Match Report: Redbridge 0 – 4 Stansted (Sat 13 Apr) [ESL 13.4.19]

Essex Senior League

2018-19 Season: Match 69

Saturday 13th April 2019 – 3pm KO

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 70

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stansted: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

 

Stansted comfortably see off mis-firing Redbridge to extend Title Race

 

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

The penultimate weekend of regular action in the Essex Senior League this season took me to Oakside for this interesting battle which saw Redbridge entertain Stansted, who really needed a win here to keep the title race going into that final day’s action. The Motormen have suffered with injuries & unavailability of late and named Harvey Wright, on loan from AFC Hornchurch in goal, with Paul Preston and Daniel Gilchrist on the flanks with Daniel McCullock and Walid Chaib up front. Among the substitutes was the returning Calvin Poku and Joe Maskell.

Stansted have had a setttled squad for some time and retained Charlie Turner between the sticks, a defence of Jamie Bennett, skipper Billy Coyne and centre-backs Sam West & Jack West. Wingers Callum Ibe and Jack Mitchell were supporting forwards James Peagram and Jordan Palmer, with Carl Mullings & Ollie Bell among those on the bench.

The match got underway with both sides looking to get the breakthrough early. Former Stansted winger Paul Preston got in on goal in the first minute though blazed over the woodwork. Minutes afterward, ‘Blue Brazil’ winger Jack MItchell sent a good ball in from the right, though the home backline intercepted with forward James Peagram lurking to fire home from close range. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock as after 11 minutes, Peagram played in Mitchell who expertly lobbed Wright to send the ball nestling into the net.

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Stansted managers Benterman & Pittuck look on as match gets underway 

The visitors were finding space in between the Redbridge defence and midfield and spurned a few more chances as from Billy Coyne’s free-kick, Peagram nodded wide before just past the half-hour, a fizzing cross into the area by midfielder Charlie Barlow was connected with well by Peagram though stopper Harvey Wright did well to parry away from danger. At the other end, a rare fumble by Stansted custodian Charlie Turner led to Preston picking the ball up though with only Turner to beat, he skewed his shot wide of goal.

Redbridge were showing promise in their passing without really creating the chances they needed, with support forward Walid Chaib showing good trickery and energy in trying to orchestrate attacks along with deep-lying playmaker Liam Burgess pinging balls forward. The Airportmen finished the half strongly as Mitchell made a surging run down the right flank before sending in a telling cross with Peagram’s good header well-denied by Wright. Four minutes before half-time,  the visitors’ lead was doubled as a winger Callum Ibe’s cross was headed home by centre-back Jack West. In fairness, it was a lead the visitors deserved and showed the gulf in terms of finishing as well.

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Half-time: Redbridge  0 – 2  Stansted

After the break, the tempo of the match fizzled out a little in the early stages. Mitchell again showed his energetic nature with home full-back Billy Willis doing well to deny him a chance from a narrow angle. Midway through the half, Willis did well to smash an effort against the woodwork from just outside the box which substitute Calvin Poku had to react quickly to though could only head wide. Fellow forward Daniel Gilchrist was limited to half-chances from mid-range really as he and Preston were both growing frustrated.

The hosts had a further setback as just before the hour, centre-back Daniel Smith was dismissed for two bookings, the second of which for denying Ibe a run at goal and this did affect the hosts, particularly going forward.

Stansted, buoyed on by their travelling ‘Blue Army’ which added a welcome atmosphere to proceedings, could’ve put the match beyond doubt though after Ibe had nicked the ball off midfielder Charleston Browne, he struck wide before anchor midfielder Paul Clayton was twice denied by Wright, who enhanced his standing with a good display here. It was promotion-chasing Stansted who sealed a good win with two late goals. On 83 minutes, Clayton slotted home well before in added-time, Jack West got his second of the afternoon with a tap-in following a super curling cross in to the back-post.

 

Full-Time: Redbridge  0 – 4  Stansted

In summary, The Airportmen will be happy to have won this game quite conclusively. But for some alert and classy goalkeeping by loanee Harvey Wright for the hosts, the margin could have been more. Redbridge did well going forward though looked somewhat sluggish defensively at times, with Walid Chaib doing well in the #10 role with his dribbling, quick-thinking and pace. Wright also impressed, as did tricky winger Paul Preston, against his old club. For Stansted, Jack Mitchell was a constant threat on the right flank, with Callum Ibe predictably having another strong match, as did energetic centre-back Jack West and experienced forward James Peagram, who can count himself unfortunate that he didn’t get on the score-sheet here.

Finally, my thanks to Redbridge for their kind hospitality, Adam Silver for assistance with team-sheets and to ESL President Rob Errington.

