Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 22/Sat 23 Feb) [ESL 24.2.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and another of my round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s matches in the Essex Senior League as big tussles happened that both ends of the standings. Thanks for reading.

Friday 22nd February

Woodford Town  0 – 1   Hoddesdon Town    |  Venue: Harlow Arena  | Att: 170

This contest was only settled right at the death after Hoddy had earlier missed a spot-kick. Oliver Gnandi’s stoppage-time goal secured all three points for Simon Riddle’s side, only their second win in their last seven matches. After the weekend’s action, Woodford remain 6th though have Sporting Bengal and St Margaretsbury right behind them in the table. Hoddesdon remain 9th.
Saturday 23rd Feb

Clapton   2 – 1    Barkingside    | Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 35

The Tons handed ‘Side a damaging defeat in this local derby at the Old Spotted Dog. Dan Jones struck from the penalty spot for the visitors though strikes by the in-form Giovanni Palmer and ex-‘Side player Andy Greenslade saw Jon Fowell’s side to the win which sees them rise one place to 14th. Alex Goldstone’s side drop back to the foot of the table after their third straight league defeat.

Hullbridge Sports   3 – 1     Takeley   | Venue: Lower Road  | Att: 204

I attended this big top-four clash as Hullbridge defeated Takeley on ‘Sponsor’s Day’, in front of Hullbridge’s largest crowd for some time. My report is here:

Ilford   2 – 3    St Margaretsbury   | Venue: Cricklefield   | Att: 45

In-form St Margs resisted a late comeback from the gutsy Foxes to claim their fifth win in their last eight league matches. They made a blistering start as Dagenham & Redbridge loanee Lanre Balogun opened the scoring on seven minutes. Debutant Wilson Ferreira doubled that lead for ‘Bury eight minutes before half-time. Ilford regrouped at the break before halving their arrears thanks to Musa Manneh’s 47th-minute goal. Daniel Ungudi restored the two-goal cushion for Max Mitchell’s side on 62 minutes though Ilf had the last say as Lauric Diakiesse struck two minutes from time.

Ilford are in 12th spot, one of a clutch of teams in a congested mid-table while St Margs stay 8th, though are only a point off the top six.

Leyton Athletic    0 – 0    Enfield   | Wadham Lodge Stadium   | Att: 20

Leyton battled to claim a very rare clean sheet against Enfield at Wadham Lodge. This might be an important point come April’s end in Ath’s relegation battle as they go back above Barkingside to second-bottom by virtue of slightly better goal difference as Enfield also extended their unbeaten run to five matches. The E’s stay 11th.

Redbridge   4 – 1    Southend Manor   | Oakside  | Att: 52

The Motormen powered an important victory over struggling Manor at Oakside. Taylor Tombides opened the scoring 12 minutes in and they went into the break two goals ahead as Daniel Gilchrist scored five minutes before the interval. Manor got back into the contest two minutes after the break through Dylan Jones’ strike. Two goals in eight minutes did the damage though for the home side as Tombides [70’] and Gilchrist [78’] both got their braces to push Micky Wetherall’s side 15 points clear of the bottom two. Manor’s sixth loss in their last nine sees them remain 18th, seven points clear of the bottom two.

Sawbridgeworth Town   0 – 2   Walthamstow  | Crofters  | Att: 50

‘Stow safely navigated this test at Crofters. Dwade James struck from the spot to continue his fine goal-scoring season and thanks to an unfortunate own goal, they extend their unbeaten stretch to four matches and can leapfrog Takeley in 4th if they win their match in hand. Sawbo’s season is rather petering out with only one win in their last seven matches now, dropping to 15th.

Stanway Rovers  2 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hawthorns  | Att: 51

An entertaining match saw these two top-half sides cancel each other out at the Hawthorns. The visitors were the brighter side in the early stages and went two goals up in the opening quarter-hour. Firstly, they broke the deadlock thanks to Reside Coxi-Sebastiao’s penalty on four minutes for his fifth goal in his last three matches. Jason Ngandu made it two on that 15 minute mark. However, Terry Sillane’s side are made of strong stuff these days and halved that deficit eight minutes later through Scott Kemp’s goal. Rovers also have a knack of scoring late goals and that showed itself again as Tyler Kemp [78’] struck to ensure the spoils were shared. Stanway remain 10th on goals scored. Sporting retain 7th spot on goal difference, ahead of in-form St Margaretsbury.

