Match Report: Barkingside 0 – 4 Saffron Walden Town (Fri 15 Feb) [ECC 16.2.19]

Errington Challenge Cup 2018 – 19: Quarter-Final

2018-19 Season: Match 47

Friday 15th February 2019 – 8pm KO

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 115

Barkingside: Purple Shirts, Purple Shorts, Purple Socks

Saffron Walden: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 


Walden outclass ‘Side to reach the last four of the Errington Challenge Cup

 

Report & Photo by Scott W  [Twitter: ScottMHC14]

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The opening match of this weekend saw Barkingside welcome Saffron Walden in this Errington Challenge Cup Quarter-Final on Friday night, attended by a hefty posse of Ground-hoppers and ESL luminaries. The hosts fielded a front two of Max Bolton and Isaac Marfo with Jamie Marsh and Derek O’Halem in central defence and Ryan Karrer continuing in goal. Walden showed their intentions before kick-off as new signing Scott Pethers joining Ryan Fleming in defence, Jack Isherwood in central midfield and just the small matter of Daniel Trendall, (& former Sky Blues) Charlie Portway and Lewis Francis in attack.

 

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Alex Goldstone being presented with his MOTM award (Image: Adam R)

Before the match, on behalf of the GFS team, I presented ‘Side boss Alex Goldstone with the ESL ‘Manager of the Month’ award for January.

The match had barely begun when Bloods forward Charlie Portway found himself eight yards out though his strike cannoned off a post. On the quarter-hour, strike partner Daniel Trendall unselfishly played in Portway though his strike was this time saved by home custodian Ryan Karrer. Two minutes later, Lewis Francis did round Karrer though he didn’t bank on centre-back Derek O’Halem’s good positioning as he blocked Francis’ effort on the goal-line. To be fair to the hosts, they held firm despite Walden building momentum & pressure, showing the guts they will need you feel in their present League predictament.

The hosts had a little of the ball going forward but in all honesty, they got little change out of the Walden back-line who were certainly up for the challenge. In the latter stages of the half, Walden struck twice to put themselves in a good position. First, livewire Daniel Trendall was well played in and he made no error, slotting home confidently past Karrer. And then right on the stroke of half-time, The Bloods were awarded a spot-kick, which Portway stepped up to take. Despite seeing him uncharacteristically missing one recently, you still had the feeling he’d strike and shock, horror – Portway made no mistake to double his side’s advantage.

Half-Time: Barkingside  0 – 2  Saffron Walden

Jason Maher’s side hardly took their ‘foot off the gas’ as less than a minute into the second half, they were three goals up. Portway continued his unquenchable thrust for goals as he broke free of the ‘Side defence, before rounding Karrer and slotting home calmly. Walden saved the best goal for last though as only four minutes later, centre-back Scott Pethers’ stunning over-head kick flew past Karrer and into the roof of the net. After a sedate passage of play which highlighted where the result was going, Walden did keep going with substitute James Crane driving down the right flank and Francis continuing to strive to create oppurtunities as well on the opposite flank. Late on, substitute Ronnie Ledwith made a good darting run through the middle before his strike was saved by Karrer’s legs. ‘Side will have better evenings going forward though in Max Bolton, they had a quick striker who kept the Walden defence alert at times here.

At the end of the evening, there was no doubt who deserved the win though ‘Side will have to re-focus quickly as they entertain Walthamstow on Monday night. Saffron Walden go on to the semi-finals and they will take some stopping.

Full-Time: Barkingside  0 – 4   Saffron Walden

Teams

Barkingside   | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Ryan Karrer (GK), Abdul Musah, Edward Lang (Shaquain Maisara 60′), Harry Matthews (Capt), Jamie Marsh, Derek O’Halem, Dan Jones, Joe Oates, Max Bolton, Isaac Marfo, Darnell Goather-Braithwaite

Subs Not Used: Nascimento, Woodward | Booked: Lang, Marsh, O’Halem, Matthews

 

Saffron Walden Town   |   Manager: Jason Maher

Nicholas Eyre (GK), Spike Bell, Jack Mead, Ryan Fleming (Capt), Scott Pethers, Karolis Atutis (Ronnie Ledwith 55′), Craig Calver, Jack Isherwood (Tony Da Silva 49′), Daniel Trendall (James Crane 61′), Charlie Portway, Lewis Francis

Goal-scorers: Dan Trendall [38′], Charlie Portway [pen 45′ & 46′], Scott Pethers [50′]

Subs Not Used: Crowther, Maher

Match Report: Takeley 0 – 1 Enfield (Sat 9 Feb) [ESL 9.2.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Station Road

Attendance:  81

2018-19 Season – Match 46

Saturday 9th February 2019  – 3pm KO

Takeley: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Enfield: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

Inspired Enfield battle to victory over Takeley at Station Road

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

This weekend’s Essex Senior League action took us to Station Road to see promotion-chasing Takeley take on Enfield, who were looking nervously over their shoulders at the bottom four, after a poor run. Marc Das’ side were missing the likes of George Wappett and Will Green though did field Andre Humphrey at left-back, skipper Matt Hurley and George Powell in central defence, with forward Mosepe Oguntuga being supported by Jason Todd and Coby Miles in attack.

Enfield rung the changes somewhat themselves with Tyler Fowles joining Jacob Dixon in the heart of the defence as well as Joe Johnson and Nathan Cook in central midfield. Jimmy Cox, signed from Hullbridge this week, was supported by Ernold Haxhiu in their froward line.

The E’s started the match a little nervily as an errant back-header presented the hosts with an early corner, though midfielder Alex Martin’s delivery narrowly evaded his team-mates in the area. Matt Hanning’s side responded in kind on four minutes as creative midfielder Ben Bradbury’s cross found midfielder Nathan Cook in space, thoug after a turn his effort on goal lacked the power needed to beat home custodian Ronnie Yates, who gathered comfortably. Both sides traded half-chances in the early stages of the game though the visitors suffered a blow as recent signing & goalkeeper Lewis Hawley had to be assisted off the field after only 13 minutes, due to a quad injury. We wish him well in his recovery.

The visitors gradually pushed their way into proceedings in the mid-way point of the half. Stephen Ellery’s free-kick was met by centre-back Tyler Fowles’ header, which Yates punched half-clear before the rebound was fired over the woodwork. Yates was called into action again soon after as after a good passing move, Ellery’s right-wing cross found forward Jimmy Cox, whose looping header was denied by the ever-dependable Takeley ‘stopper. Attacking midfielder Ernold Haxhiu’s fierce drive stung the fingers of Yates before it dribbled out of play with five minutes left before the break.

