Essex Senior League & EOFL round-up (2.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to a bonus piece rounding-up all the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend and the results from the top three tiers of the Essex Olympian Football League. Enjoy.

Saturday 2nd September

Basildon Utd  2 – 1 Great Wakering Rovers

Venue: The Hive   Attendance: 164

Basildon scored a late winner to seal the points at the Hive. Wakering took the lead just past the half hour through Billy Johnson. The Bees levelled six minutes before half-time from Dan Dafter’s header. There was late drama though as Wakering missed a late spot-kick before Ash Blackburn popped up to score an injury-time winner for Marc Harrison’s side and retain their 100% league record.

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 6   Barkingside              

Venue: Lower Road   Attendance: 40

Barkingside powered to a big win at Lower Road. Ex-Hullbridge player Jason Fontaine set the tone, giving his current side the lead after two minutes. Before the hosts could recover, Michael Ogboin doubled the visitors’ advantage just five minutes later. Rob Hodgson’s side cut their arrears in half through Jimmy Cox’s free-kick on 28 minutes though Fontaine struck again three minutes afterward to give ‘Side a 3-1 half-time lead. Michael Walther’s side kept the pressure on after the break and extended their lead with goals from Matheus Santos (47’) and substitute Michael Sherwood (63’). Tonny Cookey added more pain for the home defence with 17 minutes remaining, before ‘Bridge substitute Luca Frankis netted a late penalty, though this was a real ‘off-day’ for the Lower Road side.

If you’d like to read more about this match, fellow Non-League blogger Andy Wilkins was at this match. Read his report here: https://andywilkinsnonleague.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/hullbridge-sports-2-6-barkingside-fc/

Ilford   2 – 0   Stansted  

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 44

Ilford saw off the challenge of Stansted at Cricklefield. Chris Lockwood struck on 27 minutes to give the Foxes the lead at the break. Aaron Wickham secured the points with his side’s second with 22 minutes to play to see Ilford rise to 6th in the table.

Sawbridgeworth Town  2- 0  Waltham Forest

Venue: Crofters End   Attendance: 29

Sawbridgeworth picked up their second win of the season here. Goals from Joe Wright and Aaron Thomas sealed a morale-boosting trimuph for John Watters’ side, ahead of FA Vase action next weekend.

Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 3  Tower Hamlets

Venue: Mile End Stadium   Attendance: 60

Hamlets struck late to claim all the win in the ‘Mile End derby’. Bengal opened the scoring on 15 minutes through Anthony Bruce though Frankie Sinclair levelled for Hamlets five minutes before the break. Kane Wilson gave Ade Abayomi & AJ Ashinike’s side the lead ten minutes after the break. Bengal were level on the hour thanks to Freddy Tandon’s goal. Curtis Pond struck with four minutes remaining though to give Hamlets all three points.

Wadham Lodge   2 – 1   Enfield 1893   

Venue: Kitchener Road   Attendance: 26

Wadham hit a late winner to secure their maiden win of the season. Jayden Hocking-Rising opened the scoring six minutes before the interval for James Falaise’s side. A Danny Jones penalty with 20 min to play levelled for Enfield though Kirk McPhearson’s 90th-minute winner sealed three precious points for Wadham.

West Essex   2 – 0   Burnham Ramblers

Venue: Mayesbrook Park   Attendance: 26

West Essex shook off their loss to Basildon in midweek to get the points in a feisty contest at Mayesbrook Park. Michael Mignot gave the hosts the lead 13 minutes into the second half with a pearler of a strike. Cameron Gray sealed the points 16 minutes from time in a match where both sides ended with ten men and the score-line didn’t quite sum the match up.

If you’d like to read more about this match, I was at the match & my report is here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/report-w-essex-2-0-burnham-esl/

Woodford Town 2017  1 – 2  Redbridge

Venue:  Goffs Lane      Attendance: 25

Redbridge came from behind to grab their third win of the season. Woodford led after just a minute thanks to Andrea Mantovani’s goal. Jacob Dingli restored parity only two minutes later for the Motormen. Ten minutes after the break, Brian Moses scored the eventual winner to put a smile on Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s faces.