Tower Hamlets    0 – 1   Saffron Walden Town  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 25

Walden ground out the three points as they secured their sixth win in their last seven league matches over ten-man Hamlets. Lewis Francis got the only goal on 23 minutes though Hamlets showed their recent spirit in abundance, even if their discipline deserted them as Tola Odedoyin was dismissed. AJ Ashinike’s side saw their three-match unbeaten run end here as they remain fourth-bottom. Walden sit 3rd and Hamlets remain 17th.

West Essex     0 – 1   Stansted   | Mayesbrook Park   | Att: 32

The Airportmen were stifled by the plucky Stags until a super substitution brought about the only goal of the game. Jack Mitchell was that substitute, and his strike on 61 minutes was ultimately enough to accrue another three points for Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side to keep their lead over rivals Hullbridge at four points, having played two more games. West drop to 13th as their struggles at Mayesbrook continue this term.

That’s all for this week, don’t forget to tune in this Thursday when Peter & Scott take the reins on the Grassroots Football Show on ELR.


Round-up: Essex Senior League  (Sat 18 Jan) [ESL 21.1.18]


Written by Scott W

Hello & welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend as ten matches took place, two of which took place on Friday night.


Friday 18th January 2019


Leyton Athletic   0 – 4    Hullbridge Sports   | Wadham Lodge Stadium |Att: 43

The action started on Friday night with Hullbridge overwhelming Leyton in the second half in a 4 – 0 victory. Ath player-boss Eli Benoit put through his own net on 49 minutes to open the opposition’s account. ‘Bridge quickly seized on that opening as talisman Luke Hornsley got in on the action with his first on 55 minutes. Emmanuel Okunja made it three [70’] before Hornsley struck again five minutes later to seal a vital win for Darren Manning’s side and stay third. Leyton long hunt for a win goes on as they stay second-bottom.

Woodford Town  2 – 2    West Essex  | the Harlow Arena | Att: 67

Woodford left it late though managed to grab a point against a spirited West Essex at the Harlow Arena. Andrea Montavani put the hosts ahead on 24 minutes though the Stags are known for playing good attacking football and could have levelled before half-time. They soon corrected that, as two minutes after the interval, Hakim Medfai continued his streak of scoring with the equaliser. Kwame Kwateng’s side went ahead on 62 minutes through Michael Mignot’s strike and it looked as if they would get the points. Not to be. Jayden Thompson-Brissett’s injury-time leveller saved the hosts’ blushes a tad as they stayed 5th, despite a fifth game on-the-bounce without a win. West have also drawn their last three and sit 14th after the weekend’s action.


Saturday 19th January


Clapton   1 – 1   Southend Manor  | Old Spotted Dog |Att: 40

The Tons had to settle for a point against Manor at ‘the Dog’. Ryan Reed’s penalty had put the hosts ahead though midway through the second period, Jayke Welch levelled for Adam Peek’s side. Manor are four games without a win now and stay fourth-bottom, nine points clear of basement side Barkingside.

Enfield   0 – 4   Walthamstow   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 59

‘Stow put the E’s to the sword after their frustrating defeat last weekend. Loan signing Correy Davidson put them ahead on 12 minutes. That lead held until half-time before a brace from Gebrai Samrai [47’ & 48’] sealed the win. Dwade James added a late fourth and in doing so went joint-top of the ESL Top Goalscorers list though his side stay 6th, eight points off the top four.

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Lowfield | Att: 81

Hoddy won this one late on at Lowfield. Jack Riddle struck with only three minutes remaining before Cyrus Babaie’s stoppage-time spot-kick ensured the hosts’ third win in their last seven to pull four points clear in ninth spot. Bengal are winless in three and stay 7th on goal difference.

Ilford   2 – 3    Redbridge   | Cricklefield |Att: 47

The Motormen got the better of the Foxes in a pulsating start to this derby at Cricklefield. Loanee Deji Adeniran broke the deadlock a mere two minutes in, though Dan Gilchrist endorsed his reputation as the new ‘go to’ man for goals for his side with the equaliser on 19 minutes. Fellow new recruit Jay Knight struck twice [45’] and in first-half stoppage-time to swing the pendulum the way of the visitors. Adeniran got his third goal in two ESL matches for the Foxes on 68 minutes but Micky Wetherall’s side held on to extend their mini-revival to three matches and opened up a five point lead in 16th over Manor in 17th. Ilford’s  sixth defeat in their last eight sees them fall to 13th.


