Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 0 Long Melford (Sat 10th Aug) [FAC 19/20 EPR 10.8.19]

The FA Cup 2019 -20: Extra Preliminary Round

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBA

2019 – 20 Season: Match 10

Saturday 10th August 3pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

L Melford: White & Black Striped  Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks


Players on-pitch before KO (Image: Scott W)


Manor frustrated at home to Long Melford in the FA Cup

Southend Manor 0 – 0 Long Melford


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

The FA Cup returned for the 2019 – 20 season here with the first of two matches this weekend. Fresh from their fine win at Hashtag Utd in midweek, Southend Manor entertained Thurlow Nunn Premier side Long Melford (who are celebrating 150 years in existence, a great achievement) at Southchurch Park. Boss Adam Peek elected to keep the same starting XI from that away win mentioned, with Jordan Chambers continuing as skipper with Mekhi Hyde & Callum Fitzer on the flanks. Melford have suffered defeats in both of their opening matches in their league, and named Australian goalkeeper Ben Devlin between the sticks, with Hassan Ally and Will Wingfield at either flank.

It was immediately evident prior to kick-off that the blustery wind around the ground would have a say in this contest and that was the case throughout most of the tie. In what was mostly a quiet opening to proceedings, Melford winger Hassan Ally looked tricky down the visitors’ right with pace to boot as well. As mentioned, the blowy wind was playing havoc with long punts upfield for both sides and 19 minutes in, an errant clearance by Manor right-back Josh Brocklebank could’ve ended up anywhere before it whistled wide for a corner to the visitors.

Both sides appeared a little pensive as well, perhaps realising what was at stake. Midway into the half, Manor’s Mekhi Hyde powered a well-hit strike from a narrow angle wide of the target. The hosts were gradually edging their way on top at this point. On the half-hour, forward Larry Akanbi ghosted past his marker and his centre reached the creative Callum Fitzer though his low drive was kept out by visiting custodian Ben Devlin. Fitzer was posing a threat himself moments later before being well-tackled by Melford’s Declan Roy in the area. As half-time neared, Hyde was in the thick of the action for the hosts again as his low strike was well-saved by Devlin at his near post.


Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 0 Long Melford

After the break, the visitors started to have a few pops at goal though on two occasions, Melford’s Will Wingfield couldn’t find the target with decent strikes. On the hour mark, a tactical switch for the hosts saw Bill Rungay replace Brad Rowland, while skipper Jordan Chambers reverted to the right flank. It almost worked a treat within minutes, as first he curled an effort narrowly wide of Devlin’s far post before then taking advantage of some at best hesitant defending by the visitors to nip in ahead of the Melford stopper though his strike at an almost unguarded net was tame and allowed a covering defender to get a telling clearance in.

In the latter stages, the visitors’ previously sluggish passing began to improve as playmaker Nathan Howe got on the ball more and showed some neat touches as well as hitting a fierce drive just beyond the woodwork. On another day, the visitors may have pinched a win in added -time though as midfielder Jacob Brown’s shot was denied well by home goalie Jacob Adams and a covering defender.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 0 Long Melford

After the final whistle sounded, both sides have to settle for a replay in midweek (Wednesday night I understand). In summary, Manor had enough chances to get themselves through in this one though I feel it is also fair to say that the league match at Hashtag three days earlier probably took a bit out of Adam Peek’s side. As for Long Melford, the travelling support seemed disappointed with their performance at times and they will certainly look to improve in midweek, after some shaky defending here.

Finally, it was good to meet new Manor Chairman Jerry Omango today and I’d like to thank the hosts for their hospitality today. Good also to speak to a few of the travelling support as well. Best wishes to Long Melford in their season in the Thurlow Nunn Premier too.



Southend Manor    | Manager: Adam Peek

Jacob Adams (GK), Josh Brocklebank, Jordan Chambers (Capt), Jordon Fisher (Harry Rogers 84’), Connor Burrows, Kiah Froud, Mekhi Hyde, Alfie Walker, Larry Akanbi, Brad Rowland (Bill Rungay 61’), Callum Fitzer (Max Makaka 72’)

Booked: Fisher, Rowland, Walker | Sub Not Used: Evident, Grisili, Mosuro


Long Melford   | Stand-in Manager: Mick Garbi

Ben Devlin (GK), Dan Smith, Ben Judge (Sam Newton 59’), Declan Roy, Anthony Waugh, Ross Waugh (Capt), Hassan Ally (Jake Jackson 83’), Jacob Brown, Jamie Griffiths, Nathan Rowe, Will Wingfield (Kyle Hurley 68’)

Subs Not Used: Sloots, Hemson


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.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth, Thurlow Nunn Premier & Essex Olympian Lge Premier (Sat 18th Aug) [EaSL, TNP & EOFLP 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action from the Eastern Senior League South division, Thurlow Nunn Premier and the Essex Olympian League Premier Division on the weekend of the 7th & 18th August. Enjoy.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 18th August


Benfleet  3 – 1  Wormley Rovers

Burnham Ramblers  2 – 2  Little Oakley

Coggeshall Utd  2 – 3  May & Baker

Frenford  3 – 2  Holland

Hackney Wick  6 – 1  Brightlingsea Regent Res

Harwich & Parkeston  4 – 3  Fire Utd

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Wivenhoe Town

Newbury Forest  4 – 5  Halstead Town

White Ensign  3 – 0  Braintree Town Res


Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Friday 17th August


Godmancester Rovers 1 – 3  Histon

Wroxham  3 – 1  Great Yarmouth Town


Saturday 18th August


FC Clacton  0 – 3  Stowmarket Town

Framlingham Town  0 – 2  Haverhill Rovers

Gorleston  0 – 3  Walsham-le-Willows

Hadleigh Utd  3 – 4  Kirkley & Pakefield

Long Melford  3 – 1  Ely City

Newmarket Town  1 – 1  Brantham Athletic

Norwich Utd  4 – 1  Woodbridge Town

Whitton Utd 1 – 1 Thetford Town


Essex Olympian League Premier Division


Saturday 18th August


Buckhurst Hill  6 – 2  Old Southendian

Harold Wood Athletic  3 – 0  Springfield

Hutton  2 – 1  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Kelevedon Hatch  2 – 1  Great Baddow

Rayleigh Town  0 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

That’s all from this round-up, it’ll return next week.