Match Report: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 2 Dereham Town (Tues 10th Mar) [ILN 19/20 11.3.20]

Isthmian League Division North

Tuesday 10th March 2020 – 7.45pm KO

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium [3G]

Attendance: 70

2019-20 Season: Match 62

Hullbridge:  Blue & White Hooped Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Deeham: Greeen Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Dereham’s fast-paced attack grabs the points with win at Hullbridge 

Hullbridge Sports 0 – 2 Dereham Town

Match Report & Photos by Scott W   [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

A ‘bonus’ match saw me travel to the Len Salmon Stadium to see last season’s Essex Senior champions Hullbridge Sports continue their Isthmian League North campaign with a ‘home’ match against Dereham Town. ‘Bridge had a mixed week with a heavy loss to Cambridge City a week ago being part-vanquished by a decent point at Bury Town last weekend. Darren Manning fielded an unchanged side from that draw at Bury Town, with Lewis Greene between the sticks and in front of him, a defence of full-backs Courtney Homans and skipper Matt Rose with Michael Agboola and Jamal Allen as centre-backs. Jamie Salmon and Emmanuel Okunja made up the central midfield with Daniel Gilchrist and Joe Wright leading the line. Forwards Dan Walker and Kieran Bishop were among the options from the bench. Dereham were in decent form coming into this match, having won 3 – 1 away to Brentwood Town last weekend.

Adam Gusterson’s Magpies side featured Elliot Pride in goal, with Shaun Wones among the centre-backs and in central midfield, George Quantrell and David Hinton were named with a front three of Nathan Stewart, Ryan Crisp and top-scorer Adam Hipperson. The added factor here was that this is my first visit to the Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium since it went 3G and goodness, the good talk I’ve heard about it is more than accurate, so fair play to Rob Small’s side on that development.

Onto the match and in the early-going, Dereham started well with the lively Nathan Stewart being denied by a timely interception by Sports centre-back Michael Agboola on four minutes. Minutes later, a good run down the middle by the rapid Adam Hipperson fed Stewart with an unselfish pass though with the angle on goal declining with only home custodian Lewis Greene to beat, his strike was well-blocked by Greene getting down low. At this point, the Hullbridge goal was living a tad of a charmed life as a succession of corners heaped the pressure on as the nippy visiting front line gave the home backline enough to handle with mazy runs.

With eighteen minutes on the watch, Hullbridge ventured forward and box-to-box midfielder Emmanuel Okunja played in forward Daniel Gilchrist as he bared down on goal, though visiting goalkeeper Elliot Pride did well to deny his strike. Joe Wright followed up in the next attack with an attempted chip which lacked the finesse to bypass Pride. Midway through the half, a fine long ball sprayed in by experienced midfielder Jamie Salmon found Wright down the right channel and Wright’s cut-back only just escaped the run of onrushing winger Callum Thompson, who felt he was impeded.

The Magpies responded at the other end, taking advantage of a defensive lapse by the hosts as Stewart ghosted in, though with only Greene to beat, the advancing forward’s drive was well-blocked by Greene’s legs. As we entered the last few minutes before the interval, Agboola made a couple of good interceptions for the hosts though Stewart made a fine run down the left-side on the penalty box, evading Agboola in the process but unfortunately for Adam Gusterson’s side, his effort was tame and Greene could gratefully gather. ‘Bridge had periods in the half but ultimately their final ball was letting them down, plus Dereham showed their pace and passing game enough to make you feel this wasn’t going to stay a stalemate.

Half-time: Hullbridge 0 – 0 Dereham

Hullbridge changed their system just before the hour, with Kieran Bishop and Dan Walker replacing Gilchrist and midfielder Gregory Frederick who worked hard in breaking up the opposition attacks. Soon after coming on, Walker was played in by full-back Courtney Homans’ long-throw and his strike was well-saved by Pride in the Dereham goal. The deadlock was finally broken midway through the half as a free-kick from the half-line fell to Dereham skipper David Hinton after Sports were unable to clear their lines defensively and Hinton weaved away from a couple of defenders before striking low and calmly past Greene  to give the visitors a deserved lead.

