Match Report: May & Baker EC 0 – 1 Swaffham Town (FA Vase R2 – Sun 4th Nov) [FAV 4.11.18]

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Barking Rugby Club

Attendance: 165

2018-19 Season – Match 31

Sunday 4th November 2018  – 3pm KO

May & Baker EC: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Swaffham Town: Black & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Swaffham progress with a injury-time winner in a real battle at Barking Rugby Club

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with Photos by Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

The FA Vase Second Round weekend ended here with this battle of Eastern Senior League South v Eastern Senior League North at Barking Rugby Club where May & Baker Eastbrook Community (to give it it’s full title) welcomed Swaffham Town. The hosts have already beaten Saffron Walden Town and North Greenford Utd in their Vase run and named a front two of Dan Gilchrist and Besmir Hoxhaj, both players who have been scoring well for the club in all competitions this season. Swaffham, who are among the leaders in their division, named Tommy Rix between the sticks with Nick Castellan and Joe Jackson on the flanks with diminutive skipper Alex Vincent partnering Kyle Plumb in attack.

It must be said that after a rugby match was played on the pitch the previous day, it may have had an effect, as it was a tad bobbly to say the least. Still, it was the hosts who had the opening sighters of goal as midfielder Sam Dickins blasted over the bar in the opening five minutes. Both sides did rather struggle to settle and adapt to the conditions during the first half though during the midway point of the first 45, Swaffham had their best period of the match thus far as forward Alex Vincent was showing his skill to trick his way past the home defence  on a coupl of occasions.

As the half was teetering towards its conclusion, Swaffham winger Joe Jackson was well denied a one-on-one oppurtunity with home ‘keeper Micheal Gooch by a last-ditch challenge by defender Joe Maskell, who shortly after required treatment for a head injury (Cue the ‘Terry Butcher bandaged head’ look from the World Cup in Italy in 1990). M & B winger Kiel Chandler had a good strike well-saved by visiting stopper Tommy Rix three minutes before the break though it was scoreless at the interval, with the tension rising.

Half-Time: May & Baker EC 0 – 0  Swaffham Town

The visitors began the second-half with a fair bit of the ball though neither side really had a stranglehold on the game. On the hour, the hosts were denied by good save by Rix as midfielder Conor Okus made a surging run into the box before driving a good strike which needed the intervention of the Swaffham ‘keeper. Only a moment later, Okus headed wide from the resulting corner.

The hosts kept the pressure on in the next passage of the game though star striker Dan Gilchrist didn’t really have the type of chances he thrives on as the Swaffham defence soaked up the pressure from defending a number of set-pieces. As we entered an increasingly nervy latter part of the match, the visitors kept going and after a good run by Vincent, Jackson was one-on-one with Gooch though contrived to skew his strike wide of the far post in what was a huge let-off for M & B.

That let-off was a sign as it turned out as in the first minute of added time, substitute Luke Reed was played in well and buried a low shot past Gooch into the corner to send Micky Wetherall’s side out in heart-breaking circumstances. Some may argue they didn’t create enough chances though in fairness, there was little to seperate the sides here for the majority of the contest. Swaffham advance though to the next round and they await their opponents in the draw to come early next week.

Full-Time: May & Baker EC  0 – 1 Swaffham Town

 

May & Baker EC  | Manager: Micky Wetherall

Michael Gooch (GK), Craig Hall, Joe Maskell, Dean Hall (Capt), Henry Osei, Sam Dickins, Conor Okus, Kiel Chandler (Reece Tranter 69′), Tom Harvey, Besmir Hoxhaj (James Barlow 60′), Daniel Gilchrist

Booked: D Hall   | Subs Not Used: Warren, Oxby, Martin (GK)

Swaffham Town     | Manager: Paul Hunt

Tommy Rix (GK), Danny Tindall, Louis Duarte (David Weaver-Pope 68′), Dean Miller, Matthew Gilchrist, Ryan Pearson, Nick Castellan, Tommy Hunt (Luke Reed 79′), Kyle Plumb (Sam Carter 73′), Alex Vincent (Capt), Joe Jackson

Goal-scorers: Luke Reed [90’+1]

Booked: None     |  Subs Not Used: Conner, Watson (GK)

Results Round-up: Eastern Senior Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Premier (Fri 21st/Sat 22d Sept) [EaSL & TNP 22.9.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello again and welcome to my results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South and the Thurlow Nunn Premier division. Thanks for reading.

