Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 22.4.18)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at both ends of the table on “Kick It Out” Day.

Saturday 21st April

 

Basildon Utd 3 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 76

The Bees rounded off an excellent week with victory over Woodford at The Hive. George Whitby gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes before a brace from influential winger Jack Adlington [14′ & 45′ +1] sealed the success for Marc Harrison’s side – their 5th straight win and sit 3rd, outside the second promotion place on goal difference alone, with a game in hand on 2nd-placed FC Romania. Woodford drop to 13th and end their season next weekend with a home tie with Enfield 1893.

 

Enfield 1893  0 – 2  Takeley
| Venue: The Harlow Arena   | Att: 69

Takeley once again showed their gritty determination to get the points at the Harlow Arena. Recently-returned forward Stuart Zanone put Marc Das’ side ahead a minute into the second half before a late OG sealed Takeley’s fourth win in their last six which keeps them 5th, still eight points adrift of Redbridge above them. Enfield’s fine nine-match unbeaten run is over though they are in 9th place and four points from their last two matches should secure a top-ten finish.

 

FC Romania  3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  | Att: 34  | “Kick It Out” Day Designated Match

FCR continued their decent form in recent weeks with a battling win over ten-man Tower Hamlets at Theobalds Lane. Gabriel Ghinea put the hosts ahead eight minutes before the break. Goals from Andrei Baciu [56′] and Sergiu Pitaru [82′] made sure of the points while Montel Williams got Hamlets’ consolation. FCR sit 2nd, above Basildon on goal difference, having played a game more than the Bees. Hamlets eighth-straight defeat drops them to 12th with their chances of a top-ten finish fading.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  3 – 2  Clapton
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 81

Wakering had to fight hard to claim another three points over inconsistent Clapton at Burroughs Park. Steven Sardinha struck to give the Tons a surprise lead on 22 minutes though scarcely a minute later, influential winger Billy Johnson brought GWR back on level terms. Neil Richmond put Rovers ahead three minutes before the break. Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to give the hosts daylight though Nathan Cook halved the lead for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining. Wakering’s 6th win in their last seven means they are five points clear at the summit, needing five points to secure the title. Clapton’s poor end to the season goes on with one win in their last eight games & they reside in 6th, only a point clear of West Essex, having played three games more than the Stags.

 

Hackney Wick  3 – 1  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 48

The Wickers dispatched Hullbridge in their first match since relegation was confirmed in midweek. A brace from Tony Cookey and one from Joel Appiah were enough to grab a morale-boosting three points for Chris Davis’ side. Luke Hornsley got a late goal for Sports who could still do with another victory to avoid any last-day drama – they are in 16th, four points clear of the bottom four.

Click this link for Video Highlights & post-match Interviews (courtesy of WD Sportz): https://youtu.be/BGn68ux-rcA

 

Ilford 1 – 3 Barkingside
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 49

Barkingside came from behind to grab a major win in the “Cricklefield derby”. Ilford led through Jake McWee’s opener on 16 minutes though couldn’t see the match out as three goals in the last 22 minutes turned it around. Roddy Lemba [69′] brought things level before strikes from James Briggs [76′] and Michael Ogboin’s spot-kick four minutes from time saw ‘Side to their 3rd win in their last seven to rise to 15th. Ilford’s sixth defeat on-the-reel sees them stay 11th.

 

Southend Manor  4 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 49

Manor edged another brillantly entertaining encounter at Southchurch Park. Sawbridgeworth’s goal-scorers were Matt Frew, Daryl Doolan and Jack Cousins while second-half goals from Lewis Sparrow [50′], Alfie Lindfield [62′], Brennon Nolan [73’] and the eventual winner from skipper Lee Delf eight minutes from time ended Manor’s five-match winless run to see Adam Peek’s side move eight points clear of the danger-zone in 14th. Sawbridgeworth’s third defeat in their last seven means they cannot improve on 8th place now this term.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1  Redbridge
| Venue: Oakside (12pm KO) | Att: 70 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

Sporting Bengal surprised the Motormen in this match ‘reversed’ to Oakside and was also the early kick-off. Bobby Redwood [16′] broke the deadlock before returning talisman Brian Moses levelled things three minutes before half-time. Bengal skipper Freddy Tandon fired home the winner 16 minutes from time to give Imrul Gazi’s men the double-whammy of a club-record fourth-straight victory and also break the club’s ESL points record and they also rise to 10th spot. Redbridge’s stutter continues as their winless stretch extended to four matches and are now three points adrift of the top three and arguably their fate is ‘no longer in their own hands’ with regards to promotion.

