S21-22 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 8 Jan) [ESL 21-22 9.1.22]

Archive Image from Dec 2021 – Ensign v Sawbo at Burroughs Park [Image by Scott W]

Hello and welcome a bonus blog (replacing this week’s Match report as the focused match fell to the weather) rounding-up the four Essex Senior matches that took place on the 8th January. We’ll also have a short look at the standings as well, with nearly four months of the season remaining (if there are no remaining Covid interruptions). Thanks for reading & a Happy 2022 to you all.

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


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Essex Senior League Round-up- Sat 8 January

The match with the most on the line was at the Hawthorns as Saffron Walden Town set aside a challenging week with a 4 – 2 success at fellow top six side Stanway Rovers. Walden started the match the stronger and after leading the way at the interval, two goals from Joe Pullen from a goal apiece for Tom Skelton and Craig Calver was enough to give the Bloods a vital win, which sees them reduce the deficit on the top three to five points. Recent signing Ayo Odukoya got both goals for Stanway though they fell to only their third loss at home this term.

Elsewhere, Athletic Newham went into seventh spot, only two points adrift of Walden following a 3 – 0 victory over Ilford at the Terry Mac. Jailson Seidi opened the scoring for Chris Davis’ side, before a late brace for the League’s top-scorer Richard Kone secured the win for Newham and took Kone to the 25-goal mark this season. Ilford remain in 16th, nine points clear of the bottom four. There was an extraordinary comeback by FC Clacton as they won 4 – 3 in added-time at Little Oakley. Strikes by Danny Garrad and Mason Ridgway-Lumley had put Matt Carmichael’s side two goals up at half-time, but Clacton were level on the hour thanks to goals from Harry McDonald and Jordan Lartey. Tyler Sullivan netted for Oakley with fourteen minutes left to give them a narrow lead but injury-time strikes from McDonald and Mekhi McKenzie secured the points for the visitors which took them back into the top ten.

Finally, in their derby at Hargrave Park, Stansted had first-half goals from John Clarke and Paul Clayton to be thankful for in their 2 – 1 success over Sawbridgeworth Town. Teddy Hall got a late consolation for Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s side who continue to seek points to draw in the sides above them .

The six matches that were off this weekend (Sat 8 Jan) were as follows:

Enfield P – P Takeley, Hoddesdon Town v St Margaretsbury, Redbridge v Clapton, Southend Manor v White Ensign, Sporting Bengal Utd v Woodford Town and Walthamstow v Cockfosters.

With regards to the table, Walthamstow are still strong favourites to finally seal the promotion they have sought for some time. They are on sixty points (with 19 wins from their 24 matches), ten points clear of nearest rivals Stansted who are again having a fine season under the tutelage of Paul Pittuck and John Watters. Then we have the chasing pack of Redbridge (3rd – 48 points from 24 games), Stanway Rovers (4th – 47 points from 26 matches), Enfield (5th – 43 points from 22 matches) and Saffron Walden Town (6th – 43 points from 23 matches) who are all striving to find themselves in the play-off mix at the end of the campaign, where the victors will face-off against a struggling side from a local Step 4 division, as I understand it.

At the foot of the table, there are debatably five sides who are most wary of avoiding relegation. Sporting Bengal remain at the bottom after one win all season to date (4 points from 23 matches). Steve Clark’s side also need to help their goal difference though Southend Manor are only seven points better off (11 points from 23 matches) and recently appointed former Hullbridge assistant boss James Wakeling as their new boss. Both teams will need more goals in their armoury to catch up to Sawbridgeworth Town who sit 19th, on 16 points and St Margaretsbury are just above them on goal difference. Clapton also will be mindful of securing points as they are 17th, with 18 points from their 23 matches to date.

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S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted (Sat 27 Nov) [ESL 21/22 27.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 44

Saturday 27th November 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Stansted: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Stansted grab precious win in awful conditions at Manor

Southend Manor  0 – 1 Stansted

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The weekend match was a short trip to Southchurch Park to see Southend Manor continue their search for points as they welcomed a Stansted side who hadn’t won in their last three matches in all competitions. Manor are now managed by Ryan Gordon, and he named ex-AS Rawreth stopper Ollie Johnson in goal, with a defensive four of Jaiden Odle, Ben Sargent plus centre-backs Shawn Coe and captain Jonathan Sanchez. The forward line was comprised of Daniel Devey, Michael Bareck and Andre Embalo. Options from the bench for Manor were Jack Frost and recent recruits Daniel Medina & Craig Heskey. Stansted had regular goalkeeper Jarvis Monk starting, with skipper Billy Coyne and Louis Monk the full-backs, Ashaan Siddik and Daniel Okah in midfield with a forward three of the returning Connor Hammond, Jack Mitchell and Michael Mignot. Their bench had forward Michael Salako plus midfielders Horace Ormsby and Finley Gregory.

The forecast was pretty grim and the conditions had an effect from the get-go, with sprawling winds and added rain making it very chilly for the dedicated spectators in attendance. In the early stages of the contest, chances were quite rare for both sides, though it was the Airportmen that kept the Manor defence alert, with full-back Jaiden Odle making a couple of good interceptions and skipper Jonanthan Sanchez marshalling the defence well, also making aerial clearances. Even so, it was Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side that were looking the more likely to break the deadlock, with forwards Connor Hammond and Jack Mitchell not far away from having chances on goal, both down the channels and from the odd set-piece as well.


As it happens, the only goal of the contest did come from a set-piece. The hosts will feel disappointed at the outcome as Billy Coyne’s free-kick was delfected and bounced over the advancing Manor custodian Ollie Johnson, out of his grasp and trickled into the net, with centre-back Tom Massey also close by if a final touch was required, but on this occasion it was not. The visitors also had a goal chalked off for an assistant’s off-side flag before the interval.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted


After the break, Manor were keen to vanquish the slim deficit they had to deal with, and early in the half, full-back Odle made a superb run from his own half into the opposition’s before finding forward Michael Bareck well though Bareck could only drag his strike wide of Jarvis Monk’s left-side post. The weather was unrelenting which only increased the chances of players slipping on the turf. For the most part, the visitors defended well in their characteristic way of firm tackles and swift clearances from danger.

To their credit, Manor did keep going well from defence to midfield, with Josh Devlin doing well in central midfield to assist his side in keeping possession. If there was one caveat to the above line, it was that they could not create that many clear oppurtunities to test Monk in the Stansted goal. There was one near-miss for the hosts with about twenty minutes remaining. Bareck was again was in a promising position after evading a defender before unleashing a powerful effort which narrowly went over the woodwork.


All in all though, Southend Manor couldn’t force a leveller as Stansted did well to hold firm and claim a morale-boosting win with a hard-working performance in the aforementioned awful conditions.


Ben Sargent (Manor #3) making surging run down the left flank

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted

To sum up this match, both sides left everything out there on-the-pitch in the inclement conditions. Stansted did enough to deserve the points in a game of relatively few chances. Manor do have positives to take as well as they defended quite well at times and going forward they looked promising, apart from that telling final ball into the forwards to create a lot of chances.

