Category Archives: Local sport

Essex Senior League – Kick It Out Day

The Essex Senior League will once again be showing its support for the Kick It Out Campaign, hosting their very own Kick It Out Day on Saturday 21st April.  As well as seeing a game of football the day provides an opportunity for local children and their families to attend the games to be offered the VIP treatment, with opportunities to meet the players, act as mascots and train or play a game on the pitch. The children are also given goody bags full of Kick It Out and football related items.

Last season the spotlight fell on Basildon United v FC Romania, Clapton v Burnham Ramblers and Southend Manor v Barking. The clubs hosting this season will be FC Romania who host Tower Hamlets; West Essex who entertain Wadham Lodge, with Sporting Bengal United v Redbridge being the other fixture.

The Kick It Out Campaign aims to make ‘Football for All’ and is actively involved in providing education and raising awareness of racism within the modern game. An initiative, such as the one the ESL is promoting on the 21st April, aims to make local football clubs more inclusive within their local communities, particularly at a time when society is becoming more multi-racial and multi-cultural.


Oracle Components Win Essex Junior Cup

Chingford Athletic 3 Oracle Components 5

Essex Junior Cup Final

Report by Scott Lanza

 Oracle Components finished off their maiden voyage in the Essex Junior Cup by lifting the silverware after a pulsating Final at Aveley FC’s Parkside Stadium. Chingford Athletic were winners of this competition in 2015/16 and were able to go into a 2-0 lead midway through the first half in Oracle met a side that refused to give up and that doggedness ultimately made the difference.


It was no surprise that this game provided eight goals as it was end-to end straight from the opening whistle with Will Gleeson crossing into the Oracle box inside the very first minute but Jamie Golledge not only intercepted the ball but then launched a counter-attack which ended with a corner being punched clear by Sidney Stojic the Chingford ‘keeper. Graeme Wiggs his Oracle counterpart was called upon to collect a ball off the feet of Will Gleeson; with five minutes gone Oracle then carved out an attack which ended with a sweeping ball reaching Marco Faria whose turn and volley was superbly tipped away by Stojic. Tom Aldrich was drilling a shot over Stojic’s crossbar moments later.


The game then settled down for a bit as both defences started getting to work to stop their opponent’s attacking flow. However in the 19th minute Faria turned and zipped past his marker, launching a run that took him into Chingford’s box where he fired off a shot that Stojic blocked.


However the first goal of the evening came Chingford’s way in the 22nd minute. It appeared initially as though a Chingford attack had broken down as Oracle had been able to clear their lines; that however was not the case at all as Harry Williams was reading a much different script as he cannoned a shot from 30 yards that screamed past Wiggs.


But Oracle picked themselves up almost immediately and went close to levelling up two minutes later when Sam Pallet flashed a header wide. Tom Kavanagh blazed a shot over for Chingford, before their ‘keeper was again pulling off heroics as he punched clear an Aldrich free kick then making a fabulous diving save to tip Pallet’s header over the bar.


A Chingford ball over the top of Oracle’s defence set Eric Kelly free but the move broke down as the Assistant Referee raised his flag. But Oracle took no heed of this because in the 34th minute Chingford doubled their lead with a similar manoeuvre. On this occasion Kelly beat the offside trap and went on to stroke the ball past Wiggs.


Even going two goals down didn’t stop Oracle immediately tearing into the Chingford backline with a Paul Stevens run being halted by a solid challenge from Jonny Hirst. And Will Gleeson took defending to the extremes as he blocked a Daryle Wakefield shot with his face!


But Oracle were able to reduce arrears three minutes before the break after Faria and Jake Hammond combined to tear up the Chingford defence, with the final ball being headed beyond Stojic by Stevens. However Wiggs went on to pull off a fantastic save, getting down low to push away Kelly’s shot in stoppage time to make sure that Oracle didn’t go in at half time two-goals down after all.


It didn’t take Stevens too long to have his first effort in the second half; inside the opening minute he was letting fly with a long range effort that dipped over the bar. Chingford retaliated almost immediately as Kelly poked a shot just wide.


Chingford had a great chance in the 55th minute as good play by Tom Collier saw him lay off Kelly but he dragged his shot wide.  Three minute later and Oracle were back on level terms as Stevens latched onto a through ball and rifled a fierce shot past Stojic’s left hand that crashed into the net.


