Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 19 Jan) [BLN 20.1.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This article looks at the action on Saturday 19th January. How did your side do?
Saturday 19th January 2019

AFC Sudbury  4 – 3  Tilbury     | King’s Marsh (3G) | Att: 230

The Suds had to really work to see off resurgent Tilbury at King’s Marsh. The Dockers took a shock lead after two minutes through talisman Lewis Smith. Joe Whight restored parity on 22 minutes for the home side though the visitors had the better of the first half as Smith completed his hat-trick with goals on 37 minutes and a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time. The home side roared back though with two goals in six minutes from Reece Harris on 69 minutes and Tom Dettmar five minutes afterward. Billy Holland completed a superb comeback with the winner with nine minutes left. Their 5th win in their last seven stay 6th, five points off Coggeshall in the last play-off spot. Tilbury’s five-match unbeaten stretch ended here as they dropped to tenth.

Barking  1 – 3  Canvey Island | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 84

Canvey maintained their recent unbeaten run with a good win at Mayesbrook Park. Mark Bentley’s team were two ahead by the half-hour, thanks to Adam Vyse’s opener [22′] and Frankie Merrifield’s effort seven minutes later. Martin Tuohy got in on the goal action midway through the second-half to seal the points for the Islanders. Tobi Joseph’s late goal was scant consolation for a Barking side who drop to 13th. Canvey rise to 8th spot.

Basildon Utd  2 – 1  Brentwood Town  | Gardiners Close  | Att: 128

The relief was palpable as the Bees finally got a home win after a long wait. Two goals in the first 20 minutes from ex-ESL pair Jeffrey Cobblah [9′] and Mattheus Santos [18′] put Neil Blackburn’s side ahead, before Tony Stokes halved the deficit eight minutes after the break. The Bees held off the challenge of the visitors to end their recent 12-match run without a win. Basildon rise above Town to 11th.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 2  Coggeshall Town  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att:

Bowers edged a real top-five battle at the Len Salmon. Callum Leahy’s header put Rob Small’s side ahead on eight minutes. That slender lead persisted at the break. Six minutes into the second half, Nnamdi Nwachuku levelled the match for Cogg. Lewis Manor restored Bowers lead [65′] though Nwachuku pegged the hosts back with his second of the afternoon seven minutes later. Manor hit back though as he got the crucial goal & his brace on 77 minutes to give the hosts their 7th win in their last eight as they lead by six points at the top. Cogg drop to fifth after their third loss in five.

Bury Town  2 – 0  Felizstowe & Walton Utd | Ram Meadow  | Att: 425

A quick-fire double saw Bury Town to a solid success over Felixstowe. Ryley Scott gave the hosts the lead on 24 minutes, before Jake Chambers-Shaw doubled that lead a mere three minutes later. The visitors could find no answer though and succumbed to their 5th loss in their last eight games as they reside in 14th. Bury rise to 7th, six points off the play-offs.

Dereham Town  1  – 1  Aveley   | Aldiss Park | Att: 224

Aldiss Park saw Dereham hold high-flying Aveley. The Millers took the lead on 41 minutes through the prolific Andy Freeman four minutes before the break. Matthew Castellan levelled things on 72 minutes to end a three-match losing run to inch closer to the sides above them. Aveley’s recent run of one loss in seven sees them in 4th, though they do have two games in hand on the top three sides.

 

Grays Athletic  0 – 1  Witham Town  | Parkside (3G) | Att: 235

Witham narrowly won this one, thanks to a Kevin Coyle goal on 66 minutes to give Town their sixth win in their last seven matches to send Mark Ashford’s side seven points clear of the bottom two. Grays are in the middle of a blip at present with one win in their last six, they drop to 9th.

Great Wakering Rovers  2 – 1 Romford  | Burroughs Park  | Att: 126

I attended this match: here’s my report from a tense scrap at Burroughs Park: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/01/20/match-report-great-wakering-2-1-romford-sat-19-jan-bln-20-1-19/

Maldon & Tiptree  5 – 1  Mildenhall Town | Park Drive  | Att: 130

Maldon got a resounding win over lowly Mildenhall at Park Drive. Wayne Brown’s team were three goals ahead at half-time as Jerome Slew’s 21st-minute opener was added to by a brace by Kojo Awotwi [30′ & 42′]. Michael Brothers made it four on 73 minutes and although Jarid Robson’s goal for the visitors two minutes from time was a rare chink of hope in this game for the Hall, Slew struck again on the 90 to complete the win. The Jammers rise to 2nd spot after this win while the Hall remain third-bottom.

