Here are your weekly match reports from Essex Senior League matches covered by WDSportz.
West Essex 2-4 Walthamstow
Walthamstow have bounced back from late disappointment against Hashtag United two weekends ago excellently - beating Hoddesdon Town last week and hitting four at West Essex on Saturday.
A clumsy tackle on Crilley gave the visitors the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot and James made no mistake - planting his effort in the bottom corner.
‘Stow doubled their lead as Yexley’s cross found Ibe at the back stick. The forward showed great desire to get something on the ball and poke past the goalkeeper.
The visitors then capped off a great first-half and Yexley was the provider once more. His cheeky pass from a free kick caught the West Essex defence napping and James finished excellently for his second of the match.
As darkness fell in the second half there were some issues with the flood lights, but play resumed and there was an own goal to forget for the ‘Stow centre-half as he diverted a cross into his own net - 3-1.
But West Essex’s chances of a comeback were dashed as a foul on Ibe led to a second yellow for a West Essex shirt.
James and Yexley combined once more to restore a three goal cushion, with the latter picking up his hat-trick of assists after finding Francis at the back post to head powerfully home. Francis’ acrobatic celebration was straight off Fifa.
Callum Bloss’ terrific free kick pulled one back for the hosts in injury time and the final score was 4-2 at Mayesbrook Park.
‘Stow now trail Hashtag by one point, but the league leaders have a game in hand. Next up is a trip to Sporting Bengal on Saturday 14 December.
West Essex find themselves in mid-table in the league and they host Stansted in the cup on Wednesday 11 December.
Sporting Bengal United 1-1 Clapton
Sporting Bengal were held to a 1-1 draw by Clapton a week after Hoddesdon left Mile End with the same result.
Chances were hard to come by throughout the match, but Zakariya Muhammed opened the scoring for Clapton brilliantly. The winger cut in from the left with quick feet and rifled home into the far corner - 1-0 to the visitors.
But Bengal were able to hit back in the second half as the ball deflected off Clapton defenders into the path of Sporting Bengal skipper Rookie Choudhury - who scored powerfully to score his first goal for the club.
Sporting Bengal now sit 13th in the league ahead of the visit of second place Walthamstow.
A point means that Clapton stay in touch of the league’s other struggling sides. They are still second from bottom but have the chance to pick up a valuable three points when they face Sawbridgeworth Town - who only have five points this season - later in December.
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