Teams:

Redbridge  |    Manager: Micky Wetherall

Harvey Wright (GK), Billy Willis, Jon Watson, Daniel Smith, Dean Hall, Liam Burgess (Capt), Charleston Browne (Quincy Egbejale 83′), Paul Preston, Daniel McCullock (Calvin Poku 57′), Walid Chaib (Joe Maskell 67′), Daniel Gilchrist

Sent Off: Smith (Two Bookings)  |   Subs Not Used: Adesanya

Stansted    |  Joint-Manager: Paul Pittuck & Marc Brenterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne, Sam West, Jack West, Paul Clayton, Callum Ibe, Charlie Barlow, James Peagram (Carl Mullings 74′), Jordan Palmer (Ollie Bell 63′), Jack Mitchell (James Turvey 76′)

Goal-scorers: Jack MItchell [11′], Jack West [41′ & 90’+1], Paul Clayton [83′]

Booked: None        |  Sub Not Used: Norris, Brown

 

Referee: Eugene Robinson
Assistant Referees: Eddie Andrews & Cameron Scorer

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Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 6 Apr) [ESL 7.4.19]

The Gazi's (Imrul + Raul) Image - Andy W (SM v SB 6.4.19)
The Gazi’s, Imrul & Raul playing in same back four for Bengal v Manor this weekend

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] | Thanks to @Wilkins_media for photo

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up, here on my blog. More important points were won throughout the division, how did your side get on? Thanks for reading. The last league round-up of the season will be on Sunday/Monday April 28/29.

Sat 6 April

Clapton  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town | Old Spotted Dog | Att:

The Tons battled to another home draw, this time against stubborn Hoddesdon. In-form Giovanni Palmer struck for Jon Fowell’s team while Connor Bolton netted for the Lilywhites, who drop one to tenth after this result. Clapton drop to 12th. Both sides haven’t won in their last three league matches now.

 

Ilford  3 – 1  Stanway Rovers   | Cricklefield  | Att: 64

The Foxes came from behind to beat inconsistent Stanway at Cricklefield. A peach of a strike from Tyler Kemp on 14 minutes put Rovers ahead, though Alejandro Seoane-Barber restored parity for Martin Haywood’s side three minutes later. Lamarr Douglas put the home side ahead from the spot on 67 before Callum Maltese’s free-kick eight minutes later sealed a third straight win for Ilf which takes them up to 9th. Stanway stay 15th.

 

Redbridge  1 – 0   Leyton Athletic   |  Oakside   | Att: 48

The Motormen got the points after this tense win over strugglers Leyton at Oakside. Daniel McCullock got the only goal 19 minutes from time to end a three-match losing run and rise to the heady heights of 11th in the table, four points off the top-ten. Ath’s fourth straight loss keeps them two points off Barkingside though Morgan Le Force’s side have two home matches left, they are against Takeley and Stansted respectively. They’ll need to win at least one of those to avert finishing bottom.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 3  Tower Hamlets     | Crofters  | Att: 21

These two bottom-four sides faced off for the fifth time this season and once again, Hamlets prevailed. A brace from Ijhal Currie-Wilson and one from Georgio Exakoidis were enough to give Hamlets their 11th win this term and move above Sawbo in the standings.

 

Southend Manor   3 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd   | Southchurch Park | Att: 65

Manor defeated Bengal in a match that will go down as one for the Non-League statisticians out there. Manager Imrul Gazi had to be drafted in as an emergency centre-back, playing alongside his son Raul at full-back in what is a rare occurrence in the Non-League game. Three goals in a devastating 15-minute spell did the damage for Manor, as William Purdy opened his side’s account on the hour. Harry Rogers [73’] and recent talisman Michael Ogboin [75’] also struck to confirm the points. Ashaan Siddik got a superb consolation for Sporting, though their focus now turns to their Peter Butcher Trophy Semi-Final at Aveley Reserves in midweek. Manor remain 16th as their fine form continues.

 

Stansted  2 – 1  Woodford Town | Hargrave Park  | Att: 88 | ‘Kick It Out’ Match

Stansted recovered from an early setback to keep the title race alive in this designated ‘Kick It Out’ match at Hargrave Park. Asher Modeste gave a depleted Town the lead twenty minutes in, though Sam West levelled ten minutes later for the hosts. Rob Norris’ pile-driver midway through the second half secured the win , Stansted’s 25th of the campaign. They remain two points shy of Hullbridge in 2nd. Woodford will finish in 6th spot in what’s been a fine season for the Towners.

