S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League Round-up (Sat 9 Apr) [ESL 21-22 10.4.22]

Archive Image: Ensign v Clacton last month [Image by Scott W]

Hello and welcome a bonus blog looking at the ten Essex Senior matches that took place on the 8th & 9th April, as we enter the last fortnight of the regular campaign. Thanks for reading.

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL writer

Essex Senior League Round-up- Sat 9 April

The match with the most significance at the top was Saffron Walden Town’s 2 – 1 win at Little Oakley. Daniel Rowe had given Matt Carmichael’s team a first-half lead but Walden’s form has been strong of late and they showed this once again through strikes by Gavin Cockman and teenager Stanley Leech. The win puts Walden in prime position for the promotion play-off place, with matches against Sawbridgeworth and Hoddesdon to come, crucially both at Catons Lane. Oakley’s season still looks very positive overall and they will be looking to secure a top-six finish. Elsewhere, Redbridge got a good 3 – 1 home win over Stanway Rovers at Oakside, in a match delayed for nearly two hours as Rovers were caught in traffic chaos en route. Stanway did take the lead early in the second half through Danny Nesbitt, but a brace for Loui Hazlewood and a late goal from Michael Pindy secured the comeback win and keep George Christou’s side in contention for that much-wanted second spot.

Stansted also have a slim chance of pinching that spot after a 2 – 1 win over Southend Manor at Hargrave Park, thanks to goals from Jack Mitchell and Michael Salako. Manor had an unfortunate OG to assist their way back into the game but other results mean they are now safe from relegation, and credit has to go to boss James Wakeling and his coaching team. The Airportmen meanwhile have four matches left, and arguably have to win all four to leapfrog their rivals. Athletic Newham’s season is coming to a stuttering end as they were held by top-six rivals Enfield at Terry Mac. Kieran Bishop’s goal had given the E’s a first-half lead, but Daniel Izekor got a good equaliser with about ten minutes left. The result means Enfield remain six points clear of Newham, though Chris Davis’ side also have four matches to play (in the next fortnight). Also, FC Clacton are also finishing the season well as they got a 4 – 0 triumph over Clapton at Rush Green Bowl. A double for Mekhi McKenzie, plus goals by Elias Ahmed and Harry McDonald saw Tom Austin’s side to a fine win and they rose to eighth spot because of it. The Tons debatably need a point or two to make sure of their ESL place next term.

Archive Image: St Mags v L Oakley earlier this season [Image by Scott W]

That is the case due to Sawbridgeworth Town’s hugely important 2 – 1 win over Errington Cup Finalists Cockfosters at Crofters. James Falaise and Morgan Arnold got the big goals for Alex Salmon and Kieran Amos’ side, with Bailey Stevenson responding for Gavin Kelsey’s team. ‘Fosters drop down to tenth but they still have 3 games left. Sawbo’s assignment is clear – they need at least one win from matches against Saffron Walden and West Essex to evade the bottom two. Meanwhile, Takeley continued their mini-revival with a 4 – 1 success over Sporting Bengal Utd at Station Road. The ensemble cast of Elliott Long, Glenn O’Hanlon, George Frodsham and Traevon Williams-Lauder all netted for Marc Das’ side to take them up to 11th spot. Bengal ended their campaign here and responded via an OG in this match but there will be a lot of soul-searching in the close season to come whilst they find out which division they will be placed in Step 6 following relegation.

The remaining Saturday game to note saw Hoddesdon Town claim a good 2 – 0 victory over champions Walthamstow. Terrell Sterling and Harrison Rookard both struck to give Simon Riddle’s team the points which takes them up to 50 points for the season. ‘Stow can still hit 90 points this term, even with a draw in their final game on April 23rd. On Friday night, West Essex got a 2 – 1 win over Ilford at Wadham Lodge, with Cameron Gray and Reece Clarke’s spot-kick enough to overhaul Jordan Fisher’s reply for the Foxes. West remain 13th after the weekend’s action, while Ilford stay 16th. Also, Woodford Town were held to a goalless draw by St Margaretsbury at Ashton’s, which kept Town in 14th but St Mags stay third-bottom, a point clear of Sawbo but with only one match left – at Redbridge on the final day of the league season.

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S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Fri 11/Sat 12 March) [ESL 21/22 13.3.22]

Archive Image: S Manor 1 – 0 Sawbo from late February

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello & welcome to a Essex Senior League round-up from the weekend of Saturday 12th March, which forms part of a occasional blog series through the 2021-22 season. There were big results, particularly at the bottom of the table which does form the bulk of our focus in this piece.

Essex Senior – Saturday 12 March

All the bottom five sides were in action this weekend, and second-bottom Sawbridgeworth Town will be the ones feeling most pleased with their result after a fine 2 – 1 victory at Stanway Rovers. Goals from Harry Davison and Arley Barker meant that Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’ side got their fifth win this term and closed the gap to St Margaretsbury directly above them to three points, with a game in hand. Ernest Okoh netted for Danny Slatter’s side but their form has dropped recently, having only won two of their last ten league games, they remain in seventh spot.  Southend Manor went out of the bottom two after securing a good 1 – 1 draw with Redbridge at Oakside. Tony Martin’s spot-kick put George Christou’s side ahead ten minutes before the break, but ten minutes after the resumption, Ben Allen levelled, also from the penalty spot. Manor are in 18th now, a point behind Clapton who also got a 1 – 1 draw away from home, as they drew with Hoddesdon Town at Lowfield. Larry Asare-Bediako opened the scoring for the hosts six minutes after half-time, though Isaac Stevens got a important equaliser for Michael Walther’s team with 20 minutes left. Hoddy remain 15th in the table.


The now bottom two sides both suffered tough defeats this weekend. Bottom side Sporting Bengal Utd’s recent uptick in form was brought to a juddering halt as they lost 1 – 5 at home to Cockfosters at Mile End. George Beattie’s fine treble saw him reach 18 league goals this term, allied with strikes for Reece Mosanya and substitute Bailey Stevenson – Gavin Kelsey’s side got a big win which takes them up to 11th spot. Bengal’s goal here came from Chris Bird once again but they are 11 points adrift of St Mags in third-bottom with only six matches left.  Stansted also heightened the pressure on St Margaretsbury as the Airportmen powered to a 5 – 1 win at Hargrave Park. Michael Salako went past 15 league goals this term with a fine treble here. Jack Mitchell and Michael Mignot also added strikes late on to give co-boss Paul Pittuck a win in his 201st match in charge, congrats on reaching 200 games earlier this week Paul. Jon Stevenson’s goal had given Paul Holding’s side a glimmer of a way back into the contest before half-time.


At the summit, Walthamstow got an important 2 – 0 win at Athletic Newham, with Jason Beck and substitute Tendai Quamina notching for Terry Spillane & John Mackie’s side here. It would seem more likely than not that four more wins will be enough to see the champions-elect secure the title. Newham’s fixture pile-up is starting to have an effect on their form, as they reside in ninth place at present, but they still have 11 matches left to play. Saffron Walden Town have really come back into play-off contention in recent weeks, and they remain third after a 4 – 3 triumph over Ilford at Catons Lane. A double for Khris Oti, plus goals for the long-serving James Crane and George Pullen just outdid a brace for Josh Oghagbon and one from Joel Gomes for Adam Peek’s side. Walden boss Jason Maher paid tribute to the Bloods fans post-match. Ilford remain 16th, seven points clear of the bottom five.


