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

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 44

Saturday 27th November 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Stansted: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Stansted grab precious win in awful conditions at Manor

Southend Manor  0 – 1 Stansted

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

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

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


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

Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted


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

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


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


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

Full-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 1 Stansted

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

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

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


Teams

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

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

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None


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

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

Goal-scorer: Billy Coyne [31′]

Booked: Thorpe, Monk | Subs Not Used: None


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

S21-22 Match Report: Cockfosters 0 – 4 Tring Athletic (Sat 20 Nov) [FAV R2 21.11.21]

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The FA Vase – Second Round Proper

Venue: Chalk Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 43

Saturday 20th November 2021 – 3pm KO

Cockfosters: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red & White Socks

Tring Ath: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks


Inspired Tring overwhelm ‘Fosters to progress into Round Three of the Vase

Cockfosters 0 – 4 Tring Athletic

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

With no League action this weekend in the ESL, I decided to visit Chalk Lane for this big FA Vase Round Two match as Cockfosters took on former Spartan South Midlands rivals Tring Athletic. The hosts named a strong squad, with Bartosz Bilinski retaining his spot in goal, with a defence of Rueben Campbell, Prince Madu & centre-backs Danny Haigh and Jamal Brimah. The forward three here were Charncey Dash, George Beattie and Reece Mosanya. Options from the bench included player-boss Ryan Wade, fellow forward Fred Agyemang and midfielder Joe Entwistle. Tring were missing several players but had Dave Saunders between the posts, a defence that included Ben Johnson and Scott Bonner, with Emmanuel Gbejuade and Frankie Hercules on the flanks supporting forwards Chris Blunden and captain Kieran Turner. A youthful bench included Reily Churchill, Ali Mohiuddin, Jimmy Doherty and Temi Bankole.

Kaidyn Michael on the ball (right) for Cockfosters

In the early minutes of the match, it was ‘a tale of two chances’. The hosts had a fine downward header by forward Charncey Dash well clawed away by visiting stopper Dave Saunders with the ball close to the goal-line. Tring responded with some vigour and broke the deadlock on seven minutes as a floated ball in by skipper Kieran Turner was spilled by home custodian Bartosz Bilinski which allowed the onrushing George Carbery to prod home from close range calmly, much to the delight of the visiting contingent of supporters.

Cockfosters had a decent start to the tie, although they were conceding territory to the Tring forward line and they were looking good on the counter-attack. Ryan Wade’s side were feeling the fustration even more after an incident on 23 minutes. The Referee consulted with his assistant before dismissing Dash for lashing out at a Tring defender. Unsurprisingly, Tring were keen to ramp up the pressure the hosts were feeling and just shy of the half-hour, a good run down the right flank by winger Frankie Hercules ended with a fine strike by Turner which thundered off the woodwork.


‘Fosters responded a few minutes later as from 25 yards out, forward George Beattie let fly with a well-struck effort which Saunders couldn’t gather until the second attempt. Athletic managed to extend their lead at a crucial time (on 39 minutes) as another good ball in ended with an initial header coming back off the goal frame with Bilinski beaten, and midfielder John Smith was happy enough to help himself to a tap-in, ahead of a disorganised home defence, which is unusual for them.

There was still more driving play from the visitors for Cockfosters to withstand ahead of the interval as a fine strike by Smith from 25 yards out drifted in the air and needed Bilinski to parry it over for a set-piece, it was a good save.


Half-Time: Cockfosters 0 – 2 Tring Athletic

However invigorating Ryan Wade’s team-talk may have been for the hosts at the interval, Tring effectively ended any hopes of a comeback just two minutes after the restart as more hesitant defending encouraged a move involving forward Chris Blunden and Hercules which found Emmanuel Gbejuade who slotted home with aplomb past the adavancing Bilinski.

On the whole, it was a quieter second half with fewer chances though substitute Fred Agyemang had a decent strike which went wide, soon after entering the field in place of full-back Rueben Campbell. Athletic were still a threat going forward, with the impressive Turner and Hercules both having strikes off-target. Cockfosters couldn’t rally to get themselves back into the contest despite the efforts of Mosanya and Beattie in attack, but you also have to give credit to the miserly Tring defence and the work rate displayed by the entire team here for reducing the amount of chances that the hosts could create.


Ryan Sturges’ side added gloss to what was a memorable day for them as Carbery fired home superbly, high into the net to grab a late fourth for Tring, who advanced into Round Three. ‘Fosters will be disappointed at their performance and not being able to put their opponents under sustained pressure for long periods of the match. Despite the result, it was a good occasion to be a part of and I thank the hosts for their welcome today.


Full-Time: Cockfosters  0 – 4  Tring Athletic

In summary, Tring more than deserved the win and the pain could’ve been worse for Ryan Wade’s side as Tring squandered a few other good chances here. It could’ve been rather different if Saunders hadn’t denied Dash’s early header, but you know what they say about chances missed….

For this match’s stand-out performances I’ll start with the victors. Being earnest, there were a lot of good options to pick from, with George Carbery nabbing two goals today, both of them were well-taken and it was a memorable day for him. Hard to not start with the forward two of Chris Blunden and skipper Kieran Turner who between them were a big headache for the home defence with their movement, passing and work rate. Plaudits to them. A mention too for winger Emmanuel Gbejuade who did stretch the opposition backline from the left channel and didn’t hesitate with the finish for his goal. Finally, John Smith did well from midfield and put in a hard-working display and supported his forwards well. For ‘Fosters, forwards Reece Mosanya and George Beattie did what they could to orchestrate a comeback, with Mosanya testing the resolute visiting defence with sharp runs and passes, while Beattie tested Tring stopper Saunders on two occasions. A note also for enterprising full-back Prince Madu who was a good outlet down the left side and also centre-back Jamal Brimah who also cleared several dangerous crosses well.

I’d like to wish Tring Athletic all the best in the next round of the Vase. Fortunately for the Essex Senior, Athletic Newham and Saffron Walden Town did make it through to Round Three on December 11th.


Teams

Cockfosters |  Player-Manager: Ryan Wade  | Assistant: Sam Ruff

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Bartosz Bilinski (GK), 2 Rueben Campbell (16 Fred Agyemang 57′), 3 Prince Madu, 4 Danny Haigh, 5 Luke Marshall (Capt), 6 Jamal Brimah, 7 Reece Barrett (15 Joe Entwistle 64′), 8 Kaidyn Michael (12 Zivonimir Lopes 79′) , 9 Charncey Dash, 10 George Beattie, 11 Reece Mosanya

Booked: Haigh | Sent Off: Dash [23′] | Subs Not Used: Wild, Hockney, Ungudi, Wade


Tring Athletic  | Manager: Ryan Sturges   | Assistants: Lee Groves & Ian Henderson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Dave Saunders (GK), 2 Harrison Cornick, 3 Adam Sawyer, 16 Scott Bonner, 12 Ben Johnson (17 Reily Churchill 84′), 15 George Carbery, 8 John Smith, 7 Frankie Hercules (14 Ali Mohiuddin 79′), 11 Emmanuel Gbejuade (18 Jimmy Doherty 67′), 9 Chris Blunden, 10 Kieran Turner (Capt)