St Margaretsbury   0 – 4   Saffron Walden Town  | The Recreation Ground | Att: 54

Walden got another priceless three points at the Rec to keep the heat on the top three. Charlie Portway put the Bloods after ten minutes and after the prolific Lewis Francis converted a spot-kick two minutes after the break, the visitors were in a commanding position. Two more goals rounded out the scoring with Anthony Da Silva notching on 72 minutes, before Francis got his second four minutes later. Walden got their third straight win while St Margs’ four-match winning run is over.

Stansted   2 – 2   Barkingside   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 56

‘Side so nearly broke the metranomic run of the Airportmen though the hosts got a late, late equaliser. Joe Oates got another important goal for his side on the half-hour, and after David Hornsby doubled that advantage with 12 minutes left, the visitors were dreaming of victory. Fortune didn’t go their way though as first Ollie Bell struck with four minutes of normal time to play. And then deep into stoppage-time, the Blue Brazil rescued a point from a far from outstanding display as Paul Clayton netted [90’ +7] to leave the ‘Side bench fuming. ‘Side are unbeaten in four matches now, two points shy of Leyton above them. Stansted remain top and extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Takeley   1 – 1    Sawbridgeworth Town   | Station Road | Att: 104

Takeley were denied a win by rivals Sawbo late on at Station  Road. Joe Pullen broke the stalemate with 15 minutes left though improving Sawbo restored parity as Julien Lloyd got the leveller four minutes from time to give Sawbo a point.

Tower Hamlets  2 – 3     Stanway Rovers    | Mile End | Att: 18

Finally, Hamlets lost again at Mile End and saw player-boss AJ Ashinike taken off with injury.  Ezekiel Kamara and Luke With hit the goals for the home side though strikes by Tyler Kemp, Dion O’Reilly and an injury-time winner by Scott Kemp saw Rovers to an important and much-welcomed away win.

Hamlets suffered their fourth straight loss as they are mired in the relegation scrap you feel.


Thank you for reading, we’ll be back next week.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 15 Dec) [ESL 16.12.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to another of round-up articles, looking at this weekend’s weather-affected action in the Essex Senior League on Saturday 15th December.

Friday 14th December

Barkingside  P – P Walthamstow  (due to a frozen pitch)

Woodford Town  P – P  Southend Manor   (due to problems associated with the Harlow Arena)


Saturday 15th December

Clapton  P – P  Hullbridge Sports  (due to a unplayable surface)


Leyton Athletic   0 – 2  Hoddesdon Town | Kitchener Road  | Att: 12

Hoddy emerged with the points from this battle at Kichener Road. Jack Lee gave the visitors the lead after just five minutes and that lead doubled on 28 minutes as Oliver Gnandi struck to consign Ath to another defeat which keeps them second-bottom. Hoddesdon stay in 8th place.


Redbridge  1 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Oakside  |  Att: 32

I attended this match, and you can find my report here:


Saffron Walden Town  3 – 5  Stansted  | Catons Lane  | Att: 251

Stansted won a pulsating encounter at Catons Lane. The Airportmen hit the ground running quickly as early goals from Callum Ibe [8′] and the returning Connor Hammond [17′] put them in a decent position. The Bloods are known for their own goal-scoring talents and club stalwart Spike Bell pulled a goal back on 20 minutes before an OG on 35 minutes brought the scores level. Ibe got his second of the afternoon two minutes into the second half though that lead barely lasted ten minutes before Lewis Francis smashed home a penalty on 58 minutes. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s team had the final say though as strikes by Jack Mitchell [65′] and debutant James Peagram [86′] saw the visitors back to the ESL summit.

For more on this match, check out my Non-League colleague Pete Dudley’s report here:


Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 0  Stanway Rovers  | Crofters | Att: 41

Sawbo struck early in each half to claim the points over a out-of-form Stanway outfit. Recent signing Julien Lloyd broke the deadlock on six minutes before Lewis Deamer [49′]  made it two on his return from a long injury lay-off. John Watters’ side kept going to continue their upturn in form which sees them up to ninth spot now. Stanway’s woes away from home continue as they stay 14th.


