Match Mini-Report: Southend Utd 4 – 2 Hullbridge Sports (Essex Women’s Lge Prem – Sun 7th Oct) [ELP 10.10.18]

Essex Women’s League – Premier Division

Sunday 7th October – 2pm KO

Venue: Len Forge Centre  (Grass Pitch)

2018-19 Season: Match 20

Southend: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts & Navy Blue Socks

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


Valiant Hullbridge test Blues at the Len Forge

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

Southend Utd welcomed Hullbridge Sports in this local derby in the Essex Women’s League Premier Division encounter. The Blues defeated the a ‘Bridge outfit that was ‘against the odds’ right from the kick-off. The visitors showed no lack of character and tenacity to restrict the hosts though they went ahead on 17 minutes thanks to a delicate chip which just escaped the fingertips of the ‘Bridge ‘keeper.

Hullbridge did create a few half-chances, skipper Danielle Dorrington heading wide from Megan Marney’s corner right on the stroke of half-time.
Half-Time: Southend Utd 1 – 0 Hullbridge Sports

After the break, the visitors started to tire understandably though the hosts’ pace down the channels also told and good goals on the hour mark and seven minutes afterward with the first of those coming being Ria Toovey’s first of the match. That gave Southend some breathing room though ‘Bridge rallied and Marney’s oppurtunistic lob on 68 minutes after a defensive mishap and Molly Johnson’s headed 79th-minute goal gave the hosts a few nervy moments as Hullbridge believed they could snatch an equaliser.

In the latter stages though, Utd struck again as Toovey blasted home on 83 minutes when one-on-one to seal the points.

Full-Time: Southend Utd  4 – 2  Hullbridge Sports

All in all, Hullbridge showed glimpses of why they won the Division One title last season and they should be proud of their efforts here. The Blues are more than useful side as well and I wouldn’t be that surprised if both sides have a decent season.




Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 West Essex (Sat 6th Oct) [ESL 6.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 40

2018-19 Season – Match 19

Saturday 6th October 2018  – 3pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

 West Essex : Red & Black Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

In what you might describe as ‘ghastly’ conditions, Southend Manor welcomed West Essex to Southchurch Park. The hosts were not only missing the likes of Mo Kargbo, Lee Delf and Nathan Dewberry but also their manager Adam Peek, who is enjoying his stag do, best wishes to Adam on that. This meant Reserve team boss & ex-Rochford Town gaffer Garry Pond stepped up to be manager for the day. As for West, Jack Coker continued between the sticks and skipper Tom MacLeod reverted to centre-back with Symeon Taylor and Cameron Gray supporting focal point Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe in attack.

Before kick-off, the elements signalled their intent with blustery conditions evident. Though before this report turns into a weather-based one, the opening to the match saw few chances to speak of though Manor midfielder Benn Smith lofted a drive over visiting custodian Jack Coker’s crossbar. West responded through an effort from 18 yards by midfielder Callum Bloss was parried by returning Manor goalkeeper Klinton Makayabo.

Manor were perhaps edging the game in terms of passing moves at this point though Stags forward Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe was giving the Manor back four a good test though to be fair the backline did well. On the half-hour, ever-tricky winger Rhys Fatt darted down the middle and got his effort away though Coker did well to save. Coker was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening half, doing well to deny skipper Robbie Norris’ pile-driver and then tip wide Charlie Barlow’s wind-assisted free-kick towards the end of the half.

In recent matches, West have started to clamp down on conceding goals and although they didn’t have the better of the oppurtunities thus far, that ‘steel’ was evident.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  West Essex

After the break, Manor had further chances to take the lead though forward Charlie Little and Barlow’s drives were both saved by Coker. Seven minutes after the interval, West had a decent chance of their own as from James Bromley’s sharp delivery, forward Cameron Gray thumped a header off-target. Only a minute later though, what ended up being the decisive goal came as from Bromley’s corner, MacLeod headed on at the back stick for Gray to head home in a congested penalty area.

