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: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Gorleston (FA Cup EPR 11.8.18)

The FA Cup Extra Prelim Round  (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 113

2018-19 Season – Match 6

Saturday 11th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Hullbridge Sports: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Gorleston: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks


Late Drama swirls ‘Bridge into the next round in this roller-coaster of a match!


Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos from Andy Wilkins (@andywilkins24)

The FA Cup returned for another season as Hullbridge welcomed Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston to Lower Road. The hosts named a strong starting XI with Adebola Sotoyinbo and Michael Salako on the flanks supporting front two Aundre Spencer and captain Luke Hornsley. Gorleston fielded ex-Wroxham frontman Ross Gilfedder and Joel Watts in attack and they would be right up for this match following a midweek  league win over ex-Bostik North side Norwich Utd

‘Bridge started fair well as tenacious full-back Matt Rose’s left-wing cross just eluded winger MIchael Salako as visiting goalkeeper George Parkin came out to collect. After this initial spell, the visitors came on strongly and led just after the quarter-hour as forward Joel Watts breached the back-tracking home defence and blasted an unstoppable drive past the despairing hand of home custodian George Marsh, much to the delight of the hardy band of visiting fans. Soon afterward, Gorleston had numerous oppurtunities to extend their lead though a mixture of last-ditch defending, poor finishing and good goalkeeping denied Stuart Larter’s side. Marsh himself denied Gilfedder and winger Jordan Stanton’s 25-yard speculative effort in as many minutes.

Hullbridge finished the half a bit better as on 33 minutes, Sotoyinbo’s blasted strike fizzed just over the crossbar though if anything, Darren Manning’s side sorely needed to ‘step things up a gear’ after the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 1  Gorleston

“Hullbridge captain Hornsley on another foray forward (FAC 11.8.18) Credit: Andy W 

Unfortunately for the hosts, Gorleston started the second period in a good vein though wasteful finishing from Watts and Stanton plus a good save from Marsh denying a powerful effort, again from Watts, denied the visitors a dominant lead and you felt the tension rising in this FA Cup tie. Messrs Salako and Sotoyinbo were causing problems on the flanks though a key point of the match saw Gorleston forward Ross Gilfedder limp off with 25 minutes left with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

After that, Hullbridge slowly built some better attacks, buoyed on by an good crowd although they still looked a tad stretched in defence. Into the last ten minutes and Hullbridge were awarded a spot-kick which also resulted in the dismissal of Gorleston right-back Joel Tipple. Sotoyinbo made no mistake, slotting home into the left corner. With my objective hat on, on another day the visitors really should have been ‘home and dry’ as they say.

The hosts saw to it that that analogy meant absolutely zip on this day as substitute Nathan Scarborough first fluffed two good chances from near point-blank range. Full-back Rose showed every part of his tenacity with a brillant sliding challenge to deny visiting substitute Dino Tabakovic a good run at goal. And then…. moments after a fizzing shot crashed against the woodwork, in injury-time, Sotoyinbo sent in another low cross from the right wing which Scarborough gleefully tapped-in from close range to send the management and bulk of the crowd ectatic.  ‘Bridge held on for an improbable victory though you know what they say about “you have to take your chances”.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Gorleston

In saying that though, I can’t just leave it there. Gorleston showed what a good, combative side they are and you had to feel for them, particularly the manner of how they exited the competition. The crowd applauded both teams off the pitch and both sides deserved as much.

Best wishes to both sides for the rest of their respective campaigns. Hullbridge face another tough test – away at fellow Thurlow Nunn Premier side Newmarket Town in the next round.


Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks, Phil Lawson (Andre Gumbs 59′), Luke McLeavy, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Emmanuel Okunja (Joe Pattison 76′), Michael Salako (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Aundre Spencer, Luke Hornsley (Capt), Adebola Sotoyinbo

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [pen 83′], Nathan Scarborough [90’+2]

Booked: None     | Subs Not Used: Merralls (GK), Taylor, Tapley, Cox


Gorleston   |  Manager: Stuart Larter

George Parkin (GK), Jack Tipple, Luke Goreham, Elliott Hannant, George Yussuff, Aarron Taylor (Capt), Nelson Carinhas, Jordan Cantwell, Ross Gilfedder (Dino Tabakovic 66′), Joel Watts, Jordan Stanton

