Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 28/Sat 29th Sept) [ESL 1.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend, starting with the Friday night action.

 

Friday 28th September

Redbridge   1 – 3   Woodford Town   | Oakside  | Att: 85

I attended this match alongside fellow Non-League colleagues such as Pete D, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/match-report-redbridge-1-3-woodford-town-esl-28-9-18/

Saturday 29th September

Hullbridge Sports  6 – 1  Enfield 1893  | Lower Road  | Att: 86

Hullbridge recovered to pile on the goals over Enfield. Dan Okah [20′] put the hosts ahead though Jayden Hocking-Rising [28′] levelled for the E’s. On the cusp of half-time, Michael Salako [45′] and Perry Dunn [45’+4] struck to restore their lead. Tony Martin struck a six-minute double [64′ & 70′] and Dunn struck late on to made it six and grab their sixth win of the season.

Ilford  0 – 0  Hoddesdon Town   | Cricklefield  | Att: 55

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/match-report-ilford-0-0-hoddesdon-esl-29-9-18/

Sawbridgeworth Town   1 – 1  Clapton   | Crofters End  | Att: 37

Both sides struck in the second-half as Clapton denied Sawbo the victory. Lewis Deamer [66′] put John Watters’ side ahead before debutant Dylan Gordon-Broadley levelled for the Tons late on. Sawbo have won one of their five outings now while Clapton are unbeaten in their last four league matches.

Stansted   4 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 47

The Airportmen secured a good win over Bengal. Callum Ibe put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes. Sporting Bengal levelled through new signing Jay Knight [25′]. Ibe secured his hat-trick [53′ & 59′] after the break before Connor hammond added a late fourth. The hosts have now won 5 straight league matches while Bengal suffered their second heavy loss inside a week.

Stanway Rovers   4 – 1   Barkingside   |  Hawthorns  | Att: 43

Stanway roared to their second league win of the season over fellow strugglers Barkingside. Marley Okosi, Toby Blanche, Danny Nesbitt and Marley Andrews all netted for the hosts while Jacob Dingli’s goal was a rare beacon of light for ‘Side, whose winless streak extends to nine matches.

Takeley  3 – 2  St Margaretsbury  |  Station Road  | Att: 72

Takeley edged St Margs in this battle at Station Road. The visitors struck early as Charncey Dash broke the leadlock after two minutes. An OG levelling things up [20′] before the familiar goal-getters Stuart Zanone [26′] and Charlie Cole [pen 35’] turned the tide of the match. Tom Cowell’s 70th-minute strike made it tight towards the end though the hosts held firm to get their first win in three matches. St Margs have had three straight defeats though credit goes to them for making this one tighter than it could’ve been.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 0   Southend Manor  |  Mile End  |  Att: 29

Silo Joao’s solitary goal gave player-manager AJ Ashinike’s side their first league win of the campaign, at the sixth attempt. Manor have had three losses in their last four league outings now and will want to curb that soon.

Walthamstow  2 – 2  Leyton Athletic   |  Kitchener Road  | Att: 47

Finally, in a topsy-turvy ‘Kitchener Road’ derby, Leyton denied ‘Stow all three points in the first match since the departure of Jason Ngandu, who has taken a coaching role at Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. Gebrai Samrai’s 31st-minute strike put the hosts ahead though Mario Gnijaj equalised three minutes after the break. The ‘home’ side restored their advantage on 56 minutes through Craig Pope but Leyton struck on the 90 as Francesco Cicconi salvaged a point. ‘Stow have are unbeaten in thir last five outings now, though three of those have been draws. Leyton have averted a three-match losing run though have only won one in eight thus far.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.

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Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 25.2.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend as the focus shifted to some relegation ‘six-pointers’ involving four of the bottom six sides.

 

Friday 23rd February

Woodford Town P – P  Takeley  | Venue: Goffs Lane

This match has been postponed due to floodlight failure.

 

Saturday 24th February

 

Barkingside  0 – 2   Basildon Utd
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 73

Basildon came through a tricky away fixture to continue their promotion challenge at Cricklefield. Marcus Bowers [44′] and Tommy Barton [87′] goals were enough to give the Bees their 4th win in their last six matches, remaining 4th, 5 points off the leaders. Barkingside’s first loss in five matches sees them drop to 15th, three points clear of the bottom four.