Manor found Coker in fine form again on 58 minutes as Little’s effort was denied and although the hosts did look threatening down the flanks through Fatt and fellow winger Dylan James, their final ball didn’t quite materalise. At the other end, West pushed for an important second goal though centre-back Nick Walk’s header was saved by Makayabo. Manor cenre-back Ore Mosuro spurned a late chance by heading over the bar though in fairness, the hosts gave everything in terms of effort though that unfortunate ‘familar story’ of chances missed ultimately cost them.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  West Essex

West will be pleased with another battling three points with forwards Symeon Taylor and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and right-back Sanchez Hardy standing out alongside the impressive Coker today. Finally, credit to both sides for the effort and resolve they showed in poor conditions today.


Southend Manor      | Manager (for the day): Garry Pond

Klinton Makayabo (GK), Charlie Cobb, Grant Webb, Robbie Norris (Capt), Oreoluwa Mosuro, Kye Jude, Rhys Fatt (Jordon Chambers 82′), Benn Smith, Charlie Little (Aaron Baldwin 73′), Charlie Barlow, Dylan James (Matthew Smith 70′)

Booked: Norris   | Subs Not Used: Dias

West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Josh Kane, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Nick Walk, James Bromley, Callum Bloss (Samraj Gill 80′), Greg Frederick, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Tom Woodbridge 68′), Symeon Taylor, Cameron Gray (Joe Lefley 70′)

Goal-scorers: Cameron Gray [53′]

Booked: None  |  Subs Not Used: Ahmed

Match Report: Takeley 1 – 3 Stanway Rovers (Tues 2nd Oct 18) [GBT R2 3.10.18]

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy – Round 2

Venue: Station Road

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 18

Tuesday 2nd October 2018  – 7.45pm KO

Takeley :  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stanway Rovers : Amber Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks



Stanway outclass Takeley to record a fine win and advance in the GB Trophy

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

This Gordon Brasted Trophy Second Round tie saw Takeley, who have been in the final in the last two seasons, face Stanway Rovers at Station Road. The hosts fielded a changed side though still had commanding goalkeeper Ronnie Yates between the sticks, Bryn Thorpe and Frank Oatham in central defence and skipper Jason Todd supporting the front two. Stanway named a strong side with wingers Lewis Stantiall and Marley Andrews supporting the front two of Callum Griff and Toby Blanche, with Teddy Nesbitt skippering the side as ever.

In what was a slightly quiet start to the match, Stanway had a sighter at goal on seven minutes as forward Toby Blanche sent a low drive from 20 yards wide of Ronnie Yates’ goal. Olly Miles was proving to be the biggest threat from the hosts and his free-kick on nine minutes needed the intervention of visiting stopper Lewis Hawley who parried it wide of the post. Further free-kicks from Olly Miles and Bryn Thorpe in the first half-hour failed to beat Hawley though you felt the visitors needed to curb such oppurtunities to score.

Marley Andrews showed what he was capable of with his pace and crossing which game the home defence something to think about though it was a ball in from fellow winger Lewis Stantiall which was a headed on at the back post to Blanche who snuck in to slot home from close range just past the half-hour. That lead barely lasted a minute though before the hosts were awarded a spot-kick, which Olly Miles duly struck home without any fuss. The hosts had a goal chalked off for off-side minutes later and were happy to see Stantiall’s free-kick slide just over the bar moments before the break.



Half-Time: Takeley    1 – 1   Stanway Rovers

The visitors made a (presumably enforced) change at half-time with Max Brassington replacing Harry Seal at centre-back though they also emerged with a renewed determination and moments after midfielder Jeff Hogan blasted over the bar, the speedy winger that is Andrews was left alone at the back post to grab a tap-in to restore Stanway’s lead with 52 minutes on the watch. Hawley was called into action again bang on the hour with a good save from Josh Sykes’ powerful effort.

The hosts unsurprisingly poured forward, bringing on the ‘big guns’ of Mitch Das, Stuart Zanone and Charlie Cole for the last half-hour or so. Andrews sent a drive wide of the post as there were gaps appearing in the home defence as they chased the game though the Rovers defence remained stout and resilent. At the other end, Blanche was well-stopped by a last-ditch tackle which prevented a shot on goal.

