S22-23 Match Report: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex (Sat 28 Jan) [ESL 22-23 28.1.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBA

2022-23 Season: Match 37

Saturday 28th January 2023 – 2pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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



Hard-fought battle sees West held at Ilford

Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex

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

The Saturday match this weekend saw a return to Cricklefield for an interesting local derby between Ilford and West Essex. Both sides wanted the points for different reasons, with the Foxes looking to get into the top ten and West looking to remain in the top six. Richard Ponsford fielded Tim Pitman in goal, with a defence comprised of Paul Cox & Henry Fisher plus centre-backs Tobi James & Jake Chadwick. The midfield was marshalled by skipper Mitchell McCabe with Mwetsi Matangi alongside him, with Josh Boxall & Mo Kargbo down the channels. Caleb Adomako-Mensah and Joe Lilly led the attack here. West have brought a couple of players into the squad in recent weeks, with loanee Dren Hoti deputising for the unwell Arthur LeBlond in goal, and a backline of Emanuel Wazola, Tala Lo Seye, Mitchell Arthur and Joel Lamb. Their energetic midfield had captain Reece Clarke, Saliu Lo Seye and Oliseh Okuguni in its ranks. David Bell led the attack, with support from Cameron Gray and Zak Oliver.

The early stages of this match saw the visitors start quite well, as their astute passing game did test the levels of focus of their hosts. Forward David Bell and midfielder Oliseh Okuguni had early half-chances that were wide of Tim Pitman’s goal. Ilford were finding it tricky to keep the ball but they still had one decent glimpse at goal as forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah saw a close-range effort fizz wide of the left-side post. As we entered the last 15 minutes of the first half, the Foxes did have arguably their best phase of the game up to this point, with only determined defending by the Stags preventing them from testing goalkeeper Dren Hoti.

Ilford boss Richard Ponsford watches on, early in first half

West Essex were creating promising moments, led by the enterprising running of support forward Zak Oliver, who was breaking down the right flank well, although his crosses was cleared by a stubborn central defence, led by Ilford’s Jake Chadwick. One of those Oliver crosses was well-angled in toards the far post, which Bell got across to well but could only loft his effort over the crossbar.

Half-Time: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex

The Stags did have the better of the first half which was pretty hard-going for both teams. However, besides a glimmer at goal from captain Reece Clarke, West were spending more time defending in the early stages after the break. This was particularly the case on the hour as a good run by support forward Joshua Boxall down the left side ended with a good ball into the six yard box, which found Adomako-Mensah who timed his header well and was unfortunate as said header cannoned back off the under-side of the crossbar and back out. Bell also had another decent sight of goal but couldn’t direct his strike, allowing Pitman to gather fairly comfortably.

West winger Zak Oliver gets past Ilf’s Henry Fisher

My gut instinct was starting to sense that the stalemate could prevail here, although Ilford were keen to get down the channels, with substitutes Harry Rawlins and Delphin Moorat keen to evade the Stags midfield, who themselves battled well. There was two more chances of note as we entered the last ten minutes. First, substitute Moyo Ajibade did well to break down the right channel, putting a good ball into the box, which fellow replacement Callum Bloss latched on to but his strike sailed wide of the left-sided post. And then with mere moments left, Foxes skipper Mitchell McCabe struck a low-crisp effort which came back off the near post with Hoti beaten.

In the end though, the draw was a decent point for the Foxes who gathered their eighth shut-out of the season, which is good reward for a squad adapting to Senior football this term. West will be disappointed that they couldn’t convert their chances but they also showed parts of their development as a team in the last 12 months – specifically that they are often a tough side to beat.

Full-Time: Ilford 0 – 0 West Essex


So in the end, it was a battling if scrappy contest which neither side could edge. Even so, there was a lot to applaud from both sides as they will be pleased with elements of their respective displays here.
 
For West, the stand-out performers here were led by support forward Zak Oliver who made several good runs down the right flank, and included some good passing & pace as well. Full-back Emanuel Wazola also had a fine game, particularly in the second half as the hosts were getting more lively in attack, with Wazola making some good interceptions under pressure and used the ball well too. Centre-back Tala Lo Seye also put in a very good defensive display, making it hard for the opposition to create clear-cut chances. Finally, a word for dependable skipper Reece Clarke who put in a high-energy display in both defence & supporting the attack.

Ilford had a number of good individual performances here also, with full-back Henry Fisher putting in a very good performance, utilising possession well and making several important tackles to stifle a decent West forward line. Centre forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah also had a good game, showing decent pace & movement. He could count himself unlucky to not get on the score-sheet. Support forward Josh Boxall put in a number of good runs and passes, particularly after the break. While captain Mitchell McCabe also put in a hard shift for his team, becoming more influential in the last half hour.

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


Ilford | Manager: Richard Ponsford   | Assistant: Mark Lilly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Paul Cox (16 Delphin Moorat 13′), 3 Henry Fisher, 5 Tobi James, 6 Jake Chadwick, 4 Mwetsi Matangi (14 Ozzie Nyahunda 46′), 8 Mitchell McCabe (Capt), 7 Mo Kargbo, 10 Joe Lilly (12 Harry Rawlins 66′), 9 Caleb Adomako-Mensah (15 Luke Pike 76′), 11 Joshua Boxall

Booked: James  | Sub Not Used: Fresneda


West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: George Kars

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Dren Hoti (GK) , 6 Emanuel Wazola, 15 Tala Lo Seye, 25 Mitchell Arthur, 3 Joel Lamb (10 Callum Bloss 59′), 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 17 Saliu Lo Seye (22 Timmy Moncur 73′), 8 Oliseh Okuguni, 19 Zak Oliver (18 Moyo Ajibade 70′), 20 David Bell (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 78′), 11 Cameron Gray

Sin-Bin: Okuguni [90’+2] | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Dumitru Vasile
Assistants: Karl Dunnage & Adam Schroder

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S22-23 Match Report: Woodford East 4 – 2 Hutton (Sat 21 Jan) [EPC QF 22/23 21.1.23]

Essex Premier Cup – Quarter-Final

Venue: Mabley Green 3G

2022-23 Season: Match 36

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 21 January 2023 – 1.45pm KO

Woodford E: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts & Socks

Hutton: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks


Superb comeback sees the Peacocks into the last four of the Essex Premier Cup

Woodford East 4 – 2  Hutton

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

The frosty weather again thwarted several matches in Steps 5, 6 & 7 so it was an oppurtunity to see two highly-rated sides face off in the Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals, as Essex Alliance League Senior side Woodford East welcomed the Essex Olympian leaders Hutton to Mabley Green 3G. Woodford East are fifth in the EAL Senior (Step 7) at present and named Alfie Watts in goal, with a backline of Billy Barr, Kai Law and centre-backs Matt Stacey & Joe Kemp. Eren Mehmet, Frank Glock, Callum Maltese were pushing on from midfield, with forward Harry Robinson supported by Lucio Uare and Ben Smith down the flanks. Hutton were unbeaten in the League coming into this tie, and had regular custodian Adrian Faherty in goal, with a defensive four of centre-backs Johnathon Hilliard & Lewis Scott plus Sean O’Callaghan and George Nash as full-backs. Kyle Linzell, Luke Ricketts & Stephen Judge were the central midfield three, while Jude Keeling, David Johnson & Joshua Seal were the forward line.

This match kicked into life with some verve from both sides. An early free-kick by East’s Callum Maltese needed the intervention of Hutton custodian Adrian Faherty. Hutton were also useful going forward from the early-going here, and took the lead after only seven minutes. A dangerous set-piece in by midfielder Steophen Judge evaded the home defence and picked out centre-back Lewis Scott who nodded the ball home past East stopper Alfie Watts. The visitors were in the ascendancy at this point in proceedings, although had a let-off of sorts as the Peacocks did have central defender Matt Stacey’s header dribble narrowly wide after going all the way across the face of goal. Matt Singh’s team had a goal chalked off also at the other end as another super corner by Judge evaded everyone and found the far corner, only for a foul that was detected by referee Kadir Nazif and he ruled it out.


As ever though, the Reds pushed on and did get the second goal, taking advantage of a little fortune as an initial effort cannoned off his own player & crucially stayed in play allowing forward David Johnson to power home a firm effort to double his side’s advantage. Both teams were engaging to watch in this high-tempo match, and Woodford were starting to find their rhythm past the half-hour mark, as a good effort by Peacocks skipper Frank Glock was well-denied by Faherty. The Reds kept their lead intact at the break, though I felt there was more to come in this Cup tie.