St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Enfield  | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 27

Enfield produced a fine second-half comeback to overcome St Margs at the Rec. Charncey Dash got his name on the score-sheet again on eight minutes and you may have thought this would be another grey day for the E’s. Not so as bang on the hour mark, Dan Chambers levelled things before a rare strike by Matt Thoma with three minutes left sealed all three points and end their three-match winless run and rise three places to 15th. St Margs drop to 10th spot.


Tower Hamlets  A – A llford  | Mile End

The remorseless rain had an impact on this match as it was called off at half-time, with a new date to be determined.


West Essex  2 – 5  Takeley  |  Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 18

Finally for this weekend, Takeley powered past the Stags to win their 9th match in their last ten. The hosts initially took the lead as Izzy Ogedu-Uzokwe struck on ten minutes. This stirred the visitors up and they were level eight minutes later through Mosope Oguntuga and ended the half well ahead thanks to a brace from Jason Todd [25′ & 40′[ with a strike by Alex Martin sandwiched in between with 35 on the watch. Cameron Gray made it 2 – 4 with seven minutes remaining though Todd completed his hat-trick from the spot with two minutes left. Marc Das’ side are now only a point behind leaders Stansted in 3rd, behind Hullbridge on goal difference. West drop to 11th.

For more on this match, you can catch fellow Non-League writer Scott Lanza’s report here:

That’s all from me, for more on all things ESL, check out

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 24 Nov) [ESL 26.11.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of action in the Essex Senior League. We saw a heck of a round of fixtures this weekend with surprises, goals aplenty and drama thrown in as well. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 24th November

Barkingside  1 – 5   Ilford    | Cricklefield ‘derby’  | Att: 51

Ilford ended a three-match losing run with a big win in the Cricklefield ‘derby’. Lion Docaj set the tone with his fourth-minute opener before Lauric Diakiesse made it two with 24 minutes on the clock. Powerful forward Diakiesse got his second just shy of the hour, to which Seye Okunola added a fourth [62’] to seal the match. Michael Clark kept up his good start since signing for Alex Goldstone’s side by getting a consolation on 76 minutes. A late OG sealed another trying afternoon though as ‘Side remain marooned at the bottom, seven points away from their nearest rivals in Leyton Athletic.

Enfield    1 – 3   Woodford Town   | Harlow Arena ‘derby’  | Att: 29

Enfield started well in this Harlow ‘derby’ but ultimately had no answer to the Town counter-attack after the break. Dylan Florence had put Matt Hanning’s side ahead on the stroke of half-time. That lead only stood for eight minutes in the second-half as Jayden Thompson-Brissett levelled. Dee Safer’s side then stepped up a gear in the latter stages as goals from Temi Babalola [74’] and Giorgio Sallengou [88’] saw Woodford to their second ‘away’ win in succession to remain 7th. The E’s second loss in their last five league matches sees them in 16th spot.

Hullbridge Sports  4 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Lower Road  | Att: 57

I attended this barn-storming match and my report is here:

Post-Match, I Caught up with both managers in a guest piece for WD Sportz –


Leyton Athletic   2 – 3  Southend Manor  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 9

Manor came back from two goals down to defeat Ath at Kitchener Road. Two goals in seven minutes for the hosts put them in ‘the driving seat’ with Lance Ledgister [37’] and Francesco Cicconi [44’] both scoring. However, Adam Peek’s side got a lifeline in first-half stoppage time through Jordan Chambers’s strike. Mohamed Kargbo continued his good season levelling things up eight minutes into the second period before Dylan Jones pinched all three points with an injury-time winner to send Manor up one to 17th. Leyton’s winless run extends to nine matches which led to them parting company with boss Glen Kendall after the match, to be replaced by current player-coach Eli Benoit. He’s not got an easy job on his hands to turn things around, I think that much is fair to say.

Saffron Walden Town  0 – 1  Takeley    | Catons Lane  | Att: 231

Takeley maintained their fine form with a narrow win at Catons Lane. Mitchell Das got the only goal as his side got their 7th straight league win to take them five points clear in fourth spot. Walden’s ten-match unbeaten streak is over and they are in 3rd spot, only above their opponents here on goal difference.

