Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer
Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Eastern Senior League South League action, rounding-up the seven matches on Saturday 8 October, which saw three teams get important away wins.
EaSL South – Saturday 8 October
We start with a fine win for May & Baker as they won 3 – 0 at Stanway Pegasus. Kalum Bama, Abidemi Lamina & substitute Daniel Barth’s late goal secured an impressive win for Jordan Harris’ side at Stanway Sch 3G, which takes them level on points with Rosi Webb’s side. Benfleet remain in fourth after a 2 – 0 triumph at Coggeshall Utd, with Grant Frances and Taylor Lawrence the goal-getters there for Alex Salmon’s side.
Frenford also are in a good position in fifth after a superb 3 – 2 success at Basildon Town. Nick Reynolds scored twice (one from the penalty spot) for Dave Forbes’ side, with Tom Potter getting the opening strike. Rhys Fatt & Keanu Hill both netted for player-boss Marcus Bowers’ side but they drop into mid-table. Park View are in sixth after a surprise 2 – 1 victory over leaders Burnham Ramblers, with Emerson Dju & Kyron Mitchell the heroes for the hosts at New River Sports Centre. Ben Wood’s header ensured a late reply for Ramblers but their lead remains at two points because of other results.
Elsewhere, Enfield Borough got a big 5 – 1 success over Cannons Wood at Maurice Rebak Stadium. The ensemble cast of scorers were Walid Hirsi, Grisiano Kadriu, Malachi Soile, Georgi Steed & Rinidie Lokilo-Imponge as they rose to seventh spot in the table. Wood remain winless & four points adrift at the bottom. St Margaretsbury wre held 1 – 1 by Barkingside at the Recreation Ground. Ethan Daniels with the goal for Paul Holding & Marce Collington’s team. The other game saw a 3 – 3 draw between hosts Wormley Rovers and Newbury Forest. Josh Smith netted twice for Leo Connolly’s team, with Ansa Edem also on target for the visitors there.
Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks
Park View: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks
Barkingside do enough to claim decent win over Park View at Cricklefield
Barkingside 2 – 0 Park View
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The midweek matches returned on the Non-League journey this season after a minor hiatus, with a return visit to Cricklefield to see Barkingside face Park View in the Eastern Senior League South. ‘Side were looking to erase the memory of a heavy loss to Harwich & Parkeston at the same venue forty-eight hours earlier. Park View were also looking to bounce back from a loss at the weekend and gain ground on the teams above them in the table. Barkingside fielded Duncan Smith in goal, with a defensive four of centre-backs Nathan Saunders & skipper Elliot Scott, with full-backs Jordan Cornelius and Shaquel Foyewa. The forward line was led by Kevin Difika and James Peagram, with support from Quincy Warner, and options from the bench included forwards Osas Umaru, Archie Hammond and midfielder Jason Jones. Park View gave Ibrahim Nuhu the goalkeeper’s jersey here, with Francis Williams, Raymond Agyemang and Rui Rocha being their forward line, with Daniel Amihere captaining the side.
The match began in the decreasing temperature with Barkingside very much having the impetus going forward. After only four minutes, a long ball forward found advancing midfielder Anton Alexander, who headed wide of Ibrahim Nuhu’s woodwork after coming inside from the right channel. It was a warning from the hosts which Park View did not heed. Moments later, the home side did break the deadlock with a slightly bizarre goal. A set-piece from deep was sent in to the penalty area and Park View defender Maxwell Ntim got goal-side and unfortunately headed past Nuhu and into his own net. Steven Le Sage’s side were not going to complain though and pressed forward to extend this acquired advantage. Eight minutes in, a long pass by Quincy Warner was gathered at the second attempt by Nuhu before forward Kevin Difika could have a chance from close range.
Barkingside spurned another half-chance five minutes later as James Peagram’s attempted lob was denied by Nuhu. The visitors were feeling the pressure at this stage and did push on the counter-attack, as forward Francis Williams found himself in on goal, only for ‘Side skipper Elliot Scott to get in and intercept the potential danger seconds before Williams could get a strike away at Duncan Smith’s goal.
That chance for the visitors did prove important as on twenty-seven minutes, ‘Side doubled their lead. A good ball in found Peagram just short of the six-yard line and his effort on goal evaded the reach of Nuhu and found the left corner of the goal. The hosts then couldn’t make the most of decent chances as Nuhu denied Alexander’s far post header and Difika nodded wide as well when well-placed. At the other end, Smith pulled off a good save to deny a good strike by rapid forward Rui Rocha not long before the interval.
Half-Time: Barkingside 2 – 0 Park View
After the interval, the pace of the match dropped somewhat, but not before Park View stopper Nuhu denied a goal-bound header by winger Josh Duyile and just shy of the hour, Maxwell Ntim struck his effort over the woodwork for Park View. It was becoming apparent that ‘Side were finding it tricky to keep the same energy & impetus they showed earlier in the game, which allowed Park View more possession and generally speaking, they did cause some nervy moments for the home defence, which were well-dealt with, with skipper Elliot Scott determined to keep the clean sheet.
Just after the hour, Duyile unleashed a speculative effort from the left channel to catch out Nuhu and the ball cannoned off the top of the crossbar. Duyile also brought a good save out of Nuhu in the last twenty minutes, with a fierce drive being tipped over the woodwork by the alert Park View stopper.
In the end, Barkingside would have been happy to see the final whistle come and emerge with the points and a clean sheet. They still have faint hopes of a play-off spot though they will need a lot of wins from the matches they have in hand on their rivals. It was also good to see many ground-hoppers as ever supporting the club here.
Full-Time: Barkingside 2 – 0 Park View
In summary, Barkingside did well to put aside a tough defeat 48 hours previously to put in an energetic showing here, especially in the first half. Park View didn’t test home goalkeeper Duncan Smith on a consistent basis here although they will be disappointed that they did not get on the score-sheet with the few good half-chances they had. The hosts will need to put in consistent performances to get into the play-off picture I feel, with the matches they have in hand on their rivals.
There were several creditable performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for Barkingside, forward Kevin Difika had a good game, putting good energy into the hosts’ forward line alongside James Peagram, and showed decent movement to test the opposition defence. Centre-back Elliot Scott also had a good match, marshalling his defence well and making a number of important interceptions to stifle Park View’s forward line from creating further clear-cut chances. Finally, Anton Alexander showed good pace and touch in midfield to contribute to his team’s display. For Park View, forward Francis Williams was their biggest threat and was unfortunate to not get on the score-sheet here, showing good movement and a few good passes too. Raymond Agyemang and skipper Daniel Amihere both had good matches too, the latter in a defensive role.
Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.
Barkingside | Manager: Steven Le Sage |
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Duncan Smith (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 3 Shaquel Foyewa, 5 Nathan Saunders, 6 Elliot Scott (Capt), 14 Quincy Warner, 7 David Etcheri (12 Patrick Hoy 81’), 8 Anton Alexander, 9 James Peagram (16 Antonio Scotellaro 61’), 10 Kevin Difika, 11 Joshua Duyile (17 Jason Jones 74’)
Goal-scorers: Maxwell Ntim OG [5’], James Peagram [27’]
Subs Not Used: Umaru, Hammond
Starting XI: 1 Ibrahim Nuhu (GK), 2 Lloyd Mukanda, 3 Daniel Amihere (Capt), 4 Kwadwo Asamoah, 5 Gerald Mensah, 6 Francis Williams, 7 Rui Rocha, 8 Raymond Agyemang, 9 Felix Kouassy, 10 Robinhood Mensah-Sowah, 11 Maxwell Ntim