Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to another, bonus round-up of action that took place in the Ryman League Division North on Easter Monday (Mon 17th April) & after the results, check out the latest table to see where your side is, before the final day of league season on Saturday.
Aveley 1 – 0 AFC Hornchurch Attendance: 413
Aveley defeated Hornchurch in their final league match at Mill Field. Jeremiah Maja’s goal nine minutes before the break was enough for Aveley to give their treasured home a fitting send-off. The Urchins were reduced to ten men after Joe Clark was sent off for two bookings. The Millers are now unbeaten in eight league matches and rise to 6th place, three points off the top five. Hornchurch’s hopes of finishing third took a knock as they drop to 4th spot. They must better Thurrock’s result to pinch 3rd and with it, get a Home draw in the play-off semi-finals.
Brentwood Town 1 – 0 Witham Town Attendance: 160
Brentwood secured their place in the division next season with this battling win at the Brentwood Arena. Harrison Georgiou got the solitary goal on 17 minutes. Congratulations to Craig Shipman & his men as a run of only one defeat in their last eight league matches has got them to safety, rising to 17th spot, five points clear of the danger zone. Witham’s season is petering out, having lost four league matches on-the-trot now, though they remain 13th.
Brightlingsea Regent 3 – 1 Dereham Town Attendance: 272
Brightlingsea received the Ryman North trophy after the match as they continued their relentless form with victory at North Road. Tom Richardson put Regent ahead just five minutes in, before a penalty from fellow hot-shot Aaron Condon just after the half-hour doubled their lead. Dereham pulled one back through Adam Smith’s goal just before the break. Just after the hour, substitute Russell Malton sealed the points for James Webster’s championship-winning side. Regent’s 7th straight league win sees them pass the 100-point barrier. Dereham’s winless league run extends to seven matches now, falling to 16th spot.
Bury Town 1 – 1 Soham Town Rangers Attendance: 344
A bumper crowd saw Bury come from behind to hold relegation-threatened Soham at Ram Meadow. Hot-shot Sam Mulready struck again to give Soham the lead on the half-hour, before Josh Mayhew levelled for Town just before the hour. Bury are now unbeaten in five league matches, remaining in 11th place. Soham remain in a precarious position, falling to 21st place, two points clear of the last relegation spot, knowing only a win in their last match will guarantee to keep them up.
Maldon & Tiptree 2 – 1 Heybridge Swifts Attendance: 252
Maldon defeated strugglers Heybridge late-on at Park Drive. Maldon hot-shot Sam Newson put his side ahead on 19 minutes. Ten minutes after the break, substitute Lewis Godbold levelled for Swifts. Though as the final whistle was beckoning, Maldon’s Liam Nash struck to break the visitors’ hearts. Maldon are heading for the play-offs in good form, unbeaten in their last five league matches and will finish the league season 2nd. The story is quite different for Jody Brown’s men as they fall into the drop zone into 22nd spot, two points from safety, knowing only a win at home to Phoenix Sports will give them any chance of staving off relegation.
Norwich Utd 2 – 0 Wroxham Attendance: 205
Norwich Utd defeated lowly Wroxham at Plantation Park. Late goals from Shaun Wones and Adam Hipperson secured the win. Norwich rise to 8th place though despite the win, other results going against them means the Planters can’t make the play-offs now but it’s still been a fine season for John Edridge’s men.
Phoenix Sports 0 – 2 Thamesmead Town Attendance: 147
Thamesmead pulled off a great win at the Phoenix Sports Ground to secure their place in the division next season. Second-half goals from Ellis Green (pen) and Alex Teniola secured the points for Tommy Warrilow’s men. Phoenix’s third straight league defeat means their late play-off charge is over due to an vastly inferior goal difference compared to Haringey, falling to 7th place. Thamesmead’s first win in six league matches propels them to 15th place.
