Non-league enthusiast, Peter Dudley, takes a look back at the midweek ESL action
Tower Hamlets 0 Hullbridge Sports 3
Sports are up to eighth after recording another win at Mile End against Tower Hamlets in East London. The visitors had hit seven at the same venue in the League Challenge Cup only two weeks previously and it looked ominous for the hosts when they fell behind in only the 4th minute when Luca Frankis slotted past the keeper and it was nearly two in the 19th minute as a Sam Taylor free kick from 25 yards hit the crossbar. Hamlets then came close themselves when a clever Djop lob from the edge of the box came back off the post and then almost went in off Merrells. The hosts did put the visitors under pressure but then saw Sports hit two in quick succession in the last ten minutes of the half to take control of the contest. They made it two in the 37th minute, when Howard Wright picked up the ball from about 25 yards out and smashed an effort into the top of the net and then three minutes later a fantastic free kick from Aaron Hunwicks, found Frankis’ head and he met it powerfully and made it three. The game had been closer than the scoreline suggested, with both sides having chances, just Bridge had far been far more clinical. Both sides did have chances in what was a pretty mundane second period although in the end it was a comfortable win for the Bridge, and left Hamlets tasting another defeat as they remain third bottom in the league.
London Senior Cup Round Two
Haringey Borough 7 Haringey & Waltham 0
Haringey & Waltham crashed out of the London County Cup after a seven-goal mauling at the hands of ex-Landlords Haringey Borough at Coles Park. It looked a daunting prospect for the ESL bottom side who ground shared as Greenhouse London in the previous two seasons as tenants to the hosts and were coming up against a Haringey team who were going well in the Ryman North division and scoring a few goals in the process. And it proved a fairly one-sided affair as the home side led 3-0 at the break without really breaking the sweat and they carried on their dominance in the second period, netting four further times to record a 7-0 win and set up a home Quarter Final against Greenwich Borough.
Basildon United 0 Barking 3
The Blues opened up a five-point gap at the top with two games still in hand after a Joe Pearman double helped them to victory against Basildon United at The Hive. The visitors had the perfect start as after the hosts failed to cut out a ball into the box, the ball fell to Pearman ten yards out and he made no mistake to give the leaders an early advantage. However after a lively the start the game went rather stale, that was until the Blues doubled their lead early in the second half, ironically after the Bees had started the half well, when Pearman netted again after a perfectly flighted ball into the host’s box, and see the visitors in command. Barking then managed to seal a big win when Wackers floated in a free kick, saw it come off a Basildon head to O’Brien at the back post, and the Blues midfielder duly nodded home. The final scoreline was a bit harsh on the Bees who had battled throughout, but the league leaders had been solid, and extend their lead at the top whilst the hosts stay in ninth position.
FC Romania 3 Sporting Bengal United 2
A late winner saw hosts FCR take all three points to move up to fourth in the division after a closely fought contest against Sporting at Theobalds Lane. The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute through Florin Pop and for the next ten minutes or so after saw the visiting keeper make four decent saves to keep the scoreline at 1-0 and then the visitors managed to level thanks to a great strike from Steven Carvell, however, the hosts then retook the lead through Sergio Pitaru to lead at the half, a half that had seen some good football from both sides. After the break, the visitors found another leveller thanks to a goal from Birthday boy Codey Cameron and this looked enough to claim a point, but the hosts popped up late on to score a winner and take the points, leaving Sporting down in 19th.
London Bari 1 Ilford 5
The Foxes bounced straight back from their defeat at The Hive to record a thumping win over London Bari at the Old Spotted Dog thanks to goals from Nelson (2), Warwick, captain Nkosi and new boy Dembele. Ilford went ahead after a fine run and half-volley at the far post and then Ilford went 2-0 up with a penalty from Mullins before making it 3-0 with another sustained spell of pressure to go into the break in total control. 0-4 came after a critical error by the home keeper leading to tap in before the hosts rallied briefly after netting a goal and then missing spot-kick as they threatened an unlikely comeback. However Ilford then made it 5-1 to end all doubt and take the points to stay in 8th, whilst Bari slip to 17th.
Wadham Lodge 4 Enfield 1893 2
Lodge continued their decent form after eventually seeing off a battling Enfield 1893 at The Matchday Centre in Walthamstow. The first half saw the home side lacking ideas in the final third against a battling visiting side, for whom James Briggs netted twice, as the sides went in all square at 2-2 at the half. However a more one-sided second half saw the home side take the win fairly comfortably and move up to 16th whilst Enfield stay 18th.
Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Round Two
Eton Manor 3 Barkingside 1
Manor set up a home Quarter Final against West Essex after defeating Barkingside at Goffs Lane. Ben Bradbury put them on their way before Dan Chambers doubled their lead and see them 2-0 up at the break. A sloppy beginning to the second half from the hosts saw the visitors reduce the arrears but they restored their two-goal cushion when Josh Sykes netted their third and saw them progress into the next phase of the tournament.