Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 10.3.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog.

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South this weekend:


Saturday 10th March

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 Canvey Island
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Att: 245

The Urchins pinched the points late on at Bridge Avenue to continue their march to the Bostik North title. Theo Fairweather-Johnson’s winner four minutes from time sealed the win and they go 14 points clear at the summit. Canvey drop to 4th though they do have the best goal difference of the sides currently in the play-off spots.


Aveley 0 – 1 Ware
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 193

Ware narrowly edged improving Aveley at Parkside. Jordon Watson’s solitary goal was enough to secure the points as Ware go up to 21st, seven points clear of the relegation spot. Aveley are 19th, though only a real barren run of results will see them caught up in the scrap at the bottom.


Bowers & Pitsea P – P  Dereham Town
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Brentwood Town P – P  Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Brentwood Arena |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Bury Town  P – P Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Ram Meadow  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Haringey Borough  3 – 0  AFC Sudbury  | Venue: Coles Park | Att: 119

Haringey continued their promotion push with another win at Coles Park. The Suds fell behind as Anthony McDonald [61′] and Michael O’Donoghue goals [69′] gave the hosts the lead before Jordan Edwards’ late goal sealed the points to take the hosts into 3rd spot, six points behind Bowers in second, having played a game more. Sudbury are 11th, level on points with Bury Town and ten points off the top six.


Maldon & Tiptree  P – P Barking
| Venue: Park Drive |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Norwich Utd  2 – 2 Grays Athletic
| Venue: Plantation Park | Att: 151

The Planters fought back to hold Ath at Plantation Park. Kieran Bishop’s 34-minute penalty gave the visitors the lead before the hosts were awarded a penalty of their own on 64 minutes, which Adam Hipperson duly converted to level things up. Joao Carlos struck three minutes later to give Grays a thin lead again though the hosts grabbed a point thanks to Nathan Stewart’s goal twenty minutes from time. Utd drop to 23rd despite this point and are five points clear of Romford while Grays are 9th, seven points off the play-offs.


Potters Bar Town  4 – 0 Tilbury
| Venue: Pakex Stadium  | Att: 124

Potters Bar continued their impressive first season in Bostik North by dispatching Tilbury at the Pakex. Chris Doyle [8′] gave the hosts an early lead before Michael Murray [pen 45′] doubled that advantage. Late on, goals from Sean Grace [77′] and Doyle’s second of the afternoon with 7 minutes left secured a good afternoon’s work. The Scholars sit 5th, three points clear of Dereham in 7th. Tilbury drop to 17th and a mid-table finish beckons for Joe Keith’s side.


Romford  1 – 4 Hertford Town
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 82

Romford endured another blue afternoon at Ship Lane, falling to a good performance by mid-table Hertford. Goals from Phillip Lowen [5′] and Charlie Ruff [34′] gave the visitors the advantage before Andrew Tirvanhu pulled a goal back for Boro six minutes before half-time. A Michael Toner spot-kick eight minutes after the break and Luke Illsley’s strike [69′] confirmed the win for Town as they rise to 13th. Romford remain bottom and results elsewhere mean they are five points adrift at the bottom.


Soham Town Rangers  2 – 2 Cheshunt
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 109

Soham held improving Cheshunt at Julius Martin Lane. Dave Kendall put the Ambers ahead 18 minutes in, before Sam Mulready levelled for Soham on the stroke of half-time. In a nervy end to this one, Jason Hallett [82′] probably thought he’d sealed three much-needed points though Mulready [86′] struck again to claim a point for his side. Soham sit 18th while Cheshunt drop to 22nd, six points off the bottom.


Witham Town 2 – 0 Waltham Abbey | Venue: Spa Road | Att: 81

Witham pinched this one late on at Spa Road. A brace from substitute Chinedu Osadebe [89′ & 90′] changed the tide of the match and give Adam Flint’s men the points. Town go above their opponents here into 14th while Abbey are 16th.


