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

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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

Match Report: Stansted 2 – 1 Ilford (Sat 1 Dec) [ESL 2.12.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 39

2018-19 Season – Match 36

Saturday 1st December 2018  – 3pm KO

Stansted:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts,  Blue Socks

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

Stansted battle to victory over energetic Ilford at Hargrave Park

 

 

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

 

The opening match of December in the Essex Senior League programme saw me make the trip to Hargrave Park to see a Stansted side winless in their last three matches take on inconsistent opponents in Ilford. The Airportmen were missing the likes of Jack Folan, Charlie Buffin and long-term injury victim Carl Mulings though still could name the free-scoring Callum Ibe and Jack West in attack with Jordan Palmer and recent recruit Jack Mitchell on the flanks. Fellow new signing Robbie Norris joined Paul Clayton in central midfield with skipper Billy Coyne shifting to right-back.

Martin Haywood’s Foxes were also depleted, with front two Yemi Adelani and Lauric Diakiesse and influential winger Lion Docaj among those unavailable so Seye Okunola led the line with Mitchell Victorin and Reece Mosanya in support. The three leading starters for Ilford this season, goalkeeper Hugo Rosetti, right-back Luke Casey and skipper Danny Haigh all kept their places in the side.

On a weekend where other fixtures fell foul of the weather, it’s fair to say it added quite a layer of difficulty to the playing conditions, though to be fair to the Hargrave pitch, it had fared well given the intense rain of the proceeding few days. Credit has to go to staff as well for getting this match on. Both teams took a while to adapt to the tricky conditions at the start of the match, though the hosts had the first half-chances of the day though forward Jack West’s acrobatic lob and veteran centre-back Matt Frew’s blasted drive couldn’t find the target.

Ilford were setting their stall out well, pressing the hosts at every opportunity though Jack West had another sniff at goal on the quarter-hour for the home side, narrowly lofting an effort over the woodwork. Ilf responded with their best passage of the half with pacy winger Reece Mosanya showing his tricks and stretched the home defence well. Mitchell Victorin smashed a 20-yarder wide of goal on 19 minutes and moments later, midfielder Billy Golledge was only denied a one-on-one chance at goal by a superb gutsy tackle by Frew in the penalty area.

Ilf full-back Luke Casey warmed up the palms of home custodian Charlie Turner with a good strike following a powerful run into the box from the right, mid-way through the half. Meanwhile, Stansted wingers Jordan Palmer and Jack Mitchell were posing a threat for the visiting back-line though at times that crucial final-ball into the forwards was lacking. Ten minutes before the interval, Mitchell sent an effort over the crossbar after being played in by the influential skipper Billy Coyne.

Half-Time: Stansted  0 – 0  Ilford

The game needed a goal and we hardly had to wait in the second-half. A direct run from in-form forward Callum Ibe was compounded by his pass to Palmer who placed his strike well to beat visiting goalkeeper Hugo Rosetti and give Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side the lead only two minutes into the second period.

Merely three minutes later, referee Craig Charles adjudged that a cross into the area by Jack West was handled and had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. West took it himself and made no mistake to suddenly give the hosts a two-goal advantage. Ilford kept pushing, to their credit and nearly had a goal back just past the hour as having made a good run into the box, full-back Morgan Seaman’s shot cannoned off a post before Mosanya gathered the rebound, forcing Turner into another decent save. This was a marker of things to come as on 64 minutes, Seye Olunola did finish off another promising move and the visitors were still well in this contest.

Rosetti did well to deny a looping header by home midfielder Rob Norris with twenty minutes left and although the hosts had a Jack West tap-in from Coyne’s free-kick ruled out in the latter stages. Stansted did manage to see out the match to claim a much-needed three points to go above Hullbridge to the summit on goal difference.

Full-Time: Stansted  2 – 1  Ilford

Both sides gave everything out today in a match that was much better than it could’ve been, given the conditions. Callum Ibe, Jack West and Billy Coyne stood out in my opinion today for the home side while Reece Mosanya, Luke Casey and centre-back Steve Sylvester shone for Ilford. Though the result will be more remembered by the hosts, Ilf are showing their promise with their energetic side and can be pleased with their performance here.

Finally, I’d like to thank Stansted chairman Glyn Warwick & the club officials for their customary kind welcome and their hospitality. It is appreciated.

