Match Report: Wadham Lodge 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Match Day Centre, Kitchener Road

Attendance: 18

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

Wadham Lodge & Burnham R players before KO (ESL 5.4.17)
Wadham & Burnham players before KO

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’

Teams:

Wadham Lodge

Joint Managers: James Falaise & Kevin Lucas

Burnham Ramblers

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

Substitutes:

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

Referee:

David Moreno

Assistant Referees:

Eddie Andrews

Kristian Keller

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Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 3 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 76

Date: Monday April 3rd 2017 7.50pm

Barkingside  : Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts and Navy Blue Socks

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

Barkingside v Sporting Bengal players before KO (ESL 3.4.17)
Barkingside & Bengal players before KO

 

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on Sporting Bengal Utd in another Essex Senior League match. Before kick-off, there was a minute’s silence recognising the loss of Barkingside U17 player Andrew Balfour, who sadly passed away following a battle with leukaemia. My best wishes to Andrew’s family and friends & I applaud the collection that was organised to assist his family.

Bengal were making their second trip to Cricklefield in three days following Saturday’s loss to Ilford, and made six changes to their starting XI (see teamsheet below)

The start of this match was fairly even, with Bengal having early chances through forwards Oscar Mendes and Yaya Embalo. For the home side, midfielder Liam Clifton’s free-kick was punched away by visiting goalkeeper Denzel Kobia. Barkingside did take the lead though, as winger Kai Heather lobbed Kobia well on 20 minutes. This unsurpringly buoyed the hosts, and on the half-hour, forward Jason Fontaine tried a lob of his own over ‘keeper Kobia though could only find the side-netting.

Heather was also pinging in a few good crosses from the right flank, giving the Bengal defence a few nervous moments. Bengal though were still decent though going forward as with 12 minutes to go until the break, winger Lewis Francis sent in a good cross from the right wing, only for Mendes to head just wide. Moments later, Mendes shot wide after a Bengal corner was half-cleared. With five minutes to go until the break, captain Paul Wright’s free-kick was headed wide by fellow defender Scott Mitchell.

Half-Time: Barkingside 1 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd

After the break, Bengal really stepped it up a gear, having chances early on through Francis and midfielder Bayo Cuino who both shot wide, followed soon after by Embalo who misjudged his header whilst in a good position.

Just past the hour mark, Bengal did level after Mendes found himself in the area and lobbed home ‘keeper Tyler McCarthy. Game on.  Having got back in the match, the visitors piled forward and got further impetus by taking the lead nine minutes after the equaliser as winger Francis was well found by a free-kick in space on the right wing, blasting a fierce drive past McCarthy from just outside the box. Bengal sealed the points with eight minutes remaining, as forward Embalo coolly slotted past McCarthy to complete the turnaround.

Barkingside seemed to lose their rhythm after the break and struggled to create chances, which will no doubt disappoint manager Gus Gulfer. Credit to the visitors though, they deserved the three points as Mendes, Embalo and Francis really gave the home defence a tricky time of it in the second half especially. Barkingside stay 10th, level on points with Hullbridge in 11th, though ‘Side have a game in hand. Bengal remain 19th, though are now 12 points clear of the bottom three.

Full-Time: Barkingside         1   –   3       Sporting Bengal Utd

                   Heather 20’            Mendes 63’  , Francis 72’,  Embalo 82’

Teams:

Barkingside

Manager: Gus Gulfer

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Tyler McCarthy  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia  (GK)
2  Ibrahim Conteh 2  Anthony Murray-Bruce   (Subbed 88’)
3  Paul Wright   (C) 3  Shafi Noor
4  Scott Mitchell 4  Jack Lamb
5  Danny Blake           (Subbed 85’) 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Jason Ajoodha 6  Mark Wheeler
7  Kai Heather       (Subbed 46’) 7  Codey Cameron
8  Sam Edwards 8  Bayo Cuino
9  Jason Fontaine 9  Oscar Mendes
10  David Laird 10  Yaya Embalo
11  Liam Clifton       (Subbed 77’) 11  Lewis Francis    (Subbed 90’ +1)

Substitutes:

12  Fionn Glancy   (On 77’) 14  Chris Wright         (On 90’ +1)
14  George Ademilyu   (On 46’) 15  David Vaughan    (On 88’)
15  Augustus Ruzgas   (On  85’) 16  Tony Tandon
16  Jimmy Nottage 17  David Tarawali
17  Marvin Birch 18  Daryl Noble

Referee:

Lee Markwick

Assistant Referees:

Matthew Friend

Abdel Hamid Zekri

Ryman League Division North Round-up – Saturday April 1st 2017

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of action that took place in the Ryman League Division North today (Sat April 1st) & one result from Friday night. After the results, check out the latest table to see where your side is, going into the final weeks of the season.

