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




Essex Senior League Preview (15.3.18)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to this week’s Preview piece looking at the weekend’s Essex Senior League action as the weather continued to affect fixtures in midweek.

For those who may not be aware, we have a internal points system every week (Exact scoreline= 30pts, Correct Result= 10pts & Incorrect Result= 0pts) so on that basis here are the current scores with six weeks of the season remaining – Scott: 1,800pts and Peter: 1,550pts.

Below are Pete’s and Scott’s thoughts on all the fixtures set for this weekend (Weather-permitting):

Burnham Ramblers  v  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: The hosts desperately need the points to get themselves out of the bottom four, however they welcome The Bees to Leslie Field with the visitors looking to keep the pressure on the top three.  However, the hosts are in terrible form in 2018 whilst the Bees are on a three-game unbeaten run, including two victories, and so everything points to an away win.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-3

Scott: Basildon travel to Leslie Field to take on strugglers Burnham. The hosts have lost their last six matches, scoring three goals and conceding 27 goals in that time. They’ve been inactive of late as well and sit 19th in the table. The Bees have won four of their last six outings, so they sit 4th currently, seven points off top spot. I suspect the Bees will continue on their way here.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3


Enfield 1893  v  Southend Manor  | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts are one of the most in-form sides in the division right now having won their last four games, which has seen them up to 12th in the table.  Manor on the other hand have not had the best of times recently and have dropped down to 13th, one point behind their opponents. Feel it may be five on the bounce for the Harlow-based side.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: Enfield welcome Manor to the Harlow Arena. Matt Hanning’s side are bang in-form, winning five out of their last six matches after their narrow win at Barkingside last weekend. They sit 12th, eight points clear of the bottom four. Manor have had last weekend off due to the weather though have lost three of their last six matches so they sit 13th. The hosts can probably see the ‘safety line’ now and this may drive them on to further success here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


FC Romania   v    Redbridge   | Venue: Theobalds Lane

Peter: Its 2nd against 3rd in what is surely ‘game of the day’ in the division at Theobalds Lane as FC Romania welcome Redbridge to Cheshunt.  A win for the hosts could take them back to the summit of the league, whilst three points for The Motormen would take them two points above their opponents into second spot.  The hosts are in better form over the last six games although Redbridge got back to winning ways in midweek so will be full of confidence once again.  Almost impossible to call this one so sitting on the fence.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

Scott: This top-of-the-table clash sees 2nd take on 3rd at Theobalds Lane. FCR are still on a run of good form which they compounded by seeing off Hullbridge last weekend with a dominant second-half showing. Ion Vintila’s side sit two points off the summit and welcone a Redbridge side that ended a three-game winless run in midweek with a good win at West Essex. Interestingly, the Motormen’s defence has been a bit fragile of late, conceding 16 goals in their last seven outings. Will goal-hungry FCR seize on this? We’ll see though I’m going for a narrow home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Hackney Wick   v  West Essex   | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: Wick come into this one off the back of their first win in thirteen games with victory over Old Spotted Dog rivals Clapton in midweek, which will have no doubt boosted the squad somewhat.  And they now welcome a West Essex outfit to the OSD who have lost four of their last six, including their midweek loss to Redbridge, so Wick may see them as very beatable. Got a feeling the hosts may sneak this one and keep their hopes of a ‘great escape’ well and truly alive.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-1

Scott: Wick entertain West Essex at the OSD. The hosts finally ended their winless run with a good win in the re-arranged ‘Old Spotted Dog Derby’ against Clapton in midweek. Unfortunately for Wick, the scale of the task that is in front of them is still huge as they are still 11 points from safety with ten matches to play. The Stags have had a mixed week with a narrow win over Tower Hamlets last weekend before losing out to Redbridge in midweek. It’s arguable that Kwame Kwateng’s side need points to secure a creditable top-10 finish & the likes of Mignot & co may well fancy this match. Away win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Hullbridge Sports  v   Takeley  | Venue: Lower Road

Peter: Hosts Hullbridge need to start picking up points soon if they want to get themselves out of the bottom four places, and a win against Takeley could do just that.  However, the visitors are in decent form with four wins from six, and recently thrashed their opponents in a cup tie a week or so ago.  Sadly for the hosts, I feel the Station Road side will be too strong again here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-3

