Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Cockfosters (Sat 9th Nov) [ESL 19/20 9.11.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 42

2019 – 20 Season: Match 38

Saturday 9th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Hooped Socks

 

 

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Cockfosters power past mis-firing Manor at Southchurch Park

Southend Manor 0 – 4  Cockfosters

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional (labelled) photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @Wilkins_media)

The Essex Senior weekend continued on Saturday as I returned to Southchurch Park as Southend Manor took on in-form Cockfosters. Manor named a back four of Derek O’Halem and Kiah Froud as full-backs with ex-Redbridge player Reece Latimer alongside Cameron Harris at centre-back. Right winger Jordan Chambers skippered the side, with a front two of Larry Akanbi and Michael Ogboin. On the bench were the likes of Max Makaka and Oussama Khayar. Cockfosters were unbeaten in their last three matches heading into this one and retained Brad Robinson between the sticks, with Dan Odamo partnering skipper Danny Haigh at centre-back with Reece Monsanya reverting to left wing-back. Billy Healey and Ned Clarke resumed their forward partnership here while George Beattie and Ceykan Karagozlu were among the substitutes.

Before the match, we had the customary minute’s silence to mark this Remembrance weekend and it was observed impeccably. This match didn’t take long to fire up once it started with ‘Fosters player-boss Ryan Wade whizzing a free-kick just wide of the left-side post only two minutes in. A ‘blink of an eye’ later, the net bulged as neat play from Ned Clarke saw him tee up strike partner Billy Healey who made no mistake in firing low past home ‘keepr Josh Blackburn. Moments later, the dozy start by the hosts was compounded as Clarke headed in for the visitors’ second only three minutes afterwards.

‘Danger signs’ continued to sound for the home defence as on nine minutes, a fine cross from the left by winger Alex Michaelides only just eluded opposite winger Rueben Campbell’s head at the back stick. Five minutes later though, the visitors would have a third goal as a peach of a cross by Clarke found Healey’s head and his looping header evaded Blackburn and into the net. It was some start for Cockfosters and not being unkind, though Manor looked a bit stunned by it. Try as they might, they could not really get their passing game going as errant passes went astray, much to the home side’s frustration.

That being said, central midfielder Ruben Kennedy did to an extent get his team going with some astute passes and with twenty minutes gone, he played in support forward Grant Frances though visiting custodian Brad Robinson gathered well at his feet. Manor were creating half-chances but their shots on goal lacked the power to beat Robinson, with forwards Michael Ogboin and Larry Akanbi being denied comfortably before another strike by Ogboin sailed into the side-netting.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 3  Cockfosters

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Either side of the interval, Manor continued to gradually build their platform of passes, requiring Cockfosters skipper Danny Haigh to make two crucial interceptions to temper the opposition attacks. As we approached the hour mark, more neat work by Clarke ended with another good Michaelides cross from the left which again just couldn’t find the arriving Campbell at the back post. Robinson was called into action again soon after, first denying a Frances strike before the same player angled in a free-kick from 20-plus yards out, which the visiting ‘keeper clawed away.

Cockfosters once again built up their forward play as we entered the last twenty minutes as from a nice back header by Healey, Clarke struck wide. Substitute George Beattie also drew a decent save out of Blackburn , moments after entering the scene. To their credit, Manor were determined to get something out of this match, shown in spades by energetic winger Oussama Khayar, who made several rapid runs down the channel to spur his side on. With 12 minutes remaining, Khayar’s good ended with a shot that went just wide. Soon after that, a good cross-field ball by Khayar found full-back Derek O’Halem who in turn found substitute Max Makaka though his strike just outside the box lacked the venom to bypass Robinson.

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Cockfosters rounded off a fine afternoon with five minutes left as after a fine run by replacement Ceykan Karagozlu, his thoughtful pass found Beattie who couldn’t miss from close range. Despite Akanbi having two half-chances late on, Manor were well beaten here after their poor start had effectively cost them the match.

 

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 4 Cockfosters

In summary, it was the right result despite Manor showing more willingness to get forward and more energy in the second half. Quite a few players stood out for me today – for the victors it was hard to ignore the front two of Billy Healey and Ned Clarke, with their understanding growing and three goals between is some return today. Also, right winger Rueben Campbell had a good game as did Alex Michaelides on the opposite flank and powerful centre-back Dan Odamo who typically was no-nonsense in his clearances. For Manor, right-back Derek O’Halem did well with a disciplined and energetic performance, with Michael Ogboin and midfielder Ruben Kennedy also working hard to get their side going. Also a mention goes to substitute Oussama Khayar who expended a lot of energy with driving runs down the channels to try to get his team going, but to little avail.

