S21-22 Match Report: Benfleet 6 – 1 Holland [Sun 26 Sept) [FAV 21/22 26.9.21]


The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Park Lane , Canvey

Attendance: 62

2021-22 Season: Match 26

Sunday 26 September 2021 – 2pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts,  Sky Blue Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Terrific performance sees Benfleet power past ten-man Holland at Park Lane

Benfleet 6 – 1  Holland

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

This weekend’s second match saw a return to Canvey’s Park Lane for a fascinating all-Eastern Senior League South tie as Benfleet welcomed Holland. The ‘Fleet were looking to advance again after knocking out Essex Senior side St Margaretsbury in the previous round. Florent Gislette was once again the goalkeeper here for the hosts, with a defensive four of Ryan Willsmer, Martyn Lacey plus centre-backs Lee Scott and Cameron Harris. The forward line was once again comprised of Billy Bonham-Dare, Ben Foord and Luc Harpon. Holland named Finlay Shorten between the posts, with a defensive unit of Tom Ayton, Rueben Cowler, Steve Downes and stalwart Joe Martin. Scott Sloots led the line here, with support from Ryan Mahon and Josh Rutter.


There were many quirks in this match. The first of them arrived barely two minutes into the contest, as an goalkeeping error by Benfleet custodian Florent Gislette allowed the advancing Scott Sloots to slot home into the left corner, much to the silent surprise of the home suppport. However, the hosts were not behind for long as little over five minutes after that, they levelled things up as a good break down the right side of the penalty box by Billy Carter ended with his pass finding forward Billy Bonham-Dare who struck home confidently past Holland stopper Finlay Shorten. At this point in proceedings, things were pretty even, with a looping header by Holland midfielder Keelan Sorrell on the edge of the 18-yard box being gathered by Gislette.

To be fair to the home side, Holland glovesman Shorten had been the busier keeper making two good saves to deny another promising performance by the Benfleet forward line, at this point. At the other end, Holland forward Sloots was a threat in the air. However, it was Benfleet who took the advantage for the first time on 28 minutes, as Carter again found the space to put in a telling pass, this time finding tireless forward Ben Foord who displayed fine technique to get the ball under control before firing home well into the right corner, giving Shorten little chance.

The Seasiders were feeling frustrated as they were limited to strikes from long-range, with Sorrell having a decent effort which sailed wide of Gislette’s left-sided post. Six minutes before the break, the visitors suffered a setback when Sloots was dismissed for adjudged to have lashed out at a home defender. Referee Samuel Everitt didn’t hesitate for a second as Sloots walked off. Things got rather worse for them before the break as moments after ‘Fleet skipper Taylor Lawrence couldn’t test Shorten when in a great position to score, the hosts did extend their lead.


Lawrence did rather make amends for that miss a few moments previously though as from a free-kick, he powered home a fine strike into the right corner past Shorten to make it three-one to the hosts. It got even better two minutes later as the Seasiders’ resolve took another hit. Bonham-Dare was adjudged to have been fouled inthe area by Shorten, with Lawrence stepping up to convert the resulting spot-kick, sending a low effort into the right corner again. Those last ten minutes of the half really upscaled the size of the visitors’ task but you have to credit the ruthlessness of Rob Polkinghorn’s side, who certainly made the most of it to put themselves in a commanding position at the interval.

Half-Time:  Benfleet  4 – 1 Holland


To their credit, the Holland unit kept going admirably, despite being reduced to ten men. Centre-back Joe Martin typified their resolve and they did enough to prevent Bonham-Dare’s header finding the net after being well found by Foord, soon after the resumption. Foord did get a second goal with 54 minutes on the stopwatch. Another good ball in found him before Foord sent a superb low finish past Shorten at his near post. Paul Phelan’s did keep their intent going but found telling counter-attacks hard to come by, with a good run by Rueben Cowler down the left flank ending with his scuffing his effort on goal wide of Gislette’s far post.

Benfleet completed the scoring on what was a memorable afternoon for them on 72 minutes with another smart forward press, involving Foord and replacement Mason Shave before being finished well by full-back Martyn Lacey who neatly tapped home from close range. By this point, Holland knew it wasn’t going to be their day though a set-piece did spin away from the path of Ryan Mahon late on. Foord still had time to create another decent chance, sending a curling effort narrowly wide of Shorten’s far post.

All in all though, it was a very strong result and performance by ‘Fleet as they continued their good form in League & Vase this term.

