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

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

(Source: essexseniorleague.co.uk)

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

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri/Sat 31 Jan/1 Feb) [ESL 19/20 2.2.20]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, from Friday 31st January & Saturday 1st February.

 

Essex Senior

Friday 31 January

Redbridge  2 – 7  Clapton  | Oakside  | Att: 49

Clapton put in an outstanding showing to batter the Motormen at Oakside on Friday night. Deimar Queni, Jaydon Charles and Nana Boakye-Yiadom all got braces for the Tons, to which Asher Modeste added a goal so Clapton led 7 – 0 before a late double from Hassan Nalbant and substitute Charlie Portway spared the hosts from a heavier loss. The Tons’ recent form continues to impress as its five wins from their last seven matches which sees them in 11th. Redbridge fell to their second loss in their last five though remain eighth.

Saturday 1 February    –   Essex Senior

Hashtag Utd  2 – 2  Takeley  | Chadfields  | Att: 139

Hashtag fought back twice to claim a share of the points at Chadfields. An OG put Marc Das’ side ahead on the quarter-hour, though Kris Newby got the Tags back on terms four minutes into the second half. In an encounter that was getting increasingly fraught, Reece Barrett put the visitors back in front on 55 minutes and it looked as though they may eke out the win though it wasn’t to be. Tom Anderson kept up his knack of scoring goals with a late equaliser to preserve the unbeaten run at five matches for Jay Devereux’s team.  Takeley remain 5th while Utd go up to second with rivals Walthamstow in Cup action this weekend.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 1  Enfield   | Crofters | Att: 40

Enfield left it late before getting a crucial win at fellow strugglers Sawbridgeworth. Prince Adeyemi’s 90th-minute goal was enough to give Matt Hanning’s team an important three points, their first in eleven games to gain ground on rivals Tower Hamlets in the bottom three. Sawbo’s losing run extends to eight matches now and they are now 14 points adrift at the bottom with twelve matches remaining.

Southend Manor  1 – 0  Hoddesdon Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 21

Manor emerged with a narrow win over Hoddesdon, thanks to Ruben Kennedy’s strike seven minutes before the end to obtain their first win in four games and leap up above Tower Hamlets into 16th and they are only three points off Sporting Bengal in 12th spot. Hoddesdon’s top-five aspiration this term is slipping as their winless run extended to four as they remain in ninth.

Stansted  3 – 2  West Essex  | Hargrave Park | Att: 68

The Airportmen made it ten straight league wins with a battling win over West Essex at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsay got the opener for the hosts inside a minute, though West have shown they are fired up in recent matches and levelled the match after 12 minutes through Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe. The game was well-poised into the second-half though Paul Clayton turned the game in a big way with a brace [70’ & 87’]. The Stags were depleted through illness and suspension though still got one back in added-time through Hakim Medfai though Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side held on to remain sixth though they went four points clear of Cockfosters in 7th.

My Non-League colleague Matt North was at the game and here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/match-report-stansted-3-2-west-essex-esl-19-20-01-02-20/

Tower Hamlets  0 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Mile End ‘derby’ | Att: 30

Bengal got their second Mile End ‘derby’ win of the season as they got a much-needed three points. Curtley McIntosh got the opener for Imrul Gazi’s side five minutes before the break and Bobby Redwood ended up securing the win midway through the second-half to give Bengal their second win in their last six to rise up to 12th spot. Hamlets’ quest for a win goes on and they drop to third-bottom after a winless stretch which now sits at eight matches.

 

News: In better news for Hamlets, starlet Ali Omar signed for EFL Championship side Barnsley this week so plaudits have to go to the Essex Senior side for the project they have instigated this term and best wishes go to Ali as he continues his football development at Oakwell.