To their credit, Hullbridge kept trying to get back on level terms showing passion and energy, though that crucial final pass continued to elude them and the frustration was starting to show. With eleven minutes remaining, another defensive mix-up allowed the tireless Ryan Crisp in on goal, though Allen got in first to pick his pocket before facing Greene one-on-one.

Then, in added-time, Crisp got his reward for holding on to a ‘lost cause’ down the left wing, before gliding impressively past three defenders and working the angle to slot past Greene from about five yards out. Not one for the home defence to remember perhaps, though Crisp’s ninth league goal this term sealed the points.

Full-Time: Hullbridge Sports 0 – 2 Dereham Town

In all fairness, it was the right result as Dereham had more than enough chances to score and win the game conclusively and they did play some really good stuff at times, though it is a credit to ‘Bridge that the Magpies didn’t look quite so assured in defence in the second half.

In my view, the stand-out performances for Dereham were tireless forward Ryan Crisp who typified his work rate with a well-taken goal in added-time. Playmaker David Hinton got his side going supporting the frontline and also took his goal well, with Nathan Stewart also having a lot of joy on the right flank with his pace and directness. Shaun Wones also stood out with an assured performance at centre-back. For Hullbridge, on a difficult evening, centre-back pairing Michael Agboola and Jamal Allen played their part to repel the fast-paced Magpies attacks, though goalkeeper Lewis Greene had a fine match with at least five good saves. Dan Gilchrist also did a fair wad of unselfish work up front down the channels for the Bridge Boys.

Finally, as ever I would like to say thank you to Hullbridge for their welcome & hospitality. Also, my thanks to the Webb family. Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season. Dereham went up into eighth place with this win, while Hullbridge remain in 16th, seven points clear of the relegation spot.

Teams

Hullbridge Sports  | Manager: Darren Manning  | Assistant Mgr: James Wakeling

1 Lewis Greene (GK), 2 Courtney Homans, 3 Matt Rose (Capt), 4 Jamal Allen, 5 Michael Agboola, 6 Gregory Frederick (10 Daniel Walker 54′), 7 Callum Thompson, 18 Jamie Salmon, 8 Emmanuel Okunja, 9 Daniel Gilchrist (16 Kieran Bishop 54′), 11 Joe Wright (12 Tim Monsheju 74′)

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: Rahman Fujah, Garrett-Douglas

Dereham Town    | Manager: Adam Gusterson | Assistant: Olly Willis

1 Elliot Pride (GK), 2 Thomas Matthews, 3 Owen Murphy, 4 Robbie Linford, 5 Tomas Snapkauskas, 6 Shaun Wones, 7 Nathan Stewart (12 Lagshan Sivakumar 90′ +1), 8 George Quantrell, 9 Ryan Crisp, 10 David Hinton (Capt), 11 Adam Hipperson

Goal-scorers: David Hinton [67′], Ryan Crisp [90′ +2]

Booked: None   | Subs Not Used: Willis, Smith

Referee: Jamie Pope
Assistant Referees:  Kennedy Kikulwe  & Andy Simmonds

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 3rd Nov) [BLN 3.11.18]

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 in the first weekend of November How did your side do?

Friday 2nd November

Witham Town  1 – 1    Heybridge Swifts   | Spa Road  | Att: 273

The action started on Friday night which saw Witham do well to hold Heybridge to a share of the points at Spa Road. Andrew Tirivanhu put the hosts ahead on 19 minutes though Swifts star man Harrison Chatting levelled six minutes later and the match ended all-square. This improved showing by Town ended their five-match losing run while Heybridge’s four-match winning run also ended here.

Saturday 3th November

Barking  2 – 4   Felixstowe & Walton Utd   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 64

The Blues were out-matched by a strong Felixstowe performance in this early kick-off at Mayesbrook Park. Utd led by three goals by the half-hour mark thanks to Josh Kerridge [8′], Jack Ainsley [12′] and Miles Powell [29′] and although Justin Gardner’s men did respond before the break through Daniel Cheema’s strike [38′], they were very much against it. Late on, Joe Bruce  [87′] converted a spot-kick before Joseph Francis capped a fine day for F & W with his goal a minute from time. The visitors ended a four-match winless run here.

