Essex swept aside as imperious South Bank march on

Essex swept aside as imperious South Bank march on

LSBUFC recover from a first half deficit to obliterate Essex thirds and reach the quarter finals


Facing the prospect of a team with exactly the same record as them this season, only in a higher league. LSBU once again faced the daunting prospect of a team a division above them. On what was on paper, their toughest game of the season in reality was a mismatch with the supposed lower division team putting a shoddy and largely toothless opposition to the sword.


It was an insult to the scoreboard as much as a shock to the system that South Bank walked in at half time one-nil down, Essex having pounced on a rare defensive mistake to take a shock and undeserved lead. But in what can only be described as a right old rollicking at half time had the effect of producing two goals in two minutes on two occasions within the first ten minutes of the second half. If the game was being played in a large stadium, fans returning late after their half time pie and pint could have easily not known the score had gone from 0-1 to 4-1 in a matter of moments. 



The first half was an equivalent to a boxing match where one boxer lands blow after blow without getting the knockout whilst the other retreats to the corner, keeps his arms up and yet still manages to flatten his opponent once during the half. The initial onslaught started quickly, when James Leyton exchanged an excellent one-two with Kaylem Weadock on the edge of the box, working the ball to a tight angle, the shot was easily parried by the Essex keeper but still, it was an early warning shot.


A dangerous free kick from Amin Martinez was swung into the box. Rising above his marker was Connor Burrows whose header seemed goal bound until it was hooked clear, both of the goal and the onrushing Harry Thompson who was lurking at the back post. Burrows was finding little luck from excellent jumping, the resulting corner was beautifully floated in by Mo Gani. Burrows rose again, his header destined to find the net but for a good goal line clearance that left the South Bank players with their heads in their hands.


Piling forward and with Essex yet to settle at all and constantly losing possession in the final third of their own half, South Bank carved out yet another opportunity. A rather tame shot from the edge of the box from Ishmail was spilled by the keeper. However, Leyton who has already poached a couple of goals this season wasn’t quite able to clip the ball home, the Essex keeper making amends with a smart save. The ball was cleared for a matter of seconds before an excellent ball from Thompson found Martinez who dangerous cross just evaded Leyton. Falling unmarked at the back post, an onrushing Weadock attempted to volley home and was disappointed when the ball sailed over the bar and South Bank’s best chance so far had gone begging.


The next couple of chances denied to LSBU were the result, first of bad luck, then brilliant defending. Far out next to the sidelines. Left back Clive Sarireni lofted the ball into the box, surely what was meant as cross completely missed all of his teammates but the swirling ball dropped painfully onto the top of the crossbar bringing a sigh of relief for the floundering Essex keeper.


James Leyton came close a number of times and was unlucky not to add to his 4 goals this season

Only minutes later, after more brilliant play down the left from Weadock, he surged into the box having evaded an attempted tackle, cutting the ball back from the byline found Leyton. Believing he faced an open goal, he opened up his body and calmly slotted the ball towards goal. Having done everything right, the pain when the Essex defender brilliantly threw himself in front of the ball caused disbelief that South Bank were still level although, huge credit should be given to the Essex defender for a magnificent block.


Bad enough was it that South Bank had spurned so many chances. What came next was a cruel and unlucky blow. After a tackle on Darnell Depadrine in midfield that could easily have been given as a foul, the ball was played in behind Sarireni at full back, with minimum pressure behind him, his backpass to South Bank keeper Joe Cook was too light allowing the Essex frontman to take the ball around Cook and slot into an empty net to give Essex a lucky, unfortunate and underserved lead.


While it could have been that South Bank became deflated after such a sucker punch, as has been proved repeatedly throughout the season, their resilience rallied them and they continued to push forward, now in the search of an equaliser. Good work on the right by full back Bradley Baterip released Gani again. His deep cross was met by Weadock who skewed his volley into the path of Leyton. With his back to goal, he tried a speculative left-footed bicycle kick that just cleared the bar.