Bostik Division South R’s – Sat 10th March

Ashford Utd  1 – 3 Lewes  | Att: 283

Carshalton Athletic  5 – 0 Molesey  | Att: 283

Corinthian-Casuals  2 – 1 Thamesmead Town | Att: 81

East Grinstead Town  P – P Horsham |

Greenwich Borough  1 – 0  Faversham Town   Att: 81

Guernsey  3 – 0  Sittingbourne  | Att: 628

Hythe Town  2 – 1 Cray Wanderers  | Att: 188

Phoenix Sports  3 – 1 Herne Bay  | Att: 94

Ramsgate  3 – 0 Chipstead   | Att: 151

Shoreham  P – P Walton Casuals   |

South Park  P – P VCD Athletic  |

Whyteleafe 1 – 0 Hastings Utd  | Att: 168


That’s all for this week, thank you for reading.


Bostik League North (& Sth) Round-up (BLN 11.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog.

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South this weekend:

Saturday 10th February


AFC Hornchurch 2 – 1  Haringey Borough
| Venue: Bridge Avenue  | Att: 158

Hornchurch secured another three points at Bridge Avenue. The Urchins led 28 minutes in through George Purcell’s opener before Purcell [72′] grabbed his brace. Lionel Stone pulled one back for Borough four minutes from time though Haringey fell to their fourth loss in their last nine matches as they stay seventh. Hornchurch maintain their heady gap at the summit after their fourth win on-the-trot.


Barking P – P Cheshunt | Venue: Mayesbrook Park  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Brentwood Town  P – P Canvey Island  | Venue: Brentwood Arena |

This match was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Bury Town 2 – 1  Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Ram Meadow  | Att: 337

Bury Town emerged from this battle with the victory. Influential player Cemal Ramadan found the net once again five minutes before the break to give the hosts the lead before Thomas Debenham [57′] replied for the Hall. The hosts grabbed the points thanks to Ollie Hughes’ winner 12 minutes from time and in doing so their second straight win, remaining in 9th place. Mildenhall’s second loss in their last six matches sees them drop to 18th.


Grays Athletic 2 – 2 Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 174

This tussle ended honours-even at Parkside. Maldon struck twice either side of the break through recent signings Jimmy Shepherd [36′] and Joe Ellul [51′] to put the pressure on Ath. The hosts responded late on though as Stanley Muguo [79′] & ex-Hertford striker Tommy Wade [87′] secured a point for Jamie Stuart’s side. Grays remain 11th after four draws in their last seven matches while Maldon have lost three of their last eight encounters, they reside in 6th.


Heybridge Swifts  6 – 1  Ware
| Venue: Scraley Road  | Att:193

Heybridge powered to a fine win over strugglers Ware at Scraley Road. Ryan Henshaw’s 5th-minute goal put Jody Brown’s side ahead, before Marcus Milner [16′] levelled for the visitors. Matt Price [27′], Harrison Chatting [31′] and Juan Luque [44′] struck to give Swifts a big lead at the break. Price [66′ & 77′] completed his hat-trick to give the hosts a second straight win, they rise to 13th. Ware’s 4th loss in their last seven matches sees them stay 21st.


Potters Bar Town  0 – 1  Aveley
| Venue: Pakex Stadium  | Att: 121

Aveley struck early to claim an excellent win at Potters Bar. Ryan Cosson came up trumps with the winner eight minutes in. The Millers also had to see out the last 23 minutes with ten man following George Doyle’s dismissal. The hosts’ six-match unbeaten run ended here though they stay 3rd. Aveley stay 19th after their 4th win in their last 5.


Romford  0 – 2  Dereham Town  | Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 58

Dereham added to Boro’s pain with a routine win at Ship Lane. Sam Borrer [45′] and Ryan Crisp [69′] goals secured the win for a Town side that ended the match a man down after Seamus Kelleher’s dismissal 15 minutes from the end. Romford’s 5th straight loss sees them remain second-bottom, a point clear of Cheshunt. Dereham’s recent run of just one defeat in their last ten sees them up to 4th spot.


Soham Town Rangers  5 – 0  Hertford Town
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Att: 134

Soham secured a handsome win over Hertford at Julius Martin Lane. The hosts were three-up at the break through goals from Joe Carden [15′], Callum Russell [28′] and Marcus Hall [37′]. After the break, Craig Gillies struck just past the hour before Russell [68′] gothis brace to give Soham their 3rd win in their last four to rise to 15th. Hertford’s 5th loss in their last nine sees them drop below Soham into 16th spot.

