Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 16/Sat 17 Aug) [ESL 2019/20 18.8.19]

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Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to another of my weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. After a frenetic two weeks of ESL & FA Cup matches which involved replays for a few of our sides, the league programme to take centre stage, hot on the heels of the Replays that two of our sides had in midweek.

Friday 16th August

Woodford Town  1- 3  West Essex   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 58

West started the weekend’s action with a fine win at Woodford. Symeon Taylor opened the scoring for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Sharn Quinn levelled for Dee Safer’s Town side though it was the visitors who took the points as Hakim Medfai & Brad Russell both struck to make it a night to remember for the Stags.

 

Saturday 17th August 

Enfield   1 – 3   Cockfosters  | Woodside

Cockfosters came away from Woodside with a good three points. James Verney, on loan from Hitchin Town, got the first for Player-manager Ryan Wade’s side on 19 minutes. Wade then notched himself as the visitors had a 2 – 1 lead at the break. Verney then got his second with three minutes remaining to give the ‘Fosters their second win of the campaign. The E’s tricky start to the season continued here with their fourth loss in five matches in all competitions.

 

Hadley  2 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 52

The Bricks kept their home form going in all competitions with a hard-fought win over Bengal at Brickfield Lane. After an own goal had put the hoss ahead, substitute Peter Rosemin completed the scoring to give Anthony Clark’s team the win, their third in League and Cup.

 

Ilford  0 – 3   Hoddesdon Town  | Cricklefield

Hoddy overpowered the Foxes with a fine display at Cricklefield. All the goals came after the hour as Connor Scully’s double [62’ & 80’] more than set Simon Riddle’s side on their way to victory. Blue Gallagher added a late third as Ilf extended their wait for a first win this term.

 

Redbridge  0 – 2   Hashtag Utd  | Oakside

Hashtag held firm to record their second win of the season at Oakside. Substitute George Smith was the difference-maker as he got the opening goal on the hour, just six minutes after entering the fray. Smith then completed his brace five minutes later as Jay Devereux’s side showed they can get results wherever they play here. The Motormen were defeated at home for the second time this term, though remain in the top ten in this embryonic table.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 4  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

Hamlets produced a fine display to add to Sawbo’s early-season woes at Crofters. Ezra Ndukuba grabbed a hat-trick to make it a day worth savouring personally while Kahlil Kirwan-Meade got the other goal for Damien Briggs’ side, who racked up their first win of the season here.

 

Takeley  0 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road

Walden got the result in this local derby, laying another foundation for a possible challenge on the top three here. Jack Leachman got the only goal of the game just shy of the hour mark as the Bloods got their second win of the season. Takeley’s 100% start to the campaign ended here though they remain top of the standings.

 

Walthamstow  1 – 0  Stansted       | Wadham Lodge Stadium | Att: 63

Finally, ‘Stow won a battle with rivals Stansted as Dwade James struck again on 56 minutes to edge a tight affair at Wadham Lodge.

I attend this match & my in-depth report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/match-report-walthamstow-1-0-stansted-sat-17-aug-esl/

 

That’s all for this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. Thank you for reading. Check back regularly for more Essex Senior League round-up articles, Match Reports from the ESL & elsewhere, plus the regular Essex Olympian League round-up articles here on my blog. Finally, here are the results from this weekend’s Eastern Senior League South matches. Thanks for reading.

 

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 16th August

Barkingside 1 – 0 Hackney Wick

Frenford  2 – 2  Coggeshall Utd

May & Baker  3 – 0  Newbury Forest

Wivenhoe Town 3 – 0 Brightlingsea Regent Res

 

Saturday 17th August

Benfleet  5 – 1  Holland

Halstead Town  1 – 0  Burnham Ramblers

Little Oakley  2 – 0 Fire Utd

White Ensign  3 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston

 

 

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Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 16/Sat 17 August) [ESL 19/20 15.8.19]

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Still from Hashtag Utd v S Manor on August 7th (Image: Scott W)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to another of my weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. After a frenetic two weeks of ESL & FA Cup matches which involved replays for a few of our sides, the league programme to take centre stage, hot on the heels of the Replays that two of our sides had in midweek.

