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Essex Senior League – Saturday 13th January Round-Up

Essex Senior League Round-Up

Report by Peter Dudley / Photo by Philip Lindhurst


Premier Division
Barkingside 2 Woodford Town (2017) 2
The points were shared at Cricklefield as Barkingside and Woodford Town shared four goals in this one. Matteus Santos and Roddy Lemba scored the Barkingside goals with Dion Lewis Kirwan and Jack Grosvenor notching for the Woods.  It means the hosts have four points from two league games this year and climb a place to 16th, whilst Woodford drop a place to 11th.

Basildon United 7 Hackney Wick 0
The Bees put last weekend’s disappointing draw behind them by smashing Wick for seven at the Hive. Marcus Bowers put the hosts ahead from the spot before the same man converted a second spot kick to double the Bees lead. And it was three before half time when Jack Adlington rounded the keeper and slotted home. Bowers missed another spot kick before Joe Burgess added a fourth with a screamer in off the bar and it was five when Luke Hornsley buried a rebound after another Bowers penalty was saved. Sam Marsh then added two more as the Bees put bottom side Wick to the sword.

Clapton 1 Stansted 5
The Airportmen ended a run of nine straight defeats with an emphatic win at the Old Spotted Dog against Clapton. The Tons took the lead from a Steve Sardinha penalty however the visitors levelled in spectacular fashion from  a Ryan Ramsey  free kick from twenty-five yards to send the sides in level at the break. The Tons then had a meltdown in the second period as the visitors ran away with it in the second period to record an incredible win. Julian Lloyd bagged a brace, with Jack Folan and Jack West also chipping in.

Enfield 1893 0 Sawbridgeworth Town 2
Two second half goals from The Robins make in seven points from nine in the new year. After a goalless first half the visitors took the lead via Arron Thomas two minutes into the second period before doubling this lead ten minutes later thanks to an Oliver Cleaver strike. Sawbridgeworth  climb a place to 13th, whilst the hosts remain second bottom.

FC Romania 2 Waltham Forest 1
FCR are just one point behind leaders Redbridge after victory over Forest at Theobalds Lane. The home side took the lead with a Adrian Balsanu curling effort after a one two and they doubled their lead when a deflected cross was helped in by the hosts, with Florin Pop finishing off. Forest did pull one back in the second half when Abiola Tanimowo rifled home after being set up by Medina, however just like midweek the hosts came away with a 2-1 win.

Great Wakering Rovers 6 Tower Hamlets 1
GWR hit six as both Billy Johnson and Nathan Dewberry scored  hat-tricks as they put in a clinical performance to thrash Tower Hamlets at Burroughs Park. The hosts took a seventh minute lead when Dewberry robbed keeper Stansbury before slotting home and it was two in the 16th minute when Dewberry grabbed another, slotting home after being played in by Nash. Just past the half hour mark Ross brought Hamlets back into the contest, converting past Hawes, however the hosts restored their two goal lead when Johnson curled home a free kick, and just before half time Rovers grabbed another through Johnson again,  to cap a super opening forty five minutes for the home side. And eight minutes into the second period it was five for the hosts when Johnson completed his hat-trick before it was six with twenty minutes remaining as Dewberry also completed his hat-trick, slotting home at the back post. Rovers remain in 5th  whilst Hamlets stay 7th.

Sporting Bengal United 1 Ilford 2
Ilford grabbed all three points after they edged past Sporting Bengal United at Mile End. James Peagram and Alex Paraskeva were on hand to score the Ilford goals that secured the points, although Codey Cameron’s goal for Sporting on the hour kept it interesting.  It means the Foxes stay in 9th whilst the hosts drop to 14th.

Takeley 9 Burnham Ramblers 0
Will Green and Carl Mullings both grabbed hat-tricks as Takeley put nine past a helpless Burnham Ramblers at Station Road. Mullings put the hosts ahead from the spot in the opening minute before Jason Todd doubled the hosts lead. Mitchell Das made it three before another Mullings strike saw the home side go into the break four goals to the good. Green then added two after the break before Mullings completed his hat-trick to make it seven. Todd then added his second for number eight,  before a late Green penalty completed the rout and means Takeley remain 4th. For Ramblers it’s been an awful start to 2018 and they are in 12th after this humiliation.