Leyton as always continued to be involved in most of South Bank’s attacking forays. He was unlucky, having latched onto a brilliant Ishmail pass to be flagged offside after applying a tidy finish. His long pass out to the right found the ever dangerous Gani who tricked his way around the full back with ease, his cross rebounded to Martinez lurking on the edge of the box but like Leyton before found his shot on goal changed down by the Essex defence.


“Not good enough” was the message at half time. South Bank responded by scoring 4 times in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half


As half time approached, South Bank launched one final attack. Burrows hoofed a huge volley downfield. The ball, swerving all over the place wasn’t cleared by the Essex centre back, eventually controlled by Leyton who rushed through on goal only to be met with an out coming goalkeeper who managed to kick the ball away from Leyton just outside the box where it rebounded kindly for the keeper to clear safely.


Upon the whistle for half time. The question “how on earth are we one-nil down” was asked with a lot more force and with choicer language than can be written. A half which had seen South Bank produce a level of dominance that could only be compared to the first half mauling of Middlesex where they scored four times without reply. In all honesty, if they had walked in at half time two-nil up, the team talk would likely have been pretty much the same. I.E – why are we not out of sight?


Much is credited to half time team talks. Whether it is justified as to if it does actually make a difference is up for debate. Today however, it wasn’t in doubt that South Bank heeded the warnings, both of what is expected of them and what was at stake for them. It took a matter of seconds to turn scoreline worry into scoreline delight. Stooping to direct a header from a long Essex pass into the pass of Martinez. His one touch laid it off to Ishmail who allowed it to run before unloading an unstoppable 25-yard rocket into the left corner. Coming straight from the Essex kick off after half time, they found themselves kicking off for the second time in 60 seconds. But they didn’t learn their lesson.


Losing possession in his own half to Depadrine, he looked up and attempted to play in Ishamil behind the centre back. What should have been a routine clearance skipped over his boot and Ishmail was able to walk the ball out to the right-hand side. Depadrine had stayed over and received the ball, looked up once again and picked out Weadock unmarked at the back post with a pinpoint cross leaving Weadock to head home well and within two minutes, South Bank went from one down to two one up.


After an entire half of pounded the Essex dam, LSBU ensured that when it burst, a flood would follow. A long clearance from Cook was excellent controlled by Leyton. Suddenly along with Ishmail to his left and the freshly introduced Callum Bedward to his right, South Bank found themselves with a three on one. Leyton chose left to Ishamil who almost effortlessly lifted the ball over the sole Essex defender to the marauding Bedward who with his first touch nodded the bouncing ball over the onrushing Essex keeper finishing a sublime move. From Cook’s kick to Leyton’s touch and pass, Ishmail’s sublime lobbed pass and Bedward’s deft and brave header. This was one of South Bank’s goals of the season purely because at no point did they allow the Essex defence to get close to them.


LSBU’s tackling this season as a whole has been both excellent and dangerous to opponents who have been caught napping and suddenly have to find themselves defending. Another recent substitute Pol Basso Pinol but in what is fast become a trademark challenge on the halfway line, robbing the ball, powering forward and finding Ishmail to his left with a precise pass. Allowing the ball to roll past him onto his left foot, he calmly slotted the ball past the keeper and gave South Bank an assured three goal lead.


Amin Martinez (R) chats with Kaylem Weadock. Weadock scored his 4th and 5th goals of the season


South Bank were blessed this day to have top quality reserves on the bench, Bedward and Basso Pinol had already made their mark. Now the returning Matt Clarke was also introduced, his heaving run forward set up South Bank’s next chance, his pass to Leyton produced a snap shot that was blocked, another substitute Jack Haywood got to the loose ball first passing to Bedward on the left. He took aim and his looping shot was heading were it not for a good save from the Essex keeper who pushed it over the bar.


