Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 0 West Essex (Tues 13th Nov) [ESL 14.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Attendance: 62

2018-19 Season – Match 33

Tuesday 13th November 2018  – 7.45pm KO

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

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

 

Hullbridge emerge with the points after late goals seal the win over West at Lower Road

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos by Scott & @ABridgeTooFar16

Another midweek venture in this season’s Essex Senior League took me to Lower Road to see high-flying Hullbridge take on mid-table West Essex. The last two visits to this ground saw ‘Bridge held by Leyton Athletic and Ilford in league action. Darren Manning named a front three of captain Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako with Joe Skeels and Matt Tapley in midfield. West’s season has been inconsistent thus far and after a two-week break from action, they named Jack Coker between the sticks with a back four of Emmanuel Wazola, Josh French, Nick Walk and Josh Kane though Joe Lefley, Sanchez Hardy and James Bromley were among those unavailable.

Both sides traded chances early on, as West goalkeeper Jack Coker denied Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley only two minutes in. The visitors showed their penchant for counter-attacking with pace at times as well and they had their first half-chance ten minutes in as West midfielder Callum Bloss struck an effort wide. Hullbridge were awarded a penalty on twenty minutes after a foul on Hornsley in the area. Strike partner Jimmy Cox stepped up though his spot-kick crashed against the crossbar and out of play.

West continued to battle hard despite having to take off their main forward Ogedi-Uzokwe midway through the half and did have the odd foray forward though ‘Bridge did finish the half strongly, although the debate is there that they didn’t make the most of their chances. First, with three minutes to go until the break, a strike from home forward Michael Salako did beat Coker but was well-cleared off the line by covering defender Josh Kane. Moments later, a goal-mouth scramble saw the Stags twice deny their hosts on the line as a combination of the goalkeeper and visiting defence got in the way to preserve the stalemate at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 0  West Essex

West came out after the break with renewed vigour and had some joy in midfield getting past the attack-minded hosts as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed put in a number of telling balls through to substitute forward Hakim Medfai, with the latter having three chances on goal in the opening 15 minutes of the half, though he couldn’t find a way past home stopper George Marsh.

West defender Josh French was perhaps a tad fortunate as another searching centre from the hosts was headed powerfully against his own crossbar. The visitors’ impeccable record during the evening of clearing shots off the goal-line was extended early in the half and as we got into the middle part of the half, it seemed as though the hosts had rather ‘run out of energy’. The Stags had the odd chance of their own as on 72 minutes a powerful effort by Medfai called Marsh into action, sprawling across well to parry the low strike wide. Minutes later, a good ball in from the right by stand-in right-back Emmanuel Wazola found skipper Tom MacLeod though his header was gathered by Marsh.

‘Bridge responded with hunger as Hornsley was a thorn in the visiting defenders’ sides in the latter stages. After he had sent two half-chances wide, a third oppurtunity in the space of five minutes was well-blocked by Coker though it was a sign of late drama to come. With two minutes of normal time remaining, Hornsley’s ball in from the right was seized on by substitute Nathan Scarborough who made no mistake at the near post. Barely a minute later, the visitors’ luck ran dry as another Hornsley cross was pushed away by Coker though it fell to Salako who calmly slotted home to finally put the match to bed that they could have made easier for themselves.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 0  West Essex

To be absolutely fair, Hullbridge created too many chances to not deserve the win though they could do with being sharper in terms of finishing. In my view, Joe Skeels, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako stood out for the hosts tonight. West have reasons to be pleased with this performance. They do have grit and determination in abundance as they frustrated their opponents and played good football themselves at times as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed, ‘keeper Jack Coker and the central defensive pair of Josh French and Nick Walk did well for them.

