Match Summary: Corinthians 4 – 3 Wakebury (Tues 25 Aug) [PSF 20/21 26.8.20]

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

Season 2020-21: Match 3

Tuesday 25th August 2020 – 7.30pm KO

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts

Wakebury: Yellow Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts


Stambridge pitch pre-match [Image: Scott W]

Corinthians edge to the win in an enticing pre-season win over battling Wakebury

Corinthians 4 – 3  Wakebury


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

With some parts of normality returning after a hugely challenging last five months, my third pre-season match of season 2020-21 saw me return to Stambridge Memorial Ground to see two good Olympian League teams in Corinthians and Wakebury. Safety measures were in place for both spectators and players alike, with both sides having players unavailable. Joining us for this match was my GFS colleague Pete Dudley along with a few ground-hoppers, which is always nice to see.

The weather was definitely going to play its part in this match with the swirling wind making its presence felt in the first half and with two attack-minded sides, that was going to add to an exciting game. We weren’t disappointed on the latter front as chances came about in the early stages, with a decent visiting attack forcing a good save by home custodian Ethan Lemmon.  Moments later, a breezy team move on the part of the hosts ended with a neat finish by forward Jake Lang to break the deadlock with nine minutes on the watch.

To their credit, the Berries did keep to their attacking ethos, having some good attacks down the flanks and keeping the home defence alert However, their finishing wasn’t clinical enough at this point to make an immediate impact. Meanwhile, at the other end Corinthians also had chances as their rapid supporting forwards were posing a challenge to the opposition defence, though again they also couldn’t make the most of their opportunities.

A free-kick down the left-side channel for the hosts presented a good opportunity with three minutes to play before the break. Midfielder Luke Owen’s delivery evaded the visiting defenders and attacking full-back Bill Wilton was on hand to force it over the line from barely a yard out. The visitors were two goals down at the break, though young forward Harry Kateley had a couple of chances himself to negate the deficit.

Half-Time: Corinthians  2 – 0  Wakebury

Corinthians in possession building an attack in PSF win over Wakebury

As the darkness approached, so did the threatening clouds as the second half got underway. Again, we didn’t have to wait long for more goals as two minutes into the half, Ben Munday (who scored nine league goals last season) hammered home an absolute thunder-bolt of a strike past Lemmon into the net to halve the hosts’ advantage. As we passed the hour mark, the hosts were getting revved up again and after missing at least two good chances, Lang got his second of the evening on 62 minutes with a well-placed curling finish from twenty-odd yards out to make it 3 – 1 to the hosts.

Once again the visitors responded in short shrift as a accurate free-kick from Munday made it a brace for him as well and kept Wakebury in the match. The hosts are a tough side to match though when they are ‘in the mood’ for goals though and restored their two-goal cushion with twenty minutes remaining through a deft lobbed finish from Jake Hodder – who notched eight times in the league last term, with only a certain Nathan Dewberry scoring more league goals for the club last season.

The action didn’t end there as Billy Bonham-Dare pulled another goal back barely two minutes later for the visitors, who stuck to their task well and that will please the management team of Matt Cardy and Dan Blewett. Unfortunately the driving rain rather influenced the latter stages of this entertaining game and although the hosts got the win, both sides have reason to be happy with their exploits here.

Full-Time: Corinthians  4 – 3  Wakebury

Goal-scorers (Corinthians): Jake Lang [9’ & 62’], Bill Wilton [42’], Jake Hodder [70’]

Goal-scorers (Wakebury): Ben Munday [47’ & 65’], Billy Bonham-Dare [72’]

Referee: Adekola Adeyemi


Still from Corinthians 4 – 3 Wakebury PSF (6)

To close, Corinthians showed once again they are a side fill of goals and enterprising play which will set them up well for the coming season, having kept the vast majority of their squad from last term. A note also for Wakebury who fought their way back into the match very well, despite the worsening conditions in the second half.

These sides compete in Essex Olympian League Division Two (Corinthians) and Division Three (Wakebury) and tonight’s game in a good indication for how these sides will approach their respective divisions. Personal opinion here but I wouldn’t be surprised if both sides are aiming for elevation this term.  Finally, it was good to catch with the management from both sides and I wish them both well for the season ahead.


