S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Sat 24 Oct) [ESL 20-21 24.10.20]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to another of my occasional round-up articles looking at the Essex Senior League for the Season 2020-21. This article tracks all the action from Saturday 24 October. Thanks for reading.

My thanks to Matt North  [@MattNorth_] for the photo

 Essex Senior – Saturday 24 October

Clapton  1 – 5  Enfield   | Terry Mac |

The E’s moved out of the bottom three with a big win over nine-man Clapton at the Terry Mac. Olly Miles struck twice for Jamie Cureton’s side here, with Lewis Francis, Joseph Boachie and a spot-kick from Joe Thomas crowned off an important away win for Enfield and consign the Tons to their sixth loss in ten matches thus far, they remain second-bottom.  

Hashtag Utd  1 – 1  Southend Manor | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  | Att: 252

In front of another large crowd at the Len Salmon, Hashtag came from behind to secure a point against fellow in-form side Manor. Luca Frankis had put Craig Waters & Garry Pond’s side ahead though Jay Devereux’s side piled on the pressure after the break and got some reward for it as Albert Keith’s levelled things on 52 minutes. Despite dropping points at home for the first time this term, the Tags remain five points clear at the summit, whereas Manor’s unbeaten run sits at three matches now and they reside in sixth place, four points adrift of the top three.

Ilford  3 – 0  Woodford Town | Cricklefield | Att: 60

Ilford ended their five-match winless run with a comfortable win over Woodford at Cricklefield. Two goals in seven minutes saw Adam Peek’s side on their way with Dimitri Christou’s strike [16’] and Yemi Adelani netting his sixth league goal this season seven minutes later. A wonder strike from defender Steve Sylvester in the last few moments ended a good day’s work for the Foxes and sees them up to 14th while the Town remain winless in nine matches this season.

Saffron Walden Town  0 – 1  Walthamstow  | Catons Lane  | Att: 296

Walthamstow emerged from another battle with rivals Saffron Walden with the three points, thanks to Dwade James’ spot-kick late on. Player-manager Max Mitchell’s side got their fifth win in their last six matches which sees them in fourth spot currently. Walden’s luckless run goes on as they fell to eighth place.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 2  Hoddesdon Town  | Crofters  | Att: 54

Hoddesdon got their third win in their last five games with a hard-fought win at Sawbridgeworth. Harry Andic broke the stalemate right on the half-hour to put the Lilywhites ahead, before substitute Harrison Rookard sealed the points with three minutes remaining. Simon Riddle’s side rise up to fifth place while Sawbo drop to 13th, five points clear of the bottom three.

Stansted  1 – 1  Cockfosters   | Hargrave Park   | Att: 110

Stansted came out of a tough encounter with fellow top-three side Cockfosters with a point at Hargrave Park. After a goalless first period, Connor Hammond’s free-kick gave the hosts the lead on 65 minutes. But that lead scarcely lasted three minutes before Ned Clarke levelled following good work by former Stansted player Carl Mullings. With neither side able to force a winner, both sides go on to twenty points, with the ‘Fosters in second on goal difference.  

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 0  West Essex   | Mile End | BCD

Bengal got a third win in their last five matches by edging this contest with the Stags at Mile End. Rachid Qist’s spot-kick was the only goal but the visitors had a goal chalked off which mystified them somewhat. Imrul Gazi’s side go up to twelfth place, level on points with West who drop to tenth but both sides are among five sides who are on 13 points.

Takeley  5 – 0  St Margaretsbury  | Station Road | Att: 94

Takeley continued their decent home form as they outclassed St Margaretsbury at Station Road. Elliott Long doubled his goal tally for the season with four goals in this contest to effectively seal the contest, before Ryan Lynch added a late fifth to make it twenty-four goals scored in seven home matches this season – an average of 3.42 per game! The hosts are up to ninth but St Mags’ winless run extends to three matches and are winless away from the Rec – they drop to third-bottom.

S20-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Mon 5 – Wed 7 Oct) [ESL 20-21 7.10.20]

ESL crest [Credit: Essex Senior League]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to another of my occasional round-up articles looking at the Essex Senior League this term.. This article tracks all the action from the midweek action from Monday 5 October to Wednesday 7 October. Thanks for reading.

Essex Senior   


Monday 5 October

Hashtag Utd  4 – 1  St Margaretsbury | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  | Att: 110

The action starts at the Len Salmon Stadium as Hashtag got their fifth league win of the season, comfortably defeating St Mags. George Smith’s first-half double [13’ & 33’] either side of a Harry Honesty effort put the Tags in a commanding position at the interval. Visiting forward Kyle Roberts notched his fifth league goal this term eight minutes after the interval, taking advantage of sloppy defending but the result was more than confirmed by substitute Albie Keith’s strike five minutes before the end which leaves Jay Devereux’s side in second spot.

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 3  Hadley  | Mile End Stadium | BCD

The Bricks had to fight off a spirited come back by Bengal before completing another important win on the road at Mile End. Shaz Anwar’s powerful strike gave Anthony Clark’s side the lead, before Sam Edwards’ spot-kick doubled that advantage. The tension only intensified though as a brace from Chaka Barnett levelled the game. However, Bradley Marriott’s header secured another good three points to send Hadley up to third spot, six points adrift of leaders Cockfosters.

Tuesday 6 October

Clapton  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town   | Terrence MacMillan Stadium |

The Tons were held by the Lilywhites at Terry Mac. After a goal-less first half, Matthew Bentley got his second goal in the last three Clapton matches to put them ahead three minutes after the interval. Jack Gibbs levelled the match from the penalty spot before the hour mark and with no further breakthroughs, the Tons drew their fourth league match in six thus far. Hoddy had their first stalemate this term and remain in mid-table.

Cockfosters  4 – 2  Takeley  | Chalk Lane  |

An inspired comeback from the ‘Fosters maintained their three-point lead at the summit and their 100% winning start at Chalk Lane. Takeley started the stronger side with Lewis Deamer putting them ahead in the early stages before Ned Clarke swiftly levelled the match. The ever-reliable Jason Todd gave the visitors the lead once again just before the break but that lead only lasted about eight minutes before Reuben Campbell once again brought Ryan Wade’s side level. Clarke showed signs of last season’s goal-scoring form as he completed his hat-trick with strikes just after the hour and with minutes remaining. The win continues Cockfosters’ fine form in all competitions as they head back to FA Vase action this coming weekend. Takeley remain 13th.  

Redbridge  P – P  West Essex  | Oakside  | Match OFF due to Waterlogged pitch

Southend Manor  3 – 2  Ilford  | Southchurch Park  |

A dramatic encounter saw Manor edge over the line in the latter stages. The Foxes started the match well and Dion Lewis-Kirwan slotted home confidently on eleven minutes to break the deadlock. Liam Jarrett’s fine strike levelled things 11 minutes before the interval but there was more drama to come. First up, Ilford regained the lead through Yemi Adelani’s surging run and finish barely a minute after the resumption. After missing a penalty, substitute Matthew Keiller let fly with a superb 35-yard thunder-bolt to level the game nine minutes before the end. And with Ilford’s nerves growing, Ben Allen was felled in the area moments later before getting up to take the spot-kick himself, which he duly converted to give Craig Waters’ side their third win in their last five matches.