Half-Time: Woodford East  0 – 2  Hutton


That feeling materalised rather quickly, as only five minutes into the second half, Woodford East pulled a goal back, as a rapid counter was started by a long ball through to forward Harry Robinson who controlled it well and sent a cool, low finish into the far corner, with Faherty unable to deny him. This sparked a real sea change in fortunes for the Peacocks, as their threat going forward was morte palpable. Another good forward move ended with a Red defender heading against his own goalpost, but Glock could only fire off-target following-up. East forward Lucio Uare was finding more space since the interval & he made full use of it, sending several good crosses into the box. One such Uare cross evaded the Reds defence & found the run of Matt Stacey at the far post, who slotted home from a yard out to level the tie.


Woodford did get a crucial third goal to complete a stirring comeback on sixty-five minutes as a good strike by full-back Billy Barr made the most of a narrow opening to send the home dugout wild. Woodford East had struck at key moments and really looked to secure a memorable win as Robinson struck a fierce drive inches above the top right corner, with Faherty beaten. Halil Hassan’s side also had a goal chalked off on 83 minutes as substitute Andrew Rowe slotted home past Faherty, but hadn’t bypassed the off-side line. East did get a fourth goal moments later though as club stalwart Ben Smith netted an oppurtunist’s goal into the left corner to complete a fine win for the EAL side & seal some comeback.

Full-Time: Woodford East 4 – 2 Hutton


To summarise this very good enterprising match, Hutton were decent value for their lead at the interval as the Peacocks looked vulnerable at times defensively and couldn’t get past a characteristically tough Hutton backline often enough. After the break, Woodford East showed exactly why they are well thought of with a stirring comeback & some good goals along with it. It was the Reds’ turn to look somewhat shaky and they couldn’t recover and put considerable pressure on the hosts as they suffered a rare loss this term.

The stand-out performances here for the victors Woodford East start with a superb performance from support forward Lucio Uare, who was very good, especially in the second half. Uare broke down the left flank at will and put in some fine passes as well, including for his side’s leveller as well as showcasing good energy levels. Hard-working Callum Maltese & Ben Smith both got some reward for their high work rate, with Maltese putting in good passes and Smith notching the fourth goal. These two players are so important to their team. Also, centre-back Matt Stacey typified the resolve of his team after the interval with some good interceptions.

For Hutton, Lewis Scott had a good game at centre-back, despite the eventual score-line, making good clearances, showing good positioning defensively & took his goal well early on. Midfielder Stephen Judge made several important passes and also from set-pieces like the opening goal for example, while support forward Joshua Seal was a handful for the East defence to cope with, laying the ball off smartly to forwards Keeling & Johnson. Lastly, a word for full-back Sean O’Callaghan who again had a decent game, making good runs down the right side as well as covering well at times.

Finally, Congratulations to Woodford East as they again make the last four & also I’d like to wish both teams a fine rest of the season.


Teams

Woodford East  | Manager: Halil Hassan  |

Starting XI: 1 Alfie Watts (GK), 9 Billy Barr, 4 Matt Stacey, 5 Joe Kemp, 2 Kai Law, 3 Eren Mehmet, 8 Frank Glock (Capt), 11 Callum Maltese, 10 Ben Smith, 19 Harry Robinson, 18 Lucio Uare

Goal-scorers: Harry Robinson [50′], Matt Stacey [61′], Billy Barr [65′], Ben Smith [85′]

Sub On (Time): 7 Connor Braithwaite [46′], 17 Andrew Rowe [80′], 26 Jordan Lema [86′]

Booked: Kemp, Mehmet, Maltese, Rowe  | Subs Not Used: Morris, Martin


Hutton  | Manager: Matt Singh | Assistants: Bill Stratford & Dan Williams

Starting XI: 1 Adrian Faherty (GK), 2 Sean O’Callaghan, , 6 Jonathon Hilliard, 4 Lewis Scott, 3 George Nash, 8 Kyle Linzell (Capt), 7 Stephen Judge, 11 Luke Ricketts, 9 Jude Keeling, 10 Joshua Seal, 17 David Johnson

Goal-scorers: Lewis Scott [7′], David Johnson  [25′]

Sub On (Time): 12 Freddie Miller [72′], 16 Rodney Wilson [72′], 19 Will Marlowe [77′]

Booked: Seal & Judge  | Subs Not Used: Carroll, Gardner


Referee: Kadir Nazif
Assistants: James Allaoui & Norman Miller

S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge (Sat 7 Jan) [ESL 22-23 8.1.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2022-23 Season: Match 34

Saturday 7th January 2023 – 2pm KO

Ensign: Red & Blue Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Ensign secure hard-earned point and deny Redbridge a much-needed win

White Ensign  0 – 0  Redbridge

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

The opening match of 2023 saw a interesting tussle between second-placed Redbridge and hosts White Ensign, who have already secured some big results in the 2022-23 campaign in the Essex Senior. The conditions were windy and a tad slippery but considering the amount of recent rain, Burroughs Park was in good shape. With boss Aaron Bloxham away, assistant boss Nick Wibrow took the reigns here for the hosts and he named new loan signing Luis Shamshoum in goal, a defence comprised of Ben Sargent, Daniel Monk & Centre-backs Montel Shonubi and captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans. Their midfield featured Iyiola Adebayo, Joe Hunter and Kyle McAlindon, with the forward line being led by Charlie Portway, supported by Billy Bonham-Dare and Kian Bradshaw. Redbridge knew they needed the win here after leaders Enfield’s big win at Buckhurst Hill 18 hours prior and manager George Christou fielded Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with a backline of Reuben Campbell, Joe Elliott and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and skipper Dean Hall. Jerrold Cobblah and Jack Chawner were their central midfield pairing. Michael Pindy and Joey May supported forwards Ibrahim Kehinde and Tony Martin.

The early stages of this match was interesting to watch, given that White Ensign succeeded somewhat in frustrating the opposition, who could not find their rhythm, particularly in attack. Defensively, Redbridge were more rigid as you would expect for a good side & where they are in the table at present, but Ensign still carved out a big chance in the first quarter of the game. Support forward Billy Bonham-Dare managed to evade his marker and slip through a good pass into forward Charlie Portway, but unfortunately for the hosts, his low effort trickled past visiting custodian Connor Wheatley and wide of the left-side post. As the half passed the midway point, the Motormen were starting to find their passing game, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde getting in good positions, but a combination of good defending and a lack of a final pass did frustrate both Kehinde and the visiting dug-out.

Joe Elliott fires in a long throw for the visitors

Full-back Joe Elliott’s long throws were also posing a problem for the home defence, and from one of those throw-ins, support forward Joey May’s header needed tipping over by loanee stopper Luis Shamshoum, a short-term signing from Frenford I understand. Forward Kian Bradshaw was also posing a threat down the right flank wth his pace, though his tame effort when in space in the penalty area was comfortably gathered by Wheatley. Redbridge pushed on towards the end of the first half, with Kehinde having a decent chance on goal which couldn’t bypass Shamshoum.

Half-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge 

Reuben Campbell [#2] making a good surging run early in 2nd half for Motormen

I had a feeling that Motormen boss George Christou would utilise his substitutes soon after the resumption, and that would prove to be the case, with full-back Jack Roult, tricky winger Samraj Gill and midfielder Jamie Price all coming on before the hour, replacing Campbell, May & Cobblah respectively. Much to their credit, Ensign continued to be resilent in defence and occasionally made decent strides going forward as well, with midfielder Joe Hunter’s looping drive forcing Redbridge stopper Wheatley into action four minutes after the restart. Forward Ibrahim Kehinde also had a header which was well-gathered by Shamshoum after a good ball in by Elliott from the right flank. It was undeniable that the Motormen put pressure on the Ensign defence, though skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans and full-back Daniel Monk led the way commendably to stifle an increasingly frustated visiting side.

Winger Samraj Gill did make a difference to the visiting forward line after coming on, as he put in several good crosses into the box, but Shamshoum and his defenders were equal to the task, with the Ensign stopper showing as much by palming away a dangerous ball in by Gill from the left flank late on, despite being under pressure from the advancing Jamie Price. Harry Kateley also had come on for Ensign and he also made a few good runs to give the Redbridge defence a couple of nervy moments alongside Bradshaw in the latter stages, but all in all, this was a good point for Ensign, hard-earned as it was. The result sees Ensign drop to 15th, because of Romford’s win at Sawbridgeworth, while the Motormen are now ten points adrift of leaders Enfield. 

