S22-23 Match Report: Frenford Dev 1 – 3 Chadwell Heath Spartans (Thurs 25 Aug) [EAL 22/23 26.8.22]

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Essex Alliance League – Senior Division

Venue: Jack Carter Centre [3G]

Attendance: 40 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 9

Thursday 25 August 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Frenford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

Spartans: Grey Shirts, Grey Shorts, Black Socks


Organised Spartans play well to win at Frenford Development

Frenford Dev 1 – 3 Chadwell Heath Spartans

Match Report by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Photos by Scott W and Neil Hunwicks [@ABridgeTooFar16], used with thanks.

A rare Thursday night match saw me make the trip back to Frenford’s Jack Carter Centre as their Development side welcomed Chadwell Heath Spartans, in what was my first EAL venture of the new term. Frenford were elevated to Step 7 after a fine season in Division One last season and boss Wayne Phillips was seeking to get the win against a Spaartans side known for being determined and rugged.

After a decent opening salvo to this game, it was the Spartans who took the lead on ten minutes. A good forward move ended with midfielder Jamie Pooley finding some room just inside the penalty box before firing home a good strike just over the grasp of Frenford custodian Luis Silva which went high into the net. The visitors were having a good spell at this point, with further half-chances for quick forward Samir Aboulainaf and player-boss Aaron Hunwicks’ whose header wasn’t far off target from a set-piece.

Jamie Pooley (#8 in Grey) puts Chadwell Heath ahead with a fine strike [Image by @ABridgeTooFar16]

Frenford did look quite decent down the flanks, with forward Damilola Olaiya making some good bursts to get into crossing positions, unfortunately the central forwards couldn’t evade a resolute Spartans backline. Home defender Rafay Khan’s fierce strike from at least 25 yards did keep visiting stopper Lewis Edwards alert though as it was a well-struck effort. Chadwell Heath’s Tommy Harrison nearly joined his central midfield partner Pooley on the score-sheet after fizzing a good strike narrowly over Silva’s crossbar.

Frenford build a forward move in first half [Image by Scott W]

Spartans did extend their lead on 27 minutes, as a errant pass back to Silva was seized on by Aboulainaf and he made no mistake in sending a low finish into the corner. Frenford had glimpses of goal before the break, as forward Wisley Baltazar sent a decent strike at goal, only for a deflection to see it away for a corner.

Half-Time: Frenford Dev 0 – 2 CH Spartans

To give credit to the home side, they certainly emerged with more energy after the interval. Baltazar was unsurprisingly in the action again soon after we began again, as his low strike was well-denied by Edwards who got down well to it. The visitors responded on 49 minutes as Portuguese forward Miguel Martins’s goal-bound effort brought a good low save from Silva, and debutant Manu Kahatadeniya was only narrowly off-target with his strike, following-up on the rebound.

On the hour, Frenford did translate their momentum into some scoreboard pressure, courtesy of a fine strike by Baltazar who powered home an unstoppable strike past Edwards and into the net. It was a goal of good technique. Wayne Phillips’ team did keep the pressure on for a good portion of the half, but couldn’t breach the well-drilled & hard-working Chadwell Heath defence. Substitute Reon Murray-Whyte had their best chance to add to the score-sheet but somehow lifted his effort over the woodwork from mere yards away.

Handley [#3] looks to break down left side for hosts [Image by Scott W]

Just when it looked like it could have been a really twitchy end for the visitors, they did grab a third goal on the counter with six minutes left. Frenford stopper Silva couldn’t clear the ball away in time, allowing Spartans replacement Daniel Wheeler to pinch the ball off him and curl home from a very acute angle, despite an attempted clearance off the goal-line.

Full-Time: Frenford Development 1 – 3 Chadwell Heath Spartans

So in summary, the Spartans played some neat football to get round an enterprising Frenford team, who did threaten themselves in the wide areas but didn’t test the visiting defence too much until the second half, when they forced the Chadwell backline into being the resilent outfit that they are.

There were some strong performances here. Beginning with winners Chadwell Heath and a word for central midfield pair Jamie Pooley and Tommy Harrison, who worked well together as well as having good individual performances. Pooley took his goal well and generally contributed to his team in both attack and defence while Harrison put in a hard-working display and also set about starting forward moves as well. Forward Samir Aboulainaf put in a good display too, his goal was a oppurtunist forward’s strike but he was alert to the chance. He also chased down the home defenders well, not giving them much peace. Lastly, player-boss Aaron Hunwicks made a number of characteristic & important interceptions to keep his team ahead when the were retteating somewhat in the middle bit of the second half.

For Frenford, forward Damilola Olaiya made several good runs down the flanks and gave the opposition backline some nervy moments. Defender Rafay Khan had a good game to keep his team in it, making a number of good clearances, with forward Wisley Baltazar reminding us of his talents for goal-scoring with a well-taken goal, and being a good presence in attack. Finally, new signing Louie Handley had a good debut at left-back, getting forward well and also making a few good tackles too.


