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Match Reports 2015/16

Saturday 19 December 2015

The 1st Team rounded off their year with a home game against Old Salvatorians. We steadied the 

ship in the game previous with a comfortable 4-0 and we were hoping for much of the same to give 

us that bit of extra seasonal cheer. Again we had massive selection trouble with a (very large) 

number of people injured or unavailable. With the 2nd Team game being called off we brought in a 

few of those lads to boost our numbers. Everything was all up in the air right until kick-off but we got 

there in the end.

For most of the week we were sceptical if the match would go ahead die to the state of the pitch. To 

be honest it played better than we expected, but that’s still not to say it was ideal. For a team that 

was thrown together last minute we made a decent start. Michael and Mark came in from the 2nds 

and were great at the back, Michael with his sweeping round and sharp anticipation and Mark with 

his hard hitting but fair tackles. The pitch made it hard to play our usual game of passing and running 

at teams but we gave it a good go. At times it worked and at times it didn’t. Our first effort at goal 

came through Ant, his shot from an angle was saved but the keeper looked far from convincing. We 

were certainly the ones more likely to break the deadlock in the match but we was having to work 

hard for the right. Both Mesmin Junior and Senior (The Birthday Boy) were both putting in some 

really hard graft in the middle of the park which kept our foothold in the game. Sammy was in the 

free role again, putting in the yards himself. He even managed to get a few long range efforts off, 

they didn’t test the keeper too much but the warnings were there. We finally took the lead from a 

corner put in by Ciaran. He drilled it over to the back post where Ozzie rose highest and thundered 

his header past the keeper in to the roof of the net. It was no more than we deserved and it did 

settle us down a bit. We continued to have the better of things before the break but close to the 

whistle Old Salvos did have the ball in our net, luckily for us the referee deemed the striker to be 

offside from when the free kick came in after our defence held a good line on the edge of the box. 

HT 1-0.

During the interval we spoke on how we knew with the pitch cutting up that we would have to be up 

for the battle in the second half. A one-nil lead is never enough and we would have to make sure 

that we added to that tally to make the game safe. We started the half well and went extremely 

close to doubling our lead within a couple of minutes of the restart. The pitch was getting harder to 

pass on but we managed to put together a lovely move, everyone on the team must have touched 

the ball at least once as we swept the ball from back to front. The final pass was put in but Sammy in 

to the box and Mitch’s deft flick finish looked a certainty to dip in at the back post, but instead just 

flicked down off the crossbar. Such a brilliant move and finish deserved more. No sooner had a lick 

of paint denied us a two goal advantage, we were level at 1-1 after goal out of the blue. Their player 

hit a strike out of nowhere from a good 35-40 yards out that was as crisp as you like and caught Glen 

out at his near post. Old Salvos were delirious and we were stunned how they had got back in to 

this. With their tails up, the game went up a level or two. Every ball was keenly contested for and 

Mezza was having great game in the middle of the park, getting stuck in a winning his headers and 

tackles. Arron was playing up front with Mitch this week, and like in the match previous he had a 

quiet start but slowly got himself more involved. Here he burst in to life just when we needed to 

regain control of the match. After Ciaran and Ant worked hard to win the ball back on the right hand 

side, Arron sped away from a couple of Salvos’ challenges on the halfway line and put a lovely pass 

through to Sammy. His run beat the offside trap and he just made it on to the pass before the 

keeper could. There Sammy scored with a very tidy little finish over the stranded keeper, a goal he 

very much deserved for all the hard work he had put in to this game and those previous. For the next 

10 minutes the game became a bit end to end. On another day we could have had a couple more in 

no time, Mitch was really unlucky in that if he dropped off for a cut back or went near post in the 

area, the ball went the other way. We made our first change bring Kailem on for Ant who had put in 

a big shift, and dropped Mitch in to midfield to make sure we didn’t let anything slip in there 

alongside the Mesmins. Mike, Mark, Ciaran and Ozzie were all still doing a great job at the back, 

Ciaran and Mark in particular both putting in a couple of shuddering tackles that were right on the 

money. Our third came from a perfect counter attack. We were defending a corner, which Mitch 

headed clear then won the second ball from that against the Old Salvos midfielder. He followed that 

up by clipping a ball over for Arron to run on to. His first effort at goal was blocked but he prodded 

in the second time and gave us a comfortable lead. Jay came on for Sammy and was just as energetic 

as we expected, even though he had just played 120 minutes for the 3rds. He hustled and harried 

everyone and was a toe end from getting in on goal after great closing down. Kailem was getting 

well involved too, wining tackles in the middle of the park one minute then popping up out on the 

left and roasting people the next. He nearly got his maiden 1st goal too. Arron had worked his magic 

out wide, cut in crossed the ball to Kailem. His effort was blocked just about by a great tackle from 

the defender but Arron smashed the rebound home with his right foot in to the roof of the net with 

his second of the game. Ryckie took his place after that goal was straight in on the action too, but his 

couple of shots from outside the box didn’t test the keeper much. He had a much easier chance laid 

on for him in the area soon after but just lent back as he went for the strike and the ball sailed over 

the crossbar. Despite our comfortable lead Old Salvos kept going to the final minute and did put us 

under a bit of pressure in the closing stages. A series of corners kept us penned in our own area for a 

good couple of minutes. Glen had total control of his area though, whether it was coming out to 

punch or using his agility to tip ones over that were dipping in to the goal. That made sure we had a 

tidy little result going in to the Christmas break. FT 4-1.

First off, again, a big thank to those who came in and helped us out. Glen, Michael, Mark and Ryckie 

from the 2nds and Jay and Kaliem from the 3rds. They were excellent to a man and shows the depth 

we have at the club. After a sticky patch of form we have won our last two, scoring 8 goals in the 

process and going up to 2nd place in the league heading in to the New Year. It’s a welcome boost but 

by no way means the job is done. We need to get more of our players back and playing regularly as 

we cannot keep relying on the other teams to help us out when we are short. After a dip in form we 

have got ourselves back in contention at the top of the table but we must double our efforts in early 

2016 to make sure we stay there and battle for the top prize. Result 4 – 1.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone at the club, their friends and family too - Dan 

Stock.

Team

Glen Rawle, Ciaran Folan, Oscar Tribe, Michael Hollingsworth, Mark Ferris, Mickey Mesmin, Anthony 

Yeomans, Sammy Butt, Arron Watson McNab, James Mitchell, Subs Kailem Gayle, Rychie Husbands, 

Jay Digance 

The thirds final game before the Christmas break was in the AFA Junior Cup at home to Old 

Brentwoods. A win would take us into the quarter finals and after a couple of setbacks in the league 

we really wanted to stay in this cup as long we could. It was also our first game this year on the big 

astro pitch which the younger lads were happy about although some of those approaching veteran 

status were less keen!!

Due to Sakhie being unable to tell the time we had to shift players around a bit and started with 

Skinner in goal, Curtis, Jay, Ben and Simon at the back, Sam, Deniro and Kieran in the midfield and 

Elliott, Reiss and Kailem up top. We started on the front foot and whilst maybe a little slow and 

sloppy at times we were still by far the better team. When we got the ball forward we looked 

dangerous and created a couple of chances but our shooting let us down. At the other end we were 

rarely troubled and when we were the defence was solid even if Simon occasionally gave his team 

mates some anxious moments when he was determined to turn the striker!!! Sam and Deniro were 

winning the battle in midfield, well Deniro was and Sam was watching on and very impressed. It was 

an absolute shock then when we went a goal down when their striker’s hopeful effort from distance 

deflected off Ben which wrong footed Skinner and they were a goal up. We bounced back and were 

again on top but couldn't find a way through, crosses were going in but not quite bouncing kindly 

and when we got our shots off they were high or wide. Not long before half time Kieran brilliantly 

beat his man but was cynically taken out as he was through on goal. I don't like to see anyone sent 

off but how the referee decided to let him off with a yellow is still beyond me. The resulting free kick 

was comfortable for the keeper and somehow we went in to the break a goal down. Understandably 

there was some frustration however we all knew that the game was there for us and we just had to 

keep going for us to get our reward.

No changes at half time and no change to the pattern of the game as we continued to dominate. 

This time aided by a strong wind we were even more on top and were more or less camped in our 

opposition's half. Still though we couldn't break through and in fairness they were defending very 

well in numbers. About fifteen minutes into the second half disaster struck. As their player was 

running down the line with Simon he took the ball out of play by about five yards, everyone but the 

player stopped but unbelievably the referee waved play on and the resulting shot looped into the 

net. Tempers went a little bit at this point as we knew we had a mountain to climb, substitutions 

were made with Saikhe and Kofi coming on and we continued to press to get back into the game. We 

hit the post and bar, missed more good opportunities and it really did look like it was going to be a 

story of hard luck, but with less than ten minutes to go Simon scored a bullet header from a corner 

and we had just a glimmer of a chance. 

The effort and desire from everyone was first class and in the final minute a long goal kick from 

Skinner was mis-judged by their centre back and Elliott was through one on one, we all held our 

breath but there was no need to worry as he slotted home an equaliser. Great celebrations followed 

and we had taken the game to extra time. In truth it was no less than we deserved and extra time 

proved to be a bit of a procession, our opposition were understandably broken and in the first half of 

extra time Elliott quickly knocked in two more for yet another hat trick and in the second half we 

added two more as Reiss got a brace the last one after a magnificent cross field ball from Kailem. We 

could have had more but it would have been harsh on our opponents who did keep going. So a 6-2 

win and into the quarter finals, a great comeback win and an excellent way to end the first half of 

the season. Some brilliant individual performances on the day but mom had to be Deniro for doing 

the full 120 minutes on that astro and dominating the midfield to set us up for attack after attack. I 

guess Elliott did alright too mind!! Hope everyone enjoys the break and let's see if we can add just a 

bit more consistency in the second half of the season and see where it takes us. Report Sam 

Hargreaves.

Team

Ryan Kinner, Jay Digance, Deniro Christian, Ben Grinham, Kieran Hawkes, Simon Omope, Sam 

Hargreaves, Elliott Dawes, Reiss Ellick, Kailem Gayle, Kofi Mensah- Ansong, Curtis Dring, Sakhile 

Hlatshywako.

Saturday 12 December 2015

This week the 1st Team were back to home comforts at the Lodge as we took on Old Tollingtonians 

in a league game. After a tough game the week before we certainly had a job to pick ourselves up to 

try and regain some momentum in our push for promotion. Early on the week it didn't look to 

hopeful as at one point, like the week before, we had a good 8 or 9 players missing. With the 3rd 

Team postponed due to the weather we took a couple of their lads to make up for our shortfalls on 

personnel. 

The game was originally scheduled to be played away but as Old Tollies ground was suffering with 

the weather we switched it to the Lodge on the astro-turf. From the off we looked comfortable 

which was quite refreshing as we have been in a bit of a sticky patch the past few weeks. We 

knocked the ball about nicely in the early stages and used the width of the pitch to our advantage. 

Seany was enjoying the space afforded to him by the Tollies midfield, spreading the ball around and 

looking for the through-passes on to our strikers. Either side of him was Mickey and a new signing 

Jay. With three good footballers in the middle of the park and Sammy just ahead of them in the free 

role, we had plenty of creativity to use. A reshuffled back line had Nick Harris, Mitch, Ozzie and Little 

Jay, picking up another call-up from the 3rds. Generally they had a pretty easy time of it. Initially 

there was a couple of hairy moments being an unfamiliar unit back there but eventually things ran 

pretty smoothly, with Nick and Jay having the time and space to supplement our attacks. Up front 

we had pace to burn with Elliott and Arron there, and every time they got in behind you felt we 

could easily find the net. Elliott had the first big chance but his prodded effort from a tight angle 

came off the keeper’s legs and hit the crossbar. We had the lion-share of the possession, but despite 

our control over the game we hadn't found the goals to certify it. Tollies occasionally punted the ball 

forwards over the back four to leave a chase on but in goal we had Joseph who is always sharp off of 

his line. That said there were a couple of chances that fell the visitors way which were wasted, 

including what looked to be a sitter that was sent over the bar from point blank distance. As the half 

went on it felt the away side were dragging us in to their way of playing, we stopped using our width 

that came from our full backs and a few of our players started to get the rough treatment. Arron was 

taking a few lumps with no free kick forthcoming and Mickey got sent sprawling so much so that 

Sammy was straight in there afterwards to let the other player know to watch it! Tollies could 

feasibly been down to 10 men had the referee not been as lenient. Arron's pace and tricks got him 

clear of the defence but he was held back by his shirt and the player doing it was the last man and he 

was in turn preventing a goal scoring opportunity. Not much time was left before the break and you 

began to wonder if not taking our chances while on top would could back to haunt us as it has done 

recently. Those fears were eased when Elliott made sure we went in to the break a goal to the good, 

courtesy of a lovely passed finish curled around the keeper and nestled in to the bottom corner. HT 

1-0.

It was good to be one nil up but we could have been doing better. As the first half progressed it felt 

like some of our play had regressed. We allowed ourselves to get bunched up and penned in by an 

average side which wasted the space we had out wide. The half time chat must have sunk in as we 

got an early goal, provided from a wide position and it was also beautiful in its simplicity. Jay had the 

ball in midfield played a pass out to Sammy who had popped up on the right. He bided his time for 

Nick to make a run up the wing from right back before playing him in. A first time cross from the full 

back was right on the money to Elliott's head who put it away with minimal fuss for his and the 

team's second. It was real textbook stuff. The goal seemed to left our confidence tenfold. With every 

attack we looked more likely to find the net as we really dominated the rest of the game. Everyone 

played with that little bit more freedom provided by the two goal cushion. Mitch found the time and 

space to play out from the back and started quite a few moves. Ozzie, also at centre half, had a 

comfortable game and dealt with anything that come his way. Little Jay had shown a great first 

touch all game and started to take people on a bit more in this half. Arron was next to get on the 

score sheet, absolutely roasting the full back down by the touchline, cutting back in and finishing 

with aplomb, reminiscent of Elliott’s in the first half. Arron’s strike partner had a hat-trick firmly set 

in his sights, and was perhaps getting a bit greedy looking for it! He wasn’t be denied and did finish 

with three goals after another move that initiated from out wide. With the game the well won we 

started to ring the changes. Curtis and Kailem came on, and the former could have had a goal to his 

name within minutes. Another great cross was put in from wide but Curtis’ effort cannoned off the 

bar from point blank range. A minute or two after that put another chance over the bar from a 

similar distance. The game was all us at that moment, Tollies had a couple of speculative efforts 

from distance but Joseph was more than equal to them. Our width in this half really made the 

difference, especially with the opposition tiring. Kaliem and Little Jay combining on the left perfectly 

balanced up Jay and Nick on the right. Sammy nearly scored a cracker, but his swerving and dipping 

effort was tipped over well by the keeper. Ciaran returned from injury for a brief cameo and gave us 

a timely boost as he was everywhere, showing some great touches and tricks. He nearly had the 

chance to score a great goal, one drag back from a strong pass sent him through three players to put 

him through to the keeper but Elliott and Curtis ran on to the ball as well sniffing a goal and were 

given offside. FT 4-0.

It was very pleasing to get back to winning ways again. The lads from the 3rds were excellent, 

especially Elliott with his hat-trick. Also, for his first game at the club Jay slotted in superbly, played 

some very nice football and looks to be a great addition to the team. Hopefully we can get some 

players back for our last match before the holidays.   Report Dan Stock

Team

Joesph Anang, Nick Harris, Jay Digance, Oscar Tribe, James Mitchell, Jay Abberley, Mickey Mesmin, 

Sean Mahoney,  Arron Watson McNab, Elliott Dawes, Sammy Butt, Subs Kailem Gayle, Curtis Dring 

Ciaran Folan

This week the 2nds were back in league action. The reserves travelled to Watford’s training ground, 

to face a struggling UCL side.

Having previously beaten them 8-1, and looking at the league table, we’re still very much in the 

running to win this league, however, we were well aware that it was games like this that we needed 

to win, and win convincingly to sustain our momentum.

Before this game, I needed to let the team know that it was Ilie’s last game in a Hale End shirt, as he 

is returning back home. It was my decision to make him captain for this fixture, not just for this 

reason, but because his last few appearance he has been superb, and I felt he fully deserved this 

opportunity. We took a team photo for him before the game also (attached).

Starting XI for this fixture: Glen Rawle, Nick Kypri, Terry Olivo, Mark Ferris, Will Cross, Freddie 

Wrighton, Ilie©, George Linsah, Nick Jennings, Michael Hollingsworth, Tommy Murray-Stevens. 

Subs: Dan Abel, Patrick Niama, Ryckie Husbands.

The wind was fierce, and we decided to play against it in the first half. This meant us having to soak 

up heavy pressure, unable to clear our lines at times, and saw us panic a lot more than we should 

when we had possession. The ball wouldn’t stick, and we saw the majority of the first half having to 

defend.

We did go 1-0 ahead in the early stages, when we managed to get the ball down and play. 

 Will picked the ball up in the left back position and played a fantastic through ball, splitting the 

defence, into the path of our captain Ilie. Ilie’s first touch drew the goalkeeper off his line, and 

screaming for the ball to the right side of him was our top goalscorer, Tommy. The ball was squared 

nicely into his path, for Tommy to tap in for another goal to add to his tally. A great find from Will, 

and a very good assist from Ilie. We went 1-0 ahead very early on, and we hoped this would settle 

us. With the conditions, and UCL having the benefit of the wind, we were under a lot of pressure 

after we’d opened the scoring. We were reckless in possession, we didn’t really settle well.CL 

managed to equalise when we failed to clear our lines. An in swinging corner was met by their 

striker, and the ball cannoned off of our defender on the line, back into his path for him to tap the 

ball into our net. An incredibly cheap and poor goal to concede, especially as I felt we just didn’t 

clear the ball when we had the chance to. 1-1.

UCL had another clear cut opportunity, but Glen was forced to make a very good save keeping the 

score level.  We had our second chance of the game just before half time, when Tommy was 

released to go one on one with the goalkeeper. Unfortunately he struck the ball straight at him, 

forcing us to go in at the break 1-1. 

UCL were the dominant force in the first half admittedly, and we knew we’d have to soak up heavy 

pressure due to the wind being in their favour. However, the second half would see us dominate.

With the wind benefitting us this half, it was time for us to pressurise UCL. The majority of this half 

being played in UCL’s area, but us being unable to score the winning goal.

Our best chance of the game, once again fell to Tommy in the last ten minutes, failing to beat the 

goalkeeper missing his second one on one of the game. 

Tommy run his socks off this game, defending from the front, in a game that would have seen any 

striker isolated and with very little to pick up on. It was just a bad day when he did manage to find 

his feet in a goal-scoring position. Not many positives to take from this game, in a game that we 

should have won. Our substitutes also failing to make an impact on a day that saw very little threat 

in front of goal. All in all, a very scrappy encounter. One I consider us to have lost two valuable 

points. On another day, I’m certain we’d have won this fixture, and I look back at Saturday very 

disappointed. Not enough of us wanted to win, and a large group of us felt that just turning up 

would see us gain these three points – football isn’t like that. We win as a team. 

A very sad day to see Ilie go, and I’d like to say on behalf of my and the team, what a great player he 

was, and what a pleasure it’s been having him in this team. A true leader, and a great warrior.

I wish him all the best in the future and thank him for his continuous hard work and fight he’s shown 

ever since he’s been a part of this squad.

Massive apology to Dan Abel who has been with us for the past two weeks, and hasn’t had any game 

time. Result 1 – 1 Report: Nick Jennings 

Team

Glen Rawle, Nick Kypri, Terry Olvio, Mark Ferris, Will Cross, Freddie Wrighton, Ilie Braescu (C ),

George Linsah, Nick Jennings, Michael Hollingsworth, Tommy Murray-Stevens. Subs: Dan Abel, 

Patrick Niama, Ryckie Husbands.

The Vets 2’s were at Wadham against top of the table Archer, they arrived with a strong 16 man 

squad. We started with a 4-1-3-1-1 formation. In the first 10 minutes we were quite good and 

positive with Dave Brown and Mark Hill having good chances. We then lost our shape with Archer 

going down the flanks. We went 1-0 down after good play by visitors but we could have defended 

better. Shortly after we found ourselves 2-0 again a mistake. A mad five minutes saw us let in two 

more goals from free kicks, we were to slow to react. Something we have being doing all season. We 

need to sharpen up lads. We changed to a 442 Kevin Argue Tony James coming on and we ended the 

half much better. HT 0 -  4.

In the second half we knew we had to put in a shift and our attitude was first class. We had quite a 

few chances and it was not always pretty but we played some good stuff in spells. Danny Magill was 

making great runs down the left and could have scored twice had we made the right pass. Kevin 

Argue made an impact up front. It needs to highlighted that the subs should be fit and ready to play

When needed. A poor first half, much better second half.  FT 0 – 4. Report John Argue. 

Team

Dave Holland, Tim Hawkins, Danny Magill, Bert Schouwenburg, Dorian West, Tony Smith, Richard 

Adderley, Mark Peel, Mark Hill, Steve Barry, Dave Brown, Vincent White, Gary Austin, Kevin Argue

Saturday 5 December 2015

The 1st Team were back in cup action this week away to NUFC Oilers. Much like the last round against Civil 

Service we were massive underdogs, but you never know what can happen in a cup game and maybe our 

luck would come in again. With three players from our back four pulling out between Thursday up until 

Saturday morning, on top of all the injuries and absentees we already had, it was quite obvious that luck 

was clearly not on our side and hasn’t been for a few weeks. With so many people out (I think the 

number may have reached 8 or 9) we were scrambling to get players in right till the moment we set off 

around the A406 to get to the game.

When the match got under way it was quite clear that NUFC were clearly a good side that had been 

together a long time. They knocked it about nicely and had plenty of movement to go with it. Had we had 

a semblance of our best side out maybe we could have matched them a bit more than we did but with 

such a patched up side it was very difficult to stem the tide. Sometimes in these games the longer you 

hold out the unsure the team in ascendancy become, well after we conceded a soft corner they pounced 

on the mistake to take the lead. And so that pattern stayed for the rest of the game really. We didn't 

perform that badly but NUFC were so sharp to take advantage of any slips or slight mistakes. The home 

side were extremely clinical in the first half, even when we cleared our lines they would score with a great 

effort from outside the area. We got a goal back ourselves off the back of some excellent pressing as a 

team and Hayden profited from a poor back pass to find the net. HT 1-3.

In the second we played some nice football in patches and kept going regardless. Playing against the wind 

in the first half we thought that it be on our side in the second but that deserted us also which only made 

the task even harder. NUFC improved further after the break and put us to the sword with another four 

goals, mainly coming towards the back end of the half. They didn't have it all their own way despite what 

the score would suggest. We battled hard yet fairly the whole game, with two or three very good 

performances in there too. FT 1-7.

Without a doubt the hosts were the better team and deserved the win on the day. I don't think I have 

seen a side as clinical as when a chance came their way. Had we had our full side out we maybe have 

given them a better game. On a brighter note, the referee commended on our spirit of play which you 

could say is a bit of a rarity! At moment the game is being looked at by the AFA as 2 of the NUFC Oilers 

players that appear on their team sheet are not registered with the club on full time. Watch this space!

Team

Steve Savill, Adam, Curtis Dring, Oscar Tribe, Christiaan Beaupierre, Mickey Mesmin, Mike Mesmin,  Arron 

Watson McNab, James Mitchell, Hayden Watson, Antony Yeomans, Subs Sammy Butt, Sean Mahoney

Before the match I said to myself, I must try to keep the match reports shorter but with some high scoring 

games, it’s been impossible to do this season. Saturday was another 9 goal thriller, 3 penalties given, a 

stone wall penalty denied, the woodwork being hit on more than one occasion, mistakes, bookings and a 

couple of fiery moments during the game. On a damp and one of the windiest days of the year, the 

reserves were at home against high flying Old Aloysians 2’s who are running away with the league one 

division above us. We were dealt an early blow when Michael Hollingsworth and Simon Harris pulled out. 

Our two centre backs who have formed a good partnership were missing against a team we knew would 

cause us problems and put us under pressure. We started with Glen in goal, Nick Kypri at RB, Terry 

captaining the side alongside Mark who stepped into CB and Matt Richardson LB. Ryckie on the right, 

George on the left, after an impressive 90 mins Ilie kept his place in CM alongside Freddy and Patrick. 

Tommy started up front. Subs were Dan Able, Nick Jennings and Will Cross.

The game started at a face pace with both teams looking to get their foot on the ball and try and play in 

what was challenging conditions. No real chances were created in the first 10 minutes, but soon after, we 

won the ball back well from an Old Aloysians attack, we lost the ball sloppily on the half way line and Old 

Aloysians took the lead when the ball pin balled around our box before the ball was played across the 6 

yard box for their striker to tap in the easiest goal he will score all season.  0-1. We were unlucky not to 

be level straight after when Freddie Wrighton picked up the ball running from midfield, good runs by 

Ryckie and George opened up the space for him allowing Freddie to strike the ball only to see the 

goalkeeper make a decent save down to his left.  Old Aloysians soon doubled their league when a 

deflected free kick was fumbled by Glen under no real pressure. 0-2. At this point it looked like game over 

after giving away 2 goals that were gifts. 

