Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 30 Nov) [ESL 19/20 1.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior round-up, here on my blog. This week we had eight matches, starting with one on Friday night. Thanks for reading.

Friday 29 November

Woodford Town  1 – 1  Ilford    | Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 87

Woodford were denied a confidence-boosting win late on by Ilford at the Harlow Arena on Friday night. Lauric Diakiesse put the hosts ahead though with the fog drifting down overhead, a late penalty from Ali Al-Nashi gave Jonny Fowell’s side the points against ten-man Towners, who had former Ilf player Morgan Seaman dismissed. Ross Weare’s side drop to tenth after four games without a win, while Ilford stay 14th.

Saturday 30 November

Enfield   0 – 0  Clapton   | Woodside   | Att: 57

The battle of these two strugglers ended up being an uninspiring draw at Woodside. The E’s were unable to break down the Tons despite the visitors being down to ten men though looking on the positive side, it is a rare clean sheet for both teams. Enfield remain 16th and their winless run extends to seven matches. Clapton remain second-bottom and haven’t won in five matches themselves now.

 

Hadley  3 – 1  St Margaretsbury   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 74

Hadley continued their irrepressible form at Brickfield Lane as they defeated St Margaretsbury. Goals from Alfie Bartram, Manny Hammond and Shaz Anwar did the business here for Anthony Clark’s side as they grabbed their ninth consecutive success to push them up to third in the standings. St Margs got their goal thanks to Wisley Baltazar though it’s one win in their last five matches now as they fall to 11th.

 

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 2  Takeley | Catons Lane | Att: 248

This big tussle of two of the top four sides ended with Saffron Walden coming from behind to grab an important three points at Catons Lane in front of a bumper crowd. Charncey Dash gave Marc Das’ side the lead from 12 yards only two minutes in, though top marksman Charlie Cole levelled things up ten minutes before the interval. George Pullen put Jason Maher’s side ahead on 61 minutes before club stalwart Spike Bell got the crucial third eleven minutes later. Lewis Deamer responded swiftly for the visitors two minutes later though it was to be Walden’s day as they rise to 2nd with a five-match unbeaten streak. Takeley’s six-match unbeaten stretch may be over but they are right in contention now, just four points off leaders Hashtag.

 

Southend Manor  1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 38

In the other crunch battle at the bottom of the table, Manor were held by Sawbridgeworth. Jordan Chambers’ spot-kick two minutes into the second half gave Manor an advantage, though Jake Skeet’s rasping drive twelve minutes later ended up ensuring Sawbo left with a share of the spoils. I attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/match-report-southend-manor-1-1-sawbridgeworth-town-sat-30th-nov-esl/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town   |Mile End |  Att: 20

Hoddesdon denied Bengal another three points with a late leveller at Mile End. Curtley McIntosh struck again for the hosts after just two minutes as they started in the ascendency. However, Isaac Marfo-Jacobs stepped up again for Simon Riddle’s side with the equaliser ten minutes from time to make it only one loss in their last six matches for Hoddesdon. Imrul Gazi’s side stay 13th, seven points clear of the bottom two.

 

Walthamstow  0 – 1  Hashtag Utd  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 185

Leaders Hashtag overcame a stern test at Wadham Lodge as they defeated Walthamstow late on. After dealing with heavy pressure in a physical battle, Joshua Osude’s strike in injury-time gave Jay Devereux’s side a third straight win and keep their lead to two points over Saffron Walden. Stow’s second loss this term (both have come narrowly at home) means they fall to fourth though they are one of three teams on 35 points (Hadley and Takeley being the other sides).

 

West Essex  0 – 1  Redbridge   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 23

Finally in the Essex Senior this weekend, Redbridge emerged as narrow winners in another battle at Mayesbrook Park. Tom Harvey’s 77th-minute strike handed Micky Wetherall’s team their third league win on-the-bounce to lift themselves to ninth. West’s tough patch continues as their winless run extends to seven. They drop to 12th.

 

Also, in the FA Vase Third Round, Stowmarket Town ended Stansted’s hopes this season as Stow won 4 – 0 with Matt Blake, Josh Mayhew, Dean Bowditch and Luke Read all scored to overwhelm the Airportmen in front of over 400 fans, a record attendance at Greens Meadow.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 Nov) [ESL 19/20 24.11.19]

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

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Senior round-up on my blog. Two matches were blighted by the weather, though we still had plenty of goals in the seven remaining matches. Thanks for reading.

