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

FA Vase crest

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round

Venue: Roding Lane

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 22

Saturday 11th September 2021 – 3pm KO

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

Enfield: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

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

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

Buckhurst Hill  3 – 0  Enfield

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

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

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

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

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

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


Half-Time:  Buckhurst Hill 1 – 0 Enfield

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

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

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

Full-Time: Buckhurst Hill 3 – 0 Enfield

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

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

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


Teams

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

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

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

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


Enfield | Manager: Jamie Cureton   | Assistant: Jim Duggan

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

Booked: Conway | Subs Not Used: Vasconcelos


Referee: Fabio Roque

S21-22 Match Report: St Margaretsbury 0 – 2 Benfleet (Fri 10 Sept) [FAV 1RQ 11.9.21]

The FA Vase –  First Qualifying Round

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Attendance: 75

2021-22 Season: Match 21

Friday 10th September 2021 – 7.45pm KO

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

Benfleet: Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


The Rec pitch before kick-off


Step 6 leaders ‘Fleet progress with good win at St Mags

St Margaretsbury 0 – 2 Benfleet

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

The first match of a hectic weekend saw a welcome return to Hertfordshire for this FA Vase First Round Qualifying tie between Essex Senior side St Margaretsbury and Eastern Senior League South joint-leaders Benfleet, who were looking for their first win in the competition. For Ray Bartlett’s St Mags side, on-loan goalkeeper Christian North kept his place with a back four of Marvin Wray, Joe Parmley, Dan Palmer and Aiden Read. The forward line was led by the experienced Roddy Lemba, with skipper Tom Cowell alongside, and Ricardo Adewuyi and Sam Rogers on the flanks. Options on the bench were Napier Brown, Jake Hayden-Eley, Jermaine Nicholson and forward Kyle Roberts.

Benfleet have had a very encouraging start to their Step 6 campaign, under Rob Polkinghorn and named former Redbridge custodian Florent Gislette between the posts, will a defensive four of Ryan Willsmer, Martyn Lacey and centre-backs Sonny Hartman and Lee Scott. Well-travelled midfielder Aaron Russell skippered the side, with Ben Foord and Billy Bonham-Dare leading the forward line, with options from the bench including forward Ashley Blackburn, Charlie Sullivan and Adam Wright.

Benfleet certainly had a strong start to this match as they had a penalty shout turned down by referee Mark Bright after only four minutes. It was the hosts though who had the first sighter of goal as centre-back Aiden Read sent an initial header wide. Benfleet went straight up the other end though and a good cross by pacy winger Luc Harpon found forward Ben Foord but his header lacked the gusto to get past home stopper Christian North. However, the visitors were ahead barely a minute later as Harpon managed to evade a napping home backline on the Benfleet right side and cutting inside, Harpon twisted past his marker and struck home low into the left corner, past North.


St Margaretsbury managed to get themselves on the ball with increasing potency as the half-hour approached. First, Tom Cowell had a good chance on goal, with only ‘Fleet stopper Florent Gislette to defeat but his strike lacked the neccessary power and Gislette was glad to gather. Another set-piece by winger Sam Rogers for the home side found Read again but his header was off-target. The chances were quite few & far between for St Mags at this point but Cowell was well played in and a firm shot cracked against the right-side post with Gislette beaten. St Mags were really cursing their lack of fortune as ‘Fleet only went on the counter to double their advantage. Another good run by Harpon down the left side this side ended with a good low centre which found Billy Bonham-Dare and from close range, the forward made no error, sliding the ball home past an exasperated North.

St Mags were up against it when Cowell earned himself a early 10-minute rest in the ‘sin bin’, according to referee Bright seven minutes before the half-time interval. St Mags had a glimmer of a chance just before the break as a good ball in from full-back Marvin Wray tested Gislette but  he was adjudged to have been fouled, denying Adewuyi a chance in on goal when well -placed.


Half-Time: St Margaretsbury 0 – 2 Benfleet

It’s fair to say that the hosts had more of the ball after the break, though Andy Greenslade’s strike went over the goal frame early on in the half. Unfortunately for St Mags, they were also having concentration lapses in defence, which allowed substitute Ashley Blackburn to advance with only ‘keeper North to beat. More fortunately for the hosts, Blackburn was unable to grasp control at the crucial moment and the chance was lost. Just shy of the hour mark, another good centre in from Wray found forward Roddy Lemba but his header was gladly gathered by Gislette.

The chances started to become a little less acute for either side in the latter stages of this match. Replacement Kyle Roberts had a really powerful effort well-saved by Gislette but for the most part the visiting defensive unit really endorsed their growing reputation in stifling a decent forward line of the home side. At the other end, a little note for St Mags keeper Christian North who certainly was not afraid to be a ‘sweeper keeper’ as on a couple of occasions he was well-justified in coming out to get ahead of an opposition forward and clearing well. Another example of this came late on as North came out to deny Foord a clear shot a goal, in what was the tireless Foord’s last involvement of the game before being replaced for the last few minutes by Adam Wright.


Full-Time: St Margaretsbury  0 – 2 Benfleet 

To briefly summarise, Benfleet held on well to deservedly win the tie, despite occasional passages of good pressure by the home side. This is ‘Fleet’s first-ever win in the FA Vase so big congrats to all at the club. St Mags’ main attacking threat came from the flanks though they were well stifled by an obdurate & experienced visiting defence.

There were some fine performances in this match. Firstly, for the victors Benfleet, winger Luc Harpon had a really good impact on the game, despite having to be replaced at half-time. He showed a lot of composure, pace and finishing. Also, forward Ben Foord put in another strong performance, with work rate and led the line well. Goalkeeper Florent Gislette also pulled off some very good saves and will be pleased with his impact on the match. Finally, centre-back Sonny Hartman also typified his team’s defending. For St Mags, midfielder Andy Greenslade had a good game in central midfield, trying to drive his side on alongside Dominic Wynter-Stephens, forward Tom Cowell had two really good chances to score and on another day may well have created a different match, while right-back Marvin Wray looked good with good movement and passing. Lastly, Ricardo Adewuyi also had a decent game, looking to be drive from the left flank and did put some good balls into the danger area.

