Match Report: Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers (ECC Final 5.5.18)

Errington Challenge Cup Final 2017/8

Venue: Capershotts (Waltham Abbey FC)

Attendance: 211

2017-18 Season – Match 69

Monday 5th May 2018  – 3pm KO

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

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

 

 

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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On a baking hot day, Waltham Abbey’s Capershotts ground hosted the Errington Challenge Cup Final between Sawbridgeworth Town and Great Wakering Rovers, who were gunning for the league and cup double. Sawbo named Aaron Thomas and Toby Cleaver in attack while the vastly experienced Matt Frew joined captain Louis Deamer at the heart of the defence with Daryl Doolan among the substitutes. For GWR, they named a very strong XI, though Kiah Froud stepped in for Jason Ring at right-back. Neil Richmond led the line after being rested in Wakering’s final league match on Saturday.

Before the match, the stadium fell silent for a minute’s silence to remember non-league stalwart and former AFC Hornchurch secretary Pete Butcher, who sadly died last week. I’d like to join the chorus of the Non-League community in sending my best wishes to Pete’s family and friends at this sad time.

As the match got underway in front of a very healthy crowd of over 200, Wakering’s leading scorer Neil Richmond was ‘in the mood’ early on though scuffed an effort wide while Sawbridgeworth captain Louis Deamer nodded wide with a back-post header moments later. Rovers found Sawbo goalkeeper James Mays in good form as he denied both full-back Aaron Russell and Richmond in the same attack. Sawbo were stretching the Rovers back-line meaning custodian Louis Hawes did have to ‘rush out’ a bit and twenty minutes in, Hawes just about denied forward Toby Cleaver though the match was a bit scrappy at times with clear-cut chances at somewhat of a premium.

As half-time approached, Wakering midfielder Ricky Evans powered an effort from distance that Mays gathered before at the other end, a good first-time cross from the right by full-back Mark Robinson, which couldn’t quite be turned home by forward Aaron Thomas who sent his effort wide.

Half-Time: Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 0  Great Wakering Rovers

After the interval, the heat was only going to add to the players’ fatigue though Richmond was once again posing problems for the Sawbridgeworth defence and eight minutes into the half, the evergreen striker’s strike cannoned off the post. That chance was a warning of things to come though as after being well-found by Butterworth, Richmond slotted home for his 31st goal of an impressive campaign.

Wakering continued to push forward though Mays denied Richmond twice further, the second of those occasions following a deft lofted pass from winger Stephen Butterworth’s free-kick. The Sawbridgeworth stopper was much the busier of the two goalkeepers in the second half and further earned a “Man of the Match” award by pulling off two more good saves to deny Rovers substitute Chris Bryan, either side of Sawbo substitute Ollie Cleaver’s header that was saved by Hawes and turned in but the goal was ruled out following a assistant referee’s flag being drawn.

In truth, while Sawbridgeworth did show some nice build-up play in their attacking moves, they couldn’t assert themselves going forward against a typically-stubborn Wakering defence. As we got into five minutes of added-time, Sawbo substitute Daryl Doolan’s strike was blocked by the alert Hawes as Wakering held out comfortably to secure a double that sees them leave the Essex Senior League as the first winners of the newly re-named Errington Challenge Cup!

Full-Time: Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 1  Great Wakering Rovers

 

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The officials collect their momentos
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Wakering celebrate with the trophy! (Credit: Pete D)

If you’d like to view match highlights (courtesy of WD Sportz) click here: https://youtu.be/ss_j4LzzFlo

Also, as part of the tie-in with WD Sportz, GFS co-presenter Pete D & myself conducted the post-match interviews with both managers: https://youtu.be/sy5NQpsnk3U and co-did a post-match sum-up: https://youtu.be/br86_AyXuj4

Teams

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Manager: John Watters

James Mays (GK), Mark Robinson (Ollie Cleaver 71′) Louis Monk, Lewis Deamer (Capt), Matt Frew, Tom Jelliman, Danny Wickenden, George Pullen (Jack Cousins 84′), Aaron Thomas, Toby Cleaver, Zak Johnson (Daryl Doolan 56′)

Subs Not Used: Hunter, Wright  | Booked: Robinson, T Cleaver

 

