S21-22 Match Report: Stanway Rovers 0 – 2 Redbridge (Mon 18 Apr) [ESL PBT Final 21-22 19.4.22]

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ESL Peter Butcher Trophy – Final

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: 181

2021-22 Season: Match 74

Monday 18 April 2022 – 3pm KO

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

The Silverware.. This is the Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy [Image by Scott W]

Early Action Still with Redbridge defending [Image by Scott W]

Redbridge secure another Trophy with hard-earned win over resilient Stanway

Stanway Rovers  0 – 2  Redbridge

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

Additional photos by Katie Dorling [for @EssexSenior], used with thanks. Thanks also to the ESL’s Ashley Leat.

The last match of the Easter weekend saw the first Essex Senior-related Cup Final of the campaign as we headed to Saffron Walden’s Catons Lane for an interesting battle between high-flyers Redbridge and mid-table side Stanway Rovers. Stanway had to bypass Sawbridgeworth Town, West Essex and Takeley to reach this occasion and named Harry Aldridge between the posts, with captain Jack Clampin and Danny Nesbitt in central defence. Jordan Barnett and Harry Norman were the central midfield, with Ernest Okoh and Ayo Oukoya leading the attack, with support from James Crisell and Sean Bartlett. Forwards Joel Older, Max Sherlock and Ezequiel Franchi were all options from the sidelines for boss Danny Slatter.

Redbridge had to lift themselves following a disappointing end to their League match on Good Friday but in this competition, they had defeated Southend Manor, St Margaretsbury, Walthamstow and Stansted en route to this Final. They named regular stopper George Martin in goal, with a back four of Bradley Bennett, skipper Jack Roult plus centre-backs Dean Hall and Nathan Okoye. Tony Martin led the forward line, alongside Ibrahim Kehinde and Timothy Ogunrinde. Jerold Cobblah and Michael Pindy were cup-tied & therefore unavailable. Their bench included forward Loui Hazelwood, midfielders Kwabena Yeboah and Tayo Olukolu and defender Joe Elliott.  

The Stanway team pre-match [Image by Katie D]

The Redbridge Starting XI pre-match [Image by Katie D]

This match had a cagey start, perhaps reflecting the long & arduous season that both sides have had. It is understandable that the teams were mentally tired more than anything but the match did find its way into gear on ten minutes as Redbridge pushed forward and Robbie Norris’ header forced a decent save from Rovers custodian Harry Aldridge. Stanway had given the Motormen defence a few nervy moments in the early minutes, with forwards Ernest Okoh and Ayo Odukoya proving a good duo with good movement and strength. They couldn’t quite create the chances they needed though as the Blues did get the better of the midfield battle. On twenty-five minutes, a set-piece was angled into the penalty box, which centre-back Nathan Okoye got onto but his header was not powerful enough to trouble Aldridge, who gathered.

Stanway were commendably strong in defence but couldn’t quite find the telling passes to the forwards often enough as they were frustrated by a good Motormen backline. Rovers had a warning on thirty-three minutes when a good one-two passing move involving Martin and Timothy Ogunrinde ended with Ogunrinde firing wide of the right-side post, with Kehinde making a surging run in the centre of the penalty area.

Redbridge looking to get forward in first half [Image by Scott W]

The game was starting to drift towards the interval, needing a goal and one duly arrived nine minutes before the break. Good build-up play saw a good cross-field ball find Ibrahim Kehinde on the left flank, before the wily forward turned past his marker and sent a superb cross in to the far post, finding Tony Martin who powerfully headed home into the far post with Aldridge helpless to prevent it. George Christou’s side were having the better of the chances but they were not plentiful.

So at the Interval, Redbridge had a slender lead but they had to stay alert to shake off the threat posed by Odukoya and Okoh in particular while Rovers had to step up the tempo to further stretch & test the Redbridge defence.

