Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 8.4.18)

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 the top and the bottom of the table.


Friday 6th April

Barkingside 3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Cricklefield  | Att: 109

‘Side fought from behind to grab a important victory in a match that was brought to a sudden end due to injury. Jerry Jairette netted on 24 minutes to give the impetus to the visitors, though Roddy Lemba struck twice [29′ & 35′] to swing the balance back in the hosts’ favour. Michael Ogboin got a late third before a nasty facial injury to Hamlets’ Ndure caused a slightly premature end to the match though the result stood. ‘Side’s 2nd win on-the-trot sees them up to 15th (after Saturday’s action) while Hamlets’ fifth straight defeat leaves them 10th, ahead of Woodford Town on goal difference alone.


Saturday 7th April

Basildon Utd  2 – 0  FC Romania
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 99

The Bees battled to a good victory over FCR at The Hive. Despite missing key forward Marcus Bowers, a brace from Jack Adlington [57′ & 60′] was enough to secure third first win in three matches. FC Romania have now only won one of their last four league matches. Marc Harrison’s men are now three points behind the Wolves with seven matches left. FCR have 5 matches remaining though are five points adrift of Redbridge in 2nd.


Burnham Ramblers  0 – 4   Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 70

Great Wakering raised the game after half-time to secure an important win and go three points clear at the Essex Senior League summit. An own-goal midway through the second-half broke the deadlock before Nathan Dewberry [79′], Chris Bryan [83′] and Neil Richmond [90’+3] sealed their fourth win in their last five matches. Burnham’s 3rd defeat in their last five leaves them third-bottom, two points from safety.


Enfield 1893  4 – 0    Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: The Harlow Arena  | Att: 62

Enfield continued their fantastic form by defeating Hullbridge in a one-sided contest in Harlow. Ayo Odukoya’s brace [12′ & 46′] gave Matt Hanning’s men the advantage before further strikes from Ben Bradbury [67′] and Aundre Spencer [82′] meant that the E’s have now won 7 league matches in-a-row and as a result stay 12th though they have gained ground on the teams above them.


Hackney Wick 2 – 1   Ilford
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 23

The Wickers took advantage of another ‘poor day at the office’ for Ilford to obtain their 3rd win in their last five matches. Albie Keith put Ilford ahead before ex-Ilford player Tony Cookey levelled. Hassan Nalbant then got the winner to keep Wick’s slim chances of averting the drop alive. They remain bottom, 12 points from safety. Ilford’s third successive defeat leaves them still in 9th though with other teams having matches in hand, their aim of a top-ten finish may be in doubt.


Redbridge  4 – 4    Waltham Forest
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 65

The points were shared in this absolute hum-dinger of a contest at Oakside. It looked at though the Motormen were breezing yowards another win as Reside Coxi-Sebastfao’s double [20′ & 34′] and a Calvin Poku strike [42′] put them three ahead at the break. Forest roared back into the match though as Christian Owusu’s quick-fire brace [57′ & (pen) 60′] reduced the deficit though Phillip Browne-Bampfoe extended the hosts’ lead midway through the second half. The old defensive frailties came back to bite Redbridge though as first Tony Da Silva [82′] struck to make it 3 – 4 and in stoppage-time, Owusu struck again to secure his gat-trick and dampen Redbridge’s title quest.

The Motormen’s second match without a win sees them three points behind leaders Wakering in 2nd spot, while Forest are remain out of the bottom four in 17th, two points clear of danger but with only three matches left.

Update: Waltham Forest have also announced over the weekend that they are ‘over the worst’ of their financial problems which left them in peril earlier in the season.
Full statement here:


Southend Manor  3 – 3    Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Another cracker of a match saw these two sides unable to be seperated at Southchurch Park. Scorer-wise, Manor struck through Ethan Evison, Alfie Lindfield and Ibrahim Kagbanda while target-man Temi Babalola, De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale and Ola Ogunwamide replied for an improving Woodford side that have lost only two of their last six matches which leaves them 11th, outside the top ten on goal difference. Manor are six points further back in 13th after a run of one win in their last seven games.


Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1   Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 35

Bengal recorded a huge win in this six-pointer at Mile End. Codey Cameron struck early on to open the scoring though Oliver Fortune levelled soon after for the Airportmen. Late on, creative midfielder Ashaan Siddik grabbed the winner to send Sporting 14th, seven points clear of the bottom four while Sransted’s winless run extends to six matches now and are 18th, two points from safety with four matches left.

Video highlights from this encounter & post-match Interviews can be found here:

(Courtesy of @WDSprtz)

Wadham Lodge  1 – 1   Clapton
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 248

Wadham battled to grab a point at Kitchener Road against a Clapton side that were heavily backed by the Ultras. Danny Francis got Wadham’s goal while Yusuf Bello netted for the Tons. Wadham have got one win in their last five outings now and remain 20th, four points from safety with 7 matches left. Clapton remain 6th, eight points clear of nearest rivals West Essex, with 3 matches remaining.