Full-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge


Although there were no goals in this contest, there was a lot of endeavour, a few good chances and some good approach play. Overall, Ensign stuck to their task well & their confidence grew as the match went on. Redbridge were unusually slow to get into their rhythm & although they pushed hard at times, they couldn’t grab that decisive goal to lessen the gap to leaders Enfield.

 Redbridge’s good performances here were led by forwards Michael Pindy and Ibrahim Kehinde, who both put in a good shift for their team. Pindy made several good runs down the right flank and showed good movement while Kehinde showed guile and good willingness to get in between defenders, although both were thwarted by a resilent home defence. Full-back Joe Elliott put in a good defensive display, as well as making a few good surging runs down the flanks. Lastly, substitute Samraj Gill heightened the pressure on a tiring Ensign defence in the last half hour, putting in several dangerous crosses into the penalty area in the latter stages. 

White Ensign had several good individual displays here, led in my view by full-back Daniel Monk who made several important clearances, covered well defensively as well as putting in some good passes forward. Midfielder Iyiola Adebayo put in another good display in both boxes, distributing the ball well alongside Joe Hunter in central midfield and showed hgh energy levels. Captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans was a good anchor in defence as well, making several timely interceptions to frustrate the Motormen attack, while goalkeeper Luis Shamshoum was as assured presence, making a few decent saves and stayed alert well too. 

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


Teams

White Ensign  | Stand-in Manager: Nick Wilbrow | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 6 Kyle McAlindon, 7 Joe Hunter (16 Teddy Rumsey 87′), 8 Iyiola Adebayo, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (11 Harry Kateley 58′), 19 Charlie Portway, 10 Kian Bradshaw

Booked: Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: Ferris, O Jenkins


Redbridge | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Reuben Campbell (Jack Roult 52′), 3 Joe Elliott, 5 Nathan Okoye, 6 Dean Hall (Capt), 4 Jerrold Cobblah (16 Jamie Price 58′), 8 Jack Chawner, 7 Michael Pindy (14 Tayo Joshua Olukolu 72′), 19 Joey May (20 Samraj Gill 58′), 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (15 James Barlow 72′), 10 Tony Martin

Booked: Cobblah  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Alex Baker
Assistants: Gary Telling & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 1 – 2 White Ensign (Fri 2 Dec) [ESL 22/23 3.12.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: 83

2022-23 Season: Match 30

Friday 3rd December 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Ensign grab another fine away win, this time at Roding Lane

Buckhurst Hill  1 – 2 White Ensign

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

A rare Friday night outing of late saw a welcome return to Roding Lane to see Buckhurst Hill take on White Ensign in the Essex Senior League. Recent departures from the home side were compounded here by a host of players being unavailable for Mark Williams’ side for this game. Goalkeeper Daniel Blockley was again between the posts, with a defence comprised of Olabajuwon Olagbaju, Will Halford, Alfie Harris & skipper Conor Tyrrell. Jake Moss, Harry Markatis & Oliver Williams were in midfield, supporting a forward line led by Hassan Nalbant and Ezekiel Bademosi, with support from James Deaney. Ensign were looking to vanquish the pain of a heavy loss in their last game, as Aaron Bloxham named Charlie Martin as goalkeeper, with their defence featuring full-backs Ben Sargent & Daniel Monk, with centre-halves Montel Shonubi and Lee Delf. Their high-energy midfield trio here were Iyiola Adebayo, Kyle McAlindon and captain Ethan Evison and in attack, Alfie Lindfield led the line with support from Billy Bonham-Dare & Harry Kateley.

The visitors looked to pinch an early advantage and forward Harry Kateley put the ball wide from a yard or so out, thanks to brave goalkeeping by Hill’s Daniel Blockley, who required some teatment. However, it was Ensign who took the lead after only five minutes as fellow forward Alfie Lindfield’s strike hit the left-side post, only for the ball to curl towards the opposite post and nestle into the net. Buckhurst also had to reconfigure their side after full-back Olabajuwon Olagbaju had to be substituted through injury after 12 minutes, with forward Fehinti Falola replacing him and James Deaney reverting to right wing-back. As the half wore on, Buckhurst did find their possession game and ventured forward to decent effect, with forward Hassan Nalbant having a few decent chances but a combination of good defending and striking off-target meant the hosts were still chasing.

Ensign were a danger on the counter-attack with Harry Kateley breaking down the left side, and another effort on goal from him brought out a good save from Blockley. Buckhurst Hill was also uncharacteristically hesitant in defence, with centre-back Alfie Harris making a few decent interceptions. At the other end, forward Ezekiel Bademosi had a powerful strike at Charlie Martin’s goal, and it came off the woodwork, as the first half was entering its last phase. Mark Williams’ side did get a deserved equaliser four minutes before the interval, as a good run down the channel by substitute Fehinti Falola found Bademosi, who fired home a good effort past Martin and into the corner.

Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 1 White Ensign


After the break, Buckhurst’s plans to push on and gain the upper hand suffered a setback as Ensign re-took the lead four minutes after the restart. An errant clearance allowed Lindfield to strive towards goal and slot home comfortably, low into the right corner. Unsurprisingly, this spurred on the hosts to claw their back into proceedings, and Nalbant again was in the action midway through the half, as his fierce drive was well parried away by Martin. Ensign did respond once again on the counter, with midfielder Iyiola Adebayo advancing towards the 18-yard box before powering a good effort which cannoned off the woodwork.

The tempo wasn’t quite as high in the latter stages which was understandable given the freezing conditions, but Ensign could have made the points safe five minutes from time as Adebayo again garnered some space before his effort on goal was denied well by Blockley. Ensign had to hold firm defensively in the last moments of this game, as from a set-piece, Buckhurst midfielder Harry Markatis brought a fine save from Martin, as Markatis’ 20-yarder forced the visiting custodian to dive away low to his left to claw the ball away from danger.


Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 1 – 2 White Ensign

In summary, whilst the depleted hosts did show good intent going forward, they were thwarted by several errors – particularly in defence. Ensign showed again that they are up for the tough battles away from home and after a heavy defeat 48 hours before this game, they showed a lot of grit, as well as some neat play at times.

For this game’s ‘stand-out’ mentions, I’ll start with the victors Ensign. Alfie Lindfield had a very good evening, scoring two decent goals and also tested the Buckhurst defence at times as well, having a few other glimpses at goal. Iyiola Adebayo put in a high-energy display in midfield, pushing forward with good movement & passing to go with it as well. Goalkeeper Charlie Martin was a reassuring presence too, making some decent saves to frustrate a fast home forward line. Lastly, a word for full-back Ben Sargent who again put in a good display, making several rapid runs down the right side to add an attacking dimension to the visitors’ counter-attacks.

For Buckhurst Hill, forward Ezekiel Bademosi took his goal well and posed problems with his good running and pace and together with fellow forward Hassan Nalbant, they looked a good forward line, getting down the channels well and putting in good crosses into the box. Early replacement Fehinti Falola also put in a good display and got a good assist, while midfielder Harry Markatis made several good interceptions to assist his team’s defending, as well as sending good forward passes as well.