Redbridge looking to counter-attack in 1st half with Stanway skipper Jack Clampin (5) marking [Image by Katie D]

Half-Time: Stanway Rovers 0 – 1 Redbridge

Redbridge looked to regain the momentum early in the second half but Kehinde was unable to make the most of two half-chances, first firing off-target and then shortly afterwards, his effort was saved by Aldridge, who was having a decent game. Stanway were still finding it tricky to create clear chances, with Okoh having the only effort of note off-target ten minutes after the restart. Max Sherlock came off the bench for Danny Slatter’s team to replace Sean Bartlett and immediately gave Rovers an injection of pace and energy down the left flank, which added to the threat the Motormen defence had to face.

At the other end, fellow substitute Loui Hazelwood was also causing problems for the Rovers backline as a surging run ended with Aldridge doing well to deny his effort as well. Stanway came back into proceedings well in the latter stages though as Okoh was denied by Motormen stopper George Martin before Sherlock got hold of the rebound and saw his strike blocked by the well-placed covering defenders. Redbridge were searching keenly for that telling second goal and Hazelwood so nearly had it, sending a curling strike from left side of penalty box which Stanway captain Jack Clampin did very well to clear off the goal-line.

Stanway put another dangerous ball into the box [Image by Scott W]

Rovers were still piling forward looking for that crucial leveller and were leaving gaps in their defence on the counter-attack. Redbridge did just that a minute before the ninety was up, with Hazelwood doing well making another run before playing in skipper Jack Roult but his strike went narrowly wide of Aldridge’s left-side post. That ended up being the last let-off Rovers had as a minute later, Redbridge finally got a second goal to seal the Peter Butcher Trophy.

A searing run by the impressive Kehinde down the right channel got the better of the Stanway defence before coolly playing in Hazelwood who struck home well with a looping finish to send the Redbridge contingent into raptures.

Stanway’s Ayo Odukoya being marked by Redbridge’s Robbie Norris [Image by Scott W]

Rovers had little time to mount a fightback as the final whistle went soon afterwards, though I must pay respect to the performance that they put in here. They put in a hard shift defensively but ultimately it wasn’t enough to claim the Trophy here.

Full-Time: Stanway Rovers  0 – 2 Redbridge

In summary, Redbridge were the stronger of the two sides going forward but Stanway made it tough with a resilient defensive display and the Motormen’s one goal lead going into the latter stages was precarious. That and Stanway looked more lively in attack after the interval meant there were nervy moments but George Christou’s side scored a superb second goal which secured more silverware, their second Trophy in two seasons.     

There were several fine performances from both sides In this Final. For victors Redbridge, forward Ibrahim Kehinde once again impressed, showing high energy and good running down the channels as well as good passing and two good assists and was named Man of the Match during the presentation post-match as well.  Jake Brocklebank had a good game in central midfield, as did centre-back Nathan Okoye who made several important interceptions at the heart of the Motormen backline. Finally, a word too for energetic forward Loui Hazelwood who did cause problems in the last half-hour with his movement and trickery after coming off the bench. He capped a memorable day for the club with a well-taken second goal.

Stanway also had some good performers on the big occasion, with Ernest Okoh leading the line well alongside Ayo Odukoya. His work rate and movement did give the Blues defence some nervy moments, particularly early on. Centre-back & captain Jack Clampin typified their resolve with some good clearances under pressure, assisted by full-back Daniel Smith who also put in a determined performance in defence and also sent in a few good crosses into the penalty area too.  Finally, substitute Max Sherlock made a difference after coming on, on the hour mark as well. His pace and passing really gave Rovers some impetus as the Motormen’s lead was perilously thin. Commiserations to Danny Slatter and his team, they’ve had a decent season.

Here are your winners of the Peter Butcher Trophy for Season 2021-22, Redbridge!!


