Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (2.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a bonus piece rounding-up all the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend and the results from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian Football League. Enjoy.

Saturday 2nd September

Basildon Utd  2 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: The Hive   Attendance: 164

Basildon scored a late winner to seal the points at the Hive. Wakering took the lead just past the half hour through Billy Johnson. The Bees levelled six minutes before half-time from Dan Dafter’s header. There was late drama though as Wakering missed a late spot-kick before Ash Blackburn popped up to score an injury-time winner for Marc Harrison’s side and retain their 100% league record.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 6   Barkingside              

Venue: Lower Road   Attendance: 40

Barkingside powered to a big win at Lower Road. Ex-Hullbridge player Jason Fontaine set the tone, giving his current side the lead after two minutes. Before the hosts could recover, Michael Ogboin doubled the visitors’ advantage just five minutes later. Rob Hodgson’s side cut their arrears in half through Jimmy Cox’s free-kick on 28 minutes though Fontaine struck again three minutes afterward to give ‘Side a 3-1 half-time lead. Michael Walther’s side kept the pressure on after the break and extended their lead with goals from Matheus Santos (47’) and substitute Michael Sherwood (63’). Tonny Cookey added more pain for the home defence with 17 minutes remaining, before ‘Bridge substitute Luca Frankis netted a late penalty, though this was a real ‘off-day’ for the Lower Road side.

If you’d like to read more about this match, fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins was at this match. Read his report here:

Ilford   2 – 0   Stansted  

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 44

Ilford saw off the challenge of Stansted at Cricklefield. Chris Lockwood struck on 27 minutes to give the Foxes the lead at the break. Aaron Wickham secured the points with his side’s second with 22 minutes to play to see Ilford rise to 6th in the table.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2- 0  Waltham Forest

Venue: Crofters End   Attendance: 29

Sawbridgeworth picked up their second win of the season here. Goals from Joe Wright and Aaron Thomas sealed a morale-boosting trimuph for John Watters’ side, ahead of FA Vase action next weekend.

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 3  Tower Hamlets

Venue: Mile End Stadium   Attendance: 60

Hamlets struck late to claim all the win in the ‘Mile End derby’. Bengal opened the scoring on 15 minutes through Anthony Bruce though Frankie Sinclair levelled for Hamlets five minutes before the break. Kane Wilson gave Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side the lead ten minutes after the break. Bengal were level on the hour thanks to Freddy Tandon’s goal. Curtis Pond struck with four minutes remaining though to give Hamlets all three points.

Wadham Lodge   2 – 1   Enfield 1893   

Venue: Kitchener Road   Attendance: 26

Wadham hit a late winner to secure their maiden win of the season. Jayden Hocking-Rising opened the scoring six minutes before the interval for James Falaise’s side. A Danny Jones penalty with 20 min to play levelled for Enfield though Kirk McPhearson’s 90th-minute winner sealed three precious points for Wadham.

West Essex   2 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

Venue: Mayesbrook Park   Attendance: 26

West Essex shook off their loss to Basildon in midweek to get the points in a feisty contest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot gave the hosts the lead 13 minutes into the second half with a pearler of a strike. Cameron Gray sealed the points 16 minutes from time in a match where both sides ended with ten men and the score-line didn’t quite sum the match up.

If you’d like to read more about this match, I was at the match & my report is here:

Woodford Town 2017  1 – 2  Redbridge

Venue:  Goffs Lane      Attendance: 25

Redbridge came from behind to grab their third win of the season. Woodford led after just a minute thanks to Andrea Mantovani’s goal. Jacob Dingli restored parity only two minutes later for the Motormen. Ten minutes after the break, Brian Moses scored the eventual winner to put a smile on Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s faces.

Saturday 2nd September

Essex Olympian Football League

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 2 Basildon Town

Frenford 1 – 2 Catholic Utd

Kevledon Hatch 1 – 3 Manford Way

May & Baker EC 2 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Springfield 3 – 0 Canning Town

White Ensign 4 – 0 Rayleigh Town


Division One

Buckhurst Hill 6 – 0 Harold Hill

Hutton 3 – 2 Galleywood

Newbury Forest 3 – 4 Galleywood

Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 5 Runwell Sports

Old Southendian 1 – 0 Shenfield AFC

Sungate 3 – 1 Upminster


Division Two

Ongar Town 6 – 1 May & Baker EC Reserves

Rayleigh Town Reserves 3 – 1 Toby

2017/18 FA Cup Prelim Round: Results round-up

Written by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a special round-up of some of the results from this weekend’s FA Cup Prelim Round ties, specifically involving Essex Senior League & Bostik Division Clubs. The winners of each receive £1,925 in prize money & a place in the First Qualifying Round of the competition.