Teams

Buckhurst Hill  |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Olabajuwon Olagbaju (10 Fehinti Falola 12′), 3 Will Halford, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Conor Tyrrell (Capt), 6 Harry Markatis, 7 Jake Moss (14 Sajid Aziz 76′), 8 Oliver Williams, 11 James Deaney, 9 Hassan Nalbant (15 Ayomide Ademokun 71′), 12 Ezekiel Bademosi

Goal-scorer: Ezekiel Bademosi [41′]

Booked: Bademosi, Halford  | Subs Not Used: Ferris


White Ensign | Manager: Aaron Bloxham   | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Charlie Martin (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 6 Lee Delf, 4 Kyle McAlindon (12 Teddy Rumsey 64′), 8 Ethan Evison (Capt), 7 Iyiola Adebayo (16 Jack Allen 88′), 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (15 Callum Ferris 88′), 10 Alfie Lindfield, 11 Harry Kateley (14 Jordan Chambers 64′)

Goal-scorers: Alfie Lindfield [5′ & 49′]

Booked: Evison | Subs Not Used: Summers


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith
Assistants: James Latham & Olabisi Omotosho

S22-23 Match Report: Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood (Sat 19 Nov) [EOFL 22/23 20.11.22]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: Belfairs Park

2021-22 Season: Match 28

Attendance: 25 (Est)

Saturday 19 November 2022 – 2pm KO

Leigh Rams: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Galleywood: Yellow & Black Shirts, Yellow Shorts & Socks


Rams take their chances to claim big win over Galleywood

Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood

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

The weekend match this week was remaining with the Essex Olympian League but moving up to the Premier Division clash between Leigh Ramblers and Galleywood at Belfairs Park. An hour before kick-off, we got a early sight of the match conditions which was consistent rain. Mark Hunter’s Rams side featured Dylan Skinner in goal, a defence comprised of Harry DaCosta, Barv Waiwaiku & centre-backs Jamie Skinner and captain Ryan Lowe. The midfield trio were Callum Morris, Billy Field & Matt Brinklow, supporting forwards Andrew Webster, George Moxon & Scott Clark. Galleywood were second-bottom pre-match and had Billy Cropper in goal, skipper Harry Bond, Bradley Taylor, Matthew Hicks & Freddie Bartram in their backline. Louie Herbert, Matthew Buckingham & Sean Barry were in midfield. Ben Smith led the forward line, with support from Roman Sparks & Alex Sparks.

The first half was an absolute battle as the rain continued to gain strength & influence the game. Galleywood pushed forward and had the edge early on, with forward Roman Sparks sending a half-chance off-target inside the opening eight minutes. Defending was getting increasingly tricky giving the inclement conditions and with the game getting increasingly end-to-end, the Rams did take the lead on ten minutes. Central midfielder Callum Morris saw a glimmer of an oppurtunity and unleashed a powerful strike from 30 yards out, which caught out visiting stopper Billy Cropper on its way to finding the net.

Scott Clark (#7) pushes forward for Rams in first half

Most of the rest of the half was a pretty even contest in my view, with both teams venturing forward to good effect at times. Home skipper Ryan Lowe nodded wide of goal from a set-piece, while forwards George Moxon & Scott Clark were testing the visiting backline with their running & pace. Eight minutes before the interval, Roman Sparks was in the action again as his well-directed strike was heading for the far corner, only for a terrific save by home custodian Dylan Skinner clawed it away for a set-piece.

That intervention from Skinner ended up being influential as five minutes later, in attempting to recycle possession, Galleywood lost the ball in midfield and full-back Barv Waiwaiku’s good run ended with a fine pass which found Scott Clark in some space and his strike found the right corner, giving Cropper little chance of denying him.

A set-piece for Galleywood angled in towards home defence not long before half-time

Galleywood did have another chance on goal before the interval as forward Ben Smith could not find the target, firing narrowly over the goal frame from about 18 yards out.. At the interval, Dean Reeves’ team were still in the match but the rain continued unabated, which increased the effort needed to turn the game around.

Half-Time: Leigh Rams 2 – 0 Galleywood

As it happened, that chance for the visitors was pretty much gone after the Rams scored a third goal three minutes after the resumption. A well-angled cross by Matt Brinklow into the six-yard area, which found forward Andrew Webster and his header got the better of Cropper and it trickled into the net. Despite showing some admirable resolve to get down the channels to create crossing oppurtunities, Galleywood were unable to maintain the tempo they had started the game with, as Leigh Ramblers started to find another gear themselves.

Mark Hunter’s side further secured the points with a fourth goal, fourteen minutes from time. A well-measured pass by Brinklow split the visiting defence slightly left of centre of the pitch and found the advancing George Moxon who beat the off-side trap well and slotted home past Cropper and into the far corner. This writer felt it would be a case of ‘who wanted it more’ pre-match but in the end it was also a case of defensive errors proving costly for Dean Reeves’ team, which the Rams had the quality to make the most of.

Other than that, it was a good game considering all the factors mentioned earlier. This big win took the Rams up to seventh place after the weekend’s action, eight points above the top three. Galleywood drop to the foot of the table because of the goals conceded here, but they do have at least one game in hand on all of the teams around them.

Matt Brinklow (#11) about to take free-kick for Rams in 2nd half

Full-Time: Leigh Ramblers 4 – 0 Galleywood

To summarise this battling match played in difficult, rainy conditions, Leigh Ramblers traversed their way through a tricky first half in which Galleywood had a few chances to turn the screw in the second period, scoring some fine goals in the process. To their credit, the visitors kept going but the difficult conditions had an effect on them in the later stages. The main concern for Dean Reeves’ side is the need for more goals.

The stand-out performances start with victors Leigh Ramblers. Firstly, forward Scott Clark had another good game, making good runs & taking his goal calmly at an important time. Winger Matthew Brinklow makes a difference for the Rams and showed so again, conjuring up two assists & making several astute passes too. Skipper Ryan Lowe was his usual commanding self in defence and made several important interceptions in the first half & a few driving runs into midfield as well. Lastly, full-back Harry DaCosta also had a good game, showing good energy & stuck to his role in the side well to shut out a decent Galleywood forward line.

For Galleywood, midfielder Roman Sparks was their most creative player, making several good breaks forward, having two of their better chances & also making good passes too. Captain Harry Bond made a few really good tackles to keep his team in the game as well as showing high work rate, as did full-back Bradley Taylor who also had a good match. Forward Alex Sparks also contributed to his team’s forward moves, particularly before the break.

I will close by wishing both sides a good remainer of the season. Thanks for reading.


Teams

Leigh Ramblers  | Manager: Mark Hunter | Assistant: Nathan Dewberry

Starting XI: 1 Dylan Skinner (GK), 2 Harry DaCosta, 14 Barv Waiwaiku, 5 Ryan Lowe (Capt), 4 Jamie Skinner, 7 Scott Clark, 8 Callum Morris, 12 Billy Field, 11 Matt Brinklow, 9 Andrew Webster, 10 George Moxon

Goal-Scorers: Callum Morris [10′], Scott Clark [42′], Andrew Webster [48′], George Moxon [76′]

Subs On (Time): 3 Thomas Franks [52′], 6 Scott Keys [78′]

Booked: J Skinner | Sub Not Used: Horne


Galleywood  | Manager: Dean Reeves  |  Assistant: Billy Kinchlea

Starting XI: 1 Billy Cropper (GK), 2 Harry Bond (Capt), 3 Bradley Taylor, 4 Matthew Hicks, 12 Louie Herbert, 14  Matthew Buckingham, 5 Freddie Bartram, 11 Alex Sparks, 8 Roman Sparks, 7 Sean Barry, 9 Ben Smith

Subs On (Time): 6 Charlie Priest [52′], 16 Luke Seaton [68′], 10 Lewis Weedon [73′]

Booked: Bartram | Sub Not Used: Skipper, Kinchlea


Referee: Stuart Nixon
Assistants: Joe Cowdrey & David Bloxham

S22-23 Match Report: Shoebury Town 6 – 2 AS Rawreth (Sat 12 Nov) [EOFL 22-23 12.11.22]

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Essex Olympian League – Division Two

Venue: Ekco Sports Club, Priittlewell

2021-22 Season: Match 27

Attendance: 15 (Est)

Saturday 22 November 2022 – 2pm KO

Shoebury: Black & White hirts, Black Shorts & Black Socks

Rawreth:  Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks


Second-half flourish gives Shoebury big win over Rawreth

Shoebury Town  6 – 2 AS Rawreth

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

The main match this weekend was a first visit to Ekco Sports Club to see Shoebury Town take on AS Rawreth in the Essex Olympian League Division Two. Town were looking to maintain their 100% record and go further clear at the summit. John Galley & Garry Johnson’s side had Sebastian Godwin-Turner in goal, with a backline comprised of Jack Clarke, Dominic Walton, Jenson Gentry & Max Drury. Skipper Callum Merenda was alongside Jason Carter & Aaron Marshall in midfield while the goal-hungry forward line was led by Mechack-Kisoka Asuka, with support from Ryan Galley & Luke Jackson. Rawreth are in mid-table, once again under the tutelage of General Manager Shane Bird, and Ryley Walder was their goalkeeper, with stalwarts Lucas Winzar & captain Muntizir Hussain alongside Frank Oluyitan and Salum Abdullah. Archie Tonks, Kyle Fearon, Max Bellamy & Billy Brown pushed on from midfield with skilful forwards Sonny Newcombe and Luke Cassar also starting.