The goal not only rocked Chingford but also acted as a stirrup to Oracle as they were soon back on the attack as Martin Walters drilled a low shot that Stojic pushed away. Walters and Lynch once deployed from the subs bench set about the Chingford defence and made a complete nuisance of themselves. In the 72nd minute Lynch fired a cross shot that Stoljic kept out but Walters pounced on the rebound and fired his side into the lead.


And having now taken the lead Oracle then nearly increased it as Lynch had an effort tipped onto the post by Stojic, who then saved Stevens’ rebound. And Oracle went on to have another chance to put the game to bed in the 86th minute when Lynch again teased his way into a position to let fly with a shot that was only an inch the wrong side of Stojic’s left hand post.


The game had started end-to-end and went and finished the same way as in the 90th minute Tayo Olasanoye threaded a ball through to Kelly who side-footed the ball past Wiggs drawing Chingford level and taking the game into extra time. There were still a few minutes of stoppage time to play though and Chingford had the final say in normal time with a Murray lob that cleared both Wiggs and the crossbar.


Normal time had been frantic and non-stop at times and extra time started in the same vein as a Williams free kick for Chingford was punched clear by Wiggs; then the next moment Oracle were on a forward move. Walters and Lynch again combined, exchanging passes before Lynch chiselled a low shot that Stojic saved and then the crossbar came to Chingford’s aid to deny a Stevens header.


But Stevens went on give Oracle the lead, and completing his hat-trick with his next header in the 99th minute after Walters had delivered a pinpoint cross.


As would be expected Chingford would then rally and Olasanoye again delivered a decent forward pass that Kelly got on the end of but Wiggs charged down his shot.


But the game then took another twist as Oracle won a free kick in the 105th minute which Cassidy Igwe rifled goalwards which Stojic was able to just about keep out,  but the ball then squeezed out from his grasp and Lynch was on hand to gobble up the loose ball and tighten Oracle’s grip on the game.


Igwe flashed a shot in the 108th minute and Chingford had a couple of long range efforts but there was no further drama as the clock ran down and the Harlow-based Oracle Components made it a dream debut campaign in the Essex Junior Cup as they lifted the trophy after a remarkable 5-3 victory. Chingford Athletic had certainly played their part in the thrilling Final and certainly did themselves proud – they just met a team that didn’t know when they were beaten and were not going to be denied.


Chingford Athletic: Sidney Stojic, Shane Baptiste, Jonny Hirst, Louis Bollard, Max Makaka, Will Gleeson, Gary Murray, Eric Kelly, Tom Collier (Capt), Tom Kavanagh, Harry Williams.

Subs (Repeated): Sam Gleeson, David Livie, Joe Cloake, Tayo Olasanoye.

Scorers – Harry Williams (22’), Eric Kelly (34’, 90’)

Oracle Components: Graeme Wiggs, Jamie Golledge, Tom Aldridge (Capt), Sam Pallet, Lee Hattersley, Sheldon Skeggs, Paul Stevens, Marco Faria, Jake Hammond, Daryle Wakefield, Jamie Stone.

Subs (Repeated): Martin Walters, Liam Adams, Ellis Lynch, Cassidy Igwe.

Scorers – Paul Stevens (42’, 58’, 99’), Martin Walters (72’), Ellis Lynch (105’)




Lakeside Speedway – FRIDAY PREVIEW

The latest from the Lakeside Speedway Press Office…

LAKESIDE boss Will Pottinger wants his powerhouse side to keep winning races as they host Redcar on Friday (8pm).

The Hammers have accounted for 21 wins out of 30 heats in their opening two home fixtures and have quickly started to establish home dominance.

They will now kick-off their SGB Championship campaign against the Bears, with Pottinger targeting a big three points.

“Our home Championship Shield victories over Peterborough and Ipswich were very pleasing for a variety of reasons,” Pottinger said.

“Most importantly, we won and denied the opposition any points on both occasions which has put us into a strong position”.

“We won 11 heats against Peterborough and 10 heats against Ipswich and the nice thing is that the race wins were split between four or five riders.

“It’s encouraging because we’re not having to rely on our heat leaders alone for race wins. Also, we ran only one last place from our top five riders in both meetings so we’re starting to develop into quite a solid team around our home track.

“Redcar have gone for a more strength in depth approach to their team this season so I’ve got no doubt that they’ll be a hard team to break down, but we’ll be looking to carry on from where we left off last week as we try to continue developing a good home track advantage.”

