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

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Essex Senior League

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: TBA

2019 – 20 Season: Match 20

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – 7.45pm KO

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

Southend Manor: White Shirts, White Socks, White Socks

 

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

St Margaretsbury 4 – 3 Southend Manor

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Half-Time: St Margaretsbury 2 – 3 Southend Manor

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

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

Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  4 – 3  Southend Manor

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

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

 

Teams

St Margaretsbury   | Stand-in Manager: Ray Bartlett

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

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

Sub Not Used: Nicholson

 

Southend Manor    | Manager: Adam Peek

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

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

Sub Not Used: Fitzer

Referee: Gary Baker

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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.

Match Report: Stansted 1 – 0 St Margaretsbury (Mon 22 Apr) [GBT Final 22.4.19]

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Final

Venue: Leslie Field (Burnham Ramblers FC)

Attendance: 148

2018-19 Season – Match 73

Monday 22nd April 2019  – 3.15pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirt, Royal Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

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

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Both sides pre-match

Stansted emerge with the Gordon Brasted Trophy after a hard-fought win over ‘Bury

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

On a glorious day weather-wise at Burnham Ramblers’ Leslie Field, this year’s Gordon Brasted Trophy Final pitted high-flyers Stansted against mid-table St Margaretsbury in the first season in the Essex Senior League. There was a sub-plot for both sides as the Airportmen still have a chance of promotion on the last day of the season while ‘Bury have had a mass squad turnover to contend with and thus looked rather more inexperienced compared to the squad that got them to this Final. Stansted named this season;s leading Clean Sheet holder Charlie Turner in goal, with left-back Billy Coyne as skipper and a front four of Callum Ibe, Jack West, Jordan Palmer and Jack Mitchell. Carl Mullings and midfielder Moses Carvalho were among the substitutes.

St Margs are under the caretaker management of Tony Wild and their full-backs were Tom Hayden and Taylor Wild with Daniel Palmer and Chris Cordana-Soanes at the centre of defence, Mason Todd led the line with skipper Tom Cowell in support along with Enzo Periera and Evvan Brown on the flanks. Kane Garwood and Jayden Mitchell-Brown were among their bench.

The match was delayed by 15 minutes due to a bad accident en route to Burnham but in the opening minutes of the contest it was the Airportmen who had the first sighter of goal with anchor midfielder Paul Clayton knocking a lobbed effort wide of the far post. Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side broke the deadlock on six minutes as full-back Billy Coyne’s corner curled dangerously into the area, evading everyone in a congested penalty box before nestling into the far corner. St Margaretsbury’s first sight of goal came from skipper Tom Cowell’s 35 yard pot-shot which sailed harmlessly wide.

Stansted winger Callum Ibe was again a good outlet for his team, stretching the ‘Bury defence with his pace and trickery. Right on the quarter-hour mark, attacking midfielder Ollie Bell’s pass found Ibe who lobbed over opposition goalkeeper Cameron Bailey and the woodwork, though he was straining to meet the ball. Tony Wild’s team didn’t have much in the way of forays forward though midfielder Glenn Nightingale’s drive kept Stansted stopper Charlie Turner alert. The ‘Bury defence were finding it hard to handle the Airportmen’s combined physicality and pace and thus conceded more chances through a few errors.

Seven minutes before the interval, Coyne send a lofted ball into the danger area, and forward Jack West headed against the crossbar from close range, though the assistant’s flag spared him any grief for not finding the target. With the break approaching, the ‘Blue Brazil’ had a goal chalked off for off-side as another telling Coyne set-piece was parried by Bailey though Clayton was first in to stroke the ball in. So, with only one goal seperating the sides, St Margs had a sniff at goal a minute before half-time as tricky winger Enzo Periera’s free-kick angled in to the six-yard line where Turner gathered under pressure.

Half-Time: Stansted 1 – 0  St Margaretsbury

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Airportmen started the second period with renewed vigour. Winger Jack Mitchell and forward Jack West had efforts which couldn’t find the target, before a Coyne cross from the left was punched away well by Bailey, who had found crosses awkward at times earlier on. Ibe continued to pose problems down the right as he and forward West had efforts denied by Bailey, the former of those two a good effort by Ibe from the edge of the penallty area. St Margs right-back Tom Hayden made a few crucial interceptions, denying Ibe another shot at goal just shy of the hour before Mitchell skewed a drive wide.

