Match Report: Walthamstow 1 – 0 Stansted (Sat 17 Aug) [ESL 19/20 17.9.19]

Essex Senior League

2019-20 Season: Match 14

Saturday 17th August 2019 – 3pm KO

Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium

Attendance: TBA

Walthamstow: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Stansted: White Shirts, Grey Shorts, Grey Socks

 

 

Stow defeat gritty Stansted at Wadham Lodge

Walthamstow 1 – 0 Stansted

 

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

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The players enter the field (Image: Scott W)

This weekend’s match took me to on a solo jaunt to Wadham Lodge Stadium to see Walthamstow renew rivalries with Stansted in an Essex Senior League encounter. The plot thickened this week as ‘Stow signed winger Callum Ibe from the Airportmen this week, and yep you guessed it – Ibe started against his old club. He was joined in the home front-line by Emiel Aiken and the prolific Dwade James. The back five for Ryan Maxwell’s side were imposing ‘keeper James Bransgrove, full-backs Jamie Bennett & Kyan Gulliver with centre-backs Vinny Murphy and Gus Douglas. Recent signing Jack Grosvenor was ruled out with a knee problem, we wish him well in his recovery.

Stansted were looking for a better performance after exiting the FA Cup last week and opted for solidity with three centre-backs, Sam West, Joe Clark and Jack West with Moses Carvalho and Billy Coyne acting as attacking full-backs. Recent signings Michael Ogboin and Daniel Cheema also both started, with full-back Louis Monk joining Joe McEvoy and Harvey Brown on the substitute’s bench.

In the early stages of the match, the Airportmen were looking to build a foundation defensively as home winger Danny McCullock pinged in a few good crosses from the right flank, ultimately to no avail. As we approached the quarter-hour, ‘Stow forward Dwade James went up for a aerial challenge with visiting custodian James Pellin, which left Pellin needing treatment. What followed in the next phase of the match was a bit of a scrappy time, with fouls breaking up the rhythm of the game and a lot of play in midfield. As ever, Callum Ibe was posing a threat, coming inside from the left and before the half-hour, he did well to seize a loose ball before skewing a low shot wide of a post. Minutes later, the ever-dangerous James had two half-chances at goal though on both occasions his strike lacked the punch to beat Pellin, though his movement was adding to the visitors’ concerns. That said, Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ team were dealing with balls in the air well to stifle their hosts’ attacks.

Six minutes before the break, a rare clear chance for the visitors saw winger Jack Mitchell in on goal, one-on-one with home goalkeeper James Bransgrove though scuffed his shot wide. Moments later, Ibe struck wide again after finding a yard of space and then on the stroke of half-time, James was once again denied by a well-placed defender on the goal-line following a free-kick.

In fairness, the hosts did shade the half with Emiel Aiken being a good presence in the air, acting as a good foil for Ibe and James. Michael Ogboin was also a physical presence in attack for Stansted though he was being crowded out by the home defence.

Half-time: Walthamstow  0 – 0  Stansted

Moments after the second-half began, a stinging drive from near the touch-line by left-back Moses Carvalho was gathered by Bransgrove though unfortunately for the visitors, that wasn’t a precursor to many further attacking moves. Almost immediately after Carvalho’s effort, ‘Stow forward Emiel Aiken’s angled drive was well-parried away from danger by Pellin. The visitors’ resistance was broken with 56 minutes on the clock as ‘Stow left-back Kyan Gulliver found Ibe down the left channel and in turn, he played in James who coolly slotted over Pellin, much to the home crowd’s relief. The visiting defence kept their composure minutes later as another testing Ibe cross was well headed away by centre-back Jack West. Midway through the half, Stansted skipper Billy Coyne stroked in a free-kick from deep though midfielder Paul Clayton could only head above the woodwork.

Soon afterward, Pellin pulled off another smart save by tipping over a venomous 20-yard drive by McCullock as the hosts had the better of the second-half in terms of chances. ‘Stow saw the game out and will be happy with the points though in their minds they may have wanted another goal or two. Stansted didn’t have many clear-cut opportunities today as the supply line to their forwards was cut off probably more often than not. The biggest positive for them today for me was that defensively they looked much more like their ‘usual selves’ and that bodes well for the remainder of this long campaign.