This match began with both sides really competing well, but the hosts couldn’t quite find their ‘A-game’ which gave Rawreth some confidence. Shoebury forward Mechack-Kisoka Asuka had two early sighters at goal but couldn’t quite bypass visiting custodian Ryley Walder. Rawreth also showed their attacking promise at the other end & took the lead through a clinical finish on 12 minutes. Tricky forward Sonny Newcombe was played in well and Newcombe fired home calmly past home stopper Sebastian Godwin-Turner. The tempo was building nicely as we continued through the half, with Max Bellamy firing off-target as Shane Bird’s team sought to grab another goal. Asuka was the key threat for Town but his header was well-parried onto the goal frame by Walder as you sensed that Shoebury were getting their way back into the game.


Kyle Fearon (right) in possession for Rawreth in first half

Shoebury did get an equaliser right on the half-hour as a decent set-piece by Luke Jackson found Mechack-Kisoka Asuka who guided his header past Walder and into the net. Rawreth had just dropped their intensity a fraction by this point & were punished seven minutes before the interval. Forward Mechack Kisoka-Asuka got his second goal with a well-placed curling strike from 25 yards out, which was too good for Walder to get across and parry.

Shoebury were still a little vulnerable out of possession, as Rawreth showed again why they are notching goals & points this term with their free-flowing passing game. Defensively in the first half, you had to respect their attitude led by centre-back Lucas Winzar & skipper Muntizir Hussain as they frustrated the hosts for large parts of the first 45 minutes.

Rawreth’s defence having to withstand pressure towards end of first half

Half-Time: Shoebury 2 – 1 Rawreth

After the interval though, it was a fairly different game. They say ‘goals change games’ and that was almost immediately apparent here. Just two minutes after the resumption, Shoebury extended their lead as another corner from Jackson angled into the six-yard box and captain Callum Merenda slotted home from close range – Rawreth’s lapses were proving costly for them. John Galley & Garry Johnson’s side were really turning the momentum in their favour as they got a fourth goal on 49 minutes. Jackson sent in another probing set-piece which allowed half-time replacement Suhail Yasin to absolutely power home a very good header right into the far corner, giving Walder little chance.

It got harder for Rawreth, as midfielder Kyle Fearon was forced off moments after narrowly missing the target with a decent strike. Shoebury were pushing forward with more enthusiasm now and Yasin was in the action again as his curling effort was well-blocked by influential skipper Muntizir Hussain for Rawreth. Shoebury did continue to test an understandably tiring visiting defence though, and made it five with 21 minutes left, as Mechack-Kisoka Asuka got his third goal with a low strike past Walder after being well played in on goal.


Shoebury did allow the Blues a little more possession in the last fifteen minures and Rawreth did give them a warning of sorts on 81 minutes, as Winzar’s decent ball was just out of reach for Luke Cassar to strike at. Rawreth did get a second goal a minute later as a angled set-piece from just inside their half found captain Muntizir Hussain who rose highest to power home a fine header past Godwin-Turner & into the net.

This of course further motivated Shoebury to add to their goal tally, which they did a few minutes before time as a neat strike by winger Ryan Galley found the left corner, despairingly out of reach for the unfortunate Walder. Sometimes score-lines don’t always tell the story of a game and while credit has to go Shoebury for the ruthlessness and quality they showed in the second half, you have to respect Rawreth for their approach today, as they also played some good stuff at times and contributed to an entertaining tie here.

Sonny Newcombe [#13] looking to push forward for Rawreth

Full-Time: Shoebury Town 6 – 2  AS Rawreth

To summarise this entertaining game, Rawreth competed very well in the first half and more than held their own against the hosts who couldn’t initally find their astute passing game. Shane Bird’s side were a threat in that first half but after Fearon was forced off, they ended up having to play with ten men for large parts of the second half, which assisted a fired-up Shoebury to gain impetus through their faster passing & high-tempo game & score some fine goals too as they secured a deserved win in the end to go three points clear at the summit.

The stand-out performances here start with victors Shoebury, with forward Mechack-Kisoka Asuka’s fine treble leading the way (moving up to eight league goals this season in the process) but he also put in a high-energy shift, making several good runs. Support forward Luke Jackson also had a very good game, conjuring up four assists as well as stretching the understandably tiring visiting defence in the second half. Early replacement Jack Woodham also impressed with his good play & movement while half-time substitute Suhail Yasin also added energy and scored a terrific header as well early in second half.

For Rawreth, skipper Muntizir Hussain scored a fine headed goal himself, to crown off a good individual effort, making several important interceptions throughout the game. Forward Sonny Newcombe also took his goal very well, and made several good mazy runs and neat passes. Centre-half Lucas Winzar also got a decent assist (for Hussain’s goal) and also dealt with the pressure well to stifle the home forwards for most of the game. Lastly, a word for midfielder Kyle Fearon who made several good turns getting past defenders and made several neat passes until he was forced off, which ultimately changed the game.

I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of the season. Also, my thanks to John Galley, Garry Johnson & Zoe Johnson for the kind ‘Shoebury welcome’ I got today, it is appreciated.


Teams

Shoebury Town | Co-Managers: John Galley & Garry Johnson | Coaches: Reg Cody, Khystian Mirga & Lee Cody

Starting XI: 1 Sebastian Godwin-Turner (GK), 2 Jack Clarke, 3 Dominic Walton, 14 Jenson Gentry, 23 Max Drury,  15 Jason Carter, 7 Callum Merenda (Capt), 11 Ryan Galley, 4 Aaron Marshall, 8 Luke Jackson, 10 Mechack-Kisoka Asuka

Goal-scorers: Mechack-Kisoka Asuka [30′, 38′ & 69′], Callum Merenda [47′], Suhail Yasin [49′] & Ryan Galley [88′] 

Subs On (Time): 9 Jack Woodham [26′], 6 Lewis Hunt [46′], 17 Suhail Yasin [46′], 21 Zach Somerset-Butler [52′], 5 Alfie Chaplin [58′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


AS Rawreth    | Player-Manager: Shane Bird    

Starting XI: 1 Ryley Walder (GK), 15 Frank Oluyitan, 4 Lucas Winzar, 5 Muntizir Hussain (Capt), 2 Salum Abdullah, 6 Archie Tonks, 24 Kyle Fearon, 26 Max Bellamy, 18 Billy Brown, 13 Sonny Newcombe, 14 Luke Cassar

Goal-scorers: Sonny Newcombe [12′], Muntizir Hussain [82′]

Booked: None   | Subs Named: S Ahmed, Abdulkadir, M Ahmed, Bird


Referee: Guy Pell-Ilderton

S22-23 Match Report: Romford 1 – 4 White Ensign (Wed 9 Nov) [ESL 22-23 10.11.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 84

2022-23 Season: Match 26

Wednesday 9 November 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Romford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

White Ensign: Red  Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Jesse Olukolu (centre) on the ball for Romford

Incredible turnaround sees Ensign grab big win

Romford 1 – 4 White Ensign

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

The second match of this midweek saw a welcome return to Mayesbrook Park to see Romford entertain White Ensign in another Essex Senior League match. Romford had something of a re-jig in their starting XI with free-scoring Charlie Morris having recently departed for Step 4 Tilbury and skipper Kris Newby unavailable. Jake Anderson was the goalkeeper here, with an experienced backline comprised of Tambeson Eyong, Danny Hurford & centre-backs George Allen & skipper Scott Doe. Adalberto Pinto & Billy Harris were in central midfield, with wingers Jesse Olukolu and new recruit Josh Osude supporting forwards Emmanuel Robe & Lewis Smith. Ensign fielded Charlie Martin between the posts, with a defence of Ben Sargent, Callum Ferris plus centre-backs Mitchell Stuart-Evans (also skipper) and Charlie Portway. Iyiola El-Ameen Adebayo & Ethan Evison were the central midfield pair, with forwards Billy Bonham-Dare & Harry Kateley being supported by Ben Allen & Emmanuel Abudiore.

