S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 11 Dec) [EOFL 21/22 13.12.21]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 11 December. This week, the league action takes centre stage, despite a reduced amount of action this weekend due to Weather. Also includes results from Division Four & Five at the end of the article.
Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 11 December

EOFL Premier Division

Five matches survived in the Premier Division, with Leigh Ramblers grabbing an important 3 – 1 victory at out-of-form Old Southendian. Barv Waiwaiku, Nathan Dewberry and Matt Brinklow all netted for Mark Hunter’s side, with the win taking them up to 12th, four points clear of the bottom two. Mitchell Ali replied for OS here. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts also got a big 2 – 0 success at home to mid-table Sungate. Strikes by James Baughurst and Eugene Sago saw Craig Glashan’s side go up to ninth, above Shenfield AFC.

Also, Kelvedon Hatch made it five consecutive league wins with a 3 – 1 triumph over Shenfield AFC at New Hall. The trio of Drew Klessa-Smith, Chris Denham and James Burt all netted for Darren Hunt’s side to fortify fifth spot and they are only three points adrift of the top three. Hutton went up to second spot after a 2 – 1 win at Canning Town in Beckton. Brad Freeman and replace Will Marlowe got the goals to see Matt Singh’s side to a third straight victory and keep the gap to leaders Basildon Town to four points. Bas Town themselves got a narrow 1 – 0 success at top-four side Rayleigh Town, with substitute Jamie Bradbourn getting the crucial goal for Marcus Bowers’ side.

Matches Postponed: Galleywood P – P Springfield

                                     Harold Wood Athletic  P – P  Ongar Town


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Runwell Sports got a 2 – 1 win over Snaresbrook at St Luke’s Park to extend their lead at the summit to three points. Chingford Athletic rose to second spot following a 3 – 0 home win against Wakering Sports who now drop to fourth. Toby  were held 2 – 2 by fellow top six side Corinthians at Stambridge, with Luis Ruiz and Chris Cox goals for Toby being cancelled out by strikes from Bailey Moss and Jake Hodder by the hosts, who have now drawn four of their last six league matches.

Elsewhere, Leigh Town drew 3 – 3 with Herongate Athletic at John Burrows Recreation Ground. This result ends both sides’ losing runs and gave new Herongate boss Kurt Smith a decent start in his new role. We wish him well for the rest of the season.

Match Postponed: Epping Town P – P Beacon Hill Rovers


EOFL Divisions Two & Three

In Division Two, it was a rare blemish for the top two as they both suffered defeats away from home. Rochford Town got a huge result, defeating Harold Hill 2 – 1 at Rochford Recreation Ground. Matt Welsh and Own Pedder supplied the goals to push them up above AS Rawreth on goal diference at the bottom of the table. James Hughes got the solitary response for Hill. Shoebury Town got the better of ACD Utd at Cupid’s, with Town grabbing a 4 – 0 victory to lift Garry Johnson’s team up to sixth thanks to the ensemble cast of scorers comprising of Steven Valente, Kian Bradshaw, Tyler Boosey & Luke Bull. Town are now four points adrift of Manford Way in fourth. Manford Way defeated Rayleigh Town Res 3 – 1 at London Marathon Sports Ground, with James Dobson scoring twice and Mohammed Bouzeryouh also on target for them.

Elsewhere, May & Baker A went up to seventh place after a comprehensive 5 – 0 success against Harold Wood Athletic Res. Alagi Juwara scored another two goals for Steve Hogg & Matt Guidera’s side, and was joined on the score-sheet by Rowan Newland, Abraham Jairette and Nuno Espadaneira.

With only one match surviving this weekend in Division Three, the top two duked it out as leaders Catholic Utd Res drew 3 – 3 with second-placed Hashtag Utd Dev at St Thomas More Sch. Kai Warren netted a fine treble for the visitors to reach twelve league goals so far. New recruit Daniel Williams, Joe O’Kane and Alasdair Grant-Browning goals responded for the hosts retained their three-point lead at the summit and also their unbeaten record in the Division thus far.

Matches Postponed (Div Two): Hutton Res  P – P  AS Rawreth

(Div Three): Buckhurst Hill U23 P – P Leigh Town Res

                      Pitsea Athletic  P – P Corinthians Res


EOFL Divisions Four & Five Results

Division Four

Canning Town Res  3 – 4 Chingford Athletic Res | Bobby Moore Pavilion

Leytonstone Utd  2 – 4  Roydon  | Moved to Robert Clark Sch 3G

Old Chelmsfordians Res  3 – 0  Wakering Sports A  | Lawford Lane

Shenfield AFC Res  2 – 2  Galleywood Res   | Warley Playing Fields (Pitch 1)

Springfield Res  3 – 1  Southend Manor Dev  | Slades Lane

Sungate Dev  2 – 6  Ongar Town Res  | Ilford Wanderers RFC


Division Five

AS Rawreth Res  3 – 5  Collier Row Res | The Warren

Leigh Ramblers Res  2 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  | Belfairs Park

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 0  Runwell Sports Res  | Nutter Lane

Wakebury Res  6 – 3  Epping Town Res  | Nursery Sports Ground

Match Postponed: Herongate Athletic Res P – P  Pitsea Athletic Res

S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 11 Dec) [ESL 21/22 11.12.21]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 46

Saturday 11th December 2021 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red Socks

Sawbo: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Burroughs Park surface pre-match

Ensign held by determined Sawbridgeworth at a damp Burroughs Park

White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s main match saw a return trip to Burroughs Park for an enticing encounter which saw a new-look White Ensign side face a determined Sawbridgeworth Town who are still looking to climb away from the bottom four. Ensign are still in a transition phase after the departure of previous management team Brett Munyard & Mark Healy which also saw several players follow them to new club Brightlingsea Regent. New joint-managers Jack Maleary & Carl Conway were given the reigns to aid continuity though this match would be a test against a Sawbo side that has started to concede less goals recently and got a big League win recently too.

Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal, with a defensive unit of full-backs Thando Moyo & Courtney Justin alongside centre-backs Carl Conway & skipper Jake McWee. Teddy Henderson and Jason Reynolds-Blanche were looking to support centre forward Luke Woodward, with Jake Chaplin just behind him in the formation. Sawbo had Jimmy Parker once again between the sticks, with Jake Knight and Lewis Wicker their full-backs with Ethan Barton and Joshua Bardouleau in central midfield. Teddy Hall & Morgan Arnold led the forward line with the experienced Daryl Doolan just behind them.


Courtney Justin (left) in possession for Ensign

In the early stages of this match, Sawbridgeworth did start quite well as tricky forward Morgan Arnold struck his strike wide of Louis Hawes’ goal. Seconds later, strike partner Teddy Hall was denied at the near-post by another decent Hawes save. It was soon apparent that the damp conditions would add to a pretty open match which made it tricky for both defences. Ensign did respond on eleven minutes through Luke Woodward’s low drive which visiting stopper Jimmy Parker did well to deny with a one-handed save.

The home side did have more ball retention in the middle part of the first half, as Jason Reynolds-Blanche showed his pace and trickery down the right flank, stretching the Sawbo defence. With seventeen minutes played, full-back Courtney Justin struck a decent effort which Parker again did well to block, in a congested eighteen-yard box from a set-piece. Sawbridgeworth were also decent going forward as well and soon after they nearly broke the deadlock. Arnold once again broke down the left side, finding strike partner Hall who in turn fizzed across a centre which went all the way across the six-yard line just out if reach of Daryl Doolan at the far post and out of danger.


Jason Reynolds-Blanche (#11) making another darting run down the right flank for Ensign in first half

Both sides were continuing to trade chances in what was a really even match. Sawbo had to make an enforced change midway through the first half with Arley Barker replacing the injured Ethan Barton in central midfield. Ensign couldn’t quite build their momentum to assist the hard-working Luke Woodward who was leading the forward line. Reynolds-Blanche was involved in another decent chance just past the half-hour, which ended up with Ollie Bell firing off-target. The visitors again replied down the other end, with a good strike by Arnold again denied well by Hawes. In fairness though, both sides were struggling to find that telling final ball to create clear-cut chances, in the slippery conditions.

Grant Webb (#7) about to take a set-piece for Sawbo

Half-Time: Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbo

If the first 45 minutes was frustrating viewing, things certainly lived up after the break. Sawbo brought on James Falaise to replace joint-boss Kieran Amos at centre-back, alongside skipper Cory Rider. Sawbridgeworth started the half well, with only a assistant’s flag denying Doolan a chance to defeat Hawes one-on-one. There certainly was a big moment on fifty-eight minutes as Sawbo custodian Parker came out from his area and caught Reynolds-Blanche just outside the 18-yard area. It was a bit reckless though as referee Ben Kelly dished out the red card, you had to feel for the young goalkeeper as he trudged off the field. Doolan had to step in as the stand-in goalkeeper for Sawbridgeworth for the remainder of the match.

The tense moments only continued from there on in as Sawbridgeworth at the other end were awarded a spot-kick for an apparent handball in the penalty area. Teddy Hall stood up to take it but Hawes again showed his talent at saving penalties, denying the young Sawbo forward and clawing the ball away. Of course at this point with an added player advantage, Ensign were looking to pour the pressure back on Sawbo. They had chances in the period after Parker’s dismissal with substitute Eddy Cooper firing wide and soon after, another good move involving Cooper found Woodward, whose fierce strike from close range was well saved by Doolan.

Luke Woodward (#19) in possession for Ensign, with Ben Austin (far left) in support

As we entered the latter stages of the contest, it was clear to see that Ensign were feeling the pressure of being ‘favourites’ to get that decisive goal to win the contest. To be fair, the Sawbo defence once again showed their organisation and work rate to clear their lines and also force passing errors from the hosts’midfield. Substitutes Bradley Gates and Cooper did make an impact, Cooper giving his side another option down the left channel and Gates characteristically fizzing passes from deep into the forwards, providing another headache for the visiting backline.