If you’d like more of this match, my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/10/07/s20-21-match-report-southend-manor-3-2-ilford-tues-6th-oct-esl/ 

Walthamstow  3 – 1  Woodford Town  | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 158

Walthamstow rose to fourth spot after a comfortable win over out-of-form Woodford at Wadham Lodge. Jon Clements gave Max Mitchell’s side the lead before a Michael Toner special from forty yards doubled that advantage. Callum Ibe then pretty much sealed the match with his opportunist goal before half-time. Substitute Ezequiel Franchi got a consolation for Town in the latter stages as they continue to seek their first league win this term.

Wednesday 7 October 

Enfield  4 – 0   Sawbridgeworth Town   | Woodside |

And in the only game on Wednesday night, The E’s notched their first of the league campaign with a fine win over Sawbridgeworth at Woodside. James Baker opened the scoring on 13 minutes for player-boss Jamie Cureton’s side. Cureton himself notched the second with a header with eighteen minutes remaining. Sawbo’s night was to get worse as substitute Olly Miles secured a brace [84’ & 87’] to make it four games without a win for Lee Mackman’s team. Enfield rise up to 15th place.

S 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League Round-up (Fri 25/Sat 26 Sept) [ESL 20-21 27.9.20]

Sawbo v Hashtag image (Image by Matt North)

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to another of my of round-up’s looking at the Essex Senior League for the Season 2020-21, which will appear here on a semi-regular basis. This piece also includes the results from the Eastern Senior League South action this weekend. Thanks to Matt North (@MattNorth_) for the Image & Thanks to you for reading.

Essex Senior League


Friday 25 September

West Essex  2 – 3  Walthamstow  | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  | Att: 88

Walthamstow fought back to claim a good three points at Mayesbrook Park, in a match which simply exploded into life in the early-goings. West wasted no time in breaking the deadlock as Cameron Gray’s goal gave them the lead after just two minutes. ‘Stow fell further behind as Michael Mignot extended the hosts’ lead four minutes later. However, before the match had passed the quarter-hour mark, the match was levelled as first Callum Ibe [9’] and then Connor Scully strikes had Kwame Kwateng’s side’s lead disappear almost as soon as it had been created.

Jon Clements finished off a pulsating half to give Max Mitchell’s side the lead for the first time ten minutes from the interval and the Stags were unable to level things again so it was ‘Stow who took their second league win this campaign.

Woodford Town  0 – 2  Redbridge  | The Harlow Arena [3G] | Att: 56

The new era at Redbridge gathered momentum as they won 2 – 0 at Woodford Town. Goals from Craig Hall and Terry Amoufo did the business for George Christou’s new side and in doing so they got their first league win this term.

Saturday 26th September

Hadley  1 – 0  Takeley   | Brickfield Lane  | Att: 141

Hadley edged a contest with another strong side in Takeley, with Luke Alfano getting the only goal on 28 minutes as Anthony Clark’s team got their second win of the league season. The Bricks are trying to lay the foundations for another season of superb form at home, while Takeley are yet to win this season.

Hoddesdon Town  5 – 3  Enfield  | Lowfield  | Att: 121

Hoddesdon surged to an important 5 – 3 win over Enfield at Lowfield. The action didn’t take long to get started as the Lilywhites broke the stalemate thanks to Craig Tulley’s goal on ten minutes. The E’s, under the tutelage of interim player-boss Jamie Cureton, levelled the game ten minutes afterwards through Sammy Leonard-Mould’s goal. The sides couldn’t be separated at the interval as Liam Mulligan had given the hosts the advantage again with 35 minutes played. Cureton himself netted five minutes later to make it 2 – 2 at half-time.

However, Hoddesdon made the most of the strong second-half with three goals in thirteen minutes. Mulligan got his second of the match on 63 minutes, before Blue Gallagher [70’] and Aiden Critchley [75’] adding to the visitors’ pain to make it 5 – 2. Alex Warman struck in the last few minutes to lessen the damage but Enfield’s tough start to the campaign continued.

Ilford  1 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Cricklefield  | Att: 85

Ilford held Walden to a draw at Cricklefield. Dimitri Christou gave the Foxes the lead four minutes before the break, and held on until well into the second period but the Bloods managed to grab a point as centre-back Luke Wilson struck twelve minutes from time. Adam Peek’s side are showing promise with four points from their opening three matches, while Walden have five points from their first four matches.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 4  Hashtag Utd  | Crofters  | Att: 106

Hashtag had to put their exploits in the Cup competitions to one side as they staged another fine comeback to overwhelm Sawbridgeworth at Crofters. Sawbo opened the scoring after just six minutes through Horace Ormsby’s strike though the Tags responded five minutes later through Joe Gregory. Tom Anderson put the visitors ahead on the half hour though the evident fighting spirit of Lee Mackman’s side in recent weeks showed itself again as Conor Clarke netted from the penalty spot just before the hour to make it 2 – 2.

But, Hashtag are known for finishing games strongly and that showed itself again here as Gregory got his brace with 17 minutes left to give Jay Devereux’s side the lead for the second time and then Harry Honesty sealed the match with five minutes remaining to give the visitors’ their fourth consecutive league win.

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Cockfosters   | Mile End  | BCD

Cockfosters retained their 100% winning start to the league season with a decent win over Bengal at Mile End. Carl Mullings got both goals [2’ & 21’] in the first half and held on to that advantage to their fourth win this season. There was no comeback this time for Imrul Gazi’s side as they fell to their first loss in the league since the opening day.

St Margaretsbury  3 – 3  Clapton  | The Rec   | Att: 35

St Mags clawed themselves back into this contest to claim a point against visitors Clapton at the Rec. The Tons started superbly and were three goals ahead at the break, thanks to goals from Ridwan Hussein, an OG and one from Matthew Bentley right on the stroke of half-time. Ray Bartlett’s side responded with some vigour after the break though, as a brace from Kyle Roberts, first on 65 minutes and then from twelve yards with 78 minutes on the watch, got them back into the match. The Tons were unable to hold on as Jake Hayden-Eley struck eight minutes from time to complete a sterling comeback. Both sides have now drawn three of their opening four league matches so they will need wins soon.

Stansted  5 – 0  Southend Manor  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 63

The Airportmen continued their unbeaten league start as they won decisively against Manor at Hargrave Park. First-half goals from Greg Moore [4’] and Michael Salako seven minutes before the break had given Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side the impetus at the interval. Billy Coyne made it three on the hour and Craig Waters’ side simply had no answer to get back into the contest. The ‘Blue Brazil’ turned on the style with late goals by Moore, who got his second of the afternoon with 85 minutes gone and Ryan Ramsay rounded out the scoring two minutes later.

