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

Written by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

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

Saturday 19th August

AFC Hornchurch  2 – 0 Brentwood Town   

Venue: Bridge Avenue   Attendance: 309

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

AFC Sudbury 4 – 0 Aveley

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   Attendance: 174

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

Barking 0 – 0 Saffron Walden Town

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    Attendance: 76

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

Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    Attendance: 174

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

Bury Town 1 – 2  Tilbury

Venue: Ram Meadow    Attendance: 233

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

Canvey Island 0 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: Park Lane    Attendance: 224

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

Clapton 2 – 0 Norwich Utd  

Venue: Old Spotted Dog   Attendance: 122

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

Dereham Town 3 – 0  Corby Town

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 164

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

Grays Athletic 2 – 0 Redbridge

Venue: Parkside   Attendance: 174

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

Great Yarmouth Town 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

Venue: Sandown Road    Attendance: 163

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

Haverhill Rovers 1 – 1 Heybridge Swifts

Venue: The New Croft    Attendance: 188

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

Hertford Town 4 – 1   Hadleigh Utd

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park   Attendance: 260

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

Ilford 1 – 1 Haverhill Borough

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 82

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

Long Melford 1 – 2 FC Romania

Venue: Stoneylands    Attendance: 84

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

Maldon & Tiptree 4 – 1 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Park Drive   Attendance: 73

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

Newmarket Town 1 – 2 Ware

Venue: Ridgeons Stadium   Attendance: 100

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

Potters Bar Town 4 – 1 West Essex

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 121

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

Soham Town Rangers 2 – 1 Cogenhoe Utd

Venue: Julius Martin Lane   Attendance: 123

Soham edged to an important win over Cogenhoe Utd. Two goals in a four-minutes spell saw Soham take the advantage through Daniel Buddle (36’) and Matt Allan (39’). After the break, the visitors pulled one back through Matt Long though Soham held on to secure their place in the next round.

Southend Manor 2 – 3 Gorleston

Venue: Southchurch Park   Attendance: 64

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

Stowmarket Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Humber Doucy Lane

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

Tower Hamlets 0 – 4 Takeley

Venue: Mile End Stadium    Atendance: 55

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

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury 2  –  2 Hullbridge Sports

Venue: The Recreation Ground

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

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

Bostik Division North Results round-up – Matchday #2

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

Monday 14th August Result

Haringey Borough  1  –  1  Barking

Venue: Coles Park       Attendance: 188

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

Tuesday 15th August Results

Bowers & Pitsea  3  –  0  Witham Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium      Attendance: 160

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

Canvey Island  2  –  3 Tilbury

Venue: Park Lane     Attendance: 268

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

Cheshunt  1  – 3  Ware

Venue: Theobalds Lane   Attendance: 147

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

Hertford Town  0  –  6  Bury Town 

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park         Attendance: 209

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

Maldon & Tiptree  A  –  A   AFC Sudbury 

Venue: Park Drive        Attendance: 143

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

Mildenhall Town   0  – 1    Dereham Town 

Venue: Recreation Way     Attendance: 204

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

Potters Bar Town   2 – 1   Brentwood Town

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 130

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

Soham Town Rangers  4  – 1    Norwich Utd  

Venue: Julius Martin Lane        Attendance: 134

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

Waltham Abbey  0  –  1   Aveley    

Venue: Capershotts             Attendance: 105

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

Wednesday 16th August Results

Grays Athletic 0  –  2  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Parkside       Attendance: 377

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

Romford   1 – 5    Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Ship Lane        Attendance: 127

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

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

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

Bostik Division North Results round-up – Matchday #1 of 2017/18 Season

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the first round-up of action of the new season in the Bostik League Division North on Saturday (12th August).

Saturday 12th August Results

AFC Hornchurch 3 – 0 Soham Town Rangers  

Venue: Bridge Avenue        Attendance: 168

Jimmy McFarlane’s Urchins started the season with a good win against Soham at Bridge Avenue. New signing Brad Warner put the home side ahead after just six minutes. Hornchurch made the win safe with goals from George Purcell  on 72’ and substitute Ross Wall added a late third with six minutes left.

AFC Sudbury 1 – 1 Canvey Island   

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium      Attendance: 384

This battle of the two recently-relegated clubs ended all square. Canvey took the lead just before the break through George Sykes. Jamie Godbold’s Sudbury got a late leveller three minutes from time though thanks to forward Adam Mills.

