Isthmian League Watch (5.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a feature piece looking at the top and bottom of all three Isthmian Leagues (Premier, North & South) as we come into the fifth month of the season (tables & results up to & including Dec 2nd)

Bostik Premier Division

At the summit, Dulwich Hamlet lead ambitious Billericay Town by three points though the Essex side have a number of games in-hand on the teams around them. Glenn Tamplin’s big-spending side has had success in both the FA Cup & FA Trophy so far this term while Hamlet have shown their intentions again after numerous promotion near-misses in recent years and off-the-pitch ‘issues’. In the chasing pack; Staines, Folkestone, Hendon & Metropolitan Police are seperated by just four points. Completing the top ten are Margate, Leiston, Wingate & F & Brightlingsea.

At the bottom, Worthing’s difficult start on & off-the-pitch certainly has had an impact as they sit seven points adrift at the foot of the table. It should be said that the earlier problems with the Woodside pitch have now been rectified, after a short spell ground-sharing at Bognor Regis. Above them, nine clubs are seperated by just five points. Tooting & Mitcham, Harlow and Needham complete the bottom four while Burgess Hill, Thurrock, Dorking, Leatherhead (though they have at least two games in-hand), Enfield Town and Merstham are just above Needham to show how tight this division is. With only one side being relegated this term, Worthing have work to do in the coming months you feel.

 

Bostik Division North

At the top of a highly-competitive division, AFC Hornchurch are leading the way with a four-point cushion over the chasing pack while also having games in-hand most of the sides immediately below them. Dereham Town, Bowers & Pitsea & Canvey lead the pack also looking for promotion as at least two sides go up this term. Recently-promoted Potters Bar and Barking are another four points further back while Maldon & Tiptree, Haringey Borough, Waltham Abbey and Hertford Town round out the top ten with only two points seperating those four sides.

At the foot of the table, Romford are four points behind the sides above them, having recorded only one win so far this term. Norwich Utd and Cheshunt are the sides most in danger of being caught by Paul Martin’s side though above them five teams are bunched up with only three points seperating them. Ware, Aveley, Mildenhall, Brentwood and Tilbury are those sides that could get dragged into a relegation scrap though again it has to be noted only one side will make the drop into Step 5 this term.

 

Bostik Division South

Lewes lead the South division having tasted defeat only once in 20 matches so far this term. They have a four-point cushion over Corinthian Casuals and Carshalton who lead the promotion-chasing pack (at least two sides will gain promotion ala Bostik North). Below them, six teams are seperated by five points. Cray Wanderers, Greenwich, Hythe Town & Sittingbourne lead that ‘mini-pack’ with Walton Casuals and Phoenix Sports just behind them. Whyteleafe complete the top ten.

At the bottom, points deductions have had an effect on two sides in the bottom four. Shoreham sit bottom after being deducted six points for ‘registration irregularities’, they are nine points adrift of Ashford Utd. East Grinstead and Molesey (who were stripped of three points due to fielding an ineligible player) complete the bottom four. Above them, the ten sides (11th – 20th) are only seperated by six points in an incredibly close mid-table. South Park, Herne Bay, Thamesmead and Hastings Utd head up this pack while Chipstead, Guernsey, Horsham, VCD Athletic, Ramsgate and Faversham round it up, with all ten believing they could push their way up the standings if they get on a good run.

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Bostik Division North & South round-up (3.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of the action in Bostik North and results from Bostik South this weekend (December 2nd 2017). How did your side do?

Saturday December 2nd

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Attendance: 193

The Urchins ground out another victory at Bridge Avenue. Nathan Cooper [67′] got the only goal as Jimmy McFarlane’s table-toppers extended their unbeaten run to six league matches now and also have games in hand over most of the sides above them. The Suds sit 15th.

Aveley 2 – 2 Dereham Town
| Venue: Parkside | Attendance: 167

Aveley struck late to hold high-flying Dereham at Parkside. Rhys Logan put the visitors ahead twenty minutes in, before Jordan Watson levelled 12 minutes later for James Webster’s side. Ollie Ebbage [61′] restored the Magpies’ advantage though Sewa Marah struck on the stroke of full-time to claim a point. Aveley now have won only one of their last seven matches & reside in 20th spot while Dereham are also winless in their last three matches, losing ground on top spot.

Bowers & Pitsea 4 – 0 Cheshunt
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Attendance: 88

Bowers comfortably defeated Cheshunt to go into the top-three at the Len Salmon. Lewis Manor [28′] broke the deadlock before Fahad Nyanja doubled that lead five minutes later. Nyanja grabbed his second five minutes after the break before Martyn Stokes [56′] completed the scoring. Cheshunt are third bottom after only one win in their last six league matches.

Brentwood Town 1 – 3 Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Brentwood Arena | Attendance: 148

Heybridge came from behind to seal a good win at the Brentwood Arena. Matt Price gave the hosts the lead 16 minutes in though Swifts levelled seven minures before the break through Kreshnic Krasniqi. After the break, goals from Ryan Henshaw [70′] and Juan Luque [83′] turned it around for Jody Brown’s side as they go 14th tnough have at least seven matches in-hand compared to the sides around them. Brentwood’s 4th league defeat in their last six leaves them 18th.

Bury Town 0 – 0 Barking
| Venue: Ram Meadow | Attendance: 234

Ten-man Bury Town held in-form Barking to a stalemate at Ram Meadow. Darcy Heath saw red 28 minutes from time though Town are now winless in five matches while the visitors’ five-match winning run ended here.

Haringey Borough 0 – 1 Hertford Town
| Venue: Coles Park | Attendance: 147

Hertford recorded a narrow win at Coles Park. Michael Toner got the only goal on 32 minutes to end a four-match winless run. Haringey sit 8th though are winless in their last five matches while Town are 10th.

