Essex Senior League Round-up (ESL 10.3.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend as only four of the ten fixtures survived the persistent rain this week. Even so, there were some important results gained this weekend.


Saturday 10th March


Barkingside  0 – 1 Enfield 1893
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 48

Enfield continued their super recent run with a last-gasp win at Cricklefield. Ex-Side striker Aundre Spencer struck in added-time to give the E’s their 4th win in-a-row and go up to 12th spot, eight points above the bottom four. Barkingside are now winless in their five matches and sit 15th, three points above that bottom four.


Basildon Utd   P – P   Stansted
| Venue: The Hive |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Clapton  P – P  Hackney Wick
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.


FC Romania 5 – 0 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  |  Att: 23

FC Romania remained top with this triumph over the Hullbridge at Theobalds Lane. After the visitors managed to hold the free-scoring hosts at the break, FCR broke the stalemate three minutes into the second half through Felix before a quick-fire hat-trick from Mihai Circiumaru [54′, 63′ & 67′] sealed another important three points before Felix grabbed his 2nd late on. FCR maintain the lead at the summit, a point clear of GWR. Hullbridge remain 18th, two points off Waltham Forest above them after a second damaging defeat in days.


Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 1 Waltham Forest | Venue: Burroughs Park | Att: 77

I attended this match and my report is here:


Redbridge P – P Southend Manor   | Venue: Oakside |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Sporting Bengal Utd  P – P Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Mile End Stadium

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Takeley P – P Ilford | Venue: Station Road

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


West Essex 1 – 0  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 17

West Essex picked up a rare clean-sheet in a late win over Hamlets at Mayesbrook Park. Talisman Michael Mignot secured all three points six minutes from time to reduce the gap between the two sides to a point (Hamlets in 8th & West Essex 9th) and Kwame Kwateng’s side have two games in hand on the Mile End side.


Woodford Town  P – P   Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Goffs Lane

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Essex Senior League & EOFL Round-up [ESL 11.2.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. This week, Following the ESL action, there’s an extended results check from the Essex Olympian League (Premier Division – Senior Division 4)

Saturday 10th February


Barkingside P – P  Wadham Lodge  | Venue: Cricklefield |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 0  Takeley   | Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 76

I attended this match, my match report is here:


Hullbridge Sports  P – P   West Essex    | Venue: Lower Road  | Att:

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Redbridge P – P  Basildon Utd    | Venue: Oakside   |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 3  Enfield 1893   | Venue: Crofters End | Att: 28

Enfield upset Sawbo with an excellent victory at Crofters. Ben Bradbury struck on 18 minutes to give strugglers Enfield the lead before Billy Skinner levelled for John Watters’ men on the half-hour. Bradbury grabbed his second just shy of the hour before Joe Johnson [73′] secured a much-needed win for Matt Hanning’s side.


Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 3  Southend Manor
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 20

Manor edged Bengal to claim all three points at Mile End. Manor led through Rhys Fatt’s opener 20 minutes in before goalkeeper Klinton Makayabo found the net just a minute later. Steven Carvell [32′] halved the deficit for the hosts before Alfie Lindfield restored Manor’s two-goal cushion 20 minutes from time. Syed Tanvir Ahmed pulled another one back for the hosts five minutes later though Manor held on to claim an important victory.

Stansted  2 – 3  Clapton   | Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 122

Clapton powered to an important win in difficult conditions at Hargrave Park. The Tons led thanks to goals from Jay Morris [12′] and Dylan Ebengo [20′] before Ryan Ramsey struck for the Airportmen on the half-hour. Jeff Cobblah [63′] continued his scoring run to make it 1-3 though Julien Lloyd rounded out the scoring for the hosts two minutes from time.

Waltham Forest  1 – 1   FC Romania   |  Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 30

Forest hit back to hold FC Romania at Kitchener Road. Vlad Sighiartau put the in-form visitors ahead seven minutes after the break. Elias Siligato struck [74′] to level things and it finished that way as FCR lost ground on rivals Great Wakering.


Woodford Town (2017) 5 – 2  Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Goffs Lane  | Att: 25

Woodford weathered a Burnham comeback to secure a good victory at Goffs Lane. Gemal Nfodjo [2], De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale [2] and a super Andrea Montovani free-kick secured the win for Town, Karl Swanborough and Robert Bagnall scored the visitors’ goals in a seven-minute spell.