I’d like to thank St Margaretsbury for the kind welcome they extended here, as ever. I wish both teams a good rest of the season.


Teams

St Margaretsbury |  Manager: Ray Bartlett  | Assistant: James Falaise

Starting XI: 1 Christian North (GK), 2 Marvin Wray, 3 Joe Parmley, 4 Dan Palmer (9 Kyle Roberts 57′),  5 Aiden Read, 6 Dominic Wynter-Stephens, 7 Sam Rogers, 8 Andrew Greenslade, 17 Roddy Lemba, 10 Tom Cowell (Capt), 11 Ricardo Adewuyi (12 Napier Brown 77′)

Booked: Cowell (Sin-Bin 38′) | Subs Not Used: Hayden-Eley, Nicholson


Benfleet  | Manager: Robert Polkinghorn   | Assistant: Robert Rook

Starting XI: 1 Florent Gislette (GK), 2 Ryan Willsmer, 3 Martyn Lacey, 4 Taylor Lawrence, 5 Sonny Hartman, 6 Lee Scott (12 Charlie Sullivan 70′), 7 Luc Harpon (14 Ashley Blackburn 46′), 8 Aaron Russell (Capt), 9 Ben Foord (15 Adam Wright 72′), 10 Billy Bonham-Dare, 11 Mason Shave

Goal-scorers: Luc Harpon [7′], Billy Bonham-Dare [32′]

Booked: Wright  | Subs Not Used: Sahan


Referee: Mark Bright

S2020-21 Fixtures: Across the Divisions (FAV/EaSL/EOFL & EAL) [Fri 18 -Sun 20 Sept] [20-21 All 17.9.20]

Compiled by Scott W [Twitter:@ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the semi-regular blog listing all the fixtures for regional sides in the FA Vase First Quali Round, one Eastern Senior South match plus full listings in the Essex Olympian League and Essex Alliance Leagues for friday 18 – Sun 20th September. Thanks for reading.

FA Vase

  The FA Vase First Qualifying Round    (Regional sides)

Friday 18th September

Barkingside  v  Coggeshall Utd  | Cricklefield    (All-Eastern South tie)

Saturday 19th September – 3pm KO’s

Athletic Newham  v  Wormley Rovers  |    (Venue TBC )

Brimsdown  v  Clapton  | Chadfields

Colney Heath  v Wivenhoe Town  | Recreation Ground

Frenford  v  Newbury Forest  | The Drive [3G]

Hadley  v  Hadleigh Utd  | Brickfield Lane

  Harwich & Parkeston  v  Walthamstow  | Royal Oak

Hashtag Utd  v  Takeley  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Hoddesdon Town  v  Langford  | Lowfield

Ilford  v  Long Melford   | Cricklefield

Little Oakley  v  Stotfold   | Memorial Stadium

Redbridge  v  May & Baker  | Oakside  

Saffron Walden Town  v  Whitton Utd  | Catons Lane

Southend Manor  v  Cockfosters  | Southchurch Park

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Mile End

St Margaretsbury  v  London Colney   | The Rec

Sunday 20th Sept

Holland  v  Enfield   | Dulwich Road  (12pm KO)

Hackney Wick  v  Halstead Town  | Spa Road, Witham (3pm KO)

West Essex  v  Haverhill Borough  | Mayesbrook Park   (2pm KO)

Eastern Senior League South    Sat 19th September  [3pm KO]

Burnham Ramblers  v  Benfleet  | Leslie Field

EOFL Crest

 Essex Olympian League Fixtures

Saturday 19th September 2020   (2.30pm KOs unless stated)

EOFL Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  v  Basildon Town  | Silver Leys

Catholic Utd  v  Hutton  | Len Forge Centre[3G]

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Canning Town  | Harold Wood Park

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Shenfield AFC  | New Hall

Leigh Ramblers  v  Buckhurst Hill | Belfairs Park

Old Southendian  v  Rayleigh Town  |  Garon Park [3G]

Sungate  v  Springfield  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

EOFL Division One

Herongate Athletic  v  Old Chelmsfordians  | St Clere’s Sch [3G]  (3pm KO)

Manford Way  v  Shoebury Town  | London Marathon Sports Ground

Ongar Town  v  Chingford Athletic  | Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]

Ramsden Scotia  v  Toby  | Nursery Sports Ground

Rayleigh Town Res  v  Runwell Sports  | London Road

Snaresbrook  v  Galleywood  | Nutters Field

EOFL Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  Wakering Sports  | The Warren

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Rochford Town  | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Epping Town  v  Harold Wood Athletic Res  | Epping UC Rugby Club

Laindon Orient  v  Old Southendian Res  | Markhams Chase

May & Baker Res v  Leigh Town  | May & Baker Club

Ryan  v  Corinthians  | Wadham Lodge [3G]

EOFL Division Three

Basildon Town Res  v  Manford Way Res  | Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Res  v  Leigh Town Res  | Roding Lane (Pitch 2)
Collier Row  v  Lakeside Utd  |
Forest Row Centre (Pitch 1)

Corinthians Res  v  Wakebury  | Stambridge Memorial Ground

Hutton Res  v  ACD Utd  |  Polo Fields

Toby Res  v  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

EOFL Division Four

Canning Town Res  v  Laindon Orient Res  | 

Chingford Athletic Res  v  Hashtag Utd Dev.
Old Chelmsfordians Res  v  Sungate Res

