Match Report: Stansted 1 – 0 West Essex (Mon 6 May) [ECC Final 6.5.19]

Errington Challenge Cup Final

Venue: Woodside (Bishop’s Stortford FC)

Attendance: 417

2018-19 Season – Match 78

Monday 6th May 2019  – 3pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirt, Royal Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

West Essex: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

 

 

 

Stansted secure Errington Cup triumph with last-gasp winner at Woodside

 

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

On Bank Holiday Monday, another ESL-related season concluded with the Errington Challenge Cup Final at Woodside with League runners-up Stansted looking for a Cup double as they faced mid-table West Essex, who let’s not forget are only in their third season at this level. Stansted were heavily depleted, with both West brothers (Sam & Jack), defensive rock Paul Clayton, midfielder Charlie Barlow and goal-getter James Peagram all unavailable. Moses Carvalho was drafted in at centre-back, with James Briggs making a rare appearance from the start, alongside Rob Norris in midfield. Callum Ibe and Jordan Palmer led the attack with Carl Mullings among those on the bench.

West were fortunate enough to name a near full-strength team with glovesman Jack Coker between the posts, Emanuel Wazola and Sanchez Hardy the full-backs, Tom Macleod skippering the side and a strong front three of Michael Mignot, Symeon Taylor and Samraj Gill. Cameron Gray and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe were among the substitutes.

The match didn’t take long to get going in fairness. In the first minute, full-back Jamie Bennett struck wide over the upright for the Airportmen though it was West who nearly took the lead five minutes in. Samraj Gill’s corner was powerfully met by midfielder Tom MacLeod though James Briggs did well to head clear on the goal-line. ‘Blue Brazil’ goalkeeper Charlie Turner was called into action soon afterward with the ESL ‘Golden Glove’ winner doing well to deny Joe Lefley’s low drive and Michael Mignot’s effort on goal. The Stags were having some joy going forward with Callum Bloss sending through more telling passes to the forward line as well as running down the channel.

Midway through the half, the Airportmen made sure Coker was alert as a sweet centre from the right by winger Jack Mitchell found forward Jordan Palmer, though he could only head straight at the Stags custodian who held well. Apart from two James Briggs efforts that went just over the woodwork, Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s team had to rally to keep things level. In the last ten minutes or so of the half, West forward Symeon Taylor fizzed a strike wide while Bloss fed Mignot well though the latter could only dribble his effort wide. A telling moment came two minutes before the interval as Mignot did superbly to round Turner though he went for precision with the finish though the lack of power on it told as centre-back Joe Clark did well to clear off the line.

Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 0 West Essex

Goal-less it was at the break though no lack of entertainment or good attacking play. The Stags were guilty of missing chances and but for impressive defending by the Stansted back four, led by Moses Carvalho, they could have had even more. Ten minutes into the second half, lively forward Samraj Gill burst through the middle and curled a sweet strike which just escaped the attentions of the woodwork. Stansted ‘keeper Turner did well to deny Lefley’s drive at the second time of asking near the hour mark.

 

Stansted substitute Harvey Brown was well-found by a left-wing cross though he blazed wide as we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest. Carl Mullings came off the bench to add more physicality to their forward line as although Callum Ibe was causing some nervous moments for the Stags back-line, the ‘Blue Brazil’ top-scorer wasn’t having much joy when it came to chances. Into the latter stages now and West substitute Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe fired straight at Turner when handily-placed and you started to get an unerring sense that Kwame Kwateng’s side would pay a price for not being comfortably ahead as they could have been.

That feeling was only exacerbated when on the stroke of the ninety, a 40-yard surging run by Mignot ended with only Turner to beat though the Blues stopper showed his class again by gathering bravely at the forward’s feet when well-poised to strike.

And then, in added-time, the ‘clang’ well & truly struck. Brown’s angled free-kick was headed on to Ibe at the near post who headed in past Coker to ‘raise the roof’ among the Stansted contingent. Moments later, the full-time whistle struck and the celebrations began for the Airportmen whilst the desolation and disappointment among the West players was hard to deny.

 

Full-time: Stansted  1 – 0  West Essex

Firstly, how this match didn’t bring about five or six goals I don’t think we’ll ever know and that is a credit to both sides today – it added to what was a really good occasion.

 

All in all, the Airportmen got the result they wanted to complete the Cup ‘Double’  this term (the Gordon Brasted Trophy as well as this triumph) through defending in their characteristically strong manner, a bit of luck and having a forward who makes things happen in Callum Ibe. As far as stand-out performances go for the ‘Blue Brazil’, goalkeeper Charlie Turner arguably kept his side in the game to begin with, plus emergency centre-back Moses Carvalho shone alongside central defensive partner Joe Clark.  Ibe was a threat as per usual, as was winger Jack Mitchell and substitute Harvey Brown in his half-hour on-the-field.

