Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 28.4.18)

Champions GWR celebrate with the trophy...
Great Wakering Rovers  – champions of the ESL 2017/18 (Credit: Andy W)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of the weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which was ‘D-Day’ for some sides at both ends of the table, given that some teams played their last match of the campaign at the weekend.

 

Saturday 28th April

Barkingside 0 – 4  Takeley  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 77

Takeley produced an excellent second-half display to increase the nerves for the hosts and take their relegation battle into the final week. After a goal-less opening 45, Carl Mullings grabbed a brace [60′ & 75′] before strike partner Stuart Zanone added gloss to the result with a late double [80′ & 85′] of his own. ‘Side drop to 17th, two points above the bottom three and have two games to play at Southend Manor and Wadham respectively. Takeley’s 3rd win in their last four means they’ve hit the 80-point mark and will finish 5th.

 

Burnham Ramblers  1 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 36

This virtual ‘dead-rubber’ ended up all-square with Ollie Hanlon netting for Ramblers while James Ross responded for the Hamlets side, who look set for quite an overhaul off-the-pitch during the summer. Burnham finish 20th after only one win in nine outings while Hamlets end the campaign in 11th after a similar struggle to win matches towards sason’s end.

 

Clapton  2 – 1   Hullbridge Sports
| Venue: Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 42

Hullbridge were denied a point late on as Clapton got their 2nd win in their last five to re-take 6th place in the table. Nathan Cook gave the Tons the lead just past the half-hour before Jimmy Cox’s penalty [68′] levelled. Jon Fowell’s side pinched the win ‘at the death’ as Jeff Cobblah netted in the 90th minute. Hullbridge sit 15th with one match left, a home tie with Takeley in midweek.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  5 – 0  West Essex
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 120

I attended this match, you can view my match report here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/match-report-g-wakering-rovers-5-0-west-essex-esl-28-4-18/

 

Redbridge  2 – 1  Hackney Wick 
| Venue: Oakside | Att: 51

The Motormen came from behind to claim victory here though it most likely will not be enough to keep them in the promotion race. Nelson Dihn struck for bottom-side Wick before a second half double-salvo from Remi Nelson [57′] & Dan Gilchrist [74′] turned the tide of this match. Redbridge sit 4th though their inferior goal difference means even if they beat Basildon on Wednesday, it won’t be enough to dislodge FC Romania from second spot.

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 3   Wadham Lodge | Venue: Crofters End | Att: 33

This extraordinary game saw Sawbo come from behind to wrestle a point from spirited Wadham at Crofters. Danny Francis grabbed a double [22′ & 44′] for the visitors before Aaron Thomas and Zak Johnson responded for John Watters’ side. Eli Benoit oncecagain gave the Wad Army the lead with 20 minutes left though Mark Robinson snatched a point for the hosts which means they will finish 8th. Wadham’s struggle for victories continues, it’s two in their last eight outings now though safety is still in their hands.

 

 

Southend Manor  0 – 2   FC Romania  | Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 43

FCR ‘did the job’ they had to do thanks to a goal in each half. Mihai Circiumaru broke the deadlock four minutes before half-time though Ion Vintila’s side could only really relax after Vladu Sighiartau’s strike [62′]. Manor could finish 14th though could still be caught by the sides below them. Two wins in their last 11 highlights the difficulties they’ve had of late. FCR rise to 2nd after their 5th straight win though await the outcome of Basildon v Redbridge in midweek before they know if they will be promoted.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 0  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Hargrave Park | Att: 50

Bengal ended a highly-respectable month by shutting out the Bees in this match at Hargrave Park, due to Mile End being unavailable. Sporting ended the season unbeaten in five with their highest points tally in the ESL (50) and will finish 10th. The Bees know that only all three points at home to Redbridge in midweek will be enough to pip FC Romania. They drop to 3rd, despite their unbeaten run extnding to seven matches now.

