S21-22 Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 23 Oct) [ESL 23.10.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 50

2021-22 Season: Match 35

Saturday 23rd October 2021 – 3pm KO

S Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sawbo: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



Fine comeback by Bengal denies Sawbo an important win at Mile End

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s match saw a return to Mile End Stadium to see a big match at the bottom of the table, as bottom two sides Sporting Bengal Utd and Sawbridgeworth Town faced each other. Bengal are now under the management of Shipon Miah and he named Kevin Rrushi in goal, with a defence of Nazrul Ahmed, George Turner, Ehizojie Onoabhagbe and the returning Kamarl Duncan, who impressed in his previous spell at the club. Redon Abazi and Arinze Ossai led the forward line here, with support from the flanks from Oshun Lewis and Joshua Carr. Tariq Fowler skippered the side, with goal-scoring forward Gianfranco Mici on the bench here, alongside fellow forwards Shiblu Miah and Oscar Onuorah. Sawbridgeworth are jointly-managed by Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon these days and Jimmy Parker was their goalkeeper, with a defensive unit of  Rowan Dorling, Lewis Wicker, Billy Stewart and captain Cory Rider. They had a forward three of Teddy Hall, Harry Davison and Morgan Arnold, with experience on the bench in Prince Alozie, Daryl Doolan and James Falaise, who joined the club this week.

The match got underway with a early effort from home full-back George Turner from 35 yards which went narrowly over visiting custodian Jimmy Parker’s crossbar on three minutes. Sawbridgeworth responded well with forward Harry Davison flashing a strike wide of goal, before strike partner Teddy Hall had a chance denied by Bengal stopper Kevin Rrushi. The visitors were finding their fovus going forward, with full-back Rowan Dorling and midfielder Grant Webb combining well down the right in a move which ended with forward Morgan Arnold slotting narrowly wide of Rrushi’s left-side post.



At this point in proceedings, Sawbo were having more of the ball and constructing more chances with it as well. Hall sent in a powerful strike from thirty yards which sailed wide of the far post. Fortunately for Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s side, they did make the most of good period midway through the half. Davison was played in well and he finished well with a low strike into the right corner. As we hurtled towards the interval, Sporting had to defend deep at times, but they were led well by Kamarl Duncan, who denied the opposition several times through good positioning and strong clearances.

Bengal stopper Kevin Rrushi was called into action again on 32 minutes and he denied another effort from Teddy Hall from close range. Sawbo were unable to get themselves clear in this match and conceded more possession in the last ten minutes of the half , which allowed Shipon Miah’s side a couple of promising moves, involving Oshun Lewis and Redon Abazi in the channels. Unfortunately for the hosts, their final ball was missing which meant they didn’t test Sawbo ‘keeper Parker on a regular basis.


Half-Time: Sporting Bengal 0 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town


The visiting forwards still kept up the initative after the break, as Bengal brought all three of their substitutes on before the hour mark. Gianfranco Mici came on at the start of the second half and you sensed he would give Sawbo a different challenge, gathering the ball from deep and dribbling on past players. Sawbo did have another glimmer of a chance through Davison but the effort was gathered by Rrushi. The visitors certainly needed a second goal and on 56 minutes, it turned up in some style with midfielder Billy Purdy’s powerful strike finding the left corner from 25 yards with Rrushi beaten.

The scale of the task for Bengal got harder as centre-back Duncan had to hobble off on the hour, meaning they had to play the last third of the match with ten men. Even so, the momentum started to come for the home side, as Gianfranco Mici capped off a decent move with a well-struck strike that fizzed off the right-side post with Parker beaten. Sawbridgeworth responded as they hit the woodwork on 71 minutes, with Davison unlucky to see a fine curling drive come back off the goal frame.


The substitutes for Bengal were having an impact with Mici’s driving runs proving hard to stop for the visiting defence, and Oscar Onuorah was also stretching the Sawbo backline down the left channel. This was probably Bengal’s best phase of the match and they soon halved the deficit. With eleven minutes remaining, substitute Shiblu Miah ended a decent counter-attack with a fine strike high into the net to really add to Sawbo’s nerves.

All of a sudden, it was Sawbo’s turn to feel the pressure and it affected them going forward, with some decent approach play scuppered by them unable to find that telling final pass. Bengal did complete a rousing comeback four minutes from time as Onuorah struck home into the left corner after finding a half-yard of space past the tiring visiting defence. It was a frenetic end to the match but neither side could pinch a winner in the several minutes of added time played, so it ended in an entertaining draw.



Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, this was a tense encounter which was understandable given both sides badly needed the points as they the bottom two sides in the division. There was some neat play from both sides though Sawbridgeworth will be disappointed that they couldn’t see the match out, having been two goals ahead with fifteen minutes remaining. Bengal though will be happy to have got something out of the match, although their defensive vulnerability remains and that may prove costly as the season goes on. All in all, this was a good match to watch.

In terms of stand-out performances here, we’ll start with Sawbo. The front three of Harry Davison, Teddy Hall and Morgan Arnold caused problems for the home defence with good movement, pace and in Davison’s case, good finishing as well. I also thought midfielder Grant Webb had a decent match as well, asisting in building his side’s attacking moves. For Bengal, full-back George Turner had a good game, showing good intent to get forward and start forward moves from the left channel and defended well too. Centre-back Kamarl Duncan had an excellent game, making several fine interceptions and really kept his team in the game, before he had to hobble off on the hour mark. Also, winger Joshua Carr showed good movement and pace and substitute Gianfranco Mici lifted the team after his introduction, showing good dribbling, movement and pace.

Best wishes to both teams for rthe rest of the season.


Teams

Sporting Bengal Utd     |  Manager: Shipon Miah  | Assistant: Rui Costa

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Kevin Rrushi (GK), 2 Nazrul Ahmed, 3 George Turner, 4 Kamarl Duncan, 5 Ehizojie Onoabhagbe, 6 Djibril Cante, 7 Oshun Lewis (16 Oscar Onuorah 54′), 8 Tariq Fowler (Capt), 9 Redon Abazi (15 Shiblu Miah 57′), 10 Arinze Ossai (14 Gianfranco Mici 46′), 11 Joshua Carr

Goal-scorers: Shiblu Miah [79′], Oscar Onuorah [86′]

Booked: Cante | Subs Not Used: Omobdi, Ntueba


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Rowan Dorling, 3 Lewis Wicker, 17 Billy Stewart, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 4 Billy Purdy, 7 Grant Webb, 8 Jake Skeet, 9 Teddy Hall (14 Daryl Doolan 75′), 10 Harry Davison (19 Jack Walker 84′)), 11 Morgan Arnold

Goal-scorers: Harry Davison [24′],  Billy Purdy [56′]

Booked: Dorling  | Sub Not Used: Potoczek, Alozie, Falaise


Referee: Joseph Sach
Assistants: John Caunt & Kebba Malcolm-Mayenda

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S21-22 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1 Brimsdown (Tues 19 Oct) [EaSL Sth 20.10.21]


Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: 152

2021-22 Season: Match 34

Tuesday 19th October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Brimsdown: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks



Buckhurst battle hard to defeat Brimsdown at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill 3 – 1 Brimsdown

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The solitary midweek match this week saw a return trip to Roding Lane for the match between high-flying Buckhurst Hill and visitors Brimsdown in what was the first Senior match the hosts played under floodlights at their upgraded ground. The hosts perhaps with their big FA Vase tie at Great Yarmouth Town at the weekend in mind, rotated their squad somewhat, with regular stopper Daniel Blockley having a defensive four in front of him comprised of Liam Foster, Max Nicholson, Alfie Harris and Edward Buchanan. The forward line here was led by centre forward Fehinti Falola, with support from Brad Rowland and Nathan Sollosi. Options from the bench included defender Henry Day and forwards Suleyman Zuhdu and Sonny Shilling. Brimsdown have also had a squad overhaul recently, with new boss Marce Collington naming Ali Dogan in goal, a defensive four of Joshua Lamaswala, Dillon Lee, Omer Bingol and Stephane Zolo. The attack was led by Kamarni Collington and Chikosi Basden with Ricardo Price and Jermaine Baptiste in support.

