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.

Teams:

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

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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′

Teams:

Ilford

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′]

The ESL ‘Ground-Hop’ Day – Sat 11th November 2017

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with afterword by Essex Senior League Chairman Rob Errington

Well, you may have seen some of the match reports from the Essex Senior League ‘Ground-Hop’ Day event, though what did the occasion feel like?

So, as part of a good ‘crew’ that included ESL Chair Rob Errington and respected fellow Non-League colleague Peter Dudley, we set off through the maze of traffic to reach Oakside, home of Redbridge FC, for their match against Burnham Ramblers, which kicked off proceedings at midday.

Redbridge & Burnham players honouring the fallen on Armistice Day with a minute’s silence

I will say that the Motormen always give you a decent welcome, led by Programme/Website chap Adam Silver though being honest, the hot food helps as well! Anyway it did seem like a few ground-hoppers and perhaps curious punters had joined the crowd to watch proceedings. To be fair, the match itself was a good one as the hosts showed why there are one of the in-form teams in the division right now. Though as I’ve said previously, Burnham are a different proposition this season compared to last term. They are spirited, more determined and decent going forward too.

Forest (in white shirts) in action v Woodford Town

I’m not usually in a rush to head off post-match though today it was rather a necessity, what with the next match kicking-off about a half-hour afterwards. Joined by ESL Secretary (& organiser of this event) Michelle Dorling in the ‘Batmobile’ (Well, it was jokingly called that so I thought I’d leave it in), the four of us just about made the start of the second designated match at 2.30pm – Waltham Forest v Woodford Town at Kitchener Road,Walthamstow. It’s been documented in the last week or so that Forest are in some financial strife as they look to keep the club going on to & past its 150th anniversary next season, and while the match itself was alright, the result didn’t go the way of the hosts. Being at the ground was a bit of a change for me as I don’t get round there that often, chiefly due to its location. I sincerely wish Forest all at Forest well in their efforts to preserve the club going forward.
With regards to Woodford Town, I could see why they’ve been scoring a few goals this term though they are probably seeking what quite a few other sides are – that ‘holy grail’ of consistency.

Right, well with the darkening sky well on its way, we made our way to our third and final match of the day at the Old Spotted Dog for the 5.30pm KO between Hackney Wick and Wadham Lodge. The chill in the air had also set in by this point though once settled, my attention turned to this encounter which was an important one at the bottom of the table.

The Wick and Wadham players before KO

Along with Woodford, I hadn’t seen Wadham this term before today though I’m well aware they won’t want to recall the tough start to the season that they had to endure. The visitors looked decent at times as they got the result with their superior finishing being the difference in my opinion. 

An action still from Hackney v Wadham (in red)

As far as the ‘occasion’ goes, I don’t think anyone can complain about a lack of goals (12 in three matches). And that adds to my (and others) thoughts that this season is ‘on its way’ nicely at both ends of the table. Perhaps future occasions of this ilk could have one or two matches on a Sunday or Bank Holiday afternoon though for a debut, it was really rather good. Days like this may help most clubs, though particularly those whose attendances aren’t that strong.
In the main though, ‘more of the same’ please. The ESL is ‘on the rise’ and long may that continue.

As hinted earlier, below are the thoughts of ESL Chairman Rob Errington on the day:

The day dawned with the excitement of the first-ever Hop by conveying Scott and Peter and the resultant chats added to the whole experience of the three matches, all ending 3-1 or 1-3, being very memorable. A day to remember indeed and hopefully to be repeated.

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (12.11.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start with the Friday night match, then move to the various matches that took place in the ESL on Saturday.  And there’s a run-down of the results from the Essex Olympian League matches.

Friday 10th November

Barkingside 2 – 3    Clapton

Venue: Cricklefield  |   Attendance: 273

Clapton triumphed at Cricklefield despite not having a recognised goalkeeper in the side. Clapton’s Jeffrey Cobblah broke the deadlock ten minutes before half-time. Barkingside levelled right on half-time through Besi Toke though the Tons led once again three minutes after the break, through Ryan Reed [48’]. The hosts levelled again through Michael Ogboin [75’]. Reed produced a cracker to win it with five minutes remaining. It proved some way to ‘go out’ as the next day it was announced that Reed had signed for Bostik North side (and last season’s ESL champions) Barking. After the weekend matches, Clapton sit in 4th place while ‘Side are 13th.

