Match Report: West Essex 5 – 1 Wadham Lodge (ESL 21.4.18)

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Essex Senior League – ‘Kick It Out’ Day 2018

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 84

2017-18 Season – Match 66

Saturday 21st April 2018 – 3pm KO

West Essex: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Wadham Lodge: White Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a warm spring afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex welcomed relegation-battlers Wadham Lodge in one of the designated matches supporting the Essex Senior Lsague’s “Kick It Out” Day 2018. The hosts made only one change to the starting XI from their midweek win at Hullbridge with Josh French replacing Kofi Appiah at centre-back alongside Nick Walk with Tom Woodbridge and James Bromley options from the substitute’s bench.

Wadham rocked up here on-the-back of a fine win in midweek and had Louis Chapman between the posts with the attacking four of Abdoulie Njai, Kieron Southgate, captain Sherwin Stanley and Daniel Francis with young forward Rujorn Tuitt on the bench.

The match was preceded by a training session for youngsters, led by West Essex Head Coach Kwame Kwateng himself. The visitors knew their job and how much they needed the win here and broke the deadlock scarcely a minute into the match as a long throw-in caused chaos and midfielder Paul Oshin stole in to help the ball home and give Jason Ngandu’s side something to hold on to.

Only a minute later, the hosts’ start to the contest got worse as after a foul on Wadham forward Kieran Southgate in the area, the referee awarded a penalty though Wadham’s wily striker Stanley attempted to put off West goalkeeper Dan Russell by taking his time over the spot-kick, only for Russell to deny him with a good save. The hosts did gradually get themselves going and ten minutes in, the livewire that is forward Michael Mignot made a great run down the right flank, fizzed a good cross into the box that just evaded the outstretched foot of strike partner Isaac Marfo and the ball trickled harmlessly out of danger.

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Wadham full-back Banks takes a throw-in (ESL 21.4.18)

During the first 20-25 minutes, the Wad Army did have a healthy chunk of the attacking play though couldn’t quite create many clear-cut chances. Good link-up play mid-way through the half between West skipper Tom MacLeod and Mignot resulted in the latter firing wide though you still sensed the Stags had ‘more gears to find’ at this point. As the half entered its latter stages, Wadham defender Ashley Banks made a good challenge on Mignot though moments before, Marfo and midfielder Brad Russell’s efforts on goal couldn’t beat visiting ‘stopper Louis Chapman.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Brad Russell’s cross into the box was cleared by Wadham centre-back Chris Gormley. The resulting corner caused panic in the penalty area and the ball found its way to Mignot who speculatively back-heeled an effort past Chapman to give the Stags the leveller they so needed and undoubtedly the visitors would have been disappointed at the timing of the goal.

Half-Time: West Essex 1 – 1 Wadham Lodge

As the second half began, the hosts were determined to start this half better than they had the first. Seven minutes after the break, Wadham winger Abdoulie Njai made a good run down the right wing though blazed his shot harmlessly wide. West were starting to create more by this point and three minutes shy of the hour-mark, a superb curling left-wing cross by Ben Leo found Marfo in space, who nodded home well past Chapman to put the hosts ahead for the first time.

The visitors were awarded another spot-kick on 67 minutes though midfielder Michael Osei’s penalty was superbly tipped onto the woodwork by Dan Russell. To be fair to Wadham, their heads may have dropped but they didn’t as minutes later, substitute Rujorn Tuitt (who had replaced injured skipper Stanley) found his way into the area though a really good interception by Leo snuffed out the potential chance.

Two goals in three minutes did kill off the contest. With 78 minutes on the watch, a corner found MacLeod who calmly headedhome to give Kwame Kwateng’s side a two-goal cushion. Two minutes later, Mignot claimed another assist as his pass found defender Josh French at the back-post and he made no mistake with a cool finish. Stags ‘keeper Russell still needed to be alert to deny Njai with his outstretched foot, whilst one-on-one.

West remained hungry for goals late on, and after substitute Tom Woodbridge headed over, Mignot claimed his second to further assist his hopes of being the league’s leading scorer in two weeks’ time. All in all, West Essex’s attacking threat overwhelmed the troubled Wadham back-line in the second half as they just couldn’t live with their pace and movement – hardly the first side though this season to have found West difficult to play.

 

Full-Time: West Essex 5 – 1 Wadham Lodge

In closing, I’d like to mention that it was an honour to join Essex Senior League Chairman Rob Errington for this match, on such an important day for the ESL. It has to be said also that both sides put on a good game here for the larger crowd in attendance today.

