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Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 16th December Round-Up


Premier Division

May & Baker E.C. return to winning ways after beating Bishops Stortford Swifts; in doing so return they return to the top of the table. Kiel Chandler, Conor Okus and James Barlow scored the goals in the 3-1 victory over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts with Tom Prendergast notching their reply. Springfield suffered a 1-0 reverse at Frenford that knocks them off the top position and lands them in fourth. Luke Woodward scored the Frenford goal and the victory moves them up to third. Dan Gillard and Rob Whitnell score a goal apiece in Harold Wood Athletic’s 3-2 win over Basildon Town. The other goal comes via an own goal and the result moves Harold Wood up to second while keeping Basildon Town firmly rooted to the bottom position in the table. Catholic United win 3-0 at Canning Town; while Rayleigh Town also taste defeat at home as they succumb to White Ensign. Liam Sewell, Lloyd Wilson and Brett Munyard score the White Ensign goals in the 3-2 victory with Chris Brown and Max Jobson supplying the Rayleigh replies. Leigh Ramblers beat Manford Way 2-0 which means they are now unbeaten in five games. Harry Haysom and Justin Hazell scored the goals and Leigh now move up to ninth.


Division One

There was only one game played in Division One as FC Hamlets entertained Shenfield AFC. Josh Sumner and Ben Carroll scored the goals that ensured a 2-1 Shenfield win which moves them up to fifth. Jack Potton scored the FC Hamlets goal.


Division Two

Herongate Athletic stretch their unbeaten run to eight after handing A1 Sports a 4-0 defeat. Lee Atkinson scored a hat-trick with the other goal coming via an own goal. The win also means Herongate now open up a four point lead. Rochford Town remain in the relegation zone after their hosting of Rayleigh Town Res. saw the visitors snatch all three points via a 3-2 victory. James Braithwaite scored twice with Charlie Legg the other scorer. Ben Foord scored twice in Benfleet’s 3-1 win over Newham United. Mason Shave scored the other goal with Newham’s reply coming via the evergreen Omar Jomanday. Desmond Gallen and David Major scored the Toby goals in a 2-2 draw with May & Baker E.C. Res. who scored via Darren Seymour and Carl Patten.


Division Three

Manford Way Res. open up a seven point lead at the top after a 3-1 win over Frenford Res. Carl O’Malley scored the Frenford goal who remain eleventh after this result. White Ensign Res. move up to second after a 4-3 win over Hutton Res. Charlie Cooney notched a hat-trick with Chris Wall providing the other goal. Tom Price, Jack Gifford and Elliot Pollard supplied the Hutton goals. Darren Wettner scores twice with Darren Leung scoring once in Harold Wood Athletic Res.’s 3-1 away win at Beacon Hill Rovers. John Saunders scored for the hosts.


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Essex Senior League – Saturday 16th December Round-Up



Essex Senior League Round-up

By Peter Dudley

Burnham Ramblers 3 Wadham Lodge 2

A brace from Charlee Hughes saw Ramblers to all three points against Wadham Lodge at Leslie Field. After Sherwin Stanley fired the  Walthamstow visitors in front on 14 minutes, Hughes managed to level for the Essex side just past the half hour mark. And five minutes into the second period Karl Swanborough continued his terrific recent goal scoring form by putting the hosts ahead, only to see Lodge level it up again via Stanley  with twenty minutes remaining. However with three minutes left Hughes popped up to net the winner and see the hosts just two points off the top ten in thirteenth whilst Lodge are one place below and now four points behind their opponents.