West Essex will feel it was ‘so near, yet so far’ and it’s tough to disagree with that assertion. When the frustration has died down for them, they have quite a lot to be proud of. Their brand of attacking football was on-show in front of a big crowd – even if they did not put away the plethora of chances they had created. Midfielder Callum Bloss had another strong match, with tricky forward Samraj Gill, fellow midfielder Joe Lefley and the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot also impressing, being a thorn in the opposition’s side all match. Their recent improvement defensively was also their to see and centre-backs Nick Walk and Josh French played their part in that.

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Stansted recieve their medals

Finally, as this is my last report of the ESL 2018/19 campaign, I feel it would be remiss not to mention the following – it’s been a quite a season. Twists, turns, quality, grit and guts have all been part of it. Seeing players, managers & clubs write chapters in their history is gratifying to be a part of, as is being part of the Non-League ‘family’. Thank you to all the clubs, countless players, managers and club/league officials who have welcomed me this term – I do notice it and it helps keep me going during tough weeks/months. Thank you also to all that have read these reports this season… and enjoy your summer.

Teams

Stansted  | Co-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne (Capt), Joe Clark, Moses Carvalho, Jack Mitchell, James Briggs (Harvey Brown 61′), Rob Norris, Callum Ibe, Ollie Bell (Lewis Stantiall 83′), Jordan Palmer (Carl Mullings 71′)

Goal-scorer: Callum Ibe [90’+3]

Booked: Norris, Ibe  | Subs Not Used: Buffin, Tyrell

West Essex  |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Wazola, Sanchez Hardy, Nick Walk, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Callum Bloss (Cameron Gray 67′), Joe Lefley, Michael Mignot, Symeon Taylor (Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 79′), Samraj Gill (James Jewers 83′)

Booked: MacLeod    | Subs Not Used: McNally, Woodbridge

 

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The Officials recieve their momentos 

Referee: Mark Pond
Assistant Referees: Eddie Andrews & Charlie Roberts
Fourth Official: Joseph Gray

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Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Stanway Rovers (Sat 27 Apr) [ESL 28.4.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 419

2018-19 Season: Match 75

Saturday 27th April 2019 – 3pm KO

Hullbridge: Blue &White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stanway:  Amber Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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Players pre-match, along with home mascots [Image: Scott W]

Hullbridge grab the win to secure their first ESL Title!!

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with added photos by Neil Hunwicks [Twitter: @AbridgeTooFar16] & Hullbridge FC (@HullbridgeFC)

So this was it. The final day of the 2018-19 Essex Senior League campaign saw me return to Lower Road as part of a hefty crowd to see Hullbridge’s crunch match with Stanway Rovers, who have had an indifferent season. The equation was simple for Darren Manning’s team – win this match and Hullbridge’s first ESL title in nearly 30 years of being a member would be secure and with it, promotion to Bostik League North.

The anticipation for this one has risen in the last couple of weeks and the hosts fielded George Marsh between the sticks with George Whitby joining near ever-present Jamal Allen in central defence. The front three were Adebola Sotoyinbo, Joe Wright and Yemi Adelani with the likes of Nathan Scarborough and Luke Hornsley on an attack-minded substitutes’ bench. Stanway’s backline was comprised of full-backs Finn O’Reilly and skipper Tyler Kemp with Milo Grimes and Columbus Iyayi as centre-backs. Their forward line was led by target-man Mike Turner and the lively Amar Lewis.

To be fair to Rovers, they started the match well as they had an early sighter of goal though home custodian George Marsh was thankful to see sail wide. Forward Amar Lewis also presented a threat for Stanway, cutting inside from the left flank, reminding ‘Bridge that they needed to ‘stay on the front foot’ here. For the hosts, playmaker Matt Baxter certainly looked to set his team’s attacks going from deep, and on the quarter-hour, his ball fed full-back Courtney Homans whose telling cross was cut out well by Stanway skipper Tyler Kemp. Rovers ‘stopper Daniel Beeson was called into action moments later as after midfield engine Emmanuel Okunja scuffed his strike, forward Yemi Adelani struck the re-bound but to no avail.