As we made our way into the last twenty minutes, ‘Bury substitute Kane Garwood turned well on the edge of the box before drawing a save out of Stansted ‘keeper Turner. The Airportmen were straining to put the match to bed, though forward Jordan Palmer struck straight at Bailey when well-placed to at least test the St Margaretsbury custodian. After arguably their best period of play going forward in the match, in which we saw shades of how St Margs ping the ball around, led by the energetic Periera and Nightingale in central midfield, Stansted squandered more oppurtunities as first, good build-up play by substitutes Moses Carvalho and Carl Mullings ended up with the latter’s ball in which Ibe headed down though Bailey saved again, this time with his feet.

After Cowell had miraculously cleared a stray header from a team-mate off the goal-line, Ibe showed his talents again dribbling his way past two defenders before scuffing a shot wide with only Bailey to bypass. In added time with the nerves rising, Carvalho sent a decent free-kick just over for Stansted while moments later a set-piece from deep by Nightingale found substitute Jayden Mitchell-Brown who could only head over the woodwork.

And with that chance, referee Paul Stratton blew up for time with the boys in blue celebrating a hard-earned victory.

Full-time: Stansted 1 – 0  St Margaretsbury

So, the statistics will read that Stansted are the victors and they had more than enough chances to seal a much more comprehensive success here. Credit though has to go to this youthful ‘Bury side who kept things as tight as they could and showed some enterprise going forward as well at times, although their final ball wasn’t quite there to create a number of stonewall chances that they needed. Nonetheless, both sides will be proud of their efforts in a match which perhaps promised more than it actually delivered.

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‘Blue Brazil’ players celebrate with their supporters…
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Referee Stratton recieves his momento, with his colleagues to follow..
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St Margs players recieve their medals post-match
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Stansted players recieve their medals, sporting the shirt remembering Pittuck Sr

In a really commendable gesture post-match but prior to the Trophy presentation, the Stansted players & managers donned a shirt in memory of co-manager Paul Pittuck’s father Keith who sadly died ten years ago today. Some synergy there on what will undoubtedly be an emotional day for a manager that has more than played his part in Stansted’s revival this term. You have to feel happy for Stansted’s hard-working committee as well who will savour this triumph. They will have a shot at a cup double in the Errington Cup Final against West Essex at Bishop’s Stortford FC on Monday May 6th.

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Stansted players celebrate

Stansted  | Co-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne (Capt), Sam West, Joe Clark (Carl Mullings 70′), Paul Clayton, Callum Ibe, Ollie Bell (Moses Carvalho 73′), Jack West, Jordan Palmer, Jack Mitchell (James Turvey 85′)

Goal-scorer: Billy Coyne [6′]

Booked: Clark     | Subs Not Used: Tyrell, Buffin

St Margaretsbury  | Caretaker Manager: Tony Wild

Cameron Bailey (GK), Tom Hayden (Archie Roberts 84′), Taylor Wild, Reece Vicary (Jayden Mitchell-Brown 74′), Daniel Palmer, Chris Cordana-Soanes, Enzo Periera, Glenn Nightingale, Mason Todd, Tom Cowell (Capt), Evvan Brown (Kane Garwood 63′)

Booked: Hayden     | Subs Not Used: Shaves, Read

Referee: Paul Stratton
Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges & Callum Dorling
Fourth Official: Steve Marr

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 2 Mar) [ESL 3.3.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up, looking at this weekend’s action on Saturday 2nd March, hopefully this piece won’t bring on any more daft jibes.

Saturday 2nd March

Clapton   3 – 1    West Essex    | Old Spotted Dog | Att: 42

The Tons produced another strong home display to overpower West Essex. Strikes by Bryan Kyungu [17’], Valentine Iheanyiogu five minutes before the break and a third from Giovanni Palmer with 15 minutes to play secured the hosts’ third win in their last five matches to send them up to 11th. West got one back through Michael Mignot though they sit in 14th spot.