In the early stages of the match, Brimsdown showed enough to suggest they would be ne an energetic, hard-working side and would not be overawed by their opposition. Hill had a half-chance with six minutes on the clock as a decent centre from the right flank by midfielder Jake Moss found centre forward Fehinti Falola but his header was off-target of visiting goalkeeper Ali Dogan’s goal. The vistors responded swiftly on the counter-attack, as a decent strike by midfielder Anthony Sanderson required home custodian Dan Blockley to be alert. The Sollosi brothers were in tandem moments later for Buckhurst as Sam made a good turn before finding Nathan on the edge of the box but could only turn his strike over the woodwork. Marce Collington’s side responded strongly again as a teasing cross by Ricardo Price was deflected behind for a set-piece. From that resulting corner, forward Chikosi Basden’s fierce initial strike was deflected off a team-mate in Price who got the crucial touch to send it beyond Blockley and into the net, despite the hosts wanting the assistant referee’s flag. No flag was forthcoming so it was Brimsdown who took a surprise lead.


To be fair to Brimsdown, they were more than holding their own during the half as Buckhurst could not find their well-known attacking rhythm and pace. On twenty minutes, a fine run and turn by Nathan Sollosi allowed him the chance to strike at goal, but his tame strike allowed Dogan to gather. Then, just past the half-hour, another set-piece by Sam Sollosi found its way to full-back Liam Foster whose shot also couldn’t bypass Dogan, who was growing in confidence.


Half-time: Buckhurst Hill 0 – 1 Brimsdown


So as we entered the second period of the match, Buckhurst knew they had to raise their game somewhat, but it was Brimsdown who had a sight at goal on 51 minutes, with forward Basden sending through a good pass to find captain Reece Capleton, unfortunately for the visitors, the latter could only fire his effort over the woodwork. Mark Williams did not hesitate long to instigate changes from the bench, and the introduction of Sonny Shilling did bring about a change to the rhythm of the hosts’ attacks. Only two minutes after coming on, Buckhurst had a corner which full-back Edward Buchanan did well to slide the ball across to Nathan Sollosi who curled home a nice strike into the top corner to level things up, after earlier spurning several decent chances.

The hoss were really starting to gain momentum at this point and Shilling’s free-kick from a promising position was well parried away from danger by Dogan midway through the half. Brimsdown did respond on the counter-attack as a free-kick of their own by winger Jermaine Baptiste (pictured below) brought a decent save from Blockley as the ball was dipping on him. As we entered the last fifteen minutes of the contest, the energy expended by the visitors was starting to tell on them as Sollosi evaded the defence again, only to be denied again by the impressive Dogan. Forward Suleyman Zuhdu had also come on by this point, and his follow-up strike was also denied by the Brimsdown stopper.


Eventually though, the pressure from Buckhurst did tell and they took the lead on 77 minutes. Moments after the inspired Dogan denied him, Shilling did find the net with a smart low drive into the left corner. Brimsdown played a commendable part in the match though they could not get back into the contest going forward as the minutes ticked by. Zuhdu’s curling set-piece was well gathered by Dogan after re-adjusting his position but on the stroke on the ninety minutes, Buckhurst got a third as a fine lob by Sollosi capped a fine match on a personal note and a hard-earned three points for the hosts on this big occasion for them.



Full-Time:  Buckhurst Hill  3 – 1  Brimsdown

To sum up this occasion, Buckhurst was unusually sloppy with ball retention and with the pace & rhythm of their forward moves for at least half of the match, but a fierce response in the latter stages made it hard for the tiring Brimsdown backline, who couldn’t deal with a strong last thirty minutes from Buckhurst.

In terms of stand-out performances, this time I’ll begin with Brimsdown. Goalkeeper Ali Dogan had an excellent match, making several important saves and effectively kept his side in the match in the second half. Midfielders Anthony Sanderson and Reece Capleton both did well to outwork the hosts in midfield in the first hour and they typified the hard-working display that their side displayed in the match. They both made a number if good tackles as well. Finally, forward Chikosi Basden was a good presence with his pace, energy and passing alongside strike partner Kamarni Collington.

For victors Buckhurst Hill, forward Nathan Sollosi made a telling contribution with his passing, movement & had several shots on goal before finding the net and grabbing his brace. Fehinti Falola did a good job leading the line for Mark Williams’side and could’ve had a couple of goals here. Full-back Liam Foster had another good game and showed his usual high energy levels down the right channel and put in good passes to assist his team. Lastly, substitute Sonny Shilling made a big impact coming off the bench to assist his side’s attacking rhythm with good movement, dribbling and finishing.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Buckhurst Hill   |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster, 3 Edward Buchanan, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Max Nicholson, 6 Jake Moss (17 Jack Griggs 73′), 7 Sam Sollosi (14 Sonny Shilling 57′), 8 Josh Banfield (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi, 9 Fehinti Falola (19 Suleyman Zuhdu 66′), 18 Brad Rowland

Goal-scorers: Nathan Sollosi [59′, 90′], Sonny Shilling [77′]

Booked: Foster | Subs Not Used: Day, Markatis


Brimsdown  | Manager: Marce Collington |

Starting XI (Subs): 12 Ali Dogan (GK), 2 Joshua Lamaswala (16 George Gregory 72′), 3 Stephane Zolo (19 Marcus Cordova 58′), 4 Dillon Lee, 5 Omer Bingol, 6 Reece Capleton (Capt), 7 Jermaine Baptiste, 8 Anthony Sanderson, 9 Karmarni Collington, 10 Chikosi Basden, 11 Ricardo Price (20 Jordan Gomez 24′)

Goal-scorer: Ricardo Price [14′]

Booked: Lee, Basden | Sub Not Used: Traore

Referee: Fabio Roque
Assistants: Chris Noble & David Smith

S 21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 2 – 2 Burnham Ramblers (Wed 13 Oct) [EaSL Sth 14.10.21]

Eastern Senior League South (Step 6)

Venue: Park Lane, Canvey

2021-22 Season: Match 31

Attendance: 81

Wednesday 13 October 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts,  Sky Blue Socks

Burnham R: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Burnham hit late leveller to claim decent point at Park Lane

Benfleet 2 – 2 Burnham Ramblers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This week’s midweek match was a rare excursion to Park Lane to see two sides hoping to be in the running for promotion from Eastern Senior League South come April in Benfleet and visitors Burnham Ramblers. Benfleet manager Rob Polkinghorn rotated his squad for this game and fielded a defensive four of Billy Carter, Martyn Lacey, Sonny Hartman and Cameron Harris, son of forward Millwall legend Neil. Taylor Lawrence and skipper Aaron Russell were the players promoted to attack, with support from the flanks by Luc Harpon and Ben Foord. Options from their bench included former Burnham defender Ryan Willsmer, recent recruit David Salako and goal-scoring forward Billy Bonham-Dare. Luke Goodson’s side incuded Adam French in goal, a central defensive pairing of Matthew Stevens-Brown and Ben Wood, with captain Charlie Brewer and Eddie Appleton in midfield and a forward line of Adebolu Adeyemi, Samir Ali and Harry Shawyer.

Both sides knew the importance of the points here I believe and as you sometimes see in these type of matches, it was a tepid start in terms of chances at either end. Burnham forward Samir Ali had fired over in the opening minutes but we had an early stoppage after a rash tackle by the onrushing Liam Barry saw him clatter into home stopper Florent Gislette, which left the custodian in considerable pain and needing treatment. Admirably though, Gislette continued and Barry was given a early booking. Both sides were showing the way they play, with good passing, movement and possession but they were also both somewhat lacking that final ball that you need to bypass defences. The hosts were unfortunate on 21 minutes as winger Luc Harpon’s teasing cross evaded both the visiting backline and stopper Adam French but forward Ben Foord was agonizingly out of reach of the ball at the far post.


