Bostik League Division North Round-up (Matchday 3)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome another round-up of the action in the Bostik League Division North here on my blog. There’s a quick turnaround with most teams playing twice in three days over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Below the Division North round-up, there’s also a mention of the results from today’s matches in Bostik Division South. Enjoy.

Friday 25th August result

Aveley 2 – 1 Witham Town

Venue: Parkside    Attendance: 292

Aveley struck late on to deny Town and pick up a ‘smash & grab’ victory at Parkside. Elliot Ronto put the visitors ahead with 12 minutes remaining. Aveley levelled five minutes into injury-time though substitute Jack West before Aveley completed the turnaround two minutes later with fellow substitute Jordan Weston grabbing all three points after West’s flick on.

 

Saturday 26th August results

Barking 0 – 1 Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Mayesbrook Park     Attendance: 72

Heybridge picked up a narrow win at Mayesbrook Park. Juan Luque got the only goal with 18 minutes remaining to keep up their 100% record in the division so far this season.

Bowers & Pitsea 1 – 2  Haringey Borough

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    Attendance: 102

Haringey picked up their second successive win at the Len Salmon Stadium after their FA Cup triumph last weekend. Micheal O’Donoghue gave Borough the lead ten minutes before the break. Borough substitute Michael Ademayui extended the lead for the visitors with six minutes left. Bowers grabbed a consolation through substitute and new signing Gavin Cockman four minutes from time though the visitors held on for their second win of the season.

Brentwood Town  5 – 2  Norwich Utd

Venue: The Brentwood Arena    Attendance: 120

Brentwood produced a five-star performance at the Brentwood Arena. The Blues took the lead on 19 minutes through Matt Price’s spot-kick. Harrison Georgiou doubled that lead seven minutes later, before Andy Freeman made it 3-0 on 37 minutes. The Planters pulled one back through Lawrence Cheese three minutes before the interval. The visitors reduced their arrears to one on 58 minutes thanks to Ben Jones’s goal. Brentwood rallied late on after some nerves as Price converted a second penalty and struck at the death to complete his hat-trick.

Bury Town  1 – 4  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Ram Meadow   Attendance: 301

Hornchurch continued their unbeaten start to the season with a big win at Ram Meadow. Tobi Joseph put Hornchurch ahead after 13 minutes, before a Sam Mott OG levelled things for Town. After the break though, Hornchurch rallied to pick up the win as Brad Warner put the Urchins back ahead nine minutes after the restart. Joseph grabbed his second with 19 minutes left and substitute Theo Fairweather-Johnson made it four eight minutes from time.

Cheshunt  3 – 3   Canvey Island

Venue: Theobalds Lane    Attendance: 180

Canvey recovered to claim a point in a entertaining draw at Theobalds Lane. George Sykes gave the visitors the lead after just three minutes, before Jason Hallett levelled for the Ambers ten minutes after the break. Cheshunt then took the lead through Daniel Cheema on the hour before Mark Summers made it 3-1 with twenty minutes to go. The Islanders fought back in the last ten minutes as goals from substitute James Walker and Ashley Dumas sealed a point for Danny Heale’s men.

Dereham Town  2- 0  AFC Sudbury

Venue: Aldiss Park     Attendance: 210

Dereham continued their impressive start to the season with this win at Aldiss Park. Ashley Jarvis gave the Magpies the lead seven minutes into the second half. Sudbury were reduced to ten men with 16 minutes left as Julian Smith was dismissed. Daniel Beaumont’s penalty just a minute later sealed the win for a Dereham side yet to concede a goal in three matches.

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 3  Hertford Town

Venue: Park Drive      Attendance: 87

Hertford upset Maldon at the death to claim a big win at Park Drive. Daniel Bond gave Hertford the lead twenty minutes in, before Ryan Clampin levelled for the Jammers on the stroke of half-time. Michael Toner put Hertford back ahead with 13 minutes left. Maldon thought they’d grabbed a point as Ryan Gondoh levelled with minute to play. Though in injury-time, Maldon’s Nicholas Akoto was sent off for two bookable offences. Seconds later, Jason Beck’s goal pinched the win for the Bostik North newcomers, their first of the campaign.

