S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 4 – 3 FC Clacton (Sat 26 Mar) [ESL 21/22 26.3.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2021-22 Season: Match 65

Saturday 26th March 2022 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red Socks

Clacton: White & Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Jett Hogan (#4, Centre) on the ball for Clacton

Ensign edge to comeback win in terrific contest at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  4 – 3 FC Clacton

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The match on this year’s “Non-League Day” was a local trip to Burroughs Park for White Ensign’s last home game of the Essex Senior campaign as they welcomed FC Clacton. Both sides are seeking to claim a top-ten finish to round a throughly good campaign for both teams. Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal once again, with a back four of Thando Moyo, Charlie Adams, Carl Conway and skipper Jake McWee. Their forward line was led by George O’Connor and Luke Woodward, with support from Teddy Henderson and Jason Reynolds-Blanche. On the bench were good options in forwards Shemarie Perkins, Jake Chaplin and Emanuel Abudiore plus Courtney Justin and midfielder Reece Sayers. Clacton had Luke Avenell between the posts here, with a backline comprised of Kyle Ferguson, Teddy Collis plus centre-backs Michael Okafor and Adam Tilson. Jett Hogan and Jamie Bennett were in central midfield, with Mekhi McKenzie leading the forward line for Tom Austin’s side. Options from the sidelines included full- back Jenson Mulqueen and forward Elias Ahmed.


This game really sprung into life early on as Clacton forward Charlie Collis’effort was well parried over the woodwork by Ensign custodian Louis Hawes in the first minute. That was a let-off for the home side but they really punished their opposition as they took the lead on four minutes. From a set-piece, the ball was fed into midfielder Ethan Evison’s crisp strike beat visiting goalkeeper Luke Avenell at his near post.

Collis was proving a thorn in the home defence’s side with fine energetic runs and on thirteen minutes, home co-boss Jack Maleary in the dugout wouldve been glad to see another effort from the forward deflected, thus giving Hawes a chance to get across and gather. At the other end, forwards Luke Woodward and Teddy Henderson were utilising their pace and strength to keep Clacton central defenders Michael Okafor and Adam Tilson alert, with Okafor a towering presence in the air. Indeed, Clacton did get a deserved leveller on 21 minutes through a fine rapid move which ended with captain Billy Wales sweeping home a lofted finish into the net, giving Hawes little oppurtunity to deny him.


Clacton were continuing to look efficent and fast going forward, but they were also prone to the occasional moment of poor concentration in defence. One such moment happened allowed Henderson to get in on goal but his strike lacked the power to beat Avenell, who was relieved to claim the ball. The hosts also had a bit of fortune just past the half-hour as midfielder Jett Hogan stole in at the back post but his strike wasn’t enough to bypass Hawes.

Tom Austin’s team finished the half well and made it count as Collis finished a flowing move with a precise finish low into the right corner. They had edged the matxh at that point but the manner and timing of the goal would have delighted Austin and his assistant Ryan Salter, who are clear in the standards they seek to maintain in their team.


Half-Time: Ensign 1 – 2 Clacton

The second half was delayed in getting underway by a half-hour while attending paramedics dealt with a medical emergency after a spectator was taken ill. I would like to wish them a swift recovery.

Back to the match, and crikey it really was worth waiting for. The visitors again looked to use their guile to create chances and a quickly-taken goal kick up field by Avenell caught the home defence cold, allowing the onrushing Wales in on goal though Hawes again did well to deny him. Ensign got themselves back level as a fine centre from the right side by Jason Reynolds-Blanche found substitute Emanuel Abudiore who evaded the Clacton backline and slotted home calmly.

White Ensign were arguably having their best spell of the match at this point, with forward George O’Connor showing desire, strength and good pace as well and that was evident as he outpaced Okafor but with only Avenell to get past, his low strike sailed agonizingly wide of the right-side post. The home side did wrestle the lead back on 69 minutes from the penalty spot, with another Reynolds-Blanche cross causing problems, and referee Benjamin Horne adjudged the ball struck a hand. Reynolds-Blanche stepped up to duly convert the kick from twelve yards.


Jordan Lartey (#11) in possession for Clacton

It has to be said that both teams were really going for the win, with forward Jordan Lartey heading narrowly over the woodwork, from a good cross from Wales on the left flank. Both teams were also understandably tiring, but Clacton crucially get a dramatic leveller in added-time. From another set-piece, centre-back Adam Tilson swept home with all the poise of a striker from about 15 yards out in a congested penalty area.

You could be forgiven for thinking ‘that was it’ but although both teams did not deserve to lose the match really, it was Ensign who were smiling at the final whistle. There was another foul seen in the 18-yard box which saw full-back Teddy Collis sent off for his second yellow card. Replacement Reece Sayers stood up to take the penalty and it was confidently dispatched, much to the delight of his team-mates.


Charlie Collis about to take a free-kick for Clacton

Full-Time:  White Ensign  4 – 3  FC Clacton

This is a hard match to summarise. Clacton edged the first half and their forward line was more efficent and more likely to score but they switched off as a unit in defence too often in the second half though Ensign still needed to show their famed spirit to get back in the game. Even with that, it was a tough result for the Seasiders to take as no-one deserved to lose it. Both teams deserve to be commended for the enthralling game they put on here.

There were terrific performances by many players in this game. For Ensign, I thought George O’Connor had a terrific match today. The forward showed strength, pace and desire and really gave the visiting defence a hard afternoon as the natch went on, also linking up well with Luke Woodward in attack. Jason Reynolds-Blanche also had a fine game, providing good crosses from the flanks and got a decent assist too. Lastly, Carl Conway put in a good shift at centre-back, making several important clearances and goalkeeper Louis Hawes also made some important saves earlier in the game to keep his side in it earlier in the match.

For Clacton, forward Charlie Collis had a great match here, showing work rate, pace and good passing as well as taking his goal very well. Fellow forward Mekhi McKenzie led the line very well also, showing good hold-up play, good awareness and movement. Centre-back Michael Okafor barely lost a challenge in the air all game and aided his defence well with good awareness too. Finally, midfielder Jett Hogan put in string display, making several important interceptions and passing in both halves on the pitch.

I’d just like to wish both sides good final weeks of the campaign.


Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 3 Thando Moyo, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 14 Carl Conway, 12 Charlie Adams, 5 Ethan Evison, 8 Ben Austin (4 Reece Sayers 50′), 2 Teddy Henderson (17 Emanuel Abudiore 50′), 9 George O’Connor, 19 Luke Woodward, 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche

Goal-scorers: Ethan Evison [4′], Emanuel Abudiore [58′], Jason Reynolds-Blanche [pen 69′], Reece Sayers [pen 90’+4]

Booked: Sayers, Woodward  | Sub Not Used: Perkins, Chaplin


FC Clacton     | Manager: Tom Austin | Assistant: Ryan Salter

Starting XI: 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Kyle Ferguson (14 Jenson Mulqueen 27′), 3 Teddy Collis, 5 Adam Tilson, 6 Michael Okafor, 4 Jett Hogan, 8 Jamie Bennett (12 Elias Ahmed 75′), 7 Billy Wales (Capt), 9 Mekhi McKenzie, 10 Charlie Collis, 11 Jordan Lartey

Goal-scorers: Billy Wales [21′], Charlie Collis [45′], Adam Tilson [90’+2]

Booked: Okafor | Sent Off: T Collis (Two yellow cards) | Subs Not Used: Austin

Referee: Benjamin Horne

Guest Blog: Essex Alliance League Cup Round-up (Wk 5 – Sat 8 May) [EAL 20-21 12.5.21]

Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the Essex Alliance League Cup groups on Saturday 8th May, My thanks to Rob Parker from the EAL. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with additional reporting by Scott W. Thanks for reading.

Guest Blog written by Rob Parker for EAL  [EAL Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL]

Essex Alliance League – Saturday 8 May

GROUP A

FC Petrocub have moved to within a point of securing the Group A title as they came out on the right side of a five-goal thriller at home against Lymore Gardens at the weekend. Karel Francis and Dylan Roberts both netted for Lymore but a brace from Valentin Siciov in reply plus a Ghenadie Moisei effort for the hosts gave them a crucial 3 – 2 win.

DTFC remain the only other side in contention and they warmed up for their showdown next Saturday with a home victory against Rapid Chingford, less than twenty four hours after their previous fixture (in the Essex Senior Len Cordell Cup Last 16). Jermaine Francis scored twice with Alex Paraskeva netting the other to help them to a 4 – 1 victory.

GROUP B

It remains very tight in Group B with two rounds of games left to go with Kit Out London sitting in pole position with a key game coming up this weekend. Darnell Kithambo scored twice for KOL with Sami Bessadi and Lewis Jacobs also on the scoresheet as they saw off Chadwell Heath Spartans, 4 – 2. Jordan Malick and Niru Hunwicks both grabbed consolation goals for the Spartans.

Woodford East will hope for results to go their way but ensured they remain in the mix following a big 9 – 2 win on Saturday against CSM London. Robleh Xasan and Plamedi Kinkela both netted for CSM but East braces from Jay Stavri and William Letchford, plus single goals from Kai Law, Matthew Stacey, Callum Maltese, Frank Glock and Jake Tibbitts were more than enough.

GROUP C

The Group C battle came to a conclusion over the weekend as we congratulate Frenford A on taking the title, securing the win they needed against London Park City to move into a winning position. Damilola Olaiya, Gouly Djikalou and Isima Iguisi netted the goals that confirmed the silverware, the Ilford side beating their local rivals 3- 0 on the day.

Kwanzas London Sport have moved into second place in a group dominated by draws and they added to their account in this respect, earning a 3 – 3 draw at home against Belfry. The in-form Antonio Semedo scored a hat-trick for Kwanzas with two Patrick Macdonald goals and a Sam Paterson effort ensuring a share of the spoils.

GROUP D

The Group D action came to an exhilarating conclusion on Saturday with the two group favourites both stalling in their efforts, allowing Cowley Community to sweep to a 3 – 2 victory at Dagenham United. Chris Wright scored twice once again with Mark Farinha netting the other to see their side put last season’s county cup knockback to the back of their minds by picking up this silverware.

That result was also made possible as Royal Forest earned a hard-fought point against Unitey to end the visitor’s own quest for the title. Nathan Lupumba scored a brace and Eddy Litambolo also netted for Unitey but their efforts weren’t quite enough as the game ended at 3 – 3.

The group’s remaining game came from Waltham Abbey where Chingord Athletic A hosted Barkingside A with both sides looking to finish their campaigns with some momentum. Chingford will be the happier of the sides in this regards after they completed a 5-2 home win with Eric Kelly scoring a hat-trick and Sam Matthew notching too.

GROUP E

Fairlop Rovers celebrated securing the Group E title last week with a hard fought win at Glendale on Saturday, racing into an early first half lead. Wesley Kangi and Mouhamed Gueye goals in the second half for the Dales kept things interesting but Rovers did enough to hold on to win 3 – 2, thanks to goals from Dylan Bruns, Harry Oliver and Logan Simmonds and pop the champagne corks at full time.

Loughton Lions ensured their runners-up spot in the group as they edged a tight contest away at Old Esthameians in Newbury Park. Lions were 2 – 1 winners on the day to end what has been another good season on a high for the Hainault-based side.

GROUP F

The race for the title in Group F went right to the wire with Royal Forest Reserves ending as champions at the weekend with a victory away at Chingford Harriers. Tom Alexander and Thomas Meggs goals were the difference as they came through 2 – 0 winners in Walthamstow to secure their first silverware as a team.

Custom House United will of course be disappointed having come through the group unbeaten but they will at least finish as runners-up, aided by a win by the odd goal in their clash away at Lymore Gardens Reserves. Lymore put up a good fight as Errol Dinnal-Treasure and Kye Austrie-Alexander both netted but the Dockers came through thanks to strikes by bobby Devlin, Jamie Wooster and Robbie Wooster to win 3-2.

Moving into a final third place finish, Emerson United Reserves ended their campaign on a high as they beat Eastern Avenue on the final day, 6 – 0. Joshua Gibbins was on fire in Loughton with a four-goal haul as Paul Brady and Harry Butler efforts completed a stunning victory for the Upminster-based side.

GROUP G

Together United’s title tilt will go down to the final fixture in the group after both of the top two sides won their clashes. Together were 4-2 victors away at Dagenham United Reserves over at Castle Green with Stanley Kweya grabbing a treble and Remel Green also notching and anything barring a very large defeat in the remaining fixture will assure them of title glory.

Collier Row A made sure of at least a second place finish with an away win at Brentwood United Reserves on Saturday. Row were on the right side of an eight-goal thriller, winning the tie 5 – 3 to move level on points with the leaders and hoping for a miraculous result in the final game. Collier had braces from Tommy Mottram and Connor Brown and one from Peter Adeleye to thank for their goals. Utd Ressies responded through a brace from Bradley Jackson and one from Joseph Cadman-Ithell but ultimately they fell to defeat in this one.

COUNTY CUP

It was London Junior Cup day for one of our clubs as North East Lions made the trip south of the river to take on Wimbledon Casuals with a place in the last sixteen at stake for the winner. In a tight game, it was a Casuals victory as they scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 result.