The stand-out performances from this game start with Stansted. Defenders Bryn Thorpe and Billy Coyne had good matches with Thorpe playing centre-back here, and he did well alongside Tom Massey and Paul Clayton. Coyne’s set-pieces were a threat as ever, and Daniel Okah had a good game in midfield, showing his presence with good energy and tackling. Jack Mitchell was a good threat as well for the Airportmen with his movement and running as he looked to get beyond the last defender. For Manor, forward Michael Bareck was a good outlet for the re-modelled attack for the hosts, showing good energy and pace. Josh Devlin had a good game also, moving from defence to attack well and made several good passes. Full-backs Ben Sargent and Jaiden Odle also made good surging runs from their respective flanks and also made a few good interceptions.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: Ryan Gordon  | Assistants: Josh Hutchins & Callum Bolger

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Ollie Johnson (GK), 2 Jaiden Odle (12 Jack Frost 77′), 3 Ben Sargent, 4 Shawn Coe, 5 Jonathan Sanchez (Capt), 6 Josh Devlin, 7 Cesario Mendes, 8 Isaac Acquah, 9 Daniel Devey (14 Daniel Medina 76′), 10 Michael Bareck (15 Craig Heskey 89′), 11 Andre Embalo

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters | GK Coach: Neil Tillotson

Starting XI (Subs): 21 Jarvis Monk (GK), 2 Billy Coyne (Capt), 3 Louis Monk, 4 Tom Massey, 5 Bryn Thorpe, 6 Paul Clayton, 7 Michael Mignot (14 Michael Salako 71′), 8 Ashaan Siddik (15 Finley Gregory 80′), 9 Jack Mitchell, 10 Daniel Okah, 11 Connor Hammond (12 Horace Ormsby 76′)

Goal-scorer: Billy Coyne [31′]

Booked: Thorpe, Monk | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Benjamin Horne
Assistant Referees: Craig Wood & Ray Parmenter

S21-22 Match Report: Stansted 0- 2 Stanway Rovers (Sat 13 Nov) [ESL 21/22 14.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 84

2021-22 Season: Match 41

Saturday 13th November 2021 – 3pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks



Stanway claim claim good win at Hargrave Park

Stansted 0 – 2 Stanway Rovers

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The match this weekend saw a long voyage to Stansted Mountfitchet to see the Airportmen take on second-placed Stanway Rovers, who have certainly impressed since returning to the Essex Senior this season. The ‘Blue Brazil’ have also had a good campaign to date and here fielded Jarvis Monk in goal, with a defence of Bryn Thorpe, skipper Billy Coyne plus centre-backs Tom Massey and Paul Clayton. The forward line was comprised of Jack Mitchell, Michael Salako and Michael Mignot with Brad Russell and Ashaan Siddik the creative midfielders. Options from the sidelines included forwards Luke Hornsley & Jamahl Godward and midfielders Dan Okah and Horace Ormsby. Stanway had regular stopper Harry Aldridge in goal, with a back four of Olimide Akinode, and Adrian Cant as full-backs with centre-halves Danny Nesbitt and captain Daniel Smith. Sean Bartlett and James Crisell were the front two, with support from Ernest Okoh and Lewis Francis on the flanks. Their bench included the prolific Ezequiel Franchi & Pavly Manduakila plus Joseph Heron and Joel Older, with the latter two players returning from injury.


Before kick-off here at Hargrave Park, both teams marked the traditional minute’s silence for Rememberance Day this weekend (pictured). Lest We Forget.

Both sides traded promising forward moves in the early minutes of the match, though the first telling moment came on 14 minutes as winger Ernest Okoh found half a yard of space to pounce ahead of the Airportmen defence to stroke home well into the left corner past home stopper Jarvis Monk after a good ball in from the right flank. It was a well-taken goal so credit to Okoh. Rovers were having the edge in terms of possession and keeping it on the deck a bit more as the half made its way to halfway, with the hosts unable to retain possession as well as they’d like but they did have a good opening with technical midfielder Ashaan Siddik getting past at least two Stanway defenders in a fine run across the penalty area before he was crowded out by the miserly visiting backline.



Rovers had to make a change before the half-hour with goal-scorer Okoh limping off with what looked like a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Ezequiel Franchi. Stansted were still frustrated, despite #10 Brad Russell putting in a few good passes in to the forwards. Shortly before the interval, a good ball in found the path of forward Michael Salako but good covering from Rovers centre-back Danny Nesbitt meant that the ball was shielded as visiting custodian Harry Aldridge advanced to gather.



Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 1 Stanway

So Stanway still had a narrow lead to defend as we entered the second period. Stansted did have a good start to the half, with a decent set-piece arrowed into the six-yard box finding defender Paul Clayton but his good header at goal was gathered by Aldridge at the second attempt. Soon afterward, Siddik put in another good lofted ball into the penalty box but Salako blazed his strike over the woodwork. Danny Slatter’s Rovers side were having to do a good amount of defending but they were certainly fired up by the challenge. They were marshalled superbly by skipper Daniel Smith, formerly of Redbridge.

The hosts continued to look for that all-important leveller and did create half-chances, particularly for Siddik and Salako but Aldridge was not tested as much as Stansted joint-managers Paul Pittuck and John Watters would have wanted. Substitute Jamahl Godward had a decent header on goal soon after entering the field, replacing Finley Gregory, who I felt had a good game.



As we entered the latter stages of the contest, with the Airportmen pushing forward still seeking that equaliser, a swift Stanway counter saw them break down the right side with a well-directed centre allowing Lewis Francis to power home a good low finish past Monk to give Stanway a two-goal lead with eleven minutes left.

Stansted did keep going but the realization was there that it ‘wasn’t their day’ and the action in the final third was decisive in this contest, which Stanway did get the better of. You could debate that there wasn’t that much to seperate the sides here though Rovers did win the key moments of this match, which was an absorbing contest and showed two good sides who will be up there in the Essex Senior this term.



Full-Time: Stansted 0 – 2 Stanway Rovers

To sum up this battle of a match, Stanway were just that bit sharper in the way they kept the ball and they had to defend well to deny their hosts a chance at coming back into the match. Stansted did have more possession in the second period but they could not get the better of a superb Stanway backline to continually test visiting goalkeeper Harry Aldridge. Rovers were also a threat on the counter-attack and scored two good goals to claim the three points.

For this match’s stand-out performances, we start with the victors Stanway. The central defensive pair of skipper Daniel Smith and Danny Nesbitt were superb, making many important inrterceptions, both in the air and also on the deck. They gave their side a good base on which they defended their lead that they took early on. Forward Lewis Francis had a good game also, running down the channels well and also playing his part in his side’s forward moves alongside centre forwards Sean Barrtlett and James Crisell. Finally, midfielder Harry Norman played his part in central midfield and drove his side on with a hard-working performance. For the Airportmen, midfielder Ashaan Siddik made several good passes to find forwards Jack Mitchell and Michael Salako. Salako also had a good game, making several telling runs down the flanks and was perhaps unfortunate to not get on the score-sheet here. Finley Gregory and defender Paul Clayton both also merit mentions for good displays that assisted their side as well.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

Stansted    | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters |

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jarvis Monk (GK), 2 Bryn Thorpe, 3 Billy Coyne (Capt), 4 Paul Clayton, 5 Tom Massey, 6 Finley Gregory (14 Jamahl Godward 75′), 7 Michael Mignot (12 Luke Hornsley 60′), 8 Ashaan Siddik, 9 Jack Mitchell, 10 Brad Russell, 11 Michael Salako (15 Horace Ormsby 80′)

Booked: None  | Subs Not Used: Okah, L Monk


Stanway Rovers  | Manager: Danny Slatter  | Assistant: Liam Daniels

Starting XI (Subs): 1  Harry Aldridge (GK), 2 Olimide Akinode, 3 Adrian Cant, 5 Danny Nesbitt, 6 Daniel Smith (Capt), 4 Jordan Barnett, 8 Harry Norman, 7 Ernest Okoh (18 Ezequiel Franchi 25′), 9 Sean Bartlett (16 Joseph Heron 71′), 10 James Crisell (12 Pavly Manduakila 75′), 11 Lewis Francis