Great Wakering Rovers    | Manager: Iain O’Connell

Louis Hawes (GK), Kiah Froud, Aaron Russell (Danny Hurford 46′), Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Chris Bryan 59′), Ricky Evans, Neil Richmond, Jay Nash, Stephen Butterworth

Goal-scorer: Neil Richmond [58′]

Subs Not Used: Seaden, Dopson  | Booked: Waters, Carter

Referee: Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees: Jamie Wood & Michael Wingate
Fourth Official: Brett Grant

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Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 28.4.18)

Champions GWR celebrate with the trophy...
Great Wakering Rovers  – champions of the ESL 2017/18 (Credit: Andy W)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which was ‘D-Day’ for some sides at both ends of the table, given that some teams played their last match of the campaign at the weekend.

 

Saturday 28th April

Barkingside 0 – 4  Takeley  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 77

Takeley produced an excellent second-half display to increase the nerves for the hosts and take their relegation battle into the final week. After a goal-less opening 45, Carl Mullings grabbed a brace [60′ & 75′] before strike partner Stuart Zanone added gloss to the result with a late double [80′ & 85′] of his own. ‘Side drop to 17th, two points above the bottom three and have two games to play at Southend Manor and Wadham respectively. Takeley’s 3rd win in their last four means they’ve hit the 80-point mark and will finish 5th.

 

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 36

This virtual ‘dead-rubber’ ended up all-square with Ollie Hanlon netting for Ramblers while James Ross responded for the Hamlets side, who look set for quite an overhaul off-the-pitch during the summer. Burnham finish 20th after only one win in nine outings while Hamlets end the campaign in 11th after a similar struggle to win matches towards sason’s end.

 

Clapton  2 – 1   Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 42

Hullbridge were denied a point late on as Clapton got their 2nd win in their last five to re-take 6th place in the table. Nathan Cook gave the Tons the lead just past the half-hour before Jimmy Cox’s penalty [68′] levelled. Jon Fowell’s side pinched the win ‘at the death’ as Jeff Cobblah netted in the 90th minute. Hullbridge sit 15th with one match left, a home tie with Takeley in midweek.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  5 – 0  West Essex
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 120

I attended this match, you can view my match report here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/match-report-g-wakering-rovers-5-0-west-essex-esl-28-4-18/

 

Redbridge  2 – 1  Hackney Wick 
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 51

The Motormen came from behind to claim victory here though it most likely will not be enough to keep them in the promotion race. Nelson Dihn struck for bottom-side Wick before a second half double-salvo from Remi Nelson [57′] & Dan Gilchrist [74′] turned the tide of this match. Redbridge sit 4th though their inferior goal difference means even if they beat Basildon on Wednesday, it won’t be enough to dislodge FC Romania from second spot.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 3   Wadham Lodge | Venue: Crofters End | Att: 33

This extraordinary game saw Sawbo come from behind to wrestle a point from spirited Wadham at Crofters. Danny Francis grabbed a double [22′ & 44′] for the visitors before Aaron Thomas and Zak Johnson responded for John Watters’ side. Eli Benoit oncecagain gave the Wad Army the lead with 20 minutes left though Mark Robinson snatched a point for the hosts which means they will finish 8th. Wadham’s struggle for victories continues, it’s two in their last eight outings now though safety is still in their hands.

 

 

Southend Manor  0 – 2   FC Romania  | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 43

FCR ‘did the job’ they had to do thanks to a goal in each half. Mihai Circiumaru broke the deadlock four minutes before half-time though Ion Vintila’s side could only really relax after Vladu Sighiartau’s strike [62′]. Manor could finish 14th though could still be caught by the sides below them. Two wins in their last 11 highlights the difficulties they’ve had of late. FCR rise to 2nd after their 5th straight win though await the outcome of Basildon v Redbridge in midweek before they know if they will be promoted.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 0  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 50

Bengal ended a highly-respectable month by shutting out the Bees in this match at Hargrave Park, due to Mile End being unavailable. Sporting ended the season unbeaten in five with their highest points tally in the ESL (50) and will finish 10th. The Bees know that only all three points at home to Redbridge in midweek will be enough to pip FC Romania. They drop to 3rd, despite their unbeaten run extnding to seven matches now.

