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

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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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 8/Sat 9 Nov) [ESL 19/20 10.11.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action, which includes matches from the nine league matches on this Remembrance weekend of Saturday 9th November. Thanks for reading.

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Friday 8 November

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Redbridge  1 – 2  Woodford Town   | Oakside | Att: 78

Woodford emerged from a tough battle with Redbridge at Oakside with all three points on Friday night. Andrea Montovani put the driven visitors ahead on 27 minutes. Town had more chances to go further ahead and they paid for those misses as Taylor Tombides [68’] levelled things up, though it was substitute Lance Ledgister who got a late winner for the Towners with three minutes to spare. I attended this match and if you’d like more, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/match-report-redbridge-1-2-woodford-town-fri-8th-nov-esl/

 

Saturday 9 November

 

Hadley  8 – 0  Clapton   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 45

Hadley maintained their brilliant home record as they crushed the Tons at Brickfield Lane. The Bricks were four goals up at half-time and had an ensemble cast of Alfie Bartram, Solomon Ofori, Cameron Ferguson, two from Luke Jupp plus Shaz Anwar and substitute Jason Rice to thank for this hugely dominant score-line. As a result, Hadley go into third after their sixth win in succession. Clapton’s fourth loss in their last five sees them remain second-bottom.

 

Hashtag Utd  5 – 2  Enfield   | Chadfields  | Att: 222

The Tags went through the gears to claim another big win, this time over out-of-form Enfield at Chadfields. Rapid winger Joshua Osude put Jay Devereux’s side ahead with 34 minutes gone, to which ex-West Essex forward Samraj Gill plundered a second with a great strike four minutes before the interval. Gill then teed up Jesse Waller-Lassen ten minutes after the restart. The E’s managed to get on the score-sheet thanks to skipper Ben Bradbury with twenty minutes remaining. The match had an entertaining finale as first, Harry Honesty made it 4 – 1 nine minutes from time, before Aundre Spencer got another one back for Matt Hanning’s side five minutes afterwards. Then at the death, Ross Gleed struck from 25 yards out in added-time to add a reminder of the threat Utd pose in the Essex Senior title race as they now extend their lead at the summit to six points, though all the rest of the top four have games in hand on them. Enfield’s third straight defeat sees them drop to 14th.

 

Ilford  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury   | Cricklefield | Att: 42

St Mags fought to a decent win over Ilford at Cricklefield. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side saw goal-hungry forward Kyle Roberts move to Ware this week, though had defender Dan Palmer to thank for putting them ahead here on eleven minutes. Ryan Reed then showed his ability once again with a fine free-kick two minutes from time. St Mags go back into the top ten while Ilford sit 16th.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 4  Cockfosters   | Southchurch Park | Att: 42

Cockfosters made the most of a superb start to claim the points over Southend Manor. Billy Healey put the visitors ahead after only three minutes, and continued to dazzle the slow-starting Manor side as Ned Clarke doubled that lead with six minutes played. Healey then got a third for Ryan Wade’s side with fourteen minutes gone and they were well on top. Despite Manor picking it up after the break, substitute George Beattie made it four five minutes from time after good work by fellow replacement Ceykan Karagozlu. I also attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/match-report-southend-manor-0-4-cockfosters-sat-9th-nov-esl/

 

 

Stansted  3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town | Hargrave Park | Att: 62

The Airportmen retained their recent good vein of form as they resisted late pressure by the Lilywhites to grab the points at Hargrave Park. Ashaan Siddik joined the club from Sporting Bengal this week and he got the opener with 26 minutes on the watch. Two goals either side of the break from Connor Hammond [40’] and Daniel Cheema [47’] put Messrs Pittuck and Watters’ side in control. Though as ever, Hoddesdon do not ‘throw in the towel’ and gave their hosts a nervy finish as strikes by Isaac Marfo-Jacobs [77’] and Sam Cross with four minutes to play showed their typical resilience. Stansted held on for their third straight win which saw them rise to 12th, while Hoddy drop to eighth.