 
Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Billy Coyne (Capt), Joe Clark, Sam West, Matt Frew, Paul Clayton (James Briggs 63′), Jordan Palmer (James Turvey 78′), Robbie Norris, Jack West, Callum Ibe, Jack Mitchell (Raphael Duyile 74′)

Goal-scorers: Jordan Palmer [47′], Jack West [pen 50′]

Booked: Clayton    | Subs Not Used: Bell

 
Ilford   | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Morgan Seaman, Steve Sylvester, Dan Haigh (Capt), Jamal Djotsi (Jaman Howe 67′), Mitchell Victorin, Billy Golledge, Seye Okunola, Isacka Mncube, Reece Mosanya

Goal-scorer: Seye Okunola [69′]

 
Booked: Seaman, Sylvester   |  Subs Not Used: J Perry, C Perry

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 4 – 3 Sporting Bengal Utd (Sat 24th Nov) [ESL 24.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 57

2018-19 Season – Match 35

Saturday 24th November 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Sporting Bengal: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Bridge edge an epic encounter with Bengal at Lower Rd

 


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

This season’s Essex Senior League trail continued with this much-anticipated battle between leaders Hullbridge and Sporting Bengal, who started the day in 5th spot, at a bitterly cold Lower Road. Both sides unsurprisingly named strong starting XIs with Hullbridge going with a front two of Luke Hornsley and skipper Nathan Scarborough, with Shawn Coe and Sam Taylor as full-backs either side of centre-backs Perry Dunn and Luke McLeavy. Adebola Sotoyinbo, Jimmy Cox and Michael Salako were all on the bench. For goal-hungry Sporting, they started with a front three of Steven Carvell, Jay Knight and Bobby Redwood supported by playmaker Ashaan Siddik and powerful centre-back Kamarl Duncan skippering Imrul Gazi’s side.

The match was hardly slow in getting going as both sides were looking to keep the ball ‘on-the-deck’. The hosts struck first as on six minutes, a super left-wing centre by club stalwart Sam Taylor found forward Nathan Scarborough at the back post who headed home with aplomb. Bengal so nearly struck back only three minutes later though forward Bobby Redwood’s low strike was brillantly cleared off the line by ‘Bridge full-back Shawn Coe, after bypassing custodian George Marsh. Hullbridge had a good spell after that as they grew into the game with powerful forward Luke Hornsley unable to beat visiting goalkeeper Ibrahim Ugradar on two seperate occasions.

Bengal nearly levelled just before the half-hour though centre-back Kamarl Duncan’s powerful header was scrambled away. Mere minutes later, a good move involving attacking midfielder Matt Tapley and Hornsley led to Scarborough having an effort deflected over the woodwork. Two minutes after Scarborough headed wide another half-chance from Hornsley’s cross, the hosts did double their lead as a stray clearance by the Sporting back-line found midfield dynamo Emmanuel Okunja who lashed home from 12 yards.

Again, Bengal rallied as a good low effort by Redwood was well-denied by Marsh with his legs. Seconds later, forward Jay Knight got the better of Taylor on the right flank though lofted a strike wide before being denied a sight at goal by home centre-back Perry Dunn. A pulsating opening 45 minutes ended with a powerful strike by Scarborough being well kept out by Ugradar.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  2 – 0  Sporting Bengal

If the first half was good, then what followed in the second-half was utterly enchanting. Bengal roared back into the match with two goals in six minutes. First, three minutes after the interval, Duncan sent a dipping header right into the top corner of the net from a Carvell set-piece to halve the deficit. Five minutes later, a class ball in by attacking midfielder Ashaan Siddik found Knight who cooly slotted home past Marsh to level the match up. The tension continued to rise as both sides rose to the occasion though the twists were far from over.

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Knight just about to score his side’s first of the afternoon (Credit: Neil H)

Midway through the half, Imrul Gazi’s side took the lead as another superb delivery by Knight from the left found Carvell in space and the deep-lying forward made no mistake, burying a low strike right in the corner. Though again, that lead didn’t last long as only three minutes later the hosts were level, Hornsley swung in another pearler of a ball into the back post area to assist Scarborough who slotted home from close range. With 11 minutes remaining, substitute Adebola Sotoyinbo’s cool pass from the left side of the penalty area found Scarborough who blasted home to complete a excellent hat-trick.