Soham Town Rangers  3 – 1  Heybridge Swifts  | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 142

Soham got arguably the ‘result of the day’ with a fine victory over Heybridge. Sam Mulready struck on 14 minutes though Swifts powered level nine minutes later thanks to Kreshnic Krasniqi. Callum Russell’s brace was the difference though on 54 & 63 minutes to give Robbie Mason’s side a third win in their last four and pull four points clear of the bottom two. Swifts’ eight-match unbeaten run ended here and drop to 3rd on goal difference.

That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Bostik League North (Sat 15 Dec) [BLN 16.12.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up  of action this weekend that took place in the Bostik League Division North as every match did take place on the rain-drenched Saturday 15th of December.

Saturday 15th December

AFC Sudbury  8 – 2  Dereham Town  | Venue: King’s Marsh (3G)  | Att: 194

The Suds absolutely vanquished sorry Dereham with this massive win at King’s Marsh. The hosts led thanks to a brace from Paul Hayes [22’ & 40’] and a third from Callum Harrison, three minutes before the break put the hosts in command. The onslaught continued soon after the restart as Reece Harris smashed a hat-trick inside nine minutes [53’, 58’ & 61’] to erase any doubt as to where the points were heading. Joe Gatting did give the travelling support ‘something to shout about’ with a 67th-minute goal though Tom Monk made it 7 – 1 on 86 minutes. Gatting got his second two minutes later for the visitors before Mekhi McKenzie completed the rout on the cusp of full-time.

Sudbury claimed their fourth win in their last eight games and soit 9th spot while Dereham fall to the foot of the table following a run of six matches without a win.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 1  Soham Town Rangers   | Venue: Len Salmon Stadium  (3G)  |    At: 86

Bowers had super-sub David Knight to thank for this victory at the Len Salmon. Soham have shown sprinkles of revival of late and did take the lead on 25 minutes here through Sam Mulready’s spot-kick. Crucially though, that lead didn’t quite last until half-time as Lewis Manor levelled for Rob Small’s side just before the break. This ended up giving the hosts some impetus after the break as Knight got a brace [63’ & 90’] to secure Bowers’ their third straight win  which takes them back to the summit of Bostik North. Soham’s third loss in their last five sees them fall to second-bottom.

Bury Town  2 – 1  Barking    | Venue:  Ram Meadow   |  Att: 240

Town overcame the Blues thanks to two goals from key man Ollie Hughes. He got the opener on 25 minutes though Darelle Russell eliminated that lead eleven minutes afterward. The hosts re-took the lead right before the interval as Hughes grabbed his second of the afternoon and with no further goals in the second period; Town’s four-match winless run is over as they sit in 8th spot. Barking reside in 14th place.

Canvey Island  0 – 1  Witham Town   | Venue: Park Lane  | Att: 121

Witham continued their recent upturn in form with a terrific win at Canvey. Johnny Ashman got the only goal on 62 minutes to give Mark Ashford’s men their third straight win to catapult them out of the bottom two, into 16th. Canvey’s inconsistent form reared its head again with their 5th loss in their last eight matches here which saw them drop to 11th.

Coggeshall Town  3 – 0  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: West Street | Att: 64

Coggeshall continued their good home form with a strong performance at West Street. Sam Bantick put the hosts ahead after 29 minutes before Connor Hubble doubled that lead on 62 minutes. Rovers had Brian Moses and Jake Gordon among their front line though Cogg sealed the win thanks to Ross Wall’s goal ten minutes from time. The hosts have only tasted defeat once n their last eight and rise to 3rd spot, just three points off leaders Bowers. Wakering are winless in their last four now and fall to 15th.

 

Grays Athletic  2 – 2  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Parkside (3G)  |  Att: 204

These two playing-off chasing sides couldn’t be separated at Parkside. The Bees took the initiative three minutes before the interval as Luke Stanley struck. Ryan Reed inadvertently levelled for the hosts by putting through his own net on 63 minutes though Callum Taylor struck from 12 yards with nine minutes and caretaker boss Lee Connor may have thought they may have earned the three points. It wasn’t to be though as Aron Gordon got Ath another draw with his strike four minutes later. Grays stay 6th despite not winning in their last three games while Bas remain two points behind in 7th and today have appointed Laindon Orient boss Neil Blackburn as their new manager until the end of the season.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 1  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Venue: Park Drive | Att: 122

Maldon produced a stirring comeback to claim all three points at Park Drive. Miles Powell put the Seasiders ahead on 61 minutes though two goals in two minutes swayed the direction of the points as a spot-kick by DeCarrey Sheriff on 74 minutes plus Eddie Dsane’s winner a mere minute later sealed the match’s fate. Utd have lost three on-the-bounce now and drop to 13th while the Jammers rise to 2nd spot, just two points off leaders Bowers after 7 wins in their last eight matches.

