Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 2 – 0 West Essex (Tues 13th Nov) [ESL 14.11.18]

Essex Senior League

Attendance: 62

2018-19 Season – Match 33

Tuesday 13th November 2018  – 7.45pm KO

Hullbridge: Blue & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts,  Blue Socks

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

 

Hullbridge emerge with the points after late goals seal the win over West at Lower Road

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) with photos by Scott & @ABridgeTooFar16

Another midweek venture in this season’s Essex Senior League took me to Lower Road to see high-flying Hullbridge take on mid-table West Essex. The last two visits to this ground saw ‘Bridge held by Leyton Athletic and Ilford in league action. Darren Manning named a front three of captain Jimmy Cox, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako with Joe Skeels and Matt Tapley in midfield. West’s season has been inconsistent thus far and after a two-week break from action, they named Jack Coker between the sticks with a back four of Emmanuel Wazola, Josh French, Nick Walk and Josh Kane though Joe Lefley, Sanchez Hardy and James Bromley were among those unavailable.

Both sides traded chances early on, as West goalkeeper Jack Coker denied Hullbridge forward Luke Hornsley only two minutes in. The visitors showed their penchant for counter-attacking with pace at times as well and they had their first half-chance ten minutes in as West midfielder Callum Bloss struck an effort wide. Hullbridge were awarded a penalty on twenty minutes after a foul on Hornsley in the area. Strike partner Jimmy Cox stepped up though his spot-kick crashed against the crossbar and out of play.

West continued to battle hard despite having to take off their main forward Ogedi-Uzokwe midway through the half and did have the odd foray forward though ‘Bridge did finish the half strongly, although the debate is there that they didn’t make the most of their chances. First, with three minutes to go until the break, a strike from home forward Michael Salako did beat Coker but was well-cleared off the line by covering defender Josh Kane. Moments later, a goal-mouth scramble saw the Stags twice deny their hosts on the line as a combination of the goalkeeper and visiting defence got in the way to preserve the stalemate at the break.

Half-Time: Hullbridge  0 – 0  West Essex

West came out after the break with renewed vigour and had some joy in midfield getting past the attack-minded hosts as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed put in a number of telling balls through to substitute forward Hakim Medfai, with the latter having three chances on goal in the opening 15 minutes of the half, though he couldn’t find a way past home stopper George Marsh.

West defender Josh French was perhaps a tad fortunate as another searching centre from the hosts was headed powerfully against his own crossbar. The visitors’ impeccable record during the evening of clearing shots off the goal-line was extended early in the half and as we got into the middle part of the half, it seemed as though the hosts had rather ‘run out of energy’. The Stags had the odd chance of their own as on 72 minutes a powerful effort by Medfai called Marsh into action, sprawling across well to parry the low strike wide. Minutes later, a good ball in from the right by stand-in right-back Emmanuel Wazola found skipper Tom MacLeod though his header was gathered by Marsh.

‘Bridge responded with hunger as Hornsley was a thorn in the visiting defenders’ sides in the latter stages. After he had sent two half-chances wide, a third oppurtunity in the space of five minutes was well-blocked by Coker though it was a sign of late drama to come. With two minutes of normal time remaining, Hornsley’s ball in from the right was seized on by substitute Nathan Scarborough who made no mistake at the near post. Barely a minute later, the visitors’ luck ran dry as another Hornsley cross was pushed away by Coker though it fell to Salako who calmly slotted home to finally put the match to bed that they could have made easier for themselves.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports  2 – 0  West Essex

To be absolutely fair, Hullbridge created too many chances to not deserve the win though they could do with being sharper in terms of finishing. In my view, Joe Skeels, Luke Hornsley and Michael Salako stood out for the hosts tonight. West have reasons to be pleased with this performance. They do have grit and determination in abundance as they frustrated their opponents and played good football themselves at times as midfielder Tanvir Ahmed, ‘keeper Jack Coker and the central defensive pair of Josh French and Nick Walk did well for them.