We somehow didn’t get one back when George found himself one on one with the keeper, the keeper 

made the save with his legs, the ball fell to Ryckie who took a touch with the goal at his mercy but 

allowed both the defender and goalkeeper to get back and make a block.

 We should have got another goal when again, great play from George as he jinked his way into the box 

only for their left back to bring him down. Penalty no.1. Tommy stepped up after no one really looking 

like they wanted to take it. Tommy struck the ball to the goalkeepers left, the goalkeeper guessed right 

and palmed the ball away. Still 0-2.

At this point I felt it wasn’t to be our day. But George did manage to get himself on the scoresheet after 

finding himself 1 on 1 against the keeper, he slipped while shooting and the ball looped over the 

goalkeeper to make it 1-2. The match swung in our favour again and we got the deserved equaliser 

through another penalty. The ball was hit long into one of our players and was chested down with his 

back to goal. The defender barged our player in the back. Penalty no.2. Ryckie this time took the ball and 

slotted home calmly. 2-2. Our tails were up at this point and we took the lead just before half time. 

George was giving their LB a torrid time, and assisted Tommy who made up for his penalty miss. George 

whipped in a great ball across the box for Tommy to tap in. We could have and should have scored 5, but 

after being 2-0 down against a team who are a league above, we showed great character and 

togetherness to go into HT 3-2 up.

We were against the wind second half so we knew they would come at us with all they had. We defended 

well up till then and the goals we had conceded were very poor and down to individual mistakes. We 

should have made it 4-2 when Ryckie picked up the ball on the edge of our box, ran the length of the field 

after skipping past 3 of their players and found himself 1 on 1 against the goalkeeper. After doing the 

hard work, Ryckie played the ball against the goalkeeper and another chance went begging. A couple of 

players were also screaming for the ball to be played across goal which may have been a better option. 

Old Aloysians got an equaliser when a long punt up field from their goalkeeper bounced over our centre 

backs and left their striker to score. 3-3. Another poor goal to concede from our point of view.

This was a blow to us as we should have had a 2 goal cushion. It gave them the belief and confidence to 

go on and win the game. They took the lead again when a harsh penalty was awarded when their striker 

who had his back to goal went down after a slight touch from Matt who was marking him tightly. Penalty 

no.3. Their captain slotted home out of the reach of Glen who went the right way to make it 4-3. Soon 

after Glen made a good save to his left tipping the ball out for a corner as they started to put on the 

pressure in the search of killing the game.

It would have been easy for us to cave in. However, if we were going to lose this game, we weren’t losing 

without showing the fight and determination which has seen some very good performances this season. 

We scored an equaliser when a ball into box was cleared to the edge of the area to meet George who 

volleyed the ball into the bottom corner. 4-4. With the game seemingly going into extra time and still no 

subs made by us – we should have had ANOTHER penalty when it looked like Tommy was bundled to the 

floor. FT 4-4.

In extra time Tommy was replaced by Nick Jennings and Nick Kypri was brought off for Will Cross. Early in 

extra time a free kick was awarded to us just outside the area. Nick Jennings and Freddy had a discussion 

about who should take it. Nick, with his first touch of the ball whipped the ball around the wall with the 

goalkeeper beaten only to hit the cross bar. ET HT 4-4. 

We were in control as we had been for large parts of the game. They soon took the lead again. The ref at 

times was struggling to take control of the game as it was clear both teams were really fired up to win the 

game.  He awarded a free kick to them after our defender moved his chest towards the ball and with their 

players screaming for handball, that’s what the referee awarded, a free kick for handball. Utterly bizarre 

decision which they scored from after we failed to clear again.  5-4. With about 5 minutes left we still had 

2 chances to equalise. After changing our formation to 3-4-3 to try and take the game to penalties our 

first chance fell to Ilie. Similar to George, he found himself on the end of a ball on the edge of the box. He 

struck the ball well but the ball literally trickled just past the post with the goalkeeper beaten. With the 

last kick of the game, Ilie found himself down the right as we were flooding forward. He crossed the ball 

for Mark who was 2 yards out with a defender behind him, he could only manage to get his head to it 

which hit the crossbar and went out for a goal kick. The ref blew for full time and we somehow lost the 

game 5-4.

They took their chances that we could have been guilty of handing them. Their celebrations after the 

match told me that they knew they had been in a game. We bow out of the cup after giving a decent 

team a run for their money. Our players fought back from 2-0, 4-3 down to get back into the game and on 

another day, we would have won. That’s football, you win some, you lose some. We look forward to 

turning our attentions to the league next week after our cup fixtures the last few weeks. Another good 

effort from the boys, George was influential with Terry and Mark doing well at CB even though we lost 

the game. Result FT 4 – 4  ET 4 - 5. Report Alex Jennings.

Team

Glen Rawle, Nick Kypri, Terry Olivo, Mark Ferris, Matt Richardson, Ryckie Husbands, George Lisanh, Illie 

Braescu, Freddie Wrighton, Patrick Niama, Tommy Murray – Stevens, Subs Dan Able, Nick Jennings, Will 

Cross 

The 3rds had a disappointing day away to league leaders Old Kingsburians on and off the pitch. We lost

3 -1 with our only goal coming from Kieran Hawkes.  

Team

Serdar Avcin, Sakhile Hlatshywako, Jay Digance (C ), Ben Grinham, Deniro Christian, Ryan Skinner, Kieran 

Hawkes, Samir Ndala, Elliott Dawes, Reiss Ellick, Kofi Mensa Ansong, Sub Sam Hargreaves.

"Storm Desmond Tried It's Best!!" The Vets 1’s had a league game away to Newport.

Our longest away day, Newport, Saffron Walden and it was going to take a huge effort from all of us to 

recover from this arduous trip and battle both Newport and Storm Desmond.

First half we were playing with wind behind us, occasionally, such was the unpredictable nature of this 

wind. Newport were in our faces from the whistle, playing two big guys up front and two further coming 

through the middle relentlessly. But we stood our ground, man for man we defended with courage and 

purpose. When we attacked we got them turning backwards but couldn't create any clear chances.. The 

half continued this way throughout.

Half-time, battle-harden, we marched of the pitch feeling confident that we could still win this. Why not? 

We'd 2 wins on the bounce! No changes made, all players were eager to get going again.

Newport thought the second half would be theirs with the wind in their favour!! Never rely on Mother 

Nature and underestimate HAFC Vets 1st.

We were now in their faces, frustrating them, hard in the tackle and battling for every ball. There were 

some dubious referee decisions which we had to overcome and remain focused on the job. The wind was 

getting worse, this suited us as it meant the ball had to stay on the floor, our style of play. Close chances 

from both teams but a goalless draw seemed on the cards. We made a couple of forced substitutions but 

this would prove worthy.

With the wind, Newport put a hopeful ball towards our goal. At first it appeared to be going out for a goal 

kick but it dropped at the far post and they scored with a header, 1-0 and it's the 89th minute. You'd think 

we would've been crest fallen but alas no. From the kick-off we pushed forward and forced a corner. 

Second half sub, Mark Peel took the corner, it was cleared but only back to him. He then fired a ball 

across the crowded six yard box and Mark Hill stabbed it in off the toe of Stephen Lamont.1-1. Yes.  As 

the kick off was taken the referee blew the full-time whistle. It felt like a win for us as Newport had just 

witnessed victory taken from them. Superb Onwards & Upwards Result 1 – 1 Report Patrick Cummings

Team

Stephen Pyle, Stephen Lamont, Sean Windeatt, Steve Chambers, Eke Agbeze, Ubaldo Attansio, Peter 

Laing, Darren Brathwaite, Dave Brown, Terry Brooks, Mark Hill, Subs Gary Austin, Mark Peel, Winston 

Charles.

Saturday 28 November 2015

The 1st Team played Old Minchendenians this week. On the morning of the game the venue changed from 

their rather nice home ground to Firs Farm Lane, which is generally a mud bath this time of year. Turns 

out we our match was afforded one of the better pitches which was surprisingly good considering the 

weather. 

We started a lot better than we had in previous matches, and were straight out of the blocks.  With only a 

minute or two of the whistle we had a series of corners that had the home side defending desperately. 

With the first one our effort crashed off the crossbar and then cleared to safety. The next two the home 

side barely managed to clear them, with the keeper having a right flap at both of them. Their skipper was 

booked for a rash tackle on Ciaran, who was thriving in the No.10 role, and we had plenty of possession 

to boot. It was all going pretty rosy but we couldn’t find the back of the net. Mitch was doing another top 

job being our main centre forward, and several times in the first half he looked to be clear through on 

goal but was given offside, which must have been marginal to say the least. Sammy was looking 

dangerous on the left and getting the better of him man but just couldn’t find the cross to match the 

runs. Most of our play came through the middle where Mickey was coming through from midfield and 

popping off some nice one-two passing with Ciaran. As the half went on and us not finding the net, 

Minchendenians naturally got in to the game. They tried to use their pace in behind our defence but both 

Oscar and Theo made excellent recovery tackles to thwart the danger on separate occasions. Other than 

the odd break for the home side we still looked well in control, but not as threatening as we had been in 

those opening passages. Then came the sucker punch. A speculative shot from distance took a deflection 

which caught Steve in goal wrong footed and looped in before he could readjust. The goal certainly raised 

the host’s spirits and they put us under some pressure of their own but never tested Steve again in the 

half. The goal looked to have rattled us to boot, our passing deteriorated and we went to direct in our 

approach which seldom leads to anything good for us. Up until the break we played some okay stuff in 

patches but our final pass let us down repeatedly. HT 0-1.

At the start of the second half we went out with the best of intentions but they didn’t go to plan at all. It 

began well until the referee pulled Theo up for a foul that simply wasn’t there. Theo just got in front of 

the defender and eased him off the ball but the referee decided a free kick should be awarded. Although 

at a distance they again had a pop, a strike which dipped a bit to catch Steve out and give them a 2-0 

lead. A response was needed quickly. Mitch hadn’t been gifted any real chance in the game to get himself 

on the scoresheet but he provided and excellent assist for Ciaran to get us back in the game, turning his 

man and playing a left footed pass in to the space for the little man to get on to. 

The keeper came out to shut down his angle but Ciaran found the net with a cheeky finish through the 

keeper’s legs that rolled in at the near post. That really injected some life in to us and we were in the 

ascendancy. Arron was looking more like himself, running at people and getting past them with ease, 

creating space for others to exploit. And we should have been level but for a catastrophic error from the 

referee. Arron whipped in a corner from the right to the near post and Ciaran was there to put it in the 

net with a little back heel flick. The ball went over the line by a good yard or so before a defender booted 

it off the line yet the referee said no goal. His next contribution to the game was even worse when five 

minutes later he sent Mezza off for a second booking. The first yellow was a foul but the second was so 

soft and the protests from the other team for the red didn’t help matters. Either way, another poor 

judgement in this game cost us again. To make things worse the referee let the home team’s skipper get 

away with foul and foul despite warning him twice that it was his ‘last one’, such inconsistency is so 

infuriating. Despite being down to 10 men, for the last 25 minutes we were camped in the Michendenians 

half. It felt like we made so many chances but just couldn’t get the ball in the net. Our passing was crisper, 

movement better and desire greater, you would have thought they were the ones down to 10. Ozzie’s 

first chance saw him pop up on the left hand side of the box and drove a shot over the bar when it would 

have been better to square the ball to the waiting Mitch and Ciaran. His next chance was a shot/cross 

that went curling in to the far stick but just missed Mitch, Ciaran and the inside of the post. Tom was 

coming forward for all the corners and free kicks we had, but every time the ball came to him it was at an 

awkward height so he could never get an attempt off at goal first time. When Curtis came on he was busy 

on the left and did his best to get crosses in to the box while Nick was now virtually an auxiliary winger 

next to Arron on the right side. Alas, the goal never came and we got caught out again. They went on a 

rare second half break, we didn’t defend properly and they scored, simple as that. FT 1-3.

Report Dan Stock

Team

Steve Savill, Nick Harris, Oscar Tribe, Theo Theodoulou, Tom Mackay, Mike Mesmin, Mickey Mesmin,  

Arron Watson McNab, James Mitchell, Ciaran Folan, Sammy Butt, Subs Curtis Dring

After going out of one cup last week, the 2nds attentions turned to the AFA E/M Intermediate Cup, this 

time at home to Isleworthians. After talking to a couple of people, we were told they were the bottom of 

the disciplinary league. Before, during and after the game it was clear to see why. With Glen Rowle 

missing through illness, we welcomed Steven French in goal and Terry took his place on the bench 

alongside Will Cross and Fred in an otherwise unchanged squad from last week. We started with Frenchy 

in goal, Nick K right back, Simon and Michael CB with Matt left back. Ryckie and George started on the 

wings, Ilie, Mark and Nick Jennings starting in his preferred role behind the striker Tommy. 

At first glance, their side looked big and ready for a physical battle. Their number 3 even before the game 

looked like he’d spent all morning in the gym and ready to take out more frustration out on anyone 

within his vicinity. We have a good habit of scoring early at home and we took an early lead when Nick 

Jennings nabbed the ball off their centre back to slot home easily making it 1-0. Good pressing from Nick, 

and it was from then we took control of the game. Their players began to get angrier and angrier as they 

were losing the game. Soon enough we doubled our lead, Nick Jennings again on the scoresheet. Tommy 

beat the offside trap after a through ball and had Nick square if he wanted to pass it, it would have been 

an easy tap in. Instead, Tommy went on his own, and being our top goalscorer you could hardly argue, 

however, you’d hope he would have slotted it in. In this case, Tommy hit the post, and the ball fell kindly 

to Nick who took a touch and put it into an empty net. Tommy was very thankful it fell to Nick, otherwise 

he would have faced a backlash from the team. 2-0. Luck was on our side it seemed.

On the way back to the centre circle, after the opposition crowded the ref hurling abuse at him saying the 

goal was offside, a few players targeted Nick. The goal wasn’t celebrated, and for no reason other than us 

being two goals ahead, they were threatening to break legs and end lives. Oh, and dishing out the ‘your 

mum’ jokes (Very mature).

When the game kicked off, Nick went to hunt down the ball, with one of their players head butting Nick in 

the chest. The referee obviously did not see this.

Isleworthians were not happy the referee didn’t give offside and neither was their manager. The swearing 

was vile and how the referee didn’t book anyone was beyond me. After the goal, a few of their players 

tried to get involved by saying a few things, we weren’t going to rise to it and focused on our football. 

After 20 minutes, Nick Jennings was replaced, similar to a couple of weeks ago when he had scored 2 

goals that game too– 4 goals in 40 minutes isn’t too bad. He was replaced by Fred. Shortly after George 

came off after feeling unwell after a takeaway the night before so Terry came on right wing. We began to 

be a lot more defensive and defended very well.

Isleworthians were now very fired up. Watching the game on the side it became quite uncomfortable 

when we had the ball as it was almost as if we were all waiting for a late tackle to show their frustration 

and I wasn’t wrong. Their number 3 went steaming into Terry after the ball had gone, very late, 

dangerous and could have seen red. Instead, the referee, without hesitation gave him a yellow then took 

more abuse from their team. Their number 3 was a very angry bloke. But, he was decent on the ball and 

when he was on the ball he looked like he would make something happen. He played some great balls 

into the right channel for their striker to chase. We couldn’t get near him at times so we made another 

change, Nick K coming off and being replaced by Will Cross. Unlike us, we had made 3 changes in the first 

30 minutes but it was something that I felt we needed to change. We should have made it 3-0 when a 

great move fell to Ilie on the edge of the box. With all the time in the world, in two minds of whether to 

take a touch or just to shoot, he did both and It pee rolled into the goalkeepers hands. He could have 

scored another when he somehow got on the end of a cross that had been whipped in. This time though 

it rattled the post and was cleared to safety. Their only chance of the first half came from a corner that 

was flicked onto the post and into Frenchy’s arms. The half came to an end with us 2-0 up.

Team talk was this: Don’t retaliate to anything this team will throw at us. We deserved the lead and we 

have been known the kick off at times but I was very proud of the way we conducted ourselves in a very 

heated and difficult atmosphere to play football. With a 2 goal lead, the next goal was huge. They made a 

sub at half time and brought on a player who played centre midfield and he ran the game. It’s a shame he 

played for Wembley FC, a semi pro team.  Their players knew how good he was as they kept shouting 

‘Give the ball to number 6’. If they are going to field ineligible players, at least learn his name. Anyway, 

against the run of play, Tommy made it 3-0 with one of the goals of the season. It seemed to be a lost 

cause as he chased the ball by the corner flag.

 The keeper made the decision to come running out and from what seemed an impossible angle, Tommy 

looped the ball high over the keeper and it found the inside of the net. Unreal goal and he made up for 

his earlier error of not passing it. 3-0. With the game seemingly over, Simon gave away a foul just outside 

the box. After taking abuse from our opponents throughout the game, the ref booked Simon. They scored 

from the resulting free kick that was swung into the box and a free header was converted. This gave them 

confidence and the ball was picked up from our net and they ran back to the centre circle. 3-1. We were 

dealt a blow when Captain Simon then had to come off with an injury and was replaced by Nick K. With 

around 10 minutes left, we couldn’t keep the ball, their number 3 and number 6 were running the game 

and we could barely get out of our half. They could have got another if it wasn’t for an unbelievable last 

ditch tackle from Michael Hollingsworth. Their number 6 picked up the ball down the left, cut inside and 

was brought down by Michael. Penalty. In what otherwise was a quiet day for Frenchy, he was now called 

into action. A poor penalty was saved but parried back into the striker’s path.. Frenchy somehow made a 

long barrier with his body and saved the rebound – great goalkeeping. He was unable to prevent their 

next goal however as another free header was scored to make it 3-2. We like to do things the hard way. 

We still couldn’t get the ball or get out our half but with 5 minutes to go, after a quiet game, Ryckie 

popped up and scored to make it 4-2. Again, they felt it was offside and the ref was shouted at some 

more with a couple of their players receiving yellow cards. The full time was blown and thankfully not 

only did we win the game but all our players came off unhurt. Walking back to the changing room again, 

the ref was surrounded and called all the names under the sun. For about 30 minutes the pressure was 

constant, Michael, Will, Simon, Terry, Matt and Ilie deserve special mentions for sheer hard work and 

bravery although it was an amazing team performance. 

To play against a team like that and not get involved in anything except a football match was a pleasure 

to be a part of. Without Frenchy’s penalty save, it was almost certain this would have gone to extra time 

so it was pleasing we could get another goal.   MOTM – Ilie. Could have scored but stood up and was an 

integral part of our team today. 

We march on in this cup, and play again in another cup next weekend against a team in the first team’s 

league. Report – Alex Jennings.

Team

Steve French, Nick Kypri, Simon Harris, Michael Hollingsworth, Matt Richardson, Ryckie Husbands, George 

Lisanh, Illie Braescu, Tommy Murray – Stevens, Mark Ferris, Nick Jennings, Subs Terry Olivo, Will Cross, 

Freddie Wrighton. 

The thirds were away this week to Enfield Old Grammarians and looking to bounce back after last week's 

first defeat in the league. Our opposition were bottom of the league although from their results we knew 

they would be competitive. We were helped by the fact they started with 9 players and we were able to 

dominate possession from the off and we were unsurprisingly on the front foot. An early free kick gave us 

the chance to test their keeper and Sam stepped up, I'd like to say it was an unstoppable pile driver 

however in reality it was a pretty tame effort but the keeper got it all wrong and we had the lead. Our 

opposition were up to full strength now but we went further ahead when Elliott finished well inside the 

box after Reiss squared it to him. We were so far on top and should have been out of sight, however we 

somehow managed to miss a succession of great chances including tap ins and one on one's. Eventually 

we did get a third when Elliott tapped in at the back post following more good pressure. We looked solid 

at the back and were working hard in midfield but did concede close to half time when their very lively 

striker blasted one in from the edge of the box. Serdar then pulled off a good save to deny them a second 

and we went in at half time 3-1 up.

We had been fully deserving of our lead at half time and had played some great football but there was a 

bit of a sense of frustration that we hadn't put the game to bed completely. The message was clear in 

that we had to keep our shape and discipline but be more clinical in the second half.

Enfield had by now a full squad, as players seemed to be arriving from their other matches which were 

finishing and they were much more competitive as a result in the second half. We were under a bit of 

pressure but the back four of Jay, Jason, Ben and Skinner were superb as was Deniro in front of them and 

Serdar pulled off some good saves too. We were very lucky not to give away a penalty when there player 

was brought down in the box but the second half again saw us miss good opportunities when we hit them 

on the break. When they pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go with a volley from just outside the box 

it looked like it could be a tough end to the match but Elliott popped up again to complete his hat- trick, 

rifling into the corner with his weaker right foot.

A good result in the end and in many respects a good performance. To be right at the top we are going to 

need to be more ruthless and maybe work that bit harder, but we have made a really solid start to the 

season and if we can continue to develop as a team then there is no reason we can't be challenging at the 

top end come May. Well done on a well-earned three points!! Report Sam Hargreaves

Team

Serdar Avcin, Jason Maduro, Jay Digance (C ), Ben Grinham, Deniro Christian, Ryan Skinner, Kieran 

Hawkes, Sam Hargreaves, Elliott Dawes, Kailem Gayle,  Reiss Ellick, Sub Nilish Patel, Kofi Mensa Ansong, 

Samir Ndala.

The Vets 1’s were at Wadham on the 4G against West Essex, A Game Of Two Halves And One Team"

The team talk was, "This is our home pitch, it's windy so let's use the flanks, keep the ball on the ground, 

use our full-backs to push forward and the midfield must work hard as a unit in the  first half to kill the 

game off" What happened was, we lost the toss so were playing against the wind, didn't use the flanks 

enough, played long ball and were 2-1 down after 15 minutes! What a start. We seemed to have lost our 

focus and suffering from short-term memory loss. We were caught ball watching which lead to one of the

goals and the first goal was wind assisted but still could have been prevented. Players started to get 

frustrated and it showed, arguing, heads downs and second to the ball. After a few choice words from the 

side lines and encouragement from other team mates, we pulled ourselves together and started to play 

to our game plan and guest what? We drew level and deservedly so. But just when we have pushed on 

we switched off again and conceded a third. The remainder of the half was to and fro between the teams. 

The half ended 4-3 to Hale End. Half-time team talk was 2 minutes of letting the players vent their 

frustrations and the 3 minutes of the management team repeating the original team plan. 

The second half we started like a train, quick, committed and focused and we were rewarded 2 goals in 5 

minutes.6-3. Brilliant stuff. This time, unlike in the first half, we kept on, playing the ball on the floor, 

keeping possession, finding space, supporting play. We were playing football. The wind was on our side 

but it didn't matter because West Essex couldn't get near us. The one occasion they got to the edge of 

our area we clumsily committed a foul which the referee judged to be in the area even though the 

linesman and the attacking player didn't call for it. Penalty, scored 6-4. That was a kick up the back-side 

for us because we just stepped up another gear and played our best football this season. We went on to 

score 4 more goals in the last 20 minutes. Superb display. 10 goals, 5 different scorers and two of those 

scoring hat-tricks, what an end to a great half. A great team performance. Results 10 – 4.

Report Pat Cummings - Onwards & Upwards

 Team

Stephen Pyle, Stephen Lamont, Gavin Macgregor, Steve Chambers (Capt), Eke Agbeze, Ubaldo Attansio, 

Gennaro, Napolano (1), Patrick Ladbury(1), Peter Laing(3), Darren Brathwaite(3), Dave Brown(2), Used 

Subs Bert Schouwenburg, Winston Charles, Danny Magill

The Vets Reserves were away to mid table United Amateurs.

On paper we had a reasonably okay squad and with the late addition of Tony Smith went into the game 

with confidence that we could get a result. We started with a 4 4 2 formation, with Richard Adderley 

playing at Right full back for the first time, he played well until a terrible tackle in the second half saw him 

hobble off. We struggled to make any headway and went 1 down after about 11 minutes to a long range 

effort, it was a good goal, but we failed to clear our lines properly and seemed to panic when a cool head 

was needed. However, we quickly equalised a long ball from Mark Peel brushed the bandana of Mark Hill 

confusing UA’s goalkeeper. 

We were back in the game and needed to settle down and consolidate, but again there was a 

nervousness within the team and rather than pass and move, keep possession and ensure that the game 

played out in front of us, we continued to give the ball away forcing needless pressure on the back line. 

We let them get behind us on occasions too numerous to mention eventually leading to further goals.

HT 1-3.

