S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 26 Nov) [ESL 22-23 27.11.22]

Archive Image – Halstead Tn v FC Clacton earlier this term

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

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, rounding-up the full Essex Senior League programme that took place on the weekend of Saturday 26 November. We also include the Reserve Shield action & the solitary Ressie league match in Division Two.

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Essex Senior League –  Saturday 26 November

The weekend’s action starts with an important win for Barking as they powered past Stanway Rovers 5 – 1 at Mayesbrook Park 3G. Charlie Heatley’s first hat-trick inside the first hour led the way for Charlie MacDonald’s side, while Ahmed Abdulla and George Fairhead added further pain to Danny Slatter’s team, who replied through Will Crisell’s goal. At the Terry Mac, Clapton got another big three points as they fought back to defeat Romford 4 – 3. Khyreece Smith-Reid’s fifth league goal this term plus goals from Leon Wildman, Sharn Quinn’s spot-kick & an OG enabled Ross Weare’s side to move eight points clear of bottom side Southend Manor. Romford responded through strikes from Emmanuel Ogunrinde, Adalberto Pinto and Shomari Barnwell’s goal in stoppage time but they are now five points adrift of landlords Barking in tenth.

Takeley continued their recent good form, with a 4 – 0 victory at Southend Manor. Charlie Allum and George Frodsham goals inside the first ten minutes led the way for Marc Das’ side, then Jayden Gipson & Jordan Westcott goals added more anguish for Alex O’Leary’s side. At the summit, Enfield stay at the top on goal difference after a 3 – 0 victory at managerless Saffron Walden Town. Danny Norton, Louie Johnson’s penalty & a Usman Adeniji goal sealed the points for Jamie Cureton in front of 330 spectators at Catons Lane. Redbridge are second on the same points total (36) after a gritty 1 – 0 win at West Essex. Ibrahim Kehinde got the only goal there for George Christou’s side at Wadham Lodge. FC Clacton are now five points clear in third spot after a 2 – 1 success at White Ensign. Jake Clowsley & the league’s top scorer Mekhi McKenzie got the goals for Tom Austin’s side there, while Teddy Rumsby got the goal back for Aaron Bloxham’s team.

Elsewhere, Stansted remain in sixth after a 4 – 0 win at Halstead Town. The quartet of Ashaan Siddik, George O’Connor, Michael Mignot and Andre Embalo all netted for the Airportmen to add more concern for the Humbugs, who stay 16th. Buckhurst Hill got an important victory after the loss of two big players this week, as they won 4 – 1 over Sawbridgeworth Town at Roding Lane. Jake Knight had given Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor’s side an early lead, but Ezekiel Bademosi levelled the match just before the interval before a double from Hassan Nalbant and a late goal by replacement Jake Moss sealed the win for Mark Williams’ side, who reside in eighth. Athletic Newham are ninth after a 3 – 1 victory at Ilford, with Daniel Izekor notching another double and Abdul Shobowale also on target for Chris Davis’ team. Jack Zielinski got the reply for the Foxes there. Lastly in the top-tier, Woodford Town bagged a 1 – 0 away win at Little Oakley, thanks to Wale Odedoyin’s goal to spoil new manager James Good’s first league game in charge, after the resignation of Matt Carmichael this week – I’d like to pass on my best wishes to Matt & his family at this tough time.

Now into the Reserve Shield action, Barkingside Res edged through on Friday night, defeating White Ensgn Res 2 – 1 at Lakeside Sports Ground. Junior Mandeng-Fotabeng netted for the Ensign side, but strikes by Emmanuel Banahene & Kolade Oshun secured the hosts’ progression. Woodford Town Res joined them there after a 3 – 1 victory at Athletic Newham Res. David Avram, Albert James & replacement Izac Clarke all scored for Town in that game. The other two games needed spot-kicks to determine the victor and Billericay Town Res drew 1 – 1 with Frenford Res, before winning 4 – 3 on penalties. Redbridge Res also drew, 2 – 2 with West Essex Development but it was the Stags side who won 3 – 1 on penalties in that one.

Finally, there’s one result in Ressie League Division Two, which saw Barking U23 go back to the summit after a thumping 7 – 0 victory at May & Baker Res.

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S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 5 Nov) [ESL 22-23 6.11.22]

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

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Essex Senior League action, looking at all ten matches that took place on the weekend of Saturday 5 November. We saw 43 goals in the ten matches.


Essex Senior Lge –  Saturday 5 November

The weekend’s action started on Friday night as Saffron Walden Town grabbed an impressive 4 – 1 victory at Halstead Town to bolster their top-five aspirations. The ensemble cast of Solomon Ofori, Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Palvy Manduakila and Stanley Leech all netted a goal each to render Jordan Blackwell’s goal for Halstead as mere consolation, in front of 425 spectators at Rosemary Lane. Also, Ilford got an decent 1 – 0 victory at Romford, with Paul Cox the scorer there for Richard Ponsford’s team who are 15th after the weekend’s action. Finally on Friday night, Woodford Town handed Clapton another loss as Town won 4 – 0, with Jaedon Phillips’ early double being added to by Luke Parrott & substitute Dimi Christou to keep the Tons second bottom.


On Saturday, Enfield remain five points clear at the summit with a comprehensive 6 – 0 victory over Sawbridgeworth Town at Woodside. Ibrahim Kehinde opened the scoring on 25 minutes for Jamie Curerton’s team, while Danny Norton added another two goals to reach nine leaguwe goals this term. Louie Johnson’s spot-kick, Samrai Gebrai & substitute Dwade James all added a goal each to make it 11 wins from 12 games for the E’s. Elsewhere, Redbridge are third after a 4 – 0 victory over White Ensign at Oakside. Joey May made a rare start & got the opening goal after five minutes. Bradley Bennett added another first-half goal before Solomon Ogunwomoju struck twice to secure the win. Little Oakley also got another good three points with a 3 – 2 win over Stanway Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. Harry Mann, William Crisell & Mason Ridgway-Lumley got the crucial goals for Matt Carmichael’s side to overturn strikes by Ernest Okoh and replacement Sanunur Bah Bah for Rovers.

FC Clacton got back to winning ways with an impressive 5 – 1 win at Southend Manor, in the match I attended this weekend. Mekhi McKenzie has so often been an important player for Tom Austin’s side and McKenzie showed that again with a treble, which was added to by strikes by Reuben Cowler & a penalty by Teddy Collis. Substitute Joe Darby got a late consolation for Manor but they remain bottom. My report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/11/05/s22-23-match-report-southend-manor-1-5-fc-clacton-sat-5-nov/


Meanwhile, Athletic Newham welcomed back Richard Kone from injury and he bagged a fine treble as Newham defeated West Essex 4 – 0 at the Terry Mac. Daniel Izekor got the other goal as the hosts went up to ninth spot. Buckhurst Hill made the most of an early sending off for Barking to grab a 4 – 0 win over Charlie MacDonald’s side at Roding Lane. Ezekiel Bademosi got a brace for Mark Williams’ side, with Nathan Sollosi also netting and there was a late goal for Hassan Nalbant as well. Finally, Takeley got a fine 3 – 1 victory at Stansted, with Glenn O’Hanlon and George Wappett getting first-half goals for Marc Das’ team. Ashaan Siddik got a goal back for the Airportmen before the interval. Hodje Almeida-Joaquim added a third goal to give the visitors the points which saw them rise to 11th.