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‘Bridge’s Mickael Salako in action (Credit: Neil H)

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks, Matt Rose, Sam Taylor, Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels, Matt Tapley (Adebola Sotoyinbo 69′), Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [88′], Michael Salako [89′]

Booked: Dunn   | Subs Not Used: Skinner, Coe, McLeavy

 

West Essex    | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emmanuel Wazola, Josh Kane, Josh French, Nick Walk, Tanvir Ahmed (Symeon Taylor 65′), Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Hakim Medfai 21′), Cameron Gray

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: McNally

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Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 10th Nov) [BLN 11.11.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Bostik North round-up. How did your side do?

 

Sat 10 Nov

AFC Sudbury  0 – 0   Basildon Utd   |  King’s Marsh (3G) | Att: 287

The new era at Basildon started with a shut-out at Sudbury. The Bees, under the Interim leadership  of co-chair Lee Connor, have not won in five matches though still picked up a credible result with a much-changed side following their ‘reorganisation’ this week.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 0   Mildenhall Town   | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att: 111

Bowers continued their unbeaten run this term and their superb defensive record with this win over the Hall at the Len Salmon. A double from Lewis Manor [30′ & 45′] saw the hosts ahead before David Knight made another three points safe on 56 minutes with the hosts’ third. Mildenhall’s day got worse as both Thomas Boxer and James Seymour were dismissed here as they fell to their fourth straight loss.

Coggeshall Town   1 – 0   Barking    | West Street | Att: 112

Cogg maintained their fine form with a late winner at West Street. Sam Bantick kept up his superb scoring run with a goal ten minutes from time and secure his side’s fourth win on-the-spin. Barking are still finding wins hard to come by with two wins in their last six outings.

Dereham Town   2 – 3  Maldon & Tiptree   | Aldiss Park | Att: 143

This game saw the sides trade superiority on the score-sheet at Aldiss Park. Dereham led at the break through Jamie Forshaw on four minutes before Ollie Ebbage [28′] doubled that lead to put the out-of-form hosts in a good position. Maldon roared back though in the last 20 minutes of the contest as first, Oliver Kensdale pulled one back on 74 minutes before Jack Cawley [85′] levelled things up. Kensdale scored the decisive winner a minute from time to give Wayne Brown’s side their third win on-the-bounce.

Felixstowe & Walton Utd  1 – 2   Grays Athletic    |  Dellwood Avenue | Att: 310

Grays withstood a comeback from Felixstowe to pick up the victory at Dellwood Avenue.  Early goals from Joao Carlos [2′] and Kieran Bishop [23′]  put Jamie Stuart’s side in command. Miles Powell’s goal three minutes after the interval opened the game up though Ath held on to claim their 4th win in their last five matches.

Heybridge Swifts   2 – 1   Canvey Island   | Scraley Road | Att: 357

Canvey came unstuck at in-form Heybridge. Swifts led  through regular scorers Matt Price [30′] and Harrison Chatting [49′]. Although Canvey made it a tense end thanks to Jake Joliffe’s strike 15 minutes from time, the hosts won their fifth game in their last six.

Soham Town Rangers  3 – 0   Witham Town   | Julius Martin Lane | Att: 151

Soham won this bottom-two clash with Witham. They led after only four minutes thanks to Will Gardner’s goal. In the second half, further strikes from Ryan Auger [50′] and Sal Mulready on the cusp of the 90 saw Soham to only their second win this season while Witham have lost five of their last six natches now.

Tilbury   1 – 2  Bury Town   | Chadfields | Att: 110

Finally on Saturday, Bury Town came back to win at Chadfields. Jack Carlile put the hosts ahead on 66 minutes though a late brace from Cemal Ramadan [81′ & pen 85′] turned the tide to get their third win in their last five games while the Dockers parted company with boss Joe Keith and assistant Lee Hodges following this match and swiftly replaced them with former Basildon management duo Marc Harrison and Liam Wallace.

