Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 3 Stansted (Essex Snr Lge – 8th Sept) [ESL 8.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 13

Saturday 8th September 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

Hard-working Stansted earn a good win at Southchurch Park

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) | Club crest images by A. Perkins |

The Essex Senior League action returned following a Saturday off for FA Vase action last weekend and I made the trip to Southchurch Park to see Southend Manor do battle against Stansted. The Airportmen edged the same fixture last season though prior to kick-off this seemed a good contest.

Onto the starting XI’s then and for Manor, Alex Gillespie got the nod between the posts with wingers Rhys Fatt and Mo Kargbo supporting forward Nathan Dewberry with Lee Delf bombing on from midfield. Stansted welcomed ex-Grays stopper Lamar Johnson in goal with Connor Hammond and Callum Ibe on the flanks supporting main striker Carl Mullings.

Both sides were a little sloppy at the back in the early minutes of the contest, as Manor right winger Rhys Fatt headed wide after being well picked-out by midfielder Robbie Norris. Moments later, Stansted broke down their left flank though Callum Ibe’s low cross teasingly went wide of danger. On 12 minutes, Fatt put in a good deep cross that visiting centre-back Paul Clayton nearly prodded past his own ‘keeper though Johnson made a comfortable save.

Signs of Johnson’s experience were audible given how vocal he was in organising his defence and further forward at times. Stansted winger Connor Hammond was also giving the hosts a headache down the right flank, on one occasion requiring Manor centre-back Ore Mosuro to make an excellent challenge to deny him making the penalty area.

Stansted did get their noses ahead midway through the half as a good ball in from the left wing directly into the near post found defeder Clayton who nipped in and made no mistake from point-blank range. Manor had chances after the half-hour to restore parity though and after a another good run down the wing by Fattt, his cut-back found forward Nathan Dewberry though Dewberry blazed his shot over. Dewberry prodded another chance wide moments afterward. The Airportmen missed a good chance to make their hosts pay as after a error by Manor defender Bill Rungay, Hammond was odds-on to score being one-on-one with Gillespie though the Manor stopper did well to deny him.

With minutes to go before the break, winger Mo Kargbo sent a drive wide of the woodwork for the hosts while Billy Coyne’s fizzing drive only just went over the bar on the stroke of the interval.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  Stansted

 

As the second-half began, the visitors had some early sighters on goal though they couldn’t find the target. As ever, Paul Pittuck and Marc Benterman’s team were committed in defence, before they doubled their advantage just past the hour as a good long pass found forward Carl Mullings  who glided past the home defence, staying on-side and slotted past Gillespie.

In fairness, although Manor did carry a threat down the flanks with Fatt and Kargbo showing good pace and trickery, they didn’t really test Johnson in the second period and centre-back Ore Mosuro did make some crucial interceptions at the other end. The visitors should have killed the game off seven minutes from time though Ibe’s scuffed shot was deflected wide by a home defender after getting the better of Gillespie on the edge of the area. That said, Stansted did get a third four minutes later as skipper Billy Coyne’s free-kick decieved the Manor goalkeeper and found the left corner.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 3  Stansted

To conclude, Stansted deserved their victory though Manor should really have got on the score-sheet today. Congrats to the Airportmen on their win today & best wishes to Southend Manor for the rest of the season. My thanks also to Manor boss Adam Peek.

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Teams

Southend Manor  | Manager: Adam Peek

Alex Gillespie (GK), Kiah Froud (Ellis Skidmore 79′), Bill Rungay (Charlie Burns 65′), Robbie Norris, Lewis Sparrow (Capt), Ore Mosuro, Rhys Fatt, Lee Delf, Nathan Dewberry, Charlie Barlow (Perry Hirst 65′), Mo Kargbo

Booked: Norris, Mosuro |  Subs Not Used: Jude, Webb

 

Stansted  |  Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck and Marc Benterman

Lamar Johnson (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne (Capt), Sam West, Paul Clayton, Moses Carvalho, Callum Ibe, Jack Folan, Carl Mullings (Peter Maina 84′), Jack Smith (Oliver Bell 75′), Connor Hammond (Jordan Palmer 70′)