Seemingly content with 4-1 lead. South Bank stepped off the gas, whilst not an uncommon feature among cruising teams, it doesn’t seem to suit LSBU who started to get a little sloppy. Essex were unlucky when a great run into the box on the right saw a shot cannon of the left post. At that stage in the game with almost half an hour remaining, it could have been a dangerous end to the game. Another sloppy mistake followed. Thompson receiving a pass from Weadock attempted to pass first time, however it was charged down by the Essex striker who manoeuvred forward to goal, going clean through his shot was excellently saved by Cook. South Bank could only half clear before Essex found themselves one on one again but this time the weak shot was saved by Cook and the rebound which was perhaps an even easier chance was put wide. South Bank had survived a period of play that should have seen the scoreline narrow.


Essex did keep pushing and after having a goal ruled out for offside they got the goal they had been threatening. A long ball down the right was met by the Essex winger. He lobbed the ball over Cook who had come off his line in an attempt to meet the ball. The ball bobbled across the goal, Thompson attempted to clear but couldn’t quite hook it clear leaving a tap in at the far post. It was too little too late, but still an irritant to South Bank who had played and defended so well throughout the game.


However. Typical of South Bank all season, they responded with renewed attacking intent. The ball broke to Basso Pinol on the edge of the box, having weaved into the penalty area he set to shoot before the ball was knocked away from him, but only into the path of Ishmail who had a golden chance to seal his hat-trick, but his powerful shot cleared the bar.


As the game wound down, a handball by the Essex defender on the edge of the box gave South Bank a free kick that was perfectly set up for a left-footed strike. Naturally of course, up stepped Weadock. Whilst it certainly didn’t match his sublime free kick against Suffolk on the first day of the season, the skill to get a ball up and over a wall and on target is not an easy one to replicate. And yet again, the ball sailed over the ball and nestled into the bottom corner. The Essex keeper looked a little suspect in his attempt to save and the muted but happy celebrations seemed more a reflection that the day was a job well done.


The full-time whistle brought the game to an end on a thoroughly efficient days’ work. The nature of the goals conceded from two bits of sloppy play were annoying but not issues South Bank should be concerned about going forward for they were confident on the ball, and brilliant at winning back possession from an Essex team that will be disappointed in the nature of their defeat to a team a division below them. But as South Bank have proved three times already in the cup this season and will have to prove again against Chichester in February, facing higher league opposition means nothing because they will believe, rightly so, that they can beat anyone.



Live show role November 15th

On the live show that week. I worked as an on the day reporter. I went out with Sidney to the Student life centre where a entrepreneurial market was taking place. Together we interviewed the person responsible for organising the event as well as some of the stall owners. When I was back in the newsroom, I transcribed the interview that I had recorded in order to give Sidney quotes that he could use to write the written article.


After that I again edited and uploaded another football clip to be used in the bulletins as well as writing the script that the bulletins presenter read out on the show.

Live show role November 9th

On the November 9th show. I did not have an actual on the day role. However because I had recorded the University football team the previous day. I edited and uploaded one of the goals scored in the game so that it could be shown during the bulletins. In addition to that, I also wrote the script that the bulletins presenter read out. 


In addition, as I had been the director for the previous two live shows, I also offered any help or advice to the new director this time around. 

Weadock double condemns UCL and lifts South Bank

Weadock double condemns UCL and lifts South Bank

The LSBU winger scored twice adding to a James Leyton penalty as LSBUFC claimed their fourth successive victory


Whilst no one could deny the quality of football South Bank had played in their previous two games was excellent, they were certainly helped by poor opposition defending and goalkeeping. Today however, as they lined up for their toughest league match of the season against table topping UCL, they knew that nothing was going to be given to them.

The LSBU players prepare for the match with UCL

Fast and positive starts to games have been a staple of South Bank’s season so far but it was the visitors who dominated the early exchanges and could have easily found themselves out of sight had it not been for LSBU keeper Joe Cook and some poor finishing. Called into action early on to push a well struck volley wide, UCL were imposing whilst South Bank were sluggish.


What LSBU have found this season is the ability to create danger from very little. The always dangerous Mo Gani marauding down the right wing has baffled opponents in every game this season and after he was released by a superb pass from the excellent Pol Basso Pinol, he sped towards the box, bamboozled the full back and squared to James Leyton in the box who could only direct his shot over the bar. However, this period of danger from South Bank proved to be the exception rather than the norm in these early stages.