Hullbridge Sports 2 Redbridge 3

Two Brian Moses goals saw leaders Redbridge come back from two goals down at the break to net another three points against ten men Hullbridge at Lower Road. The hosts led in the sixth minute when Michael Salako slotted home and five minutes before the break the hosts doubled their lead when Harry Watkins netted superbly from distance. The visitors had a chance to get back into the contest three minutes after the break but saw the visitors penalty saved by Russell Harley, however just four minutes later Moses headed one back for the Motormen to reduce the arrears. And then in the 54th minute Redbridge won another penalty when Charlie Buffin handled on the line, and was subsequently sent off, Moses converted the spot kick to bring his side level. And then just past the hour mark The Motormen netted what proved to be the winner when Liam Thomas converted a corner kick meaning the Oakside outfit now open up a seven point lead at the top whilst Hullbridge remain bottom on goal difference.

Sawbridgeworth Town 3 Barkingside 0

The Robins grabbed only their fifth league games in of the season, seeing off a badly out of form Barkingside at Crofters. Goals from Billy Skinner, Toby Cleaver and the returning Ollie Cleaver capped a decent performance from the hosts, seeing them into 15th spot, whilst for Side it was a seventh straight league defeat, and they now occupy third bottom spot in the division.  

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Springfield climbed to the summit last weekend and now lead the table. The defending Champions travel to Frenford who could spring a surprise. The hosts sit fourth and go into the game knowing that a win would keep their sights firmly fixed on the top spot. They could even go to the top of the table should they win it so it’s a real humdinger of a game. Springfield travel well on the road having picked up a great result at then leaders May & Baker E.C. last time they played away. Springfield will not be relinquishing their grip on the lead just yet.


May & Baker E.C. are down to second having suffered minor blip that has seen them lose their last two league games. They need to pick themselves up quickly and meet Bishop’s Stortford Swifts who should p rovide a toigh test. The side from Hertfordshire are only two points behind May & Baker and will be looking to continue the Barking-based team’s losing streak which would of course move them up the table.


Harold Wood Athletic are third and perhaps have the easiest assignement of all the other top three teams. They host an out-of-sorts Basildon Town who have found the step up from Division One to be a wide one. The visitors sit bottom with only a win and a draw from thirteen games. They are starting to be cut adrift and desperately need to get a win from somewhere. It is hard to see them achieving it at Harold Wood who could go top if other results go their way. They have to do their bit by handing Basildon another defeat before they can start thinking in those terms though.


Saturday 16th December

Premier Division

Canning Town v  Catholic United

Frenford v  Springfield

Harold Wood Athletic v  Basildon Town

Leigh Ramblers v  Manford Way

May & Baker E.C. v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Rayleigh Town v  White Ensign




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Essex Senior League – Saturday 16th December Preview


Essex Senior League


The midweek programme was decimated by snow, rain and frost which continued to cause problems as Friday evening’s game between Woodford Town 2017 and Sporting Bengal United was lost to the elements. Clapton’s pitch has taken a battering over the last few days meaning their Saturday encounter with Takeley was called off on Friday evening too.


Hopefully the weather behaves itself and allow the ESL to get on with the football! A mouth-watering encounter sees bottom-placed Hullbridge Sports host leaders Redbridge. Before immediately plumbing for a Motormen away win it has to be remembered that Hullbridge are on a winning run of three – two of those games being in cup competitions. Hullbridge could be in a bit of a false position, after all how they can be the only Essex Senior League team left in the FA Vase and also be the team currently at the foot of the table? Redbridge will have to be wary of Darren Manning’s resurgent Hullbridge. Should Redbridge win they will at least maintain their four point lead at the top. Hullbridge need the points just as badly and a win for them would see them off the bottom; Redbridge stay top regardless of the result but will certainly not be looking at things that way.


FC Romania will want to keep the pressure on Redbridge so need to beat Great Wakering Rovers at Theobalds Lane. Great Wakering are fifth and a win for them would move them closer to the top. The Wolves have won four and drawn one from their last five, with the last three games bringing in a healthy sixteen goals. Great Wakering have a seven game winning run in the league and did have enough about them to have beaten FC Romania in an FA Vase encounter in November. The oringial game finished 2-2 with Wakering winning the replay 1-0. That suggests that either side can win this one and that it could be a tight affair.


