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

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

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

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

 

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

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

Saffron Walden Town

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

Hashtag United

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Takeley

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

 

Hoddesdon TOwn

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

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

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

 

Essex Senior League  – Goalkeepers’ Clean Sheets

(Source: essexseniorleague.co.uk)

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 24/Sat 25 Jan) [ESL 19/20 26.1.20]

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Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and a warm welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, from Friday 24th/Saturday 25th January. Thanks for reading.

Friday 24 January

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Southend Manor   | Mile End  | Att: 35

The round-up this weekend starts with a stalemate at Mile End, as Hamlets were held by relegation rivals Southend Manor. Grant Frances netted for Manor just shy of the half-hour though Hamlets restored parity before half-time through Enock  Seganile and neither side could find a winner. Hamlets remain fourth-bottom on 20 points, still a point ahead & a place ahead of Manor in 17th.

 

Woodford Town  1 – 3  Hashtag Utd   | Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 198

In front a hefty crowd at the Harlow Arena, Hashag cemented their top-three position with another treasured three points. Tom Anderson got the opener with only two minutes on the clock. Woodford showed their battling qualities by levelling things on the half-hour through Reece Antione-DaCosta’s strike. The Tags grasped back the lead just before the interval as George Smith netted his 14th league goal of the season. The match was only settled in added-time as Smith netted from the spot after rapid winger Joshua Osude was felled in the area. Jay Devereux’s side have won their last four matches and go into second spot, five points adrift of leaders Saffron Walden with three matches more to play than the Bloods. Woodford drop to 12th but showed enough to suggest that their form will improve in short order.

 

Saturday 25 January   

Enfield  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Woodside | Att: 81

This tense battle at Woodside came alive after the interval. Redbridge took the lead through a James Barlow strike on 71 minutes. Two late goals from Prince Adeyemi for the E’s and one from Taylor Tombides for the Motormen meant that Micky Wetherall’s side got the ‘W’ in his 400th match as a manager. Keep on going, Micky. Enfield’s relentless dearth of luck continues as it’s ten matches without a win as they remain second-bottom, though they do have games in hand on all the rival sides immediately above them. The Motormen rise to eighth now, only two points behind Stansted in sixth.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 1  Cockfosters   | Lowfield  | Att: 101

Cockfosters were denied a narrow win late on at Hoddesdon showed their battling qualities on-the-pitch again at Lowfield. Ned Clarke put Ryan Wade’s side ahead three minutes after the restart though it wasn’t enough to carry them to the win. Adam Bushell’s injury-time goal kept Simon Riddle’s team from defeat though they still slipped to ninth. The ‘Fosters have lost only one of their last five games and stay seventh.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 5  Clapton   | Crofters  | Att: 36

The Tons overcame a gutsy Sawbridgeworth side to claim a fourth win in their last six matches at Crofters. Jaydon Charles put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes, though they were pegged back ten minutes later as Kacper Borowicz struck for Lee Mackman’s team. Christian Londono restored the Tons’ lead on the hour though again the plucky hosts pushed for a leveller at got one, as Ethan Barton netted with 66 minutes on the watch to make it 2 – 2.

However, two goals in the ten minutes broke the home resistance as substitute Asher Modeste [68’] and Nana Boakye-Yiadom [75’] put the visitors in a strong position, and rounded out the scoring with five minutes to play through Diemar Queni to elevate themselves up to 11th, eight points clear of the bottom two and heighten Sawbo’s relegation worries at the same time. Seven straight losses for Sawbo now means that they need wins, and quickly to evade the danger-zone.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   0 – 3   Saffron Walden Town   | Mile End | Att: 54

Saffron Walden continued their irrepressible recent form with a victory over Bengal at Mile End. The hosts made it tough though Jack Isherwood put the Bloods ahead in first-half added-time. Jason Maher’s side did eventually confirm the points as a late double from one of the stars of the season in Gavin Cockman [87’ & 90’+5] made it ten wins in their last 12 matches for the Bloods, who lead by five points at the top. Bengal’s third loss in their last four sees them drop to 14th and are only three points clear of the bottom three.

 

Stansted  P – P   Hadley   |  Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

 

Takeley  3 – 2  St Margaretsbury   | Station Road  | Att: 76

Takeley celebrated their return to Station Road with a comeback win over out-of-form St Margaretsbury. Kyle Roberts put the visitors in a strong early position with a brace, first from twelve yards with six minutes played and then with an 18th-minute strike. Charncey Dash halved the arrears for the hosts, seven minutes before the break. Dash then levelled the match a 63rd minute penalty of his own to make it two for him and his team before Elliott Long got the winner, ten minutes from time to give the hosts their 13th win this term and cut the deficit to Hadley in 4th to two points. St Mags’ dry run continues as they drop to 13th.