Matches Postponed: Cockfosters  P – P  Woodford Town  | (Waterlogged pitch)

Saffron Walden Town P – P Sporting Bengal Utd

 

Saturday 23 November

Hadley  3 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 72

The Bricks came out from this searing battle with exuberant Hamlets with the points though it was the East London side who made it a really tough game, with a late red card having an effect on their fortunes. The hosts had Sam Edwards and Emmanuel Hammond to thank for their first two goals, to which Suaibo Balde and Ezra Ndukuba both responded for the visitors. Edwards’ late spot-kick continued the good form for Anthony Clark’s team to keep them in the title hunt. Hamlets fall to 13th though they would have won a few more admirers of their play for this performance.

 

Hoddesdon Town  5 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield | Att: 83

The Lilywhites handed Sawbo another damaging defeat after the break at Lowfield. Blue Gallagher put Simon Riddle’s side ahead on 28 minutes and that lead stood until the break. Three goals In nine minutes ultimately set the sides apart as Jack Gibbs got the hosts’ second on the hour, before Jordan Halls made it 3 – 0 three minutes later. Gallagher got his second with 68 minutes on the watch and Connor Bolton [80’] added a late fifth to give Hoddesdon a first win in four league matches to see them up to seventh. Sawbo remain six points adrift of Clapton at the bottom.

 

Ilford  2 – 1  West Essex    | Cricklefield | Att: 41

The Foxes edged to a late victory over out-of-form West at Cricklefield. Jerold Cobblah put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes after good work from Tyson Talanya and Larry Akanbi down the right channel. Callum Bloss levelled things up nine minutes later and with the game petering towards a draw, Akanbi stepped up to net the winner with eight minutes remaining to end a three-match winless run for llf to lift them up one place to 15th.

 

Redbridge  6 – 0  Enfield   | Oakside | Att: 25

The Motormen thumped Enfield at Oakside. Tony Martin opened the hosts’ account just ten minutes in. After having new recruit Rob Hodgson dismissed on the half-hour, Enfield’s struggles only became more apparent as Tom Harvey made 2 – 0 to the hosts three minutes before the break. Micky Wetherall’s side really added to the visitors’ pain after the interval as Connor Okus put the game realistically beyond doubt on 53 minutes. Hassan Nalbant made it four goals in his first two games for the club with another double here [67’ & 74’] and Martin got his second on the stroke of full-time to make it a chastening day for the E’s, who drop to 16th. Redbridge’s two wins this week put them up to 12th.

 

St Margaretsbury   0 – 0  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground | Att: 40

St Mags put in another stubborn showing to hold Takeley at the Rec to a goalless stalemate. The hosts now have only lost two of their last eight games now and stay 9th. Takeley’s five-match winning run ended here though they still drop to third.

 

Stansted  3 – 0 Clapton   | Hargrave Park | Att: 41

The Airportmen were made to battle hard by the Tons before securing a win in the second-half in the match I attended at Hargrave Park. Connor Hammond, Daniel Cheema and an added-time goal by Jack West did the job but it only tells part of the story. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/match-report-stansted-3-0-clapton-sat-23rd-nov-esl/

 

Walthamstow  7 – 0  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge | Att: 50

‘Stow responded from a rare loss in midweek to Takeley with a superb showing to defeat Manor at Wadham Lodge. The bulk of the damage was done in the first half and started just two minutes in as Callum Ibe scored against his former club. Dwade James struck another treble [14’, 27’ & 28’] to really sour the visitors’ afternoon and Emiel Aiken added a fifth for the relentless hosts just after the half-hour. Aiken got his second on 71 minutes and substitute Lewis Francis added a late seventh to roar Ryan Maxwell’s side back into second spot and join Hadley as the joint-highest league goal-scorers so far this term. It’s five defeats in their last six for Manor who remain third-bottom.

 

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town (Fri 8th Nov) [ESL 19/20 9.11.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 78

2019 – 20 Season: Match 37

Friday 8th November 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge : Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

 

 

 

 

 

Woodford strike late to grab win in entertaining battle at Oakside

Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town

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

This Essex Senior weekend first saw me head to Oakside on Friday night to see Redbridge entertain Woodford Town in a battle of two mid-table sides. Redbridge fielded Jake Larkins between the posts, with centre-backs Dean Hall and recent acquisition Eamon Payne, and a front three of skipper Tom Harvey, Taylor Tombides and Tony Martin. Daniel Gilchrist, Rujorn Tuitt and James Barlow were all options from the bench. Woodford, now under the stewardship of boss Ross Weare, had Eli Benoit and Morgan Seaman as their full-backs with skipper Tola Odedoyin at centre-back alongside Joshua Steele and Lauric Diakiesse leading the line. The likes of Lance Ledgister, Chinua Archer and Tyler Fowles were options from the sideline.