Teams

Frenford Development |  Manager: Wayne Phillips |

Starting XI: 1 Luis Silva (GK), 16 Rafay Khan, 12 Daniel Francis, 4 Quam Adesanya, 3 Louie Handley, 11 Tiwa Osifuwa, 7 Michael Clayman, 8 Murilo Pereira (Capt), 10 Wisley Baltazar, 9 Isima Iguisi, 14 Damilola Olaiya

Goal-scorer: Wisley Baltazar [60′]

 | Subs ON: 15 Reon Murray-Whyte [50′], 17 Kyron Chiedozie [57′], 5 Edem Tetteh [76′], 2 Tyler Beaufort [78′]

Sub Not Used: Barahona


Chadwell Heath Spartans  |  Player-Manager: Aaron Hunwick | Assistant: Niru Hunwicks

Starting XI: 1 Lewis Edwards (GK), 2 Harry Goodwin (Capt), 3 Meer Ishanzadeh, 5 Joe Butcher, 6 Aaron Hunwicks, 4 Tommy Harrison, 8 Jamie Pooley, 10 Josh Duah, 7 Miguel Martins, 9 Samir Aboulainaf, 11 Manu Kahatadeniya

Goal-scorers: Jamie Pooley [10′], Samir Aboulainaf [27′], Daniel Wheeler [84′]

| Subs ON: 21 Rasheed Matabaro [64′], 12 Mofi Lionel [67′], 17 Cory Brown [77′], 15 Daniel Wheeler [82′], 16 Thomas Chawner [90’+2]

Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Albert Forbes
Assistants: Malcolm Pond & John Grocock

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S22-23 Match Report: Romford 1 – 1 Takeley (Sun 21 Aug) [FAC PR 21.8.22]

The Emirates FA Cup – Prelim Round

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 136

2022-23 Season: Match 8

Sunday 21 August 2022 – 3pm KO

Romford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

Takeley: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Hurford (#3) about to cross ball in for Romford

Takeley deny 10-man Romford to force a Replay in midweek

Romford 1 – 1 Takeley

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The FA Cup returned for its Prelim Round stage this weekend and I made the trip to Mayesbrook Park to see tenants Romford face a tricky test in fellow Essex Senior side Takeley. Romford fielded goalkeeper Billy Lawlor, on loan from local side Dagenham & Redbridge, with a defence of full-backs Toby Barlow and Danny Hurford, plus centre-backs Tambeson Eyong and John Mbamrah. Kris Newby skippered the side in a deep midfield role, with wingers Charlie Morris and Jesse Odukolu supporting forwards Alex Balisani and Emmanuel Robe. Experienced forwards Martin Tuohy and Jake Gordon were among their substitutes. Takeley had Matt Gill between the sticks, with Bryn Thorpe and George Powell in central defence. George Frodsham and Warren Kayembe were the lead forwards for Marc Das’ side, and Glen O’Hanlon once again captained the visitors.

The early stages of this match were lively, and Takeley had a left-off early on as forward Alex Balisani broke clear of the visiting backline before curling a strike wide of the target. The visitors responded a minute later as skipper Glen O’Hanlon fizzed a header wide but we didn’t have to wait long for goals. Five minutes in, the tricky Balisani was felled in the area and home skipper Kris Newby duly converted into the left side corner, giving opposition custodian Matt Gill little chance.


However, Takeley responded within five minutes as Jordan Westcott’s initial strike was parried by Romford stopper Billy Lawlor, but George Frodsham was in prime position to follow-up and his low effort went into the net. That leveller provided a lot of impetus for Takeley in the increasing temperatures, and forward Warren Kayembe’s incisive pass found Frodsham, only for full-back Danny Hurford to make a fine tackle to deny him a good chance at Lawlor’s goal.

Frodsham was continuing to be lively on the right flank, as Romford could not retain the ball for long periods, or create much to sorely test the visiting backline, with Thorpe and Powell well-placed to rebuff any runs down the channels. Romford did have a few good moments, mainly through the runs of Balisani, who couldn’t quite find that telling pass.

Half-Time: Romford 1 – 1 Takeley


The second half didn’t quite get energised like the first half start did, though the job got harder for Takeley on 56 minutes as full-back Andre Humphrey was given a straight red card for a ‘reckless’ tackle. Even with a numerical advantage, the hosts could not strive to really make said advantage count. Indeed it was the visitors who had next chance as Thorpe’s well-hit strike was well-gathered by Lawlor.

Romford boss Steve Butterworth elected to bring on experienced forward pair Martin Tuohy and Jake Gordon in place of Emmanuel Robe and Charlie Morris and the two substitutes combined moments later, with Gordon’ cross from the right finding Tuohy, who toe-poked an effort narrowly wide of the near post.

Newby continued to have an influence on his side and his long searching pass found winger Jesse Olukolu well but Olukolu’s effort was well-gathered by Gill. As the minutes went by, it looked increasingly likely that Takeley were going to hold firm and force the replay in midweek and by the time the final whistle arrived, Marc Das’ team had completed that job.

Full-Time: Romford 1 – 1 Takeley

In summary, this hard-fought Cup tie was high on guts and strong tackles but a bit lighter on chances created as the match went on. Takeley will be happy to have seen off the hosts despite playing with ten men for over half an hour of the second half. Romford may rue the fact they could not test a tiring visiting defence that much in the latter stages, in front of a good attendance of over 130 in the sunshine at Mayesbrook Park.


