Non-league enthusiast, Peter Dudley, takes a look back at the weekend’s ESL action
Enfield 1893 1 Sawbridgeworth Town 2
The Robins came from behind to take all three points at The Harlow Arena against Enfield 1893. It started well for the hosts when Hocking-Rising scored a sensational effort from 30 yards in the fifth minute and saw the team celebrate with their oldest fan Jack who is 96! However, they were to be pegged back midway through the half when Matt Frew equalised from the penalty spot and right on half time they turned the match around when a ball over the top saw the visitors calmly slot across goal and into the bottom corner. Enfield had the chance to level on the hour mark, however, Pleasance saw his penalty saved and although the visitors were reduced to ten men late on after kicking the ball away to receive a second yellow, they held on for the points.
Haringey & Waltham 1 Eton Manor 3
Manor continued their impressive week with a solid win at bottom side Haringey & Waltham. Ben Bradbury gave the Manor an early lead, only to go to sleep and allow the hosts to level. However two Kadeem Campbell goals made sure the visitors left the Terrance McMillan with all three points.
Ilford 6 Burnham Ramblers 0
The Foxes demolished a sorry Burnham Ramblers side at Cricklefield to continue their terrific form in 2017. Goals by Warwick, Lockwood, Thomas, Stevens, and a cracker from Mullings had the hosts 5-0 up at the break & a Hart goal in the second half secured a great win for the home side.
London Bari 1 Barking 2
Barking came from a goal down to record another win towards the title at the Dog against a plucky London Bari. The hosts did lead until a corner from Joe Pearman was nodded home by Steve Willis and then after the break, the visitors got what proved to be the winner when a Joe Pearman free kick evaded everyone to nestle in the net and give the Blues another important victory.
Redbridge 1 Hullbridge Sports 1
A stoppage-time leveller from the visitors denied the hosts all three points at Oakside after the home side had chances to finish their opponents off prior to that. Brian Moses put Redbridge one up in the 3rd minute and the had to thank their lucky stars when Matt Brinklow played in Luca Frankis whose effort struck the hosts bar. Redbridge then hit the outside of the post in the 25th minute and then struck the crossbar twenty minutes into the second period. Jacob Dingli then missed a penalty for the hosts, hitting the post, midway through the half and then Hullbridge had to play the last twenty minutes with ten men as Kieran Offord limped off. But one minute into stoppage time Rob Hodgson popped up to level for Bridge and see them nick a point.
Southend Manor 1 Sporting Bengal United 2
Bengal stunned Manor at Southchurch Park to take all three points at the Essex seaside. The visitors took an 18th minute lead when Shiblu Miah slotted past home keeper Down and they made it two just past the half hour mark when Mendes produced a composed finish past keeper Down. Manor did threaten a late reply when a Fatt header from point-blank range with twenty minutes to go reduced the arrears, however, Manor saw Murphy sent off late on as Bengal held on for the win.
Stansted 0 Barkingside 1
Barkingside recorded a great away win as a David Laird goal on 88 minutes grabbed Gus Gulfers side a 1-0 win at Stansted to continue their terrific form in the last few weeks and sees them up to 11th in the league.
Tower Hamlets 1 Basildon United 3
The Bees came from a 1-0 half-time deficit to record a win against Tower Hamlets at Mile End. After the hosts had gone in a goal ahead at half time the visitors levelled through Nathan Dewberry and then took the lead through Yaw Danso and then sealed the points thanks to a Reece Tranter penalty and hold onto tenth place as a result.
Waltham Forest 0 Takeley 3
Three second half goals saw Takeley to all three points at The Matchday Centre against Waltham Forest. The first half saw a positive half from Forest, with them just missing that final ball, however, Takeley were well on top at the start of the second half, and missed three great chances and hit the bar once. Takeley did eventually make their dominance pay when Charlie Cole fired in low and hard although Forest so nearly levelled when Ambrose hit the bar but then saw Hendy given a straight red for a stamp. Dembele could have levelled when he got through but the keeper did well but then the visitors sealed the points when Das tapped home at the back post and put the gloss on the scoreline with a neat finish from Alex Martin.
West Essex 1 FC Romania 3
FCR moved into second place after defeating West Essex at Mayesbrook Park. The visitors took the lead with a free header from a corner in the 25th minute and increased their lead eight minutes before the break when after West Essex almost found an equaliser, FCR went straight up the other end and added a second. West Essex scored with five minutes to go via a Linford header to give them hope however Romania made it 3-1 in the dying embers to end the home side’s chances of denying the visitors the points.
Barking 2 Waltham Abbey 1
Redbridge 1 Takeley 5
Sawbridgeworth Town 0 Thurrock 2
Reserve Shield Semi Final
Hullbridge Sports 0 Stansted 4