 

Friday 9th August – 7.45pm KO

 

Woodford Town v West Essex   | the Harlow Arena

The weekend kicks off with Woodford back in action just 48 hours after their battle with White Ensign in the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round Replay which went to extra-time on Wednesday night. They face a West Essex who also went out of the FA Cup this week so both teams may feel they have to ‘get back in the saddle’ with a league triumph. If both sides play near their best, this could be another corker of a match given both teams’ attacking nature. Have to go with my gut instinct which says a narrow West win, purely because they’ve had three more days to recover from their last match than their hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Saturday 10th August – 3pm KO

 

Enfield    v   Cockfosters  | Woodside

Our look at the Saturday action begins at Woodside as Enfield welcome Cockfosters. The E’s haven’t had the best week with a loss in their long trip to Fairford Town last weekend in the Cup before getting narrowly beaten by Hoddesdon in midweek, also at home. Their only win in their opening three has come at home though, ten days ago at home to Stansted so there are signs they could make their new home a fortress, which you sense boss Matt Hanning & co will want to do. Cockfosters may be ‘riding high’ after progression in the FA Cup with a win over Eastern Senior League South side Leyton Athletic last weekend, which was followed by a super comeback to draw at home to Ilford in midweek. Player-boss Ryan Wade scored twice in that latter match and I can see this one perhaps being a draw as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks return to ‘home comforts’ after a good win over ESL side Redbridge in the FA Cup last weekend. Anthony Clark’s team have scored ten goals in their three matches in League & Cup thus far so that is a record they will want to keep adding to at this early stage of the season. Bengal were overpowered by Walthamstow in the Cup last weekend and will seek to avoid a repeat here. Imrul Gazi’s side are not one to under-estimate though in my view they will need to improve defensively to get anything out of this away-day. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Ilford  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Cricklefield

Ilford are at home once again as they welcome the Lilywhites to Cricklefield. Morgan LaForce’s Foxes have had a mixed week at best. Last weekend wasn’t a happy one as they exited the FA Cup with a home loss to Eastern Senior League South side Harwich & Parkeston. That said, their midweek exploits was better as they battled to an entertaining draw at Cockfosters, which was their first points of the campaign. Hoddesdon have had a brighter week with a good win over Brantham Athletic in the FA Cup before a good away performance in the win at Enfield on Wednesday night. If Simon Riddle’s side keep stern in defence then it could be an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Redbridge   v   Hashtag Utd  | Oakside

The Motormen entertain Hashtag Utd at Oakside. Micky Wetherall’s side played their part in their recent two matches, before succumbing to successive defeats at Hadley and Takeley in the FA Cup and league respectively in the past week, despite four goals in those two games. Jay Devereux’s Hashtag outfit will be buoyed after a late five-goal flourish in a hefty win over Tower Hamlets in midweek at Chadfields. This is a tricky one to call as both sides have the firepower to score goals though will narrowly go with ‘the Tags’.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

Sawbo welcome Hamlets to Crofters. These two sides had many battles last term though since then both have had rather extensive squad changes and their recent results suggest that those changes will take time to settle. Sawbridgeworth went out of the Cup with a home loss to Step 6 side Halstead Town last weekend though did score in that match. Hamlets did triumph in the Cup last weekend with a battling win over Selsey at Mile End though had a chastening end to their match at Hashtag in midweek. Manager Damien Briggs will want to get that out result out of his team’s systems. Instinct says a narrow win for the hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Takeley  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road

Takeley face Saffron Walden in an early-season belter at Station Road. Marc Das’ side has started the season in a spritely fashion and backed that up in the last week with wins in League & Cup. First, a good victory at Crawley Green in the Cup last weekend was followed by a hard-fought win at Redbridge in the league in midweek. Forward Bryn Thorpe has notched five goals in all competitions already though this match represents arguably their toughest test yet. Walden also progressed in the FA Cup with a narrow win over Baldock Town last weekend and you do sense their forward line will click into goal-scoring touch sooner or later. Takeley powered to a good win in this fixture last season so Jason Maher’s team may have that in their minds too. Draw in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Walthamstow  v  Stansted       | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally this weekend, another potential corker awaits as ‘Stow entertain Stansted at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side have started the season as they mean to go on, in regards to goal-scoring. They progressed in the Cup with a big win over Sporting Bengal last weekend though following that match, it was revealed that promising forward Samrai Gebrai has departed for Step 3 Canvey Island. Stansted had a hiccup last Sunday as they crashed out to Eastern Senior League South side Barkingside in the Cup as they seek to settle following minor squad changes recently. This may be closer than some think though hard to go against another home triumph.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

That’s all for this edition of the ESL preview blogs. Check back on Sunday/Monday  when I’ll have the round-up of what happened in this weekend’s matches of the 2019 – 20 Essex Senior League season. Thanks for reading.

