Match Report: Burnham Ramblers 2 – 5 West Essex (ESL 9.12.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Leslie Field

Attendance: 16

Saturday 9th December 2017 3pm KO

2017-18 Season – Match 45

Burnham Ramblers: Navy Blue & Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

West Essex: Red & Black Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

 

Scott W Reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a day partly beset by postponements due to the inclement weather, West Essex travelled to Leslie Field to take on Burnham Ramblers. Burnham were depleted though still named Charlee Hughes and Karl Swanborough in attack. West Essex were also missing a few key players though the ever-dangerous Michael Mignot was joined by Fatos Zeqiri up front and Jack Coker was back between the sticks.

I had a good feeling about this match before kick-off and that feeling was soon validated. The hosts had a double-chance early on though forwards Karl Swanborough and Charlee Hughes were both denied by visiting custodian Jack Coker. Both sides traded chances soon after that with home skipper Ryan Stillwell having an effort saved while West defender Nick Walk’s chip was saved by Burnham goalkeeper Josh Strizovic and Mignot’s lob struck the bar. It really was an open start to this match.

The visitors struck 17 minutes into the match through forward Fatos Zeqiri’s strike which found its way past Strizovic. The hosts struggled to keep up with the quickness of the Stags’ attacks and Strizovic produced a really good save to deny Mignot on the half-hour. That save was even more important at this point of the match as the hosts levelled minutes later through Karl Swanborough’s tap-in following-up.

The visitors responded just four minutes later as winger Cameron Gray’s initial shot was blocked though midfielder Joe Lefley slotted home neatly into the right corner. Strizovic was called upon again four minutes before the break to deny Zeqiri’s shot with his feet. There was a sense even at this point that there were more goals in this match.

Half-Time: Burnham Ramblers 1 – 2 West Essex

Just a minute after the re-start, the Stags extended their lead as a well-directed long pass found forward Michael Mignot and after rounding Strizovic, slotted home calmly into an unguarded net. Soon after, Gray nearly made it four though his effort was well-saved by Strizovic. Burnham spurned a decent opening six minutes after the break as Hughes fired wide. The visitors made it 4-1 moments after as Zeqiri grabbed his second of the afternoon, wrong-footing Strizovic before blasting home. Kwame Kwateng’s side continued to push with rapid attacks and just after the hour, midfielder Brad Russell’s attempted lob was well-saved again by the over-worked Strizovic.

The hosts got some respite in the form of a spot-kick, tucked away by Swanborough midway through the half to lessen the arrears once again and could’ve given the visitors a tricky last 15 minutes though Swanborough’s twin efforts on goal couldn’t get past Coker. In the last ten minutes of a really entertaining affair, West made it five after Mignot slotted home well from a narrow angle while at the other end five minutes later, Hughes couldn’t connect well with his header which was gratefully claimed by Coker.

Full-Time: Burnham Ramblers 2 – 5 West Essex

All in all, a pulsating match filled with both sides wanting to get the ball down and play good attacking football on a tricky pitch though to be fair, West had done more than enough to warrant the points so credit to them and in doing so, ending Burnham’s four-match unbeaten run. As for the hosts, well on another day they may have scored more and I have the feeling that manager Lee Hughes & his coaching staff will drive them on to a decent finish this term. One thing is for sure, watching Burnham’s matches is hardly dull, as there’s usually goals in them.

Finally, I’d like to thank both Burnham boss Hughes and West Essex Head Coach Kwame Kwateng as it was really good to talk to both of them post-match.

 

Teams

Burnham Ramblers

Joshua Strizovic (GK), Jed Bowman, Edison Tereziu (Jake Croft 46′), Ryan Plom, Fraser Inns (Julian Bavin 46′), Alex Karkoski, Ryan Stillwell (Capt), Ben Burgess, Robert Bagnall (Sam Warwick 63′), Charlee Hughes, Karl Swanborough

Goal-scorers: Karl Swanborough [32′ & pen 67′]

Subs Not Used: A French (GK), L Bond | Booked: Burgess

 