Wadham Lodge 2 Southend Manor 3
Manor ended a winless run of five games by defeating Wadham Lodge at Kitchener Road in Walthamstow. Daniel Emovon fired the hosts into a 12th minute lead but Manor replied in the 40th minute via Rhys Fatt. Nathan Joseph then scored in the 60th minute to restore Wadham’s lead. Manor however equalised ten minutes later via Hamid Zamani before snatching all the points with a Jamie Alexandrou winner. It means the Southchurch Park side are up to 10th whilst Lodge now drop to 17th.

West Essex 2 Hullbridge Sports 3
Hullbridge bounced back from last week’s Vase disappointment to defeat West Essex at Mayesbrook Park. The visitors led on ten minutes through Michael Salako tapping home a Luka Frankis cross, and it was two on the half hour mark when Salako added another, converting a Ashley Pibworth header back across goal. The hosts did manage to pull one back before half time though when Tom Macleod flicked home but with four minutes of the game left Frankis bundled home to give the visitors breathing space. The hosts pulled one back in stoppage time however Hullbridge  weren’t to be denied and took the three points, lifting then up another place to 19th. West Essex remain 8th despite this loss.

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 13th January Round-Up

BBC Essex Premier Cup

There were the usual shock results in the 4th Round of the BBC Essex Premier Cup with Old Southendian’s 3-1 victory over Frenford being the pick of them. The hosts may have climbed to the summit of the Premier Division but found their opponents were reading from a different script. Sam Jones, Matt Wilson and Jon Staines scored the Old Southendian goals which cancelled out Luke Woodward’s goal for the hosts. Shenfield AFC also caused an upset as they beat Little Oakley Res. 1-0. Will Marlowe’s extra time goal proved to be the winning goal and the Division One team now go into Wednesday’s Quarter Final draw. Joining them will be Catholic United who needed extra time before running out 5-1 winners over Witham Town Res. A George Saunders brace plus a strike form Chris Neville saw Kelvedon Hatch overcome Hutton 3-0. Buckhurst Hill went on a goal spree at Snaresbrook. The game was effectively won in the first half where Buckhurst Hill went in at the break three goals to the good. They went on to win the game 8-0 with Nathan Sollosi notching a hat-trick, while Jose Espinosa scored twice; the other marksmen were Tyriq Soloman, Sam Sollosi and Keaton Moore. Petrit Elbi scored twice in May & Baker E.C.’s 3-2 win over White Ensign. Conor Okus scored the other May & Baker goal, cancelling out Liam Sewell’s brace for White Ensign in this all-Olympian Premier Division encounter. Manford Way are also into the last eight after a 2-1 win at Old Chelmsfordians. Sam Coe and Julian Edwards bagged the goal. Sungate however crash out as they found Waltham Abbey Res. in rampant mood.  Goals from Callum Maltese, Ellis Lentil, Yasseir Nazor and Danny Haigh saw the Essex Senior League Reserves Division high fliers win the game 4-0.


Premier Division

Springfield faltered for the second week running as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Joe Mayer scored the Springfield goal but strikes from Mark Nougher and Gavin Cockman saw the points going back to Hertfordshire and in the process prevented the defending champions moving to the summit. Frenford therefore remain leaders with a mere three points separating the top six. Leigh Ramblers completed a league double over Rayleigh Town with a 4-1 win that saw Seb Allen score twice with Tom Hollingsworth and Jack Deasy also chipping in. Canning Town added further points to the board after a 2-1 win over Basildon Town. Josh Thompson and Paul Henry scored the goals that move Canning Town closer towards safety. Basildon Town meanwhile remain bottom and are looking in dire trouble as they are now starting to be cut adrift from the rest of the division.


Division One

Great Baddow move up to second after a crushing 7-1 victory over Galleywood. Dan Gage and Jack Sterland both scored twice with Dan Nelson, Taylor Evans and Naveen Arain also putting their names down on the score sheet. Galleywood replied via Robin Reeve and remain in the relegation zone after this result. Adam Hunt scored a brace for Newbury Forest with Bradley Gates providing the assists.  The favour was repaid as Gates scored a brace himself thanks to Hunt setting him up on both occasions. James Driver and Declan Clarke were the Runwell Sports marksmen but they now sit bottom of the table.


Division Two

Herongate Athletic remain top of the table after a 4-2 home win over Newham United. Glen Jordan scored twice with Lee Atkinson and Nick Cowen also supplying goals. Lamar Obinkwo and Nick Read scored the Newham replies. Herongate now have a five point lead over Ongar Town who came seriously unstuck at May & Baker E.C. Res. The Barking-based club registered a 5-0 win with Carl Patten notching a hat-trick. Kane Messenger and Darren Seymour scored a goal apiece and the result means May & Baker sit fourth but have games in hand over Ongar Town who occupy the other promotion spot. Toby have gone through an amazing turnaround, at one stage of the season they sat bottom of the table.  On Saturday they made it seven games unbeaten as they brushed aside Rochford Town with a 6-1 victory. Jide Lewis, Junior Bammeke, Dan Cunningham and Idris Aminu provided a goal each, with an own goal completing the tally. Rochford Town remain in the drop zone after this defeat. Upminster sit one place above the drop zone and shared a point with bottom-placed Ryan. Aaron Ige scored twice for Ryan, with Matthew Hewitt their other scorer in the 3-3 draw. Upminster replied via a Warren Taylor brace and a Matthew Taylor strike. Ricky Gill scored twice in Rayleigh Town Res.’s 4-3 away win at A1 Sports. Patrick Mills and Richie Lloyd were the other marksmen. Benfleet beat Ramsden Scotia 5-0 with Jamie Brown and Ben Foord scoring twice with Sam Dulieu rounding up the scoring.


Division Three

Callum Crown, Stephen Judge, Sean O’Callaghan and Joshua Seal all supplied goals as leaders Manford Way Res. beat Roydon 4-2. Adam Martin and Darren Williams scored the Roydon goals. Shoebury Town return to winning ways after last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Hutton Res. Dominic Binns scored a hat-trick with Scott Clark supplying the other goal. Shoebury move up to second as White Ensign Res. were beaten 1-0 at Frenford Res. Brad Foley scored the goal that sees White Ensign slip down a place to third. Hutton Res. registered a 2-1 away win at Leigh Town.


BBC Essex Premier Cup 4th Round

Frenford 1 Old Southendian 3

Hutton 0 Kelvedon Hatch 3

Little Oakley Res. 0 Shenfield AFC 1

May & Baker E.C. 3 White Ensign 2

Old Chelmsfordians 1 Manford Way 2

Snaresbrook 0 Buckhurst Hill 8

Waltham Abbey Res. 4 Sungate 0

Witham Town Res. 1 Catholic United 5


Premier Division

Canning Town 2 Basildon Town 1

Rayleigh Town 1 Leigh Ramblers 4

Springfield 1 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 2


Division One

Great Baddow 7 Galleywood 1

Newbury Forest 4 Runwell Sports 2


Division Two

A1 Sports 3 Rayleigh Town Res. 4

Benfleet 5 Ramsden Scotia 0

Herongate Athletic 4 Newham United 2

May & Baker E.C. Res. 5 Ongar Town 0

Rochford Town 1 Toby 6

Ryan 3 Upminster 3


Division Three

Leigh Town 1 Hutton Res. 2

Manford Way Res. 4 Roydon 2

Shoebury Town 4 Old Chelmsfordians Res. 1

White Ensign Res. 0 Frenford Res. 1

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 13th January Preview

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League


BBC Essex Premier Cup

The BBC Essex Premier Cup 4th Round sees six Olympian Premier sides still involved. Seven other Olympian teams are also looking to get into the last eight. All-Olympian affairs abound with Frenford taking time out from leading the Premier Division to take on Old Southendian from Division One. Frenford last won this competition in and go into 2018 fighting on three fronts as they chase a possible treble. Old Southendian are chasing promotion from Division One and will be up for this one. An interesting battle awaits.


An all Premier Division affair pits May & Baker E.C. against White Ensign. League form slightly tips the balance in May & Baker’s direction as they sit 3rd, with White Ensign two places lower. May & Baker may have won the league encounter in September,  but that won’t count for much here in an evenly matched contest.


Sungate have a reputation for unseating higher status outfits. They will fancy their chances against Waltham Abbey Res. but the hosts have a very capable squad of young players and they currently sit 2nd in the Essex Senior League Reserve Division. Sungate have dispensed of Stansted Res. in a previous round so their pedigree hasn’t disserted them so far this campaign, but Waltham Abbey have been potent in front of goal this term and that could make the difference.


Catholic United have reached two finals in recent years, losing one, winning the other last season: a player technicality then scrubbing that victory out. They have a score to settle having actually lifted the Cup last season, but to reach the Quarter Finals they have to first overcome Witham Town Res. The Bostik North’s second string sit 3rd in the Thurlow Nunn Reserve Division but go into the game having lost their last three games.


Premier Division

There are three games scheduled in the Premier Division and all have some importance. Canning Town entertain Basildon Town which will have some bearing on the relegation issue. There is likely to be only one team relegated from the Premier Division this season and Basildon Town by occupying the bottom spot are the team currently in danger. They are quite some distance behind Canning Town and need to win to close that eight point deficit. Failure to do so could leave Basildon Town being cut even further adrift.


Rayleigh Town entertain Leigh Ramblers with not only revenge in mind – they lost the corresponding fixture 2-0 – but also needing to add points to keep them away from the drop zone. They have a five point advantage over Basildon Town at the moment, but haven’t won in their last three league games. Springfield can return to the top of the table if they beat Bishops Stortford Swifts.


Saturday 13 January

BBC Essex Premier Cup 4th Round

Frenford v  Old Southendian

Hutton v  Kelvedon Hatch

Little Oakley Res. v  Shenfield AFC

May & Baker E.C. v  White Ensign

Old Chelmsfordians v  Manford Way

Snaresbrook v  Buckhurst Hill

Waltham Abbey Res. v  Sungate

Witham Town Res. v  Catholic United


Premier Division

Canning Town v  Basildon Town

Rayleigh Town v  Leigh Ramblers

Springfield v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts






Essex Senior League – Saturday 13th January Preview


Essex Senior League

 The Essex Senior League game of the day has to be Basildon United v Hackney Wick as there is so much at stake for both teams as we move into the second half of the season. The Bees sit 3rd and need to pick up a win to close the gap on leaders Redbridge who don’t have a game. Hackney Wick meanwhile foot the table and are desperate for points to kick-start their relegation survival campaign.  Basildon may have had to go via the penalty route before beating lowly Barkingside in the Errington Challenge Cup in midweek, but it is hard to see them failing to pick up the full quota of points on Saturday.


FC Romania sit 2nd and entertain Waltham Forest. The two teams clashed on Wednesday evening in the Errington Challenge Cup which FC Romania won 2-1. Ion Vintila has a full squad to choose from for this league engagement but Forest can go into the game knowing that they have nothing to fear if they can take their chances. FC Romania close the gap on Redbridge to a solitary point if they win here.


Hullbridge Sports were knocked out of the FA Vase at Tring Athletic last weekend. Having had a fantastic Vase run that took them to the 4th Round, Hullbridge now have to return to league business and that means getting enough points on the board to lift them out of the relegation places. A trip to West Essex is tricky as the hosts sit in 8th position and any Vase hung-ups from Hullbridge will be exploited by the Mayesbrook Park outfit.


Saturday 13th January

Essex Senior League Premier Division

Barkingside v  Woodford Town 2017

Basildon United v  Hackney Wick

Clapton v  Stansted

Enfield 1893 v  Sawbridgeworth Town

FC Romania v  Waltham Forest

Great Wakering Rovers v  Tower Hamlets

Sporting Bengal United v Ilford

Takeley v  Burnham Ramblers

Wadham Lodge v  Southend Manor

West Essex v  Hullbridge Sports


Basildon Edge Through On Penalties

Barkingside 1 Basildon United 1 (Basildon United won 4-3 Penalties)

Errington Challenge Cup 2nd Round

Monday 8th January

Report by Scott Lanza / Photo by Sherry Cumming


Basildon United are through to the Quarter Finals of the Errington Challenge Cup after defeating Barkingside on penalties on Monday evening. The hosts put aside a losing league run at Burnham Ramblers on Saturday and were able to keep their high-flying visitors at bay for large parts of the game, going in at half-time a goal to the good.


The Bees had an early chance in the opening ten minutes when Kurt Smith floated over a cross that Jamie Selby-Knight headed over. Barkingside had a go themselves with Jayden Mitchell-Brown attempting to lob Connor Wheatley, but the Bees keeper kept the shot out.


The always dangerous Marc Bowers was kept quiet by a hard working Side defence, who showed a bit more resolve and fight, putting in many strong tackles to deny Basildon shooting opportunities. Bowers was able to fire off a shot midway through the half, but veteran keeper Ryan Karrar, who was drafted in recently, showed good instincts to stop the shot.


Roddy Lemba bundled his way into the Basildon box but was soon dispossessed by Selby-Knight. But he was soon able to force Billy Willis into an error which allowed him to unload, but on this occasion Wheatley pulled off a good save. Lemba however pounced on the rebound, centred to Ryan Imbert, who side-footed the ball home to give Barkingside a 37th minute lead.


The Bees immediately asked the Barkingside rear-guard a few questions after falling behind. A lofted pass to Bowers was cleared by Joe Mendy, while Karrar controlled his defence so well that they were at times solid, meaning he wasn’t tested too much in the first half. However Karrar had to pull off a diving save to keep out a Bowers free kick right on the stroke of half time.


The Bees opened the second half with a swarm of activity around the Side box, with Karrar having to cut out a Bowers shot, before a Basildon corner was flicked onto the post by Luke Hornsley.


Barkingside went on the attack themselves when Michael Ogboin had a crack but Wheatley charged the shot down and it was cleared. But in the 57th minute the Bees launched an attack themselves which ended up with a fine delivery from Ashley Blackburn being rifled home by Bowers, who doesn’t miss chances like that from close range.


But clear cut chances dried up as both teams cancelled each other out. Lemba won Barkingside a corner in the 75th minutes when his shot was knocked away by Chris Charlery. The hosts made no usage of the corner and it drifted tamely away.  Matheus Santos turned the Bee’s defence inside-out but his final shot was straight at Wheatley. Karrar had to cut out crosses as Basildon spent the final five minutes trying to penetrate the Side box. Lemba cleared one ball away and Karrar had to tip away a lofted George Whitby free kick. Side however had the ball in the Basildon box twice in the final minute. But both were wasted as first Ogboin fouled a Basildon defender whilst trying to connect with Lemba’s cross;  then the final seconds saw the ball fall to Santos but he hurried his shot and ended up spooning the ball high over the bar.


Barkingside scored their opening three penalties as Ogboin, Lemba and Billzy all despatched their kicks; Karrar pulled off a save to keep out Selby-Knight’s penalty for Basildon United, which was sandwiched between two successful kicks taken by Bowers and Spooner. Wheatley then saved Santos’ penalty with Renew rifling home his one to level the shoot-out at 3-3. Briggs took Barkingside’s final penalty which Wheatley saved; the final penalty was taken by George Whitby whose conversion won the tie for Basildon United. They now have a home tie with holders Takeley in the Quarter Final.


Barkingside: Ryan Karrar, Kofi Billzy, Ricardo Bailey, David Etcheri, Joe Mendy, Mike Bottone, Roddy Lemba, Jayden Mitchell-Brown, Ryan Imbert (Matheus Santos 81’), James Briggs, Ben Clarke (Michael Ogboin 51’).

Scorer – Ryan Lambert (37’).

Pens – Michael Ogboin, Roddy Lemba, Kofi Billzy.

Basildon United: Connor Wheatley, Billy Willis, Jamie Selby-Knight, Grant Cumming, Chris Charlery, George Whitby, Luke Hornsley, Tom Barton (Oli Spooner 46’), Marcus Bowers, Sam Marsh (Jack Renew 74’), Kurt Smith (Ashley Blackburn 17’).

Scorer – Marcus Bowers (57’).

Pens – Marcus Bowers, Oli Spooner, Jack Renew, George Whitby.






Hullbridge Gunned Down By Tring

Hullbridge were gunned down by Tring Athletic in their FA Vase 4th Round clash on Saturday


Tring Athletic 5 Hullbridge Sports 1 (Buildbase FA Vase 4th Round)

Saturday 6th January

Report by Scott Lanza / Photo by Neil Hunwicks


With a place in the last sixteen at stake it was no surprise that both teams opened the game determined to challenge for every ball and it was quite frantic at times. However Tring were able to settle themselves down and coped with the heavy pitch a lot better than Sports did. And ultimately were able to get a grip on the game whilst Hullbridge were only able to show brief moments of their capabilities.


It was the hosts who had the opening chance of the game when Luke Dunstan cut inside and cannoned a shot into the side-netting. Hullbridge found their hosts strong in the tackle with Perry Hurst and Michael Salako both coming under robust challenges that won them two free kicks. Jimmy Cox unfortunately wasted both opportunities firing one straight into the Tring wall and they other being smashed way too high to pose any threat.


Tring took the lead in the 13th minute when Elliot Goward worked his way into position and had a shot saved by Russell Hartley. What happened next was simply a calamity as Hullbridge’s defence didn’t clear their lines at all well.  Shawn Coe’s attempted clearance crashed into team mate Gus Douglas and ricocheted into their own net. It was a horrible way to concede and Tring immediately took the game by the scruff of the neck and tried to get the ball as often as possible into the Hullbridge box. A long ball reached Chris Vardy who hurtled down the right flank and sent over a cross which Dunstan almost connected with at the back post. Vardy was a constant thorn in Hullbridge’s side as he had the speed to get on the end of most of the long balls that were being fed to him.


A Cox header did force Jack Hopwood to make a save on the line whilst being challenged by Salarko. Having gone behind due to a defensive error, Hullbridge then nearly equalised via a lapse themselves; Dan Steadman slipped, allowing Salako to easily chip the keeper, but the ball rattled against the cross bar and bounced away to safety. It had been Hullbridge’s best chance of the half and they were then presented another opportunity when a wayward Tring pass came to Cox who lobbed Hopwood but the shot hit the side-netting. Hullbridge ended the half in control having spent rather a long time to get into the game.


However Hullbridge were not able to take that momentum into the second half as within three minutes of the re-start they found themselves two goals down. A ball bobbling around the Hullbridge box was turned into the net by Jack Read at close range.


Tring upped their game once again after scoring; soon afterwards Max Hercules darted down the left wing, found Read who placed a shot inches wide. Cox did have shot blocked by Hopwood and Hullbridge did try and go forward but in doing so it opened up gaps at the back which Tring exploited. Just before the hour mark Vardy showed some sublime skill as his back-heel wrong-footed Harley and the Tring striker then finished the job off by shooting into the bottom left hand corner.


Hullbridge were awarded a penalty in the 65th minute which Cox converted. For a moment it looked like it may be a life-line – but any such ideas were extinguished in the 71st minute. Hercules held up the ball before setting up Dunstan,  whose shot was kept out by a quality save from Harley. But the resulting corner was met by the head of Mark Riddick who timed his run to perfection with his powerful header crashing into the back of the net.


Luca Frankis headed a Hullbridge chance narrowly over in the 75th minute but Read was involved in another Tring  foray into the Hullbridge box, which only ended when stern Matt Tapley put in a challenge. Read then went even closer in the 80th minute when he quickly turned and fired off a low shot that was


Tring were able to add further gloss to their victory when a fine delivering from George Carbery was volleyed past Harley by Hercules in stoppage time. After a slow first half the hosts seemed to be more up for it in the second period,  winning all the important battles, backed up with clinical finishing. They now go into the 5th Round draw for the first time in their history. Hullbridge, who had started slowly in the first half, picking up a bit of momentum towards the end of it, didn’t start their engine at all in the second half.  After an amazing FA Vase campaign it sadly petered out on Saturday with barely a whimper.


Tring Athletic: Jack Hopwood, Colin Parrott, Chris Mason, Mark Riddick, Dan Steadman (Capt), Dave O’Connor (Steve Nott-Macaire 73’), Max Hercules, Tommy Twelves, Chris Vardy (George Carbery 81’), Luke Dunstan, Eliott Goward (Jack Read 30’).

Scorers – OG (13’), Jack Read (48’), Chris Vardy (59’), Mark Riddick (71’), Max Hercules (90+1)


Hullbridge Sports: Russell Harley, Shawn Coe, Sam Taylor, Joe Pattison, Rob Hodgson, Gus Douglas, Michael Edgar (Matt Tapley 52’), Harry Watkins, Michael Salako, Jimmy Cox (Capt), Perry Hirst (Luca Frankis (71’).

Essex Senior League – Saturday 6th January Round-Up

Barkingside end their losing streak by firing 5 past Burnham Ramblers

Premier Division Round-Up

Report by Peter Dudley / Photo by Philip Lindhurst


Premier Division

Basildon United 1 West Essex 1
A late header saw West Essex take a point at The Hive against Basildon United. Luke Hornsley had put the hosts ahead but a header five minutes from time from Josh Kane saw the Mayesbrook Park side take a point.

Burnham Ramblers 1 Barkingside 5
Side got their 2018 off to a flyer by ending a long losing run by smashing five past a previously in form Burnham Ramblers side at Leslie Field. Roddy Lemba bagged a brace, with Ryan Imben and Mattheus Santos also chipping in plus an own goal adding to the tally. Ramblers replied via Karl Swanborough. It means Side are out of the bottom four whilst Ramblers remain eleventh.