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‘Bridge’s Mickael Salako in action (Credit: Neil H)

 

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning

George Marsh (GK), Matt Dicks, Matt Rose, Sam Taylor, Jamal Allen, Perry Dunn, Joe Skeels, Matt Tapley (Adebola Sotoyinbo 69′), Jimmy Cox (Capt) (Nathan Scarborough 69′), Luke Hornsley, Michael Salako

Goal-scorers: Nathan Scarborough [88′], Michael Salako [89′]

Booked: Dunn   | Subs Not Used: Skinner, Coe, McLeavy

 

West Essex    | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Emmanuel Wazola, Josh Kane, Josh French, Nick Walk, Tanvir Ahmed (Symeon Taylor 65′), Greg Frederick, Callum Bloss, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Hakim Medfai 21′), Cameron Gray

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: McNally

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Match Report: West Essex 1 – 2 Godmanchester Rovers (The FA Vase R1 – Sun 14 Oct 18) [FAV 14.10.18]

The FA Vase – First Round Proper

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 65

2018-19 Season – Match 22

Sunday 14th October 2018  – 2pm KO

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Godmanchester Rovers: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

Goddy overcome West to progress in the FA Vase

 

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Report & Photo by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

 

On a soggy day at Mayesbrook Park, Essex Senior League side West Essex welcomed Thurlow Nunn Premier outfit Godmanchester Rovers in a FA Vase First Round tie. The hosts named Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe as they focal point once again with Symeon Taylor, Joe Lefley and Cameron Gray in supporting roles. Godmanchester, or ‘Goddy’ as they are affectionately also known, are enjoying a very good season thus far in the TN Premier and fielded Niall Conroy between the posts and a front two of Austen Diaper and skipper Mike Hyem with Tom Spark and Matty Allen on the flanks.

The visitors started the match brightly with winger Tom Spark firing an early warning shot wide of the post on 5 minutes. West goalkeeper Jack Coker was called into action again seconds later as Goddy full-back Joe Furness’ sweet free-kick was palmed away well when it was heading for the far corner.

Godmanchester did break the deadlock ten minutes in as midfielder Simon Unwin broke free from the home defence to get a tap-in after good work by winger Matty Allen on the right. Ollie Drake’s side built on that as they pushed forward and showed their potent attacking strength, on the quarter-hour Unwin’s ball in found centre-back Charlie Bowen though he fizzed a header wide.

West didn’t quite create too many stone-wall openings though they did force visiting stopper Niall Conroy into action and full-back Ben Leo’s drilled effort which sailed wide did remind Goddy that their lead was thin. The hosts levelled the contest as the ball found its way to substitute NIck Walk who smashed in a class low strike into the corner, past Conroy, nine minutes before the break. West finished the half stongly as captain Tom MacLeod spurned two half-chances to give Kwame Kwateng’s side a surprise lead.

Half-Time: West Essex  1 – 1  Godmanchester Rovers

Into the second half and only two minutes in, Goddy substitute Buster Harradine’s terrific 25-yard strike forced Coker into another good save. The visitors sensed they had the better of the match and Coker maintained his good form, denying efforts from forward Mike Hyem, Allan and Spark. Goddy were’t going to be denied though as Harradine powered a header past Coker on 69 minutes to put the Thurlow Nunn side back ahead to cue joyous scenes in front of the travelling support.

MacLeod headed wide for the hosts in the latter stages though unfortunately they didn’t have the energy or much joy going forward and all told, Godmanchester deserved to progress into the next round.

Full-Time: West Essex  1 – 2  Godmanchester Rovers

 

Teams

West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo (Samraj Gill 73′), Tom Macleod (Capt), Josh French, Greg Fredericks, Callum Bloss (Nick Walk 26′), Symeon Taylor, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Tom Woodbridge 80′), Joe Lefley, Cameron Gray

Goal-scorer: Nick Walk [36′]

Booked: Leo    | Subs Not Used: Forster, Bromley

Godmanchester Rovers | Manager: Ollie Drake

Niall Conroy (GK), Reec King, Joe Furness, Chris Hyem, Charlie Bowen, Ross Munro, Matty Allen (Tom Moran 87′), Simon Unwin (Buster Harradine 44′), Austen Diaper (Tom Lloyd 90’+2), Mike Hyem (Capt), Tom Spark

Goal-scorers: Simon Unwin [10′], Buster Harradine [69′]

Booked: Furness, Spark  |  Subs Not Used: Walker, Palmer

 

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 5th/Sat 6th Oct) [ESL 7.10.18]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to another of my round-up pieces for the weekend’s Essex Senior League action. How did your side get on?

Friday 5th October

Woodford Town  2 – 0  Takeley  |  Harlow Arena | Att: 95

Woodford started the action this weekend with a good win over out-of-form Takeley at the Harlow Arena. Second-half strikes from Ellis Routledge [57′] and Dejuane Taylor-Crossdale [90’+3] saw Dee Safer’s side to their fifth win of the season and up to 4th place after Saturday’s action.

