Following The ESL : 2017/18 Season (Part 1: July – October) (31.10.17)

Lower Rd pitch (H v WF ESL 29.7.17)
Lower Road pitch (29.7.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

As the dawn of the new season approached back in July, Essex Senior League (or ESL) clubs first began the necessary pre-season campaign, ahead of the season proper which began in late July/early August. Two ‘new’ names joined the fray in Hackney Wick [in place of London Bari] and Wodford Town (2017) [replacing Haringey & Waltham] so we were set for a 21-team league season.

Although we didn’t know the specifics at the time, we knew that Promotion & Relegation were going to take on more significance this season. The former has been subject to ground-grading issues recently, while the latter hasn’t been in place at all, in recent times at least.

Among the interesting differences compared to last season [in which Barking seized the chance to win the division and ascend back to the Isthmian League] were players coming down from higher tiers, more teams arguably having ‘budgets’ and some clubs also actively seeking to improve themselves and being aware that the ESL itself was going to get more ‘coverage’. Not by the ‘recognised press’ who were more than likely to have their attention focused elsewhere, but by an increasing group of folks who seemingly prefer Non-League Football, particularly at this level.

So there’s your ‘scene’. Even at the end of last season, I doubt many people would hazard a guess as to who would be the ‘front-runne

rs’ for the ESL title this term. You could not discount ‘surprises’ either, indeed those sorts of teams could quietly build a platform early -doors from which to sustain during what is a long ol’ season.

Said ‘surprises’ did launch themselves ‘out of the blocks’ in the form of Basildon Utd, Sporting Bengal Utd & West Essex in the first couple of months of the season, as they were among the early leaders.

As a certain lanky soul [ie. Me] made his way from match-to-match and read other reports & articles from other good colleagues as the weeks drifted by, it became pretty clear that a) This is going to be one heck of a competitive season , b) not much was going to stay still and c) at times, anyone could throw up the odd ‘surprise result’ into the air. Throw in quite a few chances in the dug-out (managerial) as well and you get the picture.

Two things have grabbed me, one is the unforgiving nature of results. Why? Well, on occasion they don’t quite reflect the actual match you’ve seen. That score-board isn’t about “could haves, would haves and should haves” – it can be cold in that respect. The other thing is the old chestnut: Consistency – easy to say yet hard to accomplish. Factor in the likely changes in matchday squads & starting XIs though injuries, suspensions and unavailability etc and the variables rise.

So at the end of October, who are among the top six in the table? Well, Takeley lead by two points from Basildon Utd with Redbridge, FC Romania, Great Wakering Rovers and Clapton all in hot pursuit. At The bottom, seven clubs are separated by just three points.

It’ll be some battle throughout the division this term. As an independent, I’ll say this: Bring It On!

Thanks for reading.

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Hargrave Park pitch (28.10.17)

Match Report: Stansted 0 – 2 Redbridge (ESL) (28.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 44

2017-18 Season – Match 33

Saturday 28th October 2017 3pm KO

 Stansted: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene late autumn’s afternoon, I made my first visit to Hargrave Park as Stansted welcomed Redbridge in another Essex Senior League encounter. The ground might be a bit compact, but it does have a certain charm to it (see images). On to the teams then and Stansted were missing a number of players that were not available, while the Motormen’s Brian Moses and Jonothon Mbamarah were among those missing for the visitors.

In the main, both sides took a bit of a time to settle on the wet outfield. Stansted could have taken the lead five minutes in though winger Nick Brown’s 20-yard curling strike fizzed just wide. The visitors responded as Redbridge winger Joshua Hutchinson’s angled drive was saved by home goalkeeper Tim Pitman. The visitors did need a little while to get their possession game going though when they did get it up top, they kept the Airportmen backline busy, forward Thomas Gogo making a good run which was blocked for a corner just following the quarter-hour. The visitors had to make a change not long after that as centre-half Vinny Murphy was replaced there by Olly Gollard.

As we past the midway point of the first half, the bustling energy of midfielder Shaun Harris and winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao did start to set some good build-up play up though the end product wasn’t quite there. Stansted reminded them that they were well in this as Brown sent another effort wide. That and fellow winger Ryan Ramsey was having a good tussle at times with Redbridge full-back Courtney Homans at times, Ramsey showing good pace and trickery.

The hosts’ front three of Ramsey, George Smith and Brown were certainly keeping the visiting backline honest. In the latter stages of the half, the visitors did start to dominate though Paul Pittuck’s men were in a typically determined mood, midfielder Jack Folan denying Hutchinson with a good tackle as the latter was poised to strike. The deadlock was broken three minutes before the break as Harris’ angled-drive from just inside the area beat Pitman on its way to the corner. Forward Calvin Poku nearly made it two only a couple of minutes later though he sent his shot wide.