We spoke at half time about commitment, passing the ball and putting them under pressure, within 10 

minutes of the re-start we were 1-4 down, then shortly after 1-5, to the same errors we spoke about 

getting out of our game week in week out, not clearing our lines, dallying on the ball, lack of movement 

and sheer panic. I changed the formation to 4 3 3 in a belated attempt to shore us up and maybe get a 

goal. Richard and Dorian were then the subject of appalling tackles that went unpunished by the referee, 

who felt that he should not book the culprits as “it’s not been that sort of game…!”

We gave a better account of ourselves and had two very good opportunities to score wasted by Mark Hill 

and Vincent White respectively, who chose to shoot when three players were in better positions 

screaming for the ball, but at least we got into those positions and showed a bit more tenacity and 

confidence to get forward and trust each other with the ball.

Special mentions to;

Richard Adderley, who performed stoically in a new position for him;

Daniel Medlock for not giving up and running all game trying to get something for us;

Joe Denney came on filled in, and despite giving away the penalty for the 6th goal, did well;

Greg Rogers, came on and followed my instructions made us look more cohesive up top;

Gary Austin for playing the best game I have seen him in, and even though he tired still tried.

Me, for manfully trying his damndest to get the best out of the guys, making the right substitutions and 

being an all-round great temporary Manager. Report Tony James   

Team

Dave Holland, Richard Adderley, Tm Hawkins, Dorian West, Tony Smith, Daniel Medlock, Mark Peel, Gary 

Austin, Vincent White, Mark Hill, Kevin Argue. Subs Tony James, Joe Denney, Greg Rogers Asst. Manager 

Jamie Bowen

Saturday 21 November 2015

This week the 1st Team played at home again on the back of our superb cup win against Civil Service in the 

game previous. This time round we hosted Albanians in a league match, looking to get better result than 

the 2-2 draw we got in our previous encounter.

Both teams looked very different from when we first played them in the opening game of the season. 

Conditions were certainly not best suited to our style of play, the pitch was sodden and heavy and not 

ideal for passing or sprinting. That said, we created a couple of excellent early chances. Mitch timed a run 

to perfection past the offside trap to race on to Arron’s through ball but the keeper blocked Mitch’s 

attempt to prod the ball over him and in to the net. After being provider, Arron had a chance at goal 

himself but again the keeper made a good save. Still in the game thanks to their goalie, Albanians upped 

their work rate a couple of gears and pressed us a lot harder. We struggled to get any real fluency to our 

game, although Mitch was proving to be a very good outlet up top. Albanians took the lead after we 

made a couple of costly errors in possession. We first lost the ball in midfield and then dallied with it at 

the back instead of just clearing our lines. This gave their striker the opportunity which Ryan initially 

saved but the forward just managed to score at the second attempt despite out efforts to block it on the 

line. They could have gone two nil up shortly after but Ryan made a good save with his feet to keep our 

arrears to one. The visitors were riding on the crest of wave and took a two goal lead via the penalty spot. 

The correct decision was made and they tucked it away nicely. We tinkered with our shape a little to get 

our foot on the ball more in the middle of the park. It did stem the tide but we didn’t offer too much 

more of a goal scoring threat before the break. HT 0-2.   

After the interval we started to show a bit more urgency all over the park but Albanians stood firm. There 

wasn’t much complicated to their game but it proved effective enough. They kept a decent shape and just 

cleared it as far up the pitch as they could when needed. We made our first change bringing Ant on for 

Sammy. He gave us some extra bite and pace in the midfield straight away. We had a great chance that 

came after a driving run from Oscar. Picking the ball up just inside the oppositions half he ran with the 

ball down the left, beating a few players with good old fashioned pace and strength. He found his way in 

to the area and hit a rasping shot which smashed down off of the crossbar and Arron couldn’t re-arrange 

his feet quick enough to get the shot off. We seemed camped in the Albanians half but didn’t convert 

enough of our possession in to clear cut chances. Even on set plays we didn’t look as threatening as we 

have done for the season so far. Myles came on for Mezza in the middle of the park and Seany moved on 

to a more advanced role. His through ball found Mitch clear of the away team’s defence again but the 

keeper came out and thwarted his attempt to go round him aided by the sticky pitch. Despite our 

pressure Albanians scored next and effectively made the game safe. They were awarded another penalty 

and this one was extremely soft to say the least. A good last ditch tackle was made by Christiaan in the 

area but for some reason the ref deemed it otherwise and the kick was converted. We virtually went 

straight up the other end and should have had a penalty ourselves only for the ref to say the offence 

happened outside the area, when it was clearly in. As we had a shot from distance the player blocked it 

with his hand in the box but the ref only saw fit to give us a free kick. Ciaran’s effort was goal bound but 

blocked by the wall. We did eventually get on the scoresheet, with Seany scoring a crisp effort off the 

knock down of one of our set plays. We continued to press in search of more and nearly got caught on 

the break but Ryan made a great save, tipping the powerful effort onto the crossbar and over. FT 1-3.

It turned out to be a very disappointing day. Although a couple of decisions didn’t go our way especially 

we must take the blame ourselves as we didn’t play to the best of our abilities as a team on the day, and 

paid the price for it. That said, we don’t automatically become a bad team over night and we have more 

than enough in our ranks to put things right in our next league game. With a couple of our more regular 

faces set to return and the right attitude we can firmly get back to winning ways. Report Dan Stock

Team

Ryan Skinner, Ciaran Folan, Oscar Tribe, Theo Theodoulou, Christiaan Beaupierre, Mike Mesmin, Mickey 

Mesmin, Sean Mahoney, Arron Watson McNab, James Mitchell, Sammy Butt, Subs Anthony Yanson, 

Myles P Leslie.

This week the reserves travelled to Catford for another cup game, which saw us face Royal Bank of 

Scotland. In treacherous weather conditions, freezing cold, and a fierce wind, it made it almost impossible 

for us to play our normal passing game. 

Starting XI for this fixture: Terry, Nick K, Simon Harris, Luke, Matt Richardson, Freddie, Noah, Mark, 

George, Ryckie, Tommy. Subs: Nick J, Ilie.

This really was a game that saw us lose in the first half.

The spell of dominance by the home side was ridiculous. They passed the ball around with ease, and we 

looked lost at times. My message before the game was not to panic at the back, and although we tried to 

play the ball out several times on the floor, we were too slack in the middle to deal with it, they wanted it 

more, and they just went onto the attack whenever we seemed to get into their half.

We resulted to lofting the ball up field, getting absolutely no joy what so ever. Due to the wind, the ball 

would just come straight back. We were under severe pressure for the whole duration of the first 45 

minutes. The home side’s goalkeeper had nothing to deal with, we created nothing going forward and we 

were made to look like a team that hadn’t played together. Credit where it’s due, the opposition’s 

football was superb. They played an extremely good passing game, showing us how to play good football, 

even when the weather was as bad as it was. We went into the half time break 3-0 down, with a great 

effort from there no.9 beating our goalkeeper from about 30 years out, and conceding from two set 

pieces.

Disappointing, but I think we were just outclassed in the first half. There wasn’t anything good we 

produced, and we couldn’t get decent enough time on the ball to even create anything going forward.

The second half saw us improve massively. With us now having the wind, it would seem that the home 

side then had the problems we did. Although watching it from the side, I think the wind is a very poor 

excuse. The pressure they put on us to win back the ball in the first half, was what we did to them in the 

second. And this is the reason why the game swung in our favour. We wanted to get back into the game, 

we tried to get our foot on the ball more, and we were playing some good football.

Ryckie was able to run on the ball more, creating problems for the oppositions defence, getting in some 

very promising positions but failing to pick out anyone in the box. We also came close when a brilliantly 

struck free kick from Freddie rattled the post/crossbar.

We did however get the tiniest consolation, when Tommy Murray-Stevens finished superbly with a snap 

shot finding the top right hand corner for the game to finish 3-1. 

Had we of scored early  in the second half, I think we may have been able to get back into the game, 

however, they buried us in the first half and sadly we were unable to come back from that.

A good second half performance from us, although there were one of two attitudes that are 

disappointing to see, but this week aside, the effort of the lads up until this point has been superb.

It’s a week to forget, and we look on to another cup game this coming Saturday.

Result 1 – 3. Report: Nick Jennings

Team

Terry Olivo, Nick Kypri, Simon Harris, Luke Francis, Matt Richardson, Freddie Wrighton, Noah Ojetola, 

Mark Ferris, George Lisanh, Ryckie Husbands, Tommy Murray – Stevens, Subs Nick Jennings, Illie Braescu

After last week’s rain soaked match we faced UCL Academicals at home. UCL are renound for being 

strong, fit and organised so we knew that we would have to step up a gear to match and better them. 

Due to absentees we were able to welcome Lee Hemmings back as well as Kieran Hawkes, Elliott Dawes 

and Kofi Mensa. – Ansong. 

From the off we pressed high and an early cross caught UCL cold and Reiss Ellick continued his goal 

scoring run 1-0, as the half progressed we continued to battle and UCL created chances as they grew into 

the game. A mixture of hard work and good fortune sent us in at 1-0 at half time. 

In the Second half we called for much of the same if not even more to take the points, UCL struck first 

however when their midfielder had time on the edge of the box and put the ball in the top corner 1-1. 

Chances fell to both teams but again UCL found the net this time from out wide as their winger hit an inch 

perfect shot to the top corner 2-1. We found more space to attack as UCL pushed for a winner and pulled 

level when the ball was played to Deniro Christian on the edge of the box to draw us level 2-2, soon after 

we nearly took the lead when Elliott Dawes' header hit the crossbar. As the game drew to a close UCL 

converted a free kick to snatch all 3 points 2-3.  UCL are still unbeaten in the league but we pushed them 

very hard, all eyes will be on the return fixture to make sure we return with 3 points.

Result 2 – 3 Report James Gray  

Team Serdar Avcin, Jay Digance (C ), Ben Grinham, Lee Hemmings, Sakhile Hlatshywako, Kieran Hawkes, 

Deniro Christian, Elliott Dawes, Kailem Gayle, Samir Ndala, Reiss Ellick, Sub James Gray, Kofi Mensa

Saturday 14 November 2015

This week the 1st Team were at home to Civil Service in the AFA Senior Cup. The game was due to be 

played the week previous but bad weather meant the grass pitch was unplayable and an agreement 

couldn't be made to play on the astro. This time the league stepped in and said the tie had to happen this 

week so the game commenced on the 4G pitch. Whatever surface we played on we would have our work 

cut out as Civil Service play 3 divisions higher than us in the SAL equivalent.   

The opening 15 minutes of the game proved to be a tight affair. We dominated the possession in this 

time but didn't convert that in to goal scoring chances. We had control of the midfield but we couldn't 

quite find the space between their midfield and defence for Sammy to exploit. At the back we also looked 

to have things under wraps. Kam slotted in like he had never been gone in-beside Theo while Ciaran and 

Oscar we as good as we have come to expect at full back. The visitors had a couple of corners but we 

defended them well enough, with 3rds' keeper Steve coming out to get something on them. It was a 

shame then, when we conceded off of the next corner that came in. Steve came out to punch the kick 

clear, but it landed rather kindly to one of their players lurking outside the area. His shot went straight in 

to the melee of players in the box and founds it way to the feet of the striker who tapped in. That started 

a purple patch for the away side as they turned the screw on us. They stepped up an extra gear and really 

went at us for the next 10 minutes or so. They had the run of things and it felt like we were chasing 

shadows, with all of their best stuff coming from the right back who was having an excellent game. Lots of 

cross field switches was back the best of the space we had down the sides and we were getting moved 

about too easily. Civil Service made it two with another goal we felt we could have prevented. The 

midfielder made a driving run and simply just went past players way too easily without a tackle coming in. 

His shot was crisp and it was just too quick off the greasy surface for Steve to stop. We changed back to a 

standard 4-4-2 after that just to try and mix things up. We lost some of our solidarity but somehow 

managed to cause them more troubles too. Nathan, although not 100% fit, started to cause their defence 

some headaches with his size and speed. Despite not making the final ball we were turning the, round 

and working the channels a lot better. No we were more open in midfield the game became very end to 

end for the last minutes of the first half. We nearly had ourselves back in it, Nathan got wide and squared 

a ball for Scott but he just couldn't stretch far enough to get it on target. HT 0-2.

For the second half we simply said to the boys go out and give it everything. Being two nil up maybe 

flattered them a little bit but if we went out and wanted it more than them we would get our rewards 

because it’s not like we played poorly in the first half. From the restart you could tell we had the grit in 

our teeth, Mezza was straight in to every tackle in the middle of the park and certainly setting the tone. 

Sean in there next to him was getting more ball now and space out wide to pick the wingers out. Another 

player back from injury was Ciaran, and after the break those trade mark run from full back were in full 

effect, dipping and shimmying his way past tackles and drawing players in to him. It was also good to have 

his set piece delivery back as well, which has really excellent this year. His corners caused problems and 

his free kicks from out wide were on the money every time. Not to be out done on the other side, Oscar 

went on his own run down the wing, beating what must have been 5 players, he just went for that one 

player extra instead to trying to slip Scotty in on goal. With us being so gung-ho gaps were left. The main 

striker for Civil Service was rapid but luckily his finishing wasn't to match. Either Kam or Theo made it to 

block the tackle or Steve came out to cut off the angles and make a save. We brought on Arron to give us 

some extra zip down the wing and of course he provided it, and combined with Ciaran well down the 

right. Nathan had no more left in him due to his hamstring injury so Mitch took his place up top. Just as 

we were making that change Oscar went down with his re-occurring ankle injury. With a game to chase 

we put Sammy back on and Mickey went to full back and kept Mitch up top. Straight away he and Scott 

were close to putting each other through on goal only for the defenders to cut it out. Finally we got our 

breakthrough. Arron won a free kick out on the right after beating his man and getting fouled. Ciaran 

stepped and put it on a plate for Scott who beat the keeper with a great downward header. 2-1 and back 

in the game! Next came one of two massive controversies in the game. The visitors went on a counter 

attack getting down to our area in no time whatsoever. Kam got across to black the first shot which went 

up in the air where Steve and the striker both contested it with the Civil Service man just getting that bit 

higher. He claimed he nodded it down into the goal and that it came out through a hole in the net and he 

may have been right. The referee didn't see it like that and gave a goal kick. A major let off. We kept 

raiding forward looking for an equaliser but it just wasn't happening. We nearly got caught out from 

another counter but Theo was on hand to clear the effort off of the line. We had a number of free kicks 

and corners but out attempts were blocked and scrambled away. Then with barely two minutes left on 

the clock we saved the game. Arron played an inch perfect pass on half way line to put Mitch through 

after he beat the offside trap. He raced through clear on goal and coolly passed the ball past the on-

rushing keeper and send the game in to extra time. FT 2-2.

Getting back into this was no more than the boys deserved. Civil Service clearly thought the game was 

wrapped up at half time, all we needed to do now was finish the job. That didn't quite go to plan as we 

had hoped. Within a couple of minutes of extra time starting the away team went back in to the lead 

again. Tired legs were becoming a factor for us now and nobody else to come on. The first attempt was 

blocked but the second was a real crisp hit towards Steve's neat post that he couldn't get down to. Still 

we never gave up and went looking for another equaliser. Enter controversy number two. From an 

attacking corner we won the first header and the next header too only for it to get cleared off the line by 

a hand ball from the defender. Whether the referee didn't see it or was evening things up from the one 

he missed for the visitors I could not say. Either way no penalty was given. Civil Service got their slice of 

luck too. After the switch round for the second part of added time things were getting tough. Most of the 

lads were running on empty now, but to a man they kept on digging in. Sammy just kept on doing the 

hard yards to get the ball back, Mickey was doing a great job filling in a left and also providing an 

attacking threat and Seany kept on going even though he was carrying a knock. It felt like we was camped 

in their half. Arron was still drawing fouls and Ciaran kept sending the ball in, it seemed continuous but 

still no goal. With time running out again Mitch pulled off the same trick twice. Ciaran, of course, sent in 

another corner and Mitch stooped down low to thunder in a great diving header leaving the keeper 

absolutely rooted. 3-3! You could see the collective heads drop for Civil Service while we were bouncing. 

We nearly had the win with the last attempt of the game. Another free kick in to the box somehow found 

its way to the back post where all Mezza had to do was touch it in but the keeper managed to just land on 

the ball to stop it on the line. How he saved it I will never know and Mezza looked equally dumbfounded 

as he picked himself back up out of the net. AET 3-3.

As the lads dragged themselves in at the whistle it was more a case of who could take a penalty as 

opposed to who wanted to take one! As with the rest of the game, the shoot-out didn't lack drama either. 

Arron stepped up to take the first one and just as he went to make contact with the ball a huge gust of 

wind blew the ball off its spot and he screwed the ball wide. The ref intervened and called for a retake. 

This time Arron made no mistake. Theo, Mitch and Ciaran all took their penalties with minimum fuss and 

all found the net. Civil Service had three for three also going in to their fourth kick. Steve pulled off a 

great save down to his left to put the tie in our hands. Scott did the rest with his pen to send us through 

to the next round and seal a fantastic comeback! FT 2-2, AET 3-3, 5-3 on Pens.

This group have pulled off some great results over the past few seasons and this one was right up there 

with them. To be playing a team three divisions above us in the SAL and to be 2 -0 down at half time and 

come back to win and having never been ahead in the tie at any point was amazing. I was so proud of the 

lads. Their attitude and determination were excellent and with plenty of skill and ability thrown in too. If 

we show the same desire and will to win in our upcoming league games I could see a few more wins on 

the horizon.  Report Dan Stock.

Team

Stevie Savill, Ciaran Folan, Oscar Tribe, Theo Theodoulou, Kam Harper, Mike Mesmin, Mickey Mesmin, 

Seam Mahoney, Scott Lovett, Nathan, Allan, Sammy Butt, Subs Arron Watson McNab, James Mitchell   

After a 4-3 win in the league last weekend, the 2nds turned their attention to the LOB Intermediate Cup 

at home to Old Salvatorians 2’s who are in the first teams division. It was a wet and windy day to play 

football and a nightmare to be a keeper as it was pretty cold too. We welcomed back a couple of players 

who were missing last week but also some others dropped out. We started with Terry in goal as Glen is 

out for a few weeks. Nick Kypri at right back, Mark Ferris stepping into centre back in place of unavailable 

Simon Harris with Michael next to him and Matt Richardson stepped in at left back. Our midfield was 

made up of George on the right wing, Ryckie Mouse on the left, Noah and Fred sitting just in front of the 

back 4 and Nick Jennings was handed a start in which is, in my opinion his best position as a no.10 just 

behind Tommy. Patrick was our only player on the bench. With players missing and some having to play 

out of position we knew it was going to be tough. But, the seconds this season seem to have a great team 

morale and players who are asked to play out of position do so without complaint which is good to see. 

 

This season we tend to always start fast, usually taking the lead early and this was no different. Right 

from the off we started the quickest of the two teams and found ourselves 1-0 up when the ball found 

Nick Jennings just outside the area. He curled the ball in off the post scoring his first goal of the season. 

This gave Nick a huge boost in confidence, he scored another just after striking home on the turn giving 

the keeper no chance at all. 2-0.

This was within around 15 minutes and Old Salvos didn't really know what had hit them. We should have 

made it 3 when Noah hit the post with his wrong foot whilst under pressure from a defender. Old Salvos' 

first chance came from a free kick that was looped into the box. With Terry almost being a bystander for 

the first 20 minutes he thought he would be able to come and punch the ball clear. However, the Old 

Salvos player got their first and made it 2-1 and suddenly they were back in the game.

Nonetheless, we were still fired up and we scored another to regain our 2 goal advantage. A quick free 

kick was taken by Nick Jennings on the half way line. He switched the ball brilliantly finding a gap in their 

defence and Ryckie Mouse tapped in to score. Some say it was an own goal but nothing can be taken 

away from the pass which found him. 3-1. A sub was made around the half hour mark with Nick Jennings 

clearly tiring coming off and being replaced by Patrick. A great 30 minutes from Nick but a great 

replacement coming on in his place. 

At this point Old Salvos were there for the taking. We were defending well when we needed to but they 

weren't really causing us any problems. HT 3-1. Our half time team talk was simple, don't get confused 

between confidence and complacency. One of the best halves of football played by us especially 

considering we were missing players and had players playing out of position. We also said the next goal 

was huge, if we scored it would be game over, however a goal from them would get them back into a 

game we dominated. Matt Richardson was having a great game at left back getting forward which was 

also causing them problems and Mark looked assured at CB. 

Against the run of play after a clearance from their defender somehow made its way behind our 

defence but with their attacker clearly offside, the striker found himself 1 on 1 against Terry and slotted 

home to make it 3-2. They were back in the game. We could have caved in at this point, they began to 

sense that they could get something from the game and maybe go on to win it. We had chances to score 

a 4th when George found himself 1 on 1 against the keeper but the ball bouncing off the keepers toe and 

going out for a corner. A 4th goal did come for us in the end, when great work down the right by Tommy, 

who by his standards was having a quiet day, cut in and played the ball to the edge of the box where Matt 

whipped the ball top corner. A well worked goal and well deserved. We scored a 5th shortly after when 

Tommy got himself on the scoresheet. 5-2. One area we didn't seem so sure on was set pieces. We had 

already conceded from one free kick and soon, we conceded from another. A free kick was headed across 

goal for an easy tap in to make it 5-3 and again, give them hope. The game become more open with more 

chances falling to us. Noah found himself 1 v 1 with no one in sight but his touch let him down. How he 

hadn't scored yet was a mystery to us all. Tommy bagged another and made no mistake when he finished 

easily past the keeper making it 6-3.

With the game seemingly over, they went down the other end and made it 6-4 when a midfielders shot 

cannoned back off the crossbar and with our players standing still their attacker scored an easy tap in. An 

unbelievable score which got even greater when George stuck away a penalty after being guilty of 

missing a few chances too. 7-4.

I'm glad to report that it finished 7-4. What a game. Well worked goals from our point of view but 

some bad defending especially from set pieces also. Missing Simon Harris was a big blow as usually he 

wins everything in the air. However, a great win for our boys as we march on in the cup. Great 

performances from Nick Jennings even though he only played half hour, Patrick was superb when he 

came on alongside Fred who again was impressive. Mark was solid at CB but MOTM went to Matt who 

was bombing down the left hand side all day and made some great challenges and popped up with a 

great goal. We welcome back more players next week as we turn our attentions to another cup game. 

With the squad we have we really should be aiming for a top 3 finish in the league and a long run in the 

cup competitions. Report Ale Jennings.  Result 7 – 4.

Team

Terry Olivo, Nick Kypri  Mark, Michael Hollingsworth, Matt Richardson, George Lisanh, Mark Ferris, 

Ryckie Husbands, Noah Ojetola, Nick Jennings, Tommy Murray – Stevens, Patrick Niama.

The thirds were in AFA Junior Cup action this weekend against Old Westminsters. On a miserable day we 

ended up turning up with the bare eleven and the day got worse as our opposition had forgot the kit and 

the game was delayed by almost an hour. Just as it looked like the game would be called off the referee 

agreed that they could play as they were and the kit turned up five minutes later. Due to the personnel 

available we changed formation to a 4-4-2 with Skinner dropping in at centre back and Curtis playing in 

the middle. The game started slowly and we were just off it for the first ten minutes which saw us go a 

goal down from the first shot of the match. Whether it was the conditions, the extended wait for kick off, 

or the change in formation it just wasn't clicking. That was until Kailem Gayle got the ball wide left, 

roasted two players and then finished superbly to draw us level and kick start what turned into an 

excellent performance. Soon after Reiss put us in the lead, continuing his fine goal scoring form with a 

powerful drive that gave the keeper no chance.  We were well on top now and some superb battling in 

the midfield from Deniro and Curtis was giving us a real platform to dominate the game from. Samir was 

put through one on one but dragged his effort just wide and we really were all over them. A third seemed 

inevitable and it came just before half time when Curtis crossed in and Sam came in from the right wing 

and clearly got a couple of knee hairs to the ball before the defender deflected it in.

At half time a soaked James Gray informed us that we had done well after a sloppy start but that we 

better not even think of coming off the pitch unless we won the match. He was clearly enjoying his 

Saturday in the rain!!!!

We carried on where we had finished the first half and were on top from the start this time. Ben and 

Skinner were solid in defence with Jay and Sakhie offering width and balance both defensively and in 

attack. Kailem continued to terrorise them on the left and we soon had another when Samir ran through 

into the box and calmly finished with his left foot!! We looked like scoring throughout, Kailem had one 

cleared off the line and other chances were missed but the game was sealed by Reiss with two goals in 

five minutes. The first was another great drive across the keeper that nestled just inside the post and his 

hat trick was completed when a low cross shot found the corner. Sakhie forgot to open his eyes when in 

space at the back post and Sam in the same position made an "athletic" attempt! However the scoring 

was completed by the skipper when Jay lobbed the keeper from inside the box to put the icing on the 

cake.