Mildenhall Town 1 – 0 Ware

Venue: Recreation Way    Attendance: 177

Mildenhall picked a narrow win over ten-man Ware at Recreation Way. Ware had to play 59 minutes with ten men as Ahmed Abdullah was dismissed just after the half-hour. Two minutes after the break, Shaun Avis broke the deadlock with the only goal of the game to grab an important three points for the Hall.

Potters Bar Town  3 – 1  Soham Town Rangers

Venue:  Pakex Stadium   Attendance: 126

Potters Bar continued their excellent start to the season with a good win over Soham at the Pakex Stadium. The Scholars took the lead after 12 minutes through William Wambeek. Soham were reduced to ten men on 24 minutes as Harry Norman saw red. Soham did level five minutes later from a James Tricks penalty, though Micheal Murray restored Potters Bar’s lead with two minutes of the first half left. Six minutes after the restart, Murray grabbed his second to make the points safe for Steve Ringrose’s side.

Romford  4 – 1 Tilbury

Venue: Ship Lane   Attendance: 82

Romford powered to a good win over Tilbury at Ship Lane. Jonathon Nzenga gave the hosts the lead on the quarter-hour. Luke Hornsley levelled for the Dockers a minute before half-time. Romford pushed on after the break, as Ben Clarke restored their lead ten minutes after the interval. Nzenga grabbed his second twenty minutes from the end and Chris Taylor made it four with six minutes remaining.

Waltham Abbey  2 – 1  Grays Athletic

Venue: Capershotts     Attendance: 114

Abbey came from behind to grab the win at Capershotts. Kieran Bishop gave Grays the lead after 25 minutes. Abbey levelled though through a Christian Assombalonga penalty eight minutes after the break before Darelle Russell grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

 

Bostik League Division South results

Saturday 26th August

Ashford Utd 2 – 5 VCD Athletic        Venue: Homelands           Att: 264

Carshalton Athletic  4  – 1  Shoreham     Venue: Colston Avenue      Att: 195

Cray Wanderers  4 – 0  Molesey         Venue: Hayes Lane             Att: 72

East Grinstead Town 0 – 5   Corinthian Casuals     Venue: College Lane  Att: 120

Guernsey 1 – 2 Greenwich Borough    Venue: Footes Lane          Att: 675

Herne Bay 3 – 1 Chipstead         Venue: Winch’s Field          Att: 208

Lewes 2 – 2  Sittingbourne       Venue: The Dripping Pan     Att: 446

Phoenix Sports 2 – 0  Hythe Town       Venue: The Mayplace Ground    Att: 137

Ramsgate 1 – 2 Hastings Utd        Venue: Southwood Stadium      Att: 253

Thamesmead Town 5 – 0 Horsham       Venue: Princes Park    Att: 105

Walton Casuals   4 – 3  Faversham Town     Venue: The Reg Madgewick Stadium    Att: 44

Whyteleafe 3 – 1  South Park                Venue: Church Road      Att: 135

2017/18 FA Cup Prelim Round: Results round-up

Written by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a special round-up of some of the results from this weekend’s FA Cup Prelim Round ties, specifically involving Essex Senior League & Bostik Division Clubs. The winners of each receive £1,925 in prize money & a place in the First Qualifying Round of the competition.

Saturday 19th August

AFC Hornchurch  2 – 0 Brentwood Town   

Venue: Bridge Avenue   Attendance: 309

The Urchins progressed to the next round, defeating fellow Bostik North side Brentwood at Bridge Avenue. Both goals came in the second half from Hornchurch striker Ross Wall (64’ & 84’). Craig Shipman’s side will have to wait another season for a potential FA Cup adventure.