Saturday 11th November (in KO order)

Redbridge   3 – 1   Burnham Ramblers     (12pm KO)

Venue: Oakside    |   Attendance: 106

Redbridge got the win in the early kick-off to start off the ESL ‘Ground-Hop Day’ in an entertaining affair. Brian Moses gave the Motormen an 8th-minute lead though the visitors levelled a minute before the break through debutant Fraser Inns. Second-half goals from Moses [63’] and substitiute Tommie Turner [85’] sealed the hosts’ 12th win of the campaign and they go 3rd, just a point off pole-sitters Basildon. Burnham drop to 18th place.

If you’d like more on this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/match-report-redbridge-3-1-burnham-esl-11-11-17/

 

Waltham Forest  1 – 3  Woodford Town (2017)   (2.30pm KO)

Venue: Kitchener Road |    Attendance: 60

The action swiftly moved on to Kitchener Road as Woodford took the points. The visitors led on 36 minutes as Asher Modeste struck before Ethan Kessel [49’] made it two. Forest got a goal back though Joe Creasey [67’] though Town sealed the win through Kessel’s second of the afternoon two minutes later. Woodford stay tenth while Forest drop to the foot of the table.

If you;d like more on this match, my report in-brief is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/report-in-brief-w-forest-1-3-woodford-town-esl-11-11-17/

Basildon Utd   1- 2   Southend Manor

Venue: The Hive    |   Attendance: 127

Onto the 3pm KO’s now and Manor picked up a battling win over table-toppers Basildon at the Hive. Luke Hornsley put the hosts head on 21 minutes, before Jamie Brown levelled three minutes later. The visitors were reduced to ten men though Manor still took the lead through Hamid Zamani [65’] and held on to claim their first win under caretaker boss Adam Peek. Basildon stay top as Takeley were not in action today, while Manor rise to 11th spot.

 

Stansted  1 – 3   Sawbridgeworth Town

Venue: Hargrave Park    | Attendance: 88

Sawbridgeworth produced a good performance to triumph in this local derby at Hargrave Park. The hosts took the lead on eight minutes through Wisley Baltazar though the visitors responded though Lewis Deamer [29’] and after the break sealed the win with goals from Billy Skinner [58’] and Toby Cleaver [75’] to rise to 15th place in the table. Stansted are in 12th place.

 

West Essex  2- 1  Ilford       

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    |   Attendance: 35

The Stags picked up a important win at mayesbrook Park. James Peagram struck 11 minutes in to give the Foxes the lead though Tom Woodbridge levelled ten minutes later. Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark was dismissed soon afterward. After the break, the hosts made their numerical advantage count as James Bromley [67’] got the winner. West Essex go into 7th place while Ilford stay 9th.

Hackney Wick  1 – 3   Wadham Lodge    (5.30pm KO)

Venue: Old Spotted Dog    |   Attendance: 106

The ‘Ground-Hop Day’ action concluded at the Old Spotted Dog as Hackney Wick fell to defeat against Wadham Lodge. Mario Gnijaj put Wadham ahead on 22 minutes before Dwade James’ spot-kick [29’] doubled that advantage. Ibrahim Camara pulled one back 12 minutes from time for the hosts though James struck again two minutes from time to seal an important win for Marc Farrell’s side and they rise above Wick to 17th in the table. Hackney drop to 19th, two points above bottom side Waltham Forest.

