Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 6 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 5 Jan) [ESL 5.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 59

2018-19 Season – Match 40

Saturday 5th January 2019  – 3pm KO

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

Sawbridgeworth: Red and Black Hooped Shirts,  Black Shorts, Red Socks

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with Photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16) & Scott

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Players pre-match in the fading light (Image: Scott W)

2019 and the second half of the ESL season began in earnest for Hullbridge and Sawbridgeworth with what turned out to be a cracker at Lower Road. You’ve heard the phrase ‘Game of two halves’ a lot, this match was almost two matches in one. Hullbridge, looking to reduce the gap to leaders Stansted, had to make a late change as gooalkeeper Lorcan Morrissey (himself due to replace stand-out stopper George Marsh due to injury) suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up so in came Alfie Cross between the sticks. The ‘usual suspects’ of Luke Hornsley, Adebola Sotoyinbo and Nathan Scarborough made up a formidable front three for the hosts, with Matt Rose skippering the side and recent signing Courtney Homans at right-back.

Sawbridgeworth named promising goalkeeper James Askew in their starting XI, with Joe Wright and Ollie Fortune leading the line and Lewis Deamer captaining the side. Julien Lloyd was among those unavailable due to being banned. What interested me is would an improving Sawbo side pose Hullbridge problems after their Errington Cup exit last weekend to Hoddesdon. We soon got an answer…..

To be fair, the pitch was rather soft in places with added sand in both goal-mouths. Anyway, we had an enterprising start to this match as in the first minute, ‘Bridge midfield dynamo Emmanuel Okunja rifled an effort past James Askew’s left-side post.  Mere minutes later, forward Nathan Scarborough unleashed a powerful drive which Askew had to parry away while skipper Matt Rose also scuffed a shot wide. Fellow forward Luke Hornsley was also ‘in the mood’ as after bypassing two Town defenders, he also fired wide.

The hosts could have been ahead though Sawbo also looked a threat on the counter-attack with winger Daryl Doolan and the front two of Wright and Fortune looking to stretch the home back-line. Indeed, the visitors struck first in this game as on 12 minutes, Doolan powered down the left flank and whipped in a peach of a cross which found forward Joe Wright and he fired home confidently.

John Watters’ side arguably had their best patch of the half just after the goal as just past the 20-minute mark, captain Lewis Deamer struck wide from a corner before minutes later, attempting to catch stand-in ‘keeper Alfie Cross off his goal-line, Wright sent a 40-yard lob wide of the ‘onion bag’. The tackles were starting to getting slightly crunchy as well at times, though Sawbridgeworth’s defence were frustrating the hosts to some degree and ‘keeper Askew also was commanding his area well and made decent saves as well.

On the half-hour, the hosts sensed they needed to find another gear and forward Adebola Sotoyinbo powered in an effort which Askew superbly tipped onto the woodwork. Two minutes later, Doolan had another half-chance, fizzing an effort over the bar.

On the cusp of half-time, the hosts got their leveller as from Rose’s cross, Sotoyinbo reacted first to grab a tap-in. It was the sort of game that could’ve been 2 – 2 at the break, it was that open though on chances alone, the hosts should have been level, even if the timing of the leveller felt like a ‘sucker-punch’ for the visitors.

Half-Time:  Hullbridge 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth

 

After the break, club stalwart Sam Taylor entered the action for the hosts, coming in at centre-back while Jamal Allen filled in the anchor midfield slot. Taylor immediately had an impact as he denied Wright a clear sight at goal for the visitors. With 54 minutes on the watch, Okunja composed himself in the area going round his marker though was again well-denied by the impressive Askew. The hosts were finding their rhythm by this stage as Sotoyinbo had a low shot cleared off the goal-line before Hornsley fired wide after being well-found by Scarborough.

What followed that was a devastating spell of five goals in 14 minutes, to which Sawbo simply had no answer. First, from Sam Taylor’s sweet corner, substitute Michael Salako’s neat header found the far corner of the net on 69 minutes. Only five minutes later, the hosts were two goals ahead as Scarborough was in the right place to poke home after Hornsley had been denied. Unfortunately for the tiring visitors, it didn’t end there as the hosts were right in the ascendancy.