 

Takeley  8  – 1  Barkingside   | Station Road | Att: 64

Takeley really ‘turned on the style’ as they demolished ‘Side 8 – 1 at Station Road. Playing in a more forward role, Bryn Thorpe started proceedings with his first of the afternoon after only four minutes. Andre Humphrey made it two twenty minutes in though David Ottley struck four minutes later for the visitors so at the break, Alex Goldstone’s side may have thought they had a shot at a result. That hope was utterly extinguished after the break as Thorpe got his second three minutes after the re-start, swiftly followed a minute later by substitute Dan Hawkes to make it 4 – 1 to the hosts. ‘Side had Ricardo Bailey dismissed and succumbed in the latter stages to a damaging defeat with Thorpe bagging his hat-trick with 15 minutes left. Fellow substitute Ryan Lynch bagged a late brace [85’ & 90’] either side of Thorpe’s fourth of the afternoon to claim a huge win for Marc Das’ side which secured 5th place for them this term.

‘Side’s goal difference took a hammering here, and it is now only two goals better than Leyton, though they remain two points above their rivals.

Walthamstow  4  – 0  St Margaretsbury    |Wadham Lodge | Att: 81

‘Stow ended their season at Wadham Lodge with another good performance in a strong win over ‘Bury. Dwade James put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time before Kieran Bishop’s goal [67’] and a Nick Symons’ thunder-bolt seven minutes later sealed the win. Tage Kennedy put further gloss on the result though despite the win, results elsewhere dictated that Ryan Maxwell’s team are out of the title reckoning. A great season nonetheless for the ‘Waltham Rabble’ to savour this term and a win in their last match will secure third spot. St Margs are probably focusing their energy on the GBT Final in two weeks’ time and stay 8th after a fourth straight loss.

 

West Essex    0 – 2  Hullbridge Sports    |  Mayesbrook Park | Att: 53

Hullbridge had to overcome a feisty battle with the improving Stags at Mayesbrook to grab another hugely important three points. After an own goal had put them ahead on 27 minutes, Yemi Adelani underlined the importance of having goal-scorers in your side with the second on 66 minutes. Only one loss in their last ten puts ‘Bridge in the ‘box seat’ for promotion and if they better rivals Stansted’s result next weekend that could be enough to ‘seal the deal’ with regards to the title. West’s first loss in four league matches sees them drop to 13th, six points away from a top-ten spot.

Match Report: West Essex 2 – 0 Redbridge (Sat 23 Mar) [ESL 23.3.19]

Essex Senior League

2018-19 Season: Match 61

Saturday 23rd March 2019 – 3pm KO

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 43

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Shorts

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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Mayesbroook Park pitch pre-match

 

Stags’ defensive strength assists in valuable win over Redbridge

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

This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me back to Mayesbrook Park where West Essex welcomed in-form Redbridge. The hosts welcomed back talisman Michael Mignot into the starting XI here, alongside the lively Symeon Taylor and Samraj Gill in attack with Jack Coker resuming between the sticks, debutant James Jewers in midfield and Sanchez Hardy skippering the side. Tom MacLeod, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and Cameron Gray were among a strong Stags bench. Redbridge came into this one in fine form though were missing important players in Connor Okus, Kai Heather and Jon Watson here though still named a front three of Daniel Gilchrist, Petrit Elbi and Taylor Tombides, with Paul Preston just behind them and Rhys Hughes between the sticks. New signing Walid Chaib was on the bench.

Early doors, it was the visitors who gradually asserted themselves in terms of possession and with fourteen minutes gone, Motormen forward Petrit Elbi lofted drive was tipped over the crossbar by West ‘keeper Jack Coker. A good one-two followed at the other end with tricky forward Samraj Gill feeding the ball back to fellow attacker Michael Mignot before Mignot skewed his effort wide. Mignot was predictably giving the visiting defence a hard afternoon with his pace and strength,  his knock-down was blazed over by strike partner Symeon Taylor on 26 minutes.

West were finding the odd pocket of space in front of the visiting backline and just shy of the half-hour, West creative midfielder Callum Bloss’ telling through ball found Mignot though he fizzed his shot wide in the sand-assisted penalty area from ten yards out. For Micky Wetherall’s team, they had enough of the ball though were finding it hard to create the clear-cut chances they needed. Ten minutes before the break, skipper Liam Burgess fired a free-kick in to the back-post but there was ‘nobody home’ at the back-post on that occasion.

In terms of chances, the game wasn’t dull as they continued to be traded around. Elbi fired over once again for the visitors, before Mignot broke through the Motormen defence though his drive was denied well by visiting stopper Rhys Hughes. With half-time approaching, Redbridge forward Daniel Gilchrist made a good run into the box though was stopped by a good interception by West full-back Emanuel Wazola. Moments later, patient build-up play around the 18-yard box eventually found Gill who let fly with a sumptious curling drive, above the reach of Hughes and into the top corner for a fine home opening goal.

Half-Time: West Essex  1 – 0  Redbridge

The visitors started the second half well as strong midfielder Charleston Browne played in full-back Billy Willis though Stags captain Sanchez Hardy cut out the ensuing cross from the right. On the other side of the pitch, stand-in full-back Daniel McCullock made a fine run down the left though Elbi again couldn’t find a way past Coker. Minutes later, Hughes did well again to deny Taylor, this time one-on-one. Midway through the second half though, Taylor made a surging run into the box, got his shot away which was dribbling wide though Mignot was on-hand to guide the ball into the roof of the net.