Goal-scorer: Joel Watts [16′]

Booked: Cantwell, Tabakovic | Sent Off: Tipple

Subs Not Used: Stanley, Norton, Philpott, Coombe (GK)

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 5 West Essex (ESL 17.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 49

2017-18 Season – Match 65

Tuesday 17th April 2018 – 7.45pm KO

Hullbridge: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

West Essex: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks


Both sides before kick-off (Image: Scott W)

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With additional photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16) & Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980)


On a nice spring evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports welcomed a West Essex side that still had an outside chance of grabbing sixth place come season’s end. Hullbridge meanwhile could have done with one more success to absolutely confirm safety and they named the front two of Luke Hornsley and Adebola Sotoyinbo with Charllie Buffin and Matt Rose on the flanks. Matt Dicks and Jimmy Cox were among those unavailable for Darren Manning’s side so Conor Mead took the armband and reverted to a centre-back role alongside the recently returned Perry Dunn.

West Essex themselves named a strong side with the front-line of Isaac Marfo and talisman Michael Mignot with the creative likes of Brad Russell and Joe Lefley in support. Josh French and James Bromley were on the bench with Dan Christey and goalkeeper Jack Coker still unavailable. Club skipper Tom MacLeod did return to the starting XI.

The match started with the visitors pouring forward though forward Isaac Marfo and defender Tom MacLeod could not find their way past home goalkeeper Jamie Merralls. The hosts did have the odd foray forward in the early stages of the match though found the Stags defence in a stubborn mood. West Essex forward Michael Mignot stated his intent just past the 25 minute mark as his goal-bound header was blocked.

Arguably the best chance of the first half for Sports came moments later as a powerful drive by winger Charlie Buffin was well-tipped over by Stags custodian Dan Russell. The visitors responded just past the half-hour by taking the lead as the ever-dangerous Mignot slotted past Merralls calmly into the right corner of the net. Home forward Luke Hornsley did have sight of goal minutes later though his strike was straight at Russell who gratefully gathered.

Nine minutes before half-time, West doubled their lead as midfielder Joe Lefley cooly put Mignot in on goal and the forward finished well. The visitors had a couple chances to further extend their lead very soon after, with full-back Ben Leo’s fine left-wing cross just evading Marfo in the box. That said, the Stags were in no mood to be denied as a minute before the interval, Lefley’s sweet strike found the bottom corner. In all honesty, West’s movement and pace was very difficult for the home defence to handle thus far.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 West Essex

Hul v W.E pen (17.4.18)
‘Bridge forward Sotoyinbo beats Russell from the spot (Image: Neil H)

As the second half began, Sports did threaten a comeback as moments after the inital whistle, a foul on Hornsley in the area by West centre-back Kofi Appiah was spotted and strike partner Adebola Sotoyinbo duly converted the resulting spot-kick. Sotoyinbo shot wide for the hosts only two minutes later though soon afterward, Mignot continued to give the home defence a tough evening’s work and snuck in to gather a ball from the left flank and stroked past Merralls, although a home defender may have got the final touch.

Just past the hour mark, Hullbridge pulled another goal back as a wind-assisted 40-yard free-kick from skipper Conor Mead found its way into the net past Russell and suddenly, the Stags defence looked a bit rocky as Hornsley and substitute Eamon Payne, playing as a makeshift forward, were proving a presence for the hosts’ front-line. Stags full-back Leo did msake a couple of good tackles as the hosts did threaten to eat further into West Essex’s lead for a short period.

However, the match was more than settled with eight minutes of normal time remaining, a corner from Lefley was powerfully headed home by substitute Josh French, to cap a throughly good night’s work for Kwame Kwateng’s side. The only downer for them was that midfielder Brad Russell limped off late on.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 5 West Essex

Hullbridge boss Manning will know there is still ‘some work to do’ to ensure his side improves next season as they are practically safe now. They travel to Hackney Wick on Saturday, while West Essex host Wadham Lodge in one of the three designated matches suppporting ‘Kick It Out’ day on Saturday.