 

With 14 minutes remaining, Hornsley was fouled in the area and Sotoyinbo stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and duly converted. The quick and tricky forward then got the goal of the game three minutes later with a superb 25-yard chip which sailed into the corner past a helpless Askew to also complete a fine hat-trick. Sawbo had a half-chance at the other end as after a lung-busting run, full-back Louis Monk blasted over the woodwork with nine minutes left. Soon after, the scoring was rounded off as from Scarborough’s cross, Salako powered home another header to secure a big win for Darren Manning’s side and quite a comeback.

Full-Time: Hullbridge 6 – 1 Sawbridgeworth

 

You had to feel somewhat sorry for the visitors as they didn’t deserve a hammering today, especially after their contribution to the game in the first-half. That being said, they faded quite heavily after the break – which boss Watters will be disappointed about. For Hullbridge though, their goal-power showed again and with that, they did no harm to their goal difference either. It’s not often you see goals pouring as they did here in the second-half and that ruthlessness will undoubtedly leave boss Manning and his coaching staff happy, as well as the home fans.

As ever, thank you to Hullbridge for their hospitality and also best wishes to Sawbo for the rest of their season.

Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

Alfie Cross (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose (Capt), Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels (Sam Taylor 46′), Joe Pattison (Michael Salako 65′), Emmanuel Okunja, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Luke Hornsley (Jonus Fuadianitu 79′), Nathan Scarborough

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [45′, 76′ & 79′], Michael Salako [69′ & 82′], Nathan Scarborough [74′]

Booked: Skeels     | Subs Not Used: Tapley

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Manager: John Watters

James Askew (GK), John Clarke, Louis Monk, Lewis Deamer (Capt), Jo Cunning, Tom Jelliman, Daryl Doolan (Taylor Williamson 84′),James Baughurst, Joe Wright, Ollie Fortune (Isaac Amoah 68′), Danny Palmer (George Froosham 77′)

Goal-scorer: Joe Wright [12′]

Booked: Wright, Fortune    | Subs Not Used: Garrett

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

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

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

Saturday 24th November

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

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

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

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

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

I attended this barn-storming match and my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/match-report-hullbridge-sports-4-3-sporting-bengal-utd-esl-24-11-18/

Post-Match, I Caught up with both managers in a guest piece for WD Sportz – https://youtu.be/Byn-FSm0RGA

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on this match, check out this report by fellow Non-League writer Peter D: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2018/11/tower-hamlets-0-walthamstow-2.html

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

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

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 4 – 3 Sporting Bengal Utd (Sat 24th Nov) [ESL 24.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 57

2018-19 Season – Match 35

Saturday 24th November 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Sporting Bengal: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Bridge edge an epic encounter with Bengal at Lower Rd

 


Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by @ABridgeTooFar16

This season’s Essex Senior League trail continued with this much-anticipated battle between leaders Hullbridge and Sporting Bengal, who started the day in 5th spot, at a bitterly cold Lower Road. Both sides unsurprisingly named strong starting XIs with Hullbridge going with a front two of Luke Hornsley and skipper Nathan Scarborough, with Shawn Coe and Sam Taylor as full-backs either side of centre-backs Perry Dunn and Luke McLeavy. Adebola Sotoyinbo, Jimmy Cox and Michael Salako were all on the bench. For goal-hungry Sporting, they started with a front three of Steven Carvell, Jay Knight and Bobby Redwood supported by playmaker Ashaan Siddik and powerful centre-back Kamarl Duncan skippering Imrul Gazi’s side.

The match was hardly slow in getting going as both sides were looking to keep the ball ‘on-the-deck’. The hosts struck first as on six minutes, a super left-wing centre by club stalwart Sam Taylor found forward Nathan Scarborough at the back post who headed home with aplomb. Bengal so nearly struck back only three minutes later though forward Bobby Redwood’s low strike was brillantly cleared off the line by ‘Bridge full-back Shawn Coe, after bypassing custodian George Marsh. Hullbridge had a good spell after that as they grew into the game with powerful forward Luke Hornsley unable to beat visiting goalkeeper Ibrahim Ugradar on two seperate occasions.

