Essex League 2022-23

The Club is once again entering teams in each Division of the Essex League, Divisions 1, 2, 3 and Minor.

Divisions 1 and 2 will each be 8 teams with, respectively 8 boards and 6 boards. There will be a single round of fixtures, seven matches, with venues the reverse of last season and those matches are due to be played by the end of February. Each Division will then enter the “play-offs” where the top four teams will play each other again (venues the reverse of the first phase) and the bottom four teams will play each other once more, making 10 matches in all. The final placings will be based on the results all 10 matches. The top four will play off to decide the Division winners (and for Division 1, the League Champions) and the bottom four will decide the relegated team. There will, however, be no promotion from D2 to D1 as Division 1 is to be slimmed down to seven teams to play double round Home and Away in 2023-24.

Division 3 will be 6 teams playing over 5 boards. these teams will play a double round of fixtures, Home and Away. The winning team will be promoted to Division 2 for the next season.

The Minor Division will also be 6 teams, but playing over 4 boards. They will have a double round of fixtures Home and Away.

Details of the Essex League Fixtures and, in due course, match results, reports, games, will appear in the tabbed layout below. Select the team to be viewed and within each team there is a “nested” tabbed display with the individual match details.

Team Captains

1st Team: Mark Murrell

2nd Team: Ben Harte

3rd Team: Peter Nickals

Minor Team: Nigel White

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EL1
Fixtures
 Date Home Team v Away Team
Tue 11 Oct 2022 W&W 1 7–1 Southend 1
Tue 08 Nov 2022 Brentwood 1 5–3 W&W 1
Tue 22 Nov 2022 W&W 1 4½–3½ Barking 1
Tue 13 Dec 2022 W&W 1 6–2 Basildon
Wed 18 Jan 2023 Loughton 1 4–4 W&W 1
Tue 31 Jan 2023 Upminster 1 W&W 1
Tue 28 Feb 2023 W&W 1 Writtle
After the teams have played each other once – seven fixtures – all teams will play three further fixtures, making 10 in all: the top four in the Division will play each other again (venues reversed) to decide the League Championship; the bottom four will play each other again (venues reversed) to decide the relegated team. The final placings will be decided on all 10 matches. These “play-off” fixtures will appear below in due course.
Play-off 1    
Play-off 2    
Play-off 3    

 

EL1
 Essex League Division 1 P W D L Pts %
Ian Hunnable 1913 4 3 1 0 87.50
John Cawdery 2068 3 3 0 0 3 100.00
Ashley Freeman 2000 4 2 2 0 3 75.00
Philip Staniland 1855 3 2 0 1 2 66.67
Steve Rix 2033 4 1 2 1 2 50.00
Terry Whitton 1892 4 0 4 0 2 50.00
Mark Murrell 1908 2 1 1 0 75.00
John Hodgson 2152 2 1 0 1 1 50.00
Istvan Karacsony 1820 2 1 0 1 1 50.00
Paul Barclay 1804 1 0 1 0 ½ 50.00
Paul Bancroft 1990 1 0 1 0 ½ 50.00
David Spearman 2073 2 0 1 1 ½ 25.00
             
 12 Players 32 14 13 5 20½ 64.06%
EL1
Played Tue 11 October 2022 – at Home
  W&W 1
v Southend 1
1 Hodgson, John H 2152 (2152) 1-0 Sutherland, Neil A 2014 (2014)
2 Cawdery, John 2068 (2050) 1-0 Grist, Howard 2015 (2002)
3 Rix, Steven JL 2033 (2035) 1-0 Shaw, Matthew H 1934 (1934)
4 Freeman, Ashley 2000 (2003) 1-0 Wedlock, Stephen L 1916 (1929)
5
Hunnable, Ian D 1913 (1915) 1-0 Paul, Dennis B 1729 (1729)
6
Whitton, Terry D 1892 (1894) ½-½ Newton, Colin M 1719 (1722)
7
Staniland, Philip 1855 (1857) 1-0 Saunders, Michael J 1692 (1678)
8
Barclay, Paul R 1804 (1804) ½-½ Lacey, Nick J 1672 (1672)
   Average: 1965 7-1 Average: 1837

 