Tower Hamlets take on fourth-placed Basildon United who also want to be picking up all the spoils at Mile End Stadium so as to keep the pressure on the leaders. The Bees have won their last three and have been buzzing around the top of the table for most of the season, even occupying pole position in early November. Tower Hamlets haven’t fared so well against the top teams this season and lost the corresponding fixture 3-0 in September.


Sawbridgeworth Town sit third from bottom but will be hoping that free-falling Barkingside continue their losing run when they visit Crofters End. The visitors are on a six game losing spell which has seen them plummet down to seventeenth. A win for the Robins would see them fly above Barkingside in the table. Waltham Forest look to continue their move away from the bottom end of the table with a home game against mid-table Southend Manor. Burnham Ramblers entertain Wadham Lodge with both teams having managed to claw themselves out of the relegation mire into safer mid-table waters.


Saturday 16th December

Premier Division

Burnham Ramblers v  Wadham Lodge

FC Romania v  Great Wakering Rovers

Hullbridge Sports v  Redbridge

Sawbridgeworth Town v  Barkingside

Tower Hamlets v  Basildon United

Waltham Forest v  Southend Manor




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Southend Manor v Clapton

Premier Division Round-up

By Peter Dudley


Redbridge 2 Woodford Town (2017) 0

Redbridge pulled out a five point lead over their rivals ahead of Saturday’s fixtures with a home win over Woodford Town. The breakthrough came nine minutes before half time when Brian Moses near post header from skipper Eljay Worrell’s corner found the net but the visitors had more than held their own and had certainly kept the hosts backline alert in what was a tight first period. Things got tougher for the visitors when Dion Lewis-Kirwan was sent off six minutes into the second half after receiving a second booking for a foul on Worrell, but Redbridge didn’t seal the win until the 92nd minute when Moses grabbed his second of the contest, curling an effort into the empty net, finally seeing off a battling Woodford outfit, who remain twelfth.


Saturday Barkingside P-P Hullbridge Sports

The match at Cricklefield was postponed due to a frozen pitch.


Basildon United 1 Takeley 0

A second half goal from Charlie Kendall saw The Bees defeat promotion and Championship rivals Takeley at The Hive. There was unsurprisingly very little to choose between the two sides but the deadlock was finally broken when a corner swung in saw a powerful header from Kendall  that Takeley keeper Ronnie Yates got  his hand to –  but see it go through his grasp, and despite a defender’s attempt to keep it out, the linesman said the ball had crossed the line and the Bees led. And it ended up settling a very tight top of the table clash at the Hive, meaning Takeley lose more ground on leaders Redbridge whilst Basildon leapfrog Great Wakering Rovers in to third.


Burnham Ramblers 2 West Essex 5

Braces from Fatos Zeqiri and Michael Mignot helped West Essex crush Burnham Ramblers at Leslie Field, ending the home sides recent unbeaten run. Zeqiri’s 17th minute strike got past Strizovic to give the Stags the lead but the hosts levelled just past the half hour mark when Swanborough followed-up an initial attack & blasted home from close range. However they were level for just four minutes as the visitors went back in front when after Gray’s effort was blocked on the line, Joe Lefley followed up to restore their lead. And a minute after the break they increased that led when Mignot was fed by a great long pass and rounded the ‘keeper and slotted home, before it was four in the 53rd minute when  Zeqiri wrong-footed Strizovic before blasting home for his second of the afternoon. With just over twenty minutes remaining Swanborough converted a spot-kick for his second of the game to give the hosts a glimmer of hope here, but with nine minutes left hopes of a comeback were ended when Mignot slots home his second of the game from a narrow angle to seal the game for the visitors, taking then up to eighth in the table. Ramblers defeat sees them stay in thirteenth.