Half-Time: Stansted  0 – 1 Redbridge

The second half began with the hosts having to make two enforced changes in the opening minutes with Brown and skipper Dave Limber going off, replaced by Julian Lloyd and Lewis Riches respectively. The hosts did test visiting custodian Lewis Greene though he was equal to Smith’s effort from a narrow angle on 57 minutes. Both sides pushed in attack, though the visitors were gradually having more of the play with the likes of Coxi-Sebastfao and Hutchinson growing in influence on the game. When Smith limped off with 15 minutes to play, the hosts were down to ten and although you knew they’d graft hard, you also felt it might be an opening for the visitors to make the points safe.

The Motormen did just that eight minutes from the end as Hutchinson slotted past Pitman to double their advantage. In added time, substitute Tommie Turner ‘s shot was well-saved by Pitman though in fairness, the score-line about right as the visitors came away from Hargrave Park with a hard-earned but deserved win. Stansted can hold their heads up high though as they certainly didn’t make it an easy afternoon for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side today.

Full-Time:                    Stansted  0 – 2 Redbridge

                    Harris 42’, Hutchinson 82’

Congrats to Redbridge on the win and best wishes to Stansted for the remainder of the season, and thanks to Glyn and the club for their hospitality.

Teams:

Stansted

Manager: Paul Pittuck

Redbridge

Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Tim PItman  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene (GK)
2  Jack Isherwood 2  Courtney Homans
3  Jevoy Blair          (Subbed 68’) 3  Eljay Worrell  (C)
4  Chris Moore 4  Shaun Harris
5  David Limber  (C)  (Subbed 48’) 5  Vinny Murphy   (Subbed 19’)
6  Jamie Bennett 6  Liam Thomas
7  Nick Brown       (Subbed 46’) 7  Joshua Hutchinson
8  Jack Folan 8  Patrick Duggan
9  George Smith 9  Calvin Poku         (Subbed 76′)
10  Stef Neilsen 10  Thomas Gogo    (Subbed 67′)
11  Ryan Ramsey 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao
   

Substitutes:

12  Julian Lloyd                  (On 46’) 12  Malaki Toussaint
13  Jay Hocking-Rising      (On 68’) 14  Olly Gollard          (On  19’)
14  Lewis Riches                (On 48’) 15  Lindisipho Mtyanda    (On 76’)
  16  Tommie Turner            (On 67’)
  17  Phil Brown-Bampoe
   
   

Referee:

Lukas Wood
Assistant Referees:

James Whittaker Snr

Ike Ayesemuate

   
Booked: Blair, Hocking-Rising Booked: None

 

 

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 2 Enfield 1893 (ESL) (25.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 71

2017-18 Season – Match 32

Wednesday 25th October 2017 7.45pm

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Enfield 1893: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Both sides before KO (SM v En1893 ESL 25.10.17)
Both sides before KO 

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice autumn’s evening at Southchurch Park, Enfield 1893 were the the visitors as they took on Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League encounter.

After a fairly even start to proceedings, Enfield were awarded a spot-kick as the referee adjudged there was a hand-ball in the area on ten minutes. Forward Danny Jones stepped up and duly converted to give the visitors an early advantage. Manor almost responded two minutes later though forward Jacob Cleaver’s shot was saved by visiting ‘stopper Michael Corderoy. The hosts did level on 28 minutes as from Jamie Brown’s corner, full-back Alfie Lindfield snuck in to get a tap-in, beating Corderoy to the ball.

Matt Hanning’s side nearly re-took the lead on the half-hour though forward Carl Mullings had his strike saved by home custodian David Leader. Mullings was giving the home defence something to think about though defender Ross Johnson did well to snuff out the threat on 33 minutes as the ball trickled out for a goal-kick. Enfield did re-take the lead ten minutes before half-time, Jones made a good run and was well-found and the forward passed the ball into the net when one-one-one with Leader to grab his second of the evening.

Manor had a few chances to level before the break though Brown couldn’t find the target and Cleaver’s close-range effort was saved by Corderoy.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 2  Enfield 1893

The second half began with both sides trading chances, Jones could’ve put the visitors further ahead though couldn’t find the target eight minutes after the interval. Soon after, Manor full-back Robbie Norris blazed his shot over the bar and Lindfield was also denied by Corderoy. Manor felt aggrieved when with twenty minutes or so to play as forward Bayley Newell made a surging run and whilst battling with a visiting defender in the area, went down though the referee did not award a spot-kick, much to the consternation of the home bench.

In the latter stages, both Jones and Mullings missed chances for Enfield to put the game to bed, being denied by Leader. The hosts were running out of time though pushed for an equaliser and got it in the nick of time as substitute Rhys Fatt’s ball into the area was seized on by Newell who slotted home past Corderoy who was unable to keep it out.