Saturday 19th August

AFC Hornchurch  2 – 0 Brentwood Town   

Venue: Bridge Avenue   Attendance: 309

The Urchins progressed to the next round, defeating fellow Bostik North side Brentwood at Bridge Avenue. Both goals came in the second half from Hornchurch striker Ross Wall (64’ & 84’). Craig Shipman’s side will have to wait another season for a potential FA Cup adventure.

AFC Sudbury 4 – 0 Aveley

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   Attendance: 174

Sudbury comfortably defeated fellow Bostik North side Aveley at the Wardale Williams Stadium. The Yellows took the lead through Julian Smith with 27 minutes on the watch. Three minutes before the break, Adam Mills doubled the home side’s advantage. After the break, two goals in ten minutes from Dave Cowley (60’) and Alfie Carroll (69’) sealed the win for Jamie Godbold’s side.

Barking 0 – 0 Saffron Walden Town

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    Attendance: 76

Barking held Thurlow Nunn Premier side Saffron Walden Town at Mayesbrook Park. This stalemate means that both sides will have to do it all again at Catons Lane in midweek.

Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    Attendance: 174

Haringey overcame Bowers at the Len Salmon. The visitors led on 67 minutes as former Bowers player Ayron Coley struck, soon after coming off the bench. Borough made their progression into the next round safe with moments left as fellow substitute Ashley McDonald grabbed their second.

Bury Town 1 – 2  Tilbury

Venue: Ram Meadow    Attendance: 233

Tilbury fought off a late fightback from Bury Town to make it into the hat for the next round at Ram Meadow. Tilbury led after the quarter-hour through Adam Vyse before just past the hour mark, fellow striker Luke Hornsley doubled their lead. Darren Mills pulled one back for Town with 21 minutes remaining.

Canvey Island 0 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: Park Lane    Attendance: 224

Witham Town produced a good away-day win to defeat Canvey at Park Lane. Tyler Corlett put the visitors ahead on 21 minutes. Substitute Sam Ashford secured the win late on for Adam Flint’s men.

Clapton 2 – 0 Norwich Utd  

Venue: Old Spotted Dog   Attendance: 122

Clapton secured their passage into the next round by defeating Bostik North side Norwich Utd at the Old Spotted Dog. Substitute Raphael Duyile put the Tons ahead three minutes before the break. After the interval, Ikem Odeh sealed an important win twenty mnutes from time for Jon Fowell’s men.

Dereham Town 3 – 0  Corby Town

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 164

Bostik North side Dereham grabbed a good win at home to Corby Town. After only three minutes, Daniel Beaumont put the Magpies ahead. Dereham sealed the win with two goals in the last ten minutes courtesy of Ashley Jarvis and Beaumount grabbing his brace. Credit has to go to Corby goalkeeper Paul Bostock who played in this match aged 47 – best wishes to him.

Grays Athletic 2 – 0 Redbridge

Venue: Parkside   Attendance: 174

Grays defeated ESL side Redbridge on the 3G at Parkside. Sully Zuhdu gave the hosts the lead seven minutes before the break. Then, just six minutes after the re-start, Joao Carlos doubled the lead and ensured Jamie Stuart’s side are in the next round.

Great Yarmouth Town 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

Venue: Sandown Road    Attendance: 163

Great Yarmouth grabbed a late winner to knock out ESL side Basildon Utd in a tightly-contested match at Sandown Road. Substitute Lee Roots grabbed the winner eight minutes from time to seal the hosts’ passage into the next round.

Haverhill Rovers 1 – 1 Heybridge Swifts

Venue: The New Croft    Attendance: 188

This hard-fought encounter ended in a draw. Heybridge were reduced to ten men after just 15 minutes as defender Ryan Henshaw saw red. Swifts took the lead just three minutes later though, as Sam Bantick struck. Rovers recovered after the break though to seal a replay as Jordan Palmer scored 12 minutes from time. The replay will be played at Scraley Road in midweek.

