Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 24 Nov) [ESL 26.11.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of action in the Essex Senior League. We saw a heck of a round of fixtures this weekend with surprises, goals aplenty and drama thrown in as well. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 24th November

Barkingside  1 – 5   Ilford    | Cricklefield ‘derby’  | Att: 51

Ilford ended a three-match losing run with a big win in the Cricklefield ‘derby’. Lion Docaj set the tone with his fourth-minute opener before Lauric Diakiesse made it two with 24 minutes on the clock. Powerful forward Diakiesse got his second just shy of the hour, to which Seye Okunola added a fourth [62’] to seal the match. Michael Clark kept up his good start since signing for Alex Goldstone’s side by getting a consolation on 76 minutes. A late OG sealed another trying afternoon though as ‘Side remain marooned at the bottom, seven points away from their nearest rivals in Leyton Athletic.

Enfield    1 – 3   Woodford Town   | Harlow Arena ‘derby’  | Att: 29

Enfield started well in this Harlow ‘derby’ but ultimately had no answer to the Town counter-attack after the break. Dylan Florence had put Matt Hanning’s side ahead on the stroke of half-time. That lead only stood for eight minutes in the second-half as Jayden Thompson-Brissett levelled. Dee Safer’s side then stepped up a gear in the latter stages as goals from Temi Babalola [74’] and Giorgio Sallengou [88’] saw Woodford to their second ‘away’ win in succession to remain 7th. The E’s second loss in their last five league matches sees them in 16th spot.

Hullbridge Sports  4 – 3  Sporting Bengal Utd   | Lower Road  | Att: 57

I attended this barn-storming match and my report is here: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/match-report-hullbridge-sports-4-3-sporting-bengal-utd-esl-24-11-18/

Post-Match, I Caught up with both managers in a guest piece for WD Sportz – https://youtu.be/Byn-FSm0RGA

 

Leyton Athletic   2 – 3  Southend Manor  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 9

Manor came back from two goals down to defeat Ath at Kitchener Road. Two goals in seven minutes for the hosts put them in ‘the driving seat’ with Lance Ledgister [37’] and Francesco Cicconi [44’] both scoring. However, Adam Peek’s side got a lifeline in first-half stoppage time through Jordan Chambers’s strike. Mohamed Kargbo continued his good season levelling things up eight minutes into the second period before Dylan Jones pinched all three points with an injury-time winner to send Manor up one to 17th. Leyton’s winless run extends to nine matches which led to them parting company with boss Glen Kendall after the match, to be replaced by current player-coach Eli Benoit. He’s not got an easy job on his hands to turn things around, I think that much is fair to say.

Saffron Walden Town  0 – 1  Takeley    | Catons Lane  | Att: 231

Takeley maintained their fine form with a narrow win at Catons Lane. Mitchell Das got the only goal as his side got their 7th straight league win to take them five points clear in fourth spot. Walden’s ten-match unbeaten streak is over and they are in 3rd spot, only above their opponents here on goal difference.

Sawbridgeworth Town  3 – 1  Redbridge   | Crofters End  | Att: 38

Sawbridgeworth won this bottom-half clash at Crofters. It started well for the Motormen though as Remi Nelson put them ahead on 17 minutes. Joseph Wright levelled the match eight minutes before the break  before ex-Redbridge forward Sipho Mtyanda put his new side ahead 12 minutes after the interval. Wright hit his second of the afternoon with nine minutes remaining to send Sawbo up to 15th with their sixth win of the campaign. Redbridge’s four-match unbeaten run is over and they fall to 14th, ahead of Sawbo on goal difference.

St Margaretsbury  2 – 1  Stanway Rovers  | The Recreation Ground  | Att: 29

The ‘Bury won a tight contest late on against Terry Spillane’s new-look Stanway side. Key man Charncey Dash netted again for Max Mitchell’s men on 17 minutes to give the hosts a slender lead. One of Rovers’ new intake is ex-Great Wakering forward Jay Nash and he levelled matters on 63 minutes. It looked as though the stalemate would win out by Tom Cowell has a knack for scoring late goals and he did so again here, netting with two minutes left to give St Margs a second win in their last five matches. Stanway drop to 13th.