West Essex  2 – 0   Takeley
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 18

I attended this match and you can find my match report here:

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

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL 24.3.18)

Essex Senior League

Saturday 24th March 2018 3pm KO

Attendance: 45

2017/18 Season – Match 58

Hullbridge: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sporting Bengal: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks


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Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a breezy day at Lower Road, Hullbridge welcomed Sporting Bengal in what was a crunch encounter for the hosts. Team-wise, Sports lost Rob Hodgson this week to Barkingside while Michael Salako and Eamon Payne were unavailable so Luke Hornsley and Adebola Sotoyinbo lined up in attack with captain Jimmy Cox in a support role. As for Sporting, they were missing Steven Carvell, Eaia Embalo & Josh Adjei though looked to grab their third win of the week.

In the early stages of this encounter, the visitors looked to get their passing game going as midfielder Declan Nche blasted an effort wide four minutes in. The hosts’ front two of Adebola Sotoyinbo and Luke Hornsley were causing problems thanks to their respective pace and strength. Sotoyinbo broke the deadlock on 13 minutes as a good ball in from the left by Matt Rose came into his path and he beat visiting ‘stopper Hossam Hassan from close range. Hassan was kept quite busy in the next portion of the match, as a Jimmy Cox free-kick was gratefully gathered.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Hassan’s poor goal kick went straight to Hornsley who ran towards goal and compounded the ‘keeper’s woes by slotting home well to double Hullbridge’s lead seven minutes before the break.

It got better for Darren Manning’s side just before the break as Cox headed in at the back post to give the hosts a healthy cushion at half-time.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 3 – 0 Sporting Bengal

Hullbridge continued to push for more goals after the break as first midfielder Joe Pattison prodded wide three minutes after the re-start before minutes later, Hornsley got his brace by heading in a super deep cross from full-back Matt Dicks at the back post.

In fairness, Sporting were poor defensively for the majority of this match though going forward they were decent in possession without really creating too many guilt-edged chances. Attacking midfielder Ashaan Siddik shone though for Sporting with his pace and trickery as Hullbridge tired somewhat in the last half-hour. Efforts from winger Codey Cameron, Nche and Anthony Murray-Bruce couldn’t beat home goalkeeper Jamie Merralls as the home defence, led by centre-backs Daniel Okah and club stalwart Sam Taylor stuck to their task well.

Full-Time: Hullbridge 4 – 0 Sporting Bengal

Hullbridge won this one well and also recorded their first clean sheet since Manning took charge. Also, Hullbridge have climbed out of the bottom four with this result – the thing now is to stay there.

You can hear my post-match interviews with Hullbridge boss Darren Manning and Sporting Bengal manager Imrul Gazi on this Thursday’s episode of the Grassroots Football Show with Adam and guest co-host Damian ‘Damo’ Clark on East London Radio.



Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Matt Dicks (Charlie Buffin 69′), Matt Rose, Sam Taylor, Daniel Okah, Conor Mead, Joe Pattison, Matt Tapley, Luke Hornsley, Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Nathan Burrell 77′), Adebola Sotoyinbo (Luca Frankis 66′)

Goal-scorers: Sotoyinbo [13′], Luke Hornsley [38′, 52′], Jimmy Cox [45′]

Booked: Pattison | Subs Not Used: Ramsey (GK), Poole


Sporting Bengal Utd

Hossam Hassan (GK), Shafiul Choudhary, Teo Borozan, Declan Nche, Freddy Tandon (Capt), Anthony Murray-Bruce, Codey Cameron (Nazmul Ahmed 69′), Alpha Jah (Tanvir Ahmed 46′), Kevin Igweai, Ashaan Siddik, David Vaughan

Booked: Siddik | Subs Not Used: Ackie, Gazi

Referee: Paul Humphries
Assistant Referees: Ray Parmenter and Trevor Williams

Essex Senior League round-up (3.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of all the action in the Essex Senior League (ESL) action this weekend plus the results from the FA Vase 3rd Round ties involving ESL sides.

Saturday 2nd December

FC Romania 5 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 24

FCR produced another strong showing to overpower Woodford at Theobalds Lane. Mihai Botosan’s brace [26′ & 48′] put the hosts ahead before goals from Taban [56′], Ghinea [77′] and Lupu [90′] sealed a big win to send FCR second in the table, four points behind leaders Redbridge.

Ilford 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 28

Burnham held the Foxes at Cricklefield. Karl Swanborough continued his recent goal-scoring exploits by putting Ramblers ahead on seven minutes. Ilford hot-shot James Peagram levelled five minutes before half-time. Ilford stay 8th, level on points with Tower Hamlets above them on goal difference while Burnham are 16th.

Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 1 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 30

Bengal prevailed over Wick at Mile End. Jake Casey got Wick’s goal while Bengal recovered through Steven Carvell [65′] and a brace from Oscar Mendes [81′ & 83′] to seal the points and go 11th in the table. Wick are second bottom.