Bengal nearly levelled just before the half-hour though centre-back Kamarl Duncan’s powerful header was scrambled away. Mere minutes later, a good move involving attacking midfielder Matt Tapley and Hornsley led to Scarborough having an effort deflected over the woodwork. Two minutes after Scarborough headed wide another half-chance from Hornsley’s cross, the hosts did double their lead as a stray clearance by the Sporting back-line found midfield dynamo Emmanuel Okunja who lashed home from 12 yards.

Again, Bengal rallied as a good low effort by Redwood was well-denied by Marsh with his legs. Seconds later, forward Jay Knight got the better of Taylor on the right flank though lofted a strike wide before being denied a sight at goal by home centre-back Perry Dunn. A pulsating opening 45 minutes ended with a powerful strike by Scarborough being well kept out by Ugradar.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  2 – 0  Sporting Bengal

If the first half was good, then what followed in the second-half was utterly enchanting. Bengal roared back into the match with two goals in six minutes. First, three minutes after the interval, Duncan sent a dipping header right into the top corner of the net from a Carvell set-piece to halve the deficit. Five minutes later, a class ball in by attacking midfielder Ashaan Siddik found Knight who cooly slotted home past Marsh to level the match up. The tension continued to rise as both sides rose to the occasion though the twists were far from over.

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Knight just about to score his side’s first of the afternoon (Credit: Neil H)

Midway through the half, Imrul Gazi’s side took the lead as another superb delivery by Knight from the left found Carvell in space and the deep-lying forward made no mistake, burying a low strike right in the corner. Though again, that lead didn’t last long as only three minutes later the hosts were level, Hornsley swung in another pearler of a ball into the back post area to assist Scarborough who slotted home from close range. With 11 minutes remaining, substitute Adebola Sotoyinbo’s cool pass from the left side of the penalty area found Scarborough who blasted home to complete a excellent hat-trick.

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Scarborough powers home his third goal & Hullbridge’s winner (Credit: Neil H)

The last ten minutes was again an end-to-end slugfest, rather like the latter rounds of a boxing contest as Hornsley had a strike blocked while Carvell’s audacious chip from 25 yards and a low strike by Siddik were both denied by Marsh. When the final whistle blew, it was perhaps relief more than anything for the hosts who claimed the points.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports   4 – 3   Sporting Bengal Utd

This match really could’ve been a draw, it could’ve been 5 – 5. It was that entertaining, right out of the top-draw – a superb advert for the Essex Senior League. As of this moment, heck knows who will win the championship this year, though what I do know is that these two sides could well be in the mix, given both the ability and character on display here. It’s little wonder that Bengal will be disappointed by the result, though progress is definitely being made and the plaudits they have gotten so far this season are justified.

Hullbridge will be happy with the points, especially given results elsewhere today. In my view, it was a proper team display by them, even if Scarbourough gets the headlines for his undeniably excellent treble.

Post-Match, I spoke to Hullbridge boss Darren Manning and Sporting’s Imrul Gazi, guesting for WD Sportz – https://youtu.be/Byn-FSm0RGA

 

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Shawn Coe, Perry Dunn, Luke McLeavy, Sam Taylor, Jamal Allen, Joe Skeels, Emmanuel Okunja (Adebola Sotoyinbo 69′), Matt Tapley, Luke Hornsley (Michael Salako 85′), Nathan Scarborough (Capt) (Jimmy Cox 83′)

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [6′, 71′ & 79′], Emmanuel Okunja [36′]

Booked: Skeels, Okunja, Cox, Salako   | Subs Not Used: Skinner, Pattison

Sporting Bengal Utd   | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Ibrahim Ugradar (GK), Rokib Choudhury, Declan Nche (Marcus Lonsiquot 46′), Chris Greenslade, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Charles Gregory (David Vaughan 83′), Ashaan Siddik, Jay Knight, Steven Carvell, Bobby Redwood

Goal-scorers: Kamarl Duncan [48′], Jay Knight [53′], Steven Carvell [68′]

Booked: Choudhury, Redwood  |  Subs Not Used: Ngandu, Haque, R Gazi

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 18.11.18]

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. This weekend saw only two home sides winning in the eight fixtures and 27 goals scored.

