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

 

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Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 22.4.18)

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:

 

Friday 20th April

AFC Hornchurch 2 – 1 Aveley
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Att: 328

The Urchins enjoyed their championship party at Bridge Avenue though only secured the win late on. Connor Hogan put the hosts ahead in the 11th minute. Garrett Kelly levelled for James Webster’s team with 19 minutes remaining which threatened to leave the Urchins fans with a tinge of frustration though record-scorer George Purcell fired home the winner in added-time to secure Hornchurch’s sixth straight win and break the 100-point barrier. Aveley’s 4th loss in their last seven matches sees them stay 16th.

 

Saturday 21st April

Brentwood Town  2 – 1 Romford
| Venue: Brentwood Arena | Att: 126

Brentwood fought hard to banish any slight relegation doubts with the win at the Brentwood Arena. Tony Stokes fired the hosts ahead on four minutes though Carlos Djalo-Oso struck to restore parity for Bro only four minutes after that. Just after the hour mark, Stokes got his and his team’s second to give Town their first win in five matches to go up to 19th spot on goal difference and push Romford close to relegation. Paul Martin’s side are five points adrift of Norwich Utd and simply have to win both of their remaining matches and hope the Planters slip up.

 

Grays Athletic  1 – 4 Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Parkside | Att: 273

Grays suffered another hefty home defeat, this time at the hands of in-form Heybridge. Swifts led through Joe Gardner on 32 minutes before Luke Callander doubled that advantage eight minutes after the break. Callum Thompson halved the deficit for Ath six minutes afterward. Substitute Matt Price’s late brace [82′ & 87′] secured Heybridge their 6th win in their last eight matches to remain 5th and you wouldn’t envy who has to face them in the end-of-season play-offs either. Grays reside in 15th place after their third straight defeat.

 

Haringey Borough  1 – 0 Witham Town
| Venue: Coles Park  | Att: 221

Haringey narrowly overcame Witham at Coles Park, thanks to Jorge Sambu’s 72nd-minute goal to maintain their terrific form (10th victory in their last 12 matches) and stay 4th with an faint chance of going up automatically IF Potters Bar & Bowers slip up in the next week. Witham sit in 11th spot and are having a decent season.

 

Hertford Town  2 – 4 Barking
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Att: 281

Barking twice came from behind to power past out-of-form Hertford at Hertingfordbury Park. Emmanuel Osei [9′] put Town ahead before Adem Ramadan levelled for Justin Gardner’s side eight minutes later. Daniel Palmer struck mid-way through the first half to edge the hosts ahead. Though again, the Blues restored parity through Billy Jones seven minutes before the interval.

After the break, Alan Taylor [54′] swung the match in the visitors’ favour before Kemo Darboe’s late fourth sealed Barking’s fourth win in their last six outings and one more win will seal a very respectable top-ten finish for them. Hertford’s sixth successive defeat keeps them 14th.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  0 – 2 Cheshunt
| Venue: Park Drive | Att: 154

Cheshunt got the win thanks to a goal in each half to end Maldon’s slim hopes of making the play-offs. Ricky Sappleton [26′] put the Ambers ahead though only sealed the points with six minutes left through Kyle Roberts. Maldon’s recent indifferent form of two wins in their last six means they can only finish 7th at best now. Craig Edwards’ side remain 22nd as one of four sides on 46 points after their fourth consequtive success.

 

Mildenhall Town  1 – 3 Canvey Island
| Venue: Recreation Way  | Att: 182

Canvey finally vanquished any doubts of making the play-offs with this success at lowly Mildenhall. A goal-blitz midway through the half sealed the win for the Islanders. Martin Tuohy opened the scoring on 21 minutes before a brace from Mitchell Gilbey [23′ & 28′] pretty much did the job despite Joshua Curry’s goal back for the Hall a minute into the second half. Town’s season has really gone off-kilter as their winless run extended to nine matches, dropping to 20th place. Canvey’s third win in seven outings confirms 6th spot though getting a bit of form back ahead of the play-offs seems crucial for Danny Heale’s men.