 

Errington Challenge Cup : Quarter-Final

Walthamstow  0 – 2  Cockfosters  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 40

The new dawn at Walthamstow began with defeat as Cockfosters made the last four of the Errington Cup. First-half goals by Ceykan Karagozlu [20’] and Harley Haag five minutes before the break ensured that Ryan Wade’s team got the win though for ‘Stow, it is arguably more important that new boss Max Mitchell & his new signings get settled quickly as the club seeks to maintain its promotion challenge this season.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 4 Jan) [ESL 19/20 5.1.20]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League from Saturday 4 January 2020 as League action returned. I would also like to wish a very Happy New Year to all clubs, staff, players & readers of this blog.

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Saturday 4 January 2020 – Essex Senior

Hadley  0 – 0 Saffron Walden Town   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 160

Hadley held firm and denied Saffron Walden another three points in this Brickfield Lane stalemate. Both sides had their chances though ultimately it was a point apiece which Hadley may be content with, given they have matches in hand on the top three. Walden drop to second. Behind Walthamstow on goal difference though are also unbeaten in their last nine matches now.

Hoddesdon Town  3 – 3  Enfield  | Lowfield   | Att: 117

Enfield roared back from two goals down to claim a point at Lowfield to aid their stuttering campaign. Things didn’t start so well for the visitors though as Liam Mulligan put the Lilywhites ahead after only three minutes, before another strike from 12 yards from Isaac Marfo-Jacobs double that home advantage six minutes afterward. Enfield halved their arrears from the spot themselves thanks to Michael Salako on 16 minutes though they kept themselves firmly in the game as Joe Pattison levelled the match three minutes before the end of a pulsating first half-hour. Ben Bradbury completed some turnaround with the third for Matt Hanning’s team three minutes before the interval.

Hoddesdon were not done though as Jack Gibbs’s strike ten minutes before the end made it three draws in their last six matches for Simon Riddle’s side, which saw them drop to seventh. Enfield’s second successive draw sees them inch above Clapton to third-bottom.

Ilford  0 – 1  Cockfosters   | Cricklefield  | Att: 56

Cockfosters ground out a decent win at Ilford, thanks to loanee striker James Verney on 72 minutes. Ryan Wade’s side got their third win in their last six matches here and fortify eighth place in the process. Ilford’s recent mixed form continues as they remain in 12th spot as one of three teams on 21 points.

 

Southend Manor  2 – 1 St Margaretsbury  | Southchurch Park  | Att: 51

Manor got a hugly important win over a promising St Margaretsbury side at Southchurch Park in my featured match on Saturday. After a fairly dry first-half, Jermaine Nicholson put the visitors ahead with a low drive on 52 minutes. However, the latter stages saw Manor rise in belief and after Louie Hunt’s opportunistic leveller with 72 minutes gone, skipper Reece Latimer got the winner three minutes from time.

If you’d like more on this match, my match report in-full is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/01/04/match-report-southend-manor-2-1-st-margaretsbury-sat-4th-jan-esl/

Stansted  5 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 110

The Airportmen delivered one of the performances of their season in this local derby to maintain their stellar winning run and heap more pressure on bottom side Sawbridgeworth. Connor Hammond broke the deadlock for the home side after twenty minutes and Daniel Cheema struck again fourteen minutes later to set their path to the win here. Hammond got his second of the afternoon five minutes later and when Jack Mitchell despatched a spot-kick home four minutes before half-time, the ‘writing was on the wall’ for Lee Mackman’s side.

To their credit, Sawbo did pull a goal back three minutes after the break through Harry Bushell but it was a rare highlight on a tough day for the visitors. Ryan Ramsay made it five with 17 minutes left as the hosts enjoyed their afternoon by claiming an eighth straight league win and in doing so, rise back up to sixth. Sawridgeworth remain bottom and are 11 points adrift of their nearest rivals, with 17 matches left to play this term.

 

Tower Hamlets  1 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | Mile End  | Att: 75

Hashtag overcame a scare at Mile End to grab another precious three points in their promotion campaign. Sam Byles put the Tags ahead after just ten minutes though the young Hamlets side once again provided tough opposition to more experienced opposition and levelled through Enock Seganile’s goal. However, Ricky Evans’ free-kick with 15 minutes remaining was the decisive goal as Utd made it five wins from their last six outings to stay 3rd though also extended their cushion over Hadley in fourth to six points. Hamlets remain 15th, though are three points clear of second-bottom side Clapton.

