Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to another season of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the first action of the regular season.
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Saturday 11th August
Aveley 6 – 0 Dereham Town | Venue: Parkside | Att: 288
Aveley smashed past Dereham on opening day in a match which featured no fewer than six different goalscorers. Harry Gibbs [16′] and George Doyle [34′] got the party going before after the break, Freddie Gard [57′], Alex Akrofi [61′], Andy Freeman [64′] plus a Tom Richardson penalty two minutes afterward sealed a memorable day for James Webster’s side. Town will no doubt be looking to forget this horror-show quickly.
Canvey Island 1 – 0 Barking | Venue: Park Lane | Att: 253
The Islanders edged a battle of two top-half sides from last season at Park Lane. Mitchell Gilbey’s strike on 18 minutes was the difference for Danny Heale’s men as they look to go one better than last term – promotion.
Coggeshall Town 0 – 0 Bowers & Pitsea | Att: 242
Bowers introduced much-fancied Coggeshall to the rigours of Isthmian League football and held them in this stalemate. Both sides will look to be among the top six come season’s end.
Felixstowe & Walton Utd 3 – 1 Bury Town | Venue: The Goldstar Gound | Att: 567
Early firepower from the Bostik newcomers Felixstowe & Walton assisted them to a good win here. New signing Rhys Henry bagged the opener just five minutes in and it stayed that way at the break. Miles Powell [49′] and Rhys Barber [53′] strikes put the hosts in a strong position and although Town pulled one back on 64 minutes through Ryan Horne it wasn’t enough to rescue the match.
Heybridge Swifts 2 – 0 Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Scraley Road | Att: 214
Heybridge started their campaign well thanks to goals from Sam Bantick on the hour and Luke Callander [79′] as Jody Brown’s side look to build on the impetus of last season’s stand-out campaign.
Mildenhall Town 1 – 1 Maldon & Tiptree | Att: 205
The Hall recovered sharply after falling behind to claim a share of the spoils. Decarrey Sheriff broke the deadlock with 15 minutes left though the hosts only needed four minutes before Luke Butcher levelled. A point each is how it finished.
Romford 3 – 0 Great Wakering Rovers | Rookery Hill | Att: 116
Paul martin’s side started their campaign with a very encouraging victory at the expense of Wakering at their new ‘home’ of Rookery Hill. The hosts were two goals up inside ten minutes as Kris Newby [5′] and Jonathon Nzengo [9′] struck. Jake Gordon missed a penalty on the half-hour for the visitors and on 73 minutes, Ex-Barkingside forward Roddy Lemba secured the points for Boro.
Tilbury 0 – 4 AFC Sudbury | Chadfields | Att: 120
The Suds powered to victory with a strong display. Billy Holland struck first five minutes before half-time before Phil kelly doubled that advantage ten minutes after the restart. Further goals by Callum Harrison on the hour and Darryl Coakley [80′] sealed the deal for the visitors.
Witham Town 0 – 2 Grays Athletic | Spa Road | Att: 144
Grays struck early-doors to assist them in a decent victory against Witham and their new boss Mark Ashford. New signings Shomari barnwell [3′] & Mitch Hahn [17′] provided the goals as they put in a good display as they look to improve on last season’s mid-table fiinish.