Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd (Sat 15th Dec) [ESL 15.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 38

Saturday 8th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sporting Bengal: Red Shirts, Green Shorts, Red Socks

Bengal overcome Redbridge in awful conditions at Oakside

 

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

The weekend’s Essex Senior League tie took me to Oakside to see Redbridge face Sporting Bengal Utd. It is in some ways hard to fathom the difference between the home side of this term, as opposed to last term though I wanted to see for myself how they would fare against a Bengal side that is in the top ten. The hosts were rather depleted with the likes of Sam Buffour, Vinny Murphy, Larry Asare and Remi Nelson all unavailable with Glody Nsamu and Terrell Miller as full-backs, Daniel Smith and Quincy Egjebale at centre-back with a front two of ex-FC Romania forward Vladut Sighiartau and Michael Ogboin. The visitors were also hampered by availability and illness with Ibrahim Ugradar in goal and a front three of Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu and ironically enough, former Motormen forward Reside Coxi-Sebastfao. Jay Knight, Bobby Redwood and Adil Haque were all on a strong bench for Imrul Gazi’s side.

To give you an indication of just how gloomy it was, the floodlights were on before kick-off. Both sides had half-chances right from the get-go as Steven Carvell struck wide for the visitors, from winger Codey cameron’s cushioned pass. At the other end, Redbridge winger Muyiwa Osenie fizzed a low shot across goal though that crucial final touch eluded his team-mates. The hosts did break the dead-lock after only five minutes as a looping header by midfielder Bryan Kyungu found the corner. It should be said that the rain was already lashing down and making conditions tricky to say the least, but more on that later.

Sporting had two more chances soon after the goal, as a defensive howler let in Carvell who blazed his effort wide of a grateful home goalkeeper Lewis Greene, scrambling back into position to cover his errant defenders. Soon after, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao pinged a shot into the side-netting as well – the danger-signs were there. Right on the quarter-hour, the visitors were level and what a cracker of a goal it was. Carvell, with the outside of his boot, curled a sumptious curler into the top corner – another one for ‘the personal collection’ I suspect.

Much to their credit, the Motormen did not let that set-back get to them, with winger Samuel Phillips providing a real outlet with his crossing, pace and trickery. Sporting were indebted to goalkeeper Ibrahim Ugradar who pulled off a really good save to deny home forward Vladut Sighiartau’s powerful effort on 20 minutes. The custodian then made further good saves to deny fellow forward Michael Ogboin when he was one-on-one and then Sighiartau again.

The visitors, perhaps realising they could have been behind, poured forward again and from a free-kick four minutes before the interval, Carvell sent over a wickedly dipping free-kick which Greene had to tip over the crossbar. Add to that efforts from Cameron and stand-in full-back David Vaughan which needed the intervention of Greene and boss Imrul Gazi will have been wondering how his side were not ahead.

He didn’t have to wait long. A minute before the break, a Bengal counter-attack started by a long ball by the adept Ashaan Siddik was met by forward Jason Ngandu who set about on a powerful run and then beat Greene one-on-one although the goalkeeper did get a half-block on it but it wasn’t enough to stop the net from rippling.

Half-Time:  Redbridge   1 – 2  Sporting Bengal

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The second-half was somewhat lighter in terms of chances as the conditions continued to make their mark, with driving rain and a freezing wind. ‘No picnic’ for the players & officials I can say though credit to both sides as it was a searing test of their desire and energy levels. The hosts did struggle to create chances at times as the visiting defence show how improved they are this term. with captain Kamarl Duncan and full-back David Vaughan particularly impressive.

What I will add though is that the hosts showed no lack of ‘bottle’ or spirit whatsoever and Kyungu really tried to orchestrate moves forward as well on a surface that was getting ever-harder to play cohesively on. Sporting arhuably finished the match strongly though Cameron’s header and substitute Bobby Redwood’s curling effort failed to beat Greene.

In Fairness, home centre-back Quincy Egjebale and full-back Terrell Miller had good games as they did hamper the onslaught of a once-again quick and slick attacking Bengal side. Bengal will undoubtedly be pleased with the ponts today, though they really had to work hard for them and if they were were more clinicial then it could’ve been four or five in the ‘onion bag’ for them today. Again, credit to both teams for the work rate and drive they both showed for the hardy souls who came out to attend this match.

