Monday 27th November
Enfield 1893 2 Sporting Bengal United 2
Hosts Enfield battled back from two goals down to salvage a draw at home to Sporting Bengal United at The Harlow Arena. After a goalless opening forty five minutes the visitors struck twice early in the second period thanks to a David Vaughan brace, and put the Mile End visitors in control. However with fifteen minutes remaining Luke Thomas pulled one back for the hosts before John Bricknell fired home a spot kick with four minutes left to see the points shared in the end.
Tuesday 28th November
Clapton 3 Barkingside 2
The Tons grabbed an injury time winner to grab their first win in five after seeing off Barkingside at The Old Spotted Dog. The hosts were the better side in the first half but went into the break a goal behind following a neat finish from Michael Ogboin, however they soon levelled when great work from Cobblah teed up Kai Bichard who produced a powerful finish. Clapton saw a Sardinha penalty saved but after the hosts were awarded another spot kick, Sardinha made no mistake to put his side ahead. However it looked like an ex Tons player would deny the Tons a deserved win when James Briggs curled home a delightful free kick late on – but Cobblah then struck an injury time winner to make sure the hosts took all three points.
BBC Essex Senior Cup 4th Round
Harlow Town 4 Southend Manor 0
Manor are out of the County Cup after being comfortably beaten by Bostick Premier side Harlow Town at Barrows Farm. The visitors stunned Braintree Town in the last round but never looked like repeating that sort of shock here and saw the hosts lead on ten minutes when Junior Dadson breezed past the right back to deliver a cross and saw James Baker glance a header inside the post. And just nine minutes later it was two for the hosts when Junior Dadson again burst into the box and struck an effort across the keeper and into the bottom corner.
It had been a pretty comfortable half for the Hawks who had been in control, and had restricted Manor to pot-shots from distance, and just past the hour mark made it three when Tommie Fagg burst into the area and fired home. In the 68th minute Harlow made it four in fortunate circumstances when after Tobi Ajala saw an effort cannon off the post, the ball hit right back Ross Johnson on the head and went in for an own goal. Hawks almost made it five with just over ten minutes to go when Jide Madusko nodded a corner against the bar as the hosts comfortably made it through to the Quarter Finals.
Errington Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Sawbridgeworth Town 3 Ilford 1
The Robins are just one game away from a second League Cup final on the bounce after seeing off The Foxes at Crofters in their Errington Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie. The hosts saw Keke Orth head home at the back post on the quarter hour mark before he doubled their lead with his second four minutes later. When Daryl Doolan netted a third after a well worked goal just past the half hour mark Sawbo were cruising. Ilford were much better in the second period and grabbed one back just past the hour mark thanks to a decent header from Glody Nsaru, however the damage was done in the opening half hour and meant that Sawbo are into the Last Four, where they take on either Southend Manor, Hackney Wick or Sporting Bengal United.
Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy 2nd Round
Great Wakering Rovers 2 Hullbridge Sports 3
Hullbridge made it two wins in a row after stunning local rivals Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park to get through to the Quarter Finals of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy. Rovers had already beaten Sports twice in the league this season, including a 7-1 drubbing at home not long ago, however it was a much more even affair early on in this one. But ten minutes before the break Chris Bryan put the hosts ahead after a defensive slip up allowed Bryan a tap in. But Darren Manning has this squad believing once again and a minute before the break leveled the tie up when Michael Salako picked up a through ball and slotted home into the corner and a very even half ended all square.
On the hour mark former Bridge boss Rob Hodgson produced a brilliant tackle to stop a certain chance for Wakering, however ten minutes later the hosts did go back in front when Tom Elliott pounced to net a rebound after a great save from Merrells. But Hullbridge fought back just two minutes later when Jimmy Cox netted a penalty after a foul on Buffin, meaning it was all square again. The hosts had to play the last part of the game with ten men as Seaden was stretched off injured and with Rovers having used all three substitutes they were a man down. And Hullbridge took advantage, netting in the 92nd minute through Luka Frankis. Rovers went looking for a late equaliser but they almost conceded another in the 95th minute as Harry Watkins had an effort saved; but it mattered not as Hullbridge hold on to win the game and set up a Quarter Final tie at either Hackney Wick or Takeley.
Waltham Forest 2 Redbridge 1 (at Redbridge FC)
The Motormen lost for only the second time in seventeen games after they were beaten by a resurgent Forest at Oakside to exit the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy. Forest were at it from the off and almost led straight away when Tanimowo broke through, squared to Medina, who saw his effort hit the post from a yard out before Tweddell got through but could only fire wide with the keeper to beat. Forest were then punished for these missed chances when Redbridge took the lead in the 26th minute after some neat passing around the box resulted in a long range effort from Phillip Brown Bamfpoe found the net.
Forest continued to pass up opportunities though as Tweddell had another good chance following a corner after Redbridge’s Murphy had sliced a Creasey cross onto the post, before Tanimowo squared a ball to Dan Medina who placed his shot over the bar. It meant Forest went into the break a goal behind however in the 63rd minute they finally found a way through when Tanimowo came in at the back post and squared to Creasey for an easy tap-in.
Forest went for the winner and saw Tanimowo rob a defender and cross, but it was just a bit too for Stokes to make contact with; then Dan Medina got through but could only drag his effort wide. But with five minutes left Forest grabbed the lead when star man Tanimowo sprung the offside trap, saw his first touch wrong foot the keeper and he then went on to roll the ball into the empty net. Redbridge fired wide shit late on however Forest weren’t to be denied as they made it three wins in four and reached the Last Eight to set up a home tie with Ilford in the process.
Wednesday 29th November
Wadham Lodge 1 Burnham Ramblers 5
Lodge’s six game unbeaten run ended in spectacular style after they conceded five at home to Burnham at Kitchener Road, Walthamstow. The hosts did actually take the lead in the 16th minute when Dwayde James fired home after being released by a ball into the box – but the lead lasted only two minutes as Bradley Morgan saw a cross loop into the far corner. Charlee Hughes then slotted the visitors in front before Karl Swanborough made it three, when poor defending allowed him in to round the keeper and score, and he was involved again when he saw a far post effort go in off a defender and give Ramblers a three goal cushion at the break. The hosts themselves had created plenty but were wasteful in front of goal, and ten minutes into the second period fell further behind when Swanborough beat the keeper to the ball before ramming into the empty net. A much quieter half then followed as the visitors cruised to the three points and back to back league wins.
Report by Peter Dudley @ped1980