Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (8.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start off with a Friday night match at Mile End then touch on all the Saturday action. And there’s a run-down of the results from the Senior League Cup 2nd Round involving Olympian League sides plus a smattering of Olympian League action. How did your side do this weekend? Find out below. Enjoy.

Friday 6th October

Tower Hamlets   3 – 0   West Essex

Venue: Mile End Stadium     |   Attendance: 94

Hamlets produced a good second-half display to win this one at Mile End. Curtis Pond’s brace [59’ & 69’] and substitute Wale Odedoyin’s goal was enough to defeat an under-par West Essex side and give Hamlets their sixth win of the season.

I attended this match and my full match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/report-t-hamlets-3-0-w-essex-esl-6-10-17/

Saturday 6th October

Burnham Ramblers   4 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd

Venue: Leslie Field   |    Attendance: 24

Burnham prevailed the second match in succession with this win at Leslie Field. Bradley Morgan gave the hosts the lead on 32 minutes, though Oscar Mendes levelled for Imrul Gazi’s side six minutes later. Burnham restored their lead a minute after that through Julian Bavin and second-half goals from Morgan [50’] and Charlee Hughes [65’] sealed a good day for Lee Hughes’ men.

Enfield 1893  3 – 1   Barkingside  

Venue: The Harlow Arena      |      Attendance: 68

Enfield came from behind to seal a good victory at the Harlow Arena. Jayden Mitchell-Brown gave ‘Side the lead after only two minutes though the hosts turned the tables with goals from Danny Jones [9’] and Andrew Tirivanhu [16’] before James O’Brien got the hosts’ third seven minutes before the break to seal their third win of the campaign.

Hackney Wick   1 – 2   Clapton

Venue: Old Spotted Dog     |        Attendance: 785

Clapton triumphed in the ‘Old Spotted Dog’ derby against tenants Wick, watched by a huge crowd of nearly 800 fans including many of the Clapton Ultras. Jeffrey Cobblah gave the Tons the lead before Hassan Nalbani ‘s penalty put Jon Fowell’s side in command before Jay Hardwick reduced Tolga Dervish’s side’s arrears though Clapton held on to claim their 5th win of the season.

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 4   FC Romania  

Venue: Lower Road   |        Attendance: 59

All the goals came in the second-half as FCR prevailed against out-of-form Hullbridge at Lower Road. Florin Pop gave the Wolves the lead ten minutes after the re-start. Ioan Petresc made it two on 62 minutes though Howard Wright netted to make it 1-2 four minutes later. FCR responded as Pop  [67’] and Petresc [69’] both got their braces and sealed a good day for the visitors.

Ilford   2 – 0   Takeley

Venue: Cricklefield      |     Attendance: 71

Two first-half goals were enough to give Ilford a moreale-boosting success at Cricklefield. James Peagram’s spot-kick on 29 minutes and Paul Oshin’s goal five minutes before the break were enough to give Allan Fenn’s side their sixth win of the campaign.

Sawbridgeworth Town   3 – 3  Woodford Town (2017)

Venue: Crofters End      |     Attendance: 45

Both these sides had to settle for a point in this six-goal cracker at Crofters End. Woodford led until the latter stages as goals from Larry Asare [43’], Andrea Montovani [58’] and a late goal from Jack Grosvenor though Sawbridgworth made it honours even through a brace from defender Matt Frew [7’ & 90’] and an Grosvenor OG [46’].

Southend Manor    0 – 3* (*A-A on 80 mins)     Redbridge     

Venue: Southchurch Park      |     Attendance: 64

I attended this match and the Match Report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/outhend-manor-0-3-redbridge-abandoned-after-80-mins-esl-7-10-17/

Stansted  0 – 1  Basildon Utd

Venue: Hargrave Park           |        Attendance: 78

Basildon narrowly won this encounter at Hargrave Park. Ash Blackburn’s goal a minute before half-time was enough to give the Bees their eighth win in ten league matches this term.

Waltham Forest  0  – 2    Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: Kitchener Road       |     Attendance: 47

A goal in each half saw Wakering to another victory, this time at Kitchener Road. Oliver Woodhouse gave GWR the lead 11 minutes before the break before Jake Gordon made it two nine minutes before the end.