Friday Night (31.3) Result

Aveley      2  –  2     VCD Athletic                                    Attendance: 123

Aveley’s fading play-off aspirations were halted by this draw in the final Friday night match at Mill Field. Hussein Jaffa put the home side ahead just before the break. Jaffa struck again eight minutes after the re-start to double the lead for Terry Spillane’s side. Though, Richard Butler pulled one back for VCD after 64 minutes from the spot, before denying Aveley the win with another penalty on 89 minutes. Aveley are now unbeaten in their last five league matches, although three of those are draws, they sit 10th after Saturday’s results. Whilst VCD have drawn four of their last six league matches and sit in 17th place.

Saturday’s Results

Bowers & Pitsea   4  –  0   Dereham Town                   Attendance: 96

Bowers powered to a comfortable win at the Len Salmon Stadium. After just five minutes, Lewis Manor gave the hosts the lead. Fifteen minutes later, fellow forward David Knight doubled the advantage. Second-half goals from Brad Warner on the hour and a late fourth from defender Martyn Stokes secured a vital win in Bowers’ play-off chase. Dereham are now winless in four league matches, and are in 15th place – needing two points to be mathematically safe from the drop.

 Brentwood Town   0   –   1     Soham Town Rangers            Attendance:  141               

Soham continued their recent revival with a narrow win against fellow strugglers Brentwood at the Brentwood Arena. Adrian Cambridge got the only goal for the visitors eight minutes before the break. Brentwood had to play 28 minutes with ten men after Nick Hilder was sent off for two bookable offences. This result leaves Brentwood hovering over the relegation line in 21st, just two points clear of the final relegation position, held by Ware. Soham’s third league win in-a-row helps them rise back above today’s opponents into 20th, three points clear of Ware.

 Brightlingsea Regent   2  – 1    AFC Hornchurch               Attendance: 330

Leaders Brightlingsea kept up the charge to the title with a good win at North Road. Billy Hunt put Regent ahead on the quarter-hour mark, before Phil Kelly doubled the lead on the hour. Hornchurch got a late consolation through Elliott Styles as the final whistle approached. Regent’s 4th league win on-the-trot maintains their 9-point lead over Maldon at the summit. Hornchurch remain in 3rd spot though will be looking for momentum ahead of a probable play-off berth.

Bury Town      2  –  0      Thamesmead Town              Attendance: 465

Bury Town completed a good win over fellow mid-table side Thamesmead in front of a bumper crowd at Ram Meadow. Leon Ottley-Gooch put the hosts’ ahead midway through the first half, before Ollie Hughes doubled the lead three minutes before the break. This win is Bury’s first win in four league matches and they remain 11th. Thamesmead inconsistent form continues, they remain 16th though are eight points clear of the bottom three.

Maldon & Tiptree    3  – 0      Wroxham                        Attendance: 121

Maldon secured a comfortable win against relegated Wroxham at Park Drive. Hot-shot Liam Nash put the home side ahead after 19 minutes, before Adam Mills struck two minutes from the break. A late goal from Sam Newson secured the points and Wroxham’s 30th defeat of a miserable season. Maldon stay 2nd, and look set for the play-offs. Wroxham remain bottom.

Norwich Utd     2  –  2       Cheshunt              Attendance: 112

Both these play-off chasing sides had to settle for a point each at Plantation Park. Hot-shot Jason Hallett gave Cheshunt the lead midway through the first half, though Lee Mason levelled for the home side eight minutes later. Five minutes after the re-start, Christy Finch put Norwich Utd ahead. Though Cheshunt would grab a point late-on through substitute Luke Marshall’s goal. Norwich Utd are now winless in three league matches and are in 9th spot, 8 points off the top five. Cheshunt sit 8th, five points off the top five.