West Essex

Jack Coker (GK), Nick Walk, Ben Leo, Maanoon Khan, Josh French, Tom MacLeod (Capt) (Kofi Appiah 87′) , Brad Russell, Joe Lefley (Tom Woodbridge 76′), Cameron Gray, Michael Mignot, Fatos Zeqiri (James Bromley 81′)

Goal-scorers: Fatos Zeqiri [17′ & 53′], Joe Lefley [36′], Michael Mignot [46′ & 81′]

Subs Not Used: T Ahmed, Carroll | Booked: None

Referee: James Masson
Assistant Referees: Ray Parmenter & Trevor Williams

 

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Match Report: Redbridge 2 – 0 Woodford Town (2017) (ESL 8.12.17)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Oakside

Attendance: 59

2017-18 Season – Match 44

Friday 8th December 2017 7.45pm KO

Redbridge: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Woodford Town: Yellow Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

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The teams before KO

Scott W reporting  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a chilly evening at Oakside, leaders Redbridge welcomed mid-table Woodford Town in another Essex Senior League encounter. The Motormen were led by Brian Moses and Calvin Poku in attack, with Reside Coxi-Sebastfao on the left flank, who scored a hat-trick against the same opponents earlier in the season. Woodford’s forward line was led by livewire Larry Asare and Ethan Kessel.

Pre-match, one or two may well have had Redbridge down to win this fixture convincingly though as it turned out, it wasn’t quite that. The visitors did start proceedings fairly well as they made sure the Motormen defence were alert with a couple of near-misses. Twelve minutes in, a powerful drive from Town forward Larry Asare was well-saved by home goalkeeper Lewis Greene.

Redbridge couldn’t really get going at their best going forward though Brian Moses and winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao spurned half-chances. On 34 minutes, arguably against the run of play, the hosts took the lead as from skipper Eljay Worrell’s corner, Moses headed home past visiting stopper Nick Wilson. It stayed that way at the break, with the visitors still well in the match and were arguably unfortunate to be behind, although they couldn’t find that telling final ball to breach the home defence.

Half-Time: Redbridge 1 – 0 Woodford Town

A minute into the second half, Asare struck an effort wide as Town were looking to level. Their chances took a knock when Dion Lewis-Kirwan was dismissed for a second booking six minutes after the interval. Just past the hour mark, the hosts nearly doubled their lead as Moses ghosted past several Woodford defenders but couldn’t find the finish. Although they found it tougher with ten men, the visitors still put the ‘hard yards’ in, particularly at the back with Town skipper Jack Grosvenor making a number of good challenges.

Into the last 20 minutes or so, and Moses & midfielder Shaun Harris had efforts that couldn’t find the target. Town defender Grosvenor denied Redbridge substitute Jacob Dingli a icertain goal with a good goal-line clearance with 15 minutes left. Soon after, Town had a goal chalked off for off-side and their frustrations were evident by this stage. Dingli was denied late on by Wilson as the striker was one-on-one with the Town ‘keeper.

Redbridge sealed the points in added-time as Wilson had denied an initial attack though Moses grabbed his second with a low curling effort into the right corner. They say ‘It doesn’t matter how you win, just that you do’ and on this occasion, Ricky Eaton & Joey May’s side did exactly that without being at their best, not that they will mind much as this was their 8th straight league win. Woodford should take some solace though from their performance here as in phases, they played well and made it difficult for the league leaders.

Full-Time: Redbridge 2 – 0 Woodford Town

Teams

Redbridge

Lewis Greene (GK), Courtney Homans, Eljay Worrell (Capt.), Shaun Harris, Liam Thomas, Jonathon Mbamarah, Tommie Turner, (Thomas Gogo 61′) Patrick Duggan, Calvin Poku (Jacob Dingli 61′) Brian Moses, Reside Coxi-Sebastfao

Goal-Scorers: Brian Moses [34′ & 90’+2]

Subs Not Used: Toussaint, Nelson & Brown-Bamfpoe | Booked: Worrell, Harris

Woodford Town (in estimated position order)

Nick Wilson (GK), Leon Wildman, Ola Ogunwamide, James Walkinshaw, Jack Grosvenor (Capt), Dion Lewis-Kirwan, Gamal Nfodjo, Ryley Scott (Yusuf Topal 83′), Andre Bennett (Djazton Mandica 63′), Ethan Kessel, Larry Asare (De’Juane Taylor-Crossdale 70′)