Lakeside are at full strength, whilst Redcar have drafted in Kevin Doolan to guest for Jonas B Andersen, who is riding in a Danish Championship qualifier.

LAKESIDE: Nick Morris, Ben Morley, Adam Ellis, Kyle Newman, Richard Lawson, Zach Wajtknecht, Alfie Bowtell.

REDCAR: Ben Barker, Jordan Stewart, Kevin Doolan, Mikkel B Andersen, Matej Kus, Tobias Busch, Theo Pijper.

£1m FA Boost for Male Grassroots Clubs

Chris Evans reports…


‘Retain the Game’ Grants Support Existing Adult Teams

Essex will be benefit from a proportion of a brand new £1 million ‘Retain the Game’ funding scheme for adult male football teams designed to boost football’s traditional format following a recent decrease in the numbers.

Retain the Game, which is funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation, is offering existing grassroots clubs grants of £750 to continue offering valued playing opportunities in organised football. These grants will support clubs’ adult male teams in three age categories: Under 17s to 21s, Open-Age and Veterans.

The grants are designed to cover core costs which are incurred by grassroots clubs, including matchday and training facility hire, first aid training and new Nike kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher. The Essex County FA are providing support with applications and grassroots adult clubs who meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply:

o   two or more adult male teams who hold the FA’s Adult Charter Standard, Charter Standard Development or Charter Standard Community Awards

o   two or more adult male teams who commit to achieving FA Adult Charter Standard status within the 2018/19 season


This push to reverse the decline in adult male league football follows the recent 2018 Grow the Game funding window, which made £1.5 million available for grassroots clubs looking to create new women’s and girls’ or disability teams. This offer was met by an overwhelming response and it is predicted this year’s investment will create around 1,000 new teams.

As well as Retain the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 17,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn. Retain the Game is inclusive of players from different ethnic backgrounds, faiths and sexual orientations. Should the fund be oversubscribed, clubs who meet the following criteria will be prioritised:

o   in existence for ten or more seasons

o   in existence for between five and nine seasons

o   three or more adult male teams

o   operate in leagues employing The FA’s ‘Full Time’ system


Essex County FA Football Development Officer, Jake Stephenson, knows adult male 11v11 football needs more attention: “Within the modern game, adult 11v11 will always need additional support in order to steady the decline nationally. It’s a key focus of ours to sustain and retain existing adult clubs within the traditional 11v11 format, whilst simultaneously providing support for a variety of formats by offering a different option for all.”

Jake started his role in November and he’s excited to oversee the work taking place to arrest the decline in numbers: “I’ve been captivated by the knowledge and continued passion of the team. I’m most impressed by the volunteers, managers and coaches of Essex teams. Their enthusiasm is particularly infectious and I look forward to offering support to those individuals.”

“There’s a variety of areas being discussed at present, nationally and across the county. We’re consulting with adult leagues to analyse best practice and hosting working group meetings. Teams can access support documents and services through our website and our ‘Squad Booster’ service. We’re also offering further ‘Flexi-Football’ and Mars ‘Just Play’ Centre opportunities so we can then signpost individuals back into the 11v11 format where possible.”



Leigh Ramblers (Blues) 0-1 West Ham United (AET) (Essex Under 14s Girls Cup Final)

Chris Evans reports…

Leigh Ramblers (Blues) 0-1 West Ham United (after extra time), Sunday 15th April 2018, Kick-Off 2:30pm, Leslie Field, Essex Under 14s Girls Cup Final.

A goal late into extra time from Melia La sealed the Essex Under 14s Girls Cup for West Ham United, despite last-gasp penalty drama.

Las’s fine strike arrived in the final minute of the allotted 20 in extra time, however some six minutes into added time Leigh Ramblers were awarded a penalty which skipper Beth Brogan agonisingly sent just over the crossbar. That proved to be the last kick of the final.

“It was a tense game and it was end-to-end but, if I recall correctly, we hit the post four times, so it was agonising at both ends,” said Hammers coach Stephen Opoka after the match. “I think even Leigh Ramblers hit the post against us as well.

“It was a tense game and the girls did well to dig deep and show desire to win. We spoke during the break that we were having chances, but to be careful that if we don’t score and the longer we don’t score it gives the other team a chance to get into the game.”

The young Hammers overcame that threat, grabbing a late winner of their own, but it could’ve been different following a late handball in the penalty area, not that Stephen was ever concerned: “I wasn’t worried too much that they were going to score the penalty.”