 Saturday 7th October

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

May & Baker E.C  2 – 2   Rayleigh Town

 

Division One

FC Hamlets   4 – 0   Old Chelmsfordians

Shenfield AFC  1 – 1  Harold Hill

 

Division Two

Rochford Town   1 – 1   Upminster

Ryan  5 – 2  Ongar Town

 

Senior League Cup 2nd Round

Basildon Town  1 -1 Newham Utd (Newham won 4-3 on Penalties)

Buckhurst Hill  4 – 5   Frenford  (AET)

Canning Town  2 – 6  White Ensign

Catholic Utd  6 – 0    Epping

Harold Wood Athletic   4 – 2  Galleywood (AET)

Kelvedon Hatch  4 –  0  Snaresbrook

Manford Way    4 – 0   Dagenham Utd

Newbury Forest  0 – 5   Westhamians

Ramsden Scotia   3 – 1    Herongate Athletic

Runwell Sports   1 – 3  Southend Sports

Springfield   2 – 1  Old Southendian

Sungate  1 – 3 Great Baddow

Toby  3 – 1  Hutton

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Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (1.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. The full fixture programme returned on September 30th, as most ESL sides were in FA Vase action last weekend. After the updated ESL table, there’s a run-down of the results from the Essex Olympian League Premier Division, Division One & Division Two. How did your side do this time around? Find out below. Enjoy.

Saturday 30th September

Barkingside  1 –  1 Sawbridgeworth Town

Venue: Cricklefield   | Attendance: 48

Barkingside came from behind late-on to hold a determined but depleted Sawbridgeworth side to a draw at Cricklefield. Debutant Billy Skinner put the hosts ahead on the half-hour. Despite increasing pressure from the hosts towards the end of the match, it did look at though Town might have held on although they missed two or three good chances themselves. It wasn’t to be though as substitute Gareth Jones slotted home well to give Michael Walther’s side a point.

I attended this match and my full match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/report-barkingside-1-1-sawbridgeworth-esl-30-9-17/

Basildon Utd   3 – 0    Tower Hamlets 

Venue: The Hive        |      Attendance: 95

Basildon ended Hamlets’ recent good league run at the Hive. Hot-shot Marcus Bowers did the damage for Marc Harrison’s side as his first-half hat-trick (7’,15’, 35’) sealed the Bees’ seventh win of the season thus far. Hamlets host Ilford on Monday night hoping for a better result.

Great Wakering Rovers    4 – 0     FC Romania

Venue: Burroughs Park      |      Attendance: 63

Wakering produced an excellent display to defeat FCR at Burroughs Park. Hot-shot Neil Richmond scored another super hat-trick (2’4’ and 87’) to set Iain O’Connell’s side on their way. Substitute Stephen Butterworth added the other goal with 13 minutes left.

Hackney Wick   1 – 2    Stansted

Venue: Old Spotted Dog     |        Attendance: 33

Stansted picked up a narrow win at the OSD. Jayden Hocking-Rising got the opener for his new club, while the visitors; winner was a late OG. Robert Gewada got Wick’s reply.

Redbridge  6 – 1     Hullbridge Sports

Venue: Oakside    |        Attendance: 50

Redbridge inflicted a heavy defeat on Hullbridge at Oakside. Brian Moses opened the scoring from the spot on 14 minutes. Lindsipho Mytanda doubled that lead four minutes before defender Jonathan Mbamarah made it three on 31 minutes. Hullbridge pulled one back through youngster Damien Siemienczuk seven minutes after the re-start, though the Motormen more than secured the points with second-half goals from Reside Coxi-Sebastfao (68’), substitute Billy Golledge (82’) and Moses’ second four minutes from time.