 

Takeley  2 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Station Road | Att: 61

Takeley got anther three points as they edged this battle with Sporting Bengal at Station Road. George Powell netted on ten minutes to put Marc Das’ side ahead, before two minutes after the restart, Jason Todd made it two. Bobby Redwood responded for Bengal five minutes after that on the eve on manager Imrul Gazi’s birthday. The hosts held on to rise stay fifth.

 

Tower Hamlets  3 – 2  West Essex   | Mile End | Att: 35

Hamlets made a stirring comeback to deny West Essex a much-needed victory at Mile End. Suaibo Balde struck twice for Hamlets here, with Anthony Folkes also on the scorer’s sheet, while Hakim Medfai and Cameron Gray goals had put the Stags ahead. Hamlets rise to 11th while West’s blip continues as they drop to seventh.

 

Walthamstow  0 – 0  Saffron Walden Town  | Wadham Lodge |

Finally, ‘Stow were held by Walden in this top-of-the-table clash at Eadham Lodge. Both sides may be happy with a point given the difficult the conditions though Town remain second, six points adrift of leaders Hashtag with Walthamstow dropping to fourth though retain their unbeaten record after ten matches.

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.

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Vase First Round Proper (ESL sides) [Fri 11/Sat 12 Oct ESL19/20 14.10.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s review of Essex Senior League & FA Vase action involving ESL sides on Non-League Day – Saturday 12 October, here on my blog.  Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior League

Friday 11th October

Woodford Town  1 – 1  Clapton   | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Att: 59

Clapton fought back to claim a point at the Harlow Arena. Tola Odedoyin opened the scoring five minutes before the break. The hosts, now managed by Ross Weare, couldn’t take their chances and the Tons levelled six minutes from time through an OG.

Saturday 12th October

Cockfosters  P – P   Redbridge   |  Chalk Lane  |

Unfortunately, this match fell foul of the weather as it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 6  Hashtag Utd   | Lowfield | Att: 395

Hashtag roared back from a two-goal deficit to claim the points at Lowfield. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs put the hosts ahead on the half-hour, before Jack Lee netted again nine minutes later to put Simon Riddle’s team two goals up. That lead didn’t last long as Ross Gleed’s strike a minute later and Luke Wilson’s first goal for the club five minutes after the interval levelled things up. Jeese Waller-Lassen put Jay Devereux’s team ahead on the hour before Harry Honesty [65′], George Smith [75′] and a late Gleed penalty made it a day to remember for the Tags in front of a huge crowd of nearly 400.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 3  West Essex   | Crofters  | Att: 38

West Essex got their fourth straight league win with victory over battling Sawbridgeworth at Crofters. Josh French broke the deadlock on 22 minutes after making a rare run the length down the middle of the pitch and finishing from Michael Mignot’s clever pass. Sawbo had their goalkeeper Brandon Bullman dismissed with 19 minutes remaining as Mignot and Greg Frederick adding late goals to seal the points for the Stags.

I attended this match & my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/match-report-sawbridgeworth-0-3-west-essex-sat-12-oct-nl-day-esl/

Southend Manor  1 – 4  Tower Hamlets   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 30

Manor fell to a second consecutive home loss as Hamlets got a surprise win at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin got the consolation for the hosts though doubles for Samuel Kifwasima and Suaibo Balde saw John Jatto’s side to their first win in five matches.

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 2   St Margaretsbury | Mile End Stadium

Bengal lost at home again, this time to St Margaretsbury at Mile End. Ryan Reed’s free-kick put the visitors ahead ten minutes before half-time. Steven Carvell levelled for Bengal on 65 minutes before Kyle Roberts kept up his super scoring record recently with the winner ten minutes later.

 

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The FA Vase First Round Proper (Fixtures – ESL sides) –

Friday 11th October

Biggleswade Utd  4 – 4  Saffron Walden Town (AET)

Walden were held at Biggleswade Utd in an epic battle on Friday night. Charlie Cole’s brace & Gavin Cockman put Walden 3 – 0 ahead. Enrique Amador’s hat-trick and Kieran Igbanol got the home strikes and Ryan Fleming got the Bloods’ fourth in extra time though it will require a replay in midweek to settle this tie.