Maldon & Tiptree 2 – 2 Canvey Island
| Venue: Park Drive | Attendance: 101

Maldon were held by fellow high-flyers Canvey. Sam Collins [14′] gave the Islanders an early lead before hot-shot Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe [51′] struck to level and Ryan Gondoh gave the hosts the lead on the hour. Mitchell Gilbey claimed a point for the visitors 11 minutes from time. Maldon sit 7th while Canvey are in 4th place.

Norwich Utd 0 – 0 Ware
| Venue: Plantation Park | Attendance: 105

Ware held fellow strugglers Utd at Plantation Park. The Planters are winless in eight matches now, sitting second bottom but four points clear of Romford, while Ware are 21st though haven’t tasted victory in ten matches now.

Potters Bar Town 2 – 0 Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Pakex Stadium | Attendance: 115

A goal in each galf secured the win for the Scholars. A spot-kick from Michael Murray [39′] and a late second from George Nicholas secured his side’s 4th straight win, residing in 5th spot. The Hall’s seventh loss in their last ten sees them in 19th.

Romford 1 – 2 Waltham Abbey
| Venue: Ship Lane | Attendance: 87

Abbey secured another success here at Ship Lane. Nathan Koranteng opened the scoring 12 minutes in, before Shad Ngandu [33′] made it two. Substitute Craig Jeakins [84′] pulled one back for bottom side Romford. Abbey have 3 eins from their last 6 matches, sitting 9th in the table.

Soham Town Rangers 2 – 1 Tilbury
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Attendance: 106

Soham recovered from an early setback to prevail here. Adam Vyse coverted a spot-kick 13 minutes before half-time to give the visitors the lead after Soham’s Will Gardner saw red. Two goals in two minutes from Lewis Clayton [49′] and Craig Gillies [50′] turned the tide though to gain the win, Soham sit 13th. Tilbury are 17th and are winless in four matches now.

Witham Town 1 – 4 Grays Athletic
| Venue: Spa Road | Attendance: 106

Grays produced a sterling display to take the points at Spa Road. Kieran Bishop’s spot-kick nine minutes before the break gave Ath the lead. Ryan Mahal [43′] and Jamie Slabber [49′] put distance between the sides before Bishop [65′] grabbed his second of the afternoon. Correy Davidson’s penalty 12 minutes from time pulled one back for Town though saw Lance Akins dismissed late on to compound a miserable afternoon and end their five-match unbeaten run. Grays rack up their third straight league win and are in 12th spot.

Bostik South results (2nd Dec)

Ashford Utd 4 – 1 Thamesmead Town
Carshalton Athletic 1 – 1 Cray Wanderers
Corinthian-Casuals 2 – 3 Chipstead
East Grinstead Town 1 – 3 Sittingbourne
Greenwich Borough 1 – 1 Lewes
Guernsey 4 – 2 VCD Athletic
Hythe Town 2 – 2 Hastings Utd
Phoenix Sports 1 – 0 Horsham
Ramsgate 2 – 1 Herne Bay
Shoreham 1 – 1 Molesey
South Park 2 – 1 Walton Casuals
Whyteleafe 1 – 1 Faversham Town

 

Bostik League Division North & South Round-up (19.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of Bostik Division North action and South results that took place on Saturday 18th November. Enjoy.

Saturday 18th November

Bostik Division North

AFC Hornchurch  2 – 0  Hertford Town    |  Venue: Bridge Avenue

Two second-half goals were enough to seal another three points for the Urchins. Nathan Cooper [66’] gave the hosts the lead before Brad Warner secured the points three minutes from time. Results elsewhere meant that this win for Hornchurch takes them above Canvey into second place in the table. Despite Hertford’s defeat they sit in a respectable 9th place.

Barking   1 – 0  Canvey Island

| Venue: Mayesbrook Park    |   Attendance: 117

Barking edged this encounter of two in-form sides to claim another win at Mayesbrook Park. Abs Seymour’s 20th-minute goal was enough to extend Justin Gardner’s side’s undefeated run to seven matches, which brings them into the play-off spots. Canvey suffered only their second loss in their last ten matches though slip to third spot.

Brentwood Town   2 – 0   Haringey Borough

|  Venue:  Brentwood Arena   | Attendance: 112

Brentwood ended a recent dry spell to take the points at the Brentwood Arena. Matt Price gave the hosts the lead from the spot on 24 minutes before Shomari Barnwell doubled the advantage with 59 minutes on the clock. This was Town’s first win in four league matches while Borough’s long unbeaten start to the season was ended here, they sit 4th.

Bury Town  0 – 0    Bowers & Pitsea

| Venue: Ram Meadow         | Attendance: 279

These two top-half sides played out a stalemate at Ram Meadow. Bury Town are winless in three league matches and reside in 8th spot while Bowers are unbeaten in four matches, sitting in 5th spot, nine points behind leaders Dereham.

Grays Athletic   2 – 2   Mildenhall Town

|  Venue: Parkside      |   Attendance: 177

The visitors came from behind twice to share the points at Parkside. Kieran Bishop gave Ath the lead on 13 minutes, though Marcio Pereira levelled on the half-hour for the Hall. Bishop struck again, this from the spot [35’] as Grays once again held a slender lead though Daniel Brown restored parity seven minutes later to grab a point though Town’s winless stretch extends to eight matches now. Grays are winless in their last four matches and are currently 16th in the table.

Heybridge Swifts 1 – 2   Dereham Town  

|   Venue: Scraley Road       |   Attendance: 188

Swifts return to league action wasn’t quite what they hoped for as they lost out to leaders Dereham at Scraley Road. Jamie Forshaw grabbed the initiative for the visitors after seven minutes though Luke Callander levelled on the quarter-hour mark. Toby Hilliard restored the Magpies’ lead 13 minutes before the break. Even the late sending off of Hilliard didn’t stop Dereham from recording their 12th league win of the campaign. Heybridge fell to only their second loss in their nine league matches thus far.