The home side nearly profited from hesitant defending at the end of the first-half as Coby Miles’ sweet ball in from the left caused indecision from both the defence and substitute ‘keeper Jayden Hocking-Rising before it was cleared. All in all though, the home side didn’t quite ‘find their feet’ in the first half and some of that was due to the unrelenting nature of the Enfield midfield.

Half-Time: Takeley  0 – 0 Enfield

 

The decisive goal came four minutes into the second-half as a good ball into the area found Cook, who flicked it on to debutant Cox,  who lashed home past Yates from about eight yards out. The visitors had another half-chance just past the hour as another Ellery free-kick honed in on the six-yard line was met by Bradbury’s header which forced another good save by Yates.

To be fair to Takeley, they did ‘move up the gears’ with regards to tempo in the last twenty minutes or so, as substitute Ben Smith’s strike hit a post, in a move involving fellow substitute Mitchell Das. The E’s responded again though as another Ellery set-piece from 20 yards out was well-tipped over by Yates. Marc Das’ side poured forward in the latter stages of the match as their approach play was decent though they got very little change out of a energised Enfield defence, who continued to close them down effectively.

All in all, the effort in that latter part of the game from the hosts came to nothing, who will be disappointed by the intensity of their performance here I suspect. They will have better days though take nothing away from Enfield, who really put in a resolute display and deserved the victory. Led by the hard-working midfield of Nathan Cook (whose work rate was outstanding) and Joe Johnson, the E’s defence were in no mood to concede sloppy goals here. Ernold Haxhiu also had a good game, as did fellow midfielders Stephen Ellery and skipper Ben Bradbury.

For Takeley, goalkeeper Ronnie Yates shone again to keep them in the match, while midfield anchor Alex Martin put in a good shift as well.

Full-Time: Takeley  0 – 1  Enfield

Takeley   | Manager: Marc Das

Ronnie Yates (GK), Mike La Ronda, Andre Humphrey, Alex Martin (Nick Barrett 71′), Matt Hurley (Capt), George Powell, Bryn Thorpe, Freddie Burrell (Ben Smith 61′), Mosepe Oguntuga  (Mitchell Das 53′), Jason Todd, Coby Miles

Booked: Powell, Smith  | Subs Not Used: J Pullen, G Pullen

 

Enfield  | Manager: Matt Hanning

Lewis Hawley (GK) (Jayden Hocking-Rising (GK) 13′), Luke Thomas, Kevin Bondjanga (Komal Llewelyn-Reid 71′), Joe Johnson, Tyler Fowles, Jacob Dixon, Stephen Ellery, Nathan Cook, Jimmy Cox (Michael Odoku 60′), Ernold Haxhiu, Ben Bradbury (Capt)

Goal-scorer: Jimmy Cox [49′]

Booked: Odoku   | Subs Not Used: Benjoucef, Thoma

Match Report: West Essex 5 – 2 Enfield (Sat 26 Jan) [ESL 27.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 36

2018-19 Season – Match 44

Saturday 26th January 2019  – 3pm KO

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

Enfield: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

 

 

 

 

 

 

West’s five-star showing overwhelms Enfield

 

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

 

I returned to ESL ‘duties’ this weekend with this intriguing tie between two attack-minded sides in West Essex and Enfield at Mayesbrook Park. Neither side had won in their last three matches so both needed points. The hosts were missing the injured Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and forward Cameron Gray though still named Michael Mignot and Hakim Medfai in attack with Tom Macleod returning as skipper. The E’s were also somewhat depleted though named goal-hungry Reece Barrett and Amin Benyoucef up front with Luke Thomas on the right flank.

Before the game, I had a feeling there would be goals in this one and that gut instinct bore fruit. The E’s started the game in a promising manner with full-back Josh Flynn and forward Reece Barrett giving the home defence a headache with their crossing and movement respectively. Fine margins did apply on seven minutes as creative midfielder Ben Bradbury was given space outside the box before crunching a 20-yard curling drive against a post with home stopper Jack Coker beaten. Minutes later, West midfielder Callum Bloss played in forward Michael Mignot, peeling away from the left flank though whilst one-on-one with Enfield ‘keeper Steven French, the ‘keeper did well to save with his feet.

On 13 minutes, Bloss was in the action again as he was adjudged to have been fouled in the area, with Joe Lefley converting the resultant spot-kick in the right corner. The visiting defence were not happy though four minutes later they really did make a mess of things as an under-hit back pass put French under pressure well ahead of his 18-yard box and he fumbled which lead to Mignot nipping in to rob him and gleefully passed into an empty net. Enfield responded strongly as Barrett had two chances but both went off-target. At the other end, Mignot’s pace was really troubling the visiting back-line and after French had denied him again after breaking through the back four, the talismanic forward had a hand in West’s third goal on 28 minutes.

Mignot did well to come off the left flank and with a low ball in, played in strike partner Hakim Medfai who ran on and drilled his strike past French into the far corner. Matt Hanning’s side did get a goal on the half-hour as they opened up the home defence to give Bradbury a tap-in from about six yards which to be fair their play deserved. West did look stubborn in defence in the main though with centre-backs Josh French and NIck Walk plus anchor midfielder Tom MacLeod powering away headers to clear their lines well. Six minutes before the break, the visitors pushed forward as Flynn played in winger Luke Thomas on the right though the latter’s drive sailed just wide of goal.

Half-Time: West Essex 3 – 1 Enfield

 

 

The second period began brightly for the hosts as on 50 minutes, as energetic midfielder Bloss played in a sublime weighted pass to play in Mignot who rounded substitute ‘keeper Jayden Hocking-Rising and slot home to make it 4 – 1. To their credit, Enfield continued to look handy in attack as around the hour mark, willing runner Amin Benyoucef blazed a half-chance wide plus Thomas and midfielder Ernold Haxhiou also slid efforts wide.

This in turn spurred the hosts who sensed they could further improve their goal difference. With 18 minutes remaining. substitute Symeon Taylor’s header was well-tipped over the bar by Hocking-Rising before Lefley’s effort hit a post. Moments later, Taylor sent another great ball in which fellow substitute Tom Woodbridge had a great chance though Hocking-Rising made another good save at full stretch to deny the hosts a fifth goal. Enfield did get a second with seven minutes to play as Haxhiou unleashed a powerful drive from 20-odd yards to beat Coker which gave them faint hope though that hope was extinguished in added-time as Taylor rifled home despite Hocking-Rising getting a hand on it. The E’s stopper had to be alert seconds later to deny Mignot a hat-trick though in the end there was no denying who deserved the points today.