 

 

Mildenhall Town  0 – 6  Brentwood Town |   Venue: Recreation Way  |  Att: 110

Brentwood pummeled the Hall to add to their hosts’ misery at Recreation Way. Charlee Hughes continued his fantastic recent scoring run with a hat-trick, firstly to put the hosts ahead on 29 minutes and then added two more in the latter stages [72’ & 76’]. Tony Stokes also grabbed a pair of strikes, one from the spot on the hour and late on [82’]. Goalkeeper Rob Budd also scored with 11 minutes remaining to complete a stellar day for Craig Shipman’s improving side – their third win in their last four, which helps them rise to tenth. Mildenhall have only had one success in their last eight now and are a point clear of the bottom two in 17th.

 

Romford  1 – 5  Heybridge Swifts   |   Venue: Rookery Hill   |  Att: 118

Heybridge continued their fine form with a big win at beleaguered Romford. The dependable Matt Price stroked home a penalty on 21 minutes to give Swifts the lead. Debutant Reece Hewitt levelled for Boro four minutes before the break though full-back Guillem Ramon struck right on half-time to give the visitors the lead once again. Price got his second [62’] before the visitors made the points safe thanks to strikes by Jack Adlington [76’] and Elliot Ronto three minutes later. The winless stretch extends for Paul Martin’s side, and having lost eight of their last nine outings, they fall to 18th. Swifts have opened up a six-point gap from the play-off chasing pack, thanks to their fourth win on-the-spin.

 

Tilbury   3 – 0  Aveley   |   Venue: Chadfields |  Att: 159

The Dockers sent ten-man Aveley to a rare defeat at Chadfields. Oliver Spooner gave Marc Harrison’s side the lead on the half-hour mark before Aveley saw Dan Humphreys dismissed. The hosts took advantage as Lewis Smith [75’] and George Sykes late on sealed the points to take them up to 12th. Aveley drop to 4th on goal difference after their 13-match unbeaten streak ended here.

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Fri 16/Sat 17 Nov) [BLN 18.11.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the latest of my regular round-ups of the action in Bostik Division North this weekend. How did your side do? Following that are the results from both the Bostik South Central and Bostik South East Divisions this weekend.

Friday 16th Nov

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Witham Town   1 – 3  Aveley  | Spa Road  | Att: 166

Aveley started off the weekend’s action with a win at Spa Road. Tom Richardson put the visitors here ahead after only three minutes, although Johnny Ashman levelled for Town only six minutes later. The Millers found another gear after the break though as goals from Sam Cross [49’] and Reggie Hubbard [90’] saw them to a fourth straight win and leave their hosts still bottom of the standings.

Sat 17th Nov

Barking  2 – 1  Soham Town Rangers | Mayesbrook Park | Att: 73

The Blues took advantage of a good start here to record their third win in their last six outings. Joshua Davidson broke the deadlock after seven minutes before Darelle Russell made it two with 34 minutes on the watch. Soham responded late on through prolific scorer Sam Mulready though they fell to their 5th loss in their last six matches and remain second-bottom. Barking sit 12th.

Basildon Utd  0 – 1  Felixstowe & Walton Utd   | Gardiners Close | Att: 100

The new era at the Bees under joint-managers Michael Walther and Lee Connor started with a narrow defeat at home to Felixstowe. Sam Ford got the only goal after 27 minutes to the visitors to their sixth win of the season thus far and they reside in ninth place. Basildon’s winless stretch extends to six matches now and therefore drop to 5th place.

Brentwood Town  3 – 0  Bowers & Pitsea   | Brentwood Arena  | Att: 190

Town got arguably the result of their league season thus far by defeating under-par Bowers and consequently ending their unbeaten streak this term. The hosts broke the stalemate thanks to goalkeeper James Pellin’s long free-kick midway through the first half. Two former Bowers players struck the other goals with Ryan Mallett [49’] and substitute Charlee Hughes [82’] also netting to give Craig Shipman’s men their third win of the campaign. Rob Small’s side remain top on goal difference.

Bury Town  2 – 3  Coggeshall Town   | Ram Meadow  | Att: 372

Coggeshall went joint-top of the division after coming through in this thriller at Ram Meadow. Cemal Ramadan’s spot-kick after four minutes gave the hosts the lead though two quick-fire goals from Curtis Haynes-Brown [12’] and Connor Hubble [20’] turned the tide in the visitors’ favour. Ollie Hughes then struck two minutes before the break to make it even-stevens again. Ross Wall got the decisive strike nine minutes after the interval to see Cogg to their sixth win in their last seven matches. Bury remain 8th.

Canvey Island  0 – 2  AFC Sudbury   | Park Lane  | Att: 214

The Suds continued their upturn in form with this good win at out-of-form Canvey. First-half goals from Reece Harris [18’] and Thomas Monk [24’] saw the visitors to the win and have only lost one of their last seven now. Canvey have won only one of their last seven themselves and drop to 12th place.