Subs Not Used: Lefevre, Abdul | Booked: Wildman

| Sent Off: Lewis-Kirwan [51′ – second booking]

Referee: Ede Eruero
Assistant Referees: Michael Iddenden-Smith & Charlie Roberts

 

Essex Senior League Preview (8.12.17)

Written by Peter D & Scott W

This weekend, the ESL programme returns in ‘full flight’. Peter also returns so here are his and my thoughts on the weekend’s matches:-

Friday 8th December

Redbridge v Woodford Town (2017) | Venue: Oakside

Peter: Leaders Redbridge face a tough test against a young Woodford Town side, however the hosts are flying so should fear no-one, and although they will be made to work hard by the Goffs Lane side, I see another three points heading the Oakside outfits’ way.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Scott: Friday Night Football returns to Oakside as Redbridge take on Woodford. The hosts have had the last ten days off though their seven-game winning run has them still in top spot. Woodford by contrast lost out in midweek at Great Wakering as they look to end a four-match losing run in the league. The visitors are going need to bring their best to this encounter to deny the free-scoring Motormen. Home win for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1

Barkingside v Hullbridge Sports | Venue: Cricklefield

Peter: The hosts are bottom of the form table over the last six games, having lost all six and conceding 19 goals too, the worst in the league over the same period.  And they welcome a Hullbridge side who have renewed vigour under boss Darren Manning and after last weekend’s Vase win over Enfield will be bouncing and confident of victory.  Fancy the visitors in this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-2

Scott: Hullbridge travel back to Cricklefield to take on out-of-form Barkingside, following their FA Vase Triumph last weekend. The hosts need to end a barren run of six straight league defeats & appointed ex-Manor boss Stuart Marshall as assistant boss this week. Hullbridge are starting to put to turn their form around and may fancy their chances here. I’ll plump for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

Basildon Utd v Takeley | V: The Hive

Peter: What a mouth-watering match up we have here as two teams battling for the top spots in the division and both have unsurprisngly been in good form over their last half dozen games.  Takeley have scored the most goals in the division (22) over the last six games but the Bees have the best defensive record (3) in the league of the same period, so proves to be an interesting one.  Gonna go for a draw I think.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 1

Scott: Basildon welcome fellow ESL high-flyers Takeley to the Hive. The hosts were not in action last weekend while Takeley returned to winning ways last weekend and added to it with a good win at Stansted in midweek. Tough one to call here, though they may battle it out to a draw here.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Burnham Ramblers v West Essex | Venue: Leslie Field

Peter: Ramblers are unbeaten in their last four games, and have netted sixteen and conceded thirteen in their last six, winning three of those games, including a 5-1 win at Wadham Lodge.  They welcome a West Essex side who saw the return of their lynchpin Michael Mignot in last weekend’s last gasp winner against Barkingside, which was their first win in four outings.  Actually do fancy a home win here though.

Pete’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Scott: Burnham host West Essex in a fascinating encounter at Leslie Field. Ramblers are unbeaten in four league matches following a late win at Enfield on Monday night. The Stags also won late on last weekend over Barkingside so this one could be a goal-fest.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 2

Enfield 1893 v Wadham Lodge | Venue: The Harlow Arena

Peter: The hosts unpredictability continues as you just do not know which Enfield side will turn up each week.  The last six games have seen two wins, a draw and three defeats, and their last game saw a crazy 4-3 home defeat to Burnham Ramblers, a game they could have easily won.  They welcome a Lodge side to Barrows Farm who saw their six-match unbeaten run ended at home to Burnham Ramblers in their last league outing, so no doubt they will want to get back to winning ways.  However, I fancy the hosts may win a entertaining one here.