 

Waltham Forest  3 – 1  Ilford 
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 81

Forest completed the job of securing their Step 5 status for another season thanks to this victory over Ilford. ‘A tale of two penalties, Chris Lockwood’s for Ilford and Shomari Barnwell for Forest, meant it was level at the break. In the second-half, Josh Brimscombe-Ward [57′] and Rhea Joseph [60’] struck to seal Ryan Maxwell’s team their third win in seven, which in turn took them 16th and out of danger. Ilford’s eighth straight loss means they conclude the season in 13th and the off-season will be important for them to ‘forget’ what’s been a difficult few months.

 

Woodford Town (2017)  0 – 0  Enfield 1893
| Venue: Goffs Lane | Att: 41

Woodford held Enfield to end the season in 12th spot – a marked improvement on the team they replaced frpm last season. Enfield have a superb second half of the campaign to thank for finishing 9th with only three losses in their last 15 matches – that says it all.

 

That’s all for this week, there will be one more round-up after the Errington Cup Final in about a week’s time. Thanks for reading.

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Essex Senior League round-up (ESL 22.4.18)

 

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of this weekend’s Essex Senior League action, which included some crucial matches at both ends of the table on “Kick It Out” Day.

Saturday 21st April

 

Basildon Utd 3 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: The Hive   | Att: 76

The Bees rounded off an excellent week with victory over Woodford at The Hive. George Whitby gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes before a brace from influential winger Jack Adlington [14′ & 45′ +1] sealed the success for Marc Harrison’s side – their 5th straight win and sit 3rd, outside the second promotion place on goal difference alone, with a game in hand on 2nd-placed FC Romania. Woodford drop to 13th and end their season next weekend with a home tie with Enfield 1893.

 

Enfield 1893  0 – 2  Takeley
| Venue: The Harlow Arena   | Att: 69

Takeley once again showed their gritty determination to get the points at the Harlow Arena. Recently-returned forward Stuart Zanone put Marc Das’ side ahead a minute into the second half before a late OG sealed Takeley’s fourth win in their last six which keeps them 5th, still eight points adrift of Redbridge above them. Enfield’s fine nine-match unbeaten run is over though they are in 9th place and four points from their last two matches should secure a top-ten finish.

 

FC Romania  3 – 1  Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  | Att: 34  | “Kick It Out” Day Designated Match

FCR continued their decent form in recent weeks with a battling win over ten-man Tower Hamlets at Theobalds Lane. Gabriel Ghinea put the hosts ahead eight minutes before the break. Goals from Andrei Baciu [56′] and Sergiu Pitaru [82′] made sure of the points while Montel Williams got Hamlets’ consolation. FCR sit 2nd, above Basildon on goal difference, having played a game more than the Bees. Hamlets eighth-straight defeat drops them to 12th with their chances of a top-ten finish fading.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  3 – 2  Clapton
| Venue: Burroughs Park  | Att: 81

Wakering had to fight hard to claim another three points over inconsistent Clapton at Burroughs Park. Steven Sardinha struck to give the Tons a surprise lead on 22 minutes though scarcely a minute later, influential winger Billy Johnson brought GWR back on level terms. Neil Richmond put Rovers ahead three minutes before the break. Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to give the hosts daylight though Nathan Cook halved the lead for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining. Wakering’s 6th win in their last seven means they are five points clear at the summit, needing five points to secure the title. Clapton’s poor end to the season goes on with one win in their last eight games & they reside in 6th, only a point clear of West Essex, having played three games more than the Stags.

 

Hackney Wick  3 – 1  Hullbridge Sports
| Venue:  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 48

The Wickers dispatched Hullbridge in their first match since relegation was confirmed in midweek. A brace from Tony Cookey and one from Joel Appiah were enough to grab a morale-boosting three points for Chris Davis’ side. Luke Hornsley got a late goal for Sports who could still do with another victory to avoid any last-day drama – they are in 16th, four points clear of the bottom four.

