Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (4.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog.

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South on Easter Monday & Tuesday 4th March:

 

Monday 2nd April

 

Aveley 3 – 0  Canvey Island
| Venue: Parkside (6pm KO)  | Att: 342

Aveley secured a big win to leave Canvey’s promotion chances fading in the wind. Myles Keizer-Burrows [30′] and Tom Richardson [41′] goals gave the initative to the hosts in the second of two games at Parkside. Calvin Ekpiteta’s late third sealed the Millers’ 3rd win in their last six matches sees them rise to 15th. Canvey’s fourth defeat in their last eight matches sees them remain 4th though they also are nine points behind the top two.

 

Bowers & Pitsea  P – P    Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Brentwood Town 1 – 6  AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: Parkside (1pm KO)  | Att: 235

The double-header at Parkside began with a big win for champions-elect Hornchurch over Brentwood. The Urchins were two goals ahead early on as Tobi Joseph [3′] and Nathan Cooper [5′] struck. George Purcell made it three on 21 minutes before Christian Assombalonga’s hat-trick [35′, 61′ & 83′] added to Brentwood’s pain before Brenden Cavalier’s late consolation. Town fell to their fourth loss in their last eight outings and they remain 21st, nine points above the bottom spot. Hornchurch’s 3rd win in their last six matches means they are three wins away from the title.

Bury Town  P – P   AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Ram Meadow  |

 

Cheshunt  P – P   Hertford Town
| Venue: Theobalds Lane   |

Dereham Town  P – P  Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Aldiss Park  |

Maldon & Tiptree  P – P  Witham Town
| Venue: Park Drive  |

Mildenhall Town P – P  Norwich Utd
| Venue: Recreation Way |

Romford  P – P  Grays Athletic
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att:

Waltham Abbey   P – P    Haringey Borough
| Venue: Capershotts |

 

Ware  1 – 4    Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 89

Potters Bar secured another important victory to move into the promotion places. A brace from Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes [24′ & 45′] gave the Scholars the advantage. Ben Ward-Cochrane made it three five minutes after the restart. Jordon Watson’s spot-kick [67′] put the hosts back in the match though Eoin Casey’s strike 11 minutes from time sealed the visitors’ 7th win in their last nine outings. Ware’s 2nd loss in their last seven sees them stay 20th.

 

Barking P – P Tilbury  (Tues 3rd April)

Fixtures:

Brentwood Town v Grays Athletic
Heybridge Swifts v Aveley
Mildenhall Town v Norwich Utd
Ware v Soham Town Rangers (all on Thurs 5th April)

 

Bostik Division South  – Monday 2nd April 2018

 

Ashford Utd  3 – 1  Faversham Town     | Att: 478

Carshalton Athletic  1 – 0  South Park  | Att: 345

Cray Wanderers  2  – 2   Greenwich Borough  | Att: 269

East Grinstead Town  1 – 7   Hastings Utd  | Att: 124

Guernsey   2 – 0    Chipstead   | Att: 613

Herne Bay  1 – 2  Hythe Town  | Att: 318

Lewes   P – P  Horsham  |

Phoenix Sports   0 – 3   VCD Athletic | Att: 186

Ramsgate  1 – 1  Sittingbourne   | Att: 206

Thamesmead Town  P – P    Shoreham  |

Walton Casuals  0 – 0  Corinthian-Casuals  | Att: 314

Whyteleafe   2 – 1    Molesey   | Att: 125

 

Fixtures to come:

Guernsey v Faversham Town
Thamesmead Town v Shoreham   (Wed 4th Apr)

South Park  v   Herne Bay   (Thurs 5th Apr)

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 24.3.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, with several interesting results affecting both ends of the table.

 

Friday 23rd March

West Essex 2 – 0 Waltham Forest
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 41

The action started on Friday night as West Essex defeated Forest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot struck again for the hosts to put them ahead 12 minutes into the second half & late on, a sweet Joe Lefley free-kick sealed the points and the Stags’ third win in their last five and they rise to 7th in the table. Forest’s predictament is rather blue as thanks to other results, they drop into the bottom four, a point from safety as their recent winless run extends to seven matches.

 

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  FC Romania
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 35

Burnham made a rousing comeback to clam their first point of 2018 against promotion-chasing FC Romania at Leslie Field. The visitors were two-up within ten minutes as first Alexandru Bostina [5′] and then Mihai Circiumaru put Ion Vintila’s side in a good position. The visitors didn’t take their chances following that though and paid for it as first Julian Bavin [19′] had a hand in the hosts first before hot-shot Charlee Hughes got a dramatic leveller in injury-time. Ramblers still drop to second-bottom, two points from safety though may have grafted some hope from this result. FCR stay third though are now seven points adrift of leaders Redbridge with Basildon chasing them down as well.