Saturday 6th October

Clapton   2 – 5   Stansted    | Old Spotted Dog | Att: 48

Strikes either side of the half-time interval assisted Stansted to a big win at the OSD. Jordan’s Palmer’s quick-fire double [40′ & 42′] before the break gave the Airportmen a healthy cushion before Palmer completed his treble three minutes after the break. Ollie Bell made it four on 67 minutes before Steven Sardinha [70′] reduced the arrears. Callum Ibe added to his goal tally for the season with 15 minuts left though Timi Abiola rounded out the scoring for the hosts a minute later.

Enfield 1893  3 – 1   Stanway Rovers   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 75

Enfield returned to winnings ways in the league here over Stanway. Jayden Hocking-Rising struck on 14 minutes to give Enfield the lead. Ayo Odukoya [32′] doubled that advantage before Toby Blanche halved the deficit for Rovers. Odukoya restored the E’s two-goal cushion though on 75 minutes to give Matt Hanning’s side a boost.

Ilford  0 – 1    Walthamstow    | Cricklefield  | Att: 75

‘Stow edged to a narrow win over the Foxes with former Ilford striker James Peagram almost inveitably scoring the only goal of the game just before half-time.The Foxes are now without a win in three games while ‘Stow are unbeaten in seven league matches now.

Leyton Athletic  5 – 0  Barkingside  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 20

Leyton produced an excellent display to only add to ‘Side’s pain and extend their winless record. Emmanuel Oluwole broke the deadlock five minutes before the break and the visitors went into the interval two down as only a minute later, Francesco Cicconi struck for Glen Kendall’s new side. Cicconi pretty much secured the points only four minutes into the second half before a brace from Dwade James [62′ & 90’] rounded out the scoring here to give Leyton only their second win of the season.

 

Redbridge  0 – 1  Hullbridge Sports  | Oakside  | Att: 55

Hullbridge maintained their unbeaten league record with another good win away from from home at Oakside. Nathan Scarborough got the only goal on 64 minutes to ensure the ‘curse’ of ESL Manager of the Month for September didn’t strike Sports boss Darren Manning. For the Motormen, this was their third straight home league defeat.

 

Saffron Walden Town  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town  | Catons Lane  | Att: 175

The Bloods struck late to deny Hoddesdon a fine win at Catons Lane. Connor Bolton broke the deadlock on 55 minutes to put the visitors ahead. Though the Essex Senior League’s leading marksman Charlie Portway levelled three minutes from time to salvage a point for new boss Jason Maher.

 

Southend Manor   0 – 1   West Essex   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 40

I was at this match and my full report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/match-report-southend-manor-0-1-west-essex-esl-6-10-18/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  5 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Mile End Stadium | Att: 27

Bengal powered to an impressive win over Sawbridgeworth at Mile End. Inside 25 minutes, the hosts were three goals to the good thanks to Charles Gregory [10′], Kamarl Duncan [15′] and the ever-prolific Jay Knight’s first of the afternoon on 23 minutes. Knight completed his hat-trick [44′ & 60′] either side of the interval though Danny Wickenden’s brace ensured the visitors had something to take from the game.

 

St Margaretsbury  6 – 0  Tower Hamlets    | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 11

St Margs powered to victory over Hamlets, who had another howler away from Mile End. The hosts only led by the odd goal at the break through Michael Morgan’s 36th-minute strike though it was a rather different tale after the break. Firstly, on the hour mark Luke Marshall netted before a 15-minute hat-trick by Charncey Dash [65′, 75′ & 80′] plus a late sixth by David Greene [81′] to seal the hosts first win in six matches.

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading.

Match Report: Southend Manor 0 – 1 West Essex (Sat 6th Oct) [ESL 6.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Southchurch Park

Attendance: 40

2018-19 Season – Match 19

Saturday 6th October 2018  – 3pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

 West Essex : Red & Black Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

In what you might describe as ‘ghastly’ conditions, Southend Manor welcomed West Essex to Southchurch Park. The hosts were not only missing the likes of Mo Kargbo, Lee Delf and Nathan Dewberry but also their manager Adam Peek, who is enjoying his stag do, best wishes to Adam on that. This meant Reserve team boss & ex-Rochford Town gaffer Garry Pond stepped up to be manager for the day. As for West, Jack Coker continued between the sticks and skipper Tom MacLeod reverted to centre-back with Symeon Taylor and Cameron Gray supporting focal point Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe in attack.