If you’d like more on this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/match-report-h-wick-1-3-wadham-esl-11-11-17/

If you’d like an alternative view then my esteemed Non-League blogger colleague Peter Dudley has his say on the ‘Ground-Hop’ day matches and you can find that here: http://www.realfootytalk.com/2017/11/12/essex-senior-league-ground-hop-201718-saturday-11th-november/

 

Saturday 11th November

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town  0 – 1  Canning Town

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  4 – 1  Rayleigh Town

Harold Wood Athletic  1 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

 

Division One

Harold Hill  2 – 1   FC Hamlets

Old Southendian  0 – 0  Hutton

Runwell Sports  3 – 8   Newbury Forest

Snaresbrook  1 – 2   Buckhurst Hill

 

Division Two

May & Baker E.C. Res.   5 – 3      A1 Sports

Newham Utd  5 – 1     Rochford Town

Ongar Town  1 – 6     Toby

Rayleigh Town Res.    10 – 0   Ryan

Upminster   1 – 3   Herongate Athletic

Match Report: Hackney Wick 1 – 3 Wadham Lodge (ESL 11.11.17)

Essex Senior League – Ground-Hop Day Match #3

Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Attendance: 106

2017-18 Season – Match 38

Saturday 11th November 2017 5.30pm KO

Hackney Wick: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Wadham Lodge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both sides before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at the Old Spotted Dog,  the ESL ‘Ground-Hop Day’ came to a close as Hackney Wick took on an improving Wadham Lodge side in an important ‘six-pointer’ with both sides near the bottom of the table.

The visitors knew a win would take them off the bottom of the table, though Wick started the brighter of the two sides with winger Tajahn Figueroa denied by Wadham goalkeeper Stefan Botar whilst one-on-one five minutes in. Wadham had a good chance of their own with Jerome Mtumba mis-timing his strike from a narrow angle on 13 minutes. Soon after,Wick winger Jeffrey Idemudia’s cross from the right found forward Jordy Ndjeka though his shot was saved by Botar. The visitors got the important first goal through Mario Gnijaj’s close-range header at the back post on 22 minutes. Lodge sensed that more joy could be in the offing and after Gnijaj had a shot save, forward Dwade James doubled his side’s lead from the spot seven minutes later following a foul in the area.

Lodge continued to push forward and eleven minutes before the interval, full-back Akin Akinola’s powerful strike was saved by home goalkeeper Martin Arnauchkov though it then cannoned off the bar. Wadham winger Carlos Quintero was also an influence on his side down the left flank and he blasted a shot wide shortly before the break. Wick winger Idemudia piled in with a curling effort on the stroke of half-time though was denied well by Botar.

Half-Time: Hackney Wick 0 – 2 Wadham Lodge

The second half was admittedly somewhat quieter though evergreen forward Sherwin Stanley missed a decent chance eight minutes after the break. Wick forward Ibrahim Camara was denied by Botar soon afterward. Wick did halve their arrears with twelve minutes to play as Camara’s strike found the net.

Both sides made changes and this may have affected the tempo of the match though Wadham won’t mind as late on, James grabbed his second of the evening with a header past Arnauchkov to seal the points for his side and take them above Wick into 17th place while Wick drop to 19th spot.

Full-Time: Hackney Wick 1 – 3 Wadham Lodge

Camara 78’  |  Gnijaj 22, James 29’ & 88’

Teams:

Hackney Wick

Martin Arnauchkov (GK), Simpson Mpalampa (C), Meer Ishanzadeh, Stephen O’Hara, Robert Kasanga, Sergo Sidibe, Jeffrey Idemudia, Jake Casey (Kareem Richardson 73’), Jordy Ndjeka (Saico Djop 61’), Ibrahim Camara, Tajahn Figueroa

Goal-scorer: Ibrahim Camara [78’]

Booked: Kasanga   |  Subs Not Used: Nassim Keniza, Kirk McPherson

Wadham Lodge

Stefan Botar (GK), Danny Palmer, Akin Akinola (Ben Masaku 61’), Jerome Mtumba (George Silver Mulonda 77’), Andrea Kostadinov, Eli Benoit (C), Mario Gnijaj, Gary Silvera, Sherwin Stanley (Rueben Akande 90’), Dwade James, Carlos Quintero

Goal-scorers: Mario Gnijaj [22’], Dwade James [29’ & 88’]