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

Match Report: Walthamstow 3 – 0 Leyton Athletic (Sat 10th Nov) [GBT QF 10.11.18]

Gordon Brasted Trophy 2018-19: Quarter-Final

Attendance: 57

2018-19 Season – Match 32

Saturday 10th November 2018  – 3pm KO

Walthamstow: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shoorts,  Blue Socks

Leyton Athletic: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks

‘Stow overcome Leyton and the weather to make it into the GBT Semi-Finals

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

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Players, Officials & Management observe the two-minutes silence for Rememberance Sunday. Lest we forget.

On a weekend of exclusively ESL Cup action with the Pete Butcher Trophy making its debut in the schedule, I went to Wadham Lodge to see this Gordon Brasted Trophy Quarter-Final tie. Walthamstow named a very strong starting XI, with James Peagram and Christian Owusu being the front two, Rheo Josephs on the left and the evergreen Lee Flynn at full-back. Leyton had a blow to contend with this week as forward Dwade James left the club to join…. Walthamstow, though he was ineligable for this match. For them, James Scammell continued in goal, with Eli Benoit once again skippering the side and Luwayne Greenwood the focal point in attack.

This match began with the hosts on the front foot, though the main issue was finding the final ball to bypass the three-man Ath central defence. Winger Rheo Josephs was having some joy down the ‘Stow left flank with his pace and crossing and on 19 minutes, Josephs had a sight of goal after being played in by forward James Peagram, though the former’s shot from a narrow angle was taken by Ath goalie James Scammell. On the cusp of the half-hour mark, fellow home forward Christian Owusu also struck wide.

It must be said though that both teams had to contend with a deluge of rain and to add to that, a hefty hailstorm as well. Leyton did show their game at times and looked pretty rapid on the counter-attack though they did also get the wrong side of the assistant referee’s flag on a few occasions. Ryan Maxwell’s side did keep the pressure on as just after the half-hour, Josephs again broke down the left channel, beating the on-rushing Scammell to the ball though couldn’t find the telling centre  to make the most of it in that attack.

As it happened, only a minute later the hosts took the lead as a peach of a free-kick from midfielder Robbie Martin curled right into the danger zone and Peagram headed in cooly. Ath had barely settled back into play when ‘Stow doubled their advantage as midfielder Matt Brinklow unleashed a sublime dipping shot which evaded Scammell’s grasp and then crept under the crossbar. One for the Brinklow ‘play-book’ there I suspect.

Half-Time: Walthamstow  2 – 0 Leyton Athletic

After the break, the rain continued to pour down making playing conditions ever more tricky with the ball holding into the pitch and the like. The hosts effectively sealed the contest five minutes after the interval as from Martin’s pass, Peagram struck home his second of the afternoon.

In the last half hour, Leyton did keep going and tried to keep their rapid passing game going despite the torrid conditions. Skipper Eli Benoit as ever tried to drive his team on by making powerful runs forward though in fairness, home custodian James Harkin didn’t have much to do besides cutting out crosses and the like. ‘Stow at the other end had two good chances to add to the score-line though substitute Joe Benjamin, on debut got ahead of the tiring Ath defence thouh chipped wide and moments later, Peagram’s audacious 40-yard lob hit a post with Scammell beaten. Scammell did well with minues remaining to deny a 20-yard bolt from ‘Stow full-back Ross Pope and in almost the last action of the game, Harkin denied attacking midfielder Mario Gjini’s effort.

All in all, a good win for the hosts who were the better side today. Congrats to Walthamstow and best wishes to Leyton Athletic for the remainder of the season.

Full-Time: Walthamstow   3 – 0  Leyton Athletic

Walthamstow  | Player/Manager: Ryan Maxwell

James Harkin (GK), Ross Pope, Lee Flynn, Reece Conway (Emmanuel Dasho 74′), Craig Pope (Capt), Jack Leachman, Matt Brinklow, Robbie Martin (Gus Douglas 82′), James Peagram, Christian Owusu, Rheo Josephs (Joe Benjamin 50′)

Goal-scorers: James Peagram [35′, 50′], Matt Brinklow [38′]

Booked: Conway, Martin   | Subs Not Used: Gebrai, Edwards (GK)

