Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Cockfosters (Sat 9th Nov) [ESL 19/20 9.11.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 42

2019 – 20 Season: Match 38

Saturday 9th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks

 

 

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Cockfosters power past mis-firing Manor at Southchurch Park

Southend Manor 0 – 4  Cockfosters

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional (labelled) photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @Wilkins_media)

The Essex Senior weekend continued on Saturday as I returned to Southchurch Park as Southend Manor took on in-form Cockfosters. Manor named a back four of Derek O’Halem and Kiah Froud as full-backs with ex-Redbridge player Reece Latimer alongside Cameron Harris at centre-back. Right winger Jordan Chambers skippered the side, with a front two of Larry Akanbi and Michael Ogboin. On the bench were the likes of Max Makaka and Oussama Khayar. Cockfosters were unbeaten in their last three matches heading into this one and retained Brad Robinson between the sticks, with Dan Odamo partnering skipper Danny Haigh at centre-back with Reece Monsanya reverting to left wing-back. Billy Healey and Ned Clarke resumed their forward partnership here while George Beattie and Ceykan Karagozlu were among the substitutes.

Before the match, we had the customary minute’s silence to mark this Remembrance weekend and it was observed impeccably. This match didn’t take long to fire up once it started with ‘Fosters player-boss Ryan Wade whizzing a free-kick just wide of the left-side post only two minutes in. A ‘blink of an eye’ later, the net bulged as neat play from Ned Clarke saw him tee up strike partner Billy Healey who made no mistake in firing low past home ‘keepr Josh Blackburn. Moments later, the dozy start by the hosts was compounded as Clarke headed in for the visitors’ second only three minutes afterwards.

‘Danger signs’ continued to sound for the home defence as on nine minutes, a fine cross from the left by winger Alex Michaelides only just eluded opposite winger Rueben Campbell’s head at the back stick. Five minutes later though, the visitors would have a third goal as a peach of a cross by Clarke found Healey’s head and his looping header evaded Blackburn and into the net. It was some start for Cockfosters and not being unkind, though Manor looked a bit stunned by it. Try as they might, they could not really get their passing game going as errant passes went astray, much to the home side’s frustration.

That being said, central midfielder Ruben Kennedy did to an extent get his team going with some astute passes and with twenty minutes gone, he played in support forward Grant Frances though visiting custodian Brad Robinson gathered well at his feet. Manor were creating half-chances but their shots on goal lacked the power to beat Robinson, with forwards Michael Ogboin and Larry Akanbi being denied comfortably before another strike by Ogboin sailed into the side-netting.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 3  Cockfosters

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Either side of the interval, Manor continued to gradually build their platform of passes, requiring Cockfosters skipper Danny Haigh to make two crucial interceptions to temper the opposition attacks. As we approached the hour mark, more neat work by Clarke ended with another good Michaelides cross from the left which again just couldn’t find the arriving Campbell at the back post. Robinson was called into action again soon after, first denying a Frances strike before the same player angled in a free-kick from 20-plus yards out, which the visiting ‘keeper clawed away.

Cockfosters once again built up their forward play as we entered the last twenty minutes as from a nice back header by Healey, Clarke struck wide. Substitute George Beattie also drew a decent save out of Blackburn , moments after entering the scene. To their credit, Manor were determined to get something out of this match, shown in spades by energetic winger Oussama Khayar, who made several rapid runs down the channel to spur his side on. With 12 minutes remaining, Khayar’s good ended with a shot that went just wide. Soon after that, a good cross-field ball by Khayar found full-back Derek O’Halem who in turn found substitute Max Makaka though his strike just outside the box lacked the venom to bypass Robinson.

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Cockfosters rounded off a fine afternoon with five minutes left as after a fine run by replacement Ceykan Karagozlu, his thoughtful pass found Beattie who couldn’t miss from close range. Despite Akanbi having two half-chances late on, Manor were well beaten here after their poor start had effectively cost them the match.

 

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Cockfosters

In summary, it was the right result despite Manor showing more willingness to get forward and more energy in the second half. Quite a few players stood out for me today – for the victors it was hard to ignore the front two of Billy Healey and Ned Clarke, with their understanding growing and three goals between is some return today. Also, right winger Rueben Campbell had a good game as did Alex Michaelides on the opposite flank and powerful centre-back Dan Odamo who typically was no-nonsense in his clearances. For Manor, right-back Derek O’Halem did well with a disciplined and energetic performance, with Michael Ogboin and midfielder Ruben Kennedy also working hard to get their side going. Also a mention goes to substitute Oussama Khayar who expended a lot of energy with driving runs down the channels to try to get his team going, but to little avail.