 

Full-Time: Walthamstow  1 – 0  Stansted

Thank you to Walthamstow for their assistance today & best wishes. On a nice side-note, remember the many sticker albums (Be it the Premiership or World Cup etc) that many a kid used to  enjoy back in the day? Well, ‘Stow have their own one this year and to be fair, it’s a nice bit of fun and rare to see a Non-League club do it so that’s good to see. Best wishes to Stansted for the rest of the season as well, I believe the team are in good hands under the stewardship of Messr’s Pittuck & Watters.

 

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Today’s Match Programme (left) & Stow’s own Album (right)

Teams

Walthamstow  | Player-Manager: Ryan Maxwell | Player-Assistant Mgr: Nicky Symons

James Bransgrove (GK), Jamie Bennett, Kyan Gulliver, Vinny Murphy (Capt), Gus Douglas, Jack Folan, Ben Crilley, Daniel McCullock (Ryan Reed 82′), Emiel Aiken (Charlie Yexley 77′), Dwade James, Callum Ibe (Olly Fortune 70′)

Goal-scorer: Dwade James [56′]

Booked: Murphy   | Subs Not Used: Symons, Madu

 

Stansted    | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters

James Pellin (GK), Billy Coyne (Capt), Moses Carvalho, Sam West, Joe Clark, Jack West, Rob Norris (Joe McEvoy 30′), Paul Clayton, Michael Ogboin, Daniel Cheema (Harry Prince 78′), Jack Mitchell (Harvey Brown 83′)

Booked: Norris, Carvalho, S West, Clayton, Clark, Ogboin  | Subs Not Used: Monk, Turvey

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Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 16/Sat 17 August) [ESL 19/20 15.8.19]

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Still from Hashtag Utd v S Manor on August 7th (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello all and welcome to another of my weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. After a frenetic two weeks of ESL & FA Cup matches which involved replays for a few of our sides, the league programme to take centre stage, hot on the heels of the Replays that two of our sides had in midweek.

 

Friday 9th August – 7.45pm KO

 

Woodford Town v West Essex   | the Harlow Arena

The weekend kicks off with Woodford back in action just 48 hours after their battle with White Ensign in the FA Cup Extra Prelim Round Replay which went to extra-time on Wednesday night. They face a West Essex who also went out of the FA Cup this week so both teams may feel they have to ‘get back in the saddle’ with a league triumph. If both sides play near their best, this could be another corker of a match given both teams’ attacking nature. Have to go with my gut instinct which says a narrow West win, purely because they’ve had three more days to recover from their last match than their hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Saturday 10th August – 3pm KO

 

Enfield    v   Cockfosters  | Woodside

Our look at the Saturday action begins at Woodside as Enfield welcome Cockfosters. The E’s haven’t had the best week with a loss in their long trip to Fairford Town last weekend in the Cup before getting narrowly beaten by Hoddesdon in midweek, also at home. Their only win in their opening three has come at home though, ten days ago at home to Stansted so there are signs they could make their new home a fortress, which you sense boss Matt Hanning & co will want to do. Cockfosters may be ‘riding high’ after progression in the FA Cup with a win over Eastern Senior League South side Leyton Athletic last weekend, which was followed by a super comeback to draw at home to Ilford in midweek. Player-boss Ryan Wade scored twice in that latter match and I can see this one perhaps being a draw as well.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks return to ‘home comforts’ after a good win over ESL side Redbridge in the FA Cup last weekend. Anthony Clark’s team have scored ten goals in their three matches in League & Cup thus far so that is a record they will want to keep adding to at this early stage of the season. Bengal were overpowered by Walthamstow in the Cup last weekend and will seek to avoid a repeat here. Imrul Gazi’s side are not one to under-estimate though in my view they will need to improve defensively to get anything out of this away-day. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Ilford  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Cricklefield