Hertford Town 4 – 1   Hadleigh Utd

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park   Attendance: 260

Bostik North newcomers defeated Thurlow Nunn Premier side Hadleigh at Hertingfordbury Park. Hertford led after just two minutes through Daniel Bond. Jason Beck doubled the lead just before the break. Hadleigh pulled one back from the spot, thanks to Ben Elliott’s penalty on the hour. Hertford pushed on though as Bond got his second nine minutes later. Substitute Charlie Ruff grabbed a fourth for Town on 74 minutes, soon after coming on.

Ilford 1 – 1 Haverhill Borough

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 82

Ilford were held by Thurlow Nunn Premier side Borough at Cricklefield. Khadean Campbell gave the Foxes the lead ten minutes before the break with a curling 20-yard strike. Borough were level only eight minutes later though as Sam Hawley struck. Ilford had to see out the last 17 minutes with ten men but they held on for a replay at New Croft 3G in midweek.

Long Melford 1 – 2 FC Romania

Venue: Stoneylands    Attendance: 84

FC Romania secured their place in the next round with a good win at Stoneylands. Sergiu Pitaru gave FCR the lead with 26 minutes on the clock, before Toby Cleaver doubled the lead eight minutes before the break. Melford raised their game in the second half, and grabbed a goal back six minutes from time though substitute Nathan Rowe. The visitors held on though for a good win.

Maldon & Tiptree 5 – 1 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Park Drive   Attendance: 73

Maldon knocked out fellow Bostik North side Abbey at Park Drive. The home side took the lead on the quarter-hour through Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Only two minutes later, Chris Millar made it two. Macauley Joynes pulled one back for the Abbotts seven minutes before the break. After the break, Kieraan Bailey restored the Jammers’ two-goal cushion on 55 minutes, before Ogedi-Uzokwe grabbed his second two minutes later. Ryan Gondoh added a fifth from a super free-kick to seal a good win for Kevin Horlock’s men.

Newmarket Town 1 – 2 Ware

Venue: Ridgeons Stadium   Attendance: 100

Ware secured a good away-day win at Newmarket to make the next round. Yannick Kamanan put Kem Kemal’s side ahead after only five minutes. A Jack Watson penalty levelled things for the home side, before Kamanan struck again 12 minutes into the second half to grab the win for the Blues.

Potters Bar Town 4 – 1 West Essex

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 121

Potters Bar recovered from faling behind to record a good win over ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Michael Mignot gave the visitors the lead six minutes before the break. George Nicholas levelled for the Scholars almost immediately, before Eoin Casey put the hosts ahead on 52 minutes. Steve Brown grabbed a third mid-way into the second half, before Casey sealed the win with his second with twenty minutes left.

Soham Town Rangers 3 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd

Venue: Julius Martin Lane   Attendance: 123

Soham edged to an important win over Cogenhoe Utd. Two goals in a four-minutes spell saw Soham take the advantage through Daniel Buddle (36’) and Matt Allan (39’). After the break, the visitors pulled one back through Matt Long levelled thanks to Ryan Dove. Soham’s Callum Russell grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

Southend Manor 2 – 3 Gorleston

Venue: Southchurch Park   Attendance: 64

Manor narrowly lost out to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston at Southchurch Park. Manor took the lead through Michael Hopkins two minutes after the break. Jack Garrod levelled for the visitors on 58 minutes, before taking the lead five minutes later through Connor Deeks’s penalty. Stuart Marshall’s side were reduced to ten men as winger Alfie Lindfield was sent off. Manor fought back though and levelled through defender Daniel Okah’s over-head kick. The hosts probably thought they’d done enough for a replay though Gorleston’s Garrod grabbed his second in injury-time to seal the win for Ricci Butler’s side.

Stowmarket Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Humber Doucy Lane

Romford held Stowmarket Town at Humber Doucey Lane. The home side took the lead through Andrew Wood four minutes before the break. Paul Martin’s side levelled on 53 minutes through Jonathon Adebayo to get back in the match and the sides couldn’t be separated so it’ll be a replay at Ship Lane in midweek.