Saturday 12th October

Broadfields Utd  1 – 3  Walthamstow

A brace from Dwade James assisted ‘Stow to the next round as they won at Broadfields. James opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes as Ryan Maxwell’s side led at the break. James struck again on 51 minutes before substitute Ollie Fortune got the third three minutes from time. Ismael Ehui got a late consolation for the home side.

Hadley  0 – 2  Milton Keynes Robins  | Att: 56

Milton Keynes Robins got a surprise win at Hadley. Alex Filip [45+1] and George Shrieves [77′] got the goals as the visitors brought Anthony Clark’s side back down to earth after their FA Cup run ended last weekend.

Harborough Town  4 – 1  Enfield

Enfield started well before bowing out at Harborough Town. Josh Sykes put the visitors ahead 18 minutes into the contest though Town got that crucial leveller just before the interval through Josh Walsh. Aaron Preston hit a brace on 66 & 88 minutes, in between was Ben Williamdon’s strike eight minutes from time.

Stansted  5 – 1  Aylesbury Vale Dynamos | Hargrave Park | Att: 80

The Airportmen got a morale-boosting win over Spartans South Midlands side Aylesbury Valr at Hargrave Park. Moses Carvalho got the opener for thosts on 36 minutes before Daniel Cheema got his first of the afternoon four minutes later. The Dynamos halved the half-time deficit two minutes after the resumption thanks to Dan Wilson’s goal, though Cheema quickly took the game away from the visitors with another brace on 54 & 63 minutes to complete a fine hat-trick. Carvalho then got his second midway through the half to complete a fine afternoon for Messrs Pittuck & Watters.

 

Wellingborough Town  4 – 3  Takeley

Takeley exited the competition here as Wellingborough edged them through goals from Ryan Lovell (2), a Luke Stone spot-kick and one from Matt Long. Glen O’Hanlon, Bryn Thorpe and Coby Miles all struck for Marc Das’ team though their focus is now on their League adventures now.

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.

 

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

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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

Preview: Essex Senior League Matchday 1 (Sat 3rd Aug) (ESL 19/20 1.8.19)

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Hullbridge won the ESL last term, who will get their hands on the trophy in April? (Image: SW)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to the first of a new season of weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. The opening day sees everyone except Hashtag Utd in action and two of the fancied sides at home. Two of the new clubs in Cockfosters and Hadley are also face their debut in the division with intriguing opposition.  Here are my thoughts on the nine matches this weekend.

Saturday 3rd August – 3pm KO

 

Clapton  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Old Spotted Dog

It’s the beginning of a new era for the management at Clapton as Glen Kendall takes charge for the first competitive match as the Tons welcome the Lilywhites to the Old Spotted Dog. Previous incumbent Jon Fowell did well in his near three-season reign in East London, though this is no easy initiation, given Hoddesdon’s very decent defensive record last term which was the joint fourth-best with Takeley.

Though as they say, the new season is a ‘new book’ to be written and I can see this one being a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

Hadley  v  Enfield   |  Brickfield Lane

Hadley enter the ESL fray with a home encounter with Enfield, who finished last term in mid-table. The ‘Bricks’ as they are known, are managed by Anthony Clark and riding high after a 3rd-place finish in their last season in Spartan South Midlands league, prior to their transfer to the ESL. Included in their stats from last term is the small fact that they had the joint-best defence alongside champions Biggleswade.

The first question some may pose is how they will adapt to the rigours of the Essex Senior League and facing an E’s side who will know they have to improve defensively this season will be a good opener. Matt Hanning remains in charge of Enfield though they have moved ground to share at Bishop’s Stortford’s Woodside this season.

I’m hoping to attend this match and it could be a gooden. Have to go with a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Ilford  v  Stansted  | Cricklefield

The Foxes start another new campaign with a new management team, led by ex-Leyton Athletic boss Morgan LaForce. His brief you suspect is to match or better last season’s 10th place finish, which constituted a very respectable season on-the-pitch.