 

Hackney Wick  0 – 4  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

Wick stumbled to another damaging defeat at the OSD. Sawbo took the points through a brace from Aaron Thomas plus strikes from hot-shot Toby Cleaver and Matt Frew. Wick remain bottom, 12 points from safety now while Sawbridgeworth’s third win in their last four matches keeps them 10th, two points behind Ilford.

 

Hullbridge Sports 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Lower Road | Att: 38

I attended this match – my match report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/match-report-hullbridge-4-0-sporting-bengal-esl-24-3-18/

 

Ilford  1 – 3  Enfield 1893  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 50

An Ilford side that’s somewhat ‘in-transition’ were defeated by in-form Enfield at Cricklefield. The visitors were two ahead by the quarter-hour as Dan Chambers [13′] and Ayo Odukoya [15′] gave Matt Hanning’s side the advantage. Recent signing Harry Watkins pulled one back from the spot nine minutes later before Aundre Spencer sealed the win midway through the second half. The Foxes third defeat in four leaves them 9th while Enfield are 14th, six points clear of the bottom four.

Redbridge  3 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 69

The Motormen drove on to another important victory, this time over rivals Takeley at Oakside, in a match were both sides ended with ten men. Talismanic striker Brian Moses put his side ahead 14 minutes in, before strike partner Thomas Gogo doubled that lead five minutes later. An incident ended with both Moses and Takeley defender George Powell seeing red before Gogo coverted a late penalty to seal the hosts fourth straight win and open up a two-point lead over Wakering at the summit. Takeley remain 5th, with up to seven matches in hand on the top four though are 22 points behind second-placed Wakering.

Southend Manor  1 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Southchurch Park  | Att: 107

This local derby so nearly ended with a victory for the hosts but Wakering levelled right at the death. After a goal-less opening 45, Brennon Nolan put Manor ahead on 65 minutes before the late drama which saw Ricky Evans secure a point for Iain O’Connell’s promotion-chasers. Manor are winless in their last four matches now, sitting 12th with ten matches to play. GWR’s four-match winning run ended here and are 2nd, two points behind leaders Redbridge.

 

Stansted   1 – 3    Barkingside
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Stansted were on the recieving end of a Barkingside revival at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Ryan Ramsey gave them the lead after only three minutes. Though ‘Side responded ten minutes later through new signing Rob Hodgson before Aaron Lesta [70′] and Raphael Duyile [78′] sealed the turnaround to end a six-match winless run, they sit 15th, four points clear of the bottom four. Stansted fall behind their opponents and are only two points clear of danger in 16th and are winless in five matches themselves.

 

Wadham Lodge 1 – 4  Basildon Utd
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 34

Basildon’s first-half performance saw them well on their way to another big victory at Kitchener Road. James Peagram [3′], Ollie Spooner [24′], Marcus Bowers [35’] strikes saw Marc Harrison’s side lead comfortably at the break. Substitute Jack Adlington added a fourth on the hour before Wadham got a consolation through Danny Francis with 11 minutes remaining. Wadham sit third-bottom, two points from safety. The Bees got their third straight win as they gained ground on FC Romania ahead of them plus the Bees have three matches in hand.

Woodford Town (2017)  2 – 1  Clapton
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Att: 133

Woodford secured a good win at Goffs Lane. Dion Lewis-Kirwan put Woodford ahead before Sham Barnwell levelled for the Tons. De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale got the winner as the obtained their third win in their last seven matches to remain 11th, six points clear of Southend Manor. Clapton’s fourth straight league defeat leaves them 6th though West Essex are seven points behind them with three matches in hand over the Tons.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.

Bostik Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 17.3.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of Bostik League North & South action. The weather struck once again as rain & snow heavily affected both divisions this weekend.

 

Saturday 17th March

AFC Sudbury 0 – 2 Potters Bar Town
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 190

The Suds fell to a home defeat against in-form Potters Bar. Goals from Lee O’Leary [11′] and Michael Murray [23′] secured the Scholars’ 6th win in their last 8 matches to take them above Canvey, into 3rd spot. Sudbury’s third straight defeat leaves them in 12th spot.

Barking 0 – 2 Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 71

Barking’s inconsistent nature struck again with a loss to mid-table Soham. Lee Chaffey broke the deadlock on 14 minutes before an OG from Barking defender Adeyemi [68′] sealed the points for the visitors and in doing so ended a three-match winless run for them. Barking’s third loss on-the-trot sees them 9th while Soham are 15th.

