Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello & welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action, which includes the re-set FA Vase R3 ties which failed to make it due to adverse weather last weekend.
Essex Senior League – Friday 7th December
Woodford Town 4 – 1 Stanway Rovers | Harlow Arena | Att: 94
Woodford continued their fine run with their third win in seven days. Jordan Sanderson’s third-minute goal put the free-scoring Wood ahead. Temi Babalola rippled the net again with his first of the evening, ten minutes before half-time. The hosts were dominant at this point and Sanderson got his second only three minutes later. Babalola joined the ‘brace club’ on 65 minutes to give Dee Safer’s side more than a big enough cushion and although Rovers pulled one back through Tyler Harris, they succumbed to their fourth loss in their last five. Woodford have won their last six matches on-the-trot and the next two months will have a bearing on just how much of a ‘surprise package’ they will be this season.
Saturday 8th December
Enfield 2 – 4 Tower Hamlets | Harlow Arena | Att: 50
The Harlow Arena also saw a terrific win for a re-energised Hamlets side. Luke With grabbed a double [18’ & 28’] before the opening half-out was out. Iljhal Currie-Wilson made it three only three minutes afterward. The E’s powered out of the blocks in the second half and Dan Chambers [52’] & Michael Opoku [53’] goals heavily cut the visitors’ lead though Kris Queeley’s goal on the hour rounded out the scoring to hand Hamlets their third win in their last five outings. Matt Hanning’s team have grabbed one win in their last five and need to settle to avoid getting dragged into the shoot-out at the foot of the table.
Hoddesdon Town 0 – 2 West Essex | Lowfield | Att: 69
West Essex surprised their hosts to pick up an important three points at Lowfield. Two goals in three minutes did the damage as first, Tom Woodbridge put the Stags ahead on 36 minutes. Powerful front man Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe made a welcome return to the goal-scoring charts for his side with the game’s second only two minutes afterward. That lead was cherished and held on to as well to give West their second win in their last seven. Hoddy’s third loss in their last six sees them mired in inconsistency.
Saffron Walden Town 5 – 1 Ilford | Catons Lane | Att: 150
The Bloods continued their super form over the Foxes this term with a powerful display at Catons Lane. Jason Maher’s side were three goals to the good by half time as Tom Lakin [7’], Lewis Francis’ penalty on 32 minutes and Marcus Crowther [45’] goals saw them in a great position. Ilf simply had no answer to the firepower of their hosts as Dan Trendall grabbed a double as well [47’ & 81’] to secure Walden’s fourth win in their last six matches. Connor Kain gave the Foxes something to ‘shout about’ with a consolation four minutes into the second half though a seventh defeat in their last eight beckoned.
Southend Manor 0 – 1 Takeley | Southchurch Park | Att: 26
Takeley got the job done with a narrow success over a Manor side that are looking a little brighter in recent times. Coby Miles got the only strike of the match on 14 minutes to give Marc Das’ side their seventh win in their last eight games, which has deservedly catapulted them into the promotion reckoning alongside the chasing pack of Saffron Walden Town and Woodford Town. Manor’s mini-revival has been stifled and they will want to avoid being back in the lower part of the table.
Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 1 Leyton Athletic | Mile End Stadium | Att: 35
I attended this match as Leyton did wel to hold a Bengal side who had enough chabces to win well here. My Report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/match-report-sporting-bengal-1-1-leyton-ath-esl-8-12-18/
St Margaretsbury 1 – 0 Clapton | The Recreation Ground | Att: 22
Max Mitchell’s side secured a narrow victory as talisman Charncey Dash got the only goal on 16 minutes, which gave St Margs their third win in their last six league outings. The Tons are still in a tricky period with five defeats in their last seven matches now.
Stansted 2 – 2 Sawbridgeworth Town | Hargrave Park | Att: 62
The ‘Pittuck-Watters’ derby match ended up being a draw for the second time inside a month though for most of the match, it really didn’t favour the hosts. All the goals came in the second half with Sawbo quickly opening up a cushion with two goals in six minutes. First, Joe Wright has been a ‘go-to’ man for Town with regards to goals and he got another on 65 minutes. That lead was doubled as substitute & ex-Stansted forward Julian Lloyd [70’] struck though the drama was hardly at an end.
The Airportmen are a tough side to beat and showed that grit again as a quick-fire brace from James Turvey [84’ & 87’] wiped away the three points and a few smiles from a Sawbridgeworth dug-out though they should still be happy with a run of only two losses in their last seven matches. The hosts are finding it tough to win of late with only one of them in their last five.
The FA Vase – Round Three Results
Hullbridge Sports 0 – 2 Newport Pagnell Town | Lower Road | Att: 61
Redbridge 0 – 5 Chertsey Town | Oakside | Att: 68