Match Report: White Ensign 1 – 0 Halstead Town (Sat 22 Feb) [EaSL Sth 19/20 23.2.20]

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 59

Saturday 22nd February 2020 – 3pm KO

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Halstead: & Black & White Squared Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

Ensign narrowly overcome spirited Halstead to reach 11 straight League wins

White Ensign  1 – 0 Halstead Town

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

The weekend’s Non-League match saw me return to Burroughs Park to see the Eastern Senior League South encounter between leaders White Ensign and promotion rivals Halstead Town. Although I’d seen the Navy Boys at home in the FA Vase this term, this was the first League match I’ve attended this season, as well as the first time seeing Halstead, who I’d heard good things about. Ensign looked to extend their ten-match league winning run whilst Town looked to gain ground on their opponents. The hosts were depleted, without the suspended Connor Barnby and influential forward Luke Skinner. They did name former Woodford Town & Holland stopper Nick Wilson in goal, with Dave Limber and skipper Jake McWee at the centre of the backline, with front two Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Brett Munyard supported by Dominic Locke and John Hilliard. Recent signing Rhys Fatt and defender Jack Maleary were among the options from the bench. Halstead fielded Jack Cherry between the posts with centre-backs Garry Burdett, Matt Caley and Jack Schelvis in front of him, and a attack of top scorer Chris Harris and Ricky Gardner. Hassan Ayten, Conor Scurlock and Nick Miller were all on the bench.

This highly-anticipated match started in a tense way, as both sides looked to get a minor advantage. The first chance of note came after just two minutes for the hosts as from a John Hilliard corner, centre-back Dave Limber powerfully headed wide of the far post. Town were looking good going forward though as moments later a neat through ball by Kane Munday found the run of forward Ricky Gardner though the home defence retreated to clear their lines. I feel it would be fair to say Ensign started the match in a nervy way, particularly in defence, much to the ire of vastly experienced custodian Nick Wilson. As the increasing breeze made conditions tough, Ensign winger Dominic Locke was once again a big outlet on the right flank with his surging runs and passing. It was Locke himself who played in forward Jason Reynolds-Blanche though the ball’s path decreased his angle on goal as he fired wide of the opposite post past the committed Humbugs ‘keeper Jack Cherry.

In truth, Halstead were growing in stature as their neat build-up play tested the hard-working Ensign midfield. Moments after Town midfielder Charlie Pleace had fired wide, a searching cross by Munday from the left got caught up in the wind, and Wilson did well to prevent it landing in the far corner by clawing it away with an outstretched hand, though Jamie Baker’s follow-up shot was comfortably gathered by the well-positioned Wilson. Ensign needed a telling blow at this point of the match and they duly found it on 33 minutes. A fine ball in from the left by Hilliard was flicked on by Reynolds-Blanche to the onrushing Locke who bypassed the visiting defence to power home from about five yards out as Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side took the lead.

Halstead did well to keep their focus as eight minutes before half-time, as Ensign forward Reynolds-Blanche did well to get past the defence though his well-hit drive was tipped over by Cherry. From the ensuing corner, Hilliard found Locke at the near post but Cherry again foiled him, getting down low to claw it away. The pace was building in this dramatic match as Halstead responded at the other end as an errant clearance by the hosts found Gardner just outside the 18-yard box though he couldn;t find the target. Baker also fired wide before Halstead had a penalty appeal turned down as Ensign were getting ‘hot under the collar’ in clearing their lines.

 

Half-Time: White Ensign 1 – 0 Halstead Town

After the break, Ensign forced a number of set-pieces and had a penalty shout of their own as Reynolds-Blanche went down in the area. Referee Fabio Roque refused to budge, just as with the earlier appeal at the other end before the interval. Early in the half, Ensign were having more joy in attack, as Hilliard’s clever passing and the pace of Locke overloaded the visitors’ backline. On the hour, a fine centre by Locke found Reynolds-Blanche though his header lacked the power to trouble Cherry. Meanwhile, Humbugs full-back Munday was engaged in a entertaining duel with home full-back Charlie Buffin down the Halstead left flank, in what was a battle of wills.

The match got more fraught in the latter stages, as the tension rose. Town full-back Liam Whitehead did well to deny player-boss & top scorer Brett Munyard a one-on-one chance with Cherry though the final ball wasn’t quite there for the hosts. With 13 minutes to play, a neat ball by Hilliard found Reynolds-Blanche whose attempted pass was just gathered by Cherry ahead of substitute Rhys Fatt. Locke had another decent chance after another searing run moments later, though his drive cannoned back off the post.

At the other end, Halstead substitute Hassan Ayten and Harris  were giving the home defence a problem or two trying to get in behind though full-back Thando Moyo stuck to his task well. On the cusp of the ninety, Fatt’s header was gathered by the impressive Cherry though Ensign had to endure a nervous added few moments before the final whistle blew.

