Written by Scott W
Hello & welcome to another of the preview pieces looking at the Essex Senior League action this weekend, with Scott going solo due to Peter needing time out this week.
Saturday 17th November
Hoddesdon Town v Takeley | Lowfield
Scott: Hoddy welcome a Takeley side that have won their last four league outings. Simon Riddle’s side have found wins hard to grab of late though did defeat Clapton at home in midweek. Takeley won narrowly at Barkingside on Monday night to follow up on recent league wins at Tower Hamlets and Ilford. This may be a tougher test at Lowfield though will still head for a narrow away win.
Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2
Ilford v West Essex | Cricklefield
Scott: Ilford welcome the Stags to Cricklefield. The hosts have lost their last two matches, away to Stanway and at home to Sporting Bengal before that, two weeks ago. West made a spirited return to action in midweek before losing out at Hullbridge. This one could really go either way though I’ll go for a entertaining draw.
Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2
Saffron Walden Town v Clapton | Catons Lane
Scott: The new-look Tons visit Saffron Walden, on the back of a four-match winless league, though all of those matches have been away from home, due to ongoing complications at the Old Spotted Dog. Jason Maher’s Bloods side have won four of their last six matches though were held by Barkingside in their last league outing two weeks back. I have to say that Walden look one of the stronger sides in the division at preent and therefore will plump for a home win.
Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1
Southend Manor v Barkingside | Southchurch Park
Scott: These two out-of-form sides meet at Southchurch Park. Manor haven’t won in eight league matches as they sit third-bottom currently. ‘Side are still bottom and brought in Romford Director of Football Alex Goldstone as they new boss, replacing Michael Walther. The latter’s last game ended in a narrow home loss to Takeley on Monday night. I have a gut feeling this ‘six-pointer’ will be a gritty affair. Narrow home win, in my view.
Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1
St Margaretsbury v Hullbridge Sports | The Recreation Ground
Scott: St Margs welcome Hullbridge to the Rec. Max Mitchell’s side are on a upturn in form, unbeaten in four outings now, winning three of them. Add to that a big comeback win over Enfield in their Gordon Brasted Quarter-Final in midweek. Sports are unbeaten in six and won in midweek, at home to West Essex. This could be a cracker with goals aplenty, and I’ll plump for a home win, just.
Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2
Stansted v Tower Hamlets | Hargrave Park
Scott: Tower Hamlets make the trip to Hargrave Park to face a Stansted side who have won their last four and can win ‘ugly’. The Airportmen came back to win late on at Woodford on Monday night and are two points clear at the summit. Hamlets have won one of their last six matches league-wise though did pick up an important victory over Sawbridgeworth in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek. All being said though, it would be a surprise if the hosts didn’t pick up the win here.
Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 1
Stanway Rovers v Redbridge | Hawthorns
Scott: These two do battle again at the Hawthorns, just a week after Rovers sent the Motormen out of the Peter Butcher Trophy. Stanway built on that cup win by beating Ilford at home in midweek while Redbridge were held at fellow strugglers Leyton Athletic. New Rovers gaffer Terry Spillane has already made a few changes to his playing squad and they are unbeaten in five matches now. Redbridge were held by their opponents in their delayed fixture at home only 18 days ago so will want to look to better that outcome though they haven’t won in five matches now themselves. Home win for me.
Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1
Walthamstow v Woodford Town | Kitchener Road / Wadham Lodge
Scott: 5th plays 8th here at Wadham Lodge though only four points seperate the sides pre-match. ‘Stow lost out at Stansted last time out in the league at the end of last month though did defeat co-tenants Leyton Ath in the GBT Quarter-Finals last weekend. Woodford exited the Peter Butcher Trophy last weekend to ESL Reserve Division side Tiptree Jobserve before they also suffered a late defeat to Stansted in midweek. With recent additions like Bryn Thorpe, Dwade James and Joe Benjamin, Ryan Maxwell’s side are building their strength up squad-wise and may be too strong here.
Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.