Essex Senior League round-up (3.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of all the action in the Essex Senior League (ESL) action this weekend plus the results from the FA Vase 3rd Round ties involving ESL sides.

Saturday 2nd December

FC Romania 5 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 24

FCR produced another strong showing to overpower Woodford at Theobalds Lane. Mihai Botosan’s brace [26′ & 48′] put the hosts ahead before goals from Taban [56′], Ghinea [77′] and Lupu [90′] sealed a big win to send FCR second in the table, four points behind leaders Redbridge.

Ilford 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 28

Burnham held the Foxes at Cricklefield. Karl Swanborough continued his recent goal-scoring exploits by putting Ramblers ahead on seven minutes. Ilford hot-shot James Peagram levelled five minutes before half-time. Ilford stay 8th, level on points with Tower Hamlets above them on goal difference while Burnham are 16th.

Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 1 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 30

Bengal prevailed over Wick at Mile End. Jake Casey got Wick’s goal while Bengal recovered through Steven Carvell [65′] and a brace from Oscar Mendes [81′ & 83′] to seal the points and go 11th in the table. Wick are second bottom.

Takeley 6 – 0 Southend Manor
| Venue: Station Road | Attendance: 57

Takeley roared back to victory with a comprehensive win at Station Road. Carl Mullings opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before Mitchell Das [45’+2] made it two. After the break, the hosts rammed home their advantage with Nick Barrett [47′]¡ Jason Todd [52′], Mullings’ second with five minutes left & a late sixth by Will Green sealed the points to go 3rd in the table, Manor sit 10th.

Waltham Forest 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 42

Hamlets had a day to forget at Kitchener Road. Forest led nine minutes in through Mo Sagaf before Abiola Tanimowo doubled the lead a minure before the break. Joe Creasey [74′] and Nikko Stokes [85′] sealed the points while James Ross got the visitors’ consolation.

West Essex 2 – 1 Barkingside
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 26

The Stags grabbed a last-minute win at Mayesbrook Park. Cameron Gray got the opener for the hosts, Jerome Martelli got Barkingside’s goal before Tom MacLeod got an injury-time winner for Kwame Kwateng’s side. West Essex sit 9th while Barkingside drop to 18th.

FA Vase R3 results:
Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd | Att: 98
Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893 | Att: 85

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Essex Senior League round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another edition of my semi-regular ESL round-up, which this weekend takes in a few upsets and also some good performances. Enjoy.

Friday 24th Nov

Tower Hamlets 3 – 2 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 55

Hamlets edged this encounter with Wick to pick up a much-needed win. Curtis Pond gave the hosts the lead three minutes before the break, though Hassan Nalbant [47′] struck with his fourth goal in two matches to level for the visitors. Pond restored Hamlets lead nine minutes later before Jeff Idemudia once again restored parity on 63 minutes. Hamlets were not to be denied though as David McCarthy got the winner 11 minutes from time.

Also, Hackney Wick announced following this match that ex-Woodford & Brentwood boss Tony Ievoli will be their new manager. I’m sure the Non-League community in the area will wish Tony well in his new role.

 

Saturday 25th Nov

Barkingside 0 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 58

Wakering ‘got the job done’ with victory at Cricklefield. Goals from Jay Nash [5′] and Billy Johnson [55′] were enough. to seal Rovers’ 6th straight league win. For the hosts, their fourth straight league defeat leaves thrm 14th and in danger of being dragged into the dogfight at the bottom of the table.

Clapton 1 – 1 Ilford
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 78

These two old rivals were locked in a stalemate at the OSD. The Tons led through Jeffrey Cobblah 65th-minute strike though hot-shot James Peagram secured a point by levelling 11 minutes from time.

Enfield 1893 0 – 5 FC Romania
| Venue: The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 62

FCR continued their superb recent form with a big win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Mihai Botosan [12′], George Taban [24′], Adrian Balsanu [62′] gave the visitors a big lead though Enfield’s pain was complete as Ionut Juganu [89′] and Sergiu Pitaru [90’+1] added late strikes to seal FCR’s 9th win in their last 11 league matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Crofters End | Attendance: 50

Redbridge came away with another 3 points after this good win at Crofters. Brian Moses struck on 29 minutes to give the visitors the lead at the break. Second-half goals from Eljay Worrell [51′], Moses [60′] and Martin Tuohy six minutes from time sealed the win though Leon Lewis [89′] got a consolation for Sawbo. The Motormen have won their last seven ESL matches on-the-reel.

Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Attendance: 65

Manor were surpassed on the day by an lively new-look Hullbridge side. I attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/report-southend-manor-2-4-hullbridge-esl-25-11-17/

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 0 West Essex
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 15

Bengal grabbed a rare win through goals from David Vaughan [45′] and Oscar Mendes [75′]. Indeed this was Bengal’s first win in ten league matches while West Essex are on a three-match winless run.

Stansted 1 – 4 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 26

Burnham came from behind to grab a win they badly needed at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Wisley Baltazar [12′] put them ahead. The hosts then missed a penalty soon afterward and were pegged back by Ryan Plom’s goal ten minutes before the break. After the break, goals from Karl Swanborough [56′] and a Bradley Morgan spot-kick on the hour, turned the tide before Swanborough grabbed a fourth in added-time.

Waltham Forest 2 – 0 Takeley
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 58

Forest upset Takeley to grab their second league win in their last five matches. Goals from Abiolo Tanimowo [40′] and Mo Sagaf in added-time sealed a ‘bad day at the office’ for Marc Das’ side as their eight-match unbeaten run was ended.

Woodford Town 2 – 4 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Attendance: 32

Wadham’s turnaround to their season continued as they won at Goffs Lane. Eli Benoit [6′] and Mario Gnijaj [32′] gave Wadham the platform though an OG and Dwade James sealed the points five minutes from time. Asher Modeste & another OG accounted for the hosts’ goals. Wadham’s unbeaten run now sits at six matches.

 

 

 

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (8.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start off with a Friday night match at Mile End then touch on all the Saturday action. And there’s a run-down of the results from the Senior League Cup 2nd Round involving Olympian League sides plus a smattering of Olympian League action. How did your side do this weekend? Find out below. Enjoy.

