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


Match Report: Tring Athletic 5 – 1 Hullbridge Sports (FAV 6.1.18)

The FA Vase Fourth Round Proper

Venue: Grassroots Stadium, Cow Lane

Attendance: 217

2017-18 Season: Match 50

Saturday 6th January 2018 3pm KO

Tring Athletic: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hullbridge Sports: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Me & Peter D before the match (Tring v Hullbridge FAV 6.1.18)

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
| Images by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16) unless stated

On FA Vase Fourth Round day & in my 50th match of the season, I made the trip to Cow Lane to see Spartan South Midland Premier side Tring Athletic welcome the Hullbridge Sports, the last Essex Senior League side remaining in this year’s competition. The winner would attain a place in the Last 16, something neither side had done previously.

Onto the teams then and Tring Athletic were skippered by centre-back Dan Steadman with a front three of Max Hercules, Luke Dunstan & Chris Vardy with Jack Read on the bench, more on him later. Hullbridge named a fairly strong side with Russell Harley between the sticks, Rob Hodgson and Gus Douglas as the centre-back pairing with skipper Jimmy Cox and Michael Salako in attack. Perry Hirst also made his first start for the club on the left flank.

Both sides took time adjust to a heavy pitch in the early stages of this match. Midfielder Harry Watkins’ free-kick kept the Tring defence alert six minutes in. Tring responded with forward Luke Dunstan firing a shot wide of the left-side post moments later. Tring took the lead on 12 minutes in freakish circumstances, as Sports right back Shawn Coe in his haste to clear, his attempted clearance struck centre-back Gus Douglas and rebounded into the net.

To be fair, Hullbridge were not out of the match at that point, though they did find it hard to settle into their passing game. Midway into the half, Tring forward Chris Vardy showed promise with a good run down the right flank, though his cross was just out of reach of winger Eliott Goward. Soon aftewards, Hullbridge responded as from Watkins free-kick, Rob Hodgson’s effort drew home goalkeeper Jack Hopwood into action. The visitors had a decent spell as forward Michael Salako’s curling effort struck the woodwork with Hopwood beaten after taking advantage of a slip by Tring right-back Colm Parrott and fellow forward Jimmy Cox’s lob going just wide.

Tring went into the interval ahead but there wasn’t much between the sides really as the visitors could’ve done better with one or two of the chances they’d carved out in the opening 45 minutes.

Hullbridge’s Gus Douglas (#6) powers a header away (Tring v Hullbridge FAV 6.1.18)

Half-Time: Tring Athletic 1 – 0 Hullbridge Sports

They say “goals change games”. And that certainly happened two minutes into the second half as substitute Jack Read doubled the home side’s lead with a close-range finish past visiting custodian Russell Harley. Six minutes later, Sports winger Perry Hirst’s drive was denied by Hopwood’s legs.

Tring were pressing well and got their third of the afternoon just shy of the hour mark as Vardy prodded home from close-range on his 200th appearance for the club. Hullbridge did pull a goal back from the penalty spot through skipper Cox after Hodgson was fouled in the area.

The hosts were still looking dangerous in attack as the game got stretched. The Hullbridge defence, led by the warrior that is Hodgson, made a number a important tackles in the second half. Tring were not taking “No” for an answer though as pacey winger Max Hercules’ shot was parried by Harley for a corner with twenty minutes left. From the resulting corner, Mark Riddick got a leap on everyone else and nodded home to vanquish any doubt of the hosts’ progression here.

Hullbridge substitute Luca Frankis headed over in a rare second-half chance for the visitors a minute later. Read had two more chances to add to his account soon after but couldn’t find the target. Tring did get a fifth on the stroke of ninety minutes as Hercules crowned off an impressive performance with a close-range effort past Harley.