Saturday 2nd September

Essex Olympian Football League

Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2 – 2 Basildon Town

Frenford 1 – 2 Catholic Utd

Kevledon Hatch 1 – 3 Manford Way

May & Baker EC 2 – 1 Leigh Ramblers

Springfield 3 – 0 Canning Town

White Ensign 4 – 0 Rayleigh Town

 

Division One

Buckhurst Hill 6 – 0 Harold Hill

Hutton 3 – 2 Galleywood

Newbury Forest 3 – 4 Galleywood

Old Barkabbeyans 3 – 5 Runwell Sports

Old Southendian 1 – 0 Shenfield AFC

Sungate 3 – 1 Upminster

 

Division Two

Ongar Town 6 – 1 May & Baker EC Reserves

Rayleigh Town Reserves 3 – 1 Toby

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Match Report: West Essex 2 – 0 Burnham Ramblers (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Attendance: 26

2017-18 Season – Match 16

Saturday 2nd September 2017 3pm KO

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

Burnham Ramblers: Navy Blue & Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

W Essex v Burnham R(ESL 2.9.217)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a lovely afternoon at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex took on Burnham Ramblers in another Essex Senior League encounter.

Burnham had more of the ball in the early stages of the match, though couldn’t quite supply their forwards with clear-cut chances. That said, Ramblers forward Charlee Hughes was still a threat down the right flank in particular. West Essex did have the odd counter-attack and talismanic forward Michael Mignot showed his intentions early-doors as he had a strike saved by Burnham goalkeeper Josh Strizovic on ten minutes. In the main though, Burnham were strong in defence and worked hard to wrestle the initiative from their hosts, who were depleted due to injuries.

The visitors had one effort cleared off the line midway through the first period as home goalkeeper Dan Russell came off his line but proceeded to clatter into an opposing forward, for which he was brandished with a booking. On 25 minutes, Ramblers forward Bradley Morgan had his strike saved by Dan Russell’s legs for a corner. From that resulting set-piece, midfielder Ben Burgess skied his header over the bar. Morgan had three other opportunities at goal before the break though couldn’t find a way past Dan Russell, the latter of the three chances forced a good save from the West Essex ‘keeper three minutes before the break.

For West Essex, Brad Russell headed over the bar from Mignot’s right-wing cross on the half-hour. Soon after, forward Isaac Marfo was one-on-one with Strizovic but the Burnham goalie snuffed out the chance and cleared. The visitors will no doubt be cursing the lack of clinical finishing as they certainly could have led at the break.

Half-Time: West Essex 0 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

The second half began with the hosts somewhat ‘finding their feet’ as full-back Tanvir Ahmed sent over a left-wing cross which struck the bar before Marfo’s shot was saved by Strizovic. Unfortunately for West Essex, goalkeeper Dan Russell further blotted his copybook and was dismissed by referee Steve Marr  for a second bookable offence so the hosts were down to ten men and midfielder Brad Russell (Dan’s brother) had to take the gloves for the remaining 36 minutes.

Though this seemed to lift the hosts as minutes after the sending off, Marfo was poised to score though was denied by a great last-ditch block for a corner. With 58 minutes on the clock, Mignot showed his quality again with a mazy run past Burnham defenders after good work from Tanvir Ahmed on the left flank and struck a lovely curling drive into the right corner to give the hosts the lead.

Burgess drilled a shot wide seven minutes later though in truth, Burnham were starting to tire in the last twenty-five minutes of the match. With 20 to go, Burnham full-back Grant Webb attempted to lob stand-in goalie Brad Russell from a free-kick though it went just over the bar. West Essex extended their lead with 16 minutes left as winger Cameron Gray was found by Mignot and slotted home calmly. Burnham’s afternoon got ever harder as Burgess was also sent off for two bookings on 76 minutes.

The visitors had late chances to grab a consolation though substitute Aydin Coban and Hughes couldn’t find a way past stand-in ‘keeper Russell. West Essex could’ve made it three with moments remaining though substitute Tom Woodbridge was denied by the impressive Strizovic.

Full-Time: West Essex 2 – 0 Burnham Ramblers

Mignot 58’, Gray 74’

In summary, West Essex will be pleased with the win though will also know they ‘dodged a bullet’ here, particularly in the first half. Burnham will feel aggrieved that they couldn’t convert their chances though there are positives to take from this match. I’d also like to say thank you to Dan Reading, GM of West Essex for the welcome I received today. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of the ESL campaign.

