Season Review 2019-20: Essex Senior League (Part 1 – Top 10) [ESL SR 19/20 5.5.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first of a two-part blog looking back at the Essex Senior League 2019-20 season, as part of my Non-League ‘Season Review’ series.

In this first part, I look back at the top ten sides in the division from the dry statistics perspective and my own thoughts on seeing them in action during the campaign, followed by the stats on ‘Clean Sheets’ this season. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Senior League   (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with most Football at or below Step 3 (Isthmian Premier Division in the local area), the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later.

Saffron Walden Town

We start off the Top ten rundown at the summit, where Saffron Walden Town led having grabbed sixty-six points from their 29 matches. Jason Maher’s side had another very strong campaign, with a much-admired strike force featuring the likes of Charlie Cole, Nathan Scarborough and highly-rated prospect Tyger Smalls breaking into the team in the second part of the campaign. The ‘Bloods’ hit 69 goals this term (at a Goals per game (GpG) average of 2.38) and had the fourth-best defence in the division (marshalled by the likes of Scott Pethers and club stalwart Spike Bell), conceding twenty-eight times in the league. They have all the hallmarks of a top side, being gritty when they need to be but also having searing pace going forward and can score goals almost at will when I watched them in-person. I also must give a special mention to determined forward Gavin Cockman, who struck sixteen league goals to lead his side in attack and personally he had a superb campaign.

Hashtag United

In second place are Hashtag Utd, who memorably won the Eastern Senior League South in their debut campaign in 2018-19. It was another very positive season for Jay Devereux’s side, having accrued sixty-five points from their 26 matches prior to the season being halted. The ‘Tags’ were the most in-form side in March, with six wins from their most recent eight matches. Overall, they scored sixty-six times (a GpG of 2.54) and conceded 27 goals, the third-best defensive record in the division. Their home record was right up there but it was away from their temporary home of Chadfields that they excelled, winning eleven of their thirteen matches away from home. Striker George Smith was a superb addition to the team, firing home nineteen league goals, but canny signings during the season like centre-back Luke Wilson, goalkeeper Louis Hawes and midfielder Tom Anderson added to their momentum. I saw them in their opening ESL match where they surprisingly lost to Southend Manor, though after that they won their next ten matches on-the-reel. Then in January, an inspired spell after half-time saw them bypass Redbridge and at that point you knew they would take some stopping. For all the hype that follows them around, they are a very promising side and will expect to be right in the tussle for promotion again next season. They are on the move once again, having agreed to ground-share at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium next season, which will only add to the optimism going forward.

 

Walthamstow resided in third place, with new manager Max Mitchell taking the reins in late January. The East Londoners gained sixty-three points from their 26 games, winning twenty of them. They netted seventy-three times (a GpG of 2.81) and yes, Dwade James got 27 of those himself to end up the league’s top scorer for the second season in succession, you also have to applaud the stats at the other end of the pitch. Notably, they shelled only seventeen goals, the league’s best this term (a GpG of 0.65) and custodian James Bransgrove also gathered 16 clean sheets (see below), which speaks for itself. Previous gaffer Ryan Maxwell has to take some credit for assembling the team he did, and therefore was largely responsible for his side losing only one of their twelve away matches this term. I saw them since back in August where they just outshone Stansted and battle to a point at Ilford in late January though with Mitchell settling in well since his appointment, the ‘Waltham Rabble’ will be fired up once again next term for another good season at Wadham Lodge.

 

Next in the table were league newcomers Hadley in fourth. They garnered 57 points from their twenty-six matches and have the esteem of scoring the most goals this term, with eighty strikes (a GpG of 3.07) and letting in only twenty-four goals, the second-best record in the division this term. I saw them back on the opening day where they comfortably defeated Enfield though the best thing I recall about that day was the good atmosphere at the club, not forgetting the intriguing ‘Tennis Ball Challenge’ game which is a rather unique half-time spot of entertainment. I saw them again in October where they had to play well to win at Takeley. Forward Solomon Ofori was arguably their star player this term with eighteen league goals to his name, though I’d also mention Luke Jupp, Cameron Ferguson and Manny Hammond who also were right up there in the goal-scorers chart and for their importance to the team. I doubt I’m the only writer who hopes they remain with the league next season as they certainly played their part in it for the football they played and the good people at the club. They were the only side unbeaten at home, winning 13 of their fourteen matches at Brickfield Lane, with only Saffron Walden Town holding them to a draw in the ESL in January. Finally, who could forget the FA Cup run to the Third Qualifying Round where they lost out at National League South side Havant & Waterlooville in early October.