South Bank keeper Joe Cook (L) kept his team in the game with a string of first half saves

UCL were back on the front foot and threatening again soon after. A cross into the box was only parried away from Cook, but his quick reactions ensured the following shot was well blocked by his body. Again, UCL attacked down the left, weaving into the box, a powerful shot from an angle was straight at Cook who reacted quickly to push it wide again. Set pieces have been a thorn in South Bank’s side this season, a free kick just over the half way line was pumped into the box. Cook punched clear and was able to push the ball away twice after, thus not allowing a shot on goal.


After all the UCL pressure, the chances saved and squandered, it was LSBU that carved out the best chance of the half. Again, it was Basso Pinol who seems to have a gift for winning a tackle and releasing an attacker, again after stealing the ball, he instantly played in Gani through the right. With only the keeper to beat, he lashed his shot goalwards but the UCL keeper got down smartly to produce an excellent save.  


That shot really spurred South Bank into life and they were playing with a lot more intensity. A familiar attacking pattern was now emerging as Basso Pinol pass to Gani resulted in a superb cross into the box. Still up after a previous corner, centre half Harry Thompson found himself unmarked but will be disappointed that his header only skimmed his head and never troubled the keeper.


Attacking a Mo Gani corner that was played deep to the edge of the box, Kaylem Weadock rushed on to volley towards goal, the shot was well struck and only a solid clearance on the line prevented LSBU taking the lead. The game was now opening up as half-time approached. UCL then spurred their golden chance of the half. Some neat play down the right saw a perfectly weighted pass find the space between the two centre halves, unmarked from 6 yards out and only needing a decent connection, the UCL striker somehow managed to trickle his volley into the grateful arms of Cook. One more UCL was shot was savaged wide before the referee blew for half-time. Whilst it was perhaps a fair result at the break, the score line could easily have been 2-2 or 3-3.

The South Bank players are given a half time talking to after a sluggish start

South Bank attacked the first half with the same intensity from the off. Left back Clive Sarireni bombed down the left wing and his crossed picked out Leyton who couldn’t quite direct his shot on target. He came close shortly after, receiving a pass from Amin Martinez. With his back to goal, he span, worked an opening but his shot went just over the bar.


James Leyton (pictured) came close a number of times before scoring his 4th goal of the season

If the start of the first half was centred around the LSBU keeper, the start of the second was all about Leyton. The most controversial moment of the game came after a throw in from the right. It bounced to him from about 12 yards where he unleashed an unstoppable left footed volley which clattered against the underside of the post. The ball ricocheted down and the cheers from the South Bank players were an indication of if they thought the ball had crossed the line. The referee however disagreed and play continued with South Bank left to feel aggrieved.


As if that wasn’t bad enough on its own, what happened next was gut wrenching. The thorn in South Bank’s side returned to haunt them once again. A corner from the right was floated in and, climbing above his marker, the UCL centre back powered a good header towards to top corner. A desperate attempt by Weadock to head the ball clear was in vain and UCL found themselves in front with the simplest of goals.


South Bank heads didn’t drop however, they kept going forward and creating chances. Connor Burrows shot wide after some near play in the middle. Weadock came closer with one of his seemingly trademark curling free kicks that was well saved but only at the expense of a corner that gave South Bank their way back into the game. The keeper punched the first ball clear but some pinball ensued, with the ball bouncing all over the place, it eventually dropped down onto the arm of the UCL defender and the referee had no hesitation at pointing to the spot.


Kaylem Weadock (pictured) scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season

As sure as the referee was about the decision, as decisive Leyton was with the finish, giving the keeper no chance whatsoever and LSBU were deservedly level. With UCL still licking their wounds, South Bank went for the jugular. And they received a big dollop of help from the UCL full back. After Brian Yego attempted to run onto a through ball from Callum Bedward, the full back who had easily won the race inexplicably squared the ball across his own goal right into the path of a gleeful Weadock who gobbled up the chance and within five minutes, South Bank had come from behind to lead.