Woodford certainly started the match on a strong footing, with forward Lauric Diakiesse powering a strike which flew back off a post with only four minutes gone. Minutes later, after a corner by skilful midfielder Andrea Mantovani, an initial effort by Diakiesse was blocked, which led to centre-back Joshua Steele hitting wide though the hosts would consider themselves warned at this point.  After 18 minutes, tricky winger Anis Mehmeti got in on the efforts on goal as he fizzed an effort wide too, while moments later, the Motormen’s first real sighter of goal saw forward Tony Martin blast a drive into the side-netting.

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Action Still with Redbridge manager Micky Wetherall looking on from the sidelines (Image: Scott W)

As the rain lashed down on the ground, Woodford were showing all of their energy, pace and passion and were testing the home backline, with anchor midfielder Harvey Brown making two good interceptions in the first half. Eventually though, Town would not be denied and they broke the stalemate short of the half-hour as Mantovani curled in a low drive into the right-side corner after an initial effort was repelled by the Redbridge defence. Unsurprisingly, the already fired-up Woodford fans were revved up by the opener and Town had the ball in the net nine minutes before the break, though it was chalked off for an off-side.

Half-Time: Redbridge 0 – 1 Woodford Town

The second-half began with Steele again getting up from the back for the visitors and drilling an effort wide. The likes of Mehmeti and rapid winger Dion Lewis-Kirwan was really adding to the home side’s headache as they were too fast for defenders to stick tight to. That said, the Motormen did break back into proceedings as the hour mark approached as Martin played in the ever-threatening Taylor Tombides though he failed to beat visiting custodian Alex Reed, who gathered his effort well. Woodford were also dealt a blow as Diakiesse was shown a second yellow for an apparent tussle in the opposition area just past the hour mark.

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Still image with Ross Weare watching on from Woodford Town dugout (Image: Scott W)

At the other end, home stopper Jake Larkins also denied Town superbly twice, with the latter occasion being from Steele, after being put in by Mehmeti. The amount of chances Town had to put the game away did cost them somewhat as midway through the second half, Martin unselfishly played in Tombides following a counter-attack, and the goal-hungry forward made no mistake from close range.  As we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest, it was the hosts’ turn to not make the most of chances as substitutes James Barlow and Dan Gilchrist were unable to bypass Reed in the Woodford goal. Redbridge substitute Rujorn Tuitt also had a strike deflected when well-placed in the latter stages though it was Town who ultimately got the points with three minutes remaining. A super run down the right channel ended with a pinpoint cross to substitute Lance Ledgister, who buried it in the corner past Larkins.

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Full-Time: Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town

In the end, Woodford’s pace and energy made life hard for Redbridge who created several chances themselves though ultimately fell to that late winner by substitute Ledgister. Considering the tricky conditions, this was a good marker for two good attacking sides & therefore a good ‘advert’ for the Essex Senior.

In terms of stand-out performances, for victors Woodford I must pay a special mention to livewire wingers Anis Mehmeti and Dion Lewis-Kirwan. Mehmeti was a constant threat with his trickery, pace and directness. Lewis-Kirwan also had a really good game and you have to respect his persistence having recently returned after a long spell out injured. Fair play to you, Dion and your club. Creative midfielder Andrea Mantovani had a real influence on his side’s forward play while left-back Morgan Seaman also put in a good energetic shift as well tonight.

Finally, I’d like to wish both sides well for the remainder of the campaign and given that both teams are attack-minded; it was good to see both sides in action here.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Redbridge  |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

1 Jake Larkins (GK), 2 Jordayne Henry, 3 Jack Blackledge, 4 Harvey Brown, 5 Dean Hall, 6 Eamon Payne, 7 Connor Okus (18 James Barlow 46’), 8 Darnell Bromfield (12 Daniel Gilchrist 57’), 9 Taylor Tombides, 10 Tom Harvey (Capt), 11 Tony Martin (15 Rujorn Tuitt 70’)

Goal-scorers: Taylor Tombides [68’]

Booked: Larkins | Subs Not Used: Edmunds, Raymond

 

Woodford Town   |  Manager: Ross Weare

1 Alex Reed (GK), 2 Eli Benoit, 3 Morgan Seaman, 4 Joshua Steele, 5 Tola Odedoyin (Capt), 6 Frankie Naidoo (8 Georges Kebi 74’), 18 Chris John, 11 Anis Mehmeti, 7 Dion Lewis-Kirwan (14 Lance Ledgister 64’), 10 Andrea Montovani, 9 Lauric Diakiesse

Goal-scorers: Andrea Montovani [27’], Lance Ledgister [87’]

Sent Off: Diakiesse (two bookings) | Subs Not Used: T Joseph, T Fowles, Archer

Referee: Jide Ogunba

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 26 Oct) [ESL 19/20 27.10.19]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action, which includes matches from the seven league matches plus one Errington Cup tie on Saturday 26th October. Thanks for reading.