Benfleet were showing glimpses of finding their form, but on the half-hour, they conceded a spot-kick, with tricky Burnham forward Samir Ali felled in the eighteen-yard area. Ali stepped up himself and blasted a firm strike into left-side corner to give Ramblers the lead. Benfleet responded with some vigour, as attacking midfielder Aaron Russell outran the onrushing French but the Burnham custodian did well to recover his position to deny Foord with his follow-up strike. Moments later, a good header from a set-piece by Cameron Harris was clawed away well by French. By contrast, the visitors were unable to unsettle Gislette after the early incident but a Eddie Appleton free-kick did force the Benfleet stopper into gathering the ball minutes before the interval.


Half-Tme: Benfleet 0 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

So it was the Ramblers who held a narrow lead going into the second period. Benfleet did find their rhythm around the hour mark but again were thwarted by Burnham ‘keeper French. Russell had a good chance from close range but the custodian denied him and Foord’s strike on the rebound and perhaps you would start to think it wasn’t going to be the hosts’ night. Not a bit of it – they levelled on 64 minutes as French made another good parry from an initial effort but the bounce rather caught the unfortunate stopper unawares which allowed Foord to head in the rebound. It was as much as ‘Fleet deserved after spurning several decent half-chances prior to that point.

Foord was the chief threat really to a stern Burnham defence who did clear the ball from danger fairly well throughout, even if Benfleet were still stuttering in their quest to find that clinical final pass. As we entered the last fifteen minutes of the match, the tempo ramped up another notch or two. Full-back Billy Carter did well to grab a yard of space in the penalty area to strike an effort on goal which French did well to sprawl over to deny him as the hosts were really the stronger side by this point. Benfleet winger Luc Harpon had made some good runs at times in this match again and another threatening centre from the left side of pemalty area found substitute Billy Bonham-Dare who slotted home past French from close range, barely a minute after coming on to give the hosts the advantage.


The drama didn’t end there though. Benfleet’s defence rather switched off less than two minutes later and on the counter-attack, a move involving forward Adebolu Adeyemi and replacement Tom Howard found Harry Shawyer in space and with only Gislette to beat, he powered in a low drive into the corner of the net to claw back a useful point.  Benfleet had Foord sin-binned in added time for reacting to the referee’s decisions but it was too late to really undermine the home side. You could argue Burnham were fortunate to grab a draw given they had few real chances in the second half but then you also have to factor in that Benfleet really had to see the last five minutes of the match out which they were unable to do.

In fairness though, it is hard to be too critical as it again shows how unpredictable this division is and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a very tightly-packed top eight sides once again as the season progresses.


Full-Time: Benfleet  2 – 2  Burnham Ramblers

In terms of stand-out performances, we’ll start with Benfleet. Winger Luc Harpon had another good game and his presence on the flank unsettled the visiting defence and his assist for the second goal highlighted his value to the side, even when he didn’t get too much of the ball here. Full-back Billy Carter put in another strong, energetic performance, showing good awareness and passing. Defender Sonny Hartman was pushing his side to create forward moves as the ball-playing central defender and forward Ben Foord’s presence in attack meant the Burnham defence had to concentrate and have a solid game. For Burnham, goalkeeper Adam French pulled off several good saves and kept his side in the match, while forward Samir Ali again had a good game, being the most promising outlet for Luke Goodson’s side here. Harry Shawyer also made some good runs and took his goal well, plus centre-back Matthew Stevens-Brown had a good match, making several interceptions to stifle the hosts’ forward line.

All told, it was a good evening’s action. Thanks to the hosts for their kind welcome & also a thank you to my friends Pete Dudley, DW and Rob Parker – it is always nice to be surrounded by good company at matches.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet  | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Billy Carter, 3 Martyn Lacey (16 Joe Hunter 61′) 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Stephen Ellery (17 Billy Bonham-Dare 82′), 10 Lee Scott (15 David Salako 71′), 8 Taylor Lawrence, 9 Aaron Russell (Capt), 7 Luc Harpon, 11 Ben Foord

Goal-scorers: Ben Foord [64′]  Billy Bonham-Dare [83′]

Booked: Hartman | Sin-Bin: Ben Foord [90’+1]  | Subs Not Used: Willsmer, Shave


Burnham Ramblers  | Manager: Luke Goodson  |  Assistant: Ross Mernick

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Adam French (GK), 7 Joe Howard (2 Ben Jackman 46′), 11 Liam Barry (16 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer 82′), 4 Matthew Stevens-Brown, 5 Ben Wood, 6 Calum Smith, 8 Eddie Appleton, 17 Charles Brewer (Capt) (15 Tom Howard 74′), 12 Harry Shawyer, 9 Adebolu Adeyemi, 10 Samir Ali

Goal-scorers: Samir Ali [pen 30′], Harry Shawyer [85′]

Booked: Barry  | Subs Not Used: Da Costa, Walker


Referee: Tommy Breen
Assistants: Martin Green & Jamie Wood

S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 6 – 1 Holland [Sun 26 Sept) [FAV 21/22 26.9.21]


The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Park Lane , Canvey

Attendance: 62

2021-22 Season: Match 26

Sunday 26 September 2021 – 2pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts,  Sky Blue Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Terrific performance sees Benfleet power past ten-man Holland at Park Lane

Benfleet 6 – 1  Holland

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s second match saw a return to Canvey’s Park Lane for a fascinating all-Eastern Senior League South tie as Benfleet welcomed Holland. The ‘Fleet were looking to advance again after knocking out Essex Senior side St Margaretsbury in the previous round. Florent Gislette was once again the goalkeeper here for the hosts, with a defensive four of Ryan Willsmer, Martyn Lacey plus centre-backs Lee Scott and Cameron Harris. The forward line was once again comprised of Billy Bonham-Dare, Ben Foord and Luc Harpon. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Tom Ayton, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and stalwart Joe Martin. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon and Josh Rutter.


There were many quirks in this match. The first of them arrived barely two minutes into the contest, as an goalkeeping error by Benfleet custodian Florent Gislette allowed the advancing Scott Sloots to slot home into the left corner, much to the silent surprise of the home suppport. However, the hosts were not behind for long as little over five minutes after that, they levelled things up as a good break down the right side of the penalty box by Billy Carter ended with his pass finding forward Billy Bonham-Dare who struck home confidently past Holland stopper Finlay Shorten. At this point in proceedings, things were pretty even, with a looping header by Holland midfielder Keelan Sorrell on the edge of the 18-yard box being gathered by Gislette.

To be fair to the home side, Holland glovesman Shorten had been the busier keeper making two good saves to deny another promising performance by the Benfleet forward line, at this point. At the other end, Holland forward Sloots was a threat in the air. However, it was Benfleet who took the advantage for the first time on 28 minutes, as Carter again found the space to put in a telling pass, this time finding tireless forward Ben Foord who displayed fine technique to get the ball under control before firing home well into the right corner, giving Shorten little chance.

The Seasiders were feeling frustrated as they were limited to strikes from long-range, with Sorrell having a decent effort which sailed wide of Gislette’s left-sided post. Six minutes before the break, the visitors suffered a setback when Sloots was dismissed for adjudged to have lashed out at a home defender. Referee Samuel Everitt didn’t hesitate for a second as Sloots walked off. Things got rather worse for them before the break as moments after ‘Fleet skipper Taylor Lawrence couldn’t test Shorten when in a great position to score, the hosts did extend their lead.


Lawrence did rather make amends for that miss a few moments previously though as from a free-kick, he powered home a fine strike into the right corner past Shorten to make it three-one to the hosts. It got even better two minutes later as the Seasiders’ resolve took another hit. Bonham-Dare was adjudged to have been fouled inthe area by Shorten, with Lawrence stepping up to convert the resulting spot-kick, sending a low effort into the right corner again. Those last ten minutes of the half really upscaled the size of the visitors’ task but you have to credit the ruthlessness of Rob Polkinghorn’s side, who certainly made the most of it to put themselves in a commanding position at the interval.

