S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Thurs-Sat 22-24 April) [LCT 2021 25.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my look at the last weekend of the group stage of the Len Cordell Trophy, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.

After the Results section in each group, we also have a Final table and a projected look at which sides have advanced in the Trophy and which sides will be moved to the Cordell Plate competition.

In the Tables themselves, those sides highlighted in bold are those that have progressed to the Quarter-Finals. Thanks for reading.

Friday 23rd April – Group A

Harlow Town Res  5 – 1   Sawbridgeworth Town Res  | Harlow Arena [3G]  | Group A

Harlow confirmed their place in the knockout stages on Friday night with a second big win in as many weeks. Sam Bashua netted for the Sawbo side but a double for Mahedul Hasan Muzib plus strikes by Dillion Gordon, Graeme Butler and replacement Said Issa meant that Harlow finish in second spot.

Saturday 24 April

Walthamstow Res  1 – 6  Woodford Town U23  | Ashton’s (Side Pitch) | Group A

Woodford sailed through to the last eight with a big win over ‘Stow’s reserve side at Ashton’s. George Thompson grabbed a hat-trick here, with Prince Ofori-Duodu, Harry Carter and Esat Saiti all also scored to maintain the 100% winning record in the group for Shane Baptiste’s team. Louie Maxwell struck for W’stow but they go into the Plate competition after finishing bottom of the group.  

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Thursday 22nd April – Group B

Redbridge Res  2 – 2  West Essex Development  | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)

On Thursday night, Redbridge Ressie side were held by West Essex’s development side at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park. Emmanuel Odunaike and Mohamed Allie both scored for the visitors, but strikes from Landry Gogoa and Chris Kitanos ensured the home side got a second point of the group stage which was ultimately enough to see them through to the last eight as one of the two best third-placed sides. West’s youthful side exit & will go into the Plate competition.     

Saturday 24th April –  Group B

May & Baker Res  1 – 2   Tower Hamlets Res  | May & Baker FC |

On Saturday, Tower Hamlets’ second-side made it three wins from three with a good win at May & Baker. Goals from Paolo-Armani Okoye and Abdirahman Ahmed secured the win, despite David Asante-Boateng’s reply for Jimmy Donald’s side. Both sides go through as they finished in the top two (see below).

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Friday 23rd April – Group C

Barkingside Res  1 – 1     Frenford Res |  Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]  |

Barkingside’s second team were held on Friday night by visitors Frenford but still went through in a tight Group C. Dominic Edwards netted for ‘Side three minutes after the interval, with Julian Edwards getting the leveller for the Frenford second-string. Frenford unfortunately exit the competition despite amassing two draws.

Saturday 24th April – Group C

White Ensign Res 0 – 2    Grays Athletic U23   | Len Forge Centre [3G]

A fine away-day for Michael Walther’s Grays side meant they also went through. A brace from Callum Watts was enough to defeat Jack Caten’s side and go above them in the group stages. Both sides go through to the last eight.

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the ESL Len Cordell Trophy was made on Saturday night, here it is (Matches to be played on weekend of Friday 30 April/Saturday 1 May)

Draw for Len Cordell Trophy Last 8 \ QFs

Barkingside Res  v  Woodford Town U23s

Grays Athletic U23s  v  May & Baker Res

Harlow Town Res   v   Redbridge Res

Tower Hamlets Res  v  White Ensign Res 

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Fri/Sat 16/17 April) [LCT 2021 18.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my look at the second weekend of the Len Cordell Trophy, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.

After the Results section in each group, we also have a brief table and a look at the Fixtures for next weekend (Kick-offs may be subject to alteration)

Len Cordell Trophy  – Friday 16th April

Barkingside Res   2 – 0    White Ensign Res  |  Lakeside Sports Ground [3G]  | Group C

Barkingside’s second team got their first win of the competition and went top of Group C after Saturday’s action (see table below) after this win over White Ensign Reserves at the Lakeside Sports Ground. First-half goals from Dominic Edwards [14’] and Manraj Phagura ten minutes after the opener were the difference-makers for the hosts who remain unbeaten from their two matches thus far. Ensign’s Ressie side know that a win against will put them in the top two.

Saturday 17 April

Walthamstow Res  0 – 7    Harlow Town Res   | Wadham Lodge | Group A

Harlow’s second-side made easy work of this tricky encounter at Wadham Lodge. Hassan Muzib grabbed a treble, being well-supported by the ensemble cast of Dillon George who grabbed a brace, plus there were goals for Graeme Barker and Said Issa. Harlow’s thumping win gives their first points of the tournament whereas it was a day to forget for the ‘Stow development side.

Woodford Town U23s  3 – 2   Sawbridgeworth Town Res | Ashton’s (Side pitch) | Group A |

Woodford continued their good start to the Cordell Trophy with their second successive 3 – 2 win, this time over Sawbo’s Ressies at Ashton’s. Luke Steele, Alexandros Ndoj and Rashaad Ogun’s second goal in as many weeks sealed the win for Shane Baptiste’s team. Ollie Palmer and Jack Taylor both netted for the visitors but they are yet to win and they will have to beat Harlow Town to get in the top two.