Meanwhile, Enfield got a narrow 1 – 0 win at West Essex with Kieran Bishop getting a late goal to send Jamie Cureton’s side up to fifth. The last game on Saturday saw two sides that are battling it out for a top ten finish battle at Burroughs Park. White Ensign were held by Matt Carmichael’s Little Oakley 0 – 0. Ensign sit in tenth, while Oakley are three points clear in sixth in what has been a fine season for the Acorns, regardless of where they finish.

There was one match on Friday night, which Woodford Town draw 1 – 1 with FC Clacton at a rainy Ashton’s. George Thompson had given the Towners a narrow advantage just before the interval but Jordan Lartey’s second-half leveller meant the points were shared. Woodford dropped to 12th after the weekend’s action and Clacton are well-placed in eighth.

Thanks for reading, hopefully there will be at least one more ESL round-up piece before the end of their campaign.

S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor  1 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 26th Feb) [ESL 21-22 26.2.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 37

2021-22 Season: Match 59

Saturday 26th February – 3pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Sawbridgeworth: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Image of the upgrades at Southchurch Park, new nets and in the distance, the new standing area & dug-outs

Manor edge relegation six-pointer with Sawbridgeworth at Southchurch Park

Southend Manor  1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

The last weekend in February saw a return to Southend for this important relegation six-pointer in the Essex Senior League between Southend Manor and Sawbridgeworth Town at the recently upgraded Southchurch Park. Manor have picked up results of late under James Wakeling and Ryan Frost. They named Christian North between the posts, with a defence of Cesario Mendes, Ben Sargent, Montel Shonubi and skipper Perry Dunn. The forward line was led by Luca Frankis, Andre Embalo and Ben Allen. On the bench was defender Todd Bolger, forward Meschack Kisoka and U18 midfielder Marley Gunn.

Sawbo have also made a few signings recently and they named George Edgeworth in goal, with veteran James Falaise in central defence. Joshua Bardouleau, George Spillane and Billy Purdy were in midfield, with captain Teddy Hall, Harry Davison and Horace Ormsby leading the attack. On the sidelines was new recruit Ayub Kadiri, defenders Ryan Willsmer and Arley Barker plus midfielder Ethan Barton.


Before the game, I had a gut feeling that the gravitas or importance of this match was going to be in the players’ minds throughout and in the early stages, that probably would have been fair to say. Manor did have the more energetic opening to the game, with rapid forward Andre Embalo getting down the left side well, and his cross from said left channel did find fellow forward Ben Allen though his strike was narrowly wide of Sawbo stopper George Edgeworth’s left-side post. For Sawbo, midfielder Joshua Bardouleau and forward Teddy Hall were causing problems as the half wore on. Hall had some early sighters at goal as the home backline were kept ever alert by the swift counter-attacks.

In these types of gritty battles, it is hard to be over-critical though Southend Manor were not retaining the ball as they would have liked as we ticked through to the half-hour point. Sawbridgeworth were edging the match by this stage, keeping the ball better and having half-chances through forward Harry Davison and winger Horace Ormsby, though home custodian Christian North was equal to them. Both sides were finding it tough to get past the other’s defence and the visitors nearly broke the deadlock soon after the half-hour but both hall and Spillane sent headers narrowly over the woodwork. Manor could only reflect on what might been as a pacy centre from left side to the back post found captain Perry Dunn but he couldn’t alter his position in time to bundle it in from a yard out.


Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

So the first half was every bit as tense as you might have theorised, though the second half saw a couple of key moments that hurt the visitors. Firstly, the referee blew for a spot-kick after not particularly liking Sawbo’s last-ditch defending in the area. Ben Allen stepped up to take it and Sawbridgeworth goalkeeper George Edgeworth kept out the initial strike but was a tad unfortunate to see Allen pounce and convert the rebound, low into the net.

Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s team were also starting to concede set-pieces as well which added to the pressure their side was feeling at this point. Around the hour mark, with Manor having a decent spell, forward Luca Frankis slid the ball through to Allen though the latter’s effort on goal fizzled wide of Edgeworth’s right-sided post.

Manor skipper Perry Dunn (near right) clears the ball from any danger down left channel

Sawbo’s afternoon got ever harder after centre-back James Falaise was sent off for his second booking with twenty minutes remaining. Frankis and Embalo both also had half-chances around this stage to surely put the points beyond doubt though as I’ve seen them do myself before this term, Sawbridgeworth continued to work hard and scrap for every bit of possession they could get. Although substitute Meschack Kisoka had a late sight of goal which went off-target, a second goal for the hosts probably would have been too harsh on the visitors’ battling efforts, particularly in the earlier stages of the game.

Sawbo chase what would’ve been an important leveller late on

Full-Time: Southend Manor   1 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, Manor will be most pleased with the result and the spell they had in the second half where they arguably created the most in the way of the chances. Sawbridgeworth definitely had good spells as well, particularly in the first half and there was very fine margins in this game in this writer’s opinion that prevented it ending in a draw.

There were a number of good performances from both sides in this match, despite the nerves that understandably both teams felt in the ‘heat of a relegation six-pointer’. Firstly for Manor, forward Andre Embalo was the lead threat down the left channel for the hosts, displaying good pace, energy and work rate to create chances for his side. Fellow forward Ben Allen also played his part with good movement and passing, perhaps being unfortunate not to have scored himself. Also, centre-back Montel Shonubi had a good game making a number of important clearances, alongside the experienced Perry Dunn.

For Sawbo,  forward Teddy Hall led the line well with verve and strength, certainly creating chances and on another day, would have had at least one goal. On a frustrating day for the team’s forward line, winger Horace Ormsby also had a good game also , being a good quick outlet for his team. Midfielder George Spillane also put in another hard-working performance to break up the hosts’ passing game and also get forward on occasions too.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: James Wakeling  | Assistant: Ryan Frost

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Christian North (GK), 2 Cesario Mendes (20 Marley Gunn 89’), 3 Ben Sargent, 5 Perry Dunn (Capt), 6 Montel Shonubi, 4 Josh Devlin, 8 Daniel Brock, 10 Ryan Kenyon (16 Todd Bolger 54’), 11 Ben Allen, 7 Luca Frankis (15 Meschack Kisoka 76’), 14 Andre Embalo

Goal-scorer: Ben Allen [52’]

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Johnson, Allen

Sawbridgeworth Town  | Co-managers: Alex Salmon & Kieran Amos

1 George Edgeworth (GK), 2 Matthew Thoma (16 Arley Barker 66’), 3 Morgan Arnold (15 Ryan Willsmer 70’), 4 Billy Purdy, 17 James Falaise, 6 Freddie Griffiths, , 7 Joshua Bardouleau, 8 George Spillane, 9 Teddy Hall (Capt), 10 Harry Davison, 11 Horace Ormsby (14 Ayub Kadiri 66’)

Booked: None | Sent Off: Falaise [70’] (Two Yellow Cards) | Subs Not Used: Parker (GK), Barton

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Referee: Connor Cornell

Assistants: Alan Steward & Gary Telling

S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 11 Dec) [ESL 21/22 11.12.21]

ESL crest

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 46

Saturday 11th December 2021 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red Socks

Sawbo: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Burroughs Park surface pre-match

Ensign held by determined Sawbridgeworth at a damp Burroughs Park

White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s main match saw a return trip to Burroughs Park for an enticing encounter which saw a new-look White Ensign side face a determined Sawbridgeworth Town who are still looking to climb away from the bottom four. Ensign are still in a transition phase after the departure of previous management team Brett Munyard & Mark Healy which also saw several players follow them to new club Brightlingsea Regent. New joint-managers Jack Maleary & Carl Conway were given the reigns to aid continuity though this match would be a test against a Sawbo side that has started to concede less goals recently and got a big League win recently too.

Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal, with a defensive unit of full-backs Thando Moyo & Courtney Justin alongside centre-backs Carl Conway & skipper Jake McWee. Teddy Henderson and Jason Reynolds-Blanche were looking to support centre forward Luke Woodward, with Jake Chaplin just behind him in the formation. Sawbo had Jimmy Parker once again between the sticks, with Jake Knight and Lewis Wicker their full-backs with Ethan Barton and Joshua Bardouleau in central midfield. Teddy Hall & Morgan Arnold led the forward line with the experienced Daryl Doolan just behind them.


Courtney Justin (left) in possession for Ensign

In the early stages of this match, Sawbridgeworth did start quite well as tricky forward Morgan Arnold struck his strike wide of Louis Hawes’ goal. Seconds later, strike partner Teddy Hall was denied at the near-post by another decent Hawes save. It was soon apparent that the damp conditions would add to a pretty open match which made it tricky for both defences. Ensign did respond on eleven minutes through Luke Woodward’s low drive which visiting stopper Jimmy Parker did well to deny with a one-handed save.

The home side did have more ball retention in the middle part of the first half, as Jason Reynolds-Blanche showed his pace and trickery down the right flank, stretching the Sawbo defence. With seventeen minutes played, full-back Courtney Justin struck a decent effort which Parker again did well to block, in a congested eighteen-yard box from a set-piece. Sawbridgeworth were also decent going forward as well and soon after they nearly broke the deadlock. Arnold once again broke down the left side, finding strike partner Hall who in turn fizzed across a centre which went all the way across the six-yard line just out if reach of Daryl Doolan at the far post and out of danger.


Jason Reynolds-Blanche (#11) making another darting run down the right flank for Ensign in first half

Both sides were continuing to trade chances in what was a really even match. Sawbo had to make an enforced change midway through the first half with Arley Barker replacing the injured Ethan Barton in central midfield. Ensign couldn’t quite build their momentum to assist the hard-working Luke Woodward who was leading the forward line. Reynolds-Blanche was involved in another decent chance just past the half-hour, which ended up with Ollie Bell firing off-target. The visitors again replied down the other end, with a good strike by Arnold again denied well by Hawes. In fairness though, both sides were struggling to find that telling final ball to create clear-cut chances, in the slippery conditions.

Grant Webb (#7) about to take a set-piece for Sawbo

Half-Time: Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbo

If the first 45 minutes was frustrating viewing, things certainly lived up after the break. Sawbo brought on James Falaise to replace joint-boss Kieran Amos at centre-back, alongside skipper Cory Rider. Sawbridgeworth started the half well, with only a assistant’s flag denying Doolan a chance to defeat Hawes one-on-one. There certainly was a big moment on fifty-eight minutes as Sawbo custodian Parker came out from his area and caught Reynolds-Blanche just outside the 18-yard area. It was a bit reckless though as referee Ben Kelly dished out the red card, you had to feel for the young goalkeeper as he trudged off the field. Doolan had to step in as the stand-in goalkeeper for Sawbridgeworth for the remainder of the match.

The tense moments only continued from there on in as Sawbridgeworth at the other end were awarded a spot-kick for an apparent handball in the penalty area. Teddy Hall stood up to take it but Hawes again showed his talent at saving penalties, denying the young Sawbo forward and clawing the ball away. Of course at this point with an added player advantage, Ensign were looking to pour the pressure back on Sawbo. They had chances in the period after Parker’s dismissal with substitute Eddy Cooper firing wide and soon after, another good move involving Cooper found Woodward, whose fierce strike from close range was well saved by Doolan.

Luke Woodward (#19) in possession for Ensign, with Ben Austin (far left) in support

As we entered the latter stages of the contest, it was clear to see that Ensign were feeling the pressure of being ‘favourites’ to get that decisive goal to win the contest. To be fair, the Sawbo defence once again showed their organisation and work rate to clear their lines and also force passing errors from the hosts’midfield. Substitutes Bradley Gates and Cooper did make an impact, Cooper giving his side another option down the left channel and Gates characteristically fizzing passes from deep into the forwards, providing another headache for the visiting backline.


Both co-managers (Salmon & Maleary) look on from dug-outs, Arnold (#11 – centre) in possession for Sawbo

However, you could debate that Ensign didn’t have tons of chances to bypass stand-in ‘keeper Doolan, though Ollie Bell did have a decent free-kick parried away from danger as the minutes elapsed. Sawbo did slow the game down but they also had a fair amount of possession in the opposition’ half too as the hosts couldn’t retain the ball for long periods. Reynolds-Blanche fizzed in another strike in added-time which Doolan gathered before the forward’s momentum took him into the Sawbridgeworth player and after five minutes of stoppage time, Sawbo could at least be pleased with a hard-earned point.

White Ensign will be disappointed by their Team performance today though I strongly suspect they will still claim good wins this term, just maybe less often than they have so far this season. It’s hard to be too critical of this Ensign side, in the middle of a rebuilding phase – It’ still been a good campaign I feel for the promoted side to date.


Full-Time:  White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, the conditions affected both sides’ ability to play good football but the visitors dealt with them marginally better. Otherwise, it was a really even, open match with both teams having several chances to claim the points. Sawbo did well to keep the stalemate after having to play with an outfield player in goal (Doolan) for 35 minutes after Parker’s dismissal.

There were a number of good performances in this match. For Ensign, I thought Luke Woodward and Jason Reynolds-Blanche had good games today, leading the line well and making good runs down the channels respectively.Both of tgem could be key players in the next few months. Ollie Bell also had a good game today, as did full-back Courtney Justin who got forward well in addition to his defensive duties.

For Sawbo, forward pair Morgan Arnold and Teddy Hall showed a lot of pace, energy and movement to test the Ensign defence and they were unforunate not to score today. Full-back Lewis Wicker put in a very good shift as well, making several good interceptions defensively as well. Finally, a word for forward & stand-in ‘keeper Daryl Doolan who made one very good saveand two more decent ones to keep the scores level.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, thanks to Les from Ensign for his assistance today. Thank you to you all for reading.

Here’s a couple of Extra photos to round out this article:

Ensign set-piece just before the interval
Ollie Bell (#10) about to strike a free-kick as Ensign late on

Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 5 Courtney Justin, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 14 Carl Conway, 3 Thando Moyo, 4 Ben Austin (8 Bradley Gates 56′), 7 Teddy Henderson (16 Eddy Cooper 56′), 10 Ollie Bell, 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche, 9 Jake Chaplin, 19 Luke Woodward

Booked: Austin, Bell | Sub Not Used: Salako & Maleary


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Alex Salmon & Kieran Amos | Assistant: Paul Gissing

Starting XI: 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Jake Knight, 3 Lewis Wicker, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Kieran Amos (18 James Falaise 46′), 4 Joshua Bardouleau, 8 Ethan Barton (14 Arley Barker 24′), 7 Grant Webb, 9 Teddy Hall (16 Jake Skeet 85′), 10 Daryl Doolan, 11 Morgan Arnold

Booked: Hall | Sent Off: Parker (GK)  | Subs Not Used: Frances, Spillane

Referee: Ben Kelly
Assistants: Ray Parmenter & Joe Lannon


S21-22 Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 6 Nov) [ESL 21/22 6.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 56

2021-22 Season: Match 38

Saturday 4th November 2021 – 3pm KO

Redbridge: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sawbridgeworth: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both teams & officials lead a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day

Redbridge overcome stoic Sawbo to claim good win at Oakside

Redbridge  2 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s match was a return voyage to Oakside for this intriguing tie between high-flying Redbridge and strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town. Sawbo have started to get results of late, but they knew this was a challenge to stifle the good form of the Motormen here. The hosts fielded new signing Michael Corderoy in goal, with a three-man defence of Joe Elliott, Dean Hall and captain Jack Roult. The forward line was led by Ibrahim Kehinde alongside Tony Martin, with support from Josh Olukolu and Herman Mwanza on the flanks. Their options from the bench were goalkeeper George Martin, forward Tim Ogunrinde and midfielders Darnel Bromfield and Shawn Harris. Sawbo retained Jimmy Parker in goal, with a defensive four of Billy Purdy, Lewis Wicker, skipper Cory Rider and Rowan Dorling. The forward three were Jake Skeet, Morgan Arnold snd Teddy Hall with Daryl Doolan, Prince Alozie, Ben Patrick and James Falaise all options from the sidelines.

