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Premier Division

SOUTHEND MANOR 2 HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 4

Saturday 25th November


On a very chilly & breezy afternoon at Southchurch Park, Southend Manor took on Hullbridge Sports in an interesting Essex Senior League match. For the hosts, winger Jamie Brown was banned and Nathan Dewberry led the forward line with support from the trio of Fatt, Sighiartau and Zamani behind him. Hullbridge were looking to build on a good point at Waltham Forest, new signings Jordan Meikle, Perry Dunn, Joe Pattison and Michael Salako all started for the visitors.

Both sides took a little time to settle down into the match, with few chances materialising in the first quarter-hour. Manor were on the attack when winger Rhys Fatt’s header couldn’t find a way past visiting goalkeeper Jamie Merralls. Fatt did break the deadlock though on twenty minutes as forward Nathan Dewberry’s flick-on found the winger and he slotted home past Merralls into the left corner. The hosts had another good chance seven minutes later as from a corner, Dewberry’s powerful drive was well-saved by Merrralls.

Hullbridge came back into the match though as on 32 minutes as forward Michael Salako had a goal chalked off for off-side. Two minutes later, they were level as midfielder Ashley Pibworth’s drive found the left corner. The visitors pushed for more and home ‘keeper Klinton Makayabo had to be alert to gather winger Charlie Buffin’s 30-yard effort. Centre-back Perry Dunn’s header went wide from a free-kick as the first-half headed to a close.

Hullbridge took the lead two minutes before the interval as Makayabo missed an in-swinging Taylor corner and Pibworth popped up at the back post to grab a tap-in. In truth, there wasn’t much between the sides at the break though the visitors held a slender lead.

After the break Manor looked to restore parity though cou;dn.t create many clear-cut openings. Even so they were level on the hour as substitute Jamie Alexandrou’s deep cross found its way to Fatt at the back stick who made no mistake to seal his brace.

The hosts were only level for seven minutes before Hullbridge re-took the lead as Buffin’s pass found Salako who slotted home to grab his first goal in a ‘Bridge shirt. Manor could well have been level soon afterwards though Merralls pulled off good saves to deny efforts from Hamid Zamani and substitute Bayley Newell.

‘Bridge extended their lead with 11 minutes remaining as another Taylor free-kick found its way to skipper Jimmy Cox who slotted home well past Makayabo. Late on, Manor captain Lee Delf’s header was saved by Merralls though it was Hullbridge’s day.

To be fair, Manor were not at their best going forward or in possession today though Hullbridge were more sturdy at the back and had more energy about them in their play and they did deserve this victory in the end, this being new boss Darren Manning’s first win since taking charge.

Hullbridge will savour this performance and it may give them a lift ahead of next weekend’s FA Vase tie at home to Enfield 1893. For the record, Enfield suffered a 0-5 home defeat to FC Romania today.

Southend Manor: Klinton Makayabo (GK), Lee Scott (Jamie Alexandrou 57′), Ross Johnson (Mohamed Kargbo 72′), Joe Skeels, Lee Delf (Capt), Tyler Fowles, Rhys Fatt, Charlie Barlow, Nathan Dewberry, Hamid Zamani, Vlad Sighiartau (Bayley Newell 65′)

Scorers –  Rhys Fatt (20′ & 60′)

Hullbridge Sports: Jamie Merralls (GK), Jordan Meikle, Sam Taylor, Ashley Pibworth, Rob Hodgson, Perry Dunn, Tom Ranger (Michael Edgar 80′), Joe Pattison, Michael Salako (Luca Frankis 90’+3), Jimmy Cox (Capt), Charlie Buffin (Sam Kimmence 89′)

Scorers –  Ashley Pibworth (34′ & 43′), Michael Salako (67′), Jimmy Cox (79′)


Report by Scott W  @ScottMHC14 & www.survivor16b.wordpress.com

Photo by Neil Hunwicks @ABridgeTooFar16