“I was confident in my ‘keeper that Lilly would’ve made a save if it was on-target. I think the goal was well-deserved. We’d hit a few long-range shots and Melia scored an excellent goal and that’s something she’s been doing week in, week out for us all season.”

It was a good day for West Ham, with their ladies’ First Team also winning the Women’s Premier League Plate, and Stephen was pleased his side could grab a piece of their own glory: “We’ve had a good season, so we said to the girls to make sure we end the season on a high because we started the season well and we’ve continued it. We’ve done that today. We’ve emulated the First Team and it filters right down to the academy.”

Despite remaining goalless for so long, the game certainly wasn’t without action and, with only four minutes on the clock, Deyarni Lionel was through on goal for the Hammers, but Leigh goalkeeper Holly Shaw blocked well.

A similar opening at the other end then saw West Ham stopper Lilly Hadrava save from Marni Harriman before the Hammers hit the post for the first time. La’s low shot was tipped onto the post by Shaw and then Charis Howell’s effort almost bounced in, but it struck the foot of the left-hand upright.

In first-half stoppage time, Ramblers could’ve taken the lead if not for two fine saves from Hadrava to deny Hannah Warner, with the second seeing the ball tipped onto the outside of the post. The woodwork was then busy once more when West Ham struck the post a third time, Nicole Beasley’s lob bouncing wide. At the other end, Ramblers’ Macie Windsor saw her own lob well saved by Hadrava.

West Ham’s Sophia Cocca then pulled an effort inches wide and Lionel got herself through on goal, but then she lobbed her strike just over the top with the last chance of regulation time. Into extra time, Hammers’ La went clean through with just the ‘keeper to beat and watched her shot pushed out to Lionel, who couldn’t quite convert.

West Ham struck the post again through Cocca from long range but, on 90 minutes, they did take the lead when La fired a low, angled shot into the bottom left-hand corner. That goal ultimately won the game, but not until Leigh squandered their penalty opportunity in the sixth minute of added time.

Ramblers had piled on late pressure with three successive corners and it was following the third of those that a handball was spotted in the box, but Brogan couldn’t take her chance as West Ham won a dramatic final.

Leigh Ramblers (Blues): Holly Shaw, Beth Brogan, Morgan Fletcher, Charlotte Rutt, Hannah Warner, Isabella Darby, Marni Harriman, Emily Gibson, Kirandeep Hundal, Macie Windsor, Scarlett Aladetoyinbo-Williams. Substitutes (repeated): Macey Woolcock, Gabriella Rockenbach, Millie Langley, Carman Hollington.

West Ham United: Lilly Hadrava, Deyarni Lionel, Daphne Gavilanes Vaca, Chloe Tambula, Melia La, Francesca Whiting, Sophia Cocca, Chloe Brand, Carlie Dinham, Nicole Beasley, Rhiana Smith. Substitutes (repeated): Grace Collins-Edwards, Charis Howell.

Referee: Xanthe Davis (Braintree).

Assistant Referees: Emilia Dingwell (Southend-on-Sea) and Harriet Kemp (Thurrock).

Fourth Official: Amy Purser (Braintree).

Attendance: 123.


Barkingside (Blues) 3-0 Great Danes (Lions) (Essex Under 12s Cup Final)

Chris Evans reports…

Barkingside (Blues) 3-0 Great Danes (Lions), Sunday 15th April 2018, Kick-Off 11:00am, Leslie Field, Essex Under 12s Cup Final.

Barkingside (Blues) claimed the Essex Under 12s Cup for the second time in just three years as Great Danes (Lions) were defeated in the final at Burnham Ramblers FC’s Leslie Field home.

Barkingside led early through Christian Munganga before adding second-half Freddie Thorn and Freddie Francis goals to seal the win over their divisional rivals who had inflicted ‘Side’s only defeat of the season earlier in the league campaign. “They played quite well and we didn’t give them a sniff really today,” reflected Barkingside boss Steve Thorn after the game. “It was well-deserved really, but they’re [Great Danes] a great team.”

Thorn’s side won the match thanks to three excellent finishes, with perhaps the crucial second goal, a fine header into the top corner from the boss’ son, the pick of them: “That was my Freddie who scored that header. He’s not bad with his head so he’ll be pleased with that one! I’m pleased for him because he’s done what his brother did three years ago.”