There were some good performances to note as ever. For Romford, forward Alex Balisani did look to get past defenders quickly and put in some telling passes, though he had to come deeper into midfield to get on the ball in the second half. Captain Kris Newby put in some fine passes too from deep and generally was a good influence for his team. George Cox was his usual hard-working self in central midfield, while a mention also for full-back Danny Hurford who stuck to his task keeping the lively Frodsham from galloping past him several times on his flank.

For Takeley, forward George Frodsham was the livewire of their attack, taking his goal well and making several rapid runs down the right side for most of the game, before switching to a more defensive role late on to aid the visitors. George Powell and Bryn Thope symbolised the defensive effort for Marc Das, making several good jnterceptions and also a word for winger George Wappett who also made good runs down left side and added to the home defenders’ headache until he had to come off with a knock late on.

So, a Replay is required on Wednesday night at Takeley’s Station Road.


Teams

Romford    |  Manager: Steve Butterworth |  Assistant: Dan Spinks

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Billy Lawlor (GK), 2 Toby Barlow, 3 Danny Hurford, 5 Tamerson Eyong, 6 John Mbamarah, 4 Kris Newby (Capt), 8 George Cox (17 Jacob Wiggins), 7 Jesse Olukolu, 9 Emmanuel Robe (16 Martin Tuohy 61′), 10 Alex Balisani, 11 Charlie Morris (14 Jake Gordon 61′)

Goal-scorer: Kris Newby [pen 5′]

Booked: Newby, Gordon  |  Subs Not Used: Ademi, Sibanda


Takeley  | Manager: Marc Das | Assistant: Kevin Riley

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Matthew Gill (GK), 2 Mike La Ronde, 3 Andre Humphrey, 4 Bryn Thorpe, 5 George Powell, 6 Freddie Burrell (15 Charlie Dobinson 73′), 10 Glen O’Hanlon (Capt), 8 Jordan Westcott (14 Lewis Powell 39′), 7 George Frodsham, 9 Warren Kayembe, 11 George Wappett (17 Charlie Allum 81′)

Goal-scorer: George Frodsham [10′]

Booked: Frodsham, Burrell, Dobinson  | Sent Off: Humphrey [56′]

Subs Not Used: Lambrou, Bull (GK), Deamer

S22-23 Round-ups: Eastern Senior League South (Sat 13 Aug) [EaSL Sth 22/23 14.8.22]

Archive Image – Frenford 3 – 3 May & Baker in early August [Image by Scott W]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello & welcome to the first of an occasional blog series this term looking at the action in the Eastern Senior League South, starting with this weekend (Sat 13th August). This weekend’s action saw some good away wins and also one club marked the loss of a great man.


Eastern Senior League South – Saturday 13 August

We begin with a fine victory for Benfleet as they kept up their good form with a 4 – 1 victory at Wivenhoe Town. Ben Foord and Mason Shave put Alex Salmon’s side ahead before the interval, and Jake Frost added a third just past the hour before an OG added further gloss to the scoreline. John Thain got one back for the Dragons though they fell to defeat here. Frenford also got a win on the road, as they defeated Newbury Forest 3 – 2 at Oakside. Raheem Gray, Charlie Munns and Simon Peddie all scored for Dave Forbes’ side, who are only outside the play-off spots on goal difference.

There was a sombre atmosphere at Leslie Field on Saturday as Burnham Ramblers marked the loss of Chairman and long-standing club official Martin Leno with a two minutes’ silence pre-match. Enfield Borough were the visitors and a superb treble for substitute Andreas Aranganathan secured all three points for Boro in a 3 – 2 victory and resisted a spirited comeback from the hosts.

Elsewhere, May & Baker got another three points as a Daniel Whitehead goal just after the half-hour was enough to give Jordan Harris’ team a 1 – 0 win over St Margaretsbury at Parkside 3G. Bakers went level on points with early leaders Stanway Pegasus after this win. Tower Hamlets also got a narrow win in their first game back at Mile End Stadium, as Tobi Irefin’s strike was enough to beat Coggeshall Utd 1 – 0. Justin Gardner’s new team are up to 12th spot.

In other action, NW London were held 1 – 1 by visitors Hackney Wick at Brickfield Lane. Also, Wormley Rovers got a decent 2 – 0 triumph over Sporting Bengal Utd.

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S21-22 Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 1  Little Oakley (Fri 15 Apr) [ESL 21-22 15.4.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 64

2021-22 Season: Match 72

Friday 15 April 2022 – 1pm KO

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

L Oakley: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks



Redbridge denied an important win by last-gasp Oakley spot-kick

Redbridge    1 – 1  Little Oakley

Match Report & Photos by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The first match of the Easter weekend saw the hectic end of the season continue with a trip back to Oakside to see a critical mach in the fortunes of the Motormen as they entertained a robust & impressive Oakley side who are still after a top-six finish. George Christou’s hosts also had to think about their Peter Butcher Trophy Final on Easter Monday and fielded George Martin in goal, with a back four in front of him of Bradley Bennett, skipper Jack Roult and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and Joe Elliott. The forward line here was led by Ibrahim Kehinde, Tim Ogunrinde and Michael Pindy. Options from the sidelines included forwards Loui Hazelwood and Tony Martin. Matt Carmichael’s Acorns recently opened their new stand at their Memorial ground celebrating a fan who has supported them for seven decades in Gordon Carter. Their side here included stopper Daniel Joyce, Hayden Dutch and Will Crissell as their central defence, Ekow Owusu-Boakye and Bradley James in central midfield, with top-scorer Harry Mann leading the forward line alongside Sam Cooke. Their depleted bench was comprised of forwards Greg Rodger & Danny Garrad, alongside Tyler Sullivan.  