Full-Time: Redbridge   1 – 2   Sporting Bengal Utd

Finally, I would like to thank Redbridge for their kind hospitality, the half-time food certainly did go down well, that much is 100% true!

 

Redbridge   | Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Glody Nsamu, Terrell Miller, Liam Burgess, Daniel Smith (Capt), Quincy Egjebale, Sam Phillips, Bryan Kyungu, Vladut Sighiartau (DJ Adelekan 66′), Michael Ogboin, Muyiwa Osenie

Goal-scorer: Bryan Kyungu [5′]

Booked: Nsamu, Sighiartau | Subs Not Used: Duggan, Eaton

Sporting Bengal  | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Ibrahim Ugradar (GK), Raul Gazi (Bobby Redwood 46′), David Vaughan, Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Rokib Choudhury, Codey Cameron, Ashaan Siddik, Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao (Jay Knight 58′)

Goal-scorers: Steven Carvell [15′], Jason Ngandu [42′]

Booked: R Gazi, Siddik   | Subs Not Used: Haque, S Ahmed, Tandon

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Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 18.11.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. This weekend saw only two home sides winning in the eight fixtures and 27 goals scored.

Saturday 17th November

Hoddesdon Town 1 – 2 Takeley  | Lowfield  | Att: 91

Takeley continued their resurgence with a good win at Hoddesdon. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes before Courtney Clay levelled three minutes after the break. Mos Oguntuga grabbed all three points with the winner at the death for Marc Das’ side, their fifth straight win.

Ilford  1 – 2  West Essex | Cricklefield | Att: 37

West build on their good performance in midweek to surprise Ilf at Cricklefield. Two quick-fire goals from Tanvir Ahmed [21′] and Hakim Medfai [25′] put Kwame Kwateng’s side in a great position and although Callum Maltese halved that lead early in the second-half though the Stags came through to end a four-match winless streak. The Foxes have won one of their last six outings now.

Saffron Walden Town 4 – 0 Clapton  | Catons Lane | Att: 251

The Bloods overpowered the Tons with this comfortable victory at Catons Lane. Lee Sawyer opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes before further strikes from Lewis Francis [38′], Jamie Solkhon [52′] and Craig Calver [78′] sealed another three points as Jason Maher’s side strengthened their position at the top end of the table. The Tons haven’t won in five matches now though in fairness, they are re-building at present.

Southend Manor  2 – 0  Barkingside  | Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Manor ended a eight-match winless run by consigning ‘Side to another defeat at Southchurch Park. First-half goals by Mohamed Kargbo [38′] and Charlie Barlow [42’] gave the hosts the advantage, to which the visitors couldn’t match in Alex Goldstone’s first game in charge as his new charges remain bottom and are in danger of being cast adrift there in the next month or so.

Stansted  2 – 3 Tower Hamlets  | Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Hamlets powered to a surprise victory at Hargrave Park. Player-boss AJ Ashinike’s side struck twice in four minutes through Dominic Weston [17′] and Luke With [21′] goals to really put their hosts in a tight spot. Though Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side are a hard side to beat and levelled through another double by in-form forward Jack West [45′ +2 & 66′]. You may have thought the hosts may have completed the comeback but not here. Amon Walton-Owen struck 14 minutes from time to seal victory for the visitors and ending a three-matching losing run. Stansted fell back to second in the table after other results.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 75

Redbridge finally broke a mini hoo-doo by beating Stanway at the Hawthorns. The Motormen led on 48 minutes thanks to Michael Ogboin’s goal and DJ Adelekan made it two just a few moments later. Gaz Dauti pulled one back for the hosts though their five-match unbeaten stretch ended here. Redbridge ended a five-match winless league run here as well.