 

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Still from Takeley v Hadley [Image: Scott W]

Saturday 26th October  Essex Senior League

 

Cockfosters  5 – 4  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Chalk Lane | Att: 30

The ‘Fosters finally broke their recent run of three consecutive defeats as they edged Bengal in an enthralling contest at Chalk Lane. Ned Clarke opened the scoring after just four minutes to put the hosts ahead. Sporting responded with 17 minutes on the clock through the returning David Vaughan, though conceded an own goal two minutes later as player-manager Ryan Wade’s side had the edge. Curtley McIntosh levelled things up once again right on the half-hour. Cockfosters took the lead for the third time three minutes before the interval as Billy Healey’s goal helped them lead 3 – 2 at said interval. Two goals in three minutes midway in the second-half really turned the game in the hosts’ favour as Healey got his second of the match on 65 minutes, before a penalty by Wade himself two minutes later made it 5 – 2 to Cockfosters.

Sporting got themselves back into the match, also from the penalty spot with thirteen minutes to play through Ashaan Siddik and with the match getting increasingly fraught; Siddik converted another spot-kick with six minutes remaining to ensure a hugely nervy end to the contest although Bengal still fell to their fourth defeat on-the-spin.  They drop to 11th, while ‘Fosters rise to tenth.

 

Hashtag Utd  3 – 1  Clapton   | Chadfields | Att: 118

The Tags made it ten consecutive with this win over the Tons at Chadfields. Tashan Richmond broke the stalemate with only two minutes gone, before recent recruit Danny Smith made it two just before the hour with an unorthodox goal from deep. George Smith rounded off another good day’s work for Jay Devereux’s team with the third on 66 minutes. Mario Gjini struck for Clapton two minutes later to wreck any hopes of a clean sheet though overall Hashtag will be delighted as they extend their lead at the summit to four points.

 

Hoddesdon Town  4 – 1  Saffron Walden Town   | Lowfield  | Att: 121

Hoddesdon roared back from a three-match winless streak here to defeat in-form Saffron Walden at Lowfield. A cagey first half-hour was forgotten as Joss Lillis put the Lilywhites ahead five minutes before the break. Jordan Halls made it two for Hoddesdon just two minutes after the resumption though Charlie Cole’s penalty halved the arrears for the Bloods with 55 minutes gone. However, there was to be no comeback for Walden this time as Cyrus Babaie made it 3 – 1 to the hosts on 65 minutes. Lillis then grabbed his second of the match three minutes later to crown off a fine afternoon for Simon Riddle’s team and hand Walden their first league defeat of the campaign. Hoddesdon rise to sixth, with Walden conceding ground to leaders Hashtag after their loss. Best wishes go to forward Nathan Scarborough who picked up a nasty injury in this match, wish you a speedy recovery Nathan.

 

Southend Manor  1 – 4  Walthamstow   | Southchurch Park | Att: 46

Walthamstow overwhelmed Manor at Southchurch Park to maintain their own winning run in the league. Ryan Maxwell’s side took the lead in this one thanks to the first converted spot-kick of the afternoon by talisman Dwade James. That was added to with fifteen minutes remaining as James again scored, again from 12 yards. Larry Akanbi gave Manor a shot at a result with his goal for Manor with ten minutes left. James then struck a third penalty of the afternoon with seven minutes remaining to pretty much end the contest. Substitute Emiel Aiken got a late fourth to make it five straight league wins and elevate themselves to third spot, eight points off leaders Hashtag with three matches in hand. Manor’s third defeat in succession meant they fell to third-bottom though are still nine points clear of bottom side Sawbridgeworth.

 

St Margaretsbury  1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town  | The Rec | Att: 49

All the drama was saved for the latter stages of this local derby as Sawbridgeworth held St Mags at the Rec and got their first point of the season in the process. Daniel Palmer put the hosts ahead two minutes into added-time though just as Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side thought they have got the points, more dramas was afoot. Harry Bushell levelled things barely a minute later to finally end their eleven-match losing run. St Margaretsbury are unbeaten in their last four matches now, as they reside in 8th spot.

