Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Leyton Athletic (Essex Senior Lge – Sat 13th Oct) [ESL 13.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 21

Saturday 13th October 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Leyton Athletic: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks

 

Leyton give below-par Hullbridge a scare at Lower Road on Non-League Day 2018

 

 


Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photo by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @Abridgetoofar16)

 

Essex Senior League leaders Hullbridge Sports welcomed Leyton Athletic to Lower Road in this encounter on Non-League Day 2018. The hosts were depleted with the likes of Perry Dunn, Ollie Sotoyinbo, Aundre Spencer and goalkeeper George Marsh all unavailable. Clarke Bogard, on-loan from Grays Athletic was between the sticks with a three-man forward line being comprised of skipper Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako.

Leyton Athletic also deployed the wing-back system with Jayesh Gohil and Misha Djemaili on either side of the three-man defence and Christian Londono supporting forwards Dwade James and (new signing) Luwayne Greenwood.

The match began in a sprightly manner with centre-back Rob Hodgson and forward Luke Hornsley both unable to find the target for the hosts though home goalkeeper Clarke Bogard was called into action to claw away an well-directed over-head kick from Leyton top-scorer Dwade James on 7 minutes. In the next attack, Hornsley was denied a chance on goal by a good tackle by wing-back Jayesh Gohil in the area. Moments later, winger Christian Londono’s blistering 20-yard strike cannoned off the woodwork  to reinforce the view they Leyton do have goals in them.

Unfortunately for the visitors though, the hosts went ahead on the quarter-hour as good work from Matt Dicks and Jimmy Cox led to Hornsley stroking home past visiting stopper James Scammell one-on-one. What followed was a quite a dominant passage of play for the visitors as Bogard was much the busier ‘keeper, doing well to deny James and fellow forward Luwayne Greenwood on several occasions as the visitors’ pace really stretched the Hullbridge back-line. Just after the twenty-minute mark, Greenwood in particular contrived to scoop the ball over from close range following a terrific run by Gohil down the right flank.

Having said that, forward Michael Salako perhaps could have extended the hosts’ lead as well before the half-hour marker. On the cusp of half-time, Leyton got the leveller they deserved as Bogard couldn’t stop Dwade James from rolling home, when the forward was again one-on-one with the ‘keeper.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Leyton Athletic

After the break, Hullbridge were still below their best, particularly in their attacking play as that precious final ball to the forwards was not really there. Even so, out of nowhere, a moment of brilliance from captain Jimmy Cox put the hosts back ahead nine minutes after the break. Cox surged down left the left flank, cut inside in the area and sailed a curling effort past Scammell.

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‘Bridge skipper Cox rifles home a cracker… (Image: @ABridgeTooFar16 on Twitter)

Leyton continued to push forward and substitute Daniel Londono called Bogard into action again just the past the hour mark. Gaps were appearing in the visiting defence though substitute Nathan Scarborough’s 40-yard lob evaded Scammell but didn’t find the target. That perhaps was a turning point as on 71 minutes, Christian Londono carved open the home defence again, finding James well and he made no mistake beating Bogard when one-on-one. Bogard then bravely denied James at the striker’s feet in the latter stages though ‘Bridge held on to claim a point, despite what you could describe as a ;below-par’ performance.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Leyton Athletic

Leyton will be disappointed they didn’t claim all three points though doubts about them defensively remain. Skipper Eli Benoit was certainly giving his team a rollicking on-the-pitch. Christian Londono, Dwade James, Benoit and Gohil stood out for me today in a good performance from them. For the hosts, Clarke Bogard was without doubt the hero though this may prove to be ‘a point gained’ for the hosts come the latter stages of the season.

Finally, my thanks for the hospitality shown by Hullbridge, as ever showing the true club that they are in spirit.

