Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
Hello and welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up series looking at last weekend’s Bostik Division North action, one match of which I was pleased to attend myself. Thanks for reading.
Friday 19th October
Aveley 2 – 1 Basildon Utd | Parkside (3G) | Att: 329
The action began on Friday night as Aveley defeated the Bees for the second time at home in eight days. Alex Akrofi [28’] and Tom Richardson [52’] goals put the hosts ahead though although Eljay Worrell pulled one back for Marc Harrison’s side seven minutes from time, their unbeaten record fell here. Aveley won their sixth match in nine thus far as their season continues to look promising.
AFC Sudbury 1 – 1 Barking | King’s Marsh (3G) | Att: 207
The Suds struck late to deny the Blues a good win at King’s Marsh. Daniel Cheema put Justin Gardner’s side ahead a minute into the second-half though when it looked that goal would be the difference, Callum Harrison’s injury-time spot-kick rescued a point for the hosts.
Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 0 Maldon & Tiptree | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att: 87
This match didn’t unduly trouble the scorers though it was noticeable for three red cards. Despite finishing with nine men, Rob Small’s side still held on to claim a point and maintain their unbeaten start to the season. The Jammers have only lost two of their eight matches thus far themselves as both sides look to build a platform to push on from later in the campaign.
Bury Town 3 – 0 Mildenhall Town | Ram Meadow | Att: 432
Bury produced a fine display to defeat the Hall at Ram Meadow. Ryan Jolland put the hosts ahead on the quarter-hour, followed swiftly by Ollie Hughes’ strike five minutes later to put the hosts in a good place. Ryan Stafford made it three six minutes after the break to hand the hosts their fourth win this term.
Coggeshall Town 3 – 3 Canvey Island | West Street | Att: 148
This ding-dong encounter at West Street ended honours-even. The Islanders drew ‘first blood’ as Frankie Merrifield put them ahead only nine minutes in. Martin Tuohy doubled that lead on 32 minutes though Sam Bantick gave Cogg a crucial goal back, right on the cusp of half-time.
Nnamdi Nwachuku’s strike [69’] made it 2 – 2 though barely after they had finished celebrating, CIFC went 3 – 2 up thanks to Sam Collins though Bantick had the final word with his second of the match with ten minutes remaining. The hosts are six matches unbeaten now in the league, a good achievement as newcomers to the division.
Dereham Town 1 – 0 Romford | Aldiss Park | Att: 156
Dereham picked a much-needed victory with this narrow win over Boro at Aldiss Park. Daniel Beaumont got the only goal on 21 minutes as his side ended a four-match losing streak here.
Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Witham Town | Burroughs Park | Att: 104
I attended this match, you can find my report here: http://www.survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/match-report-great-wakering-2-1-witham-bln-21-10-18/
Heybridge Swifts 3 – 1 Brentwood Town | Scraley Road | Att: 238
Swifts got the better of Town to claim their third straight win. Two goals in quick succession from Matt Price on the quarter-hour plus Kreshnic Krasniqi’s strike [17’] put Julian Dicks’ side ahead though Ryan Mallett reduced the arrears for the visitors on 59 minutes. Harrison Chatting secured the points late on, on the day it was announced the forward has signed a two-year contract with the club.
Soham Town Rangers 1 – 2 Grays Athletic | Julius Martin Lane | Att: 134
Grays picked up a fine away-day victory at strugglers Soham. Dennis Oli put Ath ahead six minutes after the interval. Ryan Auger levelled just two minutes later for Soham though club stalwart Joao Carlos got the winner with 19 minutes left to extend the unbeaten stretch to five matches for Jamie Stuart’s side. Soham have lost four of their last five now league-wise.
Tilbury 2 – 2 Felixstowe & Walton Utd | Chadfields | Att: 102
A second-half fightback helped the Dockers to claim a point at home to Felixstowe. Jack Ainsley put the visitors ahead after 29 minutes. It stayed that way until Lewis Smith levelled from the spot on 63 minutes. Substitute Joseph Francis may have thought he’d gotten the winner for ‘Stowe a minute from time though Smith got his second with moments remaining to ensure Tilbury’s third draw in their last four outings.