Pete’s Prediction: 3-2

Scott: Lodge travel to the Harlow Arena. Enfield need to ‘knuckle down’ in the league, having lost three out of their last five matches and conceding goals is an issue for Matt Hanning’s side. Wadham were not in action last weekend and have been a tad inconsistent of late. The hosts may pinch this one.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1

Hackney Wick v FC Romania | Venue: Old Spotted Dog

Peter: New Wick boss Tony Ievoli saw his new side battle back from 3-1 down at Manor in midweek to force a penalty shoot-out, which they won, to reach the Quarter Finals of the Errington Challenge Cup and give him his first win at the club.  Their league form hasn’t been brilliant of late though, with a 4-0 home win over Burnham their only win in the last six games, and they welcome a side in terrific form in the shape of FC Romania, who could go second with a win here.   The Romanians have netted nineteen and conceded five in their last six and I feel they may add more goals in this one and take an away win.

Pete’s Prediction: 1 – 4

Scott: Wick welcome FCR to the Old Spotted Dog. Tony Ievoli’s side went through on spot-kicks at Manor in an Errington Challenge Cup match in mid-week. FC Romania are still in great form and given Wick’s home form, they may fancy this tie.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Southend Manor v Clapton | Venue: Southchurch Park

Peter: Manor will be smarting after letting a lead slip in midweek to eventually lose on penalties and losing out on a Quarter Final place in the Errington Challenge Cup, and off the back of two successive league defeats it’s not been a good week or two for the Southchurch Park side.  They welcome a Clapton side who come into this off the back of a defeat at Metropolitan Police in the London Senior Cup, although they put up a very good second half showing, so will take those positives into this game.  Reckon the Tons may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 0-1

Scott: Manor welcome the Tons to Southchurch Park and are in the midst of a mini-blip in terms of form. Clapton exited the London Senior Cup at Met Police in midweek though were not in action last weekend. I think the visitors will prevail.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3

Stansted v Ilford | Venue: Hargrave Park

Peter: The Airportmen aren’t exactly flying right now, eight defeats in-a-row and conceding almost three goals a game has seen them drop into the bottom four and only three points off the bottom, and they welcome an Ilford side who who are unbeaten in three and could go up to seventh with a win here. Sadly for the hosts can see a ninth straight defeat on the horizon.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-2

Scott: The Airportmen welcome the Foxes to Hargrave Park. Paul Pittuck’s men are on a tough run of eight straight league defeats, the latest one being a home loss to Takeley in midweek. Ilford won in the Gordon Brasted Trophy Waltham Forest in midweek though league-wise they are unbeaten in three matches.

Scott’s Prediction: 0 – 2

Tower Hamlets v Sporting Bengal Utd | Venue: Mile End Stadium

Peter: Its the Mile End derby at the weekend and this one is impossible to call, although Sporting are the ones with the better form over the last couple of weeks, currently four games unbeaten, whilst Hamlets have lost three of their last four.  Hamlets do have a six point lead over their rivals currently though, 7th against 11th, but a Sporting win could take them into the top ten.  However, I reckon like most derbies it will end all-square.

Pete’s Prediction: 1-1

Scott: Hamlets welcome Bengal in the ‘Mile End derby’. The hosts have lost three of the last four league matches while Bengal are unbeaten in their last four matches. Think this one may be a battle and end honours-even.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 2

Waltham Forest v Sawbridgeworth Town | Venue: Kitchener Road

Peter: Forest have had a decent couple of weeks, winning three of their four league games and climbing to just six points off the top ten.  They did however lose at home to Ilford in their Brasted Trophy Quarter Final in midweek but welcome a Sawbo side who have struggled to get any sort of consistent form going this campaign.  Think Forest may sneak this one.

Pete’s Prediction: 2-1

Scott: Forest take on Sawbo at Kitchener Road. The hosts are on a decent run of late, unbeaten in three in the league. Sawbridgeworth are in decent form league-wise, having lost two of their last six matches so this is set to be a good encounter. I’ll go for an away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2

If you’d like to follow Peter’s work, his Twitter is @ped1980 and website is at http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/unofficialesl/

You can also follow Scott at @ScottMHC14 on Twitter.