Ilford  2 – 1  Barkingside  | Cricklefield ‘derby’  | Att: 38

Ilford ended up getting the victory here to rise to tenth spot though the score-line doesn’t tell the whole story as my report here will say: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/03/02/match-report-ilford-2-1-barkingside-sat-2-mar-esl/

Redbridge  4 – 1   Sawbridgeworth Town   | Oakside  | Att: 42

The Motormen powered to another good home success, this time over Sawbridgeworth. The damage was done before the break really as Taylor Tombides opened the scoring on 23 minutes for Micky Wetherall’s team. Connor Okus [30’] and full-back Billy Willis [43’] strikes gave the hosts a comfortable advantage. Tombides got a second just four minutes after the re-start to secure a good day for Redbridge though they couldn’t hold on to a clean sheet because Louie Kenny’s 90th minute goal gave Sawbo a little to savour on a long day for them. Redbridge’s 9th win this season takes them a point shy of Sawbo in the standings, while Town suffered fourth straight league loss here.

Southend Manor  2 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Southchurch Park | Att: 52

Manor’s early blitz gave them a great platform to secure a big win for them as they seek to cut the bottom two adrift. Early goals from Kye Jude on four minutes and Grant Frances two minutes later set Adam’s Peek side on their way to a first win in 11 league matches. Leyton could not respond as their own winless run extends to 20 matches now and only above the bottom on goals scored.

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports | Mile End  | Att: 40

Hullbridge will feel the result was better than their performance as a added-time Perry Dunn header granted them the win over a spirited Bengal side at Mile End. Nevertheless this extended the ‘Bridge boys unbeaten stretch to six matches as they remain 2nd, only a point behind leaders Stansted, with a match in hand. Bengal’s third straight match without a win sees them remain eighth.

Stanway Rovers   0 – 5   St Margaretsbury  | Hawthorns  | Att: 49

St Margaretsbury roared to an impressive 5 – 0 win at the Hawthorns. Loanee Lanre Balogun continued his scoring run with the opener on 14 minutes though talisman Charncey Dash doubled that advantage on 36 minutes though Ollie Sharman made it three four minutes before the interval as Max Mitchell’s side continued their recent fine form. Prince Madu [49’] and Dash’s second of the afternoon with 18 minutes remaining added more polish to St Margs’ third straight win to send them sixth. Stanway fall to 13th.

 

Takeley  4 – 0  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road  | Att: 266

Takeley stunned the Bloods with arguably their performance of the season with front of a hefty crowd at Station Road. Three goals in the first half-hour saw to Marc Das’ side to a position from which Walden couldn’t recover from. First, Michael Castle struck after just five minutes before Coby Miles [15’] and Josh Sykes [25’] gave the hosts a dominant lead. Freddie Burrell struck on the hour to seal a memorable day for the hosts and send them back above Walden to third spot. The Bloods’ second defeat in their last eight sees them six points off top spot.

Walthamstow  1 – 0  Tower Hamlets   | Wadham Lodge Stadium | Att: 42

Hamlets gave one of the front-runners a tough afternoon for the second weekend running as ‘Stow battled to a narrow win at Wadham Lodge. Dwade James was the man to be counted again as his 86th-minute penalty separated the sides. Walthamstow remain fifth after their fourth win in their last five matches. Hamlets remain 17th though they are five points behind Redbridge immediately above them.

Woodford Town  3 – 3  Enfield   | Harlow Arena ‘derby’ | Att: 57

Woodford were denied another victory by as Enfield retained their recent spirit in an entertaining draw in the Harlow Arena ‘derby’. Josh Steele, Jordan Sanderson and Asher Modeste all found the net for Dee Safer’s side though Jimmy Cox’s fine hat-trick continued both his goal-scoring run and Enfield’s recent unbeaten stretch. Woodford drop to seventh while the E’s rise to 12th.

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 22/Sat 23 Feb) [ESL 24.2.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and another of my round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s matches in the Essex Senior League as big tussles happened that both ends of the standings. Thanks for reading.