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West set-piece curator Joe Lefley about to strike a free-kick

Redbridge continued to push for a way back into the contest, though Gilchrist’s powerful effort was well-parried away by Coker. In fairness, the Stags’ backline was in a miserly mood, making all manner of headers away and timely interceptions to frustrate the opposition. On a rare occasion where Gilchrist found a little space in the penalty area, he miscued a good chance wide of the far post with only Coker to beat. West were continuing to look dangerous on the counter, as after Bloss had chipped just over the woodwork, substitute Cameron Gray flicked on fellow sub Tom Woodbridge’s pass to Mignot who fired wide. With minutes left on the clock, Elbi’s frustrating afternoon continued as his drive was well-parried again by Coker, out for a corner.

West did manage to complete a rare clean sheet here which is a testament to their determined attitude today and they deserved their victory as well, showing their usual attractive brand of attacking football to good effect. Redbridge will be disappointed that they couldn’t be more clinical in front of goal as they did well in terms of ball retention in phases during the match.

Full-Time: West Essex  2 – 0  Redbridge

In summary, in my view the front three of Taylor, Gill and Mignot all had good games for West as they each provided a threat and an option for their team. The back five also deserve a mention, as they really ‘stood up to be counted’ in terms of their defensive display. For Redbridge, Petrit Elbi kept going despite not getting on the score-sheet, as did Dan Gilchrist though I also have to mention stand-in full-back Daniel McCullock who usually plays further forward, he did well in an unfamilar role at left-back, giving his side pace and energy down that side.

Finally, I’d like to thank West Essex for their welcome today, what with Barking’s plans for a 3G pitch next season, they may well benefit from being tenants playing here then.

 

If you’d like to watch video highlights of this match, check out WD Sportz footage here: https://youtu.be/O3T1dGghIlY (first match in the episode)

Teams

West Essex   | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Wazola, Sanchez Hardy (Capt), Josh French, Nick Walk, James Jewers (Tom Woodbridge 67′), Callum Bloss, Joe Lefley (Cameron Gray 75′), Samraj Gill (Tom MacLeod 79′), Symeon Taylor, Michael Mignot

Goal-scorers: Samraj Gill [45′ +2], Michael Mignot [66′]

Subs Not Used: Bromfield, Ogedi-Uzokwe |  Booked: Walk, Wazola

Redbridge   |   Manager: Micky Wetherall

Rhys Hughes (GK), Billy Willis (Ezekiel Adesanya 82′), Daniel McCullock (Quincy Egbejale 82′), Daniel Smith, Dean Hall, Liam Burgess (Capt), Charleston Browne, Paul Preston, Daniel Gilchrist, Petrit Elbi, Taylor Tombides (Walid Chaib 46′)

Booked: McCullock, Smith, Burgess, Hall    |  Subs Not Used: None

Ref: Remi Opolade

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 2 Mar) [ESL 3.3.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up, looking at this weekend’s action on Saturday 2nd March, hopefully this piece won’t bring on any more daft jibes.

Saturday 2nd March

Clapton   3 – 1    West Essex    | Old Spotted Dog | Att: 42

The Tons produced another strong home display to overpower West Essex. Strikes by Bryan Kyungu [17’], Valentine Iheanyiogu five minutes before the break and a third from Giovanni Palmer with 15 minutes to play secured the hosts’ third win in their last five matches to send them up to 11th. West got one back through Michael Mignot though they sit in 14th spot.

Ilford  2 – 1  Barkingside  | Cricklefield ‘derby’  | Att: 38

Ilford ended up getting the victory here to rise to tenth spot though the score-line doesn’t tell the whole story as my report here will say: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/03/02/match-report-ilford-2-1-barkingside-sat-2-mar-esl/

Redbridge  4 – 1   Sawbridgeworth Town   | Oakside  | Att: 42

The Motormen powered to another good home success, this time over Sawbridgeworth. The damage was done before the break really as Taylor Tombides opened the scoring on 23 minutes for Micky Wetherall’s team. Connor Okus [30’] and full-back Billy Willis [43’] strikes gave the hosts a comfortable advantage. Tombides got a second just four minutes after the re-start to secure a good day for Redbridge though they couldn’t hold on to a clean sheet because Louie Kenny’s 90th minute goal gave Sawbo a little to savour on a long day for them. Redbridge’s 9th win this season takes them a point shy of Sawbo in the standings, while Town suffered fourth straight league loss here.

Southend Manor  2 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Southchurch Park | Att: 52

Manor’s early blitz gave them a great platform to secure a big win for them as they seek to cut the bottom two adrift. Early goals from Kye Jude on four minutes and Grant Frances two minutes later set Adam’s Peek side on their way to a first win in 11 league matches. Leyton could not respond as their own winless run extends to 20 matches now and only above the bottom on goals scored.