Finally, I’d like to thank Southend Manor for their hospitality and wish them and Cockfosters well for the remainder of this campaign.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters | Assistant: Garry Pond

1 Josh Blackburn (GK), 2 Derek O’Halem, 3 Kiah Froud, 4 Ruben Kennedy, 5 Reece Latimer, 6 Cameron Harris, 7 Jordan Chambers (Capt) (18 Harry Markatis 60’), 8 David Salako (17 Oussama Khayar 60’), 9 Sadiq ‘Larry’ Akanbi, 10 Grant Frances, 11 Michael Ogboin (15 Max Makaka 71’)

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Brocklebank, Williams

 

Cockfosters | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade | Assistants: Nick Mountford & Tony Faulkner

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Nick Briggs, 3 Reece Mosanya, 4 Ryan Wade, 5 Danny Haigh (Capt), 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Reuben Campbell, 8 Billy Murray (15 Josh Yoane 87’), 9 Billy Healey (14 Ceykan Karagozlu 78’), 10 Ned Clarke (George Beattie 73’), 11 Alex Michaelides

Goal-scorers: Billy Healey [3’ & 14’], Ned Clarke [6’], George Beattie [85’]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Crockett

 

Referee: Reece Pinchback

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town (Fri 8th Nov) [ESL 19/20 9.11.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 78

2019 – 20 Season: Match 37

Friday 8th November 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge : Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford: Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

 

 

 

 

 

Woodford strike late to grab win in entertaining battle at Oakside

Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town

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

This Essex Senior weekend first saw me head to Oakside on Friday night to see Redbridge entertain Woodford Town in a battle of two mid-table sides. Redbridge fielded Jake Larkins between the posts, with centre-backs Dean Hall and recent acquisition Eamon Payne, and a front three of skipper Tom Harvey, Taylor Tombides and Tony Martin. Daniel Gilchrist, Rujorn Tuitt and James Barlow were all options from the bench. Woodford, now under the stewardship of boss Ross Weare, had Eli Benoit and Morgan Seaman as their full-backs with skipper Tola Odedoyin at centre-back alongside Joshua Steele and Lauric Diakiesse leading the line. The likes of Lance Ledgister, Chinua Archer and Tyler Fowles were options from the sideline.

Woodford certainly started the match on a strong footing, with forward Lauric Diakiesse powering a strike which flew back off a post with only four minutes gone. Minutes later, after a corner by skilful midfielder Andrea Mantovani, an initial effort by Diakiesse was blocked, which led to centre-back Joshua Steele hitting wide though the hosts would consider themselves warned at this point.  After 18 minutes, tricky winger Anis Mehmeti got in on the efforts on goal as he fizzed an effort wide too, while moments later, the Motormen’s first real sighter of goal saw forward Tony Martin blast a drive into the side-netting.

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Action Still with Redbridge manager Micky Wetherall looking on from the sidelines (Image: Scott W)

As the rain lashed down on the ground, Woodford were showing all of their energy, pace and passion and were testing the home backline, with anchor midfielder Harvey Brown making two good interceptions in the first half. Eventually though, Town would not be denied and they broke the stalemate short of the half-hour as Mantovani curled in a low drive into the right-side corner after an initial effort was repelled by the Redbridge defence. Unsurprisingly, the already fired-up Woodford fans were revved up by the opener and Town had the ball in the net nine minutes before the break, though it was chalked off for an off-side.

Half-Time: Redbridge 0 – 1 Woodford Town

The second-half began with Steele again getting up from the back for the visitors and drilling an effort wide. The likes of Mehmeti and rapid winger Dion Lewis-Kirwan was really adding to the home side’s headache as they were too fast for defenders to stick tight to. That said, the Motormen did break back into proceedings as the hour mark approached as Martin played in the ever-threatening Taylor Tombides though he failed to beat visiting custodian Alex Reed, who gathered his effort well. Woodford were also dealt a blow as Diakiesse was shown a second yellow for an apparent tussle in the opposition area just past the hour mark.

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Still image with Ross Weare watching on from Woodford Town dugout (Image: Scott W)

At the other end, home stopper Jake Larkins also denied Town superbly twice, with the latter occasion being from Steele, after being put in by Mehmeti. The amount of chances Town had to put the game away did cost them somewhat as midway through the second half, Martin unselfishly played in Tombides following a counter-attack, and the goal-hungry forward made no mistake from close range.  As we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest, it was the hosts’ turn to not make the most of chances as substitutes James Barlow and Dan Gilchrist were unable to bypass Reed in the Woodford goal. Redbridge substitute Rujorn Tuitt also had a strike deflected when well-placed in the latter stages though it was Town who ultimately got the points with three minutes remaining. A super run down the right channel ended with a pinpoint cross to substitute Lance Ledgister, who buried it in the corner past Larkins.

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Full-Time: Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford Town

In the end, Woodford’s pace and energy made life hard for Redbridge who created several chances themselves though ultimately fell to that late winner by substitute Ledgister. Considering the tricky conditions, this was a good marker for two good attacking sides & therefore a good ‘advert’ for the Essex Senior.

In terms of stand-out performances, for victors Woodford I must pay a special mention to livewire wingers Anis Mehmeti and Dion Lewis-Kirwan. Mehmeti was a constant threat with his trickery, pace and directness. Lewis-Kirwan also had a really good game and you have to respect his persistence having recently returned after a long spell out injured. Fair play to you, Dion and your club. Creative midfielder Andrea Mantovani had a real influence on his side’s forward play while left-back Morgan Seaman also put in a good energetic shift as well tonight.