Southend Manor   3 – 2     Waltham Forest   

Venue: Southchurch Park      |     Attendance: 56

Manor came back superbly to grab only their second win this term at Southchurch Park. Edgar Morais and Mo Sagaf’s goals put Forest in command though Michael Hopkins pulled one back on 65 minutes before late goals from Alfie Lindfield (86’) and Lee Scott (88’) completed the comeback and the points for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 4  Woodford Town (2017)

Venue: Mile End Stadium           |        Attendance: 30

Woodford upset Bengal with an excellent performance at Mile End Stadium. Larry Asare put the visitors ahead on 17 minutes before Asher Modeste’s goal five minutes before the break doubled the lead. Town made it three thanks to Bradley Kauzani on the hour. Eaia Embalo got one back for Bengal five minutes from time though Andrea Montovani secured the points for the visitors a minute from time.

 Takeley   2 – 0   Clapton   

Venue:  Station Road     |        Attendance: 145

Takeley maintained their 100% record with victory over Clapton at Station Road. Stuart Zanone gave Takeley the lead in first-half stoppage-time before Mitchell Das made it two on the hour.

 Wadham Lodge  1 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

Venue: Kitchener Road     |        Attendance: 14

Wadham edged Burnham to record an important win in this bottom-two clash at Kitchener Road. Ben McAllister got the only goal on 25 minutes to give Wadham their second win of the season which sees them off the foot of the table.

West Essex  2 – 1  Enfield 1893

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    |        Attendance: 24

West Essex kept up their good league form with victory at Mayesbrook Park. Tom MacLeod gave the hosts the lead two minutes after the re-start before Michael Mignot added to his increasing goal-tally this season with the second on the hour. Enfield got a consolation through Ryan Cosson three minutes from time.

 

ESL table (following 30th September matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 West Essex 9 7 1 1 9 22
2 Takeley 7 7 0 0 17 21
3 Basildon Utd 8 7 0 1 11 21
4 Great Wakering Rovers 9 6 1 2 14 19
5 Redbridge 9 6 1 2 10 19
6 Sporting Bengal Utd 11 6 1 4 3 19
7 Tower Hamlets 9 5 2 2 11 17
8 Woodford Town (2017) 11 4 2 5 -6 14
9 FC Romania 8 4 1 3 6 13
10 Stansted 10 4 1 5 3 13
11 Barkingside 8 4 1 3 2 13
12 Ilford 9 4 0 5 1 12
13 Clapton 9 3 3 3 0 12
14 Waltham Forest 11 3 2 6 -8 11
15 Hackney Wick 11 3 1 7 -8 10
16 Hullbridge Sports 9 2 3 4 -9 9
17 Sawbridgeworth Town 9 2 2 5 -4 8
18 Southend Manor 6 2 1 3 -2 7
19 Enfield 1893 8 2 0 6 -9 6
20 Wadham Lodge 11 2 0 9 -24 6
21 Burnham Ramblers 10 1 1 8 -17 4

Saturday 30th September

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Catholic Utd  1 – 2    May & Baker E.C.

Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 2  Kelvedon Hatch

Leigh Ramblers 2 – 0  Rayleigh Town

Manford Way  3 – 0   Basildon Town

 

Division One

Galleywood  2 – 1 FC Hamlets

Harold Hill   5 – 2   Newbury Forest

Old Chelmsfordians  3 – 4  Shenfield AFC

Old Southendian  1 – 3  Great Baddow

Runwell Sports   1 – 2    Hutton

Snaresbrook  1 – 3   Sungate

 

Division Two

Newham Utd  0 – 0   A1 Sports

Ongar Town  6 – 1  Ryan

Ramsden Scotia   4 – 3    Toby

Rayleigh Town Res.  5 – 2   Herongate Athletic

Upminster    0 – 1    Rochford Town

 

If you missed last week’s ESL & EOFL round-up (24.9.17) , you can view it here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/esl-fa-v-2qr-eofl-r-up-24-9-17/

My match this weekend was in the FA Vase 2QR: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/match-report-w-essex-1-2-gwr-fav/    

 

Match Report: West Essex 1 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers (FAV 23.9.17)

The FA Vase Second Qualifying Round

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

2017-18 Season – Match 23

Saturday 23rd September 2017 3pm KO

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

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

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a decent afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex welcomed fellow ESL side Great Wakering Rovers in this FA Vase Second Qualifying Round tie. Wakering kept the same starting XI that won in league action last weekend.