Eastern Senior League South Results

Friday 25th September  –  May & Baker   1 – 1  Harwich & Parkeston  | Parkside [3G]

Saturday 26th September

Benfleet  1 – 1  Holland  | Park Lane

Burnham Ramblers  3 – 1  Brimsdown  | Leslie Field

Frenford  4 – 0  Coggeshall Utd  | The Drive [3G]

Little Oakley  1 – 3  Athletic Newham  | Memorial Stadium

Newbury Forest  2 – 1  Hackney Wick  | Oakside

White Ensign  2 – 1  Barkingside   | Burroughs Park 

Wormley Rovers  1 – 3  Wivenhoe Town  | Wormley Sports Club

Season 2020-21 Round-ups: Essex Senior League (Fri 4/Sat 5 Sept) [ESL 20-21 6.9.20]

Written by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello and welcome back to the first of new season of round-up’s looking at the Essex Senior League divisions for the Season 2020-21. This piece also includes the results from the Eastern Senior League South action this weekend. Thanks as ever to the clubs and you, my readers for continuing to show interest in these pieces. Best wishes to all players, managers & officials at all Essex Senior League sides, I wish you all a good campaign.

Essex Senior

   

Friday 4th Sept

West Essex  1 – 1  Takeley   | Mayesbrook Park [3G] |

The weekend’s action kicked off with West Essex’s draw with Takeley, on a famed evening as they opened landlords Barking’s new artificial playing surface.  However, it was the visitors who took the lead through Reece Barrett before Symeon Taylor’s leveller after the interval. All in all, both sides could have won and Stags goalkeeper Jack Coker once again excelled between the posts to give Kwame Kwateng’s side a decent point against tough opposition, only 48 hours after their huge win in the FA Cup in midweek.  

Saturday 5th September

Cockfosters  3 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Chalk Lane  |

Into the Saturday action now and Cockfosters started their campaign on a high as they defeated Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. Rueben Campbell opened the scoring on the quarter-hour for player-manager Ryan Wade’s team. Wade himself struck a free-kick to double the ‘Fosters lead with twenty-five minutes gone, though the Lilywhites did halve the deficit six minutes before the break thanks to Harrison Rookard’s effort. Nine minutes into the second half though, the hosts ended up securing the win thanks to a second goal in two games for new recruit Carl Mullings. It caps quite a week for Cockfosters and they back in action at Chalk Lane, taking on Enfield in midweek.

Enfield  0 – 0  St Margaretsbury   | Woodside  |

Enfield started off their League campaign with a creditable point after their FA Cup exit to Harlow in midweek. St Margs couldn’t breach the E’s defence either and both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils at Woodside.

Hadley  4 – 0  Woodford Town   | Brickfield Lane  |

Hadley started their campaign off with another strong performance to defeat Woodford at Brickfield Lane. Two goals in three minutes from Luke Alfano [25’] and Solomon Ofori [27’] set the tone for a side hungry for goals. Ofori netted again thirteen minutes after the interval and a late defensive mishap opened the path for Jordan Edwards to grab a late fourth for Anthony Clark’s side.

I was at this match, my full report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2020/09/05/season-2020-21-match-report-hadley-4-0-woodford-town-sat-5-sept/

Hashtag Utd  4 – 0  Ilford  | Len Salmon Stadium [3G]  |

Hashtag got their on-pitch season going in some style with a triumph over Ilford at the Len Salmon Stadium. George Smith’s spot-kick on 25 minutes put Jay Devereux’s side ahead before Toby Aromolaran made it two ten minutes after the break. Late goals from Lee Hursit and Ross Gleed added more gloss onto the score-sheet to get past an Ilford side who battled hard in the first half. Even so, the Tags showed their intent to get back into the upper echelons of the table and challenge for promotion once again.

Redbridge  2 – 2  Saffron Walden Town  | Oakside  |

Saffron Walden didn’t have it all their own way as they twice fought back to claim a draw with Redbridge at Oakside. After the hosts had missed a penalty before the break, James Barlow netted seven minutes after the interval. Former Redbridge star Lewis Francis levelled matters eight minutes later though in a fraught last ten minutes, Barlow struck again [82’] to put Micky Wetherall’s side on course for a surprise win. However, Walden had other ideas as George Pullen’s added-time equaliser ensured a share of the points for Jason Maher’s side.

Southend Manor  2 – 5  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Southchurch Park  |

Sawbridgeworth rode the crest of a wave following their FA Cup herocs in midweek to dismantle Manor at Southchurch Park. Luca Frankis netted twice for Craig Waters’ side but Sawbo overpowered them thanks to a hat-trick from Kieran Amos and goals for Cabham Clarke and Horace Ormsby. With ten goals conceded in two matches in League & Cup, Manor will need to regroup fairly quickly.  

Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 3  Walthamstow  | Mile End  |

Walthamstow started their season with a hard-fought win at Sporting Bengal. After both sides drew ablank in the first half, ‘Stow’s new-look forward line did the damage as Charncey Dash opened his league account from twelve yards. Fellow new recruit Jon Clements struck to double Max Mitchell’s side’s advantage. Sam Jeremiah also netted to secure the points, though credit also goes to Bengal’s Joel Ramos who lashed home a free-kick to give Imrul Gazi’s side a consolation.

Stansted  2 – 2  Clapton  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 64

Finally this weekend, Clapton came from behind to snatch a draw at Stansted. Moses Carvalho’s firm header put the Airportmen ahead, a lead which stood at the break. But after the interval, substitute Shaun Gittleson got his second goal of the week to level the match. As the tension rose, that stalemate only lasted four minutes before Nick Reynolds put Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side ahead again. The Tons were soon level again though through Ruben Kennedy’s spot-kick and from there, the sides couldn’t be separated.

Eastern Senior League South   

Sat 5th September  Results 

Brimsdown  3 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston  | Chadfields

Burnham Ramblers  0 – 1  Wormley Rovers   | Leslie Field

Coggeshall Utd   1 – 1  Newbury Forest   | West Street

Frenford  3 – 0  Holland   | The Drive [3G]

Hackney Wick  2 – 2  Benfleet   | Spa Road, Witham

Halstead Town  1 – 1  Athletic Newham   | Rosemary Lane

Little Oakley  2 – 1  Barkingside   | Memorial Stadium

White Ensign  3 – 0  Wivenhoe Town   | Burroughs Park

Season 2020-21: The FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd (ESL/EaSL Sides) [FAC 2020-21 3.9.20]


Written by Scott W [Twitter: :@ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello all and welcome to the new season of blogs here, you’ll find blogs on the Essex Senior, Essex Olympian League divisions & maybe a little more besides during the course of the season too.

This initial blog is looking at the local sides that were in action this week, which saw eleven Essex Senior sides progress and one Eastern Senior South side. Thanks for reading.

Monday 31 August

Woodford Town  3 – 1  London Colney   | The Harlow Arena | Attendance: 247

Woodford Town opened the round’s action with a fine comeback victory over London Colney at the Harlow Arena. Scott Knight had given Colney an early advantage though Luke Parrott levelled matters on the half-hour for Town. Rigert Rama then turned the tide in favour of the hosts as the match approached the hour mark, tapping home following a goalkeeping error before sealing the contest thanks to a fine strike by Parrott to seal his brace and cue wild celebrations from the excited Towners faithful. Woodford are rewarded with a trip to Capershotts to face Waltham Abbey in the Prelim Round. 