Scott: The hard matches keep coming for Hullbridge as Takeley make the trip to Lower Road. The hosts saw their midweek match postponed due to the weather and before that had a week to forget results-wise in both the Gordon Brasted Trophy and the league, thanks to Takeley and FC Romania respectively. Darren Manning’s side are still two points shy of safety though have matches in hand over some of their rivals. Takeley continue to be hampered by postponements of late and have the unenviable task of playing 15 league matches (and at least two cup ties) in the remaining weeks of the season. Even so, they are a strong side and with four wins in their last 6 matches, I can see them adding to that win tally here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Ilford v Sporting Bengal Utd  | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The Foxes welcome Sporting Bengal United to their Cricklefield Stadium and are in mixed form after two wins, two draws and two defeats from their last six games.  The hosts though are comfortably in the top ten, however the same cannot be said for the visitors who are in poor form, having lost five of their last six, and sit two places and two points above the bottom four.  However, I feel this will probably end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: Ilford welcome Bengal to Cricklefield, after a postponement-affected week for both sides. The hosts will be looking to finish the season strongly to match last season’s 6th-placed finish. One win in their last five matches means Tower Hamlets and West Essex can overhaul them though if form doesn’t improve soon. Bengal’s problems are rather bigger though as one win in six sees them 16th, just two points clear of the drop zone. Can see Ilf coming out on top here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Clapton | Venue: Crofters End

Peter: Both these sides suffered poor defeats in midweek, The Robins lost heavily at home to Great Wakering Rovers who more alarmingly had ten men for over an hour of the contest too, whilst The Tons were stunned by bottom side Hackney Wick.  No doubt both sides will want to put those games behind them and get back to the form that both have been producing since the turn of the year.  Got a feeling the visitors may just sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-1

Scott: Sawbridgeworth welcome Clapton to Crofters End and Manager John Watters will want a reaction from his side following a heavy home loss to Wakering in midweek. The Tons also suffered a setback in losing to Hackney Wick in midweek though going forward they are always a threat. Sawbo have conceded 15 goals in their last six matches so that needs to be addressed to keep themselves in mid-table. I’m plumping for an entertaining draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


Tower Hamlets  v   Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: League leaders Great Wakering Rovers make the trip to Mile End to take on Tower Hamlets knowing a win could take them as much as five points clear at the top.  And they are in fine form too so will certainly fancy getting the job done in this one, but Hamlets have won two of their last three and could go seventh with victory and will be no pushovers for the leaders thats for sure.  I actually think the hosts could hold the visitors in this one in another battling display.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-2

Scott: Hamlets host GWR at Mile End. The hosts have lost three of their last six encounters though have performed quite well in that time. They face a real test here though as Wakering seek to continue their occupation of top spot with another success here. Iain O’Connell’s side have had a good week with wins over Waltham Forest and Sawbridgeworth though can they maintain that here? I think they can, though it will be a tough one here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Wadham Lodge  v   Barkingside  | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: This proves to be quite an important game down at the bottom of the division, Lodge sit second bottom and four points off fifth-bottom, whilst ‘Side are in fifteenth and only three points above the bottom four, so three points are vital for both sides here.  Both sides have pretty similar records over the last six games so this proves to be a tight tense battle at Kitchener Road, and one I think will end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction 1-1

Scott: Finally this weekend, Wadham entertain Barkingside in a key game in the relegation scrap. Wadham have been inactive of late and one win in their last six sees them still 20th, four points from safety. ‘Side are winless in their last five though have tightened up at the back a bit of late. Even so, I believe both sides will boldly go for the priceless three points in a match that for me is very difficult to call. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2


If you’d like to keep tabs on the results from this weekend, check out our respective blogs for our round-up’s of this weekend’s ESL action.


MH & GFS: ‘A Call to Contribute’ (11.3.18)

Hello all,

Here’s a advertorial notice of sorts to mention that later in the season, the Grassroots Football Show (GFS) is looking to do a special on “Mental Health (MH) in Non-League Football” in May (most likely) 2018.

This brings together two topics that are very important to me, as well as many other people – of that I have no doubt whatsoever.

There have been many brave footballers who have spoken up about their own battles in recent times, the likes of Billy Kee, Liam Hughes and Neil Lennon are among them. I believe that more discussion on the wide-ranging subject that MH is will help others in many ways.