Potters Bar Town  4 – 1    Norwich Utd

| Venue: Pakex Stadium       |   Attendance: 92

Potters Bar recorded a good win over strugglers Norwich Utd here. Michael Murray’s goal put the Scholars ahead ten minutes before the break. That lead only lasted four minutes before Tim Henery struck to equalise for the Planters. Murray struck again four minutes before the break as Potters Bar looked to assert control. That they did after the break as Murray completed his hat-trick on the hour mark then Steve Brown added a fourth five minutes later. The hosts sit in 10th spot while Utd third loss in their last five matches sees them remain second bottom, just a point clear of Romford.

Romford  1 – 1  Aveley

| Venue: Ship Lane       |   Attendance: 125

Romford struck late on to prevent Aveley picking up a much-needed win at Ship Lane. It was the Millers who took the lead when Alex Teniola [61’] struck though Ayodeji Olukoga levelled with three minutes remaining to extend the hosts’ recent draw streak to three matches. Aveley averted a four-match losing run here though they rise one place to 21st.

Soham Town Rangers  1 – 3   Maldon & Tiptree

| Venue: Julius Martin Lane       |   Attendance: 110

Maldon struck late to secure another three points, this time at Julius Martin Lane. Maldon led after only four minutes through top-scorer Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Jon Kaye restored parity for the hosts four minutes before the break. Soham may have thought they were on for a point though late goals from substitute Chris Millar [83’] and Ogedi-Uzokwe’s second from the spot on the stroke of full-time secured the points and extends the Jammers’ unbeaten run to ten matches and they are in 7th place. Soham’s first defeat in four matches sees them in 15th spot.

Waltham Abbey   2 – 2  AFC Sudbury

| Venue: Capershotts       |   Attendance: 86

The Suds denied Abbey the win late on in this topsy-turvy contest at Capershotts. Reece Dobson put Sudbury ahead on the half-hour though Shad Ngandu levelled on 62 minutes. Aron Gordon turned the tide of the match by giving Abbey the lead just five minutes later. Dobson hit back for the visitors though with eight minutes left to secure a point. The Abbotts sit 11th & have only lost one of their last six matches now while Sudbury are unbeaten in three league matches, sitting in 14th spot.

Ware   0 – 2   Tilbury

| Venue: Wodson Park        |   Attendance: 54

Tilbury struck twice in the last twenty minutes to claim the points in a match that was reversed (Tilbury were due to be at home) due to floodlight failure at Chadfields. So, Wodson Park held this match instead and goals from Adam Vyse [72’] and substitute Charlie Little [89’] secured the visitors’ first win in their last four matches. Ware though are bottom of the form table now as their winless run extends to eight matches.

Witham Town  3 – 2     Cheshunt

| Venue: Spa Road       |   Attendance: 79

Witham continued their good recent run with a narrow win over struggling Cheshunt at Spa Road. Kyle Roberts put the Ambers ahead five minutes before the break though Jeffrey Gyamfi replied just three minutes later to see Town level at the interval. The hosts took the lead from the spot through Elliott Ronto six minutes after the break, before Lance Akins extended the lead with three minutes left. Jason Hallett struck on the cusp of 90 minutes to not help the home side’s nerves though Town held on to pick up their fourth win in their last five matches while Cheshunt have only had one success in their last seven matches.

Bostik Division South – Sat 18th November

Chipstead   1 – 1   Faversham Town   | Venue: High Road    | Att: 38

Corinthian Casuals  3  – 0  Ashford Utd  | Venue: King George’s Field | Att: 182

East Grinstead Town  0 – 7 Cray Wanderers  | Venue: College Lane |  Att: 81

Greenwich Borough 0 – 2  Horsham  | Venue: DGS Stadium|  Att: 106

Guernsey 5 – 2  Shoreham  | Venue: Footes Lane   |  Att: 726

 

Hastings Utd  2 – 1  VCD Athletic   |   Venue: The Pilot Field  |  Att: 297

Herne Bay  0 – 0  Molesey | Venue: |  Att: 182

Hythe Town  0 – 4  Carshalton Athletic  | Venue: Reachfields  |  Att: 222

Lewes  2 – 2  Thamesmead Town     |  Venue: The Dripping Pan  | Att: 546

Phoenix Sports  0 – 3  Walton Casuals | Venue: The Mayplace Ground | Att: 58

 Ramsgate 4 – 1  Whyteleafe | Venue: Southwood   | Att: 199

Sittingbourne   0 – 3  South Park   | Venue: Woodstock Park |  Att: 112

 

Bostik League Division North & South Round-up (12.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of Bostik Division North action and South results this weekend, reduced due to a number of clubs in FA Trophy action.
Saturday 11th November

Bostik Division North

AFC Sudbury  3 – 2   Tilbury

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium      |  Attendance: 254

The Suds resisted a late surge by the Dockers to claim the win. Goals from early substitute Ben Hunter {35’] and Jake Colclough [46’] put the hosts in a good position, though the visitors responded with late goals from substitute Toby Aromolaran [81’] and Adam Vyse [90’] before an injury-time winner by Jake Clowsley sealed the hosts’ first win in five matches. Tilbury have lost three on-the-trot now and reside in 19th place.