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 1  Redbridge   | Crofters End  | Att: 38

Sawbridgeworth won this bottom-half clash at Crofters. It started well for the Motormen though as Remi Nelson put them ahead on 17 minutes. Joseph Wright levelled the match eight minutes before the break  before ex-Redbridge forward Sipho Mtyanda put his new side ahead 12 minutes after the interval. Wright hit his second of the afternoon with nine minutes remaining to send Sawbo up to 15th with their sixth win of the campaign. Redbridge’s four-match unbeaten run is over and they fall to 14th, ahead of Sawbo on goal difference.

St Margaretsbury  2 – 1  Stanway Rovers  | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 29

The ‘Bury won a tight contest late on against Terry Spillane’s new-look Stanway side. Key man Charncey Dash netted again for Max Mitchell’s men on 17 minutes to give the hosts a slender lead. One of Rovers’ new intake is ex-Great Wakering forward Jay Nash and he levelled matters on 63 minutes. It looked as though the stalemate would win out by Tom Cowell has a knack for scoring late goals and he did so again here, netting with two minutes left to give St Margs a second win in their last five matches. Stanway drop to 13th.

Stansted  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 48

Stansted surprisingly fell to their second home defeat in a week as Hoddy laid the foundations for their win in the first-half. Goals from Joss Lillis [20’] and Connor Bolton [40’] gave them a cushion at the break. The Airportmen got back in it only four mnutes into the second half through Jordan Palmer though Simon Riddle’s men withstood the pressure to record only their second win in their last six outings to keep themselves in 8th spot. Stansted conceded ground at the summit as they are now four points behind leaders Hullbridge.

Tower Hamlets  0 – 2  Walthamstow   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 45

‘Stow battled to an important three points at Mile End. Second-half goals from Craig Pope and Matt Brinklow saw them to victory over a gritty Hamlets side. Ryan Maxwell’s side stay 6th, six points off the top four while Hamlets drop to third-bottom following their 5th loss in their last six league matches.

For more on this match, check out this report by fellow Non-League writer Peter D:

West Essex  2 – 3  Clapton  | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 26

The Tons won this topsy-turvy match against the Stags at Mayesbrook Park. The visitors led on 13 minutes through Jacob Kromann and that lead remained at the break. Callum Bloss made things level from the spot two minutes into the second half though Jon Fowell’s side spurred themselves on to a two-goal lead thanks to Giovanni Palmer’s goal on the hour and Ali Al-Nashi with ten minutes remaining. Joe Lefley converted another spot-kick for the hosts with five minutes left though Clapton ended a five-match winless run here and rise to 11th. West suffered their ninth defeat this term and sit 12th, below their opponents only by a single goal (Goal difference).

Match Report: Ilford 0 – 0 Hoddesdon Town [ESL 29.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 55

2018-19 Season – Match 17

Saturday 29th September 2018  – 3pm KO

Ilford  : Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue & White Socks

Hoddesdon Town: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Stalemate rules at Cricklefield in battling draw

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

The sun shone on Cricklefield though the match couldn’t quite match that sunshine as Hoddesdon took on Ilford. Ilford’s forward line was led by Yemi Adelani and Callum Maltese with Lion Docaj and Morgan Seaman providing the width from the flanks. Hoddesdon were missing a few due to unavailability but could name full-back Aiden Critchley, winger Connor Bolton and Joss Lillis in their starting XI.

Both sides struggled to get their rhythm in the early stages of this match though Ilf winger Morgan Seaman stood out with his intelligent runs and composure on-the-ball. A poor clearance from home ‘keeper Hugo Rosetti led to Hoddy winger Connor Bolton having a pot-shot at goal which was deflected for a corner. From that set-piece, fellow winger Harry Bushell blazed over from a narrow angle.

Town forward Courtney Clay attempted to stretch the home defence by darting down the channels though they lacked cohesiveness in general. Ilford had two good chances st the midway point as forward Yemi Adelani and winger Lion Docai both fired wide of goal.

Hoddy had a decent chance seven minutes before the break as Bolton was well-denied by Rosetti after being found by midfielder Ciaran Doherty. The Foxes responded chance-wise on the cusp of the interval though Adelani fired over.

Half-Time: Ilford  0 – 0    Hoddesdon Town

Both sides needed to ‘ramp it up’ after the break though Hoddesdon had some fortune immediately into the second period as custodian Aaron Bull rashly came out of his box to beat Adelani to the ball after the forward’s surging run though the latter’s run took him away from goal and the ball sailed out of play. Visiting forward Kane Lowe spurned two good chances before the hour mark though the hestiant passing of the visitors stifled their ambitions throughout this match.