An excellent days work by everyone and a fully deserved result. If we can take that into our next few 

league fixtures we should hopefully pick up some points in the coming weeks as this team continues to 

develop positively as the season goes on. Result 7 – 1 Report Sam Hargreaves.

Team

Serdar Avcin, Jay Digance (C ), Ben Grinham, Ryan Skinner, Sakhile Hlatshywako, Sam Hargreaves, Deniro 

Christian, Curtis Dring, Kailem Gayle, Samir Ndala, Reiss Ellick, Sub James Gray. 

The Vets 1’s were away to unbeaten Ryan FC. 

As they say "it was weather for ducks" and we definitely had webbed feet!

From the kick off you could see we were up for this one. Was it the inspirational team talk? The fact that 

this was our strongest line-up to date, our 3 supporters in attendance or the absence of one of the 

coaching staff due to injury, we'll never know but we started on the front foot.

The returning Terry Brooks, with his swiveled turns and dropped shoulders was putting Ryan in a spin. 

Plus with Peter Laing's committed approach to tackling, Darren Brathwaite, Patrick Lanbury and Ubaldo 

Attansio discipline in midfield, Ryan were in for a long day on their home turf.

We were winning first and second balls, encouraging each other, playing football in atrocious conditions. 

Superb. But Ryan had other ideas. They started to get over physical with late challenges and getting in our 

faces. We lost concentration for a while and during this time they scored a fortunate goal to go 1 nil up 

but that's what we needed. Within 10 minutes we drew level with a penalty taken by Dave Brown, 1-1 

just before half-time.

Second half started slowly but after 15 mins with scored another 1-2, Peter Laing. Now the match got 

tense, Ryan were trying to wind us up and the ref didn't help matters much so we stood our ground. All 

men were working for each other, committed team effort which brought reward with our third goal from 

Kimmy Asha. 3-1 and Ryan were crest-fallen. The bottom team beating them in their own backyard, 

convincingly. A well-deserved win. Result 2 – 1 Report Pat Cummings 

Team

Dave Holland, Sean Windeatt (Capt), Tony Smith, Gavin MacGregor, Steve Lamont, Ubaldo Attanasio, 

Darren Brathwaite, Peter Laing, Patrick Ladbury, Terry Brooks, Dave Brown, Kimmy Asha, Winston 

Charles, Eke Agbeze,   

The Vets 2’s were away to mid table Hatfield Broad Oak.

We went into this match with quite a few players unavailable and late call offs left us with a bare 11. A 

forgettable game although to be fair to the players we tried but were just not good enough against a half 

decent side. Not much more to say Mark Peel played well & Kevin Argue (top scorer) in goal. 7-0.

Team

Kevin Argue, gennaro, Bert Schouwenburg, Dorian West, Tony James, Shaw Mackenzie, Viincent White, 

Gary Austin, Mark Peel, John Argue, Mark Hill.

Saturday 07 November 2015

The 2nds have had a good start to the season however last week’s disappointing result was a reminder

that we still need to put the work in to earn a result. Our focus turned to Old Parmitarians 2’s at home on 

Saturday. After having our largest number of players at training eager to make amends for last week, we 

were dealt a blow when we were told we had quite a couple of players missing. Terry, Michael, George, 

Matt and Ilie amongst those unavailable for various reasons. This gave other players the opportunity to 

step in and show why they deserve a regular start in this team where at times, chances have been limited 

due to our great start. 

We lined up with Glen in goal, Nick K back from illness at right back, Will and Captain Simon Harris at 

centre back and Nick Harris left back. Our midfield consisted of Ryckie on the right, Hayden on the left, 

Noah, Patrick and a debut for Fred in the middle. Nick Jennings started up front. Top goal scorer Tommy 

started on the bench due to his availability at the last minute, alongside Steve Oligbo and Mark Ferris who 

can be considered unlucky to be on the bench. Although with key players missing, we knew we had 

enough to win and on the bench to change the game if need be. The 2nds have a great squad this season 

and this was highlighted even with so many players missing.

It was a horrible wet windy day to play football, lucky for us we have the 4g so could play the game. The 

team talk consisted of starting fast, something that we have done really well this season minus last week 

when we were 3-1 down after 30 minutes. However, we started very slow and fell behind after 15 

minutes. A well worked pass split our defence wide open albeit far too easy and their striker cooly 

finished past Glen. With last week’s performance obviously still on some of our players’ minds, we had to 

pick ourselves up and quick or we were in danger of losing this game within the first 20 minutes and 

ultimately losing our grip towards the top of the table.

It was important we started to look for players who could make something happen. After a quiet 20 

minutes we finally started to get Hayden and Ryckie on the ball. It was clear that this was where we were 

going to get joy. Soon enough we got the equaliser. Our first real chance of the game fell to Ryckie who 

ran onto a ball over the top of their defence. With the oncoming Keeper rushing out, Ryckie took a touch 

which went around the keeper but due to the rain and greasy surface it run out of play just missing the 

post and Ryckie almost catching the ball for a tap in. 

We soon equalised as that chance gave us a lift and gave us the confidence that we could get at this team 

after their good start. Good work down the left hand side from Nick Harris who crossed the ball in to find 

Ryckie at the back post - he made no mistake after his earlier missed opportunity. Good finish and 1-1. 

We had upped the tempo and took control of the game. We had another great opportunity to take the 

lead after Nick Jennings whipped a ball across the box waiting for someone to tap it in but somehow 

deluded everyone. Just before half time our pressure was rewarded when Hayden was upended in the 

box and a penalty was given. Will Cross was confident enough to step up and make it 2-1 to us going in to 

half time. One change was made at half time, Hayden who was causing problems on the left was put up 

front, Nick Jennings came off and was replaced by Tommy who went on the left. The second half started 

slowly with both teams taking their time to get going. After Noah picked up a slight knock, Mark Ferris 

was brought on and immediately made a positive impact. A cross found Mark who glanced his header 

into the back of the net making it 3-1. Hayden continued to cause problems to their back 4 and soon got 

himself on the scoresheet. A low drive was struck across the keeper from the edge of the box into the 

corner making it 4-1. At 4-1 we were in complete control of the game and Ryckie had another chance to 

make it a better score line but blazed the ball over the bar. Steve Oligbo replaced Ryckie to cause them 

more problems with his pace. At 4-1 and comfortable, we were hoping we could score more or just see 

the game out. We have a tendency to make things as difficult as we can and this was going to be no 

different. After giving a sloppy free kick away on the edge of the box, they pulled a goal back after the ball 

made its way through the wall and Glen was unable to keep it out. He got a hand to the ball and as a 

result, injured himself and had to come off. Tommy took over the gloves and Ryckie was reintroduced. 

With Noah off injured and now Glen, we were dropping like flies. Towards the end of the game and the 

game looking likely to finish 4-2, Will Cross dribbled himself into trouble and their striker took control and 

slotted home past Tommy. 4-3. Straight from kick off we should have made it 5. A great ball from Hayden 

found Ryckie who tried to fire the ball into the side netting at a tough angle which just went wide. A last 

minute free kick from them on the half way line gave them their last chance in which we cleared and the 

ref blew the whistle and we claimed a deserved 3 points.

We now sit 2 points behind the leaders so a win was vital. However, it is a little concern that we can’t 

seem to see a game out comfortably and we need to do this soon to ensure we don’t drop any points 

from games that are very winnable. Good performances from Nick Kypri, Nick Harris, Hayden and Fred 

who kept the ball well and distributed it calmly at important times during the game. On to next week 

where we face a tough fixture against Old Salvatorians in the LOB Intermediate Cup and all of those who 

were unavailable will be back for selection.

MOTM: Nick Kypri – considering he was out through illness last week he came back in and kept their 

winger quiet with a good display. Played some great balls down the line to create good attacking 

situations and has improved drastically with every game he has played this season.

Result 4 – 3.  Report:  Nick Jennings

Team

Glen Rawle, Nick Kypri, ick Harris, Will Cross (captain) Simon Harris, Ryckie Husbands, Hayden Watson,  

Noah Ojetola, Patrick Niama, Fred, Nick Jennings Subs Tommy Murray Stevens, Steve Oligbo, Mark Ferris 

The Vets 1’s had a tough game away to top of the league Victoria United.  We only had two subs again 

today and thanks to Joe Denney for helping us out again.

We battled hard all through the first half but went behind after half hour following a slip in defence with 

Victoria capitalising on some pretty calamitous defending. Blame the lack of screw in studs I reckon. 

With us playing against the wind we hoped to get into half time just the one goal behind but the referee 

had other plans.  "Play to my whistle at all times" he said before the game, so with us following this 

instruction we started to set up our wall for a free kick just outside the box.  Unbeknown to us Victoria 

asked for a quick free kick, the ref approved it, WITHOUT BLOWING HIS WHISTLE, and we were two 

down.

We seem to completely lose the plot in the second half with Victoria really getting their act together.  This 

proved to be a dangerous combination and four additional goals were added by the opposition without a 

decent shot on target by us in reply.

There are signs of us getting a couple of players back from injuries soon.  And to be honest, they can't 

come back to help out soon enough. Final score Victoria United 6 - 0 HEAFC Vets Motm Peter Laing

Report Danny Magill

Team

Steve Pyle, Sean Windeatt (Capt), Steve Lamont, Gavin MacGregor, Patrick Ladbury, Winston Charles, 

Darren Brathwaite, Gennaro Napolano, Peter Laing, Eke Agbeze, Dan Magill, Dave Brown, Joe Denney

The Vets 2’s started this local derby against Chigwell a little understrength. Chigwell started at a fast pace 

and we were 1-0 down after 10 minutes, a powerful strike from the edge of the box gave Dave no chance. 

It was all Chigwell at this stage of the game and they added a second with 25 yard strike that went in off a 

defender but would have gone in anyway. We then lost Mark Hill to injury and only some great defending 

kept the score at 2-0 against a strong wind.

The second half saw us try to have a go but Chigwell’s midfield were too good for us and they added 

another, a shot from the edge of the box that looped up and in. Kevin had a free kick saved but we should 

have scored from the follow up, they scored a 4th from a corner late on. We played a very good side and 

but for some good defending and great saves by Dave Holland the score line could have been higher. The 

match was played in the right spirit and all credit to Chigwell who played some great football. We need to 

be more vocal and move off the ball more. MOM DAVE HOLLAND. FT 4-0 HT 2-0.  Report John Argue 

Team 

Dave Holland, Dorian West (capt) Alan North, Tony Smith, Tony James, Shaw Mckenzie, Bert 

Schouwenburg, Daniel Metlock, Mark Hill, Kevin Argue, Richard Adderley, Subs Vincent White, Gary 

Austin, Jamie Bowen John Argue.

Saturday 31 October 2015

This week the 1st Team travelled to play Southgate County in a top of the table clash. We had quite the 

selection headache though, with a number of players missing. Luckily, lads from the 3rd came up to us to 

help us out, a big thanks to them and the gaffer.

In the opening exchanges we were far the better team. We looked to pass the ball to feet and work our 

way around the home side. All they had in reply was to boot the ball long in behind our defence. The 

pitch was vast but we worked hard to make our style of play effective. Playing in the free role just shy of 

the strikers Sammy was the star of the show. He was finding space superbly, linking midfield and the 

strikers well and taking players on and using his ability. Several times he linked well with Mickey on the 

far side of the pitch, both of them gliding past players and switching the ball quickly between them. We 

didn’t get any shots off from those moves but we did win a series of corners. With Sean whipping them in 

we were so close to getting a good head on them and then the second ball frustratingly would never sit 

up kind. Scott and Hayden were working well, running the channels and holding the ball up to bring 

others in to play. Some very neat interplay between them put Hayden through but a very tight offside 

was called. Scotty had the ball in the net himself but again, offside was the call. Next came an incident 

that on reflection, changed the pattern of the game. As we already said, Sammy was running the show 

until he was hit by a horror tackle. They player came in with excessive force, both feet off the floor, over 

the ball and studs showing. Utterly disgraceful. It was obvious that he went in to that challenge to 

intentionally injure Sammy. The things we get dragged over hot coals for pale into insignificance 

compared to that. Somehow the player escaped with a yellow card. Fortunately Sammy was able to get 

up afterwards. Where Hayden and Scott and some joy using their pace down the channels we started to 

use that avenue more often, perhaps a little bit too often. We were turning Southgate round well enough 

but due to the pitch being so big it was very hard for the midfielders to get in to the box in time for the 

cross. As a result Sean, Sammy and Mickey didn’t get as much ball as they had done. At the back, Theo 

and Myles had dealt with all of the long balls punted up to them but they had to stay on their toes as the 

Southgate striker was a keen runner and if he got to the ball first he tended to hold the play up well. 

Against the run of play they nearly took the lead. A lucky ricochet in midfield put their striker through but 

Serder stayed big and made a good save with this feet. HT 0-0.

During the break we mention that we needed to get the ball moving again, to use our ball players in the 

middle of the park and that way we would get back on top as we did when the game first started. That 

proved harder that we first thought as the pitch was muddy and with over grown grass so it got tougher 

to pass on. In addition to that, Southgate continued with their underhanded and outright unsporting 

tactics in order to put us off our game. Hayden was getting dragged and stamped on whenever the ref 

had his back turned and Ozzie was copping an earful of abuse from their ‘supporters’ on the sideline. You 

could sense the pressure in the game increasing and the tide turning in their favour with everything. They 

we getting the rub of the green in terms of decisions in the second half, and we were a bit hard done by 

on a couple others. Deniro and Kailem had come on for us to give us a bit more energy in the midfield. It 

was a tough game to come in to but neither shied away from it and looked to get on the ball as much as 

possible. All of Southgate’s dirty tactics came to fruition when they had a 13 minute period when they got 

their three goals. The first two we certainly could have defended a lot better against but the third you 

must hand it to the player as he showed a good touch and a sublime finish. During that 13 minutes we 

could have a couple of goals ourselves. After a slick move down the left Ozzie had a powerful strike at 

goal but it rose too much and went over the bar. Also Kailem had a nailed on penalty denied. Whilst in the 

area a mistimed tackle from the defender lead to Kailem getting his heel trod on. He didn’t go down but 

the chance was lost and the penalty wasn’t awarded. Shows how far honesty gets you in this league. Jay 

also came on off the bench and almost made an instant impact. He raced on to a through ball from Nick 

Harris beating everyone for pace, a shot looked on but he chose to slide the ball across to Scott but a 

defender just got there before to clear behind his goal. The lads were down but not out as we kept on 

trying to get back in the game. It proved hard as the game was so stop start. Just so many fouls kept being 

committed on us we could never get any rhythm going nor sustained pressure. Everyone kept going to 

the final whistle but this just wasn’t our day. FT 0-3.

This turned out to be an immensely frustrating day. We were by far the better team up until Southgate 

decided they couldn’t match us they would literally try and break us. They used every dirty trick in the 

book and what was worse is that they got away with it. Our lads kept going despite that though and I feel 

that should be applauded. I’m pleased they held themselves and the club in a higher regard then that and 

kept trying to play football. Thanks again to the 3rd Team boys that came in and helped. Next week we 

have a cup at home where we have the opportunity to forget about this game, and go give it a good go of 

getting through to the next round of the AFA Senior Cup. Report Dan Stock

Team           

Serdar Avcin, Nick Harris, Oscar Tribe, Theo Theodoulou, Myles P. Leslie, Sean Mahoney, Michael 

Mesmin, Mike Mesmin, Scott Lovett, Hayden Watson, Sammy Butt Subs Kailem Gayle, Jay Digance, 

Deniro Christian.    

        

This week, the reserves were away to Old Manorians.

This game, wasn’t our best. We incurred our first loss of the season with players suspended, and playing 

on an awful pitch witch didn’t suit our style of play at all. Goals from Nick Kypri and Ilie Braescu were not 

enough to get a point.

Manorians had a game plan, and it worked well for them. On a pitch that didn’t allow either team to play 

football, the ball was pretty much hoofed up top to one of the league’s best players, who caused our 

defence problems all afternoon. We tried to play with the ball on the floor, trying to replicate our recent 

football played in previous weeks, but we were unable to do so. Chances that could have seen us level at 

one stage in the game were missed, and we lacked that sharpness in front of goal that we’d had up until 

this game. Ft 5-2.  Report Nick Jennings

Team

 Glen Rawle, Michael Hollingsworth, Will Cross, Simon Harris, Luke Francis, Mark Ferris, Ilie Braescu, 

George Lisanh, Matt Richardson, Nick Kypri, Patrick Niama. Subs: Nick Jennings, Noah Ojetola  ,Ryckie 

Husbands.

The Vets 2’s were at home to White Roding Res. 

We went into this match confident and with a stronger line up than last week. We started the game well 

having chances to score but poor finishing and a few lucky saves kept us out. We stood off them too 

much at times and held the ball too long. They took the lead after 20 minutes due to a poor back pass

0-1. We drew level 5 minutes later Mark Peel lobbed there keeper from 30 yards 1-1 shortly after we 

took the lead Kevin Argue with cool finish after a mistake by White Roding and Kevin put us 3-1 up

with a powerful finish in off the bar from 18 yards for his 6th goal this season. We went into sloppy mould 

and they scored from a free kick just before HT. 3-2. Early in the second half they drew level, the biggest 

player on the pitch headed home a corner 3-3. We were very poor second half but Steve Barry’s shot 

went the wrong side of the post as did Bert’s late on after the pass off the match by Tim Hawkins. 3-3 FT.

We need to pass the ball when we have it and press the ball when we don’t have it as a team. We need to 

work harder especially in midfield something I will address. MOM MARK PEEL good passing and played a 

team game. Result 3 – 3.  Report John Argue 

Team

 Dave Holland, Steve Lamont, Tim Hawkins, Bert Schouwenburg, Dorian West, Tony James, Richard 

Adderley, Mark Peel, Kevin Argue, Steve Barry, Mark Hill, Subs Vincent White, Shaw Mckenzie, John 

Argue.

Saturday 24 October 2015

The 1sts were at home to local Senior 2 side Mayfield Athletic in the AFC LOB Senior Cup. The visitors are 

one division above us and had a good 2014/15 season finishing in 4th place with 9 wins from 18 games 

and scoring a respectable 53 goals. We had our usual changes, we welcome back keeper Matt Bates and 

Myles P. Leslie but from last week’s win at Academicals Steve Newland, Anthony Yeomans and Nathan 

Allan were not available. Other squad members not available were regulars Tom Mackay, Ciaran Folan,  

Nick Harris and Wes Griffith.

We started with Matt in goal, RB Theo Theodoulou, LB Oscar Tribe, CB James Mitchell and Myles P. Leslie, 

RM Sean Mahoney, LM Arron Watson McNab, CM Michael Mesmin and Mike Mesmin. Up front Scott 

Lovett and Hayden Watson and on the bench Sammy Butt.    

Mayfield started with a 4 – 5 – 1 formation and they made the better start, they were well organised side 

and they put us under a lot of early pressure. A  Mayfield free kick from just outside the box was well 

saved by Matt and soon after he saved well again from a corner. With us playing 4 – 4 – 2 their extra man 

in midfield was making a difference, Mitch soon made a set up change. We had great chance to take the 

lead on 10 minutes, Scott got clear of the Mayfield backline from a great through ball from Mitch but 

referee blew up for offside from distance away. On 16 minutes a good ball from Arron found Hayden but 

his attempted scissor kick from 10 yards went just wide. On 20 minutes Matt made another superb save 

from a corner pushing the ball onto the bar and over. At this stage of the game both teams were creating 

chances and goal did not look far way. On the half hour Scott, Hayden and Seany all combined well and a 

powerful strike Sean was well saved by the Mayfield keeper down by his left hand post. Soon after we 

had our best chance of game, a quick ball forward from Oscar to Hayden, Hayden cleverly beat a 

defender and laid the ball onto Scott. Scott out muscled a defender but his shot just went the wrong side 

of a post. A poor refereeing decision from some distance cost us another opportunity to score, Mickey 

was on side and through on goal from a Scott header but he blew up for offside. On 40 minutes Mayfield 

took the lead, from a goalmouth scramble the referee blew up for a free kick 2 yards from our goal line

(I still don’t know what the free kick was for!), with all our players on the goal line they smashed the ball 

into the back of the net. Soon after they made it 2 -0 from a far post corner that we did not defend very 

well, Matt had no chance. HT 0 -2.

We made a change at half time, Sammy coming on for Mezza.

We started the second half much better than the first, an early corner from Sammy found Arron who beat 

a defender but his shot went the wrong side of the post. Soon after Myles headed just over from a free 

kick and Arron had a powerful strike that looked goal bound but it was blocked by some desperate 

defending. We looked sharper and quicker in the second half and the Mayfield keeper was being kept 

very busy. Scott after beating as couple of defenders again had shot block by the keeper. The visitors 

were now defending very deep as we pushed forward looking to get back in the game. Hayden and Arron 

both had powerful strikes but both cleared the bar. The Mayfield keeper had an excellent game but we 

created enough chances to win this game, we were just not clinical enough in front goal. FT 0 -2.

Shooting practice this week at training!! Back to the league this week at Southgate County, we need to 

maintain our unbeaten record!  Result 0 – 2. Report JB           

Team           

Matt Bates, Theo Theodoulou, Oscar Tribe, James Mitchell, Myles P. Leslie, Sean Mahoney, Arron Watson 

McNab, Michael Mesmin, Mike Mesmin, Scott Lovett, Hayden Watson, Sub Sammy Butt.    

        

This Week, the reserves were in cup action against unknown opponents; Weirside Ranger, at Wadham 

Lodge. Following last week’s dismantling of UCL, confidence was once again very high, and we knew any 

sort of performance mirroring recent weeks would see us safely into the next round of this cup.

Starting XI for this game:

Glen, Nick K, Simon Harris, Michael Hollingsworth, Will Cross, Ilie, Terry Olivo, Ryckie Husbands, Mark 

Ferris, George, Tommy, Sub: Matt Richardson

Captain for this game, was George for his constant hard work in previous weeks, I felt this was his time to 

lead the side after some very good performances. 

Usually when I write these reports, I am never bias. And looking back at this season, our performances 

and our hard work have been at a very high standard and have warranted the praise I’ve heaped on this 

team.  However, the first 45 minutes of this game, on our behalf, was dire. We were poor. It was as if 

we’d showed up, expecting to win without putting in the effort. And this was my message to the boys at 

half time. Previous to this game, we’d defended from the front. Every opposition we have played have 

had very little time on the ball, we’d shut them down, and we’d press as a team. We started this game 

lazy, flat, and we let them play, hence their spell of dominance. We went 1-0 down about twenty minutes 

in, due to the fact we ball watched whilst they had possession in their own half. The ball was played from 

their back line, into their midfield with so much time to do so. The through ball was then gathered by 

Glen who had a good starting position, but the ball slipped from his hands, and gifted Weirside the 

opening goal. 0-1. They could have been 2-0 ahead, if it wasn’t for Glen tipping the ball round the post, 

which was a good save straight after conceding. I am sat here typing this with very little to say about our 

first half performance, there wasn’t much to write about…. 

We got an undeserved equaliser through Mark Ferris. Ilie with an assist, squaring the ball into the path of 

Mark who guided the ball past the goalkeeper. HT 1-1.

Defensively we coped. They didn’t really have much to threaten us with in all fairness. Should they have 

had a decent striker and midfield that could finish, they’d have been out of sight. We’d have easily been 

out of the cup in the first half. However, somehow the game was 1-1 at half time, and we were still in it, 

after they’d failed to capitalize on our lazy start to this game. My message to the lads at half time, was 

any one of them could have come off. It was that simple. We lacked energy, we lacked composure in 

possession, our first touch was horrible, our final pass was dreadful and there wasn’t much to speak 

about to be totally honest. We made one sub, but several changes to our formation. Terry coming off for 

Matt to try and inject some urgency to our play. Matt went onto the left hand side of midfield, and 

George (who was once again our most hardworking) come into the centre, behind Tommy to give us 

some energy. Mark dropped further behind to partner Ilie in the middle of midfield, protecting our back 

four. Before we took to the field in the second half I said to the boys “The reason we’re unbeaten, the 

reason why we’ve been so hard to beat is because we’ve fought for one another, and we’ve wanted it 

every week. Now either change your mind-set, or be out of the cup.”

Thankfully, in the second half, the message was taken on board. And it was a completely different Hale 

End side that took to the field. Everything we lacked in the first half, was quite simply put right from here 

on in. We were more fluent in our play, both Matt & Ryckie were utilised and looked dangerous. We 

chased and shut down, limiting the opposition’s chances. In fact, in the second half, they had nothing. 

And for the rest of the game; they had very little.

For the remainder of this game, the one team that wanted to win this, was us. 