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Action Still [Image: Scott W]
The hosts were gradually asserting themselves on-the-ball though Rovers made it difficult for them to pierce through their defence. Forward Joe Wright was giving Rovers a bit of a headache with his pace and trickery, peeling off the left though efforts from him and Baxter couldn’t bypass Beeson. With half-time approaching and the nerves steadily rising along with it, tricky forward Adebola Sotoyinbo made a surging run down the middle though his effort on goal lacked power as Beeson denied him and following-up, Adelani somehow struck over though his blushes were spared by the assistant’s raised flag. The lack of a final ball was affecting Hullbridge though after Rovers had scrambled the ball clear from not one but two goal-mouth scrambles, Okunja’s neat flick on the edge of the area found Adelani though he fizzed the ball wide of the far post.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 0 – 0 Stanway

As the second-half got underway, the home crowd thought they had cause to celebrate though centre-back George Whitby’s lashed strike was chalked off for off-side barely a minute after the re-start. Rovers were still in this contest as forward Mike Turner twice struck wide and only an important goal-line clearance by captain Matt Rose denied Stanway a goal that really would have added pressure on their hosts. Soon after that, news filtered though that rivals Stansted had fallen behind at Leyton Athletic so that added to the home crowd’s excitement. The Rovers side were starting to tire, though full-back Finn O’Reilly made a couple of lung-busting runs down the right channel, the second of which was well-marshalled by Sports centre-back Jamal Allen.

The deadlock was finally broken with 20 minutes remaining, much to the relief of the home fans. Sotoyinbo broke through the Rovers backline and coolly slotted low into the corner past Beeson whilst one-on-one, much to his side’s obvious delight. Beeson did well to deny Homans minutes later though he could do nothing about the hosts’ second goal. Substitute Luke Hornsley strike from a narrow angle was kept out by Beeson though on the edge of the box, Sotoyinbo’s crisp strike flew into the net to cue rapturous celebrations, both in the stands and on the field.

Stanway did half the arrears in added-time as from Scott Kemp’s good centre from the right, slack marking allowed substitute Jordan Blackman to nip in and slot home from close range. But in the grander scheme of things, with mere moments left before full-time, it was too little, too late.

Full-Time: Hullbridge  2 – 1  Stanway

Hullbridge WIN Essex Senior League Title & promotion to Bostik North.

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Trophy Presentation about to commence with players respecting each other in background [Image: Scott W]
As far as the match goes, it probably wasn’t Hullbridge’s stand-out performance this season, though these types of matches are seldom easy. It was a team showing today, though the front three of Sotoyinbo, Wright and Adelani all did well, even if the latter could have had two goals himself on other day. Centre-back Jamal Allen and playmaker Matt Baxter also had strong games, along with the influence of substitute Hornsley. For Stanway, their back four stood up well at times, with centre-back Columbus Iyayi making a number of important interceptions. Winger Scott Kemp and Amar Lewis also stood out in my view today.

So, the match was done and the celebrations could begin, first with the trophy presentation. Both of which you could say the players, management and off-field team really savoured. To be fair, why wouldn’t you? It’s been a hard season, which shows the depth and quality of the league at times, four teams got more than 75 points so that says a bit.

To close this report, I am happy to see Hullbridge progress into a new chapter into their history and you have to recall the turnaround that’s happened after the tough season last time out. Manager Darren Manning has driven this club to those said new heights in his first full season in management so he & his management team deserve plaudits for that.

In a way, it is sad that they leave the ESL as they are a credit to themselves, the league and Non-League football in general. I sincerely wish them well next season, and it’s been good to partly cover their journey over the last three years in the ESL & beyond.

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Management Duo Manning (R) & Wakeling (L) with the trophy [Image: Scott W]
Teams

Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose (Capt), Jamal Allen, George Whitby, Dan Okah, Emmanuel Okunja (Dan Okah 56’), Matt Baxter (Joe Skeels 86’), Adebola Sotoyinbo, Joe Wright (Nathan Scarborough 65’), Yemi Adelani (Luke Hornsley 57’)

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [70’ & 87’]

Booked: Whitby   | Subs Not Used: Morrisey (GK), Monsheju

Stanway Rovers    | Manager: Danny Slatter

Daniel Beeson (GK), Finn O’Reilly, Tyler Kemp (Capt), Milo Grimes, Columbus Iyayi, Jett Hogan, Scott Kemp, Ruben Kennedy, Jack Puzey (Jordan Blackman 85’), Mike Turner (Niah Beecher 71’), Amar Lewis (Frank Tiffney 85’)

Goal-scorer: Jordan Blackman [90’+3]

Booked: Kennedy, S Kemp | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Paul Newman

Match Report: Stansted 1 – 0 St Margaretsbury (Mon 22 Apr) [GBT Final 22.4.19]

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final

Venue: Leslie Field (Burnham Ramblers FC)

