Bostik League Division North midweek round-up (27.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to an in-brief round-up of the action that took place in the Isthmian League Division North in midweek. The updated table will return at the weekend. Enjoy.

Tuesday 26th September

Brentwood Town 2 – 5 Maldon & Tiptree

Venue: Brentwood Arena  | Attendance: 105

Maldon first-half goal-blitz laid the foundations for a good win at the Brentwood Arena. Ryan Clampin’s quick-fire brace early-on (5’ & 8’) gave the Jammers the initiative before Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe made it three on 29 minutes. Clampin struck again to grab his hat-trick four minutes later as Kevin Horlock’s side led handsomely at the break. Maldon substitute Kieran Bailey made it five on 75 minutes before a late brace from Brentwood’s Andy Freeman (pen 77’ & 87’) made sure the hosts ended the match on a brighter note. This was Maldon’s third league win of the campaign.

Bury Town  0 – 1  Dereham Town

Venue: Ram Meadow  | Attendance: 275

Dereham edged this one to claim the points at Ram Meadow. Joe Gatting nabbed the only goal on 62 minutes to ensure the Magpies’ fifth league win of the campaign.

Soham Town Rangers  0 – 2  AFC Sudbury

Venue: Julius Martin Lane  | Attendance: 136

Sudbury held off the challenge of Soham to record a good away win at Julius Martin Lane. Adam Mills put the visitors ahead on 23 minutes, before Louis Blake doubled the lead ten minutes later to give the Suds their third league win of the season.

Tilbury 0 – 3 Bowers & Pitsea

Venue: Chadfields  | Attendance: 85

Bowers produced an excellent away-day display to claim the win at Chadfields. Jamie Salmon put the visitors ahead eight minutes before the break. Lewis Clark doubled the lead on 48 minutes. Rob Small’s side had to play the last nine minutes with ten men as Callum Leahy was given a straight red card. Bowers made the points safe though on 83 minutes as Clark got his second of the evening. Bowers have now won six league matches already this term.


Wednesday 27th September

Grays Athletic  3 – 6  Canvey Island

Venue: Parkside   |   Attendance: 253

Canvey got the points in a nine-goal thriller at Parkside. Mitchell Gilbey put the Islanders ahead on ten minutes. After the break, the goal glut started with Sam Collins (47’) and a George Sykes brace (52’ & 54’) giving Danny Heale’s side a 4-0 lead. Grays roared back to within one as Ryan Mahal (57’), Callum Ibe (61’) & Adeyinka Cole (63’) pulled Jamie Stuart’s side back into contention though Canvey sealed the win through Gilbey’s second on 64 minutes and Steve Sheehan’s header on 70 minutes. Canvey grabbed their fifth league win of the season here.

Romford  1 – 3  Cheshunt

Venue: Ship Lane  | Atttendance: 84

Cheshunt defeated out-of-form Romford at Ship Lane. Kyle Roberts put the Ambers ahead on five minutes, before Luke Illsley doubled the advantage 12 minutes later. Romford pulled one back through Jonathan Adebayo on 23 minutes though Paul Martin’s side trailed at the break. Callum Ellersley secured the second win of the season for Steve Newing’s side with 13 minutes remaining.

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Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 FC Romania (GBMT 27.9.17)

The Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Round One

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 60

2017-18 Season – Match 25

Wednesday 27th September 2017 7.45pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Shorts

FC Romania: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a wet, damp evening at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor welcomed FC Romania in another Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy First Round tie.

The match didn’t exactly roar into life unfortunately and Manor had to make an early change as Charlie Barlow had to be substituted after only eight minutes, being replaced by Hamid Zemani and the early sub Zemani had a shot on goal that brought a save out of visiting goalkeeper Georgian Bordeanu. To be fair, FCR midfielder Ionut Jugaru sent a drive whistling past the left-side post.

For Manor, winger Rhys Fatt was looking useful down the right with his pace and running though the game lacked clear-cut chances. On 21 minutes, Jacob Cleaver’s header was saved by Bordeanu though the assistant referee was flagging for offside anyway. With ten minutes to play until half-time, midfielder Joe Skeels fizzed a 35-yard effort at goal and it went just over the bar.

Cleaver was pretty much the focal point of the home side’s forward line though with three minutes to go until the break, he had another header which Bordeanu saved. Soon after, FCR winger Kelemen Attila powered a 25-yard drive just over the bar. It was that sort of match that needed something perhaps speculative to kick it into life. All square at the break.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 –  0 FC Romania

The second half began as the rain lashed down which was an added inconvience for the players. Zemani had another pop at goal ten minutes into the second-half though Bordeanu saved well. In a match that was still starved of chances and arguably had more talking points elsewhere, Cleaver twice couldn’t beat ‘keeper Bordeanu. Into the last ten minutes of normal time and the FC Romania goalkeeper did well to gather forward Bayley Newell’s right-wing centre with Cleaver waiting in the wings just behind him.

