S21-22 Match Report: Hackney Wick 1 – 1 Holland (Wed 22 Sept) [EaSL Sth 21-22 23.9.21]


Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Spa Road, Witham

Attendance: 35 (est)

2021-22 Season: Match 24

Wednesday 22 September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Hackney Wick: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Powerful Wick side claim point against determined Holland

Hackney Wick  1 – 1 Holland

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

This week’s midweek match saw a first visit to Spa Road to see Hackney Wick face Holland in an Eastern Senior League South match. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the hosts, who now groundshare at Witham Town’s Spa Road. Holland are mid-table having reached the Len Cordell Cup Final in May. The hosts had Jonti Purdom in goal, with a defence of Justin Domfeh, Kwame Dawso and skipper Myles John. The front three were Lewis Danquah, Louie Remi and Daniel Thompson. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Kieran Michaels, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and captain Harvey Cowler. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon.

In fairness, it was a cagey start to this encounter, with Hackney skipper Myles John making a good interception in the opening moments, as the hosts had the majority of the ball in said early stages. the first stinging drive came on the quarter-hour, which saw Dante McIntosh’s strike from 30 yards go wide of Shorten’s goal. McIntosh was in the action again soon afterward with another strike from outside the area being well clawed over by goalkeeper Finlay Shorten. Shorten again showed his ability by denying a one-on-one chance for Wick forward Lewis Danquah when he was well-placed to score not long after the previous oppurtunity.

Holland were buoyed by the aerial ability of forward Scott Sloots but they were also frustrated in that they didn’t have a huge array of chances prior to the midway point of the half. So it was somewhat against the run of play that they took the lead on 25 minutes. Ryan Mahon’s strike manage to evade the Wick defence and did cross the goal-line, after referee Mahdi Elhalawany had consulted with assistant Ian Butler. Now that they had a lead to defend, Paul Phelan’s side were more motivated to get to the interval without conceding. Hackney couldn’t made the most of several promising passes but play-maker Brandon White was unlucky to see a super strike from 35 yards power off a goal post. Marian Hristov somehow was unable to direct a header from mere yards out as well shortly before the interval for the home side.


Half-Time:  Hackney Wick  0 – 1  Holland

After what I reckon to be a stirring team-talk at the interval, both sides emerged with their respective objectives renewed in mind, with Hackney continuing to have a good share of ball rention, buoyed on as they were by a small contingent of vocal Wickers fans behind the goal. Two minutes into the half, a good pass by the energetic Louie Remi found Danquah but again, he couldn’t bypass Shorten who denied him well when one-on-one. Remi himself was unfortunate soon afterward as after a good turn advancing on the edge of the 18-yard area, his strike cannoned off the left-sided goal post with the ‘keeper beaten. On the hour, when Remi had a goal from McIntosh’s pass chalked off for an assistant’s raised flag, then you felt it may not be Wick’s night.

With the minutes beginning to tick away on 71 minutes, Remi again brought a smart save out of the impressive Shorten as after a good turn, the Hackney forward’s effort was denied by the visiting stopper. There were a few signs that the hard-working Seasiders defence were tiring and with nine minutes remaining, their lead disappeared.


Being honest, it was a terrific strike by Brandon White who powered in thunderbolt past the stranded ‘keeper Shorten from some distance, it did show good technique. There were two big chances remaining in the contest, as a rare foray forward in the latter stages for Holland saw right-back Kieran Michaels’ lob from deep narrowly evade both Hackney stopper Jonti Purdom and the crossbar. At the other end, substitute Miles Peterkin had only Shorten to beat but the Holland stopper pulled off another good save in the last seconds of the game.

In some respects, both sides might be disappointed with this result. Wick will feel they did enough to win it given the anount of chances they had while the Seasiders will be frustrated that they didn’t hold on for a narrow win and also they had perhaps conceeded possession too often for their liking.