Hackney Wick 0 Great Wakering Rovers 2
Rovers netted twice inside the opening twenty minutes to take the points at The Old Spotted Dog against struggling Hackney Wick. Jay Nash broke the deadlock on eight minutes before Stephen Butterworth doubled that lead on twenty minutes, which helped Rovers seal another three points.

Ilford 0 FC Romania 2
FCR are now just four points behind leaders Redbridge after they took all three points against Ilford at Cricklefield. George Taban opened the account in the 34th minute with Florin Pop sealing the victory in the second half.  It leaves the Foxes in ninth spot.

Redbridge P-P Stansted
Today’s match at Oakside was postponed due to storm damage at the ground.

Sawbridgeworth Town 4 Sporting Bengal United 1
A great second half performance from the Robins saw them see off Sporting Bengal United and pick up the three points at Crofters. Toby Cleaver converted a 43rd minute spot kick to set them on their way, and although Sporting levelled with a good passing move being slotted home by Ashaan Siddik, Sawbo were back in front courtesy of an Aaron Thomas belter. Toby Cleaver then added another to make it three for the hosts before Billy Skinner chipped over the visitor’s keeper to seal a welcome win for the hosts.

Takeley P-P Wadham Lodge
Today’s match at Station Road was postponed due to an unplayable surface.

Tower Hamlets 3 Enfield 1893 0
Hamlets began 2018 with a terrific home win over Enfield at Mile End. Wale Odedoyin put them ahead after just three minutes before a late double from James Ross sealed the deal for the Mile End side. The hosts are eighth whilst Enfield slip back into the bottom four.

Waltham Forest 1 Clapton 0
Forest are now six unbeaten after an early goal from Abdoulai Njai was enough to defeat Clapton at Kitchener Road in Walthamstow. The win sees Forest in fourteenth place whilst Clapton remain in sixth spot.


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 6th January Round-Up

Premier Division

Ashley Taylor-Forbes scored a very important goal on Saturday. His contribution helped Frenford beat defending champions Springfield 1-0 which means that Frenford are now the leaders of the Premier Division. Harold Wood Athletic were held to a 2-2 draw by Leigh Ramblers which now sees them sitting second. Stephen Willis and Connor Hartwell scored the Harold Wood goals with Tom Hollingsworth and Ryan Lowe notching the Leigh strikes. Rayleigh Town posted another point to the board after a 2-2 with Catholic United. Alex Witham and Jack Long scored the Rayleigh goals which means that the point gained closes the gap slightly on the teams just above them. Bottom-placed Basildon Town lost 4-1 at White Ensign with Luke Skinner, David Limber, Liam Sewell and Elliot Vile doing the damage. Dominic Locke scored the Basildon consolation.

Hornchurch Take The Points At Parkside

Aveley 0 AFC Hornchurch 2 (Bostik North)

Friday 5th January

Report by Scott Lanza


A bumper crowd of 398 turned up at Parkside on a crisp winter evening to see Aveley take on Bostik North leaders AFC Hornchurch. Aveley went into the game having been winless over the Christmas period whilst their opponents opened the New Year with a 4-3 home defeat at the hands of Brentwood Town.


Both teams took a while to get into their stride as neither side were willing to let the other dominate in the opening exchanges. A Russell Malton delivery to Alex Teniola suddenly created an opening for the Millers but Teniola couldn’t keep his shot down. Max Bradford then went close with shot that just whizzed the wrong side of the left upright. However the Millers found the Urchins defence water-tight; even when they did find a way through Sam Mott rushed off his line to mop up, denying Teniola in the process.  A swerving Robbie Rees shot bent just wide was the best of the Aveley chances.


The Urchins rearguard had been leaky on New Year’s Day but were back to their usual solid state, marchalled by Nathan Cooper with Jamie Hursit, Jay Porter and Kenzer Lee all doing their bit to keep to stunt Aveley attack. However at the same time the Urchins hadn’t penetrated the Aveley box until they sprang into life in the 28th minute. On that occasion George Purcell found his way into the box blocked by Connor Witherspoon and Myles Keizer-Burrows who both harried the Urchins talisman, denying him an opportunity to fire off a shot. Purcell however played the ball out to the left flank where Matthias Fanimo was waiting;  he swiftly centred to Nathan Livings whose shot clipped the post. Witherspoon had to head away a dangerous cross, then former Miller Olu Oluwatimilehin thumped a long-range effort narrowly over. Hornchurch having made a slow start were now having much more possession and nearly broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when Fanimo dinked a shot over; then the Urchins saw Purcell miss a golden opportunity when  a ball landed at his feet,  but he wasn’t able to get a clean connection and dragged his shot wide.