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports | Mile End  | Att: 40

Hullbridge will feel the result was better than their performance as a added-time Perry Dunn header granted them the win over a spirited Bengal side at Mile End. Nevertheless this extended the ‘Bridge boys unbeaten stretch to six matches as they remain 2nd, only a point behind leaders Stansted, with a match in hand. Bengal’s third straight match without a win sees them remain eighth.

Stanway Rovers   0 – 5   St Margaretsbury  | Hawthorns  | Att: 49

St Margaretsbury roared to an impressive 5 – 0 win at the Hawthorns. Loanee Lanre Balogun continued his scoring run with the opener on 14 minutes though talisman Charncey Dash doubled that advantage on 36 minutes though Ollie Sharman made it three four minutes before the interval as Max Mitchell’s side continued their recent fine form. Prince Madu [49’] and Dash’s second of the afternoon with 18 minutes remaining added more polish to St Margs’ third straight win to send them sixth. Stanway fall to 13th.

 

Takeley  4 – 0  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road  | Att: 266

Takeley stunned the Bloods with arguably their performance of the season with front of a hefty crowd at Station Road. Three goals in the first half-hour saw to Marc Das’ side to a position from which Walden couldn’t recover from. First, Michael Castle struck after just five minutes before Coby Miles [15’] and Josh Sykes [25’] gave the hosts a dominant lead. Freddie Burrell struck on the hour to seal a memorable day for the hosts and send them back above Walden to third spot. The Bloods’ second defeat in their last eight sees them six points off top spot.

Walthamstow  1 – 0  Tower Hamlets   | Wadham Lodge Stadium | Att: 42

Hamlets gave one of the front-runners a tough afternoon for the second weekend running as ‘Stow battled to a narrow win at Wadham Lodge. Dwade James was the man to be counted again as his 86th-minute penalty separated the sides. Walthamstow remain fifth after their fourth win in their last five matches. Hamlets remain 17th though they are five points behind Redbridge immediately above them.

Woodford Town  3 – 3  Enfield   | Harlow Arena ‘derby’ | Att: 57

Woodford were denied another victory by as Enfield retained their recent spirit in an entertaining draw in the Harlow Arena ‘derby’. Josh Steele, Jordan Sanderson and Asher Modeste all found the net for Dee Safer’s side though Jimmy Cox’s fine hat-trick continued both his goal-scoring run and Enfield’s recent unbeaten stretch. Woodford drop to seventh while the E’s rise to 12th.

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 22/Sat 23 Feb) [ESL 24.2.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and another of my round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s matches in the Essex Senior League as big tussles happened that both ends of the standings. Thanks for reading.

Friday 22nd February

Woodford Town  0 – 1   Hoddesdon Town    |  Venue: Harlow Arena  | Att: 170

This contest was only settled right at the death after Hoddy had earlier missed a spot-kick. Oliver Gnandi’s stoppage-time goal secured all three points for Simon Riddle’s side, only their second win in their last seven matches. After the weekend’s action, Woodford remain 6th though have Sporting Bengal and St Margaretsbury right behind them in the table. Hoddesdon remain 9th.
Saturday 23rd Feb

Clapton   2 – 1    Barkingside    | Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 35

The Tons handed ‘Side a damaging defeat in this local derby at the Old Spotted Dog. Dan Jones struck from the penalty spot for the visitors though strikes by the in-form Giovanni Palmer and ex-‘Side player Andy Greenslade saw Jon Fowell’s side to the win which sees them rise one place to 14th. Alex Goldstone’s side drop back to the foot of the table after their third straight league defeat.

Hullbridge Sports   3 – 1     Takeley   | Venue: Lower Road  | Att: 204

I attended this big top-four clash as Hullbridge defeated Takeley on ‘Sponsor’s Day’, in front of Hullbridge’s largest crowd for some time. My report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/match-report-hullbridge-sports-3-1-takeley-sat-23-feb-esl/

Ilford   2 – 3    St Margaretsbury   | Venue: Cricklefield   | Att: 45

In-form St Margs resisted a late comeback from the gutsy Foxes to claim their fifth win in their last eight league matches. They made a blistering start as Dagenham & Redbridge loanee Lanre Balogun opened the scoring on seven minutes. Debutant Wilson Ferreira doubled that lead for ‘Bury eight minutes before half-time. Ilford regrouped at the break before halving their arrears thanks to Musa Manneh’s 47th-minute goal. Daniel Ungudi restored the two-goal cushion for Max Mitchell’s side on 62 minutes though Ilf had the last say as Lauric Diakiesse struck two minutes from time.