This match really broke into life early-doors as Redbridge not only threatened visiting custodian Daniel Joyce’s goal but also scored after just three minutes. A characteristic fast forward move allowed Tim Ogunrinde a strike at goal which was parried by Joyce, but the Oakley stopper couldn’t gather and Michael Pindy followed up, pinching the ball off skipper Edward Nobbs’ toes and Pindy duly slotted home low into the net without any further invitation. It was a setback for Oakley, who have made some reputation this season for being tough to break down and bypass. In the next phase of the game though, it was less happiness and more frustration for the team in blue though as they struck the woodwork twice before the half-hour arrived.

First, Ogunrinde’s fine strike nearly bypassed Joyce but not the goal frame and soon after, midfielder Jack Chawner’s well-struck free-kick also thundered off the woodwork with Oakley counting their luck and Redbridge cursing their luck. As they have in several matches this term, the duo of Ibrahim Kehinde & Michael Pindy really orchestrated the home side’s forward line, with Pindy showing excellent movement and no lack of pace either. Kehinde also showcased his pace and technique as well. Oakley did have a half-chance about ten minutes before the break as defender Will Crissell connected with a deep free-kick and the ball trickled wide, thankfully for Motormen goalkeeper George Martin.

Redbridge had one more chance at goal before the break but Kehinde couldn’t find the target as his shot drifted wide. All in all, the hosts should really have been two or three goals ahead at the break, but you know what they say about ‘having to take your chances’. That particular cliché would be further evidenced here but more on that later.

Half-Time: Redbridge  1 – 0  Little Oakley

Redbridge’s Bennett (2) about to launch a long throw [Image by Scott W]

Looking back, Oakley did gradually get themselves back into the running in the match, helped by the ‘midfield engine room’ of Ekow Owusu-Boakye and Bradley James plus the willing runner in forward Harry Mann. Moments on goal were less frequent, as the battle for midfield superiority replaced that to an extent. Oakley had to manage for ten minutes with ten men after Mason Lumley’s sin-bin just shy of the hour but substitute Danny Garrad did give them more impetus in the last fifteen minutes.

Frustratingly for the hosts, their early promise was being overtaken by tired legs and it highlighted how important chances were again just shy of seventy minutes when another set-piece by Chawner from nearly the half-way line also cannoned off the crossbar thanks to a one-handed save by Joyce. Centre-back Nathan Okoye’s effort was also denied by Joyce as Oakley were given some reason for optimism. The other thing the Acorns have been known for doing this season is staying in games and their belief has probably earned them a few points as well. It was Redbridge’s turn for a let-off with ten minutes remaining as Harry Mann fired well over when well-placed after good work by Garrad, but the assistant referee did put up his flag.


With mere moments remaining and despite Oakley not really creating a lot of chances at Martin’s goal, they did get a equaliser on eighty-nine minutes. A foul in a congested box by Okoye allowed Mann to step up and confidently fire home a fine spot-kick into left corner, away from Martin’s grasp – this was also Mann’s 20th league goal this term. And with little time left to conjure up a key second goal, it was the clock that won the day as Oakley left with a point & relatively happy with their afternoon’s work. The same certainly couldn’t be said for the hosts as desolation took hold after the final whistle and those earlier missed chances had come back to bite.

Redbridge now have to focus on the Peter Butcher Trophy final and hope that Sawbridgeworth stifle Saffron Walden’s charge to second spot on Saturday (16 April).

Oakley’s Ed Nobbs looking for options from the Throw-in late on [Image by Scott W]

Full-Time: Redbridge 1 – 1   Little Oakley

In summary, Redbridge should really have been two or three goals up as I said at the interval, but profligate finishing and decent defending by Oakley kept it to one goal. The Acorns would probably have wanted to have played better but their resolute belief will carry them well, looking at next season. It is some ways a credit to the high bar that both teams have set for themselves this term and that has to be recognised.    

There were several good performances from both sides in this match. For Redbridge, forwards Michael Pindy and Ibrahim Kehinde really gave the Oakley backline a hard afternoon, particularly in the first half with their pace, movement and passing. Centre-back Joe Elliott made several key interceptions and added to a good performance from his team’s back five while Jerold Cobblah impressed in central midfield with a high work rate and some good passes too. For Oakley, forward Harry Mann was as ever a good presence in attack, despite little in the way of service at times from his team-mates, but Mann did make several good runs in the channels. Mdfielder Ekow Owusu-Boakye put in a good display with a good work rate as well and good tackles, while defenders Ed Nobbs and Rory Harman also put in decent displays as well.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Redbridge  | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Jack Roult (Capt), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 4 Jerold Cobblah, 8 Kwabena Yeboah (12 Shawn Harris 75’), 18 Jack Chawner, 7 Michael Pindy, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (16 Tony Martin 71’), 11 Timothy Ogunrinde (19 Loui Hazelwood 78’)

