Essex Senior League
Venue: Match Day Centre, Kitchener Road
Date: Wednesday 6th April 2017 7.45pm
Wadham Lodge : White Shirts, White Shorts and White Socks
Burnham Ramblers : Red Shirts, Red Shorts and Red Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
On a fairly chilly evening at the Match Day Centre at Kitchener Road, mid-table Wadham Lodge took on lowly Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League match.
In the early-going, Wadham and Burnham traded chances, winger Larry Asare blasting his shot over for the hosts and pacy forward Charlee Hughes firing his shot wide of the left-side post for the visitors.
Wadham gradually had more of the ball and the play, forward Charlie Parker hit the post with his deflected effort with 16’ on the clock and then moments later, midfielder Glody Nsamu couldn’t quite get enough power on his header from the resulting corner.
Nsamu did have a part in the opening goal though soon after, as Wadham took the lead through forward Fahinti Falola’s strappy goal after Nsamu had headed the ball on. The home side won’t care about the nature of the goal one bit, I suspect.
Although Wadham had more possession, Burnham looked OK on the counter-attack, as forward pair Charlee Hughes and Craig Heskey kept running at a fairly strong Wadham back-line. On the half-hour mark, Falola could’ve doubled the hosts lead though a strong save from visiting ‘keeper Chris Leonard kept it out, at the expense of a corner. With half-time approaching, Wadham winger Asare was giving the visiting defence a few problems with his pace and trickery. Even so, the hosts had enough chances to really be more than a goal ahead at the break.
Half-Time: Wadham Lodge 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers
The second half began with Burnham starting quite well, though midfielder Ryan Stillwell, Hughes and Heskey couldn’t quite find the target. It was sign of things to come though as just before the hour, right-back Charlie Cobb sent in a lovely cross from the right and Hughes headed in past home ‘keeper Lewis Green.
For the remainder of the match, Wadham couldn’t quite keep up the pace and possession they enjoyed in the first half, and soon after the goal both sides got entangled in a bit of a brawl which saw three yellow cards shown by referee David Moreno. After that, the frustration of from the home side was fairly evident as Burnham grew in confidence and could’ve snatched all three points though substitute Jordan Denyer and Hughes both couldn’t tuck their chances away.
Certainly was a battle that both sides could’ve won and the visitors can feel pleased to turn out a gritty performance to take a point which sees them inch a point clear of bottom side Haringey & Waltham in 21st. Wadham remain in 15th place, three points clear of Eton Manor just behind them though Eton have three games in hand.
Full-Time: Wadham Lodge 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers
Falola 20’ Hughes 58’
Joint Managers: James Falaise & Kevin Lucas
Manager: Lee Hughes
|1 Lewis Green (GK)||1 Chris Leonard (GK & C)|
|2 Akil Clarke (Subbed 75’)||2 Charlie Cobb (Subbed 71’)|
|3 Bradley Gayer||3 Grant Webb|
|4 Glody Msamu||4 George Elliott|
|5 Alex Akanbi||5 Matthew Coppen|
|6 Nnamdi Harold-Egole (C)||6 Ben Timson|
|7 Robert Clarke (Subbed 69’)||7 Andrew Mowforth (Subbed 83’)|
|8 Joe Thomas||8 Sam Eve|
|9 Charlie Parker||9 Craig Heskey (Subbed 84’)|
|10 Fehinti Falola (Subbed 87’)||10 Ryan Stillwell|
|11 Larry Asare||11 Charlee Hughes|
|12 Calvin Poku||12 Luke Stillwell (On 83’)|
|14 Cemal Agdelan (On 69’)||14 Luke Moloney (On 71’)|
|15 Musa Manneh (On 75’)||15 Jordan Denyer (On 84’)|
|16 James Falaise (On 87’)||16 Mitchell Ribet|
|Booked: Nsamu, Akanbi||Booked: Eve, Elliott, Hughes, Cobb & Moloney|