Ilford are in 12th spot, one of a clutch of teams in a congested mid-table while St Margs stay 8th, though are only a point off the top six.

Leyton Athletic    0 – 0    Enfield   | Wadham Lodge Stadium   | Att: 20

Leyton battled to claim a very rare clean sheet against Enfield at Wadham Lodge. This might be an important point come April’s end in Ath’s relegation battle as they go back above Barkingside to second-bottom by virtue of slightly better goal difference as Enfield also extended their unbeaten run to five matches. The E’s stay 11th.

Redbridge   4 – 1    Southend Manor   | Oakside  | Att: 52

The Motormen powered an important victory over struggling Manor at Oakside. Taylor Tombides opened the scoring 12 minutes in and they went into the break two goals ahead as Daniel Gilchrist scored five minutes before the interval. Manor got back into the contest two minutes after the break through Dylan Jones’ strike. Two goals in eight minutes did the damage though for the home side as Tombides [70’] and Gilchrist [78’] both got their braces to push Micky Wetherall’s side 15 points clear of the bottom two. Manor’s sixth loss in their last nine sees them remain 18th, seven points clear of the bottom two.

Sawbridgeworth Town   0 – 2   Walthamstow  | Crofters  | Att: 50

‘Stow safely navigated this test at Crofters. Dwade James struck from the spot to continue his fine goal-scoring season and thanks to an unfortunate own goal, they extend their unbeaten stretch to four matches and can leapfrog Takeley in 4th if they win their match in hand. Sawbo’s season is rather petering out with only one win in their last seven matches now, dropping to 15th.

Stanway Rovers  2 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hawthorns  | Att: 51

An entertaining match saw these two top-half sides cancel each other out at the Hawthorns. The visitors were the brighter side in the early stages and went two goals up in the opening quarter-hour. Firstly, they broke the deadlock thanks to Reside Coxi-Sebastiao’s penalty on four minutes for his fifth goal in his last three matches. Jason Ngandu made it two on that 15 minute mark. However, Terry Sillane’s side are made of strong stuff these days and halved that deficit eight minutes later through Scott Kemp’s goal. Rovers also have a knack of scoring late goals and that showed itself again as Tyler Kemp [78’] struck to ensure the spoils were shared. Stanway remain 10th on goals scored. Sporting retain 7th spot on goal difference, ahead of in-form St Margaretsbury.

Tower Hamlets    0 – 1   Saffron Walden Town  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 25

Walden ground out the three points as they secured their sixth win in their last seven league matches over ten-man Hamlets. Lewis Francis got the only goal on 23 minutes though Hamlets showed their recent spirit in abundance, even if their discipline deserted them as Tola Odedoyin was dismissed. AJ Ashinike’s side saw their three-match unbeaten run end here as they remain fourth-bottom. Walden sit 3rd and Hamlets remain 17th.

West Essex     0 – 1   Stansted   | Mayesbrook Park   | Att: 32

The Airportmen were stifled by the plucky Stags until a super substitution brought about the only goal of the game. Jack Mitchell was that substitute, and his strike on 61 minutes was ultimately enough to accrue another three points for Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side to keep their lead over rivals Hullbridge at four points, having played two more games. West drop to 13th as their struggles at Mayesbrook continue this term.

That’s all for this week, don’t forget to tune in this Thursday when Peter & Scott take the reins on the Grassroots Football Show on ELR.

Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 2 Enfield (Tues 19 Feb) [ESL 20.2.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 51

Tuesday 19th February 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Enfield: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

 

Enfield deny Redbridge a morale-boosting win with dramatic leveller at Oakside

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photo by Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

The middle of the midweek action saw us travel to Oakside for another fascinating battle between two sides who have shown ‘shoots of recovery’ recently in Redbridge and Enfield. The hosts have made a number of new signings of late and fielded Michael Gooch between the sticks with winger Kai Heather and Paul Peston supporting a front two of Daniel Gilchrist and Taylor Tombides, with experienced pair Connor Okus and Petrit Elbi on the bench. Enfield also named a strong side with Joe Johnson, Stephen Ellery and skipper Ben Bradbury in midfield with support forward Ernold Haxhiu and Jimmy Cox in attack.

The match certain began as it meant to go on with both sides dukeing it out in an open, attacking way with winger Kai Heather and proflic forward Daniel Gilchrist both having early sighters of goal that failed to duly stress E’s custodian Jamie Merralls. Enfield’s defence has shown a renewed sense of determination of late as this was centre-back Jacob Dixon was in the right place at the right time to deny Gilchrist’s ball that was heading for the back stick. Enfield did have the odd foray forward and most of it was set up through creative midfielder Ben Bradbury though the home defence was certainly alert to the danger. Forward Jimmy Cox and midfielder Stephen Ellery had efforts which kept home stopper Michael Gooch honest though lacked power.