 

Clapton  P – P  Sporting Bengal Utd
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

FC Romania 3 – 1   West Essex
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  |  Att: 12

FC Romania went top with this triumph over the Stags at Theobalds Lane. James Broomley gave the visitors a surprise lead five minutes before the break though that lead only stood for four minutes before Florin Pop levelled. The hosts rallied and took the lead through Sergiu Maximov before Vlad Sighiartau secured the points late on. FCR’s third win in their last six matches and go a point clear of GWR at the summit, though the chasing pack do have matches in hand. West Essex drop to 9th after their fourth loss in their last six matches.

 

Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Lower Road  | Att: 37

I attended this match as Hullbridge were held by fellow strugglers Wadham. My match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/report-hullbridge-2-2-wadham-esl-24-2-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town P – P  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: Crofters End  |

This match was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

 

Southend Manor  0 – 3   Ilford
| Venue: Southchurch Park   | Att: 41

Ilford produced arguably one of their best away-day showings this season to win at Southchurch Park. Goals from George Whitelock, Liam Burgess and an OG secured the Foxes’ first win in five matches which sees them remain 7th , three points clear of Tower Hamlets behind them. Manor’s indifferent form continues, they remain 12th with matches in hand though they are seven points clear of the bottom four.

 

Tower Hamlets  2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 34

Hamlets overcame Stansted at Mile End. Strike pair Luke With and Wale Odedoyin were on-target for AJ Ashinike’s side while Oliver Fortune had put the visitors ahead before the half-hour. Hamlets ended a five-match winless run here to go back into 8th place while the Airportmen’s 4th defeat in their last six sees them drop to 14th spot, four points clear of the bottom four.

 

Waltham Forest  1 – 2  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Kitchener Road  | Att: 39

Enfield continued their mini-revival with an excellent win at Kitchener Road. Ayo Odukoya gave Matt Hanning’s side the lead on the quarter-hour before Christian Owusu levelled for Forest six minutes before half-time. Dan Chambers [61′] got the winner for the E’s as they secured their fourth win in their last five outings and rise to 13th, five points clear of the relegation zone – a relative luxury compared to just a few weeks ago. Forest are still in bother themselves as their run without a win now sits at five matches, in 17th spot, two points above Hullbridge in 18th.

 

That’s all for this weekend from the ESL, check back soon for more articles. Bye for now.

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL 17.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 38

2017-18 Season – Match 55

Saturday 17th February 2018 3pm KO

Hullbridge Sports: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks

Tower Hamlets:  Orange & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

 

 

Scott W Reporting  (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos by Neil Hunwicks (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16)

 

After two postponements inside a week, Hullbridge Sports welcomed Tower Hamlets to Lower Road in a important Essex Senior League encounter, particularly for the home side.

With Rob Hodgson banned, the Sports defence lined up with Charlie Buffin and Matt Rose as full-backs, with debutant Dan Okah and club stalwart Sam Taylor in the centre. An attack-minded side saw Luke Hornsley lead the line on his second debut for the club. Tower Hamlets were missing the likes of Kane Wilson and Jerry Jairette though had Wale Odedoyin and Luke With in attack, assisted by pacy winger Elias Tackie.

The match began with both sides trading chances, Hullbridge winger Callum Ibe’s effort was saved by visiting custodian James Pellin two minutes in before Hamlets forward Wale Odedoyin shot wide of the near post a moment later. The visitors took the lead six minutes in through Elias Tackie’s strike after being found well by Luke With following good hold-up play by the tall striker. Hamlets could have extended their lead though Odedoyin twice couldn’t find the target.

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Hamlets winger Elias Tackie beats Sports ‘keeper Jamie Merralls to give visitors an early lead (Image Credit: Neil H)

The visitors arguably had the greater share of the chances in the first 15 minutes or so on a slippery pitch which both sides found awkward. Hullbridge centre-back Dan Okah made a crucial tackle to deny Tackie another sniff at goal just shy of the half-hour. On that 30 minute mark, home forward Luke Hornsley strode past two defenders before placing a good strike past Pellin into the right corner. Hullbridge midfielder Matt Tapley struck a free-kick just wide of goal four minutes before the interval though level it stayed at the break.

