Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 30 Nov) [ESL 19/20 1.12.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior round-up, here on my blog. This week we had eight matches, starting with one on Friday night. Thanks for reading.

Friday 29 November

Woodford Town  1 – 1  Ilford    | Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 87

Woodford were denied a confidence-boosting win late on by Ilford at the Harlow Arena on Friday night. Lauric Diakiesse put the hosts ahead though with the fog drifting down overhead, a late penalty from Ali Al-Nashi gave Jonny Fowell’s side the points against ten-man Towners, who had former Ilf player Morgan Seaman dismissed. Ross Weare’s side drop to tenth after four games without a win, while Ilford stay 14th.

Saturday 30 November

Enfield   0 – 0  Clapton   | Woodside   | Att: 57

The battle of these two strugglers ended up being an uninspiring draw at Woodside. The E’s were unable to break down the Tons despite the visitors being down to ten men though looking on the positive side, it is a rare clean sheet for both teams. Enfield remain 16th and their winless run extends to seven matches. Clapton remain second-bottom and haven’t won in five matches themselves now.


Hadley  3 – 1  St Margaretsbury   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 74

Hadley continued their irrepressible form at Brickfield Lane as they defeated St Margaretsbury. Goals from Alfie Bartram, Manny Hammond and Shaz Anwar did the business here for Anthony Clark’s side as they grabbed their ninth consecutive success to push them up to third in the standings. St Margs got their goal thanks to Wisley Baltazar though it’s one win in their last five matches now as they fall to 11th.


Saffron Walden Town  3 – 2  Takeley | Catons Lane | Att: 248

This big tussle of two of the top four sides ended with Saffron Walden coming from behind to grab an important three points at Catons Lane in front of a bumper crowd. Charncey Dash gave Marc Das’ side the lead from 12 yards only two minutes in, though top marksman Charlie Cole levelled things up ten minutes before the interval. George Pullen put Jason Maher’s side ahead on 61 minutes before club stalwart Spike Bell got the crucial third eleven minutes later. Lewis Deamer responded swiftly for the visitors two minutes later though it was to be Walden’s day as they rise to 2nd with a five-match unbeaten streak. Takeley’s six-match unbeaten stretch may be over but they are right in contention now, just four points off leaders Hashtag.


Southend Manor  1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park | Att: 38

In the other crunch battle at the bottom of the table, Manor were held by Sawbridgeworth. Jordan Chambers’ spot-kick two minutes into the second half gave Manor an advantage, though Jake Skeet’s rasping drive twelve minutes later ended up ensuring Sawbo left with a share of the spoils. I attended this match, my report is here:


Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town   |Mile End |  Att: 20

Hoddesdon denied Bengal another three points with a late leveller at Mile End. Curtley McIntosh struck again for the hosts after just two minutes as they started in the ascendency. However, Isaac Marfo-Jacobs stepped up again for Simon Riddle’s side with the equaliser ten minutes from time to make it only one loss in their last six matches for Hoddesdon. Imrul Gazi’s side stay 13th, seven points clear of the bottom two.


Walthamstow  0 – 1  Hashtag Utd  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 185

Leaders Hashtag overcame a stern test at Wadham Lodge as they defeated Walthamstow late on. After dealing with heavy pressure in a physical battle, Joshua Osude’s strike in injury-time gave Jay Devereux’s side a third straight win and keep their lead to two points over Saffron Walden. Stow’s second loss this term (both have come narrowly at home) means they fall to fourth though they are one of three teams on 35 points (Hadley and Takeley being the other sides).


West Essex  0 – 1  Redbridge   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 23

Finally in the Essex Senior this weekend, Redbridge emerged as narrow winners in another battle at Mayesbrook Park. Tom Harvey’s 77th-minute strike handed Micky Wetherall’s team their third league win on-the-bounce to lift themselves to ninth. West’s tough patch continues as their winless run extends to seven. They drop to 12th.


Also, in the FA Vase Third Round, Stowmarket Town ended Stansted’s hopes this season as Stow won 4 – 0 with Matt Blake, Josh Mayhew, Dean Bowditch and Luke Read all scored to overwhelm the Airportmen in front of over 400 fans, a record attendance at Greens Meadow.

Match Report: Southend Manor 1 – 1 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 30th Nov) [ESL 19/20 1.12.19]

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Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 38

2019 – 20 Season: Match 42

Saturday 30th November 2019 – 3pm KO

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

Sawbridgeworth: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks



Both teams before KO (Image: Scott W)

Crunch six-pointer for Manor & Sawbo ends honours-even at Southchurch

Southend Manor 1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Andy Wilkins (Twitter: @Wilkins_Media)

The last match of November 2019 saw me return to Southhchurch Park to see this crucial battle at the bottom of the Essex Senior as bottom side Sawbridgeworth Town travelled to third-bottom Southend Manor. It is that time of year for tricky pitches and that was the case here. Manor gave Josh Harrison the nod in goal, though the forward line was rather youthful as skipper Jordan Chambers was partnered by Harry Rogers, with Max Makaka and Brandon Williams the chief support on the flanks. Grant Frances, Connor Cobb and Cameron Harris were all on the bench. Sawbridgeworth named a fairly strong side, with Cabham Clarke between the posts along with new signings Cory Rider and Ethan Barton in central defence and midfield respectively. Lee Mackman’s side also had a front three of captain Harry Bushell, Mihai Botosan and Myles Passley, with Prince Alozie, Ryan Willsmer and Lion Docaj on their bench.

