S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 4 – 3 FC Clacton (Sat 26 Mar) [ESL 21/22 26.3.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 52

2021-22 Season: Match 65

Saturday 26th March 2022 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red Socks

Clacton: White & Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Jett Hogan (#4, Centre) on the ball for Clacton

Ensign edge to comeback win in terrific contest at Burroughs Park

White Ensign  4 – 3 FC Clacton

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The match on this year’s “Non-League Day” was a local trip to Burroughs Park for White Ensign’s last home game of the Essex Senior campaign as they welcomed FC Clacton. Both sides are seeking to claim a top-ten finish to round a throughly good campaign for both teams. Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal once again, with a back four of Thando Moyo, Charlie Adams, Carl Conway and skipper Jake McWee. Their forward line was led by George O’Connor and Luke Woodward, with support from Teddy Henderson and Jason Reynolds-Blanche. On the bench were good options in forwards Shemarie Perkins, Jake Chaplin and Emanuel Abudiore plus Courtney Justin and midfielder Reece Sayers. Clacton had Luke Avenell between the posts here, with a backline comprised of Kyle Ferguson, Teddy Collis plus centre-backs Michael Okafor and Adam Tilson. Jett Hogan and Jamie Bennett were in central midfield, with Mekhi McKenzie leading the forward line for Tom Austin’s side. Options from the sidelines included full- back Jenson Mulqueen and forward Elias Ahmed.


This game really sprung into life early on as Clacton forward Charlie Collis’effort was well parried over the woodwork by Ensign custodian Louis Hawes in the first minute. That was a let-off for the home side but they really punished their opposition as they took the lead on four minutes. From a set-piece, the ball was fed into midfielder Ethan Evison’s crisp strike beat visiting goalkeeper Luke Avenell at his near post.

Collis was proving a thorn in the home defence’s side with fine energetic runs and on thirteen minutes, home co-boss Jack Maleary in the dugout wouldve been glad to see another effort from the forward deflected, thus giving Hawes a chance to get across and gather. At the other end, forwards Luke Woodward and Teddy Henderson were utilising their pace and strength to keep Clacton central defenders Michael Okafor and Adam Tilson alert, with Okafor a towering presence in the air. Indeed, Clacton did get a deserved leveller on 21 minutes through a fine rapid move which ended with captain Billy Wales sweeping home a lofted finish into the net, giving Hawes little oppurtunity to deny him.


Clacton were continuing to look efficent and fast going forward, but they were also prone to the occasional moment of poor concentration in defence. One such moment happened allowed Henderson to get in on goal but his strike lacked the power to beat Avenell, who was relieved to claim the ball. The hosts also had a bit of fortune just past the half-hour as midfielder Jett Hogan stole in at the back post but his strike wasn’t enough to bypass Hawes.

Tom Austin’s team finished the half well and made it count as Collis finished a flowing move with a precise finish low into the right corner. They had edged the matxh at that point but the manner and timing of the goal would have delighted Austin and his assistant Ryan Salter, who are clear in the standards they seek to maintain in their team.


Half-Time: Ensign 1 – 2 Clacton

The second half was delayed in getting underway by a half-hour while attending paramedics dealt with a medical emergency after a spectator was taken ill. I would like to wish them a swift recovery.

Back to the match, and crikey it really was worth waiting for. The visitors again looked to use their guile to create chances and a quickly-taken goal kick up field by Avenell caught the home defence cold, allowing the onrushing Wales in on goal though Hawes again did well to deny him. Ensign got themselves back level as a fine centre from the right side by Jason Reynolds-Blanche found substitute Emanuel Abudiore who evaded the Clacton backline and slotted home calmly.

White Ensign were arguably having their best spell of the match at this point, with forward George O’Connor showing desire, strength and good pace as well and that was evident as he outpaced Okafor but with only Avenell to get past, his low strike sailed agonizingly wide of the right-side post. The home side did wrestle the lead back on 69 minutes from the penalty spot, with another Reynolds-Blanche cross causing problems, and referee Benjamin Horne adjudged the ball struck a hand. Reynolds-Blanche stepped up to duly convert the kick from twelve yards.


Jordan Lartey (#11) in possession for Clacton

It has to be said that both teams were really going for the win, with forward Jordan Lartey heading narrowly over the woodwork, from a good cross from Wales on the left flank. Both teams were also understandably tiring, but Clacton crucially get a dramatic leveller in added-time. From another set-piece, centre-back Adam Tilson swept home with all the poise of a striker from about 15 yards out in a congested penalty area.

You could be forgiven for thinking ‘that was it’ but although both teams did not deserve to lose the match really, it was Ensign who were smiling at the final whistle. There was another foul seen in the 18-yard box which saw full-back Teddy Collis sent off for his second yellow card. Replacement Reece Sayers stood up to take the penalty and it was confidently dispatched, much to the delight of his team-mates.


Charlie Collis about to take a free-kick for Clacton

Full-Time:  White Ensign  4 – 3  FC Clacton

This is a hard match to summarise. Clacton edged the first half and their forward line was more efficent and more likely to score but they switched off as a unit in defence too often in the second half though Ensign still needed to show their famed spirit to get back in the game. Even with that, it was a tough result for the Seasiders to take as no-one deserved to lose it. Both teams deserve to be commended for the enthralling game they put on here.

There were terrific performances by many players in this game. For Ensign, I thought George O’Connor had a terrific match today. The forward showed strength, pace and desire and really gave the visiting defence a hard afternoon as the natch went on, also linking up well with Luke Woodward in attack. Jason Reynolds-Blanche also had a fine game, providing good crosses from the flanks and got a decent assist too. Lastly, Carl Conway put in a good shift at centre-back, making several important clearances and goalkeeper Louis Hawes also made some important saves earlier in the game to keep his side in it earlier in the match.

For Clacton, forward Charlie Collis had a great match here, showing work rate, pace and good passing as well as taking his goal very well. Fellow forward Mekhi McKenzie led the line very well also, showing good hold-up play, good awareness and movement. Centre-back Michael Okafor barely lost a challenge in the air all game and aided his defence well with good awareness too. Finally, midfielder Jett Hogan put in string display, making several important interceptions and passing in both halves on the pitch.

I’d just like to wish both sides good final weeks of the campaign.


Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 3 Thando Moyo, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 14 Carl Conway, 12 Charlie Adams, 5 Ethan Evison, 8 Ben Austin (4 Reece Sayers 50′), 2 Teddy Henderson (17 Emanuel Abudiore 50′), 9 George O’Connor, 19 Luke Woodward, 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche

Goal-scorers: Ethan Evison [4′], Emanuel Abudiore [58′], Jason Reynolds-Blanche [pen 69′], Reece Sayers [pen 90’+4]

Booked: Sayers, Woodward  | Sub Not Used: Perkins, Chaplin


FC Clacton     | Manager: Tom Austin | Assistant: Ryan Salter

Starting XI: 1 Luke Avenell (GK), 2 Kyle Ferguson (14 Jenson Mulqueen 27′), 3 Teddy Collis, 5 Adam Tilson, 6 Michael Okafor, 4 Jett Hogan, 8 Jamie Bennett (12 Elias Ahmed 75′), 7 Billy Wales (Capt), 9 Mekhi McKenzie, 10 Charlie Collis, 11 Jordan Lartey

Goal-scorers: Billy Wales [21′], Charlie Collis [45′], Adam Tilson [90’+2]

Booked: Okafor | Sent Off: T Collis (Two yellow cards) | Subs Not Used: Austin

Referee: Benjamin Horne

S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 2 – 1 St Margaretsbury (Sat 12 Feb) [ESL 21-22 13.2.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 62

2021-22 Season: Match 56

Saturday 12th February 2022 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red Socks

St Mags: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Yellow Socks



Ensign comeback secures narrow win over St Mags

White Ensign  2 – 1 St Margaretsbury

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s foray into Non-League was a local trip to Burroughs Park to see top ten side White Ensign take on St Margaretsbury, who are one of a clutch of teams looking to avoid the bottom three in the Essex Senior come the end of April.

Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal, with a defensive unit of full-backs Thando Moyo & Charlie Adams alongside centre-backs Patrick Campbell & skipper Jake McWee. Injuries have affected the Ensign squad of late, but Connor Barnby led the line here, with support from the dual-signed Valter Cachicote Da Rocha and Shemarie Perkins-Palmer, Options on the bench included forwards Luke Woodward & Jason Reynolds-Blanche, plus midfielder Ben Austin and co-bosses Carl Conway & Jack Maleary. St Mags could only bring a squad of thirteen players with them here, with Alfie Todd in goal, a back four of Euan Tungamirai-Hove, Andrew Greenslade, Jake Hayden-Eley and Harry Mason. Robbie Allen and Joe Abe led the forward line alongside Tom Mulqueen, with prospects Stefanos Georgiou and Charlie Hill in midfield. Their options from the sidelines were Steven Wade and assistant boss Richard Dagger.


