Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 26 Jan) [ESL 27.1.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my final blog piece of this weekend, looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, which saw 40 goals scored in a hugely entertaining array of matches.

Friday 25th January

Woodford Town  0 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Harlow Arena | Att: 40

Sporting Bengal grabbed a narrow though nevertheless important win over Woodford. Tanvir Ahmed got the only goal on the stroke of half-time to get their first win in four matches. Woodford saw talented prospect Jaden Thompson-Brissett leave for Brentford’s “B” Team this week, we wish him well. Town have now not won any of their last six matches, they drop to sixth after the Saturday matches. Bengal rise to seventh.

Saturday 26th January

Barkingside  4 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Cricklefield  | Att: 50

‘Side picked up a hugely important three points to move off the foot of the ESL table. The hosts struck on six minutes through Mario Gjini. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs added a brace [34′ & 64’] while Derek O’Halem also struck on the hour. Sawbo did pull one back though were second-best here, though they remain 10th. Barkingside’s third win in their last six moves them a point clear of Leyton, who drop to bottom.

Clapton  1 – 2  Takeley  | Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 32

The Tons lost out late on to in-form Takeley. The hosts took the lead thanks to Giovanni Palmer. However Takeley responded strongly and levelled through Matt Gill on 57 minutes. Coby Miles’ 85th-minute goal proved to be the winner for Marc Das’ team who are now unbeaten in their last five matches to go back to second spot. The Tons fall to 14th.

Saffron Walden Town Town  7 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Catons Lane  | Att: 257

The Bloods decimated Ath to send them bottom whilst also strengthening their promotion credentials. Walden were only a single goal ahead at the break, through Charlie Portway’s penalty on 33 minutes. It was a wholly different story in the second period. Dan Trendall made it two a minute into the 2nd half, Portway got his second on 49 minutes to make it 3 – 0. Centre-back Matt Frew got a quick-fire brace [65′ & 73′] to add to the visitors’ pain, which was further engrained through Karolis Atutis’ goal on 83 minutes before Trendall got his second on the 90 to complete the rout. Leyton have now conceded 11 goals in two matches without replay, particularly in the latter 45 minutes of those two matches. They are also winless in 11 matches now while Walden have won four in-a-row now, residing in 4th spot – nine points off leaders Stansted with two games in hand.

Southend Manor  0 – 2 Ilford | Southchurch Park  | Att: 48

Two goals early on assisted the Foxes to a good three points at Southchurch Park. Danny Haigh’s 7th minute goal put Ilf ahead. Collins Atubrah made it two on 12 minutes and that was the catalyst for a solid display which ultimately gave them the win. Manor are winless in their last five games as they remain 17th. Ilf are up to 12th.

Stansted  5 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 71

The Airportmen extended their unbeaten stretch to ten matches with this powerful victory over St Margs at Hargrave. Callum Ibe continued his stellar season with the opening goal on seven minutes. James Peagram made it two ten minutes later and although the visitors restricted their goal-hungry hosts for some while after that, the latter stages saw Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side add more polish on the goals front. Ibe got his second on 83 minutes, before Jack Mitchell struck [87′] and Moses Carvalho made it five in second-half added-time. Stansted extend their lead to six points at the summit while St Margs drop to 8th.

Stanway Rovers  2 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Hawthorns | Att: 56

Stanway fought back from behind to claim another late win, this time over Hoddy. Scott Hayes put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes. A double dose of Kemp turned the tide though as first, Tyler Kemp levelled [63′] before Scott Kemp’s 90th minute winner which gave Terry Spillane’s side their third win in their last five matches to go 11th. Hoddy stay 9th.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Hullbridge Sports  | Mile End  | Att: 48

Hullbridge were unable to bypass a resilient Hamlets side and had to settle for a point at Mile End. Hamlets’ goal from Wale Odedoyin while Sports’ strike came from the penalty spot which Adebola Sotoyinbo successfully converted. Hamlets ended a four-match losing run here though they remain third-bottom and only six point clear of Barkingside now. Hullbridge drop to third and are seven points adrift of leaders Stansted, with two matches in hand.