Ongar Town Res  v  Galleywood Res

Shenfield AFC Res  v  Leytonstone Utd

Wakering Sports Res  v  Catholic Utd Res

EOFL Division Five

Collier Row Res  v  Leigh Ramblers Res

Newbury Forest Res  v  Herongate Athletic Res

Runwell Sports Res  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Res

Shoebury Town Res  v  AS Rawreth Res

Springfield Res  v Roydon

Wakering Sports Dev  v  Epping Town Res

EAL

Essex Alliance League Fixtures   – Sat 19th September

Premier Division  – 2pm KOs unless stated

Blue Marlin  v  Tower Utd  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

CSM London  v  London Cranes  | West Ham Community Ground, Beckton [3G]

FC Baresi  v  All Prospects  | Britannia Sports Ground
FC Petrocub  v  Lymore Gardens | Noak Hill [3G]
Jolof Sports  v  Chigwell Town  | Flanders Playing Fields

West Essex Res  v  Rapid Chingford | Fairlop Oak Playing Fields

EAL Division One

Eastside  v  Chadwell Heath Spartans  | Mabley Green

Francis Luke  v  Kwanzas London Sport  | Hackney Marshes

Frenford ‘A’  v  London Park City  | The Drive (Grass pitch)

Leyton Royal  v  North East Lions  | Salisbury Hall Sports Ground

Woodford East  v  Wapping  | Debden Park Sch

EAL Division Two

Belfry  v  Rainham WMC

Dagenham Utd  v Chingford Athletic ‘A’

Old Esthameians  v  Forest Green

Royal Forest  v  Newham Wanderers

St Francis  v  Cowley Community

EAL Division Three

Bailey Football Academy  v  Glendale

FHN Athletic  v  Loughton Lions

Melbourne Sports  v  Flyers U23s

EAL Division Four

Avondale Rangers  v  Brentwood Utd Res

Chingford Harriers  v  Collier Row ‘A’

Custom House Utd  v  Emerson Utd Res

Dagenham Utd Res  v  Newham Royals

Together Utd  v  Royal Forest Res

Season 2020-21: The Fa Vase 1QR Draw (Local Sides) [FAV 20-21 18.8.20]

Fa Vase 2017-18

Compiled by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello all and welcome to a brief rundown of the draws in the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round, focused on our local sides in East Anglia. Thanks for Reading.

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round    – Ties to be played on weekend of Saturday 19th September

Peterborough Northern Star  v  Mulbarton Wanderers

Sheringham  v  Newmarket Town

Huntingdon Town  v  Mildenhall Town

Diss Town  v  Fakenham Town

Lakenheath  v  Framlingham Town

Godmanchester Rovers  v  Norwich Utd

Downham Town  v  Ely City

Barkingside  v  Coggeshall Utd

Colney Heath  v  Wivenhoe Town

Brimsdown  v  Clapton

Little Oakley  v  Stotfold

Hackney Wick  v  Halstead Town

Enfield Borough  v  Tower Hamlets

West Essex  v  Haverhill Borough

St Margaretsbury  v  London Colney

Ipswich Wanderers  v  Brantham Athletic

Redbridge  v  May & Baker

Ilford  v  Long Melford

Southend Manor  v  Cockfosters

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Sawbridgeworth Town

Holland  v  Enfield

Saffron Walden Town  v  Whitton Utd

Harwich & Parkeston  v  Walthamstow

Frenford  v  Newbury Forest

Hashtag Utd  v  Takeley

Hoddesdon Town  v  Langford

Hadley  v  Hadleigh Utd

Athletic Newham (aka Lopes Tavares)  v  Wormley Rovers

 

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League & FA Vase 2RQ (Fri/Sat 13 & 14 Sept) [ESL 19/20 15.9.19]

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

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up piece, with a look at all five ESL matches this weekend with a partial round-up of the FA Vase action involving ESL sides too. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 13th Sept  

Woodford Town 5 – 0  Southend Manor  | Harlow Arena | Att: 60

The weekend’s action started with a fine win for Woodford in a one-sided affair at the Harlow Arena. Temi Babalola opened the scoring ten minutes in, before Josh Steele [35’] and Georges Kebi [41’] extended their lead into a comfortable one. Late goals by Marcus Painter [78’] and Nektrarious Varouxakis four minutes later ensured a hard first match for Jerry Omango & Craig Waters’ side. Town got their first win in four matches here which took them into the top half. By contrast, Manor’s fourth defeat this term sees them second-bottom.

Saturday 14th Sept

Hadley  6 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 68

The Bricks outclassed Sawbo as they fired six goals to record their third league win this term. Ned Clarke led the way with a hat-trick, in-form forward Solomon Ofori nabbed a brace of his own while Manny Hammond got the other goal as Sawbridgeworth’s poor league run continued.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 0  Clapton   | Lowfield | Att: 85

Hoddesdon clawed their way to a late win over out-of-form Clapton thanks to an added-time spot-kick by Isaac Marfo-Jacobs. Simon Riddle’s team got their third win on-the-spin to also reside in the top ten. Clapton remain in the bottom three.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  4 – 0  Ilford   | Mile End | Att: 35

Bengal got arguably the result of the day as they swept aside Ilford at Mile End. Steven Carvell opened the scoring on 17 minutes before Curtley McIntosh continued his scoring run with the second two minutes before half-time. New signing Chaka Bennett stuck with 20 minutes left and Codey Cameron added more pain for the visitors eight minutes later.

Stansted  2 – 1  Cockfosters   |  Hargrave Park | Att: 42

The Airportmen came from behind to notch their first win since the opening day with victory over Cockfosters at Hargrave Park. Reece Mosanya had put the visitors ahead after seven minutes, though after the interval the hosts responded. First, Daniel Cheema levelled three minutes after the break, before Carl Mullings got the winner midway through the second half.

 

The FA Vase – Second Qualifying Round   (ESL sides)

Friday 13th Sept:  New Salamis  2 – 0   Tower Hamlets   | Queen Elizabeth II Sta.

