S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior Lge (Sat 8 Oct) [ESL 22-23 9.10.22]

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

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Essex Senior League action, looking at all ten matches that took place on Saturday 8 October, which saw three teams get important away wins.

Essex Senior Lge –  Saturday 8 October

The weekend’s action started on Friday night as Saffron Walden Town got a 2 – 1 win in a heated battle at Barking. Luke Hirst got the goal for Charlie MacDonald’s side, but Jason Hallett’s free-kick & a Connor Scully goal was enough to see Jason Maher’s team to a hugely important win which sees them rise to mid-table. On Saturday, Stanway Rovers grabbed a 4 – 0 victory over visitors Clapton in the early kick-off at the Hawthorns. Ernest Okoh netted another two goals for Danny Slatter’s team, with Ezequiel Franchi & Joe Debell also on target to leave Clapton two points adrift of nearest rivals Halstead.

Elsewhere, FC Clacton got another good win with a 2 – 1 success at Halstead Town in the match I attended this weekend. Charlie Thompson and Jake Clowsley’s penalty was enough to overhaul Ben Morris’ first goal for Town at Rosemary Lane and send Tommy Austin’s side up to fifth spot. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/10/09/s22-23-match-report-halstead-town-1-2-fc-clacton-sat-8-oct-esl/


Ilford also got a good 3 – 1 win over Buckhurst Hill at Cricklefield. Joe Lilly netted twice (one from 12 yards) for Richard Ponsford’s team, with Harry Rawlins also scoring to outdo another goal for the in-form Hassan Nalbant for Buckhurst. The Foxes are up to 13th place after this win. Romford got an important 2 – 0 win at rivals Redbridge, with Charlie Morris and Jesse Olukolu the goal-getters for Steve Butterworth’s side there, which saw them up to tenth with games in hand.  Enfield are up to third spot after a super 3 – 0 victory at Little Oakley, thanks to strikes by Danny Norton, Gavin Cockman & Dwade James. Jamie Cureton’s side are well-placed with two games in hand on the top two.

West Essex went back up to the summit with a 4 – 0 success at Southend Manor. Marlon Ortiz netted twice after coming off the bench, with Callum Bloss and Cameron Gray also on target for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Manor also announced Alex O’Leary as their new gaffer this week, and his role in lifting this hastily rebuilt side will be a hard ask as they seek to get out of the bottom two. Takeley also prevailed with a 2 – 0 win over White Ensign at Station Road, with George Powell & Glenn O’Hanlon on target for Marc Das’ team, which saw them go up to 12th spot.

We end this article with two home wins. First, Sawbridgeworth Town continued their impressive start to the campaign with a 3 – 2 success over Stansted at Crofters. Larry Akanbi, Zach Davidson & David Etcheri all netted for Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor’s team which sent them up to ninth. Carl Conway & Connor Hammond scored for the Airportmen but they remain in mid-table. Lastly, Woodford Town managed an excellent 3 – 1 triumph against Athletic Newham at Ashton’s. Jaedon Phillips, Lee Sharpe & substitute Dimi Christou’s goal ensured Shane Baptiste’s side ended the day in seventh. Chris Nguidjol got his second goal this week for Chris Davis’ team. 

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S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 13 Aug) [ESL 22/23 14.8.22]

Archive Image from Ensign v Little Oakley on 30 July [Image by Scott W]

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

Hello & welcome to the first of an occasional blog series this term looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this season. This weekend was the second round of matches for all clubs , with some important victories for clubs at either end of the very early standings.

Essex Senior League –  Saturday 13 August

We begin this week with a superb result for West Essex as they impressively defeated Buckhurst Hill 6 – 1 at Wadham Lodge. A crowd of nearly 100 saw braces for Cameron Gray and Callum Bloss for the Stags, with David Bell and replacement Marlon Ortiz also adding to Buckhurst’s pain here. Max Nicholson got their only goal here but it perhaps is a reminder that Buckhurst are going to have ‘bad days’ this term. Enfield maintained their new season form, scoring another three goals in a 3 – 1 triumph at Clapton. Louie Johnson’s treble took his League goal tally to five already this term, while Kyreece Smith-Reid got a consolation for Ross Weare’s side.

Meanwhile, White Ensign got their first League win in some style with a nerve-jangling 5 – 4 victory at Ilford. Charlie Portway’s double plus strikes by Billy Bonham-Dare, Ethan Evison and Callum Morris’ late, late winner secured a precious three points for Aaron Bloxham’s side. Joe Lilly’s early penalty put the Foxes back into the game but even goals from Mitchell Mccabe, Harry Rawlins and Caleb Adomoko-Mensah could got give Richard Ponsford’s side a point. Stanway Rovers also got a good 2 – 0 win over Saffron Walden Town at the Hawthorns. Jordan Barnett and Ashley Colcough got the goals for Danny Slatter’s team, in front of eighty-five spectators.

Also on the winning trail this weekend was Redbridge as they edged to a 3 – 2 success at Romford. Tayo Olukolu and Solomon Ogunwomoju got the first goals for George Christou’s team, with George Cox and OG levelling things up. Miles Peterkin’s late goal sealed the points to make it two wins from two in the League. Woodford Town got a good 2 – 1 win at Takeley, with Ridwan Hussein and Georges Kebi both netting for Shane Baptiste’s side. George Wappett had levelled for Marc Das’ team prior to Kebi’s winner.

