S22-23 Match Report: Frenford 0 – 3 St Margaretsbury (Sat 14 Jan) [EaSL Sth 22-23 15.1.23]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Jack Carter Centre 3G

Attendance: 48

2022-23 Season: Match 35

Saturday 14th January 2023 – 3pm KO

Frenford: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

St Margaretsbury: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks


Excellent St Margaretsbury performance sees them win at leaders Frenford

Frenford  0 – 3 St Margaretsbury

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

This weekend saw a welcome trip to Jack Carter Centre 3G in Gants Hill for the Eastern Senior League South match between leaders Frenford and St Margaretsbury. Dave Forbes’ side were looking to build on their five-point lead at the summit, following Stanway Pegasus’ narrow win at May & Baker 16 hours previously. He named recent signing Josh Blackburn in goal, with a defence of full-backs Augustine Appiah & Jack Sykes and skipper Lewis Bartrip & Sam Cross in central defence. The midfield included Tom Potter, Billy Karby and Charlie Munns, with centre forward Nick Reynolds being supported by Raheem Gray & Johnathon Vandyck on the flanks. St Mags have found it tough to get points away from home since I saw them win at Benfleet in August, but nevertheless they are a tricky mid-table side. Co-managers Paul Holding & Adam Connolly fielded Sidi Haidara as their custodian, with their defence being comprised of Bayon, Berg, Hayden-Eley & Daniels. The hard-working duo of Mulqueen & Moutawafiq were in central midfield, with forwards Marko Protic & Isaac Stevens being supported by Jacob Waring & captain Kamarni Collington.

The visitors started the game well, looking to get in behind the Frenford defence, utilising the artificial playing surface to good effect. They took the lead after only 12 minutes as a surging run by skipper Kamarni Collington down the right flank ended with a good ball into the box which ended up finding forward Marko Protic who fired in a low strike into the net, beyond Frenford stopper Josh Blackburn. The hosts were unable to rally and retain the ball, as the spirited St Mags forward line were understandably buoyed by this early goal. They added a second goal seven minutes later as Collington was well-found this time, and his low finish calmly doubled his team’s advantage, also netting his fifth league goal this term.


The first chance of note really for Frenford came midway through the half as strong centre-back Lewis Bartrip powered a header off-target from a set-piece. But the concern was at the other end, as an effort from close range by forward Isaac Stevens was denied by Blackburn just befote the half-hour mark. Strikes from range by Charlie Munns & Billy Karby kept St Mags custodian Sidi Haidara alert, with Munns’ effort being spilled by the goalkeeper initially before he gathered the ball just before Frenford forward Nick Reynolds could pounce. Sam Cross also fired in a set-piece just before the break which Haidara gathered, but in the main it was the visitors who looked energetic & composed in attack.

Half-Time: Frenford  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury

St Mags skipper Collington (right) on the ball early on

After the break, St Mags set about their task with renewed vigour and added a vital third goal five minutes into the half. A good break down the right flank by creative midfielder Sami Moutawafiq, bypassing his marker ended with picking out Collington who again showed calm finishing by slotting the ball into the left corner, for his second goal of the day. Not long after that, Frenford boss Dave Forbes made changes from the bench, as Tim Dennis & Sam Munton replaced Jonathan Vandyck & Jack Sykes respectively. The hosts did gradually push on in attack, as the visitors were more content to defend their advantage.

Frenford full-back Jack Sykes (#3) breaks into penalty area in 2nd half

Midway through the half, quick winger Raheem Gray saw his strike for the hosts blocked, and very shortly afterwards, a good strike on goal forced an excellent save by Haidara to turn it beyond the post. For the post part, the hard-working central defence of Callum Berg and Jake Hayden-Eley made it tough for the hosts to find the likes of Reynolds & Munns and latterly Wisley Baltazar, who came on for the last ten minutes. The St Mags defence was well supported by the team as a whole who assisted them well, as they completed a fine win in NE London.

Full-Time: Frenford  0 – 3 St Margaretsbury

In summary, this was a good, enterprising game played in wintry, windy conditions. St Mags more than deserved the points and the combination of rapid counter-attacking play, good passing & calm finishing secured the points for Paul Holding & Adam Connolly’s team. Frenford found it hard to retain possession after conceding early doors, against a hard-working visiting side. Resilent defending by St Mags also negated the amount of forward moves by the hosts, although thry had to defend well in the last half hour to keep the conclusive score-line.

There were a lot of good performances from the St Mags side today. They were led by captain Kamarni Collington who scored two calm goals, put a number of good crosses into the box and generally put in a high-energy performance. Tricky midfielder Sami Moutawafiq also made a few good dribbling runs in midfield, providing a good assist as well. Tom Mulqueen had a good game, tracking the hosts’ midfield well and assisting in forward moves too. Lastly, full-back Sammy Bayon was tireless in providing a good outlet on the right flank, putting in good passes and tracking back well

For Frenford, skipper Lewis Bartrip led his defence well, clearing several dangerous balls into the box, as well as posing a threat from attacking set-pieces. Winger Raheem Gray made good intelligent breaks down the channels as well as neat passing at times. Lastly, midfielder Billy Karby & right-back Augustine Appiah put in solid displays, showing high work rate and giving their team an option in counter-attacks, particularly in the second-half on what was a frustrating day for them.

St Mags full-back Sammy Bayon about to clear the ball in 2nd half

Congrats to St Mags on their win & I’d like to wish both teams well for the season ahead.


Teams

Frenford  |  Manager: Dave Forbes |  Assistants: Lee Forbes, Ali Choroomi & Anthony Cook

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Blackburn (GK), 2 Augustine Appiah, 3 Jack Sykes (15 Sam Munton 59′), 5 Lewis Bartrip (Capt), 4 Tom Potter, 6 Sam Cross, 8 Billy Karby, 7 Johnathon Vandyck (12 Tim Dennis 59′), 10 Charlie Munns (16 Liam Newton 83′), 9 Nick Reynolds (14 Chris Reed 76′), 11 Raheem Gray (17 Wisley Baltazar 79′)

Subs Not Used: None | Booked: None


St Margaretsbury  | Manager: Paul Holding & Adam Connolly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sidi Haidara (GK), 2 Sammy Bayon, 5 Callum Berg, 6 Jake Hayden-Eley, 3 Kai Daniel, 4 Sami Moutawafiq, 7 Tom Mulqueen (18 Charles Nicol 75′), 10 Jacob Waring, 11 Marko Protic (8 Gerson Artur 82′), 9 Isaac Stevens (12 Miles Holding 75′), 14 Kamarni Collington (Capt)

Goal-scorers: Marko Protic [12′], Kamarni Collington [19′ & 50′]

Subs Not Used: Ndukwu | Booked: Haidara, Bayon


Referee: Dumitru Vasile
Assistants: Jamie Wood & Liam Dawson

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S22-23 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge (Sat 7 Jan) [ESL 22-23 8.1.23]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2022-23 Season: Match 34

Saturday 7th January 2023 – 2pm KO

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

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Ensign secure hard-earned point and deny Redbridge a much-needed win

White Ensign  0 – 0  Redbridge

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

The opening match of 2023 saw a interesting tussle between second-placed Redbridge and hosts White Ensign, who have already secured some big results in the 2022-23 campaign in the Essex Senior. The conditions were windy and a tad slippery but considering the amount of recent rain, Burroughs Park was in good shape. With boss Aaron Bloxham away, assistant boss Nick Wibrow took the reigns here for the hosts and he named new loan signing Luis Shamshoum in goal, a defence comprised of Ben Sargent, Daniel Monk & Centre-backs Montel Shonubi and captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans. Their midfield featured Iyiola Adebayo, Joe Hunter and Kyle McAlindon, with the forward line being led by Charlie Portway, supported by Billy Bonham-Dare and Kian Bradshaw. Redbridge knew they needed the win here after leaders Enfield’s big win at Buckhurst Hill 18 hours prior and manager George Christou fielded Connor Wheatley as their goalkeeper, with a backline of Reuben Campbell, Joe Elliott and centre-backs Nathan Okoye and skipper Dean Hall. Jerrold Cobblah and Jack Chawner were their central midfield pairing. Michael Pindy and Joey May supported forwards Ibrahim Kehinde and Tony Martin.