The match began with the hosts looking to gain the advantage, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde making a good run down the right channel which ended with a centre which came back to midfielder Robbie Norris who struck at goal but visiting stopper Jimmy Parker was able to gather comfortably enough. The visitors responded well to that early chance as forward Morgan Arnold managed to get ahead of the onrushing home custodian Michael Corderoy and Arnold lobbed him but the strike wasn’t powerful enough to defeat the covering defender Norris who powered the ball away well.



Redbridge went back on the attack and on seven minutes, Kehinde skewed a decent strike wide of Parker’s left-sided post which was followed by Norris striking a free-kick over the woodwork and fellow midfielder Jake Brocklebank also hit an effort just wide. Sawbridgeworth were determined in defence although they looked a little uncertain in the channels, where the likes of forward Herman Mwanza was having some joy down the right flank for George Christou’s side. Kieran Amos’ team were having the occasional foray forward as well, as on 22 minutes Arnold once again got in down the right side, beat the off-side trap and played in centre foward Teddy Hall though Norris got back in again to stifle a oppurtunity at goal.

Just when you felt Sawbo might just make it to the break all square, the hosts broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval. From a set-piece, defender Joe Elliott sent in a decent strike from the left-side, just outside of the penalty area and that effort evaded the visiting backline and rolled into the corner of the net. It was hard to argue that Redbridge didn’t deserve the lead though it was an uncomfortable sucker-punch for the visitors to take.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth


A minute after the resumption, Parker had rushed out to gather to deny another decent hosts’ attack but the Sawbo stopper did well to re-gather his position to deny a powerful strike from the impressive Mwanza at his near post on the right-side. There was a relative period of calm in the early part of the second half as both sides wrestled to gain the impetus once again. However, it was Redbridge who got that crucial second goal on 61 minutes. From another corner, the Sawbo defence switched off for a second allowing skipper Jack Roult to guide in a powerful header into the net to double the home side’s lead.

Kehinde was still posing problems for the Sawbo backline though Mwanza was unable to make the most of the forward’s lay-off across the six-yard box. To their credit, Sawbo did end the match strongly in the last ten minutes or so. First, midfielder George Spillane sent in a low strike wide of Cirderoy’s left-side post. Even if their chances of getting a point were lessening by the minute, a good move saw defender Rowan Dorling fizz in a good cross from the right which Arnold nodded down well towards goal but Corderoy made a decent save at his near post. On the ninety minutes, Arnold went down in the penalty area but referee Matthew Pointer waved the appeals away, much to the ire of the visiting dug-out.

After four minutes of added time, Pointer blew up for full-time and the Motormen were happy enough to claim another three points, although Sawbridgeworth had made them work hard for it here.


Full-Time:  Redbridge  2 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, Redbridge had enough of the attacking play and created enough chances to win this match more comfortably, but credit also to Sawbo who defended well for periods of the game although they didn’t really create too much sustained pressure for long periods of the match, save for a flourish toward match’s end.

In this gritty match, there were some very good performances. Starting with victors Redbridge, I thought forward Ibrahim Kehinde had an excellent game, utilising his physicality to hold the ball up well, get in between defenders and contributing well to forward moves. Also thought he deserved a goal today. Winger Herman Mwanza also had a very good match, using his pace, dribbling and crossing ability to good effect here, whilst midfielder Jake Brocklebank and defender Joe Elliott did well, the latter as part of a re-shaped defensive three alongside Dean Hall and skipper Jack Roult. For Sawbo, forward Morgan Arnold had a really good game, utilising his pace to get into the channels and stretch the home backline and made some good passes too. Skipper Cory Rider had a good game in central defence making several important clearances, plus a mention for Billy Purdy and recent recruit George Spillane in central midfield who both put in good shifts for the hard-working Sawbridgeworth side.


I also have to note and congratulate referee Matthew Pointer, who was making his debut here as a referee at Step 5 level following his promotion, after some time in the middle at Essex Olympian League level.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, it is always good to see both these sides in action.


Teams

Redbridge    |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Michael Corderoy (GK), 2 Joe Elliott, 5 Dean Hall, 3 Jack Roult, 4 Jack Brocklebank, 8 Robbie Norris, 6 Josh Olukolu (15 Darnel Bromfield 81′), 12 Sergei Maximov (14 Shawn Harris 65′), 7 Herman Mwanza, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde, 10 Tony Martin (11 Tim Ogunrinde 76′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Elliott [42′], Jack Roult [61′]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: G Martin (GK)


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Manager: Kieran Amos  | Assistant: Mick Fitzpatrick

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Billy Purdy, 3 Lewis Wicker (19 James Falaise 82′), 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Rowan Dorling, 4 Arley Barker, 7 Grant Webb, 8 George Spillane, 9 Teddy Hall (15 Daryl Doolan 46′), 10 Jake Skeet  (14 Ben Patrick 70′), 11 Morgan Arnold

Booked: Dorling  | Sub Not Used: Alozie, Thoma


Referee: Matthew Pointer
Assistants: Royan Campbell & Kadir Nazif

S21-22 Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 23 Oct) [ESL 23.10.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 50

2021-22 Season: Match 35

Saturday 23rd October 2021 – 3pm KO

S Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sawbo: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



Fine comeback by Bengal denies Sawbo an important win at Mile End

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s match saw a return to Mile End Stadium to see a big match at the bottom of the table, as bottom two sides Sporting Bengal Utd and Sawbridgeworth Town faced each other. Bengal are now under the management of Shipon Miah and he named Kevin Rrushi in goal, with a defence of Nazrul Ahmed, George Turner, Ehizojie Onoabhagbe and the returning Kamarl Duncan, who impressed in his previous spell at the club. Redon Abazi and Arinze Ossai led the forward line here, with support from the flanks from Oshun Lewis and Joshua Carr. Tariq Fowler skippered the side, with goal-scoring forward Gianfranco Mici on the bench here, alongside fellow forwards Shiblu Miah and Oscar Onuorah. Sawbridgeworth are jointly-managed by Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon these days and Jimmy Parker was their goalkeeper, with a defensive unit of  Rowan Dorling, Lewis Wicker, Billy Stewart and captain Cory Rider. They had a forward three of Teddy Hall, Harry Davison and Morgan Arnold, with experience on the bench in Prince Alozie, Daryl Doolan and James Falaise, who joined the club this week.

The match got underway with a early effort from home full-back George Turner from 35 yards which went narrowly over visiting custodian Jimmy Parker’s crossbar on three minutes. Sawbridgeworth responded well with forward Harry Davison flashing a strike wide of goal, before strike partner Teddy Hall had a chance denied by Bengal stopper Kevin Rrushi. The visitors were finding their fovus going forward, with full-back Rowan Dorling and midfielder Grant Webb combining well down the right in a move which ended with forward Morgan Arnold slotting narrowly wide of Rrushi’s left-side post.



