Round-up: Bostik League North (Sat 15 Dec) [BLN 16.12.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up  of action this weekend that took place in the Bostik League Division North as every match did take place on the rain-drenched Saturday 15th of December.

Saturday 15th December

AFC Sudbury  8 – 2  Dereham Town  | Venue: King’s Marsh (3G)  | Att: 194

The Suds absolutely vanquished sorry Dereham with this massive win at King’s Marsh. The hosts led thanks to a brace from Paul Hayes [22’ & 40’] and a third from Callum Harrison, three minutes before the break put the hosts in command. The onslaught continued soon after the restart as Reece Harris smashed a hat-trick inside nine minutes [53’, 58’ & 61’] to erase any doubt as to where the points were heading. Joe Gatting did give the travelling support ‘something to shout about’ with a 67th-minute goal though Tom Monk made it 7 – 1 on 86 minutes. Gatting got his second two minutes later for the visitors before Mekhi McKenzie completed the rout on the cusp of full-time.

Sudbury claimed their fourth win in their last eight games and soit 9th spot while Dereham fall to the foot of the table following a run of six matches without a win.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 1  Soham Town Rangers   | Venue: Len Salmon Stadium  (3G)  |    At: 86

Bowers had super-sub David Knight to thank for this victory at the Len Salmon. Soham have shown sprinkles of revival of late and did take the lead on 25 minutes here through Sam Mulready’s spot-kick. Crucially though, that lead didn’t quite last until half-time as Lewis Manor levelled for Rob Small’s side just before the break. This ended up giving the hosts some impetus after the break as Knight got a brace [63’ & 90’] to secure Bowers’ their third straight win  which takes them back to the summit of Bostik North. Soham’s third loss in their last five sees them fall to second-bottom.

Bury Town  2 – 1  Barking    | Venue:  Ram Meadow   |  Att: 240

Town overcame the Blues thanks to two goals from key man Ollie Hughes. He got the opener on 25 minutes though Darelle Russell eliminated that lead eleven minutes afterward. The hosts re-took the lead right before the interval as Hughes grabbed his second of the afternoon and with no further goals in the second period; Town’s four-match winless run is over as they sit in 8th spot. Barking reside in 14th place.

Canvey Island  0 – 1  Witham Town   | Venue: Park Lane  | Att: 121

Witham continued their recent upturn in form with a terrific win at Canvey. Johnny Ashman got the only goal on 62 minutes to give Mark Ashford’s men their third straight win to catapult them out of the bottom two, into 16th. Canvey’s inconsistent form reared its head again with their 5th loss in their last eight matches here which saw them drop to 11th.

Coggeshall Town  3 – 0  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: West Street | Att: 64

Coggeshall continued their good home form with a strong performance at West Street. Sam Bantick put the hosts ahead after 29 minutes before Connor Hubble doubled that lead on 62 minutes. Rovers had Brian Moses and Jake Gordon among their front line though Cogg sealed the win thanks to Ross Wall’s goal ten minutes from time. The hosts have only tasted defeat once n their last eight and rise to 3rd spot, just three points off leaders Bowers. Wakering are winless in their last four now and fall to 15th.


Grays Athletic  2 – 2  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Parkside (3G)  |  Att: 204

These two playing-off chasing sides couldn’t be separated at Parkside. The Bees took the initiative three minutes before the interval as Luke Stanley struck. Ryan Reed inadvertently levelled for the hosts by putting through his own net on 63 minutes though Callum Taylor struck from 12 yards with nine minutes and caretaker boss Lee Connor may have thought they may have earned the three points. It wasn’t to be though as Aron Gordon got Ath another draw with his strike four minutes later. Grays stay 6th despite not winning in their last three games while Bas remain two points behind in 7th and today have appointed Laindon Orient boss Neil Blackburn as their new manager until the end of the season.


Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 1  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Venue: Park Drive | Att: 122

Maldon produced a stirring comeback to claim all three points at Park Drive. Miles Powell put the Seasiders ahead on 61 minutes though two goals in two minutes swayed the direction of the points as a spot-kick by DeCarrey Sheriff on 74 minutes plus Eddie Dsane’s winner a mere minute later sealed the match’s fate. Utd have lost three on-the-bounce now and drop to 13th while the Jammers rise to 2nd spot, just two points off leaders Bowers after 7 wins in their last eight matches.



Mildenhall Town  0 – 6  Brentwood Town |   Venue: Recreation Way  |  Att: 110

Brentwood pummeled the Hall to add to their hosts’ misery at Recreation Way. Charlee Hughes continued his fantastic recent scoring run with a hat-trick, firstly to put the hosts ahead on 29 minutes and then added two more in the latter stages [72’ & 76’]. Tony Stokes also grabbed a pair of strikes, one from the spot on the hour and late on [82’]. Goalkeeper Rob Budd also scored with 11 minutes remaining to complete a stellar day for Craig Shipman’s improving side – their third win in their last four, which helps them rise to tenth. Mildenhall have only had one success in their last eight now and are a point clear of the bottom two in 17th.


