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’



Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May


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’)


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


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.



Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell


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’)


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


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.


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson


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’)


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.


Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes


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


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.



Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

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


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


Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees:

Trevor Williams

Dumitru Vasile

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

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

Match Report: Redbridge 5 – 1 Newbury Forest (PSF)

The Len Cordell Trophy (Pre-Season Friendly)

Venue: Oakside

2017/18 Season – Match 6

Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017 2.15pm KO

 Redbridge: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks

Newbury Forest: Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Socks

Redbridge & N Forest players with Len Cordell & the Trophy before KO (PSF 22.7.17)
Both sides with Len Cordell and the Trophy before KO

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

On a very wet afternoon at Oakside, new-look Essex Senior League side Redbridge took on Essex Olympian League Division One side and tenants Newbury Forest in the traditional pre-season ‘curtain-raiser’ for the Len Cordell Trophy.

The match began fairly evenly as Forest looked to get their noses in-front before Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side found their proper rhythm. Redbridge forward Brian Moses had one of his side’s early chances, heading over the bar from a corner on ten minutes. Forest, to their credit, did not wilt and forced the Motormen ‘keeper into two saves in the first 20 minutes. Redbridge gradually found their feet going forward though and took the lead on the half-hour through a cool finish by winger Jason Reynolds-Blanche, passing the ball into the right corner from a narrow angle.

Forest had chances to level, though Redbridge extended their advantage with two goals in as many minutes with new signings Sipho Mytanda and Calvin Poku getting on the score-sheet, the latter was a drilled low effort into the left corner.

Half-Time: Redbridge 3 – 0 Newbury Forest

After the break, the rain really lashed down which made conditions awkward for the players. Both sides had chances in the first 15 minutes of the half, Moses once again denied by the impressive Forest ‘keeper. Newbury Forest got one back mid-way through the second half through a good free-kick tucked into the right corner from 18 yards. This seemed to gee the Motormen up further as with 70’ on the watch, Moses got the goal he deserved, a tap-in following an unselfish pass by full-back Eljay Worrell.

Forest could’ve clawed another goal back, but for a good save from the home ‘keeper from a 20-yard free-kick on 74’. Though to be fair, the last 15 minutes saw the hosts have a series of chances, with the Forest ‘keeper pulling off four good saves in this period of time. Redbridge did get another goal though, six minutes from time as midfielder Patrick Damali slotted home from close range. Straight after the goal, Damali drilled another shot wide though Redbridge did more than enough in the second half to deserve the win and the Len Cordell Trophy!

Thanks to Redbridge FC for their hospitality. Thank you also to Redbridge’s Adam Silver for his assistance today. Redbridge begin their ESL campaign at home to Tower Hamlets next weekend (Sat 29th July).

Full-Time: Redbridge 5 – 1 Newbury Forest

Reynolds-Blanche 30’        #11  67′

Mytanda 41’, Poku 42’

Moses 72’, Damali 82’

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 6 Heybridge Swifts (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Southchurch Park

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017 7.45pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

 Heybridge Swifts: Black & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

S Manor v Heybridge (PSF 11.7.17) (Credit - Peter D)
Manor pushing forward during the 1st half.. (Credit: Peter D)

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

On a very wet evening at Southchurch Park, ESL side Southend Manor welcomed Isthmian North side Heybridge Swifts in another pre-season encounter.

The visitors started the match the brighter of the two sides and took the lead with 17 minutes on-the-clock as the impressive Ryan Henshaw getting a tap-in from close range. As the half-hour mark approached, Swifts were the better side going forward though against the run of play, Micky Hopkins slotted home past the Heybridge defence to level things up on 26’.

Heybridge didn’t rest of their laurels though as only four minutes later, new signing Harrison Chatting made a good run into the Manor box and slotted home well to restore the visitors’ lead. The visitors then extended their lead just before the break, first with a cool tap-in by fellow new signing Luke Callander and then moments later Henshaw powered in a 30-yard pile-driver as two goals in just three minutes gave Jody Brown’s side a comfortable advantage at the interval.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 4 Heybridge Swifts

The second half began with both sides making substitutions though would the changes undermine the rhythm in the second half? No chance! Heybridge continued to drive forward and create decent chances, though the Manor ‘keeper made a number of good saves during the entire match. Manor pulled another goal back ten minutes into the second half as Harry Hatt scored with a looping effort. Manor 2 – 4 Heybridge

During the next 25 minutes or so, Heybridge continued to pile forward and although the lashing rain made conditions even tougher to play on, the visitors could’ve easily got at least four more goals during this period. Though on balance, Hopkins could’ve also got a hat-trick as he missed two guilt-edged chances to reduce Manor’s deficit.

Into the last ten minutes and Heybridge finally got the reward they arguably richly deserved as Josh Fogbohun headed in from close range with six minutes remaining. Just two minutes later, fellow substitute Marley Andrews drilled an effort low into the left corner to complete an excellent showing at times from the visiting side.