Goal-scorers: Paul Clayton [23′], Carl Mullings [61′], Billy Coyne [87′]

Booked: Mullings | Subs Not Used: Lloyd

Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 3 Brentwood Town (FA Cup PR Replay – Wed 29.8.18) [FAC 30.8.18]

The FA Cup Prelim Round – Replay (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 158

2018-19 Season – Match 11

Wednesday 29th August 2018  – 7.45pm KO

S Bengal Utd: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks

Brentwood Town: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Light Blue Socks

Brentwood tough it out to win a cracker at Mile End

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Both teams before KO (Image: Peter D)

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

The FA Cup Prelim Round continued with this fascinating replay between Sporting Bengal Utd and Brentwood Town at Mile End Stadium. The initial tie ended 1 – 1 at the Brentwood Arena the previous Saturday.

With regards to the respective line-up’s, Bengal named a strong starting XI with Bobby Redwood leading the attack with Steven Carvell, skipper Ashaan Siddik and Codey Cameron among the supporting cast. For the Blues, player-assistant boss John Easterford partnered Connor Martin in the centre of defence, with ex-Romford goalkeeper Rob Budd between the sticks. The forward line was led by Jack Mitchell and Alfie Hilton.

The game got underway with an early flourish from the hosts as a neat move involving forwards Steven Carvell and Bobby Redwood led to playmaker Ashaan Siddik’s cross from the right which evaded everyone in the box. Redwood showed his intent with an effort from the edge of the 18-yard area on 11 minutes.

However, it was Brentwood who struck first as a long-throw from the right was flicked on by defender John Easterford which found full-back Oluwatobi Joseph unmarked at the back post who helped himself to a tap-in just 12 minutes into the game. Joseph could’ve had another only three minutes later but his scuffed shot was gathered by home goalkeeper Suleyman Mahmood. Blues forward Jack Mitchell was also giving the Bengal defence a headache at times with his darting runs though it was Bengal who had the next big oppurtunity as Blues custodian Rob Budd fouled Redwood in the area. Penalty to Bengal though Budd atoned for his error with a decent save from a Siddik penalty which in truth, lacked power.

In the last third of the first period, chances were being shelled at both ends. Brentwood skipper for the evening Albert Levett’s free-kick only just went over the bar before Siddik and Carvell missed the target for the hosts. As Bengal began piling on the pressure to the visiting defence, Redwood’s goal-bound was well-denied by Budd. A mixture of near-misses and committed defending saw the Blues through to half-time with their narrow lead intact.

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Brentwood’s Albert Levett stands over free-kick in dangerous position (Image: Peter D)

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal  0 – 1  Brentwood Town

As the second-half breezed into life, Imrul Gazi’s side again started fairly brightly though Siddik blazed a shot from 20 yards over the bar and then Carvell was denied by a combination of the inspired Budd at point-blank range and the post. Carvell by this stage was orchestrating attacks for the hosts though they couldn’t quite create the final ball to thread through the Blues defence.

At the other end, substitute Ayrton Coley was asking the home defence questions with his intelligent runs though Bengal centre-backs Anthony Bruce and Kamarl Duncan dealt with the opposing forwards admirably. Bengal had further chances on the hour as first from a corner, substitute David Vaughan couldn’t direct his header from close range and in the next attack, Siddik blasted over the bar.

The hosts had a lifeline on 68 minutes though as Redwood was felled just inside the area which meant another spot-kick for Bengal. Full-back Jon Watson took up the responsibility and duly converted past Budd to level up the tie once again. However, unlike the original tie, the score was level for all of two minutes before Blues forward Alfie Hilton’s calm finish saw the visitors re-take the lead.

Codey Cameron was really a thorn in the visitors’ side down the Bengal right flank all evening and his direct running and pace led to a corner though from that resulting corner, Cameron’s firm header was just wide. In the latter stages of this pulsating contest, both sides saw a man dismissed as the game got somewhat strained given the rising tension, Adeji for Bengal and Cuthbert for Brentwood both on the other end of two yellow cards. With minutes remaining, Carvell’s powerful drive fizzed just wide of goal before a moment of quality ended the tie in added-time.