St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports | The Recreation Ground | Att: 89

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/match-report-st-margaretsbury-1-2-hullbridge-esl-17-11-18/

Walthamstow  1 – 3  Woodford Town | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 83

Finally on Saturday, Woodford overcame Walthamstow to obtain another three points at Wadham Lodge. Two goals in five minutes just before the break saw Town lead as Jack Grosvenor [40′] and powerful forward Temi Babalola [45′] struck to make ‘Stow’s half-time team talk more interesting. New signing Dwade James opened his account for ‘Stow on 71 minutes though a late Samir Ali spot-kick sealed an excellent ‘day at the office’ for Dee Safer’s side.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 3 Woodford Town [ESL 28.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 85

2018-19 Season – Match 16

Friday 28th September 2018  – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge  : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford Town: Yellow Shorts, White Shorts, White Socks

Woodford produce a dominant display to triumph at Oakside

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos from Pete Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980)

As the evening chills started to hit, Woodford travelled to Oakside to face Redbridge just 48 hours after their victory at Sporting Bengal. Redbridge made a few chances from their last league win at Southend Manor last weekend with Quincy Egbejale joining skipper Vinny Murphy in central defence and Calvin Poku and Michael Ogboin in attack. The Towners named a strong side with Samir Ali and Temi Babalola the forward line supported by playmaker Ethan Kessel.

The hosts began things fairly brightly though midfielder Bryan Kyungu and forward Michael Ogboin’s half-openings were denied by the visiting defence. Woodford started to get their rhythm going though as midfielder Malaki Toussaint’s powerful run was denied by an off-side flag.

Redbridge were buoyed by a travelling troupe of Swedish supporters in the stands though the visitors had the most to shout about on-the-pitch as poot defending as Babalola was involved in the build-up and the fall came to fellow forward Ali who gleefully snared a tap-in at the far post on nine minutes

Town extended their lead with another big punch only four minutes later as Samir Ali turned provider, playing in midfielder Taku Machingaidze who slotted home well. To be quite honest, there was only one side really gelling at this point and home goalkeeper Lewis Greene denied winger Connor Leon and Ali, the latter when one-on-one. Motormen forward Calvin Poku sent a header over the bar on the half-hour though for the most part, it was one-way traffic.

Half-Time: Redbridge  0 – 2 Woodford Town

The visitors began the second period well though in the early part of the half, both sides traded long-range efforts with Ethan Kessel for Town and winger Jack Stevenson for the hosts. Unsurprisingly, Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton made changes early and one of those substitutes – Ashley Blackburn did well to turn his marker though his shot was gathered by visiting custodian Alex Reed.

In what was a quieter half in general,  though the Motormen had an outlet through substitute Asher Modeste but it wasn’t running for them as the Town defence looked comfortable. To compound things, home skipper Murphy was given a straight red card midway through the half for a strong challenge. With 13 minutes left, Babalola got the goal his performance deserved as the powerful forward slotted home past Greene.

The hosts did get arguably the technical goal of the match six minutes later as Kyungu unleashed a cracker into the top corner from fully 25 yards. Overall though, the visitors did more than enough to claim the points and the silky dribbling of Kessel allied with the physicality of Babalola and pace of Ali means they will be a threat this season in attack. Redbridge are in transition with their mostly-new squad and will take time to gel.

Full-Time:  Redbridge 1 – 3 Woodford Town

Credit to Woodford on a dominant performance which shows they could have a good season. Redbridge will really feel it was a ‘bad day at the office’ though they will battle again another day.

Teams
Redbridge     |  Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Sam Baffour (Ashley Blackburn 56′), Tommie Turner (Asher Modeste 56′), Liam Burgess, Vinny Murphy (Capt), Quincy Egbejale, Daniel Smith, Bryan Kyungu, Calvin Poku, Michael Ogboin (Bradley Gayer 73′), Jack Stevenson
Goal-scorers: Bryan Kyungu [82′]
Booked: Turner | Sent Off: Murphy  | Subs Not Used: Walters, Miller

Woodford Town  | Manager: Dee Safer

Alex Reed (GK), Leon Wildman, Ellis Routledge, Liam Edgar, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), Malaki Toussaint, Ethan Kessel (Jordan Thomas 88′), Connor Leon, Taku Machingaidze, Samir Ali (Djinho Itshary 88′), Temi Babalola

Goal-scorer: Samar Ali [9′], Taku Machingaidze [13′], Temi Babalola [77′]

Booked: Grosvenor  |  Subs Not Used: Brown, Mantovani, Tarrant

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 21st/Sat 22nd Sept) [ESL 23.9.18]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to another of my Essex Senior League round-up pieces, here on the blog. This weekend’s action saw a huge 35 goals scored across nine matches. How did your side do?