Essex Olympian League – Premier Division


Harold Wood Athletic P – P Canning Town

Leigh Ramblers 0 – 3 Catholic Utd

May & Baker E.C  2 – 3 Frenford

Rayleigh Town P – P  Kelvedon Hatch

Springfield  0 – 2  Manford Way

White Ensign 3 – 0 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts


EOFL – Senior Division One


FC Hamlets 1 – 2 Snaresbrook

Galleywood P – P Buckhurst Hill

Harold Hill  P – P  Hutton

Old Southendian  2 – 2 Runwell Sports

Shenfield AFC  2 – 3  Great Baddow

Sungate  P – P Newbury Forest


EOFL – Senior Division Two


Benfleet 1 – 1 May & Baker E.C Res.

Ramsden Scotia  P – P  Herongate Athletic

Ryan   2 – 3  Newham Utd

Toby   3 – 3 Rayleigh Town Res.


EOFL – Senior Division Three


Frenford Res.  0 – 3  Shoebury Town

Hutton Res.   1 – 4  Beacon Hill Rovers

Leigh Town  P – P  Leytonstone Utd

Manford Way Res.  H – W Debden Sports (Sports failed to raise a side)

Old Southendian Res.  2 – 0  Harold Wood Ath. Res.


EOFL – Senior Division Four

Basildon Town Res.  P – P   Galleywood Res.

Southend Sports  P – P  Sungate Res.





Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 0 Takeley (ESL 10.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

Saturday 10th February 2018 3pm KO

2017-18 Season – Match 54

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

Takeley: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Red Socks

The players before KO
Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a very chilly, miserable afternoon at Burroughs Park, two of the division’s top 5 took on each other as Great Wakering welcomed Takeley. Conditions were difficult from the outset and got increasingly squalid as the match went on. Wakering named Nathan Dewberry and Jay Nash in attack with Chris Bryan and Neil Richmond among the substitutes. Takeley were without Jason Todd and Will Green though commanding goalkeeper Ronnie Yates did start, with Carl Mullings leading the line and Mitchell Das & George Wappett on the flanks.
The hosts began the match the stronger of the two sides and nearly led in the first minute as full-back Jason Ring’s centre was back-heeled towards goal by forward Nathan Dewberry though it lacked the power to beat Takeley goalkeeper Ronnie Yates. Takeley responded four minutes later as skipper Nick Barrett’s 25-yard free-kick needed the intervention of home stopper Louis Hawes. Dewberry and strike partner Jay Nash had shots off-target for Wakering before Frank Oatham’s wind-assisted lob needed Hawes to be alert to tip the ball over the crossbar.
As the half progressed, Takeley did unsetttle the Wakering defence more. Winger Mitchell Das sent a free-kick just the wrong side of the post just past the half-hour mark. The home defence, led by skipper Scott Pethers and Oliver Woodhouse needed to be strong to keep the game scoreless at the break.
Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 0 Takeley
After the interval, as the rain continued to come down, Takeley forward Carl Mullings nearly broke the deadlock two minutes in though his header was cleared off the line by a well-positioned Danny Hurford. Oatham had another drive minutes later well-gathered by Hawes as the wind just added an element of doubt perhaps into the player’s minds.
Dewberry wasted a decent oppurtunity to open his account on the hour as he passed his shot wide of goal. Six minutes later, Dewberry was denied by the on-rushing Yates as the match increasingly became a real physical battle in tricky conditions. Takeley had two good chances in the midway point of the half, with Mullings heading over from Das’ great right-wing delivery. Mullings then used his strength well to tee up Das who could only fire over the bar.
Takeley had showed pace and strength today, exemplified by the pace and skill of left-back Andre Humphrey and winger George Wappett who stood out for me today. Though unfortunately for the visitors, there was a late twist as the hosts were awarded a spot-kick four minutes from time, which substitute Neil Richmond duly converted into the left corner. On another day, this may well have been a draw though Marc Das’ side will be cursing the chances they couldn’t quite tuck away today in what was a game of fine margins.
Wakering’s sixth successive league win sees them stay 3rd but gain ground on the top-two, following FC Romania’s draw at Waltham Forest. Takeley drop to 6th spot, though have six matches in hand on 5th-placed Clapton.
Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers   1 – 0   Takeley

Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Chris Bryan 77′) Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry, Jay Nash, Stephen Butterworth (Neil Richmond 77′)

Goal-scorer: Neil Richmond [pen 86′]

Booked: Carter   |  Subs Not Used: Dopson, Evison


Ronnie Yates (GK), Bryn Thorpe, Andre Humphrey (Lewis Ball 87′), Nick Barrett (Capt), George Powell, Mike Castle, Mitchell Das, Matt Gill, Carl Mullings, Frank Oatham, George Wappett

Booked: Yates, Das, Powell | Subs Not Used: Miles, Bartram

Essex Senior League & EOFL r-up (ESL 5.2.18)

EOFL badge (50th Anni)


Written by Scott W

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. This week, Following the ESL action, there’s an extended results check from the Essex Olympian League (Premier Division – Senior Division 4) & Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals.


Basildon Utd 1 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Venue: The Hive | Att: 71

The Bees were upset by resurgent Sawbridgeworth at the Hive. James Mays put John Watters’ side ahead on the quarter-hour, before hot-shot Marcus Bowers [32′] levelled. However, goals from George Pullen [62′] and a injury-time third from Toby Cleaver sealed an impressive win for Sawbo.


Burnham Ramblers 0 – 1 Waltham Forest    | Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 24

Forest edged this encounter at Leslie Field. Vincente Belho got the only goal to take Forest above Burnham in the table and continue the hosts’ poor start to 2018.


Enfield 1893 1 – 2 Clapton | Venue: Harlow Arena | Att: 146

A Jeffrey Cobblah-inspired Clapton narrowly won this one at the Harlow Arena. Cobblah struck on 32 minutes to break the deadlock before securing his brace with 18 minutes to play. Adu Odukeya grabbed one back for the E’s nine minutes from time.


Hackney Wick 1 – 7 Barkingside  | Venue: Old Spotted Dog   | Att: 21

Barkingside stormed to a big win at the OSD to add to Wick’s pain. Greg Moorse put the hosts ahead before ‘side recovered impressively through another hat-trick from Roddy Lemba plus goals from on-loan Mattheus Santos, Kofi Billzy, Michael Ogboin and James Briggs. Wick host Southend Manor in midweek in another important match.

Ilford 1 – 1 Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 75

Ilford recovered to hold Hamlets at Cricklefield. Ex-Ilford striker Wale Odedoyin struck just three minutes in before Tony Cookey levelled for the Foxes.


Southend Manor 0 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 92

Stansted ground out another win at nine-man Manor. I attended this match – my report is here:


Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 10

Wakering battled to another three points thanks to goals from Nathan Dewberry [60’] and Chris Bryan ten minutes from time to keep the heat on the top 3.


Takeley  P – P  FC Romania   | Venue: Station Road

Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Wadham Lodge  P – P  Redbridge   | Venue: Kitchener Road

Match postponed due to compassionate grounds following the sudden passing of a soul connected to Wadham the night before the match. My thoughts & best wishes to the person’s family & friends and also the club as a whole.


West Essex  3 – 2  Woodford Town (2017)
|  Venue: Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 36

West Essex edged a five-goal thriller at Mayesbrook. Woodford struck through Temi Babalola and Takudzwa Mashingaidze though West recovered as through goals from James Bromley, a Joe Lefley spot-kick and the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot midway through the second-half.


Essex Olympian League & Essex Premier Cup (Sat 3.2.18 R’s)


EP Cup Quarter-Finals

Buckhust Hill 5 – 0  Kelvedon Hatch

Catholic Utd  5 – 1  Shenfield AFC

Old Southendian 2 – 1  Manford Way

Waltham Abbey Res.  5 – 2   May & Baker E.C


EOFL – Premier Division


Canning Town  3 – 1  Rayleigh Town

Frenford  7 – 2  Basildon Town

Springfield  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

White Ensign 4 – 2  Harold Wood Athletic


Senior Division One


Great Baddow 5 – 0  FC Hamlets

Hutton 3 – 2  Runwell Sports

Newbury Forest  P – P  Harold Hill (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Old Chelmsfordians 4 – 0  Galleywood

Sungate  4 – 0  Snaresbrook


Senior Division Two


May & Baker E.C Res. 4 – 1   Ryan

Newham Utd  P – P Benfleet

Ongar Town  0 – 9    Herongate Athletic

Rayleigh Town Res.   P – P    Upminster

Rochford Town  2 – 1   A1 Sports

Toby  1 – 1    Ramsden Scotia


Senior Division Three


Harold Wood Athletic Res.  5 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Beacon Hill Rovers  3 – 1   White Ensign Res.