Phoenix Sports     3  –  2       Great Wakering Rovers       Attendance: 76

Phoenix staved off a late comeback from Wakering to grab a important win at the Phoenix Sports Ground. Hot-shot Theo Fairweather-Johnson struck after just two minutes to give Steve O’Boyle’s side the lead. Three minutes after the break, Fairweather-Johnson struck again before completing his hat-trick just before the hour mark. Relegated Wakering showed their spirit once again though as substitute Billy Johnson grabbed a brace after 65 minutes and on the 90 mark respectively. Phoenix Sports’ 5th win in-a-row sees them remain 5th, three points clear of Haringey Borough. Wakering’s long winless run continues, they stay 23rd.

Thurrock    1  –  1    Haringey Borough            Attendance: 123

Thurrock battled back to grab a point at Ship Lane against fellow play-off chasing side Haringey. Haringey hot-shot Ralston Gabriel put the visitors ahead just shy of the half-hour mark. After the break, Mark Onyemah grabbed a point for Mark Stimson’s men. Thurrock remain 4th in the table, whilst Haringey stay 6th, three points off the final play-off spot.

Tilbury    2  –  1   Romford                            Attendance: 93

Tilbury snatched a late winner at Chadfields. Emiel Aiken gave the Dockers the lead just six minutes in, before Greg Akpele levelled for Paul Martin’s side. With only minutes left, Michael Salako’s goal grabbed Tilbury’s first win in four league matches.  Tilbury sit 13th in the table. Romford drop below today’s opponents to 14th after their 1st loss in 6 league matches.

Waltham Abbey  1   –  0    Heybridge Swifts            Attendance: 92

Waltham Abbey battled to a narrow win at Capershotts. A solitary goal from Darelle Russell enabled the hosts to take all three points. Waltham rise above today’s opponents to 18th, while Heybridge drop to 19th, five points clear of the drop zone.

Ware  2   –  1    Witham Town                   Attendance: 102

Ware fought hard to grab a first win in their last ten league matches at Wodson Park. Lee White gave the home side the lead six minutes after the break. Witham levelled through Ryan Charles’ goal only four minutes later. Ware were not to be denied though as substitute Evandro Delgado got the winner, 15 minutes from time. Ware, who had the returning Kem Kemal back in the dug-out for the first time after replacing Anwar Uddin, remain 22nd though are only two points adrift of safety. Witham remain in 12th place, after their first defeat in six league matches.

Here’s a look at the updated Ryman North table…

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Brightlingsea Regent 42 29 6 7 +47 93
2 Maldon & Tiptree 42 27 3 12 +52 84
3 AFC Hornchurch 42 22 13 7 +36 79
4 Thurrock 42 23 8 11 +37 77
5 Phoenix Sports 42 22 9 11 +6 75
6 Haringey Borough 42 22 6 14 +32 72
7 Bowers & Pitsea 41 21 8 12 +32 71
8 Cheshunt 42 20 10 12 +18 70
9 Norwich Utd 42 22 4 16 +5 67
10 Aveley 42 18 12 12 +6 66
11 Bury Town 42 18 7 17 +4 61
12 Witham Town 42 15 11 16 +4 56
13 Tilbury 42 15 11 16 -10 56
14 Romford 42 15 10 17 -22 55
15 Dereham Town 42 15 8 19 -14 53
16 Thamesmead Town 42 15 5 22 -8 50
17 VCD Athletic 41 13 10 18 -20 49
18 Waltham Abbey 42 13 9 20 -13 48
19 Heybridge Swifts 42 12 11 19 -14 47
20 Soham Town Rangers 42 12 9 21 -18 45
21 Brentwood Town 42 13 5 24 -20 44
22 Ware 42 12 6 24 -21 42
R Great Wakering Rovers 42 6 7 29 -63 25
R Wroxham 42 6 6 30 -56 24
               

Match Report: Ilford 3 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 48

Date: Saturday 1st April 2017 3pm KO

 Ilford : Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

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

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly nice afternoon at Cricklefield, Ilford took on Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter.

The match began with Ilford being on the front foot with forward Sipho Mytanda striking a free-kick that was comfortably saved by visiting ‘keeper Dwayne Espirit.

Bengal responded with experienced forward Steven Carvell curling a decent strike wide of the right-hand post on around 10 minutes. Bengal’s Chris Wright could have put the visitors in front just moments later but shot just wide from close range.

Ilford came back though as mid-way through the half, forward Karolis Atutis’s header passed the ‘keeper but not the post. Just the past hour, Wright could have given Imrul Gazi’s side the lead though his strike was cleared off the goal-line.