 

Waltham Forest  3 – 1  Ilford 
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 81

Forest completed the job of securing their Step 5 status for another season thanks to this victory over Ilford. ‘A tale of two penalties, Chris Lockwood’s for Ilford and Shomari Barnwell for Forest, meant it was level at the break. In the second-half, Josh Brimscombe-Ward [57′] and Rhea Joseph [60’] struck to seal Ryan Maxwell’s team their third win in seven, which in turn took them 16th and out of danger. Ilford’s eighth straight loss means they conclude the season in 13th and the off-season will be important for them to ‘forget’ what’s been a difficult few months.

 

Woodford Town (2017)  0 – 0  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Att: 41

Woodford held Enfield to end the season in 12th spot – a marked improvement on the team they replaced frpm last season. Enfield have a superb second half of the campaign to thank for finishing 9th with only three losses in their last 15 matches – that says it all.

 

That’s all for this week, there will be one more round-up after the Errington Cup Final in about a week’s time. Thanks for reading.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 5 – 0 West Essex (ESL 28.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 120

2017-18 Season – Match 68

Saturday 28th April 2018  – 3pm KO

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

West Essex:  Yellow & Black Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

The West Essex huddle pre-match..
The pre-match ‘West’ huddle (Credit: Andy W)

Report by Scott W (with photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015)

On a crucial day in the Essex Senior League, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed ‘surprise package’ West Essex to Burroughs Park. GWR knew what they had to do – a win would see them promoted whilst if Basildon slipped up then the title would also be theirs. Onto the team news and for the hosts, Danny Hurford remained out of action due to illness so Aaron Russell stepped in as a make-shift full-back while the attack was led by Messrs Dewberry, Richmond and Butterworth with Jay Nash, Chris Bryan and Bayley Newell all on the bench. West had ‘shuffled the pack’ in midweek due to their extensive fixture schedule and were missing Ben Leo and Joe Lefley though club captain Tom Macleod continued in a more advanced role, supporting forwards Michael Mignot and Musa Manneh.

Onto the match itself and whilst the hosts looked threatening as ever in the early stages, West captain Tom Macleod sent a overhead kick just over the bar on six minutes.  This spurred the hosts on further and only minutes later, a drive by midfielder Ricky Evans was thwarted on the line by a visiting defender. Forwards Stephen Butterworth and Nathan Dewberry couldn’t find hit the target in the next passage of the game although Rovers were pretty dominant in terms of possession. As half-time drew near, tigerish midfielder Sam Carter sent two headers just off target though the wind was certainly in the Wakering sails and on the stroke of half-time, Wakering striker Neil Richmond was unselfishly played in and when one-on-one, just found the net despite West midfielder Brad Russell’s valiant effort to clear off the line.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 0  West Essex

Rovers held a narrow lead at the break though daylight did start to come as three minutes after the interval, winger Billy Johnson thundered a free-kick off the woodwork before only a minute later, Wakering were awarded a spot-kick, which Butterworth duly converted into the corner of the net.

Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker was to be by far the busier stopper in the second half as just shy of the hour, Richmond’s drive was blocked by Coker although he didn’t know too much about it, due to being unsighted. West talisman Michael Mignot barely had sight of goal today though three minutes short of the hour-mark, his run needed the intervention of home custodian Louis Hawes who gathered the ball at the striker’s feet.

A quick duo of goals for the hosts just past the hour ended this match as a contest really as first on 63 minutes, Carter powered a header off of a good leap into the net and then three minutes afterwards, a terrific 30-yard strike from Dewberry flew into the left corner of Coker’s net to certainly send the Green & White Army on their way to promotion straight back to the Isthmian North.

With eleven minutes remaining, Mignot had a goal chalked off for an offside though truth be told, it didn’t affect the true path that this match was going. Wakering ended the scoring with seven minutes left as only a minute after coming off the substitute’s bench, Bayley Newell slotted home to grab himself another goal and secure Iain O’Connell’s side another three points.

Full-Time: Great Wakering  5 – 0  West Essex

The squad remained on the pitch  post-match to first applaud the Supporters’ Player of the Year which was midfielder Sam Carter and following that, the tension was palpable as we awaited news on the result elsewhere. As it turned out, Basildon being held in their match at Sporting Bengal meant Rovers had not only secured promotion, but also the Essex Senior League championship along with it, which triggered joyous scenes to finally erase the pain of last season’s hurtful relegation.