Takeley 6 – 0 Southend Manor
| Venue: Station Road | Attendance: 57

Takeley roared back to victory with a comprehensive win at Station Road. Carl Mullings opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before Mitchell Das [45’+2] made it two. After the break, the hosts rammed home their advantage with Nick Barrett [47′]¡ Jason Todd [52′], Mullings’ second with five minutes left & a late sixth by Will Green sealed the points to go 3rd in the table, Manor sit 10th.

Waltham Forest 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 42

Hamlets had a day to forget at Kitchener Road. Forest led nine minutes in through Mo Sagaf before Abiola Tanimowo doubled the lead a minure before the break. Joe Creasey [74′] and Nikko Stokes [85′] sealed the points while James Ross got the visitors’ consolation.

West Essex 2 – 1 Barkingside
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 26

The Stags grabbed a last-minute win at Mayesbrook Park. Cameron Gray got the opener for the hosts, Jerome Martelli got Barkingside’s goal before Tom MacLeod got an injury-time winner for Kwame Kwateng’s side. West Essex sit 9th while Barkingside drop to 18th.

FA Vase R3 results:
Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd | Att: 98
Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893 | Att: 85

Essex Senior League round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another edition of my semi-regular ESL round-up, which this weekend takes in a few upsets and also some good performances. Enjoy.

Friday 24th Nov

Tower Hamlets 3 – 2 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 55

Hamlets edged this encounter with Wick to pick up a much-needed win. Curtis Pond gave the hosts the lead three minutes before the break, though Hassan Nalbant [47′] struck with his fourth goal in two matches to level for the visitors. Pond restored Hamlets lead nine minutes later before Jeff Idemudia once again restored parity on 63 minutes. Hamlets were not to be denied though as David McCarthy got the winner 11 minutes from time.

Also, Hackney Wick announced following this match that ex-Woodford & Brentwood boss Tony Ievoli will be their new manager. I’m sure the Non-League community in the area will wish Tony well in his new role.


Saturday 25th Nov

Barkingside 0 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 58

Wakering ‘got the job done’ with victory at Cricklefield. Goals from Jay Nash [5′] and Billy Johnson [55′] were enough. to seal Rovers’ 6th straight league win. For the hosts, their fourth straight league defeat leaves thrm 14th and in danger of being dragged into the dogfight at the bottom of the table.

Clapton 1 – 1 Ilford
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 78

These two old rivals were locked in a stalemate at the OSD. The Tons led through Jeffrey Cobblah 65th-minute strike though hot-shot James Peagram secured a point by levelling 11 minutes from time.

Enfield 1893 0 – 5 FC Romania
| Venue: The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 62

FCR continued their superb recent form with a big win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Mihai Botosan [12′], George Taban [24′], Adrian Balsanu [62′] gave the visitors a big lead though Enfield’s pain was complete as Ionut Juganu [89′] and Sergiu Pitaru [90’+1] added late strikes to seal FCR’s 9th win in their last 11 league matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Crofters End | Attendance: 50

Redbridge came away with another 3 points after this good win at Crofters. Brian Moses struck on 29 minutes to give the visitors the lead at the break. Second-half goals from Eljay Worrell [51′], Moses [60′] and Martin Tuohy six minutes from time sealed the win though Leon Lewis [89′] got a consolation for Sawbo. The Motormen have won their last seven ESL matches on-the-reel.

Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Attendance: 65

Manor were surpassed on the day by an lively new-look Hullbridge side. I attended this match, my report is here:

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 0 West Essex
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 15

Bengal grabbed a rare win through goals from David Vaughan [45′] and Oscar Mendes [75′]. Indeed this was Bengal’s first win in ten league matches while West Essex are on a three-match winless run.

Stansted 1 – 4 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 26

Burnham came from behind to grab a win they badly needed at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Wisley Baltazar [12′] put them ahead. The hosts then missed a penalty soon afterward and were pegged back by Ryan Plom’s goal ten minutes before the break. After the break, goals from Karl Swanborough [56′] and a Bradley Morgan spot-kick on the hour, turned the tide before Swanborough grabbed a fourth in added-time.

Waltham Forest 2 – 0 Takeley
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 58

Forest upset Takeley to grab their second league win in their last five matches. Goals from Abiolo Tanimowo [40′] and Mo Sagaf in added-time sealed a ‘bad day at the office’ for Marc Das’ side as their eight-match unbeaten run was ended.

Woodford Town 2 – 4 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Attendance: 32

Wadham’s turnaround to their season continued as they won at Goffs Lane. Eli Benoit [6′] and Mario Gnijaj [32′] gave Wadham the platform though an OG and Dwade James sealed the points five minutes from time. Asher Modeste & another OG accounted for the hosts’ goals. Wadham’s unbeaten run now sits at six matches.




Match Report: Hullbridge Sports *1 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd (GBMT 26.9.17)

The Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Round One

*Denotes won on penalties

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 44

2017-18 Season – Match 24

Tuesday 26th September 2017 7.45pm KO

Hullbridge Sports : Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sporting Bengal Utd: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Hullbridge v S Bengal (GBMT R1 26.9.17)
Hullbridge head clear during the match (Image Credit: Peter Dudley or @ped1980 on Twitter)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports took on Sporting Bengal Utd in a Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy First Round tie. The hosts sported a strong side while Bengal were missing several first-team regulars including the likes of Antony Murray-Bruce, Oscar Mendes and goalkeeper Denzel Kobia.