Romford  1 – 5  Heybridge Swifts   |   Venue: Rookery Hill   |  Att: 118

Heybridge continued their fine form with a big win at beleaguered Romford. The dependable Matt Price stroked home a penalty on 21 minutes to give Swifts the lead. Debutant Reece Hewitt levelled for Boro four minutes before the break though full-back Guillem Ramon struck right on half-time to give the visitors the lead once again. Price got his second [62’] before the visitors made the points safe thanks to strikes by Jack Adlington [76’] and Elliot Ronto three minutes later. The winless stretch extends for Paul Martin’s side, and having lost eight of their last nine outings, they fall to 18th. Swifts have opened up a six-point gap from the play-off chasing pack, thanks to their fourth win on-the-spin.


Tilbury   3 – 0  Aveley   |   Venue: Chadfields |  Att: 159

The Dockers sent ten-man Aveley to a rare defeat at Chadfields. Oliver Spooner gave Marc Harrison’s side the lead on the half-hour mark before Aveley saw Dan Humphreys dismissed. The hosts took advantage as Lewis Smith [75’] and George Sykes late on sealed the points to take them up to 12th. Aveley drop to 4th on goal difference after their 13-match unbeaten streak ended here.


Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 15 Dec) [ESL 16.12.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to another of round-up articles, looking at this weekend’s weather-affected action in the Essex Senior League on Saturday 15th December.

Friday 14th December

Barkingside  P – P Walthamstow  (due to a frozen pitch)

Woodford Town  P – P  Southend Manor   (due to problems associated with the Harlow Arena)


Saturday 15th December

Clapton  P – P  Hullbridge Sports  (due to a unplayable surface)


Leyton Athletic   0 – 2  Hoddesdon Town | Kitchener Road  | Att: 12

Hoddy emerged with the points from this battle at Kichener Road. Jack Lee gave the visitors the lead after just five minutes and that lead doubled on 28 minutes as Oliver Gnandi struck to consign Ath to another defeat which keeps them second-bottom. Hoddesdon stay in 8th place.


Redbridge  1 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Oakside  |  Att: 32

I attended this match, and you can find my report here:


Saffron Walden Town  3 – 5  Stansted  | Catons Lane  | Att: 251

Stansted won a pulsating encounter at Catons Lane. The Airportmen hit the ground running quickly as early goals from Callum Ibe [8′] and the returning Connor Hammond [17′] put them in a decent position. The Bloods are known for their own goal-scoring talents and club stalwart Spike Bell pulled a goal back on 20 minutes before an OG on 35 minutes brought the scores level. Ibe got his second of the afternoon two minutes into the second half though that lead barely lasted ten minutes before Lewis Francis smashed home a penalty on 58 minutes. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s team had the final say though as strikes by Jack Mitchell [65′] and debutant James Peagram [86′] saw the visitors back to the ESL summit.

For more on this match, check out my Non-League colleague Pete Dudley’s report here:


Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 0  Stanway Rovers  | Crofters | Att: 41

Sawbo struck early in each half to claim the points over a out-of-form Stanway outfit. Recent signing Julien Lloyd broke the deadlock on six minutes before Lewis Deamer [49′]  made it two on his return from a long injury lay-off. John Watters’ side kept going to continue their upturn in form which sees them up to ninth spot now. Stanway’s woes away from home continue as they stay 14th.


St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Enfield  | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 27

Enfield produced a fine second-half comeback to overcome St Margs at the Rec. Charncey Dash got his name on the score-sheet again on eight minutes and you may have thought this would be another grey day for the E’s. Not so as bang on the hour mark, Dan Chambers levelled things before a rare strike by Matt Thoma with three minutes left sealed all three points and end their three-match winless run and rise three places to 15th. St Margs drop to 10th spot.


Tower Hamlets  A – A llford  | Mile End

The remorseless rain had an impact on this match as it was called off at half-time, with a new date to be determined.


West Essex  2 – 5  Takeley  |  Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 18

Finally for this weekend, Takeley powered past the Stags to win their 9th match in their last ten. The hosts initially took the lead as Izzy Ogedu-Uzokwe struck on ten minutes. This stirred the visitors up and they were level eight minutes later through Mosope Oguntuga and ended the half well ahead thanks to a brace from Jason Todd [25′ & 40′[ with a strike by Alex Martin sandwiched in between with 35 on the watch. Cameron Gray made it 2 – 4 with seven minutes remaining though Todd completed his hat-trick from the spot with two minutes left. Marc Das’ side are now only a point behind leaders Stansted in 3rd, behind Hullbridge on goal difference. West drop to 11th.