Chances then came to put the game to bed. The talented midfielder Ishmail twice game close and was twice thwarted by the impressive UCL keeper who had really been keeping his team in the game up to this point. Yego also had a double bite of the cherry. His first shot was blocked and he reacted quickly to get a rebound shot off but it went agonisingly wide.


All of this pressure from South Bank was still only yielding a vulnerable one goal lead. Cook had to be wary and made sure a trickling shot was pushed wide. It was always going to be safe but it was a reminder as the game ticked towards full time that LSBU needed to put UCL down. After all the neat play, close chances and controversy, it took a relatively route one approach to kill the game and claim all three points.A deep free kick from Cook bounced once, was flicked forward by Leyton, bounced again and was volley home from Weadock against a keeper who was off balance after coming up to attack a corner. However, it was no less than South Bank deserved.

It was indeed the last action of the match. LSBU had been made to work harder in this game than any other of their league matches. Putting aside a disappointing opening day defeat on this ground, they have responded with four wins, scoring 13 times. The football played at times was as good as anything they have produced this season. Coming a week before they return to Burgess Park for their crunch last 16 cup match against Essex thirds. They will also be boosted by the return to of Matt Clarke who made his first appearance since January after suffering a serious knee injury. The task ahead is great but belief can carry you a long way.

Ruthless South Bank sense cup glory

Ruthless South Bank sense cup glory

Pol Basso Pinol’s wonder-strike helped LSBU ease into the last 16 of the cup with a sublime 4-1 victory over higher division Roehampton 2nds


After the mayhem of a hastily rearranged game in the last round of the cup. It was a relief to be back on home turf for the first time in a month. Although their last outing at Burgess Park saw South Bank capitulate to Suffolk, their two subsequent away games have been a lot kinder. The extra time winner against Brunel that got South Bank here was full of all the euphoric emotion you would expect from a late late cup goal. Whereas last week’s 5-1 destruction of Middlesex was routine, the result was a hugely satisfying lift off to the league campaign.


This match against Roehampton was a tough one to call beforehand. One thing that was almost certain was goals. Coming into this match, the Roehampton team’s two previous games had produced a staggering 19 goals, including ten in the 8-2 victory that got them to this stage. However, they had also shipped six in their first league game and South Bank smelt blood from the off.


LSBU’s players are sent out ahead of the match against Roehampton


The signs were obvious when Darnell Depradine header over from a Kaylem Weadock corner early on. A free header should have tested the keeper but nonetheless it was a positive start. Whilst the next shot didn’t test the keeper you could hardly blame the striker. After a quick pass from Pol Basso Pinol on the edge of the box, James Leyton worked the ball onto his left foot and unleashed a rasping drive from 18 yards that clattered into the crossbar.


After coming so close with that superb strike, they decided to have another go shortly after. After winning possession more than 25 yards out, Basso Pinol with his back to goal seemed to win the ball, spin around and unleash a spectacular shot that could not have been placed better into the top left corner if you did it with your hands. A goal of the season contender for sure and a maiden goal at that. The rushes to congratulate emphasised the quality of the strike.



The old saying is that you are at your most vulnerable when you have just scored. That almost proved the case when Roehampton countered at speed, suddenly facing a one on one with the Roehampton striker, South Bank keeper Joe Cook saved smartly with his legs to keep LSBU in front. Although South Bank responded with a shot over the bar from Leyton. Roehampton found a stroke of fortune to get themselves back into the match.


Some neat play on the right saw a good ball played into the feet of the Roehampton attacker, he weaved his way into the box before squaring, the onrushing striker struck the ball towards goal, whether Cook would have saved it is up for debate but the ball took a huge deflection of Harry Thompson, wrong-footing Cook and levelling the game.


LSBU then had to weather a storm of Roehampton pressure. Starting with an ambitious overhead kick outside the box that was on target but was never going to test Cook, only a few minutes later Roehampton squandered a golden opportunity to go ahead. A throw in on the right again saw the Roehampton winger worm his way into the box, a good low cross found the Roehampton striker in space on the edge of the six-yard box with the goal at his mercy, he could only fire ridiculously wide when it seemed easier to score.