Pre-Season 2020-21: Results from Saturday 15th August [PS 20/21 15.8.20]

Compiled by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello all & welcome to the known results for this weekend of Pre-season games across the area, taking in Essex Senior, Essex Olympian, Eastern Senior League South & Essex Alliance League sides and more with more than 50 fixtures listed here. Thanks for reading.

Results – Saturday 15th August


Alliance Cup Results (Essex Alliance League-linked Competition)

Avondale Rangers  0 – 5  Chadwell Heath Spartans

Chingford Athletic ‘A’  3 – 4  Upshire Forest

CSM London  7 – 1  Chingford Utd

Fairlop Rovers 0 – 3  Frenford ‘A’


Pre-Season Friendlies 

AFC Sudbury Reserves  0 – 4  Wivenhoe Town (12pm KO)

Aveley  2 – 0  FC Romania

Barking  2 – 0  Maldon & Tiptree

Basildon Town  1 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town

Basildon Utd  3 – 1  Billericay Town XI

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 0   Hullbridge Sports

Brimsdown  2 – 2  Ilford


Buckhurst Hill  6 – 0  Ware Sports

Buckhurst Hill Reserves  2 – 0  FC Baresi

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 1  Tilbury

Burgess Hill Town  1- 1  Grays Athletic

Bush Hill Rangers  1 – 4  New Salamis (2pm KO)

Canvey Island  1 – 1  Hornchurch (1pm KO)

Catholic United  1 – 2 Frenford


Chingford Athletic  2 – 2  Cuffley

Clapton CFC  0 – 3  Dunmow Town

Claydon  1 – 3 Tiptree Heath

Custom House United  2 – 0  Lymore Gardens Reserves

Debden Park  2 – 1 Glendale

East Thurrock Utd  3 – 1  Witham Town

Emerson Utd  3 – 3  Brentwood Utd

Enfield Town  2 – 3  Brentwood Town   (1pm KO)

FC Hamlets  1 – 3  Jolof Sports


Felsted Rovers AFC  1 – 3 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts (1pm KO)

Fisher  2 – 2  Saffron Walden Town

Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 3  Waltham Abbey

Hackney Wick  3 – 3  Sporting Bengal United (at Mabley Green, 2pm KO)

Halstead Town  1 – 2 Walthamstow

Harold Wood Athletic  4 – 4  May & Baker (2pm KO)

Herongate Athletic  1 – 1  Springfield (2pm KO)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  2 – 4  Corinthians


Lakeside United  4 – 3 Ramsden Scotia

Leigh Ramblers  3 – 2  Benfleet

London Colney  0 – 6  Hadley

Manford Way  6 – 0  Harold Wood Athletic Reserves

Old Southendian  2 – 2  Leigh Town

Old Southendian Res  4 – 1 Chingford Athletic Res

Oxhey Jets 5 – 2  White Ensign

Park View  2 – 4  Woodford Town


Pitsea Athletic  1 – 1 Corinthians Reserves  (12pm KO)

Rayleigh Town 3 – 1  White Notley

Rayleigh Town Res  2 – 6  Hullbridge Sports U23s

Rainham WMC  2 – 3  Dagenham Utd XI

Runwell Sports  0 – 4   Hutton (2pm KO)

Ryan  0 – 5  Clapton


Snaresbrook  5 – 2  Shenfield AFC

Southend Manor  1 – 1  Stanway Rovers

Southminster United  3 – 1  Rayleigh Town Development (2pm KO)

St Albans City  5 – 2 Hashtag United

Stanway Pegasus  2 – 2 Coggeshall United

Toby  4 – 0  Epping Town (2pm KO)

Wakebury  11 – 1 Ashingdon    (at Basildon Post Office Sports Club – 11.30am KO)




Pre-Season 2020-21: Results from Saturday 8th August [PS 20/21 8.8.20]

Compiled by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello all & welcome to the known results for the second weekend of Pre-season games across the area, taking in Essex Senior, Essex Olympian & Eastern Senior League South sides with a few more results added in, all from Saturday 8th August.