We certainly didn’t have long to wait for the first goal. In the first minute, a Jimmy Cox free-kick was floated in and forward Luca Frankis’ header powered into the right corner to give Rob Hodgson’s side the lead. The hosts did have more of the play in the early-going and therefore more of the chances as well, though midfielder Sam Dulieu and Cox couldn’t find the target. Hullbridge suffered an early setback as forward Howard Wright had to be substituted on 17 minutes, due to what appeared to be a hamstring injury, with Jamie Buffin replacing him.

On 21 minutes, Bengal midfielder Ashaan Siddik’s mazy run got through the Sports defence though Hullbridge goalkeeper Bobby Mason did well to gather the ball cleanly to deny him. The hosts did need to re-settle themselves after the substitution though Bengal levelled with 26 minutes on the watch as Mahdi Khan’s shot squirmed through Mason’s legs at the near post.

Both sides had chances to go ahead in the remainder of the first half. Just after the half-hour, Hullbridge midfielder Lewis Watson’s header hit the crossbar from full-back Charlie Buffin’s right-wing cross. Three minutes later, Siddik’s goal-bound drive was well tipped-over the bar by Mason. Bengal were awarded a penalty four minutes before the break, though skipper Freddy Tandon’s spot-kick was well-saved by Mason, diving to his left. Although they had to negotiate a few hairy moments at the back, the hosts made it to half-time honours-even.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd

Only a minute into the second half, Watson’s drive was parried away by visiting goalkeeper Ataaib Khan. The Bengal custodian also gathered headers from Watson and Hodgson soon afterward and in the main, he was calm and assured in supporting his defenders.

With 68 minutes gone, Cox’s shot was saved by Khan following a good run by Hodgson through the middle in possession. The visitors did find another gear in the latter stages though shots on goal from Mahdi Khan, forward Jamalur Rahman and winger Codey Cameron couldn’t get past Mason. Deep into added-time, Bengal were awarded another spot-kick after a foul by Charlie Buffin, which saw his gather his second booking on the way to a (not very) early bath. This time, Cameron took the spot-kick though ‘lightning did strike twice’ as he blazed his kick over the bar. So, the dreaded spot-kick deciders were necessary as is this competition there isn’t any extra-time.

After 90 mins:  Hullbridge Sports  1 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd

In the shoot-out, to begin with anyway, the evening’s lack of penalty success continued as Hullbridge’s Aaron Hunwicks and Bengal’s Mahdi Khan both had their spot-kicks saved. Hullbridge’s Jimmy Cox edged his side ahead before Bengal’s Codey Cameron levelled. Hullbridge substitute Jamie Buffin made it 2-1 before Bengal skipper Tandon once again missed, hitting the bar. Michael Edgar successfully converted his spot-kick to make it 3-1 before Bengal forward Rahman made it 3-2 though Hullbridge substitute Damien Siemienczuk scored the winning penalty to see his side advance to the next round where they will face Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park in an intriguing local derby.

FT: 1 – 1 (Hullbridge won 4-2 on penalties)

In summary, the match was pretty even for most of the evening. Both sides had their chances; the hosts in particular could’ve scored four or five if they were more clinical whilst Bengal will rue those two missed penalties. For the hosts, forward Luca Frankis stood out as a threat on the right flank while midfielders Lewis Watson and Sam Dulieu put a heck of a shift in. For the visitors, winger Mahdi Khan and midfielder Ashaan Siddik put in good performances in my opinion.


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Bobby Mason  (GK) 1  Ataaib Khan  (GK)
2  Charlie Buffin 2  Shafi Noor
3  Aaron Hunwicks 3  Ismael Chand            (Subbed 69’)
4  Michael Edgar 4  David Tarawali
5  Rob Hodgson 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Ollie Quick 6  Adil Salih
7  Luca Frankis     (Subbed 78’) 7  Codey Cameron
8  Lewis Watson 8  Ashaan Siddik
9  Howard Wright  (Subbed 17’) 9  Curtley McIntosh       (Subbed 53’)
10  Jimmy Cox  (C) 10  Jamalur Rahman
11  Sam Dulieu 11  Mahdi Khan


12  Jamie Buffin                 (On 17’) 12  Nazmul Ahmed        (On 69’)
14  Damien Siemienczuk  (On 78’) 13  Jahed Ahmed
15  Angus Poole 14  Daryl Noble              (On 53’)
GK  Jamie Merralls 15  Imrul Gazi


Kirk Edwards
Assistant Referees:

Erwin Kegyes

Ray Parmenter

Booked: Edgar, Hunwicks, Hodgson Booked: Rahman, Cameron.
Sent Off: C Buffin (2 Bookings)

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd (FA Vase 9.9.17)

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 78

2017-18 Season – Match 18

Saturday 9th September 2017 3pm KO

Great Wakering: Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Sporting Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On FA Vase First Qualifying Round day, Great Wakering Rovers welcomed fellow Essex Senior League side Sporting Bengal Utd to Burroughs Park.