Tilbury  0 – 0  AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Chadfields  | Att: 81

Tilbury held the Suds at Chadfields to a goal-less stalemate. The hosts recent run has seen them pick up two wins in their last nine matches, as they fall to 17th. Sudbury’s unbeaten run extend to five matches now as they remain 10th in the table.

Waltham Abbey 0 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue:  Capershotts  | Att: 83

Bowers edged to the victory at a soggy Capershotts. Substitute Charlee Hughes [62′] grabbed his first goal for the club, just a minute after entering the action to secure the win. Abbey’s 7th-straight loss sees them down to 14th while Bowers remain 2nd after their 6th win in their last 7, gaining ground on Potters Bar Town in 3rd.

Witham Town P – P Norwich Utd   | Venue: Spa Road  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Bostik Division South  – Saturday 10th February 2018


Chipstead  2 – 2   Molesey     | Att: 68

Corinthian-Casuals  2 – 0  Horsham   | Att: 203

East Grinstead Town 1 – 1  Faversham Town  | Att: 70

Greenwich Borough 1 – 3  VCD Athetic    | Att: 71

Guernsey 2 – 2  Thamesmead Town    | Att: 530

Hastings Utd  2 – 1  Ashford Utd  | Att: 420

Herne Bay P – P  South Park

Hythe Town 6 – 0  Shoreham  | Att: 175

Lewes P – P  Carshalton Athletic

Phoenix Sports 2 – 5  Whyteleafe  | Att: 122

Ramsgate 1 – 2  Cray Wanderers   | Att: 186

Sittingbourne  P – P  Walton Casuals




Bostik Division North (& South) Round-up (BLN 4.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog.

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South this weekend:

Saturday 3rd February


AFC Sudbury 2 – 0 Waltham Abbey
| Venue: King’s Marsh    | Att: 248

A goal in each half secured another three points for the Suds at King’s Marsh. Phil Kelly broke the deadlock nine minutes before half-time before Billy Holland [83′] secured the points late on. Sudbury’s fourth straight league win means they rise to 9th in the table. Abbey’s fifth defeat in-a-row sees them drop to 13th spot.


Aveley  5 – 1  Romford    | Venue: Parkside  | Att: 234

Aveley powered a bit comprehensive win over strugglers Romford at Parkside. First-half goals from Connor Witherspoon [12′] and Alex Teniola [32′] put the Millers in charge. Teniola completed his hat-trick [47′ & 56′] before the hour mark to seal the win. Bryan Kyungu pulled one back 12 minutes from time for Boro’ though substitute Tony Martin added a fifth on 90 minutes. Aveley’s unbeaten run sits at four matches now as they go up to 18th place while Romford have suffered four straight losses and remain second-bottom, just a point ahead of Cheshunt.


Bowers & Pitsea 4 – 2  Bury Town
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Att: 73

Bowers secured their fifth win their last six matches despite a late Town comeback at the Len Salmon Stadium. John Easterford gave the hosts a fourth-minute lead before Lewis Manor made it a two a minute into the second-half. Manor secured his brace with 20 minutes remaining before goals from Cemal Ramadan [72′] and Darren Mills [75′] threatened to derail the hosts’ afternoon. Late on, David Knight [90′] made sure of the points to keep Bowers 2nd, top of the chasing pack but 13 points behind leaders Hornchurch. Bury Town’s fourth defeat on-the-trot sees them fall to 11th spot.


Canvey Island  1 – 1  Barking
| Venue: Park Lane  | Att: 258

Canvey came back to claim a point against Barking at Park Lane. Another Billy Jones spot-kick [25′] gave Justin Gardner’s side the lead though Frankie Merrifield [53′] levelled, before the same player was dismissed late on for two bookings. CIFC stay 4th, seven points adrift of Bowers in the promotion places while Barking stay 8th, five points off the play-offs.