That success three years ago was ‘Side’s previous Under 12s Cup win. For a competition which consistently has over 100 entrants, two successes from one club is a fine achievement, as Steve acknowledges: “It’s fantastic! We’ve still got Nicky Potts here and it’s partly down to him. He’s put us in the right direction, so it’s great.”

Barkingside remain unbeaten in the Echo Junior League and can now add County Cup success to an exhilarating campaign. But while the team will move forward, most likely into the Eastern Junior Alliance next season, Steve may not join them: “It’s been a good team effort from everyone – capped off a good season. You may see the team next season, but you might not see me. You’ve got to go out when you’re on top haven’t you? And I don’t think I could cap this!”

They rarely looked back after grabbing the lead on 6 minutes as Munganga capitalised on a loose ball inside the penalty area and fired home. Great Danes had a chance when Jake Smith’s corner caused problems in the box and the ball had to be cleared off the goal line. ‘Side goalkeeper Casey Clark then raced off his line to smother the ball ahead of Danes’ Ronnie Fry.

Chances did go the way of Barkingside as Jesse Friend’s header was well saved by Danes ‘keeper Samuel Luis following Joe Davis’ dipping cross and, moments later, a corner fell to George Scales, who volleyed over the top. A curling effort from Barkingside’s Davis brought an excellent stop from Luis before Aston Watson Weaver fired inches wide from range.

Into the second period, Freddie Thorn headed wide from Munganga’s corner before Danes skipper Max Porteous made a fine tackle to deny Francis. Barkingside doubled their lead on 40 minutes when another Munganga flag kick found Thorn again, who directed a brilliant angled header into the far top corner.

The result was then put beyond doubt with a third ten minutes later. Francis slipped a low shot beyond ‘keeper Luis. Danes unfortunately went a player down due to a red card, then an excellent save from their ‘keeper Luis saw him grasp onto Francis’ free kick at the second attempt. The last chance of the game arrived through a curling effort from Danes, Aaron Brown’s effort dropping just wide as his side looked for a late consolation.

Barkingside (Blues): Casey Clark, George Scales, Joe Davis, Mason Lloyd, Freddie Thorn, Jesse Friend, Aston Watson Weaver, Dennis Afolabi, Christian Munganga. Substitutes (repeated): James Stevens, Austin Cooper, Freddie Francis.

Great Danes (Lions): Samuel Luis, Ronnie Fry, Harrison Bradbury, Max Porteous, Stan McGarry, Jack McKinnon, Brandan Johns, Jake Smith, Charlie Rich. Substitutes (repeated): Finlay Pounder, Harry Lynn, Daniel Miller, Aaron Brown.

Referee: Callum Townsend (Chelmsford).

Assistant Referees: Alfie Treacher (Southend-on-Sea) and Leon Randall (Redbridge).

Fourth Official: Amy Purser (Braintree).

Attendance: 128.




Vanarama National League South



Chelmsford City made it 5 league wins in a row at the Melbourne Community Stadium tonight, and as good as sealed a play-off spot with a comfortable victory over Wealdstone.

City boss Rod Stringer made 2 changes from the side that started in the 4-2 victory at East Thurrock United on Saturday, Joshua Wallen coming in for Taylor Miles at the back and Chris Dickson partnering Scott Fenwick in attack, in place of Shaun Batt.

And the home side went in front after only 14 minutes, Bagasan Graham finding the net after Dickson cleverly back-heeled the ball to set up the Ebbsfleet loanee to make it 1-0.

Graham nearly doubled the Clarets’ led a few minutes later, but Wealdstone goalkeeper Jonathan North saved his header.

Provider then turned goalscorer in the 28th minute, as Dickson struck the ball past North to put Chelmsford 2-0 in front.

Just after the break City striker Fenwick, whose scoring exploits in recent games have been a big factor in their climb up the table had a great chance when he beat 3 Stones players, before firing a shot which North managed to push before it was headed away.

Following a bizarre incident when one of the Melbourne ball boys was sent off by referee Ian Fissenden, Clarets went 3-0 ahead in the 68th minute with an outstanding goal by Dickson, whose screamer of a shot hit the top corner of the net and put the game beyond the visitors’ reach completely.

Stringer’s side are now all but assured of a play-off spot as local rivals Braintree Town – the only side outside the top 7 who can mathematically overtake City – today had a point deducted for fielding an ineligible player. At best the Iron can now only equal Chelmsford’s current haul of 71 points, and have an inferior goal difference by a margin of 11 so are highly unlikely to overtake them.