 
Essex Senior League

 

Friday 21st September

 

Barkingside  0 – 3  Clapton   | Cricklefield  | Att: 135

The Tons started the action off with a good win at Cricklefield. Jay Morris put the visitors ahead just shy of the half-hour. Jon Fowell’s side came out strongly after the break and Ryan Reed notched a quick-fire brace [47′ & 49′] to seal Clapton’s fourth win in seven matches more or less there and then.’Side fell to their fourth straight defeat and sit third-bottom.

 

Saturday 22nd September

 

Enfield 1893  6 – 1  Leyton Athletic    | Harlow Arena | Att: 51

The E’s crowned off a memorable eight days with a huge win over Leyton at the Harlow Arena. They laid the groundwork in the first half as ex-Takeley forward Reece Barrett struck on 28 minutes to give Matt Hanning’s side the lead. Billy Haspinall made it two on the stroke of half-time. Barrett struck again three minutes after the re-start to put his side in a commanding position. Prolific scorer Dwade James pulled one back on 67 minutes for the visitors though a goal-blitz in the last twenty minutes more than sealed the points for the hosts as Ben Bradbury [73′] netted, followed by Barrett’s third [77′] and a late spot-kick from Ayo Odukoya. The E’s now have three wins from their last four league outings while Leyton have one win from their last four.

 

 

Hoddesdon Town  4 – 1  Woodford Town   | Lowfield  |

The hosts  grabbed the points as they led from virtually start-to-finish at Lowfield. Ciaran Doherty’s 3rd-minute goal put them ahead which Connor Bolton added to with 21 minutes on the watch. Samir Ali put the visitors on the score-sheet ten minutes before the break though two goals late on sealed the win for Hoddesdon as Doherty got his second [81′] and Courtney Clay struck two minutes afterward. Woodford have now suffered four defeats in-a-row after a promising start.

 

Saffron Walden Town  5 – 0  Tower Hamlets    | Catons Lane  | Att: 170

The Bloods put a torrid week behind them by dispatching struggling Hamlets at Catons Lane. James Crane’s goal in the first minute set them on their way and Charlie Portway [20′] struck again to give them a two-goal lead at the break. Spike Bell netted on the hour before a late brace from Lewis Francis [75′ & 90′] handed ten-man Hamlets another bruising afternoon. Walden are unbeaten in five league matches now while Hamlets have manaaged a single point from their five matches.

 
Southend Manor  2 – 3  Redbridge   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 38

I attended this match and my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/22/match-report-southend-manor-2-3-redbridge-esl-22-9-18/

 

St Margaretsbury  0 – 3  Ilford   | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 29

The Foxes maintained their impressive recent form wiith victory at St Margs. Dan Haigh put them ahead on the quarter-hour, a lead they held at the interval. Nine minutes after the re-start, Seye Okunlola doubled that lead for Martin Haywood’s men. Callum Maltese’s goal on the cusp of the 90 secured Ilf’s third win in their last four matches to rise to 2nd spot and inflict their hosts’ third defeat in six outings.

 

Stansted  1 – 0  West Essex   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 35

The Airportmen battled to a narrow win at Hargrave Park. In-form winger Callum Ibe’s strike two minutes after the break ended up being the difference though Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker denied the hosts from the spot later on. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side have now notched up three straight wins while West’s mini-revival is over for now.

 

 

Takeley  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports |  Station Road  | Att: 83

Hullbridge produced a good display to pick up a surprise win at Station Road. Luke Hornsley got the only goal seven minutes before half-time to give Darren Manning’s team their 5th win in seven league matches, maintain their unbeaten run and stay at the summit. Takeley’s second 1 – 0 loss this week sees them drop to 4th, five points behind their opponents here.

 

Walthamstow   4 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 50

‘Stow went through the gears to overwhelm Sawbo at Kitchener Road. The damage was done in the first 45 as Billy Jones [18′] and Jake Giddings [28’] both struck to give Ryan Maxwell’s side a handy cushion, in between a successful spot-kick from Joe Wright for the visitors. Ageless defender Lee Flynn made it 3 – 1 five minutes before the interval and James Peagram rounded off the day’s scoring, also from the spot on 76 minutes to give the hosts their first league win in three outings though they have only lost one of seven.

