Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – ESL & Non-League Writer
Hello and welcome to my round-up of the Cordell Trophy and Cordell Trophy Plate competitions. The Trophy reached its quarter-final stage this weekend, and the Cordell Trophy Plate had its semi-finals.
All the results from this week’s action are below, they took place on Friday 30th April & Saturday 1st May. After that section, we’ll have a brief look at the draw and how the Finals weekend shapes up across all four competitions on May 29th & 30th. Thank you for reading.
The Cordell Trophy – Quarter-Finals
Barkingside Res 2 – 0 Woodford Town U23 | Marconi Centre, Chelmsford | Sat 1 May
Barkingside’s second team navigated a tricky tie and defeated the Woodford development side in a match moved to the Marconi Centre in Chelmsford. Dominic Edwards got both goals for the hosts in the first half hour as they booked their place in the last four. Despite defeat here, it’s been a good tournament for Shane Baptiste’s side as they now look forward to the new season in August.
Grays Athletic U23 1 – 0 May & Baker Res | Lakeside Sports Ground | Friday 30 Apr
Grays advanced to the last four as well after narrowly defeating May & Baker at the Lakeside Sports Ground. Callum Watts’ solitary goal was enough to see Michael Walther’s side go through where they will face ‘Side’s second-team in a ‘derby’ at the same ground as this match was played at.
Harlow Town Res 6 – 2 Redbridge Res | Harlow Arena [3G] | Fri 30 April
Harlow continued their goal-scoring form as they put six past Redbridge Ressies on Friday night. Said Issa continued his fine form in the competition with another double here, with Haziz Kone, Graeme Butler, Dillon Gordon and Marcus Marku all adding strikes here in this convincing win. The Motormen’s development side had Roy Stevens’ brace to thank for their goals but they bowed out here.
Tower Hamlets Res 2 – 1 White Ensign Res | Mile End | Sat 1 May
Hamlets continued their strong competition with a win over Ensign’s second side at Mile End. Rajhi Makasi [50’] and Ezekiel Adesanya on the hour were the goals that did the job for the hosts. Ensign responded through Erald Makolli’s strike but Jack Caten’s side ended their run in the Trophy here.
Draw for Len Cordell Trophy – Semi-Finals
Barkingside Res v Grays Athletic U23
Tower Hamlets Res v Harlow Town Res
Len Cordell Trophy – Plate Semi-Finals
Frenford Res 1 – 3 Walthamstow Res | at Jack Carter Centre | Sat 1 May
Walthamstow emerged victorious with a fine win at Frenford. Zachary Thomas struck twice for the visitors, with Airon Paul also netting here. Julian Edwards scored for the third successive match for his team but ultimately they couldn’t force their way back into the contest.
Sawbridgeworth Town Res 3 – 2 West Essex Dev | Crofters | Sat 1 May
Sawbridgeworth also made it into the Trophy Plate Final by edging a dramatic game with West Essex’s development side at Crofters. Sam Bashua, Raheem Gray and Arley Barker all netted for the home side but there were some jitters to deal with, thanks to a double from Mo Kaudeer for the visitors. Town held on though to reach the Final, where there will face Walthamstow Reserves at the end of the month.
The Len Cordell Trophy Plate Final – Held at Oakside (on Sunday 30th May – 12pm KO)
Sawbridgeworth Town Res v Walthamstow Res