Ryman Premier Division & Division North Round-up – Saturday March 11th 2017

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

Hello & welcome to a round-up of action that took place in the Ryman League Premier Division & Ryman League Division North today (Saturday March 11th)

Ryman League Premier Division

Billericay Town   4   –  0  Burgess Hill Town

Billericay defeated Burgess Hill at the New Lodge with a splendid second-half display. After the break, braces from Rob Swaine and Billy Bricknell grabbed all three points for Glenn Tamplin’s side. ‘Ricay have now won six home league matches in-a-row and sit in 9th place, one of four sides on 57 points, six points behind the play-off spots. Burgess Hill’s 5th league defeat in six matches sees them drop to 19th spot, just two points ahead of the bottom four.

Canvey Island  3  –  1  Grays Athletic

The Islanders picked up a big win against fellow strugglers Grays at Park Lane. Grays took the lead just before the half-hour through Nathan Campbell’s goal, though Canvey responded as George Sykes scored two in just three minutes soon afterward. Frankie Merrifield secured the win right at the death. Danny Heale’s men rise to 18th place, four points clear of the bottom four after their 4th win on-the-trot. Grays stay bottom of the table, though are now 9 points from safety.

Dulwich Hamlet 5   –  0   Merstham

Dulwich powered to a thumping win at Champion Hill in front of more than 1,500 fans. Nathan Green put Hamlet ahead early-on, before Gavin Tomlin grabbed a brace to put the hosts 3-0 up at the break. After the break, goals from Dipo Akinyemi & Panutche Camara sealed the points. Gavin Rose’s men sit in 7th place, six points off the play-off spots & are now unbeaten in five league matches. Merstham fall to 20th spot after this heavy loss, just a point clear of AFC Sudbury in the relegation places.

Folkestone Invicta  1  –  0    Wingate & Finchley

A solitary goal from Joe Taylor early-on secured a big win for Invicta over play-off chasing Wingate at the Fullicks Stadium. Invicta rise to 15th place, five points clear of the bottom four after their first win in four league matches. Wingate are in 5th place, though have five teams closing in on them for that last play-off spot.

Harrow Borough   2  –  2    Worthing

Out-of-form Worthing came from behind twice to hold Harrow at Earlsmead. Francis Babalola put the hosts ahead early-on, before Charlie Williamson levelled for the Rebels. Marc Charles-Smith put Harrow back in-front just before the break. On the hour mark, Dan Summers once again levelled for Worthing as they grabbed a draw. Harrow drop to 17th place, four points ahead of the bottom four. Worthing stay 13th, ten points clear of the relegation zone as they ended a run of six straight league defeats.

Havant & Waterlooville   6   –   0     AFC Sudbury

Promotion-chasing Havant demolished struggling Sudbury at West Leigh Park. Ryan Woodford put the Hawks ahead just before half-time. After the break, Havant ran riot as Bradley Tarbuck and Theo Lewis put the home side 3-0 up by the hour mark. Tarbuck grabbed a further two in six minutes (one from the spot) to complete his hat-track late-on before Alfie Rutherford’s goal put more gloss on a big win for Lee Bradbury’s men. Havant go top of the table, a point ahead of Bognor Regis after their 5th win in 6 league matches. Sudbury’s 8th straight loss away from home in the league leaves them in 20th spot, a point from safety.

Leatherhead   3   –  2      Hendon

Jimmy Bullard’s men fought back to earn a hard-fought win at Fetcham Grove. An OG from Paul Semakula put Hendon ahead on 10 minutes, before Matt Ball doubled the visitors’ lead just before half-time. After the break, D’Sean Theobalds pulled one back six minutes into the second period. Striker Daniel Carr grabbed a five-minute brace (one from the spot) to turn the tables & grab all three points for the relegation-battling Tanners. Leatherhead rise to 22nd spot, still three points from safety. Fellow strugglers Hendon drop to 23rd, also three points from safety.