 

In fifth spot are Stansted, who got fifty points from their 27 matches this term. A mixed start to the campaign was swiftly nullified from the memory banks during mid-season as they achieved a new club record of twelve straight league wins which shot them up into the top six. They were in good nick towards the ‘end’ of the season as well. Having scored fifty-five goals in all this term (a GpG of 2.04) and their form at Hargrave Park was to be envied, with ten wins from their 14 matches at home. Paul Pittuck and John Watters’ side also made the last 64 of the FA Vase, and had a grand away day at Thurlow Nunn Premier high-flyers Stowmarket Town to show for it. Connor Hammond ended up their top scorer with eleven league goals, though in fairness the goals were well spread out this term. These two canny managers are known for having determined sides and that was certainly the case again this season. I saw them narrowly lose out at Walthamstow early-doors before besting Clapton in November. You wouldn’t be surprised if the Airportmen are competitive once again next season.

 

Takeley

Takeley were once again in the upper echelons of the table in sixth place, garnering forty-three points from their 24 matches, as the indecent weather in the winter heavily affected their fixtures. Interestingly, their form away from Station Road was slightly better than at home, as Marc Das’ side won seven of their 13 matches away, with only three losses. They struck 46 goals this term, whilst the familiar steely backline remained, conceding thirty-four goals (a GpG of 1.42) – the fifth-best record in the ESL. Bryn Thorpe deserves a mention for being top scorer with nine league goals (15 in all competitions) and stopper Matt Gill also racked up six clean sheets as well. When I saw them back in late October, they were beaten by the better side in Hadley and their form toward the season’s halt wasn’t super with two wins and three losses in their last eight matches though it is a testament to the reputation that Das & co have built that you can’t rule out his side from having a good season, even if they are not the most spectacular.

 

Hoddesdon TOwn

That thought remains with the next club in seventh which was filled by Hoddesdon Town, having won 41 points from their twenty-seven matches. The solid nature of the previous season was maintained, with the Lilywhites conceding 35 times (a GpG of 1.29) and notching a half-century of goals too. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs was their top goal-getter with twelve goals, prior to his departure for Isthmian North side Witham Town. Jordan Halls got six league goals as well to help cover during the latter part of the campaign. Goalkeepers Simon Dent and Aaron Bull got ten clean sheets between them as well and you would feel Simon Riddle’s side are well-placed for another top-half finish at least in 2020/21.

Redbridge are next in eighth spot, having recovered from a mid-season lull to notch thirty-eight points from their 25 games. Weather also affected the improving Oakside stadium, though the fact that they scored 57 league goals (a GpG of 2.28) says a lot for manager Micky Wetherall and his coaching staff. They also shelled 56 goals in defence which arguably held them back a bit but you also have to credit the manner of how they play. Their high-scoring draw at Sporting Bengal Utd in late September was one of my matches of the season, just for the attacking intent shown by both sides. Then in early October, they showed a more gritty side as they won at Southend Manor. Finally, a rare Friday night outing at Oakside in early November saw them just lose out to Woodford Town in another highly-competitive game. Incredibly, eight of their 12wins this came on-the-road and overall, I believe Micky will be happy enough with their campaign.

In ninth place were Woodford Town, after claiming thirty-four points from their 28 matches. Their season could ably be labelled as inconsistent though they did end up finishing well, with four wins from their last eight matches. Remaining at the Harlow Arena this term, they got six wins from their fourteen home games while having their struggles on away days, with four wins and nine losses from their fourteen matches away from home. I saw them lose out at West Essex in September before winning at Redbridge in early November. If they have a more settled squad next term, you would think they will finish higher next term, given they have some talented prospects in the young side. Finally for this part, in tenth spot are Cockfosters, another new side to the division. Ryan Wade’s team gathered thirty-four points also from their 26 matches and ended below Woodford on goals scored. Their Chalk Lane base saw them win six of their twelve matches and going forward, they are an enterprising side to watch, with Billy Healey and Ned Clarke among those impressing. I watched them narrowly defeat West Essex in late October and as some of my peers have said on radio this season, on that occasion they showed how much of a welcoming club they are and they should be congratulated for that. I also saw them make the most of a first-half blitz to win at Southend Manor in November before they ground out a win at Tower Hamlets in early December. All in all, they are a god side to watch and much like Hadley, I hope they remain in the ESL as they have added to the division this term.

