S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Mon 12 – Wed 14 Oct) [ESL 20-21 15.10.20]

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

Hello and welcome back to another of my occasional round-up articles looking at the Essex Senior League for the Season 2020-21. This article tracks all the action from the midweek action from Monday 12 October to Wednesday 14 October. Thanks for reading.

My thanks to Matt North  [@MattNorth_] for the photo

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 Essex Senior

 Monday 12 October

Hashtag Utd  2 – 0  Woodford Town | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  | Att: 138

The midweek action started on Monday night as Hashtag got another valuable three points to go level on points with leaders Cockfosters, prior to their match on Wednesday night. An early strike by Samraj Gill gave Jay Devereux’s side the lead, before George Smith got his fifth league goal already this term to confirm a decent win over winless Woodford, who remain four points adrift at the bottom.

Tuesday 13 October

Hoddesdon Town  4 – 2  Walthamstow   | Lowfield |

Hoddesdon fought back from behind to claim a fine win over Walthamstow. It was the visitors who took the lead through a fine header from Jason Beck though the Lilywhites did get back on terms through Frazer John’s close-range finish. Simon Riddle’s side led at the interval thanks to Kardan Campbell’s effort from a set-piece. After the break, Hoddy extended their lead thanks to Ben Quarrington-Carter and Cyrus Babaie to make the points pretty much safe, despite a late goal from Connor Scully for ‘Stow who fell to their third loss in seven games, as they drop to sixth. Hoddesdon go above their opponents into fourth, five points away from the leaders.

Saffron Walden Town  1 – 1  Enfield  | Catons Lane  |  

This gritty encounter ended in a draw at Catons Lane. Walden conceded a spot-kick midway into the half but Enfield’s Olly Miles’ spot-kick was well-denied by commanding goalkeeper James Bransgrove. Eight minutes before the break, centre-back Luke Wilson’s effort was ruled out for a foul on an Enfield player in the build-up. The deadlock was broken eight minutes after the resumption, with Miles successful in striking past Bransgrove to give the E’s the lead. That lead only lasted five minutes though before Gavin Cockman equalised. With no further goals forthcoming, Walden inch up to eighth spot, and Enfield rise to 15th before Wednesday’s action.

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 4  Redbridge  | Crofters  |

Redbridge continued their upward curve with a fine win at Sawbridgeworth. Darnell Bromfield netted four minutes before the break for his new side to give the Motormen the lead. Ayub Kadiri [67’] and James Barlow [73’] goals put George Christou’s side in command. Sawbo responded five minutes later but Redbridge secured the points late on through replacement Terry Amoafo as the visitors went into the top half. Sawbo fall below their opponents here into 11th.

Stansted  1 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Hargrave Park   |

Sporting Bengal recovered from their FA Vase exit on Sunday in some style with a fine comeback win at Stansted. Ryan Ramsay opened the scoring on 24 minutes after a spot-kick was saved by Bengal ‘keeper Luciano Junior. Imrul Gazi’s team responded strongly after the break as a goal from Mahdi Khan and a late brace from substitute Joel Ramos (who has now scored six goals in the league this term) secured a swift turnaround to give Bengal their second league win this term and move up to 13th. The Airportmen fell to only their second loss this term and drop to fifth.

St Margaretsbury  P – P  Southend Manor | The Rec | Match OFF due to Waterlogged pitch

Takeley  5 – 1  Clapton  | Station Road | Att: 49

Takeley added to the Tons’ pain defensively with a big win at Station Road. A goal-blitz in the first-half through braces from Lewis Deamer [16’ & 29’] and two goals in four minutes for Coby Miles on 37 and 40 minutes all but sealed the game before the half-time team-talks. Matthew Bentley struck again for Clapton three minutes after the break but the hosts held firm after that and replacement Ryan Lynch netted in the final moments to secure the win for Marc Das’ team, who go up to 12th. The Tons remain second-bottom.  

West Essex  0 – 2  Hadley  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  |

Hadley weathered tricky conditions and a tough trip to Barking with a decent win. Shaz Anwar and substitute Jordan Edwards got the goals to see the Bricks to another three points to keep pace with the leaders as they go up to third spot. The Stags drop to tenth but will be in action again at home on Friday night against Enfield.

Wednesday 14 October 

Ilford  1 – 1  Cockfosters  | Cricklefield |

In the solitary match on Wednesday, Adam Peek’s Ilford side held Cockfosters to a creditable 1 – 1 draw. Right on the quarter-hour mark, it was the Foxes who took the lead through the skilful forward Mo Kargbo, though Ryan Wade maintained his fine goal-scoring run to level for the ‘Fosters on the half-hour. Despite a good performance, the hosts couldn’t break through and had to settle for a point. The result keeps Cockfosters at the summit ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Hashtag this weekend, while Ilford go above Enfield into 15th spot.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Mon 5 – Wed 7 Oct) [ESL 20-21 7.10.20]

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

Hello and welcome back to another of my occasional round-up articles looking at the Essex Senior League this term.. This article tracks all the action from the midweek action from Monday 5 October to Wednesday 7 October. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior   


Monday 5 October

Hashtag Utd  4 – 1  St Margaretsbury | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  | Att: 110

The action starts at the Len Salmon Stadium as Hashtag got their fifth league win of the season, comfortably defeating St Mags. George Smith’s first-half double [13’ & 33’] either side of a Harry Honesty effort put the Tags in a commanding position at the interval. Visiting forward Kyle Roberts notched his fifth league goal this term eight minutes after the interval, taking advantage of sloppy defending but the result was more than confirmed by substitute Albie Keith’s strike five minutes before the end which leaves Jay Devereux’s side in second spot.

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 3  Hadley  | Mile End Stadium | BCD

The Bricks had to fight off a spirited come back by Bengal before completing another important win on the road at Mile End. Shaz Anwar’s powerful strike gave Anthony Clark’s side the lead, before Sam Edwards’ spot-kick doubled that advantage. The tension only intensified though as a brace from Chaka Barnett levelled the game. However, Bradley Marriott’s header secured another good three points to send Hadley up to third spot, six points adrift of leaders Cockfosters.

Tuesday 6 October

Clapton  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town   | Terrence MacMillan Stadium |

The Tons were held by the Lilywhites at Terry Mac. After a goal-less first half, Matthew Bentley got his second goal in the last three Clapton matches to put them ahead three minutes after the interval. Jack Gibbs levelled the match from the penalty spot before the hour mark and with no further breakthroughs, the Tons drew their fourth league match in six thus far. Hoddy had their first stalemate this term and remain in mid-table.

Cockfosters  4 – 2  Takeley  | Chalk Lane  |

An inspired comeback from the ‘Fosters maintained their three-point lead at the summit and their 100% winning start at Chalk Lane. Takeley started the stronger side with Lewis Deamer putting them ahead in the early stages before Ned Clarke swiftly levelled the match. The ever-reliable Jason Todd gave the visitors the lead once again just before the break but that lead only lasted about eight minutes before Reuben Campbell once again brought Ryan Wade’s side level. Clarke showed signs of last season’s goal-scoring form as he completed his hat-trick with strikes just after the hour and with minutes remaining. The win continues Cockfosters’ fine form in all competitions as they head back to FA Vase action this coming weekend. Takeley remain 13th.  