Round-up: The FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd (ESL & EaSL sides – Fri/Sat/Sun 9-11 Aug) [FAC EPR 11.8.19]

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Still from West Essex v Whitton Utd (Sun) [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to another of  round-up pieces, looking at the many FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties involving Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South sides. Due to the large amount of ties being played this weekend, I will focus on 13 ties with other results also being listed. The winners will receive £2, 250 while the losing side still earns £750.

 

Friday 9th August

 

Hackney Wick  1 – 3  Framlingham Town | Switched to Framlingham Sports Club

In a match switched due to the issues at their current landlords Clapton, Wick (of the Eastern Senior Lge South) travelled to Thurlow Nunn Division One North side Framlingham. Hackney led on six minutes though were pegged back by Mason Ransome’s goal. Town made their way into the next round though as Danny Smith and Cyrus Thorpe strikes sealed a good victory.

 

Woodford Town  1 – 1  White Ensign   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 281

White Ensign’s first-ever FA Cup tie saw them travel to Harlow to face ESL side Woodford Town. For the lion’s share of this one, they were the better side and took the lead through Connor Barnby. Town rallied though and forced a replay in midweek through the increasingly-reliable Vlad Sighiartau. The replay will be the first competitive match played at Ensign’s new home, ground-sharing at Great Wakering – it is a set for Wednesday night and Brett Munyard’s team will be hopeful of a repeat showing then.

 

Saturday 10th August

 

Clapton  0 – 6  Stowmarket Town   | Moved to Parkside (Aveley FC) | Att: 31

Thurlow Nunn Premier side Stowmarket outclassed the ESL outfit at Parkside. Josh Mayhew led the way for the ambitious ‘Stow with a hat-trick, recent signing Christy Finch added a brace with the other goal scored by Joe Jefford as Rick Andrews’ team breezed into the next round.

 

 Crawley Green  2 – 5  Takeley  | Crawley Green Recreation Ground

Essex Senior League side Takeley travelled to Spartan South Midlands side Crawley Green and came away with a fine victory. Bryn Thorpe and Mitchell Das both nabbed braces here alongside a first-half Mike Castle goal which will please boss Marc Das. Crawley Green joint-managers Craig Meyrick & Craig Bicknell did have something to savour though as full-back Bunker got a brace of his own, the second of those being a late spot-kick.

 

Hadley  4 – 2  Redbridge   |  Brickfield Lane  | Att: 68

In this all ESL-tie, Hadley welcomed Redbridge to Brickfield Lane. The hosts played well on the opening day of the league season at home though they didn’t start as well here as Redbridge led early on through Taylor Tombides. Alfie Bartram responded for the Bricks with another brace of spot-kicks (ala last week) before Connor Okus struck for the visitors to make it 2 – 2. The hosts restored their lead through strikes by Solomon Ofori and Sam Lyon as Anthony Clark’s team made the next round.

 

Ilford  1 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston   | Cricklefield

Eastern Senior League South side Harwich visited ESL side Ilford and exited with a memorable win. Kevin Coyle and Jordan Heath got the goals for the visitors, buoyed by an exuberant travelling support. Valter Simao got the consolation for the Foxes though they bowed out of the competition here.

 

Saffron Walden Town 1 – 0 Baldock Town  | Catons Lane

ESL side Walden narrowly won over Spartan South Midlands side Baldock as Jack Isherwood’s solitary strike a minute before the break was enough to seal Jason Maher’s side’s progression to the next round.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 3  Halstead Town  | Crofters

Halstead Town, of the Eastern Senior Lge South returned to the competition with a fine away win at out-of-form Sawbridgeworth. Although the hosts opened the scoring, the Humbugs responded through Tom Cook and Kane Munday strikes before sealing the win early in the second half thanks to Callum Vincent’s strike.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 0  Long Melford   | Southchurch Park

Southend Manor entertained Thurlow Nunn Premier side Long Melford as the blowy conditions affected both sides at Southchurch Park.

I attended this match, my full report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/match-report-southend-manor-0-0-long-melford-fac-19-20-epr-10-8-19/

 

Tower Hamlets 2 – 1  Selsey  | Mile End Stadium

South Coast side Selsey made the long trip to East London to face ESL side Tower Hamlets. Damien Briggs’ team won out thanks to a brace from promising AJ Folkes. Selsey responded through an unfortunate OG, following a good ball in from Selsey’s Callum Dowdell. Hamlets held on though for a morale-boosting triumph and their FA Cup adventure continues.

 

Walthamstow  5 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd     | Wadham Lodge

This all-ESL tie saw Walthamstow progress with another goal-laden display against a Bengal side that ended the match with nine men. Dwade James got another double, with Samrai Gebrai, Jamie Bennett and Danny McCullock all on the score-sheet for Ryan Maxwell’s side who also had a man dismissed.