Rovers sealed the tie late on as Lewis Stantiall struck, getting the better of Yates when one-on-one with the Takeley goalkeeper. To be fair, it was a deserved victory for the visitors who showed good energy, pace and no little amount of belief.

Full-Time: Takeley   1 – 3  Stanway Rovers

I would like to thank ESL President Rob E and all at Takeley for their kind welcome and hospitality during the evening.



Takeley      | Manager: Marc Das

Ronnie Yates (GK), Jeff Ageyman (Mitchell Das 56′), Coby Miles, Bryn Thorpe, Frank Oatham, Michael Pardoe, Jason Todd (Capt), Matt Hurley, Josh Sykes (Stuart Zanone 68′), Olly Miles (Charlie Cole 73′), Alex Warman

Goal-scorer: Olly Miles [pen 32′]

Booked: Oatham, C Miles  | Subs Not Used: Wappett, Gulliver

Stanway Rovers  | Manager: Lee Fisher

Lewis Hawley (GK), Romario Dunne, Teddy Nesbitt (Capt), Jeff Hogan, Danny Nesbitt, Harry Seal (Max Brassington 46′), Marley Andrews, Alfie Cleal, Toby Blanche, Callum Griff (Finn O’Reilly 88′), Lewis Stantiall

Goal-scorers: Toby Blanche [31′], Marley Andrews [52′], Lewis Stantiall [86′]

Booked: None  |  Subs Not Used: None

Match Report: Ilford 0 – 0 Hoddesdon Town [ESL 29.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 55

2018-19 Season – Match 17

Saturday 29th September 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Hoddesdon Town: White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Stalemate rules at Cricklefield in battling draw

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

The sun shone on Cricklefield though the match couldn’t quite match that sunshine as Hoddesdon took on Ilford. Ilford’s forward line was led by Yemi Adelani and Callum Maltese with Lion Docaj and Morgan Seaman providing the width from the flanks. Hoddesdon were missing a few due to unavailability but could name full-back Aiden Critchley, winger Connor Bolton and Joss Lillis in their starting XI.

Both sides struggled to get their rhythm in the early stages of this match though Ilf winger Morgan Seaman stood out with his intelligent runs and composure on-the-ball. A poor clearance from home ‘keeper Hugo Rosetti led to Hoddy winger Connor Bolton having a pot-shot at goal which was deflected for a corner. From that set-piece, fellow winger Harry Bushell blazed over from a narrow angle.

Town forward Courtney Clay attempted to stretch the home defence by darting down the channels though they lacked cohesiveness in general. Ilford had two good chances st the midway point as forward Yemi Adelani and winger Lion Docai both fired wide of goal.

Hoddy had a decent chance seven minutes before the break as Bolton was well-denied by Rosetti after being found by midfielder Ciaran Doherty. The Foxes responded chance-wise on the cusp of the interval though Adelani fired over.

Half-Time: Ilford  0 – 0    Hoddesdon Town

Both sides needed to ‘ramp it up’ after the break though Hoddesdon had some fortune immediately into the second period as custodian Aaron Bull rashly came out of his box to beat Adelani to the ball after the forward’s surging run though the latter’s run took him away from goal and the ball sailed out of play. Visiting forward Kane Lowe spurned two good chances before the hour mark though the hestiant passing of the visitors stifled their ambitions throughout this match.

Neither Adelani or Hoddy attacking midfielder Joss Lillis could put away opening on goal, the latter being the strongest force arguably for Simon Riddle’s side in the last half-hour or so. Hoddesdon ‘keeper Bull had to alert to deny his own defender, Jack Riddle a less than prestigous own goal but tipping the latter’s header onto the bar with 13 minutes left. Lillis also headed wide , as did Jamall Dzoisi late on from a free-kick though the growing feeling that this one would end a goal-less draw was borne out.

In fairness, the draw was the fair result and a battling point for both sides, though both will play a lot better this term I suspect.