That’s all for this week, thank you for reading.

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior Lge (Fri 30 Sept/Sat 1 Oct) [ESL 22/23 2.10.22]

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

Hello & welcome to the latest Essex Senior League round-up, which is part of an occasional blog series this term, in addition to the many match reports on League matches this term. This article looks at the action from the weekend of Saturday 1 October. 

Essex Senior – Saturday 1 October

We start the Saturday action with a huge win for Saffron Walden Town as they defeated Ilford 6 – 1 at Catons Lane, in front of 280 fans. Jason Hallett struck yet another hat-trick (two of them were penalties) to set Jason Maher’s side on the path to success, with Cameron Watson’s early goal allied with strikes by Craig Calver and Stanley Leech. Brandon Wood’s goal was little consolation for the Foxes as they fell to 15th spot. Walden are still outside the top half in 13th but they are only three points adrift of the top six, which shows how tight the table is at present.  

Stansted are also finding their form as they outclassed Stanway Rovers 5 – 1 at Hargrave Park. The returning Connor Hammond hit two fine free-kicks to net a brace, with Michael Mignot also scoring two for Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side here. Jack Mitchell got the other goal here, but there was no clean sheet here as substitute Ezequiel Franchi got a late reply for Danny Slatter’s team here. The Airportmen rise back up into the top, into 8th.  Meanwhile, Little Oakley got another gritty 1 – 0 win away from home, this time at former leaders West Essex. Danny Garrad’s goal midway through the second period was the decisive moment and was enough for all three points as Oakley stay in third and three points adrift of the leaders.

Elsewhere, Takeley got a big 5 – 0 win at White Ensign, with an Oliver Jenkins OG, Glenn O’Hanlon and Jordan Westcott goals setting them on their way. Late goals from Hodje Almeida-Joaquim and Lewis Deamer gave Marc Das’ side a more than comfortable triumph to send them up to 14th. The North East Essex rivalry resumed at Rush Green Bowl as FC Clacton edged to a 3 – 2 victory over Halstead Town. Jake Clowsley, Reuben Cowler and Mekhi McKenzie’s spot-kick was enough to give Tommy Austin’s side the points, despite the Humbugs threatening a comeback thanks to goals from Alfie Cleal and Jordan Blackwell. The Seasiders broke into the top five with this win. Halstead remain third from bottom, two points clear of the bottom two.   

Buckhurst Hill got the win they wanted as they won 3 – 1 at Southend Manor. Hassan Nalbant continued his superb scoring run with another double here, to which club stalwart Henry Day added a third to give Mark Williams’ side the points. Manor are in the process of a complete squad rebuild after recent events and gave the visitors a tougher game in the second half, shown by Will Atwill’s consolation goal. Buckhurst stay fourth while Manor are still without a win this term.

The big match on Friday for Redbridge saw them face second-bottom Clapton, which the Blues dominated on their way to a 6 – 0 triumph at Oakside. Substitute Tony Martin struck twice in the second half to add to first half strikes by Joe Elliott, Michael Pindy, Samraj Gill and Miles Peterkin. The Tons found it difficult to cope with the pace and passing of George Christou’s team and the hosts went top. I attended this match & if you’d like more on it, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/10/01/s22-23-match-report-redbridge-6-0-clapton-fri-30-sept-esl/ 

In the other match on Friday night, Woodford Town were denied a good win as a last minute leveller from Larry Akanbi saw them draw 2 – 2 with Sawbridgeworth Town.

Finally, in the FA Cup there was no dream ‘giant-killing’ for Romford as they gave Step 2 side Chelmsford City a tricky test before falling to a 5 – 0 loss at Mayesbrook Patrk 3G, in front of over 330 spectators. Khale Da Costa’s treble ensured Robbie Simpson’s side marched on, with Ade Oluwo’s strike on the hour plus a late Tom Blackwell goal added gloss to the score-line.

That’s all for this weekend, thank you for reading.

S22-23 Match Report: Redbridge 6 – 0 Clapton (Fri 30 Sept) [ESL 22-23 1.10.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: TBC

2022-23 Season: Match 19

Friday 30th September 2022 – 8pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Clapton: White Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks


Redbridge outclass Clapton to pick up big win at Oakside

Redbridge  6 – 0 Clapton

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

The first match of the weekend saw a welcome return to Oakside for an interesting Essex Senior League clash between second-placed Redbridge, against second-bottom Clapton. The visitors were looking to recover from a heavy loss at Buckhurst Hill last weekend in the League, whereas George Christou’s team were looking to continue their terrific start to the campaign. The Motormen have a pretty settled squad at present, but there were a few changes here. Connor Wheatley had the goalkeeper’s jersey, behind a defence comprised of Brad Bennett, Simon Bamidele and centre-back pairing Joe Elliott and Nathan Okoye. Jake Brocklebank skippered the side, with Jack Chawner alongside him in central midfield. The forward line was made up of Solomon Ogunwomoju, Miles Peterkin and Michael Pindy, with support from the creative Samraj Gill. Tayo Olukolu and Tony Martin were among the options on the bench.

Clapton fielded Alex Reed in goal, with a back four of Abel Yohannes, Ridwan Euba, Richard Kulschewski and Josh Hayward. James Walkinshaw was skipper and played in an anchor midfield role. Sharn Quinn and Daniel Enguru were also in the midfield, with Victor Ferrini, George Onwusonye and Khyreece Smith-Reid making up the forward line. The match began a little later than planned in terrible rainy conditions but we certainly got a lively start to it, and not one Ross Weare’s side would have wanted.

With barely 75 seconds on the watch, a set-piece arrowed in Samraj Gill was half-cleared to the edge of the 18-yard box, and centre-back Joe Elliott fizzed home a fine strike into the left corner, with all the poise of a centre forward. That was just the start George Christou’s team would have wanted and it got better on 13 minutes. A neat move among the rapid forward line involving Gill and forward Solomon Ogunwomoju ended with Michael Pindy being well-placed to pounce from close range after evading his marker.

Clapton did venture forward occasionally, and from a set-piece of their own, they did have a glimmer at goal. Centre-back Josh Hayward got in at the back post but could only strike wide in a crowded six-yard area. The hosts were sprinting forward with considerable purpose and the forwards were linking up well, and gave the Tons backline another nervy moment with 20 minutes gone. Forward Miles Peterkin glided past his defender well but could only fire wide of Reed’s goal frame.