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Teams shake-hands at Final Whistle

Full-Time : White Ensign  1 – 0 Halstead Town

The score-line doesn’t really tell the story of a tense, gripping encounter which both sides could have won and on another day the Humbugs could well have grabbed a point. Ensign will take some stopping at present though as they made it eleven straight league wins and remain seven points clear at the summit, with Little Oakley remaining their closest rivals after they smashed Benfleet 9 – 1 this weekend. Halstead certainly showed why they are a strong side in a division that some in Non-League arguably still underestimate. Mark McLean’s side are strong going forward and have a committed defence as well, you wouldn’t be surprised if they finish in the top four this season.

In terms of stand-out performances, Ensign winger Dominic Locke had another strong match, aided by the technical ability of John Hilliard sizing up incisive passes while centre-back Dave Limber was a strong presence in the air, assisted by skipper Jake McWee who also shut out the enterprising play of the Halstead forward line well. For Town, centre-back Matt Caley was superb, making quality interceptions all game and showing great awareness to boot. Centre forward Chris Harris was a threat all match too, supported by strike partner Ricky Gardner and energetic full-back Kane Munday who sent in good crosses for most of the match. Goalkeeper Jack Cherry also had a certain presence about him as the last line of the defence.

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams the best for the rest of the campaign. It’s good to see Ensign on such a strong run on-the-pitch and if Halstead do join them in getting promoted this term, they will both strengthen whichever Step 5 division they get placed in.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

1 Nick Wilson (GK), 12 Charlie Buffin, 3 Thando Moyo, 13 Dave Limber, 8 Jake McWee (Capt), 6 Bradley Gates, 16 Ben Austin, 15 John Hilliard (2 Jack Maleary 85’), 9 Jason Reynolds-Blanche, 20 Brett Munyard (14 Rhys Fatt 72’), 11 Dominic Locke

Goal-scorers: Dominic Locke [33’]

Booked: Reynolds-Blanche, Locke, Hilliard | Subs Not Used: Martin (GK), George

 

Halstead Town |  Manager: Mark McLean

1 Jack Cherry (GK), 2 Liam Whitehead, 3 Matt Caley, 4 Garry Burdett, 5 Jack Schelvis, 6 Jake Brown (Capt) (15 Conor Scurlock 76’), 7 Jamie Baker, 8 Charlie Pleace (12 Hassan Ayten 59’), 9 Chris Harris, 10 Ricky Gardner, 11 Kane Munday

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Dunlop, Miller

Referee: Fabio Roque

Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges & Daniel Keeble

Results Round-up: Eastern Senior League South (Sat 27 Oct) [EaSL 27.10.18]

Written by Scott W

Here is my results round-up from the action in the Eastern Senior League South this weekend, reduced due to Cup action.

Eastern Senior League South 

Brightlingsea Rgent Res  1 – 3  White Ensign

Ensign made it six wins on-the-trot as a brace from Luke Skinner and one from Gates saw them to victory

 

Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2 Holland

Ramblers produced a fine comeback to defeat Holland at Leslie Field. Goals from Grant Webb, Karl Swanborough and Sam Whinney saw them to a much-needed victory.

 

Frenford  7 – 0  Little Oakley

Frenford piled on the misery for Oakley as four goals from Julian Edwards plus strikes by Charlie Fairhead, Luke Woodward and skipper Lewis Bartrip helped Dave Forbes’ side to a big win.

 

Halstead Town  4 – 1  Braintree Town Res

Newbury Forest 2 – 3  Wivenhoe Town

 

Wormley Rovers  0 – 3  May & Baker E.C

Micky Wetherall’s side got the points thanks to goals by Dean Hall, Dan Gilchrist and Hoxhaj. Certainly is good impetus going into next weekend’s FA Vase Round Two tie.

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: Essex Senior League & Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem Rs (Sat 15th Sept) [ESL, EaSL & TNP 16.9.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my mini round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League plus results from the Eastern Senior League South and Thurlow nunn Premier.
Essex Senior League

Saturday 15th September

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 1  Walthamstow   | Lower Road | Att: 76

Hullbridge denied ‘Stow an important victory with a second-half leveller at Lower Road. In first-half added-time, James Peagram struck to give Ryan Maxwell a slightly better team talk at the interval. Sports recovered and ended up with a point thanks to Jimmy Cox’s goal on 58 minutes. Darren Manning’s side stay top of the table at this early stage.