Ensign looking to push forward from midfield

In the early going, it was the visitors who had more impetus on the ball and looked purposeful to really add to the nerves of their hosts, who were getting audibly frustrated with their lack of tempo going through the thirds of the pitch. Both sides shared early glimpses of goal, in the first minute St Mags forward Robbie Allen lofted a strike wide of goal after being found well by winger Joe Abe. While at the other end, midfielder Kris Newby’s pass found Valter Cachicote Da Rocha but his effort on goal drifted wide of Alfie Todd’s right-sided post.

Paul Holding’s side did back up their early promise as they took the lead on eleven minutes. Ensign conceded a set-piece just shy of the eighteen-yard box and Allen duly stepped up to unleash a fine curling strike into the top left corner, despite home stopper Louis Hawes getting a glove on it. It could’ve been worse for Jack Maleary & Carl Conway’s side as Hawes did well to deny Allen’s low strike at the near post eight minutes later. The lead threat for Ensign was the returning Connor Barnby who made some good runs into forward positions, only to be thwarted by the assistant’s flag and determined defending. Da Rocha also stretched the visiting backline with his trickery and energy down the flanks.



Much to his credit, Barnby was having that bit more influence on the game as we entered the last third of the half, with a fine strike from the Ensign forward after a good turn got past his marker and also being found well by Da Rocha. Even so, St Mags were having too much room in midfield to build counter-attacks as the good pace of Stefanos Georgiou and Charlie Hill making lung-busting runs meant that the Ensign defence were under pressure.

Half-Time: White Ensign 0 – 1 St Margaretsbury


After the interval, White Ensign did have more ball time amd were slowly turning the scale of pressure on St Margaretsbury. From a set-piece, half-time substitute Carl Conway’s initial flick-on was nodded narrowly wide of the left-sided post by fellow centre-back Patrick Campbell, much to the visiting defence’s relief. However, the pacy St Mags forward line showed their threat again moments later as a defensive error allowed Georgiou to nip in at the edge of 18-yard area and after making a decent turn, his effort was denied by Hawes.

As the hour approached, Ensign again made a decent move with Newby’s ball sent into to the box in the second phase of an attack, though Barnby’s effort was gathered by Todd. That was a let-off for St Mags but it did not last long. On the hour, with Da Rocha and club stalwart Luke Skinner involved in the build-up, forward Shemarie Perkins-Palmer fired home a fine strike from twenty yards out, finding the right corner and giving Todd litle chance. Ensign had levelled the game, and unsurprisingly that fired them up to finish the job. The St Mags had already expended a fair amount of energy by this point, and centre-back Harry Mason had to be replaced by Steven Wade just after the goal.


Moments after the leveller, Ensign replacement Luke Woodward had a sight at goal, but it lacked the power to bypass Todd after being fed by Barnby, they did get that crucial second goal. With Barnby well primed to shoot from merely six yards out, he was felled in the area, with Newby stepping up and blasting the ball home, high into the net from the resulting penalty.

This entertaining match continued as St Mags were understandly very keen to prise back a goal to take something from the game, though their amount of chances lessened in the last 15 minutes. Charlie Hill did make an excellent run in through the middle of the pitch and evaded the home defence, unfortunately his resulting strike at goal didn’t have the force to bypass Hawes, who gathered. Ensign were also still looking for another goal, though in the end, they would settle for a hard-earned three points here.


I think that that Ensign management will be a tad concerned that the performance did render themselves a bit vulnerable to having conceded more goals than they did, especially in the first half but the style of football that they are known for certainly helped them get back into the game.

Full-Time:  White Ensign  2 – 1 St Margaretsbury

To summarise this entertaining but gritty battle, St Mags started well in the first half but after they conceded the equaliser, they really were up against it. Ensign were not at their most fluent by any means but they did enough to claim the points which keeps them in the running for a top ten finish in their first season at Step Five. The visitors will be disappointed but also have to remember that it is very tight tussle to avoid finishing in the bottom three, and other results were fairly good for them on this matchday.

As ever, there were a number of good performances to mention. Firstly for Ensign, Forwards Connor Barnby and Shemarie Perkins-Palmer both had a real influnece on the game, with Barnby putting in a very good shift, with pace and good movement while Perkins-Palmer scored a fine goal and also made good runs down the right channel. Charlie Adams also had a very good game at left-back, making several good interceptions and also made good passes and got in good areas going forward too, with Valter Cachicote Da Rocha also playing his part to give his side added potency going forward with his trickery, pace and passing.

For St Mags, forward Robbie Allen had a really good game, scoring a fine goal and his pace also made the home defence a little nervy at times. Midfielders Stefanos Georgiou and Charlie Hill also made some excellent runs and stifled the Ensign midfield as well. Right-back Euan Tungamirai-Hove also deserves a mention for stout defending and good awareness for most of the game.

I’d also like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign.


Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 2 Thando Moyo, 6 Jake McWee (Capt) (14 Carl Conway 46′), 16 Patrick Campbell, 12 Charlie Adams, 5 Luke Skinner, 4 Kris Newby, 7 Shemarie Perkins-Palmer, 10 Jake Chaplin (19 Luke Woodward 65′), 9 Connor Barnby, 18 Valter Cachicote Da Rocha (11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche 88′ )

Booked: Chaplin, Perkins-Palmer  | Sub Not Used: Austin, Maleary


St Margaretsbury | Manager: Paul Holding | Assistant: Richard Dagger

Starting XI: 1 Alfie Todd (GK), 5 Euan Tungamirai-Hove, 6 Harry Mason (14 Steven Wade 61′), 3 Jake Hayden-Eley, 2 Andrew Greenslade, 4 Sami Moutawafiq (Capt), 7 Stefanos Georgiou, 8 Charlie Hill, 9 Tom Mulqueen (17 Richard Dagger 82′), 16 Robbie Allen, 11 Joe Abe

Booked: Georgiou, Allen | Subs Not Used: None

Referee: George Younger
Assistants: Ray Parmenter & Glenn Michaels

S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town (Sat 11 Dec) [ESL 21/22 11.12.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 46

Saturday 11th December 2021 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts,  Red Shorts, Red Socks

Sawbo: Blue & White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Burroughs Park surface pre-match

Ensign held by determined Sawbridgeworth at a damp Burroughs Park

White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s main match saw a return trip to Burroughs Park for an enticing encounter which saw a new-look White Ensign side face a determined Sawbridgeworth Town who are still looking to climb away from the bottom four. Ensign are still in a transition phase after the departure of previous management team Brett Munyard & Mark Healy which also saw several players follow them to new club Brightlingsea Regent. New joint-managers Jack Maleary & Carl Conway were given the reigns to aid continuity though this match would be a test against a Sawbo side that has started to concede less goals recently and got a big League win recently too.

Ensign had Louis Hawes in goal, with a defensive unit of full-backs Thando Moyo & Courtney Justin alongside centre-backs Carl Conway & skipper Jake McWee. Teddy Henderson and Jason Reynolds-Blanche were looking to support centre forward Luke Woodward, with Jake Chaplin just behind him in the formation. Sawbo had Jimmy Parker once again between the sticks, with Jake Knight and Lewis Wicker their full-backs with Ethan Barton and Joshua Bardouleau in central midfield. Teddy Hall & Morgan Arnold led the forward line with the experienced Daryl Doolan just behind them.


Courtney Justin (left) in possession for Ensign

In the early stages of this match, Sawbridgeworth did start quite well as tricky forward Morgan Arnold struck his strike wide of Louis Hawes’ goal. Seconds later, strike partner Teddy Hall was denied at the near-post by another decent Hawes save. It was soon apparent that the damp conditions would add to a pretty open match which made it tricky for both defences. Ensign did respond on eleven minutes through Luke Woodward’s low drive which visiting stopper Jimmy Parker did well to deny with a one-handed save.

The home side did have more ball retention in the middle part of the first half, as Jason Reynolds-Blanche showed his pace and trickery down the right flank, stretching the Sawbo defence. With seventeen minutes played, full-back Courtney Justin struck a decent effort which Parker again did well to block, in a congested eighteen-yard box from a set-piece. Sawbridgeworth were also decent going forward as well and soon after they nearly broke the deadlock. Arnold once again broke down the left side, finding strike partner Hall who in turn fizzed across a centre which went all the way across the six-yard line just out if reach of Daryl Doolan at the far post and out of danger.


Jason Reynolds-Blanche (#11) making another darting run down the right flank for Ensign in first half

Both sides were continuing to trade chances in what was a really even match. Sawbo had to make an enforced change midway through the first half with Arley Barker replacing the injured Ethan Barton in central midfield. Ensign couldn’t quite build their momentum to assist the hard-working Luke Woodward who was leading the forward line. Reynolds-Blanche was involved in another decent chance just past the half-hour, which ended up with Ollie Bell firing off-target. The visitors again replied down the other end, with a good strike by Arnold again denied well by Hawes. In fairness though, both sides were struggling to find that telling final ball to create clear-cut chances, in the slippery conditions.