Goal-scorer: Michael Pindy [3’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Norris, Ayoola


Little Oakley  | Manager: Matt Carmichael | Assistant: James Good

Starting XI  (Subs): 1 Daniel Joyce (GK), 2 Rory Harman, 3 Edward Nobbs (Capt), 5 Hayden Dutch, 6 Will Crissell (12 Tyler Sullivan 65’), 4 Bradley James, 8 Ekow Owusu-Boakye , 7 Daniel Rowe 9 Harry Mann, 10 Sam Cooke (14 Danny Garrad 74’), 11 Mason Lumley

Goal-scorer: Harry Mann [pen 89’]

Booked: James, Rowe | Subs Not Used: Fernandes, Rodger


Referee: John Duffy

Assistants: Olabisi Omotosho & Muzackir Hussain

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Round-up (Wk 25 – Sat 19 Feb) [EAL 21-22 21.1.22]

Hello and welcome to the latest action from the Essex Alliance League, which continues on this blog this season under the “Guest Blog” strand.  This edition looks at the action across the League divisions and action in the respective Divisional Cups on Saturday 19 February. My thanks to the EAL’s Rob Parker. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

With additional reporting by Scott W

Essex Alliance League Round-up- Saturday 12 February

FENTON CUP

The first Fenton Cup quarter final for almost two years was completed on Saturday as the reversed Oakside and DTFC fixture went ahead at the Harlow Arena in blustery conditions. Despite a tricky looking tie on paper, there was no slip up by the Senior Division leaders as DTFC ran out 6 – 2 winners in the end to confirm their spot in the semi finals, thanks to doubles for Robbie Farrell, Alex Paraskeva and Izaih Antoine.

FENTON TROPHY

The last quarter final in the Trophy competition also reached a conclusion on Saturday as Old Esthameians travelled to Loughton to take on Royal Forest for a place in the last four. A competitive game was settled by the odd goal in five with Old E’s the side taking the plaudits in a 3 – 2 scoreline, securing a home semi final against Unitey.

PREMIER DIVISION CUP

It was quarter final day for two sides in the Premier Division Cup too where Dagenham United and Wapping renewed acquaintances once again, meeting for a place in the semi finals at Castle Green. Undeterred by their reverse last weekend, Wapping walked away comfortable 3 – 0 winners on Saturday with Jordon Mills-Smith scoring twice and Imran Hussain the other.

DIVISION ONE CUP

Two of the Division One Cup last eight games also beat the weather with Belfry in impressive form once again as they faced close rivals Cowley Community in their first round tie at May & Bakers. The league leaders however were imperious on the day with Kieran James scoring twice to go with other goals from Gabriel Ogunwomoju, Solomon Ogunwomoju and Ryan O’Connell in a 5 – 0 victory.

Also into the hat for the last four are RCXI who had a battle on their hands with the visit of an in-form Ilford Reserves side to Belhus Park. A close game was settled by the odd goal as Elliot Adeoye and Ayo Matthews efforts were enough to take their side through, overcoming a Mario-Angelino Lipetz effort in a 2 – 1 scoreline.

DIVISION TWO CUP

Division Two’s Cup competition saw first round action with the shock of the day coming from Oaks Park High School where bottom of the table Newbury East pulled off a terrific victory in the shootout against high-flying Emerson & Upminster Reserves. KD Hussein was in great form with a hat-trick and Safwan Selant netted the other to render Emerson goals from Alfie Jones, Ben Lamb and Marcus Williams strikes as just consolation.

Over in Walthamstow, two of the division’s strugglers towards the bottom end of the table looked to reignite their campaigns as Loughton Lions travelled over to take on Ryan Under 23s. It was Lions who walked away the happier of the two teams as Tom Osmond scored twice and Lucas Maxwell netted the other to win the tie 3-1.

DIVISION FOUR CUP

It was a great afternoon for Sporting Pillars in the Division Four Cup Quarter Final as they returned from Castle Green with a big win and a place in the last four, defeating hosts Dagenham United Reserves in an 8 – 1 scoreline. A Rayan Allam hat-trick, braces from Emanuel Jacob and Daniel Gutierrez, and singles from David Dagun and Rhyss Tappenden confirmed an imperious win for the visitors, Brendon Taylor scoring the United consolation.

SENIOR DIVISION

Three games survived the elements in the Senior Division with Jolof Sports the side making up the most ground on Saturday as they took home all three points with a 3 -1 win away at Kit Out London. Marlon Ortiz struck the Kit Out goal with two Papa Ndiaye efforts and a Joshua Kweifio-Okai goal handing Jolof an important victory in their bid to put pressure on at the top.

That result was made all the more important as two of the top four sides met in Chigwell with Woodford East looking to cut the deficit at the top against second placed Chadwell Heath Spartans. The hosts had led twice with Harry Payne netting both for Spartans but Woodford fought back to level it at 2 – 2 by full-time with Adam Tabbani and Kieran Bruns goals ensuring they took a point. Over at Mabley Green, Lymore Gardens had an opportunity to take advantage of that slip by two sides around them and they duly obliged, earning themselves a narrow 2 – 1 win against a relegation threatened Tower United side. Ryo Brown and Gracia Muhemba both struck for Garden with Abubakar Maxamed’s goal giving Tower their consolation on the day.