There were a few narrow wins also, as FC Clacton edged to a 1 – 0 win over visitors Stansted, with Mekhi McKenzie grabbing the decisive goal there. Also, Halstead Town had a spot-kick to thank for a 1 – 0 victory over Athletic Newham and mark their first win back at Step 5. Sawbridgeworth Town got a important 1 – 0 win at Southend Manor, while Little Oakley held Barking to a goal-less draw at the Memorial Stadium.

S21-22 Match Report: Stanway Rovers 0 – 2 Redbridge (Mon 18 Apr) [ESL PBT Final 21-22 19.4.22]


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ESL Peter Butcher Trophy – Final

Venue: Catons Lane

Attendance: 181

2021-22 Season: Match 74

Monday 18 April 2022 – 3pm KO

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Redbridge:  Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



The Silverware.. This is the Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy [Image by Scott W]

Early Action Still with Redbridge defending [Image by Scott W]

Redbridge secure another Trophy with hard-earned win over resilient Stanway

Stanway Rovers  0 – 2  Redbridge

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

Additional photos by Katie Dorling [for @EssexSenior], used with thanks. Thanks also to the ESL’s Ashley Leat.

The last match of the Easter weekend saw the first Essex Senior-related Cup Final of the campaign as we headed to Saffron Walden’s Catons Lane for an interesting battle between high-flyers Redbridge and mid-table side Stanway Rovers. Stanway had to bypass Sawbridgeworth Town, West Essex and Takeley to reach this occasion and named Harry Aldridge between the posts, with captain Jack Clampin and Danny Nesbitt in central defence. Jordan Barnett and Harry Norman were the central midfield, with Ernest Okoh and Ayo Oukoya leading the attack, with support from James Crisell and Sean Bartlett. Forwards Joel Older, Max Sherlock and Ezequiel Franchi were all options from the sidelines for boss Danny Slatter.

Redbridge had to lift themselves following a disappointing end to their League match on Good Friday but in this competition, they had defeated Southend Manor, St Margaretsbury, Walthamstow and Stansted en route to this Final. They named regular stopper George Martin in goal, with a back four of Bradley Bennett, skipper Jack Roult plus centre-backs Dean Hall and Nathan Okoye. Tony Martin led the forward line, alongside Ibrahim Kehinde and Timothy Ogunrinde. Jerold Cobblah and Michael Pindy were cup-tied & therefore unavailable. Their bench included forward Loui Hazelwood, midfielders Kwabena Yeboah and Tayo Olukolu and defender Joe Elliott.  

The Stanway team pre-match [Image by Katie D]

The Redbridge Starting XI pre-match [Image by Katie D]

This match had a cagey start, perhaps reflecting the long & arduous season that both sides have had. It is understandable that the teams were mentally tired more than anything but the match did find its way into gear on ten minutes as Redbridge pushed forward and Robbie Norris’ header forced a decent save from Rovers custodian Harry Aldridge. Stanway had given the Motormen defence a few nervy moments in the early minutes, with forwards Ernest Okoh and Ayo Odukoya proving a good duo with good movement and strength. They couldn’t quite create the chances they needed though as the Blues did get the better of the midfield battle. On twenty-five minutes, a set-piece was angled into the penalty box, which centre-back Nathan Okoye got onto but his header was not powerful enough to trouble Aldridge, who gathered.

Stanway were commendably strong in defence but couldn’t quite find the telling passes to the forwards often enough as they were frustrated by a good Motormen backline. Rovers had a warning on thirty-three minutes when a good one-two passing move involving Martin and Timothy Ogunrinde ended with Ogunrinde firing wide of the right-side post, with Kehinde making a surging run in the centre of the penalty area.

Redbridge looking to get forward in first half [Image by Scott W]

The game was starting to drift towards the interval, needing a goal and one duly arrived nine minutes before the break. Good build-up play saw a good cross-field ball find Ibrahim Kehinde on the left flank, before the wily forward turned past his marker and sent a superb cross in to the far post, finding Tony Martin who powerfully headed home into the far post with Aldridge helpless to prevent it. George Christou’s side were having the better of the chances but they were not plentiful.

So at the Interval, Redbridge had a slender lead but they had to stay alert to shake off the threat posed by Odukoya and Okoh in particular while Rovers had to step up the tempo to further stretch & test the Redbridge defence.

Redbridge looking to counter-attack in 1st half with Stanway skipper Jack Clampin (5) marking [Image by Katie D]

Half-Time: Stanway Rovers 0 – 1 Redbridge


Redbridge looked to regain the momentum early in the second half but Kehinde was unable to make the most of two half-chances, first firing off-target and then shortly afterwards, his effort was saved by Aldridge, who was having a decent game. Stanway were still finding it tricky to create clear chances, with Okoh having the only effort of note off-target ten minutes after the restart. Max Sherlock came off the bench for Danny Slatter’s team to replace Sean Bartlett and immediately gave Rovers an injection of pace and energy down the left flank, which added to the threat the Motormen defence had to face.