The game also had a sour note to it in a sense as E’s substitute Jay Stavri was given a straight red for lashing out with a stray boot in the dying minutes.

Full-Time: West Essex 5 – 2 Enfield

 

All in all, this was a heck of a game and well-worth the trip, for the first-half alone. Undoubtedly, West boss Kwame Kwateng will be very happy with his side’s potency going forward as they did look sharp and could have easily got another two or three goals today. Add in the work rate to deny their opponents and they will consider it a job well done. Mignot and Bloss particularly stood out though the team performance was also strong from them here.

As for the E’s, like a few sides in the ESL this term, they are a contradiction (on this performance, anyway). They can certainly fashion chances well and be a threat with the quality they have, full-back Josh Flynn and forward Reece Barrett stood out for them today in my view, though you cannot ‘gift’ teams goals as they did here. Honestly, I sympathise with boss Hanning as I believe it is another indication of how the division (the ESL) is improving season-by-season and that hits teams hard at times.

Finally, I’d like to thank West Essex for the welcome they gave as usual and also I appreciate the hard work of both sides here in what was a pulsating match.

Check out my post-Match Interviews with both managers here (for WD Sportz & GFS): https://youtu.be/oAAhX4UFoek

 

Highlights of the match itself are here, courtesy of @Wdsportz

https://youtu.be/umP_7mOgZ1A

 

West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Warzola, Sanchez Hardy, Nick Walk, Josh French (Symeon Taylor 57′), Tom MacLeod (Capt), Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss, Joe Lefley (Samraj Gill 80′), Michael Mignot, Hakim Medfai (Tom Woodbridge 70′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Lefley [pen 13′], Michael Miignot [17′ & 50′], Hakim Medfai [28′], Symeon Taylor [90′ 2]

Booked: Bloss  | Subs Not Used: Matthews

 

Enfield      | Manager: Matt Hanning

Steven French (GK) (Jayden Hocking-Rising (GK) 46′), Josh Flynn (Jay Stavri 64′), Kevin Bondjanga, Ernold Haxhiou, Chris Gormley, Jacob Dixon, Luke Thomas, Nathan Cook (Jordan William 64′), Amin Benyoucef, Reece Barrett, Ben Bradbury (Capt)

Goal-scorers: Ben Bradbury [30′], Ernold Haxhiou [83′]

Booked: Dixon  | Sent Off: Stavri  | Subs Not Used: Thoma

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 3 Hullbridge Sports (Mon 21 Jan) [ESL 22.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 120

2018-19 Season – Match 43

Monday 21st January 2019  – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside: Purple Shirts, Purple Shorts, Purple Socks

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

Hullbridge hold off ‘Side to record a good win at Cricklefield 


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

A rare midweek jaunt took me to Cricklefield to see a revived Barkingside outfit take on Hullbridge, who were looking for their second away win in four days. The hosts were looking to preserve their unbeaten run and named a front three of David Hornsby, Isaac Marfo and recent signing Mario Gjini, who until recently was at ‘Side’s relegation rivals Leyton Athletic. Hullbridge retained James Pellin in goal with a front three of skipper Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and top-scorer Nathan Scarborough.

We had a rather slow start to this one as both sides sought to o find their rhythm going forward. The visitors could well have been ahead in the opening 20 minutes as first, with 14 on the watch, ‘Bridge forward Luke Hornsley picked out strike partner Nathan Scarborough though his weak effort when one-on-one with home ‘stopper Ryan Karrer was blocked by the ‘keeper’s legs. Hornsley then had a header chalked off for off-side minutes later.

‘Side forward David Hornsby looked to passes to run onto, on the shoulder of the visiting back-line though found little service given by his team-mates. Nine minutes before the interval, Hornsby did find space and played in winger Joe Oates though he blasted his strike just over the woodwork. A minute later, Hornsby’s effort lacked the power to test visiting custodian James Pellin. The visitors were then awarded a spot-kick seven minutes before half-time as midfielder Emmanuel Okunja was felled in the area, with Adebola Sotoyinbo stepping up to convert the resulting spot-kick. Hullbridge had a goal-bound header cleared off the line moments later before ‘Side forward Mario Gjini squandered a decent opening, gliding his shot wide after doing in well in getting past two defenders.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 1 Hullbridge

Hullbridge certainly looked to put the game to bed in the early stages of the second-half. Scarborough miscued another good chance with only Karrer to beat merely a minute in, before they did double their advantage as full-back Matt Rose’s beautiful cross found forward Jimmy Cox at the back stick to power home a header from close range. To be honest, the next passage of the game saw fairly little in the way of goal-mouth action as the visitors sought to protect their lead and the hosts unable to seriously put pressure on the home defence, despite Gjini’s occasional surging run and the presence of fellow forward Isaac Marfo, who tried to unsettle the centre-back duo of Jamal Allen and Perry Dunn. Sotoyinbo had another effort cleared off the line just after the hour as Hullbridge looked to erase any doubt as to where the points were heading. Scarborough did his goal in the end as with ten minutes remaining, his strike from close range secured the win.

Barkingside did respond four minutes from time, as moments after coming on, substitute Shaiquan Maisara slotted home well in with just Pellin to beat. Unfortunately though for the hosts, they didn’t quite show enough in attack to test a Hullbridge side looking to keep their confidence on a firm foundation to keep tabs on leaders Stansted. ‘Side remain two points adrift of rivals Leyton Ath, having played one game more.

Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 3  Hullbridge

Darren Manning’s side deserved their win in a scrappy battle though they will be more than happy with the points and move on to their trip to Tower Hamlets at the weekend. ‘Side’s four-match unbeaten run ends here. Finally, it was good to see the match in the conpany of ground-hoppers Richard and Andrew plus GFS’ own Adam R, ESL Publicity Officer Scott Lanza and not forgotting the ‘rock at the back (well…ish!)’ of Hainault Athletic, Damian Clark. Thanks also to all at Barkingside for their hospitality.