Finally, I’d like to wish both sides well for the remainder of the campaign and given that both teams are attack-minded; it was good to see both sides in action here.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Redbridge  |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

1 Jake Larkins (GK), 2 Jordayne Henry, 3 Jack Blackledge, 4 Harvey Brown, 5 Dean Hall, 6 Eamon Payne, 7 Connor Okus (18 James Barlow 46’), 8 Darnell Bromfield (12 Daniel Gilchrist 57’), 9 Taylor Tombides, 10 Tom Harvey (Capt), 11 Tony Martin (15 Rujorn Tuitt 70’)

Goal-scorers: Taylor Tombides [68’]

Booked: Larkins | Subs Not Used: Edmunds, Raymond

 

Woodford Town   |  Manager: Ross Weare

1 Alex Reed (GK), 2 Eli Benoit, 3 Morgan Seaman, 4 Joshua Steele, 5 Tola Odedoyin (Capt), 6 Frankie Naidoo (8 Georges Kebi 74’), 18 Chris John, 11 Anis Mehmeti, 7 Dion Lewis-Kirwan (14 Lance Ledgister 64’), 10 Andrea Montovani, 9 Lauric Diakiesse

Goal-scorers: Andrea Montovani [27’], Lance Ledgister [87’]

Sent Off: Diakiesse (two bookings) | Subs Not Used: T Joseph, T Fowles, Archer

Referee: Jide Ogunba

Match Report: White Ensign A – A (0 – 3) Wroxham (Sun 3rd Nov) [FAV 19/20 R2 4.11.19]

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The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 96

2019 – 20 Season: Match 35

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Wroxham: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

 

Floodlight failure means Wroxham unable to complete win at Burroughs Park

White Ensign 0 – 3 Wroxham

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

The final match of a hectic weekend saw a return to Burroughs Park for the latest match of White Ensign’s record-breaking FA Vase run, at home to Thurlow Nunn Premier (Step 5) high-flyers Wroxham. Enisgn have already won at home to Cornard Utd and Buckingham Athletic in the Vase this term, though this would be an altogether tougher assignment. Ensign fielded goalkeeper James Parkins between the posts, a defence of Charlie Buffin, Thando Moyo and centre-backs Elliot Vile and Andy George with a front three of Dominic Locke, Connor Barnby and player-boss Brett Munyard, who had recovered from illness. Ben Austin and John Hillard were among a four-man substitute’s bench. Wroxham named captain Ollie Sutton in goal, with a midfield of sitting midfielder Jordan King, Harvey Black plus wingers Simon Lappin and Charlie Clarke supporting forwards Shaun Taylor and ex-Norwich City veteran Grant Holt, still going at the age of 38, which commands respect you have to add. The Yachtsmen could afford to name six substitutes with Tim Henery, Ryan Oakley and Tom Huckerby among them.

White Ensign looked to start the contest strongly with neat attacking play as in the opening minute support forward Connor Barnby struck an effort straight at opposition stopper Ollie Sutton from 20 yards out. Wroxham predictably responded soon afterwards, as midfielder Harvey Black struck narrowly wide of the right-side post on the quarter-hour. Black then had another opening soon after from a corner though he was unable to divert the ball past home custodian James Parkins. As we entered the midway point of the half, Brett Munyard’s sweet free-kick found centre-back Elliot Vile’s head though Sutton flew in the air rapidly to make a fine one-handed save to deny him.

 

 

That chance would hurt the hosts as only a minute later, a good ball in to the back-post by the visitors found wily striker Grant Holt, who headed back across goal and strike partner Shaun Taylor evaded his defender and bicycle-kicked home from about six yards past Parkins. Ensign could have levelled on 26 minutes as another fine free-kick from Munyard was foiled by Sutton who kept his focus and his bearings to tip it over. Wroxham were starting to unsettle the flowing passing game of the hosts, though not before on the half-hour a good ball in by energetic full-back Charlie Buffin found rapid winger Dominic Locke whose cross from the by-line found forward Luke Skinner though his header lacked direction as it flew wide.

The Yachtsmen were always a threat at the other end of the pitch, with Holt being well denied by a great tackle by centre-back Andy George, denying him a sniff of goal. Moments later, Barnby did well to play in Munyard though he couldn’t bypass Sutton and the glaring chance only increased when the rebound found Luke Skinner, only for the latter to skew his effot wide, after more good work by Locke down the right. Sutton got a bit of luck just before the interval as he rushed out of his goal too quickly though Munyard could only head wide with the goal gaping.

Half-Time: White Ensign 0 – 1 Wroxham

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After the interval, all the good chances Ensign had came back to bite them somewhat as four minutes into the half, desite loud cries of off-side by the home supporters, winger Charlie Clarke nipped in to beat Parkins one-on-one to give Jordan Southgate’s side that crucial second goal. Unsurprisingly, the visitors grew in confidence after that and could have been further in front if Holt hadn’t blazed wide when one-on-one with Parkins on 53 minutes. They didn’t have to wait long for the third though as five minutes later, a superb cross in from the left had enough height to evade centre-back Elliot Vile and fell right on Clarke’s head who powered home well to really add ‘insult to injury’.