Attendance: 148

2018-19 Season – Match 73

Monday 22nd April 2019  – 3.15pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirt, Royal Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

St Margaretsbury: Red & Black Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red & Black Socks

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Both sides pre-match

Stansted emerge with the Gordon Brasted Trophy after a hard-fought win over ‘Bury

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

On a glorious day weather-wise at Burnham Ramblers’ Leslie Field, this year’s Gordon Brasted Trophy Final pitted high-flyers Stansted against mid-table St Margaretsbury in the first season in the Essex Senior League. There was a sub-plot for both sides as the Airportmen still have a chance of promotion on the last day of the season while ‘Bury have had a mass squad turnover to contend with and thus looked rather more inexperienced compared to the squad that got them to this Final. Stansted named this season;s leading Clean Sheet holder Charlie Turner in goal, with left-back Billy Coyne as skipper and a front four of Callum Ibe, Jack West, Jordan Palmer and Jack Mitchell. Carl Mullings and midfielder Moses Carvalho were among the substitutes.

St Margs are under the caretaker management of Tony Wild and their full-backs were Tom Hayden and Taylor Wild with Daniel Palmer and Chris Cordana-Soanes at the centre of defence, Mason Todd led the line with skipper Tom Cowell in support along with Enzo Periera and Evvan Brown on the flanks. Kane Garwood and Jayden Mitchell-Brown were among their bench.

The match was delayed by 15 minutes due to a bad accident en route to Burnham but in the opening minutes of the contest it was the Airportmen who had the first sighter of goal with anchor midfielder Paul Clayton knocking a lobbed effort wide of the far post. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side broke the deadlock on six minutes as full-back Billy Coyne’s corner curled dangerously into the area, evading everyone in a congested penalty box before nestling into the far corner. St Margaretsbury’s first sight of goal came from skipper Tom Cowell’s 35 yard pot-shot which sailed harmlessly wide.

Stansted winger Callum Ibe was again a good outlet for his team, stretching the ‘Bury defence with his pace and trickery. Right on the quarter-hour mark, attacking midfielder Ollie Bell’s pass found Ibe who lobbed over opposition goalkeeper Cameron Bailey and the woodwork, though he was straining to meet the ball. Tony Wild’s team didn’t have much in the way of forays forward though midfielder Glenn Nightingale’s drive kept Stansted stopper Charlie Turner alert. The ‘Bury defence were finding it hard to handle the Airportmen’s combined physicality and pace and thus conceded more chances through a few errors.

Seven minutes before the interval, Coyne send a lofted ball into the danger area, and forward Jack West headed against the crossbar from close range, though the assistant’s flag spared him any grief for not finding the target. With the break approaching, the ‘Blue Brazil’ had a goal chalked off for off-side as another telling Coyne set-piece was parried by Bailey though Clayton was first in to stroke the ball in. So, with only one goal seperating the sides, St Margs had a sniff at goal a minute before half-time as tricky winger Enzo Periera’s free-kick angled in to the six-yard line where Turner gathered under pressure.

Half-Time: Stansted 1 – 0  St Margaretsbury

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Airportmen started the second period with renewed vigour. Winger Jack Mitchell and forward Jack West had efforts which couldn’t find the target, before a Coyne cross from the left was punched away well by Bailey, who had found crosses awkward at times earlier on. Ibe continued to pose problems down the right as he and forward West had efforts denied by Bailey, the former of those two a good effort by Ibe from the edge of the penallty area. St Margs right-back Tom Hayden made a few crucial interceptions, denying Ibe another shot at goal just shy of the hour before Mitchell skewed a drive wide.

As we made our way into the last twenty minutes, ‘Bury substitute Kane Garwood turned well on the edge of the box before drawing a save out of Stansted ‘keeper Turner. The Airportmen were straining to put the match to bed, though forward Jordan Palmer struck straight at Bailey when well-placed to at least test the St Margaretsbury custodian. After arguably their best period of play going forward in the match, in which we saw shades of how St Margs ping the ball around, led by the energetic Periera and Nightingale in central midfield, Stansted squandered more oppurtunities as first, good build-up play by substitutes Moses Carvalho and Carl Mullings ended up with the latter’s ball in which Ibe headed down though Bailey saved again, this time with his feet.

After Cowell had miraculously cleared a stray header from a team-mate off the goal-line, Ibe showed his talents again dribbling his way past two defenders before scuffing a shot wide with only Bailey to bypass. In added time with the nerves rising, Carvalho sent a decent free-kick just over for Stansted while moments later a set-piece from deep by Nightingale found substitute Jayden Mitchell-Brown who could only head over the woodwork.