 

Norwich Utd  3 – 1 AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Plantation Park | Att: 132

History may well recall this result being the one that kept the Planters in the division. It started well for the Suds as they led 20 minutes in through Milo Grimes. The Planters roared back into the contest seven minutes after the break thanks to Shaun Wones’ goal. Adam Hipperson’s brace [57′ & pen 71′] ‘turned the tide’ of this match as Utd got their second win on-the-spin and now they only realistically need a single point to send Romford down. Sudbury’s recent inconsistent form means they are in 12th spot.

 

Soham Town Rangers  0 – 2 Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Att: 124

Bowers kept things tight before grabbing a priceless victory late on thanks to substitute Fahad Nyanja’s brace [86′ & 90′]. Bowers have recovered their form after a slight lull and their fourth win in their last six encounters means they realistically need four points from their last two matches to pip Potters Bar to promotion. Soham’s season is faltering away somewhat, though they sit 13th.

 

Tilbury  2 – 0 Dereham Town
| Venue: Chadfields | Att: 67

Tilbury got the points thanks to a double from Siju Odelusi’s brace [7′ & 47′] and in the process rise to 17th place. Dereham are another side that haven’t enjoyed the best of form after their fifth loss in their last seven outings which keeps them 10th.

 

Waltham Abbey  0 – 3 Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 114

Potters Bar continued their relentless pursuit of promotion with an excellent win at struggling Abbey. Michael Murray’s penalty on the stroke of half-time started things off before Jack Bennett’s late brace [81′ & 89′] earned the Scholars their 9th win in 13 matches though have to win their last match to have any realistic hope of promotion. Abbey’s 8th loss in their last 12 outings means they drop to 18th.

Ware  0 – 1 Bury Town
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 98

Bury Town edged Ware courtesy of hot-shot Cemal Ramadan’s spot-kick [64′] to grab their fifth win in their last eight matches, and they are in 8th spot. Ware drop to 21st.
 

 

Bostik Division South Results – Saturday 21st April  2018

 

Chipstead  2 – 3  Ashford Utd    | Att:106

Corinthian-Casuals  1 – 3   Herne Bay  | Att: 256

East Grinstead Town  0 – 3 Hythe Town  | Att: 110

Faversham Town  2 – 0  Lewes  | Att: 328

Greenwich Borough  2 – 2  Hastings Utd | Att: 221

Shoreham (R)  1 – 5  Ramsgate  | Att: 112

Sittingbourne  3 – 1  Carshalton Athletic (P)  | Att: 167

South Park  4 – 1 Molesey  | Att: 87

VCD Athletic   2 – 1  Horsham  | Att: 125

Walton Casuals  5 – 2   Cray Wanderers  | Att: 186

Whyteleafe  1 – 3  Thamesmead Town  | Att: 123

 

Sun 22nd Apr  –  Guernsey  1 – 1  Phoenix Sports   | Att: 881

Bostik League Division North (& Sth) round-up (BLN 15.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South this weekend as two sides secured promotion and one was relegated.

 

Saturday 14th April

AFC Sudbury  1 – 3   Ware
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 242

Ware realistically secured their place in the division next season with this triumph at King’s Marsh. Louis Brown gave Ware the lead on 24 minutes, before Callum Harrison levelled for the Suds three minutes before the break. John Dreyer’s side stepped it up after the break though as strikes from Damian Green [68′] and Josh Oyibo [89′] secured their first win in four matches and takes them back to 20th, nine points clear of the relegation spot. Sudbury’s 5th defeat in their last eight sees them drop to 12th.

 

Aveley  0 – 5  Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 323

Aveley were surprisingly thumped by the Jammers at Parkside. Chris Millar set the visitors on course with the breakthrough 16 minutes in, before Eoin McKeown’s quick-fire double [26′ & 29′] gave Kevin Horlock’s side daylight. Lee Barnard’s spot-kick two minutes before the break and McKeown securing his hat-trick with 12 minutes to go sealed Maldon’s 20th win of the campaign and stay 7th, three points off the play-offs. Aveley’s third loss in their last ten matches sees them drop to 15th place.