AFC Sudbury 4 – 0 Aveley

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   Attendance: 174

Sudbury comfortably defeated fellow Bostik North side Aveley at the Wardale Williams Stadium. The Yellows took the lead through Julian Smith with 27 minutes on the watch. Three minutes before the break, Adam Mills doubled the home side’s advantage. After the break, two goals in ten minutes from Dave Cowley (60’) and Alfie Carroll (69’) sealed the win for Jamie Godbold’s side.

Barking 0 – 0 Saffron Walden Town

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    Attendance: 76

Barking held Thurlow Nunn Premier side Saffron Walden Town at Mayesbrook Park. This stalemate means that both sides will have to do it all again at Catons Lane in midweek.

Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    Attendance: 174

Haringey overcame Bowers at the Len Salmon. The visitors led on 67 minutes as former Bowers player Ayron Coley struck, soon after coming off the bench. Borough made their progression into the next round safe with moments left as fellow substitute Ashley McDonald grabbed their second.

Bury Town 1 – 2  Tilbury

Venue: Ram Meadow    Attendance: 233

Tilbury fought off a late fightback from Bury Town to make it into the hat for the next round at Ram Meadow. Tilbury led after the quarter-hour through Adam Vyse before just past the hour mark, fellow striker Luke Hornsley doubled their lead. Darren Mills pulled one back for Town with 21 minutes remaining.

Canvey Island 0 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: Park Lane    Attendance: 224

Witham Town produced a good away-day win to defeat Canvey at Park Lane. Tyler Corlett put the visitors ahead on 21 minutes. Substitute Sam Ashford secured the win late on for Adam Flint’s men.

Clapton 2 – 0 Norwich Utd  

Venue: Old Spotted Dog   Attendance: 122

Clapton secured their passage into the next round by defeating Bostik North side Norwich Utd at the Old Spotted Dog. Substitute Raphael Duyile put the Tons ahead three minutes before the break. After the interval, Ikem Odeh sealed an important win twenty mnutes from time for Jon Fowell’s men.

Dereham Town 3 – 0  Corby Town

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 164

Bostik North side Dereham grabbed a good win at home to Corby Town. After only three minutes, Daniel Beaumont put the Magpies ahead. Dereham sealed the win with two goals in the last ten minutes courtesy of Ashley Jarvis and Beaumount grabbing his brace. Credit has to go to Corby goalkeeper Paul Bostock who played in this match aged 47 – best wishes to him.

Grays Athletic 2 – 0 Redbridge

Venue: Parkside   Attendance: 174

Grays defeated ESL side Redbridge on the 3G at Parkside. Sully Zuhdu gave the hosts the lead seven minutes before the break. Then, just six minutes after the re-start, Joao Carlos doubled the lead and ensured Jamie Stuart’s side are in the next round.

Great Yarmouth Town 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

Venue: Sandown Road    Attendance: 163

Great Yarmouth grabbed a late winner to knock out ESL side Basildon Utd in a tightly-contested match at Sandown Road. Substitute Lee Roots grabbed the winner eight minutes from time to seal the hosts’ passage into the next round.

Haverhill Rovers 1 – 1 Heybridge Swifts

Venue: The New Croft    Attendance: 188

This hard-fought encounter ended in a draw. Heybridge were reduced to ten men after just 15 minutes as defender Ryan Henshaw saw red. Swifts took the lead just three minutes later though, as Sam Bantick struck. Rovers recovered after the break though to seal a replay as Jordan Palmer scored 12 minutes from time. The replay will be played at Scraley Road in midweek.

Hertford Town 4 – 1   Hadleigh Utd

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park   Attendance: 260

Bostik North newcomers defeated Thurlow Nunn Premier side Hadleigh at Hertingfordbury Park. Hertford led after just two minutes through Daniel Bond. Jason Beck doubled the lead just before the break. Hadleigh pulled one back from the spot, thanks to Ben Elliott’s penalty on the hour. Hertford pushed on though as Bond got his second nine minutes later. Substitute Charlie Ruff grabbed a fourth for Town on 74 minutes, soon after coming on.