We created some great chances, and we played some very encouraging football. But unfortunately, it was 

to be “one of those days” in front of goal. We were unable to put away our clear cut chances, should we 

have been in the form we’d been in of late, we’d have easily got 6 or 7 in normal time. George, Mark & 

Ilie all contributing well, Ryckie and Matt started getting heavily involved and defensively we looked 

comfortable. The opposition took the lead, when a mistake from Glen gave them an equaliser. Glen will 

be the first to admit that it was a mistake, the ball was crossed in towards the back post, he must have 

misjudged the flight of the ball and as he went to catch it, the ball cannoned off him and went into our 

goal. Like it or not, unfortunately this went down as an own goal. 1-2.

After this, it was a test of our character. At this point in the game we were playing well, we’d dominated 

the second half, but we were 2-1 down. It wasn’t long afterwards, that the allusive Houdini himself, 

Ryckie Husbands popped up to level the scoring. Good football insured Ryckie was free down the right 

hand side to once again showcase his pace and skill, and slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. 2-2.

We were back in the game, and we fully deserved it. We felt after this we could win it in normal time. And 

I could see the belief and urgency in the players, which was very good to see. We were pouring forward. 

We’d found the fluency we lacked in the first half, and the opposition knew that they’d have to be very 

lucky to take us into extra time. Late on, with very little time remaining, our chance to win the game fell 

to Ryckie, he run the ball inside from the wing, leaving the defenders behind him, back post was George 

and Matt, screaming for the ball to take us into the next round. No easy way to put this; but Ryckie 

decided to go for goal. To our despair, the goalkeeper pulling off a save at his near post, with George and 

Matt distraught, and me not believing what I’d just seen, the game then went into extra time. Ryckie was 

taken off, and replaced for Terry in a straight swap. Additional 30 minutes – and somehow they’d taken 

us into extra time. We were so unlucky not to have been our way to the changing room celebrating a win. 

And they were lucky they were still in the cup tie. 

Extra time – we had the momentum. It was clear both teams were nervous, but going forward and in 

possession, it was us that looked the more likely to score. They hadn’t had an attempt on goal since the 

moment Glen tipped it round the post in the first half. It showed our dominance.

HT in Extra time – 2-2.

The drama was far from over. With tiring legs, and a will to want to win, we went for it. We were 

attacking with a purpose. George scoring late in the second half, giving us the lead, and the opposition 

scoring an equaliser soon after, meant penalties. FT 3-3. We had another clear chance to win this game 

before heading to penalties, our clearest in the game, and probably our best chance, falling to Tommy our 

top scorer, who has been in fine form. He found himself one on one, and somehow rushed his shot, 

dragging the ball wide. It wasn’t our day in front of goal, despite scoring three. This game was to be 

decided with a penalty shoot-out!!

They took the first penalty, with Glen guessing the right way. I must point out, that Glen was so up for this 

shoot out. He felt it was his fault that we’d got to penalties, but as I explained to him; mistakes happen. 

It’s part of football. It’s how we bounce back that’s important. We should have won the game at the end 

of 90 minutes, and we had other good chances to win it, so it wasn’t anyone’s fault, it was just simply one 

of those days! Anyway, we took advantage of their penalty miss, which gave us the advantage.

(I can’t remember in what order we scored/missed).

But in the end;

Glen making amends for his previous error, which takes a lot to do in any case, giving us the advantage, 

and giving Will Cross the power to put us into the next round of this tie……. And with ease, Will Cross 

scored our winning penalty. But Glen will, and rightfully so gain the plaudits after an unbelievable Penalty 

Shoot-out! The team rushing towards him like we’d just won the world cup, showing the team spirit that’s 

got us to where we are.

In the end, we got what we deserved, and that is being in the next round of the cup!

MOTM: George Linsah – Once again, hardworking, leading by example, and scoring the goal that should 

have seen us win in extra time. However, he did miss a penalty by blazing it over the bar, but still got the 

votes from his team mates. Great overall performance.

After Our slow start in the first half, we were undoubtedly the better team. And I’m extremely pleased for 

the boys because we did turn it around, and we showed how much we wanted it in the end. The effort 

and attitude was once again evident, and we remain in good shape going forward into our next fixture.

Report: Nick Jennings  Result FT 2 -2 ET 3 – 3 Pens 4 – 3.  Goals Mark Ferris, Rychie Husbands and George 

Lisanh, Pens Mark Ferris, Matt Richardson, Nick Kypri, Will Cross.   

Team

Glen, Rawle, Nick Kypri, Simon Harris, Michael Hollingsworth, Will Cross, Ilie Braescu, Terry Olivo, Ryckie 

Husbands, Mark Ferris, George Lisanh, Tommy Murray Stevens, Sub: Matt Richardson

The 3rds were at home to Southgate Olympic 2nds 

 After last week’s cup game with 12 players unavailable our absentees were down to 4 this week. An 

injury update on Kofi Atta who joined the club this season has unfortunately has had a tear of this ACL 

and could possibly miss the entire season. Kofi has quickly settled with the team and all the lads. 

Everyone wishes him a speedy recovery.

With very little time dedicated to a warm up last week, we spent a good 30 minutes preparing for the 

start of the game unfortunately the referee was in no such hurry and the game kicked off 20 minutes late. 

Early on Southgate looked to hit the early ball long and play from any knock downs they also had a well 

drilled backline who kept pushing forward. However the first clear chance fell to us as Kofi Mensa ran 

through and shot from 30 yards which made it easier for the home keeper. From then the game was fairly 

even. It was Southgate who broke the deadlock first with a fluke shiner from the edge of the box flying 

into the corner 1-0. Our best chance came when Reiss Ellick played a superb ball in to Kofi whose shot 

was parried by the keeper and fell to Curtis Dring whose shot hit the post. 

Second half was distinctly disjointed as we struggled to play out from the back which gave Southgate time 

to keep the pressure on but a mixture of good goalkeeping and defending kept Southgate at bay.  Reiss 

and Kieran were providing a real threat up front and when Reiss caught the Southgate backline napping 

raced through and squared unselfishly for Kieran Hawkes to tap home 1-1.  With our tails up we started 

to regain control and the game became more balanced, until a long cross found their striker free at the 

back post and they took the lead 2-1. As we continued to battle another goal looked deserved and our 

quick tempo paid off when skipper Jay Digence raced through and Reiss Ellick made sure the ball crossed 

the line 2-2. A few more saves from Serder looked to secure a point until right at the death when Ben 

Grinham had the ball fall to him but couldn’t put it pass the keeper. FT 2-2. Report James Gray

Team

Serder Avcin, Sakhile Hlatshywako, Jay Digence (c), Ryan Skinner, Ben Grinham, Bryan Ofori, Curtis Dring, 

Deniro Christian, Reiss Kieran Hawks, Kofi Mensah Ansong, Sub David Nolan, Samir Ndala,

The Vets 1’s were away to West Essex Reserves.

So a game this week we should really be winning but sadly injuries and players unavailable mean we go 

out with one fit sub and one, erm, not so fit...  We started with two new players, Patrick and Winston, 

and with Eke coming back from long term injury.  Also Steve Chambers with an ongoing knee injury and 

no recognised keeper.  Now I'm sure the last time I checked we had 6 recognised vets keepers but none 

we're available to us so it's shows the predicament we face at this time.

We started the game with new boy Patrick at centre back and he immediately looked very solid keeping 

the opposition at bay.  We didn't really threaten too much in the first 20 minutes and did well to keep the 

scores level.  Luckily Essex had left their shooting boots at home and their policy of using the rolling subs 

meant they subbed their goal threat off after 25 mins and the game turned in our favour.

We finished the first half the much stronger side and Essex were a little all over the place. We had a few 

good chances with efforts from Dave Brown and Winston going close.  If we could keep this going into the 

second half we knew we had a chance.

After the break we continued where we left off and quickly went one up after a cool strike from new boy 

Winston Charles.  This was followed by a superb strike 3 minutes later by Gavin MacGregor, lobbing the 

keeper on the turn from an acute angle. Two nil up and in control. Well it didn't last too long and Essex 

came back with a shabby goal conceding after the ball should have been cleared.   To be fair to Essex the 

changed their formation around and started going more down the wings creating more space in the 

middle. We continued to battle but tiredness was showing in our ranks.  We got ourselves deeper and 

deeper and eventually Essex drew level. After running out of steam and ideas Essex managed to bag the 

winner with about 6 mins to go.  We pushed men forward trying to get an equaliser and with all due 

credit to the lads we had a decent go in the last five, but it wasn't to be. We all felt gutted to lose this one 

and deserved at least a draw on the overall game.  Our luck needs to change and we need to get our 

injury list down to a manageable level.  A break next week and a chance to recharge the batteries.

Let's hope in two weeks we can get this season up and running against the current leaders.  With a full 

strength side out we know we can compete with any team in this division, so get yourselves fit lads and 

let's show the other teams we aren't the whipping boys.

Final score West Essex 3 - 2 Hale End  Goals Winston & Gavin MacGregor

MoTM - Patrick Ladbury, a superb debut. Report Danny Magill 

Team

Gavin MacGregor, Sean Windeatt (Capt), Steve Lamont, Steve Chambers, Patrick Ladbury, Darren 

Brathwaite, Joe Denney, Ubaldo Attansio, Eke Agbeze, Winston Charles, Dave Brown. Mustafa Yusuf, Dan 

Magill

The Vets 2’s were away to White Roding Res.

 We started with a strong line up despite having 3 or 4 unavailable. We started slowly giving White Roding 

too much space and time. They took the lead when their best player got between the lines and scored 

with fine strike from 30 yards that gave Dave no chance. We had a few chances but failed to take them 

and the home side nearly went 2-0 only a good save and the post saved us.

In the second half we made a change, Jamie Bowen coming on for Vincent White. We made better start 

and we drew level with Mark Peels free kick. We then did our normal trick and switched off at set plays 

and found ourselves 3-1 down. Mark Hill pulled one back with a fine finish but again poor team play by us 

saw us go 4-2 down and again we got back to 4-3 Mark Hills 2nd in this crazy match they went 5-3 up. 

THE BIG MOMENT came when Tony James gave away a stupid penalty and it looked all over for us with 5 

min to go. Someone should have told our keeper Dave Holland that who made a great save turning the 

penalty onto the post which we then cleared. With 3 minutes left Kevin Argue pulled one back with a 

long range shot. Why he celebrated when we were losing only he knows. In the last minute Tony Smith 

brought ball out of defence and carried it for sixty yards before playing it out to the right for Tim Hawkins 

who had a little run a crossed into the box and there keeper struggled to deal with it and Mark Hill 

headed home to level the scores 5-5. 10 seconds later the final whistle went for full time thank god. 

MOM MARK HILL so bad in 1st half. Maybe we should throw a bucket of water over him before the kick 

off.

Team

 Dave Holland, Dorian West, Tim Hawkins, Tony James, Tony smith, Vincent White,  Gary Carter, Mark 

Peel,  Bert Schouwenburg, Kevin Argue, Mark Hill, Subs Jamie Bowen, Gary Austin, John Argue.          

Result 5 – 5.  Report John Argue

Saturday 17th October 2015


With Stocky in Australia with Sam Hargreaves for the annual ‘walking naked’ Day and Adam Finch’s 

wedding it was left to Mitch to select the 1st team this week away to Academicals. The last time we 

played Academicals at Watford Training Ground we had goalkeeper problems and we lost 4 – 2. We went 

into this game with Matt the keeper having to work and 3 of the back line missing from last week’s win 

against Old Manorians. Not a good start! Mitch spent most of the week looking for a replacement keeper 

and several phone calls and texts later he ended up putting on the gloves himself. There was some good 

news! Oscar returned from injury and Steve Newland and Antony Yeomans came back into the squad. 

With players playing out of position we started the game with Mitch in goal, a back line of RB Steve 

Newland, LB Oscar Tribe, CBs Theo Theodoulou and Scott Lovett. RM Mickey Mesmin, LM Arron Watson 

McNab, CM Mike Mesmin and Antony Yeomans and up front Hayden Watson and Nathan Allan. On the 

bench Sean Mahoney and Sammy Butt. With Watford now in the Premier League the facility has had a 

major overall and it was looking superb. Stats - with the home side conceding 24 goals in their first 6 

games and with us scoring 17 from 5 games we went into this game full of confidence even with all the 

changes. On a cold and windy day we made a great start playing some quick one touch football 

particularly down the right with Steve and Mickey combining well. Steve looked like he had played right 

back all his life and Scott was solid as a rock at centre back. Oscar at left back looked like he not been 

away and Theo after playing right back last week moved into his more familiar roll of centre back. Early 

on Nathan was putting a lot of pressure on the home side back line with 2 great efforts, one that just 

cleared the bar and another just wide of a post.

10 minutes in we were in total control and I don’t remember Mitch touching the ball. We took the lead 

on 12 minutes when a quality corner from Steve Newland was headed into the roof of the net by Oscar 

for a deserved 1 - 0 lead.

5 minutes later Academicals scored a controversial equaliser. With Arron on the floor with a head injury 

the referee waived ‘play on’ and with our players expecting the game to be stopped, the home side took 

full of advantage of the situation and went on to score against the run of play. The game became more 

even after that but we were still creating chances, Mezza headed just wide from a corner and Anthony 

beat two players and shot just wide. HT 1 -1.

In the second half we continued to make chances, Hayden and Arron going close. Another great chances 

on 60 minutes, a quality ball from Mezza found Hayden whose shot beat the keeper but the ball just went 

the wrong side of the post. We then made a change, Sean Mahoney came on for Mezza, Mickey Mesmin 

moved to midfield and Sean went out on the right. The home side was having to defend more and more 

and it was no surprise when we scored a second on 70th minute. A quick short corner on the right from 

Sean found Arron and his perfect strike from 25 yards went over everybody into the top left hand corner 

of the goal, and outstanding goal and a worthy winner of the game. Another change, Sammy coming on 

for the injured Nathan. With the home side pushing forward looking for an equaliser gaps appeared and 

we should have increased our lead. We just need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal. This was a solid 

team performance particularly the back line and a good 3 points to put us top of Senior 3 North. Next 

week we are at home to Mayfield in the AFC LOB Senior Cup. Result 2 – 1 Report JB.

Team

James Mitchell, Steve Newland, Oscar Tribe, Theo Theodoulou, Scott Lovett, Mikey Mesmin, Michael 

Mesmin, Antony Yeomans, Arron Watson McNab, Nathan Allan, Hayden Watson, Subs Sammy Butt, Sean 

Mahoney.          

           

  The Reserves were back in league action after another impressive display away in the cup the previous 

game week. The 2nds faced UCL III at the Lodge, in a game which saw us high in confidence, and eager to 

play, trying to maintain our unbeaten record. This game saw several goals, and once again some very 

good performances.UCL are known for playing attractive football; keeping possession, keeping the ball 

moving. However, the form we’re in, the hard work we’ve shown in recent weeks meant they were to 

find it very difficult. 

Our starting XI for this game saw Glen return in goal, the ever present back four of Nick K, Simon, 

Michael and Will. Two holding in midfield were Terry Olivo and Noah Ojetola, with Mark Ferris just 

infront. George and Ryckie on the wings, with Tommy Murray-Stevens our lone striker. Subs for this 

fixture: Ilie, Patrick and Matt Richardson.

Since we’ve started this season, we’ve found ourselves in the lead in the first five minutes of each game. 

We’re yet to go a goal behind. Which I must say is a very interesting stat, and a good one at that. We’ve 

started quickly and we’ve made sure we’re in the faces of the opposition from the start. This game was 

no different. The opening five minutes saw a fine strike from Tommy Murray-Stevens fly into the top left 

hand corner of the goal, when the ball was whipped in from the right, and the UCL defence were unable 

to clear the ball. Tommy made no mistake in dispatching his chance, adding to his great tally so far this 

season. 1-0. Our second of the day followed pretty much straight after. He scores an absolute banger 

once a year, and it was an absolute screamer from Mark Ferris who doubled our lead.

He picked up the ball, shifted it out of his feet, and unleashed a rocket that flew into the right hand 

corner. No goalkeeper in this league is saving a shot like that. 2-0, and easily the goal of the season. It’ll 

take some beating! Our third come from Will Cross. Yes, you read it right. Before his goal, Will was 

bombing down the left like a young Roberto Carlos. Will started the move, showing great energy on 

several occasions. He carried the ball over the half way line, feeding the ball to Ryckie, who delivered his 

cross. In the box, was of course Will, who slotted the ball calmly passed the goalkeeper, like a natural! 3-0 

on 20 minutes, and comfortable. Going forward, we looked quality. Every attack we looked like we would 

score. Nick Kypri and Will pushing up as wing backs joining in, and the defensive pairing of Noah and Terry 

were pushing up too. This caused us a few problems, and as we’ve seen before, when we concede when 

comfortably leading our heads go down, so we tried our best to ensure we didn’t concede. 

With the majority of our midfield on the attack hoping to add to the score sheet, we found ourselves 

fighting to keep our clean sheet at one stage in the first half. Glen making three incredible saves to keep 

the score at 3-0 meant we could calm down a little, and try and regain our focus on our positioning. We 

got the message out, that although we were comfortable in the lead, it with vital we still sat infront of the 

defence to protect them and our lead. 

Our fourth was a superb individual goal from Ryckie Husbands. He picked up the ball about 35 yards from 

goal, and drove towards the UCL Defence, skipping past two on the edge of their box, drawing in one last 

defender. He managed to glide past him also, with the goalkeeper rushing out only to drive the ball past 

him. A great solo goal from a player who’s capable of this all day, every day. Before this goal, I must 

mention his hard work defensively. He was up and down the flank in the first half, and he deserved this 

goal. 4-0.

Our concentration seemed to lack at one stage, when they managed to score an equaliser. A goal that 

could be seen as offside, saw their striker with a tap in after a mix up saw Glen spill the ball, with the 

attacker tapping into an open net. 4-1.

From the whistle, we went straight on the attack again. A throw in deep by the corner flag on the right 

hand side, saw Nick Kypri’s secret weapon (his throw in) launched into the danger area. The fifth was a 

result of his thrown in. Right onto the front post; Noah Ojetola will claim it, although he himself knew 

nothing about it. The ball hitting something, not quite sure what and pee rolling into the net.

HT 5-1.

During the half time team talk, although going forward we were superb, we felt defensively we lacked 

abit of concentration at times. There were holes in front of the back four, and they didn’t get the 

protection they’d had in previous weeks. Being 5-1 up, and controlling the game we decided to make a 

slight change. Terry went on to right back, with Nick Kypri coming off, and Ilie slotting into the midfield 

with Noah. The second half saw us see out the game extremely well, adding 3 more very good goals to 

the score line. Ryckie Husbands scoring an additional two, which saw him our hat-trick hero, and a rare 

goal for Simon Harris, who smashed in a volley from a corner. Some encouraging performances, and once 

again hard work shown all over the pitch. George, Matt when he came on, and Patrick, all contributed 

well. It could have been more, Nick Kypri hitting the bar after lobbing the goalkeeper, and a few other 

chances which we failed to take. However, at the full time whistle 8-1.

MOTM – Glen Rawle. At a time when we faced 10 minutes of constant pressure, Glen kept them at bay 

pulling off three incredible saves. It was them saves that ensured we maintained the confidence to go on 

and score 6 more goals, after not conceding so early on!

We continue our unbeaten start to the season, with confidence sky high! Report: Nick Jennings

Team 

Glen Rawle, Nick Kypri, Simon Harris, Michael Hollingsworth, Will Cross, Terry Olivo, Noah Ojetola, Mark 

Ferris , George Lisanh, Ryckie Husbands, Tommy Murray-Stevens, Subs  Ilie Braescu, Patrick Niama, Matt 

Richardson.

The 3rds made the long journey to play John Fisher Old Boys 2’s in the AFA Junior Cup. With 12 players 

unavailable the squad was stretched to the limit and long journey to the away ground in Surrey did not 

help. After a swift change and warm up it took us 15 minutes to get into the game, however 2 fantastic 

saves from James Gray one denying their striker a chance to score an overhead kick. The team worked 

hard for each other but were unable to convert from any of the 15 chances created in the first half

The message at half time was simply, we needed to take our chances!

Our domination continued in the second half and we took the lead when Reiss held off their centre back 

to turn and score and not long after he scored a second from a great through ball. The home side pulled a 

goal back and everyone had to dig deep to see out the game. A good win and great food afterwards!

Result 2 – 1 Report James Gray.   

Team 

James Gray, Sakhile Hlatshywako, Jay Digence (c), Ryan Skinner, Ben Grinham, Bryan Ofori, Curtis Dring, 

Deniro Christian, Reiss Ellick, Kaliem Gayle, Samir Ndala, Sub Lee Shoesmith

The Vets 2’s were at Wadham on the 3G against Hornchurch.

We started this match with five changes from last week due to players being unavailable. The referee 

turned up 15minutes late and we started badly going 2-0 down after just 10 minutes. Poor marking at a 

corner and sloppy play on the edge of our own box cost us. We then woke up and started to play some 

good football, Dave Brown had a good effort cleared off the line after rounding the keeper who made two 

fine saves from Kevin Argue and Steve Barry. We ended the half on top but still 2-0 down. The SH saw us 

take up where we ended the half putting pressure on Hornhurch. The plan was to go down the sides but a 

goal came from a long ball down the centre, a flicked on by Dave Brown for Kevin Argue to score with a 

cool finish, game on! We then put on another forward and went for it. Kevin Argue got two more for his 

hat-trick and sub Mark Hill added a 4th 4-2 up. The referee played six minutes injury time and they 

scored two free kicks to make it 4-4. It felt like we had lost but we would have taken a draw at half 

time.MOM KEVIN ARGUE. We can have a good season if we apply ourselves and we get some of our 

players back and stick together as a squad. Apologies to Gary Austin and Vincent White who did not get 

on you are both important to the team.

Team

Dave Holland, Steve Lamont, Danny Magill, Bert Schouwenburg, Jamie Bowen, Tony James, Richard 

Adderley, Daniel Medlock, Kevin Argue, Steve Barry, Dave Brown Sub Mark Hill, Gary Austin, Vincent 

White,

Saturday 10th October 2015

After a week off, the 1st Team were back in action at home to Old Manorians in the league. Although 

still the very early stages of the season, the visitors came to the Lodge 3 points above us in the league 

having played a game more, so a win for us would take us ahead of them considering our healthy goal 

difference thus far. 

The game had an even opening really, in which nothing too exciting really happened. Both teams were 

certainly committed although the playing styles of both sides were definitely in contrast. No chances 

had been made either team as you could describe the start as unspectacular. After these edgy early 

stages we started to take more possession of the football. We had changed our system slightly to a 4-

2-3-1 and at times it helped us keep the ball better with more people in that midfield area. We played 

some lovely passages of football at various points, one touch stuff that was nice and crisp and 

certainly pleasing on the eye but it lacked the penetration and we wasn't really creating too many 

chances from it. Manorians on the other hand were extremely direct in their approach. They had one 

big man up top, and he was bloody big! They simply pumped up the ball to him and hoped he could 

retain the ball and bring others in to play. It worked a couple of times and didn't work quite a lot 

more. There were also a bit strong handed in their tackling too. Ciaran in particular got the rough end 

of that treatment, getting literally sent flying a couple of times. As they were never cautioned for 

these offences, they continued to commit them. Despite this the away side were the ones to take the 

lead. We got caught out of shape at the back after a routine clearance, leaving one simple pass to cut 

us open. There was a very strong sense that the player was offside but the referee did not agree. Matt 

came rushing out to smoother the shot but to be fair the big man up top finished it well to give them 

the lead. We continued to look the better side for the rest of the half but we still failed to test the 

keeper in any great fashion. HT 0-1.