Results – Saturday 8th August

Ashingdon  1 – 11  Corinthians Res (at Cherry Orchard Lane, 1pm KO)

Bearsted  2 – 0  Walthamstow

Bishop’s Stortford  10 – 1  Enfield

Bowers & Pitsea  1 – 0  Basildon United

Buckhurst Hill  3 – 0  Coggeshall United

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 2  Witham Town

Canvey Island  2 – 3  Wingate & Finchley

Chadwell Heath Spartans 3 – 0 Chingford Ath ‘A’ (Alliance Cup)

Chingford Harriers  1 – 7  Glendale

Clapton CFC  5 – 1  Sporting Hackney

Corinthians  1 – 2  Rayleigh Town

Corinthian 1 – 0  Barking

Corinthian (Kent) 1 – 3 Catholic Utd

Custom House United  2 – 1  Newham Royals

FC Baresi  4 – 2  Westhamians

Hackney Wick  0 – 3  Redditch United

Harold Wood Athletic  1 – 2  Stansted

Harold Wood Athletic Res 2 – 5 Toby Res

Hastings Utd  3 – 0  Grays Athletic

Heybridge Swifts 3 – 1 Lopes Tavares (soon to be renamed ‘Athletic Newham’)


Hullbridge Sports  2 – 2  Welling Town

Hutton 3 – 1 Newbury Forest (at New Lodge, 12.30 KO)

Hutton Reserves 1 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town Reserves (at New Lodge, 2.45 KO)

Jolof Sports  3 – 1  FC Hamlets

Kelvedon Social  2 – 0  Cressing

Laindon Republic  0 – 0  Southminster United

Leigh Ramblers  5 – 1  Ramsden Scotia

Leiston 9 – 1  Norwich CBS

Leytonstone Utd  3 – 2  North East Lions

London Colney  3 – 1  Ilford

Manford Way  3 – 4  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  (12.15pm KO)

May & Baker 5 – 1 St Margaretsbury (1pm KO)

New Salamis  7 – 0  Hoddesdon Town (12pm)

Norwich Utd 1 – 0 Acle Utd

Old Southendian  3 – 2  Hullbridge Sports U23

Oracle Components  5 – 1  Roydon

Phoenix Sports  3 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers

Punjab United  0 – 3  Sporting Bengal United

Runwell Sports 3 – 2  Springfield

Runwell Sports Reserves  0 – 2  Springfield Reserves

Southend Manor 1 – 2  Leigh Town (at Waterside Farm, Canvey)

Tooting & Mitcham Utd  2 – 0  Fisher

Wembley  4 – 0  London Tigers

West Essex  4 – 1  Welwyn Garden City (12pm KO)

West Essex Res  1 – 2  Toby

Weston-super-Mare  10 – 0  Banwell

Wingate & Finchley U23  6 – 4  Potton Utd XI

Woodford East  6 – 4  Lymore Gardens

Wormley Rovers 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

Pre-Season 2020-21: Results from Saturday 1st August [PS 20/21 1.8.20]

Compiled by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello all & welcome to the known results for today’s opening weekend of Pre-season games across the area, taking in Essex Senior, Essex Olympian & Eastern Senior League South sides with a few more results added in.


Saturday 1st August Results

Basildon Town 3 – 1 Barnston AFC

Basildon Town Reserves 0 – 3 Lakeside United

Bush Hill Rangers 2 – 2 Brimsdown

Chadwell Heath Spartans 0 – 3 Clapton CFC

Chingford Athletic 1 – 0 West Essex

Cressing 0 – 2 Springield

Corinthians Res 5 – 1 Ekco Whitecaps


CSM London 2 – 1 Unitey

Custom House Utd 3 – 6 Glendale

FC Kulture Klub 3 – 1 Chingford Athletic Res

Debden Park 3 – 1 Dagenham United

Epping Town 2 – 2 Jolof Sports (at Ashton Playing Fields)

Fisher 1 – 0 Basildon United


Guru Nanak 1 – 3  Sporting Bengal United (2pm)

Harold Hill 2 – 5 Ilford XI (at Henderson Sports & Social Club)

Harold Wood Athletic 1- 2 Laindon Orient (Midday KO)

Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 1 – 2 Rayleigh Town Reserves