At this point in proceedings, Sawbo were having more of the ball and constructing more chances with it as well. Hall sent in a powerful strike from thirty yards which sailed wide of the far post. Fortunately for Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s side, they did make the most of good period midway through the half. Davison was played in well and he finished well with a low strike into the right corner. As we hurtled towards the interval, Sporting had to defend deep at times, but they were led well by Kamarl Duncan, who denied the opposition several times through good positioning and strong clearances.

Bengal stopper Kevin Rrushi was called into action again on 32 minutes and he denied another effort from Teddy Hall from close range. Sawbo were unable to get themselves clear in this match and conceded more possession in the last ten minutes of the half , which allowed Shipon Miah’s side a couple of promising moves, involving Oshun Lewis and Redon Abazi in the channels. Unfortunately for the hosts, their final ball was missing which meant they didn’t test Sawbo ‘keeper Parker on a regular basis.


Half-Time: Sporting Bengal 0 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town


The visiting forwards still kept up the initative after the break, as Bengal brought all three of their substitutes on before the hour mark. Gianfranco Mici came on at the start of the second half and you sensed he would give Sawbo a different challenge, gathering the ball from deep and dribbling on past players. Sawbo did have another glimmer of a chance through Davison but the effort was gathered by Rrushi. The visitors certainly needed a second goal and on 56 minutes, it turned up in some style with midfielder Billy Purdy’s powerful strike finding the left corner from 25 yards with Rrushi beaten.

The scale of the task for Bengal got harder as centre-back Duncan had to hobble off on the hour, meaning they had to play the last third of the match with ten men. Even so, the momentum started to come for the home side, as Gianfranco Mici capped off a decent move with a well-struck strike that fizzed off the right-side post with Parker beaten. Sawbridgeworth responded as they hit the woodwork on 71 minutes, with Davison unlucky to see a fine curling drive come back off the goal frame.


The substitutes for Bengal were having an impact with Mici’s driving runs proving hard to stop for the visiting defence, and Oscar Onuorah was also stretching the Sawbo backline down the left channel. This was probably Bengal’s best phase of the match and they soon halved the deficit. With eleven minutes remaining, substitute Shiblu Miah ended a decent counter-attack with a fine strike high into the net to really add to Sawbo’s nerves.

All of a sudden, it was Sawbo’s turn to feel the pressure and it affected them going forward, with some decent approach play scuppered by them unable to find that telling final pass. Bengal did complete a rousing comeback four minutes from time as Onuorah struck home into the left corner after finding a half-yard of space past the tiring visiting defence. It was a frenetic end to the match but neither side could pinch a winner in the several minutes of added time played, so it ended in an entertaining draw.



Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, this was a tense encounter which was understandable given both sides badly needed the points as they the bottom two sides in the division. There was some neat play from both sides though Sawbridgeworth will be disappointed that they couldn’t see the match out, having been two goals ahead with fifteen minutes remaining. Bengal though will be happy to have got something out of the match, although their defensive vulnerability remains and that may prove costly as the season goes on. All in all, this was a good match to watch.

In terms of stand-out performances here, we’ll start with Sawbo. The front three of Harry Davison, Teddy Hall and Morgan Arnold caused problems for the home defence with good movement, pace and in Davison’s case, good finishing as well. I also thought midfielder Grant Webb had a decent match as well, asisting in building his side’s attacking moves. For Bengal, full-back George Turner had a good game, showing good intent to get forward and start forward moves from the left channel and defended well too. Centre-back Kamarl Duncan had an excellent game, making several fine interceptions and really kept his team in the game, before he had to hobble off on the hour mark. Also, winger Joshua Carr showed good movement and pace and substitute Gianfranco Mici lifted the team after his introduction, showing good dribbling, movement and pace.

Best wishes to both teams for rthe rest of the season.


Teams

Sporting Bengal Utd     |  Manager: Shipon Miah  | Assistant: Rui Costa

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Kevin Rrushi (GK), 2 Nazrul Ahmed, 3 George Turner, 4 Kamarl Duncan, 5 Ehizojie Onoabhagbe, 6 Djibril Cante, 7 Oshun Lewis (16 Oscar Onuorah 54′), 8 Tariq Fowler (Capt), 9 Redon Abazi (15 Shiblu Miah 57′), 10 Arinze Ossai (14 Gianfranco Mici 46′), 11 Joshua Carr

Goal-scorers: Shiblu Miah [79′], Oscar Onuorah [86′]

Booked: Cante | Subs Not Used: Omobdi, Ntueba


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Rowan Dorling, 3 Lewis Wicker, 17 Billy Stewart, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 4 Billy Purdy, 7 Grant Webb, 8 Jake Skeet, 9 Teddy Hall (14 Daryl Doolan 75′), 10 Harry Davison (19 Jack Walker 84′)), 11 Morgan Arnold

Goal-scorers: Harry Davison [24′],  Billy Purdy [56′]

Booked: Dorling  | Sub Not Used: Potoczek, Alozie, Falaise


Referee: Joseph Sach
Assistants: John Caunt & Kebba Malcolm-Mayenda

S2020-21 Round-up’s: Essex Senior (Tues/Wed 15/16 Sept) [ESL 20/21 16.9.20]

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Written by Scott W {Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to run-down of the mid-week action from the Essex Senior, which saw some thirty-seven goals scored in the following matches, which included some surprise results too. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior Results – Tuesday 15th September             

Cockfosters  8 – 1  Clapton  | Moved to Chalk Lane

Moving directly onto the midweek action now and in the Essex Senior, Cockfosters thumped the Tons as they emerged with an 8 – 1 win. The hosts were 5-1 up at the break through a treble from player-boss Ryan Wade and one each for Marcus Crowther [15’] and Reece Mosanya six minutes after that goal. Daniel Emovon netted for Clapton but the momentum continued for Wade’s side as Kaidyn Michael made it six 20 minutes from time and Ned Clarke also netted a late brace in this huge win.

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 3  West Essex  | Lowfield

West Essex continued their strong league start with a 3 – 1 win at Hoddesdon. Michael MIgnot, skippering the Stags side here, put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time, before Callum Bloss’ free-kick made it two six minutes after the restart. Town pulled one back from 12 yards thanks to Jack Gibbs with about 20 minutes left but a unfortunate OG compounded the frustrations for Simon Riddle’s side late on as West got a fine win.

Redbridge  2 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Oakside

Sporting Bengal got a late, late victory over managerless Redbridge at Oakside. James Barlow and substitute Terry Amoafo’s goals put Redbridge in command but Joel Ramos’ first of the evening gave Imrul Gazi’s side hope. The Motormen utterly stalled in added time though as Ramos got through to add another double to complete his treble and also grab the three points for Bengal, their first win this term.

Saffron Walden Town  5 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Catons Lane

No such drama at Catons Lane as Walden comprehensively defeated St Mags 5 – 0. Craig Calver opened his account after just two minutes and went on to grab a hat-trick with further goals on 17 and 49 minutes. The Bloods added further gloss to the score-sheet and secured their first win of the league season through goals from Alfie Hilton and Dimitri Hatzimouratis in the dying moments of the match.

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 2  Woodford Town  | Crofters

Sawbridgeworth pulled off another good result, winning 3 – 2 again Woodford at Crofters. Cabham Clarke put Sawbo ahead after just six minutes, but Woodford levelled ten minutes later through Jeremiah Luwero. Kieran Amos’ speculative shot put the hosts back in front moments later. Conor Clarke’s spot-kick made it three for Sawbo six minutes before the break. Marcus Painter reduced the deficit to one with a calm finish on 52 minutes but Town finished the match with nine men as Sawbo held on to claim the win.        