And with that chance, referee Paul Stratton blew up for time with the boys in blue celebrating a hard-earned victory.

Full-time: Stansted 1 – 0  St Margaretsbury

So, the statistics will read that Stansted are the victors and they had more than enough chances to seal a much more comprehensive success here. Credit though has to go to this youthful ‘Bury side who kept things as tight as they could and showed some enterprise going forward as well at times, although their final ball wasn’t quite there to create a number of stonewall chances that they needed. Nonetheless, both sides will be proud of their efforts in a match which perhaps promised more than it actually delivered.

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‘Blue Brazil’ players celebrate with their supporters…
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Referee Stratton recieves his momento, with his colleagues to follow..
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St Margs players recieve their medals post-match
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Stansted players recieve their medals, sporting the shirt remembering Pittuck Sr

In a really commendable gesture post-match but prior to the Trophy presentation, the Stansted players & managers donned a shirt in memory of co-manager Paul Pittuck’s father Keith who sadly died ten years ago today. Some synergy there on what will undoubtedly be an emotional day for a manager that has more than played his part in Stansted’s revival this term. You have to feel happy for Stansted’s hard-working committee as well who will savour this triumph. They will have a shot at a cup double in the Errington Cup Final against West Essex at Bishop’s Stortford FC on Monday May 6th.

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Stansted players celebrate

Stansted  | Co-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne (Capt), Sam West, Joe Clark (Carl Mullings 70′), Paul Clayton, Callum Ibe, Ollie Bell (Moses Carvalho 73′), Jack West, Jordan Palmer, Jack Mitchell (James Turvey 85′)

Goal-scorer: Billy Coyne [6′]

Booked: Clark     | Subs Not Used: Tyrell, Buffin

St Margaretsbury  | Caretaker Manager: Tony Wild

Cameron Bailey (GK), Tom Hayden (Archie Roberts 84′), Taylor Wild, Reece Vicary (Jayden Mitchell-Brown 74′), Daniel Palmer, Chris Cordana-Soanes, Enzo Periera, Glenn Nightingale, Mason Todd, Tom Cowell (Capt), Evvan Brown (Kane Garwood 63′)

Booked: Hayden     | Subs Not Used: Shaves, Read

Referee: Paul Stratton
Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges & Callum Dorling
Fourth Official: Steve Marr

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

Match Report: Catholic Utd 1 – 5 Buckhurst Hill (Wed 10 Apr) [EPC Final 11.4.19]

BBC Essex Premier Cup Final

Venue: New Lodge (Billericay Town FC)

Attendance: 266

2018-19 Season – Match 68

Wednesday 10th April 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Catholic Utd: Green & White Hooped Shirts, Black Shorts, Green & White Socks

Buckhurst Hill: Navy Blue & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hill power past Super Hoops to lift the Essex Premier Cup

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

On a chilly Wednesday night at Billericay Town’s New Lodge, I joined colleague Pete Dudley for this BBC Essex Premier Cup Final between Essex Olympian League (EOFL) heavyweights Catholic Utd & Buckhurst Hill – with the latter riding high on the back of sealing the EOFL Premier Division title a matter of days previously. Catholic Utd named a strong team with Louis Godwin-Green between the sticks, a forward line of Aaron Baldwin, Tom Hollingsworth and Tony Jacobs with player-boss Dan Trenkel and Mark Baptist among those on the bench. For Hill, their front four of Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi, Steve Townsend and Suleyman Zuhdu have chipped in with goals this season in the league, with skipper Billy Wells in the heart of the defence. Sonny Shilling and Fehinti Falola were among the options on the bench.

The match got underway with Utd pushing forward and having the bulk of the forays going forward. Hill had a nervous moment five minutes in as a under-hit back pass to ‘keeper Daniel Blockley was half-cleared though it cannoned off Super Hoops forward Tony Jacobs and before it trickled over the goal-line, centre-back Josh Addinall had the awareness to clear. Hill responded sharply as captain Billy Wells 20-yard curling drive sailed just wide of the right-side post. Moments later, it was the Olympian League champions who took the lead as from a super cross from the right flank, full-back Keaton Moore rose highest to power a header into the net.

Jacobs was the biggest threat for Utd at this point, ghosting all over a fluid Catholic forward line to give the Hill defence a headache, Jacobs also had an effort which sailed over the woodwork. At the other end though, Buckhurst were getting into their stride as prolific forward Steve Townsend was in on goal, one-on-one with Utd stopper  Louis Godwin-Green, though the stopped did well to deny Townsend’s low drive. Just before the half-hour, former Bowers & Pitsea midfielder Jamie Salmon blasted a drive from 18 yards which Blockley did well to scout and tip over the bar.