Aveley 1 – 3 Bowers & Pitsea

Venue: Parkside    Attendance: 354

Bowers were the party-poopers at Aveley in their first league match at their new Parkside home. All the goals came in the second half. Bowers took the lead through Fahad Nyanja’s opener ten minutes after the interval. Rob Small’s side doubled their advantage on 66 minutes thanks to forward Lewis Manor. Terry Spillane’s men pulled one back four minutes later thanks to Jordan Peart’s goal. Manor struck again though for the visitors nine minutes from time to seal a good win for one of last season’s surprise packages.

Barking 2 – 3 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Mayesbrook Park   Attendance: 85

Barking narrowly lost out in their first match back at Step 4. Abbey took the lead ten minutes in through Billy Holland’s opener. Ben O’Brien levelled for Glen Golby & Justin Gardner’s men. The visitors re-took the lead thanks to goals from Darelle Russell and new signing Christian Assombolonga, before the hosts made it a nervous end thanks to Billy Jones’ penalty late on.

Brentwood Town 2 – 2 Hertford Town

Venue: The Brentwood Arena      Attendance: 144

Brentwood began their campaign with a draw against newly-promoted Hertford Town at the Brentwood Arena. It started well for Craig Shipman’s side as Matt Price gave them the lead after just five minutes. Forward Harrison Georgiou doubled that lead five minutes before the break. To their credit, Hertford responded with two goals in four minutes in the last quarter of the match. First, Charlie Edwards scored then just three minutes later Ollie Sharman levelled. Brentwood finished the match with ten men as Georgiou was sent off late on.

Bury Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Ram Meadow   Attendance: 318

Bury Town & Romford shared the points at Ram Meadow. Paul Martin’s side took the lead through Jonathan Nzenga’s goal with 18 minutes left. The Blues responded though with nine minutes remaining as Cemal Ramadan’s goal ensured a point for Ben Chenery’s side.

Dereham Town 1 – 0 Cheshunt  

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 161

Dereham picked a narrow but nonetheless decent win over Cheshunt at Aldiss Park. Jamie Forshaw grabbed the only goal of the game just after the hour mark in Neal Simmons’ first league match in charge.

Heybridge Swifts 2 – 1 Mildenhall Town

Venue: Scraley Road      Attendance: 172

Heybridge picked up an opening-day win against newly-promoted Mildenhall at Scraley Road. Reece Grant grabbed a first-half brace to give Jody Brown’s side the advantage at the break. Mildenhall pulled one back from the penalty spot thanks to Christopher Bacon 13 minutes from time. The visitors were reduced to ten men late on as Jake Kerins saw red for two bookable offences.

Norwich Utd 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Plantation Park    Attendance: 124

Haringey pulled off a good win at Plantation Park. An OG from Andy Eastaugh after just six minutes put Tom Loizou’s side ahead. A late second from substitute Michael Ademayui made the points safe.

Tilbury  1 – 2  Grays Athletic              

Venue: Chadfields     Attendance: 202

Grays grabbed all three points late on at Chadfields. Jamie Stuart’s side took the lead eight minutes after the break thanks to talismanic striker Kieran Bishop. Tilbury levelled six minutes from time through Emiel Aiken’s goal. Though Grays were not to be denied as a late penalty from Bishop sealed the win.

Ware  0 – 1  Maldon & Tiptree         

Venue: Wodson Park     Attendance: 95

Maldon started their season with a narrow win at Wodson Park. Forward Chris Millar got the game’s only goal four minutes before the break to give Kevin Horlock’s men the perfect tonic as they set about another promotion charge this season.

Witham Town 1 – 2 Potters Bar Town

Venue: Spa Road   Attendance: 72

Potters Bar came from behind to grab a good win at Spa Road. All the goals came in a frantic three-minute period. First, Witham took the lead thanks to Usman Adeniji’s goal four minutes after the re-start. Only a minute later, the visitors levelled through Eoin Casey. And only moments later, George Nicholas scored what ended up being the winner on a good day for Steve Ringrose’s side.

There is a mid-week programme of matches in the Bostik Division North, the fixtures are below.