Walthamstow  2 – 1  Clapton   | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 130

Walthamstow secured another victory which saw them go top of the table on goal difference. Danny McCullock’s strike gave the ‘Stow a 15th-minute lead before another penalty from talisman Dwade James six minutes later put Ryan Maxwell’s side in some measure of command. Jaydon Charles’ late goal wasn;t enoughfor a Tons  side who only have one win in their last five matches and other results saw them drop to second-bottom.

 

Match Off: Takeley P – P Redbridge  (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

 

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 1 St Margaretsbury (Sat 4th Jan) [ESL 19/20 4.1.20]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 51

2019 – 20 Season: Match 50

Saturday 4th January 2020 – 3pm KO

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

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

 

 

Manor strike late to grab a huge three points over St Mags at Southchurch

Southend Manor 2 – 1 St Margaretsbury

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

The first match of 2020 saw me return to Southchurch Park in an important match for the struggling hosts as they welcomed St Margaretsbury in an Essex Senior League encounter. Prior to this match, Manor were winless in their last five league matches which saw them lose ground on rivals Clapton and Enfield. Craig Waters named Josh Harrison in goal, with a back four of Dylan Bradford, Brandon Williams and centre-backs Joe Elliott and skipper Reece Latimer. Michael Ogboin led the line, with support from Max Makaka, Grant Frances and Louie Hunt. The likes of Josh Brocklebank, Jordan Chambers and Harry Rogers were options from the bench.

St Mags have also found wins hard to come by recently and fielded ex-Clapton & Basildon Utd goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide between the posts, with a defence of Jacob Evident, Akwasi Marfo, captain Dan Palmer and Issa Farouk-Alhassan ahead of him. The returning Kyle Roberts led their forward line, with Kirk McPherson and Jermaine Nicholson just behind in the formation. Aiden Read, Isaac Stevens and Ali Bangura completed their options from the dug-out.

Before the match, I thought this may be a ‘slow-burner’, particularly given the pressure on the hosts to accumulate the points they need to climb out of their current precarious position. The home defence had a warning two minutes in as a good ball played in by box-to-box midfielder Tom Opoku found forward Kyle Roberts though his header lacked the fizz needed to bypass Manor custodian Josh Harrison. Moments later, good link-up play between Manor wingers Louie Hunt and Grant Frances on the right-side on the penalty box ended up with Frances blazing over the woodwork from a narrow angle. Also in the early stages, Manor centre forward Michael Ogboin was linking up well with his support forwards nd with twelve minutes gone, he weaved past his marker before unleashing a stinging goal-bound effort which visiting goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide did well to keep out.

As we passed the midway point of the half, St Mags had some promising forays forward with the energetic runs of Roberts being well stopped by committed tackle by home right-back Dylan Bradford. St Margaretsbury had several near-misses in the remainder of the half, with the skill and delivery of Ryan Reed and Jermaine Nicholson only just evading a team-mate. Just past the half-hour mark, a Reed free-kick was hastily cleared at the second time of asking by the home backline, though in the next phase, skipper Dan Palmer’s header was gathered by Harrison.

Ten minutes before the break, Manor had a set-piece which Frances angled in toward the St Mags goalmouth, though captain Reece Latimer headed just over the goal frame. Another warning came for the hosts’ defence as full-back Jacob Evident sprinted down the right flank though the finish was awry and deserved better. St Mags could have gone into the break ahead though Reed blasted over the woodwork after bypassing his marker and moments after, a goalkeeping error by Harrison wasn’t punished as Roberts could only loft his strike harmlessly over the crossbar.