 

Teams

West Essex  | Head Coach: Kwame Kwateng

Dan Russell (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Nick Walk, Josh French, Brad Russell (Musa Manneh 85′), Greg Frederick (Tom Woodbridge 82′), Tom MacLeod (Capt), Joe Lefley, Michael Mignot, Isaac Marfo (James Bromley 63′)

Goal-scorers: Michael Mignot [45′, 90′], Isaac Marfo [57′], Tom MacLeod [78′], Josh French [80′]

Booked: Mignot   | Subs Not Used: Kane, Khan

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Wadham Lodge | Manager: Jason Ngandu

Louis Chapman (GK), Brandon Kelly, Ashley Banks, Chris Gormley, Terry Foxe, Abdoulie Njai, Paul Oshin, Michael Osei (Nathan Joseph 80′), Sherwin Stanley (Capt) (Rujorn Tuitt 65′), Kieran Southgate, Daniel Francis

Goal-scorer: Paul Oshin [1′]

Booked: Osei, Gormley | Subs Not Used: Rider, Kirwan

 

Referee: Chris Cooper

 

 

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 4 – 1 Wadham Lodge (ESL 14.4.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 78

2017-18 Season – Match 63

Saturday 14th April 2018 – 3pm KO

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

Wadham Lodge: White Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks

 

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Report by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With photos by Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980)

On a lovely blue-sky day at Burroughs Park, league leaders Great Wakering welcomed relegation-battlers Wadham Lodge in an interesting encounter that had ramifications for both ends of the table. Wakering named a front three of Nathan Dewberry, Neil Richmond and Jay Nash with Aaron Waters partnering Scott Pethers in the heart of the defence. For Wadham, goalkeeper issues meant assistant boss Dwayne Uylett had to go in goal, and veteran forward Sherwin Stanley once again led the line, with support from Danny Francis and Abdoulie Njai.

The match began at a fair pace, and Wakering broke the deadlock after only three minutes when Neil Richmond sent a lovely strike with the outside of his right foot past stand-in keeper Dwayne Uylett from inside the area. Wakering kept their foot on the pedal too though a good tackle by full-back Ashley Bankole denied winger Billy Johnson a good sight of goal in the box. The hosts were quite wasteful finishing-wise as within a few minutes of each other, Ricky Evans, Jay Nash and Nathan Dewberry all took long-range shots to try and catch out Uylett but couldn’t find the target.

With 21 minutes on the clock, Nash’s goal-bound effort was well-kept out by Uylett though Richmond’s follow-up strike was denied for an off-side. The Wadham stopper also did well to deny Dewberry’s drive on the half-hour. Wadham looked OK goibg forward on the rare occasion they pushed forward and midfielder Brandon Kelly fired a shot from distance wide of the post. Wakering finally doubled their lead a minute before the break as Billy Johnson unleashed a 20-yard pile-driver which fizzed high into the back of Uylett’s net.

 

Half-Time: Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0  Wadham Lodge

 

As the second half began, the visitors deserve credit for ‘giving it a go’ as two efforts from attacker Abdoulie Njai couldn’t beat home custodian Louis Hawes though it was a warning. For the most part, the Wakering back-line was quite untroubled though at times they did drop their intensity going forward. The over-worked Wadham defence was breached again with twenty minutes remaining as Richmond’s delivery found Dewberry who gratefully secured a tap-in from point-blank range.

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Wakering captain Scott Pethers strikes a free-kick (Image: Peter D)

However, Wadham rallied on 76 minutes as following a poor challenge on the edge of the area by stand-in defender Ricky Evans, Danny Francis netted the resulting free-kick past Hawes. Any lingering doubt over the destination of the points here was soon snuffed out though five minutes later as Wakering substitute Bayley Newell kept his composure to lob over two Wadham defenders into the net.

Full-Time: Great Wakering Rovers 4 – 1 Wadham Lodge

All in all, a job well done today for the hosts who maintained their recent imperious form yet didn’t really have to reach top gear in order to get the win. Wadham remain in a precarious position in the bottom two, five points from safety but with six matches to play. Wakering move five points clear of stuttering Redbridge who are 2nd and only need three more wins to secure the title.