Walthamstow  5 – 1  Redbridge  | Wadham Lodge Stadium  | Att: 61

Walthamstow powered to a big win over ten-man Redbridge at Wadham Lodge. Dwade James opened the scoring on 25 minutes from the penalty spot before Correy Davidson made it a two a minute before half-time. Redbridge’s team-talk may have been somewhat undone barely a minute into the second period as Leon McKenzie made it three for the hosts. James got his second of the afternoon with 20 minutes to go before McKenzie got his brace as well in added time. ‘Stow’s 5th win in their last six sees them rise to 5th place. Redbridge remain 16th.

West Essex  5 – 2  Enfield  | Mayesbrook Park   | Att: 36

I attended this hugely entertaining match at Mayesbrook, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/match-report-west-essex-5-2-enfield-sat-26-jan-esl/

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 12 Jan) [ESL 14.1.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the returning ESL round-up of this week’s action. All 20 clubs were in action as there was movement in the table thanks to this weekend’s results. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League

Saturday 12th January 2019

Barkingside  2 – 2  Leyton Athletic   | Cricklefield | Att: 56

‘Side made a good comeback after a poor start to claim a point in this basement battle. Rujorn Tuitt put Leyton ahead on 20 minutes before Abdul Bangura [34’] struck. Joe Oates pulled one back just before the break for ‘Side and Harry Matthews’ goal [64′] ensured the home side are unbeaten in three games though they are still three points off their opponents here. Ath haven’t won in their last nine matches and are six points adrift of Hamlets and Manor above them.

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 3  Saffron Walden Town   | Lowfield | Att: 123

Walden showed their muscle again with a second-half flourish at Lowfield. Kane Lowe had put Hoddy ahead on 13 minutes though Lewis Francis levelled things up eight minutes into the second half. A quick-fire double by Charlie Portway [65′] and Matt Frew [69′] broke the hosts’ resistance as the Bloods won their third match in their last five to strengthen their position in 4th. Hoddesdon stay 9th.

Hulllbridge Sports 1 – 2  Redbridge  | Lower Road | Att: 47

The ‘Bridge boys six-match winning run as a revitalised Redbridge won at Lower Road. Two goals in just four minutes from ex-May & Baker pair Dan Gilchrist [29′] and Connor Okus [33’] put Micky Wetherall’s side in command. Although Adebola Sotoyinbo’s penalty six minutes before the break gave the hosts hope, the Motormen held on to end their own five-match losing run to rise to 16th. Hullbridge drop to 3rd though have three matches in hand on leaders Stansted.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd | Crofters End | Att: 29

Sawbo maintained their good home record with this win over Sporting at Crofters. Joe Wright continued his fine form this season with the opener after only two minutes. Charles Gregory’s spot-kick [20′] levelled matters for Bengal though they couldn’t get to half-time that way as Wright struck again ten minutes before said interval. John Watters’ men kept on top for the duration to claim their third win in their last five and stay 10th. Sporting are in 8th place.

Stansted  4 – 2   Clapton    |  Hargrave Park | Att: 62

The Airportmen won an extraordinary match over Clapton, though the penalty spot was crucial here. The Tons suffered a poor first half and were three goals down….all three coming from James Peagram’s boot and you guessed it… all three were penalties [17′, 19′ & 45′]. Jon Fowell’s side staged a mini-revival after the break as Giovanni Palmer struck on the hour mark before James Falaise added a second for the Tons three minutes. Peagram wasn’t done though as he got his and his side’s fourth on 64 minutes to seal their fourth win on-the-bounce. Paul Pittuck’s side still lead by three points at the summit. Clapton drop to 13th.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 2  Enfield   | the Hawthorns | Att: 68

Enfield had a brace of Reece Barrett penalties to thank for this success at the Hawthorns. Barrett broke the deadlock from the spot two minutes into the second half before Jay Nash levelled for Rovers on 63 minutes. Barrett’s sevond successful spot-kick [66′] was enough to give the E’s their third win in their last four matches to rise to 14th, just above Rovers on goal difference.