Manor maybe deserved the point for their endeavour though Enfield will feel they should have won this match. They looked comfortable at times though they also had enough chances to prevail here.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 2 – 2  Enfield 1893

       Lindfield 28’, Newell 90’ +1  |   Jones (pen) 10’, 35’

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Enfield 1893

Manager: Matt Hanning

1  David Leader  (GK) 1  Michael Corderoy  (GK)
2  Robbie Norris     (Subbed 62’) 2  Matt Claxton
3  Alfie Lindfield     (Subbed 75’) 3  Joe Clark
4  Lee Delf  (C) 4  Matt Thoma         (Subbed 33’)
5  Ross Johnson 5  James O’Brien  (C)
6  Jamie Alexandrou 6  Jacob Dixon          (Subbed 72’)
7  Jamie Brown 7  Joe Johnson
8  Charlie Barlow 8  Joe Staunton
9  Jacob Cleaver 9  Danny Jones
10  Bayley Newell 10  Carl Mullings
11  John-Joe Slater   (Subbed 84’) 11  Ben Bradbury     (Subbed 81’)
   

Substitutes:

12  Scott Keys 12  Abiola Balogun     (On 81’)
14  Rhys Fatt           (On 84’) 14  David Ottley          (On 72’)
15  Ryan Kelland     (On 75’) 15  Tony Da Silva
16  Lee Scott 16  Matt Duberry-Lawrence  (On 33’)
17 Taj Hussain         (On 62’)  
   

Referee:

Chris Cooper

Assistant Referees:

Jeff Stanley

Karl Dunnage

   

Booked: Cleaver, Lindfield

Report: Southend Manor 0 – 3* Redbridge (*A-A after 80 mins) (ESL 7.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

2017-18 Season – Match 28

Saturday 7th October 2017 3pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

S Manor v Redbridge (ESL 7.10.16)
The Players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly afternoon at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor welcomed in-form Redbridge in another Essex Senior League encounter on Non-League Day.

The first began with the visitors edging the early-going though 13 minutes in, it was almost bad luck for the visitors as from full-back Lee Scott’s right-wing cross, Manor’s Robbie Norris scuffed his shot at the near post. The visitors did get into their stride somewhat though strikes on goal from front two Brian Moses and Calvin Poku failed to find the target.

The Motormen did take the lead eleven minutes before the break as a long-ball found Poku in space and then one-on-one with Manor goalkeeper Liam Pitts, buried his low strike into the left corner. Redbridge led at the break as Manor couldn’t quite find their rhythm going forward though did battle quite well against the formidable Motormen front four.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1  Redbridge

Seven minutes into the second half, Moses’ shot was saved by Pitts, A minute later, Manor forward Bayley Newell’s drive went wide of the left-side post. The vistors extended their lead on 61 minutes as after Moses was involved in the build-up , winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao struck home from close range. Ten minutes later, Manor substitute Charlie Barlow’s shot called Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene into action though he made the save. Soon after, the visitors were three goals up as after Pitts had denied Moses’ effort, winger Joshua Hutchinson tucked in the re-bound. Newell then tested Greene again with a goal-bound effort which the visiting custodian saved with his foot.

With ten minutes remaining, there was a coming together as Redbridge forward Moses and home goalkeeper Pitts challenged for the ball on the edge of the goalkeeper’s area which left both players down. However, it soon became apparent that the ‘keeper had clearly come off worse for wear and the match was halted while an ambulance was called. I must mention that Moses stayed with the stricken stopper for some time, before and after the paramedic crew arrived. Given the situation, the referee eventually called the match off with ten minutes still to play. Pitts suffered a suspected broken leg. I sincerely wish Liam the very best in his recovery and I am sure the entire Non-League community would also echo that sentiment.

As far as the result goes, the League will ultimately decide whether the result will stand or not, though at present I believe it may stand.

Full-Time*: Southend Manor  0 – 3  Redbridge

Poku 34’

Coxi-Sebastfao 61’,

Hutchinson 72’

 

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Redbridge

Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

1  Liam Pitts  (GK) 1  Lewis Greene  (GK)
2  Robbie Norris 2  Courtney Homans
3  Lee Scott                   (Subbed 54’) 3  Billy Golledge
4  Ross Johnson           (Subbed 70’) 4  Shaun Harris
5  Scott Keys  (C) 5  Liam Thomas  (C)
6  Jamie Alexandrou 6  Jonathon Mbamarah
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Joshua Hutchinson
8  Callum Jex 8  Patrick Duggan    (Subbed 67’)
9  Jacob Cleaver 9  Calvin Poku          (Subbed 67’)
10  Bayley Newell 10  Brian Moses
11  Joe Skeels 11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao
   

Substitutes:

12  Ryan Kelland        (On 70’) 12  Sam Sheppard
14  Hamid Zamani 14  Lindsipho Mtyanda   (On 67’)
15  Charlie Barlow     (On 54’) 15  Malaki Toussaint       (On 67’)
16  James Coppins 16  Tommie Turner
17  James Good  
   

Referee:

Peter Newman
Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Martin Green

   
Booked: Cleaver Booked: Thomas

 

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 3 – 0 West Essex (ESL 6.10.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 94

2017-18 Season – Match 27

Friday 6th October 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

T Hamlets v W Essex (ESL 6.10.17)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly calm night at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets welcomed West Essex in a Friday night Essex Senior League encounter. Regarding the teams, Goalkeeper James Pellin made his debut for Hamlets after signing from Southend Manor while for West Essex, Dan Russell continued to deputise in goal for the injured Jack Coker.