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri/Sat 23/24 April) [LCC 2021 25.4.21]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – ESL & Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome to my round-up of third & final weekend of the Group Stages of the Len Cordell Cup, a competition run by the Essex Senior to remember a pillar of the Non-League Family in Len Cordell, who was associated with Redbridge FC for many years. Thanks to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the main image above (from Holland v FC Clacton)

All the results from this week’s action are below, they took place on Saturday 24th April unless stated in the Result line. The sides highlighted in bold progress to the next round. After each group, we have a final table and at the end of the article we have the draw for the last 16 of the Len Cordell Cup and the eight sides that will face each other in the Len Cordell Plate.

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 24 April 

Cockfosters   3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town |  Chalk Lane  | Group A

The ‘Fosters went through from Group A in second spot after a good win over Essex Senior rivals Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. James Verney put his side ahead early on, which was added to by Marcus Crowther five minutes before the break and Jo Wilkinson late on. Harrison Rookard and Alfie Little responded for the Lilywhites but they finish bottom and go into the Plate mini-competition.

DT FC   0 – 2   St Margaretsbury | the Harlow Arena  [3G] | Group A

St Margs did enough to inflict the first defeat on newcomers DT at the Harlow Arena. Strikes from Aiden Read [35’] and Jermaine Nicholson in added time secured a place in the last 16 for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. DT’s loss means they slip down to third but they still make it to the next round.  

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Clapton 2 – 0 Barkingside | Played at J. Carter Cen. [3G], Frenford  | Group B | Fri 23 Apr 

The Tons sealed their progress to the knockout stages of the competition with a decent win over Barkingside in this match played at Frenford on Friday night . Second-half goals from Melos Ajvasi and Bayemore Ndiaye were enough to claim the win which sent the home side to their second win in three games. Both sides go through, with Clapton in second spot.

My good friend Pete Dudley was at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/clapton-2-barkingside-0.html

Woodford Town  2 – 3   Redbridge  |  Coles Park [3G]  | Group B | Sat 24 April

In the match on Saturday, Redbridge recovered from a poor start to complete their third win in succession. Tariq Alexander had given Dee Safer & Julian Charles’ side a first-minute lead but Tony Martin erased that lead two minutes later. Further strikes by tricky winger Ayub Kadiri [21’] and Sonny Fish [61’] turned the tide of the match. Josh Steele pulled one back on the stroke of the 90 minutes but it is the Motormen who advance as group winners in this competition that they dearly want to get to the latter stages at least. Woodford finish bottom and therefore head into the Plate mini-competition.

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Saturday 24 April – Group C

Billericay U23s  2 – 3  Stansted   | New Lodge [3G]   | Group C 

Stansted made a heroic comeback after their interval to defeat Billericay’s development side at New Lodge. The hosts were two goals to the good at the break thanks to strikes by Gabriel Ipanga Mbambo [25’] and Nyan Msuria five minutes later. But Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side once again showed the “Stansted resolve” and goals from John Clarke, Michael Salako and Jack Mitchell’s winner later on sealed their first win and progression into the last 16 as the ‘best’ of the fourth-placed sides.

Holland  3 – 2   FC Clacton   | Dulwich Road   | Group C 

These two local rivals met for the first time in a competitive match and it was the Step 6 hosts who prevailed. It was some match for Louis Olymbios who not only netted a treble but was also later dismissed for persistent fouling. Kevin Coyle’s spot-kick and an OG saw Clacton close but ultimately both sides progressed with Holland topping the group.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/holland-3-fc-clacton-2.html

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Barking  2 – 1  West Essex  | Mayesbrook Park [3G] | Group D  | Friday 23rd April

West Essex faced their landlords Barking for the last time whilst being tenants in this local derby on Friday night. It was to be the Blues who won and progressed as Group winners. Strikes from Louis Dillion six minutes before the break & Johnny Ashman midway through the second half cancelled out a thunderbolt from the returning James Jewers early on. West still head into the knockout phase as they finished in second spot.

Frenford 0 – 2  Hackney Wick | Jack Carter Centre [3G] | Group D  | Sat 24th April

The Saturday game saw Wick grab their first win & with it progression to the knockout phase with victory at Frenford. Mohamed Raza and Jermain Lachoo provided the goals to ensure they leapfrogged Dave Forbes’ side into third spot and sent the hosts out of the Cup and into the Plate mini-competition.

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Athletic Newham  6 – 2   Great Wakering Rovers   | Terry Mac | Group E 

Finally in Group E, Athletic Newham sealed a hugely morale-boosting win over Great Wakering at the Terry Mac. Anderson Baro put the hosts head just past the 20-minute mark, with Richard Kone and Joel Appiah both adding doubles to add to Stephen Butterworth’s team’s pain. Babs Sonupe added further gloss to the score-line late on and render strikes by Jake Gordon and Louie Hay to be mere consolation. Newham go through in second while Wakering exit and will compete in the Plate next weekend.

Brimsdown   0 – 3  White Ensign | Moved to Lower Road | Group E 

Ensign ended a superb group stage for them with a fine win over Brimsdown at Lower Road. Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke and Luke Woodward all struck to complete a decent three weeks for Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s team and they march on to the next round as group winners. Brimsdown’s defensive record has assisted them to the last sixteen as they ended up third.

As promised earlier, here is the draw for the knockout round of the Len Cordell Cup. Fixtures in both competitions will be played on weekend of April 30/May 1.   

Draw for Len Cordell Cup Last 16

Billericay U23  v  Athletic Newham

Brimsdown  v  Clapton

Cockfosters  v  Barking

DT FC   v  Redbridge

Holland  v  Hackney Wick

St Margaretsbury  v  FC Clacton

West Essex  v Stansted

White Ensign  v  Barkingside

Here is the draw for the Cordell Cup Plate competition as well:

Draw for QFs on Len Cordell Plate

Frenford v Hoddesdon Town

Frenford Res. v Walthamstow Res.

Great Wakering Rovers v Woodford Town

Sawbridgeworth Town Res. v West Essex Development

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Vase First Round Proper (ESL sides) [Fri 11/Sat 12 Oct ESL19/20 14.10.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s review of Essex Senior League & FA Vase action involving ESL sides on Non-League Day – Saturday 12 October, here on my blog.  Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League

Friday 11th October

Woodford Town  1 – 1  Clapton   | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Att: 59

Clapton fought back to claim a point at the Harlow Arena. Tola Odedoyin opened the scoring five minutes before the break. The hosts, now managed by Ross Weare, couldn’t take their chances and the Tons levelled six minutes from time through an OG.