Ilford 1 – 1 Haverhill Borough

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 82

Ilford were held by Thurlow Nunn Premier side Borough at Cricklefield. Khadean Campbell gave the Foxes the lead ten minutes before the break with a curling 20-yard strike. Borough were level only eight minutes later though as Sam Hawley struck. Ilford had to see out the last 17 minutes with ten men but they held on for a replay at New Croft 3G in midweek.

Long Melford 1 – 2 FC Romania

Venue: Stoneylands    Attendance: 84

FC Romania secured their place in the next round with a good win at Stoneylands. Sergiu Pitaru gave FCR the lead with 26 minutes on the clock, before Toby Cleaver doubled the lead eight minutes before the break. Melford raised their game in the second half, and grabbed a goal back six minutes from time though substitute Nathan Rowe. The visitors held on though for a good win.

Maldon & Tiptree 5 – 1 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Park Drive   Attendance: 73

Maldon knocked out fellow Bostik North side Abbey at Park Drive. The home side took the lead on the quarter-hour through Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Only two minutes later, Chris Millar made it two. Macauley Joynes pulled one back for the Abbotts seven minutes before the break. After the break, Kieraan Bailey restored the Jammers’ two-goal cushion on 55 minutes, before Ogedi-Uzokwe grabbed his second two minutes later. Ryan Gondoh added a fifth from a super free-kick to seal a good win for Kevin Horlock’s men.

Newmarket Town 1 – 2 Ware

Venue: Ridgeons Stadium   Attendance: 100

Ware secured a good away-day win at Newmarket to make the next round. Yannick Kamanan put Kem Kemal’s side ahead after only five minutes. A Jack Watson penalty levelled things for the home side, before Kamanan struck again 12 minutes into the second half to grab the win for the Blues.

Potters Bar Town 4 – 1 West Essex

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 121

Potters Bar recovered from faling behind to record a good win over ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Michael Mignot gave the visitors the lead six minutes before the break. George Nicholas levelled for the Scholars almost immediately, before Eoin Casey put the hosts ahead on 52 minutes. Steve Brown grabbed a third mid-way into the second half, before Casey sealed the win with his second with twenty minutes left.

Soham Town Rangers 3 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd

Venue: Julius Martin Lane   Attendance: 123

Soham edged to an important win over Cogenhoe Utd. Two goals in a four-minutes spell saw Soham take the advantage through Daniel Buddle (36’) and Matt Allan (39’). After the break, the visitors pulled one back through Matt Long levelled thanks to Ryan Dove. Soham’s Callum Russell grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

Southend Manor 2 – 3 Gorleston

Venue: Southchurch Park   Attendance: 64

Manor narrowly lost out to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston at Southchurch Park. Manor took the lead through Michael Hopkins two minutes after the break. Jack Garrod levelled for the visitors on 58 minutes, before taking the lead five minutes later through Connor Deeks’s penalty. Stuart Marshall’s side were reduced to ten men as winger Alfie Lindfield was sent off. Manor fought back though and levelled through defender Daniel Okah’s over-head kick. The hosts probably thought they’d done enough for a replay though Gorleston’s Garrod grabbed his second in injury-time to seal the win for Ricci Butler’s side.

Stowmarket Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Humber Doucy Lane

Romford held Stowmarket Town at Humber Doucey Lane. The home side took the lead through Andrew Wood four minutes before the break. Paul Martin’s side levelled on 53 minutes through Jonathon Adebayo to get back in the match and the sides couldn’t be separated so it’ll be a replay at Ship Lane in midweek.