For more on this match, you can catch fellow Non-League writer Scott Lanza’s report here:

That’s all from me, for more on all things ESL, check out

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd (Sat 15th Dec) [ESL 15.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 38

Saturday 8th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sporting Bengal: Red Shirts, Green Shorts, Red Socks

Bengal overcome Redbridge in awful conditions at Oakside


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

The weekend’s Essex Senior League tie took me to Oakside to see Redbridge face Sporting Bengal Utd. It is in some ways hard to fathom the difference between the home side of this term, as opposed to last term though I wanted to see for myself how they would fare against a Bengal side that is in the top ten. The hosts were rather depleted with the likes of Sam Buffour, Vinny Murphy, Larry Asare and Remi Nelson all unavailable with Glody Nsamu and Terrell Miller as full-backs, Daniel Smith and Quincy Egjebale at centre-back with a front two of ex-FC Romania forward Vladut Sighiartau and Michael Ogboin. The visitors were also hampered by availability and illness with Ibrahim Ugradar in goal and a front three of Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu and ironically enough, former Motormen forward Reside Coxi-Sebastfao. Jay Knight, Bobby Redwood and Adil Haque were all on a strong bench for Imrul Gazi’s side.

To give you an indication of just how gloomy it was, the floodlights were on before kick-off. Both sides had half-chances right from the get-go as Steven Carvell struck wide for the visitors, from winger Codey cameron’s cushioned pass. At the other end, Redbridge winger Muyiwa Osenie fizzed a low shot across goal though that crucial final touch eluded his team-mates. The hosts did break the dead-lock after only five minutes as a looping header by midfielder Bryan Kyungu found the corner. It should be said that the rain was already lashing down and making conditions tricky to say the least, but more on that later.

Sporting had two more chances soon after the goal, as a defensive howler let in Carvell who blazed his effort wide of a grateful home goalkeeper Lewis Greene, scrambling back into position to cover his errant defenders. Soon after, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao pinged a shot into the side-netting as well – the danger-signs were there. Right on the quarter-hour, the visitors were level and what a cracker of a goal it was. Carvell, with the outside of his boot, curled a sumptious curler into the top corner – another one for ‘the personal collection’ I suspect.

Much to their credit, the Motormen did not let that set-back get to them, with winger Samuel Phillips providing a real outlet with his crossing, pace and trickery. Sporting were indebted to goalkeeper Ibrahim Ugradar who pulled off a really good save to deny home forward Vladut Sighiartau’s powerful effort on 20 minutes. The custodian then made further good saves to deny fellow forward Michael Ogboin when he was one-on-one and then Sighiartau again.

The visitors, perhaps realising they could have been behind, poured forward again and from a free-kick four minutes before the interval, Carvell sent over a wickedly dipping free-kick which Greene had to tip over the crossbar. Add to that efforts from Cameron and stand-in full-back David Vaughan which needed the intervention of Greene and boss Imrul Gazi will have been wondering how his side were not ahead.

He didn’t have to wait long. A minute before the break, a Bengal counter-attack started by a long ball by the adept Ashaan Siddik was met by forward Jason Ngandu who set about on a powerful run and then beat Greene one-on-one although the goalkeeper did get a half-block on it but it wasn’t enough to stop the net from rippling.

Half-Time:  Redbridge   1 – 2  Sporting Bengal


The second-half was somewhat lighter in terms of chances as the conditions continued to make their mark, with driving rain and a freezing wind. ‘No picnic’ for the players & officials I can say though credit to both sides as it was a searing test of their desire and energy levels. The hosts did struggle to create chances at times as the visiting defence show how improved they are this term. with captain Kamarl Duncan and full-back David Vaughan particularly impressive.

What I will add though is that the hosts showed no lack of ‘bottle’ or spirit whatsoever and Kyungu really tried to orchestrate moves forward as well on a surface that was getting ever-harder to play cohesively on. Sporting arhuably finished the match strongly though Cameron’s header and substitute Bobby Redwood’s curling effort failed to beat Greene.

In Fairness, home centre-back Quincy Egjebale and full-back Terrell Miller had good games as they did hamper the onslaught of a once-again quick and slick attacking Bengal side. Bengal will undoubtedly be pleased with the ponts today, though they really had to work hard for them and if they were were more clinicial then it could’ve been four or five in the ‘onion bag’ for them today. Again, credit to both teams for the work rate and drive they both showed for the hardy souls who came out to attend this match.

Full-Time: Redbridge   1 – 2   Sporting Bengal Utd

Finally, I would like to thank Redbridge for their kind hospitality, the half-time food certainly did go down well, that much is 100% true!