 

Saturday 14th September

 

Enfield  2 – 1  Enfield Borough   | Woodside | Att: 43

Enfield defeated Step 6 Enfield Borough at Woodside thanks to strkes by Joe Pattison [34’] & Olly Miles with 15 minutes to go as Matt Hanning’s team backed up their win at Ilford in the last round to make it to the First Round Proper. Congrats to them.

Frenford  3 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Hashtag came unstuck as a late winner from Ian Sawyer saw Eastern Senior South side Frenford go through to the next round. Luke Woodward put the hosts ahead before strikes by George Smith and Jesse Waller-Lassen turned the tide in favour of Jay Devereux’s team. Super-sub Ian Sawyer had the last word as two late goals saw his side to a dramatic win at the Len Salmon Stadium.

 

Takeley  3 – 0  Wormley Rovers   | Station Road  | Att: 38

Takeley secured their passage into the next round as they defeated Wormley at Station Road. Quick-fire goals from Michael Castle and Jason Todd on the half-hour set them well o their way before Nick Barrett added another penalty five minutes later.

 

Other FA Vase results:

FC Clacton   4 – 1  Redbridge    | Rush Green Bowl  | Att: 145

Whitton Utd  2 – 1  St Margaretsbury   |  King George V Playing Field

West Essex  2 – 4  Brantham Athletic   | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 37

Congrats to Enfield & Takeley on making it through to the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.

 

 

 

 

 

Preview: Essex Senior League (with FA Vase 2RQ & EaSL fixtures) (Sat 14 Sept) [ESL 12.9.19]

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Action Still from Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (FA Vase 1RQ on Aug 31) [Image: Scott W] 
Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Preview piece looking at the five Essex Senior League matches, plus a listing of the Essex Senior & Eastern Senior South sides involved in The FA Vase weekend, plus fixtures in the Eastern Senior League South for Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 13th Sept  –  Woodford Town  v  Southend Manor  | Harlow Arena

The first of the weekend’s league action starts here with this battle at the Harlow Arena as Manor travel to face Woodford. Despite having a number of players unavailable, Woodford battled hard before losing out to West Essex last weekend. On-the-pitch, Manor have been inactive though off-it, it has not been quite so quiet, after news emerged of chairman Jerry Omango appointing himself as the club’s new manager, with support from the coaching staff. Difficult to gauge this one as Manor will need to keep the same core group of players that started the season in my opinion to do alright. Wins have not been too far from Town’s grasp of late and they may get one here.

Scott’s Prediction:  3 – 1

Saturday 14th Sept

Hadley  v  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Brickfield Lane

The Bricks welcome Sawbridgeworth to Brickfield Lane. Anthony Clark’s side are certainly in the midst of a ‘bubble’, particularly at home after a win over Arlesey Town in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Cup last weekend. They are unbeaten at home in the league thus far as well though they do face a busy ten days ahead with Cup action, in the Gordon Brasted Trophy and back in the FA Cup. Sawbo have been improving in some ways, just not in results terms recently as they lost out narrowly to Hashtag Utd last weekend, having led earlier in the match. Hard to go against a home win though it may be a tight one.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 1

 

Hoddesdon Town  v  Clapton   | Lowfield

Hoddesdon welcome Clapton to Lowfield. The hosts had a free weekend last time out and will want to get their league campaign rolling here, while the Tons had another disappointing defeat last weekend at Ilford. This will be a tough match for the visitors and I would head for a win for the hosts here.

Scott’s Prediction:  2 – 0

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Ilford   | Mile End

Bengal entertain an Ilford side that has seen a mini-renaissance of sorts recently. The Foxes comfortably defeated Clapton last weekend to put them up into the top half with two wins from their opening six matches. Bengal played their part in a terrific match for the neutral with a high-scoring draw at Enfield last time out and are only one spot below their opposition in 10th spot, with only goal difference separating them.  This is Imrul Gazi’s first home league match this term so that may their side a lift. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Stansted  v  Cockfosters   |  Hargrave Park

Finally in the ESL this weekend, Stansted welcome Cockfosters to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ team were held at home by St Margaretsbury last weekend before defeating Eastern Senior South side Benfleet in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek. The ‘Fosters defeated Tower Hamlets last weekend and have only lost once in the league, at Takeley on the opening day. This will be another intriguing battle, though the Airportmen’s steely defence may give them the edge here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

 

The FA Vase – Second Qualifying Round   (ESL & EaSL sides)

Friday 13th Sept   –   New Salamis  v  Tower Hamlets   | Queen Elizabeth II Stadium

 

Saturday 14th September

 

Enfield  v  Enfield Borough   | Woodside
FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Wivenhoe Town   | Goffs Lane
FC Clacton   v  Redbridge    | Rush Green Bowl
Frenford  v  Hashtag Utd   | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Langford  v  Hackney Wick

Lopes Tavares  v  Catholic Utd   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Takeley  v  Wormley Rovers   | Station Road
West Essex  v  Brantham Athletic   | Mayesbrook Park

White Ensign  v  Newbury Forest   | Burroughs Park
Whitton Utd  v  St Margaretsbury   |  King George V Playing Field

Sun 15 Sept  –  Coggeshall Utd  v  Long Melford   | West Street

 

And.. Eastern Senior League South (Sat 14 Sept)

 

Barkingside  v  Brightlingsea Regent Res   | Cricklefield

Benfleet  v Little Oakley    | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  v  Holland  | Leslie Field

Harwich & Parkeston  v  Halstead Town  | Royal Oak

 

Match Report: White Ensign 3 – 0 Cornard Utd (Sun 1st Sept) [FAV 19/20 FRQ 2.9.19]

The FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2019 – 20 Season: Match 19

Sunday 1st September 2019 – 3pm KO

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

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

 

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Ensign defeat Cornard in their first FA Vase match at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  3 – 0 Cornard Utd