It was Manor who had the edge in the early stages of this contest, as mee minutes in a cross from the right flank by winger Max Makaka found skipper Jordan Chambers though he could only head over the woodwork. Chambers soon after had two great chances to break the deadlock with only visiting custodian Cabham Clarke to bypass. The first was those was after a spirited run, the forward could only loft his effort over the target, before being denied by Clarke on the goal-line following a neat pass in by strike partner Harry Rogers.

Harry Bushell gets past Ruben Kennedy (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Sawbo skipper Bushell gets past his marker (Image: Andy W)

Undeterred, Manor still had the better of the play into the middle of the half as the visitors rare half-chance saw forward Harry Bushell blast an effort wide. On 26 minutes, Chambers again got past the visiting backline though Clarke denied him again though incredibly Rogers could only skew the follow-up wide of the far post. Perhaps sensing that the pendulum was swinging back their way, Sawbo gained some impetus as nine minutes before the break, pacy forward Myles Passley snuck in past the home defence before his powerful effort crashed back off a post from a narrow angle. Five minutes later, a well-directed long-range effort by Sawbo forward Mihai Botosan bounced off the slippery turf causing ‘keeper Josh Harrison to not gather cleanly and Bushell was the first to react though fortunately for the hosts, he also skewed his drive off-target.

Rogers also struck a crisp shot wide for Manor just before the break though the tension was already rising in this match, and goal-less it was the interval.


Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  Sawbridgeworth

The first part of the second half was somewhat different as a minute into it, another rapid run by Chambers in the area was thwarted by Sawbo defender Cory Rider, causing referee Michael Iddenden-Smith to point to the spot. After the first successful spot-kick was ruled out due to an encroachment, the revised penalty by Chambers found the corner to finally break the deadlock.

Chambers about to strike spot-kick (Image by AW in SM v Saw T ESL 30.11.19)
Chambers strikes Manor’s penalty (Image: Andy W)

Six minutes later, Clarke gathered a Makaka free-kick after it had evaded a crowded penalty box though Sawbridgeworth levelled on the stroke of the hour with a pearler of a goal. Left-back Jake Skeet received the ball on the left-side and let fly with a superb curling strike which sailed past Harrison and into the far corner, much to his side’s obvious delight. The visitors looked to pushed on with their tails up, and soon after Harrison denied Passley’s shot, the home ‘keeper was in action again. Botosan’s neat threaded ball found Passley though Harrison pulled off a firm one-handed save with twenty minutes remaining.

The tension for both sides was arguably having an impact, and understandably so. Makaka sent another decent strike from 20 yards fizzing past Cabham’s right-side post before a sweet pass in by midfielder Ruben Kennedy found impressive winger Brandon Williams though he couldn’t find the target when well-placed. There was one more chance of note in added-time as Sawbo winger Aaron Donaldson’s drive from the edge of the area was gathered by Harrison. These sides had to settle for a point in a match that both could have won, although the hosts probably had the better chances.


Full-Time: Southend Manor  1 – 1  Sawbridgeworth

In summary, although there were flashes of quality by both sides at times during the contest, it is also undeniable that the tension was palpable during the contest as both sides knew how important was to get something from it. In terms of stand-out performances, Manor midfielders Ruben Kennedy and Brandon Williams had a good impact on their side’s attacking intent, whereas on another day skipper Jordan Chambers could have had a hat-trick though he kept going for the majority of the match. Centre-back Reece Latimer also made a few timely interceptions in defence.

For Sawbo, forward Myles Passley was their biggest outlet down the channel and could’ve scored himself here, while ‘keeper Cabham Clarke made a few good saves to keep his side in the contest. Mentions also have to go to full-back Jake Skeet for his stunning leveller and skipper Harry Bushell who looked to drive his side’s forward play going as well. Best wishes to both sides for rest of the season, and it could be a tough one for both.


Teams (with shirt numbers)

Southend Manor   |  Manager: Craig Waters

1 Josh Harrison (GK), 2 Josh Brocklebank, 3 Ben Richardson (15 Connor Cobb 90’), 4 Harry Markatis, 5 Kiah Froud, 6 Reece Latimer, 7 Max Makaka, 8 Ruben Kennedy, 9 Harry Rogers (14 Louie Hunt 74’), 10 Jordan Chambers (Capt), 11 Brandon Williams

Goal-scorer: Jordan Chambers [pen 47’]

Booked: Froud, Richardson | Subs Not Used: Harris, Frances, Salako


Sawbridgeworth | Manager: Lee Mackman

1 Cabham Clarlke (GK), 2 Michael Folkes, 3 Jake Skeet, 4 Frankie Oatham (15 Prince Alozie 83’), 16 Cory Rider, 6 Connor McQuillan, 7 Aaron Donaldson, 8 Ethan Barton, 9 Harry Bushell (Capt), 10 Mihai Botosan, 11 Myles Passley

Goal-scorers: Jake Skeet [59’]

Booked: Rider, Botosan, Oatham, Barton | Sub Not Used: Webster, Docaj, Willsmer


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 Nov) [ESL 19/20 24.11.19]

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

Hello & welcome to this week’s Essex Senior round-up on my blog. Two matches were blighted by the weather, though we still had plenty of goals in the seven remaining matches. Thanks for reading.