Saturday 12th October

Cockfosters  P – P   Redbridge   |  Chalk Lane  |

Unfortunately, this match fell foul of the weather as it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 6  Hashtag Utd   | Lowfield | Att: 395

Hashtag roared back from a two-goal deficit to claim the points at Lowfield. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs put the hosts ahead on the half-hour, before Jack Lee netted again nine minutes later to put Simon Riddle’s team two goals up. That lead didn’t last long as Ross Gleed’s strike a minute later and Luke Wilson’s first goal for the club five minutes after the interval levelled things up. Jeese Waller-Lassen put Jay Devereux’s team ahead on the hour before Harry Honesty [65′], George Smith [75′] and a late Gleed penalty made it a day to remember for the Tags in front of a huge crowd of nearly 400.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 3  West Essex   | Crofters  | Att: 38

West Essex got their fourth straight league win with victory over battling Sawbridgeworth at Crofters. Josh French broke the deadlock on 22 minutes after making a rare run the length down the middle of the pitch and finishing from Michael Mignot’s clever pass. Sawbo had their goalkeeper Brandon Bullman dismissed with 19 minutes remaining as Mignot and Greg Frederick adding late goals to seal the points for the Stags.

I attended this match & my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/match-report-sawbridgeworth-0-3-west-essex-sat-12-oct-nl-day-esl/

Southend Manor  1 – 4  Tower Hamlets   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 30

Manor fell to a second consecutive home loss as Hamlets got a surprise win at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin got the consolation for the hosts though doubles for Samuel Kifwasima and Suaibo Balde saw John Jatto’s side to their first win in five matches.

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 2   St Margaretsbury | Mile End Stadium

Bengal lost at home again, this time to St Margaretsbury at Mile End. Ryan Reed’s free-kick put the visitors ahead ten minutes before half-time. Steven Carvell levelled for Bengal on 65 minutes before Kyle Roberts kept up his super scoring record recently with the winner ten minutes later.

 

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The FA Vase First Round Proper (Fixtures – ESL sides) –

Friday 11th October

Biggleswade Utd  4 – 4  Saffron Walden Town (AET)

Walden were held at Biggleswade Utd in an epic battle on Friday night. Charlie Cole’s brace & Gavin Cockman put Walden 3 – 0 ahead. Enrique Amador’s hat-trick and Kieran Igbanol got the home strikes and Ryan Fleming got the Bloods’ fourth in extra time though it will require a replay in midweek to settle this tie.

Saturday 12th October

Broadfields Utd  1 – 3  Walthamstow

A brace from Dwade James assisted ‘Stow to the next round as they won at Broadfields. James opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes as Ryan Maxwell’s side led at the break. James struck again on 51 minutes before substitute Ollie Fortune got the third three minutes from time. Ismael Ehui got a late consolation for the home side.

Hadley  0 – 2  Milton Keynes Robins  | Att: 56

Milton Keynes Robins got a surprise win at Hadley. Alex Filip [45+1] and George Shrieves [77′] got the goals as the visitors brought Anthony Clark’s side back down to earth after their FA Cup run ended last weekend.

Harborough Town  4 – 1  Enfield

Enfield started well before bowing out at Harborough Town. Josh Sykes put the visitors ahead 18 minutes into the contest though Town got that crucial leveller just before the interval through Josh Walsh. Aaron Preston hit a brace on 66 & 88 minutes, in between was Ben Williamdon’s strike eight minutes from time.

Stansted  5 – 1  Aylesbury Vale Dynamos | Hargrave Park | Att: 80

The Airportmen got a morale-boosting win over Spartans South Midlands side Aylesbury Valr at Hargrave Park. Moses Carvalho got the opener for thosts on 36 minutes before Daniel Cheema got his first of the afternoon four minutes later. The Dynamos halved the half-time deficit two minutes after the resumption thanks to Dan Wilson’s goal, though Cheema quickly took the game away from the visitors with another brace on 54 & 63 minutes to complete a fine hat-trick. Carvalho then got his second midway through the half to complete a fine afternoon for Messrs Pittuck & Watters.

 

Wellingborough Town  4 – 3  Takeley

Takeley exited the competition here as Wellingborough edged them through goals from Ryan Lovell (2), a Luke Stone spot-kick and one from Matt Long. Glen O’Hanlon, Bryn Thorpe and Coby Miles all struck for Marc Das’ team though their focus is now on their League adventures now.

Round-up: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 12 Oct) [EOFL 19/20 13.10.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] : Non-League & EOFL Writer

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League round-up, looking at the action from the top-tier all the way to from Senior Division Five plus results from all the Cup action, including a big programme of Essex Junior Cup action.

 

Saturday 12 October 2019

Premier Division

As always, we start with the Premier Division and Leigh Ramblers defeated Basildon Town 4 – 0 thanks to a brace from Rhys Fatt, one of which was a 25-yard cracker plus strikes by skipper Ryan Lowe and Sam Mountstephens. The Rams are now unbeaten in their last three matches and rise to fourth spot. Meanwhile, Canning Town got a rare away win, 3 – 2 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and Sungate defeated Harold Wood Athletic 4 – 1 at Ilford Wanderers Rugby club thanks to Zach Davidson’s brace plus goals by Reece Clarke and Jake Clarke. Chris Muir got Ath’s consolation though their inconsistent season thus far continues while the ‘Gate rise to fifth.

 

Senior Division One

In Senior One this week, Ongar Town took the lead spot with a 2 – 1 triumph at Manford Way. Aaron Blair and Harry Rawlins got the goals as Town made it five wins from five games. Joe Lovell struck for Manford though they fell to their third loss in their last four here. Old Chelmsfordians handed Chingford Athletic a 4 – 2 defeat to get their second win in three matches. Matthew Crick grabbed a brace with Harry Green and Max Johnson also netted for the OC’s. Eric Kelly got both goals for Ath though they fell three points off the top spot, having lost their 100% start.

FC Hamlets went up to seventh following a 3 – 1 success at home to Runwell Sports. John Gilroy, Charlie Heatley and player-manager Ashley King all netted for the East London side, while Charlie Adams netted for Sports who have one win in five matches.

Also, Galleywood were held 2 – 2 by Rayleigh Town Res. Strikes by Sam Donn and substitute Ditmir Doci put ‘Wood ahead though late goals by Rodney Wilson and Sam Lake meant Lee Bunn & Dan Williams’ side left with a point. Galleywood sit fourth while Town are a point behind in sixth. Ramsden Scotia also triumphed this weekend, winning 2 – 1 at home to Toby, which was their first win this term and puts them 11th while Toby remain bottom. Ramsden’s goals came via Ryan Leddra and Matthew Taylor, with Ben Britton scoring for Toby.

 

Senior Division Two

Now moving into Senior Two and Leigh Town continued their flawless start to the season with a 4 – 2 win over Rochford Town at the John Burrows Recreation Ground. Doubles for Max Jones and Sam Gillmore overpowered a brace from Harry Ford for Rochford.

Leigh went top as Corinthians were held 1 – 1 by Old Southendian Res at Garon Park. Jake Hodder struck for the visitors who ended up with ten men and drop to second. Ben Franklin got the goal for Ben Manley’s side who sit seventh. Laindon Orient went up to third with a 4 – 1 success at home to out-of-form AS Rawreth. Conor Cobb, Henry Ballard, Ashley Blackburn & an OG all contributed to Laindon’s third win in their last four.