Full-Time: Hackney Wick  1 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Holland worked extremely hard with their defensive unit characteristically blocking a number of strikes from distance in the match, However, you couldn’t begudge Wick a share of the points for the exhuberance, pace and energy they showed throughout, having enough chances to get the win, but for a combination of superb goalkeeping by visiting custodian Finlay Shorten and the woodwork.

There were a number of good performances here, starting with the hosts. Brandon White did a lot of running and dribbling as a support forward from deep and showed he had an eye for goal and deserved his goal, having earlier been denied by the goal frame. Midfielder Dante McIntosh had a fine game as well, showing good passing, energy and bit of movement too. Forward Louie Remi did well to test the Holland defence with his movement, passing and had several decent efforts on goal, plus full-back Justin Domfeh also had a good game, particularly in the second half. He showed good pace, ability to get past players and passing as well. For Holland, goalkeeper Finlay Shorten assisted his team superbly, making at least four good saves when his defence was breached. Defender Steve Downes also typified the robust Seasiders defence and marshalled the defence well alongside skipper Harvey Cowler, Also, a mention for forward Scott Sloots who won a number of headers despite being somewhat isolated at times, particularly after the interval and he did help build counter-attacks well for Paul Phelan’s side.

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


Teams

Hackney Wick  | Manager: Yilmaz  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jonti Purdom (GK), 2 Justin Domfeh, 3 Kwame Dawso, 5 Myles Baiden (15 Naser Bakare 46′), 6 Myles John (Capt), 12 Marian Hristov, 4 Dante McIntosh, 10 Brandon White, 9 Lewis Danquah (19 Michael Abu 68′), 7 Louie Remi, 11 Daniel Thompson (14 Miles Peterkin 60′)

Goal-scorers: Brandon White [81′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Gyedu, Sayay


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Kieran Michaels, 3 Rueben Cowler, 4 Joe Martin, 5 Harvey Cowler (Capt), 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Keelan Sorrell, 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon (12 Jamey Williams 68′), 11 Josh Rutter (14 Stephane Trah 62′)

Goal-scorer: Ryan Mahon [25′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts


Referee: Mahdi Elhalawany
Assistants: Ian Butler & Abu Taher

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri/Sat 23/24 April) [LCC 2021 25.4.21]

ESL crest

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – ESL & Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome to my round-up of third & final weekend of the Group Stages of the Len Cordell Cup, a competition run by the Essex Senior to remember a pillar of the Non-League Family in Len Cordell, who was associated with Redbridge FC for many years. Thanks to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the main image above (from Holland v FC Clacton)

All the results from this week’s action are below, they took place on Saturday 24th April unless stated in the Result line. The sides highlighted in bold progress to the next round. After each group, we have a final table and at the end of the article we have the draw for the last 16 of the Len Cordell Cup and the eight sides that will face each other in the Len Cordell Plate.

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 24 April 

Cockfosters   3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town |  Chalk Lane  | Group A

The ‘Fosters went through from Group A in second spot after a good win over Essex Senior rivals Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. James Verney put his side ahead early on, which was added to by Marcus Crowther five minutes before the break and Jo Wilkinson late on. Harrison Rookard and Alfie Little responded for the Lilywhites but they finish bottom and go into the Plate mini-competition.

DT FC   0 – 2   St Margaretsbury | the Harlow Arena  [3G] | Group A

St Margs did enough to inflict the first defeat on newcomers DT at the Harlow Arena. Strikes from Aiden Read [35’] and Jermaine Nicholson in added time secured a place in the last 16 for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. DT’s loss means they slip down to third but they still make it to the next round.  

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Clapton 2 – 0 Barkingside | Played at J. Carter Cen. [3G], Frenford  | Group B | Fri 23 Apr 

The Tons sealed their progress to the knockout stages of the competition with a decent win over Barkingside in this match played at Frenford on Friday night . Second-half goals from Melos Ajvasi and Bayemore Ndiaye were enough to claim the win which sent the home side to their second win in three games. Both sides go through, with Clapton in second spot.