Goal-scorers: George Carbery [7′ & 87′], John Smith [39′], Emmanuel Gbejuade [47′]

| Subs Not Used: Bankole, Pitts (GK)


S21-22 Match Report: St Margaretsbury 0 – 1 Takeley (Tues 16 Nov) [ESL 21/22 17.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: 59

2021-22 Season: Match 42

Tuesday 16th November 2021 – 7.45pm KO

St Mags: Red & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black & Red Socks

Takeley: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Takeley claim scrappy win over St Mags

St Margaretsbury  0 – 1  Takeley

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

The midweek match this week was a trip to the Recreation Ground to see another interesting match in the Essex Senior which saw St Margaretsbury face visitors Takeley. The hosts are in the midst of another rebuilding phase under recently-appointed boss Paul Holding and fielded Matthew Botlan in goal, with a central defence of Andy Greenslade, captain Aiden Read and Jake Hayden-Eley and Conor Tyrrell led the forward line with support from Rodney Clements & Stefanos Georgiou. Takeley were looking to get back into the top ten with a victory and had Sam Soutar between the posts, with a forward line of Kieran Southgate, Jordan Westcott and George Frodsham with support from Theo Campbell.
 
As the match got underway, the feeling came to mind that the hosts were in growing need of the points to avoid getting drawn into the bottom four. Unfortunately for St Mags, Takeley did open the scoring after five minutes. A decent move ended with a well-directed header from Theo Campbell found the right corner from about six yards, evading the grasp of home custodian Matthew Boylan. The home dugout was audibly keen on saying it was off-side but the goal stood. In all respect to St Mags, they reacted well after conceding that early goal, having a good amount of possession and midway through the half, a good one-two started with St Mags winger Marcus Poncho sprinting down the left-wing and found forward Conor Tyrrell who in turn laid the ball back to Poncho whose strike was angled narrowly over the right corner of the goal.


Takeley did look more assured in their passing at this point and slightly more solid in defence, with the hosts not able to retain the ball in the opposition half as well as they wanted. Even so, Marc Das’ side were a little fortunate to stay ahead as further strikes for St Mags by Poncho and Rodney Clements came back off the woodwork. Tyrrell also had a goal chalked off for an off-side. Takeley had a good spell shortly before the interval though, with Campbell having another effort which struck the goal frame. All in all though, the visitors needed to have more impetus to make the the points secure here after the break.


Half-Time: St Margaretsbury 0 – 1 Takeley

In the second half, the pace of the game did not liven up hugely it has to be said though St Margaretsbury did keep a good amount of possession and before we reached the hour mark, midfielder Sami Moutawafiq and the lively winger Stefanos Georgiou had half-chances to level up proceedings here, although visiting stopper Sam Soutar was looking comfortable. Takeley were holding firm defensively though but their ball rentention wasn’t at their characteristic best.

St Mags kept going as the minutes ebbed away and they did give Takeley a few nervy moments. With three minutes left until added time, a super run down the middle by Georgiou started with a fine turn before evading two defenders and then narrowly firing over Soutar’s woodwork. It would’ve been a fine goal and given the balance of play, St Mags would’ve earned a draw. However, the last few moments were getting increasingly tetchy and the hosts had skipper Aiden Read dismissed in added time for a poor tackle near the half-way line.



Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  0 – 1 Takeley

To sum up this really gritty encounter, Takeley will be happy enough with the three points and they did enough to deny the hosts’ forward moves. St Mags had several chances to at least get a leveller. There is an argument the visitors didn’t retain possession as often as usual but St Mags were simply unable to make the most of the chances they created, in a match which got increasingly bad-tempered in the latter stages. St Mags will need to be more clinical with their finishing going forward though the positive they have to take from this match is they kept the ball quite well at times.

The stand-out performances from this game start with Takeley. Theo Campbell had a really good game. Besides his goal, he made several good runs from deep in support of his team’s forwards. Jordan Westcott also made good runs down the channels and linked-up well with strike partner Kieran Southgate. Skipper George Powell also did a good job as ever of marshalling his tram and his defence. For St Mags, Stefanos Georgiou had a good game as well, making several good runs and was unlucky not to score, as was forward Rodney Clements who played his part aa well, displaying good movement. Winger Marcus Poncho was also a good outlet for Paul Holding’s side down the flanks as his side did threaten to break past the visiting defence on a few occasions.

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


Teams

St Margaretsbury  | Manager: Paul Holding  | Assistant: Dan Evans

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Matthew Boylan (GK), 3 Andrew Greenslade, 6 Aiden Read (Capt), 5 Jake Hayden-Eley (15 Joe Evans 68′), 2 Evan Hove (12 Casey Nolan-Samuels 75′), 11 Marcus Pancho, 4 Charlie Hill, 8 Sami Moutawafiq, 10 Rodney Clements, 9 Conor Tyrrell (17 Jack Mongey 68′), 7 Stefanos Georgiou

Booked: Hayden-Eley, Hill | Sent Off: Read [90’+5]  | Subs Not Used: Mutsviaro, Rodriguez


Takeley  | Manager: Marc Das  | Assistant: Kevin Riley

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Sam Soutar (GK), 2 Mike La Ronde, 3 Alfie Anderson, 4 George Powell (Capt), 6 Freddie Burrell (12 Lewis Powell 66′), 5 Charlie Dobinson, 7 Charlie Allum, 8 Theo Campbell (14 Carmac Clarke 74′), 9 Kieran Southgate, 10 Jordan Westcott, 11 George Frodsham (17 Charlie Gilbert 82′)

Goal-scorer: Theo Campbell [5′]

Booked: Anderson, Burrell, Southgate | Subs Not Used: Wilson, Jelliman


Referee: Leigh Ballinger
Assistants: Darrell Evans & Andy Wheaton

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

S21-22 Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 6 Nov) [ESL 21/22 6.11.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 56

2021-22 Season: Match 38

Saturday 4th November 2021 – 3pm KO

Redbridge: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sawbridgeworth: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both teams & officials lead a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day

Redbridge overcome stoic Sawbo to claim good win at Oakside

Redbridge  2 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s match was a return voyage to Oakside for this intriguing tie between high-flying Redbridge and strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town. Sawbo have started to get results of late, but they knew this was a challenge to stifle the good form of the Motormen here. The hosts fielded new signing Michael Corderoy in goal, with a three-man defence of Joe Elliott, Dean Hall and captain Jack Roult. The forward line was led by Ibrahim Kehinde alongside Tony Martin, with support from Josh Olukolu and Herman Mwanza on the flanks. Their options from the bench were goalkeeper George Martin, forward Tim Ogunrinde and midfielders Darnel Bromfield and Shawn Harris. Sawbo retained Jimmy Parker in goal, with a defensive four of Billy Purdy, Lewis Wicker, skipper Cory Rider and Rowan Dorling. The forward three were Jake Skeet, Morgan Arnold snd Teddy Hall with Daryl Doolan, Prince Alozie, Ben Patrick and James Falaise all options from the sidelines.