Leyton Athletic    | Manager: Glen Kendall

James Scammell (GK), Jayesh Gohil (Jonathon Klug 46′), D’Neil Bryan, Jason Brown, Eli Benoit (Capt), Cory Rider, Misha Djemaili (Emmauel Oluwole 56′), Dujan Foster (Francesco Cicconi 56′), Luwayne Greenwood, Mario Gjini, Lance Ledgister

Booked: Oluwole, Brown     |  Subs Not Used: Jinadu, Walsh (GK)

Match Report: May & Baker EC 0 – 1 Swaffham Town (FA Vase R2 – Sun 4th Nov) [FAV 4.11.18]

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Barking Rugby Club

Attendance: 165

2018-19 Season – Match 31

Sunday 4th November 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Swaffham Town: Black & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Swaffham progress with a injury-time winner in a real battle at Barking Rugby Club

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

The FA Vase Second Round weekend ended here with this battle of Eastern Senior League South v Eastern Senior League North at Barking Rugby Club where May & Baker Eastbrook Community (to give it it’s full title) welcomed Swaffham Town. The hosts have already beaten Saffron Walden Town and North Greenford Utd in their Vase run and named a front two of Dan Gilchrist and Besmir Hoxhaj, both players who have been scoring well for the club in all competitions this season. Swaffham, who are among the leaders in their division, named Tommy Rix between the sticks with Nick Castellan and Joe Jackson on the flanks with diminutive skipper Alex Vincent partnering Kyle Plumb in attack.

It must be said that after a rugby match was played on the pitch the previous day, it may have had an effect, as it was a tad bobbly to say the least. Still, it was the hosts who had the opening sighters of goal as midfielder Sam Dickins blasted over the bar in the opening five minutes. Both sides did rather struggle to settle and adapt to the conditions during the first half though during the midway point of the first 45, Swaffham had their best period of the match thus far as forward Alex Vincent was showing his skill to trick his way past the home defence  on a coupl of occasions.

As the half was teetering towards its conclusion, Swaffham winger Joe Jackson was well denied a one-on-one oppurtunity with home ‘keeper Micheal Gooch by a last-ditch challenge by defender Joe Maskell, who shortly after required treatment for a head injury (Cue the ‘Terry Butcher bandaged head’ look from the World Cup in Italy in 1990). M & B winger Kiel Chandler had a good strike well-saved by visiting stopper Tommy Rix three minutes before the break though it was scoreless at the interval, with the tension rising.

Half-Time: May & Baker EC 0 – 0  Swaffham Town

The visitors began the second-half with a fair bit of the ball though neither side really had a stranglehold on the game. On the hour, the hosts were denied by good save by Rix as midfielder Conor Okus made a surging run into the box before driving a good strike which needed the intervention of the Swaffham ‘keeper. Only a moment later, Okus headed wide from the resulting corner.

The hosts kept the pressure on in the next passage of the game though star striker Dan Gilchrist didn’t really have the type of chances he thrives on as the Swaffham defence soaked up the pressure from defending a number of set-pieces. As we entered an increasingly nervy latter part of the match, the visitors kept going and after a good run by Vincent, Jackson was one-on-one with Gooch though contrived to skew his strike wide of the far post in what was a huge let-off for M & B.

That let-off was a sign as it turned out as in the first minute of added time, substitute Luke Reed was played in well and buried a low shot past Gooch into the corner to send Micky Wetherall’s side out in heart-breaking circumstances. Some may argue they didn’t create enough chances though in fairness, there was little to seperate the sides here for the majority of the contest. Swaffham advance though to the next round and they await their opponents in the draw to come early next week.