At the other end, fellow substitute Loui Hazelwood was also causing problems for the Rovers backline as a surging run ended with Aldridge doing well to deny his effort as well. Stanway came back into proceedings well in the latter stages though as Okoh was denied by Motormen stopper George Martin before Sherlock got hold of the rebound and saw his strike blocked by the well-placed covering defenders. Redbridge were searching keenly for that telling second goal and Hazelwood so nearly had it, sending a curling strike from left side of penalty box which Stanway captain Jack Clampin did very well to clear off the goal-line.


Stanway put another dangerous ball into the box [Image by Scott W]

Rovers were still piling forward looking for that crucial leveller and were leaving gaps in their defence on the counter-attack. Redbridge did just that a minute before the ninety was up, with Hazelwood doing well making another run before playing in skipper Jack Roult but his strike went narrowly wide of Aldridge’s left-side post. That ended up being the last let-off Rovers had as a minute later, Redbridge finally got a second goal to seal the Peter Butcher Trophy.

A searing run by the impressive Kehinde down the right channel got the better of the Stanway defence before coolly playing in Hazelwood who struck home well with a looping finish to send the Redbridge contingent into raptures.

Stanway’s Ayo Odukoya being marked by Redbridge’s Robbie Norris [Image by Scott W]

Rovers had little time to mount a fightback as the final whistle went soon afterwards, though I must pay respect to the performance that they put in here. They put in a hard shift defensively but ultimately it wasn’t enough to claim the Trophy here.


Full-Time: Stanway Rovers  0 – 2 Redbridge

In summary, Redbridge were the stronger of the two sides going forward but Stanway made it tough with a resilient defensive display and the Motormen’s one goal lead going into the latter stages was precarious. That and Stanway looked more lively in attack after the interval meant there were nervy moments but George Christou’s side scored a superb second goal which secured more silverware, their second Trophy in two seasons.     

There were several fine performances from both sides In this Final. For victors Redbridge, forward Ibrahim Kehinde once again impressed, showing high energy and good running down the channels as well as good passing and two good assists and was named Man of the Match during the presentation post-match as well.  Jake Brocklebank had a good game in central midfield, as did centre-back Nathan Okoye who made several important interceptions at the heart of the Motormen backline. Finally, a word too for energetic forward Loui Hazelwood who did cause problems in the last half-hour with his movement and trickery after coming off the bench. He capped a memorable day for the club with a well-taken second goal.


Stanway also had some good performers on the big occasion, with Ernest Okoh leading the line well alongside Ayo Odukoya. His work rate and movement did give the Blues defence some nervy moments, particularly early on. Centre-back & captain Jack Clampin typified their resolve with some good clearances under pressure, assisted by full-back Daniel Smith who also put in a determined performance in defence and also sent in a few good crosses into the penalty area too.  Finally, substitute Max Sherlock made a difference after coming on, on the hour mark as well. His pace and passing really gave Rovers some impetus as the Motormen’s lead was perilously thin. Commiserations to Danny Slatter and his team, they’ve had a decent season.


Here are your winners of the Peter Butcher Trophy for Season 2021-22, Redbridge!!


Teams

Stanway Rovers  | Manager: Danny Slatter | Assistant: Jack Wignall

Starting XI  (Subs): 1 Harry Aldridge (GK), 2 Daniel Smith, 3 Olumide Akinode (15 Ezequiel Franchi 76’), 5 Jack Clampin (Capt), 18 Danny Nesbitt, 4 Jordan Barnett, 8 Harry Norman, 7 James Crisell, 9 Ernest Okoh (14 Joel Older 82’), 10 Ayo Odukoya, 11 Sean Bartlett (12 Max Sherlock 61’)

Booked: Akinode, Odukoya | Subs Not Used: Skinner (GK)


Redbridge  | Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 George Martin (GK), 2 Bradley Bennett, 3 Jack Roult (Capt), 5 Dean Hall, 6 Nathan Okoye, 4 Jake Brocklebank, 8 Robbie Norris (16 Joe Elliott 86’), 18 Jack Chawner, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde, 10 Tony Martin (7 Loui Hazelwood 61’), 11 Timothy Ogunrinde (12 Kwabena Yeboah 80’)

Goal-scorers: Tony Martin [36’], Loui Hazelwood [90’]

Booked: Bennett, Brocklebank, G Martin (GK)  | Subs Not Used: Olukolu, Grace (GK)


Referee: Lukas Wood

Assistants: Ben Compton & Lee Jarvis

Fourth Official: Reece Pinchback

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

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Stanway Rovers (Sat 27 Apr) [ESL 28.4.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 419

2018-19 Season: Match 75

Saturday 27th April 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Stanway:  Amber Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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Players pre-match, along with home mascots [Image: Scott W]

Hullbridge grab the win to secure their first ESL Title!!

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with added photos by Neil Hunwicks [Twitter: @AbridgeTooFar16] & Hullbridge FC (@HullbridgeFC)

So this was it. The final day of the 2018-19 Essex Senior League campaign saw me return to Lower Road as part of a hefty crowd to see Hullbridge’s crunch match with Stanway Rovers, who have had an indifferent season. The equation was simple for Darren Manning’s team – win this match and Hullbridge’s first ESL title in nearly 30 years of being a member would be secure and with it, promotion to Bostik League North.