 

Teams

Great Wakering Rovers | Manager: Iain O’Connell

Louis Hawes (GK), Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters (Aaron Russell 64′), Sam Carter, Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry, Neil Richmond (Bayley Newell 77′), Jay Nash (Chris Bryan 71′)

Goal-scorers: Neil Richmond [3′], Billy Johnson [44′], Nathan Dewberry [70′], Bayley Newell [81′]

Booked: Evans    | Subs Not Used: Dopson, Froud

 

Wadham Lodge  | Manager: Jason Ngandu

Dwayne Uylett (GK), Nathan Joseph, Ashley Bankole, Terry Foxe, Chris Gormley, Brandon Kelly (Nathan Muskitta 71′), Kieran Southgate, Paul Oshin, Sherwin Stanley (Rujorn Tuitt 79′), Danny Francis, Abdoulie Njai (Cory Rider 88′)

Goal-scorer: Danny Francis [76′]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Tanimowo, Ngandu

Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Wadham Lodge (ESL 24.2.18)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Lower Road

Attendance: 37

2017-18 Season – Match 56

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018 – 3pm KO

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

Wadham Lodge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts & White Socks

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Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

With photos by Neil Hunwicks  (Twitter: @ABridgeTooFar16)

On a freezing cold day at Lower Road, Hullbridge welcomed Wadham Lodge for a crunch match at the bottom of the table. Hullbridge were missing the likes of Jimmy Cox and Russell Harley though still could name Luke Hornsley (captain for the day as well), Callum Ibe, Michael Salako and Rob Hodgson in their starting XI. Wadham’s attack was led by evergreen striker Sherwin Stanley, with Paul Oshin and on-loan goalkeeper Louie Chapman also in the starting XI, with Abdoulie Njai and Abiola Tanimowo options on the bench for Jason Ngandu’s side.

The hosts began the match the stronger with several forays forward, though efforts on goal from forward Luke Hornsley and full-back Charlie Buffin couldn’t get past visiting goalkeeper Louie Chapman. Wadham did also have a glimmer at goal in the early stages with forward Sherwin Stanley being well-tackled by home defender Dan Okah before having an effort from distance.

Although the hosts had more of the chances in the first half, they didn’t really have the urgency or tempo that they needed and Hornsley was a little isolated up top at times. That said, in the latter stages of the half, forward Callum Ibe’s free-kick was parried away well by Chapman. Moments later, Wadham midfielder Jerome Mtumba’s shot needed the intervention of home custodian Jamie Merralls.

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Hullbridge forward Callum Ibe was a threat once again today (Image Credit: Neil H)

Half-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 0 Wadham Lodge

After the first-half stalemate, this match needed to liven up a bit and it certainly did though not in the way the hosts would’ve liked. Five minutes into the second period, indecision by Merralls gave winger Danny Francis enough room to lob the ball over him into an empty net after breezing past the home defence. Not one for the back five to savour that. Still, the hosts were behind for only four minutes before Callum Ibe rounded opposition defenders before blasting home past Chapman to level things up.

It got better for Darren Manning’s side on 62 minutes as full-back Matt Rose ghosted into the area, and found himself one-on-one with Chapman before slotting home well,  after being picked out by Hornsley. This lead was wafer-thin though and Wadham were passing the ball around well and restored parity nine minutes later when substitute Abdoulie Njai blasted an effort into the far corner from around 15 yards. The visitors were in the midst of a good spell at this point, with Njai blasting over the bar minutes later and if they had found a better final ball, they had chances to pinch it.

Perry Hirst’s effort went over the bar late on for Hullbridge though Wadham held firm to take a share of the spoils here. Hullbridge did have more than enough chances to win this encounter though quite a few passes also went astray on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.  Wadham may be the happier side to take a point though it doesn’t really benefit either team given both sides’ current predicament in the bottom four.

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On-loan Wadham ‘keeper Chapman making another smart save (Image: Neil H)

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 2 Wadham Lodge

 

Teams:

Hullbridge Sports

Jamie Merralls (GK), Charlie Buffin, Matt Rose, Eamon Payne, Dan Okah, Rob Hodgson, Perry Hirst, Matt Tapley (Harry Watkins 74′) Luke Hornsley (Capt), Callum Ibe, Michael Salako

Goal-scorers: Callum Ibe [54′], Matt Rose [62′]

Booked: Salako  |   Subs Not Used: Taylor, Dicks, Pattison & Siemienczuk

Wadham Lodge

Louie Chapman (GK), Ashley Banks, Deniz Alici (Abdoulie Njai 46′), Paul Oshin, Mario Hoxa (Chris Gormley 68′), Terry Foxe, Nathan Joseph, Jerome Mtumba, Sherwin Stanley (Capt) (Abiola Tanimowo 63′), Brian Simpson, Danny Francis

Goal-scorers: Danny Francis [50′], Abdoulie Njai [71′]

Booked: Ntumba   | Subs Not Used: Akanbi, Tuitt

Referee: Steve Marr
Assistants: Jeremy Mott & Jack Morris

Essex Senior League Round-up (ESL 18.2.18)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. All seven matches survived the recent inclement weather and points were won & lost in important matches at both ends of the table.