Bury Town 2 – 1 Canvey Island | Venue: Ram Meadow | Att: 251

The Islanders lost out at Ram Meadow. Jack Lankaster gave Town the lead two minutes after the break, before Tevan Allan [71′] gave the hosts a more comfortable advantage. Canvey replied through Mitchell Gilbey’s strike eight minutes from time though Danny Heale’s side drop to 4th as they continue to stutter somewhat with two wins in their last six matches. Bury stay 11th after their first win in four matches.

 

Heybridge Swifts 3 – 1 Cheshunt | Venue: Scraley Road | Att: 203

Heybridge took another stride towards the play-offs with a good win over nine-man Cheshunt. Matt Price’s brace [21′ & 44′] put the hosts ahead before the visitors were not one but two men down after Agholor & Symons were both dismissed in a six-minute spell midway into the second-half. Despite their numerical disadvantage, Amadou Kassarate struck nine minutes before time for the Ambers to perhaps put the odd doubt in the home fans’ minds though that doubt was quelled six minutes later as Jack Cawley scored to secure the win for Jody Brown’s side. Heybridge’s 6th success in their last 8 matches sees them up to 8th, six points off the top six with at least four matches in hand while Cheshunt slip back to 23rd after only their second loss in their last six.

 

Norwich Utd 1 – 1 Bowers & Pitsea | Venue: Plantation Park | Att: 82

Bowers made the long trip north though were held by the improving Planters. David Knight’s sweet 35-yarder [33′] powered Rob Small’s side ahead though Nathan Stewart levelled on the hour to extend the hosts’ unbeaten run to three matches and go back into 22nd on goal difference. Bowers remain 2nd, six points clear of Potters Bar in 3rd.

Ware 1 – 0 Hertford Town | Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 251

Ware secured a vital win over mid-table Hertford. Jordon Watson’s goal [35′] was enough to give his side their 2nd straight win and rise to 20th, ten points off the bottom. Town’s 4th loss in their last six sees them in 13th spot.

Matches OFF on 17.3.18 (Due to the adverse weather)

AFC Hornchurch P – P Mildenhall Town
Aveley P – P Haringey Borough
Brentwood Town P – P Grays Athletic
Dereham Town P – P Waltham Abbey (Due to Travel conditions)
Tilbury P – P Maldon & Tiptree
Witham Town P – P Romford

 

Bostik Division South (Sat 17.3.18)

Ashford Utd 2 – 3 Phoenix Sports | Att: 198
Hastings Utd 1 – 0 Walton Casuals | Att: 263
Shoreham 0 – 3 Corinthian-Casuals | Att: 97
VCD Athletic 2 – 1 East Grinstead Town | Att: 42

Postponed matches: Chipstead P – P South Park, Greenwich Borough P – P Thamesmead Town, Guernsey P – P Faversham Town, Herne Bay P – P Whyteleafe, Hythe Town v Sittingbourne, Molesey P – P Lewes & Ramsgate P – P Carshalton Athletic

Sunday 18.3.18 Fixture

Cray Wanderers v Horsham | Att: TBA

 

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Wadham Lodge (ESL 24.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 37

2017-18 Season – Match 56

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018 – 3pm KO

Hullbridge Sports: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

Wadham Lodge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & White Socks

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Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With photos by Neil Hunwicks  (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16)

On a freezing cold day at Lower Road, Hullbridge welcomed Wadham Lodge for a crunch match at the bottom of the table. Hullbridge were missing the likes of Jimmy Cox and Russell Harley though still could name Luke Hornsley (captain for the day as well), Callum Ibe, Michael Salako and Rob Hodgson in their starting XI. Wadham’s attack was led by evergreen striker Sherwin Stanley, with Paul Oshin and on-loan goalkeeper Louie Chapman also in the starting XI, with Abdoulie Njai and Abiola Tanimowo options on the bench for Jason Ngandu’s side.

The hosts began the match the stronger with several forays forward, though efforts on goal from forward Luke Hornsley and full-back Charlie Buffin couldn’t get past visiting goalkeeper Louie Chapman. Wadham did also have a glimmer at goal in the early stages with forward Sherwin Stanley being well-tackled by home defender Dan Okah before having an effort from distance.

Although the hosts had more of the chances in the first half, they didn’t really have the urgency or tempo that they needed and Hornsley was a little isolated up top at times. That said, in the latter stages of the half, forward Callum Ibe’s free-kick was parried away well by Chapman. Moments later, Wadham midfielder Jerome Mtumba’s shot needed the intervention of home custodian Jamie Merralls.

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Hullbridge forward Callum Ibe was a threat once again today (Image Credit: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 0 Wadham Lodge

After the first-half stalemate, this match needed to liven up a bit and it certainly did though not in the way the hosts would’ve liked. Five minutes into the second period, indecision by Merralls gave winger Danny Francis enough room to lob the ball over him into an empty net after breezing past the home defence. Not one for the back five to savour that. Still, the hosts were behind for only four minutes before Callum Ibe rounded opposition defenders before blasting home past Chapman to level things up.