 

West Essex  1 – 0  Ilford    | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 33

West ended a tough week with a tight win over fellow mid-table side Ilford at Mayesbrook. Michael Mignot was once again the hero for the hosts getting the only goal six minutes before half-time to elevate the Stags up to tenth in the table. The Foxes drop to 15th after an altogether frustrating afternoon for them.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 15/Sat 16 Nov) [ESL 19/20 17.11.19]

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

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

 

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Friday 15th Nov

Woodford Town 1 – 1 Saffron Walden Town | Harlow Arena | Att: 123

Woodford backed up last week’s win at Redbridge with a spirited display against Walden at the Harlow Arena. Anis Mehmeti got the opener for the hosts after twenty minutes and it looked like the Towners were going to consign Saffron Walden to a demoralising defeat. Not so though. Gavin Cockman popped up deep in added time to salvage a point and extended the Bloods unbeaten run to three matches. Woodford rise to ninth as one of four teams on twenty points. Walden lose ground on their rivals and fall to fourth as all of their immediate rivals won this weekend.

Saturday 16th Nov

Enfield  1 – 2   Takeley   | Woodside | Att: 101

Takeley were made to work hard to gain an important win at Enfield. In a match where both goalkeepers excelled, Sam Taylor put the hosts ahead after just four minutes, though that lead lasted all of two minutes before Charncey Dash levelled for the visitors. Mitchell Das’ spot-kick three minutes after the interval ended up being the winner as Marc Das’ team gained a fourth win on-the-bounce to rise up to third, ahead of Walden on goal difference. Enfield remain 14th.

 

Hadley   7 – 0  Ilford  | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 78

Hadley kept up their envied record at home as they smashed Ilford at Brickfield Lane. The damage was surely done in the opening half-hour as Cameron Ferguson’s early brace on 6 and 18 minutes put Jonny Fowell’s side on the back-foot. Sam Edwards made it three for the Bricks six minutes later and the one-sided nature of the match continued after the interval. Solomon Ofori grabbed a double [48’ & 73’] to make it nine league goals* for Hadley this term. Manny Hammond and Sam Lyon also struck late on to make it an incredible 15 goals in Hadley’s last two home games, without conceding. They sit 5th, six points ahead of Cockfosters in 6th after their seventh consecutive league win. Ilf remain third-bottom, nine points above Sawbo.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 2  Cockfosters | Crofters | Att: 35

Sawbridgeworth emerged from this battle with Cockfosters with their first league win of the season. Either side of the interval was the crucial time as Myles Passley struck a quick -fire brace [44’ &49’] to really put Ryan Wade’s side up against it. Moyo Jordan-Ajibade backed up a promising start to his time to the club with the third eight minutes later. Wade himself got one back for ‘Fosters with eleven minutes left, though time was running short to force a draw despite substitute George Beattie’s added-time second for the visitors. Sawbo have cut the gap to nearest rivals Clapton to six points. Cockfosters remain sixth though they lose their four-match unbeaten run here.

 

Stansted  6 – 1  Redbridge    | Hargrave Park | Att: 77

The Airportmen had a highlight for their season here as they heavily defeated Redbridge at Hargrave Park. Connor Hammond broke the stalemate with 32 minutes played. Darnel Bromfield made it even-stevens going into the interval, though unfortunately for the visitors, it was not a second half they will recall fondly. Hammond restored Stansted’s lead just two minutes after the break before Ryan Ramsey made it three just shy of the hour mark. A late treble salvo by Sam West [78’], Jack Mitchell [79’] and a Daniel Cheema goal two minutes from time meant Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side made it four straight wins to rise to 11th place. The Motormen have lost four on-the-spin now and stay 15th.

Tower Hamlets  0 – 4  Walthamstow   | Mile End | Att: 48

Walthamstow took advantage of an early sending off for Hamlets to complete a comfortable win at Mile End. Dwade James got the opener for ‘Stow with his 15th league goal* of the season for Ryan Maxwell’s side. Steven Carvell got the second at his old ground, with substitutes Ollie Fortune and Lewis Francis wrapping up the points to elevate ‘Stow to second spot. Hamlets drop to 12th after only their second defeat in five league matches.

(*Source = FA Full-Time ESL site)

West Essex  0 – 3  Hashtag Utd   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 138

Leaders Hashtag extended their lead at the summit to four points with victory over West at Mayesbrook Park, in front of a healthy crowd of 138. The trio of Harry Honesty, Ross Gleed and George Smith got the goals for Jay Devereux’s side as they overcame the spirited Stags, who ultimately lacked end product as they fell to their fourth straight loss to remain 7th.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 8/Sat 9 Nov) [ESL 19/20 10.11.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action, which includes matches from the nine league matches on this Remembrance weekend of Saturday 9th November. Thanks for reading.