Both co-managers (Salmon & Maleary) look on from dug-outs, Arnold (#11 – centre) in possession for Sawbo

However, you could debate that Ensign didn’t have tons of chances to bypass stand-in ‘keeper Doolan, though Ollie Bell did have a decent free-kick parried away from danger as the minutes elapsed. Sawbo did slow the game down but they also had a fair amount of possession in the opposition’ half too as the hosts couldn’t retain the ball for long periods. Reynolds-Blanche fizzed in another strike in added-time which Doolan gathered before the forward’s momentum took him into the Sawbridgeworth player and after five minutes of stoppage time, Sawbo could at least be pleased with a hard-earned point.

White Ensign will be disappointed by their Team performance today though I strongly suspect they will still claim good wins this term, just maybe less often than they have so far this season. It’s hard to be too critical of this Ensign side, in the middle of a rebuilding phase – It’ still been a good campaign I feel for the promoted side to date.


Full-Time:  White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, the conditions affected both sides’ ability to play good football but the visitors dealt with them marginally better. Otherwise, it was a really even, open match with both teams having several chances to claim the points. Sawbo did well to keep the stalemate after having to play with an outfield player in goal (Doolan) for 35 minutes after Parker’s dismissal.

There were a number of good performances in this match. For Ensign, I thought Luke Woodward and Jason Reynolds-Blanche had good games today, leading the line well and making good runs down the channels respectively.Both of tgem could be key players in the next few months. Ollie Bell also had a good game today, as did full-back Courtney Justin who got forward well in addition to his defensive duties.

For Sawbo, forward pair Morgan Arnold and Teddy Hall showed a lot of pace, energy and movement to test the Ensign defence and they were unforunate not to score today. Full-back Lewis Wicker put in a very good shift as well, making several good interceptions defensively as well. Finally, a word for forward & stand-in ‘keeper Daryl Doolan who made one very good saveand two more decent ones to keep the scores level.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, thanks to Les from Ensign for his assistance today. Thank you to you all for reading.

Here’s a couple of Extra photos to round out this article:

Ensign set-piece just before the interval
Ollie Bell (#10) about to strike a free-kick as Ensign late on

Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 5 Courtney Justin, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 14 Carl Conway, 3 Thando Moyo, 4 Ben Austin (8 Bradley Gates 56′), 7 Teddy Henderson (16 Eddy Cooper 56′), 10 Ollie Bell, 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche, 9 Jake Chaplin, 19 Luke Woodward

Booked: Austin, Bell | Sub Not Used: Salako & Maleary


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Alex Salmon & Kieran Amos | Assistant: Paul Gissing

Starting XI: 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Jake Knight, 3 Lewis Wicker, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Kieran Amos (18 James Falaise 46′), 4 Joshua Bardouleau, 8 Ethan Barton (14 Arley Barker 24′), 7 Grant Webb, 9 Teddy Hall (16 Jake Skeet 85′), 10 Daryl Doolan, 11 Morgan Arnold

Booked: Hall | Sent Off: Parker (GK)  | Subs Not Used: Frances, Spillane

Referee: Ben Kelly
Assistants: Ray Parmenter & Joe Lannon


S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League (Sat 4 Dec) [EOFL 21/22 6.12.21]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 4 December. This week, the league action returned on a bigger scale this weekend.. Also includes results from Cup ties involving EOFL sides and a partial round-up from Divisions Four & Five.


Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 4 December

EOFL Premier Division

In what was another big day of action in the Premier Division, Basildon Town retained their four-point lead at the summit with a 3 – 0 success over Springfield. Graham Harrison scored another two goals here for Marcus Bowers’ side, with substitute Antony Aylett also netting to complete the win. Ongar Town remain second after a 4 – 0 victory against Canning Town at Lakeside Sports Ground 3G. Joe Lilly, Rodney Wilson, Kane Adams and replacement Jack Zielinski all scored for Richard Ponsford’s side here.

Elsewhere, Hutton also are still in the chasing pack in third after a hard-fought 2 – 1 win over Leigh Ramblers at Polo Fields. Stephen Judge and George Ezekiel both scored for Matt Singh’s side who remain two points clear of Rayleigh Town in fourth. Town completed a memorable 7 – 0 win at Old Southendian with Harry Talbot netting four goals alone to take him to eleven league goals this term. Liam Oliver also scored a fine treble to go joint-top of the goal-scoring charts with twelve goals in the league thus far. OS remain eighth.

Also, Kelvedon Hatch went up to sixth place after a 3 – 2 success against Galleywood at New Hall. Joseph Newson, Wayne Semanshia and James Burt were all on the score-sheet for Darren Hunt’s team, to outdo strikes by Thomas Watling and Freddie Bartram for ‘Wood, who stay in 1th. Sungate are up to fifth after they won 3 – 2 at home to Shenfield AFC, with Ben Carroll scoring both goals for AFC in their valiant effort there.

In the match I saw this weekend, Harold Wood Athletic got only their second win of the season as they emerged with a 3 – 1 victory at Catholic Utd at the Len Forge. Half-time substitute Freddy Shepherd, James Pottle and Billy Reed all netted for Gary Willis’ side, with Harley Kee’s penalty little consolation for the Super Hoops as they fell to seventh place – eight points adrift of the top three. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here:


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, Chingford Athletic went into the top five after a resounding 5 – 1 win at Snaresbrook. Jed Arthur scored twice for Declan Murphy’s team, with Scout Bown, Eren Muti and Valter Simao all also on target on a fine day for Chingford. Toby are also well in-form after a 2 – 1 success at home to Herongate Athletic. Ben Picton and Marc Porter-Brown both netted for Mark Jones’ side who sit third, just a point adrift of the leaders with matches in hand as well. One other note on Herongate to mention, which is that manager Billy Cove and his coaching staff have all departed the club, I’d like to wish them well for the future.

In other results, Old Chelmsfordians are up to fourth spot after a battling 3 – 2 victory at Epping Town. Joe Rickett and Conor Corrigan goals for Town were not enough to stop OC’s from picking up another victory. Finally, Runwell Sports went to the summit on goal difference after a 4 – 1 triumph over Leigh Town at St Luke’s Park.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, there was just two matches that took place due to the weather starting to have its wintery impact on the season. ACD Utd won’t mind too much though as they got another handsome win, as they defeated Hutton Res 9 – 2 at Westlands to go top of the table on goal difference. Jacob Dingli and Michael Wade both got four goals here for Greg Knock’s team, with Shaun Goddard also on target as his side reached sixth goals scored in just thirteen games. That’s some goal-scoring feat.

Elsewhere, Manford Way edged to a 2 – 1 victory at Shoebury Town to rise up to fifth spot. Kemari Hypolite and Charlie Parish got the goals for Manford, with Kirk Hudson responding for Shoebury. One match which wasn’t contested saw Rayleigh Town Res get a home walkover against May & Baker A.


Essex Junior Cup Result

Wakering Sports Res  8 – 1  Springfield Res

Herts Junior Cup Result

Lemsford Res  2 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, and with leaders Catholic Utd Res not in action this week, nearest challengers Hashtag Utd Development sought to gain ground and crikey, did they do that. They emerged with a comprehensive 17 – 1 triumph over Toby Res at Barleylands. Samuel Pratt led the huge list of goal-scorers for Denis Simpson’s team with six goals here himself, and reach 15 league goals this term. Tony Stevens also netted a treble, with Matthew Gauci, Jake Smith and Chandler Wray all notching doubles here for the Tags’ youth side, with Alex Warren and Jay Knight completing the score-sheet. Meanwhile, Basildon Town Res remain seven points clear in fourth place after a 4 – 2 success at Leigh Town Res. Louis Hill netted a brace here for the Basildon side, with Rhys Willson and Scott Cooper also finding the net for the visitors.

Pitsea Athletic went up to fifth spot after a 3 – 1 triumph at home to Buckhurst Hill U23. Sean Devlin netted twice and there was a goal for Jason Stanhope for Pitsea at Basildon Sporting Village. There was also a win for Hulbridge Sports Res as they won 3 – 1 against Collier Row at Lower Road. Michael Clark, Jake Frost and Henry Hands got the goals as Sports ended a three-match losing run.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five Round-up

In an extended round-up this week, we move into Division Four. Leaders Chingford Athletic Res kept their four-point lead as they powered to a 7 – 1 victory over Shenfield AFC Res at Town Mead. Southend Manor Dev are second after a good 3 – 1 success at Ongar Town Res, with Jack Mead scoring twice and there one for Harry Lincoln as well. Roydon are up to fourth after a fine 4 – 2 win at Galleywood Res. Connor Riddoch, Connor Presland, Karim Francis and Halcyon Griffith all netted for Roydon to overcome strikes by substitute Lee Judd & an OG to secure the win at Slades Lane.

Meanwhile, Old Chelmsfordians Res are nine points clear in eighth after a 3 – 2 win over strugglers Canning Town Res at Lawford Lane. Timothy King, Lee Mulholland and replacement Henry Field all scored for the OC second side there. The other result in this division was Leytonstone Utd’s 3 – 0 win over bottom side Sungate Dev. Utd rise one place to ninth after this win.


Finally this week, in Division Five there was a surprise loss for leaders Leigh Ramblers Res as they lost 5 – 3 at home to mid-table Snaresbrook Res. Charlie Batchelor’s double and a goal for Kai Baker for the Rams was outdone by a four-goal haul for Rajpal Bumbra and one from Liam Adams for the visitors at Belfairs Park.