Spotting that Bengal galkeeper Mahmood way off his goal-line, Blues winger Levett unleashed a crafty lob from 30 yards which found the target well to cue celebrations from the visiting side and their supporters who had travelled in good numbers here. Brentwood saw out the remaining moments of the match and with it, progression into the next round where will welcome Bostik Premier side Haringey Borough.

Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd   1 – 3  Brentwood Town

In this scribe’s opinion, the main difference between the teams tonight was the visitors’ finishing and perhaps that little bit of experience. In fairness, if Bengal had taken more of their chances, it could have been a marketedly different match though Sporting Bengal have a lot to be proud of given their work rate and passing moves and if they keep building, who knows where they will end up come April.

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Sporting Bengal’s Carvell instigating another attack from deep (Image: Peter D)

Teams

Sporting Bengal Utd   | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Suleyman Mahmood (GK), Chris Greenslade (Danny Tenkorang 72′), Jon Watson, Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan, Anthony Bruce, Codey Cameron, Ashaan Siddik (Capt), Bobby Redwood, Steven Carvell, Zakariya Haque (David Vaughan 46′)

Goal-scorer: Jon Watson [pen 68′]

Booked: Siddik | Sent Off: Adeji (two bookings) |

Subs Not Used: R Choudhury, Ryan-McCall, R Gazi, Okoli, Hamzah

Brentwood Town  |  Manager: Craig Shipman

Robert Budd (GK), Jack Gardner (Connor Tyrell 87′), Oluwatobi Joseph, Mitchell Hunter, John Easterford, Connor Martin, Harry Doyle (Ayrton Coley 46′), Ryan Mallett, Jack Mitchell (Harry Cuthbert 58′), Alfie Hilton, Albert Levett (Capt)

Goal-scorers: Oluwatobi Joseph [12′], Alfie Hilton [71′], Albert Levett [90’+2]

Booked: Hunter | Sent Off: Cuthbert (two bookings) |

Subs Not Used: Falaise, Brown, Scott, Blockley (GK)

Match Report: Stansted 0 – 1 Takeley (The FA Cup Prelim Rd – Sun 26th Aug) [FAC PR 26.8.18]

The FA Cup Prelim Round (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Woodside Park

Attendance: 207

2018-19 Season – Match 10

Sunday 26th August 2018  – 2pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks

Takeley: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Takeley overcome a spirited Stansted effort at Woodside Park

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

The FA Cup Prelim Round weekend continued with this Sunday encounter at Bishop’s Stortford’s Woodside Park, given that Stansted’s Hargrave Park home is still tied up due to the Cricket season. Takeley have started the league season very well and were heavily backed pre-match. Marc Das’ team saw Matt Gill continuing in goal, Bryn Thorpe at centre-back and the familar front three of Stuart Zanone leading the line with George Wappett and Mitchell Das providing the support from the flanks. Charlie Cole and Matt Hurley were among the substitutes.

For Stansted, Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side were led in attack by ex-Takeley forward Carl Mullings with Callum Ibe, Jordan Palmer and Jack Folan just behind him.

The game got underway in the dreary drizzle more associated with Autumn though in the early stages, the visitors showed their intent with crosses that fizzed wide of the six-yard area followed by chances through midfielder George Pullen which was gathered by Stansted goalkeeper Charlie Turner and tricky winger Mitchell Das’ free-kick which sailed over the woodwork. Carl Mullings had the hosts’ best early chance which Takeley custodian Matt Gill parried over the bar.

One critical moment of this match came as early as the 14th minute as Turner rushed out of his goal and clattered into Das on the Takeley right, which prompted referee Mark Pond to issue a straight red card without hesitation. Midfielder Jack Smith had to take on the goalie’s gloves given that the Airportmen had no specialist ‘keeper on the bench.