 

Essex Senior League  – Goalkeepers’ Clean Sheets

(Source: essexseniorleague.co.uk)

    Club/s Clean Sheets
1 James Bransgrove Walthamstow 16
       
=2 Luke Ward Hadley 13
  Nicholas Eyre Saffron Walden Town 13
       
=4 Bradley Robinson Cockfosters 7
  Tim Pitman Hashtag Utd 7
       
       
=6 Matthew Gill Takeley 6
  Simon Dent Hoddesdon Town 6
  Alex Read Woodford Town 6
       
9 William Hunt Clapton 5
  Jack Coker West Essex 5
       
=11 Aaron Bull Hoddesdon Town 4
  Louis Hawes Hashtag Utd 4
  George Marsh Stansted 4
  Florent Gislette Redbridge 4
  Alex Jennings Enfield 4
       

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 7 Mar) [ESL 19/20 8.3.20]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my semi-regular review of this week’s Essex Senior League action on Saturday 7 March. Weather put paid to two fixtures this weekend as pitches continue to recover from the recent hefty rain.

 

Essex Senior League results – Saturday 7 March

Hadley 7 – 0  West Essex | Brickfield Lane | Att: 86

Hadley inflicted another heavy defeat on the Stags at Brickfield Lane as they continue to chase down the top three. The Bricks held a two-goal lead at half-time as Manny Hammond [35’] and a Yemi Buraimoh strike five minutes later gave them a cushion. After the break, a depleted West side were exposed as Sam Edwards got a quick-fire brace just after the hour mark, before Hammond got his second of the afternoon on 65 minutes to give Anthony Clark’s side a 5 – 0 lead with time remaining in the match. Cameron Ferguson endorsed his growing reputation with a double of his own [75’ & 85’] and complete a super day for Hadley who remain in 4th but are only ten points off leaders Saffron Walden with four matches in hand on them. West’s form is mixed right now after a fine win in midweek, they remain in 10th spot.

 

Saffron Walden Town  1 – 2  Walthamstow  | Catons Lane | Att: 302

This battle at the top of the Essex Senior saw Walthamstow emerge with what could be a priceless win at Catons Lane in front of a crowd of around 300. Connor Scully smashed ‘Stow into an 12th-minute lead and that lead held until the break. A frantic start to the second period started with a leveller for Walden as Julian Simon-Parsons made it three goals in his last two games on 48 minutes. Two minutes later though, Max Mitchell’s side re-took the lead through recent signing Tommy Fletcher and despite seeing forward Callum Ibe sin-binned late on, the gutsy East Londoners made it ten matches unbeaten and are only three points adrift of Walden with four more matches to play. Walden are vulnerable to being overtaken by ‘Stow, Hashtag and Hadley though on paper at least, have a decent recent run-in before hosting Hashtag on the final day next month.

Fellow Non-League blogger Matt North was there & here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/03/07/saffron-walden-town-1-2-walthamstow-fc-esl-19-20-07-03-20/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 2 Redbridge   | Crofters | Att: 25

Redbridge recovered from a heavy defeat in midweek to get the win at Crofters over Sawbridgeworth. Strike pair Taylor Tombides and Hassan Nalbant got the goals for the visitors who obtained their fourth win in their last seven matches to remain in eighth spot, seven points ahead of West Essex in tenth. Jake Sleet’s fourth goal of the season gave Sawbo some hope but ultimately they fell to another loss and remain marooned at the foot of the table, 13 points behind nearest rivals Enfield with eight matches to play.

 

Stansted  0 – 0  Enfield  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 52

Enfield put in an improved display to hold Stansted at Hargrave Park. The E’s had a penalty saved by home ‘keeper Jarvis Monk though the Airportmen had chances of their own before ultimately ending a draw. Stansted remain fifth at present, four points clear of Takeley while Matt Hanning’s side inch closer to the sides above them in Tower Hamlets and Southend Manor and have a game or so in hand on both.