Barkingside  | Manager: Alex Goldstone

Ryan Karrer (GK), Frederico Hernandez, Akwasi Marfo, Dan Jones, Edward Lang (Harry Matthews 66′), Derek Ohalem, Joe Oates, David Ottley (Capt), Mario Gjini, David Hornsby (George Woodward 60′), Isaac Marfo (Shaiqain Maisara 83′)

Goal-scorer: Shaiqain Maisara [86′]

Booked: Lang, Ottley, Matthews   | Subs Not Used: Buchanan

Hullbridge Sports      | Manager: Darren Manning

James Pellin (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose, Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels, Emmanuel Okunja (Joe Pattison 69′), Adebola Sotoyinbo, Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Dan Okah 52′ (Jonas Fuadianitu 76′)), Luke Hornsley, Nathan Scarborough

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [pen 38′], Jimmy Cox [49′], Nathan Scarborough [80′]

Booked: Pellin, Okunja, Okah, Pattison, Homans | Subs Not Used: T Sotoyinbo, McLeavy

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Romford (Sat 19 Jan) [BLN 20.1.19]

Bostik Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 126

2018-19 Season – Match 42

Saturday 19th January 2019  – 3pm KO

Great Wakering: Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

Romford: Blue & Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

GWR prevail in tension-filled basement battle at Burroughs Park 

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

This weekend saw me dip into the Bostik North to see Great Wakering welcome Romford in what was the visitors’ 1,000th league match, an extraordinary achievement – particularly given their rather nomadic existence in recent years. Gary Kimble’s side had a change in goal with Harry Seaden coming in, with new signing Marc Gorbell joining Ollie Woodhouse in the centre of defence. Physical forward Shomari Barnwell was joined in atack by debutant Matt Rush, on loan from Southend Utd Academy. Boro were once again led by the fearless Danny Cossington, with Nick Reynolds, Ridwan Hussein and Alfie Cleal among their attack. A strong bench contained Reece Hewitt, Khadean Campbell and Roddy Lemba.

The match got underway with a flourish from the hosts, though in the opening quarter-hour, winger Billy Johnson and forward Sham Barnwell missed good chances when through on goal to break the deadlock. Romford gradually found their way back into proceedings in terms of territory though you got the sense the tension was rising, given that both sides really could have done with the points here. Boro forward Nick Reynolds lashed a strike from a narrow angle which Rovers goalkeeper Harry Seaden was grateful to gather. The visitors could have pinched a lead in the latter stages of the half as midfielder Ayo Olukoga spurned two half-chances but was stopped by Seaden. Rovers responded strongly as both Matt Rush couldn’t quite get a shot away from Johnson’s cross before winger Jake Gordon blazed a free-kick over the woodwork, from a promising position.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 0 – 0  Romford

 

The match badly needed a goal and both sides made a change at the interval with Josh Wiggins replacing the injured Gordon for GWR while Boro took full-back Toby Barlow off, to be replaced by Reece Hewitt. Hewitt had a strong start, making two telling interceptions to in his own box to assist his defence.

 

Hewitt then broke the deadlock on 50 minutes as he found acres of room on the Boro left flank, and struck a powerful drive, beating Seaden at his near post to really put ‘the cat amongst the pidgeons’ for the home side. Wakering responded almost immediately though midfielder Lewis Jaggs and Johnson both blazed wide. GWR skipper Pethers was unusally replaced on the hour, by Brandy Makhendi as the armband passed to consistent full-back Jason Ring. Barnwell had ‘one of those days’ for the hosts as his drive smashed against a post at that point. It was looking like the hosts would struggle to convert their chances before Wiggins put Rovers level on 66 minutes with a cool side-footed finish past Aldridge in a crowded 18-yard area. Minutes later, Rush was well-denied by Aldridge who spread himself well to deny a clear shot at goal.

With 19 minutes remaining, Rovers talisman Johnson’s effort was denied by ‘keeper Aldridge, Barnwell followed up with a effort of his own which would’ve gone in, though a brillant goal-line interception by Boro centre-back Danny Cossington denied the luckless forward. Barnwell had two further oppurtunities to break his mini-hoodoo though to his credit, he did keep running and working hard for his team. Wakering’s pressure in the last half-hour finally bore fruit with eight minutes left as a good cross by the enthusiastic forward Rush found Billy Johnson at the back stick who had a simple header from point-blank range.

Wakering held form to get only their second win in their last nine matches while Boro have won one in their last 14 games now as they remain in the drop zone. Centre-back Marc Gorbell led the stand–out performances for the home side with a committed display, with Rush, Gordon and Barnwell also proving influential, even if on another day the latter could have had a hat-trick. Still, you’ve got to put the hard yards in and that also applies to Boro skipper Cossington who must have made four or five superb interceptions today, a credit to his side’s defensive showing. Substitute Reece Hewitt also shone in what was a rare beacon of light in an otherwise forgettable attacking display which boss Paul Martin will want his side to improve on.

 

Full-Time: Great Wakering 2 – 1 Romford

Finally, thank you to GWR for their welcome & hospitality and also was a pleasure to meet the legend that is Boro boss Paul Martin. Wish both sides well in their respective battles to stay in the division.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Gary Kimble

Harry Seaden (GK), Jason Ring, Eljay Worrell, Ollie Woodhouse, Marc Gorbell, Scott Pethers (Capt) (Brandy Makhendi 62′), Jake Gordon (Joshua Wiggins 46′), Lewis Jaggs, Matt Rush (Simon Glover 90′), Shomari Barnwell, Billy Johnson

Goal-scorer: Joshua Wiggins [66′], Billy Johnson [82′]

Booked:  None | Subs Not Used: Bradford, Hawes (GK)

 

Romford      | Manager:  Paul Martin

Harry Aldridge (GK), Nathaniel Joseph, Toby Barlow (Reece Hewitt 46′), Danny Nesbitt, Ayo Olukoga (Khadean Campbell 70′), Danny Cossington (Capt), Chris Taylor, Malaki Toussaint, Nick Reynolds (Roddy Lemba 78′), Ridwan Hussein, Alfie Cleal

Goal-scorer: Reece Hewitt [50′]

Booked: Nesbitt | Subs Not Used: Fisher, Scammell (GK)

Round–up: Bostik Division North (Sat 12 Jan) [BLN 13.1.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This article looks at the action on Saturday 12th January. How did your side do?
Saturday 12th january 2019

 

Aveley  3 – 2   Felixstowe & Walton Utd    | Parkside (3G) | Att: 294

The Millers had to rally to continue their good run at Parkside. Tom Richardson nabbed the first of the contest on 12 minutes for the home side though a quick double for the visitors from Rhys Henry [23′] and Jack Ainsley [29′] did threaten a upset. Shad Ngandu’s penalty five minutes into the second-half vanquished that idea though and Andy Freeman continued his fine form in front of goal with the winner with 15 minutes left. Only one defeat in their last eleven games has helped them up to 3rd place, while Felixstowe have only managed one win in their last eight games, falling to 14th spot.