Saturday 17th February

 

Barkingside 1 – 1  Southend Manor
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 48

‘Side recovered from a goal down to hold Manor at Cricklefield. Alfie Lindfield gave Manor the lead on 37 minutes though a minute before the break, Roddy Lemba restored parity for the hosts and that’s how it stayed. Barkingside go up one place to 14th, just two points above the bottom four. Manor stay 12th.

 

Clapton 0 – 1  Takeley   | Venue: Old Spotted Dog | Att: 72

Takeley were on the right side of another tough match at the OSD. Nick Barrett’s late free-kick secured all the points which takes Takeley back above the Tons into 5th, though they are nine points adrift of the top three. Clapton’s four-match winning run ended here, and are 12 points clear of Ilford in 7th.

 

Enfield 1893 2 – 0 Stansted  | Venue: The Harlow Arena | Att: 54

The E’s battled to their third win in four matches here. Goals from Ayo Odukoya [35′] and Dan Crowe [40′] were enough to pull Matt Hanning’s side out of the bottom four and into 16th place. Stansted’s third loss in their last four sees them stay 13th though the Airportmen are only three points ahead of that bottom four.

 

Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 1 Redbridge
| Venue: Burroughs Park | Att: 92

The top-of-the-table ended honours even at Burroughs Park. Redbridge led through talismanic striker Brian Moses’ 23rd goal of the league season [11′] though GWR levelled just seven minutes later thanks to Nathan Dewberry. They couldn’t be seperated after that as Redbridge stay top by three points, with Wakering joint-second with FC Romania after their unbeaten run extended to seven matches.

 

Hullbridge Sports 2 – 1  Tower Hamlets
|  Venue: Lower Road | Att: 38

Hullbridge picked up a hugely important win at Lower Road. I attended this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/match-report-hullbridge-2-1-tower-hamlets-esl-17-2-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 1  Ilford
| Venue: Crofters End | Att: 47

These two old rivals had another battle at Crofters End. Aaron Thomas opened the scoring six minutes in to put the hosts ahead before hot-shot Tony Cookey levelled five minutes before the interval. Sawbo stay 11th, above Southend Manor on goal difference while Ilford remain 7th though West Essex and Tower Hamlets behind them have games in hand.

 

Wadham Lodge 4 – 2  Waltham Forest
| Venue: Kitchener Road |

Wadham won the Walthamstow Derby and in doing so, grabbed their first win in seven matches. Sherwin Stanley was again the hero for Lodge with a hat-trick while Brian Simpson got the other strike for the hosts. Christian Owusu got a brace for Forest though a run of one win in their last seven sees Ryan Maxwell’s side in 17th place, perched above the bottom four, only a point above Burnham. Wadham remain 20th though are only four points from safety now.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

The ESL ‘Ground-Hop’ Day – Sat 11th November 2017

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with afterword by Essex Senior League Chairman Rob Errington

Well, you may have seen some of the match reports from the Essex Senior League ‘Ground-Hop’ Day event, though what did the occasion feel like?

So, as part of a good ‘crew’ that included ESL Chair Rob Errington and respected fellow Non-League colleague Peter Dudley, we set off through the maze of traffic to reach Oakside, home of Redbridge FC, for their match against Burnham Ramblers, which kicked off proceedings at midday.

Redbridge & Burnham players honouring the fallen on Armistice Day with a minute’s silence

I will say that the Motormen always give you a decent welcome, led by Programme/Website chap Adam Silver though being honest, the hot food helps as well! Anyway it did seem like a few ground-hoppers and perhaps curious punters had joined the crowd to watch proceedings. To be fair, the match itself was a good one as the hosts showed why there are one of the in-form teams in the division right now. Though as I’ve said previously, Burnham are a different proposition this season compared to last term. They are spirited, more determined and decent going forward too.