Matches Postponed: Cockfosters  P – P  Woodford Town  | (Waterlogged pitch)

Saffron Walden Town P – P Sporting Bengal Utd


Saturday 23 November

Hadley  3 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 72

The Bricks came out from this searing battle with exuberant Hamlets with the points though it was the East London side who made it a really tough game, with a late red card having an effect on their fortunes. The hosts had Sam Edwards and Emmanuel Hammond to thank for their first two goals, to which Suaibo Balde and Ezra Ndukuba both responded for the visitors. Edwards’ late spot-kick continued the good form for Anthony Clark’s team to keep them in the title hunt. Hamlets fall to 13th though they would have won a few more admirers of their play for this performance.


Hoddesdon Town  5 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield | Att: 83

The Lilywhites handed Sawbo another damaging defeat after the break at Lowfield. Blue Gallagher put Simon Riddle’s side ahead on 28 minutes and that lead stood until the break. Three goals In nine minutes ultimately set the sides apart as Jack Gibbs got the hosts’ second on the hour, before Jordan Halls made it 3 – 0 three minutes later. Gallagher got his second with 68 minutes on the watch and Connor Bolton [80’] added a late fifth to give Hoddesdon a first win in four league matches to see them up to seventh. Sawbo remain six points adrift of Clapton at the bottom.


Ilford  2 – 1  West Essex    | Cricklefield | Att: 41

The Foxes edged to a late victory over out-of-form West at Cricklefield. Jerold Cobblah put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes after good work from Tyson Talanya and Larry Akanbi down the right channel. Callum Bloss levelled things up nine minutes later and with the game petering towards a draw, Akanbi stepped up to net the winner with eight minutes remaining to end a three-match winless run for llf to lift them up one place to 15th.


Redbridge  6 – 0  Enfield   | Oakside | Att: 25

The Motormen thumped Enfield at Oakside. Tony Martin opened the hosts’ account just ten minutes in. After having new recruit Rob Hodgson dismissed on the half-hour, Enfield’s struggles only became more apparent as Tom Harvey made 2 – 0 to the hosts three minutes before the break. Micky Wetherall’s side really added to the visitors’ pain after the interval as Connor Okus put the game realistically beyond doubt on 53 minutes. Hassan Nalbant made it four goals in his first two games for the club with another double here [67’ & 74’] and Martin got his second on the stroke of full-time to make it a chastening day for the E’s, who drop to 16th. Redbridge’s two wins this week put them up to 12th.


St Margaretsbury   0 – 0  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground | Att: 40

St Mags put in another stubborn showing to hold Takeley at the Rec to a goalless stalemate. The hosts now have only lost two of their last eight games now and stay 9th. Takeley’s five-match winning run ended here though they still drop to third.


Stansted  3 – 0 Clapton   | Hargrave Park | Att: 41

The Airportmen were made to battle hard by the Tons before securing a win in the second-half in the match I attended at Hargrave Park. Connor Hammond, Daniel Cheema and an added-time goal by Jack West did the job but it only tells part of the story. If you’d like more on this match, my report is here:


Walthamstow  7 – 0  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge | Att: 50

‘Stow responded from a rare loss in midweek to Takeley with a superb showing to defeat Manor at Wadham Lodge. The bulk of the damage was done in the first half and started just two minutes in as Callum Ibe scored against his former club. Dwade James struck another treble [14’, 27’ & 28’] to really sour the visitors’ afternoon and Emiel Aiken added a fifth for the relentless hosts just after the half-hour. Aiken got his second on 71 minutes and substitute Lewis Francis added a late seventh to roar Ryan Maxwell’s side back into second spot and join Hadley as the joint-highest league goal-scorers so far this term. It’s five defeats in their last six for Manor who remain third-bottom.


Match Report: Stansted 3 – 0 Clapton (Sat 23rd Nov) [ESL 19/20 24.11.19]

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Venue: Hargrave Park

Attendance: 41

2019 – 20 Season: Match 40

Saturday 23th November 2019 – 3pm KO

Stansted: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Clapton: Red & White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks





Stansted out-finish battling Clapton at Hargrave Park

Stansted  3 – 0  Clapton

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

This weekend’s Essex Senior match took me across the county to make a rare visit to Hargrave Park to see in-form Stansted take on Clapton. The hosts fielded loanee goalkeeper George Marsh between the posts, with a centre-back pairing of Sam West and Joe Clark and skipper Paul Clayton alongside new recruit Ashaan Siddik in midfield. Billy Coyne and Jack West were among their substitutes. Clapton have had more changes to their squad recently, though could name William Hunt in goal, a centre-back pairing of captain Cory Rider and Henry Mabassa with a front three of Jayden Antwi-Nyame, Zakariya Muhammed and ex-Barkingside forward Mario Gjini. The likes of Jordan Cornelius and Jayesh Gohil were options from the sidelines.