 

Basildon Utd  0 – 3  Tilbury   |  Gardiners Close  | Att: 168

Ex-Bees boss Marc Harrison extended his old club’s dismal form as the Dockers won at Gardiners Close. George Sykes broke the stalemate just shy of the half-hour before another brace for the prolific Lewis Smith [44′ & 73′] saw Tilbury to the points and extended their impressive form with only one loss in their last nine matches, which takes them up to 8th place. Basildon’s fourth loss on-the-trot sees them fall to 13th.

 

Bowers & Pitsea   3 – 0  AFC Sudbury  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G)  | Att: 124

Bowers grabbed their 6th win in their last seven outings with a a strong second-half display to defeat Sudbury. Skipper Martyn Stokes  powered Rob Small’s side ahead on 52 minutes, before Brad Warner [76′] and James Thomas [90′] goals helped Bowers to retain their three-point lead at the summit. The Suds drop one to 7th.

Brentwood Town   3 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers  | Brentwood Arena | Att: 143

Brentwood emerged from a ding-dong battle with Wakering with the points. Former Town forward Shomari Barnwell broke the deadlock after only seven minutes though the home side quickly levelled through Ernest Okoh’s goal six minutes afterward. Two goals in six minutes saw Town take the lead as Alfie Hilton struck four minutes after the break before Okoh’s second of the afternoon on 55 minutes saw the visitors face a challenge to get anything from the game. Jake Gordon’s spot-kick on the hour halved the arrears though George Cox’s dismissal on 74′ made it harder and Rovers’ third straight loss sees them only four points clear of trouble in 15th. Brentwood’s fourth win in their last seven sees them up to 11th.

 

Bury Town  1 – 1  Canvey Island  | Ram Meadow  | Att: 311

Canvey were stunned by a late leveller by in-form hosts Bury Town. Josh Hutchinson continued his fine season with the opening strike on six minutes to put the Islanders ahead though an injury-time strike by Kyran Clements denied Mark Bentley’s side all three points. The hosts haven’t won in three now though sit ninth, a point clear of Canvey who haven’t lost in three games though are ten points off the play-offs in 10th.

 

Coggeshall Town  3 – 0  Soham Town Rangers  | West Street  | Att: 118

Coggeshall remain in the play-off spots with a comfortable win over strugglers Soham. Nnamdi Nwachuku’s 4th-minute opener set the tone somewhat. MIchael Gyasi [51′] and George Cocklin [54′] goals swiftly put the hosts in command after the interval as they claimed their third win in their last six matches. Soham stay 17th, merely a point clear of danger.

Dereham Town  1  – 3  Heybridge Swifts  | Aldiss Park | Att: 323

Swifts came back from an early deficit to claim another success, this time at Dereham. Joe Gatting’s goals are rare bright spark for the home side right now and his 7th-minute strike put the hosts ahead. After the hour though, Julian Dicks’ side powered back with Kreshnic Krasniqi levelling affairs on 63 minutes. Strikes from Matt Price [76′] and Luke Wilson [83′] secured the points in front of more than 300 fans at Aldiss Park. Town’s winless stretch extends to ten matches though as they remain bottom, four points from safety. Heybridge’s 7th win in their last eight games sees them stay 2nd.

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 2  Grays Athletic   | Park Drive  | Att: 225

Grays came out of this battle with a share of the points, having initially led this contest. Charlie Allen provided the opening goal on 11 minutes though Laste Dombaxe’s spot-kick erased that advantage eleven minutes later. Stephane Ngamvoulou turned the course of the game only four minutes later to put the hosts ahead. Kieran Bishop struck again midway through the second-half to continue his goal-scoring form for Ath though they lost ground in the play-off hunt as they are now seven points adrift of 5th-placed Coggeshall. Maldon also conceded points in the promotion race, as they drop to fourth, six points behind leaders Bowers & Pitsea.

Mildenhall Town  2 – 0  Witham Town  | Recreation Way  | Att: 203

Fortune was not on the side of Witham at Recreation Way as not one but two own goals assisted the Hall to a vital win in this bottom-of-the-table clash. Kevin Coyle put the hosts ahead with a 13th-minute OG which Danny Norton added to both the OG count and the goal count with the hosts’ second on the stroke of half-time. Mildenhall’s first win in eight matches sees them emerge out of the bottom two on goal difference. Witham sit 16th, four points clear of their opponents hee after their first loss in seven outings.

 

Romford  0 – 0  Barking   | Rookery Hill  | Att: 96

Romford and Barked duked it out at Rookery Hill though ultimately could not be seperated. Boro continue to struggle for victories and fall to second-bottom while the Blues sit 12th.

That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.

Match Report: Walthamstow 1 – 2 Ilford (Sat 12 Jan) [ESL 12.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium

Attendance: 61

2018-19 Season – Match 41

Saturday 12th January 2019  – 3pm KO

Walthamstow: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Ilford: Red and White Hooped Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red & White Socks

Ilford’s gritty display sees them to a five victory

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

This weekend’s match saw me re-join ESL President Rob Errington and head to Wadham Lodge to see in-form Walthamstow face an Ilford side who have somewhat struggled for wins of late. The hosts have seen players come & go of late, with defender Bryn Thorpe heading back to Takeley, though new signing Correy Davidson was on the bench. Reece Conway skippered the side here including a very strong front three of Dwade James, Leon McKenzie and Marcus Bowers. Samrai Gebrai and Matt Brinklow were also on the bench. For the visitors, near ever-presents in goalkeeper Hugo Rossetti, full-back Luke Casey and captain Danny Haigh retained their places while Deji Adeniran and Seye Okunlola led the line.

The match didn’t exactly go according to the ‘script’ right from the get-go as after only three minutes, a foul on full-back Luke Casey on the right flank allowed a free-kick to be sent in by support forward Callum Maltese which home goalkeeper James Bransgrove punched away – only for the ball to find it way to Ilf winger Collins Atubrah who lashed home well from 20 yards out. Unsurprisingly, ‘Stow picked up after they conceded, and in the next portion of the game they had the vast majority of the play though didn’t have quite as many chances as their play warranted.

Attacking midfielder Christian Owusu blazed two efforts over the bar before experienced forward Leon McKenzie sent over a tellling cross from the right wing, which Foxes custodian Hugo Rossetti had to punch clear before fellow forward Dwade James could get a header in on goal. The pressure was clearly on the visiting defence at this point (just past the quarter-hour) though Ilford’s committed nature was summed up superbly by captain Danny Haigh’s great tackle on James in the area after he was well-found by rapid full-back Ryan Ramsey’s pass.