The anticipation for this one has risen in the last couple of weeks and the hosts fielded George Marsh between the sticks with George Whitby joining near ever-present Jamal Allen in central defence. The front three were Adebola Sotoyinbo, Joe Wright and Yemi Adelani with the likes of Nathan Scarborough and Luke Hornsley on an attack-minded substitutes’ bench. Stanway’s backline was comprised of full-backs Finn O’Reilly and skipper Tyler Kemp with Milo Grimes and Columbus Iyayi as centre-backs. Their forward line was led by target-man Mike Turner and the lively Amar Lewis.

To be fair to Rovers, they started the match well as they had an early sighter of goal though home custodian George Marsh was thankful to see sail wide. Forward Amar Lewis also presented a threat for Stanway, cutting inside from the left flank, reminding ‘Bridge that they needed to ‘stay on the front foot’ here. For the hosts, playmaker Matt Baxter certainly looked to set his team’s attacks going from deep, and on the quarter-hour, his ball fed full-back Courtney Homans whose telling cross was cut out well by Stanway skipper Tyler Kemp. Rovers ‘stopper Daniel Beeson was called into action moments later as after midfield engine Emmanuel Okunja scuffed his strike, forward Yemi Adelani struck the re-bound but to no avail.

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Action Still [Image: Scott W]
The hosts were gradually asserting themselves on-the-ball though Rovers made it difficult for them to pierce through their defence. Forward Joe Wright was giving Rovers a bit of a headache with his pace and trickery, peeling off the left though efforts from him and Baxter couldn’t bypass Beeson. With half-time approaching and the nerves steadily rising along with it, tricky forward Adebola Sotoyinbo made a surging run down the middle though his effort on goal lacked power as Beeson denied him and following-up, Adelani somehow struck over though his blushes were spared by the assistant’s raised flag. The lack of a final ball was affecting Hullbridge though after Rovers had scrambled the ball clear from not one but two goal-mouth scrambles, Okunja’s neat flick on the edge of the area found Adelani though he fizzed the ball wide of the far post.

Half-Time: Hullbridge 0 – 0 Stanway

As the second-half got underway, the home crowd thought they had cause to celebrate though centre-back George Whitby’s lashed strike was chalked off for off-side barely a minute after the re-start. Rovers were still in this contest as forward Mike Turner twice struck wide and only an important goal-line clearance by captain Matt Rose denied Stanway a goal that really would have added pressure on their hosts. Soon after that, news filtered though that rivals Stansted had fallen behind at Leyton Athletic so that added to the home crowd’s excitement. The Rovers side were starting to tire, though full-back Finn O’Reilly made a couple of lung-busting runs down the right channel, the second of which was well-marshalled by Sports centre-back Jamal Allen.

The deadlock was finally broken with 20 minutes remaining, much to the relief of the home fans. Sotoyinbo broke through the Rovers backline and coolly slotted low into the corner past Beeson whilst one-on-one, much to his side’s obvious delight. Beeson did well to deny Homans minutes later though he could do nothing about the hosts’ second goal. Substitute Luke Hornsley strike from a narrow angle was kept out by Beeson though on the edge of the box, Sotoyinbo’s crisp strike flew into the net to cue rapturous celebrations, both in the stands and on the field.

Stanway did half the arrears in added-time as from Scott Kemp’s good centre from the right, slack marking allowed substitute Jordan Blackman to nip in and slot home from close range. But in the grander scheme of things, with mere moments left before full-time, it was too little, too late.

Full-Time: Hullbridge  2 – 1  Stanway

Hullbridge WIN Essex Senior League Title & promotion to Bostik North.

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Trophy Presentation about to commence with players respecting each other in background [Image: Scott W]
As far as the match goes, it probably wasn’t Hullbridge’s stand-out performance this season, though these types of matches are seldom easy. It was a team showing today, though the front three of Sotoyinbo, Wright and Adelani all did well, even if the latter could have had two goals himself on other day. Centre-back Jamal Allen and playmaker Matt Baxter also had strong games, along with the influence of substitute Hornsley. For Stanway, their back four stood up well at times, with centre-back Columbus Iyayi making a number of important interceptions. Winger Scott Kemp and Amar Lewis also stood out in my view today.

So, the match was done and the celebrations could begin, first with the trophy presentation. Both of which you could say the players, management and off-field team really savoured. To be fair, why wouldn’t you? It’s been a hard season, which shows the depth and quality of the league at times, four teams got more than 75 points so that says a bit.

To close this report, I am happy to see Hullbridge progress into a new chapter into their history and you have to recall the turnaround that’s happened after the tough season last time out. Manager Darren Manning has driven this club to those said new heights in his first full season in management so he & his management team deserve plaudits for that.

In a way, it is sad that they leave the ESL as they are a credit to themselves, the league and Non-League football in general. I sincerely wish them well next season, and it’s been good to partly cover their journey over the last three years in the ESL & beyond.