FC Romania, while not at their best, did so flashes of good passing and movement though you sensed they were looking to go on the counter-attack rather than push forward with any great urgency. In truth, the ‘urgency’ or high-tempo was lacking by both sides here as it looked ominous that spot-kicks would be needed to settle this tie.

FCR substitute Sergiu Maximov was denied by home goalkeeper Liam Pitts as the 90-minute mark approached. Just into added time, Manor substitute Micky Hopkins’ shot was tipped wide by Bordeanu, though again the linesman was flagging for offside.

Though there was a late sting in the tail as in three minutes into added-time, FCR substitute Mihai Botosan was in the right place at the right time as with Manor stretched at the back, the forward lashed home from near point-blank range and wheeled away in delight as the visitors edged into the next round.

You could argue that the hosts edged the match in terms of play and chances created though you could also say that both sides were below-par tonight. Manor will now turn their attention back to the ESL on Saturday (30th Sept) where they entertain Waltham Forest while FC Romania travel to Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday (30th Sept).

Full-Time:                 Southend Manor  0 – 1 FC Romania

Botosan 90’ +3


*=Denotes came on as Sub & ^ denotes player going off

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

FC Romania

Assistant Manager: Dragos Ciolca

(Manager Ion Vintila was away)

1  Liam Pitts  (GK) 27  Georgian Bordeanu  (GK)
2  Ross Johnson 2  Florea Ionut
3  Alfie Lindfield^ 3  Vladut Andries
4  Lee Delf  (C) 4  Paul Grigoras
5  Scott Keys 5  Felix Lupu  (C)^
6  Charlie Barlow^ 6  Mihai Circiumaru
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Kelemen Attila
8  Callum Jex 8  Ionut Jugaru
9  Jacob Cleaver 9  Sergiu Pitaru
10  Bayley Newell^ 10  Laurentiu Balosu
11  Joe Skeels 11  Victor Bogos


12  Micky Hopkins* 12  George Stroe
14  Finlay Dopson 15  Sergiu Maximov*
15  Hamid Zamani* 16  Gabriel Ghinea
16 Luke Winter* 17  Dinu Barcari
17 Jamie Alexandrou 19  Mihai Botosan*


Paul Humphries
Assistant Referees:

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Joe Burgess

Booked: Lindfield, Jex Booked: Bordeanu, Andries, Circiumaru

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports *1 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd (GBMT 26.9.17)

The Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Round One

*Denotes won on penalties

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 44

2017-18 Season – Match 24

Tuesday 26th September 2017 7.45pm KO

Hullbridge Sports : Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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

Hullbridge v S Bengal (GBMT R1 26.9.17)
Hullbridge head clear during the match (Image Credit: Peter Dudley or @ped1980 on Twitter)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports took on Sporting Bengal Utd in a Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy First Round tie. The hosts sported a strong side while Bengal were missing several first-team regulars including the likes of Antony Murray-Bruce, Oscar Mendes and goalkeeper Denzel Kobia.

We certainly didn’t have long to wait for the first goal. In the first minute, a Jimmy Cox free-kick was floated in and forward Luca Frankis’ header powered into the right corner to give Rob Hodgson’s side the lead. The hosts did have more of the play in the early-going and therefore more of the chances as well, though midfielder Sam Dulieu and Cox couldn’t find the target. Hullbridge suffered an early setback as forward Howard Wright had to be substituted on 17 minutes, due to what appeared to be a hamstring injury, with Jamie Buffin replacing him.

On 21 minutes, Bengal midfielder Ashaan Siddik’s mazy run got through the Sports defence though Hullbridge goalkeeper Bobby Mason did well to gather the ball cleanly to deny him. The hosts did need to re-settle themselves after the substitution though Bengal levelled with 26 minutes on the watch as Mahdi Khan’s shot squirmed through Mason’s legs at the near post.

Both sides had chances to go ahead in the remainder of the first half. Just after the half-hour, Hullbridge midfielder Lewis Watson’s header hit the crossbar from full-back Charlie Buffin’s right-wing cross. Three minutes later, Siddik’s goal-bound drive was well tipped-over the bar by Mason. Bengal were awarded a penalty four minutes before the break, though skipper Freddy Tandon’s spot-kick was well-saved by Mason, diving to his left. Although they had to negotiate a few hairy moments at the back, the hosts made it to half-time honours-even.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd

Only a minute into the second half, Watson’s drive was parried away by visiting goalkeeper Ataaib Khan. The Bengal custodian also gathered headers from Watson and Hodgson soon afterward and in the main, he was calm and assured in supporting his defenders.