Basildon Utd  0 – 4  Bowers & Pitsea    | Gardiners Close  | Att: 408

The Bees were heavily beaten in the ‘El Basico’ derby. Two of Bowers’ stand-out performers thus far this season, David Knight and Quentin Monville really flouished again in this match, watched by over 400 fans. Knight opened the scoring on 11 minutes, before Monville [37′] made it two. Knight’s penalty made it three on 57 minutes before Monville wrapped up a big win late on to retain Bowers unbeaten start to the season from 11 matches. Basildon’s fourth match without a win was compounded by the surprise news that following a ‘reorganisation’, manager Marc Harrison has sadly stepped down following a highly-successful spell in charge.

Brentwood Town  1 – 2  Dereham Town  | Brentwood Arena  | Att: 135

Dereham battled past Brentwood to claim the points. Goals from David Hinton [38′] and Adam Hipperson [59′] gave Neal Simmons’ side a strong lead before Kojo Apenteng halved that lead on 68 minutes though the visitors held on to claim the win. Brentwood are in a bit of a stutter with one win in their last seven matches.

 

Bury Town  1 – 2    Aveley   | Ram Meadow  | Att: 299

The bulk of the action in this match cropped up in the last half-hour. Aveley’s quick-fire double from Andy Freeman [65′] and Tom Richardson [70′] put them in a good position and although Jake Chambers-Shaw pulled one back on 82 minutes , Town fell to their third loss in their last five matches. The Millers picked up their 4th win in their last five here.

 

Canvey Island  2 – 0  Romford   | Park Lane | Att: 200

Canvey battled to another win at Park lane. Jordan Cox [68′] and Ryan Melaugh [76′] goals saw Mark Bentley’s side to their first win in five matches while Paul Martin’s side have lost their last four.

 

Grays Athletic 3 – 2   Tilbury    | Parkside  | Att: 258

The returning hero Kieran Bishop had a hand in this victory over the Dockers in this local derby. Lewis Jaggs’ OG [8′] put the hosts ahead before Bishop made it two on 57 minutes. Another OG from Grays’ Ryan Mahal five minutes later gave Joe Keith’s side a chance. Aron Gordon [85′] extended the hosts’ lead though a penalty from Lewis Smith rounded out the scoring. Ath have only lost one of their last seven league matches now while Tilbury are winless in five.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 1  AFC Sudbury  |  Burroughs Park   | Att: 104

GWR were held by the Suds at Burroughs Park. Brandy Makhendi put the hosts ahead a minute into the second-half before John Mbamrah’s own-goal two minutes later ended up securing a point for a Sudbury side who are recovering from a poor start to the season.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  1 – 0   Soham Town Rangers   | Park Drive  | Att: 124

Maldon picked up a narrow win thanks to George Sykes’ goal on the stroke of half-time. Soham’s torrid season continues as they fell to their fourth straight loss.

 

Mildenhall Town  2 – 4   Coggesshall Town    | Recreation Way  |  Att: 181

Finally, Coggeshall bounced back from a slow start to power their way to their fourth win in their last five. Jarid Robson put the Hall ahead three minutes in, though Curtis Haynes-Brown’s deflected strike [15′] and top-scorer Sam Bantick [45′] turned things around. Ross Wall [63′] made it three and though Hall threatened a comeback through Emmanuel Osei-Owuso on 86 minutes, Tom Monk’s 90th-minute strike ensured the win. Mildenhall fell to their third straight loss.

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

 

Round-up: Bostik Lge Division North (Sat 20th Oct) [BLN 22.10.18]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another of my semi-regular round-up series looking at last weekend’s Bostik Division North action, one match of which I was pleased to attend myself. Thanks for reading.

 

Friday 19th October

 

Aveley  2 – 1  Basildon Utd  | Parkside (3G) | Att: 329

The action began on Friday night as Aveley defeated the Bees for the second time at home in eight days. Alex Akrofi [28’] and Tom Richardson [52’] goals put the hosts ahead though although Eljay Worrell pulled one back for Marc Harrison’s side seven minutes from time, their unbeaten record fell here. Aveley won their sixth match in nine thus far as their season continues to look promising.