Isthmian League Watch (5.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a feature piece looking at the top and bottom of all three Isthmian Leagues (Premier, North & South) as we come into the fifth month of the season (tables & results up to & including Dec 2nd)

Bostik Premier Division

At the summit, Dulwich Hamlet lead ambitious Billericay Town by three points though the Essex side have a number of games in-hand on the teams around them. Glenn Tamplin’s big-spending side has had success in both the FA Cup & FA Trophy so far this term while Hamlet have shown their intentions again after numerous promotion near-misses in recent years and off-the-pitch ‘issues’. In the chasing pack; Staines, Folkestone, Hendon & Metropolitan Police are seperated by just four points. Completing the top ten are Margate, Leiston, Wingate & F & Brightlingsea.

At the bottom, Worthing’s difficult start on & off-the-pitch certainly has had an impact as they sit seven points adrift at the foot of the table. It should be said that the earlier problems with the Woodside pitch have now been rectified, after a short spell ground-sharing at Bognor Regis. Above them, nine clubs are seperated by just five points. Tooting & Mitcham, Harlow and Needham complete the bottom four while Burgess Hill, Thurrock, Dorking, Leatherhead (though they have at least two games in-hand), Enfield Town and Merstham are just above Needham to show how tight this division is. With only one side being relegated this term, Worthing have work to do in the coming months you feel.

 

Bostik Division North

At the top of a highly-competitive division, AFC Hornchurch are leading the way with a four-point cushion over the chasing pack while also having games in-hand most of the sides immediately below them. Dereham Town, Bowers & Pitsea & Canvey lead the pack also looking for promotion as at least two sides go up this term. Recently-promoted Potters Bar and Barking are another four points further back while Maldon & Tiptree, Haringey Borough, Waltham Abbey and Hertford Town round out the top ten with only two points seperating those four sides.

At the foot of the table, Romford are four points behind the sides above them, having recorded only one win so far this term. Norwich Utd and Cheshunt are the sides most in danger of being caught by Paul Martin’s side though above them five teams are bunched up with only three points seperating them. Ware, Aveley, Mildenhall, Brentwood and Tilbury are those sides that could get dragged into a relegation scrap though again it has to be noted only one side will make the drop into Step 5 this term.

 

Bostik Division South

Lewes lead the South division having tasted defeat only once in 20 matches so far this term. They have a four-point cushion over Corinthian Casuals and Carshalton who lead the promotion-chasing pack (at least two sides will gain promotion ala Bostik North). Below them, six teams are seperated by five points. Cray Wanderers, Greenwich, Hythe Town & Sittingbourne lead that ‘mini-pack’ with Walton Casuals and Phoenix Sports just behind them. Whyteleafe complete the top ten.

At the bottom, points deductions have had an effect on two sides in the bottom four. Shoreham sit bottom after being deducted six points for ‘registration irregularities’, they are nine points adrift of Ashford Utd. East Grinstead and Molesey (who were stripped of three points due to fielding an ineligible player) complete the bottom four. Above them, the ten sides (11th – 20th) are only seperated by six points in an incredibly close mid-table. South Park, Herne Bay, Thamesmead and Hastings Utd head up this pack while Chipstead, Guernsey, Horsham, VCD Athletic, Ramsgate and Faversham round it up, with all ten believing they could push their way up the standings if they get on a good run.

Essex Senior League round-up (3.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my semi-regular round-up of all the action in the Essex Senior League (ESL) action this weekend plus the results from the FA Vase 3rd Round ties involving ESL sides.

Saturday 2nd December

FC Romania 5 – 0 Woodford Town (2017)
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 24

FCR produced another strong showing to overpower Woodford at Theobalds Lane. Mihai Botosan’s brace [26′ & 48′] put the hosts ahead before goals from Taban [56′], Ghinea [77′] and Lupu [90′] sealed a big win to send FCR second in the table, four points behind leaders Redbridge.

Ilford 1 – 1 Burnham Ramblers
| Venue: Cricklefield | Attendance: 28

Burnham held the Foxes at Cricklefield. Karl Swanborough continued his recent goal-scoring exploits by putting Ramblers ahead on seven minutes. Ilford hot-shot James Peagram levelled five minutes before half-time. Ilford stay 8th, level on points with Tower Hamlets above them on goal difference while Burnham are 16th.

Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 1 Hackney Wick
| Venue: Mile End Stadium | Attendance: 30

Bengal prevailed over Wick at Mile End. Jake Casey got Wick’s goal while Bengal recovered through Steven Carvell [65′] and a brace from Oscar Mendes [81′ & 83′] to seal the points and go 11th in the table. Wick are second bottom.

Takeley 6 – 0 Southend Manor
| Venue: Station Road | Attendance: 57

Takeley roared back to victory with a comprehensive win at Station Road. Carl Mullings opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before Mitchell Das [45’+2] made it two. After the break, the hosts rammed home their advantage with Nick Barrett [47′]¡ Jason Todd [52′], Mullings’ second with five minutes left & a late sixth by Will Green sealed the points to go 3rd in the table, Manor sit 10th.

Waltham Forest 4 – 1 Tower Hamlets
| Venue: Kitchener Road | Attendance: 42

Hamlets had a day to forget at Kitchener Road. Forest led nine minutes in through Mo Sagaf before Abiola Tanimowo doubled the lead a minure before the break. Joe Creasey [74′] and Nikko Stokes [85′] sealed the points while James Ross got the visitors’ consolation.

West Essex 2 – 1 Barkingside
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 26

The Stags grabbed a last-minute win at Mayesbrook Park. Cameron Gray got the opener for the hosts, Jerome Martelli got Barkingside’s goal before Tom MacLeod got an injury-time winner for Kwame Kwateng’s side. West Essex sit 9th while Barkingside drop to 18th.

FA Vase R3 results:
Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd | Att: 98
Hullbridge Sports 3 – 2 Enfield 1893 | Att: 85

Bostik Division North & South round-up (3.12.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of the action in Bostik North and results from Bostik South this weekend (December 2nd 2017). How did your side do?

Saturday December 2nd

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Attendance: 193

The Urchins ground out another victory at Bridge Avenue. Nathan Cooper [67′] got the only goal as Jimmy McFarlane’s table-toppers extended their unbeaten run to six league matches now and also have games in hand over most of the sides above them. The Suds sit 15th.

Aveley 2 – 2 Dereham Town
| Venue: Parkside | Attendance: 167

Aveley struck late to hold high-flying Dereham at Parkside. Rhys Logan put the visitors ahead twenty minutes in, before Jordan Watson levelled 12 minutes later for James Webster’s side. Ollie Ebbage [61′] restored the Magpies’ advantage though Sewa Marah struck on the stroke of full-time to claim a point. Aveley now have won only one of their last seven matches & reside in 20th spot while Dereham are also winless in their last three matches, losing ground on top spot.

Bowers & Pitsea 4 – 0 Cheshunt
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Attendance: 88

Bowers comfortably defeated Cheshunt to go into the top-three at the Len Salmon. Lewis Manor [28′] broke the deadlock before Fahad Nyanja doubled that lead five minutes later. Nyanja grabbed his second five minutes after the break before Martyn Stokes [56′] completed the scoring. Cheshunt are third bottom after only one win in their last six league matches.

Brentwood Town 1 – 3 Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Brentwood Arena | Attendance: 148

Heybridge came from behind to seal a good win at the Brentwood Arena. Matt Price gave the hosts the lead 16 minutes in though Swifts levelled seven minures before the break through Kreshnic Krasniqi. After the break, goals from Ryan Henshaw [70′] and Juan Luque [83′] turned it around for Jody Brown’s side as they go 14th tnough have at least seven matches in-hand compared to the sides around them. Brentwood’s 4th league defeat in their last six leaves them 18th.

Bury Town 0 – 0 Barking
| Venue: Ram Meadow | Attendance: 234

Ten-man Bury Town held in-form Barking to a stalemate at Ram Meadow. Darcy Heath saw red 28 minutes from time though Town are now winless in five matches while the visitors’ five-match winning run ended here.

Haringey Borough 0 – 1 Hertford Town
| Venue: Coles Park | Attendance: 147

Hertford recorded a narrow win at Coles Park. Michael Toner got the only goal on 32 minutes to end a four-match winless run. Haringey sit 8th though are winless in their last five matches while Town are 10th.