Grant Webb (#7) about to take a set-piece for Sawbo

Half-Time: Ensign 0 – 0 Sawbo

If the first 45 minutes was frustrating viewing, things certainly lived up after the break. Sawbo brought on James Falaise to replace joint-boss Kieran Amos at centre-back, alongside skipper Cory Rider. Sawbridgeworth started the half well, with only a assistant’s flag denying Doolan a chance to defeat Hawes one-on-one. There certainly was a big moment on fifty-eight minutes as Sawbo custodian Parker came out from his area and caught Reynolds-Blanche just outside the 18-yard area. It was a bit reckless though as referee Ben Kelly dished out the red card, you had to feel for the young goalkeeper as he trudged off the field. Doolan had to step in as the stand-in goalkeeper for Sawbridgeworth for the remainder of the match.

The tense moments only continued from there on in as Sawbridgeworth at the other end were awarded a spot-kick for an apparent handball in the penalty area. Teddy Hall stood up to take it but Hawes again showed his talent at saving penalties, denying the young Sawbo forward and clawing the ball away. Of course at this point with an added player advantage, Ensign were looking to pour the pressure back on Sawbo. They had chances in the period after Parker’s dismissal with substitute Eddy Cooper firing wide and soon after, another good move involving Cooper found Woodward, whose fierce strike from close range was well saved by Doolan.

Luke Woodward (#19) in possession for Ensign, with Ben Austin (far left) in support

As we entered the latter stages of the contest, it was clear to see that Ensign were feeling the pressure of being ‘favourites’ to get that decisive goal to win the contest. To be fair, the Sawbo defence once again showed their organisation and work rate to clear their lines and also force passing errors from the hosts’midfield. Substitutes Bradley Gates and Cooper did make an impact, Cooper giving his side another option down the left channel and Gates characteristically fizzing passes from deep into the forwards, providing another headache for the visiting backline.


Both co-managers (Salmon & Maleary) look on from dug-outs, Arnold (#11 – centre) in possession for Sawbo

However, you could debate that Ensign didn’t have tons of chances to bypass stand-in ‘keeper Doolan, though Ollie Bell did have a decent free-kick parried away from danger as the minutes elapsed. Sawbo did slow the game down but they also had a fair amount of possession in the opposition’ half too as the hosts couldn’t retain the ball for long periods. Reynolds-Blanche fizzed in another strike in added-time which Doolan gathered before the forward’s momentum took him into the Sawbridgeworth player and after five minutes of stoppage time, Sawbo could at least be pleased with a hard-earned point.

White Ensign will be disappointed by their Team performance today though I strongly suspect they will still claim good wins this term, just maybe less often than they have so far this season. It’s hard to be too critical of this Ensign side, in the middle of a rebuilding phase – It’ still been a good campaign I feel for the promoted side to date.


Full-Time:  White Ensign  0 – 0 Sawbridgeworth Town

In summary, the conditions affected both sides’ ability to play good football but the visitors dealt with them marginally better. Otherwise, it was a really even, open match with both teams having several chances to claim the points. Sawbo did well to keep the stalemate after having to play with an outfield player in goal (Doolan) for 35 minutes after Parker’s dismissal.

There were a number of good performances in this match. For Ensign, I thought Luke Woodward and Jason Reynolds-Blanche had good games today, leading the line well and making good runs down the channels respectively.Both of tgem could be key players in the next few months. Ollie Bell also had a good game today, as did full-back Courtney Justin who got forward well in addition to his defensive duties.

For Sawbo, forward pair Morgan Arnold and Teddy Hall showed a lot of pace, energy and movement to test the Ensign defence and they were unforunate not to score today. Full-back Lewis Wicker put in a very good shift as well, making several good interceptions defensively as well. Finally, a word for forward & stand-in ‘keeper Daryl Doolan who made one very good saveand two more decent ones to keep the scores level.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, thanks to Les from Ensign for his assistance today. Thank you to you all for reading.

Here’s a couple of Extra photos to round out this article:

Ensign set-piece just before the interval
Ollie Bell (#10) about to strike a free-kick as Ensign late on

Teams

White Ensign     |  Joint-Managers: Jack Maleary & Carl Conway  | Assistant: Steve Thomson

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Louis Hawes (GK), 5 Courtney Justin, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 14 Carl Conway, 3 Thando Moyo, 4 Ben Austin (8 Bradley Gates 56′), 7 Teddy Henderson (16 Eddy Cooper 56′), 10 Ollie Bell, 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche, 9 Jake Chaplin, 19 Luke Woodward

Booked: Austin, Bell | Sub Not Used: Salako & Maleary


Sawbridgeworth Town  | Joint-Managers: Alex Salmon & Kieran Amos | Assistant: Paul Gissing

Starting XI: 1 Jimmy Parker (GK), 2 Jake Knight, 3 Lewis Wicker, 5 Cory Rider (Capt), 17 Kieran Amos (18 James Falaise 46′), 4 Joshua Bardouleau, 8 Ethan Barton (14 Arley Barker 24′), 7 Grant Webb, 9 Teddy Hall (16 Jake Skeet 85′), 10 Daryl Doolan, 11 Morgan Arnold

Booked: Hall | Sent Off: Parker (GK)  | Subs Not Used: Frances, Spillane

Referee: Ben Kelly
Assistants: Ray Parmenter & Joe Lannon


S21-22 Match Report: White Ensign 8 – 3 Cockfosters (Sat 2 Oct) [ESL 21/22 2.10.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 57

2021-22 Season: Match 28

Saturday 2nd October 2021 – 3pm KO

Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Cockfosters: Royal Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks


Ensign grab big win over Cockfosters in a truly memorable Match

White Ensign  8 – 3  Cockfosters

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

This weekend’s main match saw a return trip to Burroughs Park for this enticing match between in-form White Ensign and visitors Cockfosters, who are in the top ten. Both sides were missing players here, for Ensign they were missing the likes of goalkeeper Frankie Worboyes, midfielder Harry Skinner and forward Connor Barnby. Jack Riddell deputised in goal, with a back four of Jason Reynolds-Blanche, skipper Andy George, Jake McWee and recent recruit Liam Whipps. The forward line was led by Luke Woodward, Joe Gregory and Dominic Locke. Options from the bench included full-backs Adams & Buffin, plus forward Brandon Martin. Ryan Wade’s ‘Fosters side were also missing the likes of star winger Reece Mosanya, forward Billy Healey and experienced defenders in Danny Haigh and Marcus Crowther. Joshua Bradley deputised here for regular stopper Matt Nolan, with a defensive four of Andy Polycarpou, Jamal Brimah, Michael Okafor and Prince Madu. Player-boss Ryan Wade led the line alongside skipper George Beattie, with support from the flanks from Joe Entwistle and George Constanti. Their options from the sidelines were midfielders Lopes and Ungudi, with forwards Jack Hockney and Charncey Dash also named.


Even before kick-off, the grey clouds did their worst to try and affect this one and the rain continued throughout the match. In the early stages  of the contest, Ensign seemed keen to use the channels to test the visiting backline as on three minutes a decent left-wing cross from full-back Liam Whipps had to be cleared by visiting defender Michael Okafor for a set-piece.  However, it didn’t take the hosts long to open the scoring as on six minutes, in-form forward Joe Gregory was well found and with only ‘keeper Josh Bradley to beat, he slipped in a low shot that trickled into the net. Ensign were starting to signify that they were finding their passing rhythm as with 13 minutes played, good interplay by forward Dominic Locke and full-back Jason Reynolds-Blanche down the right flank found Gregory but this time Bradley got in to make a decent save.

The visitors couldn’t retain possession as well as they would’ve liked in the early stages but on the quarter-hour, a corner delivered by forward George Beattie saw Ensign stopper Jack Riddell have to punch away well to deny the lurking Cockfosters forwards. There was a degree of fortune to Ensign’s second goal on seventeen minutes as another good centre by Whipps cannoned off unfortunate defender Michael Okafor and gave Bradley little chance to save. That said, Cockfosters could’ve been further behind moments later but Locke was just unable to slide his effort past Bradley from a narrow angle at the far post.


What was a tough first 25 minutes for the visitors was compunded by a fine third goal for Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side. Luke Skinner sent in a fine threaded ball through to the on-running Luke Woodward who fired home superbly. Cockfosters at that point had a lot of work to do just to get back in the game but the spirit of Wade’s side was apparent again as soon afterwards, they pulled a goal back to make it three-one. After Riddell had parried an initial effort, Beattie was there to power home a well-directed strike in a congested penalty area. Cockfosters were starting to show their good attacking game as well at this point in proceedings, with midfielders Kaidyn Michael and Joe Entwistle making good runs in supporting forwards Beattie and Wade. Riddell stayed alert to gather Wade’s chip just after the half-hour but seven minutes before the interval, Cockfosters grabbed another goal.


Entwistle was involved again as he was played in well before firing in an angled drive into the left-sided corner, giving Riddell little chance. The Ensign goalkeeper managed to deny another strike by Wade but at the interval it was anyone’s game and the nerves may have started to gather for the hosts.