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Luke Hornsley (centre) is congratulated for grabbing the leveller for Hullbridge (Image Credit: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 1 – 1 Tower Hamlets

The open nature of the match continued in the second half, as Wale Odedoyin’s drive from a narrow angle called home goalkeeper Jamie Merralls into further action a minute after the re-start. Hullbridge responded as Harry Watkins’ strike was well-saved by Pellin mere minutes later. The visitors were guilty of missing further good oppurtunities with Tackie blazing over following a good right-wing cross from substitute Danny Childs and then soon after Odedoyin had two more decent chances though the forward couldn’t put them away.

Just after the hour mark, Ibe’s shot on goal was saved by Pellin as Hullbridge were fortunate to remain in the game. Substitute James Ross also couldn’t beat Merralls after latching onto a good ball in by full-back Daniel McCarthy with 16 minutes remaining.

The turning point came soon after as after Pellin had rushed out to clear his lines, from the resulting throw-in, with Pellin perhaps not quite back in position, Luke With unwittingly nodded the ball past his own ‘keeper to give the hosts a priceless lead.

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Hamlets’ Luke With (far left) unfortunately heads past Pellin to give Sports the lead (Image Credit: Neil H)

Hullbridge winger Michael Salako headed over the bar late on though the hosts held on to claim a massive three points.

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Hamlets’ John Watson shows his positional awareness by clearing an effort off the goal-line late on (Image Credit: Neil H)

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 1 Tower Hamlets

In all honesty, Hamlets will be disappointed at their wastefulness in front of goal though there were a number of good performances for them today, including Danny Childs, John Watson and Tola Odedoyin at the back. For Hullbridge, Callum Ibe and Dan Okah stood out for me though it’s arguable that the whole team put in a gritty, if unspectacular shift in today. You can hear my post-match interviews with both managers on Thursday night on the Grassroots Football Show on East London Radio.

 

Teams

Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Charlie Buffin, Matt Rose, Sam Taylor (Eamon Payne 46′), Dan Okah, Michael Salako, Harry Watkins, Matt Tapley, Callum Ibe (Joe Pattison 89′), Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Perry Hirst 75′), Luke Hornsley

Goal-scorers: Luke Hornsley [30′], Luke With OG [77′]

Booked: Hornsley, Tapley, Salako | Subs Not Used: Jones, Kimmence

 

Tower Hamlets

James Pellin (GK), Daniel McCarthy, John Watson, Tola Odedoyin, Igor Furtado (Capt) (Danny Childs 9′), Harry Matthews, Reece Simpson, Elias Tackie (Shunsake Susaki 68′) Jacob Kolanda, Wale Odedoyin (James Ross 63′), Luke With

Goal-scorer: Elias Tackie [6′]

Booked: T Odedoyin, Watson | Subs Not Used: Sinclair, Tobun

 

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL 13.1.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 61

2017-18 Season – Match 51

Date: Saturday 13th January 2018 3pm KO

Great Wakering Rovers: Green & White Shirts, White Shorts and White Socks

Tower Hamlets:  Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

The Tower Hamlets ‘huddle’ before KO
Both teams before KO

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

In my first Essex Senior League match of 2018, I returned to Burroughs Park to see Great Wakering Rovers take on Tower Hamlets. Wakering were missing the likes of Jimmy Cook and Aaron Russell with the forward trio of Jay Nash, Chris Bryan and Nathan Dewberry leading the line, with Ricky Evans and Neil Richmond options on the bench. Hamlets were also depleted with the likes of Luke With, Curtis Pond, Kane Wilson and Igor Furtado unavailable. Wale Odedoyin and James Ross led the attack, while Jordan Stansbury made his debut between the sticks.

The match began with Wakering on the front foot as five minutes in, forward Nathan Dewberry headed over the bar after being found by full-back Jason Ring’s cross from the right. Dewberry did break the deadlock just two minutes later as he robbed the unfortunate Stansbury in possession and slotted home from a narrow angle. Wakering nearly made it two moments later though Hamlets full-back John Watson cleared off the goal-line well. The hosts were not to be denied though as Dewberry grabbed his second of the afternoon on 16 minutes, following fellow forward Chris Bryan’s threaded pass.