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Friday 8 November

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Redbridge  1 – 2  Woodford Town   | Oakside | Att: 78

Woodford emerged from a tough battle with Redbridge at Oakside with all three points on Friday night. Andrea Montovani put the driven visitors ahead on 27 minutes. Town had more chances to go further ahead and they paid for those misses as Taylor Tombides [68’] levelled things up, though it was substitute Lance Ledgister who got a late winner for the Towners with three minutes to spare. I attended this match and if you’d like more, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/match-report-redbridge-1-2-woodford-town-fri-8th-nov-esl/

 

Saturday 9 November

 

Hadley  8 – 0  Clapton   | Brickfield Lane | Att: 45

Hadley maintained their brilliant home record as they crushed the Tons at Brickfield Lane. The Bricks were four goals up at half-time and had an ensemble cast of Alfie Bartram, Solomon Ofori, Cameron Ferguson, two from Luke Jupp plus Shaz Anwar and substitute Jason Rice to thank for this hugely dominant score-line. As a result, Hadley go into third after their sixth win in succession. Clapton’s fourth loss in their last five sees them remain second-bottom.

 

Hashtag Utd  5 – 2  Enfield   | Chadfields  | Att: 222

The Tags went through the gears to claim another big win, this time over out-of-form Enfield at Chadfields. Rapid winger Joshua Osude put Jay Devereux’s side ahead with 34 minutes gone, to which ex-West Essex forward Samraj Gill plundered a second with a great strike four minutes before the interval. Gill then teed up Jesse Waller-Lassen ten minutes after the restart. The E’s managed to get on the score-sheet thanks to skipper Ben Bradbury with twenty minutes remaining. The match had an entertaining finale as first, Harry Honesty made it 4 – 1 nine minutes from time, before Aundre Spencer got another one back for Matt Hanning’s side five minutes afterwards. Then at the death, Ross Gleed struck from 25 yards out in added-time to add a reminder of the threat Utd pose in the Essex Senior title race as they now extend their lead at the summit to six points, though all the rest of the top four have games in hand on them. Enfield’s third straight defeat sees them drop to 14th.

 

Ilford  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury   | Cricklefield | Att: 42

St Mags fought to a decent win over Ilford at Cricklefield. Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side saw goal-hungry forward Kyle Roberts move to Ware this week, though had defender Dan Palmer to thank for putting them ahead here on eleven minutes. Ryan Reed then showed his ability once again with a fine free-kick two minutes from time. St Mags go back into the top ten while Ilford sit 16th.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 4  Cockfosters   | Southchurch Park | Att: 42

Cockfosters made the most of a superb start to claim the points over Southend Manor. Billy Healey put the visitors ahead after only three minutes, and continued to dazzle the slow-starting Manor side as Ned Clarke doubled that lead with six minutes played. Healey then got a third for Ryan Wade’s side with fourteen minutes gone and they were well on top. Despite Manor picking it up after the break, substitute George Beattie made it four five minutes from time after good work by fellow replacement Ceykan Karagozlu. I also attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/match-report-southend-manor-0-4-cockfosters-sat-9th-nov-esl/

 

 

Stansted  3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town | Hargrave Park | Att: 62

The Airportmen retained their recent good vein of form as they resisted late pressure by the Lilywhites to grab the points at Hargrave Park. Ashaan Siddik joined the club from Sporting Bengal this week and he got the opener with 26 minutes on the watch. Two goals either side of the break from Connor Hammond [40’] and Daniel Cheema [47’] put Messrs Pittuck and Watters’ side in control. Though as ever, Hoddesdon do not ‘throw in the towel’ and gave their hosts a nervy finish as strikes by Isaac Marfo-Jacobs [77’] and Sam Cross with four minutes to play showed their typical resilience. Stansted held on for their third straight win which saw them rise to 12th, while Hoddy drop to eighth.

 

Takeley  2 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Station Road | Att: 61

Takeley got anther three points as they edged this battle with Sporting Bengal at Station Road. George Powell netted on ten minutes to put Marc Das’ side ahead, before two minutes after the restart, Jason Todd made it two. Bobby Redwood responded for Bengal five minutes after that on the eve on manager Imrul Gazi’s birthday. The hosts held on to rise stay fifth.