 

Other Results from Saturday 10th August

FC Clacton 3 – 0  St Margaretsbury    | Rush Green Bowl

Fairford Town  3 – 2    Enfield   | Cinder Lane

Leyton Athletic 0 – 1  Cockfosters   | Chalk Lane (tie switched)

Woodbridge Town  1 – 0  Coggeshall Utd  | Notcutts Park

 

Sunday 11th August

Barkingside  4 – 1  Stansted  | Cricklefield  | Att 125

Eastern Senior South side Barkingside’s second-half comeback stunned ESL side Stansted to reach the next round at Cricklefield. The Airportmen led at the break through Rob Norris’ thunderbolt, though substitute Ali Rajim soon levelled early in the second-half. The turnaround was completed by Steven Le Sage’s side as Francesco Balestrini, Elliott Scott and Joe Oates all netted to record a memorable win.

 

West Essex  1 – 2  Whitton Utd       | Moved to Oakside (Redbridge FC) | Att: 109

Thurlow Nunn Premier side Whitton Utd withstood playing with a man light for more than an hour to record a precious win over ESL side West Essex. Liam Wales and Jamie Cole strikes saw Steve Caldron’s side to victory. Tom MacLeod’s powerful header had levelled things early in the second-half for the Stags.

 

Match Report link is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/match-report-west-essex-1-2-whitton-utd-sun-11-8-fac-19-20-epr/ 

 

Other Result: Hoddesdon Town  2 – 0  Brantham Athletic  | Wodson Park

 

That’s all for the this FA Cup Extra Prelim Round round-up. Check back late in the week when the Essex Senior League Preview articles return. Thanks for reading.

Preview: Essex Senior League Matchday 1 (Sat 3rd Aug) (ESL 19/20 1.8.19)

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Hullbridge won the ESL last term, who will get their hands on the trophy in April? (Image: SW)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to the first of a new season of weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. The opening day sees everyone except Hashtag Utd in action and two of the fancied sides at home. Two of the new clubs in Cockfosters and Hadley are also face their debut in the division with intriguing opposition.  Here are my thoughts on the nine matches this weekend.

Saturday 3rd August – 3pm KO

 

Clapton  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Old Spotted Dog

It’s the beginning of a new era for the management at Clapton as Glen Kendall takes charge for the first competitive match as the Tons welcome the Lilywhites to the Old Spotted Dog. Previous incumbent Jon Fowell did well in his near three-season reign in East London, though this is no easy initiation, given Hoddesdon’s very decent defensive record last term which was the joint fourth-best with Takeley.

Though as they say, the new season is a ‘new book’ to be written and I can see this one being a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

Hadley  v  Enfield   |  Brickfield Lane

Hadley enter the ESL fray with a home encounter with Enfield, who finished last term in mid-table. The ‘Bricks’ as they are known, are managed by Anthony Clark and riding high after a 3rd-place finish in their last season in Spartan South Midlands league, prior to their transfer to the ESL. Included in their stats from last term is the small fact that they had the joint-best defence alongside champions Biggleswade.

The first question some may pose is how they will adapt to the rigours of the Essex Senior League and facing an E’s side who will know they have to improve defensively this season will be a good opener. Matt Hanning remains in charge of Enfield though they have moved ground to share at Bishop’s Stortford’s Woodside this season.

I’m hoping to attend this match and it could be a gooden. Have to go with a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Ilford  v  Stansted  | Cricklefield

The Foxes start another new campaign with a new management team, led by ex-Leyton Athletic boss Morgan LaForce. His brief you suspect is to match or better last season’s 10th place finish, which constituted a very respectable season on-the-pitch.

They entertain Stansted, a side who have also seen a change in the dugout. Last season’s co-boss Marc Benterman has headed off to Witham Town though that role has been filled pretty much by ex-Sawbridgeworth Town stalwart John Watters. The Airportmen lost out by five points to champions Hullbridge in the league but after being triumphant in both the Gordon Brasted Trophy and Errington Challenge Cup Finals, you trying telling them it wasn’t a really good season!!

Stand-out goalkeeper Charlie Turner may have moved on though most of the squad remains from last season, and they will be aiming for another strong campaign. Away win in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Redbridge   v   St Margaretsbury  | Oakside

Meanwhile, Redbridge welcome ‘Bury to Oakside on the opening day. Micky Wetherall’s team will be looking to harness the strong end to last season they had to get their 12th-place finish after their woes in the first half of the campaign. St Margs had their own tough spell last term, though under new boss Jon Fowell, they will hope for another decent campaign. My gut says there might be goals in this one and therefore I’m plumping for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  West Essex  | Catons Lane

In their own opening match of the campaign, much-fancied Saffron Walden face the Stags at Catons Lane. Jason Maher’s side have recruited well over the summer and will want to ‘lay down a marker’ in the opening month of the season you feel.