Ilford substitute David Oyeleke takes a long throw at time wears down

Full-Time: Ilford  0 – 0   Hoddesdon Town

Ilford      | Manager: Martin Haywood

Hugo Rosetti (GK), Luke Casey, Josh Perry, Connor Kain, Danny Haigh (Capt), Jamall Dzotsi, Morgan Seaman (Billy Atim 36′), Mitchell Victorin (Yussuff Olajide 80′), Yemi Adelani, Callum Maltese (David Oyeleke 63′), Lion Docai

Booked: Dzotsi, Victorin, Haigh, Atim | Subs Not Used: Nazor

Hoddesdon Town  | Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Scott Hayes, Aiden Critchley, Michael Elliott (Capt), Jack Riddle, Ciaran Doherty, Harry Bushell (Sam Cross 66′), Joss Lillis, Courtney Clay (Millik Rickman 78′), Kane Lowe, Connor Bolton (Ben James 90′ +2)

Booked: Elliott, Clay, Cross  |  Subs Not Used: Smits (GK)

Thanks for reading.

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 3 Redbridge [ESL 22.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 38

2018-19 Season – Match 15

Saturday 22nd September 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor:  Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge  : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

The Motormen Find Another Gear to overcome Manor


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

On a real dreary day in Southend, the Motormen sought to liven up their league campaign after defeat last weekend as they took on Southend Manor. For the hosts, Connor Pearce was the man in goal with a defence of Kye Jude, Grant Webb, skipper Lewis Sparrow and Ore Mosuro just in front of him. For Ricky Eaton’s side, their much-changed side from last term fielded a front three of Calvin Poku, Michael Ogboin and Asher Modeste with ex-Manor centre-back Vinny Murphy carrying the armband.

The hosts started the game brightly though Redbridge won’t be happy with how it came about. From a corner conceded directly from a nervy clearing header, more hesitant defending allowed forward Nathan Dewberry to fire in a deflected strike past visiting stopper Lewis Greene after just four minutes. Manor winger Mo Kargbo could’ve doubled that lead four minutes afterwards as he found himself all alone in the box though contrived to skew his effort wide of the post. Robbie Norris’ drive from range also drew Greene into action though the Motormen goalkeeper did well to palm his effort away from danger.

The visitors had their first sight of goal on 12 minutes as Michael Ogboin laid the ball off to fellow recent recruit Asher Modeste who fired over the crossbar. To be fair to the hosts, their attacks were more concise and quicker, taking advantage of the aerial prowess of box-to-box midfielder Lee Delf, who as ever was a handful in both penalty areas. MOdeste was growing into the game on the right of the Redbridge front three though Manor full-back Grant Webb stuck to his task well at times.

Just past the midway point of the half, Manor doubled their advantage as from midfielder Charlie Barlow’s corner, Dewberry had enough freedom to power a header home at the near post. Indeed, Dewberry was had chances to extend both his and his side’s account though Greene denied him though Kargbo should have scored when he had a half-open goal to aim at.

In the latter stages of the half, Redbridge did ‘go up the gears’ somewhat as a good ball from the right from full-back Terrell Miller was well cut out for a corner by Delf, tracking back. The visitors got an important foothold in the match three minutes before the break as after being found well by midfielder Liam Burgess, forward michael Ogboin made no mistake slotting past Pearce to halve the deficit.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 2 – 1  Redbridge

The visitors started the second half with renewed vigour as the hosts felt the pressure and might have lost their lead five minutes after the interval as full-back Bradley Gayer’s left-wing cross found Ogboin who lifted his strike just over the woodwork. Modeste also put in another telling ball soon afterwards but somehow both Ogboin and Poku mis-read it and the ball evaded both of them.

Burgess also powered a long-range drive which Pearce did well to parry though the Motormen were level midway in the half as Modeste got a tap-in at the back post. In a rare foray forward at this point in the match, substitute Charlie Little played in Dewberry though his low strike went wide. The turnaround was complete as visiting skipper Vinny Murphy curled in a sweet free-kick in the right corner with 14 minutes to play.

Manor substitute Aaron Baldwin twice failed to beat Greene late on though the latter of those needed the Redbridge goalkeeper to clutch hold of the ball near the goalline.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  2 – 3  Redbridge

Credit to both teams on a good game that highlights the spirit of the division, though Manor will feel as though the ‘same ol’ story’ of missing chances has stung them again.