Hashtag United 5 – 1 Frenford

Hatfield Peverel 0 – 4 Rayleigh Town


Herongate Athletic 3 – 2 Wakebury

Heybridge Swifts 2 – 1 Coggeshall United

Hutton 3 – 1 Toby

Leigh Town 0 – 4  Manford Way

May & Baker Res 2 – 2 West Essex Res

Old Southendian 1 – 2 Old Southendian Res

Runwell Sports 2 – 2  Clapton

Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 3 Sporting Hackney (11am KO)

Shoebury Town 3 – 3 Shenfield AFC

Southend Manor 1 – 2  Lopes Tavares (at Cupids County Club)

Walthamstow 2 – 1 Harpenden Town

Wakebury Res 2 – 3 Harold Wood Athletic 3rd Team

White Ensign 4 – 2 Stansted


2018-19 Pre-Season: West Essex 3 – 0 Clapton CFC (PSF 29.7.18)

Pre-season Friendly

Sunday 29th July 2018 – 1pm KO

Venue: London Marathon Community Ground, Stratford

Attendance: 115

2018 – 19 Season – Match 3

Both teams just before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a drizzly & gusty afternoon in the near shadow of the massive Olympic stadium in East London, my latest pre-season friendly saw West Essex take on the newly-formed Clapton Community Football Club at the London Marathon Community Ground.

West Essex are limbering up for their third season in the Essex Senior League and the familar player ‘merry-go-round’ has seen them re-building somewhat after the loss of important players in the summer. Clapton CFC will start their journey in the Middlesex County League Division One, playing on the 3G pitch at the Wadham Lodge Complex in Kitchener Road – ironically re-tracing a similar path that their hosts here started before their rise up the footballing ladder.

Onto the match itself then and the frst thing you noticed was that the visitors were well-supported, as you might expect though transitions are a tricky thing to predict. That and the visitors arguably were the brighter starters here and Geoff Ocran’s side were awarded a penalty on five minutes after a lunging tackle in the area. Forward Tony Cookey stepped up though lofted his effort high above the woodwork.
The Stags gradually found their way into the game though their neat approach play wasn’t matched by clear-cut chances to get past goal-keeper Vlad Bendovsryy.

Clapton did have the ball in the net on 33 minutes through Tom Carding’s header from a corner though as the ball had swirled out of play on its way to the box, it was swiftly ruled out. West Essex took the lead two minutes later as midfielder Tom MacLeod made no mistake finishing off a decent move  and Clapton Community ‘stopper Bendovsryy twice denied the hosts soon after.

Half-Time: West Essex 1 – 0 Clapton Community FC

After the break, the Stags seemed keen to add to their narrow lead and they did just that only three minutes in as MacLeod distracted the ‘keeper and the unfortunate Clapton defender put the ball into his own net.

Bendovsryy made up for the earllier error by pulling off a very good recovery save to deny the impressive MacLeod’s header just shy of the hour mark. Kwame Kwateng’s side did ‘go through the gears’ a bit going forward in the latter stages and in added-time, forward Emmanuel Obeng-Kouassi powered in a drive from MacLeod’s pass from a narrow angle to give the Stags their third goal of the afternoon.

All in all though, Clapton will feel heartened that they more than stayed in the game for long periods, partly through their work ethic and defending though they just didn’t quite have the final ball needed to undo the Stags defensive line on a regular basis.

Full-Time: West Essex 3 – 0 Clapton CFC

Best wishes to both sides for the forthcoming campaign.

Match Report: Redbridge 5 – 1 Newbury Forest (PSF)

The Len Cordell Trophy (Pre-Season Friendly)

Venue: Oakside

2017/18 Season – Match 6

Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017 2.15pm KO

 Redbridge: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks

Newbury Forest: Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Socks

Redbridge & N Forest players with Len Cordell & the Trophy before KO (PSF 22.7.17)
Both sides with Len Cordell and the Trophy before KO

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

On a very wet afternoon at Oakside, new-look Essex Senior League side Redbridge took on Essex Olympian League Division One side and tenants Newbury Forest in the traditional pre-season ‘curtain-raiser’ for the Len Cordell Trophy.