Cheshunt 1 – 1  Witham Town
| Venue: Theobalds Lane   | Att: 132

Witham held the Ambers at Theobalds Lane. The hosts led nine minutes after the re-start through Jason Hallett though Town’s Correy Davidson [74′] restored parity to make it two defeats from their last eight for Adam Flint’s men, who go up to 12th spot. Cheshunt remain bottom after one win in their last ten matches now.


Dereham Town  2 – 1  Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Aldiss Park  | Att: 152

Heybridge’s winless stretch continued as they fell to defeat at play-off chasing Dereham. Goals from Rhys Logan [37′] & Matthew Castellan [70′] put the hosts in command before Joe Gardner reduced the arrears five minutes later. Dereham remain 5th after their 3rd win in their last six outings. Swifts drop to 19th as their winless run extends to seven matches.


Haringey Borough  1 – 0  Brentwood Town
| Venue: Coles Park  | Att: 135

Haringey edged struggling Brentwood at Coles Park. Michael Ademiluyi’s 19th-minute goal was enough to secure Borough’s second win in their last five matches, they stay 7th, a point off the play-off’s. Town’s winless run sits at four matches as they remain 21st, five points off the bottom.


Hertford Town  0 – 3  AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park  | Att: 251

The Urchins overcame mid-table Hertford to maintain their lengthy gap at the summit. A brace from Theo Fairweather-Johnson [8′ & 42′] and a George Purcell penalty with 20 minutes left secured the leaders’ sixth win in their last eight matches. Hertford’s third match without a win sees them remain 14th.


Maldon & Tiptree  3 – 1   Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Park Drive  | Att: 82

Maldon secured a good victory over mid-table Soham at Park Drive. The Jammers led 16 minutes in through Kieran Bailey’s opener before Lee Chaffey [65′] levelled for the visitors. This spurred Kevin Horlock’s side on as Oluwole Akinsanya [69′] struck to give the hosts the lead once again before Rhys Henry added a third on the cusp of full-time. Maldon remain 6th despite their mixed form of late. Soham’s first loss in four matches sees them slide to 17th spot.


Mildenhall Town  2 -1  Grays Athletic
| Venue: Recreation Way    | Att: 185

A first-half double-salvo ensured the points for the ‘Hall at Recreation Way with Matthew Green [21′] & Jake Chambers-Shaw [27′] supplying that lead. Grays clinched a late consolation through James Folkes eight minutes from time though Ath have now only won one out of their last six outings & drop to 10th spot. Mildenhall’s 3rd win in their last five matches sees them up to 15th spot.


Norwich Utd  0 – 1   Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Plantation Park  | Att:

In-form Potters Bar claimed a narrow win at Plantation Park as a Eoin Casey goal on 13 minutes was enough to give the Scholars their fifth win in their last seven matches and open up a three-point lead over Canvey in 4th spot. The Planters’ indifferent form continues as they remain 22nd, five points clear of the solitary relegation spot.


Tilbury  2 – 1  Ware   | Venue: Chadfields    | Att: 85

Tilbury trimuphed over tan-man Ware at Chadfields. Siju Odelusi’s 25th-minure strike gave the Dockers the lead before Harley Haag [36′] levelled for John Dreyer’s side. Three minutes after the break, hot-shot Toby Aromolaran grabbed the winner to give the hosts only their second win in their last eight matches. Ware’s Acea Laurent was dismissed with 16 minutes remaining as they suffered their first defeat in four outings. Tilbury rise to 16th while Ware remain 20th.



Bostik Division South R’s (3.2.18)

Ashford Utd 0 – 1 Corinthian-Casuals   | Att: 243

Carshalton Athletic  2 – 1  Hythe Town | Att: 335

Cray Wanderers 1 – 1 East Grinstead Town | Att: 140

Faversham Town  0 – 2 Chipstead    | Att: 175

Horsham  0 – 2 Greenwich Borough | Att: 154

Molesey P – P Herne Bay | Shoreham P – P Guernsey

South Park  P – P  Sittingbourne (all 3 due to unfit pitches)

Thamesmead Town 0 – 0 Lewes  | Att: 124

VCD Athletic 1 – 1 Hastings Utd  | Att: 81

Walton Casuals  3 – 1  Phoenix Sports | Att: 157

Whyteleafe  1 – 0  Ramsgate     | Att: 124




Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 27.1.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. Ahead of the Saturday action, Friday night’s match between Brentwood Town v Aveley was postponed due to an unfit pitch.