Stanway Rovers  | Manager: Danny Slatter | Assistant: Jack Wignall

Starting XI  (Subs): 1 Harry Aldridge (GK), 2 Daniel Smith, 3 Olumide Akinode (15 Ezequiel Franchi 76’), 5 Jack Clampin (Capt), 18 Danny Nesbitt, 4 Jordan Barnett, 8 Harry Norman, 7 James Crisell, 9 Ernest Okoh (14 Joel Older 82’), 10 Ayo Odukoya, 11 Sean Bartlett (12 Max Sherlock 61’)

Booked: Akinode, Odukoya | Subs Not Used: Skinner (GK)

Redbridge  | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Jack Roult (Capt), 5 Dean Hall, 6 Nathan Okoye, 4 Jake Brocklebank, 8 Robbie Norris (16 Joe Elliott 86’), 18 Jack Chawner, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde, 10 Tony Martin (7 Loui Hazelwood 61’), 11 Timothy Ogunrinde (12 Kwabena Yeboah 80’)

Goal-scorers: Tony Martin [36’], Loui Hazelwood [90’]

Booked: Bennett, Brocklebank, G Martin (GK)  | Subs Not Used: Olukolu, Grace (GK)

Referee: Lukas Wood

Assistants: Ben Compton & Lee Jarvis

Fourth Official: Reece Pinchback


Round-up: Essex Senior League & Cups (Sat 28 Dec) [ESL 19/20 29.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League from Saturday 28 December. The weekend’s focus was the Peter Butcher Trophy with one tie each in the League and the Errington Challenge Cup, which saw a superb match take place. I would also like to wish a very happy Happy New Year to all clubs, staff, players & readers of this blog.


Saturday 28 December

Peter Butcher Trophy – Round One

Enfield  3 – 0  Southend Manor   | Woodside  | Att: 73

The E’s got a morale-boosting win to progress into the next round of the Peter Butcher Trophy with victory over fellow strugglers Southend Manor at Woodside. Steven Ellery’s rasping effort put Matt Hanning’s team ahead seven minutes before half-time. The latter stages saw the hosts secure a much-needed triumph as strikes by Dan Chambers [70’] and Joe Pattison [76’], twinned with a rare clean sheet got the job done. Manor’s focus shifts to their league campaign in the New Year.

Redbridge Res  0 – 5  Walthamstow  | Robert Clack [3G]

Walthamstow named a strong line-up and comfortably brushed off Reserve Division side Redbridge Reserves at Robert Clack in Dagenham to secure their progress into the next round. Player-boss Ryan Maxwell got a rare goal here, along with another brace for the seemingly-unstoppable Dwade James. Stanley Muguo and Lewis Francis also netted in this one as the ESL side pretty much wrapped up their progression by half-time.


Match Off: Redbridge P – P Sawbridgeworth Town Res (Waterlogged Pitch)


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Essex Senior League

Clapton  2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 25

In the only league match this weekend, Clapton grabbed only their fourth win this term with a win over fellow strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town. Goals from Germaine Dua and Deimar Queni were enough to back up some promising approach play and leap above both Southend Manor and Enfield in the table to go into 16th spot. Sawbo’s tough season goes on, they are nine points below Manor in the standings.


The ESL Challenge Cup (CC Final 1.5.17)

Errington Challenge Cup – Round Two

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 3  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane | Att: 214

In the match I attended this weekend, Walden made it into the Quarter-Finals of the Errington Cup was they edged a superb encounter with Cockfosters. Nathan Scarborough struck twice for Walden & had a goal chalked off for off-side. On his debut for the Bloods, Tyger Smalls also scored & Jake Noble got the other goal. Billy Healey, George Beattie & Marcus Crowther got the goals for ‘Fosters who contributed heavily to a dramatic second half in particular.

If you’d like more on this game, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/28/match-report-saffron-walden-4-3-cockfosters-sat-28th-dec-ecc/


Preview: Essex Senior League & Cups (Fri 15/Sat 16 Mar) [ESL 15.3.19]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to this week’s ESL Preview piece, with added action in the Peter Butcher Trophy and Errington Cup this weekend.