Before kick-off, the elements signalled their intent with blustery conditions evident. Though before this report turns into a weather-based one, the opening to the match saw few chances to speak of though Manor midfielder Benn Smith lofted a drive over visiting custodian Jack Coker’s crossbar. West responded through an effort from 18 yards by midfielder Callum Bloss was parried by returning Manor goalkeeper Klinton Makayabo.

Manor were perhaps edging the game in terms of passing moves at this point though Stags forward Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe was giving the Manor back four a good test though to be fair the backline did well. On the half-hour, ever-tricky winger Rhys Fatt darted down the middle and got his effort away though Coker did well to save. Coker was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening half, doing well to deny skipper Robbie Norris’ pile-driver and then tip wide Charlie Barlow’s wind-assisted free-kick towards the end of the half.

In recent matches, West have started to clamp down on conceding goals and although they didn’t have the better of the oppurtunities thus far, that ‘steel’ was evident.

Half-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 0  West Essex

After the break, Manor had further chances to take the lead though forward Charlie Little and Barlow’s drives were both saved by Coker. Seven minutes after the interval, West had a decent chance of their own as from James Bromley’s sharp delivery, forward Cameron Gray thumped a header off-target. Only a minute later though, what ended up being the decisive goal came as from Bromley’s corner, MacLeod headed on at the back stick for Gray to head home in a congested penalty area.

Manor found Coker in fine form again on 58 minutes as Little’s effort was denied and although the hosts did look threatening down the flanks through Fatt and fellow winger Dylan James, their final ball didn’t quite materalise. At the other end, West pushed for an important second goal though centre-back Nick Walk’s header was saved by Makayabo. Manor cenre-back Ore Mosuro spurned a late chance by heading over the bar though in fairness, the hosts gave everything in terms of effort though that unfortunate ‘familar story’ of chances missed ultimately cost them.

Full-Time: Southend Manor  0 – 1  West Essex

West will be pleased with another battling three points with forwards Symeon Taylor and Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and right-back Sanchez Hardy standing out alongside the impressive Coker today. Finally, credit to both sides for the effort and resolve they showed in poor conditions today.

Teams

Southend Manor      | Manager (for the day): Garry Pond

Klinton Makayabo (GK), Charlie Cobb, Grant Webb, Robbie Norris (Capt), Oreoluwa Mosuro, Kye Jude, Rhys Fatt (Jordon Chambers 82′), Benn Smith, Charlie Little (Aaron Baldwin 73′), Charlie Barlow, Dylan James (Matthew Smith 70′)

Booked: Norris   | Subs Not Used: Dias

West Essex  | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Josh Kane, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Nick Walk, James Bromley, Callum Bloss (Samraj Gill 80′), Greg Frederick, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe (Tom Woodbridge 68′), Symeon Taylor, Cameron Gray (Joe Lefley 70′)

Goal-scorers: Cameron Gray [53′]

Booked: None  |  Subs Not Used: Ahmed

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 8th Sept) [ESL 9.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the return of my round-up’s of the Essex Senior League action this weekend. How did your side do? With thanks to A Perkins for use of the Club crests.

Friday 7th September  – Gordon Brasted Trophy

Sawbridgeworth Town  5 – 2  Tower Hamlets   | Crofters End | Att: 39

Sawbridgeworth finished the match very strongly to secure progression in this Gordon Brasted tie at Crofters. Hamlets led on 19 minutes through Elias Tackie’s strike though less than a minute later the hosts counter-attacked and levelled through Lewis Deamer. The stalemate persisted until the the last third of the match and a spot-kick from Oliver Fortune [64′] gave Sawbo the lead though again, that lead was quickly snuffed out as Hamlets levelled through Simon Bamidele two minutes later.

This only spurned John Watters’ side on though as Daryl Doolan [69′], Josh Knight [75′] and James Braughurst [85′] strikes sealed a morale-boosting triumph for Sawbridgeworth. Hamlets will be wondering where their first win of the campaign will come from.

Essex Senior League – Saturday 8th September

 

 

Barkingside  0 – 2  St Margaretsbury  | Cricklefield  | Att: 50

St Margs grabbed their second league win of the season with this success at ‘Side. Charncey Dash [28′] and Phil Lowen [72’] goals assisted John Barker’s side to a much-needed win after their FA Vase exit last weekend. ‘Side are still winless in this league campaign.