Grays Athletic  5 – 1  Dereham Town  | Parkside (3G) | Att: 188

Another cracker of a performance saw Ath to a big win at Parkside. It started poorly for Jamie Stuart’s side as Joe Gatting put Town ahead on seven minutes. The hosts showed their spirit soon after as Tommy Wade levelled on the quarter-hour before Joao Carlos’ spot-kick put the hosts ahead just two minutes later. Wade’s second on 59 minutes plus late strikes by Mitchell Hahn [80’] and Michael Finneran four minutes afterward steered Ath to their 5th win in their last six matches, they rise to 6th while Dereham drop to 14th.

Great Wakering Rovers  3 – 2  Heybridge Swifts  | Burroughs Park | Att: 237

Rovers continued their good start to life back in Isthmian North by edging this cracker at Burroughs Park. Jake Gordon’s penalty on eight minutes put them ahead though Odei Martin restored parity for Swifts seven minutes later. Billy Johnson handed the lead back to Garry Kimble’s side on 33 minutes and after Gordon grabbed his brace four minutes into the second half, the hosts had the initiative.
Swifts are made of tough stuff though and Kreshnic Krasniqi’s strike eight minutes from time made it a nervy end, despite Heybridge being down to ten men after forward Matt Price’s dismissal. Wakering’s fifth win this term sees them rise to tenth while Swifts’ first loss under boss Julian Dicks sees them fall to seventh.

Maldon & Tiptree  0 – 0  Tilbury   | Park Drive  | Att: 137

New Dockers boss Marc Harrison began his tenure with a more than respectable draw at Maldon. Maldon are a tough side to beat though with only two defeats in seven now residing in 4th spot while third-bottom Tilbury haven’t won in seven outings now.

Mildenhall Town   2 – 1  Romford  | Recreation Way  | Att: 149

A good first 45 minutes saw Town to eventual victory over Boro at Recreation Way. Emmanuel Osei-Owuso’s eighth-minute strike put the hosts ahead before Aboudhadje Kouassi doubled that advantage ten minutes before the break. Henry Fisher did give Paul Martin’s side hope by reducing the deficit on 61 minutes though they still fell to their 5th straight loss and sit 16th. Town go level on points with their opponents here in 17th after ending their own four-match losing run.

Here’s your results from the Bostik South Central & South East divisions now:

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Before I close, we heard the sad news this week that long-serving Isthmian League President and former Chairman Alan Turvey has died at the age of 85. My very best thoughts to Alan’s family and I am aware he was held in very high regard by many people in Non-League for many years.

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

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 11th Aug) [BLN 12.8.18]

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.

Update: If you’d like audio version of the Bostik Lge round up – it’s here (Click link or add the URL):  m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-extra-results-podcast-13th-august-2018/

 

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.

 

Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 28.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the last action of the regular season, as the outstanding promotion & relegation places were finally settled, as well as the play-off pictures in both divisions.. As usual, the Bostik South results follow at the end.

 

Saturday 28th April

 

AFC Sudbury  1 – 0 Grays Athletic
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 245

The Suds narrowly defeated Grays to rise to 12th spot in the final standings. Phil Kelly’s strike with 12 minutes left sealed the points and give Sudbury their third win in their last seven matches. Grays’ 5th defeat in six means they finish down in 16th after a ‘damp squib’ end to the season, Jamie Stuart’s side will hope next term brings ‘better times’.

 

Aveley  3 – 1 Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 323

Aveley ended their first season at Parkside will a comfortable win over lowly Mildenhall. The platform was laid in the opening 25 minutes as strikes by Tom Richardson [14′] and Tony Martin [25′] gave the hosts a decent lead, though Jake Chambers-Shaw halved the arrears six minutes later for the Hall. Richardson’s second of the afternoon on the stroke of the interval sealed the points.

The Millers finish the season up in 14th, courtesy of their first win in five matches. Meanwhile, Town’s poor end to the campaign (winless in their last ten matches) means they end up in 22nd, six points clear of the solitary relegation spot.

 

Barking  0 – 3  Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 142

The Blues were outplayed by Potters Bar who had a jubilant end to their three-way tussle for the second promotion spot. The visitors led through James Budden’s goal just shy of the half-hour and after the break, a double from Eoin Casey [51′ & 77′] secured Potters Bar’s upward trajectory into the Bostik Premier Division at the first time of asking.

Barking ended their first season back in the division in a highly-respectable 10th spot despite three wins in their last eight outings, while the Scholars held on to second spot thanks to a sterling streak of ten wins in their last 14 matches.