The match didn’t start off that lively with few chances coming in the early-going. Fourteen minutes in, a West Essex free-kick by Joe Lefley found centre-back Maamoon Khan though he couldn’t get his shot away on goal. Six minutes later, we had the unusual sight of a fox traversing its way across the pitch. On 24 minutes, Hamlets forward O’Neal Rowe had a good shot saved by West Essex goalkeeper Dan Russell. The remainder of the half saw few real opportunities to break the deadlock though a minute before the break, visiting defender Kofi Appiah’s drive needed a decent save by Hamlets goalkeeper James Pellin to keep it goalless at the interval.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0  West Essex

The hosts took a few minutes to settle after the break, though ten minutes after the re-start, striker Luke With hit a post from a decent position in the area. The visitors nearly responded a minute later though skipper Tom MacLeod’s header went over the bar from a free-kick. Hamlets did opening the scoring on 59 minutes as hot-shot Curtis Pond made a good surging run and buried a low shot past Russell to give the hosts the lead. Hamlets were unsurprisingly buoyed by their goal and full-back Lamar Earle made another good run though blasted his shot over the bar. The visitors were a man down as Dan Christey was dismissed for two bookable offences midway through the second half. With had another effort on goal saved by Russell’s legs with 66 minutes on the clock though three minutes later Pond was left in space and one-on-one with Russell, again placed a low drive into the corner.

The hosts had the initiative now and nearly increased their lead as Rowe showed good pace and skill to get past Russell in the area though his goal-bound effort was well blocked on the goal-line. Two minutes after coming on as a late substitute, forward Wale Odedoyin found space on the counter-attack and lobbed Russell well to seal the win for Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side. To be honest, the visitors did tire after the break though Pellin still had to deny striker Michael Mignot and substitute Isaac Marfo late on.

All in all, the second-half showing from Hamlets won them this match and Curtis Pond laid down another marker in terms of his finishing with two goals though Luke With, O’Neal Rowe and defender John Watson also did well tonight. For West Essex, this won’t be a memorable match as they struggled to give the likes of Mignot and Woodbridge enough service up top. They will have better matches this season though there may be a concern about conceding goals. Best wishes to both clubs.

FT: Tower Hamlets  3 – 0   West Essex

Pond 59’,69’

W. Odedoyin 83’

Teams:

Tower Hamlets

Joint Managers: Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike

West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

(position order)

1  James Pellin  (GK) 1  Dan Russell  (GK)
2  Lamar Earle 5  Nick Walk
3  John Watson 3  Josh Kane
4  Mata Julio 21  Maamoon Khan
5  Tola Odedoyin 16  Kofi Appiah
6  Jerome Anthony 6  Dan Christey
7  Curtis Pond         (Subbed 84’) 4 Tom MacLeod  (C)
8  Frankie Sinclair  (C) 10  Joe Lefley
9  Luke With            (Subbed 81’) 7  Michael Mignot
10  O’Neal Rowe 9  Tom Woodbridge   (Subbed 81’)
11  Kane Wilson     (Subbed 71’) 17  Fatos Zeqiri     (Subbed 62’)

Substitutes:

12  Wale Odedoyin   (On  81’) 11  Cameron Gray     (On 62’)
14  James Ross           (On  84’) 14  Josh French
15  Chaka Barnett      (On 71’) 18  Nick Carroll
17  Alhousman Ndure 24  Isaac Marfo         (On 81’)
18  Montel Williams

Referee:

Reece Pinchback
Assistant Referees:

Alan Moore

Erwin Kegyes

Booked: Julio, Pond, T. Odedoyin Booked: MacLeod
Sent Off: Christey (2 Bookings)

 

Match Report: Redbridge 5 – 1 Ilford (ESL 19.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 69

2017-18 Season – Match 22

Tuesday 19th September 2017 7.45pm KO

 Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Oakside (Top view - Redb v Ilf 19.9.17)
Oakside Stadium (top view)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at Oakside, in-form Redbridge took on Ilford in the ‘169 Derby’ & another potentially important Essex Senior League encounter. Redbridge kept the same starting XI & the same personnel on the bench as they had in their previous match, a 2-1 win at Barkingside. Ilford made five changes to the starting XI following their defeat at Wakering last weekend.

The match began with Redbridge having the first shot on goal a couple of minutes in as right winger Joshua Hutchinson had a pop though visiting goalkeeper Chris Clark made the save. The hosts had a goal chalked off for offside six minutes in, tall forward Brian Moses the player being denied. At times, Ilford seemed to be playing a wing-back system with Sam Buffour on the right and Khadean Campbell on the left.

The hosts did take the lead on the quarter-hour as Eljay Worrell’s floated free-kick was spilled by Clark and found its way to Moses who grabbed a tap-in at the second attempt. Ilford nearly responded three minutes later as Chris Lockwood’s free-kick was heading in before Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene tipped it over the bar. Soon afterward, Campbell fizzed a shot just wide of the post before Motormen midfielder Patrick Duggan blasted a low shot wide of goal.

It should be said that the recent rain had made the pitch a slippy surface, which made things difficult for players to keep their footing at times. Twenty-five minutes into the match, Redbridge winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao was about to ‘pull the trigger’ in the area before being denied by an excellent last-ditch tackle by Ilford defender Baffour. As the half-hour mark approached, Campbell forced Greene into making a save with his goal-bound effort. The hosts could’ve been two ahead as well as Moses had a header saved by Clark.