Full-Time: May & Baker EC  0 – 1 Swaffham Town

 

May & Baker EC  | Manager: Micky Wetherall

Michael Gooch (GK), Craig Hall, Joe Maskell, Dean Hall (Capt), Henry Osei, Sam Dickins, Conor Okus, Kiel Chandler (Reece Tranter 69′), Tom Harvey, Besmir Hoxhaj (James Barlow 60′), Daniel Gilchrist

Booked: D Hall   | Subs Not Used: Warren, Oxby, Martin (GK)

Swaffham Town     | Manager: Paul Hunt

Tommy Rix (GK), Danny Tindall, Louis Duarte (David Weaver-Pope 68′), Dean Miller, Matthew Gilchrist, Ryan Pearson, Nick Castellan, Tommy Hunt (Luke Reed 79′), Kyle Plumb (Sam Carter 73′), Alex Vincent (Capt), Joe Jackson

Goal-scorers: Luke Reed [90’+1]

Booked: None     |  Subs Not Used: Conner, Watson (GK)

Match Summary: Leigh Ramblers 0 – 2 Harold Wood Athletic (Sat 3rd Nov) [EOFL 3.11.18]

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Saturday 3rd November – 2pm KO

Venue: Belfairs Park

2018-19 Season: Match 30

Leigh Ramblers: Navy Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts & Black Socks

Harold Wood Ath: Maroon & Sky Blue Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

 

Gritty Ath trimuph at Belfairs Park

Harold Wood Athletic made to a trip to Belfairs Park in this Essex Olympian League Premier Division encounter, the only one of the day because of the Essex Premier Cup action.

The hosts had the better of the early action and although they were wary of Ath’s forward line, led by Robert Whitnell, they had two efforts cleared off the goal-line. Although the hosts were unfortunate to not be ahead, the match was pretty even for most of the first half before the visitors went in front thanks to fine work by after a fine run down the left flank, Ade Onileyan’s ball in found skipper Reiss Kingsley running in at the back post who helped himself to a tap-in on 27 minutes.

Half-Time: Leigh Ramblers 0 – 1 Harold Wood Athletic

After the break, Ramblers did have a bit more of the ball though they didn’t carve out too many clear-cut oppurtunities, partly due to the strong defensively display of the visitors, led by Matt Donovan who won no shortage of headers during the whole match.

Just past the hour, the Rams goalkeeper made a really good save, denying a crisp strike which looked like it was heading into the top corner. In the latter stages, Kingsley got his and his side’s second after another good run down the left from the lively Onileyan resulted in a goal-mouth scramble though Kingsley [82′] slotted home well.

Just a minute later, Whitnell’s header was well-denied by the Rams ‘keeper and although the visitors ended proceedings with ten men thanks to Whitnell being sin-binned for dissent, they held on for a hard-fought victory. Ath rise to second spot after their 7th win this term while Leigh stay in seventh spot.

Full-Time: Leigh Ramblers  0 – 2  Harold Wood Athletic

Round-up: Essex Olympian League (Sat 27 Oct) [EOFL 29.10.18]

Compiled by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another edition of my Essex Olympian League Round-up, here on my blog. I’d like to thank fellow Non-League writer Scott Lanza for some of the data used in this round-up.

 

EOFL Premier Division

In the Premier Division, Buckhurst Hill returned to winning ways with a 1 – 0 win at home to Great Baddow. The winner came late on thanks to Frank Glock’s strike. Hill are two points clear of nearest rivals Kelvedon Hatch who had a Theo Ola hat-trick to thank for their 3 – 2 win at Sungate. The hosts responded with goals from Jack Clarke and Reece Simpson though defeat leaves them 11th in the standings.

Hutton defeated Catholic Utd 4 – 2 at Polo Fields with Chris Rowlatt grabbing a hat-trick and Brad Freeman also scored to send their side into the top ten. Utd remain second-bottom.   Bishop’s Stortford Swifts triumphed 2 – 1 at Rayleigh Town thanks to strikes by Danny Morgan and Charles Brown which sent Mark Watters’ side into third spot, four points behind the leaders. Town remain in fifth spot.