The match began with the hosts looking to gain the advantage, with forward Ibrahim Kehinde making a good run down the right channel which ended with a centre which came back to midfielder Robbie Norris who struck at goal but visiting stopper Jimmy Parker was able to gather comfortably enough. The visitors responded well to that early chance as forward Morgan Arnold managed to get ahead of the onrushing home custodian Michael Corderoy and Arnold lobbed him but the strike wasn’t powerful enough to defeat the covering defender Norris who powered the ball away well.



Redbridge went back on the attack and on seven minutes, Kehinde skewed a decent strike wide of Parker’s left-sided post which was followed by Norris striking a free-kick over the woodwork and fellow midfielder Jake Brocklebank also hit an effort just wide. Sawbridgeworth were determined in defence although they looked a little uncertain in the channels, where the likes of forward Herman Mwanza was having some joy down the right flank for George Christou’s side. Kieran Amos’ team were having the occasional foray forward as well, as on 22 minutes Arnold once again got in down the right side, beat the off-side trap and played in centre foward Teddy Hall though Norris got back in again to stifle a oppurtunity at goal.

Just when you felt Sawbo might just make it to the break all square, the hosts broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval. From a set-piece, defender Joe Elliott sent in a decent strike from the left-side, just outside of the penalty area and that effort evaded the visiting backline and rolled into the corner of the net. It was hard to argue that Redbridge didn’t deserve the lead though it was an uncomfortable sucker-punch for the visitors to take.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 0 Sawbridgeworth


A minute after the resumption, Parker had rushed out to gather to deny another decent hosts’ attack but the Sawbo stopper did well to re-gather his position to deny a powerful strike from the impressive Mwanza at his near post on the right-side. There was a relative period of calm in the early part of the second half as both sides wrestled to gain the impetus once again. However, it was Redbridge who got that crucial second goal on 61 minutes. From another corner, the Sawbo defence switched off for a second allowing skipper Jack Roult to guide in a powerful header into the net to double the home side’s lead.

Kehinde was still posing problems for the Sawbo backline though Mwanza was unable to make the most of the forward’s lay-off across the six-yard box. To their credit, Sawbo did end the match strongly in the last ten minutes or so. First, midfielder George Spillane sent in a low strike wide of Cirderoy’s left-side post. Even if their chances of getting a point were lessening by the minute, a good move saw defender Rowan Dorling fizz in a good cross from the right which Arnold nodded down well towards goal but Corderoy made a decent save at his near post. On the ninety minutes, Arnold went down in the penalty area but referee Matthew Pointer waved the appeals away, much to the ire of the visiting dug-out.

After four minutes of added time, Pointer blew up for full-time and the Motormen were happy enough to claim another three points, although Sawbridgeworth had made them work hard for it here.


Full-Time:  Redbridge  2 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, Redbridge had enough of the attacking play and created enough chances to win this match more comfortably, but credit also to Sawbo who defended well for periods of the game although they didn’t really create too much sustained pressure for long periods of the match, save for a flourish toward match’s end.

In this gritty match, there were some very good performances. Starting with victors Redbridge, I thought forward Ibrahim Kehinde had an excellent game, utilising his physicality to hold the ball up well, get in between defenders and contributing well to forward moves. Also thought he deserved a goal today. Winger Herman Mwanza also had a very good match, using his pace, dribbling and crossing ability to good effect here, whilst midfielder Jake Brocklebank and defender Joe Elliott did well, the latter as part of a re-shaped defensive three alongside Dean Hall and skipper Jack Roult. For Sawbo, forward Morgan Arnold had a really good game, utilising his pace to get into the channels and stretch the home backline and made some good passes too. Skipper Cory Rider had a good game in central defence making several important clearances, plus a mention for Billy Purdy and recent recruit George Spillane in central midfield who both put in good shifts for the hard-working Sawbridgeworth side.


I also have to note and congratulate referee Matthew Pointer, who was making his debut here as a referee at Step 5 level following his promotion, after some time in the middle at Essex Olympian League level.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, it is always good to see both these sides in action.


Teams

Redbridge    |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Michael Corderoy (GK), 2 Joe Elliott, 5 Dean Hall, 3 Jack Roult, 4 Jack Brocklebank, 8 Robbie Norris, 6 Josh Olukolu (15 Darnel Bromfield 81′), 12 Sergei Maximov (14 Shawn Harris 65′), 7 Herman Mwanza, 9 Ibrahim Kehinde, 10 Tony Martin (11 Tim Ogunrinde 76′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Elliott [42′], Jack Roult [61′]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: G Martin (GK)


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Manager: Kieran Amos  | Assistant: Mick Fitzpatrick

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Billy Purdy, 3 Lewis Wicker (19 James Falaise 82′), 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Rowan Dorling, 4 Arley Barker, 7 Grant Webb, 8 George Spillane, 9 Teddy Hall (15 Daryl Doolan 46′), 10 Jake Skeet  (14 Ben Patrick 70′), 11 Morgan Arnold

Booked: Dorling  | Sub Not Used: Alozie, Thoma


Referee: Matthew Pointer
Assistants: Royan Campbell & Kadir Nazif

S21-22 Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 23 Oct) [ESL 23.10.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 50

2021-22 Season: Match 35

Saturday 23rd October 2021 – 3pm KO

S Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Sawbo: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks



Fine comeback by Bengal denies Sawbo an important win at Mile End

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

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

This weekend’s match saw a return to Mile End Stadium to see a big match at the bottom of the table, as bottom two sides Sporting Bengal Utd and Sawbridgeworth Town faced each other. Bengal are now under the management of Shipon Miah and he named Kevin Rrushi in goal, with a defence of Nazrul Ahmed, George Turner, Ehizojie Onoabhagbe and the returning Kamarl Duncan, who impressed in his previous spell at the club. Redon Abazi and Arinze Ossai led the forward line here, with support from the flanks from Oshun Lewis and Joshua Carr. Tariq Fowler skippered the side, with goal-scoring forward Gianfranco Mici on the bench here, alongside fellow forwards Shiblu Miah and Oscar Onuorah. Sawbridgeworth are jointly-managed by Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon these days and Jimmy Parker was their goalkeeper, with a defensive unit of  Rowan Dorling, Lewis Wicker, Billy Stewart and captain Cory Rider. They had a forward three of Teddy Hall, Harry Davison and Morgan Arnold, with experience on the bench in Prince Alozie, Daryl Doolan and James Falaise, who joined the club this week.

The match got underway with a early effort from home full-back George Turner from 35 yards which went narrowly over visiting custodian Jimmy Parker’s crossbar on three minutes. Sawbridgeworth responded well with forward Harry Davison flashing a strike wide of goal, before strike partner Teddy Hall had a chance denied by Bengal stopper Kevin Rrushi. The visitors were finding their fovus going forward, with full-back Rowan Dorling and midfielder Grant Webb combining well down the right in a move which ended with forward Morgan Arnold slotting narrowly wide of Rrushi’s left-side post.



At this point in proceedings, Sawbo were having more of the ball and constructing more chances with it as well. Hall sent in a powerful strike from thirty yards which sailed wide of the far post. Fortunately for Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon’s side, they did make the most of good period midway through the half. Davison was played in well and he finished well with a low strike into the right corner. As we hurtled towards the interval, Sporting had to defend deep at times, but they were led well by Kamarl Duncan, who denied the opposition several times through good positioning and strong clearances.

