Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
So here we are, the festive Football fixture programme has gotten underway. Here’s a round-up of the Ryman Premier & Division North matches that took place on Boxing Day and a brief mention of matches coming up a few days after.
Ryman Premier Division
Bognor Regis Town 1 – 1 Havant & Waterlooville
Both these high-flying sides battled to a draw at Nyewood Lane. Ryan Woodford put the visitors in front before half-time. After the break, Bognor responded through Ed Sanders just past the hour mark. Bognor remain in second spot in the Ryman Premier table, two points clear of their opponents today. Havant & Waterlooville sit third with games in hand over most of the sides around them.
Burgess Hill Town 0 -1 Worthing
Mid-table Worthing edged out Burgess Hill Town at Leylands Park. A second-half goal from Ross Edwards was enough to claim all three points. The Hillians fall to 18th in the table, whereas Worthing rise to 10th place, just five points off the top five, having won their last three league matches in a row.
Canvey Island 1 – 2 Billericay Town
Craig Edwards’ Billericay Town fought to an important win at Park Lane, their first in nine league matches. First-hal goals from Michael Bakare and Dipo Akinyeme put them two up at the break. Canvey could only add a late consolation through Steve Sheehan. Danny Heale’s Canvey remain in 23rd spot and haven’t won in five league matches. Billericay rise to 14th place, seven points from the top five.
Enfield Town 3 – 0 Harlow Town
A second-half goal-salvo saw the Towners defeat Harlow at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. Goals from Mark Kirby, Dernell Wynter and Billy Crook earned the three points. Enfield Town sit in 8th place, two points off the top five, having only lost once in ten league matches. Harlow Town fall to 11th spot, three points behind today’s opponents.
Hendon 4 – 5 Harrow Borough
A goal-bonanza was delivered by these two under-pressure teams at Silver Jubilee Park. Hendon were 4-3 up at half-time through goals from Dave Diedhiou, Sam Murphy (pen), Casey Maclaren and Reis Stanislaus. Harrow’s Josh Webb initially put the visitors in front early-doors before Harry Newman and Francis Babalola added to the visitors goal-tally before the break. The visitors found another gear in the second half as a Josh Webb penalty and another from Sahr Kabba broke the Greens’ hearts and edge a pulsating encounter. Hendon haven’t won in seven league matches & reside in 22nd spot. Harrow edge out of the bottom four courtesy of today’s win, sitting in 20th spot.
Kingstonian 2 – 1 Merstham
The K’s grabbed a important win over under-pressure Merstham at Kingsmeadow. First-half goals from Aaron Lamont and Ryan Gondoh put the hosts two goals to-the-good before Tom Kavanagh pulled one back for the Moatsiders. Kingstonian rise to 9th place in the table after today’s win. Merstham sit in 19th place, continuing to struggle away from the MOatside Stadium, having not won in their last ten away league matches.
Leatherhead 2 – 1 Metropolitan Police
Jimmy Bullard’s Tanners grabbed the three points at Fetcham Grove. Mohammed Sagaf put the hosts in front just after the break, substitute Dan Summers levelled from the penalty spot for the Met though late-on Rian Bray won it for Leatherhead. Leatherhead now sit 15th in the table, whereas Met Police fall into the bottom four, into 21st place.
Lowestoft Town 3 – 2 Leiston
Play-off chasing Lowestoft edged this tight contest at Crown Meadow. Travis Cole put Lowie in front, though Niko Muir soon equalised for Leiston. Ross Jarvis’ goal saw Lowie in front at the break. Leiston levelled again through Matt Blake though late on Shaun Bammant won it for Ady Gallagher’s men, who now reside in 7th place, just a point off Leiston who are 5th.
Needham Market 2 – 1 AFC Sudbury
Needham continuined their fine recent form with a good win at Bloomfields. It was Sudbury that took the lead just before half-time through Sam Bantick. After the break, the Marketmen recovered, first through substitute Kem Izzet’s penalty followed soon after by Billy Holland’s goal. Sudbury saw Ryan Henshaw sent off so had to play nearly the entire second half with 10 men. Needham have now won five out of the last six league matches & stay top of the table. Out-of-form Sudbury are in 16th place.
Tonbridge Angels 2 – 2 Folkestone Invicta
Tonbridge held in-form Folkestone at the Longmead Stadium. Invicta went ahead through Joseph Taylor though Alexander Akrofi levelled for the Angels before the interval. Akrofi then put his side in font before Ronnie Dolan sealed a point for Invicta seven minutes from time. Tonbridge sit in 6th spot, level on points with 5th placed Leiston. Folkestone have only lost one of ther last nine league matches, and are in 13th position, seven points from the top five.