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Management Duo Manning (R) & Wakeling (L) with the trophy [Image: Scott W]
Teams

Hullbridge Sports   | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Courtney Homans, Matt Rose (Capt), Jamal Allen, George Whitby, Dan Okah, Emmanuel Okunja (Dan Okah 56’), Matt Baxter (Joe Skeels 86’), Adebola Sotoyinbo, Joe Wright (Nathan Scarborough 65’), Yemi Adelani (Luke Hornsley 57’)

Goal-scorers: Adebola Sotoyinbo [70’ & 87’]

Booked: Whitby   | Subs Not Used: Morrisey (GK), Monsheju

Stanway Rovers    | Manager: Danny Slatter

Daniel Beeson (GK), Finn O’Reilly, Tyler Kemp (Capt), Milo Grimes, Columbus Iyayi, Jett Hogan, Scott Kemp, Ruben Kennedy, Jack Puzey (Jordan Blackman 85’), Mike Turner (Niah Beecher 71’), Amar Lewis (Frank Tiffney 85’)

Goal-scorer: Jordan Blackman [90’+3]

Booked: Kennedy, S Kemp | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Paul Newman

Match Report: Barkingside 3 – 2 Stanway Rovers (Mon 8 Apr) [ESL 9.4.19]

Essex Senior League

2018-19 Season: Match 68

Monday 23rd March 2019 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 78

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

Stanway: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

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Side ride out anxious finish to complete a hugely significant win over Stanway

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

The latest Essex Senior League tie took me to Cricklefield as Barkingside faced Stanway Rovers in what was a hugely-important match as they looked to avoid finishing bottom of the division. Rovers interestingly made their second trip to Seven Kings inside three days having played Ilford the previous Saturday. ‘Side named Reserve ‘keeper Frankie Warboyes between the sticks, a centre-back pairing of Elliot Scott and Derek O’Halem and a forward line of Nick Reynolds, Isaac Marfo and former Tower Hamlets forward James Ross. Joe Gent and Edward Lang were among a depleted bench. Stanway named a front three of Tyrone Scarlett, Mike Turner and Tommy Lewis with Amar Iyayi and Scott Kemp on the flanks.

In the early-going, both sides made a somewhat tentative start here although the hosts had rather more of the possession, they couldn’t quite fashion the manner of chances they would like. On 19 minutes, winger Joe Oates pinged in a floated ball which found forward James Ross although his header lacked the power to beat Stanway custodian Daniel Beeson. Ross and strike partner Isaac Marfo were having some joy, giving the Rovers backline a headache with their pace and physical presence. Just shy of the half-hour, full-back David Ottley’s pass made its way to Ross in a promising position though his effort was straight at Beeson.

The dead-lock was broken on that half-hour as after some ‘head-tennis’ in the Stanway box, the ball fell to Oates who lashed home a low drive which beat Beeson and found the corner. That’s the way it stayed at the break with Stanway having the odd counter with experienced forward Tyrone Scarlett looking the most threatening for them, needing to be stopped by the home backline on a few occasions.

Half-Time: Barkingside   1 – 0  Stanway

After the break, ‘Side looked to settle again though it was Stanway who fired over the bar, winger Scott Kemp having the effort on 55 minutes. Minutes later, the home crowd were ‘up in arms’ as winger Dan Jones went down under Beeson’s challenge in the box, though the referee didn’t adjudge it to be a penalty. ‘Side doubled their lead on 61 minutes as Marfo ghosted free of the visiting defence, before rounding Beeson and slotting home calmly. Marfo nearly made it two goals in three minutes though Beeson snuffed out a one-on-one oppurtunity to keep Rovers in the game.

The game got more engaging in the latter stages though, as Barkingside got their third goal on 76 minutes. Seconds after coming on, midfielder Joe Gent slotted home well from Jones’ pass. The drama didn’t end there though as ‘Side were cruising in the last five minutes, but nearly came unstuck as Rovers smashed two goals in three minutes to ensure a deeply anxious finale. First, from Scott Kemp’s decent ball in, winger Amar Iyayi stroked home past Warboyes with three minutes left. With added time approaching, Rovers’ tails were well & truly up as forward Tommy Lewis capped off an enterprising foray forward as he blasted home an angled drive.

Alex Goldstone’s side suddenly had to ‘hang on’ to prevent Rovers making a heck of a stirring comeback though relief was the emotion most felt by them as the final whistle sounded.

Full-Time: Barkingside   3 – 2   Stanway Rovers

In summary, for the majority of the match, the hosts were the stronger side and had more of the ball, though Stanway showed them just what can happen when you switch off for five minutes as ‘Side did. In terms of stand-out performances, forwards Isaac Marfo and James Ross showed intent, pace and physicality respectively. Winger Joe Oates showed pace, trickery and good crossing ability and the centre-backs of Derek O’Halem and Elliot Scott also typified the stubborness of the home attitude, the latter made a vital tackle to deny Rovers a chance at a late, late leveller.

For Stanway, Scott Kemp was a keen outlet down the left flank, with centre-back Alfie Partner and rapid full-back Tyler Kemp also had good games today. Barkingside need a point to pretty much avoid finishing bottom though we won’t know 100% until season’s end how many sides will be relegated from the ESL after what happened last summer, thanks largely to the FA.

Finally, I’d like to thank Barkingside and their chairman Jimmy for their hospitality both here and this season, as a whole. They are one of quite a few clubs that are good to cover. I know he’ll certainly be hoping for a better season next term.