 

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Ilford  | Mile End | Att: 20

Hamlets showed promise again but could not complete the job as they were pegged back by gritty Ilford at Mile End. Suiabo Balde put Hamlets ahead with his 15th league goal of the campaign on 65 minutes. Jeffrey Cobblah got the Foxes leveller with three minutes remaining to see Jon Fowell’s side to 30 points in 13th spot. Hamlets haven’t won in eleven games now and stay third-bottom on 22 points.

 

Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged pitches)
Hashtag Utd  P – P St Margaretsbury

Southend Manor P – P Takeley

 

Thanks for reading, they’ll be more blogs on the Essex Senior to come as we approach the run-in with seven weeks to go.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 7/Sat 8 Feb) [ESL 19/20 9.2.20]

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Written by Scott W 

Hello and welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action & one Peter Butcher Trophy tie, from Friday 7th February & Saturday 8th February.

Friday 7 January – Peter Butcher Trophy Round Two

Woodford Town 1 – 4  Clapton  | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Att: 45

Clapton continued their recent good form to advance to the next round of the Peter Butcher Trophy with victory at Woodford. Asher Modeste got a brace, which was added to by Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Abdus Salami as Julian Charles’ team got another good win. Kieran Hughes-Mason got the solitary response for Joe Gadsdon & Roy Darbo’s side though their focus will be on the league for the remainder of the season.

Saturday 8 February    –   Essex Senior

Cockfosters 0 – 0 Takeley  | Chalk Lane  | Att: 63

Takeley’s efforts to keep pace with the four were stifled by a Cockfosters who could have pinched all three points in this stalemate at Chalk Lane. Marc Das’ side remain in fifth, unbeaten in their last four matches though other results mean they are being caught by neighbours Stansted just behind them. The ‘Fosters drop to eighth after this result and despite only losing one of their last six outings, they are vulnerable to being caught up by Hoddesdon and West Essex just behind them.

 

Enfield  0 – 2  Hadley   | Woodside | Att: 77

The Bricks produced a good display to attain their second win in their last five with victory at Woodside. Goals by Emmanuel Hammond [43’] and Yemi Buraimoh on 63 minutes were enough for Anthony Clark’s side to get the points at go four points clear in fourth spot. The E’s brought in Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley on dual terms this week as they remain second-bottom.

Fellow Non-League writer Matt North was at this match and here is the link to his report: https://mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/match-report-enfield-vs-hadley-esl-19-20-08-02-20/

Hoddesdon Town  3 – 3  West Essex   | Lowfield | Att: 89

The Lilywhites were held by a youthful West Essex side that fielded four of their Under-18 side in this contest. It was the Stags who took a two-goal lead early-doors as Cameron Gray [9’] and Joel Lamb on the quarter-hour put them in a strong position. Hoddesdon, who saw forward Isaac Marfo-Jacobs depart for Isthmian North side Witham Town this week, responded through recent signing Harry Bushell on 16 minutes. Aaron Ramthor made the score level at 2 – 2 just four minutes later. Harry Andic turned the game in the hosts’ favour eight minutes before the break.

 

After weathering the storm, West did pick up a point in a terrific encounter as target-man Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe netted ten minutes from time to ensure they’ve only lost one of their last five matches as they remain tenth. Simon Riddle’s side remain a place and fur points above them in ninth.

 

Ilford  2 – 0  Southend Manor  | Cricklefield | Att: 55

The Foxes got the points to move further clear of the bottom four with victory over Manor at Cricklefield. Larry Akanbi got the opener against his former club on 25 minutes. It was another ex-Manor player who ended up sealing the contest as Jordon Fisher netted 15 minutes from time to rise up to 12th spot. Manor remain in 16th spot, just three points ahead of the bottom two.

 

St Margaretsbury  0 – 2  Redbridge   | The Rec | Att: 29

Redbridge got their second straight clean sheet in all competitions with a decent win at struggling St Margaretsbury. Hassan Nalbant put the visitors ahead on 20 minutes, to which Charlie Portway got a second goal [64’] which gave Micky Wetherall’s side the impetus to rise to seventh spot after their seventh win in their last ten league matches. St Mags’ winless stretch now sits at eleven matches as they remain 15th.