Hamlets were on the back-foot in general play though did pull one back just past the half-hour as winger Elias Tackie’s surging run troubled the home backline and the ball found its way to forward James Ross who slotted home. The hosts hit back though as the visiting defence continued to struggle with the pace of Wakering’s attacks. Billy Johnson’s curling free-kick made it 3-1 before Johnson struck again in first-half added-time beating Stansbury when one-on-one.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets

Wakering were well on top, and Hamlets withdrew young stopper Stansbury, replacing him with experienced stopper James Pellin after the break. Pellin was called into action, denying Dewberry and a moment later, another Johnson free-kick. Iain O’Connell’s side made it five through Johnson slotting home, completing his hat-trick eight minutes after the break. Dewberry matched his team-mate with 19 minutes remaining, completing his treble and a big win for the home side.

The Rovers defence were solid though in all honesty, the visitors did not trouble them too much, though forward Wale Odedoyin made his presence felt in attack, assisted by the willing running of winger Tackie. Late on, substitute Harry Matthews’ drive forced a good save out of home ‘stopper Louis Hawes before fellow substitute Kayode Tobun’s deflected free-kick also kept Hawes honest. Though all in all, it was a bad day ‘at the office’ for the East London outfit.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 6 – 1 Tower Hamlets

Teams

Great Wakering Rovers

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Kia Froud, Scott Pethers (Capt), Oliver Woodhouse, Sam Carter, Billy Johnson (Neil Richmond 77′), Tom Anderson (Ricky Evans 71′), Jay Nash, Nathan Dewberry (Finley Dopson 77′), Chris Bryan

Goal-scorers: Nathan Dewberry [7′,16′ & 71′], Billy Johnson [39′, 45+1 & 53′]

Booked: Bryan  | Subs Not Used: Murford

 

Tower Hamlets

Jordan Stansbury (GK) (James Pellin 46′), Daniel McCarthy, John Watson, Tola Odedoyin, Jerome Anthony, Elias Tackie, Jacob Kolanda (Harry Matthews 57′), Wale Odedoyin, James Ross, Frankie Sinclair (Capt), Alex Salmon (Kayode Tobun 62′)

Goal-scorer: James Ross [31′]

Booked: Salmon, W Odedoyin | Subs Not Used: Ashinike

Essex Senior League round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another edition of my semi-regular ESL round-up, which this weekend takes in a few upsets and also some good performances. Enjoy.

Friday 24th Nov

Tower Hamlets 3 – 2 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 55

Hamlets edged this encounter with Wick to pick up a much-needed win. Curtis Pond gave the hosts the lead three minutes before the break, though Hassan Nalbant [47′] struck with his fourth goal in two matches to level for the visitors. Pond restored Hamlets lead nine minutes later before Jeff Idemudia once again restored parity on 63 minutes. Hamlets were not to be denied though as David McCarthy got the winner 11 minutes from time.

Also, Hackney Wick announced following this match that ex-Woodford & Brentwood boss Tony Ievoli will be their new manager. I’m sure the Non-League community in the area will wish Tony well in his new role.

 

Saturday 25th Nov

Barkingside 0 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 58

Wakering ‘got the job done’ with victory at Cricklefield. Goals from Jay Nash [5′] and Billy Johnson [55′] were enough. to seal Rovers’ 6th straight league win. For the hosts, their fourth straight league defeat leaves thrm 14th and in danger of being dragged into the dogfight at the bottom of the table.

Clapton 1 – 1 Ilford
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Attendance: 78

These two old rivals were locked in a stalemate at the OSD. The Tons led through Jeffrey Cobblah 65th-minute strike though hot-shot James Peagram secured a point by levelling 11 minutes from time.

Enfield 1893 0 – 5 FC Romania
| Venue: The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 62

FCR continued their superb recent form with a big win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Mihai Botosan [12′], George Taban [24′], Adrian Balsanu [62′] gave the visitors a big lead though Enfield’s pain was complete as Ionut Juganu [89′] and Sergiu Pitaru [90’+1] added late strikes to seal FCR’s 9th win in their last 11 league matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 4 Redbridge
| Venue: Crofters End | Attendance: 50

Redbridge came away with another 3 points after this good win at Crofters. Brian Moses struck on 29 minutes to give the visitors the lead at the break. Second-half goals from Eljay Worrell [51′], Moses [60′] and Martin Tuohy six minutes from time sealed the win though Leon Lewis [89′] got a consolation for Sawbo. The Motormen have won their last seven ESL matches on-the-reel.