Teams:

Barkingside  |    Manager: Alex Goldstone

Frankie Warboyes (GK), David Ottley, Ricardo Bailey (Edward Lang 36′), Elliot Scott, Derek O’Halem, Joe Oates, Harry Matthews (Capt), Dan Jones, Nick Reynolds, James Ross (Joe Gent 75′), Isaac Marfo

Goal-scorers: Joe Oates [30′], Isaac Marfo [61′], Joe Gent [76′]

Booked: None        |   Subs Not Used: Lopes

Stanway Rovers    |  Interim Manager: Danny Slatter

Daniel Beeson (GK), Fionn O’Reilly, Tyler Kemp (Capt), Alfie Partner, Ruben Kennedy, Jett Hogan Amar Iyayi, Tommy Lewis, Scott Kemp, Mike Turner, Tyrone Scarlett (Frank Tiffney 53′)

Goal-scorers: Amar Iyayi [87′], Tommy Lewis [89′]

Booked: None        |  Sub Not Used: Okosi, Haxell (GK)

Referee: Kennedy Kikulwe
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Cliff Everitt

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 Mar) [ESL 24.3.19]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up with one match on Friday night and a Saturday of surprises in some quarters. Thanks for reading.

Fri 22 Mar

Woodford Town  0 – 2   Hullbridge Sports  | Harlow Arena | Att: 125

The action got underway with Hullbridge recorded a very respectable win at Woodford. Goals from recent signings Yemi Adelani [41’] and substitute Tim Monsheju five minutes from time saw off some nervy moments for interim boss James Wakeling though it’s all about those treasured three points to stay second. Woodford’s first loss in four saw them stay sixth.

 

Sat 23 Mar

Barkingside   2 – 3   Saffron Walden Town    |  Cricklefield  | Att:  48

‘Side managed to give Walden a tough afternoon before eventually suffering a morale-draining loss at Cricklefield. All the goal action happened after the break, with ex-‘Side forward Charlie Portway breaking the deadlock on 58 minutes. Another former ‘Side star in Lewis Francis made it two for Walden on the hour mark. The script was torn up though minutes later as Dan Jones got a quick-fire double, firstly from the penalty spot on 64 minutes and then again merely two minutes afterward. Portway has a stirring knack of getting important goals and he broke the hosts’ hearts with the winner with twenty minutes remaining.

This Result leaves ‘Side mired in trouble while Walden move to within five points of leaders Stansted and their promotion hopes a little renewed.

Enfield       1 – 0     Stansted     | Harlow Arena  | Att: 90

The twists & turns of the title race continued to beat as Enfield battled hard to claim a surprise win over in-form Stansted. Ex-Hullbridge forward Jimmy Cox did his old club a favour here by getting the only goal here on 49 minutes and gave his current side a much-needed win to send them up to 11th in the standings. Stansted’s first defeat in five saw their lead cut to a single point.

Southend Manor   2 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 65

Manor continued their decent recent form by handing Sawbo another defeat at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin kept up his recent goal-scoring run with the opening goal with 57 minutes on the watch. Harry Rogers sealed the points with 12 minutes remaining as Manor got their third win in their last four to pass Tower Hamlets and rise to 17th. Sawbridgeworth’s struggles go on and they are one place and three points better off now than their opponents here.

St Margaretsbury   0 – 1   Hoddesdon Town   | The Rec  | Att: 79

A new era began at St Margs in this local derby with Hoddesdon. The Lilywhites got the win thanks to a Joss Lillis goal midway through the second half, which kept Simon Riddle’s side in 9th place. ’Bury saw a number of players depart this week, following Messrs Mitchell and Faulkner to Hertford Town, including skipper Charncey Dash and winger Connor Scully so a period of transition may follow.

Stanway Rovers    1 – 0    Leyton Athletic   | Hawthorns  | Att: 51

Stanway got a narrow though nonetheless important win over Leyton at the Hawthorns. Scott Kemp gave Terry Spillane’s side a great start with the only goal after ten minutes. Rovers held on to claim their first league win in five matches to rise to 14th. Leyton may see this as an opportunity missed and remain second-bottom, only a point clear of Barkingside in the relegation dogfight.

Takeley  2 – 0  Tower Hamlets    | Station Road  | Att: 72

Takeley all but secured fifth spot with this win over Hamlets at Station Road. Michael La Ronda opened the scoring on the quarter-hour and that lead persisted until half-time. Hamlets are a stronger side defensively these days and it took a Nicky Barrett spot-kick seven minutes after the restart to eventually claim the points and their 20th win this season. Hamlets’ campaign is rather stagnating with one win in their last six games now, falling to third-bottom though with healthy cushion of 12 points on Leyton.

Walthamstow     1 – 0    Clapton     | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 88

‘Stow keep churning out the wins of late and they did so again here with this important, if uninspiring win over the Tons. New signing Kieran Bishop ingratiated himself to the ‘Waltham Rabble’ with the only goal on 22 minutes. Ryan Maxwell’s side retained their recent defensive prowess to a sixth straight win and stay 4th, seven points adrift of the leaders with a game in hand.  Clapton’s second loss in their last five sees them drop to 12th though have at least one match in hand on their rivals in a congested mid-table.

West Essex    2 – 0     Redbridge     | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 43

I attended this match as West defeated Redbridge. My report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/match-report-west-essex-2-0-redbridge-sat-23-mar-esl/

 

Also, in the Peter Butcher Trophy, Barkingside Reserves defeated Ilford 3 – 1 on penalties (after it finished 1 – 1 after 90 minutes) to advance to the semi-finals. Well done to them.

