Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 24 Nov) [ESL 26.11.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of action in the Essex Senior League. We saw a heck of a round of fixtures this weekend with surprises, goals aplenty and drama thrown in as well. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 24th November

Barkingside  1 – 5   Ilford    | Cricklefield ‘derby’  | Att: 51

Ilford ended a three-match losing run with a big win in the Cricklefield ‘derby’. Lion Docaj set the tone with his fourth-minute opener before Lauric Diakiesse made it two with 24 minutes on the clock. Powerful forward Diakiesse got his second just shy of the hour, to which Seye Okunola added a fourth [62’] to seal the match. Michael Clark kept up his good start since signing for Alex Goldstone’s side by getting a consolation on 76 minutes. A late OG sealed another trying afternoon though as ‘Side remain marooned at the bottom, seven points away from their nearest rivals in Leyton Athletic.

Enfield    1 – 3   Woodford Town   | Harlow Arena ‘derby’  | Att: 29

Enfield started well in this Harlow ‘derby’ but ultimately had no answer to the Town counter-attack after the break. Dylan Florence had put Matt Hanning’s side ahead on the stroke of half-time. That lead only stood for eight minutes in the second-half as Jayden Thompson-Brissett levelled. Dee Safer’s side then stepped up a gear in the latter stages as goals from Temi Babalola [74’] and Giorgio Sallengou [88’] saw Woodford to their second ‘away’ win in succession to remain 7th. The E’s second loss in their last five league matches sees them in 16th spot.

Hullbridge Sports  4 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Lower Road  | Att: 57

I attended this barn-storming match and my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/match-report-hullbridge-sports-4-3-sporting-bengal-utd-esl-24-11-18/

Post-Match, I Caught up with both managers in a guest piece for WD Sportz – https://youtu.be/Byn-FSm0RGA

 

Leyton Athletic   2 – 3  Southend Manor  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 9

Manor came back from two goals down to defeat Ath at Kitchener Road. Two goals in seven minutes for the hosts put them in ‘the driving seat’ with Lance Ledgister [37’] and Francesco Cicconi [44’] both scoring. However, Adam Peek’s side got a lifeline in first-half stoppage time through Jordan Chambers’s strike. Mohamed Kargbo continued his good season levelling things up eight minutes into the second period before Dylan Jones pinched all three points with an injury-time winner to send Manor up one to 17th. Leyton’s winless run extends to nine matches which led to them parting company with boss Glen Kendall after the match, to be replaced by current player-coach Eli Benoit. He’s not got an easy job on his hands to turn things around, I think that much is fair to say.

Saffron Walden Town  0 – 1  Takeley    | Catons Lane  | Att: 231

Takeley maintained their fine form with a narrow win at Catons Lane. Mitchell Das got the only goal as his side got their 7th straight league win to take them five points clear in fourth spot. Walden’s ten-match unbeaten streak is over and they are in 3rd spot, only above their opponents here on goal difference.

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 1  Redbridge   | Crofters End  | Att: 38

Sawbridgeworth won this bottom-half clash at Crofters. It started well for the Motormen though as Remi Nelson put them ahead on 17 minutes. Joseph Wright levelled the match eight minutes before the break  before ex-Redbridge forward Sipho Mtyanda put his new side ahead 12 minutes after the interval. Wright hit his second of the afternoon with nine minutes remaining to send Sawbo up to 15th with their sixth win of the campaign. Redbridge’s four-match unbeaten run is over and they fall to 14th, ahead of Sawbo on goal difference.

St Margaretsbury  2 – 1  Stanway Rovers  | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 29

The ‘Bury won a tight contest late on against Terry Spillane’s new-look Stanway side. Key man Charncey Dash netted again for Max Mitchell’s men on 17 minutes to give the hosts a slender lead. One of Rovers’ new intake is ex-Great Wakering forward Jay Nash and he levelled matters on 63 minutes. It looked as though the stalemate would win out by Tom Cowell has a knack for scoring late goals and he did so again here, netting with two minutes left to give St Margs a second win in their last five matches. Stanway drop to 13th.

Stansted  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 48

Stansted surprisingly fell to their second home defeat in a week as Hoddy laid the foundations for their win in the first-half. Goals from Joss Lillis [20’] and Connor Bolton [40’] gave them a cushion at the break. The Airportmen got back in it only four mnutes into the second half through Jordan Palmer though Simon Riddle’s men withstood the pressure to record only their second win in their last six outings to keep themselves in 8th spot. Stansted conceded ground at the summit as they are now four points behind leaders Hullbridge.