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

Another frenetic weekend on Non-League action ended with this FA Vase First Round Qualifying tie between Eastern Senior League South side White Ensign and Thurlow Nunn Division One North side Cornard United at Burroughs Park. Ensign have had a spirited start to the campaign with a win in the FA Cup recently over Woodford Town and named a strong line-up here with James Parkins retained in goal, Harry Skinner, skipper Jake McWee and Harry Skinner in midfield with a front three of Connor Barnby, Dominic Locke and player-manager Brett Munyard. Ben Austin, Luke Skinner and Reserves graduate Zach Somerset-Butler were all options on the bench.  Cornard are winless in their division thus far this term though you always have to wary of changing fortunes in Cup competitions. They fielded Harry Allen between the sticks, a front two of Chris Morgan and Ezra Drann with new signing George Vallentyne, once of Hashtag Utd, skippering the team today. Matthew Geen, Oliver Judge and Daniel Sakal were all options from the substitutes’ bench.

The home side certainly started proceedings well with rapid winger Dominic Locke making a series of darting runs down the right flank. The first of those runs ended up needing the intervention of Ards full-back David Dowding to clear. Ensign player-boss Brett Munyard found some space though five minutes in between the visiting midfield and defence to unleash a 25-yard thunderbolt which Cornard ‘keeper Harry Allan did well to get fingertips on though the ball still flew into the net to give the hosts the lead.

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Hilliard delivers in for Ensign [Image: Andy W]
Ensign had more promising situations from midfielder John Hilliard’s free-kicks during the half though on 26 minutes, another powerful run from Locke down the right channel ended with his delivery well-headed away by visiting centre-back Neil Goldsworthy. Ensign nearly doubled their advantage just shy of the half-hour as a stinging set-piece by Hilliard was heading right for the corner, but for the intervention of a really good save by Allan. Cornard couldn’t create too much at this point though forward Chris Morgan was keeping the home defence alert with a series of intelligent runs; backed up by the wing play of George Vallentyne. With minutes to go before the break, Morgan had a half-chance on goal though his 20-yarder lacked the sting to beat White Ensign goalkeeper James Parkins.

Half-Time: White Ensign 1 – 0 Cornard Utd

 

Three minutes after the interval, Cornard had a firm opening to remove the deficit they had, with winger Vallentyne’s powerful drive from about thirty yards needing Parkins to beat it away with a strong hand. As it happened, The hosts did extend their lead on 58 minutes with Munyard being played in well by Hilliard and slotted home low past Allan.

Cornard were still posing the odd threat on the counter-attack with Morgan and Vallentyne posing the biggest dangers for the home backline, though Elliot Vile and Andy George had another decent display at the back. Ensign pretty much made the game safe with arguably the best move of the match with another strong run by Locke feeding Hilliard who in turn found skipper Jake McWee who lashed home from a narrow angle with eighteen minutes remaining. That said, Utd really gave it a go in the last fifteen minutes, much to their credit.

Ensign custodian James Parkins certainly earned his kudos today, first denying substitute Matthew Geen twice before getting across well to deny another rasping effort by Vallentyne. Right on the ninety minutes, Parkins rushed out of his goal to assist his defence, though Geen couldn’t bypass the firm back four and find the target. The only dampener on the last sixth of the match really for Dave Childs’ team was the dismissal of left-back David Dowding for two bookings in the space of four minutes late on.

 

Full-Time: White Ensign  3 – 0 Cornard Utd

All in all, this was a very good performance by Ensign who were clinical in their finishing whereas the Ards will rue the fact they created several opportunities in this match though they also found Ensign goalkeeper James Parkins in very good form. Even so, they did deserve a goal for their second-half efforts in particular.

Finally, with regards to stand-out performances here, Ensign’s penetrating attacking play was at times led by the good darting runs of right-sided forward Locke, with creative midfielder Hilliard also making his mark. Add to that the finishing of forward Munyard and the acrobatics of ‘keeper Parkins and that is that. For Cornard, new signing George Vallentyne certainly made things happen, as did centre forward Chris Morgan while centre-back Neil Goldsworthy also deserves a mention for being sturdy in defence.

 

Teams

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

James Parkins (GK), Charlie Buffin (Jack Maleary 76’), Elliot Vile, Andy George, David Limber, Harry Skinner (Zach Somerset-Butler 78’), Jake McWee (Capt), John Hilliard, Connor Barnby (Ben Austin 64’), Dominic Locke, Brett Munyard

Goal-scorers: Brett Munyard [5’ & 58’], Jake McWee [69’]

Booked: Barnby | Sub Not Used: Kent, L Skinner

 

Cornard Utd  | Manager: Dave Childs |

Harry Allan (GK), Ben Dethridge, David Dowding, Daniel Brown, Charlie Knight (Daniel Sakal 66’), Neil Goldsworthy, George Vallentyne (Capt), Andrew Fisher, Chris Morgan, Ezra Drann (Oliver Judge 70’), Connor Wlkinson (Matthew Geen 63’)

Sent Off: Dowding (two bookings) | Subs Not Used: McGowan-Harvey, R Drann

Referee: Michael Iddenden-Smith

Match Summary: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield (Sat 31 August) [FAV FRQ 31.8.19]

The FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Venue: Cricklefield

2019-20 Season: Match 18

Saturday 31st August 2019 – 3pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Enfield: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Yellow Socks

 

 

Enfield battle hard to defeat Ilford in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round

Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

 

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

Hello readers, due to the chaos that lined the A13 in Western Essex on Saturday, it was tough to even get to a game (annoyingly) so we had to divert to this still intriguing all-ESL FA Vase tie at Cricklefield between Ilford and Enfield. Because I missed the start of the match, the following will be a shorter report than usual, apologies in advance but I still wanted to get something out regarding this match.