Chelmsford City: Sam Beasant, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Danny Green 89), Craig Braham-Barrett, Joshua Wallen, Eliot Omozusi, Michael Spillane, Jonny Giles, Anthony Church, Scott Fenwick, Chris Dickson (Kudus Oyenuga 83), Bagasan Graham (Cameron James 61).

Wealdstone: Jonathan North, Eddie Oshodi, Ryan Sellars, (Matty Whichelow 46), Glenn Wilson, Jerome Okimo, Jake Sheppard, Rickey Wellard, Sam Cox, David Pratt, Bradley Bubb, Sam Fitchett (Jeffrey Monakana 46).

Attendance: 695

Baker Philosophical Following Playoff Exit

Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards’ coach Thomas Baker was philosophical following his team’s exit from the NBL Division Two play-offs.

The Big Cats went down 84-80 against Westminster Warriors last week, leaving Baker frustrated:

“So the season is officially over for us. A bit prematurely for our liking but it is time now to reflect and grow individually and collectively” he said.

“On the night we couldn’t handle how direct Westminster were and our ability to finish strong at times as well as our shooting at the free throw line hurt us.”

Despite missing out on promotion, Baker was pleased with how his side performed during his first full year as head coach:

“Overall it’s been a season that has challenged all of us and I am proud of the resilience this team has shown across the season.

“Unfortunately in sport there has to be a winner and a loser and we lost on the night. “There have been some notable performances across the season, our captain Dougie [Bennett] stepped up numerous times showing his versatility in ways he can score, “Likewise Will [Ashby] has proven that time and time again. Shaq [Lewis] picking up the Most Improved Player award was hugely deserved and some of my college students in Jose [Morais], Wes [Moore] and Jordan [George] grew as the season went on.

“I will always remember this first full season in a men’s environment for two reasons; the sheer amount of work that goes into running a club and also the satisfaction you get when your team plays how you know they can.

“The support from people involved in the club from backroom staff to players has been massive. We need to build on this for next season. I look forward to taking some time out now to spend with family but most importantly reflecting to ensure that I can be back next year better for the organisation.”


Essex Senior League – Saturday 14th April Round-Up

Essex Senior League Round-Up

Report by Peter Dudley


Tower Hamlets 0 Basildon United 4

An early George Whitby penalty plus further strikes from Jamie Brown, Jack Adlington and James Peagram helped the Bees to a comfortable win over Tower Hamlets at Aveley’s Parkside ground in an Essex Senior League contest. The game had been switched from Mile End to Oakside originally due to Mile End’s unavailability for football however with the Oakside pitch struggling to be fit for play too the game was then moved to the 3G surface of Aveley’s excellent Parkside facility. And it was the visitors who broke the deadlock after ten minutes when after Oli Spooner was tripped inside the area, George Whitby stepped up to emphatically convert the spot kick and send Basildon on their way. Seven minutes later it was almost a second for the Bees when a flick on released Matt Brinklow in on goal, but keeper James Pellin managed to make a decent save to keep the ball out of the net, and in the 26th minute Hamlets forward Luke With almost got on the end of a ball forward but Bees keeper Connor Wheatley just about gathered. The Bees were then dealt a blow when Tommy Barton landed awkwardly on his arm and shoulder after going into an aerial challenge with With, and it saw the Bees midfielder leave the game clutching his arm, lets hope for his and Basildon’s sake it isn’t too serious. The Bees then missed a sitter seven minutes before half time when a ball headed back across goal was somehow headed over by Adlington from barely a yard out, but four minutes later the visitors did double their lead in style when Brown curled a beauty beyond Pellin into the top corner, and the Bees went into the break two goals to the good. The first chance of the second period fell to the Bees, and saw substitute Peagram drag wide after getting into a good position inside the area, however midway through the half it was three for the Bees as after a terrible ball out of defence went straight to Adlington, the Basildon attacker sent a brilliant effort beyond Pellin and into the net. And just three minutes after that Basildon made it four when Peagram drove an effort across Pellin and into the far corner, and the game was now running away from the hosts quickly.  Pellin then had to make a decent stop to keep the Bees out, the Hamlets keeper had been carrying an injury from early on in the game so was doing remarkably well considering. Hamlets themselves were trying to find at least a consolation goal in this one and saw half hearted appeals for a penalty turned down after Danny Jones had gone down inside the box, and then the hosts fired a decent effort just wide a minute or so later. The Bees quickly went down the other end and saw an Adlington effort brilliantly tipped wide by Pellin, before the Hamlets keeper made another good stop to thwart the visitors again before the eventual follow up effort went over the bar.  Spooner then got in but struck an effort straight at Pellin however this mattered not as The Bees ran out comfortable winners. It all means that Basildon United now sit 4th, six points behind second-placed Redbridge, but with two games in hand.  For Hamlets it’s a sixth straight defeat now as their season seems to be ending with a whimper as they remain 11th in the table.