Tower Hamlets 0 – 4 Takeley

Venue: Mile End Stadium    Atendance: 55

Takeley saw off ESL rivals Tower Hamlets to make it through to the First Qualifying Round for the first time. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead after six minutes, before George Wappett increased the advantage eight minutes later. Bryn Thorpe added a third though it may have been an OG. Stuart Zanone sealed a good win for his side with three minutes remaining.

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury 2  –  2 Hullbridge Sports

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Hullbridge fought back to deny St Margaretsbury and take the tie to a replay. Hullbridge took the lead through Sam Dulieu’s free-kick after only four minutes. St Margetsbury levelled through captain Ryan Wade’s penalty on 54 minutes. The hosts then took the lead with twenty minutes remaining as Wade struck again from the penalty spot. Hullbridge secured a replay with a last-gasp leveller from substitute Ronnie Pallett. The replay will be held at Lower Road in midweek.

The First Qualifying Round takes place on the weekend of September 2nd/3rd. Thank you for reading.

2017-18 FA Cup Preliminary Round: Preview

Written by Peter D & Scott W

This weekend sees ten ESL sides compete in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round. The winners of each tie are awarded £1,925 and will make the First Qualifying Round of this year’s competition. Here are Peter and Scott’s thoughts on the upcoming ties:-

Saturday 19th August (3pm KO’s)

Clapton v Norwich Utd      Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Peter: The Tons welcome Bostik North side Norwich United to The Old Spotted Dog for what could be a potential ‘cupset’ here as the Tons are more than useful whilst the visitors sit bottom of their league after two defeats from two, however they will surely be a tough test for the home side still although I feel if you factor the travel and unfamiliar surroundings for the visitors, this may count against them and I can see the hosts pulling off a shock here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: Jon Fowell’s Tons welcome Isthmian North Norwich Utd to the Old Spotted Dog. Clapton have been inconsistent form-wise in league & cup so far though Norwich will be looking for a morale-boosting win though Steve Eastaugh’s men will need to be ‘on-the-ball’ as their hosts may well fancy this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Grays Athletic  v  Redbridge    Venue: Parkside

Peter: Parkside hosts Bostik North Grays against Redbridge and the visitors come into this cup-tie off form after two straight defeats without scoring in the league.  Grays have won one and lost one so far in the Bostik North however they should have enough I feel to see off the Motormen here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Jamie Stuart’s side welcome ESL side Redbridge to Parkside. Grays will see this as a winnable tie though will be conscious of the Motormen’s forward line which could make this one a tricky match. For Redbridge, it’ll be interesting how they perform after a largely inconsistent start to the ESL, and the new artificial pitch at Parkside might also be a factor in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Great Yarmouth Town  v  Basildon Utd     Venue: Sandown Road

Peter: The Bees travel to the Norfolk coast to take on Great Yarmouth Town full of confidence after a more than decent start to their campaign.  Basildon saw off Walsham-le-Willows in the last round and come up against a Yarmouth side who lost 4-1 at Godmanchester Rovers in midweek.  However, the hosts did thrash Diss Town 5-0 at home in the last round so can score goals so this will prove a tough test for Marc Harrison’s side.  I feel the fact that Basildon are staying in the area Friday evening will help their preparation even more and this will help see them to a marvellous victory I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Basildon make the long trip to Norfolk to take on ECL Premier Great Yarmouth Town at Sandown Road. The hosts are currently mid-table in their division, having played two matches. Basildon have started their ESL campaign well, and it’ll be interesting to see what effect their preparation for the match will have.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 1


Ilford v Haverhill Borough       Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Ilford hosts Thurlow Nunn Haverhill Borough hoping they can bounce back from their midweek loss at Burnham Ramblers although they can look towards the visitors’ league form this season which is played three, lost three, however Borough’s only win this season came in the FA Cup at Enfield 1893 so Ilford should be mindful of this.  But I can see the Foxes getting the result here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: Ilford welcome ECL Premier side Haverhill Borough to Cricklefield. Ilford’s start to the ESL has been inconsistent though they will want to respond well following their loss in midweek. In contrast, Borough have lost all three of their matches so far in the ECL Premier though they did knock out Enfield 1893 in the last round of the FA Cup.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0