The match opened with both sides having promising moments. Stansted forward Daniel Cheema did well to advance down the right channel two minutes in, only to be blocked by a well-timed interception by Tons skipper Cory Rider. The first chance of note came on seven minutes as a Clapton free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area by midfielder Jayke Welch smashed off the crossbar. Even then, the hosts took their time to adapt to the unfriendly pitch as Cheema and skilful midfielder Ashaan Siddik gradually had more influence on the game. The hosts had arguably their best spell yet midway through the half as after Siddik had prodded wide, rapid winger Connor Hammond forced visiting stopper Will Hunt into two smart saves. Firstly, a close-range header by Hammond at the near post forced Hunt to claw the ball wide before moment later, Hammond’s fierce strike was well parried out of danger by the Clapton stopper.


With eleven minutes remaining of the half, Clapton midfielder Prince Mamboti had a shot blocked before the rebound was struck wide by forward Zakariya Muhammed when in a decent position. The visitors had another good opportunity three minutes before the break, as a free-kick from 20 yards out by Muhammed forced home custodian George Marsh to change direction before making a good save under his own crossbar.


Half-Time: Stansted 0 – 0  Clapton

It was goalless at the break, though it was well-poised and instincts told you it would not remain that way. Both sides continued to trade chances as four minutes after the interval, tricky forward Jayden Antwi-Nyame got past the home backline though his centre went tantalisingly across the goalmouth before drifting wide of danger. Cheema once again reminded the opposition defence of the threat he posed as he had an effort well-saved by Hunt. It was an omen though as with 21 minutes left, the hosts finally broke their opponents’ resistance as a rapid 50-yard run by Cheema ended with an unselfish pass to Hammond who evaded the defence, stayed on-side and finished low, although Hunt did get a hand to it. The crucial second goal three minutes later for Stansted as another superb run by Cheema out-paced Rider before firing home well into the corner.

As we got into the latter stages, Tons forward Mario Gjini couldn’t make the most of a good cross in by substitute Jordan Cornelius before home substitute Jack West added a bit of gloss to the result with a smart low finish in added-time to make it six straight league wins for them and stay in sixth place in the standings.


Full-Time: Stansted  3 – 0  Clapton

In summary, the hosts knew that they were in a game here against a stubborn opposition on a tricky, boggy surface. Ultimately Stansted raised their game in that last half-hour as the Tons started to drift away, although the score-line slightly flattered the Airportmen, given that the visitors contributed heavily to the match, particularly in that first half. The hosts were indebted to forwards Daniel Cheema and Connor Hammond whose understanding and pace really hurt the visiting backline after the interval. Central forward Jack Mitchell and solid centre-back Joe Clark also had good games with goalkeeper George Marsh also making a few good saves to avoid the ‘Blue Brazil’ falling behind earlier in the match.

For the Tons, goalkeeper William Hunt had a fine game, making at least three very good saves in the match, with energetic full-back Daniel Emovan and midfielder Jayke Welch also doing well here. Finally, I’d like to thank Stansted for their hospitality and the welcome received by their committee and their joint-managers Paul Pittuck and John Watters.


Stansted   |  Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters

1 George Marsh (GK), 2 Adam Fowles, 3 Louis Monk, 4 Sam West, 5 Joe Clark, 6 Paul  Clayton (Capt), 7 Daniel Cheema, 8 Ashaan Siddik (13 Billy Coyne 48’), 9 Jack Michell, 10 Ryan Ramsay (18 James Briggs 79’), 11 Connor Hammond (12 Jack West 74’)

Goal-scorers: Connor Hammond [69’]. Daniel Cheema [72’], Jack West [90’+2]

Booked: Fowles, Ramsay (Sin-bin) | Subs Not Used: None


Clapton     | Interim Manager: Wilf Thomas | Assistant: Julian Charles

1 William Hunt (GK), 2 Bleron Ademi, 3 Daniel Emovan, 4 Henry Mabassa, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 6 Mohamed Mahmoud, 7 Prince Mamboti (15 Valentine Iheanyiogu 83’), 8 Jayke Welch (12 Jordan Cornelius 63’), 9 Jayden Antwi-Nyame, 10 Zakariya Muhammed (14 Jayesh Gohil 71’), 11 Mario Gjini

Booked: Ademi, Rider, Mamboti | Sub Not Used: Brija


Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith


Preview: Essex Senior League (Sat 23 November) [ESL 19/20 21.11.19]

Manor v Cockfosters (Archive Image by Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s preview of the Essex Senior action this weekend as nine matches take place.