That said, West won this exact fixture in February and they begin their season with a series of league away matches, due to the pitch issues at landlords Barking , where they play. This match on paper sounds a tough assignment for Kwame Kwateng’s side so early on so in that respect, will head for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Sawbridgeworth Town   v  Woodford Town   | Crofters

At Crofters, Sawbridgeworth begin their new era under former Reserve team boss Lee Mackman, with Woodford Town being the visitors. From what we hear on the grapevine, there have been squad changes at Sawbo and it’ll be interesting to see how quickly they find their rhythm.

Woodford may have lost skipper & centre-back Jack Grosvenor to Walthamstow though the bulk of their promising squad remain and on the back of an impressive 6th place last term, if Dee Safer’s team keep that ‘winning habit’ they could be in for another strong campaign. Away win here for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Southend Manor  v  Sporting Bengal Utd     | Southchurch Park

Sporting Bengal begin their season with a trip to Southchurch Park to face Manor. Another ‘new dawn’ is starting at the Southend-based side though manager Adam Peek will have learned much from a tough campaign last term you suspect.

Imrul Gazi’s side is broadly the same as last season though influential skipper Freddy Tandon moved on during the close season, signing for Eastern Senior League South side Frenford. Their last two campaigns in the league have both broken club records in terms of points gained and this match could be a tough battle to start for both teams. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 1

 

Takeley  v  Cockfosters  | Station Road

Takeley entertain new ESL outfit Cockfosters at Station Road. Forward Reece Barrett has returned to the club, where he will be joined by stalwart goalkeeper Ronnie Yates and midfielder Mitchell Das once again. Cockfosters recruited former St Margaretsbury assistant Tony Faulkner in the summer alongside Ryan Wade and Nick Mountford. The North London side only just kept their Step 5 status in the Spartan South Midlands league last term and we’ll see how long it takes for them to adapt to the ESL.

Home win, in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Walthamstow  v  Tower Hamlets       | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally, one of the ESL ‘Title contenders’ in Walthamstow face Tower Hamlets at Wadham Lodge. ‘Stow have added the likes of Ryan Reed and Jamie Bennett to what was on paper at least a strong squad from April. Importantly, prolific forward Dwade James remains their focal point for goals.

By contrast, Tower Hamlets’ squad are in the middle of a rebuild after they saw boss AJ Ashinike depart to join former mentor Allan Fenn at Fisher FC. The Mile End side may take time to settle into the season though here they may well face a ‘Stow side hungry to get off to a strong start. Have to say home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

That’s all for the opening day’s preview. Check back on Sunday when I’ll have the round-up of what happened at the start of the 2019 – 20 Essex Senior League season. Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 27 Apr) [ESL 28.4.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my final round-up of the Essex Senior League season, which saw 44 goals scored across the ten matches played. It ended in glory for one club, and anguish for another.

 

Sat 27 Apr

Barkingside  0 – 3  Hoddesdon Town   | Cricklefield | Att: 48

Hoddesdon ended their season with a good win over ‘Side at Cricklefield. Blue Gallagher put his side ahead on 14 minutes and that lead persisted until the interval. Connor Bolton [62’] & Joss Lillis [65’] strikes gave Simon Riddle’s side a cushion as they cruised to victory which took them past 50 points and kept 9th spot for them. Barkingside also announced yesterday that Alex Goldstone will be standing down from his role as manager, due to work commitments.

Clapton   7 – 1    Sporting Bengal Utd  | Old Spotted Dog | Att: 62

Jon Fowell’s final match in charge saw the Tons grab a big win over a depleted Bengal side at the Old Spotted Dog. Seven different players got the goals for the hosts – Bryan Kyungu, Lanre Vigo, Kirk McPherson, Ryan Reed, Giovanni Palmer, Greg Potts and Andy Greenslade all were on the scorers’ list. Yasir Rashid got the goal for Bengal though they were well-beaten here. Clapton finish in 11th spot, outside the top ten on goal difference. Bengal finish 8th, 11 points adrift of the top six but this is a second record-breaking season on the trot in terms of points for them.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1  Stanway Rovers   | Lower Road  | Att: 419

I attended this huge match for Hullbridge as they did the job with a win over gritty Stanway at Lower Road, in front of a huge crowd of over 400. Adebola Sotoyinbo’s brace did the job for his side, and though Stanway got a stoppage-time goal through substitute Jordan Blackman, it was Darren Manning’s team that toasted a brilliant season with promotion to the Bostik League for very first time. Many congrats to all at the club.