Monday 14th August – 7.45pm KO

Haringey Borough  v Barking          Venue: Coles Park

 

Tuesday 15th August – 7.45pm KO’s

Bowers & Pitsea v Witham Town       Venue: Len Salmon Stadium

Canvey Island v Tilbury                        Venue: Park Lane

Cheshunt  v Ware                                Venue: Theobalds Lane

Hertford Town  v  Bury Town            Venue: Hertingfordbury Park

Maldon & Tiptree  v   AFC Sudbury           Venue: Park Drive

Mildenhall Town   v   Dereham Town        Venue: Recreation Way

Potters Bar Town  v  Brentwood Town       Venue: Pakex Stadium

Soham Town Rangers   v   Norwich Utd      Venue: Julius Martin Lane

Waltham Abbey  v   Aveley                              Venue: Capershotts

 

Wednesday 16th August 7.45pm KO’s

Grays Athletic v AFC Hornchurch        Venue: Parkside

Romford v Heybridge Swifts                Venue: Ship Lane

 

Check back later this week for more from the Bostik League Division North.

Bostik Division North Matchday #1 Preview

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the new Isthmian Division North season, now known as the Bostik League Division North after twenty years of it being known as the Ryman League. It’s been mentioned that only one club will be relegated come season’s end and two will be promoted. Below is a list of the fixtures on Matchday #1.

Saturday 12th August  (3pm KO’s)

AFC Hornchurch v Soham Town Rangers      Venue: Bridge Avenue

Jimmy McFarlane’s Urchins welcome Soham to Bridge Avenue. Hornchurch have recruited a number of good players during the summer, including the likes of forwards Bradley Warner and Theo Fairweather-Johnson. Soham’s late revival of form at the latter stages of the season certainly assisted them in averting relegation last term and will look for a positive start here.

AFC Sudbury v Canvey Island           Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium

This encounter sees two sides that were both relegated last term clash as Canvey travel to Sudbury on the Suffolk/Essex border. Both sides will also be looking for a favourable campaign and may well be in the play-off hunt come season’s end. Former Bowers & Pitsea forward David Knight are among the signings Danny Heale has made in the close-season.

Aveley v Bowers & Pitsea               Venue: Parkside

Aveley welcome Bowers & Pitsea in what is their first league match at their brand-new Parkside home, which they will continue to share (as they did with Mill Field) with tenants Grays Athletic for the next two seasons. In what could be an even more highly-contested division than last term, both sides may be angling for another run at the play-offs this term.

Barking v Waltham Abbey        Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Essex Senior League champions Barking welcome Waltham Abbey to Mayesbrook Park in their first match back at Step 4. The hosts have a much-changed squad and a new co-manager in Justin Gardner this term, joining Glen Golby in the dug-out. The Abbotts will be looking to avoid the nerves of a relegation dogfight this season, as they had at times last campaign. Will Barking see previous ESL champions Bowers & Pitsea’s ‘yardstick’ of a top-six finish last season as encouragement for them? Perhaps, though I suspect they’d be content with a mid-table finish in April.

Brentwood Town v Hertford Town       Venue: The Brentwood Arena

Brentwood welcome Bostik North newcomers Hertford Town to the Brentwood Arena. Craig Shipman starts his first full season in charge with a squad largely the same as last term, though forward Lamar Reynolds clinched a big move to EFL Two side Newport County during the summer. Hertford might be thankful for the temporary reduction in relegation this season, though it’ll be an adventure for Gavin Kelsey’s men this term.

Bury Town v Romford          Venue: Ram Meadow

Romford travel to Ram Meadow in their season’s opener. Both these sides achieved creditable mid-table finishes last term. Paul Martin’s side has stayed in the division for around a decade and will look to continue to progress this term.

Dereham Town v Cheshunt       Venue: Aldiss Park

Dereham welcome Cheshunt to Aldiss Park. The Magpies appointed Neal Simmons in the summer as their new manager, as they look to improve on their 18th place finish last term. Cheshunt, who for a while last season looked to be contenders for a play-off spot, eventually finished a very creditable 10th. Jonny Ashman is among their summer signings as they perhaps quietly seek another tilt at the play-offs this term under manager Paul Wickenden.

Heybridge Swifts v Mildenhall Town              Venue: Scraley Road

Jody Brown’s side have made a number of intriguing signings in the summer as they look to avert another scramble with the drop, after their final-day heroics last season. They welcome newcomers Mildenhall to Scraley Road. I saw Heybridge in pre-season at Southend Manor in which they played very well, they might fancy a tilt at a top ten-finish, under the radar.

Norwich Utd v Haringey Borough         Venue: Plantation Park

The Planters take on ‘Borough in their league opener. Both sides perhaps performed above expectations last term as they achieved top-ten finishes.