Maldon & Tiptree 2 – 2 Canvey Island
| Venue: Park Drive | Attendance: 101

Maldon were held by fellow high-flyers Canvey. Sam Collins [14′] gave the Islanders an early lead before hot-shot Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe [51′] struck to level and Ryan Gondoh gave the hosts the lead on the hour. Mitchell Gilbey claimed a point for the visitors 11 minutes from time. Maldon sit 7th while Canvey are in 4th place.

Norwich Utd 0 – 0 Ware
| Venue: Plantation Park | Attendance: 105

Ware held fellow strugglers Utd at Plantation Park. The Planters are winless in eight matches now, sitting second bottom but four points clear of Romford, while Ware are 21st though haven’t tasted victory in ten matches now.

Potters Bar Town 2 – 0 Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Pakex Stadium | Attendance: 115

A goal in each galf secured the win for the Scholars. A spot-kick from Michael Murray [39′] and a late second from George Nicholas secured his side’s 4th straight win, residing in 5th spot. The Hall’s seventh loss in their last ten sees them in 19th.

Romford 1 – 2 Waltham Abbey
| Venue: Ship Lane | Attendance: 87

Abbey secured another success here at Ship Lane. Nathan Koranteng opened the scoring 12 minutes in, before Shad Ngandu [33′] made it two. Substitute Craig Jeakins [84′] pulled one back for bottom side Romford. Abbey have 3 eins from their last 6 matches, sitting 9th in the table.

Soham Town Rangers 2 – 1 Tilbury
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Attendance: 106

Soham recovered from an early setback to prevail here. Adam Vyse coverted a spot-kick 13 minutes before half-time to give the visitors the lead after Soham’s Will Gardner saw red. Two goals in two minutes from Lewis Clayton [49′] and Craig Gillies [50′] turned the tide though to gain the win, Soham sit 13th. Tilbury are 17th and are winless in four matches now.

Witham Town 1 – 4 Grays Athletic
| Venue: Spa Road | Attendance: 106

Grays produced a sterling display to take the points at Spa Road. Kieran Bishop’s spot-kick nine minutes before the break gave Ath the lead. Ryan Mahal [43′] and Jamie Slabber [49′] put distance between the sides before Bishop [65′] grabbed his second of the afternoon. Correy Davidson’s penalty 12 minutes from time pulled one back for Town though saw Lance Akins dismissed late on to compound a miserable afternoon and end their five-match unbeaten run. Grays rack up their third straight league win and are in 12th spot.

Bostik South results (2nd Dec)

Ashford Utd 4 – 1 Thamesmead Town
Carshalton Athletic 1 – 1 Cray Wanderers
Corinthian-Casuals 2 – 3 Chipstead
East Grinstead Town 1 – 3 Sittingbourne
Greenwich Borough 1 – 1 Lewes
Guernsey 4 – 2 VCD Athletic
Hythe Town 2 – 2 Hastings Utd
Phoenix Sports 1 – 0 Horsham
Ramsgate 2 – 1 Herne Bay
Shoreham 1 – 1 Molesey
South Park 2 – 1 Walton Casuals
Whyteleafe 1 – 1 Faversham Town

 

Bostik League Divisions Nth & Sth round-up (26.11.17)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Welcome to my semi-regular round-up of Bostik League North action with Bostik South results from Saturday 25th November. How did your team do this weekend?

 

AFC Sudbury 4 – 3 Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium | Attendance: 244

The Suds did the damage in the first half as they fought off a comeback by Bowers to claim the points here. The hosts broke the deadlock 12 minutes in through Max Booth though a deluge of goals after the half-hour from Reece Dobson [31′], and Ben Hunter [33′ & 45′] put the home side in a very commanding position at the break. Bowers responded soon into the second half as David Knight [pen 51′] and Ben Sartain [67′] halved the lead. Though Fahad Nyanja [72′] ensured a competitive finale to the match, the Suds held on to extend their unbeaten stretch to four league matches and are 12th in the table. Bowers suffered their first loss here in six league matches and reside in 4th spot.

Barking 2 – 0 Romford
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Attendance: 93

Barking continued their great league run as they battled to defeat Romford at Mayesbrook Park. The hosts led on 10 minutes through Ben O’Brien though only sealed the points late on through Kiernan Hughes-Mason’s strike [87′]. Barking have now amassed five league wins on-the-spin and now sit 5th while bottom side Romford’s tough run goes on.

