Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 Grays Athletic (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Lower Road

2017/18 Season – Match 4

Date: Tuesday 18th July 2017 7.45pm KO

Hullbridge Sports : Yellow & Blue Striped Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Grays Athletic : Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts & White Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With a chill in the air on a summer’s evening at Lower Road, Rob Hodgson’s Hullbridge Sports took on Isthmian North side Grays Athletic in another pre-season encounter.

Grays started the match the brighter of the two sides, having multiple chances to go in-front with a mixture of slightly wayward finishing and stubborn Hullbridge defending contributing to that. The home goal did live a bit of a ‘charmed life’ in the first twenty minutes or so though after that the hosts did get back into the match and it was more ‘even Stevens’ though the visitors certainly did have enough opportunities to have the lead at the break. What’s heartening for Sports is that they dug in and made it difficult for Jamie Stuart’s side, who couldn’t quite find the final ball to convert the better of their attacking play.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 0 Grays Athletic

The second half began as both sides made multiple substitutions, including player-manager Jamie Stuart who came on for the visitors, playing in front of the back four. It took a little while for the second half to spring into life as Grays continued to be the better side on-the-ball at this point though creating clear-cut chances was stifling them a bit.

However, on the hour Grays broke the deadlock from the spot as Ade Cole converted the spot-kick after a team-mate was felled in the area, it was a bit of a soft penalty to concede. Hullbridge did not retreat though after the goal, to their credit. They pushed on and certainly tested the opposition’s backline for a period and had two penalty shouts turned down.

It wasn’t until the last ten minutes that the Blues made the match safe as new signing Kiernan Hughes-Mason grabbed a quick-fire double in six minutes, the first Hughes-Mason shimmied the defender before slotting past the ‘keeper. For the second, he found space and curled an effort into the top-left corner.

Grays will be happy with the win & the stout performance in their first pre-season match though Hullbridge can definitely take something from this encounter with a stronger performance, particularly in defence with the beginning of the ESL season around ten days away.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 Grays Athletic

Cole (pen) 60’

Hughes-Mason 82’, 88’

Check back later this week for more pre-season action before the ESL season officially kicks off on July 29th.

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 5 AFC Hornchurch (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

 2017/18 Season – Match 3

Venue: Lower Road

Date: Saturday 15th July 2017 4pm KO

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

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

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Isthmian North side AFC Hornchurch to Lower Road. Hullbridge knew that they would be in for a tough test from a side that made the Isthmian North play-offs last term.

The visitors had the better of the early-going, with both sides having efforts on goal, being denied by the opposition’s ‘keeper. After the quarter-hour, the Urchins were inching further forward on a more regular basis, having a succession of corner kicks in the space of a few minutes as the Hullbridge defence had to withstand heavy pressure.

With that in mind, it was no surprise that Hornchurch took the lead midway through the first half as forward Tobi Joseph hit a sweetly-struck curling effort past the Hullbridge ‘keeper into the right corner from 20 yards. Jimmy McFarlane’s side swiftly doubled their advantage just two minutes later as new signing Bradley Warner grabbed a tap-in from close range but made no mistake in putting it away.

In the moments after the second goal, the visitors hit the woodwork and also missed a one-on-one chance with the ‘keeper. They didn’t have to wait long as it turned out as only just after the half-hour fellow new signing Theo Fairweather-Johnson harried a Hullbridge defender into an error and slotted home to make it 0-3. To be fair, it could’ve been more as the home side struggled to create clear-cut opportunities as well as retaining possession.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 AFC Hornchurch

The second half began with predictably both sides making changes. One of the changes for the Urchins, George Purcell was certainly in the mood to make things happen. Only seven minutes into the half, a Purcell corner was headed in by Kenzer Lee.

On balance, the Hullbridge changes did make a little difference with Ronnie Pallett being a focal point in attack with captain Jimmy Cox dropping a bit deeper in the second half.

Purcell meanwhile was a threat, mostly on the right flank for Hornchurch. That said, midway through the second half Purcell collected a good ball on the left-side of the 18-yard box and blasted a drilled effort past the ‘keeper. With 73’ on the watch, there was a moment of controversy, as substitute Leon McKenzie’s header was blocked on the goal-line by a Hullbridge defender, there was a strong suspicion that it was hand-ball which did get a reaction (from a few Urchins players & fans) when the referee didn’t give it.

Whether it was a howler or not, it didn’t really affect the course of the match though, as the strong, physical Hornchurch side put in a dominant performance going forward and were decent at the back as well. For Hullbridge, they have a few more pre-season matches to come with Grays Athletic visiting on Tuesday (18th July) – they will need to improve in that match. Hornchurch visit VCD Athletic next Saturday (22nd July).

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 5 AFC Hornchurch

Joseph 22’, Warner 24’

Fairweather-Johnson 31’

Lee 52’, Purcell 67’

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 6 Heybridge Swifts (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Southchurch Park

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017 7.45pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

 Heybridge Swifts: Black & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

S Manor v Heybridge (PSF 11.7.17) (Credit - Peter D)
Manor pushing forward during the 1st half.. (Credit: Peter D)

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a very wet evening at Southchurch Park, ESL side Southend Manor welcomed Isthmian North side Heybridge Swifts in another pre-season encounter.