Full-Time: Tring Athletic 5 – 1 Hullbridge Sports

Dejected Hullbridge players post-match as their FA Vase dream ends (Tring v Hullbridge FAV 6.1.18)

In fairness, there was no doubt as to how worthy Tring were in winning this tie today. I wish them well in the next round and for the rest of the season. Also, I would also like to thank them for their very good hospitality, a really nice club with a good programme as well.

Hullbridge will be disappointed today, particularly with their second-half performance as they went somewhat “off-the-boil” going forward after the break. That said, perhaps the score-line was a tad harsh though credit has to go to Tring for taking their chances and for their work-rate. I would like to say thank you to manager Darren Manning & the club for having me on the team coach as well today, that was nice and also to be joined by Non-League & Grassroot Football Show (GFS) colleague Peter D was great too.

There will be a special podcast by Peter & Me from the day for GFS available in the near future. The link wil be posted here, when available.


Tring Athletic

Jack Hopwood (GK), Colm Parrott, Chris Mason, Mark Riddick, Dan Steadman (Capt), Dave O’Connor (Steve Nott-Macaire 73′) Max Hercules, Tommy Twelves, Chris Vardy (George Carbery 81′), Luke Dunstan, Elliott Goward (Jack Read 29′)

Goal-scorers: Gus Douglas (OG) [12′], Jack Read [47′], Chris Vardy [58′], Mark Riddick [70′], Max Hercules [90′]

Booked: Steadman, O’Connor | Subs Not Used: Sunderland, Hart

Hullbridge Sports

Russell Harley (GK), Shawn Coe, Sam Taylor, Joe Pattison, Robert Hodgson, Gus Douglas, Mike Edgar (Matt Tapley 52′), Harry Watkins, Michael Salako, Jimmy Cox (Capt), Perry Hirst (Luca Frankis 71′)

Goal-scorers: Jimmy Cox [Pen 64′]

Booked: Taylor   | Subs Not Used: Poole, Ranger, Siemienczuk

Referee: Alex Rayment

Assistant Referees: Ian Stewart & Tom Ratherham

Match Report: AFC Hornchurch 3 – 4 Brentwood Town (BLN 1.1.18)

Isthmian League Division North

Venue: Bridge Avenue

Attendance: 243

New Year’s Day (Mon 1st Jan 2018) 3pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 49

AFC Hornchurch: Red & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Brentwood Town: Sky Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Sky Blue Socks


Warm-up before KO (AFC H v BT – BLN 1.1.18)
The teams on their way out before KO (AFC H v BT – BLN 1.1.18)

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On the first day of 2018, I travelled to another new ground for me, Bridge Avenue to see leaders AFC Hornchurch take on the inconsistent Brentwood Town in another Isthmian League Division North encounter. The hosts were without the likes of Kenzer Lee and Eliott Styles as Leon McKenzie and George Purcell led the attack, with Theo Fairweather-Johnson and Tobi Joseph options from the bench. Brentwood, who have shown they have a result in them this term were led up front by Matt Price and Andy Freeman with skipper Matt Hall in midfield and forward Izzy Bademosi on the bench.

The visitors started strongly and went ahead on four minutes as forward Matt Price calmly slotted past home goalkeeper Sam Mott into the right corner. The hosts still didn’t stir as Town doubled their lead only three minutes later with full-back Jack Gardner’s speculative shot decieving Mott and finding its way in. Hornchurch found some urgency on 21 minutes as bustling target-man Leon McKenzie teed up strike partner George Purcell though the latter couldn’t get a shot away.

For the next few minutes, both sides traded chances with Price firing over for the Blues and Purcell also unable to find the target from 20 yards out for the Urchins. Brentwood also had to withstand pressure from the odd set-piece too though they extended their lead on the half-hour as winger Alfie Hilton’s ball found its way to Price who found fellow forward Andy Freeman who acrobatically lashed home to give the hosts the proverbial ‘mountain to climb’ in this match.

McKenzie headed over the bar five minutes before the interval though in my view, the Urchins endured a forgettable half in both penalty areas. Town had taken their chances at the right time and rightly led at the break.