Redbridge  P – P  West Essex  | Oakside  | Match OFF due to Waterlogged pitch

Southend Manor  3 – 2  Ilford  | Southchurch Park  |

A dramatic encounter saw Manor edge over the line in the latter stages. The Foxes started the match well and Dion Lewis-Kirwan slotted home confidently on eleven minutes to break the deadlock. Liam Jarrett’s fine strike levelled things 11 minutes before the interval but there was more drama to come. First up, Ilford regained the lead through Yemi Adelani’s surging run and finish barely a minute after the resumption. After missing a penalty, substitute Matthew Keiller let fly with a superb 35-yard thunder-bolt to level the game nine minutes before the end. And with Ilford’s nerves growing, Ben Allen was felled in the area moments later before getting up to take the spot-kick himself, which he duly converted to give Craig Waters’ side their third win in their last five matches.

If you’d like more of this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/10/07/s20-21-match-report-southend-manor-3-2-ilford-tues-6th-oct-esl/ 

Walthamstow  3 – 1  Woodford Town  | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 158

Walthamstow rose to fourth spot after a comfortable win over out-of-form Woodford at Wadham Lodge. Jon Clements gave Max Mitchell’s side the lead before a Michael Toner special from forty yards doubled that advantage. Callum Ibe then pretty much sealed the match with his opportunist goal before half-time. Substitute Ezequiel Franchi got a consolation for Town in the latter stages as they continue to seek their first league win this term.

Wednesday 7 October 

Enfield  4 – 0   Sawbridgeworth Town   | Woodside |

And in the only game on Wednesday night, The E’s notched their first of the league campaign with a fine win over Sawbridgeworth at Woodside. James Baker opened the scoring on 13 minutes for player-boss Jamie Cureton’s side. Cureton himself notched the second with a header with eighteen minutes remaining. Sawbo’s night was to get worse as substitute Olly Miles secured a brace [84’ & 87’] to make it four games without a win for Lee Mackman’s team. Enfield rise up to 15th place.

S 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League Round-up (Fri 25/Sat 26 Sept) [ESL 20-21 27.9.20]

Sawbo v Hashtag image (Image by Matt North)

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

Hello and welcome back to another of my of round-up’s looking at the Essex Senior League for the Season 2020-21, which will appear here on a semi-regular basis. This piece also includes the results from the Eastern Senior League South action this weekend. Thanks to Matt North (@MattNorth_) for the Image & Thanks to you for reading.

Essex Senior League


Friday 25 September

West Essex  2 – 3  Walthamstow  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  | Att: 88

Walthamstow fought back to claim a good three points at Mayesbrook Park, in a match which simply exploded into life in the early-goings. West wasted no time in breaking the deadlock as Cameron Gray’s goal gave them the lead after just two minutes. ‘Stow fell further behind as Michael Mignot extended the hosts’ lead four minutes later. However, before the match had passed the quarter-hour mark, the match was levelled as first Callum Ibe [9’] and then Connor Scully strikes had Kwame Kwateng’s side’s lead disappear almost as soon as it had been created.

Jon Clements finished off a pulsating half to give Max Mitchell’s side the lead for the first time ten minutes from the interval and the Stags were unable to level things again so it was ‘Stow who took their second league win this campaign.

Woodford Town  0 – 2  Redbridge  | The Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 56

The new era at Redbridge gathered momentum as they won 2 – 0 at Woodford Town. Goals from Craig Hall and Terry Amoufo did the business for George Christou’s new side and in doing so they got their first league win this term.

Saturday 26th September

Hadley  1 – 0  Takeley   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 141

Hadley edged a contest with another strong side in Takeley, with Luke Alfano getting the only goal on 28 minutes as Anthony Clark’s team got their second win of the league season. The Bricks are trying to lay the foundations for another season of superb form at home, while Takeley are yet to win this season.

Hoddesdon Town  5 – 3  Enfield  | Lowfield  | Att: 121

Hoddesdon surged to an important 5 – 3 win over Enfield at Lowfield. The action didn’t take long to get started as the Lilywhites broke the stalemate thanks to Craig Tulley’s goal on ten minutes. The E’s, under the tutelage of interim player-boss Jamie Cureton, levelled the game ten minutes afterwards through Sammy Leonard-Mould’s goal. The sides couldn’t be separated at the interval as Liam Mulligan had given the hosts the advantage again with 35 minutes played. Cureton himself netted five minutes later to make it 2 – 2 at half-time.

However, Hoddesdon made the most of the strong second-half with three goals in thirteen minutes. Mulligan got his second of the match on 63 minutes, before Blue Gallagher [70’] and Aiden Critchley [75’] adding to the visitors’ pain to make it 5 – 2. Alex Warman struck in the last few minutes to lessen the damage but Enfield’s tough start to the campaign continued.

Ilford  1 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Cricklefield  | Att: 85

Ilford held Walden to a draw at Cricklefield. Dimitri Christou gave the Foxes the lead four minutes before the break, and held on until well into the second period but the Bloods managed to grab a point as centre-back Luke Wilson struck twelve minutes from time. Adam Peek’s side are showing promise with four points from their opening three matches, while Walden have five points from their first four matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 4  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters  | Att: 106

Hashtag had to put their exploits in the Cup competitions to one side as they staged another fine comeback to overwhelm Sawbridgeworth at Crofters. Sawbo opened the scoring after just six minutes through Horace Ormsby’s strike though the Tags responded five minutes later through Joe Gregory. Tom Anderson put the visitors ahead on the half hour though the evident fighting spirit of Lee Mackman’s side in recent weeks showed itself again as Conor Clarke netted from the penalty spot just before the hour to make it 2 – 2.

But, Hashtag are known for finishing games strongly and that showed itself again here as Gregory got his brace with 17 minutes left to give Jay Devereux’s side the lead for the second time and then Harry Honesty sealed the match with five minutes remaining to give the visitors’ their fourth consecutive league win.

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Cockfosters   | Mile End  | BCD

Cockfosters retained their 100% winning start to the league season with a decent win over Bengal at Mile End. Carl Mullings got both goals [2’ & 21’] in the first half and held on to that advantage to their fourth win this season. There was no comeback this time for Imrul Gazi’s side as they fell to their first loss in the league since the opening day.

St Margaretsbury  3 – 3  Clapton  | The Rec   | Att: 35

St Mags clawed themselves back into this contest to claim a point against visitors Clapton at the Rec. The Tons started superbly and were three goals ahead at the break, thanks to goals from Ridwan Hussein, an OG and one from Matthew Bentley right on the stroke of half-time. Ray Bartlett’s side responded with some vigour after the break though, as a brace from Kyle Roberts, first on 65 minutes and then from twelve yards with 78 minutes on the watch, got them back into the match. The Tons were unable to hold on as Jake Hayden-Eley struck eight minutes from time to complete a sterling comeback. Both sides have now drawn three of their opening four league matches so they will need wins soon.

Stansted  5 – 0  Southend Manor  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 63

The Airportmen continued their unbeaten league start as they won decisively against Manor at Hargrave Park. First-half goals from Greg Moore [4’] and Michael Salako seven minutes before the break had given Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side the impetus at the interval. Billy Coyne made it three on the hour and Craig Waters’ side simply had no answer to get back into the contest. The ‘Blue Brazil’ turned on the style with late goals by Moore, who got his second of the afternoon with 85 minutes gone and Ryan Ramsay rounded out the scoring two minutes later.

