Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
As the festive Football fixture programme continues, here’s a round-up of the Ryman Premier & Division North matches that took place on New Year’s Eve.
Ryman Premier Division
Fri 30th Dec: Billericay Town P – P Needham Market
Much to both clubs’ frustration, this match fell foul of the weather, with heavy fog postponing this match.
New Year’s Eve
AFC Sudbury 1 – 1 Canvey Island
Sudbury were held by out-of-form Canvey at King’s Marsh. Sudbury’s Luke Callander put the hosts in front shortly before the break, though Ryan Blackman equalised for Canvey with half-hour to go. Sudbury are in 16th place, five points ahead of the bottom four. The Gulls, who still haven’t won in six league matches now, fall to the root of the Ryman Premier table, four points from safety.
Dulwich Hamlet 1 – 1 Wingate & Finchley
Dulwich were held by Wingate in front of a bumper crowd of nearly 2,000 at Champion Hill. Reece Beckles-Richards put the visitors in front early-doors, though Dumebi Dumaka equalised for Hamlet midway through the first half. Dulwich, who’ve only lost one of their last ten league matches, are in 4th spot, six points off the top spot. Wingate are in 17th spot.
Folkestone Invicta 0 – 1 Grays Athletic
Jamie Stuart’s side grabbed an important win at mid-table Folkestone, in front of more than 500 fans at the Fullicks Stadium. Kieran Bishop grabbed the only goal just before the half-hour. Invicta are in 13th spot, whilst Grays rise to 23rd though are only three points from safety.
Harlow Town 2 – 1 Leatherhead
The Hawks came from behind to triumph over Jimmy Bullard’s Tanners side at the Harlow Arena. Adam Cash put the visitors in front on the half-hour, though in the second half goals from Stanley Muguo and substitute Khale da Costa sealed the win for Danny Chapman’s side. Harlow sit 11th in the table, whilst Leatherhead are in 15th.
Harrow Borough 4 – 2 Lowestoft Town
Harrow grabbed the points in a goal-fest at Earlsmead. Joshua Webb put ‘Boro in front early-on, though Ross Jarvis equalised for Lowie almost immediately. Harrow took command though as Steve Brown and a brace from Sahr Kabba put Steve Baker’s men 4-1 up. Harvey Hodd got a consolation for Town, who fall to 8th place. Harrow rise to 19th spot with this, their third league win on-the-trot.
Havant & Waterlooville 1 – 1 Kingstonian
Kingstonian were denied a important win late-on by Havant at West Leigh Park. Joe Turner put the K’s ahead midway through the first half, though Havant struck with minutes to spare as substitute Mat Paterson grabbed a point for the Hawks. Havant lost ground on the top two though, but stay third, four points off the leaders. The K’s sit 10th, just three points from the top five.
Leiston 1 – 1 Enfield Town
Leiston struck late-on to snatch a draw at Victory Road. Scott Shulton put the visitors ahead just past the hour mark, though Matt Blake moments from time for the home side. Leiston sit 5th in the table, whilst Enfield are 7th, just two points behind today’s opponents.
Merstham 2 – 2 Burgess Hill Town
Merstham were denied late-on by a spirited comeback by the Hillians at Moatside. Dan Bennett & Dan Hector put Merstham in a good position though in injury time, James Richmond and Billy Medlock grabbed a point for Ian Chapman’s men. Merstham are in 20th spot, just two points ahead of the bottom four. Burgess Hill are in 18th spot, just two points above today’s opponents.
Met Police 0 – 1 Bognor Regis Town
High-flying Bognor pinched the win late-on at Imber Court. Oscar Hayens Brown, brought on as a late substitute, got the only goal. Met Police are in 21st place, two points from safety, whilst Bognor go top, level on points with Needham Market.
Staines Town 3 – 2 Hendon
Staines picked up the win at Wheatsheaf Park. Hendon took the lead early-on through Casey Maclaren. Though after the break, the Swans picked it up as Afolabi Coker and a brace from Adrian Clifton, all inside eleven minutes put them 3-1 up. Dave Diedhiou got Hendon’s second goal in injury-time. Staines are 12th spot, whilst Hendon are 22nd, two points from safety, having failed to win in their last 8 league matches.