 

Takeley  0 – 2  Hadley   | Station Road | Att: 71

Hadley battled both Takeley and the elements to record a good win at Station Road. The visitors broke the deadlock on 19 minutes as Cameron Ferguson headed in at the back post from full-back Bradley Marriott’s pinpoint cross. After both sides had traded chances, it was the ‘Bricks’ who sealed the points thanks to Luke Jupp’s low strike with 66 minutes on the watch. Hadley leapfrog Takeley into 5th spot after this win, whereas Takeley fall to 7th, a point behind the top five. I attended this match and you can read my report here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/match-report-takeley-0-2-hadley-sat-26-oct/ 

 

Tower Hamlets  2 – 3  Stansted   | Mile End | Att: 40

The Airportmen got a second straight league win as they battled hard to overcome a vibrant Hamlets side at a very wet Mile End Stadium. The visitors goals came from Billy Coyne [31’], Luke Hirst [35’] and Ryan Ramsey fourteen minutes from time. Suiabo Balde got another double to keep his fine record of goal-scoring going for the hosts though ultimately the hosts two-match winning run ended here. Stansted rise above Hamlets into 14th, six points above the bottom two.

 

Saturday 26th October –  Errington Challenge Cup

 

Redbridge  4 – 0  Enfield   | Oakside  | Att: 48

The Motormen overwhelmed Enfield at Oakside to book their place in their next round. Micky Wetherall’s side took the lead here thanks to Tony Martin’s strike with twenty minutes gone. Just before the interval, Taylor Tombides got his name on the score-sheet before Redbridge wrapped things up here in the latter stages. Martin got his second of the afternoon with twelve minutes remaining before substitute Daniel Gilchrist made it four in added-time.

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 18/Sat 19 Oct) [ESL 17.10.19]

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Archive: Sawridgeworth 0 – 3 W Essex in ESL last week (Image: Scott W)


Written by Scott W
[Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s preview of Essex Senior League action on Saturday 19 October, as nine matches take place this coming weekend.

 

ESL Fixtures  –

Friday 18th October

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

The weekend’s action gets underway once again at the Harlow Arena as Woodford welcome Sawbridgeworth. The Towners were held last Friday night by Clapton after a late OG gave the Tons a point. Ross Weare’s side have got two wins in their last five but are adjusting after a influx of squad changes recently. Sawbridgeworth showed some spirit before going down at home to West Essex at home last weekend which extended their winless run. The results may start coming for Lee Mackman’s side soon though this is still a tough test on paper. Narrow home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Saturday 19th October

Enfield  v  Southend Manor   | Woodside |

Saturday’s action starts with Manor’s trip to Enfield. The E’s have had a disappointing week, with a long away-day at Harborough Town resulting in their exit from the FA Vase last weekend, followed up by a loss at North Greenford Utd in the Middlesex County Cup in midweek. Southend’s Manor’s form is also mixed of late, with two losses in their last four matches, though new Michael Walther has brought in new players of late so it make time for his new-look squad to gel. Think there will be goals in this one. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Brickfield Lane |

The Bricks look to get their league campaign back on track as they welcome fellow high-flyers Hoddesdon. Hadley suffered a rare home loss to exit the FA Vase as Milton Keynes Robins won last weekend. In the ESL though, they have only conceded one goal in four home matches to date so that tells you something. Hoddesdon were involved in a corker of a match in their loss to Hashtag, having had a two-goal lead thus ultimately fell to a heavy defeat, their first loss since the opening day of the campaign. Therefore, manager Simon Riddle will want a reaction from his side, though piercing the second-best defence in the league will be tough. Narrow home win for the hosts for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Updated: Walthamstow v Redbridge | Wadham Lodge |

The Motormen’s match with ‘Stow has been switched to Wadham Lodge as Oakside is not sufficiently recovered from the week’s weather to host. Redbridge have had their last two league matches postponed, so you have to go back to October 5th for their last league game, a win at Southend Manor. Ryan Maxwell’s Walthamstow side are a different proposition though (with all respect to Manor) as they continued their FA Vase run into Round Two with a good win at Broadfields Utd last weekend,  and won well at St Margaretsbury the midweek before that. ‘Stow have a very stingy defence, the best in the league having only conceded one goal in their six matches so far. Micky Wetherall’s side are strong going forward though can be a tad leaky defensively and ‘Stow will know they need to win their games in hand on the top two. Hard to see anything but an a win for Walthamstow here

 

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane  |

Walden return to the league action after a hugely admirable win in their FA Vase Replay with Biggleswade Utd in midweek. They welcome Cockfosters to Catons Lane, looking to continue their unbeaten league run and keep tabs on leaders Hashtag Utd. Cockfosters were in action in midweek after being thwarted by the weather last weekend. The ‘Fosters won on penalties at Ilford to advance to the last four of the Gordon Brasted Trophy. Their away form does not favour them here, with one win in five matches and therefore, have to go with a win for the Bloods here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Stansted  v  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen welcome Bengal to Hargrave Park, with arguably both sides in need of a win. Paul Pittuck’s & John Watters’ side picked a morale-boosting win in the FA Vase last weekend over Aylesbury Vale Dynamos. Their league form recently though isn’t great as four straight defeats see them third-bottom at present. Bengal have been defeated in their last two home matches, to West Essex and most recently, St Margaretsbury. This could be a highlight match of the weekend. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Takeley  v  Hashtag Utd | Station Road

