Round-up: Bostik League North (Sat 15 Dec) [BLN 16.12.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up  of action this weekend that took place in the Bostik League Division North as every match did take place on the rain-drenched Saturday 15th of December.

Saturday 15th December

AFC Sudbury  8 – 2  Dereham Town  | Venue: King’s Marsh (3G)  | Att: 194

The Suds absolutely vanquished sorry Dereham with this massive win at King’s Marsh. The hosts led thanks to a brace from Paul Hayes [22’ & 40’] and a third from Callum Harrison, three minutes before the break put the hosts in command. The onslaught continued soon after the restart as Reece Harris smashed a hat-trick inside nine minutes [53’, 58’ & 61’] to erase any doubt as to where the points were heading. Joe Gatting did give the travelling support ‘something to shout about’ with a 67th-minute goal though Tom Monk made it 7 – 1 on 86 minutes. Gatting got his second two minutes later for the visitors before Mekhi McKenzie completed the rout on the cusp of full-time.

Sudbury claimed their fourth win in their last eight games and soit 9th spot while Dereham fall to the foot of the table following a run of six matches without a win.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 1  Soham Town Rangers   | Venue: Len Salmon Stadium  (3G)  |    At: 86

Bowers had super-sub David Knight to thank for this victory at the Len Salmon. Soham have shown sprinkles of revival of late and did take the lead on 25 minutes here through Sam Mulready’s spot-kick. Crucially though, that lead didn’t quite last until half-time as Lewis Manor levelled for Rob Small’s side just before the break. This ended up giving the hosts some impetus after the break as Knight got a brace [63’ & 90’] to secure Bowers’ their third straight win  which takes them back to the summit of Bostik North. Soham’s third loss in their last five sees them fall to second-bottom.

Bury Town  2 – 1  Barking    | Venue:  Ram Meadow   |  Att: 240

Town overcame the Blues thanks to two goals from key man Ollie Hughes. He got the opener on 25 minutes though Darelle Russell eliminated that lead eleven minutes afterward. The hosts re-took the lead right before the interval as Hughes grabbed his second of the afternoon and with no further goals in the second period; Town’s four-match winless run is over as they sit in 8th spot. Barking reside in 14th place.

Canvey Island  0 – 1  Witham Town   | Venue: Park Lane  | Att: 121

Witham continued their recent upturn in form with a terrific win at Canvey. Johnny Ashman got the only goal on 62 minutes to give Mark Ashford’s men their third straight win to catapult them out of the bottom two, into 16th. Canvey’s inconsistent form reared its head again with their 5th loss in their last eight matches here which saw them drop to 11th.

Coggeshall Town  3 – 0  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: West Street | Att: 64

Coggeshall continued their good home form with a strong performance at West Street. Sam Bantick put the hosts ahead after 29 minutes before Connor Hubble doubled that lead on 62 minutes. Rovers had Brian Moses and Jake Gordon among their front line though Cogg sealed the win thanks to Ross Wall’s goal ten minutes from time. The hosts have only tasted defeat once n their last eight and rise to 3rd spot, just three points off leaders Bowers. Wakering are winless in their last four now and fall to 15th.

 

Grays Athletic  2 – 2  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Parkside (3G)  |  Att: 204

These two playing-off chasing sides couldn’t be separated at Parkside. The Bees took the initiative three minutes before the interval as Luke Stanley struck. Ryan Reed inadvertently levelled for the hosts by putting through his own net on 63 minutes though Callum Taylor struck from 12 yards with nine minutes and caretaker boss Lee Connor may have thought they may have earned the three points. It wasn’t to be though as Aron Gordon got Ath another draw with his strike four minutes later. Grays stay 6th despite not winning in their last three games while Bas remain two points behind in 7th and today have appointed Laindon Orient boss Neil Blackburn as their new manager until the end of the season.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 1  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Venue: Park Drive | Att: 122

Maldon produced a stirring comeback to claim all three points at Park Drive. Miles Powell put the Seasiders ahead on 61 minutes though two goals in two minutes swayed the direction of the points as a spot-kick by DeCarrey Sheriff on 74 minutes plus Eddie Dsane’s winner a mere minute later sealed the match’s fate. Utd have lost three on-the-bounce now and drop to 13th while the Jammers rise to 2nd spot, just two points off leaders Bowers after 7 wins in their last eight matches.