 

AFC Sudbury  1 – 1 Barking  | King’s Marsh (3G)  | Att: 207

The Suds struck late to deny the Blues a good win at King’s Marsh. Daniel Cheema put Justin Gardner’s side ahead a minute into the second-half though when it looked that goal would be the difference, Callum Harrison’s injury-time spot-kick rescued a point for the hosts.

 

Bowers & Pitsea  0 – 0  Maldon & Tiptree  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att: 87

This match didn’t unduly trouble the scorers though it was noticeable for three red cards. Despite finishing with nine men, Rob Small’s side still held on to claim a point and maintain their unbeaten start to the season. The Jammers have only lost two of their eight matches thus far themselves as both sides look to build a platform to push on from later in the campaign.

 

Bury Town  3 – 0  Mildenhall Town | Ram Meadow  | Att: 432

Bury produced a fine display to defeat the Hall at Ram Meadow. Ryan Jolland put the hosts ahead on the quarter-hour, followed swiftly by Ollie Hughes’ strike five minutes later to put the hosts in a good place. Ryan Stafford made it three six minutes after the break to hand the hosts their fourth win this term.

 

Coggeshall Town  3 – 3  Canvey Island  | West Street | Att: 148

This ding-dong encounter at West Street ended honours-even. The Islanders drew ‘first blood’ as Frankie Merrifield put them ahead only nine minutes in. Martin Tuohy doubled that lead on 32 minutes though Sam Bantick gave Cogg a crucial goal back, right on the cusp of half-time.

Nnamdi Nwachuku’s strike [69’] made it 2 – 2 though barely after they had finished celebrating, CIFC went 3 – 2 up thanks to Sam Collins though Bantick had the final word with his second of the match with ten minutes remaining. The hosts are six matches unbeaten now in the league, a good achievement as newcomers to the division.

 

Dereham Town  1 – 0  Romford  | Aldiss Park | Att: 156

Dereham picked a much-needed victory with this narrow win over Boro at Aldiss Park. Daniel Beaumont got the only goal on 21 minutes as his side ended a four-match losing streak here.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  2 – 1  Witham Town  | Burroughs Park  | Att: 104

I attended this match, you can find my report here: http://www.survivor16b.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/match-report-great-wakering-2-1-witham-bln-21-10-18/

 

Heybridge Swifts  3 – 1  Brentwood Town  | Scraley Road  | Att: 238

Swifts got the better of Town to claim their third straight win. Two goals in quick succession from Matt Price on the quarter-hour plus Kreshnic Krasniqi’s strike [17’] put Julian Dicks’ side ahead though Ryan Mallett reduced the arrears for the visitors on 59 minutes. Harrison Chatting secured the points late on, on the day it was announced the forward has signed a two-year contract with the club.

 

Soham Town Rangers  1 – 2  Grays Athletic  | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 134

Grays picked up a fine away-day victory at strugglers Soham. Dennis Oli put Ath ahead six minutes after the interval. Ryan Auger levelled just two minutes later for Soham though club stalwart Joao Carlos got the winner with 19 minutes left to extend the unbeaten stretch to five matches for Jamie Stuart’s side. Soham have lost four of their last five now league-wise.

 

Tilbury  2 – 2  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Chadfields  | Att: 102

A second-half fightback helped the Dockers to claim a point at home to Felixstowe. Jack Ainsley put the visitors ahead after 29 minutes. It stayed that way until Lewis Smith levelled from the spot on 63 minutes. Substitute Joseph Francis may have thought he’d gotten the winner for ‘Stowe a minute from time though Smith got his second with moments remaining to ensure Tilbury’s third draw in their last four outings.

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 15th Sept) [BLN 16.9.18]

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 the weekend of the 15th September. How did your side do?

Saturday 15th September

Aveley  3 – 2  Heybridge Swifts    | Parkside (3G)   |  Att: 243

Aveley Roared back in the secon half to deny Heybridge any share of the points at Parkside. Things looked sweet for Swifts after Sam Bantick’s double [35′ & 49′] had put them two goals up though a devastating six minute spell ended up putting paid to that. Alex Akrofi’s quick-fire brace [67′ & 69′] had levelled things up though Tom Richardson ended up having the final say on 72 minutes to give the Millers their third win in four league outings. Heybridge fell to their third defeat on-the-spin here.