The ‘big match’ this weekend surely takes place at Station Road as Takeley welcome in-form Hashtag. Marc Das’ side exited the FA Vase last weekend with a narrow loss at Wellingborough Town, after being held by a spirited Southend Manor at home the midweek before. Hashtag are in prime form after a superb comeback win at Hoddesdon last week extended their winning run to eight matches. Goalkeeper Louis Hawes (formerly of Basildon Utd & Great Wakering) has also been added to the squad this week to compete with regular stopper Tim Pitman. The likes of George Smith and Ryan Adams will take some stopping at present and while Takeley are quite capable of producing a brilliant defensive showing, the Tags may well edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Tower Hamlets  v  Clapton | Mile End Stadium

Hamlets welcome the Tons to Mile End. Both sides are finding wins hard to come by, though Hamlets did produce an impressive performance to win well at Southend Manor last weekend. That win was their first in five matches, while the Tons got a point at Woodford last weekend. They are winless in three matches though with both sides being unpredictable, I’m going head for a stalemate here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

West Essex  v  St Margaretsbury  | Mayesbrook Park

Finally for this weekend, the Stags welcome a similarly in-form St Mags side to Mayesbrook. West made it four consecutive league wins with success at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, while Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side win at Sporting Bengal made it one loss in their last six matches. This has the hallmarks of a bruising encounter with technical players in both sides. The crucial factor may be how the visitors’ defence deals with the likes of Taylor and Mignot. Expect this one to a very hard-fought match.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

That’s your Preview for this week, thanks for reading.

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri/Sat 4 & 5 Oct) [ESL 19/20 6.10.19]

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

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action from the weekend of the 4th & 5th October, which saw 40 goals scored in league games. We also round-up the solitary ESL side left in the FA Cup as Hadley made the trip to Havant & Waterlooville.

 

Friday 4th October

Tower Hamlets  1 – 4  Takeley   | Mile End Stadium | Att: 55

Takeley made the tricky trip to Mile End and came away with their third straight win. Hamlets got the opening goal in this one though as young starlet Yoan Edoukou struck after just five minutes. Bryn Thorpe levelled for the visitors on 28 minutes, before an OG put Takeley ahead. Thorpe netted again seven minutes before the break to really send Marc Das’ team into the interval with the initiative. Thorpe completed another treble ten minutes after the break to send Takeley up to third after Saturday’s action, five points off the leaders.

 

Saturday 5th October

Cockfosters  7 – 2  Clapton   | Chalk Lane  | Att: 55

Cockfosters produced a stunning goal-laden display to send the Tons to another heavy defeat at Chalk Lane. Reuben Campbell broke the deadlock in the hosts’ favour on 14 minutes, though Mario Gjini soon restored parity for Glen Kendall’s team two minutes later. However, three goals in the lead up to half-time changed the course of the match. First, Billy Healey restored the ‘Fosters lead on 31 minutes before Ceykan Karagozlu struck twice [33’ & 40’] to give Ryan Wade’s team a commanding 4 – 1 half-time lead.

Karagozlu more than ended the contest as he took his own tally to four with further strikes on 54 & 57 minutes. Francesco Cicconi pulled one back with a spot-kick for the visitors though Harley Haag completed a resounding win for the hosts in added-time. The hosts ended a three-match losing streak here and go into 9th spot while Clapton’s fourth loss in five matches sees them fall to third-bottom.

 

Enfield  5 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Woodside | Att: 86

The E’s pulled off a fine win over Sawbridgeworth in this battle of the strugglers, despite playing with ten men for nearly 80 minutes. Matt Hanning’s side were fortunate to name well-travelled & prolific striker Jamie Cureton in their line-up though his cameo only lasted 11 minutes before he was dismissed for a high foot.

That hardly does the game justice though as Enfield led with 20 minutes played, as Olly Miles netted. Sawbo did take their opportunities as Evaristo Kitoko [42’] & Angus Poole [45’] goals saw them lead at the break. The introduction of Josh Sykes  from the bench was key for the hosts as he levelled things up with ten minutes remaining. Sykes then completed a dizzying hat-trick soon after [80’ & 85’] to shock the bottom side and Sykes himself was brought down in the area in added-time with Alfie Mason converting the resulting spot-kick as the E’s ended a six-match winning run while consigning Sawbo to a ninth straight defeat.