Redbridge   | Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Glody Nsamu, Terrell Miller, Liam Burgess, Daniel Smith (Capt), Quincy Egjebale, Sam Phillips, Bryan Kyungu, Vladut Sighiartau (DJ Adelekan 66′), Michael Ogboin, Muyiwa Osenie

Goal-scorer: Bryan Kyungu [5′]

Booked: Nsamu, Sighiartau | Subs Not Used: Duggan, Eaton

Sporting Bengal  | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Ibrahim Ugradar (GK), Raul Gazi (Bobby Redwood 46′), David Vaughan, Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Rokib Choudhury, Codey Cameron, Ashaan Siddik, Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao (Jay Knight 58′)

Goal-scorers: Steven Carvell [15′], Jason Ngandu [42′]

Booked: R Gazi, Siddik   | Subs Not Used: Haque, S Ahmed, Tandon

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 14th/Sat 15th Dec) [ESL 13.12.18]

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to another of our Preview pieces with Non-League writers Peter Dudley & Scott W, looking at this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League. What do you reckon to our thoughts on these ties? Thanks for reading.

Friday 14th December

Barkingside v Walthamstow | Cricklefield

Pete: On paper, there can be only one winner here at Cricklefield between winless Barkingside and a Walthamstow side who have just signed Leon McKenzie to join their riches of firepower in their side. Stow’s form of late has been mixed though to say the least although two wins from their last three do suggest they are on the rise once again and they come up against a Barkingside team who have lost their last four and are rock bottom of the division with no confidence at all. Expecting a healthy away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 4

Scott: The weekend’s action gets underway at Cricklefield as Barkingside welcome an inconsistent Walthamstow. ‘Side have had a period out of action which may or may not aid them as they look to close the gap to their rivals at the foot of the table. ‘Stow had the week off last week as well and have strengthened as Peter mentioned. Anything besides ‘Side’s ‘A’-game will likely send them to another loss here, even though ‘Stow still concede a few goal here & there.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Woodford Town v Southend Manor | The Harlow Arena

Pete: Hosts Woodford come into this one having seen their winning run ended at Hullbridge in midweek but they can take great heart from that having played 73 minutes of that game with ten men and could of arguably won that one too. They welcome a Southend Manor side to the Harlow Arena who had won back-to-back matches prior to their narrow home loss to Takeley last time out, so they prove a difficult assignment. But I expect the hosts to get back to winning ways here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: The other match on Friday night sees Manor travel to Harlow to face Woodford in what is a very rare Friday night encounter for them. Woodford are still in good form, despite their winning run coming to a halt at Hullbridge in midweek. They are also among the sides at the top of the goal-scoring charts and although Manor have shown flickers of promise lately, notably conceding less goals, this is still a tough match in prospect for them. Home win for me as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Saturday 15th December

Clapton v Hullbridge Sports | Old Spotted Dog

Pete: League leaders Hullbridge travel to Forest Gate after making it five wins on the bounce in the league with victory over Woodford in midweek, and they take on a Tons side who ended a three game losing run in midweek with a win over Enfield, so they will have been buoyed by that win. However the visitors are a much different prospect and I feel the Bridge Boys will prevail here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Hullbridge take on the Tons at the Old Spotted Dog. The hosts have had a mixed week with a narrow loss at St Margaretsbury last weekend being gazumped by a good home success over Enfield in midweek. Hullbridge recovered from their disheartening FA Vase exit to Newport Pagnell Town last weekend by a hard-fought home win over fellow form side Woodford in midweek. Two wins in their last eight matches shows that Clapton are a tough side to predict, though ‘Bridge have won their last five league matches, the exertions of the last week may make this a tough match. Away win, just.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Leyton Athletic v Hoddesdon Town | Kitchener Road

Pete: The hosts have been playing well of late but not picking up maybe what they feel they deserve, but no wins in their last six games isn’t great form, although they did end a two-game losing streak with a draw last time out at Sporting Bengal United so they will be a threat to a Hoddesdon side who have been rather inconsistent of late, so this one could be tight. Not expecting many goals here so gone for a low scoring draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: This interesting tie in terms of the form book takes place at Kitchener Road. Leyton are showing that they can battle of late and you feel they are going to have to do that on a consistent basis to avoid falling into a relegation scrap. Hoddesdon didn’t have a good weekend last time out though as they fell to a home loss to West Essex. If the visitors play near their best though, I believe they have enough to claim the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Redbridge v Sporting Bengal United | Oakside