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South this weekend:

Saturday 27th January


AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 Norwich Utd

| Venue: Briidge Avenue | Attendance: 208

The Urchins left it late though grabbed the win over Utd at Bridge Avenue. George Purcell got the solitary goal two minutes from time to give the hosts the win after their midweek home defeat to Barking. In doing so, Jimmy McFarlane’s men extended their lead at the summit to ten points. The Planters’ five-match unbeaten run ended here and they are third-bottom, six points clear of bottom side Cheshunt.


Barking 1 – 0 Dereham Town

| Venue: Mayesbrook Park   | Attendance: 61

Barking grabbed their second narrow win in less than a week with this success at Mayesbrook Park. A Billy Jones penalty on the half-hour was enough to secure the points and with it Barking’s third win in their last six league outings and sit in 7th place, three points outside the play-off positions. Dereham are now winless in their last three matches, residing in 5th place.


Bury Town 1 – 2 Cheshunt

| Venue: Ram Meadow | Attendance: 243

Cheshunt picked up a crucial win courtesy of a late comeback at Ram Meadow. Kyran Clements put Town ahead ten minutes after the interval though late strikes from Jason Hallett [85′] and substitute Kyle Roberts [90’+1] sealed a dramatic turnaround for Craig Edwards’ side. Bury Town have now lost three on-the-trot and are in 10th place. Cheshunt’s eight-match winless run ended here and the bottom side gained ground on the sides above them, and are now only two points adrift of nearest rivals Romford.


Grays Athletic 1 – 1 Hertford Town

| Venue: Parkside   | Attendance: 185

Grays were held by fellow mid-table outfit Hertford at Parkside. Jamie Slabber put Ath ahead on 27 minutes though on-loan Billericay Town forward Charlie Cole [58′] levelled to claim a point. Grays’ fifth draw in their last ten matches sees them in 9th place. Hertford’s unbeaten run stretches to four league matches now and they are 14th.


Heybridge Swifts 0 – 1 AFC Sudbury

| Venue: Scraley Road | Attendance: 241

Swifts’ disappointing run continued as they narrowly lost out to in-form Sudbury. Recent signing Phil Kelly got the only goal three minutes in to claim the Suds’ third win in their last six matches, they rise to 11th in the table. Heybridge’s fourth defeat in succession sees them 18th though they still have at least nine games in hand over the majority of teams around them.


Potters Bar Town 1 – 0 Bowers & Pitsea

| Venue: Pakex Stadium   | Attendance: 134

The Scholars picked another another good win, this time edging out promotion hopefuls Bowers & Pitsea. Eoin Casey struck five minutes from time to give the hosts their sixth win in their last ten league matches and rise to 4th spot, seven points behind their opponents here. Rob Small’s side saw their four-match winning run ended here though remain in 2nd place, ten points behind AFCHornchurch.


Romford 0 – 2 Canvey Island

| Venue: Ship Lane   | Attendance: 162

Canvey emerged victorious in this encounter at Ship Lane. Second-half goals from Mitchell Gilbey [64′] and George Sykes [85′] were enough to seal the points and give the Islanders their third win in their last five matches as they sit in the table. Romford’s third defeat in their last six encounters means they remain second-bottom though they lead Cheshunt by only two points.


Soham Town Rangers 3 – 0 Haringey Borough

| Venue: Julius Martin Lane  | Attendance: 135

Soham saw off the challenge of out-of-form Boro to claim the win here. Craig Gillies struck on the cusp of half-time to give the hosts the lead, before second-half strikes from Callum Russell [62′] and Joe Carden [69′] ensured the hosts fifth win in their last ten matches and they rise to 15th place in the table. Haringey’s winless stretch now stands at four matches as they are now in 8th spot, four points away from the play-offs.