  Takeley  1 – 3  Hashtag Utd | Station Road

Hashtag secured their third straight league win after a hard-fought 3 – 1 triumph at Station Road. Tom Jelliman gave the hosts a good start with the opening goal just before the half-hour. The Tags responded strongly after the break though as Joshua Osude was brought down in the area and the resulting spot-kick was taken by George Smith and he made no mistake on 64 minutes to level it up at 1 – 1. Osude capped a terrific solo performance to add a brace [89’ & 90’+4] to seal another important three points for Jay Devereux’s team.

Walthamstow  2 – 3  Southend Manor  | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 109

Tuesday’s action left us with one more surprise as Manor emerged with a fine 3 – 2 victory over Walthamstow at Wadham Lodge. A see-saw encounter ended up with Darnell Bromfield getting the winner for Manor from the penalty spot midway through the second-half. Jon Clements and James Hammond got the goals for ‘Stow.

Wednesday – Enfield  0 – 1  Stansted   | Woodside

In the only Wednesday match this week, Stansted won 1 – 0 at Enfield, courtesy of a Ryan Ramsay goal on 23 minutes, being in the right place at the right time to slot home after a goalkeeping error. The Airportmen remain unbeaten in three league matches, while the E’s have yet to pick up a win.   

Season 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Fri 4/Sat 5 Sept) [ESL 20-21 6.9.20]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to the first of new season of round-up’s looking at the Essex Senior League divisions for the Season 2020-21. This piece also includes the results from the Eastern Senior League South action this weekend. Thanks as ever to the clubs and you, my readers for continuing to show interest in these pieces. Best wishes to all players, managers & officials at all Essex Senior League sides, I wish you all a good campaign.

Essex Senior

   

Friday 4th Sept

West Essex  1 – 1  Takeley   | Mayesbrook Park [3G] |

The weekend’s action kicked off with West Essex’s draw with Takeley, on a famed evening as they opened landlords Barking’s new artificial playing surface.  However, it was the visitors who took the lead through Reece Barrett before Symeon Taylor’s leveller after the interval. All in all, both sides could have won and Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker once again excelled between the posts to give Kwame Kwateng’s side a decent point against tough opposition, only 48 hours after their huge win in the FA Cup in midweek.  

Saturday 5th September

Cockfosters  3 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Chalk Lane  |

Into the Saturday action now and Cockfosters started their campaign on a high as they defeated Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. Rueben Campbell opened the scoring on the quarter-hour for player-manager Ryan Wade’s team. Wade himself struck a free-kick to double the ‘Fosters lead with twenty-five minutes gone, though the Lilywhites did halve the deficit six minutes before the break thanks to Harrison Rookard’s effort. Nine minutes into the second half though, the hosts ended up securing the win thanks to a second goal in two games for new recruit Carl Mullings. It caps quite a week for Cockfosters and they back in action at Chalk Lane, taking on Enfield in midweek.

Enfield  0 – 0  St Margaretsbury   | Woodside  |

Enfield started off their League campaign with a creditable point after their FA Cup exit to Harlow in midweek. St Margs couldn’t breach the E’s defence either and both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils at Woodside.

Hadley  4 – 0  Woodford Town   | Brickfield Lane  |

Hadley started their campaign off with another strong performance to defeat Woodford at Brickfield Lane. Two goals in three minutes from Luke Alfano [25’] and Solomon Ofori [27’] set the tone for a side hungry for goals. Ofori netted again thirteen minutes after the interval and a late defensive mishap opened the path for Jordan Edwards to grab a late fourth for Anthony Clark’s side.

I was at this match, my full report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/09/05/season-2020-21-match-report-hadley-4-0-woodford-town-sat-5-sept/

Hashtag Utd  4 – 0  Ilford  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  |

Hashtag got their on-pitch season going in some style with a triumph over Ilford at the Len Salmon Stadium. George Smith’s spot-kick on 25 minutes put Jay Devereux’s side ahead before Toby Aromolaran made it two ten minutes after the break. Late goals from Lee Hursit and Ross Gleed added more gloss onto the score-sheet to get past an Ilford side who battled hard in the first half. Even so, the Tags showed their intent to get back into the upper echelons of the table and challenge for promotion once again.

Redbridge  2 – 2  Saffron Walden Town  | Oakside  |

Saffron Walden didn’t have it all their own way as they twice fought back to claim a draw with Redbridge at Oakside. After the hosts had missed a penalty before the break, James Barlow netted seven minutes after the interval. Former Redbridge star Lewis Francis levelled matters eight minutes later though in a fraught last ten minutes, Barlow struck again [82’] to put Micky Wetherall’s side on course for a surprise win. However, Walden had other ideas as George Pullen’s added-time equaliser ensured a share of the points for Jason Maher’s side.

Southend Manor  2 – 5  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park  |

Sawbridgeworth rode the crest of a wave following their FA Cup herocs in midweek to dismantle Manor at Southchurch Park. Luca Frankis netted twice for Craig Waters’ side but Sawbo overpowered them thanks to a hat-trick from Kieran Amos and goals for Cabham Clarke and Horace Ormsby. With ten goals conceded in two matches in League & Cup, Manor will need to regroup fairly quickly.  

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 3  Walthamstow  | Mile End  |

Walthamstow started their season with a hard-fought win at Sporting Bengal. After both sides drew ablank in the first half, ‘Stow’s new-look forward line did the damage as Charncey Dash opened his league account from twelve yards. Fellow new recruit Jon Clements struck to double Max Mitchell’s side’s advantage. Sam Jeremiah also netted to secure the points, though credit also goes to Bengal’s Joel Ramos who lashed home a free-kick to give Imrul Gazi’s side a consolation.

Stansted  2 – 2  Clapton  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 64

Finally this weekend, Clapton came from behind to snatch a draw at Stansted. Moses Carvalho’s firm header put the Airportmen ahead, a lead which stood at the break. But after the interval, substitute Shaun Gittleson got his second goal of the week to level the match. As the tension rose, that stalemate only lasted four minutes before Nick Reynolds put Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side ahead again. The Tons were soon level again though through Ruben Kennedy’s spot-kick and from there, the sides couldn’t be separated.

Eastern Senior League South   

Sat 5th September  Results 

Brimsdown  3 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston  | Chadfields

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 1  Wormley Rovers   | Leslie Field

Coggeshall Utd   1 – 1  Newbury Forest   | West Street

Frenford  3 – 0  Holland   | The Drive [3G]

Hackney Wick  2 – 2  Benfleet   | Spa Road, Witham

Halstead Town  1 – 1  Athletic Newham   | Rosemary Lane

Little Oakley  2 – 1  Barkingside   | Memorial Stadium

White Ensign  3 – 0  Wivenhoe Town   | Burroughs Park

Season 2020-21: The FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd (ESL/EaSL Sides) [FAC 2020-21 3.9.20]


Written by Scott W [Twitter: :@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello all and welcome to the new season of blogs here, you’ll find blogs on the Essex Senior, Essex Olympian League divisions & maybe a little more besides during the course of the season too.

This initial blog is looking at the local sides that were in action this week, which saw eleven Essex Senior sides progress and one Eastern Senior South side. Thanks for reading.