Bengal stopper Kevin Rrushi was called into action again on 32 minutes and he denied another effort from Teddy Hall from close range. Sawbo were unable to get themselves clear in this match and conceded more possession in the last ten minutes of the half , which allowed Shipon Miah’s side a couple of promising moves, involving Oshun Lewis and Redon Abazi in the channels. Unfortunately for the hosts, their final ball was missing which meant they didn’t test Sawbo ‘keeper Parker on a regular basis.


Half-Time: Sporting Bengal 0 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town


The visiting forwards still kept up the initative after the break, as Bengal brought all three of their substitutes on before the hour mark. Gianfranco Mici came on at the start of the second half and you sensed he would give Sawbo a different challenge, gathering the ball from deep and dribbling on past players. Sawbo did have another glimmer of a chance through Davison but the effort was gathered by Rrushi. The visitors certainly needed a second goal and on 56 minutes, it turned up in some style with midfielder Billy Purdy’s powerful strike finding the left corner from 25 yards with Rrushi beaten.

The scale of the task for Bengal got harder as centre-back Duncan had to hobble off on the hour, meaning they had to play the last third of the match with ten men. Even so, the momentum started to come for the home side, as Gianfranco Mici capped off a decent move with a well-struck strike that fizzed off the right-side post with Parker beaten. Sawbridgeworth responded as they hit the woodwork on 71 minutes, with Davison unlucky to see a fine curling drive come back off the goal frame.


The substitutes for Bengal were having an impact with Mici’s driving runs proving hard to stop for the visiting defence, and Oscar Onuorah was also stretching the Sawbo backline down the left channel. This was probably Bengal’s best phase of the match and they soon halved the deficit. With eleven minutes remaining, substitute Shiblu Miah ended a decent counter-attack with a fine strike high into the net to really add to Sawbo’s nerves.

All of a sudden, it was Sawbo’s turn to feel the pressure and it affected them going forward, with some decent approach play scuppered by them unable to find that telling final pass. Bengal did complete a rousing comeback four minutes from time as Onuorah struck home into the left corner after finding a half-yard of space past the tiring visiting defence. It was a frenetic end to the match but neither side could pinch a winner in the several minutes of added time played, so it ended in an entertaining draw.



Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, this was a tense encounter which was understandable given both sides badly needed the points as they the bottom two sides in the division. There was some neat play from both sides though Sawbridgeworth will be disappointed that they couldn’t see the match out, having been two goals ahead with fifteen minutes remaining. Bengal though will be happy to have got something out of the match, although their defensive vulnerability remains and that may prove costly as the season goes on. All in all, this was a good match to watch.

In terms of stand-out performances here, we’ll start with Sawbo. The front three of Harry Davison, Teddy Hall and Morgan Arnold caused problems for the home defence with good movement, pace and in Davison’s case, good finishing as well. I also thought midfielder Grant Webb had a decent match as well, asisting in building his side’s attacking moves. For Bengal, full-back George Turner had a good game, showing good intent to get forward and start forward moves from the left channel and defended well too. Centre-back Kamarl Duncan had an excellent game, making several fine interceptions and really kept his team in the game, before he had to hobble off on the hour mark. Also, winger Joshua Carr showed good movement and pace and substitute Gianfranco Mici lifted the team after his introduction, showing good dribbling, movement and pace.

Best wishes to both teams for rthe rest of the season.


Teams

Sporting Bengal Utd     |  Manager: Shipon Miah  | Assistant: Rui Costa

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Kevin Rrushi (GK), 2 Nazrul Ahmed, 3 George Turner, 4 Kamarl Duncan, 5 Ehizojie Onoabhagbe, 6 Djibril Cante, 7 Oshun Lewis (16 Oscar Onuorah 54′), 8 Tariq Fowler (Capt), 9 Redon Abazi (15 Shiblu Miah 57′), 10 Arinze Ossai (14 Gianfranco Mici 46′), 11 Joshua Carr

Goal-scorers: Shiblu Miah [79′], Oscar Onuorah [86′]

Booked: Cante | Subs Not Used: Omobdi, Ntueba


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Kieran Amos & Alex Salmon

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Rowan Dorling, 3 Lewis Wicker, 17 Billy Stewart, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 4 Billy Purdy, 7 Grant Webb, 8 Jake Skeet, 9 Teddy Hall (14 Daryl Doolan 75′), 10 Harry Davison (19 Jack Walker 84′)), 11 Morgan Arnold

Goal-scorers: Harry Davison [24′],  Billy Purdy [56′]

Booked: Dorling  | Sub Not Used: Potoczek, Alozie, Falaise


Referee: Joseph Sach
Assistants: John Caunt & Kebba Malcolm-Mayenda

S21-22 Match Report: West Essex 2 – 4 Takeley (Sat 16 Oct) [ESL 21/22 17.10.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Wadham Lodge Stadium

Attendance: 57

2021-22 Season: Match 33

Saturday 16th October 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Takeley: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Both sides about to kick-off at Wadham Lodge

Takeley outpace West with strong performance at Wadham Lodge

West Essex  2 – 4  Takeley

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

This weekend’s match was a interesting match between two mid-table sides in West Essex and Takeley, in a hastily-arranged Essex Senior League match at Wadham Lodge, after both sides’ initial opponents this weekend had to withdraw because of Covid-related reasons. West had Dan Russell between the posts, with a defence of Michael Morris, Emmanuel Oluwole, Nick Walk and Sam McNally. Skipper Cameron Gray led the forward line here, alongside Symeon Taylor and Moyo Ajibade. The likes of Samraj Gill, Callum Bloss and Demitris Frangeskides were all options from the bench for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Takeley were managed here by Kevin Riley, with manager Marc Das on holiday. Sam Soutar was the goalkeeper for them, with Glenn O’Hanlon captaining the side and a youthful front three of George Frodsham, Elliott Long and Kieran Southgate. Options on their bench included stalwart George Wappett and Theo Campbell.

It was the visitors who got the match underway with the most promise as the stags looked somewhat devoid of energy and focus. Takeley were not going to pass up a chance to obtain the impetus here though and their direct style was rewarded with a goal after five minutes. In a good move involving Kieran Southgate, he found forward George Frodsham who in turn unselfishly played in Elliott Long who slotted home calmly under West stopper Dan Russell’s legs to give the visitors the lead. West Essex were not finding their usual rhythm going forward though Symeon Taylor did make a good run down the right channel and the eventual cross was forced behind by full-ed James Darvill who got in a good position to clear. The hosts were starting to have more possession but didn’t look entirely like they would get back into the match at this point.


Skipper Cameron Gray curled a set-piece from 20 yards wide of the right-sided corner of the goal but it was Takeley who looked stronger on the counter-attack. In another decent move, Frodsham’s initial strike was blocked though the ball was recycled well and captain Glenn O’Hanlon’s stinging drive needed the time intervention of full-back sam McNally for the hosts. West responded with a good mazy run by attacking midfielder Mohamud Kaudeer in a passing move with ended with Taylor’s low shot being gathered well by visiting custodian Sam Soutar.