My good friend Pete Dudley was at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/clapton-2-barkingside-0.html

Woodford Town  2 – 3   Redbridge  |  Coles Park [3G]  | Group B | Sat 24 April

In the match on Saturday, Redbridge recovered from a poor start to complete their third win in succession. Tariq Alexander had given Dee Safer & Julian Charles’ side a first-minute lead but Tony Martin erased that lead two minutes later. Further strikes by tricky winger Ayub Kadiri [21’] and Sonny Fish [61’] turned the tide of the match. Josh Steele pulled one back on the stroke of the 90 minutes but it is the Motormen who advance as group winners in this competition that they dearly want to get to the latter stages at least. Woodford finish bottom and therefore head into the Plate mini-competition.

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Saturday 24 April – Group C

Billericay U23s  2 – 3  Stansted   | New Lodge [3G]   | Group C 

Stansted made a heroic comeback after their interval to defeat Billericay’s development side at New Lodge. The hosts were two goals to the good at the break thanks to strikes by Gabriel Ipanga Mbambo [25’] and Nyan Msuria five minutes later. But Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side once again showed the “Stansted resolve” and goals from John Clarke, Michael Salako and Jack Mitchell’s winner later on sealed their first win and progression into the last 16 as the ‘best’ of the fourth-placed sides.

Holland  3 – 2   FC Clacton   | Dulwich Road   | Group C 

These two local rivals met for the first time in a competitive match and it was the Step 6 hosts who prevailed. It was some match for Louis Olymbios who not only netted a treble but was also later dismissed for persistent fouling. Kevin Coyle’s spot-kick and an OG saw Clacton close but ultimately both sides progressed with Holland topping the group.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/holland-3-fc-clacton-2.html

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Barking  2 – 1  West Essex  | Mayesbrook Park [3G] | Group D  | Friday 23rd April

West Essex faced their landlords Barking for the last time whilst being tenants in this local derby on Friday night. It was to be the Blues who won and progressed as Group winners. Strikes from Louis Dillion six minutes before the break & Johnny Ashman midway through the second half cancelled out a thunderbolt from the returning James Jewers early on. West still head into the knockout phase as they finished in second spot.

Frenford 0 – 2  Hackney Wick | Jack Carter Centre [3G] | Group D  | Sat 24th April

The Saturday game saw Wick grab their first win & with it progression to the knockout phase with victory at Frenford. Mohamed Raza and Jermain Lachoo provided the goals to ensure they leapfrogged Dave Forbes’ side into third spot and sent the hosts out of the Cup and into the Plate mini-competition.

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Athletic Newham  6 – 2   Great Wakering Rovers   | Terry Mac | Group E 

Finally in Group E, Athletic Newham sealed a hugely morale-boosting win over Great Wakering at the Terry Mac. Anderson Baro put the hosts head just past the 20-minute mark, with Richard Kone and Joel Appiah both adding doubles to add to Stephen Butterworth’s team’s pain. Babs Sonupe added further gloss to the score-line late on and render strikes by Jake Gordon and Louie Hay to be mere consolation. Newham go through in second while Wakering exit and will compete in the Plate next weekend.

Brimsdown   0 – 3  White Ensign | Moved to Lower Road | Group E 

Ensign ended a superb group stage for them with a fine win over Brimsdown at Lower Road. Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke and Luke Woodward all struck to complete a decent three weeks for Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s team and they march on to the next round as group winners. Brimsdown’s defensive record has assisted them to the last sixteen as they ended up third.

As promised earlier, here is the draw for the knockout round of the Len Cordell Cup. Fixtures in both competitions will be played on weekend of April 30/May 1.   