Debden Sports  1 – 6     Hutton Res.

Manford Way Res.  4 – 2    Old Chelmsfordians Res.

Roydon 4 – 2   Frenford Res.

Shoebury Town  4 – 1   Leigh Town


Senior Division Four


Basildon Town Res.  2 – 1   Southend Sports

Canning Town Res.  0 – 6   Toby Res.

Epping           1 – 0     Sungate Res.

Galleywood Res.  0 – 6   Chingford Athletic

Leigh Ramblers Res.  2 – 4  Old Southendian Res.


Essex Senior League & EOFL Round-up (ESL 28.1.18)

EOFL badge (50th Anni)


Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend, followed by a results round-up from the Essex Olympian League Premier Division, Division One & Division Two.

Friday 26th January 2018

Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Barkingside
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 86

Barkingside produced a strong display to leave Mile End with a good victory. Michael Walther’s men struck twice at the end of the first half through Roddy Lemba [40′ & pen 45′] to have the advantage at the break. An OG four minutes into the second half gave Hamlets some hope though Lemba completed a fine hat-trick seven minutes from time to give ‘Side their second win in their last four matches, sitting in 16th spot. Hamlets’ third loss in their last five matches sees them fall to 8th spot.

Saturday 27th January

Clapton 3 – 1 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 62

The Tons secured a good three points at home to Wadham. Steven Sardinha’s double [29′ & 80′] and a late goal from substitute Kai Bichard late on sealed the win. Brian Simpson got Wadham’s goal. Clapton’s thurd win in their last five sees them keep pace with the top-five in 6th. Wadham’s winless run stretches to six matches as they sit 19th, six points ahead of bottom side Hackney Wick.

Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Burroughs Park | Att: 50

Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Enfield 1893
| Venue: Lower Road | Att: 39

Hullbridge came from behind to claim a point although Enfield were without regular goalkeeper Matt Corderoy so outfield player Jayden Hocking-Rising had to don the gloves. Ben Bradbury [17′] put the visitors ahead before Michael Salako restored parity for Darren Manning’s men eight minutes after the break. Sports inch up to 18th with this result, though are just a point clear of thrir opponents here who are second-bottom as their winless run extended to eight matches.

Ilford 2 – 1 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 55

The Foxes picked up an important if not spectacular victory over bottom side Wick. On-loan Liam Whipps and Jamie Hart got the goals for Allan Fenn & Billy Cove’s side. Jonas Fuadianitu got Wick’s goal. Ilford’s 2nd win in their last 8 sees them go into 7th, two points clear of Tower Hamlets &West Essex. Wick’s winless run continues and they are five points adrift at the bottom.

Southend Manor P – P Basildon Utd

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Stansted 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 37

A superb second-half showing secured Stansted’s third win in the last four matches. Julien Lloyd put the Airportmen ahead ten minutes after the break before strikes from Chris Moore [68′], Warren Thomas [72′] and Ryan Ramsey [85′] secured the win as Stansted went up to 13th, six points clear of the bottom four. Bengal’s fourth defeat on-the-trot sees them down to 15th and not clear of the relegation scrap just yet.

Takeley P – P West Essex

Despite the efforts of the hosts to get this match on, it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Waltham Forest 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 39

Redbridge continued their fine form as all the goals came in the second half at Kitchener Road. Brian Moses gave the Motormen the lead six minutes after the break, before Abdoulie Njai levelled on 62 minutes. Reside Coxi-Sebastfao put the visitors back ahead six minutes later before late goals from Moses [81′] and Jacob Dingli [90’+2] secured the victory. Forest’s 2nd loss in-a-row sees them just two points above the bottom four. Redbridge extend thrir lead at the summit to six points.