 

Barking  3 – 1  Norwich Utd
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 85

The Blues secured a important win as they seek a top-ten finish. Ben O’Brien set the tone for the hosts with his 3rd-minute opener, before Kiernan Hughes-Mason struck [56′]. Planters’ substitute Damon Cooper netted with 17 minutes left though Hughes-Mason settled the match with his second of the afternoon, two minutes from time. This was Barking’s fourth win in their last nine outings and they stay 9th, behind Dereham on goal difference. Things are somewhat more problematic for Utd as their winless streak extends to eight matches now and they slip below Romford into the danger zone.

 

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 1     Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Att: 133

Bowers prevailed over mid-table Mildenhall at the Len Salmon. David Knight broke the deadlock on 22 minutes though the Hall were level five minutes before the break thanks to Thomas Debenham’s strike. Rob Small’s side wouldn’t be denied though as Adam Vyse restored the lead five minutes after the re-start before Callum Leahy [61′] secured the points to extend Bowers’ unbeaten stretch to four matches. They stay 3rd, just a point shy of Potters Bar with two matches in hand on them. Town are 18th and haven’t won in seven outings now.

 

Bury Town  2 – 0   Brentwood Town
| Venue: Ram Meadow | Att: 283

Bury Town did the business over nine-man Brentwood at Ram Meadow. A brace from Ollie Hughes [13′ & 48′] was enough to grab all three points while Brentwood had both James Pugsley and Brenden Cavalier dismissed in what was a ‘day to forget’ for them. Bury stay 10th with three matches left while Brentwood have six matches to play and likely need one more success to finally shrug off any relegation doubts.

 

Canvey Island  2 – 1   Hertford Town
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 272

Canvey obtained a much-needed win here at Park Lane over inconsistent Hertford. Martin Tuohy’s double [27′ & (pen) 37′] did the trick though Ricky Light added a late consolation for the visitors. The Islanders’ fourth win in their last ten matches sees them remain 5th, four points clear of Maldon in 7th. Hertford’s third straight defeat means they drop to 13th.

 

Cheshunt  1 – 0    Grays Athletic
| Venue: Theobalds Lane   | Att: 185

The Ambers edged to victory over Grays at Theobalds Lane. Kyle Roberts got the only goal 21 minutes from time to assist Craig Edwards’ side to an important victory. Grays had influential winger Joao Carlos dismissed late on and haven’t won in five matches, slipping to 14th spot. Cheshunt stay 22nd though are six points clear of danger after three wins in their last five.

 

Dereham Town  0 – 2   Haringey Borough
| Venue: Aldiss Park  | Att: 129

Haringey continued their impressive run with a ‘smash & grab’ win secured late on at Aldiss Park. Chinedu McKenzie  [87′] broke the stalemate before Jordan Edwards doubled the lead on the cusp of 90 minutes. Dereham’s play-off challenge has surely faded after a run of six defeats in their last seven as they remain 8th on goal difference. Borough’s 8th win in their last ten leaves them still 4th, only four points off the second promotion spot.

 

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 1  Tilbury | Venue: Scraley Road

Swifts continued their recent good form with the win over out-of-form Tilbury. Kreshnic Krasniqi’s spot-kick [62′] opened the scoring for the hosts though the Dockers thought they’d grabbed a point thanks to Albert Keith’s leveller three minutes from time though Ryan Henshaw popped up ‘at the death’ to grab Heybridge’s 6th win in their last ten, impressive considering their lengthy fixture congestion – Jody Brown’s side stay 6th, three points clear of Maldon.

 

Romford  0 – 0   Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 118

Romford held Potters Bar to their second straight goal-less draw though importantly for Boro, it lifts them off the foot of the table, a point clear of Norwich Utd after a run of six matches without defeat now for Paul ‘Magic’ Martin’s side. Potters Bar retain 2nd spot by a single point and have only lost one of their last 12 matches now.

 

Waltham Abbey   1 – 2    Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 64

Soham condemned Abbey to another loss to give their faint hopes of a top-ten finish a boost. Sam Mulready gave the visitors the lead with 56 on the watch, before substitute Craig Gillies [74′] made sure of the points. Mitch Hahn’s 90th-minute goal was too little, too late for Abbey, whose torrid 2nd half of the season continues with only one win in their last 11 now,sitting 17th. Soham rise to 11th after their 3rd win in their last six outings.