Enfield 1893 2 Wadham Lodge 2

The points were shared at Barrows Farm as Enfield and Wadham Lodge shared a draw. Lodge led in the 13th minute when a delightful ball whipped in from the right was swept past Corderoy by Brian Simpson but the hosts were level four minutes later when Thoma lifted a ball forward and Hocking-Rising scored from just outside the box in off the post. And in the 19th minute the hosts led as Thomas fierce low cross was put into the net by Hocking-Rising. Wadham rallied though and levelled in the 67th minute, with Dwayde James  calmly rolling a spot kick into the bottom right corner, and making sure his side grabbed a point in this one. Enfield are now fifteenth whilst Lodge are one place above in fourteenth.


Hackney Wick 1 FC Romania 6

FCR continued to charge on as they went second after hitting Hackney Wick for six at the Old Spotted Dog. Florin Pop opened the account in the 20th minute. The lead was doubled six minutes later when Mihai Botosan scored his first of the afternoon and a three goal cushion was secured before half-time due to an Adrian Balsanu strike. Pop and Botosan bagged braces within one minute of each other in the second half with Cosmin Sandu scoring FCR’s sixth in the 83rd minute. Andrea Mantovani scored the Hackey Wick goal and they remain second from bottom only on goal difference, which took a battering today.


Southend Manor 3 Clapton 3

Manor and Clapton shared six goals in a high scoring draw at Southchurch Park. The hosts took the lead when pouncing on a scuffed clearance but the Tons levelled from the spot in off the post. The Tons then took the lead, only for the hosts to level the match up once again, before the visitors were reduced to ten men. However despite this a looping shot into the top corner restored Clapton’s lead, but deep into stoppage time the hosts snatched a point and salvaged a draw from the contest. The Tons stay sixth whilst Manor are 10th.


Stansted P-P Ilford The match at Hargrave Park was postponed due to a frozen pitch.


Tower Hamlets 1 Sporting Bengal United 0

Kayode Tobun’s first half strike saw Hamlets defeat rivals Sporting Bengal United in the Mile End derby to end the visitors unbeaten run. The hosts remain seventy whilst Sporting remain 11th.


Waltham Forest P-P Sawbridgeworth Town

The match at Kitchener Road was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

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Premier Division

Springfield move to the top of the table after a 4-0 win at Basildon Town. Jamie Doyle, Josh White, Alfie Halliday and Robbie Clarke were all on the score sheet for the defending Premier Division Champions. Basildon Town remain at the foot of the table and are also starting to be cast adrift from the teams above them. May & Baker E.C. let the leadership slip after a 5-1 defeat at Kelvedon Hatch. Brad Ling scored twice as the league leaders suffered their second defeat on the bounce and defeat was made even more bitter as they went on to concede further goals from George Saunders, Chris Neville and Ben Gardner.  Harold Wood Athletic leapfrog Bishop’s Stortford Swifts into third place after a 3-1 win that was secured thanks o strikes from Matthew Donovan, Connor Hartwell and Chas Liddard. Gavin Cockman scored the Swifts reply and they end the day in sixth as Catholic United move up to fourth after they  beat Manford Way 3-1 with Dan Williams, Harley Kee and Brad Williams all scoring, while Conor Duffy scored the goal that secured a slender 1-0 win for Frenford at Rayleigh Town which moves them up to fifth. Conor Barmby, Luke Skinner, Liam Sewell and Lloyd Wilson all put their names on the score sheet as White Ensign registered a 4-0 home win over Canning Town.