Tuesday 1st September

Cockfosters  4 – 2  Stanway Rovers   | Chalk Lane   | Att: 221

The ‘Fosters made a miraculous comeback with ten men to overcome Eastern Counties Premier side Stanway at Chalk Lane. Stanway started well and took the lead after four minutes through debutant Dan Gilchrist’s strike. The ESL side responded through George Beattie’s 20th-minute goal but had a double set-back around the half-hour mark as combative midfielder Matt Thomson was dismissed and soon after, Rovers made the most of the man advantage as Harry Thomas bundled the ball over the line after a set-piece. The drama only escalated after the break though as three goals in 15 minutes swung the tie in favour of the hosts. First, new signing Carl Mullings levelled midway through the half after a defensive howler, then player-boss Ryan Wade powered home  a spot-kick mere minutes later. Substitute Rueben Campbell provided the telling fourth goal with eleven minutes left to eventually seal a terrific victory.

Walthamstow  3 – 2  London Lions  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 292 | 

Cockfosters will face Walthamstow in the next round as ‘Stow fought back to deny London Lions progression into the Prelim Round. Max Kyte broke the deadlock for the Lions in the early stages on the contest and although ‘Stow got more threatening in front of goal, it took until after the break for them to level through substitute Michael Osei’s curling drive. Kyle nabbed his second for the visitors soon afterward, but goals from Connor Scully and Charncey Dash [for Peter: Dash! Dash!] sealed the win in front of Walthamstow’s biggest crowd since 1996.                                                   

Hullbridge Sports  0 – 2  Hadley  | Lower Road  | Att: 310

Another bumper crowd at Lower Road saw Hadley shock higher league opposition again with a fine win at Isthmian North side Hullbridge. Second-half strikes by that man Solomon Ofori and a Sam Edwards free-kick handed the impetus to the Bricks. ‘Bridge also had a penalty saved by Hadley ‘keeper Luke Ward which added to a frustrating evening for them on-the-pitch. Hadley will face FC Clacton away on Saturday week.                                     

Stansted  3 – 2  Takeley  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 143

Stansted also had to fight back to secure their passage with a hard-fought win over local rivals Takeley at Hargrave Park. Luckless home skipper Billy Coyne headed into his own net five minutes in, but Jack Mitchell converted a spot-kick on 26 minutes to level things up. Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side then took the ascendency on the score-sheet after the break as Mitchell struck again ten minutes after the break. Ash Siddik notched the Airportmen’s third in the last few minutes to effectively seal the tie. Substitute Samson Adelaja netted for Marc Das’ side deep into added-time but their focus turns now to the league opener at West Essex on Friday night. Meanwhile, the ‘Blue Brazil’ welcome Basildon Utd to Hargrave in the next round of the Cup. 

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 2  Little Oakley  | Catons Lane  | Att: 286

Saffron Walden also progressed to the next round with victory over Eastern Senior League South side Little Oakley in another pulsating tie at Catons Lane. Oakley took the lead through Harry Mann before new signing Alfie Hilton levelled the match for the hosts. Oakley were not to be denied a second through as Jordan Heath made it 2 – 1 to Matt Carmichael’s team. More drama though was in the offing as Lewis Francis made his presence felt on his return to the Bloods in a big way. The forward came off the bench and struck a hat-trick to turn the match in favour of Jason Maher’s side and see them into the next round, in front of another hefty crowd. They face the trip to Welwyn Garden City.

 Sawbridgeworth Town  2 – 1  Romford  | Crofters  | Att: 260

Sawbridgeworth pulled off one of the surprises of the round by knocking out Isthmian North side Romford at Crofters. Goals from Conor Clarke and Kieran Amos did the job on a terrific night for Lee Mackman’s side. Malaki Toussaint got one back for Romford midway through the 2nd half but Sawbo went through welcome fellow ESL side St Margaretsbury In the Prelim Round.

 Clapton  2 – 2  Sporting Bengal Utd  (Bengal won 6 – 5 on pens)

| Terrence MacMillan Stadium

Sporting Bengal edged to the next round on spot-kicks after a two-two draw with Clapton at the Terry Mac. David Tarawali netted to give Imrul Gazi’s side the lead, before Conor Okus equalised for his new club. Bengal re-took the lead soon afterward with Carlos Siegal Hubner slotting home smartly. The Tons forced a penalty shoot-out late on though as Shaun Gittleson once again levelled the match with minutes remaining. It was Bengal who held their nerve in the shoot-out, winning 6 – 5 on spot-kicks here and will travel to Harlow Town in the next round.

Wednesday 2nd Sept

 Park View   1 – 2  Hashtag Utd   | New River Sports Ground

On Wednesday, Hashtag made their debut in the competition at Park View & came from behind to progress. Kleon James had given the hosts a surprise lead, before George Smith equalised with a well-struck penalty. After the interval, recent addition Toby Aromolaran netted from close range to win the match and they will face Felixstowe & Walton Utd from the Isthmian North in the next round. 

West Essex  6  – 3  Crawley Green    | Oakside  | Att: 147

Finally in our focused ten matches, West Essex progressed in a richly entertaining tie as they powered past Spartan South Midlands Premier side Crawley Green at Oakside. Michael Mignot blasted a hat-trick inside the first 30 minutes before Phil Draycott pulled one back for the visitors six minutes before the break. West extended their lead and sealed the tie through Mignot’s fourth soon after the break. Symeon Taylor and Tom Woodbridge then added further strikes as the Stags saw out a big night for them. To their credit, Danny Watson and Tyler Ingham added late goals for Crawley Green but there was no mistaking the performance by Kwame Kwateng’s side, who are rewarded with a trip to New Salamis in the Prelim Round.

Other Results (ESL & EaSL South Sides) – Tues 1 Sept

Brantham Athletic  1 – 1  Benfleet                     (Brantham won 3 – 2 on Pens)   

Tom Watkins                              Ben Foord

Harlow Town                   5 – 1     Enfield   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 260

Christian Adu Gyamfi,                  Hugo Vasconcelos 75’  

Craig Alcock,  

Ahmet Biler,

Hector Mackie                                  

Sam Taylor (OG)

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  FC Clacton   |at Ware FC   | Att: 129

 Cyrus Babaie                       Mekhi McKenzie

                                               Charlie Thompson

 Redbridge  0 – 2  Harpenden Town  | Oakside  | Att: 134

                               Mulik Rickman 16’

                                    Harvey Scott 55’

Southend Manor  0 – 5  Ware | Southchurch Park  | Att: 200 |

                                           Leigh Rose 15’

                                           David Kendall 46’ & 60’
                                           Louis Rose 74’

                                           Albert Adu-Donyinah 76’     

Wednesday 2nd Sept  

Baldock Town  2 – 2  St Margaretsbury  (St Mags win 4 – 2 on pens)

Scott Piggott                                          Kyle Roberts (pen)

Josh Furness                                          Jae Partridge

Ilford         1 – 3      Halstead Town  | Cricklefield | Att: 280

Juan Cardona                     Joe Jones

                                          Chris Harris x 2                                           

Season Review 2019-20: Essex Senior League (Part 1 – Top 10) [ESL SR 19/20 5.5.20]

Written By Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first of a two-part blog looking back at the Essex Senior League 2019-20 season, as part of my Non-League ‘Season Review’ series.