Teams:

West Essex

Manager: Kwame Kwateng

(Team In formation order)

Burnham Ramblers

Manager: Lee Hughes

1  Dan Russell  (GK) 1  Joshua Strizovic  (GK)
2  Jayvon Case-Jarrett 2  Grant Webb
23  Tanvir Ahmed 3  Kareem Byam     (Subbed 79’)
21  Maamoon Khan 4  Luke Moloney  (C)
6  Dan Christey  (C) 5  George Elliott
4  Nick Carroll 6  Bradley Smith    (Subbed 68’)
8  Brad Russell 7  William Howard
10  Fatos Zeqiri 8  Ben Burgess
7  Michael Mignot    (Subbed 87’) 9  Bradley Morgan    (Subbed 68’)
24  Isaac Marfo        (Subbed 61’) 10  Ryan Stillwell
11  Cameron Gray    (Subbed 80’) 11  Charlee Hughes
   

Substitutes:

5  Nick Walk    (On 61’) 12  Sam Eve
14  Josh French     (On 80’) 13  Adam French  (GK)
17  Matt Ford 14  Alex Karkoski     (On 68’)
9  Tom Woodbridge    (On 87’) 15  Aydin Coban      (On 68’)
18  Ronell Rochester 16  Albino Cristo      (On 79’)
   

Referee:

Steve Marr

Assistant Referees:

Michael Iddenden-Smith

Trevor Williams

   
Booked: Khan, French Booked: Hughes
Sent Off: D Russell (2 bookings) Sent Off: Burgess (2 bookings)

 

2017/18 FA Cup Prelim Round: Results round-up

Written by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a special round-up of some of the results from this weekend’s FA Cup Prelim Round ties, specifically involving Essex Senior League & Bostik Division Clubs. The winners of each receive £1,925 in prize money & a place in the First Qualifying Round of the competition.

Saturday 19th August

AFC Hornchurch  2 – 0 Brentwood Town   

Venue: Bridge Avenue   Attendance: 309

The Urchins progressed to the next round, defeating fellow Bostik North side Brentwood at Bridge Avenue. Both goals came in the second half from Hornchurch striker Ross Wall (64’ & 84’). Craig Shipman’s side will have to wait another season for a potential FA Cup adventure.

AFC Sudbury 4 – 0 Aveley

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   Attendance: 174

Sudbury comfortably defeated fellow Bostik North side Aveley at the Wardale Williams Stadium. The Yellows took the lead through Julian Smith with 27 minutes on the watch. Three minutes before the break, Adam Mills doubled the home side’s advantage. After the break, two goals in ten minutes from Dave Cowley (60’) and Alfie Carroll (69’) sealed the win for Jamie Godbold’s side.

Barking 0 – 0 Saffron Walden Town

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    Attendance: 76

Barking held Thurlow Nunn Premier side Saffron Walden Town at Mayesbrook Park. This stalemate means that both sides will have to do it all again at Catons Lane in midweek.

Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    Attendance: 174

Haringey overcame Bowers at the Len Salmon. The visitors led on 67 minutes as former Bowers player Ayron Coley struck, soon after coming off the bench. Borough made their progression into the next round safe with moments left as fellow substitute Ashley McDonald grabbed their second.

Bury Town 1 – 2  Tilbury

Venue: Ram Meadow    Attendance: 233

Tilbury fought off a late fightback from Bury Town to make it into the hat for the next round at Ram Meadow. Tilbury led after the quarter-hour through Adam Vyse before just past the hour mark, fellow striker Luke Hornsley doubled their lead. Darren Mills pulled one back for Town with 21 minutes remaining.

Canvey Island 0 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: Park Lane    Attendance: 224

Witham Town produced a good away-day win to defeat Canvey at Park Lane. Tyler Corlett put the visitors ahead on 21 minutes. Substitute Sam Ashford secured the win late on for Adam Flint’s men.

Clapton 2 – 0 Norwich Utd  

Venue: Old Spotted Dog   Attendance: 122

Clapton secured their passage into the next round by defeating Bostik North side Norwich Utd at the Old Spotted Dog. Substitute Raphael Duyile put the Tons ahead three minutes before the break. After the interval, Ikem Odeh sealed an important win twenty mnutes from time for Jon Fowell’s men.

Dereham Town 3 – 0  Corby Town

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 164

Bostik North side Dereham grabbed a good win at home to Corby Town. After only three minutes, Daniel Beaumont put the Magpies ahead. Dereham sealed the win with two goals in the last ten minutes courtesy of Ashley Jarvis and Beaumount grabbing his brace. Credit has to go to Corby goalkeeper Paul Bostock who played in this match aged 47 – best wishes to him.