Canvey Island  3 – 0  Grays Athletic

Venue: Park Lane     |   Attendance: 394

Canvey overcame Grays at Park Lane. A Mitchell Gilbey penalty a minute before the break put the Islanders ahead and the hosts cemented that advantage with goals from George Sykes [68’] and Ryan Charles [72’] to claim their tenth win of the season and claim top spot on goal difference. Grays’ five-match undefeated run comes to an end and also announced after the match that assistant boss Darren Manning has left the club, as he seeks to test himself as a manager – Manning has joined Essex Senior League side Hullbridge Sports, where he was a player and a reserve team boss previously.

Cheshunt  0 – 4  Barking

|  Venue:  Theobalds Lane   | Attendance: 204

In-form Barking had a happy away-day as they defeated the Ambers at Theobalds Lane. The Blues edged ahead just before the break through Kiernan Hughes-Mason and doubled their lead seven minutes after the re-start through Dan Gilchrist. Late goals from substitute Sam Shaban [89’] and Abs Seymour on the stroke of full-time sealed the win for Justin Gardner’s side. Barking are now unbeaten in six league matches and are in 8th place in the table, three points off the play-offs. Cheshunt’s struggles continue as this was their fifth loss in their last nine league matches, they sit in 21st place.

Dereham Town  2 – 2   Romford

| Venue:  Aldiss Park         | Attendance: 202

Dereham were held by battling Romford at Aldiss Park. Jonathon Nzengo broke the deadlock twelve minutes in for Paul Martin’s side before four minutes after the interval, Jamie Forshaw levelled for the Magpies. Substitute Toby Hilliard [67’] put the hosts ahead though that lead lasted only six minutes before Romford substitute Hugo Atkinson [73’] struck to claim a point for his side. Dereham are level on points with Canvey at the top of the table though sit 2nd on goal difference. Romford’s second stalemate in succession edges them closer to the sides above them though they still sit bottom of the pile.

Hertford Town  0 – 1  Soham Town Rangers

|  Venue: Hertingfordbury Park      |   Attendance: 243

Soham continued their recent good run with a good win at Hertingfordbury Park. Joe Carden got the only goal seven minutes from time to give the Greens their third win in their last six matches. Hertford’s second loss in their last six matches sees them remain 7th in the table.

Norwich Utd  1 – 3   Witham Town    

|   Venue: Plantation Park       |   Attendance: 101

Witham struck early with a goal-blitz to continue their recent revival at Plantation Park. First-half goals from Chinedu Osadebe [10’], Lance Akins [13’] and Correy Davidson [20’] pretty much sealed the points as substitute Liam Jackson’s late goal for the Planters was ‘too little, too late’. Witham’s third straight win sees them rise to 15th spot while Utd remain 23rd, having not won in four matches now.

 Ware   0 – 4   AFC Hornchurch

| Venue: Wodson Park       |   Attendance: 88

Hornchurch returned to form here at Wodson Park with a comfortable win over out-of-form Ware. Elliott Styles [18’] broke the deadlock for the Urchins though they stepped it up after the break as goals a brace from George Purcell [61’ & pen 80’] and Leon McKenzie [70’] sealed the visitors’ third win in their last five games and go 3rd in the table. Ware’s winless run extends to seven matches now.

 

Bostik Division South

Ashford Utd  1 – 3  Hastings Utd | Venue: Homelands   | Att: 368

Faversham Town  3 – 1  East Grinstead Town  | Venue: Salters Lane | Att: 176

Molesey  3 – 0  Chipstead  |   Venue: Walton Road  |  Att: 65

Shoreham  0 – 3   Hythe Town  | Venue: Middle Road |  Att: 124

South Park P – P  Herne Bay      |  Venue: Whitehall Lane

VCD Athletic  0 – 1 Greenwich Borough    | Venue: Oakwood     | Att: 142

Whyteleafe   0 – 1   Phoenix Sports   | Venue: Church Road   | Att: 150

Bostik League Div. North & South Round-up (21.10.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Isthmian League Division North on Sat 21th October followed by the results from Bostik Division South from the same day. Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday 21st October

Bostik Division North

Bowers & Pitsea  2 – 0   Aveley

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium   |   Attendance: 89

Bowers overcame the challenge of the Millers at the Len Salmon. Tony Stokes gave the hosts the lead just before half-time and David Knight wrapped up the points with a 90th-minute second to give Rob Small’s men their third win in their last six league matches and extend Aveley’s winless league run to four matches.

Canvey Island  3 – 2   AFC Sudbury

Venue: Park Lane  |  Attendance: 389

Canvey held off stiff resistance from the Suds to edge this encounter at Park Lane. George Craddock put the Islanders ahead on eight minutes, though that lead only lasted nine minutes before Alfie Carroll levelled. Ryan Charles put Canvey back ahead ten minutes before the break though Sudbury thought they’d got a point as Ollie Peters levelled in the first minute of added-time. It wasn;t to be though as ten minutes into an extended injury-time finale, Mitchell Gilbey’s spot-kick ensured Canvey’s seventh straight league win.

Cheshunt    0 – 2    Dereham Town

Venue: Theobalds Lane   | Attendance: 117

A goal in each half was enough to see Dereham leave Theobalds Lane with all three points. Jake Anema [45’] put the Magpies ahead before Daniel Beaumont’s penalty on 65 minutes secured Dereham’s fifth straight league win. Cheshunt’s winless run also extends to five league matches now.

Grays Athletic  3 – 1   Tilbury

Venue: Parkside  |   Attendance: 275

A resurgent Grays fought back to claim the win over Tilbury at Parkside. Ryan Melaugh gave the Dockers a 13th-minute lead before Adeyinka Cole levelled things nine minutes before the break. After the interval, goals from Kieran Bishop [48’] and Ryan Mahal [56’] secured the points and Grays’ third straight league win. Tilbury also announced following the match that Canvey assistant manager Joe Keith will be their new manager.