Finally, I’d like to thank Southend Manor for their hospitality and wish them and Cockfosters well for the remainder of this campaign.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters | Assistant: Garry Pond

1 Josh Blackburn (GK), 2 Derek O’Halem, 3 Kiah Froud, 4 Ruben Kennedy, 5 Reece Latimer, 6 Cameron Harris, 7 Jordan Chambers (Capt) (18 Harry Markatis 60’), 8 David Salako (17 Oussama Khayar 60’), 9 Sadiq ‘Larry’ Akanbi, 10 Grant Frances, 11 Michael Ogboin (15 Max Makaka 71’)

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Brocklebank, Williams

 

Cockfosters | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade | Assistants: Nick Mountford & Tony Faulkner

1 Brad Robinson (GK), 2 Nick Briggs, 3 Reece Mosanya, 4 Ryan Wade, 5 Danny Haigh (Capt), 6 Dan Odamo, 7 Reuben Campbell, 8 Billy Murray (15 Josh Yoane 87’), 9 Billy Healey (14 Ceykan Karagozlu 78’), 10 Ned Clarke (George Beattie 73’), 11 Alex Michaelides

Goal-scorers: Billy Healey [3’ & 14’], Ned Clarke [6’], George Beattie [85’]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Crockett

 

Referee: Reece Pinchback

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Vase Second Rd (ESL sides) (Sat 2 Nov) [ESL 19/20 3.11.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League review, looking back at the seven matches that took place in the League, with three ESL sides taking part in the FA Vase Second Round Proper also. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 2nd November – ESL

Cockfosters  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Chalk Lane  | Att: 87

The ‘Fosters ended their run of three-home matches on-the-spin with a late leveller against Hoddesdon. Joss Lillis put the Lilywhites ahead on 37 minutes and Simon Riddle’s side may have thought they were heading for a gutsy win though substitute Billy Murray netted in added-time to deny the visitors the win and extend the hosts unbeaten stretch to three matches. Ryan Wade’s side drop to eighth, with Hoddy only ahead of them on goal difference in 7th.

 

Hadley  3 – 0  Woodford Town   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 46

Hadley’s terrific home form continued as they set aside Woodford at Brickfield Lane. A brace from in-form forward Luke Jupp and one from lively winger Solomon Ofori ensured the Bricks made it five league wins in succession, rising to fourth in the standings, seven points adrift of leaders Hashtag. Woodford’s third defeat in their last five meant they fell to 11th place though their squad rebuild will mean patience is needed at this point.

 

Ilford  3 – 1  Enfield   | Cricklefield | Att: 28

The Foxes overwhelmed inconsistent Enfield at Cricklefield. Tela Trivelato opened the scoring on 11 minutes for Jonny Fowell’s side though the bulk of the scoring came in the latter stages of the contest. Ikechi Eze netted direct from a corner with 16 minutes remaining to give he hosts that crucial second goal. Matt Frew pulled one back for the E’s after coming off the substitutes’ bench though Trivelato had the last word as he netted his second with a minute of normal time to play. Two wins from two at home since Fowell took charge means they rise to fourth-bottom. Enfield drop to 13th.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  P – P  Redbridge    | Crofters

This match at Crofters fell foul of the elements and was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Southend Manor   1 – 0   Clapton    | Southchurch Park | Att: 12

Manor recorded what could be a very important win over fellow strugglers Clapton at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin got the only goal as the Southend side ended a streak of five matches without a win to go above the Tons into 17th, twelve points above bottom side Sawbridgeworth.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   2 – 1  Hashtag Utd   | Mile End | Att: 101

Sporting put in a big performance to end the Tags’ ten-match league winning run at Mile End. Quick-fire goals from Bobby Redwood [30’] and talisman Steven Carvell only a minute later put them well on their way to the win. After the break, Imrul Gazi’s side had to be very resilent as Utd forced their way back into the match through Ross Gleed’s free-kick 15 minutes from time. Despite the league leaders pressurising the home side hard in the latter stages, Bengal did emerge with their first win in six matches, which puts them up to 9th place in the table. Hashtag’s fantastic streak is over though with nearest rivals Saffron Walden and Walthamstow both in FA Vase action this weekend, they remain four points clear at the summit.

 

St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | The Recreation Ground | Att: 19

Hamlets emerged with a fine win at St Mags. Goals from Ben Brookes [10’] and the in-form Suaibo Balde just before the break ended up giving the East London side the victory, their third win in their last four. The hosts replied through their own chief goal-getter Kyle Roberts on the half-hour though still fell to first loss in five matches. Hamlets rise to 12th spot now while St Mags drop to 10th.

 

West Essex  1 – 5  Takeley   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 28

West’s week went from bad to worse as Takeley powered five in a big win at Mayesbrook. In a match played in awful conditions, Jason Todd [23’] and Mitchell Das [26’] goals put Marc Das’ team in the ‘box seat’ before Bryn Thorpe made it three five minutes before the interval. After the break, former St Margaretsbury striker Charncey Dash made his mark for his new club by grabbing a fourth on 55 minutes, then Michael Castle added further gloss to the score-line with the fifth 18 minutes from time. Brad Russell’s strike was scant consolation as the Stags dropped to sixth spot after this loss, with Takeley rising above them into 5th after ending a run of four matches without a win.