With 68 minutes gone, Cox’s shot was saved by Khan following a good run by Hodgson through the middle in possession. The visitors did find another gear in the latter stages though shots on goal from Mahdi Khan, forward Jamalur Rahman and winger Codey Cameron couldn’t get past Mason. Deep into added-time, Bengal were awarded another spot-kick after a foul by Charlie Buffin, which saw his gather his second booking on the way to a (not very) early bath. This time, Cameron took the spot-kick though ‘lightning did strike twice’ as he blazed his kick over the bar. So, the dreaded spot-kick deciders were necessary as is this competition there isn’t any extra-time.

After 90 mins:  Hullbridge Sports  1 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd

In the shoot-out, to begin with anyway, the evening’s lack of penalty success continued as Hullbridge’s Aaron Hunwicks and Bengal’s Mahdi Khan both had their spot-kicks saved. Hullbridge’s Jimmy Cox edged his side ahead before Bengal’s Codey Cameron levelled. Hullbridge substitute Jamie Buffin made it 2-1 before Bengal skipper Tandon once again missed, hitting the bar. Michael Edgar successfully converted his spot-kick to make it 3-1 before Bengal forward Rahman made it 3-2 though Hullbridge substitute Damien Siemienczuk scored the winning penalty to see his side advance to the next round where they will face Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park in an intriguing local derby.

FT: 1 – 1 (Hullbridge won 4-2 on penalties)

In summary, the match was pretty even for most of the evening. Both sides had their chances; the hosts in particular could’ve scored four or five if they were more clinical whilst Bengal will rue those two missed penalties. For the hosts, forward Luca Frankis stood out as a threat on the right flank while midfielders Lewis Watson and Sam Dulieu put a heck of a shift in. For the visitors, winger Mahdi Khan and midfielder Ashaan Siddik put in good performances in my opinion.


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Bobby Mason  (GK) 1  Ataaib Khan  (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Shafi Noor
3  Aaron Hunwicks 3  Ismael Chand            (Subbed 69’)
4  Michael Edgar 4  David Tarawali
5  Rob Hodgson 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Ollie Quick 6  Adil Salih
7  Luca Frankis     (Subbed 78’) 7  Codey Cameron
8  Lewis Watson 8  Ashaan Siddik
9  Howard Wright  (Subbed 17’) 9  Curtley McIntosh       (Subbed 53’)
10  Jimmy Cox  (C) 10  Jamalur Rahman
11  Sam Dulieu 11  Mahdi Khan


12  Jamie Buffin                 (On 17’) 12  Nazmul Ahmed        (On 69’)
14  Damien Siemienczuk  (On 78’) 13  Jahed Ahmed
15  Angus Poole 14  Daryl Noble              (On 53’)
GK  Jamie Merralls 15  Imrul Gazi


Kirk Edwards
Assistant Referees:

Erwin Kegyes

Ray Parmenter

Booked: Edgar, Hunwicks, Hodgson Booked: Rahman, Cameron.
Sent Off: C Buffin (2 Bookings)

Essex Senior League. FA Vase 2QR & EOFL round-up (24.9.17)

Written by Scott W (@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the limited ESL action this weekend followed by the ESL table, plus the results in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round and Essex Olympian League this weekend.

Friday 22nd September

Woodford Town (2017) 1 – 2  Hackney Wick  

Venue: Goffs Lane    |   Attendance: 25

Wick started the weekend’s action with a good win at Goffs Lane. Andre Bennett got the goal for the home side seven minutes from half-time. Wick’s goals came from Jeffrey Idemudia and Ibrahim Camara as the visitors picked up their third win of the season.

Saturday 23rd September

Clapton  3 – 2  FC Romania

Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |   Attendance: 83

Clapton produced a stirring comeback to claim the win at the Old Spotted Dog Stadium. The Wolves went ahead through Florin Pop’s opener (17’). Clapton levelled three minutes before half-time thanks to Jay Morris’s goal. An OG on the stroke of half-time saw the visitors ahead at the break. The Tons, who were forced to put skipper Jerry Jairette in goal as all three goalkeepers were unavailable, restored parity again on the hour through Jeffrey Cobblah and Steven Sardinha got the eventual winner with 18 minutes remaining. FC Romania ended the match with nine men as they had two players dismissed late on.

Stansted  8 – 0  Wadham Lodge   

Venue: Hargrave Park     |   Attendance: 24

Stansted produced a second-half blitz to record a big win against out-of-form Wadham at Hargrave Park. The Airportmen took the initiative after the restart as they were four up by the hour mark thanks to Jack Isherwood (50’), Nick Brown (52’), Dave Limber (57’) and Mick Carpenter (60’). Ryan Ramsey made it five on 71 minutes before late goals from Chris Gormley (76’) and Limber (85’) & Brown’s (87’) second of the afternoon sealed the rout to give Stansted their third win of the season.