Wakering looked to set the tone early and did so when they took the lead only seven minutes in through hot-shot Neil Richmond, who slotted home coolly when the ball fell to him kindly in a congested penalty area. The hosts looked to ‘keep their foot on the gas’ and ten minutes after the goal, winger Billy Johnson drilled a strike wide of the right-side post.

Bengal responded though as winger Codey Cameron fizzed a free-kick wide of the left-side post on 20 minutes. Bengal had a decent penalty shout turned down moments later as forward Shiblu Miah went down under home goalkeeper Rees Hawkins’ challenge, though the referee was adamant in his decision. Wakering’s Johnson then forced visiting goalkeeper Danzel Kobia into action as the winger’s drilled strike was heading in though Kobia managed to tip it over the bar well for a corner. Wakering had further chances before the half-hour mark though they did extend their lead eight minutes from the break as Wakering forward Chris Bryan fired past Kobia after getting past the Bengal defence.

Just before half-time, Bengal were awarded a penalty, which captain Freddy Tandon duly converted, sending the ball into the right corner.

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd

The second half began well as Bengal winger Cameron powered another free-kick wide. The visitors didn’t have that many chances though the hosts certainly began ‘on the front-foot’ as Richmond popped up again in the box, powering a header into the left corner two minutes after the break. To their credit, the visitors did not ‘drop their heads’ and midfielder Adil Salih tried to lob Hawkins with a floating free-kick from 25 yards though the Wakering goalkeeper managed to save comfortably.

Wakering responded as forward Jay Nash had two chances to extend the hosts’ lead, the second of them being a header which hit the bar and following up, Richmond headed wide. Two minutes after coming on, Wakering forward Stephen Butterworth made it 4-1 with a tap-in after a pinpoint right-wing cross by Richmond. Bengal ‘keeper Kobia was called in action with 16 minutes left, denying midfielder Aaron Russell’s effort.

In the last ten minutes, Jay Nash’s header made it five and the impressive Richmond did get his hat-trick with a tap-in following Butterworth’s unselfish pass. Iain O’Connell’s side were too good today and will be delighted to reach the next round. Richmond was the stand-out performer though Johnson, Nash & Bryan all played their part too. Bengal couldn’t quite make their chances count though in fairness they were missing a few regulars today.

Fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @andywilkins2015) was also at the game today and here are his thoughts in-brief: Wakering showed why they should be taken seriously in the ESL with this good performance here. Neil Richmond is continuing his great form and I’m sure his hat-trick today won’t be the last he manages to get this season for the Rovers. They now go to Takeley in midweek with a point to prove against the ESL’s second-placed side in the Essex Senior Cup. As for Bengal, they go again in midweek but they should be happy with their performance as they showed they can do it.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Sporting Bengal Utd

Richmond 7’,47’,86’                   Tandon (pen 45’)

Bryan 37’,

Butterworth 67’, Nash 81’


I’d like to wish both sides the best for the remainder of this interesting season. Also, my thanks to Andy for his comments on today’s encounter.


Great Wakering Rovers

Manager: Iain O’Connell

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Rees Hawkins  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia  (GK)
2  Jason Ring       (Subbed 77’) 2  Shafiul Choudhury        (Subbed 58’)
3  Oliver Woodhouse 3  Tanjeem Choudhury    (Subbed 46’)
4  Scott Pethers 4  Antony Murray-Bruce
5  Joe Nightingill  (C) 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Aaron Russell 6  Adil Salih
7  Billy Johnson 7  Codey Cameron            (Subbed 75’)
8  Ricky Evans     (Subbed 75’) 8  David Tarawali
9  Neil Richmond 9  Shiblu Miah
10  Chris Bryan    (Subbed 65’) 10  Ashaan Siddik
11  Jay Nash 11  Sulaimana Udi Ba


12  Franklin Craik 12  Ismael Chand          (On 46’)
14  Samuel Carter                (On 75’) 13  Ataaib Khan
15  Charlie Seadon               (On 77’) 14  David Vaughan       (On 75’)
16  Stephen Butterworth    (On 65’) 15  Mayckol Sabino     (On 58’)
17  Louis Robinson 16  Shafi Noor


James Kerten
Assistant Referees:

Grant Mathias & Newton Gordon

Booked: Russell, Evans, Nightingill, Carter

Booked: Cameron, Sabino

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 5 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 42

Date: Saturday 29th April 2017 3.10pm KO

Hullbrudge Sports  : Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 Sporting Bengal Utd : Bright Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Hullbridge & S Bengal players before KO (ESL 29.4.17)
Hullbridge & S. Bengal players before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice sunny afternoon at Lower Road, mid-table Hullbridge Sports took on Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter, on the last day of the ESL season. The eventful nature of this match started before kick-off as it was delayed due to Bengal manager Imrul Gazi being stuck in traffic, also having the team’s kit with him.