EL1
Played Tue 08 Nov 2022 – Away
  Brentwood 1
v W&W 1
1 Haydon, David L 2361 (2381) (W) 1-0 Hodgson, John H 2152 (2162) (B)
2 Bowden, Karl 2188 (2284) 1-0 Spearman, David 2073 (2081)
3 Adams, Ronald F 1929 (1928) 0-1 Cawdery, John 2068 (2062)
4 Gamal, Alaa 1886 (1910) 1-0 Rix, Steven JL 2033 (2020)
5
Kingsley, Malcolm P 1850 (1864) ½-½ Freeman, Ashley 2000 (1993)
6
Davies, Robert JV 1738 (1762) 0-1 Hunnable, Ian D 1913 (1891)
7
Willoughby, Andrew P 1734 (1754) ½-½ Whitton, Terry D 1892 (1891)
8
Willoughby, Christopher 1731 (1763) 1-0 Staniland, Philip 1855 (1863)
  Average: 1928 5-3 Average: 1999

 

EL1
Played Tue 22 Nov 2022
  W&W 1
v Barking 1
1 Cawdery, John 2068 (2058) (W) 1-0 Sands, David A 2246 (2246) (B)
2 Rix, Steven JL 2033 (2036) ½-½ Goldberg, Jeff A 2136 (2142)
3 Freeman, Ashley 2000 (2000) ½-½ Ismailov, Roman 2031 (2007)
4 Bancroft, Paul 1990 (1997) ½-½ Jaszkiwskyj, Peter 1990 (1981)
5
Hunnable, Ian D 1913 (1883) 1-0 Ponulak, Czeslaw (Sebastian) 1960 (1971)
6
Whitton, Terry D 1892 (1909) ½-½ Robinson, James M 1903 (1915)
7
Murrell, Mark R A 1908 (1866) ½-½ Ramage, Colin R 1900 (1900)
8
Karacsony, Istvan 1820 (1826) 0-1 Clow, Ken W 1835 (1859)
  Average: 1953 4½-3½ Average: 2001

Report by Mark Murrell

As usual a very tight match tonight against a Barking team which was the strongest they have fielded for a long time, such that they had the edge on start of season average rating. Nothing in it across all of the boards for a long while such that the skips half-expected eight halves.

As half-expected, David Sands missed junior club  to get into the zone but could not make his bishop pair work.   An excellent ending from John C made the difference to secure the almost traditional one point winning margin. Elsewhere, Istvan missed a winning move for his opponent as he tried to avoid a perpetual check and Ian took advantage of his opponent over-pressing to keep the balance before John struck and no danger elsewhere.

EL1
Played Tue 13 Dec 2022
  Home
v Away
1 Spearman, David 2073 (2081) (B) ½-½ Baptie, Justin P 2160 (2172) (W)
2 Rix, Steven JL 2033 (2016) ½-½ Somogyi, Tamas 2035 (2009)
3 Freeman, Ashley 2000 (2017) 1-0 Kraszewski, David 2009 (2029)
4 Hunnable, Ian D 1913 (1887) ½-½ Gedvilas, Arunas 1888 (1885)
5
Whitton, Terry D 1892 (1906) ½-½ Savin, Paul A 1880 (1865)
6
Staniland, Philip 1855 (1863) 1-0 Laundy, Peter R 1840 (1842)
7
Murrell, Mark R A 1908 (1864) 1-0 Byram, Tye A 1765 (1765)
8
Karacsony, Istvan 1820 (1825) 1-0 Siddharth, Lakshan 1724 (1733)
  Average: 1937 6-2 Average: 1913

 

EL1
Played Wed 18 January 2023 – Away
  Loughton 1
v W&W 1
1 Bowmer, Kevin 2061 (2080) (W) 0-1 Hodgson, John H 2152 (2132) (B)
2 Stirling, William J 2041 (2025) 1-0 Spearman, David 2073 (2083)
3 Middleton, Stephen 1948 (2026) 0-1 Cawdery, John 2068 (2074)
4 Horan, George 1879 (1961) 1-0 Freeman, Ashley 2000 (2031)
5
Malinik, Atilla 1900 (1809) 0-1 Rix, Steven JL 2033 (2015)
6
Faulkner, David J 1853 (1851) 1-0 Whitton, Terry D 1892 (1904)
7
Moth, Simon C 1792 (1806) 0-1 Hunnable, Ian D 1913 (1887)
8
Kershaw, Graham J 1683 (1682) 1-0 Murrell, Mark R A 1908 (1861)
  Average: 1895 4-4 Average: 2005

An extraordinary match. Loughton overcame an average deficit of 110 points a board to draw and this was not the night to have the white pieces: eight wins by Black!