Takeley did get that crucial second goal nine minutes before the break. Southgate was prevented from breaking past the home defence by covering defender Nick Walk too strongly in referee Matt Rowling’s view and so awarded Takeley a free-kick in a dangerous area (see picture). Long stepped up to curl it towards goal, and although Russell got a glove on it, it still curled in off of the right-side post and into the net. You couldn’t really argue with the visitors having a decent lead at the interval, and West had a lot to do to get back in this game.

Takeley forward Elliott Long (#10) about to strike free-kick which goes in

Half-Time: West Essex 0 – 2 Takeley

We certainly had enough action to entertain the crowd in the early part of the second period. A minute into the half, a good run down the left flank by Frodsham ended with the ball being half-cleared but Takeley continued the pressure as Freddie Burrell fired narrowly over the woodwork. However, West did get that crucial next goal on 48 minutes. Forward Moyo Ajibade’s initial strike on goal was well-blocked, but the ball did fall kindly to skipper Gray who calmly struck low past Soutar to get his side back in the contest.

Or so they thought. Unfortunately for the hosts, Takeley responded immediately at the other end as Burrell powered in a fine low effort beyond the reach of Russell a minute later to restore Takeley’s two-goal lead. West Essex were starting tocreate chances somewhat more readily as the hour mark approached but Gray was unable to defeat Soutar, when one-on-one as he sent another effort on goal wide of the left-side post. The hosts’ day got worse on the hour as Southgate was felled in the penalty area by goalkeeper Russell, which earned him a booking. Long took the resulting penalty, smashing it into the left corner to surely put the game beyond doubt.


To be fair to West, they did show more attacking promise in the last twenty-five minutes, as Demetris Frangeskides came on to replace Ajibade. With 73 minutes on the watch, a rare defensive error allowed Frangeskides to slot home past Soutar with a low strike to make it 2 – 4. The tiring Takeley defence did maintain their focus well as the Stags really pushed forward in numbers. Energetic full-back Michael Morris made a fine late run into the box and was only denied a chance to bypass Soutar one-on-one by a well-timed tackle by teenage midfielder Charlie Dobinson.

Long skewed another chance wide of goal in thew last few minutes but it was without doubt his day anyway as Takeley held on well to claim a very good win here, which takes them up to 12th, while West drop down to tenth.


Full-Time:  West Essex  2 – 4  Takeley

In summary, this match showed that you can’t have a poor start to the match as West did in the opening half-hour, which Takeley took advantage of to give them a two-goal advantage at the interval.  West did threaten a comeback soon after the in

In a match of some quality as this was, I’ll start with the victors. Elliott Long continued his fine season with a fine treble, and he harried the home defence well, giving them little respite, particularly in the first half with his pace, energy and finishing. Strike partner George Frodsham also played his part in that effort too, and was unselfish in playing in Long for the opening goal early on. I also felt right-back James Darvill had an excellent match, both in defence and going forward, making several important tackles and contributing to his team’s counter-attacks well. Finally, skipper Glenn O’Hanlon put in a fine display in central midfield which unsettled the hosts’ rhythm at times. For West, skipper Cameron Gray put in a tireless performance and kept going well showing decent movement and dribbling, deserving his goal at the start of the second half. Centre-back Emmanuel Oluwole put in a good display to stop Takeley ending the match as a contest before the interval, making several good interceptions and showing good positioning. Mohamud Kaudeer also had a good game, looking to build his side’s attacking moves and made a few dangerous runs and telling passes. Finally, Emmanuel Wazola merits a mention for a good performance to assist his defence and build forward moves as well.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

West Essex     |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng  | Assistant: George Karsa

Starting XI (Subs): 13 Dan Russell (GK), 15 Michael Morris, 5 Emmanuel Oluwole, 23 Nick Walk, 4 Sam McNally (10 Callum Bloss 78′), 6 Oliseh Okganu, 17 Emmanuel Wazola, 21 Mohamud Kaudeer, 11 Cameron Gray (Capt), 9 Symeon Taylor (20 David Bell 79′), 18 Moyo Ajibade (7 Demitris Frangeskides 67′)

Goal-scorers: Cameron Gray [48′], Demitris Frangeskides [73′]

Booked: Russell | Subs Not Used: Hardy, Gill


Takeley  | Interim Manager: Kevin Riley | Interim Assistant: Steven Pridmore

Starting XI: 1 Sam Soutar (GK), 2 James Darvill, 3 Andre Humphrey, 4 Charlie Dobinson, 5 George Powell, 6 Tom Jelliman (15 Theo Campbell 61′), 7 Freddie Burrell (14 George Wappett 66′), 8 Glenn O’Hanlon (Capt), 9 George Frodsham, 10 Elliott Long, 11 Kieran Southgate (16 Charlie Allum 69′)

Goal-scorers: Elliott Long [5′, 36′, (pen) 62′], Freddie Burrell [49′]

Booked: Campbell  | Subs Not Used: L Powell

Referee: Matt Rowling
Assistants: Martin Quinn & Muzackir Hussain

S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 8 – 3 Cockfosters (Sat 2 Oct) [ESL 21/22 2.10.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 57

2021-22 Season: Match 28

Saturday 2nd October 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Cockfosters: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Ensign grab big win over Cockfosters in a truly memorable Match

White Ensign  8 – 3  Cockfosters

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

This weekend’s main match saw a return trip to Burroughs Park for this enticing match between in-form White Ensign and visitors Cockfosters, who are in the top ten. Both sides were missing players here, for Ensign they were missing the likes of goalkeeper Frankie Worboyes, midfielder Harry Skinner and forward Connor Barnby. Jack Riddell deputised in goal, with a back four of Jason Reynolds-Blanche, skipper Andy George, Jake McWee and recent recruit Liam Whipps. The forward line was led by Luke Woodward, Joe Gregory and Dominic Locke. Options from the bench included full-backs Adams & Buffin, plus forward Brandon Martin. Ryan Wade’s ‘Fosters side were also missing the likes of star winger Reece Mosanya, forward Billy Healey and experienced defenders in Danny Haigh and Marcus Crowther. Joshua Bradley deputised here for regular stopper Matt Nolan, with a defensive four of Andy Polycarpou, Jamal Brimah, Michael Okafor and Prince Madu. Player-boss Ryan Wade led the line alongside skipper George Beattie, with support from the flanks from Joe Entwistle and George Constanti. Their options from the sidelines were midfielders Lopes and Ungudi, with forwards Jack Hockney and Charncey Dash also named.


Even before kick-off, the grey clouds did their worst to try and affect this one and the rain continued throughout the match. In the early stages  of the contest, Ensign seemed keen to use the channels to test the visiting backline as on three minutes a decent left-wing cross from full-back Liam Whipps had to be cleared by visiting defender Michael Okafor for a set-piece.  However, it didn’t take the hosts long to open the scoring as on six minutes, in-form forward Joe Gregory was well found and with only ‘keeper Josh Bradley to beat, he slipped in a low shot that trickled into the net. Ensign were starting to signify that they were finding their passing rhythm as with 13 minutes played, good interplay by forward Dominic Locke and full-back Jason Reynolds-Blanche down the right flank found Gregory but this time Bradley got in to make a decent save.