The visitors started the match the brighter of the two sides and took the lead with 17 minutes on-the-clock as the impressive Ryan Henshaw getting a tap-in from close range. As the half-hour mark approached, Swifts were the better side going forward though against the run of play, Micky Hopkins slotted home past the Heybridge defence to level things up on 26’.

Heybridge didn’t rest of their laurels though as only four minutes later, new signing Harrison Chatting made a good run into the Manor box and slotted home well to restore the visitors’ lead. The visitors then extended their lead just before the break, first with a cool tap-in by fellow new signing Luke Callander and then moments later Henshaw powered in a 30-yard pile-driver as two goals in just three minutes gave Jody Brown’s side a comfortable advantage at the interval.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 4 Heybridge Swifts

The second half began with both sides making substitutions though would the changes undermine the rhythm in the second half? No chance! Heybridge continued to drive forward and create decent chances, though the Manor ‘keeper made a number of good saves during the entire match. Manor pulled another goal back ten minutes into the second half as Harry Hatt scored with a looping effort. Manor 2 – 4 Heybridge

During the next 25 minutes or so, Heybridge continued to pile forward and although the lashing rain made conditions even tougher to play on, the visitors could’ve easily got at least four more goals during this period. Though on balance, Hopkins could’ve also got a hat-trick as he missed two guilt-edged chances to reduce Manor’s deficit.

Into the last ten minutes and Heybridge finally got the reward they arguably richly deserved as Josh Fogbohun headed in from close range with six minutes remaining. Just two minutes later, fellow substitute Marley Andrews drilled an effort low into the left corner to complete an excellent showing at times from the visiting side.

Manor deserve some credit as well as they stuck to the task quite well at times though they will also know that before the season proper gets underway, they will need to improve at the back.

FT: Southend Manor 2 – 6 Heybridge Swifts

Hopkins 26’                     Henshaw 17’, 44’

Hatt 55’                          Chatting 30’

Callander 42’, Fogbohun 84’, Andrews 85’

In closing, I’d like to thank Southend Manor, Stuart Marshall, Peter Dudley for the earlier image & also wish both sides well for the forthcoming campaign.

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 3 Thurrock (PSF)

The Mandy Mount Memorial Trophy (Pre-Season Friendly)

Venue: Southchurch Park

Date: Saturday 8th July 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Thurrock : White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the Match Reports for the 2017/18 season! We start off with my first pre-season match at Southchurch Park which saw Essex Senior League side Southend Manor take on newly-promoted Isthmian Premier side Thurrock at for the Mandy Mount Memorial Trophy, raising money for Saint Francis Hospice in remembering a former sponsor/supporter of the home side, Mandy Mount who sadly passed away.

On with the match itself then, and the visitors certainly showed their class in the opening quarter-hour. The Fleet opening the scoring after just six minutes as forward Harry Cook coolly slotted past the debutant Manor goalkeeper.

Mark Stimson’s side then doubled their advantage just six minutes later as midfielder Lewwis Spence made no mistake from close range. Manor struggled to mount any powerful attacking play really in the first half and at times struggled in possession as well.

Midway through the half, Manor also showed shades of the tough-tackling outfit that was ‘a double-edged sword’ for them last season with some rough challenges. However, it didn’t perturb their opponents who grabbed their third shortly before the half-hour mark through the impressive Spence who slotted home after a good cross from the right flank.

Manor’s only real effort on goal in the half saw an effort blasted from 15 yards just wide of the left-side post.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 3 Thurrock

The second half began with both sides making a number of substitutions, particularly the visitors who must’ve brought on at least seven or eight subs at the start of the half. This aided Manor though as they found their stride going forward a bit and mid-way through the half, substitute George Crispin slotted past the visiting ‘keeper from a fairly narrow angle to reduce the home side’s deficit.

After that goal for Stuart Marshall’s Manor, the match was rather low-key to be honest, Thurrock stayed switched-on at the back though didn’t really pile forward with that much intensity. They held on to win the match comfortably and take the Mandy Mount Memorial Trophy.

My thanks to Manor boss Stuart Marshall, the club and also it was good to watch the match with ESL Chair Rob Errington.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 3  Thurrock

Crispin 68’                         Cook 6’   Spence 12’, 27’

After the match, the trophy was presented to Thurrock captain Richard Halle on the pitch (below).

Check back soon for more reports of pre-season matches before the ESL season gets underway on Saturday July 29th.

Non-League Finals Day at Wembley (May 21, 2017) – My Day with the Ground-hopping ‘squad’

Written by Scott W (@ScottMHC14)

Rather than write a detailed double of match reports, I thought I’d do a bit of deep sum-up of the day itself on what are very likely my last matches of the 2016/17 Football season.

So, in what was my first return to Wembley in seven years (my last visit being the heady days of Dagenham & Redbridge’s EFL League Two Play-off Final win here over Rotherham Utd in 2010) I joined a number of fellow ground-hoppers for this double-header that made up #NonLeagueFinalsDay, first the FA Vase Final: Cleethorpes Town v South Shields and then later on, the FA Trophy Final: Macclesfield Town v York City – both of the National League, although York has suffered a difficult season which ultimately ended in the pain of relegation.