It got better for Darren Manning’s side on 62 minutes as full-back Matt Rose ghosted into the area, and found himself one-on-one with Chapman before slotting home well,  after being picked out by Hornsley. This lead was wafer-thin though and Wadham were passing the ball around well and restored parity nine minutes later when substitute Abdoulie Njai blasted an effort into the far corner from around 15 yards. The visitors were in the midst of a good spell at this point, with Njai blasting over the bar minutes later and if they had found a better final ball, they had chances to pinch it.

Perry Hirst’s effort went over the bar late on for Hullbridge though Wadham held firm to take a share of the spoils here. Hullbridge did have more than enough chances to win this encounter though quite a few passes also went astray on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.  Wadham may be the happier side to take a point though it doesn’t really benefit either team given both sides’ current predicament in the bottom four.

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On-loan Wadham ‘keeper Chapman making another smart save (Image: Neil H)

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Wadham Lodge

 

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Charlie Buffin, Matt Rose, Eamon Payne, Dan Okah, Rob Hodgson, Perry Hirst, Matt Tapley (Harry Watkins 74′) Luke Hornsley (Capt), Callum Ibe, Michael Salako

Goal-scorers: Callum Ibe [54′], Matt Rose [62′]

Booked: Salako  |   Subs Not Used: Taylor, Dicks, Pattison & Siemienczuk

Wadham Lodge

Louie Chapman (GK), Ashley Banks, Deniz Alici (Abdoulie Njai 46′), Paul Oshin, Mario Hoxa (Chris Gormley 68′), Terry Foxe, Nathan Joseph, Jerome Mtumba, Sherwin Stanley (Capt) (Abiola Tanimowo 63′), Brian Simpson, Danny Francis

Goal-scorers: Danny Francis [50′], Abdoulie Njai [71′]

Booked: Ntumba   | Subs Not Used: Akanbi, Tuitt

Referee: Steve Marr
Assistants: Jeremy Mott & Jack Morris

Guest Blog: Will’s Eredivisie trip: Feyenoord 1 – 0 Heracles (23.2.18)

Venue: De Kuip Stadion

Sunday 19th February 2018

Written by Will Randle

Tulips? Clogs? Goldmember? I’m sure these are all images that are conjured whenever Holland is mentioned, but for me the first thing that comes to mind is football. As an advocate (or should that be Advocaat?) of the beautiful game, the Eredivisie seemed the logical choice for my latest ground-hop. Way back in September I decided on Feyenoord and with the news that Robin Van Persie had returned to his hometown team around a fortnight before my trip, I was glad I plumped for the Rotterdam club over their Amsterdam rivals Ajax. Why Feyenoord? Two words: ‘’De Kuip’’.

Old-school stadiums have always been a favourite of mine and by all accounts, I’d been reliably informed that ‘’The Tub’’, as it’s known in English, was the grandest of all in Europe. By the time of my first glimpse of the ground from the Erasmus bridge, I found it hard to disagree. With its red and blue seats and magnificent oval roof, I imagine that this is as close as I could get to the Old Wembley. Inside the arena, a novel feature was the use of ‘’Muntens’’ or little coins bearing the club crest used to purchase food and drink. 12 Euros afforded me 5 of the local currency which stretched to 2 pints of Heineken, a snack of two croquettes in a bread roll and a coffee ; which I deemed to be a fair exchange rate. With around 20 minutes to kick-off and suitably refreshed, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the homecoming hero Van Persie was in line for his first start since his return.

In a patient game which bared very little resemblance to the high-pressing style I’ve grown accustomed to in England of late, Feyenoords’ classic 4-3-3 formation saw RVP take the number 10 role. Despite the Rotterdammers’ careful and considered approach, they were hardly in the game during a first half in which Left Winger Jean-Paul Boëtius, expected to provide a creative spark, repeatedly came unstuck against his full-back. Indeed, despite all the home sides’ possession, it was Heracles who created the better of the chances during the opening 45 minutes; Breukers failed to hit the target, whilst Kuwas looked to be through but for a late offside flag. Vermeij also had an opportunity to test Brad Jones but the Australian was equal to his effort.

The second half started in a similar fashion with an attempt from distance by Kristoffer Peterson hitting the underside of the bar but it was Van Persie who demonstrated his feather touch and clinical finishing, breaking the deadlock around the hour mark. After receiving a pass just outside the box from Vilhena, RVP cushioned the ball with his wand of a left foot before placing it past Castro with a passed finish. Despite the lack of anything that got the Feyenoorders off their seats during the previous 59 minutes, as the ball hit the back of the net, the entire ground appeared to shake.