Wingate & Finchley 1 – 1 Staines Town
Wingate were held to a draw by out-of-form Staines at the Harry Abrahams Stadium. Tansheh Abrahams put the hosts ahead early on, though Adrian Clifton soon drew the Swans level. Wingate & Finchley are still close to the bottom four, in 17th spot. Staines, who have now only won one of their last eight league matches, are in 12th place.
Tuesday 27th Dec: Grays Athletic v Dulwich Hamlet Venue: Mill Field KO: 3pm
Friday 30th Dec: Billericay Town v Needham Market Venue: New Lodge KO: 7.45pm
Ryman Division North (Boxing Day)
Cheshunt 2 – 0 Ware
High-flying Ceshunt defeated out-of-form Ware at Theobalds Lane. Goals from the prolific Jason Hallett and Emmanuel Osei were enough for the win. Ware saw Alaa Oudji sent off late on to compound their woes. Cheshunt rise to 5th spot in the table, whereas Ware who have only won one of their last ten league matches are in 20th spot.
Dereham Town 3 – 2 Brightlingsea Regent
Dereham earned a great win against in-form Regent at Aldiss Park. Harley Black grabbed a hat-trick (one from the penalty spot) whilst prolific striker Aaron Condon grabbed both Regent goals (one from the penalty spot). Dereham are now in 15th place, whilst Regent lost ground on the top 6, falling to 8th spot.
Great Wakering Rovers 1 – 5 Bowers & Pitsea
Bowers bulldozed their way to another impressive win at Burroghs Park. Ben Sartain’s first hat-trick at this level and a brace from Lewis Manor sealed the win, with Adam Topley scoring what turned out to be a consolation for struggling Wakering. Wakering are still in the bottom three, in 22nd spot whilst Bowers’ 8th league win in a row sees them rise to 3rd spot.
Haringey Borough 3 – 1 Waltham Abbey
In-form Haringey picked up another three points at Coles Park. Goals from Adrian Markus, Dan Aristidou (pen) and subsitiute Chris Benjamin sealed the win. Haringey have now won eight of their last ten league matches, sit in 9th spot. By contrast, Waltham Abbey have only won one of their last ten league matches, fall to 21st spot – two points ahead of the bottom three.
Heybridge Swifts 1 – 0 Maldon & Tiptree
Heybridge upset the league leaders Maldon at Scraley Road. A George Cole goal was enough to secure a big three points for the Swifts. Heybridge rise to 19th place, three points clear of the bottom three. Maldon’s first loss in 8 league matches could see their lead at the top cut to two points if Thurrock defeat Romford on Tuesday.
Soham Town Rangers 1 – 4 Bury Town
Bury Town thumped Soham at Julius Martin Lane. Goals from Luke Read, Ryan Jolland and a Josh Mayhew brace (one a penalty) sealed the win for the Blues. Cemal Ramadan got Soham’s goal, who sit 16th in the table. Bury Town rise to 7th spot, a point off the top 5.
Thamesmead Town 0 – 1 Phoenix Sports
Michael Power got the only goal to give Phoenix the win at Bayliss Avenue. Phoenix are 11th spot in the table, whilst Thamesmead, who suffered their first loss in six league matches, are 17th.
VCD Athletic 3 – 1 Tilbury
The Vickers came from behind to defeat Tilbury at Oakwood. Reece Hewitt put Tilbury ahead just after the break, though VCD roared back through goals from Joseph Bruce and a brace (one from the penalty spot) from much-travelled striker Jamie Guy. VCD’s first league win in 5 matches sees them rise to 13th place. Tilbury are in 10th spot.
Witham Town 4 – 1 Brentwood Town
Witham came from behind to beat Tony Ievoli’s Brentwood Town at the Village Glass Stadium. An Andrew Freeman penalty put Brentwood ahead, though after the break Witham powered their way to their first win in 8 league matches with goals from Ryan Charles, Nathan Koranteng, Usman Adeniji & Luke Mallet. Witham rise to 12th place whilst Brentwood are in 22nd place.
Wroxham 1 – 0 Norwich Utd
A solitary goal from Jack Newman was enough to give the struggling Yachtsmen the three points at Trafford Park. Norwich Utd slip to 14th in the table. Wroxham, who picked up only their fifth win of the campaign here, are still bottom, seven points from safety.
Wed 28th Dec: Romford v Thurrock Venue: Ship Lane KO: 7.45pm
Friday 30th Dec: Aveley v Haringey Borough** Venue: Mill Field KO: 8pm
Bury Town v Wroxham** Venue: Ram Meadow KO: 7.45pm
Thanks for reading, the next round-up will be of the New Year’s Eve matches.
** = Will be mentioned on the New Year’s Eve round-up.