Takeley  2 – 2  Woodford Town   |  Station Road | Att: 74

Woodford denied Takeley the victory with a late leveller at Station Road. Ben Smith put the hoss ahead on 17 minutes though new signing Vlad Sighiartau restored parity for Town just past the hour mark. In a frenetic ending to the match, the returning hero Charlie Cole gave the hosts the lead with ten minutes left. Jayden Thompson-Brissett [88′] ensured Town left with a point though they haven’t won in four matches now. Takeley are unbeaten in three and sit 2nd, three points off leaders Stansted.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 2   St Margaretsbury    | Mile End Stadium | Att: 25

Hamlets fell to defeat at home once again as St Margaretsbury got their fourth straight win. Charncey Dash got on the scoresheet as well an OG that saw the visitors to the win. Ezekiel Kamara struck for Hamlets though they fell to their 3rd straight loss.

Walthamstow  1 – 2  Ilford    | Wadham Lodge | Att: 61

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/match-report-walthamstow-1-2-ilford-sat-12-jan-esl/

West Essex 1 – 1  Southend Manor   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 28

West recovered to claim a point here. Yasseir Nazor put Manor ahead on 18 minutes as they edged the first half though the hosts’ levelled thanks to the returning Michael Mignot who struck on 67 minutes. The Stags haven’t won in four league games now, they sit 12th while Manor are in 17th.

Match Report: Walthamstow 1 – 2 Ilford (Sat 12 Jan) [ESL 12.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium

Attendance: 61

2018-19 Season – Match 41

Saturday 12th January 2019  – 3pm KO

Walthamstow: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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

Ilford’s gritty display sees them to a five victory

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

This weekend’s match saw me re-join ESL President Rob Errington and head to Wadham Lodge to see in-form Walthamstow face an Ilford side who have somewhat struggled for wins of late. The hosts have seen players come & go of late, with defender Bryn Thorpe heading back to Takeley, though new signing Correy Davidson was on the bench. Reece Conway skippered the side here including a very strong front three of Dwade James, Leon McKenzie and Marcus Bowers. Samrai Gebrai and Matt Brinklow were also on the bench. For the visitors, near ever-presents in goalkeeper Hugo Rossetti, full-back Luke Casey and captain Danny Haigh retained their places while Deji Adeniran and Seye Okunlola led the line.

The match didn’t exactly go according to the ‘script’ right from the get-go as after only three minutes, a foul on full-back Luke Casey on the right flank allowed a free-kick to be sent in by support forward Callum Maltese which home goalkeeper James Bransgrove punched away – only for the ball to find it way to Ilf winger Collins Atubrah who lashed home well from 20 yards out. Unsurprisingly, ‘Stow picked up after they conceded, and in the next portion of the game they had the vast majority of the play though didn’t have quite as many chances as their play warranted.

Attacking midfielder Christian Owusu blazed two efforts over the bar before experienced forward Leon McKenzie sent over a tellling cross from the right wing, which Foxes custodian Hugo Rossetti had to punch clear before fellow forward Dwade James could get a header in on goal. The pressure was clearly on the visiting defence at this point (just past the quarter-hour) though Ilford’s committed nature was summed up superbly by captain Danny Haigh’s great tackle on James in the area after he was well-found by rapid full-back Ryan Ramsey’s pass.

The visitors were looking decent on the odd occasion they had the chance to counter-attack though another ‘pinch point’ came on the half-hour as McKenzie’s fine goal-bound header was tipped over brilliantly by Rossetti. An increasingly frantic end to the half saw James uncharacteristically blaze over when one–on-one with Rosetti three minutes before the break while Bransgrove did well at the other end to deny Ilf forward Deji Adeniran from close range.