The early stages of this match was interesting to watch, given that White Ensign succeeded somewhat in frustrating the opposition, who could not find their rhythm, particularly in attack. Defensively, Redbridge were more rigid as you would expect for a good side & where they are in the table at present, but Ensign still carved out a big chance in the first quarter of the game. Support forward Billy Bonham-Dare managed to evade his marker and slip through a good pass into forward Charlie Portway, but unfortunately for the hosts, his low effort trickled past visiting custodian Connor Wheatley and wide of the left-side post. As the half passed the midway point, the Motormen were starting to find their passing game, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde getting in good positions, but a combination of good defending and a lack of a final pass did frustrate both Kehinde and the visiting dug-out.

Joe Elliott fires in a long throw for the visitors

Full-back Joe Elliott’s long throws were also posing a problem for the home defence, and from one of those throw-ins, support forward Joey May’s header needed tipping over by loanee stopper Luis Shamshoum, a short-term signing from Frenford I understand. Forward Kian Bradshaw was also posing a threat down the right flank wth his pace, though his tame effort when in space in the penalty area was comfortably gathered by Wheatley. Redbridge pushed on towards the end of the first half, with Kehinde having a decent chance on goal which couldn’t bypass Shamshoum.

Half-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge 

Reuben Campbell [#2] making a good surging run early in 2nd half for Motormen

I had a feeling that Motormen boss George Christou would utilise his substitutes soon after the resumption, and that would prove to be the case, with full-back Jack Roult, tricky winger Samraj Gill and midfielder Jamie Price all coming on before the hour, replacing Campbell, May & Cobblah respectively. Much to their credit, Ensign continued to be resilent in defence and occasionally made decent strides going forward as well, with midfielder Joe Hunter’s looping drive forcing Redbridge stopper Wheatley into action four minutes after the restart. Forward Ibrahim Kehinde also had a header which was well-gathered by Shamshoum after a good ball in by Elliott from the right flank. It was undeniable that the Motormen put pressure on the Ensign defence, though skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans and full-back Daniel Monk led the way commendably to stifle an increasingly frustated visiting side.

Winger Samraj Gill did make a difference to the visiting forward line after coming on, as he put in several good crosses into the box, but Shamshoum and his defenders were equal to the task, with the Ensign stopper showing as much by palming away a dangerous ball in by Gill from the left flank late on, despite being under pressure from the advancing Jamie Price. Harry Kateley also had come on for Ensign and he also made a few good runs to give the Redbridge defence a couple of nervy moments alongside Bradshaw in the latter stages, but all in all, this was a good point for Ensign, hard-earned as it was. The result sees Ensign drop to 15th, because of Romford’s win at Sawbridgeworth, while the Motormen are now ten points adrift of leaders Enfield. 

Full-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Redbridge


Although there were no goals in this contest, there was a lot of endeavour, a few good chances and some good approach play. Overall, Ensign stuck to their task well & their confidence grew as the match went on. Redbridge were unusually slow to get into their rhythm & although they pushed hard at times, they couldn’t grab that decisive goal to lessen the gap to leaders Enfield.

 Redbridge’s good performances here were led by forwards Michael Pindy and Ibrahim Kehinde, who both put in a good shift for their team. Pindy made several good runs down the right flank and showed good movement while Kehinde showed guile and good willingness to get in between defenders, although both were thwarted by a resilent home defence. Full-back Joe Elliott put in a good defensive display, as well as making a few good surging runs down the flanks. Lastly, substitute Samraj Gill heightened the pressure on a tiring Ensign defence in the last half hour, putting in several dangerous crosses into the penalty area in the latter stages. 

White Ensign had several good individual displays here, led in my view by full-back Daniel Monk who made several important clearances, covered well defensively as well as putting in some good passes forward. Midfielder Iyiola Adebayo put in another good display in both boxes, distributing the ball well alongside Joe Hunter in central midfield and showed hgh energy levels. Captain Mitchell Stuart-Evans was a good anchor in defence as well, making several timely interceptions to frustrate the Motormen attack, while goalkeeper Luis Shamshoum was as assured presence, making a few decent saves and stayed alert well too. 

I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.


Teams

White Ensign  | Stand-in Manager: Nick Wilbrow | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luis Shamshoum (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Daniel Monk, 5 Montel Shonubi, 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 6 Kyle McAlindon, 7 Joe Hunter (16 Teddy Rumsey 87′), 8 Iyiola Adebayo, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (11 Harry Kateley 58′), 19 Charlie Portway, 10 Kian Bradshaw

Booked: Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: Ferris, O Jenkins


Redbridge | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Connor Wheatley (GK), 2 Reuben Campbell (Jack Roult 52′), 3 Joe Elliott, 5 Nathan Okoye, 6 Dean Hall (Capt), 4 Jerrold Cobblah (16 Jamie Price 58′), 8 Jack Chawner, 7 Michael Pindy (14 Tayo Joshua Olukolu 72′), 19 Joey May (20 Samraj Gill 58′), 9 Ibrahim Kehinde (15 James Barlow 72′), 10 Tony Martin

Booked: Cobblah  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Alex Baker
Assistants: Gary Telling & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Benfleet 0 – 2 May & Baker (Sat 26 Nov) [EaSL South 22/23 26.11.22]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Park Lane, Canvey

Attendance: 25

2022-23 Season: Match 29

Saturday 26th November 2022 – 2pm KO

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts & Socks

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


Reece Latimer about to clear for Bakers in 1st half

High-tempo Bakers get good win at Benfleet

Benfleet  0 – 2  May & Baker

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

This weekend saw a return to Park Lane for a big Eastern Senior League South match as May & Baker were the visitors for Benfleet at Canvey Island’s Park Lane. Both teams were looking to grab the win to sustain the their push for the play-offs. ‘Fleet were missing half a dozen players here including Taylor Lawrence, Billy Carter & goalkeeper Florent Gislette.

Oliver Johnson was the chosen custodian here for Alex Salmon’s side, behind a defence comprised of Flynn Monk, Billy Shulver with centre-backs Sonny Hartman & Cory Rider. The midfield included Billy Purdy, Mason Shave & skipper Aaron Russell. Ben Foord led the line, with support from Grant Frances & Deolindo Lima. Bakers’ were looking to move on from a surprise loss at home to Wivenhoe Town a week ago. Jack Riddell was between the posts for them, with their backline comprised of full-backs Kunle Adeyemi & Cain Brougham plus captain Jamie Marsh & Reece Latimer as centre-backs. Kalum Bama, Robert Bagnall & Anthony Cooke were in midfield, with a forward line led by Gabriel Odili with support from Luc Harpon and Idris Aminu.

The early-going in this match was fairly tight, with both sides keen to grab the impetus. The visitors forced a intervention in the first minute as forward Gabriel Odili’s cross needed ‘Fleet centre-back Cory Rider to clear the ball away in the middle of the six-yard area. Rider was involved again soon after in Benfleet’s best early chance. Billy Shulver’s corner was flicked on by Rider before captain Aaron Russell got the final touch but it was cleared on the line by the resilent visiting defence.