They entertain Stansted, a side who have also seen a change in the dugout. Last season’s co-boss Marc Benterman has headed off to Witham Town though that role has been filled pretty much by ex-Sawbridgeworth Town stalwart John Watters. The Airportmen lost out by five points to champions Hullbridge in the league but after being triumphant in both the Gordon Brasted Trophy and Errington Challenge Cup Finals, you trying telling them it wasn’t a really good season!!

Stand-out goalkeeper Charlie Turner may have moved on though most of the squad remains from last season, and they will be aiming for another strong campaign. Away win in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Redbridge   v   St Margaretsbury  | Oakside

Meanwhile, Redbridge welcome ‘Bury to Oakside on the opening day. Micky Wetherall’s team will be looking to harness the strong end to last season they had to get their 12th-place finish after their woes in the first half of the campaign. St Margs had their own tough spell last term, though under new boss Jon Fowell, they will hope for another decent campaign. My gut says there might be goals in this one and therefore I’m plumping for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  West Essex  | Catons Lane

In their own opening match of the campaign, much-fancied Saffron Walden face the Stags at Catons Lane. Jason Maher’s side have recruited well over the summer and will want to ‘lay down a marker’ in the opening month of the season you feel.

That said, West won this exact fixture in February and they begin their season with a series of league away matches, due to the pitch issues at landlords Barking , where they play. This match on paper sounds a tough assignment for Kwame Kwateng’s side so early on so in that respect, will head for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Sawbridgeworth Town   v  Woodford Town   | Crofters

At Crofters, Sawbridgeworth begin their new era under former Reserve team boss Lee Mackman, with Woodford Town being the visitors. From what we hear on the grapevine, there have been squad changes at Sawbo and it’ll be interesting to see how quickly they find their rhythm.

Woodford may have lost skipper & centre-back Jack Grosvenor to Walthamstow though the bulk of their promising squad remain and on the back of an impressive 6th place last term, if Dee Safer’s team keep that ‘winning habit’ they could be in for another strong campaign. Away win here for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Southend Manor  v  Sporting Bengal Utd     | Southchurch Park

Sporting Bengal begin their season with a trip to Southchurch Park to face Manor. Another ‘new dawn’ is starting at the Southend-based side though manager Adam Peek will have learned much from a tough campaign last term you suspect.

Imrul Gazi’s side is broadly the same as last season though influential skipper Freddy Tandon moved on during the close season, signing for Eastern Senior League South side Frenford. Their last two campaigns in the league have both broken club records in terms of points gained and this match could be a tough battle to start for both teams. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 1

 

Takeley  v  Cockfosters  | Station Road

Takeley entertain new ESL outfit Cockfosters at Station Road. Forward Reece Barrett has returned to the club, where he will be joined by stalwart goalkeeper Ronnie Yates and midfielder Mitchell Das once again. Cockfosters recruited former St Margaretsbury assistant Tony Faulkner in the summer alongside Ryan Wade and Nick Mountford. The North London side only just kept their Step 5 status in the Spartan South Midlands league last term and we’ll see how long it takes for them to adapt to the ESL.

Home win, in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Walthamstow  v  Tower Hamlets       | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally, one of the ESL ‘Title contenders’ in Walthamstow face Tower Hamlets at Wadham Lodge. ‘Stow have added the likes of Ryan Reed and Jamie Bennett to what was on paper at least a strong squad from April. Importantly, prolific forward Dwade James remains their focal point for goals.

By contrast, Tower Hamlets’ squad are in the middle of a rebuild after they saw boss AJ Ashinike depart to join former mentor Allan Fenn at Fisher FC. The Mile End side may take time to settle into the season though here they may well face a ‘Stow side hungry to get off to a strong start. Have to say home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

That’s all for the opening day’s preview. Check back on Sunday when I’ll have the round-up of what happened at the start of the 2019 – 20 Essex Senior League season. Thanks for reading.