Ilford named a fairly strong XI for this one with mainstay Hugo Rossetti retaining the gloves, Tyson Talanya and Lewis Wicker as the full-backs, and Valter Simao and Nicholas Keyamo on the flanks, with youth product Ryan O’Connell and Josh Kraus among those on the bench. Enfield also named a strong side, with Josh Flynn at right-back, loanee Michael Salako joining Alfie Mason in attack with Alfie Cleal and Dean Wallace among the options from the substitutes’ bench.

Ilford had raced into a first-minute lead through Jerold Cobblah, though that early advantage was erased as the E’s restored parity with Michael Salako getting the final touch, and that was after the referee had over-ruled his assistant’s initial flag, presumably for off-side.

After the unorthodox leveller, there were a number of tussles in midfield as both sides looked to grab the momentum. On the half-hour, Ilf centre-back Clifford Newby-Harris poked wide of the right-side post as the edged that phase of the game. Enfield were starting to come back into things in terms of ball retention though still couldn’t quite test Rossetti enough in the Ilford goal. That was until five minutes before the interval as E’s centre-back Josh Woodcock aimed well with a low drive that crept under the goalkeeper’s legs to pass into the net.

The drama wasn’t over there though in an increasingly bizarre period of the match as not one but two Enfield players were sin-binned within seconds of each other, it was midfielder Nana Asamoah and forward Michael Salako who both had to sit out the opening part of the second half.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

Ilford showed they were not out of the contest seven after the break as midfielder Freddie Oakman curled a lovely effort which cannoned off the crossbar before a good pass in by Enfield forward Alfie Mason fed Salako though he couldn’t get the power on the header so Rossetti could come in to gather. It has to be mentioned that Ilf winger Nicolas Keyamo certainly was a headache for the opposition with his pace, trickery and crossing.

Salako was certainly posing a threat for Matt Hanning’s team with his pace and strength though as we entered the latter stages of the tie, it was Mason’s fierce drive that needed a good save by Rossetti to parry the ball out of danger. Ilford certainly put their visitors under pressure in the latter stages though Enfield could have sealed the match as a surging run by Mason down the middle was only denied by a adept interception by Newby-Harris. E’s midfielder Joe Pattison also struck the right-sided post with a firm header in added-time and it was the E’s who ultimately went through to the next round where I believe they will face Enfield Borough.

Full-Time: Ilford 1 – 2 Enfield

 

The frustration for the hosts was understandable though they did have some notable performances today. Defender Clifford Newby-Harris had another good display, as did winger Nicolas Keyamo. For Enfield, the stern backline of Lleweyn-Reid and Woodcock recovered from a few shaky moments, with Thoma the additional anchor in front of them. Messrs Salako and Mason also linked up well in the forward line.

 

Teams

Ilford | Manager: Morgan LaForce

Hugo Rossetti (GK), Tyson Talanya, Lewis Wicker, Santana Porter, Clifford Newby-Harris, Freddie Oakman (Haaroon Belaid 61’), Valter Simao, Said Ali, Felix Laws-Cochrane, Jerold Cobblah, Nicolas Keyamo (Josh Kraus 72’)

Goal-scorers: Jerold Cobblah  [1’]

Subs Not Used: O’Connell, A Embalo, Tolley

 

Enfield    | Manager: Matt Hanning

Lewis Hawley (GK), Josh Flynn, Kevin Bondjanga, Komal Lleweyn-Reid, Josh Woodcock, Matt Thoma (Alfie Cleal 62’), Joe Pattison, Nana Asamoah (Dean Wallace 65’), Michael Salako, Alfie Mason, Ben Bradbury (Capt) (Josiah Ereku 80’)

Goal-scorers: Michael Salako [11’], Josh Woodcock [40’]

Booked: Pattison | Sin-Binned: Asamoah & Salako | Subs Not Used: Shakes, Gormley

 

Preview: Essex Senior Lge,FA Vase & Essex Olympian Lge Fixtures (Sat 31 Aug) (ESL 19/20 30.8.19)

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

Hello all and welcome to an expanded piece looking at the reduced Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South fixtures this weekend, plus a look at all the FA Vase ties involving the region’s ties plus the Essex Olympian League matches this weekend. Thanks for reading.

If you’d like more previews on the weekend’s action, have a listen to this week’s Grassroots Football Show from 2 hours 19 minutes in: www.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-29th-august-2019/

 

Essex Senior League

Friday 30th August :  Tower Hamlets   v   Redbridge  | Mile End

The weekend’s Essex Senior action begins at Mile End as Hamlets face Redbridge. Damien Briggs’ team had a fine win at Takeley to cherish in the Gordon Brasted Trophy in midweek though consistency is still what they need to find. Redbridge have had a little time away and could be ready to ‘hit the ground running’ here. Have to plump for an away win here though Hamlets may pull off a surprise.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 2

 

Saturday 31st August  – Saffron Walden Town  v  Hadley  | Catons Lane

The only other ESL tie this weekend sees Walden welcome in-form Hadley. Walden progressed in the Essex Senior Cup with a win over Southend Manor in midweek and new signing, prolific goalscorer Charlie Cole could well have a big say in how their season goes. Hadley have also had a good week though as they progressed in the FA Cup last weekend before holding Walthamstow away from home in midweek. This will be a tough match for both sides though the Bloods are a tough outfit and their home crowd could be the difference here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Eastern Senior League South

Saturday 31st August –  Brightlingsea Regent Res  v Newbury Forest | North Road

 

Here is a listing of the FA Vase ties this weekend, with action spread across three days.