Grays Athletic 2 – 0 Redbridge

Venue: Parkside   Attendance: 174

Grays defeated ESL side Redbridge on the 3G at Parkside. Sully Zuhdu gave the hosts the lead seven minutes before the break. Then, just six minutes after the re-start, Joao Carlos doubled the lead and ensured Jamie Stuart’s side are in the next round.

Great Yarmouth Town 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

Venue: Sandown Road    Attendance: 163

Great Yarmouth grabbed a late winner to knock out ESL side Basildon Utd in a tightly-contested match at Sandown Road. Substitute Lee Roots grabbed the winner eight minutes from time to seal the hosts’ passage into the next round.

Haverhill Rovers 1 – 1 Heybridge Swifts

Venue: The New Croft    Attendance: 188

This hard-fought encounter ended in a draw. Heybridge were reduced to ten men after just 15 minutes as defender Ryan Henshaw saw red. Swifts took the lead just three minutes later though, as Sam Bantick struck. Rovers recovered after the break though to seal a replay as Jordan Palmer scored 12 minutes from time. The replay will be played at Scraley Road in midweek.

Hertford Town 4 – 1   Hadleigh Utd

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park   Attendance: 260

Bostik North newcomers defeated Thurlow Nunn Premier side Hadleigh at Hertingfordbury Park. Hertford led after just two minutes through Daniel Bond. Jason Beck doubled the lead just before the break. Hadleigh pulled one back from the spot, thanks to Ben Elliott’s penalty on the hour. Hertford pushed on though as Bond got his second nine minutes later. Substitute Charlie Ruff grabbed a fourth for Town on 74 minutes, soon after coming on.

Ilford 1 – 1 Haverhill Borough

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 82

Ilford were held by Thurlow Nunn Premier side Borough at Cricklefield. Khadean Campbell gave the Foxes the lead ten minutes before the break with a curling 20-yard strike. Borough were level only eight minutes later though as Sam Hawley struck. Ilford had to see out the last 17 minutes with ten men but they held on for a replay at New Croft 3G in midweek.

Long Melford 1 – 2 FC Romania

Venue: Stoneylands    Attendance: 84

FC Romania secured their place in the next round with a good win at Stoneylands. Sergiu Pitaru gave FCR the lead with 26 minutes on the clock, before Toby Cleaver doubled the lead eight minutes before the break. Melford raised their game in the second half, and grabbed a goal back six minutes from time though substitute Nathan Rowe. The visitors held on though for a good win.

Maldon & Tiptree 5 – 1 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Park Drive   Attendance: 73

Maldon knocked out fellow Bostik North side Abbey at Park Drive. The home side took the lead on the quarter-hour through Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Only two minutes later, Chris Millar made it two. Macauley Joynes pulled one back for the Abbotts seven minutes before the break. After the break, Kieraan Bailey restored the Jammers’ two-goal cushion on 55 minutes, before Ogedi-Uzokwe grabbed his second two minutes later. Ryan Gondoh added a fifth from a super free-kick to seal a good win for Kevin Horlock’s men.

Newmarket Town 1 – 2 Ware

Venue: Ridgeons Stadium   Attendance: 100

Ware secured a good away-day win at Newmarket to make the next round. Yannick Kamanan put Kem Kemal’s side ahead after only five minutes. A Jack Watson penalty levelled things for the home side, before Kamanan struck again 12 minutes into the second half to grab the win for the Blues.

Potters Bar Town 4 – 1 West Essex

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 121

Potters Bar recovered from faling behind to record a good win over ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Michael Mignot gave the visitors the lead six minutes before the break. George Nicholas levelled for the Scholars almost immediately, before Eoin Casey put the hosts ahead on 52 minutes. Steve Brown grabbed a third mid-way into the second half, before Casey sealed the win with his second with twenty minutes left.

Soham Town Rangers 3 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd

Venue: Julius Martin Lane   Attendance: 123

Soham edged to an important win over Cogenhoe Utd. Two goals in a four-minutes spell saw Soham take the advantage through Daniel Buddle (36’) and Matt Allan (39’). After the break, the visitors pulled one back through Matt Long levelled thanks to Ryan Dove. Soham’s Callum Russell grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

Southend Manor 2 – 3 Gorleston

Venue: Southchurch Park   Attendance: 64

Manor narrowly lost out to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston at Southchurch Park. Manor took the lead through Michael Hopkins two minutes after the break. Jack Garrod levelled for the visitors on 58 minutes, before taking the lead five minutes later through Connor Deeks’s penalty. Stuart Marshall’s side were reduced to ten men as winger Alfie Lindfield was sent off. Manor fought back though and levelled through defender Daniel Okah’s over-head kick. The hosts probably thought they’d done enough for a replay though Gorleston’s Garrod grabbed his second in injury-time to seal the win for Ricci Butler’s side.