Haringey Borough  4 – 0   Norwich Utd

Venue: Coles Park    |   Attendance: 148

Haringey dispatched the Planters to secure another win at Coles Park. The damage was done before half-time as Anthony McDonald gave Borough the lead on twenty minutes. Ralston Gabriel then lit up this match with a 15-minute hat-trick [24’,31’ & 39’] to keep his side’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

Hertford Town   4 – 0  Brentwood Town

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park           |   Attendance: 189

Brentwood couldn’t withstand a second-half barrage as Hertford claimed the win at Hertingfordbury Park. Ricky Light put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time before Michael Toner doubled the lead on 62 minutes. Brentwood’s afternoon got worse as Daryl Robson was dismissed for two bookings with 19 minutes to play. Further goals by substitute Mark Summers [74’] and Charlie Edwards [86’] sealed a good win for the home side.

Maldon & Tiptree   1 – 1   Ware

Venue: Park Drive           |   Attendance: 81

Maldon were held by Ware at Park Drive. Yannick Kamanan gave the visitors the lead seven minutes after the break though only four minutes later, the Jammers levelled through hot-shot Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Ware’s winless run extends to three matches now.

Mildenhall Town   0 – 2    Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Recreation Way         |   Attendance: 228

Heybridge continued their strong start to the season with victory at Recreation Way. Kreshnic Krasniqi gave Swifts the perfect start after only two minutes and Lewis Godbold sealed the win on 65 minutes as Heybridge record their seventh win of the league season.

Potters Bar Town   1 – 1    Witham Town

Venue:  Pakex Stadium        |   Attendance: 105

Witham held Potters Bar to a draw at the Pakex Stadium. It started well for the Scholars as Michael Murray put them ahead inside two minutes. Tyler Corlett restored parity for Witham ten minutes before the break. The visitors had Liam Whipps dismissed for two bookable offences late on though they held on for a point. Witham’s winless league run now stands at eight matches.

Romford   1 – 2   Bury Town

Venue:  Ship Lane        |   Attendance: 81

Bury Town prevailed at Ship Lane despite playing nearly an hour with ten men. Darren Mills was given a straight red card on 33 minutes. Substitute Craig Jeakins broke the deadlock five minutes after the break though late goals from substitute Ollie Hughes [79’] and Tevan Allen [90’] turned it around for Town and grab their sixth win of the campaign. Romford stay bottom having only won once so far this term.

Soham Town Rangers  1 – 2    AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Julius Martin Lane        |   Attendance: 156

Hornchurch battled past Soham to grab another three points at Julius Martin Lane. George Purcell struck nine minutes before the break to put the Urchins ahead. Lee Chaffey levelled the match two minutes after the interval though Purcell grabbed his brace on 61 minutes and that proved to be the winner and preserve Jimmy McFarlane’s side their unbeaten run this season.

Waltham Abbey   2 – 2   Barking

Venue: Capershotts     |   Attendance: 88

This see-saw encounter ended in stalemate at Capershotts. Dan Gilchrist put the visitors ahead after only four minutes, though Darelle Russell vanquished that lead eight minutes later. Gilchrist struck again for Barking with ten minutes remaining, though again that lead disintegrated into dust only four minutes afterward thanks to substitute Steven Sylvester’s goal and both sides had to be content with a point. Barking’s winless league run now stands at five matches.

Bostik Division South

Saturday 21st October

Carshalton Athletic  4 – 2  Ashford Utd   | Venue: Colston Avenue  | Att: 316

Corinthian Casuals  3 – 2  Hastings Utd  | Venue: King George’s Field | Att: 167

East Grinstead Town  0 – 2   Guernsey    | Venue: College Lane | Att: 98

Faversham Town  3 – 1   VCD Athletic      | Venue: Salters Lane     | Att: 168

Horsham   3 – 1    Molesey       | Venue: Culver Road  | Att: 127

Lewes   8 – 1   Herne Bay   | Venue: The Dripping Pan  | Att: 472

Phoenix Sports  4 – 0    Ramsgate   | Venue: The Mayplace Ground  | Att: 103

Sittingbourne   1 – 1   Chipstead    | Venue: Woodstock Park  | Att: 156

South Park P – P Shoreham  (Due to a waterlogged pitch) | Venue: Whitehall Lane

Thamsmead Town  0 – 1   Cray Wanderers   | Venue: Princes Park | Att: 110

Walton Casuals  2 – 2    Hythe Town |  Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub | Att: 170

Whyteleafe  1 – 1   Greenwich Borough    |  Venue: Church Road  |  Att: 153

Bostik League Div. North & South Round-up (14.10.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Isthmian League Division North on Sat 14th October (reduced by one fixture due to the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round) and the updated table (below), followed by the results from Bostik Division South from the same day. Thanks for reading.

Saturday 14th October

Bostik Division North

 

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0   Bowers & Pitsea

Venue: Bridge Avenue   |   Attendance: 211

The Urchins picked up a narrow win at Bridge Avenue. Brad Warner haunted his old club by getting the winner ten minutes from time as Hornchurch grabbed their eighth win of the league campaign and remain unbeaten so far this term. To be fair, this was only Bowers’ second defeat in their last five league matches.

AFC Sudbury  2 – 1   Romford

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium  |  Attendance: 222

Sudbury withstood a second-half comeback from the visitors to get all three points at the Wardale Williams Stadium. Jamie Eaton-Collins gave the hosts the lead just two minutes in. Greg Akpele levelled for Boro on 62 minutes though Sudbury’s lead was restored nine minutes later as Jake Clowsley got the eventual winner to give the Suds their fourth win in their last five league matches. Romford’s winless streak now extends to nine matches.