Half-Time: AFC Hornchurch 0 – 3 Brentwood Town

Soon after the break, the hosts brought on Messrs Fairweather-Johnson & Joseph in place of defender Jed Chouman & winger Matthias Famino. The changes worked as seven minutes into the second half, Fairweather-Johnson’s shot was blocked for a corner, from which Brentwood conceded a spot-kick for an adjudged hand-ball which Purcell duly tucked away into the left corner, past visiting custodian Anthony Page to lessen the arrears.

The long second-half continued for the Blues as skipper Matt Hall had to clear one effort off the goal-line. Soon after, Fairweather-Johnson’s headed over from Purcell’s cross. Hornchurch ‘stopper Mott then reacted well to deny Freeman’s drive on the hour before minutes later being called into action again to deny Price’s lofted effort as Brentwood attempted to make the points safe.

Brentwood were defending fairly deep as the Urchins sensed they could get back into this encounter, having the majority of the play in the last 20 minutes or so, though Town held firm, led well at the back by central defenders Harry Gibbs and Brendan Cavalier. On a rare foray forward with three minutes of normal time remaining, substitute Izzy Bademosi was found very well by midfielder Theo Jones’ cross from the left flank and the striker made no mistake, slotting home past Mott.

Brentwood defending late on.. (BLN 1.1.18)

The Urchins were far from done though against a tiring Blues defence as firstly McKenzie nodded home at the far post with moments remaining. Then in added time, the Urchins were awarded another spot-kick after Joseph was fouled in the area, which Purcell once again converted.

Unfortunately for the Urchins, they’d given themselves too much to do after the interval though the visitors were still relieved to hear the final whistle sound that ended a tough encounter here. Promotion rivals Bowers & Pitsea’s defeat means that Jimmy McFarlane’s side remain top of the pile by three points, while Brentwood’s triumph sees them up one to 19th place, nine points clear of bottom side Cheshunt.

Full-Time: AFC Hornchurch 3 – 4 Brentwood Town

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to AFC Hornchurch for their hospitality & wish both sides well for the rest of the season. And also, thanks to you for reading. Happy New Year!

AFC Hornchurch

Sam Mott (GK), Alex Bentley (Capt), Jay Porter, Jed Chouman (Tobi Joseph 47′), Nathan Cooper, Olumide Oluwatimilehin, Matthias Finimo (Theo Fairweather-Johnson 47′), Sean Roberts, Leon McKenzie, George Purcell, Bradley Warner

Goal-scorers: George Purcell [Pen 53′ & Pen 90’+1], Leon McKenzie [88′]

Booked: McKenzie, Bentley   | Subs Not Used: Hursit, Livings & Collis

Brentwood Town

Anthony Page (GK), Jack Gardner, Connor Martin, Theo Jones (Ollie Bell 87′), Harry Gibbs, Brendan Cavalier, Alfie Hilton (Izzy Bademosi 75′), Matt Hall (Capt), Matt Price, Andy Freeman, Luke Foster (James Pugsley 67′)

Goal-scorers: Matt Price [4′], Jack Gardner [7′], Andy Freeman [30′], Izzy Bademosi [87′]

Booked: Gibbs, Hall  | Subs Not Used: Wiggins, Mitchell

Referee: Elliott Kaye

Assistant Referees: Farai Hallam & Endrit Malaveci

Match Report: Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 2 Ware (BLN 30.12.17)

Isthmian League Division North

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium

Attendance: 138

Saturday 30th December 2017 3pm KO

The 2017-18 Season: Match 48

Bowers & Pitsea: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Ware: Blue & Sky Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Photos by Scott W & Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015)

In my last match of 2017 and with the ESL on a festive ‘mini-break’, I travelled to the Len Salmon Stadium to see Bowers & Pitsea take on Ware in a rare Isthmian League Division North match (for me).