Monday 31 August

Woodford Town  3 – 1  London Colney   | The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 247

Woodford Town opened the round’s action with a fine comeback victory over London Colney at the Harlow Arena. Scott Knight had given Colney an early advantage though Luke Parrott levelled matters on the half-hour for Town. Rigert Rama then turned the tide in favour of the hosts as the match approached the hour mark, tapping home following a goalkeeping error before sealing the contest thanks to a fine strike by Parrott to seal his brace and cue wild celebrations from the excited Towners faithful. Woodford are rewarded with a trip to Capershotts to face Waltham Abbey in the Prelim Round. 

Tuesday 1st September

Cockfosters  4 – 2  Stanway Rovers   | Chalk Lane   | Att: 221

The ‘Fosters made a miraculous comeback with ten men to overcome Eastern Counties Premier side Stanway at Chalk Lane. Stanway started well and took the lead after four minutes through debutant Dan Gilchrist’s strike. The ESL side responded through George Beattie’s 20th-minute goal but had a double set-back around the half-hour mark as combative midfielder Matt Thomson was dismissed and soon after, Rovers made the most of the man advantage as Harry Thomas bundled the ball over the line after a set-piece. The drama only escalated after the break though as three goals in 15 minutes swung the tie in favour of the hosts. First, new signing Carl Mullings levelled midway through the half after a defensive howler, then player-boss Ryan Wade powered home  a spot-kick mere minutes later. Substitute Rueben Campbell provided the telling fourth goal with eleven minutes left to eventually seal a terrific victory.

Walthamstow  3 – 2  London Lions  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 292 | 

Cockfosters will face Walthamstow in the next round as ‘Stow fought back to deny London Lions progression into the Prelim Round. Max Kyte broke the deadlock for the Lions in the early stages on the contest and although ‘Stow got more threatening in front of goal, it took until after the break for them to level through substitute Michael Osei’s curling drive. Kyle nabbed his second for the visitors soon afterward, but goals from Connor Scully and Charncey Dash [for Peter: Dash! Dash!] sealed the win in front of Walthamstow’s biggest crowd since 1996.                                                   

Hullbridge Sports  0 – 2  Hadley  | Lower Road  | Att: 310

Another bumper crowd at Lower Road saw Hadley shock higher league opposition again with a fine win at Isthmian North side Hullbridge. Second-half strikes by that man Solomon Ofori and a Sam Edwards free-kick handed the impetus to the Bricks. ‘Bridge also had a penalty saved by Hadley ‘keeper Luke Ward which added to a frustrating evening for them on-the-pitch. Hadley will face FC Clacton away on Saturday week.                                     

Stansted  3 – 2  Takeley  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 143

Stansted also had to fight back to secure their passage with a hard-fought win over local rivals Takeley at Hargrave Park. Luckless home skipper Billy Coyne headed into his own net five minutes in, but Jack Mitchell converted a spot-kick on 26 minutes to level things up. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side then took the ascendency on the score-sheet after the break as Mitchell struck again ten minutes after the break. Ash Siddik notched the Airportmen’s third in the last few minutes to effectively seal the tie. Substitute Samson Adelaja netted for Marc Das’ side deep into added-time but their focus turns now to the league opener at West Essex on Friday night. Meanwhile, the ‘Blue Brazil’ welcome Basildon Utd to Hargrave in the next round of the Cup. 

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 2  Little Oakley  | Catons Lane  | Att: 286

Saffron Walden also progressed to the next round with victory over Eastern Senior League South side Little Oakley in another pulsating tie at Catons Lane. Oakley took the lead through Harry Mann before new signing Alfie Hilton levelled the match for the hosts. Oakley were not to be denied a second through as Jordan Heath made it 2 – 1 to Matt Carmichael’s team. More drama though was in the offing as Lewis Francis made his presence felt on his return to the Bloods in a big way. The forward came off the bench and struck a hat-trick to turn the match in favour of Jason Maher’s side and see them into the next round, in front of another hefty crowd. They face the trip to Welwyn Garden City.

 Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 1  Romford  | Crofters  | Att: 260

Sawbridgeworth pulled off one of the surprises of the round by knocking out Isthmian North side Romford at Crofters. Goals from Conor Clarke and Kieran Amos did the job on a terrific night for Lee Mackman’s side. Malaki Toussaint got one back for Romford midway through the 2nd half but Sawbo went through welcome fellow ESL side St Margaretsbury In the Prelim Round.

 Clapton  2 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  (Bengal won 6 – 5 on pens)

| Terrence MacMillan Stadium

Sporting Bengal edged to the next round on spot-kicks after a two-two draw with Clapton at the Terry Mac. David Tarawali netted to give Imrul Gazi’s side the lead, before Conor Okus equalised for his new club. Bengal re-took the lead soon afterward with Carlos Siegal Hubner slotting home smartly. The Tons forced a penalty shoot-out late on though as Shaun Gittleson once again levelled the match with minutes remaining. It was Bengal who held their nerve in the shoot-out, winning 6 – 5 on spot-kicks here and will travel to Harlow Town in the next round.

Wednesday 2nd Sept

 Park View   1 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | New River Sports Ground

On Wednesday, Hashtag made their debut in the competition at Park View & came from behind to progress. Kleon James had given the hosts a surprise lead, before George Smith equalised with a well-struck penalty. After the interval, recent addition Toby Aromolaran netted from close range to win the match and they will face Felixstowe & Walton Utd from the Isthmian North in the next round. 

West Essex  6  – 3  Crawley Green    | Oakside  | Att: 147

Finally in our focused ten matches, West Essex progressed in a richly entertaining tie as they powered past Spartan South Midlands Premier side Crawley Green at Oakside. Michael Mignot blasted a hat-trick inside the first 30 minutes before Phil Draycott pulled one back for the visitors six minutes before the break. West extended their lead and sealed the tie through Mignot’s fourth soon after the break. Symeon Taylor and Tom Woodbridge then added further strikes as the Stags saw out a big night for them. To their credit, Danny Watson and Tyler Ingham added late goals for Crawley Green but there was no mistaking the performance by Kwame Kwateng’s side, who are rewarded with a trip to New Salamis in the Prelim Round.

Other Results (ESL & EaSL South Sides) – Tues 1 Sept

Brantham Athletic  1 – 1  Benfleet                     (Brantham won 3 – 2 on Pens)   

Tom Watkins                              Ben Foord

Harlow Town                   5 – 1     Enfield   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 260

Christian Adu Gyamfi,                  Hugo Vasconcelos 75’  

Craig Alcock,  

Ahmet Biler,

Hector Mackie                                  

Sam Taylor (OG)

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  FC Clacton   |at Ware FC   | Att: 129

 Cyrus Babaie                       Mekhi McKenzie

                                               Charlie Thompson

 Redbridge  0 – 2  Harpenden Town  | Oakside  | Att: 134

                               Mulik Rickman 16’

                                    Harvey Scott 55’

Southend Manor  0 – 5  Ware | Southchurch Park  | Att: 200 |

                                           Leigh Rose 15’

                                           David Kendall 46’ & 60’
                                           Louis Rose 74’

                                           Albert Adu-Donyinah 76’     

Wednesday 2nd Sept  

Baldock Town  2 – 2  St Margaretsbury  (St Mags win 4 – 2 on pens)

Scott Piggott                                          Kyle Roberts (pen)

Josh Furness                                          Jae Partridge

Ilford         1 – 3      Halstead Town  | Cricklefield | Att: 280

Juan Cardona                     Joe Jones

                                          Chris Harris x 2                                           

Season Review 2019-20: Essex Senior League (Part 2 – Bottom half) [ESL SR 19/20 10.5.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the second of a two-part blog looking back at the Essex Senior League 2019-20 season, as part of my Non-League ‘Season Review’ series.

In this concluding part, I look back at the sides in the bottom half of the division from the dry statistics perspective and my own thoughts on seeing them in action during the campaign, followed by the stats on Top Goal-scorers this season.