Redbridge did unsurprisingly make it three-nil just short of the half-hour as another fine move ended with Pindy unselfishly playing in Gill who curled home a super finish past the unfortunate Reed into the left corner. It could have been worse for the Tons as Peterkin could’ve had a hat-trick by this point, but Hayward did well with a fine tackle to deny the forward a likely goal. That being said, Peterkin did get on the score-sheet four minutes before the interval to effectively close out the contest.

Peterkin got in behind his marker, evaded another defender and fired home without any hesitation utilising fine technique in the conditions to make it four for the hosts and you had to feel for Clapton stopper Alex Reed, who didn’t really have a chance at stopping any of the goals thus far.

Half-Time:  Redbridge 4 – 0 Clapton


Michael Pindy surging forward again in 2nd half for Redbridge

As you might have surmised, the second half did drop off a bit in terms of tempo but the continuing inclement weather was also making the pitch somewhat slippery. Clapton did more time on the ball, and midfielder Sharn Quinn did look to get the ball forward to substitute forwards Djazton Vieira Mandica & Jermaine Baptiste, as well as Victor Ferrini. Midway into the second half, winger Max Murariu did well to break down the right flank and his fine cross found Ferrini but he couldn’t get in the right position to connect his header and test home stopper Connor Wheatley.

Again, Redbridge surged up the other end and made it five on 67 minutes. Substitute Tony Martin benefitted from more good build-up play and was in the right position at the right time to slot home confidently past Reed. The Clapton goalkeeper made one of several good saves with 14 minutes left as Gill sent in another good strike, which Reed dived full-length to sprawl over and parry away well.


Ultimately though, there was another goal that came in the closing moments as Martin again got past his marker and rounded Reed before coolly sliding the ball into the net to round off a good evening’s work for George Christou’s side and perhaps also showing the task that the Tons have to gather enough points to stay out of the bottom two.

Full-Time:  Redbridge 6 – 0 Clapton

In summary, Redbridge were too strong in possession and made the most of it to score some classy goals and make this an unusually one-sided match. The Tons did have more ball time in the second half but they could only create a few half-chances which did not unduly trouble home stopper Connor Wheatley.

There were a number of great performances in this match. For Redbridge, forward Michael Pindy led the attack well and personified the difference between the sides, getting a good goal & an assist too. Creative midfielder Samraj Gill also had a really good game, with astute passing and a fine goal as well to add to his good evening’s work. Jake Brocklebank did well also in central midfield to build attacks well while forward Solomon Ogunwomoju remains an important part of the forward line for Redbridge, making several good runs down the left-side channel.

For Clapton, there were some good performances despite the scoreline. Centre-back Josh Hayward made several important clearances whilst under pressure and could have pinched a goal early on as well. Goalkeeper Alex Reed also made several good saves to keep his team in the match for longer while central midfielder Sharn Quinn also made some good forward passes and blasted a couple of decent strikes past the goal frame.

I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams:

Redbridge   |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Brad Bennett, 16 Simon Bamidele  (3 Tayo Olukolu 56′), 4 Jake Brocklebank (Capt), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 8 Jack Chawner (15 Daniel Okah 65′), 20 Samraj Gill, 7 Michael Pindy (18 Reuben Campbell 65′), 9 Miles Peterkin (11 Tony Martin 56′)  10 Solomon Ogunwomoju (19 James Barlow 80′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Elliott [1′], Michael Pindy [13′], Samraj Gill [29′], Miles Peterkin [41′], Tony Martin [67′ & 88′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Clapton  | Manager: Ross Weare   | Assistant: Jack Caten

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Alex Reed (GK), 12 Abel Yohannes (2 Clinton Shodiya 29′), 4 Josh Hayward  5 Richard Kulschewski (6 Sheldon Dight 75′), 3 Ridwan Euba, 13 James Walkinshaw (Capt), 8 Sharn Quinn, 11 Daniel Enguru (19 Djazton Vieira Mandica 46′), 9 George Onwusonye (15 Jermaine Baptiste 46′), 10 Victor Ferrini, 7 Khyreece Smith-Reid (14 Max Murariu 46′)

Booked: Vieira Mandica, Ferrini  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Adekola Adeyemi
Assistants: Olabisi Omotosho & Martin Quinn

S22-23 Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 1 Enfield (Tues 13 Sept) [ESL 22/23 14.9.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 55 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 13

Tuesday 13th September 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Enfield: Yellow & Blue Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow & Blue Socks



First half action still with Enfield pushing forward (Image by Scott W)


Redbridge forced to battle hard to ensure victory over Enfield

Redbridge 2 – 1 Enfield

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

The Non-League journey for this season re-commenced after the weekend’s shut-down with a intriguing match at Oakside between two unbeaten sides in Redbridge and Enfield in the Essex Senior League. George Christou named a strong side with George Martin the goalkeeper, with a defence of Bradley Bennett, Josh Olukolu and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and Joe Elliott. Skipper Jake Brocklebank was alongside Jack Roult and Jack Chawner in midfield. The forward line was comprised of Tony Martin, Solomon Ogunwomoju and Simon Bamidele. Enfield had the ever-present James Bransgrove in goal, with a three-man defence of Nnamdi Harold-Eagle, Tyler Corlett and Jack Grosvenor. Skipper Alex Warman was alongside Usman Adeniji and Samrai Gebrai in midfield, with Louie Johnson, Danny Norton and Adu Odukoya leading the forward line.

Before kick-off, both teams marked a fine minute’s silence in honour of the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II (see image above).

Onto the match itself, and the match got underway with increasing amounts of rain descending down, which made pitch conditions a bit tricky. Enfield started strongly as the hosts had to soak up a fair wad of pressure defensively, with forward Louie Johnson firing wide and Danny Norton also sent a header narrowly over the goal frame. Redbridge did respond and were granted a spot-kick on 13 minutes as centre-back Nathan Okoye was brought down by opposite number Jack Grosvenor, which saw the E’s defender recieve a booking. Centre forward Tony Martin stepped up and duly converted the penalty, firing home into the left-side corner, giving visiting stopper James Bransgrove little chance to save it.


That was an important goal, given that the visitors had started well. Redbridge did have more impetus going forward, but Enfield’s momentum was also building, such was the small margins already present in this match. Johnson had another decent effort at goal, while fellow forward Ayo Odukoya also testing the Motormen defence, with full-back Brad Bennett and Okoye required to make several important clearances.

It was apparent that the hosts would need to increase their lead and they did so on the half-hour in some style. Full-back Josh Olukolu made a superb, fast run down the left before sending in a great centre which tracked the run of Martin in the six-yard area and Martin timed his run perfectly and struck home confidently into the far corner. Enfield did respond well and halved the deficit five minutes later as a floated corner was headed in very well at the near post by centre-back Tyler Corlett.