At this point you may have thought that Takeley will pile on the goals with a man advantage. What did follow what a wave of chances for the visitors to break the deadlock as Pullen, winger George Wappett and captain Jason Todd couldn’t find the target. The Airportmen still posed a threat of their own with Mullings leading the line manfully. Just after the half hour, visiting centre-back Bryn Thope made a good challenge on winger Jordan Palmer to deny the hosts a decent chance at goal.

The tempo was building in the latter stages of the half as the visitors couldn’t quite find that final ball to bypass the home defence. On 37 minutes, a lovely delivery from the right by Das was headed wide by Wappett though on the brink of half-time, on a semi-rare foray forward, full-back Courtney Homans and skipper Billy Coyne shot wide for Stansted.

Half-Time: Stansted   0 – 0   Takeley

As the second-half petered into life, the conditions worsened as the rain poured down. In the early-going after the break, the hosts had fleeting moments of joy going forward though winger Callum Ibe and Mullings couldn’t find a way past Gill. Takeley had brought on Charlie Cole at half-time to assist Zanone in piercing the hosts’ typically stubborn defence.

Just after the hour, the visitors finally took the lead as Zanone’s ball in from just outside the penalty box was mis-controlled by a home defender, allowing Das to nip in and slot home past stand-in ‘keeper Smith. Soon after, the visitors had a goal ruled out for off-side, Zanone the man denied from Wappett’s teasing ball in.

In the latter stages, Takeley should really have sealed the contest though substitute Matt Hurley’s effort was denied and Zanone blasted a drive high into the stand. To be fair to Stansted, their work rate was very good considering the circumstances and they refused to wilt and might have snatched a replay as substitute Jamie Bennett found himself one-on-one with Gill though the ‘stopper snuffed out his shot.

Full-Time: Stansted   0 – 1  Takeley

Takeley did deserve to win through though it could have been a considerably easier afternoon for the league leaders, had their finishing been better. Congrats to Takeley on their victory regardless and best wishes to Stansted for the rest of the season. Thank you also to Stansted & Bishop’s Stortford for their hospitality as well today. Good food does help on days such as this.

Thanks also to Essex Senior League President Rob Errington.

Teams

Stansted   | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Courtney Homans, Lee Hurkett (Oliver Bell 84′), Paul Clayton, Billy Coyne (Capt), Callum Ibe, Sam West, Jack Smith, Carl Mullings (Jamie Bennett 78′), Jack Folan, Jordan Palmer (Julien Lloyd 70′)

Sent Off: Turner  | Subs Not Used: Thomas, Carvelho

Takeley   |  Manager: Marc Das

Matt Gill (GK), Mason Page, Kyan Russell, Bryn Thorpe, Michael Castle, Freddie Burrell (Charlie Cole 46′), George Pullen (Matt Hurley 80′), Jason Todd (Capt), Stuart Zanone, Mitchell Das, George Wappett (Olly Miles 78′)

Goal-scorer: Mitchell Das [63′]

Booked: Thorpe   |  Subs Not Used: Humphrey, Sosanya, Oatham, C Miles

Match Report: Newmarket Town 2 – 1 Hullbridge Sports (The FA Cup PR 25.8.18)

The FA Cup Prelim Round (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Cricket Field Road

Attendance: 124

2018-19 Season – Match 9

Saturday 25th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Newmarket Town: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Yellow Socks

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

 

 

Last-gasp winner sends ‘Bridge out of the FA Cup

 

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

The FA Cup continued this weekend as we entered the Preliminary Round of the competition as Hullbridge of the Essex Senior League travelled to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Newmarket Town. Hullbridge named a strong side with a three-man central defence made up of Phil Lawson, Andre Gumbs and club stalwart Sam Taylor. Luke Hornsley and Nathan Scarborough were among the forwards in an attack-minded XI. Newmarket, aka the Jockeys named Shaun Avis and Rhys Thorpe in attack with Joe Bennett and Blaze Kicks on the flanks and player-manager Michael Shinn marshalling the midfield.

In the early stages of the contest, the match was more known for full-blooded challenges going in, another reminder of just how precious this match was for both clubs. The hosts were fairly lively in attack and on seven minutes, a Jockeys free-kick was well parried by the ever-impressive ‘Bridge stopper George Marsh. Darren Manning’s side had to be alert at the back as both Phil Lawson and Sam Taylor made good interceptions on the stroke of 20 minutes.