My extended report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/match-report-hullbridge-2-1-stanway-sat-27-apr-esl/

Leyton Athletic  1 – 0  Stansted   |Wadham Lodge Stadium | Att: 37

Bottom side Leyton undoubtedly got the result of the day with a surprise win over Stansted at Wadham Lodge. Ike Izuchukwu got the only goal on the hour mark, after the visitors had missed a penalty. Ath held for only their fourth win of the season and arguably their best day of the campaign. Stansted suffered only their second loss in their last eight and finish in the runners-up spot though they could still win a Cup double if they capture the Errington Cup next Monday.

Saffron Walden Town  1 – 2  Woodford Town  | Catons Lane | Att: 353

Woodford ended a fruitful season with a fine win at Walden. Andrea Montovani’s free-kick and Mohammad Al-Dani goals turned things their way, with Jamie Riley netting for the hosts in front of a crowd of more than 300. It;s been a good season for the Bloods, having the highest crowds in the league though the odd poor result and occasionally leaky defence cost them the chance to get promoted this season, they finish fourth. Woodford finish a spirited campaign in 6th spot and have four wins in their last six. They hope to move in to Ashton’s in time for next season.

Sawbridgeworth Town    1 – 1   Enfield  | Crofters  | Att: 41

Sawbridgeworth ended a difficult season with this draw with Enfield. Daryl Doolan struck for the hosts while Tyler Fowles netted for the E’s. Both sides will look for better fortunes next term, as Sawbo finish 18th and also will be looking for a new gaffer in the summer as current incumbent John Watters announced yesterday he is stepping down after three years in the role. Enfield will leave the Harlow Arena and play at Bishop’s Stortford next term, they end this term in 14th spot.

Southend Manor   2 – 5   Walthamstow | Southchurch Park | Att: 60

‘Stow saw out the season how they’ve played this calendar year to grab a big win at Manor. Kieran Bishop got the ball rolling with the opener on 20 minutes, before Dwade James doubled that lead two minutes later. James completed yet another hat-trick [22’ & 45’] to vanquish any doubt he will end the season as the Essex Senior League top goal-scorer. Kye Jude did get one back two minutes before James’ third of the afternoon on 43 minutes though Manor were up against it. Reece Conway made it five before Mohamed Kargbo got a second for the hosts midway through the second-half. Manor finish 17th, 14 points clear of the bottom two. Ryan Maxwell’s side end the campaign third, with the second best defence in the league.

St Margaretsbury     0 – 10     Redbridge      |The Rec  | Att: 21

The Motormen ended their season with a massive win at ‘Bury. The home side couldn’t handle the visiting forwards as Daniel Gilchrist struck five here to get to 16 league goals this season for Redbridge. Taylor Tombides also grabbed a hat-trick, with Marcus Carter and Connor Okus also on the score-sheet in a win that sent Micky Wetherall’s team to a 12th place finish. St Margs still finished seventh despite this result in what’s been a season of change at the Rec. They are one of a few clubs looking for new management (& direction perhaps) next season.

Takeley   3 – 2  Ilford   | Station Road | Att: 62

Takeley edged to a late win over in-form Ilford at Station Road. The hosts took a two-goal lead into the break as Andre Humphreys struck on the half-hour, followed by Josh Sykes two minutes before the interval. The Foxes are a tough side though and two goals in 12 minutes saw them draw level. First, Andre Embalo netted on 58 minutes before Billy Golledge equalised with 20 minutes left. The drama didn’t end there as Nick Barrett struck a 92nd-minute penalty to end his side’s campaign with three wins in their last four and finish fourth, two points shy of Walden. Ilford finish tenth in what’s been a very solid campaign for them.

West Essex  1 – 1  Tower Hamlets    | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 28

Finally, the Stags warmed up for their Errington Cup Final date with Stansted next Monday with a hard-earned draw with resilent Hamlets at Mayesbrook Park. Tyreece Morris put the visitors ahead though West continued their good run as Michael Mignot got the leveller. Only one loss in their last seven means West finish 13th, three points off the top half. Hamlets have also finished well, unbeaten in their last four as they finish 16th, above Manor by a point.

That’s all for this week, and this ESL season. Many thanks to the regular readers of this column.

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 Mar) [ESL 24.3.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up with one match on Friday night and a Saturday of surprises in some quarters. Thanks for reading.