 

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports  | Lowfield  | Att: 97

Hullbridge struck in added-time to pinch this fiesty encounter at Lowfield. Joss Lillis converted a 21st-minute spot-kick to out the hosts ahead though Darren Manning’s side restored parity thanks to Adebola Sotoyinbo only three minutes later. That looked to be the end of the goal-scoring action though returning stalwart Rob Hodgson powered home a winner right at the death to give Sports their fourth straight league win and go top of the standings.

 

Redbridge   1 – 1   Clapton  | Oakside | Att: 63

Redbridge’s season continued to be stifled by draws as they were held by the Tons at Oakside. Asher Modeste struck 12 minutes before half-time to put the Motormen ahead though the visitors responded through prolific scorer Jeffrey Cobblah [76′]. Redbridge have three draws in their opening four matches while Jon Fowell’s side achieved their first draw of the league season.

 

Southend Manor 0 – 3  Stansted   | Southchurch Park | Att: 31

I attended this match, here is my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/match-report-s-manor-0-3-stansted-esl-8-9-18/

 

Sporting Bengal Utd  6 – 0  Enfield 1893   | Mile End | Att: 30

Bengal had a superb day as they thrashed Enfield at Mile End. Imrul Gazi’s side led ten minutes before the break thanks to Steven Carvell’s goal though after the interval Sporting had a day to savour. Bobby Redwood [47′] and Jon Watson [60′] goals sealed the points before a brace from influential winger Codey cameron [70′ & 72′] and Yasir Rashid [85′] strikes added to the pain for Matt Hanning’s team. Bengal earned their first league win in their third match while Enfield suffered their second loss of the campaign.

 

West Essex  4 – 1  Leyton Athletic   |  Mayesbrook Park

The Stags finally grabbed their first win of the new season with a good victory over Leyton. Cameron Gray, Michael Mignot, Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe and Hakim Medfal goals did the damage for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Mario Gnijaj got Leyton’s consolation though they fell to their first loss in four league games.

That is all for this week. Thank you for reading.

Match Report: West Essex 2 – 3 Sawbridgeworth Town (ESL 4.8.18)

Essex Senior League (Season 2018-19)

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 32

2018-19 Season – Match 5

Saturday 4th August 2018  – 3pm KO

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Sawbridgeworth Town: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On another searingly hot day, the Essex Senior League’s opening weekend continued as West Essex welcomed Sawbridgeworth Town to Mayesbrook Park.

West gave debuts to midfielders Samraj Gill and Callum Bloss while captain Tom MacLeod led the line alongside Issac Marfo with Jack Coker between the sticks. Sawbridgeworth are another side who have lost a few players during the summer, Aaron Thomas, goalkeeper James Mays and the Cleaver brothers have moved on. John Watters’ side named a front three of Daryl Doolan, Lewis Roberts and the recently-returned Ollie Fortune.

The match began with the hosts getting the possession game going though Sawbridgeworth had the early chances of note as forwards Doolan and Fortune both couldn’t find a way past Jack Coker in the Stags goal. Although there arguably wasn’t enough ‘end product’ being created by the home side, debutant winger Samraj Gill certainly did give the Sawbo full-backs a tricky time of it in this match with a good range of passing as well.

On 16 minutes, a sweetly-struck curling free-kick by midfielder Tom Jelliman so nearly gave Sawbridgeworth the lead, gunning for the top corner though Coker pulled off a superb save at full-stretch to tip it round the post. Sawbo did break the deadlock four minutes later though as centre-back Josh Knight grabbed a tap-in. Fortune could’ve made it two soon after though couldn’t beat Coker when one-on-one with the ‘keeper.

West came back into the match though were a little guilty of not ‘making the most’ of their chances. Debutant Callum Bloss blasted a strike wide midway through the half while after forward Isaac Marfo’s good surging run, midfielder Joe Lefley struck wide. Gill also sent a good effort just over the woodwork after the half-hour. Sawbo were unfortunate to not double their lead as skipper Matt Frew’s header was cleared off the line on 37 minutes.

Moments later, West were level as midfielder Greg Frederick was well-found by skipper MacLeod, chasing down a lost cause down the right flank, and Frederick lashed home nicely and half-time soon followed.

Half-Time: West Essex  1 – 1   Sawbridgeworth Town

West started the second half well with Bloss and Gill involved in a good passing move though Sawbo re-took the lead on the stroke of the hour with forward Lewis Roberts being well picked out making a great run through the retreating Stags defence and beat Coker with a powerful effort that the ‘keeper got a hand to but couldn’t keep out. Coker was in action again soon afterwards to deny both Roberts and Fortune and Kwame Kwateng’s team were thankful as they restored parity on 62 minutes through Macleod’s calm finish after an error by Sawbo’s Knight.