Teams

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

Clarke Bogard (GK), Matt Dicks, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Andre Gumbs, Rob Hodgson, Dan Okah, Matt Tapley (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Jimmy Cox (Capt), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako (Arnold Achaempong 69′)

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [15′], Jimmy Cox [54′]

Booked: Hodgson, Cox   | Subs Not Used: Risk, Taylor, McLeavy

 

Leyton Athletic  | Manager: Glen Kendall

James Scammell (GK), Jayesh Gohil, Misha Djemaili, Jason Brown, Eli Beniot (Capt), Cory Rider, Christian Londono, Mario Gjini, Dwade James, Luwayne Greenwood (Daniel Londono 57′), Sheriff Jinadu (Lance Ledgister 57′)

Goal-scorers: Dwade James [45′ +2, 71′]

Booked: Ledgister, Benoit, Gjini  |  Subs Not Used: Seidu, Walsh (GK)

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Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 5th/Sat 6th Oct) [ESL 7.10.18]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to another of my round-up pieces for the weekend’s Essex Senior League action. How did your side get on?

Friday 5th October

Woodford Town  2 – 0  Takeley  |  Harlow Arena | Att: 95

Woodford started the action this weekend with a good win over out-of-form Takeley at the Harlow Arena. Second-half strikes from Ellis Routledge [57′] and Dejuane Taylor-Crossdale [90’+3] saw Dee Safer’s side to their fifth win of the season and up to 4th place after Saturday’s action.

Saturday 6th October

Clapton   2 – 5   Stansted    | Old Spotted Dog | Att: 48

Strikes either side of the half-time interval assisted Stansted to a big win at the OSD. Jordan’s Palmer’s quick-fire double [40′ & 42′] before the break gave the Airportmen a healthy cushion before Palmer completed his treble three minutes after the break. Ollie Bell made it four on 67 minutes before Steven Sardinha [70′] reduced the arrears. Callum Ibe added to his goal tally for the season with 15 minuts left though Timi Abiola rounded out the scoring for the hosts a minute later.

Enfield 1893  3 – 1   Stanway Rovers   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 75

Enfield returned to winnings ways in the league here over Stanway. Jayden Hocking-Rising struck on 14 minutes to give Enfield the lead. Ayo Odukoya [32′] doubled that advantage before Toby Blanche halved the deficit for Rovers. Odukoya restored the E’s two-goal cushion though on 75 minutes to give Matt Hanning’s side a boost.

Ilford  0 – 1    Walthamstow    | Cricklefield  | Att: 75

‘Stow edged to a narrow win over the Foxes with former Ilford striker James Peagram almost inveitably scoring the only goal of the game just before half-time.The Foxes are now without a win in three games while ‘Stow are unbeaten in seven league matches now.

Leyton Athletic  5 – 0  Barkingside  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 20

Leyton produced an excellent display to only add to ‘Side’s pain and extend their winless record. Emmanuel Oluwole broke the deadlock five minutes before the break and the visitors went into the interval two down as only a minute later, Francesco Cicconi struck for Glen Kendall’s new side. Cicconi pretty much secured the points only four minutes into the second half before a brace from Dwade James [62′ & 90’] rounded out the scoring here to give Leyton only their second win of the season.

 

Redbridge  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports  | Oakside  | Att: 55

Hullbridge maintained their unbeaten league record with another good win away from from home at Oakside. Nathan Scarborough got the only goal on 64 minutes to ensure the ‘curse’ of ESL Manager of the Month for September didn’t strike Sports boss Darren Manning. For the Motormen, this was their third straight home league defeat.

 

Saffron Walden Town  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Catons Lane  | Att: 175

The Bloods struck late to deny Hoddesdon a fine win at Catons Lane. Connor Bolton broke the deadlock on 55 minutes to put the visitors ahead. Though the Essex Senior League’s leading marksman Charlie Portway levelled three minutes from time to salvage a point for new boss Jason Maher.

 

Southend Manor   0 – 1   West Essex   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 40

I was at this match and my full report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/match-report-southend-manor-0-1-west-essex-esl-6-10-18/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  5 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Mile End Stadium | Att: 27

Bengal powered to an impressive win over Sawbridgeworth at Mile End. Inside 25 minutes, the hosts were three goals to the good thanks to Charles Gregory [10′], Kamarl Duncan [15′] and the ever-prolific Jay Knight’s first of the afternoon on 23 minutes. Knight completed his hat-trick [44′ & 60′] either side of the interval though Danny Wickenden’s brace ensured the visitors had something to take from the game.