The match began fairly evenly as Forest looked to get their noses in-front before Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side found their proper rhythm. Redbridge forward Brian Moses had one of his side’s early chances, heading over the bar from a corner on ten minutes. Forest, to their credit, did not wilt and forced the Motormen ‘keeper into two saves in the first 20 minutes. Redbridge gradually found their feet going forward though and took the lead on the half-hour through a cool finish by winger Jason Reynolds-Blanche, passing the ball into the right corner from a narrow angle.

Forest had chances to level, though Redbridge extended their advantage with two goals in as many minutes with new signings Sipho Mytanda and Calvin Poku getting on the score-sheet, the latter was a drilled low effort into the left corner.

Half-Time: Redbridge 3 – 0 Newbury Forest

After the break, the rain really lashed down which made conditions awkward for the players. Both sides had chances in the first 15 minutes of the half, Moses once again denied by the impressive Forest ‘keeper. Newbury Forest got one back mid-way through the second half through a good free-kick tucked into the right corner from 18 yards. This seemed to gee the Motormen up further as with 70’ on the watch, Moses got the goal he deserved, a tap-in following an unselfish pass by full-back Eljay Worrell.

Forest could’ve clawed another goal back, but for a good save from the home ‘keeper from a 20-yard free-kick on 74’. Though to be fair, the last 15 minutes saw the hosts have a series of chances, with the Forest ‘keeper pulling off four good saves in this period of time. Redbridge did get another goal though, six minutes from time as midfielder Patrick Damali slotted home from close range. Straight after the goal, Damali drilled another shot wide though Redbridge did more than enough in the second half to deserve the win and the Len Cordell Trophy!

Thanks to Redbridge FC for their hospitality. Thank you also to Redbridge’s Adam Silver for his assistance today. Redbridge begin their ESL campaign at home to Tower Hamlets next weekend (Sat 29th July).

Full-Time: Redbridge 5 – 1 Newbury Forest

Reynolds-Blanche 30’        #11  67′

Mytanda 41’, Poku 42’

Moses 72’, Damali 82’

Match Report: Hackney Wick 6 – 2 AC London (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Mabley Green AstroTurf

2017/18 Season – Match 5

Date: Wednesday 19th July 2017 7.30pm KO

Hackney Wick : Yellow Shirts, Red Shorts, Black Socks

AC London : Dark Blue & Turquoise Blue Shirts, Dark Blue Shorts, Turquoise Socks

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

On a pleasant evening in Hackney, Essex Senior League newcomers Hackney Wick took on AC London at Mabley Green in another pre-season encounter. Although this match was slightly unusual, given that the match was composed of four ‘quarters’ totalling 115 minutes.

In the first ‘quarter’ the Wickers started the stronger of the two sides, having a shot over the bar after just four minutes. With 9’ on the watch, Hackney took the lead through a close-range strike making it past the AC London ‘keeper. Seven minutes later, AC levelled with what can only be described as a ‘freakish’ goal, with an AC forward looping a shot towards goal, swirling up in the air and was adjudged to have sneaked over the line, into the net. No criticism of the referee here, at the end of the day he has to make the decision and fair play to him.

This buoyed the visitors and with the end of ‘quarter’ (Q) 1 approaching, the AC forward had a strike from a narrow angle parried by the Wickers ‘keeper for a corner.

End of Q1: Hackney Wick 1 – 1 AC London

The second ‘quarter’  began with multiple substitutions for both sides, with it becoming apparent that the Wickers were using pretty much a ‘double squad’ ie. giving pretty much two XI’s a run-out in this match. The home side looked decent going forward, though in defence they looked nervous and a bit slack. AC London seized on this, pushing forward around the 40-minute mark and winning a corner after the ‘keeper parried a goal-bound effort. From the corner, AC took the lead for the first time with a close-range effort.

Wick didn’t take long to respond though; just two minutes later they levelled with a free-kick from the right side of the 18-yard line. AC once again responded though as we got to ‘half-time’, they couldn’t convert the chances they had to get past the Wickers ‘stopper.