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 25th September  –  May & Baker   1 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston  | Parkside [3G]

Saturday 26th September

Benfleet  1 – 1  Holland  | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  3 – 1  Brimsdown  | Leslie Field

Frenford  4 – 0  Coggeshall Utd  | The Drive [3G]

Little Oakley  1 – 3  Athletic Newham  | Memorial Stadium

Newbury Forest  2 – 1  Hackney Wick  | Oakside

White Ensign  2 – 1  Barkingside   | Burroughs Park 

Wormley Rovers  1 – 3  Wivenhoe Town  | Wormley Sports Club

S2020-21 Round-up’s: Essex Senior (Tues/Wed 15/16 Sept) [ESL 20/21 16.9.20]

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Written by Scott W {Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to run-down of the mid-week action from the Essex Senior, which saw some thirty-seven goals scored in the following matches, which included some surprise results too. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior Results – Tuesday 15th September             

Cockfosters  8 – 1  Clapton  | Moved to Chalk Lane

Moving directly onto the midweek action now and in the Essex Senior, Cockfosters thumped the Tons as they emerged with an 8 – 1 win. The hosts were 5-1 up at the break through a treble from player-boss Ryan Wade and one each for Marcus Crowther [15’] and Reece Mosanya six minutes after that goal. Daniel Emovon netted for Clapton but the momentum continued for Wade’s side as Kaidyn Michael made it six 20 minutes from time and Ned Clarke also netted a late brace in this huge win.

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 3  West Essex  | Lowfield

West Essex continued their strong league start with a 3 – 1 win at Hoddesdon. Michael MIgnot, skippering the Stags side here, put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time, before Callum Bloss’ free-kick made it two six minutes after the restart. Town pulled one back from 12 yards thanks to Jack Gibbs with about 20 minutes left but a unfortunate OG compounded the frustrations for Simon Riddle’s side late on as West got a fine win.

Redbridge  2 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Oakside

Sporting Bengal got a late, late victory over managerless Redbridge at Oakside. James Barlow and substitute Terry Amoafo’s goals put Redbridge in command but Joel Ramos’ first of the evening gave Imrul Gazi’s side hope. The Motormen utterly stalled in added time though as Ramos got through to add another double to complete his treble and also grab the three points for Bengal, their first win this term.

Saffron Walden Town  5 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Catons Lane

No such drama at Catons Lane as Walden comprehensively defeated St Mags 5 – 0. Craig Calver opened his account after just two minutes and went on to grab a hat-trick with further goals on 17 and 49 minutes. The Bloods added further gloss to the score-sheet and secured their first win of the league season through goals from Alfie Hilton and Dimitri Hatzimouratis in the dying moments of the match.

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 2  Woodford Town  | Crofters

Sawbridgeworth pulled off another good result, winning 3 – 2 again Woodford at Crofters. Cabham Clarke put Sawbo ahead after just six minutes, but Woodford levelled ten minutes later through Jeremiah Luwero. Kieran Amos’ speculative shot put the hosts back in front moments later. Conor Clarke’s spot-kick made it three for Sawbo six minutes before the break. Marcus Painter reduced the deficit to one with a calm finish on 52 minutes but Town finished the match with nine men as Sawbo held on to claim the win.        

  Takeley  1 – 3  Hashtag Utd | Station Road

Hashtag secured their third straight league win after a hard-fought 3 – 1 triumph at Station Road. Tom Jelliman gave the hosts a good start with the opening goal just before the half-hour. The Tags responded strongly after the break though as Joshua Osude was brought down in the area and the resulting spot-kick was taken by George Smith and he made no mistake on 64 minutes to level it up at 1 – 1. Osude capped a terrific solo performance to add a brace [89’ & 90’+4] to seal another important three points for Jay Devereux’s team.

Walthamstow  2 – 3  Southend Manor  | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 109

Tuesday’s action left us with one more surprise as Manor emerged with a fine 3 – 2 victory over Walthamstow at Wadham Lodge. A see-saw encounter ended up with Darnell Bromfield getting the winner for Manor from the penalty spot midway through the second-half. Jon Clements and James Hammond got the goals for ‘Stow.

Wednesday – Enfield  0 – 1  Stansted   | Woodside

In the only Wednesday match this week, Stansted won 1 – 0 at Enfield, courtesy of a Ryan Ramsay goal on 23 minutes, being in the right place at the right time to slot home after a goalkeeping error. The Airportmen remain unbeaten in three league matches, while the E’s have yet to pick up a win.   

Season 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Fri 4/Sat 5 Sept) [ESL 20-21 6.9.20]

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

Hello and welcome back to the first of new season of round-up’s looking at the Essex Senior League divisions for the Season 2020-21. This piece also includes the results from the Eastern Senior League South action this weekend. Thanks as ever to the clubs and you, my readers for continuing to show interest in these pieces. Best wishes to all players, managers & officials at all Essex Senior League sides, I wish you all a good campaign.

Essex Senior

   

Friday 4th Sept

West Essex  1 – 1  Takeley   | Mayesbrook Park [3G] |

The weekend’s action kicked off with West Essex’s draw with Takeley, on a famed evening as they opened landlords Barking’s new artificial playing surface.  However, it was the visitors who took the lead through Reece Barrett before Symeon Taylor’s leveller after the interval. All in all, both sides could have won and Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker once again excelled between the posts to give Kwame Kwateng’s side a decent point against tough opposition, only 48 hours after their huge win in the FA Cup in midweek.  

Saturday 5th September

Cockfosters  3 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Chalk Lane  |

Into the Saturday action now and Cockfosters started their campaign on a high as they defeated Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. Rueben Campbell opened the scoring on the quarter-hour for player-manager Ryan Wade’s team. Wade himself struck a free-kick to double the ‘Fosters lead with twenty-five minutes gone, though the Lilywhites did halve the deficit six minutes before the break thanks to Harrison Rookard’s effort. Nine minutes into the second half though, the hosts ended up securing the win thanks to a second goal in two games for new recruit Carl Mullings. It caps quite a week for Cockfosters and they back in action at Chalk Lane, taking on Enfield in midweek.

Enfield  0 – 0  St Margaretsbury   | Woodside  |

Enfield started off their League campaign with a creditable point after their FA Cup exit to Harlow in midweek. St Margs couldn’t breach the E’s defence either and both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils at Woodside.

Hadley  4 – 0  Woodford Town   | Brickfield Lane  |

Hadley started their campaign off with another strong performance to defeat Woodford at Brickfield Lane. Two goals in three minutes from Luke Alfano [25’] and Solomon Ofori [27’] set the tone for a side hungry for goals. Ofori netted again thirteen minutes after the interval and a late defensive mishap opened the path for Jordan Edwards to grab a late fourth for Anthony Clark’s side.

I was at this match, my full report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/09/05/season-2020-21-match-report-hadley-4-0-woodford-town-sat-5-sept/

Hashtag Utd  4 – 0  Ilford  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  |

Hashtag got their on-pitch season going in some style with a triumph over Ilford at the Len Salmon Stadium. George Smith’s spot-kick on 25 minutes put Jay Devereux’s side ahead before Toby Aromolaran made it two ten minutes after the break. Late goals from Lee Hursit and Ross Gleed added more gloss onto the score-sheet to get past an Ilford side who battled hard in the first half. Even so, the Tags showed their intent to get back into the upper echelons of the table and challenge for promotion once again.