Draw for Len Cordell Cup Last 16

Billericay U23  v  Athletic Newham

Brimsdown  v  Clapton

Cockfosters  v  Barking

DT FC   v  Redbridge

Holland  v  Hackney Wick

St Margaretsbury  v  FC Clacton

West Essex  v Stansted

White Ensign  v  Barkingside

Here is the draw for the Cordell Cup Plate competition as well:

Draw for QFs on Len Cordell Plate

Frenford v Hoddesdon Town

Frenford Res. v Walthamstow Res.

Great Wakering Rovers v Woodford Town

Sawbridgeworth Town Res. v West Essex Development

R’s Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier (Sat 13.10.18) [EaSL & TNP 13.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another round-up of the results in the Eastern Senior League Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this weekend (13th Oct – Non-League Day), how did your side do?

 

Eastern Senior League South 

Braintree Town Res  1 – 3   Coggeshall Utd

Fire Utd  2 – 3   Holland

Frenford  2 – 1  Burnham Ramblers

Harwich & Parkeston  2 – 3  Halstead Town

Hashtag Utd  3 – 1   Benfleet

Wivenhoe Town  0 – 1  Hackney Wick

Wormley Rovers  2 – 3  White Ensign

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier 

 

Framlingham Town 2 – 3  Long Melford

Gorleston 2 – 0 Haverhill Rovers

Hadleigh Utd  2 – 0   Ely City

Walsham-le-Willows  3 – 0  Brantham Athletic

Whitton Utd  3 – 2  Norwich Utd

Results Round-up: Eastern Senior Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier (Fri 21st/Sat 22d Sept) [EaSL & TNP 22.9.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South and the Thurlow Nunn Premier division. Thanks for reading.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 22nd September

Brightlingsea Regent Res  1 – 3  May & Baker

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 5  Halstead Town

Frenford  0 – 3  Hashtag Utd

Hackney Wick  3 – 0  Holland

Lopes Tavares  1 – 2  Benfleet

Newbury Forest  2 – 2  Fire Utd

White Ensign  2 – 4  Coggeshall Utd

Wivenhoe Town  3 – 3  Little Oakley

Wormley Rovers  1 – 2  Braintree Town Res

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Friday 21st September

Ely City 1 – 2  Thetford Town

Kirkley & Pakefield  1 – 2  Great Yarmouth Town

Saturday 22nd September

Framlingham Town  2 – 2  Gorleston

Hadleigh Utd  2 – 4  Godmanchester Rovers

Histon  2 – 0  Whitton Utd

Newmarket Town  4 – 3  FC Clacton

Stowmarket Town  5 – 0  Long Melford

Walsham-le-Willows  1 – 1  Norwich Utd

Wroxham  0 – 1  Woodbridge Town

 

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth, Thurlow Nunn Premier & Essex Olympian Lge Premier (Sat 18th Aug) [EaSL, TNP & EOFLP 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action from the Eastern Senior League South division, Thurlow Nunn Premier and the Essex Olympian League Premier Division on the weekend of the 7th & 18th August. Enjoy.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 18th August

 

Benfleet  3 – 1  Wormley Rovers

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  Little Oakley

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 3  May & Baker

Frenford  3 – 2  Holland

Hackney Wick  6 – 1  Brightlingsea Regent Res

Harwich & Parkeston  4 – 3  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Wivenhoe Town

Newbury Forest  4 – 5  Halstead Town

White Ensign  3 – 0  Braintree Town Res

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Friday 17th August

 

Godmancester Rovers 1 – 3  Histon

Wroxham  3 – 1  Great Yarmouth Town

 

Saturday 18th August

 

FC Clacton  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 2  Haverhill Rovers

Gorleston  0 – 3  Walsham-le-Willows

Hadleigh Utd  3 – 4  Kirkley & Pakefield

Long Melford  3 – 1  Ely City

Newmarket Town  1 – 1  Brantham Athletic

Norwich Utd  4 – 1  Woodbridge Town

Whitton Utd 1 – 1 Thetford Town

 

Essex Olympian League Premier Division

 

Saturday 18th August

 

Buckhurst Hill  6 – 2  Old Southendian

Harold Wood Athletic  3 – 0  Springfield

Hutton  2 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Kelevedon Hatch  2 – 1  Great Baddow

Rayleigh Town  0 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

That’s all from this round-up, it’ll return next week.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 22.4.18)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at both ends of the table on “Kick It Out” Day.