Friday 22nd February

Woodford Town  0 – 1   Hoddesdon Town    |  Venue: Harlow Arena  | Att: 170

This contest was only settled right at the death after Hoddy had earlier missed a spot-kick. Oliver Gnandi’s stoppage-time goal secured all three points for Simon Riddle’s side, only their second win in their last seven matches. After the weekend’s action, Woodford remain 6th though have Sporting Bengal and St Margaretsbury right behind them in the table. Hoddesdon remain 9th.
Saturday 23rd Feb

Clapton   2 – 1    Barkingside    | Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 35

The Tons handed ‘Side a damaging defeat in this local derby at the Old Spotted Dog. Dan Jones struck from the penalty spot for the visitors though strikes by the in-form Giovanni Palmer and ex-‘Side player Andy Greenslade saw Jon Fowell’s side to the win which sees them rise one place to 14th. Alex Goldstone’s side drop back to the foot of the table after their third straight league defeat.

Hullbridge Sports   3 – 1     Takeley   | Venue: Lower Road  | Att: 204

I attended this big top-four clash as Hullbridge defeated Takeley on ‘Sponsor’s Day’, in front of Hullbridge’s largest crowd for some time. My report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/match-report-hullbridge-sports-3-1-takeley-sat-23-feb-esl/

Ilford   2 – 3    St Margaretsbury   | Venue: Cricklefield   | Att: 45

In-form St Margs resisted a late comeback from the gutsy Foxes to claim their fifth win in their last eight league matches. They made a blistering start as Dagenham & Redbridge loanee Lanre Balogun opened the scoring on seven minutes. Debutant Wilson Ferreira doubled that lead for ‘Bury eight minutes before half-time. Ilford regrouped at the break before halving their arrears thanks to Musa Manneh’s 47th-minute goal. Daniel Ungudi restored the two-goal cushion for Max Mitchell’s side on 62 minutes though Ilf had the last say as Lauric Diakiesse struck two minutes from time.

Ilford are in 12th spot, one of a clutch of teams in a congested mid-table while St Margs stay 8th, though are only a point off the top six.

Leyton Athletic    0 – 0    Enfield   | Wadham Lodge Stadium   | Att: 20

Leyton battled to claim a very rare clean sheet against Enfield at Wadham Lodge. This might be an important point come April’s end in Ath’s relegation battle as they go back above Barkingside to second-bottom by virtue of slightly better goal difference as Enfield also extended their unbeaten run to five matches. The E’s stay 11th.

Redbridge   4 – 1    Southend Manor   | Oakside  | Att: 52

The Motormen powered an important victory over struggling Manor at Oakside. Taylor Tombides opened the scoring 12 minutes in and they went into the break two goals ahead as Daniel Gilchrist scored five minutes before the interval. Manor got back into the contest two minutes after the break through Dylan Jones’ strike. Two goals in eight minutes did the damage though for the home side as Tombides [70’] and Gilchrist [78’] both got their braces to push Micky Wetherall’s side 15 points clear of the bottom two. Manor’s sixth loss in their last nine sees them remain 18th, seven points clear of the bottom two.

Sawbridgeworth Town   0 – 2   Walthamstow  | Crofters  | Att: 50

‘Stow safely navigated this test at Crofters. Dwade James struck from the spot to continue his fine goal-scoring season and thanks to an unfortunate own goal, they extend their unbeaten stretch to four matches and can leapfrog Takeley in 4th if they win their match in hand. Sawbo’s season is rather petering out with only one win in their last seven matches now, dropping to 15th.

Stanway Rovers  2 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hawthorns  | Att: 51

An entertaining match saw these two top-half sides cancel each other out at the Hawthorns. The visitors were the brighter side in the early stages and went two goals up in the opening quarter-hour. Firstly, they broke the deadlock thanks to Reside Coxi-Sebastiao’s penalty on four minutes for his fifth goal in his last three matches. Jason Ngandu made it two on that 15 minute mark. However, Terry Sillane’s side are made of strong stuff these days and halved that deficit eight minutes later through Scott Kemp’s goal. Rovers also have a knack of scoring late goals and that showed itself again as Tyler Kemp [78’] struck to ensure the spoils were shared. Stanway remain 10th on goals scored. Sporting retain 7th spot on goal difference, ahead of in-form St Margaretsbury.