The Motormen did go two goals to the good with ten minutes remaining of the half as Brian Moses played strike partner Calvin Poku in with a neat through-ball and Poku lobbed Clark well to double his side’s lead. It could’ve been three five minutes later though Moses’ header was denied by the ever-alert Clark, who made a good save.

Half-Time: Redbridge 2 – 0  Ilford

The second half started with the hosts on the front-foot as Poku & Moses both drew saves from Clark in the first eight minutes of the half. Ilford’s Billy Rix headed wide from Lockwood’s free-kick nine minutes in. And the hosts punished them for not converting their chances as on 57 minutes, after good build-up play, Sam Shepard’s right-wing cross was headed home well by Moses to pretty much extinguish any doubt where the points were going. Ilford made all three substitutions in the first 15 minutes of the half and whilst they had a few chances on goal, Greene in the Redbridge goal was fairly comfortable, assisted by a solid back four in front of him. With 15 minutes of the match to play, the over-worked Clark denied both Poku and substitute (and ex-Ilford forward) Lindsipho Mtyanda in the same move as the hosts continued to press forward. Clark was beaten to the ball two minutes later by Poku who rounded him before slotted home into an empty net.

Ilford did pull a goal back seven minutes from time as forward James Peagram’s shot from range was spilled by Greene and substitute Jamie Hart, following up, got a tap-in. Redbridge had the last word though as substitute Courtney Homans got a late fifth to add  to a dominant performance from Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side.

The hosts’ front four of Moses, Poku, Coxi-Sebastfao and Hutchinson really were tough for the Ilford defence to handle though conceding goals will be a concern for manager Allan Fenn and his side. For the visitors, goalkeeper Clark really did keep the score down and Campbell and Buffour showed their pace and energy at times as well in what was a disappointing team performance.

One thing I will add is if the Motormen keep this sort of form up, they will have a good season, perhaps an excellent one challenging that top-six. After this result, Redbridge’s 5th of the season, they sit in 7th place in the table while Ilford are in 10th spot.

FT:  Redbridge        5 – 1      Ilford

Moses 15’, 57’             Hart 83’

Poku 35’, 77’

Homans 89’

Teams:

Redbridge

Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Ilford

Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Lewis Greene  (GK) 1  Chris Clark  (GK)
2  Sam Shepard        (Subbed 58’) 2  Sam Baffour
3  Eljay Worrell  (C) 3  Khadean Campbell
4  Shaun Harris 4  Stefan Szajewski  (C)
5  Jonathan Mbamarah 5  Isaac Nkosi
6  Vinny Murphy 6  Billy Rix
7  Joshua Hutchinson 7  Billy Rungay               (Subbed 60’)
8  Patrick Duggan     (Subbed 61’) 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Calvin Poku 9  Sherwin Stanley      (Subbed 54’)
10  Brian Moses        (Subbed 72’) 10  James Peagram
11  Reside Coxi-Sebastfao 11  Harry Markatis     (Subbed 46’)

Substitutes:

12  Courtney Homans     (On 58’) 12  Jamie Hart               (On 60’)
14  Liam Thomas 13  Tom Jackson  (GK)
15  Remi Nelson 14  Michael Graham    (On 54’)
16  Lindsipho Mtyanda    (On 72’) 15  Justas Paliulis         (On 46’)
17  Malaki Toussaint        (On 61’) 16  Isiah Anjourin

Referee:

Endrit Malaveci
Assistant Referees:

Tony King

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Booked: Shepard

Booked: Rungay, Markatis

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 0 Ilford (ESL 16.9.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 71

2017-18 Season – Match 21

Saturday 16th September 2017 3pm KO

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

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

GWR & Ilford players before KO (ESL 16.9.17)
The Players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a changeable afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers took on Ilford in an important early-season Essex Senior League encounter. Wakering welcomed back forward Jake Gordon this week as he has re-signed for the club from Aveley and he made the starting XI here, Scott Pethers took the armband for the hosts as Joe Nightingill was on the bench. For Ilford, James Peagram and Aaron Wickham led the line in attack.

Both sides traded initial efforts on goal in the opening five minutes. Jake Gordon shooting wide for GWR in the first minute, while Ilford’s Liam Burgess also couldn’t hit the target five minutes in. Wakering did take the lead after only six minutes as in-form forward Neil Richmond was put in by Gordon and the Richmond slotted home an easy tap-in.

In the next passage of play there weren’t a whole lot of clear-cut chances for either side though the hosts did have the lion’s share of possession. On the quarter-hour, a Wakering free-kick fell agonizingly wide of Richmond’s reach at the far post. The hosts did increase their lead on 26 minutes when Scott Pethers’ 25-yard low strike beat Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark.