For The Top Ten sides in the ESL, add this URL: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/season-review-2019-20-essex-senior-lge-p1/   Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Senior League   (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with most Football at or below Step 3 (Isthmian Premier Division in the local area), the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later.

Beginning the bottom half in 11th are West Essex. The Stags had a season of transition with thirty-one points being gathered in their 24 matches. Their campaign was also blighted by weather-affected postponements though they still struck fifty-one goals (a goals per game average (GpG) of 2.125) and also shelled fifty-one in defence. They won five of their 12 matches away from their Mayesbrook Park home and their strong team ethos spread to their goal-scorers with Michael Mignot (10 league goals), Brad Russell (8) and Hakim Medfai (6) leading the way on that front. It is also notable that they have continued to encourage young talent into the first team this term. I saw them in action defeat Woodford in September, win well at Sawbridgeworth Town and narrowly lose at Cockfosters, the latter two matches both in October. Their attacking pace has continued from last term though I think for most of the season they have been that bit stronger defensively, despite suffering a few heavy losses this term. It may be that their counter-attacking style favours playing away from home, but I believe it is also about longer-term brick-building you feel for the club as they seek to strengthen the youth side of the club to build pathways through to Senior football.

 

In 12th place were Clapton. The Tons had a very strong ‘end’ to the campaign to record thirty-one points also from their 27 matches.  Five of their nine wins this term came in their last eight matches and Julian Charles’ side were nomads, playing at Parkside before finishing the campaign at Southchurch Park. They scored forty goals and conceded 59 in total, though their ten losses from seventeen away matches also impeded them. I saw them twice back in November where they lost at Stansted after a decent start and then gave Saffron Walden Town a test before falling to a loss at home to the Bloods. They struck me as a decent side on-the-pitch though their concentration did let down at times. Deimar Queni led the goal-scoring charts with six league goals so well done Deimar.

In 13th place are Ilford, with Jonny Fowell’s side gaining thirty points from their twenty-eight games. Stats will show that they scored only 31 league goals (a GpG of 1.11) which is the third-lowest in the division this term, though they did concede fifty times at the other end, which on balance is second-best of all the bottom-half sides. Cricklefield was their ‘fortress’ with all league eight wins this season coming from their 15 home games, with only five points coming away from home. Being positive, I have little doubt that Fowell and his strong coaching team will be aiming for a better season next time out. I saw them narrowly best Tower Hamlets at home back in August before giving it their all in a draw with Walthamstow in late January. I found them to be a determined outfit with some talented players who will improve with coaching & experience.

St Margaretsbury ended up in 14th spot with twenty-six points from their 28 games, after a tough end to the season which saw them gain one win in their last ten matches. Tony Wild & Ray Bartlett’s team had issues finding the net, as they scored 36 goals (a GpG of 1.28) whilst shelling forty-eight goals at the other end. Forward Kyle Roberts snared eleven league goals to lessen the threat of being caught in the bottom four. In one of those quirks, I saw them twice against Southend Manor this term. Firstly, in early September where they just edged to a win at home in a real helter-skelter high-scoring battle before Manor returned the favour at Southchurch Park in early January. When I saw them they played quite an open, attacking style and benefitted by having the likes of Ryan Reed on set-pieces too. But in defence, they could be got at, much the same as their rivals in that bottom half. It was announced post-season that Tony Wild has moved across to lead the Youth section next term, with Bartlett taking sole charge of the first team, I’d like to wish both well in their respective roles next season.

A point behind St Mags were Sporting Bengal Utd in 15th, having gathered twenty-five points from their 26 matches, after being deducted three points early on in the campaign. Imrul Gazi’s side have played a attractive style of football for several seasons now, though this term they were that bit more vulnerable defensively, having conceded 62 goals (a GpG of 2.38) this term. Curtley McIntosh led the way in attack with a very respectable twelve league goals, with support from Bobby Redwood who got seven. As mentioned in the previous part of this article, Bengal contributed hugely to a fine match in their draw with Redbridge at Mile End in late September and reminds us that they have a very capable side, even if the consistency isn’t quite there.

Enfield 1893

Into the bottom four now, starting with Enfield in 16th spot. Matt Hanning’s side had twenty-four points on the board from their 26 matches, thanks in part to a decent run of two wins and three draws in their last eight matches. Defensively they conceded sixty-six goals – the second-worst in the division but to their credit, in the last few matches they did tighten up at the back and had the season continued, they may have ended the season in a better position. One plus for them as well was their new home of Woodside (Bishop’s Stortford) and they got some fine results there, winning five of their 14 matches there this season. In 17th spot was Southend Manor who endured a tough season it has to be said. They gained twenty-three points from their 26 matches, with four of their six league wins coming at Southchurch Park. The principal issue for them was scoring goals, as they scored twenty-eight times during the entire season – the lowest in the division (a GpG of 1.07). When I saw them live though, they did have their moments (particularly in the midway point of the season as they held Sawbridgeworth in November and edged to victory of St Margaretsbury in early January) but earlier in the campaign, lapses of concentration & confidence showed in home losses to Redbridge and Cockfosters.

 

Moving into the bottom two, and in 18th place were Tower Hamlets. They were a point adrift of Manor on 22 points from their 27 games played. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Hamlets had one of the youngest squads to play in the division, certainly this season if not going further back into the league’s history. One for the historians that is. On their day, their pace and exuberance was tough to stifle, but on the other end of that scale is that their inexperience cost them, defensively in particular. They shipped sixty-five goals (a GpG of 2.41) and they didn’t win any of their last ten league matches which did put them in the position that they finished, but ran the top-of-the-table sides close which did earn John Jatto’s side respect.  Finally, bottom of the standings were Sawbridgeworth Town who won eight points from their 28 matches. Two league wins all season kind of sets the tone though what really leaps off the page was the unfortunate defensive record, conceding ninety-nine goals this term (a GpG of 3.53). Their league wins came against Cockfosters at home in mid-November and at Sporting Bengal in mid-February. I saw them lose out at home to West Essex in mid-October where they had promising parts of the game but not enough end product.  When I saw next saw them battle hard for a point at Manor at the end of November, there were signs they were tightening up and their attacking promise was evident too. Ultimately though, you’re forced to concede that it was a very harsh campaign for Sawbo and one they can scarcely afford to see again.

 

 

Finally, here’s the Leading Goal-scorers in the Essex Senior League 2019/20

(Source: essexseniorleague.co.uk)

       
    Club/s League Goals Total Goals (All Comps)
1 Dwade James Walthamstow 27 40
2 George Smith Hashtag Utd 19 26
3 Solomon Ofori Hadley 18 25
         
4 Gavin Cockman Saffron Walden Town 16 20
5 Suiabo Balde Tower Hamlets 15 15
6 Lewis Francis Walthamstow/ Saffron Walden Town 13 17
         
=7 Taylor Tombides Redbridge 12 19
  Curtley McIntosh Sporting Bengal Utd 12 16
  Issac Marfo-Jacobs Hoddesdon Town 12 15
         
=10 Kyle Roberts St Margaretsbury/ Hadley 11 15
  Connor Hammond Stansted 11 13
         
=12 Michael Mignot West Essex 10 15
  Manny Hammond Hadley 10 12
  Ned Clarke Cockfosters/ Hadley 10 10
         
=15 Charlie Cole Saffron Walden Town 9 28
  Bryn Thorpe Takeley 9 15
  Alfie Bartram Hadley 9 12
  Hassan Nalbant Redbridge 9 11
  Cameron Ferguson Hadley 9 9