Both sides had chances to go ahead, though the first-half was still rather quiet and well, after half-time I was hoping for an improvement, to be honest.

Half-Time: Ilford  0  –  0  Sporting Bengal Utd

As it happens, that improvement came after the break. Ilford took advantage of a bright-ish start and took the lead through Luke Thomas curling drive from inside the area. Ilford kept the pressure firmly on as only a minute later, a speculative effort from 25 yards from Mytanda caught Espirit unawares and he couldn’t keep it out.

Ilford completed a three-goal salvo in less than 15 minutes when midfielder Isaac Nkosi robbed Espirit of possession and passed the ball calmly into the net. Credit to Bengal though as they didn’t give up and kept running, winger Codey Cameron made a couple of good runs down the flanks, as well as forward Carvell having a couple of chances from free-kicks and fellow forward David Tarawali effort was blocked, all late on.

Just before the final whistle, Mytanda nearly grabbed a second as a great free-kick heading into the top corner was tipped over by Espirit in the Bengal goal for a corner. Ilford’s back four had a good game, with Toib Adeyemi playing at centre-half and was strong throughout. Overall, this was a good win for Allan Fenn’s side and they rise to 5th in the ESL table, five points behind Takeley with a game in hand. Bengal stay 19th, still nine points clear of Tower Hamlets in 20th.

FT:                     Ilford       3   –    0        Sporting Bengal Utd

Thomas 51’, Mytanda 52’ Nkosi 62’

Teams:

Ilford

Manager: Allan Fenn

Sporting Bengal Utd 

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Chris Clark (GK) 1  Dwayne Espirit   (GK)
2  Edas Valionis 2  Josh Adeji
3  Luke Thomas 3  Shafi Noor
4  Harry Matthews     (Subbed 61’) 4  Jack Lamb
5  Toib Adeyemi 5  Chris Wright    (Subbed 61’)
6  Luke McLeavy (C) 6  Mark Wheeler (C)
7  Ryan Ramsay 7  Codey Cameron
8  Isaac Nkosi 8  Ashaan Siddik
9  Carl Mullings        (Subbed 81’) 9  Lewis Francis          (Subbed 68’)
10  Karolis Atutis     (Subbed 61’) 10  Steven Carvell
11  Sipho Mytanda 11  David Tarawali
Substitutes:
12  Chris Stevens 14  Troy Alexander    (On 68’)
14  Joe Killingback   (On 61’) 16  David Vaughan    (On 61’)
15  Alfie Bartram  (On 61’) 17  Oscar Mendes
16 Jamie Hart         (On 81’)
17 Andy Edmunds
Booked: Mytanda, Killingback Booked: None
Referee: Adam Humphreys
Assistant Referees: Tony King

Moraru Gheorghe

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 3 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

Tolleshunt D’Arcy Cup Semi-Final

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 51

Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017 7.45pm KO

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

Burnham Ramblers : Red & Yellow Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Hullbridge & Burnham teams before KO (TDA Cup 28.3.17)
Hulbridge & Burnham players before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports took on ESL rivals Burnham Ramblers in the second Tolleshunt D’Arcy Cup Semi-Final.

Hullbridge started the stronger of the two sides, having a goal chalked off after just five minutes for an Off-side. Charlie Little down the Hullbridge right flank was posing the visitors’ problems through his direct running, pace and pinging across the odd good cross as well. The Hulbridge forward pairing of captain Jimmy Cox and Luca Frankis did have openings, Cox in particular spurning a few chances, failing to beat visiting ‘keeper Chris Leonard.

The home side did eventually make their superior play count just past the half hour as midfielder Dean Wallace blasted home from inside the area into top right corner. Only minutes later, midfielder comrade Dan Regan blasted another effort wide, much to the Hullbridge man’s dismay. Burnham couldn’t quite retain possession long enough to string together passages of play in attack unfortunately, as the both sides named strong XI’s for this Cup match. Burnham’s best chance really came on 14 minutes as forward Charlee Hughes’ header from a free-kick was saved by home ‘keeper Jamie Merralls.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The second half began with Hullbridge having a slender lead for a fairly dominant first period. They made good on their resolve though early on in the second period, as just three minutes in, Hullbridge forward Cox passed the ball into the net after a defensive mishap to double the home side’s lead. Only seven minutes or so after that, winger Little blasted home a long-range effort to really take the wind out of Burnham’s sails.