Essex Senior League Table (after 23rd September 2017 matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 West Essex 8 6 1 1 +8 19
2 Sporting Bengal Utd 10 6 1 3 +6 19
3 Takeley 6 6 0 0 +15 18
4 Basildon Utd 7 6 0 1 +8 18
5 Tower Hamlets 8 5 2 1 +14 17
6 Great Wakering Rovers 8 5 1 2 +10 16
7 Redbridge 8 5 1 2 +5 16
8 FC Romania 7 4 1 2 +10 13
9 Barkingside 7 4 0 3 +2 12
10 Clapton 8 3 3 2 +2 12
11 Ilford 9 4 0 5 +1 12
12 Waltham Forest 10 3 2 5 -7 11
13 Woodford Town (2017) 10 3 2 5 -9 11
14 Stansted 9 3 1 5 +2 10
15 Hackney Wick 10 3 1 6 -7 10
16 Hullbridge Sports 8 2 3 3 -4 9
17 Sawbridgeworth Town 8 2 1 5 -4 7
18 Enfield 1893 7 2 0 5 -8 6
19 Southend Manor 5 1 1 3 -3 4
20 Burnham Ramblers 9 1 1 7 -16 4
21 Wadham Lodge 10 1 0 9 -25 3


The FA Vase Second Qualifying Round results

Saturday 23rd September

Basildon Utd  2 – 1 Walsham-le-Willows (AET) | Venue: The Hive | Att: 108

Hadleigh Utd 1 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town  | Venue: The Millfield |

Ilford 0 – 3 Hullbridge Sports  | Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 40

Kirkley & Pakefield 2 – 3 Burnham Ramblers |

Redbridge 2 – 2 Coggeshall Town | Venue: Oakside | Att: 50

Stowmarket Town 4 – 5 Enfield 1893 (AET)| Venue: Greens Meadow |Att: 132

Tower Hamlets 10 – 1 Little Oakley  | Venue: Mile End Stadium | Att: 56

West Essex 1 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers | Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 44

Sunday 24th September

Barkingside 2 – 3 Whitton Utd  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 90

For more on the FA Vase action, check out fellow Non-League blogger Peter Dudley’s round-up here:   (Sat)   (Sun)


Essex Olympian League

Saturday 23rd September

Premier Division

Basildon Town 0 – 5  Frenford

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  3 – 1   Manford Way

Catholic Utd   0 – 0  Springfield

Leigh Ramblers  2 – 2   Canning Town

Rayleigh Town 1 – 7  Harold Wood Athletic

White Ensign  1 – 3   May & Baker EC.


Senior Division One

Buckhurst Hill  3 – 0  Hutton

Great Baddow  5 – 3  Snaresbrook

FC Hamlets  2 – 2  Sungate

Harold Hill  2 – 0   Old Chelmsfordians

Shenfield AFC    1 – 0   Galleywood


Senior Division Two

A1 Sports 1 – 4   Herongate Athletic

May & Baker E.C. Res.  1 – 0   Rayleigh Town Res.

Ramsden Scotia   14 – 2  Ryan

Rochford Town 2 – 3  Ongar Town

Toby    1 – 4  Newham Utd

Upminster  1 – 5   Benfleet


Bostik League Premier Division Round-up (23.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Bostik League Premier Division here on my blog. Here’s a round-up of the action that transpired on Saturday 23rd September, followed by the updated table. Enjoy.

For the round-up on Bostik Division North action from 23rd September, visit


Bostik Premier Division

Billericay Town 1  – 0  Tooting & Mitcham Utd

Venue: New Lodge   |   Attendance: 1,104

Billericay struck at the death to secure another three points at New Lodge. The visitors were reduced to ten men on 64 minutes as Jordan Wilson was dismissed for two bookings. ‘Ricay were also a man light with 13 minutes remaining as Rob Swaine was given a straight red card. The hosts scraped the win though as Ricky Modeste’s goal in added time secured Town’s seventh straight league win. Tooting have yet to taste victory thus far this term.

Burgess Hill Town  0 – 1   Tonbridge Angels

Venue: The Green Elephant Stadium   |     Attendance: 462

Tonbridge edged Burgess Hill to claim the points. The only goal came from Alexander Akrofi on 71 minutes. Steve McKimm’s side held on to claim their third win of the season.

Dorking Wanderers  3 –  2  Brightlingsea Regent

Venue: London Road      |        Attendance: 223

Dorking held off a second-half comeback by Regent to claim the win at London Road. Dorking led on nine minutes as Dan Pearse put them ahead. A penalty from Billy Hunt levelled things on 32 minutes before James McShane put the hosts back ahead a minute later. Wanderers led 3-1 at the break as Tom Tolfrey struck a minute before half-time. Substitute Aaron Condon pulled one back with 15 minutes left. Dorking held on though to record their third win this term. Regent are now without a win in their last three league matches.

Dulwich Hamlet 4 – 0  Leatherhead

Venue: Champion Hill     |    Attendance: 1,752

Dulwich comfortably defeated the Tanners at Champion Hill. Muhammadu Faal gave Hamlet the lead four minutes in. Goals from Kenny Beaney (23’) and Faal’s second (43’) put the hosts clear at the interval. Nyren Clunis made the points safe with the fourth eight minutes after the break. This was Dulwich’s fourth win of the season, while being Leatherhead’s third loss of the campaign.