Hullbridge Sports | Manager: Darren Manning

Jamie Merralls (GK), Shawn Coe (Eamon Payne 46′), Sam Taylor, Perry Dunn, Conor Mead (Capt), Joe Pattison, Dan Okah, Charlie Buffin (Howard Wright 82′), Luke Hornsley, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Matt Rose

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [pen 46′], Conor Mead [62′]

Booked: Dunn   | Subs Not Used: Burrell, Poole


West Essex  | Head Coach: Kwame Kwateng

Dan Russell (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Tom McLeod (Capt), Nick Walk, Kofi Appiah, Bradley Russell, Joe Lefley, Greg Frederick (Musa Manneh 71′), Michael Mignot (Jonathan Tyrell 82′), Isaac Marfo (Josh French 64′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [31′, 36′ & 50′], Joe Lefley [44′], Josh French [82′]

Booked: Appiah, McLeod, Russell, Walk  | Subs Not Used: Bromley


Referee: Michael Scott

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 15.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to this round-up of the weekend’s Essex Senior League action.

This weekend saw nine matches take place, here’s what transpired in big matches at both ends of the table.

Friday 13th April

Tower Hamlets  0 – 4  Basildon Utd
| Venue: Parkside (Aveley FC)  | Att: 85

Basildon took advantage of a hapless Hamlets showing to keep their promotion hopes alive at Parkside on Friday night. George Whitby’s spot-kick on ten minutes tempered any nerves for the Bees fans. James Brown smashed in a cracker two minutes before the break before goals from Jack Adlington [67′] and substutute James Peagram [69′] sealed a big win, the Bees fourth in their last six to cut the gap to Redbridge in 2nd to six points with two matches in hand on the Motormen. Hamlets’ sixth straight loss keeps them 11th.


Saturday 14th April

Burnham Ramblers 2 – 4  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 48

Hullbridge staged quite a comeback to grab a big victory at Leslie Field. It started very well for the hosts as Alex Salmon’s header eight minutes in & Karl Swanborough’s strike ten minutes afterward gave Lee Hughes’s men a good lead. That lead was halved by Jimmy Cox [36′] before Cox restored parity for the visitors on 65 minutes. Darren Manning’s side wrestled the balance of power from the hosts soon after as Adebola Sotoyinbo [70′] and Michael Salako [80′] strikes sealed the win, Sports’ 4th in their last six matches to go seven points clear of the bottom four in 15th. Burnham’s 24th loss of the season leaves them three points adrift of safety.


Clapton  1 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 34

Sporting Bengal came from behind to secure a valuable win at the OSD. Jeff Cobblah broke the deadlock to give the Tons the advantage though a strong Bengal line-up recovered after the break as David Vaughan levelled on 65 minutes before Eaia Embalo got the winner ten minutes later. Bengal’s fourth win in their last seven encounters sees them up to 13th, nine points clear of danger.


Great Wakering Rovers  4 – 1  Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 78

I attended this match alongside the core GFS Radio team of Adam & Pete and other ESL luminaries at Burroughs Park. My report is here:


Redbridge  1 – 1  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 61

The Motormen managed to stall the E’s stunning recent run though had to battle for a point at Oakside. Aundre Spencer [34′] gave Matt Hanning’s side the lead though Phillip Browne-Bampfoe’s leveller on the hour may prove important for Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side who remain 2nd, despite being winless in three matches now. Enfield’s unbeaten run extends to nine matches as they stay 9th.


Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 2  FC Romania
| Venue: Crofters End  | Att: 30

FC Romania battled past stubborn Sawbo at Crofters. Goals from Gabriel Ghinea [48′] and Mihai Botosan [88′] sealed a vital win for Ionut Vintila’s men as they stay third, three points off Redbridge in the likely second promotion spot. Sawbo’s third defeat in their last eight sees them remain 8th.


Stansted  2 – 2  West Essex
| Venue: Hargrave Park  | Att: 27

Stansted were twice held by an improving West Essex side at Hargrave Park. Sam West gave the hosts a lifeline three minutes into the second half though substitute Tom MacLeod, making his return from injury, levelled on 65 minutes. Ryan Ramsey’s penalty [72′] gave the hosts the lead once again though the Stags forced a share of the spoils thanks to talismanic striker Michael Mignot’s strike with ten minutes left. Stansted’s dreams of survival are creaking as they sit 18th, two points from safety with three matches left. West are still 7th with only two losses in their last six and have a shot at pinching 6th from Clapton, given they have four matches in hand on the Tons to claw back a gap of seven points.