Click this link for Video Highlights & post-match Interviews (courtesy of WD Sportz): https://youtu.be/BGn68ux-rcA

 

Ilford 1 – 3 Barkingside
| Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 49

Barkingside came from behind to grab a major win in the “Cricklefield derby”. Ilford led through Jake McWee’s opener on 16 minutes though couldn’t see the match out as three goals in the last 22 minutes turned it around. Roddy Lemba [69′] brought things level before strikes from James Briggs [76′] and Michael Ogboin’s spot-kick four minutes from time saw ‘Side to their 3rd win in their last seven to rise to 15th. Ilford’s sixth defeat on-the-reel sees them stay 11th.

 

Southend Manor  4 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 49

Manor edged another brillantly entertaining encounter at Southchurch Park. Sawbridgeworth’s goal-scorers were Matt Frew, Daryl Doolan and Jack Cousins while second-half goals from Lewis Sparrow [50′], Alfie Lindfield [62′], Brennon Nolan [73’] and the eventual winner from skipper Lee Delf eight minutes from time ended Manor’s five-match winless run to see Adam Peek’s side move eight points clear of the danger-zone in 14th. Sawbridgeworth’s third defeat in their last seven means they cannot improve on 8th place now this term.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1  Redbridge
| Venue: Oakside (12pm KO) | Att: 70 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

Sporting Bengal surprised the Motormen in this match ‘reversed’ to Oakside and was also the early kick-off. Bobby Redwood [16′] broke the deadlock before returning talisman Brian Moses levelled things three minutes before half-time. Bengal skipper Freddy Tandon fired home the winner 16 minutes from time to give Imrul Gazi’s men the double-whammy of a club-record fourth-straight victory and also break the club’s ESL points record and they also rise to 10th spot. Redbridge’s stutter continues as their winless stretch extended to four matches and are now three points adrift of the top three and arguably their fate is ‘no longer in their own hands’ with regards to promotion.

 

Waltham Forest 2 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 61

Waltham Forest edged ten-man Stansted to record a priceless victory in their bid to avoid the drop. Stansted led thanks to Ryan Ramsey’s penalty on 19 minutes. Though much to the delight of the Waltham Rabble, Elias Siligato erased that lead nine minutes before the break. Recent signing Shomari Barnwell’s spot-kick on the stroke of half-time ended up sealing the points. Forest are now unbeaten in four and they go above Stansted into 17th, two points clear of them though Forest only have one match to play, compared to Stansted’s two. The Airportmen are 18th and face Enfield and Basildon during the week.

 

West Essex  5 – 1   Wadham Lodge
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 84 | “Kick It Out” Designated Match

I attended this match and you can find my match report here:
https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/match-report-west-essex-5-1-wadham-lodge-esl-21-4-18/

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

Essex Senior League & EOFL r-up (ESL 5.2.18)

EOFL badge (50th Anni)

 

Written by Scott W

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend. This week, Following the ESL action, there’s an extended results check from the Essex Olympian League (Premier Division – Senior Division 4) & Essex Premier Cup Quarter-Finals.

 

Basildon Utd 1 – 3  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Venue: The Hive | Att: 71

The Bees were upset by resurgent Sawbridgeworth at the Hive. James Mays put John Watters’ side ahead on the quarter-hour, before hot-shot Marcus Bowers [32′] levelled. However, goals from George Pullen [62′] and a injury-time third from Toby Cleaver sealed an impressive win for Sawbo.

 

Burnham Ramblers 0 – 1 Waltham Forest    | Venue: Leslie Field  | Att: 24

Forest edged this encounter at Leslie Field. Vincente Belho got the only goal to take Forest above Burnham in the table and continue the hosts’ poor start to 2018.

 

Enfield 1893 1 – 2 Clapton | Venue: Harlow Arena | Att: 146

A Jeffrey Cobblah-inspired Clapton narrowly won this one at the Harlow Arena. Cobblah struck on 32 minutes to break the deadlock before securing his brace with 18 minutes to play. Adu Odukeya grabbed one back for the E’s nine minutes from time.