Stansted  2 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Hargrave Park | Att: 268

The Airportmen made it 11 straight league wins with a fine victory over leaders Saffron Walden Town in the Uttlesford derby. John Clarke put the hosts ahead right on half-time, before Ryan Ramsay made it two just four minutes after the restart. Substitute Nathan Scarborough halved the deficit for the Bloods with 57 minutes played though the ‘Blue Brazil’ held on for a famous win, in front of over 250 fans at Hargrave Park, which sees them reduce the gap to Takeley in fifth to three points with a game in hand. Walden’s impressive 13-match unbeaten run is over as they conceded ground to rivals Walthamstow and Hashtag Utd in the title race.

Walthamstow  4 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 57

Finally for this weekend, Walthamstow produced a professional display to outmatch Sawbridgeworth at Wadham Lodge. Lewis Francis got the ball rolling with another brace [23’ & 36’] and as ever, Dwade James also got on the score-sheet on 38 minutes for his 25th league goal this season. New signing Michael Toner added a powerful strike for the fourth goal ten minutes from time as ‘Stow got their fifth win in their last six to leapfrog Hashtag Utd into second place, just two points behind leaders Saffron Walden with two matches in hand on the Bloods. The hard run goes on for Sawbo, as they remain bottom after nine straight defeats.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 24/Sat 25 Jan) [ESL 19/20 26.1.20]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, from Friday 24th/Saturday 25th January. Thanks for reading.

Friday 24 January

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Southend Manor   | Mile End  | Att: 35

The round-up this weekend starts with a stalemate at Mile End, as Hamlets were held by relegation rivals Southend Manor. Grant Frances netted for Manor just shy of the half-hour though Hamlets restored parity before half-time through Enock  Seganile and neither side could find a winner. Hamlets remain fourth-bottom on 20 points, still a point ahead & a place ahead of Manor in 17th.

 

Woodford Town  1 – 3  Hashtag Utd   | Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 198

In front a hefty crowd at the Harlow Arena, Hashag cemented their top-three position with another treasured three points. Tom Anderson got the opener with only two minutes on the clock. Woodford showed their battling qualities by levelling things on the half-hour through Reece Antione-DaCosta’s strike. The Tags grasped back the lead just before the interval as George Smith netted his 14th league goal of the season. The match was only settled in added-time as Smith netted from the spot after rapid winger Joshua Osude was felled in the area. Jay Devereux’s side have won their last four matches and go into second spot, five points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden with three matches more to play than the Bloods. Woodford drop to 12th but showed enough to suggest that their form will improve in short order.

 

Saturday 25 January   

Enfield  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Woodside | Att: 81

This tense battle at Woodside came alive after the interval. Redbridge took the lead through a James Barlow strike on 71 minutes. Two late goals from Prince Adeyemi for the E’s and one from Taylor Tombides for the Motormen meant that Micky Wetherall’s side got the ‘W’ in his 400th match as a manager. Keep on going, Micky. Enfield’s relentless dearth of luck continues as it’s ten matches without a win as they remain second-bottom, though they do have games in hand on all the rival sides immediately above them. The Motormen rise to eighth now, only two points behind Stansted in sixth.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 1  Cockfosters   | Lowfield  | Att: 101

Cockfosters were denied a narrow win late on at Hoddesdon showed their battling qualities on-the-pitch again at Lowfield. Ned Clarke put Ryan Wade’s side ahead three minutes after the restart though it wasn’t enough to carry them to the win. Adam Bushell’s injury-time goal kept Simon Riddle’s team from defeat though they still slipped to ninth. The ‘Fosters have lost only one of their last five games and stay seventh.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 5  Clapton   | Crofters  | Att: 36

The Tons overcame a gutsy Sawbridgeworth side to claim a fourth win in their last six matches at Crofters. Jaydon Charles put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes, though they were pegged back ten minutes later as Kacper Borowicz struck for Lee Mackman’s team. Christian Londono restored the Tons’ lead on the hour though again the plucky hosts pushed for a leveller at got one, as Ethan Barton netted with 66 minutes on the watch to make it 2 – 2.