Aveley  2 – 2   Soham Town Rangers

Venue: Parkside   | Attendance: 262

The ‘new dawn’ under James Webster’s stewardship started with a point at Parkside. Jordan Watson put the Millers ahead on 13 minutes before Adam Bolle doubled the lead eight minutes later. Soham roared back into the contest after the break as on the hour Lee Chaffey reduced the Greens’ arrears and then late on, Craig Gillies snatched a point for the visitors. Aveley have still only won one of their last five league matches while Soham have a similar recent league record.

Barking   1 – 3   Mildenhall Town

Venue: Mayesbrook Park  |   Attendance: 60

Mildenhall’s good recent run continued with victory at Mayesbrook Park. A spot-kick from Shaun Avis six minutes before the break put the Hall ahead. The visitors had a two-goal cushion at the interval as Daniel Brown struck on the stroke of half-time. Brown completed his brace seven minutes into the second period. The Blues pulled one back through substitute Sam Shaban on 66 minutes though Barking’s winless run now stands at four league matches. Mildenhall have now won three of their last five league matches.

Brentwood Town  1 – 1  Cheshunt

Venue: Brentwood Arena   |   Attendance: 129

Brentwood had to battle to secure a point at the Brentwood Arena. A Brendan Cavalier OG unwittingly put the Ambers ahead on 33 minutes though substitute Brad Hunter struck with two minutes remaining to grab a share of the spoils.

Bury Town   1 – 2   Maldon & Tiptree

Venue: Ram Meadow           |   Attendance: 338

Maldon secured a narrow win, watched by a good crowd at Ram Meadow. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s penalty put the Jammers ahead on 57 minutes. Though that lead only lasted nine minutes before Ricky Spriggs levelled things for Town. Kieran Bailey got the winner with 13 minutes remaining. Kevin Horlock’s had to see out the last few moments with ten men as Dexter Peter was dismissed late on. Town have now lost three of their last five league matches while Maldon are now unbeaten in five league matches.

Dereham Town  3 – 1    Potters Bar Town

Venue: Aldiss Park             |   Attendance: 141

Dereham comfortably saw off the challenge of the Scholars at Aldiss Park. Jamie Forshaw gave the Magpies a second-minute lead before hot-shot Daniel Beaumont doubled the lead only four minutes later. Forshaw struck again seven minutes before the break to put Neal Simmons’ side in a commanding position. Substitute Pierre Etienne grabbed a late consolation for the visitors, with two minutes remaining as Dereham secured their third consecutive league win.

Norwich Utd  2 – 0    Waltham Abbey

Venue:  Plantation Park       |   Attendance: 88

Norwich Utd secured a good win over Abbey at Plantation Park. Hafeez Sanusi’s 25th-minute goal put the Planters ahead and Adam Hipperson put them clear three minutes after half-time. Abbey were a man down with seven minutes left to play as Spencer Harrison was dismissed for two bookings. Norwich claimed their second win of the season and also moved off the foot of the table.

Tilbury   1 – 2  Hertford Town

Venue:  Chadfields       |   Attendance: 95

Hertford came from behind to claim the points at Chadfields. Emiel Aiken put the hosts ahead on 25 minutes. Hertford struck back two minutes before the interval as Brett O’Connor levelled. An unfortunate Charlie Little OG with 14 minutes left handed Town their fourth win of the league campaign.

Ware  0 – 5   Grays Athletic  

Venue:  Wodson Park       |   Attendance: 98

Grays got a long-awaited triumph at Wodson Park. A Prince Madu OG on 29 minutes set Ath on their way though Sam Cross made it two just three minutes later. After the break, the visitors more than completed the job as recent signing & substitute Tim Monsheju made it three on 63 minutes before late goals from Kieran Bishop [83’] and Monsheju’s second [90’] sealed the points for Jamie Stuart’s side. Even though Stanley Muguo’s dismissal late on left them a man light, it was still a great afternoon for the visitors, who claimed their first win in eight league matches here.

Witham Town   1 – 3    Canvey Island

Venue:  Spa Road       |   Attendance: 141

Canvey strode on to record another three points at Spa Road. George Sykes put the Islanders ahead on eight minutes before Sykes struck again twelve minutes later to put his side in a good position. Usman Adeniji’s goal [27’] halved the deficit though Sykes completed his hat-trick with twenty minutes remaining to give the visitors their sixth straight league win. Witham’s winless streak now stands at seven matches.

 

Bostik Division North Table (after 14th October matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Canvey Island 12 8 3 1 +17 27
2 AFC Hornchurch 9 8 1 0 +16 25
3 Dereham Town 11 7 2 2 +6 23
4 Bowers & Pitsea 12 7 1 4 +11 22
5 Haringey Borough 8 7 1 0 +10 22
6 Bury Town 13 5 4 4 +3 19
7 Maldon & Tiptree 10 5 2 3 +3 17
8 Potters Bar Town 10 5 1 4 +4 16
9 Mildenhall Town 10 5 1 4 +2 16
10 Hertford Town 11 4 4 3 -8 16
11 Tilbury 13 5 1 7 -12 16
12 Heybridge Swifts 6 5 0 1 +11 15
13 Ware 10 5 0 5 -2 15
14 AFC Sudbury 9 4 2 3 +2 14
15 Waltham Abbey 10 4 1 5 +2 13
16 Soham Town Rangers 12 3 4 5 -3 13
17 Brentwood Town 11 3 2 6 -5 11
18 Aveley 10 3 2 5 -6 11
19 Grays Athletic 12 3 1 8 -5 10
20 Barking 10 2 3 5 -3 9
21 Witham Town 12 2 3 7 -9 9
22 Cheshunt 11 2 2 7 -9 8
23 Norwich Utd 12 2 2 8 -15 8
24 Romford 12 1 3 8 -16 6
               

 