Fri 22 Mar

Woodford Town  0 – 2   Hullbridge Sports  | Harlow Arena | Att: 125

The action got underway with Hullbridge recorded a very respectable win at Woodford. Goals from recent signings Yemi Adelani [41’] and substitute Tim Monsheju five minutes from time saw off some nervy moments for interim boss James Wakeling though it’s all about those treasured three points to stay second. Woodford’s first loss in four saw them stay sixth.

 

Sat 23 Mar

Barkingside   2 – 3   Saffron Walden Town    |  Cricklefield  | Att:  48

‘Side managed to give Walden a tough afternoon before eventually suffering a morale-draining loss at Cricklefield. All the goal action happened after the break, with ex-‘Side forward Charlie Portway breaking the deadlock on 58 minutes. Another former ‘Side star in Lewis Francis made it two for Walden on the hour mark. The script was torn up though minutes later as Dan Jones got a quick-fire double, firstly from the penalty spot on 64 minutes and then again merely two minutes afterward. Portway has a stirring knack of getting important goals and he broke the hosts’ hearts with the winner with twenty minutes remaining.

This Result leaves ‘Side mired in trouble while Walden move to within five points of leaders Stansted and their promotion hopes a little renewed.

Enfield       1 – 0     Stansted     | Harlow Arena  | Att: 90

The twists & turns of the title race continued to beat as Enfield battled hard to claim a surprise win over in-form Stansted. Ex-Hullbridge forward Jimmy Cox did his old club a favour here by getting the only goal here on 49 minutes and gave his current side a much-needed win to send them up to 11th in the standings. Stansted’s first defeat in five saw their lead cut to a single point.

Southend Manor   2 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 65

Manor continued their decent recent form by handing Sawbo another defeat at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin kept up his recent goal-scoring run with the opening goal with 57 minutes on the watch. Harry Rogers sealed the points with 12 minutes remaining as Manor got their third win in their last four to pass Tower Hamlets and rise to 17th. Sawbridgeworth’s struggles go on and they are one place and three points better off now than their opponents here.

St Margaretsbury   0 – 1   Hoddesdon Town   | The Rec  | Att: 79

A new era began at St Margs in this local derby with Hoddesdon. The Lilywhites got the win thanks to a Joss Lillis goal midway through the second half, which kept Simon Riddle’s side in 9th place. ’Bury saw a number of players depart this week, following Messrs Mitchell and Faulkner to Hertford Town, including skipper Charncey Dash and winger Connor Scully so a period of transition may follow.

Stanway Rovers    1 – 0    Leyton Athletic   | Hawthorns  | Att: 51

Stanway got a narrow though nonetheless important win over Leyton at the Hawthorns. Scott Kemp gave Terry Spillane’s side a great start with the only goal after ten minutes. Rovers held on to claim their first league win in five matches to rise to 14th. Leyton may see this as an opportunity missed and remain second-bottom, only a point clear of Barkingside in the relegation dogfight.

Takeley  2 – 0  Tower Hamlets    | Station Road  | Att: 72

Takeley all but secured fifth spot with this win over Hamlets at Station Road. Michael La Ronda opened the scoring on the quarter-hour and that lead persisted until half-time. Hamlets are a stronger side defensively these days and it took a Nicky Barrett spot-kick seven minutes after the restart to eventually claim the points and their 20th win this season. Hamlets’ campaign is rather stagnating with one win in their last six games now, falling to third-bottom though with healthy cushion of 12 points on Leyton.

Walthamstow     1 – 0    Clapton     | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 88

‘Stow keep churning out the wins of late and they did so again here with this important, if uninspiring win over the Tons. New signing Kieran Bishop ingratiated himself to the ‘Waltham Rabble’ with the only goal on 22 minutes. Ryan Maxwell’s side retained their recent defensive prowess to a sixth straight win and stay 4th, seven points adrift of the leaders with a game in hand.  Clapton’s second loss in their last five sees them drop to 12th though have at least one match in hand on their rivals in a congested mid-table.

West Essex    2 – 0     Redbridge     | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 43

I attended this match as West defeated Redbridge. My report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/match-report-west-essex-2-0-redbridge-sat-23-mar-esl/

 

Also, in the Peter Butcher Trophy, Barkingside Reserves defeated Ilford 3 – 1 on penalties (after it finished 1 – 1 after 90 minutes) to advance to the semi-finals. Well done to them.