Basildon Utd  1 – 0  Soham Town Rangers  | Gardiners Close  | Att: 108

Basildon continued their soaring form with a gritty win over Soham at Gardiners Close. Jack Adlington nabbed the only goal six minutes after half-time to see Marc Harrrison’s side extend their league run to four wins from as many matches. Soham have lost four of their opening five outings this term.

Bowers & Pitsea  4 – 0  Felixstowe & Walton Utd | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att: 452

Bowers welcomed in their new 3G pitch at the Len Salmon and dismantled Felixstowe in front of a bumper crowd of over 400. David Knight was again the difference-maker and after four goals in the FA Cup last weekend, he grabbed another fine hat-trick [6′, 17′ & (pen) 60′] to set Rob Small’s side well on the way to victory. Lewis Manor added a fourth late on though it was a stellar day for the hosts who are still unbeaten in their four league matches and incredibly, Bowers haven’t conceded a single goal either in that time. Felixstowe fell to only their second loss in five matches here.

Brentwood Town  0 – 1  Grays Athletic   | Brentwood Arena  | Att: 105

Grays edged Brentwood at the Brentwood Arena thanks to an early second-half goal from summer signing Michael Mignot [46′]. Jamie Stuart’s side held on afterward to claim their first win since the opening day of the campaign. Town’s season league-wise hasn’t quite started as yet with two losses in four though this was their first defeat since their first match of the campaign.

 

Bury Town  3 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers   | Ram Meadow | Att: 280

Bury made the most of some good fortune to pinch a win at Ram Meadow. There wasn’t anything lucky about the time they broke the deadlock though as Ollie Hughes did in the first minute, though the first half ended with a Rovers leveller, from the penalty spot by Stephen Butterworth. Tanner Call’s deflected effort made it 2 – 1 though another pearler from Billy Johnson’s free-kick collection restored the stalemate for Garry Kimble’s side. However, an OG by unfortunate GWR right-back Jason Ring two minutes from time saw Town grab the points, their second win of the season while for Wakering it’s their third loss in five matches.

Coggeshall Town  1 – 1  Tilbury  | West Street | Att: 149

The Dockers denied Coggeshall a handy three points late on at West Street. Connor Hubble had powered Cogg into the lead on 65 minutes though with moments remaining, after a adjudged hand-ball on the goal-line by George Cocklin, the hosts were down to ten men and Luke Smith scored the resultant spot-kick. On the plus side for the hosts, they are unbeaten in three matches now while Tilbury are yet to win in five matches this term.

Dereham Town  2 – 0  Witham Town | Aldiss Park  | Att: 137

Dereham held firm and struck twice in twelve second-half minutes to give them the victory over Witham. Daniel Beaumont [pen 58′] and Ashley Jarvis  [70′] strikes were enough to claim Dereham’s second straight win and see Witham to their third loss in five matches.

Maldon & Tiptree  1 – 2  Canvey Island   | Park Drive   | Att: 186

Canvey had recent signing Josh Hutchinson to thank for their third win of the season. Hutchinson struck on the half-hour to give CIFC the lead though they were pegged back thanks to Decarrey Sheriff’s spot-kick on 69 minutes which continued the striker’s sterling start to the campaign. Late on though, Danny heale’s men claimed the win as Hutchinson got his second of the afternoon to hand the Jammers their first defeat of the season.

Mildenhall Town  1 – 2  Barking  | Recreation Way  |  Att: 145

The Blues continued their upturn in form with a good win at Recreation Way. Afolabi Obafemi broke the stalemate on 24 minutes before on the stroke of half-time, Rashid Kamara stole in to grab a second for Justin Gardner’s side. Thomas Boxer pulled one back for the Hall just past the hour though the visitors got their second win of the season while consigning the hosts to continuing their winless start to the campaign.

Romford  3 – 1  AFC Sudbury    | Rookery Hill  | Att: 116

Boro raced to a fine win at Rookery Hill. A brace from Taylor Tombides [13′ & 21′] plus a third from Jonathon Nzengo on 26 minutes pretty much saw Paul Martin’s side to victory though Ben Hunter reduced the visitors’ arrears on 31 minutes. The hosts secured their third win in five matches while the Suds haven’t won since the opening day of the season.
That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 1st Sept) (BLN 1.9.18)

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 the first weekend in September. How did your side do?