 

 

Mildenhall Town  0 – 6  Brentwood Town |   Venue: Recreation Way  |  Att: 110

Brentwood pummeled the Hall to add to their hosts’ misery at Recreation Way. Charlee Hughes continued his fantastic recent scoring run with a hat-trick, firstly to put the hosts ahead on 29 minutes and then added two more in the latter stages [72’ & 76’]. Tony Stokes also grabbed a pair of strikes, one from the spot on the hour and late on [82’]. Goalkeeper Rob Budd also scored with 11 minutes remaining to complete a stellar day for Craig Shipman’s improving side – their third win in their last four, which helps them rise to tenth. Mildenhall have only had one success in their last eight now and are a point clear of the bottom two in 17th.

 

Romford  1 – 5  Heybridge Swifts   |   Venue: Rookery Hill   |  Att: 118

Heybridge continued their fine form with a big win at beleaguered Romford. The dependable Matt Price stroked home a penalty on 21 minutes to give Swifts the lead. Debutant Reece Hewitt levelled for Boro four minutes before the break though full-back Guillem Ramon struck right on half-time to give the visitors the lead once again. Price got his second [62’] before the visitors made the points safe thanks to strikes by Jack Adlington [76’] and Elliot Ronto three minutes later. The winless stretch extends for Paul Martin’s side, and having lost eight of their last nine outings, they fall to 18th. Swifts have opened up a six-point gap from the play-off chasing pack, thanks to their fourth win on-the-spin.

 

Tilbury   3 – 0  Aveley   |   Venue: Chadfields |  Att: 159

The Dockers sent ten-man Aveley to a rare defeat at Chadfields. Oliver Spooner gave Marc Harrison’s side the lead on the half-hour mark before Aveley saw Dan Humphreys dismissed. The hosts took advantage as Lewis Smith [75’] and George Sykes late on sealed the points to take them up to 12th. Aveley drop to 4th on goal difference after their 13-match unbeaten streak ended here.

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Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 1st Dec) [BLN 2.12.18]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up’s of Bostik League North action, on the first week of December 2018. How did your side fare?

 

Saturday 1st December

Bostik Division North 

 

Barking   0 – 1   Bowers & Pitsea   | Mayesbrook Park  (2pm KO) | Att: 54

Bowers got their fourth win in their last six league matches as ex-Blues winger Quentin Monville continued his superb season by getting the only goal with 21 minutes remaining. Justin Gardner’s men continue their intermittent form and drop to 15th spot while Bowers remain 2nd, two points behind leaders Aveley.

 

Basildon Utd   0 – 1   Coggeshall Town   | Gardiners Close | Att: 78

The Bees were on the wrong end of another tight result as high-flying Cogg got the points at Gardiners Close. Correy Davidson struck on 32 minutes to give the visitors their 5th win in their last six, to keep hold of third spot in the standings. Basildon are in 7th place.

 

Brentwood Town   3 – 1   Felixstowe & Walton Utd   |  Brentwood Arena | Att: 136

Town produced a stirring fight-back to overwhelm Felixstowe in a match where all the goals came in the last 25 minutes. The visitors opened the scoring on 68 minutes through the prolific Jack Ainsley though Charlee Hughes levelled for Craig Shipman’s team eight minutes later. The hosts finished the stronger and took the points thanks to strikes by Albert Levett [82’] & Ryan Mallett [87’] which takes them up to 14th place. Utd remain 9th after only their second defeat in five matches.