Forest (in white shirts) in action v Woodford Town

I’m not usually in a rush to head off post-match though today it was rather a necessity, what with the next match kicking-off about a half-hour afterwards. Joined by ESL Secretary (& organiser of this event) Michelle Dorling in the ‘Batmobile’ (Well, it was jokingly called that so I thought I’d leave it in), the four of us just about made the start of the second designated match at 2.30pm – Waltham Forest v Woodford Town at Kitchener Road,Walthamstow. It’s been documented in the last week or so that Forest are in some financial strife as they look to keep the club going on to & past its 150th anniversary next season, and while the match itself was alright, the result didn’t go the way of the hosts. Being at the ground was a bit of a change for me as I don’t get round there that often, chiefly due to its location. I sincerely wish Forest all at Forest well in their efforts to preserve the club going forward.
With regards to Woodford Town, I could see why they’ve been scoring a few goals this term though they are probably seeking what quite a few other sides are – that ‘holy grail’ of consistency.

Right, well with the darkening sky well on its way, we made our way to our third and final match of the day at the Old Spotted Dog for the 5.30pm KO between Hackney Wick and Wadham Lodge. The chill in the air had also set in by this point though once settled, my attention turned to this encounter which was an important one at the bottom of the table.

The Wick and Wadham players before KO

Along with Woodford, I hadn’t seen Wadham this term before today though I’m well aware they won’t want to recall the tough start to the season that they had to endure. The visitors looked decent at times as they got the result with their superior finishing being the difference in my opinion. 

An action still from Hackney v Wadham (in red)

As far as the ‘occasion’ goes, I don’t think anyone can complain about a lack of goals (12 in three matches). And that adds to my (and others) thoughts that this season is ‘on its way’ nicely at both ends of the table. Perhaps future occasions of this ilk could have one or two matches on a Sunday or Bank Holiday afternoon though for a debut, it was really rather good. Days like this may help most clubs, though particularly those whose attendances aren’t that strong.
In the main though, ‘more of the same’ please. The ESL is ‘on the rise’ and long may that continue.

As hinted earlier, below are the thoughts of ESL Chairman Rob Errington on the day:

The day dawned with the excitement of the first-ever Hop by conveying Scott and Peter and the resultant chats added to the whole experience of the three matches, all ending 3-1 or 1-3, being very memorable. A day to remember indeed and hopefully to be repeated.

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (12.11.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. We start with the Friday night match, then move to the various matches that took place in the ESL on Saturday.  And there’s a run-down of the results from the Essex Olympian League matches.

Friday 10th November

Barkingside 2 – 3    Clapton

Venue: Cricklefield  |   Attendance: 273

Clapton triumphed at Cricklefield despite not having a recognised goalkeeper in the side. Clapton’s Jeffrey Cobblah broke the deadlock ten minutes before half-time. Barkingside levelled right on half-time through Besi Toke though the Tons led once again three minutes after the break, through Ryan Reed [48’]. The hosts levelled again through Michael Ogboin [75’]. Reed produced a cracker to win it with five minutes remaining. It proved some way to ‘go out’ as the next day it was announced that Reed had signed for Bostik North side (and last season’s ESL champions) Barking. After the weekend matches, Clapton sit in 4th place while ‘Side are 13th.

Saturday 11th November (in KO order)

Redbridge   3 – 1   Burnham Ramblers     (12pm KO)

Venue: Oakside    |   Attendance: 106

Redbridge got the win in the early kick-off to start off the ESL ‘Ground-Hop Day’ in an entertaining affair. Brian Moses gave the Motormen an 8th-minute lead though the visitors levelled a minute before the break through debutant Fraser Inns. Second-half goals from Moses [63’] and substitiute Tommie Turner [85’] sealed the hosts’ 12th win of the campaign and they go 3rd, just a point off pole-sitters Basildon. Burnham drop to 18th place.

If you’d like more on this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/match-report-redbridge-3-1-burnham-esl-11-11-17/

 

Waltham Forest  1 – 3  Woodford Town (2017)   (2.30pm KO)

Venue: Kitchener Road |    Attendance: 60

The action swiftly moved on to Kitchener Road as Woodford took the points. The visitors led on 36 minutes as Asher Modeste struck before Ethan Kessel [49’] made it two. Forest got a goal back though Joe Creasey [67’] though Town sealed the win through Kessel’s second of the afternoon two minutes later. Woodford stay tenth while Forest drop to the foot of the table.