Burnham kept going for the majority of the second half, though struggled to create guilt-edged chances, though they did pose the Hullbridge back four a few more problems through forwards Craig Heskey and Charlee Hughes, though Hullbridge could’ve added to their goal tally late on. Substitute Ryan Wallington skewed his strike wide of goal when one-on-one with Leonard, before Little had two well-struck efforts well-saved by Leonard late on as Hullbridge reached the Final, where they’ll play Ryman League Division North side Heybridge Swifts.
FT: Hullbridge Sports       3   –    0     Burnham Ramblers

      Wallace 32’, Cox 48’ , Little 55’

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

 

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Burnham Ramblers

 

Manager: Lee Hughes

1  Jamie Merralls (GK) 1  Chris Leonard  (GK)
2  Aaron Hunwicks 2  Connor Peralta
3  Sam Taylor 3  Grant Webb        (Subbed 64’)
4  Dan Regan 4  Ben Timson
5  Rob Hodgson 5  Reggie Disley (C)
6  Joe Turpin 6  Matthew Coppen
7  Charlie Little 7  Andrew Mowforth   (Subbed 64’)
8  Dean Wallace 8  Luke Moloney   (Subbed 46’)
9  Jimmy Cox (C)    (Subbed 73’) 9  Craig Heskey
10  Luca Frankis     (Subbed 73’) 10  Ryan Stillwell
11  Charlie Gerada    (Subbed 73’) 11  Charlee Hughes
   
Substitutes:
12  Ryan Walington    (On 73’) 12  Sam Eve    (On 46’)
14  Howard Wright   (On 73‘) 15  Sam Kimmence
15  Ronnie Pallett     (On  73‘) 15  Jordan Denyer    (On 46’)
GK Ryan Emery 17  James Wilsher     (On 64’)
  18  Kevin Obaze
   
Booked: Regan, Wright  
Referee: Dave Tregaskes
Assistant Referees: Tom Bullard

Stephen Vieira

 

Ryman League Division North Round-up – Saturday March 25th 2017

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of action that took place in the Ryman League Division North today (Sat March 25th)

AFC Hornchurch    2   –  0     Norwich Utd                           Attendance: 226

Hornchurch battled to win at Bridge Avenue to fortify their play-off position. Two goals in seven minutes from Martin Tuohy was enough for Jimmy McFarlane’s side to pick up their 6th win in eight league matches and remain 3rd, ten points clear of the pack chasing the play-off positions. Norwich Utd’s 3rd loss in their last five league matches sees them drop to 9th spot, five points off the top five.

Cheshunt    0   –   1      Thurrock                                          Attendance: 151

Mark Stimson’s men ground out an important win against fellow play-off chasers Cheshunt at Theobalds Lane. Glenn Poole scored the only goal of the match on 8 minutes. As the final whistle approached, Cheshunt were reduced to ten men as Tom Bruno saw red. Cheshunt’s 5th loss in their last eight home league matches sees them remain in 6th spot, two points off Haringey in the final play-off spot. As for Fleet, they pull five points clear of Haringey but remain 4th.

Dereham Town       3  –   4       Phoenix Sports                     Attendance: 153

In-form Phoenix edged a cracker at Aldiss Park. Dereham took the lead through Joe Gatting midway through the first period. Just before the break, Michael Power levelled for the visitors. Phoenix then took the lead straight after the break, through hot-shot Theo Fairweather-Johnson. Fairweather-Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to extend Sports’ advantage. Six minutes later, Harley Black grabbed one back for the Magpies, before Rhys Logan levelled ten minutes after that. The vistors would not be denied though as Christie Pattison got the winner with five minutes left. Dereham are now winless in three league matches, falling to 14th place. Phoenix by contrast rise to 7th spot, two points off the top five after their sixth win in their last seven league matches.

Great Wakering Rovers     3   –    3     Waltham Abbey         Attendance: 94

Wakering produced a blistering second-half comeback to grab a point at Burroughs Park, though relegation to the Essex Senior League was confirmed for Rovers. Waltham Abbey took the lead through Billy Holland just shy of the quarter-hour. Arian Retkoceri doubled the lead three minutes before half-time. Two minutes after the break, Romaric Logon put Abbey 3-0 up. Though the Wakering spirit showed once again, as Jake Gordon & Scott Pethers grabbed two back in a five-minute salvo just before the hour mark. Stephen Butterworth then got the equaliser with 17 minutes remaining. Though for Wakering, it wasn’t enough as their relegation was confirmed, 17 points adrift of Soham in 21st with just five matches remaining. Abbey are now winless in their last five league matches, dropping to 19th spot, six points above Ware in 22nd.