Half-Time: W.  Ensign 3 – 2 Cockfosters

One thing was for sure, we didn’t have to wait long for more goalmouth action after the interval. Locke fired wide moments after the resumption, and the rapid forward was involved again in the next forward move which also involved Skinner ended up being deflected for another corner. This one wasn’t dealt with by the visiting defence, which allowed Woodward to strike powerfully into the net. Four-two to the hosts and we still had forty minutes remaining. Although Ensign were only just getting started in this hugely telling spell of attacking play.

Both management teams look on..

Six minutes after their fourth goal, Ensign made it five as Woodward did well to win the ball on the left flank, before advancing forward  and feeding Locke who squeezed his strike into the left corner of the net despite the attentions of ‘keeper Bradley and the declining angle. To be fair to ‘Fosters, they still looked a threat going forward as well, as midway through the half a good pass by Reece Barrett found Entwistle but this time he could only send his strike high over the woodwork.

White Ensign were still keen to grab more goals, and got a sixth goal on 68 minutes as midfielder Zack Littlejohn send a well-struck strike from twenty-five yards into the net, with Bradley beaten. Sometimes you see sides with a big lead on the score-sheet tighten up defensively and be content with what they’ve got – but that wasn’t the case here. Two minutes after Littlejohn’s goal, Woodward took advantage of uncertain defending to fire home his third goal and cement this match as a memorable occasion for the home supporters. Even at this stage of the match given the declining conditions, it was still pretty end-to-end with Cockfosters keen to showcase their talents as well. They got a third goal with ten minutes remaining, with Barrett threading in a good pass to the onrushing Beattie who then faced Riddell one-on-one and Beattie’s confident low finish found the net.


Moments later, Beattie could have secured his hat-trick for the visitors after evading the home backline again, but this time his low strike cannoned back off the right-side post and away. Ensign still found time to add further pain to the opposition as on the stroke on ninety minutes, a good pass by Thando Moyo found substitute Brandon Martin who unleashed a sumptious chip over Bradley and nestled into the net to grab a goal on his debut for the club. Eight-three was the scoreline and it was a truly memorable match, but ‘Fosters will lament the chances they couldn’t take here. Take nothing away from the free-scoring Ensign side though, they were near their best as they grabbed another excellent three points.

Locke [#7 in Red] gets another forward move going for Ensign…

Full-Time:  White Ensign  8 – 3  Cockfosters

In summary, this was a really enthralling match played in awful conditions with rain falling throughout. Ensign were the stronger side and more than deserved the points. Cockfosters did well to come back from three goals down to only have a one-goal deficit at the interval but they had no answer for four goals in a twenty minute spell for Ensign soon after the resumption. ‘Fosters were still a threat going forward and took their goals well though there was just no stopping a superb Ensign forward line, with Woodward grabbing a treble and the match was sealed with Martin’s superb chip right at the end.

In a match of so many goals & quality, it is tough to pick out players. For Ensign, Luke Woodward had a brilliant match. Three goals, a searing threat down the channels and he supported his fellow forwards very well indeed on a memorable day for him. Fellow forward Dominic Locke also had another very good match, with good running down the flanks, good passing and high energy levels – he also took his goal well. Luke Skinner was also a very important player here, setting up several good moves for the hosts and displayed good awareness and passing. Finally, a mention for Zack Littlejohn whose goal was well-taken & also showed good energy levels to break up enterprising counter-attacks from the visitors. For Cockfosters, I felt midfielder Kaidyn Michael had another good game, showing good movement and passing alongside energetic full-back Prince Madu. Skipper George Beattie was their chief goal threat here and took his two goals very well. Lastly, a word for Reece Barrett who set up Beattie for his second goal and put in a good shift for his team.

I’d just like to wish both sides a good remainder of the campaign, as they both contributed to a terrific afternoon’s entertainment for the small, dedicated contingent of supporters who attended today.


Teams

White Ensign   |  Player-Manager: Brett Munyard  | Assistant: Mark Healy

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jack Riddell (GK), 11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche (2 Charlie Buffin 70′), 5 Andy George (Capt), 6 Jake McWee, 12 Liam Whipps (14 Charlie Adams 70′), 3 Thando Moyo, 10 Luke Skinner , 16 Zack Littlejohn, 7 Dominic Locke, 19 Luke Woodward, 17 Joe Gregory (8 Brandon Martin 66′)

Goal-scorers: Joe Gregory [6′], OG (Okafor) [17′], Luke Woodward [24′, 50′ & 70′], Dominic Locke [56′], Zack Littlejohn [68′], Brandon Martin [90′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Maleary, Munyard


Cockfosters  | Player-Manager: Ryan Wade  | Interim Assistant: Sam Ruff

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Josh Bradley (GK), 2 Andy Polycarpou (15 Zivonimir Lopes 58′), 3 Prince Madu, 5 Jamal Brimah, 6 Michael Okafor, 4 Reece Barrett, 8 Kaidyn Michael (16 Daniel Ugundi 72′), 7 Joe Entwistle, 9 Ryan Wade (12 Jack Hockney 69′), 10 George Beattie (Capt), 11 George Constanti

Goal-scorers: George Beattie [26′ & 80′], Joe Entwistle [38′]

Booked: None  | Sub Not Used: Wild, Dash


Referee: Adam Miller
Assistants: Glenn Michaels & Connor Cornell

S21-22 Match Report: Redbridge 3 – 2 White Ensign (Tues 17 Aug) [ESL 21/22 18.8.21]

Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 73

2021-22 Season: Match 12

Tuesday 17th August 2021 – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

White Ensign: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Redbridge withstand late comeback from Ensign to claim win

Redbridge  3 – 2 White Ensign

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The midweek match this week saw me travel to Oakside for the first time this term to see Redbridge face Step 5 newcomers White Ensign in another Essex Senior encounter. George Christou’s Motormen were led in attack by a front three of skipper James Barlow, Abdishakur Farah and Tim Ogunrinde. Their defence was comprised of full-backs Brad Bennett and Jack Roult with Dean Hall and Craig Hall their centre-backs. Options on their bench included forward Ibrahim Kehinde, midfielder Jack Chawner, Jack Blackledge and Herman Mwanza. Ensign were looking to get their rhythm back and also a league result ahead of their FA Cup tie this coming weekend at Basildon Utd. They welcomed new recruit Frankie Worboyes in goal, with a backline of Charlie Buffin, captain Andrew George, Carl Conway and Courtney Justin. Both Skinners (Harry & Luke) were in the visitors’ midfield, with a forward line of Ayo Odukoya, Connor Barnby and Dominic Locke. Included on their substitute’s bench were midfielders Ollie Bell and Dylan Jones plus forward Zack Littlejohn.

As we got underway, there was little doubting the home side’s intent. Full-back Jack Roult was supporting his team’s forwards down the left flank and the visitors had a let-off after only three minutes as visiting goalkeeper Frankie Worboyes was caught off his line, but forunately for the visitors, Robbie Norris’ strike was blocked by a well-placed covering defender on the goal-line. Worboyes was in action again moments later, denying a good effort by Redbridge forward Abdishakur Farah. The home forward line was finding space in & around the Ensign 18-yard line by this point and the visitors also found it hard to clear their lines. Sure enough, the host did break the deadlock on eighteen minutes as a good run by forward Tim Ogunrinde weaved past his marker before firing home a good strike low into the right-sided corner, giving Worboyes little chance.

Ensign had to recover quickly and have a period of ball rentention but it was the Motormen who pushed forward again and doubled their advantage only five minutes later. Another enterprising run by jack Roult down the left channel ended with a fine centre which forward James Barlow rose well to and powered a header high into the net. It could’ve been worse for the uncharacteristically nervy Ensign defence as Norris blazed a spot-kick over the woodwork soon after for Redbridge. The first chance of note really for Brett Munyard’s side came just after the half-hour as a good set-piece by Dominic Locke found forward Ayo Odukoya who sent a good header narrowly wide of home custodian Joe Palmer’s goal. Odukoya to his credit was starting to test the home backline, as another darting run from the left flank on thirty-five minutes looked to be promising before a good interception by Redbridge midfielder Jake Brocklebank ended the potential oppurtunity.

Redbridge crucially got a third goal in added-time though another good cross into the box caused chaos in the visiting defence with Ogunrinde credited with the final touch from close-range. All in all, the visitors could have little complaints and they really needed to step it up after the break to prevent a bad loss here.

Half-Time:  Redbridge 3 – 0 White Ensign


After the interval, the hosts had a decent start with Barlow forcing another save out of Worboyes early on, then minutes later h the Ensign stopper in action again, having to rush out to deny Farah low down by the forward’s feet. The visitors gradually found their rhythm though as their half progressed, led by the fired-up Odukoya. the physical forward let fly with a speculative strike from 30 yards from the left channel just before the hour which sent Palmer back to check his angles before narrowly fizzing wide. Ensign did reduce their arrears just after the hour as a fine pass by substitute Dylan Jones found Odukoya in space, before a fine run beat his marker for pace and finished low past Palmer.

Ensign were lifted by that breakthrough, and Odukoya sent in another good header from a good cross three minutes later, unfortunately for his team it was straight at Palmer. At this point, the tension of the home side were starting to build and that only got worse for the hosts on 70 minutes as Ensign scored again. It the visitors’ turn to make it difficult in the home penalty area before Luke Woodward got half a yard of space to slot home from close range.