 

Witham Town  1 – 6  AFC Hornchurch (P)
| Venue: Spa Road | Att: 178

The Urchins powered to victory at Spa Road to confirm promotion to Step 3. Brad Warner [20′] and skipper Elliot Styles [45′] gave the visitors a cushion at the break. Liam Whipps halved the deficit just shy of the hour though George Purcell’s penalty two minutes later signalled what was to come. Substitute Alex Bentley [73′], Warner’s second 10 minutes from time a late sixth from fellow substitute Christian Assombalonga made sure the travelling Hornchurch fans could begin their party, thanks to their side’s 30th win of a memorable season. Witham are in 16th spot after their 3rd loss in their last six.

Many congratulations to Jimmy McFarlane’s side on their promotion to Bostik Premier, it certainly hasn’t been for the want of trying!

 

Fixtures this early midweek:

Aveley  v  Haringey Borough | V: Parkside  (Mon 16th April)

AFC Hornchurch  v  Mildenhall Town
Canvey Island  v  Norwich Utd
Dereham Town v Bretwood Town
Hertford Town  v  Heybridge Swifts
Soham Town Rangers  v  Ware
Tilbury  v  Maldon & Tiptree
Witham Town v Romford   (all on Tues 17th Apr)

 

Bostik Division South  – Saturday 14th April 2018

 

 

Ashford Utd  1 – 2  Greenwich Borough     | Att: 280

Carshalton Athletic (P)  4 – 3   Whyteleafe  | Att: 488

Cray Wanderers  8 – 0   South Park  |

Hastings Utd   1 – 0     Shoreham  (R)  | Att: 300

Herne Bay  1 – 3     Guernsey  | Att: 210

Horsham  0 – 3    Faversham Town  | Att: 126

Hythe Town  5 – 3   Chipstead  | Att: 255

Lewes (P)  2 – 0  East Grinstead Town  | Att: 659

Molesey  1 – 1   VCD Athletic  |

Phoenix Sports  0 – 1  Sittingbourne   | Att: 108

Ramsgate  2 – 2   Corinthian-Casuals   | Att: 181

Thamesmead Town    2 – 1  Walton Casuals  | Att: 93

 

Fixtures to come:

Molesey  v   Herne Bay
Ramsgate v Carshalton Athletic
Shoreham v Walton Casuals
Sittingbourne v  Thamesmead Town
South Park  v  Guernsey    (all on Tuesday 19th Apr)

 

 

 

 

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 (4.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South on Easter Monday & Tuesday 4th March:

 

Monday 2nd April

 

Aveley 3 – 0  Canvey Island
| Venue: Parkside (6pm KO)  | Att: 342

Aveley secured a big win to leave Canvey’s promotion chances fading in the wind. Myles Keizer-Burrows [30′] and Tom Richardson [41′] goals gave the initative to the hosts in the second of two games at Parkside. Calvin Ekpiteta’s late third sealed the Millers’ 3rd win in their last six matches sees them rise to 15th. Canvey’s fourth defeat in their last eight matches sees them remain 4th though they also are nine points behind the top two.

 

Bowers & Pitsea  P – P    Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Brentwood Town 1 – 6  AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: Parkside (1pm KO)  | Att: 235

The double-header at Parkside began with a big win for champions-elect Hornchurch over Brentwood. The Urchins were two goals ahead early on as Tobi Joseph [3′] and Nathan Cooper [5′] struck. George Purcell made it three on 21 minutes before Christian Assombalonga’s hat-trick [35′, 61′ & 83′] added to Brentwood’s pain before Brenden Cavalier’s late consolation. Town fell to their fourth loss in their last eight outings and they remain 21st, nine points above the bottom spot. Hornchurch’s 3rd win in their last six matches means they are three wins away from the title.