 

Tower Hamlets  3 – 2  West Essex   | Mile End | Att: 35

Hamlets made a stirring comeback to deny West Essex a much-needed victory at Mile End. Suaibo Balde struck twice for Hamlets here, with Anthony Folkes also on the scorer’s sheet, while Hakim Medfai and Cameron Gray goals had put the Stags ahead. Hamlets rise to 11th while West’s blip continues as they drop to seventh.

 

Walthamstow  0 – 0  Saffron Walden Town  | Wadham Lodge |

Finally, ‘Stow were held by Walden in this top-of-the-table clash at Eadham Lodge. Both sides may be happy with a point given the difficult the conditions though Town remain second, six points adrift of leaders Hashtag with Walthamstow dropping to fourth though retain their unbeaten record after ten matches.

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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The FA Vase Second Round Proper (ESL Sides)

 

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: Takeley 0 – 2 Hadley (Sat 26 Oct) [ESL 19/20 27.10.19]

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Essex Senior League

Saturday 26th October 2019 – 3pm KO

Venue: Station Road

Attendance: 71

2019-20 Season: Match 31

Takeley: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

 Hadley: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

 

Takeley 0 – 2 Hadley

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

On a wearily cold and wet afternoon at Station Road, Takeley looked to put a poor week behind them as they entertained in-form Hadley in a fascinating Essex Senior League encounter. It was evident before kick-off that conditions would be tricky as the pitch was soaking up yet more falling rain throughout. Takeley fielded long-serving goalkeeper Ronnie Yates between the sticks, full-backs Mike La Ronde and Coby Miles with a front three of Glen O’Hanlon, Bryn Thorpe and recent recruit Steven Wade. Messrs Humphrey, Deamer and Nick Barrett were on the bench. Hadley had Luke Ward in goal, a back four of Bradley Marriott, Yemi Buraimoh, skipper Paul Wright and Tom Milton with a forward line of Solomon Ofori, Luke Jupp and Shaz Anwar. Alfie Bartram, Peter Rosemin and James Hammond were all unavailable for Anthony Clark’s side while Bradley Osborne and Jason Rice were among their substitutes.

Takeley showed their intent in the early stages as attacking full-back Coby Miles showed pace and decent passing too as he looked to assist his side. Hadley had the first telling chance though a few minutes in as winger Cameron Ferguson’s curling effort was heading for the top corner though home custodian Ronnie Yates did well to parry that away. The visiting forward line of Ofori, Anwar and Jupp were showing incisive passing which needed the home defence to intervene well on a few occasions during the half. Takeley pushed forward just after the quarter-hour as a dangerous ball in by forward Steven Wade was thumped away decisively by no-nonsense Hadley skipper Paul Wright – one of those that was heading for ‘Row Z’. A big chance presented itself moments later as forward Bryn Thorpe was six yards out with only visiting stopper Ward to beat though his effort lacked the necessary power as the ‘keeper got down well to claw the ball away from danger. That chance was punished on 19 minutes by the visitors as they took the lead. A stirring run down the right by full-back Bradley Marriott ended with a peach of a cross to the back post where Ferguson planted a header past the helpless Yates. The Bricks were handy going forward, with Solomon Ofori stretching the home defence on the visitors’ right. Takeley stuck to their task fairly well though were also a little sluggish in clearing their lines at times.

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Half-Time: Takeley  0 – 1  Hadley

You suspected there would be more drama to come after the break and the start of the second half didn’t disappoint. Moments after the restart, Hadley forward Jupp struck wide before the sides shared some glorious chances. Nine minutes into the half, a cross into the area for the hosts by Thorpe only just evaded Wade at the back post whilst at the other end, a free-kick by left-back Yemi Buraimoh found midfielder Stephen O’Hara though he could splice his effort wide with only Yates to bypass. It did feel at that point that more goals were coming and unfortunately for the hosts, it was to their detriment. With 66 minutes on the watch, the visitors doubled their lead, much to the delight of the small travelling support as Jupp maneuvered a yard of space just inside the area before firing low past Yates well into the corner. Takeley kept going in the declining conditions though a 30-yard free-kick from Mitchell Das with fifteen minutes to play was gathered by Ward at the second time of asking as the visitors held on for another good three points.

Full-Time:  Takeley  0 – 2  Hadley

In summary, The Bricks deserved their victory today, as they put in a hard shift to nullify the Takeley attack at times, whilst having good phases of the game themselves. Several players stood out for both sides, with Solomon Ofori having another good game down the visitors’ right flank, well-supported by right-back Bradley Marriott who was a threat as well with pace and crossing while forward Luke Jupp and Cameron Ferguson also gave the home defence a headache. For the hosts, Coby Miles stood out at left-back, with forwards Bryn Thorpe and Steven Wade also did well, as did Mitchell Das with his delivery from set-pieces. It was also good to catch up with the ‘Bricks fans & Committee as well, they are enjoying a good vein of form presently. Finally, I’d like to thank Takeley for their hospitality and the welcome they extended to us today.