 

With 21 minutes remaining, Locke was denied by combination of defender and Sutton though the big story was just about to hit us. With around fifteen minutes yet to play, quite suddenly the floodlights went out around the around all at once and despite pleas from the visitors to see the game out, referee Stephen Matthews halted proceedings. Despite efforts to restore the stricken generator station, the referee soon after had no option but to abandon the match.

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Lights out…. Play is halted (Image: Scott W)

Match Abandoned after 75 mins with score: White Ensign 0 – 3 Wroxham

All in all, this was a closer match than the scoreline may seem, though equally Ensign were unusually not clinical with their chances and were found a little wanting in their passing to the forward line. Wroxham took their chances well and showed good levels of craft as well as energy and skill.

Finally, with regards to stand-out performances here, Dominic Locke once again shone for Ensign with pace and power as well as decent passing ability to go with it. Connor Barnby also supplemented the forward line well with movement and pace, while full-back Thando Moyo made several important interceptions to stifle the impressive visitors, and the other full-back Charlie Buffin put in a typically dynamic, energetic display with good defensive nouse as well good energy. For the Yachtsmen, ex-Scottish International Simon Lappin showed enough skill and creativity to really get his side ticking, while Shaun Taylor and Charlie Clarke were constant threats to the over-run home defence at times. Anchor midfielder Jordan King also deserves a mention for breaking up opposition attacks well at times. Finally, goalkeeper Ollie Sutton made two superb saves to keep his side well in the contest before they were in the ascendancy.

Thanks also to Ensign for their hospitality today, it was also great to see former Premier League players Grant Holt and Simon Lappin in action as well. It doesn’t come around every day. It would appear the situation is that the FA have decided that the replayed match will take place at Wroxham’s Trafford Park on Wednesday night. I can only add that you can never second-guess what the FA decide.

 

Teams

White Ensign    | Player-Manager: Brett Munyard | Assistant: Mark Healy

1. James Parkins (GK), 12. Charlie Buffin, 17. Elliot Vile, 5. Andy George, 14 Thando Moyo, 4. Harry Skinner, 8. Jake McWee (Capt) (Ben Austin 46’), 10. Luke Skinner (9. John Hilliard 63’), 7. Connor Barnby, 11. Dominic Locke, 20. Brett Munyard

Booked: H Skinner | Sub Not Used: Ainslie, Maleary

 

Wroxham  | Manager: Jordan Southgate |

1. Ollie Sutton (GK & Capt), 2. Wyatt Hill, 3. Travis Dodsworth, 4. Jordan King, 5. Mac Gee, 6. Chris Skipper, 7. Charlie Clarke, 8. Harvey Black (12. Tim Henery 65’), 9. Grant Holt, 10. Shaun Taylor, 11. Simon Lappin

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Poynter, Oakley, Manning, Dasaolu, Huckerby

Referee: Stephen Matthews

Match Report: White Ensign Res 1 – 1  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  (Sat 2nd Nov) [EOFL 19/20 2.11.19]

Essex Olympian League – Senior Division Three

Venue: Len Forge Centre [3G]

2019 – 20 Season: Match 34

Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 2.00pm KO

W Ensign Res: Sky Blue & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Wakering: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

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Pitch pre-match 

Chance-laden match ends all-square for Ensign Ressies & Hullbridge ‘A’

White Ensign Res  1 – 1  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

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

For this weekend’s Saturday match, I elected to defer to Olympian League action once again, and after the glib weather had taken out my initial choice, I headed to the Len Forge Centre to see White Ensign’s reserve side face the Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ side (aka their Developmental side) in EOFL Senior Three. Jack Caten named a decent side with a few of his Ensign team having played for the first team in left-back Yaw Danso, centre-back Daniel Casey and winger Lubona Wyatt. Current first-teamers James Parkins and Bradley Gates started in goal and in midfield respectively. For the Hullbridge side, Josh Boswell and Henry Shields were among their forward line with custodian Rod Morrissey and centre-backs Henry Hands and Oscar Driscoll. Joe Darby and Charlie Oakman were among their substitutes.

Ensign looked to keep the ball on the deck in the early stages of this contest, on a very damp artificial surface. The first real chance though fell to the visitors on six minutes as forward Josh Boswell did well to get past the home defence though after rounding goalkeeper James Parkins, heis effort on goal was blocked by a well-positioned covering defender. The ‘Bridge side did come back into the match and had decent amount of possession in the midway point of the half though Ensign responded as after a good run by winger Lubona Wyatt, the ball came to midfielder Bradley Gates who wafted his strike well over.

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Moments later at the other end, a corner for ‘Bridge found centre-back Henry Hands six yards out though his header was punched away by Parkins. Neither side could get that decisive strike away at this point, though on 33 minutes, after a 40-yard run, midfielder Joss Pountney was brought wide by his marker though could still get a shot off that just fizzed past the angle of crossbar and post. The half concluded with two telling chances with varying results. Wyatt showed good persistence n the flank on 37 minutes before finding Pountney though he could only fire off-target with only ‘keeper Rod Morrissey to beat.