Bostik Division South

Saturday 14th October

Ashford Utd   1 – 1   East Grinstead Town  | Venue: Homelands  | Att: 260

Chipstead   0 – 2   Thamesmead Town    | Venue: High Road   | Att: 61

Cray Wanderers  4 – 2  Corinthian Casuals  | Venue: Hayes Lane  | Att: 148

Greenwich Borough  2 – 1  South Park    | Venue: DGS Stadium     | Att: 101

Guernsey  2 – 1  Carshalton Athletic  | Venue: Footes Lane  | Att: 705

Hastings Utd   1 – 0   Faversham Town  | Venue: The Pilot Field | Att: 339

Herne Bay  1 – 0    Walton Casuals    | Venue: Winch’s Field   | Att: 232

Hythe Town  1 – 0   Whyteleafe         | Venue: Reachfields   | Att: 212

Molesey  3 – 4   Phoenix Sports  | Venue: Walton Road | Att: 61

Ramsgate  1 – 0   Horsham   | Venue: Southwood | Att: 166

Shoreham  0 – 4    Sittingbourne  |  Venue: Middle Road | Att: 108

VCD Athletic   1 – 2   Lewes      |  Venue: Oakwood  |  Att: 125

 

Bostik League Div. North & South Round-up (23.9.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Isthmian League Division North on Sat 23rd September and the updated table (below) as the league starts to take shape, with results from Bostik Division South from the same day & the Bostik South table. Enjoy.

Saturday 23rd September

Bostik Division North

AFC Sudbury   3 – 2   Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   |   Attendance: 259

Sudbury struck late to claim the win at the Wardale Williams Stadium. Juan Luque put the high-flying Swifts ahead on the half-hour. After the break, Sam Clarke’s penalty (64’) levelled things before Luque’s second of the afternoon three minutes later gave Jody Brown’s side the advantage once again. Though the Suds were not to be denied as first Louis Blake restored parity with 15 minutes to go, and Adam Mills struck five minutes from the end. Mills were sent off with moments remaining though the hosts held on to obtain a much-needed win and hand Heybridge their first loss of the season.

Aveley   1 – 0  Brentwood Town

Venue: Parkside   |  Attendance: 289

Aveley edged Brentwood to record their first win since the opening day of the campaign. Jordan Watson got the only goal on the hour. Though the Millers had to see out the last few minutes with ten men as Nathan Koranteng saw red.

Bowers & Pitsea  4  – 2  Potters Bar Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium   | Attendance: 113

Bowers produced a stirring second-half comeback to overcome Potters Bar at the Len Salmon Stadium. The Scholars led after 17 minutes through Michael Murray’s opener. After the break, Ben Sartain levelled matters on 65 minutes. Five minutes later, Bradley Sach’s goal gave the visitors the lead again. Not for long though as three minutes after that, a spot-kick from David Knight made it 2-2. And late goals from James Thomas (79’) and Knight (87’) sealed Bowers’ third straight win in the league.

Canvey Island   1 – 0   Romford

Venue: Park Lane   |   Attendance: 329

Canvey recorded a narrow though nonetheless important win at Ship Lane. George Sykes’ penalty five minutes after the interval turned out to be the winner. This was Romford’s fifth straight league loss and this could be a difficult season for Paul Martin’s side.

Cheshunt 1 – 2   Bury Town

Venue: Theobalds Lane   |   Attendance: 130

All the goals came in the second-half at Theobalds Lane as Bury edged this one. Noel Aitkens put the visitors ahead with 18 minutes remaining. They only led for six minutes before Tom Bruno’s penalty restored parity for Steve Newing’s side. Though Bury were awarded a spot-kick of their own with eight minutes left and substitute Cemal Ramadan duly converted it to get the eventual winner. The Ambers had to play the last six minutes with ten men as Jason Hallett was dismissed. Bury Town are unbeaten in their last five league matches, while Cheshunt suffered their fourth league defeat of the season.

Dereham Town 3 – 3    Barking

Venue: Aldiss Park             |   Attendance: 122

Barking recovered well from twice going two goals behind to get a point at Aldiss Park. Ashley Jarvis’ brace (9 & 26’) gave the Magpies the initiative at the break. Two minutes after the interval, Alan Taylor cut the visitors’ arrears in half though Joe Gatting restored Dereham’s two-goal cushion only a minute later. Barking were level again on 54 minutes though as Jay Knight struck before substitute Goldy Capela struck at the death to give Justin Gardner’s side a point in a enthralling encounter. Dereham are now winless in their last four league matches. Barking are now unbeaten in three league matches.

Haringey Borough 2 – 0  Soham Town Rangers

Venue: Coles Park               |   Attendance: 117

Haringey held off Soham to grab another three points at Coles Park. A first-half brace from Jamie O’Dongohue (20’ & pen 38’) was enough to claim his side’s fifth straight league win. Soham are now winless in their last three league matches.

Hertford Town  1 – 0  Grays Athletic

Venue:  Hertingfordbury Park                    |   Attendance: 213

Ten-man Hertford struck very late to seal all three points. Hertford were down to ten seven minutes into the second half as Jason Beck was dismissed. Gavin Kelsey’s side held firm though and Michael Toner’s penalty at the death sealed the hosts’ second win of the season.

Maldon & Tiptree   1 – 1 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Park Drive                     |   Attendance: 61

Maldon fought back to end this one honours-even at Park Drive. Abbey led seven minutes before half-time through Billy Holland’s goal. Though a spot-kick from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe on 72 minutes gave the Jammers a point. Maldon have only won one of their last five league matches now.