Eastern Senior League South (EaSL)

Saturday 22nd September

Brightlingsea Regent Res  1 – 3  May & Baker

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 5  Halstead Town

Frenford  0 – 3  Hashtag Utd

Hackney Wick  3 – 0  Holland

Lopes Tavares  1 – 2  Benfleet

Newbury Forest  2 – 2  Fire Utd

White Ensign  2 – 4  Coggeshall Utd

Wivenhoe Town  3 – 3  Little Oakley

Wormley Rovers  1 – 2  Braintree Town Res

 

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Friday 21st September

Ely City 1 – 2  Thetford Town

Kirkley & Pakefield  1 – 2  Great Yarmouth Town

Saturday 22nd September

Framlingham Town  2 – 2  Gorleston

Hadleigh Utd  2 – 4  Godmanchester Rovers

Histon  2 – 0  Whitton Utd

Newmarket Town  4 – 3  FC Clacton

Stowmarket Town  5 – 0  Long Melford

Walsham-le-Willows  1 – 1  Norwich Utd

Wroxham  0 – 1  Woodbridge Town

 

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading.

Match Report: Saffron Walden Town 1 – 4 May & Baker E.C (The FA Vase 2RQ) [FAV 15.9.18]

The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 14

Saturday 15th September 2018  – 3pm KO

Saffron Walden Town: Black & Red Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

May & Baker E.C. : Black & White Striped Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Red Socks

May & Baker shock the Bloods to advance to the First Round Proper of the FA Vase

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Pete Dudley (@ped1980)

Our travels this weekend took us to Catons Lane for the first time to see Essex Senior League side Saffron Walden Town take on high-flying Eastern Senior League South side May & Baker. Pre-match, myself and colleagues felt there were goals in this one.

For The Bloods, manager Stuart Wardley was deprived of the talented pair Dan Trendall and Julian Simon-Parson due to injury though still named a powerful front three of Greg Strong, Charlie Portway and Lewis Francis. Wardley himself was named on the bench. Onto the visitors and they lined up with a strong forward partnership of their own with ex-Basildon Utd forward Reece Tranter and Dan Gilchrist leading the line with ex-Dagenham & Redbridge trainee Conor Okus in midfield though regular skipper James Barlow was unavailable.

The match began with the visitors probing forward though they were unable to breach the committed Saffron Walden back-line in the early moments of the match. Visiting forward Dan Gilchrist had a weak shot gobbled up by home custodian Neil O’Sullivan before moments later, M & B winger Craig Hall’s toe-poke was well-blocked by the midriff of O’Sullivan whilst one-on-one with the ‘keeper. The hosts responded with efforts from distance, captain Spike Bell and forward Lewis Francis the parties unable to find the target.

Danger signs were there for the hosts midway into the first half as home defender Ashley Skeggs did well to deny May & Baker forward Reece Tranter a good shy at goal and soon afterward, Hall headed wide of the post. The visitors did make their good spell count minutes later as a nervous back header by Skeggs sent Tranter in and he went past O’Sullivan and calmly slotted home.

SWT had a decent chance to level five minutes later though midfielder Jack Mead headed wide after being well-found from a left-wing cross into the box. The hosts were starting to find their rhythm at this point though M & B defended well and saw through to the interval with their slender lead intact.