Stansted  1 – 2  Hoddesdon Town   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 48

Stansted surprisingly fell to their second home defeat in a week as Hoddy laid the foundations for their win in the first-half. Goals from Joss Lillis [20’] and Connor Bolton [40’] gave them a cushion at the break. The Airportmen got back in it only four mnutes into the second half through Jordan Palmer though Simon Riddle’s men withstood the pressure to record only their second win in their last six outings to keep themselves in 8th spot. Stansted conceded ground at the summit as they are now four points behind leaders Hullbridge.

Tower Hamlets  0 – 2  Walthamstow   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 45

‘Stow battled to an important three points at Mile End. Second-half goals from Craig Pope and Matt Brinklow saw them to victory over a gritty Hamlets side. Ryan Maxwell’s side stay 6th, six points off the top four while Hamlets drop to third-bottom following their 5th loss in their last six league matches.

For more on this match, check out this report by fellow Non-League writer Peter D: pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2018/11/tower-hamlets-0-walthamstow-2.html

West Essex  2 – 3  Clapton  | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 26

The Tons won this topsy-turvy match against the Stags at Mayesbrook Park. The visitors led on 13 minutes through Jacob Kromann and that lead remained at the break. Callum Bloss made things level from the spot two minutes into the second half though Jon Fowell’s side spurred themselves on to a two-goal lead thanks to Giovanni Palmer’s goal on the hour and Ali Al-Nashi with ten minutes remaining. Joe Lefley converted another spot-kick for the hosts with five minutes left though Clapton ended a five-match winless run here and rise to 11th. West suffered their ninth defeat this term and sit 12th, below their opponents only by a single goal (Goal difference).

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 18.11.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. This weekend saw only two home sides winning in the eight fixtures and 27 goals scored.

Saturday 17th November

Hoddesdon Town 1 – 2 Takeley  | Lowfield  | Att: 91

Takeley continued their resurgence with a good win at Hoddesdon. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes before Courtney Clay levelled three minutes after the break. Mos Oguntuga grabbed all three points with the winner at the death for Marc Das’ side, their fifth straight win.

Ilford  1 – 2  West Essex | Cricklefield | Att: 37

West build on their good performance in midweek to surprise Ilf at Cricklefield. Two quick-fire goals from Tanvir Ahmed [21′] and Hakim Medfai [25′] put Kwame Kwateng’s side in a great position and although Callum Maltese halved that lead early in the second-half though the Stags came through to end a four-match winless streak. The Foxes have won one of their last six outings now.

Saffron Walden Town 4 – 0 Clapton  | Catons Lane | Att: 251

The Bloods overpowered the Tons with this comfortable victory at Catons Lane. Lee Sawyer opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes before further strikes from Lewis Francis [38′], Jamie Solkhon [52′] and Craig Calver [78′] sealed another three points as Jason Maher’s side strengthened their position at the top end of the table. The Tons haven’t won in five matches now though in fairness, they are re-building at present.

Southend Manor  2 – 0  Barkingside  | Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Manor ended a eight-match winless run by consigning ‘Side to another defeat at Southchurch Park. First-half goals by Mohamed Kargbo [38′] and Charlie Barlow [42’] gave the hosts the advantage, to which the visitors couldn’t match in Alex Goldstone’s first game in charge as his new charges remain bottom and are in danger of being cast adrift there in the next month or so.

Stansted  2 – 3 Tower Hamlets  | Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Hamlets powered to a surprise victory at Hargrave Park. Player-boss AJ Ashinike’s side struck twice in four minutes through Dominic Weston [17′] and Luke With [21′] goals to really put their hosts in a tight spot. Though Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side are a hard side to beat and levelled through another double by in-form forward Jack West [45′ +2 & 66′]. You may have thought the hosts may have completed the comeback but not here. Amon Walton-Owen struck 14 minutes from time to seal victory for the visitors and ending a three-matching losing run. Stansted fell back to second in the table after other results.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 75

Redbridge finally broke a mini hoo-doo by beating Stanway at the Hawthorns. The Motormen led on 48 minutes thanks to Michael Ogboin’s goal and DJ Adelekan made it two just a few moments later. Gaz Dauti pulled one back for the hosts though their five-match unbeaten stretch ended here. Redbridge ended a five-match winless league run here as well.