Wakering did start the match the stronger of the two sides, with winger Billy Johnson giving an early indication of the threat he posed by having two efforts on goal, though they were off-target. Only ten minutes in, Wakering forward Jake Gordon was in prime position to shoot on goal though was adjudged to have been brought down by home defender Koki Appiah, who was subsequently given a straight red card by referee Simmons. The decision certainly ticked off the home side and it was arguably a controversial one to send Appiah off.

Anyhow, Gordon dusted himself down and took the spot-kick himself, duly converting it to give the visitors the lead soon after. West Essex showed their spirit again though as two minutes later, the ten-men were level as Joe Lefley’s free-kick from the right evaded everyone and nestled into the left corner.

The visitors were buoyed on by the equaliser though couldn’t find the target on 18 minutes as Johnson’s strike hit a post then forward Neil Richmond inexplicably missed a tap-in, following up. In the next period of the match, Wakering midfielder Jason Ring and Gordon were denied by home goalkeeper Dan Russell. What followed was not something the home defence will want to remember anytime soon. Hesitant defending from West Essex pair Daniel Christey and Sanchez Hardy led to a poor clearance which Richmond seized on and calmly rolled the ball past Russell to put Iain O’Connell’s side back ahead on 28 minutes.

Again, West Essex responded as a minute later as forward Michael Mignot’s goal-bound drive was tipped wide by visiting goalkeeper Rees Hawkins. Eight minutes before the break, home manager Kwame Kwateng was sent to the stands for arguing with the officials. Wakering really should have been further ahead by half-time as with six minutes to play before the break, Johnson’s left-wing cross found Richmond all alone in the area though the forward blazed his shot over.

Half-Time: West Essex 1 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers

The hosts had the first chance after the break as from Lefley’s corner, substitute Josh French headed over the bar. Gordon shot wide near the hour-mark as Wakering realized they were not ‘home & dry’ just yet in this encounter. On the whole though, the second half was less frantic than the first. Johnson was denied in the area by West Essex defender Josh Kane’s tackle with 19 minutes to play. The hosts continued to seek another leveller and with 12 minutes left, substitute Cameron Gray’s corner found captain Tom MacLeod though his headed hit the crossbar.

Wakering did hold on to secure their place in the First Round Proper of the competition though certainly could’ve scored more today. West Essex will undoubtedly point to the early sending-off as a turning point though weren’t quite at their best, perhaps this being their third match in a week maybe took its toll a bit.

FT:   West Essex       1 – 2     Great Wakering Rovers

Lefley 14’                   Gordon (pen) 12, Richmond 28’

Teams:

West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

1  Daniel Russell (GK) 1  Rees Hawkins  (GK)
23  Sanchez Hardy   (Subbed 83’) 2  Charlie Seaden        (Subbed 46’)
3  Josh Kane 3  Oliver Woodhouse
4  Tom MacLeod  (C) 4  Scott Pethers  (C)
16  Koki Appiah 5  Louis Robinson
6  Daniel Christey 6  Samuel Carter         (Subbed 84’)
7  Michael Mignot 7  Jason Ring
8  Brad Russell 8  Ricky Evans
9  Tom Woodbridge   (Subbed 57’) 9  Neil Richmond
10  Joe Lefley 10  Jake Gordon          (Subbed 64’)
24  Fatos Zeqiri          (Subbed 46’) 11  Billy Johnson

Substitutes:

5  Nick Walk 12  Jimmy Cook
14  Josh French          (On 46’) 14  Stephen Butterworth   (On 46’)
11  Cameron Gray     (On 57’) 15  Aaron Russell                 (On 64’)
17  Isaac Marfo          (On 83’) 16  Christopher Bryan         (On 84’)
17  Joe Nightingill

Referee:

A. Simmons
Assistant Referees:

E. McKenzie
A. Knight

Booked: MacLeod, Wodbridge, Lefley Booked: Richmond, Evans
Sent Off: Appiah

 

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 0 Ilford (ESL 16.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 71

2017-18 Season – Match 21

Saturday 16th September 2017 3pm KO

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

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

GWR & Ilford players before KO (ESL 16.9.17)
The Players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a changeable afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers took on Ilford in an important early-season Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering welcomed back forward Jake Gordon this week as he has re-signed for the club from Aveley and he made the starting XI here, Scott Pethers took the armband for the hosts as Joe Nightingill was on the bench. For Ilford, James Peagram and Aaron Wickham led the line in attack.