Redbridge  2 – 2  Saffron Walden Town  | Oakside  |

Saffron Walden didn’t have it all their own way as they twice fought back to claim a draw with Redbridge at Oakside. After the hosts had missed a penalty before the break, James Barlow netted seven minutes after the interval. Former Redbridge star Lewis Francis levelled matters eight minutes later though in a fraught last ten minutes, Barlow struck again [82’] to put Micky Wetherall’s side on course for a surprise win. However, Walden had other ideas as George Pullen’s added-time equaliser ensured a share of the points for Jason Maher’s side.

Southend Manor  2 – 5  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park  |

Sawbridgeworth rode the crest of a wave following their FA Cup herocs in midweek to dismantle Manor at Southchurch Park. Luca Frankis netted twice for Craig Waters’ side but Sawbo overpowered them thanks to a hat-trick from Kieran Amos and goals for Cabham Clarke and Horace Ormsby. With ten goals conceded in two matches in League & Cup, Manor will need to regroup fairly quickly.  

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 3  Walthamstow  | Mile End  |

Walthamstow started their season with a hard-fought win at Sporting Bengal. After both sides drew ablank in the first half, ‘Stow’s new-look forward line did the damage as Charncey Dash opened his league account from twelve yards. Fellow new recruit Jon Clements struck to double Max Mitchell’s side’s advantage. Sam Jeremiah also netted to secure the points, though credit also goes to Bengal’s Joel Ramos who lashed home a free-kick to give Imrul Gazi’s side a consolation.

Stansted  2 – 2  Clapton  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 64

Finally this weekend, Clapton came from behind to snatch a draw at Stansted. Moses Carvalho’s firm header put the Airportmen ahead, a lead which stood at the break. But after the interval, substitute Shaun Gittleson got his second goal of the week to level the match. As the tension rose, that stalemate only lasted four minutes before Nick Reynolds put Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side ahead again. The Tons were soon level again though through Ruben Kennedy’s spot-kick and from there, the sides couldn’t be separated.

Eastern Senior League South   

Sat 5th September  Results 

Brimsdown  3 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston  | Chadfields

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 1  Wormley Rovers   | Leslie Field

Coggeshall Utd   1 – 1  Newbury Forest   | West Street

Frenford  3 – 0  Holland   | The Drive [3G]

Hackney Wick  2 – 2  Benfleet   | Spa Road, Witham

Halstead Town  1 – 1  Athletic Newham   | Rosemary Lane

Little Oakley  2 – 1  Barkingside   | Memorial Stadium

White Ensign  3 – 0  Wivenhoe Town   | Burroughs Park

Season 2020-21: The FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd (ESL/EaSL Sides) [FAC 2020-21 3.9.20]


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

Hello all and welcome to the new season of blogs here, you’ll find blogs on the Essex Senior, Essex Olympian League divisions & maybe a little more besides during the course of the season too.

This initial blog is looking at the local sides that were in action this week, which saw eleven Essex Senior sides progress and one Eastern Senior South side. Thanks for reading.

Monday 31 August

Woodford Town  3 – 1  London Colney   | The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 247

Woodford Town opened the round’s action with a fine comeback victory over London Colney at the Harlow Arena. Scott Knight had given Colney an early advantage though Luke Parrott levelled matters on the half-hour for Town. Rigert Rama then turned the tide in favour of the hosts as the match approached the hour mark, tapping home following a goalkeeping error before sealing the contest thanks to a fine strike by Parrott to seal his brace and cue wild celebrations from the excited Towners faithful. Woodford are rewarded with a trip to Capershotts to face Waltham Abbey in the Prelim Round. 

Tuesday 1st September

Cockfosters  4 – 2  Stanway Rovers   | Chalk Lane   | Att: 221

The ‘Fosters made a miraculous comeback with ten men to overcome Eastern Counties Premier side Stanway at Chalk Lane. Stanway started well and took the lead after four minutes through debutant Dan Gilchrist’s strike. The ESL side responded through George Beattie’s 20th-minute goal but had a double set-back around the half-hour mark as combative midfielder Matt Thomson was dismissed and soon after, Rovers made the most of the man advantage as Harry Thomas bundled the ball over the line after a set-piece. The drama only escalated after the break though as three goals in 15 minutes swung the tie in favour of the hosts. First, new signing Carl Mullings levelled midway through the half after a defensive howler, then player-boss Ryan Wade powered home  a spot-kick mere minutes later. Substitute Rueben Campbell provided the telling fourth goal with eleven minutes left to eventually seal a terrific victory.

Walthamstow  3 – 2  London Lions  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 292 | 

Cockfosters will face Walthamstow in the next round as ‘Stow fought back to deny London Lions progression into the Prelim Round. Max Kyte broke the deadlock for the Lions in the early stages on the contest and although ‘Stow got more threatening in front of goal, it took until after the break for them to level through substitute Michael Osei’s curling drive. Kyle nabbed his second for the visitors soon afterward, but goals from Connor Scully and Charncey Dash [for Peter: Dash! Dash!] sealed the win in front of Walthamstow’s biggest crowd since 1996.                                                   

Hullbridge Sports  0 – 2  Hadley  | Lower Road  | Att: 310

Another bumper crowd at Lower Road saw Hadley shock higher league opposition again with a fine win at Isthmian North side Hullbridge. Second-half strikes by that man Solomon Ofori and a Sam Edwards free-kick handed the impetus to the Bricks. ‘Bridge also had a penalty saved by Hadley ‘keeper Luke Ward which added to a frustrating evening for them on-the-pitch. Hadley will face FC Clacton away on Saturday week.                                     

Stansted  3 – 2  Takeley  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 143

Stansted also had to fight back to secure their passage with a hard-fought win over local rivals Takeley at Hargrave Park. Luckless home skipper Billy Coyne headed into his own net five minutes in, but Jack Mitchell converted a spot-kick on 26 minutes to level things up. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side then took the ascendency on the score-sheet after the break as Mitchell struck again ten minutes after the break. Ash Siddik notched the Airportmen’s third in the last few minutes to effectively seal the tie. Substitute Samson Adelaja netted for Marc Das’ side deep into added-time but their focus turns now to the league opener at West Essex on Friday night. Meanwhile, the ‘Blue Brazil’ welcome Basildon Utd to Hargrave in the next round of the Cup. 

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 2  Little Oakley  | Catons Lane  | Att: 286

Saffron Walden also progressed to the next round with victory over Eastern Senior League South side Little Oakley in another pulsating tie at Catons Lane. Oakley took the lead through Harry Mann before new signing Alfie Hilton levelled the match for the hosts. Oakley were not to be denied a second through as Jordan Heath made it 2 – 1 to Matt Carmichael’s team. More drama though was in the offing as Lewis Francis made his presence felt on his return to the Bloods in a big way. The forward came off the bench and struck a hat-trick to turn the match in favour of Jason Maher’s side and see them into the next round, in front of another hefty crowd. They face the trip to Welwyn Garden City.

 Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 1  Romford  | Crofters  | Att: 260

Sawbridgeworth pulled off one of the surprises of the round by knocking out Isthmian North side Romford at Crofters. Goals from Conor Clarke and Kieran Amos did the job on a terrific night for Lee Mackman’s side. Malaki Toussaint got one back for Romford midway through the 2nd half but Sawbo went through welcome fellow ESL side St Margaretsbury In the Prelim Round.

 Clapton  2 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  (Bengal won 6 – 5 on pens)

| Terrence MacMillan Stadium

Sporting Bengal edged to the next round on spot-kicks after a two-two draw with Clapton at the Terry Mac. David Tarawali netted to give Imrul Gazi’s side the lead, before Conor Okus equalised for his new club. Bengal re-took the lead soon afterward with Carlos Siegal Hubner slotting home smartly. The Tons forced a penalty shoot-out late on though as Shaun Gittleson once again levelled the match with minutes remaining. It was Bengal who held their nerve in the shoot-out, winning 6 – 5 on spot-kicks here and will travel to Harlow Town in the next round.

Wednesday 2nd Sept

 Park View   1 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | New River Sports Ground

On Wednesday, Hashtag made their debut in the competition at Park View & came from behind to progress. Kleon James had given the hosts a surprise lead, before George Smith equalised with a well-struck penalty. After the interval, recent addition Toby Aromolaran netted from close range to win the match and they will face Felixstowe & Walton Utd from the Isthmian North in the next round. 

West Essex  6  – 3  Crawley Green    | Oakside  | Att: 147

Finally in our focused ten matches, West Essex progressed in a richly entertaining tie as they powered past Spartan South Midlands Premier side Crawley Green at Oakside. Michael Mignot blasted a hat-trick inside the first 30 minutes before Phil Draycott pulled one back for the visitors six minutes before the break. West extended their lead and sealed the tie through Mignot’s fourth soon after the break. Symeon Taylor and Tom Woodbridge then added further strikes as the Stags saw out a big night for them. To their credit, Danny Watson and Tyler Ingham added late goals for Crawley Green but there was no mistaking the performance by Kwame Kwateng’s side, who are rewarded with a trip to New Salamis in the Prelim Round.

Other Results (ESL & EaSL South Sides) – Tues 1 Sept

Brantham Athletic  1 – 1  Benfleet                     (Brantham won 3 – 2 on Pens)   

Tom Watkins                              Ben Foord

Harlow Town                   5 – 1     Enfield   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 260

Christian Adu Gyamfi,                  Hugo Vasconcelos 75’  

Craig Alcock,  

Ahmet Biler,

Hector Mackie                                  

Sam Taylor (OG)

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  FC Clacton   |at Ware FC   | Att: 129

 Cyrus Babaie                       Mekhi McKenzie

                                               Charlie Thompson

 Redbridge  0 – 2  Harpenden Town  | Oakside  | Att: 134

                               Mulik Rickman 16’

                                    Harvey Scott 55’

Southend Manor  0 – 5  Ware | Southchurch Park  | Att: 200 |

                                           Leigh Rose 15’

                                           David Kendall 46’ & 60’
                                           Louis Rose 74’

                                           Albert Adu-Donyinah 76’     

Wednesday 2nd Sept  

Baldock Town  2 – 2  St Margaretsbury  (St Mags win 4 – 2 on pens)

Scott Piggott                                          Kyle Roberts (pen)

Josh Furness                                          Jae Partridge

Ilford         1 – 3      Halstead Town  | Cricklefield | Att: 280

Juan Cardona                     Joe Jones

                                          Chris Harris x 2                                           

Season Review 2019-20: Essex Senior League (Part 1 – Top 10) [ESL SR 19/20 5.5.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first of a two-part blog looking back at the Essex Senior League 2019-20 season, as part of my Non-League ‘Season Review’ series.

In this first part, I look back at the top ten sides in the division from the dry statistics perspective and my own thoughts on seeing them in action during the campaign, followed by the stats on ‘Clean Sheets’ this season. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Senior League   (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with most Football at or below Step 3 (Isthmian Premier Division in the local area), the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later.

Saffron Walden Town

We start off the Top ten rundown at the summit, where Saffron Walden Town led having grabbed sixty-six points from their 29 matches. Jason Maher’s side had another very strong campaign, with a much-admired strike force featuring the likes of Charlie Cole, Nathan Scarborough and highly-rated prospect Tyger Smalls breaking into the team in the second part of the campaign. The ‘Bloods’ hit 69 goals this term (at a Goals per game (GpG) average of 2.38) and had the fourth-best defence in the division (marshalled by the likes of Scott Pethers and club stalwart Spike Bell), conceding twenty-eight times in the league. They have all the hallmarks of a top side, being gritty when they need to be but also having searing pace going forward and can score goals almost at will when I watched them in-person. I also must give a special mention to determined forward Gavin Cockman, who struck sixteen league goals to lead his side in attack and personally he had a superb campaign.

Hashtag United

In second place are Hashtag Utd, who memorably won the Eastern Senior League South in their debut campaign in 2018-19. It was another very positive season for Jay Devereux’s side, having accrued sixty-five points from their 26 matches prior to the season being halted. The ‘Tags’ were the most in-form side in March, with six wins from their most recent eight matches. Overall, they scored sixty-six times (a GpG of 2.54) and conceded 27 goals, the third-best defensive record in the division. Their home record was right up there but it was away from their temporary home of Chadfields that they excelled, winning eleven of their thirteen matches away from home. Striker George Smith was a superb addition to the team, firing home nineteen league goals, but canny signings during the season like centre-back Luke Wilson, goalkeeper Louis Hawes and midfielder Tom Anderson added to their momentum. I saw them in their opening ESL match where they surprisingly lost to Southend Manor, though after that they won their next ten matches on-the-reel. Then in January, an inspired spell after half-time saw them bypass Redbridge and at that point you knew they would take some stopping. For all the hype that follows them around, they are a very promising side and will expect to be right in the tussle for promotion again next season. They are on the move once again, having agreed to ground-share at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium next season, which will only add to the optimism going forward.

 

Walthamstow resided in third place, with new manager Max Mitchell taking the reins in late January. The East Londoners gained sixty-three points from their 26 games, winning twenty of them. They netted seventy-three times (a GpG of 2.81) and yes, Dwade James got 27 of those himself to end up the league’s top scorer for the second season in succession, you also have to applaud the stats at the other end of the pitch. Notably, they shelled only seventeen goals, the league’s best this term (a GpG of 0.65) and custodian James Bransgrove also gathered 16 clean sheets (see below), which speaks for itself. Previous gaffer Ryan Maxwell has to take some credit for assembling the team he did, and therefore was largely responsible for his side losing only one of their twelve away matches this term. I saw them since back in August where they just outshone Stansted and battle to a point at Ilford in late January though with Mitchell settling in well since his appointment, the ‘Waltham Rabble’ will be fired up once again next term for another good season at Wadham Lodge.

