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.