Tilbury  v  Grays Athletic                 Venue: Chadfields

Tilbury welcome Grays to Chadfields. Tilbury finished 12th last season, as Grays finished bottom of Isthmian Premier last term. Grays though have overseen somewhat of a squad re-construction which has seen old faces such as Lamar Johnson and Jamie Slabber return to the club. Under Jamie Stuart’s tenure, they will be going for an immediate return to Bostik Premier.

Ware  v   Maldon & Tiptree           Venue: Wodson Park

Ware, who were reprieved from the drop in the summer, welcome last season’s play-off finalists Maldon & Tiptree to Wodson Park. Maldon’s top-scorer last term Liam Nash grabbed a huge transfer to League One side Gillingham in the summer though Kevin Horlock’s Jammers will again look to be in the promotion reckoning this season.

Witham Town v Potters Bar Town      Venue: Spa Road

Finally, Witham welcome newcomers Potters Bar to Spa Road. Ex-Stansted forward Sam Ashford is among the additions to Adam Flint’s side this term. It could be an ‘open book’ as to how these two get on this season.

Check back at the weekend for the the first Bostik League Division North results round-up of the new season.

Match Report: Southend Manor 2 – 6 Heybridge Swifts (PSF)

Pre-Season Friendly

Venue: Southchurch Park

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017 7.45pm KO

 Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks

 Heybridge Swifts: Black & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

S Manor v Heybridge (PSF 11.7.17) (Credit - Peter D)
Manor pushing forward during the 1st half.. (Credit: Peter D)

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

On a very wet evening at Southchurch Park, ESL side Southend Manor welcomed Isthmian North side Heybridge Swifts in another pre-season encounter.

The visitors started the match the brighter of the two sides and took the lead with 17 minutes on-the-clock as the impressive Ryan Henshaw getting a tap-in from close range. As the half-hour mark approached, Swifts were the better side going forward though against the run of play, Micky Hopkins slotted home past the Heybridge defence to level things up on 26’.

Heybridge didn’t rest of their laurels though as only four minutes later, new signing Harrison Chatting made a good run into the Manor box and slotted home well to restore the visitors’ lead. The visitors then extended their lead just before the break, first with a cool tap-in by fellow new signing Luke Callander and then moments later Henshaw powered in a 30-yard pile-driver as two goals in just three minutes gave Jody Brown’s side a comfortable advantage at the interval.

Half-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 4 Heybridge Swifts

The second half began with both sides making substitutions though would the changes undermine the rhythm in the second half? No chance! Heybridge continued to drive forward and create decent chances, though the Manor ‘keeper made a number of good saves during the entire match. Manor pulled another goal back ten minutes into the second half as Harry Hatt scored with a looping effort. Manor 2 – 4 Heybridge

During the next 25 minutes or so, Heybridge continued to pile forward and although the lashing rain made conditions even tougher to play on, the visitors could’ve easily got at least four more goals during this period. Though on balance, Hopkins could’ve also got a hat-trick as he missed two guilt-edged chances to reduce Manor’s deficit.

Into the last ten minutes and Heybridge finally got the reward they arguably richly deserved as Josh Fogbohun headed in from close range with six minutes remaining. Just two minutes later, fellow substitute Marley Andrews drilled an effort low into the left corner to complete an excellent showing at times from the visiting side.

Manor deserve some credit as well as they stuck to the task quite well at times though they will also know that before the season proper gets underway, they will need to improve at the back.

FT: Southend Manor 2 – 6 Heybridge Swifts

Hopkins 26’                     Henshaw 17’, 44’

Hatt 55’                          Chatting 30’

Callander 42’, Fogbohun 84’, Andrews 85’

In closing, I’d like to thank Southend Manor, Stuart Marshall, Peter Dudley for the earlier image & also wish both sides well for the forthcoming campaign.

Ryman League Division North Round-up – Saturday April 22nd 2017

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

Hello & welcome to another round-up of action that took place on the final weekend of the Ryman League Division North league season on Saturday (22nd April) & after the results, check out the final table to see where your side finished at the end of the league season.

UPDATE: Including the play-off semi-final Results & goal-scorers.