Worthing 3 – 0 Tonbridge Angels
The Rebels picked the three points in a bad-tempered match at Woodside Road. Tonbridge defender Ugo Udogi saw red before the half-hour mark for a foul on Worthing hot-shot Omar Bugiel, who converted the resulting spot-kick. Tonbridge were reduced to nine men after Nick Wheeler received his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident, which slightly bizarrely saw Rebels substitute Brannon O’Neill sent off, as well as Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm. In the second-half, Bugiel converted another penalty and Zack Newton sealed the points for Gary Elphick and Jon Meeney’s men. This was Worthing’s fourth consecutive win and lifts them to 9th place, three points from the play-offs. Tonbridge fall to 6th, one point behind the top five.
Ryman Division North
New Year’s Eve
Brentwood Town 0 – 1 AFC Hornchurch
Brentwood Town endured a frustrating afternoon, as a Leon McKenzie penalty was enough to grab the win for the Urchins. Sam Owusu saw red as well for dissent following the penalty decision. Unfortunately for Tony Ievoli’s men, Brentwood have lost nine out of their last ten league matches now, and sit 22nd in the table. Hornchurch go back into the top five with this win, unbeaten in their last ten league matches.
Brightlingsea Regent 2 – 1 Heybridge Swifts
Regent came from behind to grab the three points at North Road. Adam Yusuff put Heybridge ahead just after the half-hour mark, though Robbie Rees equalised to ensure it was level going into the break. George Doyle won it for James Webster’s men midway through the second period. Regent rise to 7th place, whilst Heybridge stay 19th.
Cheshunt 0 – 1 Bowers & Pitsea
Bowers maintained their imperious end to 2016 with a narrow win at Theobalds Lane. An early David Knight goal was enough to complete their 9th consecutive league win. Rob Small’s men go back into 3rd place in the table. Cheshunt fall to 8th place.
Maldon & Tiptree 3 – 0 VCD Athletic
Kevin Horlock’s men secured a comfortable win at that fortress that is the Wallace Binder Ground. Goals from Adam Mills, Liam Nash (pen) and Tarryn Allarakhia were enough to secure the Jammers tenth consecutive home league win. Maldon stay top of Ryman North, two points clear of Thurrock in second. VCD fall to 15th place.
Norwich Utd 2 – 0 Witham Town
Second-half goals from Tim Henery and Liam Jackson secured the win for John Edridge’s men at Plantation Park. Witham also saw Michael Osei sent off late on. Norwich Utd rise above today’s opponents into 12th place. Witham are now 13th.
Phoenix Sports 1 – 3 Romford
Romford pulled out an impressive win at Phoenix Sports Ground. Boro’ hot-shot Chinedu McKenzie gave the visitors the lead early-on, Michael Power soon equalised though for Phoenix. McKenzie added two more goals for complete his hat-trick and three valuable points for Paul Martin’s men. Phoenix are in 11th place, whilst Romford are in 18th place, eight points clear of the bottom three.
Thurrock 3 – 0 Great Wakering Rovers
Mark Stimson’s Thurrock swept aside struggling Wakering at Ship Lane. Goals from Jordan Clark (pen), Joe Christou and Perry Dunn sealed the Fleet’s 8th consecutive league win. Thurrock stay 2nd in the table, whilst Wakering are 23rd, five points from safety.
Tilbury 1 – 5 Thamesmead Town
Thamesmead thumped the Dockers at Chadfields. A Billy Willis OG gave ‘Mead an early lead though two goals in four minutes from Anidugbe and Teniola gave the visitors a comfortable lead. A penalty from Tony Martin got one back for Tilbury though ‘Mead added two more to complete the rout, Knight and Anidugbe bagging his second of the afternoon. Tilbury are in 10th place, whilst Thamesmead who have won their last four away league matches now, sit 16th.
Waltham Abbey 0 – 0 Soham Town Rangers
The Abbotts secured a valuable point at Capershotts, bringing to an end a run of five consecutive league defeats. Abbey sit in 20th place in the table, three points clear of the bottom three. Soham are 17th.
Ware 0 – 1 Dereham Town
A solitary goal from Joe Gatting was enough to secure all three points for the visitors at Wodson Park. Ware have now lost five league matches on the trot, residing in 21st place, two points ahead of the bottom three. Dereham rise to 14th spot.
Happy New Year, check back very soon for the last of these Festive Fixture Round-up’s in Ryman Premier & Ryman North, going through the matches taking place on Monday 2nd January ’17.