Saturday 8th September

Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

AFC Hornchurch 1 Harrow Borough 0
Basildon United 0 Peterborough Sports 2
Bowers & Pitsea 5 Takeley 1
Brentwood Town 2 Haringey Borough 3
Cambridge City 3 Brightlingsea Regent 4
Coggeshall Town 1 Berkhamsted 1
Great Wakering Rovers 3 Wisbech Town 1
Hendon 1 Harlow Town 1
Heybridge Swifts 2 Newmarket Town 0
Saffron Walden Town 0 St Ives Town 0
Walthamstow 0 Beaconsfield Town 2

AFC Hornchurch booked their place into Monday’s 2nd Qualifying Round draw after ekeing out a slender 1-0 win over Harrow Borough. The tie was goalless at half-time but Brad Warner’s goal three minutes after the break was enough to see the Urchins move on. Basildon United suffered a 2-0 reverse at home to Peterborough Sports. The visitors from the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central took the lead in the 10th minute via Josh McCammon and secured the victory when Paul Malone added a second in the second period to see the Bees off. Brentwood Town took a very early lead against Haringey Borough; Sam Carter handed the Blues the lead with only three minutes on the clock, but Georgios Aresti equalised two minutes later. Both teams had their chances but it looked like the Blues were on their way when Ayton Coley handed them the lead in the 81st minute. But Chinedu McKenzie put Haringey back on level terms two minutes from time; with time running out Karl Akinwande then popped up to break Brentwood’s hearts by scoring a last minute winner for Haringey Borough.

A Titanic struggle also took place at the Glassworld Stadium as Cambridge City entertained Brightlingsea Regent which the visitors won 4-3. The hosts were handed the lead twice via James Hall and Ryan Sharman, but on each occasional Regent pegged them back with Matthew Baxter and Jake Clowsley providing the levellers. Billy Hunt then fired Regent into a 3-2 lead and it looked like he had wrapped it up when he made it 4-2 in the 81st minute from the penalty spot. Cambridge City however were awarded a penalty themselves in the 89th minute which was duly despatched by Ryan Sharman, but it was too late for his team to get back into the game. Tevan Allen’s 55th minute goal for Coggeshall Town ensures that the Seed Growers are still involved in the FA Cup. The hosts had been trailing to a 13th minute Berkhampsted Town goal that was scored by Emmanuel Folarin until Allen’s goal booked a midweek replay. Hendon and Harlow Town will also be facing each other again after their first encounter on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw. Adu Gyamfi supplied the Harlow goal in the 25th minute but Hendon equalised via Ricardo German.

Saffron Walden Town put in a fantastic effort against St Ives Town in front of 521 people at Catons Lane but the game ended goalless and so they, too, will go at it again on Tuesday evening. It means the Bloods will go into the 2nd Qualifying Round draw on Monday. Sadly the other two Essex Senior League teams crashed out of the FA Cup. Takeley found themselves gunned down by David Knight who went on to score four goals, the first of which came as early as the second minute. He then rifled home a penalty in the 30th minute and then completed his hat-trick eight minutes later; the game was already slipping away but a minute later the game was now out of their grasp as Lewis Manor made it 4-0 to Bowers. Charlie Cole pulled one back just before the break but it wasn’t enough to start a Takeley revival; in any case Knight then added his fourth in the 50th minute to wrap up a comfortable win for the Bostik North side.

Walthamstow held Beaconsfield Town until the 55th minute when Louis Stead fired the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division South side into the lead. Alex Cathline popped up to give his side a two-goal cushion ten minutes later and that was enough to end Walthamstow’s Cup campaign for another season.

Great Wakering Rovers actually fell behind to an Alex Beck goal for Wisbech Town. But Stephen Butterworth levelled up just before the break, then Ollie Woodhouse and Jack Renew scored in the second half to see Great Wakering Rovers win the tie 3-1. Heybridge Swifts have now negotiated two qualifying rounds as they look to emulate last season’s FA Cup heroics. Newmarket Town would have pulled off a shock result if they were to have won on Saturday. Heybridge went on to win the game 2-0 to progress but it wasn’t until over an hour had been played before they broke the deadlock; Samuel Bantick opened the account and Nicholas Brown then closed it in the 83rd minute to see Heybridge Swifts continue their FA Cup run.

Essex Senior League

Barkingside 0 St Margaretsbury 2
Hoddesdon Town 1 Hullbridge Sports 2
Redbridge 1 Clapton 1
Southend Manor 0 Stansted 3
Sporting Bengal United 6 Enfield 0
West Essex 4 Leyton Athletic 1

With Takeley on Cup duty meant that Hullbridge Sports were able to take pole position after a 2-1 win at Hoddesdon Town. Darren Manning’s team had to come back from behind to do it though as the hosts took the lead from a Joss Lillis penalty in the 21st minute. But Hullbridge were back on terms within three minutes courtesy of Adebola Sotoyinbo. Hoddesdon were denied a share of the spoils as Rob Hodgson popped up deep into stoppage time to snatch all the points with a late winning goal. Sporting Bengal United posted their first league win of the season in some style as they beat Enfield 6-0 at Mile End Stadium. Steven Carvell’s 35th minute goal saw the hosts go in at the break with a 1-0 lead. Whatever said in the dressing room at half-time surely did the trick as his side went on to score five times in the second half. It took only two second half minutes for Bobby Redwood to find the target; Jon Watson added another on the hour; then a five minute spell of fire power saw Codey Cameron add a further two to the tally. Yasir Rashid wrapped up the scoring in the 75th minute and there was also a clean sheet collected by Cem Temur to complete a good afternoon for Sporting Bengal.

Lamar Joseph-Johnson also kept a clean sheet for Stansted who beat Southend Manor 3-0 at Southchurch Park. Paul Clayton (23’), Carl Mullings (61’) and Billy Coyne (87’), were the marksmen. Reece Grundy was also collecting a clean sheet at Cricklefield which included saving an Aaron Hunwicks penalty for the hosts. St Margaretsbury went on to beat Barkingside 2-0 with Charncey Dash and Phil Lowen scoring the goals that sealed the win; Barkingside are 17th and still looking for their first league win of the season after this setback. West Essex went in at half-time leading Leyton Athletic 2-0 with Cameron Gray and Michael Mignot providing the goals. Mario Gnijaj pulled one back for the visitors but there was to be no way back as the hosts scored twice more as Izzy Ogedi-Uzoke and Hakim Medfai secured the first league win of the season for West Essex. Over at Oakside and it were honours even as Asher Modeste’s 33rd minute goal for Redbridge was cancelled out by Jeffrey Cobblah’s reply for Clapton in the 1-1 draw.