Straight after that, visiting winger Adebola Sotoyinbo curled a sweet strike just over the right corner crossbar. On the half-hour mark, the hosts showed their attacking intent again though right winger Blaze Kicks’ cross was too deep and harmlessly fizzled wide. Into the last ten minutes or so of the first half now and Hullbridge midfielder Matt Tapley’s dipping free-kick was parried, slightly hurriedly by home custodian Andy Archer.

Soon afterwards, Newmarket centre-back Nathan Clarke’s towering header from a long throw provoked a corner which Marsh once again dealt with well, punching clear. Six minutes before the break, the visitors led through a surging run by midfielder Daniel Okah who tapped home after breaking past the home defence. At this point, it was a lead they probably merited.

However, before the half was done, Jockeys captain Jack Watson and forward Shaun Avis both failed to find the target.

Half-Time: Newmarket Town  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports

I should give a mention to the entertaining home mascot as well who certainly ‘earned his keep’. Joking aside, it is always nice to see friendly clubs and the hosts here have to join that list, in my opinion.

Back to the match and after the interval, the hosts looked the brighter of the two sides. Avis was again in the action, forcing a save out of Marsh nine minutes into the second period. Moments later, the over-worked Marsh remained composed to deny home full-back Jack Whiting’s powerful drive which the goalkeeper did well to hold on to as well. Forward Rhys Clarke’s 20-yard curling effort also needed Marsh’s intervention soon after.

Around the hour mark, Sotoyinbo & attacking midfielder Aundre Spencer both blazed decent chances wide for the visitors though for the most part, it was a torrent of possession for the hosts. On 68 minutes, Avis should have scored but his header cannoned off the post from which Marsh could gather. Three minutes later, Marsh did well to tip Thorpe’s effort over the bar and you would be forgiven for thinking ‘it may be the visitors’ day’

Not so, as in the last 15 minutes of this encounter, the pendulum swung. With 12 minutes left, Hullbridge substitute Joe Pattison careered a curling drive over the bar and by this stage the chances were drying up for the visitors. The Jockeys finally did strike on 81 minutes as Avis grabbed a tap0in after a good ball in from the right flank. On the cusp of the 90, ‘bridge substitute Jimmy Cox’s shot was blocked though in added-time, the hosts sealed the comeback as midfielder Michael Shinn’s free-kick hit the post though Avis reacted fastest to tuck home his second of the afternoon.

For me, Jack Whiting, Nathan Clarke and Shaun Avis stood out for the hosts today while for the visitors, centre-back Sam Taylor and goalkeeper George Marsh both had stand-out performances.

Full-Time: Newmarket Town  2 – 1  Hullbridge Sports

Town held on to claim a priceless win and I’d like to wish them the best for the next round & the rest of their season. Thank you to them as well for their hospitality as well.  Best wishes to Hullbridge for the remainder of the season, they are back in league action on Tuesday where they face St Margaretsbury at Lower Road.

Teams

Newmarket Town   | Player-Manager: Michael Shinn

Alex Archer (GK), Jacob Partridge, Jack Whiting, Michael Shinn, Nathan Clarke, Tyrone Allene, Blake Kicks, Jack Watson (Capt), Rhys Thorpe (Joshua Lowe 90’+3), Shaun Avis, Joe Bennett

Goal-scorers: Shaun Avis [81′ & 90’+2]

Booked: Clarke, Watson  | Subs Not Used: Newman, Antoine, Gomarsall

Hullbridge Sports   |  Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Sam Taylor, Phil Lawson, Andre Gumbs (Matt Dicks 63′), Matt Rose, Daniel Okah, Matt Tapley, Aundre Spencer (Joe Pattison 69′), Nathan Scarborough, Luke Hornsley (Capt) (Jimmy Cox 85′), Adebola Sotoyinbo

Goal-scorers: Dan Okah [39′]

Booked: Gumbs, Sotoyinbo, Rose, Okah  |

Subs Not Used: Merralls (GK), Hales, Hodgson, Salako

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 18th Aug) [BLN 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the second weekend of action of the new campaign.