End of Q2: Hackney Wick 2 – 2 AC London

The third ‘quarter’ was fairly low-key as Wick pushed forward, managing to find their rhythm as the ‘quarter’ went on. Mid-way through Q3, Wick once again took the lead through a tap-in from close-range in a case of ‘Right place, right time’ for the Wickers forward. The visitors nearly levelled with five minutes of Q3 to go, as a 25-yard free-kick crashed against the bar. Wick responded just moments later with a curling effort which nestled into the right-corner past the AC ‘stopper.

End of Q3: Hackney Wick 4 – 2 AC London

In the slightly reduced Q4, there were signs that both sides were tiring, though Wick extended their advantage with ten minutes left as the Wickers forward made a good darting run down the middle and slotted home past the ‘keeper well. With moments remaining, another AC free-kick was fired in from 30-yards out, only to fizz just wide, good strike it was too. Soon afterward, the Wickers won a penalty which was duly converted to get six on the board.

All in all, a good win for Wick though there were nervous moments against a spirited AC London side, who have risen up the ranks from being an amateur side. Best wishes to both sides for the coming season.

Full-Time:  Hackney Wick 6 – 2 AC London

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 Grays Athletic (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Lower Road

2017/18 Season – Match 4

Date: Tuesday 18th July 2017 7.45pm KO

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

Grays Athletic : Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts & White Socks

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

With a chill in the air on a summer’s evening at Lower Road, Rob Hodgson’s Hullbridge Sports took on Isthmian North side Grays Athletic in another pre-season encounter.

Grays started the match the brighter of the two sides, having multiple chances to go in-front with a mixture of slightly wayward finishing and stubborn Hullbridge defending contributing to that. The home goal did live a bit of a ‘charmed life’ in the first twenty minutes or so though after that the hosts did get back into the match and it was more ‘even Stevens’ though the visitors certainly did have enough opportunities to have the lead at the break. What’s heartening for Sports is that they dug in and made it difficult for Jamie Stuart’s side, who couldn’t quite find the final ball to convert the better of their attacking play.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 0 Grays Athletic

The second half began as both sides made multiple substitutions, including player-manager Jamie Stuart who came on for the visitors, playing in front of the back four. It took a little while for the second half to spring into life as Grays continued to be the better side on-the-ball at this point though creating clear-cut chances was stifling them a bit.

However, on the hour Grays broke the deadlock from the spot as Ade Cole converted the spot-kick after a team-mate was felled in the area, it was a bit of a soft penalty to concede. Hullbridge did not retreat though after the goal, to their credit. They pushed on and certainly tested the opposition’s backline for a period and had two penalty shouts turned down.

It wasn’t until the last ten minutes that the Blues made the match safe as new signing Kiernan Hughes-Mason grabbed a quick-fire double in six minutes, the first Hughes-Mason shimmied the defender before slotting past the ‘keeper. For the second, he found space and curled an effort into the top-left corner.

Grays will be happy with the win & the stout performance in their first pre-season match though Hullbridge can definitely take something from this encounter with a stronger performance, particularly in defence with the beginning of the ESL season around ten days away.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 Grays Athletic

Cole (pen) 60’

Hughes-Mason 82’, 88’

Check back later this week for more pre-season action before the ESL season officially kicks off on July 29th.

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 5 AFC Hornchurch (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

 2017/18 Season – Match 3

Venue: Lower Road

Date: Saturday 15th July 2017 4pm KO

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

AFC Hornchurch : Red & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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

On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Isthmian North side AFC Hornchurch to Lower Road. Hullbridge knew that they would be in for a tough test from a side that made the Isthmian North play-offs last term.

The visitors had the better of the early-going, with both sides having efforts on goal, being denied by the opposition’s ‘keeper. After the quarter-hour, the Urchins were inching further forward on a more regular basis, having a succession of corner kicks in the space of a few minutes as the Hullbridge defence had to withstand heavy pressure.

With that in mind, it was no surprise that Hornchurch took the lead midway through the first half as forward Tobi Joseph hit a sweetly-struck curling effort past the Hullbridge ‘keeper into the right corner from 20 yards. Jimmy McFarlane’s side swiftly doubled their advantage just two minutes later as new signing Bradley Warner grabbed a tap-in from close range but made no mistake in putting it away.