Waltham Forest  2 – 2  Southend Manor
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 66

A last-minute leveller deprived Forest of a vital three points at Kitchener Road. Manor led after just four minutes thanks to skipper Lee Delf though Forest replied thanks to recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s penalty [52′] and then took the lead themselves with eight minutes left through giant midfielder Tony Da Silva. Though the action didn’t stop there as Tyler Fowles dramatically secured a point at the death for Adam Peek’s side. Forest may well be ‘kicking themselves’ as they stay 17th, two points above the relegation trap-door after a run of only one triumph in their last ten matches now. Manor have also found wins hard to come by still, with one win in their last nine encounters which drops them to 14th, eight points clear of danger.

You can watch video highlights of this match (courtesy of  WD Sportz) & post-match Interviews here:


Woodford Town (2017) 1 – 4  Takeley
| Venue: Station Road | Att: 71

Takeley overwhelmed Woodford to grab another good three points in this reversed fixture at Station Road. Goals from George Wappett [20′] and Matt Gill [45′] gave Marc Das’ side a two-goal cushion at the break. Further strikes from Mitchell Das [57′] and Olakunmi Bossanya [83′] added to Takeley’s already good goal difference which could prove important in three weeks’ time. Jack Grosvenor’s late consolation four minutes from time probably did little to lift the ‘Woodlife’ side and they stay 12th. Takeley’s 22nd win of the season leaves them 14 points off Redbridge with four matches in hand on them so they need a stellar run-in to overhaul the sides ahead of them.


Midweek fixtures:

Barkingside  v   Sporting Bengal Utd
Burnham Ramblers v Basildon Utd (both Mon 16th Apr)

Hullbridge Sports v West Essex
Stansted  v  Hackney Wick
Takeley  v   Tower Hamlets  (all Tues 17th Apr)

Ilford v Wadham Lodge
Southend Manor v Basildon Utd (both Wed 18th Apr)

Takeley v  FC Romania  (Thurs 19th Apr)


That’s all from the ESL Round-up this week. Check back soon for more as the season heads for a fascinating conclusion.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 31.3.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Senior League action which again was heavily affected by weather… Groundhog Day & a broken record anyone?


Saturday 31st March 2018

Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Woodford Town
| Venue: Leslie Field | Att: 36

I attended this match and my match report is here:


Clapton 0 – 3 Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Att: 42

Sawbridgeworth continued their fine recent form with a win over 6th place Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog. Joe Wright put Sawbo ahead seven minutes before the break. A minute after the interval, Aaron Thomas struck to double the lead before Terrell Hunter secured the win later on. Thanks to their 4th win in their last five, John Watters’ side leapfrog Ilford and Tower Hamlets and go into 8th spot. Clapton’s fifth straight defeat means they stay 6th though nearest challengers West Essex have three matches in hand on the Tons.

FC Romania 4 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd | Venue: Theobalds Lane | Att: 35

FCR warmed up for their Gordon Brasted Final appearance on Easter Monday with a comfortable victory over Bengal at Theobalds Lane. The hosts netted another four times here. First through an OG seven minutes after half-time before Mihai Botosan [56′], Cosmin Sandu [73′] and Sergiu Pitaru ten minutes after that sealed the points to grab FCR’s second win in their last four matches. They remain 3rd, though are two points shy of GWR in 2nd. Bengal slide down to 15th, four points clear of the drop zone after three defeats in their last five now.


Tower Hamlets 1 – 3 Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Mile End Stadium | Att: 46

Hullbridge ended a superb week for them with a first-half inspired victory at Mile End. Only six minutes had elapsed when Luke Hornsley gave Darren Manning’s side the lead. Adebola Sotoyinbo the continued his recent goal-scoring form by adding a brace [19′ & 22′] to all but seal the points. However, a clean sheet eluded them as Harry Matthews struck in injury-time to give the hosts something to shout about. Hullbridge’s third straight win sees them leap up to 14th, though are five points clear of the relegation zone. Hamlets suffered their third straight loss here and drop to tenth.

And finally, here are the postponed matches over the last few days.