Saturday 23 November – 3pm KOs

Cockfosters  v  Woodford Town  | Chalk Lane

Woodford are the next visitors to Chalk Lane as they face Cockfosters this weekend. Ryan Wade’s side are entering a blip as they lost at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, to be followed by a loss to Redbridge in midweek at home. Woodford’s week has been slightly better, as their two home games in the last week saw them hold Saffron Walden in a match they nearly won, with tht being followed up by a defeat to Sporting Bengal Utd in midweek to leave them tenth going into this match. I believe this one will be a highly-entertaining encounter with a few goals in it. Going to venture towards an away win as Town’s rapid attacking line will take some stopping.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Hadley  v  Tower Hamlets   | Brickfield Lane

Hadley’s run of home matches continues with Hamlets making the trip to Brickfield Lane. The Bricks have convincingly won their last two league matches at home against Clapton and Ilford. Tower Hamlets were beaten well by Walthamstow last weekend and although they will give Anthony Clark’s side a good test, the hosts look very strong indeed at present and with games in hand on all the current top four (Hashtag, Saffron Walden, Takeley & Walthamstow) they cannot be ignored, far from it. Home win for moi.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Hoddesdon Town  v Sawbridgeworth Town | Lowfield

Hoddesdon face local rivals Sawbridgeworth in what is an important match for both sides, for very different reasons. Simon Riddle’s team were last in action in midweek where they drew with Ilford, also at home. Sawbo finally got that first league win last weekend, defeating Cockfosters though in midweek they lost out at home to reinvigorated Stansted. The hosts only have one win in their last five matches and are losing pace with the top four while Lee Mackman’s visitors will want to claw some points back to close in on nearest rivals Clapton and Southend Manor. This is a hard one to call though the Lilywhites are unquestionably a tough side to beat, so that may edge it in their favour.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Ilford  v  West Essex    | Cricklefield

The Foxes welcome the Stags to Cricklefield. The squad rebuild is well underway for Jonny Fowell’s team and they did well to draw at Hoddesdon in midweek, while West battled hard before succumbing to leaders Hashtag at Mayesbrook last weekend. The hosts haven’t won in three matches while Kwame Kwateng’s West side have lost their last four on-the-spin. Honestly, I think the visitors will take a point here & that could well happen.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


Redbridge  v  Enfield   | Oakside

Redbridge face Enfield at Oakside in a re-run of their Errington Cup tie from the end of last month. The Motormen won that tie, though have had contrasting fortunes in the last week. A hefty loss to Stansted last weekend was bridged by a good win at Cockfosters in midweek. Two wins in their last eight games isn’t great though and their home form they will know needs some sprucing up (one win in five thus far). Enfield’s week hasn’t been super either. They made Takeley work hard last weekend before falling to defeat and Saffron Walden handed them another loss in midweek. The tide will turn for Matt Hanning’s side and it could do here as Micky Wetherall’s team looks for that old adage: consistency.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Saffron Walden Town  P- P  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Catons Lane

Scott’s would-be Prediction: 3 – 1

Update: This match at Catons Lane is now off due to issues at the grund caused by the recent downturn in weather. It will be played in due course.


St Margaretsbury   v  Takeley  | The Recreation Ground

St Mags take on in-form Takeley at the Rec. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side have had two weeks off league-related action though did exit the Herts County Cup in midweek away at Ware in a nine-goal thriller. Their last league match was a good win at Ilford though this will be an altogether different test. Marc Das’ side have beaten Enfield and Walthamstow in the last week, both away from home to extend their winning run to five matches to sit 3rd, two points adrift of leaders Hashtag. It’s hard to see the visitors not racking up another win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Stansted  v  Clapton   | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen face Clapton at Hargrave Park. Messrs Pittuck & Watters have overseen a fine week with wins over Redbridge and Sawbridgeworth. The ‘Blue Brazil’ have five wins on-the-bounce now which has rocketed them up to 7th in the table before this weekend. The Tons have had ten days off after their loss to Takeley. It would be a surprise if Stansted don’t get another three points here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Walthamstow  v  Southend Manor    | Wadham Lodge

Finally this weekend, ‘Stow seek to get rid of the memory of rare loss in midweek as they face Manor at Wadham Lodge. Ryan Maxwell’s side overwhelmed Hamlets last weekend before coming unstuck themselves in a gritty battle with Takeley in midweek which saw them drop to fourth after their 12-match unbeaten streak this term ended. Manor have had a week off following a narrow loss at Saffron Walden. Could be another battle this but you’d be surprised if the hosts did not prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Preview – Essex Senior League (Fri 15/Sat 16 Nov) [ESL 19/20 14.11.19]

Archive Image – Redbridge 1 – 2 Woodford last weekend (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League preview of all seven ESL matches this weekend. Thanks for reading.