Southend Manor  | Manager: Adam Peek

Connor Pearce (GK), Kye Jude (Rhys Fatt 72′), Grant Webb (Aaron Baldwin 78′), Robbie Norris, Ore Mosuro, Lewis Sparrow (Capt), Jamie Brown (Charlie LIttle 57′), Charlie Barlow, Nathan Dewberry, Lee Delf, Mo Kargbo

Goal-scorer: Nathan Dewberry [4′ & 26′]

Booked:  |  Subs Not Used: Evison

Redbridge     |  Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Terrell Miller, Bradley Gayer, Liam Burgess, Vinny Murphy (Capt), Laurie Walters, Daniel Smith, Asher Modeste, Calvin POku (Tommie Turner 90′), Michael Ogboin (DJ Adelekan 80′), Ashley Blackburn (Sam Buffour 90′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Ogboin [42′], Asher Modeste [67′], Vinny Murphy [76′]

Booked: Burgess  | Subs Not Used: Bankole

Match Report: Saffron Walden Town 1 – 4 May & Baker E.C (The FA Vase 2RQ) [FAV 15.9.18]

The FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 14

Saturday 15th September 2018  – 3pm KO

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

May & Baker E.C. : Black & White Striped Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Red Socks

May & Baker shock the Bloods to advance to the First Round Proper of the FA Vase

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Pete Dudley (@ped1980)

Our travels this weekend took us to Catons Lane for the first time to see Essex Senior League side Saffron Walden Town take on high-flying Eastern Senior League South side May & Baker. Pre-match, myself and colleagues felt there were goals in this one.

For The Bloods, manager Stuart Wardley was deprived of the talented pair Dan Trendall and Julian Simon-Parson due to injury though still named a powerful front three of Greg Strong, Charlie Portway and Lewis Francis. Wardley himself was named on the bench. Onto the visitors and they lined up with a strong forward partnership of their own with ex-Basildon Utd forward Reece Tranter and Dan Gilchrist leading the line with ex-Dagenham & Redbridge trainee Conor Okus in midfield though regular skipper James Barlow was unavailable.

The match began with the visitors probing forward though they were unable to breach the committed Saffron Walden back-line in the early moments of the match. Visiting forward Dan Gilchrist had a weak shot gobbled up by home custodian Neil O’Sullivan before moments later, M & B winger Craig Hall’s toe-poke was well-blocked by the midriff of O’Sullivan whilst one-on-one with the ‘keeper. The hosts responded with efforts from distance, captain Spike Bell and forward Lewis Francis the parties unable to find the target.

Danger signs were there for the hosts midway into the first half as home defender Ashley Skeggs did well to deny May & Baker forward Reece Tranter a good shy at goal and soon afterward, Hall headed wide of the post. The visitors did make their good spell count minutes later as a nervous back header by Skeggs sent Tranter in and he went past O’Sullivan and calmly slotted home.

SWT had a decent chance to level five minutes later though midfielder Jack Mead headed wide after being well-found from a left-wing cross into the box. The hosts were starting to find their rhythm at this point though M & B defended well and saw through to the interval with their slender lead intact.

M & B free-kick about to be taken (Image Credit: Pete D)

Half-Time: Saffron Walden Town 0 – 1  May & Baker

You sensed that this game needed livening up a tad and four minutes into the second period, the visitors certainly provided some impetus as after a good ball in from the left, Craig Hall’s glancing header sent Micky Wetherall’s side into a strong position in this match. To their credit, Walden responded though found visiting stopper Michael Gooch in good form, showing some good decision-making. As the hour mark was approaching, Gilchrist’s low drive was well-stopped by O’Sullivan following Hall’s good ball in from the M & B right flank. O’Sullivan had to be alert to deny a clever routine from a corner from the visitors which ended in a long-range  strike. M & B got their wish though with 25 minutes left as Gilchrist’s sweet strike sailed past O’Sullivan to send the Eastern Senior League South side into dreamland.