In this first part, I look back at the top ten sides in the division from the dry statistics perspective and my own thoughts on seeing them in action during the campaign, followed by the stats on ‘Clean Sheets’ this season. Thanks for reading.

 

Essex Senior League   (as of season cut-off point of March 14th 2020)

As with most Football at or below Step 3 (Isthmian Premier Division in the local area), the season was halted in mid-March 2020 before eventually being curtailed several weeks later.

Saffron Walden Town

We start off the Top ten rundown at the summit, where Saffron Walden Town led having grabbed sixty-six points from their 29 matches. Jason Maher’s side had another very strong campaign, with a much-admired strike force featuring the likes of Charlie Cole, Nathan Scarborough and highly-rated prospect Tyger Smalls breaking into the team in the second part of the campaign. The ‘Bloods’ hit 69 goals this term (at a Goals per game (GpG) average of 2.38) and had the fourth-best defence in the division (marshalled by the likes of Scott Pethers and club stalwart Spike Bell), conceding twenty-eight times in the league. They have all the hallmarks of a top side, being gritty when they need to be but also having searing pace going forward and can score goals almost at will when I watched them in-person. I also must give a special mention to determined forward Gavin Cockman, who struck sixteen league goals to lead his side in attack and personally he had a superb campaign.

Hashtag United

In second place are Hashtag Utd, who memorably won the Eastern Senior League South in their debut campaign in 2018-19. It was another very positive season for Jay Devereux’s side, having accrued sixty-five points from their 26 matches prior to the season being halted. The ‘Tags’ were the most in-form side in March, with six wins from their most recent eight matches. Overall, they scored sixty-six times (a GpG of 2.54) and conceded 27 goals, the third-best defensive record in the division. Their home record was right up there but it was away from their temporary home of Chadfields that they excelled, winning eleven of their thirteen matches away from home. Striker George Smith was a superb addition to the team, firing home nineteen league goals, but canny signings during the season like centre-back Luke Wilson, goalkeeper Louis Hawes and midfielder Tom Anderson added to their momentum. I saw them in their opening ESL match where they surprisingly lost to Southend Manor, though after that they won their next ten matches on-the-reel. Then in January, an inspired spell after half-time saw them bypass Redbridge and at that point you knew they would take some stopping. For all the hype that follows them around, they are a very promising side and will expect to be right in the tussle for promotion again next season. They are on the move once again, having agreed to ground-share at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium next season, which will only add to the optimism going forward.

 

Walthamstow resided in third place, with new manager Max Mitchell taking the reins in late January. The East Londoners gained sixty-three points from their 26 games, winning twenty of them. They netted seventy-three times (a GpG of 2.81) and yes, Dwade James got 27 of those himself to end up the league’s top scorer for the second season in succession, you also have to applaud the stats at the other end of the pitch. Notably, they shelled only seventeen goals, the league’s best this term (a GpG of 0.65) and custodian James Bransgrove also gathered 16 clean sheets (see below), which speaks for itself. Previous gaffer Ryan Maxwell has to take some credit for assembling the team he did, and therefore was largely responsible for his side losing only one of their twelve away matches this term. I saw them since back in August where they just outshone Stansted and battle to a point at Ilford in late January though with Mitchell settling in well since his appointment, the ‘Waltham Rabble’ will be fired up once again next term for another good season at Wadham Lodge.

 

Next in the table were league newcomers Hadley in fourth. They garnered 57 points from their twenty-six matches and have the esteem of scoring the most goals this term, with eighty strikes (a GpG of 3.07) and letting in only twenty-four goals, the second-best record in the division this term. I saw them back on the opening day where they comfortably defeated Enfield though the best thing I recall about that day was the good atmosphere at the club, not forgetting the intriguing ‘Tennis Ball Challenge’ game which is a rather unique half-time spot of entertainment. I saw them again in October where they had to play well to win at Takeley. Forward Solomon Ofori was arguably their star player this term with eighteen league goals to his name, though I’d also mention Luke Jupp, Cameron Ferguson and Manny Hammond who also were right up there in the goal-scorers chart and for their importance to the team. I doubt I’m the only writer who hopes they remain with the league next season as they certainly played their part in it for the football they played and the good people at the club. They were the only side unbeaten at home, winning 13 of their fourteen matches at Brickfield Lane, with only Saffron Walden Town holding them to a draw in the ESL in January. Finally, who could forget the FA Cup run to the Third Qualifying Round where they lost out at National League South side Havant & Waterlooville in early October.

 

In fifth spot are Stansted, who got fifty points from their 27 matches this term. A mixed start to the campaign was swiftly nullified from the memory banks during mid-season as they achieved a new club record of twelve straight league wins which shot them up into the top six. They were in good nick towards the ‘end’ of the season as well. Having scored fifty-five goals in all this term (a GpG of 2.04) and their form at Hargrave Park was to be envied, with ten wins from their 14 matches at home. Paul Pittuck and John Watters’ side also made the last 64 of the FA Vase, and had a grand away day at Thurlow Nunn Premier high-flyers Stowmarket Town to show for it. Connor Hammond ended up their top scorer with eleven league goals, though in fairness the goals were well spread out this term. These two canny managers are known for having determined sides and that was certainly the case again this season. I saw them narrowly lose out at Walthamstow early-doors before besting Clapton in November. You wouldn’t be surprised if the Airportmen are competitive once again next season.

 

Takeley

Takeley were once again in the upper echelons of the table in sixth place, garnering forty-three points from their 24 matches, as the indecent weather in the winter heavily affected their fixtures. Interestingly, their form away from Station Road was slightly better than at home, as Marc Das’ side won seven of their 13 matches away, with only three losses. They struck 46 goals this term, whilst the familiar steely backline remained, conceding thirty-four goals (a GpG of 1.42) – the fifth-best record in the ESL. Bryn Thorpe deserves a mention for being top scorer with nine league goals (15 in all competitions) and stopper Matt Gill also racked up six clean sheets as well. When I saw them back in late October, they were beaten by the better side in Hadley and their form toward the season’s halt wasn’t super with two wins and three losses in their last eight matches though it is a testament to the reputation that Das & co have built that you can’t rule out his side from having a good season, even if they are not the most spectacular.

 

Hoddesdon TOwn

That thought remains with the next club in seventh which was filled by Hoddesdon Town, having won 41 points from their twenty-seven matches. The solid nature of the previous season was maintained, with the Lilywhites conceding 35 times (a GpG of 1.29) and notching a half-century of goals too. Isaac Marfo-Jacobs was their top goal-getter with twelve goals, prior to his departure for Isthmian North side Witham Town. Jordan Halls got six league goals as well to help cover during the latter part of the campaign. Goalkeepers Simon Dent and Aaron Bull got ten clean sheets between them as well and you would feel Simon Riddle’s side are well-placed for another top-half finish at least in 2020/21.