Audio round-up of all Bostik League Divisions & more here: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/gfs-extra-results-podcast-saturday-18th-august-2018/

Saturday 18th August

 

AFC Sudbury  0 – 1   Heybridge Swifts    |  King’s Marsh   (3G) | Att: 285

This one was settled very late on at King’s Marsh. Sam Bantick’s 94th-minute spot-kick narrowly edged Swifts to the victory. It goes down on the scoresheet as their first defeat of the new season.

 

Barking    2 – 3  Witham Town   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 72

This topsy-turvy encounter was also settled in the dying embers of the match. Things started well for the Blues as new signing Daniel Cheema opened the scoring just two minutes in, before young forward Henry Fisher levelled the match on 28 minutes. The goals kept coming as Rashid Kamara [58′] struck for the hosts though again the spirited visitors restored parity through Andrew Tirivanhu on 61 minutes. More drama was to come though as ex-Clapton & Bowers & Pitsea player Johnny Ashman grabbed the winner on the 90 minute mark to give Town their first win of the season.

 

Basildon Utd   2 – 1   Mildenhall Town   | Gardiners Close  | Att: 159

The Bees made the most of their first Isthmian League match in over 25 years with victory over the Hall at Gardiners Close. Giant forward Brian Moses opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half, though the hosts were pegged back by Thomas Debenham’s effort [64′]. Game on. Though enter centre-stage the Essex Senior League’s top scorer from 2017/18 – Marcus Bowers who got the winner with 11 minutes remaining. Basildon held on to give Marc Harrison his first win in the new division.

 

Bury Town   1 – 1   Romford                   |  Aldiss Park   | Att: 296

The hosts recovered late on to deny Romford a second straight win. Paul Martin’s side took the lead right on half-time through recent signing Roddy Lemba. Town rescued a point six minutes from the end thanks to Tanner Call’s strike.

 

Dereham Town    4 – 2   Coggeshall Town    | Ram Meadow  | Att: 308

Dereham produced an excellent response to a humbling defeat last weekend at Aveley to defeat newcomers Coggeshall at Ram Meadow. Nnamdi Nwachuku gave the visitors a surprise lead nine minutes into the match though only two minutes later, Ashley Jarvis levelled things up for the hosts. Centre-back Luke Wilson restored Coggeshall’s advantage on 23 minutes and it stayed that way at the break.

Two rapid goals from Dion Frary [62′] and Danny Beaumont [67′] gave Dereham the lead before Beaumont’s late second goal confirmed the win for Neal Simmons’ men.

 

Grays Athletic    1 – 1    Canvey Island       | Parkside (3G)  | Att: 221

Ath were held by the Islanders at Parkside. Mitch Hahn’s 36th-minute opener gave Grays the impetus at the break though Frankie Merrifield’s strike seven minutes into the second half helped Danny Heale’s side to claim a draw as both sides remain unbeaten.

 

Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Burroughs Park | Att: 108

Last season’s Essex Senior League champions Great Wakering defeated last term’s Eastern Counties League champs Felixstowe at Burroughs Park. Goals from Steven Butterworth [11′] and Billy Johnson [22′] saw GWR to the victory.

 

Maldon & Tiptree    1 – 0    Brentwood Town    | Park Drive    | Att: 120

The Jammers narrowly edged the Blues at Park Drive thanks to Sammie McLeod’s 90th-minute winner to obtain their first victory of the season. Brentwood’s first match of the new campaign ended in frustrating defeat for manager Craig Shipman.

 

Soham Town Rangers   2 – 2    Tilbury     | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 156

Tilbury were denied by a last-gasp salvo by nine-man Soham at Julius Martin Lane. Adam Vyse put the Dockers ahead right on half-time and Lewis Smith doubled the lead two minutes into the re-start. After Lewis Endacott and Jon Kaye had both been dismissed for the hosts, Sam Mulready first put away a spot-kick on the 90 minute marker before Mulready struck an injury-time leveller completed an improbable comeback for the hosts.