Tower Hamlets 0 – 4 Takeley

Venue: Mile End Stadium    Atendance: 55

Takeley saw off ESL rivals Tower Hamlets to make it through to the First Qualifying Round for the first time. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead after six minutes, before George Wappett increased the advantage eight minutes later. Bryn Thorpe added a third though it may have been an OG. Stuart Zanone sealed a good win for his side with three minutes remaining.

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury 2  –  2 Hullbridge Sports

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Hullbridge fought back to deny St Margaretsbury and take the tie to a replay. Hullbridge took the lead through Sam Dulieu’s free-kick after only four minutes. St Margetsbury levelled through captain Ryan Wade’s penalty on 54 minutes. The hosts then took the lead with twenty minutes remaining as Wade struck again from the penalty spot. Hullbridge secured a replay with a last-gasp leveller from substitute Ronnie Pallett. The replay will be held at Lower Road in midweek.

The First Qualifying Round takes place on the weekend of September 2nd/3rd. Thank you for reading.

Bostik Division North Results round-up – Matchday #2

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of action that transpired in Bostik League Division North in midweek (Monday-Wednesday).

Monday 14th August Result

Haringey Borough  1  –  1  Barking

Venue: Coles Park       Attendance: 188

Haringey came back from behind to hold the Blues at Coles Park. Glen Golby & Justin Gardner’s side took the lead after 25 minutes through a goal from Ricky Tarbard. The task for Borough got harder when Jorge Dtassi-Sambu saw red just before the hour mark. The ten men did find an leveller though as defender Scott Mitchell’s goal sixteen minutes from the end ensured it was honours even.

Tuesday 15th August Results

Bowers & Pitsea  3  –  0  Witham Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium      Attendance: 160

Bowers comfortably swept aside ten-man Witham at the Len Salmon Stadium. Bowers forward Tony Stokes scored from the penalty spot after 34 minutes to give Rob Small’s men the lead. Adam Flint’s side saw Ryan Imbert dismissed early in the second half as their evening got ever-tougher. Stokes converted another spot-kick ten minutes into the second half before Lewis Manor made the points safe only two minutes afterward.

Canvey Island  2  –  3 Tilbury

Venue: Park Lane     Attendance: 268

Tilbury resisted a Canvey fight-back to take all three points at Park Lane. The Dockers took an early lead just three minutes in through Kurt Smith’s opener. Smith then scored at the other end as Canvey levelled, before Ryan Charles’ goal six minutes before the break gave Danny Heale’s side the lead. Tilbury roared back though late on as goals from Adam Vyse and Smith again sealed a good win for Gary Henty’s side.

Cheshunt  1  – 3  Ware

Venue: Theobalds Lane   Attendance: 147

Cheshunt suffered their second successive loss at the hands of a resurgent Ware at Theobalds Lane. The Ambers took the lead five minutes before the break thanks to Tom Bruno’s opener. Ware recovered well after the interval though, levelling through Yannick Kamanan’s goal seven minutes into the second half. Ware sealed the points with further second-half goals by Murat Karagul (65’) and substitute Finbarr Robins (87’).

Hertford Town  0  –  6  Bury Town 

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park         Attendance: 209

Bury Town bounced back from Saturday’s draw by demolishing newcomers Hertford Town at Hertingfordbury Park. Glenn Draper’s OG gave Town the lead eight minutes in, before Leon Ottley-Gooch put Ben Chenery’s side two-up at the break. After the break, Town piled on the goals with Ollie Cenfer (49’), Ryan Jolland (69’), and a late Ollie Hughes brace in the last eleven minutes sealed a big win for the visitors.

Maldon & Tiptree  A  –  A   AFC Sudbury 

Venue: Park Drive        Attendance: 143

This match was abandoned at half-time due to floodlight failure. The Yellows had taken the lead thanks to L’heureux Menga’s calm finish mid-way into the first half. Maldon levelled through Junior Ofelia-Uzokwe’s tap-in with ten minutes of the half remaining. However, the match was halted as the lighting became steadily worse and this match will be replayed later in the season.