Southend Manor 2 – 4 Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Attendance: 65

Manor were surpassed on the day by an lively new-look Hullbridge side. I attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/report-southend-manor-2-4-hullbridge-esl-25-11-17/

Sporting Bengal Utd 2 – 0 West Essex
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 15

Bengal grabbed a rare win through goals from David Vaughan [45′] and Oscar Mendes [75′]. Indeed this was Bengal’s first win in ten league matches while West Essex are on a three-match winless run.

Stansted 1 – 4 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Hargrave Park | Attendance: 26

Burnham came from behind to grab a win they badly needed at Hargrave Park. It started well for the Airportmen as Wisley Baltazar [12′] put them ahead. The hosts then missed a penalty soon afterward and were pegged back by Ryan Plom’s goal ten minutes before the break. After the break, goals from Karl Swanborough [56′] and a Bradley Morgan spot-kick on the hour, turned the tide before Swanborough grabbed a fourth in added-time.

Waltham Forest 2 – 0 Takeley
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 58

Forest upset Takeley to grab their second league win in their last five matches. Goals from Abiolo Tanimowo [40′] and Mo Sagaf in added-time sealed a ‘bad day at the office’ for Marc Das’ side as their eight-match unbeaten run was ended.

Woodford Town 2 – 4 Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Attendance: 32

Wadham’s turnaround to their season continued as they won at Goffs Lane. Eli Benoit [6′] and Mario Gnijaj [32′] gave Wadham the platform though an OG and Dwade James sealed the points five minutes from time. Asher Modeste & another OG accounted for the hosts’ goals. Wadham’s unbeaten run now sits at six matches.

 

 

 

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 5 Redbridge (ESL 20.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 72

2017-18 Season – Match 41

Monday 20th November 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a Monday night encounter at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on Redbridge in an intriguing Essex Senior League fixture. The hosts still had a few players banned including goalkeeper James Pellin and forward Luke With so Curtis Pond led the attack here, with fellow forwards James Ross and Wale Odedoyin on the bench. For the Motormen, recent signing Martin Tuohy joined the talisman that is Brian Moses in attack, with Calvin Poku and Jacob Dingli options on the bench.

Both sides took a little time to settle on a slippy pitch though midfielder Mata Julio had Hamlets’ first chance of note when he spotted Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene off his line though the stopper recovered to save his lob which was off-target. The Motormen took the lead on 12 minutes as skipper Eljay Worrell flighted in a lovely free-kick into the right corner of the net. This unsurprisingly encouraged the visitors and and after a couple of crosses which were cleared, forward Brian Moses was well played in though he blazed his shot wide of the left corner.

Hamlets did find a bit more urgency soon after that, though Julio and forward Curtis Pond couldn’t hit the target then winger Hasan Mustafa’s shot brought a save out of Greene. In the last minutes of the first half, the visitors did push forward again looking for that important second goal and they got it five minutes before the break as Moses’ downward header was prodded home by Worrell.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 2 Redbridge

Redbridge started the second half with renewed purpose with Hamlets goalkeeper Jerome Anthony being tested by winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao and Moses in the first third of the second period. The hosts were not at their best going forward all evening though prior to being substituted, Mustafa was a threat down the right wing.

Redbridge extended their lead further 19 minutes after the break when Tuohy slotted home calmly past Anthony. Jacob Dingli came off the bench for the visitors and his toe-poke was cleared for a corner soon after coming on though after fellow substitute Calvin Poku’s curling strike was parried by Anthony, Dingli tucked in the rebound to add some gloss to the score-line.

The Motormen defence had been solid all evening, and wanted a rare clean sheet. Unfortunately for the hosts, they conceded a penalty deep in stoppage-time as Dingli was fouled in the area. Worrell stepped up and put away the spot-kick to claim his hat-trick.