Division One

Buckhurst Hill remain top after winning an incredible game with Newbury Forest. Buckhurst Hill had their keeper sent off after only twenty minutes but took the lead through Jose Espinoza. The lead was held for a mere minute as Adam Hunt equalised straight from re-start, aiming a bullet shot that crashed into the net to get his side back on level terms in outstanding fashion. Espinoza however secured the points with an 89th minute penalty which won the game 2-1 in Buckhurst Hill’s favour. Hutton move up to second after a 5-1 win over Old Chelmsfordians. A Dan Carpenter brace was added to by strikes from Nick Carpenter, Tom Price and Keelan O’Donovan. Defeat at Great Baddow means that Sungate have now lost their last two league games and drop down to third as a result. Dane Nelson scored a hat-trick with Grant Hill also notching in Great Baddow’s 4-1 away success. Jake Clarke scored the Sungate reply. There was also a hat trick for Liam Snellin as Shenfield AFC put Snaresbrook to the sword with a 6-1 away win. Josh Sumner (2) and Ben Stanton were the other marksmen with Mitchell Collymore supplying the Snaresbrook goal. Matt Wilson and a 30 yard screamer from Connor Lane placed Old Southendian in the driving seat against FC Hamlets. But the visitors drew level thanks to goals from Ishmael Carter and Charlie Heatly. Runwell Sports picked up a welcome three points as the bottom club beat Harold Hill. Charlie Adams was the scorer in the 1-0 Runwell win.


Division Two

Herongate Athletic remain top of the table after unleashing their guns against a shell-shocked Rochford Town. Glen Jordan scored five times as his team went on to win 15-2 with braces being scored by Scott Mortlock, Chris Carr, Callum Palmer and Ben Lambert. Lee Henry and Lee Atkinson rounded up the Herongate scoring with Adrian Greenfield notching both the Rochford replies. Paul Tiffen scored both Ongar Town’s goals in a 2-1 win over Benfleet which moves them up to second. Sonny Hartman scored the Benfleet goal. A Richard Bishops brace wasn’t enough to secure Ramsden Scotia any points at A1 Sports. The Thurrock-based club went on to win the game 3-1 courtesy of a Rodney Sarsah-Wilson brace plus an own goal. Darren Seymour, Charlie Tricker and Kane Messenger score a goal apiece for May & Baker E.C. Res. as they beat Upminster 3-0. Rayleigh Town Res. beat Newham United 4-2 with goals from Tom Preddy, Glen Warwick, Sam Bowden and Charlie Legg cancelling out the goals Newham United scored via Nick Reed and Hamzy Jomanday.  Arron Watson-McNab, Junior Bammeke and David Major are the Toby scorers in a 3-1 win over Ryan. Krzysztof Golebiowski scored the Ryan consolation.


Division Three

Manford Way Res. open up a five point lead after a 4-0 home win over White Ensign Res. Harold Wood Athletic Res. win by the same score line at Roydon as a Sam Bissue brace is added to by additional strikes from Chris Pope and Darren Wettner. Frenford Res. beat Debden Sports 1-0 with Daniel Reeve supplying the goal; while Old Chelmsfordians win by the same slender score line with Martin Mixture scoring the goal that defeats Hutton Res.


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May & Baker E.C. were humbled at Springfield last weekend and need to return to winning ways quickly now that that Springfield and Bishops Stortford Swifts are breathing down their necks. The Barking-based club travel to a Kelvedon Hatch outfit who sit eighth.


Last season’s Premier Division Champions Springfield travel to an out-of-sorts Basildon Town who have found the step up to the Premier Division a hard task; last season’s Division One Champions have garnered a solitary win and draw from their opening twelve league games. Having beaten the leaders last Saturday it is hard to see them not picking up the full point allocation against the bottom club this time around.


Third-placed Bishops Stortford Swifts travel to fourth-placed Harold Wood Athletic. The hosts have won twice and lost twice from their last four league games; made progress in the Essex Premier Cup and have also been humbled by Division One outfit Great Baddow in the Senior League Cup – it means they blow hot and cold on occasions. Swifts are in good form having won three and drawn one from their last five. If Swifts want to post a serious title candidacy then they have to win encounters such as these.


Saturday 9th December

Premier Division

Basildon Town v  Springfield

Catholic United v  Manford Way

Harold Wood Athletic v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Kelvedon Hatch v May & Baker E.C.