 

Congratulations to the Great Wakering squad, management and the Committee on their success and also a thank you for their hospitality, I wish Rovers well next season back in the Bostik Division North. As for West Essex, they will have better days than this and they know a win against bottom side Hackney Wick in midweek will mean that they will secure 6th spot, ahead of Clapton. Credit also goes to the Stags for congratulating the champions before they left the pitch.

 

 

You can catch video highlights of this match, courtesy of WD Sportz here: https://youtu.be/P05tZK9zo_k

And post-match Interviews with both managers by myself (guesting on WD Sportz) here: https://youtu.be/MSvRx0cpyP0

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Iain O’Connell

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Aaron Russell, Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters, Billy Johnson, Sam Carter, Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry (Bayley Newell 82′), Neil Richmond (Chris Bryan 71′), Stephen Butterworth (Jay Nash 69′)

Goal-scorers:  Neil Richmond [45′], Stephen Butterworth [pen 49′], Sam Carter [63′], Nathan Dewberry [66′], Bayley Newell [83′]

Booked: None    |  Subs Not Used: Froud

West Essex   |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Josh Kane, Nick Walk, Josh French, Greg Frederick (James Bromley 71′), Brad Russell (Kofi Appiah 83′), Cameron Gray, Tom Macleod (Capt), Musa Manneh (Isaac Marfo 64′), Michael Mignot

Booked: Russell  |  Subs Not Used: Adebayo, Woodbridge

Referee: Liam Giles

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 22.4.18)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at both ends of the table on “Kick It Out” Day.

Saturday 21st April

 

Basildon Utd 3 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 76

The Bees rounded off an excellent week with victory over Woodford at The Hive. George Whitby gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes before a brace from influential winger Jack Adlington [14′ & 45′ +1] sealed the success for Marc Harrison’s side – their 5th straight win and sit 3rd, outside the second promotion place on goal difference alone, with a game in hand on 2nd-placed FC Romania. Woodford drop to 13th and end their season next weekend with a home tie with Enfield 1893.

 

Enfield 1893  0 – 2  Takeley
| Venue: The Harlow Arena   | Att: 69

Takeley once again showed their gritty determination to get the points at the Harlow Arena. Recently-returned forward Stuart Zanone put Marc Das’ side ahead a minute into the second half before a late OG sealed Takeley’s fourth win in their last six which keeps them 5th, still eight points adrift of Redbridge above them. Enfield’s fine nine-match unbeaten run is over though they are in 9th place and four points from their last two matches should secure a top-ten finish.

 

FC Romania  3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  | Att: 34  | “Kick It Out” Day Designated Match

FCR continued their decent form in recent weeks with a battling win over ten-man Tower Hamlets at Theobalds Lane. Gabriel Ghinea put the hosts ahead eight minutes before the break. Goals from Andrei Baciu [56′] and Sergiu Pitaru [82′] made sure of the points while Montel Williams got Hamlets’ consolation. FCR sit 2nd, above Basildon on goal difference, having played a game more than the Bees. Hamlets eighth-straight defeat drops them to 12th with their chances of a top-ten finish fading.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  3 – 2  Clapton
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 81

Wakering had to fight hard to claim another three points over inconsistent Clapton at Burroughs Park. Steven Sardinha struck to give the Tons a surprise lead on 22 minutes though scarcely a minute later, influential winger Billy Johnson brought GWR back on level terms. Neil Richmond put Rovers ahead three minutes before the break. Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to give the hosts daylight though Nathan Cook halved the lead for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining. Wakering’s 6th win in their last seven means they are five points clear at the summit, needing five points to secure the title. Clapton’s poor end to the season goes on with one win in their last eight games & they reside in 6th, only a point clear of West Essex, having played three games more than the Stags.

 

Hackney Wick  3 – 1  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 48

The Wickers dispatched Hullbridge in their first match since relegation was confirmed in midweek. A brace from Tony Cookey and one from Joel Appiah were enough to grab a morale-boosting three points for Chris Davis’ side. Luke Hornsley got a late goal for Sports who could still do with another victory to avoid any last-day drama – they are in 16th, four points clear of the bottom four.

