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.



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


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’)


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


Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Brentwood Town

Caretaker Manager: Craig Shipman

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


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


Michael Robertson-Tant

Assistant Referees:

Christopher Hastings

David Feline

Ryman League Division North Round-up – Saturday March 25th 2017

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

Hello & welcome to another round-up of action that took place in the Ryman League Division North today (Sat March 25th)

AFC Hornchurch    2   –  0     Norwich Utd                           Attendance: 226

Hornchurch battled to win at Bridge Avenue to fortify their play-off position. Two goals in seven minutes from Martin Tuohy was enough for Jimmy McFarlane’s side to pick up their 6th win in eight league matches and remain 3rd, ten points clear of the pack chasing the play-off positions. Norwich Utd’s 3rd loss in their last five league matches sees them drop to 9th spot, five points off the top five.

Cheshunt    0   –   1      Thurrock                                          Attendance: 151

Mark Stimson’s men ground out an important win against fellow play-off chasers Cheshunt at Theobalds Lane. Glenn Poole scored the only goal of the match on 8 minutes. As the final whistle approached, Cheshunt were reduced to ten men as Tom Bruno saw red. Cheshunt’s 5th loss in their last eight home league matches sees them remain in 6th spot, two points off Haringey in the final play-off spot. As for Fleet, they pull five points clear of Haringey but remain 4th.

Dereham Town       3  –   4       Phoenix Sports                     Attendance: 153

In-form Phoenix edged a cracker at Aldiss Park. Dereham took the lead through Joe Gatting midway through the first period. Just before the break, Michael Power levelled for the visitors. Phoenix then took the lead straight after the break, through hot-shot Theo Fairweather-Johnson. Fairweather-Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to extend Sports’ advantage. Six minutes later, Harley Black grabbed one back for the Magpies, before Rhys Logan levelled ten minutes after that. The vistors would not be denied though as Christie Pattison got the winner with five minutes left. Dereham are now winless in three league matches, falling to 14th place. Phoenix by contrast rise to 7th spot, two points off the top five after their sixth win in their last seven league matches.

Great Wakering Rovers     3   –    3     Waltham Abbey         Attendance: 94

Wakering produced a blistering second-half comeback to grab a point at Burroughs Park, though relegation to the Essex Senior League was confirmed for Rovers. Waltham Abbey took the lead through Billy Holland just shy of the quarter-hour. Arian Retkoceri doubled the lead three minutes before half-time. Two minutes after the break, Romaric Logon put Abbey 3-0 up. Though the Wakering spirit showed once again, as Jake Gordon & Scott Pethers grabbed two back in a five-minute salvo just before the hour mark. Stephen Butterworth then got the equaliser with 17 minutes remaining. Though for Wakering, it wasn’t enough as their relegation was confirmed, 17 points adrift of Soham in 21st with just five matches remaining. Abbey are now winless in their last five league matches, dropping to 19th spot, six points above Ware in 22nd.

Haringey Borough       2  –   3           Brghtlingsea Regent       Attendance: 177

Brightlingsea had to battle for an important win again in-form Haringey on the 3G at Coles Park. Josh Gould put Regent ahead just four minutes into the match, before Chris Benjamin levelled for Haringey two minutes shy of the half-hour mark.  Gould struck again three minutes into the second period as Regent re-took the lead, before Billy Hunt put the league leaders 3-1 up. Haringey kept going though as substitute Adrian Markus grabbed another for them 12 minutes from the end. Haringey’s first loss in six league matches sees them remain 5th, though they lose ground on Thurrock above them. Regent’s 9th win in their ten league matches see them maintain a nine-point lead over Maldon at the top, only needing 7 points to wrap up the title & promotion to the Ryman Premier Division.

Heybridge Swifts       2  – 1             Ware                              Attendance: 218

Heybridge struck late-on to record a important win against fellow strugglers Ware at Scraley Road. Ware took the lead through Lee White just past the half-hour mark. Three minutes after the break, Adam Adeoye Yusuff levelled for Jody Brown’s men. With four minutes left, Reece Grant grabbed all three points for Swifts, who aren’t safe from the drop themselves yet, though they do rise to 18th spot,8 points clear of today’s opponents. Ware’s winless streak now stretches to nine league matches, and drop into the 22nd spot, three points behind Soham.

Romford        1  –  0            Bury Town                                  Attendance: 84

Ten-man Romford edged to a good win against fellow mid-table side Bury Town at Ship Lane. On 56 minutes, hot-shot Chinedu McKenzie got the only goal of the game for the home side. Though Romford had to play the last 28 minutes with ten men as Jonathon Adebayo got a straight red card. With Paul Martin’s side grabbing their 4th league win in their last six matches, they rise to 13th place and out of any danger of the drop. Bury’s 7th loss in their last ten league matches keeps them in 11th place.

Soham Town Rangers       2  –  0         Bowers & Pitsea              Attendance: 160

Soham picked up a huge three points at Julius Martin Lane. Just before the break, Sam Mulready gave Soham the lead. On 64 minutes, Luke Brown extended the home side’s lead. Soham rise out of the bottom three into 21st after back-to-back wins, three points clear of Ware. Bowers are now winless in their last three league matches, falling to 8th place, three points off the top five.

Thamesmead Town      0 – 1           Maldon & Tiptree               Attendance: 102

Maldon edged to an important win at Bayliss Avenue. Maldon hot-shot Liam Nash got the only goal seven minutes in. Thamesmead now sit 16th in the table, 11 points clear of the bottom three. Maldon stay 2nd, two points ahead of Hornchurch in 3rd.