Bury Town  P – P   AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Ram Meadow  |

 

Cheshunt  P – P   Hertford Town
| Venue: Theobalds Lane   |

Dereham Town  P – P  Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Aldiss Park  |

Maldon & Tiptree  P – P  Witham Town
| Venue: Park Drive  |

Mildenhall Town P – P  Norwich Utd
| Venue: Recreation Way |

Romford  P – P  Grays Athletic
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att:

Waltham Abbey   P – P    Haringey Borough
| Venue: Capershotts |

 

Ware  1 – 4    Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 89

Potters Bar secured another important victory to move into the promotion places. A brace from Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes [24′ & 45′] gave the Scholars the advantage. Ben Ward-Cochrane made it three five minutes after the restart. Jordon Watson’s spot-kick [67′] put the hosts back in the match though Eoin Casey’s strike 11 minutes from time sealed the visitors’ 7th win in their last nine outings. Ware’s 2nd loss in their last seven sees them stay 20th.

 

Barking P – P Tilbury  (Tues 3rd April)

Fixtures:

Brentwood Town v Grays Athletic
Heybridge Swifts v Aveley
Mildenhall Town v Norwich Utd
Ware v Soham Town Rangers (all on Thurs 5th April)

 

Bostik Division South  – Monday 2nd April 2018

 

Ashford Utd  3 – 1  Faversham Town     | Att: 478

Carshalton Athletic  1 – 0  South Park  | Att: 345

Cray Wanderers  2  – 2   Greenwich Borough  | Att: 269

East Grinstead Town  1 – 7   Hastings Utd  | Att: 124

Guernsey   2 – 0    Chipstead   | Att: 613

Herne Bay  1 – 2  Hythe Town  | Att: 318

Lewes   P – P  Horsham  |

Phoenix Sports   0 – 3   VCD Athletic | Att: 186

Ramsgate  1 – 1  Sittingbourne   | Att: 206

Thamesmead Town  P – P    Shoreham  |

Walton Casuals  0 – 0  Corinthian-Casuals  | Att: 314

Whyteleafe   2 – 1    Molesey   | Att: 125

 

Fixtures to come:

Guernsey v Faversham Town
Thamesmead Town v Shoreham   (Wed 4th Apr)

South Park  v   Herne Bay   (Thurs 5th Apr)

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.

 

Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 24.3.18)

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, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South:

Friday 23rd March

Bowers & Pitsea 1 – 0 AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Att: 410

Bowers edged this top-two clash thanks to a solitary goal from Jamie Dicks six minutes before the break. They held on in front of a huge Friday night crowd of over 400 to close the gap on the Urchins to seven points, having played a game more. Crucially, Bowers also extended their lead over Potters Bar in 3rd to six points after their 3rd win in their last six outings.

 

Saturday 24th March

Canvey Island  4 – 1  Witham Town
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 248

Canvey picked up a much-needed win at Park Lane. Mitchell Gilbey [28′] and Ryan Charles [39′] strikes put the hosts ahead before Martin Tuohy sealed the win five minutes from time. Chinedu Osadebe struck again for Town on the edge of the 90 mark before Ryan Melaugh added to the home scoresheet. CIFC’s 2nd win in their last five outings sees them rise to 4th spot, six points behind Potters Bar. Witham’s 3rd defeat in their last six means they sit 14th.

Cheshunt 2 – 0   Brentwood Town
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  | Att: 157

Jason Hallett’s brace [64′ & 73′] sealed another huge three points for the Ambers. The hosts’ 4th win in their last 7 matches sees them leapfrog Norwich Utd back into 22nd, eight points clear of the relegation spot. Brentwood’s third match inside a week perhaps took a toll though they are two points ahead of Cheshunt in 21st after their third loss in their last 6.

Grays Athletic 2 – 2 Ware | Venue: Parkside | Att: 162

Grays hit back late to deny Ware an important win at Parkside. Jordon Watson’s penalty three minutes after the break broke the first-half stalemate before Dave Cowley struck with 14 minutes left. The hosts hit back through Tommy Wade’s quick-fire brace [82′ & 83′] to secure their 6th draw in their last 9 matches, they stay 11th. Ware remain 20th and are unbeaten in their last four matches now.

 

Haringey Borough  3 – 3   Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Coles Park  | Att: 189

The points were shared in this cracker at Coles Park after Swifts roared back from 3-0 down after the break. Haringey may have thought they were on their way to victory as Ralston Gabriel [16′], Anthony McDonald [44′] and debutant Andre McCollin [51′] goals put them well ahead. Though the Heybridge spirit shone once again as Tambleson Eyong [67′] and hot-shot Matt Price [72′] started the comeback trail before Kresnic Krasniqi’s spot-kick three minutes later sealed a point. Haringey are now five matches unbeaten but drop to 5th. Heybridge still have matches in hand but drop to 10th, only two points behind the play-off spots in a mightily-congested top ten.