The visitors couldn’t retain possession as well as they would’ve liked in the early stages but on the quarter-hour, a corner delivered by forward George Beattie saw Ensign stopper Jack Riddell have to punch away well to deny the lurking Cockfosters forwards. There was a degree of fortune to Ensign’s second goal on seventeen minutes as another good centre by Whipps cannoned off unfortunate defender Michael Okafor and gave Bradley little chance to save. That said, Cockfosters could’ve been further behind moments later but Locke was just unable to slide his effort past Bradley from a narrow angle at the far post.


What was a tough first 25 minutes for the visitors was compunded by a fine third goal for Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side. Luke Skinner sent in a fine threaded ball through to the on-running Luke Woodward who fired home superbly. Cockfosters at that point had a lot of work to do just to get back in the game but the spirit of Wade’s side was apparent again as soon afterwards, they pulled a goal back to make it three-one. After Riddell had parried an initial effort, Beattie was there to power home a well-directed strike in a congested penalty area. Cockfosters were starting to show their good attacking game as well at this point in proceedings, with midfielders Kaidyn Michael and Joe Entwistle making good runs in supporting forwards Beattie and Wade. Riddell stayed alert to gather Wade’s chip just after the half-hour but seven minutes before the interval, Cockfosters grabbed another goal.


Entwistle was involved again as he was played in well before firing in an angled drive into the left-sided corner, giving Riddell little chance. The Ensign goalkeeper managed to deny another strike by Wade but at the interval it was anyone’s game and the nerves may have started to gather for the hosts.

Half-Time: W.  Ensign 3 – 2 Cockfosters

One thing was for sure, we didn’t have to wait long for more goalmouth action after the interval. Locke fired wide moments after the resumption, and the rapid forward was involved again in the next forward move which also involved Skinner ended up being deflected for another corner. This one wasn’t dealt with by the visiting defence, which allowed Woodward to strike powerfully into the net. Four-two to the hosts and we still had forty minutes remaining. Although Ensign were only just getting started in this hugely telling spell of attacking play.

Both management teams look on..

Six minutes after their fourth goal, Ensign made it five as Woodward did well to win the ball on the left flank, before advancing forward  and feeding Locke who squeezed his strike into the left corner of the net despite the attentions of ‘keeper Bradley and the declining angle. To be fair to ‘Fosters, they still looked a threat going forward as well, as midway through the half a good pass by Reece Barrett found Entwistle but this time he could only send his strike high over the woodwork.

White Ensign were still keen to grab more goals, and got a sixth goal on 68 minutes as midfielder Zack Littlejohn send a well-struck strike from twenty-five yards into the net, with Bradley beaten. Sometimes you see sides with a big lead on the score-sheet tighten up defensively and be content with what they’ve got – but that wasn’t the case here. Two minutes after Littlejohn’s goal, Woodward took advantage of uncertain defending to fire home his third goal and cement this match as a memorable occasion for the home supporters. Even at this stage of the match given the declining conditions, it was still pretty end-to-end with Cockfosters keen to showcase their talents as well. They got a third goal with ten minutes remaining, with Barrett threading in a good pass to the onrushing Beattie who then faced Riddell one-on-one and Beattie’s confident low finish found the net.


Moments later, Beattie could have secured his hat-trick for the visitors after evading the home backline again, but this time his low strike cannoned back off the right-side post and away. Ensign still found time to add further pain to the opposition as on the stroke on ninety minutes, a good pass by Thando Moyo found substitute Brandon Martin who unleashed a sumptious chip over Bradley and nestled into the net to grab a goal on his debut for the club. Eight-three was the scoreline and it was a truly memorable match, but ‘Fosters will lament the chances they couldn’t take here. Take nothing away from the free-scoring Ensign side though, they were near their best as they grabbed another excellent three points.

Locke [#7 in Red] gets another forward move going for Ensign…

Full-Time:  White Ensign  8 – 3  Cockfosters

In summary, this was a really enthralling match played in awful conditions with rain falling throughout. Ensign were the stronger side and more than deserved the points. Cockfosters did well to come back from three goals down to only have a one-goal deficit at the interval but they had no answer for four goals in a twenty minute spell for Ensign soon after the resumption. ‘Fosters were still a threat going forward and took their goals well though there was just no stopping a superb Ensign forward line, with Woodward grabbing a treble and the match was sealed with Martin’s superb chip right at the end.

In a match of so many goals & quality, it is tough to pick out players. For Ensign, Luke Woodward had a brilliant match. Three goals, a searing threat down the channels and he supported his fellow forwards very well indeed on a memorable day for him. Fellow forward Dominic Locke also had another very good match, with good running down the flanks, good passing and high energy levels – he also took his goal well. Luke Skinner was also a very important player here, setting up several good moves for the hosts and displayed good awareness and passing. Finally, a mention for Zack Littlejohn whose goal was well-taken & also showed good energy levels to break up enterprising counter-attacks from the visitors. For Cockfosters, I felt midfielder Kaidyn Michael had another good game, showing good movement and passing alongside energetic full-back Prince Madu. Skipper George Beattie was their chief goal threat here and took his two goals very well. Lastly, a word for Reece Barrett who set up Beattie for his second goal and put in a good shift for his team.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, as they both contributed to a terrific afternoon’s entertainment for the small, dedicated contingent of supporters who attended today.


Teams

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

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Riddell (GK), 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche (2 Charlie Buffin 70′), 5 Andy George (Capt), 6 Jake McWee, 12 Liam Whipps (14 Charlie Adams 70′), 3 Thando Moyo, 10 Luke Skinner , 16 Zack Littlejohn, 7 Dominic Locke, 19 Luke Woodward, 17 Joe Gregory (8 Brandon Martin 66′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Gregory [6′], OG (Okafor) [17′], Luke Woodward [24′, 50′ & 70′], Dominic Locke [56′], Zack Littlejohn [68′], Brandon Martin [90′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Maleary, Munyard


Cockfosters  | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade  | Interim Assistant: Sam Ruff

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Bradley (GK), 2 Andy Polycarpou (15 Zivonimir Lopes 58′), 3 Prince Madu, 5 Jamal Brimah, 6 Michael Okafor, 4 Reece Barrett, 8 Kaidyn Michael (16 Daniel Ugundi 72′), 7 Joe Entwistle, 9 Ryan Wade (12 Jack Hockney 69′), 10 George Beattie (Capt), 11 George Constanti

Goal-scorers: George Beattie [26′ & 80′], Joe Entwistle [38′]

Booked: None  | Sub Not Used: Wild, Dash


Referee: Adam Miller
Assistants: Glenn Michaels & Connor Cornell

S21-22 Match Report: Southend Manor  0 – 3 West Essex (Sat 18th Sept) [ESL 21-22 18.9.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 13

2021-22 Season: Match 23

Saturday 18th September 2021 – 3pm KO

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

West E: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks


A minute’s applause pre-match

West outplay Manor to grab a deserved win at Southchurch

Southend Manor  0 – 3 West Essex

Match Report & Photos by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

This weekend’s match was a short trip to Southchurch Park to see West Essex visit Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League match. Craig Waters’ home team were missing several players including the influential Jordan Chambers, defender James Hegarty and forwards Luca Frankis and Ethan Evison. Josh Harrison was the choice in goal, with a defence of full-backs Ben Sargent and Kiah Froud with the central defence being led by skipper Joe Elliott with Alex Jenkins alongside him. Teddy Rumsby and Josh Devlin were the wingers in support of forwards Harry Rogers and Conor Cobb, with defender Jean Paul Moke, and young forwards Jordan Russell and Kia Cody all options from the bench.