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round –  Friday 30th August (7.45pm KO)

 

Clapton  v  Catholic Utd    | Moved to Parkside (Aveley FC)

Hackney Wick  v  May & Baker    | Coles Park (3G)

Park View  v  West Essex   | New River Sports Ground

(all three ties will be settled on the night with a penalty shootout if required I understand)

 

The FA Vase First Qualifying Round –  Saturday 31st August

Erith & Belvedere  v  Fire Utd   | Park View Road

FC Broxbourne Borough  v  Barkingside  | Goffs Lane

FC Clacton  v  Southend Manor   | Rush Green Bowl

Halstead Town  v  Haverhill Borough   |  Rosemary Lane

 

Hashtag Utd  v  Leyton Athletic  | Chadfields

Hoddesdon Town  v  Stanway Rovers  | Lowfield

Holland  v  Baldock Town   | Dulwich Road

Ilford  v  Enfield          | Cricklefield

 

 

Long Melford  v  Little Oakley   | Stoneylands

Lopes Tavares  v  Harwich & Parkeston   | Terence MacMillan Stadium

Potton Utd  v  Frenford   | Biggleswade Road

Sporting Bengal Utd  v  Wormley Rovers   | Mile End Stadium

 

Takeley  v  Burnham Ramblers   |  Station Road

Wivenhoe Town  v  Clapton Community FC (CFC)   | Elmstead Road

Wodson Park  v  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Wodson Park Sports Centre

Woodford Town  v  St Margaretsbury    |  The Harlow Arena (3G)

 

The FA Vase – First Qualifying Round – Sunday 1st September

Benfleet  v  Haverhill Rovers   | Park Lane   (2pm KO)

White Ensign  v  Cornard Utd   | Burroughs Park  (3pm KO)

 

 

Finally, we have a list of the fixtures in the Essex Olympian League divisions this weekend. Check back on Sunday or Monday for my Olympian League round-up here on the blog.

Essex Olympian League Fixtures – Saturday 31 August (2.30pm kick-offs unless stated)

Premier Division

Harold Wood Athletic  v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  | Harold Wood Rec

Kelvedon Hatch  v  Buckhurst Hill   | New Hall

Old Southendian  v  Rayleigh Town  | Garon Park

Shenfield AFC  v  Hutton   | St Martins Sch (3G)

Springfield  v  Canning Town  | Springfield Hall Park

Sungate  v  Leigh Ramblers  | Ilford Wanderers RFC

 

EOFL Senior Division One

Chingford Athletic  v  FC Hamlets   | Town Mead Leisure Park  (3G)

Rayleigh Town Reserves  v  Herongate Athletic   | Rayleigh Sports Club,

Runwell Sports  v  Ongar Town  | Runwell Sports Club

Shoebury Town  v  Galleywood  | Cupid’s Country Club

Toby  v  Old Chelmsfordians  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

 

EOFL Senior Challenge Cup

Lakeside  v  Wakebury   | Lakeside Sports Ground (3G pitch)

 

 

EOFL Senior Division Two

AS Rawreth  v  Epping Town   | The Warren

Beacon Hill Rovers  v  Leigh Town   | Wickham Bishops Sports Ground

Corinthians  v  Laindon Orient       |  Stambridge Memorial Ground

Rochford Town  v  Harold Wood Athletic Reserves   | Rochford Recreation Ground

Ryan  v  May & Baker Reserves    | Wadham Lodge Sports Ground (Intermediate Grass Pitch)

 

EOFL Senior Division Three

Basildon Town Reserves  v  Leigh Town Reserves   |  Basildon Sports Club

Buckhurst Hill Reserves  v  Collier Row   |  Roding Lane (Pitch 2)

Dagenham Utd  v  Lakeside Reserves  | Ford’s Sports Club (Dagenham U pitch)

Hullbridge Sports ‘A’  v  Toby Reserves  | Lower Road

Hutton Reserves  v  ACD Utd   | Polo Fields

White Ensign Reserves  v  Corinthians Reserves   | Len Forge Centre (3G)

 

 

 

Preview: Essex Senior League & FA Vase R3 (Fri 7th/Sat 8th Dec) [ESL 7.12.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to this week’s preview at the Essex Senior League action, with Scott and Peter which includes the re-set FA Vase R3 ties which failed to make it due to adverse weather last Saturday.

 

The FA Vase Round Three – Sat 8th Dec

 

Hullbridge Sports  v  Newport Pagnell Town   | Lower Road

Peter: The hosts come into this one having won their last four league games, where as the visitors, who play in the United Counties League, have won two of their last four, so this proves to be a good battle at Lower Road.  Sports’ pedigree in the Vase is well-documented but the visitors did reach the Quarter-Finals two years ago so definitely have previous in this competition too.  But am going to plump for a home win.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: The first of the FA Vase ties is at Lower Road as ESL leaders Hullbridge welcome United Counties League side Newport Pagnell Town, who are currently in mid-table in their division. Their visitors pretty much score as many as they concede when it comes to the league side of things though suffered lost at home narrowly to top-six side Oadby Town in midweek. Sports narrowly lost out to Bostik North side Coggeshall Town in midweek. Have to go home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Redbridge   v   Chertsey Town    |  Oakside

Peter: The Motormen face a tough challenge against runaway leaders of the Combined Counties League in the shape of Chertsey Town at Oakside, although the visitors have drawn their last two matches, but have only suffered one league defeat all season.  Redbridge have won two of their last three but did lose last time out and will need to be on top form to get anything from this one, although their home form this season is poor.  Expecting the visitors to get the win here.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: In the other FA Vase tie, mis-firing Redbridge welcome Combined Counties League leaders Chertsey Town to Oakside. The Vase has been by far their best achievement thus far this term and did well to overcome Peterborough Northern Star in the last round, though Chertsey will likely be a different proposition as they have only lost one of 15 league matches in their division so far this term. Have to go with the pointers and say an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 4

 

Essex Senior League  – Friday 7th December

 