Ilford are at home once again as they welcome the Lilywhites to Cricklefield. Morgan LaForce’s Foxes have had a mixed week at best. Last weekend wasn’t a happy one as they exited the FA Cup with a home loss to Eastern Senior League South side Harwich & Parkeston. That said, their midweek exploits was better as they battled to an entertaining draw at Cockfosters, which was their first points of the campaign. Hoddesdon have had a brighter week with a good win over Brantham Athletic in the FA Cup before a good away performance in the win at Enfield on Wednesday night. If Simon Riddle’s side keep stern in defence then it could be an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Redbridge   v   Hashtag Utd  | Oakside

The Motormen entertain Hashtag Utd at Oakside. Micky Wetherall’s side played their part in their recent two matches, before succumbing to successive defeats at Hadley and Takeley in the FA Cup and league respectively in the past week, despite four goals in those two games. Jay Devereux’s Hashtag outfit will be buoyed after a late five-goal flourish in a hefty win over Tower Hamlets in midweek at Chadfields. This is a tricky one to call as both sides have the firepower to score goals though will narrowly go with ‘the Tags’.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

Sawbo welcome Hamlets to Crofters. These two sides had many battles last term though since then both have had rather extensive squad changes and their recent results suggest that those changes will take time to settle. Sawbridgeworth went out of the Cup with a home loss to Step 6 side Halstead Town last weekend though did score in that match. Hamlets did triumph in the Cup last weekend with a battling win over Selsey at Mile End though had a chastening end to their match at Hashtag in midweek. Manager Damien Briggs will want to get that out result out of his team’s systems. Instinct says a narrow win for the hosts.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Takeley  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road

Takeley face Saffron Walden in an early-season belter at Station Road. Marc Das’ side has started the season in a spritely fashion and backed that up in the last week with wins in League & Cup. First, a good victory at Crawley Green in the Cup last weekend was followed by a hard-fought win at Redbridge in the league in midweek. Forward Bryn Thorpe has notched five goals in all competitions already though this match represents arguably their toughest test yet. Walden also progressed in the FA Cup with a narrow win over Baldock Town last weekend and you do sense their forward line will click into goal-scoring touch sooner or later. Takeley powered to a good win in this fixture last season so Jason Maher’s team may have that in their minds too. Draw in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Walthamstow  v  Stansted       | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally this weekend, another potential corker awaits as ‘Stow entertain Stansted at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side have started the season as they mean to go on, in regards to goal-scoring. They progressed in the Cup with a big win over Sporting Bengal last weekend though following that match, it was revealed that promising forward Samrai Gebrai has departed for Step 3 Canvey Island. Stansted had a hiccup last Sunday as they crashed out to Eastern Senior League South side Barkingside in the Cup as they seek to settle following minor squad changes recently. This may be closer than some think though hard to go against another home triumph.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

That’s all for this edition of the ESL preview blogs. Check back on Sunday/Monday  when I’ll have the round-up of what happened in this weekend’s matches of the 2019 – 20 Essex Senior League season. Thanks for reading.

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 West Essex (Mon 6 May) [ECC Final 6.5.19]

Errington Challenge Cup Final

Venue: Woodside (Bishop’s Stortford FC)

Attendance: 417

2018-19 Season – Match 78

Monday 6th May 2019  – 3pm KO

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

West Essex: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

 

 

 

Stansted secure Errington Cup triumph with last-gasp winner at Woodside

 

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

On Bank Holiday Monday, another ESL-related season concluded with the Errington Challenge Cup Final at Woodside with League runners-up Stansted looking for a Cup double as they faced mid-table West Essex, who let’s not forget are only in their third season at this level. Stansted were heavily depleted, with both West brothers (Sam & Jack), defensive rock Paul Clayton, midfielder Charlie Barlow and goal-getter James Peagram all unavailable. Moses Carvalho was drafted in at centre-back, with James Briggs making a rare appearance from the start, alongside Rob Norris in midfield. Callum Ibe and Jordan Palmer led the attack with Carl Mullings among those on the bench.