The Stags were also missing several important players such as goalkeeper Jack Coker, captain Reece Clarke and forwards Callum Bloss and Demetris Frangeskides all unavailable for Kwame Kwateng’s team. Dan Russell deputised in goal, with club stalwart Sanchez Hardy skippering the side, alongside Emmanuel Oluwole in central defence. Michael Morris and Joel Lamb were wing-backs here, assisting the forward line of Moyo Ajibade and Jon Ogunsanya. Their depleted substitutes bench was comprised of forwards Symeon Taylor and Mohamud Kaudeer.

The visitors looked to get their rhythm going early in the match here, with wing-backs Michael Morris and Joel Lamb and winger Samraj Gill looking good in possession as they looked to assist their side ‘s forward moves. For the hosts, Teddy Rumsby had a half-chance blocked by the visiting defence. On the whole though, it was West who really had the impetus and nearly broke the deadlock on twelve minutes as a good move down the left side ended with Gill sending in a good cross from the left flank, which was just over the head of advancing forward Jon Ogunsanya at the back post. The Stags were finding their passing range on the quarter-hour with central midfielder Sam McNally starting a fine move involving Morris and Gill, only for full-back Kiah Froud to intervene and clear away for a corner.


On a decent counter-attack, Manor forward Conor Cobb got into the eighteen-yard box before being tackled well by centre-back Sanchez Hardy. From the corner that resulted, Manor defender Alex Jenkins had a decent header blocked as West strived to clear the ball away. Manor did have one or two more set-pieces which didn’t quite find their targets but West responded with another driving forward move at the other end, with pacey forward Moyo Ajibade sending in a good centre which support forward David Bell could only blaze over the goal frame. It was another warning though for the home defence but West Essex did not have to wait long for a goal. With 29 minutes played, a good long clearance by custodian Dan Russell down the right side started the move, with Ajibade and Ogunsanya both involved and found Bell one-on-one with Manor stopper Josh Harrison and this time Bell planted a good finish into the opposite corner to give the visitors the advantage.


West doubled their lead on the counter-attack only four minutes later as Morris was involved once again showing good passing and composure with the ball finding Ogunsanya who evaded his marker before firing a low strike from about eighteen yards into the left-sided corner, just evading the grasp of Harrison. Manor were just not able to retain possession for long periods to build their attacks and went into the break needing to step up their own tempo.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 2 West Essex



Soon after the break, Manor did have a free-kick which Jordan Faulkner sent a header off-target. Bell had another decent curling strike for West travel over the crossbar but in a match of few positives for Manor at this point, they did have more ball retention with the likes of Rumsby, central midfielder Jack Frost, winger Josh Devlin and Jordan Faulkner, who was pushed up to lead the forward line at half-time showing their intent to get their side back in the match. In fairness, West were having to defend a bit more but they were keen to show that they were more than up to the challenge, with Hardy, Morris and centre-back Emmanuel Oluwole doing well to intercept the hosts’ attacks, with custodian Dan Russell not having to make a significant save.

West were still showing their promise going forward as well as with 71 minutes on the watch, another fine pass by Gill found Ogunsanya although his well-struck strike was straight at Harrison. Substitute Jean Paul Moke also did well for the hosts at centre-back since the interval but a deeply regrettable moment transpired with five minutes of normal time remaining. The referee had heard brought play to a stop with West in position to launch another promising forward move, and very soon after that the red card was out for defender Kiah Froud for what ref Edwards described directly as foul & abusive language. The incident certainly caused the West players to understandably react strongly and the situation needed both management teams to intervene and after several minutes, play resumed.



West did get a third goal at the beginning of an extended added-time period as substitute Symeon Taylor powered a fine finish high into the net with only Harrison to bypass. However, the Manor goalkeeper responded well to deny strikes by Taylor and Ogunsanya as the visitors finished the match well and more than earned the win here.

West GK Russell (right) about to clear..

Full-Time: Southend Manor   0 – 3  West Essex

In summary, West were the better side, particularly in the first half and fully deserved the points that their fast, enterprising play had given them. The home side simply could not match the pace, incisive passing and finishing that Kwame Kwateng’s side showed here. The events late on did irrevocably alter the atmosphere and referee Kirk Edwards did not hesitate to deal with the situation. Fact is you cannot condone language like that either.

There were a number of good performances from both sides in this match. Firstly for West, I felt right wing-back Michael Morris had a terrific match, showing excellent pace, composure and work rate throughout in both defence and going forward. Forward Jon Ogunsanya was also constantly involved in his side’s forward moves and took his goal well. Tricky winger Samraj Gill had another influential match, giving the hosts a tough afternoon with his passing, pace and dribbling. Finally, a mention for club stalwart Sanchez Hardy who led his team well from central defence and made several important interceptions.

For Manor, central midfielder Jack Frost had a good game as the home side’s midfield struggled to stifle the pace of the Stags’ counter-attacks. Joe Elliott again led the team well and made a number of good interceptions from centre-back. Jordan Faulkner was utilised as a stand-in forward after the interval and did keep the visiting defence alert. Finally, winger Teddy Rumsby also had some good moments on the right flank showing pace and energy on what was a tough day for them.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Southend Manor   | Manager: Craig Waters  | Assistant: Garry Pond

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Harrison (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Kiah Froud, 4 Alex Jenkins (13 Kia Cody 75’), 5 Joe Elliott (Capt), 6 Jordan Faulkner, 7 Teddy Rumsby, 8 Jack Frost, 9 Harry Rogers (12 Jean-Paul Moke 46’), 10 Conor Cobb (14 Jordan Russell 46’), 11 Josh Devlin

Booked: Devlin, Elliott  | Sent Off: Froud

Subs Not Used: Waters


West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: George Karsa

1 Daniel Russell (GK), 15 Michael Morris, 2 Sanchez Hardy (Capt), 5 Emmanuel Oluwole, 3 Joel Lamb, 4 Sam McNally, 10 Emmanuel Wazola, 18 Moyo Ajibade (9 Symeon Taylor 77’), 20 David Bell (21 Mohamud Kaudeer 61’), 19 Jon Ogunsanya, 22 Samraj Gill

Goal-scorers: David Bell [29’], Jon Ogunsanya [33’], Symeon Taylor [90’+1]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: None

S21-22 Match Report: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield (Sat 11 Sept) [FAV 1RQ 12.9.21]

FA Vase crest

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 22

Saturday 11th September 2021 – 3pm KO

Buckhurst H: Blue & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Enfield: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Both teams just prior to kick-off (Image: Scott W)

The Stags’ Fairytale season goes on with big Vase win over Enfield

Buckhurst Hill  3 – 0  Enfield

The second match of two on this hectic FA Vase weekend saw a return visit to the upgraded Roding Lane as Eastern Senior League South high-fliers Buckhurst Hill welcomed Essex Senior side Enfield in their First Qualifying Round tie. Before we get to the on-pitch things, I have to add that it is great to see a seated stand, turnstiles and a little Food kiosk are now present at the ground. Alright, now onto the hosts’ line-up and boss Mark Williams named a strong squad with Daniel Blockley in goal, a defence comprised of full-backs Liam Foster and Keaton Moore and Henry Day and Alfie Harris in central defence. The forward line was again led by star forward Suleyman Zuhdu, supported by Sonny Shilling and Nathan Sollosi. Their substitutes’ bench included the likes of Buchanan, Rowland, Nicholson, Griggs and Sam Sollosi.