 

St Margaretsbury  6 – 0  Tower Hamlets    | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 11

St Margs powered to victory over Hamlets, who had another howler away from Mile End. The hosts only led by the odd goal at the break through Michael Morgan’s 36th-minute strike though it was a rather different tale after the break. Firstly, on the hour mark Luke Marshall netted before a 15-minute hat-trick by Charncey Dash [65′, 75′ & 80′] plus a late sixth by David Greene [81′] to seal the hosts first win in six matches.

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 28/Sat 29th Sept) [ESL 1.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend, starting with the Friday night action.

 

Friday 28th September

Redbridge   1 – 3   Woodford Town   | Oakside  | Att: 85

I attended this match alongside fellow Non-League colleagues such as Pete D, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/match-report-redbridge-1-3-woodford-town-esl-28-9-18/

Saturday 29th September

Hullbridge Sports  6 – 1  Enfield 1893  | Lower Road  | Att: 86

Hullbridge recovered to pile on the goals over Enfield. Dan Okah [20′] put the hosts ahead though Jayden Hocking-Rising [28′] levelled for the E’s. On the cusp of half-time, Michael Salako [45′] and Perry Dunn [45’+4] struck to restore their lead. Tony Martin struck a six-minute double [64′ & 70′] and Dunn struck late on to made it six and grab their sixth win of the season.

Ilford  0 – 0  Hoddesdon Town   | Cricklefield  | Att: 55

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/match-report-ilford-0-0-hoddesdon-esl-29-9-18/

Sawbridgeworth Town   1 – 1  Clapton   | Crofters End  | Att: 37

Both sides struck in the second-half as Clapton denied Sawbo the victory. Lewis Deamer [66′] put John Watters’ side ahead before debutant Dylan Gordon-Broadley levelled for the Tons late on. Sawbo have won one of their five outings now while Clapton are unbeaten in their last four league matches.

Stansted   4 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 47

The Airportmen secured a good win over Bengal. Callum Ibe put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes. Sporting Bengal levelled through new signing Jay Knight [25′]. Ibe secured his hat-trick [53′ & 59′] after the break before Connor hammond added a late fourth. The hosts have now won 5 straight league matches while Bengal suffered their second heavy loss inside a week.

Stanway Rovers   4 – 1   Barkingside   |  Hawthorns  | Att: 43

Stanway roared to their second league win of the season over fellow strugglers Barkingside. Marley Okosi, Toby Blanche, Danny Nesbitt and Marley Andrews all netted for the hosts while Jacob Dingli’s goal was a rare beacon of light for ‘Side, whose winless streak extends to nine matches.

Takeley  3 – 2  St Margaretsbury  |  Station Road  | Att: 72

Takeley edged St Margs in this battle at Station Road. The visitors struck early as Charncey Dash broke the leadlock after two minutes. An OG levelling things up [20′] before the familiar goal-getters Stuart Zanone [26′] and Charlie Cole [pen 35’] turned the tide of the match. Tom Cowell’s 70th-minute strike made it tight towards the end though the hosts held firm to get their first win in three matches. St Margs have had three straight defeats though credit goes to them for making this one tighter than it could’ve been.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 0   Southend Manor  |  Mile End  |  Att: 29

Silo Joao’s solitary goal gave player-manager AJ Ashinike’s side their first league win of the campaign, at the sixth attempt. Manor have had three losses in their last four league outings now and will want to curb that soon.

Walthamstow  2 – 2  Leyton Athletic   |  Kitchener Road  | Att: 47

Finally, in a topsy-turvy ‘Kitchener Road’ derby, Leyton denied ‘Stow all three points in the first match since the departure of Jason Ngandu, who has taken a coaching role at Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. Gebrai Samrai’s 31st-minute strike put the hosts ahead though Mario Gnijaj equalised three minutes after the break. The ‘home’ side restored their advantage on 56 minutes through Craig Pope but Leyton struck on the 90 as Francesco Cicconi salvaged a point. ‘Stow have are unbeaten in thir last five outings now, though three of those have been draws. Leyton have averted a three-match losing run though have only won one in eight thus far.

That’s all for now, 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: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/22/match-report-southend-manor-2-3-redbridge-esl-22-9-18/

 

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 8th Sept) [ESL 9.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the return of my round-up’s of the Essex Senior League action this weekend. How did your side do? With thanks to A Perkins for use of the Club crests.