 

Bowers & Pitsea  4 – 1 Brentwood Town
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Att: 163

Bowers missed out on automatic promotion despite a good victory at home to struggling Brentwood. Lewis Manor [1′] and Ben Sartain [6′] goals got Rob Small’s side off to flying start before further strikes by Jamie Dicks [17′] and Martyn Stokes [23′] ended the contest really. On-loan midfielder Tom Ranger got one back for the Blues 11 minutes before half-time but it wasn’t enough to stave off Town’s 6th defeat in their last 12 matches, perhaps influenced by their heavy fixture congestion in the last month or two. Bowers finsh 3rd despite 5 wins in their last eight matches and face a home play-off semi-final with Canvey.

 

Bury Town  1 – 2  Haringey Borough
| Venue: Ram Meadow | Att: 425

Haringey went into the play-offs on the back of yet another win. Lauren Luke broke the deadlock just three minutes in for Borough. Hot-shot Cemal Ramadan levelled from the spot four minutes before the break. Ralston Gabriel struck the winner for the visitors midway through the second half to claim Haringey’s eighth straight win and end the regular season unbeaten in 15 matches to finish fourth, just a point off the second promotion berth. Bury’ inconsistent finale means they end the campaign in 9th spot.

 

Canvey Island  2 – 2  Ware
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 245

Canvey ended the normal 46-game season being held by bottom-six side Ware. Mitchell Gilbey gave CIFC the lead on 25 minutes though the visitors restored parity a minute into the second half thanks to Jordon Watson and led just four minutes afterward

The Islanders finished sixth though recent form hasn’t been the best – six wins in their last 14 matches. Danny Heale’s side face a trip to local rivals Bowers & Pitsea in midweek. Ware end a ambivalent season in 20th after a run of three wins in 11 games. They will look for better next term.

 

Cheshunt  6 – 3  Norwich Utd
| Venue: Theobalds Lane   | Att: 146

The Ambers won an absolutely enthralling contest at Theobalds Lane, which had dire consequences for the Planters. The hosts started strongly as Jason Hallett struck twice [10′ & 28′] either side of a strike by in-form Kyle Roberts [23′]. The Planters, knowing they needed a draw to survive the drop, responded through Adam Hipperson’s spot-kick [36′] and Harry Barker’s goal five minutes later. The visitors levelled as Charlie Hitch found the net nine minutes after the interval. Craig Edwards’ men had a heck of a final say as Ricky Sappleton’s brace [60′ & 81′] and Roberts’ second midway through the half made sure of the hosts’ 5th win in their final 6 to finish up in 18th on 50 points.

Norwich Utd’s 6th loss in the last 11 mean they fell to the bottom on the last day and are relegated to Step 5, most likely the Eastern Counties League.

 

Dereham Town   3 – 2 Hertford Town
| Venue: Aldiss Park  | Att: 102

Dereham edged this one late on to finish the campaign in 8th. Hertford led ten minutes in through on-loan striker Charlie Cole though the hosts powered back courtesy of Matthew Castellan [44′] and Joe Gatting [63′] goals. George Lutaaya levelled once again for ghe visitors with eight minutes left. Substitute Ryan Crisp snatched the winner three minutes later. Hertford’s 7th defeat in 10 means they end in 15th.

 

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 1  Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Scraley Road | Att: 444

Swifts ended the 46-game term with another victory to see them into the play-offs in good touch. Luke Callander [24′] & Juan Luque [42′] both netted to give Jody Brown’s side a half-time lead. Four minutes after the break, Lewis Clayton scored for Soham who then saw Erkan Okay dismissed with 20 minutes left. Heybridge’s 5th straight victory means they finish 5th and face a trip to Haringey Borough in midweek. Soham finish the season in 13th spot.

 

Romford  4 – 2 Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 105

Romford once again refused to accept ‘fate’ and dragged themselves to safety by virtue of this massive win. It didn’t start well as on-loan striker Lee Barnard [9′] continued his scoring run for Maldon though Paul Martin’s side ‘turned the tables’ thanks to goals from Carlos Djalo Oso [17′], Ayo Olukoga [42′] and Kris Newby [49′]. Barnard struck again with seven minutes left to get the nerves jangling for the Boro faithful. Though Greg Akpele scored with a minute left to finally end the season on a massive high and Ship Lane gave them a ‘parting gift’ of sorts – Step 4 status for next term. Maldon end the season 7th and suffered their fourth straight defeat here, the Jammers may well be ‘in the hunt’ next season.

 

Waltham Abbey  2 – 2 AFC Hornchurch (C)
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 124

A topsy-turvy matvh ended all-square at Capershotts. Christian Assombalonga broke the stalemate for the champions on the edge of half-time though moments into the 2nd half, Darelle Russell equalised. Russell got his brace nine minutes later though substitute Theo Fairweather-Johnson [85′] snared a point for the Urchins. Abbey end the season with only one win in thrir last 14 matches to sit 19th while Hornchurch end the season unbeaten in eight outings and with the best defence in the division, with 103 points.