Booked: Quintero, Gnijaj, Silvera  | Subs Not Used: Michael Appiah, Junior Ibweachu

Refree: David Merno  | Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Alan Steward

Report In-Brief: Waltham Forest 1 – 3 Woodford Town (2017) (ESL 11.11.17)

Essex Senior League – Ground-Hop Day Match #2

Venue: Kitchener Road

Attendance: 60

2017-18 Season – Match 37

Saturday 11th November 2017 2.30pm KO

Waltham Forest: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford Town (2017): Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice afternoon at Kitchener Road, Waltham Forest took on Woodford Town in the second match of the designated three with altered kick-offs as part of ‘Ground-Hop Day’. Forest announced this week that they are crowd-funding with the objective of preserving the club beyond this season with the club’s 150th anniversary approaching next term.

In the opening twenty minutes of this encounter, Forest did look the stronger of the two sides with recent signing Chid Okonwai leading the line for the hosts. Twice in the opening half, Okonwai forced visiting stopper Nick Wilson into decent saves. As we headed for the half-hour point, the visitors started to move up a gear with a long-range effort being spilled by Forest goalkeeper Mohammed for a corner. Nine minutes before the break, Woodford took the lead as Mohammed saved a initial shot though the ball fell to forward Asher Modeste who made no mistake.

Half-Time: Waltham Forest 0 – 1 Woodford Town (2017)

The second half began well for the visiting side as they doubled their advantage four minutes in with a powerful drive by forward Ethan Kessel. Forest responded on 67 minutes as two substitutes combined with Daniel Medina’s cross finding Joe Creasey who had a tap-in. The joy for the hosts was short-lived though as Kessel got his second of the afternoon for Woodford just two minutes later to seal the points for Dee Safer’s men.

The match faded somewhat after that though Forest’s Fahad Nazor struck a post with 15 minutes to play and Okonwai couldn’t get his name on the score-sheet as his curling effort went over the bar.

Full-Time: Waltham Forest 1 – 3 Woodford Town (2017)

Creasey 67’   |  Modeste 36’, Kessel 49’ & 69’

Teams: Due to Woodford Town’s team-sheet being unavailable, the teams are not listed in this article, my apologies.

Referee: Lukas Wood

Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Jeremy Mott

Match Report: Redbridge 3 – 1 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 11.11.17)

Essex Senior League – Ground Hop Day Match #1

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 106

2017-18 Season – Match 36

Saturday 11th November 2017 12pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

Burnham Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both sides observe a minute’s silence on Armistice Day

Report by Scott W (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

First up on a special elongated day of Essex Senior League action on ‘Ground-Hop Day’, Redbridge took on Burnham Ramblers at Oakside in the midday kick-off. Redbridge were led in attack by Brian Moses and Sipho Mtyanda, with fellow forward Calvin Poku on the bench as midfielder Shaun Harris and winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao were unavailable. Burnham fielded Charlee Hughes, Bradley Morgan and debutant Fraser Inns in attack.

The Motormen started well as only three minutes in, centre-back Vinny Murphy’s curled free-kick was tipped over the bar by alert Burnham custodian Joshua Strizovic. The hosts took advantage of this early impetus as on eight minutes winger Joshua Hutchinson’s right-wing cross found target-man Moses and his header sailed into the left corner to open their account for the afternoon.

To be fair to the visitors, they responded quickly as only minutes later, a drive from midfielder Ben Burgess needed the intervention of Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene. Both sides traded chances in the following period of the game, with Moses really pulling his side forward. His cross found strike partner Sipho Mtyanda on 17 minutes though was denied by a great tackle from a visiting defender. Burnham’s Bradley Morgan’s effort was denied on the line by Liam Thomas as they looked to level things up.