VCD Athletic    1  – 1          Brentwood Town                            Attendance: 65

Brentwood fought back to grab a point at Oakwood. VCD took the lead through Mitch Hahn with 12 minutes remaining. Though Brentwood hot-shot Lamar Reynolds salvaged a point for his side with a penalty, four minutes from time. VCD are now unbeaten in five league matches and reside in 17th spot, nine points clear of the relegation line. Brentwood are now unbeaten in their last four league matches, sitting in 20th spot, five points clear of the bottom three.

 Witham Town   2  –  1    Tilbury                             Attendance: 95

Witham fought to a hard-earned win at Spa Road. Ryan Charles put the home side ahead six minutes shy of the break. From the penalty spot, Tony Martin levelled for out-of-form Tilbury just two minutes later. Witham’s Max Bradford struck with 20 minutes left to grab all three points for Adam Flint’s men. Witham’s unbeaten run now sits at five league matches, they remain in 12th place. Tilbury’s poor run continues as they drop to 15th place.

Wroxham      0  –  1     Aveley                                 Attendance: 130

Aveley snatched a late winner at Trafford Park to confirm the end of the Ryman North adventure for the Yachtsmen. On-loan forward Mason Bloomfield got the only goal with ten minutes remaining. Wroxham 9th loss in their last ten league matches confirms their relegation from Ryman Division North as they are 18 points adrift with only five matches left. The Millers strengthen their bid for a top-ten finish with this win, and are seven points behind the top five.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed it. I’m pleased to say this round-up of Ryman League Division North will now continue every Saturday until the end of the league season. Best wishes, S

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 2 Soham Town Rangers

Ryman League Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 112

Date: Saturday 25th February 2015 3pm KO

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

Soham Town Rangers: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

The Wakering clubhouse & pitch before KO.

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

On a fairly chilly afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers took on fellow Ryman North strugglers Soham Town Rangers in Iain O’Connell’s first match of his second spell as manager.

Soham started the game the brighter, with player-manager Rob Mason and winger Joe Carden having chances to take the lead as Wakering looked a little nervy in front of a decent crowd. Soham had a goal chalked off early on.

Wakering forward Jake Gordon spurned a rare first-half opening for the hosts on the quarter-hour, blazing his shot over though probably off-balance to be fair. Wakering’s fortune didn’t improve as forward Jamie Guy limped off just 21 minutes in, being replaced by Michael Ogboin.

Soham kept the pressure up with several corners being pinged into the Wakering box though lacked that finishing instinct, though Rovers took the lead just before the half-hour as substitute Ogboin found a promising opening and made no mistake, slotting past visiting ‘keeper Niall Conroy.

Though that advantage only lasted six minutes as Soham captain Simon Swinton’s free-kick found its way through a crowded penalty area and past home ‘keeper Ashley Harrison for a deserved equaliser.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Soham Town Rangers

The second half began in a different vein as only four minutes in, Ogboin popped up again for Wakering, shrugging off the last defender and calmly slotting past Conroy to once again give Rovers the lead.

At this point, the match got rather feisty, with tackles and challenges flying in, some of them being better than others. Wakering though took the attack to the visitors, with combative midfielder Scott Pethers looking to start attacking moves, as did winger Steve Butterworth. Butterworth and Gordon had further chances, Gordon’s effort being well-saved by Conroy. Ogboin was causing a fair degree of havoc in the Soham defence with his strength and hold-up play.

Soham did keep going though, as substitute Cemal Ramadan blazed over a rare second-half chance with ten minutes left. The visitors then were reduced to ten men as Mason was sent-off for two bookable offences, the second being a dangerous tackle. Wakering may have thought ‘that would be that’ but it wasn’t to be.

Soham substitute Peter Maina piled in a good effort which sailed low into the right corner in injury-time to deny Wakering the vital win they needed. The reaction of the Wakering players at full-time spoke volumes. Dejection -personified.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 2 Soham Town Rangers

Ogboin  28, 49             Swinton 34, Maina 90 +2


Great Wakering Rovers


Manager: Iain O’Connell

Soham Town Rangers


Player-Manager: Rob Mason

1  Ashley Harrison (GK) 1  Niall Conroy (GK)
2  Jason Ring 2  Callum Russell
3  Jimmy Nottage 3  Jonathan Hall
4  Harley Kee 4  Simon Swinton (C)     (Subbed 67’)
5  Kye Jude 5  Joe Tennent
6  Nikki Beale (C) 6  Lloyd Groves
7  Steve Butterworth 7  Joe Carden
8  Ricky Evans 8  Ryan Horne      (Subbed 71’)
9  Jake Gordon 9  Rob Mason
10  Jamie Guy       (Subbed 21’) 10  Sam Mulready       (Subbed 71’)
11  Scott Pethers 11  Charley Barker
12  Michael Ogboin   (On 21’) 12  Cemal Ramadan     (On 71’)
14  Ryan Burt-Allen 14  Jack Mochalski
15  Rhys Fatt 15  Jonthan Kaye     (On 67’)
16  Jon Nzenago 16  Peter Maina        (On 71’)
17  Jamie Age 17  Ashley Bankole
Booked: Nottage, Gordon Booked: Swinton, Barker
Sent Off: Mason
Referee: Z Ellis
Assistant Referees: A Lashchikov

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