Half-Time:  Benfleet  4 – 1 Holland


To their credit, the Holland unit kept going admirably, despite being reduced to ten men. Centre-back Joe Martin typified their resolve and they did enough to prevent Bonham-Dare’s header finding the net after being well found by Foord, soon after the resumption. Foord did get a second goal with 54 minutes on the stopwatch. Another good ball in found him before Foord sent a superb low finish past Shorten at his near post. Paul Phelan’s did keep their intent going but found telling counter-attacks hard to come by, with a good run by Rueben Cowler down the left flank ending with his scuffing his effort on goal wide of Gislette’s far post.

Benfleet completed the scoring on what was a memorable afternoon for them on 72 minutes with another smart forward press, involving Foord and replacement Mason Shave before being finished well by full-back Martyn Lacey who neatly tapped home from close range. By this point, Holland knew it wasn’t going to be their day though a set-piece did spin away from the path of Ryan Mahon late on. Foord still had time to create another decent chance, sending a curling effort narrowly wide of Shorten’s far post.

All in all though, it was a very strong result and performance by ‘Fleet as they continued their good form in League & Vase this term.

Ryan Mahon on the ball for Holland

Full-Time: Benfleet  6 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Benfleet’s superb performance made this a more one-sided game than many had expected. Granted that Holland’s red card did dampen the chances of them coming back into the game but they struggled to create the chances they needed after they fell behind and they found the home defence in good form as well.

There were a number of influential performances here, with two-goal Ben Foord standing out for Benfleet with his goals being good clinical finishing, as well as displaying good movement and work rate. Fellow forward Billy Bonham-Dare was also a constant presence in attack and could’ve got a second goal today. Midfielder Billy Carter delivered an energetic display as well and contributed well to his side’s forward moves, while centre-back Cameron Harris also had a fine match making several important tackles. For Holland, Midfielders Ben Dixon and Kieran Michaels showed good intent and passing as they looked to build counter-attacks, while Keelan Sorrell had a good game in anchor midfield, assisting his defence well and centre-back Joe Martin also restricted the strong Benfleet forward line as he made several telling interceptions.

Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.


Benfleet      | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Ryan Willsmer, 3 Martyn Lacey, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Lee Scott, 7 Billy Carter (12 Mason Shave 60′), 8 Joe Hunter (14 Charlie Sullivan 78′), 9 Billy bonham-Dare, 10 Ben Foord, 11 Luc Harpon (15 Ashley Blackburn 60′)

Goal-scorers: Billy Bonham-Dare [8′], Ben Foord [28′ & 54′], Taylor Lawrence [42′ & 44′ (pen)], Martyn Lacey [72′]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: None


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |  Assistant: Rob Barnett

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Tom Ayton (12 Cameron Dolphin 46′), 3 Rueben Cowler, 5 Joe Martin, 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Kieran Michaels (Capt), 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon, 11 Josh Rutter (14 Jamey Williams 46′)

Goal-scorer: Scott Sloots [2′]

Sent Off: Sloots [39′]   | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts, Fowler (GK)


Referee: Samuel Everitt

S20-21 Match Report: Rayleigh Town Res 3 – 5 Shoebury Town (Sat 8 May) [EOFL 20/1 9.5.21]

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Essex Olympian League – Division One

Venue: London Road

2020-21 Season: Match 33

Saturday 8th May 2021 – 12.30pm KO

Rayleigh Res: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

Shoebury: White & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black & White Socks

A re-engerised Shoebury win first game in eight at London Road

Rayleigh Town Res  3 – 5  Shoebury Town

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend, there was a bit of a treat as I visited London Road again for a double-header of matches, starting with this Essex Olympian League Division One clash between Rayleigh Town Reserves and Shoebury Town, who despite being depleted in numbers recently, have steadfastly continued on playing, which is a credit to them. Home manager Dave Barker fielded Jayden Powell in goal with Harry Barham and Jack Taylor the chief support to forwards Eben Djan and Matt Atoo. Visitors Shoebury have installed Lee Boosey as their interim manager until the end of the season and had Kyle Merenda between the posts, Tyler Boosey in midfield and the attack was led by Garry Johnson, Aaron Day and Kirk Hudson, with Dominic Binns unavailable, Mitchell Odd and Simon Pearce were among the options from the bench.

The visitors set their stall out early to test Rayleigh ‘keeper Jayden Powell’s handling skills in the swirling wind as a strike from distance by Tyler Boosey needed the stopper to gather on five minutes. That ended up being a warning as on seven minutes, the visitors did open the scoring. Forward Garry Johnson found a yard of space in a congested 18-yard box to plant his header firmly into the net. Howver, the defensive ‘gremlins’ that have affected Shoebury recently returned a minute later as Harry Barham levelled neatly for Dave Barker’s side.

The visitors looked really motivated for the contest but were fortunate on eleven minutes as Rayleigh forward Matt Atoo evaded the visiting backline before skewing a tame strike wide when through on visiting custodian Kyle Merenda’s goal. Billy Cottrill’s wind-assisted corner was desparingly out of reach for Powell as despite laying a glove on it, the ball flew into the top corner to give Shoebury a two-one lead on 18 minutes. The vistors’ good momentum continued on twenty minutes as a fine effort from Johnson forced Powell into a decent save low down on the deck. Both sides continued to trade chances as Merenda pulled off a good save to parry over Reiss Foley’s deflected free-kick for the home side.

Much to the disappointment of the home dugout, Shoebury were then awarded a spot-kick with 32 minutes on the clock. Johnson stepped up and duly fired home high ibtob the corner to extend the visitors’ advantage. To their crediit, the hosts halved their deficit three minutes afterward as good tracking back by Atoo was rewarded as the ball flew off his block ans sailed past Merenda into the net.

Half-Time:  Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 3  Shoebury Town

Shoebury had a slender lead but were looking fiesty and just about the more likely the score at the interval. Shoebry were happy to be awarded another spot-kick on the hour and forward Kirk Hudson also blasted the ball home to make it 4 – 2. to the visitors. Midway into the second half, a curling free-kick by Foley needed Merenda to tip the decent strike out of danger. Rayleigh were having arguably their best phase of the game as they forced a number of set-pieces but the revitalised Shoebury defence held firm. Rayleugh Res could well have forced a more nervy end to the game had Eban Djan connected with a header or support forward Jack Taylor’s chip not been nervily parried by Merenda in the swirling wind. Atoo also headed wide with eleven minutes left and the feeling was building that it wasn’t going to be the hosts’ day.

That feeling was only elevated on 82 minutes as fine chip by Johnson evaded Powell and secured a good treble for the Shoebury Town striker. Matthew Bampus headed in another consolation for the hosts a few minutes later but it wasn’t enough to avert Shoebury getting their first league win in eight matches here in this lunchtime kick-off.

Full-Time: Rayleigh Town Res  3 – 5  Shoebury Town

In summary, Shoebury did deserve their win given the chances they created and the energy they put into their play for most of the match. News came out this week that a new committee has been appointed so Town will no doubt be looking to stay in this division for next term and they will need the battling qualities they showed here. Rayleigh’s Ressie side also showed promise going forward but their defensive errors were costly.

There were a number of good performances in this game. Firstly for Shoebury, I felt that forward Garry Johnson was a threat with his finishing  & movement and also backed up his record in front of goal this term. Tyler Boosey also had a good game in midfield showing good willingness & energy. Kirk Hudson showed desire and good passing down the channels & finally, Aaron Day also had a decent game. For the hosts, winger Harry Barham took his goal well and tried hard to instigate attacking moves for his side. Forward Matt Atoo was also a presence in attack for the hosts with his strength, with midfielder Reiss Foley looking to drive his team on from midfield. Finally, goalkeeper Jayden Powell arguably kept his side in the contest in the second half with some smart saves.