EL1
To be played Tue 31 Jan 2023 – Away
  Upminster 1
v W&W 1
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EL1
To be played Tue 28 February 2023 – at Home
  W&W 1
v Writtle
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EL1
To be played [Date]
  Home
v Away
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EL1
To be played [Date]
  Home
v Away
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EL1
To be played [Date]
  Home
v Away
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EL2
Fixtures
 Date Home Team v Away Team
Wed 19 Oct 2022 Thurrock 1 3½–2½ W&W 2
Tue 29 Nov 2022 W&W 2 5–1 Upminster 2
Tue 10 Jan 2023 Brentwood 2 W&W 2
Tue 17 Jan 2023 W&W 2 Ilford 1
Thu 02 Feb 2023 Barking 2 W&W 2
Wed 08 Feb 2023 Witham W&W 2
Tue 14 Feb 2023 W&W 2 Loughton 2
After the teams have played each other once – seven fixtures – all teams will play three further fixtures, making 10 in all: the top four in the Division will play each other again (venues reversed) to decide the Division winners – however, there will be no promotion to Division 1 this Season; the bottom four will play each other again (venues reversed) to decide the relegated team. The final placings will be decided on all 10 matches. These “play-off” fixtures will appear below in due course.
Play-off 1      
Play-off 2      
Play-off 3      

 

EL2
 Essex League Division 2 P W D L Pts %
Paul Barclay 1804 2 1 1 0 75.00
Mark Murrell 1908 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Istvan Karacsony 1820 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Matthias Lataille 1737 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Vittorio Nigrelli 1753 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Michael Wilson 1708 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Peter McCarron 1731 1 0 1 0 ½ 50.00
Charlton Siddo 1774 1 0 1 0 ½ 50.00
Terry Whitton 1892 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Keith Jones 1782 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Ben Harte 1726 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
             
 11 Players 12 6 3 3 62.50%
EL2
Played Wed 19 October 2022 – Away
  Thurrock
v W&W 2
1 Sheppard, Barry S 1810 (1807) 0-1 Murrell, Mark R A 1908 (1871)
2 Arbuckle, Jim A 1733 (1711) 1-0 Whitton, Terry D 1892 (1895)
3 Baig, Huzaifa 1522 (1570) 0-1 Barclay, Paul R 1804 (1814)
4 Wilson, Mathew 1530 (1631) 1-0 Jones, Keith S 1782 (1763)
5
Van Litsenborgh, Rudi 1550 (1446) ½-½ McCarron, Peter DJ 1731 (1745)
6
Crane, Malcolm K 1488 (1502) 1-0 Harte, Ben 1726 (1707)
    3½-2½  

 

EL2
Played Tue 29 November 2022 – at Home
  W&W 2
v Upminster 2
1 Barclay, Paul R 1804 (1818) (B) ½-½ Pereslavtsev, Alexandr 1722 (1855) (W)
2 Karacsony, Istvan 1820 (1825) 1-0 Corish, Aidan T 1776 (1766)
3 Siddo, Charlton 1782 (1761) ½-½ Biggs, Peter 1686 (1694)
4 Lataille, Matthias 1737 (1747) 1-0 Pereslavtsev, Sergey 1587 (1603)
5
Nigrelli, Vittorio 1753 (1778) 1-0 Cooper, Geoffrey 1612 (1627)
6
Wilson, Michael GA 1708 (1710) 1-0 Garwood, Matt 1312 (1394)
  Average: 1768 5-1 Average: 1616
That position: White to play, what’s the best move?

In case you have come to this page directly, the answer is hidden below so that you can consider the position for yourself before revealing the answer.

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What did you try? 1 c7? 1 Rb8? 1 Rh1? All reasonable-looking tries, but all lose as Black has mate in 4: 1 … Qf5+ 2 Kh4 Qxf4+ Easy to overlook the g-pawn is pinned. 3 Bg4 Or 3 Kh3 Qxg3# 3 … Qxg3+ 4 Kg5 Be3#

The Answer

The only move for White to keep playing is the remarkable 1 Rg1!! to defend the critical g3 square. Black now can only draw, but can White win? 1 … Qf5+ 2 Kh4 g5+ 2 … Qxf4+ 3 Kh3 Qxf3 is also good enough to draw, but …g5+ is clearer. 3 fxg5 Qxf3 4 Qd8 Qe4+ 5 Kh3 Bxg1 6 Qf6+ Kg8 7 c7 Qh1+ 8 Kg4 Qe4+ and with repetition, this is a draw.