 

 

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The FA Vase Second Round Proper (ESL Sides)

 

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 4  FC Clacton   | Catons Lane | Att: 235

Walden exited the FA Vase in an enthralling contest with Thurlow Nunn Premier side FC Clacton at Catons Lane. New signing Ricky Griggs put the visitors ahead with a minute gone, though Charlie Cole levelled only four minutes later for Jason Maher’s side. Lewis Francis struck to put the hosts ahead with 16 minutes played, though nine minutes afterward Adam Hampson restored parity for Clacton. The tide really turned in favour of the East Essex Coast side as Hampson got his second 12 minutes before the break and Griggs netting just before the interval to make it 4 – 2. Ryan Fleming made it tight with the hosts’ third goal nine minutes after the break though Cacton withstood the pressure to advance.

News: Tonight (Sunday), it’s been announced by Saffron Walden that long-serving forward Lewis Francis has departed, with the club thanking him for all his efforts in his time there. I’d like to wish Lewis well in his next chapter, certainly been an important player for the Bloods.

 

Stansted  1 – 0  Mildenhall Town  | Hargrave Park | Att: 142

The Airportmen edged a close game with Thurlow Nunn Premier side Mildenhall at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsey got the only goal on the stroke of half-time to ensure that his side are the only ESL representatives remaining in the FA Vase this season. Congrats to co-managers Paul Pittuck & John Watters and the team on their progress.

 

Walthamstow   2 – 3  AFC Uckfield Town   | Wadham Lodge | Att: 74

AFC Uckfield sent ‘Stow out of the FA Vase with a narrow win at Wadham Lodge. It started well for the hosts as Ollie Fortune struck ten minutes in to put them ahead, though the start of the second half saw the game turn. First, Dan Okosie struck five minutes after the resumption to level the tie, before Ellis Cormack put AFC ahead five minutes later. Richie Welsh got a crucial third goal for the visitors with 18 minutes left and though Samrai Gebrai made it a tight finish with a second for ‘Stow 11 minutes from time, the visitors held on despite the hosts being unhappy at ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’ by their opposition. Even so, Ryan Maxwell’s side will hone their focus in on the league, as they have matches to catch up on in the following weeks.

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 18/Sat 19 Oct) [ESL 17.10.19]

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Archive: Sawridgeworth 0 – 3 W Essex in ESL last week (Image: Scott W)


Written by Scott W
[Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s preview of Essex Senior League action on Saturday 19 October, as nine matches take place this coming weekend.

 

ESL Fixtures  –

Friday 18th October

Woodford Town  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Harlow Arena [3G]  |

The weekend’s action gets underway once again at the Harlow Arena as Woodford welcome Sawbridgeworth. The Towners were held last Friday night by Clapton after a late OG gave the Tons a point. Ross Weare’s side have got two wins in their last five but are adjusting after a influx of squad changes recently. Sawbridgeworth showed some spirit before going down at home to West Essex at home last weekend which extended their winless run. The results may start coming for Lee Mackman’s side soon though this is still a tough test on paper. Narrow home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Saturday 19th October

Enfield  v  Southend Manor   | Woodside |

Saturday’s action starts with Manor’s trip to Enfield. The E’s have had a disappointing week, with a long away-day at Harborough Town resulting in their exit from the FA Vase last weekend, followed up by a loss at North Greenford Utd in the Middlesex County Cup in midweek. Southend’s Manor’s form is also mixed of late, with two losses in their last four matches, though new Michael Walther has brought in new players of late so it make time for his new-look squad to gel. Think there will be goals in this one. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Brickfield Lane |

The Bricks look to get their league campaign back on track as they welcome fellow high-flyers Hoddesdon. Hadley suffered a rare home loss to exit the FA Vase as Milton Keynes Robins won last weekend. In the ESL though, they have only conceded one goal in four home matches to date so that tells you something. Hoddesdon were involved in a corker of a match in their loss to Hashtag, having had a two-goal lead thus ultimately fell to a heavy defeat, their first loss since the opening day of the campaign. Therefore, manager Simon Riddle will want a reaction from his side, though piercing the second-best defence in the league will be tough. Narrow home win for the hosts for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Updated: Walthamstow v Redbridge | Wadham Lodge |

The Motormen’s match with ‘Stow has been switched to Wadham Lodge as Oakside is not sufficiently recovered from the week’s weather to host. Redbridge have had their last two league matches postponed, so you have to go back to October 5th for their last league game, a win at Southend Manor. Ryan Maxwell’s Walthamstow side are a different proposition though (with all respect to Manor) as they continued their FA Vase run into Round Two with a good win at Broadfields Utd last weekend,  and won well at St Margaretsbury the midweek before that. ‘Stow have a very stingy defence, the best in the league having only conceded one goal in their six matches so far. Micky Wetherall’s side are strong going forward though can be a tad leaky defensively and ‘Stow will know they need to win their games in hand on the top two. Hard to see anything but an a win for Walthamstow here