Bakers had a few half-chances themselves as they were starting to find their neat, rapid passing game, supporting from the flanks by the rapid Idris Aminu & Luc Harpon. Defender Reece Latimer had headed over at the far post while Luc Harpon also fizzed a strike off-target before the twenty-minute mark. Energetic midfielder Kalum Bama also had a fine strike well-parried away by ‘Fleet custodian Oliver Johnson.

Just when you thought the team-talks would be required to get both teams to raise their levels, it was May & Baker who took the lead a minute before the break. Another neat, fast passing move involving Bama and Odili ended with finding Rob Bagnall at the edge of the 18-yard box, before he found the corner with a well-taken, low finish.


Half-Time: Benfleet 0 – 1 May & Baker

The competitive nature of this match continued after the interval, as tireless forward Ben Foord got round the Bakers defence before getting his strike at goal, but was well-gathered by the alert Jack Riddell in the Bakers’ goal. That sight of goal encouraged Jordan Harris’ side to press forward with renewed vigour and they doubled their lead in some style on 56 minutes. May & Baker midfielder Kalum Bama’s fierce drive was too strong for Johnson to get across to deny him as it found the net.

At the other end, forward Grant Frances were making a couple of clever runs to test the May & Baker defensive high line, but Frances had strayed off-side before his shot found the net and so it was chalked off. The hosts were finding it tough to get past the visiting defence and test Riddell, though midfielder Billy Purdy did slide pastto have a glimmer at goal but he could only scuff his strike wide of the left-side post.

Ben Foord runs down left channel for Benfleet

Benfleet showed some resolve to ward off further forward moves towards the end of the game, with substitutes Abidemi Lamina & Remi Awosanya making good runs but in the end, two goals were enough for Bakers’here, who rise to sixth spot. Other results meant Benfleet dropped to fifth, only a point clear of May & Baker.

May & Baker full-back Kunle Adeyemi (#3) clears ahead of Flynn Monk’s challenge for Fleet

Full-Time: Benfleet 0 – 2 May & Baker

To sum up this hard-fought battle, Bakers showed again why they are tough to play against, mixing a high-tempo game with neat passing & a resolute defence. Benfleet couldn’t quite test opposition stopper Jack Riddell enough here, despite some promising forward play at times. The first goal was going to be crucial here, and Bakers pushed on after the interval to claim a deserved three points.

Both sides had stand-out performers here. For victors May & Baker, midfuekder Kalum Bana put in an all-action performance, putting in a high-energy stint going from box-to-box well, defending well as well as sprinting forward, making neat passes and took his goal very well indeed. Jamie Marsh was also a commanding presence at centre-back, powering away clearances well. Full-back Kunle Adeyemi also made several good darting runs down the left as well as being a strong presence defensively, making several telling interceptions. Lastly, a mention for Robert Bagnall who inter-changed passes well with Bama & Cooke in a fluid central midfield, throughout the game & also took his goal with aplomb.

For Benfleet, Ben Foord once again put in a characteristic hard-working shift running down the channels & put in several good passes as well. Fellow forward Grant Frances also posed problems at times and had a goal chalked off for off-side, as well as making intelligent runs against a tough Bakers’ backline. Deolindo Lima also had a good game, pushing down the rught side and also tracked back well defensively, plus a word too for stalwart Sonny Hartman, who certainly aided his defence against the high number of good balls into the box and made good tackles at times.

Kudos to May & Baker on their win & I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of the season.


Teams

Benfleet  |  Manager: Alex Salmon |  Assistants: Michael Cundy & Ray Coker

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Oliver Johnson (GK), 2 Flynn Monk (12 Henry Sims 58′), 3 Billy Shulver, 5 Cory Rider (14 Cameron Harris 58′), 6 Sonny Hartman, 4 Billy Purdy, 7 Mason Shave (15 Jack Frost 58′), 8 Deolindo Lima, 10 Aaron Russell (Capt), 9 Grant Frances (17Jake Frost 75′), 11 Ben Foord

Subs Not Used: None | Booked: Monk & Purdy


May & Baker | Manager: Jordan Harris | Assistants: Scott Harding & Rob Leech

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Riddell (GK), 2 Cain Brougham, 3 Kunle Adeyemi, 5 Jamie Marsh (Capt), 6 Reece Latimer, 4 Kalum Bama (14 George Breen 79′), 10 Anthony Cooke, 8 Robert Bagnall, 7 Luc Harpon (17 Billy Gannon 90’+2), 9 Gabriel Odili (16 Remi Awosanya 84′), 11 Idris Aminu (12 Abidemi Lamina 73′)

Goal-scorers: Robert Bagnall [44′], Kalum Bama [56′]

Subs Not Used: T Harding | Booked: None


Referee: Rhys Collins
Assistants: Paul Falvey & Richard Longden

S22-23 Match Report: Romford 1 – 4 White Ensign (Wed 9 Nov) [ESL 22-23 10.11.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 84

2022-23 Season: Match 26

Wednesday 9 November 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Romford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

White Ensign: Red  Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Jesse Olukolu (centre) on the ball for Romford

Incredible turnaround sees Ensign grab big win

Romford 1 – 4 White Ensign

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

The second match of this midweek saw a welcome return to Mayesbrook Park to see Romford entertain White Ensign in another Essex Senior League match. Romford had something of a re-jig in their starting XI with free-scoring Charlie Morris having recently departed for Step 4 Tilbury and skipper Kris Newby unavailable. Jake Anderson was the goalkeeper here, with an experienced backline comprised of Tambeson Eyong, Danny Hurford & centre-backs George Allen & skipper Scott Doe. Adalberto Pinto & Billy Harris were in central midfield, with wingers Jesse Olukolu and new recruit Josh Osude supporting forwards Emmanuel Robe & Lewis Smith. Ensign fielded Charlie Martin between the posts, with a defence of Ben Sargent, Callum Ferris plus centre-backs Mitchell Stuart-Evans (also skipper) and Charlie Portway. Iyiola El-Ameen Adebayo & Ethan Evison were the central midfield pair, with forwards Billy Bonham-Dare & Harry Kateley being supported by Ben Allen & Emmanuel Abudiore.

The match began with Romford putting Ensign under pressure from the early-going. Forward Lewis Smith made a good turn before getting his strike away but it didn’t test visiting goalkeeper Charlie Martin. Ensign had to do a large amount of defending during the half but when they did get forward, they did pose a threat. Harry Kateley did have a half-chance after a decent run down the left flank but saw his strike blocked. Centre forward Emmanuel Robe had the first of a few good chances but saw his effort saved low down by Martin, and rapid winger Josh Osude also firing off-target.

Romford could well have been ahead by this point but soon afterward, they had a big chance which saw Robe in on goal, with only Martin to bypass but Robe skewed his shot wide of the left-side post. The visitors had a few glimpses at goal themselves as the half wore on, with centre-back Charlie Portway angling a header over the crossbar & also Kateley also fizzed an effort wide. In the main, Ensign defended resolutely but Romford really should have had a comfortable lead at the interval, given the chances they had.


Half-Time: Romford 0 – 0 White Ensign

The second half began with a big moment for the hosts, as experienced centre-back Scott Doe was dismissed for a foul on the edge of the area. That ended up being a massive turning point as moments later, a fine strike by Ethan Evison found the net after good work by Emmanuel Abudiore, to give Aaron Bloxham’s side the lead. Before the Blues could wrestle back the momentum, Ensign’s lead was doubled on 53 minutes. Kateley was felled in the area, and referee Lukas Wood pointed to the spot. Portway stepped up & duly blasted the ball into the left corner, past Anderson.