The win for bottom side Shoebury brings them only one point behind Herongate just above them, whereas Town’s second side stay third-bottom, six points adrift of Ramsden Scotia above them. My thanks to home boss Dave Barker & Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

If you’d like to read about all the action in the Essex Olympian Lge divisions this week, my round-up is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/09/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-8-may-eofl/

Teams

Rayleigh Town Res    | Manager: Dave Barker 

Starting XI: 1 Jayden Powell (GK), 2 Matt van Lint, 3 Matt Seago, 4 Reiss Foley, 5 Matthew Bampus, 6 James Braithwaite, 7 Harry Barham, 8 Dean Hazleton, 9 Ebeneezer Djan, 10 Jack Taylor, 11 Matt Atoo

Goal-scorers: Harry Barham [8′], Matt Atoo [35′], Matthew Bampus [84′]

Subs On: 12 James Jarvis [31′], 15 Liam Brooks [61′], 14 Jack Maguire [67′]

Booked: van Lint, Seago, Jarvis | Subs Not Used: None

Shoebury Town   | Interim Manager: Lee Boosey

Starting XI: 1 Kyle Merenda (GK), 2 Billy Horrell, 15 Jack Kindell, 23 Jason Carter, 4 Daniel Brooker, 5 Tyler Boosey, 7 Henry Swan, 18 Billy Cottrill, 19 Aaron Day, 10 Garry Johnson, 14 Kirk Hudson

Goal-scorers: Garry Johnson [7′, pen 32′, 82′], Billy Cottrill [18′], Kirk Hudson [pen 60′]

Subs On: 9 Simon Pearce [46′], 6 Mitchell Odd [46′], 20 Adam Woolsey [46′], 3 Steven Sharpe [60′], 16 Fahad Issa [80′]

Booked: Woolsey  | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Lewis Moore

S 20-21 Match Report: Ryan 5 – 5 Epping Town (Tues 27 April) [EOFL 20-21 28.4.21]

EOFL crest

Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Wadham Lodge (Inter. Grass Pitch)

2020-21 Season: Match 29

Tuesday 27th April 2021 – 6.30pm KO

Ryan: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Epping: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Wadham Lodge pitch pre-match

Incredible match sees Ryan deny Epping a much-needed win

Ryan  5 – 5  Epping Town

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

After an adventure of a journey getting to this midweek Olympian League Division Two match between Ryan and promotion-chasing Epping Town at Wadham Lodge, I was hoping for a good match but crikey was we unprepared for what we got. Ryan  are an unpredictable side, as they have been in recent seasons, whereas Epping’s away form needed to improve to really be amongst the top three by the end of next month. Ryan manager Declan Murphy named a front two of Aymen Mekni and top-scorer Scout Bown who had six leagues goals before this encounter but I remember from his days at Roydon that he is a threat. The hosts’ skipper was Ross Bourke and the options from the sidelines included Bruce Aghaji, Aaron Ige and Jamal Elliott. Epping were still missing a few layers including the likes of Sam Law, Joe Rickett and George Clarke. However, the back four were comprised of full-backs Tyler Sanago-Ismael and Harry Banister plus centre-backs Charlie Pollard and player-boss himself Stuart Hoskins. Town’s front-line was led by Callum Turner, with support from Daniel Hurwood and Graeme Turner. The visitors’ options on the bench were restricted, but could still field player-coach David Limber and Peter Paoletti along with Jamaine Belle.

The match got underway with the curious quirk of having no less than three goals chalked off in the opening five minutes. Graeme Turner for Epping and the pair of Tom Craig and Aymen Mekni for Ryan were all slightly aggrieved. Even so, that did rather set the tone from then on as on twelve minutes, Ryan midfielder Sam Bentley blasted over the goal frame as the hosts looked to get ahead early. But it was Epping who broke the deadlock on 18 minutes as a good run by skipper Joe Rudkin down the right channel evaded the generous marking of the home side and Rudkin’s cross found Callum Turner whose firm header found the net, evading home stopper Ciaran Glazebrook. The end-to-end nature of this match was only starting to rev up at this point as both sides spurned chances. Just short of the half-hour, Graeme Turner for Epping was denied a decent chance on goal by the well-timed interception of Ryan centre-back Rubin Dershi.

Soon afterward, Epping should really have been further ahead but Callum Turner skewed a strike wide when in a decent position, and then fellow forward Daniel Hurwood curled agonizingly wide of the far corner from no more than six yards out. On 35 minutes, it was Epping’s turn to have a let off as custodian Will Skingley misjudged his run to claim the ball ahead of a opposition forward but the hosts’ Tom Craig could not make him pay by slotting wide of an unguarded goal. You knew more goals ere coming and we were not disappointed (even before the interval) as two minutes later, Skingley again rushed out of his goal a bit too keenly, with substitute Bruce Aghaji in on gal but the ball fell to forward Scout Bown who made no mistake to open his account for the evening and level things up.

What followed was hectic to say the least. Ryan made the most of a recovering Town side as a minute later, forward Aymen Mekni slotted home past Skingley to give the hosts the lead for the first time. But again, the lead didn’t last long as on 41 minutes, a fine free-kick from Chris Gormley evaded Glazebrook and found the top corner. Now it was 2 – 2 but there was still room before the break for another twist. From a far-side set-piece, an angled ball unfortunately found a visiting defender who couldn’t avoid taking the ball in to give Ryan a narrow advantage at the break.

Half-Time:  Ryan  3 – 2  Epping Town

If this scribe thought the pace of the game would suffer because of the energetic first-half, it was soon shown there was more drama to come. There were more forward moves from both sides. Just shy of the hour, a well-directed free-kick from Tyler Sanago-Ismael was gathered by Ryan custodian Glazebrook. Eight minutes later, there was yet another goal chalked off (made it four in the match) as substitute David Limber was the unfortunate party.  The visitors did level things up again on 71 minutes as a fine centre from the right flank by Graeme Turner found Gormley at the far post for a comfortable tap-in.

But as was the way this match evolved, it didn’t stay that way for long. Ryan took the advantage again three minutes afterward as a powerful strike from Bown deflected off a defender and sailed in past Skingley to make it 4 – 3. Town had more half-chances in the moments following Ryan’s fourth goal through Limber & Sanago-Ismael but they just needed one clear-cut opportunity. The recovery job for Stuart Hoskins’ side got bigger on 79 minutes as Bown evaded the visiting defence again before slotting home from point-blank range with only Skingley to defeat.

If anyone thought this game was going to peter out, then they had another thing coming. Within six minutes, Epping had neutralised that lead again as first, Callum Turner’s decent header made it 5 – 4 with seven minutes to play and soon after, tugging in the penalty box gave Limber a chance to level from twelve yards, which he duly took to incredibly make it 5 – 5. Moments after that, Glazebrook was dismissed, possibly for remonstrating with referee Kevin Nicholson regarding that spot-kick that was given so Ryan were down to ten men and had to put an outfield player in goal.

There was still two good chances that followed in added time, with Gormley being well-denied by stand-in ‘keeper low down before the hosts nearly pinched it as skipper Bourke’s free-kick cannoned off the post after Skingley had got something on it. That ended up being the final action and the hosts must’ve been relieved to hear the final whistle.

Full-Time: Ryan  5 – 5  Epping Town

In summary, this match may not win many awards for out & out quality but when you’re talking about the very soul of entertaining, dramatic Non-League Football and indeed Sport along with it, this tie was hard to beat. I’ve seen some brilliant games in the Essex Olympian League this season and this match goes right with them. As some fellow attendees remarked, it was hard to deny this was a fair result as both teams fought so hard for the three points.