South Shields & Cleethorpes teams for the National Anthem (May 21, 2017)
South Shields & Cleethorpes Town players stand for the national anthem before KO

FA Vase Final:  Cleethorpes Town   v  South Shields

Cleethorpes took on heavily-fancied South Shields in the opening match of the day. Marcus Newell’s side managed to keep Shields at bay fairly well in the opening 45 minutes, although Shields forward Gavin Cogdon really did work hard throughout and kept the opposition defence on alert, whilst ex-Premier League star Julio Arca was still pulling the strings in midfield at the ripe age of 36. Cleethorpes couldn’t quite hold on until the break though with three minutes of the first period remaining, Cogdon was brought down inside the area, and ex-Newcastle Utd youngster Carl Finnigan converted the resulting penalty.

Half-Time : Cleethorpes Town 0 – 1 South Shields

Shields gradually built up their attacking rhythm after the break, having several opportunities to increase their advantage. Cleethorpes, to their credit, did well at the back though couldn’t quite find their range going forward. Graham Fenton & Ian Picton’s side would not be denied though as three goals in the last ten minutes sealed a truly memorable day. First, with ten minutes left, Dillon Morse’s header from substitute Robert Briggs’ free-kick made it 0-2.

Then late on, forward David Foley grabbed a brace, both of them crisp finishes to ensure the North East side took the FA Vase. The result I feel was a little harsh on Cleethorpes who battled hard though simply couldn’t match the clinical finishing of their opponents. Best wishes to both sides for next season.

Full-Time: Cleethorpes Town  0 – 4  South Shields

Finnegan (pen) 42’

Morse 80’, Foley 86’, 89’

Cleethorpes Town Starting XI: Higton, Lowe, Winn, Dickens, Bloomer, Coleman, Davis, Flett, Cooper, Robertson, Oglesby

South Shields Starting XI: Connell, Lough, Shaw, Morse, Arca, Phillips, Cogdon, Foley, Nicholson, Stephenson, Finnigan

Referee: Darren England      Assistants: Matthew Jones & Marc Wilson

S Shields players applauding their fans (May 21,2017)
South Shields players (far right of picture) applauding their fans after the match..

During the break, the ‘squad’ of us watching reflected on a good game, better in the second period though in a nutshell, we couldn’t have foreseen the match we had to come….

FA Trophy Final : Macclesfield Town v York City

Macclesfield, who finished in the top ten in the National League Premier took on York, who were agonisingly relegated from the same division on the last day.

This match didn’t take long to ‘rev up’ at all, as Macclesfield started well, with Chris Holroyd leading the line, Danny Whitaker & Rhys Browne in midfield and David Fitzpatrick at left-back the players standing out, though it was the Minstermen who opened the scoring after just seven minutes as veteran striker Jon Parkin’s header found the net. Macclesfield responded though as just five minutes later, lively winger Rhys Browne drilled home to level the contest. The high-tempo, frayed nature of the match continued though York re-took the lead through ex-Crewe striker Vadaine Oliver slotted home on 21 minutes. The Silkmen continued to push for the majority of the half and finally got their reward just before the interval, as midfielder Ollie Norburn walloped a superb effort past the excellent Kyle Letheren in the York goal to grab a deserved equaliser for John Askey’s side.

Half-Time: Macclesfield Town 2 – 2 York City

In all honesty, it took the entireity of the break to recover from such a superb first half of action. You hear the line ‘Football was the ultimate winner’ and in this match it certainly was the case.

After the break, Macclesfield continued to create chances though arguably just couldn’t find the ‘lethal touch’ in front of goal, with Letheren denying them well on more than one occasion. York battled well and held out, hoping for the odd chance as the game neared the end of 90 minutes. They got their chance, and substitute Aidan Connolly bundled the ball home after Parkin’s effort headed towards goal to give themselves a priceless advantage with five minutes remaining. They continued to hold out and claimed the FA Trophy to at least ease the pain of their difficult season and undoubtedly give Gary Mills’ side a fillet for what will be a tough assignment in the National League North next season.

Macclesfield will feel hard done by, though they should also hold their heads up high too. To both sides’ credit, they really wanted to win this match and that doesn’t always transpire on occasions like this.

Full-Time:  Macclesfield Town 2  –  3  York City

Browne 12’, Norburn 45 +1             Parkin 7’, Oliver 21’, Connolly 85’

Macclesfield Town Starting XI: Flinders, Halls, Fitzpatrick, Byrne, Pilkington, Browne, Holroyd, James, Norburn, Hancox, Whitaker

York City Starting XI: Letheren, Heslop, Morgan-Smith, Klukowski, Hall, Oliver, Parkin, Newton, Holmes, Parslow, Bencherif

In summary, this was a cracking day at the national Stadium and I hope it’s not another seven years before I return. Good also to enjoy it with the likes of Grassroot Football Show’s Adam Richardson and Peter Dudley and fellow ground-hoppers Andrew, Richard & quite a few others too.

Finally, congratulations again to South Shields and York City while deserved commiserations go to Cleethorpes Town and Macclesfield Town and best wishes to all for next season. So this double-header was on the same day as the last day of the Premier League? Really… OK, Match of the Day was decent..