Half-Time: Walthamstow 0 – 1 Ilford

Straight into the second half and new boy Correy Davidson was thrust into proceedings for the hosts, who could have been level two minutes into the second half though somehow James didn’t make the most of a one-on-one chance, scuffing his shot wide of a post. To be fair, it wasn’t just down to the striker having an ‘off-day. Rossetti denied centre-back Craig Pope’s effort from close range, from a ‘Stow free-kick on 54 minutes as Martin Haywood’s side showed no lack of fighting spirit as they battled hard to keep their admittedly slender advantage.

Samrai Gebrai entered the fray with 20 minutes left for Ryan Maxwell’s men and quickly set about giving the tiring Ilford back-line another problem or two with his pace and crossing. Another good interception by Ilford midfielder Billy Golledge to deny a decent chance on goal showed that the Foxes were determined to hang on for the points and although their defending wasn’t pretty at times, in the face of big-time pressure from the home side who pretty much did everything but score, the Foxes stood firm.

And with ‘Stow pouring players foward, Ilford remarkably went two goals up as a good ball in found forward Okunlola at the back post and he made no mistake from close range with 13 minutes to play. Soon afterward, Ilf centre-back Steven Sylvester was dismissed for his second bookable offence and then to make matters really jittery for them, ‘Stow were given a penalty for a hand-ball in the are. James duly converted to atone for the earlier misses and it took another quality tackle from Haigh to deny him another opening in added-time.

Full-Time: Walthamstow  1 – 2  Ilford

All in all, this gutsy display from the Foxes was enough to claim a priceless three points for them, considering their recent form. Goalkeeper Hugo Rossetti and centre-back Danny Haigh shone for them today. Walthamstow will undoubtedly have better days than today, indeed it may well fire them up to go on another decent run. They are certainly able to win games well with the goal-power they have, that has not changed. Ryan Ramsey and tenacious midfielder Reece Conway stood out in my view for them today. Also, I’d like to thank ‘Stow for their hospitality as well today.

Walthamstow   | Player-Manager: Ryan Maxwell

James Bransgrove (GK), Vinny Murphy, Ryan Ramsey, Reece Conway (Capt), Craig Pope, Gus Douglas, Jack Folan, Christian Owusu (Correy Davidson 46′), Dwade James, Leon McKenzie, Marcus Bowers (Samrai Gebrai 70′)

Goal-scorer: Dwade James [pen 83′]

Booked: Conway, Ramsey, Murphy | Subs Not Used: R Pope, Brinklow, Seoane-Barker

Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Luke Casey (Jamal Djotsi 59′), Simon Dahl (Festus Lori 72′), Steven Sylvester, Danny Haigh (Capt), Billy Golledge, Collins Atubrah, Lamarr Douglas, Deji Adeniran, Callum Maltese, Seye Okunlola

Goal-scorers: Collins Atubrah [3′], Deji Adeniran [77′]

Booked: Douglas | Sent Off: Sylvester (2 bookings)  | Subs Not Used: Flavin, Docaj

Match Report: Stansted 2 – 1 Ilford (Sat 1 Dec) [ESL 2.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 39

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

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 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

Match Report: Ilford 0 – 0 Hoddesdon Town [ESL 29.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 55

2018-19 Season – Match 17

Saturday 29th September 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Hoddesdon Town: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Stalemate rules at Cricklefield in battling draw

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

The sun shone on Cricklefield though the match couldn’t quite match that sunshine as Hoddesdon took on Ilford. Ilford’s forward line was led by Yemi Adelani and Callum Maltese with Lion Docaj and Morgan Seaman providing the width from the flanks. Hoddesdon were missing a few due to unavailability but could name full-back Aiden Critchley, winger Connor Bolton and Joss Lillis in their starting XI.