Ensign had a setback with ten minutes left as replacement Dylan Jones had to be assisted off the pitch with what looked a serious leg injury, we wish him well in his recovery. Redbridge had a rare foray forward in the half with eight minutes to play, which ended up with substitute Jack Chawner’s low free-kick going just wide of Worboyes’ right-side post. It was Ensign’s turn to rue their luck with moments left as a fine header from just inside the 18-yard box by replacement Zack Littlejohn was ruled out by the assistant referee’s flag.


Full-Time:  Redbridge 3 – 2 White Ensign

In summary, this was a entertaining match that could have ended up with the spoils shared. However, the hosts just about prevailed because of their grit and the manner of their performance in the first half. What will concern Ensign is their first-half showing here which was uncharacteristic for them in both attack & defence. After the break was much better from them and their journey to adjusting to this division will mean they have to improve defensively as a unit.

There were a number of good performances in this match. For Redbridge, the front three was led superbly by the rapid, quick-thinking forward Tim Ogunrinde who deserved his goals and caused no lack of problems down the left side for the visitors. Fellow forward Abdishakur Farah again had a good game too, linking up well and stretching the Ensign backline with pace and movement. Also, Shaun Harris had a good match in midfield, as did Jake Brocklebank, playing in an anchor midfield role here and he did well to break up opposition attacking moves well.

For Ensign, the stand-out performer was Ayo Odukoya in my view. The physical forward was impressive in holding off his markers, playing in team-mates and showing his own rapid pace down the channels plus he deserved his goal. Connor Barnby also was a good outlet running from deep for Munyard’s side. Centre-back Carl Conway was the pick of their defensively unit and Luke Skinner also kept battling in midfield despite being over-run at times by the pace of the hosts’ attacks.

I’d like to thank both teams for their assistance & wish them a good rest of the season.


Teams

Redbridge   |  Manager: George Christou  | Assistant: Jack Toghli

Starting XI: 1 Joe Palmer (GK), 2 Brad Bennett, 3 Jack Roult (9 Ibrahim Kehinde 68′), 4 Jake Brocklebank, 5 Dean Hall, 6 Craig Hall, 7 Shaun Harris, 8 Robbie Norris (18 Jack Chawner 73′), 15 James Barlow (Capt), 10 Abdishakur Farah (12 Herman Mwanza 79′), 11 Tim Ogunrinde

Goal-scorers: Tim Ogunrinde [18, 45+1], James Barlow [23′]

Booked: Roult | Subs Not Used: Blackledge, Tullet


White Ensign  | Manager: Brett Munyard   | Assistant: Mark Healy

Starting XI: 1 Frankie Worboyes (GK), 2 Charlie Buffin, 5 Andrew George (Capt), 14 Carl Conway, 6 Courtney Justin, 4 Harry Skinner, (16 Zack Littlejohn 58′) 10 Luke Skinner, 19 Luke Woodward, 7 Dominic Locke (15 Dylan Jones 58′ who was replaced by 11 Ollie Bell 78′ because of injury), 9 Connor Barnby, 18 Ayo Odukoya

Goal-scorers: Ayo Odukoya [61′], Luke Woodward [70′]

Booked: Justin, Barnby, L Skinner, Bell (Sin-Bin)  | Sub Not Used: Adams, Moyo


Referee: Tom Wyatt
Assistants: Martin Quinn & Albert Forbes

S2021-22 Match Report: White Ensign 1 – 2 Stansted (Fri 30 July) [ESL 21/22 31.7.21]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 210

2021-22 Season: Match 6

Friday 30th July 2021 – 7.45pm KO

W Ensign: Red Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Red Socks

Stansted: White Shirts, Dark Grey Shorts, Dark Grey Socks

Stansted battle to earn a hard-fought win at Burroughs Park

White Ensign 1 – 2 Stansted

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Here we are, a new season began for me covering the Essex Senior for a sixth consecutive campaign with White Ensign’s first-ever match at Step 5, as they welcomed ever-gritty Stansted to Burroughs Park in one of two Friday night games on the opening weekend. Unsurprisingly, the hosts were keen to show exactly what got them to this level and before kick-off there was a buzz building amongst the crowd. I feel it would be remiss to not mention what a proud day this must have been for all at Ensign but particularly so for long-standing Chairman & President of Ensign, Alan Day. I’m sure the club will agree that a lot is owed to him for his role in keeping the club going over the years. Visitors Stansted of course were looking to get the season going with the points and the ‘Blue Brazil’ were cheered on by the travelling Stansted fans, who were a vocal presence from the get-go.

So onto the Teams then and Ensign boss Brett Munyard named a strong side with Tim Brown in goal, Carl Conway and skipper Andrew George at centre-back, with Luke Skinner and Thando Moyo in midfield. The forward line was led by Luke Woodward and Adu Odukoya with Connor Barnby the chief support. On the bench were new signings Ollie Bell and Zack Littlejohn alongside more well-known names in Charlie Buffin, Harry Skinner and John Hilliard. Stansted were certainly missing players here, but their forward line was led by Michael Salako and Jack Mitchell, with Sahr Bongay and the returning Connor Hammond on the flanks. Paul Clayton anchored the midfield, with Bryn Thorpe and Louis Monk as full-backs. Options from the bench for Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side included forwards Nick Reynolds and Harry Bushell, alongside full-back Nathan Putt plus Jake Chaplin and David Salako.

The match itself began with some vigour as barely a minute elapsed before Stansted midfielder Daniel Okah had done well to deny Ensign forward Connor Barnby a sight at James Dillon’s goal. Moments later, it was the hosts’ turn to have a let-off as from a corner kick, Airportmen winger Sahr Bongay had twice failed to connect with the ball in what surely would’ve been the opening goal of the game. Barnby was the shining beacon of Ensign’s forward line and they were thwarted by a combination of a lack of a final pass and characteristic Stansted defending.

Stansted had the odd foray forward themselves and certainly gave the re-modelled Ensign backline some problems, with wingers Sahr Bongay and Connor Hammond being particularly tricky on the flanks and forward Michael Salako being the ever-willing runner down the channels. Just after the half-hour, after a promising run by Luke Skinner was blocked, the visitors counter-attacked swiftly, with Salako himself making a fine run down the left flank though his cross was thwarted by the ever-dependable Carl Conway, who did have a fine evening for the hosts.

Half-Time:  White Ensign 0 – 0 Stansted

In fairness, the match was getting more absorbing and tense as the match went on and Ensign did put the visiting rearguard under some pressure towards the end of the first period. However, it was a ‘tale of two chances’ straight after the interval. First, two minutes after the restart, a fierce drive by Ensign’s Ayo Odukoya cannoned off the crossbar with Dillon beaten. Mere seconds later, Stansted went straight up the other end and forward Jack Mitchell did well to evade his marker before firing home into the left corner, much to the delight of the travelling support.

The likes of Odukoya and fellow forwards Luke Woodward and Connor Barnby were still posing a threat for Ensign with their movement and pace. Thankfully for the home side given the occasion, they were not behind for long. With 55 minutes gone, a fine solo run by Connor Barnby ended with a fine low finish into the left-side corner to level things up. Ensign then sensed an oppurtunity to turn the tables in this match but Skinner, Barnby and recently arrived substitute Ollie Bell all spurned good chances off-target.

It ended up being costly for the hosts as with thirteen minutes remaining, the Airportmen once again took the lead. A superb run by the impressive Connor Hammond down the right found Michael Salako with a good pass and Salako weaved his way past the defender and struck home a fine effort low into the far corner. It was a very well-taken goal but the tension continued to rise in the last few minutes as Barnby played in Odukoya who couldn’t get a strike in at goal. Soon afterward, substitute Zack Littlejohn powered home a curling drive from about eighteen yards which visiting custodian James Dillon did superbly to track and to claw over the crossbar.

Full-Time: White Ensign 1 – 2 Stansted

In tbe end, Stansted did enough to get the points and made the most of the hosts’ slight vulnerability defensively. Ensign still had enough chances to gain at least a point here and did learn a hard lesson that you have to be more clinical against good sides at Step 5. However, it is worth noting that the occasion itself was brilliant and Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side will win a lot of matches this season.

In terms of stand-out performances, for the Airportmen, Connor Hammond and Michael Salako had fine matches and gave the home defence a headache & a half. Winger Sahr Bongay had a promising match too, stretching the opposition defence, while forward Jack Mitchell and goalkeeper James Dillon also deserve a mention. For Ensign, forward Connor Barnby had a very good game with his pace and movement. Centre-back Carl Conway was also very good indeed, making numerous important clearing headers and interceptions. Luke Skinner and Luke Woodward also deserve a mention, as does new signing Courtney Justin.

Thanks to the hosts for their hospitality and it was great to see a number of good people at the match. Best wishes to both teams for the rest of the campaign.

