Match Report: Ilford 3 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 48

Date: Saturday 1st April 2017 3pm KO

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

 Sporting Bengal Utd : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly nice afternoon at Cricklefield, Ilford took on Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter.

The match began with Ilford being on the front foot with forward Sipho Mytanda striking a free-kick that was comfortably saved by visiting ‘keeper Dwayne Espirit.

Bengal responded with experienced forward Steven Carvell curling a decent strike wide of the right-hand post on around 10 minutes. Bengal’s Chris Wright could have put the visitors in front just moments later but shot just wide from close range.

Ilford came back though as mid-way through the half, forward Karolis Atutis’s header passed the ‘keeper but not the post. Just the past hour, Wright could have given Imrul Gazi’s side the lead though his strike was cleared off the goal-line.

Both sides had chances to go ahead, though the first-half was still rather quiet and well, after half-time I was hoping for an improvement, to be honest.

Half-Time: Ilford  0  –  0  Sporting Bengal Utd

As it happens, that improvement came after the break. Ilford took advantage of a bright-ish start and took the lead through Luke Thomas curling drive from inside the area. Ilford kept the pressure firmly on as only a minute later, a speculative effort from 25 yards from Mytanda caught Espirit unawares and he couldn’t keep it out.

Ilford completed a three-goal salvo in less than 15 minutes when midfielder Isaac Nkosi robbed Espirit of possession and passed the ball calmly into the net. Credit to Bengal though as they didn’t give up and kept running, winger Codey Cameron made a couple of good runs down the flanks, as well as forward Carvell having a couple of chances from free-kicks and fellow forward David Tarawali effort was blocked, all late on.

Just before the final whistle, Mytanda nearly grabbed a second as a great free-kick heading into the top corner was tipped over by Espirit in the Bengal goal for a corner. Ilford’s back four had a good game, with Toib Adeyemi playing at centre-half and was strong throughout. Overall, this was a good win for Allan Fenn’s side and they rise to 5th in the ESL table, five points behind Takeley with a game in hand. Bengal stay 19th, still nine points clear of Tower Hamlets in 20th.

FT:                     Ilford       3   –    0        Sporting Bengal Utd

Thomas 51’, Mytanda 52’ Nkosi 62’



Manager: Allan Fenn

Sporting Bengal Utd 

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Chris Clark (GK) 1  Dwayne Espirit   (GK)
2  Edas Valionis 2  Josh Adeji
3  Luke Thomas 3  Shafi Noor
4  Harry Matthews     (Subbed 61’) 4  Jack Lamb
5  Toib Adeyemi 5  Chris Wright    (Subbed 61’)
6  Luke McLeavy (C) 6  Mark Wheeler (C)
7  Ryan Ramsay 7  Codey Cameron
8  Isaac Nkosi 8  Ashaan Siddik
9  Carl Mullings        (Subbed 81’) 9  Lewis Francis          (Subbed 68’)
10  Karolis Atutis     (Subbed 61’) 10  Steven Carvell
11  Sipho Mytanda 11  David Tarawali
12  Chris Stevens 14  Troy Alexander    (On 68’)
14  Joe Killingback   (On 61’) 16  David Vaughan    (On 61’)
15  Alfie Bartram  (On 61’) 17  Oscar Mendes
16 Jamie Hart         (On 81’)
17 Andy Edmunds
Booked: Mytanda, Killingback Booked: None
Referee: Adam Humphreys
Assistant Referees: Tony King

Moraru Gheorghe

Match Report: Ilford 3 – 0 Basildon Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield Stadium

Attendance: 47

Date: Wednesday 21st December 2016 7.45pm

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

 Basildon Utd: Black & Amber Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Amber Socks

Ilford & Basildon players shake hands before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at Cricklefield, Ilford took on mid-table Basildon Utd on the last evening of ESL action in 2016. It was also a ‘battle of the Odedoyin brothers’, Wale for Ilford coming up against his brother Ayoola. The visitors were also missing their top-scorer Nathan Dewberry.

The match had a low-key first half hour or so with relatively few chances, as both sides attempted to settle into a rhythm. Ilford had the better of the possession though couldn’t quite find that incisive final ball though they were well-organised, attempting to play out from their strong back-four.

Basildon, to their credit were not flustered either as wingers Jamie Brown & Ayoola Odedoyin together with forward Reece Tranter led their side’s forward play with pace, occasional trickery & running.

The match suddenly fizzed into life as Ilford’s Joe Killingback smashed a sweetly-struck 25-yarder into the net, past the despairing dive of visiting ‘keeper Jonathan Eckett to open the scoring eight minutes from half-time.  It was a cracker and Killingback was rightly delighted.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

The second half began with a bit more tempo, Ilford forward Sipho Mytanda striking a decent free-kick just over the bar from a decent position. Just on the hour mark, Basildon responded in possession terms as Tranter was denied by the impressive full-back Toib Adeyemi for a corner. Shortly after that, Ayoola Odedoyin headed over the bar from another corner.

This geed the Foxes up as Wale Odedoyin made a great run down the right wing, though couldn’t put an effort on target. Ilford certainly had willing runners in W Odedoyin, Luke Thomas, Killngback & forward Ryan Ramsey though still couldn’t quite make the most of their overall possession.

That was until the later stages, shortly after coming off the bench, good hold-up play by Carl Mullings, gave fellow sub Eden Nelson an opening, though he blazed his strike over the bar. The home side didn’t have to wait much longer though as a good counter saw ‘keeper Eckett come rushing out, Nelson kept his composure and slotted the ball home into the empty net.

Only a couple of minutes later, Ilford made the points safe as Basildon full-back Jim Paterson brought down Ilford winger Luke Thomas in the box, and Killingback converted the resulting penalty into the left corner.

Full-Time: Ilford 3 – 0 Basildon Utd

Killingback 37’, 86 (pen)

Nelson 84’

Ilford will be happy with their second win this week, though what they’ll be seeking is consistency now. I saw enough tonight that if they keep a settled squad then they could rise up the table. Basildon will be disappointed that they couldn’t quite get more of a foot-hold in the match though they showed they will create chances, particularly against defences less well-drilled than their opponents this evening. Ilford finish 2016 in 13th place, only nine points off the top six. Basildon are 10th spot, ten points off the top four.

I’d like to wish all Non-League Football fans & readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas & a very happy 2017.  




Manager: Allan Fenn

Basildon Utd


Manager: Aaron Bloxham

1  Adam Seal (GK) 13  Jonathan Eckett (GK)
2  Toib Adeyemi 2  Jim Paterson
3  Liam Whipps 17  Joe Gilbert
4  Leon Rolle (C) 4  Lee Delf
5  Ajay Ashnike 5  Tyler Jalland
6  Luke McLeavy 19  Ayoola Odedoyin   (Subbed 81’)
7  Luke Thomas 7  Joe Skeels
8  Joe Killingback 8  John-Joe Slater (C)
9  Ryan Ramsay  (Subbed 78’) 20  Reece Tranter
10  Sipho Mytanda  (Subbed 78’) 10  Suleyman Zuhdu
11  Wale Odedoyin 11  Jamie Brown  (Subbed 46’)
12  Carl Mullings (On 78’) 6  Lee Scott     (On 81’)
14  Justas Paliulis 21  Paul Shave
15  Andy Edmunds 3  Churchill Chiatitor
16  Eden Nelson (On 78’) 16  Alf Lindfield     (On 46’)
17 Jean-Tarach Bavangila
Booked: Killingback, Ramsay, Whipps Booked: Paterson
Referee: Tom Fell
Assistant Referees: Jamie Wood

Alan Steward