West were fortunate enough to name a near full-strength team with glovesman Jack Coker between the posts, Emanuel Wazola and Sanchez Hardy the full-backs, Tom Macleod skippering the side and a strong front three of Michael Mignot, Symeon Taylor and Samraj Gill. Cameron Gray and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe were among the substitutes.

The match didn’t take long to get going in fairness. In the first minute, full-back Jamie Bennett struck wide over the upright for the Airportmen though it was West who nearly took the lead five minutes in. Samraj Gill’s corner was powerfully met by midfielder Tom MacLeod though James Briggs did well to head clear on the goal-line. ‘Blue Brazil’ goalkeeper Charlie Turner was called into action soon afterward with the ESL ‘Golden Glove’ winner doing well to deny Joe Lefley’s low drive and Michael Mignot’s effort on goal. The Stags were having some joy going forward with Callum Bloss sending through more telling passes to the forward line as well as running down the channel.

Midway through the half, the Airportmen made sure Coker was alert as a sweet centre from the right by winger Jack Mitchell found forward Jordan Palmer, though he could only head straight at the Stags custodian who held well. Apart from two James Briggs efforts that went just over the woodwork, Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s team had to rally to keep things level. In the last ten minutes or so of the half, West forward Symeon Taylor fizzed a strike wide while Bloss fed Mignot well though the latter could only dribble his effort wide. A telling moment came two minutes before the interval as Mignot did superbly to round Turner though he went for precision with the finish though the lack of power on it told as centre-back Joe Clark did well to clear off the line.

Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 0 West Essex

Goal-less it was at the break though no lack of entertainment or good attacking play. The Stags were guilty of missing chances and but for impressive defending by the Stansted back four, led by Moses Carvalho, they could have had even more. Ten minutes into the second half, lively forward Samraj Gill burst through the middle and curled a sweet strike which just escaped the attentions of the woodwork. Stansted ‘keeper Turner did well to deny Lefley’s drive at the second time of asking near the hour mark.

 

Stansted substitute Harvey Brown was well-found by a left-wing cross though he blazed wide as we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest. Carl Mullings came off the bench to add more physicality to their forward line as although Callum Ibe was causing some nervous moments for the Stags back-line, the ‘Blue Brazil’ top-scorer wasn’t having much joy when it came to chances. Into the latter stages now and West substitute Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe fired straight at Turner when handily-placed and you started to get an unerring sense that Kwame Kwateng’s side would pay a price for not being comfortably ahead as they could have been.

That feeling was only exacerbated when on the stroke of the ninety, a 40-yard surging run by Mignot ended with only Turner to beat though the Blues stopper showed his class again by gathering bravely at the forward’s feet when well-poised to strike.

And then, in added-time, the ‘clang’ well & truly struck. Brown’s angled free-kick was headed on to Ibe at the near post who headed in past Coker to ‘raise the roof’ among the Stansted contingent. Moments later, the full-time whistle struck and the celebrations began for the Airportmen whilst the desolation and disappointment among the West players was hard to deny.

 

Full-time: Stansted  1 – 0  West Essex

Firstly, how this match didn’t bring about five or six goals I don’t think we’ll ever know and that is a credit to both sides today – it added to what was a really good occasion.

 

All in all, the Airportmen got the result they wanted to complete the Cup ‘Double’  this term (the Gordon Brasted Trophy as well as this triumph) through defending in their characteristically strong manner, a bit of luck and having a forward who makes things happen in Callum Ibe. As far as stand-out performances go for the ‘Blue Brazil’, goalkeeper Charlie Turner arguably kept his side in the game to begin with, plus emergency centre-back Moses Carvalho shone alongside central defensive partner Joe Clark.  Ibe was a threat as per usual, as was winger Jack Mitchell and substitute Harvey Brown in his half-hour on-the-field.

West Essex will feel it was ‘so near, yet so far’ and it’s tough to disagree with that assertion. When the frustration has died down for them, they have quite a lot to be proud of. Their brand of attacking football was on-show in front of a big crowd – even if they did not put away the plethora of chances they had created. Midfielder Callum Bloss had another strong match, with tricky forward Samraj Gill, fellow midfielder Joe Lefley and the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot also impressing, being a thorn in the opposition’s side all match. Their recent improvement defensively was also their to see and centre-backs Nick Walk and Josh French played their part in that.