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading.

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 3 Redbridge [ESL 22.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 38

2018-19 Season – Match 15

Saturday 22nd September 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor:  Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge  : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

The Motormen Find Another Gear to overcome Manor

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with photos from Andy Wilkins (@Twitter: andywilkins24)

On a real dreary day in Southend, the Motormen sought to liven up their league campaign after defeat last weekend as they took on Southend Manor. For the hosts, Connor Pearce was the man in goal with a defence of Kye Jude, Grant Webb, skipper Lewis Sparrow and Ore Mosuro just in front of him. For Ricky Eaton’s side, their much-changed side from last term fielded a front three of Calvin Poku, Michael Ogboin and Asher Modeste with ex-Manor centre-back Vinny Murphy carrying the armband.

The hosts started the game brightly though Redbridge won’t be happy with how it came about. From a corner conceded directly from a nervy clearing header, more hesitant defending allowed forward Nathan Dewberry to fire in a deflected strike past visiting stopper Lewis Greene after just four minutes. Manor winger Mo Kargbo could’ve doubled that lead four minutes afterwards as he found himself all alone in the box though contrived to skew his effort wide of the post. Robbie Norris’ drive from range also drew Greene into action though the Motormen goalkeeper did well to palm his effort away from danger.

The visitors had their first sight of goal on 12 minutes as Michael Ogboin laid the ball off to fellow recent recruit Asher Modeste who fired over the crossbar. To be fair to the hosts, their attacks were more concise and quicker, taking advantage of the aerial prowess of box-to-box midfielder Lee Delf, who as ever was a handful in both penalty areas. MOdeste was growing into the game on the right of the Redbridge front three though Manor full-back Grant Webb stuck to his task well at times.

Just past the midway point of the half, Manor doubled their advantage as from midfielder Charlie Barlow’s corner, Dewberry had enough freedom to power a header home at the near post. Indeed, Dewberry was had chances to extend both his and his side’s account though Greene denied him though Kargbo should have scored when he had a half-open goal to aim at.

In the latter stages of the half, Redbridge did ‘go up the gears’ somewhat as a good ball from the right from full-back Terrell Miller was well cut out for a corner by Delf, tracking back. The visitors got an important foothold in the match three minutes before the break as after being found well by midfielder Liam Burgess, forward michael Ogboin made no mistake slotting past Pearce to halve the deficit.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 2 – 1  Redbridge

The visitors started the second half with renewed vigour as the hosts felt the pressure and might have lost their lead five minutes after the interval as full-back Bradley Gayer’s left-wing cross found Ogboin who lifted his strike just over the woodwork. Modeste also put in another telling ball soon afterwards but somehow both Ogboin and Poku mis-read it and the ball evaded both of them.

Burgess also powered a long-range drive which Pearce did well to parry though the Motormen were level midway in the half as Modeste got a tap-in at the back post. In a rare foray forward at this point in the match, substitute Charlie Little played in Dewberry though his low strike went wide. The turnaround was complete as visiting skipper Vinny Murphy curled in a sweet free-kick in the right corner with 14 minutes to play.

Manor substitute Aaron Baldwin twice failed to beat Greene late on though the latter of those needed the Redbridge goalkeeper to clutch hold of the ball near the goalline.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  2 – 3  Redbridge

Credit to both teams on a good game that highlights the spirit of the division, though Manor will feel as though the ‘same ol’ story’ of missing chances has stung them again.

Teams

Southend Manor  | Manager: Adam Peek

Connor Pearce (GK), Kye Jude (Rhys Fatt 72′), Grant Webb (Aaron Baldwin 78′), Robbie Norris, Ore Mosuro, Lewis Sparrow (Capt), Jamie Brown (Charlie LIttle 57′), Charlie Barlow, Nathan Dewberry, Lee Delf, Mo Kargbo

Goal-scorer: Nathan Dewberry [4′ & 26′]

Booked:  |  Subs Not Used: Evison

Redbridge     |  Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Terrell Miller, Bradley Gayer, Liam Burgess, Vinny Murphy (Capt), Laurie Walters, Daniel Smith, Asher Modeste, Calvin POku (Tommie Turner 90′), Michael Ogboin (DJ Adelekan 80′), Ashley Blackburn (Sam Buffour 90′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Ogboin [42′], Asher Modeste [67′], Vinny Murphy [76′]

Booked: Burgess  | Subs Not Used: Bankole

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 18th Aug) [ESL 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. How did your side & your rivals do?