St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports | The Recreation Ground | Att: 89

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/match-report-st-margaretsbury-1-2-hullbridge-esl-17-11-18/

Walthamstow  1 – 3  Woodford Town | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 83

Finally on Saturday, Woodford overcame Walthamstow to obtain another three points at Wadham Lodge. Two goals in five minutes just before the break saw Town lead as Jack Grosvenor [40′] and powerful forward Temi Babalola [45′] struck to make ‘Stow’s half-time team talk more interesting. New signing Dwade James opened his account for ‘Stow on 71 minutes though a late Samir Ali spot-kick sealed an excellent ‘day at the office’ for Dee Safer’s side.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 26/Sat 27 Oct) [ESL 28.10.18]

Written by Scott W

Hello and welcome to my round-up of the latest action in the Essex Senior League which saw nine league matches and one Errington Cup tie take place this weekend. How did your side do?

For more match reports and other info about the ESL, you can also visit essexseniorleague.co.uk

 

Friday 26th October

Barkingside   1 – 6   Woodford Town  | Cricklefield  | Att: 76

I was among the attendees for this match, my full report is below as Woodford overwhelmed their hosts with forward Temi Babalola claiming a hat-trick as the weekend’s action got underway at Cricklefield.

https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/match-report-barkingside-1-6-woodford-town-fri-26th-oct-essex-senior-league-esl-27-10-18/

 

Saturday 27th October

Errington Cup

Clapton  1 – 0   Enfield   | Parkside (3G) |

The Tons edged their way to the next round of the Errington Cup at Parkside. Jeffrey Cobblah struck the decisive goal and although Matt Hanning’s side had chances, they were unable to get back into the tie and head out.

 

Essex Senior League

Hullbridge Sports  2 – 2 Ilford  | Lower Road  | Att: 50

I was also at this match and here’s my report from a hard-fought battle at Lower Road: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/match-report-hullbridge-sports-2-2-ilford-esl-27-10-18/

 

Sawbridgeworth Town 1 – 3  St Margaretsbury  | Crofters End  | Att: 35

St Margs’ superior goal-clout arguably won this one over Sawbo at Crofters, though the hosts finished with ten men. Ramone Cassidy-Sinclair put the visitors ahead before Joe Wright’s penalty levelled things up though the ‘Bury won the match thanks to strikes from Charncey Dash and Luke Marshall.

Fellow Non-League writer Peter D was at this match and his report is here: https://pedroslocalfootiefix.blogspot.com/2018/10/sawbridgeworth-town-1-st-margaretsbury-3.html

 

Southend Manor  2 – 2  Saffron Walden Town  | Southchurch Park  | Att: 50

A topsy-turvy game saw the points shared as Manor held the Bloods at Southchurch Park. James Crane’s penalty initially gave Jason Maher’s side the lead on the half-hour though the goal-scoring drama really went up a few notches later on. Jordan Fisher levelled proceedings on 70 minutes before Rhys Fatt [85′] struck for the hosts, who may have thought that would be enough to claim a morale-boosting win. It wasn’t to be though as Tony Da Silva’s injury-time equaliser rescued a point and extended SWT’s unbeaten run to seven while Manor are now six without a win.

 

Stansted  2 – 1  Redbridge   | Hargrave Park  | Att: 51

Stansted maintained their surge of good results with this triumph over the Motormen at Hargrave Park. Connor Hammond struck nine minutes in to give the Airportmen the lead and perhaps negate some nerves in the home camp. Redbridge responded on 22 minutes through Terrell Miller’s strike as the visitors battled stoutly. Jordan Palmer [74′]  got the winner as the hosts were not to be denied an eighth win in nine matches to go two points clear at the summit. Redbridge should take something from this outing though, despite it being their sixth loss in their last eight.

 

Takeley  2 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Station Road  | Att: 42

Takeley got their second win on-the-bounce (and shutting up a few doubters along the way) here at Station Road. A double from Josh Sykes [2′ & 58′] was enough to send Marc Das’ side up to 8th, thanks to their 7th league win this term. Leyton are now winless in five league matches, slipping to second-bottom in the process.

 

Tower Hamlets  1 – 0  Hoddesdon Town  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 20

Hamlets picked up a narrow but nonetheless important win over Hoddesdon at Mile End. Darnel Coker got the only goal of the game as AJ Ashinike’s side got their third win this campaign. Hoddy’s nine-match unbeaten run ended here though they sit 7th in the table.

 

Walthamstow  1 – 1  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Kitchener Road  | Att: 46

This much-anticipated match ended honours-even as Bengal got a creditable point at Kitchener Road. Bengal took the lead through defender Kamarl Duncan though ‘Stow made it 11 matches without defeat thanks to Reece Conway’s goal. Imrul Gazi’s Bengal side are seven matches unbeaten themselves. Walthamstow remain fourth while Bengal rise to sixth in the standings.