So, if anyone within the local Non-League community (be it a supporter, player, manager, club official etc) would possibly like to talk about the topic as a whole (irrespective of whether they have their own battles with MH) in a positive and constructive manned and contribute to this special or want to come forward to talk about their own experiences with MH (entirely your choice by the way) as well then please send me a DM on Twitter: @ScottMHC14 or do the same to the Grassroots Football Show Twitter feed: @ELRFootball

Thank you.

Best wishes, Scott




Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 11.3.18)

Written By Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to an expanded round-up of this weekend’s Essex Olympian League action, including the sole surviving Cup tie involving EOFL sides. Enjoy.

Essex Premier Cup -Semi-Finals


Waltham Abbey Res. 1 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

Olympian League Division One side Buckhurst Hill fought back from a goal down to overcome the ESL Reserve Division side and book their place in the Premier Cup Final. The hosts started well and took the lead though Jose Espinoza restored parity for Hill before goals from Nathan Sollasi and Steve Townsend sealed the turnaround.


Old Southendian P – P Catholic Utd

This match was at Garon Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Senior League Cup


Kelvedon Hatch P – P  Great Baddow

This match was postponed due to burst pipes at New Hall.


Olympian League – Premier Division


On a weekend heavily affected by the weather & cup action, only one Premier Division match went ahead. In fairness, it was quite a match as leaders Frenford continued their promotion charge with a 5 – 1 win over Canning Town at The Drive. Messrs Foley and Nobbs both grabbed braces after Woodward’s early opener to see Frenford go five points clear at the summit, although the likes of Catholic Utd and Kelvedon Hatch have matches in hand.

Meanwhile, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts v Harold Wood Athletic, Manford Way v Leigh Ramblers and Rayleigh Town v Springfield were all postponed.


EOFL – Senior Division One

In Olympian Senior One, two of the five matches set for this weekend survived and they both saw away wins. Firstly, FC Hamlets secured a fine 5 – 0 win at Shenfield AFC thanks largely to a Carter hat-trick though Johnny Gils and Charlie Heatley also found the target. Elsewhere, Snaresbrook defeated ten-man Runwell Sports 2- 0 at Runwell Chase to leave the hosts on the brink of relegation.

Galleywood v Harold Hill, Hutton v Newbury Forest and Old Chelmsfordians v Sungate all fell foul of the weather.


EOFL – Senior Division Two

Into Senior Division Two now and the four surviving encounters produced 26 goals between them. Leaders Herongate Athletic fell to a heavy 7 – 0 defeat at May & Baker Reserves as a Darren Seymour hat-trick led the way for the hosts and further goals from Daniel Alexander, Carl Patten plus substitutes Derek Hawtin and Joel Oliver sealed a big win and sees them remain 2nd, six points behind Herongate with 3 matches in hand.

Meanwhile, A1 Sports continued their decent form with an important 5 – 3 win over Ongar Town at the Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Braces from Rodney Sarsah-Wilson and Ryan Scougall and a goal from substitute George Gibbon sealed the win for the 9th-placed hosts. A double from Ben Stone and Sean Green replied for Ongar, who remain 4th.

Also, Ramsden Scotia defeated Newham Utd 4 – 0 thanks to goals from Max Corrigan, Kurt King, Ryan Leddra and substitute Antony Driscoll and the win sees them rise to 6th with games in hand on the teams around them. Newham remain 8th.

Toby went 5th with a big 6 – 1 win at already-relegated Ryan as braces from Arron Watson-McNab and Peter Spicer plus goals from Rodney Capemba and Nick Harvey sealed the win for the visitors.

Benfleet v Upminster was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


EOFL – Senior Division Three & Four

In EOFL Divisions Three & Four, one match took place in each of the two divisions. In Senior Division Three, Frenford Reserves comfortably defeated Leytonstone United 6 – 0 and in doing so, confirming the hosts’ relegation from the division at season’s end.

Leigh Town v Old Chelmsfordians Reserves was postponed due to the weather.

Meanwhile in Senior Division Four, Old Barkabbeyans also secured a big win, defeating Southend Sports 6 – 0 with a hat-trick from Michael Ryder alongside a brace from Clifford Newby-Harris and a strike from Daniel Margiotta sealing the win.