Rayleigh Town v  Frenford

White Ensign v  Canning Town

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Essex Senior League – Saturday 9th December Preview


Essex Senior League


The weekend schedule starts on Friday evening when leaders Redbridge take on Woodford Town 2017. The hosts have a two point lead which they will be looking to extend to five before the chasing pack play their Saturday games. The Woods sit twelfth but come into the game on a run of four straight defeats so the Motormen have to be the favourites in this match-up.

The pick of the Saturday fixtures has to be Basildon United v Takeley. The hosts are fifth but a win would move them even closer to the summit; they are in good form too having won four from their last five league engagements. Takeley are second, having had a slight dip in form when games against Waltham Forest and Sporting Bengal United garnered only a solitary point. Since then Takeley have picked up a 6-0 win over Southend Manor; plus a midweek 3-0 derby win over Stansted. It’s a fifty-fifty game which either team can win and need to win if they want to keep the pressure on Redbridge.


FC Romania have hauled themselves into the title mix-up and they currently sit fourth. They visit a Hackney Wick side that also need the points – as they currently sit twentieth. The Wickers are in a bad run at the moment, and whilst they play attractive football, recent results in the league have seen them record only one league win from their last five games. The Wolves can certainly hurt any side on their day and should have enough in the locker to post a win that keeps their hand in the title chase.


Waltham Forest have picked up points that have seen them lift themselves off the bottom spot into fourteenth. They will be looking to continue that upward trajectory on Saturday as they entertain a Sawbridgeworth Town side that have dropped into the bottom three.


Barkingside’s game against Hullbridge Sports is also a match-up between two teams down at the bottom end of the table. Hullbridge are currently in the bottom position but are unbeaten in four games in all competitions. Reaching the 4th Round of the FA Vase and beating highflying Great Wakering Rovers in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy means that Darren Manning has started to get results. A win over freefalling Barkingside would continue their good form and maybe act as a catalyst to get themselves moving up the table. Barkingside are winless from their last six games and defeat here would see them edge even closer to the relegation zone.


Friday 8th December

Premier Division

Redbridge v  Woodford Town 2017


Saturday 9th December

Premier Division

Barkingside v  Hullbridge Sports

Basildon United v  Takeley

Burnham Ramblers v  West Essex

Enfield 1893 v  Wadham Lodge

Hackney Wick v  FC Romania

Southend Manor v  Clapton

Stansted v  Ilford

Tower Hamlets v  Sporting Bengal United

Waltham Forest v  Sawbridgeworth Town


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Waltham Forest v Ilford

Waltham Forest 0 Ilford 2

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Quarter Final

Wednesday 6th December

Report by Scott Lanza

Waltham Forest were removed from this competition last season for fielding an illegible player. This season they have been removed due to Ilford putting away two chances, the first goal coming after only a minute; with the second then coming in the second half when the hosts had been applying steady pressure for most of the period.

A game of two halves is a classic football cliché but the first half of this encounter could also be monikered as a half of two distinct halves. Ilford came out all-guns blazing and took the lead after only a minute when a cross into the box was steered into the net by none other than leading marksman James Peagram.

Having taken the lead the Foxes then continued to put balls into the Forest box with Liam Burgess having a shot in the 8th minute saved by the legs of Steven French. The Forest keeper had to claim a number of crosses and was perhaps fortunate when he was beaten by one cross into his area that fell to George Whitelock, who then fluffed his chance by not getting a solid connection to the ball, which was in the end comfortably saved by French.

Waltham Forest eventually settled and stemmed the Ilford flow. But despite playing some nice passing football, with Mo Sagaf and Chris Medina both winning balls and then passing them nicely to team mates, there was little in shots being let off. That was until Joe Creasey twisted his way through the Ilford defence having his shot blocked.