Ensign about to have set-piece in 2nd half

The surprising turnaround continued on the stroke of the hour, as Ensign struck again with a third goal. Kateley finally did get past the Romford defence and his crisp, low finish defeated Anderson and found the left corner. Steve Butterworth’s side still pushed forward, with Osude & substitute George Cox having half-chances, with Cox being well denied by Martin. However, the home side did finally grab a goal with 13 minutes remaining. After jostling in a congested penalty area, replacement Camilo Restrepo slotted home low into the left side of the goal, five minutes after coming on to replace Olukolu.

Six minutes later, Ensign pushed forward again & after a good surging run, Ben Allen added a fourth goal with his low drive finding the far corner to complete a remarkable turnaround, in what was a really good match to watch.


Full-Time: Romford  1 – 4 White Ensign

This match is tough to summarise. Romford were the stronger side in the first half & should’ve had a clear advantage at the interval but Doe’s dismissal for the hosts energised Ensign to a terrific counter-effort which saw them score three goals in thirteen second-half minutes to utterly change the flow of the game. To their credit, the Blues never stopped pushing forward but it was ‘one of those games’ where not taking their chances cost them. That and you must also credit Ensign’s makeshift defence who competed very well indeed, as well as scoring some very good goals themselves in a incredible second half performance, boss Aaron Bloxham will have been delighted with the reaction.

There were some superb performances to note as ever. For Ensign, forward Ben Allen put in a fine display, testing the Romford defence for most of the game, as well as showing savvy passing and movement. Charlie Portway also stuck to his task really well playing as a centre-back here, making several important clearances aerially. Full-back Ben Sargent also showed his characteristic high work-rate and also made some good tackles. Forward Harry Kateley also deserves a mention for his good goal & showed good movement in the channels.

For Romford, rapid winger Josh Osude made several fine sprints down the flanks, and with it put in some good passes which on another day would’ve been key. Jesse Olukolu also put in a good display, utilising his pace and movement well and was thwarted by dedicated defending. Full-back Danny Hurford made several intelligent passes and important tackles while a mention too for tricky number 10 Lewis Smith, who made several fine runs & was unlucky not to score.

I’ll close by wishing both sides well for remainder of the season & a thank you also to Romford for their hospitality.


Teams

Romford    |  Manager: Steve Butterworth |  Assistant: Dan Spinks

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jake Anderson (GK), 2 Tambeson Eyong (16 Bleron Ademi 60′), 3 Danny Hurford, 5 Scott Doe (Capt), 6 George Allen, 4 Adalberto Pinto, 8 Billy Harris (12 Jacob Wiggins 60′), 10 Lewis Smith (17 George Cox 60′), 7 Jesse Olukolu (14 Camilo Restrepo 72′), 9 Emmanuel Robe (15 Jake Gordon 72′), 11 Joshua Osude

Goal-scorer: Camilo Restrepo [77′]

Booked: Olukolu | Sent Off: Doe  |  Subs Not Used: None


White Ensign  | Manager: Aaron Bloxham | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Charlie Martin (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Callum Ferris (6 Teddy Rumsey 46′), 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 19 Charlie Portway, 8 Ethan Evison (12 Jack Allen 82′), 5 Iyiola El-Ameen Adebayo (15 Kyle McAlindon 62′), 11 Emmanuel Abudiore (16 Charlie Sullivan 74′), 10 Ben Allen, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare, 7 Harry Kateley

Goal-scorers: Ethan Evison [47′], Charlie Portway [pen 53′], Harry Kateley [59′], Ben Allen [83′]

Booked: Stuart-Evans, Evison & Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Lukas Wood
Asstistants: Craig Wood & Gary Telling

S22-23 Match Report: Ilford 0 – 3 FC Clacton (Mon 7 Nov) [ESL 22-23 8.11.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: TBA

2022-23 Season: Match 25

Monday 7th November 2022 – 7.45pm KO

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

FC Clacton: Yellow Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks



Resolute Clacton emerge triumphant at Ilford

Ilford 0 – 3 FC Clacton

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

The first midweek match this week saw a return visit to Cricklefield to see Ilford face FC Clacton in a Monday night match in the Essex Senior League. As you may have read, I saw Clacton put in a excellent display 48 hours previously but this was a different test altogether. It was also interesting to see the Foxes who had a complete squad change from last term, with boss Richard Ponsford bringing over the vast majority of his Essex Olympian League Premier winning Ongar Town side from last term, as well as promoting a few from the Ilford Reserve side, who compete in the Essex Alliance League now. The hosts had Tim Pitman in goal, allied with a defence comprised of Jay Fisher, Harry Herbert & centre-backs Jake Chadwick & Paul Cox. Ollie Nyahunda & skipper Mitchell McCabe were in central midfield with the advancing wingers being Josh Boxall & Harry Rawlins. Caleb Adomako-Mensah and Liam Oliver were their forwards here. Clacton made only one change to their starting XI from the aforementioned win at Southend Manor, with Jack Marshall coming into central midfield, alongside Toby Harms. Jack Johnson dropped to the bench.

Despite the hefty amount of rain in the last week, it’s worth noting that the pitch was in good nick and in the early-going of this tie, there was a few niggly fouls as both sides looked to grab the momentum. Clacton were the stronger side on-the-ball and tested the home defence more. After already having one shout for a penalty, they were awarded one on the quarter-hour by referee Jide Ogunba with foward Mekhi McKenzie being thwarted in the area. McKenzie stepped up to take the spot-kick himself but his effort was well-saved by a sprawling save by Foxes custodian Tim Pitman at the left-side post.


Clacton were the more likely side to opening the scoring, though there were a few nervy moments as the half wore on. Caleb Adomako-Mendsah broke down the left channel for the hosts, but his end strike didn’t test visiting goalkeeper Luke Avenell. In fairness, Ilford were doing alright in frustrating the fast-paced Seasiders attackers, with centre-half Jake Chadwick leading his defence well.

However, deep into first-half added time, the visitors did get the breakthrough. Ilford simply couldn’t clear their lines and in a congested 18-yard box, Jake Clowsley took a touch and fired in a good strike into the right corner.

Marshall (right) breaks down right channel for Clacton

Half-Time:  Ilford 0 – 1 FC Clacton 

After the interval, the match got ever more scrappy as both sides got rather frustrated. Soon after McKenzie had an effort over the crossbar for the Seasiders, enterprising forward Charlie Collis sent in a good cross, which centre-back Charlie Thompson headed off-target but that did serve as a warning that the hosts did not heed. Clacton did double their advantage on 69 minutes as Charlie Collis’ crisp strike from about 18 yards out fizzed into the net past Pitman.

To their credit, Ilford responded almost immediately, as a good header by Chadwick forced Avenell to parry over the crossbar well. But as so often occurs, this livened up Clacton further, and Pitman was in action again to first deny a looping effort from skipper Billy Wales and soon afterward, Pitman pulled off a fine save to deny McKenzie’s fierce strike with the 90 minutes fast approaching.


But there was another added-time goal as substitute Adam Tilson absolutely smashed a superb strike right into the top corner from at least 20 yards out, which really put the gloss on the score-line for Tom Austin’s side. You had to feel a bit for Pitman who had no chance of denying such a powerful effort. Soon after, the final whistle went and Clacton’s win took them just two points adrift of free-scoring Enfield at the summit.


Full-Time:  Ilford 0 – 3 FC Clacton

In summary, Clacton once again showed that they are they are a good side, as well as being in-form and can out-work sides. They took their goals well and the last two goals were quality strikes. Ilford had their moments as well but ultimately could not make their opponents cutting edge in front of goal, although they were decent defensively at times and had goalkeeper Tim Pitman to thank for keeping them in the match with some fine saves, particularly in the second half.