If you’d prefer an audio version of this round-up, check out the GFS Extra Results podcast here: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/gfs-extra-results-podcast-saturday-1st-september-2018/

 

 

Saturday 1st September

AFC Sudbury  0 – 1   Bowers & Pitsea    | King’s Marsh (3G)   |  Att: 287

Bowers showed all their guile to come away with the points, despite being a man light for over an hour of this encounter at King’s Marsh. Quentin Monville grabbed the only goal on 14 minutes. Prolific scorer David KNight had a day to forget though as he was dismissed just shy of the half-hour point. Rob Small’s side held firm though to claim the win and preserve their unbeaten start. Sudbury fell to their second defeat thus far this term.

Barking   3 – 0   Romford     | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 101

Barking defeated Romford to claim their first win of the campaign. A brace from recent signing Darelle Russell [29′ & 77′] and a Joe Bruce penalty in added-time secured the points for Justin Gardner’s side and also ended Romford’s unbeaten start to the season.

Canvey Island  2 – 0   Bury Town   |  Park Lane  | Att: 205

Canvey got their first win since the opening day with this success over Bury Town. An early strike from Frankie Merrifield [8′] set them on their way before a late second from Marlon Agyakwa ten miutes before the end sealed the win. Town fell to their second defeat thus far this term here.

Felixstowe & Walton Utd   2 – 0   Aveley    |  Dellwood Avenue | Att: 405

Felixstowe achieved a good win over previously unbeaten Aveley at Dellwood Avenue. Jordan Matthews struck ten minutes before half-time to put his side ahead. Sam Ford [90′] grabbed a late second though a minor blip saw substitute Ben Clarke dismissed in added-time for the hosts who have three wins from their opening four matches now.

Grays Athletic  0 – 5  Maldon & Tiptree   | Parkside (3G) | Att: 132

Maldon blew away ten-man Grays at Parkside. Club stalwart Joao Carlos got his marching orders after just 22 minutes and the Jammers made the most of the man advantage with Decarrey Sheriff [29′] and Shane Cojocarel [38′] netting before half-time. After the interval, the pain continued for Ath as Chris Millar [58′], Sheriff’s second on 68 minutes and a strike from Jack Cawley 11 minutes from time ensured Maldon got their their third straight win here. Grays haven’t won since the opening day.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  1 – 1  Brentwood Town  | Burroughs Park  | Att: 110

These two old rivals shared the spoils at Burroughs Park. Brentwood led thanks to Albert Levett’s spot-kick on 19 minutes. That lead was duly vanquished ten minutes later as Simon Thomas levelled for Rovers. The stalemate prevailed as both sides seek to get a few wins under their belts early-doors this season.

Heybridge Swifts   0 – 3    Dereham Town     | Scraley Road    | Att: 287

Dereham picked up an excellent win over Swifts at Scraley Road. Daniel Beaumont put them ahead on 27 minutes before further strikes from Ollie Ebbage [63′] and substitute George Quantrell [85′] made sure of their second win of the season. Heybridge have won two and lost two thus far.

Soham Town Rangers   0 – 3    Coggeshall Town   |  Julius Martin Lane  |  Att: 182

Coggeshall defeated Soham to continue their more than decent start to the campaign. Aaron Condon broke the deadlock on 31 minutes and the visitors led at the break. Strikes from Ross Wall [59′] and Nnamdi Nwachuku [74′] broke the resistance of the hosts and Soham are winless in their opening four matches.

Tilbury    1 – 2    Basildon Utd    |  Chadfields  | Att: 149

The Bees continued their 100% record in the division with a good win at Chadfields. Eljay Worrell struck for Marc Harrison’s men on 17 minutes though Ex-Chelmsford and Canvey striker James Walker levelled for Joe Keith’s side eight minutes later. Basildon re-took the lead nine minutes after half-time thanks to Marcus Bowers’ goal and held on to condemn the Dockers to their third defeat in four matches.

 

Witham Town  1 – 1   Mildenhall Town  |   Spa Road     | Att: 84

Finally, Witham fought back to hold the Hall at Spa Road. The visitors led through John Sands’ goal on the half-hour. L’heureux Menga pounced on 65 minutes to give mark Ashford’s side a share of the ponts and Mildenhall have three draws from their opening four matches.