Other Results in Division Five

AS Rawreth Res  1 – 2  Old Barkabbeyans  | The Warren

Herongate Athletic Res  2 -2  Epping Town Res  | Billericay Road

Wakebury Res  2 – 3  Runwell Sports Res  | Nursery Sports Ground


End

S21-22 Match Report: Catholic Utd 1 – 3 Harold Wood Athletic (Sat 4 Dec) [EOFL 21/22 5.12.21]


Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Len Forge Centre 3G

2021-22 Season: Match 45

Attendance: 25 (Est)

Saturday 4th December 2021 – 2pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Harold Wood: Claret & Sky Blue Shirts, Claret Shorts, Claret Socks


Harold Wood produce excellent second-half showing to win well at Catholic Utd

Catholic Utd  1 – 3  Harold Wood Athletic

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend, I was pleased to end a five-week break from watching Essex Olympian action with a short trip to the Len Forge Centre to see Catholic Utd welcome Harold Wood Athletic in the EOFL Premier Division. Athletic were bottom of the table pre-match after one win so far this campaign & Utd were keen to keep up the pressure on the top three. Simon Thomas’ hosts had a full-strength side to choose from here, and Louis Godwin-Green was again the glovesman, with Alfie Whiteaker and Cameron Lemar the full-backs. Michael Sammut skippered the side, and Utd also had a front three of Aaron Baldwin, Franklin Craik and Alex O’Leary. Options from the bench included the attack-minded Harrison Day, Pablo Passenda and Jay Nash. Harold Wood were missing stalwarts Matt Donovan and Jacob Roberts but did have Steven Reynolds in goal, with a back four of Tommy Harber and Jack Baines plus centre-backs Harry Clifford and Ben Gibbons. Another long-standing player in Reiss Kingsley captained the visitors, with a forward line of Max Shepherd, James Pottle and Billy Reed. Gary Willis’ side also had Freddy Shepherd, Emmanuel Olaniyan and Lee Dann as substitutes.

The match started with both sides looking to set their stall out, with Utd looking to create chances early and Athletic looking to deny said chances and build a base from there. Simon Thomas’ ‘Super Hoops’ had early sighters at Steven Reynolds’ goal as forward Alex O’Leary narrowly struck over the woodwork and skipper Michael Sammut also sent a header off-target. Catholic continued to have a good share of ball rentention as the first half went on, with Franklin Craik and Aaron Baldwin both having strikes on goal that kept Reynolds alert.


Harold Wood did have the occasional foray in the hosts’ defensive third, with forwards Billy Reed and James Pottle making good runs, Reed’s whilst in possession to turn past his marker but there was little in the way of clear-cut chances to test Utd custodian Louis Godwin-Green. That being said, what Gary Willis’ side were doing well was stifling their opposition’s attacking rhythm as Utd didn’t have the ball for long enough in the last few minutes before the break.

Half-Time: Catholic Utd 0 – 0 Harold Wood


It was fair to say that the visitors would be the happier of the two sides at the break, as Utd really did need to find another gear to bypass a commendably solid Ath backline, led well by centre-back Harry Clifford. In the first part of the second half though, the hosts’ passing did go astray somewhat, despite that Craik had another decent effort denied by the visiting defence. Harold Wood brought on substitutes Freddy Shepherd and Emmanuel Olaniyan at the restart and they soon had an impact on proceedings. Shepherd made a good run into the penalty box and was well-poised to strike at goal, only for full-back Cameron Lemar to tackle well to send the ball out for a set-piece.


Pottle also had a strike off-target but there was a sense that Athletic were building momentum. Even so, it was a bit of a surprise when Harold Wood broke the stalemate on 63 minutes. A good floated centre from the right flank by full-back Tommy Harber found the six-yard line area, and Freddy Shepherd rose in the air ahead of Godwin-Green to nod home well, although the Utd ‘keeper will have been disappointed that he mistimed his leap to gather the cross.

Understandably, Catholic Utd sought to quickly get back on level terms. The home contingent were starting to voice their frustration from the stands but Ath were doing a decent job of once again stifling promising moves from the attack-minded Utd side, until we got to 76 minutes. Craik was clipped in the area in what looked a nervous challenge, and referee Daniel Mann showed little hesitation to point to the penalty spot. Harley Kee stepped up and blasted home high into the net, giving Reynolds little chance to save.


So, with the match tantalisingly-poised at 1 – 1, you may have thought that Utd would build more impetus to get another goal. Well that just didn’t happen. Harold Wood went straight up the other end to attack and Freddy Shepherd again had a crucial part in the goal as good passing found him and then continuing the move, he found James Pottle who found enough space to fire low into the net, beyond the grasp of Godwin-Green.

To be fair to the match, it had built up nicely since the half-hour mark and Catholic did respond well, putting in good crosses and passing, notably by substitutes Pablo Passenda and Harrison Day, who also made a few good surging runs down the channels though Reynolds didn’t have a great deal to do to be honest at this stage.



Whilst it’s true that Utd were threatening to respond with another goal, it was Harold Wood who really capped a fine afternoon’s work as with four minutes of the ninety remaining, another counter-attack by Ath found gaps in the Utd defence and Shepherd I think it was who found the impressive Billy Reed who fired home well to give Harold Wood a decisive third goal and complete a surprise win. Reed did deserve something from the game as on at least two occasions, the forward showcased his talents making tricky and rapid turns past opposition defenders.

Catholic Utd kept pouring forward looking for that important second goal but it wasn’t their day. Other results saw them drop to seventh after the day’s League action, while Wood climbed off the bottom, but are still five points off the top ten and relative safety.

Utd’s Alex O’Leary in possession looking to find that telling pass

Full-Time: Catholic Utd  1 – 3  Harold Wood Athletic

To summarise, Utd had a number of chances, particularly in the first period which they couldn’t make the most of. Harold Wood responded well after the interval to weather the storm and kept their hosts at bay before being fairly clinical in attack in the latter stages to claim a valuable win.

For stand-out performances here, we start with Harold Wood. Credit has to go to hard-working forwards James Pottle and Billy Reed who had moments of decent play before the interval. After it, they both showed good awareness, good passing and finishing as both also got on the score-sheet. Centre-back Harry Clifford was a towering figure at the heart of the Athletic defence, making several important clearances, particularly aerially. And a word too for the impact of substitute Freddy Shepherd who scored one goal and had a assist for another. His energy, passing and movement caused headaches for the tiring hosts backline.

For Utd, Tom Elliott put in a good shift, interchanging positions with skipper Michael Sammut at times. Elliott also had good presence to disrupt the visitors’ midfield passing at times. Harley Kee put in another characteristic display, and only good defending stopped him from putting in telling passes. Lastly, replacement Harrison Day showed his talent in the half-hour he had today, showing good pace and passing.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign. My thanks to Catholic Utd boss Simon Thomas for his assistance pre-match.

Teenage full-back Alfie Whiteaker (#3) about to strike a set-piece for Utd

Catholic Utd  | Manager: Simon Thomas

Starting XI: 1 Louis Godwin-Green (GK), 2 Cameron Lemar, 3 Alfie Whiteaker, 5 Louis Robinson, 6 Tom Elliott, 8 Michael Sammut (Capt), 20 Harley Kee, 7 Tom Kearney, 9 Aaron Baldwin, 10 Franklin Craik, 11 Alex O’Leary

Goal-scorer: Harley Kee [pen 77′]

Subs On (Time): 12 Harrison Day (61′), 15 Jay Nash (61′), 14 Pablo Passenda (68′), 16 Tobias DeSouza (72′), 17 Temi Adebayo (80′)

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: None

Harold Wood Athletic  | Manager: Gary Willis 

Starting XI: 1 Steven Reynolds (GK), 2 Tommy Harber, 3 Jack Baines, 4 Ben Gibbons, 19 Harry Clifford, 6 Sam Tampkins, 7 Jordan Crane, 8 Reiss Kingsley (Capt), 9 Max Shepherd, 10 Billy Reed, 11 James Pottle

Goal-scorers: Freddy Shepherd [63′], James Pottle [78′], Billy Reed [86′]

Subs On (Time): 14 Freddy Shepherd (46′), 15 Emmanuel Olaniyan (46′), 12 Lee Dann (68′)

Booked: Kingsley, F Shepherd | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Mann
Assistants: Brett Grant & Guy Pell-Ilderton

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 15 – Sat 27 Nov) [EAL 21-22 30.11.21]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the League divisions and action in the Fenton Trophy on Saturday 27 November. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

With additional reporting by Scott W

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Sat 27 November

FENTON TROPHY

There was just one Fenton Trophy tie played over the weekend where Division Two’s runaway leaders, Fairlop Rovers, were the visitors to Division Three’s Lymore Gardens Reserves with the higher ranked side safely booking their place in the last eight with a 12-1 win. Ellis Simmonds and Jack Kibblewhite netted hat-tricks, Harry Oliver scored two and one each from Logan Simmonds, Kian Millward-Burton, George Birch and Bailey White completed the scoring with Marcel Destouche netting the Lymore goal in reply.

SENIOR DIVISION

The lead at the top of the Senior Division remains at five points after leaders Chadwell Heath Spartans put in a sterling performance to end Jolof Sports’ unbeaten record, winning the game 4 – 2 over in Chigwell. Jonathan Evans scored a hat-trick for the Spartans with Janel Alexander scoring the other in an important win. The chasing pack sees two sides level on twenty-three points with Woodford East’s goal difference advantage keeping them clear in second, aided by their most recent success, a 3 – 1 home win against Chigwell Town. Ellis Morgan scored for Town but his efforts were in vain with Joe Kemp, Ben Smith and Adam Tabbani goals for East carrying them to victory at the Marshes.