Redbridge are next in eighth spot, having recovered from a mid-season lull to notch thirty-eight points from their 25 games. Weather also affected the improving Oakside stadium, though the fact that they scored 57 league goals (a GpG of 2.28) says a lot for manager Micky Wetherall and his coaching staff. They also shelled 56 goals in defence which arguably held them back a bit but you also have to credit the manner of how they play. Their high-scoring draw at Sporting Bengal Utd in late September was one of my matches of the season, just for the attacking intent shown by both sides. Then in early October, they showed a more gritty side as they won at Southend Manor. Finally, a rare Friday night outing at Oakside in early November saw them just lose out to Woodford Town in another highly-competitive game. Incredibly, eight of their 12wins this came on-the-road and overall, I believe Micky will be happy enough with their campaign.

In ninth place were Woodford Town, after claiming thirty-four points from their 28 matches. Their season could ably be labelled as inconsistent though they did end up finishing well, with four wins from their last eight matches. Remaining at the Harlow Arena this term, they got six wins from their fourteen home games while having their struggles on away days, with four wins and nine losses from their fourteen matches away from home. I saw them lose out at West Essex in September before winning at Redbridge in early November. If they have a more settled squad next term, you would think they will finish higher next term, given they have some talented prospects in the young side. Finally for this part, in tenth spot are Cockfosters, another new side to the division. Ryan Wade’s team gathered thirty-four points also from their 26 matches and ended below Woodford on goals scored. Their Chalk Lane base saw them win six of their twelve matches and going forward, they are an enterprising side to watch, with Billy Healey and Ned Clarke among those impressing. I watched them narrowly defeat West Essex in late October and as some of my peers have said on radio this season, on that occasion they showed how much of a welcoming club they are and they should be congratulated for that. I also saw them make the most of a first-half blitz to win at Southend Manor in November before they ground out a win at Tower Hamlets in early December. All in all, they are a god side to watch and much like Hadley, I hope they remain in the ESL as they have added to the division this term.

 

Essex Senior League  – Goalkeepers’ Clean Sheets

(Source: essexseniorleague.co.uk)

    Club/s Clean Sheets
1 James Bransgrove Walthamstow 16
       
=2 Luke Ward Hadley 13
  Nicholas Eyre Saffron Walden Town 13
       
=4 Bradley Robinson Cockfosters 7
  Tim Pitman Hashtag Utd 7
       
       
=6 Matthew Gill Takeley 6
  Simon Dent Hoddesdon Town 6
  Alex Read Woodford Town 6
       
9 William Hunt Clapton 5
  Jack Coker West Essex 5
       
=11 Aaron Bull Hoddesdon Town 4
  Louis Hawes Hashtag Utd 4
  George Marsh Stansted 4
  Florent Gislette Redbridge 4
  Alex Jennings Enfield 4
       

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 7 Mar) [ESL 19/20 8.3.20]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my semi-regular review of this week’s Essex Senior League action on Saturday 7 March. Weather put paid to two fixtures this weekend as pitches continue to recover from the recent hefty rain.

 

Essex Senior League results – Saturday 7 March

Hadley 7 – 0  West Essex | Brickfield Lane | Att: 86

Hadley inflicted another heavy defeat on the Stags at Brickfield Lane as they continue to chase down the top three. The Bricks held a two-goal lead at half-time as Manny Hammond [35’] and a Yemi Buraimoh strike five minutes later gave them a cushion. After the break, a depleted West side were exposed as Sam Edwards got a quick-fire brace just after the hour mark, before Hammond got his second of the afternoon on 65 minutes to give Anthony Clark’s side a 5 – 0 lead with time remaining in the match. Cameron Ferguson endorsed his growing reputation with a double of his own [75’ & 85’] and complete a super day for Hadley who remain in 4th but are only ten points off leaders Saffron Walden with four matches in hand on them. West’s form is mixed right now after a fine win in midweek, they remain in 10th spot.

 

Saffron Walden Town  1 – 2  Walthamstow  | Catons Lane | Att: 302

This battle at the top of the Essex Senior saw Walthamstow emerge with what could be a priceless win at Catons Lane in front of a crowd of around 300. Connor Scully smashed ‘Stow into an 12th-minute lead and that lead held until the break. A frantic start to the second period started with a leveller for Walden as Julian Simon-Parsons made it three goals in his last two games on 48 minutes. Two minutes later though, Max Mitchell’s side re-took the lead through recent signing Tommy Fletcher and despite seeing forward Callum Ibe sin-binned late on, the gutsy East Londoners made it ten matches unbeaten and are only three points adrift of Walden with four more matches to play. Walden are vulnerable to being overtaken by ‘Stow, Hashtag and Hadley though on paper at least, have a decent recent run-in before hosting Hashtag on the final day next month.

Fellow Non-League blogger Matt North was there & here is his report: mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/03/07/saffron-walden-town-1-2-walthamstow-fc-esl-19-20-07-03-20/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 2 Redbridge   | Crofters | Att: 25

Redbridge recovered from a heavy defeat in midweek to get the win at Crofters over Sawbridgeworth. Strike pair Taylor Tombides and Hassan Nalbant got the goals for the visitors who obtained their fourth win in their last seven matches to remain in eighth spot, seven points ahead of West Essex in tenth. Jake Sleet’s fourth goal of the season gave Sawbo some hope but ultimately they fell to another loss and remain marooned at the foot of the table, 13 points behind nearest rivals Enfield with eight matches to play.

 

Stansted  0 – 0  Enfield  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 52

Enfield put in an improved display to hold Stansted at Hargrave Park. The E’s had a penalty saved by home ‘keeper Jarvis Monk though the Airportmen had chances of their own before ultimately ending a draw. Stansted remain fifth at present, four points clear of Takeley while Matt Hanning’s side inch closer to the sides above them in Tower Hamlets and Southend Manor and have a game or so in hand on both.

 

Tower Hamlets  1 – 1  Ilford  | Mile End | Att: 20

Hamlets showed promise again but could not complete the job as they were pegged back by gritty Ilford at Mile End. Suiabo Balde put Hamlets ahead with his 15th league goal of the campaign on 65 minutes. Jeffrey Cobblah got the Foxes leveller with three minutes remaining to see Jon Fowell’s side to 30 points in 13th spot. Hamlets haven’t won in eleven games now and stay third-bottom on 22 points.

 

Matches OFF (Due to Waterlogged pitches)
Hashtag Utd  P – P St Margaretsbury

Southend Manor P – P Takeley

 

Thanks for reading, they’ll be more blogs on the Essex Senior to come as we approach the run-in with seven weeks to go.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 7/Sat 8 Feb) [ESL 19/20 9.2.20]

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Written by Scott W 

Hello and welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up pieces looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action & one Peter Butcher Trophy tie, from Friday 7th February & Saturday 8th February.

Friday 7 January – Peter Butcher Trophy Round Two

Woodford Town 1 – 4  Clapton  | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Att: 45

Clapton continued their recent good form to advance to the next round of the Peter Butcher Trophy with victory at Woodford. Asher Modeste got a brace, which was added to by Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Abdus Salami as Julian Charles’ team got another good win. Kieran Hughes-Mason got the solitary response for Joe Gadsdon & Roy Darbo’s side though their focus will be on the league for the remainder of the season.