The visitors were looking decent on the odd occasion they had the chance to counter-attack though another ‘pinch point’ came on the half-hour as McKenzie’s fine goal-bound header was tipped over brilliantly by Rossetti. An increasingly frantic end to the half saw James uncharacteristically blaze over when one–on-one with Rosetti three minutes before the break while Bransgrove did well at the other end to deny Ilf forward Deji Adeniran from close range.

Half-Time: Walthamstow 0 – 1 Ilford

Straight into the second half and new boy Correy Davidson was thrust into proceedings for the hosts, who could have been level two minutes into the second half though somehow James didn’t make the most of a one-on-one chance, scuffing his shot wide of a post. To be fair, it wasn’t just down to the striker having an ‘off-day. Rossetti denied centre-back Craig Pope’s effort from close range, from a ‘Stow free-kick on 54 minutes as Martin Haywood’s side showed no lack of fighting spirit as they battled hard to keep their admittedly slender advantage.

Samrai Gebrai entered the fray with 20 minutes left for Ryan Maxwell’s men and quickly set about giving the tiring Ilford back-line another problem or two with his pace and crossing. Another good interception by Ilford midfielder Billy Golledge to deny a decent chance on goal showed that the Foxes were determined to hang on for the points and although their defending wasn’t pretty at times, in the face of big-time pressure from the home side who pretty much did everything but score, the Foxes stood firm.

And with ‘Stow pouring players foward, Ilford remarkably went two goals up as a good ball in found forward Okunlola at the back post and he made no mistake from close range with 13 minutes to play. Soon afterward, Ilf centre-back Steven Sylvester was dismissed for his second bookable offence and then to make matters really jittery for them, ‘Stow were given a penalty for a hand-ball in the are. James duly converted to atone for the earlier misses and it took another quality tackle from Haigh to deny him another opening in added-time.

Full-Time: Walthamstow  1 – 2  Ilford

All in all, this gutsy display from the Foxes was enough to claim a priceless three points for them, considering their recent form. Goalkeeper Hugo Rossetti and centre-back Danny Haigh shone for them today. Walthamstow will undoubtedly have better days than today, indeed it may well fire them up to go on another decent run. They are certainly able to win games well with the goal-power they have, that has not changed. Ryan Ramsey and tenacious midfielder Reece Conway stood out in my view for them today. Also, I’d like to thank ‘Stow for their hospitality as well today.

Walthamstow   | Player-Manager: Ryan Maxwell

James Bransgrove (GK), Vinny Murphy, Ryan Ramsey, Reece Conway (Capt), Craig Pope, Gus Douglas, Jack Folan, Christian Owusu (Correy Davidson 46′), Dwade James, Leon McKenzie, Marcus Bowers (Samrai Gebrai 70′)

Goal-scorer: Dwade James [pen 83′]

Booked: Conway, Ramsey, Murphy | Subs Not Used: R Pope, Brinklow, Seoane-Barker

Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Luke Casey (Jamal Djotsi 59′), Simon Dahl (Festus Lori 72′), Steven Sylvester, Danny Haigh (Capt), Billy Golledge, Collins Atubrah, Lamarr Douglas, Deji Adeniran, Callum Maltese, Seye Okunlola

Goal-scorers: Collins Atubrah [3′], Deji Adeniran [77′]

Booked: Douglas | Sent Off: Sylvester (2 bookings)  | Subs Not Used: Flavin, Docaj

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 6 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 5 Jan) [ESL 5.1.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 59

2018-19 Season – Match 40

Saturday 5th January 2019  – 3pm KO

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

Sawbridgeworth: Red and Black Hooped Shirts,  Black Shorts, Red Socks

 

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with Photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16) & Scott

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Players pre-match in the fading light (Image: Scott W)

2019 and the second half of the ESL season began in earnest for Hullbridge and Sawbridgeworth with what turned out to be a cracker at Lower Road. You’ve heard the phrase ‘Game of two halves’ a lot, this match was almost two matches in one. Hullbridge, looking to reduce the gap to leaders Stansted, had to make a late change as gooalkeeper Lorcan Morrissey (himself due to replace stand-out stopper George Marsh due to injury) suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up so in came Alfie Cross between the sticks. The ‘usual suspects’ of Luke Hornsley, Adebola Sotoyinbo and Nathan Scarborough made up a formidable front three for the hosts, with Matt Rose skippering the side and recent signing Courtney Homans at right-back.

Sawbridgeworth named promising goalkeeper James Askew in their starting XI, with Joe Wright and Ollie Fortune leading the line and Lewis Deamer captaining the side. Julien Lloyd was among those unavailable due to being banned. What interested me is would an improving Sawbo side pose Hullbridge problems after their Errington Cup exit last weekend to Hoddesdon. We soon got an answer…..

To be fair, the pitch was rather soft in places with added sand in both goal-mouths. Anyway, we had an enterprising start to this match as in the first minute, ‘Bridge midfield dynamo Emmanuel Okunja rifled an effort past James Askew’s left-side post.  Mere minutes later, forward Nathan Scarborough unleashed a powerful drive which Askew had to parry away while skipper Matt Rose also scuffed a shot wide. Fellow forward Luke Hornsley was also ‘in the mood’ as after bypassing two Town defenders, he also fired wide.

The hosts could have been ahead though Sawbo also looked a threat on the counter-attack with winger Daryl Doolan and the front two of Wright and Fortune looking to stretch the home back-line. Indeed, the visitors struck first in this game as on 12 minutes, Doolan powered down the left flank and whipped in a peach of a cross which found forward Joe Wright and he fired home confidently.

John Watters’ side arguably had their best patch of the half just after the goal as just past the 20-minute mark, captain Lewis Deamer struck wide from a corner before minutes later, attempting to catch stand-in ‘keeper Alfie Cross off his goal-line, Wright sent a 40-yard lob wide of the ‘onion bag’. The tackles were starting to getting slightly crunchy as well at times, though Sawbridgeworth’s defence were frustrating the hosts to some degree and ‘keeper Askew also was commanding his area well and made decent saves as well.

On the half-hour, the hosts sensed they needed to find another gear and forward Adebola Sotoyinbo powered in an effort which Askew superbly tipped onto the woodwork. Two minutes later, Doolan had another half-chance, fizzing an effort over the bar.

On the cusp of half-time, the hosts got their leveller as from Rose’s cross, Sotoyinbo reacted first to grab a tap-in. It was the sort of game that could’ve been 2 – 2 at the break, it was that open though on chances alone, the hosts should have been level, even if the timing of the leveller felt like a ‘sucker-punch’ for the visitors.