Both sides struggled to get their rhythm in the early stages of this match though Ilf winger Morgan Seaman stood out with his intelligent runs and composure on-the-ball. A poor clearance from home ‘keeper Hugo Rosetti led to Hoddy winger Connor Bolton having a pot-shot at goal which was deflected for a corner. From that set-piece, fellow winger Harry Bushell blazed over from a narrow angle.

Town forward Courtney Clay attempted to stretch the home defence by darting down the channels though they lacked cohesiveness in general. Ilford had two good chances st the midway point as forward Yemi Adelani and winger Lion Docai both fired wide of goal.

Hoddy had a decent chance seven minutes before the break as Bolton was well-denied by Rosetti after being found by midfielder Ciaran Doherty. The Foxes responded chance-wise on the cusp of the interval though Adelani fired over.

Half-Time: Ilford  0 – 0    Hoddesdon Town

Both sides needed to ‘ramp it up’ after the break though Hoddesdon had some fortune immediately into the second period as custodian Aaron Bull rashly came out of his box to beat Adelani to the ball after the forward’s surging run though the latter’s run took him away from goal and the ball sailed out of play. Visiting forward Kane Lowe spurned two good chances before the hour mark though the hestiant passing of the visitors stifled their ambitions throughout this match.

Neither Adelani or Hoddy attacking midfielder Joss Lillis could put away opening on goal, the latter being the strongest force arguably for Simon Riddle’s side in the last half-hour or so. Hoddesdon ‘keeper Bull had to alert to deny his own defender, Jack Riddle a less than prestigous own goal but tipping the latter’s header onto the bar with 13 minutes left. Lillis also headed wide , as did Jamall Dzoisi late on from a free-kick though the growing feeling that this one would end a goal-less draw was borne out.

In fairness, the draw was the fair result and a battling point for both sides, though both will play a lot better this term I suspect.

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Ilford substitute David Oyeleke takes a long throw at time wears down

Full-Time: Ilford  0 – 0   Hoddesdon Town

Teams
Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Josh Perry, Connor Kain, Danny Haigh (Capt), Jamall Dzotsi, Morgan Seaman (Billy Atim 36′), Mitchell Victorin (Yussuff Olajide 80′), Yemi Adelani, Callum Maltese (David Oyeleke 63′), Lion Docai

Booked: Dzotsi, Victorin, Haigh, Atim | Subs Not Used: Nazor

Hoddesdon Town  | Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Scott Hayes, Aiden Critchley, Michael Elliott (Capt), Jack Riddle, Ciaran Doherty, Harry Bushell (Sam Cross 66′), Joss Lillis, Courtney Clay (Millik Rickman 78′), Kane Lowe, Connor Bolton (Ben James 90′ +2)

Booked: Elliott, Clay, Cross  |  Subs Not Used: Smits (GK)

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 & Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem Rs (Sat 15th Sept) [ESL, EaSL & TNP 16.9.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my mini round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League plus results from the Eastern Senior League South and Thurlow nunn Premier.
Essex Senior League

Saturday 15th September

Hullbridge Sports  1 – 1  Walthamstow   | Lower Road | Att: 76

Hullbridge denied ‘Stow an important victory with a second-half leveller at Lower Road. In first-half added-time, James Peagram struck to give Ryan Maxwell a slightly better team talk at the interval. Sports recovered and ended up with a point thanks to Jimmy Cox’s goal on 58 minutes. Darren Manning’s side stay top of the table at this early stage.