Click this link for Video Highlights & post-match Interviews (courtesy of WD Sportz): https://youtu.be/BGn68ux-rcA

 

Ilford 1 – 3 Barkingside
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 49

Barkingside came from behind to grab a major win in the “Cricklefield derby”. Ilford led through Jake McWee’s opener on 16 minutes though couldn’t see the match out as three goals in the last 22 minutes turned it around. Roddy Lemba [69′] brought things level before strikes from James Briggs [76′] and Michael Ogboin’s spot-kick four minutes from time saw ‘Side to their 3rd win in their last seven to rise to 15th. Ilford’s sixth defeat on-the-reel sees them stay 11th.

 

Southend Manor  4 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 49

Manor edged another brillantly entertaining encounter at Southchurch Park. Sawbridgeworth’s goal-scorers were Matt Frew, Daryl Doolan and Jack Cousins while second-half goals from Lewis Sparrow [50′], Alfie Lindfield [62′], Brennon Nolan [73’] and the eventual winner from skipper Lee Delf eight minutes from time ended Manor’s five-match winless run to see Adam Peek’s side move eight points clear of the danger-zone in 14th. Sawbridgeworth’s third defeat in their last seven means they cannot improve on 8th place now this term.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1  Redbridge
| Venue: Oakside (12pm KO) | Att: 70 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

Sporting Bengal surprised the Motormen in this match ‘reversed’ to Oakside and was also the early kick-off. Bobby Redwood [16′] broke the deadlock before returning talisman Brian Moses levelled things three minutes before half-time. Bengal skipper Freddy Tandon fired home the winner 16 minutes from time to give Imrul Gazi’s men the double-whammy of a club-record fourth-straight victory and also break the club’s ESL points record and they also rise to 10th spot. Redbridge’s stutter continues as their winless stretch extended to four matches and are now three points adrift of the top three and arguably their fate is ‘no longer in their own hands’ with regards to promotion.

 

Waltham Forest 2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 61

Waltham Forest edged ten-man Stansted to record a priceless victory in their bid to avoid the drop. Stansted led thanks to Ryan Ramsey’s penalty on 19 minutes. Though much to the delight of the Waltham Rabble, Elias Siligato erased that lead nine minutes before the break. Recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s spot-kick on the stroke of half-time ended up sealing the points. Forest are now unbeaten in four and they go above Stansted into 17th, two points clear of them though Forest only have one match to play, compared to Stansted’s two. The Airportmen are 18th and face Enfield and Basildon during the week.

 

West Essex  5 – 1   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 84 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

I attended this match and you can find my match report here:
https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/match-report-west-essex-5-1-wadham-lodge-esl-21-4-18/

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 15.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to this round-up of the weekend’s Essex Senior League action.

This weekend saw nine matches take place, here’s what transpired in big matches at both ends of the table.

Friday 13th April

Tower Hamlets  0 – 4  Basildon Utd
| Venue: Parkside (Aveley FC)  | Att: 85

Basildon took advantage of a hapless Hamlets showing to keep their promotion hopes alive at Parkside on Friday night. George Whitby’s spot-kick on ten minutes tempered any nerves for the Bees fans. James Brown smashed in a cracker two minutes before the break before goals from Jack Adlington [67′] and substutute James Peagram [69′] sealed a big win, the Bees fourth in their last six to cut the gap to Redbridge in 2nd to six points with two matches in hand on the Motormen. Hamlets’ sixth straight loss keeps them 11th.

 

Saturday 14th April

Burnham Ramblers 2 – 4  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 48

Hullbridge staged quite a comeback to grab a big victory at Leslie Field. It started very well for the hosts as Alex Salmon’s header eight minutes in & Karl Swanborough’s strike ten minutes afterward gave Lee Hughes’s men a good lead. That lead was halved by Jimmy Cox [36′] before Cox restored parity for the visitors on 65 minutes. Darren Manning’s side wrestled the balance of power from the hosts soon after as Adebola Sotoyinbo [70′] and Michael Salako [80′] strikes sealed the win, Sports’ 4th in their last six matches to go seven points clear of the bottom four in 15th. Burnham’s 24th loss of the season leaves them three points adrift of safety.