 

West Essex  3 – 3  Stanway Rovers | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 28

Finally for this weekend, West struck late again to deny Stanway a good victory at Mayesbrook Park. Stanway took the initiative on ten minutes as Alfie Cleal scored though forward Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe levelled on the half-hour. West led for the first time only five minutes afterward as Ogedi-Uzokwe got his second of the afternoon. Cleal was hardly done himself and added two [50′ & 70′] to seal his hat-trick for the visitors. Though the points were shared thanks to full-back Tanvir Ahmed’s goal a minute from time, following good work by substitute Samraj Gill. The Stags sit 10th while Stanway are up to 15th in the table.

Thanks for reading, that’s all for this week.

Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 6 Woodford Town (Fri 26th Oct – Essex Senior League) [ESL 27.10.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 76

2018-19 Season – Match 27

Friday 26th October 2018  – 7.45pm KO

Barkingside : Sky Blue Shirts, Sky Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Woodford Town : Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Woodford overwhelm ‘Side to claim a big win at Cricklefield

Report by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) | Photos by Scott & Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)

This weekend’s action started with a trip to Cricklefield to see Barkingside take on Woodford Town. It’s been a while since I’d see Mike Walther’s side though obviously I’d heard about the troubles they are facing at present. As far as the line-up’s go, ‘Side named Mikel Breckenridge between the sticks with Timi Obisanya the focal point in attack, supported by Antoine Akinola and Ebenezer Mbona on the flanks and Harry Matthews skippering the side from central midfield. Woodford named a very strong side with teenage forwards Temi Babalola and Ethan Kessel supported by wingers Taku Mashingaidze and Connor Leon. Alex Reed continued in goal, with Jack Grosvenor captaining once again.

Woodford started the match in a decent fashion, as from support forward Ethan Kessel’s cross, striker Temi Babalola’s header wasn’t powerful enough to beat ‘Side goalkeeper Mikel Breckenridge. In the early going, Barkingside winger Ebenezer Mbona was testing the visiting defence with some promise down the left flank. After one or let-offs, Town did break the deadlock on 14 minutes as Babalola evaded the home backline through the middle and passed the ball low into the net past Breckenridge.

The visitors doubled their lead only five minutes later as in a promising attack, Babalola’s effort was saved by Breckenridge though it fell kindly to winger Taku Mashingaidze who cooly stroked home whilst finding space in the area. The hosts did make visiting custodian Alex Reed gather when a free-kick by full-back Kubilay Akbayrak flew into Reed’s arms. Town Full-back Ellis Routledge also sent a lob to test Breckenridge’s alertness  midway through the half though the ‘keeper was equal to it.

The hosts struggled to outwit a stubborn Woodford defence to create chances and Dee Safer’s side extended their lead three minutes before half-time as from Kessel’s fine centre. Babalola headed home for his second of the evening.

Half-Time: Barkingside 0 – 3 Woodford Town

In the second half, ‘Side did force the visitors back for a short period though moments after substitute Samir Ali fired a decent chance wide, Town striker Babalola got his hat-trick after stroking home a Mashingaidze pass. Town had further chances soon after though winger Connor Leon and skipper Jack Grosvenor efforts fizzed wide.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Woodford were awarded a penalty after Akbayrak’s challenge on Ali which saw the defender dismissed. Ali dusted himself down and scored the spot-kick. Only three minutes later, Woodford added to ‘Side’s tough evening as Babalola unselfishly passed to substitute Marcel McDonald who stroked home into an empty net. Barkingside got a late consolation as the Town defence had a rare ‘shut-off moment’ and substitute Terry Mensah beat Reed from close range.

Full-Time: Barkingside  1 – 6 Woodford Town

All in all though, it was a convincing victory for Woodford who continue to impress this term with their brand of quick, dynamic football. Best wishes to both clubs for the rest of the season and my thanks to Barkingside FC for their hospitality.

