Redbridge win; Barkingside draw; Ilford lose
PUBLISHED: 10:12 02 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:12 02 October 2016
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Mixed fortunes for Essex Senior League rivals
Redbridge 5 Tower Hamlets 2
Redbridge ended a run of four successive league losses with a five-star effort against struggling Tower Hamlets at Oakside.
Motormen had lost 4-2 at Southend Manor in midweek, but took the lead after only seven minutes through Jay Knight.
Sean Kettle doubled their advantage on 24 minutes, with David Sangolo making it 3-0 on the half-hour mark.
Kaman Asidio hit back for Hamlets six minutes before half-time, but Oscar Williams restored Redbridge’s three-goal cushion just four minutes into the second half.
Kerfala Korouma missed a penalty for the visitors, but O’Neal Rowe netted their second on 86 minutes, only for Jacob Dingli to complete Redbridge’s nap hand with two minutes remaining.
Tower Hamlets will look to bounce back from their seventh defeat in 10 league outings when they host basement boys Sporting Bengal in the Mile End derby on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Redbridge visit neighbours Ilford in another derby clash on Wednesday, looking for revenge after a 4-3 home defeat against the Foxes recently.
Redbridge: Mernagh, Roult, Carter, Odutola, Good, Kettle, Gent, Gordon, Knight, Hunt, Sangolo. Subs: Dingli, Mehmet, McCann, Opok, Williams.
Tower Hamlets: Biscoe, Sumithran, Bambo, Abayomi, Oreniake, Rowe, Asidio, Masco, Ramos, Wasiu, Ibrahima. Subs: Korouma, Joao, Sheymz, Akinlabi, Gabsi.
Barkingside 1 West Essex 1
Barkingside came from behind to earn a share of the spoils with the Essex Senior League new boys at Cricklefield Stadium.
Gursel Gulfer’s men went into the match on the back of an extra-time FA Vase exit at London Bari a week earlier, while West Essex arrived with eight successive league defeats to their name, including a 2-1 loss to Barkingside at Mayesbrook Park in early September.
But a defence-splitting pass put Michael Mignot clear to calmly slot past Sam Roach and put the visitors in front on 26 minutes.
And West Essex held on to that advantage until 20 minutes from time when Barkingside were awarded a penalty and David Laird stepped up to convert from the spot.
It was not enough to stop them slipping to sixth in the table, as Clapton won at Eton Manor, and Gulfer will take his side to new leaders Barking on Tuesday looking to complete a double, having inflicted the only defeat on the Blues so far this season.
Barkingside: Roach, Bonju (With 55), Birch, Ademiluyi, Laird, Lutaaya, Mitchell, Mochalski, Nottage, Smith, Wright (Amoako 60). Unused subs: Ajoodha, Fontaine, Blake.
Southend Manor 3 Ilford 0
Ilford saw their unbeaten run come to an end at Southchurch Park, where manager Allan Fenn was given his marching orders.
The Foxes had won three and drawn three of their first six league fixtures this season, and beaten leaders Takeley 3-0 in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek to earn a trip to Witham Town in the next round.
But they fell behind on 76 minutes when Andre Spencer put Manor in front and Eamon Payne rubbed salt into the wounds with two more Manor goals in the last two minutes.
Ilford return to action with a home derby against Redbridge at Cricklefield Stadium on Wednesday, having beaten Motormen 4-3 at Oakside only recently.
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