You know it’s going to be one of those days when the opposition don’t take their chance and then immediately gift you one of your own. Picking the ball up in the Roehampton half, Basso Pinol guided the ball with the outside of his foot into the box. However the ball seemed too long for the oncoming Mo Gani to get hold off and the keeper was there, and then suddenly the ball appeared from underneath him to which Gani reacted and punished the howler and put South Bank back in front.


Tails up, South Bank went for the Roehampton jugular. Gani again weaved into the box following a short corner, his fizzing shot was straight at the keeper but he could only parry it into the feet of the lurking Leyton who prodded the rebound home, Although Weadock ensured the ball hit the back of the net, it had already crossed the line and just like South Bank had scored twice in a matter of moments and had themselves a comfortable lead going into half-time.


The lads reflect on a job well done at half time with the score 3-1


The second half was a tighter affair. South Bank started slowly and although they struggled to impose the same levels they had displayed in the first-half, they were never put under any threat by a lacklustre Roehampton. Weadock tested out a vulnerable keeper from distance but this time he held on comfortably. An excellent pass from Depradine found Gani who muscled past his defender and from an acute angle lobbed the ball over the keeper but also over the bar. Adnan Abdulhuessein tried a similar lob from just outside the box but his effort also dropped over the bar.


However, all this South Bank pressure was to pay off eventually. After winning a free kick from around 25 yards out. Weadock stepped up again. Anyone who was on this ground the last time he took a free kick in virtually the same position would know what he was setting up. A curling, dipping shot, went straight at the keeper. But given his form throughout the match so far, it was perhaps not so much of a surprise when he dropped the ball straight in front of two South Bank players who unlike their opponents didn’t bother to follow the ball in in case something like this happened. Originally, Clive Sarereni got his foot to the ball first, dislodging it from under the keepers legs where it felt to Leyton who from one yard out in front of an empty net prodded home and made the score 4-1. Protestations from Roehampton that the keeper somehow had control of the ball and therefore a foul should have been given were rightly dismissed as nonsense by the referee.


Roehampton briefly responded, an excellent through ball was taken in stride by the Roehampton striker, the onrushing Cook narrowed the angle enough that he could only poke his shot wide, a warning to South Bank with enough time left in the game to not feel completely job done yet.


However, South Bank shut up shop and saw the rest of the game out. Mo Gani came close to adding a fifth latching onto a brilliant pass from Armani Morris, surging into the box and blasting his shot just wide. Leyton had the chance to bag his hat-trick although his optimistic shot from distance also sailed wide of the post. And the moment the Roehampton keeper (this time) safely held onto a curling shot from Callum Bedward the referee had blown her whistle and LSBU had waltzed into the next round. Essex 3rds await for LSBU, the third time in a row they will have played a team from the league above, on this form, they will fear no one.

Live Show role 30/10/2017

On the live show that week I was once again directing the live output of the show.


First of all, I checked Dropbox to see that all VT’s were the correct resolution of 1920x1080px. After viewing all the VT’s to check for any problems that could be resolved such as lower thirds not being put in or being the incorrect format and asking the VT team to edit the package to correct the problems. 


I then set up the cameras. Unlike the first live show, we decided on a two camera set up for the sofa presenters. The second camera would be used when the presenters cut to social media and bulletins. I then checked that all VT’s and bulletin pieces were on the laptop ready for broadcast.


The production meeting happened later that I originally wanted. Early on in this year, people have been going for their breaks at separate times which can sometimes delay things moving along. Rehearsals for the show were quite disastrous. The opening credits weren’t done, the script wasn’t correct and wasn’t fully loaded into the autocue. One of the VT packages was also not loaded into the correct laptop meaning is wasn’t ready to go out. Rehearsals were more stop start as a result. However despite this the live show went very well. There was one problem when we cut over to bulletins though. The sound had been turned down on one of the little twist buttons above the audio levels switches. As we were told not to tamper with these, we didn’t know what was causing the problem. Despite that and a poor rehearsal the live show went very well.