Pete: The Motormen’s home form at Oakside is well-documented, having only won once at home in the league all season, which was against bottom side Barkingside. Two straight losses mean the confidence won’t be too high either although they had two straight wins prior to that, which kind of sums up the hosts season so far. Sporting arrive at Oakside having drawn their last two after their long unbeaten run had come to an end in that epic game at Hullbridge a couple of weeks ago now, and they will certainly fancy a win here and I feel they may just do that too.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Sporting Bengal make the short trip along the Central Line to Oakside. The fortunes of these two sides this season compared to last has been fascinating. Redbridge have had a poor week, with a heavy FA Vase loss to Chertsey Town being followed up by a slightly more surprising home league loss to West Essex in midweek. Bengal have had a midweek off after being not making the most of good spells in the draw at home to Leyton Athletic. Bengal haven’t won in three matches now though if they get last week’s frustrations out of their tank, they could overpower the Motormen here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Saffron Walden Town v Stansted | Catons Lane

Pete: Game of the day certainly comes from Catons Lane at the weekend as Saffron Walden take on Stansted in what is 4th against 2nd with the hosts looking to overhaul their local rivals and opponents with a win here. Form would suggest a home win perhaps, with Walden having won their last two, although The Airportmen are unbeaten in three with one of those wins, so it’s going to be tight and one hell of a battle no doubt. The visitors could also go top if Hullbridge slip up, but I feel the hosts may grab the win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Walden welcome the Airportmen to Catons Lane for the first time in an Essex Senior League match in some years. Jason Maher’s side have won four of their last six and also tend to score heavily at home, more often than not. Club stalwart Spike Bell is set for his 400th appearance for the Bloods so congratulations to him, that marker is not often seen. Walden did overwhelm Ilford heavily last weekend while Stansted fought back late on to clinch a draw with Sawbridgeworth then. My gut feeling is defences may not prosper here and that could make for a stonker of a match. Draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Sawbridgeworth Town v Stanway Rovers | Crofters

Pete: The Robins have slowly started to move up the table after only one defeat in their last six, and they welcome a Stanway side who have lost four of their last five games as their season has taken a bit of a nose-dive. However, the one match they didn’t lose was a home win over Sawbo just over a week ago so this may prove key going into this battle. But I feel the hosts will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: This intriguing tie sees Sawbridgeworth looking to ‘return the favour’ to Rovers after their recent defeat in the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns. John Watters’ side has had a fine week with a good performance in the Stansted derby last weekend before edging a tough encounter with Hamlets only two days later. Four wins in their last eight games shows their upturn in form while Rovers have managed three wins from their last nine though they are in transition. Their away form isn’t good either with one win in ten thus far. Home win in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

St Margaretsbury v Enfield | The Recreation Ground

Pete: These two met here in the FA Cup back in August and the hosts managed to win that won after Enfield missed an early penalty. Since those early days in August things have improved for the hosts and not so much for the visitors with the home side having won back-to-back coming into this one whilst Enfield have lost three straight matches as they are right down in the lower reaches of the league. Fancy a similar result to the one in August.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: St Margs welcome the E’s to the Rec. The hosts are definitey picking up with one loss in their last six outings, compounded by a narrow win over Clapton last weekend. The same cannot be said for Enfield unfortunately, as losses this week to Hamlets & Clapton mean they have lost four of their last five matches. Factor in their poor record away from home and the pointers do tend to sway the way of the hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Tower Hamlets v Ilford | Mile End Stadium

Pete: Hamlets were on a two-match winning run scoring nine goals until they lost to Sawbridgeworth last time out, but their opponents Ilford are in woeful form right now having lost four straight games so the hosts will certainly fancy their chance of getting back to winning ways here. And I also fancy them to do just that.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Hamlets have somewhat ‘found their feet’ recently results-wise as hey welcome an out-of-form Foxes side who apparently lost forward Yemi Adelani to Waltham Abbey about a week ago. Hamlets won well at Enfield last weekend before losing out at home to Sawbo on Monday night as their discipline debatably affected them again. Ilford have lost their last four matches, the last two of those both being heavy losses to Woodford and Saffron Walden. I have a funny feeling this may be a draw as the visitors have it in them to battle hard, even if the goals have dried up of late.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

West Essex v Takeley | Mayesbrook Park

Pete: Takeley are one of the in-form sides in the division right now and they travel to Mayesbrook Park to take on a West side who have won two in a row so both sides certainly come into this one full of confidence. Could be a tight one here but I reckon the visitors will just sneak this one by the odd goal in three.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Takeley travel to Mayesbrook Park to face a West Essex side who have won their last two at Hoddesdon and Redbridge respectively, without conceding a goal. Marc Das’ side though are ‘riding the crest of a wave’ results-wise of late as they are ten matches unbeaten now. Defensively they have tightened up as well and that could be the difference here against an attack-minded and stubborn Stags side who won this very fixture last season.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 8 Dec) [EOFL 10.12.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to an extended round-up of Essex Olympian League action from this past weekend, which this week includes Senior Division Four, alongside the top four tiers. I try to be through. Thanks for reading.