Friday 6th October

Tower Hamlets   3 – 0   West Essex

Venue: Mile End Stadium     |   Attendance: 94

Hamlets produced a good second-half display to win this one at Mile End. Curtis Pond’s brace [59’ & 69’] and substitute Wale Odedoyin’s goal was enough to defeat an under-par West Essex side and give Hamlets their sixth win of the season.

I attended this match and my full match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/report-t-hamlets-3-0-w-essex-esl-6-10-17/

Saturday 6th October

Burnham Ramblers   4 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue: Leslie Field   |    Attendance: 24

Burnham prevailed the second match in succession with this win at Leslie Field. Bradley Morgan gave the hosts the lead on 32 minutes, though Oscar Mendes levelled for Imrul Gazi’s side six minutes later. Burnham restored their lead a minute after that through Julian Bavin and second-half goals from Morgan [50’] and Charlee Hughes [65’] sealed a good day for Lee Hughes’ men.

Enfield 1893  3 – 1   Barkingside  

Venue: The Harlow Arena      |      Attendance: 68

Enfield came from behind to seal a good victory at the Harlow Arena. Jayden Mitchell-Brown gave ‘Side the lead after only two minutes though the hosts turned the tables with goals from Danny Jones [9’] and Andrew Tirivanhu [16’] before James O’Brien got the hosts’ third seven minutes before the break to seal their third win of the campaign.

Hackney Wick   1 – 2   Clapton

Venue: Old Spotted Dog     |        Attendance: 785

Clapton triumphed in the ‘Old Spotted Dog’ derby against tenants Wick, watched by a huge crowd of nearly 800 fans including many of the Clapton Ultras. Jeffrey Cobblah gave the Tons the lead before Hassan Nalbani ‘s penalty put Jon Fowell’s side in command before Jay Hardwick reduced Tolga Dervish’s side’s arrears though Clapton held on to claim their 5th win of the season.

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 4   FC Romania  

Venue: Lower Road   |        Attendance: 59

All the goals came in the second-half as FCR prevailed against out-of-form Hullbridge at Lower Road. Florin Pop gave the Wolves the lead ten minutes after the re-start. Ioan Petresc made it two on 62 minutes though Howard Wright netted to make it 1-2 four minutes later. FCR responded as Pop  [67’] and Petresc [69’] both got their braces and sealed a good day for the visitors.

Ilford   2 – 0   Takeley

Venue: Cricklefield      |     Attendance: 71

Two first-half goals were enough to give Ilford a moreale-boosting success at Cricklefield. James Peagram’s spot-kick on 29 minutes and Paul Oshin’s goal five minutes before the break were enough to give Allan Fenn’s side their sixth win of the campaign.

Sawbridgeworth Town   3 – 3  Woodford Town (2017)

Venue: Crofters End      |     Attendance: 45

Both these sides had to settle for a point in this six-goal cracker at Crofters End. Woodford led until the latter stages as goals from Larry Asare [43’], Andrea Montovani [58’] and a late goal from Jack Grosvenor though Sawbridgworth made it honours even through a brace from defender Matt Frew [7’ & 90’] and an Grosvenor OG [46’].

Southend Manor    0 – 3* (*A-A on 80 mins)     Redbridge     

Venue: Southchurch Park      |     Attendance: 64

I attended this match and the Match Report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/outhend-manor-0-3-redbridge-abandoned-after-80-mins-esl-7-10-17/

Stansted  0 – 1  Basildon Utd

Venue: Hargrave Park           |        Attendance: 78

Basildon narrowly won this encounter at Hargrave Park. Ash Blackburn’s goal a minute before half-time was enough to give the Bees their eighth win in ten league matches this term.

Waltham Forest  0  – 2    Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: Kitchener Road       |     Attendance: 47

A goal in each half saw Wakering to another victory, this time at Kitchener Road. Oliver Woodhouse gave GWR the lead 11 minutes before the break before Jake Gordon made it two nine minutes before the end.

 Saturday 7th October

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

May & Baker E.C  2 – 2   Rayleigh Town

 

Division One

FC Hamlets   4 – 0   Old Chelmsfordians

Shenfield AFC  1 – 1  Harold Hill

 

Division Two

Rochford Town   1 – 1   Upminster

Ryan  5 – 2  Ongar Town

 

Senior League Cup 2nd Round

Basildon Town  1 -1 Newham Utd (Newham won 4-3 on Penalties)

Buckhurst Hill  4 – 5   Frenford  (AET)

Canning Town  2 – 6  White Ensign

Catholic Utd  6 – 0    Epping

Harold Wood Athletic   4 – 2  Galleywood (AET)

Kelvedon Hatch  4 –  0  Snaresbrook

Manford Way    4 – 0   Dagenham Utd

Newbury Forest  0 – 5   Westhamians

Ramsden Scotia   3 – 1    Herongate Athletic

Runwell Sports   1 – 3  Southend Sports

Springfield   2 – 1  Old Southendian

Sungate  1 – 3 Great Baddow

Toby  3 – 1  Hutton

Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 FC Romania (GBMT 27.9.17)

The Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Round One

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 60

2017-18 Season – Match 25

Wednesday 27th September 2017 7.45pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Shorts

FC Romania: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a wet, damp evening at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor welcomed FC Romania in another Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy First Round tie.

The match didn’t exactly roar into life unfortunately and Manor had to make an early change as Charlie Barlow had to be substituted after only eight minutes, being replaced by Hamid Zemani and the early sub Zemani had a shot on goal that brought a save out of visiting goalkeeper Georgian Bordeanu. To be fair, FCR midfielder Ionut Jugaru sent a drive whistling past the left-side post.

For Manor, winger Rhys Fatt was looking useful down the right with his pace and running though the game lacked clear-cut chances. On 21 minutes, Jacob Cleaver’s header was saved by Bordeanu though the assistant referee was flagging for offside anyway. With ten minutes to play until half-time, midfielder Joe Skeels fizzed a 35-yard effort at goal and it went just over the bar.