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M & B free-kick about to be taken (Image Credit: Pete D)

Half-Time: Saffron Walden Town 0 – 1  May & Baker

You sensed that this game needed livening up a tad and four minutes into the second period, the visitors certainly provided some impetus as after a good ball in from the left, Craig Hall’s glancing header sent Micky Wetherall’s side into a strong position in this match. To their credit, Walden responded though found visiting stopper Michael Gooch in good form, showing some good decision-making. As the hour mark was approaching, Gilchrist’s low drive was well-stopped by O’Sullivan following Hall’s good ball in from the M & B right flank. O’Sullivan had to be alert to deny a clever routine from a corner from the visitors which ended in a long-range  strike. M & B got their wish though with 25 minutes left as Gilchrist’s sweet strike sailed past O’Sullivan to send the Eastern Senior League South side into dreamland.

The hosts were a little deflated, understandably, though still searched for a way back into the game and after Gooch punched out a good delivery into the area, Francis headed wide when in a decent position. Soon after that, after a cracking delivery from Francis, SWT forward Charlie Portway smashed an effort against the underside of the crossbar, it did deserve better though perhaps it was a marker that it may not be the hosts’ day.

That said, after Gooch had denied another long-range drive by Bell, Walden did get on the score-sheet with 12 minutes remaining as Portway was all alone in the box and rifled home well. Three minutes later, Bell’s deflected cross was skied over by Francis. In fairness the central defensive pair of Dean Hall and Joe Maskell were very dependable for the visitors.

More gloss was added to the scoreline late on as Tom Harvey powered home a  close-range strike from a narrow angle which only crowned off a momentous day for the visitors and a rare off-day for the home side.

Full-Time: Saffron Walden Town 1 – 4  May & Baker

I’d just like to say a thank you to Saffron Walden for their fine hospitality all-round today, it is a really nice ground as I hope the pictires convey, with the back-drop not being too shabby either.

Teams

Saffron Walden Town  | Manager: Stuart Wardley

Neil O’Sullivan (GK), Spike Bell (Capt), James Solkhon, Ashley Skeggs, Jamie Riley, Ruben Da Silva (Joe Cunning 53′), Craig Calver, Jack Mead (Malchi Rivett-Leigertwood 66′), Greg Strong (Ronnie Ledwith 85′), Charlie Portway, Lewis Francis

Goal-scorer: Charlie Portway  [78′]

Booked: Portway |  Subs Not Used: Davies, Wardley

May & Baker E.C.     |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

Michael Gooch (GK), Dean Hall, Kiel Chandler (Daniel Lopes 69′), Tom Harvey, Elliott Carter, Joe Maskell, Craig Hall (Luke Dickins 64′), Conor Okus, Reece Tranter (Lewis Wallen 74′), Dan Gilchrist, Henry Osei

Goal-scorers: Reece Tranter [27′], Craig Hall [49′], Dan Gilchrist [65′] & Tom Harvey [87′]

Booked: Lopes | Subs Not Used: Martin

Referee: Reece Pinchback

Round-up: Eastern Senior Lge Sth & Thurlow Nunn Prem (Sat 25th Aug) [EaSL & TNP 25.8.18]

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 on the 25th August. Enjoy.
Eastern Snr Lge Sth  (EaSL)
Friday 24th August

 

Brightlingsea Regent Res   2 – 3   Holland
Saturday 25th August

 
Benfleet  1 – 5  Coggeshall Utd

Braintree Town Res   0 – 2    Hashtag Utd

Frenford   1 – 3   Lopes Tavares (London)

Halstead Town   2 – 1   Burnham Ramblers

Harwich & Parkeston   3 – 0   Newbury Forest

Little Oakley   2 – 0  Fire Utd

May & Baker   5 – 1   Wormley Rovers

Wivenhoe Town   0 – 7   White Ensign

 

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Saturday 25th August

 
Ely City   1 – 0   Gorleston

Kirkley & Pakefield   1 – 0  Framlingham Town

Stowmarket Town  1 – 1  Norwich Utd

Wroxham  1 – 0   Walsham-le-Willows

 

 

That’s all for this week. Thanks 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.

