Essex Senior League – Premier Division
Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G
2022-23 Season: Match 55
Saturday 15th April 2023 – 12pm KO
West: Yellow & Black Shirts, Black Shorts & Yellow Socks
Newham: Red & Black Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Newham battle to narrow win at West Essex
West Essex 0 – 1 Athletic Newham
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
The first game of a welcome double on the penultimate weekend of the normal Step 5 season saw an early game at Mayesbrook Park, where West Essex took on Athletic Newham in the Essex Senior League. Both sides were in action the previous midweek, with West narrowly losing at Stanway Rovers and Newham getting past a jaded FC Clacton side. Kwame Kwateng’s team had to ring the changes here with several players unavailable. Emmanuel Nwosu was their goalkeeper here, with a defence of stalwart Sanchez Hardy, Mitchell Arthur and Rodney Dame. The midfield included skipper Reece Clarke, Emmanuel Wazola, Saliu Lo Seye and Timmy Moncur. The forward line was led by Lewis Danquah, with Zak Oliver and Sam Bajaha down the flanks in support. Newham still have a good chance of getting a top-five finish given their extensive remaining fixture list, and had Wilkinson Boateng in goal, with a backline comprised of Meer Ishanzadeh, Will Martin and Jeff Idemudia. Their midfield had Dayaan Salifou, Anderson Baro, Abdul Shobowale and Simon Bamidele starting, with forwards Richard Kone and Jailson Seidi being supported by skipper Joel Appiah.
The early stages of this match built up nicely, as Newham forward Jailson Seidi being denied a chance at goal by home skipper Reece Clarke. West duly responded, with the surging breaks of forward Zak Oliver a highlight for them, but two decent strikes from him couldn’t bypass visiting stopper Wilkinson Boateng. Defender Sanchez Hardy also fizzed a fierce strike not far over the goal frame as the Stags showed their attacking philosophy well but couldn’t match their good passing with clinical finishing. Newham were concentrating on building momentum through midfield, but although the likes of Anderson Baro, Abdul Shobowale and Joel Appiah were contributing to their approach play, their chances were few & far between in the first half hour. Talisman Richard Kone fired over the goal frame in the early stages but they did take the lead five minutes before the interval.
A good cross in from the left side evaded a stuttering West defence & found Appiah about six yards out and his neat header found went high into the net. Newham’s lead was nearly pegged back on the stroke of half-time as a powerful free-kick from Clarke for West cannoned back off the crossbar. At the interval, Newham held their lead but would have liked more possession to build more attacks & stifle the hosts’ momentum.
HT: West 0 – 1 Newham
After the break, there were still chances aplenty. Clarke again arrowed a crisp effort not far over the top left corner, while Seidi also fired wide after a decent cross by Simon Bamidele. Newham had brought on forward Daniel Izekor for Richard Kone after he sustained a knock in the first half. Boateng in the Newham goal was also a good presence for them, as he also denied another set-piece strike by Clarke. As the minutes elapsed, the realisation was growing that it just may not be West’s day. Newham were still useful going forward as well, with Izekor utilising the space between the West defence & midfield quite well, although West were in no mood to concede again here.
As we got into the last fifteen minutes, West thought they have levelled but in reaching the ball high off the deck, substitute Tyson Muaxambi struck a decent strike into the net, although it was ruled out as the forward had also clattered into a Newham defender in the process. As they often do, Kwame Kwateng’s side kept going until the end of the game that was getting more scrappy, and midfielder Saliu Lo Seye and Dillon Luker also had half-chances, the latter of which was gathered by Boateng, who will no doubt be pleased to claim another shut-out. The win takes Newham up to seventh, with five league games remaining to play in the next nine days or so.
Full-Time: West Essex 0 – 1 Athletic Newham
In summary, this was an entertaining match, with plenty of chances for both sides but the frustrating thing for West will be that they created enough to at least take something from the game. Newham were not entirely at their most cohesive defensively but were still a threat going forward and done enough to claim the points. West will be heartened to see their youthful forward line having their moments also.
For victors Newham, centre-back Will Martin had a really good game, making important interceptions and kept his side in the game by thwarting the enterprising West forward line. Forward Jailson Seidi also contributed well to his team’s forward moves, and was unfortunate not to get on the scorers’ sheet today. Creative midfielder Anderson Baro also put in some good passes and showed good movement, with goalkeeper Wilkinson Boateng being a good presence to keep his team ahead, making several decent saves as well.
For West, forward Zak Oliver put in a hard-working display, making several darting runs down the right flank and should have had at least one goal today. Central defender Rodney Dame had a good game, showcasing good positioning and made good clearances too. Tricky midfielder Timmy Moncur played his part in good ‘pass & move’ football with a number of searching passes, while skipper Reece Clarke also kept his side going with a characteristically high-energy performance and was inches away from scoring with a fine set-piece on two separate occasions.
West Essex | Manager: Kwame Kwateng | Assistant: George Karsa |
Starting XI (Subs): 13 Emmanuel Nwosu (GK), 2 Sanchez Hardy (3 Harley Davison 73′), 25 Mitchell Arthur, 23 Rodney Dame, 6 Emmanuel Wazola, 14 Reece Clarke (Capt), 17 Sallu Lo Seye, 20 Sam Bajaha (11 Dillon Luker 69′), 22 Timmy Moncur, 9 Lewis Danquah (10 Tyyson Muaxambi 57′), 19 Zak Oliver
Booked: Muaxambi, Arthur | Subs Not Used: None
Athletic Newham | Manager: Chris Davis | Assistants: Timothy Tejuosu & Ray Bartlett
Starting XI (Subs): 1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Meer Ishanzadeh (3 Louis Hiobi 66′), 6 Will Martin, 7 Jeff Idemudia, 4 Dayaan Salifou, 15 Anderson Baro (11 Chris Barbosa 88′), 16 Abdul Shobowale, 18 Simon Bamidele, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt) (12 Idris Aminu 66′), 17 Richard Kone (14 Daniel Izekor 46′), 9 Jailson Seidi
Goal-Scorer: Joel Appiah [40′]
Booked: Idemudia, Salifou, Shobowale | Subs Not Used: Akurang
Referee: Nathan Kitteridge
Assistants: Tom Evans & Simon Crowley