Tilbury 2 – 5 Mildenhall Town

| Venue: Chadfields   | Attendance: 71

Tilbury were undone by a first-half onslaught as Mildenhall claim the victory at Chadfields. Thomas Debenham struck twice [4′ & 22′] either side of a Gareth Simpson goal [12′] to give the visitors the advantage before Siju Odelusi pulled one back for Joe Keith’s side. Debenham secured his hat-trick just shy of the half-hour before Adam Vyse made it 2-4 on the hour mark. Mildenhall’s Debenham capped a special afternoon for him with his fourth goal seven minutes from time. Tilbury’s fourth defeat in their last six matches sees them fall to 17th place while Town have only tasted defeat twice in their last nine matches now and they are in 16th place, ahead of Tilbury on goal difference.


Waltham Abbey 0 – 1 Maldon & Tiptree

| Venue: Capershotts   | Attendance: 82

Maldon edged Abbey to claim the win and end their three-match winless mini-run. Keanu Williams’s goal on the hour did the job for Kevin Horlock’s side. Abbey have now lost four league matches in-a-row as they reside in 12th place while Maldon are occupying the last play-off spot in 6th.


Witham Town 0 – 1 Ware  | Venue: Spa Roadn

Ware continued their ‘mini-revival’ under John Dreyer with a narrow win at Spa Road. Unfortunately for the hosts, a Lance Akins OG four minutes from time gave the visitors all three points and their third win in their last five matches as they sit 20th, eight points clear of the relegation spot while Witham suffered only their second loss in their last seven outings here and are in 13th place.


Bostik Division South results – Sat 27th January

Chipstead 3 – 1 VCD Athletic  | Venue: High Road  | Att: 64

Corinthian Casuals 1 – 0 Faversham Town
| Venue: King George’s Field  | Att: 184

East Grinstead Town 1 – 8  Whyteleafe  | Venue: College Lane | Att: 120

Greenwich Borough 4 – 0 Shoreham  | Venue: DGS Marine Stadium | Att: 86

Guernsey 1 – 1 Ashford Utd | Venue:  | Venue: Footes Lane | Att: 687

Hastings Utd  3 – 0  Molesey   | Venue: The Pilot Field  | Att: 402

Herne Bay 2 – 1  Cray Wanderers  | Venue: Winch’s Field  | Att: 219

Hythe Town 3 – 2  South Park    | Venue: Reachfields  | Att: 235

Lewes 1 – 1 Walton Casuals  | Venue: The Dripping Pan | Att: 648

Phoenix Sports 1 – 1 Carshalton Athletic
| Venue: The Mayplace Ground  | Att: 104

Ramsgate 2 – 3 Thamesmead Town | Venue: Southwood | Att: 176

Sittingbourne 1 – 3 Horsham  | Venue: Woodstock Park   | Att: 159


That’s your lot for this week. Thanks for reading.




Match Report: AFC Hornchurch 3 – 4 Brentwood Town (BLN 1.1.18)

Isthmian League Division North

Venue: Bridge Avenue

Attendance: 243

New Year’s Day (Mon 1st Jan 2018) 3pm KO

2017-18 Season: Match 49

AFC Hornchurch: Red & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Brentwood Town: Sky Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Sky Blue Socks


Warm-up before KO (AFC H v BT – BLN 1.1.18)
The teams on their way out before KO (AFC H v BT – BLN 1.1.18)

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On the first day of 2018, I travelled to another new ground for me, Bridge Avenue to see leaders AFC Hornchurch take on the inconsistent Brentwood Town in another Isthmian League Division North encounter. The hosts were without the likes of Kenzer Lee and Eliott Styles as Leon McKenzie and George Purcell led the attack, with Theo Fairweather-Johnson and Tobi Joseph options from the bench. Brentwood, who have shown they have a result in them this term were led up front by Matt Price and Andy Freeman with skipper Matt Hall in midfield and forward Izzy Bademosi on the bench.

The visitors started strongly and went ahead on four minutes as forward Matt Price calmly slotted past home goalkeeper Sam Mott into the right corner. The hosts still didn’t stir as Town doubled their lead only three minutes later with full-back Jack Gardner’s speculative shot decieving Mott and finding its way in. Hornchurch found some urgency on 21 minutes as bustling target-man Leon McKenzie teed up strike partner George Purcell though the latter couldn’t get a shot away.

