Essex Senior League: Barkingside, Ilford win; Redbridge lose
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 August 2017
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Mixed fortunes for local rivals
Barkingside 1 Stansted 0
Substitute Michael Ogboin came off the bench to bag Barkingside’s winner against the Airportmen at Cricklefield Stadium.
Michael Walther’s side had been unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup a week earlier, losing their extra preliminary round tie 4-0 to Stowmarket at home.
But they made it two wins out of two in the Essex Senior League as Ogboin struck within two minutes of his arrival.
The visitors just about edged the opening exchanges, but neither side looked like seriously testing the goalkeepers.
Barkingside got better as the first half wore on, but the scoreline remained blank as they wasted two great chances just before the interval and saw Stansted keeper Tim Pittman escape with only a booking after bringing down a player when through on goal.
Stansted were on the front foot at the start of the second half, but the hosts had good chances to get their noses in front before Ogboin headed home the only goal of the game.
Barkingside forced Pittman to make another save as they looked for a second goal, while also sending an effort just over.
But Stansted created good chances to level and saw a free-kick fly over Will Hunt’s crossbar at the other end as the scoreline remained unchanged.
Barkingside welcome West Essex to Cricklefield on Monday.
Barkingside: Hunt, Fontaine (Joseph 60), Mitchell-Brown, Newbold, Payne, Santos, Shave, Clarke, Cookey (Martelli 60), Morris (Ogboin 60), Sherwood.
Enfield 0 Ilford 3
Allan Fenn’s Ilford made it three wins from four this season with a comfortable success over Enfield at the Harlow Arena.
Only three minutes had been played when the visitors opened the scoring through James Peagram, who doubled their advantage five minutes after half time.
A third goal arrived midway through the second half as Peagram completed his hat-trick to secure all three points with a trip to Burnham’s Lesliie Field up next on Tuesday.
Takeley 2 Redbridge 0
Redbridge returned empty-handed from Takeley, who made it three wins in a row with success at Station Road.
The visitors went close through Brian Moses, before Jason Todd headed into the bottom corner to give the hosts the lead.
Malaki Toussaint fired just wide for Motormen, who saw Duggan go off injured before Stuart Zanone missed a good chance with a weak header.
Lewis Green did well to save a free-kick from Mitchell Das, and the follow-up attempt, then kept out Matt Hurley’s header from a corner.
Calvin Poku was denied by stand-in keeper Matt Gill at the other end, before Takeley countered to double their lead as Das converted at the far post.
Todd volleyed a good chance over before the break, then missed his kick after the restart and saw Das blast a shot over.
Motormen had Green to thank for a save at his near post, before Zanone twice off-target for Takeley, but then saw Polu fail to control a great cross from Moses.
Substitute Reside Coxi-Sebastfao poked a good chance wide for the visitors as they continued to struggle in the final third and Takeley held on to take the points.
Redbridge will hope for better when they visit Enfield on Monday.
Redbridge: Green, Reynolds-Blanche, Worrell (Coxi-Sebastfao), Nelson, Bomarha, Thomas, Duggan, Toussaint, Poku, Moses (Gates), Mtyanda, Gent. Unused subs: Homans, Harris.