It got more eventful as the Bengal line-up was revealed, which saw an already depleted line-up further impinged by having to field Gazi himself in goal. Credit goes to him by the way.

Both sides struggled to settle in the early stages of the match, Bengal having a couple of early chances though forward Steven Carvell’s drive was deflected for a corner then soon afterward, captain Shiblu Miah shot wide of the right-side post.

Hullbridge did battle back with winger Charlie Little looking dangerous on the right flank with his crossing. Indeed, Little fired over the bar midway through the first-half when one-on-one with ‘keeper Gazi. Moments later, Hullbridge captain Jimmy Cox forced a decent save from the stand-in stopper.

Just past the half-hour mark, Bengal forward Lewis Francis shot wide of goal after an error from home defender Sam Taylor. Almost straight after, Hullbridge forward Luca Frankis twice couldn’t find the target and then Little fired wide from a narrow angle.

What was evident was home captain Cox audibly trying to lift his team-mates throughout the match. Little had a goal ruled out five minutes before the break for a push on visiting defender Raul Da Silva, it looked quite harsh. Though it didn’t matter as two minutes before the interval a free-kick from Aaron Hunwicks went sent into the box and Little was there to get a tap-in. Hullbridge should have been 3 or 4 ahead by this point though a combination of decent defending at times and largely poor finishing meant the difference was only one at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd

The second half began with Bengal hitting the woodwork, Shiblu Miah striking a decent effort, with home ‘keeper Jamie Merralls beaten. The home side had another goal chalked off four minutes after the re-start for off-side. Hullbridge kept going though and got their reward as on 65 minutes, Frankis grabbed another tap-in after a good cross in from Little on the right. Ten minutes later, Cox got the goal he probably deserved, lofting the ball over ‘keeper Gazi to make it 3-0.

Bengal were denied by ‘keeper Merralls three minutes later, Chris Wright being foiled as his shot was well saved. In the closing stages, Hullbridge put the ‘icing on the cake’ as Dean Wallace slotted home past Gazi into the left corner and soon after, Cox got his second, blasting home from close range.

As far as performances went, I thought Charlie Little, Jimmy Cox and Dean Wallace did quite well for Hullbridge. For Sporting Bengal, I thought Aaron Wickham and Steven Carvell did well.

Hullbridge got the win they wanted and deserved; they finish the season in 11th place on 60 points. You had to feel a bit for Bengal, as they held out quite well initially despite only having 12 available players though regardless of today’s result, they finish 19th, 15 points clear of the bottom three and will look to better that position next season.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 5 – 0   Sporting Bengal Utd

Little 43’, Frankis 65’

Cox 75’, 88

Wallace 86’


Hullbridge Sports

Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

Sporting Bengal Utd

Player-Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Jamie Merralls  (GK) 1  Imrul Gazi (GK)
2  Aaron Hunwicks 2  Troy Alexander
3  Sam Taylor 3  Aaron Wickham
4  Dean Wallace 4  Shafi Noor
5  Kieran Offord   (Subbed 56’) 5  Raul Da Silva
6  Joe Turpin 6  Mo Gulzar Hussain
7  Charlie Little 7  Lewis Francis
8  Ben Perry 8  David Vaughan
9  Jimmy Cox (C) 9  Shiblu Miah  (C)
10  Luca Frankis 10  Steven Carvell
11  Charlie Gerada   (Subbed 56’) 11  Chris Wright    (Subbed 79’)
12  Matt Brinklow  (On  56’) 12  Samad Miah   (On 79’)
14  Rob Hodgson   (On  56’)
Booked: Cox


Jeff Stanley
Assistant Referees:

Ray Parmenter

Trevor Williams


Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 3 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 76

Date: Monday April 3rd 2017 7.50pm

Barkingside  : Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts and Navy Blue Socks

 Sporting Bengal Utd: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts and Black Socks

Barkingside v Sporting Bengal players before KO (ESL 3.4.17)
Barkingside & Bengal players before KO


Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on Sporting Bengal Utd in another Essex Senior League match. Before kick-off, there was a minute’s silence recognising the loss of Barkingside U17 player Andrew Balfour, who sadly passed away following a battle with leukaemia. My best wishes to Andrew’s family and friends & I applaud the collection that was organised to assist his family.

Bengal were making their second trip to Cricklefield in three days following Saturday’s loss to Ilford, and made six changes to their starting XI (see teamsheet below)

The start of this match was fairly even, with Bengal having early chances through forwards Oscar Mendes and Yaya Embalo. For the home side, midfielder Liam Clifton’s free-kick was punched away by visiting goalkeeper Denzel Kobia. Barkingside did take the lead though, as winger Kai Heather lobbed Kobia well on 20 minutes. This unsurpringly buoyed the hosts, and on the half-hour, forward Jason Fontaine tried a lob of his own over ‘keeper Kobia though could only find the side-netting.

Heather was also pinging in a few good crosses from the right flank, giving the Bengal defence a few nervous moments. Bengal though were still decent though going forward as with 12 minutes to go until the break, winger Lewis Francis sent in a good cross from the right wing, only for Mendes to head just wide. Moments later, Mendes shot wide after a Bengal corner was half-cleared. With five minutes to go until the break, captain Paul Wright’s free-kick was headed wide by fellow defender Scott Mitchell.