 

Bury Town  3 – 3  Dereham Town    |  Ram Meadow  | Att: 329

This see-saw encounter saw the hosts scramble a last-moment leveller. Cema Ramadan put Bury ahead though Dereham returned the favour from the penalty spot, as Karol Wengrzik [62’] converted from 12 yards. Ollie Ebbage put the visitors ahead on 71 minutes though only a minute after that, Jake Kerins fired the home side level. Then came the late drama as deep into added-time, Joe Gatting would have been forgiven for thinking he’d scored the winner. Not to be though as Ramadan snared another equaliser for Bury to ensure the points were shared. Bury stay 8th while Dereham drop into the bottom two on goal difference.

 

Canvey Island   0 – 1   Soham Town Rangers  | Park Lane  | Att: 133

Soham continued their recent resurgence with a huge victory at Canvey. Ryan Auger struck the solitary goal after ten minutes to see Soham out of the drop zone after their third win in their last four matches. Canvey’s fourth defeat in their last six league outings keeps them in 11th spot.

 

Grays Athletic  0 – 1   Heybridge Swifts  | Parkside (3G) (2pm KO)  | Att: 133

A moment to forget for home defender Stanley Muguo ended up being the difference for Grays in another tight battle this weekend. Heybridge’s moment of fortune came on 26 minutes when Muguo unwittingly put past his own keeper Lloyd Anderson. Swifts kept up their recent good run with one loss in their last six now and go above Grays into 5th. Ath are a point behind in 6th.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  2 – 3    Tilbury  | Burroughs Park  | Att: 111

Wakering fought hard but ultimately fell to defeat as the Dockers got their third straight victory. Lewis Smith put Marc Harrison’s side ahead on 33 minutes though shortly after coming off the bench, a quick-fire brace for Jake Gordon [55’ & 61’] saw Garry Kimble’s side ahead. Mitchell Gilbey’s strike saw that lead vanquished though only four minutes later and George Sykes got the decisive strike with six minutes remaining. Wakering sit 12th, ahead of their opponents by goal difference only, Tilbury are 13th.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  4 – 1   Romford   | Park Drive  | Att: 110

The Jammers enhanced their unbeaten run with this big win over Boro at Park Drive. Eddie-Louis D’Sane had a big part to play in that with his hat-trick [12’, 27’ & 90’] with Matthew Briggs snaring the other goal just shy of the hour. George Forrest pulled one back for Romford on 66 minutes though the long wait for a win goes on for Paul Martin’s side. Maldon keep 4th place while Romford slide to 16th.

 

Mildenhall Town   1 – 2  Aveley  | Recreation Way | Att: 139

The Millers achieved their sixth win on-the-spin with this battling performance at Recreation Way. Andy Freeman put them ahead nine minutes in. Things didn’t go all their own way as former Aveley defender Hussein Jaffa restored parity for his current side, three minutes before the break. Alex Akrofi got the winner mid-way through the second half to keep the visitors at the top of the standings. The Hall reside in 17th, only outside the drop zone by virtue of goal difference.

 

Witham Town   2 – 0   AFC Sudbury  |  Spa Road  | Att: 108

Witham finally ended a long drought with this triumph over Sudbury at Spa Road. John Watson’s double [17’ & 73’] made sure of only their second win of the campaign which tightens up the bottom five (Town are five points off Romford in 16th) while the Suds remain in 10th spot.

 

Round-up: Bostik Lge Division North (Sat 24th Nov) [BLN 24.11.18]

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 last weekend of November. How did your side do?

Saturday 24th November

AFC Sudbury  2  – 3  Grays Athletic   | King’s Marsh  (3G)  | Att: 242

The Suds were the victim of a superb comeback by Grays, who celebrated the 128th anniversary of their formation with this victory. Thomas Monk [10′] and Ben Hunter [23′] put the hosts in a fine position. Though Michael Toner pulled one back on 32 minutes and Grays really pushed on after the break. Thomas Wade [61′] and Mitchell Hahn [68′] put Jamie Stuart’s side on course for their 4th straight win as they stay in 5th place. Sudbury first loss in five sees them drop to tenth.