Round-up: Eastern Snr Lge Sth & Essex Snr Cup (Sat 11th Aug) [EaSL & ESC 11.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my brief results round-up of the action in the Eastern Senior League South division this weekend, with the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division on a hiatus weekend due to their clubs’ involvement in the FA Cup Prelim Round, which also means there is a reduced programme of EaSL action. There are also two Essex Senior Cup matches on Satuday, results are at the end of the piece. Thanks for reading.

Eastern Senior League South – Sat 11th Aug

Braintree Town Res   2 – 0     Fire Utd     | Cressing Road  |

Brightlingsea Regent Res   0 – 0   Wormley Rovers   | North Road  |

Halstead Town  2 – 0   Benfleet   |

Holland   5 – 0   Newbury Forest   |  Eastcliff  |

May & Baker  4 – 2    Harwich & Parkeston   |  Mayesbrook Park  |

White Ensign    2 – 0    Hashtag Utd     |   Basildon Sporting Village  |

Essex Senior Cup

 

Frenford    3 – 4   Coggeshall Utd    | The Drive  |

Little Oakley    0 – 2    Lopes Tavares

We’ll be back next week with this results round-up, have a good week.

Essex Olympian League round-up (EOFL 17.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a mini round-up of all the action in the Essex Olympian League this weekend, looking at the results from the Premier Division all the way to Senior Division Four.

 

Olympian League  –  Premier  Division

Basildon Town P – P  Leigh Ramblers

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Canning Town 0 – 1 Frenford

Frenford edged this contest over Canning Town thanks to a solitary goal from substitute Driscoll to see them stay top by two points. Town are in 11th place.

 

Catholic Utd  P – P  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Harold Wood Athletic  P – P   Springfield

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Kelvedon Hatch  2 – 1  White Ensign

 

Manford Way 1 – 3  May & Baker E.C

May & Baker returned to winning ways with a comeback win at Manford Way. Reece Tranter had put the hosts ahead, though goals from Johnson, Elbi and substitute Osei sealed an important win for the former leaders. Manford drop to 9th spot while May & Bakers rise to second place.

 

EOFL – Senior Division One

 

Galleywood  1 – 4  Snaresbrook

 

Great Baddow  2 – 0  Runwell Sports

Baddow extended their unbeaten run to ten matches as a Sam Mead double ensured the win over bottom side Runwell Sports. The hosts go top by two points due to this win and the fact that Buckhurst Hill were not in action today. Sports stay bottom, level on points with Galleywood though they have five matches in hand on Sports.

 

Newbury Forest  P – P  Buckhurst Hill

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Old Chelmsfordians 1 – 0  Harold Hill

 

Old Southendian  5 – 1   Shenfield AFC

The hosts powered to a big win over mid-table Shenfield at Garon Park. Sam Jones (2), Nick Henesy (2) & Jon Staines secured the points and stay 3rd, six points off the leaders while Shenfield remain 6th.

 

Sungate  2 – 3   Hutton

 

 

EOFL   – Senior Division Two

 

Herongate Athletic  5 – 3  Toby

Newham Utd  P – P  May & Baker E.C Res.

Ramsden Scotia  P – P   Benfleet

Rayleigh Town Res.  P – P  Ongar Town

Rochford Town  8 – 3  Ryan  (Ryan are Relegated from EOFL Division Two)

Upminster  0 – 1    A1 Sportsr

 

EOFL – Senior Division Three

Beacon Hill Rovers   P – P   Shoebury Town

Debden Sports  P – P    Leytonstone Utd

Frenford Res.  5 – 2  Harold Wood Ath. Res.

Hutton Res.  1 – 3     Leigh Town

White Ensign Res.  2 – 5  Manford Way Res.

 

EOFL   – Senior Division Four

Leigh Ramblers Res. 4 – 0    Canning Town Res.

Old Barkabbeyans   1 – 5    Old Southendian Res.

Southend Sports  1 – 0   Epping

Toby Res.   P – P     Sungate Res.