Both sides traded initial efforts on goal in the opening five minutes. Jake Gordon shooting wide for GWR in the first minute, while Ilford’s Liam Burgess also couldn’t hit the target five minutes in. Wakering did take the lead after only six minutes as in-form forward Neil Richmond was put in by Gordon and the Richmond slotted home an easy tap-in.

In the next passage of play there weren’t a whole lot of clear-cut chances for either side though the hosts did have the lion’s share of possession. On the quarter-hour, a Wakering free-kick fell agonizingly wide of Richmond’s reach at the far post. The hosts did increase their lead on 26 minutes when Scott Pethers’ 25-yard low strike beat Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark.

Clark was the busier goalkeeper in the later third of the opening half, first seeing Wakering winger Billy Johnson’s firing his strike just wide from an acute angle and then punching out a Wakering corner fired into the six-yard area. In truth, Ilford hadn’t really got going in the opening 45 minutes and Wakering were on top at the break.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 0 Ilford

The second half began with Iain O’Connell’s side in the ascendancy. Five minutes into the half, Johnson’s goal-bound drive forced Clark into a good save to parry the shot away. Five minutes after that, from Gordon’s free-kick, midfielder Ricky Evans blazed his shot over the bar. Soon after, Ilford had one of their better chances, with substitute Khadean Campbell blasting a fierce drive into the left-corner though it cannoned back off the underside of the bar, with home ‘keeper Rees Hawkins beaten.

With 21 minutes remaining, Richmond forced Clark into another decent save. Ilford did push forward a bit more in the last 15 minutes though simply lacked the cutting edge to get back into this one. Forward James Peagram did seem to be a slightly frustrated figure up top. Wakering held on fairly comfortably to get another three points, their 5th win of the season. Ilford’s ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ season seems to be continuing and manager Allan Fenn will know that his side will need greater consistency soon.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0   Ilford

Richmond 6’, Pethers 26’

For Wakering, Scott Pethers stood out the most in my opinion with a typically whole-hearted performance, though he won quite a few challenges in defence today, as well as his goal. Full-back Charlie Seaden and forwards Richmond & Gordon played their part as well for the hosts. For Ilford, full-back Sam Buffour had a decent match, as did goalkeeper Chris Clark.

 

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Ilford

Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Chris Clark  (GK)
2  Charlie Seaden 2  Sam Buffour
3  Oliver Woodhouse 3  Justas Paliulis
4  Scott Pethers  (C) 4  Stef Szajewski  (C)
5  Louis Robinson 5  Billy Rix
6  Sam Carter 6  Luke McLeavy   (Subbed 46’)
7  Jason Ring 7  Liam Burgess
8  Ricky Evans 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Neil Richmond 9  Aaron Wickham        (Subbed 68’)
10  Jake Gordon    (Subbed 67’) 10  James Peagram
11  Billy Johnson 11  Michael Graham     (Subbed 53’)
   

Substitutes:

12  Joe Nightingill 12  Khadean Campbell    (On 46’)
14  Aaron Russell 13  Tom Jackson (GK)
15  Jimmy Cook 14  Harry Markatis       (On 53’)
16  Chris Bryan       (On 67’) 15  Suli Nasir                      (On 68’)
17  Franklin Craik 16  Bill Rungay
   

Referee:

Dean Markwick
Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Martin Green

   
Booked: None Booked: Rix

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd (FA Vase 9.9.17)

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 78

2017-18 Season – Match 18

Saturday 9th September 2017 3pm KO

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

Sporting Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On FA Vase First Qualifying Round day, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed fellow Essex Senior League side Sporting Bengal Utd to Burroughs Park.