Mildenhall Town   0  – 1    Dereham Town 

Venue: Recreation Way     Attendance: 204

Dereham picked up another narrow win, this time at Recreation Way. The match was only settled with moments left as Jake Anema’s strike was the deciding goal that gave the Magpies their second win on the trot.

Potters Bar Town   2 – 1   Brentwood Town

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 130

Potters Bar fought back to claim an important win at the Pakex Stadium. Brentwood took the lead through Matt Price after 25 minutes. As half-time was approaching, the Scholars levelled thanks to Steve Brown’s goal. With five minutes remaining, Lee O’Leary pounced to give Steve Ringrose’s side their second win of the season.

Soham Town Rangers  4  – 1    Norwich Utd  

Venue: Julius Martin Lane        Attendance: 134

Soham recovered from the previous weekend’s loss to hand Norwich Utd their second straight loss. Soham led through Joe Carden’s goal eight minutes before the break. Two goals in the space of eight minutes after the break from Lewis Endacott (56’) and Marcus Hall’s penalty (64’) gave Robbie Mason’s side a comfortable cushion. The Planters pulled one back through Adam Hipperson though Soham’s Matt Allan scored a late fourth to give his side a good win.

Waltham Abbey  0  –  1   Aveley    

Venue: Capershotts             Attendance: 105

Aveley pulled off a narrow win at Capershotts. Tommy Spillane’s 21st-minute goal was enough to give the Millers the points & their first win of the campaign.

Wednesday 16th August Results

Grays Athletic 0  –  2  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Parkside       Attendance: 377

Hornchurch fought to a good win at Parkside. The Urchins led through Bradley Warner with 15 minutes to play. The visitors were awarded a penalty just four minutes later, which resulted in Grays’ Glenn Wilson being sent off. Unfortunately, forward Leon McKenzie had his penalty saved by Grays goalkeeper Lamar Johnson. Hornchurch did get a second goal however, as with moments remaining, George Purcell securing the points for their second win of the campaign.

Romford   1 – 5    Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Ship Lane        Attendance: 127

Heybridge produced a superb performance to defeat ‘Boro at Ship Lane. The visitors went ahead on 21 minutes through Sam Bantick’s opener. Only four minutes later, Luke Callander doubled Swifts’ advantage. Just past the hour, Juan Luque made it three. Romford grabbed a goal back thanks to Jonathan Nzenga on 71 minutes. Late on, Heybridge inflicted further pain on the home side as Luque got his second ten minutes from the end and with the match in its final moments, Harrison Chatting added a fifth.

This match was Romford Manager Paul ‘Magic’ Martin’s 400th league match in charge of the side; many congratulations go to Paul for his long, successful reign in charge of the club, thus far.

This weekend, Bostik North clubs are involved in the FA Cup Prelim Round, the action in the league returns on Friday/Saturday 25th/26th August.

Ryman League Division North Round-up – Saturday April 15th 2017

Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of action that took place in the Ryman League Division North today (Sat April 15th) & one result from Good Friday. After the results, check out the latest table to see where your side is, going into the last two matches of the campaign.

Good Friday (14.4) Result

Witham Town   0  –  5 Brightlingsea Regent                         Attendance: 402

Champions Brightlingsea powered to a thumping win at Spa Road. It was goalless at the break, though after it, Regent improved as Billy Hunt opened the scoring on the hour. Two goals in the next five minutes from strike pair Tom Richardson and Aaron Condon made the points safe though late goals from Condon and substitute George Doyle added to a punishing night for the home side. Witham are lost their last three consecutive league matches and remain in 13th spot. Regent are only one point shy of the big 100, after their 6th win on-the-bounce.