Talking about stand-out performances is hard also but for the hosts, forward Scout Bown once again showed how predatory he is in front of goal with a well-taken treble, which really added to the course of the match. Centre-back Rubin Dershi made a number of well-timed interceptions in defence and stood out, as did forward Aymen Mekni who made a few good runs down the channels as well. For Epping, forward Callum Turner was a constant presence and his movement and finishing were telling. Winger Chris Gormley got arguably the goal of the game with a fine free-kick and made telling runs and passes. Skipper Joe Rudkin also did well and looked to drive his side on in a big way. His cross for Turner’s first goal really did set the tone at that time.

Epping rise to fifth but lost ground on the top three. Ryan remain in eighth spot after this match. To round off, I have to pay trubute to the spectacle of a match these two sides put on and it is a credit to the Olympian League and their Division. Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

Teams

Ryan    | Manager: Declan Murphy 

Starting XI: 1 Ciaran Glazebrook (GK), 2 Tom Craig, 3 Joseph Iseghoimen, 4 Ross Bourke (Capt), 5 Rubin Dershi, 6 Sam Bentley, 7 Scout Bown, 8 Billy Stewart, 9 Aymen Mekni, 10 Mamadi Mendes, 11 Oscar Tribe

Subs On: 12 Bruce Aghaji [29′], 14 Aaron Ige [41′], 15 Jamal Elliott [45′], 16 Brendan Allen [64′], 13 Eru Avgousti [74′]

Goal-scorers: Scout Bown [37′,74′ & 79′], Aymen Mekhi [38′], OG [43′]

Sent Off: Glazebrook  | Subs Not Used: None

Epping Town   | Player-Manager: Stuart Hoskins

Starting XI: 1 Will Skingley (GK), 2 Harry Banister, 3 Tyler Sanago-Ismael, 4 Joe Rudkin (Capt), 5 Charlie Pollard, 6 Stuart Hoskins, 7 Chris Gormley, 8 George Spillane, 9 Daniel Hurwood, 10 Callum Turner, 11 Graeme Turner

Goal-scorers: Callum Turner [18′, 83′] , Chris Gormley [41′, 71′], David Limber [pen 85′]

Subs On: 16 David Limber [52′], 17 Peter Paoletti [61′], 14 Jamaine Belle [77′]

Booked: Limber  | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Kevin Nicholson

S 20-21 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 5 – 0 Harold Wood Athletic (Sat 24 April) [EOFL 20-21 24.4.21]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Roding Lane (Stadium Pitch)

2020-21 Season: Match 28

Saturday 24th April 2021 – 2.30pm KO

Buckhurst Hill: Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red & Black Socks

Harold Wood: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Sam Sollosi (B Hill) striking a free-kick (Image: Scott W)

Buckhurst seal fifth consecutive League win at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill 5 – 0 Harold Wood Athletic

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The weekend’s Non-League adventure took me to Roding Lane for a first visit since the facilities have been upgraded (last summer). This Essex Olympian League Premier Division match saw Buckhurst Hill having to face a tricky test in Harold Wood Athletic, managed by ex-Barkingside boss Alex Goldstone. The hosts had to do without top goal-scorer Suleyman Zuhdu as well who was unavailable. Tyler Dolan led the forward line here, with the Sollosi brothers, Nathan & Sam being his chief support. Josh Banfield skippered the side, alongside Jack Griggs in central midfield. Harold Wood were also missing several players from their squad, which severely restricted their substitute options, but could still field rugged centre-back Matthew Donovan, alongside James Ishmail in central defence. Support from the flanks came from wingers Jack Sykes-Brown and Chris Denham, with skipper Rob Whitnell and Josh Steel in attack.

In great conditions for Sport, the match got going with both sides looking to wrestle the momentum and therefore it was a little bit of a cagey, slow-burn start. One thing was clear, Buckhurst left-sided pair Liam Foster and Nathan Sollosi were getting some joy over-loading on that side, finding space but in the early-going at least, the chances on goal did not arise. Indeed it was the visitors who tested the alertness levels of home custodian Daniel Blockley on seven minutes, as Blockley superbly tipped over a sweet curling free-kick from experienced forward Robert Whitnell which was heading for the top corner. You may not be surprised to read that Jill continued with their patient build-up play and kept faith with their attack-minded ethos. It nearly paid dividends with 17 minutes on the clock as another good weaving run by the tricky winger Sam Sollosi fed forward Tyler Dolan though his glimmer at goal ended sailing over the goal frame.


Visiting goalkeeper Steven Reynolds was in action again four minutes later as a good Hill attack ended with a curling strike from Foster which Reynolds did well to gather. At the other end, Wood’s forays forward were becoming a little less frequent by this stage, though a powerful free-kick by winger Jack Sykes-Brown was well gathered by Blockley. Moments after Dolan had a decent header denied by Reynolds, it would be the home side who broke the deadlock. Athletic could not clear their lines sharply enough and a fine strike from 25 yards by central midfielder Jack Cripps sailed in low into the corner past Reynolds for a fine opening goal. Hill finished the half strongly as well as five minutes before the break, a free-kick from twenty yards out was curled over the woodwork by Sam Sollosi but that was another warning for the visitors.

Unfortunately, Alex Goldstone’s were unable to see out the last few minutes of the half as on 42 minutes, winger Nathan Sollosi came into possession and fired a low drive which just evaded Reynolds and found the far corner. Two clinical strikes were the difference at the interval but in fairness, it was Mark Williams’ side who more than shaded both the possession stats and keenness to create opportunities.

Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill  2 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic

After the interval, Buckhurst continued with their passing game, out from defence with centre-back Henry Day particularly keen to set the tone and the pace of attacking moves. Another decent move involving captain Josh Banfield and Day ended up with Sam Sollosi not getting enough venom on his goal-bound effort which gave Reynolds ample chance to gather comfortably. Just after the fifty-minute mark, it was a four-minute spell which effectively ended the contest. Firstly on 51 minutes, a Buckhurst counter-attack saw Dolan in goal with only Reynolds to bypass and the forward calmly struck home with a low strike into the left-side corner to make his side three-nil up. Merely four minutes after that, Dolan was again presented with a clear run at goal and again he buried it with an opportunistic finish as the spirits of the visiting side were starting to ebb away.


To be fair to Harold Wood even though they did struggle to create enough chances to consistently test home ‘keeper Blockley, they did still venture forward. Midway through the half, a good effort from Sykes-Brown found Blockley ever-alert and showing good positional awareness to gather well. The hosts brought on a number of replacements in the latter stages, including full-back Brad Gayer and forwards Zachary Davidson & Fehinti Falola but it was fair to say the tempo of the game was slowing but Hill were still keen to improve their goal difference.

With four minutes left, Sam Sollosi found himself one-on-one with Reynolds but the stopper managed to fumble the ball wide for a corner. He wasn’t so fortunate moments later as Falola had to score from close range, but Reynolds denied his first effort but it was to no avail as Falola was able to turn in the rebound to seal a good afternoon’s work for the defending champions, who remain five points clear at the summit with above five weeks of the ‘mini-season’ remaining.

Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill  5 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic


In summary, Buckhurst were too strong and fluid in their attacking moves for Harold Wood to cope with, and the hosts have done that to many sides in the last few seasons. The lack of options off the bench also made it more awkward for Alex Goldstone’s side, who had to name both his assistants on the bench today. Before kick-off, you’d be tempted to think that without talisman Suleyman Zuhdu and with ‘guest’ forward Callum Ibe limping out of the warm-up with a groin niggle, it may not have been their day but before the hour was reached, Hill more or less sealed the game thanks to the sheer depth of their squad and their attacking ethos.

In terms of stand-out performances, Buckhurst may have another promising forward joining a long line of contemporaries in Tyler Dolan, who deserved his two goals and led the line well with both the Sollosi brothers in support. Nathan Sollosi in particular showed good awareness down the left channel and a good passing range. He also  linked up well with wing-back Liam Foster, who also had a fine afternoon showing good energy levels, willingness to run in behind the opposition full-back and a good cross or two along with it. Centre-back Henry Day also marshalled the backline well and even drove forward on a few lung-busting runs forward in possession too.