This seemed to pep the hosts up as they created further chances, captain Eljay Worrell’s shot was denied well by Strizovic. After the rain we’ve had this week, the pitch was a bit slippy, though it didn’t really perturb either side here. Burnham put a ‘spanner in the works’ of the home half-time team-talk as they levelled two minutes before the break as Morgan’s pinpoint cross from the right was powerfully headed home by Fraser Inns.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

After the break, the hosts continued with push early-doors as Worrell had a goal ruled out for off-side, Mtyanda and Moses both sent efforts wide before the latter was one-on-one with Strizovic though the ‘keeper made another good save on 51 minutes. Burnham were still showing spirit, particularly at the back though their resistance was broken just after the hour as Worrell’s corner found Moses who nodded home from close range.

The hosts brought on fit-again forward Jacob Dingli around this point also and soon after that, he brought another good save out of Strizovic though with five minutes remaining, Dingli’s shot was blocked though fellow substitute Tommie Turner turned the ball home to seal the points. I must give credit to Burnham as their heads did not drop, with Strizovic making three more good saves to keep his team in it late on.

Overall, I would say that the Motormen were ‘in the mood’ today and that showed, though Burnham showed their determined nature once again and definitely played their part in this encounter. I’d like to pass on my best wishes to both clubs and thank Redbridge FC for their hospitality.

Full-Time: Redbridge 3 – 1 Burnham Ramblers

Moses 8′, 63′     |     Inns 43′
Turner 85′

Teams:

Redbridge: Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Jonathan Mbamarah, Phillip Brown-Bampoe (Jacob Dingli 62′), Vinny Murphy, Liam Thomas, Joshua Hutchinson (Marcus Carter 85′), Patrick Duggan, Lindisipho Mtyanda (Tommie Turner 65′), Brian Moses, Eljay Worrell (C)

Goal-scorers: Brian Moses [8′ & 63′], Tommie Turner [85′]

Booked: Moses   |  Subs Not Used: Poku

Burnham Ramblers: Joshua Strizovic (GK), Franco Guidi (Julian Bavin 46′), Edison Tereziu (George Kuderovitch 85′), Ben Burgess, Ryan Plom, Scott Plom, Ryan Stillwell (C), William Howard, Bradley Morgan, Fraser Inns, Charlee Hughes

Goal-scorer: Fraser Inns [43′]

Booked: S Plom, Howard, Hughes | Subs Not Used: Green
Referee: Graham Scott

Assistant Referees: Brian Townsend & Trevor Williams

The ESL Ground-hopper’s weekend (8.11.17)

ESL Badge

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This coming weekend (Fri 10th & Sat 11th Nov), the Essex Senior League has something of a unique event coming. Among a reduced Saturday fixture list due to the ESL sides in FA Vase action, there are three matches with staggered kick-off times, starting with the 12midday KO: Redbridge v Burnham Ramblers at Oakside, continuing with a 2.30pm KO: Waltham Forest v Woodford Town (2017) at Kitchener Road and finishing with a 5.30pm match at the Old Spotted Dog where Hackney Wick take on Wadham Lodge.

All this is proceeded by a local derby the previous evening at Cricklefield: Barkingside v Clapton. In a league where we do have Friday night matches as well as midweek action, it is rare though to have altered kick-off times on a Saturday. As such, it does rather feel like a special occasion.

For those folks who will do two or three matches on the day, a long day it may be though it is shaping up to be a cracker and I hope it is a beacon or a start of something that could continue as initiatives like this (as well as refreshments/food & admission etc) to encourage fans to ‘join the party’. It is heartening to see that Non-League crowds are on the rise at higher steps (Step 3’s Isthmian Premier for example) so why not at Step 5?

Also, it has to be said that the clubs involved deserve a mention for taking part in this ‘experiment’ & those that have organised it. Thank you.