Leigh Ramblers were held to a 2 – 2 draw by fellow mid-table side Canning Town at Belfairs Park. Springfield overcame Old Southendian 3 – 1 with Ollie Brittain, Ross Lamb and Dave Wareham all getting on the score-sheet to secure their third win of the campaign.

 

Senior League Cup R: Manford Way  3 – 1  Laindon Orient

Anagram Records Trophy R: Cuffley  0 – 2 FC Hamlets

 

EOFL Senior Division One

In Senior One, Galleywood overwhelmed Herongate Athletic 4 – 1 to stay in the top four on goal difference. A brace from Sam Donn plus goals from Matthew Buckingham and Tyler Tredgett did the job for the Chelmsford side. Shenfeld AFC are level on points with ‘Wood in fifth after a 2 – 1 home victory over Old Chelmsfordians which saw Mitch Day get both goals for AFC.

Elsewhere, Snaresbrook won a tight match with second-placed Ramsden Scotia 1 – 0 to retain their 100% winning start to the season. Tyriquee Solomon struck the only goal to pull three points clear at the top.

Finally in this division, Frenford Reserves got only their second win this term with a 2 – 1 win at Ongar Town.

 

EOFL Senior Division Two 

Into Senior Two now and Beacon Hill Rovers handed Upminster a 3 – 0 loss as Matt Kosinki netted twice with Rene Bearman getting the other strike to send Rovers into the top six. Harold Wood Ath Res gave May & Baker ‘A’ another chastening afternoon as Ath’s second side won 9 – 0. Among the goal-scorers were James Thorn with a hat-trick, a brace for Brad Foley plus strikes from Chris Pope, Perry Robinson and Harry Boswell in a win which keeps Ath Ressies in third, three points off leaders Shoebury.

Newham Utd held Lakeside 2 – 2 as goal from Omar Jomanday and Hamzy Jomanday for Utd were cancelled out by Drew Klessa-Smith and Ollie Pettit for the visitors. Runwell Sports consigned Rochford Town to a place in the bottom-two with a 4 – 2 win at Rochford Rec. Declan Clarke, Pearce Clarke, Aaron Rix and John Smithwick all struck to keep Runwell second as one of four sides locked on 13 points. Town responded through strikes by Jason Patmore and Grant Lye.

Ryan stumbled to a heavy 6 – 1 loss at home to Chingford Athletic as they dropped to third-bottom. Eric Kelly and Tayo Olasanoye both hit braces for Ath with Mickey Mesmin and Joe Cloake also scoring. Shoebury Town suffered their first loss of the season, losing 2 – 1 at home to Toby as Ben Turner and Joe Turner both netted to send Toby up to fifth spot.

 

EOFL Senior Division Three 

 

In Senior Three, Leigh Town got the win of the day with a 6 – 1 win over Old Chelmsfordians Res. George Darby struck two with Thomas Ayford, Sam Gillmore, Zac Mashford and Ashley Sexton all netting one each to send Leigh into 4th spot.

Old Southendian Res defeated Basildon Town Res 2 – 0 with a spot-kick by Greg Smith and a Ben Franklin goal continuing Town’s 100% losing run so far this term. Academy Soccer were held 2- 2 at Roydon while Hutton Res won 5 – 2 at Wakering Sports. Carl Dutton smashed a hat-trick while Michael Lindsey and Connor O’Regan also scored, to which Sports replied thanks to Danny Pallett’s brace.

Last but not least, leaders Westhamians had a brace from Lewis Lawrence to thank for a 2 – 1 win at home to White Ensign Reserves, who responded via Izaih Antoine. Westhamians now lead by five points at the summit, with only Academy Soccer also unbeaten so far this term.

 

EOFL Senior Div Four

Finally for this week’s round-up, in Senior Div Four, there were victories for Lakeside Reserves, Buckhurst Hill Reserves plus the top two of Galleywood Reserves and leaders Corinthians.