If you;d like more on this match, my report in-brief is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/report-in-brief-w-forest-1-3-woodford-town-esl-11-11-17/

Basildon Utd   1- 2   Southend Manor

Venue: The Hive    |   Attendance: 127

Onto the 3pm KO’s now and Manor picked up a battling win over table-toppers Basildon at the Hive. Luke Hornsley put the hosts head on 21 minutes, before Jamie Brown levelled three minutes later. The visitors were reduced to ten men though Manor still took the lead through Hamid Zamani [65’] and held on to claim their first win under caretaker boss Adam Peek. Basildon stay top as Takeley were not in action today, while Manor rise to 11th spot.

 

Stansted  1 – 3   Sawbridgeworth Town

Venue: Hargrave Park    | Attendance: 88

Sawbridgeworth produced a good performance to triumph in this local derby at Hargrave Park. The hosts took the lead on eight minutes through Wisley Baltazar though the visitors responded though Lewis Deamer [29’] and after the break sealed the win with goals from Billy Skinner [58’] and Toby Cleaver [75’] to rise to 15th place in the table. Stansted are in 12th place.

 

West Essex  2- 1  Ilford       

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    |   Attendance: 35

The Stags picked up a important win at mayesbrook Park. James Peagram struck 11 minutes in to give the Foxes the lead though Tom Woodbridge levelled ten minutes later. Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark was dismissed soon afterward. After the break, the hosts made their numerical advantage count as James Bromley [67’] got the winner. West Essex go into 7th place while Ilford stay 9th.

Hackney Wick  1 – 3   Wadham Lodge    (5.30pm KO)

Venue: Old Spotted Dog    |   Attendance: 106

The ‘Ground-Hop Day’ action concluded at the Old Spotted Dog as Hackney Wick fell to defeat against Wadham Lodge. Mario Gnijaj put Wadham ahead on 22 minutes before Dwade James’ spot-kick [29’] doubled that advantage. Ibrahim Camara pulled one back 12 minutes from time for the hosts though James struck again two minutes from time to seal an important win for Marc Farrell’s side and they rise above Wick to 17th in the table. Hackney drop to 19th, two points above bottom side Waltham Forest.

If you’d like more on this match, my match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/match-report-h-wick-1-3-wadham-esl-11-11-17/

If you’d like an alternative view then my esteemed Non-League blogger colleague Peter Dudley has his say on the ‘Ground-Hop’ day matches and you can find that here: http://www.realfootytalk.com/2017/11/12/essex-senior-league-ground-hop-201718-saturday-11th-november/

 

Saturday 11th November

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Basildon Town  0 – 1  Canning Town

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts  4 – 1  Rayleigh Town

Harold Wood Athletic  1 – 2  Leigh Ramblers

 

Division One

Harold Hill  2 – 1   FC Hamlets

Old Southendian  0 – 0  Hutton

Runwell Sports  3 – 8   Newbury Forest

Snaresbrook  1 – 2   Buckhurst Hill

 

Division Two

May & Baker E.C. Res.   5 – 3      A1 Sports

Newham Utd  5 – 1     Rochford Town

Ongar Town  1 – 6     Toby

Rayleigh Town Res.    10 – 0   Ryan

Upminster   1 – 3   Herongate Athletic

Match Report: Hackney Wick 1 – 3 Wadham Lodge (ESL 11.11.17)

Essex Senior League – Ground-Hop Day Match #3

Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Attendance: 106

2017-18 Season – Match 38

Saturday 11th November 2017 5.30pm KO

Hackney Wick: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Wadham Lodge: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Both sides before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at the Old Spotted Dog,  the ESL ‘Ground-Hop Day’ came to a close as Hackney Wick took on an improving Wadham Lodge side in an important ‘six-pointer’ with both sides near the bottom of the table.

The visitors knew a win would take them off the bottom of the table, though Wick started the brighter of the two sides with winger Tajahn Figueroa denied by Wadham goalkeeper Stefan Botar whilst one-on-one five minutes in. Wadham had a good chance of their own with Jerome Mtumba mis-timing his strike from a narrow angle on 13 minutes. Soon after,Wick winger Jeffrey Idemudia’s cross from the right found forward Jordy Ndjeka though his shot was saved by Botar. The visitors got the important first goal through Mario Gnijaj’s close-range header at the back post on 22 minutes. Lodge sensed that more joy could be in the offing and after Gnijaj had a shot save, forward Dwade James doubled his side’s lead from the spot seven minutes later following a foul in the area.

Lodge continued to push forward and eleven minutes before the interval, full-back Akin Akinola’s powerful strike was saved by home goalkeeper Martin Arnauchkov though it then cannoned off the bar. Wadham winger Carlos Quintero was also an influence on his side down the left flank and he blasted a shot wide shortly before the break. Wick winger Idemudia piled in with a curling effort on the stroke of half-time though was denied well by Botar.