On that half-hour mark, Utd fell further behind as a errant clearance from Godwin-Green looped up in the air but didn’t get the distance as it fell to forward Suleyman Zuhdu who back-heeled it to winger nathan Sollosi who slotted home into an unguarded net. Hill knew they couldn’t concede before the break though Utd had other ideas, with Jacobs once again testing the palms of Blockley with a decent effort on goal. In fairness, Utd were finding the sheer pace, energy and crossing of the Hill front four (the Sollosi brothers, Townsend & Zuhdu) difficult to cope with. After Hill had two half-chances for Townsend and Addinall denied, they did make it 3 – 0 a minutes before the interval.

A rapid counter-attack from Mark Williams’ team saw Nathan Sollosi repay the favour from earlier as his pass found Zuhdu who controlled the ball smartly before beating Godwin-Green on its way into the corner of the net with a well-taken finish. At this point, the score-line was slightly flattering to Hill given the impetus Catholic had shown going forward. Sometimes you get teams ‘slowing down’ after the break, though there wasn’t a bit of it here.

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Half-Time: Catholic Utd  0 – 3 Buckhurst Hill

So, the second-half got going and the chances continued to flow. Moments after the restart, Townsend’s first-time strike cannoned off a post for Hill and Utd hit back soon afterward, as Jacobs was denied yet again by watchful defending on the line by full-back Liam Foster. Mike Sammut’s drive and forward Tom Hollingsworth’s cross-shot couldn’t find the target those misses proved semi-costly.

Two goals in three minutes sealed the win for Hill. On 64 minutes, a loose ball found Zuhdu who sprinted past centre-back Bradley Vaughan and buried a strike past Godwin-Green to make it four and then two minutes later, from a corner arrowed into the near-post by winger Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi rose almost unchanged to nod it high into the net. The goals didn’t end there as Utd got one back with 71 on the watch as a rash punch out by Blockley fell to to Salmon who rifled hop a sweet lob from fully 25 yards out to give his side something to shout about.

That said, that goal seemed to further gee up the Hill forward line who soared back the other end asUtd ‘keeper Godwin-Green prevented further embarassment making good saves to deny the unfortunate Townsend and midfielder Josh Banfield. With all respect to Utd, Hill could’ve had three or four more goals than the scoreline showed as going forward they were relentless – another shining example of why they have scored a high amont of goals in the Olympian League this term. Six minutes from time, Foster blasted a stinging drive just wide though Hill had done more than enough to win this match and do the double – a far cry from the sinking feeling of relegation from the top-tier two seasons ago.

Full-time: Catholic Utd  1 – 5 Buckhurst Hill

 

Utd are by no means a bad side, though they were made to look more ordinary than they are here by a very driven Buckhurst Hill outfit.

In terms of stand-out performances, for Hill it is quite difficult to pick out individuals given the sheer team performance though the front two of Steven Townsend and Suleyman Zuhdu plus wingers Sam & Nathan Sollosi really harried the Utd backline and barely gave them much peace at all. Josh Addinall also did a stern job at the back as well. For Utd, goalkeeper Louis Godwin-Green pulled off a number of good stops to dampen the number conceded here by his side. Forward Tony Jacobs shone as well, being his side’s chief threat in attack while Jamie Salmon also provided a characteristic presence in midfield.

Finally, congratulations to Buckhurst Hill who retain the Essex Premier Cup while Utd are runners-up for the fourth time in five seasons.

Catholic Utd   | Player-Manager: Dan Trenkel

Louis Godwin-Green (GK), Patrick Kearney, Max Kent (Capt) (Dan Trenkel 60′), Louis Robinson, Bradley Vaughan, Jamie Salmon, Mike Sammut, Tom Hollingsworth, Thomas Kearney, Aaron Baldwin (Mark Baptist 60′), Tony Jacobs (Franklin Craik 70′)

Goal-scorer: Jamie Salmon [71′]

Booked: Kent, Robinson    | Subs Not Used: Sands, Ebbles

Buckhurst Hill  | Manager: Mark Williams

Daniel Blockley (GK), Liam Foster, Keaton Moore, William Wells (Capt), Josh Addinall, Alfie Harris, Josh Banfield, Sam Sollosi (James Sacre 81′), Steven Townsend (Sonny Shilling 83′), Suleyman Zuhdu, Nathan Sollosi (Frank Glock 85′)

Goal-scorers: Keayton Moore [9′], Nathan Sollosi [30′ & 71′], Suleyman Zuhdu [44′ & 64′]