Both sides poured forward to grab another goal before the interval. Redbridge had a glimmer of goal from an angled set-piece found midfielder Jake Brocklebank who sent in a header narrowly over the woodwork. At the other end, good interplay by Samrai Gebrai and Johnson ended with the latter’s strike being deflected by Elliott which allowed Martin to gather. Moments before the break, Elliott sent a decent strike not far wide of Bransgrove’s goal frame.

Half-Time: Redbridge 2 – 1 Enfield

With the inclement weather getting worse, it added to the chance of errors being made. There were several good chances as the pace of the game didn’t drop. Forward Solomon Ogunwomoju had a good chance to really push the pressure on Jamie Cureton’s side but he fired narrowly wide. The visitors went back on the offensive as Johnson set up Odukoya but the powerful forward also couldn’t find the target.



Bransgrove did well to deny Ogunwomoju’s effort when one-on-one just short of the hour as the E’s also reacted by bringing on Dwade James, Jeffrey Cobblah and Kieran Bishop before the midway point of the half. As the game became increasingly fraught, James and Bishop also had half-chances to get that telling equaliser for Enfield but it wasn’t to be.

All credit to the visitors though as they made Redbridge work hard right until the final whistle. After about four minutes of added time, referee Gavin Bailey blew for the final time and Christou’s side could at last celebrate not only maintaining their unbeaten start to the league season, but also rising to joint-top of the Essex Senior table, behind Little Oakley on goal difference only.

By contrast, Enfield have seen their winning start to the season end but there was enough on display in their performance here to show that they will be up there in the promotion reckoning come March & April 2023. Both teams put on an very good match to watch, so kudos to them for that.

Enfield look to push on in 2nd half (Image by Scott W)

Full-Time: Redbridge 2 – 1 Enfield

To sum up this battle of a match, Redbridge had to defend for large parts of the second half after grabbing the lead before the break but respect to George Christou’s team in that they relished the battle. Enfield on another day would’ve got three or four goals but ultimately had a lot to do after conceding those two goals in the first half-hour. Their midfield took time to adjust to the conditions but they showed enough as a team to suggest they will win a lot of games this season.

For this match’s stand-out performances, we start with victors Redbridge. Tony Martin led the forward line well and showed clinical finishing to dispatch the penalty and showed good positioning throughout, most tellingly to make the run to score his & his team’s second goal. Wing-back Josh Olukolu had a very good game also, making several rapid runs and putting in a superb cross from the left flank for his team’s second goal. Joe Elliott had a fine game alongside Nathan Okoye at centre-back, with skipper Jake Brocklebank putting in a tireless display in anchor midfield, making several important block tackles.

For Enfield, forward Louie Johnson was their chief threat, having several chances that were narrowly wide of goal or had to be denied as well as making several piercing runs. Centre-back Tyler Corlett took his goal well and was a big physical presence in the E’s backline. Samrai Gebrai had a decent game as well down the left side and showed good understanding with Johnson. Lastly, captain Alex Warman grew into the game well and contributed to his team’s forward moves.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Redbridge | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 13 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Joshua Olukolu (19 James Barlow 85′), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 4 Jake Brocklebank (Capt), 7 Jack Roult, 8 Jack Chawner, 9 Tony Martin (14 Miles Peterkin 75′), 10 Solomon Ogunwomoju (11 Loui Hazlewood 89′), 18 Simon Bamidele (12 Reuben Campbell 66′)

Goal-scorers: Tony Martin [pen 13′ & 30′]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Gill


Enfield  | Manager: Jamie Cureton  | Assistant: Jim Duggan

Starting XI (Subs): 1 James Bransgrove (GK), 21 Tyler Corlett, 5 Nnamdi Harold-Eagle (7 Kieran
Bishop 67′), 6 Jack Grosvenor, 4 Alex Warman (Capt), 16 Usman Adeniji, 23 Danny Norton, 11 Samrai Gebrai, 18 Gavin Cockman (20 Jeffrey Cobblah 61′), 10 Louie Johnson, 19 Ayo Odukoya (27 Dwade James 58′)

Goal-scorer: Tyler Corlett [35′]

Booked: Grosvenor  | Subs Not Used: Cousins, J Johnson


Referee: Gavin Bailey
Assistants: Kadir Nazif & Davide Scaraggi

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 13 Aug) [ESL 22/23 14.8.22]

Archive Image from Ensign v Little Oakley on 30 July [Image by Scott W]

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

Hello & welcome to the first of an occasional blog series this term looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this season. This weekend was the second round of matches for all clubs , with some important victories for clubs at either end of the very early standings.

Essex Senior League –  Saturday 13 August

We begin this week with a superb result for West Essex as they impressively defeated Buckhurst Hill 6 – 1 at Wadham Lodge. A crowd of nearly 100 saw braces for Cameron Gray and Callum Bloss for the Stags, with David Bell and replacement Marlon Ortiz also adding to Buckhurst’s pain here. Max Nicholson got their only goal here but it perhaps is a reminder that Buckhurst are going to have ‘bad days’ this term. Enfield maintained their new season form, scoring another three goals in a 3 – 1 triumph at Clapton. Louie Johnson’s treble took his League goal tally to five already this term, while Kyreece Smith-Reid got a consolation for Ross Weare’s side.

Meanwhile, White Ensign got their first League win in some style with a nerve-jangling 5 – 4 victory at Ilford. Charlie Portway’s double plus strikes by Billy Bonham-Dare, Ethan Evison and Callum Morris’ late, late winner secured a precious three points for Aaron Bloxham’s side. Joe Lilly’s early penalty put the Foxes back into the game but even goals from Mitchell Mccabe, Harry Rawlins and Caleb Adomoko-Mensah could got give Richard Ponsford’s side a point. Stanway Rovers also got a good 2 – 0 win over Saffron Walden Town at the Hawthorns. Jordan Barnett and Ashley Colcough got the goals for Danny Slatter’s team, in front of eighty-five spectators.

Also on the winning trail this weekend was Redbridge as they edged to a 3 – 2 success at Romford. Tayo Olukolu and Solomon Ogunwomoju got the first goals for George Christou’s team, with George Cox and OG levelling things up. Miles Peterkin’s late goal sealed the points to make it two wins from two in the League. Woodford Town got a good 2 – 1 win at Takeley, with Ridwan Hussein and Georges Kebi both netting for Shane Baptiste’s side. George Wappett had levelled for Marc Das’ team prior to Kebi’s winner.