Tower Hamlets  0 – 2  Walthamstow   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 45

‘Stow battled to an important three points at Mile End. Second-half goals from Craig Pope and Matt Brinklow saw them to victory over a gritty Hamlets side. Ryan Maxwell’s side stay 6th, six points off the top four while Hamlets drop to third-bottom following their 5th loss in their last six league matches.

For more on this match, check out this report by fellow Non-League writer Peter D: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2018/11/tower-hamlets-0-walthamstow-2.html

West Essex  2 – 3  Clapton  | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 26

The Tons won this topsy-turvy match against the Stags at Mayesbrook Park. The visitors led on 13 minutes through Jacob Kromann and that lead remained at the break. Callum Bloss made things level from the spot two minutes into the second half though Jon Fowell’s side spurred themselves on to a two-goal lead thanks to Giovanni Palmer’s goal on the hour and Ali Al-Nashi with ten minutes remaining. Joe Lefley converted another spot-kick for the hosts with five minutes left though Clapton ended a five-match winless run here and rise to 11th. West suffered their ninth defeat this term and sit 12th, below their opponents only by a single goal (Goal difference).

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Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 18.11.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. This weekend saw only two home sides winning in the eight fixtures and 27 goals scored.

Saturday 17th November

Hoddesdon Town 1 – 2 Takeley  | Lowfield  | Att: 91

Takeley continued their resurgence with a good win at Hoddesdon. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes before Courtney Clay levelled three minutes after the break. Mos Oguntuga grabbed all three points with the winner at the death for Marc Das’ side, their fifth straight win.

Ilford  1 – 2  West Essex | Cricklefield | Att: 37

West build on their good performance in midweek to surprise Ilf at Cricklefield. Two quick-fire goals from Tanvir Ahmed [21′] and Hakim Medfai [25′] put Kwame Kwateng’s side in a great position and although Callum Maltese halved that lead early in the second-half though the Stags came through to end a four-match winless streak. The Foxes have won one of their last six outings now.

Saffron Walden Town 4 – 0 Clapton  | Catons Lane | Att: 251

The Bloods overpowered the Tons with this comfortable victory at Catons Lane. Lee Sawyer opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes before further strikes from Lewis Francis [38′], Jamie Solkhon [52′] and Craig Calver [78′] sealed another three points as Jason Maher’s side strengthened their position at the top end of the table. The Tons haven’t won in five matches now though in fairness, they are re-building at present.

Southend Manor  2 – 0  Barkingside  | Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Manor ended a eight-match winless run by consigning ‘Side to another defeat at Southchurch Park. First-half goals by Mohamed Kargbo [38′] and Charlie Barlow [42’] gave the hosts the advantage, to which the visitors couldn’t match in Alex Goldstone’s first game in charge as his new charges remain bottom and are in danger of being cast adrift there in the next month or so.

Stansted  2 – 3 Tower Hamlets  | Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Hamlets powered to a surprise victory at Hargrave Park. Player-boss AJ Ashinike’s side struck twice in four minutes through Dominic Weston [17′] and Luke With [21′] goals to really put their hosts in a tight spot. Though Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side are a hard side to beat and levelled through another double by in-form forward Jack West [45′ +2 & 66′]. You may have thought the hosts may have completed the comeback but not here. Amon Walton-Owen struck 14 minutes from time to seal victory for the visitors and ending a three-matching losing run. Stansted fell back to second in the table after other results.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 75

Redbridge finally broke a mini hoo-doo by beating Stanway at the Hawthorns. The Motormen led on 48 minutes thanks to Michael Ogboin’s goal and DJ Adelekan made it two just a few moments later. Gaz Dauti pulled one back for the hosts though their five-match unbeaten stretch ended here. Redbridge ended a five-match winless league run here as well.

St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports | The Recreation Ground | Att: 89

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/match-report-st-margaretsbury-1-2-hullbridge-esl-17-11-18/

Walthamstow  1 – 3  Woodford Town | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 83

Finally on Saturday, Woodford overcame Walthamstow to obtain another three points at Wadham Lodge. Two goals in five minutes just before the break saw Town lead as Jack Grosvenor [40′] and powerful forward Temi Babalola [45′] struck to make ‘Stow’s half-time team talk more interesting. New signing Dwade James opened his account for ‘Stow on 71 minutes though a late Samir Ali spot-kick sealed an excellent ‘day at the office’ for Dee Safer’s side.