Essex Senior League

Friday 15th Nov


Woodford Town v Saffron Walden Town | Harlow Arena |

The Towners kick off the action on Friday night as they welcome Saffron Walden to the Harlow Arena. Ross Weare’s side won at Redbridge last Friday night though lost out to formidable Walthamstow at Wadham Lodge in midweek. I saw that match at Oakside and if they can reach that performance level, they can give Walden a tough night. Jason Maher’s side are still in decent nick, they drew at Walthamstow last weekend before edging a seven-goal thriller with Southend Manor in midweek. Walden have the fourth-best defence in the league at present though this is a hard one to call. Narrow away win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Saturday 16th Nov

Enfield  v   Takeley   | Woodside

The first of the Saturday fixtures sees Enfield battle Takeley at Woodside. The E’s lost out to Hashtag last weekend which made it three straight defeats for them. Takeley have also sprung into form with three straight wins following wins over Sporting Bengal Utd and Clapton in the past week. Have to go for an away triumph here, given the hosts’ defensive record.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Hadley   v  Ilford  | Brickfield Lane  |

The Foxes travel to Brickfield Lane to face Hadley, who still have a 100% at home record (from seven matches there). Hadley thumped Clapton last weekend and now average three goals a game in the League from 11 matches. Ilford lost out to St Margaretsbury at home last weekend and have also had a free weeken. Jonny Fowell’s new side will want to improve on their goal-scoring record this term as they look to claw their way away from the bottom three. That is a really tough ask here though, have to go with the stat book – home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Cockfosters | Crofters |

Sawbo entertain in-form Cockfosters at Crofters. The hosts had a week off last weekend though were heavily beaten by Colney Heath in the Hertfordshire County Cup in midweek. Their last match in ESL-related competitions was in the Gordon Brasted Trophy ten days ago where they lost to a strong Hashtag Utd side. By contrast, Cockfosters are finding a groove as they won well at Southend Manor last weekend to make four matches without defeat now. The form book says this should be an away win, though you do also feel that Sawbridgeworth will get that first win soon.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Stansted  v  Redbridge    | Hargrave Park |

These two sides meet for the second time inside a week, at the same venue of Hargrave Park. The Airportmen edged out Hoddesdon last weekend before only just getting the better of the Motormen on penalties in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek. Redbridge also lost out last weekend at home to Woodford in the League, though their away record is rather better thus far.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Tower Hamlets  v  Walthamstow   | Mile End |

Hamlets welcome unbeaten Walthamstow to Mile End. The hosts are in good form after a narrow win over West Essex last weekend made it four wins from their last five. Walthamstow were held by Saffron Walden last weekend in their top-of-the-table clash before getting the points in their clash with Woodford in midweek. The stats convey a simple message – this is the battle of the second-worst defence against the best defence in the league. I have a feeling it will not be that clear-cut though because ‘Stow need to win to keep pace with the top-two.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

West Essex  v  Hashtag Utd   | Mayesbrook Park

Finally this weekend, leaders Hashtag bring their array of stars to Mayesbrook Park to face an out-of-form West Essex. West haven’t won in four matches now whilst Hashtag got back to winning ways last weekend at home to Enfield. Jay Devereux’s side are now the leading scorers in the division and though West do not lack spirit whatsoever, I still feel that it is hard to go against an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Vase Second Rd (ESL sides) (Sat 2 Nov) [ESL 19/20 3.11.19]

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Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League review, looking back at the seven matches that took place in the League, with three ESL sides taking part in the FA Vase Second Round Proper also. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 2nd November – ESL

Cockfosters  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Chalk Lane  | Att: 87

The ‘Fosters ended their run of three-home matches on-the-spin with a late leveller against Hoddesdon. Joss Lillis put the Lilywhites ahead on 37 minutes and Simon Riddle’s side may have thought they were heading for a gutsy win though substitute Billy Murray netted in added-time to deny the visitors the win and extend the hosts unbeaten stretch to three matches. Ryan Wade’s side drop to eighth, with Hoddy only ahead of them on goal difference in 7th.


Hadley  3 – 0  Woodford Town   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 46

Hadley’s terrific home form continued as they set aside Woodford at Brickfield Lane. A brace from in-form forward Luke Jupp and one from lively winger Solomon Ofori ensured the Bricks made it five league wins in succession, rising to fourth in the standings, seven points adrift of leaders Hashtag. Woodford’s third defeat in their last five meant they fell to 11th place though their squad rebuild will mean patience is needed at this point.


Ilford  3 – 1  Enfield   | Cricklefield | Att: 28

The Foxes overwhelmed inconsistent Enfield at Cricklefield. Tela Trivelato opened the scoring on 11 minutes for Jonny Fowell’s side though the bulk of the scoring came in the latter stages of the contest. Ikechi Eze netted direct from a corner with 16 minutes remaining to give he hosts that crucial second goal. Matt Frew pulled one back for the E’s after coming off the substitutes’ bench though Trivelato had the last word as he netted his second with a minute of normal time to play. Two wins from two at home since Fowell took charge means they rise to fourth-bottom. Enfield drop to 13th.


