Essex Senior League
Venue: Hargrave Park
2018-19 Season – Match 36
Saturday 1st December 2018 – 3pm KO
Stansted: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
Ilford : White & Red Hooped Shirts, Shorts, Red & White Socks
Stansted battle to victory over energetic Ilford at Hargrave Park
Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
The opening match of December in the Essex Senior League programme saw me make the trip to Hargrave Park to see a Stansted side winless in their last three matches take on inconsistent opponents in Ilford. The Airportmen were missing the likes of Jack Folan, Charlie Buffin and long-term injury victim Carl Mulings though still could name the free-scoring Callum Ibe and Jack West in attack with Jordan Palmer and recent recruit Jack Mitchell on the flanks. Fellow new signing Robbie Norris joined Paul Clayton in central midfield with skipper Billy Coyne shifting to right-back.
Martin Haywood’s Foxes were also depleted, with front two Yemi Adelani and Lauric Diakiesse and influential winger Lion Docaj among those unavailable so Seye Okunola led the line with Mitchell Victorin and Reece Mosanya in support. The three leading starters for Ilford this season, goalkeeper Hugo Rosetti, right-back Luke Casey and skipper Danny Haigh all kept their places in the side.
On a weekend where other fixtures fell foul of the weather, it’s fair to say it added quite a layer of difficulty to the playing conditions, though to be fair to the Hargrave pitch, it had fared well given the intense rain of the proceeding few days. Credit has to go to staff as well for getting this match on. Both teams took a while to adapt to the tricky conditions at the start of the match, though the hosts had the first half-chances of the day though forward Jack West’s acrobatic lob and veteran centre-back Matt Frew’s blasted drive couldn’t find the target.
Ilford were setting their stall out well, pressing the hosts at every opportunity though Jack West had another sniff at goal on the quarter-hour for the home side, narrowly lofting an effort over the woodwork. Ilf responded with their best passage of the half with pacy winger Reece Mosanya showing his tricks and stretched the home defence well. Mitchell Victorin smashed a 20-yarder wide of goal on 19 minutes and moments later, midfielder Billy Golledge was only denied a one-on-one chance at goal by a superb gutsy tackle by Frew in the penalty area.
Ilf full-back Luke Casey warmed up the palms of home custodian Charlie Turner with a good strike following a powerful run into the box from the right, mid-way through the half. Meanwhile, Stansted wingers Jordan Palmer and Jack Mitchell were posing a threat for the visiting back-line though at times that crucial final-ball into the forwards was lacking. Ten minutes before the interval, Mitchell sent an effort over the crossbar after being played in by the influential skipper Billy Coyne.
Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 0 Ilford
The game needed a goal and we hardly had to wait in the second-half. A direct run from in-form forward Callum Ibe was compounded by his pass to Palmer who placed his strike well to beat visiting goalkeeper Hugo Rosetti and give Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side the lead only two minutes into the second period.
Merely three minutes later, referee Craig Charles adjudged that a cross into the area by Jack West was handled and had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. West took it himself and made no mistake to suddenly give the hosts a two-goal advantage. Ilford kept pushing, to their credit and nearly had a goal back just past the hour as having made a good run into the box, full-back Morgan Seaman’s shot cannoned off a post before Mosanya gathered the rebound, forcing Turner into another decent save. This was a marker of things to come as on 64 minutes, Seye Olunola did finish off another promising move and the visitors were still well in this contest.
Rosetti did well to deny a looping header by home midfielder Rob Norris with twenty minutes left and although the hosts had a Jack West tap-in from Coyne’s free-kick ruled out in the latter stages. Stansted did manage to see out the match to claim a much-needed three points to go above Hullbridge to the summit on goal difference.
Full-Time: Stansted 2 – 1 Ilford
Both sides gave everything out today in a match that was much better than it could’ve been, given the conditions. Callum Ibe, Jack West and Billy Coyne stood out in my opinion today for the home side while Reece Mosanya, Luke Casey and centre-back Steve Sylvester shone for Ilford. Though the result will be more remembered by the hosts, Ilf are showing their promise with their energetic side and can be pleased with their performance here.
Finally, I’d like to thank Stansted chairman Glyn Warwick & the club officials for their customary kind welcome and their hospitality. It is appreciated.
Stansted | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman
Charlie Turner (GK), Billy Coyne (Capt), Joe Clark, Sam West, Matt Frew, Paul Clayton (James Briggs 63′), Jordan Palmer (James Turvey 78′), Robbie Norris, Jack West, Callum Ibe, Jack Mitchell (Raphael Duyile 74′)
Goal-scorers: Jordan Palmer [47′], Jack West [pen 50′]
Booked: Clayton | Subs Not Used: Bell
Ilford | Manager: Martin Haywood
Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Morgan Seaman, Steve Sylvester, Dan Haigh (Capt), Jamal Djotsi (Jaman Howe 67′), Mitchell Victorin, Billy Golledge, Seye Okunola, Isacka Mncube, Reece Mosanya
Goal-scorer: Seye Okunola [69′]
Booked: Seaman, Sylvester | Subs Not Used: J Perry, C Perry