Goal-scorers: Ernest Okoh [14′], Lewis Francis [79′]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Gulliver, Older


Referee: Grant Conway
Assistants: Katie Dorling & Danny Squibb

S2021-22 Match Report: White Ensign 1 – 2 Stansted (Fri 30 July) [ESL 21/22 31.7.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 210

2021-22 Season: Match 6

Friday 30th July 2021 – 7.45pm KO

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Red Socks

Stansted: White Shirts, Dark Grey Shorts, Dark Grey Socks

Stansted battle to earn a hard-fought win at Burroughs Park

White Ensign 1 – 2 Stansted

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Here we are, a new season began for me covering the Essex Senior for a sixth consecutive campaign with White Ensign’s first-ever match at Step 5, as they welcomed ever-gritty Stansted to Burroughs Park in one of two Friday night games on the opening weekend. Unsurprisingly, the hosts were keen to show exactly what got them to this level and before kick-off there was a buzz building amongst the crowd. I feel it would be remiss to not mention what a proud day this must have been for all at Ensign but particularly so for long-standing Chairman & President of Ensign, Alan Day. I’m sure the club will agree that a lot is owed to him for his role in keeping the club going over the years. Visitors Stansted of course were looking to get the season going with the points and the ‘Blue Brazil’ were cheered on by the travelling Stansted fans, who were a vocal presence from the get-go.

So onto the Teams then and Ensign boss Brett Munyard named a strong side with Tim Brown in goal, Carl Conway and skipper Andrew George at centre-back, with Luke Skinner and Thando Moyo in midfield. The forward line was led by Luke Woodward and Adu Odukoya with Connor Barnby the chief support. On the bench were new signings Ollie Bell and Zack Littlejohn alongside more well-known names in Charlie Buffin, Harry Skinner and John Hilliard. Stansted were certainly missing players here, but their forward line was led by Michael Salako and Jack Mitchell, with Sahr Bongay and the returning Connor Hammond on the flanks. Paul Clayton anchored the midfield, with Bryn Thorpe and Louis Monk as full-backs. Options from the bench for Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side included forwards Nick Reynolds and Harry Bushell, alongside full-back Nathan Putt plus Jake Chaplin and David Salako.

The match itself began with some vigour as barely a minute elapsed before Stansted midfielder Daniel Okah had done well to deny Ensign forward Connor Barnby a sight at James Dillon’s goal. Moments later, it was the hosts’ turn to have a let-off as from a corner kick, Airportmen winger Sahr Bongay had twice failed to connect with the ball in what surely would’ve been the opening goal of the game. Barnby was the shining beacon of Ensign’s forward line and they were thwarted by a combination of a lack of a final pass and characteristic Stansted defending.

Stansted had the odd foray forward themselves and certainly gave the re-modelled Ensign backline some problems, with wingers Sahr Bongay and Connor Hammond being particularly tricky on the flanks and forward Michael Salako being the ever-willing runner down the channels. Just after the half-hour, after a promising run by Luke Skinner was blocked, the visitors counter-attacked swiftly, with Salako himself making a fine run down the left flank though his cross was thwarted by the ever-dependable Carl Conway, who did have a fine evening for the hosts.

Half-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Stansted

In fairness, the match was getting more absorbing and tense as the match went on and Ensign did put the visiting rearguard under some pressure towards the end of the first period. However, it was a ‘tale of two chances’ straight after the interval. First, two minutes after the restart, a fierce drive by Ensign’s Ayo Odukoya cannoned off the crossbar with Dillon beaten. Mere seconds later, Stansted went straight up the other end and forward Jack Mitchell did well to evade his marker before firing home into the left corner, much to the delight of the travelling support.

The likes of Odukoya and fellow forwards Luke Woodward and Connor Barnby were still posing a threat for Ensign with their movement and pace. Thankfully for the home side given the occasion, they were not behind for long. With 55 minutes gone, a fine solo run by Connor Barnby ended with a fine low finish into the left-side corner to level things up. Ensign then sensed an oppurtunity to turn the tables in this match but Skinner, Barnby and recently arrived substitute Ollie Bell all spurned good chances off-target.

It ended up being costly for the hosts as with thirteen minutes remaining, the Airportmen once again took the lead. A superb run by the impressive Connor Hammond down the right found Michael Salako with a good pass and Salako weaved his way past the defender and struck home a fine effort low into the far corner. It was a very well-taken goal but the tension continued to rise in the last few minutes as Barnby played in Odukoya who couldn’t get a strike in at goal. Soon afterward, substitute Zack Littlejohn powered home a curling drive from about eighteen yards which visiting custodian James Dillon did superbly to track and to claw over the crossbar.

Full-Time: White Ensign 1 – 2 Stansted

In tbe end, Stansted did enough to get the points and made the most of the hosts’ slight vulnerability defensively. Ensign still had enough chances to gain at least a point here and did learn a hard lesson that you have to be more clinical against good sides at Step 5. However, it is worth noting that the occasion itself was brilliant and Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side will win a lot of matches this season.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the Airportmen, Connor Hammond and Michael Salako had fine matches and gave the home defence a headache & a half. Winger Sahr Bongay had a promising match too, stretching the opposition defence, while forward Jack Mitchell and goalkeeper James Dillon also deserve a mention. For Ensign, forward Connor Barnby had a very good game with his pace and movement. Centre-back Carl Conway was also very good indeed, making numerous important clearing headers and interceptions. Luke Skinner and Luke Woodward also deserve a mention, as does new signing Courtney Justin.

Thanks to the hosts for their hospitality and it was great to see a number of good people at the match. Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

White Ensign     | Manager: Brett Munyard  | Assistant: Mark Healy

Starting XI: 1 Tim Brown (GK), 6 Courtney Justin (11 Zack Littlejohn 82′), 12 Charlie Adams, 14 Carl Conway, 5 Andy George (Capt), 3 Thando Moyo (17 John Hilliard 87′), 10 Luke Skinner, 7 Dominic Locke (16 Ollie Bell 69′), 9 Connor Barnby, 19 Luke Woodward, 18 Ayo Odukoya

Goal-scorer: Connor Barnby [55′]

Booked: Justin | Subs Not Used: Buffin, H Skinner

Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters  | Assistant: Neil Tillotson

Starting XI: 1 James Dillon (GK), 2 Bryn Thorpe, 3 Louis Monk (15 Nathan Putt 56′), 4 John Clarke, 5 Joe Clark (Capt), 6 Paul Clayton, 7 Sahr Bongay (13 Nick Reynolds 71′), 8 Daniel Okah (16 David Salako 69′), 9 Michael Salako, 10 Jack Mitchell, 11 Connor Hammond

Goal-scorers: Jack Mitchell [47′], Michael Salako [77′]

Booked: Mitchell  | Subs Not Used: Chaplin, Bushell

Referee: Nathan Kitteridge
Assistants: Robert Collins & Joe Lannon

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri 30 April-Tues 4 May) [LCC 2021 4.5.21]

Image from Ensign 1 – B’side on Fri 30 Apr (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the six of the eight ties in the Last 16 round of the Cordell Cup which took place this week. The Semi-Finals of the Cordell Cup Plate competition is also looked at towards the end of this article as the two sides who will contest the Final of the subsidiary competition.  

After the round-up, we’ll have a gander at the draw for the Quarter-Finals, ahead of the remainder of the last 16 matches which take place in midweek as some of the sides involved are also taking part in other Cups.

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The Len Cordell Cup – Last 16

St Margaretsbury  2 – 2  FC Clacton (Clacton won 3 – 2 on pens)  | The Rec | Friday 30 Apr

St Mags held Clacton after the ninety minutes but exited on spot-kicks in this tie played on Friday night, which was also live-streamed on the night. Charlie Thompson struck both goals for the Seasiders, though their lead was nullified by goals from Chris Manangu and Kirk McPherson for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. It needed spot-kicks to decide the tie and it went the way of the visitors.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was there & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/st-margaretsbury-2-fc-clacton-2-fc.html

West Essex  1 – 3  Stansted   | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  | Friday 30 Apr

Stansted continued their improving form with a fine win at West Essex. Jordan Palmer put the Airportmen ahead after eleven minutes. Greg Frederick levelled the tie nine minutes after the interval for Kwame Kwateng’s side but two goals in the last quarter of the game sealed the match. Michael Salako [68’] struck to once again give the visitors the lead, before Harry Bushell [82’] ended the hopes of the Stags and confirm Stansted’s place in the last eight.

White Ensign  1 – 1 Barkingside (Ensign won 3 – 1 on pens)| Held at Lower Road | Fri 30 Apr

Barkingside gave Ensign a scare before ultimately bowing out in the dreaded shoot-out at Lower Road. Ensign led nine minutes before the break through a calm finish by Dominic Locke. However, the hosts couldn’t convert the chances they did create and were pegged back just four minutes from time by Reece Simpson’s powerful header for Steven Le Sage’s spirited ‘Side. Ensign did get through a twitchy shoot-out to advance though to the quarter-finals.  I was at this match & my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/02/s-20-21-match-report-white-ensign-1-1-barkingside-30-april/

Billericay Town U23  0 – 1  Athletic Newham  | New Lodge [3G]  | Sat 1 May

In the last tie of the weekend in the Cordell Cup, Athletic Newham withstood the pressure to complete a narrow win over Billericay’s impressive development side at New Lodge. Joel Appiah got the only goal on 24 minutes to give Chris Davis’ side the win and see them through to the last eight.

Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/billericay-town-u23s-0-athletic-newham-1.html

Brimsdown   0 – 0  Clapton (Clapton won 7 – 6 on pens) | New River Sta | Mon 3 May

A tense match in awful conditions (is it really the start of May you sometimes wonder) saw the Tons held by Step 6 side Brimsdown in this match held at the New River Stadium. Despite having the better of the play in normal time, the gritty ‘home’ side held on for spot-kicks, which the Tons got through in ‘sudden death’. Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was at this match & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/brimsdown-0-clapton-0-clapton-won-7-6.html  

Image from Cockfosters 1 – 1 Barking (Tues 4 May – Image by Peter D)

Cockfosters  1 – 1  Barking  (Barking won  7 – 6 on pens)  | Chalk Lane  | Tues 4 May

The Blues made it through on spot-kicks at Chalk Lane. Kieran Jones gave the visitors the lead on 31 minutes though Charlie Morgan levelled things up for Cockfoster just shy of the seventy minute mark. With no further goals forthcoming, it was left to the shoot-out from twelve yards to decide the tie, and after a nervy battle Barking emerged with the win 7 – 6 on penalty kicks. The Blues will face either Holland or tenants for this competition Hackney Wick in the Quarter-Finals.

For more on this match, the omnipresent Mr Dudley was at this one as well (the man deserves an award, Essex Senior League – just sayin’) & here’s his view: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/cockfosters-1-barking-1-barking-won-7-6.html

Matches still to come in Cordell Cup Last 16

Holland  v  Hackney Wick  | Wednesday 5 May

DT FC  v  Redbridge  | Friday 7 May

Updated Draw for the Cordell Cup – Quarter-Finals

Stansted  v  Clapton (likely to be reversed due to Cricket)

Barking  v  Holland or Hackney Wick

FC Clacton  v  White Ensign (to be played Saturday 8 May)

DT FC or Redbridge  v  Athletic Newham

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S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri/Sat 23/24 April) [LCC 2021 25.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of third & final weekend of the Group Stages of the Len Cordell Cup, a competition run by the Essex Senior to remember a pillar of the Non-League Family in Len Cordell, who was associated with Redbridge FC for many years. Thanks to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the main image above (from Holland v FC Clacton)

All the results from this week’s action are below, they took place on Saturday 24th April unless stated in the Result line. The sides highlighted in bold progress to the next round. After each group, we have a final table and at the end of the article we have the draw for the last 16 of the Len Cordell Cup and the eight sides that will face each other in the Len Cordell Plate.

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 24 April 

Cockfosters   3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town |  Chalk Lane  | Group A

The ‘Fosters went through from Group A in second spot after a good win over Essex Senior rivals Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. James Verney put his side ahead early on, which was added to by Marcus Crowther five minutes before the break and Jo Wilkinson late on. Harrison Rookard and Alfie Little responded for the Lilywhites but they finish bottom and go into the Plate mini-competition.

DT FC   0 – 2   St Margaretsbury | the Harlow Arena  [3G] | Group A

St Margs did enough to inflict the first defeat on newcomers DT at the Harlow Arena. Strikes from Aiden Read [35’] and Jermaine Nicholson in added time secured a place in the last 16 for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. DT’s loss means they slip down to third but they still make it to the next round.  

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Clapton 2 – 0 Barkingside | Played at J. Carter Cen. [3G], Frenford  | Group B | Fri 23 Apr 

The Tons sealed their progress to the knockout stages of the competition with a decent win over Barkingside in this match played at Frenford on Friday night . Second-half goals from Melos Ajvasi and Bayemore Ndiaye were enough to claim the win which sent the home side to their second win in three games. Both sides go through, with Clapton in second spot.

My good friend Pete Dudley was at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/clapton-2-barkingside-0.html

Woodford Town  2 – 3   Redbridge  |  Coles Park [3G]  | Group B | Sat 24 April

In the match on Saturday, Redbridge recovered from a poor start to complete their third win in succession. Tariq Alexander had given Dee Safer & Julian Charles’ side a first-minute lead but Tony Martin erased that lead two minutes later. Further strikes by tricky winger Ayub Kadiri [21’] and Sonny Fish [61’] turned the tide of the match. Josh Steele pulled one back on the stroke of the 90 minutes but it is the Motormen who advance as group winners in this competition that they dearly want to get to the latter stages at least. Woodford finish bottom and therefore head into the Plate mini-competition.

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Saturday 24 April – Group C

Billericay U23s  2 – 3  Stansted   | New Lodge [3G]   | Group C 

Stansted made a heroic comeback after their interval to defeat Billericay’s development side at New Lodge. The hosts were two goals to the good at the break thanks to strikes by Gabriel Ipanga Mbambo [25’] and Nyan Msuria five minutes later. But Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side once again showed the “Stansted resolve” and goals from John Clarke, Michael Salako and Jack Mitchell’s winner later on sealed their first win and progression into the last 16 as the ‘best’ of the fourth-placed sides.

Holland  3 – 2   FC Clacton   | Dulwich Road   | Group C 

These two local rivals met for the first time in a competitive match and it was the Step 6 hosts who prevailed. It was some match for Louis Olymbios who not only netted a treble but was also later dismissed for persistent fouling. Kevin Coyle’s spot-kick and an OG saw Clacton close but ultimately both sides progressed with Holland topping the group.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/holland-3-fc-clacton-2.html

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Barking  2 – 1  West Essex  | Mayesbrook Park [3G] | Group D  | Friday 23rd April

West Essex faced their landlords Barking for the last time whilst being tenants in this local derby on Friday night. It was to be the Blues who won and progressed as Group winners. Strikes from Louis Dillion six minutes before the break & Johnny Ashman midway through the second half cancelled out a thunderbolt from the returning James Jewers early on. West still head into the knockout phase as they finished in second spot.

Frenford 0 – 2  Hackney Wick | Jack Carter Centre [3G] | Group D  | Sat 24th April

The Saturday game saw Wick grab their first win & with it progression to the knockout phase with victory at Frenford. Mohamed Raza and Jermain Lachoo provided the goals to ensure they leapfrogged Dave Forbes’ side into third spot and sent the hosts out of the Cup and into the Plate mini-competition.

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Athletic Newham  6 – 2   Great Wakering Rovers   | Terry Mac | Group E 

Finally in Group E, Athletic Newham sealed a hugely morale-boosting win over Great Wakering at the Terry Mac. Anderson Baro put the hosts head just past the 20-minute mark, with Richard Kone and Joel Appiah both adding doubles to add to Stephen Butterworth’s team’s pain. Babs Sonupe added further gloss to the score-line late on and render strikes by Jake Gordon and Louie Hay to be mere consolation. Newham go through in second while Wakering exit and will compete in the Plate next weekend.

Brimsdown   0 – 3  White Ensign | Moved to Lower Road | Group E 

Ensign ended a superb group stage for them with a fine win over Brimsdown at Lower Road. Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke and Luke Woodward all struck to complete a decent three weeks for Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s team and they march on to the next round as group winners. Brimsdown’s defensive record has assisted them to the last sixteen as they ended up third.

As promised earlier, here is the draw for the knockout round of the Len Cordell Cup. Fixtures in both competitions will be played on weekend of April 30/May 1.   

Draw for Len Cordell Cup Last 16

Billericay U23  v  Athletic Newham

Brimsdown  v  Clapton

Cockfosters  v  Barking

DT FC   v  Redbridge

Holland  v  Hackney Wick

St Margaretsbury  v  FC Clacton

West Essex  v Stansted

White Ensign  v  Barkingside

Here is the draw for the Cordell Cup Plate competition as well:

Draw for QFs on Len Cordell Plate

Frenford v Hoddesdon Town

Frenford Res. v Walthamstow Res.

Great Wakering Rovers v Woodford Town

Sawbridgeworth Town Res. v West Essex Development

S 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League Round-up (Fri 25/Sat 26 Sept) [ESL 20-21 27.9.20]

Sawbo v Hashtag image (Image by Matt North)

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

Hello and welcome back to another of my of round-up’s looking at the Essex Senior League for the Season 2020-21, which will appear here on a semi-regular basis. This piece also includes the results from the Eastern Senior League South action this weekend. Thanks to Matt North (@MattNorth_) for the Image & Thanks to you for reading.

Essex Senior League


Friday 25 September

West Essex  2 – 3  Walthamstow  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  | Att: 88

Walthamstow fought back to claim a good three points at Mayesbrook Park, in a match which simply exploded into life in the early-goings. West wasted no time in breaking the deadlock as Cameron Gray’s goal gave them the lead after just two minutes. ‘Stow fell further behind as Michael Mignot extended the hosts’ lead four minutes later. However, before the match had passed the quarter-hour mark, the match was levelled as first Callum Ibe [9’] and then Connor Scully strikes had Kwame Kwateng’s side’s lead disappear almost as soon as it had been created.

Jon Clements finished off a pulsating half to give Max Mitchell’s side the lead for the first time ten minutes from the interval and the Stags were unable to level things again so it was ‘Stow who took their second league win this campaign.

Woodford Town  0 – 2  Redbridge  | The Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 56

The new era at Redbridge gathered momentum as they won 2 – 0 at Woodford Town. Goals from Craig Hall and Terry Amoufo did the business for George Christou’s new side and in doing so they got their first league win this term.

Saturday 26th September

Hadley  1 – 0  Takeley   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 141

Hadley edged a contest with another strong side in Takeley, with Luke Alfano getting the only goal on 28 minutes as Anthony Clark’s team got their second win of the league season. The Bricks are trying to lay the foundations for another season of superb form at home, while Takeley are yet to win this season.

Hoddesdon Town  5 – 3  Enfield  | Lowfield  | Att: 121

Hoddesdon surged to an important 5 – 3 win over Enfield at Lowfield. The action didn’t take long to get started as the Lilywhites broke the stalemate thanks to Craig Tulley’s goal on ten minutes. The E’s, under the tutelage of interim player-boss Jamie Cureton, levelled the game ten minutes afterwards through Sammy Leonard-Mould’s goal. The sides couldn’t be separated at the interval as Liam Mulligan had given the hosts the advantage again with 35 minutes played. Cureton himself netted five minutes later to make it 2 – 2 at half-time.

However, Hoddesdon made the most of the strong second-half with three goals in thirteen minutes. Mulligan got his second of the match on 63 minutes, before Blue Gallagher [70’] and Aiden Critchley [75’] adding to the visitors’ pain to make it 5 – 2. Alex Warman struck in the last few minutes to lessen the damage but Enfield’s tough start to the campaign continued.

Ilford  1 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Cricklefield  | Att: 85

Ilford held Walden to a draw at Cricklefield. Dimitri Christou gave the Foxes the lead four minutes before the break, and held on until well into the second period but the Bloods managed to grab a point as centre-back Luke Wilson struck twelve minutes from time. Adam Peek’s side are showing promise with four points from their opening three matches, while Walden have five points from their first four matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 4  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters  | Att: 106

Hashtag had to put their exploits in the Cup competitions to one side as they staged another fine comeback to overwhelm Sawbridgeworth at Crofters. Sawbo opened the scoring after just six minutes through Horace Ormsby’s strike though the Tags responded five minutes later through Joe Gregory. Tom Anderson put the visitors ahead on the half hour though the evident fighting spirit of Lee Mackman’s side in recent weeks showed itself again as Conor Clarke netted from the penalty spot just before the hour to make it 2 – 2.

But, Hashtag are known for finishing games strongly and that showed itself again here as Gregory got his brace with 17 minutes left to give Jay Devereux’s side the lead for the second time and then Harry Honesty sealed the match with five minutes remaining to give the visitors’ their fourth consecutive league win.

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Cockfosters   | Mile End  | BCD

Cockfosters retained their 100% winning start to the league season with a decent win over Bengal at Mile End. Carl Mullings got both goals [2’ & 21’] in the first half and held on to that advantage to their fourth win this season. There was no comeback this time for Imrul Gazi’s side as they fell to their first loss in the league since the opening day.

St Margaretsbury  3 – 3  Clapton  | The Rec   | Att: 35

St Mags clawed themselves back into this contest to claim a point against visitors Clapton at the Rec. The Tons started superbly and were three goals ahead at the break, thanks to goals from Ridwan Hussein, an OG and one from Matthew Bentley right on the stroke of half-time. Ray Bartlett’s side responded with some vigour after the break though, as a brace from Kyle Roberts, first on 65 minutes and then from twelve yards with 78 minutes on the watch, got them back into the match. The Tons were unable to hold on as Jake Hayden-Eley struck eight minutes from time to complete a sterling comeback. Both sides have now drawn three of their opening four league matches so they will need wins soon.