Saturday’s Results

AFC Hornchurch  4   –  1   Phoenix Sports          Attendance: 238

Hornchurch secured a big win at Bridge Avenue to keep up their claim to finish 3rd in the table. Ex-Billericay midfielder Abs Seymour gave the home side the lead six minutes in, before Phoenix hot-shot Theo Fairweather-Johnson levelled for the visitors on 18 minutes. Urchins forward Leon McKenzie put his side back in-front a minute later, before Kenzer Lee increased the lead six minutes before the break. Lee grabbed his second on 74 minutes to secure the points for Jimmy McFarlane’s men. Hornchurch have now won four of their last six league matches, remaining 3rd with a two-point lead over Thurrock in 4th. Phoenix’ second defeat in-a-row sees them drop to 6th, level on points with Haringey Borough in 5th spot.

Cheshunt   1  – 2     Aveley         Attendance: 169

Aveley kept their play-off chances alive with a great win at Theobalds Lane. Jordan Peart put the visitors ahead on 34 minutes. After the break, a penalty from Tom Bruno levelled things for Cheshunt before on-loan hot-shot Mason Bloomfield gave the visitors the win just before the hour mark. Cheshunt’s play-off charge is all but derailed after their winless run of five league matches now, dropping to 10th spot, five points away from the top 5 with just two matches left. Aveley by contrast have snuck back into contention, rising to 8th spot, three points off the top 5 after a now 7-match unbeaten streak in the league.

Dereham Town  1  –  3   Thurrock          Attendance: 185    

Thurrock secured a play-off berth with a fine win at Aldiss Park. Thurrock took the lead on 53’ thanks to Richard Halle, before substitute Jack Barham doubled the lead 14 minutes later. Ryan Crisp pulled one back for Dereham on 71’ before Ronnie Winn’s goal sealed the points for Mark Stimson’s men with ten minutes left. Dereham are now winless in six league matches but remain in 15th place. Thurrock’s unbeaten run stretches to five league matches as they stay 4th.

Great Wakering Rovers  1    –  3   Brentwood Town         Attendance: 114

I watched this match which saw Brentwood pick up a battling win at Burroughs Park. For the full match report – follow/copy this link: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/match-report-great-wakering-1-3-brentwood-ryman-north/

Haringey Borough   5  –  4     Bowers & Pitsea      Attendance: 159

Haringey edged a real cracker at Coles Park. The home side went ahead on 7 minutes thanks to Scott Olu Durojaiye’s goal. Just five minutes later, hot-shot Rolston Gabriel doubled the lead. Just before the half-hour, Brad Warner grabbed one back for Rob Small’s side. Haringey went into the break 3-1 up though as Anthony MacDonald struck ten minutes before half-time. MacDonald grabbed his second on 53’ to put his side 4-1 up and perhaps they may have thought the points were safe. Not today though Lewis Manor got another for Bowers on 72 minutes. Substitute Chris Benjamin put the hosts 5-2 up with eight minutes left. Though late goals from Warner and Martyn Stokes for Bowers made it a nervy end for Tom Loizou’s side. Haringey go back into the top 5, ahead of Phoenix Sports on goal difference. Bowers stay 7th, three points behind Haringey in 5th as their winless mini-run extends to three league matches at a crucial time.

Norwich Utd  2  – 2     Heybridge Swifts            Attendance: 86

All the goals came in the first-half in this stalemate at Plantation Park. Reece Grant put Heybridge in-front on 13’ before just a minute later Tim Henery levelled for Utd. Grant put Jody Brown’s side back ahead on 19’. Just before the half-hour, a Liam Jackson penalty levelled once again for the Planters and both sides had to settle for a point. Norwich Utd rise to 9th place, four points off the last play-off spot. Heybridge drop to 21st, level on points with Ware in the drop-zone as their winless run now sits at three league matches.

Romford  2  –  6   Maldon & Tiptree            Attendance: 114

Maldon powered to victory in an enthralling match at Ship Lane. Ayodeji Olukoga gave Romford a surprise lead after five minutes. Sam Newson levelled for Maldon with 19 minutes on the clock, before Jeremiah Kamanzi put Maldon ahead eight minutes later. After the break, James Ishmail put the home side on terms, before Ryan Mallett was sent off with ten minutes left. This was a turning point as late goals from Adam Mills, an OG from Tom Potter and Newson grabbed two in injury-time to complete his hat-trick gave the Jammers the points. Romford have now lost their last three league matches, though they remain 14th. Maldon stay 2nd, unbeaten in their last four league matches.