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

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

 

Saturday 9th February

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Games OFF due to adverse weather this weekend:

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

 

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 26 Jan) [ESL 27.1.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my final blog piece of this weekend, looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, which saw 40 goals scored in a hugely entertaining array of matches.

Friday 25th January

Woodford Town  0 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Harlow Arena | Att: 40

Sporting Bengal grabbed a narrow though nevertheless important win over Woodford. Tanvir Ahmed got the only goal on the stroke of half-time to get their first win in four matches. Woodford saw talented prospect Jaden Thompson-Brissett leave for Brentford’s “B” Team this week, we wish him well. Town have now not won any of their last six matches, they drop to sixth after the Saturday matches. Bengal rise to seventh.

Saturday 26th January

Barkingside  4 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Cricklefield  | Att: 50

‘Side picked up a hugely important three points to move off the foot of the ESL table. The hosts struck on six minutes through Mario Gjini. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs added a brace [34′ & 64’] while Derek O’Halem also struck on the hour. Sawbo did pull one back though were second-best here, though they remain 10th. Barkingside’s third win in their last six moves them a point clear of Leyton, who drop to bottom.

Clapton  1 – 2  Takeley  | Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 32

The Tons lost out late on to in-form Takeley. The hosts took the lead thanks to Giovanni Palmer. However Takeley responded strongly and levelled through Matt Gill on 57 minutes. Coby Miles’ 85th-minute goal proved to be the winner for Marc Das’ team who are now unbeaten in their last five matches to go back to second spot. The Tons fall to 14th.

Saffron Walden Town Town  7 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Catons Lane  | Att: 257

The Bloods decimated Ath to send them bottom whilst also strengthening their promotion credentials. Walden were only a single goal ahead at the break, through Charlie Portway’s penalty on 33 minutes. It was a wholly different story in the second period. Dan Trendall made it two a minute into the 2nd half, Portway got his second on 49 minutes to make it 3 – 0. Centre-back Matt Frew got a quick-fire brace [65′ & 73′] to add to the visitors’ pain, which was further engrained through Karolis Atutis’ goal on 83 minutes before Trendall got his second on the 90 to complete the rout. Leyton have now conceded 11 goals in two matches without replay, particularly in the latter 45 minutes of those two matches. They are also winless in 11 matches now while Walden have won four in-a-row now, residing in 4th spot – nine points off leaders Stansted with two games in hand.

Southend Manor  0 – 2 Ilford | Southchurch Park  | Att: 48

Two goals early on assisted the Foxes to a good three points at Southchurch Park. Danny Haigh’s 7th minute goal put Ilf ahead. Collins Atubrah made it two on 12 minutes and that was the catalyst for a solid display which ultimately gave them the win. Manor are winless in their last five games as they remain 17th. Ilf are up to 12th.

Stansted  5 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 71

The Airportmen extended their unbeaten stretch to ten matches with this powerful victory over St Margs at Hargrave. Callum Ibe continued his stellar season with the opening goal on seven minutes. James Peagram made it two ten minutes later and although the visitors restricted their goal-hungry hosts for some while after that, the latter stages saw Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side add more polish on the goals front. Ibe got his second on 83 minutes, before Jack Mitchell struck [87′] and Moses Carvalho made it five in second-half added-time. Stansted extend their lead to six points at the summit while St Margs drop to 8th.

Stanway Rovers  2 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Hawthorns | Att: 56

Stanway fought back from behind to claim another late win, this time over Hoddy. Scott Hayes put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes. A double dose of Kemp turned the tide though as first, Tyler Kemp levelled [63′] before Scott Kemp’s 90th minute winner which gave Terry Spillane’s side their third win in their last five matches to go 11th. Hoddy stay 9th.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Hullbridge Sports  | Mile End  | Att: 48

Hullbridge were unable to bypass a resilient Hamlets side and had to settle for a point at Mile End. Hamlets’ goal from Wale Odedoyin while Sports’ strike came from the penalty spot which Adebola Sotoyinbo successfully converted. Hamlets ended a four-match losing run here though they remain third-bottom and only six point clear of Barkingside now. Hullbridge drop to third and are seven points adrift of leaders Stansted, with two matches in hand.

Walthamstow  5 – 1  Redbridge  | Wadham Lodge Stadium  | Att: 61

Walthamstow powered to a big win over ten-man Redbridge at Wadham Lodge. Dwade James opened the scoring on 25 minutes from the penalty spot before Correy Davidson made it a two a minute before half-time. Redbridge’s team-talk may have been somewhat undone barely a minute into the second period as Leon McKenzie made it three for the hosts. James got his second of the afternoon with 20 minutes to go before McKenzie got his brace as well in added time. ‘Stow’s 5th win in their last six sees them rise to 5th place. Redbridge remain 16th.

West Essex  5 – 2  Enfield  | Mayesbrook Park   | Att: 36

I attended this hugely entertaining match at Mayesbrook, my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/match-report-west-essex-5-2-enfield-sat-26-jan-esl/

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League  (Sat 18 Jan) [ESL 21.1.18]

 

Written by Scott W

Hello & welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend as ten matches took place, two of which took place on Friday night.