The topsy-turvy nature of this enthralling match swung in Sawbo’s favour just four minutes later as Roberts calmly struck again after being found by substitute Jack Cousins. Sawbo had to really battle to keep hold of their lead in the latter stages as visiting custodian David Leader denied substitute Emmanuel Obeng-Kouassi and Lefley as the visitors held on to claim a good if narrow victory.

 

Full-Time: West Essex 2 – 3 Sawbridgeworth Town

Best wishes to both sides for the season ahead.

 

Teams:
West Essex   | Manager: Kwame Kwateng

Jack Coker (GK), Sanchez Hardy, Ben Leo, Josh French, Nick Walk, Samraj Gill, Callum Bloss (Emmanuel Warzola 64′), Greg Frederick (Emmanuel Obeng-Kouassi 84′), Joe Lefley, Tom MacLeod (Capt), Isaac Marfo (Symgon Taylor 42′)

Goal-scorers: Greg Frederick [39′], Tom MacLeod [62′]

Booked: Hardy    | Subs Not Used: Ahmed, Manneh

 

Sawbridgeworth Town          |   Manager: John Watters

David Leader (GK), John Clarke, Louis Monk, Josh Knight, Matt Frew (Capt), Tom Jelliman (Jack Cousins 58′), Danny Wickenden, James Mays, Ollie Fortune, Daryl Doolan (Joe Wright 64′), Lewis Roberts (Chris Hill 70′)

Goal-scorers: Josh Knight [20′], Lewis Roberts [59′ & 66’]

Booked: None  | Sub Not Used:  Palmer, Mackman

2018-19 Pre-Season: West Essex 3 – 0 Clapton CFC (PSF 29.7.18)

Pre-season Friendly

Sunday 29th July 2018 – 1pm KO

Venue: London Marathon Community Ground, Stratford

Attendance: 115

2018 – 19 Season – Match 3

Both teams just before KO

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a drizzly & gusty afternoon in the near shadow of the massive Olympic stadium in East London, my latest pre-season friendly saw West Essex take on the newly-formed Clapton Community Football Club at the London Marathon Community Ground.

West Essex are limbering up for their third season in the Essex Senior League and the familar player ‘merry-go-round’ has seen them re-building somewhat after the loss of important players in the summer. Clapton CFC will start their journey in the Middlesex County League Division One, playing on the 3G pitch at the Wadham Lodge Complex in Kitchener Road – ironically re-tracing a similar path that their hosts here started before their rise up the footballing ladder.

Onto the match itself then and the frst thing you noticed was that the visitors were well-supported, as you might expect though transitions are a tricky thing to predict. That and the visitors arguably were the brighter starters here and Geoff Ocran’s side were awarded a penalty on five minutes after a lunging tackle in the area. Forward Tony Cookey stepped up though lofted his effort high above the woodwork.
The Stags gradually found their way into the game though their neat approach play wasn’t matched by clear-cut chances to get past goal-keeper Vlad Bendovsryy.

Clapton did have the ball in the net on 33 minutes through Tom Carding’s header from a corner though as the ball had swirled out of play on its way to the box, it was swiftly ruled out. West Essex took the lead two minutes later as midfielder Tom MacLeod made no mistake finishing off a decent move  and Clapton Community ‘stopper Bendovsryy twice denied the hosts soon after.

Half-Time: West Essex 1 – 0 Clapton Community FC

After the break, the Stags seemed keen to add to their narrow lead and they did just that only three minutes in as MacLeod distracted the ‘keeper and the unfortunate Clapton defender put the ball into his own net.

Bendovsryy made up for the earllier error by pulling off a very good recovery save to deny the impressive MacLeod’s header just shy of the hour mark. Kwame Kwateng’s side did ‘go through the gears’ a bit going forward in the latter stages and in added-time, forward Emmanuel Obeng-Kouassi powered in a drive from MacLeod’s pass from a narrow angle to give the Stags their third goal of the afternoon.

All in all though, Clapton will feel heartened that they more than stayed in the game for long periods, partly through their work ethic and defending though they just didn’t quite have the final ball needed to undo the Stags defensive line on a regular basis.

Full-Time: West Essex 3 – 0 Clapton CFC

Best wishes to both sides for the forthcoming campaign.