 

Next in the table were league newcomers Hadley in fourth. They garnered 57 points from their twenty-six matches and have the esteem of scoring the most goals this term, with eighty strikes (a GpG of 3.07) and letting in only twenty-four goals, the second-best record in the division this term. I saw them back on the opening day where they comfortably defeated Enfield though the best thing I recall about that day was the good atmosphere at the club, not forgetting the intriguing ‘Tennis Ball Challenge’ game which is a rather unique half-time spot of entertainment. I saw them again in October where they had to play well to win at Takeley. Forward Solomon Ofori was arguably their star player this term with eighteen league goals to his name, though I’d also mention Luke Jupp, Cameron Ferguson and Manny Hammond who also were right up there in the goal-scorers chart and for their importance to the team. I doubt I’m the only writer who hopes they remain with the league next season as they certainly played their part in it for the football they played and the good people at the club. They were the only side unbeaten at home, winning 13 of their fourteen matches at Brickfield Lane, with only Saffron Walden Town holding them to a draw in the ESL in January. Finally, who could forget the FA Cup run to the Third Qualifying Round where they lost out at National League South side Havant & Waterlooville in early October.

 

In fifth spot are Stansted, who got fifty points from their 27 matches this term. A mixed start to the campaign was swiftly nullified from the memory banks during mid-season as they achieved a new club record of twelve straight league wins which shot them up into the top six. They were in good nick towards the ‘end’ of the season as well. Having scored fifty-five goals in all this term (a GpG of 2.04) and their form at Hargrave Park was to be envied, with ten wins from their 14 matches at home. Paul Pittuck and John Watters’ side also made the last 64 of the FA Vase, and had a grand away day at Thurlow Nunn Premier high-flyers Stowmarket Town to show for it. Connor Hammond ended up their top scorer with eleven league goals, though in fairness the goals were well spread out this term. These two canny managers are known for having determined sides and that was certainly the case again this season. I saw them narrowly lose out at Walthamstow early-doors before besting Clapton in November. You wouldn’t be surprised if the Airportmen are competitive once again next season.

 

Takeley

Takeley were once again in the upper echelons of the table in sixth place, garnering forty-three points from their 24 matches, as the indecent weather in the winter heavily affected their fixtures. Interestingly, their form away from Station Road was slightly better than at home, as Marc Das’ side won seven of their 13 matches away, with only three losses. They struck 46 goals this term, whilst the familiar steely backline remained, conceding thirty-four goals (a GpG of 1.42) – the fifth-best record in the ESL. Bryn Thorpe deserves a mention for being top scorer with nine league goals (15 in all competitions) and stopper Matt Gill also racked up six clean sheets as well. When I saw them back in late October, they were beaten by the better side in Hadley and their form toward the season’s halt wasn’t super with two wins and three losses in their last eight matches though it is a testament to the reputation that Das & co have built that you can’t rule out his side from having a good season, even if they are not the most spectacular.

 

Hoddesdon TOwn

That thought remains with the next club in seventh which was filled by Hoddesdon Town, having won 41 points from their twenty-seven matches. The solid nature of the previous season was maintained, with the Lilywhites conceding 35 times (a GpG of 1.29) and notching a half-century of goals too. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs was their top goal-getter with twelve goals, prior to his departure for Isthmian North side Witham Town. Jordan Halls got six league goals as well to help cover during the latter part of the campaign. Goalkeepers Simon Dent and Aaron Bull got ten clean sheets between them as well and you would feel Simon Riddle’s side are well-placed for another top-half finish at least in 2020/21.

Redbridge are next in eighth spot, having recovered from a mid-season lull to notch thirty-eight points from their 25 games. Weather also affected the improving Oakside stadium, though the fact that they scored 57 league goals (a GpG of 2.28) says a lot for manager Micky Wetherall and his coaching staff. They also shelled 56 goals in defence which arguably held them back a bit but you also have to credit the manner of how they play. Their high-scoring draw at Sporting Bengal Utd in late September was one of my matches of the season, just for the attacking intent shown by both sides. Then in early October, they showed a more gritty side as they won at Southend Manor. Finally, a rare Friday night outing at Oakside in early November saw them just lose out to Woodford Town in another highly-competitive game. Incredibly, eight of their 12wins this came on-the-road and overall, I believe Micky will be happy enough with their campaign.

In ninth place were Woodford Town, after claiming thirty-four points from their 28 matches. Their season could ably be labelled as inconsistent though they did end up finishing well, with four wins from their last eight matches. Remaining at the Harlow Arena this term, they got six wins from their fourteen home games while having their struggles on away days, with four wins and nine losses from their fourteen matches away from home. I saw them lose out at West Essex in September before winning at Redbridge in early November. If they have a more settled squad next term, you would think they will finish higher next term, given they have some talented prospects in the young side. Finally for this part, in tenth spot are Cockfosters, another new side to the division. Ryan Wade’s team gathered thirty-four points also from their 26 matches and ended below Woodford on goals scored. Their Chalk Lane base saw them win six of their twelve matches and going forward, they are an enterprising side to watch, with Billy Healey and Ned Clarke among those impressing. I watched them narrowly defeat West Essex in late October and as some of my peers have said on radio this season, on that occasion they showed how much of a welcoming club they are and they should be congratulated for that. I also saw them make the most of a first-half blitz to win at Southend Manor in November before they ground out a win at Tower Hamlets in early December. All in all, they are a god side to watch and much like Hadley, I hope they remain in the ESL as they have added to the division this term.

 

Essex Senior League  – Goalkeepers’ Clean Sheets

(Source: essexseniorleague.co.uk)

    Club/s Clean Sheets
1 James Bransgrove Walthamstow 16
       
=2 Luke Ward Hadley 13
  Nicholas Eyre Saffron Walden Town 13
       
=4 Bradley Robinson Cockfosters 7
  Tim Pitman Hashtag Utd 7
       
       
=6 Matthew Gill Takeley 6
  Simon Dent Hoddesdon Town 6
  Alex Read Woodford Town 6
       
9 William Hunt Clapton 5
  Jack Coker West Essex 5
       
=11 Aaron Bull Hoddesdon Town 4
  Louis Hawes Hashtag Utd 4
  George Marsh Stansted 4
  Florent Gislette Redbridge 4
  Alex Jennings Enfield 4
       

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 24/Sat 25 Jan) [ESL 19/20 26.1.20]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, from Friday 24th/Saturday 25th January. Thanks for reading.

Friday 24 January

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Southend Manor   | Mile End  | Att: 35

The round-up this weekend starts with a stalemate at Mile End, as Hamlets were held by relegation rivals Southend Manor. Grant Frances netted for Manor just shy of the half-hour though Hamlets restored parity before half-time through Enock  Seganile and neither side could find a winner. Hamlets remain fourth-bottom on 20 points, still a point ahead & a place ahead of Manor in 17th.

 

Woodford Town  1 – 3  Hashtag Utd   | Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 198

In front a hefty crowd at the Harlow Arena, Hashag cemented their top-three position with another treasured three points. Tom Anderson got the opener with only two minutes on the clock. Woodford showed their battling qualities by levelling things on the half-hour through Reece Antione-DaCosta’s strike. The Tags grasped back the lead just before the interval as George Smith netted his 14th league goal of the season. The match was only settled in added-time as Smith netted from the spot after rapid winger Joshua Osude was felled in the area. Jay Devereux’s side have won their last four matches and go into second spot, five points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden with three matches more to play than the Bloods. Woodford drop to 12th but showed enough to suggest that their form will improve in short order.

