37’,

Butterworth 67’, Nash 81’


I’d like to wish both sides the best for the remainder of this interesting season. Also, my thanks to Andy for his comments on today’s encounter.


Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia  (GK)
2  Jason Ring       (Subbed 77’) 2  Shafiul Choudhury        (Subbed 58’)
3  Oliver Woodhouse 3  Tanjeem Choudhury    (Subbed 46’)
4  Scott Pethers 4  Antony Murray-Bruce
5  Joe Nightingill  (C) 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Aaron Russell 6  Adil Salih
7  Billy Johnson 7  Codey Cameron            (Subbed 75’)
8  Ricky Evans     (Subbed 75’) 8  David Tarawali
9  Neil Richmond 9  Shiblu Miah
10  Chris Bryan    (Subbed 65’) 10  Ashaan Siddik
11  Jay Nash 11  Sulaimana Udi Ba


12  Franklin Craik 12  Ismael Chand          (On 46’)
14  Samuel Carter                (On 75’) 13  Ataaib Khan
15  Charlie Seadon               (On 77’) 14  David Vaughan       (On 75’)
16  Stephen Butterworth    (On 65’) 15  Mayckol Sabino     (On 58’)
17  Louis Robinson 16  Shafi Noor


James Kerten
Assistant Referees:

Grant Mathias & Newton Gordon

Booked: Russell, Evans, Nightingill, Carter

Booked: Cameron, Sabino

Fa Vase 17-18: 1st Quali R (ESL sides) Preview

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Intro by Scott W

This weekend, the Buildbase FA Vase returns and many ESL sides are in action in the First Qualifying Round. Which teams will prevail and bag £550 in prize money? Here are Peter’s and my thoughts on this weekend’s ties…

Friday 8th September

Tower Hamlets v Hackney Wick     Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: It’s an East London derby to kick off proceedings on Friday at Mile End as Tower Hamlets hosts Hackney Wick in an all Essex Senior League contest. The hosts have won their last two, scoring eight whilst Wick are making their debut in the competition but have lost four out of six league games and are not in great form. However this is Cup football and a derby so form rarely counts, however I can see the hosts prevailing here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Hamlets play their second home match in just three days as they welcome Hackney Wick to Mile End. Hamlets have won two of their last four league matches, whilst Wick have lost their last four in the league. Hamlets’ thumping win over Waltham Forest in midweek will boost their confidence and if they can maintain their consistency here, I reckon it’ll be the home side that prevails as the visitors have struggled at the back recently.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Saturday 9th September

Basildon Utd v St Margaretsbury      Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees are certainly buzzing this season having won all six of their league games so far and they welcome a St Margaretsbury side to The Hive who have dumped Burnham Ramblers and Hullbridge Sports out of the FA Cup already this season so will be no pushovers. However, I can see the hosts winning this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Basildon welcome St Margaretsbury to the Hive. The visitors have a good recent record against ESL sides in cup competitions, seeing off Burnham & Hullbridge in the FA Cup already this season. The Bees might well be a different proposition though, given their 100% record in the ESL so far this term and that Basildon are the home side here. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Framlingham Town v Waltham Forest     Venue: Badingham Road

Peter: Ironically, the other Walthamstow side Wadham Lodge made the trip to Framlingham in the FA Cup this season, and ended by knocking them out in a replay. Forest have only won one out of seven in the league this campaign and we’re thumped at Mile End by Tower Hamlets last time out so confidence won’t be high. Unsure how they will do here although the hosts have won four of their six league games and are unbeaten at step six level and they will fancy a shot a step five Forest. Gonna go for a draw I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Forest travel to Suffolk on the back of a disappointing result in midweek. They will have another challenge here against Mel Aldis’ side who defeated fellow Kitchener Road side Wadham Lodge in the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round earlier this term. Forest will need to bounce back well and Framlingham will look to continue their cup adventures this term. I think Framlingham may edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Great Wakering Rovers v Sporting Bengal Utd     Venue: Burroughs Park

Peter: An intriguing tie awaits at Burroughs Park as GWR hosts SBU with both sides having fairly decent starts to the season. Both lost last time out though, Wakering at Basildon whilst Sporting saw a three match winning streak ended by Mile End rivals Tower Hamlets. Both sides could win this tie but I reckon the hosts may edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Bengal travel to face Wakering in what is a really interesting tie at Burroughs Park. Wakering are among the early pace-setters in the league though got knocked out of the FA Cup in the Extra Prelim Round so will want a better run in the FA Vase this term. Bengal have started the season quite well themselves though Imrul Gazi’s men will have to be near their best at the back to deal with the likes of Bradley Nobbs and Neil Richmond in attack for GWR. That said, if the hosts have an ‘off-day’, Bengal have enough about them to be a goal-threat as well so I’m going go for a hard-fought draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Hadleigh Utd v Wadham Lodge      Venue: Tinkers Lane