Friday 7th September  – Gordon Brasted Trophy

Sawbridgeworth Town  5 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | Crofters End | Att: 39

Sawbridgeworth finished the match very strongly to secure progression in this Gordon Brasted tie at Crofters. Hamlets led on 19 minutes through Elias Tackie’s strike though less than a minute later the hosts counter-attacked and levelled through Lewis Deamer. The stalemate persisted until the the last third of the match and a spot-kick from Oliver Fortune [64′] gave Sawbo the lead though again, that lead was quickly snuffed out as Hamlets levelled through Simon Bamidele two minutes later.

This only spurned John Watters’ side on though as Daryl Doolan [69′], Josh Knight [75′] and James Braughurst [85′] strikes sealed a morale-boosting triumph for Sawbridgeworth. Hamlets will be wondering where their first win of the campaign will come from.

Essex Senior League – Saturday 8th September

 

 

Barkingside  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury  | Cricklefield  | Att: 50

St Margs grabbed their second league win of the season with this success at ‘Side. Charncey Dash [28′] and Phil Lowen [72’] goals assisted John Barker’s side to a much-needed win after their FA Vase exit last weekend. ‘Side are still winless in this league campaign.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports  | Lowfield  | Att: 97

Hullbridge struck in added-time to pinch this fiesty encounter at Lowfield. Joss Lillis converted a 21st-minute spot-kick to out the hosts ahead though Darren Manning’s side restored parity thanks to Adebola Sotoyinbo only three minutes later. That looked to be the end of the goal-scoring action though returning stalwart Rob Hodgson powered home a winner right at the death to give Sports their fourth straight league win and go top of the standings.

 

Redbridge   1 – 1   Clapton  | Oakside | Att: 63

Redbridge’s season continued to be stifled by draws as they were held by the Tons at Oakside. Asher Modeste struck 12 minutes before half-time to put the Motormen ahead though the visitors responded through prolific scorer Jeffrey Cobblah [76′]. Redbridge have three draws in their opening four matches while Jon Fowell’s side achieved their first draw of the league season.

 

Southend Manor 0 – 3  Stansted   | Southchurch Park | Att: 31

I attended this match, here is my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/match-report-s-manor-0-3-stansted-esl-8-9-18/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  6 – 0  Enfield 1893   | Mile End | Att: 30

Bengal had a superb day as they thrashed Enfield at Mile End. Imrul Gazi’s side led ten minutes before the break thanks to Steven Carvell’s goal though after the interval Sporting had a day to savour. Bobby Redwood [47′] and Jon Watson [60′] goals sealed the points before a brace from influential winger Codey cameron [70′ & 72′] and Yasir Rashid [85′] strikes added to the pain for Matt Hanning’s team. Bengal earned their first league win in their third match while Enfield suffered their second loss of the campaign.

 

West Essex  4 – 1  Leyton Athletic   |  Mayesbrook Park

The Stags finally grabbed their first win of the new season with a good victory over Leyton. Cameron Gray, Michael Mignot, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and Hakim Medfal goals did the damage for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Mario Gnijaj got Leyton’s consolation though they fell to their first loss in four league games.

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

Match Report: Newmarket Town 2 – 1 Hullbridge Sports (The FA Cup PR 25.8.18)

The FA Cup Prelim Round (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Cricket Field Road

Attendance: 124

2018-19 Season – Match 9

Saturday 25th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Newmarket Town: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Yellow Socks

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

 

 

Last-gasp winner sends ‘Bridge out of the FA Cup

 

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The FA Cup continued this weekend as we entered the Preliminary Round of the competition as Hullbridge of the Essex Senior League travelled to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Newmarket Town. Hullbridge named a strong side with a three-man central defence made up of Phil Lawson, Andre Gumbs and club stalwart Sam Taylor. Luke Hornsley and Nathan Scarborough were among the forwards in an attack-minded XI. Newmarket, aka the Jockeys named Shaun Avis and Rhys Thorpe in attack with Joe Bennett and Blaze Kicks on the flanks and player-manager Michael Shinn marshalling the midfield.

In the early stages of the contest, the match was more known for full-blooded challenges going in, another reminder of just how precious this match was for both clubs. The hosts were fairly lively in attack and on seven minutes, a Jockeys free-kick was well parried by the ever-impressive ‘Bridge stopper George Marsh. Darren Manning’s side had to be alert at the back as both Phil Lawson and Sam Taylor made good interceptions on the stroke of 20 minutes.