 

Hertford Town  3 – 2  Tilbury
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Att: 209

Hertford won this clash late on as they chase the top ten. The hosts fell behind ten minutes in through Harry Norman’s strike though Charlie Ruff [18′] levelled before Jason Beck [28′] turned the tide in favour of the hosts. Jack Carlile restored parity for Joe Keith’s side with 15 minutes left though Michael Toner’s late spot-kick sealed the points – Hertford’s 4th win in their last six to rise to 12th place. Tilbury’s 2nd loss in their last six means they are in 19th spot.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  0 – 2   Bury Town
| Venue: Park Drive | Att: 177

A goal in each half sealed this triumph for the visitors in this battle of two play-off chasing sides. Jack Lankester broke the deadlock after six minutes though the match was only sealed late on by hot-shot Cemal Ramadan to give Town their third straight win and up into 9th. Maldon’s fourth straight loss means they are being caught by the sides below them, though Kevin Horlock’s side have matches in hand.

 

Mildenhall Town  0 – 2   Barking
| Venue: Recreation Way | Att: 171

The Blues struck late on to give themselves a better shot at sneaking into the play-offs. Goals from Billy Jones [80′] and Ben O’Brien [86′] sealed the visitors their 3rd success in their last six to go level on points with Dereham & Maldon in 8th. Town’s third loss in their last 6 sees them drop to 18th.

Potters Bar Town 1 – 0 Dereham Town
| Venue: Pakex Stadium  | Att: 139

Third-placed Potters Bar continued their knack of picking up victories with this narrow win over play-off chasing Dereham. Ben Ward-Cochrane’s first-half goal was enough to give the Scholars their 5th straight win and once again go three points behind Bowers. Dereham’s five-match unbeaten run ended here and they have four sides bearing down on them though remain 6th on goal difference.

 

Romford  1 – 1   AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 54

Romford held Sudbury in a match delayed by 80 minutes due to serious traffic problems which hampered the visitors’ journey to Ship Lane. After a goal-less first half, Phil Kelly struck eight minutes after the break to give the mid-table Suds the lead though Ayo Olukoga levelled with 11 minutes remaining. Romford’s run of one win in their last nine simply has to improve as they now are six points adrift of Norwich Utd and safety. Sudbury drop to 13th as they ended a three-match losing run here.

 

Soham Town Rangers   1 – 1 Aveley
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 132

Aveley held Soham in this mid-table clash. Sam Mulready’s header [24′] put the hosts ahead though midway through the second half, Tom Richardson struck to give the visitors a point. Soham’s 3rd draw in their last 5 means they’re in 15th. Aveley are 17th after only one defeat in their last ten matches.

 

Waltham Abbey  1 – 1   Norwich Utd
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 81

Abbey came from behind to grab a point at Capershotts. Loan signing Matt Blake put the Planters ahead just seven minutes in before Mitch Hahn levelled two minutes before the break. Abbey are winless in their last five, sitting in 16th while Utd have a similar recent record and drop to 23rd, six points clear of relegation-threatened Romford.

 

Bostik Division South R’s – Sat 24th March

 

Carshalton Athletic  0 – 0  Guernsey  |

Corinthian-Casuals  0 – 1 Cray Wanderers | Att: 252

East Grinstead Town 3 – 2  Ashford Utd | Att: 163

Faversham Town  1 – 2  Hastings Utd | Att: 201

Horsham 1 – 4 Ramsgate  | Att: 148

Lewes 3 – 0  VCD Athletic  | Att: 777

Phoenix Sports  2 – 2  Molesey  | Att: 67

Sittingbourne  1 – 0  Shoreham   | Att: 142

South Park 1 – 8  Greenwich Borough  |  Att: 68

Thamesmead Town  1 – 0  Chipstead   | Att: 98

Walton Casuals  7 – 0   Herne Bay  | Att: 162

Whyteleafe  2 – 2  Hythe Town  | Att: 142

 

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