Walthamstow 1-1 Abbey Rangers (FA Cap second qualifying round)
A hard-fought match will need a replay after the Essex Senior League’s Walthamstow drew with Combined Counties Football League side Abbey Rangers.
Rangers took an early lead thanks to Marcus Cousins’ header at the back post. However, Walthamstow continued to create chances and were rewarded early in the second-half by a sensational strike from 25 yards by midfielder Billy Jones
Stow pushed for the lead and were denied by an acrobatic goal-line clearance by Gebrai, before a second booking for Rangers skipper Bentley after a foul mounted more pressure on the visitors.
Both teams had chances to grasp a place in the next stage of the cup, but a reverse fixture at Addlestone Moor will be needed to find out who will face Whyteleafe in the third qualifying round. The fixture is scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Cockfosters 0 - 1 Southend Manor (Essex Senior League)
Ryan Imbert’s second-half header earned Southend Manor a valuable three points at Chalk Lane on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors dominated the early stages of the match though Cockfosters grew into the first-half but failed to register shots on target.
A set-play from the training ground should have seen the home side take the lead early in the second half after a fantastic delivery from the number 10, but the target failed to beat the goalkeeper while unmarked.
Manor punished a number of squandered attacks to take the lead in the 70th minute, with striker Imbert leaping well to head a cross home.
The full-time whistle leaves Cockfosters in mid-table, while Southend Manor - who have struggled in the early stages of the season - rise to 15th.
Under the new caretaker management team of Tony Wild and Ray Bartlett, St. Margaretsbury’s earned a hard-fought point at Stansted on Saturday afternoon.
The first chance of the match saw Stansted forward Mike Ogboin force a save from goalkeeper Dan Martin early in the first-half. St.
Margaretsbury also looked threatening, with Kyle Roberts’ effort from the edge of the area just wide after good work from Andy Greenslade. Both number 10s were creative in the first-half, with Stansted’s Toby Blanch and the visitors’ Kirk McPherson looking dangerous.
However, it took until the second-half for the first goal of the match. Winger Napier Brown’s tricky footwork drew a foul in the area, and Wis Balthazar fired low into the corner from the spot to give his side the lead.
Balthazar’s cut-back from the left nearly brought another goal for the visitors, but James Pellin was alert to the danger.
Stansted soaked up the pressure and responded with an equaliser after excellent hold-up play from Carl Mullings created space for Jack Mitchell on the opposite flank. Mitchell then beat Martin at the near post to level the scores.
The 1-1 draw leaves both teams in towards the bottom of the table, with Stansted 14th and St. Margaretsbury 15th, both with one win, one draw and the rest of their matches lost.
Saffron Walden came out on top against Essex Senior League rivals Redbridge in an entertaining fixture at Oakside Stadium.
The visitors took an early lead after Gavin Cockman poked over the goalkeeper after latching on to Jack Leachman’s exquisite through ball.
Saffron Walden continued to look dangerous down the right flank, with Cockman and striker Charles Cole both finding space to shoot. However, Redbridge levelled the scores before half-time after a well worked attack fell to the feet of Taylor Tombides, who fired into the corner of he net from ten yards.
Saffron Walden continued to look the more dangerous of the teams at the start of the second-half and restored their lead after Scott Pethers’ long throw was diverted past Florent Gislette on 52 minutes.
Redbridge nearly equalised following a mishap by Saffron Walden goalkeeper Nicholas Eyre, but teammate Jamie Riley averted the danger authoritatively and it was Saffron Walden who scored the fourth goal of the match.
Redbridge failed to clear full-back Spike Bell’s cross from the right and Cockman reacted the quickest to fire home for his second of the match to make the score 3-1.
Tombides scored his second of the match late on after meeting Tom Harvey’s cross with his head, but Saffron Walden played out the final few minutes to earn a deserved three points.
A 3-2 victory sees the unbeaten Wardens top of the ESL table, whilst Redbridge’s three wins and three losses leaves them in fifth place.
Ilford 1 - 2 Enfield: Enfield come back to win at Cricklefield Stadium
Enfield came out on top in the FA Vase First Round Qualifying despite going 1-0 down in the first minute thanks to Jerald Cobblah’s strike from range.
The away side found an equaliser on thirteen minutes thanks to a hoofed free kick coming to Michael Salako, whose powerful looping header levelled the scores.
Only one minute later, Josh Woodcock met a corner at the back post to shoot between the goalkeeper’s legs and give Enfield the lead following a period of pressure.
The result sees Enfield through to the second qualifying round, where they will face Enfield Borough on 14 September. Up next for Ilford is a Essex Senior League fixture with Holland FC.
Sporting Bengal 0 - 1 Wormley Rovers: Wormley progress in FA Vase
Eastern Counties League Division One South side Wormley missed one penalty and scored one at Mile End to progress to the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Vase.
A back and forth first-half saw both sides waste chances to take the lead and it took until the second period for the opening goal of the match.
Following an earlier foul in the area and blazing penalty miss, a second reckless tackle in the box saw another spot kick awarded to the away team. A change of penalty taker saw Benny successful from 12 yards to give Wormley the lead.
Sporting Bengal will look to bounce back from a disappointing performance in their Essex Senior League fixture against Enfield on Saturday 7 September.
Bishop’s Stortford came out on top in an entertaining fixture at Woodside Park thanks to a first-half Jamie Cureton double and Ryan Charles’ strike.
Cureton showed great technique to lob goalkeeper Harry Girling after a flick on from a goal kick to give his side the lead.
However, a clumsy tackle in the box gifted Chestnut a penalty and Tom Hitchcock made no mistake from the spot to level the scores.
Dipo Akinyemi should have given the away side the lead after being played through by a reverse pass, but squandered the chance by shooting straight at goalkeeper Fred Burbidge.
In almost identical fashion to their first goal, Bishop’s Stortford retook the lead following a goal kick, flick on and lob over the goalkeeper by Cureton for his second of the afternoon.
Ryan Charles added a third after a cutting in from the right and shooting low to the goalkeeper’s right to give his side a two goal advantage going into the half-time interval.
Cheshunt reduced the deficit after a well-worked routine saw a ball to the back post headed across goal to Taylor McKenzie, who could not miss from point-blank range, but the Blues held on to take three points.
The result leaves Bishop’s Stortford seventh in the table ahead of their FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie with Dunstable Town on Saturday 7 September. Meanwhile, Cheshunt are in 19th and face Brightlingsea Regent, also in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round on Saturday 7 September.
Josh O’Brien is one of our sports journalists. He currently studies a multimedia sports journalism degree at the UCFB Wembley campus. His previous roles include writing for You are my Arsenal blog, The Sun’s Dream Team app and betting company Kwiff.