Half-Time: Barkingside 1 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd

After the break, Bengal really stepped it up a gear, having chances early on through Francis and midfielder Bayo Cuino who both shot wide, followed soon after by Embalo who misjudged his header whilst in a good position.

Just past the hour mark, Bengal did level after Mendes found himself in the area and lobbed home ‘keeper Tyler McCarthy. Game on.  Having got back in the match, the visitors piled forward and got further impetus by taking the lead nine minutes after the equaliser as winger Francis was well found by a free-kick in space on the right wing, blasting a fierce drive past McCarthy from just outside the box. Bengal sealed the points with eight minutes remaining, as forward Embalo coolly slotted past McCarthy to complete the turnaround.

Barkingside seemed to lose their rhythm after the break and struggled to create chances, which will no doubt disappoint manager Gus Gulfer. Credit to the visitors though, they deserved the three points as Mendes, Embalo and Francis really gave the home defence a tricky time of it in the second half especially. Barkingside stay 10th, level on points with Hullbridge in 11th, though ‘Side have a game in hand. Bengal remain 19th, though are now 12 points clear of the bottom three.

Full-Time: Barkingside         1   –   3       Sporting Bengal Utd

                   Heather 20’            Mendes 63’  , Francis 72’,  Embalo 82’



Manager: Gus Gulfer

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Tyler McCarthy  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia  (GK)
2  Ibrahim Conteh 2  Anthony Murray-Bruce   (Subbed 88’)
3  Paul Wright   (C) 3  Shafi Noor
4  Scott Mitchell 4  Jack Lamb
5  Danny Blake           (Subbed 85’) 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Jason Ajoodha 6  Mark Wheeler
7  Kai Heather       (Subbed 46’) 7  Codey Cameron
8  Sam Edwards 8  Bayo Cuino
9  Jason Fontaine 9  Oscar Mendes
10  David Laird 10  Yaya Embalo
11  Liam Clifton       (Subbed 77’) 11  Lewis Francis    (Subbed 90’ +1)


12  Fionn Glancy   (On 77’) 14  Chris Wright         (On 90’ +1)
14  George Ademilyu   (On 46’) 15  David Vaughan    (On 88’)
15  Augustus Ruzgas   (On  85’) 16  Tony Tandon
16  Jimmy Nottage 17  David Tarawali
17  Marvin Birch 18  Daryl Noble


Lee Markwick

Assistant Referees:

Matthew Friend

Abdel Hamid Zekri

Match Report: Ilford 3 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 48

Date: Saturday 1st April 2017 3pm KO

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

 Sporting Bengal Utd : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly nice afternoon at Cricklefield, Ilford took on Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter.

The match began with Ilford being on the front foot with forward Sipho Mytanda striking a free-kick that was comfortably saved by visiting ‘keeper Dwayne Espirit.

Bengal responded with experienced forward Steven Carvell curling a decent strike wide of the right-hand post on around 10 minutes. Bengal’s Chris Wright could have put the visitors in front just moments later but shot just wide from close range.

Ilford came back though as mid-way through the half, forward Karolis Atutis’s header passed the ‘keeper but not the post. Just the past hour, Wright could have given Imrul Gazi’s side the lead though his strike was cleared off the goal-line.

Both sides had chances to go ahead, though the first-half was still rather quiet and well, after half-time I was hoping for an improvement, to be honest.

Half-Time: Ilford  0  –  0  Sporting Bengal Utd

As it happens, that improvement came after the break. Ilford took advantage of a bright-ish start and took the lead through Luke Thomas curling drive from inside the area. Ilford kept the pressure firmly on as only a minute later, a speculative effort from 25 yards from Mytanda caught Espirit unawares and he couldn’t keep it out.

Ilford completed a three-goal salvo in less than 15 minutes when midfielder Isaac Nkosi robbed Espirit of possession and passed the ball calmly into the net. Credit to Bengal though as they didn’t give up and kept running, winger Codey Cameron made a couple of good runs down the flanks, as well as forward Carvell having a couple of chances from free-kicks and fellow forward David Tarawali effort was blocked, all late on.

Just before the final whistle, Mytanda nearly grabbed a second as a great free-kick heading into the top corner was tipped over by Espirit in the Bengal goal for a corner. Ilford’s back four had a good game, with Toib Adeyemi playing at centre-half and was strong throughout. Overall, this was a good win for Allan Fenn’s side and they rise to 5th in the ESL table, five points behind Takeley with a game in hand. Bengal stay 19th, still nine points clear of Tower Hamlets in 20th.