The hosts elected to rest a few key players with Messrs Knight, Dicks & Nyanja all on the bench with Lewis Manor (who recently signed a deal to stay at the club until season’s end) and Tony Stokes leading the attack. For Ware, hot-shot Yannick Kamanan led the line with Damien Green and skipper Nicholas Symons marshalling the defence.

The match began in quite a cagey way with the visitors conceding more fouls than they would’ve liked which therefore gave Bowers midfielder Jamie Salmon chances from distance and eleven minutes in, he sent one free-kick just wide of the right-side post. Four minutes later, forward Tony Stokes’s header went just wide. Ware had a lot of defending to do as they struggled to clear their lines at times though they managed to soak up pressure from the hosts.

As we past the 20-minute mark, the visitors started to push forward as winger Marvin Hamilton blasted a decent effort over the bar, while moments afterward, Sam Alderson’s free-kick fizzed just wide of home custodian Callum Chafer’s post. On the cusp of the half-hour point, Ware forward Ross Elsom mis-kicked his effort when in on goal while minutes later, following good work by winger Johnny Ashman, forward Lewis Manor slotted his shot wide.

Six minutes before the break, Ware responded as forward Yannick Kamanan toe-poked a shot wide in what was a let-off for Rob Small’s side. The visitors did break the deadlock only a minute later as Chafer brillantly denied Kamanan’s initial shot though Hamilton stole in to grab a tap-in. Although the hosts were not at the fluent best, it was still a little hard on them, especially given that Ashman was a real threat down the right flank.

Half-Time: Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 1 Ware

Ware made two changes at the break, with Acea Laurent and Hady Traore replacing Alaa Oujdi & Andrew Tirivanhu.

Bowers started the half ‘feeling the pressure’ a bit perhaps though Callum Leahy slotted his shot wide following a good run by full-back James Thomas eight minutes into the second period. Soon after coming off the bench, forward David Knight headed wide for the hosts. The visiting back-line remained resolute with substitute Traore making a good tackle to deny fellow substitute Fahad Nyanja from breaking down the right wing.

Also, Bowers struggled to create chances for the likes of Manor and Knight up top. You sensed that Ware were growing in confidence somewhat and with the hosts piling forward seeking that all-important leveller, with ten minutes remaining a long-ball found the pacy winger Alderson who beat the home defence and then coolly lobbed over the on-rushing Chafer to pretty much seal the points for Craig Edwards’ side. Late on, Knight and Nyanja couldn’t find the target for the hosts though in fairness, it could’ve been worse for the hosts as Kamanan sent a long-range drive wide and also sent another crashing drive against the woodwork and midfielder Ahmed Abdulla also blasted a shot wide of the left-side post in added-time.

In the end, it just wasn’t Bowers’ day and Ware deserved the points in what is their first win under Craig Edwards, the first of a few (at least) you suspect for the wily campaigner.


I’d also like to thank Bowers for their hospitality and well as it was my first visit to the ground, it is a ‘nice patch’ they have. Thanks also to Bowers assistant boss Mark Ashford and fellow non-leagu colleague Andy Wilkins who you may find is going down the line of Photography, my best wishes to him in that.



Bowers & Pitsea

Callum Chafer (GK), Ryan Boswell, James Thomas, Martyn Stokes (Capt), Lewis Clark, Callum Leahy, Jamie Salmon (Jamie Dicks 58′), Ben Sartain, Johnny Ashman (David Knight 61′), Lewis Manor, Tony Stokes (Fahad Nyanja 61′)

Booked: Leahy, Boswell | Subs Not Used: Easterford & Pinto


Harry Voss (GK), Junior Appiah, Alaa Oujdi (Acea Laurent 46′), Andrew Tirivanhu (Hady Traore 46′) Damien Green, Nicholas Symons (Capt), Marvin Hamilton (Murat Karagul 73′), Ahmed Abdulla, Yannick Kamanan, Ross Elsom, Sam Alderson