Making up the top three are DT FC who, with games in hand, will still be expecting to pose the biggest threat to the destination of the title. They were up against FC Baresi at the Harlow Arena on Saturday and two goals from Emmanuel Chitongo off the bench plus strikes from Billy Golledge, Kieran Hipgrave and a long range effort from goalkeeper Alex Jennings helped them win 5 – 2. Paul Benfield and Tyreece Robinson efforts accounted for the visitors’ consolation goals. Lymore Gardens sit just outside of the top three by a couple of points but still with a big say on how things progress after they scooped a sixth win of the campaign, defeating Kit Out London 3 – 0 at Noak Hill to keep pace at the top. Tyrique Peters scored twice and Benjamin Sumaili once as their goals proved the difference between the teams. The division’s remaining game saw two close rivals come together at Lakeside Sports Ground where Rapid Chingford were the hosts to a Leyton Royal side looking to avenge a narrow defeat earlier in the campaign. It was another close game, this time in favour of Leyton who won 2 – 1 to move into the top six.

Additional Midweek match – FC Baresi defeated Blue Marlin 1 – 0 in a rare midweek match played at Barking FC’s Mayesbrook Park.


PREMIER DIVISION

The Premier Division title race has suddenly tightened up at the top with Wapping now just two points off the pace of the leaders on the back of their huge 15 – 1 victory on Saturday against All Prospects. Jordan Mill-Smith was in fine form with a six-goal performance, Shamsun Noor struck a hat-trick while Kamrul Ahmed, Mohammad Asrar, Joshua Morris, Meeshaq Malone, Yusuf Nasir and Aminur Rahman goals finished it off.

Just a further point back in the race for silverware and promotion, Dagenham United made it five wins from eight in the league with a solid home win against a decent London Cranes side at Castle Green. Iaia Jau’s brace set them on their way with Dante Vincent and Fabio Cunha goals completing a 4 – 2 in United’s favour. Fifth placed Crookz United are in a strong position to contend for honours themselves with games in hand and moved into the top half of the table on Saturday with a terrific 7 – 2 home win against London Park City in Walthamstow. Utd had Luke Stewart to thank for his four-goal haul here, with further goals from Anselmo Gomes, Andrew Appiah and Steven Tshiamala enabling the hosts to pick up a fourth league win in six as they continue their own quest for success.

The only side with a perfect and unbeaten record in the division are Oakside who are sitting in seventh place after a hard fought 1-0 win at the weekend at home to Athletic Newham Under 23s. That result made it four wins from four for the Hainault based side with a number of games in hand against the sides above them. The remaining game in the division saw fourth placed Eastside and sixth placed North East Lions meet in a local derby game at Peter May, both keen to press on up the table albeit with other sides having more games in hand. The point gap between the teams pre-match remained the same by full time as they had to settle for a 1  -1 draw, Adnan Miah netting the Lions goal and Ifeanyi Umeh scoring for ‘Side.


DIVISION ONE

It’s all change yet again at the top of Division One as the leaders were in cup action, allowing RCXI to take advantage to move top themselves on the back of a 3 – 2 home win against Renegade in Aveley. Ayo Matthews, Harold Ofori and Stephen Duberry all found the back of the net to give the hosts a sixth league win of the campaign. Daekwon King-Douglas and Nana Baah scored for Renegades. Wanstead have moved to within three points of the promotion places in the division, doing so after scooping themselves a big away victory on Saturday, returning home with the points in a 5 – 0 win at Kwanzas London Sport. James Robjant, Robert Clarke, Dan Gardner, Suhaib Abeid and Edson Lami were all on target to make it five wins in six in the league.

There were some hugely important wins for sides in the bottom half where Something From Nothing moved to the cusp of a top half position with a 3 – 2 win at co-tenants Newham Wanderers. Robertson Morais and Nuno Dentampol both found the net for Newham but their efforts were not quite enough as Cyril Pluche, Oscar Walton and Micah Innocent goals gave SFN victory. Barkingside A are another side who will be pleased with their weekend’s efforts as they picked up three vital league points with a win at bottom of the table Francis Luke. Luke goals from Adam Rowe and Tito Sijuwade proved just consolation as ‘Side won the game 4 – 2 to earn their side a third league win of the season, moving to eighth place.

Another side who will hope to build upon their weekend performance are Forest Green who despite not having had the best of starts in the league, picked up a important win against Ilford Reserves, overcoming a six point deficit on their opponents in the process. Green were 3 – 0 winners at Leyton Sixth Form College to give themselves a little cushion on the sides below them.


DIVISION TWO

Division Two was one of many goals on Saturday and with the leaders in cup action, the focus was on the chasing pack with things looking very tight. Old Esthameians are now second in the standings as one of three clubs on eighteen points, their tally extended with a 4 – 2 win at home against Redbridge Community, who responded through goals from Abbas Osman and Melanijus Butkus. Sitting in third position are Unitey who hold that position on goal difference after a terrific win against an in-form St Francis side at Roding Valley High School. Bubintende Masadi extended his recent scoring record by netting twice with Ahmed Dousa, Matthew Pitchford and Matthew Surry goals seeing their side to a solid 5 – 0 win.

Also part of the eighteen point club are Emerson & Upminster Reserves who had an interesting afternoon and fell 3-0 down to bottom of the table Newbury East through goals from Bhajandip Purewal, George Montgomery and Rafai Bentick. But they amazingly found the strength to claw their way back and ended up winning it 4 – 3 with Archie Pitfield scoring twice off the bench to go with efforts from Reece Martin and Tobi Onafeko. FHN Athletic are well in the frame for promotion themselves and sit just a couple of points back on the chasing clubs as they won at home against Rainham Working Mens Club to leapfrog their opponents in the process. Merrill Appiah scored twice and Terron Fordjoe once to overcome a Joshua Iyen goal for the visitors, FHN therefore confirming a 3 – 1 win.

There has been plenty of entertainment value in Ryan Under 23s’s recent fixtures and this week’s was no exception as they shared a ten goal thriller against Loughton Lions, the teams beginning the day just two points apart. And that is the way it stayed as they drew incredibly 5 – 5 in a result which really doesn’t aid either side’s chances. Loughton’s scorers were Thomas Osmond with a hat-trick with Harrison Andrews and Taylor McLaughlin also on target.


DIVISION THREE

It was first versus third in Division Three where an entertaining game saw Melbourne Sports romp into a 3-0 lead against leaders FC Baresi Under 23s in Hainault. But the Mels couldn’t quite hang on to take three points as Baresi responded with goals from Maamoon Khan, Zach Aliane and Ronnie Kabongo to take a 3 – 3 draw by full time. Old Barkabbeyans Reserves were able to take advantage of that result to close the gap on the sides above them, now sitting just three points outside of the promotion places after edging a tight game at home against Together United. Geovany Cruz, Robbie Osborne and Jalen Davis efforts were just enough to give Barks a 3 – 2 win.

There was a third league win of the season for Glendale who made the trip to Buckhurst Way with eight points separating the sides going into the game. But that was cut to five by full time as Dales goals from Maryis Shamku, Seyi Agboola, Mo Fadel-Mboupe and Mouhamed Gueye gave them a 4 – 2 win, despite Way threatening a comeback in the second half through strikes by Joey Butcher and Dolapo Gbadamosi. The goals were also “flying” in down at King George’s in Romford where Terin were the visitors to take on Flyers Under 23s with the bottom two sides battling it out to move closer to safety. The accolades went to Flyers who scored seven in a 7-1 win Kai Eaton (2), Deren Kale, Joshua Adu, Rafin Alam, Mohammad Miah and Aaron Weymouth. Fahad Abdallah scored the Terin goal in reply.

DIVISION FOUR

There were some big results affecting the top of the Division Four standings where Chingford Harriers became the only unbeaten side as they were triumphant against an in-form Dagenham United Reserves side, beating their rivals 3 – 1. Suleman Yusuf, Darnell Lamothe and Jake Kemp all netted for Harriers with Mamadou Soumare responding for United. Avondale Rangers produced what must be their best performance of the season as they took an second placed Fairlop Rovers Reserves and won an entertaining twelve goal thriller 7 – 5. Debutant Fraser Bolton scored a hat-trick, Liam Cole also scoring a hat-trick himself as Harry Callagher finishing things off to give Rangers a fourth league win.

Flyers Under 21s also produced one of their best results of the season to end Sporting Pillars’ unbeaten record in the division in a 4 – 3 victory, moving level with their opponents. Two Jamie Randall goals and a Frederick Every effort accounted for the Flyers goals with two Emanuel Jacob goals and a Kain Betty effort giving Pillars their consolation goals. There was also an important win for Emerson & Upminster A who faced up to a trip to West Essex Under 23s with a three point deficit on their opponents. Their trip proved to be a fruitful one however as they recorded a 2 – 0 win with Tyler Huggett scoring both goals in the game to move level on nine points with West.

COUNTY CUP

In the Essex Junior Cup, Frenford A faced a trip up the M11 to the very north of the county as they took on Cambridgeshire County League based side Debden in the fourth round. Frenford were on the wrong end of a narrow defeat however, going down 2-1 to see their run in the competition ended.

There was all-EAL clash in the Essex Junior Trophy as Belfry renewed old acquaintances with Cowley Community. With the two sides already going hammer and tong in the league, it was Cowley who secured progression in this county cup tie, edging the game 2-1 to go through. Completing the weekend’s action, FC Petrocub continued their passage in the London Junior Cup as they successful in their third round clash against Middlesex County League based Hilltop Reserves. Petrocub won 2-0 at Hainault Rec to progress through to the fourth round after being finalists last season.