Saturday 21st April

 

Basildon Utd 3 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 76

The Bees rounded off an excellent week with victory over Woodford at The Hive. George Whitby gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes before a brace from influential winger Jack Adlington [14′ & 45′ +1] sealed the success for Marc Harrison’s side – their 5th straight win and sit 3rd, outside the second promotion place on goal difference alone, with a game in hand on 2nd-placed FC Romania. Woodford drop to 13th and end their season next weekend with a home tie with Enfield 1893.

 

Enfield 1893  0 – 2  Takeley
| Venue: The Harlow Arena   | Att: 69

Takeley once again showed their gritty determination to get the points at the Harlow Arena. Recently-returned forward Stuart Zanone put Marc Das’ side ahead a minute into the second half before a late OG sealed Takeley’s fourth win in their last six which keeps them 5th, still eight points adrift of Redbridge above them. Enfield’s fine nine-match unbeaten run is over though they are in 9th place and four points from their last two matches should secure a top-ten finish.

 

FC Romania  3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  | Att: 34  | “Kick It Out” Day Designated Match

FCR continued their decent form in recent weeks with a battling win over ten-man Tower Hamlets at Theobalds Lane. Gabriel Ghinea put the hosts ahead eight minutes before the break. Goals from Andrei Baciu [56′] and Sergiu Pitaru [82′] made sure of the points while Montel Williams got Hamlets’ consolation. FCR sit 2nd, above Basildon on goal difference, having played a game more than the Bees. Hamlets eighth-straight defeat drops them to 12th with their chances of a top-ten finish fading.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  3 – 2  Clapton
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 81

Wakering had to fight hard to claim another three points over inconsistent Clapton at Burroughs Park. Steven Sardinha struck to give the Tons a surprise lead on 22 minutes though scarcely a minute later, influential winger Billy Johnson brought GWR back on level terms. Neil Richmond put Rovers ahead three minutes before the break. Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to give the hosts daylight though Nathan Cook halved the lead for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining. Wakering’s 6th win in their last seven means they are five points clear at the summit, needing five points to secure the title. Clapton’s poor end to the season goes on with one win in their last eight games & they reside in 6th, only a point clear of West Essex, having played three games more than the Stags.

 

Hackney Wick  3 – 1  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 48

The Wickers dispatched Hullbridge in their first match since relegation was confirmed in midweek. A brace from Tony Cookey and one from Joel Appiah were enough to grab a morale-boosting three points for Chris Davis’ side. Luke Hornsley got a late goal for Sports who could still do with another victory to avoid any last-day drama – they are in 16th, four points clear of the bottom four.

Click this link for Video Highlights & post-match Interviews (courtesy of WD Sportz): https://youtu.be/BGn68ux-rcA

 

Ilford 1 – 3 Barkingside
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 49

Barkingside came from behind to grab a major win in the “Cricklefield derby”. Ilford led through Jake McWee’s opener on 16 minutes though couldn’t see the match out as three goals in the last 22 minutes turned it around. Roddy Lemba [69′] brought things level before strikes from James Briggs [76′] and Michael Ogboin’s spot-kick four minutes from time saw ‘Side to their 3rd win in their last seven to rise to 15th. Ilford’s sixth defeat on-the-reel sees them stay 11th.