The hosts were a little deflated, understandably, though still searched for a way back into the game and after Gooch punched out a good delivery into the area, Francis headed wide when in a decent position. Soon after that, after a cracking delivery from Francis, SWT forward Charlie Portway smashed an effort against the underside of the crossbar, it did deserve better though perhaps it was a marker that it may not be the hosts’ day.

That said, after Gooch had denied another long-range drive by Bell, Walden did get on the score-sheet with 12 minutes remaining as Portway was all alone in the box and rifled home well. Three minutes later, Bell’s deflected cross was skied over by Francis. In fairness the central defensive pair of Dean Hall and Joe Maskell were very dependable for the visitors.

More gloss was added to the scoreline late on as Tom Harvey powered home a  close-range strike from a narrow angle which only crowned off a momentous day for the visitors and a rare off-day for the home side.

Full-Time: Saffron Walden Town 1 – 4  May & Baker

I’d just like to say a thank you to Saffron Walden for their fine hospitality all-round today, it is a really nice ground as I hope the pictires convey, with the back-drop not being too shabby either.


Saffron Walden Town  | Manager: Stuart Wardley

Neil O’Sullivan (GK), Spike Bell (Capt), James Solkhon, Ashley Skeggs, Jamie Riley, Ruben Da Silva (Joe Cunning 53′), Craig Calver, Jack Mead (Malchi Rivett-Leigertwood 66′), Greg Strong (Ronnie Ledwith 85′), Charlie Portway, Lewis Francis

Goal-scorer: Charlie Portway  [78′]

Booked: Portway |  Subs Not Used: Davies, Wardley

May & Baker E.C.     |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

Michael Gooch (GK), Dean Hall, Kiel Chandler (Daniel Lopes 69′), Tom Harvey, Elliott Carter, Joe Maskell, Craig Hall (Luke Dickins 64′), Conor Okus, Reece Tranter (Lewis Wallen 74′), Dan Gilchrist, Henry Osei

Goal-scorers: Reece Tranter [27′], Craig Hall [49′], Dan Gilchrist [65′] & Tom Harvey [87′]

Booked: Lopes | Subs Not Used: Martin

Referee: Reece Pinchback

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

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 13

Saturday 8th September 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Hard-working Stansted earn a good win at Southchurch Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  Stansted


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

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

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 3  Stansted

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



Southend Manor  | Manager: Adam Peek

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

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


Stansted  |  Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck and Marc Benterman

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

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

Booked: Mullings | Subs Not Used: Lloyd

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

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

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 158

2018-19 Season – Match 11

Wednesday 29th August 2018  – 7.45pm KO

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

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

Brentwood tough it out to win a cracker at Mile End

Both teams before KO (Image: Peter D)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal  0 – 1  Brentwood Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sporting Bengal Utd   | Manager: Imrul Gazi

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

Goal-scorer: Jon Watson [pen 68′]

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

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

Brentwood Town  |  Manager: Craig Shipman

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

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

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

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

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

The FA Cup Prelim Round (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Woodside Park

Attendance: 207

2018-19 Season – Match 10

Sunday 26th August 2018  – 2pm KO

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

Takeley: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Takeley overcome a spirited Stansted effort at Woodside Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Half-Time: Stansted   0 – 0   Takeley

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

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

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

Full-Time: Stansted   0 – 1  Takeley

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

Thanks also to Essex Senior League President Rob Errington.


Stansted   | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

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

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

Takeley   |  Manager: Marc Das

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

Goal-scorer: Mitchell Das [63′]

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

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

The FA Cup Prelim Round (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Cricket Field Road

Attendance: 124

2018-19 Season – Match 9

Saturday 25th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Newmarket Town: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Yellow Socks

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



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



Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

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

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

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

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

Half-Time: Newmarket Town  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports

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

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

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

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

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

Full-Time: Newmarket Town  2 – 1  Hullbridge Sports

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


Newmarket Town   | Player-Manager: Michael Shinn

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

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

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

Hullbridge Sports   |  Manager: Darren Manning

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

Goal-scorers: Dan Okah [39′]

Booked: Gumbs, Sotoyinbo, Rose, Okah  |

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