Preview: Essex Senior League – Gameweek 11

With many games postponed during the week, there are plenty of games in-hand which could prove vital as the season goes on. For now and this weekend, there are games which could influence the table. Hashtag United host a side they have failed to beat in their short history whilst Walthamstow travel to Saffron Walden and towards the other end, Clapton welcome Enfield to the Terence McMillan Stadium.

Clapton vs Enfield – Saturday 24th October, 3pm

Clapton will welcome Enfield to the Terence McMillan Stadium. Clapton currently sit in 17th after 9-games having drew 4 and lost 5. Their opponents, Enfield, sit in 16th after 8-games having won 1, drew 2 and lost 5. Clapton’s last game came on Monday as they were defeated 3-0 by Hashtag United whilst the E’s last game came on October 16th in a 5-1 loss to West Essex, with their last-two scheduled games being called off due to the weather. I think the spoils will be shared in this one.

Score prediction – 2-2

Hashtag United vs Southend Manor – Saturday 24th October, 3pm

Hashtag United will welcome their bogey side Southend Manor to Pitsea on Saturday. The Tags find themselves 5-points clear at the top-of-the-league having won 8 and lost 1 whilst Southend Manor currently sit in 6th after 8-games, having won 5 and lost 3. Hashtag last game was a 3-0 win at home against Clapton on Monday while Manor’s last win was also a victory as they beat Saffron Walden Town. I think Hashtag will finally get their win over Southend Manor and will be too strong for their opponents.

Score prediction – 2-0

Ilford vs Woodford Town – Saturday 24th October, 3pm

Ilford will welcome strugglers Woodford Town to Cricklefield. The Foxes find themselves 15th after 7-games, with a record of won 1, drew 2 and lost 4 whilst the Woods find themselves rock-bottom after 8-games with 8-losses to their name. Ilford’s last game was a narrow loss to Sporting Bengal United, losing 4-3 with their last two-games being called off due to the adverse weather whilst Town’s last game was a narrow loss to Takeley. I think Ilford will pick up their 2nd win of the season.

Score prediction – 3-2

Saffron Walden Town vs Walthamstow – Saturday 24th October, 3pm

One of the biggest games of the gameweek will see Saffron Walden welcome Walthamstow to Catons Lane. Saffron Walden are 7th after 10-games, having won 3, drew 4 and lost 3. Stow have only played 8-games but find themselves 4th, with 5 wins and 3 losses. Walden’s last game was a shock defeat to Southend Manor whilst the Stags last game was a 7-0 win over Sawbridgeworth Town with their last game against St Mags postponed due to COVID. I think the points will be shared.

Score prediction – 2-2

Sawbridgeworth Town vs Hoddesdon Town – Saturday 24th October, 3pm

Sawbridgeworth Town will host Hoddesdon Town on Saturday. Sawbo currently sit in 11th, having won 3, drew 2 and lost 5. Hoddesdon find themselves 10th after 8-games, having won 4, drew 1 and lost 3. The Robins last game was a 3-2 win over Sporting Bengal United whilst Hoddesdon’s last game was a 4-0 loss over Saffron Walden Town although their scheduled last game was postponed at home to Redbridge. I think Hoddesdon will continue their fine form and will pick up another win.

Score prediction – 1-3

Sporting Bengal Unites vs West Essex – Saturday 24th October, 3pm

Sporting Bengal United will welcome West Essex to an behind close door Mile End. Bengal currently sit in 13th after 9-games, having won 3, drew 1 and lost 5 whilst West Essex sit in 8th after 8-games, with a record of won 4, drew 1 and lost 3. The hosts last game saw narrowly lose out to Sawbridgeworth whilst West’s last game was a 5-1 win over Enfield on the October 16th with their last two scheduled fixtures postponed. I think West will get the win.

Score prediction – 0-3

Stansted vs Cockfosters – Saturday 24th October, 3pm

Another huge game at the weekend will see Stansted welcome Cockfosters to Hargrave Park. Stansted find themselves 3rd after 9-games, with a record of won 6, drew 1 and lost 2 whilst Fosters sit just above them, level on points and a +8 goal-difference. Cockfosters last game was a 2-1 loss to Hashtag United whilst the Airportmen were on the other end of a 2-1 scoreline with a win over rivals Takeley. I think Stansted will just edge this one at home.

Score prediction – 1-0

Takeley vs St Margaretsbury – Saturday 24th October, 3pm

Takeley will welcome St Margaretsbury to the FSI Stadium on Saturday. Takeley have struggled this season and find themselves 12th, having won 3, drew 1 and lost 5 whilst St Mags sit in 14th after 7-games, having won 1, drew 3 and lost 3. Takeley’s last game was the 2-1 derby defeat to Stansted while the Bury’s last game was also a defeat to Stansted, losing 3-1, with their last fixture against Walthamstow postponed due to COVID. I think Takeley will take full advantage of home advantage and will get the win.

Score prediction – 3-1