Goal-scorers: Marvin Hamilton [40′], Sam Alderson [80′]

Booked: Oujdi, Symons | Subs Not Used: Harris & Yuill

Referee: Christopher Bodell
Assistant Referees: Dajour McKenzie-George & Kennedy Kikulwe

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 5 Redbridge (ESL 20.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 72

2017-18 Season – Match 41

Monday 20th November 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a Monday night encounter at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on Redbridge in an intriguing Essex Senior League fixture. The hosts still had a few players banned including goalkeeper James Pellin and forward Luke With so Curtis Pond led the attack here, with fellow forwards James Ross and Wale Odedoyin on the bench. For the Motormen, recent signing Martin Tuohy joined the talisman that is Brian Moses in attack, with Calvin Poku and Jacob Dingli options on the bench.

Both sides took a little time to settle on a slippy pitch though midfielder Mata Julio had Hamlets’ first chance of note when he spotted Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene off his line though the stopper recovered to save his lob which was off-target. The Motormen took the lead on 12 minutes as skipper Eljay Worrell flighted in a lovely free-kick into the right corner of the net. This unsurprisingly encouraged the visitors and and after a couple of crosses which were cleared, forward Brian Moses was well played in though he blazed his shot wide of the left corner.

Hamlets did find a bit more urgency soon after that, though Julio and forward Curtis Pond couldn’t hit the target then winger Hasan Mustafa’s shot brought a save out of Greene. In the last minutes of the first half, the visitors did push forward again looking for that important second goal and they got it five minutes before the break as Moses’ downward header was prodded home by Worrell.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 2 Redbridge

Redbridge started the second half with renewed purpose with Hamlets goalkeeper Jerome Anthony being tested by winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao and Moses in the first third of the second period. The hosts were not at their best going forward all evening though prior to being substituted, Mustafa was a threat down the right wing.

Redbridge extended their lead further 19 minutes after the break when Tuohy slotted home calmly past Anthony. Jacob Dingli came off the bench for the visitors and his toe-poke was cleared for a corner soon after coming on though after fellow substitute Calvin Poku’s curling strike was parried by Anthony, Dingli tucked in the rebound to add some gloss to the score-line.

The Motormen defence had been solid all evening, and wanted a rare clean sheet. Unfortunately for the hosts, they conceded a penalty deep in stoppage-time as Dingli was fouled in the area. Worrell stepped up and put away the spot-kick to claim his hat-trick.

Hamlets were well beaten in the end as the visitors once again showed that they are a ‘force to be reckoned with’ this season and extended their excellent winning run in the league. Hamlets lacked a focal point in attack and found the Motormen back five in miserly form too.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 5 Redbridge



Tower Hamlets

Jerome Anthony (GK), O’Neal Rowe, John Watson, Aliu Ibrahim, Tola Odedoyin, Hasan Mustafa (Wale Odedoyin 65′), Mata Julio, Curtis Pond (James Ross 74′), Frankie Sinclair (C), Danny McCarthy (Elias Tackie 54′), Igor Furtado

Booked: Sinclair  | Subs Not Used: Tobun, Capleton



Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Marcus Carter, Shaun Harris, Liam Thomas, Jonathan Mbamarah, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao (Jacob Dingli 64′), Patrick Duggan (Philip Bamfoe-Browne 66′), Martin Tuohy (Calvin Poku 67′) Brian Moses, Eljay Worrell (C)

Goal-Scorers: Worrell [12′, 40′ & pen 90’+6], Tuohy [64′], Dingli [73′]

Subs Not Used: Turner, Nelson


Referee: Stacey Ford

Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Neil Bailey

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 7 – 1 Hullbridge Sports (ESL 18.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

2017-18 Season: Match 40

Saturday 18th November 2017 3pm KO

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

Hullbridge Sports: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed Hullbridge Sports in another Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering kept the nucleus of their side with Messrs Richmond and Bryan leading the line while Hullbridge gave a full debut to recent signing Sam Kimmence.