Have a good summer all, I’ll see you next season.


Match Report: Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 1 Takeley

Essex Senior League Challenge Cup Final

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 342

Date: Monday 1st May 2017 3pm KO

Sawbridgeworth Town : Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Takeley : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly afternoon at Oakside in front of a good crowd, Sawbridgeworth Town on Gordon Brasted Trophy winners Takeley in the Essex Senior League Challenge Cup Final.

Both sides took a bit of time to settle in what was a tightly-contested match from the outset. Sawbridgeworth had an early sight of goal, though forward Reece Cosson’s 20-yard drive was comfortably saved by Takeley ‘keeper Ronnie Yates.  Just after the quarter-hour, Yates saved well from Sawbridgeworth captain Matt Frew’s goal-bound effort.

As the half-hour mark approached, Takeley had a few chances of their own though as winger Mitchell Das found himself one-on-one with Town ‘keeper Matt Ponter six yards out though the stopper made a good save. Ponter made another good save moments later to deny pacey winger George Wappett.

Takeley lost Mitchell Das to injury eight minutes before the break, replaced by Reece Barrett. This momentarily seemed to affect Marc Das’ side a little as they had a few nervy moments in defence soon after. Takeley could’ve gone into the break ahead though star marksman Charlie Cole blasted his shot over the bar from a decent position in added-time.

Half-Time:  Sawbridgeworth Town 0  – 0  Takeley

Into the second half, and just short of the hour mark, Town striker Gavin Cockman shot wide after a decent pass by winger Daryl Doolan. Just past the hour,  Cole’s cross-shot was picked up by Reece Barrett, though missed what was almost a tap-in.

Takeley had more chances to break the deadlock though they just couldn’t take them. Forward Matt Hurley blasted a strike over the bar from 20 yards out with 20 minutes remaining.

Town were still in the contest though, as in the latter stages of the second period, Cockman’s well-struck effort from the left-wing needed a good save by Yates to deny him. Cockman again was denied by the Takeley stopper from close range moments later.

The referee blew his whistle and extra-time was needed to separate the two sides. Takeley had the edge in attack, though Town defender Chris Ratambwa was a rock at the back for his side, alongside his captain Frew.

Extra-time began and five minutes in, Town had a decent chance though midfielder George Pullen’s shot was saved by Yates. On 100 minutes, the crucial moment came as Takeley powered forward, though Charlie Cole’s unselfish pass in the area found Barrett who tapped home the vital goal.

Five minutes into the second period of extra-time, a great cross from the right-wing by Tom Jelliman was met by Cosson, though his header was just over the bar. Takeley could have sealed it with moments remaining though Barrett, Wappett and Cole were all denied by Ponter.

In my opinion, there wasn’t much to separate the sides; Town perhaps lacked a focal point in attack besides Cockman may have been it though Takeley had enough chances to win the match more comfortably. Congratulations to them on ‘doing the (cup) double’ though they will need to be more clinical if they are to challenge for the ESL next season. Best wishes to both sides.

Full-Time (AET) : Sawbridgeworth Town 0  – 1  Takeley

R Barrett 100’


Sawbridgeworth Town

 Joint-Managers: John & Mark Watters


Manager: Marc Das

1  Matt Ponter  (GK) 1  Ronnie Yates (GK)
2  Tom Jelliman 2  Danny Hammett
5  Matt Frew  (C) 3  Bryn Thorpe
4  Chris Ratambwa 4  Nick Barrett
6  Oliver Fortune   (Subbed  81’) 5  George Powell
12  Jack Thomas 6  Andy Bartram  (Subbed  56’)
7  Daryl Doolan 7  Mitchell Das   (Subbed  37’)
16  George Pullen 8  Jason Todd  (C)
8  Reece Cosson 9  Matt Hurley   (Subbed  81’)
10  Gavin Cockman   (Subbed  91’) 10  Charlie Cole
11  Aaron Thomas 11  George Wappett


9  Sam Coe   (On 91’) 12  Sean Sanmoogan
13  Marco Tuzzeo 14  Freddie Burrell   (On 56’)
14  Joe Wright    (On 81’) 15  Frank Oatham    (On 81’)
3  Tyler Sanaga-Ismael 16  Kev Riley
17  Reece Barrett    (On 37’)
Booked: A. Thomas, Pullen Booked: Powell, Burrell, Wappett


Tom Fell

Assistant Referees:

Alan Steward

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Fourth Official:

David Harrison


Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 5 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 42

Date: Saturday 29th April 2017 3.10pm KO

Hullbrudge Sports  : Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 Sporting Bengal Utd : Bright Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Hullbridge & S Bengal players before KO (ESL 29.4.17)
Hullbridge & S. Bengal players before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice sunny afternoon at Lower Road, mid-table Hullbridge Sports took on Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter, on the last day of the ESL season. The eventful nature of this match started before kick-off as it was delayed due to Bengal manager Imrul Gazi being stuck in traffic, also having the team’s kit with him.

It got more eventful as the Bengal line-up was revealed, which saw an already depleted line-up further impinged by having to field Gazi himself in goal. Credit goes to him by the way.