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Stansted recieve their medals

Finally, as this is my last report of the ESL 2018/19 campaign, I feel it would be remiss not to mention the following – it’s been a quite a season. Twists, turns, quality, grit and guts have all been part of it. Seeing players, managers & clubs write chapters in their history is gratifying to be a part of, as is being part of the Non-League ‘family’. Thank you to all the clubs, countless players, managers and club/league officials who have welcomed me this term – I do notice it and it helps keep me going during tough weeks/months. Thank you also to all that have read these reports this season… and enjoy your summer.

Teams

Stansted  | Co-Managers: Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman

Charlie Turner (GK), Jamie Bennett, Billy Coyne (Capt), Joe Clark, Moses Carvalho, Jack Mitchell, James Briggs (Harvey Brown 61′), Rob Norris, Callum Ibe, Ollie Bell (Lewis Stantiall 83′), Jordan Palmer (Carl Mullings 71′)

Goal-scorer: Callum Ibe [90’+3]

Booked: Norris, Ibe  | Subs Not Used: Buffin, Tyrell

West Essex  |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emanuel Wazola, Sanchez Hardy, Nick Walk, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Callum Bloss (Cameron Gray 67′), Joe Lefley, Michael Mignot, Symeon Taylor (Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 79′), Samraj Gill (James Jewers 83′)

Booked: MacLeod    | Subs Not Used: McNally, Woodbridge

 

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The Officials recieve their momentos 

Referee: Mark Pond
Assistant Referees: Eddie Andrews & Charlie Roberts
Fourth Official: Joseph Gray

Preview: Essex Senior League (Final Day – Sat 27 Apr) [Fri 26.4.19]

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Archive: Title Rivals Stansted & Hullbridge face off back on March 30th

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to the final preview piece this season, looking at the ten ties that take place on the last day of the Essex Senior League campaign. There are still a few issues to be ironed out, chiefly this – who will be crowned Champions?

Thank you to all the regular readers of this column this season. Enjoy.

Sat 27 April

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Barkingside  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Cricklefield

‘Side entertain Hoddesdon at Cricklefield, just two weeks after their reserve side sent the Lilywhites out of the Peter Butcher Trophy. Alex Goldstone’s side have averted finishing bottom of the league after three wins in their last seven matches though lost out last time out at West Essex ten days ago. Hoddy were held by Tower Hamlets last weekend in the only ESL match then. This may be a ‘dead rubber’ though both sides will want to end the campaign well, I’ll go for a narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

Clapton    v    Sporting Bengal Utd  | Old Spotted Dog |

Sporting Bengal travel to the Old Spotted Dog to face Clapton in what is Jonny Fowell’s final match in charge of the Tons. They won late at Takeley ten days ago to give them only their second win in their last seven matches. Sporting return to league action here after a break, with their last league outing being a loss at Southend Manor three weeks ago. A top-eight finish is assured for them already though they could go 7th with a win. I feel the hosts will want to give their manager a good send-off though and therefore am going for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Hullbridge Sports  v  Stanway Rovers   | Lower Road  |

For Hullbridge… this is it. They entertain Stanway at Lower Road knowing that only a win would absolutely guarantee their first ESL championship and elevation to Bostik League Division North. Only one loss in their last eight shows they are up there form-wise though this may be a different type of ‘pressure’ they face here. Rovers are on the face of it limping their way toward the end of the campaign in terms of results with four losses in their last seven though did confirm Danny Slatter at their permanent boss last week.

You know what they say about ‘Football isn’t played on paper’ and the understandable nerves will persist right until kick-off you suspect for the hosts. Stanway did hold West Essex last weekend at home and do have some talent in their side though if I’m being candid, I’d be pretty surprised if ‘Bridge did not ‘finish the job’ here and crown off a stellar season.