Thurrock 2 – 0 Romford Attendance: 173
Thurrock’s red-hot form continued, defeating Romford at Ship Lane. Michael Pindy put the home side ahead just three minutes in, before Mark Onyemah doubled the lead on 65 minutes. Mark Stimson’s side are now unbeaten in six league matches, rising to 3rd place, leapfrogging Hornchurch. Romford’s fourth straight league loss sees them remain 14th.
Tilbury 5 – 2 VCD Athletic Attendance: 62
Tilbury ended their season at Chadfields with a flourishing win. By the half-hour mark they were three ahead, with Ryan Melaugh opening the scoring early on before a Emiel Aiken brace extended their lead. After the break, a rapid six-minute brace from Victor Zapata Caicedo cut their arrears to one, though Danny Norton struck on 56’ and late on, Connor Mead added a fifth to see Gary Henty’s men home. Tilbury remain 12th after only their 2nd win in their last seven league matches. VCD slip to 18th spot though they are safe from relegation.
Waltham Abbey 0 – 2 Haringey Borough Attendance: 148
Play-off chasing Haringey continued their near-imperious form to grab a vital win at Capershotts. A first-half brace from hot-shot Rolston Gabriel was enough to seal the win. Abbey still need a point to secure their place in the division next season, they drop to 19th place. Haringey’s 7th league win in their last ten sees them strengthen their grip on 5th place, only needing a point in their final match to definitely be in the end-of-season play-off mix.
Ware 4 – 1 Cheshunt Attendance: 141
Ware powered to an impressive win over Cheshunt at Wodson Park to leap out of the relegation places. Murat Karagul’s goal early-on put the hosts ahead. After the break, Cheshunt hot-shot Jason Hallett levelled before two goals In four minutes just after the hour from Josh Oyibo and Ahmed Mohammed put Ware two goals ahead. A late goal from substitute Brian Haule sealed a priceless three points. Ware’s 4th league win on-the-trot, sees them out of the bottom three, into 20th spot, knowing a point will keep them in the Isthmian North next season. Cheshunt’s 3rd straight league loss sees them stay in 10th place.
Tuesday Night Result
Bowers & Pitsea 5 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers Attendance: 197
Bowers held off a spirited effort from relegated Wakering to still (just about) be in the play-off race at the Len Salmon Stadium. A double in the first 20 minutes by hot-shot Brad Warner put Bowers two goals ahead, though Ricky Evans pulled one back for Iain O’Connell’s side. Bowers got another just after the half hour through Fahad Nyanja. Seven minutes fter the break, Warner completed his hat-trick before making it four goals on the night on 66 minutes. Billy Johnson grabbed another for the visitors 19 minutes from time though Bowers held on well to grab their first league win in four matches and go back to 6th in the table, three points off Haringey in 5th. Wakering’s fourth loss on the trot leaves them bottom.
|2 (P/O)||Maldon & Tiptree||45||29||4||12||+57||91|
|4 (P/O)||AFC Hornchurch||45||24||13||8||+39||85|
|6||Bowers & Pitsea||45||22||9||14||+33||75|
|21||Soham Town Rangers||45||13||11||21||-17||50|
|R||Great Wakering Rovers||45||6||7||32||-69||25|
Final fixture list (Saturday 22th April 2017 – all 3pm KO’s) – Ryman North
AFC Hornchurch v Bowers & Pitsea Venue: Bridge Avenue
Cheshunt v Brightlingsea Regent Venue: Theobalds Lane
Dereham Town v Tilbury Venue: Aldiss Park
Great Wakering Rovers v Bury Town Venue: Burroughs Park
Haringey Borough v Norwich Utd Venue: Coles Park
Heybridge Swifts v Phoenix Sports Venue: Scraley Road
Romford v Aveley Venue: Ship Lane
Soham Town Rangers v Maldon & Tiptree Venue: Julius Martin Lane
Thamesmead Town v Brentwood Town Venue: Bayliss Avenue
VCD Athletic v Ware Venue: Oakwood
Witham Town v Waltham Abbey Venue: Spa Road
Wroxham v Thurrock Venue: Trafford Park
Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed it. We’ll be back next weekend for the final round-up of the League season in Ryman League Division North.