Match Report: Hoddesdon Town 0 – 1 Stansted (Sat 16 Mar) [ESL 16.3.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lowfield

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 59

Saturday 16th March 2019  – 3pm KO

Hoddesdon: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Stansted:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

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Both teams before KO

 

Stansted grind out a hard-fought win at Lowfield

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

This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me to Lowfield for the first time to see Hoddesdon battle leaders Stansted. Hoddesdon have had a very decent first season in the division, with their defence being one of the better ones in the league so the Airportmen knew they would be in for a tough game here. The Lilywhites made one change from last week’s narrow loss at Hullbridge, with Chris Webb coming in at right wing-back with Aiden Critchley on the other side and a front three of Cyrus Babaie, Joss Lillis and Blue Gallagher. Stansted retained Charlie Turner between the sticks and had wingers Jack Mitchell and Connor Hammond supporting forwards Callum Ibe and Ollie Bell, with Messrs Peagram, Mullings and Palmer all options on the bench.

In the early throngs of this contest, it was the hosts who had the better of the possession as the Airportmen lived up to their characteristics of defending stoutly. The first half-chance came on 13 minutes, with a free-kick found Hoddy centre-back Oliver Gnandi at the back-post though his header lacked the power to beat visiting stopper Charlie Turner, who gathered it compentently. At the other end, Stansted had a few forages forward though dangerous crosses were just out of reach of their intended targets. The windy conditions nearly had a telling hand in proceedings as a good ball in from winger Connor Hammond got caught up before cannoning off the Hoddesdon woodwork.

For the most part, it was the Lillywhites who had the better of the ball before the break, though clear-cut chances just were not there, due to combination of stubborn defending and that final ball for the hosts which wasn’t forthcoming. Even so, Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s charges knew they needed to usher in an improvement after the break.

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Half-Time: Hoddesdon  0 – 0  Stansted

Stansted did emerge after the break with renewed purpose, as they forced a few corners on-the-reel to give the Hoddy defence a headache. However, it was Simon Riddle’s side who arguably didn’t make the most of two decent chances. Five minutes into the half, forward Joss Lillis’ header forced Turner into action. Two minutes later, midfielder Scott Hayes bombed on and sent a tame effort wide of the far post with Turner committed. The deadlock was finally broken on 55 minutes as another Hammond corner arrowed into the six-yard line and after a goalmouth scramble, skipper Paul Clayton headed home to give Stansted the advantage.

Just after the hour, Stansted had a glimmer of that lead being doubled as centre-back Sam West’s dinked ball in found substitute Jordan Palmer who sent his header wide. As we entered the last 20 minutes, the hosts remained a threat as Lillis played in fellow forward Cyrus Babaie whose effort was well-parried by Turner. Stansted knew that they had to ‘stay on the front foot’ and minutes later, Ollie Bell’s 20-yard free-kick was well-denied by Hoddy goalkeeper Aaron Bull who was in no mood to concede again.

As the minutes slowly elapsed, Callum Ibe’s pace was stretching the home defence as on two occasions he beat the off-side trap though after good runs, he couldn’t get past Bull with two efforts on goal. In the end, the hosts didn’t quite had enough in terms of finishing to back up their decent ball rentention and defensive qualities as the Airportmen ground out another important three points.

Full-time: Hoddesdon 0 – 1  Stansted

As far as stand-out performances go today, although it was a solid team performance by Hoddesdon, forward Cyrus Babaie, ‘keeper Aaron Bull and centre-back Michael Elliott all had good games today I feel. For the Airportmen, centre-back Paul Clayton, winger Connor Hammond and and right-back Jamie Bennett stood out somewhat here as Stansted showed they can keep racking up the wins and with other results going for them, it sets up an exciting showdown with Hullbridge at the end of the month.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to Hoddesdon for their hospitality today and wish them well for the final month or so of the campaign.

 

Hoddesdon Town   | Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Chris Webb, Michael Elliott (Capt) (Mulik Rickman 76′), Jack Riddle, Oliver Gnandi, Sam Cross, Cyrus Babaie, Scott Hayes, Joss Lillis (Imani Matthews 85′), Blue Gallagher (Harrison Rockard 65′), Aiden Critchley

Booked: J Riddle, Elliott, Bull, Critchley    | Subs Not Used: Ramthor, C Doherty

 

Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Joe Clark, Sam West, Paul Clayton, Rob Norris, Jack Mitchell (James Turvey 85′), Harvey Brown (Jordan Palmer 58′), Callum Ibe, Ollie Bell, Connor Hammond (James Peagram 70′)

Goal-scorer: Paul Clayton [55′]

Booked: Bell    | Subs Not Used: Mullings, Buffin

Referee: Jide Ogunba