For Harold Wood, winger Jack-Sykes-Brown showed the most impetus going forward and kept going pretty much all match and his runs and passing showed he could be one to watch. Centre-back Matthew Donovan was his usual miserly self in defence and broke up a few promising Hill attacks and kept his side going on-pitch too. Forward Robert Whitnell also merits a mention as despite not receiving the array of service he’d like, he still made a few good runs and battled on in his characteristic way to try and give his side a glimmer of hope but it wasn’t to be today.

If you’d like to view the week’s Olympian League round-up, you can do so here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/s20-21-round-ups-essex-olympian-league-sat-24-april/

I’d also like to thank the hosts, in particular Buckhurst boss Mark Williams who is a great advocate of the Olympian League as well as supportive of the likes of myself & my Non-League media colleagues. If Buckhurst do get promoted in the summer, they will be missed, on-pitch & off it too.

Teams

Buckhurst Hill    | Manager: Mark Williams 

Starting XI: 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Alfie Harris, 3 Liam Foster, 4 Henry Day, 5 Max Nicholson, 6 Jack Griggs, 7 Sam Sollosi, 8 Joshua Banfield (Capt), 15 Louis Wynter, 10 Tyler Dolan, 11 Nathan Sollosi


Subs On: 12 Bradley Gayer [57’], 18 Daniel Whitehead [57’], 17 Zachary Davidson [67’], 16 Fehinti Falola [79’]


Goal-scorers: Jack Griggs [31’], Nathan Sollosi [42’], Tyler Dolan [51’ & 55’], Fehinti Falola [89’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Ibe



Harold Wood Athletic   | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Starting XI: 1 Steven Reynolds (GK), 2 Jacob Roberts, 3 Jack Baines, 4 James Ishmail, 5 Ben Dosad, 6 Matthew Donovan, 7 Jack Sykes-Brown, 8 Dan Johnson, 9 Robert Whitnell (Capt), 14 Josh Steel, 11 Chris Denham

Subs On: 15 Max Sheppard [23’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Benson, S Williams



Referee: Kevin Nicholson

Assistant Referees: Keith Gold & Margarit Tsekov

S 20-21 Match Report: Hutton Res 4 – 1 Collier Row (Wed 21 April) [EOFL 20-21 22.4.21]

EOFL crest

Essex Olympian League – Division Three

Venue: Polo Fields

2020-21 Season: Match 27

Wednesday 21st April 2021 – 6.15pm KO

Hutton Res: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Socks

Collier Row: Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Polo Fields surface pre-match

Hutton Ressies secure third win on the reel with fine win over Row at Polo Fields

Hutton Res 4 – 1 Collier Row

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In another midweek adventure, I returned to Polo Fields to see in-form Hutton Reserves face fellow promotion rivals Collier Row in this Essex Olympian League Division Three match. The hosts had won at the weekend without conceding at home to Toby’s reserve side, while Collier Row lost at Basildon Town’s second side – and Hutton Res defeated the latter side here last week.

The match got underway with a flourish for the visitors as they saw two half-chances go narrowly wide of home custodian Scott Allison’s goal. Bill Stratford’s side responded on ten minutes with the tricky winger Carl Dutton striking narrowly wide of Owen Dunn’s post, Moments later, it was forward Matthew Price’s turn to test stopper Dunn before also being denied by a well-placed covering defender in the same move. As it turned out, the depleted visitors, missing the likes of talismanic goal-scorer Ed Hart, conceded with 21 minutes on the watch as the hosts made the most of slack marking with centre-back Jim Gardner tapping in from close range.

Row responded with characteristic attacking vigour with Ben Woolven sending in a fine cross from the left side of the penalty box, but good tracking back by midfielder Owen Chesney allowed him to clear in the nick of time an prevent a chance at goal. Collier Row did level with twenty-four minutes on the watch, with a good free-kick angled in evaded the home defence, allowing skipper Brandon Nicholson to force the ball over the goal-line from a yard or two away. At this point of the match, there wasn’t a lot in it though Hutton Res were yet to really find their cohesive rhythm going forward.

However, it was the Hutton side who got that crucial next telling goal, eleven minutes before the interval. Dutton’s good run was well-spotted and his cool, assured finish gave Dunn little chance as the ball sailed into the far corner. That lead held until the break, though you still felt there was more drama to come.


Half-Time:  Hutton Res 2 – 1  Collier Row

That drama was to follow very quickly after the restart as Row showed a lot of tenacity to boss the first ten minutes or so of the second period. Three minutes after the resumption, Woolven found himself one-on-one with Allison, but the young Hutton ‘keeper did well to deny Woolven’s strike with his feet. The Hutton goalkeeper was again in the action before the hour mark as a well-floated cross in deep eventually found its way in to forward Daniel Reeve but a combination of Allison’s good reaction and the deep-sitting home defence denied him from notching again this season. At the other end, Dutton was in the action again as another strike was well stopped by visiting stopper Dunn. The above defensive prowess served Hutton well as on the hour, a well-placed chip by forward Matthew Price managed to bypass Dunn before sailing into the net to finally give the Reds some distance on the score-sheet and go three-one up.

Unfortunately for the visitors, they couldn’t maintain the rapid pace of their counter-attacks or be clinical in their finishing. The hosts pretty much wrapped up fourteen minutes from time as a fine cross by Matthew Price found the advancing Thomas Price and the latter slotted home well to secure a deserved victory in the end. Collier Row did well in the latter stages to deny Matthew Price and Jack Shaw but ultimately gave themselves too much to do in the latter stages.

Full-Time: Hutton Res  4 – 1 Collier Row

In summary, it was the Hutton side’s efforts in the second-half that made sure they got the points and being earnest, they played some neat Football with good attacking moves. What hurt Row the most here was accuracy of their final ball into the forwards which was intermittent at best and their finishing, combined with home stopper Scott Allison making some good saves as well. In terms of stand-out performances for the hosts, winger Carl Dutton drove his side on well and set up promising moves. Goalkeeper Scott Allison also had a good confident match, as did winger Thomas Price as did his brother, forward Matthew Price. For Collier Row, the pair of Ben Woolven and Dan Reeve did cause problems for a physical home backline, and their ‘keeper Owen Dunn also made some smart saves to prevent a heavier loss.

For the several hardy spectators in attendance, it was a good game to watch (despite the declining temperature) and a good spectacle for this division. My thanks to both managers for their assistance pre-match & I wish them well for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Hutton Res    | Manager: Bill Stratford 

Starting XI: 1 Scott Allison (GK), 12 Thomas Price, 3 Mike Cason, 4 Ryan Thorne, 5 Ben Trigg (Capt), 6 Jim Gardner, 7 Carl Dutton, 8 Owen Chesney, 16 Conor O’Regan, 10 Matthew Price, 11 Jack Shaw

Subs On: 14 Stewart Biggie [46′], 15 Dayne Wood [46′], 17 George Grant [66′], 2 Harry Lane [68′], 18 Brad Freeman [68′]

Goal-scorers: Jim Gardner [21′], Carl Dutton [34′], Matthew Price [60′], Thomas Price [76′]


Booked: O’Regan | Subs Not Used: None


Collier Row   | Manager: Wayne Sainty

 Starting XI: Owen Dunn (GK), Ryan Bishop, Nicky Webber, Brandon Nicholson (Capt), Jack Bird, Freddie Donkor, Alfie Kempton, Elliott Burrows, Scott Dunn, Ben Woolven, Daniel Reeve

Goal-scorer: Brandon Nicholson [26′]


Referee: Matthew Pointer


Match Report: Frenford 1 – 1 White Ensign (Sat 16 Feb) (EaSL Sth 17.2.19)

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Jack Carter Centre, the Drive

Attendance: 56

2018-19 Season – Match 48

Saturday 16th February 2019  – 3pm KO

Frenford: Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

White Ensign: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks

 

Frenford hold firm to deny Ensign a vital win

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This weekend’s second match took me to a new ground and a league I rarely get a chance to watch as Frenford welcomed promotion-chasing White Ensign in this Eastern Senior League South encounter at the Jack Carter Centre in Gants Hill, East London.