Half-Time:  Hullbridge 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth

 

After the break, club stalwart Sam Taylor entered the action for the hosts, coming in at centre-back while Jamal Allen filled in the anchor midfield slot. Taylor immediately had an impact as he denied Wright a clear sight at goal for the visitors. With 54 minutes on the watch, Okunja composed himself in the area going round his marker though was again well-denied by the impressive Askew. The hosts were finding their rhythm by this stage as Sotoyinbo had a low shot cleared off the goal-line before Hornsley fired wide after being well-found by Scarborough.

What followed that was a devastating spell of five goals in 14 minutes, to which Sawbo simply had no answer. First, from Sam Taylor’s sweet corner, substitute Michael Salako’s neat header found the far corner of the net on 69 minutes. Only five minutes later, the hosts were two goals ahead as Scarborough was in the right place to poke home after Hornsley had been denied. Unfortunately for the tiring visitors, it didn’t end there as the hosts were right in the ascendancy.

 

With 14 minutes remaining, Hornsley was fouled in the area and Sotoyinbo stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and duly converted. The quick and tricky forward then got the goal of the game three minutes later with a superb 25-yard chip which sailed into the corner past a helpless Askew to also complete a fine hat-trick. Sawbo had a half-chance at the other end as after a lung-busting run, full-back Louis Monk blasted over the woodwork with nine minutes left. Soon after, the scoring was rounded off as from Scarborough’s cross, Salako powered home another header to secure a big win for Darren Manning’s side and quite a comeback.

Full-Time: Hullbridge 6 – 1 Sawbridgeworth

 

You had to feel somewhat sorry for the visitors as they didn’t deserve a hammering today, especially after their contribution to the game in the first-half. That being said, they faded quite heavily after the break – which boss Watters will be disappointed about. For Hullbridge though, their goal-power showed again and with that, they did no harm to their goal difference either. It’s not often you see goals pouring as they did here in the second-half and that ruthlessness will undoubtedly leave boss Manning and his coaching staff happy, as well as the home fans.

As ever, thank you to Hullbridge for their hospitality and also best wishes to Sawbo for the rest of their season.

Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

Alfie Cross (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose (Capt), Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels (Sam Taylor 46′), Joe Pattison (Michael Salako 65′), Emmanuel Okunja, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Luke Hornsley (Jonus Fuadianitu 79′), Nathan Scarborough

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [45′, 76′ & 79′], Michael Salako [69′ & 82′], Nathan Scarborough [74′]

Booked: Skeels     | Subs Not Used: Tapley

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Manager: John Watters

James Askew (GK), John Clarke, Louis Monk, Lewis Deamer (Capt), Jo Cunning, Tom Jelliman, Daryl Doolan (Taylor Williamson 84′),James Baughurst, Joe Wright, Ollie Fortune (Isaac Amoah 68′), Danny Palmer (George Froosham 77′)

Goal-scorer: Joe Wright [12′]

Booked: Wright, Fortune    | Subs Not Used: Garrett

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd (Sat 15th Dec) [ESL 15.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 38

Saturday 8th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sporting Bengal: Red Shirts, Green Shorts, Red Socks

Bengal overcome Redbridge in awful conditions at Oakside

 

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

The weekend’s Essex Senior League tie took me to Oakside to see Redbridge face Sporting Bengal Utd. It is in some ways hard to fathom the difference between the home side of this term, as opposed to last term though I wanted to see for myself how they would fare against a Bengal side that is in the top ten. The hosts were rather depleted with the likes of Sam Buffour, Vinny Murphy, Larry Asare and Remi Nelson all unavailable with Glody Nsamu and Terrell Miller as full-backs, Daniel Smith and Quincy Egjebale at centre-back with a front two of ex-FC Romania forward Vladut Sighiartau and Michael Ogboin. The visitors were also hampered by availability and illness with Ibrahim Ugradar in goal and a front three of Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu and ironically enough, former Motormen forward Reside Coxi-Sebastfao. Jay Knight, Bobby Redwood and Adil Haque were all on a strong bench for Imrul Gazi’s side.

To give you an indication of just how gloomy it was, the floodlights were on before kick-off. Both sides had half-chances right from the get-go as Steven Carvell struck wide for the visitors, from winger Codey cameron’s cushioned pass. At the other end, Redbridge winger Muyiwa Osenie fizzed a low shot across goal though that crucial final touch eluded his team-mates. The hosts did break the dead-lock after only five minutes as a looping header by midfielder Bryan Kyungu found the corner. It should be said that the rain was already lashing down and making conditions tricky to say the least, but more on that later.

Sporting had two more chances soon after the goal, as a defensive howler let in Carvell who blazed his effort wide of a grateful home goalkeeper Lewis Greene, scrambling back into position to cover his errant defenders. Soon after, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao pinged a shot into the side-netting as well – the danger-signs were there. Right on the quarter-hour, the visitors were level and what a cracker of a goal it was. Carvell, with the outside of his boot, curled a sumptious curler into the top corner – another one for ‘the personal collection’ I suspect.

Much to their credit, the Motormen did not let that set-back get to them, with winger Samuel Phillips providing a real outlet with his crossing, pace and trickery. Sporting were indebted to goalkeeper Ibrahim Ugradar who pulled off a really good save to deny home forward Vladut Sighiartau’s powerful effort on 20 minutes. The custodian then made further good saves to deny fellow forward Michael Ogboin when he was one-on-one and then Sighiartau again.

The visitors, perhaps realising they could have been behind, poured forward again and from a free-kick four minutes before the interval, Carvell sent over a wickedly dipping free-kick which Greene had to tip over the crossbar. Add to that efforts from Cameron and stand-in full-back David Vaughan which needed the intervention of Greene and boss Imrul Gazi will have been wondering how his side were not ahead.

He didn’t have to wait long. A minute before the break, a Bengal counter-attack started by a long ball by the adept Ashaan Siddik was met by forward Jason Ngandu who set about on a powerful run and then beat Greene one-on-one although the goalkeeper did get a half-block on it but it wasn’t enough to stop the net from rippling.

Half-Time:  Redbridge   1 – 2  Sporting Bengal

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The second-half was somewhat lighter in terms of chances as the conditions continued to make their mark, with driving rain and a freezing wind. ‘No picnic’ for the players & officials I can say though credit to both sides as it was a searing test of their desire and energy levels. The hosts did struggle to create chances at times as the visiting defence show how improved they are this term. with captain Kamarl Duncan and full-back David Vaughan particularly impressive.