Clark was the busier goalkeeper in the later third of the opening half, first seeing Wakering winger Billy Johnson’s firing his strike just wide from an acute angle and then punching out a Wakering corner fired into the six-yard area. In truth, Ilford hadn’t really got going in the opening 45 minutes and Wakering were on top at the break.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 0 Ilford

The second half began with Iain O’Connell’s side in the ascendancy. Five minutes into the half, Johnson’s goal-bound drive forced Clark into a good save to parry the shot away. Five minutes after that, from Gordon’s free-kick, midfielder Ricky Evans blazed his shot over the bar. Soon after, Ilford had one of their better chances, with substitute Khadean Campbell blasting a fierce drive into the left-corner though it cannoned back off the underside of the bar, with home ‘keeper Rees Hawkins beaten.

With 21 minutes remaining, Richmond forced Clark into another decent save. Ilford did push forward a bit more in the last 15 minutes though simply lacked the cutting edge to get back into this one. Forward James Peagram did seem to be a slightly frustrated figure up top. Wakering held on fairly comfortably to get another three points, their 5th win of the season. Ilford’s ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ season seems to be continuing and manager Allan Fenn will know that his side will need greater consistency soon.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0   Ilford

Richmond 6’, Pethers 26’

For Wakering, Scott Pethers stood out the most in my opinion with a typically whole-hearted performance, though he won quite a few challenges in defence today, as well as his goal. Full-back Charlie Seaden and forwards Richmond & Gordon played their part as well for the hosts. For Ilford, full-back Sam Buffour had a decent match, as did goalkeeper Chris Clark.

 

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Ilford

Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Chris Clark  (GK)
2  Charlie Seaden 2  Sam Buffour
3  Oliver Woodhouse 3  Justas Paliulis
4  Scott Pethers  (C) 4  Stef Szajewski  (C)
5  Louis Robinson 5  Billy Rix
6  Sam Carter 6  Luke McLeavy   (Subbed 46’)
7  Jason Ring 7  Liam Burgess
8  Ricky Evans 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Neil Richmond 9  Aaron Wickham        (Subbed 68’)
10  Jake Gordon    (Subbed 67’) 10  James Peagram
11  Billy Johnson 11  Michael Graham     (Subbed 53’)
   

Substitutes:

12  Joe Nightingill 12  Khadean Campbell    (On 46’)
14  Aaron Russell 13  Tom Jackson (GK)
15  Jimmy Cook 14  Harry Markatis       (On 53’)
16  Chris Bryan       (On 67’) 15  Suli Nasir                      (On 68’)
17  Franklin Craik 16  Bill Rungay
   

Referee:

Dean Markwick
Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Martin Green

   
Booked: None Booked: Rix

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Stansted (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 45

2017-18 Season – Match 14

Saturday 26th August 2017 3pm KO

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

Stansted: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hullbridge & Stansted players before KO (ESL 26.8.17)
Hullbridge & Stansted players before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a humid, sunny afternoon at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports took on Stansted as Essex Senior League action returned following the mini-break for FA Cup action last weekend.

The Airportmen had the better of the ball in the opening period of the match, with Stansted forward Jack Sykes setting out his intentions early-doors though his strike was over the crossbar. Hullbridge came into the match a bit more after the quarter-hour as forward Jimmy Cox dinked a 20-yard shot just over the bar. Stansted could’ve taken the lead on 20 minutes though Sykes’ powerful header rattled the underside of the bar and was cleared by the home defence.

Stansted had further chances though Sykes and full-back Jevoi Blair couldn’t beat home goalkeeper Ryan Emery, Blair having made a surging lung-busting run through the middle from box-to-box. Past the half-hour, Hullbridge had a few chances though forwards Cox and Luca Frankis couldn’t test visiting ‘stopper Tim Pitman.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 0  Stansted

The second half began rather differently than the first half as the hosts started brightly. Cox had a shot wide from distance, and then moments later, called Pitman into action, who then saved point-blank from midfielder Sam Dulieu. However, just seconds later, defender Angus Poole’s header put Rob Hodgson’s side ahead as it did cross the line despite the efforts of the visiting defence to clear.

The lead only lasted nine minutes though as on 56 minutes, Stansted levelled through a lovely dinked curler from Sykes which beat Emery, who was off his line and snuck into the top left corner of the net. Only three minutes later, it could’ve got worse for the hosts as Stansted were awarded a penalty, though winger Ben Swift blazed it over the bar.

At the back for Stansted, captain Dave Limber stood out with his heading and positioning, not too dissimilar to his opposite number 5, Rob Hodgson. The visitors also had a goal ruled out for off-side, substitute Jed Brown the unfortunate player I believe it was having a goal chalked off. Inside the last ten minutes of the match, the hosts were going for it and substitute Charlie Gerada blazed his effort over the bar. As we got into injury-time, Dulieu’s curled effort forced Pitman into a good save. And then with moments remaining, Pitman came out and missed his punch, allowing substitute Ronnie Pallett to head the winner for Sports.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1  Stansted

Poole 47’, Pallett 90+3’       Sykes 56’

In summary, the defeat was tough on Paul Pittuck’s Stansted side, who had chances to take the points themselves and should have got a point. Hullbridge won’t be complaining one iota though and grab their first home win of the ESL season.