 

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane  |

Walden return to the league action after a hugely admirable win in their FA Vase Replay with Biggleswade Utd in midweek. They welcome Cockfosters to Catons Lane, looking to continue their unbeaten league run and keep tabs on leaders Hashtag Utd. Cockfosters were in action in midweek after being thwarted by the weather last weekend. The ‘Fosters won on penalties at Ilford to advance to the last four of the Gordon Brasted Trophy. Their away form does not favour them here, with one win in five matches and therefore, have to go with a win for the Bloods here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Stansted  v  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen welcome Bengal to Hargrave Park, with arguably both sides in need of a win. Paul Pittuck’s & John Watters’ side picked a morale-boosting win in the FA Vase last weekend over Aylesbury Vale Dynamos. Their league form recently though isn’t great as four straight defeats see them third-bottom at present. Bengal have been defeated in their last two home matches, to West Essex and most recently, St Margaretsbury. This could be a highlight match of the weekend. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Takeley  v  Hashtag Utd | Station Road

The ‘big match’ this weekend surely takes place at Station Road as Takeley welcome in-form Hashtag. Marc Das’ side exited the FA Vase last weekend with a narrow loss at Wellingborough Town, after being held by a spirited Southend Manor at home the midweek before. Hashtag are in prime form after a superb comeback win at Hoddesdon last week extended their winning run to eight matches. Goalkeeper Louis Hawes (formerly of Basildon Utd & Great Wakering) has also been added to the squad this week to compete with regular stopper Tim Pitman. The likes of George Smith and Ryan Adams will take some stopping at present and while Takeley are quite capable of producing a brilliant defensive showing, the Tags may well edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Tower Hamlets  v  Clapton | Mile End Stadium

Hamlets welcome the Tons to Mile End. Both sides are finding wins hard to come by, though Hamlets did produce an impressive performance to win well at Southend Manor last weekend. That win was their first in five matches, while the Tons got a point at Woodford last weekend. They are winless in three matches though with both sides being unpredictable, I’m going head for a stalemate here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

West Essex  v  St Margaretsbury  | Mayesbrook Park

Finally for this weekend, the Stags welcome a similarly in-form St Mags side to Mayesbrook. West made it four consecutive league wins with success at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, while Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side win at Sporting Bengal made it one loss in their last six matches. This has the hallmarks of a bruising encounter with technical players in both sides. The crucial factor may be how the visitors’ defence deals with the likes of Taylor and Mignot. Expect this one to a very hard-fought match.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

That’s your Preview for this week, thanks for reading.

 

Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 2 Redbridge (Sat 5th Oct) [ESL 19/20 5.10.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 26

Saturday 5th October 2019 – 3pm KO

S Manor: Yellow & Black Shirt, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

 

 

 

Clinical Redbridge take the points at Southchurch Park

Southend Manor 0 – 2 Redbridge

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @wilkins_media)

This weekend’s Essex Senior League match took me to Southchurch Park as Southend Manor welcomed Redbridge. Recently-appointed boss Michael Walther named introduced a few recent signings into into his starting XI as ex-Barkingside defender Derek O’Halem started at right-back, alongside centre-backs Cameron Harris and Kiah Froud and left-back Daniel Monk. Larry Akanbi led the line with support from Aundre Spencer and Teddy Henderson, with the returning Grant Webb among the options on the substitute’s bench. Redbridge retained Florent Gislette between the sticks, with Tom Harvey skippering the side and a front three of Tony Martin, Daniel Gilchrist and Taylor Tombides, who was making his return from injury. Rujourn Tuitt, James Barlow and Reece Latimer kept their places on the bench from last week’s entertaining draw at Sporting Bengal Utd.

In the early stages on this contest, Manor did look quite purposeful with ex-Basildon & Bowers & Pitsea winger Fahad Nyanja looking a threat down the right flank in stretching the visiting defence. Seven minutes in, the first half-chance came as from centre-back Cameron Harris’ long throw, full-back Derek O’Halem looped a header just wide of the far post. In the following six minutes, forwards Larry Akanbi and Aundre Spencer had efforts on goal but neither of them could bypass Redbridge goalkeeper Florent Gislette. The hosts were also quite well-drilled in defence as well as tricky forward Daniel Gilchrist was looking to get things moving for the Motormen.