Manor deserve some credit as well as they stuck to the task quite well at times though they will also know that before the season proper gets underway, they will need to improve at the back.

FT: Southend Manor 2 – 6 Heybridge Swifts

Hopkins 26’                     Henshaw 17’, 44’

Hatt 55’                          Chatting 30’

Callander 42’, Fogbohun 84’, Andrews 85’

In closing, I’d like to thank Southend Manor, Stuart Marshall, Peter Dudley for the earlier image & also wish both sides well for the forthcoming campaign.

Non-League Finals Day at Wembley (May 21, 2017) – My Day with the Ground-hopping ‘squad’

Written by Scott W (@ScottMHC14)

Rather than write a detailed double of match reports, I thought I’d do a bit of deep sum-up of the day itself on what are very likely my last matches of the 2016/17 Football season.

So, in what was my first return to Wembley in seven years (my last visit being the heady days of Dagenham & Redbridge’s EFL League Two Play-off Final win here over Rotherham Utd in 2010) I joined a number of fellow ground-hoppers for this double-header that made up #NonLeagueFinalsDay, first the FA Vase Final: Cleethorpes Town v South Shields and then later on, the FA Trophy Final: Macclesfield Town v York City – both of the National League, although York has suffered a difficult season which ultimately ended in the pain of relegation.

South Shields & Cleethorpes teams for the National Anthem (May 21, 2017)
South Shields & Cleethorpes Town players stand for the national anthem before KO

FA Vase Final:  Cleethorpes Town   v  South Shields

Cleethorpes took on heavily-fancied South Shields in the opening match of the day. Marcus Newell’s side managed to keep Shields at bay fairly well in the opening 45 minutes, although Shields forward Gavin Cogdon really did work hard throughout and kept the opposition defence on alert, whilst ex-Premier League star Julio Arca was still pulling the strings in midfield at the ripe age of 36. Cleethorpes couldn’t quite hold on until the break though with three minutes of the first period remaining, Cogdon was brought down inside the area, and ex-Newcastle Utd youngster Carl Finnigan converted the resulting penalty.

Half-Time : Cleethorpes Town 0 – 1 South Shields

Shields gradually built up their attacking rhythm after the break, having several opportunities to increase their advantage. Cleethorpes, to their credit, did well at the back though couldn’t quite find their range going forward. Graham Fenton & Ian Picton’s side would not be denied though as three goals in the last ten minutes sealed a truly memorable day. First, with ten minutes left, Dillon Morse’s header from substitute Robert Briggs’ free-kick made it 0-2.

Then late on, forward David Foley grabbed a brace, both of them crisp finishes to ensure the North East side took the FA Vase. The result I feel was a little harsh on Cleethorpes who battled hard though simply couldn’t match the clinical finishing of their opponents. Best wishes to both sides for next season.

Full-Time: Cleethorpes Town  0 – 4  South Shields

Finnegan (pen) 42’

Morse 80’, Foley 86’, 89’

Cleethorpes Town Starting XI: Higton, Lowe, Winn, Dickens, Bloomer, Coleman, Davis, Flett, Cooper, Robertson, Oglesby

South Shields Starting XI: Connell, Lough, Shaw, Morse, Arca, Phillips, Cogdon, Foley, Nicholson, Stephenson, Finnigan

Referee: Darren England      Assistants: Matthew Jones & Marc Wilson

S Shields players applauding their fans (May 21,2017)
South Shields players (far right of picture) applauding their fans after the match..

During the break, the ‘squad’ of us watching reflected on a good game, better in the second period though in a nutshell, we couldn’t have foreseen the match we had to come….

FA Trophy Final : Macclesfield Town v York City

Macclesfield, who finished in the top ten in the National League Premier took on York, who were agonisingly relegated from the same division on the last day.

This match didn’t take long to ‘rev up’ at all, as Macclesfield started well, with Chris Holroyd leading the line, Danny Whitaker & Rhys Browne in midfield and David Fitzpatrick at left-back the players standing out, though it was the Minstermen who opened the scoring after just seven minutes as veteran striker Jon Parkin’s header found the net. Macclesfield responded though as just five minutes later, lively winger Rhys Browne drilled home to level the contest. The high-tempo, frayed nature of the match continued though York re-took the lead through ex-Crewe striker Vadaine Oliver slotted home on 21 minutes. The Silkmen continued to push for the majority of the half and finally got their reward just before the interval, as midfielder Ollie Norburn walloped a superb effort past the excellent Kyle Letheren in the York goal to grab a deserved equaliser for John Askey’s side.

Half-Time: Macclesfield Town 2 – 2 York City

In all honesty, it took the entireity of the break to recover from such a superb first half of action. You hear the line ‘Football was the ultimate winner’ and in this match it certainly was the case.

After the break, Macclesfield continued to create chances though arguably just couldn’t find the ‘lethal touch’ in front of goal, with Letheren denying them well on more than one occasion. York battled well and held out, hoping for the odd chance as the game neared the end of 90 minutes. They got their chance, and substitute Aidan Connolly bundled the ball home after Parkin’s effort headed towards goal to give themselves a priceless advantage with five minutes remaining. They continued to hold out and claimed the FA Trophy to at least ease the pain of their difficult season and undoubtedly give Gary Mills’ side a fillet for what will be a tough assignment in the National League North next season.