 

Aveley  5 – 3  Brentwood Town    | Parkside (3G) | Att: 254

The Millers powered to another win and hand Town their second 5- 3 loss inside a week. Alex Akrofi’s early double [9′ & 15′], the first of which from the penalty spot, put the the hosts in a good verve. Charlee Hughes kept up his good touch for scoring with another for the visitors on the half-hour. Tom Richardson got his first of the day three minutes later. Zack Littlejohn made it 3 – 2 to the hosts, five minutes before half-time. Richardson got his second seconds later though Town’s resolve wasn’t done as Ryan mallett got on the score-sheet again on 57 minutes. Richardson secured another fine hat-trick on 66 minutes to finally see Aveley to their sixth straight win and go top of the table by two points. Town’s fourth loss in five matches sees them down to 16th.

 

Bowers & Pitsea   2 – 2  Bury Town  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G)  | Att: 122

Bowers were held by plucky Bury Town at the Len Salmon. Returning hero Brad Warner broke the deadlock two minutes before the interval. David Knight made it two from 12 yards and you’d perhaps have thought it was set for another success for Rob Small’s side though it certainly didn’t pan out that way. Jake Kerins halved the deficit just past the hour before Jake Chambers-Shaw revoked the hosts’ lead on 66 minutes. Bowers fell to 2nd while Town are in 8th place.

 

Coggeshall Town  2 – 3  Maldon & Tiptree   | West Street  | Att: 123

Cogg’s 11-match unbeaten run ended in this cracker at West Street. Maldon led on four minutes through Jack Cawley though the home side levelled thanks to Sam Bantick (who else?) just before the half-hour mark. The Jammers restored their advantage through Decarrey Sheriff’s goal [49′] and Sammie McLeod’s deflected free-kick just past the hour. Correy Davidson made it a nervy end with his 89th-minute goal. Although Maldon ended with ten men following James Shepherd’s sending off, they held on for their fourth win in their last sixto stay 4th. Cogg stay 3rd though are only a point clear of their opponents here.

 

Dereham Town  0 – 1  Canvey Island   | Aldiss Park | Att: 161

Canvey showed grit in achieving a rare win in recent weeks at Aldiss Park. New signing Adam Vyse got the only goal on 64 minutes although the hosts had to play nearly an hour with ten men after Robbie Linford’s dismissal. Dereham have only got two wins in their last nine now with the other 7 all being losses. Factor in a 3 point penalty for fielding an ineligible player and they are third bottom. Canvey rise to 11th place.

Felixstowe & Walton Utd  2 – 2  Witham Town    | Dellwood Avenue  | Att: 365

Witham pegged back Felixstowe twice to claim a much-needed point away from home. Prolific scorer Jack Ainsley gave the hosts ahead from the spot on 24 minutes  Johnny Ashman took that advantage away with a leveller for Town six minutes before the break. Right on half-ttime, Ainsley struck  again though they were stifled once again through another stand-out scorer for Town – Sam Ashford, again from the penalty spot nine minutes into the second period. The hosts stay 9th in the standings with Witham remaining bottom though they ended a three-match losing run here.

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 0  Barking    | Scraley Road   | Att: 258

Swifts got another home win, this time over the Blues. A double from Matt Price [25′ & 68′] saw Julian Dicks’ side home as they went up to 6th place, two points shy of the play-offs. Justin Gardner’s Barking side are in 13th after their third loss in their last five.

Romford  0 – 0  Basildon Utd   | Rookery Hill  | Att: 109

These two sides battled to a goal-less draw at Rookery Hill as both sides are finding in tough to get wins on the board of late. Romford are have ended a five-match losing streak, they reside in 14th while the Bees got their fourth draw in their last seven matches as they drop to 7th.

Soham Town Rangers  3 – 1  Great Wakering Rovers  | Julius Martin Lane  |  Att: 126

Soham got their second win in their last five outings with a good performance. A fortunate OG by Rovers midfielder Brandy Makhendi gave the hosts the lead on 26 minuutes. That lead was doubled by Lloyd Groves nine minutes after the break. Marcus Bowers gave Wakering a slither of hope of a result by nabbing a goal with nine minutes remaining. Callum Russell snuffed out that possible chance by grabbing Soham’s third on 83 minutes. Their win sees them cut the gap to safety to two points. Wakering drop to 12th.