Soham Town Rangers  1  –  1      Tilbury        Attendance: 128

Tilbury fought back to grab a point at Julius Martin Lane. Soham took the lead just past the half-hour thanks to hot-shot Sam Mulready. With 14 minutes left, a Kurt Smith penalty put the Dockers on terms. Both sides finished the match with ten men as Ashley Bankole was sent off for the hosts late on for two bookings and substitute Danny Smith saw red for Tilbury. Soham are now unbeaten in five league matches though still drop to 20th place, just a point clear of Ware in the last relegation place. Tilbury stay 12th, though they are unbeaten in three league matches now.

Thamesmead Town  0  –  1     Waltham Abbey                Attendance: 75

Waltham grabbed a vital win over fellow strugglers Thamesmead at Bayliss Avenue. Romaric Logon got the only goal, from the penalty spot just before half-time. Thamesmead are now winless in their last five league matches, though stay 17th. Abbey rise to 18th, three points clear of danger.

VCD Athletic  0  –  0    Bury Town               Attendance: 86

VCD held mid-table Bury Town at Oakwood. VCD have only lost one of their last six league matches, residing in 16th spot though still need two points to be mathematically safe from the drop. Bury have only lost two of their last seven league matches themselves, and will finish no worse than 11th at season’s end as Tilbury cannot catch them now.

Wroxham    2   –  3    Ware               Attendance: 116

Ware kept up with the pack above them with a great win over relegated Wroxham at Trafford Park.  An early salvo put Ware three up by 18 minutes, Gareth Price on 5’ and 17’ then Ahmed Mohammed a minute later put the visitors 0-3 up. After the break, Wroxham fought back with goals from Tom Rampling past the hour mark and a late goal from Ross Gilfedder ensured a very nervy finish for the Blues, but they held on. Wroxham stay 23rd, while Ware stay 22nd, though are level on points with Heybridge just above them.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed it. Check back here early next week for a bonus edition of the round-up, covering Bank Holiday Monday (17.4) action in the Ryman League Division North. For other articles including recent match reports & previous Ryman North round-up’s, please go to survivor16b.wordpress.com

Here’s a look at the updated Ryman North table… 

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
C Brightlingsea Regent 44 31 6 7 +55 99
2 (P/O) Maldon & Tiptree 44 28 4 12 +56 88
3 (P/O) AFC Hornchurch 44 24 13 7 +40 85
4 (P/O) Thurrock 44 25 8 11 +41 83
5 Haringey Borough 44 23 6 15 +31 75
6 Phoenix Sports 44 22 9 13 +2 75
7 Bowers & Pitsea 44 21 9 14 +30 72
8 Aveley 44 20 12 12 +10 72
9 Norwich Utd 44 23 5 16 +8 71
10 Cheshunt 44 20 10 14 +16 70
11 Bury Town 44 19 8 17 +5 65
12 Tilbury 44 15 13 16 -10 58
13 Witham Town 44 15 11 18 -3 56
14 Romford 44 15 10 19 -29 55
15 Dereham Town 44 15 9 20 -16 54
16 VCD Athletic 44 14 11 19 -22 53
17 Thamesmead Town 44 15 6 23 -9 51
18 Waltham Abbey 44 14 9 21 -13 51
19 Brentwood Town 44 15 5 24 -16 50
20 Soham Town Rangers 44 13 10 21 -17 49
21 Heybridge Swifts 44 12 12 20 -17 48
22 Ware 44 14 6 24 -19 48
R Wroxham 44 6 7 31 -57 25
R Great Wakering Rovers 44 6 7 31 -66 25