And then with half-time a minute away, the Hullbridge side took the lead. A rapid break bypassed the home defence, with Boswell unselfishly playing in Henry Shields who superbly blasted home from twenty yards right in the top corner past Parkins.

Half-Time: White Ensign Res  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

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Ensign introduced Mechack-Kisoka Asuka at the break and he nearly made an instant impact as he had a sight at goal though could only find the side-netting. A flurry of chances followed for both teams, with centre-back Archie Matthews heading wide from forward Lewis Brown’s corner. That was swiftly followed by Boswell crashing a drive against the woodwork in what was a really promising chance. Ensign did level things up on 62 minutes as Asuka used his rapid pace to good effect, breaking through the visiting backline before cooly slotting low past Morrissey into the far corner, just out of the grasp of the covering defender.

The chances continued to sway for both sides, as six minutes after the equaliser, Gates free-kick smashed the crossbar. Seconds later, a powerful strike by midfielder Harry Mole came back off the crossbar and post though it was adjudged not to have crossed the line. In the latter stages of this very open encounter, Matthews and Asuka both struck off-target for the hosts while substitute Joe Darby also hit the woodwork for Hullbridge, he showed good purpose and pace in his cameo. Fellow replacement Charlie Oakman also clipped the post with Parkins to defeat before the Ensign ‘keeper made a sprawling save to deny a super curling effort late on. Brown then had an effort on the stroke of full-time that also grazed the much-used goal frame though both teams had to settle for a point.

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Full-Time: White Ensign Res 1 – 1 Hullbridge Sports ‘A’

In some ways, the draw was the right result as either side could have won though unfortunately didn’t have the desired finishing.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the hosts I felt winger Lubona Wyatt stood out with his pace and movement down the left flank, while Mechack-Kisoka Asuka impressed in his appearance from the bench. Centre-back Archie Matthews made some timely interceptions and goalie James Parkins made a few crucial saves as well to keep that point intact. For the visitors, forward Josh Boswell got in many promising positions, and could have easily had a hat-trick. In midfield, Billy Carter put in an energetic shift, with Joe Darby doing well after coming on and Harry Mole also did well at times too.

Finally, my thanks to the hosts for their hospitality today. I wish both sides well for the remainder of the EOFL Senior Three campaign.

 

Teams

White Ensign Reserves    | Player-Manager: Jack Caten

Starting XI: 1. James Parkins (GK), 2. Max Pitts, 18. Yaw Danso, 13. Daniel Casey, 6. Archie Matthews, 7. Sam Smith, 16. Bradley Gates, 17. Rudi Voller, 8. Joss Pountney, 11. Lubona Wyatt, 9. Lewis Brown

Goal-scorers: Mechack-Kisoka Asuka [62’]

Subs On: Jack Thompson, Mechack-Kisoka Asuka | Subs Unused: A Skinner, J Caten

 

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  | Manager: Adrian Hands

Starting XI: 1. Rod Morrissey (GK), 6. Henry Hands, 4. Oscar Driscoll, 33. George Mole, 14 Harry Mole, 30. Tom Quelch, 32. Billy Carter, 16 Henry Shields, 7. Charlie Cox, 34. Josh Boswell, 11. Will Bray

Subs On: Joe Darby, Charlie Oakman, Luke Livingstone | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Nnaemeka Ukah

Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 4 May & Baker (Fri 1 Nov) (EaSL 19/20 2.11.19)

Eastern Senior League South

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 105

2019-20 Season – Match 33

Friday 1st November 2019 – 8.30pm KO

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

May & Baker: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

Bakers emerge with fine win at Cricklefield

Barkingside 0 – 4 May & Baker

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

A rare Friday night match this season took me back to Cricklefield, where Barkingside faced May & Baker in the Eastern Senior League South. As it happened, there were quirks aplenty here. First, ‘Side were facing their Reserve team’s former co-bosses Jordan Harris & Alec Simm, who brought with them the bulk of their team there to M & B in the summer. Then there was the very unfortunate nature of the hefty delay to the match. I’ll say it for what is, the nearly non-existent pitch markings clearly irked the match officials & the assessor for some time and they only relented after home club officials Jimmy & Roger done some 11th hour-work to make the lines around one penalty box more visible, respect to them.

Anyway, at around 8.15pm the officials made their decision and the match got going just after 8.30pm. As for the teams themselves, ‘Side fielded Charlie Howson between the sticks, a back four of Frankie Sinclair, Ricardo Bailey, Shaq Foyewa and skipper Elliott Scott, with Joe Gent and Joe Oates leading the line. Jacob Dingli and Ali Rajim were among the options from their bench. Bakers had Frankie Worboyes in goal, skipper Kane Messenger in central midfield and a front three of Darren Seymour, Kai Warren and Carl Patten. A strong substitutes’ bench included Gabriel Odili, Ricky Teixiera and Daniel Barth.