At the break we changed back to a 4-4-2 and simply told the lads you are the better side but you have 

to go out and prove it. Their response was perfect because they shot right out of the blocks following 

the restart. We scored our equaliser with a couple of minutes of the second half. Theo picked up the 

ball at right back just in the Manorians half. From there he fizzed the ball in to Scott who was on the 

corner of the area. He brought it in, held it up and then rolled his defender and run in to the box. The 

angle seemed very acute but Scotty still rifled the ball home having caught the keeper out at the near 

stick. The goal gave everyone a shot in the arm, everyone seemed to get that extra bit of energy in 

their legs. We were back up for it and pressing hard, the visitors couldn't handle it, with the second 

soon coming. Having broke through from midfield, Mitch clipped a nice little pass over the top for 

Hayden. He brought it down and had a shot which ballooned into the air off a defender, it must have 

come down with snow on it, it went that high. From nowhere Mickey popped up on the right hand 

side of the area and hit an outstanding volley that whizzed past the keeper like wasn't even there. It 

was almost Zidane-esque from the Champions League final. Absolute text book stuff. We were 

rampant and more chances followed. Mitch had a clean left footed strike saved by the keeper on the 

break down from a corner and Mickey went close to bundling in the rebound. From the second ball on 

the next corner we had Hayden nearly find the net. He brought the ball down on his chest and the 

right footed effort beat the keeper but came back off the post. A scramble ensued which ended with 

Hayden taking another shot but that was cleared off the line. A third goal was scored with our next 

chance. Tom made a huge clearance down the right channel which Scott chased down. He won the 

ball before the centre half and carried the ball down to the by-line. Just as the defender caught him 

up, Scott stood up a perfect cross to the back stick where Hayden was on hand to smash the ball 

home. Another lovely goal and one which we hoped would see the game safe. Mitch had to come off 

with a bit of a niggle, so Mickey came in to centre mid and Arron came on over on the right wing. He 

instantly showed what he is all about, skipping past two players like they weren't even there, then 

driving up the line at pace. Hayden nearly grabbed his second from a free kick just on the edge of the 

area but it just went the wrong side of the post. We made another two changes, with Scott and 

Sammy coming off and Sean and Nathan coming on like for like. Manorians were showing a bit more 

of a fight at this point, we had lost a bit of our fluidity and they looked to capitalise. Our midfield 

seldom got on the ball for the next 10 minutes as for the first time on the game we lacked a little bit of 

composure. Our fight was definitely still there, Seany the prime example as he got stuck in to the 

rough and tumble straight away. Manorians got themselves back in the game with a goal we should 

have really dealt with on a couple of occasions. First they won a free header in midfield from our own 

goal kick, and then after winning the second ball we gave it back to them instantly. This allowed the 

striker a shot from just inside the area which just managed to creep past Matt into the corner. With 

their tails up, the visitors went looking for an equaliser. It was all hands to the pump as we tackled 

anything that moved to keep them out. It was the only spell when the away team had us under any 

real pressure for the whole game. They were rewarded with a really soft free kick on the right hand 

touch line, if anything it could have gone our way as the player made no attempt to even jump for the 

ball. They put a great delivery in to the area and trying to get as high as he could to clear it, the ball 

just flicked off Hayden's head and past Matt. After being 3-1 up it was now 3-3 with just under 10 

minutes to go and Manorians riding the crest of a wave. They thought they could snatch a winner and 

to be fair the momentum was with them at this point. However we were the ones who took the lead 

though. We had a corner that got headed out to the edge of the area, and Mickey was on hand to 

return a shot back in on goal. He drove it in to the ground and as it bounced, Mezza popped up to flick 

the ball on and past the keeper to put us 4-3 ahead, and he was instantly mobbed by all the players in 

celebration. You could feel the relief and 5 minutes left on the clock to see out. Luckily we didn't have 

to worry too much as we added a fifth. Nathan had been busy since he came on and got his reward for 

it. He was the lone man up front now and he got the ball to feet near the area with a couple of players 

swarming round him. Using his size he somehow managed to get the roll on them before getting in on 

the keeper and finishing nicely. Theo had great game coming back from his injury lay off but now his 

legs had run out off juice so Mitch had to hurriedly get kitted up again to fill in at right back for the last 

couple of minutes. After a half that had given 7 goals in it, there was no time left for a more drama 

and the win was ours. FT 5-3.

After a first half that was hardly thrilling the second half was superb and one that we really turned on 

the quality. Our experiment didn't quite work in the first half, not that we played poorly but we lacked 

any real chances. The second half showed some of our attacking play at is best with pace, power and 

no little technique involved too. 

To be honest we were comfortable for most of the game but for that 10 minute period were 

Manorians had their own bout of pressure. Our lads also showed plenty of bottle too, having gone

1-0 down and also when the visitors came back to 3-3, we kept going and playing our way which was 

very pleasing. Let's make sure we carry that on in to the next game! Report Dan Stock

Team

Matt Bates, Theo Theodoulou, Ciaren Folan, Tom Mackay, Myles Philgence – Leslie, Mickey Mesmin, 

James Mitchell (Capt), Michael Mesmin, Sammy Butt, Hayden Watson, Scott Lovett, Subs Sean 

Mahoney, Arron Watson – McNab, Nathan Allen    

On Saturday, the Reserves faced a long distance cup tie, against Old Wokinians II. That’s right, if you 

hadn’t guessed from the name, destination: Woking. 

There’s one fixture every year, that you look at and wish you’d got a home tie, this was that game. But 

that being said, it all went to plan, and the squad got to the ground about 80 minutes before kick off, 

leaving us plenty of time to prepare well after the long journey.

Glen missed out on the trip due to prior plans (there’s always one). A few other noticeable absentees 

were Ilie & Rando who were also working. Filling in to help us out, was Matt, and the veteran Sam 

Hargreaves.

Starting XI:

Terry Olivo, Will Cross, Michael Hollingsworth, Simon Harris ©, Nick Kypri, Mark Ferris, Noah Ojetola, 

George Linsah, Ryckie Husbands, Tommy Murray, Nick Jennings.  Subs: Patrick Niama, Matt, Sam 

Hargreaves

Since the start of the season, every game we’ve played we’ve started at 100mph, this game was no 

different. After the journey I have to be honest and say I thought we’d take a while to get going, 

however I was wrong.

The opening few minutes saw us comfortable in possession, and saw some very good play up top with 

Nick, George, Tommy and Ryckie all seeing some good time on the ball.

Our first chance come about ten minutes in, when the ball was lofted forward by the opposition 

towards their striker. Simon Harris’ meathead glanced the ball back into the space behind their 

defence. Nick Jennings being alert managed to run onto it. His first touch got him closer to goal with 

the ball in his path and as he looked up, the goalkeeper rushed out to greet him. Managing to connect 

with the ball well, possibly in two minds, whether to lift it over or bend it round him, it went just wide 

of the post. A massive opportunity that should have seen us take a lead. 

 Pretty much straight after, we had to made an early substitution. Nick coming off with a hamstring 

problem. Patrick came on, slotting in behind Tommy who went up front, and George shifting to the 

right. We played some very good football. George had their left back this whole game. He showed 

some great skill, and great tenacity to win the ball back each time we were without possession. Our 

defence were once again solid. And it looked as though we wouldn’t concede in this fixture.

Our second chance fell to George. Great interplay between Tommy, George and our midfield saw him 

fire just wide of the post on the right hand side where he was now situated. He’ll be disappointed not 

to have got onto the score sheet, but it was a very tight angle, one that just whistled wide. The 

opposition had two key chances where they could have also taken the lead.

A corner swung in, headed away fell to one of their midfielders on the edge of our box, able to get his 

shot off, he forced a good low save from Terry who tipped it round the post. Great save, can’t imagine 

he was able to see through all the bodies in the box! Shortly after, another chance fell to the home 

side, when we tried to play a high line. Their striker carried the ball towards our goal, the ball was 

bouncing. Terry run off his line to shut him down, and the striker lofted the ball over our goalkeeper, 

thankfully it was closer to the corner flag than to our goal. HT 0-0 

How we’d come in at 0-0, we weren’t sure. Both teams had their chances, but we’d been the better 

team without doubt and had the majority of possession. Defensively once again, it was another great 

half. Simon and Michael showing again their strengths and complimenting one another superbly. Will 

Cross and Nick Kypri also pushing out any threat there faced on the wings.

We’d decided to keep things as they were. We had the momentum going into the second half. Sam 

Hargreaves was turning it up a notch on the warming up scale on the side, letting us know his services 

were available ever so quietly……….. This was tempting at this stage in the game. The game had gone a 

bit quiet. Both teams seemed to be getting a little nervous as the time went on.

We made one change, Ryckie coming off for Matt on the left hand side of midfield about ten minutes 

into the second half.

The game opened up again; Patrick was seeing a lot of time on the ball, finding some great passes to 

put us on the attack. George was roasting their left back. Once again, defensive it would seem nothing 

would beat us this game. They hadn’t troubled us at all in the second half.

The deadlock was broken from an attack that saw the oppositions defence fail to clear, and the ball 

rolling across the goal for either Noah or Tommy to just tap in. Low and behold, our fox in the box 

Tommy Murray-Stevens put the ball into the back of the net. This is what we deserved throughout our 

display to this point. We had a few other chances to bury the game. George failing to capitalise on a 

great position literally on the goal post of the oppositions line, with the final delivery hitting the side 

netting, Tommy also having two one on ones that he on another day would have been celebrating. 

With 20 minutes remaining, and us leading 1-0, Sam Hargreaves come on for Tommy. It was a straight 

swap, and Sam went into the number 9 position to hopefully hold up play, and chase down 

defenders….

With maybe ten minutes to go, the opposition’s first real attack saw them grab an equaliser. The ball 

was down the right hand side, the winger knocking it past Will Cross (Who had played 90minutes 

before this game!!) managing to get in a great whipped ball. Any touch would have seen it go into the 

net, and the oncoming striker smashed it into the roof of the goal. A deflated looking Hale End, Extra 

time dawned closer, and it seemed that a good lead that we deserved could come back to haunt us 

once again. Mark Ferris was then taking off due to a slight injury concern. Tommy going back upfront, 

and Sam Hargreaves dropping into midfield.

The tackles in the game started to pick up. Sam Hargreaves of old coming to the party, winning some 

50/50’s, showing some great strength in there, Noah fighting as usual, and Patrick cleaning up 

ensuring we were quick to break when we won the ball back. FT 1-1. And Extra time.

The team talk was quite quick – we were incredibly unlucky not to be on the way home, in the next 

round of the cup. One attempt from them in the second half saw them draw level with us. And it 

wasn’t deserved. Our back four were once again on top of any threat, it was just one cross that sealed 

our fate in the 90 minutes. Five minutes into extra time, we decided to go for it. Ryckie coming on for 

Noah to push forward and try and get that winning goal. Now, it was all about fitness. Who wanted it 

more? Ryckie came close, and should have done better when the ball was rolled to him on the outside 

of the area, but dragging the shot wide. There was a moment in the second half, where some lazy 

defending by Will (he’ll admit it) saw him bear hug and throw their player to the floor in our area. The 

referee with the whistle to his lips, for some reason didn’t give it. Play carried on to our disbelief. It 

was a stone wall penalty. For once, a decision that went in our favour (luckily).

The lead was restored in the first half extra time, when the ball was played through to Tommy, who 

found himself passed the goalkeeper and one on one with the defender who was stood on the goa 

line. Instead of going either side, Tommy looped the ball over his head, for the defender to slap the 

ball away. Penalty.

I haven’t mentioned the referee much, who was quite far away from the play at all times. But his 

decision to not even book the player was beyond disbelief. It is in the rules that he is last man, and 

remained on the field of play for the remainder of the game.

Tommy stepped up and placed the ball to the bottom left, with the goalkeeper diving the other way. 

Good composure and a great penalty to put us deservedly back into the lead. 1-2.

We managed to see out this win, and it was another fantastic display. Some great performances all 

over the pitch, with our defensive impressing once again, our midfield battling and the front free 

working tirelessly. MOTM – George Lisanh

Run himself into the ground on Saturday. Cannot speak highly enough of his work rate and 

performance. Will be disappointed he didn’t score, but his running throughout the 120 minutes 

earned him the praise from his team mates. I must say, this squad is easily the best I’ve had since my 

time at Hale End. We’ve had players come and go through pre-season, but I wouldn’t change this 

team. Incredibly proud of the effort and time they’ve put in so far this year, and as an outcome shows 

in our results. Attitudes are spot on, and all the boys want to play. As a manager, these away games 

make us wonder who will fancy the trip, and to have the same squad travel for this fixture shows the 

willingness to want to play. And it’s a great feeling for me to look around the dressing room and see 

the same faces week in week out.  We’re still unbeaten, and we go onto the next game full of 

confidence. Result FT 1 – I  ET 2 – 1 Match Report: Nick Jennings

Team

Terry Olivo, Will Cross, Michael Hollingsworth, Simon Harris ©, Nick Kypri, Mark Ferris, Noah Ojetola, 

George Lisanh, Ryckie Husbands, Tommy Murray - Stevens, Nick Jennings.  Subs: Patrick Niama, Matt 

Richardson, Sam Hargreaves

The 3rds second league game saw us face off against Hinton and Finchley Old Boys 1sts, last season we 

took 4 out of 6 points. We knew we had to stay disciplined and not allow Hinton time and space in 

front of goal, from the off Hinton were not shy in getting the ball forward to their front two. We held a 

good shape but Hinton were quick to double up on players and force them to play in front of them, 

the times we did manage to get in behind them we created good opportunities. Hinton were awarded 

a generous free kick mid-way through the first half, the free kick was initially saved but the rebound 

was squared across goal for an easy goal 0-1. 

 At half time we made 2 changes bringing on Steve and Bryan, from the first whistle we kept Hinton 

pinned in there half the best chance came when Steve Newland turned and slipped the ball for Elliott 

Dawes who forced the keeper into a fine save. The introduction of the inform Kaliem Gayle saw a 

more direct style of attack, as we kept pressing we almost got caught out as Hinton sprung a couple of 

counter attacks against us. We finally managed to make out pressure count when Deniro Christian 

combined with Kieran Hawkes and slotted a neat side foot finish into the top corner. 1-1.

Another consistent performance in which either team could have taken all 3 points.Report James Gray

 

Team Steve Savill, Sakhile Hlatshywako, Jay Digence (c), Ben Grinham, Lee Shoesmith, Ryan Skinner, 

Deniro Christian, Kieran Hawes, Kofi Mensah ansong, Elliott Dawes, Dean Shaw, Sub Bryan Ofori, 

Kaliem Gayle, Steve Newland

The Vets 1’s were away to Old Chelmsfordians in the Essex Vets Cup.

A very difficult challenge stood in front of us getting into the 2nd round of the cup today.  

Chelmsfordians currently sit in 2nd place in Div 1 with a 100% record this season.

With only one sub we knew today was going to be tough, but come the final whistle we felt very hard 

done by not getting a result. 

With only one recognised centre back we started with Gavin MacGregor alongside Normal Alcide with 

Sean Windeatt and Steve Lamont supporting at full back. Gavin settled in very well with a strong 

battling performance.  Our defence played all game as a solid unit and although they came under a lot 

of pressure they remained disciplined throughout with excellent communication and work rate.  Great 

to see! 

We set up with five across the middle to try and stem the home side attacks, Gennaro Napolano right, 

Simon Gallagher, Ubaldo Attansio and Peter Laing in the middle and new lad Steve Child's on the left.  

Dave Brown playing the solo role up top worked his socks off today and was a continuous pain in the 

neck for the opposition. We mostly kept our shape throughout the first half but they were a good side 

and created a number of chances, however we stood firm and kept them at bay.  After a bit of a 

concentration lapse Chelmsfordians managed to go one up but we got into half time full of confidence 

and relishing the 2nd half. The home side thought they were in for a stroll in the park but we had lots 

of other ideas. We started the second half as we did the first and although they managed to go two up 

we didn't give up. With about 25 to go the ball was cleared from their area but only making it to the 

edge of their box.  As the ball bounced and bobbled it fell sweetly for Steve Lamont to pounce, 

catching it on the half volley from about 24.67 yards.  It was such a crisp contact leaving the keeper 

routed to the spot. 2-1 and game on. We continued to ask questions and confidence was high.  The 

opposition started to argue and we fancied it more than them. And this is where the referee decided 

to kill the game. 3 big (and very incorrect) offside decisions later and the game was ruined.  They 

nicked a third after the scorer was two feet offside (even their sub behind said "that's off".  It was 

unfair on the lads and we'd worked so hard all day against a better side and got nothing.

Let's remember lads if we play as a team, communicate with each other and start believing there's no 

reason we can't be right up there come the end of the season.  We are a good side and pushed a top 

team all the way today. Time to make all this effort pay off! Final score Old Chelmsfordians 3 - 1 Vets 

Goal Steve Lamont. Motm - Gavin MacGregor.

Two weeks in a row and fully deserved.  Gav was happy to play at centre back and looked more than 

capable in the role.  Well done Gav. Report Danny Magill

Squad

Steve Pyle, Sean Windeatt, Steve Lamont, Gavin MacGregor, Norman Lamont, Gennaro Napolano, 

Peter Laing, Simon Gallagher, Ubaldo Attansio, Steve Child's, Dave Brown, Dan Magill, Vincent White, 

Gary Austin.

The Vet’s 2 were away to West Essex in the EVL Division 4 Cup.

In what was a second game against West Essex in as many weeks this was to be a different game from 

our last fixture.

With the concern that we may lose players to the 1st team this did not seem to affect us during the 

build to the game, the players just focused on the cup game ahead.

With only one or two changes we settles into the game well and in the first 30 minutes the game 

consisted of two teams trying working out each other's weakness. Kevin Argue and Shaw McKenzie 

were working hard trying breaking down the opposition back four. We were confident that we could 

create our first win of the season. However that was not to be in the first half as it ended goalless. Our 

wingers Richard Adderley and Steve Thomas were playing in some creative passes into the front two 

but we found ourselves coming off at half time without any rewards, frustrating for the forwards who 

had worked so hard to make chances. The back four was totally solid throughout the first half. Tim in 

his first game of season looked like he had never been away and the pairing of Tony James and new 

centre half Tony Jones was working well with skipper Dorian West taking the right back spot

In the second half we once again seemed to switch off within minutes of the restart. Within 10 

minutes keeper Dave Holland was forced into action pulling off a fine save from a 20 yards effort that 

looked destine for the back of the net.

However the West Essex keeper also pulled of a fine safe shortly after to deny us going one up.

Our the midfield and back four managed to sort themselves out and a tight game continued, the game 

looked destined for extra time until a fantastic Steve Thomas ball into the box from a set piece saw 

Bert fly in at the back post to volley in from 6 yards, the opening goal of a well fought match. Goal to 

Hale End and nothing less than we deserved! With just 7 minutes left we had our chances to get into 

round two. Our back four had been faultless throughout but a communication error with minutes to 

go saw keeper Dave Holland once again pull off a reflex save to keep the game in our grasps.

With time running out Mark and Kevin were still trying to put pressure on the home keeper and man 

of the match Tim Hawkins was not letting anything past him. A superb first win of the season. A 

massive result this early on made the players believe we can do this week in week out.

A fantastic attitude summed up today's result. Next up we play at home against Hornchurch who put 8 

past us in our opening game.......let's show then that that was a lucky result for them lads !!!

Result 1 -0. Club record Bert! The oldest player to score a goal for Hale End AFC. Report Dave Holland. 

Team

Dave Holland, Dorian West, Tim Hawkins, Bert Schouwenburg, Tony Jones, Tony James, Richard 

Adderley, Mark Peel, Kevin Argue, Steve Barry, Shaw Mckenzie, Mark Hill, Vincent White, John Argue


Saturday 3rd October 2015

This week, the Reserves looked to bounce back from their disappointing draw last week.

They faced a strong Globe side who we knew a lot about, and will quite easily be one of the better 

teams we face this season. Starting XI for this game: Glen Rawle, Ilie Braescu, Michael Hollingsworth, 

Simon Harris, Terry Olivo, Will Cross, Mark Ferris, George Lisanh, Noah Ojetola, Tommy Murray -

Stevens,

Nick Jennings, Subs: Ryckie Husband, Nick Kypri

Before this game, the message we put out to the players, knowing the opposition so well, was that it 

was going to be extremely physical. It was going to be a battle. We saw upon warming up they had 

some big guys, they had players we knew were going to put it about, as well as rapid and skilful 

wingers. The opening ten minutes saw us put in some crunching tackles. We played some very good 

football. Will Cross (Woody) breaking down play very well, and getting us settled on the ball which 

was to be a major factor in this game! Globe knew they were in a game right from the start, with us 

being vocal all over the pitch, we started how we intended to go on.

We took an early lead, which has been the case for our opening three fixtures! We won a throw 

deep in the oppositions half, with a quick throw on being taken to George who was pressed heavily 

by the goalkeeper who rushed to shut him down. He glanced the ball passed the goalkeeper, and 

into the path of Noah Ojetola, who showed great composure (and it was as if time had stopped the 

amount of time it took him to get his shot off) to beat the defender on the line. 1-0 in the opening 10 

minutes, and a great start.

We made a sub immediately after taking the lead. Nick making way, who wasn’t well before the 

game, and started due to a member of the squad turning up late…(Let this be a lesson, BE ON 

TIME!!)…. Tommy went upfront, Ryckie come onto the left hand side of midfield.

In the first 20 minutes, there was only one team that wanted this. And it was us, the team in green. 

We dominated the battle in Midfield. Mark, Noah and Woody all contributing to the cause. 

Defensively we looked solid. 

Illie, Terry, Michael & Simon all putting in some fantastic challenges, shutting out any threat they 

looked like they’d cause. They had one decent attempt to make it 1-1 which showed great trickery 

and strength from their striker, which went wide of the post. Other than that, it was all us. We 

pressed, and we were creating some very good chances.

We were able to double our lead, when the desire of our front line enabled Ryckie Husbands to get 

his first goal of the season. What a finish it was too. He was able to beat two men on the far side, 

and with the outside of his boot beat the goalkeeper. A superb goal, and one we saw coming with 

our level of dominance in this game. 2-0.

Half time – We were good for our lead. The hard work in the first half I can’t speak highly enough of. 

George, Mark, Noah, Woody, Tommy & Ryckie all shutting down superbly, each putting in a good 

shift. And our back four looking like we weren’t going to concede.

One team at this point wanted it more, and that was us. We were up for the battle, and the 

physicality of this game. And I think Globe were surprised about how we put it about. After last 

week, we were certain we could shut this game out. It was simply the best 45 minutes I have seen 

from this team in a long, long time. And we wanted something to show for it, in this game more than 

any other. After the disappointment of letting a two goal lead slip to opposition who were no-where 

near Globe, we wanted it more.

The start of the second half, saw us lack the same fight we’d started with. Maybe Globe upped it, 

which we knew they would, and they become a stronger team than the one that started the game.

If I’m honest I can’t remember their two goals. That saw them level up….. One was a penalty where 

we dived in, and hacked down their winger, but the other I believe was a set piece, which is our 

downfall, and has been our weakness when we’ve conceded this season. Globe managed to claw it 

back to 2-2. 

This was due to no fault in our performance. Energy levels were still high, the tackles were still flying 

in, and our fight was still visible. We managed to find more power and strength going forward, and 

this wasn’t to be the end of this action packed game….

On 60 minutes, the inform Tommy Murray-Stevens managed to put us back into the lead, when 

pinball styled defending, resulted in Globe failing to get the ball away, warranting Tommy to score 

his third in three games. Tommy deserved this goal, he showed great tenacity and desire all game, 

and once again showed great composure in the box. 3-2.

The next goal feels somewhat disbelieving if ever you’ve played, or seen him shoot….. 

From a corner, our centre back (soon to be striker), Michael Hollingsworth carried the ball from the 

middle of our half, all the way down the pitch, with great pace, finding himself one on one with the 

defender, and only the goalkeeper to beat. He took on the last man, with great ease, taking the ball 

wide towards the edge of their box. He drew the goalkeeper in, and with the most delicate of dinks 

over the goalkeeper, the ball was trickling towards goal. The defender chasing the ball maybe 

thought he could get there, and an onlooking subs bench and parents probably thought the same… 

But it went in. And once again, it was another great performance that warranted his goal. 4-2, and 

an unbelievable run and finish saw us back in the lead by two goals.

Now was just a simple case of seeing out the result.…If only it was that simple! We’d broken our 

duck of having our heads down when we conceded, and as I’ve kept saying, we deserved nothing 

less than the win here. 65 minutes of sheer hard work and graft, fight and determination, surely 

we’d be rewarded with three points.

We then had a decision awarded against us, which the referee had changed his mind on about 3 or 4 

times. I’m not fully convinced he knew what he’d given, and his reasons why.

It was an indirect free kick awarded in our box for “dangerous play”. Our defender went to clear the 

ball at knee height, and the striker was going in for a header for an attempt on goal…. Now, I don’t 

know what the rule is here, but I am certain it’s either a penalty or nothing? Anyway, the free kick 

was given, and of course, they scored from it. 4-3, and it was then evident that Globe then went on 

to gain the momentum. With us feeling slightly aggrieved about the goal we’d just conceded, the 

managed to get an equaliser. Once again, no one to blame, not an individual error, I’d say more 

unlucky than anything else.

Both teams had chances to win it after that. Glen pulling off a great save with his feet, Tommy also 

coming close. But in the end, this result finished 4-4.

Mark, one of our fitter players, going down with cramp on 70 minutes summed up how hard our 

midfield worked all game to retrieve possession, and to protect our back four.

Another massive well done to the boys this weekend. I cannot fault the level of effort. 

Of course I am massively disappointed not to have got the win, after being two goals ahead, not 

once but twice.  

However, this point we got in the end, showed a lot of character, a lot of fight, and a lot of belief in 

one another. And it was easily the best all round team performance I’ve seen from us in the last few 

seasons.