 

Friday 18th January 2019

 

Leyton Athletic   0 – 4    Hullbridge Sports   | Wadham Lodge Stadium |Att: 43

The action started on Friday night with Hullbridge overwhelming Leyton in the second half in a 4 – 0 victory. Ath player-boss Eli Benoit put through his own net on 49 minutes to open the opposition’s account. ‘Bridge quickly seized on that opening as talisman Luke Hornsley got in on the action with his first on 55 minutes. Emmanuel Okunja made it three [70’] before Hornsley struck again five minutes later to seal a vital win for Darren Manning’s side and stay third. Leyton long hunt for a win goes on as they stay second-bottom.

Woodford Town  2 – 2    West Essex  | the Harlow Arena | Att: 67

Woodford left it late though managed to grab a point against a spirited West Essex at the Harlow Arena. Andrea Montavani put the hosts ahead on 24 minutes though the Stags are known for playing good attacking football and could have levelled before half-time. They soon corrected that, as two minutes after the interval, Hakim Medfai continued his streak of scoring with the equaliser. Kwame Kwateng’s side went ahead on 62 minutes through Michael Mignot’s strike and it looked as if they would get the points. Not to be. Jayden Thompson-Brissett’s injury-time leveller saved the hosts’ blushes a tad as they stayed 5th, despite a fifth game on-the-bounce without a win. West have also drawn their last three and sit 14th after the weekend’s action.

 

Saturday 19th January

 

Clapton   1 – 1   Southend Manor  | Old Spotted Dog |Att: 40

The Tons had to settle for a point against Manor at ‘the Dog’. Ryan Reed’s penalty had put the hosts ahead though midway through the second period, Jayke Welch levelled for Adam Peek’s side. Manor are four games without a win now and stay fourth-bottom, nine points clear of basement side Barkingside.

Enfield   0 – 4   Walthamstow   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 59

‘Stow put the E’s to the sword after their frustrating defeat last weekend. Loan signing Correy Davidson put them ahead on 12 minutes. That lead held until half-time before a brace from Gebrai Samrai [47’ & 48’] sealed the win. Dwade James added a late fourth and in doing so went joint-top of the ESL Top Goalscorers list though his side stay 6th, eight points off the top four.

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Lowfield | Att: 81

Hoddy won this one late on at Lowfield. Jack Riddle struck with only three minutes remaining before Cyrus Babaie’s stoppage-time spot-kick ensured the hosts’ third win in their last seven to pull four points clear in ninth spot. Bengal are winless in three and stay 7th on goal difference.

Ilford   2 – 3    Redbridge   | Cricklefield |Att: 47

The Motormen got the better of the Foxes in a pulsating start to this derby at Cricklefield. Loanee Deji Adeniran broke the deadlock a mere two minutes in, though Dan Gilchrist endorsed his reputation as the new ‘go to’ man for goals for his side with the equaliser on 19 minutes. Fellow new recruit Jay Knight struck twice [45’] and in first-half stoppage-time to swing the pendulum the way of the visitors. Adeniran got his third goal in two ESL matches for the Foxes on 68 minutes but Micky Wetherall’s side held on to extend their mini-revival to three matches and opened up a five point lead in 16th over Manor in 17th. Ilford’s  sixth defeat in their last eight sees them fall to 13th.

 

St Margaretsbury   0 – 4   Saffron Walden Town  | The Recreation Ground | Att: 54

Walden got another priceless three points at the Rec to keep the heat on the top three. Charlie Portway put the Bloods after ten minutes and after the prolific Lewis Francis converted a spot-kick two minutes after the break, the visitors were in a commanding position. Two more goals rounded out the scoring with Anthony Da Silva notching on 72 minutes, before Francis got his second four minutes later. Walden got their third straight win while St Margs’ four-match winning run is over.

Stansted   2 – 2   Barkingside   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 56

‘Side so nearly broke the metranomic run of the Airportmen though the hosts got a late, late equaliser. Joe Oates got another important goal for his side on the half-hour, and after David Hornsby doubled that advantage with 12 minutes left, the visitors were dreaming of victory. Fortune didn’t go their way though as first Ollie Bell struck with four minutes of normal time to play. And then deep into stoppage-time, the Blue Brazil rescued a point from a far from outstanding display as Paul Clayton netted [90’ +7] to leave the ‘Side bench fuming. ‘Side are unbeaten in four matches now, two points shy of Leyton above them. Stansted remain top and extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Takeley   1 – 1    Sawbridgeworth Town   | Station Road | Att: 104

Takeley were denied a win by rivals Sawbo late on at Station  Road. Joe Pullen broke the stalemate with 15 minutes left though improving Sawbo restored parity as Julien Lloyd got the leveller four minutes from time to give Sawbo a point.

Tower Hamlets  2 – 3     Stanway Rovers    | Mile End | Att: 18

Finally, Hamlets lost again at Mile End and saw player-boss AJ Ashinike taken off with injury.  Ezekiel Kamara and Luke With hit the goals for the home side though strikes by Tyler Kemp, Dion O’Reilly and an injury-time winner by Scott Kemp saw Rovers to an important and much-welcomed away win.

Hamlets suffered their fourth straight loss as they are mired in the relegation scrap you feel.

 

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