Enfield were looking to return from their FA Cup exit to Hadley after 120 minutes on Wednesday night and with regular custodian James Bransgrove unavailable due to a knock, Jack Willmott took the gloves, with a defence of centre-backs Jack Johnson and Vinny Murphy and Ryan Ramsay and Jack Folan as full-backs. Dwade James was again the focal point of the attack for Jamie Cureton’s team, with support forwards Callum Ibe and Olly Miles also looking to add to their goal-scoring tallies this term.

It was the hosts who started the match with the first sight of goal, with Hill understandably a little nervy given the scope of the tie and the occasion. Enfield centre-back Jack Johnson sent a decent header over the crossbar from a set-piece. The respective number nines then had glimpses of goal with Buckhurst forward Sonny Shilling striking wide and Enfield’s Olly Miles effort blocked by a home defence who were starting to find their rhythm, buoyed on by an exuberant home crowd.

The E’s were unable to find that telling final ball but had speculative chances as Miles sent in a delicate lob on the quarter-hour but Buckhurst custodian Daniel Blockley could easily gather. It was the E’s turn to have a let-off a moment later as a superb run by forward Suleyman Zuhdu did Johnson for pace down the left side of the eighteen yard area but Zuhdu was unable to get the power on his shot to bypass Willmott.

Zuhdu did make a telling contribution on 26 minutes though as Buckhurst took a surprise lead. The physical forward’s threaded pass found the run of Nathan Sollosi and Sollosi slotted home past Willmott with cool aplomb. The home defence was aware of the rapid counter-attack by the E’s and with 31 minutes on the watch, Blockley did well to claw over an in-swinging corner by Alex Warman. The visitors had a decent phase of the game and in a match where he was uncharacteristically quiet, forward Dwade James was well found by full-back Jack Folan’s pass but James’ strike wasn’t strong enough to trouble Blockley. Soon after, Hill countered and from a good pass by full-back Liam Foster, Shilling’s header was off-target.

Zuhdu was troubling the visiting backline with pace and movement, though at the other end, Buckhurst centre-back Alfie Harris was also doing well to stifle a strong Enfield forward line. It was a slender lead at the interval but the pressure was slowly going across to the visitors, with the hosts growing in confidence.


Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 0 Enfield

Enfield did begin the second period quite well with another searing run by Miles being well-tracked by Buckhurst centre-back Henry Day, while Zuhdu again got in the action, only to see his effort on goal deflected wide for a set-piece by the E’s defence. Enfield so nearly made it a totally different match as first on fifty-four minutes, Dwade James was one-on-one with Blockley but the ‘keeper did well to claw away the effort. Moments later, a superb strike, I think by Miles fizzed off the crossbar, with Blockley doing superbly to deny follow-up strikes by James and Miles. The E’s were still well in the tie with twenty minutes remaining as Miles narrowly headed over the goal-frame and substitute Benji Crilley also had an effort cleared off the goal-line as the visitors cursed their lack of fortune.

Buckhurst also had a Shilling goal chalked off but they would not be denied overall as the crucial second goal for them came on 75 minutes. Zuhdu was involved again as another fine pass found Tyler Dolan who evaded the off-side trap and finished calmly past Willmott to really put themselves in a great position. The E’s did keep going but as the minutes ticked by, the feeling grew that it wasn’t going to be their day and they conceded a third goal in added time as Dolan turned provider, tracking the run of midfielder Josh Banfield, who advanced on Wilmott’s goal and again finished well low into the right corner.

When the final whistle went, the contrasting reactions of the two sides was clear. Absolute unfiltered joy for Buckhurst, whilst the E’s had to reflect on what has been a bad week for them.

Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield

In summary, the hosts showed pretty much what they are about – good, quick passing Football and defensively they dealt admirably with the threat posed by a good forward line of Enfield, even if the latter were perhaps not at their best. The E’s will be disappointed they didn’t quite create enough chances to really get back in the match but as so often us scribes say, if one of their chances did go in it really would’ve been a different match entirely. Hill do deserve credit though for not allowing the occasion to overwhelm them though, and it was a superb turnout – no doubting that.

For this match’s ‘stand-outs’ I’ll start with the victors. I have to credit Nathan Sollosi who really made the most of the space he managed to create and also took his goal well. Centre-back Henry Day again led the defensive line suoerbly, making a number of important interceptions himself during the match. Goalkeeper Dan Blockley had another good natch, pulling off two superb saves to deny James and Miles when his side were only one goal up. Also, talisman Suleyman Zuhdu again led the forward line with pace and power and he showed he can be a telling assist-maker as well as a fine goalscorer. For Enfield, I felt forward Olly Miles was their chief threat and was unlucky not to score. Miles was quick, direct and as we know, has a good strike on him. Callum Ibe and Jack Johnson also had good games, Ibe being tricky and pacy while Johnson had to really do well to stifle promising Buckhurst attacks. Midfielder David Cowley rounds off the mentions as his set-pieces had to be dealt with too.

Buckhurst progress into the Second Quali Round where they face a trip to local rivals Newbury Forest, who have also been scoring a lot of goals already this term. I’d like to wish both teams a good rest of the season.


Teams

Buckhurst Hill  |  Manager: Mark Williams  | Assistant: JP Kent

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Daniel Blockley (GK), 2 Liam Foster (18 Jonah Gregory 79′), 3 Keaton Moore, 4 Alfie Harris, 5 Henry Day, 6 Louis Wynter (16 Jack Griggs 59′), 7 Tyler Dolan, 8 Josh Banfield, 9 Sonny Shilling (15 Max Nicholson 79′), 10 Suleyman Zuhdu (Capt), 11 Nathan Sollosi

Goal-scorers: Nathan Sollosi [26′], Tyler Dolan [75′], Josh Banfield [90’+3]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Buchanan, Rowland, Moss, S Sollosi


Enfield | Manager: Jamie Cureton   | Assistant: Jim Duggan

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Willmott (GK), 2 Jack Folan (6 Luke Wilson 55′), 13 Vinny Murphy, 5 Jack Johnson, 7 Ryan Ramsay, 4 Alex Warman (14 Isaac Stevens 84′), 8 Reece Conway (Capt), 19 David Cowley, 10 Callum Ibe, 27 Dwade James (17 Benji Crilley 71′), 9 Olly Miles

Booked: Conway | Subs Not Used: Vasconcelos


Referee: Fabio Roque