For the next few minutes, both sides traded chances with Price firing over for the Blues and Purcell also unable to find the target from 20 yards out for the Urchins. Brentwood also had to withstand pressure from the odd set-piece too though they extended their lead on the half-hour as winger Alfie Hilton’s ball found its way to Price who found fellow forward Andy Freeman who acrobatically lashed home to give the hosts the proverbial ‘mountain to climb’ in this match.

McKenzie headed over the bar five minutes before the interval though in my view, the Urchins endured a forgettable half in both penalty areas. Town had taken their chances at the right time and rightly led at the break.

Half-Time: AFC Hornchurch 0 – 3 Brentwood Town

Soon after the break, the hosts brought on Messrs Fairweather-Johnson & Joseph in place of defender Jed Chouman & winger Matthias Famino. The changes worked as seven minutes into the second half, Fairweather-Johnson’s shot was blocked for a corner, from which Brentwood conceded a spot-kick for an adjudged hand-ball which Purcell duly tucked away into the left corner, past visiting custodian Anthony Page to lessen the arrears.

The long second-half continued for the Blues as skipper Matt Hall had to clear one effort off the goal-line. Soon after, Fairweather-Johnson’s headed over from Purcell’s cross. Hornchurch ‘stopper Mott then reacted well to deny Freeman’s drive on the hour before minutes later being called into action again to deny Price’s lofted effort as Brentwood attempted to make the points safe.

Brentwood were defending fairly deep as the Urchins sensed they could get back into this encounter, having the majority of the play in the last 20 minutes or so, though Town held firm, led well at the back by central defenders Harry Gibbs and Brendan Cavalier. On a rare foray forward with three minutes of normal time remaining, substitute Izzy Bademosi was found very well by midfielder Theo Jones’ cross from the left flank and the striker made no mistake, slotting home past Mott.

Brentwood defending late on.. (BLN 1.1.18)

The Urchins were far from done though against a tiring Blues defence as firstly McKenzie nodded home at the far post with moments remaining. Then in added time, the Urchins were awarded another spot-kick after Joseph was fouled in the area, which Purcell once again converted.

Unfortunately for the Urchins, they’d given themselves too much to do after the interval though the visitors were still relieved to hear the final whistle sound that ended a tough encounter here. Promotion rivals Bowers & Pitsea’s defeat means that Jimmy McFarlane’s side remain top of the pile by three points, while Brentwood’s triumph sees them up one to 19th place, nine points clear of bottom side Cheshunt.

Full-Time: AFC Hornchurch 3 – 4 Brentwood Town

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to AFC Hornchurch for their hospitality & wish both sides well for the rest of the season. And also, thanks to you for reading. Happy New Year!

AFC Hornchurch

Sam Mott (GK), Alex Bentley (Capt), Jay Porter, Jed Chouman (Tobi Joseph 47′), Nathan Cooper, Olumide Oluwatimilehin, Matthias Finimo (Theo Fairweather-Johnson 47′), Sean Roberts, Leon McKenzie, George Purcell, Bradley Warner

Goal-scorers: George Purcell [Pen 53′ & Pen 90’+1], Leon McKenzie [88′]

Booked: McKenzie, Bentley   | Subs Not Used: Hursit, Livings & Collis

Brentwood Town

Anthony Page (GK), Jack Gardner, Connor Martin, Theo Jones (Ollie Bell 87′), Harry Gibbs, Brendan Cavalier, Alfie Hilton (Izzy Bademosi 75′), Matt Hall (Capt), Matt Price, Andy Freeman, Luke Foster (James Pugsley 67′)

Goal-scorers: Matt Price [4′], Jack Gardner [7′], Andy Freeman [30′], Izzy Bademosi [87′]

Booked: Gibbs, Hall  | Subs Not Used: Wiggins, Mitchell

Referee: Elliott Kaye

Assistant Referees: Farai Hallam & Endrit Malaveci

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.

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