Wakering looked to set the tone early and did so when they took the lead only seven minutes in through hot-shot Neil Richmond, who slotted home coolly when the ball fell to him kindly in a congested penalty area. The hosts looked to ‘keep their foot on the gas’ and ten minutes after the goal, winger Billy Johnson drilled a strike wide of the right-side post.

Bengal responded though as winger Codey Cameron fizzed a free-kick wide of the left-side post on 20 minutes. Bengal had a decent penalty shout turned down moments later as forward Shiblu Miah went down under home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins’ challenge, though the referee was adamant in his decision. Wakering’s Johnson then forced visiting goalkeeper Danzel Kobia into action as the winger’s drilled strike was heading in though Kobia managed to tip it over the bar well for a corner. Wakering had further chances before the half-hour mark though they did extend their lead eight minutes from the break as Wakering forward Chris Bryan fired past Kobia after getting past the Bengal defence.

Just before half-time, Bengal were awarded a penalty, which captain Freddy Tandon duly converted, sending the ball into the right corner.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd

The second half began well as Bengal winger Cameron powered another free-kick wide. The visitors didn’t have that many chances though the hosts certainly began ‘on the front-foot’ as Richmond popped up again in the box, powering a header into the left corner two minutes after the break. To their credit, the visitors did not ‘drop their heads’ and midfielder Adil Salih tried to lob Hawkins with a floating free-kick from 25 yards though the Wakering goalkeeper managed to save comfortably.

Wakering responded as forward Jay Nash had two chances to extend the hosts’ lead, the second of them being a header which hit the bar and following up, Richmond headed wide. Two minutes after coming on, Wakering forward Stephen Butterworth made it 4-1 with a tap-in after a pinpoint right-wing cross by Richmond. Bengal ‘keeper Kobia was called in action with 16 minutes left, denying midfielder Aaron Russell’s effort.

In the last ten minutes, Jay Nash’s header made it five and the impressive Richmond did get his hat-trick with a tap-in following Butterworth’s unselfish pass. Iain O’Connell’s side were too good today and will be delighted to reach the next round. Richmond was the stand-out performer though Johnson, Nash & Bryan all played their part too. Bengal couldn’t quite make their chances count though in fairness they were missing a few regulars today.

Fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015) was also at the game today and here are his thoughts in-brief: Wakering showed why they should be taken seriously in the ESL with this good performance here. Neil Richmond is continuing his great form and I’m sure his hat-trick today won’t be the last he manages to get this season for the Rovers. They now go to Takeley in midweek with a point to prove against the ESL’s second-placed side in the Essex Senior Cup. As for Bengal, they go again in midweek but they should be happy with their performance as they showed they can do it.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd

Richmond 7’,47’,86’                   Tandon (pen 45’)

Bryan 37’,

Butterworth 67’, Nash 81’

 

I’d like to wish both sides the best for the remainder of this interesting season. Also, my thanks to Andy for his comments on today’s encounter.

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia  (GK)
2  Jason Ring       (Subbed 77’) 2  Shafiul Choudhury        (Subbed 58’)
3  Oliver Woodhouse 3  Tanjeem Choudhury    (Subbed 46’)
4  Scott Pethers 4  Antony Murray-Bruce
5  Joe Nightingill  (C) 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Aaron Russell 6  Adil Salih
7  Billy Johnson 7  Codey Cameron            (Subbed 75’)
8  Ricky Evans     (Subbed 75’) 8  David Tarawali
9  Neil Richmond 9  Shiblu Miah
10  Chris Bryan    (Subbed 65’) 10  Ashaan Siddik
11  Jay Nash 11  Sulaimana Udi Ba

Substitutes:

12  Franklin Craik 12  Ismael Chand          (On 46’)
14  Samuel Carter                (On 75’) 13  Ataaib Khan
15  Charlie Seadon               (On 77’) 14  David Vaughan       (On 75’)
16  Stephen Butterworth    (On 65’) 15  Mayckol Sabino     (On 58’)
17  Louis Robinson 16  Shafi Noor

Referee:

James Kerten
Assistant Referees:

Grant Mathias & Newton Gordon

Booked: Russell, Evans, Nightingill, Carter

Booked: Cameron, Sabino

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 103

2017-18 Season – Match 11

Date: Saturday 12th August 2017 3pm KO

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

Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

GWR & S Manor players before KO (ESL 12.8.17)
The handshakes before kick-off 

Report by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a bright afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed neighbours Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Wakering started marginally the brighter of the two sides, though the fact this was a local derby was further emphasised by a few strong challenges being made fairly early-doors. Wakering forward Neil Richmond got himself in some decent positions to have strikes on goal at times. Just before the quarter-hour mark, Richmond did have a strike on goal after receiving a good ball in, though his shot was saved by visiting ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo. It didn’t matter though as the assistant referee was flagging for an off-side.