 

Waltham Forest 2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 61

Waltham Forest edged ten-man Stansted to record a priceless victory in their bid to avoid the drop. Stansted led thanks to Ryan Ramsey’s penalty on 19 minutes. Though much to the delight of the Waltham Rabble, Elias Siligato erased that lead nine minutes before the break. Recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s spot-kick on the stroke of half-time ended up sealing the points. Forest are now unbeaten in four and they go above Stansted into 17th, two points clear of them though Forest only have one match to play, compared to Stansted’s two. The Airportmen are 18th and face Enfield and Basildon during the week.

 

West Essex  5 – 1   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 84 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

I attended this match and you can find my match report here:
https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/match-report-west-essex-5-1-wadham-lodge-esl-21-4-18/

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

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Match Report: Takeley 0 – 1 FC Romania (GBMT Final 2.4.18)

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final

Venue: Leslie Field

 

Attendance: 139

 

Monday 2nd April 2018 – 3pm KO

 

2017/18 Season – Match 60

 

Takeley: Royal Blue Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

FC Romania: Red Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

 

 

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

With photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015) and Adam Richardson (Twitter: @ELRFootball)

On a damp afternoon at Burnham’s Leslie Field, the first ESL Cup final of the season saw holders Takeley face FC Romania in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final. Team-wise, Takeley were hampered by player unavailability here with Alex Martin leading the line with George Wappett and Mitchell Das on the flanks. FC Romania lined up with Sergiu Pitaru, Mihai Circiumaru and Florin Pop in a three-man attack.

The side in the ‘away’ dug-out started the stronger here, as FC Romania dominated possession and having a series of efforts on goal that didn’t really test Takeley goalkeeper Ronnie Yates. Nine minutes in, after good build-up play by Florin Pop, his shot was saved by Yates though fellow forward Mihai Circiumaru shot wide, following up.

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FCR’s Florin Pop in action (Credit: Andy Wilkins)

Takeley defender Andre Humphrey symbolised his side’s committed defending by making a couple of inportant tackles on the edge of the penalty area in the first third of the match. To be fair, Takeley did have forays forward at times and with 22 minutes on the clock, Nick Barrett blazed a free-kick over the bar.

 

FCR had another great chance three minutes later as Florin Pop was one-one-one with Yates and although the ‘keeper got the better of that exchange, the ball trickled out to Sergiu Pitaru who couldn’t find the target. FCR custodian Adrian Darabant was largely untroubled in the opening half though had to be alert to gather a good cross in from the left flank, ahead of the on-rushing Mitchell Das. As the interval beckoned, Yates was in the action again, only this time pulling off a good save to stop Humphrey putting through his own goal.

 

Half-Time: Takeley 0 – 0 FC Romania

 

 

Early in the second period, Takeley started the brighter of the two sides and eight minutes in, captain Jason Todd had a good chance to break the deadlock but shot just wide after being fed by target-man Alex Martin, who led the line quite well, although he was quite isolated at times. Takeley did have the ball in the net with twenty minutes or so remaining, though Mitchell Das’ strike was ruled out for off-side.

As we entered the latter stages, FCR kept going well as attacking full-back Sergiu Maximov delivered a good ball into the box from the right flank though couldn’t find a team-mate in the box. Five minutes before the 90, FC Romania did break the stalemate as substitute Attila Kelemen broke free of the attentive Takeley defence and slotted home past Yates to send the travelling Wolves’ support delirious.

 

Takeley did keep Darabant and the FCR defence honest in the last few minutes though the FC Romania goalkeeper punched a corner away from danger.

 

Full-Time: Takeley   0 – 1  FC Romania

All in all, you can argue that FCR had more chances in this match and lacked a bit of clinical finishing though for the most part, they defended well against a Takeley forward line that was missing Carl Mullings and Will Green. Marc Das’ side may just be starting to feel the effects of their intense fixture congestion and they will have better days than this. Credit to them though as they defended the trophy they won twelve months ago with characteristic vigour and passion. In my view, FC Romania deserved their victory here.