Long Melford  v  FC Romania        Venue: Stoneylands

Peter: Hosts Melford have only picked up one point from three league games however their only win was against Hackney Wick although they were lucky to win that one.  FC Romania on the other hand have won all their league games so far although needed a replay to defeat Waltham Forest in the last round. Despite the hosts having home advantage I still believe the visitors will have too much for the Suffolk side.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: FC Romania travel to the Suffolk/Essex border to take on Long Melford at Stoneylands after knocking out Waltham Forest in their EPR replay in midweek. Long Melford haven’t won yet in the ECL Premier though they did knock out ESL newcomers Hackney Wick in the last round. Given the firepower they have in their side, FCR could very well prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Potters Bar Town  v  West Essex     Venue: Pakex Stadium

Peter:  West Essex’s terrific away record so far this season will be put under immense pressure as they travel to take on Bostik North side Potters Bar Town.  The hosts have started the season well, winning both their games so far and averaging two goals a game in the process, and having home advantage as well I feel they will probably have just much for the high-flying ESL outfit.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: An intriguing tie sees Isthmian North newcomers Potters Bar take on ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Both sides have started their respective seasons well. West Essex will be looking to get to the First Qualifying Round in their first-ever FA Cup campaign which would be a fabulous achievement, should they prevail here. Potters Bar will be looking to continue the ‘winning habit’ and being at home may give them an edge.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2


Southend Manor v Gorleston         Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor welcome another Norfolk side to Southchurch Park after they defeated Wroxham there in the last round, however in Gorleston the challenge proves even tougher as the Thurlow Nunn side have won four of their five competitive outings so far, scoring fifteen times in the process, with their only defeat coming against big-spending Stowmarket Town last time out.  Manor have had a steady start to the campaign but are finding goals hard to come by and this was a problem in defeat to ESL leaders Takeley in midweek when they rued missed opportunities in defeat. This will be a tight contest however I see the Norfolk side progressing in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Manor welcome ECL Premier side Gorleston in another interesting tie at Southchurch Park. Manor edged out the visitors’ divisional rivals Wroxham in the last round, though with Gorleston starting their league season well, this may be a sterner test for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Scott’s Prediction:  0 – 1


Tower Hamlets v Takeley               Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hamlets are a far tougher nut to crack this season and they will give Takeley a game – no doubt about that, however the hosts struggled to beat a poor FC Broxbourne Borough side in the last round and are yet to record a league win.  Takeley on the other hand, have won all five competitive games this season although their midweek win against Manor was a tad fortunate, but they will surely have too much for Hamlets in the end and will progress I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Hamlets welcome ESL early high-flyers Takeley to Mile End. Although Hamlets haven’t won in the ESL yet this term, they do look a stronger outfit compared to last season, though Takeley are unbeaten in all competitions thus far and will take some stopping here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury   v  Hullbridge Sports     Venue: Stanstead Abbotts

Peter: The Sunday game sees Hullbridge travel to Hertfordshire to take on Spartan South Midlands side St Margaretsbury.  The hosts have lost both their league games so far and sit bottom on goals conceded whilst Sports have picked up two wins in all competitions this season including a 5-1 hammering of Ipswich Wanderers in the last round.  St Margaretsbury’s only win came against Burnham Ramblers in the last round when they fought back from 2-1 down to win in stoppage time and they hope to repeat that feat against another ESL side.  However I feel Sports will have just enough to see off the hosts.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: On Sunday, Hullbridge travel to Stanstead Abbotts following their impressive win over Ipswich Wanderers in the last round. St Margetsbury edged out Hullbridge’s ESL compatriots Burnham in the last round and will be in for another tough one here. Hullbridge have found some form of late, particularly in front of goal and if that continues here they may have the edge.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


As always, my thanks to Peter for his contribution to these Preview pieces.

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 and on his website featuring regular results round-ups & match reports at 

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 -1 Eton Manor (ESL)

Essex Senior League

           Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 71

Date: Monday 10th April 2017 7.45pm KO

Tower Hamlets  : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

 Eton Manor : Red & White Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

T Hamlets & Eton Manor players before KO (ESL 10.4.17)
Tower Hamlets & Eton Manor players before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene evening at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on Eton Manor in another Essex Senior League match, which also marked Tower Hamlets’ final home game of the season.