Fri 15 Mar

Barkingside  v   Sporting Bengal Utd |  Cricklefield  |

Scott: The weekend’s action gets underway on Friday with the Peter Butcher Trophy taking centre stage. This Quarter-Final sees ‘Side face Bengal with both sides two matches away from the final at AFC Hornchurch’s Bridge Avenue. Barkingside got a huge victory at St Margaretsbury last weekend in league action to aid their battle against relegation. Bengal also got a fine win away from home, at Takeley last weekend to reach 50 league points once again. This could be quite a tie, who wants it more? I’ll go for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2




Cups – Errington Cup Semi-Final
Clapton   v   West Essex     | Old Spotted Dog  |


Scott: The Stags have one of their biggest matches for some time as they travel to Clapton for this Errington Cup Semi-Final. The Tons lost heavily at home to Redbridge last weekend while West were held at Leyton Athletic last time out. Both sides can concede goals so it could come down to who performs better on the day. The Stags are no pushovers with their committed style though I’ll go for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Cups – Peter Butcher Quarter-Final


Tower Hamlets      v    Aveley Res   | Mile End  |

Scott: Hamlets welcome an Aveley second-string side that are breezing their way to the to the Reserve Division title. The hosts did fight back well to defeat Leyton on Monday night, following a home loss to Woodford 48 hours earlier. The Millers however have scored 16 goals in their last two league matches so don’t be surprised if they keep that knack up here. Might be a surprise in the offing here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2



Essex Senior League
Hoddesdon Town   v   Stansted   | Venue: Lowfield  |


Scott: Stansted face a tricky trip to Lowfield to face another stubborn side in Hoddesdon. Hoddy gave Hullbridge a tough test before eventually falling to defeat last time out while Stansted powered past strugglers Southend Manor at Hargrave last weekend to keep top spot. Hoddy have the joint-fourth best defence in the league so I believe this match will be a test for the Airportmen and their free-scoring forwards. Away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2


Hullbridge Sports    v    Southend Manor   | Chadfields (Tilbury FC)   |

Scott: Hullbridge face Manor in what could be another tough game in a match moved to Tilbury’s Chadfields surface, due to Lower Road being ‘out of commission’ because of the weather. Local derbies can knacker the ‘form book’ somewhat as we’ve seen this season, Stand-in boss James Wakeling will remain in ‘caretaker’ charge with boss Manning still banned although both will be ecstatic with a fine comeback win at Enfield in midweek. Manor could still do with points to confirm safety though defensively they will have to be sharp to repel the likes of Hornsley, Scarborough, Wright and new signing Yemi Adelani. ‘Bridge still need to play well though too though anything other than a home win will be considered a ‘slip-up’ by the home faithful.


Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Leyton Athletic    v    Sawbridgeworth Town | Wadham Lodge Stadium  |

Scott:  Leyton entertain Sawbridgeworth in a match both sides could do with winning. Ath need the points to get off the bottom while Sawbo would surely like to finish the season well. Both teams got draws last weekend, Ath at home to West Essex while Sawbridgeworth surprised a few (yes, including us) by playing well in a draw at home to Saffron Walden. Ath lost at Hamlets in midweek as well as new boss Morgan LaForce continues to seek a turnaround in form. I’ll head for a narrow away win, despite Ath finding the net a little more often in recent games.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Saffron Walden Town   v    Enfield    | Catons Lane  |

Scott: Finally in a shortened league fixture list, Enfield face the tough task of heading to Catons Lane to face Saffron Walden. These two faced off only ten days ago though with Walden winning that particular battle though the Bloods haven’t quite been at their best in recent matches which sees them eight points adrift of top spot following that draw at Sawbridgeworth. Enfield’s form has been decent with only two losses in their last seven games though they will need to get the midweek home loss to Hullbridge ‘out of their systems’ pretty quick. Another bit of news is Dan Trendall has left Walden to join St Neots Town recently so we wish him well with that move up. Home win for me here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 4 – 1 Grays Athletic Res (Sat 29 Dec) [PBT 29.12.18]