Both sides struggled to settle in the early stages of the match, Bengal having a couple of early chances though forward Steven Carvell’s drive was deflected for a corner then soon afterward, captain Shiblu Miah shot wide of the right-side post.

Hullbridge did battle back with winger Charlie Little looking dangerous on the right flank with his crossing. Indeed, Little fired over the bar midway through the first-half when one-on-one with ‘keeper Gazi. Moments later, Hullbridge captain Jimmy Cox forced a decent save from the stand-in stopper.

Just past the half-hour mark, Bengal forward Lewis Francis shot wide of goal after an error from home defender Sam Taylor. Almost straight after, Hullbridge forward Luca Frankis twice couldn’t find the target and then Little fired wide from a narrow angle.

What was evident was home captain Cox audibly trying to lift his team-mates throughout the match. Little had a goal ruled out five minutes before the break for a push on visiting defender Raul Da Silva, it looked quite harsh. Though it didn’t matter as two minutes before the interval a free-kick from Aaron Hunwicks went sent into the box and Little was there to get a tap-in. Hullbridge should have been 3 or 4 ahead by this point though a combination of decent defending at times and largely poor finishing meant the difference was only one at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd

The second half began with Bengal hitting the woodwork, Shiblu Miah striking a decent effort, with home ‘keeper Jamie Merralls beaten. The home side had another goal chalked off four minutes after the re-start for off-side. Hullbridge kept going though and got their reward as on 65 minutes, Frankis grabbed another tap-in after a good cross in from Little on the right. Ten minutes later, Cox got the goal he probably deserved, lofting the ball over ‘keeper Gazi to make it 3-0.

Bengal were denied by ‘keeper Merralls three minutes later, Chris Wright being foiled as his shot was well saved. In the closing stages, Hullbridge put the ‘icing on the cake’ as Dean Wallace slotted home past Gazi into the left corner and soon after, Cox got his second, blasting home from close range.

As far as performances went, I thought Charlie Little, Jimmy Cox and Dean Wallace did quite well for Hullbridge. For Sporting Bengal, I thought Aaron Wickham and Steven Carvell did well.

Hullbridge got the win they wanted and deserved; they finish the season in 11th place on 60 points. You had to feel a bit for Bengal, as they held out quite well initially despite only having 12 available players though regardless of today’s result, they finish 19th, 15 points clear of the bottom three and will look to better that position next season.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 5 – 0   Sporting Bengal Utd

Little 43’, Frankis 65’

Cox 75’, 88

Wallace 86’


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Sporting Bengal Utd

Player-Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Jamie Merralls  (GK) 1  Imrul Gazi (GK)
2  Aaron Hunwicks 2  Troy Alexander
3  Sam Taylor 3  Aaron Wickham
4  Dean Wallace 4  Shafi Noor
5  Kieran Offord   (Subbed 56’) 5  Raul Da Silva
6  Joe Turpin 6  Mo Gulzar Hussain
7  Charlie Little 7  Lewis Francis
8  Ben Perry 8  David Vaughan
9  Jimmy Cox (C) 9  Shiblu Miah  (C)
10  Luca Frankis 10  Steven Carvell
11  Charlie Gerada   (Subbed 56’) 11  Chris Wright    (Subbed 79’)
12  Matt Brinklow  (On  56’) 12  Samad Miah   (On 79’)
14  Rob Hodgson   (On  56’)
Booked: Cox


Jeff Stanley
Assistant Referees:

Ray Parmenter

Trevor Williams


Match Report: Takeley 3 – 0 Eton Manor (GBMT Final)

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 206

Date: Monday 17th April 2017

Takeley  : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

 Eton Manor : Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cloudy afternoon at Burnham Ramblers’ Leslie Field Stadium, Takeley took on Eton Manor in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final. Neither of these sides had won this competition before so we would see a new name on the cup regardless.

Takeley started the stronger of the two teams in the early-going with winger Andy Bartram and forward Mitchell Das having early strikes on goal, though they couldn’t get past Manor ‘keeper Michael Shoudry. Manor did have to defend deep at times, though they had chances of their own in their best spell of the game from the half-hour mark with midfielder Michael Castle blasting an effort over the bar after decent build-up play. Only a few minutes later, Manor had arguably their best chance with tireless forward Harry Prince striking his shot well, though a good save from Takeley ‘keeper Ronnie Yates tipped it onto the bar.

Half-Time: Takeley 0 – 0 Eton Manor

The second half began with Takeley pushing forward, striving to break the deadlock. Just before the hour mark, Takeley hot-shot Charlie Cole had his header cleared off the line by the under-pressure but resolute Manor back-line. Shortly afterwards, Cole then played in Das though his shot wide, in a good position. Manor had to soak up a lot of Takeley pressure and battled very hard throughout, with centre-backs Josh Woodcock and Ryan Cosson & midfielder Jacob Dixon particularly showing that iron will. Try as they might, Takeley could not quite find that ‘final ball’ often enough.

End of 90 Minutes: Takeley 0 – 0 Eton Manor

As extra-time began, early on there was a nervy moment at the back for Marc Das’ men though Manor captain Ben Bradbury’s effort was saved by Yates. Takeley surged forward again and captain Jason Todd nearly opened the scoring on 96 minutes with a curled drive that only just went over the bar. It was a sign of things to come though as Takeley won a free-kick soon after on the ‘edge of the D’ and substitute Reece Barrett’s curled strike evaded Shoudry to give Takeley the lead.