Redbridge  1 – 4  Ilford  | Oakside  | Att: 48

The Foxes sent the Motormen careering off to the first league loss with this surprise win at Oakside. Jamal Dzotsi put the visitors ahead on 31 minutes before the opening 10 of the second half sealed the contest. Yemi Adelani [49′] continued his good scoring run this term and Yasseir Nazor netted six minutes later to leave Martin Haywood’s side in a super position. Ex-Ilford defender Sam Balfour pulled one back for the hosts late on before Adelani got his second of the afternoon in the dying minutes to seal a great day for the visitors.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 2  Stansted  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 50

Finally in the ESL action, Stansted completed a good win at Mile End. Callum Ibe struck early [7’] and a Paul Clayton goal followed on 20 minutes to leave the Airportmen in a good position at half-time. Clayton struck at the wrong end late on though despite an improvement from the hosts in the second half, Stansted held on for another good three points.

 

Eastern Senior League South – Sat 15th Sept

Benfleet 1 – 0 Brightlingsea Regent Reserves

Braintree Town Reerves  3 – 3  Frenford

Halstead Town  2 – 1  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  3 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston

Lopes Tavares  0 – 0  Wivenhoe Town

Wormley Rovers  1 – 4  Burnham Ramblers

 

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Saturday 15th September

Godmanchester Rovers  3 – 2  Stowmarket Town

Long Melford  2 – 1  Histon

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

Round-up: Eastern Senior Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem (Sat 25th Aug) [EaSL & TNP 25.8.18]

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 on the 25th August. Enjoy.
Eastern Snr Lge Sth  (EaSL)
Friday 24th August

 

Brightlingsea Regent Res   2 – 3   Holland
Saturday 25th August

 
Benfleet  1 – 5  Coggeshall Utd

Braintree Town Res   0 – 2    Hashtag Utd

Frenford   1 – 3   Lopes Tavares (London)

Halstead Town   2 – 1   Burnham Ramblers

Harwich & Parkeston   3 – 0   Newbury Forest

Little Oakley   2 – 0  Fire Utd

May & Baker   5 – 1   Wormley Rovers

Wivenhoe Town   0 – 7   White Ensign

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Saturday 25th August

 
Ely City   1 – 0   Gorleston

Kirkley & Pakefield   1 – 0  Framlingham Town

Stowmarket Town  1 – 1  Norwich Utd

Wroxham  1 – 0   Walsham-le-Willows

 

 

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.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Essex Snr Cup (Sat 11th Aug) [EaSL & ESC 11.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my brief results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South division this weekend, with the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division on a hiatus weekend due to their clubs’ involvement in the FA Cup Prelim Round, which also means there is a reduced programme of EaSL action. There are also two Essex Senior Cup matches on Satuday, results are at the end of the piece. Thanks for reading.

Eastern Senior League South – Sat 11th Aug

Braintree Town Res   2 – 0     Fire Utd     | Cressing Road  |

Brightlingsea Regent Res   0 – 0   Wormley Rovers   | North Road  |

Halstead Town  2 – 0   Benfleet   |

Holland   5 – 0   Newbury Forest   |  Eastcliff  |

May & Baker  4 – 2    Harwich & Parkeston   |  Mayesbrook Park  |

White Ensign    2 – 0    Hashtag Utd     |   Basildon Sporting Village  |

Essex Senior Cup

 

Frenford    3 – 4   Coggeshall Utd    | The Drive  |

Little Oakley    0 – 2    Lopes Tavares

We’ll be back next week with this results round-up, have a good week.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & TN Prem [Tues/Wed 7-8 Aug 18] (EaSL & TNP 8.8.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my midweek round-up of all the results from the Eastern Senior League South division and Thurlow Nunn Premier division. Enjoy.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Tuesday 7th August

Brightlingsea Regent Res.  0 – 3   Halstead Town

Coggesshall Utd  1 – 1  Little Oakley

Harwich & Parkeston  1 – 1 Holland

Hashtag Utd   1 – 1 Hackney Wick

Newbury Forest  3 – 2  Lopes Tavares

White Ensign  3 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

 

Wednesday 8th August

 

Benfleet 1 – 2 Frenford

Braintree Town Res  2 – 1   Wivenhoe Town

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Tuesday 7th August

Brantham Athletic  4 – 0  Hadleigh Utd

Ely City  2 – 0  Newmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Gorleston  4 – 2  Norwich Utd

Haverhill Rovers   0 – 1   Godmanchester Rovers

Histon   2 – 1  Long Melford

Thetford Town  5 – 2   Great Yarmouth Town

Whitton Utd  0 – 1  FC Clacton

Wroxham  1 – 1   Kirkley & Pakefield

 

Wednesday 8th August

Woodbridge Town 0 – 2  Walsham-le-Willows

 

Thank you for reading, the Thurlow Nunn Prem & some EaSL sides are in FA Cup action though there will be a round-up of EaSL action at the weekend.