Ryman Premier Division & Division North Round-up – Mon 2nd January 2017

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

As the festive Football fixture programme concludes, here’s a round-up of the Ryman Premier & Division North matches that took place on 2nd January, the first matches of 2017.

Ryman Premier Division

AFC Sudbury 1  –  1 Lowestoft Town

Sudbury were denied a morale-boosting win late-on at King’s Marsh. Dylan Williams opened the scoring at the start of the second period, though Lowie snatched a point with moments remaining through top-scorer Jake Reed. Sudbury haven’t won in their last four league matches now, sitting in 16th spot. Lowie fall to 9th spot, only four points off the top five.

Billericay Town  2 –  1 Tonbridge Angels

Craig Edwards’ men hit back late-on to defeat Tonbridge at New Lodge. Luke Blewden gave the Angels the lead early-on. With minutes remaining, Goldy Capela and Billy Bricknell scored as ‘Ricay grabbed all three points. Before today, Billericay hadn’t won in five home league matches. They sit 14th in the table. Tonbridge fall to 7th.

Dulwich Hamlet 2  –  1 Hendon

In-form Dulwich triumphed over Hendon in front of more than 1,000 fans at Champion Hill. Ashley Carew put Hamlet a goal up midway through the first half. Kenny Beaney doubled the lead just after the hour mark, though Hendon pulled one back through Reis Stanislaus 20 minutes from time. Dulwich, who now have only lost one of their last ten league matches, are in 4th place, four points of the leaders. Hendon by contrast, have lost their last six league matches and sit 22nd, three points from safety.

Folkestone Invicta  3  –  1  Burgess Hill Town

Folkestone got an important win against Burgess Hill at the Fullicks Stadium. Frankie Chappell put the home side ahead on the quarter-hour. The Hillians equalised just before the hour through Billy Medlock though a Joe Taylor brace sealed the points for Invicta & their first league win in six matches. Folkestone are 13th, whilst Burgess Hill remain 18th.

Harlow Town 2  –  2  Canvey Island

Harlow were held by lowly Canvey at the Harlow Arena. Alex Read and Khale da Costa put the hosts two-up at the break. Canvey roared back straight after the restart as two goals in eight minutes from George Sykes and Ryan Blackman levelled the match. Harlow reside in 11th spot, whilst Canvey inch off the bottom into 23rd spot, still four points from safety.

Harrow Borough 1  – 5 Enfield Town

Enfield blitzed Harrow at Earlsmead. Goals from Scott Shulton, Billy Crook and Dernell Wynter put the visitors three up before half-time. Ricky Gabriel and Harry Ottaway completed the blitz before Sahr Kabba got a consolation for ‘Boro. Harrow are 19th, whilst Enfield rise to 6th place, two points away from the top five, having lost only one of their last eight away league matches.

Havant & Waterlooville 1  –  1  Wingate & Finchley

Havant were held to their third 1-1 league draw in-a-row by Wingate at West Leigh Park. Matt Patterson put the Hawks in front just past the half-hour. Wingate’s chances of salvaging anything from this match were hit when Reece Beckles-Richards received a straight-red card midway through the second-half. Regardless, ex-Dagenham youngster Tommy Tejan-Sie nabbed a late leveller. Havant remain 3rd in the table. Wingate rise to 17th spot, two points clear of the bottom four.

Leiston 5 – 1  Needham Market

Leiston continued their great home form by brushing aside Needham Market at Victory Road. Goals from Gareth Heath and Byron Lawrence (2) made sure they were 3-0 up at the break. The home side sealed the win thanks to further goals by Patrick Brothers and Niko Muir-Merchant before the hour mark. Luke Ingram got a consolation for Needham though they were well beaten here. Leiston remain 5th, whereas Needham fall to 2nd place after their first defeat in seven league matches.

Merstham 0  –  0  Leatherhead

Strugglers Merstham held Leatherhead at Moatside Stadium in this low-key affair. Hayden Bird’s men extend their winless run to five league matches though and are 20th in the table, out of the bottom four only on goal difference. The Tanners fall to 15th spot.

Metropolitan Police 1 – 0  Kingstonian

Jim Cooper’s men picked up a narrow win at Imber Court. A penalty from Charlie Collins was enough for all three points. Met Police, who’ve now won 5 out of their last 6 home league matches, sit in 21st spot. Kingstonian fall to 12th spot in the table, six points away from the top five.

Staines Town  3  –  0   Grays Athletic 

Unfortunately for Jamie Stuart’s men, there were no away-day heroics for Grays in this match as Staines picked up their second home win in succession at Wheatsheaf Park. Goals from Wadah Ahmidi, Mohamed Bettamer (pen) and Afolabi Coker sealed the points for Johnson Hippolyte’s side who rise to 8th spot, just four points off the top five. Grays fall back to the foot of the table, four points from safety.

Worthing  1  – 1  Bognor Regis Town

Worthing continued their good recent run, holding high-flyers Bognor Regis in front of more than 1,700 fans at Woodside Road. Jimmy Wild put the Rocks in front just past the half-hour bark. Though, Worthing hot-shot Omar Bugiel netted once again soon after the interval to grab a decent point for his side. Worthing are now unbeaten in six league matches, residing in 10th place, whilst Bognor go top, a point clear of Needham Market.


Ryman Division North

Aveley  0  –  2 Thamesmead Town

Thamesmead continued their fine recent form with a good win at play-off chasing Aveley. Paul Vines (pen) and Ellis Brown goals sealed the points. Aveley drop out of the top five, down to 6th spot. Thamesmead, who’ve won 7 out of their last 8 league matches rise to 15th place.

Bowers & Pitsea  1  –  5 Witham Town

Bowers’ superb recent run came to a shuddering halt as Witham secured an impressive win at the Len Salmon Stadium. Ryan Imbert put the visitors ahead early-on. Bowers levelled as Tyler Hayes put into his own net. 1 -1 at half-time. Witham profited from Bowers perhaps didn’t take their chances, Town certainly did though as goals from Max Bradford, Nathan Koranteng (pen), Usman Adeniji and Tim Monsheju sealed a cracking win for Adam Flint’s side. Bowers stay 3rd in the table on goal difference, whilst Witham are in 13th place.

Brentwood Town  1 – 2   Heybridge Swifts

Heybridge broke Brentwood hearts late-on at the Brentwood Arena. Nicholas Brown put Swifts in front just after the break, though Ben Sampayo put his side level on the hour. Billy Rees received his marching orders late-on before Heybridge took advantage thanks to Adam Yussuf to grab all three points. The Blues have now lost their last six home league matches, sitting in 22nd spot – five points from safety. Heybridge pull further clear of the bottom three, residing in 19th place.

Brightlingsea Regent  3  –  0  Wroxham

Regent continued their excellent home form with improved second-half display at North Road. Phil Kelly and a Aaron Condon brace sealed the win. Brightlingsea, who have only lost twice in their last ten league matches, rise to 5th spot. Struggling Wroxham stay bottom, now ten points from safety.

Bury Town 2  – 1  Dereham Town

Bury came from behind to defeat the Magpies at Ram Meadow. Joe Gatting scored for the visitors for the second match running, to give Dereham an early lead. In the second half, Bury got the win courtesy of two goals in ten minutes, thanks to Ollie Hughes and Tevan Allen. Bury are now unbeaten in five league matches and sit 4th, whilst Dereham are in 14th place.

Cheshunt  0  –  2 Waltham Abbey

Out-of-form Abbey picked up a rare win at Theobalds Lane. Goals from Rimmel Daniel and Michael Spencer sealed the three points. Cheshunt fall to 9th place. Abbey remain 20th, having got their first win in seven league matches here.

Maldon & Tiptree 2  – 0   Haringey Borough

Maldon continued their imperious home form with victory at the Wallace Binder Group Stadium. Haringey were reduced to ten men before half-time, Ben Adams the man to go after two yellow cards. After the break, the hosts took advantage as goals from Tyler Brampton and hot-shot Liam Nash (pen) grabbed another three points. Maldon extend their lead at the top to five points. Haringey fall to 11th spot.

Norwich Utd  2  – 1    Soham Town Rangers

Despite playing the second-half with 10 men, Norwich Utd battled to victory at Plantation Park. Soham took the lead just after the half-hour as Luke Brown scored a penalty. Angus Mackie saw red just as the 2nd half got underway. The Planters refused to give in though as Andy Eastaugh levelled midway through the 2nd half, then only minutes later Christy Finch got the winner. Norwich Utd are in 12th spot, whilst Soham are in 17th place, now winless in their last five league matches.

Phoenix Sports 4  –  0  VCD Athletic

Phoenix secured a big win against out-of-form VCD at Phoenix Sports Ground. A brace from Michael Power plus goals from Christie Pattison and Theo Fairweather-Johnson sealed a first home win in eight league matches. Phoenix rise to 8th in the table. VCD’s woes were compounded as Derek Duncan was sent off 20 minutes from time & have now only won two of the last ten league matches & fall to 16th place.

Tilbury  1   –  1 Great Wakering Rovers

Struggling Wakering battled for a point at Chadfields. Kurt Smith put the Dockers ahead on-the-hour. Though Rovers responded just ten minutes later through Ricky Evans to seal a creditable draw. Tilbury fall to 10th place, whilst Rovers stay 22nd, seven points from safety.

Ware 3  – 0 Romford

Ware left it late but picked up an morale-boosting win at Wodson Park. Goals from Gareth Price, Dean Mason (pen) and substitute Laurance Vaughan sealed it for Ken Charlery’s men. This was Ware’s first league win in six matches. They sit 21st, five points clear of the bottom three. Romford, who won their previous three away league matches before today, sit 18th.


So that’s it for the main Festive programme for another year, and also this trilogy of round-up’s from me. Many thanks for reading.


Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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