In the moments after the second goal, the visitors hit the woodwork and also missed a one-on-one chance with the ‘keeper. They didn’t have to wait long as it turned out as only just after the half-hour fellow new signing Theo Fairweather-Johnson harried a Hullbridge defender into an error and slotted home to make it 0-3. To be fair, it could’ve been more as the home side struggled to create clear-cut opportunities as well as retaining possession.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 3 AFC Hornchurch

The second half began with predictably both sides making changes. One of the changes for the Urchins, George Purcell was certainly in the mood to make things happen. Only seven minutes into the half, a Purcell corner was headed in by Kenzer Lee.

On balance, the Hullbridge changes did make a little difference with Ronnie Pallett being a focal point in attack with captain Jimmy Cox dropping a bit deeper in the second half.

Purcell meanwhile was a threat, mostly on the right flank for Hornchurch. That said, midway through the second half Purcell collected a good ball on the left-side of the 18-yard box and blasted a drilled effort past the ‘keeper. With 73’ on the watch, there was a moment of controversy, as substitute Leon McKenzie’s header was blocked on the goal-line by a Hullbridge defender, there was a strong suspicion that it was hand-ball which did get a reaction (from a few Urchins players & fans) when the referee didn’t give it.

Whether it was a howler or not, it didn’t really affect the course of the match though, as the strong, physical Hornchurch side put in a dominant performance going forward and were decent at the back as well. For Hullbridge, they have a few more pre-season matches to come with Grays Athletic visiting on Tuesday (18th July) – they will need to improve in that match. Hornchurch visit VCD Athletic next Saturday (22nd July).

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 5 AFC Hornchurch

Joseph 22’, Warner 24’

Fairweather-Johnson 31’

Lee 52’, Purcell 67’

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 6 Heybridge Swifts (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Southchurch Park

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017 7.45pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

 Heybridge Swifts: Black & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

S Manor v Heybridge (PSF 11.7.17) (Credit - Peter D)
Manor pushing forward during the 1st half.. (Credit: Peter D)

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

On a very wet evening at Southchurch Park, ESL side Southend Manor welcomed Isthmian North side Heybridge Swifts in another pre-season encounter.

The visitors started the match the brighter of the two sides and took the lead with 17 minutes on-the-clock as the impressive Ryan Henshaw getting a tap-in from close range. As the half-hour mark approached, Swifts were the better side going forward though against the run of play, Micky Hopkins slotted home past the Heybridge defence to level things up on 26’.

Heybridge didn’t rest of their laurels though as only four minutes later, new signing Harrison Chatting made a good run into the Manor box and slotted home well to restore the visitors’ lead. The visitors then extended their lead just before the break, first with a cool tap-in by fellow new signing Luke Callander and then moments later Henshaw powered in a 30-yard pile-driver as two goals in just three minutes gave Jody Brown’s side a comfortable advantage at the interval.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 4 Heybridge Swifts

The second half began with both sides making substitutions though would the changes undermine the rhythm in the second half? No chance! Heybridge continued to drive forward and create decent chances, though the Manor ‘keeper made a number of good saves during the entire match. Manor pulled another goal back ten minutes into the second half as Harry Hatt scored with a looping effort. Manor 2 – 4 Heybridge

During the next 25 minutes or so, Heybridge continued to pile forward and although the lashing rain made conditions even tougher to play on, the visitors could’ve easily got at least four more goals during this period. Though on balance, Hopkins could’ve also got a hat-trick as he missed two guilt-edged chances to reduce Manor’s deficit.

Into the last ten minutes and Heybridge finally got the reward they arguably richly deserved as Josh Fogbohun headed in from close range with six minutes remaining. Just two minutes later, fellow substitute Marley Andrews drilled an effort low into the left corner to complete an excellent showing at times from the visiting side.

Manor deserve some credit as well as they stuck to the task quite well at times though they will also know that before the season proper gets underway, they will need to improve at the back.

FT: Southend Manor 2 – 6 Heybridge Swifts

Hopkins 26’                     Henshaw 17’, 44’

Hatt 55’                          Chatting 30’

Callander 42’, Fogbohun 84’, Andrews 85’

In closing, I’d like to thank Southend Manor, Stuart Marshall, Peter Dudley for the earlier image & also wish both sides well for the forthcoming campaign.