Unsurprisingly, Takeley were buoyed on by the goal, though just a minute afterward, Cole headed over and then moments later, Cole sent his shot over an unguarded net from Das’ pass. Cole would have his moment in the sun though with minutes remaining, first slotting home past Shoudry from a narrow angle and then getting a tap-in after the Manor ‘keeper had saved Mitchell Das’ effort.

A deserved, hard-fought win it was for Takeley, though admittedly the score-line did flatter them a bit in the end. Tony Stavri’s Manor, to their credit dug in and showed battling qualities which will hold them in good stead for the future, they can be proud of themselves too.

FT (AET): Takeley      3  – 0         Eton Manor

Barrett 98’

Cole 112’, 116’



Manager: Marc Das

Eton Manor

Manager: Tony Stavri

1  Ronnie Yates  (GK) 1  Michael Shoudry  (GK)
2  Danny Hammett 2  Billy Johnson
3  Bryn Thorpe 3  James Shadwell
4  Nick Barrett 4  Josh Woodcock
5  George Powell 5  Ryan Cosson
6  Alex Martin         (Subbed 106’) 6  Jacob Dixon
7  Andy Bartram     (Subbed 83’) 7  Daniel Chambers   (Subbed 37’)
8  Jason Todd   (C) 8  Michael Castle
9  Mitchell Das 9  Harry Prince        (Subbed 106’)
10  Charlie Cole 10  Ben Bradbury  (C)
11  George Wappett    (Subbed 85’) 11  Daniel Crowie    (Subbed 83’)


12  Joe Bees 12  Mason Stavri
14  Freddie Burrell     (On 106’) 14  Kingsley Francis    (On 37’)
15  Sean Sanmoogan 15  Lewis Hagland
16  Matt Hurley      (On 83’) 16  Kadeem Brightly     (On 106’)
17  Reece Barrett   (On 85’) 17  Dominic Herbert     (On 83’)
Booked: Martin, Das Booked: Johnson, Cosson, Crowie, Francis, Castle, Woodcock


Karl Sear

Assistant Referees:

Eddie Andrews and Tony King

Fourth Official:

Craig Barnett

Ryman League Division North Round-up – Saturday April 15th 2017

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of action that took place in the Ryman League Division North today (Sat April 15th) & one result from Good Friday. After the results, check out the latest table to see where your side is, going into the last two matches of the campaign.

Good Friday (14.4) Result

Witham Town   0  –  5 Brightlingsea Regent                         Attendance: 402

Champions Brightlingsea powered to a thumping win at Spa Road. It was goalless at the break, though after it, Regent improved as Billy Hunt opened the scoring on the hour. Two goals in the next five minutes from strike pair Tom Richardson and Aaron Condon made the points safe though late goals from Condon and substitute George Doyle added to a punishing night for the home side. Witham are lost their last three consecutive league matches and remain in 13th spot. Regent are only one point shy of the big 100, after their 6th win on-the-bounce.

Saturday’s Results

AFC Hornchurch  4   –  1   Phoenix Sports          Attendance: 238

Hornchurch secured a big win at Bridge Avenue to keep up their claim to finish 3rd in the table. Ex-Billericay midfielder Abs Seymour gave the home side the lead six minutes in, before Phoenix hot-shot Theo Fairweather-Johnson levelled for the visitors on 18 minutes. Urchins forward Leon McKenzie put his side back in-front a minute later, before Kenzer Lee increased the lead six minutes before the break. Lee grabbed his second on 74 minutes to secure the points for Jimmy McFarlane’s men. Hornchurch have now won four of their last six league matches, remaining 3rd with a two-point lead over Thurrock in 4th. Phoenix’ second defeat in-a-row sees them drop to 6th, level on points with Haringey Borough in 5th spot.

Cheshunt   1  – 2     Aveley         Attendance: 169

Aveley kept their play-off chances alive with a great win at Theobalds Lane. Jordan Peart put the visitors ahead on 34 minutes. After the break, a penalty from Tom Bruno levelled things for Cheshunt before on-loan hot-shot Mason Bloomfield gave the visitors the win just before the hour mark. Cheshunt’s play-off charge is all but derailed after their winless run of five league matches now, dropping to 10th spot, five points away from the top 5 with just two matches left. Aveley by contrast have snuck back into contention, rising to 8th spot, three points off the top 5 after a now 7-match unbeaten streak in the league.

Dereham Town  1  –  3   Thurrock          Attendance: 185    

Thurrock secured a play-off berth with a fine win at Aldiss Park. Thurrock took the lead on 53’ thanks to Richard Halle, before substitute Jack Barham doubled the lead 14 minutes later. Ryan Crisp pulled one back for Dereham on 71’ before Ronnie Winn’s goal sealed the points for Mark Stimson’s men with ten minutes left. Dereham are now winless in six league matches but remain in 15th place. Thurrock’s unbeaten run stretches to five league matches as they stay 4th.