 

Mildenhall Town 4 – 6  Tilbury

Venue:  Recreation Way                    |   Attendance: 162

Tilbury pulled off an excellent win at Recreation Way in this ten-goal thriller. Tilbury led after just four minutes thanks to Toby Aromolaran’s opener. Joshua Curry levelled for the Hall on 34 minutes before Bryan Kyungu restored the Dockers’ lead two minutes later. Mildenhall’s Shaun Avis made it 2-2 five minutes before the interval. A quick-fire double from Adam Vyse (48’) and Emiel Aiken (51’) gave the visitors a two-goal cushion early in the second half. Craig Calver made it 3-4 four minutes after Aiken’s goal. Tilbury put themselves clear thanks to Ryan Melaugh (62’) and Aromolaran’s second of the afternoon on 64 minutes. The visitors were down to ten men on 86 minutes as Lewis Jaggs was dismissed for two bookable offences and Mildenhall grabbed another late on through substitute Gareth Simpson. Tilbury are now unbeaten in their last three league matches.

Norwich Utd  0 – 2  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Plantation Park                     |   Attendance: 89

Hornchurch struck twice in the first half to continue their 100% start to the league season. Goals from Nathan Cooper (6’) and Kenzer Lee (25’) were enough to give the Urchins’ their 7th straight league win. Norwich are yet to find their first win this term.

Ware 3 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: Wodson Park                     |   Attendance: 68

Ware came from behind to edge Witham at Wodson Park. Pat Ahern gave the visitors the lead on seven minutes, before Yannick Kamanan restored parity on 31 minutes. A Tyler Corlett OG put the hosts ahead eight minutes into the second-half. Town were level with 58 minutes gone as Shamido Pedulu struck. Ware were down to ten men as Ahmed Abdullah was sent off for two bookings with two minutes left. Gareth Madden popped up right though at the end to seal Ware’s fourth win of the season. Witham are now without a win in three league matches.

Bostik Division North Table (after 23rd September 2017 matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 AFC Hornchurch 7 7 0 0 +15 21
2 Haringey Borough 7 6 1 0 +9 19
3 Bowers & Pitsea 8 5 1 2 +9 16
4 Heybridge Swifts 6 5 0 1 +11 15
5 Bury Town 8 4 3 1 +10 15
6 Canvey Island 8 4 3 1 +7 15
7 Dereham Town 8 4 2 2 +2 14
8 Potters Bar Town 7 4 1 2 +5 13
9 Tilbury 8 4 1 3 -3 13
10 Ware 7 4 0 3 +2 12
11 Mildenhall Town 8 4 0 4 0 12
12 Waltham Abbey 7 3 1 3 +3 10
13 Aveley 8 3 1 4 -4 10
14 Hertford Town 7 2 3 2 -8 9
15 Barking 7 2 2 3 0 8
16 Soham Town Rangers 8 2 2 4 -4 8
17 AFC Sudbury 6 2 1 3 -1 7
18 Maldon & Tiptree 6 2 1 3 -3 7
19 Witham Town 8 2 1 5 -5 7
20 Grays Athletic 7 2 0 5 -4 6
21 Brentwood Town 7 1 1 5 -4 4
22 Cheshunt 7 1 1 5 -8 4
23 Romford 8 1 1 6 -13 4
24 Norwich Utd 8 0 1 7 -16 1
               

 

Bostik Division South

Saturday 23rd September

Ashford Utd 3 – 0  Guernsey  | Venue: Homelands | Att: 258

Carshalton Athletic  2 – 2  Phoenix Sports   | Venue: Colston Avenue | Att: 311

Cray Wanderers 3 – 1 Herne Bay   | Venue: Hayes Lane  | Att: 166

Faversham Town 0 – 1 Corinthian Casuals  | Venue: Salters Lane  | Att: 227

Horsham  1 – 5   Sittingbourne  | Venue: Culver Road  | Att: 161

Molesey   4 – 3  Hastings Utd  | Venue: Walton Road  | Att: 75

Shoreham 1 – 0 Greenwich Borough  | Venue: Middle Road | Att: 110

South Park  2 – 2   Hythe Town  | Venue: Whitehall Lane  |  Att: 77

Thamesmead Town  1 – 3  Ramsgate  | Venue: Princes Park  | Att: 74

VCD Athletic  1 – 3  Chipstead  |  Venue: Oakwood | Att: 68

Walton Casuals  1 – 2  Lewes   |  Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub  | Att: 211

Whyteleafe 2 – 1  East Grinstead Town  | Venue: Church Road | Att: 165

 

Bostik Division South Table (after 23rd September 2017 matches)

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
1 Whyteleafe 9 6 2 1 +10 20
2 Lewes 8 6 2 0 +6 20
3 Sittingbourne 9 5 3 1 +9 18
4 South Park 8 5 2 1 +13 17
5 Walton Casuals 8 5 1 2 +8 16
6 Corinthian Casuals 8 5 1 2 +6 16
7 Carshalton Athletic 6 4 2 0 +7 14
8 Cray Wanderers 8 3 4 1 +8 13
9 Hythe Town 9 4 1 4 +4 13
10 Herne Bay 7 4 0 3 +5 12
11 Phoenix Sports 7 3 3 1 +4 12
12 Greenwich Borough 7 3 2 2 +5 11
13 Molesey 8 3 1 4 -6 10
14 VCD Athletic 9 3 0 6 -10 9
15 Thamesmead Town 6 2 2 2 +2 8
16 Hastings Utd 8 2 2 4 -5 8
17 Chipstead 7 2 1 4 -5 7
18 Horsham 7 2 1 4 -7 7
19 Ashford Utd 8 2 1 5 -7 7
20 Faversham Town 7 2 0 5 -1 6
21 Ramsgate 7 2 0 5 -6 6
22 East Grinstead Town 8 1 2 5 -8 5
23 Shoreham 8 1 1 6 -19 4
24 Guernsey 9 1 0 8 -13 3