Saturday 18th August

Barkingside  0 – 0  Enfield   | Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 58

‘Side were held by visiting Enfield for their third league goalless draw on the trot. It’s also worth noting that both teams are still looking for their first win of the new campaign.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1  Stansted  | Venue: Lower Road | Att: 72

The ‘Bridge secured a very good victory in a hard-fought encounter at Lower Road. Darren Manning’s side broke the deadlock just seven minutes in when captain Luke Hornsley struck. The Airportmen got back into contention through hot-shot Carl Mullings’s goal on the quarter-hour. Though on this day, Hullbridge were not to be denied as Andre Gumbs’ powerful strike found the net on 61 minutes to give the hosts a morale-boosting win ahead of their FA Cup tie away to Newmarket next weekend.

Leyton Athletic  0 – 0  Ilford  | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 9

Leyton couldn’t find a way past the Foxes at Kitchener Road. The scorers were not troubled here though the hosts are looking for their first league win this term though they do have an FA Cup tie to look forward to next weekend. Ilf have four points from their first three matches.

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 4  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Venue: Catons Lane  | Att: 175

Saffron Walden were held at home by a late Bengal comeback in an absolute fire-cracker of a match at Catons Lane. SWT started well with front-line striker Charlie Portway putting them ahead on 13 minutes from the penalty spot. Tony Cookey levelled for Bengal only two minutes afterward though Portway got his second of the afternoon with 17 minutes on the watch. Lewis Francis [26′] grabbed a third for the hosts and you may have thought that Saffron Walden would canter to victory as they led 3 – 1 at half-time.

As it turned out, it wasn’t to be. Portway grabbed his hat-trick just past the hour mark though goals from Zakariya Hoque, playmaker Ashaan Siddik [80′] & forward Steven Carvell [83′] made sure that Imrul Gazi’s side grabbed a share of the spoils after a terrific comeback.

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 0  Woodford Town  | Venue: Crofters | Att: 31

Sawbridgeworth improved to end Woodford’s 100% start to the season. Joe Wright got the only goal of the game to give John Watters’ men a much-needed three points after their FA Cup exit last weekend.

Southend Manor  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town   | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 45

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/match-report-southend-manor-1-2-hoddesdon-town-esl-18-8-18/

Stanway Rovers   0 – 2  Clapton   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 46

The Tons travelled to the outskirts of Colchester and came away with the points thanks to a brace from Eusebio Da Silva [24′ & 27′]. In the process Jon Fowell’s side handed Rovers their third ESL defeat in a row as their new side continues to take time to gel, perhaps.

Takeley  4 – 1  Walthamstow   | Venue: Station Road | Att: 66

Takeley powered past ‘Stow at Station Road thanks to braces from two of their leading lights up front. Stuart Zanone [18′ & 25′] put his side two goals up to continue his fantastic start to the campaign in front goal. Substitute Charlie Cole made his long-awaited return to goal-scoring form with his first of the game on 78 minutes. James Peagram pulled one back for Ryan Maxwell’s side with ten minutes left though Cole struck again [85’] to give ‘Stow something to think about and continue Takeley’s 100% start to the league campaign.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 3  Redbridge  | Mile End Stadium | Att: 70

Redbridge fought to grab their first win of the campaign at Mile End. Calvin Poku struck twice for the Motormen and were further aided by an OG as they continued their unbeaten start to the season. Hamlets grabbed a late consolation through Amon Walton-Owen though AJAshinike’s side are also looking for their first success of the season.

Thanks for reading, this round-up will continue during the season.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 28.4.18)

Champions GWR celebrate with the trophy...
Great Wakering Rovers  – champions of the ESL 2017/18 (Credit: Andy W)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which was ‘D-Day’ for some sides at both ends of the table, given that some teams played their last match of the campaign at the weekend.