Leiston  1  –  1   Bognor Regis Town

Bognor struck late to grab a point at fellow high-flyers Leiston. Bognor were reduced to ten men as Chad Field saw red ten minutes from the end. Leiston took advantage & went ahead through Tom Bullard with six minutes left. Then right at the death, Jimmy Wild levelled to grab a point for Jamie Howell’s side. Leiston stay 6th in the table, four points away from the play-off spots. Bognor fall to 2nd, a point behind Havant though are six points ahead of 3rd-placed Needham Market.

Lowestoft Town  1  –  0     Kingstonian

Lowestoft continued their recent good form with a narrow win at Crown Meadow. Jake Reed’s early goal sealed the win in front of more than 500 fans. Lowie’s 4th league win in-a-row helps them sit in 11th spot, 9 points from the play-off places. Kingstonian’s 5th loss in seven league matches sees them fall to 16th spot, four points ahead of the bottom four.

Metropolitan Police  0   –  2     Harlow Town

Play-off chasing Harlow grabbed an important win at Imber Court. A second-half quick-fire double from Mario Noto and Alex Read made sure of the points for the Hawks. The Met Police stay 12th, 7 points ahead of the bottom four. Harlow are in 10th spot, six points off the play-off spots.

Needham Market   1   –  3       Enfield Town

Enfield grabbed a big win against out-of-form Needham Market at Bloomfields. The home side’s afternoon started badly as in the opening moments, an OG from Keiran Morphew put the visitors ahead, before Harold Joseph doubled the lead after just 12 minutes. The Towners were three ahead on the half-hour as Samir Bihmoutine struck. Needham pulled one back through defender Ian Miller just past the hour mark. Needham are in 3rd place, though are now 7 points off leaders Havant. Enfield are in 8th spot, six points off the play-offs after their first win in four league matches.

Staines Town   1   –   1     Tonbridge Angels

Mid-table Staines held play-off chasing Tonbridge at Wheatsheaf Park. The Swans went ahead on the half-hour through Jonanthan Hippolyte’s goal. Tonbridge levelled eight minutes into the second half, thanks to Nick Wheeler’s goal. Staines are now unbeaten in five league matches, and reside in 12th place, ten points clear of the bottom four. Tonbridge stay in 4th place, a point clear of Wingate & Finchley in 5th.


Ryman League Division North

Aveley  2  –  0  Soham Town Rangers

The Millers continued their impressive run at home against struggling Soham at Mill Field. Early on, Jeremiah Maja gave Aveley the lead. With 15 minutes left, Dan Odamo sealed the points for Terry Spillane’s side. Aveley are in 10th spot, 9 points off the play-off spots. As for Soham, their long winless run goes on & they now fall into the bottom three, into 22nd spot & a point from safety.

Brentwood Town  3  – 0    Dereham Town

Brentwood won their first match since (perhaps surprisingly) parting company with Tony Ievoli this week. Craig Shipman was in caretaker charge for the first time as they defeated mid-table Dereham at the Brentwood Arena. A penalty from Lamar Reynolds put the Blues ahead just past the half-hour. After the break, Andy Freeman doubled the lead on the hour mark, before another penalty from Reynolds late on secured a big three points. Brentwood rise out of the bottom three, into 21st spot & are a point clear of Soham in 22nd. Dereham drop to 14th place and barring a dire finishing run, look set to remain in this division next season.

Bury Town  2  –  1  Tilbury

Bury Town pinched the win at the death against fellow mid-table outfit Tilbury at Ram Meadow. Noel Aitkens put the hosts ahead early-on. With just four minutes left of normal time, Kurt Smith levelled and the Dockers may have thought they’d grab a point. Not to be though as well into injury-time, Ryan Jolland grabbed the winner. Bury stay 11th, though are 12 points off the play-off places. Tilbury drop to 13th spot, with any play-off challenge looking unlikely.

Cheshunt   3  – 1  Maldon & Tiptree

Play-off chasing Cheshunt picked up a huge win against high-flying Maldon at Theobalds Lane. After the break, Liam Hope put the hosts ahead, before Jason Hallett doubled the lead just before the hour mark. Hallett grabbed his second to make the points safe. Maldon got a consolation on 90 minutes through Kyle Hammond. Cheshunt 8th win in ten league matches sees them stay 5th, a point clear of Haringey Borough. Maldon stay 2nd but are now six points behind leaders Brightlingsea.