EOFL Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts won 4 – 2 against Old Southendian at Silver Leys. The home side’s scorers were Michael Moore, Josh Osude, Joel Brown and Mark Robinson and although OS responded through Tom Staines and Ed Gould, Swifts still grabbed their 5th straight league victory. Leigh Ramblers continued their upturn in form with a 3 – 1 triumph over Hutton at Belfairs with Montana Stewart and Andrew Webster both scoring, along with an Own Goal to overpower a Chris Skingley reply for the visitors.

Springfield’s losing run extended to four matches as they lost 2  – 0 at home to  Canning Town, with Neil Barrett and Suliaman Mossaquai scoring for a Town side getting their third win in their last seven.

Manford Way finally ended their losing stretch with a respectable 0 – 0 draw at fellow strugglers Great Baddow, who haven’t won in seven matches themselves now.


Senior League Cup R: Catholic Utd  4 – 1  Sungate


EOFL Senior Division One

Basildon Town produced a good display to achieve a 2 – 0 home success over inconsistent Galleywood. Jimmy Markham and Barv Waikwaiku goals saw Town to their fifth win of the season.

FC Hamlets continued their fine form by defeating May & Baker Res 5 – 0. Ajibola Orinloshe, Tyler Sanago-Ishmael, John Gilroy, Pa Jagne and Darren Serrano-Griffiths all netted to give Hamlets their 5th straight league win.

Shenfield AFC and Ongar Town fought to a 2 – 2 draw at St Martin’s. Robbie Hobbrough and Ben Abolson netted for the home side though Peter Davies and Lee Perry strikes made sure of a point for the visitors. The hosts are unbeaten in their last five matches now.

Old Chelmsfordians defeated Rayleigh Town Res by a single goal thanks to Martin Mixture’s effort. Meanwhile, Herongate Athletic won 2 – 1 at Frenford Res to grab only their third win so far this term.


EOFL Senior Division Two

Goals were not found wanting at all in Senior Two. First, Beacon Hill Rovers drew  4 – 4 at home to Shoebury Town. Dave Howard, Charlie Brown, Will Simpson and Rene Bearman all struck for Rovers though a pair of braces from Dom Binns and Scott Clark for the visitors ensured the points were shared.

 Chingford Athletic picked up an important success with a 2 – 1 win at Lakeside. Jack Yates and Eric Kelly goals overcame a strike from the reliable Drew Klessa-Smith for the hosts to claim the points. Runwell Sports continue to impress this term with a 6 – 1 home triumph over Rochford Town. Declan Clarke has been a big part of that success and he grabbed four of the home strikes, with Jordan Gregory and Scott Mortlock also netting.   Ashley Fowles got the Rochford consolation though in fairness, they won’t be the only side who struggle against Sports this season.

Toby hammered May & Baker  ‘A’  11 – 0 at home with four players getting doubles. Des Gallen, Paul Carr, Idris Aminu and Peter Spicer braces were added to by Ben Britton, Dom Levy and Junior Bammeke to complete an utterly resounding win against the strugglers.


Ryan were held 3 – 3 by Newham Utd in another entertaining affair in Walthamstow while Upminster couldn’t field a side so Harold Wood Athletic Res were awarded with the victory.


EOFL Senior Division Three

Hutton Res were held 1 – 1 by White Ensign Res with Carl Dutton scoring for the hosts, and Adam Smith responded for the Ensign second-side. Roydon got the result of the day in this division with a massive 8 – 1 victory over bottom side Basildon Town Res. The trio of Nigel Jordan, Nader Benzid and Ewan Rockall all got braces here with Darren Williams and an OG rounding out the scoring. Old Southendian Res had a Greg Molford hat-trick to thank for a 3 – 1 success over Old Chelmsfordian Res, who replied through Cosmin Rotau. Leaders Westhamians were held to a goal-less stalemate by visitors Academy Soccer.


Essex Junior Cup:  Corinthians  1 – 2   Leigh Town


EOFL Senior Division Four Round-up

Dagenham Utd  continued their good season with a big 7 – 3 win over Catholic Utd Res at the Len Forge Centre. Ex-Redbridge forward Jacob Dingli continued his stellar goal-scoring run with four goals here, with Sam Kingett notching a brace and Jesse Martin also chipping in. Epping Town ‘threw a curveball’ into proceedings this week with the signing of former Ilford & Walthamstow forward James Peagram and he ‘does what he does’ as he grabbed all three of Town’s goals in a 3 – 0 win over Lakeside Res at Stonards Hill.