Peter Butcher Trophy 2018-19  – Round Two

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 39

Saturday 29th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Tower Hamlets: ‘Hi-Vis’ Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Grays Ath Res: Red and White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Hamlets overwhelm Grays Reserves at Mile End



Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)


The first match for me in a fortnight took me to Mile End to see Tower Hamlets take on the second-string Grays Athletic side in the Peter Butcher Trophy Round Two stage. The hosts named a mixture of first-teamers and youthful players in their starting XI with Jordan Stanbury in goal behind a back four containing full-backs Kris Queeley and Joshua Rusoke and experienced centre-backs Tola Odedoyin and player-boss AJ Ashinike. Luke With and Dominic Weston were among the substitutes. For Philip Sackey’s team, Manraj Phagura skippered the side with strong forward Theirry Fang leading the line.

The match began in quite a muted fashion as Hamlets set about getting their passing game going with their opponents looking to adapt to both their surroundings and their opposition. Hamlets wingers Yohan Edoukai and Jamie Yila looked handy down the flanks with their pace and trickery. The hosts broke the deadlock on 18 minutes as Edoukai made a darting run down the right and beat visiting custodian Liam Tuitt one-on-one  as the ball went under his legs and into the net.

After a fair period of mostly possession-based play for both sides, Grays did get force their hosts back in terms of territory somewhat. Five minutes before the break, Grays forward Denzil Adebiyi blazed an effort wide of the right-side post, following a long throw into the box. Although the visitors did keep the home defence alert, they couldn’t really bring about that telling final ball to create the oppurtunities to test Jordan Stanbury in the Hamlets goal.

Half-Time:  T Hamlets 1 – 0 Grays Athletic Res


If the first half was quite quiet in terms of goal-mouth action, the same was less so in the second half. Hamlets took advantage of a half-sleepy Grays defence early-doors as only a minute into the half, forward Suaibo Balde powered home a curling effort into the corner in what was a well-taken strike. AJ Ashinike’s team made it three only seven minutes later from a penalty spot as Montel Williams lashed home from 12 yards, right into the top corner giving Tuitt very little chance.

The hard-working Hamlets forward line continued to stretch the visitors as we got into the latter stages as another good delivery from Edoukai found substitute Eziekiel Kamara though his effort was closed down by the visiting back-line. Hamlets did get a fourth in the closing minutes as a lovely move saw substitute Ismael Traore-Mendy send in a teasing cross which Kamara prod home superbly to add some gloss to the score-line.

In fairness, Hamlets were not entirely dominant in this match and Grays did get a goal, with the last kick of the game. A free-kick came about in a promising position, 20 yards out – captain Manraj Phagura stepped up a curled home a beaut right into the left corner, evading Stanbury and his defenders.

All in all, this was a good afternoon’s work for Hamlets as they advance into the next round. I’d like to thank them for their hospitality today. Thanks also to Rob Errington.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 4 – 1 Grays Athletic Res

Tower Hamlets   | Player-Manager: AJ Ashinike

Jordan Stanbury (GK), Kris Queeley, Joshua Rusoke, Montel Williams, AJ Ashinike (Capt), Tola Odedoyin, Yohan Edoukai (Brandon Roberts-Marshall 83′), Flavio Jumo, Suaibo Balde (Eziekiel Kamara 76′), Jacob Katonia, Jamie Yila (Ismael Traore-Mendy 86′)

Goal-scorers: Yohan Edoukai [18′], Suaibo Balde [46′], Montel Williams [pen 53′], Eziekiel Kamara [87′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: With, Weston

Grays Athletic Res  | Manager: Philip Sackey

Liam Tuitt (GK), Robinson Wokoma, David Brookman, Denzil Adebiyi, Qenan Lua-Lua, Manraj Phagura (Capt), Josh Sackey (Jason Thuku 49′), Codei Michel, Luke Sackey, Joseph Gbenko (Furo Ibiama 81′), Thierry Fang

Goal-scorers: Manraj Phagura [90′ +5]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: Thorne