Saturday 17th November

Hoddesdon Town 1 – 2 Takeley  | Lowfield  | Att: 91

Takeley continued their resurgence with a good win at Hoddesdon. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes before Courtney Clay levelled three minutes after the break. Mos Oguntuga grabbed all three points with the winner at the death for Marc Das’ side, their fifth straight win.

Ilford  1 – 2  West Essex | Cricklefield | Att: 37

West build on their good performance in midweek to surprise Ilf at Cricklefield. Two quick-fire goals from Tanvir Ahmed [21′] and Hakim Medfai [25′] put Kwame Kwateng’s side in a great position and although Callum Maltese halved that lead early in the second-half though the Stags came through to end a four-match winless streak. The Foxes have won one of their last six outings now.

Saffron Walden Town 4 – 0 Clapton  | Catons Lane | Att: 251

The Bloods overpowered the Tons with this comfortable victory at Catons Lane. Lee Sawyer opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes before further strikes from Lewis Francis [38′], Jamie Solkhon [52′] and Craig Calver [78′] sealed another three points as Jason Maher’s side strengthened their position at the top end of the table. The Tons haven’t won in five matches now though in fairness, they are re-building at present.

Southend Manor  2 – 0  Barkingside  | Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Manor ended a eight-match winless run by consigning ‘Side to another defeat at Southchurch Park. First-half goals by Mohamed Kargbo [38′] and Charlie Barlow [42’] gave the hosts the advantage, to which the visitors couldn’t match in Alex Goldstone’s first game in charge as his new charges remain bottom and are in danger of being cast adrift there in the next month or so.

Stansted  2 – 3 Tower Hamlets  | Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Hamlets powered to a surprise victory at Hargrave Park. Player-boss AJ Ashinike’s side struck twice in four minutes through Dominic Weston [17′] and Luke With [21′] goals to really put their hosts in a tight spot. Though Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side are a hard side to beat and levelled through another double by in-form forward Jack West [45′ +2 & 66′]. You may have thought the hosts may have completed the comeback but not here. Amon Walton-Owen struck 14 minutes from time to seal victory for the visitors and ending a three-matching losing run. Stansted fell back to second in the table after other results.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 75

Redbridge finally broke a mini hoo-doo by beating Stanway at the Hawthorns. The Motormen led on 48 minutes thanks to Michael Ogboin’s goal and DJ Adelekan made it two just a few moments later. Gaz Dauti pulled one back for the hosts though their five-match unbeaten stretch ended here. Redbridge ended a five-match winless league run here as well.

St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports | The Recreation Ground | Att: 89

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/match-report-st-margaretsbury-1-2-hullbridge-esl-17-11-18/

Walthamstow  1 – 3  Woodford Town | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 83

Finally on Saturday, Woodford overcame Walthamstow to obtain another three points at Wadham Lodge. Two goals in five minutes just before the break saw Town lead as Jack Grosvenor [40′] and powerful forward Temi Babalola [45′] struck to make ‘Stow’s half-time team talk more interesting. New signing Dwade James opened his account for ‘Stow on 71 minutes though a late Samir Ali spot-kick sealed an excellent ‘day at the office’ for Dee Safer’s side.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Match Report: St Margaretsbury 1 – 2 Hullbridge Sports (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 17.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 34

Saturday 17th November 2018  – 3pm KO

St Margaretsbury: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red & Black Socks

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

 

‘Bridge battle to a hard-fought win at The Rec

 

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by @Abridgetoofar16


This season’s Essex Senior League continued with a first visit to the Rec to see St Margaretsbury take on Hullbridge on a chilly afternoon. The hosts were looking to build on a fine Cup win in midweek and named a front two of skipper Charncey Dash and Luke Marshall with Connor Scully and Theo Costa on the flanks and player-boss Max Mitchell in midfield. ‘Bridge made three changes from their midweek win with Luke McLeavy, Adebola Sotoyinbo and Nathan Scarborough coming into the starting XI.

The hosts started the match the brighter as ‘Bridge goalkeeper George Marsh was called into action a few minutes in to deny St Margs winger Theo Costa’s strike. At the other end, a good ball in from visiting midfielder Joe Skeels needed the intervention of player-boss Max Mitchell who headed clear, ahead of waiting opposition forwards. St Margs took the lead after only eight minutes as winger Connor Scully broke free of a sluggish visiting defence to slide home a low finish past Marsh.