Ryan Mahon on the ball for Holland

Full-Time: Benfleet  6 – 1  Holland

To summarise, Benfleet’s superb performance made this a more one-sided game than many had expected. Granted that Holland’s red card did dampen the chances of them coming back into the game but they struggled to create the chances they needed after they fell behind and they found the home defence in good form as well.

There were a number of influential performances here, with two-goal Ben Foord standing out for Benfleet with his goals being good clinical finishing, as well as displaying good movement and work rate. Fellow forward Billy Bonham-Dare was also a constant presence in attack and could’ve got a second goal today. Midfielder Billy Carter delivered an energetic display as well and contributed well to his side’s forward moves, while centre-back Cameron Harris also had a fine match making several important tackles. For Holland, Midfielders Ben Dixon and Kieran Michaels showed good intent and passing as they looked to build counter-attacks, while Keelan Sorrell had a good game in anchor midfield, assisting his defence well and centre-back Joe Martin also restricted the strong Benfleet forward line as he made several telling interceptions.

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


Benfleet      | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn  | Assistant: Rob Rook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Ryan Willsmer, 3 Martyn Lacey, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Lee Scott, 7 Billy Carter (12 Mason Shave 60′), 8 Joe Hunter (14 Charlie Sullivan 78′), 9 Billy bonham-Dare, 10 Ben Foord, 11 Luc Harpon (15 Ashley Blackburn 60′)

Goal-scorers: Billy Bonham-Dare [8′], Ben Foord [28′ & 54′], Taylor Lawrence [42′ & 44′ (pen)], Martyn Lacey [72′]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: None


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |  Assistant: Rob Barnett

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Finlay Shorten (GK), 2 Tom Ayton (12 Cameron Dolphin 46′), 3 Rueben Cowler, 5 Joe Martin, 6 Steve Downes, 7 Ben Dixon, 8 Kieran Michaels (Capt), 9 Scott Sloots, 10 Ryan Mahon, 11 Josh Rutter (14 Jamey Williams 46′)

Goal-scorer: Scott Sloots [2′]

Sent Off: Sloots [39′]   | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts, Fowler (GK)


Referee: Samuel Everitt

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


Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Spa Road, Witham

Attendance: 35 (est)

2021-22 Season: Match 24

Wednesday 22 September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Hackney Wick: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks


Powerful Wick side claim point against determined Holland

Hackney Wick  1 – 1 Holland

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

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

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

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


Half-Time:  Hackney Wick  0 – 1  Holland

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

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


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

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


Full-Time: Hackney Wick  1 – 1  Holland

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

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

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


Teams

Hackney Wick  | Manager: Yilmaz  |

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

Goal-scorers: Brandon White [81′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Gyedu, Sayay


Holland  | Manager: Paul Phelan  |

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

Goal-scorer: Ryan Mahon [25′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Finch, Watts


Referee: Mahdi Elhalawany
Assistants: Ian Butler & Abu Taher

S 20-21 Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 1 Holland (AET) (Sat 29 May) [LCC Finals Day 2021 30.5.21]

Len Cordell Cup – Final

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 162

2020 -21 Season – Match 39

Saturday 29th May 2021 – 4pm KO

Redbridge: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

 Holland: Orange Shirts, Orange Shorts, Orange Socks

Both sides observing a minute’s applause pre-match [Image: Scott W]

Redbridge edge hugely determined Holland to win the Len Cordell Cup!!

Redbridge  2 – 1  Holland

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

The second match of Day One of the Cordell Finals weekend saw this hugely anticipated match between Redbridge, looking to claim the Cup in memory & honour of their former Secretary Len Cordell and Eastern Senior League South side Holland who have been impressive in this competition in their run to the Final. If you’d like to read more about this competition from the Writer’s View, head here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/29/2021-in-focus-cordell-cups-the-writers-view/

Before we begin with the match specifics, I feel compelled to note that Holland brought two minibuses full of fans to this match which is some effort so they deserve respect for that and it added to the atmosphere of the match.

Onto the teams then and Redbridge named a strong starting XI, with George Martin between the sticks, Harry Gibbs and Olamji Ayoola at centre-back and the forward line of Abdishakur Farah, Ayub Kairi and Tony Martin. Their bench included midfielders Jack Roult and Sonny Fish. Holland fielded Luke Avenell in goal, with skipper Harvey Cowler and Steven Downes as their centre-back pairing. Their forward line was led by Louis Olymbios, Harry Willoughby and Rueben Cowler, whose free-kick in the Semi-Final got them here. On the bench for Paul Phelan’s side were Thomas Ayton, Adrian Cant and Matthew Williams.  