This moment aside, there was little else to get excited about, until Paul Gladon fired wide during the closing stages, when he looked set to equalise for the visitors from Almelo. Come full time, I was already analysing the match that had just gone and couldn’t help but feel as though I’d just witnessed an almost alien version of the game I watch every week back home.

Firstly, the full backs would barely touch the ball in their own half, their job more reminiscent of a deep lying midfielder in build-up, underlapping simply to recycle. The time and space afforded to them in the final third saw plenty of overlapping runs, but despite the not inconsiderate aerial threat of Jorgensen, the pullback was almost always favoured. Secondly and much more strikingly different, was the time and space afforded to almost every player on the pitch. Both teams played as if there was an unwritten rule, allowing your opposite number to settle and find his pass. Defenders appeared to be much more concerned with defending space and territory, blocking passing lanes and forcing the ball wide, with little desire to press and apply pressure to the ball. While this would appear to gift the opposition the opportunity to either thread a through-ball or strike from distance, this also seemed to be governed by a form of gentlemanly conduct, restricting the player in possession to recycling the ball around the edge of the box, looking to bring the full-backs into the game.

One can’t help but be impressed by the overall technical ability of every one of the 22 on the pitch, with lots of first-time passes out of defence and excellent takes from supporting players, but the lack of direct play developed from being frustrating to almost farcical. As pleasing on the eye as the Dutch game is, you’d feel that based on the patterns of play in this fixture, a direct player with an eye for goal would dominate the league. Overall, I enjoyed my visit to the Kuip, and feel as though there is plenty both the Dutch, with their emphasis on technique and the English, with their high-tempo, aggressive style of play could learn from each other.

Will Randle follows both Everton and Lowestoft Town FC and is a lover of all things football. Will is a keen fan of continental football, as well as an FA Level 2 qualified coach.

You can follow Will on Twitter: @WillRandle92

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My thanks to Will for giving his permission to use this article. It’s certainly an interesting diversion from EPL and Non-League Football. Cheers Will!

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 17.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a mini round-up of all the action in the Essex Olympian League this weekend, looking at the results from the Premier Division all the way to Senior Division Four.

 

Olympian League  –  Premier  Division

Basildon Town P – P  Leigh Ramblers

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Canning Town 0 – 1 Frenford

Frenford edged this contest over Canning Town thanks to a solitary goal from substitute Driscoll to see them stay top by two points. Town are in 11th place.

 

Catholic Utd  P – P  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Harold Wood Athletic  P – P   Springfield

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Kelvedon Hatch  2 – 1  White Ensign

 

Manford Way 1 – 3  May & Baker E.C

May & Baker returned to winning ways with a comeback win at Manford Way. Reece Tranter had put the hosts ahead, though goals from Johnson, Elbi and substitute Osei sealed an important win for the former leaders. Manford drop to 9th spot while May & Bakers rise to second place.

 

EOFL – Senior Division One

 

Galleywood  1 – 4  Snaresbrook

 

Great Baddow  2 – 0  Runwell Sports

Baddow extended their unbeaten run to ten matches as a Sam Mead double ensured the win over bottom side Runwell Sports. The hosts go top by two points due to this win and the fact that Buckhurst Hill were not in action today. Sports stay bottom, level on points with Galleywood though they have five matches in hand on Sports.

 

Newbury Forest  P – P  Buckhurst Hill

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Old Chelmsfordians 1 – 0  Harold Hill

 

Old Southendian  5 – 1   Shenfield AFC

The hosts powered to a big win over mid-table Shenfield at Garon Park. Sam Jones (2), Nick Henesy (2) & Jon Staines secured the points and stay 3rd, six points off the leaders while Shenfield remain 6th.

 

Sungate  2 – 3   Hutton

 

 

EOFL   – Senior Division Two

 

Herongate Athletic  5 – 3  Toby

Newham Utd  P – P  May & Baker E.C Res.

Ramsden Scotia  P – P   Benfleet

Rayleigh Town Res.  P – P  Ongar Town

Rochford Town  8 – 3  Ryan  (Ryan are Relegated from EOFL Division Two)

Upminster  0 – 1    A1 Sportsr

 

EOFL – Senior Division Three

Beacon Hill Rovers   P – P   Shoebury Town

Debden Sports  P – P    Leytonstone Utd

Frenford Res.  5 – 2  Harold Wood Ath. Res.

Hutton Res.  1 – 3     Leigh Town

White Ensign Res.  2 – 5  Manford Way Res.

 

EOFL   – Senior Division Four

Leigh Ramblers Res. 4 – 0    Canning Town Res.

Old Barkabbeyans   1 – 5    Old Southendian Res.

Southend Sports  1 – 0   Epping

Toby Res.   P – P     Sungate Res.

