S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Fri/Sat 30 April/1 May) [LCC 2021 4.5.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Cordell Trophy and Cordell Trophy Plate competitions.  The Trophy reached its quarter-final stage this weekend, and the Cordell Trophy Plate had its semi-finals.

All the results from this week’s action are below, they took place on Friday 30th April & Saturday 1st May. After that section, we’ll have a brief look at the draw and how the Finals weekend shapes up across all four competitions on May 29th & 30th. Thank you for reading.

The Cordell Trophy – Quarter-Finals

Barkingside Res  2 – 0  Woodford Town U23   | Marconi Centre, Chelmsford | Sat 1 May

Barkingside’s second team navigated a tricky tie and defeated the Woodford development side in a match moved to the Marconi Centre in Chelmsford. Dominic Edwards got both goals for the hosts in the first half hour as they booked their place in the last four. Despite defeat here, it’s been a good tournament for Shane Baptiste’s side as they now look forward to the new season in August.

Grays Athletic U23  1 – 0  May & Baker Res | Lakeside Sports Ground | Friday 30 Apr

Grays advanced to the last four as well after narrowly defeating May & Baker at the Lakeside Sports Ground. Callum Watts’ solitary goal was enough to see Michael Walther’s side go through where they will face ‘Side’s second-team in a ‘derby’ at the same ground as this match was played at.

Harlow Town Res  6 – 2  Redbridge Res  | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Fri 30 April

Harlow continued their goal-scoring form as they put six past Redbridge Ressies on Friday night. Said Issa continued his fine form in the competition with another double here, with Haziz Kone, Graeme Butler, Dillon Gordon and Marcus Marku all adding strikes here in this convincing win. The Motormen’s development side had Roy Stevens’ brace to thank for their goals but they bowed out here.

Tower Hamlets Res  2 – 1  White Ensign Res  | Mile End  | Sat 1 May

Hamlets continued their strong competition with a win over Ensign’s second side at Mile End. Rajhi Makasi [50’] and Ezekiel Adesanya  on the hour were the goals that did the job for the hosts. Ensign responded through Erald Makolli’s strike but Jack Caten’s side ended their run in the Trophy here.

Draw for Len Cordell Trophy – Semi-Finals

Barkingside Res  v  Grays Athletic U23

Tower Hamlets Res  v Harlow Town Res

Dates TBC

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Len Cordell Trophy – Plate Semi-Finals

Frenford Res  1 – 3  Walthamstow Res   | at Jack Carter Centre | Sat 1 May

Walthamstow emerged victorious with a fine win at Frenford. Zachary Thomas struck twice for the visitors, with Airon Paul also netting here. Julian Edwards scored for the third successive match for his team but ultimately they couldn’t force their way back into the contest.

Sawbridgeworth Town Res  3 – 2  West Essex Dev   | Crofters  | Sat 1 May

Sawbridgeworth also made it into the Trophy Plate Final by edging a dramatic game with West Essex’s development side at Crofters. Sam Bashua, Raheem Gray and Arley Barker all netted for the home side but there were some jitters to deal with, thanks to a double from Mo Kaudeer for the visitors. Town held on though to reach the Final, where there will face Walthamstow Reserves at the end of the month.

The Len Cordell Trophy Plate Final  – Held at Oakside (on Sunday 30th May – 12pm KO)

Sawbridgeworth Town Res   v  Walthamstow Res

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Thurs-Sat 22-24 April) [LCT 2021 25.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my look at the last weekend of the group stage of the Len Cordell Trophy, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.

After the Results section in each group, we also have a Final table and a projected look at which sides have advanced in the Trophy and which sides will be moved to the Cordell Plate competition.

In the Tables themselves, those sides highlighted in bold are those that have progressed to the Quarter-Finals. Thanks for reading.

Friday 23rd April – Group A

Harlow Town Res  5 – 1   Sawbridgeworth Town Res  | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Group A

Harlow confirmed their place in the knockout stages on Friday night with a second big win in as many weeks. Sam Bashua netted for the Sawbo side but a double for Mahedul Hasan Muzib plus strikes by Dillion Gordon, Graeme Butler and replacement Said Issa meant that Harlow finish in second spot.

Saturday 24 April

Walthamstow Res  1 – 6  Woodford Town U23  | Ashton’s (Side Pitch) | Group A

Woodford sailed through to the last eight with a big win over ‘Stow’s reserve side at Ashton’s. George Thompson grabbed a hat-trick here, with Prince Ofori-Duodu, Harry Carter and Esat Saiti all also scored to maintain the 100% winning record in the group for Shane Baptiste’s team. Louie Maxwell struck for W’stow but they go into the Plate competition after finishing bottom of the group.  

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Thursday 22nd April – Group B

Redbridge Res  2 – 2  West Essex Development  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

On Thursday night, Redbridge Ressie side were held by West Essex’s development side at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park. Emmanuel Odunaike and Mohamed Allie both scored for the visitors, but strikes from Landry Gogoa and Chris Kitanos ensured the home side got a second point of the group stage which was ultimately enough to see them through to the last eight as one of the two best third-placed sides. West’s youthful side exit & will go into the Plate competition.     

Saturday 24th April –  Group B

May & Baker Res  1 – 2   Tower Hamlets Res  | May & Baker FC |

On Saturday, Tower Hamlets’ second-side made it three wins from three with a good win at May & Baker. Goals from Paolo-Armani Okoye and Abdirahman Ahmed secured the win, despite David Asante-Boateng’s reply for Jimmy Donald’s side. Both sides go through as they finished in the top two (see below).

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Friday 23rd April – Group C

Barkingside Res  1 – 1     Frenford Res |  Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]  |

Barkingside’s second team were held on Friday night by visitors Frenford but still went through in a tight Group C. Dominic Edwards netted for ‘Side three minutes after the interval, with Julian Edwards getting the leveller for the Frenford second-string. Frenford unfortunately exit the competition despite amassing two draws.

Saturday 24th April – Group C

White Ensign Res 0 – 2    Grays Athletic U23   | Len Forge Centre [3G]

A fine away-day for Michael Walther’s Grays side meant they also went through. A brace from Callum Watts was enough to defeat Jack Caten’s side and go above them in the group stages. Both sides go through to the last eight.

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the ESL Len Cordell Trophy was made on Saturday night, here it is (Matches to be played on weekend of Friday 30 April/Saturday 1 May)

Draw for Len Cordell Trophy Last 8 \ QFs

Barkingside Res  v  Woodford Town U23s

Grays Athletic U23s  v  May & Baker Res

Harlow Town Res   v   Redbridge Res

Tower Hamlets Res  v  White Ensign Res