Booked: None     | Subs Not Used: Falola,  Gregory
Referee: Artyon Hursey
Assistant Referees: Craig Charles & Rob Collins
Fourth Official: Kevin Nicholson

Match Report: Barkingside 3 – 2 Stanway Rovers (Mon 8 Apr) [ESL 9.4.19]

Essex Senior League

2018-19 Season: Match 68

Monday 23rd March 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 78

Barkingside: Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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Side ride out anxious finish to complete a hugely significant win over Stanway

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

The latest Essex Senior League tie took me to Cricklefield as Barkingside faced Stanway Rovers in what was a hugely-important match as they looked to avoid finishing bottom of the division. Rovers interestingly made their second trip to Seven Kings inside three days having played Ilford the previous Saturday. ‘Side named Reserve ‘keeper Frankie Warboyes between the sticks, a centre-back pairing of Elliot Scott and Derek O’Halem and a forward line of Nick Reynolds, Isaac Marfo and former Tower Hamlets forward James Ross. Joe Gent and Edward Lang were among a depleted bench. Stanway named a front three of Tyrone Scarlett, Mike Turner and Tommy Lewis with Amar Iyayi and Scott Kemp on the flanks.

In the early-going, both sides made a somewhat tentative start here although the hosts had rather more of the possession, they couldn’t quite fashion the manner of chances they would like. On 19 minutes, winger Joe Oates pinged in a floated ball which found forward James Ross although his header lacked the power to beat Stanway custodian Daniel Beeson. Ross and strike partner Isaac Marfo were having some joy, giving the Rovers backline a headache with their pace and physical presence. Just shy of the half-hour, full-back David Ottley’s pass made its way to Ross in a promising position though his effort was straight at Beeson.

The dead-lock was broken on that half-hour as after some ‘head-tennis’ in the Stanway box, the ball fell to Oates who lashed home a low drive which beat Beeson and found the corner. That’s the way it stayed at the break with Stanway having the odd counter with experienced forward Tyrone Scarlett looking the most threatening for them, needing to be stopped by the home backline on a few occasions.

Half-Time: Barkingside   1 – 0  Stanway

After the break, ‘Side looked to settle again though it was Stanway who fired over the bar, winger Scott Kemp having the effort on 55 minutes. Minutes later, the home crowd were ‘up in arms’ as winger Dan Jones went down under Beeson’s challenge in the box, though the referee didn’t adjudge it to be a penalty. ‘Side doubled their lead on 61 minutes as Marfo ghosted free of the visiting defence, before rounding Beeson and slotting home calmly. Marfo nearly made it two goals in three minutes though Beeson snuffed out a one-on-one oppurtunity to keep Rovers in the game.

The game got more engaging in the latter stages though, as Barkingside got their third goal on 76 minutes. Seconds after coming on, midfielder Joe Gent slotted home well from Jones’ pass. The drama didn’t end there though as ‘Side were cruising in the last five minutes, but nearly came unstuck as Rovers smashed two goals in three minutes to ensure a deeply anxious finale. First, from Scott Kemp’s decent ball in, winger Amar Iyayi stroked home past Warboyes with three minutes left. With added time approaching, Rovers’ tails were well & truly up as forward Tommy Lewis capped off an enterprising foray forward as he blasted home an angled drive.

Alex Goldstone’s side suddenly had to ‘hang on’ to prevent Rovers making a heck of a stirring comeback though relief was the emotion most felt by them as the final whistle sounded.

Full-Time: Barkingside   3 – 2   Stanway Rovers

In summary, for the majority of the match, the hosts were the stronger side and had more of the ball, though Stanway showed them just what can happen when you switch off for five minutes as ‘Side did. In terms of stand-out performances, forwards Isaac Marfo and James Ross showed intent, pace and physicality respectively. Winger Joe Oates showed pace, trickery and good crossing ability and the centre-backs of Derek O’Halem and Elliot Scott also typified the stubborness of the home attitude, the latter made a vital tackle to deny Rovers a chance at a late, late leveller.

For Stanway, Scott Kemp was a keen outlet down the left flank, with centre-back Alfie Partner and rapid full-back Tyler Kemp also had good games today. Barkingside need a point to pretty much avoid finishing bottom though we won’t know 100% until season’s end how many sides will be relegated from the ESL after what happened last summer, thanks largely to the FA.

Finally, I’d like to thank Barkingside and their chairman Jimmy for their hospitality both here and this season, as a whole. They are one of quite a few clubs that are good to cover. I know he’ll certainly be hoping for a better season next term.