 

Hackney Wick 1 – 7 Barkingside  | Venue: Old Spotted Dog   | Att: 21

Barkingside stormed to a big win at the OSD to add to Wick’s pain. Greg Moorse put the hosts ahead before ‘side recovered impressively through another hat-trick from Roddy Lemba plus goals from on-loan Mattheus Santos, Kofi Billzy, Michael Ogboin and James Briggs. Wick host Southend Manor in midweek in another important match.

Ilford 1 – 1 Tower Hamlets  | Venue: Cricklefield | Att: 75

Ilford recovered to hold Hamlets at Cricklefield. Ex-Ilford striker Wale Odedoyin struck just three minutes in before Tony Cookey levelled for the Foxes.

 

Southend Manor 0 – 1  Stansted
| Venue: Southchurch Park | Att: 92

Stansted ground out another win at nine-man Manor. I attended this match – my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/02/03/match-report-southend-manor-0-1-stansted-esl-3-2-18/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers
| Venue: Mile End Stadium  | Att: 10

Wakering battled to another three points thanks to goals from Nathan Dewberry [60’] and Chris Bryan ten minutes from time to keep the heat on the top 3.

 

Takeley  P – P  FC Romania   | Venue: Station Road

Match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Wadham Lodge  P – P  Redbridge   | Venue: Kitchener Road

Match postponed due to compassionate grounds following the sudden passing of a soul connected to Wadham the night before the match. My thoughts & best wishes to the person’s family & friends and also the club as a whole.

 

West Essex  3 – 2  Woodford Town (2017)
|  Venue: Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 36

West Essex edged a five-goal thriller at Mayesbrook. Woodford struck through Temi Babalola and Takudzwa Mashingaidze though West recovered as through goals from James Bromley, a Joe Lefley spot-kick and the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot midway through the second-half.

 

Essex Olympian League & Essex Premier Cup (Sat 3.2.18 R’s)

 

EP Cup Quarter-Finals

Buckhust Hill 5 – 0  Kelvedon Hatch

Catholic Utd  5 – 1  Shenfield AFC

Old Southendian 2 – 1  Manford Way

Waltham Abbey Res.  5 – 2   May & Baker E.C

 

EOFL – Premier Division

 

Canning Town  3 – 1  Rayleigh Town

Frenford  7 – 2  Basildon Town

Springfield  2 – 1  Leigh Ramblers

White Ensign 4 – 2  Harold Wood Athletic

 

Senior Division One

 

Great Baddow 5 – 0  FC Hamlets

Hutton 3 – 2  Runwell Sports

Newbury Forest  P – P  Harold Hill (Due to a waterlogged pitch)

Old Chelmsfordians 4 – 0  Galleywood

Sungate  4 – 0  Snaresbrook

 

Senior Division Two

 

May & Baker E.C Res. 4 – 1   Ryan

Newham Utd  P – P Benfleet

Ongar Town  0 – 9    Herongate Athletic

Rayleigh Town Res.   P – P    Upminster

Rochford Town  2 – 1   A1 Sports

Toby  1 – 1    Ramsden Scotia

 

Senior Division Three

 

Harold Wood Athletic Res.  5 – 1  Leytonstone Utd

Beacon Hill Rovers  3 – 1   White Ensign Res.

Debden Sports  1 – 6     Hutton Res.

Manford Way Res.  4 – 2    Old Chelmsfordians Res.

Roydon 4 – 2   Frenford Res.

Shoebury Town  4 – 1   Leigh Town

 

Senior Division Four

 

Basildon Town Res.  2 – 1   Southend Sports

Canning Town Res.  0 – 6   Toby Res.

Epping           1 – 0     Sungate Res.

Galleywood Res.  0 – 6   Chingford Athletic

Leigh Ramblers Res.  2 – 4  Old Southendian Res.

 

Essex Senior League round-up (3.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of all the action in the Essex Senior League (ESL) action this weekend plus the results from the FA Vase 3rd Round ties involving ESL sides.

Saturday 2nd December

FC Romania 5 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 24

FCR produced another strong showing to overpower Woodford at Theobalds Lane. Mihai Botosan’s brace [26′ & 48′] put the hosts ahead before goals from Taban [56′], Ghinea [77′] and Lupu [90′] sealed a big win to send FCR second in the table, four points behind leaders Redbridge.