 

Clapton  1 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 34

Sporting Bengal came from behind to secure a valuable win at the OSD. Jeff Cobblah broke the deadlock to give the Tons the advantage though a strong Bengal line-up recovered after the break as David Vaughan levelled on 65 minutes before Eaia Embalo got the winner ten minutes later. Bengal’s fourth win in their last seven encounters sees them up to 13th, nine points clear of danger.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  4 – 1  Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 78

I attended this match alongside the core GFS Radio team of Adam & Pete and other ESL luminaries at Burroughs Park. My report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/match-report-great-wakering-4-1-wadham-lodge-esl-14-4-18/

 

Redbridge  1 – 1  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 61

The Motormen managed to stall the E’s stunning recent run though had to battle for a point at Oakside. Aundre Spencer [34′] gave Matt Hanning’s side the lead though Phillip Browne-Bampfoe’s leveller on the hour may prove important for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side who remain 2nd, despite being winless in three matches now. Enfield’s unbeaten run extends to nine matches as they stay 9th.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 2  FC Romania
| Venue: Crofters End  | Att: 30

FC Romania battled past stubborn Sawbo at Crofters. Goals from Gabriel Ghinea [48′] and Mihai Botosan [88′] sealed a vital win for Ionut Vintila’s men as they stay third, three points off Redbridge in the likely second promotion spot. Sawbo’s third defeat in their last eight sees them remain 8th.

 

Stansted  2 – 2  West Essex
| Venue: Hargrave Park  | Att: 27

Stansted were twice held by an improving West Essex side at Hargrave Park. Sam West gave the hosts a lifeline three minutes into the second half though substitute Tom MacLeod, making his return from injury, levelled on 65 minutes. Ryan Ramsey’s penalty [72′] gave the hosts the lead once again though the Stags forced a share of the spoils thanks to talismanic striker Michael Mignot’s strike with ten minutes left. Stansted’s dreams of survival are creaking as they sit 18th, two points from safety with three matches left. West are still 7th with only two losses in their last six and have a shot at pinching 6th from Clapton, given they have four matches in hand on the Tons to claw back a gap of seven points.

 

Waltham Forest  2 – 2  Southend Manor
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 66

A last-minute leveller deprived Forest of a vital three points at Kitchener Road. Manor led after just four minutes thanks to skipper Lee Delf though Forest replied thanks to recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s penalty [52′] and then took the lead themselves with eight minutes left through giant midfielder Tony Da Silva. Though the action didn’t stop there as Tyler Fowles dramatically secured a point at the death for Adam Peek’s side. Forest may well be ‘kicking themselves’ as they stay 17th, two points above the relegation trap-door after a run of only one triumph in their last ten matches now. Manor have also found wins hard to come by still, with one win in their last nine encounters which drops them to 14th, eight points clear of danger.

You can watch video highlights of this match (courtesy of  WD Sportz) & post-match Interviews here: https://youtu.be/L23A5xiPeL0

 

Woodford Town (2017) 1 – 4  Takeley
| Venue: Station Road | Att: 71

Takeley overwhelmed Woodford to grab another good three points in this reversed fixture at Station Road. Goals from George Wappett [20′] and Matt Gill [45′] gave Marc Das’ side a two-goal cushion at the break. Further strikes from Mitchell Das [57′] and Olakunmi Bossanya [83′] added to Takeley’s already good goal difference which could prove important in three weeks’ time. Jack Grosvenor’s late consolation four minutes from time probably did little to lift the ‘Woodlife’ side and they stay 12th. Takeley’s 22nd win of the season leaves them 14 points off Redbridge with four matches in hand on them so they need a stellar run-in to overhaul the sides ahead of them.

 

Midweek fixtures:

Barkingside  v   Sporting Bengal Utd
Burnham Ramblers v Basildon Utd (both Mon 16th Apr)

Hullbridge Sports v West Essex
Stansted  v  Hackney Wick
Takeley  v   Tower Hamlets  (all Tues 17th Apr)

Ilford v Wadham Lodge
Southend Manor v Basildon Utd (both Wed 18th Apr)

Takeley v  FC Romania  (Thurs 19th Apr)

 

That’s all from the ESL Round-up this week. Check back soon for more as the season heads for a fascinating conclusion.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 4 – 1 Wadham Lodge (ESL 14.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 78

2017-18 Season – Match 63

Saturday 14th April 2018 – 3pm KO

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

Wadham Lodge: White Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks

 

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Report by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With photos by Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980)

On a lovely blue-sky day at Burroughs Park, league leaders Great Wakering welcomed relegation-battlers Wadham Lodge in an interesting encounter that had ramifications for both ends of the table. Wakering named a front three of Nathan Dewberry, Neil Richmond and Jay Nash with Aaron Waters partnering Scott Pethers in the heart of the defence. For Wadham, goalkeeper issues meant assistant boss Dwayne Uylett had to go in goal, and veteran forward Sherwin Stanley once again led the line, with support from Danny Francis and Abdoulie Njai.