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 6 Woodford Town (Fri 26th Oct – Essex Senior League) [ESL 27.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 76

2018-19 Season – Match 27

Friday 26th October 2018  – 7.45pm KO

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

Woodford Town : Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Woodford overwhelm ‘Side to claim a big win at Cricklefield

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) | Photos by Scott & Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

This weekend’s action started with a trip to Cricklefield to see Barkingside take on Woodford Town. It’s been a while since I’d see Mike Walther’s side though obviously I’d heard about the troubles they are facing at present. As far as the line-up’s go, ‘Side named Mikel Breckenridge between the sticks with Timi Obisanya the focal point in attack, supported by Antoine Akinola and Ebenezer Mbona on the flanks and Harry Matthews skippering the side from central midfield. Woodford named a very strong side with teenage forwards Temi Babalola and Ethan Kessel supported by wingers Taku Mashingaidze and Connor Leon. Alex Reed continued in goal, with Jack Grosvenor captaining once again.

Woodford started the match in a decent fashion, as from support forward Ethan Kessel’s cross, striker Temi Babalola’s header wasn’t powerful enough to beat ‘Side goalkeeper Mikel Breckenridge. In the early going, Barkingside winger Ebenezer Mbona was testing the visiting defence with some promise down the left flank. After one or let-offs, Town did break the deadlock on 14 minutes as Babalola evaded the home backline through the middle and passed the ball low into the net past Breckenridge.

The visitors doubled their lead only five minutes later as in a promising attack, Babalola’s effort was saved by Breckenridge though it fell kindly to winger Taku Mashingaidze who cooly stroked home whilst finding space in the area. The hosts did make visiting custodian Alex Reed gather when a free-kick by full-back Kubilay Akbayrak flew into Reed’s arms. Town Full-back Ellis Routledge also sent a lob to test Breckenridge’s alertness  midway through the half though the ‘keeper was equal to it.

The hosts struggled to outwit a stubborn Woodford defence to create chances and Dee Safer’s side extended their lead three minutes before half-time as from Kessel’s fine centre. Babalola headed home for his second of the evening.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 3 Woodford Town

In the second half, ‘Side did force the visitors back for a short period though moments after substitute Samir Ali fired a decent chance wide, Town striker Babalola got his hat-trick after stroking home a Mashingaidze pass. Town had further chances soon after though winger Connor Leon and skipper Jack Grosvenor efforts fizzed wide.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Woodford were awarded a penalty after Akbayrak’s challenge on Ali which saw the defender dismissed. Ali dusted himself down and scored the spot-kick. Only three minutes later, Woodford added to ‘Side’s tough evening as Babalola unselfishly passed to substitute Marcel McDonald who stroked home into an empty net. Barkingside got a late consolation as the Town defence had a rare ‘shut-off moment’ and substitute Terry Mensah beat Reed from close range.

Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 6 Woodford Town

All in all though, it was a convincing victory for Woodford who continue to impress this term with their brand of quick, dynamic football. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of the season and my thanks to Barkingside FC for their hospitality.

Barkingside  | Manager: Michael Walther

Mikel Breckenridge (GK), Kubilay Akbayrak, Toby barlow, Harry Matthews (Capt), Benjamin Imrie, Calvin Petrie, Antoine Akinola, Jermaine Francis, Timi Obisanya (Terry Mensah 57′), Jay Mukonde (Warren Kayembe 46′), Ebenezer Mbona

Goal-scorers: Terry Mensah [90’+1]

Sent Off: Akbayrak    | Subs Not Used: Tyrell, Kennealy

Woodford Town      | Manager: Dee Safer

Alex Reed (GK), Leon Wildman, Ellis Routledge, Malaki Toussaint, Luke Edgar, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), Taku Mashingaidze (Bailey Brown 83′), Andrea Montovani (Samir Ali 48′), Temi Babalola, Ethan Kessel, Connor Leon (Marcel McDonald 71′)

Goal-scorers: Temi Babalola [14′, 42′ & 52′], Taku Mashingaidze [19′], Samir Ali [pen 76′], Marcel McDonald [79′]

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: Al-Dani