 

Southend Manor  4 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 49

Manor edged another brillantly entertaining encounter at Southchurch Park. Sawbridgeworth’s goal-scorers were Matt Frew, Daryl Doolan and Jack Cousins while second-half goals from Lewis Sparrow [50′], Alfie Lindfield [62′], Brennon Nolan [73’] and the eventual winner from skipper Lee Delf eight minutes from time ended Manor’s five-match winless run to see Adam Peek’s side move eight points clear of the danger-zone in 14th. Sawbridgeworth’s third defeat in their last seven means they cannot improve on 8th place now this term.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1  Redbridge
| Venue: Oakside (12pm KO) | Att: 70 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

Sporting Bengal surprised the Motormen in this match ‘reversed’ to Oakside and was also the early kick-off. Bobby Redwood [16′] broke the deadlock before returning talisman Brian Moses levelled things three minutes before half-time. Bengal skipper Freddy Tandon fired home the winner 16 minutes from time to give Imrul Gazi’s men the double-whammy of a club-record fourth-straight victory and also break the club’s ESL points record and they also rise to 10th spot. Redbridge’s stutter continues as their winless stretch extended to four matches and are now three points adrift of the top three and arguably their fate is ‘no longer in their own hands’ with regards to promotion.

 

Waltham Forest 2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 61

Waltham Forest edged ten-man Stansted to record a priceless victory in their bid to avoid the drop. Stansted led thanks to Ryan Ramsey’s penalty on 19 minutes. Though much to the delight of the Waltham Rabble, Elias Siligato erased that lead nine minutes before the break. Recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s spot-kick on the stroke of half-time ended up sealing the points. Forest are now unbeaten in four and they go above Stansted into 17th, two points clear of them though Forest only have one match to play, compared to Stansted’s two. The Airportmen are 18th and face Enfield and Basildon during the week.

 

West Essex  5 – 1   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 84 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

I attended this match and you can find my match report here:
https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/match-report-west-essex-5-1-wadham-lodge-esl-21-4-18/

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 8.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at the top and the bottom of the table.

 

Friday 6th April

Barkingside 3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 109

‘Side fought from behind to grab a important victory in a match that was brought to a sudden end due to injury. Jerry Jairette netted on 24 minutes to give the impetus to the visitors, though Roddy Lemba struck twice [29′ & 35′] to swing the balance back in the hosts’ favour. Michael Ogboin got a late third before a nasty facial injury to Hamlets’ Ndure caused a slightly premature end to the match though the result stood. ‘Side’s 2nd win on-the-trot sees them up to 15th (after Saturday’s action) while Hamlets’ fifth straight defeat leaves them 10th, ahead of Woodford Town on goal difference alone.

 

Saturday 7th April

Basildon Utd  2 – 0  FC Romania
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 99

The Bees battled to a good victory over FCR at The Hive. Despite missing key forward Marcus Bowers, a brace from Jack Adlington [57′ & 60′] was enough to secure third first win in three matches. FC Romania have now only won one of their last four league matches. Marc Harrison’s men are now three points behind the Wolves with seven matches left. FCR have 5 matches remaining though are five points adrift of Redbridge in 2nd.

 

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 4   Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 70

Great Wakering raised the game after half-time to secure an important win and go three points clear at the Essex Senior League summit. An own-goal midway through the second-half broke the deadlock before Nathan Dewberry [79′], Chris Bryan [83′] and Neil Richmond [90’+3] sealed their fourth win in their last five matches. Burnham’s 3rd defeat in their last five leaves them third-bottom, two points from safety.

 

Enfield 1893  4 – 0    Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: The Harlow Arena  | Att: 62

Enfield continued their fantastic form by defeating Hullbridge in a one-sided contest in Harlow. Ayo Odukoya’s brace [12′ & 46′] gave Matt Hanning’s men the advantage before further strikes from Ben Bradbury [67′] and Aundre Spencer [82′] meant that the E’s have now won 7 league matches in-a-row and as a result stay 12th though they have gained ground on the teams above them.

 

Hackney Wick 2 – 1   Ilford
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

The Wickers took advantage of another ‘poor day at the office’ for Ilford to obtain their 3rd win in their last five matches. Albie Keith put Ilford ahead before ex-Ilford player Tony Cookey levelled. Hassan Nalbant then got the winner to keep Wick’s slim chances of averting the drop alive. They remain bottom, 12 points from safety. Ilford’s third successive defeat leaves them still in 9th though with other teams having matches in hand, their aim of a top-ten finish may be in doubt.