Great Wakering Rovers  1  –  3    Witham Town

Struggling Wakering endured another difficult afternoon against mid-table Witham at Burroughs Park. The visitors took the lead through Nathan Koranteng just past the half-hour. Scott Kemp doubled Witham’s advantage, six minutes from half-time. Wakering’s task got even harder as they were reduced to ten men as Stephen Butterworth saw red just before the break. Kemp made the points safe just three minutes after the interval. Witham were also reduced to ten men as Tim Monsheju got his marching orders just past the hour. Wakering got a consolation through Harley Kee though their long winless stretch continues. Rovers stay 23rd, though are now 13 points from safety and look bound for the Essex Senior League next season. Witham’s 1st win in 5 league matches sees them rise to 12th spot.

Heybridge Swifts   1   –  4     Haringey Borough

In-form Haringey pulled off a convincing win at Heybridge. Anthony McDonald put the visitors ahead on 19 minutes. Just before the break, Chris Benjamin nabbed a quick-fire brace to put Tom Loizou’s side 3-0 up. Luke Hornsley pulled one back for the hosts four minutes into the second half. Late on, substitute Gabriel Royston put further gloss on a great win for the Borough. Heybridge stay in 19th place, six points ahead of the bottom three. Haringey rise to 6th spot, just a point behind the play-off spots after their 8th win in ten league matches.

Phoenix Sports     1  –  0    Bowers & Pitsea

Phoenix Sports narrowly defeated Bowers to pick up their 4th league win in five matches. The hosts were reduced to ten men just past the hour as Jack Hopkins saw red. Though despite this, a late winner from Ashley Probets grabbed all 3 points for Steve O’Boyle’s side. Phoenix are in 9th place, six points off the top five. Bowers fall to 7th spot, two points off the top five.

Thamesmead Town   2  – 2   VCD Athletic

VCD came from behind to hold Thamesmead in the battle of the sides in lower mid-table. After the break, Victor Zapata Caicedo put the visitors ahead. Just shy of the hour mark, Alex Teniola levelled for ‘Mead before Paul Vines grabbed the lead for the hosts on 65 minutes. Caicedo struck again late on to snatch a point. Thamesmead fall to 16th spot, 14 points clear of the bottom three. VCD rise to 17th, 8 points clear of the bottom three.

Thurrock   0  –  1  Norwich Utd

Play-off chasing Norwich Utd picked up a big win at Ship Lane. Christy Finch got the only goal, just past the half hour. Thurrock drop to 4th place. Norwich Utd are in 8th spot, six points away from the top five.

Waltham Abbey   0  –  3   Brightlingsea Regent

Brightlingsea picked up what could be a crucial win at Capershotts. Billy Hunt gave Regent the lead mid-way through the first half. Waltham’s task against the leaders got harder when Jack Daveney saw red for two bookings before half-time. After the break, goals from hot-shots Aaron Condon and Tom Richardson sealed the win. Waltham Abbey drop to 18th place, seven points clear of the bottom three.

Ware   0  –  2   AFC Hornchurch

In-form AFC Hornchurch grabbed another win at Wodson Park. First-half goals from Leon McKenzie & Kenzer Lee sealed the points for Jim McFarlane’s side. Ware are now winless in seven league matches and remain 20th, just three points clear of the bottom three. The Urchins’ 5th win in six league matches sees them rise to 3rd spot, 9 points off leaders Brightlingsea.

Wroxham   1  – 2   Romford

Romford came from behind to pinch a win at struggling Wroxham. Connor Deeks put Wroxham ahead on 20 minutes. Two minutes after the re-start, Boro’ hot-shot Chinedu McKenzie levelled for Paul Martin’s side. Then with just moments remaining, Ayodeji Olukoga grabbed all three points. Wroxham have suffered seven straight league defeats and remain bottom, 14 points from safety. Romford rise to 15th place, 15 points clear of the bottom three and should remain in this division next season.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed it.


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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