 

Saturday 25 January   

Enfield  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Woodside | Att: 81

This tense battle at Woodside came alive after the interval. Redbridge took the lead through a James Barlow strike on 71 minutes. Two late goals from Prince Adeyemi for the E’s and one from Taylor Tombides for the Motormen meant that Micky Wetherall’s side got the ‘W’ in his 400th match as a manager. Keep on going, Micky. Enfield’s relentless dearth of luck continues as it’s ten matches without a win as they remain second-bottom, though they do have games in hand on all the rival sides immediately above them. The Motormen rise to eighth now, only two points behind Stansted in sixth.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 1  Cockfosters   | Lowfield  | Att: 101

Cockfosters were denied a narrow win late on at Hoddesdon showed their battling qualities on-the-pitch again at Lowfield. Ned Clarke put Ryan Wade’s side ahead three minutes after the restart though it wasn’t enough to carry them to the win. Adam Bushell’s injury-time goal kept Simon Riddle’s team from defeat though they still slipped to ninth. The ‘Fosters have lost only one of their last five games and stay seventh.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 5  Clapton   | Crofters  | Att: 36

The Tons overcame a gutsy Sawbridgeworth side to claim a fourth win in their last six matches at Crofters. Jaydon Charles put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes, though they were pegged back ten minutes later as Kacper Borowicz struck for Lee Mackman’s team. Christian Londono restored the Tons’ lead on the hour though again the plucky hosts pushed for a leveller at got one, as Ethan Barton netted with 66 minutes on the watch to make it 2 – 2.

However, two goals in the ten minutes broke the home resistance as substitute Asher Modeste [68’] and Nana Boakye-Yiadom [75’] put the visitors in a strong position, and rounded out the scoring with five minutes to play through Diemar Queni to elevate themselves up to 11th, eight points clear of the bottom two and heighten Sawbo’s relegation worries at the same time. Seven straight losses for Sawbo now means that they need wins, and quickly to evade the danger-zone.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   0 – 3   Saffron Walden Town   | Mile End | Att: 54

Saffron Walden continued their irrepressible recent form with a victory over Bengal at Mile End. The hosts made it tough though Jack Isherwood put the Bloods ahead in first-half added-time. Jason Maher’s side did eventually confirm the points as a late double from one of the stars of the season in Gavin Cockman [87’ & 90’+5] made it ten wins in their last 12 matches for the Bloods, who lead by five points at the top. Bengal’s third loss in their last four sees them drop to 14th and are only three points clear of the bottom three.

 

Stansted  P – P   Hadley   |  Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

 

Takeley  3 – 2  St Margaretsbury   | Station Road  | Att: 76

Takeley celebrated their return to Station Road with a comeback win over out-of-form St Margaretsbury. Kyle Roberts put the visitors in a strong early position with a brace, first from twelve yards with six minutes played and then with an 18th-minute strike. Charncey Dash halved the arrears for the hosts, seven minutes before the break. Dash then levelled the match a 63rd minute penalty of his own to make it two for him and his team before Elliott Long got the winner, ten minutes from time to give the hosts their 13th win this term and cut the deficit to Hadley in 4th to two points. St Mags’ dry run continues as they drop to 13th.

 

West Essex  1 – 0  Ilford    | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 33

West ended a tough week with a tight win over fellow mid-table side Ilford at Mayesbrook. Michael Mignot was once again the hero for the hosts getting the only goal six minutes before half-time to elevate the Stags up to tenth in the table. The Foxes drop to 15th after an altogether frustrating afternoon for them.

Match Report: Hashtag Utd 4 – 1 Redbridge (Sat 18th Jan) [ESL 19/20 19.1.20]

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Venue: Chadfields

Attendance: 190

2019 – 20 Season: Match 52

Saturday 18th January 2020 – 3pm KO

Hashtag Utd: Yellow & Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Hashtag overwhelm Redbridge to claim another fine win

Hashtag Utd 4 – 1 Redbridge

 

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

– Non-League & ESL Writer

 

On another weather-affected weekend in the Essex Senior, I made the trip to Chadfields to see promotion-chasing Hashtag Utd face fellow form outfit Redbridge. Jay Devereux named a very strong side with Louis Hawes in goal, a back four of Simon Peddie, Jack Martin, and centre-backs Farai Tsingano & Luke Wilson and forwards Kris Newby and the prolific George Smith. Their bench was filled with experience with Harry Honesty, Neil Richmond, Ryan Adams, Joshua Osude and goalkeeper Tim Pitman all there. Redbridge are continuing to look for a top-ten finish this term, and they named a back four of Jack Blackledge, Jordayne Henry with centre-backs being Joe Maskell and Dean Hall. Hassan Nalbant led the line with support from skipper Tom Harvey and Kurt Smith. Liam Burgess, Charles Opoku and Charleston Browne were among the options from the sidelines.

It was the Tags who did start the match on a strong footing, with leading scorer George Smith having two efforts on goal though he couldn’t beat visiting goalkeeper Florent Gislette. The chances continued to come for Jay Devereux’s side as on seven minutes a brisk strike from 25 yards from recent signing Tom Anderson fizzed wide of the target. As we approached the midway stage of the half, a peach of a cross by right-back Simon Peddie found Anderson though his header went just wide. Redbridge were dealing with balls coming into their penalty box in the air though struggled to contain the pace and purpose of the Hashtag attacks. With 26 minutes on the watch, following yet another Tags corner, winger Albert Keith’s pass fed midfielder Samraj Gill and after evading oncoming defenders, he could only blaze over the woodwork.

The Motormen gradually had some possession and did launch a few forays forward themselves, with forward Hassan Nalbant doing well to carve out a half-yard of space on the ‘ark of the D’ before curling a well-struck effort agonizingly wide of home custodian Louis Hawes’ far post, ten minutes before half-time. Nalbant also did well to ghost in at the far post though lost his footing on a heavy pitch at the crucial moment. Hashtag did deservingly take the lead with 37 minutes played as a searching long ball wasn’t dealt with by Gislette who mistimed his leap to clear and although the visitors may have felt he was impeded, the ball looped over the ‘keeper with George Smith able to strike home into an empty net from about 12 yards out.

It could’ve been better before the break for the hosts as a bullet header by Anderson was well kept out by Gislette though Smith incredibly skied the rebound over when well-placed to strike. Also before the interval, a hefty challenge meant Tags midfield stalwart Ricky Evans had to be substituted with what was revealed later to be a broken arm, we wish him well in his recovery and it ended up being his last game for the club unfortunately.

Half-Time: Hashtag Utd  1 – 0 Redbridge

Any nerves among the home fans here soon dampened as they were awarded a spot-kick two minutes after the restart, with rapid winger Joshua Osude bundled over in the box. Smith stepped up to blast home into the top corner to extend Hashtag’s lead. The visitors didn’t settle and conceded again four minutes later as the impressive Keith got in ahead of the visiting defence and Gislette and his low lob found its way into the corner, keeping ahead of a covering defender. Hashtag were in command at this point though credit to the Motormen as they pulled one goal back five minutes later as a fierce strike from 20 yards by midfielder Connor Okus beat Hawes and gave them a glimmer of hope in the match.

That ‘glimmer’ didn’t last long though as on 62 minutes, Smith again got the better of the Redbridge defence and although his first effort was well-saved by Gislette, the ball cannoned back to the Hashtag forward and the rebound flew unstoppably into the top corner of the net. As the clock wore on to the last fifteen minutes, the sheer energy expended was starting to tell on the visitors and after a full-scale brawl ensued, Redbridge skipper Tom Harvey was dismissed, along with several bookings for both sides.