There was still some defending to do for the hosts as a Peagram free kick was nodded away Germaine Due. Peagram then latched onto a through ball but was hustled and bustled off of it by Dua. A long range drive from Karolis Atutis was well saved by French, who then came to his team’s rescue when some lack lustre defending almost allowed Peagram a sniff of goal; French reacting quickly to mop up at the back.

But as the first half came into the final twenty minutes the hosts suddenly started having more possession in or around the Ilford box. Creasey was able to once again weave his way past two defenders before unloading with a shot that Atutis blocked. An Ilford attack at one end that saw Chris Medina have a crack was  blocked by Sagaf, before being launched into a counter-offensive that ended with Creasey also having a shot blocked; then soon afterwards the same Forest player had another effort that forced Chris Clarke into a low diving save. Continued Forest pressure then produced another opening as Abiola Tanimowo had a rasping drive cut out by Clark.

The final five minutes also saw Forest threatening to get back on level terms – but only after first nearly following further behind as Alex Akanbi’s cross just missed Sam Baffour at the back post. But there was just enough time for Tanimowo to launch an attack with a defence splitting pass to Marco Faria, who entered the fray in the 34th minute,  but on this occasion the shot was dragged wide. The hosts though went closer with their next effort as Jaydon Charles muscled his way around the Ilford box, gained possession of the ball and teed up Creasey,  whose low shot towards the left hand corner was tipped away by Clark.

The first half ended with Waltham Forest on the front foot; the second half started in similar fashion as a corner in the opening seconds ended with Michael Bemwin letting fly which Clark again did well to save. The Foxes won a corner themselves soon afterwards which French punched clear. Forest launched a counter-attack straight away but the fast passing move ended with Creasey being heavily tackled, which the referee ruled as being a bit too over-zealous, awarding the hosts a free kick. Dua’s resulting kick was agonisingly an inch too high.

The Foxes had been under the cosh for most of the half, so when they extended their lead in the 62nd minute,  it was very much against the run of play. But putting chances away is how games are won and Ilford’s second goal came down to Akambi charging down the left flank, delivering a perfect centre to George Whitelock, who drilled the shot past French.

Waltham Forest had a lot of work to do if they wanted to remain involved in this season’s Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and to their credit went straight back on the attack; a minute after falling further behind Creasey was crossing to Charles who headed wide. In the 77th minute Charles had a dipping shot tipped over by Clark. Charles continued to be a nuisance as he won a corner moments later after his shot was deflected by Isaac Nkosi. The resulting corner was punched away by Clark but Faria volleyed the return narrowly over.  Tanimowo and Sagaf both bulldozed their way into the attack and two Forest shots where cleared off the line as a result. The goal Waltham Forest deserved never came; Ilford however are through to the next round having withstood a lot of pressure and being clinical with their opportunities when they arose.


Waltham Forest: Steven French, Jose Mendoza, Jean-Paul Antwi, Michael Bemwin, Germaine Dua (Dom Shephard 68’), Terry Foxe, Abiola Tanimowo, Mo Sagaf (Capt), Jaydon Charles, Chris Medina (Marco Faria 34’), Joe Creasey (Nikko Stokes 68’).

Ilford: Chris Clark, Sam Baffour, Alex Akanbi, Paul Oshin (Capt), Karolis Atutis (Isaiah Anjorin 79’), Isaac Nkosi, George Whitelock, Harry Matthews (Glody Nsamu 70’), James Peagram, Liam Burgess (Bill Bungay 79’), Chris Lockwood.

Scorers – James Peagram (1’), George Whitelock (62’)

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Essex Senior League Round-Up

By Peter Dudley


Buildbase FA Vase Third Round Proper

Great Wakering Rovers 0 Cogenhoe Town 2

Rovers are out of this seasons FA Vase after two headed second half goals saw their United Counties League opponents progress into the Last 32 of the competition. A goalless first period saw both sides have chances, although the hosts were edging it, however it was a different story second half and it saw the deadlock broken when after Wakering had conceded a soft free kick, this was swung in, and Stephenson sent a towering header over Hawkins. And the visitors sealed victory when a mistake at the back, hesitancy between Hawkins and the defence, saw Dove takes advantage for Cogenhoe to score with a looping header over the keeper. It had been a very disappointing second half from the ESL side, as their FA Vase hopes ended at Burroughs Park, at the hands of the Northamptonshire side.