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Manor full-back Derek O’Halem on-the-ball (Image Credit: Andy Wilkins)

Midway through the half, a deep in-swinging cross from full-back Daniel Monk to the back stick needed the intervention of Gislette to gather ahead of the rising Nyanja. Gilchrist was then well-denied as a cheeky back-heeled effort was blocked on the goal-line. On the cusp of the half-hour, Nyanja headed straight at Gislette and those missed opportunities would be costly for Michael Walther’s team. Micky Wetherall’s charges were ‘turning the tide’ of the match with some slick passing and good pace going forward. The visitors certainly signalled their intent as with 14 minutes to play until half-time, forwards Gilchrist and Taylor Tombides both had strikes blocked before central defender Joe Maskell blasted a venomous 25-yarder just over the woodwork.

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Nine minutes before the break, a sweet through ball found Tombides and whilst careering towards the near post, he picked his spot and coolly slotted past home ‘stopper Patrick Stephenson to give the visitors the lead. It got worse for the home side two minutes shy of the interval as from a free-kick, a nifty back header from centre-back Dean Hall flew into the corner to really give the Motormen the initiative.

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Redbridge ‘keeper Gislette gathers (Image Credit: Andy Wilkins)

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 2  Redbridge

The second-half was more of a serene affair overall, as Grant Webb came on for Grant Frances in midfield. Harvey Brown had blazed over for the visitors just past the hour though a crucial pinch-point occurred moments later. Manor were awarded a penalty after a foul in the area, with Spencer stepping up to take it. However, an unconvincing strike to say the least was gathered by Gislette quite comfortably and with it, the spirit took a knock from the hosts’ perspective. The Motormen were quite content to sit on their lead and venture forward on the counter-attack, and one such move saw substitute James Barlow only have ‘keeper Stephenson to beat, though the Manor custodian did well to parry away his effort.

In the end, it was Redbridge who came away with a deserved victory as they continue their rise up the standings, now sitting in 11th. Manor fell to their first loss under Walther, and drop to 13th spot. There were positives to take for Manor, who showed they may be a tougher outfit to beat this term in that first half.

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 2 Redbridge

In terms of stand-out performances, Derek O’Halem had a fine game in my view in defence for Manor, making numerous clearing headers and showed good energy. Winger Fahad Nyanja and forward Larry Akanbi also gave the visitors a tricky time of it, particularly in the first half with Nyanja’s pace and crossing and Akanbi’s strength and movement. For Redbridge, centre-back Joe Maskell had a superb afternoon, making good interceptions and showing good positioning & awareness. Full-back Jordayne Henry also put in a energetic display while forwards Taylor Tombides and Daniel Gilchrist played their part in the forward line as well.

Finally, I’d like to wish both sides well for the remainder of the campaign and it was good to see both sides in action here.

 

Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Michael Walther

1 Patrick Stephenson (GK), 2 Derek O’Halem, 3 Daniel Monk, 4 Kiah Froud, 5 Cameron Harris, 6 Ope Mosuro (Capt), 7 Fahad Nyanja (16 Christian O’Halem 66’), 8 Grant Frances (12 Grant Webb 46’), 9 Larry Akanbi, 10 Aundre Spencer (17 Louie Hunt 65’), 11 Teddy Henderson

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Chambers, Makaka

 

Redbridge  |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Jordayne Henry, 3 Timi Abiola, 4 Harvey Brown, 5 Joe Maskell, 6 Dean Hall, 7 Jack Blackledge, 8 Tom Harvey (Capt), 9 Taylor Tombides (15 Rujorn Tuitt 68’), 10 Tony Martin (14 Reece Latimer 85’), 11 Daniel Gilchrist (16 James Barlow 68’)

Goal-scorers: Taylor Tombides [36’], Dean Hall [43’]

Booked: Abiola | Subs Not Used: G Martin (GK)

Referee: Dean Markwick

 

Round-up : Essex Senior League (Sat 28 Sept) [ESL 19/20 30.9.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Senior League action, here on my blog. The eight matches saw thirty-five goals scored on a hectic day’s action on Saturday 28 September.  Thanks for reading.

Saturday 28th September

Clapton  1 – 4   Saffron Walden Town   | Parkside [3G] | Att: 25

In the late kick-off at the Tons’ temporary home of Parkside, Saffron Walden powered to a 4 – 1 win to extend their league unbeaten run to eight matches this term and extend their lead at the summit to five points. Nathan Scarborough broke the deadlock after just two minutes for his new club, Charlie Cole doubled that lead six minutes after the interval before Gavin Cockman made it three with 21 minutes left. Cole then grabbed a late fourth to render Baseer Ishanzadeh’s goal for the hosts as mere consolation.

Hadley  3 – 1  Stansted   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 73

Hadley kept up the their fine run at ‘Fortress Brickfield Lane’ with a good 3 – 1 win over out-of-form Stansted. Paul Wright’s penalty plus strikes by Solomon Ofori & Jordan Edwards’ spot-kick won another three points for Anthony Clark’s side. Billy Coyne got Stansted’s goal and we continue to wish him & the club well. Hadley sit fifth while the Airportmen are 14th.