Hamlets were well beaten in the end as the visitors once again showed that they are a ‘force to be reckoned with’ this season and extended their excellent winning run in the league. Hamlets lacked a focal point in attack and found the Motormen back five in miserly form too.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 5 Redbridge

 

Teams:

Tower Hamlets

Jerome Anthony (GK), O’Neal Rowe, John Watson, Aliu Ibrahim, Tola Odedoyin, Hasan Mustafa (Wale Odedoyin 65′), Mata Julio, Curtis Pond (James Ross 74′), Frankie Sinclair (C), Danny McCarthy (Elias Tackie 54′), Igor Furtado

Booked: Sinclair  | Subs Not Used: Tobun, Capleton

 

Redbridge

Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Marcus Carter, Shaun Harris, Liam Thomas, Jonathan Mbamarah, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao (Jacob Dingli 64′), Patrick Duggan (Philip Bamfoe-Browne 66′), Martin Tuohy (Calvin Poku 67′) Brian Moses, Eljay Worrell (C)

Goal-Scorers: Worrell [12′, 40′ & pen 90’+6], Tuohy [64′], Dingli [73′]

Subs Not Used: Turner, Nelson

 

Referee: Stacey Ford

Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Neil Bailey

Report: Tower Hamlets 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL 4.11.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 36

2017-18 Season – Match 34

Saturday 4th November 2017 3pm KO

Tower Hamlets: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts and Black Socks

Burnham Ramblers: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly chilly and damp afternoon, I made my way to Mile End Stadium as Tower Hamlets welcomed Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter. The hosts were missing a few players including Kane Wilson and the injured Lee McKnight and Wale Odedoyin though new signings Jerome Martelli and Elias Tackie made the starting XI and substitute’s bench respectively. Burnham were missing the likes of forward Bradley Morgan and Luke Maloney though Charlee Hughes led the line for Lee Hughes’ side.

The pitch had to pass a morning pitch inspection and as things got underway, it was evident that while the pitch was OK, it was still boggy and that did mean players slipped a bit. Hamlets forward Curtis Pond nearly opened the scoring in the first minute after being played in by strike partner Luke With though he couldn’t find the target. Tola Odedoyin won a few good headers at centre-back though after a decent initial spell, the hosts had to deal with a few Burnham attacks, midfielder Bobby Barker and forward Hughes couldn’t test home goalkeeper James Pellin.

Pond and winger Martelli blasted shots wide, the latter having a great chance whilst one-on-one with visiting custodian Joshua Strizovic. Hughes hit the post for Burnham on 26 minutes having beaten Pellin. Tola Odedoyin done his side a favour by making a good last-ditch tackle on Hughes when the Burnham forward was in a good position to ‘pull the trigger’ just shy of the half-hour mark.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The hosts may have had more of the chances though Burnham could have snuck ahead in the opening half having had some good moments themselves. Hamlets joint-manager AJ Ashinike was firing out instructions from near the stand to keep his side going though as we made our way past the half-way point in the second half, the hosts pushed forward to find that so far elusive goal. Substitute O’Neal Rowe twice tested Strizovic though Burnham thought they’d broken the deadlock 14 minutes from time though Hughes’s goal was ruled out for off-side, much to the consternation of the Burnham dug-out.

That frustration was amplified soon after as Hamlets took the lead with nine minutes remaining. Substitutes Elias Tackie and Rowe combined, with Rowe laying the ball off for Tackie to power his strike into the right corner. Burnham nearly grabbed a last-minute leveller as a free-kick was well-directed though was just over Hughes’ head at the back stick.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 1 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

Tackie 81′

Hamlets may have just edged this one on chances created though I really don’t think there was much between the sides. I think it also serves as another pointer that both these sides have improved compared to last season. Congratulations to Hamlets who sit 7th in the table and my best wishes to Burnham as they strive to rise up the table, they are 17th. My thanks also go to Tilia and Adam (T Hamlets) for their hospitality today, it is appreciated.

Teams:
Tower Hamlets

James Pellin (GK), Lamar Earle, John Watson (Inesh Sumithran 67′), Mata Julio, Tola Odedoyin, Jerome Martelli (O’Neal Rowe 67′), Frankie Sinclair (C), Curtis Pond, Antonio Montiero (Elias Tackie 67′), Luke With, Igor Furtado

Subs Not Used: Harry Wright, James Ross

Goalscorer: Elias Tackie (81′)

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Luke Caston, Grant Webb, Ben Burgess, Alex Karkoski, Bobby Barker, William Howard, Ryan Stillwell (C), Charlee Hughes, Robert Bagnall (George Kuderovitch 84′), Samuel Warwick (Edison Tereziu 73′)

Subs Not Used: Adam French (GK), Andrew Mowforth

Booked: Barker

Referee: Ede Eruero

Assistants: Michael Wingate & Abdel Hemid Zekri