Half-Time: Hackney Wick 0 – 2 Wadham Lodge

The second half was admittedly somewhat quieter though evergreen forward Sherwin Stanley missed a decent chance eight minutes after the break. Wick forward Ibrahim Camara was denied by Botar soon afterward. Wick did halve their arrears with twelve minutes to play as Camara’s strike found the net.

Both sides made changes and this may have affected the tempo of the match though Wadham won’t mind as late on, James grabbed his second of the evening with a header past Arnauchkov to seal the points for his side and take them above Wick into 17th place while Wick drop to 19th spot.

Full-Time: Hackney Wick 1 – 3 Wadham Lodge

Camara 78’  |  Gnijaj 22, James 29’ & 88’

Teams:

Hackney Wick

Martin Arnauchkov (GK), Simpson Mpalampa (C), Meer Ishanzadeh, Stephen O’Hara, Robert Kasanga, Sergo Sidibe, Jeffrey Idemudia, Jake Casey (Kareem Richardson 73’), Jordy Ndjeka (Saico Djop 61’), Ibrahim Camara, Tajahn Figueroa

Goal-scorer: Ibrahim Camara [78’]

Booked: Kasanga   |  Subs Not Used: Nassim Keniza, Kirk McPherson

Wadham Lodge

Stefan Botar (GK), Danny Palmer, Akin Akinola (Ben Masaku 61’), Jerome Mtumba (George Silver Mulonda 77’), Andrea Kostadinov, Eli Benoit (C), Mario Gnijaj, Gary Silvera, Sherwin Stanley (Rueben Akande 90’), Dwade James, Carlos Quintero

Goal-scorers: Mario Gnijaj [22’], Dwade James [29’ & 88’]

Booked: Quintero, Gnijaj, Silvera  | Subs Not Used: Michael Appiah, Junior Ibweachu

Refree: David Merno  | Assistant Referees: Martin Quinn & Alan Steward

Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (1.10.17)

Written by Scott W  (Twitter:@ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of this weekend’s action in the Essex Senior League here on my blog. The full fixture programme returned on September 30th, as most ESL sides were in FA Vase action last weekend. After the updated ESL table, there’s a run-down of the results from the Essex Olympian League Premier Division, Division One & Division Two. How did your side do this time around? Find out below. Enjoy.

Saturday 30th September

Barkingside  1 –  1 Sawbridgeworth Town

Venue: Cricklefield   | Attendance: 48

Barkingside came from behind late-on to hold a determined but depleted Sawbridgeworth side to a draw at Cricklefield. Debutant Billy Skinner put the hosts ahead on the half-hour. Despite increasing pressure from the hosts towards the end of the match, it did look at though Town might have held on although they missed two or three good chances themselves. It wasn’t to be though as substitute Gareth Jones slotted home well to give Michael Walther’s side a point.

I attended this match and my full match report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/report-barkingside-1-1-sawbridgeworth-esl-30-9-17/

Basildon Utd   3 – 0    Tower Hamlets 

Venue: The Hive        |      Attendance: 95

Basildon ended Hamlets’ recent good league run at the Hive. Hot-shot Marcus Bowers did the damage for Marc Harrison’s side as his first-half hat-trick (7’,15’, 35’) sealed the Bees’ seventh win of the season thus far. Hamlets host Ilford on Monday night hoping for a better result.

Great Wakering Rovers    4 – 0     FC Romania

Venue: Burroughs Park      |      Attendance: 63

Wakering produced an excellent display to defeat FCR at Burroughs Park. Hot-shot Neil Richmond scored another super hat-trick (2’4’ and 87’) to set Iain O’Connell’s side on their way. Substitute Stephen Butterworth added the other goal with 13 minutes left.

Hackney Wick   1 – 2    Stansted

Venue: Old Spotted Dog     |        Attendance: 33

Stansted picked up a narrow win at the OSD. Jayden Hocking-Rising got the opener for his new club, while the visitors; winner was a late OG. Robert Gewada got Wick’s reply.

Redbridge  6 – 1     Hullbridge Sports

Venue: Oakside    |        Attendance: 50

Redbridge inflicted a heavy defeat on Hullbridge at Oakside. Brian Moses opened the scoring from the spot on 14 minutes. Lindsipho Mytanda doubled that lead four minutes before defender Jonathan Mbamarah made it three on 31 minutes. Hullbridge pulled one back through youngster Damien Siemienczuk seven minutes after the re-start, though the Motormen more than secured the points with second-half goals from Reside Coxi-Sebastfao (68’), substitute Billy Golledge (82’) and Moses’ second four minutes from time.