DIVISION ONE

In Division One, there were two big results affecting things at the bottom end of the table with Forest Green putting in a strong performance to earn a valuable three points against Kwanzas London Sport to move them six points clear of the relegation zone. A single goal was all it took to separate the teams with Green 1 – 0 victors at Leyton Sixth Form, their fifth win of the season.

Over at Wanstead Flats, ninth placed Renegade were the visitors to take on a top half Something From Nothing side knowing they were also in desperate need of some points to steer clear of troubled waters. Renegade will be pleased with their afternoon’s work, winning the game 4 – 2 with goals from Okwute Izuchukwu, Nana Baah, Andre Periera and Praise The Lord Masasu. Oscar Walton and Temi Alaka struck the SFN goals in reply but their efforts proved in vain.

DIVISION THREE

There was just the one game in Division Three completed but what an important game it proved to be as Old Barkabbeyans Reserves put promotion in their hands with a big 6 – 2 win against Royal Forest Reserves. Doubles from Mitchell Day and Michael Ryder plus Robbie Osborne and Jay Elliott efforts were more than enough for the win, Will Asenso and Dodou Lette scoring for the Trees.

DIVISION FOUR

The sole game in Division Four saw Avondale Rangers in action at home against sixth placed Newham & Havering Borough, the latter going into the game with a three point lead over their opponents. But that was cut to just goal difference following a 4 – 1 Rangers win as James Whitbread, Jake Clarke, Peter Moles and Blaijan Kitufueni struck, countering a Joshua Morgan-Seki goal for Borough.

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Season 20-21: Opening Fixtures (ESL/EaSL/EOFL/EAL/ESBL – 4/5/6 Sept) [20-21 All 3.9.20]

Compiled by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to a comprehensive list of the the Fixtures that take place on the opening weekend of league action in the Essex Senior, Eastern Senior League South, Essex Olympian League divisions, Essex Alliance League’s top two tiers plus the Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier & the Women’s FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd for our local sides which starts on Sunday 6th September.

Thanks for reading & enjoy whichever game you attend this attend.


Essex Senior League 

Friday 4th Sept  – West Essex  v  Takeley   | Mayesbrook Park [3G]

Saturday 5th September – 3pm KO’s

 Cockfosters v Hoddesdon Town | Chalk Lane

Enfield  v  St Margaretsbury   | Woodside

Hadley  v  Woodford Town   | Brickfield Lane

Hashtag Utd  v  Ilford  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Redbridge  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Oakside

Southend Manor  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Walthamstow  | Mile End

Stansted  v  Clapton  | Hargrave Park

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    Eastern Senior League South    Sat 5th September 3pm KO’s

Brimsdown  v  Harwich & Parkeston  | Chadfields

Burnham Ramblers  v  Wormley Rovers   | Leslie Field

Coggeshall Utd  v  Newbury Forest   | West Street

Frenford  v  Holland   | The Drive [3G]

Hackney Wick  v  Benfleet   | Spa Road, Witham

Halstead Town  v  Athletic Newham   | Rosemary Lane

Little Oakley  v  Barkingside   | Memorial Stadium

White Ensign  v  Wivenhoe Town   | Burroughs Park

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EOFL Crest

Essex Olympian League Fixtures

Saturday 5th September 2020   (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division

Buckhurst Hill  v  Kelvedon Hatch   | Roding Lane

Catholic Utd  v  Canning Town  | Len Forge Centre [3G]**

Hutton  v  Basildon Town    | Polo Fields

Old Southendian  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts   | Garon Park [3G]

Rayleigh Town  v  Harold Wood Athletic   | London Road

Springfield  v  Leigh Ramblers   |  Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Shenfield AFC   | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 ** = Indicates Catholic Utd’s new home ground for 2020-21 Season

EOFL Division One

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Rayleigh Town Res  | Lawford Lane

EOFL Division Two

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Old Southendian Res   | Wickham Bishops Spts Gound

Harold Wood Athletic Res v  Leigh Town   | Harold Wood Park [Pitch #1]

EOFL Senior League Cup  (2.15pm KO unless stated)

Collier Row  v  Toby  | Forest Row Centre (Pitch #1)

Corinthians  v  Runwell Sports   | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Epping Town  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’   | Epping Rugby Club, Upland Rd**

** Denotes that Epping Town will play home games at Epping Rugby Club this season, leaving previous home Stonards Hill for 2020-21

Hashtag Utd Development  v  Manford Way   | Barleylands Road

Laindon Orient  v  Ongar Town  | Markhams Chase, Laindon Link

Lakeside Utd  v  Snaresbrook   | Lakeside Spts Grd [3G] | (2.30pm KO)

May & Baker Res  v  Newbury Forest Res   | May & Baker Club

Old Barkabbeyans  v  Galleywood   | Barking Abbey School, South Park Drive

Ramsden Scotia  v  FC Hamlets        | Nursery Sports Ground

Ryan  v  AS Rawreth                  | Wadham Lodge Spts Grd [Grass Pitch]