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Stansted

Manager: Paul Pittuck

1  Ryan Emery  (GK) 21  Tim Pitman (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Chris Gormley
3  Sam Taylor 3  Jevoi Blair
4  Lewis Watson 4  Dean Neville
5  Rob Hodgson 5  Dave Limber  (C)
6  Angus Poole 6  Nick Carpenter
7  Jamie Buffin      (Subbed 88’) 7  Ben Swift
8  Sam Dulieu 8  Nick Brown     (Subbed 82’)
9  Luca Frankis      (Subbed 77’) 9  Reggie Yembra      (Subbed 71’)
10  Jimmy Cox  (C) 10  Jack Sykes
11  Michael Edgar   (Subbed 60’) 11  Anthony Aylett    (Subbed 66’)

Substitutes:

12  Ronnie Pallett     (On 77‘) 12  Chris Howard
14  Ryan Wallington    (On 88‘) 14  Julian Lloyd     (On 66′)
15  Charlie Gerada   (On 60‘) 15  Joel Young       (On 82’)
16  Ollie Quick 17  Jed Brown        (On 71’)**
17  Jamie Merralls (GK)
Referee: Eugene Robinson
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith

Jeremy Mott

Booked: C Buffin Booked: None

Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Ilford (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 23

2017-18 Season – Match 12

Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017 7.45pm KO

Burnham Ramblers: Sky Blue & Navy Blue Striped Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Ilford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Burnham & Ilford teams before KO (ESL 15.8.17)
Burnham & Ilford players before kick-off

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

On a crisp but decent evening at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers took on Ilford in another intriguing Essex Senior League encounter.

Ilford showed their intentions early-on as forward James Peagram had a shot on-target, though it was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Adam French. The hosts took the lead after just seven minutes thanks to forward Bradley Morgan’s lob over Ilford goalkeeper Tom Jackson that nestled neatly into the right corner. Ilford responded though as Peagram had another opportunity, his header well-saved by French with ten minutes on the clock. Seven minutes later, Ilford had a good opportunity with a free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box, after forward John Bricknell was fouled. Midfielder Chris Lockwood stepped up to take it, and curled it nicely into the left corner. Game on.

Both sides traded chances as the half-hour mark approached, Bricknell and winger Harry Watkins for Ilford and midfielder Ben Burgess & Morgan again for Burnham. The home side were awarded a spot-kick with 13 minutes remaining of the first period, as Charlee Hughes was brought down in the area. Bradley Morgan stepped up to take the penalty though cajoled his shot wide of the left-side post. Ilford then got a further let-off moments later when Billy Howard’s free-kick from the edge of the 18-yard box was blazed over the bar.

As the half drew to a close, Ilford had further chances though full-back Sam Buffour, Peagram and forward Khadean Campbell though their efforts on goal couldn’t get past French. In all honesty, I felt Ilford did struggle to settle at times during the half.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 1 Ilford

The second half started in much the same vein, with both sides having chances. Only three minutes into the second period, Burnham defender Grant Webb did well to block Peagram from having a clear chance at goal in the area. Soon afterward, Buffour fizzed in a good right-wing cross for though Campbell couldn’t find the target for Ilford. Burnham responded in kind, first with Billy Howard’s shot being saved by Jackson and 13 minutes into the half, Burnham re-took the lead thanks to a fine Hughes header that went past Jackson sailing into the Ilford net.

Once again though, Allan Fenn’s side responded quickly as they levelled on-the-hour through Peagram’s tap-in. It didn’t stop there, as Burnham took the lead for the third time through Jed Bowman’s looping shot that found the left corner. In the next little period of the match, it became quite scrappy, getting bogged down by fouls & free-kicks. This was further endorsed by Burnham defender Scott Plom being sent off with four minutes remaining. The hosts did hang on a bit, as Ilford had two goals ruled out for offside. That said, Burnham did have late chances through Burgess and Hughes though they couldn’t get past Ilford goalkeeper Jackson.

Full-Time:     Burnham Ramblers  3 – 2  Ilford

Morgan 7′, Hughes 58′, Bowman 70′   |   Lockwood 17′, Peagram 60′

Plom Sent Off 88′

All in all, this was a compelling match which was also a hard-fought encounter. Ilford were not at their best in either penalty area, and Burnham’s Charlee Hughes gave their backline a headache all match. Yes, on another day Ilford may have got a different result though in my view, you couldn’t begrudge Burnham this win, their first league success of the campaign. I felt Chris Lockwood and Sam Buffour shone for the visitors tonight.

My thanks to Andrew Miller for passing over the team-sheets, keep up the good work Andrew. I send my best wishes to both sides for the rest of the ESL campaign.