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Manor forward Michael Ogboin on-the-ball [Image: Andy W]

Half-Time:  Southend Manor  0 – 0  St Margaretsbury

My instinct said this match wouldn’t stay in a bleak stalemate and so it proved. Three minutes after the resumption, Reed fizzed another free-kick narrowly over the woodwork though moments later, the hosts were not so fortunate. Following-up after an initial St Mags attack was rebuffed, Nicholson sent a low drive past a crowded six-yard area past Harrison into the left-side corner to give St Mags the lead on 52 minutes. Manor looked edgy at this point and on the hour, Roberts unleashed a blistering drive from 30 yards which didn’t miss by much.

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Louie Hunt (l) celebrates his leveller with skipper Latimer & Frances [Image: Andy W]
That being said, Manor did recoup their belief and put the pressure back on the visiting defence. They got a crucial leveller with 72 minutes on the watch as Louie Hunt was in the ‘right place, right time’ from close range, striking low past Olajide. The St Mags custodian earned more kudos shortly afterward as he denied substitute Luke Jackson and Ogboin in quick succession. As it turned out, the St Mags defence had a defensive lapse with minutes remaining and it cost them a point. Ogboin had another strike denied by Olajide though Latimer was there to lash home the rebound and give Southend Manor a much-needed win, their fifth of the season.

To be fair to both sides, the second half was a real see-saw encounter which could have gone either way on a surface which is already showing signs of wear, ahead of a busy schedule coming up for it in the next few months. St Mags showed enough to say they will settle and probably end up in mid-table come April. After this match, Manor rose up to 16th, two points clear of rivals Clapton, who drop to second-bottom after defeat at Walthamstow. St Mags remain in 11th spot.

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Manor skipper Reece Latimer shows his delight with the hosts’ second goal [Image: Andy W]

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Full-Time: Southend Manor  2 – 1 St Margaretsbury

In summary, Manor got the points late on though the result was a bit harsh on St Mags, who had enough periods of the game to lay a good claim to a point here, despite Olajide being the busier goalkeeper in the latter stages. In terms of stand-out performances, Manor full-back Dylan Bradford had a fine game showing good tackling, good energy and determination. Louie Hunt also had a good game and deserved his goal, while centre-back Reece Latimer led his defence well and forward Michael Ogboin showed his presence in attack. Grant Frances also did well on the left flank for Craig Waters’ team. For the ‘Bury, ‘keeper Emmanuel Olajide pulled off a number of good saves to keep his side in the game. Ex-Manor full-back Jacob Evident shone against his former club, with Jermaine Nicholson, forward Kyle Roberts and advancing midfielder Tom Opoku also having good games for Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side.

Finally, I would like to thank Southend Manor for their welcome and their media man Andy Wilkins for the usage on the additional photographs provided in this report. Happy New Year to all the readers of my blog.

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Manor management duo Craig Waters (r) and Garry Pond (l) watch on [Image: Andy W]

Teams (with shirt numbers)

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

1 Josh Harrison (GK), 2 Dylan Bradford, 3 Brandon Williams, 4 Kiah Froud (12 Josh Brocklebank 69’), 5 Joe Elliott, 6 Reece Latimer (Capt), 7 Louie Hunt (14 Jordan Chambers 81’), 8 Ruben Kennedy, 9 Michael Ogboin, 10 Max Makaka (16 Luke Jackson 58’), 11 Grant Frances

Goal-scorers: Louie Hunt [72’], Reece Latimer [87’]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Njodzeka, Rogers

 

St Margaretsbury   | Joint-Managers: Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild

1 Emmanuel Olajide (GK), 2 Jacob Evident (14 Isaac Stevens 69’), 3 Akwasi Marfo (12 Aiden Read 38’), 4 Tom Opoku, 5 Dan Palmer (Capt), 6 Issa Farouk-Alhassan, 7 Ryan Reed, 8 Andy Greenslade, 9 Kyle Roberts, 10 Kirk McPherson (15 Ali Bangura 77’), 11 Jermaine Nicholson

Goal-scorers: Jermaine Nicholson [52’]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None

 

Referee: James Keane

Assistant Referees: Trevor Williams & Joe Lannon

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

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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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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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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.