AFC Hornchurch 1  – 4  Bowers & Pitsea          Attendance: 247

Bowers came from behind to end a memorable season with a thumping win at Bridge Avenue. Hornchurch started well by opening the scoring on 17’ thanks to Leon McKenzie’s goal. Eight minutes later, Callum Leahy levelled for Rob Small’s men. Six minutes after the break, hot-shot Brad Warner put Bowers ahead before Lewis Manor doubled the lead on 57 minutes. Warner grabbed his second late-on to give the visitors a big win though they fell a point short of the play-offs, though 6th place still shows Bowers have had a brilliant first season in Ryman North. Hornchurch finish 4th and will face Thurrock away in the play-offs next week.

Cheshunt 2  –  2  Brightlingsea Regent     Attendance: 152

Cheshunt held champions Brightlingsea to a creditable draw at Theobalds Lane. Robbie Rees put Regent ahead on the quarter-hour before Jason Hallett levelled for the home side nine minutes later. Just after the hour mark, Billy Hunt once again gave Regent the lead, before a late goal from Tom Bruno meant that Cheshunt ended a run of three straight league defeats here, finishing in 10th spot, eight points off the top five. Regent continued their long unbeaten run away from home, and go up to the Isthmian Premier Division with a total of 103 points in a brilliant campaign for James Webster’s side.

Dereham Town 2   –  3  Tilbury         Attendance: 158

Tilbury edged to victory at Aldiss Park in what was long-serving Dereham manager Matt Henman’s final match in charge. The Dockers took the lead through Emiel Aiken nine minutes before the break. With 13 minutes remaining, substitute Reece Conway doubled the visitors’ lead. Dereham reduced their arrears two minutes later when hot-shot Ryan Crisp struck. Tilbury were reduced to ten men with nine to go after Arinse Uade saw red for two bookings.  Aiken struck with moments left to double Tilbury’s advantage. Crisp grabbed his & Dereham’s second of the afternoon just before the final whistle came, Dereham end the season winless in eight league matches, in 18th place. Tilbury finish unbeaten in their last five league matches, in 12th spot.

Great Wakering Rovers   1 –  4   Bury Town        Attendance: 118

Wakering waved goodbye to the Ryman North with a disappointing defeat at Burroughs Park. A four-goal blitz in 12 minutes before half-time sealed it for Bury Town. Josh Mayhew put Town in front on 33 minutes. Only five minutes later, Mayhew grabbed his & Bury’s second of the match. As Half-time approached, Luke Read struck a quick-fire double to all but win it for Ben Chenery’s side. Wakering did pull one back through Neil Richmond with 20 minutes left though they finish the season bottom of the table and will go into the Essex Senior League next season hoping for a swift return. Bury finish the season unbeaten in their last six matches, in 11th place.

Haringey Borough  2  – 1     Norwich Utd       Attendance: 122

Haringey picked up the positive result they needed late on to secure the final play-off-spot at Coles Park. Haringey opened the scoring only five minutes in, thanks to an OG by Norwich’s Andy Wilton. Norwich Utd levelled through Christy Finch midway through the first-half. Haringey secured the points late on thanks to hot-shot Rolston Gabriel, their third straight league win. Haringey finish 5th, and take on Maldon & Tiptree away in mid-week.

Heybridge Swifts    3  – 2      Phoenix Sports      Attendance: 231

Heybridge produced a stirring comeback to avoid the drop at Scraley Road. Phoenix took the lead on the quarter-hour thanks to Kweku Ansah’s goal. Zak Bryon doubled their advantage ten minutes later. Four minutes after the break, Heybridge started their comeback as Lewis Godbold struck. Only five minutes afterward, George Cole levelled for Swifts. The home side’s survival mission got harder when they had Reece Grant sent off with 25 minutes left. Though Heybridge would not be denied as Godbold got his second goal 11 minutes from time to ensure his side stay up on goal difference. Heybridge finish 21st, while Phoenix finish a very creditable 9th.

Romford    0  –  0   Aveley               Attendance: 102

Romford ended their season with this shut-out at Ship Lane. Romford had to play 29 minutes with ten men as Greg Akpele was sent off for two bookable offences. Romford finish in 16th place with 56 points, while Aveley finish 7th, thanks largely to a nine-match unbeaten run in the league and much to look forward to next season as they move into their new Parkside home.

Soham Town Rangers  4   –  3   Maldon & Tiptree              Attendance: 183

Soham produced a brilliant display at Julius Martin Lane to secure their place in the division next season, edging out Maldon & Tiptree. Hot-shot Sam Mulready put Soham ahead on 22 minutes, before Joshua Pollard levelled for the visitors two minutes later. Eleven minutes after the re-start, substitute Kieran Bailey gave Maldon the lead though they were pegged back just two minutes afterwards by Soham’s Lloyd Groves. Maldon re-took the lead thanks to hot-shot Sam Newson on 68 minutes. Though two goals late on from Mulready and Groves, both getting their braces sealed the win Robbie Mason’s side needed to survive, they finished in 19th spot. Maldon finish in 2nd spot with 91 points and entertain Haringey Borough in the play-offs in mid-week.