Teams:

Barkingside  |    Manager: Alex Goldstone

Frankie Warboyes (GK), David Ottley, Ricardo Bailey (Edward Lang 36′), Elliot Scott, Derek O’Halem, Joe Oates, Harry Matthews (Capt), Dan Jones, Nick Reynolds, James Ross (Joe Gent 75′), Isaac Marfo

Goal-scorers: Joe Oates [30′], Isaac Marfo [61′], Joe Gent [76′]

Booked: None        |   Subs Not Used: Lopes

Stanway Rovers    |  Interim Manager: Danny Slatter

Daniel Beeson (GK), Fionn O’Reilly, Tyler Kemp (Capt), Alfie Partner, Ruben Kennedy, Jett Hogan Amar Iyayi, Tommy Lewis, Scott Kemp, Mike Turner, Tyrone Scarlett (Frank Tiffney 53′)

Goal-scorers: Amar Iyayi [87′], Tommy Lewis [89′]

Booked: None        |  Sub Not Used: Okosi, Haxell (GK)

Referee: Kennedy Kikulwe
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Cliff Everitt

Match Summary: Corinthians 3 – 1 Galleywood Res (Sat 6 Apr) [EOFL D4 7.4.19]

Essex Olympian League – Division Four

2018-19 Season: Match 66

Saturday 6th April 2019 – 2.30pm KO

Venue: Stambridge Memorial Ground

Corinthians: Sky Blue & White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Galleywood Res:  Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Corinthians finish strongly to secure a vital win

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

This weekend’s match took me on a different path to a ground I have intermittenly seen a couple of times in the last few years. This match was a crucial one in the Essex Olympian League Division Four title race as relative newcomers Corinthians faced Galleywood Reserves. The hosts knew that anything less than a win would virtually hand the title to Epping Town, managed by former pro Billy Cove. I was fortunate to be given a warm welcome by Chairman/Secretary Ben Adams, who explained that the bulk of the current team is made up of the former Under-21 side that did well in both the Olympian League U-21 division last season and also won the Essex Junior Trophy last season.

Last weekend, Corinthians fought back from a poor start with a slightly-depleted side to draw at Lakeside’s second side which increased the need for a win in this match. With a side that has scored 72 goals in 19 league matches prior to this one, you knew they had the firepower but would it happen for them here?

Well, the answer  we got in the early stages of the game wasn’t positive as it was the ‘Wood side that started the stronger, with winger Sam Rawlinson providing a real outlet down the left flank with his pace, trickery and crossing. The hosts showed their willingness to bomb forward although a lack of a final ball and losing out to the sturdy Galleywood defence was definitely frustrating Chris Stoneham’s side. It was the visitors who took the lead on nine minutes as a pearler of a 25-yard free-kick by Craig Robertson passed the outstretched hand of the home ‘keeper John Eckhett and into the top corner.

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Although the hosts improving towards the interval, they arguably could not keep hold of the ball well enough, and you could feel the nerves coursing through the side. The home side boasted forwards Leo Clarke and Theodore Cannon in support of central striker John Bolton-Smith. Five minutes before the break, Clarke peeled off from the left wing, before blasting a drive which was deflected wide.

Half-Time: Corinthians 0 – 1 Galleywood Res

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At the break, Galleywood would have been the happier side though also knew they would have to ‘weather the storm’ after the interval. As it turned out, the home side were level only four minutes into the second period as Clarke broke free of his defender before sliding in an unselfish ball in across the six-yard box for substitute Jake Lang who stroked home from close range. There was little doubt  who was the stronger side after that with Clarke & Bolton-Smith in particular testing a tiring ‘Wood backline with their running and trickery.

There was an element of fortune about the next crucial part of the match as just shy of the hour, Corinthians took the lead as midfielder Luke Owen’s free-kick from deep managed to evade everyone and bounce its way into the top corner. ‘Wood responded with a rare second-half foray forward though Robertson fired a looping shot just over the bar from 20 yards out. The hosts secured the points, in front of watching Epping boss Billy Cove on 74 minutes as creative midfielder Jordan Stoneham’s dangerous corner found Owen who planted a thumping header high into the net.

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The hosts could have won by more though were denied twice by fine saves by the Galleywood goalkeeper. Bolton-Smith should have scored late on well though his dribbled finish could only hit a post with the ‘keeper beaten. In closing, the hosts were made to work hard here though in the end they deserved the points and they know wins in both their final matches will see them go up in style.

Full-Time: Corinthians 3 – 1 Galleywood Res

Goal-scorers: (Cor): Jake Lang [49′], Luke Owen [58′ & 74′]

(Gal): Craig Robertson [9’]