The delayed start seemed to affect the hosts more in the early-going as they conceded with six minutes gone, as less-than-sharp defending handed the ball back to tricky forward Kai Warren inside the penalty area before burying low into the left-side corner past home ‘keeper Charlie Howson. Barkingside did edge forward on the counter five minutes later though forward Joe Gent’s cross was too deep and led to winger Ben Clarke’s drive being blocked. Right on the quarter-hour, M & B nearly added to their goal tally as a fierce drive by captain Kane Messenger forced Howson into action, the ‘keeper doing well to parry and gather in short order. As we entered the midway point of the half, Barkingside did retain the ball though their finishing was wayward, as first support forward Dan Jones blazed his strike well wide before moments later, a decent hit by central midfielder Sam Bashua cannoned back off the goal frame.

That glimmer of light for the hosts was snuffed out in a big way soon afterward as on 27 minutes, Bakers made it 2 – 0 as a well-directed cross by Warren into the six-yard area ended up going in as Howson dropped the ball in facing goalward. Bakers two minutes afer that then dispossessed their hosts in their half with midfielder Josh Lowbridge breaking clear before playing in the on-rushing Darren Seymour who blasted home with aplomb.

Steven La Sage’s side responded with another attack on the half-hour mark though as Gent first evaded the off-side trap, his cut-back from the right flank just missed the oncoming Bashua at the back stick from a few yards out. Bakers had more chances to round out the half as first, centre-back Jake Piper headed just over the woodwork from a neat free-kick, before Seymour lofted an effort over the target.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 3  May & Baker

The first half certainly wasn’t devoid of action, though the restart was a little quieter. On the hour, after ghosting past his marker, Oates could only head wide before Jones had another drive on goal gathered by visiting stopper Frankie Warboyes. With 15 minutes to play, M & B forward Danny Gillham struck wide with only Howson to bypass. ‘Side did not look their most energetic though the pouring rain did make it tougher for them. With six minutes remaining, substitute Jacob Dingli sent a pass in for Clarke though Worboyes got in first. Bakers sealed a fine evening’s work with two minutes left as a thunderbolt from 20-plus yards out by replacement Ricky Teixiera sailed through the hands of Howson. Dingli almost pulled one back for the hosts on the stroke of full-time though Worboyes did well to save at his feet. With that, the referee blew up for time – at 10.20pm or so. One interesting evening’s football done.


Full-Time:  Barkingside 0 – 4  May & Baker

In fairness, a strong performance by the visitors was more than enough to deserve the win, though their recent poor form may have added a few nerves in defence at times. In my view, forwards Kai Warren and Carl Patten stood out for Bakers tonight as they really gave the home backline something to think about, with midfielder Kane Messenger a driving force as well. For ‘Side, forwards Joe Oates and Joe Gent looked their most likely source of invention and goals though they will know they need to improve on this showing, despite the circumstances that preceded the match. On that note, you have to feel for the hosts who were let down in terms of pitch preparation.

Finally, thank you to Barkingside as ever for their hospitality. Good to see May & Baker in action as well for first time in a while. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of this campaign.

 

Line-up’s

Barkingside                   |      Manager: Steven Le Sage

1. Charlie Howson (GK), 18. Frankie Sinclair, 3. Ricardo Bailey (2. Jonathan Santos 46’), 4. Sam Bashua (12 Jonathan Ogunsanya 46’), 5 Shaq Foyewa, 6. Elliott Scott (Capt), 7. Archie Hammond, 8. Dan Jones, 9. Joe Gent (14. Jacob Dingli 83’), 10. Joe Oates, 11. Ben Clarke

Booked: Oates  |   Subs Not Used: Hayward, Rajim

May & Baker          |            Joint-Managers: Jordan Harris & Alec Simm

1. Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2. Cain Brougham, 3. Ryan Leavens, 4. Josh Perry, 5. Jake Piper, 6. Kane Messenger (Capt), 7. Darren Seymour, 8. Josh Lowbridge (17 Jamie Pooley 70’), 9. Carl Patten (Gabriel Odili 77’), 10. Danny Gillham, 11. Kai Warren (15 Ricky Teixiera 73’)

Goal-scorers: Kai Warren [6’], OG (Howson) [27’], Darren Seymour [29’], Ricky Teixiera [88’]

Booked: None        |  Subs Not Used: Khimji, Barth

Referee: Thomas Whay

Match Report: Cockfosters 1 – 0 West Essex (Tues 29th Oct) [ESL 19/20 30.10.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: 40

2019 – 20 Season: Match 32

Tuesday 29th October 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

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

 

Cockfosters battle hard to resist off-key West at Chalk Lane

Cockfosters 1 – 0 West Essex

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

Midweek matches returned as I made a first visit to Chalk Lane to see this Essex Senior battle between Cockfosters and West Essex. The ground is a short walk away from the Cockfosters London Underground station and with player-boss Ryan Wade and assistant Nick Mountford both playing here, managerial duties were allocated to experienced coach Tony Faulkner. The ‘Fosters edged a ferocious match at home to Sporting Bengal the previous weekend and named Brad Robinson between the sticks, a back four of former Ilford captain Danny Haigh, on-loan Marcus Crowther plus centre-backs Dan Odamo and Mountford. Wingers Reece Mosanya and Alex Michaelides supported forwards Billy Healey and recent signing Ned Clarke. Ceykan Karagozlu, Sam Ruff and Harley Haag were among the options on the hosts’ bench. West were missing near ever-present Sanchez Hardy and midfielder Emanuel Wazola though could still field ‘keeper Jack Coker, with Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss and Cameron Gray in midfield with Symeon Taylor being chief support to forward Michael Mignot. The likes of Hakim Medfai, Brad Russell and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe were on the bench for Kwame Kwateng’s side.