We chopped and changed positions a lot this game to deal with the threats they had, and I thank all 

the players for seeing it the same way I did, and for understanding that sometimes, helping the team 

is more important that any individual playing in their preferred positions. Each and every goal scored 

Saturday was due to the teams hard work, and dedication. Through hard graft, chasing down, and a 

good level of maturity. Long may it continue! Well done lads.                   

Man of the match: 

Simon Harris & Michael Hollingsworth – Both put their bodies on the line, made some great tackles 

and both vocal throughout. Still can’t actually believe that it was the best defensive display we’ve 

had for some time, and we still conceded four, but that wasn’t all down to us. Some major decisions 

went against us which cost us a goal or two.

Saying that, each and every player who played in this game, put in 100%, and man of the match was 

very difficult to call.

Massive thanks to Glen, our goalkeeper who was ill all week, and still wasn’t 100% come Saturday. 

He played and had another good performance for us. FULL TIME 4-4 Report: Nick Jennings

Team

Glen Rawle, Ilie Braescu, Michael Hollingsworth, Simon Harris, Terry Olivo, Will Cross, Mark Ferris, 

George Lisanh, Noah Ojetola, Tommy Murray -Stevens, Nick Jennings, Subs: Ryckie Husband, Nick 

Kypri

The 3rds first league game saw our campaign start with the A406 derby against local side Egbertians 

2nds. With Bryan and Serder returning to the team we had to make sure our concentration was on 

point. From the kick off Egbertians tactic was clear pack out the midfield and play long balls into 

their striker. Early on Ben and Bryan didn’t give him a sniff, one edgy moment saw him go 1v1 with 

Serder but his early shot went wide. 

Throughout the half we controlled the game and created lots of good chances but luck fell to the 

home side who managed to scramble the ball away.  Egbertians luck stretched further when we 

were caught cold from a throw on and their winger headed in, buoyed by their goal Egbertians piled 

forward and nicked a second goal. We did not allowing our heads to drop and some quick counter 

attacking football saw Kofi Mensa’s lay off struck home by Ryan Skinner, with a great low drive with 

the outside of his boot H/T 2-1. 

Second half the lads knew they had to keep attacking and creating chances whilst remaining 

disciplined, we drew level when Elliott Dawes pushed through to bring us level 2-2, Sakhile 

Hlatshywako tease the opposition by having 6 touches before scoring his second of the season 2-3. 

Changes came and Kofi Atta and Dean Shaw came off the bench to keep us on the front foot 

however Kofi’s appearance was cut short when he had to come off after he went over his knee, We 

all wish him a speedy recovery.  Our commitment to attacking teams paid off when Elliott Dawes 

charged through on the keeper and dispatched another shot to increase our lead to 2-4. A mixture of 

compliancy and over confidence saw Egbertians nick one goal back 3-4, with the clock ticking down 

another goal was vital and up stepped Elliott Dawes who’s shot at the near post was enough to beat 

the keeper and the defender  3-5. Egbertians throw everything towards our goal in the dying 

minutes but Serder was a rock between the posts and would not be beaten. F/T 3 -5.

Report James Gray.

Team

Serdar Avcin, Sakhile Hlatshywako , Ben Grinham, Bryan Ofori, Jay Digance (c), Ryan Skinner, Deniro 

Christian, Kailem Gayle, Kieran Hawkes, Elliott Dawes, Kofi Mensah – Ansong, Subs: Dean Shaw, 

Subs James Mitchell, Kofi Atta

Vets 1 v Leigh Ramblers

A division three cup game this week and a long trip to Leigh Ramblers.

Again our injury list caused us selection problems but we called upon the whole squad and were able 

to use three 2nd team players.  Thanks lads for stepping in.

We had to keep it tight at the beginning to give ourselves time to have a look at the opposition.  

Sadly for us Leigh came flying out of the blocks and were 4 nil up with 20 minutes.  We were staring 

down the barrel of a massive hammering but luckily for us we started to get into the game and Leigh 

began to run out of puff.  

Steve Lamont went off with a head injury and we brought on Vincent White at left mid with Gennaro 

moving to left back.  This seemed to slow down their attack from their right side.  Perhaps we should 

have realised earlier that Steve was seeing stars. We got into half time 4-2 down following an own 

goal after a lovely free kick from Gary Kirby and a cool finish from Simon Gallagher and we knew 

there was enough ability in the team to get back into the game. 

So we started the second half the way Leigh started the first and absolutely blew the opposition 

away.  We got back into the game with two quick goals coming from Gavin MacGregor and Dave 

Brown. The game was end to end and Leigh broke free again and went 5-4 up.  Heads could have 

dropped but once again we plugged away and drew level again with some persistent play from Gavin 

MacGregor.  5 All and our game to win. So it's back to our previous message from last week.  

Decision making.  It once again cost us and we don't need to go into it too much, but teams are not 

beating us, we are beating ourselves. We need to listen players around us who don't have 

possession of the ball to fully understand what is happening around us.  If we hold the ball too long, 

we will get tackled, they will catch us out of position and we will concede a goal.   We need to start 

trusting each other, giving the ball earlier and work our little socks off like we did for the last 15 of 

the first half and 35 mins of the second. Next game is a tough one against a division one side so we 

need all hands to the pumps lads. Final score Leigh Rambles 8 - 5 Hale End

Goals, OG, Simon Gallagher, Dave Brown, Gavin MacGregor (2)

MoTM - Gavin MacGregor, worked his socks off, scored a couple and happy to dig in when required.  

Well done Gavin.

Squad

Steve Pyle, Sean Windeatt (capt), Steve Lamont, Steve Chambers, Gary Kirby, Darren Brathwaite, 

Gennaro Napolano, Simon Gallagher, Peter Laing, Dave Brown, Gavin MacGregor, Mark Hill, Vince 

White, Gary Austin.


Saturday 26th September 2015

The 1st Team were in cup action this week, in the AFA Essex/Middlesex Cup at home to Old Garchonians, a side 

who play in the SAL Premier, which is a very good standard. We had a win and a draw so far so we were in 

decent form but knew we would be in for a game on the day. 

The visitors set their stall out early doors to play the ball over our back four and get in behind that way. It was a 

theme for the opening 10 minutes of the game. Tom was always up to meet the initial header with Flincho 

always covering behind. The Garchonians strikers were always playing right on the shoulder and were probably 

offside more often than not but of course it is extremely difficult for the ref to spot everything without 

linesmen. This ploy almost bore fruit for the away side as one ball managed to catch us out. Luckily Matt was on 

his toes and rushed off his line to block the shot on the edge of his area. Our early threat mainly came down the 

right with Arron. He also had our first effort of the game, receiving the ball with his back to goal, cutting inside 

and having a shot from distance which went over the bar. With the long ball no longer giving any joy of the SAL 

team, they changed their game up and started playing the ball along the floor a lot more. They kept possession 

a lot better which in turn made things more difficult for us in our own third. They just seemed to work the ball 

to the spare man very well, and their striker was a good target who held the ball up. Mickey and Sean were 

working really hard in the middle of the park as Garchonians looked to move us around and slip through any of 

the gaps that would come from it. That’s wasn’t forthcoming though because as a side we kept our shape really 

well, everyone one put in the effort to make sure we were as hard to breakdown as possible. Matty R was 

playing in an unfamiliar role at right back, and as the game wore on he grew more comfortable and defended 

well. Generally we made sure ‘keeper Matt had little to do. There was a couple of corners we had to negotiate, 

more of a worry than usual as many of our taller lads weren’t playing, but they were all dealt with sufficiently. 

Working so hard to subdue our opponents and the way they were playing did mean our attacking did suffer. We 

did try play our way through midfield when we could but the ball wasn’t sticking too well up top, so the game 

was coming straight back at us. 

There was a couple of times when in the final third we would try too hard to do something special and only lose 

possession. We did have a couple of half chances from free-kicks put in by Seany and Wes had an effort from 

distance but put a bit too much on it and the shot couldn’t dip in time. HT 0-0.

 

The second half didn’t get off to the start that we had desired. After defending well for the previous 45 minutes 

we switched off at a corner and Garchonians took the lead. Ant came on in to midfield for Wes, and a re-jig in 

midfield. From then on we looked the better side for the rest of the game. We started to keep the ball better 

and as a result, make more things happen in the final third. Ant was involved right away, getting stuck in to 

tackles and giving us some extra drive from the middle of the park. Mickey and Arron were getting more ball out 

wide in attacking areas, we were the ones stretching the away side now. Most of our joy was coming down the 

left, Arron was getting the better of his full back every time, with Nick overlapping for support. Hayden had a 

thunderous effort from just outside the box that cannoned off the angle of post and cross bar. You thought it 

nearly took the goal out of the ground he hit it that hard. This proved the catalyst for more chances to come as 

we gave it everything to get back in the match. Arron had an effort that went just wide of the post while Nick 

nearly had a chance from one of his trademark runs. Coming in from the left he dipped and shimmied past two 

or three defenders  to get to the area, then done the same thing again to get in on goal but he was just blocked 

out by a recovering defender before he could get his shot off. We brought on Elliott on for Sammy and pushed 

him up top as we were in the ascendancy. Tom had the next chance. Sean drilled in his corner and Tom rose 

highest but his header was surprisingly off target. Arron, getting the better of his man again, whipped in a cross 

from the left but Elliott’s glancing header went wide too. Mickey was doing his bits out on the right too, but 

after beating a couple of men and getting a cross in nobody in the box could get on the end of it. We had been 

the better side all the half but couldn’t find a goal, and then we get hit with the sucker punch. A big hoof from 

the visitors centre half went over our back four where we were pushing on. Their striker gets on the end of it 

and finishes well with a great lobbed finish over Matt. The lads still have it everything they had in the last five 

minutes but it wasn’t to be. FT 0-2.

They were probably one of the better sides we have played for quite a while but it was still a shame to go out of 

this cup at the first hurdle. We really must start making the chances we create count in the final third. As good 

as the other side were we did make enough to get the win in the second half. On the brighter side, all of the lads 

worked extremely hard all game and really put a shift in. When it wasn’t going our way in the first half they dug 

in and kept their shape. In the second they showed a bit more of what we are about, sadly it wasn’t enough. 

With a week off now we can regroup, get some players back from injury and return to winning ways in the 

league.   Report Dan Stock

Team

Matt Bates, Nick Harris, Matthew Richardson, Adam Finch, Tom Mackay, , Mikey Mesmin, Sean Mahoney, Arron 

Watson – Mcnab, Hayden Watson, Wesley Griffth, Sammy Butt, Sub Anthony Yansom, Elliott Dawes, Ciaran 

Folan,   

This week the reserves went in to their second game of the season against Old Magdalenians.

After an impressive performance a few weeks ago, we came into this game with a lot of confidence, hoping to 

push on from our previous win.

We were missing George Linsah through suspension which was disappointing as he had a good performance 

against Old Ignatians, and Rando was also missing through injury. Terry Olivo, another one that missed out, due 

to holidays. But with all three expected back this upcoming weekend, it gives me a selection problem! Starting 

XI for this fixture: 

Glen, Nick K, Will Cross, Simon Harris, Luke Francis, Ilie, Noah, Mark, Tommy, Alex J, Michael Hollingsworth. 

Subs: Dan Abel, Patrick Niama, Ryckie Husbands.

The first 15 minutes of this game saw astray passes, poor first touches, and very little rhythm from both sides. It 

wasn’t the best game to watch, or take part in. We were forced to make an early change when Luke Francis was 

unable to continue due to what looks like a knee injury. And from myself suffering one of the worst case 

scenarios as far as knees go, I hope it isn’t as bad as we fear. We all wish him a speedy recovery!

Two chances just before this fell to Michael, on the edge of the area, two volleys, one on his left, the other on 

his right. Both closer to the corner flags than the goal…. Nice to have him back up in attack…. 

 Luke was substituted for Ryckie, with Michael filling in at centre back, Will shifting to left back, and Ryckie 

taking his position on the right hand side of midfield. This is what the game was crying out for. The change saw 

us take complete control of the game. 

 We were calm in possession, the ball was being fed out wide more so with both Ryckie and Tommy showing 

great signs of determination to win the ball back, and great composure in the final third. We had a chance to 

take the lead, when a corner was whipped in, to meet the head of the oncoming human train, Ilie, whose bullet 

header was going into the bottom left hand corner. The goalkeeper pulling off an absolute world class save, 

somehow pushing the ball over the cross bar, keeping the score at 0-0.

Ryckie’s desire and hard work to win the ball back was to work in our favour, and was the reason we broke the 

deadlock. On the right hand side of midfield he dispossessed a defender and managing to get the ball into the 

box, the ball fell to Tommy Murray-Stevens, who calmly slotted the ball pass the goalkeeper. Good feet and 

trickery, as well as composure to give us the lead. 2 in 2 for Tommy who continues to impress in that attacking 

three. 1-0.

This made us grow in confidence, some great football being played with Noah and Ilie totally controlling the 

game in the middle of the park; Ryckie and Tommy making themselves available at every opportunity, it was 

just that final pass that lacked at times, but the idea of the right pass was always there I felt, and that’s 

encouraging.

We had another chance to take the lead, when again good football led Alex J free down the right hand side of 

midfield, he managed to beat his man, and whip a cross onto the head of Mark Ferris, our fox in the box in 

recent week. A fine effort saw his header fly towards the bottom right hand corner, and once again, the 

goalkeeper pulling off one hell of a save. The first one was superb, but the second save was somewhat of a 

rarity at this level. He clawed the ball from passed him, to keep the score at 1-0.

Old Mags did very little to trouble us in the first half. Whatever they did have going forward was dealt with 

nicely by our back four. And a few great goalkeeping decisions by Glen nullified their threat.

HT 1-0 – We were confident of getting a result. We’d been the better team, and we’d created the better and 

most chances. If it wasn’t for their goalkeeper, we’d have gone in 5 or 6 up, easily!

The second half saw us once again create some really good chances. Our key chance to put the game to bed, fell 

to myself. (Wait for it)……………..

Ryckie, beating the two defenders and whipping in a great cross in between the two men marking me. Unable 

to connect with it cleanly, a feeble attempt saw it pee roll into the goalkeepers hands. Should have been 3-0, 

and I’d be the first to admit that. Any sort of clean connection would have seen us shut the game out, but at 2-

0, we all know we’re always still in a game.

Once again, another chance with Ryckie being involved, saw great feet and trickery to beat the left back, and 

winger, and him driving in towards the goalkeeper. He decided to go for goal, with the goalkeeper once again 

showing some great saves. 

We then doubled our lead, with another goal in consecutive weeks from Ilie. A scrap in the box which saw the 

opposition failing to clear the ball saw Ilie smash the ball past several bodies to double our lead. 2-0. The ball 

was deflected, but we’ll give Ilie the benefit of the doubt. We made a change to see out the game. Nick went off 

for Patrick. Noah moving up front, with Patrick sitting behind, and Mark and Ilie infront of the back four.

This change for some reason seemed to unsettle us a little. We lost our composure, we lost our fluency. And Old 

Mags seemed to be turning up the pressure.

They soon clawed one back, when a ball was played through the heart of our defence. I’m pretty sure at a 

higher level this would have been given off side, but the striker is question didn’t touch the ball….. The 

oncoming striker however who was on side tapped in to claw one back. 2-1.

Like every other week we’ve conceded, it seems our heads went down. We had our back up against the wall for 

absolutely no reason, they troubled us very little during this game, yet we found ourselves inviting needless 

pressure.  We were hoofing the ball wherever we could, and of course the ball coming straight back at us. 

With very little time remaining, as we usually do, sloppy defensive play, and failing to clear our lines, gifted 

them a second. Final score 2-2

Extremely disappointing result after dominating 90% of this match.

Glen having to do very little throughout, but pick the ball out of the net twice. And from 2-0 up, the game 

should be shut out. 

MOTM – Their goalkeeper. Without him, this game would quite simply have been 7 or 8. For us, Ryckie changed 

the complete outlook of the game, a very good performance from him. Absolutely gutted to not have those 3 

points. In the end, it felt like a defeat. Report Nick Jennings.

Team

Glen Rawle, Nick Kypri, Will Cross, Simon Harris, Luke Francis, Ilie Braescu, Noah Ojetola, Mark Ferris, Tommy 

Murray Stevens, Alex Jennngs, Michael Hollingsworth. Subs: Dan Abel, Patrick Niama, Ryckie Husbands.

The thirds had another cup game this week against SAL side Old Alleyns. They were a few divisions above last 

week's opposition so we knew we were in for a tough week. A couple of changes were enforced for this LOB 

Cup game with Ryan going in goal, Shoey in at centre back and Sam into centre mid. The game started evenly 

and it was a good battle right across the pitch, our opposition soon got into their stride and started knocking the 

ball around well but we were matching them well and preventing any clear cut chances. On top of that when we 

broke forward we looked dangerous, Elliott, Kieran and Kofi A all looked lively and we got in behind a couple of 

times. Deniro and Kailem were putting in a real shift in midfield and our defence again looked solid with Shoey 

and Ben keeping things tight and Jay and Sakhie doing a good job on their wide players. Despite all this we went 

behind when Alleyns worked some space on the wing and scored with a header from the cross. We bounced 

back immediately though as Kofi drove down the wing before cutting into the box where he was brought down. 

Elliott took responsibility and tucked the penalty into the bottom corner and we were back level. This was a 

really good contest now and both teams were pushing for the lead, Elliott again tested their keeper with a shot 

from distance that he managed to scramble clear and had another shot that was just wide. Despite Alleyns 

having plenty of pressure there were few if any shots on target from them but not long before the break they 

took the lead with a really good team goal, some slick passing and movement ended with them slipping the 

forward through and he gave Skinner no chance. Whilst this was disappointing it was a great goal and we were 

still well in the game at half time with the score at 2-1.

We really believed that the next goal would be crucial and the second half started much the same as the first 

had ended with a good battle right across the pitch. Unfortunately around ten minutes into the second half 

Alleyns extended their lead when a pass was cut out and their midfielder hit a great finish from just inside the 

box. A couple of changes were made at this point with Kofi replacing Kofi and Dean coming on for Sam to give 

the midfield some fresh legs. We were up against it but still in the game and nearly pulled one back with Ben 

just failing to reach a cross at the back post. As often happens we were made to pay for this and Alleyns got a 

fourth when they got to the by line and the cut back was smashed home. From here it was a long way back and 

we were a bit dispirited at this point. We lost our way and maybe ran out of legs a bit as Alleyns started cutting 

through us a bit too easily. They added a couple more goals late on to put some gloss on the score line and a 

late penalty from Sam was simply a consolation goal. A tough day against a very good opposition who were the 

better team. Still there were positives as we matched them for well over an hour and with a bit of luck could 

have had a couple more goals ourselves. The league starts next week for us and it will be important that we put 

this result behind us and get some points on the board first game. Result 2 – 6. Report Sam Hargreaves.

Team:

Ryan Skinner, Sakhile Hlatshywako, Ben Grinham, Lee Shoesmith, Sam Hargreaves, Jay Digance (c), Deniro 

Christian, Kailem Gayle, Kieran Hawkes, Elliott Dawes, Kofi Atta, Subs: Sam Hargreaves, Kofi Mensah – Ansong, 

Aldi Abdi.

 

The Vets 1 had an away fixture in nearby Highams Park against William Fitt a chance to start our season again.

With players unavailable and others not turning up we started with just one sub and Dan running the line.  Not 

the best start. However we started much the brighter of the teams and created far more chances in the first half 

hour so it was not surprise we went ahead.  Dave Brown refused to give up on a lost cause, crossed the ball in 

from an acute angle and Gennaro Napolano was on hand to put the ball into the net to make it one nil.

To be fair William Fitt offered very little up to this point and we were in control.  Sadly after a moment of, what 

can only be described as a, "why did I do that?" moment we had a player sent off and from there on in it was 

back's to the wall. We got into the break still in the lead and realised we all needed to pull together.

After five minutes the opposition managed to spring our offside trap and they scored with an excellent strike.  1 

all and worrying signs.  However we stuck together and managed to create a few chances.  

William Fitt went two one up but we continued to press and after a nice passage of play Darren Bathwaite was 

upended in the box and a penalty was awarded. Dave Brown stepped up and continued with his goal a game 

policy by slotting the ball into the net. Instructions were given to tighten up but with less than ten minutes on 

the clock again Darren ran through with only the keeper to beat.  Sadly he got caught in two minds and the 

chance went begging. We tried to run the minutes down and hold on for the draw but it wasn't to be with Fitt 

scoring a late, very undeserved winner. Gutting, but plenty of good signs all over the pitch and lots of 

encouragement and positivity.  We all knew after the game that given a level playing field we would have won.

Final Score William Fitt 3 - 2 Hale End Vets Goals Gennaro Napolano, Dave Brown MOTM Steve Lamont

Squad

Dan Brown, Sean Windeatt, Steve Lamont, Steve Chambers, Norman Alcide, Darren Brathwaite, Gennaro 

Napolano, Terry Brooks, Simon Gallagher, Dave Brown, Gavin MacGregor, Dan Magill

The 2nds turned up for a league game at West Essex only to be told the home team had not enough registered 

players so we played a friendly. The first half was a bit flat for us and we came in 2-0 down. HT. With a big squad 

we made 5 changes also went to a basic 442. We were a lot brighter and had more off the play and chances but 

went down 4-1 Vincent with a good finish for us. We had a great attitude and with the second half display the 

manager has a few options. We have 20 players in 2nds so comp even just to be in the 16. Report John Argue

Team

Dave Holland, Mustafa Yusuf, Bert Schouwenberg, Dorian West, Tony Smith, Tony James, Shaw Mckenize, Steve 

Barry, Mark Peel, Kevin Argue, Richard Adderley, Subs Gary Austin, Vincent White, Mark Hill


Saturday 19th September 2015

This week the 1st team travelled away to Albanians in our second game of the season. As you can imagine, 

all of the lads were extremely keen to carry on from where we left off last week. 

The beginning of the game was a bit to and fro, with neither side keeping hold of the ball too well. That 

said we had the first real chance of the game and it should have been one that we had taken. We had 

won a free kick out on the left which Ciaran took. He drilled in a peach of a cross that was just high 

enough to take out all of the Albanian’s defenders with Scotty unmarked at the back post. He didn’t put 

enough on header though and his effort just went wide of the post. The home side were very direct in 

their approach to this game, their man aim was to hit the front man as early as possible and get people 

running off of him. It nearly paid off for them too, luckily for us Matt was off his line very quickly and 

made himself ‘big’ and blocked the strikers shot well. Hayden and Scott were moving the opposition 

defence around which they clearly didn’t like, and Arron was giving his full back real trouble on the right. 

Mickey was keen to capitalise on the space and did find enough for a couple of long range efforts but 

bother were saved by the keeper. Soon after we did take the lead from a lot closer in. All through pre-

season our set plays have been very impressive and so it came to pass again in this match. Once again, 

Ciaran’s delivery from the corner was absolutely spot on and Hayden was there to head home his first of 

the season. Albanians didn’t shift their tactics in reaction to the goal and carried on as they were. If the 

ball wasn’t being hit up to their target man, it was going to the pacey left winger. Theo was playing at 

right back this week and dealt with it very well whether on the deck or in the air. Mitch again was doing 

the team a great favour by dropping in to centre half alongside Tom. In general both stuck to the task well 

and the striker didn’t get much change out of them. We had a collective lapse though which let Albanians 

back in the game. The home side sprung a counter attack after we had gone close down our left side. The 

cross came in which we failed to clear, their first effort cannoned back off the crossbar. From that we 

never cleared our lines sufficiently at all. The ball eventually rolled kind for the on-coming midfielder and 

he rifled a strike in to the top corner giving Matt no chance.

 I doubt he could hit another as sweet as that again but the fact remained we were back on level terms. 

We could have taken our lead back soon after but another chance went begging. On a counter of our 

own, Arron made absolute mincemeat of their full back and drove towards the by-line. Just getting in to 

the area, he rolled a pass across the box and Scotty was there sliding in but he effort went past the post. 

The game was getting a lot tougher now. Albanians had their tails up and the referee’s decisions were 

massively affecting the game. It was very stop-start which took any flow out of our game and aided the 

home team. To add to that, some of the decisions lacked consistency and the longer this went on the 

more our lads felt the frustration of it. The set pieces continued to carry a threat for us in the first half, 

getting close to scoring every time. Albanians were the ones who took the lead in to half time. Another 

long ball was pumped up which we got caught under. The striker made the flick-on for the runner to latch 

on to just inside our area. Mitch was just a fraction away from getting the block by the Albanians forward 

just managed to get his shot off and past Matt. At this point we seemed tense as a team, frustrated by 

their goals and what we felt were some tough decisions given against us. HT 1-2.