Essex Olympian League R’s

Premier Division

Basildon Town 0 – 1 Rayleigh Town
Bishop Stortford Swifts 1 – 4 White Ensign
Canning Town 1 – 4 Kelvedon Hatch
Manford Way 1 – 0 Frenford
May & Baker E.C 4 – 3 Harold Wood Ath.
Springfield 2 – 2 Catholic Utd

Senior Division One

Buckhurst Hill 4 – 1 Shenfield AFC
FC Hamlets 2 – 0 Galleywood
Great Baddow 1 – 0 Hutton
Old Chelmsfordians 1 – 1 Runwell Sports
Old Southendian 5 – 2 Harold Hill

Senior Division Two

Benfleet 4 – 1 Rochford Town
May & Baker E.C. Res 2 – 0 Newham Utd
Ryan 3 – 7 Herongate Athletic
Toby H – W A1 Sports (A1 were unable to raise a team)

That’s all for this week, check back in the coming weeks for more round-up’s from the ESL & EOFL.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 27.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Saturday 27th January 2018 3pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 52

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

Burnham Ramblers: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

GWRvBR (Teams just prior to KO)
Both sides just before KO

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a cold, rainy afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering were seeking to keep the heat on the top four, two of which (Basildon & Takeley) were not in action this weekend. Rovers were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell though winger Billy Johnson was in the starting XI, alongside the front three of Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry & Chris Bryan.


Burnham started life without key forward Charlee Hughes here after he left to join Bostik North promotion hopefuls Bowers & Pitsea this week. Lee Hughes’ side was somewhat depleted as Ryan Stillwell and Bradley Morgan were both unavailable. Karl Swanborough led the line with support from Samuel Warwick and Robert Bagnall.

The match began on what was a heavy pitch with the hosts ‘on the front foot’ as five minutes in, GWR forward Nathan Dewberry’s cross was initally blocked by Burnham centre-half Scott Plom, Wakering skipper Scott Pethers blasted a shot over the bar (and into the car park). Dewberry himself blasted a shot over from a good position shortly afterwards. Wakering did break the deadlock ten minutes in a crowded penalty area, the ball fell to forward Chris Bryan and his crisp strike found the left corner.


The hosts continued to press and visiting goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic was called into action to deny winger Billy Johnson’s tame effort and a moment later pulled off a good save to deny Dewberry’s shot. Dewberry did extend the hosts lead midway through the first half though, slotting past Strizovic when one-on-one with the ‘keeper. In a rare Burnham attack, forward Karl Swanborough shot wide to warn the hosts not to ‘step off the gas’.

Rovers forward Jay Nash also twice couldn’t find the target as half-time approached though the hosts did increase their advantage a minute before the break as full-back Danny Hurford’s pass fed Dewberry who blasted an effort past Strizovic.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 3 – 0 Burnham Ramblers


GWR v BR (Early in 2nd Half)
Snap-shot early in 2nd half

After the interval, Burnham brought midfielder Leon Lewis on in place of Ryan Willsmer as the re-jigged their defence. Six minutes into the half, Strizovic was in the action again to deny Bryan’s header and then in the same attack, Dewberry’s effort on goal. Despite a few more chances that went astray, Dewberry slotted home to claim his hat-trick just past the hour after substitute Neil Richmond’s unselfish pass. On 65 minutes, Richmond was felled in the area by Burnham defender Plom, Richmond himself stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and duly converted it.


Richmond later had a goal ruled out for off-side though the experienced forward did grab a second with 13 minutes remaining, slotting home from close range after centre-back Oliver Woodhouse did well surging forward in the build-up. Swanborough did force a save from Wakering stopper Louis Hawes on what was a quiet afternoon for the home custodian. Rovers’ Dewberry wasn’t finished either as he netted his fourth with a drive that crept past Strizovic into the net. The torrent of Wakering attacks didn’t end there as late on, Richmond blazed a strike over the bar and Dewberry and substitute Stephen Butterworth were both denied by the ever-impressive Strizovic.


Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 0 Burnham Ramblers


This was a big win for the hosts, though in truth if it wasn’t for the combination of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping, it could well have been more to be honest. Burnham struggled to find any fluency going forward as Swanborough didn’t get a huge degree of service while defensively they also struggled with the quick passing of the Rovers forward line. Difficult to watch in a way really and Burnham arguably still require points to secure their place in the ESL next season. Rovers’ third win on-the-spin sees them into 4th place….


Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 54′),  Ricky Evans, Jay Nash (Finley Dopson 65′), Nathan Dewberry, Chris Bryan (Stephen Butterworth 54′)

Goal-Scorers: Chris Bryan [10′], Nathan Dewberry [25′, 44′, 62′, 82′], Neil Richmond [pen 65′, 77′]

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Ryan Willsmer (Leon Lewis 46′), Edison Tereziu (Jake Megran 58′), Kyle Musson (Capt), Tomiwa Adebayo-Bella, Scott Plom, William Howard, Alfie Vinton, Karl Swanborough, Robert Bagnall, Samuel Warwick (Jed Bowman  72′)

Subs Not Used: Bond, Burke


Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL 13.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 61

2017-18 Season – Match 51

Date: Saturday 13th January 2018 3pm KO

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

Tower Hamlets:  Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

The Tower Hamlets ‘huddle’ before KO
Both teams before KO


Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In my first Essex Senior League match of 2018, I returned to Burroughs Park to see Great Wakering Rovers take on Tower Hamlets. Wakering were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell with the forward trio of Jay Nash, Chris Bryan and Nathan Dewberry leading the line, with Ricky Evans and Neil Richmond options on the bench. Hamlets were also depleted with the likes of Luke With, Curtis Pond, Kane Wilson and Igor Furtado unavailable. Wale Odedoyin and James Ross led the attack, while Jordan Stansbury made his debut between the sticks.

The match began with Wakering on the front foot as five minutes in, forward Nathan Dewberry headed over the bar after being found by full-back Jason Ring’s cross from the right. Dewberry did break the deadlock just two minutes later as he robbed the unfortunate Stansbury in possession and slotted home from a narrow angle. Wakering nearly made it two moments later though Hamlets full-back John Watson cleared off the goal-line well. The hosts were not to be denied though as Dewberry grabbed his second of the afternoon on 16 minutes, following fellow forward Chris Bryan’s threaded pass.

Hamlets were on the back-foot in general play though did pull one back just past the half-hour as winger Elias Tackie’s surging run troubled the home backline and the ball found its way to forward James Ross who slotted home. The hosts hit back though as the visiting defence continued to struggle with the pace of Wakering’s attacks. Billy Johnson’s curling free-kick made it 3-1 before Johnson struck again in first-half added-time beating Stansbury when one-on-one.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets

Wakering were well on top, and Hamlets withdrew young stopper Stansbury, replacing him with experienced stopper James Pellin after the break. Pellin was called into action, denying Dewberry and a moment later, another Johnson free-kick. Iain O’Connell’s side made it five through Johnson slotting home, completing his hat-trick eight minutes after the break. Dewberry matched his team-mate with 19 minutes remaining, completing his treble and a big win for the home side.

The Rovers defence were solid though in all honesty, the visitors did not trouble them too much, though forward Wale Odedoyin made his presence felt in attack, assisted by the willing running of winger Tackie. Late on, substitute Harry Matthews’ drive forced a good save out of home ‘stopper Louis Hawes before fellow substitute Kayode Tobun’s deflected free-kick also kept Hawes honest. Though all in all, it was a bad day ‘at the office’ for the East London outfit.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Tower Hamlets


Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Kia Froud, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 77′), Tom Anderson (Ricky Evans 71′), Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry (Finley Dopson 77′), Chris Bryan

Goal-scorers: Nathan Dewberry [7′,16′ & 71′], Billy Johnson [39′, 45+1 & 53′]

Booked: Bryan  | Subs Not Used: Murford


Tower Hamlets

Jordan Stansbury (GK) (James Pellin 46′), Daniel McCarthy, John Watson, Tola Odedoyin, Jerome Anthony, Elias Tackie, Jacob Kolanda (Harry Matthews 57′), Wale Odedoyin, James Ross, Frankie Sinclair (Capt), Alex Salmon (Kayode Tobun 62′)

Goal-scorer: James Ross [31′]

Booked: Salmon, W Odedoyin | Subs Not Used: Ashinike