Here are your weekly match reports from ESL matches recorded by WDSportz.
Woodford Town 3 - 1 Sawbridgeworth Town
Lauric Diakiesse’s hat-trick piled more misery on league stragglers Sawbridgeworth on Friday night.
Despite having lost all 10 league games going into the fixture, it was the visitors that took the lead as an excellent ball by MJ Ajibade was controlled and finished by Harry Bushell.
Sawbridgeworth had chances to build on their lead thanks to quick counter-attacking after sloppy play on occasions by Woodford’s midfield.
However, Woodford, who sit in upper-mid table, hit back twice before the break. On-loan forward Diakiesse scored the first of his three after being denied once by the visiting goalkeeper, but keeping his composure to fire home at the second time of asking.
Diakiesse’s second came after a cross from the left was fumbled into his path by the goalkeeper - he could not miss from six yards in front of an open goal.
Ajibade continued to be a creative menace on the left-side for Sawbridgeworth but it was Woodford who led going into the interval.
A classic counter-attack from a Sawbridgeworth corner gave Woodford daylight in an end-to-end second half. Diakiesse was released down the right in a sweeping move before poking over the onrushing keeper to complete his hat-trick.
The result leaves Sawbridgeworth rock-bottom of the league, while Woodford are up to seventh.
Tower Hamlets 2 - 0 Clapton
Tower Hamlets earned a valuable three points in an East London Derby against fellow bottom-half side Clapton at Mile End on Saturday.
Both sides had chances in an end-to-end first-half, especially from set pieces, but both were let down by their finishing as almost all shots were either skied or sent straight at the goalkeepers. The pick of the chances went to a Clapton forward who rounded the keeper but was off-balance when he tried to shoot.
It took a bizarre moment in the second-half for the opening goal, as a mishit cross from the left was claimed by the retreating goalkeeper only for the linesman to judge that the ball had crossed the line - 1-0 Tower Hamlets. Clapton protests resulted in the referee brandishing his yellow card.
Tower Hamlets doubled their lead as their striker was played in by a through-ball from midfield before firing home from the edge of the area. Clapton will have been disappointed with their weak defending in the build-up to the goal but that is not to take away from the clever finish to the near post.
Tower Hamlets’ victory leaves them 13th in the table, while Clapton are struggling in 16th, though they have games in hand compared to their opposition.
Walthamstow 2 - 1 Redbridge
A scrappy game at Wadham Lodge saw two penalties awarded and an own goal as Walthamstow continued their impressive start to the season with three more points.
Redbridge had a great chance to take an early lead as a cross was met by a volley at the back post, but this only found the side netting.
Soon after, Ibe won a penalty for the home side by drawing a foul after being played through by McCullock. James smashed home the resulting penalty emphatically.
However, Walthamstow’s lead was short-lived as they conceded a penalty almost immediately after goalkeeper Bransgrove opted to punch but was judged to have taken out a Redbridge player. Again, the penalty was put away.
Jones went close to restoring ‘Stow’s lead with a free kick and forced an excellent save from the visiting keeper.
Both keepers made vital saves going into the second-half and it took an unfortunate own goal for Redbridge’s no. 1 to concede his second of the match. Jones’ free kick from deep was flicked in by a defender into his own top corner to give ‘Stow a late lead - one which they held on to the full-time whistle with.
Walthamstow are now 4th in the table with a very impressive 19 points from 7 games, while Redbridge sit in 10th after a mixed bag of results.
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