Neither Adelani or Hoddy attacking midfielder Joss Lillis could put away opening on goal, the latter being the strongest force arguably for Simon Riddle’s side in the last half-hour or so. Hoddesdon ‘keeper Bull had to alert to deny his own defender, Jack Riddle a less than prestigous own goal but tipping the latter’s header onto the bar with 13 minutes left. Lillis also headed wide , as did Jamall Dzoisi late on from a free-kick though the growing feeling that this one would end a goal-less draw was borne out.

In fairness, the draw was the fair result and a battling point for both sides, though both will play a lot better this term I suspect.

Ilford substitute David Oyeleke takes a long throw at time wears down

Full-Time: Ilford  0 – 0   Hoddesdon Town

Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Josh Perry, Connor Kain, Danny Haigh (Capt), Jamall Dzotsi, Morgan Seaman (Billy Atim 36′), Mitchell Victorin (Yussuff Olajide 80′), Yemi Adelani, Callum Maltese (David Oyeleke 63′), Lion Docai

Booked: Dzotsi, Victorin, Haigh, Atim | Subs Not Used: Nazor

Hoddesdon Town  | Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Scott Hayes, Aiden Critchley, Michael Elliott (Capt), Jack Riddle, Ciaran Doherty, Harry Bushell (Sam Cross 66′), Joss Lillis, Courtney Clay (Millik Rickman 78′), Kane Lowe, Connor Bolton (Ben James 90′ +2)

Booked: Elliott, Clay, Cross  |  Subs Not Used: Smits (GK)

Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 21st/Sat 22nd Sept) [ESL 23.9.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to another of my Essex Senior League round-up pieces, here on the blog. This weekend’s action saw a huge 35 goals scored across nine matches. How did your side do?

Essex Senior League


Friday 21st September


Barkingside  0 – 3  Clapton   | Cricklefield  | Att: 135

The Tons started the action off with a good win at Cricklefield. Jay Morris put the visitors ahead just shy of the half-hour. Jon Fowell’s side came out strongly after the break and Ryan Reed notched a quick-fire brace [47′ & 49′] to seal Clapton’s fourth win in seven matches more or less there and then.’Side fell to their fourth straight defeat and sit third-bottom.


Saturday 22nd September


Enfield 1893  6 – 1  Leyton Athletic    | Harlow Arena | Att: 51

The E’s crowned off a memorable eight days with a huge win over Leyton at the Harlow Arena. They laid the groundwork in the first half as ex-Takeley forward Reece Barrett struck on 28 minutes to give Matt Hanning’s side the lead. Billy Haspinall made it two on the stroke of half-time. Barrett struck again three minutes after the re-start to put his side in a commanding position. Prolific scorer Dwade James pulled one back on 67 minutes for the visitors though a goal-blitz in the last twenty minutes more than sealed the points for the hosts as Ben Bradbury [73′] netted, followed by Barrett’s third [77′] and a late spot-kick from Ayo Odukoya. The E’s now have three wins from their last four league outings while Leyton have one win from their last four.



Hoddesdon Town  4 – 1  Woodford Town   | Lowfield  |

The hosts  grabbed the points as they led from virtually start-to-finish at Lowfield. Ciaran Doherty’s 3rd-minute goal put them ahead which Connor Bolton added to with 21 minutes on the watch. Samir Ali put the visitors on the score-sheet ten minutes before the break though two goals late on sealed the win for Hoddesdon as Doherty got his second [81′] and Courtney Clay struck two minutes afterward. Woodford have now suffered four defeats in-a-row after a promising start.


Saffron Walden Town  5 – 0  Tower Hamlets    | Catons Lane  | Att: 170

The Bloods put a torrid week behind them by dispatching struggling Hamlets at Catons Lane. James Crane’s goal in the first minute set them on their way and Charlie Portway [20′] struck again to give them a two-goal lead at the break. Spike Bell netted on the hour before a late brace from Lewis Francis [75′ & 90′] handed ten-man Hamlets another bruising afternoon. Walden are unbeaten in five league matches now while Hamlets have manaaged a single point from their five matches.