The hosts started this match in the best possible fashion as only a minute into proceedings, a cross from the left flank found box-to-box midfielder Aaron Russell whose near-post header beat visiting goalkeeper Lewis Catling. Hullbridge responded soon after though midfielder Tom Ranger sent two efforts wide of goal.

The visitors were the architects of their own downfall at times in this match and this was the case when on seven minutes, an errant back-pass found its way between visiting defenders and midfielder Billy Johnson ghosted in, nicked the ball, ran into the area and rounded Catling then struck home well. The visiting defence were under pressure by this point, Catling made a good save to deny Rovers a third within the opening twenty minutes of the game.

Wakering made it three on 24 minutes through a Neil Richmond penalty, struck well into the left corner of the net. The visitors then had a goal ruled out, winger Charlie Buffin the unfortunate party. Captain Jimmy Cox then brought a save from Rovers custodian Rees Hawkins. Just shy of the half-hour, full-back Jason Ring’s cross from the right found Richmond though after a good turn, he blasted his shot wide.

Eight minutes before the break, substitute Jay Nash spurned a decent chance as his drive at goal was well-saved by Catling. A fairly rare Hullbridge attack saw Cox’s lofted ball in for fellow forward Oliver Miller saved by Hawkins, five minutes before the break though Wakering were comfortably ahead in this one at the interval.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 3 – 0 Hullbridge Sports

Four minutes after the break, the hosts extended their lead with another spot-kick from Richmond after fellow forward Chris Bryan was felled in the area. Bryan then blasted an effort wide after being found well by full-back Jimmy Cook just past the hour. Hullbridge forward Miller had a header comfortably saved by Hawkins though in truth, the forward line didn’t have much oppurtunity to shine throughout, partly down to the typically solid and committed nature of the home defence.

Wakering pushed for more goals though Johnson and Richmond couldn’t find the target after decent build-up play. Hullbridge did get a consolation on 71 minutes though as Buffin fed Miller who struck a low shot home well from a narrow angle. Unfortunately, that joy was short-lived as the hosts struck again from close range five minutes later. Richmond completed another hat-trick late-on with a close-range strike.

Hawkins had to be alert to deny a good strike by Hullbridge substitute Sam Dulieu as we crept into injury-time though the visitors’ difficult afternoon was compounded as Wakering captain Scott Pethers powered a 20-yard strike into the right corner with virtually the last-kick of the match.

Full-Time: Great Wakering 7 – 1 Hullbridge

Credit has to go to Wakering for a dominant performance and they go above Clapton into 5th place in the table. If they keep playing like this then they will be right in the promotion shake-up at the end of the campaign. As for Hullbridge, well as a neutral, I felt deflated for them though this might be a turning point for them. They fall to the bottom of the pile after Waltham Forest’s win today. Manager Darren Manning has made signings and that may spin things around when they come into the team.


Great Wakering: Rees Hawkins (GK), Jason Ring (Charlie Seaden 60′), Jimmy Cook, Scott Pethers (C), Oliver Woodhouse (Louis Robinson 60′), Sam Carter (Jay Nash 21′), Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Neil Richmond, Chris Bryan, Aaron Russell

Goal-scorers: Russell [1′], Johnson [12′], Richmond [pen 24′, pen 49′, 88′], Unknown [76′], Pethers [90’+3]

Booked: Evans | Sub Not Used: Dopson

Hullbridge Sports: Lewis Catling (GK), Shawn Coe, Sam Taylor, Ben Perry (Michael Edgar 51′), Angus Poole, Ollie Quick, Tom Ranger (Sam Dulieu 65′), Charlie Buffin, Oliver Miller, Jimmy Cox (C), Sam Kimmence (Howard Wright 76′)

Goal-scorer: Miller [71′]

Booked: Buffin, Perry | Subs Not Used: Offord, Gerada

Match Report: Ilford 3 – 1 Hullbridge Sports (ESL 15.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 52