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Scarborough powers home his third goal & Hullbridge’s winner (Credit: Neil H)

The last ten minutes was again an end-to-end slugfest, rather like the latter rounds of a boxing contest as Hornsley had a strike blocked while Carvell’s audacious chip from 25 yards and a low strike by Siddik were both denied by Marsh. When the final whistle blew, it was perhaps relief more than anything for the hosts who claimed the points.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports   4 – 3   Sporting Bengal Utd

This match really could’ve been a draw, it could’ve been 5 – 5. It was that entertaining, right out of the top-draw – a superb advert for the Essex Senior League. As of this moment, heck knows who will win the championship this year, though what I do know is that these two sides could well be in the mix, given both the ability and character on display here. It’s little wonder that Bengal will be disappointed by the result, though progress is definitely being made and the plaudits they have gotten so far this season are justified.

Hullbridge will be happy with the points, especially given results elsewhere today. In my view, it was a proper team display by them, even if Scarbourough gets the headlines for his undeniably excellent treble.

Post-Match, I spoke to Hullbridge boss Darren Manning and Sporting’s Imrul Gazi, guesting for WD Sportz – https://youtu.be/Byn-FSm0RGA

 

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Shawn Coe, Perry Dunn, Luke McLeavy, Sam Taylor, Jamal Allen, Joe Skeels, Emmanuel Okunja (Adebola Sotoyinbo 69′), Matt Tapley, Luke Hornsley (Michael Salako 85′), Nathan Scarborough (Capt) (Jimmy Cox 83′)

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [6′, 71′ & 79′], Emmanuel Okunja [36′]

Booked: Skeels, Okunja, Cox, Salako   | Subs Not Used: Skinner, Pattison

Sporting Bengal Utd   | Manager: Imrul Gazi

Ibrahim Ugradar (GK), Rokib Choudhury, Declan Nche (Marcus Lonsiquot 46′), Chris Greenslade, Kamarl Duncan (Capt), Charles Gregory (David Vaughan 83′), Ashaan Siddik, Jay Knight, Steven Carvell, Bobby Redwood

Goal-scorers: Kamarl Duncan [48′], Jay Knight [53′], Steven Carvell [68′]

Booked: Choudhury, Redwood  |  Subs Not Used: Ngandu, Haque, R Gazi

Match Report: St Margaretsbury 1 – 2 Hullbridge Sports (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 17.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 34

Saturday 17th November 2018  – 3pm KO

St Margaretsbury: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red & Black Socks

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

 

‘Bridge battle to a hard-fought win at The Rec

 

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by @Abridgetoofar16


This season’s Essex Senior League continued with a first visit to the Rec to see St Margaretsbury take on Hullbridge on a chilly afternoon. The hosts were looking to build on a fine Cup win in midweek and named a front two of skipper Charncey Dash and Luke Marshall with Connor Scully and Theo Costa on the flanks and player-boss Max Mitchell in midfield. ‘Bridge made three changes from their midweek win with Luke McLeavy, Adebola Sotoyinbo and Nathan Scarborough coming into the starting XI.

The hosts started the match the brighter as ‘Bridge goalkeeper George Marsh was called into action a few minutes in to deny St Margs winger Theo Costa’s strike. At the other end, a good ball in from visiting midfielder Joe Skeels needed the intervention of player-boss Max Mitchell who headed clear, ahead of waiting opposition forwards. St Margs took the lead after only eight minutes as winger Connor Scully broke free of a sluggish visiting defence to slide home a low finish past Marsh.

In all honesty, the hosts continued their strong start to proceedings after the goal with their incisive passing game, though couldn’t make the most of the good openings they did make. On 21 minutes, another strike from Costa which curled towards the far post was well dealt with by Marsh for a corner. Moments later, a super ball in from the right flank by Scully found talisman forward Charncey Dash at the back post though he inexplicably blazed his strike over the wooodwork, from close range.

Just after the mid-way point of the half, St Margaretsbury twice had efforts cleared off the goal-line and in hindsight, that was a minor turning point in this match. As on the half-hour, the visitors levelled thanks to a good team move which started with winger Michael Salako’s ball ball in which forward Nathan Scarborough laid off to strike partner Luke Hornsley who fired home, low into the net which home custodian Brad Robinson got a hand on but couldn’t keep it out.