Elsewhere, Canning Town Res won 2 – 0 at Old Barkabbeyans.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 7/Sat 8 Dec) [ESL 9.12.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]


Hello & welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action, which includes the re-set FA Vase R3 ties which failed to make it due to adverse weather last weekend.

Essex Senior League  – Friday 7th December

Woodford Town  4 – 1  Stanway Rovers   | Harlow Arena | Att: 94

Woodford continued their fine run with their third win in seven days. Jordan Sanderson’s third-minute goal put the free-scoring Wood ahead. Temi Babalola rippled the net again with his first of the evening, ten minutes before half-time. The hosts were dominant at this point and Sanderson got his second only three minutes later. Babalola joined the ‘brace club’ on 65 minutes to give Dee Safer’s side more than a big enough cushion and although Rovers pulled one back through Tyler Harris, they succumbed to their fourth loss in their last five. Woodford have won their last six matches on-the-trot and the next two months will have a bearing on just how much of a ‘surprise package’ they will be this season.

Saturday 8th December

Enfield  2 – 4   Tower Hamlets   | Harlow Arena | Att: 50

The Harlow Arena also saw a terrific win for a re-energised Hamlets side. Luke With grabbed a double [18’ & 28’] before the opening half-out was out. Iljhal Currie-Wilson made it three only three minutes afterward. The E’s powered out of the blocks in the second half and Dan Chambers [52’] & Michael Opoku [53’] goals heavily cut the visitors’ lead though Kris Queeley’s goal on the hour rounded out the scoring to hand Hamlets their third win in their last five outings. Matt Hanning’s team have grabbed one win in their last five and need to settle to avoid getting dragged into the shoot-out at the foot of the table.



Hoddesdon Town  0 – 2   West Essex   |  Lowfield  | Att: 69

West Essex surprised their hosts to pick up an important three points at Lowfield. Two goals in three minutes did the damage as first, Tom Woodbridge put the Stags ahead on 36 minutes. Powerful front man Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe made a welcome return to the goal-scoring charts for his side with the game’s second only two minutes afterward. That lead was cherished and held on to as well to give West their second win in their last seven. Hoddy’s third loss in their last six sees them mired in inconsistency.


Saffron Walden Town  5 – 1  Ilford   |  Catons Lane  | Att: 150

The Bloods continued their super form over the Foxes this term with a powerful display at Catons Lane. Jason Maher’s side were three goals to the good by half time as Tom Lakin [7’], Lewis Francis’ penalty on 32 minutes and Marcus Crowther [45’] goals saw them in a great position. Ilf simply had no answer to the firepower of their hosts as Dan Trendall grabbed a double as well [47’ & 81’] to secure Walden’s fourth win in their last six matches. Connor Kain gave the Foxes something to ‘shout about’ with a consolation four minutes into the second half though a seventh defeat in their last eight beckoned.


Southend Manor   0 – 1   Takeley   |  Southchurch Park  | Att: 26

Takeley got the job done with a narrow success over a Manor side that are looking a little brighter in recent times. Coby Miles got the only strike of the match on 14 minutes to give Marc Das’ side their seventh win in their last eight games, which has deservedly catapulted them into the promotion reckoning alongside the chasing pack of Saffron Walden Town and Woodford Town. Manor’s mini-revival has been stifled and they will want to avoid being back in the lower part of the table.



Sporting Bengal Utd   1 – 1   Leyton Athletic   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 35

I attended this match as Leyton did wel to hold a Bengal side who had enough chabces to win well here. My Report is here:


St Margaretsbury   1 – 0   Clapton   |  The Recreation Ground  | Att: 22

Max Mitchell’s side secured a narrow victory as talisman Charncey Dash got the only goal on 16 minutes, which gave St Margs their third win in their last six league outings. The Tons are still in a tricky period with five defeats in their last seven matches now.


Stansted   2 – 2   Sawbridgeworth Town    |  Hargrave Park  | Att: 62

The ‘Pittuck-Watters’ derby match ended up being a draw for the second time inside a month though for most of the match, it really didn’t favour the hosts. All the goals came in the second half with Sawbo quickly opening up a cushion with two goals in six minutes. First, Joe Wright has been a ‘go-to’ man for Town with regards to goals and he got another on 65 minutes. That lead was doubled as substitute & ex-Stansted forward Julian Lloyd [70’] struck though the drama was hardly at an end.

The Airportmen are a tough side to beat and showed that grit again as a quick-fire brace from James Turvey [84’ & 87’] wiped away the three points and a few smiles from a Sawbridgeworth dug-out though they should still be happy with a run of only two losses in their last seven matches. The hosts are finding it tough to win of late with only one of them in their last five.