In all honesty, the hosts continued their strong start to proceedings after the goal with their incisive passing game, though couldn’t make the most of the good openings they did make. On 21 minutes, another strike from Costa which curled towards the far post was well dealt with by Marsh for a corner. Moments later, a super ball in from the right flank by Scully found talisman forward Charncey Dash at the back post though he inexplicably blazed his strike over the wooodwork, from close range.

Just after the mid-way point of the half, St Margaretsbury twice had efforts cleared off the goal-line and in hindsight, that was a minor turning point in this match. As on the half-hour, the visitors levelled thanks to a good team move which started with winger Michael Salako’s ball ball in which forward Nathan Scarborough laid off to strike partner Luke Hornsley who fired home, low into the net which home custodian Brad Robinson got a hand on but couldn’t keep it out.

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Hornsley (#10) puts Hullbridge ahead (Credit: Neil H)

This prompted a high-tempo end to the half as Robinson denied another low Hornsley strike before Max Mitchell’s side caused a moment of concern for ‘Bridge goalie Marsh who headed the ball away though the ball fell to Dash though he smashed an effort wide. To be fair to the hosts, they looked strong in defence and certainly gave Darren Manning’s side every indication that they were in for a battle here.

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury  1 – 1  Hullbridge

After the break, the effort levels from the hosts were still there as a long ball in was headed on by Dash to Costa who looked to play the ball back to Dash though Marsh gathered ahead of the prolific forward. The visitors responded at the other end as from Skeels’ pass, attacking midfielder Adebola Sotoyinbo fired wide. Hornsley was also making the home defence work wth his strength and running. With 64 minutes on the watch, a free-kick for the hosts found Dash though he sent a header wide.

Both sides traded chances in the next part of the match with midfielder Dan Ferrigno and Dash unable to beat Marsh, the latter was put in by a good ball in by energetic full-back Prince Madu. Salako’s header and a Sotoyinbo shot from narrow angle which was well-blocked by the on-rushing Robinson kept the tie level. The goal-mouth action continued as Mitchell’s free-kick ended up with another drive from Scully which Marsh denied.

The decisive moment came with 11 minutes to go as after substitute Emmanuel Okunja’s effort was blocked, the ball found its way to Salako who evaded the off-side trap to slide home low past Robinson from about eight yards. After that crucial break-through, the visitors eventually held on after a tense final few minutes to pick up a crucial three points which thanks to other results, saw Sports go back to the summit.

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury 1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports

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Michael Salako (centre) had a good game today (Credit: Neil H)

This match was a pure battle throughout. Credit to both sides who put a lot into it. St maragetsbury had chances and certainly should have got two or three goals at least today, they will have better days – that much is clear. Winger Connor Scully led the way for them though the entire back four also had good outings today. As for Sports, Messrs Salako and Hornsley stood out for me, along with goalkeeper Marsh. Perhaps this result shows the progression from last season in a way.

Thank you to Rob Errington, plus St Margaretsbury for their hospitality today on an enjoyable first visit to the ground.

 

St Margaretsbury   | Player-Manager: Max Mitchell

Brad Robinson (GK), Christopher Webb, Prince Madu, Phil Lowen, Tom Fletcher, Max Mitchell, Connor Scully, Dan Ferrigno, Charncey Dash (Capt), Luke Marshall, Theo Costa (Andrew Simmonds 67′)

Goal-scorer: Connor Scully [8′]

Booked: Scully  | Subs Not Used: Palmer, Charles, Wild, Thompson

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks (Jimmy Cox 79′), Matt Rose (Capt), Luke McLeavy, Perry Dunn, Jamal Allen, Joe Skeels, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Nathan Scarborough (Emmanel Okunja 68′), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako (Sam Taylor 86′)

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [30′], Michael Salako [79′]

Booked: Rose, Dunn, Allen   | Subs Not Used: Pattison, Tapley

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 0 West Essex (Tues 13th Nov) [ESL 14.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Attendance: 62