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Hornsley (#10) puts Hullbridge ahead (Credit: Neil H)

This prompted a high-tempo end to the half as Robinson denied another low Hornsley strike before Max Mitchell’s side caused a moment of concern for ‘Bridge goalie Marsh who headed the ball away though the ball fell to Dash though he smashed an effort wide. To be fair to the hosts, they looked strong in defence and certainly gave Darren Manning’s side every indication that they were in for a battle here.

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury  1 – 1  Hullbridge

After the break, the effort levels from the hosts were still there as a long ball in was headed on by Dash to Costa who looked to play the ball back to Dash though Marsh gathered ahead of the prolific forward. The visitors responded at the other end as from Skeels’ pass, attacking midfielder Adebola Sotoyinbo fired wide. Hornsley was also making the home defence work wth his strength and running. With 64 minutes on the watch, a free-kick for the hosts found Dash though he sent a header wide.

Both sides traded chances in the next part of the match with midfielder Dan Ferrigno and Dash unable to beat Marsh, the latter was put in by a good ball in by energetic full-back Prince Madu. Salako’s header and a Sotoyinbo shot from narrow angle which was well-blocked by the on-rushing Robinson kept the tie level. The goal-mouth action continued as Mitchell’s free-kick ended up with another drive from Scully which Marsh denied.

The decisive moment came with 11 minutes to go as after substitute Emmanuel Okunja’s effort was blocked, the ball found its way to Salako who evaded the off-side trap to slide home low past Robinson from about eight yards. After that crucial break-through, the visitors eventually held on after a tense final few minutes to pick up a crucial three points which thanks to other results, saw Sports go back to the summit.

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury 1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports

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Michael Salako (centre) had a good game today (Credit: Neil H)

This match was a pure battle throughout. Credit to both sides who put a lot into it. St maragetsbury had chances and certainly should have got two or three goals at least today, they will have better days – that much is clear. Winger Connor Scully led the way for them though the entire back four also had good outings today. As for Sports, Messrs Salako and Hornsley stood out for me, along with goalkeeper Marsh. Perhaps this result shows the progression from last season in a way.

Thank you to Rob Errington, plus St Margaretsbury for their hospitality today on an enjoyable first visit to the ground.

 

St Margaretsbury   | Player-Manager: Max Mitchell

Brad Robinson (GK), Christopher Webb, Prince Madu, Phil Lowen, Tom Fletcher, Max Mitchell, Connor Scully, Dan Ferrigno, Charncey Dash (Capt), Luke Marshall, Theo Costa (Andrew Simmonds 67′)

Goal-scorer: Connor Scully [8′]

Booked: Scully  | Subs Not Used: Palmer, Charles, Wild, Thompson

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks (Jimmy Cox 79′), Matt Rose (Capt), Luke McLeavy, Perry Dunn, Jamal Allen, Joe Skeels, Adebola Sotoyinbo, Nathan Scarborough (Emmanel Okunja 68′), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako (Sam Taylor 86′)

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [30′], Michael Salako [79′]

Booked: Rose, Dunn, Allen   | Subs Not Used: Pattison, Tapley

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

Essex Senior League

Attendance: 62

2018-19 Season – Match 33

Tuesday 13th November 2018  – 7.45pm KO

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 0  West Essex

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

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

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

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 0  West Essex

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

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

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

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

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

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

 

West Essex    | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

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

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: McNally

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

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

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

 

Sat 10 Nov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gordon Brasted Trophy 2018-19: Quarter-Final

Attendance: 57

2018-19 Season – Match 32

Saturday 10th November 2018  – 3pm KO

Walthamstow: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shoorts,  Blue Socks

Leyton Athletic: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Maroon Socks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Half-Time: Walthamstow  2 – 0 Leyton Athletic

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

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

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

Full-Time: Walthamstow   3 – 0  Leyton Athletic

Walthamstow  | Player/Manager: Ryan Maxwell

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

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

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

Leyton Athletic    | Manager: Glen Kendall

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

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

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

The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Barking Rugby Club

Attendance: 165

2018-19 Season – Match 31

Sunday 4th November 2018  – 3pm KO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

May & Baker EC  | Manager: Micky Wetherall

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

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

Swaffham Town     | Manager: Paul Hunt

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

Goal-scorers: Luke Reed [90’+1]

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

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

Essex Olympian League – Premier Division

Saturday 3rd November – 2pm KO

Venue: Belfairs Park

2018-19 Season: Match 30

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

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

Gritty Ath trimuph at Belfairs Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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