Stowmarket Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Humber Doucy Lane

Romford held Stowmarket Town at Humber Doucey Lane. The home side took the lead through Andrew Wood four minutes before the break. Paul Martin’s side levelled on 53 minutes through Jonathon Adebayo to get back in the match and the sides couldn’t be separated so it’ll be a replay at Ship Lane in midweek.

Tower Hamlets 0 – 4 Takeley

Venue: Mile End Stadium    Atendance: 55

Takeley saw off ESL rivals Tower Hamlets to make it through to the First Qualifying Round for the first time. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead after six minutes, before George Wappett increased the advantage eight minutes later. Bryn Thorpe added a third though it may have been an OG. Stuart Zanone sealed a good win for his side with three minutes remaining.

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury 2  –  2 Hullbridge Sports

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Hullbridge fought back to deny St Margaretsbury and take the tie to a replay. Hullbridge took the lead through Sam Dulieu’s free-kick after only four minutes. St Margetsbury levelled through captain Ryan Wade’s penalty on 54 minutes. The hosts then took the lead with twenty minutes remaining as Wade struck again from the penalty spot. Hullbridge secured a replay with a last-gasp leveller from substitute Ronnie Pallett. The replay will be held at Lower Road in midweek.

The First Qualifying Round takes place on the weekend of September 2nd/3rd. Thank you for reading.

2017-18 FA Cup Preliminary Round: Preview

Written by Peter D & Scott W

This weekend sees ten ESL sides compete in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round. The winners of each tie are awarded £1,925 and will make the First Qualifying Round of this year’s competition. Here are Peter and Scott’s thoughts on the upcoming ties:-

Saturday 19th August (3pm KO’s)

Clapton v Norwich Utd      Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium

Peter: The Tons welcome Bostik North side Norwich United to The Old Spotted Dog for what could be a potential ‘cupset’ here as the Tons are more than useful whilst the visitors sit bottom of their league after two defeats from two, however they will surely be a tough test for the home side still although I feel if you factor the travel and unfamiliar surroundings for the visitors, this may count against them and I can see the hosts pulling off a shock here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-0

Scott: Jon Fowell’s Tons welcome Isthmian North Norwich Utd to the Old Spotted Dog. Clapton have been inconsistent form-wise in league & cup so far though Norwich will be looking for a morale-boosting win though Steve Eastaugh’s men will need to be ‘on-the-ball’ as their hosts may well fancy this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Grays Athletic  v  Redbridge    Venue: Parkside

Peter: Parkside hosts Bostik North Grays against Redbridge and the visitors come into this cup-tie off form after two straight defeats without scoring in the league.  Grays have won one and lost one so far in the Bostik North however they should have enough I feel to see off the Motormen here.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 0

Scott: Jamie Stuart’s side welcome ESL side Redbridge to Parkside. Grays will see this as a winnable tie though will be conscious of the Motormen’s forward line which could make this one a tricky match. For Redbridge, it’ll be interesting how they perform after a largely inconsistent start to the ESL, and the new artificial pitch at Parkside might also be a factor in this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

 

Great Yarmouth Town  v  Basildon Utd     Venue: Sandown Road

Peter: The Bees travel to the Norfolk coast to take on Great Yarmouth Town full of confidence after a more than decent start to their campaign.  Basildon saw off Walsham-le-Willows in the last round and come up against a Yarmouth side who lost 4-1 at Godmanchester Rovers in midweek.  However, the hosts did thrash Diss Town 5-0 at home in the last round so can score goals so this will prove a tough test for Marc Harrison’s side.  I feel the fact that Basildon are staying in the area Friday evening will help their preparation even more and this will help see them to a marvellous victory I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Basildon make the long trip to Norfolk to take on ECL Premier Great Yarmouth Town at Sandown Road. The hosts are currently mid-table in their division, having played two matches. Basildon have started their ESL campaign well, and it’ll be interesting to see what effect their preparation for the match will have.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 1

 

Ilford v Haverhill Borough       Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: Ilford hosts Thurlow Nunn Haverhill Borough hoping they can bounce back from their midweek loss at Burnham Ramblers although they can look towards the visitors’ league form this season which is played three, lost three, however Borough’s only win this season came in the FA Cup at Enfield 1893 so Ilford should be mindful of this.  But I can see the Foxes getting the result here.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 0