The FA Vase – Round Three Results


Hullbridge Sports  0 – 2  Newport Pagnell Town  | Lower Road  | Att: 61

Redbridge  0 – 5  Chertsey Town  | Oakside  | Att: 68


Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 1 Leyton Athletic (Sat 8 Dec) [ESL 8.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 37

Saturday 1st December 2018  – 3pm KO

Sporting Bengal:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts,  Blue Socks

Leyton Ath: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks

Profligate Bengal are held by battling Leyton at Mile End

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me to Mile End to see Sporting Bengal Utd face a Leyton Athletic side that have started to show a bit more resolve under new boss Eli Benoit. The conditions were rather damp and they had a further lashing of rain to gift away but more on that later.

For the hosts, new signing Reece Hewitt lined up on the right flank while Steven Carvell and Jay Knight made up the front two with playmaker Ashaan Siddik supporting and David Vaughan on the left wing. Leyton have lost goalkeeper James Scammell to Romford so Jay Walsh was between the sticks here plus a front three of Mario Gjini, Jason Brown and Lance Ledgister with both Londono brothers (Chris & Daniel) on the bench.

Sporting edged the opening salvos of this encounter, as David Vaughan tested the Ath defence though his centre evaded both the visiting stopper Walsh and his team-mates in the six-yard box. The hosts then saw their first clear-cut chance go awry as from talisman Steven Carvell’s super low ball in, Vaughan contrived to lob a strike well over the woodwork.

In the next part of the first half, both sides traded chances as midfielder Misha Djemaili fizzed a strike wide for the visitors before Carvell saw his powerful strike crash into the woodwork from the edge of the penalty area. Leyton winger Rujorn Tuitt was threatening down the left with his pace and trickery which the home defence did struggle to contain. On the stroke of 20 minutes, Tuitt struck a 20-yard effort over the bar as you wondered who would strike first.

We soon got an answer. Just before the half-hour, Sporting led as Carvell’s seaching cross found Jay Knight who directed a fine header across goal. Eli Benoit’s side was far from out of the game though as both Tuitt and Emmanuel Oluwole both couldn’t find a way past home goalkeeper Mahood Suleyman. As half-time rapidly approached, Carvell couldn’t make the most of a one-on-one chance as his shot was well-denied by Walsh and Vaughan couldn’t tuck home the rebound.

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal  1 – 0  Leyton Ath

The weather started to have a slight impact after the break as the rain increasingly fell down on an already wet surface. Leyton ‘keeper Walsh was fortunate that a misjudged clearance didn’t enter the reach of Vaughan in the area merely a minute after the break. Djemaili called Suleyman into action again eleven minutes into the half as his low drive forced a decent save by the home custodian.

If I was being totally honest, there were phases of the second half which were scrappy as both sides remain competitive, Leyton showing resolve in battling hard to contain the hosts whilst also having creative outlets themselves through Tuitt and forward Mario Gjini, who had been giving the hosts a tricky afternoon with his pace. Indeed, Gjini levelled things up here with 18 minutes to play as his low shot found the corner, whilst well-poised in the area.

Sporting rallied and created a number of chances though Walsh denied substitutes Adil Haque and Reside Coxi-Sebastiao as well as Knight late on plus Carvell drive another effort wide as the hosts just couldn’t restore their advantage. Leyton did finish strongly as well going forward as the game got increasingly stretched though neither side could get that decisive winner.

Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 1  Leyton Athletic

Bengal will know they had an ‘off-day’ here, particuarly in their finishing though some of their play was indicative of how they have done this seasion so far. Leyton worked hard and defended arguably better than they have in other matches this term and goalkeeper Jay Walsh did well to deny the opposition of a number of occasions. A point apiece it is though on another day it could well have been a different story.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to Sporting boss Imrul Gazi and to the club for the kind welcome they extended to me this afternoon, prior to kick-off.

Sporting Bengal  | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Mahood Suleyman (GK), Rakib Choudhury, Jon Watson (Raul Gazi 7′), Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Chris Greenslade, Reece Hewitt (Adil Haque 64′),  Ashaan Siddik, Jay Knight, Steven Carvell, David Vaughan (Reside Coxi-Sebastiao 47′)

Goal-scorer: Jay Knight [28′]

Booked: Haque, Greenslade    | Subs Not Used: Islam, Tandon

Leyton Athletic   | Player-Manager: Eli Benoit

Jay Walsh (GK), John Lye, Harry Rixon, Emmanuel Oluwole (Daniel Londono 57′), Junior Miller, Cory Rider (Capt), Rujorn Tuitt, Misha Djemaili (Chris Londono 77′), Mario Gjini, Jason Brown, Lance Ledgister (D’Neil Bryan 62′)

Goal-scorer: Mario Gjini [72′]

Booked: C Londono   |  Sub Not Used: Samangwa