Haringey Borough       2  –   3           Brghtlingsea Regent       Attendance: 177

Brightlingsea had to battle for an important win again in-form Haringey on the 3G at Coles Park. Josh Gould put Regent ahead just four minutes into the match, before Chris Benjamin levelled for Haringey two minutes shy of the half-hour mark.  Gould struck again three minutes into the second period as Regent re-took the lead, before Billy Hunt put the league leaders 3-1 up. Haringey kept going though as substitute Adrian Markus grabbed another for them 12 minutes from the end. Haringey’s first loss in six league matches sees them remain 5th, though they lose ground on Thurrock above them. Regent’s 9th win in their ten league matches see them maintain a nine-point lead over Maldon at the top, only needing 7 points to wrap up the title & promotion to the Ryman Premier Division.

Heybridge Swifts       2  – 1             Ware                              Attendance: 218

Heybridge struck late-on to record a important win against fellow strugglers Ware at Scraley Road. Ware took the lead through Lee White just past the half-hour mark. Three minutes after the break, Adam Adeoye Yusuff levelled for Jody Brown’s men. With four minutes left, Reece Grant grabbed all three points for Swifts, who aren’t safe from the drop themselves yet, though they do rise to 18th spot,8 points clear of today’s opponents. Ware’s winless streak now stretches to nine league matches, and drop into the 22nd spot, three points behind Soham.

Romford        1  –  0            Bury Town                                  Attendance: 84

Ten-man Romford edged to a good win against fellow mid-table side Bury Town at Ship Lane. On 56 minutes, hot-shot Chinedu McKenzie got the only goal of the game for the home side. Though Romford had to play the last 28 minutes with ten men as Jonathon Adebayo got a straight red card. With Paul Martin’s side grabbing their 4th league win in their last six matches, they rise to 13th place and out of any danger of the drop. Bury’s 7th loss in their last ten league matches keeps them in 11th place.

Soham Town Rangers       2  –  0         Bowers & Pitsea              Attendance: 160

Soham picked up a huge three points at Julius Martin Lane. Just before the break, Sam Mulready gave Soham the lead. On 64 minutes, Luke Brown extended the home side’s lead. Soham rise out of the bottom three into 21st after back-to-back wins, three points clear of Ware. Bowers are now winless in their last three league matches, falling to 8th place, three points off the top five.

Thamesmead Town      0 – 1           Maldon & Tiptree               Attendance: 102

Maldon edged to an important win at Bayliss Avenue. Maldon hot-shot Liam Nash got the only goal seven minutes in. Thamesmead now sit 16th in the table, 11 points clear of the bottom three. Maldon stay 2nd, two points ahead of Hornchurch in 3rd.

VCD Athletic    1  – 1          Brentwood Town                            Attendance: 65

Brentwood fought back to grab a point at Oakwood. VCD took the lead through Mitch Hahn with 12 minutes remaining. Though Brentwood hot-shot Lamar Reynolds salvaged a point for his side with a penalty, four minutes from time. VCD are now unbeaten in five league matches and reside in 17th spot, nine points clear of the relegation line. Brentwood are now unbeaten in their last four league matches, sitting in 20th spot, five points clear of the bottom three.

 Witham Town   2  –  1    Tilbury                             Attendance: 95

Witham fought to a hard-earned win at Spa Road. Ryan Charles put the home side ahead six minutes shy of the break. From the penalty spot, Tony Martin levelled for out-of-form Tilbury just two minutes later. Witham’s Max Bradford struck with 20 minutes left to grab all three points for Adam Flint’s men. Witham’s unbeaten run now sits at five league matches, they remain in 12th place. Tilbury’s poor run continues as they drop to 15th place.