2018-19 Season – Match 33

Tuesday 13th November 2018  – 7.45pm KO

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

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

 

Hullbridge emerge with the points after late goals seal the win over West at Lower Road

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos by Scott & @ABridgeTooFar16

Another midweek venture in this season’s Essex Senior League took me to Lower Road to see high-flying Hullbridge take on mid-table West Essex. The last two visits to this ground saw ‘Bridge held by Leyton Athletic and Ilford in league action. Darren Manning named a front three of captain Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako with Joe Skeels and Matt Tapley in midfield. West’s season has been inconsistent thus far and after a two-week break from action, they named Jack Coker between the sticks with a back four of Emmanuel Wazola, Josh French, Nick Walk and Josh Kane though Joe Lefley, Sanchez Hardy and James Bromley were among those unavailable.

Both sides traded chances early on, as West goalkeeper Jack Coker denied Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley only two minutes in. The visitors showed their penchant for counter-attacking with pace at times as well and they had their first half-chance ten minutes in as West midfielder Callum Bloss struck an effort wide. Hullbridge were awarded a penalty on twenty minutes after a foul on Hornsley in the area. Strike partner Jimmy Cox stepped up though his spot-kick crashed against the crossbar and out of play.

West continued to battle hard despite having to take off their main forward Ogedi-Uzokwe midway through the half and did have the odd foray forward though ‘Bridge did finish the half strongly, although the debate is there that they didn’t make the most of their chances. First, with three minutes to go until the break, a strike from home forward Michael Salako did beat Coker but was well-cleared off the line by covering defender Josh Kane. Moments later, a goal-mouth scramble saw the Stags twice deny their hosts on the line as a combination of the goalkeeper and visiting defence got in the way to preserve the stalemate at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 0  West Essex

West came out after the break with renewed vigour and had some joy in midfield getting past the attack-minded hosts as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed put in a number of telling balls through to substitute forward Hakim Medfai, with the latter having three chances on goal in the opening 15 minutes of the half, though he couldn’t find a way past home stopper George Marsh.

West defender Josh French was perhaps a tad fortunate as another searching centre from the hosts was headed powerfully against his own crossbar. The visitors’ impeccable record during the evening of clearing shots off the goal-line was extended early in the half and as we got into the middle part of the half, it seemed as though the hosts had rather ‘run out of energy’. The Stags had the odd chance of their own as on 72 minutes a powerful effort by Medfai called Marsh into action, sprawling across well to parry the low strike wide. Minutes later, a good ball in from the right by stand-in right-back Emmanuel Wazola found skipper Tom MacLeod though his header was gathered by Marsh.

‘Bridge responded with hunger as Hornsley was a thorn in the visiting defenders’ sides in the latter stages. After he had sent two half-chances wide, a third oppurtunity in the space of five minutes was well-blocked by Coker though it was a sign of late drama to come. With two minutes of normal time remaining, Hornsley’s ball in from the right was seized on by substitute Nathan Scarborough who made no mistake at the near post. Barely a minute later, the visitors’ luck ran dry as another Hornsley cross was pushed away by Coker though it fell to Salako who calmly slotted home to finally put the match to bed that they could have made easier for themselves.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 0  West Essex

To be absolutely fair, Hullbridge created too many chances to not deserve the win though they could do with being sharper in terms of finishing. In my view, Joe Skeels, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako stood out for the hosts tonight. West have reasons to be pleased with this performance. They do have grit and determination in abundance as they frustrated their opponents and played good football themselves at times as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed, ‘keeper Jack Coker and the central defensive pair of Josh French and Nick Walk did well for them.

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‘Bridge’s Mickael Salako in action (Credit: Neil H)

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks, Matt Rose, Sam Taylor, Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels, Matt Tapley (Adebola Sotoyinbo 69′), Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [88′], Michael Salako [89′]

Booked: Dunn   | Subs Not Used: Skinner, Coe, McLeavy

 

West Essex    | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emmanuel Wazola, Josh Kane, Josh French, Nick Walk, Tanvir Ahmed (Symeon Taylor 65′), Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Hakim Medfai 21′), Cameron Gray

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: McNally

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Ilford (Essex Snr Lge – Sat 27th Oct) [ESL 27.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 50