Fixtures  – Saturday December 4th   (top two tiers only)

EAL Senior Division

Chigwell Town  v  Tower Utd  | London Marathon Sports Ground

CSM London  v  DT FC  | West Ham Community Ground 3G, Beckton

FC Baresi  v  Raid Chingford  | Britannia Sports Ground, Walthamstow

Jolof Sports  v  Woodford East  | Flanders Playing Fields, East Ham

Kit Out London  v  Blue Marlin  | Noak Hill 3G

Leyton Royal  v  FC Petrocub  | Lakeside Sports Ground

Lymore Gardens  v  Chadwell Heath Spartans  | Leyton County Ground, E10

EAL Premier Division

Frenford A  v  Athletic Newham U23 | The Jack Carter Centre

London Cranes  v  All Prospects | Flanders Playing Fields

London Park City  v  Oakside  | Seven Kings Sch 3G

North East Lions  v  Dagenham Utd  | Peter May Centre, W’stow

Wapping  v  Crookz Utd  | Victoria Park, E9

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EJC (Sat 27 Nov) [EOFL 21/22 29.11.21]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 27 November. This week, the league action returned on a bigger scale this weekend.. Also includes results from Essex Junior Cup ties involving EOFL sides and results from Division Four & Five at the end of the article.
Many thanks for reading.

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Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 27 November

EOFL Premier Division

It was another dramatic day of results in the Premier Division, as Basildon Town extended their lead at the summit to five points after winning an enthralling match at Leigh Ramblers 5 – 3. Marcus Bowers netted a fine treble for Town, with Rhys Fatt and Michael Onafuye also on target at Belfairs Park. Ramblers put up stubborn resistance and responded through strikes by Jack Unwin, Paul Hayes and substitute Cameron Jarvis. Nearest challengers Ongar Town fell to a 2 – 1 loss at improving Shenfield AFC, with Billy Calder on target for AFC there. Meanwhile, Hutton are back up to third spot after an important 1 – 0 win at Sungate, with Brad Freeman netting again for Matt Singh’s side.

Catholic Utd were among the goals this weekend but were held to a 3 – 3 draw by Canning Town in Beckton. Franklin Craik scored twice for Simon Thomas’ side, with Harrison Day also scoring first goal for the club. Utd remain 5th and Canning sit in 14th spot. Elsewhere, Rayleigh Town lost ground on the top three as they were narrowly beaten 1 – 0 by a resurgent Kelvedon Hatch at London Road. Sidney Walker netted the only goal for Darren Hunt’s side as they fortified seventh position. Also, Springfield got a fine 2 – 1 win at Old Southendian, thanks to goals by Elliot Scott and Quincy Warner. Mattias Tonking’s spot-kick was scant consolation for OS in a match played in terrible windy conditions at Garon Park. Lastly, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts went back up into the top ten with a 1 – 0 triumph at Harold Wood Athletic with Fred Francis on target for Craig Glashan’s team. ‘Wood are eight points adrift of Swifts and the top ten now.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, leaders Wakering Sports were held 2 – 2 at Epping Town. Mohammed Sesay and Ben Rowe struck for Mitchell Gleeson’s side, with Chris Gormley and Joe Rudkin replying for Stuart Hoskins’ team, who remain in ninth. Third-placed Corinthians were also denied three points as they were held to a goalless draw by bottom side Beacon Hill Rovers. Rovers’ closest rivals Snaresbrook lost 3 – 0 at Toby, with Ben Picton getting two goals and one from Harry Barham for Mark Jones’ side who remain in fourth. Old Chelmsfordians are in fifth after a superb 5 – 2 victory at Leigh Town. Charlie Portway hit two goals with Ryan Baxter, Joe Murphy and Karl Brown also finding the net for Scott Fleming’s side.

Meanwhile, Chingford Athletic also scored five in a 5 – 0 triumph at home to Herongate Athletic. Eren Muti continued his fine scoring run with a treble here, with Alexander Best and substitute Jed Arthur adding gloss to the scoreline.


EOFL Division Two

In Division Two, ACD Utd remain in second spot after a 4 – 0 victory at Manford Way. Samuel Payne, Warren Taylor, Jamie Alexandrou and Shaun Goodard all scored for Greg Knock’s team as they got their 10th win in the league this term. Harold Wood Athletic Res ended their losing run with a 1 – 0 success at Rochford Town. Josh Portway’s goal was enough to give Steve Hubbard’s side the points to rise up to ninth place. Lastly, Wakebury remain six points clear in third after a conclusive 6 – 0 win over May & Baker A at Nursery Sports Ground. Daniel Buglione struck twice with further goals being added by Max Hall, William Wheeler, Elliott Hutchinson-Khupe and Jack Glenister for Matt Cardy’s side.

Elsewhere, Hutton Res were involved in stellar match but it ended all-square with a 5 – 5 draw against Rayleigh Town Res at Polo Fields. Carl Dutton netted three goals for the hosts, with Brandon Stack and substitute Bailey Morris also both netting.

Other Results in Division Two:

AS Rawreth  1 – 3  Old Southendian Res  | The Warren

Harold Hill  7 – 3  Shoebury Town  | Noak Hill


Essex Junior Cup Results

Gosfield Utd Res 2 – 4  Catholic Utd Res

Hashtag Utd Development  5 – 1  Sungate Development

Old Chelmsfordians Res  0 – 1  Wormingford Wanderers

Wakering Sports Res  A – A  Springfield Res


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, with the top three all in Essex Junior Cup action, Basildon Town Res went four points clear in fourth spot after a 4 – 1 victory over Hullbridge Res at Basildon Sports Club. The cast of scorers included Grant Cumming, Scott Cooper, Jay Thompson and replacement Jake Thomas. Sam Hayden got the solitary reply for the visitors but they remain in seventh. Buckhurst Hill U23 got a fine win, 4 – 0 at fellow strugglers Collier Row with Reece Tranter, Harry Maslin, Benito Crosara and Joe Strange all on the score-sheet. Finally, Pitsea Athletic remain in sixth spot after a pulsating 7 – 3 success over rivals Toby Res at Basildon Sports Village. Oliver Dingli grabbed another treble for the Toby side but Jason Stanhope netted twice and replacement Jaszime Johnson’s double for Pitsea was added to by Sean Devlin, Kwadwo Asante and Reece Stone as they completed a fine win.

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EOFL Divisions Four & Five Results

Division Four

Canning Town Res  1 – 5  Southend Manor Dev  | Bobby Moore Pavillion

Galleywood Res  1 – 5  Chingford Athletic Res  | Slades Lane

Ongar Town Res  4 – 3  Leytonstone Utd   | Melbourne Park 3G

Wakering Sports A   0 – 3  Roydon  | Cupid’s (Pitch 2)


Division Five

Herongate Athletic Res  H – W  AS Rawreth Res (Home Walkover)

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res  3 – 2  Epping Town  | Silver Leys

Old Barkabbeyans 0 – 1 Pitsea Athletic Res  | Barking Abbey Sch 3G

Runwell Sports Res  3 – 3  Collier Row Res  | St Luke’s Park

Snaresbrook Res  3 – 2  Wakebury Res  | Nutters Field

S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted (Sat 27 Nov) [ESL 21/22 27.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 44

Saturday 27th November 2021 – 3pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Stansted: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Stansted grab precious win in awful conditions at Manor

Southend Manor  0 – 1 Stansted

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The weekend match was a short trip to Southchurch Park to see Southend Manor continue their search for points as they welcomed a Stansted side who hadn’t won in their last three matches in all competitions. Manor are now managed by Ryan Gordon, and he named ex-AS Rawreth stopper Ollie Johnson in goal, with a defensive four of Jaiden Odle, Ben Sargent plus centre-backs Shawn Coe and captain Jonathan Sanchez. The forward line was comprised of Daniel Devey, Michael Bareck and Andre Embalo. Options from the bench for Manor were Jack Frost and recent recruits Daniel Medina & Craig Heskey. Stansted had regular goalkeeper Jarvis Monk starting, with skipper Billy Coyne and Louis Monk the full-backs, Ashaan Siddik and Daniel Okah in midfield with a forward three of the returning Connor Hammond, Jack Mitchell and Michael Mignot. Their bench had forward Michael Salako plus midfielders Horace Ormsby and Finley Gregory.

The forecast was pretty grim and the conditions had an effect from the get-go, with sprawling winds and added rain making it very chilly for the dedicated spectators in attendance. In the early stages of the contest, chances were quite rare for both sides, though it was the Airportmen that kept the Manor defence alert, with full-back Jaiden Odle making a couple of good interceptions and skipper Jonanthan Sanchez marshalling the defence well, also making aerial clearances. Even so, it was Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side that were looking the more likely to break the deadlock, with forwards Connor Hammond and Jack Mitchell not far away from having chances on goal, both down the channels and from the odd set-piece as well.


As it happens, the only goal of the contest did come from a set-piece. The hosts will feel disappointed at the outcome as Billy Coyne’s free-kick was delfected and bounced over the advancing Manor custodian Ollie Johnson, out of his grasp and trickled into the net, with centre-back Tom Massey also close by if a final touch was required, but on this occasion it was not. The visitors also had a goal chalked off for an assistant’s off-side flag before the interval.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted


After the break, Manor were keen to vanquish the slim deficit they had to deal with, and early in the half, full-back Odle made a superb run from his own half into the opposition’s before finding forward Michael Bareck well though Bareck could only drag his strike wide of Jarvis Monk’s left-side post. The weather was unrelenting which only increased the chances of players slipping on the turf. For the most part, the visitors defended well in their characteristic way of firm tackles and swift clearances from danger.

To their credit, Manor did keep going well from defence to midfield, with Josh Devlin doing well in central midfield to assist his side in keeping possession. If there was one caveat to the above line, it was that they could not create that many clear oppurtunities to test Monk in the Stansted goal. There was one near-miss for the hosts with about twenty minutes remaining. Bareck was again was in a promising position after evading a defender before unleashing a powerful effort which narrowly went over the woodwork.