Beacon Hill Rovers are fifth after a 5 – 1 away win at strugglers Ryan, thanks largely to Adebolu Adeyemi’s hat-trick plus strikes by Charlie Monti and Will Simpson. Rovers have won four on-the-spin now. Also, Harold Wood Athletic Res defeated May & Baker Res 4 – 0 with Warren Taylor notching twice and Joe McBurney and Joe Pyne also on target here to get their first win in four matches.

 

Anagram Records Trophy

In the Anagram Records Trophy action this weekend, Buckhurst Hill secured their place in the next round with a 4 – 2 win at Cuffley. Fenti Falola, Suley Zuhdu, Liam Foster and Josh Banfield were all on target for Mark Williams’ team. Shenfield AFC sealed a fine 7 – 0 win over The61FC (Luton) at St Martin’s School’s 3G pitch. Jordan Elliott led the way with four goals on his own, plus Ben Carroll, Mitchell Day & Luke Williamson also struck for the hosts here.

Epping Town went out of the competition to Hampton Town on the spot-kick lottery, having fought back to 3 – 3 after extra time. Strkes by Daniel Garfinkle, Brad Gayer and Taner Dagyaran gave Billy Cove’s side a shot though ultimately they went down as Hampton won 8 – 7 on penalty kicks.

 

Senior League Cup

In the one Senior League Cup tie that went ahead at the Len Salmon Stadium, Catholic Utd thrashed Kelvedon Hatch  6 – 0 with Ellis Sands scoring twice plus Aaron Baldwin, Thomas Kearney, Corey Wood and Franklin Craik all added one each. As the ‘Super Hoops’ made it into the next round with some style.

Rayleigh Town  P – P  Lakeside   | (awaiting League decision)

 

Essex Premier Cup

Heybridge Swifts U23  3 – 5  Springfield

Saffron Walden Town Res  2 – 4  Hutton

Westhamians  1 – 2  Waltham Abbey Res 

 

Essex Junior Cup  Results

Aveley U23  3 – 2  Leytonstone Utd   (1pm KO)

ACD Utd  2 – 3  Newbury Forest Res

Ashingdon  2 – 1  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

Bocas Jonabonito  3 – 5  Hutton Res

Buckhurst Hill Res P – P  Roydon Res

Chingford Athletic Res  2 – 1  Writtle

 

Collier Row  5 – 3  Harold Wood Athletic Development

Dagenham Utd  P – P Lakeside Res

Haver Town  4 – 0  Runwell Sports Res

Leigh Town ‘A’  1 – 4  Corinthians Res

Old Southendian ‘A’  2 – 1  Leigh Town Res

Rochford Town ‘A’  3 – 7  Basildon Town Res

 

Rochford Town Res  0 – 11  Bowers & Pitsea U23

Roydon  6 – 1  Shenfield AFC Res

Shoebury Town ‘A’  5 – 1  White Ensign Res

Springfield Res  1 – 3  Ongar Town Res

Toby Res  6 – 4  Rapid Chingford

Wakebury  5 – 0  Forest Glade

Wakering Sports Res  4 – 3  Leigh Ramblers Res  (AET)

Waltham Abbey ‘A’  1 – 4  Galleywood Res

No Senior Division Three action this week due to Essex Junior Cup..

 

Senior Division Four results

Canning Town Res  5 – 1  Laindon Orient Res

Chingford Athletic Development  4 – 1  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five results

Old Barkabbeyans  2 – 2  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Shoebury Town Res  3 – 1  Herongate Athletic Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’ 1 – 16  Collier Row Res

 

That’s all for this week, thank you for reading.

Match Report: Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 3 West Essex (Sat 12 Oct – NL Day) [ESL 19/20 12.10.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Crofters

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 28

Saturday 12th October 2019 – 3pm KO (Non-League Day)

Sawbridgeworth: Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Shorts

W Essex: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

 

 

Stags overcome battling Sawbo at Crofters

Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 3  West Essex

Report & Photos by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

On this year’s “Non-League Day” I made a first visit to Sawbridgeworth Town’s Crofters for their match with West Essex in the Essex Senior League. The contrasts here pre-match were stark – Sawbo were yet to win in their nine matches and were without a point while West had won their last three matches on-the-reel. Conditions did not favour expansive football with the dreary rain playing its part here.

Anyway, as for the teams and Sawbridgeworth were without forward Harry Bushell and midfielder Lamarr Douglas with Brandon Bullman between the sticks, a defence of skipper Ryan Willsmer, Louie Webster, Frankie Oatham and ex-Hullbridge youngster Angus Poole. Leon Lewis led the home side’s attack alongside Myles Passley with the likes of former Ilford winger Lion Docaj on the substitute’s bench. West named a back four of Sanchez Hardy, academy product Sam McNally, skipper Tom MacLeod and Josh French with a front three of Hakim Medfai, Michael Mignot and Symeon Taylor. Callum Bloss and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe were on the bench for Kwame Kwateng’s team.

It was the visitors who started proceedings brightly, though to be fair to Sawbridgeworth they defended stoutly. Six minutes in, a good through ball by Stags forward Hakim Medfai put Michael Mignot in on goal with only home stopper Brandon Bullman to beat, though the angle was against him and the ‘keeper gathered well. Moments later from Medfai’s corner, West forward Symeon Taylor headed wide as Sawbridgeworth couldn’t find their rhythm in the early stages of this game.

Just past the quarter-hour, Lee Mackman’s side did venture forward though were frustrated in their efforts to seize the initative. The visitors went straight back up the other end where Bullman was called into action again to clear ahead of the onrushing Taylor. West broke the deadlock midway through the half as a rapid counter-attack saw Mignot turn provider as his pass found the buccaneering run of centre-back Josh French who stroked home a calm finish past Bullman.

Sawbridgeworth did create a few half-chances, with winger Moyo Jordan-Ajibade heading wide before the half-hour though it was the visitors who had the majority of the attacking play. Credit to Sawbo centre-backs Frankie Oatham and Angus Poole though as they dealt with the onslaught well, particularly in the air with clearing headers.

Half-Time: Sawbridgeworth  0 – 1  West Essex

You felt there was more drama to come, particularly as the atmosphere got increasingly tetchy towards the end of the first-half. Mignot had the first chance after the interval as he was one-on-one with Bullman though the glovesman denied him on the edge of his area. Minutes later, Sawbo started arguably their strongest period of the match as Poole’s header was gathered by visiting custodian Jack Coker. The Stags continued to create decent attacking moves though couldn’t quite make the most of them.

 

Then on the hour mark, Sawbo forward Myles Passley’s strike was well-blocked by French around the penalty spot area before Passley was frustrated again as another effort was well-denied by fellow centre-back Tom MacLeod. Sawbridgeworth were in the ascendancy at this point, being assisted by central midfielder Evaristo Kitoko and left winger Moyo Jordan-Ajibade, with the latter making a good run before Kitoko’s shot was also closed down by a stubborn visiting backline.