This game, however, from the above match was not the game on Boards 1 or 3, but the game on Board 4 between Matthias and Sergey. Matthias was White and it was he who found the remarkable defence (to use the game move numbers): 37 Rg1!! with less than a minute on his clock after having played the move; “easier to find than play”, he said. The game continued along the main line given above in bold text up to (8) 44 … Qe4+ so how did Matthias end up winning? Simple: he tried. Matthias didn’t want to end with a draw, so he played  45 Qf4?! Now Black can win with 45 Qc6. Play might continue 46 g6 Qxc7 47 Qc1 Qxe5 48 Qxg1 Qf5+ 49 Kh4 Qxg6 50 Qe3 Qf6+ 51 Kh3 c3 52 g4 and White can resign. Instead, Black played the disatrous 45 … Qe2+ and after 46 Qf3 can no longer stop the c-pawn. The game finished 46 … Qxe5 47 c8=Q+ Kg7 48 Qf6+ 1-0 There was a forced mating finish of mate in 9 with 48 Qcb7, but ‘Resigns in one’ is quicker.

Comments

“I saw Matthias play the move [37 Rg1] and thought him crazy at the time(!) – but now I understand what a brilliantly creative player he is!” – Ashley Freeman

EL2
To be played Thu 10 January 2023 – Away
  Brentwood 2
v W&W 2
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EL2
To be played Tue 17 January 2023 – at Home
  W&W 2
v Ilford 1
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EL2
To be played Thu 2 February 2023 – Away
  Barking 2
v W&W 2
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EL2
To be played Wed 8 February 2023 – Away
  Witham
v W&W 2
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EL2
To be played Tue 14 February 2023 – at Home
  W&W 2
v Loughton 2
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EL3
Fixtures
 Date Home Team v Away Team
Mon 17 Oct 2022 Ilford 2 2–3 W&W 3
Tue 08 Nov 2022 W&W 3 2–3 Barking 3
Wed 16 Nov 2022 Thurrock 2 ½–4½ W&W 3
Tue 22 Nov 2022 Upminster 3 4–1 W&W 3
Tue 24 Jan 2023 W&W 3 Upminster 3
Tue 31 Jan 2023 W&W 3 Thurrock 2
Thu 09 Feb 2023 Barking 3 W&W 3
Fri 17 Feb 2023 Southend 2 W&W 3
Tue 18 Apr 2023 W&W 3 Southend 2
Tue 23 May 2023 W&W 3 Ilford 2
EL3
 Essex League Division 3 P W D L Pts %
David Smith 1602 3 2 1 0 83.33
Peter McCarron 1731 2 1 1 0 75.00
Krishna Raikundalia 1542 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Peter Nickals 1728 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Ivan Hutcheson 1490 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Mark Le Gassicke 1364 2 1 0 1 1 50.00
Jay Sharman 1654 2 1 0 1 1 50.00
Ryan Colclough 1624 2 1 0 1 1 50.00
Matthias Lataille 1737 1 0 1 0 ½ 50.00
David Rawlings 1693 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Michael Wilson 1708 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Davide Segat 1503 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Ivan Hutcheson 1490 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Ashwin Anjulan 1461 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
             
 14 Players 20 9 3 8 10½ 52.50%
EL3
Played Mon 17 October 2022 – Away
  Ilford 2
v W&W 3
1 Lowe, Daniel 1600 (1852) 1-0 Rawlings, David J 1693 (1680)
2 Schreuder, Biel 1419 (1459) 0-1 Sharman, Jay 1654 (1657)
3 Asif, Rayyan 1500 (1769) 1-0 Colclough, Ryan 1624 (1670)
4 O’Connell, Euan 1100 (1310) 0-1 Smith, David 1602 (1620)
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Zheng, Jiayi 1100 (1006) 0-1 Raikundalia, Krishna 1542 (1537)
    2-3  

 

EL3
Played Tue 8 November 2022 – at Home
  W&W 3
v Barking 3
1 Lataille, Matthias 1737 (1744) ½-½ Naumov, Igor 1804 (1813)
2 Wilson, Michael GA 1708 (1704) 0-1 Berkley, Stephen W 1761 (1768)
3 Sharman, Jay 1654 (1647) 0-1 Blagianu, Mihaita 1626 (1632)
4 Colclough, Ryan 1624 (1686) 1-0 Chtym, Vladimir 1513 (1493)
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Smith, David 1602 (1623) ½-½ Mathompat, Rajyeshwar 1500 (1537)
  Average: 1665 2-3 Average: 1641

 