 

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 27.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Saturday 27th January 2018 3pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 52

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

Burnham Ramblers: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

GWRvBR (Teams just prior to KO)
Both sides just before KO

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cold, rainy afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering were seeking to keep the heat on the top four, two of which (Basildon & Takeley) were not in action this weekend. Rovers were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell though winger Billy Johnson was in the starting XI, alongside the front three of Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry & Chris Bryan.

 

Burnham started life without key forward Charlee Hughes here after he left to join Bostik North promotion hopefuls Bowers & Pitsea this week. Lee Hughes’ side was somewhat depleted as Ryan Stillwell and Bradley Morgan were both unavailable. Karl Swanborough led the line with support from Samuel Warwick and Robert Bagnall.

The match began on what was a heavy pitch with the hosts ‘on the front foot’ as five minutes in, GWR forward Nathan Dewberry’s cross was initally blocked by Burnham centre-half Scott Plom, Wakering skipper Scott Pethers blasted a shot over the bar (and into the car park). Dewberry himself blasted a shot over from a good position shortly afterwards. Wakering did break the deadlock ten minutes in a crowded penalty area, the ball fell to forward Chris Bryan and his crisp strike found the left corner.

 

The hosts continued to press and visiting goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic was called into action to deny winger Billy Johnson’s tame effort and a moment later pulled off a good save to deny Dewberry’s shot. Dewberry did extend the hosts lead midway through the first half though, slotting past Strizovic when one-on-one with the ‘keeper. In a rare Burnham attack, forward Karl Swanborough shot wide to warn the hosts not to ‘step off the gas’.

Rovers forward Jay Nash also twice couldn’t find the target as half-time approached though the hosts did increase their advantage a minute before the break as full-back Danny Hurford’s pass fed Dewberry who blasted an effort past Strizovic.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

 

GWR v BR (Early in 2nd Half)
Snap-shot early in 2nd half

After the interval, Burnham brought midfielder Leon Lewis on in place of Ryan Willsmer as the re-jigged their defence. Six minutes into the half, Strizovic was in the action again to deny Bryan’s header and then in the same attack, Dewberry’s effort on goal. Despite a few more chances that went astray, Dewberry slotted home to claim his hat-trick just past the hour after substitute Neil Richmond’s unselfish pass. On 65 minutes, Richmond was felled in the area by Burnham defender Plom, Richmond himself stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and duly converted it.

 

Richmond later had a goal ruled out for off-side though the experienced forward did grab a second with 13 minutes remaining, slotting home from close range after centre-back Oliver Woodhouse did well surging forward in the build-up. Swanborough did force a save from Wakering stopper Louis Hawes on what was a quiet afternoon for the home custodian. Rovers’ Dewberry wasn’t finished either as he netted his fourth with a drive that crept past Strizovic into the net. The torrent of Wakering attacks didn’t end there as late on, Richmond blazed a strike over the bar and Dewberry and substitute Stephen Butterworth were both denied by the ever-impressive Strizovic.

 

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

 

This was a big win for the hosts, though in truth if it wasn’t for the combination of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping, it could well have been more to be honest. Burnham struggled to find any fluency going forward as Swanborough didn’t get a huge degree of service while defensively they also struggled with the quick passing of the Rovers forward line. Difficult to watch in a way really and Burnham arguably still require points to secure their place in the ESL next season. Rovers’ third win on-the-spin sees them into 4th place….

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 54′),  Ricky Evans, Jay Nash (Finley Dopson 65′), Nathan Dewberry, Chris Bryan (Stephen Butterworth 54′)

Goal-Scorers: Chris Bryan [10′], Nathan Dewberry [25′, 44′, 62′, 82′], Neil Richmond [pen 65′, 77′]

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Ryan Willsmer (Leon Lewis 46′), Edison Tereziu (Jake Megran 58′), Kyle Musson (Capt), Tomiwa Adebayo-Bella, Scott Plom, William Howard, Alfie Vinton, Karl Swanborough, Robert Bagnall, Samuel Warwick (Jed Bowman  72′)

Subs Not Used: Bond, Burke

 

Match Report: AFC Hornchurch 3 – 4 Brentwood Town (BLN 1.1.18)

Isthmian League Division North

Venue: Bridge Avenue

Attendance: 243

New Year’s Day (Mon 1st Jan 2018) 3pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 49

AFC Hornchurch: Red & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Brentwood Town: Sky Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

 

Warm-up before KO (AFC H v BT – BLN 1.1.18)

The teams on their way out before KO (AFC H v BT – BLN 1.1.18)

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On the first day of 2018, I travelled to another new ground for me, Bridge Avenue to see leaders AFC Hornchurch take on the inconsistent Brentwood Town in another Isthmian League Division North encounter. The hosts were without the likes of Kenzer Lee and Eliott Styles as Leon McKenzie and George Purcell led the attack, with Theo Fairweather-Johnson and Tobi Joseph options from the bench. Brentwood, who have shown they have a result in them this term were led up front by Matt Price and Andy Freeman with skipper Matt Hall in midfield and forward Izzy Bademosi on the bench.