As we approached the latter stages, West were still looking a threat at times with Mignot’s pace and movement once again posing problems for the stretched home defence. On 71 minutes, home ‘keeper Bullman was dismissed for a rash challenge on Taylor which meant the hosts were down to ten and with no substitute stopper on the bench, full-back Louie Webster donned the jersey for the remainder of the contest.

The visitors continued to push forward, sensing the need to put the game away and Mignot was denied well by stand-in ‘keeper Webster with ten minutes left. Taylor’s improvised toe-poke then cannoned off a post before midfielder Joe Lefley’s sweet pass played in Mignot who blasted home despite a good effort from Webster to keep it out. Greg Frederick got a late third for West in added-time after the unfortunate home defence had blocked two previous efforts. The hosts had the final chance as substitute Martell Solarin’s drive was well kept out by an unsighted Coker though it was the visitors who claimed the points.

Full-Time: Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 3  West Essex

In summary, although they perhaps were not quite at their free-flowing best, West ultimately did enough to claim the points. The slippery surface and unending rain did play its part in that though Forward Mignot was again a thorn in the opposition defence’s side with Josh French also having a good afternoon, as did Symeon Taylor and full-back Sam McNally, who made several good runs forward too,

Sawbridgeworth do have positives to take from this match I feel, even if they didn’t threaten for long periods of the match. As I said earlier, centre-backs Oatham and Poole were a tough barrier to break down while Moyo Jordan-Ajibade was a good outlet on the left flank for the hosts with his pace and crosses. Central midfielder Evaristo Kitoko also looked to get the attacks going for the hosts too with sme neat passing at times.

Finally, I’d like to thank Sawbridgeworth for their hospitality today and wish both sides well for the rest of the season.

Teams

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Manager: Lee Mackman

1. Brandon Bullman (GK), 2.Ryan Willsmer (Capt), 3. Louie Webster, 4 Michael Folkes, 5. Frankie Oatham, 6. Angus Poole, 7. Prince Alozie (17. Lion Docaj 51′), 8. Evaristo Kitoko (16. Martell Solarin 73′), 9. Leon Lewis (14. Tommy Harris 77′), 10.  Myles Passley, 11 Moto Jordan-Ajibade

Booked: Kitoko  | Sent Off: Bullman (GK) | Subs Not Used: B James, McQuillan

West Essex   | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

1. Jack Coker (GK), 3. Sanchez Hardy, 2. Sam McNally, 4 Tom MacLeod (Capt), 14 Josh French, 6. Emanuel Wazola, 8. Greg Frederick, 10. Joe Lefley, 9. Hakim Medfai (11. Callum Bloss 68′), 7. Michael Mignot, 12. Symeon Taylor (20. Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 84′)

Goal-scorers: Josh French [22′], Michael Mignot [83′], Greg Frederick [90’+1]

Booked: Wazola, Hardy, Mignot, Medfai | Subs Not Used: Walk, Woodbridge

Preview : Essex Senior League (Fri 11/Sat 12 Oct) [ESL 19/20 10.10.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s preview of Essex Senior League action on Non-League Day – Saturday 12 October, here on my blog. Also includes the fixtures for ESL sides in action in the FA Vase First Round Proper.  Thanks for reading.

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Friday 11th October

Woodford Town  v  Clapton   | Harlow Arena [3G]  |

The weekend’s action starts with a new dawn for Town as they welcome Clapton to the Harlow Arena. Manager Dee Safer has moved upstairs to become Director of Football with the Towners’ aspirations of moving to Ashton’s in mind reportedly. Coach Ross Weare steps up to lead a new-look management team. On-the-pitch, Town have been inconsistent so far this term with four wins from their eight games. They have also had a break from action recently while Clapton have had a poor last two games, with heavy losses to Saffron Walden and Cockfosters. On paper, you would favour a home win though Woodford need to tighten up defensively I feel.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Saturday 12th October

Cockfosters  v  Redbridge   |  Chalk Lane  |

Redbridge have a third straight away game, this time travelling to Chalk Lane to face Cockfosters. The ‘Fosters have had an entertaining last couple of matches with a big win over Clapton last weekend followed by a narrow loss to Hashtag in midweek. Redbridge won at Southend Manor last weekend before seeing their midweek match at home to Hadley fall foul of the hefty rainfall. Although both sides are not finding wins easy to come by, both are scoring goals so don’t be surprised if this one is another goal-fest. Narrow away win for me given this is the hosts’ third match in eight days.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

Hoddesdon Town  v  Hashtag Utd   | Lowfield |

Hoddesdon entertain fellow high-flyers Hashtag at Lowfield. Both sides are in prime form, with the Lilywhites being held by local rivals St Margaretsbury in a high-scoring draw last weekend. Hashtag followed up a weekend at Stansted last weekend with a narrow win at home to Cockfosters on Wednesday night to make it seven straight wins in the league. Former East Thurrock Utd & Aveley assistant Joe Keith has also joined the club to link up once again with manager Jay Devereux.

This is a tough one to call given Hoddesdon’s defensive record and the form of the Tags’ front-men. Yup, you guessed it – I’m going to plump for a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  West Essex   | Crofters  |

Sawbridgeworth welcome free-scoring West Essex to Crofters, with that first win foremost in their thoughts. Sawbo fell to a frustrating loss at Enfield last weekend to extend their winless run. By contrast, West have had a fine week, with a comeback win at Sporting Bengal last weekend followed by a home triumph over Stansted in midweek. The Stags may find this trip tricky though if they can maintain their recent consistency, they can grab another three points.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Southend Manor  v  Tower Hamlets   | Southchurch Park  |

Manor welcome Hamlets to Southchurch Park, on the back of a mixed week. They lost out to Redbridge last weekend before going to Takeley and bringing back a respectable point in midweek. Ironically, Hamlets last match was a home loss to Takeley which made it four straight league defeats for the Mile End-based side. Despite this indifferent form, Manor will need to play well to overcome the rapid, youthful visitors.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  St Margaretsbury   | Mile End Stadium

Finally in the league this weekend, the other Mile End side Sporting Bengal face St Margaretsbury for the second time in ten days after St Margs penalty shoot-out win in the Gordon Brasted Trophy recently. Bengal’s recent form must be frustrating for manager Imrul Gazi, with a loss in their last match at home to West Essex. St Mags held Hoddesdon last weekend before succumbing to Walthamstow in midweek in what was a rare game without scoring. Think this one will be another high-scoring affair.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

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The FA Vase First Round Proper (Fixtures – ESL sides) –

 

Friday 11th October

Biggleswade  v  Saffron Walden Town

 

Saturday 12th October

Broadfields Utd  v  Walthamstow

Hadley  v  Milton Keynes Robins

Harborough Town  v  Enfield

Stansted  v  Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

Wellingborough Town  v  Takeley

Preview: Essex Olympian League & Cups (Sat 12 Oct) [EOFL 19/20 10.10.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] : Non-League & EOFL Writer

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Olympian League preview, looking at the action from the top tier all the way to from Senior Division Five plus all the Cup action, including a big programme of Essex Junior Cup action. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 12 October 2019 – League matches are 2.30pm KO

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Canning Town   | Silver Leys

Leigh Ramblers  v  Basildon Town   | Belfairs Park

Sungate  v  Harold Wood Athletic   | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

Three Premier Division matches are set for this weekend. First, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts look to avert a recent loss or two as they entertain struggling Canning Town at Silver Leys. A win for the hosts could see them back in the top five, depending on other results.