The match began with Romford putting Ensign under pressure from the early-going. Forward Lewis Smith made a good turn before getting his strike away but it didn’t test visiting goalkeeper Charlie Martin. Ensign had to do a large amount of defending during the half but when they did get forward, they did pose a threat. Harry Kateley did have a half-chance after a decent run down the left flank but saw his strike blocked. Centre forward Emmanuel Robe had the first of a few good chances but saw his effort saved low down by Martin, and rapid winger Josh Osude also firing off-target.

Romford could well have been ahead by this point but soon afterward, they had a big chance which saw Robe in on goal, with only Martin to bypass but Robe skewed his shot wide of the left-side post. The visitors had a few glimpses at goal themselves as the half wore on, with centre-back Charlie Portway angling a header over the crossbar & also Kateley also fizzed an effort wide. In the main, Ensign defended resolutely but Romford really should have had a comfortable lead at the interval, given the chances they had.


Half-Time: Romford 0 – 0 White Ensign

The second half began with a big moment for the hosts, as experienced centre-back Scott Doe was dismissed for a foul on the edge of the area. That ended up being a massive turning point as moments later, a fine strike by Ethan Evison found the net after good work by Emmanuel Abudiore, to give Aaron Bloxham’s side the lead. Before the Blues could wrestle back the momentum, Ensign’s lead was doubled on 53 minutes. Kateley was felled in the area, and referee Lukas Wood pointed to the spot. Portway stepped up & duly blasted the ball into the left corner, past Anderson.

Ensign about to have set-piece in 2nd half

The surprising turnaround continued on the stroke of the hour, as Ensign struck again with a third goal. Kateley finally did get past the Romford defence and his crisp, low finish defeated Anderson and found the left corner. Steve Butterworth’s side still pushed forward, with Osude & substitute George Cox having half-chances, with Cox being well denied by Martin. However, the home side did finally grab a goal with 13 minutes remaining. After jostling in a congested penalty area, replacement Camilo Restrepo slotted home low into the left side of the goal, five minutes after coming on to replace Olukolu.

Six minutes later, Ensign pushed forward again & after a good surging run, Ben Allen added a fourth goal with his low drive finding the far corner to complete a remarkable turnaround, in what was a really good match to watch.


Full-Time: Romford  1 – 4 White Ensign

This match is tough to summarise. Romford were the stronger side in the first half & should’ve had a clear advantage at the interval but Doe’s dismissal for the hosts energised Ensign to a terrific counter-effort which saw them score three goals in thirteen second-half minutes to utterly change the flow of the game. To their credit, the Blues never stopped pushing forward but it was ‘one of those games’ where not taking their chances cost them. That and you must also credit Ensign’s makeshift defence who competed very well indeed, as well as scoring some very good goals themselves in a incredible second half performance, boss Aaron Bloxham will have been delighted with the reaction.

There were some superb performances to note as ever. For Ensign, forward Ben Allen put in a fine display, testing the Romford defence for most of the game, as well as showing savvy passing and movement. Charlie Portway also stuck to his task really well playing as a centre-back here, making several important clearances aerially. Full-back Ben Sargent also showed his characteristic high work-rate and also made some good tackles. Forward Harry Kateley also deserves a mention for his good goal & showed good movement in the channels.

For Romford, rapid winger Josh Osude made several fine sprints down the flanks, and with it put in some good passes which on another day would’ve been key. Jesse Olukolu also put in a good display, utilising his pace and movement well and was thwarted by dedicated defending. Full-back Danny Hurford made several intelligent passes and important tackles while a mention too for tricky number 10 Lewis Smith, who made several fine runs & was unlucky not to score.

I’ll close by wishing both sides well for remainder of the season & a thank you also to Romford for their hospitality.


Teams

Romford    |  Manager: Steve Butterworth |  Assistant: Dan Spinks

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jake Anderson (GK), 2 Tambeson Eyong (16 Bleron Ademi 60′), 3 Danny Hurford, 5 Scott Doe (Capt), 6 George Allen, 4 Adalberto Pinto, 8 Billy Harris (12 Jacob Wiggins 60′), 10 Lewis Smith (17 George Cox 60′), 7 Jesse Olukolu (14 Camilo Restrepo 72′), 9 Emmanuel Robe (15 Jake Gordon 72′), 11 Joshua Osude

Goal-scorer: Camilo Restrepo [77′]

Booked: Olukolu | Sent Off: Doe  |  Subs Not Used: None


White Ensign  | Manager: Aaron Bloxham | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Charlie Martin (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Callum Ferris (6 Teddy Rumsey 46′), 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 19 Charlie Portway, 8 Ethan Evison (12 Jack Allen 82′), 5 Iyiola El-Ameen Adebayo (15 Kyle McAlindon 62′), 11 Emmanuel Abudiore (16 Charlie Sullivan 74′), 10 Ben Allen, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare, 7 Harry Kateley

Goal-scorers: Ethan Evison [47′], Charlie Portway [pen 53′], Harry Kateley [59′], Ben Allen [83′]

Booked: Stuart-Evans, Evison & Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Lukas Wood
Asstistants: Craig Wood & Gary Telling

S22-23 Match Report: Ilford 0 – 3 FC Clacton (Mon 7 Nov) [ESL 22-23 8.11.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBA

2022-23 Season: Match 25

Monday 7th November 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

FC Clacton: Yellow Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks



Resolute Clacton emerge triumphant at Ilford

Ilford 0 – 3 FC Clacton

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

The first midweek match this week saw a return visit to Cricklefield to see Ilford face FC Clacton in a Monday night match in the Essex Senior League. As you may have read, I saw Clacton put in a excellent display 48 hours previously but this was a different test altogether. It was also interesting to see the Foxes who had a complete squad change from last term, with boss Richard Ponsford bringing over the vast majority of his Essex Olympian League Premier winning Ongar Town side from last term, as well as promoting a few from the Ilford Reserve side, who compete in the Essex Alliance League now. The hosts had Tim Pitman in goal, allied with a defence comprised of Jay Fisher, Harry Herbert & centre-backs Jake Chadwick & Paul Cox. Ollie Nyahunda & skipper Mitchell McCabe were in central midfield with the advancing wingers being Josh Boxall & Harry Rawlins. Caleb Adomako-Mensah and Liam Oliver were their forwards here. Clacton made only one change to their starting XI from the aforementioned win at Southend Manor, with Jack Marshall coming into central midfield, alongside Toby Harms. Jack Johnson dropped to the bench.

Despite the hefty amount of rain in the last week, it’s worth noting that the pitch was in good nick and in the early-going of this tie, there was a few niggly fouls as both sides looked to grab the momentum. Clacton were the stronger side on-the-ball and tested the home defence more. After already having one shout for a penalty, they were awarded one on the quarter-hour by referee Jide Ogunba with foward Mekhi McKenzie being thwarted in the area. McKenzie stepped up to take the spot-kick himself but his effort was well-saved by a sprawling save by Foxes custodian Tim Pitman at the left-side post.


Clacton were the more likely side to opening the scoring, though there were a few nervy moments as the half wore on. Caleb Adomako-Mendsah broke down the left channel for the hosts, but his end strike didn’t test visiting goalkeeper Luke Avenell. In fairness, Ilford were doing alright in frustrating the fast-paced Seasiders attackers, with centre-half Jake Chadwick leading his defence well.

However, deep into first-half added time, the visitors did get the breakthrough. Ilford simply couldn’t clear their lines and in a congested 18-yard box, Jake Clowsley took a touch and fired in a good strike into the right corner.

Marshall (right) breaks down right channel for Clacton

Half-Time:  Ilford 0 – 1 FC Clacton 

After the interval, the match got ever more scrappy as both sides got rather frustrated. Soon after McKenzie had an effort over the crossbar for the Seasiders, enterprising forward Charlie Collis sent in a good cross, which centre-back Charlie Thompson headed off-target but that did serve as a warning that the hosts did not heed. Clacton did double their advantage on 69 minutes as Charlie Collis’ crisp strike from about 18 yards out fizzed into the net past Pitman.

To their credit, Ilford responded almost immediately, as a good header by Chadwick forced Avenell to parry over the crossbar well. But as so often occurs, this livened up Clacton further, and Pitman was in action again to first deny a looping effort from skipper Billy Wales and soon afterward, Pitman pulled off a fine save to deny McKenzie’s fierce strike with the 90 minutes fast approaching.