White Ensign     | Manager: Brett Munyard  | Assistant: Mark Healy

Starting XI: 1 Tim Brown (GK), 6 Courtney Justin (11 Zack Littlejohn 82′), 12 Charlie Adams, 14 Carl Conway, 5 Andy George (Capt), 3 Thando Moyo (17 John Hilliard 87′), 10 Luke Skinner, 7 Dominic Locke (16 Ollie Bell 69′), 9 Connor Barnby, 19 Luke Woodward, 18 Ayo Odukoya

Goal-scorer: Connor Barnby [55′]

Booked: Justin | Subs Not Used: Buffin, H Skinner

Stansted  | Joint-Managers: Paul Pittuck & John Watters  | Assistant: Neil Tillotson

Starting XI: 1 James Dillon (GK), 2 Bryn Thorpe, 3 Louis Monk (15 Nathan Putt 56′), 4 John Clarke, 5 Joe Clark (Capt), 6 Paul Clayton, 7 Sahr Bongay (13 Nick Reynolds 71′), 8 Daniel Okah (16 David Salako 69′), 9 Michael Salako, 10 Jack Mitchell, 11 Connor Hammond

Goal-scorers: Jack Mitchell [47′], Michael Salako [77′]

Booked: Mitchell  | Subs Not Used: Chaplin, Bushell

Referee: Nathan Kitteridge
Assistants: Robert Collins & Joe Lannon

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri 30 April-Tues 4 May) [LCC 2021 4.5.21]

Image from Ensign 1 – B’side on Fri 30 Apr (Image: Scott W)

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the six of the eight ties in the Last 16 round of the Cordell Cup which took place this week. The Semi-Finals of the Cordell Cup Plate competition is also looked at towards the end of this article as the two sides who will contest the Final of the subsidiary competition.  

After the round-up, we’ll have a gander at the draw for the Quarter-Finals, ahead of the remainder of the last 16 matches which take place in midweek as some of the sides involved are also taking part in other Cups.

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The Len Cordell Cup – Last 16

St Margaretsbury  2 – 2  FC Clacton (Clacton won 3 – 2 on pens)  | The Rec | Friday 30 Apr

St Mags held Clacton after the ninety minutes but exited on spot-kicks in this tie played on Friday night, which was also live-streamed on the night. Charlie Thompson struck both goals for the Seasiders, though their lead was nullified by goals from Chris Manangu and Kirk McPherson for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. It needed spot-kicks to decide the tie and it went the way of the visitors.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was there & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/st-margaretsbury-2-fc-clacton-2-fc.html

West Essex  1 – 3  Stansted   | Mayesbrook Park [3G]  | Friday 30 Apr

Stansted continued their improving form with a fine win at West Essex. Jordan Palmer put the Airportmen ahead after eleven minutes. Greg Frederick levelled the tie nine minutes after the interval for Kwame Kwateng’s side but two goals in the last quarter of the game sealed the match. Michael Salako [68’] struck to once again give the visitors the lead, before Harry Bushell [82’] ended the hopes of the Stags and confirm Stansted’s place in the last eight.

White Ensign  1 – 1 Barkingside (Ensign won 3 – 1 on pens)| Held at Lower Road | Fri 30 Apr

Barkingside gave Ensign a scare before ultimately bowing out in the dreaded shoot-out at Lower Road. Ensign led nine minutes before the break through a calm finish by Dominic Locke. However, the hosts couldn’t convert the chances they did create and were pegged back just four minutes from time by Reece Simpson’s powerful header for Steven Le Sage’s spirited ‘Side. Ensign did get through a twitchy shoot-out to advance though to the quarter-finals.  I was at this match & my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/05/02/s-20-21-match-report-white-ensign-1-1-barkingside-30-april/

Billericay Town U23  0 – 1  Athletic Newham  | New Lodge [3G]  | Sat 1 May

In the last tie of the weekend in the Cordell Cup, Athletic Newham withstood the pressure to complete a narrow win over Billericay’s impressive development side at New Lodge. Joel Appiah got the only goal on 24 minutes to give Chris Davis’ side the win and see them through to the last eight.

Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/billericay-town-u23s-0-athletic-newham-1.html

Brimsdown   0 – 0  Clapton (Clapton won 7 – 6 on pens) | New River Sta | Mon 3 May

A tense match in awful conditions (is it really the start of May you sometimes wonder) saw the Tons held by Step 6 side Brimsdown in this match held at the New River Stadium. Despite having the better of the play in normal time, the gritty ‘home’ side held on for spot-kicks, which the Tons got through in ‘sudden death’. Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was at this match & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/brimsdown-0-clapton-0-clapton-won-7-6.html  

Image from Cockfosters 1 – 1 Barking (Tues 4 May – Image by Peter D)

Cockfosters  1 – 1  Barking  (Barking won  7 – 6 on pens)  | Chalk Lane  | Tues 4 May

The Blues made it through on spot-kicks at Chalk Lane. Kieran Jones gave the visitors the lead on 31 minutes though Charlie Morgan levelled things up for Cockfoster just shy of the seventy minute mark. With no further goals forthcoming, it was left to the shoot-out from twelve yards to decide the tie, and after a nervy battle Barking emerged with the win 7 – 6 on penalty kicks. The Blues will face either Holland or tenants for this competition Hackney Wick in the Quarter-Finals.

For more on this match, the omnipresent Mr Dudley was at this one as well (the man deserves an award, Essex Senior League – just sayin’) & here’s his view: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/05/cockfosters-1-barking-1-barking-won-7-6.html

Matches still to come in Cordell Cup Last 16

Holland  v  Hackney Wick  | Wednesday 5 May

DT FC  v  Redbridge  | Friday 7 May

Updated Draw for the Cordell Cup – Quarter-Finals

Stansted  v  Clapton (likely to be reversed due to Cricket)

Barking  v  Holland or Hackney Wick

FC Clacton  v  White Ensign (to be played Saturday 8 May)

DT FC or Redbridge  v  Athletic Newham

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S 20-21 Match Report: White Ensign* 1 – 1 Barkingside (WE won 3 – 1 on pens) (Fri 30 April) [LCC 2021 1.5.21]

Len Cordell Cup – Last 16

Venue: Lower Road (Hullbridge FC)

2020 -21 Season – Match 31

Saturday 10th April 2021 – 3pm KO

White Ensign: Red & Navy Blue Shirts, Red Shorts & Red Socks

Barkingside: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts, Orange Socks

Both sides warming-up pre-match

Ensign edge a highly-competitive contest with ‘Side on spot-kicks in the LCC

White Ensign  1 – 1 Barkingside   (Ensign won 3 – 1 on pens)

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

The first match of the weekend saw a trip back to Lower Road for the Len Cordell Cup Last 16 match between White Ensign and Barkingside, both of whom played in the Eastern Senior League South in the previous halted regular season. Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s side came into this match with a 100% winning record in the group stages, while ‘Side started well but have found it harder as the competition has gone on. Ensign made a couple of changes to their side since I saw them defeat Great Wakering a few weeks back, with Charlie Buffin and Charlie Adams the full-backs here, alongside club stalwarts Jake McWee and Andy George in central defence. Connor Barnby and Domonic Locke led the line, with support from Munyard and Luke Skinner. Among their plentiful options from the bench was defender/midfielder Thando Moyo, midfielders Bradley Gates and Harry Skinner plus Luke Woodward and Jason Reynolds-Blanche.

Barkingside fielded youthful goalkeeper Duncan Smith behind a defence of centre-backs Nathan Saunders and Elliott Scott, with Jordan Cornelius and Shaquel Foyewa as their full-backs. Forwards Reece Simpson and Jacob Dingli led the attack, with Archie Hammond, Grant Frances and loanee Jack Gibbons in midfield. Their options included wing-back Jason Jones, forward Quincy Warner and defender Berkcan Belindir.

The start of the match did rather set the tone as in the first few minutes, a familiar rapid run by Ensign forward Connor Barnby was well-tracked and intercepted by ‘Side full-back Shaquel Foyewa. The enterprising play of Ensign winger Dominic Locke was back in vogue again moments later as after making half a yard of space, his goal-seeking effort was well gathered by visiting stopper Duncan Smith. The hosts were cursing their luck in front of goal soon after as on eight minutes, John Hilliard’s free-kick was headed wide by skipper Jake McWee. To their credit, Barkingside did not feel the nerves at this point and launched forward themselves on nine minutes as a fine deep cross by full-back Jordan Cornelius found forward Reece Simpson but his header was agonisingly wide of Louis Hawes’ goal.

It was an energetic start by both teams to this match. ‘Side continued to give the home defence a headache as Archie Hammond showed a good turn of pace before experienced forward Jacob Dingli was denied a shot at goal with only Hawes to beat thanks to a good interception by McWee. Ensign full-back Charlie Buffin needed every bit of his rapid pace to catch Dingli moments later a clear chance, even if the Barkingside player was also adjudged to have strayed into an off-side position. Steven Le Sage’s side were not giving the hosts any room to spray the ball around as they like to do and also made a number of telling interceptions. Smith also came to the aid of his defenders by making two decent saves to deny fierce strikes by Charlie Adams from a narrowing angle. In the main, Ensign centre-halves George & McWee were holding firm against opposition forwards Simpson and Dingli but there was still a tinge of doubt that more headaches were on the horizon.