That’s all for this week. Cheers for reading.

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Hoddesdon Town [ESL 18.8.18]

Essex Senior League (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 7

Saturday 18th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Hoddesdon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Hoddesdon edge a tight battle at Southchurch Park

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Manor’s players huddle just before 2nd half [ESL 18.8.18]
Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

As the Essex Senior League returned following a week of mainly FA Cup action, Hoddesdon travelled to Southchurch Park to take on Southend Manor. The hosts named a strong starting XI with recent signing Lewis Catling in goal, Mo Kargbo and Rhys Fatt on the flanks and Ellis Skidmore the focal point in attack. Charlie Little and John-Jo Slater were among those on the bench. Hoddesdon named Harry Bushell and Joss lillis among their forward line, the latter having already scored this season before today.

The match got underway to a rapid start as the visitors led inside three minutes. Alex Warman’s free-kick was headed on into the six-yard box where forward Harry Bushell headed past Manor goalkeeper Lewis Catling from near point-blank range. Manor could have levelled six minutes later though forward Ellis Skidmore’s effort was denied by visiting custodian Aaron Bull’s feet.

Manor did make a chance count on 14 minutes as the impressive Mo Kargbo powered down the left flank and sent in a teasing cross which fellow winger Rhys Fatt bundled in at the back post past Bull to level things up. A fairly quiet period of the match followed though Hoddesdon did look decent on-the-ball  and midfielder Kane Lowe made a good run on the edge of the penalty area and his drilled effort was denied by Catling.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town

After the interval, Manor midfielder Robbie Norris was unlucky to see his 20-yard drive cannon back off the crossbar two minutes into the second half. Hoddesdon responded soon afterward though couldn’t make the most of two good chances as centre-back Scott Hayes and Bushell were both denied.

Bang on the hour mark, another good ball in to the centre from Aiden Critchley on the left wing found forward Joss Lillis who headed home calmly to give Town the lead for the second time. Manor could’ve levelled soon after though Skidmore’s shot was well-blocked by the committed Hoddesdon defence. Mere minutes later, Norris headed over the bar and substitute Charlie Little had a deflected strike fizz wide of the post.

In the last 15 minutes of normal time, Hoddesdon substitute Harrison Cage pulled up with what looked quite a bad knee injury, after initially attempting to continue on, he himself had to be substituted. Town could’ve wrapped up the points late on though Critchley’s strike was denied by Catling in the Manor goal.

Despite eight minutes of injury time, Manor could not find a leveller as Hoddesdon held out to grab all three points in this encounter and remain unbeaten early-doors this term. My thanks to Southend Manor for their hospitality today.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town

Southend Manor   | Manager: Adam Peek

Lewis Catling (GK), Bill Rungay, Grant Webb (John-Jo Slater 83′), Robbie Norris, Ore Mosuro, Joe Gilbert, Mo Kargbo, Charlie Barlow (Aaron Baldwin 74′), Ellis Skidmore (Charlie Little 67′), Lee Delf (Capt), Rhys Fatt

Goal-scorer: Rhys Fatt [14′]

Booked: Gilbert     | Subs Not Used: Froud, Evison

Hoddesdon Town   |  Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Jack Riddle, Aiden Critchley (Davey Evans 90’+2), Michael Elliott (Capt), Scott Hayes, Kane Lowe, Cyrus Babaie, Trae Adayemi, Harry Bushell, Alex Warman, Joss Lillis (Harrison Cage 66′, Jake Bowden 76′)

Goal-scorers: Harry Bushell [3′], Joss Lillis [60′]

Booked: Riddle, Critchley, Warman, Elliott   |  Subs Not Used: Smits (GK)

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Gorleston (FA Cup EPR 11.8.18)

The FA Cup Extra Prelim Round  (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 113

2018-19 Season – Match 6

Saturday 11th August 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Gorleston: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

 

Late Drama swirls ‘Bridge into the next round in this roller-coaster of a match!