Great Wakering Rovers  1    –  3   Brentwood Town         Attendance: 114

I watched this match which saw Brentwood pick up a battling win at Burroughs Park. For the full match report – follow/copy this link:

Haringey Borough   5  –  4     Bowers & Pitsea      Attendance: 159

Haringey edged a real cracker at Coles Park. The home side went ahead on 7 minutes thanks to Scott Olu Durojaiye’s goal. Just five minutes later, hot-shot Rolston Gabriel doubled the lead. Just before the half-hour, Brad Warner grabbed one back for Rob Small’s side. Haringey went into the break 3-1 up though as Anthony MacDonald struck ten minutes before half-time. MacDonald grabbed his second on 53’ to put his side 4-1 up and perhaps they may have thought the points were safe. Not today though Lewis Manor got another for Bowers on 72 minutes. Substitute Chris Benjamin put the hosts 5-2 up with eight minutes left. Though late goals from Warner and Martyn Stokes for Bowers made it a nervy end for Tom Loizou’s side. Haringey go back into the top 5, ahead of Phoenix Sports on goal difference. Bowers stay 7th, three points behind Haringey in 5th as their winless mini-run extends to three league matches at a crucial time.

Norwich Utd  2  – 2     Heybridge Swifts            Attendance: 86

All the goals came in the first-half in this stalemate at Plantation Park. Reece Grant put Heybridge in-front on 13’ before just a minute later Tim Henery levelled for Utd. Grant put Jody Brown’s side back ahead on 19’. Just before the half-hour, a Liam Jackson penalty levelled once again for the Planters and both sides had to settle for a point. Norwich Utd rise to 9th place, four points off the last play-off spot. Heybridge drop to 21st, level on points with Ware in the drop-zone as their winless run now sits at three league matches.

Romford  2  –  6   Maldon & Tiptree            Attendance: 114

Maldon powered to victory in an enthralling match at Ship Lane. Ayodeji Olukoga gave Romford a surprise lead after five minutes. Sam Newson levelled for Maldon with 19 minutes on the clock, before Jeremiah Kamanzi put Maldon ahead eight minutes later. After the break, James Ishmail put the home side on terms, before Ryan Mallett was sent off with ten minutes left. This was a turning point as late goals from Adam Mills, an OG from Tom Potter and Newson grabbed two in injury-time to complete his hat-trick gave the Jammers the points. Romford have now lost their last three league matches, though they remain 14th. Maldon stay 2nd, unbeaten in their last four league matches.

Soham Town Rangers  1  –  1      Tilbury        Attendance: 128

Tilbury fought back to grab a point at Julius Martin Lane. Soham took the lead just past the half-hour thanks to hot-shot Sam Mulready. With 14 minutes left, a Kurt Smith penalty put the Dockers on terms. Both sides finished the match with ten men as Ashley Bankole was sent off for the hosts late on for two bookings and substitute Danny Smith saw red for Tilbury. Soham are now unbeaten in five league matches though still drop to 20th place, just a point clear of Ware in the last relegation place. Tilbury stay 12th, though they are unbeaten in three league matches now.

Thamesmead Town  0  –  1     Waltham Abbey                Attendance: 75

Waltham grabbed a vital win over fellow strugglers Thamesmead at Bayliss Avenue. Romaric Logon got the only goal, from the penalty spot just before half-time. Thamesmead are now winless in their last five league matches, though stay 17th. Abbey rise to 18th, three points clear of danger.

VCD Athletic  0  –  0    Bury Town               Attendance: 86

VCD held mid-table Bury Town at Oakwood. VCD have only lost one of their last six league matches, residing in 16th spot though still need two points to be mathematically safe from the drop. Bury have only lost two of their last seven league matches themselves, and will finish no worse than 11th at season’s end as Tilbury cannot catch them now.

Wroxham    2   –  3    Ware               Attendance: 116

Ware kept up with the pack above them with a great win over relegated Wroxham at Trafford Park.  An early salvo put Ware three up by 18 minutes, Gareth Price on 5’ and 17’ then Ahmed Mohammed a minute later put the visitors 0-3 up. After the break, Wroxham fought back with goals from Tom Rampling past the hour mark and a late goal from Ross Gilfedder ensured a very nervy finish for the Blues, but they held on. Wroxham stay 23rd, while Ware stay 22nd, though are level on points with Heybridge just above them.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed it. Check back here early next week for a bonus edition of the round-up, covering Bank Holiday Monday (17.4) action in the Ryman League Division North. For other articles including recent match reports & previous Ryman North round-up’s, please go to