It was the hosts that finally bypassed their growing frustration to take the lead on thirty-six minutes as a fine through ball from Brett Munyard, playing in central midfield, found the run of Locke who cleverly switched one way then another to understandably bamboozle his marker before finishing low past Smith. Luke Skinner had a further drive from twenty yards a minute before the break but it was a slender lead that the hosts held going into the break.

Half-Time:  White Ensign  1 – 0  Barkingside

A decision which may have proved telling happened on the resumption as Ensign made four more substitutions. Thando Moyo, Bradley Gates, Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Luke Woodward entered the fray in place of Adams, Hilliard, Buffin and Munyard respectively. The visiting defence continued to frustrate the new-look Ensign forward line, exemplified by Cornelius denying Woodward down the left channel five minutes into the second period. Cornelius was also making a good contribution in an attacking sense too as his cross found Dingli who fired wide of Hawes’ goal. Dingli’s strike partner Reece Simpson was also causing problems and Hawes had to be alert to gather a deflected strike from the tireless striker.

White Ensign had a decent double chance as we entered the last twenty minutes of the contest. First, a firm strike by Luke Skinner was well-blocked by ‘Side centre-back Nathan Saunders before Barnby struck the follow-up over the crossbar. ‘Side were starting to gather momentum though as with 75 minutes on the clock, a fine strike from the left flank by Gibbons forced a good save out of Ensign custodian Louis Hawes. Ensign spurned another decent opportunity with seven minutes left as Woodward was denied by a super goal-line clearance by midfielder David Etcheri. That clearance was to be telling as moments afterward, ‘Side dramatically levelled the tie. Simpson got ahead of his marker and powered in a good header past Hawes. Understandably the hosts were getting twitchy as Barkingside tried to pinch it at the death and after seven minutes of nerve-jangling injury-time, it was down to the dreaded shoot-out.

Full-Time (after 90 minutes): White Ensign  1 – 1   Barkingside

So a penalty shoot-out was required to settle the tie, and in the first two spot-kicks – Ensign’s Jake McWee and Jason Reynolds-Blanche both netted confidently. ‘Side had to go second in the shoot-out and while their opening penalty from Grant Frances was saved by Hawes, substitute Jason Jones did fire home into the right-sided corner.

Onto the next wave of two penalties then and Bradley Gates’ fierce spot-kick put his side 3 – 1 up and in a strong position. But much to his disappointment, centre-back Elliott Scott’s strike from twelve yards was skied over the woodwork. However, forward Connor Barnby’s penalty was also blasted over the crossbar before Hawes sealed the contest with a decent save to deny Jack Gibbons following spot-kick so Ensign progressed with a 3 – 1 win on penalties to make it to the quarter-finals of the Len Cordell Cup.

Result:  White Ensign 1 – 1 Barkingside  (Ensign won 3- 1 on penalty kicks)

In summary, this was a pretty even match, with the hosts edging it at times in the first half and ‘Side really finishing strongly as Ensign really had to battle to stay in the contest in the latter stages. Being positive though, the fact that it was a nerve-jangler for Ensign may do them good in the long-term, particularly against sides in higher divisions. Barkingside can be proud of themselves for not only frustrating a very good side going forward but also creating problems for the home defence as well. I also have to mention the reserved & good way that visiting manager Steven Le Sage took this defeat, I believe he’ll still be pleased with this showing and he has every reason to be.

In terms of stand-out performances, both sides were dominated by defenders somewhat. For Ensign, centre-backs Andy George and skipper Jake McWee had very good games, making a number of interceptions and dealing with the enterprising forward play from the visitors well. Winger Dominic Locke yet again made a good contribution with his pace, energy and passing. Also, left-back Charlie Adams also showed he’s got fierce strike in his armoury and showed good purpose making rapid runs down the flank in the first half. And ultimately, the hosts were grateful for goalkeeper Louis Hawes making two decent penalty saves in the shoot-out as well, so credit to him.

For Barkingside, full-backs Jordan Cornelius and Shaquel Foyewa had very strong matches, with good energy levels, passing and also making a number of good challenges between them to further frustrate the hosts from creating more clear-cut opportunities on goal. I also thought Jack Gibbons had a good game in central midfield, showing good poise and a range of passing. Finally, centre-back Nathan Saunders had a good game alongside Elliott Scott, showing a very determined mindset to clear the danger on multiple occasions.

Teams

White Ensign    |  Player-Manager: Brett Munyard  | Asst: Mark Healy

1 Louis Hawes (GK), 2 Charlie Buffin (11 Jason Reynolds-Blanche 46’), 12 Charlie Adams (3 Thando Moyo 46’), 5 Andy George, 6 Jake McWee (Capt), 16 Ben Austin (4 Harry Skinner 41’), 18 John Hilliard (8 Bradley Gates 46’), 10 Luke Skinner, 20 Brett Munyard (19 Luke Woodward 46’), 7 Dominic Locke, 9 Connor Barnby

Goal-scorer: Dominic Locke [36’]

Booked: Locke, Luke Skinner & Gates      | Sub Not Used: None

Barkingside    | Manager: Steven Le Sage  |

1 Duncan Smith (GK), 2 Jordan Cornelius, 3 Shaquel Foyewa (12 Jason Jones 58’), 4 David Etcheri, 5 Nathan Saunders, 6 Elliott Scott, 7 Archie Hammond, 8 Grant Frances, 9 Jacob Dingli (14 Quincy Warner 68’), 10 Reece Simpson, 11 Jack Gibbons

Goal-scorers: Reece Simpson [86’]

Booked: Frances, Saunders      | Subs Not Used: Peagram, Belindir

Referee: Adam Miller

Assistant Referees: Nicholas Hodges & Elliott Hardcastle

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri/Sat 23/24 April) [LCC 2021 25.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of third & final weekend of the Group Stages of the Len Cordell Cup, a competition run by the Essex Senior to remember a pillar of the Non-League Family in Len Cordell, who was associated with Redbridge FC for many years. Thanks to Pete Dudley (@ped1980) for the main image above (from Holland v FC Clacton)

All the results from this week’s action are below, they took place on Saturday 24th April unless stated in the Result line. The sides highlighted in bold progress to the next round. After each group, we have a final table and at the end of the article we have the draw for the last 16 of the Len Cordell Cup and the eight sides that will face each other in the Len Cordell Plate.

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 24 April 

Cockfosters   3 – 2  Hoddesdon Town |  Chalk Lane  | Group A

The ‘Fosters went through from Group A in second spot after a good win over Essex Senior rivals Hoddesdon at Chalk Lane. James Verney put his side ahead early on, which was added to by Marcus Crowther five minutes before the break and Jo Wilkinson late on. Harrison Rookard and Alfie Little responded for the Lilywhites but they finish bottom and go into the Plate mini-competition.

DT FC   0 – 2   St Margaretsbury | the Harlow Arena  [3G] | Group A

St Margs did enough to inflict the first defeat on newcomers DT at the Harlow Arena. Strikes from Aiden Read [35’] and Jermaine Nicholson in added time secured a place in the last 16 for Ray Bartlett and James Falaise’s side. DT’s loss means they slip down to third but they still make it to the next round.  

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Clapton 2 – 0 Barkingside | Played at J. Carter Cen. [3G], Frenford  | Group B | Fri 23 Apr 

The Tons sealed their progress to the knockout stages of the competition with a decent win over Barkingside in this match played at Frenford on Friday night . Second-half goals from Melos Ajvasi and Bayemore Ndiaye were enough to claim the win which sent the home side to their second win in three games. Both sides go through, with Clapton in second spot.

My good friend Pete Dudley was at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/clapton-2-barkingside-0.html

Woodford Town  2 – 3   Redbridge  |  Coles Park [3G]  | Group B | Sat 24 April

In the match on Saturday, Redbridge recovered from a poor start to complete their third win in succession. Tariq Alexander had given Dee Safer & Julian Charles’ side a first-minute lead but Tony Martin erased that lead two minutes later. Further strikes by tricky winger Ayub Kadiri [21’] and Sonny Fish [61’] turned the tide of the match. Josh Steele pulled one back on the stroke of the 90 minutes but it is the Motormen who advance as group winners in this competition that they dearly want to get to the latter stages at least. Woodford finish bottom and therefore head into the Plate mini-competition.

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Saturday 24 April – Group C

Billericay U23s  2 – 3  Stansted   | New Lodge [3G]   | Group C 

Stansted made a heroic comeback after their interval to defeat Billericay’s development side at New Lodge. The hosts were two goals to the good at the break thanks to strikes by Gabriel Ipanga Mbambo [25’] and Nyan Msuria five minutes later. But Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side once again showed the “Stansted resolve” and goals from John Clarke, Michael Salako and Jack Mitchell’s winner later on sealed their first win and progression into the last 16 as the ‘best’ of the fourth-placed sides.

