Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & Essex Senior Writer
Hello and welcome to my look at the opening weekend of the Len Cordell Trophy action, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.
Before re look at the matches that took place this weekend, let’s have a quick look at the how the group stages look in this Trophy competition. The twelve teams competing in this competition have been split into three groups, below is a snapshot on who is in which group.
Len Cordell Trophy – Friday 9th April
Harlow Town Res 2 – 3 Woodford Town U23s | the Harlow Arena [3G] | Group A
Two matches took place on Friday night, as Woodford’s second-side emerged with the points at the Harlow Arena in this Group A encounter. Graeme Butler scored twice for Harlow’s reserve side but strikes by Rashaad Ogun, Umar Ali and Joseph St Luca-Moynihan did the business for Shane Baptiste’s side. As it turned out, the win could well make them early favourites to top the group.
Grays Athletic U23s 1 – 1 Barkingside Res | Lakeside Sports Ground | Group C
Meanwhile, several miles south in Thurrock, these two local rivals fought to a draw. Callum Watts netted for the home side, with Robert Adams responding for the ‘Side second-string.
Saturday 10th April
Sawbridgeworth Town Res 3 – 3 Walthamstow Res | Crofters | Group A
In the midday kick-off at Crofters, these two sides had an enticing six-goal thriller before both sides had to settle for a point. Samson Bashua netted twice for the Sawbo side, with Stephen Aketo also on target for the home side. ‘Stow responded through goals from Johann Aidoo, Patrick Simpson and Zachary Thomas but both sides with need wins to progress up the group standings in their next matches.
Redbridge Res 0 – 4 Tower Hamlets Res | Ford’s Social Club (Newbury Park) | Group B
Elsewhere, Tower Hamlets Reserves made light work of their first of three away games in this competition with a decisive victory. Ezekiel Adesanya struck twice for the visitors, supported by goals from Rajhi Makasi and Carone Scott to send the Hamlets side top of Group B.
West Essex Dev 0 – 1 May & Baker Res | Debden Park Sch | Group B
In the other match in Group B, May & Baker Reserves returned to action with a narrow win over West Essex Development at Debden Park School. Idris Aminu got the decisive strike for Jimmy Donald’s side as they went second in the table.
White Ensign Res 2 – 0 Frenford Res | Len Forge Centre [3G] | Group C
Finally for this weekend’s six matches, at the Len Forge Centre in Westcliff, White Ensign Reserves defeated Frenford’s second-side thanks to strikes by Lubona Wyatt and Scott Read, which sent Jack Caten’s side top of Group C.