 

 

My thanks to Burnham Ramblers for their hospitality and it was good to be amongst ‘the great and the good’ of the Essex Senior League today including the various League officials.

 

Teams:

 

Takeley   |   Manager: Marc Das

 

Ronnie Yates (GK), Bryn Thorpe, Andre Humphreys, Nick Barrett, Mike Castle, Matt Hurley (Frankie Oatham 74′), Mitchell Das, Freddie Burrell, Alex Martin, Jason Todd (Capt), George Wappett

 

Booked: Burrell, Barrett  | Subs Not Used: Bartram, Gill, Green

 

FC Romania  |   Manager: Ion Vintila

 

Adrian Darabant (GK), Sergiu Maximov, Felix Lupu, Gabriel Ghinea (Cosmin Sandu 60′), Constantin Arotaritei, Andrei Baciu, George Taban (Capt), Adrian Balsanu, Sergiu Pitaru (Attila Kelemen 72′), Mihai Circiumaru (Mihai Botosan 54′), Florin Pop

 

Goal-scorer: Attila Kelemen [85′]

 

Booked: Circiumaru, Arotaritei  |  Subs Not Used: Stroe, Carter

 

Referee: Rhys Battye
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Charlie Roberts
Fourth Official: Craig Pullen

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 31.3.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Senior League action which again was heavily affected by weather… Groundhog Day & a broken record anyone?

 

Saturday 31st March 2018

Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Woodford Town
| Venue: Leslie Field | Att: 36

I attended this match and my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/match-report-burnham-ramblers-3-1-woodford-town-esl-31-3-18/

 

Clapton 0 – 3 Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Att: 42

Sawbridgeworth continued their fine recent form with a win over 6th place Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog. Joe Wright put Sawbo ahead seven minutes before the break. A minute after the interval, Aaron Thomas struck to double the lead before Terrell Hunter secured the win later on. Thanks to their 4th win in their last five, John Watters’ side leapfrog Ilford and Tower Hamlets and go into 8th spot. Clapton’s fifth straight defeat means they stay 6th though nearest challengers West Essex have three matches in hand on the Tons.

FC Romania 4 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd | Venue: Theobalds Lane | Att: 35

FCR warmed up for their Gordon Brasted Final appearance on Easter Monday with a comfortable victory over Bengal at Theobalds Lane. The hosts netted another four times here. First through an OG seven minutes after half-time before Mihai Botosan [56′], Cosmin Sandu [73′] and Sergiu Pitaru ten minutes after that sealed the points to grab FCR’s second win in their last four matches. They remain 3rd, though are two points shy of GWR in 2nd. Bengal slide down to 15th, four points clear of the drop zone after three defeats in their last five now.

 

Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Mile End Stadium | Att: 46

Hullbridge ended a superb week for them with a first-half inspired victory at Mile End. Only six minutes had elapsed when Luke Hornsley gave Darren Manning’s side the lead. Adebola Sotoyinbo the continued his recent goal-scoring form by adding a brace [19′ & 22′] to all but seal the points. However, a clean sheet eluded them as Harry Matthews struck in injury-time to give the hosts something to shout about. Hullbridge’s third straight win sees them leap up to 14th, though are five points clear of the relegation zone. Hamlets suffered their third straight loss here and drop to tenth.

And finally, here are the postponed matches over the last few days.

Thurs 29th March – Woodford Town P – P Takeley
Fri 30th March – West Essex P – P Hackney Wick

Sat 31st March
Basildon Utd P – P Redbridge
Ilford P – P Wadham Lodge
Southend Manor P – P Barkingside
Stansted P – P Enfield 1893
Takeley P – P Great Wakering Rovers

Essex Senior League Round-up (ESL 10.3.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend as only four of the ten fixtures survived the persistent rain this week. Even so, there were some important results gained this weekend.

 

Saturday 10th March

 

Barkingside  0 – 1 Enfield 1893
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 48

Enfield continued their super recent run with a last-gasp win at Cricklefield. Ex-Side striker Aundre Spencer struck in added-time to give the E’s their 4th win in-a-row and go up to 12th spot, eight points above the bottom four. Barkingside are now winless in their five matches and sit 15th, three points above that bottom four.