Burnham Ramblers 2 Hullbridge Sports 4
Hullbridge Sports came from two goals down to grab an important win against local rivals Burnham Ramblers at Leslie Field and put their opponents in real danger of the drop as a result. Alex Salmon nodded the hosts ahead in the eighth minute and things looked rosy for the home side ten minutes later when Karl Swanborough headed home to double Burham’s lead. But with nine minutes of the first half remaining Hullbridge began their comeback when Jimmy Cox smashed home, and then twenty minutes into the second period Cox placed the ball home to level things up. With twenty minutes remaining Sotoyinbo converted a Michael Salako cross to put the visitors ahead, and then with ten minutes left they sealed the points when Matt Rose crossed for Salako to finish and send Hullbridge seven points clear of the bottom four. As for Ramblers they remain in the bottom four, three points from safety.

Clapton 1 Sporting Bengal United 2
Sporting Bengal all but confirmed their safety after coming from behind to grab all three points against Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog. Jeffrey Cobblah had given the hosts a half time lead but David Vaughan levelled for the visitors before Eaia Embalo netted the winner meaning Sporting are now nine points above the bottom four. The Tons as remain 6th

Redbridge 1 Enfield 1893 1
The Motormen slipped up at home for the second successive game as they were held by in-form Enfield at Oakside. Aundre Spencer gave the visitors a 34th minute lead, firing across Hocking-Rising into the goal after a corner had come out to him, however Redbridge saw Phillip Brown Bampfoe level on the hour mark;  however the point sees the Motormen trail Great Wakering by five points now,  with FC Romania and Basildon United now breathing down their necks.

Sawbridgeworth Town 0 FC Romania 2
FC Romania are now just three points behind second-placed Redbridge after they grabbed a decent victory at Crofters against Sawbridgeworth Town. Second half goals from Gabriel Ghinea and Mihai Botosan ensured victory and keeps their promotion charge on course. The hosts stay 8th following this defeat.

Stansted 2 West Essex 2
Hosts Stansted twice surrendered the lead meaning they had to settle for just a point after their encounter with West Essex at Hargrave Park. After a goalless opening forty five minutes the deadlock was broken three minutes into the second period when Sam West  headed home a corner, however the visitors responded with a header from Tom Macleod in the 65th minute. Ryan Ramsay though restored The Airportmen’s lead from the penalty spot, only to see a sublime chip from Michael Mignot with ten minutes to go to level it up again. Stansted remain fourth bottom, two points from safety, whilst West Essex stay 7th.

Waltham Forest 2 Southend Manor 2
Manor netted late on to deny Forest a vital victory as the two sides played out a draw at Kitchener Road. A free header for Lee Delf saw Manor lead early on however the hosts levelled through a Shomari Barnwell penalty after Douglas had been fouled inside the box. Manor the struck the woodwork before Forest grabbed the lead when Tony DaSilva nipped in to score, however Tyler Fowles capitalised on a poor goal kick in the 90th minute to salvage a draw for Manor. It means Forest stay two points above the bottom four whilst Manor are eight clear now and almost safe.

Woodford Town (2017) 1 Takeley 4 (at Station Road, Takeley FC)
Takeley used the home advantage to net an away win against Woodford Town to keep their slim hopes of promotion alive. The game had been switched from Goffs Lane due to landlords FC Broxbourne Borough also playing at home and Takeley took advantage as goals from George Wappett, Matt Gill, Mitchell Das and Olakunmi Bossanya saw Takeley into a four goal lead. Jack Grosvenor did net a consolation for Woodford and they remain 12th.