You suspected that this would be quite an attack-minded game given that both sides score goals and that was the case here. Barely a minute in, Cockfosters forward Billy Healey struck wide when given a sighter at goal. The Stags retaliated straight away as Mignot struck wide before having another effort on-target though it was cleared off the goal-line as the home defence set out to improve on their record of conceding recently. The hosts came back into the contest with winger Alex Michaelides headed over on 19 minutes after a fine ball in from the right side. Four minutes later, a well-struck drive by right-side winger Reece Mosanya needed the strong hand of visiting stopper Jack Coker to push it over the woodwork.

 

West were still dangerous at the other end although they couldn’t find that concise final ball to really outdo the home defence. Mignot’s pace again was a threat and just past the half hour, he raced past the ‘Fosters defence though his low strike was well kept out by Cockfosters custodian Brad Robinson.

Half-Time: Cockfosters 0 – 0 West Essex

Honours-even at the break then, though the visitors would have felt they shelled enough chances to have a decent lead at the interval. Early in the second half, Robinson extended his calm presence as he did well to gather midfielder Callum Bloss’ telling ball into the six-yard area before denying Mignot again after the forward had zipped past him on the counter. The hosts were building some momentum of their own though as they were certainly a threat going forward, with winger Reece Mosanya in particular posing problems with his pace, trickery and crossing. With 56 minutes on the watch, home forward Ned Clarke struck wide it was a let-off for the visitors.

Such let-offs would soon expire though as midway through the second-half the hosts took the lead as another telling ball in from the left by the impressive Alex Michaelides found Clarke who manufactured half a yard of space before firing home calmly past Coker to break the deadlock here. It could have been worse for the Stags as minutes after entering the fray, substitute Ceykan Karagozlu ghosted past the West defence, cut inside and sent a rasping strike just wide of the far post. It wasn’t to be West’s night as with eight minutes remaining, Taylor showed good touch before playing in replacement Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe who in turn ran down the left channel before his super centre found Bloss at the back stick though his header was straight into the grateful gather of Robinson.

The visitors’ frustration was visibly confirmed in added-time as after tracking back into his own half, Mignot saw red for a reckless challenge on ‘Fosters player-boss Ryan Wade, for which he soon apologised post-match on social media.  It shouldn’t detract from a decent match though and Tony Faulker’s side will be happy to grab another victory.

Full-Time: Cockfosters  1 – 0  West Essex


In summary, Cockfosters deserve credit for being robust defensively despite being under heavy pressure for several phases of this encounter and being more than useful in attack. Goalkeeper Brad Robinson had a calm, assured presence here and stood out alongside  rapid winger Reece Mosanya, full-back Danny Haigh, forward Ned Clarke and fellow winger Alex Michaelides who all gave the opposition a headache here.

Although West had a good first half here, they still didn’t quite seem entirely themselves and lacked some of the energy they are known for going forward. Striker Symeon Taylor did well as did young full-back Sam McNally and centre-back Josh French. Mignot once again was a searing threat for his side even though his evening did not end well.

Finally, I’d like to note the hospitality shown by Cockfosters tonight. I am pleased to have finally visited the ground and their friendly staff are a credit to their club, and to the League. They are certainly worth a visit. I sincerely wish them well for the rest of the debut campaign in the Essex Senior.
Teams

Cockfosters  |  Manager: Tony Faulkner (with Wade & Mountford on-pitch)

1. Brad Robinson (GK), 2. Danny Haigh (Capt), 3. Marcus Crowther, 4. Ryan Wade, 5. Dan Odamo, 6. Nick Mountford, 7. Reece Mosanya, 8. Reuben Campbell, 9. Billy Healey (15. Sam Ruff 77’), 10. Ned Clarke (12. Ceykan Karagozlu 72’), 11. Alex Michaelides

Goal-scorers: Ned Clarke [65’]

Booked: Haigh | Subs Not Used: Charles, Haag, Prempeh

 

West Essex    |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

1. Jack Coker (GK), 5. Nick Walk, 2 Sam McNally, 4. Tom Macleod (Capt), 14. Josh French, 16. Greg Frederick, 8. Callum Bloss (9. Hakim Medfai 86’), 11. Cameron Gray (18 Brad Russell 71’), 10. Joe Lefley (20. Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 79’ ), 7. Michael Mignot, 12. Symeon Taylor

Booked: Walk | Sent Off: Mignot | Subs Not Used: Woodbridge, D Russell (GK)

Referee: Endrit Malaveci

Match Report: Takeley 0 – 2 Hadley (Sat 26 Oct) [ESL 19/20 27.10.19]

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Essex Senior League

Saturday 26th October 2019 – 3pm KO

Venue: Station Road

Attendance: 71

2019-20 Season: Match 31

Takeley: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

 Hadley: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

 