This match got underway with a bang as just a few minutes in, Eton Manor were awarded a free-kick about 25 yards from goal following a foul on forward Josh Sykes. Midfielder Daniel Crowie stepped up to take it and blasted a pile-driver right into the top-right corner to give Eton the lead, past home ‘keeper Carl Duggas-During who didn’t really have a chance of saving it. It was a great effort by Crowie.

So, with Manor having that early lead, they could have went further ahead though Sykes and  winger Harry Prince sent strikes wide soon after. Hamlets gradually had chances of their own, though forwards Roche Bailey and Germaine Agymeng couldn’t quite hit the target.

Eight minutes before the break, forward Josh Sykes found himself one-on-one with ‘keeper Duggas-During though hit goal-bound strike just swerved enough to hit the right-side post and go harmlessly wide.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 1  Eton Manor

The second half was a somewhat quieter affair and though Manor were tested in defence, the home side couldn’t quite find that ‘killer instinct’ to put chances away. Arguably their best chance of the second half was a good free-kick from full-back Ruben Nasco which hit the bar, with visiting ‘keeper Aston Grimes stranded, with 12 minutes left.

Manor looked decent at times going forward as well, with eight minutes of normal time remaining, Kadeem Brightly, playing as a forward after the break, hit a good strike on goal which Duggas-During parried onto the bar for a corner.

Manor won’t mind about the manner of how they won the game, and I believe they ground out the win, though they deserve credit for that. They remain 16th in the table; they are three points shy of Wadham Lodge in 15th, Eton having two matches to play. Tower Hamlets remain 20th, three points clear of Burnham in 21st, with Hamlets having two matches left, away to Enfield 1893 (Saturday 15th Apr) and West Essex (Sat 22nd April).

Full-Time:  Tower Hamlets 0 – 1    Eton Manor

Crowie 4’


Tower Hamlets

Manager: Ade Abayomi

Eton Manor

 Manager: Tony Stavri

1  Carl Duggas-During  (GK) 1  Aston Grimes (GK)
2  Inesh Sumithran    (Subbed 46’) 2  Dominic Herbert
3  Ruben Nasco 3  James Shadwell
4  AJ Ashinike 4  Adam Hole
5  Samuel Olanipekun 5  Kadeem Brightly
6  Jairo Pedro  (C) 6  Josh Woodcock
7  Kamon Asidio 7  Harry Prince
8  Landin Joao    (Subbed 63’) 8  Daniel Crowie
9  Trecy Bambo 9  Josh Sykes
10  Roche Bailey 10  Ben Bradbury (C)  (Subbed 46’)
11  Germaine Agymeng 11  Mason Stavri         (Subbed 46’)


12  Edward Lang  (On 46’) 12  Jacob Dixon         (On 46’)
13  Rahim Adama Bamba 14  Ryan Cosson
14  Kefala Kourouma 15  Billy Johnson       (On 46’)
15  Saico Djop    (On 63’)
16  Yusuf Ali        (On 71’)
Booked: Lang Booked: Dixon


Sam Everitt

Assistant Referees:

Kristian Keller

Eddie Andrews

Match Report: Southend Manor 3 – 2 Tower Hamlets (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 60

Date: Saturday 25th March 2017 3pm KO

Southend Manor  : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

Tower Hamlets  : Orange Shirts, White Shorts, Orange Socks

S Manor & T Hamlets players exchanging greetings before KO (ESL 25.3.17)
Manor & Hamlets players shake hands before KO

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly, breezy afternoon at Southchurch Park, out-of-form Southend Manor took on strugglers Tower Hamlets in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Manor started the match a little more brightly, as new signing Brad Morgan and fellow winger George Crispin both having chances, the latter from a free-kick that visiting ‘keeper Joe Biscoe saved.

Manor got into their stride a bit past the ten-minute mark with a host of chances, the pick of which was Crispin one-on-one with ‘keeper Biscoe though a heavy first touch allowed the ‘stopper to save. Soon afterward, a good cross in from the left flank saw Manor defender Sam Burton miss the ball by a few inches, if he had made contact with the ball it would’ve taken some stopping.