Redbridge responded in the last ten minutes or so of the half as a super deep cross in from full-back Jon Watson was well punched out by Merralls before fellow full-back Billy Willis inadvertently denied his side the opener as he got the final touch, tapping home whilst in an off-side position. As is so often the case, that moment was a flash point as with five minutes to go until the break, Ernold Haxhiu had the freedom of the penalty area to round Gooch twice before unselfishly finding Cox who blasted home from close range. The hosts hit back at the other end though Gilchrist fired over before Heather’s free-kick was parried well by Merralls and centre-back Joe Maskell then blazed over.

Half-Time: Redbridge  0 – 1  Enfield

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Midfield battle… (Image: Peter D)

Moments after the re-start, hesitant defending from the hosts nearly resulted in an OG. As it happened, the Motormen levelled two minutes into the half as Tombides’ well-directed header across into the far corner evaded Merralls’ grasp. Near the hour mark, a surging run by Tombides ended by neatly playing in strike partner Gilchrist though Merralls again did well to deny the former May & Baker man. Moments later, substitute Mark Frostick fired over the woodwork from a Bradbury corner and it was the visitors turn to suffer the consequences. With 63 minutes on the watch, Gilchrist cooly slotted low into the corner of the net to give Micky Wetherall’s men the impetus they so wanted.

The hosts piled forward seeking to ‘create daylight’ and secure the points though a combination of resolute defending and wasteful finishing meant they didn’t get the resounding lead they could’ve had at that point. E’s centre-back Lleweyn-Reid made two vital interceptions as well as substitutes Petrit Elbi and Connor Okus and Gilchrist all having chances but failed to beat Merrells, who had a good evening in the Es goal. With minutes to go of normal time, the visitors roared back as the home nerves intensified. Full-back Josh Flynn’s clever cut-back found substitute Akwasi Marfo who fired over.

That was a signal of the drama to follow as substitute Jordan William’s low strike found the corner to break the Motormen’s resolve in added-time. Due to players of both sides suffering knocks earlier, the added-time was substantial and both sides had chances to win it. Heather blazed wide when well-placed for the home side before William headed a good opening wide with almost the last action of the game.

All in all, it was a cracker of a match for the neutral (as to report on) though it was almost one of those games that will provoke diverse opinion. Redbridge certainly had enough chances to score at least four or five here though you know the adage about “If you don’t take your chances…..” and Enfield may have had a degree of fortune in that sense though in another they still contributed to a end-to-end battle as they were lively at times on the counter.

As far as ‘stand-outs’ go, in my view at least – the front two of Tombides and Gilchrist were a handful for the Motormen with tricky winger Kai Heather and playmaker Liam Burgess also showing how important they could be in their side’s progression in the coming months. For the E’s, centre-back Komal Lleweyn-Reid had a strong game with Ben Bradbury and ‘keeper Jamie Merrells also having a good influence on the game with their respective performances.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to Redbridge for their hospitality and wish both sides well for the remainder of the season. Also, we have post-match Interviews with both managers on this week’s Grassroots Football Show on Thurs night. This match was yet another example (as if one were needed) that the division is getting tougher….

Full-Time: Redbridge 2 – 2 Enfield

Teams

Redbridge   | Manager: Micky Weatherall

Michael Gooch (GK), Jon Watson, Billy Willis, Joe Maskell, Dean Hall, Daniel Smith, Kai Heather, Liam Burgess (Capt), Daniel Gilchrist, Taylor Tombides, Paul Preston

Goal-scorers: Taylor Tombides [47′], Daniel Gilchrist [63′]

Booked: Willis, Okus | Subs Not Used: Miller, Asare

Enfield  | Manager: Matt Hanning

Jamie Merralls (GK), Josh Flynn, Tyler Fowles, Jacob Dixon, Komal Llewelyn-Reid, Joe Johnson, Amin Benyoucef (Akwasi Marfo 65′), Stephen Ellery, Jimmy Cox (Jordan William 76′), Ernold Haxhiu (Mark Frostick 56′), Ben Bradbury (Capt)

Goal-scorers: Jimmy Cox [40′], Jordan William [90′ +3]

Booked: Haxhiu, Dixon, William, Llewelyn-Reid  | Subs Not Used: Gormley, Thoma

Round-up: Essex Senior League  (Sat 18 Jan) [ESL 21.1.18]

 

Written by Scott W

Hello & welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend as ten matches took place, two of which took place on Friday night.

 

Friday 18th January 2019

 

Leyton Athletic   0 – 4    Hullbridge Sports   | Wadham Lodge Stadium |Att: 43

The action started on Friday night with Hullbridge overwhelming Leyton in the second half in a 4 – 0 victory. Ath player-boss Eli Benoit put through his own net on 49 minutes to open the opposition’s account. ‘Bridge quickly seized on that opening as talisman Luke Hornsley got in on the action with his first on 55 minutes. Emmanuel Okunja made it three [70’] before Hornsley struck again five minutes later to seal a vital win for Darren Manning’s side and stay third. Leyton long hunt for a win goes on as they stay second-bottom.