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

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

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 40

2018-19 Season – Match 19

Saturday 6th October 2018  – 3pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

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

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

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

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

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

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

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  West Essex

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

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

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  West Essex

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

Teams

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

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

Booked: Norris   | Subs Not Used: Dias

West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

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

Goal-scorers: Cameron Gray [53′]

Booked: None  |  Subs Not Used: Ahmed

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

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBA

2018-19 Season – Match 13

Saturday 8th September 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

 

Hard-working Stansted earn a good win at Southchurch Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  Stansted

 

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

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

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 3  Stansted

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

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Teams

Southend Manor  | Manager: Adam Peek

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

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

 

Stansted  |  Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck and Marc Benterman

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

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

Booked: Mullings | Subs Not Used: Lloyd

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Hoddesdon Town [ESL 18.8.18]

Essex Senior League (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 7

Saturday 18th August 2018  – 3pm KO

Southend Manor: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Hoddesdon: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Hoddesdon edge a tight battle at Southchurch Park

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Manor’s players huddle just before 2nd half [ESL 18.8.18]
Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

As the Essex Senior League returned following a week of mainly FA Cup action, Hoddesdon travelled to Southchurch Park to take on Southend Manor. The hosts named a strong starting XI with recent signing Lewis Catling in goal, Mo Kargbo and Rhys Fatt on the flanks and Ellis Skidmore the focal point in attack. Charlie Little and John-Jo Slater were among those on the bench. Hoddesdon named Harry Bushell and Joss lillis among their forward line, the latter having already scored this season before today.

The match got underway to a rapid start as the visitors led inside three minutes. Alex Warman’s free-kick was headed on into the six-yard box where forward Harry Bushell headed past Manor goalkeeper Lewis Catling from near point-blank range. Manor could have levelled six minutes later though forward Ellis Skidmore’s effort was denied by visiting custodian Aaron Bull’s feet.

Manor did make a chance count on 14 minutes as the impressive Mo Kargbo powered down the left flank and sent in a teasing cross which fellow winger Rhys Fatt bundled in at the back post past Bull to level things up. A fairly quiet period of the match followed though Hoddesdon did look decent on-the-ball  and midfielder Kane Lowe made a good run on the edge of the penalty area and his drilled effort was denied by Catling.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town

After the interval, Manor midfielder Robbie Norris was unlucky to see his 20-yard drive cannon back off the crossbar two minutes into the second half. Hoddesdon responded soon afterward though couldn’t make the most of two good chances as centre-back Scott Hayes and Bushell were both denied.

Bang on the hour mark, another good ball in to the centre from Aiden Critchley on the left wing found forward Joss Lillis who headed home calmly to give Town the lead for the second time. Manor could’ve levelled soon after though Skidmore’s shot was well-blocked by the committed Hoddesdon defence. Mere minutes later, Norris headed over the bar and substitute Charlie Little had a deflected strike fizz wide of the post.

In the last 15 minutes of normal time, Hoddesdon substitute Harrison Cage pulled up with what looked quite a bad knee injury, after initially attempting to continue on, he himself had to be substituted. Town could’ve wrapped up the points late on though Critchley’s strike was denied by Catling in the Manor goal.

Despite eight minutes of injury time, Manor could not find a leveller as Hoddesdon held out to grab all three points in this encounter and remain unbeaten early-doors this term. My thanks to Southend Manor for their hospitality today.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town

Southend Manor   | Manager: Adam Peek

Lewis Catling (GK), Bill Rungay, Grant Webb (John-Jo Slater 83′), Robbie Norris, Ore Mosuro, Joe Gilbert, Mo Kargbo, Charlie Barlow (Aaron Baldwin 74′), Ellis Skidmore (Charlie Little 67′), Lee Delf (Capt), Rhys Fatt

Goal-scorer: Rhys Fatt [14′]

Booked: Gilbert     | Subs Not Used: Froud, Evison

Hoddesdon Town   |  Manager: Simon Riddle

Aaron Bull (GK), Jack Riddle, Aiden Critchley (Davey Evans 90’+2), Michael Elliott (Capt), Scott Hayes, Kane Lowe, Cyrus Babaie, Trae Adayemi, Harry Bushell, Alex Warman, Joss Lillis (Harrison Cage 66′, Jake Bowden 76′)

Goal-scorers: Harry Bushell [3′], Joss Lillis [60′]

Booked: Riddle, Critchley, Warman, Elliott   |  Subs Not Used: Smits (GK)

Round-up: Essex Senior League -3rd/4th Aug (ESL 5.8.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the first of a new season of weekend Essex Senior League round-up’s here on my blog. Below are the results from the opening weekend’s league action, beginning with the opening chapter on Friday night.