 

Southend Manor  2 – 1  Ilford   |  Southchurch Park  | Att: 35

Michael Walther’s first home game saw Manor battle to defeat Ilford 2 – 1 at Southchurch Park. Larry Akanbi and Ryan Imbert struck for Manor with Elvinas Clements hitting back for the Foxes. Manor rise to 12th spot whilst Ilf fell to their fourth straight loss which sees them drop to 15th in the table.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  3 – 3  Redbridge   | Mile End Stadium | Att:

Bengal were held by Redbridge at Mile End in what a terrific battle, which I attended. Charles Gregory, Curtley McIntosh and Bobby Redwood struck for the hosts while Dan Gilchrist got two of the Redbridge strikes with Liam Burgess’ thunder-bolt also being a highlight. For much more on this match, here is my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/match-report-sporting-bengal-utd-3-3-redbridge-sat-28th-sept-esl/

 

St Margaretsbury  2 – 1  Woodford Town   | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 37

St Mags kept their decent run going with a 2 – 1 win over Woodford at the Rec. Ryan Reed and Kyle Roberts got the goals for Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side. Nektrarious Varouxakis got Town’s goal here though their mixed form of late continues.

 

Takeley  3 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Station Road  | Att: 89

Takeley had to come from behind to defeat rivals Sawbridgeworth at Station Road. Harry Bushell gave Sawbo a surprise lead after seizing on a dreadful back pass by the home defence, before Michal Castle levelled for Takeley five minutes before the break. The hosts took the lead in first-half added-time as skipper Jason Todd struck before Lewis Deamer made it three with 50 minutes on the watch. Prince Alozie converted a late penalty though Sawbo luckless run goes on and remain bottom while Takeley are in 4th.

 

Walthamstow  3 – 0  Cockfosters   | Wadham Lodge

Walthamstow maintained their unbeaten league start with a good 3 – 0 win over Cockfosters at Wadham Lodge. Dwade James, so often the man to make the difference for ‘Stow put them ahead a minute into the match, with Billy Jones [52’] also on target before James converted a late spot-kick for Ryan Maxwell’s side to round off the scoring. Goalkeeper James Bransgrove certainly had a part to play in another clean sheet as ‘Stow rise to 7th place. The ‘Fosters are down to 11th.

West Essex  7 – 0   Enfield      | Mayesbrook Park

Finally for this weekend, West Essex hammered Enfield 7 – 0 at Mayesbrook Park. West led eight minutes before the break through an unfortunate own goal. Enfield then had a penalty denied superbly by Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker and things got steadily worse for the E’s after that. First, Brad Russell struck home a spot-kick for West before three goals soon after the resumption effectively ended the contest. Hakim Medfai made it three for the Stags three minutes into the second half, before Symeon Taylor made it four two minutes later. Michael Mignot had assisted the two goals I just mentioned before getting a double of his own [55’ & 70’]. Russell got his brace two minutes from time as Kwame Kwateng’s side went into their 30th Anniversary celebrations that evening on a high. Enfield’s sixth game without a win sees them remain second-bottom while West are in 9th.

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Cup 2RQ (ESL Sides) (Sat 21 Sept) [ESL 19/20 23.9.19]

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Still from St Margaretsbury v Enfield (Image Credit: Matt North)

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

Image thanks to ESL Writer Matt North (Twitter: @MattNorth_)

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up piece, with a look at all the ESL action this weekend with a mention of the FA Cup action involving ESL sides too. Thanks for reading.

 
Saturday 21 Sept

Cockfosters 0 – 1  Southend Manor  | Chalk Lane| Att: 56

The weekend’s action started with a rare away win for Manor at Chalk Lane over Cockfosters. New signing Ryan Imbert got the only goal as Manor got a win in new boss Michael Walther’s first game in charge, since his move from the Hullbridge Sports coaching team. The hosts fell to their third loss of the season as they fell into mid-table. The visitors here rise to fifth-bottom.

 

Ilford  1 – 2  Hashtag Utd  | Cricklefield  | Att: 124

Hashtag emerged with the points after a bruising battle at Cricklefield. Ross Gleed put Utd ahead eleven minutes into the contest, though that lead did not last until half-time as eight minutes prior to that, Tyson Talanya levelled for the Foxes. Recent acquisition Jeese Lassen got the winner for Jay Devereux’s team on 56 minutes as Hashtag rise to third after a fifth consecutive win. Ilf’s third straight loss sees them down into the bottom half.

Sawbridgeworth Town 0 – 6 Hoddesdon Town    | Crofters |

Sawbo are still marooned to the foot of the table after a hefty loss to local rivals Hoddesdon at Crofters. Aaron Ramthor broke the deadlock for the visitors just seven minutes in, before Jordan Halls [31’] and another spot-kick fom Isaac Marfo-Jacobs six minutes after that put the Lilywhites three up at the break. It was four on 56 minutes through Harrison Cage’s strike and Simon Riddle’s side wrapped up a convincing win thanks to Halls’ second of the afternoon midway through the second half and a 78th-minute strike by substitute Cyrus Babaie. Hoddy sit second, above Hashtag thanks to a better goal difference.