Frenford are in a good mid-table spot and named Danny Driscoll as their focal point in attack, with Luke Woodward and Nick Hughes supporting him while skipper Carl Conway was joined in central defence by Nick Pegg. Ensign brought with them a strong squad with skipper Dave Limber alongside Andy George at the heart of their defence with John Williams and Connor Barnby in midfield and a front two of Dominic Locke and recent signing Nathan Dewberry.

The visitors showed flashes of their sharp passing game in the early stages with one example being midfielder John Williams looking to set attacks going with Connor Barnby bombing forward from midfield. Barnby had a sight of goal after a error by home goalkeeper Danny Fowler in clearing his lines fell to him though he fired over from 20 yards. Frenford did grow into the game though as full-back Enoch Freeman made a number of enterprising runs down the right flank, and although at times he was a little isolated, he gave the visiting back-line something to think about. With 16 minutes on the watch, Freeman fed midfielder Harry Daly whose cross found forward Nick Hughes though his header lacked the power to beat visiting custodian James Parkins.

The home side were having some joy down both flanks, with inter-play between full-back Billy Whatling and forward Luke Woodward ending up in crosses finding the Ensign box though more often than not, skipper Dave LImber was well-positioned in heading them out of danger. Ensign did look handy on the counter withexperienced forward Nathan Dewberry looking to beat the off-side trap though he also twice fizzed efforts wide of Fowler’s goal. Ensign spurned a decent opening three minutes before the break as Barnby broke free of the home defence though his strike failed to unduly trouble Fowler, who gathered well.

Half-Time: Frenford  0 – 0  White Ensign

In that first-half, although the hosts had more of the play and showed plenty of vigour, they didn’t really create many clear-cut openings. A mere 40 seconds after the re-start, midfielder Bradley Gates gave Ensign the lead with a vicious lob which diipped over Fowler and straight into the top right corner to leave quite a few in the ground a bit stunned. The hosts nearly responded before the hour though forward Danny Driscoll’s strike was well-saved by Parkins and for the next passage of the game, Frenford’s tempo dipped as Ensign conversely found more of the rhythm they needed. Forward Dominic Locke was also posing problems with his pace and trickery. Fowler was called into action again on 71 minutes though somehow centre-back Andy George missed a good chance to tuck home the re-bound.

Moments afterward, at the other end, Billy Whatling’s driving run from left-back led to another Woodward ball in to the area though Parkins did well to smother with home forwards lurking. However, Frenford were not to be denied as Woodward compounded a good performance by taking aim on the left of the penalty area which a sweet chip which evaded Perkins and crept under the bar. Both sides had chances to win it in the latter stages, with Barnby scuffing an effort whilst one-on-one with Fowler and Driscoll similarly couldn’t bypass Parkins after another telling Woodward pass. In the blur of added-time, a corner for the visitors was knocked on before before being cleared off the goal-line and substitute Julian Edwards got in front of Parkins but lobbed wide.

All in all though, a draw was a fair result, given both sides had their respective strong phases of the game. On another day, either side could have won it though Ensign may feel it is two points dropped, because of their keenness to keep tabs on the leaders. Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to all at Frenford (chiefly, the Forbes clan) for their hospitality and the welcome they extended today. I really wish them well with big plans coming to fruition ahead of next season.

Full-Time: Frenford  1 – 1 White Ensign

Teams

Frenford   | Manager: Dave Forbes

Danny Fowler (GK), Enoch Freeman, Billy Whatling (Tom Quinn 85′), Carl Conway (Capt), Nick Pegg, Harry Daly, Charlie Fairhead (George Fairhead 72′), Joe Villiers, Danny Driscoll, Luke Woodward, Nick Hughes (Julian Edwards 55′)

Goal-scorer: Luke Woodward [75′]

Booked: Villiers   | Subs Not Used: Cook

 

White Ensign  | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard

James Parkins (GK), Jack Maleary, Thando Mayo, Andy George, Dave Limber (Capt), Jake McWee, Bradley Gates (Peter Paoletti 80′), John Williams, Connor Barnby, Dominic Locke (Charlie Little 80′), Nathan Dewberry (Luke Skinner 64′)

Goal-scorer: Bradley Gates [46′]

Booked: Dewberry, Locke  | Subs Not Used: Austin, Howard

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 8th Sept) [ESL 9.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the return of my round-up’s of the Essex Senior League action this weekend. How did your side do? With thanks to A Perkins for use of the Club crests.

Friday 7th September  – Gordon Brasted Trophy

Sawbridgeworth Town  5 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | Crofters End | Att: 39

Sawbridgeworth finished the match very strongly to secure progression in this Gordon Brasted tie at Crofters. Hamlets led on 19 minutes through Elias Tackie’s strike though less than a minute later the hosts counter-attacked and levelled through Lewis Deamer. The stalemate persisted until the the last third of the match and a spot-kick from Oliver Fortune [64′] gave Sawbo the lead though again, that lead was quickly snuffed out as Hamlets levelled through Simon Bamidele two minutes later.

This only spurned John Watters’ side on though as Daryl Doolan [69′], Josh Knight [75′] and James Braughurst [85′] strikes sealed a morale-boosting triumph for Sawbridgeworth. Hamlets will be wondering where their first win of the campaign will come from.

Essex Senior League – Saturday 8th September

 

 

Barkingside  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury  | Cricklefield  | Att: 50

St Margs grabbed their second league win of the season with this success at ‘Side. Charncey Dash [28′] and Phil Lowen [72’] goals assisted John Barker’s side to a much-needed win after their FA Vase exit last weekend. ‘Side are still winless in this league campaign.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports  | Lowfield  | Att: 97

Hullbridge struck in added-time to pinch this fiesty encounter at Lowfield. Joss Lillis converted a 21st-minute spot-kick to out the hosts ahead though Darren Manning’s side restored parity thanks to Adebola Sotoyinbo only three minutes later. That looked to be the end of the goal-scoring action though returning stalwart Rob Hodgson powered home a winner right at the death to give Sports their fourth straight league win and go top of the standings.

 

Redbridge   1 – 1   Clapton  | Oakside | Att: 63

Redbridge’s season continued to be stifled by draws as they were held by the Tons at Oakside. Asher Modeste struck 12 minutes before half-time to put the Motormen ahead though the visitors responded through prolific scorer Jeffrey Cobblah [76′]. Redbridge have three draws in their opening four matches while Jon Fowell’s side achieved their first draw of the league season.

 

Southend Manor 0 – 3  Stansted   | Southchurch Park | Att: 31

I attended this match, here is my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/match-report-s-manor-0-3-stansted-esl-8-9-18/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  6 – 0  Enfield 1893   | Mile End | Att: 30

Bengal had a superb day as they thrashed Enfield at Mile End. Imrul Gazi’s side led ten minutes before the break thanks to Steven Carvell’s goal though after the interval Sporting had a day to savour. Bobby Redwood [47′] and Jon Watson [60′] goals sealed the points before a brace from influential winger Codey cameron [70′ & 72′] and Yasir Rashid [85′] strikes added to the pain for Matt Hanning’s team. Bengal earned their first league win in their third match while Enfield suffered their second loss of the campaign.

 

West Essex  4 – 1  Leyton Athletic   |  Mayesbrook Park

The Stags finally grabbed their first win of the new season with a good victory over Leyton. Cameron Gray, Michael Mignot, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and Hakim Medfal goals did the damage for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Mario Gnijaj got Leyton’s consolation though they fell to their first loss in four league games.

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading.