Non-league enthusiast, Peter Dudley, takes a look at the midweek ESL action
Burnham Ramblers 3 Tower Hamlets 1
Hosts Burnham are off the bottom of the table after bouncing back from Saturday’s defeat at Mile End to defeat Tower Hamlets at Leslie Field. Both sides hit the woodwork early on before the hosts hit the front on ten minutes when Charlie Hughes sent an effort across goal and in off the post and they doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Hughes pounced on a poor headed clearance to volley home from close range. And with four minutes of the half remaining Hughes completed his hat-trick by running through, rounding the keeper, and slotting into an empty net to give the hosts a big advantage heading into the break. Hamlets did manage to grab one back in the second period when Leoman Medrado struck a decent effort into the far corner from range but the hosts, who had Bobby Bird dismissed for a second booking late on, comfortably held on to take a huge three points.
Haringey & Waltham 2 Enfield 1893 2
Enfield were denied all three points after the hosts struck five minutes into stoppage time to nick a point at The Terence McMillan Stadium. The visitors started really well and led on six minutes when a corner swung into the back post saw Briggs header cleared off the line but Lockwood was there to fire in and they doubled their lead in the 19th minute when Briggs was yet again the assistant when his free kick was whipped in and found Drew who powered his header past the Haringey keeper. However the hosts hit back just past the half hour mark when they got into toe-poke an effort past Hocking-Rising to reduce the arrears but it seemed the visitors, who could have added to their tally second half, would still pick up the points. However in the 95th minute, a half-cleared corner saw a shot from the edge of the box hit the post and go in and deny the Harlow-based side the win. Despite the point, Haringey still slips to the bottom of the table on goal difference.
Reserve Division result:-
Waltham Abbey 4 Bishop’s Stortford 1
Reserve Shield Semi Finals
Hullbridge Sports P-P Stansted
Redbridge P-P Sawbridgeworth Town
Both semi-finals were postponed due to waterlogged pitches at Lower Road and Oakside.
FC Romania 1 Ilford 2
The Foxes are up to eighth after a terrific win against FC Romania at Theobalds Lane on Wednesday evening. After the hosts had gone close to taking the lead the visitors did open the scoring in the 26th minute through Nkosi and then just four minutes later doubled their advantage when Mytanda netted for the visitors. The hosts went close early on in the second period as they tried to find a route back into the contest in what was a very good contest in Cheshunt. And then with just over twenty minutes to go the hosts pulled one back and then went close again with seven minutes to go but with two minutes remaining were reduced to ten men following a sending off. Ilford then saw the remainder of the game out and damage the host’s chances of a top three finish and challenging Barking for the title.
The other Premier Division match scheduled for the evening between Eton Manor and Waltham Forest was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Goffs Lane in Broxbourne.