All in all though, Southend Manor couldn’t force a leveller as Stansted did well to hold firm and claim a morale-boosting win with a hard-working performance in the aforementioned awful conditions.


Ben Sargent (Manor #3) making surging run down the left flank

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted

To sum up this match, both sides left everything out there on-the-pitch in the inclement conditions. Stansted did enough to deserve the points in a game of relatively few chances. Manor do have positives to take as well as they defended quite well at times and going forward they looked promising, apart from that telling final ball into the forwards to create a lot of chances.

The stand-out performances from this game start with Stansted. Defenders Bryn Thorpe and Billy Coyne had good matches with Thorpe playing centre-back here, and he did well alongside Tom Massey and Paul Clayton. Coyne’s set-pieces were a threat as ever, and Daniel Okah had a good game in midfield, showing his presence with good energy and tackling. Jack Mitchell was a good threat as well for the Airportmen with his movement and running as he looked to get beyond the last defender. For Manor, forward Michael Bareck was a good outlet for the re-modelled attack for the hosts, showing good energy and pace. Josh Devlin had a good game also, moving from defence to attack well and made several good passes. Full-backs Ben Sargent and Jaiden Odle also made good surging runs from their respective flanks and also made a few good interceptions.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: Ryan Gordon  | Assistants: Josh Hutchins & Callum Bolger

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Ollie Johnson (GK), 2 Jaiden Odle (12 Jack Frost 77′), 3 Ben Sargent, 4 Shawn Coe, 5 Jonathan Sanchez (Capt), 6 Josh Devlin, 7 Cesario Mendes, 8 Isaac Acquah, 9 Daniel Devey (14 Daniel Medina 76′), 10 Michael Bareck (15 Craig Heskey 89′), 11 Andre Embalo

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters | GK Coach: Neil Tillotson

Starting XI (Subs): 21 Jarvis Monk (GK), 2 Billy Coyne (Capt), 3 Louis Monk, 4 Tom Massey, 5 Bryn Thorpe, 6 Paul Clayton, 7 Michael Mignot (14 Michael Salako 71′), 8 Ashaan Siddik (15 Finley Gregory 80′), 9 Jack Mitchell, 10 Daniel Okah, 11 Connor Hammond (12 Horace Ormsby 76′)

Goal-scorer: Billy Coyne [31′]

Booked: Thorpe, Monk | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Benjamin Horne
Assistant Referees: Craig Wood & Ray Parmenter

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 14 – Sat 20 Nov) [EAL 21-22 22.11.21]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the League divisions and action in the Fenton Cup & Fenton Trophy on Saturday 20  November. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

With additional reporting by Scott W

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Essex Alliance League Round-up- Sat 20 November

FENTON CUP

There was further Fenton Cup action this weekend as the first round action came to a close with Jolof Sports at home to Kit Out London, both seeking a place in the last sixteen. A close game saw the two teams finish level at 2 – 2 at full-time, forcing the game into a shootout in which Jolof held their nerve to win it 4 – 2. They now head on to face FC Petrocub in the next round.

In the day’s second round action on an adjoining pitch, two of the league’s Premier Division sides met in East Ham with hosts London Cranes taking on Oakside with a place in the quarter finals the reward for the winner. In an eleven goal thriller, it was ‘Side who eventually prevailed by the odd goal, winning 6 – 5 to confirm a home quarter-final against DTFC. Oakside’s scorers were Brandon Burgess, Kieren Huddart, Jed Ofori, Luke Caston, Demi Elegushi and Mussa Jamanca.

FENTON TROPHY

In the Fenton Trophy, there were four further ties completed with Royal Forest Reserves’ perfect record put to the test as the Division Three leaders faced Division Two St Francis. A very closely fought contest was won by a youthful Saints side as Ross Basunda’s goal proved the pivotal moment in the game in a 1 – 0 victory.

Division Two’s Loughton Lions also had a stern test ahead of them as they welcomed an in-form Melbourne Sports side to Debden for their second round clash. Lions have been in some decent form themselves in recent weeks and progressed with 3 – 1 home victory thanks to strikes by Thomas Osmond, Lucas Maxwell and Jordan French to ensure their run in the cup continued.

Another Division Two side safely through are Rainham Working Mens Club as they navigated what proved to be another very competitive game against Division Three’s Glendale. An own goal midway through the first half of the game in Rainham’s favour proved to be the only scoring moment of the game as the Dales couldn’t convert second half pressure into chances, Rainham winning 1 – 0.

The final game from this competition saw six goals as Together United looked to cause a surprise as they were paid a visit by Division Two’s Unitey at Peter May. But it was the higher placed side who made their advantage count with Bubintende Masadi’s hat-trick doing the damage with Mohammed Abaker and Jordan Vib also finding the back of the net in a  5 – 1 win.

SENIOR DIVISION

There was plenty of Senior Division action too over the weekend, despite some sides being involved in cup action, and Chadwell Heath Spartans opened up a five point lead at the top of the table after coming out on the right side of a 2 – 1 win at FC Baresi. Abdirahman Sabriye struck for the hosts but Jack Evans and Aaron Hunwicks replies for Spartans gave them a crucial three points. Lymore Gardens also took advantage of others being out of action to move into the top four, earning themselves a solid win away at FC Petrocub in Noak Hill. Another close game was settled by the odd goal with Andre Rashford and Dylan Roberts efforts the difference as Garden won 2 – 1, their fifth win of the season so far.

Moving into mid-table, Leyton Royal have joined a cluster of clubs sitting on thirteen points following a terrific win on Saturday, defeating Tower United in a 4 – 0 scoreline at Fairlop Oak. That result saw Royal confirm a fourth league win and with games in hand, could still be pushing for a solid top half finish. For Tower, they remain in the bottom three, four points adrift of safety approaching the half way mark. Not far behind Leyton Royal are CSM London who moved to the cusp of mid-table themselves after a hugely important win at Lakeside, beating Rapid Chingford 5-2 to pick up three points. Munnir Saad scored twice with Kamran Khan, Ramone Senior and Leon Barnard goals completing the win in favour of the visitors.

Just a point behind CSM lie Blue Marlin who moved themselves out of the relegation zone on Saturday with a local derby victory against Chigwell Town in Hainault. The journey of just a few yards proved a fruitful one for Marlin, overcoming a John Lye goal for Town with strikes of their own from Nile Laidlaw and Lindsey Marsh to win it 2 – 1.


PREMIER DIVISION

In the Premier Division, there was a huge result affecting the top end of the table as Wapping produced a top performance to send leaders Frenford A to their first defeat of the season. Meeshaq Malone scored twice and Shahid Ali grabbed the other to overturn the only goal in response by Damilola Olaiya for the visitors and give Wapping a 3 – 1 victory to move second, albeit eight points behind the leaders. The top goal scorers in the division are Eastside with thirty-five so far this campaign and they now sit third after coming through an entertaining game against All Prospects. Michael Dager and Abid Haque scored twice each and Basekou Gassama netted the other to overcome a Prospects fight back to win it 6 – 4. It was also a winning Saturday for another side sitting on thirteen points as Dagenham United continued their promotion push with a solid performance on the road away at London Park City. Iaia Jau netted a brace and Shaquille Mathurin grabbed the other to win 3 – 1, United’s fourth league win and placing them just goal difference away from a spot in the promotion places.

With games in hand, Crookz United are one of the sides who could still spoil the party in the promotion places and presently sit eighth in the table from five games after defeating North East Lions in a 2 – 1 scoreline at Peter May. Ben Joao and John Afrane-Kesey goals were the difference between the side, Mace Johnson striking the Lions consolation off the bench.

DIVISION ONE

Belfry have moved to the cusp of the promotion places once again in Division One as they secured a big win at the Marshes, defeating Francis Luke in a 9 – 0 scoreline. Kieran James was in fine fettle with a five-goal haul for his side with Victor Davis, Warren James, Gabriel Ogunwomoju and Luke MacDonald also scoring to confirm a fifth league win on the spin. Second placed RCXI moved a point closer to the leaders but missed the chance to go top as they were held to a 2 – 2 draw away at Something From Nothing. Despite the eleven point gap between the sides going into the game, SFN put in a solid performance against their promotion chasing opponents to earn a big point.

Wanstead remain well placed to make a charge for promotion, sitting fourth and on the back of another league win, having defeated Barkingside A 5 – 0 at the Flats on Saturday. That win saw the in-form Wanstead move to twelve points, five adrift of the promotion places as Edson Lami’s tremendous form continued with another four goals, adding to Suhaib Abeid’s strike. Just a few goals behind Wanstead sit their local rivals Newham Wanderers who are fifth in the table after seven games following their weekend’s efforts, defeating Forest Green 5 – 1 at Leyton Sixth Form College. Nuno Dentampol netted twice off the bench with Seco Embalo, Robertson Morais and Macane Caleir goals rounding off the scoring.

It was also a good afternoon’s work for Kwanzas London Sport who will hope to build on an excellent result as they defeated Ilford Reserves 2 – 1 in Hainault to pick up their first points of the season. Despite a difficult start, that will give Kwanzas plenty of confidence and saw them move off the bottom, just a point adrift from safety.

DIVISION TWO

The high-scoring Old Esthameians have pushed themselves up into the promotion places following the weekend’s results as they earned a local derby victory at home to strugglers Newbury East, winning the game 5 – 0. That confirmed a fifth win in seven this season and became one of four teams level on fifteen points. Another side in the fifteen point club are Emerson & Upminster Reserves who reached that mark with a home win on Saturday as ninth placed Ryan Under 23s were the visitors to Hall Lane. Tobi Onafeko and Danny Gillham were the scorers in the game for Emerson to edge the game 2 – 1, netting their own fifth league victory in the process. Mekhi Charles-Armstrong got the only goal for the Ryan side here.