Woodford Town  2 – 2    West Essex  | the Harlow Arena | Att: 67

Woodford left it late though managed to grab a point against a spirited West Essex at the Harlow Arena. Andrea Montavani put the hosts ahead on 24 minutes though the Stags are known for playing good attacking football and could have levelled before half-time. They soon corrected that, as two minutes after the interval, Hakim Medfai continued his streak of scoring with the equaliser. Kwame Kwateng’s side went ahead on 62 minutes through Michael Mignot’s strike and it looked as if they would get the points. Not to be. Jayden Thompson-Brissett’s injury-time leveller saved the hosts’ blushes a tad as they stayed 5th, despite a fifth game on-the-bounce without a win. West have also drawn their last three and sit 14th after the weekend’s action.

 

Saturday 19th January

 

Clapton   1 – 1   Southend Manor  | Old Spotted Dog |Att: 40

The Tons had to settle for a point against Manor at ‘the Dog’. Ryan Reed’s penalty had put the hosts ahead though midway through the second period, Jayke Welch levelled for Adam Peek’s side. Manor are four games without a win now and stay fourth-bottom, nine points clear of basement side Barkingside.

Enfield   0 – 4   Walthamstow   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 59

‘Stow put the E’s to the sword after their frustrating defeat last weekend. Loan signing Correy Davidson put them ahead on 12 minutes. That lead held until half-time before a brace from Gebrai Samrai [47’ & 48’] sealed the win. Dwade James added a late fourth and in doing so went joint-top of the ESL Top Goalscorers list though his side stay 6th, eight points off the top four.

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Lowfield | Att: 81

Hoddy won this one late on at Lowfield. Jack Riddle struck with only three minutes remaining before Cyrus Babaie’s stoppage-time spot-kick ensured the hosts’ third win in their last seven to pull four points clear in ninth spot. Bengal are winless in three and stay 7th on goal difference.

Ilford   2 – 3    Redbridge   | Cricklefield |Att: 47

The Motormen got the better of the Foxes in a pulsating start to this derby at Cricklefield. Loanee Deji Adeniran broke the deadlock a mere two minutes in, though Dan Gilchrist endorsed his reputation as the new ‘go to’ man for goals for his side with the equaliser on 19 minutes. Fellow new recruit Jay Knight struck twice [45’] and in first-half stoppage-time to swing the pendulum the way of the visitors. Adeniran got his third goal in two ESL matches for the Foxes on 68 minutes but Micky Wetherall’s side held on to extend their mini-revival to three matches and opened up a five point lead in 16th over Manor in 17th. Ilford’s  sixth defeat in their last eight sees them fall to 13th.

 

St Margaretsbury   0 – 4   Saffron Walden Town  | The Recreation Ground | Att: 54

Walden got another priceless three points at the Rec to keep the heat on the top three. Charlie Portway put the Bloods after ten minutes and after the prolific Lewis Francis converted a spot-kick two minutes after the break, the visitors were in a commanding position. Two more goals rounded out the scoring with Anthony Da Silva notching on 72 minutes, before Francis got his second four minutes later. Walden got their third straight win while St Margs’ four-match winning run is over.

Stansted   2 – 2   Barkingside   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 56

‘Side so nearly broke the metranomic run of the Airportmen though the hosts got a late, late equaliser. Joe Oates got another important goal for his side on the half-hour, and after David Hornsby doubled that advantage with 12 minutes left, the visitors were dreaming of victory. Fortune didn’t go their way though as first Ollie Bell struck with four minutes of normal time to play. And then deep into stoppage-time, the Blue Brazil rescued a point from a far from outstanding display as Paul Clayton netted [90’ +7] to leave the ‘Side bench fuming. ‘Side are unbeaten in four matches now, two points shy of Leyton above them. Stansted remain top and extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Takeley   1 – 1    Sawbridgeworth Town   | Station Road | Att: 104

Takeley were denied a win by rivals Sawbo late on at Station  Road. Joe Pullen broke the stalemate with 15 minutes left though improving Sawbo restored parity as Julien Lloyd got the leveller four minutes from time to give Sawbo a point.

Tower Hamlets  2 – 3     Stanway Rovers    | Mile End | Att: 18

Finally, Hamlets lost again at Mile End and saw player-boss AJ Ashinike taken off with injury.  Ezekiel Kamara and Luke With hit the goals for the home side though strikes by Tyler Kemp, Dion O’Reilly and an injury-time winner by Scott Kemp saw Rovers to an important and much-welcomed away win.

Hamlets suffered their fourth straight loss as they are mired in the relegation scrap you feel.

 

Thank you for reading, we’ll be back next week.