Teams:

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

Ilford

Manager: Allan Fenn

1  Adam French  (GK) 1  Tom Jackson  (GK)
2  Jed Bowman 2  Sam Buffour     (Subbed 74’)
3  Grant Webb 3  Luke McLeavy
4  Scott Plom 4  Paul Oshin
5  Luke Moloney (C)    (Subbed 65’) 5  Jonah Gregory
6  Bradley Smith 6  Stefan Szajewski  (C)
7  Billy Howard 7  Harry Watkins    (Subbed 58’)
8  Ben Burgess 8  Chris Lockwood
9  Bradley Morgan    (Subbed 88’) 9  John Bricknell     (Subbed 58’)
10  Ryan Stillwell 10  James Peagram
11  Charlee Hughes 11  Khadean Campbell
   

Substitutes:

12  Samuel Warwick 12  Sherwin Stanley    (On 58’)
14  Ben Timson        (On 65’) 14  Liam Burgess         (On 58’)
15  Danny Green     (On 88’) 15  Harry Matthews
16  Lewis Bond 16  Bill Rungay            (On 74’)
17  George Howard 17  Ashley Wackers
   
   
Referee: Stephen Tate
Assistant Referees: Sam Wigington

Nicholas Hodges

   
Booked: Morgan, Bowman, Howard, Burgess, Hughes Booked: Jackson, Gregory, Lockwood
Sent Off: Plom

Keep checking back on this blog for further match reports from the Essex Senior League this season. There’s also a fair few recent ones too.

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 103

2017-18 Season – Match 11

Date: Saturday 12th August 2017 3pm KO

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

Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

GWR & S Manor players before KO (ESL 12.8.17)
The handshakes before kick-off 

Report by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a bright afternoon at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed neighbours Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Wakering started marginally the brighter of the two sides, though the fact this was a local derby was further emphasised by a few strong challenges being made fairly early-doors. Wakering forward Neil Richmond got himself in some decent positions to have strikes on goal at times. Just before the quarter-hour mark, Richmond did have a strike on goal after receiving a good ball in, though his shot was saved by visiting ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo. It didn’t matter though as the assistant referee was flagging for an off-side.

Exactly on the quarter-hour, Manor took the lead as home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins was challenged in the air, firmly but fairly and in doing so, the ball fell to Manor forward Michael Hopkins, who tapped home into an unguarded net. Only five minutes later, Rovers forward Richmond showed his talent again as he sent a looping shot just over the bar from 20-yards out. As the first period continued, the match was fairly even as both sides only had fleeting chances to add to the scorers.

Five minutes before the break, Wakering were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, just outside the box. Richmond stepped up, and struck a sweet curling effort into the top-right corner of the net to level the match. The home side soon after lost forward Charlie Kirby to what looked a nasty injury just before the break.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor

The second half began with Manor boss Stuart Marshall sent to the stands. I’ll come back to the referee later. Wakering had to weather a mini-storm midway through the second half as ‘keeper Hawkins first saved well from Manor substitute Bayley Newell’s strike, then in the same attack pulled off two more good saves as well, one of them on the goal-line to deny the visitors the lead for the second time.

For the next little while after that, the match became quite low-key, partly because the booking count had risen by this point and would rise to nine in total by the conclusion of the match, so the tackles didn’t fly in as much. Anyway, in the last 15 minutes, the hosts did finish the stronger of the two sides, Wakering forward Jay Nash spurning a one-on-one opportunity which Makayabo saved. With moments remaining, Wakering substitute Michael Finneran fired wide of the left-side post.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Southend Manor

Richmond 40’                          Hopkins 15’

In summary, this was a tightly-contested match, as expected. Aaron Russell and Neil Richmond stood out for me for Wakering today, Russell with an energetic performance and Richmond for his spark up top. For Manor, full-back Shay Kelly stood out in my opinion with his tackling and running all match. Both sides may well take a point, and though I really don’t like mentioning referees, it’s hard to argue that the man in black had an effect on today’s encounter. I say that as it wasn’t really a ‘dirty’ match, yet the card count… well I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that. I’d also like to thank GWR secretary Mike Lee for his assistance with the teamsheets.

 

Teams:

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Klinton Makayabo (GK)
2  Jason Ring 2  Robbie Norris  (C)
3  Jimmy Cook 3  Shay Kelly
4  Ollie Woodhouse 4  Lee Delf    (Subbed 61’)
5  Joe Nightingill (C) 5  Scott Keys
6  Scott Pethers 6  Daniel Okah
7  Aaron Russell 7  Jack Adlington
8  Sam Carter   (Subbed 54’) 8  Callum Jex
9  Neil Richmond 9  Michael Hopkins  (Subbed 76’)
10  Jay Nash 10  Alfie Lindfield    (Subbed 54’)
11  Charlie Kirby  (Subbed 46’) 11  Joe Skeels
   

Substitutes:

12  Nikki Beale 12  Bayley Newell  (On 54’)
14  Louis Robinson     (On 54’) 14  Finley Dopson  (On 76’)
15  Charlie Seaden 15  Harry Hatt
16  Michael Finneran  (On 46’) 16  Lee Scott
  17  Rhys Fatt  (On 61’)
   
   

Referee:

Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees:

Trevor Williams

Dumitru Vasile

   
Booked: Cook, Nightingill, Ring Booked: Keys, Okah, Jex, Norris, Skeels & Fatt

In their next ESL matches, Wakering travel to Wadham Lodge on Wednesday (16th August) while Southend Manor host Takeley, also on Wednesday (16th August).