Stansted  5 – 0  Southend Manor  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 63

The Airportmen continued their unbeaten league start as they won decisively against Manor at Hargrave Park. First-half goals from Greg Moore [4’] and Michael Salako seven minutes before the break had given Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side the impetus at the interval. Billy Coyne made it three on the hour and Craig Waters’ side simply had no answer to get back into the contest. The ‘Blue Brazil’ turned on the style with late goals by Moore, who got his second of the afternoon with 85 minutes gone and Ryan Ramsay rounded out the scoring two minutes later.

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 25th September  –  May & Baker   1 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston  | Parkside [3G]

Saturday 26th September

Benfleet  1 – 1  Holland  | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  3 – 1  Brimsdown  | Leslie Field

Frenford  4 – 0  Coggeshall Utd  | The Drive [3G]

Little Oakley  1 – 3  Athletic Newham  | Memorial Stadium

Newbury Forest  2 – 1  Hackney Wick  | Oakside

White Ensign  2 – 1  Barkingside   | Burroughs Park 

Wormley Rovers  1 – 3  Wivenhoe Town  | Wormley Sports Club

S2020-21 Round-up’s: Essex Senior (Tues/Wed 15/16 Sept) [ESL 20/21 16.9.20]

ESL crest

Written by Scott W {Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to run-down of the mid-week action from the Essex Senior, which saw some thirty-seven goals scored in the following matches, which included some surprise results too. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior Results – Tuesday 15th September             

Cockfosters  8 – 1  Clapton  | Moved to Chalk Lane

Moving directly onto the midweek action now and in the Essex Senior, Cockfosters thumped the Tons as they emerged with an 8 – 1 win. The hosts were 5-1 up at the break through a treble from player-boss Ryan Wade and one each for Marcus Crowther [15’] and Reece Mosanya six minutes after that goal. Daniel Emovon netted for Clapton but the momentum continued for Wade’s side as Kaidyn Michael made it six 20 minutes from time and Ned Clarke also netted a late brace in this huge win.

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 3  West Essex  | Lowfield

West Essex continued their strong league start with a 3 – 1 win at Hoddesdon. Michael MIgnot, skippering the Stags side here, put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time, before Callum Bloss’ free-kick made it two six minutes after the restart. Town pulled one back from 12 yards thanks to Jack Gibbs with about 20 minutes left but a unfortunate OG compounded the frustrations for Simon Riddle’s side late on as West got a fine win.

Redbridge  2 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Oakside

Sporting Bengal got a late, late victory over managerless Redbridge at Oakside. James Barlow and substitute Terry Amoafo’s goals put Redbridge in command but Joel Ramos’ first of the evening gave Imrul Gazi’s side hope. The Motormen utterly stalled in added time though as Ramos got through to add another double to complete his treble and also grab the three points for Bengal, their first win this term.

Saffron Walden Town  5 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Catons Lane

No such drama at Catons Lane as Walden comprehensively defeated St Mags 5 – 0. Craig Calver opened his account after just two minutes and went on to grab a hat-trick with further goals on 17 and 49 minutes. The Bloods added further gloss to the score-sheet and secured their first win of the league season through goals from Alfie Hilton and Dimitri Hatzimouratis in the dying moments of the match.

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 2  Woodford Town  | Crofters

Sawbridgeworth pulled off another good result, winning 3 – 2 again Woodford at Crofters. Cabham Clarke put Sawbo ahead after just six minutes, but Woodford levelled ten minutes later through Jeremiah Luwero. Kieran Amos’ speculative shot put the hosts back in front moments later. Conor Clarke’s spot-kick made it three for Sawbo six minutes before the break. Marcus Painter reduced the deficit to one with a calm finish on 52 minutes but Town finished the match with nine men as Sawbo held on to claim the win.        

  Takeley  1 – 3  Hashtag Utd | Station Road

Hashtag secured their third straight league win after a hard-fought 3 – 1 triumph at Station Road. Tom Jelliman gave the hosts a good start with the opening goal just before the half-hour. The Tags responded strongly after the break though as Joshua Osude was brought down in the area and the resulting spot-kick was taken by George Smith and he made no mistake on 64 minutes to level it up at 1 – 1. Osude capped a terrific solo performance to add a brace [89’ & 90’+4] to seal another important three points for Jay Devereux’s team.

Walthamstow  2 – 3  Southend Manor  | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 109

Tuesday’s action left us with one more surprise as Manor emerged with a fine 3 – 2 victory over Walthamstow at Wadham Lodge. A see-saw encounter ended up with Darnell Bromfield getting the winner for Manor from the penalty spot midway through the second-half. Jon Clements and James Hammond got the goals for ‘Stow.

Wednesday – Enfield  0 – 1  Stansted   | Woodside

In the only Wednesday match this week, Stansted won 1 – 0 at Enfield, courtesy of a Ryan Ramsay goal on 23 minutes, being in the right place at the right time to slot home after a goalkeeping error. The Airportmen remain unbeaten in three league matches, while the E’s have yet to pick up a win.   

Season 2020-21: The FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd (ESL/EaSL Sides) [FAC 2020-21 3.9.20]


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

Hello all and welcome to the new season of blogs here, you’ll find blogs on the Essex Senior, Essex Olympian League divisions & maybe a little more besides during the course of the season too.

This initial blog is looking at the local sides that were in action this week, which saw eleven Essex Senior sides progress and one Eastern Senior South side. Thanks for reading.

Monday 31 August

Woodford Town  3 – 1  London Colney   | The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 247

Woodford Town opened the round’s action with a fine comeback victory over London Colney at the Harlow Arena. Scott Knight had given Colney an early advantage though Luke Parrott levelled matters on the half-hour for Town. Rigert Rama then turned the tide in favour of the hosts as the match approached the hour mark, tapping home following a goalkeeping error before sealing the contest thanks to a fine strike by Parrott to seal his brace and cue wild celebrations from the excited Towners faithful. Woodford are rewarded with a trip to Capershotts to face Waltham Abbey in the Prelim Round. 

Tuesday 1st September

Cockfosters  4 – 2  Stanway Rovers   | Chalk Lane   | Att: 221

The ‘Fosters made a miraculous comeback with ten men to overcome Eastern Counties Premier side Stanway at Chalk Lane. Stanway started well and took the lead after four minutes through debutant Dan Gilchrist’s strike. The ESL side responded through George Beattie’s 20th-minute goal but had a double set-back around the half-hour mark as combative midfielder Matt Thomson was dismissed and soon after, Rovers made the most of the man advantage as Harry Thomas bundled the ball over the line after a set-piece. The drama only escalated after the break though as three goals in 15 minutes swung the tie in favour of the hosts. First, new signing Carl Mullings levelled midway through the half after a defensive howler, then player-boss Ryan Wade powered home  a spot-kick mere minutes later. Substitute Rueben Campbell provided the telling fourth goal with eleven minutes left to eventually seal a terrific victory.

