By Scott Lanza
Saffron Walden Town were the only club able to get a fixture played in either division on Saturday, in a week that has seen postponements and abandoned games. On Tuesday Clapton managed to play their London Senior Cup Quarter Final tie to a conclusion: a 7-0 reverse at the hands of Harrow Borough their reward for getting the pitch playable for a game to go ahead. Saffron Walden’s ground staff did their bit to get Caton Lane playable yesterday but West Essex left with all the points, with Joe Lefley firing home the winner in the final minute. The Stags came out of the blocks early too, they were in front after only two minutes thanks to Hakim Medfai. Charlie Portway equalised from the penalty spot in the 21st minute, but West Essex scored once again before the break via Symeon Taylor. Portway was able to equalise in the 78th minute but there was no time for him, or indeed any other Bloods player to find an equaliser after Lefley’s late intervention. Defeat leaves Saffron Walden in 4th, they could have gone up to 2nd had they won this one. West Essex meanwhile move up to 10th.
Barkingside had two postponements this week as Monday’s encounter with local rivals Redbridge was then followed with yesterday’s game against Stanway Rovers also being pulled. Clapton v Sawbridgeworth Town; Hoddesdon Town v Ilford; St Margaretsbury v Takeley; Sporting Bengal United v Stansted and Southend Manor v Tower Hamlets were all non starters thanks to the weather. The pitch at Wadham Lodge was not playable on Saturday or Wednesday, meaning Walthamstow saw their midweek home game against Stanway Rovers, then yesterdays away game with Leyton Athletic both being postponed. And 4G pitches also proved to be infallible as Tuesday saw Enfield’s game against Saffron Walden Town abandoned due to the snow. The E’s were losing 2-0 before that game was brought to an early halt and will be replayed in due course. Harlow Town’s pitch was not playable for Friday evening’s game between Woodford Town and Redbridge, or the following day when it was Enfield’s turn to play hosts to Hullbridge Sports. The other 4G pitch used in the Essex Senior League is over at Aveley’s Parkside Stadium. On Friday Aveley Res. started their game with Tiptree Jobserve but then the worsening weather conditions caused the game to be abandoned.
The weather was the real winner this week it seems; although the two clubs that did get games played and completed may disagree as they were shown no gratitude and were handed defeats!