Folkestone Invicta   3 – 2   Hendon

Venue:  The Fullicks Stadium     |        Attendance: 457

Invicta recovered to get all three points at the Fullicks. A quick-fire brace from Niko Muir (47’ & 49’) gave Hendon the advantage. Adam Yusuff’s spot-kick on 51 minutes pulled one back for Folkestone before goals from Joshua Vincent (70’) & Joseph Taylor (84’) sealed the turn-around and gave Invicta their fourth win of the season. This was Hendon’s first loss in four league matches.

Kingstonian  6 – 0  Harlow Town

Venue: Feltcham Grove      |       Attendance: 223

The K’s smashed Harlow in a big win at Feltcham Grove. Kingstonian led 4-0 at the break thanks to goals from Tom Collins (21’), Tom Derry (32’), Toby Little (37’) and Lewis Taylor (45’). Craig Edwards’ side completed the scoring after the break thanks to Collins’ second on 62 minutes and Kane Haysman on 74 minutes. The K’s have now won three out of their last four league matches while the visitors have been defeated five times this season so far.

Leiston  3 – 0   Metropolitan Police

Venue: Victory Road       |        Attendance: 256

Leiston saw off the challenge of Met Police at Victory Road. Matt Blake put the Blues ahead on 29 minutes before Joe Marsden doubled the lead three minutes before the break. A late third by substitute Robert Eagle sealed Leiston’s fifth win this term.

Margate  1 – 1   Harrow Borough

Venue: Hartsdown Park     |        Attendance: 552

Margate were held by Harrow in front of a decent crowd at Hartsdown Park. Orlando Smith gave the hosts the lead on 59 minutes before Adam Richards levelled right on the 90 minute mark to claim a point for Boro. The Gate are now unbeaten in three league matches.

Needham Market  2 – 2   Enfield Town

Venue: Bloomfields      |     Attendance: 304

Needham had to come from behind to salvage a draw at Bloomfields. Luke Ingram put the hosts ahead five minutes before the break. A Darryl Coakley OG levelled on 52 minutes before Jack Higgs gave Enfield the lead with nine minutes to play. Needham restored parity late on through Dan Morphew’s spot-kick. The Marketmen haven’t won in four league matches now.

Staines Town    3 – 1   Lowestoft Town

Venue: Wheatsheaf Park    |       Attendance: 199

Staines came from behind to get the points at Wheatsheaf Park. Jacek Zielonka initially gave Lowie the lead nine minutes in. That lead lasted three minutes before Mohamed Bettamer levelled. Staines sealed the comeback with a brace from Jonathan Hippolyte (28’ & 57’), securing their fourth win of the campaign. Lowie have now lost four of their last five league matches.

Thurrock   1 – 1   Merstham

Venue: Ship Lane          Attendance: 116

Merstham fought back to claim a point at Ship Lane. Ex-pro Dennis Oli gave Mark Stimson’s side the lead three minutes into the match though Sahr Kabba pulled the visitors level on 28 minutes. The Fleet haven’t won in their last four league matches now while Merstham have drawn their last three matches.

Wingate & Finchley   1 – 0   Worthing

Venue: Summers Lane                      Attendance: 125

In-form Wingate edged struggling Worthing at Summers Lane. Rob Laney got the only goal five minutes before half-time to give the hosts their sixth straight league win of the season.


Bostik Premier Division table (after Saturday 23rd September matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Billericay Town 8 7 0 1 +18 21
2 Leiston 8 5 3 0 +9 15
3 Wingate & Finchley 8 6 0 2 +6 18
4 Hendon 8 5 0 3 +9 15
5 Staines Town 9 4 3 2 +7 15
6 Dulwich Hamlet 8 4 2 2 +4 14
7 Folkestone Invicta 7 4 2 1 +3 14
8 Harrow Borough 8 4 2 2 0 14
9 Kingstonian 8 4 1 3 -1 13
10 Margate 7 3 3 1 +6 12
11 Leatherhead 7 4 0 3 +2 12
12 Tonbridge Angels 8 3 2 3 0 11
13 Brightlingsea Regent 9 3 2 4 -3 11
14 Merstham 8 2 4 2 +4 10
15 Dorking Wanderers 8 3 1 4 +2 10
16 Enfield Town 8 2 3 3 0 9
17 Burgess Hill Town 8 2 3 3 -3 9
18 Needham Market 8 2 3 3 -3 9
19 Thurrock 8 2 2 4 -7 8
20 Harlow Town 8 2 1 5 -7 7
21 Metropolitan Police 8 2 1 5 -8 7
22 Lowestoft Town 8 2 0 6 -6 6
23 Tooting & Mitcham Utd 8 0 3 5 -14 3
24 Worthing 9 0 1 8 -18 1


Bostik League Div. North & South Round-up (23.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Isthmian League Division North on Sat 23rd September and the updated table (below) as the league starts to take shape, with results from Bostik Division South from the same day & the Bostik South table. Enjoy.

