Ryman League Division North Round-up – Saturday March 25th 2017

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

Hello & welcome to another round-up of action that took place in the Ryman League Division North today (Sat March 25th)

AFC Hornchurch    2   –  0     Norwich Utd                           Attendance: 226

Hornchurch battled to win at Bridge Avenue to fortify their play-off position. Two goals in seven minutes from Martin Tuohy was enough for Jimmy McFarlane’s side to pick up their 6th win in eight league matches and remain 3rd, ten points clear of the pack chasing the play-off positions. Norwich Utd’s 3rd loss in their last five league matches sees them drop to 9th spot, five points off the top five.

Cheshunt    0   –   1      Thurrock                                          Attendance: 151

Mark Stimson’s men ground out an important win against fellow play-off chasers Cheshunt at Theobalds Lane. Glenn Poole scored the only goal of the match on 8 minutes. As the final whistle approached, Cheshunt were reduced to ten men as Tom Bruno saw red. Cheshunt’s 5th loss in their last eight home league matches sees them remain in 6th spot, two points off Haringey in the final play-off spot. As for Fleet, they pull five points clear of Haringey but remain 4th.

Dereham Town       3  –   4       Phoenix Sports                     Attendance: 153

In-form Phoenix edged a cracker at Aldiss Park. Dereham took the lead through Joe Gatting midway through the first period. Just before the break, Michael Power levelled for the visitors. Phoenix then took the lead straight after the break, through hot-shot Theo Fairweather-Johnson. Fairweather-Johnson grabbed his second on the hour to extend Sports’ advantage. Six minutes later, Harley Black grabbed one back for the Magpies, before Rhys Logan levelled ten minutes after that. The vistors would not be denied though as Christie Pattison got the winner with five minutes left. Dereham are now winless in three league matches, falling to 14th place. Phoenix by contrast rise to 7th spot, two points off the top five after their sixth win in their last seven league matches.

Great Wakering Rovers     3   –    3     Waltham Abbey         Attendance: 94

Wakering produced a blistering second-half comeback to grab a point at Burroughs Park, though relegation to the Essex Senior League was confirmed for Rovers. Waltham Abbey took the lead through Billy Holland just shy of the quarter-hour. Arian Retkoceri doubled the lead three minutes before half-time. Two minutes after the break, Romaric Logon put Abbey 3-0 up. Though the Wakering spirit showed once again, as Jake Gordon & Scott Pethers grabbed two back in a five-minute salvo just before the hour mark. Stephen Butterworth then got the equaliser with 17 minutes remaining. Though for Wakering, it wasn’t enough as their relegation was confirmed, 17 points adrift of Soham in 21st with just five matches remaining. Abbey are now winless in their last five league matches, dropping to 19th spot, six points above Ware in 22nd.

Haringey Borough       2  –   3           Brghtlingsea Regent       Attendance: 177

Brightlingsea had to battle for an important win again in-form Haringey on the 3G at Coles Park. Josh Gould put Regent ahead just four minutes into the match, before Chris Benjamin levelled for Haringey two minutes shy of the half-hour mark.  Gould struck again three minutes into the second period as Regent re-took the lead, before Billy Hunt put the league leaders 3-1 up. Haringey kept going though as substitute Adrian Markus grabbed another for them 12 minutes from the end. Haringey’s first loss in six league matches sees them remain 5th, though they lose ground on Thurrock above them. Regent’s 9th win in their ten league matches see them maintain a nine-point lead over Maldon at the top, only needing 7 points to wrap up the title & promotion to the Ryman Premier Division.

Heybridge Swifts       2  – 1             Ware                              Attendance: 218

Heybridge struck late-on to record a important win against fellow strugglers Ware at Scraley Road. Ware took the lead through Lee White just past the half-hour mark. Three minutes after the break, Adam Adeoye Yusuff levelled for Jody Brown’s men. With four minutes left, Reece Grant grabbed all three points for Swifts, who aren’t safe from the drop themselves yet, though they do rise to 18th spot,8 points clear of today’s opponents. Ware’s winless streak now stretches to nine league matches, and drop into the 22nd spot, three points behind Soham.

Romford        1  –  0            Bury Town                                  Attendance: 84

Ten-man Romford edged to a good win against fellow mid-table side Bury Town at Ship Lane. On 56 minutes, hot-shot Chinedu McKenzie got the only goal of the game for the home side. Though Romford had to play the last 28 minutes with ten men as Jonathon Adebayo got a straight red card. With Paul Martin’s side grabbing their 4th league win in their last six matches, they rise to 13th place and out of any danger of the drop. Bury’s 7th loss in their last ten league matches keeps them in 11th place.

Soham Town Rangers       2  –  0         Bowers & Pitsea              Attendance: 160

Soham picked up a huge three points at Julius Martin Lane. Just before the break, Sam Mulready gave Soham the lead. On 64 minutes, Luke Brown extended the home side’s lead. Soham rise out of the bottom three into 21st after back-to-back wins, three points clear of Ware. Bowers are now winless in their last three league matches, falling to 8th place, three points off the top five.

Thamesmead Town      0 – 1           Maldon & Tiptree               Attendance: 102

Maldon edged to an important win at Bayliss Avenue. Maldon hot-shot Liam Nash got the only goal seven minutes in. Thamesmead now sit 16th in the table, 11 points clear of the bottom three. Maldon stay 2nd, two points ahead of Hornchurch in 3rd.

VCD Athletic    1  – 1          Brentwood Town                            Attendance: 65

Brentwood fought back to grab a point at Oakwood. VCD took the lead through Mitch Hahn with 12 minutes remaining. Though Brentwood hot-shot Lamar Reynolds salvaged a point for his side with a penalty, four minutes from time. VCD are now unbeaten in five league matches and reside in 17th spot, nine points clear of the relegation line. Brentwood are now unbeaten in their last four league matches, sitting in 20th spot, five points clear of the bottom three.

 Witham Town   2  –  1    Tilbury                             Attendance: 95

Witham fought to a hard-earned win at Spa Road. Ryan Charles put the home side ahead six minutes shy of the break. From the penalty spot, Tony Martin levelled for out-of-form Tilbury just two minutes later. Witham’s Max Bradford struck with 20 minutes left to grab all three points for Adam Flint’s men. Witham’s unbeaten run now sits at five league matches, they remain in 12th place. Tilbury’s poor run continues as they drop to 15th place.

Wroxham      0  –  1     Aveley                                 Attendance: 130

Aveley snatched a late winner at Trafford Park to confirm the end of the Ryman North adventure for the Yachtsmen. On-loan forward Mason Bloomfield got the only goal with ten minutes remaining. Wroxham 9th loss in their last ten league matches confirms their relegation from Ryman Division North as they are 18 points adrift with only five matches left. The Millers strengthen their bid for a top-ten finish with this win, and are seven points behind the top five.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed it. I’m pleased to say this round-up of Ryman League Division North will now continue every Saturday until the end of the league season. Best wishes, S

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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