But there was another added-time goal as substitute Adam Tilson absolutely smashed a superb strike right into the top corner from at least 20 yards out, which really put the gloss on the score-line for Tom Austin’s side. You had to feel a bit for Pitman who had no chance of denying such a powerful effort. Soon after, the final whistle went and Clacton’s win took them just two points adrift of free-scoring Enfield at the summit.


Full-Time:  Ilford 0 – 3 FC Clacton

In summary, Clacton once again showed that they are they are a good side, as well as being in-form and can out-work sides. They took their goals well and the last two goals were quality strikes. Ilford had their moments as well but ultimately could not make their opponents cutting edge in front of goal, although they were decent defensively at times and had goalkeeper Tim Pitman to thank for keeping them in the match with some fine saves, particularly in the second half.

 
For victors FC Clacton, the stand-out performers begin with another fine performance by tireless forward Mekhi McKenzie. Despite having his spot-kick well-saved in the first quarter of the game, his work rate again was on display as well as showing good touches and passes. Midfielder Jack Marshall also put in a high-energy performance and took advantage of a fluid formation at times to get down the channels to put in decent crosses. A mention also for Charlie Collis who interlinked well with McKenzie in the forward line and contributed to giving the home defence a headache for large parts of the game. Finally, Technical winger Jake Clowsley also had an influence, scoring the opening goal to finally break the deadlock.

For Ilford, centre-back Jake Chadwick had to be on-form to clear seveal dangerous balls in the box and made a number of good interceptions. Goalkeeper Tim Pitman added to his early penalty save but making at least three good saves to keep his side in the contest. Forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah made a number of good runs to stretch the visiting backline plus he showed good pace and you could see why he has scored goals this term, while right-back Jay Fisher also made good tackles at times and contributed to his side’s decent defensive effort, particularly in the first hour.

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

Ilford  |  Manager: Richard Ponsford  | Assistant: Mark Lilly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Jay Fisher, 3 Harry Herbert, 5 Paul Cox (17 George Hayes 47′), 6 Jake Chadwick, 4 Ollie Nyahunda (14 Josiah Ereku 22′ in turn replaced by 16 Harry Williams 90′), 8 Mitchell McCabe (Capt) (12 Julio Fresneda 43′), 7 Joshua Boxall (15 Emmamuel Kouassi 56′), 9 Liam Oliver, 10 Caleb Adomako-Mensah, 11 Harry Rawlins
 

Booked: Hayes, Kouassi  | Subs Not Used: None


FC Clacton  | Manager: Tom Austin   | Assistant: Adam Daniels

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jenson Mulqueen (13 Fletcher Hanna 89′), 3 Billy Wales (Capt), 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Charlie Thompson, 4 Jack Marshall, 8 Toby Harms (16 Adam Tilson 84′), 7 Jake Clowsley (15 Jordan Lartey 86′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie, 10 Charlie Collis (12 Jack Johnson 79′), 11 Teddy Collis (14 Reuben Cowler 68′)

Goal-scorers: Jake Clowsley [45’+6], Charlie Collis [69′], Adam Tilson [90’+6]

Booked: Thompson, McKenzie, T Collis  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Jide Ogunba
Assistants: Charlie Duggins-Jones & Ibrahim Kose

S22-23 Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton (Sat 5 Nov) [ESL 22-23 5.11.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 45 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 24

Saturday 5th November 2022 – 2pm KO

Manor: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Clacton: White & Red Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Clacton power to big win at Manor to stay second

Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton

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

The Non-League journey finally returned after an unexpected fortnight away, as FC Clacton visited Southend Manor, in an Essex Senior League match which saw both sides wanting the points, but for very different reasons. Clacton were second pre-match, while Manor were still looking for their first win this term. Recently-appointed gaffer Alex O’Leary named loanee stopper Harry McKie in goal, with a defence comprised of full-backs Joe Burton & Kevin Toualeu and centre-backs Charm Dube and skipper Tobi James. Adalberto Pinto was in central midfield, alongside Mo Kamara. Ben Bayoko and Billy Knott were the wingers in support of forwards Deimar Queni and Harrison Day.

Clacton by contrast are having a very good start to the season but lost out last week at home to Takeley. Manager Tom Austin fielded Luke Avenell between the posts for Clacton, with a backline of centre-backs Chris Ribchester and utility player Charlie Thompson, with full-backs Jenson Mulqueen and captain Billy Wales. Their central midfield included Toby Harms & Charlie Collis, with brother Teddy Collis and Jake Clowsley on the flanks. Mekhi McKenzie led the forward line here, with support from Jack Johnson.

Jake Clowsley [#7] about to pass ball forward for FC Clacton in 1st half

The conditions really highlighted the onset on winter but then again it is November now, and Clacton started the stronger of the two sides, showcasing their possession game pretty without creating an avalanche of chances. However, that latter detail was soon sorted out as Tom Austin’s side surprised no-one by taking a 15th-minute lead. The assist went to centre-back Chris Ribchester as his lofted ball in from just outside the penalty area found forward Mekhi McKenzie and his low finish gave home stopper Harry McKie little chance. The Seasiders had scored 25 league goals prior to today’s match and that clinicial finishing was shown again five minutes after the opening goal, as winger Jake Clowsley’s fine cross from the right flank found McKenzie and after his initial attempt was blocked, his finish went high into the net to double the lead.

Manor were decent in getting their passes from defence to midfield but their final ball was not good enough to pierce the resolute Seasiders backline and therefore test goalkeeper Luke Avenell. Forwards Deimar Queni and Harrison Day were both willing runners but there was very little for them to latch on to. It could’ve been worse for Alex O’Leary’s side before the interval as Clacton winger Teddy Collis made a fine run down the left wing, evading two defenders before playing in Clowsley with the latter’s powerful strike being well parried away by McKie.


HT: Manor 0 – 2 Clacton

Unsurprisingly, the hosts rung the changes after the interval with three substitutions made. Darby, Manyewe and Attwood all entered the action in place of James, Bayoko and Knott. There was a distinct need of a change of fortune and it nearly cropped up four minutes into the half. A fine free-kick from the right by central midfielder Adalberto Pinto found the run of full-back Kevin Toualeu and his powerful header wasn’t far wide of the right-sided post. But before they could build-up any momentum, Clacton grabbed a third goal on 52 minutes. McKenzie was in the action again as patient build-up from a set-piece saw skipper Billy Wales loft the ball into the far post area and McKenzie’s well-directed header found the net for his treble here and an 11th league goal of the season.


Chris Ribchester (centre) heads the ball away for the Seasiders

That goal really made the challenge more difficult for Manor, and this time Clacton were not in any frame of mind to concede territory. Charlie Collis’ free-kick was parried over by the over-worked McKie before the hour mark though Clacton finished the match strongly to take the points. Firstly, a good darting run by substitute Reuben Cowler ended with a fine low finish on seventy-five minutes before a Teddy Collis spot-kick made it five seven minutes later. Manor did get something from the game with moments remaining as replacement Joe Darby was played in well by O’Leary’s pass and his low finish defeated Avenell to get a consolation. Even so though, the Seasiders were comfortable winners and all credit to them.

Wales (#3 – left) puts in cross for McKenzie’s 3rd goal for Clacton

Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton

In summary, Clacton were comfortable for the vast majority of this match and their resolute defending gave a resounding answer as to what the outcome was going to be in this game. Manor unfortunately could create enough chances to test Seasiders custodian Luke Avenell, despite the occasional decent forward move. Clacton’s finishing & final ball were far superior as they remain in second spot after this match.

Several visiting players stood out today. Forward Mekhi McKenzie had another really influential match, scoring three good goals, provided a constant threat and also showed high work rate. Congrats to him. Also, Chris Ribchester had another fine game in defence for Clacton, with full-back Jenson Mulqueen bursting down the flank from right-back, putting in some good crosses & lastly Jake Clowsley once again showed his quality from the right flank, putting in fine passes to create chances well.

For Manor, forward Deimar Queni stuck to his task and showed a high work rate, and made some good darting runs down the channels as well. Full-back Kevin Toualeu also did well, showing high energy and made good tackles. Midfielder Mo Kamara also had an alright game & a word for substitute Joe Darby who showed good finishing to claim his late goal.