2017-18 Season: Match 39

Wednesday 15th November 2017 8.05pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Hullbridge Sports: Yellow & Blue Striped Shirts, Yellow Shirts, Yellow Socks

The re-designed Ilford programme

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a decent evening at Cricklefield, Hullbridge Sports travelled to face Ilford in another Essex Senior League encounter. For both clubs, it was the dawn of a new era as for the hosts Billy Cove has joined club legend Allan Fenn as joint-manager whilst Darren Manning had his first game in charge of Hullbridge here. Regarding the teams, James Peagram and Andrea Montovani led the line for the hosts while Shawn Coe made his full debut for Hullbridge at right-back. Ollie Miller and captain Jimmy Cox led their attack.

The match was delayed for twenty minutes due to the referee’s dislike for the faint lines on the pitch and to be fair, he had a point. Onto the match then and well proceedings were a bit sluggish to get going to be honest, with both sides needing to defend deeply in what was a bitty opening quarter-hour. Ilford winger George Whitelock did draw a save out of experienced stopper Jamie Merralls though on 21 minutes.

As it turned out, the visitors took the lead just shy of the half-hour as left winger Damien Siemienczuk found himself in a good position, closing in on goal and his goal-bound shot nicked off defender Karolis Atutis past home goalkeeper Chris Clark into the net. The visitors did look a little more active going forward though Siemienczuk blazed a shot wide five minutes before the break. Ilford did level three minutes before the interval as following a good ball in from the left flank, Peagram grabbed a tap-in. Certainly the timing of the goal was important for the Foxes at they headed into the break honours-even.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 1 Hullbridge

After the break, the hosts looked to step it up a gear and just two minutes into the second half, Atutis blazed a header over the bar. The visitors were still in this match though as Ollie Miller reminded us on 54 minutes when his strike needed the intervention of Clark to force a corner. Ilford were not at their best defensively, including the goalie though to be fair Clark was playing with a knock and the pitch was a bit slippery too. The hosts took the lead on 62 minutes as Atutis did make up for his earlier misfortune by powering in a free header from a corner. Hullbridge could have levelled things eight minutes later as winger Charlie Buffin’s effort forced a save from Clark with substitute Howard Wright’s follow-up strike being deflected over for a corner.

The visitors did not allow their heads to drop, as evidenced by Ilford’s Peagram working his way into the box though full-back Shawn Coe’s brilliant tackle denied him as the striker was poised to strike. Peagram did get his side’s third goal soon after though as the visitors were static in defending a corner and the striker headed home. Ilford still had to defend in the latter stages though they had done enough to record another three points. There wasn’t much in it at times though Hullbridge know they need numbers as they seek to lift themselves up the ESL table.

My thanks to Ilford joint-manager Allan Fenn and Hullbridge FC for their assistance with the teamsheets.

Full-Time: Ilford 3 – 1 Hullbridge Sports

Peagram 29′, 73′, Atutis 62′ | Siemienczuk 29′



Chris Clark (GK), Sam Buffour, Justas Paliulis, Isaac Nkosi, Karolis Atutis (Jonah Gregory 70′), Eamon Payne, George Whitelock (Bill Rungay 60′), Chris Lockwood, James Peagram (C), Andrea Montovani (Alex Paraskeva 60′), Alex Akanbi

Subs Not Used: Matthews, Oshin

Goal-scorers: James Peagram [42′ & 73′] & Karolis Atutis [62′]

Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Shawn Coe, Sam Taylor, Ben Perry, Angus Poole, Ollie Quick, Charlie Buffin (Sam Kimmence 76′), Sam Dulieu, Ollie Miller (Tom Ranger 63′), Jimmy Cox (C) (Howard Wright 63′), Damien Siemienczuk

Subs Not Used: Osborne, Wallington | Booked: Cox

Goal-scorer: Damien Siemienczuk [29′]