Sawbridgeworth Town  P – P  Redbridge    | Crofters

This match at Crofters fell foul of the elements and was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Southend Manor   1 – 0   Clapton    | Southchurch Park | Att: 12

Manor recorded what could be a very important win over fellow strugglers Clapton at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin got the only goal as the Southend side ended a streak of five matches without a win to go above the Tons into 17th, twelve points above bottom side Sawbridgeworth.


Sporting Bengal Utd   2 – 1  Hashtag Utd   | Mile End | Att: 101

Sporting put in a big performance to end the Tags’ ten-match league winning run at Mile End. Quick-fire goals from Bobby Redwood [30’] and talisman Steven Carvell only a minute later put them well on their way to the win. After the break, Imrul Gazi’s side had to be very resilent as Utd forced their way back into the match through Ross Gleed’s free-kick 15 minutes from time. Despite the league leaders pressurising the home side hard in the latter stages, Bengal did emerge with their first win in six matches, which puts them up to 9th place in the table. Hashtag’s fantastic streak is over though with nearest rivals Saffron Walden and Walthamstow both in FA Vase action this weekend, they remain four points clear at the summit.


St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | The Recreation Ground | Att: 19

Hamlets emerged with a fine win at St Mags. Goals from Ben Brookes [10’] and the in-form Suaibo Balde just before the break ended up giving the East London side the victory, their third win in their last four. The hosts replied through their own chief goal-getter Kyle Roberts on the half-hour though still fell to first loss in five matches. Hamlets rise to 12th spot now while St Mags drop to 10th.


West Essex  1 – 5  Takeley   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 28

West’s week went from bad to worse as Takeley powered five in a big win at Mayesbrook. In a match played in awful conditions, Jason Todd [23’] and Mitchell Das [26’] goals put Marc Das’ team in the ‘box seat’ before Bryn Thorpe made it three five minutes before the interval. After the break, former St Margaretsbury striker Charncey Dash made his mark for his new club by grabbing a fourth on 55 minutes, then Michael Castle added further gloss to the score-line with the fifth 18 minutes from time. Brad Russell’s strike was scant consolation as the Stags dropped to sixth spot after this loss, with Takeley rising above them into 5th after ending a run of four matches without a win.



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Saffron Walden Town  3 – 4  FC Clacton   | Catons Lane | Att: 235

Walden exited the FA Vase in an enthralling contest with Thurlow Nunn Premier side FC Clacton at Catons Lane. New signing Ricky Griggs put the visitors ahead with a minute gone, though Charlie Cole levelled only four minutes later for Jason Maher’s side. Lewis Francis struck to put the hosts ahead with 16 minutes played, though nine minutes afterward Adam Hampson restored parity for Clacton. The tide really turned in favour of the East Essex Coast side as Hampson got his second 12 minutes before the break and Griggs netting just before the interval to make it 4 – 2. Ryan Fleming made it tight with the hosts’ third goal nine minutes after the break though Cacton withstood the pressure to advance.

News: Tonight (Sunday), it’s been announced by Saffron Walden that long-serving forward Lewis Francis has departed, with the club thanking him for all his efforts in his time there. I’d like to wish Lewis well in his next chapter, certainly been an important player for the Bloods.


Stansted  1 – 0  Mildenhall Town  | Hargrave Park | Att: 142

The Airportmen edged a close game with Thurlow Nunn Premier side Mildenhall at Hargrave Park. Ryan Ramsey got the only goal on the stroke of half-time to ensure that his side are the only ESL representatives remaining in the FA Vase this season. Congrats to co-managers Paul Pittuck & John Watters and the team on their progress.


Walthamstow   2 – 3  AFC Uckfield Town   | Wadham Lodge | Att: 74

AFC Uckfield sent ‘Stow out of the FA Vase with a narrow win at Wadham Lodge. It started well for the hosts as Ollie Fortune struck ten minutes in to put them ahead, though the start of the second half saw the game turn. First, Dan Okosie struck five minutes after the resumption to level the tie, before Ellis Cormack put AFC ahead five minutes later. Richie Welsh got a crucial third goal for the visitors with 18 minutes left and though Samrai Gebrai made it a tight finish with a second for ‘Stow 11 minutes from time, the visitors held on despite the hosts being unhappy at ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’ by their opposition. Even so, Ryan Maxwell’s side will hone their focus in on the league, as they have matches to catch up on in the following weeks.

Match Report: West Essex 3 – 2 Woodford Town  (Sat 7th Sept) [ESL 19/20 7.9.19]

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Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 28

2019 – 20 Season: Match 21

Saturday 7th September 2019 – 3pm KO

W Essex: Yellow & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Woodford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks




West edge a attacking, high-tempo battle back at Mayesbrook

West Essex 3 – 2 Woodford Town

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

This weekend’s match took me back to Mayesbrook Park, to see West Essex’s first home match of the season, as they took on Woodford Town in the Essex Senior League. The hosts named a strong side, with a back four of Sanchez Hardy, left-back Ben Leo plus centre-backs Tom MacLeod and Josh French with Brad Russell in central midfield and a front three of Hakim Medfai, Michael Mignot and Symeon Taylor. Callum Bloss, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and Greg Frederick were on the bench. Woodford have been hit by injuries of late after a busy fixture schedule though Alex Reed retained his place in goal, with Frankie Naidoo joining Josh Steele at centre-back. Temi Babalola and Vladut Sighiartau made up their front two, though they were restricted to three substitutes – Mohammed Al-Dani, Connor Leon & Redha Zekri were those options.