Also, this result means Chingford Athletic are promoted and we congratulate them on a fine season.

Basildon Town Reserves v Canning Town Reserves, Leigh Ramblers Reserves v Epping and Sungate Reserves v Toby Reserves were all postponed.


Thanks for reading, that’s all for this week.

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:


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.

Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 10.3.18)

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 this weekend:


Saturday 10th March

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 Canvey Island
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Att: 245

The Urchins pinched the points late on at Bridge Avenue to continue their march to the Bostik North title. Theo Fairweather-Johnson’s winner four minutes from time sealed the win and they go 14 points clear at the summit. Canvey drop to 4th though they do have the best goal difference of the sides currently in the play-off spots.


Aveley 0 – 1 Ware
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 193

Ware narrowly edged improving Aveley at Parkside. Jordon Watson’s solitary goal was enough to secure the points as Ware go up to 21st, seven points clear of the relegation spot. Aveley are 19th, though only a real barren run of results will see them caught up in the scrap at the bottom.


Bowers & Pitsea P – P  Dereham Town
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Brentwood Town P – P  Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Brentwood Arena |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Bury Town  P – P Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Ram Meadow  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Haringey Borough  3 – 0  AFC Sudbury  | Venue: Coles Park | Att: 119

Haringey continued their promotion push with another win at Coles Park. The Suds fell behind as Anthony McDonald [61′] and Michael O’Donoghue goals [69′] gave the hosts the lead before Jordan Edwards’ late goal sealed the points to take the hosts into 3rd spot, six points behind Bowers in second, having played a game more. Sudbury are 11th, level on points with Bury Town and ten points off the top six.


Maldon & Tiptree  P – P Barking
| Venue: Park Drive |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Norwich Utd  2 – 2 Grays Athletic
| Venue: Plantation Park | Att: 151

The Planters fought back to hold Ath at Plantation Park. Kieran Bishop’s 34-minute penalty gave the visitors the lead before the hosts were awarded a penalty of their own on 64 minutes, which Adam Hipperson duly converted to level things up. Joao Carlos struck three minutes later to give Grays a thin lead again though the hosts grabbed a point thanks to Nathan Stewart’s goal twenty minutes from time. Utd drop to 23rd despite this point and are five points clear of Romford while Grays are 9th, seven points off the play-offs.


Potters Bar Town  4 – 0 Tilbury
| Venue: Pakex Stadium  | Att: 124

Potters Bar continued their impressive first season in Bostik North by dispatching Tilbury at the Pakex. Chris Doyle [8′] gave the hosts an early lead before Michael Murray [pen 45′] doubled that advantage. Late on, goals from Sean Grace [77′] and Doyle’s second of the afternoon with 7 minutes left secured a good afternoon’s work. The Scholars sit 5th, three points clear of Dereham in 7th. Tilbury drop to 17th and a mid-table finish beckons for Joe Keith’s side.


Romford  1 – 4 Hertford Town
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 82

Romford endured another blue afternoon at Ship Lane, falling to a good performance by mid-table Hertford. Goals from Phillip Lowen [5′] and Charlie Ruff [34′] gave the visitors the advantage before Andrew Tirvanhu pulled a goal back for Boro six minutes before half-time. A Michael Toner spot-kick eight minutes after the break and Luke Illsley’s strike [69′] confirmed the win for Town as they rise to 13th. Romford remain bottom and results elsewhere mean they are five points adrift at the bottom.


Soham Town Rangers  2 – 2 Cheshunt
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 109

Soham held improving Cheshunt at Julius Martin Lane. Dave Kendall put the Ambers ahead 18 minutes in, before Sam Mulready levelled for Soham on the stroke of half-time. In a nervy end to this one, Jason Hallett [82′] probably thought he’d sealed three much-needed points though Mulready [86′] struck again to claim a point for his side. Soham sit 18th while Cheshunt drop to 22nd, six points off the bottom.


Witham Town 2 – 0 Waltham Abbey | Venue: Spa Road | Att: 81

Witham pinched this one late on at Spa Road. A brace from substitute Chinedu Osadebe [89′ & 90′] changed the tide of the match and give Adam Flint’s men the points. Town go above their opponents here into 14th while Abbey are 16th.