Walthamstow  3 – 2  London Lions  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 292 | 

Cockfosters will face Walthamstow in the next round as ‘Stow fought back to deny London Lions progression into the Prelim Round. Max Kyte broke the deadlock for the Lions in the early stages on the contest and although ‘Stow got more threatening in front of goal, it took until after the break for them to level through substitute Michael Osei’s curling drive. Kyle nabbed his second for the visitors soon afterward, but goals from Connor Scully and Charncey Dash [for Peter: Dash! Dash!] sealed the win in front of Walthamstow’s biggest crowd since 1996.                                                   

Hullbridge Sports  0 – 2  Hadley  | Lower Road  | Att: 310

Another bumper crowd at Lower Road saw Hadley shock higher league opposition again with a fine win at Isthmian North side Hullbridge. Second-half strikes by that man Solomon Ofori and a Sam Edwards free-kick handed the impetus to the Bricks. ‘Bridge also had a penalty saved by Hadley ‘keeper Luke Ward which added to a frustrating evening for them on-the-pitch. Hadley will face FC Clacton away on Saturday week.                                     

Stansted  3 – 2  Takeley  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 143

Stansted also had to fight back to secure their passage with a hard-fought win over local rivals Takeley at Hargrave Park. Luckless home skipper Billy Coyne headed into his own net five minutes in, but Jack Mitchell converted a spot-kick on 26 minutes to level things up. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side then took the ascendency on the score-sheet after the break as Mitchell struck again ten minutes after the break. Ash Siddik notched the Airportmen’s third in the last few minutes to effectively seal the tie. Substitute Samson Adelaja netted for Marc Das’ side deep into added-time but their focus turns now to the league opener at West Essex on Friday night. Meanwhile, the ‘Blue Brazil’ welcome Basildon Utd to Hargrave in the next round of the Cup. 

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 2  Little Oakley  | Catons Lane  | Att: 286

Saffron Walden also progressed to the next round with victory over Eastern Senior League South side Little Oakley in another pulsating tie at Catons Lane. Oakley took the lead through Harry Mann before new signing Alfie Hilton levelled the match for the hosts. Oakley were not to be denied a second through as Jordan Heath made it 2 – 1 to Matt Carmichael’s team. More drama though was in the offing as Lewis Francis made his presence felt on his return to the Bloods in a big way. The forward came off the bench and struck a hat-trick to turn the match in favour of Jason Maher’s side and see them into the next round, in front of another hefty crowd. They face the trip to Welwyn Garden City.

 Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 1  Romford  | Crofters  | Att: 260

Sawbridgeworth pulled off one of the surprises of the round by knocking out Isthmian North side Romford at Crofters. Goals from Conor Clarke and Kieran Amos did the job on a terrific night for Lee Mackman’s side. Malaki Toussaint got one back for Romford midway through the 2nd half but Sawbo went through welcome fellow ESL side St Margaretsbury In the Prelim Round.

 Clapton  2 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  (Bengal won 6 – 5 on pens)

| Terrence MacMillan Stadium

Sporting Bengal edged to the next round on spot-kicks after a two-two draw with Clapton at the Terry Mac. David Tarawali netted to give Imrul Gazi’s side the lead, before Conor Okus equalised for his new club. Bengal re-took the lead soon afterward with Carlos Siegal Hubner slotting home smartly. The Tons forced a penalty shoot-out late on though as Shaun Gittleson once again levelled the match with minutes remaining. It was Bengal who held their nerve in the shoot-out, winning 6 – 5 on spot-kicks here and will travel to Harlow Town in the next round.

Wednesday 2nd Sept

 Park View   1 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | New River Sports Ground

On Wednesday, Hashtag made their debut in the competition at Park View & came from behind to progress. Kleon James had given the hosts a surprise lead, before George Smith equalised with a well-struck penalty. After the interval, recent addition Toby Aromolaran netted from close range to win the match and they will face Felixstowe & Walton Utd from the Isthmian North in the next round. 

West Essex  6  – 3  Crawley Green    | Oakside  | Att: 147

Finally in our focused ten matches, West Essex progressed in a richly entertaining tie as they powered past Spartan South Midlands Premier side Crawley Green at Oakside. Michael Mignot blasted a hat-trick inside the first 30 minutes before Phil Draycott pulled one back for the visitors six minutes before the break. West extended their lead and sealed the tie through Mignot’s fourth soon after the break. Symeon Taylor and Tom Woodbridge then added further strikes as the Stags saw out a big night for them. To their credit, Danny Watson and Tyler Ingham added late goals for Crawley Green but there was no mistaking the performance by Kwame Kwateng’s side, who are rewarded with a trip to New Salamis in the Prelim Round.

Other Results (ESL & EaSL South Sides) – Tues 1 Sept

Brantham Athletic  1 – 1  Benfleet                     (Brantham won 3 – 2 on Pens)   

Tom Watkins                              Ben Foord

Harlow Town                   5 – 1     Enfield   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 260

Christian Adu Gyamfi,                  Hugo Vasconcelos 75’  

Craig Alcock,  

Ahmet Biler,

Hector Mackie                                  

Sam Taylor (OG)

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  FC Clacton   |at Ware FC   | Att: 129

 Cyrus Babaie                       Mekhi McKenzie

                                               Charlie Thompson

 Redbridge  0 – 2  Harpenden Town  | Oakside  | Att: 134

                               Mulik Rickman 16’

                                    Harvey Scott 55’

Southend Manor  0 – 5  Ware | Southchurch Park  | Att: 200 |

                                           Leigh Rose 15’

                                           David Kendall 46’ & 60’
                                           Louis Rose 74’

                                           Albert Adu-Donyinah 76’     

Wednesday 2nd Sept  

Baldock Town  2 – 2  St Margaretsbury  (St Mags win 4 – 2 on pens)

Scott Piggott                                          Kyle Roberts (pen)

Josh Furness                                          Jae Partridge

Ilford         1 – 3      Halstead Town  | Cricklefield | Att: 280

Juan Cardona                     Joe Jones

                                          Chris Harris x 2                                           

Season Review 2019-20: Essex Senior League (Part 1 – Top 10) [ESL SR 19/20 5.5.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

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

In this first part, I look back at the top ten sides in the division from the dry statistics perspective and my own thoughts on seeing them in action during the campaign, followed by the stats on ‘Clean Sheets’ this season. Thanks for reading.

 

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

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

Saffron Walden Town

We start off the Top ten rundown at the summit, where Saffron Walden Town led having grabbed sixty-six points from their 29 matches. Jason Maher’s side had another very strong campaign, with a much-admired strike force featuring the likes of Charlie Cole, Nathan Scarborough and highly-rated prospect Tyger Smalls breaking into the team in the second part of the campaign. The ‘Bloods’ hit 69 goals this term (at a Goals per game (GpG) average of 2.38) and had the fourth-best defence in the division (marshalled by the likes of Scott Pethers and club stalwart Spike Bell), conceding twenty-eight times in the league. They have all the hallmarks of a top side, being gritty when they need to be but also having searing pace going forward and can score goals almost at will when I watched them in-person. I also must give a special mention to determined forward Gavin Cockman, who struck sixteen league goals to lead his side in attack and personally he had a superb campaign.

Hashtag United

In second place are Hashtag Utd, who memorably won the Eastern Senior League South in their debut campaign in 2018-19. It was another very positive season for Jay Devereux’s side, having accrued sixty-five points from their 26 matches prior to the season being halted. The ‘Tags’ were the most in-form side in March, with six wins from their most recent eight matches. Overall, they scored sixty-six times (a GpG of 2.54) and conceded 27 goals, the third-best defensive record in the division. Their home record was right up there but it was away from their temporary home of Chadfields that they excelled, winning eleven of their thirteen matches away from home. Striker George Smith was a superb addition to the team, firing home nineteen league goals, but canny signings during the season like centre-back Luke Wilson, goalkeeper Louis Hawes and midfielder Tom Anderson added to their momentum. I saw them in their opening ESL match where they surprisingly lost to Southend Manor, though after that they won their next ten matches on-the-reel. Then in January, an inspired spell after half-time saw them bypass Redbridge and at that point you knew they would take some stopping. For all the hype that follows them around, they are a very promising side and will expect to be right in the tussle for promotion again next season. They are on the move once again, having agreed to ground-share at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium next season, which will only add to the optimism going forward.