Aveley ended the half with two free kicks; and it was from one of them that caused the break away from which the Urchins opened the scoring. Lewis Gard’s free kick was caught by Mott who kicked it out, launching a fast-paced counter offensive which ended up being swept across the Aveley box with  Fanimo ramming the ball home to give the Urchins the lead a mere few seconds before the interval.


The Millers may have gone a goal down right at the end of the first half but they didn’t dwell on that too much; they went straight at the table toppers from the start of the second period with Witherspoon firing over after some nice play from Max Bradford. The Millers kept the ball well at times and did have a bit more of the possession but the Urchins are top for a reason – their defence marshalled by Cooper kept everything out as Hursit, Porter and Lee worked in tandem to stem the Aveley flow. Added to that the Urchins  looked dangerous on the counter which at times tested the Millers defence. However a Fanimo cross from the left failed to reach any Hornchurch players as it pinged across the Aveley goalmouth; and then a ball from the right flank reached a similar conclusion. Purcell though missed a sitter after Fanimo chased down a ball that resulted in Madden and Witherspoon clattering into each other, laid it off to Purcell, who then missed the target.


After that let off the Millers then had another go themselves with Gard and Teniola both having shots blocked. The Millers even spurned a good opportunity to equalise as Teniola could only rifle of a tame shot which Mott easily saved; had there been a bit more power  the Urchins keeper may have been picking the ball out of the net.


Purcell had a header hit the cross bar, but Aveley showed some solid defending as McKenzie headed the rebound goal wards but Russell Malton cleared the ball off the goal line. The hosts were soon up the other end with a dangerous cross only being cleared as far as George Doyle, but his powerful follow up shot was brilliantly tipped around the post by Mott.


Aveley kept at the task and peppered the Urchins box as the game came into the final stages. The Urchins stood firm, defended resolutely before launching another counter attack which ended in Theo Fairweather-Johnson getting into the Aveley box and slotting past Madden, sealing the win only a few minutes after coming off the subs bench.


Aveley were probably worth a share of the spoils but the Urchins were decisive when they had to be and they made up for their stuttering New Year performance as they posted their first win of 2018.


Aveley: Rhys Madden, Russell Malton, Alex Stephenson, Connor Witherspoon (George Woodward 86’), Myles Keizer-Burrows, Amir Berkane, Jake Gordon (Sewa Marah 77’), Max Bradford (George Doyle 64’), Alex Teniola, Lewis Gard, Robbie Rees.


AFC Hornchurch: Sam Mott, Jamie Hursit, Jay Porter, Kenzer Lee, Nathan Cooper, Olu Oluwatimilehin, Nathan Livings (Tobi Joseph 75’), Sean Robers, Leon McKenzie, George Purcell (Theo Fairweather-Johnson 83’), Matthias Fanimo (Bradley Warner 72’).

Scorers – Matthias Fanimo (45+2’), Theo Fairweather-Johnson (85’).


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 6th January Preview

Prokit UK Essex Olympian League

Only two points separate the top five teams and with leaders May & Baker E.C. not having a fixture means that four teams have the potential to move to the top of the table – with two of those teams scheduled to face each other. Only goal difference separates third-placed Springfield and fourth-placed Frenford but a win for either side could see them in pole position. Springfield needed a late penalty to salvage a point last weekend and will be facing a Frenford team that have won their last three games, with the last one being a 1-0 home win over Springfield.


Harold Wood Athletic travel to Leigh Ramblers on a winning run of three having strung together the results after a 2-1 reverse in the corresponding fixture. For Leigh they go into the game on an unbeaten run that has seen them move up the table. Will they be able to maintain their current form by avoiding defeat at the team where they started it back in November? It’s a game Harold Wood cannot really afford to lose as the title race looks like it will be close one this term so they need to post further points to the board. Catholic United meanwhile will be looking to keep themselves near the top end of the table when they visit struggling local rivals Rayleigh Town. In recent week’s Rayleigh have only won once, a 6-0 romp over fellow strugglers Basildon Town, against five defeats. Whose up for it more will be the defining factor in this one.


Saturday 6th January


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League Premier Division

Kelvedon Hatch v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Leigh Ramblers v  Harold Wood Athletic

Manford Way v  Canning Town

Rayleigh Town v  Catholic United

Springfield v  Frenford

White Ensign v  Basildon Town