Rovers in four-goal triumph - White Ensign 2-4 Great Wakering Rovers
By Brian Jeeves
Brian Jeeves scribing form Playfootball.net - Southend.
Great Wakering Rovers player-manager Dan Trenkel was satisfied with his charges after this feisty but entertaining affair with ambitious Olympian Leaguers White Ensign.
Rovers started on the front foot, knocking the ball around with some swagger and creating a clutch of chances. Aaron Baldwin looked particularly threatening, finding himself in a number of good positions. Although the young front man found the net he will probably be a little disappointed he didn’t come off with several more to his name.
Despite Rovers early dominance, it was White Ensign who took the lead. The impressive Hamid Zamani latched on to a pass from Webber and beat Adam Seal with an exquisite finish.
Great Wakering responded immediately. Dave Collins beat the offside trap before squaring to an unmarked Trenkel who levelled. Then Dan Williams teed-up Baldwin who fired the Essex Senior League side ahead with a crisp finish.
Rovers continued to create the lion’s share of the chances; however, they failed to take full advantage and were made to pay. Once again, Zamani was chief tormentor, showing excellent footwork before dispatching a terrific low drive past an extended Seal. In fact, Ensign could have reached half time ahead, Seal producing a wonderful save to deny Anton Dwyer.
After such an energetic first half in stifling heat, the second period was slightly more reserved. Rovers regained the lead in spectacular fashion when a diving Dan Williams met Collins pinpoint flag kick. Soon after they almost saw daylight when that man Collins close rang strike was expertly dealt with by stand-in keeper Burim after the wide man had been played in by Trenkel.
They say only mad dogs and English men go out in the midday sun, which seemed to be the case after Bartrup’s agricultural challenge on Trenkel resulted in a bout of “handbags” between the respective troops. However, order was soon restored although the pattern of the game had now been disrupted even further. Nevertheless, the heat had clearly taken its toll on the respective charges as the gamed petered out in the closing stages. After Hamid Zamani and Tom Roberts had exchanged opportunities, Jay Smith killed the game as a contest, firing low into the net after an excellent pass from Max Kent.
Afterwards Trenkel said, “We are still a little way from where we want to be, but this was a good workout and defiantly a step in the right direction” Despite a number of passed up opportunities the Rovers boss was also pleased with his teams display of firepower, “It was great to score a few goals and generally look creative” he added.
White Ensign: Keys, Burim, Sparks, Webber, Bartrup, Wilsmer, Barnes, Tipper, Hamid, Dwyer, Brown.
White Ensign substitutes: Hawkins, Wyatt, Sheldon, Pavey
Great Wakering Rovers: Seal, Radley, Kent, Pugsley, Hepburn, Fletcher, Smith, Trenkel, Williams, Baldwin, Collins.
Rovers substitutes: Godwin-Green, Roberts, Toussaint, Skelton.
Estimated attendance: 50
This report was used on the Great Wakering Rovers website and in fragment by the Southend Echo.