There were a few narrow wins also, as FC Clacton edged to a 1 – 0 win over visitors Stansted, with Mekhi McKenzie grabbing the decisive goal there. Also, Halstead Town had a spot-kick to thank for a 1 – 0 victory over Athletic Newham and mark their first win back at Step 5. Sawbridgeworth Town got a important 1 – 0 win at Southend Manor, while Little Oakley held Barking to a goal-less draw at the Memorial Stadium.

S21-22 Match Report: Stanway Rovers 0 – 2 Redbridge (Mon 18 Apr) [ESL PBT Final 21-22 19.4.22]


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ESL Peter Butcher Trophy – Final

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: 181

2021-22 Season: Match 74

Monday 18 April 2022 – 3pm KO

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



The Silverware.. This is the Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy [Image by Scott W]

Early Action Still with Redbridge defending [Image by Scott W]

Redbridge secure another Trophy with hard-earned win over resilient Stanway

Stanway Rovers  0 – 2  Redbridge

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

Additional photos by Katie Dorling [for @EssexSenior], used with thanks. Thanks also to the ESL’s Ashley Leat.

The last match of the Easter weekend saw the first Essex Senior-related Cup Final of the campaign as we headed to Saffron Walden’s Catons Lane for an interesting battle between high-flyers Redbridge and mid-table side Stanway Rovers. Stanway had to bypass Sawbridgeworth Town, West Essex and Takeley to reach this occasion and named Harry Aldridge between the posts, with captain Jack Clampin and Danny Nesbitt in central defence. Jordan Barnett and Harry Norman were the central midfield, with Ernest Okoh and Ayo Oukoya leading the attack, with support from James Crisell and Sean Bartlett. Forwards Joel Older, Max Sherlock and Ezequiel Franchi were all options from the sidelines for boss Danny Slatter.

Redbridge had to lift themselves following a disappointing end to their League match on Good Friday but in this competition, they had defeated Southend Manor, St Margaretsbury, Walthamstow and Stansted en route to this Final. They named regular stopper George Martin in goal, with a back four of Bradley Bennett, skipper Jack Roult plus centre-backs Dean Hall and Nathan Okoye. Tony Martin led the forward line, alongside Ibrahim Kehinde and Timothy Ogunrinde. Jerold Cobblah and Michael Pindy were cup-tied & therefore unavailable. Their bench included forward Loui Hazelwood, midfielders Kwabena Yeboah and Tayo Olukolu and defender Joe Elliott.  

The Stanway team pre-match [Image by Katie D]

The Redbridge Starting XI pre-match [Image by Katie D]

This match had a cagey start, perhaps reflecting the long & arduous season that both sides have had. It is understandable that the teams were mentally tired more than anything but the match did find its way into gear on ten minutes as Redbridge pushed forward and Robbie Norris’ header forced a decent save from Rovers custodian Harry Aldridge. Stanway had given the Motormen defence a few nervy moments in the early minutes, with forwards Ernest Okoh and Ayo Odukoya proving a good duo with good movement and strength. They couldn’t quite create the chances they needed though as the Blues did get the better of the midfield battle. On twenty-five minutes, a set-piece was angled into the penalty box, which centre-back Nathan Okoye got onto but his header was not powerful enough to trouble Aldridge, who gathered.

Stanway were commendably strong in defence but couldn’t quite find the telling passes to the forwards often enough as they were frustrated by a good Motormen backline. Rovers had a warning on thirty-three minutes when a good one-two passing move involving Martin and Timothy Ogunrinde ended with Ogunrinde firing wide of the right-side post, with Kehinde making a surging run in the centre of the penalty area.

Redbridge looking to get forward in first half [Image by Scott W]

The game was starting to drift towards the interval, needing a goal and one duly arrived nine minutes before the break. Good build-up play saw a good cross-field ball find Ibrahim Kehinde on the left flank, before the wily forward turned past his marker and sent a superb cross in to the far post, finding Tony Martin who powerfully headed home into the far post with Aldridge helpless to prevent it. George Christou’s side were having the better of the chances but they were not plentiful.

So at the Interval, Redbridge had a slender lead but they had to stay alert to shake off the threat posed by Odukoya and Okoh in particular while Rovers had to step up the tempo to further stretch & test the Redbridge defence.

Redbridge looking to counter-attack in 1st half with Stanway skipper Jack Clampin (5) marking [Image by Katie D]

Half-Time: Stanway Rovers 0 – 1 Redbridge


Redbridge looked to regain the momentum early in the second half but Kehinde was unable to make the most of two half-chances, first firing off-target and then shortly afterwards, his effort was saved by Aldridge, who was having a decent game. Stanway were still finding it tricky to create clear chances, with Okoh having the only effort of note off-target ten minutes after the restart. Max Sherlock came off the bench for Danny Slatter’s team to replace Sean Bartlett and immediately gave Rovers an injection of pace and energy down the left flank, which added to the threat the Motormen defence had to face.

At the other end, fellow substitute Loui Hazelwood was also causing problems for the Rovers backline as a surging run ended with Aldridge doing well to deny his effort as well. Stanway came back into proceedings well in the latter stages though as Okoh was denied by Motormen stopper George Martin before Sherlock got hold of the rebound and saw his strike blocked by the well-placed covering defenders. Redbridge were searching keenly for that telling second goal and Hazelwood so nearly had it, sending a curling strike from left side of penalty box which Stanway captain Jack Clampin did very well to clear off the goal-line.


Stanway put another dangerous ball into the box [Image by Scott W]

Rovers were still piling forward looking for that crucial leveller and were leaving gaps in their defence on the counter-attack. Redbridge did just that a minute before the ninety was up, with Hazelwood doing well making another run before playing in skipper Jack Roult but his strike went narrowly wide of Aldridge’s left-side post. That ended up being the last let-off Rovers had as a minute later, Redbridge finally got a second goal to seal the Peter Butcher Trophy.

A searing run by the impressive Kehinde down the right channel got the better of the Stanway defence before coolly playing in Hazelwood who struck home well with a looping finish to send the Redbridge contingent into raptures.

Stanway’s Ayo Odukoya being marked by Redbridge’s Robbie Norris [Image by Scott W]

Rovers had little time to mount a fightback as the final whistle went soon afterwards, though I must pay respect to the performance that they put in here. They put in a hard shift defensively but ultimately it wasn’t enough to claim the Trophy here.


Full-Time: Stanway Rovers  0 – 2 Redbridge

In summary, Redbridge were the stronger of the two sides going forward but Stanway made it tough with a resilient defensive display and the Motormen’s one goal lead going into the latter stages was precarious. That and Stanway looked more lively in attack after the interval meant there were nervy moments but George Christou’s side scored a superb second goal which secured more silverware, their second Trophy in two seasons.     