 
For victors FC Clacton, the stand-out performers begin with another fine performance by tireless forward Mekhi McKenzie. Despite having his spot-kick well-saved in the first quarter of the game, his work rate again was on display as well as showing good touches and passes. Midfielder Jack Marshall also put in a high-energy performance and took advantage of a fluid formation at times to get down the channels to put in decent crosses. A mention also for Charlie Collis who interlinked well with McKenzie in the forward line and contributed to giving the home defence a headache for large parts of the game. Finally, Technical winger Jake Clowsley also had an influence, scoring the opening goal to finally break the deadlock.

For Ilford, centre-back Jake Chadwick had to be on-form to clear seveal dangerous balls in the box and made a number of good interceptions. Goalkeeper Tim Pitman added to his early penalty save but making at least three good saves to keep his side in the contest. Forward Caleb Adomako-Mensah made a number of good runs to stretch the visiting backline plus he showed good pace and you could see why he has scored goals this term, while right-back Jay Fisher also made good tackles at times and contributed to his side’s decent defensive effort, particularly in the first hour.

I’d like to wish both teams a good remainder of the season.

Ilford  |  Manager: Richard Ponsford  | Assistant: Mark Lilly

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Tim Pitman (GK), 2 Jay Fisher, 3 Harry Herbert, 5 Paul Cox (17 George Hayes 47′), 6 Jake Chadwick, 4 Ollie Nyahunda (14 Josiah Ereku 22′ in turn replaced by 16 Harry Williams 90′), 8 Mitchell McCabe (Capt) (12 Julio Fresneda 43′), 7 Joshua Boxall (15 Emmamuel Kouassi 56′), 9 Liam Oliver, 10 Caleb Adomako-Mensah, 11 Harry Rawlins
 

Booked: Hayes, Kouassi  | Subs Not Used: None


FC Clacton  | Manager: Tom Austin   | Assistant: Adam Daniels

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jenson Mulqueen (13 Fletcher Hanna 89′), 3 Billy Wales (Capt), 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Charlie Thompson, 4 Jack Marshall, 8 Toby Harms (16 Adam Tilson 84′), 7 Jake Clowsley (15 Jordan Lartey 86′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie, 10 Charlie Collis (12 Jack Johnson 79′), 11 Teddy Collis (14 Reuben Cowler 68′)

Goal-scorers: Jake Clowsley [45’+6], Charlie Collis [69′], Adam Tilson [90’+6]

Booked: Thompson, McKenzie, T Collis  | Sub Not Used: None


Referee: Jide Ogunba
Assistants: Charlie Duggins-Jones & Ibrahim Kose

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 5 Nov) [ESL 22-23 6.11.22]

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

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Essex Senior League action, looking at all ten matches that took place on the weekend of Saturday 5 November. We saw 43 goals in the ten matches.


Essex Senior Lge –  Saturday 5 November

The weekend’s action started on Friday night as Saffron Walden Town grabbed an impressive 4 – 1 victory at Halstead Town to bolster their top-five aspirations. The ensemble cast of Solomon Ofori, Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Palvy Manduakila and Stanley Leech all netted a goal each to render Jordan Blackwell’s goal for Halstead as mere consolation, in front of 425 spectators at Rosemary Lane. Also, Ilford got an decent 1 – 0 victory at Romford, with Paul Cox the scorer there for Richard Ponsford’s team who are 15th after the weekend’s action. Finally on Friday night, Woodford Town handed Clapton another loss as Town won 4 – 0, with Jaedon Phillips’ early double being added to by Luke Parrott & substitute Dimi Christou to keep the Tons second bottom.


On Saturday, Enfield remain five points clear at the summit with a comprehensive 6 – 0 victory over Sawbridgeworth Town at Woodside. Ibrahim Kehinde opened the scoring on 25 minutes for Jamie Curerton’s team, while Danny Norton added another two goals to reach nine leaguwe goals this term. Louie Johnson’s spot-kick, Samrai Gebrai & substitute Dwade James all added a goal each to make it 11 wins from 12 games for the E’s. Elsewhere, Redbridge are third after a 4 – 0 victory over White Ensign at Oakside. Joey May made a rare start & got the opening goal after five minutes. Bradley Bennett added another first-half goal before Solomon Ogunwomoju struck twice to secure the win. Little Oakley also got another good three points with a 3 – 2 win over Stanway Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. Harry Mann, William Crisell & Mason Ridgway-Lumley got the crucial goals for Matt Carmichael’s side to overturn strikes by Ernest Okoh and replacement Sanunur Bah Bah for Rovers.

FC Clacton got back to winning ways with an impressive 5 – 1 win at Southend Manor, in the match I attended this weekend. Mekhi McKenzie has so often been an important player for Tom Austin’s side and McKenzie showed that again with a treble, which was added to by strikes by Reuben Cowler & a penalty by Teddy Collis. Substitute Joe Darby got a late consolation for Manor but they remain bottom. My report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/11/05/s22-23-match-report-southend-manor-1-5-fc-clacton-sat-5-nov/


Meanwhile, Athletic Newham welcomed back Richard Kone from injury and he bagged a fine treble as Newham defeated West Essex 4 – 0 at the Terry Mac. Daniel Izekor got the other goal as the hosts went up to ninth spot. Buckhurst Hill made the most of an early sending off for Barking to grab a 4 – 0 win over Charlie MacDonald’s side at Roding Lane. Ezekiel Bademosi got a brace for Mark Williams’ side, with Nathan Sollosi also netting and there was a late goal for Hassan Nalbant as well. Finally, Takeley got a fine 3 – 1 victory at Stansted, with Glenn O’Hanlon and George Wappett getting first-half goals for Marc Das’ team. Ashaan Siddik got a goal back for the Airportmen before the interval. Hodje Almeida-Joaquim added a third goal to give the visitors the points which saw them rise to 11th.

That’s all for this week, thank you for reading.

S22-23 Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton (Sat 5 Nov) [ESL 22-23 5.11.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 45 (Est)

2022-23 Season: Match 24

Saturday 5th November 2022 – 2pm KO

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

Clacton: White & Red Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Clacton power to big win at Manor to stay second

Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton

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

The Non-League journey finally returned after an unexpected fortnight away, as FC Clacton visited Southend Manor, in an Essex Senior League match which saw both sides wanting the points, but for very different reasons. Clacton were second pre-match, while Manor were still looking for their first win this term. Recently-appointed gaffer Alex O’Leary named loanee stopper Harry McKie in goal, with a defence comprised of full-backs Joe Burton & Kevin Toualeu and centre-backs Charm Dube and skipper Tobi James. Adalberto Pinto was in central midfield, alongside Mo Kamara. Ben Bayoko and Billy Knott were the wingers in support of forwards Deimar Queni and Harrison Day.

Clacton by contrast are having a very good start to the season but lost out last week at home to Takeley. Manager Tom Austin fielded Luke Avenell between the posts for Clacton, with a backline of centre-backs Chris Ribchester and utility player Charlie Thompson, with full-backs Jenson Mulqueen and captain Billy Wales. Their central midfield included Toby Harms & Charlie Collis, with brother Teddy Collis and Jake Clowsley on the flanks. Mekhi McKenzie led the forward line here, with support from Jack Johnson.

Jake Clowsley [#7] about to pass ball forward for FC Clacton in 1st half

The conditions really highlighted the onset on winter but then again it is November now, and Clacton started the stronger of the two sides, showcasing their possession game pretty without creating an avalanche of chances. However, that latter detail was soon sorted out as Tom Austin’s side surprised no-one by taking a 15th-minute lead. The assist went to centre-back Chris Ribchester as his lofted ball in from just outside the penalty area found forward Mekhi McKenzie and his low finish gave home stopper Harry McKie little chance. The Seasiders had scored 25 league goals prior to today’s match and that clinicial finishing was shown again five minutes after the opening goal, as winger Jake Clowsley’s fine cross from the right flank found McKenzie and after his initial attempt was blocked, his finish went high into the net to double the lead.