Exactly on the quarter-hour, Manor took the lead as home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins was challenged in the air, firmly but fairly and in doing so, the ball fell to Manor forward Michael Hopkins, who tapped home into an unguarded net. Only five minutes later, Rovers forward Richmond showed his talent again as he sent a looping shot just over the bar from 20-yards out. As the first period continued, the match was fairly even as both sides only had fleeting chances to add to the scorers.

Five minutes before the break, Wakering were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, just outside the box. Richmond stepped up, and struck a sweet curling effort into the top-right corner of the net to level the match. The home side soon after lost forward Charlie Kirby to what looked a nasty injury just before the break.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor

The second half began with Manor boss Stuart Marshall sent to the stands. I’ll come back to the referee later. Wakering had to weather a mini-storm midway through the second half as ‘keeper Hawkins first saved well from Manor substitute Bayley Newell’s strike, then in the same attack pulled off two more good saves as well, one of them on the goal-line to deny the visitors the lead for the second time.

For the next little while after that, the match became quite low-key, partly because the booking count had risen by this point and would rise to nine in total by the conclusion of the match, so the tackles didn’t fly in as much. Anyway, in the last 15 minutes, the hosts did finish the stronger of the two sides, Wakering forward Jay Nash spurning a one-on-one opportunity which Makayabo saved. With moments remaining, Wakering substitute Michael Finneran fired wide of the left-side post.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor

Richmond 40’                          Hopkins 15’

In summary, this was a tightly-contested match, as expected. Aaron Russell and Neil Richmond stood out for me for Wakering today, Russell with an energetic performance and Richmond for his spark up top. For Manor, full-back Shay Kelly stood out in my opinion with his tackling and running all match. Both sides may well take a point, and though I really don’t like mentioning referees, it’s hard to argue that the man in black had an effect on today’s encounter. I say that as it wasn’t really a ‘dirty’ match, yet the card count… well I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that. I’d also like to thank GWR secretary Mike Lee for his assistance with the teamsheets.

 

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Klinton Makayabo (GK)
2  Jason Ring 2  Robbie Norris  (C)
3  Jimmy Cook 3  Shay Kelly
4  Ollie Woodhouse 4  Lee Delf    (Subbed 61’)
5  Joe Nightingill (C) 5  Scott Keys
6  Scott Pethers 6  Daniel Okah
7  Aaron Russell 7  Jack Adlington
8  Sam Carter   (Subbed 54’) 8  Callum Jex
9  Neil Richmond 9  Michael Hopkins  (Subbed 76’)
10  Jay Nash 10  Alfie Lindfield    (Subbed 54’)
11  Charlie Kirby  (Subbed 46’) 11  Joe Skeels
   

Substitutes:

12  Nikki Beale 12  Bayley Newell  (On 54’)
14  Louis Robinson     (On 54’) 14  Finley Dopson  (On 76’)
15  Charlie Seaden 15  Harry Hatt
16  Michael Finneran  (On 46’) 16  Lee Scott
  17  Rhys Fatt  (On 61’)
   
   

Referee:

Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees:

Trevor Williams

Dumitru Vasile

   
Booked: Cook, Nightingill, Ring Booked: Keys, Okah, Jex, Norris, Skeels & Fatt

In their next ESL matches, Wakering travel to Wadham Lodge on Wednesday (16th August) while Southend Manor host Takeley, also on Wednesday (16th August).

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

Teams:

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

Substitutes:

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

Referee:

Michael Robertson-Tant

Assistant Referees:

Christopher Hastings

David Feline