Tower Hamlets 0 Redbridge 5
Monday 20th November
On a Monday night encounter at Mile End Stadium, Tower Hamlets took on table-toppers Redbridge in an intriguing Essex Senior League fixture. The hosts still had a few players banned including goalkeeper James Pellin and forward Luke With so Curtis Pond led the attack here, with fellow forwards James Ross and Wale Odedoyin on the bench. For the Motormen, recent signing Martin Tuohy joined the talisman that is Brian Moses in attack, with Calvin Poku and Jacob Dingli options on the bench.
Both sides took a little time to settle on a slippy pitch though midfielder Mata Julio had Hamlets’ first chance of note when he spotted Redbridge goalkeeper Lewis Greene off his line, though the stopper recovered to save his lob which was off-target. The Motormen took the lead on 12 minutes as skipper Eljay Worrell flighted in a lovely free-kick into the right corner of the net. This unsurprisingly encouraged the visitors and after a couple of crosses which were cleared, forward Brian Moses was well played in though he blazed his shot wide of the left corner.
Hamlets did find a bit more urgency soon after that, though Julio and forward Curtis Pond couldn’t hit the target then winger Hasan Mustafa’s shot brought a save out of Greene. In the last minutes of the first half, the visitors did push forward again looking for that important second goal and they got it five minutes before the break as Moses’ downward header was prodded home by Worrell.
Redbridge started the second half with renewed purpose with Hamlets goalkeeper Jerome Anthony being tested by winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao and Moses in the first third of the second period. The hosts were not at their best going forward all evening though prior to being substituted, Mustafa was a threat down the right wing.
Redbridge extended their lead further 19 minutes after the break when Tuohy slotted home calmly past Anthony. Jacob Dingli came off the bench for the visitors and his toe-poke was cleared for a corner soon after coming on. Then after fellow substitute Calvin Poku’s curling strike was parried by Anthony, Dingli tucked in the rebound to add some gloss to the score-line.
The Motormen defence had been solid all evening, and wanted a rare clean sheet. Unfortunately for the hosts, they conceded a penalty deep in stoppage-time as Dingli was fouled in the area. Worrell stepped up and put away the spot-kick to claim his hat-trick.
Hamlets were well beaten in the end as the visitors once again showed that they are a force to be reckoned with this season and extended their excellent winning run in the league. Hamlets lacked a focal point in attack and found the Motormen back five in miserly form too.
Tower Hamlets: Jerome Anthony (GK), O’Neal Rowe, John Watson, Aliu Ibrahim, Tola Odedoyin, Hasan Mustafa (Wale Odedoyin 65′), Mata Julio, Curtis Pond (James Ross 74′), Frankie Sinclair (C), Danny McCarthy (Elias Tackie 54′), Igor Furtado.
Redbridge: Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Marcus Carter, Shaun Harris, Liam Thomas, Jonathan Mbamarah, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao (Jacob Dingli 64′), Patrick Duggan (Philip Bamfoe-Browne 66′), Martin Tuohy (Calvin Poku 67′) Brian Moses, Eljay Worrell (C).
Scorers – Eljay Worrell (12′, 40′ & pen 90’+6), Martin Tuohy (64′), Jacob Dingli (73′)
Report by Scott W @ScottMHC14 & www.survivor16b.wordpress.com
Photo by Philip Lindhurst @TheMotormen