Manor were decent in getting their passes from defence to midfield but their final ball was not good enough to pierce the resolute Seasiders backline and therefore test goalkeeper Luke Avenell. Forwards Deimar Queni and Harrison Day were both willing runners but there was very little for them to latch on to. It could’ve been worse for Alex O’Leary’s side before the interval as Clacton winger Teddy Collis made a fine run down the left wing, evading two defenders before playing in Clowsley with the latter’s powerful strike being well parried away by McKie.


HT: Manor 0 – 2 Clacton

Unsurprisingly, the hosts rung the changes after the interval with three substitutions made. Darby, Manyewe and Attwood all entered the action in place of James, Bayoko and Knott. There was a distinct need of a change of fortune and it nearly cropped up four minutes into the half. A fine free-kick from the right by central midfielder Adalberto Pinto found the run of full-back Kevin Toualeu and his powerful header wasn’t far wide of the right-sided post. But before they could build-up any momentum, Clacton grabbed a third goal on 52 minutes. McKenzie was in the action again as patient build-up from a set-piece saw skipper Billy Wales loft the ball into the far post area and McKenzie’s well-directed header found the net for his treble here and an 11th league goal of the season.


Chris Ribchester (centre) heads the ball away for the Seasiders

That goal really made the challenge more difficult for Manor, and this time Clacton were not in any frame of mind to concede territory. Charlie Collis’ free-kick was parried over by the over-worked McKie before the hour mark though Clacton finished the match strongly to take the points. Firstly, a good darting run by substitute Reuben Cowler ended with a fine low finish on seventy-five minutes before a Teddy Collis spot-kick made it five seven minutes later. Manor did get something from the game with moments remaining as replacement Joe Darby was played in well by O’Leary’s pass and his low finish defeated Avenell to get a consolation. Even so though, the Seasiders were comfortable winners and all credit to them.

Wales (#3 – left) puts in cross for McKenzie’s 3rd goal for Clacton

Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 5 FC Clacton

In summary, Clacton were comfortable for the vast majority of this match and their resolute defending gave a resounding answer as to what the outcome was going to be in this game. Manor unfortunately could create enough chances to test Seasiders custodian Luke Avenell, despite the occasional decent forward move. Clacton’s finishing & final ball were far superior as they remain in second spot after this match.

Several visiting players stood out today. Forward Mekhi McKenzie had another really influential match, scoring three good goals, provided a constant threat and also showed high work rate. Congrats to him. Also, Chris Ribchester had another fine game in defence for Clacton, with full-back Jenson Mulqueen bursting down the flank from right-back, putting in some good crosses & lastly Jake Clowsley once again showed his quality from the right flank, putting in fine passes to create chances well.

For Manor, forward Deimar Queni stuck to his task and showed a high work rate, and made some good darting runs down the channels as well. Full-back Kevin Toualeu also did well, showing high energy and made good tackles. Midfielder Mo Kamara also had an alright game & a word for substitute Joe Darby who showed good finishing to claim his late goal.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Southend Manor  | Player-Manager: Alex O’Leary  | Assistants: Kudus Oyenuga & Jack Morris

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harry McKie (GK), 2 Joe Burton, 3 Kevin Toualeu, 5 Charm Dube (16 Murphy Duncan 75′), 6 Tobi James (Capt) (17 Rgee Manyewe 46′), 4 Adalberto Pinto, 7 Ben Bayoko (15 Niall Attwood 46′), 8 Mohamed Kamara, 9 Deimar Queni, 10 Harrison Day (14 Alex O’Leary 75′), 11 Billy Knott (12 Joe Darby 46′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Darby [89′]

Booked: Kamara   | Subs Not Used: None


FC Clacton  | Manager: Tom Austin  | Assistant: Ryan Salter

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Jenson Mulqueen (16 Fletcher Hanna 76′), 3 Billy Wales (Capt), 5 Chris Ribchester, 6 Charlie Thompson, 4 Toby Harms, 8 Charlie Collis (15 Adam Tilson 68′), 7 Jake Clowsley (14 Rueben Cowler 58′), 9 Mekhi McKenzie (12 Jordan Lartey 68′), 10 Jack Johnson (17 Joe Hillier 76′), 11 Teddy Collis

Goal-scorers: Mekhi McKenzie [15′, 20′ & 52′], Reuben Cowler [75′], Teddy Collis [pen 82′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Daniel Ripton

Assistants: Gary Telling & Ray Parmenter

S22-23 Match Report: Romford 3 – 2 West Essex (Sat 24 Sept) [FAV 2RQ 24.9.22)

FA Vase

The Isuzu FA Vase – Second Round Qualifying

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: TBC

2022-23 Season: Match 16

Saturday 24th September 2022 – 3pm KO

Romford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

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

Romford’s Scott Doe passing ball on

Strong First-half display enough to ward off West Comeback to progress in the Vase

Romford  3 – 2   West Essex

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

The FA Vase road this term continued with Romford hosting fellow Essex Senior side West Essex at Mayesbrook Park. Both sides have had signs of having productive campaigns and that’s why this tie won out. Romford named a strong team, with loanee Billy Lawlor in goal, a defensive four of Tambeson Eyong, Danny Hurford plus centre-backs George Allen and skipper Scott Doe, who was a pro at Dagenham & Redbridge several years back. The forward line was comprised of Emmanuel Robe, Charlie Morris and Jesse Olukolu, with support from Lewis Smith. West also had a near full squad to chose from. Arthur LeBlond kept the gloves, with a defence of Tyler Morgan, Joel Lamb, Emmanuel Oluwole and Tala Lo Seye. Timmy Moncur and Oliseh Okuguni were in central midfield, with Callum Bloss and David Bell in attack, supported by Pascal Thornton and skipper Cameron Gray.

As we match wore on, it was fairly clear to see that Romford’s front three (Olukolu, Robe and Morris) were lively and rapid. Jesse Olukolu in particular was a searing threat down the right side with his pace and passing. West had to overcome an early change to their backline as centre-back Emmanuel Oluwole had to hobble off, we wish him well. Substitute Sam McNally came on to replace him and was soon involved in the action. Olukolu and Smith had already had strikes at goal with LeBlond pulling off a decent save to deny Smith’s strike. Ultimately, the Blues managed to get through the Stags defence almost at will with their incisive passing and pace.

At the other end, West could not threaten the likes of Romford defenders Scott Doe and George Allen much although one good move worth noting involved forwards Cameron Gray, Pascal Thornton and Callum Bloss which ended with Bloss having a tame shot which didn’t unduly trouble Romford stopper Billy Lawlor. Romford did get the opening goal that they did merit on 27 minutes. Olukolu made another super run down the right side and got a cross in, which found Charlie Morris inside the area and a neat finish ensured Steve Butterworth’s side were ahead.



West responded almost immediately as Bloss’ free-kick brought a decent save out of Lawlor on the half-hour. Romford did double their lead though five minutes later as full-back Tambeson Eyong burst forward seeing space to run into, and he found Olukolu who was felled in the area. Kris Newby stepped up and fired the ball high into the left corner of the net. West would have been keen to dampen the momentum and get into the interval but Romford did get a third goal on the stroke of half-time, as Olukolu got the goal his performance did deserve as he got past two defenders and fired home from close range, high into the net which gave LeBlond little chance to deny him.