There were several fine performances from both sides In this Final. For victors Redbridge, forward Ibrahim Kehinde once again impressed, showing high energy and good running down the channels as well as good passing and two good assists and was named Man of the Match during the presentation post-match as well.  Jake Brocklebank had a good game in central midfield, as did centre-back Nathan Okoye who made several important interceptions at the heart of the Motormen backline. Finally, a word too for energetic forward Loui Hazelwood who did cause problems in the last half-hour with his movement and trickery after coming off the bench. He capped a memorable day for the club with a well-taken second goal.


Stanway also had some good performers on the big occasion, with Ernest Okoh leading the line well alongside Ayo Odukoya. His work rate and movement did give the Blues defence some nervy moments, particularly early on. Centre-back & captain Jack Clampin typified their resolve with some good clearances under pressure, assisted by full-back Daniel Smith who also put in a determined performance in defence and also sent in a few good crosses into the penalty area too.  Finally, substitute Max Sherlock made a difference after coming on, on the hour mark as well. His pace and passing really gave Rovers some impetus as the Motormen’s lead was perilously thin. Commiserations to Danny Slatter and his team, they’ve had a decent season.


Here are your winners of the Peter Butcher Trophy for Season 2021-22, Redbridge!!


Teams

Stanway Rovers  | Manager: Danny Slatter | Assistant: Jack Wignall

Starting XI  (Subs): 1 Harry Aldridge (GK), 2 Daniel Smith, 3 Olumide Akinode (15 Ezequiel Franchi 76’), 5 Jack Clampin (Capt), 18 Danny Nesbitt, 4 Jordan Barnett, 8 Harry Norman, 7 James Crisell, 9 Ernest Okoh (14 Joel Older 82’), 10 Ayo Odukoya, 11 Sean Bartlett (12 Max Sherlock 61’)

Booked: Akinode, Odukoya | Subs Not Used: Skinner (GK)


Redbridge  | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Jack Roult (Capt), 5 Dean Hall, 6 Nathan Okoye, 4 Jake Brocklebank, 8 Robbie Norris (16 Joe Elliott 86’), 18 Jack Chawner, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde, 10 Tony Martin (7 Loui Hazelwood 61’), 11 Timothy Ogunrinde (12 Kwabena Yeboah 80’)

Goal-scorers: Tony Martin [36’], Loui Hazelwood [90’]

Booked: Bennett, Brocklebank, G Martin (GK)  | Subs Not Used: Olukolu, Grace (GK)


Referee: Lukas Wood

Assistants: Ben Compton & Lee Jarvis

Fourth Official: Reece Pinchback

S21-22 Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 1  Little Oakley (Fri 15 Apr) [ESL 21-22 15.4.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 64

2021-22 Season: Match 72

Friday 15 April 2022 – 1pm KO

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

L Oakley: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks



Redbridge denied an important win by last-gasp Oakley spot-kick

Redbridge    1 – 1  Little Oakley

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

The first match of the Easter weekend saw the hectic end of the season continue with a trip back to Oakside to see a critical mach in the fortunes of the Motormen as they entertained a robust & impressive Oakley side who are still after a top-six finish. George Christou’s hosts also had to think about their Peter Butcher Trophy Final on Easter Monday and fielded George Martin in goal, with a back four in front of him of Bradley Bennett, skipper Jack Roult and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and Joe Elliott. The forward line here was led by Ibrahim Kehinde, Tim Ogunrinde and Michael Pindy. Options from the sidelines included forwards Loui Hazelwood and Tony Martin. Matt Carmichael’s Acorns recently opened their new stand at their Memorial ground celebrating a fan who has supported them for seven decades in Gordon Carter. Their side here included stopper Daniel Joyce, Hayden Dutch and Will Crissell as their central defence, Ekow Owusu-Boakye and Bradley James in central midfield, with top-scorer Harry Mann leading the forward line alongside Sam Cooke. Their depleted bench was comprised of forwards Greg Rodger & Danny Garrad, alongside Tyler Sullivan.  


This match really broke into life early-doors as Redbridge not only threatened visiting custodian Daniel Joyce’s goal but also scored after just three minutes. A characteristic fast forward move allowed Tim Ogunrinde a strike at goal which was parried by Joyce, but the Oakley stopper couldn’t gather and Michael Pindy followed up, pinching the ball off skipper Edward Nobbs’ toes and Pindy duly slotted home low into the net without any further invitation. It was a setback for Oakley, who have made some reputation this season for being tough to break down and bypass. In the next phase of the game though, it was less happiness and more frustration for the team in blue though as they struck the woodwork twice before the half-hour arrived.

First, Ogunrinde’s fine strike nearly bypassed Joyce but not the goal frame and soon after, midfielder Jack Chawner’s well-struck free-kick also thundered off the woodwork with Oakley counting their luck and Redbridge cursing their luck. As they have in several matches this term, the duo of Ibrahim Kehinde & Michael Pindy really orchestrated the home side’s forward line, with Pindy showing excellent movement and no lack of pace either. Kehinde also showcased his pace and technique as well. Oakley did have a half-chance about ten minutes before the break as defender Will Crissell connected with a deep free-kick and the ball trickled wide, thankfully for Motormen goalkeeper George Martin.

Redbridge had one more chance at goal before the break but Kehinde couldn’t find the target as his shot drifted wide. All in all, the hosts should really have been two or three goals ahead at the break, but you know what they say about ‘having to take your chances’. That particular cliché would be further evidenced here but more on that later.

Half-Time: Redbridge  1 – 0  Little Oakley

Redbridge’s Bennett (2) about to launch a long throw [Image by Scott W]

Looking back, Oakley did gradually get themselves back into the running in the match, helped by the ‘midfield engine room’ of Ekow Owusu-Boakye and Bradley James plus the willing runner in forward Harry Mann. Moments on goal were less frequent, as the battle for midfield superiority replaced that to an extent. Oakley had to manage for ten minutes with ten men after Mason Lumley’s sin-bin just shy of the hour but substitute Danny Garrad did give them more impetus in the last fifteen minutes.

Frustratingly for the hosts, their early promise was being overtaken by tired legs and it highlighted how important chances were again just shy of seventy minutes when another set-piece by Chawner from nearly the half-way line also cannoned off the crossbar thanks to a one-handed save by Joyce. Centre-back Nathan Okoye’s effort was also denied by Joyce as Oakley were given some reason for optimism. The other thing the Acorns have been known for doing this season is staying in games and their belief has probably earned them a few points as well. It was Redbridge’s turn for a let-off with ten minutes remaining as Harry Mann fired well over when well-placed after good work by Garrad, but the assistant referee did put up his flag.


With mere moments remaining and despite Oakley not really creating a lot of chances at Martin’s goal, they did get a equaliser on eighty-nine minutes. A foul in a congested box by Okoye allowed Mann to step up and confidently fire home a fine spot-kick into left corner, away from Martin’s grasp – this was also Mann’s 20th league goal this term. And with little time left to conjure up a key second goal, it was the clock that won the day as Oakley left with a point & relatively happy with their afternoon’s work. The same certainly couldn’t be said for the hosts as desolation took hold after the final whistle and those earlier missed chances had come back to bite.