Barkingside  | Manager: Michael Walther

Mikel Breckenridge (GK), Kubilay Akbayrak, Toby barlow, Harry Matthews (Capt), Benjamin Imrie, Calvin Petrie, Antoine Akinola, Jermaine Francis, Timi Obisanya (Terry Mensah 57′), Jay Mukonde (Warren Kayembe 46′), Ebenezer Mbona

Goal-scorers: Terry Mensah [90’+1]

Sent Off: Akbayrak    | Subs Not Used: Tyrell, Kennealy

Woodford Town      | Manager: Dee Safer

Alex Reed (GK), Leon Wildman, Ellis Routledge, Malaki Toussaint, Luke Edgar, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), Taku Mashingaidze (Bailey Brown 83′), Andrea Montovani (Samir Ali 48′), Temi Babalola, Ethan Kessel, Connor Leon (Marcel McDonald 71′)

Goal-scorers: Temi Babalola [14′, 42′ & 52′], Taku Mashingaidze [19′], Samir Ali [pen 76′], Marcel McDonald [79′]

Booked: None   |  Subs Not Used: Al-Dani

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

Written by Scott W

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

Friday 5th October

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

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

Saturday 6th October

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

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

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

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

Ilford  0 – 1    Walthamstow    | Cricklefield  | Att: 75

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 28/Sat 29th Sept) [ESL 1.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend, starting with the Friday night action.

 

Friday 28th September

Redbridge   1 – 3   Woodford Town   | Oakside  | Att: 85

I attended this match alongside fellow Non-League colleagues such as Pete D, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/match-report-redbridge-1-3-woodford-town-esl-28-9-18/

Saturday 29th September

Hullbridge Sports  6 – 1  Enfield 1893  | Lower Road  | Att: 86

Hullbridge recovered to pile on the goals over Enfield. Dan Okah [20′] put the hosts ahead though Jayden Hocking-Rising [28′] levelled for the E’s. On the cusp of half-time, Michael Salako [45′] and Perry Dunn [45’+4] struck to restore their lead. Tony Martin struck a six-minute double [64′ & 70′] and Dunn struck late on to made it six and grab their sixth win of the season.

Ilford  0 – 0  Hoddesdon Town   | Cricklefield  | Att: 55

I attended this match, here’s my report: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/match-report-ilford-0-0-hoddesdon-esl-29-9-18/

Sawbridgeworth Town   1 – 1  Clapton   | Crofters End  | Att: 37

Both sides struck in the second-half as Clapton denied Sawbo the victory. Lewis Deamer [66′] put John Watters’ side ahead before debutant Dylan Gordon-Broadley levelled for the Tons late on. Sawbo have won one of their five outings now while Clapton are unbeaten in their last four league matches.

Stansted   4 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 47

The Airportmen secured a good win over Bengal. Callum Ibe put the hosts ahead on 11 minutes. Sporting Bengal levelled through new signing Jay Knight [25′]. Ibe secured his hat-trick [53′ & 59′] after the break before Connor hammond added a late fourth. The hosts have now won 5 straight league matches while Bengal suffered their second heavy loss inside a week.

Stanway Rovers   4 – 1   Barkingside   |  Hawthorns  | Att: 43

Stanway roared to their second league win of the season over fellow strugglers Barkingside. Marley Okosi, Toby Blanche, Danny Nesbitt and Marley Andrews all netted for the hosts while Jacob Dingli’s goal was a rare beacon of light for ‘Side, whose winless streak extends to nine matches.

Takeley  3 – 2  St Margaretsbury  |  Station Road  | Att: 72

Takeley edged St Margs in this battle at Station Road. The visitors struck early as Charncey Dash broke the leadlock after two minutes. An OG levelling things up [20′] before the familiar goal-getters Stuart Zanone [26′] and Charlie Cole [pen 35’] turned the tide of the match. Tom Cowell’s 70th-minute strike made it tight towards the end though the hosts held firm to get their first win in three matches. St Margs have had three straight defeats though credit goes to them for making this one tighter than it could’ve been.

Tower Hamlets  1 – 0   Southend Manor  |  Mile End  |  Att: 29

Silo Joao’s solitary goal gave player-manager AJ Ashinike’s side their first league win of the campaign, at the sixth attempt. Manor have had three losses in their last four league outings now and will want to curb that soon.

Walthamstow  2 – 2  Leyton Athletic   |  Kitchener Road  | Att: 47

Finally, in a topsy-turvy ‘Kitchener Road’ derby, Leyton denied ‘Stow all three points in the first match since the departure of Jason Ngandu, who has taken a coaching role at Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. Gebrai Samrai’s 31st-minute strike put the hosts ahead though Mario Gnijaj equalised three minutes after the break. The ‘home’ side restored their advantage on 56 minutes through Craig Pope but Leyton struck on the 90 as Francesco Cicconi salvaged a point. ‘Stow have are unbeaten in thir last five outings now, though three of those have been draws. Leyton have averted a three-match losing run though have only won one in eight thus far.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.