There was a five goal thriller in the division’s final game where Redbridge Community were the hosts to an FHN Athletic side, the teams beginning the game just three points apart. But that had increased to six by full time as FHN came through a five goal thriller, winning 3 – 2 thanks to goals from Carl Gbolade, Merrill Appiah and Kieran McKoy.

DIVISION THREE

With the leaders out of action in Division Three, FC Baresi Under 23 took full advantage of that situation by recording maximum points at home to Harlow Inter to go top, edging a tight game 4 – 3. Akins Subair scored twice and Jamal Harvey once for Harlow but two Kii Jean-Baptiste efforts plus goals from Harrez Aliane and Hanza Hafesji gave the points to Baresi.

Lymore Gardens Reserves also took advantage of other sides being out of action to move third in the standings following the weekend’s results as they came through 5-3 winners with Flyers Under 23s. Rob Small struck twice and Warren Isoka, Marcel Destouche and Omani Green one each to render Flyers goals from Kai Eaton, Ethan Sowonola and Aaron Weymouth as just consolation.  There was an impressive win for ASA too who made home advantage count with a big 6 – 1 victory against Old Barkabbeyans Reserves at the Marshes, leapfrogging their opponents into the top half of the table. A hat-trick of braces done the damage with Jubayed Miah, Atif Haider and Arun Jeyashankar goals proving the difference, Klodian Meta netting the Old Barks reply.

Also in the top half, Buckhurst Way sit fifth in the standings approaching the half way point in the season, aided by their most recent success as they defeated Terin 3 – 0 at Oaks Park High School. Andrei Rizea, Dolapo Gbadamosi and Segun Dickson struck for the visitors to made it five wins from ten so far this campaign.

DIVISION FOUR

In Division Four, Dagenham United Reserves have moved to within three points of the promotion places after an entertaining away victory on Saturday against sixth placed Emerson & Upminster A where the teams share seven goals. Dagenham came out on the right side of a 4 – 3 win with two Cain Dash goals and one each from Mamadou Soumare and Tyler Leon handing their side the win, despite two Robert McKnight efforts and a Bradlee Birch goal for Emerson.

There was also an impressive win for the division’s third highest scoring side, Avondale Rangers, who picked up their third win of the season with a 4 – 2 win at Newham Royals to move their points tally onto nine. Daniel Bordman, Chris Harper, Mark Hayden and Harry Callagher were the scorers to render Gary Adams and Ashley Evett efforts as just consolation in the end. The remaining league game came from Romford where top half Flyers Under 21s were in action against an in-form Newham & Havering Borough side. The sides starting the day just two points apart and that was how it ended also with the teams sharing the spoils in a 1 – 1 draw. Andrew Elie scored for Newham to add another point to their tally, with Alex Grant responding for Flyers.

COUNTY CUP

Woodford East are into the hat for the next round of the BBC Essex Saturday Premier Cup as they came through a competitive game against May & Baker EC A over in Dagenham. East were 5 – 3 winners on the day, thanks to a brace from Billy Barr and one each for Ben Smith, Lucio Uare and Adam Tabbani. Halil Hassan’s side now face a trip to Dunmow Town in the fourth round in January.

It wasn’t such a successful afternoon for DT FC who saw their unbeaten run come to an end this season with a defeat away at Colne Athletic. They were beaten 4 – 1 against the Essex & Suffolk Border League side to end their run in the competition. In the Essex Saturday Junior Trophy, the delayed tie between Felsted Rovers and Fairlop Rovers finally got played and it was the Mid Essex League hosts who took the honours with a solid 2 – 1 win against a previously unbeaten Fairlop Rovers side.


Fixtures  – Saturday November 27th   (top two tiers only)

EAL Senior Division

Chadwell Heath Spartans  v  Jolof Sports  | Chigwell Hall

DT FC  v  FC Baresi  | Harlow Arena 3G

Kit Out London  v  Lymore Gardens  | Noak Hill 3G

Rapid Chingford  v  Leyton Royal  | Lakeside Sports Ground

Woodford East  v  Chigwell Town  | Hackney Marshes


EAL Premier Division

Crookz Utd  v  London Park City  | Peter May Centre, Walthamstow

Dagenham Utd  v  London Cranes | Castle Green Leisure Centre 3G

Eastside  v  North East Lions  | Peter May Centre, W’stow

Oakside v  Athletic Newham U23  |  Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

Wapping  v  All Prospects  | Victoria Park, E9

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Olympian League & EPC (Sat 20 Nov) [EOFL 21/22 22.11.21]

Archive Image: AS Rawreth playing at Rayleigh Town Res earlier in the season [Image: Scott W]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello all and welcome to my round-up of the action in the Essex Olympian League, on Saturday 20 November. This week, the league action was reduced with many teams involved in the last 32 of the Essex Premier Cup. Also includes a round-up of Division Four & Five action at the end of the article.
Many thanks for reading.

Essex Olympian League Round-up – Saturday 20 November

EOFL Premier Division

In the four matches that took place in the Premier, Ongar Town reduced the deficit to leaders Basildon Town to a single point after winning 3 – 0 away at Galleywood. Joe Lilly, skipper Mitchell McCabe and replacement Mitchell Owers all netted in head coach Richard Ponsford’s 100th match in charge of Ongar. Rayleigh Town lost ground and dropped to third after being held to a 2 – 2 draw by Springfield at London Road. Alfie Larkin and George Aston gave Paul Higgins’ Town side a good lead but a missed penalty proved important as the visitors made a stirring comeback through goals from substitutes Harrison Elles and Jack French. Francesco Zabotti’s team extend their advantage over bottom side Harold Wood Athletic to three points. Harold Wood’s troubles continued as they lost 3 – 0 at home to Kelvedon Hatch, with a brace for Joseph Newson and Lewis Young’s strike enough to give Darren Hunt’s side the win.

Finally, Shenfield AFC went back into the top ten after an excellent 4 – 2 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Ben Carroll grabbed two goals for AFC, with Ross Riding and Luke Williamson also on the score-sheet at Silver Leys. Sam Chaney’s 11th league goal  of the season and substitute Lawrence Healey responded for Swifts but they remain in  tricky position, five points ahead ahead of the bottom two in 11th.


EOFL Division One

In the second-tier, with leaders Wakering Sports in Cup action, the onus fell to two of the sides in the chasing pack and a big game for one side near the bottom of the table. Corinthians did get a important win, defeating Epping Town 3 – 1. Jamaine Belle netted for Stuart Hoskins’ side but a brace for Damian Siemienczuk and one from Cameron Glover ensured the points went to Chris Stoneham’s side. They went up to third spot, two points behind Runwell Sports who gathered a good 3 – 0 victory at Beacon Hill Rovers. Rovers fell to the bottom of the standings as Snaresbrook produced a superb performance to win 5 – 1 against Old Chelmsfordians at Hackney Marshes. Ife Ogunbayo netted a treble, with Ish Raymond and substitute Max Catherall also scoring for Rob Caine’s side.


Archive Image: Rochford Town v Wakebury earlier in the season [Image: Scott W]

EOFL Division Two

The top two were Premier Cup so in Division Two, it was a question of whether the challengers could gain ground. Wakebury did absolutely that, with a 5 – 0 victory over neighbours AS Rawreth at the Nursery Sports Ground. Max Hall grabbed another double for Matt Cardy’s side to reach 13 league goals already this term, with Daniel Buglione, Chris Gore and Jack Smith also on target to reduce the gap to leaders Harold Hill to six points. Old Southendian Res went up to fourth place with a superb 6 – 1 triumph at Rochford Town. Nicolas Dubouchet netted four goals himself here (to reach 11 for the season) for Josh Bambury’s side. Andy Turner and George Burley were also on target for the victors here.

Essex Premier Cup – Round Three (Last 32) Results

Catholic Utd  3 – 2 West Essex Dev  | Len Forge 3G (1.30pm KO)

Chingford Athletic  3 – 0  Canning Town  | Town Mead 3G

Harold Hill 2 – 1  Grays Athletic Res  | Noak Hill 3G

Hutton  3 – 0  Rayleigh Town Res  | Polo Fields

May & Baker A  3 – 5  Woodford East  | May & Baker FC

Leigh Ramblers  4 – 3  Brentwood Town Res  | Belfairs Park

Leigh Town  3 – 5  Clapton  CFC (AET) | Len Forge 3G (5.15pm KO)

Manford Way  5 – 0  ACD Utd  | London Marathon Sports Ground

Old Southendian  H – W  Harold Wood Athletic Res

Sungate  4 – 0  Wakering Sports  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

Toby  1 – 2  Stanway Pegasus  (AET)  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

Waltham Abbey Res  1 – 0  Basildon Town  | Capershotts


EOFL Division Three

In Division Three, Wakering Sports Res remain the nearest challengers after a 5 – 0 home win over Toby Res. Scott Clark netted a treble for the hosts, with Ciaran Sweeney and Liam Jarrett also on target to give them their tenth win in 11 matches thus far. Leaders Catholic Utd Res remain at the summit after a conclusive 11 – 1 triumph against Collier Row to make it twelve wins from as many matches. Basildon Town Res are up to fourth after a 3 – 1 success at Buckhurst Hill U23. Buttrint lecaj netted for the hosts after coming off the bench, but strikes by Nathan Fisher, Jay Thompson and replacement Alex Smith were enough to give Town the win.