Wayne Seal’s Leigh Ramblers welcome a Basildon Town side in decent form, having only lost two of their first six league games. Ramblers would go above Town if they win this encounter at Belfairs Park. Finally, Sungate welcome a Harold Wood Athletic side that is improving with wins in their last two games after a winless start to the campaign for Ath. The ‘Gate will be looking to get back to winning ways with only one win in their last four matches.

 

Senior Division One

FC Hamlets  v  Runwell Sports   | Hackney Marshes

Galleywood  v  Rayleigh Town Res   | Clarkes Field

Herongate Athletic  v Snaresbrook   | Billericay Road

Manford Way  v  Ongar Town   | London Marathon Sports Ground

Old Chelmsfordians  v  Chingford Athletic   | Lawford Lane

Ramsden Scotia  v  Toby   | Nursery Sports Ground

 

Senior Division Two

Harold Wood Athletic Res  v  May & Baker Res   | Harold Wood Park

Laindon Orient  v  AS Rawreth   | Ford’s Sports Club (Basildon)

Leigh Town  v  Rochford Town   | John Burrows Recreation Ground

Old Southendian Res  v  Corinthians    | Garon Park

Ryan  v  Beacon Hill Rovers   | Wadham Lodge (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

 

Anagram Records Trophy (2.15pm KO’s unless stated)

Epping Town  v  Hampton Town  | Stonards Hill Recreation Ground

Shenfield AFC  v  The 61FC (Luton)   | St Martin’s Sch [3G]

Cuffley  v  Buckhurst Hill  (3pm KO)

 

Senior League Cup  (2.15pm KO’s)

Catholic Utd  v  Kelvedon Hatch  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G] | (All-Premier Division tie)

Rayleigh Town  v  Lakeside   | London Road  | (EOFL Premier v EOFL Senior One)

 

Essex Premier Cup  (2pm KO’s)

Heybridge Swifts U23  v  Springfield

Saffron Walden Town Res  v  Hutton

Westhamians  v  Waltham Abbey Res 

 

Essex Junior Cup  (2pm KO’s unless stated)

Aveley U23  v Leytonstone Utd   (1pm KO)

ACD Utd  v  Newbury Forest Res

Ashingdon  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

Bocas Jonabonito  v  Hutton Res

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Roydon Res

Chingford Athletic Res  v  Writtle

 

Collier Row  v  Harold Wood Athletic Development

Dagenham Utd  v  Lakeside Res

Haver Town  v  Runwell Sports Res

Leigh Town ‘A’  v  Corinthians Res

Old Southendian ‘A’  v  Leigh Town Res

Rochford Town ‘A’  v  Basildon Town Res

 

Rochford Town Res  v  Bowers & Pitsea U23

Roydon  v  Shenfield AFC Res

Shoebury Town ‘A’  v  White Ensign Res

Springfield Res  v  Ongar Town Res

Toby Res  v  Rapid Chingford

Wakebury  v  Forest Glade

Wakering Sports Res  v  Leigh Ramblers Res

Waltham Abbey ‘A’  v  Galleywood Res

 

 

Senior Division Four

Canning Town Res  v  Laindon Orient Res

Chingford Athletic Development  v  Old Chelmsfordians Res

 

Senior Division Five

Old Barkabbeyans  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Shoebury Town Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Wakering Sports ‘A’  v  Collier Row Res

 

Preview: FA Vase R1 & Essex Senior League (Sat 13/Sun 14 Oct [FAV & ESL 12.10.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) & Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

Hello and welcome to an extended edition of the Preview piece with Non-League bloggers Peter D & Scott W. This week, we look at the FA Vase First Round action involving Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior Lge Sth sides and a reduced league programme on ‘Non-League Day’. Get out there and sample the Non-League game this weekend & what do you think on our predictions?

 

The FA Vase – First Round (Sat 13th Oct)

Leverstock Green  v   Sawbridgeworth Town  |

Pete: The Robins travel to Spartan South Midlands Leverstock Green off the back of ending Hullbridge Sports’ unbeaten league start to the season, and this proves to be another tough one although Green sit 12th in the division albeit with games in hand over the sides around them.  And the hosts did smack six past Oxhey Jets in their last league game at home so know where the goal is, and I feel the home side may win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Sawbo make the trip to Spartan South Mids Premier side Leverstock, on the back of a battling win over ESL leaders Hullbridge. The home side powered to a big home win over Oxhey last weekend. John Watters’ side have a tough job here though desire is not lacking on the part of the club and I wouldn’t put it past them to advance here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Little Oakley  v  Enfield 1893  |

Pete: If you had asked me to predict this one around two weeks ago I’d have said this could be a potential banana skin for Enfield after Oakley had dispatched Hadleigh United from the Vase.  However, since then the hosts have lost their last two in the league conceding thirteen without reply, so it looks more likely that Enfield will win this one, and although no doubt the hosts will raise their game for this big cup tie, it’s an away win for me.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Enfield make the trip to Eastern Senior League South side LIttle Oakley on the back of being unbeaten in three matches in all competitions. Matt Hanning’s side defeated Stanway at home last weekend before battling to a point at Hoddesdon. The hosts have conceded 13 goals without reply in losses to May & Baker and Benfleet. Has this match been on their minds recently? Time will tell though the visitors are more than useful going forward and that could well be the difference.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 4

May & Baker E.C  v  North Greenford Utd  | Barking Rugby Club

Pete: Hosts Bakers will look to cause an upset for the second round running after they thrashed Saffron Walden Town away in the last round, but they take on Spartan South Midlands North Greenford United who currently sit sixth in the division, although their form has been mixed of late, although they did hit five at Stotfold in their last league outing.  I have a sneaky feeling May & Baker could edge this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: May & Baker continue their FA Vase following their fine win at Saffron Walden. Spartan South Midlands Premier side North Greenford are the visitors to Barking RFC if the hosts continue their good start to the season, this is the sort of test they will cherish. Both sides can score goals and defences may not prosper here though will go for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Newbury Forest   v   Newport Pagnell Town  |  Oakside