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


Teams

Southend Manor  | Player-Manager: Alex O’Leary  | Assistants: Kudus Oyenuga & Jack Morris

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harry McKie (GK), 2 Joe Burton, 3 Kevin Toualeu, 5 Charm Dube (16 Murphy Duncan 75′), 6 Tobi James (Capt) (17 Rgee Manyewe 46′), 4 Adalberto Pinto, 7 Ben Bayoko (15 Niall Attwood 46′), 8 Mohamed Kamara, 9 Deimar Queni, 10 Harrison Day (14 Alex O’Leary 75′), 11 Billy Knott (12 Joe Darby 46′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Darby [89′]

Booked: Kamara   | Subs Not Used: None


FC Clacton  | Manager: Tom Austin  | Assistant: Ryan Salter

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jenson Mulqueen (16 Fletcher Hanna 76′), 3 Billy Wales (Capt), 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Charlie Thompson, 4 Toby Harms, 8 Charlie Collis (15 Adam Tilson 68′), 7 Jake Clowsley (14 Rueben Cowler 58′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie (12 Jordan Lartey 68′), 10 Jack Johnson (17 Joe Hillier 76′), 11 Teddy Collis

Goal-scorers: Mekhi McKenzie [15′, 20′ & 52′], Reuben Cowler [75′], Teddy Collis [pen 82′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Ripton

Assistants: Gary Telling & Ray Parmenter

S22-23 Match Report: Runwell Sports 0 – 1 Shenfield AFC (Sat 15 Oct) [EOFL 22-23 15.10.22]

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Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Venue: St Luke’s Park

2021-22 Season: Match 22

Attendance: 35 (Est)

Saturday 15 October 2022 – 2pm KO

Runwell: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts &  Yellow Socks

Shenfield: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Shenfield grab hard-fought win at Runwell

Runwell Sports 0 – 1 Shenfield AFC

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

The Saturday outing this week was a first visit to St Luke’s Park for what I felt was a ‘lesser-known gem’ of a match between Runwell Sports and Shenfield AFC in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division. The hosts are back this term in the Intermediate top-tier for the first time in about twenty years and representing Rob Hodgson’s side here was goalkeeper Josh Hudson, a defence comprised of full-backs Charlie Buffin & Oliver Williamson and centre-backs Taylor Armstrong and Nathan James. The Central midfield duo were skipper Jordan Gregory and Damilare Eniolorunda with Joe Olley supporting a front three of Gianni Frankis, James Dalton and Charlie Little. Shenfield had Joe Durrant in goal, with a defence of Sam Bubb, Tom Black, Elliott Thompson and Jack Maleary. The three-man midfield was led by captain & co-boss Luke Williamson, with Marc Holland and Marlon Stratford alongside him. Their goal-hungry forward line was led by Ben Absolon, Alex Tredgett and Ben Carroll.

This match did not take long to provide a few half-chances, with Shenfield forward Ben Absolon having an early strike off-target before Runwell forward Gianni Frankis responded at the other end, nodding wide at the far post past Shenfield stopper Joe Durrant. Shenfield did seem to have that bit of extra zip about them and they did break the early stalemate after eleven minutes, as midfielder Marc Holland’s strike from the edge of the penalty area took a deflection which looped it over unfortunate home custodian Josh Hudson and into the net.


There was an air of ‘fine margins’ at this point but as the half wore on, Shenfield did start to retain the ball better and push on to create some further chances. One such chance occured on the quarter-hour as a decent break forward ended with Ben Carroll being denied by Hudson. Runwell were solid enough in defending but more often than not, their clearances were just going back to the Shenfield defence or midfield, who in turn added to the pressure the hosts’ backline was enduring. Absolon had also had another half-chance before Runwell started to see more of the ball and keep Durrant alert in the process.

Runwell’s Gianni Frankis did well to get down the right channel of the penalty area and outdid his marker before finding centre forward James Dalton but his strike lacked the power to bypass the Shenfield goalkeeper, who got across to save well. Five minutes before the interval, Shenfield forward Ben Absolon did well to get down the left, evading defenders before sending in his cross which Runwell defender Taylor Armstrong had to deal with and did so well, heading it over his own goal frame.

Oliver Williamson’s [#3, left] long throw arrows in the first half

Half-Time: Runwell  0 – 1  Shenfield

The second half was high on competitiveness but also high on niggly fouls which stifled both teams at times. Runwell forward Charlie Little was having to do a fair bit of defensive work earlier on, but just shy of the hour, a good through ball released him to face Durrant one-on-one but it was the goalie that got the better of that moment, with Little’s shot being saved when well-poised. AFC substitute Jack Shaw showed a glimpse of his ability soon after as his swivel & strike didn’t threaten Hudson’s goal but did send an alert that the visitors were keen to wrap up the points.

Rob Hodgson’s side were more in the game since the interval but a resilent & determined Shenfield defence were making it difficult for them. Frankis again had a glimmer at goal with 17 minutes remaining, but unfortunately for him, he lost his footing as he struck wide of the left-side post, leaving Durrant a chance to draw breath.

Runwell push forward in first half

Shenfield were still a threat on the counter-attack and one said counter led to Shaw pouring forward, requiring Hudson to advance out of his goal to challenge and whilst outside the eighteen-yard area, the visiting forward was felled as referee Daniel Mann showed little hesitation in deeming Hudson as the ‘last man’ and duly sent him off, leaving Sports down to ten men for about the last ten minutes.

There were a tense few moments in the latter stages after Hudson’s dismissal but the tiring visiting forward line did not heavily threaten emergency custodian Nathan James’ goal as they were content with the lead they had, which was enough to give Kevin Williamson & Luke Williamson’s hard-working side the three points. Armstrong had a decent strike wide in the last few seconds but as the referee blew for time, Shenfield could be pleased with both their performance & the points.

Shenfield midfield Marc Holland challenges for the ball late on

Full-Time: Runwell Sports 0 – 1 Shenfield AFC

To summarise this gritty game, Shenfield just had the edge in terms of chances created and being resolute throughout the spine of the side as well. Runwell showed the spirit that saw them to success last season but they didn’t create enough chances or sustained pressure to force at least a share of the points in my view.

The stand-out performances here stand with victors Shenfield. Forwards Ben Carroll & Ben Absolon led the line well for Kevin Williamson & Luke Williamson’s side here, stretching the defence, making intelligent runs and sending it good crosses at times. Also, a word for centre-back Elliott Thompson who was a powerful presence to maintain the resolute response to some decent build-up play by the hosts. Lastly, central midfielder Marc Holland put in a hard-working display and made some good passes as well as getting the goal with his deflected looping strike.

For Runwell, there were some good performances also. Winger Gianni Frankis did well at times, getting down the flanks utilising his pace and also having a couple of chances at goal. James Dalton also led the forward line well despite the relative lack of service, and had to come deep to get the ball in the second period. Centre-back Taylor Armstrong was a good, solid presence for Rob Hodgson’s side making several important clearances while lastly, a word for full-back Oliver Williamson who dealt with the pressure well & put in a high-energy performance too.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Runwell for their welcome today & to both teams for their kind words today. It is appreciated.


Teams

Runwell Sports     | Manager: Rob Hodgson  |  Assistants: Jason Davis & Ian Read

Starting XI: 1 Josh Hudson (GK), 2 Charlie Buffin, 3 Oliver Williamson, 5 Taylor Armstrong, 6 Nathan James, 4 Jordan Gregory (Capt), 8 Damilare Eniolorunda, 10 Joe Olley, 7 Gianni Frankis, 9 James Dalton, 11 Charlie Little

Subs On (Time): 16 Jamie Philbrick [63′], 15 Riley Armstrong [71′]

Booked: Little, Olley | Sent Off: Hudson [79′] | Subs Not Used: Day, Sparrow, Watson


Shenfield AFC    | Co-Managers: Kevin Williamson & Luke Williamson    

Starting XI: 1 Joe Durrant (GK), 2 Tom Black, 3 Sam Bubb, 15 Elliott Thompson, 11 Jack Maleary, 4 Luke Williamson (Capt), 5 Marlon Stratford, 8 Marc Holland, 7 Ben Carroll, 9 Ben Absolon, 17 Alex Tredgett

Goal-scorer: Marc Holland [11′]

Subs On (Time): 14 Jack Shaw [replaced Tredgett 46′], 18 Jack Panons [replaced Absolon 70′], 12 Frankie Fealty [replaced Carroll 85′], 6 Samuel Lock [replaced Williamson 86′]

Booked: Absolon, Bubb   | Subs Not Used: A MacKay


Referee: Daniel Mann
Assistants: Daniel Ward & Stuart Tredget