St Margaretsbury  3 – 3  Enfield   | The Recreation Ground | Att: 20

St Mags clinched a late draw in a real see-saw encounter at the Rec. New signing Matt Frew characteristically powered home a header on 11 minutes to put the E’s ahead though Napier Brown levelled midway through the half for Tony Wild & Ray Bartlett’s side. The tide turned in favour of the hosts as Andy Greenslade stuck ten minutes after the interval. There was another turnaround in the offing though as two quick-fire goals from Tyler Fowles [81’] and Josh Woodcock [86’] saw Matt Hanning’s side lead again, though another new signing was to have the final say as Ryan Reed levelled on the 90 to extend St Mags’ unbeaten stretch to three league games and see the E’s search for a win go on.  Both sides remain in the bottom three with five points each.

Stansted  1 – 2 Woodford Town   |  Hargrave Park | Att: 45

Woodford got a much sought-after win at Stansted. Georges Kebi struck eight minutes in to open the scoring for Town, before Chris John doubled that lead just shy of the half-hour. The Airportmen halved their arrears on the stroke of half-time through Jack Mitchell though they couldn’t add to it meaning they stuttered to defeat. Woodford sit fourth in the table, five points off leaders Walden, though Town have scored the most goals in the division thus far with 21 (in seven matches). Stansted remain around the mid-table mark.

 

Tower Hamlets 2 – 3 Saffron Walden Town   | Mile End | Att: 45

Walden came out of a tricky tussle at Mile End for the second straight season with a hard-earned win over Hamlets. Ross Adams, Spike Bell and substitute Greg Strong netted for Jason Maher’s team, while Yoan Edoukou netted twice for Hamlets here. Walden retained their unbeaten run, and the leaders are one of only two sides that are without defeat, the others being fellow title contenders Walthamstow.

West Essex  1 – 2  Clapton  | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 35

Finally in League action, Clapton got their second win this term with a victory at West Essex. Mario Gjini netted ten minutes before the break to give the Tons the lead, before Baseer Ishanzadeh got the winner. Brad Russell got West’s strike with ten minutes left though Kwame Kwateng’s side fell to their league loss this term.

 

The FA Cup- Second Qualifying Round   (ESL sides)

Hadley  1 – 0  Ramsgate    | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 202

Hadley’s FA Cup run goes on as a solitary Tom Milton strike overcame Isthmian South East strugglers Ramsgate at Brickfield Lane. Anthony Clark’s side were rewarded with a trip to National League South side Havant & Waterlooville in the next round.

 

Walthamstow  1 – 1  Abbey Rangers   | Wadham Lodge | Att: 245

‘Stow are still in the hat following a hard-fought draw against fellow Step 5 side Abbey Rangers. Marcus Cousins had put Abbey ahead on 14 minutes, though Billy Jones’ cracker six minutes after the resumption put Ryan Maxwell’s side level. Rangers skipper Tom Bentley then got his marching orders though the visitors held on for a replay in midweek. It’s worth noting the crowd of nearly 250 which the club later noted could be their highest in twenty years – the Magic of the Cup and that perhaps…

 

 

Match Report: St Magaretsbury 4 – 3 Southend Manor (Tuesday 3 Sept) [ESL 19/20 4.9.19]

ESL Badge

Essex Senior League

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBA

2019 – 20 Season: Match 20

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – 7.45pm KO

St Margaretsbury: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Southend Manor: White Shirts, White Socks, White Socks

 

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Last-gasp winner seals comeback win for ‘Bury over Manor

St Margaretsbury 4 – 3 Southend Manor

 

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Attention turned back to League action as Manor visited St Margaretsbury in a midweek battle at The Rec. The hosts were without manager Jon Fowell who was away on holiday, so assistant Ray Bartlett stepped up, as he had done the previous weekend in their FA Vase win at Woodford Town. The hosts named a back four of Lanre Vigo, Akwasi Marfo, Dan Palmer and veteran James Falaise. The front line was comprised of Kyle Roberts, Kirk McPherson and Napier Brown with the likes of Thomas Opoku and Wisley Baltazar on the substitutes’ bench. Manor went out of the Vase four days previously to Clacton and named loanee Jacob Adams between the posts once again, with Kiah Froud and Connor Burrows at centre-back, with wingers Brandon Williams and skipper Jordan Chambers supporting lead front man Larry Akanbi. Brad Rowland, Harry Rogers and Callum Fitzer were among a youthful bench for the South Essex side.