Pete: Forest have a tough assignment against United Counties League side Newport Pagnell Town who did reach the Quarter Finals of the competition two years ago.  Pagnell do sit down in 15th in their division and have lost half their league games so far, but I feel they will probably have to much for the Step Six opponents here at Oakside.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 4

Scott: Eastern Senior League South side Forest welcome United Counties Premier side Newport Pagnell. The visitors have won two of eight league matches as of last weekend while the hosts also concede a few to be fair and this is a tough match against Step 5 opposition.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Southend Manor  v  Redbridge  | Southchurch Park

Pete: These two played at Southchurch Park recently in a league fixture and saw The Motormen come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and trying to predict this one is fairly tough.  Manor have struggled of late with plenty of players missing whilst Redbridge put a poor few games behind them recently with a superb win at a free-falling Takeley.  Feel Redbridge may repeat the trick here and grab a win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: These two Essex Senior League sides do battle again, weeks after the Motormen roared back from two goals down to win that league encounter at the same venue. One win in their last league outings for Manor means that Adam Peek’s side could do with a victory here while Redbridge are unpredictable themselves though did get a good win at Takeley in midweek. My first instinct is to go for an away win though this is another toughie to call.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Takeley  v  Wodson Park   |  Station Road

Pete: Don’t let Wodson Park’s Step Six status fool you, they are a very good Spartan South One side with six wins and two draws from their eight league games so far, and they visit a Takeley side at sixes and sevens currently.  This is such an intriguing game to try and predict, and you feel the hosts need a win desperately here to try and get their season back on track, and I feel they may just sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Takeley welcome Spartan South Midlands Division One outfit Wodson Park to Station Road. Three or four weeks ago you may well have said that Marc Das’ side would have little trouble in progressing in the competition. Four defeats in their last five league matches puts a slightly different complexion on this match. Wodson are still unbeaten in their league after eight matches, six of which they have won so this is ‘no gimme’ despite the hosts being a step higher. Will go for a home win, just.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Sunday 14th October

West Essex  v  Godmanchester Rovers  | Mayesbrook Park  (2pm KO)

Pete: A tough tie awaits West at Mayesbrook Park as Thurlow Nunn title contenders Godmanchester Rovers come to town, although Rovers last away trip saw them defeated 3-0 at Woodbridge Town who are down in the bottom half of the division.  However, prior to that they had only lost one in seven league outings so it could have been one of those off days.  West though have improved massively since the opening weeks of the season and if they can grab an early goal they may have a chance, but I feel the visitors will win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Finally in the Vase action, The Stags welcome Godmanchester Rovers, of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, to Mayesbrook Park on Sunday. Kwame Kwateng’s side have had a mixed week with a tough win at Southend Manor last weekend followed by defeat at home to Sporting Bengal in midweek. Rovers have won six of their nine league matches and score aplenty as well. Have to go with an away win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Essex Senior League

Saturday 13th October – Non-League Day

Barkingside  v  Stansted   | Cricklefield

Pete: On paper this point to an easy away win, with the Airportmen flying right now having won seven league games on the bounce, whilst Side are bottom with no wins and off the back off two heavy defeats to teams around them.  But football is not played on paper, so things don’t always happen this way, but I feel the visitors will grab a win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: These sides are at the opposite ends of the standings and in the form book. Barkingside have had another wearing week with heavy losses to Leyton Athletic and Tower Hamlets while Stansted have scored four or more in each of their last four matches in League and Cup. ‘Side’s losing run stands at eight matches while the Airportmen have won their last seven on-the-reel in the League. Have to plump for an away win though I sincerely hope there is a good crowd in attendance with ‘Side being one of a number of clubs embracing Non-League Day.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Hullbridge Sports  v  Leyton Athletic   | Lower Road

Pete: League leaders Bridge suffered their first reverse in the league at Sawbridgeworth on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from that, and they welcome a Leyton Athletic side to Lower Road who can cause problems going forward so they will certainly provide a test for the leaders.  I do expect the hosts to win this one though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Lower Road is the destination for Leyton Athletic here though both sides have had mixed weeks. Hullbridge saw their ten-match unbeaten league run end at Sawbridgeworth in midweek while Leyton went down at home to Clapton, also in midweek. Both clubs won last weekend though and Glen Kendall’s side are a threat going forward so Darren Manning’s side will need to be ‘on it’ here. Leyton have conceded 25 goals in ten matches thus far though and that could be the deciding factor here. Home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Saffron Walden Town  v  St Margaretsbury  | Catons Lane

Pete: Walden have drawn their last two home games as their challenge for the top spots has faltered slightly, but they welcome a St Margaretsbury side who blow hot and cold but do possess an attacking threat.  Fancy an entertaining game here and the hosts to win a five-goal thriller.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: The Bloods entertain St Margs at Catons Lane following a week where they not once but twice rescued points from a precarious position, particularly aginst Walthamstow in midweek. The visitors had a great day ‘at the office’ last weekend thanks to a thumping win over Tower Hamlets. Jason Maher’s side has a certain resolve about it and that may be enough to swing it their way here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Mile End Stadium

Pete: Potential for a decent match here at Mile End as Sporting Bengal, who have been in terrific form lately, come up against a Hoddesdon Town side who are on a decent unbeaten run themselves.  The visiting defence will have to be on their metal too as the hosts are banging in the goals recently, but Hoddy have decent attacking players themselves and are a solid unit, so it’s a difficult one to predict.  Thinking this could be a draw.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Bengal welcome Hoddesdon to Mile End, following a fine week which saw wins over Sawbridgeworth and West Essex, scoring nine goals in the process. They face a gritty Hoddesdon side who picked up a point at Saffron Walden last weekend followed by a point at home to Enfield in midweek. Imrul Gazi’s side has pace and a growing belief after three straight league wins though my feeling is this will be a really tough encounter for both teams.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Stanway Rovers  v  Tower Hamlets   | the Hawthorns

Pete: Second bottom plays third bottom here at The Hawthorns and there is history between these two after that FA Cup abandonment earlier in the season.  Stanway were winning that tie comfortably at the time and they also won the replay too so previous results would favour a home win here, but Hamlets have kept three clean sheets in their last four outings and apart from a 6-0 thrashing at St Margaretsbury have been doing ok lately.  Their 4-0 win over Barkingside would have certainly helped morale, but I feel the hosts will sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: Finally in the league this weekend, Hamlets travel back to Stanway Rovers. ‘Mixed emotions’ might describe the last week for AJ Ashinike’s men as a big loss to St Margaretsbury last weekend was tempered by a important win over Barkingside on Monday night. Stanway have had a tough one themselves with away losses to Enfield and in-form Stansted, conceding eight goals in the process.

I feel Lee Fisher’s side are stronger at home and as Hamlets don’t always play well away from Mile End, I’ll go for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2