Takeley 0 – 2 Hadley

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

On a wearily cold and wet afternoon at Station Road, Takeley looked to put a poor week behind them as they entertained in-form Hadley in a fascinating Essex Senior League encounter. It was evident before kick-off that conditions would be tricky as the pitch was soaking up yet more falling rain throughout. Takeley fielded long-serving goalkeeper Ronnie Yates between the sticks, full-backs Mike La Ronde and Coby Miles with a front three of Glen O’Hanlon, Bryn Thorpe and recent recruit Steven Wade. Messrs Humphrey, Deamer and Nick Barrett were on the bench. Hadley had Luke Ward in goal, a back four of Bradley Marriott, Yemi Buraimoh, skipper Paul Wright and Tom Milton with a forward line of Solomon Ofori, Luke Jupp and Shaz Anwar. Alfie Bartram, Peter Rosemin and James Hammond were all unavailable for Anthony Clark’s side while Bradley Osborne and Jason Rice were among their substitutes.

Takeley showed their intent in the early stages as attacking full-back Coby Miles showed pace and decent passing too as he looked to assist his side. Hadley had the first telling chance though a few minutes in as winger Cameron Ferguson’s curling effort was heading for the top corner though home custodian Ronnie Yates did well to parry that away. The visiting forward line of Ofori, Anwar and Jupp were showing incisive passing which needed the home defence to intervene well on a few occasions during the half. Takeley pushed forward just after the quarter-hour as a dangerous ball in by forward Steven Wade was thumped away decisively by no-nonsense Hadley skipper Paul Wright – one of those that was heading for ‘Row Z’. A big chance presented itself moments later as forward Bryn Thorpe was six yards out with only visiting stopper Ward to beat though his effort lacked the necessary power as the ‘keeper got down well to claw the ball away from danger. That chance was punished on 19 minutes by the visitors as they took the lead. A stirring run down the right by full-back Bradley Marriott ended with a peach of a cross to the back post where Ferguson planted a header past the helpless Yates. The Bricks were handy going forward, with Solomon Ofori stretching the home defence on the visitors’ right. Takeley stuck to their task fairly well though were also a little sluggish in clearing their lines at times.

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Half-Time: Takeley  0 – 1  Hadley

You suspected there would be more drama to come after the break and the start of the second half didn’t disappoint. Moments after the restart, Hadley forward Jupp struck wide before the sides shared some glorious chances. Nine minutes into the half, a cross into the area for the hosts by Thorpe only just evaded Wade at the back post whilst at the other end, a free-kick by left-back Yemi Buraimoh found midfielder Stephen O’Hara though he could splice his effort wide with only Yates to bypass. It did feel at that point that more goals were coming and unfortunately for the hosts, it was to their detriment. With 66 minutes on the watch, the visitors doubled their lead, much to the delight of the small travelling support as Jupp maneuvered a yard of space just inside the area before firing low past Yates well into the corner. Takeley kept going in the declining conditions though a 30-yard free-kick from Mitchell Das with fifteen minutes to play was gathered by Ward at the second time of asking as the visitors held on for another good three points.

Full-Time:  Takeley  0 – 2  Hadley

In summary, The Bricks deserved their victory today, as they put in a hard shift to nullify the Takeley attack at times, whilst having good phases of the game themselves. Several players stood out for both sides, with Solomon Ofori having another good game down the visitors’ right flank, well-supported by right-back Bradley Marriott who was a threat as well with pace and crossing while forward Luke Jupp and Cameron Ferguson also gave the home defence a headache. For the hosts, Coby Miles stood out at left-back, with forwards Bryn Thorpe and Steven Wade also did well, as did Mitchell Das with his delivery from set-pieces. It was also good to catch up with the ‘Bricks fans & Committee as well, they are enjoying a good vein of form presently. Finally, I’d like to thank Takeley for their hospitality and the welcome they extended to us today.

 

Teams

Takeley                      |      Manager: Marc Das

1. Ronnie Yates (GK), 2. Mike La Ronde (16. Lewis Deamer 77’), 3. Coby Miles, 4. Olakunmi Sosanya (17. Nick Barrett 63’), 5. Matt Hurley, 6. George Powell, 7. Mitchell Das, 8. Jason Todd (Capt), 9. Bryn Thorpe, 10. Glenn O’Hanlon, 11. Steven Wade (12. Andre Humphrey 67’)

Booked: Powell   |   Subs Not Used: Castle, Gill

Hadley           |            Manager: Anthony Clark

1. Luke Ward (GK), 2. Bradley Marriott, 3. Yemi Buraimoh, 4. Paul Wright (Capt), 5. Tom Milton, 6. Stephen O’Hara, 7. Solomon Ofori, 8. Nnamdi Harold-Egole, 9. Luke Jupp (16. Jason Rice 88’), 10. Shaz Anwar, 11. Cameron Ferguson

 

Goal-scorers: Cameron Ferguson [19’], Luke Jupp [66’]
Booked: Ferguson   |  Subs Not Used: Osbourne, Shirley-Clarke, Scott

Referee: Steven Walsh