Great Wakering Take A Step Closer To ESL Title

Great Wakering Rovers 4 Wadham Lodge 1

Essex Senior League

Saturday 14th April

Report by Scott Lanza / Photo by Peter Dudley


Great Wakering Rovers took a step closer to landing the Essex Senior League title on Saturday after a 4-1 win at Burroughs Park that saw them end the day with a five point lead over the rest of the pack. At the same time Wadham Lodge ended their Saturday afternoon a step closer to the trapdoor after a performance that rarely threatened the leaders.


Rovers had their first effort inside the first minute when Jay Nash unloaded from outside the box which Dwayne Uylett managed to fingertip around the post. It was an early sign because the hosts opened their account at early as the 3rd minute when Neil Richmond curled a shot with the outside of his boot past the stranded Uylett.


And whilst Brandon Kelly almost muscled his way into the Rover box soon after his side had gone a goal down, the rest of the half saw constant Rovers pressure as they went in search of further goals. They looked dangerous at times going forward with Richmond being pivotal as he laid off his team mates, with a knock on to Billy Johnson being blocked; while a long-range effort from Jay Nash, who had been teed up by Richmond, resulted in Uylett pulling off a great save to tip around the post. Nash then narrowly missed with a drive from distance, as did Evans, before Uylett again had to show some top-class keeping stopping a Dewberry shot from extending the lead.


A Johnson corner just missed the head of Nash as Rovers continued pressing forward. The hosts actually went and put the ball in the net in the 28th minute when Dewberry connected with a through ball and fired the ball past Uylett but the goal was chalked off due to an offside flag being raised. And Dewberry was to be hard-done by again moments later when he turned and fired off a powerful shot that the Wadham Lodge keeper parried. Terry Foxe marshalled his defence who certainly did their best to stem the flow, while the Lodge frontline were finally able to test Louis Hawes as Asdoulie Ndjai launched a free kick that the Rovers custodian had to come out and claim. The only other Wadham Lodge attack of note came in the 41st minute when Ndjai was played in but his powerful shot was blocked.


Nash drilled another shot wide as the half came to a close; then Uylett had to punch clear a dangerous looking in-swinger from Johnson and with time ticking down it looked like Great Wakering Rovers were going to go in at the break with only the most slender of leads despite having dominated the whole opening stanza. However the second goal that they had been threatening to score duly came in the 44th minute when Johnson cracked an effort beyond Uylett to put his side firmly in the driving seat as the half ended.


The hosts made a rather subdued opening to the second period which allowed Wadham Lodge the opportunity to come out of their shell a little bit. Scott Pethers had to concede an early corner which Hawes soon mopped up. Then Ndjai unleashed a sizzling shot that was only an inch to high, before he then had another shot blocked by Hawes.


A Pethers free kick on the hour forced Uylett to make a save, then in the 67th minute Kieran Southgate sped into the Rovers box and poked a shot wide.


The points were virtually in the bag three minutes later when Richmond charged down the right flank, squared to Dewberry at the near post, who squeezed the ball past the Wadham Lodge keeper to give his side a three-goal cushion.


Oshin went close with a header for the visitors before they pulled one back in the 76th minute when a Danny Francis free kick made its way past the Rovers wall and keeper to end up in the back of the net.


It was to prove a mere consolation because in the 81st minute Rovers restored their three-goal cushion after a ball lofted into the Wadham Lodge box wrong-footed Uylett allowing Bayley Newell to roll the ball home from close range.


Hawes was wise to another Francis effort a minute later, and Chris Bryan drilled a shot over the bar in the closing stages as Rovers saw out the game to collect an important three points. With Redbridge only managing a draw means they now have a five point lead and landing their third ESL title is very much in their hands. As for Wadham Lodge they remain second from bottom but do have games in hand on the teams above them.


Great Wakering Rovers: Louis Hawes, Jason Ring, Danny Hurford, Scott Pethers (Capt), Aaron Waters (Aaron Russell 63’), Sam Carter, Billy Johnson, Ricky Evans, Nathan Dewberry, Neil Richmond (Bayley Newell 77’), Jay Nash (Chris Bryan 71’).

Scorers – Neil Richmond (3’), Billy Johnson (44’), Nathan Dewberry (70’)

Wadham Lodge: Dwayne Uylett, Nathan Joseph, Ashley Bankole, Brandon Kelly (Nathan Muskitta 71’), Terry Foxe, Chris Gormley, Kieran Southgate, Paul Oshin, Sherwin Stanley (Capt) (Rujorn Tuitt 79’), Danny Francis, Asdoulie Ndjai (Cory Rider 88’).

Scorer – Danny Francis (76’)