 

Teams

Takeley                      |      Manager: Marc Das

1. Ronnie Yates (GK), 2. Mike La Ronde (16. Lewis Deamer 77’), 3. Coby Miles, 4. Olakunmi Sosanya (17. Nick Barrett 63’), 5. Matt Hurley, 6. George Powell, 7. Mitchell Das, 8. Jason Todd (Capt), 9. Bryn Thorpe, 10. Glenn O’Hanlon, 11. Steven Wade (12. Andre Humphrey 67’)

Booked: Powell   |   Subs Not Used: Castle, Gill

Hadley           |            Manager: Anthony Clark

1. Luke Ward (GK), 2. Bradley Marriott, 3. Yemi Buraimoh, 4. Paul Wright (Capt), 5. Tom Milton, 6. Stephen O’Hara, 7. Solomon Ofori, 8. Nnamdi Harold-Egole, 9. Luke Jupp (16. Jason Rice 88’), 10. Shaz Anwar, 11. Cameron Ferguson

 

Goal-scorers: Cameron Ferguson [19’], Luke Jupp [66’]
Booked: Ferguson   |  Subs Not Used: Osbourne, Shirley-Clarke, Scott

Referee: Steven Walsh

 

Preview: Essex Senior League (Fri 18/Sat 19 Oct) [ESL 17.10.19]

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Archive: Sawridgeworth 0 – 3 W Essex in ESL last week (Image: Scott W)


Written by Scott W
[Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this weekend’s preview of Essex Senior League action on Saturday 19 October, as nine matches take place this coming weekend.

 

ESL Fixtures  –

Friday 18th October

Woodford Town  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Harlow Arena [3G]  |

The weekend’s action gets underway once again at the Harlow Arena as Woodford welcome Sawbridgeworth. The Towners were held last Friday night by Clapton after a late OG gave the Tons a point. Ross Weare’s side have got two wins in their last five but are adjusting after a influx of squad changes recently. Sawbridgeworth showed some spirit before going down at home to West Essex at home last weekend which extended their winless run. The results may start coming for Lee Mackman’s side soon though this is still a tough test on paper. Narrow home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Saturday 19th October

Enfield  v  Southend Manor   | Woodside |

Saturday’s action starts with Manor’s trip to Enfield. The E’s have had a disappointing week, with a long away-day at Harborough Town resulting in their exit from the FA Vase last weekend, followed up by a loss at North Greenford Utd in the Middlesex County Cup in midweek. Southend’s Manor’s form is also mixed of late, with two losses in their last four matches, though new Michael Walther has brought in new players of late so it make time for his new-look squad to gel. Think there will be goals in this one. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Brickfield Lane |

The Bricks look to get their league campaign back on track as they welcome fellow high-flyers Hoddesdon. Hadley suffered a rare home loss to exit the FA Vase as Milton Keynes Robins won last weekend. In the ESL though, they have only conceded one goal in four home matches to date so that tells you something. Hoddesdon were involved in a corker of a match in their loss to Hashtag, having had a two-goal lead thus ultimately fell to a heavy defeat, their first loss since the opening day of the campaign. Therefore, manager Simon Riddle will want a reaction from his side, though piercing the second-best defence in the league will be tough. Narrow home win for the hosts for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Updated: Walthamstow v Redbridge | Wadham Lodge |

The Motormen’s match with ‘Stow has been switched to Wadham Lodge as Oakside is not sufficiently recovered from the week’s weather to host. Redbridge have had their last two league matches postponed, so you have to go back to October 5th for their last league game, a win at Southend Manor. Ryan Maxwell’s Walthamstow side are a different proposition though (with all respect to Manor) as they continued their FA Vase run into Round Two with a good win at Broadfields Utd last weekend,  and won well at St Margaretsbury the midweek before that. ‘Stow have a very stingy defence, the best in the league having only conceded one goal in their six matches so far. Micky Wetherall’s side are strong going forward though can be a tad leaky defensively and ‘Stow will know they need to win their games in hand on the top two. Hard to see anything but an a win for Walthamstow here

 

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  Cockfosters   | Catons Lane  |