Saturday 23rd September

Bostik Division North

AFC Sudbury   3 – 2   Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   |   Attendance: 259

Sudbury struck late to claim the win at the Wardale Williams Stadium. Juan Luque put the high-flying Swifts ahead on the half-hour. After the break, Sam Clarke’s penalty (64’) levelled things before Luque’s second of the afternoon three minutes later gave Jody Brown’s side the advantage once again. Though the Suds were not to be denied as first Louis Blake restored parity with 15 minutes to go, and Adam Mills struck five minutes from the end. Mills were sent off with moments remaining though the hosts held on to obtain a much-needed win and hand Heybridge their first loss of the season.

Aveley   1 – 0  Brentwood Town

Venue: Parkside   |  Attendance: 289

Aveley edged Brentwood to record their first win since the opening day of the campaign. Jordan Watson got the only goal on the hour. Though the Millers had to see out the last few minutes with ten men as Nathan Koranteng saw red.

Bowers & Pitsea  4  – 2  Potters Bar Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium   | Attendance: 113

Bowers produced a stirring second-half comeback to overcome Potters Bar at the Len Salmon Stadium. The Scholars led after 17 minutes through Michael Murray’s opener. After the break, Ben Sartain levelled matters on 65 minutes. Five minutes later, Bradley Sach’s goal gave the visitors the lead again. Not for long though as three minutes after that, a spot-kick from David Knight made it 2-2. And late goals from James Thomas (79’) and Knight (87’) sealed Bowers’ third straight win in the league.

Canvey Island   1 – 0   Romford

Venue: Park Lane   |   Attendance: 329

Canvey recorded a narrow though nonetheless important win at Ship Lane. George Sykes’ penalty five minutes after the interval turned out to be the winner. This was Romford’s fifth straight league loss and this could be a difficult season for Paul Martin’s side.

Cheshunt 1 – 2   Bury Town

Venue: Theobalds Lane   |   Attendance: 130

All the goals came in the second-half at Theobalds Lane as Bury edged this one. Noel Aitkens put the visitors ahead with 18 minutes remaining. They only led for six minutes before Tom Bruno’s penalty restored parity for Steve Newing’s side. Though Bury were awarded a spot-kick of their own with eight minutes left and substitute Cemal Ramadan duly converted it to get the eventual winner. The Ambers had to play the last six minutes with ten men as Jason Hallett was dismissed. Bury Town are unbeaten in their last five league matches, while Cheshunt suffered their fourth league defeat of the season.

Dereham Town 3 – 3    Barking

Venue: Aldiss Park             |   Attendance: 122

Barking recovered well from twice going two goals behind to get a point at Aldiss Park. Ashley Jarvis’ brace (9 & 26’) gave the Magpies the initiative at the break. Two minutes after the interval, Alan Taylor cut the visitors’ arrears in half though Joe Gatting restored Dereham’s two-goal cushion only a minute later. Barking were level again on 54 minutes though as Jay Knight struck before substitute Goldy Capela struck at the death to give Justin Gardner’s side a point in a enthralling encounter. Dereham are now winless in their last four league matches. Barking are now unbeaten in three league matches.

Haringey Borough 2 – 0  Soham Town Rangers

Venue: Coles Park               |   Attendance: 117

Haringey held off Soham to grab another three points at Coles Park. A first-half brace from Jamie O’Dongohue (20’ & pen 38’) was enough to claim his side’s fifth straight league win. Soham are now winless in their last three league matches.

Hertford Town  1 – 0  Grays Athletic

Venue:  Hertingfordbury Park                    |   Attendance: 213

Ten-man Hertford struck very late to seal all three points. Hertford were down to ten seven minutes into the second half as Jason Beck was dismissed. Gavin Kelsey’s side held firm though and Michael Toner’s penalty at the death sealed the hosts’ second win of the season.

Maldon & Tiptree   1 – 1 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Park Drive                     |   Attendance: 61

Maldon fought back to end this one honours-even at Park Drive. Abbey led seven minutes before half-time through Billy Holland’s goal. Though a spot-kick from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe on 72 minutes gave the Jammers a point. Maldon have only won one of their last five league matches now.