Thurs 29th March – Woodford Town P – P Takeley
Fri 30th March – West Essex P – P Hackney Wick

Sat 31st March
Basildon Utd P – P Redbridge
Ilford P – P Wadham Lodge
Southend Manor P – P Barkingside
Stansted P – P Enfield 1893
Takeley P – P Great Wakering Rovers

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 24.3.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, with several interesting results affecting both ends of the table.


Friday 23rd March

West Essex 2 – 0 Waltham Forest
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 41

The action started on Friday night as West Essex defeated Forest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot struck again for the hosts to put them ahead 12 minutes into the second half & late on, a sweet Joe Lefley free-kick sealed the points and the Stags’ third win in their last five and they rise to 7th in the table. Forest’s predictament is rather blue as thanks to other results, they drop into the bottom four, a point from safety as their recent winless run extends to seven matches.


Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  FC Romania
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 35

Burnham made a rousing comeback to clam their first point of 2018 against promotion-chasing FC Romania at Leslie Field. The visitors were two-up within ten minutes as first Alexandru Bostina [5′] and then Mihai Circiumaru put Ion Vintila’s side in a good position. The visitors didn’t take their chances following that though and paid for it as first Julian Bavin [19′] had a hand in the hosts first before hot-shot Charlee Hughes got a dramatic leveller in injury-time. Ramblers still drop to second-bottom, two points from safety though may have grafted some hope from this result. FCR stay third though are now seven points adrift of leaders Redbridge with Basildon chasing them down as well.


Hackney Wick  0 – 4  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

Wick stumbled to another damaging defeat at the OSD. Sawbo took the points through a brace from Aaron Thomas plus strikes from hot-shot Toby Cleaver and Matt Frew. Wick remain bottom, 12 points from safety now while Sawbridgeworth’s third win in their last four matches keeps them 10th, two points behind Ilford.


Hullbridge Sports 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Lower Road | Att: 38

I attended this match – my match report is available here:


Ilford  1 – 3  Enfield 1893  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 50

An Ilford side that’s somewhat ‘in-transition’ were defeated by in-form Enfield at Cricklefield. The visitors were two ahead by the quarter-hour as Dan Chambers [13′] and Ayo Odukoya [15′] gave Matt Hanning’s side the advantage. Recent signing Harry Watkins pulled one back from the spot nine minutes later before Aundre Spencer sealed the win midway through the second half. The Foxes third defeat in four leaves them 9th while Enfield are 14th, six points clear of the bottom four.

Redbridge  3 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 69

The Motormen drove on to another important victory, this time over rivals Takeley at Oakside, in a match were both sides ended with ten men. Talismanic striker Brian Moses put his side ahead 14 minutes in, before strike partner Thomas Gogo doubled that lead five minutes later. An incident ended with both Moses and Takeley defender George Powell seeing red before Gogo coverted a late penalty to seal the hosts fourth straight win and open up a two-point lead over Wakering at the summit. Takeley remain 5th, with up to seven matches in hand on the top four though are 22 points behind second-placed Wakering.

Southend Manor  1 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Southchurch Park  | Att: 107

This local derby so nearly ended with a victory for the hosts but Wakering levelled right at the death. After a goal-less opening 45, Brennon Nolan put Manor ahead on 65 minutes before the late drama which saw Ricky Evans secure a point for Iain O’Connell’s promotion-chasers. Manor are winless in their last four matches now, sitting 12th with ten matches to play. GWR’s four-match winning run ended here and are 2nd, two points behind leaders Redbridge.


Stansted   1 – 3    Barkingside
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Stansted were on the recieving end of a Barkingside revival at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Ryan Ramsey gave them the lead after only three minutes. Though ‘Side responded ten minutes later through new signing Rob Hodgson before Aaron Lesta [70′] and Raphael Duyile [78′] sealed the turnaround to end a six-match winless run, they sit 15th, four points clear of the bottom four. Stansted fall behind their opponents and are only two points clear of danger in 16th and are winless in five matches themselves.


Wadham Lodge 1 – 4  Basildon Utd
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 34

Basildon’s first-half performance saw them well on their way to another big victory at Kitchener Road. James Peagram [3′], Ollie Spooner [24′], Marcus Bowers [35’] strikes saw Marc Harrison’s side lead comfortably at the break. Substitute Jack Adlington added a fourth on the hour before Wadham got a consolation through Danny Francis with 11 minutes remaining. Wadham sit third-bottom, two points from safety. The Bees got their third straight win as they gained ground on FC Romania ahead of them plus the Bees have three matches in hand.