Walden return to the league action after a hugely admirable win in their FA Vase Replay with Biggleswade Utd in midweek. They welcome Cockfosters to Catons Lane, looking to continue their unbeaten league run and keep tabs on leaders Hashtag Utd. Cockfosters were in action in midweek after being thwarted by the weather last weekend. The ‘Fosters won on penalties at Ilford to advance to the last four of the Gordon Brasted Trophy. Their away form does not favour them here, with one win in five matches and therefore, have to go with a win for the Bloods here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Stansted  v  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hargrave Park

The Airportmen welcome Bengal to Hargrave Park, with arguably both sides in need of a win. Paul Pittuck’s & John Watters’ side picked a morale-boosting win in the FA Vase last weekend over Aylesbury Vale Dynamos. Their league form recently though isn’t great as four straight defeats see them third-bottom at present. Bengal have been defeated in their last two home matches, to West Essex and most recently, St Margaretsbury. This could be a highlight match of the weekend. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Takeley  v  Hashtag Utd | Station Road

The ‘big match’ this weekend surely takes place at Station Road as Takeley welcome in-form Hashtag. Marc Das’ side exited the FA Vase last weekend with a narrow loss at Wellingborough Town, after being held by a spirited Southend Manor at home the midweek before. Hashtag are in prime form after a superb comeback win at Hoddesdon last week extended their winning run to eight matches. Goalkeeper Louis Hawes (formerly of Basildon Utd & Great Wakering) has also been added to the squad this week to compete with regular stopper Tim Pitman. The likes of George Smith and Ryan Adams will take some stopping at present and while Takeley are quite capable of producing a brilliant defensive showing, the Tags may well edge this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Tower Hamlets  v  Clapton | Mile End Stadium

Hamlets welcome the Tons to Mile End. Both sides are finding wins hard to come by, though Hamlets did produce an impressive performance to win well at Southend Manor last weekend. That win was their first in five matches, while the Tons got a point at Woodford last weekend. They are winless in three matches though with both sides being unpredictable, I’m going head for a stalemate here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1

 

West Essex  v  St Margaretsbury  | Mayesbrook Park

Finally for this weekend, the Stags welcome a similarly in-form St Mags side to Mayesbrook. West made it four consecutive league wins with success at Sawbridgeworth last weekend, while Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side win at Sporting Bengal made it one loss in their last six matches. This has the hallmarks of a bruising encounter with technical players in both sides. The crucial factor may be how the visitors’ defence deals with the likes of Taylor and Mignot. Expect this one to a very hard-fought match.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

That’s your Preview for this week, thanks for reading.

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri/Sat 4 & 5 Oct) [ESL 19/20 6.10.19]

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

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action from the weekend of the 4th & 5th October, which saw 40 goals scored in league games. We also round-up the solitary ESL side left in the FA Cup as Hadley made the trip to Havant & Waterlooville.

 

Friday 4th October

Tower Hamlets  1 – 4  Takeley   | Mile End Stadium | Att: 55

Takeley made the tricky trip to Mile End and came away with their third straight win. Hamlets got the opening goal in this one though as young starlet Yoan Edoukou struck after just five minutes. Bryn Thorpe levelled for the visitors on 28 minutes, before an OG put Takeley ahead. Thorpe netted again seven minutes before the break to really send Marc Das’ team into the interval with the initiative. Thorpe completed another treble ten minutes after the break to send Takeley up to third after Saturday’s action, five points off the leaders.

 

Saturday 5th October

Cockfosters  7 – 2  Clapton   | Chalk Lane  | Att: 55

Cockfosters produced a stunning goal-laden display to send the Tons to another heavy defeat at Chalk Lane. Reuben Campbell broke the deadlock in the hosts’ favour on 14 minutes, though Mario Gjini soon restored parity for Glen Kendall’s team two minutes later. However, three goals in the lead up to half-time changed the course of the match. First, Billy Healey restored the ‘Fosters lead on 31 minutes before Ceykan Karagozlu struck twice [33’ & 40’] to give Ryan Wade’s team a commanding 4 – 1 half-time lead.

Karagozlu more than ended the contest as he took his own tally to four with further strikes on 54 & 57 minutes. Francesco Cicconi pulled one back with a spot-kick for the visitors though Harley Haag completed a resounding win for the hosts in added-time. The hosts ended a three-match losing streak here and go into 9th spot while Clapton’s fourth loss in five matches sees them fall to third-bottom.

 

Enfield  5 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Woodside | Att: 86

The E’s pulled off a fine win over Sawbridgeworth in this battle of the strugglers, despite playing with ten men for nearly 80 minutes. Matt Hanning’s side were fortunate to name well-travelled & prolific striker Jamie Cureton in their line-up though his cameo only lasted 11 minutes before he was dismissed for a high foot.