 

Witham Town  0 – 2  Tilbury
| Venue: Spa Road | Att: 122

A Harry Norman double [30′ & 82′] meant the Dockers ended the season with their fourth straight win. Witham have had a good season, ending in 11th after five wins in their last nine. Tilbury finish 17th.

 

Bostik North Play-off Semi-Finals

Wednesday 2nd May

Bowers & Pitsea v Canvey Island  | V: Len Salmon Stadium
Haringey Borough v Heybridge Swifts | V: Coles Park

The Final will be held on Sunday May 6th, I understand.

 

 

Bostik Division South  – Saturday 28th April 2018

 

Ashford Utd  1 – 4  Walton Casuals (P/O)    | Att: 321

Carshalton Athletic (C)  7 – 0 VCD Athletic  | Att: 785

Cray Wanderers (P/O)  4 – 0   Guernsey  | Att: 202

Hastings Utd   1 – 2  Sittingbourne  | Att: 540

Herne Bay  1 – 0  Greenwich Borough (P/O) | Att: 276

Horsham  2 – 5  Whyteleafe |

Hythe Town  1 – 1  Corinthian-Casuals (P/O)  | Att: 493

Lewes (P)  0 – 0  Chipstead  | Att: 1,134

Molesey  2 – 1  Faversham Town  | Att: 56

Phoenix Sports  4 – 0  Shoreham (R)  | Att: 71

Ramsgate  4 – 0  East Grinstead Town   | Att: 204

Thamesmead Town  6 – 2  South Park  | Att: 73

 

Bostik South Play-off Semi-Finals

Tuesday May 1st

Cray Wanderers v Walton Casuals
Greenwich Borough v Corinthian-Casuals

 

Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 8.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

Here’s the round-up of this weekend’s action as we entered the last five weeks of this weather-induced chaotic season, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South:

 

Saturday 7th April

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Att: 287

The Urchins edged another important tussle here as Connor Hogan’s 33rd-minute goal secured victory in the end for the title-chasers. Hornchurch grabbed their third successive win here and could wrap up promotion n midweek if other results go their way. Heybridge suffered their first loss in five which is some going considering their gruelling end to the season. Swifts are 6th, two points clear of Maldon in 7th.

 

Brentwood Town  1 – 0  Barking
| Venue: Brentwood Arena | Att: 84

Brentwood pretty much secured their Bostik North status with this tight win over Barking at the Arena. Tony Stokes once again did the damage with the only goal four minutes into the second-half and ended a five-match winless run here. Craig Shipman’s side rise to 20th, ten points clear of the solitary relegation spot, with eight matches still to play.

Grays Athletic  1 – 6 Dereham Town
| Venue: Parkside | Att: 213

Grays suffered a heavy home defeat to play-off chasing Dereham at Parkside. Rossi Jarvis opened the scoring for the visitors on 14 minutes before Kieran Bishop levelled for Ath only a minute later. Dereham powered back ahead through Ryan Crisp eight minutes before half-time and a goal-blitz after the interval extinguished any doubt of where the points were heading. Ashley Jarvis got a brace [48′ & 58′] either side of substitute Karol Wengrzik’s strike [49′] and Jamie Forshaw added to the hosts’ pain with a sixth for the visitors 18 minutes from time. Grays’s first defeat in eight games sees them drop to 13th spot. Dereham’s first win in five matches sees them four points adrift of the play-off spots in 8th.

 

Haringey Borough  2 – 0  Canvey Island
| Venue: Coles Park  | Att: 207

Haringey  continued their superb recent form with this win over fellow play-off chasing side Canvey at Coles Park. Ralston Gabriel [37′] and Lauren Luke [76′] goals were the difference to give Boro their sixth win in their last eight matches, they stay 4th, four points clear of their opponents here. Canvey’s inconsistent form remains, this was their 5th defeat in their last nine encounters, the Islanders are 5th and still need a few wins to secure their play-off spot.

 

Hertford Town  0 – 1  AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Att: 210

Sudbury won this baattle of two mid-table sides to leapfrog their opponents here in the table. Callum Harrison scored the only goal on 26 minutes, his first goal for the club. Hertford’s 3rd defeat in their last eight encounters sees them drop to 12th while the Suds rise to 11th.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 2  Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Park Drive | Att: 114

High-flying Bowers battled back to secure a point at Park Drive. Maldon led just three minutes in through Lee Barnard’s penalty  and George Brown doulbled that lead on the cusp of half-time. Bowers, who had midfielder Jamie Dicks dismissed, fought back through goals from Callum Leahy [67′] and recent signing Adam Vyse [81′]. Maldon have six matches remaining and remain 7th, two points off the play-off spots while Bowers lose ground on Potters Bar in the promotion race – they stay 3rd, five points off the in-form Scholars with six games left.