2018-19 Season – Match 28

Saturday 27th October 2018  – 3pm KO

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

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

Resolute Ilford hold ‘Bridge in an entertaining affair

 

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with Photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: ABridgeTooFar16) & Scott

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My second match of the weekend took me to Lower Road to see an intriguing tie in prospect between two sides who have started their seasons well. Hullbridge were missing a few key players, with Matt Rose, Dan Okah and Jimmy Cox all banned plus Rob Hodgson was unavailable. George Marsh continued in goal with Shawn Coe and Lewis Risk being the full-backs with Joe Skeels making his first league start for the club. Ilford were also missing the likes of Morgan Seaman, Mitchell Victorin and Callum Maltese. Yemi Adelani and Lauric Diakiesse led the line for Martin Haywood’s side with a powerful centre midfield partnership of Jamal Dzotsi and Jermaine Findlator.

The match didn’t take long to whirl into life as only two minutes in, Hullbridge took the lead as after Ilf custodian Hugo Rosetti made a decent save to deny forward Luke Hornsley’s effort, Nathan Scarborough tucked home the re-bound right into the top corner from a narrow angle. Both sides looked a threat going forward as moments after the goal, a curling drive from Ilford midfielder Jamal Dzotsi was gathered by by home goalkeeper George Marsh. At the other end, home winger Aundre Spencer fired wide from 18 yards.

The Foxes had a good sight at goal on 13 minutes as forward Yemi Adelani was one-on-one with Marsh though couldn’t beat the ‘keeper. This spurred the visitors on as ten minutes later, Adelani’s pace and tricky rounded the defender in the area, sending a low centre for strike partner Lauric Diakiesse to help himself to a tap-in to level things up. The hosts had one or two more chances to re-take the lead though Hornsley and fellow foorward Ollie Sotoyinbo couldn’t get past Rosetti.

Six minutes before half-time, livewire Adelani raced clear of the home defence before calmly slotting past Marsh to give the visitors the advantage though said advantage lasted mere moments as at the other end, Scarborough’s initial strike was saved by Rosetti, Sotoyinbo made no mistake from close range. An entertaining half it was, though at this point you felt defences were not going to be on top here.

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Yemi Adelani (right) puts Ilford ahead, wheeling away in delight (Image: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 2 Ilford

Hullbridge had the better of the early-going after the break though couldn’t make the most of the their chances, though Rosetti did pull off a decent save to deny Scarborough’s powerful effort on 54 minutes. Ilford did gradually get back into the game as Ilford continued to search for telling balls in though much to their credit, the home defence remained undaunted with centre-back Jamal Allen and right-back Shawn Coe particularly impressing.

The weather may have been distinctly chilly but the tension was racking up as well as Rosetti denied Taylor’s free-kick before a nice move involving full-back Lewis Risk and Hornsley resulted in Spencer’s tame shot being gathered by the Ilf stopper. The visitors were thankful that Sotoyinbo’s toe-poke was denied on the goal-line, after substitute Michael Salako had picked him out well.

Late on, Adelani was played in well though just as thought he was was about to strike, a superb tackle by Coe denied him the oppurtunity, almost as quickly as it appeared. It ended all-square though it was in my view, a fair result as both sides could’ve won this entertaining match.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Ilford


Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Shawn Coe, Lewis Risk (Matt Tapley 76′), Sam Taylor, Luke McLeavy, Joe Skeels, Luke Hornsley (Capt), Ollie Sotoyinbo, Nathan Scarborough (Arnold Achaempong 84′), Aundre Spencer (Michael Salako 70′)

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [2′], Ollie Sotoyinbo [41′]

Booked: Sotoyinbo, McLeavy     | Subs Not Used: None

 

Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Isacka Mncube, Henry Mabassa, Dany Haigh (Capt), Jamal Dzotsi, Yasseir Nazor (Leon Bernard 76′), Jermaine Findlator (Lamarr Douglas 82′), Yemi Adelani, Lauric Diakiesse, Lion Docaj (David Oyeleku 85′)

Goal-scorers: Lauric Diakiesse [24′], Yemi Adelani [39′]

Booked: Haigh, Findlator, Bernard    |  Subs Not Used: J Fudge