My thanks to ESL Publicity Officer Scott Lanza for his assistance in this piece. Enjoy.

Friday 3rd August

Woodford Town  4 – 1   Leyton Athletic     | Venue: The Harlow Arena | Att: 65

The ESL got underway with this lively encounter on Friday night… here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/match-report-woodford-town-4-1-leyton-ath-esl-3-8-18/

Saturday 4th August

Clapton  1  – 0   Tower Hamlets    | Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Att: 74

Clapton came through a tight battle against Hamlets with all three points thanks to a injury-time winner from returning forward Jeff Cobblah. Hamlets may gain some confidence for the next few matches despite the result given the changes to their squad.

Hullbridge Sports   0 – 0  Barkingside   | Venue: Lower Road | Att: 69

Both sides drew ablank in this encounter in front of a decent crowd at Lower Road. Hullbridge and Barkingside will look for better results in midweek ahead of the beginning of their FA Cup journeys next weekend.

Ilford  0 – 3   Stansted   | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 91

Stansted bested a new-look Ilford side at Cricklefield. New signing Carl Mullings came back to haunt his old club by grabbing a brace [31′ & 44′] before half-time. Sam West finished the scoring ten minutes from time on a good day for Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side. ‘Start as you mean to go on’ may be in their thoughts this week.

Redbridge  1 – 1   Saffron Walden Town   | Venue: Oakside | Att: 85

Saffron Walden’s return to the ESL ended in a stalemate at Oakside. Ex-Barkingside forward Charlie Portway’s penalty on 11 minutes got the Bloods going in this one, before new signing Michael Ogboin levelled for the Motormen just nine minutes later to complete the scoring.

It will be interesting to see where both these sides are in the latter stages of the season.

Southend Manor   2 – 0    Enfield 1893  | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 60

Manor won their opening day encounter at Southchurch Park. Second-half strikes from Alfie Lindfield [72′] and substitute Charlie Burns on the cusp of full-time sealed a good victory for Adam Peek’s side ahead of their midweek home match v Hullbridge on Wednesday.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 5  Takeley    | Venue: Hawthorns | Att: 88

Takeley made it a miserable afternoon for Stanway in what was the latter’s debut match back in the division. Marc Das’ fancied side were three-up at the interval through goals from winger Mitchell Das [15′], forward Stuart Zanone [36′] and full-back Bryn Thorpe [42′]. Rovers pulled one back 13 minutes after the break through Romario Dunne though Zanone completed a first-day hat-trick [62′ & 81′] to really get the visitors’ campaign off to a strong start.

Walthamstow  2 – 2  Hoddesdon Town    | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 63

Walthamstow kicked off their new era being held by new-boys Hoddesdon. Things started well for ‘Stow as double-ESL promotion winner James Peagram struck on the quarter-hour. That lead only lasted five minutes though before Scott Hayes restored parity for the visitors.

Indeed, Town went ahead as Hayes got his second of the afternoon three minutes from half-time to make player-manager Ryan Maxwell’s team-talk more interesting. That said, ‘Stow’s firepower is something to behold this term and Christian Owusu’s goal secured a point on 62 minutes and it ended honours-even.

West Essex  2 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 32

This was the match I attended on the day and you’ll find my report on a blistering encounter here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/match-report-west-essex-2-3-sawbridgeworth-esl-4-8-18/

That’s all for this week, next weekend the FA Cup begins its path for the new season involving ESL clubs. Thanks for reading and have a good week.

Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 22.4.18)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at both ends of the table on “Kick It Out” Day.

Saturday 21st April

 

Basildon Utd 3 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 76

The Bees rounded off an excellent week with victory over Woodford at The Hive. George Whitby gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes before a brace from influential winger Jack Adlington [14′ & 45′ +1] sealed the success for Marc Harrison’s side – their 5th straight win and sit 3rd, outside the second promotion place on goal difference alone, with a game in hand on 2nd-placed FC Romania. Woodford drop to 13th and end their season next weekend with a home tie with Enfield 1893.

 

Enfield 1893  0 – 2  Takeley
| Venue: The Harlow Arena   | Att: 69

Takeley once again showed their gritty determination to get the points at the Harlow Arena. Recently-returned forward Stuart Zanone put Marc Das’ side ahead a minute into the second half before a late OG sealed Takeley’s fourth win in their last six which keeps them 5th, still eight points adrift of Redbridge above them. Enfield’s fine nine-match unbeaten run is over though they are in 9th place and four points from their last two matches should secure a top-ten finish.