 

Hoddesdon Town  4 – 4  St Margaretsbury   | Lowfield  | Att: 88

This local derby really produced an enthralling spectacle as Hoddy denied St Mags the win late on. It was the Lilywhites who took the lead as quick-fire goals from Jordan Halls five minutes in and Jack Lee two minutes afterward set the tone for the entire match. Daniel Palmer struck on the half-hour for the visitors before Isaac Marfo-Jacobs netted on 35 minutes to see Hoddesdon regain their two-goal lead at the break.

The second-half arguably belonged to one man though. Kyle Roberts continued his superb scoring run for St Mags with his opener four minutes after the interval to bring it back to 3 – 2. A subsequent penalty on 62 minutes saw Roberts level things up before the forward completed a fine treble eight minutes later and give the visitors the lead for the first time at 3 – 4. Marfo-Jacobs has been a key source of goals for Town so far this term and his second of the afternoon in added-time denied newly-appointed permanent co-managers Tony Wild & Ray Bartlett’s team all three points. Simon Riddle’s Hoddesdon drop to fourth, while St Mags sit 12th – both sides are unbeaten in their last five matches now.

 

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 0  Ilford   | Catons Lane  | Att: 197

Walden got another three points to keep their lead at the summit to five points with victory over Ilford at Caton Lane. Jack Leachman got the opener on the stroke of the hour, before Charlie Cole got another brace [62’ & 72’] to give Jason Maher’s side a fourth straight win here. The Foxes ended the match with ten men and fell to their fifth consecutive defeat here. They drop to fourth-bottom.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 2  Redbridge   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 40

Redbridge got their first win in three matches here at Southchurch Park. Taylor Tombides’ close-range finish on 36 minutes was added to by Dean Hall’s header shortly before the interval. I attended this match and you can view my report here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/match-report-southend-manor-0-2-redbridge-sat-5th-oct-esl/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 4  West Essex   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 20

West Essex continued their goal-hungry run with a fine win at Mile End. It didn’t start so well though as Curtley McIntosh put Sorting ahead after ten minutes for his fifth goal in the last four league & cup games. West responded two minutes later through Symeon Taylor. A perhaps crucial moment came midway through the half as West ‘keeper Jack Coker saved a second penalty in as many weekends, this time from Sporting midfielder Charles Gregory. Three goals in eight second-half minutes turned the tide though as Brad Russell netted on 67 minutes to give the Stags the lead for the first time at 1 – 2.

Russell then set up Michael Mignot five minutes later before Taylor got his second on 75 minutes to see Kwame Kwateng’s side lead 4 – 1. Steven Carvell thundered home a free-kick late on for Imrul Gazi’s team though West got their third win in their last four games to rise to 8th spot while Bengal stay in 6th.

 

 

Stansted  0 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 214

Hashtag extended Stansted’s stuttering start to the season as they claimed another three points at Hargrave Park. Jesse Lassen has been in good goal-scoring touch recently and broke the stalemate on the half-hour, before getting what turned out to be a decisive second four minutes after the interval. The Tags’ sixth win on-the-spin sees them rise to second, level on points with Takeley while the Airportmen third loss on the trot means they are in 15th.

 

FA Cup Third Round Qualifying   (ESL sides)

 

Havant & Waterlooville  3 – 0  Hadley  | Westleigh Park   | Att: 550

Essex Senior League side Hadley’s FA Cup adventure ended but not before they showed what they are about at National League South side Havant. Joshua Ayenga and Alfie Rutherford goals after the interval pretty much ended realistic hope of progression for the Bricks. Ryan Seager made the game safe for Paul Doswell’s team late on though credit to travelling army of Hadley fans, which the hosts noted as well on social media.

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

Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 2 Redbridge (Sat 5th Oct) [ESL 19/20 5.10.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 26

Saturday 5th October 2019 – 3pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Shirt, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

 

 

Clinical Redbridge take the points at Southchurch Park

Southend Manor 0 – 2 Redbridge

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @wilkins_media)

This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me to Southchurch Park as Southend Manor welcomed Redbridge. Recently-appointed boss Michael Walther named introduced a few recent signings into into his starting XI as ex-Barkingside defender Derek O’Halem started at right-back, alongside centre-backs Cameron Harris and Kiah Froud and left-back Daniel Monk. Larry Akanbi led the line with support from Aundre Spencer and Teddy Henderson, with the returning Grant Webb among the options on the substitute’s bench. Redbridge retained Florent Gislette between the sticks, with Tom Harvey skippering the side and a front three of Tony Martin, Daniel Gilchrist and Taylor Tombides, who was making his return from injury. Rujourn Tuitt, James Barlow and Reece Latimer kept their places on the bench from last week’s entertaining draw at Sporting Bengal Utd.