Check back on Friday for Peter & my usual Preview piece looking at the ties (in ESL & FA Vase involving ESL sides) in more detail but in the mean time, here are the ESL fixtures themselves (3pm unless stated):

Friday 10th November 2017

Barkingside v Clapton | Venue: Cricklefield (7.45pm KO)

Saturday 11th November

Redbridge v Burnham Ramblers |Venue: Oakside (12pm KO)

Waltham Forest v Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: Kitchener Road (2.30pm KO)

Basildon Utd v Southend Manor | Venue: The Hive

Stansted v Sawbridgeworth Town  | Venue: Hargrave Park

West Essex v Ilford | Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Hackney Wick v Wadham Lodge | Venue: Old Spotted Dog  (5.30pm KO)

 

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 3 Great Wakering Rovers (ESL 7.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 72

2017-18 Season: Match 35

Tuesday 7th November 2017 7.45pm KO

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

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

Action - HS v GWR (ESL 7.11.17 by PD)
Action from the match (Credit: Peter Dudley)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a rainy Tuesday evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed in-form Great Wakering Rovers in another Essex Senior League encounter. For the hosts, Aaron Hunwicks played at right-back, with captain Jimmy Cox being deployed in an unfamiliar holding midfield role, with Ollie Miller leading the line. Wakering kept a fairly settled side with Neil Richmond and Jay Nash leading in attack.

The visitors started the match the stronger of the two sides with forward Jay Nash twice having efforts on goal, the latter being cleared on the line after home goalkeeper Lewis Catling spilled fellow forward Neil Richmond’s initial free-kick. Rovers did take the lead ten minutes in, as Richmond found himself in a good position in the area, Hullbridge defender Sam Taylor failed to clear under pressure and Richmond helped himself to a tap-in. The same player nearly made it two just four minutes later though Catling denied him following a long-ball forward.

Hullbridge were defending for their lives though there was a sense that Rovers would press home their advantage and they did so on 26 minutes when a good right-wing cross found winger Billy Johnson who had a simple header from a couple of yards out into the net. Rovers extended their lead in unfortunate circumstances for the hosts as home defender Angus Poole’s pass back to Catling bobbled on the slippy pitch, over the custodian’s foot and into the left corner. Hullbridge’s attacking moments were few and far between with midfielder Sam Dulieu’s shot drawing a save from visiting goalkeeper Rees Hawkins. In the main, the visitors were pretty dominant at this point.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 0 – 3 Great Wakering

After the break, Iain O’Connell’s men pushed to extend their advantage early on as Catling did well to keep Johnson’s shot nine minutes after the re-start. The hosts’ defence did get a few good blocks in, led by the stoic centre-back pairing of Rob Hodgson and Angus Poole. Sports were battling better since the interval though were still lacking potency up top with forward Ollie Miller not getting a huge degree of service. That said, the forward did his best to stretch the visiting defence, marshalled by skipper Scott Pethers.

The hosts pulled one back with 18 minutes remaining as winger Charlie Buffin’s drive beat Hawkins to make it 1-3. The visitors did have a different look about them in attack since Richmond departed at the break and midfielder Ricky Evans’ drive was just off-target with 11 minutes to play. The hosts pulled closer with two minutes to go as Charlie Buffin grabbed another, though I’m not sure he knew all about it. The hosts rallied as they pushed for a leveller, which seemed improbable at half-time.

Wakering had a chance late in added-time though substitute Chris Bryan brought another good save out of Catling. Wakering had the odd nervy moment to contend with though the most important thing is the three points. Hullbridge will know they can’t keep conceding big deficits and expect to come back though their spirit as ever deserves a mention. As does the introduction of local lad Shawn Coe who came off the bench to make his debut tonight for Hullbridge, having played at the club for over a decade, going through the age groups and reserve side. Best wishes Shawn.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 3 Great Wakering Rovers

Charlie Buffin 72′ & 88′   |     Richmond 10′, Johnson 26′, Poole OG 34′

 

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Lewis Catling (GK), Aaron Hunwicks, Sam Taylor (Shawn Coe 67′), Jimmy Cox (C) (Tom Ranger 72′), Rob Hodgson, Angus Poole, Charlie Buffin, Jamie Buffin (Howard Wright 85′), Ollie Miller, Sam Dulieu, Charlie Gerada

Subs Not Used: Nathan Burrell, Damien Siemienczuk

Booked: Miller

Goal-scorers: Charlie Buffin [72′ & 88′]

 