 

Redbridge  4 – 4    Waltham Forest
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 65

The points were shared in this absolute hum-dinger of a contest at Oakside. It looked at though the Motormen were breezing yowards another win as Reside Coxi-Sebastfao’s double [20′ & 34′] and a Calvin Poku strike [42′] put them three ahead at the break. Forest roared back into the match though as Christian Owusu’s quick-fire brace [57′ & (pen) 60′] reduced the deficit though Phillip Browne-Bampfoe extended the hosts’ lead midway through the second half. The old defensive frailties came back to bite Redbridge though as first Tony Da Silva [82′] struck to make it 3 – 4 and in stoppage-time, Owusu struck again to secure his gat-trick and dampen Redbridge’s title quest.

The Motormen’s second match without a win sees them three points behind leaders Wakering in 2nd spot, while Forest are remain out of the bottom four in 17th, two points clear of danger but with only three matches left.

Update: Waltham Forest have also announced over the weekend that they are ‘over the worst’ of their financial problems which left them in peril earlier in the season.
Full statement here: http://www.walthamforest-fc.co.uk/2018/04/08/club-statement-our-future/

 

Southend Manor  3 – 3    Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Another cracker of a match saw these two sides unable to be seperated at Southchurch Park. Scorer-wise, Manor struck through Ethan Evison, Alfie Lindfield and Ibrahim Kagbanda while target-man Temi Babalola, De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale and Ola Ogunwamide replied for an improving Woodford side that have lost only two of their last six matches which leaves them 11th, outside the top ten on goal difference. Manor are six points further back in 13th after a run of one win in their last seven games.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1   Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 35

Bengal recorded a huge win in this six-pointer at Mile End. Codey Cameron struck early on to open the scoring though Oliver Fortune levelled soon after for the Airportmen. Late on, creative midfielder Ashaan Siddik grabbed the winner to send Sporting 14th, seven points clear of the bottom four while Sransted’s winless run extends to six matches now and are 18th, two points from safety with four matches left.

Video highlights from this encounter & post-match Interviews can be found here:  https://youtu.be/KnNsMFL_xpg

(Courtesy of @WDSprtz)

Wadham Lodge  1 – 1   Clapton
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 248

Wadham battled to grab a point at Kitchener Road against a Clapton side that were heavily backed by the Ultras. Danny Francis got Wadham’s goal while Yusuf Bello netted for the Tons. Wadham have got one win in their last five outings now and remain 20th, four points from safety with 7 matches left. Clapton remain 6th, eight points clear of nearest rivals West Essex, with 3 matches remaining.

West Essex  2 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 18

I attended this match and you can find my match report here: http://www.survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/match-report-west-essex-2-0-takeley-esl-7-4-18/

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

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.

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

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 0 Hackney Wick (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 49

2017-18 Season – Match 29

Saturday 14th October 2017 3pm KO

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

Hackney Wick : White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice autumnal afternoon at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Hackney Wick in an intriguing Essex Senior League encounter. Both sides resided in the bottom four before kick-off. For Hullbridge, Lewis Catling came in between the sticks, with Luca Frankis leading the line though Jimmy Cox returned to the squad, sitting on the bench. For me, this was the first look at Hackney Wick since pre-season so I was intrigued as to how they’d get on – I soon got my answer.

Prior to kick-off, we had a minute’s silence (see image) in remembrance of the Waltham Forest chairman Tergut Esendagli who sadly passed away this week. My condolences to the club and to Tergut’s family for their loss. In the opening stages of this encounter, it was a tale of the ‘number nine’s’ as within three minutes, Hullbridge forward Luca Frankis nearly had a clear chance though the ball just escaped his clutches and into visiting goalkeeper Steven French’s arms. A minute later, Wick forward Allan Bastel had a shot blocked by Hullbridge custodian Lewis Catling. It was the home no.9 who put the hosts ahead though Frankis poked his effort into the corner after winger Ollie Miller’s cushioned header into his path.