Match Report: Redbridge 1 – 3 Woodford Town [ESL 28.9.18]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 85

2018-19 Season – Match 16

Friday 28th September 2018  – 7.45pm KO

Redbridge  : Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford Town: Yellow Shorts, White Shorts, White Socks

Woodford produce a dominant display to triumph at Oakside

Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with additional photos from Pete Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980)

As the evening chills started to hit, Woodford travelled to Oakside to face Redbridge just 48 hours after their victory at Sporting Bengal. Redbridge made a few chances from their last league win at Southend Manor last weekend with Quincy Egbejale joining skipper Vinny Murphy in central defence and Calvin Poku and Michael Ogboin in attack. The Towners named a strong side with Samir Ali and Temi Babalola the forward line supported by playmaker Ethan Kessel.

The hosts began things fairly brightly though midfielder Bryan Kyungu and forward Michael Ogboin’s half-openings were denied by the visiting defence. Woodford started to get their rhythm going though as midfielder Malaki Toussaint’s powerful run was denied by an off-side flag.

Redbridge were buoyed by a travelling troupe of Swedish supporters in the stands though the visitors had the most to shout about on-the-pitch as poot defending as Babalola was involved in the build-up and the fall came to fellow forward Ali who gleefully snared a tap-in at the far post on nine minutes

Town extended their lead with another big punch only four minutes later as Samir Ali turned provider, playing in midfielder Taku Machingaidze who slotted home well. To be quite honest, there was only one side really gelling at this point and home goalkeeper Lewis Greene denied winger Connor Leon and Ali, the latter when one-on-one. Motormen forward Calvin Poku sent a header over the bar on the half-hour though for the most part, it was one-way traffic.

Half-Time: Redbridge  0 – 2 Woodford Town

The visitors began the second period well though in the early part of the half, both sides traded long-range efforts with Ethan Kessel for Town and winger Jack Stevenson for the hosts. Unsurprisingly, Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton made changes early and one of those substitutes – Ashley Blackburn did well to turn his marker though his shot was gathered by visiting custodian Alex Reed.

In what was a quieter half in general,  though the Motormen had an outlet through substitute Asher Modeste but it wasn’t running for them as the Town defence looked comfortable. To compound things, home skipper Murphy was given a straight red card midway through the half for a strong challenge. With 13 minutes left, Babalola got the goal his performance deserved as the powerful forward slotted home past Greene.

The hosts did get arguably the technical goal of the match six minutes later as Kyungu unleashed a cracker into the top corner from fully 25 yards. Overall though, the visitors did more than enough to claim the points and the silky dribbling of Kessel allied with the physicality of Babalola and pace of Ali means they will be a threat this season in attack. Redbridge are in transition with their mostly-new squad and will take time to gel.

Full-Time:  Redbridge 1 – 3 Woodford Town

Credit to Woodford on a dominant performance which shows they could have a good season. Redbridge will really feel it was a ‘bad day at the office’ though they will battle again another day.

Teams
Redbridge     |  Joint-Managers: Ricky Eaton & Joey May

Lewis Greene (GK), Sam Baffour (Ashley Blackburn 56′), Tommie Turner (Asher Modeste 56′), Liam Burgess, Vinny Murphy (Capt), Quincy Egbejale, Daniel Smith, Bryan Kyungu, Calvin Poku, Michael Ogboin (Bradley Gayer 73′), Jack Stevenson
Goal-scorers: Bryan Kyungu [82′]
Booked: Turner | Sent Off: Murphy  | Subs Not Used: Walters, Miller

Woodford Town  | Manager: Dee Safer

Alex Reed (GK), Leon Wildman, Ellis Routledge, Liam Edgar, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), Malaki Toussaint, Ethan Kessel (Jordan Thomas 88′), Connor Leon, Taku Machingaidze, Samir Ali (Djinho Itshary 88′), Temi Babalola

Goal-scorer: Samar Ali [9′], Taku Machingaidze [13′], Temi Babalola [77′]

Booked: Grosvenor  |  Subs Not Used: Brown, Mantovani, Tarrant