 

Mildenhall Town  1 – 2  Cheshunt
| Venue: Recreation Way  | Att: 171

Cheshunt recorded a significant win at Recreation Way. Nick Symons broke the stalemate on 24 minutes though that lead only lasted seven minutes before Andrew Ofusu restored parity for the Hall. Craig Edwards’ side kept going though and were rewarded eight minutes from time as Jack Lampe struck to give the Ambers second win in their last five matches to go above Norwich Utd into 22nd, six points clear of danger with five games left to play. Mildenhall sit 18th as they are now are six matches without a win.

 

Norwich Utd  0 – 3  Aveley
| Venue: Plantation Park | Att: 87

The Millers sent the Planters back into relegation danger with a good win at Plantation Park. Calvin Expiteta’s goal four minutes shy of half-time gave the visitors the lead. Tom Richardson then secured the points with another double [50′ & 84′] to extend Utd’s run without a win to eight matches. Utd drop to 23rd, only three points ahead of Romford who they meet in what’s sure to be a nerve-jangling encounter in midweek. Aveley’s third win in their last five matches helps them rise to 15th place.

 

Potters Bar Town  3 – 0  Bury Town
| Venue: Pakex Stadium | Att: 174

Potters Bar secured another important victory to maintain their commanding form as they seek promotion. Ben Ward-Cochrane gave the hosts the lead after 7 minutes before further strikes from Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes on the half-hour and Eoin Casey [76′] made sure of the Scholars’ 8th win in their last ten matches to stay 2nd, five points clear of Bowers in 3rd. Bury Town remain 10th, with four matches left.

 

Soham Town Rangers  0 – 1 Witham Town
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Att: 140

Witham pipped Soham here thanks to Eliott Ronti’s 74th-minute winner to seal third win in their last five outings and stay 14th. Soham drop to 16th and have seven matches yet to play.

 

Tilbury  1 –  2  Waltham Abbey
| Venue: Chadfields | Att: 77

Abbey finally ended their long run without a win with this success at Chadfields. Nathan Koranteng put Abbey ahead with 17 minutes on the watch before Darelle Russell all but sealed the victory with six minutes remaining. Jack Carlile’s late spot-kick ended up being mere consolation for Joe Keith’s men who haven’t won in six matches now, residing in 19th spot. Abbey’s own eight-match winless stretch ended here as they rise to 17th spot.

 

Ware  0 – 2  Romford
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 62

Romford probably averted instant relegation with this priceless win at Wodson Park. Carlos Djalo Oso coverted a spot-kick before the half-hour though Danny Cossington made it two eight minutes after the restart. Romford’s first win in six means they are only three points behind Norwich Utd who they play in midweek in another critical match for Paul Martin’s side. Ware’s third loss on-the-spin drops them back to 21st though they are still nine points clear of their opponents here.
Bostik Division South Results – Saturday 31st March 2018

 

Chipstead  1 – 3  Hastings Utd    | Att: 90

Corinthian-Casuals  1 – 3   Lewes  | Att: 316

East Grinstead Town  1 – 2   Phoenix Sports | Att: 68

Faversham Town  0 – 0  Thamesmead Town | Att: 163

Greenwich Borough  1 – 2  Hythe Town | Att: 151

Shoreham  0 – 1   Herne Bay  | Att: 59

Sittingbourne  1 – 0   Molesey  | Att: 112

South Park  1 – 3   Horsham  | Att: 135

VCD Athletic   0 – 0   Cray Wanderers  | Att: 120

Walton Casuals  0 – 1  Carshalton Athletic  | Att: 286

Whyteleafe  1 – 1  Ashford Utd  | Att: 135

 

Sun 8th Apr  –  Guernsey  1 – 4    Ramsgate  | Att: 625

 

That’s yer lot for now, cheers for reading.

Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 31.3.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

Here’s the round-up of this weekend’s action as we entered the last five weeks of this weather-induced chaotic season, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South:

Friday 30th March (Good Friday)

Norwich Utd 3 – 3 Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Plantation Park | Att:102

Norwich Utd produced a stirring comeback to deny Maldon victory at a sodden Plantation Park. In a topsy-turvy encounter, Ben Jones put Utd ahead two minutes before the break. The Jammers stormed back straight after the interval as new signing & former pro Lee Barnard’s delightful hat-trick [46′, 58′, 64′] saw Kevin Horlock’s side on course for a win though the Planters grabbed a point thanks to goals from Liam Jackson [74′] and a late Matt Blake strike. Utd remain 5 points clear of the relegation spot after Saturday’s action though are now without a win in their last six matches, Maldon sit 7th, outside the play-offs on goal difference after one win in their last six outings.

