Non-league enthusiast, Peter Dudley, takes a look back at the weekend’s ESL action
Barking 5 Takeley 3
The Blues came from behind to win an eight-goal thriller against Takeley at Mayesbrook Park to retake top spot in the ESL by two points. The hosts opened the scoring when James Peagram produced a lovely pass to Petrit Elbi who coolly slotted home but the visitors then equalised before Mitchell Cole converted a spot kick to turn the match around. Barking fought back to level when Joe Pearman crossed for Joe Staunton to volley home into the bottom corner, however, Takeley then retook the lead to hold the advantage at the break. The Blues though fought back once again to level when Elbi produced a lovely ’dink’ to Pearman who crosses to the far post for Peagram to smash home the equaliser and then took the lead when Elbi sent across to Peagram to smash home his second to send the home fans delirious. And they settled the match finally when Ben OBrien sent a pass to Max Watters who coolly slotted home and end Takeleys resistance. The Station Road side slip to sixth after this defeat.
Barkingside 2 Burnham Ramblers 2
A late leveller from Bradley Morgan gave Ramblers a precious point against Barkingside at Cricklefield. Hughes put Burnham ahead before Edwards equalised for the hosts. Marvin Birch then put the hosts ahead five minutes into the second period but just as it looked like all three points would be heading to the home side Morgan popped up in injury time to deny ’Side the win. It leaves Barkingside down in 13th whilst Burnham remains second bottom but a point ahead of Haringey & Waltham now.
Basildon United 3 Ilford 1
The Bees ended Ilford ten match unbeaten run with victory at The Hive after goals from Nathan Dewberry, Reece Tranter and Paul Shave saw them climb two places to eighth, whilst Ilford fall a place to ninth.
FC Romania 5 Hullbridge Sports 1
A hat-trick from Ionut Danila helped see hosts FCR to a thumping win over Hullbridge Sports at Theobalds Lane. The hosts struck a wonder goal on 16 minutes but two minutes before the break Jimmy Cox levelled with an absolute superb volley from outside the box and the game was all square going into the break. However, goals on 59 and 78 minutes saw the hosts open up a two-goal cushion and then made it four with two minutes left when after Emery had blocked a shot, Danila was there to follow up for his second of the game. And five minutes into stoppage time he completed his hat-trick to cap off a superb home win, taking them into fifth place whilst Sports drop to tenth.
London Bari 0 Wadham Lodge 3
Lodge made it five unbeaten after an impressive three-goal win at London Bari for whom this was their fifth loss in six. Lodge are now just a point behind Bari in 17th place now and well clear of the bottom three after this good run of form.
Sporting Bengal United 4 Enfield 1893 0
A brace from Codey Cameron plus goals from
Oscar Mendes and Steven Carvell saw Bengal bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to smash out of form Enfield at Mile End. The win takes the hosts up a place to fourth bottom and just one place below their opponents. Enfield have a seven-point gap to them though but their recent form will certainly concern the Barrows Farm outfit.
Stansted 4 Tower Hamlets 0
Hosts Stansted are up to fourth after defeating Tower Hamlets at Hargrave Park. The hosts saw Taylor-Reid miss from the spot on the quarter hour mark but did take the lead seven minutes before the break though Jack Isherwood before Lewis Riches doubled their advantage just before the hour. Isherwood then scored straight from a corner on 62 minutes and the scoring was completed fifteen minutes from time when Tom Lakin netted and see the hosts to the three points, leaving Hamlets third bottom after their eighth defeat in their last ten.
Waltham Forest 3 Haringey & Waltham 0
Forest grabbed only their second win in ten games after comfortably seeing off bottom side Haringey and Waltham at The Matchday Centre in Walthamstow. The visitors were fielding legendary non-league striker Mervin Abraham in goal and he was powerless to prevent the hosts from taking the lead when Martin turned on the half way before putting in Dembele who finished low from a tight angle. Martin then got on the scoresheet himself, letting fire from twenty yards into the bottom corner before Harris sealed a comfortable afternoon for Forest, curling in from the edge of the area and seeing his side climb into 12th.
Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Round Two
Southend Manor 1 Redbridge 3
Redbridge fought back from a goal down early on to take a great win at Southchurch Park against Southend Manor to set up an away Quarter Final against Barking. Farrell had put Manor into a 13th-minute lead but goals from Brian Moses, Jacob Dingli and Joe Gent saw the Motormen fight back to win and progress into the Last Eight.
Here are the Reserves Division results for Saturday:
Barkingside P-P AFC Sudbury
Bishop’s Stortford P-P Stansted
Heybridge Swifts 0 Thurrock 2
Sawbridgeworth Town 3 Redbridge 1
Waltham Abbey 6 Hullbridge Sports 1