Bostik Division South R’s – Sat 10th March

Ashford Utd  1 – 3 Lewes  | Att: 283

Carshalton Athletic  5 – 0 Molesey  | Att: 283

Corinthian-Casuals  2 – 1 Thamesmead Town | Att: 81

East Grinstead Town  P – P Horsham |

Greenwich Borough  1 – 0  Faversham Town   Att: 81

Guernsey  3 – 0  Sittingbourne  | Att: 628

Hythe Town  2 – 1 Cray Wanderers  | Att: 188

Phoenix Sports  3 – 1 Herne Bay  | Att: 94

Ramsgate  3 – 0 Chipstead   | Att: 151

Shoreham  P – P Walton Casuals   |

South Park  P – P VCD Athletic  |

Whyteleafe 1 – 0 Hastings Utd  | Att: 168


That’s all for this week, thank you for reading.

Essex Senior League Preview (ESL 9.3.18)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

Hello & welcome to this week’s piece looking at the weekend’s Essex Senior League action following last weekend’s ‘blanket of postponements’ caused by the inclement weather. Below are Pete’s and Scott’s thoughts on all the fixtures set for this weekend (Weather-permitting):

Saturday 10th March

Barkingside v Enfield 1893   | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Hosts Side are winless in four although have drawn three of those, whilst Enfield have won three on the spin and are almost up to mid-table after one defeat in their last six outings.  Fancy an away win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: In the first of the full ten-match programme this weekend, ‘Side welcome in-form Enfield 1893 to Cricklefield. The hosts are winless in their last four matches, sitting in 15th place and arguably need to improve on their present record of three home wins this term thus far. By contrast, The E’s have won their last three matches which has seen them rise to 13th prior to this weekend. Hard one to call here so I’m going for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Basildon Utd  v   Stansted  | Venue: The Hive

Peter: The Bees are continuing to have a great season and their form over the last six games has seen them win four and suffer only one defeat, whilst for visitors Stansted its one win in their last six with four losses as their great start to 2018 has hit a wall of sorts.  Expecting the hosts to get the job done here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: Basildon welcome Stansted to the Hive, still ‘on a high’ after a hugely important win over Redbridge at Oakside in midweek. That win sees Marc Harrison’s side two points off the summit and with four wins in their last six matches, they are looking good ahead of the busy run-in. The Airportmen have lost their last four on-the-trot and although they are in 14th spot, the congested bottom-half means they are 4 points clear of the bottom four. Factor in that after this match, Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s team have only six matches remaining. Have to go home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Clapton v Hackney Wick  | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: The Tons are in great form lately with four wins and two losses in their last six, whilst Wick are still bottom and well adrift of the rest after five straight losses.  Despite the continued boycott from the Ultras, I don’t believe this will be an issue and the hosts will take the points in the OSD derby.

Pete’s Prediction: 4-0

Scott: The Tons take on Wick in the ‘Old Spotted Dog Derby’. Jon Fowell’s side have been defeated only once in their last five outings (and that was narrow loss to Takeley) and remain 6th, nine points ahead of Tower Hamlets & Ilford. Wick have lost their last five though haven’t been in action for a number of weeks due to postponements. They remain bottom, ten points adrift of nearest rivals Wadham so their hopes of avoiding the drop are fading. Have to be honest in that Clapton may add to their tenants’ woes here as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

FC Romania v Hullbridge Sports  | Venue: Theobalds Lane

Peter: The hosts are unbeaten in their last six games with three wins and three draws, and they will be buoyed by their win at Ilford to reach the Brasted final at Easter.  They welcome a Hullbridge side who have just one win from six, although four of those are draws, and they were smashed at Takeley on Thursday evening in the Brasted Trophy.  Therefore I feel the hosts will most likely take the points.

Pete’s Prediction 3-0

Scott: Hullbridge travel to Theobalds Lane less than 48 hours after their 6 – 0 loss against Takeley in the Gordon Brasted Trophy (GBMT) Quarter-Finals. The hosts are proving hugely difficult to beat, although their have drawn three of their last six league matches. Ion Vintila’s men did convincingly get through to the GBMT Final at the expense of Ilford in midweek. The Wolves are also one of only two sides still unbeaten at home thus far this season.