Wroxham      0  –  1     Aveley                                 Attendance: 130

Aveley snatched a late winner at Trafford Park to confirm the end of the Ryman North adventure for the Yachtsmen. On-loan forward Mason Bloomfield got the only goal with ten minutes remaining. Wroxham 9th loss in their last ten league matches confirms their relegation from Ryman Division North as they are 18 points adrift with only five matches left. The Millers strengthen their bid for a top-ten finish with this win, and are seven points behind the top five.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed it. I’m pleased to say this round-up of Ryman League Division North will now continue every Saturday until the end of the league season. Best wishes, S

Match Report: Southend Manor 3 – 2 Tower Hamlets (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 60

Date: Saturday 25th March 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor  : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Tower Hamlets  : Orange Shirts, White Shorts, Orange Socks

S Manor & T Hamlets players exchanging greetings before KO (ESL 25.3.17)
Manor & Hamlets players shake hands before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly, breezy afternoon at Southchurch Park, out-of-form Southend Manor took on strugglers Tower Hamlets in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Manor started the match a little more brightly, as new signing Brad Morgan and fellow winger George Crispin both having chances, the latter from a free-kick that visiting ‘keeper Joe Biscoe saved.

Manor got into their stride a bit past the ten-minute mark with a host of chances, the pick of which was Crispin one-on-one with ‘keeper Biscoe though a heavy first touch allowed the ‘stopper to save. Soon afterward, a good cross in from the left flank saw Manor defender Sam Burton miss the ball by a few inches, if he had made contact with the ball it would’ve taken some stopping.

Manor eventually did open the scoring through perhaps a stroke of luck. A free-kick from live-wire Crispin was heading for the far corner before it got a deflection, I believe Hamlets captain Jairo Pedro may have got the final touch that diverted the ball home.

After Okah struck two efforts on goal wide, Manor extended their lead as a fine cross from the left wing by Crispin was met well by Okah who nodded in on 33 minutes.

Hamlets had relatively few chances in the first period, forward Saico Djop having one shot on goal blocked and then shooting wide from a narrow angle. Just before the break, Hamlets winger O’Neal Rowe hit a decent free-kick just wide of the left-hand post.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor  2  –  0    Tower Hamlets

The second half began with Manor winger Morgan having a decent chance on goal, though his weak strike was saved by Biscoe. Just moments later, Hamlets pulled a goal back through a great effort I believe by Saico Djop, as he curled the ball from 20 yards, in off the right-hand post. Unsurprisingly, this encouraged the visitors as Manor looked a little nervy. On the hour mark, Hamlets forward Rahim Adama Bamba had his strike saved by home ‘keeper Down, before a minute later substitute Simeon Awoliyi hit a good strike, which hit the right-side post.

Hamlets made the game harder for themselves as captain Robbie Norris was brought down by Biscoe in the area on 62’. Okah scored the resulting penalty to give Manor a 3-1 lead.

The open flow of the match continued as Crispin fed a ball in to midfielder Jake Brocklebank but he skewed his shot wide, that would have made the points safe. As it transpired though, Manor would have a nervy last 15 minutes as Djop popped up again for a tap-in from close range as Hamlets once again reduced their arrears to one.

Although Manor did look nervous and seemingly felt the pressure to get their first win in five ESL matches, they did hold out. Hamlets will be disappointed by their poor start to the match and they did look error-prone at times, though for a side where goals are not easy to come by, they did play OK in patches.

FT:  Southend Manor  3  – 2     Tower Hamlets

J. Pedro OG 27’                     Djop 51’, 71
Okah 33, 62’ (Pen)

Teams:

Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Tower Hamlets

 Manager: Ade Abayomi

1  Lewis Down  (GK) 1 Joe Biscoe  (GK)
2  Michael Bottone 2  Lamar Earle
3  Shay Kelly 3  O’Neal Rowe
4  Jake Brocklebank 4  Trecy Bambo
5  Daniel Okah 5  Edward Lang
6  Joe Pattison 6  Jairo Pedro (C)
7  Brad Morgan 7  Samuel Olanipekun
8  Callum Jex 8  Kaman Asidio     (Subbed 53’)
9  Samuel Burton   (Subbed 47’) 9  Rahim Adama Bamba   (Subbed 74’)
10  Robbie Norris (C) 10  Saico Djop
11  George Crispin     (Subbed 74’) 11  Inesh Sumithran

Substitutes:

12  Josh Opoosun 12  Kerfala Kourouma    (On 74’)
14  Mitchell Keen     (On 47’) 13  Simeon Awoliyi    (On 53’)
15  Ted Buchanan    (On 74’)
16  Billy Cottrill
Booked: Burton Booked: None
Referee: Craig Barnett
Assistant Referees: Robbie Collins

Ray Parmenter