I’ll be at this game and it could well be an emotional one.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Leyton Athletic  v  Stansted   |Wadham Lodge Stadium |

Stansted travel to Wadham Lodge to face bottom side Leyton Athletic. The Airportmen know they have to win to have any chance of usurping Hullbridge and taking the title. Leyton have lost their last five league matches so it would seem they are good opposition to face here. Stansted will be buoyed by their GBT success though and five wins in their last seven league games shows their consistent streak, which they have maintained all season.

This could go one or two ways, if Messrs Pittuck & Benterman’s team start strongly then it could be a goal-fest though they could also be frustrated by their hosts. That said, you have to go away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 3

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  Woodford Town  | Catons Lane

Walden’s first season back in the Essex Senior concludes with this interesting battle with another attack-minded side in Woodford at Catons Lane. Five wins in their last seven for Jason Maher’s team gives them a shot at a top-three finish, if other results go in their favour. They held off a late comeback by Manor two weeks ago to win then and have amassed 105 league goals this season, comfortably the highest-scorers in the division. Woodford are the third-highest scorers themselves so this could be an entertaining affair. Have to go with a home win here though.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

Sawbridgeworth Town    v   Enfield  | Crofters  |

Sawbridgeworth end their campaign with this home match with Enfield at Crofters. John Watters’ side have had a very tough campaign are winless in their last 12 matches. They got a creditable draw at St Margaretsbury two weeks ago in their last match. Incredibly, eight of their ten wins this season have come at home though and need to win to try to avoid finishing in the bottom three. Enfield defeated Clapton in their last match two weeks ago. Matt Hanning’s team have won two of their last three matches and could still finish as high as 11th with a win here, subject to other results going their way. Going to plump for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Southend Manor   v   Walthamstow | Southchurch Park |

Manor entertain Walthamstow in their final match. Adam Peek’s side are on an upturn with five wins in their last seven though narrowly lost out at Saffron Walden two weeks ago. They will look to leap out of the bottom five with a win though ‘Stow are also in super nick with nine wins in their last ten matches and they know a win would cement a hard-earned third-place finish. ‘Stow deafeat St Margaretsbury in their last match three weeks ago though would still reckon they will ‘do the job here’.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

St Margaretsbury     v     Redbridge      | The Rec  |

‘Bury welcome Redbridge to the Rec after a spirited display in their loss to Stansted in the Gordon Brasted Trophy Final on Easter Monday. A win here would secure seventh place in what has still been a good campaign for them. The Motormen have struggled to claim wins recently having also been somewhat depleted and lost out at home to Stansted last time out. Will the hosts’ young side be able to snuff out the guile of finishers like Dan Gilchrist? That’s what interests me. Gut instinct says narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Takeley   v  Ilford   | Station Road |

Takeley see out their campaign at home to the Foxes at Station Road.Marc Das’ side lost out late on to Clapton ten days back though are still strong with ‘home comforts’ Their overall form has been mixed of late and their opponents here are stronger away from Cricklefield as well. Martin Haywood’s side have won four of their last six and know that another three points will secure a top-ten finish. Getting past the miserly Takeley defence is seldom an easy task though and I feel compelled to head for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

West Essex  v  Tower Hamlets    | Mayesbrook Park |

The Stags play their last league match at Mayesbrook before it joins the ‘3G revolution’ next term as they face Tower Hamlets. West defeated Barkingside last time out and a win here could see them sneak inside the top ten. They may have the Errington Cup Final on their minds but they will seek to continue a good run of only one loss in their last six matches. Hamlets held Hoddesdon last week and are also in good touch with two losses in their last six outings. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

That’s all from the Preview pieces this term. Look out for the Round-up on Sunday/Monday. Cheers 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 13 Apr) [ESL 14.4.19]

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Still from Redbridge v Stansted this weekend

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up. With the season rapidly concluding, the last of these pieces for this season will be in two weeks’ time. This day was still quite big for two clubs at the bottom of the table.