Peter: Lodge travel to Suffolk to take on Hadleigh United and having won their first game of the season last time out will want to build on this with a positive outcome in Suffolk however it’s a tough place to go as Sporting Bengal United found out in the FA Cup and I feel the hosts will progress here too.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 2

Scott: Wadham make the long trip to Suffolk to take on Hadleigh. Hadleigh have been inconsistent in the Thurlow Nunn ECL Premier thus far though Wadham only picked up their first ESL win last weekend. I do feel the hosts have the edge in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Ilford v Cornard Utd       Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The Foxes welcome a Cornard United side to Cricklefield who have only one point from six league games in Thurlow Nunn One, and sit bottom of that league, and with a step advantage as well, the hosts are clear favourites to progress. Obviously it doesn’t always follow however I feel the home side will secure a comfortable victory.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 0

Scott: Ilford welcome Thurlow Nunn ECL D1 side Cornard to Cricklefield. The Foxes have won two of their last three ESL matches and you feel they are starting to find their rhythm now. Step 6 side Cornard are bottom of their division with one win in six matches though in a one-off cup tie, you never know. I would still think that Ilford should prevail here though.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Redbridge  v  Brantham Athletic        Venue: Oakside

Peter: This proves to be a tough assignment for The Motormen as they welcome a decent Brantham Athletic outfit to Oakside although both teams have similar records in their respective leagues. It has to be said that the Thurlow Nunn Premier is a much tougher league so this could sway the favourites tag towards the visitors. But you can rarely back the visitors when the game is at Oakside against a decent Redbridge outfit and I think they may just squeeze through.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Redbridge welcome fellow Step 5 side Brantham to Oakside. Both sides are currently in mid-table in their respective divisions. The Motormen need to have won their last two league matches though are looking for some consistency and an FA Vase run would surely aid that. The visitors though have won three of the last four league matches, scoring 13 goals in the process so the Redbridge backline will need to be ‘on it’ in this one. I think this one may be a high-scoring encounter, though it is hard to separate the sides here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 3


Saffron Walden Town  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   Venue: Catons Lane

Peter: This is a tough one for The Robins as they travel to Catons Lane for a match against local Thurlow Nunn Premier side Saffron Walden Town. The hosts have good Cup pedigree and with a strong crowd behind them will be a tough side to beat. Sawbridgeworth have also not had the greatest start to their season either although victory at home to Waltham Forest in their last game will have given them a boost but don’t see them getting anything here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Thurlow Nunn ECL Premier side Saffron Walden welcome fellow Step 5 side Sawbridgeworth to Catons Lane. With both sides in mid-table in their respective divisions, this could be a tough contest though Sawbridgeworth have yet to entirely ‘find their mojo’ yet this season and this would be some place to find it. Home advantage could count for a bit here and mainly for that reason, I’m going for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Stansted v Wodson Park                     Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: Hosts Stansted play their first game at home this season and they welcome Step Six side Wodson Park to Hargrave Park. The visitors sit mid-table in the Spartan South Midlands One whilst Stansted are in the bottom half of the Essex Senior League. Stansted have got a decent squad though and may be too much for the visitors in the end.

Pete’s Prediction: 4 – 1

Scott: Step 6 Wodson Park make the fairly short trip to Hargrave Park. Stansted are a side in transition still you feel and although the visitors are a step below the ESL side, the hosts will want to continue to improve in what is their first home match of the season.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Sunday 10th September

Barkingside v Southend Manor      Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Side come into this Vase tie against fellow ESL outfit Southend Manor off the back of hitting six at Lower Road against Hullbridge Sports whilst Manor haven’t played a competitive fixture for nearly two weeks and only have four points from their four games. Got a feeling the hosts will continue their decent form with another win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott:  Barkingside welcome Stuart Marshall’s Manor side to Cricklefield on Sunday. ‘Side definitely found their rhythm last weekend in a big win at Hullbridge, whilst Manor have lost two out of their last three league matches and here they will need what seems to plague them a bit: getting goals. If both sides are on form, this all-ESL tie could be a cracker.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 2


Enfield 1893 v Haverhill Borough            Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: These two met in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup and Haverhill ran out 2-1 winners in a game Enfield dominated by all accounts. Borough also disposed of Ilford in a reply before losing 8-0 at home last weekend to Southern Premier side Kings Langley. The hosts have only one win to their name all season and lost to Wadham Lodge last time out however I feel they may gain revenge over the Suffolk side in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Finally, Enfield welcome ECL Premier side Haverhill Borough to the Harlow Arena. The hosts haven’t ‘found their feet’ thus far in the ESL and I feel defensively they’ll need to be on their game against a Borough side that has won two of their five matches so far in a very competitive division. Hard to separate the sides though Borough may nick it.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 and on his website at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl 

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14