Macclesfield will feel hard done by, though they should also hold their heads up high too. To both sides’ credit, they really wanted to win this match and that doesn’t always transpire on occasions like this.

Full-Time:  Macclesfield Town 2  –  3  York City

Browne 12’, Norburn 45 +1             Parkin 7’, Oliver 21’, Connolly 85’

Macclesfield Town Starting XI: Flinders, Halls, Fitzpatrick, Byrne, Pilkington, Browne, Holroyd, James, Norburn, Hancox, Whitaker

York City Starting XI: Letheren, Heslop, Morgan-Smith, Klukowski, Hall, Oliver, Parkin, Newton, Holmes, Parslow, Bencherif

In summary, this was a cracking day at the national Stadium and I hope it’s not another seven years before I return. Good also to enjoy it with the likes of Grassroot Football Show’s Adam Richardson and Peter Dudley and fellow ground-hoppers Andrew, Richard & quite a few others too.

Finally, congratulations again to South Shields and York City while deserved commiserations go to Cleethorpes Town and Macclesfield Town and best wishes to all for next season. So this double-header was on the same day as the last day of the Premier League? Really… OK, Match of the Day was decent..

Have a good summer all, I’ll see you next season.


Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 -1 Eton Manor (ESL)

Essex Senior League

           Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 71

Date: Monday 10th April 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets  : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

 Eton Manor : Red & White Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

T Hamlets & Eton Manor players before KO (ESL 10.4.17)
Tower Hamlets & Eton Manor players before KO

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

On a fairly serene evening at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on Eton Manor in another Essex Senior League match, which also marked Tower Hamlets’ final home game of the season.

This match got underway with a bang as just a few minutes in, Eton Manor were awarded a free-kick about 25 yards from goal following a foul on forward Josh Sykes. Midfielder Daniel Crowie stepped up to take it and blasted a pile-driver right into the top-right corner to give Eton the lead, past home ‘keeper Carl Duggas-During who didn’t really have a chance of saving it. It was a great effort by Crowie.

So, with Manor having that early lead, they could have went further ahead though Sykes and  winger Harry Prince sent strikes wide soon after. Hamlets gradually had chances of their own, though forwards Roche Bailey and Germaine Agymeng couldn’t quite hit the target.

Eight minutes before the break, forward Josh Sykes found himself one-on-one with ‘keeper Duggas-During though hit goal-bound strike just swerved enough to hit the right-side post and go harmlessly wide.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1  Eton Manor

The second half was a somewhat quieter affair and though Manor were tested in defence, the home side couldn’t quite find that ‘killer instinct’ to put chances away. Arguably their best chance of the second half was a good free-kick from full-back Ruben Nasco which hit the bar, with visiting ‘keeper Aston Grimes stranded, with 12 minutes left.

Manor looked decent at times going forward as well, with eight minutes of normal time remaining, Kadeem Brightly, playing as a forward after the break, hit a good strike on goal which Duggas-During parried onto the bar for a corner.

Manor won’t mind about the manner of how they won the game, and I believe they ground out the win, though they deserve credit for that. They remain 16th in the table; they are three points shy of Wadham Lodge in 15th, Eton having two matches to play. Tower Hamlets remain 20th, three points clear of Burnham in 21st, with Hamlets having two matches left, away to Enfield 1893 (Saturday 15th Apr) and West Essex (Sat 22nd April).

Full-Time:  Tower Hamlets 0 – 1    Eton Manor

Crowie 4’


Tower Hamlets

Manager: Ade Abayomi

Eton Manor

 Manager: Tony Stavri

1  Carl Duggas-During  (GK) 1  Aston Grimes (GK)
2  Inesh Sumithran    (Subbed 46’) 2  Dominic Herbert
3  Ruben Nasco 3  James Shadwell
4  AJ Ashinike 4  Adam Hole
5  Samuel Olanipekun 5  Kadeem Brightly
6  Jairo Pedro  (C) 6  Josh Woodcock
7  Kamon Asidio 7  Harry Prince
8  Landin Joao    (Subbed 63’) 8  Daniel Crowie
9  Trecy Bambo 9  Josh Sykes
10  Roche Bailey 10  Ben Bradbury (C)  (Subbed 46’)
11  Germaine Agymeng 11  Mason Stavri         (Subbed 46’)


12  Edward Lang  (On 46’) 12  Jacob Dixon         (On 46’)
13  Rahim Adama Bamba 14  Ryan Cosson
14  Kefala Kourouma 15  Billy Johnson       (On 46’)
15  Saico Djop    (On 63’)
16  Yusuf Ali        (On 71’)
Booked: Lang Booked: Dixon


Sam Everitt

Assistant Referees:

Kristian Keller

Eddie Andrews