Sat 13 April

Enfield 4 – 2 Clapton  | Harlow Arena | Att: 67

The E’s came from behind to overcome the Tons at the Harlow Arena. In-form Giovanni Palmer put the visitors ahead on 18 minutes. Either side of the break, young Leyton Orient loanee Ernold Haxhiu struck, first levelling on 32 minutes before putting his side in front with 63 minutes on the watch. Luke Thomas netted nine minutes later to increase the home side’s lead before Palmer added to his growing reputation as a marksman by making it 3 – 2 wiith 12 minutes left. Joe Pattison made the points safe for Matt Hanning’s side two minutes from time, who now rise to 11th.

Ilford  0 – 3  Hullbridge Sports | Cricklefield | Att: 53

Hullbridge soured to a very decent win over Ilford at Cricklefield. Midfield dynamo Emmanuel Okunka opened the scoring only three minutes in. The Foxes were a man down after Steve Sylvester accrued two bookings and they were made to pay as first, Nathan Scarborough struck six minutes into the second-half before in added-time, Luke Hornsley grabbed a third for his side. Darren manning’s side know they have to win at home to Stanway on the final day to secure a much-desired ESL title and play in Botik league Division North for the first time next term.

Leyton Athletic  0 – 3  Takeley  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 38

Takeley secured a good three points at Wadham Lodge, which also ensured Ath will finish bottom of the Essex Senior League this term. Nick Barrett [19′] got the opener for Marc Das’ side, before Bryn Thorpe got his fifth goal in two matches ten minutes before half-time. Barrett got his second of the game three minutes before the break which rounded out the scoring here. Ath’s inability to win games has seriously impinged their quest to remain in Step 5, with only three wins all campaign. It looks very likely they will be relegated to the Eastern Senior League South next term, with the question now being is any other side going to join them, which will ultimately be decided by the FA.

Redbridge   0 – 4  Stansted | Oakside | Att: 70

Stansted showed their desire and superior finishing to win well at a decent Redbridge side. Goals from Jack Mitchell [9′], Jack West [41′ & 90’+1] and Paul Clayton [83′] saw off their hosts, who had to play the last half-hour with ten men following Daniel Smith’s dismissal. The Airportmen must win at Leyton to have any chance of winning the title in two weeks’ time. I attended this match and my report is here:  https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/match-report-redbridge-0-4-stansted-sat-13-apr-esl/

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 2  Southend Manor  | Catons Lane | Att: 203

Walden rode out a late comeback from Manor to grab all three points. Walden struck on 11 eleven minutes through full-back Spike Bell. Seven minutes after the break, Bell got his second of the afternoon before Matt Frew made it three on 59 minutes. Manor did fight back well in the latter stages as arguably their stand-out player this term Mo Kargbo netted a late brace [85′ & 89′] to make it a nervy end for Jason Maher’s team. Walden stay fourth and will finish third if they better Walthamstow’s result on the last day which would still constitute a good campaign. Manor’s first loss in five games means they stay fifth-bottom.

St Margaretsbury   0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town | The Rec | Att: 44

These two out-of-form sides scrapped to a stalemate at the Rec. St Margs did end a four-match losing streak here though are could still be regarded as ‘under-dogs’ for the upcoming Gordon Brasted Final on Easter Monday. Sawbridgeworth ended a five-match losing run here with this point though they remain in the bottom three.

Stanway Rovers  0 – 0  West Essex | Hawthorns | Att: 61

These two bottom-half sides battled in a goal-less stalemate in what the visitors described as a ‘end-of-seaon affair’ at the Hawthorns. Stanway are somewhat limping their way towards the end of their campaign with only two wins in their last 11 games while West are finishing in a decent run with four wins in their last nine matches though it is likely the Stags will finish just outside the top-ten.

Peter Butcher Trophy: Semi-Final

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  Barkingside Res | Lowfield | Att: 127

Barkingside Reserves continued their fine campaign as they defeated another Essex Senior League side to reach the PBT final. Reserve Division top-scorer Carl Patten broke the deadlock on 56 minutes though that lead only lasted seven minutes before Lilywhites winger Connor Bolton levelled. Late drama followed though as Darren Seymour got the winner for the visitors wth six minutes left.