Group A Table after Week Two (Apr 17, 2021)

Saturday 17 April

May & Baker Res  1 – 1  Redbridge Res  | May & Baker FC | Group B  

May & Baker Reserves maintained their unbeaten run with this draw with Redbridge Ressies. David Asante-Boateng scored for Jimmy Donald’s side, with Landry Gogoa’s goal ensuring that the visitors got their first point of the competition thus far. May & Baker know that if they avoid defeat in their final group match they will be assured of a top two finish in the group.

West Essex Dev  0 – 1   Tower Hamlets Res  | Debden Park Sch   |  Group B

Tower Hamlets’ second-side made the trip to Debden and handed the West development side a second consecutive narrow defeat. Paolo-Armani Okoye got the only goal five minutes before the break and that ended up being enough to see Hamlets to remain top of the standings.

Group B Table after Week Two (April 17,2021)

Saturday 17 April

Frenford Res  1 – 1   Grays Athletic U23s  | The Drive, Frenford  |  Group C

In this encounter at Frenford’s the Drive, the youthful Grays side made it two draws from two games. Harry Baker got the visitors’ goal with Julian Edwards responding for the home side but there was to be no breaking the stalemate. Both sides know they need a win to advance in the main competition.

Group C Table after Week Two (April 17, 2021)

Fixtures for next Weekend  (Friday/Saturday 23/24 April)

Group A

Harlow Town Res v Sawbridgeworth Town Res

| Fri 23 April 7.45pm KO | Harlow Arena [3G]

and Walthamstow Res v Woodford Town U23
| Sat 24 April 2.30pm KO | Wadham Lodge |

Group B (both on Saturday 24 April at 2.30pm)

May & Baker Res v Tower Hamlets Res | May & Baker FC |

and Redbridge Res v West Essex Dev. | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park) |

Group C

Barkingside Res v Frenford Res
| Fri 23 Apr 6.45pm KO | Lakeside Spts Grd [3G] |

and White Ensign Res v Grays Athletic U23 |

Sat 24 April 2.30pm KO | Len Forge Centre [3G]

That’s all from this week’s round-up, thank you for reading.

S20-21 Round-ups: Len Cordell Trophy (Fri/Sat 9/10 April) [LCT 2021 12.4.21]

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

Hello and welcome to my look at the opening weekend of the Len Cordell Trophy  action, a competition run by the Essex Senior League for Reserve sides to also remember the contribution the late Len Cordell made to local Non-League Football.

Before re look at the matches that took place this weekend, let’s have a quick look at the how the group stages look in this Trophy competition. The twelve teams competing in this competition have been split into three groups, below is a snapshot on who is in which group.

Len Cordell Trophy  – Friday 9th April

Harlow Town Res  2 – 3 Woodford Town U23s  |  the Harlow Arena [3G]  | Group A

Two matches took place on Friday night, as Woodford’s second-side emerged with the points at the Harlow Arena in this Group A encounter. Graeme Butler scored twice for Harlow’s reserve side but strikes by Rashaad Ogun, Umar Ali and Joseph St Luca-Moynihan did the business for Shane Baptiste’s side. As it turned out, the win could well make them early favourites to top the group.

Grays Athletic U23s  1 – 1  Barkingside Res   | Lakeside Sports Ground | Group C

Meanwhile, several miles south in Thurrock, these two local rivals fought to a draw. Callum Watts netted for the home side, with Robert Adams responding for the ‘Side second-string.

Saturday 10th April

Sawbridgeworth Town Res  3 – 3  Walthamstow Res | Crofters | Group A

In the midday kick-off at Crofters, these two sides had an enticing six-goal thriller before both sides had to settle for a point. Samson Bashua netted twice for the Sawbo side, with Stephen Aketo also on target for the home side. ‘Stow responded through goals from Johann Aidoo, Patrick Simpson and Zachary Thomas but both sides with need wins to progress up the group standings in their next matches.

Redbridge Res  0 – 4  Tower Hamlets Res | Ford’s Social Club (Newbury Park) | Group B

Elsewhere, Tower Hamlets Reserves made light work of their first of three away games in this competition with a decisive victory. Ezekiel Adesanya struck twice for the visitors, supported by goals from Rajhi Makasi and Carone Scott to send the Hamlets side top of Group B.

West Essex Dev  0 – 1  May & Baker Res  | Debden Park Sch   |  Group B

In the other match in Group B, May & Baker Reserves returned to action with a narrow win over West Essex Development at Debden Park School. Idris Aminu got the decisive strike for Jimmy Donald’s side as they went second in the table.

White Ensign Res 2 – 0  Frenford Res  | Len Forge Centre [3G]  |  Group C

Finally for this weekend’s six matches, at the Len Forge Centre in Westcliff, White Ensign Reserves defeated Frenford’s second-side thanks to strikes by Lubona Wyatt and Scott Read, which sent Jack Caten’s side top of Group C.