Cleaver was pretty much the focal point of the home side’s forward line though with three minutes to go until the break, he had another header which Bordeanu saved. Soon after, FCR winger Kelemen Attila powered a 25-yard drive just over the bar. It was that sort of match that needed something perhaps speculative to kick it into life. All square at the break.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 –  0 FC Romania

The second half began as the rain lashed down which was an added inconvience for the players. Zemani had another pop at goal ten minutes into the second-half though Bordeanu saved well. In a match that was still starved of chances and arguably had more talking points elsewhere, Cleaver twice couldn’t beat ‘keeper Bordeanu. Into the last ten minutes of normal time and the FC Romania goalkeeper did well to gather forward Bayley Newell’s right-wing centre with Cleaver waiting in the wings just behind him.

FC Romania, while not at their best, did so flashes of good passing and movement though you sensed they were looking to go on the counter-attack rather than push forward with any great urgency. In truth, the ‘urgency’ or high-tempo was lacking by both sides here as it looked ominous that spot-kicks would be needed to settle this tie.

FCR substitute Sergiu Maximov was denied by home goalkeeper Liam Pitts as the 90-minute mark approached. Just into added time, Manor substitute Micky Hopkins’ shot was tipped wide by Bordeanu, though again the linesman was flagging for offside.

Though there was a late sting in the tail as in three minutes into added-time, FCR substitute Mihai Botosan was in the right place at the right time as with Manor stretched at the back, the forward lashed home from near point-blank range and wheeled away in delight as the visitors edged into the next round.

You could argue that the hosts edged the match in terms of play and chances created though you could also say that both sides were below-par tonight. Manor will now turn their attention back to the ESL on Saturday (30th Sept) where they entertain Waltham Forest while FC Romania travel to Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday (30th Sept).

Full-Time:                 Southend Manor  0 – 1 FC Romania

Botosan 90’ +3

Teams:  

*=Denotes came on as Sub & ^ denotes player going off

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

FC Romania

Assistant Manager: Dragos Ciolca

(Manager Ion Vintila was away)

1  Liam Pitts  (GK) 27  Georgian Bordeanu  (GK)
2  Ross Johnson 2  Florea Ionut
3  Alfie Lindfield^ 3  Vladut Andries
4  Lee Delf  (C) 4  Paul Grigoras
5  Scott Keys 5  Felix Lupu  (C)^
6  Charlie Barlow^ 6  Mihai Circiumaru
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Kelemen Attila
8  Callum Jex 8  Ionut Jugaru
9  Jacob Cleaver 9  Sergiu Pitaru
10  Bayley Newell^ 10  Laurentiu Balosu
11  Joe Skeels 11  Victor Bogos
   

Substitutes:

12  Micky Hopkins* 12  George Stroe
14  Finlay Dopson 15  Sergiu Maximov*
15  Hamid Zamani* 16  Gabriel Ghinea
16 Luke Winter* 17  Dinu Barcari
17 Jamie Alexandrou 19  Mihai Botosan*
   
   

Referee:

Paul Humphries
Assistant Referees:

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Joe Burgess

   
Booked: Lindfield, Jex Booked: Bordeanu, Andries, Circiumaru

FA Cup FQR & Bostik League South Results round-up – 1st-3rd September 2017

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello one & all and welcome to a lengthy round-up of some FA Cup First Qualifying Round (FQR) ties focusing on Bostik League sides plus two results from Bostik Division South fixtures this weekend. Grab a cuppa and enjoy.

FA Cup FQR

Friday 1st September 2017

Kingstonian 3  – 2  Shoreham

Venue: Feltcham Grove   Attendance: 218

Bostik Premier side Kingstonian edged Bostik South side Shoreham at Feltcham Grove to advance to the next round. New signing Kane Haysman gave the K’s the lead after eight minutes. The Musselmen responded six minutes later as Evan Archibald levelled for the visitors. Shoreham took the lead four minutes before the interval through Mark Goldson’s strike. Craig Edwards’ men went into half-time level, courtesy of a Lewis Taylor spot-kick just before the break. Taylor scored another penalty with 18 minutes left to see his side progress. Shoreham had to see out the last four minutes with ten men as Scott Packer was dismissed for two bookings.

Saturday 2nd September

AFC Sudbury  1 –  1  Mildenhall Town

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   Attendance: 239

Mildenhall came from behind to deny Sudbury the win at the Wardale Williams Stadium. Jake Turner gave the Yellows the lead six minutes into the second half. Mildenhall’s Jake Chambers-Shaw restored parity with 20 minutes left and the stalemate continued so a replay at Recreation Way is required in midweek.

Arlesey Town 0 – 7  Heybridge Swifts        

Venue: New Lamb Meadow       Attendance: 163

Heybridge produced a superb display to thump Arlesey in their own back-yard. In the first minute, Juan Luque set the tone as he gave Swifts the lead. Only two minutes afterward, Luke Callander doubled the lead. The hosts did get some respite though after the break the floodgates opened as Luque grabbed his second two minutes after the interval. Sam Bantick made it four on the hour before full-back Ben Sampayo’s goal after 67 minutes erased any doubt Jody Brown’s side would prevail here. Late goals from Joe Gardner (70’) and substitute Joshua Fagbohun (85’) sealed a dominant display and sees Swifts through to the next round.

Ashford Town (Middx)  2 – 0  Corinthian Casuals 

Venue: Short Lane   Attendance: 125

Ashford secured an important win and progression to the next round at Short Lane. Mark Bitmead gave Town the lead after 25 minutes, before Dan Fleming struck on the half-hour to seal the win for the hosts. Casuals finished the match with ten-men as substitute Reyon Dillon was dismissed for two bookings, 16 minutes after coming on.

Aylesbury 1 –  3   Leiston

Venue: SRD Stadium     Attendance: 109

Leiston saw off the challenge of Aylesbury to progress to the next round. Loanee Byron Lawrence opened the scoring six minutes before the break. Leiston doubled their advantage through Dominic Docherty’s goal nine minutes into the second half and Seb Dunbar made the match safe three minutes later. Jonny Montgomery grabbed what turned out to be a consolation for the hosts 14 minutes from time. Leiston had to play the last six minutes a man light as Docherty was given his marching orders late on.