Tower Hamlets    0 – 1   Saffron Walden Town  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 25

Walden ground out the three points as they secured their sixth win in their last seven league matches over ten-man Hamlets. Lewis Francis got the only goal on 23 minutes though Hamlets showed their recent spirit in abundance, even if their discipline deserted them as Tola Odedoyin was dismissed. AJ Ashinike’s side saw their three-match unbeaten run end here as they remain fourth-bottom. Walden sit 3rd and Hamlets remain 17th.

West Essex     0 – 1   Stansted   | Mayesbrook Park   | Att: 32

The Airportmen were stifled by the plucky Stags until a super substitution brought about the only goal of the game. Jack Mitchell was that substitute, and his strike on 61 minutes was ultimately enough to accrue another three points for Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side to keep their lead over rivals Hullbridge at four points, having played two more games. West drop to 13th as their struggles at Mayesbrook continue this term.

That’s all for this week, don’t forget to tune in this Thursday when Peter & Scott take the reins on the Grassroots Football Show on ELR.

Round-up: Essex Senior League & Cups (GBT & ECC) [ESL 17.2.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my regular round-up of Essex Senior League (ESL) action. This week we saw a mixture of League & Cup action though we did see plenty of goals.

 

Friday 15th February

ESL

 

Tower Hamlets  2 – 1 Ilford   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 29

The League action got underway on Friday night with Hamlets coming from behind to beat unpredictable Ilford at Mile End. Callum Maltese had put the Foxes ahead, though strikes from Flavio Jumo and Wale Odedoyin turned the game around and sent Hamlets to consecutive league wins to pull further away from the bottom three. Ilf’s third loss in their last seven sees them remain in 11th on goal difference as one of four sides on 35 points after the Saturday action.

 

Errington Challenge Cup – Quarter-Final

 

Barkingside  0 – 4  Saffron Walden Town | Cricklefield  | Att: 115

I attended this match, here is my report: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/match-report-barkingside-0-4-saffron-walden-town-fri-15-feb-ecc/ 

 

Saturday 16th February

ESL

 

Enfield  3 – 1 Southend Manor   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 58

An extraordinary game ended up with compounding both the E’s good week and Manor’s current predicament. The E’s took the lead after six minutes through skipper Ben Bradbury. Ernold Haxhiu [49’] made it 2 – 0 to Matt Hanning’s men. The hosts would have feared the worst after being reduced to nine men as Luke Thomas and centre-back Jacob Dixon were both dismissed. Manor couldn’t take full advantage of the situation despite Grant Francis pulling one back for Adam Peek’s side on 69 minutes. Jimmy Cox restored the E’s two-goal cushion though five minutes later and they held firm to extend their unbeaten run to three matches and rise to 13th. Manor’s winless stretch continues as they remain in 18th, six points clear of Barkingside.

 

Leyton Athletic  2 – 6  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Wadham Lodge Stadium |

Sporting laid siege to the Leyton goal with this big win at Wadham Lodge. Curtley MacIntosh became the first Bengal player to score four goals in a ESL match, backed up by a brace by Reside Coxi-Sebastfao to send Sporting back up to 7th spot. Stanley Green and Okwute Izuchukwu got the Ath strikes though it was fairly scant consolation. Leyton remain in prime danger at the foot of the table though what could also be important is they now have the worst goal difference in the division with -40.

 

Errington Challenge Cup – Quarter-Final

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 4  Clapton  | Lowfield  | Att: 84

The Tons came back from an early setback to record a fine win at Lowfield. Connor Bolton opened the hosts’ account after two minutes and that lead did hold until the break. After the interval was an entirely different story as three goals in 15 minutes changed the course of the tie. Jacob Kromann’s brace [pen 46’ & 49’] and Bryan Kyungu’s strike on the hour brought that about before Oliver Gnandi brought the home side back into contention at 3 – 2 with 18 minutes left. Clapton roared back and rounded out the scoring through Giovanni Palmer on 75 minutes. Jon Fowell’s side take their place in the last four of the Errington Cup.

 

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy: Semi-Finals

Stansted  1 – 0  Walthamstow  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 88

The Airportmen got some measure of payback for their league loss last weekend by edging to the win over Walthamstow to make the Final of the Gordon Brasted Trophy. Callum Ibe got the only goal on 32 minutes and that ended up being enough to defeat a stubborn yet depleted ‘Stow side who could only name a solitary substitute on the bench.