Saturday 8 February    –   Essex Senior

Cockfosters 0 – 0 Takeley  | Chalk Lane  | Att: 63

Takeley’s efforts to keep pace with the four were stifled by a Cockfosters who could have pinched all three points in this stalemate at Chalk Lane. Marc Das’ side remain in fifth, unbeaten in their last four matches though other results mean they are being caught by neighbours Stansted just behind them. The ‘Fosters drop to eighth after this result and despite only losing one of their last six outings, they are vulnerable to being caught up by Hoddesdon and West Essex just behind them.

 

Enfield  0 – 2  Hadley   | Woodside | Att: 77

The Bricks produced a good display to attain their second win in their last five with victory at Woodside. Goals by Emmanuel Hammond [43’] and Yemi Buraimoh on 63 minutes were enough for Anthony Clark’s side to get the points at go four points clear in fourth spot. The E’s brought in Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley on dual terms this week as they remain second-bottom.

Fellow Non-League writer Matt North was at this match and here is the link to his report: https://mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/match-report-enfield-vs-hadley-esl-19-20-08-02-20/

Hoddesdon Town  3 – 3  West Essex   | Lowfield | Att: 89

The Lilywhites were held by a youthful West Essex side that fielded four of their Under-18 side in this contest. It was the Stags who took a two-goal lead early-doors as Cameron Gray [9’] and Joel Lamb on the quarter-hour put them in a strong position. Hoddesdon, who saw forward Isaac Marfo-Jacobs depart for Isthmian North side Witham Town this week, responded through recent signing Harry Bushell on 16 minutes. Aaron Ramthor made the score level at 2 – 2 just four minutes later. Harry Andic turned the game in the hosts’ favour eight minutes before the break.

 

After weathering the storm, West did pick up a point in a terrific encounter as target-man Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe netted ten minutes from time to ensure they’ve only lost one of their last five matches as they remain tenth. Simon Riddle’s side remain a place and fur points above them in ninth.

 

Ilford  2 – 0  Southend Manor  | Cricklefield | Att: 55

The Foxes got the points to move further clear of the bottom four with victory over Manor at Cricklefield. Larry Akanbi got the opener against his former club on 25 minutes. It was another ex-Manor player who ended up sealing the contest as Jordon Fisher netted 15 minutes from time to rise up to 12th spot. Manor remain in 16th spot, just three points ahead of the bottom two.

 

St Margaretsbury  0 – 2  Redbridge   | The Rec | Att: 29

Redbridge got their second straight clean sheet in all competitions with a decent win at struggling St Margaretsbury. Hassan Nalbant put the visitors ahead on 20 minutes, to which Charlie Portway got a second goal [64’] which gave Micky Wetherall’s side the impetus to rise to seventh spot after their seventh win in their last ten league matches. St Mags’ winless stretch now sits at eleven matches as they remain 15th.

Stansted  2 – 1  Saffron Walden Town  | Hargrave Park | Att: 268

The Airportmen made it 11 straight league wins with a fine victory over leaders Saffron Walden Town in the Uttlesford derby. John Clarke put the hosts ahead right on half-time, before Ryan Ramsay made it two just four minutes after the restart. Substitute Nathan Scarborough halved the deficit for the Bloods with 57 minutes played though the ‘Blue Brazil’ held on for a famous win, in front of over 250 fans at Hargrave Park, which sees them reduce the gap to Takeley in fifth to three points with a game in hand. Walden’s impressive 13-match unbeaten run is over as they conceded ground to rivals Walthamstow and Hashtag Utd in the title race.

Walthamstow  4 – 0  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Wadham Lodge | Att: 57

Finally for this weekend, Walthamstow produced a professional display to outmatch Sawbridgeworth at Wadham Lodge. Lewis Francis got the ball rolling with another brace [23’ & 36’] and as ever, Dwade James also got on the score-sheet on 38 minutes for his 25th league goal this season. New signing Michael Toner added a powerful strike for the fourth goal ten minutes from time as ‘Stow got their fifth win in their last six to leapfrog Hashtag Utd into second place, just two points behind leaders Saffron Walden with two matches in hand on the Bloods. The hard run goes on for Sawbo, as they remain bottom after nine straight defeats.

Match Report: Ilford 2 – 2 Walthamstow (Wed 29 Jan) [ESL 30.1.20]

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Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 65

2019-20 Season: Match 54

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – 7.45pm KO

Ilford: Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 Walthamstow: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

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Players pre-KO [Image: Scott W]

Ilford battle to hold ‘Stow at Cricklefield

Ilford 2 – 2 Walthamstow

Match Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

A return to midweek action in the Essex Senior took me back to Cricklefield to see mid-table Ilford face Walthamstow, in what was the first match since former boss Ryan Maxwell departed last week. Ilford named Joe Taylor in goal, with Dominic Wynter-Stephens and Ahmed Mohammed in central midfield and a front two of Alfie Walker and Larry Akanbi. Saeed Yusuf and Andre Embalo were among the options from the bench for Jonny Fowell’s side. Walthamstow were guided by the dug-out by the club’s owner I understand. James Bransgrove was once again between the sticks, with a defence in front of him of full-backs Charlie Yexley and Kyan Gulliver and centre-backs Jamie Bennett & Vinny Murphy. The attack-minded front three were skipper Dwade James, Callum Ibe and Lewis Francis with Emiel Aiken, Samrai Gebrai and Danny McCullock all on the bench.

The match began with ‘Stow having early chances on goal. Only four minutes into the contest, a defensive slip-up by the Foxes handed Walthamstow forward Lewis Francis a one-on-one chance with home stopper Joe Taylor though Francis’ stinging drive was well parried away by the goalkeeper. Minutes later, strike partner Dwade James saw Taylor off his line and tried to lob him from 35 yards away, and the ball only narrowly evaded the goal frame.

The visitors continued to be in the ascendency and Callum Ibe was his usual self, looking a threat in possession and looking to bypass defenders. Ibe also had a good effort denied by Taylor after perhaps initially misjudging the path of the shot, though the stopper did well to prevent it sailing low into the corner. The chances shelled by ‘Stow were costly as Ilford broke the deadlock with twenty minutes on the clock. Dominic Wynter-Stephens’s flick-on evaded the visiting defence into the path of centre-back Jordan Fisher who got a tap-in from close range.

As the half-hour mark approached, Ilf had another half-chance as winger Noel Omondi’s header was gathered by visiting goalkeeper James Bransgrove just under his own crossbar. ‘Stow did level a couple of minutes later as James did well to find Francis who tucked the ball away low past Taylor with aplomb.  Five minutes before half-time, Foxes forward Alfie Walker had to be stretchered off with a bad knee injury, we sincerely wish him well in his recovery.

Half-Time: Ilford 1 – 1  Walthamstow

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The second half began with a early chance for the visitors though Dwade James’ cross-shot evaded Francis at the back post and harmlessly drifted wide. Walthamstow would not be denied though as on 52 minutes, a free-kick was awarded in a promising position, 20 yards out. Francis stepped up and curled in a well-struck effort into the left-side corner, out of the grasp of Taylor. Even so, ‘Stow were not quite their usual miserly selves in defence as just past the hour, a rare mix-up at the back presented Ilford forward Larry Akanbi with a good chance to strike, though Bransgrove denied his firm strike with strong hands.