However, two goals in the ten minutes broke the home resistance as substitute Asher Modeste [68’] and Nana Boakye-Yiadom [75’] put the visitors in a strong position, and rounded out the scoring with five minutes to play through Diemar Queni to elevate themselves up to 11th, eight points clear of the bottom two and heighten Sawbo’s relegation worries at the same time. Seven straight losses for Sawbo now means that they need wins, and quickly to evade the danger-zone.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   0 – 3   Saffron Walden Town   | Mile End | Att: 54

Saffron Walden continued their irrepressible recent form with a victory over Bengal at Mile End. The hosts made it tough though Jack Isherwood put the Bloods ahead in first-half added-time. Jason Maher’s side did eventually confirm the points as a late double from one of the stars of the season in Gavin Cockman [87’ & 90’+5] made it ten wins in their last 12 matches for the Bloods, who lead by five points at the top. Bengal’s third loss in their last four sees them drop to 14th and are only three points clear of the bottom three.

 

Stansted  P – P   Hadley   |  Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

 

Takeley  3 – 2  St Margaretsbury   | Station Road  | Att: 76

Takeley celebrated their return to Station Road with a comeback win over out-of-form St Margaretsbury. Kyle Roberts put the visitors in a strong early position with a brace, first from twelve yards with six minutes played and then with an 18th-minute strike. Charncey Dash halved the arrears for the hosts, seven minutes before the break. Dash then levelled the match a 63rd minute penalty of his own to make it two for him and his team before Elliott Long got the winner, ten minutes from time to give the hosts their 13th win this term and cut the deficit to Hadley in 4th to two points. St Mags’ dry run continues as they drop to 13th.

 

West Essex  1 – 0  Ilford    | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 33

West ended a tough week with a tight win over fellow mid-table side Ilford at Mayesbrook. Michael Mignot was once again the hero for the hosts getting the only goal six minutes before half-time to elevate the Stags up to tenth in the table. The Foxes drop to 15th after an altogether frustrating afternoon for them.

Match Report: Hashtag Utd 4 – 1 Redbridge (Sat 18th Jan) [ESL 19/20 19.1.20]

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Venue: Chadfields

Attendance: 190

2019 – 20 Season: Match 52

Saturday 18th January 2020 – 3pm KO

Hashtag Utd: Yellow & Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

Hashtag overwhelm Redbridge to claim another fine win

Hashtag Utd 4 – 1 Redbridge

 

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

– Non-League & ESL Writer

 

On another weather-affected weekend in the Essex Senior, I made the trip to Chadfields to see promotion-chasing Hashtag Utd face fellow form outfit Redbridge. Jay Devereux named a very strong side with Louis Hawes in goal, a back four of Simon Peddie, Jack Martin, and centre-backs Farai Tsingano & Luke Wilson and forwards Kris Newby and the prolific George Smith. Their bench was filled with experience with Harry Honesty, Neil Richmond, Ryan Adams, Joshua Osude and goalkeeper Tim Pitman all there. Redbridge are continuing to look for a top-ten finish this term, and they named a back four of Jack Blackledge, Jordayne Henry with centre-backs being Joe Maskell and Dean Hall. Hassan Nalbant led the line with support from skipper Tom Harvey and Kurt Smith. Liam Burgess, Charles Opoku and Charleston Browne were among the options from the sidelines.

It was the Tags who did start the match on a strong footing, with leading scorer George Smith having two efforts on goal though he couldn’t beat visiting goalkeeper Florent Gislette. The chances continued to come for Jay Devereux’s side as on seven minutes a brisk strike from 25 yards from recent signing Tom Anderson fizzed wide of the target. As we approached the midway stage of the half, a peach of a cross by right-back Simon Peddie found Anderson though his header went just wide. Redbridge were dealing with balls coming into their penalty box in the air though struggled to contain the pace and purpose of the Hashtag attacks. With 26 minutes on the watch, following yet another Tags corner, winger Albert Keith’s pass fed midfielder Samraj Gill and after evading oncoming defenders, he could only blaze over the woodwork.

The Motormen gradually had some possession and did launch a few forays forward themselves, with forward Hassan Nalbant doing well to carve out a half-yard of space on the ‘ark of the D’ before curling a well-struck effort agonizingly wide of home custodian Louis Hawes’ far post, ten minutes before half-time. Nalbant also did well to ghost in at the far post though lost his footing on a heavy pitch at the crucial moment. Hashtag did deservingly take the lead with 37 minutes played as a searching long ball wasn’t dealt with by Gislette who mistimed his leap to clear and although the visitors may have felt he was impeded, the ball looped over the ‘keeper with George Smith able to strike home into an empty net from about 12 yards out.