Meanwhile, Pitsea Athletic won their mid-table clash with Hullbridge Sports Res 4 – 2 at Basildon Sports Village. Doubles for Reece Stone and Sean Devlin were enough for Pitsea were enough to overturn a Bobby Badnall strike & a Michael Clark spot-kick and go up to sixth. Finally, Hashtag Utd Development remain third after a fine 6 – 2 success against Corinthians Res.


EOFL Divisions Four & Five round-up (extended)

Continuing with the league action with Division Four and Springfield Res went level on points with leaders Chingford Athletic Res after a 3 – 1 win against Ongar Town Res at Arun Close. Tristan Ofori-Sampong’s fifth league goal this term, plus strikes from Liam England and Alfie Halliday secured the win and rendered substitute Jordan Pocock’s goal a consolation for Town. Wakering Sports A went up to third place after a 3 – 1 triumph over Galleywood Res at Cupid’s. William Santos scored for ‘Wood but a brace from Nathan Roche and one from Tom Wortley meant that Sports claimed their sixth win in ten games thus far.

Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC Res went up to fifth after a good 2 – 1 success at Roydon, with Sam Dawes and Alec Roeper netting for the visitors. Connor Presland’s 7th league goal this term wasn’t enough to claim a point for Roydon who drop to seventh spot as Southend Manor Dev claimed an excellent 5 – 0 victory over bottom side Sungate Dev at Southchurch Park. Max Franzosi struck a fine treble, with Cameron Gibbins and Mahbhir Mahmud also scoring for Carlos Codinha’s side. In the other action, Leytonstone Utd claimed a rare win, 2 – 1 against fellow bottom three side Canning Town Res and Old Chelmsfordians Res defeated leaders Chingford Athletic Res 4 – 3 at Lawford Lane.


In Division Five, Herongate Athletic Res got a big 2 – 1 win against leaders Leigh Ramblers Res at Billericay Road. Edward Foskett netted for the Rams’ second side but strikes by Benjamin Clarke and Louie Webster were enough to consign the visitors to their first league loss of the season. Herongate remain sixth but gain ground on the top five. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res wen up to third spot after edging a pulsating match, winning 4 – 3 at Old Barkabbeyans. The ensemble cast of Callum Blair Park, Fraser Bush, Jose Pinto and James Misselbrook gave Swifts the points despite another double for Michael Ryder who reached 25 league goals this term here. Jay Elliott also scored for Old Barks here.

Also, Pitsea Athletic Res won 2 – 0 at Runwell Sports Res to stay second on goak difference, thanks to goals from Rinor Zeqiri and replacement Jay Seeley-Hanson. AS Rawreth Res got only their second win this season with a 3 – 2 triumph over Snaresbrook Res with Justin Burrell getting two goals and substitute Nigel Mukundu also netted for the Rawreth side. Wakebury Res also claimed a decent point after a 4 – 4 draw with fellow strugglers Epping Town Res  at Epping UC Rugby Club. Ben Moreley scored two for the Berries, with Josh King and player-boss Reece Upcraft also on the score-sheet.

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S21-22 Match Report: Cockfosters 0 – 4 Tring Athletic (Sat 20 Nov) [FAV R2 21.11.21]

Fa Vase Trophy

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 43

Saturday 20th November 2021 – 3pm KO

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Socks

Tring Ath: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks


Inspired Tring overwhelm ‘Fosters to progress into Round Three of the Vase

Cockfosters 0 – 4 Tring Athletic

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

With no League action this weekend in the ESL, I decided to visit Chalk Lane for this big FA Vase Round Two match as Cockfosters took on former Spartan South Midlands rivals Tring Athletic. The hosts named a strong squad, with Bartosz Bilinski retaining his spot in goal, with a defence of Rueben Campbell, Prince Madu & centre-backs Danny Haigh and Jamal Brimah. The forward three here were Charncey Dash, George Beattie and Reece Mosanya. Options from the bench included player-boss Ryan Wade, fellow forward Fred Agyemang and midfielder Joe Entwistle. Tring were missing several players but had Dave Saunders between the posts, a defence that included Ben Johnson and Scott Bonner, with Emmanuel Gbejuade and Frankie Hercules on the flanks supporting forwards Chris Blunden and captain Kieran Turner. A youthful bench included Reily Churchill, Ali Mohiuddin, Jimmy Doherty and Temi Bankole.

Kaidyn Michael on the ball (right) for Cockfosters

In the early minutes of the match, it was ‘a tale of two chances’. The hosts had a fine downward header by forward Charncey Dash well clawed away by visiting stopper Dave Saunders with the ball close to the goal-line. Tring responded with some vigour and broke the deadlock on seven minutes as a floated ball in by skipper Kieran Turner was spilled by home custodian Bartosz Bilinski which allowed the onrushing George Carbery to prod home from close range calmly, much to the delight of the visiting contingent of supporters.

Cockfosters had a decent start to the tie, although they were conceding territory to the Tring forward line and they were looking good on the counter-attack. Ryan Wade’s side were feeling the fustration even more after an incident on 23 minutes. The Referee consulted with his assistant before dismissing Dash for lashing out at a Tring defender. Unsurprisingly, Tring were keen to ramp up the pressure the hosts were feeling and just shy of the half-hour, a good run down the right flank by winger Frankie Hercules ended with a fine strike by Turner which thundered off the woodwork.


‘Fosters responded a few minutes later as from 25 yards out, forward George Beattie let fly with a well-struck effort which Saunders couldn’t gather until the second attempt. Athletic managed to extend their lead at a crucial time (on 39 minutes) as another good ball in ended with an initial header coming back off the goal frame with Bilinski beaten, and midfielder John Smith was happy enough to help himself to a tap-in, ahead of a disorganised home defence, which is unusual for them.

There was still more driving play from the visitors for Cockfosters to withstand ahead of the interval as a fine strike by Smith from 25 yards out drifted in the air and needed Bilinski to parry it over for a set-piece, it was a good save.


Half-Time: Cockfosters 0 – 2 Tring Athletic

However invigorating Ryan Wade’s team-talk may have been for the hosts at the interval, Tring effectively ended any hopes of a comeback just two minutes after the restart as more hesitant defending encouraged a move involving forward Chris Blunden and Hercules which found Emmanuel Gbejuade who slotted home with aplomb past the adavancing Bilinski.

On the whole, it was a quieter second half with fewer chances though substitute Fred Agyemang had a decent strike which went wide, soon after entering the field in place of full-back Rueben Campbell. Athletic were still a threat going forward, with the impressive Turner and Hercules both having strikes off-target. Cockfosters couldn’t rally to get themselves back into the contest despite the efforts of Mosanya and Beattie in attack, but you also have to give credit to the miserly Tring defence and the work rate displayed by the entire team here for reducing the amount of chances that the hosts could create.


Ryan Sturges’ side added gloss to what was a memorable day for them as Carbery fired home superbly, high into the net to grab a late fourth for Tring, who advanced into Round Three. ‘Fosters will be disappointed at their performance and not being able to put their opponents under sustained pressure for long periods of the match. Despite the result, it was a good occasion to be a part of and I thank the hosts for their welcome today.


Full-Time: Cockfosters  0 – 4  Tring Athletic

In summary, Tring more than deserved the win and the pain could’ve been worse for Ryan Wade’s side as Tring squandered a few other good chances here. It could’ve been rather different if Saunders hadn’t denied Dash’s early header, but you know what they say about chances missed….

For this match’s stand-out performances I’ll start with the victors. Being earnest, there were a lot of good options to pick from, with George Carbery nabbing two goals today, both of them were well-taken and it was a memorable day for him. Hard to not start with the forward two of Chris Blunden and skipper Kieran Turner who between them were a big headache for the home defence with their movement, passing and work rate. Plaudits to them. A mention too for winger Emmanuel Gbejuade who did stretch the opposition backline from the left channel and didn’t hesitate with the finish for his goal. Finally, John Smith did well from midfield and put in a hard-working display and supported his forwards well. For ‘Fosters, forwards Reece Mosanya and George Beattie did what they could to orchestrate a comeback, with Mosanya testing the resolute visiting defence with sharp runs and passes, while Beattie tested Tring stopper Saunders on two occasions. A note also for enterprising full-back Prince Madu who was a good outlet down the left side and also centre-back Jamal Brimah who also cleared several dangerous crosses well.

I’d like to wish Tring Athletic all the best in the next round of the Vase. Fortunately for the Essex Senior, Athletic Newham and Saffron Walden Town did make it through to Round Three on December 11th.


Teams

Cockfosters |  Player-Manager: Ryan Wade  | Assistant: Sam Ruff

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Bartosz Bilinski (GK), 2 Rueben Campbell (16 Fred Agyemang 57′), 3 Prince Madu, 4 Danny Haigh, 5 Luke Marshall (Capt), 6 Jamal Brimah, 7 Reece Barrett (15 Joe Entwistle 64′), 8 Kaidyn Michael (12 Zivonimir Lopes 79′) , 9 Charncey Dash, 10 George Beattie, 11 Reece Mosanya

Booked: Haigh | Sent Off: Dash [23′] | Subs Not Used: Wild, Hockney, Ungudi, Wade


Tring Athletic  | Manager: Ryan Sturges   | Assistants: Lee Groves & Ian Henderson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Dave Saunders (GK), 2 Harrison Cornick, 3 Adam Sawyer, 16 Scott Bonner, 12 Ben Johnson (17 Reily Churchill 84′), 15 George Carbery, 8 John Smith, 7 Frankie Hercules (14 Ali Mohiuddin 79′), 11 Emmanuel Gbejuade (18 Jimmy Doherty 67′), 9 Chris Blunden, 10 Kieran Turner (Capt)

Goal-scorers: George Carbery [7′ & 87′], John Smith [39′], Emmanuel Gbejuade [47′]

| Subs Not Used: Bankole, Pitts (GK)