As with the proceeding Plate Final, before we began we had a minute’s applause to remember all those lost  & long-term affected in the last fifteen months because of Covid-19. Redbridge started the match with the impetus as in the first minute, a header on Luke Avenell’s goal by centre-back Harry Gibbs needed the custodian to gather. Five minutes later, a free-kick from midfielder Jack Chawner cannoned off the left-side post and trickled across the goal-line, somehow evading the touch it needed to open the scoring. Redbridge were having the lion’s share of the ball in these early stages, though Holland set their stall out to be resolute in defence, with centre-back Steven Downes setting the tone for Paul Phelan’s side by making good interceptions in the first half-hour.

For all the possession they had in said first half-hour, George Christou’s side were unable to make the most of it as their final ball eluded them to a point and also that impacted the amount of clear-cut chances they created. Central midfielder Shaun Harris fired wide for the Motormen with the half-hour mark approaching and you were getting a sense of trepidation for the Essex Senior side that they were going to regret not going in front when they were having the majority of the match. In fairness to Holland, they had to deal with the early loss of full-back Mason Lumley-Ridgway due to injury (second picture above) but as the half went on, they started to keep possession and venture forward and they sent a warning to the ‘hosts’ eleven minutes before the break, with substitute Thomas Ayton getting in on goal, with Redbridge defender Olamji Ayoola doing well to shoulder him off the ball allowing custodian George Martin to sweep in and gather.

Holland made the most of soaking up all the early pressure and broke the deadlock, somewhat against the run of play on thirty-five minutes as a good pass in found forward Harry Willoughby and he struck home well from close range to send the travelling contingent jubilant. The increasing drama of the contest didn’t end there though. Impressive winger Ayub Kadiri curled past two Tangerines defenders and fired at goal though Luke Avenell blocked his first shot well before Kadiri sent the rebound wide. Redbridge were behind then at the interval, though the line of Farah, Martin and Kadiri really kept the Tangerines alert and you have to say the defence was beyond rigid, much to their credit.  

Half-Time:  Redbridge  0 – 1  Holland

Holland had a more than capable forward line themselves, with star forward Olymbios who already has a hat-trick to his name in this competition working well in tandem with tireless forward Harry Willoughby and Rueben Cowler whose passes were causing problems. On fifty-two minutes, Ayton made another good rapid run down the right flank which preceded another good chance for Phelan’s side. Another excellent mazy run by Reuben Cowler ended with Redbridge custodian George Martin denying Olymbios. The end-to-end nature of the match at this stage was further exemplified by a superb fifty-yard run by Motormen winger Kadiri, beating two defenders before his strike was well-parried by Avenell. The atmosphere was getting tetchy as both sides had vocal support from the terraces. Holland saw a chance fade as quickly as it appeared with fifteen minutes remaining as Willoughby ghosted past his marker before skewing his strike wide.

The nerves among the Redbridge management and supporters were getting more frayed as another counter-attack saw replacement Sonny Fish perhaps choosing the wrong option and fired into the side-netting. Target-man Josh Sykes entered the fray with thirteen minutes to play and his good hold-up play fed Tony Martin whose clever pass found full-back Brad Bennett but his couldn’t find the power in his finish to bypass the approaching Avenell, who was happy to gather.

Just when you thought Redbridge had ‘run out of gas’ and Holland were going to complete the job, the Motormen were awarded a penalty on 89 minutes, to which Jake Brocklebank’s spot-kick was converted low into the left corner to send the Motormen fans delirious with delight. Holland were having to hold on as we seeped into added-time and Sykes had a good strike denied by another good save by Avenell. On balance, the Tangerines deserved to take it to extra time at least for the energy and desire they had put into the contest. And with the final whistle blown by referee Alex Kyriacou, it was exactly what was coming – thirty minutes of extra time to determine the winner of the Cordell Cup.  