The match began at a fair pace, and Wakering broke the deadlock after only three minutes when Neil Richmond sent a lovely strike with the outside of his right foot past stand-in keeper Dwayne Uylett from inside the area. Wakering kept their foot on the pedal too though a good tackle by full-back Ashley Bankole denied winger Billy Johnson a good sight of goal in the box. The hosts were quite wasteful finishing-wise as within a few minutes of each other, Ricky Evans, Jay Nash and Nathan Dewberry all took long-range shots to try and catch out Uylett but couldn’t find the target.

With 21 minutes on the clock, Nash’s goal-bound effort was well-kept out by Uylett though Richmond’s follow-up strike was denied for an off-side. The Wadham stopper also did well to deny Dewberry’s drive on the half-hour. Wadham looked OK goibg forward on the rare occasion they pushed forward and midfielder Brandon Kelly fired a shot from distance wide of the post. Wakering finally doubled their lead a minute before the break as Billy Johnson unleashed a 20-yard pile-driver which fizzed high into the back of Uylett’s net.

 

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0  Wadham Lodge

 

As the second half began, the visitors deserve credit for ‘giving it a go’ as two efforts from attacker Abdoulie Njai couldn’t beat home custodian Louis Hawes though it was a warning. For the most part, the Wakering back-line was quite untroubled though at times they did drop their intensity going forward. The over-worked Wadham defence was breached again with twenty minutes remaining as Richmond’s delivery found Dewberry who gratefully secured a tap-in from point-blank range.

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Wakering captain Scott Pethers strikes a free-kick (Image: Peter D)

However, Wadham rallied on 76 minutes as following a poor challenge on the edge of the area by stand-in defender Ricky Evans, Danny Francis netted the resulting free-kick past Hawes. Any lingering doubt over the destination of the points here was soon snuffed out though five minutes later as Wakering substitute Bayley Newell kept his composure to lob over two Wadham defenders into the net.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 4 – 1 Wadham Lodge

All in all, a job well done today for the hosts who maintained their recent imperious form yet didn’t really have to reach top gear in order to get the win. Wadham remain in a precarious position in the bottom two, five points from safety but with six matches to play. Wakering move five points clear of stuttering Redbridge who are 2nd and only need three more wins to secure the title.

 

Teams

Great Wakering Rovers | Manager: Iain O’Connell

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters (Aaron Russell 64′), Sam Carter, Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry, Neil Richmond (Bayley Newell 77′), Jay Nash (Chris Bryan 71′)

Goal-scorers: Neil Richmond [3′], Billy Johnson [44′], Nathan Dewberry [70′], Bayley Newell [81′]

Booked: Evans    | Subs Not Used: Dopson, Froud

 

Wadham Lodge  | Manager: Jason Ngandu

Dwayne Uylett (GK), Nathan Joseph, Ashley Bankole, Terry Foxe, Chris Gormley, Brandon Kelly (Nathan Muskitta 71′), Kieran Southgate, Paul Oshin, Sherwin Stanley (Rujorn Tuitt 79′), Danny Francis, Abdoulie Njai (Cory Rider 88′)

Goal-scorer: Danny Francis [76′]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Tanimowo, Ngandu

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 8.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at the top and the bottom of the table.

 

Friday 6th April

Barkingside 3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 109

‘Side fought from behind to grab a important victory in a match that was brought to a sudden end due to injury. Jerry Jairette netted on 24 minutes to give the impetus to the visitors, though Roddy Lemba struck twice [29′ & 35′] to swing the balance back in the hosts’ favour. Michael Ogboin got a late third before a nasty facial injury to Hamlets’ Ndure caused a slightly premature end to the match though the result stood. ‘Side’s 2nd win on-the-trot sees them up to 15th (after Saturday’s action) while Hamlets’ fifth straight defeat leaves them 10th, ahead of Woodford Town on goal difference alone.