Manor eventually did open the scoring through perhaps a stroke of luck. A free-kick from live-wire Crispin was heading for the far corner before it got a deflection, I believe Hamlets captain Jairo Pedro may have got the final touch that diverted the ball home.

After Okah struck two efforts on goal wide, Manor extended their lead as a fine cross from the left wing by Crispin was met well by Okah who nodded in on 33 minutes.

Hamlets had relatively few chances in the first period, forward Saico Djop having one shot on goal blocked and then shooting wide from a narrow angle. Just before the break, Hamlets winger O’Neal Rowe hit a decent free-kick just wide of the left-hand post.

Half-Time:  Southend Manor  2  –  0    Tower Hamlets

The second half began with Manor winger Morgan having a decent chance on goal, though his weak strike was saved by Biscoe. Just moments later, Hamlets pulled a goal back through a great effort I believe by Saico Djop, as he curled the ball from 20 yards, in off the right-hand post. Unsurprisingly, this encouraged the visitors as Manor looked a little nervy. On the hour mark, Hamlets forward Rahim Adama Bamba had his strike saved by home ‘keeper Down, before a minute later substitute Simeon Awoliyi hit a good strike, which hit the right-side post.

Hamlets made the game harder for themselves as captain Robbie Norris was brought down by Biscoe in the area on 62’. Okah scored the resulting penalty to give Manor a 3-1 lead.

The open flow of the match continued as Crispin fed a ball in to midfielder Jake Brocklebank but he skewed his shot wide, that would have made the points safe. As it transpired though, Manor would have a nervy last 15 minutes as Djop popped up again for a tap-in from close range as Hamlets once again reduced their arrears to one.

Although Manor did look nervous and seemingly felt the pressure to get their first win in five ESL matches, they did hold out. Hamlets will be disappointed by their poor start to the match and they did look error-prone at times, though for a side where goals are not easy to come by, they did play OK in patches.

FT:  Southend Manor  3  – 2     Tower Hamlets

J. Pedro OG 27’                     Djop 51’, 71
Okah 33, 62’ (Pen)


Southend Manor

Manager: Stuart Marshall

Tower Hamlets

 Manager: Ade Abayomi

1  Lewis Down  (GK) 1 Joe Biscoe  (GK)
2  Michael Bottone 2  Lamar Earle
3  Shay Kelly 3  O’Neal Rowe
4  Jake Brocklebank 4  Trecy Bambo
5  Daniel Okah 5  Edward Lang
6  Joe Pattison 6  Jairo Pedro (C)
7  Brad Morgan 7  Samuel Olanipekun
8  Callum Jex 8  Kaman Asidio     (Subbed 53’)
9  Samuel Burton   (Subbed 47’) 9  Rahim Adama Bamba   (Subbed 74’)
10  Robbie Norris (C) 10  Saico Djop
11  George Crispin     (Subbed 74’) 11  Inesh Sumithran


12  Josh Opoosun 12  Kerfala Kourouma    (On 74’)
14  Mitchell Keen     (On 47’) 13  Simeon Awoliyi    (On 53’)
15  Ted Buchanan    (On 74’)
16  Billy Cottrill
Booked: Burton Booked: None
Referee: Craig Barnett
Assistant Referees: Robbie Collins

Ray Parmenter

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 0 – 3 Hullbridge Sports (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: 28

Date: Monday 13th February 2017 7.45pm

Tower Hamlets : Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

 Hullbridge Sports: Yellow & Blue Striped Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks

Tower Hamlets & Hullbridge players exchanging pleasantries before KO.

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Tower Hamlets took on mid-table Hullbridge Sports on a chilly evening at Mile End Stadium in an Essex Senior League encounter. The home side were looking to avenge a 7-1 home Cup defeat just two weeks ago here.

The visitors started brighter, and took the lead after only four minutes as forward Lucas Frankis slotted home neatly as Hamlets couldn’t clear their lines.

Hamlets attempted to settle themselves down after thieir early setback, though just couldn’t find much fluency in the final third. Forward O’Neal Rowe had two chances comfortably saved by visiting ‘keeper James Merralls. The home side’s best chance of the first period came on the half-hour as Saico Djop blasted a well-executed overhead kick in the area which Merralls saved at the second attempt.