Some matches you get take a while to settle down. That was hardly the case in this one as six minutes in, the first chance went the way of the home side as in-form forward Kyle Roberts fired over the woodwork with only visiting goalkeeper Jacob Adams to beat. That miss ended up proving a bit costly at this point of the match as a minute later at the other end, winger Jordan Chambers did well to outmuscle the home defence to tuck home a low finish past home custodian Dan Martin to break the stalemate in Manor’s favour.

That lead barely lasted two minutes though as the ‘Bury levelled as forward Kirk McPherson found half a yard of space, calmly finishing low beyond Adams. The tempo of this encounter only grew more feverish as Manor re-took the lead on 14 minutes in a scene the home defence will definitely not want to see again. Early in the attacking move, Manor forward Larry Akanbi hit a post before the rebound fell to support forward Teddy Henderson whose header was parried away by Martin. The hosts were unable to clear their lines though as Akanbi nipped in to strike low into the net to give Adam Peek’s side a 2 – 1 lead. It got worse for the home side as minutes later as Martin was unable to handle a stinging long-range drive or gather the rebound before Akanbi snuck in again to extend the visitors’ lead.

By the midway point of the half, it was clear that the strength of Akanbi and the pace of Chambers was unsettling the home defence. Going forward though, Ray Bartlett’s charges were still useful, with winger Napier Brown testing the visiting backline with his pace and he had a sighter of goal though his effort lacked the power to beat Adams just before the half-hour. Moments later, another Brown cross found midfielder Andy Greenslade though hs header was gathered by Adams. Manor  were thwarted by Martin soon afterward as Chambers’ stinging drive was beaten away well. St Margs went into the break only one goal down as just when you thought the chance had gone, Brown unleashed a accurate drive that Adams was unable to keep out.

 

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury 2 – 3 Southend Manor

Chances were few and far between in the first part of the second-half, with McPherson blazing over with a decent effort four minutes after the resumption. Just shy of the hour, Manor full-back Billy Rungay’s shot also could not get past Martin though both sides seemingly needed a little patch to recover from such a frenetic first period. Manor had to make a double change with both Chambers and Akanbi forced off with knocks as well and if those changes had provoked any nerves in the Manor side, the hosts seized on it. With 19 minutes remaining, St Margs substitute Thomas Opoku made the most of a defensive lapse from the visitors to nip in and slot home to level the match. All of a sudden, Manor were the ones having to withstand heavy pressure as the hosts pushed on in search of all three points. Manor substitute Cameron Harris did well making important blocks alongside the likes of Kiah Froud and Connor Burrows in their defence as home substitute Wisley Baltazar and Kyle Roberts had chances to grab all three points denied.

Unfortunately for the visitors, deep into added-time they conceded a free-kick 20-yards out. Baltazar stepped up to take it and dulty curled home to break Manor’s resistance, give St Margs the points and crown off a enthralling match for the neutral.

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  4 – 3  Southend Manor

You’ve seen some turnarounds in matches before but this has to be up there with them for this season. The result was tough on Manor who deserved something here but they could have been further ahead at the interval and it’s fair to say the loss of Chambers and Akanbi during the match affected their attacking prowess in the second-half though you also have to credit the hosts for that ‘never giving up’ spirit which ultimately assisted them to all three points. For St Margs, winger Napier Brown did show his pace and crossing ability well, while forwards McPherson & Roberts also were important players for the hosts. Substitutes Opoku & Baltazar also made telling contributions off the bench with their goals.

As for Manor, despite being a late change, skipper Chambers was a real influence on the right flank until he was forced off. Forward Larry Akanbi also made his presence felt and unsettled the home defence. Speaking of defences, Kiah Froud had another important role to play at centre-back with fellow defender Cameron Harris slowing glimpses of what he ‘brings to the table’ in his cameo from the bench. Finally, I’d like to say thank you to St Margaretsbury for their hospitality and wish both clubs well for the remainder of the season.

 

Teams

St Margaretsbury   | Stand-in Manager: Ray Bartlett

Dan Martin (GK), Lanre Vigo, Akwasi Marfo (Caleb Steele 59’), Tom Massey (Capt), Dan Palmer, James Falaise (Thomas Opoku 67’), , Raphael Duyile (Wisley Baltazar 81’), Andy Greenslade, Kyle Roberts, Kirk McPherson, Napier Brown

Goal-scorers: Kirk McPherson [9’], Napier Brown [35’], Thomas Opoku [71’], Wisley Baltazar [90’+4]

Sub Not Used: Nicholson

 

Southend Manor    | Manager: Adam Peek

Jacob Adams (GK), Josh Brocklebank, Billy Rungay (Cameron Harris 72’), Ope Mosuro, Kiah Froud, Connor Burrows, Brandon Williams, Alfie Walker, Larry Akanbi (Harry Rogers 71’), Teddy Henderson,  Jordan Chambers (Capt) (Brad Rowland 57’)

Goal-scorers: Jordan Chambers [7’], Larry Akanbi [14’ & 19’]

Sub Not Used: Fitzer

Referee: Gary Baker