Southend Manor  2 – 3  Redbridge   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 38

I attended this match and my report is here:


St Margaretsbury  0 – 3  Ilford   | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 29

The Foxes maintained their impressive recent form wiith victory at St Margs. Dan Haigh put them ahead on the quarter-hour, a lead they held at the interval. Nine minutes after the re-start, Seye Okunlola doubled that lead for Martin Haywood’s men. Callum Maltese’s goal on the cusp of the 90 secured Ilf’s third win in their last four matches to rise to 2nd spot and inflict their hosts’ third defeat in six outings.


Stansted  1 – 0  West Essex   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 35

The Airportmen battled to a narrow win at Hargrave Park. In-form winger Callum Ibe’s strike two minutes after the break ended up being the difference though Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker denied the hosts from the spot later on. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side have now notched up three straight wins while West’s mini-revival is over for now.



Takeley  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports |  Station Road  | Att: 83

Hullbridge produced a good display to pick up a surprise win at Station Road. Luke Hornsley got the only goal seven minutes before half-time to give Darren Manning’s team their 5th win in seven league matches, maintain their unbeaten run and stay at the summit. Takeley’s second 1 – 0 loss this week sees them drop to 4th, five points behind their opponents here.


Walthamstow   4 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 50

‘Stow went through the gears to overwhelm Sawbo at Kitchener Road. The damage was done in the first 45 as Billy Jones [18′] and Jake Giddings [28’] both struck to give Ryan Maxwell’s side a handy cushion, in between a successful spot-kick from Joe Wright for the visitors. Ageless defender Lee Flynn made it 3 – 1 five minutes before the interval and James Peagram rounded off the day’s scoring, also from the spot on 76 minutes to give the hosts their first league win in three outings though they have only lost one of seven.

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 18th Aug) [ESL 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. How did your side & your rivals do?

Saturday 18th August

Barkingside  0 – 0  Enfield   | Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 58

‘Side were held by visiting Enfield for their third league goalless draw on the trot. It’s also worth noting that both teams are still looking for their first win of the new campaign.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1  Stansted  | Venue: Lower Road | Att: 72

The ‘Bridge secured a very good victory in a hard-fought encounter at Lower Road. Darren Manning’s side broke the deadlock just seven minutes in when captain Luke Hornsley struck. The Airportmen got back into contention through hot-shot Carl Mullings’s goal on the quarter-hour. Though on this day, Hullbridge were not to be denied as Andre Gumbs’ powerful strike found the net on 61 minutes to give the hosts a morale-boosting win ahead of their FA Cup tie away to Newmarket next weekend.

Leyton Athletic  0 – 0  Ilford  | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 9

Leyton couldn’t find a way past the Foxes at Kitchener Road. The scorers were not troubled here though the hosts are looking for their first league win this term though they do have an FA Cup tie to look forward to next weekend. Ilf have four points from their first three matches.

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 4  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Venue: Catons Lane  | Att: 175

Saffron Walden were held at home by a late Bengal comeback in an absolute fire-cracker of a match at Catons Lane. SWT started well with front-line striker Charlie Portway putting them ahead on 13 minutes from the penalty spot. Tony Cookey levelled for Bengal only two minutes afterward though Portway got his second of the afternoon with 17 minutes on the watch. Lewis Francis [26′] grabbed a third for the hosts and you may have thought that Saffron Walden would canter to victory as they led 3 – 1 at half-time.

As it turned out, it wasn’t to be. Portway grabbed his hat-trick just past the hour mark though goals from Zakariya Hoque, playmaker Ashaan Siddik [80′] & forward Steven Carvell [83′] made sure that Imrul Gazi’s side grabbed a share of the spoils after a terrific comeback.

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 0  Woodford Town  | Venue: Crofters | Att: 31

Sawbridgeworth improved to end Woodford’s 100% start to the season. Joe Wright got the only goal of the game to give John Watters’ men a much-needed three points after their FA Cup exit last weekend.

Southend Manor  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town   | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 45

I attended this match, here’s my report:

Stanway Rovers   0 – 2  Clapton   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 46

The Tons travelled to the outskirts of Colchester and came away with the points thanks to a brace from Eusebio Da Silva [24′ & 27′]. In the process Jon Fowell’s side handed Rovers their third ESL defeat in a row as their new side continues to take time to gel, perhaps.