That hardly does the game justice though as Enfield led with 20 minutes played, as Olly Miles netted. Sawbo did take their opportunities as Evaristo Kitoko [42’] & Angus Poole [45’] goals saw them lead at the break. The introduction of Josh Sykes  from the bench was key for the hosts as he levelled things up with ten minutes remaining. Sykes then completed a dizzying hat-trick soon after [80’ & 85’] to shock the bottom side and Sykes himself was brought down in the area in added-time with Alfie Mason converting the resulting spot-kick as the E’s ended a six-match winning run while consigning Sawbo to a ninth straight defeat.

 

Hoddesdon Town  4 – 4  St Margaretsbury   | Lowfield  | Att: 88

This local derby really produced an enthralling spectacle as Hoddy denied St Mags the win late on. It was the Lilywhites who took the lead as quick-fire goals from Jordan Halls five minutes in and Jack Lee two minutes afterward set the tone for the entire match. Daniel Palmer struck on the half-hour for the visitors before Isaac Marfo-Jacobs netted on 35 minutes to see Hoddesdon regain their two-goal lead at the break.

The second-half arguably belonged to one man though. Kyle Roberts continued his superb scoring run for St Mags with his opener four minutes after the interval to bring it back to 3 – 2. A subsequent penalty on 62 minutes saw Roberts level things up before the forward completed a fine treble eight minutes later and give the visitors the lead for the first time at 3 – 4. Marfo-Jacobs has been a key source of goals for Town so far this term and his second of the afternoon in added-time denied newly-appointed permanent co-managers Tony Wild & Ray Bartlett’s team all three points. Simon Riddle’s Hoddesdon drop to fourth, while St Mags sit 12th – both sides are unbeaten in their last five matches now.

 

Saffron Walden Town  3 – 0  Ilford   | Catons Lane  | Att: 197

Walden got another three points to keep their lead at the summit to five points with victory over Ilford at Caton Lane. Jack Leachman got the opener on the stroke of the hour, before Charlie Cole got another brace [62’ & 72’] to give Jason Maher’s side a fourth straight win here. The Foxes ended the match with ten men and fell to their fifth consecutive defeat here. They drop to fourth-bottom.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 2  Redbridge   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 40

Redbridge got their first win in three matches here at Southchurch Park. Taylor Tombides’ close-range finish on 36 minutes was added to by Dean Hall’s header shortly before the interval. I attended this match and you can view my report here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/match-report-southend-manor-0-2-redbridge-sat-5th-oct-esl/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 4  West Essex   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 20

West Essex continued their goal-hungry run with a fine win at Mile End. It didn’t start so well though as Curtley McIntosh put Sorting ahead after ten minutes for his fifth goal in the last four league & cup games. West responded two minutes later through Symeon Taylor. A perhaps crucial moment came midway through the half as West ‘keeper Jack Coker saved a second penalty in as many weekends, this time from Sporting midfielder Charles Gregory. Three goals in eight second-half minutes turned the tide though as Brad Russell netted on 67 minutes to give the Stags the lead for the first time at 1 – 2.

Russell then set up Michael Mignot five minutes later before Taylor got his second on 75 minutes to see Kwame Kwateng’s side lead 4 – 1. Steven Carvell thundered home a free-kick late on for Imrul Gazi’s team though West got their third win in their last four games to rise to 8th spot while Bengal stay in 6th.

 

 

Stansted  0 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 214

Hashtag extended Stansted’s stuttering start to the season as they claimed another three points at Hargrave Park. Jesse Lassen has been in good goal-scoring touch recently and broke the stalemate on the half-hour, before getting what turned out to be a decisive second four minutes after the interval. The Tags’ sixth win on-the-spin sees them rise to second, level on points with Takeley while the Airportmen third loss on the trot means they are in 15th.

 

FA Cup Third Round Qualifying   (ESL sides)

 

Havant & Waterlooville  3 – 0  Hadley  | Westleigh Park   | Att: 550

Essex Senior League side Hadley’s FA Cup adventure ended but not before they showed what they are about at National League South side Havant. Joshua Ayenga and Alfie Rutherford goals after the interval pretty much ended realistic hope of progression for the Bricks. Ryan Seager made the game safe for Paul Doswell’s team late on though credit to travelling army of Hadley fans, which the hosts noted as well on social media.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Round-up : Essex Senior League (Sat 28 Sept) [ESL 19/20 30.9.19]

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

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Essex Senior League action, here on my blog. The eight matches saw thirty-five goals scored on a hectic day’s action on Saturday 28 September.  Thanks for reading.