Half-Time: Romford  3 – 0  West Essex

Romford were good value for their commanding lead at the break as West needed quite a stirring response as the second half began. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the rapid tempo of the first half did soften somewhat though the Blues nearly had a fourth goal at the midway point of the half. Substitute Camillo Restrepo got in on goal but with only the goalkeeper to beat, LeBlond did well to deny the effort low with his feet.

West Essex did get a reply on 69 minutes as a free-kick in a good position not far outside the penalty area. Oliseh Okuguni added to his good individual performance by curling in a well-struck low strike which found the right corner, getting past Lawlor well. Romford were leaving gaps to run into at the back but they held on to keep the rejuvenated visitors at bay, until the last moments as full-back Joel Lamb sent in a fine cross from the left flank which took a deflection and trickled over the goal-line, before Gray could bag himself a tap-in.

Romford’s Hurford [#3] pushes forward late on

Soon after that second West goal, the referee blew his whistle for the last time and while there was a fractious brawl of sorts after the final whistle which saw Eyong get dismissed, the fact remained the Butterworth’s team had booked their passage through to the First Round proper of the Vase, winning another £725 in Prize money, and will get at least £250 more in next round whatever the result.


Full-Time: Romford  3 – 2  West Essex

In summary, Romford’s fine first-half performance was too strong for a disjointed West side to cope with, but the determined Stags did fight their back into the match the last 25 minutes or so. Ultimately though, Kwame Kwateng’s team had too much to do and they went out of the FA Vase here.

There were some fine performances to note in this match. For winners Romford, winger Jesse Olukolu had a fine game. Showcasing his pace and dribbling to good effect, as well as putting in dangerous crosses as well in a busy first-half. He took his goal well too, just before the break. Fellow winger Charlie Morris also had a good game and showed good positioning & composure to put his team ahead before the half-hour. Advanced midfielder Lewis Smith also really tested the visiting defence well and put some good passes forward to set up chances & lastly, Kris Newby also was a good presence in midfield.

For West Essex, midfielder Oliseh Okuguni put in another good, hard-working display in a midfield that did not have it easy. Okuguni’s fine free-kick gave his team a glimmer of hope too. Forward David Bell had a good game also and persisted well despite finding the home defence in miserly form. Midfielder Timmy Moncur put in another good shift and got into some good positions also down the channels while skipper Cameron Gray rounds out the mentions with another decent display, his crosses were a threat for the Romford backline to deal with.


Teams

Romford  | Manager: Steve Butterworth | Assistant: Dan Spinks

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Billy Lawlor (GK), 2 Tambeson Eyong, 3 Danny Hurford, 5 Scott Doe (Capt), 6 George Allen, 4 Kris Newby, 8 George Cox (15 Camilo Restrepo 48′), 7 Jesse Odukolu (12 Jake Gordon 59′) , 10 Lewis Smith (18 Camillo Restrepo 81′) , 9 Emmanuel Robe, 11 Charlie Morris

Goal-scorers: Charlie Morris [27′] , Kris Newby [pen 35′], Jesse Olukolu [44′]

Booked: Wiggins | Sent Off: Eyong | Subs Not Used: Tuohy, Balisani, Ademi, Barlow

West Essex  |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng |  Assistants: George Karsa & Josh Rogers

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Arthur LeBlond (GK), 12 Tyler Morgan, 3 Joel Lamb, 5 Emmanuel Oluwole (4 Sam McNally 4′), 15 Tala Lo Seye, 10 Callum Bloss (9 Marlon Ortiz 76′), 8 Oliseh Okuguni, 22 Timmy Moncur, 20 David Bell, 11 Cameron Gray (Capt), 25 Pascal Thornton (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 57′)

Goal-scorers: Oliseh Okuguni [69′] , OG [90’+1]

 |  Subs Not Used: Ignatiuk (GK), Saliu Lo Seye, Wazola, Hardy


Referee: Adekola Adeyemi

S22-23 Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 3 White Ensign (Fri 16 Sept) [ESL 22-23 18.9.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 142

2022-23 Season: Match 14

Friday 13th September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

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

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


Ensign secure hard-fought win in fractious derby at Manor

Southend Manor 1 – 3 White Ensign

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

The Non-League journey continued with an interesting & rare Friday night battle at Southchurch Park, which saw Southend Manor host White Ensign in a keenly-contested local derby. Manor were still looking for their first win of the League campaign and that is a task made ever harder but a few squad departures in the last week or so. They fielded young stopper Harry McKie in goal, with a defence of full-backs Ben Sargent & Callum Ferris allied with centre-backs Mitchell Arthur and Keanu Hill. Skipper Daniel Okah was in an anchor midfield ole, along with Ope Mosuro in central midfield. Forwards Ben Allen and Luca Frankis were supported by Kieran James and Lewis Risk. Ensign are still transitioning their squad following their huge rebuild over the summer. Aaron Bloxham fielded Adam Seal in goal, with a defence of Max Drury, Ollie Jenkins & Daniel Monk. Their forward line was led by Tony Jacobs & Charlie Portway, with chief support coming from Billy Bonham-Dare & Owen Dixie.

It would be fair to say that this match did have a rather tepid start, though given the importance on the points on offer here, that was perhaps understandable. However, the game did soon liven up and the pendulum did swing towards Manor after goalkeeper Harry McKie did snuff out a possible chance in the offing as he gathered Ensign midfielder Joe Hunter’s cross into the path of experienced forward Charlie Portway. Manor’s own Luca Frankis also headed narrowly wide of Adam Seal’s goal on the twenty minute mark.

Ensign were starting to put their passing game together, but it was Manor who marginally had the better of the game and they took the lead on 31 minutes. The impressive Kieran James dodged his marker well before taking a turn and fired home past Seal to give James Wakeling’s side a priceless lead.

Ensign roared back though at the other end, and Manor custodian McKie did well to hold his composure as he denied both Owen Dixie and Tony Jacobs in seperate attacks, with both Ensign players only having the stopper to beat. That being said, White Ensign did get their hugely important equaliser two minutes before the break, as full-back Daniel Monk started the move which ended up with forward Billy Bonham-Dare playing Monk in and the defender showed little hesitation to stroke home his low finish into the right corner.

Visiting goalkeeper Adam Seal about to fire another set-piece forward

Half-Time: S Manor 1 – 1 White Ensign

The second half was when the said pendulum shifted towards Ensign. Manor found it more difficult to get the ball through the thirds of the pitch, although substitute Jack Unwin did make some good runs and passes. That being said, the frustrations were starting to tell as Ensign’s more experienced players were taking their time and winning fouls and the like to pass the pressure back to the hosts.

The big moment came on sixty-three minutes when Ensign took the lead. A fine cross from the right flank found the head of Charlie Portway and that header was well-directed and found the net, giving McKie little chance. Manor did their utmost to put themselves about to get themselves back into the match but they couldn’t give the ball enough to their biggest outlet in Kieran James and substitute Eamon Payne did his bit to tighten up the visiting backline as well along with Ollie Jenkins.

Ensign push forward in the last few moments of the match as Manor defend

As the match entered its last fifteen minutes, Ensign poured forward looking for that crucial third goal to diminish any hope for Manor in this contest. Deep into added time, that third goal did come. Two of the substitutes combined as winger Luc Harpon put in a superb cross from the right side which found fellow replacement Jack Allen and his header found the net, which brought wild celebrations from the visiting dug-out.


Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 3 White Ensign

In summary, Manor started fairly well but as Ensign grew into the match, the home side found it harder to create sustained pressure, particularly after the break. Ensign’s experienced players did make a difference and the longer the second half went on, the more they grew in confidence.