Shoebury Town  v  ACD Utd    | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #2), Shoeburyness

Wakering Sports  v  Rochford Town   | Cupid’s CC (Pitch #1), Shoeburyness

EOFL Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  Buckhurst Hill Res   | Basildon Sports Club

Toby Res  v  Leigh Town Res   | Ford’s, Newbury Park [Toby pitch]

EOFL Division Four

Chingford Athletic Res v Galleywood Res   | Town Mead [3G]

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res   | The Drive, Warley

EOFL Senior Five

Collier Row Res  v  Epping Town Res   | Forest Row Centre (Pitch #2)

Herongate Athletic Res  v  Shoebury Town Res   | St Clere’s Sch [3G] (3pm KO)

Roydon  v  AS Rawreth Res   | Roydon Playing Fields

Runwell Sports Res  v  Springfield Res  | St Luke’s Park

  Essex & Suffolk Border League  Fixtures   

(Saturday 5 Sept)  (3pm KOs unless stated)

ESBL Premier Division

Brantham Athletic Res   v   Colne Athletic  |  Brantham Leisure Centre

Dedham Old Boys  v  Felixstowe & Walton Utd Res   | The Duchy Field

Gas Recreation  v  Flitch Utd    | Gas Rec Playing Field, Colchester

Hatfield Peverel  v  Earls Colne   |  Keith Bigden Memorial Ground

Lawford Lads  v  Little Oakley Res   |  School Lane  (2pm KO)

Stanway Peagasus   v   Barnston    |  Stanway School (3.30pm KO)

Sudbury Sports  v  White Notley  |  King’s Marsh [3G]

Tiptree Heath  v  Alresford Colne Rangers   |  Tollesbury Road

West Bergholt   v  Great Bentley   | Lorkin Daniell Playing Field

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Essex Alliance League (Top two tiers) Fixtures   – Sat 5th September

Premier Division  – 2pm KOs unless stated

All Prospects  v  West Essex Res  | Roding Valley Sch [3G] (11.30am KO)

Blue Marlin  v  Chigwell Town   | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)
CSM London   v   Tower Utd
   | West Ham Community Ground [3G]

DT FC  v  Rapid Chingford    |  The Harlow Arena  [3G]  (3pm KO)

FC Baresi  v  Lymore Gardens   |  Hackney Marshes

FC Petrocub  v  London Cranes   | Noak Hill Sports Complex [3G pitch]

EAL Division One

Chadwell Heath Spartans   v  Eastside   | Mayfield Leisure Centre [3G]

Wapping    v   Francis Luke   |  Victoria Park, South Hackney

Woodford East  v  North East Lions   | Debden Park Sch , Loughton

Women’s FA Cup Extra Prelim Round Fixtures (local sides)

Sunday 6th September


Bedford  v  Corby Town

Colney Heath  v Herts Vipers

Newmarket Town  v  Wymondham Town

Northampton Town  v  Haverhill Rovers

Runwell Sports  v  Harlow Town
St Ives Town  v  Hartham UtdWroxham  v Kettering Town

Season 2020-21 Preview – Essex Alliance League [EAL 20-21 31.8.20]

 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter:@ScottMHC14] – Non-League/Grassroots Writer

Hello and welcome to a preview of the coming season’s Essex Alliance League {EAL) divisions, focusing on the top three divisions and giving you a run-down of the opening weekend’s fixtures of the new campaign. Also to note, coverage of the League will remain on the Grassroots Football Show (GFS) on East London Radio throughout the campaign as part of their Intermediate Football section.

If you’d like more info, you can find the EAL on Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL or via their website: http://www.essexallianceleague.com | Thanks for reading & wishing all EAL clubs a good season too.

We begin this preview with a look ‘at-a-glance’ at the sides who will contest the top division of the EAL, including their position last term where aplicable & their Twitter feeds where known. Featuring a heady mix of EAL veterans, new clubs plus a big returning club who has enjoyed success in the Essex Alliance League in the past.

 

EAL Senior Division 2020-21 Constitution

Club

Position Last Season (or a Returning/ New Club) Twitter feed Other Info
All Prospects 3rd – in EAL Div One @ProspectsAll
Blue Marlin 7th – in EAL Senior @BlueMarlinFC
Chigwell Town New Club @ChigwellTownFC
CSM London 4th – EAL Senior @CSMLondonFC Will play home games at the West Ham Community Grd [3G]  in Beckton this term
DT FC New Club @_dtfc Have signed to play home games at Harlow Arena [3G] this term
FC Baresi 6th – EAL Senior @FC_Baresi Won EAL Div One title in 2018/19
FC Petrocub 3rd – EAL Senior Not known
Jolof Sports Returning Club @JolofSportsFC Last played in EAL Senior in Season 2018-19 – played in Middx County Div One  (Central & East) in Step 8 last term
London Cranes 5th – EAL Senior Not known
Lymore Gardens 10th – EAL Senior @LymoreGardensfc
Rapid Chingford 11th – EAL Senior (Bottom) Not known
Tower Utd 2nd – EAL Div One @TowerUtdFC
West Essex Reserves 2nd – EAL Senior @westessexfcres Winners of Senior Division Cup in 2017/18
 
(13 clubs)
 

 

Now moving on to Division One, which sees three clubs receiving at least a double elevation. One of those clubs are Chadwell Heath Spartans who had a fine debut season in the EAl last term, finishing top of Div Three before the season was curtailed.