Redbridge now have to focus on the Peter Butcher Trophy final and hope that Sawbridgeworth stifle Saffron Walden’s charge to second spot on Saturday (16 April).

Oakley’s Ed Nobbs looking for options from the Throw-in late on [Image by Scott W]

Full-Time: Redbridge 1 – 1   Little Oakley

In summary, Redbridge should really have been two or three goals up as I said at the interval, but profligate finishing and decent defending by Oakley kept it to one goal. The Acorns would probably have wanted to have played better but their resolute belief will carry them well, looking at next season. It is some ways a credit to the high bar that both teams have set for themselves this term and that has to be recognised.    

There were several good performances from both sides in this match. For Redbridge, forwards Michael Pindy and Ibrahim Kehinde really gave the Oakley backline a hard afternoon, particularly in the first half with their pace, movement and passing. Centre-back Joe Elliott made several key interceptions and added to a good performance from his team’s back five while Jerold Cobblah impressed in central midfield with a high work rate and some good passes too. For Oakley, forward Harry Mann was as ever a good presence in attack, despite little in the way of service at times from his team-mates, but Mann did make several good runs in the channels. Mdfielder Ekow Owusu-Boakye put in a good display with a good work rate as well and good tackles, while defenders Ed Nobbs and Rory Harman also put in decent displays as well.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Redbridge  | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Jack Roult (Capt), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Nathan Okoye, 4 Jerold Cobblah, 8 Kwabena Yeboah (12 Shawn Harris 75’), 18 Jack Chawner, 7 Michael Pindy, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (16 Tony Martin 71’), 11 Timothy Ogunrinde (19 Loui Hazelwood 78’)

Goal-scorer: Michael Pindy [3’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Norris, Ayoola


Little Oakley  | Manager: Matt Carmichael | Assistant: James Good

Starting XI  (Subs): 1 Daniel Joyce (GK), 2 Rory Harman, 3 Edward Nobbs (Capt), 5 Hayden Dutch, 6 Will Crissell (12 Tyler Sullivan 65’), 4 Bradley James, 8 Ekow Owusu-Boakye , 7 Daniel Rowe 9 Harry Mann, 10 Sam Cooke (14 Danny Garrad 74’), 11 Mason Lumley

Goal-scorer: Harry Mann [pen 89’]

Booked: James, Rowe | Subs Not Used: Fernandes, Rodger


Referee: John Duffy

Assistants: Olabisi Omotosho & Muzackir Hussain

S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League Round-up (Sat 9 Apr) [ESL 21-22 10.4.22]

Archive Image: Ensign v Clacton last month [Image by Scott W]

Hello and welcome a bonus blog looking at the ten Essex Senior matches that took place on the 8th & 9th April, as we enter the last fortnight of the regular campaign. Thanks for reading.

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

Essex Senior League Round-up- Sat 9 April

The match with the most significance at the top was Saffron Walden Town’s 2 – 1 win at Little Oakley. Daniel Rowe had given Matt Carmichael’s team a first-half lead but Walden’s form has been strong of late and they showed this once again through strikes by Gavin Cockman and teenager Stanley Leech. The win puts Walden in prime position for the promotion play-off place, with matches against Sawbridgeworth and Hoddesdon to come, crucially both at Catons Lane. Oakley’s season still looks very positive overall and they will be looking to secure a top-six finish. Elsewhere, Redbridge got a good 3 – 1 home win over Stanway Rovers at Oakside, in a match delayed for nearly two hours as Rovers were caught in traffic chaos en route. Stanway did take the lead early in the second half through Danny Nesbitt, but a brace for Loui Hazlewood and a late goal from Michael Pindy secured the comeback win and keep George Christou’s side in contention for that much-wanted second spot.

Stansted also have a slim chance of pinching that spot after a 2 – 1 win over Southend Manor at Hargrave Park, thanks to goals from Jack Mitchell and Michael Salako. Manor had an unfortunate OG to assist their way back into the game but other results mean they are now safe from relegation, and credit has to go to boss James Wakeling and his coaching team. The Airportmen meanwhile have four matches left, and arguably have to win all four to leapfrog their rivals. Athletic Newham’s season is coming to a stuttering end as they were held by top-six rivals Enfield at Terry Mac. Kieran Bishop’s goal had given the E’s a first-half lead, but Daniel Izekor got a good equaliser with about ten minutes left. The result means Enfield remain six points clear of Newham, though Chris Davis’ side also have four matches to play (in the next fortnight). Also, FC Clacton are also finishing the season well as they got a 4 – 0 triumph over Clapton at Rush Green Bowl. A double for Mekhi McKenzie, plus goals by Elias Ahmed and Harry McDonald saw Tom Austin’s side to a fine win and they rose to eighth spot because of it. The Tons debatably need a point or two to make sure of their ESL place next term.

Archive Image: St Mags v L Oakley earlier this season [Image by Scott W]

That is the case due to Sawbridgeworth Town’s hugely important 2 – 1 win over Errington Cup Finalists Cockfosters at Crofters. James Falaise and Morgan Arnold got the big goals for Alex Salmon and Kieran Amos’ side, with Bailey Stevenson responding for Gavin Kelsey’s team. ‘Fosters drop down to tenth but they still have 3 games left. Sawbo’s assignment is clear – they need at least one win from matches against Saffron Walden and West Essex to evade the bottom two. Meanwhile, Takeley continued their mini-revival with a 4 – 1 success over Sporting Bengal Utd at Station Road. The ensemble cast of Elliott Long, Glenn O’Hanlon, George Frodsham and Traevon Williams-Lauder all netted for Marc Das’ side to take them up to 11th spot. Bengal ended their campaign here and responded via an OG in this match but there will be a lot of soul-searching in the close season to come whilst they find out which division they will be placed in Step 6 following relegation.

The remaining Saturday game to note saw Hoddesdon Town claim a good 2 – 0 victory over champions Walthamstow. Terrell Sterling and Harrison Rookard both struck to give Simon Riddle’s team the points which takes them up to 50 points for the season. ‘Stow can still hit 90 points this term, even with a draw in their final game on April 23rd. On Friday night, West Essex got a 2 – 1 win over Ilford at Wadham Lodge, with Cameron Gray and Reece Clarke’s spot-kick enough to overhaul Jordan Fisher’s reply for the Foxes. West remain 13th after the weekend’s action, while Ilford stay 16th. Also, Woodford Town were held to a goalless draw by St Margaretsbury at Ashton’s, which kept Town in 14th but St Mags stay third-bottom, a point clear of Sawbo but with only one match left – at Redbridge on the final day of the league season.