For this match’s stand-out performances, we start with victors Ensign. Forward Billy Bonham-Dare played his part in their forward moves and assisted Daniel Monk for his goal. Monk also had a good game, showing high energy levels, good passing and was up for the battle throughout. Midfielder Ethan Evison again showed why he is an important presence for this Ensign team and a word for Ollie Jenkins as well who steadied his team’s defence well in second half.

For Manor, Kieran James had a really good game and made the most of the half-chance he gad to take his goal well while also showing decent pace and movement. Keanu Hill had a good match in central defence, clearing well when put under pressure. Harry McKie had an excellent match in goal, making two decent saves low down just before Ensign’s equaliser. Lastly, I thought midfielder Lewis Risk had a good game too down the left side, putting together some good passes and showed decent work rate as well.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

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

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Harry McKie (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Callum Ferris (11 Jack Unwin 61′), 5 Keanu Hill, 6 Mitchell Arthur, 4 Daniel Okah (Capt), 14 Lewis Risk (18 Jonnie Gurie 86′), 8 Ope Mosuro, 9 Luca Frankis (7 Jonathan Evans 39′), 10 Ben Allen (16 Joseph Gurie 86′), 22 Kieron James (12 Luke Jackson 83′)

Goal-scorers: Kieron James [31′]

Booked: Hill, Okah   | Subs Not Used: None


White Ensign  | Manager: Aaron Bloxham  | Assistant: Nick Wilbrow

Starting XI (Subs): 36 Adam Seal (GK), 33 Max Drury (5 Eamon Payne 57′), 6 Ollie Jenkins, 3 Daniel Monk, 4 Ben Summers (2 Jack Davies 74′), 8 Ethan Evison (Capt), 7 Joe Hunter, 11 Owen Dixie (16 Tommy Dixon 68′), 10 Tony Jacobs (17 Luc Harpon 82′), 19 Charlie Portway, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare (14 Jack Allen 80′)

Goal-scorers: Daniel Monk [43′], Charlie Portway [63′], Jack Allen [90’+6]

Booked: Hunter, Bonham-Dare, Evison | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Alan Steward
Assistants: Adeolu Adeyemi & Joe Lannon

S22-23 Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 1 May & Baker  (Wed 31 Aug) [EaSL South 22/23 1.9.22]

Eastern Senior League – Division South

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 100

2022-23 Season: Match 11

Wednesday 31st August 2022 – 7.45pm KO

B’side: Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Black Socks

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


Late leveller sees Bakers to a point at Barkingside

Barkingside 1  –  1 May & Baker

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

The midweek Non-League matches resumed at the end of August, as Barkingside hosted their second Wednesday home match of the season as they welcomed May & Baker in another Eastern Senior League South tie. The hosts are still under the management of Steve LeSage, and he named Hayden West in goal, with a defence of Jordan Cornelius, Elliot Scott and Josh George. Archie Hammond skippered the side, with the forward line being led by James Ross, supported by Michael James-Akerele & Codey Cosgrave. May & Baker returned to league action after a tough battle with Stotfold in the FA Vase just three days before. Seb Barford was their goalkeeper, with a defence of Cain Brougham, Kunle Adeyemi and centre-backs Toulouwa Dada and captain Jamie Marsh. Remi Awosanya led the forward line, with Jayden Silcott-Brown & Idris Aminu on the flanks.

It was ‘Side who began the match with a flourish and stated their intent in the first minute as skipper Archie Hammond’ strike from a freekick was only narrowly over the crossbar. Visuting custodian Seb Barford was the busier stopper as Bakers just about managed to deal with the impetus and pace from Steven LeSage’s side. There was definitely some pushback from a big penalty decision on 14 minutes as the hosts were awarded a spot-kick. Midfielder Harrison Burke’s penalty was initally saved well by Barford but Burke got onto the rebound to slot home at the second attempt, as the visiting defence were unable to prevent it, much to the ire of Barford.



To be fair to ‘Side, they were having the better of the first half which was tight and more than a little scrappy. Chances were not plentiful either and Bakers were probably grateful to get to the interval with a slim disadvantage, given how little they tested home stopper Hayden West.

Bakers look to set up another forward move

Half-Time: Barkingside 1 – 0 May & Baker

Into the second half now, which did liven up somewhat. Bakers were starting to get themselves going towards the hour mark, with Jamie Marsh firing an effort off-target from the edge of the penalty area. On 62 minutes, Barkingside responded as Demi Elegushi’s strike was denied by a decent save from Barford. As we went into the last 25 minutes, Barkingside were defending deeper and deeper in their own half as Bakers maintained the pressure with some decent passing.

With 77 minutes on the clock, Bakers substitute Trevor Harding fizzed a strike narrowly over the goal frame, and Idris Aminu being denied twice in four minutes by ‘Side stopper Hayden West. Moments after fellow substitute Shaun Omogbai’s low effort dribbled agonizingly wide, Bakers finally did make their pressure tell.


Bakers substitute Daniel Barth took full advantage of his marker being unable to clear by firing home a fine strike from inside the area, giving West little chance to deny him as the ball flew high into the net.

Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 1   May & Baker

To sum up this match, it had glimmers of good play but it didn’t quite find the spark of consistent creativity that said glimmers had perhaps promised, particularly in the first half when the hosts were at their strongest. Bakers definitely had the better of the last 25 minutes though and although they left it late to earn a point, it isn’t a bad result. I suspect boss Jordan Harris will know though that they will need to play better to rack up the wins required in order to reach their target for this term.

There were some good performances from both sides here. For hosts Barkingside, midfielder Harrison Burke looked lively and made some good runs down the middle, as well as some neat passes and got his goal after seeing his spot-kick saved by Barford. Forward James Ross was a good presence too in their forward line, making a welcome return to Football at start of this term.  Also, a mention for Codey Cosgrave as well who contributed to his team’s all-round performance, particularly in the first half.

For May & Baker, winger Jayden Silcott-Brown had a good game, testing the Barkingside left side with his quick runs and decent passing. Idris Aminu also had a good game, particularly in the second period when Bakers’ were posing problems and had a couple of decent chances to score himself. Finally, determined centre-back Jamie Marsh was typically resolute defensively as their team gave less oppurtunities away for their opponents to hurt them after the interval.

This may have been a bit of a scrappy game but the food went down well with quite a few of the spectators, which helps when it gets a bit chilly as it did here. I’d like to wish both teams well for the season ahead.


Teams

Barkingside  | Manager: Steven LeSage | Assistant: Tommy Shelts

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Hayden West (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 3 Josh George, 6 Elliot Scott (12 Josh Peach 68′), 5 Shaquel Foyewa (16 Jon Vanvdyck 63′), 4 Harrison Burke, 7 Codey Cosgrave, 8 Demi Elegushi, 9 James Ross, 10 Archie Hammond (Capt) (15 Joe Oates 74′), 11 Michael James-Akerele (14 Dan Jones 59′)

Goal-scorer: Harrison Burke [14′]

Subs Not Used: Gayer | Booked: James-Akerele, George, Foyewa, Elegushi


May & Baker  | Manager: Jordan Harris | Assistant: Scott Harding

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Seb Barford (GK), 2 Cain Brougham (16 Ryan Leavens 74′), 3 Kunle Adeyemi, 5 Jamie Marsh (Capt), 6 Toulouwa Dada, 4 Kalum Bama (17 Trevor Harding 70′), 7 Jayden Silcott- Brown (15 Shaun Omogbai 67′), 8 Robert Bagnell, 9 Remi Awosanya (18 Daniel Barth 67′), 10 Anthony Cooke, 11 Idris Aminu

Goal-scorer: Daniel Barth [87′]

Sub Not Used: Breen


Referee: Jordan Dixon-Walker

Assistants: Grant Moody & Abu Taher