Hullbridge Sports 3 Enfield 1893 2

Jimmy Cox netted two penalties for the hosts as they squeezed through after a frenetic cup tie against fellow Essex Senior League Enfield 1893 and become the league’s sole representatives in the Final 32. The hosts took the league from a Cox penalty midway through the first half after an adjudged handball, and four minutes into the second half Cox netted another penalty, this after another handball that was originally given as a free kick but changed after the referee consulted his assistant who said it was inside the box. Enfield were then awarded their own spot kick with just over twenty minutes remaining and John Bricknell converted this, and the Hullbridge keeper Jamie Merralls, who had come on for the injured Russell Harley, was sent off for kicking out at Josh Sykes, meaning penalty hero Cox had to don the gloves for the final quarter of the game. But Hullbridge then increased their lead when Harry Watkins thumped a terrific free kick beyond Michael Corderoy, only to see Luke Thomas thump home for the visitors almost immediately afterwards to reduce the arrears. However despite late Enfield pressure Hullbridge stood firm to progress into the Fourth Round.


Premier Division

FC Romania 5 Woodford Town (2017) 0

FCR are into second now and only four points behind leaders Redbridge after they gave a young Woodford Town side a footballing lesson, running out 5-0 winners at Theobalds Lane. A Mihai Botosan brace was added to by goals from George Taban, Gabriel Ghinea and Felix Lupu.  Defeat for the Woods leaves them in twelfth spot.


Ilford 1 Burnham Ramblers 1

The points were shared at Cricklefield as Ilford and Burnham Ramblers drew 1-1. Karl Swanborough put the visitors ahead, his fifth in three games, in the sixth minute; however the hosts levelled five minutes before half time through James Peagram. And although Ramblers saw Scott Plom sent off late on they managed to pick up a decent away point in this one. Ilford are in eighth whilst Burnham are sixteenth.


Sporting Bengal United 3 Hackney Wick 1

Bengal’s recent good form continued after they came from behind to record victory over Hackney Wick at Mile End. The visitors, who saw new boss Tony Ievoli taking charge of his first game, saw Jake Casey put them in front just before the hour mark. But Sporting fought back and levelled through Steven Carvell just six minutes later before a brace from Oscar Mendes in the 81st and 83rd minute saw Imrul Gazi’s side make it eight points in their last four games, taking them into eleventh, whilst Wick drop to second bottom.


Takeley 6 Southend Manor 0

Hosts Takeley bounced back from their shock defeat at Waltham Forest last time out to thump Southend Manor at Station Road. Two Carl Mullings goals as well as strikes from Mitchell Das, Nicky Barrett, Jason Todd and Will Green gave the hosts victory which takes them into third spot, whilst Manor remain tenth only on goal difference.


Waltham Forest 4 Tower Hamlets 1

Forest’s revival in recent weeks continued as they thumped Tower Hamlets at Kitchener Road. It was another superb afternoon for Forest, as two goals from Mo Sagaf and one apiece from Joe Creasey and Nikko Stokes helped them to a fourth win in five and lifted them into thirteenth spot, whilst Hamlets remain in seventh.


West Essex 2 Barkingside 1

A late late winner from Tom Macleod gave West Essex all three points at home to Barkingside at Mayesbrook Park. Jerome Martelli had put the visitors ahead five minutes before the break but then saw the home side level just before half time when Michael Mignot marked his return by finding Cameron Gray to level things up. And as time was running out Macleod nodded home a Joe Lefley free kick and saw the hosts remain ninth whilst Side poor form continued as they are now fall into the bottom four.



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