Scott: Ilford welcome ECL Premier side Haverhill Borough to Cricklefield. Ilford’s start to the ESL has been inconsistent though they will want to respond well following their loss in midweek. In contrast, Borough have lost all three of their matches so far in the ECL Premier though they did knock out Enfield 1893 in the last round of the FA Cup.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 0

 

Long Melford  v  FC Romania        Venue: Stoneylands

Peter: Hosts Melford have only picked up one point from three league games however their only win was against Hackney Wick although they were lucky to win that one.  FC Romania on the other hand have won all their league games so far although needed a replay to defeat Waltham Forest in the last round. Despite the hosts having home advantage I still believe the visitors will have too much for the Suffolk side.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 3

Scott: FC Romania travel to the Suffolk/Essex border to take on Long Melford at Stoneylands after knocking out Waltham Forest in their EPR replay in midweek. Long Melford haven’t won yet in the ECL Premier though they did knock out ESL newcomers Hackney Wick in the last round. Given the firepower they have in their side, FCR could very well prevail here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

Potters Bar Town  v  West Essex     Venue: Pakex Stadium

Peter:  West Essex’s terrific away record so far this season will be put under immense pressure as they travel to take on Bostik North side Potters Bar Town.  The hosts have started the season well, winning both their games so far and averaging two goals a game in the process, and having home advantage as well I feel they will probably have just much for the high-flying ESL outfit.

Pete’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Scott: An intriguing tie sees Isthmian North newcomers Potters Bar take on ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Both sides have started their respective seasons well. West Essex will be looking to get to the First Qualifying Round in their first-ever FA Cup campaign which would be a fabulous achievement, should they prevail here. Potters Bar will be looking to continue the ‘winning habit’ and being at home may give them an edge.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

 

Southend Manor v Gorleston         Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor welcome another Norfolk side to Southchurch Park after they defeated Wroxham there in the last round, however in Gorleston the challenge proves even tougher as the Thurlow Nunn side have won four of their five competitive outings so far, scoring fifteen times in the process, with their only defeat coming against big-spending Stowmarket Town last time out.  Manor have had a steady start to the campaign but are finding goals hard to come by and this was a problem in defeat to ESL leaders Takeley in midweek when they rued missed opportunities in defeat. This will be a tight contest however I see the Norfolk side progressing in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Scott: Manor welcome ECL Premier side Gorleston in another interesting tie at Southchurch Park. Manor edged out the visitors’ divisional rivals Wroxham in the last round, though with Gorleston starting their league season well, this may be a sterner test for Stuart Marshall’s side.

Scott’s Prediction:  0 – 1

 

Tower Hamlets v Takeley               Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Hamlets are a far tougher nut to crack this season and they will give Takeley a game – no doubt about that, however the hosts struggled to beat a poor FC Broxbourne Borough side in the last round and are yet to record a league win.  Takeley on the other hand, have won all five competitive games this season although their midweek win against Manor was a tad fortunate, but they will surely have too much for Hamlets in the end and will progress I feel.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Scott: Hamlets welcome ESL early high-flyers Takeley to Mile End. Although Hamlets haven’t won in the ESL yet this term, they do look a stronger outfit compared to last season, though Takeley are unbeaten in all competitions thus far and will take some stopping here.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

 

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury   v  Hullbridge Sports     Venue: Stanstead Abbotts

Peter: The Sunday game sees Hullbridge travel to Hertfordshire to take on Spartan South Midlands side St Margaretsbury.  The hosts have lost both their league games so far and sit bottom on goals conceded whilst Sports have picked up two wins in all competitions this season including a 5-1 hammering of Ipswich Wanderers in the last round.  St Margaretsbury’s only win came against Burnham Ramblers in the last round when they fought back from 2-1 down to win in stoppage time and they hope to repeat that feat against another ESL side.  However I feel Sports will have just enough to see off the hosts.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Scott: On Sunday, Hullbridge travel to Stanstead Abbotts following their impressive win over Ipswich Wanderers in the last round. St Margetsbury edged out Hullbridge’s ESL compatriots Burnham in the last round and will be in for another tough one here. Hullbridge have found some form of late, particularly in front of goal and if that continues here they may have the edge.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

 

As always, my thanks to Peter for his contribution to these Preview pieces.

You can follow Peter on Twitter: @ped1980 and on his website featuring regular results round-ups & match reports at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl/ 

You can follow Scott W on Twitter: @ScottMHC14