Bedford Town 0 – 2   Lowestoft Town       

Venue: Meadow Lane           Attendance: 264

Lowestoft Town progressed to the next round with this win at Meadow Lane. An Ollie Swain OG on 26 minutes gifted the Trawlerboys the lead. Travis Cole struck just past the hour to seal the win for Ady Gallagher’s men.

Billericay Town 5  –  0  Didcot Town

Venue: New Lodge     Attendance: 1,159

Billericay eventually powered past Didcot Town to advance into the next round. The Blues led on 40 minutes through hot-shot Jake Robinson. Robinson struck again with 23 minutes remaining to send Glenn Tamplin’s side on their way. Substitute Ricky Modeste made it three with 17 minutes to play before late goals by Robinson (to complete his hat-trick) and Adam Cunnington (pen) sealed a hefty win to delight the ‘Ricay supporters.

Cheshunt  2 – 0   Takeley

Venue: Theobalds Lane                Attendance: 185

Cheshunt prevailed in Steve Newing’s first match in charge at Theobalds Lane. A quick-fire double by Kyle Roberts (65’) and hot-shot Jason Hallett (67’) sealed the win over ESL side Takeley, whose excellent FA Cup adventure ends here.

Clapton  0 – 3 Needham Market

Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium   Attendance: 143

Bostik Premier side Needham improved in the second-half to take the win at the OSD. Gareth Heath gave the Marketmen the lead 20 minutes into the second half. Late goals from Luke Ingram and Callum Harrison secured the win and ended Clapton’s good run in the competition.

Dorking Wanderers 3 –  2 Worthing

Venue: London Road           Attendance: 281

Dorking fought back and consigned fellow Bostik Premier side Worthing to another defeat at London Road.  David Ray gave Wanderers the lead after six minutes, though Isaac Newton (no, not that one!) levelled on 26 minutes. Worthing grabbed the lead through James Fraser’s goal four minutes after the break. Marc White’s side responded just eight minutes later as Isaac Philpott restored parity. Matthew Briggs got the winner 22 minutes from time to seal the hosts’ path to the next round.

Dulwich Hamlet  3 – 1  Hastings Utd

Venue: Champion Hill         Attendance: 1,288

Dulwich produced an extraordinary comeback to seal their place in the next round. Hastings led just before the break through Ollie Rowe though the drama was yet to come. Recent signing Nana Boakye-Yiadom came off the bench and turned the tide with a superb 11-minute hat-trick to give Gavin Rose’s side the win.

Enfield Town 2 – 1  Harrow Borough

Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Stadium    Attendance: 421

Enfield struck late-on to secure their place in the next round at the QE II Stadium. Simon Thomas gave the Towners the lead after 11 minutes. Fellow Bostik Premier side Harrow levelled with 14 minutes to play through Michael Bryan’s strike. Thomas grabbed his brace and the win for Andy Leese’s men two minutes from time.

Erith Town  0 – 3  Burgess Hill Town

Venue: Oakwood          Attendance: 105

Burgess Hill took their place in the 2nd Qualifying Round with this win at VCD Athletic’s Oakwood. A brace from Tony Garrod (21’ & 42’) put the Hillians comfortably ahead at the break. Substitute Pat Harding made sure though with a goal moments from time.

Faversham Town 3 –  1  Tonbridge Angels     

Venue: Salters Lane     Attendance: 346

Bostik Premier side Tonbridge exited the competition at the hands of Bostik South’s Faversham at Salters Lane. Mark Lovell put the Lilywhites ahead on six minutes, before Lovell struck again on the half-hour. Andre McCollin cut the arrears in half for the Angels nine minutes before the break. Matthew Bourne pounced on 67 minutes to restore Faversham’s two-goal cushion and seal the tie.

Folkestone Invicta  3 – 2  Greenwich Borough  

Venue: The Fullicks Stadium     Attendance: 351

Folkestone sealed a last-minute win at the Fullicks. Ex-pro striker Charlie MacDonald gave Greenwich the lead eight minutes in. Samuel Hasler restored parity just before half-time. Greenwich once again took the initiative through Travis Gregory just before the hour.  Greenwich were a man down when Kaka Dembele was sent off with 23 minutes remaining. Invicta took advantage & were level with 15 minutes remaining thanks to Michael Everitt ‘s goal. The game wasn’t finished there though as Kieron McCann’s header sealed a narrow win for Neil Cugley’s men.

Gorleston 0 – 4 Barking

Venue: Emerald Park       Attendance: 192

Barking produced a good display to progress to the next round. Theo Ola gave the Blues the lead on 28 minutes, before Dan Gilchrist made it two eight minutes later. After the break, Justin Gardner’s men made the win safe with goals from Alan Taylor (54’) and Gilchrist’s second of the afternoon (72’).

Hanwell Town  4 – 1 Brightlingsea Regent      

Venue: Perivale Lane      Attendance: 142

Step 4 Hanwell upset Regent to reach the next round at Perivale Lane. Charlie Mitchell put the hosts ahead after seven minutes. Glen Yala made it two four minutes before the break. Regent reduced their arrears through Matt Cripps’ goal a minute before half-time. Though second-half goals from Oliver Duffy (56’) and Yala’s second of the afternoon (86’) sealed the hosts’ progression here.

Haringey Borough  1  – 1 Hitchin Town

Venue: Coles Park        Attendance: 171

Haringey fought back to level this encounter at Coles Park. An Quba Gordon OG 12 minutes in gave Hitchin the lead before Rakim Richards levelled just past the hour to force a replay in midweek.

Hendon  1 – 1   Wingate & Finchley     

Venue: Silver Jubilee Park         Attendance: 298

Hendon forced a replay late-on in front of nearly 300 fans at Silver Jubilee Park. After a goal-less first half, Wingate led through Spencer McCall’s goal two minutes after the re-start. Hendon struck three minutes from time thanks to Rian Bray’s leveller and deny fellow Bostik Premier side the win.

Herne Bay 3 – 1 Walton Casuals

Venue: Winch’s Field     Attendance: 192

Herne Bay triumphed in this all-Bostik South contest at Winch’s Field. Junior Aikhionbare gave the Bay the lead nine minutes before the break. Roscoe D’Sane restored parity from the spot with 23 minutes remaining though late strikes from Alex Mulrooney-Skinner (77’) and substitute Nassim Dukali (90’) sealed a good win for John Embery’s men.