Tilbury  2 – 0  Mildenhall Town  | Chadfields  | Att: 101

Marc Harrison’s side got back-to-back wins with this triumph over the Hall at Chadfields. Another spot-kick from Lewis Smith [27′] and a George Sykes strike four minutes into the second half provided the goals. The Dockers had to battle with ten men towards the end as recent signing Darren Phillips got his marching orders. The win, only their third of the campaign, sees them rise to 15th, four points above the drop zone. Mildenhall suffered their fifth defeat in their last six as they drop below their opponents to 17th place.

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

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 10th Nov) [BLN 11.11.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Bostik North round-up. How did your side do?

 

Sat 10 Nov

AFC Sudbury  0 – 0   Basildon Utd   |  King’s Marsh (3G) | Att: 287

The new era at Basildon started with a shut-out at Sudbury. The Bees, under the Interim leadership  of co-chair Lee Connor, have not won in five matches though still picked up a credible result with a much-changed side following their ‘reorganisation’ this week.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 0   Mildenhall Town   | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att: 111

Bowers continued their unbeaten run this term and their superb defensive record with this win over the Hall at the Len Salmon. A double from Lewis Manor [30′ & 45′] saw the hosts ahead before David Knight made another three points safe on 56 minutes with the hosts’ third. Mildenhall’s day got worse as both Thomas Boxer and James Seymour were dismissed here as they fell to their fourth straight loss.

Coggeshall Town   1 – 0   Barking    | West Street | Att: 112

Cogg maintained their fine form with a late winner at West Street. Sam Bantick kept up his superb scoring run with a goal ten minutes from time and secure his side’s fourth win on-the-spin. Barking are still finding wins hard to come by with two wins in their last six outings.

Dereham Town   2 – 3  Maldon & Tiptree   | Aldiss Park | Att: 143

This game saw the sides trade superiority on the score-sheet at Aldiss Park. Dereham led at the break through Jamie Forshaw on four minutes before Ollie Ebbage [28′] doubled that lead to put the out-of-form hosts in a good position. Maldon roared back though in the last 20 minutes of the contest as first, Oliver Kensdale pulled one back on 74 minutes before Jack Cawley [85′] levelled things up. Kensdale scored the decisive winner a minute from time to give Wayne Brown’s side their third win on-the-bounce.

Felixstowe & Walton Utd  1 – 2   Grays Athletic    |  Dellwood Avenue | Att: 310

Grays withstood a comeback from Felixstowe to pick up the victory at Dellwood Avenue.  Early goals from Joao Carlos [2′] and Kieran Bishop [23′]  put Jamie Stuart’s side in command. Miles Powell’s goal three minutes after the interval opened the game up though Ath held on to claim their 4th win in their last five matches.

Heybridge Swifts   2 – 1   Canvey Island   | Scraley Road | Att: 357

Canvey came unstuck at in-form Heybridge. Swifts led  through regular scorers Matt Price [30′] and Harrison Chatting [49′]. Although Canvey made it a tense end thanks to Jake Joliffe’s strike 15 minutes from time, the hosts won their fifth game in their last six.

Soham Town Rangers  3 – 0   Witham Town   | Julius Martin Lane | Att: 151

Soham won this bottom-two clash with Witham. They led after only four minutes thanks to Will Gardner’s goal. In the second half, further strikes from Ryan Auger [50′] and Sal Mulready on the cusp of the 90 saw Soham to only their second win this season while Witham have lost five of their last six natches now.

Tilbury   1 – 2  Bury Town   | Chadfields | Att: 110

Finally on Saturday, Bury Town came back to win at Chadfields. Jack Carlile put the hosts ahead on 66 minutes though a late brace from Cemal Ramadan [81′ & pen 85′] turned the tide to get their third win in their last five games while the Dockers parted company with boss Joe Keith and assistant Lee Hodges following this match and swiftly replaced them with former Basildon management duo Marc Harrison and Liam Wallace.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 27th Oct) [BLN 29.10.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to another of my round-up’s looking at this weekend’s shortened BLN programme on due to the FA Trophy action. How did your side do?