Canvey Island 0 – 3 Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Park Lane | Attendance: 193

Canvey were outplayed by in-form Potters Bar at Park Lane. Two goals in four minutes from Eoin Casey [29′] and Lee O’Leary [32′] put Danny Heale’s side on the back foot at the break. Steve Brown added a third for the Scholars six minutes from time to extend their unbeaten run to five league games now. Canvey’s third loss in their last five league matches means they’re in 3rd spot.

Cheshunt 2 – 1 Aveley
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Attendance: 160

Cheshunt grabbed a rare win against fellow strugglers Aveley at Theobalds Lane. Aveley took the lead through Sewa Marah’s goal on 22 minutes though ten minutes after the break, Jason Hallett levelled for the Ambers. Substitute Michael Kalu [66′] got the decisive goal as Cheshunt got their first win in five league matches. Aveley have only won one of their last seven league matches now and sit in 21st, above today’s opponents only on goal difference.

Grays Athletic 1 – 0 Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Parkside | Attendance: 169

Grays grabbed a narrow win over Soham at Parkside. Veteran midfielder Glenn Poole grabbed the only goal with 18 minutes remaining to give Ath their first win in five league games to go 14th in the table. Soham’s third straight loss means they drop to 17th.

Hertford Town 1 – 1 Norwich Utd
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Attendance: 154

Hertford were held by lowly Norwich Utd here. The hosts led thanks to Ben Andreos’s opener [14′] though Tim Henery’s penalty 12 minutes later eventually sealed a point for the Planters. Norwich Utd’s winless run extends to six matches and they remain second bottom.

Maldon & Tiptree 5 – 1 Dereham Town
| Venue: Park Drive | Attendance: 78

Maldon showed their class as they dismantled leaders Dereham at Park Drive. Jammers’ hot-shot Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s first-half hat-trick [10′, pen 34′ & 35′] gave the Magpies a proverbial mountain to climb though Ryan Crisp did get a consolation on the hour. Further goals from Ryan Gondoh [63′] and substitute Kieran Bailey [68′] sealed Maldon’s fourth straight league win which sees them sit 6th in the table. Dereham remain top despite this defeat.

Tilbury 2 – 2 AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: Chadfields | Attendance: 154

Tilbury held the Urchins at Chadfields. Abdus Salami opened the scoring for the hosts on the quarter-hour though Theo Fairweather-Johnson levelled 13 minutes later. Five minutes after the break, Elliot Styles gave Hornchurch the lead though the hosts claimed a point as Adam Vyse struck with eight minutes left.

Waltham Abbey 4 – 1 Bury Town
| Venue: Capershotts | Attendance: 63

In-form Abbey overwhelmed Bury Town to claim the points at Capershotts. The hosts had a two-goal cushion at the break through goals from Billy Holland [32′] and Nathan Koranteng [39′]. Darelle Russell got a third on 66 minutes before an Ollie Fenn OG [73′] more than made the points safe. The visitors pulled one back through Cemal Ramadan with eight minutes left. Waltham Abbey rise to 9th place while Town’s winless run sits at four league matches.

 

Bostik Division South results

Chipstead 2 – 2 Greenwich Borough | V: High Road | Att: 75
Faversham Town 2 – 1 South Park | V: Salters Lane | Att: 157
Hastings Utd 3 – 1 Guernsey | V: The Pilot Field | Att: 272
Herne Bay 2 – 2 East Grinstead Town|V: Winch’s Field| Att: 189
Horsham 2 – 1 Hythe Town | V: Culver Road | Att: 133
Molesey 1 – 1 Ramsgate | V: Walton Road | Att: 45
Sittingbourne 2 – 2 Corinthian Casuals|V: Woodstock Park | Att: 147
Thamesmead Town 2 – 3 Carshalton Athletic | V: Princes Park | Att: 94
VCD Athletic 1 – 0 Shoreham | V: Oakwood | Att: 62
Walton Casuals 4 – 2 Whyteleafe | V: Elmbridge Sports Hub | Att: 102