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos from Andy Wilkins (@andywilkins24)

The FA Cup returned for another season as Hullbridge welcomed Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston to Lower Road. The hosts named a strong starting XI with Adebola Sotoyinbo and Michael Salako on the flanks supporting front two Aundre Spencer and captain Luke Hornsley. Gorleston fielded ex-Wroxham frontman Ross Gilfedder and Joel Watts in attack and they would be right up for this match following a midweek  league win over ex-Bostik North side Norwich Utd

‘Bridge started fair well as tenacious full-back Matt Rose’s left-wing cross just eluded winger MIchael Salako as visiting goalkeeper George Parkin came out to collect. After this initial spell, the visitors came on strongly and led just after the quarter-hour as forward Joel Watts breached the back-tracking home defence and blasted an unstoppable drive past the despairing hand of home custodian George Marsh, much to the delight of the hardy band of visiting fans. Soon afterward, Gorleston had numerous oppurtunities to extend their lead though a mixture of last-ditch defending, poor finishing and good goalkeeping denied Stuart Larter’s side. Marsh himself denied Gilfedder and winger Jordan Stanton’s 25-yard speculative effort in as many minutes.

Hullbridge finished the half a bit better as on 33 minutes, Sotoyinbo’s blasted strike fizzed just over the crossbar though if anything, Darren Manning’s side sorely needed to ‘step things up a gear’ after the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 1  Gorleston

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“Hullbridge captain Hornsley on another foray forward (FAC 11.8.18) Credit: Andy W 

Unfortunately for the hosts, Gorleston started the second period in a good vein though wasteful finishing from Watts and Stanton plus a good save from Marsh denying a powerful effort, again from Watts, denied the visitors a dominant lead and you felt the tension rising in this FA Cup tie. Messrs Salako and Sotoyinbo were causing problems on the flanks though a key point of the match saw Gorleston forward Ross Gilfedder limp off with 25 minutes left with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

After that, Hullbridge slowly built some better attacks, buoyed on by an good crowd although they still looked a tad stretched in defence. Into the last ten minutes and Hullbridge were awarded a spot-kick which also resulted in the dismissal of Gorleston right-back Joel Tipple. Sotoyinbo made no mistake, slotting home into the left corner. With my objective hat on, on another day the visitors really should have been ‘home and dry’ as they say.

The hosts saw to it that that analogy meant absolutely zip on this day as substitute Nathan Scarborough first fluffed two good chances from near point-blank range. Full-back Rose showed every part of his tenacity with a brillant sliding challenge to deny visiting substitute Dino Tabakovic a good run at goal. And then…. moments after a fizzing shot crashed against the woodwork, in injury-time, Sotoyinbo sent in another low cross from the right wing which Scarborough gleefully tapped-in from close range to send the management and bulk of the crowd ectatic.  ‘Bridge held on for an improbable victory though you know what they say about “you have to take your chances”.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Gorleston

In saying that though, I can’t just leave it there. Gorleston showed what a good, combative side they are and you had to feel for them, particularly the manner of how they exited the competition. The crowd applauded both teams off the pitch and both sides deserved as much.

Best wishes to both sides for the rest of their respective campaigns. Hullbridge face another tough test – away at fellow Thurlow Nunn Premier side Newmarket Town in the next round.

 

Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks, Phil Lawson (Andre Gumbs 59′), Luke McLeavy, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Emmanuel Okunja (Joe Pattison 76′), Michael Salako (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Aundre Spencer, Luke Hornsley (Capt), Adebola Sotoyinbo

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [pen 83′], Nathan Scarborough [90’+2]

Booked: None     | Subs Not Used: Merralls (GK), Taylor, Tapley, Cox

 

Gorleston   |  Manager: Stuart Larter

George Parkin (GK), Jack Tipple, Luke Goreham, Elliott Hannant, George Yussuff, Aarron Taylor (Capt), Nelson Carinhas, Jordan Cantwell, Ross Gilfedder (Dino Tabakovic 66′), Joel Watts, Jordan Stanton

Goal-scorer: Joel Watts [16′]

Booked: Cantwell, Tabakovic | Sent Off: Tipple

Subs Not Used: Stanley, Norton, Philpott, Coombe (GK)