The visitors started strongly and went ahead on four minutes as forward Matt Price calmly slotted past home goalkeeper Sam Mott into the right corner. The hosts still didn’t stir as Town doubled their lead only three minutes later with full-back Jack Gardner’s speculative shot decieving Mott and finding its way in. Hornchurch found some urgency on 21 minutes as bustling target-man Leon McKenzie teed up strike partner George Purcell though the latter couldn’t get a shot away.

For the next few minutes, both sides traded chances with Price firing over for the Blues and Purcell also unable to find the target from 20 yards out for the Urchins. Brentwood also had to withstand pressure from the odd set-piece too though they extended their lead on the half-hour as winger Alfie Hilton’s ball found its way to Price who found fellow forward Andy Freeman who acrobatically lashed home to give the hosts the proverbial ‘mountain to climb’ in this match.

McKenzie headed over the bar five minutes before the interval though in my view, the Urchins endured a forgettable half in both penalty areas. Town had taken their chances at the right time and rightly led at the break.

Half-Time: AFC Hornchurch 0 – 3 Brentwood Town

Soon after the break, the hosts brought on Messrs Fairweather-Johnson & Joseph in place of defender Jed Chouman & winger Matthias Famino. The changes worked as seven minutes into the second half, Fairweather-Johnson’s shot was blocked for a corner, from which Brentwood conceded a spot-kick for an adjudged hand-ball which Purcell duly tucked away into the left corner, past visiting custodian Anthony Page to lessen the arrears.

The long second-half continued for the Blues as skipper Matt Hall had to clear one effort off the goal-line. Soon after, Fairweather-Johnson’s headed over from Purcell’s cross. Hornchurch ‘stopper Mott then reacted well to deny Freeman’s drive on the hour before minutes later being called into action again to deny Price’s lofted effort as Brentwood attempted to make the points safe.

Brentwood were defending fairly deep as the Urchins sensed they could get back into this encounter, having the majority of the play in the last 20 minutes or so, though Town held firm, led well at the back by central defenders Harry Gibbs and Brendan Cavalier. On a rare foray forward with three minutes of normal time remaining, substitute Izzy Bademosi was found very well by midfielder Theo Jones’ cross from the left flank and the striker made no mistake, slotting home past Mott.

Brentwood defending late on.. (BLN 1.1.18)

The Urchins were far from done though against a tiring Blues defence as firstly McKenzie nodded home at the far post with moments remaining. Then in added time, the Urchins were awarded another spot-kick after Joseph was fouled in the area, which Purcell once again converted.

Unfortunately for the Urchins, they’d given themselves too much to do after the interval though the visitors were still relieved to hear the final whistle sound that ended a tough encounter here. Promotion rivals Bowers & Pitsea’s defeat means that Jimmy McFarlane’s side remain top of the pile by three points, while Brentwood’s triumph sees them up one to 19th place, nine points clear of bottom side Cheshunt.

Full-Time: AFC Hornchurch 3 – 4 Brentwood Town

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to AFC Hornchurch for their hospitality & wish both sides well for the rest of the season. And also, thanks to you for reading. Happy New Year!
Teams

AFC Hornchurch

Sam Mott (GK), Alex Bentley (Capt), Jay Porter, Jed Chouman (Tobi Joseph 47′), Nathan Cooper, Olumide Oluwatimilehin, Matthias Finimo (Theo Fairweather-Johnson 47′), Sean Roberts, Leon McKenzie, George Purcell, Bradley Warner

Goal-scorers: George Purcell [Pen 53′ & Pen 90’+1], Leon McKenzie [88′]

Booked: McKenzie, Bentley   | Subs Not Used: Hursit, Livings & Collis
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Brentwood Town

Anthony Page (GK), Jack Gardner, Connor Martin, Theo Jones (Ollie Bell 87′), Harry Gibbs, Brendan Cavalier, Alfie Hilton (Izzy Bademosi 75′), Matt Hall (Capt), Matt Price, Andy Freeman, Luke Foster (James Pugsley 67′)

Goal-scorers: Matt Price [4′], Jack Gardner [7′], Andy Freeman [30′], Izzy Bademosi [87′]

Booked: Gibbs, Hall  | Subs Not Used: Wiggins, Mitchell

Referee: Elliott Kaye

Assistant Referees: Farai Hallam & Endrit Malaveci

Match Report: Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 2 Ware (BLN 30.12.17)

Isthmian League Division North

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium

Attendance: 138

Saturday 30th December 2017 3pm KO

The 2017-18 Season: Match 48

Bowers & Pitsea: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Ware: Blue & Sky Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Photos by Scott W & Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015)

In my last match of 2017 and with the ESL on a festive ‘mini-break’, I travelled to the Len Salmon Stadium to see Bowers & Pitsea take on Ware in a rare Isthmian League Division North match (for me).

