Barking and Ilford draw derby
11:00 09 August 2015
New Essex Senior League season gets underway
Honours finished even between Barking and Ilford in their Essex Senior League opening-day derby at Mayesbrook Park.
Allan Fenn’s Foxes got off to a flying start, taking the lead after only 43 seconds.
But Gordon Brasted Trophy winners Barking hit back through Eden Nelson midway through the first half to level and Wale Odedoyun put Blues 2-1 up at the interval.
The visitors fought back for a share of the spoils, though, thanks to a superb strike from 30 yards, although their day was dampened by the loss of Sam Bubb to a nasty injury.
Ilford welcome London Bari to Cricklefields for their first home match of the season on Wednesday, while Barking travel to Waltham Forest.
Barking: J Willis, Powell (Taylor 68), Foster, Reynolds, Golby, Killingback (Staunton 59), O’Brien, Barlow (Creed 83), Nelson, Odedoyun, Mtyanda.
Unused subs: Green, Agboola.
Basildon United 2 Clapton 1
Clapton were caught cold as they made a losing start to the new season at the Longmans Motors Stadium.
Only 55 seconds had been played when Craig Gillam drove home a shot to put Basildon in front.
And Tons conceded a second just before the hour mark, as Brad Warner slotted home to double the Bees’ advantage.
The visitors were given a lifeline on 70 minutes when Paul Shave bundled Freddie Morris over in the box and he picked himself up to convert the spot-kick.
But Tons could not force an equaliser and returned to east London empty-handed ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Eton Manor at the Old Spotted Dog ground.
Clapton: Diagne, Monville, Plange-Tabil, Haighton, Lancaster, Webb, Jairette, Ocran, Formoso-Cortez, Morris, Cook. Subs: Degraft, Stevens, Barry, O’Connor, Justin.
London Bari 0 Eton Manor 0
Bari battled to a goalless draw with Manor at the Old Spotted Dog ground.
And they will now look to open their goalscoring account when they visit Ilford on Wednesday.
Sawbridgeworth 2 Sporting Bengal 2
Sporting fought back from two goals down to earn a point at Crofters End.
Mitchell Das and Charlie Cole put the home side on top, but newcomers Taj Hussain and Yacine hit back to earn Bengal a point from their opener.
They visit east London rivals Newham, who did not have a fixture on the opening day of the campaign, for their next test on Wednesday.
Takeley 2 Tower Hamlets 0
A young Tower Hamlets side was left to rue a host of missed chances as they lost their opening fixture in Hertfordshire.
Omar Rowe, Yusuf Ali and Danio Brown combined well early on, with Brown firing just wide, before Rowe chipped just over.
Takeley took the lead on 26 minutes when Ryan Locket headed in a corner, but Rowe and Ali had good chances to level for the visitors before the break.
Mouhamed Ndao and Habideen Kosoko were sent on to freshen things up in the second half, but Hamlets conceded a second to Locket and were left empty-handed.
Manager Ade Abayomi told the club’s official website: “We played well and kept the ball well and were the better side.
“We just wasn’t clinical enough in front of goal and that’s what has let us down.”
Fixtures, Monday: Tower Hamlets v Basildon United.
Tuesday: Clapton v Eton Manor.
Wednesday: Ilford v London Bari; Newham v Sporting Bengal; Waltham Forest v Barking.