 

Saturday 28th April

Barkingside 0 – 4  Takeley  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 77

Takeley produced an excellent second-half display to increase the nerves for the hosts and take their relegation battle into the final week. After a goal-less opening 45, Carl Mullings grabbed a brace [60′ & 75′] before strike partner Stuart Zanone added gloss to the result with a late double [80′ & 85′] of his own. ‘Side drop to 17th, two points above the bottom three and have two games to play at Southend Manor and Wadham respectively. Takeley’s 3rd win in their last four means they’ve hit the 80-point mark and will finish 5th.

 

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 36

This virtual ‘dead-rubber’ ended up all-square with Ollie Hanlon netting for Ramblers while James Ross responded for the Hamlets side, who look set for quite an overhaul off-the-pitch during the summer. Burnham finish 20th after only one win in nine outings while Hamlets end the campaign in 11th after a similar struggle to win matches towards sason’s end.

 

Clapton  2 – 1   Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 42

Hullbridge were denied a point late on as Clapton got their 2nd win in their last five to re-take 6th place in the table. Nathan Cook gave the Tons the lead just past the half-hour before Jimmy Cox’s penalty [68′] levelled. Jon Fowell’s side pinched the win ‘at the death’ as Jeff Cobblah netted in the 90th minute. Hullbridge sit 15th with one match left, a home tie with Takeley in midweek.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  5 – 0  West Essex
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 120

I attended this match, you can view my match report here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/match-report-g-wakering-rovers-5-0-west-essex-esl-28-4-18/

 

Redbridge  2 – 1  Hackney Wick 
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 51

The Motormen came from behind to claim victory here though it most likely will not be enough to keep them in the promotion race. Nelson Dihn struck for bottom-side Wick before a second half double-salvo from Remi Nelson [57′] & Dan Gilchrist [74′] turned the tide of this match. Redbridge sit 4th though their inferior goal difference means even if they beat Basildon on Wednesday, it won’t be enough to dislodge FC Romania from second spot.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 3   Wadham Lodge | Venue: Crofters End | Att: 33

This extraordinary game saw Sawbo come from behind to wrestle a point from spirited Wadham at Crofters. Danny Francis grabbed a double [22′ & 44′] for the visitors before Aaron Thomas and Zak Johnson responded for John Watters’ side. Eli Benoit oncecagain gave the Wad Army the lead with 20 minutes left though Mark Robinson snatched a point for the hosts which means they will finish 8th. Wadham’s struggle for victories continues, it’s two in their last eight outings now though safety is still in their hands.

 

 

Southend Manor  0 – 2   FC Romania  | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 43

FCR ‘did the job’ they had to do thanks to a goal in each half. Mihai Circiumaru broke the deadlock four minutes before half-time though Ion Vintila’s side could only really relax after Vladu Sighiartau’s strike [62′]. Manor could finish 14th though could still be caught by the sides below them. Two wins in their last 11 highlights the difficulties they’ve had of late. FCR rise to 2nd after their 5th straight win though await the outcome of Basildon v Redbridge in midweek before they know if they will be promoted.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 0  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 50

Bengal ended a highly-respectable month by shutting out the Bees in this match at Hargrave Park, due to Mile End being unavailable. Sporting ended the season unbeaten in five with their highest points tally in the ESL (50) and will finish 10th. The Bees know that only all three points at home to Redbridge in midweek will be enough to pip FC Romania. They drop to 3rd, despite their unbeaten run extnding to seven matches now.

 

Waltham Forest  3 – 1  Ilford 
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 81

Forest completed the job of securing their Step 5 status for another season thanks to this victory over Ilford. ‘A tale of two penalties, Chris Lockwood’s for Ilford and Shomari Barnwell for Forest, meant it was level at the break. In the second-half, Josh Brimscombe-Ward [57′] and Rhea Joseph [60’] struck to seal Ryan Maxwell’s team their third win in seven, which in turn took them 16th and out of danger. Ilford’s eighth straight loss means they conclude the season in 13th and the off-season will be important for them to ‘forget’ what’s been a difficult few months.

 

Woodford Town (2017)  0 – 0  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Att: 41

Woodford held Enfield to end the season in 12th spot – a marked improvement on the team they replaced frpm last season. Enfield have a superb second half of the campaign to thank for finishing 9th with only three losses in their last 15 matches – that says it all.

 

That’s all for this week, there will be one more round-up after the Errington Cup Final in about a week’s time. Thanks for reading.