With 15 minutes remaining, Vinny Murphy saw a decent free-kick gathered by Taylor though the scoring was rounded out soon after as a corner by full-back Foday Jaiteh got caught up in the swirling wind and evaded everyone and cured into the far corner of the net.

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Full-Time: Ilford  2 – 2  Walthamstow

So the points were shared, a result the Walthamstow contingent will likely see as ‘two points dropped’ though it also represents an ‘end of an era’ in some ways as several players announced post-match that they were moving on to pastures new. Credit to Ilford though who came back well and will see this as a decent point in their quest to rise up the table.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the Foxes, centre-back Jordan Fisher and midfielder Dominic Wynter-Stephens were heavily involved and did well. Winger Chris Magangu and forward Larry Akanbi also stood out being good going forward. For ‘Stow, striker Lewis Francis put in a good performance and his free-kick for the second goal was a classy one. Vinny Murphy also put in a very good showing at the back, whilst Callum Ibe also gave the home defence a headache with this pace and dribbling. ‘Keeper James Bransgrove also made a number of good saves too to deny the hosts all three points. Best wishes to both sides for the rest of the season.

 

Teams

Ilford | Manager: Jonny Fowell | Assistants: Darren Gosnell & Adam Peek

1 Joe Taylor (GK), 2 Tyson Talanya, 3 Foday Jaiteh, 4 Dominic Wynter-Stephens, 15 Ryan Cosson, 6 Jordan Fisher, 7 Chris Magangu (14 Chris Cordara-Soares 82’), 8 Ahmed Mohammed, 9 Larry Akanbi, 10 Alfie Walker (18 Saeed Yusuf 43’), 11 Noel Omondi (16 Andre Embalo 58’)

Goal-scorers: Jordan Fisher [20’], Foday Jaiteh  [77’]

Subs Not Used: Antoniou, Charles  | Booked: Wynter-Stephens

 

Walthamstow |  Stand-in Manager: Lee Doherty

1 James Bransgrove (GK), 2 Charlie Yexley, 3 Kyan Gulliver, 4 Jack Folan, 5 Jamie Bennett, 6 Vinny Murphy, 7 Joel Brown (12 Emiel Aiken 60’), 8 Benji Crilley (14 Danny McCullock 80’), 9 Dwade James (Capt), 10 Callum Ibe, 11 Lewis Francis (16 Samrai Gebrai 72’)

Goal-scorers: Lewis Francis [32’ & 52’]

Booked: None | Sub Not Used: Douglas

Referee: Liam Giles

Assistant Referees: Cliff Everett & Gavin Bailey

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 10/Sat 11 Jan) [ESL 19/20 11.1.20]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of the seven Essex Senior League matches that took place this weekend. As ever, there were surprises, late winners and more. Thanks for reading.

Friday 10 January

Redbridge  2 – 2  Ilford   | Oakside   | Att: 75

Ilford struck late to grab a point in this absorbing encounter at Oakside. Loanee Jeffrey Cobblah netted on his debut to give the Foxes the lead with 63 minutes gone. Kurt Smith soon levelled for Micky Wetherall’s team seven minutes later. In an increasingly dramatic latter part of the match, Liam Burgess turned the tide in favour of the Motormen with their second with five minutes remaining. However, Larry Akanbi had the last word with the equalizer for Jonny Fowell’s team with two minutes left to play.  On the plus side, Redbridge are unbeaten in their last five matches and reside in 9th spot, whereas Ilf have only lost one of their last five matches and rise to 11th after Saturday’s action.

 

Saturday 11 January

Hashtag Utd  4 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Chadfields   | Att: 148

Hashtag produced a stirring performance after the break to get another important three points in their promotion hunt. Debutant Tom Anderson struck after just five minutes to give Jay Deveraux’s side the impetus. However, Jake Skeet got another goal for Sawbo only two minutes afterward to restore parity. Things were tight until George Smith made his presence felt again in front of goal with a brace [65’ & an 88th-minute spot-kick], either side of a strike by Samraj Gill with 15 minutes remaining. Moyo-Jordan Ajibade got a consolation for Town on the stroke of the ninety minutes though the Tags fortified third spot with a sixth league win in their last seven which keeps them third, eight points clear of Hadley in 4th. Sawbo’s fifth consecutive loss sees them remain eleven points adrift of nearest rivals Enfield.

Hoddesdon Town  0 – 2  Walthamstow   | Lowfield

Walthamstow got their fifth straight victory at Lowfield. Ryan Maxwell’s team broke the deadlock a minute prior to the interval as Kyan Gulliver’s cross was turned in by the ever-prolific Dwade James. Then late on, substitute Lewis Francis pounced to fire home low to secure the points which keep them second after their 16th win this season. The Lilywhites have won one of their last five matches now and remain 8th, three points behind Cockfosters. My Non-League colleague Matt North was at the match & here’s his report: https://mattnorthfootball.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/match-report-hoddesdon-town-0-2-walthamstow-esl-19-20-11-01-2020/

 

Saffron Walden Town  4 – 0  Woodford Town   | Catons Lane | Att: 257

The Bloods made it a fine week with a comfortable victory over Woodford at Catons Lane., in front of a Towners-enhanced crowd of over 250. Tyger Smalls continued his promising start to his Walden career with the opening goal on six minutes. Gavin Cockman then added to his account for the season with Walden’s second on 24 minutes. Cockman then got his tenth goal of the season, six minutes before the break and 11 minutes after the break, the former Sawbridgeworth Town striker completed a fine hat-trick and crowned off another strong showing by Jason Maher’s side. Walden’s seventh win in their last eight league matches means they retain top spot & are three points clear of ‘Stow having played two games more. Woodford drop to 12th after their fifth loss in their last seven matches.

 

Southend Manor  2 – 2  Hadley   | Southchurch Park   | Att: 28

Manor showed they have big performances in them by holding Hadley to an entertaining draw at Southchurch Park. Michael Ogboin and Jordan Chambers goals gave Manor a two-goal lead at half-time, though another brace by talisman Solomon Ofori ended up securing a point for the Bricks. Manor go above Clapton with this point and we now have three teams on 18 points – Tower Hamlets, Manor & the Tons. Hadley got their second draw in succession as they lost ground on the top three.

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 1  Enfield   | Mile End  | Att: 30

Bengal got their first win in five matches with a late success over Enfield at Mile End. Mauricio Rimcon put Imrul Gazi’s side ahead on twenty minutes and that lead stood until Michael Salako’s strike restored parity for the E’s with 64 minutes on the watch. Freddy Tandon’s well-hit strike found the net on the stroke of the ninety to ensure the points stayed in East London. Bengal rise to 10th and Enfield drop to second-bottom as their winless run to nine matches.

 

St Margaretsbury  0 – 1  Stansted   | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 38

Stansted’s battle at St Mags were heading for a stalemate when Moses Carvalho headed home at the back stick with five minutes to play to breach the Airportmen’s winning run from last season and extends the current run to nine matches and puts them back in sixth spot. The hosts have lost their last six matches on-the-bounce and consequently drop to 13th.

That’s all for this week. We’ll be back soon with more Essex Senior action.