Hashtag spent the last ten minutes or so of this contest looking to improve their margin of victory though Gill couldn’t get the better of Gislette when one-on-one and skewed an effort wide. Osude also found himself in on goal with only Gislette to bypass two minutes afterward, though also blasted over. The final chance of note was on the stroke of the ninety as Osude’s neat cross found debutant Kris Newby who could only fire wide for Hashtag, though overall it was a more than promising display by the hosts, who moved above Walthamstow into second spot with this win, five points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden.

Full-Time: Hashtag Utd  4 – 1 Redbridge

To summarise, the match was a tad scrappy in the first half though Hashtag still had more chances which they couldn’t quite convert. Unfortunately for the visitors, they could not withstand the pace and finishing of Hashtag in the opening salvos of the second half and it could have been a more convincing score-line as the tension ramped up in the latter stages. For the Tags, George ‘Smudger’ Smith grabbed another treble to add to an already fine campaign thus far, though full-back Simon Peddie, winger Albert Keith, tricky midfielder Samraj Gill and centre-back Farai Tsingano all had good games too. For Redbridge, striker Hassan Nalbant made his presence felt and on another day could’ve had a fine goal. Connor Okus also impressed in midfield, as did the backline who stubbornly resisted in the first period.

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of the season. It looks undeniable that the Tags will be in the mix again for another elevation in the next few months.

 

Teams

Hashtag Utd   | Manager: Jay Devereux     | Assistant: Joe Keith

1 Louis Hawes (GK), 2 Simon Peddie, 3 Jack Martin, 4 Farai Tsingano, 5 Luke Wilson, 6 Ricky Evans (Capt) (12 Joshua Osude 43’), 7 Albert Keith (9 Ryan Adams  81’), 8 Tom Anderson, 15 Samraj Gill, 14 Kris Newby, 10 George Smith

Goal-scorers: George Smith [37’, (pen) 47’ & 62’], Albert Keith [51’]

Booked: Evans, Newby, Martin   | Subs Not Used: Honesty, Pitman (GK)

 

Redbridge    | Manager: Micky Wetherall   | Assistant: Richard Oxby

1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Jack Blackledge (12 Charles Opoku 52’), 3 Jordayne Henry, 4 Harvey Brown, 5 Joe Maskell, 6 Dean Hall, 7 Kurt Smith (16 Charleston Browne 69’), 8 Connor Okus, 9 Hassan Nalbant, 10 Tom Harvey (Capt), 11 James Barlow (14 Liam Burgess 62’)

Goal-scorers: Connor Okus [56’]

Booked: Smith, Nalbant, Maskell, Henry | Sent Off: Harvey | Subs Not Used: Tuitt, Abiola

Referee: Graham Swanton

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 10/Sat 11 Jan) [ESL 19/20 11.1.20]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the seven Essex Senior League matches that took place this weekend. As ever, there were surprises, late winners and more. Thanks for reading.

Friday 10 January

Redbridge  2 – 2  Ilford   | Oakside   | Att: 75

Ilford struck late to grab a point in this absorbing encounter at Oakside. Loanee Jeffrey Cobblah netted on his debut to give the Foxes the lead with 63 minutes gone. Kurt Smith soon levelled for Micky Wetherall’s team seven minutes later. In an increasingly dramatic latter part of the match, Liam Burgess turned the tide in favour of the Motormen with their second with five minutes remaining. However, Larry Akanbi had the last word with the equalizer for Jonny Fowell’s team with two minutes left to play.  On the plus side, Redbridge are unbeaten in their last five matches and reside in 9th spot, whereas Ilf have only lost one of their last five matches and rise to 11th after Saturday’s action.

 

Saturday 11 January

Hashtag Utd  4 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Chadfields   | Att: 148

Hashtag produced a stirring performance after the break to get another important three points in their promotion hunt. Debutant Tom Anderson struck after just five minutes to give Jay Deveraux’s side the impetus. However, Jake Skeet got another goal for Sawbo only two minutes afterward to restore parity. Things were tight until George Smith made his presence felt again in front of goal with a brace [65’ & an 88th-minute spot-kick], either side of a strike by Samraj Gill with 15 minutes remaining. Moyo-Jordan Ajibade got a consolation for Town on the stroke of the ninety minutes though the Tags fortified third spot with a sixth league win in their last seven which keeps them third, eight points clear of Hadley in 4th. Sawbo’s fifth consecutive loss sees them remain eleven points adrift of nearest rivals Enfield.

Hoddesdon Town  0 – 2  Walthamstow   | Lowfield

Walthamstow got their fifth straight victory at Lowfield. Ryan Maxwell’s team broke the deadlock a minute prior to the interval as Kyan Gulliver’s cross was turned in by the ever-prolific Dwade James. Then late on, substitute Lewis Francis pounced to fire home low to secure the points which keep them second after their 16th win this season. The Lilywhites have won one of their last five matches now and remain 8th, three points behind Cockfosters. My Non-League colleague Matt North was at the match & here’s his report: https://mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/match-report-hoddesdon-town-0-2-walthamstow-esl-19-20-11-01-2020/

 

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 0  Woodford Town   | Catons Lane | Att: 257

The Bloods made it a fine week with a comfortable victory over Woodford at Catons Lane., in front of a Towners-enhanced crowd of over 250. Tyger Smalls continued his promising start to his Walden career with the opening goal on six minutes. Gavin Cockman then added to his account for the season with Walden’s second on 24 minutes. Cockman then got his tenth goal of the season, six minutes before the break and 11 minutes after the break, the former Sawbridgeworth Town striker completed a fine hat-trick and crowned off another strong showing by Jason Maher’s side. Walden’s seventh win in their last eight league matches means they retain top spot & are three points clear of ‘Stow having played two games more. Woodford drop to 12th after their fifth loss in their last seven matches.

 

Southend Manor  2 – 2  Hadley   | Southchurch Park   | Att: 28

Manor showed they have big performances in them by holding Hadley to an entertaining draw at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin and Jordan Chambers goals gave Manor a two-goal lead at half-time, though another brace by talisman Solomon Ofori ended up securing a point for the Bricks. Manor go above Clapton with this point and we now have three teams on 18 points – Tower Hamlets, Manor & the Tons. Hadley got their second draw in succession as they lost ground on the top three.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1  Enfield   | Mile End  | Att: 30

Bengal got their first win in five matches with a late success over Enfield at Mile End. Mauricio Rimcon put Imrul Gazi’s side ahead on twenty minutes and that lead stood until Michael Salako’s strike restored parity for the E’s with 64 minutes on the watch. Freddy Tandon’s well-hit strike found the net on the stroke of the ninety to ensure the points stayed in East London. Bengal rise to 10th and Enfield drop to second-bottom as their winless run to nine matches.

 

St Margaretsbury  0 – 1  Stansted   | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 38

Stansted’s battle at St Mags were heading for a stalemate when Moses Carvalho headed home at the back stick with five minutes to play to breach the Airportmen’s winning run from last season and extends the current run to nine matches and puts them back in sixth spot. The hosts have lost their last six matches on-the-bounce and consequently drop to 13th.

That’s all for this week. We’ll be back soon with more Essex Senior action.