 

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

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 18th Aug) [BLN 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the second weekend of action of the new campaign.

Audio round-up of all Bostik League Divisions & more here: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/gfs-extra-results-podcast-saturday-18th-august-2018/

Saturday 18th August

 

AFC Sudbury  0 – 1   Heybridge Swifts    |  King’s Marsh   (3G) | Att: 285

This one was settled very late on at King’s Marsh. Sam Bantick’s 94th-minute spot-kick narrowly edged Swifts to the victory. It goes down on the scoresheet as their first defeat of the new season.

 

Barking    2 – 3  Witham Town   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 72

This topsy-turvy encounter was also settled in the dying embers of the match. Things started well for the Blues as new signing Daniel Cheema opened the scoring just two minutes in, before young forward Henry Fisher levelled the match on 28 minutes. The goals kept coming as Rashid Kamara [58′] struck for the hosts though again the spirited visitors restored parity through Andrew Tirivanhu on 61 minutes. More drama was to come though as ex-Clapton & Bowers & Pitsea player Johnny Ashman grabbed the winner on the 90 minute mark to give Town their first win of the season.

 

Basildon Utd   2 – 1   Mildenhall Town   | Gardiners Close  | Att: 159

The Bees made the most of their first Isthmian League match in over 25 years with victory over the Hall at Gardiners Close. Giant forward Brian Moses opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half, though the hosts were pegged back by Thomas Debenham’s effort [64′]. Game on. Though enter centre-stage the Essex Senior League’s top scorer from 2017/18 – Marcus Bowers who got the winner with 11 minutes remaining. Basildon held on to give Marc Harrison his first win in the new division.

 

Bury Town   1 – 1   Romford                   |  Aldiss Park   | Att: 296

The hosts recovered late on to deny Romford a second straight win. Paul Martin’s side took the lead right on half-time through recent signing Roddy Lemba. Town rescued a point six minutes from the end thanks to Tanner Call’s strike.

 

Dereham Town    4 – 2   Coggeshall Town    | Ram Meadow  | Att: 308

Dereham produced an excellent response to a humbling defeat last weekend at Aveley to defeat newcomers Coggeshall at Ram Meadow. Nnamdi Nwachuku gave the visitors a surprise lead nine minutes into the match though only two minutes later, Ashley Jarvis levelled things up for the hosts. Centre-back Luke Wilson restored Coggeshall’s advantage on 23 minutes and it stayed that way at the break.

Two rapid goals from Dion Frary [62′] and Danny Beaumont [67′] gave Dereham the lead before Beaumont’s late second goal confirmed the win for Neal Simmons’ men.

 

Grays Athletic    1 – 1    Canvey Island       | Parkside (3G)  | Att: 221

Ath were held by the Islanders at Parkside. Mitch Hahn’s 36th-minute opener gave Grays the impetus at the break though Frankie Merrifield’s strike seven minutes into the second half helped Danny Heale’s side to claim a draw as both sides remain unbeaten.

 

Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Burroughs Park | Att: 108

Last season’s Essex Senior League champions Great Wakering defeated last term’s Eastern Counties League champs Felixstowe at Burroughs Park. Goals from Steven Butterworth [11′] and Billy Johnson [22′] saw GWR to the victory.

 

Maldon & Tiptree    1 – 0    Brentwood Town    | Park Drive    | Att: 120

The Jammers narrowly edged the Blues at Park Drive thanks to Sammie McLeod’s 90th-minute winner to obtain their first victory of the season. Brentwood’s first match of the new campaign ended in frustrating defeat for manager Craig Shipman.

 

Soham Town Rangers   2 – 2    Tilbury     | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 156

Tilbury were denied by a last-gasp salvo by nine-man Soham at Julius Martin Lane. Adam Vyse put the Dockers ahead right on half-time and Lewis Smith doubled the lead two minutes into the re-start. After Lewis Endacott and Jon Kaye had both been dismissed for the hosts, Sam Mulready first put away a spot-kick on the 90 minute marker before Mulready struck an injury-time leveller completed an improbable comeback for the hosts.

That’s all for this week. Cheers for reading.

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