Holland  3 – 2   FC Clacton   | Dulwich Road   | Group C 

These two local rivals met for the first time in a competitive match and it was the Step 6 hosts who prevailed. It was some match for Louis Olymbios who not only netted a treble but was also later dismissed for persistent fouling. Kevin Coyle’s spot-kick and an OG saw Clacton close but ultimately both sides progressed with Holland topping the group.

Fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley (@ped1980) was also at this match & his report is here: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/holland-3-fc-clacton-2.html

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Barking  2 – 1  West Essex  | Mayesbrook Park [3G] | Group D  | Friday 23rd April

West Essex faced their landlords Barking for the last time whilst being tenants in this local derby on Friday night. It was to be the Blues who won and progressed as Group winners. Strikes from Louis Dillion six minutes before the break & Johnny Ashman midway through the second half cancelled out a thunderbolt from the returning James Jewers early on. West still head into the knockout phase as they finished in second spot.

Frenford 0 – 2  Hackney Wick | Jack Carter Centre [3G] | Group D  | Sat 24th April

The Saturday game saw Wick grab their first win & with it progression to the knockout phase with victory at Frenford. Mohamed Raza and Jermain Lachoo provided the goals to ensure they leapfrogged Dave Forbes’ side into third spot and sent the hosts out of the Cup and into the Plate mini-competition.

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Athletic Newham  6 – 2   Great Wakering Rovers   | Terry Mac | Group E 

Finally in Group E, Athletic Newham sealed a hugely morale-boosting win over Great Wakering at the Terry Mac. Anderson Baro put the hosts head just past the 20-minute mark, with Richard Kone and Joel Appiah both adding doubles to add to Stephen Butterworth’s team’s pain. Babs Sonupe added further gloss to the score-line late on and render strikes by Jake Gordon and Louie Hay to be mere consolation. Newham go through in second while Wakering exit and will compete in the Plate next weekend.

Brimsdown   0 – 3  White Ensign | Moved to Lower Road | Group E 

Ensign ended a superb group stage for them with a fine win over Brimsdown at Lower Road. Luke Skinner, Dominic Locke and Luke Woodward all struck to complete a decent three weeks for Brett Munyard & Mark Healy’s team and they march on to the next round as group winners. Brimsdown’s defensive record has assisted them to the last sixteen as they ended up third.

As promised earlier, here is the draw for the knockout round of the Len Cordell Cup. Fixtures in both competitions will be played on weekend of April 30/May 1.   

Draw for Len Cordell Cup Last 16

Billericay U23  v  Athletic Newham

Brimsdown  v  Clapton

Cockfosters  v  Barking

DT FC   v  Redbridge

Holland  v  Hackney Wick

St Margaretsbury  v  FC Clacton

West Essex  v Stansted

White Ensign  v  Barkingside

Here is the draw for the Cordell Cup Plate competition as well:

Draw for QFs on Len Cordell Plate

Frenford v Hoddesdon Town

Frenford Res. v Walthamstow Res.

Great Wakering Rovers v Woodford Town

Sawbridgeworth Town Res. v West Essex Development

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Cup (Fri/Sat 9/10 April) [LCC 2021 11.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the opening weekend of the Len Cordell Cup action, an invitational competition run by the Essex Senior to remember a pillar of the Non-League Family in Len Cordell, who was associated with Redbridge FC for many years.

The twenty teams competing in this competition have been split into five groups. Unfortunately, with spectators still barred from attending these matches until mid-May, these matches were largely played “behind closed doors”, with the notable exception of at least two matches, more on that as we go.

Before we recap the action, below is a snapshot on who is in which group.

Len Cordell Cup  – Friday 9 April 


Hackney Wick 3 – 5  West Essex  | Mayesbrook Park [3G] | Group D

The Cordell Cup got off to a corker of a start as West had to dig deep to claim an important win at Mayesbrook Park. Callum Bloss put Kwame Kwateng’s side ahead after only three minutes with a fine finish after being played in by forward Symeon Taylor. That lead lasted all of two minutes before Mohammed Razza levelled things up for Wick, who are also playing their matches at Mayesbrook in this competition. Lewis Danquah fired Wick into the lead just after the twenty minute mark but again, that lead barely existed before Cameron Gray levelled things again for the Stags.

Bloss added another two goals, the second from the spot to claim a first-half treble and give the attack-minded West side a 4 – 2 lead at the interval. Razza netted again nine minutes after the resumption to keep Wick in it before a powerful strike from Emmanuel Shoderu on the 90 minute mark finally sealed the points for West Essex, after one heck of an enthralling battle.

My good friend & fellow Non-League writer Pete Dudley was at this match, here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/hackney-wick-3-west-essex-5.html 

Len Cordell Cup  – Saturday 10 April 

DT FC   2 – 2  Cockfosters |  the Harlow Arena [3G]  | Group A

In what was a first for the Essex Senior, this match was streamed live over the virtual screens and it took a last-minute leveller to deny newcomers DT a commendable victory at the Harlow Arena. Ned Clarke added to his reputation at the ‘Fosters by putting them ahead seven minutes before the break. DT held firm though and the Essex Alliance League Senior Division side levelled things up midway through the second-half through Kieron Hipgrave’s strike. It got even better for the hosts as ex-Ilford & Epping Town forward Alex Paraskeva put them ahead with twelve minutes remaining.  That wasn’t the end of the drama though as defender Marcus Crowther snatched a point for Ryan Wade’s side in added time.

St Margaretsbury  1 – 1   Hoddesdon Town | The Rec | Group A

In the other match in Group A, these two old rivals resumed their rivalry at the Rec. Cyrus Babaie put Hoddy ahead before Dominic Wynter-Stephens ensured that Ray Bartlett’s side secured a point and leave the group wide open with two matches for all to play.

Redbridge 1 – 0  Clapton  | Oakside  | Group B

The Motormen began their Cordell Cup campaign with a narrow win over the Tons at Oakside. Tony Martin got the only goal of the game for George Christou’s side on 50 minutes, with Redbridge undoubtedly looking to get deep into the Cup that bears the name of their long-serving former Secretary.
Non-League writer Pete Dudley was also at this game & here’s his report: http://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2021/04/redbridge-1-clapton-0.html

Woodford Town 3 – 4  Barkingside (4pm KO) | Coles Park [3G]   |  Group B

In the late kick-off of the day, Barkingside staved off a late fightback by Woodford to claim all three points at Coles Park. Steven Le Sage’s side started strongly, with Joe Gent [11’] and Reece Simpson [13’] goals giving them a two-goal cushion before the quarter-hour. Jaydon Charles halved the deficit for the hosts from 12 yards just before the break. ‘Side responded in great fashion after the interval, with strikes from Jack Gibbons six minutes into the second-half and Jacob Dingli [65’] giving them an impressive 4 – 1 lead. There was more drama in the latter stages as Charles’ second of the afternoon and Ridwan Hussein goal on the 90 minute mark made it a nervy end for ‘Side but they held on.

Billericay U23  3 – 0  Holland   | New Lodge [3G]   | Group C

In this clash at New Lodge which the hosts also streamed live via YouTube, Billericay U23s grabbed an impressive win with Marlon Stratford opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Second-half goals from Max Gnandi [47’] and Nyan Mesuria twenty minutes from time sealed maximum points for the Essex Senior Reserve Division side.

FC Clacton  2 – 1  Stansted   | Rush Green Bowl   | Group C

The Airportmen made the long trip to North East Essex but ultimately came away empty-handed. Jordan Lartey and Kevin Coyle got the goals for the Eastern Counties League Premier Division side, with Ryan Ramsay getting the solitary reply for Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ side.

Frenford  1 – 1 Barking   | The Drive [3G]   | Group D

These two local rivals faced each other at The Drive, with both sides claiming a point. Owen James got the equaliser for the home side, after Isaac Westendorf had put the Blues ahead just short of the half-hour.

Athletic Newham 1 – 1 Brimsdown   | Terry Mac | Group E

This match of the two Eastern Senior League South sides took a while to get going though it was Brimsdown who took the lead through an OG a minute after the interval. Newham did grab a point through as forward Richard Kone levelled in added time. You feel that both these sides need one win in their remaining two matches in the Group to progress.

Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 4   White Ensign | Lower Road | Group E – Featured Match

These two sides usually ground-share at Burroughs Park but on this occasion, they faced off about ten miles away at Hullbridge’s Lower Road. After a promising start by Wakering, it was Ensign who took the lead thanks to impressive winger Dominic Locke on 18 minutes. The visitors took that lead into the second half and pretty much sealed the contest either side of the hour, through well-taken strikes by Connor Barnby [55’] and Locke [64’] to accrue his second of the afternoon. Jake Gordon pulled one back for Rovers with eleven minutes to go but in truth, it was not their day. Locke then turned provider for Luke Skinner to slot home a fourth for Ensign six minutes from time.

This was my featured match this weekend & here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2021/04/10/match-report-great-wakering-1-4-white-ensign-sat-10-apr/

That’s all for my round-up of Week One of the Len Cordell Cup, I hope to do more of these as the competition progresses, likely to be on a semi-regular basis.