Hackney Wick responded on 17 minutes as Catling was called into action to push forward Alejandro Ramires’ free-kick wide and then two minutes later, winger Jermaine Nicholson’s shot was also tipped wide. Through most of the remainder of the first period, the hosts pushed forward to clinch that second goal as Wick did struggle to clear their lines at times. Hullbridge was also up for the fight as well as the likes of midfielder Michael Edgar and Frankis ran their socks off to harry the opposition into errors. Nine minutes before the break, Charlie Buffin’s cross from the right flank was headed just wide by midfielder Lewis Watson. The hosts definitely had the better of the play in the first period, though the game was some way from being won with only a slender lead as it was at the interval.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 –  0  Hackney Wick

The visitors made a change at the break and they did seem more energised as a result. Defender Aaron Hunwicks had to ‘have his wits about him’ to deny a certain chance five minutes after the break. A minute afterward, French had to save well to deny Frankis at the back post after good play from Miller and fellow winger Charlie Gerada.  That miss wasn’t costly though as on 54 minutes, a long ball found Miller and one-on-one with French, he slotted past the ‘keeper to double the home side’s advantage. I think it was fair to say that the goalkeeper was not happy with the defence in front of him.

Hullbridge lost centre-back Ollie Quick and Gerada to knocks within seven minutes of each other midway through the second half as Wick continued to battle away going forward. Substitute Guled Ahmed made a difference to his side though with twenty minutes left, his free-kick couldn’t find the target. A further effort on goal soon after by fellow substitute Saico Djop was saved by Catling. At this point, the hosts couldn’t quite keep the ball as effectively as they had done though they were led at the back by the presence of player-manager Rob Hodgson. Into the last five minutes or so, the hosts found another gear as Hodgson’s shot was well-saved by French. Moments later, Wick should have got a consolation though Ramires was twice denied by good saves by Catling and following-up, full-back Blessing Adomah sent his shot over the crossbar. The hosts did get another late on as the impressive Miller was found by substitute Sam Dulieu and the winger slotted home for his brace.

Full-Time:     Hullbridge Sports      3 – 0       Hackney Wick

Frankis 9’, Miller 54’ & 90’+3

In all fairness, Hullbridge deserved their win and played decent football at times, though Wick kept going, particularly in the second half and unfortunately couldn’t find that final ball often enough. For the hosts, almost to a man it was a really good, gutsy display though Hodsgon and Miller’s performances stuck out for me today.

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Hackney Wick

Manager: Tolga Dervish

1  Lewis Catling  (GK) 1  Steven French  (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Blessing Adomah
3  Aaron Hunwicks 3  Marian Histov
4  Michael Edgar 4  Berkcan Belindir
5  Ollie Quick                 (Subbed  61’) 5  Mark Collins
6  Rob Hodgson 6  Jake Casey
7  Ollie Miller 7  Jermaine Nicholson   (Subbed 66’)
8  Lewis Watson 8  Ibrahim Camara  (C)
9  Luca Frankis               (Subbed 56’) 9  Allan Bastel
10  Jamie Buffin  (C) 10  Alejandro Ramires
11  Charlie Gerada         (Subbed 68’) 11  Prince Yeboah           (Subbed 46’)

Substitutes:

12  Jimmy Cox           (On 56’) GK  Vladisav Gorchakov
14  Damien  Siemienczuk 12  Saico Djop           (On 66’)
15  Angus Poole         (On 61’) 13  Simpson Mpalampa
16  Sam Dulieu           (On 68’) 14  Guled Ahmed     (On 46’)
17  Sergo Sidibe

Referee:

Pat Evans

Assistant Referees:

Nicholas Hodges

Sven Wood

Booked: None Booked: Casey