At the interval, the first message to had to get across was to calm down. Once we did that we had a 

better chance of producing our best football. And after that it was to take our chances! Our response in 

the second half was excellent. Right from the Albanian restart Hayden pressured them, won the ball, beat 

a couple of players and got a shot off. It was unsuccessful but the point was made. Not long after Hayden 

done exactly the same, pressurising the ball, winning it and laying it off. This time Sammy got a shot off 

via Scott, but his effort went just wide of the post and it to the side netting. Sammy was putting another 

massive shift in on the left and coming inside also. All of the space he created, Ciaran took full advantage 

of in the second half. Between them they won another free kick on the left. Again Ciaran put in another 

pin-point cross and who else but the (old) war horse Mezza was on hand to deftly flick the ball in to the 

far post with his head. Scores were back level and the game was on. Mezza had a tough time in the first 

half not with the opposition but the ref, but even though he was on a yellow, he was superb in the second 

half as out ball winner. With Mickey in there next to him we were on top of the midfield battle once 

again. Mitch and Tom were much tighter at the back, winning every header and Mitch taking the ball out 

from the back and getting it out to the flanks. We were clicking in to gear now. It looked like Scott had 

given us the lead with a curling shot with his instep the appeared to be nestling in the corner but the 

home keeper pulled off a great save to tip it wide and give us a corner. It was the first of many corners we 

had in the half, headers were blocked, goal bound efforts cleared and all sorts. We were a real danger. 

Ciaran was fantastic down the left. First touch, running with the ball, skills and delivery were great. Arron 

was still getting the better of his full back too and almost had a goal to his name too. Having wondered in 

from the right he was looking to get a shot off at goal with his preferred left foot. The defender kept with 

him even after a couple of feints. Arron eventually got a fierce shot off that just got the merest of touches 

off the defender and clipped the crossbar. So close again. It was all one way traffic as the lads at the back 

had everything under wraps, leaving Matt to tidy up the odd over hit long ball. As much as we tried to 

keep the pressure up the game still had the stoppages as the ref continued to make his presence felt 

despite the fact that the game scarcely needed it. Theo picked up a knock in clearing a ball so Sean came 

on in his place and we had a small shuffle round in positions with Ciaran going to right back and Sammy 

dropping in at left back. Time was not our side at this point but we still carried on and made a couple of 

chances that we should have buried to win the game, first of which came to Hayden. Mickey had played 

the ball in to the strikers feet, with the defender very tight on him. Hayden rolled him perfectly, leaving 

the centre half for dead and heading in on goal. Every was perfect up till that point but his firmly struck 

effort thundered back off the post and to safety. The last chances of the match came from down the 

right. Arron once again getting the better of the Albanians defender, got to the by-line and cut the ball 

back in to the middle of the area. Scott was on hand to get it but had more time than he thought he had 

and went for the shot first time with his left foot which went over. FT 2-2.

In some ways this was a bit of a frustrating game. Albanians goals could have been prevented by us and 

they barely had one other chance in the game of any merit. Also, we had some real harsh decisions made 

against us, as well advantages that could have been played. On a positive note, we haven’t been losing in 

a game since last season and our reaction to going behind was superb in the second half. We look so 

dangerous from set pieces and made plenty of chances in open play. Moving on, if we just start to take 

more of the opportunities we create then we can easily be back to winning ways. Report Dan Stock

Team

Matt Bates, Theo Theodoulou, Ciaran Folan, Tom Mackay, James Mitchell, Mike Mesmin, Mikey Mesmin, 

Scott Lovett, Hayden Watson, Sammy Butt, Arron Watson – Mcnab, Sub Sean Mahoney.  

The 3rds first competitive game was in the AFA Junior Cup against SAL side Old Lyonians. With 2 players 

celebrating their birthdays we hoped that progressing to the next round would be the first of many 

celebrations. Having amassed a large squad the first challenge was only selecting 14 players as all the 

players in the squad deserved to be involved. Before the game we addressed some ground rules and DJ 

Elliot Daws had the changing room jumping around with a fine selection of tunes. 

After our pre match warm up of hitting as many balls on to the top of the astro as possible we got 

ourselves physically and mentally prepared. From the kick off our front 3 kept their back line working 

hard, when we did have the ball we used it quickly and effectively to release Kofi Atta who chased and 

drove down the line cutting in. One such ball released Kofi who speed too him into the box to latch on to 

a through ball as the defender stepped across him falling awkwardly and appearing to break his collier 

bone, we would like to wish him a successful and speedy recovery. 

As the first half continued our dominance increased and it wasn't long before the deadlock was broken 

from a corner Ryan Skinner swung in a curling free-kick which was nodded in by a Lyonians defender 1-0. 

We continued to keep the pressure on and our efforts were rewarded when Ryan Skinner hit a 

thunderous free-kick to make it 2-0, as the half wore on we created chance after chance but couldn't 

increase our tally, a little bit of showboating and complacency set in and allowed Lyonians to go in at half 

time 2-1 down. 

As the second half kicked off we looked to re-crate more of our first half dominance and put the game to 

bed. Hard working Kofi Atta was rewarded when he managed to steer the ball across the keeper and into 

the corner of the net 3-1, the introduction of Elliott Dawes at half time meant that our attackers kept 

hustling and harrowing the defenders. Elliott Dawes picked up the ball out wide as he dribbled into the 

opposition box and showed he has and eye for goal as well as ears for music as he slotted home goal 

number 4. A few more changes and a reshuffle unsteadied our ship a little but we kept pressing and when 

Kieran Hawkes sent Sakhile Hlatshywako away down the right wing none of us dared close our eyes as 

the young full back snaked his way into the box and superbly chipped the ball over the keeper 5-1. 

Unfortunately our complacency returned as we allowed the opposition to punish us with 2 goals but as 

the referee blew the whistle for full time the game finished with us as deserved winners 5-3, happy 

birthday to Lee Shoesmith and Deniro Christian. Result 5 – 3. Report James Gray 

Team:

Serdar Avcin, Sakhile Hlatshywako, Ben Grinham, Bryan Ofori, Jay Digance (c), Ryan Skinner, Deniro 

Christian, Kailem Gayle, Kieran Hawkes, Kofi Atta, Kofi Mensah – Ansong, Subs: Sam Hargreaves, Elliott

Dawes, Lee Shoesmith

 

Vets 1 v Victoria Utd

First game of the season against and unknown opposition.  We hadn't had much game time together as a 

team during preseason and it showed throughout the game. At times and particularly the first half an 

hour we were the better team and had the most of the possession but failed to make an impact.  

They got a lucky goal which settled them down and we seemed to get more and more nervy as the game 

went on.  In patches through the game when we kept it simple and passed it to feet they couldn't get 

near us, but on more than one occasion we gave the ball away too cheaply.  

These are things we can iron out in training and with having more game time.  What we really need to 

improve on is playing the simple ball.  If you need proof of this please watch the drone footage.  If we 

keep the ball, the opposition have to work hard to get it back.  Sometimes we need to go backwards to go 

forwards.  There's nothing wrong with starting a passage of play again by going back and switching play.  

If we do this quickly we can catch teams out of position.

We will get stronger the more games we have together.  There were some brilliant signs today on the 

pitch and even though a few of our lads were off the boil we still managed to compete.  Once we start to 

trust each other we will begin to get some decent results and rise up the league.

Let's stay positive lads.  Moaning on the pitch does no good whatsoever.  Give someone a gee up by all 

means "come on son, next time that goes in" goes a far longer way then "for fcuk sake, how many 

chances do you need?".  Nothing was ever achieved through negativity and as a team we need to be 

together and encourage.

Oh one last thing.  YOU NEED TO BE AT THE GROUND AT LEAST ONE HOUR BEFORE KICK OFF SO WE CAN 

PREPARE. Final score Vets 1 - 5 Victoria Utd Goal - Dave Brown MOM - Darren Brathwaite

Squad

Steve Pyle, Sean Windeatt (Capt), Steve Lamont, Danny Brown, Steve Chambers, Darren Brathwaite, 

Kimmy Asha, Peter Laing, Simon Gallagher, Gavin MacGregor, Dave Brown, Ubaldo Attansio, Terry Brooks, 

Norman Alcide

The Vets 2’s were away to relegated Division 3 side Hornchurch.

We went into this match with a good squad. We started brightly and had a few chances to score. Steve 

Barry had great strike that hit the bar and shortly after he hit the post, he also went close with another 

good chance. Mark Hill also a good effort saved by the Hornchurch keeper. Against the run of play the 

home side scored, breaking down our left and crossing to score an easy goal down to poor marking. We 

drew level with Mark Peel’s ‘Beckham like goal’ from 35 yards out.  In the second half for reason we 

went into ‘sleep mode’ and from a crazy spell we went 6-1 down. Gary Austin pulled one back late on, 

Final score 8-2. We were so poor in second half, we didn’t do the basics, tracking, defending and tackling, 

we let ourselves down. How we react in the next match is important. To be fair to the team there was a 

lot of constructive talk after the game and we need to take that into the next game. Report John Argue

Team

Dave Holland, Gennaro Napolano, Bert Schouwenberg, Dorian West, Tony James, Shaw Mckenize, Steve 

Barry, Greg Rodgers, Mark Peel, Jamie Bowen, Mark Hill, Subs Vincent White, Pasuale Amico, Kevin 

Argue, Gary Austin



Hale End AFC weekly report Saturday 12 September 2015

Amateur Football Combination and Essex Vets League.

Preseason Week 7 and Week 1 of the 2015/16 league season.  

Games played Saturday 12 September 2015.

3 games 3 wins!

The 1sts and 2nds started their league games on Saturday.

The 1sts hit the ground running with a 10 – 0 win against Old Minchendenians.

The 2nds won 3 -2 at Old Ignatians with Mark Ferris scoring again!

The 3rds completed their pre-season with a 6 – 3 win at Latymer Old Boys.      

 

Football Competition winners –

Week 06 winner – Dorian West with just 11 points.

A low scoring scoring week, two players with 10 points, the rest single figures.

Lowest score Mike Dockery with 4 points! 

There is still time to sign up to this seasons competition, just send me an

 e mail - jabrooks1@tiscali.co.uk.        

 

Club updated website www.haleendafc.co.uk

Also just click on any of the adverting on the site and we will earn money! 

In their opening league game of the season, the 1st Team were at home to Old Michendenians. Having 

won four of our five pre-season games and a lot of lads working hard in training, we went in to the game 

in good form and feeling confident. Generally through our warm-up games we have improved in each 

one, and plenty of personnel to choose from as well.

As you may have heard already, this was a very eventful game so I will be quite narrow with the 

description of the first 30 minutes well not that narrow as the long match reports really annoy Brooksy. 

We played pretty great if I am being honest, we did everything but score. We were in control straight 

from kick off, even from there we was straight on the attack. Mitch picked up the ball deep (he was 

covering for us at CB again) and just drove at the opposition, skipping past a couple of tackles in the 

process. It seemed it set the tone for the game. Matt was back in goal for us and he had the easiest of 

afternoons. Old Mich’s did have a couple of corners but we defended them really well every time. Matt is 

very quick off his line and swept any long balls. This in turn meant we could have a higher defensive line 

and press them in further.  Mickey and Mike Mesmin were back in the middle of the park, Old Mezza 

doing what he does best, winning tackles and giving the easy pass. Mickey was doing the same but with 

that bit more finesse let’s say. He always keeps the game ticking over superbly and seldom picks the 

wrong pass whilst always being ferocious in the tackle. Michendeanians were in no way a bad side but we 

made them look it. Our work rate was phenomenal, Sammy being a great example. He was non-stop in 

the first half. He could have had himself a couple of assists but our shooting was still a bit off key at this 

point. Scott and Nathan had a good two clear cut chances each without finding the net. You hoped it 

wouldn’t come back to haunt us. Chances were popping up for everyone though. Nick made one himself, 

pinching the ball off of an unsuspecting midfielder, bopping and weaving past a couple more then hitting 

a shot with his now famous left foot that the keeper saved. Mickey had a couple of cracks from distance 

too. Half an hour gone and somehow still 0-0, the next 15 minutes more than made up for it as the flood 

gates opened. 

We were awarded a free out on the left after a fouled on Sammy. Ciaran drifted the ball in to the area 

and Nathan rose highest of all including the keeper to nod the ball home. After setting up the first, Ciaran 

was the provider again for the second with a sensational assist following a great team move. Starting 

from Theo at the back, we passed the ball across the backline, in to and across midfield, in to the strikers 

and then back out left to Ciaran.  The full back received the ball midway in the oppositions half and ran at 

the defence. A drop of the shoulder here and a step over there and he has already beaten three visiting 

players making it to goal line. Then he drove in towards goal before a perfect little cut back for Scott to 

come and finish with ease. A great goal. The next wasn’t too shabby either although it also showed there 

is more than one way to skin a cat. Mitch and Theo always had plenty of time at the back. Mitch tended 

to look start a short passing move through the middle while Theo often looked for a rangier pass. This 

time he hit a 45 yard beauty which sailed over the defenders head and dropped perfectly on to Scott’s 

chest. Cutting back inside the defender, Scott finished with a drilled, low strike that left the keeper no 

chance. After bagging two goals himself, Scott turned provider for Nathan to grab his second. Having held 

the ball up he played in Nathan who again beat his man easy for pace and power and was baring down on 

goal. The keeper came rushing out but it made no matter as he was left no chance as Nathan coolly 

passed the ball home right in to the far left bottom corner. Having not played a part for two goals, Ciaran 

chalked himself up another assist. This time his delivery was from a corner, nodded back across goal by 

Scott and Mickey was on hand to get in on the goals and head home from inside the six yard box. Five 

goals in a blistering 15 minutes. We even created other chances in between the ones we scored! HT 5-0.

That was an exception end to the half with some great goals in there. Funny to think I was preparing to 

give the players a rocket at the break for not taking our chances in the first half hour! What we did say at 

the break was simply make sure we get a clean sheet and carry on as we are. And that is exactly what we 

did, scoring within a couple of minutes of the restart. After having a bit of a nightmare in front of goal last 

week, you would imagine Steve Newland would have been keen to make up for it. With his first chance in 

this game he found the net. Nathan had come deep to get the ball and picked out the pass through the 

middle of two players in to Steve’s path who had run in from the right. One touch out of his feet then 

neatly put across goal in the bottom corner. A very tidy finish, who would have thought! Goal no.7 came 

via a quick break from front to back on the right hand side again. Theo made a barnstorming run out from 

centre back, played a one-two with Stevie and before you knew it was in the area through on goal. With 

the keeper rushing out he played a simple pass across the six yard box for Nathan to tap in and secure his 

hat-trick. With his three goals in the bag we gave him a rest and brought on Hayden to get in on the goals. 

He went very close after barely being on for five minutes, his low shot just going past the post from a 

tight angle. In this half most of our best attacking play came down the right. Nick was up and down that 

side non-stop whether playing right back or right midfield. I lost count of the passes he threaded either 

down the line or in between full back and centre half. Ciaran delivered the cross that set-up next goal. A 

free kick out wide on the left was sent in deep to the back post by the full back. As the keeper scrambled 

back across his goal Steve was on hand to dispatch a simple header at the back post. Matty came on for 

the ever excellent Mezza and Oscar replaced Scott via a little re-shuffle in positions. Usually a holding 

midfielder Matt was finding himself in acres and before you knew it was going past the forwards looking 

for a goal, but was thwarted by the keeper. Ozzie was in at his usual left back spot but there wasn’t really 

any defending to do such was our dominance. So he was more than keen to get forward. Hayden was as 

keen as mustard to get himself on the score sheet but the visiting centre half seemed to keep thwarting 

his attempts to get in on goal. Finally Hayden powered through the defence, just simply too quick for any 

of them to catch. Just as he made it to the area he very unselfishly played the ball square for Steve to roll 

the past a stranded keeper to seal his hat-trick. If there was one disappointment on the day it was that 

Oscar re-injured his ankle again. Marauding through from left back he beat his man by a quick one-two 

with Hayden to put him through on goal. Their keeper and centre-back both slid in to block Ozzie’s effort 

and in the process caught him on the same ankle that was previously injured. We all hope he gets back 

playing soon. For the last 10 minutes we didn’t appear to be as ruthless as we had been and compared to 

the rest of the game we got a little sloppy. Maybe a bit understandable at 9-0 up. With the last kick of the 

game though we reached double figures. Ciaran made his fifth assist of the day setting up Steve for his 

fourth goal. Neat interplay between Hayden, Sammy and Ciaran down the left put the full back down on 

the touch line. As usual he roasted a couple of players getting there. He crossed the ball in and somehow 

Steve found the time to take a touch and get a shot off in the six yard box. For some reason he blasted it 

straight at the keeper but it still found its way in to the top corner, from Benteke to Suarez in a week!!

FT 10 - 0.

It was an amazing performance from the lads. By no means were Michendenians a poor team, we played 

against worse teams and drew last season. We were just exceptional, and that is including all the chances 

we missed in the first half hour! The quality of goals was superb and every player was excellent on the 

day. You could suggest we have sent a bit of a statement out to the rest of league with this performance. 

Our challenge now is to maintain this standard and look to improve it. If we can continue to put on 

performances of that calibre or better, it could potentially be a very interesting season!

The last time the 1st team won 10 – 0 was against Winchmore Hill in 1996/97 season. Report Dan Stock

Team

Matt Bates, Nick Harris, Ciaran Folan, Theo Theodoulou, James Mitchell, Steve Newland, Mickey Mesmin, 

Mike Mesmin, Sammy Butt, Nathan Allan, Scott Lovett, Subs Matt Richardson, Hayden Watson, Oscar 

Tribe.   

 

The first game of the 2015/2016 season saw the Reserves travel away to Old Ignatians in Enfield.

 After an up and down pre-season, we came into this game full of confidence after continuous weeks of 

hard work and some great training sessions, feeling we could really start off with those all-important 

three points. With a number of players missing for this fixture, there were a few debutants.

Zaki from the third team, Rando, and George all coming in and impressing, and each had a key role in the 

end result. Glen also coming in as our new number one. 

Starting XI: Glen Rawle, Nick Kypri, Simon Harris, Michael Hollingsworth, Luke Francis, Ilie, Noah Ojetola, 

Ryckie Husbands, Mark Ferris, Tommy Murray-Stevens, Nick Jennings. Subs: George, Rando, Zaki

 From arriving at the ground, to just before kick-off, we made it clear our intention was to start fast. This 

was also my message to our players. We wanted to win this game, and we wanted to get in the faces of 

the opposition right from the start. Within the first 5minutes of this game, we found ourselves 2-0 up.

From kick off, Nick J played the ball into the space behind the right back, for the pacey Ryckie Husbands 

to run in behind. Unable to deal with the pressure of the oncoming Ryckie, the defender headed the ball 

out right by the corner flag. We wanted to test their defence out early, so we got our long throw 

specialist Nick Kypri to ask a few questions. The ball was launched into their area right between the 

centre backs, which they failed to clear. Ilie took full advantage of their failure to clear the ball, smashing 

it past several bodies and past the goalkeeper. 0-1 we lead. The second goal was pretty identical to the 

first. This time, it was Tommy putting the defenders under pressure, and the ball once again being cleared 

for a throw in. Up steps Nick Kypri again, delivering a long, driven throw in into the area. Another mix up, 

and once again failing to clear the ball, saw Mark Ferris, our goal scoring machine, double our lead. 0-2.

The rest of the half saw us dominate. Ignatians doing very little to trouble us, and we dealt with pretty 

much all they threw at us. Unfortunately, we gave away a sloppy goal, and conceded in the last minute 

before half time. Never good to do. I’d tried to take a quick throw in when there was no need, resulting in 

their right back retrieving the ball. He played a long pass, diagonally towards their striker, who buried his 

chance. HT 1-2.

 At half time, we were extremely disappointed to have conceded. Especially when they hadn’t really 

troubled us up until then. Our message during half time was to see out the game. We didn’t have to go 

gun-ho, we were winning, deservedly, and they weren’t going to come back into the game as long as we 

repeated the previous 45 minutes. We made one change at half time. Nick Jennings coming off, with 

Tommy going upfront, George slotting in on the right hand side of midfield. We started the second half 

nervous, that was because we’d given them a goal we shouldn’t have just before the break. 

 The second half saw Ignatians get more time on the ball, and they had quite a few chances. Had they 

been a little more composed in the box, it may have seen them get that equaliser. But we hung in there, 

and defended well at times.

Our hard work didn’t stop though, and our fight and desire saw us score another. Tommy Murray-

Stevens pressuring the centre back, who had no choice but to play it back to the goalkeeper, and once 

again his pressure caused the goalkeeper to misjudge his touch. He intercepted the ball, and managed to 

slot into an empty net. 1-3. 

At 3-1, with half an hour to play, you’d think it was easy enough to see the game out. But not Hale End, 

not this team….. They scored with just under 10 minutes to play, with a goal that most goalkeepers 

wouldn’t stop. A first time effort on the left hand side of the area, saw the striker curl the ball with the 

inside of his boot over Glen. A great effort, and one I must applaud. 2-3.

 

They had a few chances to level up in the final stages of this game, but some desperate defending, and 

some good stops from our goalkeeper Glen ensured us those vital three points! Final score 2-3

Some very strong, encouraging performances all round Saturday. George come on and showed what a 

composed player he is on the ball, Zaki and Rando also showing their desire and fight when needed, and 

Noah, Mark & Ilie’s dominant show in the centre of that field ensured us a win on our opening fixture.

 MOTM – This was between Noah and Glen.

But thinking about it, I’m giving it to our goalkeeper. Superb distribution all game, and made one hell of a 

save towards the end which would have seen us get a draw in this fixture. Great performance.

 We also picked up two bookings which is extremely disappointing, and takes the gloss off the win that we 

so well deserved. The club are working hard to ensure our levels of disciplinary are kept to a minimum, 

with bookings we hope become non-existent. Especially where dissent is concerned. 

We have to ensure that we have the same mind-set when it comes to booking up cautions and bookings. 

We cannot afford to pick up bookings. Swearing is seen as abuse, and this will not be tolerated by any 

referees this year as we’ve witnessed this weekend.

Please take this on board, and take it up with me should you not understand anything that has been 

mentioned. Report: Nick Jennings     

Starting XI: Glen Rawle, Nick Kypri, Simon Harris, Michael Hollingsworth, Luke Francis, Ilie Braescu, Noah 

Ojetola, Ryckie Husbands, Mark Ferris, Tommy Murray-Stevens, Nick Jennings. Subs: George Lisanh, 

Radoslav Dopchev, Sakhile Hlatshywako.

 

The thirds played their final friendly this week against Latimer Old Boys in Enfield. With a few players 

missing it was the chance to look at some other options whilst trying to build on our previous results. We 

started in our usual formation but with Nolan Nolan playing at right back and the blushing warrior Shoey 

at centre back. Further forward we had Sean Mahoney in the free role and welcomed back Elliot to play 

on the wing. Our opposition were struggling for players and so Abdi and Rory agreed to help them out 

and get a full ninety.

We started on the front foot and it was soon clear that we were the better team by a distance. It 

probably took ten minutes to get in our stride but after that it was one way traffic. Kofi and Elliot were 

tearing them apart out wide and Sean was in acres of space to just link everything up. The first goal when 

it came was overdue but Elliot received the ball in the box and turned neatly to smash it past the keeper. 

A second came soon after when Kofi A got some reward for a good pre-season beating the keeper at the 

near post to score his first for the club. The third was a bit special as Sean burst past his marker and hit an 

unstoppable effort from 25 yards into the top corner. He nearly repeated the trick a few minutes later but 

the post saved Latymer. A fourth did come before half time though as Jay got forward from full back and 

delivered a ball to the back post that Elliot headed home. In truth, we could have had more and some of 

the passing and movement was a pleasure to watch. Unfortunately as with last week when we got into a 

comfortable lead there was a bit of overplaying and we lost our discipline and shape a little.

Half time and it was 4-0 and very comfortable, in fact we haven't conceded a first half goal all pre-season! 

Only one change made with Kieran coming on for Elliot and we started the second half in control again. 

More chances were made and missed and then we had a crazy five minute spell where we went into self-

destruct with players arguing and our energy levels and composure just dropping. I won't dwell on it but 

we found the game back in the balance at 4-3!! Elliot and Sam came back on at this point and we took 

control of the fixture again. Elliot soon completed his perfect hat trick coming through a challenge with 

their defender and keeper and tapping it home. We had more chances but finished off the scoring with 

the last kick of the game, Kieran weaving his way into the box before finishing well into the corner. So full 

time 6-3 and three wins on the bounce going into the season, however that being said there is so much 

more to come from this squad of players and we need to learn not to switch off however comfortable we 

are in a game. See Elliot I managed to do the whole match report without mentioning you missing that 

open goal!..............oh!  Report Sam Hargreaves

Team

Lee Shoesmith, Sam Hargreaves, Ryan Skinner, Jay Digance, Sean Mahoney, David Nolan, Bryan 

Ofori, Deniro Christian, Elliot Dawes, Kofi Atta, Kofi Mensah- Ansong, Keiran Hawkes. On loan 

Rory Endruweit, Abdi Abdi.     


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