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S21-22 Match Report: Redbridge 3 – 1 Enfield (Sat 2 Apr) [ESL 21-22 3.4.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 61

2021-22 Season: Match 66

Saturday 2 April 2022 – 3pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts,  Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Enfield: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks




Redbridge battle hard to complete good win against play-off rivals Enfield

Redbridge  3 – 1  Enfield

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

The last month of the Essex Senior campaign started for me at Oakside with this important battle between Redbridge and visitors Enfield, with both sides very keen on grabbing that second-place which also carries with it a spot in the promotion/relegation play-off with a Step 4 side at the end of the month. Both teams had been in good form recently and Redbridge named George Martin between the goalposts, with a defence comprised of Bradley Bennett, Jack Roult and centre-backs Dean Hall (who recently made his 100th appearance for the club) and Nathan Okoye. The forward line was led by Michael Pindy, skipper James Barlow and Ibrahim Kehinde. Options from the sidelines included forwards Timothy Ogunrinde and Tony Martin, with midfielder Robbie Norris also named. Enfield had James Bransgrove in goal, with Jack Grosvenor and Tyler Corlett in central defence. Their attack was led by Louie Johnson, Kieran Bishop and Jeffrey Cobblah with player-boss Jamie Cureton in the ‘number ten’ role. Their bench included forwards Samrai Gebrai and Dwade James, defender George Essuman and midfielder Jack Cousins.


This match did not take long to get going as the hosts made the most of a promising start by grabbing the opening goal on two minutes. A good cross allowed an opportunistic header by forward Ibrahim Kehinde to nod home from close range at the far post. Enfield couldn’t really gather enough possession to restrict the rapid hosts’ forward line from creating chances in the first part of the match. Kehinde spurned another chance and the impressive Michael Pindy fired in a fine strike which  commanding goalkeeper James Bransgrove did well to punch away from danger. After you factor in a spurned chance from twelve yards from Kehinde on eight minutes, you started to fear for the E’s if they conceded further goals at this point in proceedings.

That being said, they did hold firm, in no small part because of good positioning by their defence and profligate finishing by the home side, if you were being critical of the latter. As the half went on, the E’s did generate more chances alongside more possession, with midfielder Alex Warman thwarted by Redbridge custodian George Martin before he could prod the ball home. As the half drew near its conclusion, Enfield skipper Reece Conway had to receive lengthy treatment for a head injury after a tough challenge. Jamie Cureton’s side did keep the ball well and they forced some good clearances by a robust Motormen defence, led well by Nathan Okoye.


Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 0 Enfield

The opening twenty minutes of the second-half was also affected by a few long stoppages as Redbridge skipper James Barlow landed awkwardly on the far side and had to be substituted after suffering a dislocated shoulder, we wish him a swift recovery. Tony Martin replaced him whilst Conway was also replaced early in the second half, with Jack Cousins coming in in midfield. The best chance early in the half came about for Redbridge after another run by Michael Pindy down the right side which found central midfielder Jerold Cobblah but he could only send his strike well over the woodwork.

With the match entering its latter stages, Enfield had a good chance from centre-back Tyler Corlett’s long throw, which found substitute Samrai Gebrai and his strike narrowly went wide. Redbridge re-took the lead & the initative on eighty minutes. A defensive howler allowed Kehinde to evade the visiting defence and nick the ball off Bransgrove who had come outside his area and Kehinde showed good awareness to find replacement Tony Martin who could pass the ball into an empty net. It really was an unfortunate moment for the E’s after all the battling they had done earlier in the game.

Buoyed on by their enthusiastic & vocal supporters, Enfield did push forward again and influential forward Samrai Gebrai made a good return from injury by scoring a fine goal five minutes later. A telling run down the right flank by the pacy Jeffrey Cobblah got the better of home full-back Jack Roult and Cobblah’s centre found Grebrai who controlled the ball well before firing past Martin into the right corner from just inside the box.

Enfield GK Bransgrove launches a free-kick forward late on

Despite dealing with a few nervy moments late on as Enfield went all-in for a ahother goal, Redbridge did get a crucial third goal well into added time. Another good run by Pindy down the left wing ended with a pinpoint cross finding Martin who headed home comfortably past Bransgrove to seal this important three points for George Christou’s team. Cobblah was sent off moments later as Enfield’s play-off charge was dented here.

Full-Time: Redbridge  3 – 1  Enfield

In summary, Redbridge did well to weather the storm in the second half and find another gear late on to complete an important win which does curtail the E’s chances of a top-two finish somewhat. Enfield were decentin their build-up play and defensively but couldn’t create a lot of good chances to test home stopper George Martin.  George Christou’s side broke the deadlock early on and had they been more clinical, could have been two or three goals ahead.

There were several notable performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for victors Redbridge, I felt forward Michael Pindy had an excellent game and utilised his pace down the channels really well and put in good crosses as well being unfortunate not to score himself. Fellow forward Ibrahim Kehinde also tested the E’s backline well and took his goal well. Jerold Cobblah had a good game also in midfield, making several important passes and showing good work rate. Centre-back Nathan Okoye played well to shore up the home defence, making several good clearing interceptions.

For Enfield, forward Jeffrey Cobblah made a number of good darting runs down the flanks to stretch the Redbridge backline well at times. Fellow forward Kieran Bishop also posed a good threat to the opposition full-backs too and kept the Redbridge defence alert. Tyler Corlett had a good game in central defence and also had a few good moments in the opposition penalty box too. Alex Warman showed again his work rate and incisive passing too from central midfield but ultimately it wasn’t Enfield’s day here.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Redbridge  | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Jack Roult, 5 Dean Hall, 6 Nathan Okoye, 4 Jerold Cobblah, 8 Jake Brocklebank, 7 Michael Pindy ( 12 Robbie Norris 90’+7), 18 Jack Chawner, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (11 Timothy Ogunrinde 90’+5), 15 James Barlow (Capt) (16 Anthony Martin 58’)    

Goal-scorers: Ibrahim Kehinde [2’], Tony Martin [80’ & 90’+4)

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Hazelwood, Corderoy (GK)


Enfield  | Player-Manager: Jamie Cureton  | Assistants: Jim Duggan & Gary Hart

Starting XI (Subs): 1 James Bransgrove (GK), 7 Ryan Ramsay, 5 Jack Johnson (18 George Essuman 42’), 6 Jack Grosvenor, 21 Tyler Corlett, 4 Alex Warman, 8 Reece Conway (Capt) (16 Jack Cousins 47’), 10 Louie Johnson, , 9 Kieran Bishop, 25 Jamie Cureton (11 Samrai Gebrai 66’), 20 Jeffrey Cobblah

Goal-scorer: Samrai Gebrai [85’]

Booked: Ramsay, Essuman | Sent Off: Cobblah [90’+8] |

Subs Not Used: Luther, James


Referee: Tom Wyatt

Assistants:  Spencer King & Charlie Duggins-Jones