Thamesmead Town  1-2  Brentwood Town       Attendance: 100

Brentwood continued their excellent form with the win in what was Thamesmead’s final match at Bayliss Avenue before they start their ground-share with Dartford next season. Leon Gordon put the Blues ahead on 21 minutes. Archie Johnson levelled for the Mead nine minutes before the break. Brentwood’s ‘Player of the Year’ Lamar Reynolds polished off a fine season with the winner five minutes after the re-start to give his side their 4th straight league win. Brentwood finish in 14th place, while Thamesmead finish 17th.

VCD Athletic   2 – 0   Ware      Attendance: 125

VCD sent Ware to despair at Oakwood with this victory. Mitch Hahn gave Keith McMahon’s side the lead five minutes before the break. Just past the hour, Derek Duncan sealed the points for the home side, which ultimately sent Ware down. VCD finish 15th, whilst Ware finish 22nd, relegated despite their recent upturn in form.

Witham Town 2  – 1   Waltham Abbey           Attendance: 70

Witham picked up the win over strugglers Waltham Abbey at Spa Road. Scott Kemp put Witham ahead just past the quarter-hour mark. Jack Daveney put Abbey on terms just before the half-hour. Moments later, Luke Mallet got what would be the winner to give Town all three points. Witham finish in 13th place, while Abbey finish 20th, only surviving the drop on goal difference.

Wroxham   0 – 2   Thurrock               Attendance: 120

Thurrock picked-up the win in Wroxham’s swansong match in the division at Trafford Park. Substitute Michael Pindy put the visitors ahead just after the hour, before Jack Barham struck late on to seal the points for Mark Stimson’s side and give their 4th straight league win. Thurrock take on AFC Hornchurch at home in mid-week, thanks to their 3rd place finish. Wroxham finish 23rd and relegated, though their rebuilding job starts now ahead of the new season.

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

Position Team P W D L GD (+/-) Points
C Brightlingsea Regent 46 32 7 7 +57 103
2 (P/O) Maldon & Tiptree 46 29 4 13 +56 91
3 (P/O) Thurrock 46 27 8 11 +45 89
4 (P/O) AFC Hornchurch 46 24 13 9 +36 85
5 (P/O) Haringey Borough 46 2 6 15 +34 81
6 Bowers & Pitsea 46 23 9 14 +36 78
7 Aveley 46 21 13 12 +11 76
8 Norwich Utd 46 24 6 16 +10 75
9 Phoenix Sports 46 22 9 15 -1 75
10 Cheshunt 46 20 11 15 +13 71
11 Bury Town 46 20 9 17 +8 69
12 Tilbury 46 17 13 16 -6 64
13 Witham Town 46 16 11 19 -3 59
14 Brentwood Town 46 17 5 24 -14 56
15 VCD Athletic 46 15 11 20 -23 56
16 Romford 46 15 11 20 -31 56
17 Thamesmead Town 46 16 6 24 -8 54
18 Dereham Town 46 15 9 22 -19 54
19 Soham Town Rangers 46 14 11 21 -16 53
20 Waltham Abbey 46 14 9 23 -16 51
21 Heybridge Swifts 46 13 12 21 -17 51
22 Ware 46 15 6 25 -18 51
R Wroxham 46 6 7 33 -61 25
R Great Wakering Rovers 46 6 7 33 -72 25
               

 

Here’s how the play-offs Semi-Finals shape up:

Wednesday 26th April KO: 7.45pm

Maldon & Tiptree   5  –  4    Haringey Borough   Venue: Park Drive Attendance: 412

Nash 6′, (pen) 12′, 20            Richards 14′, Gabriel 49′, 76′

Newson 51′, Mills 83′            Benjamin 90′

Thurrock    1 – 0     AFC Hornchurch       Venue: Ship Lane  Attendance: 481

Sutton 12′

Play-off Final takes place on Sunday 30th April

Maldon & Tiptree  v   Thurrock    Venue: Park Drive   KO: 3pm

Thank you for reading these round-ups this season, hope you enjoyed it.