EAL Division One 2020-21 Constitution
Club Position Last Season (or a Returning/ New Club) Twitter feed Other Info
Chadwell Heath Spartans 1st  – EAL Div Three

(double elevation)

@CH_SpartansFC
Eastside 4th – EAL Div One @EastSideFC_
Francis Luke New Club Not known n/a
Frenford ‘A’ 5th – EAL Div Three
(double elevation)
Main: @Frenfordfc n/a
Kit Out London New Club @kol_cc n/a
Leyton Royal New Club Not known n/a
London Park City 7th – EAL Div One @londonarkcity n/a
North East Lions New Club @NorthEastSat1 n/a
Wapping Returning Club Not active n/a
Westhamians New Club @WHamians A previous iteration of the club played in the Essex Olympian League in recent times
Woodford East 1st – EAL Div Four
(Treble elevation)
@WoodfordEastFC n/a
 
(11 clubs)

 

Finally for our focused divisions, here is the Division Two constitution which has a number of familiar names to fans of EAL, plus a few clubs including one making a transition into Saturday Football in Belfry.

 

EAL Division Two  2020-21 Constitution
Club Position Last Season (or a Returning/ New Club) Twitter feed Other Info
Barkingside ‘A’ New Club Not Known n/a
Belfry New Club to EAL @fc_belfry Previously only played Sunday Football (ESFC)
Chingford Athletic ‘A’ 8th – EAL Senior (as Reserve side) Main: @ChingfordAFC n/a
Cowley Community 5th – EAL Div Two @CowleyFC n/a
Dagenham Utd New Club to EAL @DagenhamUtd_FC Also previously played in Essex Olympian League
Forest Green 9th – EAL Div One

(Bottom)

@Forestgreen19 n/a
Newham Wanderers 4th  EAL Div Three Not known n/a
Old Esthameians 6th –  EAL Div Two Not known n/a
Rainham WMC 2nd – EAL Div Two @RwmcTeam n/a
Royal Forest 4th – EAL Div Two @RoyalForestFC n/a
St Francis 3rd – EAL Div Three @StFrancis1930 n/a
Unitey 7th – EAL Div Two @FCUnitey n/a
 
(12 clubs)

 

Finally for this part of my preview, in the table below shows the sides that will compete in the ‘lower’ two tiers of the Essex Alliance League this season.

 Constitution – EAL Division Three EAL Division Four
Bailey Football Academy (New to EAL) Avondale Rangers
Epping Utd (New) Brentwood Utd Reserves
Fairlop Rovers Chingford Harriers
Flyers U23s Collier Row ‘A’
Forest Havering North (FHN) Athletic (New) Custom House Utd
Glendale Dagenham Utd Reserves
Loughton Lions Emerson Utd Reserves
Lymore Gardens Reserves Newham Royals
Melbourne Sports Royal Forest Reserves
Old Barkabbeyans Reserves Together Utd
   
(10 Clubs) (10 clubs)

 

Alright, now to round off this piece, here are the Fixtures for the opening weekend of the EAL season

 

Fixtures – Sat 5th September (Match Day #1) – Normally 2pm KOs

EAL Premier Division

 

All Prospects  v  West Essex Res   | Castle Green Leisure Centre 

Blue Marlin  v  Chigwell Town   | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)
CSM London   v   Tower Utd
   | West Ham Community Ground [3G], Beckton

DT FC  v  Rapid Chingford    |  The Harlow Arena  [3G]

FC Baresi  v  Lymore Gardens   |  Britannia Sports Ground, Walthamstow

FC Petrocub  v  London Cranes   | Noak Hill Sports Complex [3G pitch]

 

EAL Division One

 

Chadwell Heath Spartans   v  London Park City  | Mayfield Leisure Centre [3G]

Leyton Royal  v  North East Lions  | Salisbury Hall Sports Ground

Wapping    v   Francis Luke   |  Victoria Park, South Hackney

Woodford East  v  Westhamians   | Debden Park Sch, Loughton

Division Two

 

Chingford Athetic ‘A’  v  Unitey  | Town Mead Leisure Park

Dagenham Utd  v  Cowley Community   | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Rainham WMC  v  Old Esthameians   | Rainham Men’s Club

Royal Forest  v  Newham Wanderers  | Roding Valley Sch, Loughton

 

Division Two

 

Chingford Athetic ‘A’  v  Unitey  | Town Mead Leisure Park

Dagenham Utd  v  Cowley Community   | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Rainham WMC  v  Old Esthameians   | Rainham Men’s Club

Royal Forest  v  Newham Wanderers  | Roding Valley Sch, Loughton

 

Division Three

 

Glendale  v  FHN Athletic  | Roding Valley High Sch, Loughton

Old Barkabbeyans Res  v  Bailey Football Academy  | Barking Abbey Sports Grd

 

Division Four

 

Collier Row ‘A’  v  Emerson Utd Res  | Forest Row Centre, Lodge Lane

Dagenham Utd  Res  v Chingford Harriers   | Castle Green Leisure Centre