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.

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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