Ilford 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 28

Burnham held the Foxes at Cricklefield. Karl Swanborough continued his recent goal-scoring exploits by putting Ramblers ahead on seven minutes. Ilford hot-shot James Peagram levelled five minutes before half-time. Ilford stay 8th, level on points with Tower Hamlets above them on goal difference while Burnham are 16th.

Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 1 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 30

Bengal prevailed over Wick at Mile End. Jake Casey got Wick’s goal while Bengal recovered through Steven Carvell [65′] and a brace from Oscar Mendes [81′ & 83′] to seal the points and go 11th in the table. Wick are second bottom.

Takeley 6 – 0 Southend Manor
| Venue: Station Road | Attendance: 57

Takeley roared back to victory with a comprehensive win at Station Road. Carl Mullings opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before Mitchell Das [45’+2] made it two. After the break, the hosts rammed home their advantage with Nick Barrett [47′]¡ Jason Todd [52′], Mullings’ second with five minutes left & a late sixth by Will Green sealed the points to go 3rd in the table, Manor sit 10th.

Waltham Forest 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 42

Hamlets had a day to forget at Kitchener Road. Forest led nine minutes in through Mo Sagaf before Abiola Tanimowo doubled the lead a minure before the break. Joe Creasey [74′] and Nikko Stokes [85′] sealed the points while James Ross got the visitors’ consolation.

West Essex 2 – 1 Barkingside
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 26

The Stags grabbed a last-minute win at Mayesbrook Park. Cameron Gray got the opener for the hosts, Jerome Martelli got Barkingside’s goal before Tom MacLeod got an injury-time winner for Kwame Kwateng’s side. West Essex sit 9th while Barkingside drop to 18th.

FA Vase R3 results:
Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd | Att: 98
Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893 | Att: 85

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.

Report In-Brief: Waltham Forest 1 – 3 Woodford Town (2017) (ESL 11.11.17)

Essex Senior League – Ground-Hop Day Match #2

Venue: Kitchener Road

Attendance: 60

2017-18 Season – Match 37

Saturday 11th November 2017 2.30pm KO

Waltham Forest: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford Town (2017): Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a nice afternoon at Kitchener Road, Waltham Forest took on Woodford Town in the second match of the designated three with altered kick-offs as part of ‘Ground-Hop Day’. Forest announced this week that they are crowd-funding with the objective of preserving the club beyond this season with the club’s 150th anniversary approaching next term.

In the opening twenty minutes of this encounter, Forest did look the stronger of the two sides with recent signing Chid Okonwai leading the line for the hosts. Twice in the opening half, Okonwai forced visiting stopper Nick Wilson into decent saves. As we headed for the half-hour point, the visitors started to move up a gear with a long-range effort being spilled by Forest goalkeeper Mohammed for a corner. Nine minutes before the break, Woodford took the lead as Mohammed saved a initial shot though the ball fell to forward Asher Modeste who made no mistake.

Half-Time: Waltham Forest 0 – 1 Woodford Town (2017)

The second half began well for the visiting side as they doubled their advantage four minutes in with a powerful drive by forward Ethan Kessel. Forest responded on 67 minutes as two substitutes combined with Daniel Medina’s cross finding Joe Creasey who had a tap-in. The joy for the hosts was short-lived though as Kessel got his second of the afternoon for Woodford just two minutes later to seal the points for Dee Safer’s men.

The match faded somewhat after that though Forest’s Fahad Nazor struck a post with 15 minutes to play and Okonwai couldn’t get his name on the score-sheet as his curling effort went over the bar.

Full-Time: Waltham Forest 1 – 3 Woodford Town (2017)

Creasey 67’   |  Modeste 36’, Kessel 49’ & 69’

Teams: Due to Woodford Town’s team-sheet being unavailable, the teams are not listed in this article, my apologies.

Referee: Lukas Wood

Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Jeremy Mott