Woodford Town  v  Stanway Rovers   | Harlow Arena

Pete: The hosts are flying right now and will be going for six wins in a row when they welcome Stanway Rovers to The Harlow Arena.  A win for the hosts would see them climb into third and go only two points behind the leaders before the weekend’s fixtures, but they face a Stanway side who beat Sawbridgeworth Town last time out and are a tough nut to crack under Terry Spillane’s stewardship.  Despite this I feel the hosts will win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: The action this weekend gets underway with in-form Woodford taking on Stanway at the Harlow Arena. Town have had a good week with away wins at Leyton Athletic and Ilford. Stanway lost at Takeley last weekend though recovered to defeat Sawbridgeworth at home in midweek. Dee Safer’s side have won their last five in-a-row and I wouldn’t be surprised if they make that six here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Saturday 8th December

Enfield    v   Tower Hamlets   | Harlow Arena

Peter: Both these sides have won two of their last six although Enfield come into this one after a defeat whilst Hamlets destroyed Clapton at Mile End last time out, so the team’s mindset coming into this one could be different.  Enfield won a recent meeting between these two at Mile End but I feel this one may end all square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: The Harlow Arena also hosts Enfield’s clash with Hamlets on Saturday. Matt Hanning’s side have been out of action for the last two weeks, mainly due to postponements that are out of their control. Their last two games saw them win at Hamlets in mid-November before being defeated by Woodford in the ‘derby’. Hamlets’ form is up and down as well though a big win over Clapton last weekend means they cannot be taken lightly. Despite going out of the London Senior Cup at Barking in midweek, they may pull off a surprise here. Will plump for a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

 

Hoddesdon Town  v   West Essex   |  Lowfield

Peter: Hoddy are unbeaten in two games and last time out were on their way to victory until they were pegged back by Walthamstow.  West have lost five of their last six including three straight losses so this immediately points to a home win, and I feel that will be the case here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: An out-of-sorts West Essex travel to Hoddesdon on the back of one win in their last six. In an entertaining match played in difficult conditions, Kwame Kwateng’s side lost out at Sawbridgeworth last weekend. Hoddy are up on a mini-upturn after holding Walthamstow to a draw last weekend though it remains to be seen what impact a heavy loss to Royston Town in the Herts Senior Cup in midweek will have on this match. Both sides tend to concede goals though have to go for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

Saffron Walden Town  v  Ilford   |  Catons Lane

Peter: Walden could go just a point off the top with a win here, and with only one defeat in their last six games they are still in solid form.  Ilford on the other hand are on a three-game losing run although they can cause problems to anyone on their day, but I feel the hosts will have too much in the end.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: The Foxes have their third league match in a week here at Catons Lane. Martin Haywood’s side gave Stansted a test before ultimately succumbing last weekend in a match I attended. Midweek was rather a different story though as Woodford overpowered them at Cricklefield. The Bloods have already beaten Ilford twice this season in League & Cup. Factor in that Walden had a weekend off last time out & a heavy loss to a strong Billericay Town side in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek and you suspect Jason Maher’s team will want to get back into contention for the ESL title here. I don’t believe it will be an easy match for the hosts though they could well come away with the points.

Scott’s Prediction: 4 – 2

 

Southend Manor   v   Takeley   |  Southchurch Park

Peter: Takeley come to the Essex coast in fine form having won five of their last six games and could go joint top with a win here, whilst Manor themselves have won their last two games against the bottom two to give themselves some much needed confidence.  Feel this will be a tough one for Takeley but one they will win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: Takeley travel to Southchurch Park to take on a Manor side that are showing signs of recovery with league wins over Barkingside and Leyton Athletic recently. Marc Das’ side are in superb form however, with a victory over Stanway last weekend further cementing the award of ESL ‘Manager of the Month’ for the boss this week. That run has carried Takeley to third spot, only three points adrift of the leaders in Stansted & Hullbridge. Pitch in Manor’s home record so far this term and have to say it’s a away win for me in what could be a battle.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Sporting Bengal Utd   v   Leyton Athletic   | Mile End Stadium

Peter: Sporting come into this one having not won in two league games whilst Leyton haven’t won in their last six games.  These two were supposed to meet last week but the game fell foul of the weather, however despite the visitor’s lowly position in the table this will be a hard game for the home side.  It’s one they will win though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 0

Scott: Bengal welcome Leyton to Mile End as they seek to climb back into the top six. Imrul Gazi’s side have had a week off due to two postponements, one of which was ironically the reverse of this fixture. Leyton need to stop a run of ten matches without a win soon while their hosts have only lost three of 17 matches so far this term. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

 

St Margaretsbury   v   Clapton   |  The Recreation Ground

Peter: The hosts have only lost one of their last six games although they have only one won of their last three, so take that however you want to.  Clapton have lost their last two games and four of their last five, including a thumping at Mile End last Friday night, so are not in the best of form.  Expecting Dash and co to win this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: St Margs entertain the Tons in this intriguing contest at the Rec. The hosts have been among those with games called off due to adverse weather of late while Clapton suffered losses at Tower Hamlets last weekend and at home to Walthamstow in midweek. Incredibly, five of their six wins this season have come away from the Old Spotted Dog. Max Mitchell’s side have only lost one of their last seven outings and because of that, I’ll go for a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Stansted   v   Sawbridgeworth Town    |  Hargrave Park

Peter: The Airportmen ended a run of three games without a win with a battling win over Ilford last time out to go top on goal difference, and they now face another battle against local rivals Sawbridgeworth Town whose form is mixed to say the least, with three wins, a draw and two defeats in their last six, so hard to know what Robins side turns up.  No doubt a tough one in this fixture but I feel the hosts will edge this one, like they did in the FA Cup earlier in the campaign.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: These two lock horns for another round of their feisty ‘derby’ at Hargrave Park. Both sides won last weekend and the form book somewhat ‘went out the door’ the last time the sides met just ten days ago, that encounter ended in a draw. John Watters’ team fell to defeat at Stanway in midweek though I can see this one being another bruising encounter. Narrow home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1