Here’s a look at the updated Ryman North table… 

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
C Brightlingsea Regent 44 31 6 7 +55 99
2 (P/O) Maldon & Tiptree 44 28 4 12 +56 88
3 (P/O) AFC Hornchurch 44 24 13 7 +40 85
4 (P/O) Thurrock 44 25 8 11 +41 83
5 Haringey Borough 44 23 6 15 +31 75
6 Phoenix Sports 44 22 9 13 +2 75
7 Bowers & Pitsea 44 21 9 14 +30 72
8 Aveley 44 20 12 12 +10 72
9 Norwich Utd 44 23 5 16 +8 71
10 Cheshunt 44 20 10 14 +16 70
11 Bury Town 44 19 8 17 +5 65
12 Tilbury 44 15 13 16 -10 58
13 Witham Town 44 15 11 18 -3 56
14 Romford 44 15 10 19 -29 55
15 Dereham Town 44 15 9 20 -16 54
16 VCD Athletic 44 14 11 19 -22 53
17 Thamesmead Town 44 15 6 23 -9 51
18 Waltham Abbey 44 14 9 21 -13 51
19 Brentwood Town 44 15 5 24 -16 50
20 Soham Town Rangers 44 13 10 21 -17 49
21 Heybridge Swifts 44 12 12 20 -17 48
22 Ware 44 14 6 24 -19 48
R Wroxham 44 6 7 31 -57 25
R Great Wakering Rovers 44 6 7 31 -66 25

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 3 Brentwood Town (Ryman North)

 Ryman League Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 114

Date: Saturday 14th April 2017 3pm KO

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

 Brentwood Town : Burgundy Shirts, Burgundy Shorts, Burgundy Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a sunny, pleasant afternoon at Burroughs Park, relegated Great Wakering Rovers took on fellow strugglers Brentwood Town in a Ryman League Division North encounter. The visitors badly needed the win to stave off resurgent Ware who were just two points behind them in the drop-zone at kick-off.

The match started with both sides trading chances, Brentwood forward Andy Freeman curling a shot wide and Wakering midfielder Harley Kee also shooting wide in the opening five minutes. Brentwood were more assertive with the ball and kept pouring forward, knowing the onus was on them. Town forward Lamar Reynolds was denied at point-blank range by home ‘keeper Rees Hawkins, who was busy for most of the match.

The visitors did open the scoring with livewire forward Andy Freeman slotting past Hawkins just after the quarter-hour. Wakering had chances to level, though Kee and forward Neil Richmond couldn’t beat visiting ‘stopper Anthony Page.

As the half-hour approached, a strike from Brentwood forward Freeman was parried away for a corner by Hawkins. Soon afterward, Richmond saw a shot go over the bar after being played in by full-back Jason Ring. Wakering did get the crucial equaliser just before the break, with captain Nikki Beale blasting a lovely volley from 20 yards past Page, good technique from the central defender.

Half-Time:   Great Wakering Rovers  1  – 1  Brentwood Town

The second half began with a flourish from the home side, Wakering having several chances in the opening 20 minutes. Forward Jake Gordon headed over the bar, substitute Billy Johnson twice hitting the woodwork, and Richmond was denied by ‘keeper Page.

It was getting rather tense for the visitors, and relief came on 69’ when they re-took the lead, forward Reynolds with a tap-in after an unselfish pass by substitute Harrison Georgiou. Brentwood saw a third goal chalked off by the linesman’s flag as Ryan O’Rawe’s goal was disallowed for pushing.

Wakering got ever deeper in defence as substitute Georgiou curled a shot which was well-parried by Hawkins for a corner. Wakering then burst forward themselves with about ten minutes remaining, with strikes from Gordon and Richmond blocked by the Brentwood defence. Wakering almost grabbed a slightly-freakish leveller with minutes left, as defender Scott Pethers launched a long free-kick forward though it almost caught out Page to sail into the net, but the ‘keeper gathered his bearings and the ball before that happened.

Brentwood were not to be denied the win though as deep in stoppage-time, Reynolds once again popped up to curl home a good effort from inside the box after Andy Freeman’s initial effort was saved by Hawkins.

Brentwood will be mighty pleased with the win, though Wakering really made them work for it, and on another day the result may well have been different. Brentwood rise to 19th spot though they are still just two points above the drop-zone. If Great Wakering can keep most of these players next season, they may be one of quite a few sides who could do well in the Essex Senior League next season.

FT:   Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 3 Brentwood Town

Beale 42’                              Freeman 16’ , Reynolds 69’, 90’ +4


Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Brentwood Town

Caretaker Manager: Craig Shipman

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 20  Anthony Page  (GK)
2  Charlie Seaden 18  James Pugsley
3  Jason Ring 3  Luke Foster
4  Louis Robinson 4  Nick Hilder
5  Nikki Beale  (C) 5  Ryan O’Rawe   (C)
6  Scott Pethers 6  Brendan Cavalier
7  Stephen Butterworth  (Subbed 78’) 7  Ruben Duarte    (Subbed 70’)
8  Ricky Evans   (Subbed 46’) 8  Billy Rees    (Subbed  61’)
9  Jake Gordon   (Subbed 90’ +4) 9  Andy Freeman
10  Neil Richmond 10  Shad Ngandu    (Subbed 56’)
11  Harley Kee 11  Lamar Reynolds


12  Elliott Warren 12  Leon Gordon
14  Kye Jude 14  Matt Hall           (On 61’)
15  Billy Johnson  (On 46’) 15  Kieran English    (On 70’)
16  Franklin Craik  (On 78’) 16  Harrison Georgiou    (On 56’)
17  Rhys Fatt           (On 90’ +4) 17  Sam Owusu
Booked: Evans, Gordon, Kee Booked: Hilder, Rees, O’Rawe


Michael Robertson-Tant

Assistant Referees:

Christopher Hastings

David Feline