It could’ve been better before the break for the hosts as a bullet header by Anderson was well kept out by Gislette though Smith incredibly skied the rebound over when well-placed to strike. Also before the interval, a hefty challenge meant Tags midfield stalwart Ricky Evans had to be substituted with what was revealed later to be a broken arm, we wish him well in his recovery and it ended up being his last game for the club unfortunately.

Half-Time: Hashtag Utd  1 – 0 Redbridge

Any nerves among the home fans here soon dampened as they were awarded a spot-kick two minutes after the restart, with rapid winger Joshua Osude bundled over in the box. Smith stepped up to blast home into the top corner to extend Hashtag’s lead. The visitors didn’t settle and conceded again four minutes later as the impressive Keith got in ahead of the visiting defence and Gislette and his low lob found its way into the corner, keeping ahead of a covering defender. Hashtag were in command at this point though credit to the Motormen as they pulled one goal back five minutes later as a fierce strike from 20 yards by midfielder Connor Okus beat Hawes and gave them a glimmer of hope in the match.

That ‘glimmer’ didn’t last long though as on 62 minutes, Smith again got the better of the Redbridge defence and although his first effort was well-saved by Gislette, the ball cannoned back to the Hashtag forward and the rebound flew unstoppably into the top corner of the net. As the clock wore on to the last fifteen minutes, the sheer energy expended was starting to tell on the visitors and after a full-scale brawl ensued, Redbridge skipper Tom Harvey was dismissed, along with several bookings for both sides.

Hashtag spent the last ten minutes or so of this contest looking to improve their margin of victory though Gill couldn’t get the better of Gislette when one-on-one and skewed an effort wide. Osude also found himself in on goal with only Gislette to bypass two minutes afterward, though also blasted over. The final chance of note was on the stroke of the ninety as Osude’s neat cross found debutant Kris Newby who could only fire wide for Hashtag, though overall it was a more than promising display by the hosts, who moved above Walthamstow into second spot with this win, five points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden.

Full-Time: Hashtag Utd  4 – 1 Redbridge

To summarise, the match was a tad scrappy in the first half though Hashtag still had more chances which they couldn’t quite convert. Unfortunately for the visitors, they could not withstand the pace and finishing of Hashtag in the opening salvos of the second half and it could have been a more convincing score-line as the tension ramped up in the latter stages. For the Tags, George ‘Smudger’ Smith grabbed another treble to add to an already fine campaign thus far, though full-back Simon Peddie, winger Albert Keith, tricky midfielder Samraj Gill and centre-back Farai Tsingano all had good games too. For Redbridge, striker Hassan Nalbant made his presence felt and on another day could’ve had a fine goal. Connor Okus also impressed in midfield, as did the backline who stubbornly resisted in the first period.

Finally, I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of the season. It looks undeniable that the Tags will be in the mix again for another elevation in the next few months.

 

Teams

Hashtag Utd   | Manager: Jay Devereux     | Assistant: Joe Keith

1 Louis Hawes (GK), 2 Simon Peddie, 3 Jack Martin, 4 Farai Tsingano, 5 Luke Wilson, 6 Ricky Evans (Capt) (12 Joshua Osude 43’), 7 Albert Keith (9 Ryan Adams  81’), 8 Tom Anderson, 15 Samraj Gill, 14 Kris Newby, 10 George Smith

Goal-scorers: George Smith [37’, (pen) 47’ & 62’], Albert Keith [51’]

Booked: Evans, Newby, Martin   | Subs Not Used: Honesty, Pitman (GK)

 

Redbridge    | Manager: Micky Wetherall   | Assistant: Richard Oxby

1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Jack Blackledge (12 Charles Opoku 52’), 3 Jordayne Henry, 4 Harvey Brown, 5 Joe Maskell, 6 Dean Hall, 7 Kurt Smith (16 Charleston Browne 69’), 8 Connor Okus, 9 Hassan Nalbant, 10 Tom Harvey (Capt), 11 James Barlow (14 Liam Burgess 62’)

Goal-scorers: Connor Okus [56’]

Booked: Smith, Nalbant, Maskell, Henry | Sent Off: Harvey | Subs Not Used: Tuitt, Abiola

Referee: Graham Swanton

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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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.