 

Stanway Rovers  0 – 4  St Margaretsbury  | Hawthorns  |

St Margs stormed to a memorable victory to also take their place in the Gordon Brasted Trophy Final on Easter Monday when they face Stansted. Charncey Dash’s double further endorsed his stand-out campaign to keep tabs on the leading goal-scorers in all competitions. Phil Lowen and the in-form Connor Scully added further gloss to the score-line. Stanway fell to only their second loss in their last five in all competitions.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 9 Feb) [10.2.19]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend as six matches evaded the worst of the weather and we had some ‘upsets’ this weekend to say the least. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 9th February

Ilford  3 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Cricklefield  | Att: 55

Ilford edged this battle at Cricklefield. Sawbo took the lead though in this one after only two minutes thanks to the prolific Joe Wright. The Foxes only took six minutes to equalise as their own marksman Yemi Adelani struck. Lamarr Douglas gave Martin Haywood’s side the lead on 25 minutes. While that lead held until half-time, Sawbridgeworth levelled through Ollie Fortune on the hour mark.

The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued though Adelani grabbed his second of the afternoon [64’] as Sawbo continue their struggles defensively this term. Foxes ‘keeper Hugo Rossetti saved a late penalty to deny John Watters’ side a point. Ilford’s third win in their last four matches sees them up to 11th spot, above Sawbo on goal difference. Town drop to 13th after their fourth loss in their last six.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 3  Stanway Rovers   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 71

Fortune wasn’t smiling Manor’s way as after a decent showing in the opening 45, Stanway’s goal-blitz after the hour ensured they left with Southchurch Park with the points. Jay Nash broke the deadlock on 61 minutes, before further strikes by Scott Kemp ten minutes later and Fionn O’Reilly [82’] ended a good afternoon’s work for Terry Spillane’s side. Stanway’s fourth success in their last six sees them leap up to tenth place in the standings. Manor’s winless run extends to 11 matches now as they drop to third-bottom, six points clear of the bottom two.

 

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 4  Tower Hamlets| Mile End ‘derby’

These two rivals ‘locked horns’ again and Hamlets emerged with a fine victory to finally end a ten-match winless run. Club stalwarts Wale Odedoyin and Luke With starred here as Odedoyin got a brace while With added a penalty and Flavio Jumo added the other strike. Bengal couldn’t deal with the enterprising play of AJ Ashinike’s side though Charles Gregory’s penalty at the start of the 2nd half and a late Kamarl Duncan header gave them something to shout about.

Hamlets were ‘more than chuffed’ with this win as they showed post-match. Anyway, Hamlets rise to 17th after a vital win while Bengal stay 7th though only sit above St Margaretsbury on goal difference.

 

St Margaretsbury  3  – 1 Leyton Athletic    | The Rec | Att: 34

St Margs swept aside Leyton at the Rec to claim another three points. Dag & Red loanee Lanre Balogun got the opener for player-boss Max Mitchell’s side and Luke Marshall and Connor Scully got the other goals to outweigh Okwute Izuchukwu’s goal for Leyton who fell to their third straight defeat. The Bury’s fourth win in their last six sees them remain 8th, four points clear of Hoddesdon just below them.

 

Takeley  0 – 1  Enfield  | Station Road | Att: 81

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/match-report-takeley-0-1-enfield-sat-9-feb-esl/

 

Walthamstow  1 – 0  Stansted   |Wadham Lodge Stadium| Att: 73

‘Stow defied the odds to secure to a vital victory to keep their fledgling title hopes alive. Despite seeing Leon McKenzie dismissed early on for severe dissent, Ryan Maxwell’s team kept the free-scoring Airportmen at bay in a tight encounter before Marcus Bowers got the only goal seven minutes from time. Their fifth win in their last seven sees them remain 5th but they have cut the gap to Takeley in 4th to eight points. Stansted’s 15-match league unbeaten run ended here though they remain top, four points clear of Hullbridge although the latter have two matches in hand on the leaders.

 

Games OFF due to adverse weather this weekend:

Clapton  P – P Woodford Town | Hullbridge P – P Saffron Walden Town
Redbridge  P – P Hoddesdon Town  | West Essex P – P Barkingside

 

Thank you for reading, we’ll be back next week.