 

Walthamstow resided in third place, with new manager Max Mitchell taking the reins in late January. The East Londoners gained sixty-three points from their 26 games, winning twenty of them. They netted seventy-three times (a GpG of 2.81) and yes, Dwade James got 27 of those himself to end up the league’s top scorer for the second season in succession, you also have to applaud the stats at the other end of the pitch. Notably, they shelled only seventeen goals, the league’s best this term (a GpG of 0.65) and custodian James Bransgrove also gathered 16 clean sheets (see below), which speaks for itself. Previous gaffer Ryan Maxwell has to take some credit for assembling the team he did, and therefore was largely responsible for his side losing only one of their twelve away matches this term. I saw them since back in August where they just outshone Stansted and battle to a point at Ilford in late January though with Mitchell settling in well since his appointment, the ‘Waltham Rabble’ will be fired up once again next term for another good season at Wadham Lodge.

 

Next in the table were league newcomers Hadley in fourth. They garnered 57 points from their twenty-six matches and have the esteem of scoring the most goals this term, with eighty strikes (a GpG of 3.07) and letting in only twenty-four goals, the second-best record in the division this term. I saw them back on the opening day where they comfortably defeated Enfield though the best thing I recall about that day was the good atmosphere at the club, not forgetting the intriguing ‘Tennis Ball Challenge’ game which is a rather unique half-time spot of entertainment. I saw them again in October where they had to play well to win at Takeley. Forward Solomon Ofori was arguably their star player this term with eighteen league goals to his name, though I’d also mention Luke Jupp, Cameron Ferguson and Manny Hammond who also were right up there in the goal-scorers chart and for their importance to the team. I doubt I’m the only writer who hopes they remain with the league next season as they certainly played their part in it for the football they played and the good people at the club. They were the only side unbeaten at home, winning 13 of their fourteen matches at Brickfield Lane, with only Saffron Walden Town holding them to a draw in the ESL in January. Finally, who could forget the FA Cup run to the Third Qualifying Round where they lost out at National League South side Havant & Waterlooville in early October.

 

In fifth spot are Stansted, who got fifty points from their 27 matches this term. A mixed start to the campaign was swiftly nullified from the memory banks during mid-season as they achieved a new club record of twelve straight league wins which shot them up into the top six. They were in good nick towards the ‘end’ of the season as well. Having scored fifty-five goals in all this term (a GpG of 2.04) and their form at Hargrave Park was to be envied, with ten wins from their 14 matches at home. Paul Pittuck and John Watters’ side also made the last 64 of the FA Vase, and had a grand away day at Thurlow Nunn Premier high-flyers Stowmarket Town to show for it. Connor Hammond ended up their top scorer with eleven league goals, though in fairness the goals were well spread out this term. These two canny managers are known for having determined sides and that was certainly the case again this season. I saw them narrowly lose out at Walthamstow early-doors before besting Clapton in November. You wouldn’t be surprised if the Airportmen are competitive once again next season.

 

Takeley

Takeley were once again in the upper echelons of the table in sixth place, garnering forty-three points from their 24 matches, as the indecent weather in the winter heavily affected their fixtures. Interestingly, their form away from Station Road was slightly better than at home, as Marc Das’ side won seven of their 13 matches away, with only three losses. They struck 46 goals this term, whilst the familiar steely backline remained, conceding thirty-four goals (a GpG of 1.42) – the fifth-best record in the ESL. Bryn Thorpe deserves a mention for being top scorer with nine league goals (15 in all competitions) and stopper Matt Gill also racked up six clean sheets as well. When I saw them back in late October, they were beaten by the better side in Hadley and their form toward the season’s halt wasn’t super with two wins and three losses in their last eight matches though it is a testament to the reputation that Das & co have built that you can’t rule out his side from having a good season, even if they are not the most spectacular.

 

Hoddesdon TOwn

That thought remains with the next club in seventh which was filled by Hoddesdon Town, having won 41 points from their twenty-seven matches. The solid nature of the previous season was maintained, with the Lilywhites conceding 35 times (a GpG of 1.29) and notching a half-century of goals too. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs was their top goal-getter with twelve goals, prior to his departure for Isthmian North side Witham Town. Jordan Halls got six league goals as well to help cover during the latter part of the campaign. Goalkeepers Simon Dent and Aaron Bull got ten clean sheets between them as well and you would feel Simon Riddle’s side are well-placed for another top-half finish at least in 2020/21.

Redbridge are next in eighth spot, having recovered from a mid-season lull to notch thirty-eight points from their 25 games. Weather also affected the improving Oakside stadium, though the fact that they scored 57 league goals (a GpG of 2.28) says a lot for manager Micky Wetherall and his coaching staff. They also shelled 56 goals in defence which arguably held them back a bit but you also have to credit the manner of how they play. Their high-scoring draw at Sporting Bengal Utd in late September was one of my matches of the season, just for the attacking intent shown by both sides. Then in early October, they showed a more gritty side as they won at Southend Manor. Finally, a rare Friday night outing at Oakside in early November saw them just lose out to Woodford Town in another highly-competitive game. Incredibly, eight of their 12wins this came on-the-road and overall, I believe Micky will be happy enough with their campaign.

In ninth place were Woodford Town, after claiming thirty-four points from their 28 matches. Their season could ably be labelled as inconsistent though they did end up finishing well, with four wins from their last eight matches. Remaining at the Harlow Arena this term, they got six wins from their fourteen home games while having their struggles on away days, with four wins and nine losses from their fourteen matches away from home. I saw them lose out at West Essex in September before winning at Redbridge in early November. If they have a more settled squad next term, you would think they will finish higher next term, given they have some talented prospects in the young side. Finally for this part, in tenth spot are Cockfosters, another new side to the division. Ryan Wade’s team gathered thirty-four points also from their 26 matches and ended below Woodford on goals scored. Their Chalk Lane base saw them win six of their twelve matches and going forward, they are an enterprising side to watch, with Billy Healey and Ned Clarke among those impressing. I watched them narrowly defeat West Essex in late October and as some of my peers have said on radio this season, on that occasion they showed how much of a welcoming club they are and they should be congratulated for that. I also saw them make the most of a first-half blitz to win at Southend Manor in November before they ground out a win at Tower Hamlets in early December. All in all, they are a god side to watch and much like Hadley, I hope they remain in the ESL as they have added to the division this term.

 

Essex Senior League  – Goalkeepers’ Clean Sheets

(Source: essexseniorleague.co.uk)

    Club/s Clean Sheets
1 James Bransgrove Walthamstow 16
       
=2 Luke Ward Hadley 13
  Nicholas Eyre Saffron Walden Town 13
       
=4 Bradley Robinson Cockfosters 7
  Tim Pitman Hashtag Utd 7
       
       
=6 Matthew Gill Takeley 6
  Simon Dent Hoddesdon Town 6
  Alex Read Woodford Town 6
       
9 William Hunt Clapton 5
  Jack Coker West Essex 5
       
=11 Aaron Bull Hoddesdon Town 4
  Louis Hawes Hashtag Utd 4
  George Marsh Stansted 4
  Florent Gislette Redbridge 4
  Alex Jennings Enfield 4