Great Wakering Rovers

Rees Hawkins (GK), Jason Ring, Louis Robinson (Charlie Seaden 85′), Scott Pethers (C), Oliver Woodhouse, Samuel Carter, Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Neil Richmond (Bradley Nobbs 46′), Jay Nash (Chris Bryan 76′), Aaron Russell

Subs Not Used: Jimmy Cook, Finley Dopson

Goal-scorers: Neil Richmond [10′], Billy Johnson [26′], Angus Poole OG [34′]

Report: Tower Hamlets 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 4.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 36

2017-18 Season – Match 34

Saturday 4th November 2017 3pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts and Black Socks

Burnham Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly and damp afternoon, I made my way to Mile End Stadium as Tower Hamlets welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. The hosts were missing a few players including Kane Wilson and the injured Lee McKnight and Wale Odedoyin though new signings Jerome Martelli and Elias Tackie made the starting XI and substitute’s bench respectively. Burnham were missing the likes of forward Bradley Morgan and Luke Maloney though Charlee Hughes led the line for Lee Hughes’ side.

The pitch had to pass a morning pitch inspection and as things got underway, it was evident that while the pitch was OK, it was still boggy and that did mean players slipped a bit. Hamlets forward Curtis Pond nearly opened the scoring in the first minute after being played in by strike partner Luke With though he couldn’t find the target. Tola Odedoyin won a few good headers at centre-back though after a decent initial spell, the hosts had to deal with a few Burnham attacks, midfielder Bobby Barker and forward Hughes couldn’t test home goalkeeper James Pellin.

Pond and winger Martelli blasted shots wide, the latter having a great chance whilst one-on-one with visiting custodian Joshua Strizovic. Hughes hit the post for Burnham on 26 minutes having beaten Pellin. Tola Odedoyin done his side a favour by making a good last-ditch tackle on Hughes when the Burnham forward was in a good position to ‘pull the trigger’ just shy of the half-hour mark.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The hosts may have had more of the chances though Burnham could have snuck ahead in the opening half having had some good moments themselves. Hamlets joint-manager AJ Ashinike was firing out instructions from near the stand to keep his side going though as we made our way past the half-way point in the second half, the hosts pushed forward to find that so far elusive goal. Substitute O’Neal Rowe twice tested Strizovic though Burnham thought they’d broken the deadlock 14 minutes from time though Hughes’s goal was ruled out for off-side, much to the consternation of the Burnham dug-out.

That frustration was amplified soon after as Hamlets took the lead with nine minutes remaining. Substitutes Elias Tackie and Rowe combined, with Rowe laying the ball off for Tackie to power his strike into the right corner. Burnham nearly grabbed a last-minute leveller as a free-kick was well-directed though was just over Hughes’ head at the back stick.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

Tackie 81′

Hamlets may have just edged this one on chances created though I really don’t think there was much between the sides. I think it also serves as another pointer that both these sides have improved compared to last season. Congratulations to Hamlets who sit 7th in the table and my best wishes to Burnham as they strive to rise up the table, they are 17th. My thanks also go to Tilia and Adam (T Hamlets) for their hospitality today, it is appreciated.

Teams:
Tower Hamlets

James Pellin (GK), Lamar Earle, John Watson (Inesh Sumithran 67′), Mata Julio, Tola Odedoyin, Jerome Martelli (O’Neal Rowe 67′), Frankie Sinclair (C), Curtis Pond, Antonio Montiero (Elias Tackie 67′), Luke With, Igor Furtado

Subs Not Used: Harry Wright, James Ross

Goalscorer: Elias Tackie (81′)

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Luke Caston, Grant Webb, Ben Burgess, Alex Karkoski, Bobby Barker, William Howard, Ryan Stillwell (C), Charlee Hughes, Robert Bagnall (George Kuderovitch 84′), Samuel Warwick (Edison Tereziu 73′)

Subs Not Used: Adam French (GK), Andrew Mowforth

Booked: Barker

Referee: Ede Eruero

Assistants: Michael Wingate & Abdel Hemid Zekri