Hertford Town  1 – 1  Grays Athletic   

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park       Attendance: 315

Hertford came from behind to force a replay against Grays at Hertfordingbury Park. Hot-shot Kieran Bishop gave Ath the lead from penalty spot on 21 minutes. With 15 minutes to play, Tommy Wade struck to give Town another chance for FA Cup glory at Parkside in midweek.

Horsham 6 – 0 Ashford Utd

Venue: Goring’s Mead         Attendance: 243

Horsham powered to a big win over fellow Bostik South side Ashford at Goring’s Mead. Most of the damage was done in the first half as goals in the opening 20 minutes from Darren Boswell (11’) and Toby House (18’) gave the Hornets a decent cushion to build from. And that they did as House grabbed his second of the afternoon 11 minutes before the break and Steve Metcalf made it 4-0 at half-time. Second-half goals from Michael Waller (58’) and Robert O’Toole (62’) sealed the thumping win for Dominic Di Paola’s men.

Leatherhead 6  –  0 Cray Valley PM     

Venue: Feltcham Grove        Attendance: 283

Leatherhead sealed the place in the next round with a dominant performance at Feltcham Grove. Chike Kandi put the Tanners ahead on 28 minutes, before Jack Midson grabbed a quick-fire brace (32’ & 37’) to put the hosts three up. Kandi grabbed his second seven minutes before the break before completing his hat-trick eight minutes into the second half. Sam Blackman completed the rout seven minutes from time for Sammy Moore’s side.

Maldon & Tiptree 3 – 3 Hayes & Yeading Utd   

Venue: Park Drive         Attendance: 91

Maldon need a late-leveller to force a replay at Park Drive. Things started well for Maldon as Junior Ogedi-Uzowke gave them the lead from the spot 13 minutes before half-time. Hayes fought back though after the break as Harry Wise struck five minutes after half-time. The visitors took the lead through an unfortunate OG six minutes later. Ryan Gondoh restored parity just past the hour before Immanuelson Duku scored from the penalty spot on 68 minutes. 2-3. Johnville Renee grabbed a late equaliser to force a replay in midweek.

Margate   3 – 1   East Grinstead Town

Venue: Hartsdown Park        Attendance: 458

Margate prevailed in this one in front of a good down on the 3G at Hartsdown Park. Harry Stannard put the Gate ahead after 18 minutes, before Jordan Chiedozie doubled the lead seven minutes afterward. Chiedozie struck again eight minutes after the break to seal the win. Bostik South side East Grinstead pulled one back from the spot thanks to Marcus Elliot with six minutes left though the Bostik Premier side went through.

Metropolitan Police  3 –  2  Staines Town   

Venue: Imber Court

Met Police edged this all-Isthmian Premier encounter at Imber Court. Ryan James gave the Met the lead on the half-hour before Staines’ Max Worsfold levelled three minutes before half-time. A double-salvo from Charlie Collins (50’) and Tom Bird (54’) gave Jim Cooper’s side a cushion though the Swans still ensured a nervy ending through Elliot Buchanan’s consolation two minutes from time.

Phoenix Sports 2 –  0 Eastbourne Town

Venue: The Mayplace Ground          Attendance: 177

Phoenix secured their passage into the next round late-on at the Mayplace Ground. Goals from Jack Hopkins (82’) and Kweku Ansah (90’) were enough to win this one for the Isthmian South side.

Potters Bar Town  1 – 0  Bishop’s Stortford

Venue: Pakex Stadium        Attendance: 181

Isthmian North Potters Bar edged out Stortford to send the Evo-Stik Southern Premier side out of the competition. Eoin Casey got the only goal with 25 minutes remaining on a good day for Steve Ringrose’s side.

Ramsgate 3 – 3 Egham Town         

Venue: Southwood Stadium        Attendance: 204

Ramsgate came from behind three times to force a replay at Southwood. Egham led three minutes into the second half through Matthew Woods’ goal. Tom Chapman levelled for the hosts four minutes later before a penalty from Brendan Matthews on 58 minutes made it 1-2. Egham were sitting pretty as Louis Stead gave them a two-goal cushion with 13 minutes left. The Rams recovered though as late goals from Alfie Paxman (82’) and Luke Wheatley (90’) denied the visitors an impressive win.

Thamesmead Town 3 – 0 Lewes   

Venue: Princes Park        Attendance: 104

Thamesmead sent fellow Isthmian South side Lewes out with a good display at Princes Park. An early brace from Paul Vines (2’ & pen 17) put the Mead ahead and substitute Tashi-Jay Kwayie added a third with 13 minutes to play to seal a good day for Tommy Warrilow’s men.

Thurrock  1 – 1  Harlow Town         

Venue: Ship Lane    Attendance: 159

Harlow were denied the win late-on at Ship Lane. The Hawks led through Tommie Fagg’s opener just before the break. Thurrock did force a replay though as Lewwis Spence’s 25-yarder restored parity with just four minutes remaining.

Tilbury 0  –  1 Aylesbury Utd           

Venue: Chadfields       Attendance: 115

Aylesbury edged fellow Step 4 side Tilbury at Chadfields. Tyriq Hunte got the only goal ten minutes into the second half to seal the away-day win.

Tooting & Mitcham Utd  2 –  0   Merstham    

Venue: Imperial Fields       Attendance: 256

A goal in each half secured Tooting’s passage into the next round. Chace O’Neill’s opener three minutes before the break gave the Terrors a half-time lead. Substitute Jake Baxter struck with nine minutes left to send fellow Isthmian Premier side Merstham out of this year’s FA Cup.

Ware  2 – 1  Witham Town               

Venue: Wodson Park            Attendance: 101

Ware survived a second-half comeback from fellow Isthmian North side Witham to prevail at Wodson Park. First-half goals from Denzel Conteh (6’) and Yannick Kamanan (45’) gave the Blues the advantage. Elliott Ronto halved Town’s arrears with 16 minutes left though Kem Kemal’s side held on to progress to the next round.

Yaxley  0 – 1  Dereham Town       

Venue: Leading Drove          Attendance: 125

Dereham grabbed a narrow win at Leading Drove. Daniel Beaumont grabbed the only goal six minutes into the second half to seal the Isthmian North’s side place in the next round.

And..

Hadley 2 – 3 FC Romania    

Venue: Brickfield Lane   Attendance: 65

ESL side FC Romania sealed their place in their next round. Fellow Non-League writer Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980) was at the match and here is his report: http://www.realfootytalk.com/2017/09/02/hadley-2-fc-romania-3/

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Littlehampton Town  2  – 2  Chipstead      

Venue: St Flora’s Road       Attendance: 229

Bostik South side Chipstead held Littlehampton at St Flora’s Road. Jordan Martin put the visitors ahead on 27 minutes, before Lee Garnham levelled with three minutes to go until the break. After the break, Dan Kempson put Town ahead with 25 minutes remaining though Sam Bell grabbed an equalizer three minutes from time to take it back to High Road for a replay.

Romford 0 – 1  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Ship Lane          Attendance: 333

Hornchurch swept aside Romford at Ship Lane in front of a good crowd. Nathan Cooper scored the only goal with 19 minutes gone to seal the Urchins’ march to the next round. Romford can take some positives though they had goalkeeper Michael Gooch to thank for keeping them in the match.

Saturday 2nd September

Bostik League South

Hythe Town  5 – 1   Guernsey

Venue: Reachfields Stadium     Attendance: 192

Hythe powered their way to a big win at Reachfields. Kenny Pogue gave the Cannons the lead on 26 minutes. Charlie Webster struck to make it two seven minutes before the break, before Pogue got his brace five minutes into the second half. Thomas Dodds got what would be a consolation for the Green Lions 11 minutes from time. Late goals from Dean Grant (89’) and a Jamie Dodd OG (90’) sealed the points for Clive Cook’s side.

Sittingbourne 2  – 1  Whyteleafe    

Venue: Woodstock Park        Attendance: 122

Sittingbourne fought back to claim the points at Woodstock Park. Tommy Hutchings gave the Leafe the lead after eight minutes. After the break, the Brickies restored parity through Kane Rowland’s goal on the hour, before Tom Loynes got the winner on 71 minutes. As a result, Nick Davis’ side go second in the table.

Thank you for reading.

2017/18 FA Cup Prelim Round: Results round-up

Written by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a special round-up of some of the results from this weekend’s FA Cup Prelim Round ties, specifically involving Essex Senior League & Bostik Division Clubs. The winners of each receive £1,925 in prize money & a place in the First Qualifying Round of the competition.

Saturday 19th August

AFC Hornchurch  2 – 0 Brentwood Town   

Venue: Bridge Avenue   Attendance: 309

The Urchins progressed to the next round, defeating fellow Bostik North side Brentwood at Bridge Avenue. Both goals came in the second half from Hornchurch striker Ross Wall (64’ & 84’). Craig Shipman’s side will have to wait another season for a potential FA Cup adventure.

AFC Sudbury 4 – 0 Aveley

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   Attendance: 174

Sudbury comfortably defeated fellow Bostik North side Aveley at the Wardale Williams Stadium. The Yellows took the lead through Julian Smith with 27 minutes on the watch. Three minutes before the break, Adam Mills doubled the home side’s advantage. After the break, two goals in ten minutes from Dave Cowley (60’) and Alfie Carroll (69’) sealed the win for Jamie Godbold’s side.

Barking 0 – 0 Saffron Walden Town

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    Attendance: 76

Barking held Thurlow Nunn Premier side Saffron Walden Town at Mayesbrook Park. This stalemate means that both sides will have to do it all again at Catons Lane in midweek.

Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    Attendance: 174

Haringey overcame Bowers at the Len Salmon. The visitors led on 67 minutes as former Bowers player Ayron Coley struck, soon after coming off the bench. Borough made their progression into the next round safe with moments left as fellow substitute Ashley McDonald grabbed their second.

Bury Town 1 – 2  Tilbury

Venue: Ram Meadow    Attendance: 233

Tilbury fought off a late fightback from Bury Town to make it into the hat for the next round at Ram Meadow. Tilbury led after the quarter-hour through Adam Vyse before just past the hour mark, fellow striker Luke Hornsley doubled their lead. Darren Mills pulled one back for Town with 21 minutes remaining.

Canvey Island 0 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: Park Lane    Attendance: 224

Witham Town produced a good away-day win to defeat Canvey at Park Lane. Tyler Corlett put the visitors ahead on 21 minutes. Substitute Sam Ashford secured the win late on for Adam Flint’s men.

Clapton 2 – 0 Norwich Utd  

Venue: Old Spotted Dog   Attendance: 122

Clapton secured their passage into the next round by defeating Bostik North side Norwich Utd at the Old Spotted Dog. Substitute Raphael Duyile put the Tons ahead three minutes before the break. After the interval, Ikem Odeh sealed an important win twenty mnutes from time for Jon Fowell’s men.

Dereham Town 3 – 0  Corby Town

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 164

Bostik North side Dereham grabbed a good win at home to Corby Town. After only three minutes, Daniel Beaumont put the Magpies ahead. Dereham sealed the win with two goals in the last ten minutes courtesy of Ashley Jarvis and Beaumount grabbing his brace. Credit has to go to Corby goalkeeper Paul Bostock who played in this match aged 47 – best wishes to him.

Grays Athletic 2 – 0 Redbridge

Venue: Parkside   Attendance: 174

Grays defeated ESL side Redbridge on the 3G at Parkside. Sully Zuhdu gave the hosts the lead seven minutes before the break. Then, just six minutes after the re-start, Joao Carlos doubled the lead and ensured Jamie Stuart’s side are in the next round.

Great Yarmouth Town 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

Venue: Sandown Road    Attendance: 163

Great Yarmouth grabbed a late winner to knock out ESL side Basildon Utd in a tightly-contested match at Sandown Road. Substitute Lee Roots grabbed the winner eight minutes from time to seal the hosts’ passage into the next round.

Haverhill Rovers 1 – 1 Heybridge Swifts

Venue: The New Croft    Attendance: 188

This hard-fought encounter ended in a draw. Heybridge were reduced to ten men after just 15 minutes as defender Ryan Henshaw saw red. Swifts took the lead just three minutes later though, as Sam Bantick struck. Rovers recovered after the break though to seal a replay as Jordan Palmer scored 12 minutes from time. The replay will be played at Scraley Road in midweek.

Hertford Town 4 – 1   Hadleigh Utd

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park   Attendance: 260

Bostik North newcomers defeated Thurlow Nunn Premier side Hadleigh at Hertingfordbury Park. Hertford led after just two minutes through Daniel Bond. Jason Beck doubled the lead just before the break. Hadleigh pulled one back from the spot, thanks to Ben Elliott’s penalty on the hour. Hertford pushed on though as Bond got his second nine minutes later. Substitute Charlie Ruff grabbed a fourth for Town on 74 minutes, soon after coming on.

Ilford 1 – 1 Haverhill Borough

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 82

Ilford were held by Thurlow Nunn Premier side Borough at Cricklefield. Khadean Campbell gave the Foxes the lead ten minutes before the break with a curling 20-yard strike. Borough were level only eight minutes later though as Sam Hawley struck. Ilford had to see out the last 17 minutes with ten men but they held on for a replay at New Croft 3G in midweek.

Long Melford 1 – 2 FC Romania

Venue: Stoneylands    Attendance: 84

FC Romania secured their place in the next round with a good win at Stoneylands. Sergiu Pitaru gave FCR the lead with 26 minutes on the clock, before Toby Cleaver doubled the lead eight minutes before the break. Melford raised their game in the second half, and grabbed a goal back six minutes from time though substitute Nathan Rowe. The visitors held on though for a good win.

Maldon & Tiptree 5 – 1 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Park Drive   Attendance: 73

Maldon knocked out fellow Bostik North side Abbey at Park Drive. The home side took the lead on the quarter-hour through Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Only two minutes later, Chris Millar made it two. Macauley Joynes pulled one back for the Abbotts seven minutes before the break. After the break, Kieraan Bailey restored the Jammers’ two-goal cushion on 55 minutes, before Ogedi-Uzokwe grabbed his second two minutes later. Ryan Gondoh added a fifth from a super free-kick to seal a good win for Kevin Horlock’s men.

Newmarket Town 1 – 2 Ware

Venue: Ridgeons Stadium   Attendance: 100

Ware secured a good away-day win at Newmarket to make the next round. Yannick Kamanan put Kem Kemal’s side ahead after only five minutes. A Jack Watson penalty levelled things for the home side, before Kamanan struck again 12 minutes into the second half to grab the win for the Blues.

Potters Bar Town 4 – 1 West Essex

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 121

Potters Bar recovered from faling behind to record a good win over ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Michael Mignot gave the visitors the lead six minutes before the break. George Nicholas levelled for the Scholars almost immediately, before Eoin Casey put the hosts ahead on 52 minutes. Steve Brown grabbed a third mid-way into the second half, before Casey sealed the win with his second with twenty minutes left.

Soham Town Rangers 3 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd

Venue: Julius Martin Lane   Attendance: 123

Soham edged to an important win over Cogenhoe Utd. Two goals in a four-minutes spell saw Soham take the advantage through Daniel Buddle (36’) and Matt Allan (39’). After the break, the visitors pulled one back through Matt Long levelled thanks to Ryan Dove. Soham’s Callum Russell grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

Southend Manor 2 – 3 Gorleston

Venue: Southchurch Park   Attendance: 64

Manor narrowly lost out to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston at Southchurch Park. Manor took the lead through Michael Hopkins two minutes after the break. Jack Garrod levelled for the visitors on 58 minutes, before taking the lead five minutes later through Connor Deeks’s penalty. Stuart Marshall’s side were reduced to ten men as winger Alfie Lindfield was sent off. Manor fought back though and levelled through defender Daniel Okah’s over-head kick. The hosts probably thought they’d done enough for a replay though Gorleston’s Garrod grabbed his second in injury-time to seal the win for Ricci Butler’s side.

Stowmarket Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Humber Doucy Lane

Romford held Stowmarket Town at Humber Doucey Lane. The home side took the lead through Andrew Wood four minutes before the break. Paul Martin’s side levelled on 53 minutes through Jonathon Adebayo to get back in the match and the sides couldn’t be separated so it’ll be a replay at Ship Lane in midweek.

Tower Hamlets 0 – 4 Takeley

Venue: Mile End Stadium    Atendance: 55

Takeley saw off ESL rivals Tower Hamlets to make it through to the First Qualifying Round for the first time. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead after six minutes, before George Wappett increased the advantage eight minutes later. Bryn Thorpe added a third though it may have been an OG. Stuart Zanone sealed a good win for his side with three minutes remaining.

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury 2  –  2 Hullbridge Sports

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Hullbridge fought back to deny St Margaretsbury and take the tie to a replay. Hullbridge took the lead through Sam Dulieu’s free-kick after only four minutes. St Margetsbury levelled through captain Ryan Wade’s penalty on 54 minutes. The hosts then took the lead with twenty minutes remaining as Wade struck again from the penalty spot. Hullbridge secured a replay with a last-gasp leveller from substitute Ronnie Pallett. The replay will be held at Lower Road in midweek.

The First Qualifying Round takes place on the weekend of September 2nd/3rd. Thank you for reading.

2017-18 FA Cup Preliminary Round: Preview

Written by Peter D & Scott W

This weekend sees ten ESL sides compete in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round. The winners of each tie are awarded £1,925 and will make the First Qualifying Round of this year’s competition. Here are Peter and Scott’s thoughts on the upcoming ties:-

Saturday 19th August (3pm KO’s)

Clapton v Norwich Utd      Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Peter: The Tons welcome Bostik North side Norwich United to The Old Spotted Dog for what could be a potential ‘cupset’ here as the Tons are more than useful whilst the visitors sit bottom of their league after two defeats from two, however they will surely be a tough test for the home side still although I feel if you factor the travel and unfamiliar surroundings for the visitors, this may count against them and I can see the hosts pulling off a shock here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: Jon Fowell’s Tons welcome Isthmian North Norwich Utd to the Old Spotted Dog. Clapton have been inconsistent form-wise in league & cup so far though Norwich will be looking for a morale-boosting win though Steve Eastaugh’s men will need to be ‘on-the-ball’ as their hosts may well fancy this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Grays Athletic  v  Redbridge    Venue: Parkside

Peter: Parkside hosts Bostik North Grays against Redbridge and the visitors come into this cup-tie off form after two straight defeats without scoring in the league.  Grays have won one and lost one so far in the Bostik North however they should have enough I feel to see off the Motormen here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Jamie Stuart’s side welcome ESL side Redbridge to Parkside. Grays will see this as a winnable tie though will be conscious of the Motormen’s forward line which could make this one a tricky match. For Redbridge, it’ll be interesting how they perform after a largely inconsistent start to the ESL, and the new artificial pitch at Parkside might also be a factor in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Great Yarmouth Town  v  Basildon Utd     Venue: Sandown Road

Peter: The Bees travel to the Norfolk coast to take on Great Yarmouth Town full of confidence after a more than decent start to their campaign.  Basildon saw off Walsham-le-Willows in the last round and come up against a Yarmouth side who lost 4-1 at Godmanchester Rovers in midweek.  However, the hosts did thrash Diss Town 5-0 at home in the last round so can score goals so this will prove a tough test for Marc Harrison’s side.  I feel the fact that Basildon are staying in the area Friday evening will help their preparation even more and this will help see them to a marvellous victory I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Basildon make the long trip to Norfolk to take on ECL Premier Great Yarmouth Town at Sandown Road. The hosts are currently mid-table in their division, having played two matches. Basildon have started their ESL campaign well, and it’ll be interesting to see what effect their preparation for the match will have.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 1

 

Ilford v Haverhill Borough       Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Ilford hosts Thurlow Nunn Haverhill Borough hoping they can bounce back from their midweek loss at Burnham Ramblers although they can look towards the visitors’ league form this season which is played three, lost three, however Borough’s only win this season came in the FA Cup at Enfield 1893 so Ilford should be mindful of this.  But I can see the Foxes getting the result here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: Ilford welcome ECL Premier side Haverhill Borough to Cricklefield. Ilford’s start to the ESL has been inconsistent though they will want to respond well following their loss in midweek. In contrast, Borough have lost all three of their matches so far in the ECL Premier though they did knock out Enfield 1893 in the last round of the FA Cup.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Long Melford  v  FC Romania        Venue: Stoneylands

Peter: Hosts Melford have only picked up one point from three league games however their only win was against Hackney Wick although they were lucky to win that one.  FC Romania on the other hand have won all their league games so far although needed a replay to defeat Waltham Forest in the last round. Despite the hosts having home advantage I still believe the visitors will have too much for the Suffolk side.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: FC Romania travel to the Suffolk/Essex border to take on Long Melford at Stoneylands after knocking out Waltham Forest in their EPR replay in midweek. Long Melford haven’t won yet in the ECL Premier though they did knock out ESL newcomers Hackney Wick in the last round. Given the firepower they have in their side, FCR could very well prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Potters Bar Town  v  West Essex     Venue: Pakex Stadium

Peter:  West Essex’s terrific away record so far this season will be put under immense pressure as they travel to take on Bostik North side Potters Bar Town.  The hosts have started the season well, winning both their games so far and averaging two goals a game in the process, and having home advantage as well I feel they will probably have just much for the high-flying ESL outfit.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: An intriguing tie sees Isthmian North newcomers Potters Bar take on ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Both sides have started their respective seasons well. West Essex will be looking to get to the First Qualifying Round in their first-ever FA Cup campaign which would be a fabulous achievement, should they prevail here. Potters Bar will be looking to continue the ‘winning habit’ and being at home may give them an edge.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

Southend Manor v Gorleston         Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor welcome another Norfolk side to Southchurch Park after they defeated Wroxham there in the last round, however in Gorleston the challenge proves even tougher as the Thurlow Nunn side have won four of their five competitive outings so far, scoring fifteen times in the process, with their only defeat coming against big-spending Stowmarket Town last time out.  Manor have had a steady start to the campaign but are finding goals hard to come by and this was a problem in defeat to ESL leaders Takeley in midweek when they rued missed opportunities in defeat. This will be a tight contest however I see the Norfolk side progressing in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Manor welcome ECL Premier side Gorleston in another interesting tie at Southchurch Park. Manor edged out the visitors’ divisional rivals Wroxham in the last round, though with Gorleston starting their league season well, this may be a sterner test for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Scott’s Prediction:  0 – 1

 

Tower Hamlets v Takeley               Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hamlets are a far tougher nut to crack this season and they will give Takeley a game – no doubt about that, however the hosts struggled to beat a poor FC Broxbourne Borough side in the last round and are yet to record a league win.  Takeley on the other hand, have won all five competitive games this season although their midweek win against Manor was a tad fortunate, but they will surely have too much for Hamlets in the end and will progress I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Hamlets welcome ESL early high-flyers Takeley to Mile End. Although Hamlets haven’t won in the ESL yet this term, they do look a stronger outfit compared to last season, though Takeley are unbeaten in all competitions thus far and will take some stopping here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury   v  Hullbridge Sports     Venue: Stanstead Abbotts

Peter: The Sunday game sees Hullbridge travel to Hertfordshire to take on Spartan South Midlands side St Margaretsbury.  The hosts have lost both their league games so far and sit bottom on goals conceded whilst Sports have picked up two wins in all competitions this season including a 5-1 hammering of Ipswich Wanderers in the last round.  St Margaretsbury’s only win came against Burnham Ramblers in the last round when they fought back from 2-1 down to win in stoppage time and they hope to repeat that feat against another ESL side.  However I feel Sports will have just enough to see off the hosts.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: On Sunday, Hullbridge travel to Stanstead Abbotts following their impressive win over Ipswich Wanderers in the last round. St Margetsbury edged out Hullbridge’s ESL compatriots Burnham in the last round and will be in for another tough one here. Hullbridge have found some form of late, particularly in front of goal and if that continues here they may have the edge.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

As always, my thanks to Peter for his contribution to these Preview pieces.

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 and on his website featuring regular results round-ups & match reports at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl/ 

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14