Redbridge  1 – 4  Ilford  | Oakside  | Att: 48

The Foxes sent the Motormen careering off to the first league loss with this surprise win at Oakside. Jamal Dzotsi put the visitors ahead on 31 minutes before the opening 10 of the second half sealed the contest. Yemi Adelani [49′] continued his good scoring run this term and Yasseir Nazor netted six minutes later to leave Martin Haywood’s side in a super position. Ex-Ilford defender Sam Balfour pulled one back for the hosts late on before Adelani got his second of the afternoon in the dying minutes to seal a great day for the visitors.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 2  Stansted  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 50

Finally in the ESL action, Stansted completed a good win at Mile End. Callum Ibe struck early [7’] and a Paul Clayton goal followed on 20 minutes to leave the Airportmen in a good position at half-time. Clayton struck at the wrong end late on though despite an improvement from the hosts in the second half, Stansted held on for another good three points.

 

Eastern Senior League South – Sat 15th Sept

Benfleet 1 – 0 Brightlingsea Regent Reserves

Braintree Town Reerves  3 – 3  Frenford

Halstead Town  2 – 1  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  3 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston

Lopes Tavares  0 – 0  Wivenhoe Town

Wormley Rovers  1 – 4  Burnham Ramblers

 

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Saturday 15th September

Godmanchester Rovers  3 – 2  Stowmarket Town

Long Melford  2 – 1  Histon

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

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 25.2.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend as the focus shifted to some relegation ‘six-pointers’ involving four of the bottom six sides.

 

Friday 23rd February

Woodford Town P – P  Takeley  | Venue: Goffs Lane

This match has been postponed due to floodlight failure.

 

Saturday 24th February

 

Barkingside  0 – 2   Basildon Utd
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 73

Basildon came through a tricky away fixture to continue their promotion challenge at Cricklefield. Marcus Bowers [44′] and Tommy Barton [87′] goals were enough to give the Bees their 4th win in their last six matches, remaining 4th, 5 points off the leaders. Barkingside’s first loss in five matches sees them drop to 15th, three points clear of the bottom four.

 

Clapton  P – P  Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

FC Romania 3 – 1   West Essex
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  |  Att: 12

FC Romania went top with this triumph over the Stags at Theobalds Lane. James Broomley gave the visitors a surprise lead five minutes before the break though that lead only stood for four minutes before Florin Pop levelled. The hosts rallied and took the lead through Sergiu Maximov before Vlad Sighiartau secured the points late on. FCR’s third win in their last six matches and go a point clear of GWR at the summit, though the chasing pack do have matches in hand. West Essex drop to 9th after their fourth loss in their last six matches.

 

Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Lower Road  | Att: 37

I attended this match as Hullbridge were held by fellow strugglers Wadham. My match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/report-hullbridge-2-2-wadham-esl-24-2-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town P – P  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Crofters End  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 3   Ilford
| Venue: Southchurch Park   | Att: 41

Ilford produced arguably one of their best away-day showings this season to win at Southchurch Park. Goals from George Whitelock, Liam Burgess and an OG secured the Foxes’ first win in five matches which sees them remain 7th , three points clear of Tower Hamlets behind them. Manor’s indifferent form continues, they remain 12th with matches in hand though they are seven points clear of the bottom four.

 

Tower Hamlets  2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 34

Hamlets overcame Stansted at Mile End. Strike pair Luke With and Wale Odedoyin were on-target for AJ Ashinike’s side while Oliver Fortune had put the visitors ahead before the half-hour. Hamlets ended a five-match winless run here to go back into 8th place while the Airportmen’s 4th defeat in their last six sees them drop to 14th spot, four points clear of the bottom four.

 

Waltham Forest  1 – 2  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 39

Enfield continued their mini-revival with an excellent win at Kitchener Road. Ayo Odukoya gave Matt Hanning’s side the lead on the quarter-hour before Christian Owusu levelled for Forest six minutes before half-time. Dan Chambers [61′] got the winner for the E’s as they secured their fourth win in their last five outings and rise to 13th, five points clear of the relegation zone – a relative luxury compared to just a few weeks ago. Forest are still in bother themselves as their run without a win now sits at five matches, in 17th spot, two points above Hullbridge in 18th.

 

That’s all for this weekend from the ESL, check back soon for more articles. Bye for now.