In the early stages on this contest, Manor did look quite purposeful with ex-Basildon & Bowers & Pitsea winger Fahad Nyanja looking a threat down the right flank in stretching the visiting defence. Seven minutes in, the first half-chance came as from centre-back Cameron Harris’ long throw, full-back Derek O’Halem looped a header just wide of the far post. In the following six minutes, forwards Larry Akanbi and Aundre Spencer had efforts on goal but neither of them could bypass Redbridge goalkeeper Florent Gislette. The hosts were also quite well-drilled in defence as well as tricky forward Daniel Gilchrist was looking to get things moving for the Motormen.

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Manor full-back Derek O’Halem on-the-ball (Image Credit: Andy Wilkins)

Midway through the half, a deep in-swinging cross from full-back Daniel Monk to the back stick needed the intervention of Gislette to gather ahead of the rising Nyanja. Gilchrist was then well-denied as a cheeky back-heeled effort was blocked on the goal-line. On the cusp of the half-hour, Nyanja headed straight at Gislette and those missed opportunities would be costly for Michael Walther’s team. Micky Wetherall’s charges were ‘turning the tide’ of the match with some slick passing and good pace going forward. The visitors certainly signalled their intent as with 14 minutes to play until half-time, forwards Gilchrist and Taylor Tombides both had strikes blocked before central defender Joe Maskell blasted a venomous 25-yarder just over the woodwork.

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Nine minutes before the break, a sweet through ball found Tombides and whilst careering towards the near post, he picked his spot and coolly slotted past home ‘stopper Patrick Stephenson to give the visitors the lead. It got worse for the home side two minutes shy of the interval as from a free-kick, a nifty back header from centre-back Dean Hall flew into the corner to really give the Motormen the initiative.

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Redbridge ‘keeper Gislette gathers (Image Credit: Andy Wilkins)

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 2  Redbridge

The second-half was more of a serene affair overall, as Grant Webb came on for Grant Frances in midfield. Harvey Brown had blazed over for the visitors just past the hour though a crucial pinch-point occurred moments later. Manor were awarded a penalty after a foul in the area, with Spencer stepping up to take it. However, an unconvincing strike to say the least was gathered by Gislette quite comfortably and with it, the spirit took a knock from the hosts’ perspective. The Motormen were quite content to sit on their lead and venture forward on the counter-attack, and one such move saw substitute James Barlow only have ‘keeper Stephenson to beat, though the Manor custodian did well to parry away his effort.

In the end, it was Redbridge who came away with a deserved victory as they continue their rise up the standings, now sitting in 11th. Manor fell to their first loss under Walther, and drop to 13th spot. There were positives to take for Manor, who showed they may be a tougher outfit to beat this term in that first half.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 2 Redbridge

In terms of stand-out performances, Derek O’Halem had a fine game in my view in defence for Manor, making numerous clearing headers and showed good energy. Winger Fahad Nyanja and forward Larry Akanbi also gave the visitors a tricky time of it, particularly in the first half with Nyanja’s pace and crossing and Akanbi’s strength and movement. For Redbridge, centre-back Joe Maskell had a superb afternoon, making good interceptions and showing good positioning & awareness. Full-back Jordayne Henry also put in a energetic display while forwards Taylor Tombides and Daniel Gilchrist played their part in the forward line as well.

Finally, I’d like to wish both sides well for the remainder of the campaign and it was good to see both sides in action here.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Michael Walther

1 Patrick Stephenson (GK), 2 Derek O’Halem, 3 Daniel Monk, 4 Kiah Froud, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Ope Mosuro (Capt), 7 Fahad Nyanja (16 Christian O’Halem 66’), 8 Grant Frances (12 Grant Webb 46’), 9 Larry Akanbi, 10 Aundre Spencer (17 Louie Hunt 65’), 11 Teddy Henderson

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Chambers, Makaka

 

Redbridge  |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Jordayne Henry, 3 Timi Abiola, 4 Harvey Brown, 5 Joe Maskell, 6 Dean Hall, 7 Jack Blackledge, 8 Tom Harvey (Capt), 9 Taylor Tombides (15 Rujorn Tuitt 68’), 10 Tony Martin (14 Reece Latimer 85’), 11 Daniel Gilchrist (16 James Barlow 68’)

Goal-scorers: Taylor Tombides [36’], Dean Hall [43’]

Booked: Abiola | Subs Not Used: G Martin (GK)

Referee: Dean Markwick