Essex Senior League Round-up

By Peter Dudley

Len Cordell Memorial Cup – Last Sixteen

Group A

Friday, April 30

St Margaretsbury 2-2 FC Clacton (FC Clacton won 3-2 on penalties)

FC Clacton face a home quarter-final tie against White Ensign after a penalty shoot-out win against St Mag’s at The Recreation Ground.

It was the visitors who began the better and on seven minutes edged ahead when a lovely through ball released Charlie Thompson in on goal – he rounded St Mag’s keeper and skipper Emanuel Olajide and slotted home despite the best efforts of Aiden Read on the line. 

The hosts responded and just six minutes later levelled when Chris Manangu fired home from inside the box. However, as the half-entered stoppage time, FC Clacton regained the lead when Thompson netted his second, sending a looping header back across goal and into the far corner. 

Just before the hour mark, the hosts levelled when a corner kick from Kirk McPherson went straight in. Neither side could find a winner meaning the tie went to penalties – The Seasiders – who had only won one out of their last twelve shoot outs – wining 3-2

West Essex 1-3 Stansted 3

The Airportmen are into the last eight after seeing off West Essex at Mayesbrook Park.

Stansted had lost their opening two group games whilst West had won both of theirs, but it all meant nothing in the end as the visitors squeezed through as the best fourth-placed side. 

Jordan Palmer, Michael Salako and Harry Bushell all netted for Stansted who now host Clapton.

White Ensign 1-1 Barkingside (White Ensign won 3-1 on penalties)

Over at Lower Road, Ensign got through against Barkingside thanks to a penalty shoot-out success.

Ensign lead at the break thanks to a Dominic Locke goal but Barkingside forced a shoot out thanks to a powerful header from Reece Simpson. 

Ensign prevailed from the shootout and now face FC Clacton in the quarter-final

Saturday, May 1

Billericay Town U23s 0-1 Athletic Newham 

A Joel Appiah goal just past the midway point of the first half was enough for the visitors to join FC Clacton, Stansted, White Ensign and Clapton in the quarter-finals. They now face an away tie at either DTFC or Redbridge. 

Plate semi-final

Frenford A-W Hoddesdon Town 

Hoddesdon Town will contest the Plate Final at Oakside on May 29 after they were awarded this semi-final tie as Frenford pulled out of the tournament.

Great Wakering Rovers 0-10 Woodford Town

Woodford smashed Great Wakering Rovers 10-0 at Aveley’s Parkside Stadium thanks to hat-tricks from Rasheed Salau, Ramiah Mills and Eren Muti with Josh Steele grabbing the other in what was a truly remarkable result. 

Monday, May 3

Len Cordell Memorial Cup – Last Sixteen

Brimsdown 0-0 Clapton (Clapton won 7-6 on penalties)

Tons keeper Carlos Simeon netted the winning spot-kick as Clapton reached the quarter-finals following a goalless draw in very windy and wet conditions at New River Stadium, North London. The Tons now face a quarter-final tie away to Stansted at a venue yet to be confirmed.


Brian Jeeves

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