EL3
Played Wed 16 November 2022 – Away
  Thurrock 2
v W&W 3
1 Wilson, Mathew 1530 (1636) ½-½ McCarron, Peter DJ 1731 (1736)
2 Waszkielewicz, Mariusz 1550 (1460) 0-1 Nickals, Peter A 1728 (1731)
3 Van Litsenborgh, Rudi 1550 (1485) 0-1 Smith, David 1602 (1623)
4 Waszkielewicz, Oscar 1100 (1217) 0-1 Hutcheson, Ivan 1490 (1513)
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Coseru, Matei 0991 (1048) 0-1 Le Gassicke, Mark 1364 (1366)
  Average: 1345 ½-4½ Average: 1583

 

EL3
Played Tue 22 November 2022
  Upminster 3
v W&W 3
1 Biggs, Peter 1686 (1677) (B) 0-1 McCarron, Peter DJ 1731 (1738) (W)
2 Pereslavtsev, Sergey 1587 (1594) 1-0 Segat, Davide 1503 (1494)
3 Cooper, Geoffrey 1612 (1644) 1-0 Hutcheson, Ivan 1490 (1508)
4 Garwood, Matt 1312 (1406) 1-0 Le Gassicke, Mark 1364 (1349)
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Smith, Ian P F 1504 (1477) 1-0 Anjulan, Ashwin 0000 (917)
    4-1  

 

EL3
To be played Tue 24 January 2023 – at Home
  W&W 3
v Upminster 3
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EL3
To be played Tue 31 January 2023 – at Home
  W&W 3
v Thurrock 2
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EL3
To be played Thu 9 February 2023 – Away
  Barking 3
v W&W 3
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EL3
To be played Fri 17 February 2023 – Away
  Southend 2
v W&W 3
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EL3
To be played Tue 18 April 2023 – at Home
  W&W 3
v Southend 2
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EL3
To be played Tue 23 May 2023 – at Home
  W&W 3
v Ilford 2
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ELM

Fixtures
 Date Home Team v Away Team
Tue 11 Oct W&W M 1½–2½ Thurrock MA
Tue 29 Nov Upminster MB ½–3½ W&W M
Tue 10 Jan W&W M Upminster MA
Tue 31 Jan* W&W M Southend M
Tue 14 Feb W&W M Thurrock MB
Tue 28 Feb W&W M Upminster MB
Tue 14 Mar Upminster MA W&W M
Mon 27 Mar Southend M W&W M
Wed 12 Apr Thurrock MA W&W M
Wed 3 May Thurrock MB W&W M
* Postponed from 13 Dec.      
ELM
 Essex Minor League P W D L Pts %
David Smith 1602 2 1 1 0 75.00
Voldi Gailans 1275 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Nigel White 1418 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Krishna Raikundalia 1542 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Mark Le Gassicke 1364 1 0 1 0 ½ 50.00
John Jestico 1469 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Joe Rosenberg 1548 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
             
 7 Players 8 4 2 2 5 62.50%
ELM
Played Tue 11 October 2022 – at Home
  W&W M
v Thurrock MA
1 Smith, David 1602 (1621) ½-½ Sadhasivam, Mangalaram 1645 (1645)
2 Rosenberg, Joseph 1548 (1546) 0-1 Baig, Huzaifa 1522 (1525)
3 Jestico, John V 1469 (1458) 0-1 Sandu, Silviu 1411 (1414)
4 Gailans, Voldi 1275 (1276) 1-0 Mangalaram, Mredula 1200 (1026)
  Average 1474 1½-2½ Average 1445

 

ELM
Played Tue 29 November 2022
  Upminster MB
v W&W M
1 Whitaker, Anthony 1432 (1385) 0-1 Smith, David 1602 (1616)
2 Descombes, Ray 1349 (1328) 0-1 Raikundalia, Krishna 1542 (1557)
3 Isbell, Chris 1200 (1204) 0-1 White, Nigel 1418 (1449)
4 Watkins, David 1328 (1332) ½-½ Le Gassicke, Mark 1364 (1349)
  Avwrage: 1328 ½-3½ Average: 1482

 

ELM
To be played Tue 10 January 2023 – at Home
  W&W M
v Upminster MA
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ELM
To be played Tue 13 December 2022 – at Home
  W&W M
v Southend M
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ELM
To be played Tue 14 February 2023 – at Home
  W&W M
v Thurrock MB
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ELM
To be played Tue 28 February 2023 – at Home
  W&W M
v Upminster MB
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ELM
To be played Tue 14 March 2023
  Upminster MA
v W&W M
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ELM
To be played 27 March 2023 – Away
  Southend M
v W&W M
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ELM
To be played Wed 12 April 2023 – Away
  Thurrock MA
v W&W M
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ELM
To be played Wed 3 May 2023 – Away
  Thurrock MB
v W&W M
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