Hullbridge were more composed going forward and extended their lead through a 25-yard cracker from forward Howard Wright on 37 minutes. The visitors made it three just minutes later as Frankis powered in good header from Aaron Hunwicks’ free-kick, for his second of the match.

Half-Time: Tower Hamlets 0 – 3 Hullbridge Sports

After the break, Hullbridge started well though Hamlets to their credit, stuck at their task in defence with ‘keeper making saves from winger Charlie Little and Wright.
Late on, the game petered out a little as the visitors defended stoutly. Hamlets kept going though were slightly hesitant going forward, perhaps the effects of two matches in three days starting to tell (though Hullbridge also played on Saturday).

Hullbridge held on well for a deserved victory, and rise to 8th place in the table. Hamlets stay 20th after three defeats on-the-spin.

Full-Time:   Tower Hamlets 0 – 3 Hullbridge Sports

Goalscorers: Frankis  4’ , 40’ & Wright 37’


Tower Hamlets

Manager: Ade Abayomi

Hullbridge Sports

 Player-Manager: Rob Hodgson

1  Carl Duggas- During (GK) 1  Jamie Merralls (GK)
2  Inesh Sumithran 2  Sean Savage
3  Ruben Junior 3  Kieran Offord      (Subbed 79’)
4  Rahim Adama Bamba 4  Dan Regan
5  Edward Lang 5  Aaron Hunwicks
6  Jairo Pedro (C) 6  Harry Skinner (C)
7  O’Neal Rowe 7  Charlie Little    (Subbed 73’)
8  Saico Djop     (Subbed 65’) 8  Jimmy Cox       (Subbed 81’)
9  Germaine Agymeng 9  Lucas Frankis
10  Kerfala Kourouma 10  Howard Wright
11  Anthony Ikenwe 11  Sam Taylor
12  Sergionmer da Silva       (On 65’) 12  Will Holland         (On 73’)
13  Librario Fernandonca 14  Luke Osborne      (On 79’)
14  Raymar Cedras 15  Jack Sparrow        (On 81’)
15  Joe Biscoe
Referee: Edward Smith
Assistant Referees: Alan Steward

Tony King

Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Tower Hamlets (ESL)

 Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field Stadium

Attendance: 20

Date: Tuesday 7th February 2017 8pm KO

Burnham Ramblers : Sky Blue & Navy Blue Striped Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts & Socks

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

Referee: Michael Scott

Burnham Ramblers players in the tunnel before KO.

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a slightly soggy though decent pitch at Leslie Field, Burnham Ramblers took on Tower Hamlets in a bottom-of-the-table clash in the ESL.

The match started as it carried on, quite open as both sides hit the woodwork early-doors. Burnham took the lead with just ten minutes gone, as Charlee Hughes calmly slotted past the Hamlets’ keeper into the left corner.

Burnham kept on the pressure, having the majority of the chances before Hughes once again popped up in front of goal, blasting home from close-range to double the home side’s advantage.

Hamlets had the odd opportunity to reduce their arrears though their defensive frailties showed once again just before the break. Hughes timing his run well, receiving a good through-ball, rounding the ‘keeper before slotting home assuredly for a first-half hat-trick.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 3 – 0 Tower Hamlets

Burnham had chances to extend their lead after the break, though Hamlets did improve and got a consolation late on through Leoman Medrado’s long-range cracker. Burnham finished the match down to ten men as Bobby Bird got his marching orders  late on for two bookable offences. Even so, Burnham deservedly won this encounter, as they were slicker in attack and more defensively sound. Hughes could’ve made it four though hit the post moments before the final whistle.

As a result, Burnham are off the foot of the ESL table, Haringey & Waltham are bottom on goal difference. Hamlets’ indifferent form continues.

Full-Time:  Burnham Ramblers 3 – 1 Tower Hamlets

Hughes 10, 25, 41               Medrado 74’

This was my first visit to Leslie Field and would like to give an honourable mention to the club for the nice atmosphere and friendliness of the staff. Thank you.


Burnham Ramblers: Lee Hughes
Tower Hamlets: Ade Abayomi

Unfortunately, there was no confirmed team-sheets (for both sides) from this match.