Mildenhall Town 4 – 6  Tilbury

Venue:  Recreation Way                    |   Attendance: 162

Tilbury pulled off an excellent win at Recreation Way in this ten-goal thriller. Tilbury led after just four minutes thanks to Toby Aromolaran’s opener. Joshua Curry levelled for the Hall on 34 minutes before Bryan Kyungu restored the Dockers’ lead two minutes later. Mildenhall’s Shaun Avis made it 2-2 five minutes before the interval. A quick-fire double from Adam Vyse (48’) and Emiel Aiken (51’) gave the visitors a two-goal cushion early in the second half. Craig Calver made it 3-4 four minutes after Aiken’s goal. Tilbury put themselves clear thanks to Ryan Melaugh (62’) and Aromolaran’s second of the afternoon on 64 minutes. The visitors were down to ten men on 86 minutes as Lewis Jaggs was dismissed for two bookable offences and Mildenhall grabbed another late on through substitute Gareth Simpson. Tilbury are now unbeaten in their last three league matches.

Norwich Utd  0 – 2  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Plantation Park                     |   Attendance: 89

Hornchurch struck twice in the first half to continue their 100% start to the league season. Goals from Nathan Cooper (6’) and Kenzer Lee (25’) were enough to give the Urchins’ their 7th straight league win. Norwich are yet to find their first win this term.

Ware 3 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: Wodson Park                     |   Attendance: 68

Ware came from behind to edge Witham at Wodson Park. Pat Ahern gave the visitors the lead on seven minutes, before Yannick Kamanan restored parity on 31 minutes. A Tyler Corlett OG put the hosts ahead eight minutes into the second-half. Town were level with 58 minutes gone as Shamido Pedulu struck. Ware were down to ten men as Ahmed Abdullah was sent off for two bookings with two minutes left. Gareth Madden popped up right though at the end to seal Ware’s fourth win of the season. Witham are now without a win in three league matches.

Bostik Division North Table (after 23rd September 2017 matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 AFC Hornchurch 7 7 0 0 +15 21
2 Haringey Borough 7 6 1 0 +9 19
3 Bowers & Pitsea 8 5 1 2 +9 16
4 Heybridge Swifts 6 5 0 1 +11 15
5 Bury Town 8 4 3 1 +10 15
6 Canvey Island 8 4 3 1 +7 15
7 Dereham Town 8 4 2 2 +2 14
8 Potters Bar Town 7 4 1 2 +5 13
9 Tilbury 8 4 1 3 -3 13
10 Ware 7 4 0 3 +2 12
11 Mildenhall Town 8 4 0 4 0 12
12 Waltham Abbey 7 3 1 3 +3 10
13 Aveley 8 3 1 4 -4 10
14 Hertford Town 7 2 3 2 -8 9
15 Barking 7 2 2 3 0 8
16 Soham Town Rangers 8 2 2 4 -4 8
17 AFC Sudbury 6 2 1 3 -1 7
18 Maldon & Tiptree 6 2 1 3 -3 7
19 Witham Town 8 2 1 5 -5 7
20 Grays Athletic 7 2 0 5 -4 6
21 Brentwood Town 7 1 1 5 -4 4
22 Cheshunt 7 1 1 5 -8 4
23 Romford 8 1 1 6 -13 4
24 Norwich Utd 8 0 1 7 -16 1


Bostik Division South

Saturday 23rd September

Ashford Utd 3 – 0  Guernsey  | Venue: Homelands | Att: 258

Carshalton Athletic  2 – 2  Phoenix Sports   | Venue: Colston Avenue | Att: 311

Cray Wanderers 3 – 1 Herne Bay   | Venue: Hayes Lane  | Att: 166

Faversham Town 0 – 1 Corinthian Casuals  | Venue: Salters Lane  | Att: 227

Horsham  1 – 5   Sittingbourne  | Venue: Culver Road  | Att: 161

Molesey   4 – 3  Hastings Utd  | Venue: Walton Road  | Att: 75

Shoreham 1 – 0 Greenwich Borough  | Venue: Middle Road | Att: 110

South Park  2 – 2   Hythe Town  | Venue: Whitehall Lane  |  Att: 77

Thamesmead Town  1 – 3  Ramsgate  | Venue: Princes Park  | Att: 74

VCD Athletic  1 – 3  Chipstead  |  Venue: Oakwood | Att: 68

Walton Casuals  1 – 2  Lewes   |  Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub  | Att: 211

Whyteleafe 2 – 1  East Grinstead Town  | Venue: Church Road | Att: 165


Bostik Division South Table (after 23rd September 2017 matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Whyteleafe 9 6 2 1 +10 20
2 Lewes 8 6 2 0 +6 20
3 Sittingbourne 9 5 3 1 +9 18
4 South Park 8 5 2 1 +13 17
5 Walton Casuals 8 5 1 2 +8 16
6 Corinthian Casuals 8 5 1 2 +6 16
7 Carshalton Athletic 6 4 2 0 +7 14
8 Cray Wanderers 8 3 4 1 +8 13
9 Hythe Town 9 4 1 4 +4 13
10 Herne Bay 7 4 0 3 +5 12
11 Phoenix Sports 7 3 3 1 +4 12
12 Greenwich Borough 7 3 2 2 +5 11
13 Molesey 8 3 1 4 -6 10
14 VCD Athletic 9 3 0 6 -10 9
15 Thamesmead Town 6 2 2 2 +2 8
16 Hastings Utd 8 2 2 4 -5 8
17 Chipstead 7 2 1 4 -5 7
18 Horsham 7 2 1 4 -7 7
19 Ashford Utd 8 2 1 5 -7 7
20 Faversham Town 7 2 0 5 -1 6
21 Ramsgate 7 2 0 5 -6 6
22 East Grinstead Town 8 1 2 5 -8 5
23 Shoreham 8 1 1 6 -19 4
24 Guernsey 9 1 0 8 -13 3