Straight after that, visiting winger Adebola Sotoyinbo curled a sweet strike just over the right corner crossbar. On the half-hour mark, the hosts showed their attacking intent again though right winger Blaze Kicks’ cross was too deep and harmlessly fizzled wide. Into the last ten minutes or so of the first half now and Hullbridge midfielder Matt Tapley’s dipping free-kick was parried, slightly hurriedly by home custodian Andy Archer.

Soon afterwards, Newmarket centre-back Nathan Clarke’s towering header from a long throw provoked a corner which Marsh once again dealt with well, punching clear. Six minutes before the break, the visitors led through a surging run by midfielder Daniel Okah who tapped home after breaking past the home defence. At this point, it was a lead they probably merited.

However, before the half was done, Jockeys captain Jack Watson and forward Shaun Avis both failed to find the target.

Half-Time: Newmarket Town  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports

I should give a mention to the entertaining home mascot as well who certainly ‘earned his keep’. Joking aside, it is always nice to see friendly clubs and the hosts here have to join that list, in my opinion.

Back to the match and after the interval, the hosts looked the brighter of the two sides. Avis was again in the action, forcing a save out of Marsh nine minutes into the second period. Moments later, the over-worked Marsh remained composed to deny home full-back Jack Whiting’s powerful drive which the goalkeeper did well to hold on to as well. Forward Rhys Clarke’s 20-yard curling effort also needed Marsh’s intervention soon after.

Around the hour mark, Sotoyinbo & attacking midfielder Aundre Spencer both blazed decent chances wide for the visitors though for the most part, it was a torrent of possession for the hosts. On 68 minutes, Avis should have scored but his header cannoned off the post from which Marsh could gather. Three minutes later, Marsh did well to tip Thorpe’s effort over the bar and you would be forgiven for thinking ‘it may be the visitors’ day’

Not so, as in the last 15 minutes of this encounter, the pendulum swung. With 12 minutes left, Hullbridge substitute Joe Pattison careered a curling drive over the bar and by this stage the chances were drying up for the visitors. The Jockeys finally did strike on 81 minutes as Avis grabbed a tap0in after a good ball in from the right flank. On the cusp of the 90, ‘bridge substitute Jimmy Cox’s shot was blocked though in added-time, the hosts sealed the comeback as midfielder Michael Shinn’s free-kick hit the post though Avis reacted fastest to tuck home his second of the afternoon.

For me, Jack Whiting, Nathan Clarke and Shaun Avis stood out for the hosts today while for the visitors, centre-back Sam Taylor and goalkeeper George Marsh both had stand-out performances.

Full-Time: Newmarket Town  2 – 1  Hullbridge Sports

Town held on to claim a priceless win and I’d like to wish them the best for the next round & the rest of their season. Thank you to them as well for their hospitality as well.  Best wishes to Hullbridge for the remainder of the season, they are back in league action on Tuesday where they face St Margaretsbury at Lower Road.

Teams

Newmarket Town   | Player-Manager: Michael Shinn

Alex Archer (GK), Jacob Partridge, Jack Whiting, Michael Shinn, Nathan Clarke, Tyrone Allene, Blake Kicks, Jack Watson (Capt), Rhys Thorpe (Joshua Lowe 90’+3), Shaun Avis, Joe Bennett

Goal-scorers: Shaun Avis [81′ & 90’+2]

Booked: Clarke, Watson  | Subs Not Used: Newman, Antoine, Gomarsall

Hullbridge Sports   |  Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Sam Taylor, Phil Lawson, Andre Gumbs (Matt Dicks 63′), Matt Rose, Daniel Okah, Matt Tapley, Aundre Spencer (Joe Pattison 69′), Nathan Scarborough, Luke Hornsley (Capt) (Jimmy Cox 85′), Adebola Sotoyinbo

Goal-scorers: Dan Okah [39′]

Booked: Gumbs, Sotoyinbo, Rose, Okah  |

Subs Not Used: Merralls (GK), Hales, Hodgson, Salako

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: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/match-report-southend-manor-1-2-hoddesdon-town-esl-18-8-18/

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.