 

Bostik Lge North  – Sat 27th Oct

 

Bowers & Pitsea  2 – 0  Romford  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G)  | Att: 128

Bowers continued their fine season thus far with this victory over Romford at the Len Salmon. Quentin Monville put Rob Small’s side ahead two minutes before half-time and then Lewis Manor [49′] made it two and gave them a platform to see the game out. Bowers are 2nd, ahead of Aveley on goal difference, while Romford slide to 11th.

Bury Town 3 – 0  Tilbury   | Ram Meadow  | Att: 287

Bury Town went into the top-five with this triumph over Tilbury. All the goals came in a 20 minute period with Jake Chambers-Shaw [47′], Ryan Jolland [59′] and Ollie Hughes [65′] goals sealing the points. The Dockers remain third from bottom after this loss.

 

Coggeshall Town 4 – 0  Grays Athletic  | West Street  | Att: 154

Cogg handed Grays a heavy loss at West Street. Sam Bantick’s strike [24′] gave the hosts a half-time lead though two goals in seven minutes from Ross Wall [63′] and Jamie Shaw [70′] saw them to a fine win. Connor Hubble’s late penalty added further gloss to the score-line as Town went above their opponents into sixth spot.

 

Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 3  Barking   | Burroughs Park  | Att: 111

Barking’s first-half performance laid the basis for this win at Great Wakering. Ben O’Brien put the Blues ahead on 19 minutes. Daniel Cheema made it two nine minutes later and Eusebio Da Silva rounded out the scoring on 62 minutes to send Justin Gardner’s side into 9th, one of a clutch of teams on 13 points, including Rovers.

Heybridge Swifts  4 – 2    Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Scraley Road  | Att: 234

Finally, Heybridge defeated Felixstowe at Scraley Road. Harrison Chatting put the hosts ahead on 19 minutes before Dan Walker made it two with 33 minutes on the watch. Matt Price converted a spot-kick three minutes after the interval to extend the hosts’ lead. Things went from bad to worse for Utd as Daniel Davis was dismissed on 53 minutes and Swifts sealed the points through Chatting’s second on 69 minutes.

Credit has to go to Utd though as a Jack Ainsley penalty [80′] and a Miles Powell goal five minutes afterward made it tighter than it could have been though Swifts went fourth with this win.

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 Lge Division North (& South Central & South East Division R’s) [BLN 8.10.18]

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 October. How did your side do?

Bostik Division North

Saturday 6th October

Barking  1 – 0   Dereham Town      | Mayesbrook Park  |  Att: 43

Despite a team re-shuffle, the Blues edged to a good win over Dereham at Mayesbrook Park. Ben O’Brien got the only goal of the game in the 21st minute to give Justin Gardner’s side their third win of the season to go 14th in the table. Dereham’s sixth defeat in nine sees them in 16th spot, below their opponents here on goal difference.

 

Basildon Utd  0 – 0  Bury Town    | Gardiners Close  | Att: 86

The Bees were held for the second match on-the-spot by a resilient Bury Town side at Gardiners Close. Manager of the Month for September Marc Harrison still has a lot to be pleased with though as his side extended their unbeaten run to nine matches and are seven points clear at the summit.

Brentwood Town   4 – 1   Soham Town Rangers  | Brentwood Arena  | Att: 90

Brentwood achieved a big win with a stand-out performance over struggling Soham at the Brentwood Arena. Albert Levett [27′] and Connor Martin [31′] strikes put the hosts in command before Sam Mulready halved the arrears for the visitors just before the interval. Town were not to be denied their second win of the season though as Kojo Apenteng [55′] and Alfie Hilton [83′] goals sealed the points to see the hosts up to 11th spot. Soham’s 4th loss in their last five means they remain bottom of the table.