 

Saturday 31st March

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0  Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Att: 268

The Urchins edged to another important victory to put them within four wins of the Bostik Premier title. Kenzer Lee’s 6th-minute goal proved decisive to hand impressive Potters Bar their first loss in nine matches, the Scholars sit 3rd, outside the 2nd promotion spot on goal difference with six matches left.

 

AFC Sudbury 3 – 0 Cheshunt
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 279

The Suds completed a good win over ten-man Cheshunt at King’s Marsh. The Ambers were a man light on 33 minutes as hot-shot Jason Hallett was dismissed. The hosts led three minutes before the break as an Ricky Sappleton OG added to the visitors’ woes. After the break, further strikes from Phil Kelly [56′] and Ryan Horne [81′] ended the Suds’ five-match winless run, they rise to 13th with 5 matches remaining. Cheshunt’s 3rd defeat in their last 5 sees them stay 22nd, eight points clear of danger.

 

Canvey Island  3 – 0  Waltham Abbey
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 265

Canvey produced the goods to defeat a horribly out-of-form Abbey side. Frankie Merrifield struck on the half-hour to give the Islanders a slender lead at the interval. Martin Tuohy [53′] and a late OG by Abbey goalkeeper Hugo Rosetti sealed CIFC’s third win in their last five outings, they remain 4th with 7 matches left. Abbey are winless in their last seven now, they sit 18th.

 

Haringey Borough  6 – 0 Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Coles Park  | Att: 194

Haringey stormed to a huge win at Coles Park. The hosts led as Ralston Gabriel [17′] and recent signing Chinedu McKenzie [32′] put them ahead at the break. After the interval, a devastating 25-minute spell more than quelled any doubts of who would prevail here. Firstly, it was the ‘Mc’ show as Anthony McDonald [47′] and Andre McCollin [53′] extended the lead before Gabriel struck twice [61′ & pen 72′] to complete another hat-trick for the talented forward and earn Haringey their 4th win in their last 6 matches to remain 5th, six points ahead of the chasing pack. Mildenhall are winless in their last four and their season is petering out in 16th spot.

 

Soham Town Rangers 1 – 1 Romford
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Att: 184

Try as they might, Romford couldn’t get a vital win they needed as they were held by Soham. Lewis Clayton put the hosts ahead just past the hour before Nick Reynolds levelled with ten minutes left. Soham’s 4th draw in their last six encounters sees them stay 15th while Romford have seven matches to haul themselves out of danger though managed their third draw on-the-trot here.

 

Tilbury  1 – 1   Bury Town
| Venue: Chadfields | Att: 87

Tilbury held Town at Chadfields. Jack Carlile put the Dockers ahead on 25 minutes though that lead only stood for six minutes before Jack Lankester levelled for the visitors. Joe Jeith’s side secured their fourth draw in their last seven matches here and stay 19th while Bury lost ground in the play-off race, they sit 10th, 4 points off the tip six though are unbeaten in their last four.

 

Ware  2 – 1 Dereham Town
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 77

Ware upset Dereham’s play-off charge to reach the hallowed 40-point mark here. Bradley Frazier natted after only four minutes for the hosts though Ryan Crisp levelled things four minutes before the break. Jordan Watson secured the points though for John Dreyer’s men, 16 minutes from time. Ware’s first win in four has pretty much extinquished any relegation fears, they are 12 points clear and rise to 20th. Dereham are winless in their last five encounters now and their hopes of a top-six finish are diminishing as they stay 8th.

 

Postponed/Abandoned matches this weekend:

Grays Athletic A – A Barking | Venue: Parkside

Hertford Town P – P Bowers & Pitsea | V: Hertingfordbury Park

Heybridge Swifts P – P Aveley | V: Scraley Road

Witham Town P – P  Brentwood Town | V: Spa Road

 

Bostik Division South  – Saturday 31st March 2018

 

Chipstead  0 – 1  Cray Wanderers    | Att: 80

Corinthian-Casuals  P – P  Guernsey  |

Faversham Town  1 – 2 Carshalton Athletic  | Att: 214

Greenwich Borough  4 – 1  East Grinstead Town | Att: 166

Hastings Utd  1 – 1  Phoenix Sports  | Att: 371

Hythe Town  2 – 0 Lewes  | Att: 392

Molesey  P – P   Ashford Utd  |

Shoreham  P – P  Whyteleafe  |

South Park  2 – 1 Ramsgate  | Att: 83 (Played at Whyteleafe FC)

VCD Athletic  2 – 3 Herne Bay  | Att: 87

 

Fri 30th March – Sittingbourne P – P Thamesmead Town

 

That’s all for now, I will attempt to do another round-up for the Easter Monday schedule in Bostik Nth & Sth though watch this space.