FT:                     Ilford       3   –    0        Sporting Bengal Utd

Thomas 51’, Mytanda 52’ Nkosi 62’



Manager: Allan Fenn

Sporting Bengal Utd 

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Chris Clark (GK) 1  Dwayne Espirit   (GK)
2  Edas Valionis 2  Josh Adeji
3  Luke Thomas 3  Shafi Noor
4  Harry Matthews     (Subbed 61’) 4  Jack Lamb
5  Toib Adeyemi 5  Chris Wright    (Subbed 61’)
6  Luke McLeavy (C) 6  Mark Wheeler (C)
7  Ryan Ramsay 7  Codey Cameron
8  Isaac Nkosi 8  Ashaan Siddik
9  Carl Mullings        (Subbed 81’) 9  Lewis Francis          (Subbed 68’)
10  Karolis Atutis     (Subbed 61’) 10  Steven Carvell
11  Sipho Mytanda 11  David Tarawali
12  Chris Stevens 14  Troy Alexander    (On 68’)
14  Joe Killingback   (On 61’) 16  David Vaughan    (On 61’)
15  Alfie Bartram  (On 61’) 17  Oscar Mendes
16 Jamie Hart         (On 81’)
17 Andy Edmunds
Booked: Mytanda, Killingback Booked: None
Referee: Adam Humphreys
Assistant Referees: Tony King

Moraru Gheorghe

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 10

Date: Saturday 11th March 2017 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor  : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Sporting Bengal Utd  : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a pleasant afternoon at Southchurch Park, high-flying Southend Manor took on the improving Sporting Bengal Utd in an Essex Senior League encounter.

The match fizzed into life in the early-going, as Manor had a Dwade James goal ruled out for off-side. Moments later, Bengal forward Oscar Mendes was one-on-one with home ‘keeper Lewis Down but missed the target – as it happened it would’ve been ruled out for off-side regardless.

It was the visitors though who took the lead after just 11 minutes, with winger Shiblu Miah slotting past Down. The game fizzled out again for a little bit afterward, though Sporting Bengal were shading it, with more incisive passing than the home side.

Bengal doubled their advantage just past the half-hour mark as Mendes beat ‘keeper Down to the ball and struck a low, composed finish into the right corner. The visitors had further chances to put the game beyond doubt very soon afterward. Full-back Raul De Silva heading just wide from a corner, before Miah blasted an effort over the bar following a poor clearance.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor 0 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd

Manor boss Stuart Marshall rung the changes at half-time, making two changes at the start of the half. Manor forward James blasted an effort over the bar in the opening minutes.

Bengal forward Ashaan Siddak blasted an well-struck effort nine minutes into the  second half, luckily it was straight at ‘keeper Down. Manor gradually got a bit of rhythm going, though a pair of free-kicks from captain Vinny Murphy saw the first saved by visiting ‘keeper Denzel Kobia and the second blocked for a corner. From the resulting corner, Murphy himself headed over the bar.

Manor did pull one back though with 20 minutes left, returning forward Rhys Fatt headed in from close range after a goal-line clearance from the Bengal defence.

Bengal were still pushing for a third, as Siddak had another effort saved by Down. As the game headed into the last ten minutes, Bengal full-back De Silva still powered down the left wing to assist his forwards.

The game ended on a bit of a sour note as in injury-time Manor captain Murphy was given a straight red card for what can politely be described as a bad headed challenge on Mendes. Murphy knew what was coming before the red card came out of referee Kirk Edwards’ pocket.

Right at the end, Bengal winger Codey Cameron’s free-kick crashed into the angle of post & bar as Bengal held out. Bengal’s performance merited the win, the ‘front four’ of Miah, Cameron, Siddak & Mendes played well. By contrast, I know Manor boss Marshall was not happy at his side’s performance.

Manor stay 4th in the ESL table, though are only 3 points ahead of Takeley in 5th. Bengal stay 19th though pull further clear of fellow Mile End side Tower Hamlets, now 6 points ahead of Hamlets in 20th spot.

Full-Time:  Southend Manor 1 – 2 Sporting Bengal Utd

Fatt 70’                            Miah 18’   Mendes 31’


Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Sporting Bengal Utd

 Player-Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Lewis Down  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia (GK)
2  Shay Kelly 2  David Tarawali
3  Ted Buchanan  (Subbed 46’) 3  Raul De Silva
4  Jake Brocklebank 4  Jack Lamb
5  Daniel Okah 5  Freddy Tandon (C)
6  Vinny Murphy (C) 6  Mark Wheeler
7  Rhys Fatt 7  Codey Cameron
8  Joe Pattison     (Subbed 46’) 8  Shafi Noor
9  Dwade James     (Subbed 62’) 9  Oscar Mendes   (Subbed 90 +2)
10  Christy O’Donoghue 10  Ashaan Siddik
11  George Crispin 11  Shiblu Miah    (Subbed 77’)
12  Robbie Ferrell    (On 62’) 14  David Vaughan   (On 77’)
14  Michael Bottone    (On 46’) 16  Troy Alexander   (On 90 +2)
15  Billy Cottrill     (On 46’) 17  Imrul Gazi
16  Kevin Zola 18  Samad Miah
17  Robbie Norris 19  Steven Carvell
Sent Off: Murphy
Referee: Kirk Edwards
Assistant Referees: Sven Wood

Trevor Williams