Woodford Town (2017)  2 – 1  Clapton
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Att: 133

Woodford secured a good win at Goffs Lane. Dion Lewis-Kirwan put Woodford ahead before Sham Barnwell levelled for the Tons. De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale got the winner as the obtained their third win in their last seven matches to remain 11th, six points clear of Southend Manor. Clapton’s fourth straight league defeat leaves them 6th though West Essex are seven points behind them with three matches in hand over the Tons.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL 24.3.18)

Essex Senior League

Saturday 24th March 2018 3pm KO

Attendance: 45

2017/18 Season – Match 58

Hullbridge: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sporting Bengal: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


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Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a breezy day at Lower Road, Hullbridge welcomed Sporting Bengal in what was a crunch encounter for the hosts. Team-wise, Sports lost Rob Hodgson this week to Barkingside while Michael Salako and Eamon Payne were unavailable so Luke Hornsley and Adebola Sotoyinbo lined up in attack with captain Jimmy Cox in a support role. As for Sporting, they were missing Steven Carvell, Eaia Embalo & Josh Adjei though looked to grab their third win of the week.

In the early stages of this encounter, the visitors looked to get their passing game going as midfielder Declan Nche blasted an effort wide four minutes in. The hosts’ front two of Adebola Sotoyinbo and Luke Hornsley were causing problems thanks to their respective pace and strength. Sotoyinbo broke the deadlock on 13 minutes as a good ball in from the left by Matt Rose came into his path and he beat visiting ‘stopper Hossam Hassan from close range. Hassan was kept quite busy in the next portion of the match, as a Jimmy Cox free-kick was gratefully gathered.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Hassan’s poor goal kick went straight to Hornsley who ran towards goal and compounded the ‘keeper’s woes by slotting home well to double Hullbridge’s lead seven minutes before the break.

It got better for Darren Manning’s side just before the break as Cox headed in at the back post to give the hosts a healthy cushion at half-time.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 3 – 0 Sporting Bengal

Hullbridge continued to push for more goals after the break as first midfielder Joe Pattison prodded wide three minutes after the re-start before minutes later, Hornsley got his brace by heading in a super deep cross from full-back Matt Dicks at the back post.

In fairness, Sporting were poor defensively for the majority of this match though going forward they were decent in possession without really creating too many guilt-edged chances. Attacking midfielder Ashaan Siddik shone though for Sporting with his pace and trickery as Hullbridge tired somewhat in the last half-hour. Efforts from winger Codey Cameron, Nche and Anthony Murray-Bruce couldn’t beat home goalkeeper Jamie Merralls as the home defence, led by centre-backs Daniel Okah and club stalwart Sam Taylor stuck to their task well.

Full-Time: Hullbridge 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal

Hullbridge won this one well and also recorded their first clean sheet since Manning took charge. Also, Hullbridge have climbed out of the bottom four with this result – the thing now is to stay there.

You can hear my post-match interviews with Hullbridge boss Darren Manning and Sporting Bengal manager Imrul Gazi on this Thursday’s episode of the Grassroots Football Show with Adam and guest co-host Damian ‘Damo’ Clark on East London Radio.



Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Matt Dicks (Charlie Buffin 69′), Matt Rose, Sam Taylor, Daniel Okah, Conor Mead, Joe Pattison, Matt Tapley, Luke Hornsley, Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Nathan Burrell 77′), Adebola Sotoyinbo (Luca Frankis 66′)

Goal-scorers: Sotoyinbo [13′], Luke Hornsley [38′, 52′], Jimmy Cox [45′]

Booked: Pattison | Subs Not Used: Ramsey (GK), Poole


Sporting Bengal Utd

Hossam Hassan (GK), Shafiul Choudhary, Teo Borozan, Declan Nche, Freddy Tandon (Capt), Anthony Murray-Bruce, Codey Cameron (Nazmul Ahmed 69′), Alpha Jah (Tanvir Ahmed 46′), Kevin Igweai, Ashaan Siddik, David Vaughan

Booked: Siddik | Subs Not Used: Ackie, Gazi

Referee: Paul Humphries
Assistant Referees: Ray Parmenter and Trevor Williams