Some matches are quiet, ‘slow-burners’. Not so here, in more ways than one. Right from the first minute of this encounter, the ‘Woodford Cultras’ fan group started noisily chanting as they usually do – fair play. Unfortunately for them, it was West who got themselves ahead after just three minutes in as a telling pass by midfielder Brad Russell found forward Michael Mignot who broke free of the attentions of the visiting defence and the on-rushing goalkeeper Alex Reed before slotting home coolly. That lead was only five minutes old though before Town equalised as a well-taken strike by Town winger Samir Ali breezed past Stags custodian Jack Coker and high into the net.

During the next phase of a entertaining contest, it was the visitors who showed the intent with Ali the chief threat from the visiting side with his pace, crossing and trickery. Ali himself also headed wide just past the quarter-hour. Minutes later though, Town fell behind for the second time as a corner was angled in toward the near post and skipper Tom MacLeod powerfully headed home giving Reed no chance. Again though, the gutsy visitors levelled six minutes later as a dangerous cross from the left by midfielder Georges Kebi as skewed over the line by a West defender, and despite a sprawling dive, home stopper Jack Coker could not prevent it going over the line. Woodford attackers Vladut Sighiartau and Temi Balalola were also posing problems, with Sighiartau striking wide from an acute angle on the half-hour.

Nine minutes before the break, Mignot found space again before sending a well-struck curler towards goal though Reed did very well to tip it round the far post. Meanwhile at the other head, Town skipper Andrea Mantovani’s free-kick sailed wide before Reed denied Mignot with his feet with the forward poised for a tap-in.

Half-Time: West Essex  2 – 2 Woodford Town

Quite the entertaining half we had then and we weren’t lacking in chances after the break either. West came out strongly and Reed was called into action again to deny Mignot and another MacLeod header, which he tipped onto the crossbar. Woodford were conceding a few free-kicks in the early stages of this half though on the hour, Sighiartau’s lofted shot whistled just over the woodwork before Babalola was thwarted by a strong block by West right-back Sanchez Hardy. Another pinch point of this contest cropped up on 73 minutes as a great effort by Sighiartau cannoned off the woodwork though Coker did really well to deny Babalola’s rebound.

Moments after that, West substitute Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe was testing the strength and resolve of the Town back-line as he headed over. It was a prelude though to what was the winning goal as a searching pass by creative midfielder Joe Lefley found Mignot who again snuck in on goal and with only Reed to bypass, struck low to give the hosts the lead for the third time. The hosts could have made the points safe in the last few minutes though substitute Callum Bloss’ drive was palmed away by Reed before Mignot fired over. As we entered added-time, Woodford replacement Reidha Zekri did well to find Babalola though he was again denied by Coker as the Stags held on to claim another valuable three points.

Full-Time: West Essex  3 – 2  Woodford Town

In summary, West did deserve the win though you have to give credit to Woodford, who showed all the exuberant attacking spirit you expect from them, despite suffering with a number of players missing today. The Stags were no doubt buoyed by their win in the FA Vase in midweek and the spine of the side stood out for me today. Mignot showed again the value of a finisher, while recent returnee Brad Russell stood out with a number of good passes to the front-men, plus the gutsy skipper MacLeod at centre-back gives it everything and took his goal well. Target-man Ogedi-Uzokwe made an impact after coming on too.

For Woodford, goalkeeper Alex Reed had a fine match, making a fair few important saves in this match. Dynamic midfielder Georges Kebi also put in a very hard-working performance with surging runs through the middle and good passing. Not forgetting the energetic display of winger Samir Ali who was arguably the biggest threat for the visitors, particularly in the first half, as shown by his well-taken goal.

Finally, I’d like to thank West for the welcome they gave as ever, and wish Mihael the very best in his recovery following the serious injury he sustained in the original FA Vase tie eight days ago.


West Essex    |  Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Josh French, Emanuel Wazola, Brad Russell, Joe Lefley (Callum Bloss 80’), Michael Mignot, Hakim Medfai (Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe 68’), Symeon Taylor (Cameron Gray 68’)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [3’ & 76’], Tom MacLeod [22’]

Booked: Lefley | Subs Not Used: Walk, Frederick


Woodford Town  |  Manager: Dee Safer

Alex Reed (GK), Morgan Seaman, Ellis Routledge, Chris John (Mohammad Al-Dani 55’), Frankie Naidoo, Josh Steele, Samir Ali, Georges Kebi, Temi Babalola, Vladut Sighiartau (Reidha Zekri 82’), Andrea Mantovani (Capt) (Connor Leon 74’)

Goal-scorers: Samir Ali [8’], OG [28’]

Booked: Leon | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: Endrit Malaveci