 

FC Romania  3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  | Att: 34  | “Kick It Out” Day Designated Match

FCR continued their decent form in recent weeks with a battling win over ten-man Tower Hamlets at Theobalds Lane. Gabriel Ghinea put the hosts ahead eight minutes before the break. Goals from Andrei Baciu [56′] and Sergiu Pitaru [82′] made sure of the points while Montel Williams got Hamlets’ consolation. FCR sit 2nd, above Basildon on goal difference, having played a game more than the Bees. Hamlets eighth-straight defeat drops them to 12th with their chances of a top-ten finish fading.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  3 – 2  Clapton
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 81

Wakering had to fight hard to claim another three points over inconsistent Clapton at Burroughs Park. Steven Sardinha struck to give the Tons a surprise lead on 22 minutes though scarcely a minute later, influential winger Billy Johnson brought GWR back on level terms. Neil Richmond put Rovers ahead three minutes before the break. Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to give the hosts daylight though Nathan Cook halved the lead for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining. Wakering’s 6th win in their last seven means they are five points clear at the summit, needing five points to secure the title. Clapton’s poor end to the season goes on with one win in their last eight games & they reside in 6th, only a point clear of West Essex, having played three games more than the Stags.

 

Hackney Wick  3 – 1  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 48

The Wickers dispatched Hullbridge in their first match since relegation was confirmed in midweek. A brace from Tony Cookey and one from Joel Appiah were enough to grab a morale-boosting three points for Chris Davis’ side. Luke Hornsley got a late goal for Sports who could still do with another victory to avoid any last-day drama – they are in 16th, four points clear of the bottom four.

Click this link for Video Highlights & post-match Interviews (courtesy of WD Sportz): https://youtu.be/BGn68ux-rcA

 

Ilford 1 – 3 Barkingside
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 49

Barkingside came from behind to grab a major win in the “Cricklefield derby”. Ilford led through Jake McWee’s opener on 16 minutes though couldn’t see the match out as three goals in the last 22 minutes turned it around. Roddy Lemba [69′] brought things level before strikes from James Briggs [76′] and Michael Ogboin’s spot-kick four minutes from time saw ‘Side to their 3rd win in their last seven to rise to 15th. Ilford’s sixth defeat on-the-reel sees them stay 11th.

 

Southend Manor  4 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 49

Manor edged another brillantly entertaining encounter at Southchurch Park. Sawbridgeworth’s goal-scorers were Matt Frew, Daryl Doolan and Jack Cousins while second-half goals from Lewis Sparrow [50′], Alfie Lindfield [62′], Brennon Nolan [73’] and the eventual winner from skipper Lee Delf eight minutes from time ended Manor’s five-match winless run to see Adam Peek’s side move eight points clear of the danger-zone in 14th. Sawbridgeworth’s third defeat in their last seven means they cannot improve on 8th place now this term.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1  Redbridge
| Venue: Oakside (12pm KO) | Att: 70 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

Sporting Bengal surprised the Motormen in this match ‘reversed’ to Oakside and was also the early kick-off. Bobby Redwood [16′] broke the deadlock before returning talisman Brian Moses levelled things three minutes before half-time. Bengal skipper Freddy Tandon fired home the winner 16 minutes from time to give Imrul Gazi’s men the double-whammy of a club-record fourth-straight victory and also break the club’s ESL points record and they also rise to 10th spot. Redbridge’s stutter continues as their winless stretch extended to four matches and are now three points adrift of the top three and arguably their fate is ‘no longer in their own hands’ with regards to promotion.

 

Waltham Forest 2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 61

Waltham Forest edged ten-man Stansted to record a priceless victory in their bid to avoid the drop. Stansted led thanks to Ryan Ramsey’s penalty on 19 minutes. Though much to the delight of the Waltham Rabble, Elias Siligato erased that lead nine minutes before the break. Recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s spot-kick on the stroke of half-time ended up sealing the points. Forest are now unbeaten in four and they go above Stansted into 17th, two points clear of them though Forest only have one match to play, compared to Stansted’s two. The Airportmen are 18th and face Enfield and Basildon during the week.

 

West Essex  5 – 1   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 84 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

I attended this match and you can find my match report here:
https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/match-report-west-essex-5-1-wadham-lodge-esl-21-4-18/

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