What I will add though is that the hosts showed no lack of ‘bottle’ or spirit whatsoever and Kyungu really tried to orchestrate moves forward as well on a surface that was getting ever-harder to play cohesively on. Sporting arhuably finished the match strongly though Cameron’s header and substitute Bobby Redwood’s curling effort failed to beat Greene.

In Fairness, home centre-back Quincy Egjebale and full-back Terrell Miller had good games as they did hamper the onslaught of a once-again quick and slick attacking Bengal side. Bengal will undoubtedly be pleased with the ponts today, though they really had to work hard for them and if they were were more clinicial then it could’ve been four or five in the ‘onion bag’ for them today. Again, credit to both teams for the work rate and drive they both showed for the hardy souls who came out to attend this match.

Full-Time: Redbridge   1 – 2   Sporting Bengal Utd

Finally, I would like to thank Redbridge for their kind hospitality, the half-time food certainly did go down well, that much is 100% true!

 

Redbridge   | Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Glody Nsamu, Terrell Miller, Liam Burgess, Daniel Smith (Capt), Quincy Egjebale, Sam Phillips, Bryan Kyungu, Vladut Sighiartau (DJ Adelekan 66′), Michael Ogboin, Muyiwa Osenie

Goal-scorer: Bryan Kyungu [5′]

Booked: Nsamu, Sighiartau | Subs Not Used: Duggan, Eaton

Sporting Bengal  | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Ibrahim Ugradar (GK), Raul Gazi (Bobby Redwood 46′), David Vaughan, Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Rokib Choudhury, Codey Cameron, Ashaan Siddik, Steven Carvell, Jason Ngandu, Reside Coxi-Sebastiao (Jay Knight 58′)

Goal-scorers: Steven Carvell [15′], Jason Ngandu [42′]

Booked: R Gazi, Siddik   | Subs Not Used: Haque, S Ahmed, Tandon

Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 1 Leyton Athletic (Sat 8 Dec) [ESL 8.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 37

Saturday 1st December 2018  – 3pm KO

Sporting Bengal:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts,  Blue Socks

Leyton Ath: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks

Profligate Bengal are held by battling Leyton at Mile End


Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me to Mile End to see Sporting Bengal Utd face a Leyton Athletic side that have started to show a bit more resolve under new boss Eli Benoit. The conditions were rather damp and they had a further lashing of rain to gift away but more on that later.

For the hosts, new signing Reece Hewitt lined up on the right flank while Steven Carvell and Jay Knight made up the front two with playmaker Ashaan Siddik supporting and David Vaughan on the left wing. Leyton have lost goalkeeper James Scammell to Romford so Jay Walsh was between the sticks here plus a front three of Mario Gjini, Jason Brown and Lance Ledgister with both Londono brothers (Chris & Daniel) on the bench.

Sporting edged the opening salvos of this encounter, as David Vaughan tested the Ath defence though his centre evaded both the visiting stopper Walsh and his team-mates in the six-yard box. The hosts then saw their first clear-cut chance go awry as from talisman Steven Carvell’s super low ball in, Vaughan contrived to lob a strike well over the woodwork.

In the next part of the first half, both sides traded chances as midfielder Misha Djemaili fizzed a strike wide for the visitors before Carvell saw his powerful strike crash into the woodwork from the edge of the penalty area. Leyton winger Rujorn Tuitt was threatening down the left with his pace and trickery which the home defence did struggle to contain. On the stroke of 20 minutes, Tuitt struck a 20-yard effort over the bar as you wondered who would strike first.

We soon got an answer. Just before the half-hour, Sporting led as Carvell’s seaching cross found Jay Knight who directed a fine header across goal. Eli Benoit’s side was far from out of the game though as both Tuitt and Emmanuel Oluwole both couldn’t find a way past home goalkeeper Mahood Suleyman. As half-time rapidly approached, Carvell couldn’t make the most of a one-on-one chance as his shot was well-denied by Walsh and Vaughan couldn’t tuck home the rebound.

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal  1 – 0  Leyton Ath

The weather started to have a slight impact after the break as the rain increasingly fell down on an already wet surface. Leyton ‘keeper Walsh was fortunate that a misjudged clearance didn’t enter the reach of Vaughan in the area merely a minute after the break. Djemaili called Suleyman into action again eleven minutes into the half as his low drive forced a decent save by the home custodian.

If I was being totally honest, there were phases of the second half which were scrappy as both sides remain competitive, Leyton showing resolve in battling hard to contain the hosts whilst also having creative outlets themselves through Tuitt and forward Mario Gjini, who had been giving the hosts a tricky afternoon with his pace. Indeed, Gjini levelled things up here with 18 minutes to play as his low shot found the corner, whilst well-poised in the area.

Sporting rallied and created a number of chances though Walsh denied substitutes Adil Haque and Reside Coxi-Sebastiao as well as Knight late on plus Carvell drive another effort wide as the hosts just couldn’t restore their advantage. Leyton did finish strongly as well going forward as the game got increasingly stretched though neither side could get that decisive winner.

Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 1  Leyton Athletic

Bengal will know they had an ‘off-day’ here, particuarly in their finishing though some of their play was indicative of how they have done this seasion so far. Leyton worked hard and defended arguably better than they have in other matches this term and goalkeeper Jay Walsh did well to deny the opposition of a number of occasions. A point apiece it is though on another day it could well have been a different story.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to Sporting boss Imrul Gazi and to the club for the kind welcome they extended to me this afternoon, prior to kick-off.

Sporting Bengal  | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Mahood Suleyman (GK), Rakib Choudhury, Jon Watson (Raul Gazi 7′), Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Chris Greenslade, Reece Hewitt (Adil Haque 64′),  Ashaan Siddik, Jay Knight, Steven Carvell, David Vaughan (Reside Coxi-Sebastiao 47′)

Goal-scorer: Jay Knight [28′]

Booked: Haque, Greenslade    | Subs Not Used: Islam, Tandon

Leyton Athletic   | Player-Manager: Eli Benoit

Jay Walsh (GK), John Lye, Harry Rixon, Emmanuel Oluwole (Daniel Londono 57′), Junior Miller, Cory Rider (Capt), Rujorn Tuitt, Misha Djemaili (Chris Londono 77′), Mario Gjini, Jason Brown, Lance Ledgister (D’Neil Bryan 62′)

Goal-scorer: Mario Gjini [72′]

Booked: C Londono   |  Sub Not Used: Samangwa