Hullbridge are two points from safety and have drawn four of their last five matches. They come into this fixture with only three league wins away from home thus far. With the Wolves needing the points to maintain top spot, I can see this being a tough assignment for Darren Manning’s side.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Great Wakering Rovers v Waltham Forest   | Venue: Burroughs Park

Peter: Rovers are the most in-form team according to the form table over the last six games, and with five wins and a draw and 19 goals scored they will certainly prove tough for visitors Waltham Forest who have been very inconsistent lately and no wins in five outings.  Can’t really see beyond a home win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-1

Scott: Wakering entertain Forest at Burroughs Park. GWR sit 2nd, a point off FC Romania at the summit. Iain O’Connell’s side have only conceded three goals in their last six league matches and they also possess the third-best defence in the league so far this season. Forest are winless in their last five matches, they sit 17th in the table, two points clear of the bottom four with seven matches left (including this one). Hard to see Wakering slipping up here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Redbridge v Southend Manor  | Venue:  Oakside

Peter: The Motormen have gone ‘off-the-boil’ in their last three outings, with no wins in three, however their two defeats were against their promotion rivals whereas with no disrespect to Southend Manor, they are not in the same league at the moment, who have suffered two straight losses and are nervously looking over their shoulders at the moment.  Think Redbridge will get back to winning ways in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-1

Scott:  Manor travel to Oakside to take on a Redbridge battling to avoid a ‘mini-slump’ at present following their midweek home loss to Basildon. Interestingly, The Motormen have the worst goal difference (+33) of the top five sides at present, they sit 3rd at present. Both sides are winless in their last three outings, Manor currently sit 12th, seven points above the bottom four. This might be a good match for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side and I reckon they will prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Sporting Bengal Utd v Burnham Ramblers  | Venue: Mile End

Peter: Massive game down at the bottom sees Sporting come into this one in poor form having lost five out of six lately, whilst Ramblers have lost all their games in 2018 and are in freefall.  Feel the hosts may edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-2

Scott: This is arguably the ‘game of the day’ as two of the bottom 6 face-off at Mile End. Both sides are in poor form with Sporting tasting success once in their last six matches while Burnham have lost their last six in-a-row which has seen them slide to 19th, two points from safety. Sporting sit in 16th and I can see goals in what could be an attacking game here. Can’t seperate the sides either, draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Takeley  v Ilford | Venue: Station Road

Peter: Hosts Takeley have won four of their last six games and come into this one off the back of a 6-0 hammering of Hullbridge Sports in their Brasted Quarter Final in midweek.  Ilford on the other hand have had a mixed last half-dozen games, and were brushed aside by FC Romania in their midweek Brasted semi-final tie.  Going to go for a home win.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: Takeley take on inconsistent Ilford at Station Road after their big win in the GBMT Quarter-Final on Thursday night. For me, squad rotation will be a factor for the hosts given the numerous amount of fixtures they have to play in the coming weeks. Ilford remain 8th and are vying with Tower Hamlets and West Essex for a 7th-placed finish. Takeley may edge what I suspect may be a bruising battle here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

West Essex v Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Peter: Both these teams got back to winning ways recently after mixed runs, however Hamlets have won their last two and will fancy a third straight win at Mayesbrook Park no doubt.  West Essex though are a dangerous side on their day, and I feel this is a hard one to call.  Sitting on the fence for this one, score draw.

Pete’s Prediction 2-2

Scott: West Essex welcome Hamlets to Mayesbrook Park. The Stags have won one match in their last six, and interestingly have only scored 19 goals in 13 home league games so far this term. Kwame Kwateng’s side currently sit 9th with 12 matches left. Hamlets have won their last two, sitting in 7th place, level on points with Ilford. Their away record isn’t great though with five wins in 14 away matches. I reckon there will be goals in this encounter and that could favour the hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Woodford Town  v  Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: Goffs Lane

Peter: Hosts Woodford have been rather solid of late and are in the top ten in the form table, and they welcome a Sawbo side who have had a decent 2018 so far and sit just two places below the hosts in the form guide.  Another tough one to call here so reckon this one could be a rather entertaining draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-3

Scott: Finally on Saturday, Woodford take on Sawbo at Goffs Lane in a battle of 10th v 11th in the table. The hosts have only lost one of their last six encounters in a decent ‘first’ season in the ESL. Sawbridgeworth have intruigingly lost only four away matches in 15 thus far this season. This is a tough game to call and I can’t really seperate these sides. Draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2