The hosts elected to rest a few key players with Messrs Knight, Dicks & Nyanja all on the bench with Lewis Manor (who recently signed a deal to stay at the club until season’s end) and Tony Stokes leading the attack. For Ware, hot-shot Yannick Kamanan led the line with Damien Green and skipper Nicholas Symons marshalling the defence.

The match began in quite a cagey way with the visitors conceding more fouls than they would’ve liked which therefore gave Bowers midfielder Jamie Salmon chances from distance and eleven minutes in, he sent one free-kick just wide of the right-side post. Four minutes later, forward Tony Stokes’s header went just wide. Ware had a lot of defending to do as they struggled to clear their lines at times though they managed to soak up pressure from the hosts.

As we past the 20-minute mark, the visitors started to push forward as winger Marvin Hamilton blasted a decent effort over the bar, while moments afterward, Sam Alderson’s free-kick fizzed just wide of home custodian Callum Chafer’s post. On the cusp of the half-hour point, Ware forward Ross Elsom mis-kicked his effort when in on goal while minutes later, following good work by winger Johnny Ashman, forward Lewis Manor slotted his shot wide.

Six minutes before the break, Ware responded as forward Yannick Kamanan toe-poked a shot wide in what was a let-off for Rob Small’s side. The visitors did break the deadlock only a minute later as Chafer brillantly denied Kamanan’s initial shot though Hamilton stole in to grab a tap-in. Although the hosts were not at the fluent best, it was still a little hard on them, especially given that Ashman was a real threat down the right flank.

Half-Time: Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 1 Ware

Ware made two changes at the break, with Acea Laurent and Hady Traore replacing Alaa Oujdi & Andrew Tirivanhu.

Bowers started the half ‘feeling the pressure’ a bit perhaps though Callum Leahy slotted his shot wide following a good run by full-back James Thomas eight minutes into the second period. Soon after coming off the bench, forward David Knight headed wide for the hosts. The visiting back-line remained resolute with substitute Traore making a good tackle to deny fellow substitute Fahad Nyanja from breaking down the right wing.

Also, Bowers struggled to create chances for the likes of Manor and Knight up top. You sensed that Ware were growing in confidence somewhat and with the hosts piling forward seeking that all-important leveller, with ten minutes remaining a long-ball found the pacy winger Alderson who beat the home defence and then coolly lobbed over the on-rushing Chafer to pretty much seal the points for Craig Edwards’ side. Late on, Knight and Nyanja couldn’t find the target for the hosts though in fairness, it could’ve been worse for the hosts as Kamanan sent a long-range drive wide and also sent another crashing drive against the woodwork and midfielder Ahmed Abdulla also blasted a shot wide of the left-side post in added-time.

In the end, it just wasn’t Bowers’ day and Ware deserved the points in what is their first win under Craig Edwards, the first of a few (at least) you suspect for the wily campaigner.

 

I’d also like to thank Bowers for their hospitality and well as it was my first visit to the ground, it is a ‘nice patch’ they have. Thanks also to Bowers assistant boss Mark Ashford and fellow non-leagu colleague Andy Wilkins who you may find is going down the line of Photography, my best wishes to him in that.

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Teams

Bowers & Pitsea

Callum Chafer (GK), Ryan Boswell, James Thomas, Martyn Stokes (Capt), Lewis Clark, Callum Leahy, Jamie Salmon (Jamie Dicks 58′), Ben Sartain, Johnny Ashman (David Knight 61′), Lewis Manor, Tony Stokes (Fahad Nyanja 61′)

Booked: Leahy, Boswell | Subs Not Used: Easterford & Pinto

Ware

Harry Voss (GK), Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi (Acea Laurent 46′), Andrew Tirivanhu (Hady Traore 46′) Damien Green, Nicholas Symons (Capt), Marvin Hamilton (Murat Karagul 73′), Ahmed Abdulla, Yannick Kamanan, Ross Elsom, Sam Alderson

Goal-scorers: Marvin Hamilton [40′], Sam Alderson [80′]

Booked: Oujdi, Symons | Subs Not Used: Harris & Yuill

Referee: Christopher Bodell
Assistant Referees: Dajour McKenzie-George & Kennedy Kikulwe