Saturday 28th September

Clapton  1 – 4   Saffron Walden Town   | Parkside [3G] | Att: 25

In the late kick-off at the Tons’ temporary home of Parkside, Saffron Walden powered to a 4 – 1 win to extend their league unbeaten run to eight matches this term and extend their lead at the summit to five points. Nathan Scarborough broke the deadlock after just two minutes for his new club, Charlie Cole doubled that lead six minutes after the interval before Gavin Cockman made it three with 21 minutes left. Cole then grabbed a late fourth to render Baseer Ishanzadeh’s goal for the hosts as mere consolation.

Hadley  3 – 1  Stansted   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 73

Hadley kept up the their fine run at ‘Fortress Brickfield Lane’ with a good 3 – 1 win over out-of-form Stansted. Paul Wright’s penalty plus strikes by Solomon Ofori & Jordan Edwards’ spot-kick won another three points for Anthony Clark’s side. Billy Coyne got Stansted’s goal and we continue to wish him & the club well. Hadley sit fifth while the Airportmen are 14th.

 

Southend Manor  2 – 1  Ilford   |  Southchurch Park  | Att: 35

Michael Walther’s first home game saw Manor battle to defeat Ilford 2 – 1 at Southchurch Park. Larry Akanbi and Ryan Imbert struck for Manor with Elvinas Clements hitting back for the Foxes. Manor rise to 12th spot whilst Ilf fell to their fourth straight loss which sees them drop to 15th in the table.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  3 – 3  Redbridge   | Mile End Stadium | Att:

Bengal were held by Redbridge at Mile End in what a terrific battle, which I attended. Charles Gregory, Curtley McIntosh and Bobby Redwood struck for the hosts while Dan Gilchrist got two of the Redbridge strikes with Liam Burgess’ thunder-bolt also being a highlight. For much more on this match, here is my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/match-report-sporting-bengal-utd-3-3-redbridge-sat-28th-sept-esl/

 

St Margaretsbury  2 – 1  Woodford Town   | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 37

St Mags kept their decent run going with a 2 – 1 win over Woodford at the Rec. Ryan Reed and Kyle Roberts got the goals for Ray Bartlett & Tony Wild’s side. Nektrarious Varouxakis got Town’s goal here though their mixed form of late continues.

 

Takeley  3 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Station Road  | Att: 89

Takeley had to come from behind to defeat rivals Sawbridgeworth at Station Road. Harry Bushell gave Sawbo a surprise lead after seizing on a dreadful back pass by the home defence, before Michal Castle levelled for Takeley five minutes before the break. The hosts took the lead in first-half added-time as skipper Jason Todd struck before Lewis Deamer made it three with 50 minutes on the watch. Prince Alozie converted a late penalty though Sawbo luckless run goes on and remain bottom while Takeley are in 4th.

 

Walthamstow  3 – 0  Cockfosters   | Wadham Lodge

Walthamstow maintained their unbeaten league start with a good 3 – 0 win over Cockfosters at Wadham Lodge. Dwade James, so often the man to make the difference for ‘Stow put them ahead a minute into the match, with Billy Jones [52’] also on target before James converted a late spot-kick for Ryan Maxwell’s side to round off the scoring. Goalkeeper James Bransgrove certainly had a part to play in another clean sheet as ‘Stow rise to 7th place. The ‘Fosters are down to 11th.

West Essex  7 – 0   Enfield      | Mayesbrook Park

Finally for this weekend, West Essex hammered Enfield 7 – 0 at Mayesbrook Park. West led eight minutes before the break through an unfortunate own goal. Enfield then had a penalty denied superbly by Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker and things got steadily worse for the E’s after that. First, Brad Russell struck home a spot-kick for West before three goals soon after the resumption effectively ended the contest. Hakim Medfai made it three for the Stags three minutes into the second half, before Symeon Taylor made it four two minutes later. Michael Mignot had assisted the two goals I just mentioned before getting a double of his own [55’ & 70’]. Russell got his brace two minutes from time as Kwame Kwateng’s side went into their 30th Anniversary celebrations that evening on a high. Enfield’s sixth game without a win sees them remain second-bottom while West are in 9th.

 

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

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

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

 

Friday 9th August – 7.45pm KO

 

Woodford Town v West Essex   | the Harlow Arena

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

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Saturday 10th August – 3pm KO

 

Enfield    v   Cockfosters  | Woodside

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

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hadley  v  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Brickfield Lane

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

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Ilford  v  Hoddesdon Town  | Cricklefield

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

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Redbridge   v   Hashtag Utd  | Oakside

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

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 3

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  v  Tower Hamlets  | Crofters

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

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Takeley  v  Saffron Walden Town  | Station Road

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

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Walthamstow  v  Stansted       | Wadham Lodge Stadium

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

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

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