Non-league enthusiast, Peter Dudley, takes a look at the weekend’s ESL action
Clapton 1 Waltham Forest 0
A first half penalty from Johnny Ashman was enough for the hosts to take the points and go top of the ESL by a point. The Tons had chances to add to their tally, hitting the post in the second half and also seeing Ashman miss a second spot kick late on. However, Forest could not muster a response and slide to another defeat.
Enfield 1893 3 Barkingside 4
Braces from David Laird and Jakub Berkowicz gave visitors Barkingside a terrific win at Barrows Farm against Enfield 1893. Side led early on but saw the hosts fight back when Briggs clipped in Mahmoud who slotted home, however, the visitors retook the lead four minutes later as the game was still on the quarter hour mark. However, it was 2-2 on twenty minutes when a long ball from Thoma was flicked into the path of Cooper who knocked it past the keeper and fired home. But the visitors retook the lead again nine minutes before the break to lead at the half and made it 2-4 with just over twenty minutes to go. Cooper grabbed one back in stoppage time but the visitors held on for the points.
Haringey & Waltham 0 Stansted 1
A Lewis Riches goal on 65 minutes gave the hosts a narrow win at the Terence McMillan Stadium against Haringey & Waltham. The goal came when a corner was headed back across goal and saw Riches force the ball home from close range and see the Hargrave Park side pick up a hard-fought three points.
Hullbridge Sports 2 Barking 2
The Blues were knocked off the top if the ESL after dropping two points against Hullbridge Sports at Lower Road. After Paul Oshin hit the woodwork early on for the visitors they did take the lead on 13 minutes through Joe Pearman and they almost doubled their lead on 27 minutes when James Peagram hit the post but the hosts fought back to level in the 44th minute thanks to a thunderbolt from Jimmy Cox. And then ten minutes into the second half the hosts led as Cox played in Luka Frankis who strolled past a defender before slotting home. Bridge then saw Charlie Gerada hit the post before Peagram did the same thing minutes later for the visitors but with twenty minutes to go the Blues found a leveller when Petrit Elbi struck an effort home through a crowded area and make sure the Mayesbrook Park side got something from the contest.
Ilford 6 London Bari 2
The Foxes made it two home goals in four days as they stuck six past London Bari at Cricklefield. A shot from the edge of the box and a converted corner at the near post had the hosts two up before they added two more and then saw a shot saved before the rebound was struck home for five. Six soon followed before the home side took their foot off the gas and allowed the visitors two goals back, however, the game was all over by then and the hosts took a comfortable three points.
Redbridge P-P Basildon United
Today’s scheduled game at Oakside was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Sawbridgeworth Town 3 Sporting Bengal United 2
The Robins produced a superb second half comeback to defeat Sporting Bengal United at Crofters. It looked bleak for the hosts when they saw Oscar Mendes convert a penalty, see Lewis Deamer sent off, and go further behind through David Vaughan as the visitors had a shock 0-2 lead at the break. However, the introduction of Gavin Cockman changed everything and he netted twice to bring the hosts level before a stoppage time winner from Reece Cosson completed the comeback and see Sawbridgeworth take another three points.
Tower Hamlets 4 Burnham Ramblers 1
Hamlets grabbed a vital win after they defeated fellow strugglers Burnham Ramblers at Mile End. Edward Lang put the hosts ahead five minutes before the break but then saw Bradley Morgan equalise for the visitors with just over twenty minutes remaining to set up a tense last twenty. Zee Sheymz then netted for the hosts with twelve minutes left but the game was then stopped shortly afterwards and delayed by 40 minutes due to a serious injury obtained by Burnham Ramblers player Bradley Morgan. Thankfully he was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel where we hope he makes a good recovery. Samuel Olanipekun and Rahim Adama Bamba added further goals for the hosts in stoppage time to put the icing on the cake for the Mile End side and hand the visitors a very damaging defeat in the process.
Wadham Lodge P-P Eton Manor
Today’s scheduled match at The Matchday Centre in Walthamstow was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
West Essex P-P Southend Manor
Today’s scheduled match at Mayesbrook Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
And quickly here are this weekend’s Reserves Division matchups:-
AFC Sudbury 3 Bishop’s Stortford 2
Barkingside 4 Hullbridge Sports 1
Redbridge P-P Takeley (waterlogged pitch)
Stansted 0 Waltham Abbey 1