 

Basildon Utd   P – P   Stansted
| Venue: The Hive |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Clapton  P – P  Hackney Wick
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

FC Romania 5 – 0 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  |  Att: 23

FC Romania remained top with this triumph over the Hullbridge at Theobalds Lane. After the visitors managed to hold the free-scoring hosts at the break, FCR broke the stalemate three minutes into the second half through Felix before a quick-fire hat-trick from Mihai Circiumaru [54′, 63′ & 67′] sealed another important three points before Felix grabbed his 2nd late on. FCR maintain the lead at the summit, a point clear of GWR. Hullbridge remain 18th, two points off Waltham Forest above them after a second damaging defeat in days.

 

Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 1 Waltham Forest | Venue: Burroughs Park | Att: 77

I attended this match and my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/match-report-great-wakering-rovers-3-1-waltham-forest-esl-10-3-18/

 

Redbridge P – P Southend Manor   | Venue: Oakside |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  P – P Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Mile End Stadium

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Takeley P – P Ilford | Venue: Station Road

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

West Essex 1 – 0  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 17

West Essex picked up a rare clean-sheet in a late win over Hamlets at Mayesbrook Park. Talisman Michael Mignot secured all three points six minutes from time to reduce the gap between the two sides to a point (Hamlets in 8th & West Essex 9th) and Kwame Kwateng’s side have two games in hand on the Mile End side.

 

Woodford Town  P – P   Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Goffs Lane

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 25.2.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend as the focus shifted to some relegation ‘six-pointers’ involving four of the bottom six sides.

 

Friday 23rd February

Woodford Town P – P  Takeley  | Venue: Goffs Lane

This match has been postponed due to floodlight failure.

 

Saturday 24th February

 

Barkingside  0 – 2   Basildon Utd
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 73

Basildon came through a tricky away fixture to continue their promotion challenge at Cricklefield. Marcus Bowers [44′] and Tommy Barton [87′] goals were enough to give the Bees their 4th win in their last six matches, remaining 4th, 5 points off the leaders. Barkingside’s first loss in five matches sees them drop to 15th, three points clear of the bottom four.

 

Clapton  P – P  Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

FC Romania 3 – 1   West Essex
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  |  Att: 12

FC Romania went top with this triumph over the Stags at Theobalds Lane. James Broomley gave the visitors a surprise lead five minutes before the break though that lead only stood for four minutes before Florin Pop levelled. The hosts rallied and took the lead through Sergiu Maximov before Vlad Sighiartau secured the points late on. FCR’s third win in their last six matches and go a point clear of GWR at the summit, though the chasing pack do have matches in hand. West Essex drop to 9th after their fourth loss in their last six matches.

 

Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Lower Road  | Att: 37

I attended this match as Hullbridge were held by fellow strugglers Wadham. My match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/report-hullbridge-2-2-wadham-esl-24-2-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town P – P  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Crofters End  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 3   Ilford
| Venue: Southchurch Park   | Att: 41

Ilford produced arguably one of their best away-day showings this season to win at Southchurch Park. Goals from George Whitelock, Liam Burgess and an OG secured the Foxes’ first win in five matches which sees them remain 7th , three points clear of Tower Hamlets behind them. Manor’s indifferent form continues, they remain 12th with matches in hand though they are seven points clear of the bottom four.

 

Tower Hamlets  2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 34

Hamlets overcame Stansted at Mile End. Strike pair Luke With and Wale Odedoyin were on-target for AJ Ashinike’s side while Oliver Fortune had put the visitors ahead before the half-hour. Hamlets ended a five-match winless run here to go back into 8th place while the Airportmen’s 4th defeat in their last six sees them drop to 14th spot, four points clear of the bottom four.

 

Waltham Forest  1 – 2  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 39

Enfield continued their mini-revival with an excellent win at Kitchener Road. Ayo Odukoya gave Matt Hanning’s side the lead on the quarter-hour before Christian Owusu levelled for Forest six minutes before half-time. Dan Chambers [61′] got the winner for the E’s as they secured their fourth win in their last five outings and rise to 13th, five points clear of the relegation zone – a relative luxury compared to just a few weeks ago. Forest are still in bother themselves as their run without a win now sits at five matches, in 17th spot, two points above Hullbridge in 18th.

 

That’s all for this weekend from the ESL, check back soon for more articles. Bye for now.

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

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.