Southend Manor   3 – 2     Waltham Forest   

Venue: Southchurch Park      |     Attendance: 56

Manor came back superbly to grab only their second win this term at Southchurch Park. Edgar Morais and Mo Sagaf’s goals put Forest in command though Michael Hopkins pulled one back on 65 minutes before late goals from Alfie Lindfield (86’) and Lee Scott (88’) completed the comeback and the points for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 4  Woodford Town (2017)

Venue: Mile End Stadium           |        Attendance: 30

Woodford upset Bengal with an excellent performance at Mile End Stadium. Larry Asare put the visitors ahead on 17 minutes before Asher Modeste’s goal five minutes before the break doubled the lead. Town made it three thanks to Bradley Kauzani on the hour. Eaia Embalo got one back for Bengal five minutes from time though Andrea Montovani secured the points for the visitors a minute from time.

 Takeley   2 – 0   Clapton   

Venue:  Station Road     |        Attendance: 145

Takeley maintained their 100% record with victory over Clapton at Station Road. Stuart Zanone gave Takeley the lead in first-half stoppage-time before Mitchell Das made it two on the hour.

 Wadham Lodge  1 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

Venue: Kitchener Road     |        Attendance: 14

Wadham edged Burnham to record an important win in this bottom-two clash at Kitchener Road. Ben McAllister got the only goal on 25 minutes to give Wadham their second win of the season which sees them off the foot of the table.

West Essex  2 – 1  Enfield 1893

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    |        Attendance: 24

West Essex kept up their good league form with victory at Mayesbrook Park. Tom MacLeod gave the hosts the lead two minutes after the re-start before Michael Mignot added to his increasing goal-tally this season with the second on the hour. Enfield got a consolation through Ryan Cosson three minutes from time.

 

ESL table (following 30th September matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 West Essex 9 7 1 1 9 22
2 Takeley 7 7 0 0 17 21
3 Basildon Utd 8 7 0 1 11 21
4 Great Wakering Rovers 9 6 1 2 14 19
5 Redbridge 9 6 1 2 10 19
6 Sporting Bengal Utd 11 6 1 4 3 19
7 Tower Hamlets 9 5 2 2 11 17
8 Woodford Town (2017) 11 4 2 5 -6 14
9 FC Romania 8 4 1 3 6 13
10 Stansted 10 4 1 5 3 13
11 Barkingside 8 4 1 3 2 13
12 Ilford 9 4 0 5 1 12
13 Clapton 9 3 3 3 0 12
14 Waltham Forest 11 3 2 6 -8 11
15 Hackney Wick 11 3 1 7 -8 10
16 Hullbridge Sports 9 2 3 4 -9 9
17 Sawbridgeworth Town 9 2 2 5 -4 8
18 Southend Manor 6 2 1 3 -2 7
19 Enfield 1893 8 2 0 6 -9 6
20 Wadham Lodge 11 2 0 9 -24 6
21 Burnham Ramblers 10 1 1 8 -17 4

Saturday 30th September

Essex Olympian League

Premier Division

Catholic Utd  1 – 2    May & Baker E.C.

Harold Wood Athletic 1 – 2  Kelvedon Hatch

Leigh Ramblers 2 – 0  Rayleigh Town

Manford Way  3 – 0   Basildon Town

 

Division One

Galleywood  2 – 1 FC Hamlets

Harold Hill   5 – 2   Newbury Forest

Old Chelmsfordians  3 – 4  Shenfield AFC

Old Southendian  1 – 3  Great Baddow

Runwell Sports   1 – 2    Hutton

Snaresbrook  1 – 3   Sungate

 

Division Two

Newham Utd  0 – 0   A1 Sports

Ongar Town  6 – 1  Ryan

Ramsden Scotia   4 – 3    Toby

Rayleigh Town Res.  5 – 2   Herongate Athletic

Upminster    0 – 1    Rochford Town

 

If you missed last week’s ESL & EOFL round-up (24.9.17) , you can view it here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/esl-fa-v-2qr-eofl-r-up-24-9-17/

My match this weekend was in the FA Vase 2QR: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/match-report-w-essex-1-2-gwr-fav/    

 

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: https://andywilkinsnonleague.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/hullbridge-sports-2-6-barkingside-fc/

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: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/report-w-essex-2-0-burnham-esl/

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