Takeley  4 – 1  Walthamstow   | Venue: Station Road | Att: 66

Takeley powered past ‘Stow at Station Road thanks to braces from two of their leading lights up front. Stuart Zanone [18′ & 25′] put his side two goals up to continue his fantastic start to the campaign in front goal. Substitute Charlie Cole made his long-awaited return to goal-scoring form with his first of the game on 78 minutes. James Peagram pulled one back for Ryan Maxwell’s side with ten minutes left though Cole struck again [85’] to give ‘Stow something to think about and continue Takeley’s 100% start to the league campaign.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 3  Redbridge  | Mile End Stadium | Att: 70

Redbridge fought to grab their first win of the campaign at Mile End. Calvin Poku struck twice for the Motormen and were further aided by an OG as they continued their unbeaten start to the season. Hamlets grabbed a late consolation through Amon Walton-Owen though AJAshinike’s side are also looking for their first success of the season.

Thanks for reading, this round-up will continue during the season.

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Hoddesdon Town [ESL 18.8.18]

Essex Senior League (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 7

Saturday 18th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Hoddesdon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Hoddesdon edge a tight battle at Southchurch Park

Manor’s players huddle just before 2nd half [ESL 18.8.18]
Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

As the Essex Senior League returned following a week of mainly FA Cup action, Hoddesdon travelled to Southchurch Park to take on Southend Manor. The hosts named a strong starting XI with recent signing Lewis Catling in goal, Mo Kargbo and Rhys Fatt on the flanks and Ellis Skidmore the focal point in attack. Charlie Little and John-Jo Slater were among those on the bench. Hoddesdon named Harry Bushell and Joss lillis among their forward line, the latter having already scored this season before today.

The match got underway to a rapid start as the visitors led inside three minutes. Alex Warman’s free-kick was headed on into the six-yard box where forward Harry Bushell headed past Manor goalkeeper Lewis Catling from near point-blank range. Manor could have levelled six minutes later though forward Ellis Skidmore’s effort was denied by visiting custodian Aaron Bull’s feet.

Manor did make a chance count on 14 minutes as the impressive Mo Kargbo powered down the left flank and sent in a teasing cross which fellow winger Rhys Fatt bundled in at the back post past Bull to level things up. A fairly quiet period of the match followed though Hoddesdon did look decent on-the-ball  and midfielder Kane Lowe made a good run on the edge of the penalty area and his drilled effort was denied by Catling.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town

After the interval, Manor midfielder Robbie Norris was unlucky to see his 20-yard drive cannon back off the crossbar two minutes into the second half. Hoddesdon responded soon afterward though couldn’t make the most of two good chances as centre-back Scott Hayes and Bushell were both denied.

Bang on the hour mark, another good ball in to the centre from Aiden Critchley on the left wing found forward Joss Lillis who headed home calmly to give Town the lead for the second time. Manor could’ve levelled soon after though Skidmore’s shot was well-blocked by the committed Hoddesdon defence. Mere minutes later, Norris headed over the bar and substitute Charlie Little had a deflected strike fizz wide of the post.

In the last 15 minutes of normal time, Hoddesdon substitute Harrison Cage pulled up with what looked quite a bad knee injury, after initially attempting to continue on, he himself had to be substituted. Town could’ve wrapped up the points late on though Critchley’s strike was denied by Catling in the Manor goal.

Despite eight minutes of injury time, Manor could not find a leveller as Hoddesdon held out to grab all three points in this encounter and remain unbeaten early-doors this term. My thanks to Southend Manor for their hospitality today.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town

Southend Manor   | Manager: Adam Peek

Lewis Catling (GK), Bill Rungay, Grant Webb (John-Jo Slater 83′), Robbie Norris, Ore Mosuro, Joe Gilbert, Mo Kargbo, Charlie Barlow (Aaron Baldwin 74′), Ellis Skidmore (Charlie Little 67′), Lee Delf (Capt), Rhys Fatt

Goal-scorer: Rhys Fatt [14′]

Booked: Gilbert     | Subs Not Used: Froud, Evison

Hoddesdon Town   |  Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Jack Riddle, Aiden Critchley (Davey Evans 90’+2), Michael Elliott (Capt), Scott Hayes, Kane Lowe, Cyrus Babaie, Trae Adayemi, Harry Bushell, Alex Warman, Joss Lillis (Harrison Cage 66′, Jake Bowden 76′)

Goal-scorers: Harry Bushell [3′], Joss Lillis [60′]

Booked: Riddle, Critchley, Warman, Elliott   |  Subs Not Used: Smits (GK)