 

Saturday 7th April

Basildon Utd  2 – 0  FC Romania
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 99

The Bees battled to a good victory over FCR at The Hive. Despite missing key forward Marcus Bowers, a brace from Jack Adlington [57′ & 60′] was enough to secure third first win in three matches. FC Romania have now only won one of their last four league matches. Marc Harrison’s men are now three points behind the Wolves with seven matches left. FCR have 5 matches remaining though are five points adrift of Redbridge in 2nd.

 

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 4   Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 70

Great Wakering raised the game after half-time to secure an important win and go three points clear at the Essex Senior League summit. An own-goal midway through the second-half broke the deadlock before Nathan Dewberry [79′], Chris Bryan [83′] and Neil Richmond [90’+3] sealed their fourth win in their last five matches. Burnham’s 3rd defeat in their last five leaves them third-bottom, two points from safety.

 

Enfield 1893  4 – 0    Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: The Harlow Arena  | Att: 62

Enfield continued their fantastic form by defeating Hullbridge in a one-sided contest in Harlow. Ayo Odukoya’s brace [12′ & 46′] gave Matt Hanning’s men the advantage before further strikes from Ben Bradbury [67′] and Aundre Spencer [82′] meant that the E’s have now won 7 league matches in-a-row and as a result stay 12th though they have gained ground on the teams above them.

 

Hackney Wick 2 – 1   Ilford
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

The Wickers took advantage of another ‘poor day at the office’ for Ilford to obtain their 3rd win in their last five matches. Albie Keith put Ilford ahead before ex-Ilford player Tony Cookey levelled. Hassan Nalbant then got the winner to keep Wick’s slim chances of averting the drop alive. They remain bottom, 12 points from safety. Ilford’s third successive defeat leaves them still in 9th though with other teams having matches in hand, their aim of a top-ten finish may be in doubt.

 

Redbridge  4 – 4    Waltham Forest
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 65

The points were shared in this absolute hum-dinger of a contest at Oakside. It looked at though the Motormen were breezing yowards another win as Reside Coxi-Sebastfao’s double [20′ & 34′] and a Calvin Poku strike [42′] put them three ahead at the break. Forest roared back into the match though as Christian Owusu’s quick-fire brace [57′ & (pen) 60′] reduced the deficit though Phillip Browne-Bampfoe extended the hosts’ lead midway through the second half. The old defensive frailties came back to bite Redbridge though as first Tony Da Silva [82′] struck to make it 3 – 4 and in stoppage-time, Owusu struck again to secure his gat-trick and dampen Redbridge’s title quest.

The Motormen’s second match without a win sees them three points behind leaders Wakering in 2nd spot, while Forest are remain out of the bottom four in 17th, two points clear of danger but with only three matches left.

Update: Waltham Forest have also announced over the weekend that they are ‘over the worst’ of their financial problems which left them in peril earlier in the season.
Full statement here: http://www.walthamforest-fc.co.uk/2018/04/08/club-statement-our-future/

 

Southend Manor  3 – 3    Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Another cracker of a match saw these two sides unable to be seperated at Southchurch Park. Scorer-wise, Manor struck through Ethan Evison, Alfie Lindfield and Ibrahim Kagbanda while target-man Temi Babalola, De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale and Ola Ogunwamide replied for an improving Woodford side that have lost only two of their last six matches which leaves them 11th, outside the top ten on goal difference. Manor are six points further back in 13th after a run of one win in their last seven games.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1   Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 35

Bengal recorded a huge win in this six-pointer at Mile End. Codey Cameron struck early on to open the scoring though Oliver Fortune levelled soon after for the Airportmen. Late on, creative midfielder Ashaan Siddik grabbed the winner to send Sporting 14th, seven points clear of the bottom four while Sransted’s winless run extends to six matches now and are 18th, two points from safety with four matches left.

Video highlights from this encounter & post-match Interviews can be found here:  https://youtu.be/KnNsMFL_xpg

(Courtesy of @WDSprtz)

Wadham Lodge  1 – 1   Clapton
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 248

Wadham battled to grab a point at Kitchener Road against a Clapton side that were heavily backed by the Ultras. Danny Francis got Wadham’s goal while Yusuf Bello netted for the Tons. Wadham have got one win in their last five outings now and remain 20th, four points from safety with 7 matches left. Clapton remain 6th, eight points clear of nearest rivals West Essex, with 3 matches remaining.

West Essex  2 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 18

I attended this match and you can find my match report here: http://www.survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/match-report-west-essex-2-0-takeley-esl-7-4-18/

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.