Match Report: West Essex 1 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers (FAV 23.9.17)

The FA Vase Second Qualifying Round

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

2017-18 Season – Match 23

Saturday 23rd September 2017 3pm KO

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Great Wakering Rovers: Green & White Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a decent afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex welcomed fellow ESL side Great Wakering Rovers in this FA Vase Second Qualifying Round tie. Wakering kept the same starting XI that won in league action last weekend.

Wakering did start the match the stronger of the two sides, with winger Billy Johnson giving an early indication of the threat he posed by having two efforts on goal, though they were off-target. Only ten minutes in, Wakering forward Jake Gordon was in prime position to shoot on goal though was adjudged to have been brought down by home defender Koki Appiah, who was subsequently given a straight red card by referee Simmons. The decision certainly ticked off the home side and it was arguably a controversial one to send Appiah off.

Anyhow, Gordon dusted himself down and took the spot-kick himself, duly converting it to give the visitors the lead soon after. West Essex showed their spirit again though as two minutes later, the ten-men were level as Joe Lefley’s free-kick from the right evaded everyone and nestled into the left corner.

The visitors were buoyed on by the equaliser though couldn’t find the target on 18 minutes as Johnson’s strike hit a post then forward Neil Richmond inexplicably missed a tap-in, following up. In the next period of the match, Wakering midfielder Jason Ring and Gordon were denied by home goalkeeper Dan Russell. What followed was not something the home defence will want to remember anytime soon. Hesitant defending from West Essex pair Daniel Christey and Sanchez Hardy led to a poor clearance which Richmond seized on and calmly rolled the ball past Russell to put Iain O’Connell’s side back ahead on 28 minutes.

Again, West Essex responded as a minute later as forward Michael Mignot’s goal-bound drive was tipped wide by visiting goalkeeper Rees Hawkins. Eight minutes before the break, home manager Kwame Kwateng was sent to the stands for arguing with the officials. Wakering really should have been further ahead by half-time as with six minutes to play before the break, Johnson’s left-wing cross found Richmond all alone in the area though the forward blazed his shot over.

Half-Time: West Essex 1 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers

The hosts had the first chance after the break as from Lefley’s corner, substitute Josh French headed over the bar. Gordon shot wide near the hour-mark as Wakering realized they were not ‘home & dry’ just yet in this encounter. On the whole though, the second half was less frantic than the first. Johnson was denied in the area by West Essex defender Josh Kane’s tackle with 19 minutes to play. The hosts continued to seek another leveller and with 12 minutes left, substitute Cameron Gray’s corner found captain Tom MacLeod though his headed hit the crossbar.

Wakering did hold on to secure their place in the First Round Proper of the competition though certainly could’ve scored more today. West Essex will undoubtedly point to the early sending-off as a turning point though weren’t quite at their best, perhaps this being their third match in a week maybe took its toll a bit.

FT:   West Essex       1 – 2     Great Wakering Rovers

Lefley 14’                   Gordon (pen) 12, Richmond 28’


West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

1  Daniel Russell (GK) 1  Rees Hawkins  (GK)
23  Sanchez Hardy   (Subbed 83’) 2  Charlie Seaden        (Subbed 46’)
3  Josh Kane 3  Oliver Woodhouse
4  Tom MacLeod  (C) 4  Scott Pethers  (C)
16  Koki Appiah 5  Louis Robinson
6  Daniel Christey 6  Samuel Carter         (Subbed 84’)
7  Michael Mignot 7  Jason Ring
8  Brad Russell 8  Ricky Evans
9  Tom Woodbridge   (Subbed 57’) 9  Neil Richmond
10  Joe Lefley 10  Jake Gordon          (Subbed 64’)
24  Fatos Zeqiri          (Subbed 46’) 11  Billy Johnson


5  Nick Walk 12  Jimmy Cook
14  Josh French          (On 46’) 14  Stephen Butterworth   (On 46’)
11  Cameron Gray     (On 57’) 15  Aaron Russell                 (On 64’)
17  Isaac Marfo          (On 83’) 16  Christopher Bryan         (On 84’)
17  Joe Nightingill


A. Simmons
Assistant Referees:

E. McKenzie
A. Knight

Booked: MacLeod, Wodbridge, Lefley Booked: Richmond, Evans
Sent Off: Appiah