Full-Time (after 90 minutes): Redbridge  1 – 1  Holland

In the Extra-time that ensued, the tension was getting unbearable, even for the neutral. Holland had a goal chalked off for off-side nine minutes in but earlier in the match, you did wonder if the Tangerines having five players on a yellow card at this stage would hinder them. Eleven minutes into the added 30, a searing run by skipper James Barlow down the left channel ended with his cross being cleared by the ever-dependable Downes. Moments into the second-period of extra-time, Olymbios picked up a second booking to leave Holland down to ten men, but you still wondered whether the Motormen had enough in the tank to make the most of that with twelve minutes to pounce. The tetchy nature on-pitch increased with Sykes getting dismissed as well moments after being substituted for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

On-pitch though, the telling moment came with 109 minutes played in the titan of a match as substitute Jack Roult manoeuvred himself into a bit of space before sending a fizzing low drive from the edge of the eighteen-yard box which was too strong for Avenell to get down and block and found the net, much to the delight of all the Motormen contingent. Holland were unable to level the match and had to settle for the runners-up prizes in a match where genuinely neither side really deserved to lose and you have to add that Holland being a Step 6 side as well, they more than showed their talents as a unit here and who knows, they may be joining recently-promoted White Ensign and Athletic Newham in the not-too-distant future.  

Result:  Redbridge  2 – 1 Holland  (After Extra Time)

How do you summarise this one? Heck knows, but I will add it was an utterly enthralling contest which more than justified the occasion it was and Redbridge have had tough times in recent years, and this apparently in their first Trophy since 2004 so you wouldn’t begrudge them a ‘day in the sun’ here. But at the same time, Holland also justified not only their place in the Final but also crowned off a fabulous competition for them with their performance here, showing the difference between Step 5 and Step 6 in this region isn’t that big at all. Every credit to Paul Phelan’s side and I wish them well for next season, they can be very proud.

Stand-outs wise, Redbridge were led well going forward by tricky, pacey forward Ayub Kadiri who showed a lot of persistence to go with his technical ability. Centre-forward Tony Martin again showed why he is an important player for Christou’s team as well with Abdi Farah also contributing heavily before being substituted. Finally, a shout-out to skipper James Barlow as he also left everything out there energy-wise and centre-half Olamji Ayoola who did well in intercepting the impressive Holland forwards. For the Tangerines, forwards Harry Willoughby and Rueben Cowler deserve a big mention as they are big players for their side. Defender Steven Downes was also superb, with midfielder Keelan Sorrell and custodian Luke Avenell worthy of honourable mentions as well as their side came so close to a big win.

But it was to be Redbridge’s day and they honoured the departed Len Cordell with success here and Len would’ve loved the atmosphere with a good crowd at both matches and for me it was a good way to end the disrupted 2020-21 season, so thank you for reading all these reports during the season. Best wishes, Scott

Teams

Redbridge    |  Manager: George Christou   | Assistant: Jack Toghli

13 George Martin (GK), 2 Brad Bennett (18 Chikosi Basden 85’), 15 James Barlow (Capt), 4 Jack Chawner, 5 Harry Gibbs, 6 Olamji Ayoola, 7 Shaun Harris (12 Jack Roult 77’), 8 Jake Brocklebank, 9 Tony Martin, 10 Abdishakur Farah (16 Sonny Fish 63’), 11 Ayub Kadiri (19 Josh Sykes 77’, who was replaced by 14 Dean Hall 107’)

Goal-scorers: Jake Brocklebank [pen 89’], Jack Roult [109’]

Booked: Chawner, Ayoola, Fish | Sent Off: Sykes (after being substituted)

| Subs Not Used: Blackledge, Dickens

Holland    | Manager: Paul Phelan   | Assistant: Luke Watts

1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Mason Lumley-Ridgway (12 Thomas Ayton 13’), 3 Jamey Williams, 4 Toby Harms, 5 Harvey Cowler (Capt), 6 Steven Downes, 7 Kieran Michaels, 8 Keelan Sorrell (16 Matthew Williams 114’), 9 Louis Olymbios, 10 Harry Willoughby, 11 Reuben Cowler (15 Adrian Cant 78’)

Goal-scorers: Harry Willoughby [35’]

Booked: Sorrell, Michaels, Avenell, Cant  | Sent Off: Olymbios (106’, Two bookings)

 | Subs Not Used: Cook (GK)

Referee: Alex Kyriacou

Assistant Referees: James Latham & Katie Dorling

Fourth Official: Callum Dorling

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

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

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

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

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 24 April 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday 24 April – Group C

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draw for Len Cordell Cup Last 16

Billericay U23  v  Athletic Newham

Brimsdown  v  Clapton

Cockfosters  v  Barking

DT FC   v  Redbridge

Holland  v  Hackney Wick

St Margaretsbury  v  FC Clacton

West Essex  v Stansted

White Ensign  v  Barkingside

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

Draw for QFs on Len Cordell Plate

Frenford v Hoddesdon Town

Frenford Res. v Walthamstow Res.

Great Wakering Rovers v Woodford Town

Sawbridgeworth Town Res. v West Essex Development