 

Canvey Island  1 – 1   Tilbury   | Park Lane | Att: 183

Canvey were denied an important win at Park Lane by a late leveller by Joe Keith’s Dockers. Both goals came late in the game as Martin Tuohy broke the stalemate with five minutes remaining before Tilbury’s Abdus Salami ensured the visitors left with a point and are now unbeaten in three matches, sitting in 17th spot. Canvey are winless in their last three matches and reside in 6th spot.

 

Grays Athletic  4 – 3  Great Wakering Rovers  | Parkside  | Att: 213

Over 200 spectators saw a cracker-jack encounter at Parkside. Grays definitely had the better of the first 45 minutes as Dennis Oli [7′] and Joao Carlos [19′] put Jamie Stuart’s side two ahead before Shomari Barnwell’s penalty made it three six minutes before the break. Rovers responded after the hour mark though through strikes from Ollie Woodhouse on 62 minutes and Jake Gordon six minutes after that. Ade Cole netted to give Ath some breathing room on 71 minutes though recent signing Marcus Bowers [89′] closed out the scoring though ultimately Grays got their third win of the season and up to 8th spot in the table. Wakering drop to 12th after their fourth defeat of the season.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  0 – 1  Aveley   | Park Drive  | Att: 126

Aveley battled to an important win at Park Drive. Alex Akrofi was on the score-sheet again from the penalty spot on 20 minutes. The visitors held on to rack up their fifth win in 8 matches to rise above their opponents into second spot. The Jammers drop to fourth after only their second loss this term.

 

Mildenhall Town  3 – 4  Heybridge Swifts  | Recreation Way  |  Att: 170

Heybridge emerged from a huge battle with the points at Recreation Way. New signing Dan Walker broke the deadlock two minutes before the interval to give Julian Dicks’ new charges a lead at the break. Matthew Price [56′] extended that lead before Thomas Boxer struck home a spot-kick seven minutes later to get the hosts on the scoreboard. Walker’s second made it 1 – 3 on 68 minutes though a second Boxer penalty with 17 minutes left made it tight. Not for long though as on 77 minutes Nick Brown struck to make it 2 – 4 before a late third for the hosts from Luke Butcher made it an incredible six goals in one half. The Hall fell to their third loss of the season regardless, and drop to tenth place while Heybridge ended a four-match losing run here and rise to 15th spot.

Witham Town   0 – 2   Bowers & Pitsea   | Spa Road  | Att: 74

Bowers had recent signing Simon Thomas to thank for the goals in this win at Spa Road. Thomas struck twice in five minutes [52′ & 56′] to turn the course of this match and give Rob Small’s side their fourth win in seven matches and preserve their unbeaten stretch. Witham’s fourth straight defeat sees them remain in the bottom two while Bowers are up to third spot.

 

Bostik South Central Division – Sat 6.10.18

 

Bracknell Town  1 – 1  Bedfont Sports   | Att: 201

FC Romania  0 – 5  Chipstead   | Att: 48

Hayes & Yeading Utd  7 – 1  Ashford Town (Middx)  | Att: 196

Molesey  0 – 1  Cheshunt  | Att: 40

South Park  0 – 5   Chalfont St Peter  | Att: 66

Tooting & Mitcham Utd  3 – 1  Hertford Town  | Att: 124

Waltham Abbey   3 – 0   Uxbridge   | Att: 83

Ware  3 – 1  Egham Town  | Att: 70

Westfield   1 – 2   Northwood  | Att: 60

 

Bostik South East Division – Sat 6.10.18

Ashford Utd   2 – 4   Three Bridges    | Att: 190

Cray Wanderers  7 – 2  Faversham Town  | Att: 135

East Grinstead Town   1 – 1   Sevenoaks Town   | Att: 89

Haywards Heath Town   2 – 0   Sittingbourne  | Att: 116

Hythe Town  3 – 0  VCD Athletic  |  Att: 229

Phoenix Sports  2 – 2  Whyteleafe  | Att: 68

Thamesmead Town   3 – 0    Guernsey   | Att: 84

Whitstable Town  2 – 0   Greenwich Borough  | Att: 151

 

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