Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 28.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the last action of the regular season, as the outstanding promotion & relegation places were finally settled, as well as the play-off pictures in both divisions.. As usual, the Bostik South results follow at the end.

 

Saturday 28th April

 

AFC Sudbury  1 – 0 Grays Athletic
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 245

The Suds narrowly defeated Grays to rise to 12th spot in the final standings. Phil Kelly’s strike with 12 minutes left sealed the points and give Sudbury their third win in their last seven matches. Grays’ 5th defeat in six means they finish down in 16th after a ‘damp squib’ end to the season, Jamie Stuart’s side will hope next term brings ‘better times’.

 

Aveley  3 – 1 Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 323

Aveley ended their first season at Parkside will a comfortable win over lowly Mildenhall. The platform was laid in the opening 25 minutes as strikes by Tom Richardson [14′] and Tony Martin [25′] gave the hosts a decent lead, though Jake Chambers-Shaw halved the arrears six minutes later for the Hall. Richardson’s second of the afternoon on the stroke of the interval sealed the points.

The Millers finish the season up in 14th, courtesy of their first win in five matches. Meanwhile, Town’s poor end to the campaign (winless in their last ten matches) means they end up in 22nd, six points clear of the solitary relegation spot.

 

Barking  0 – 3  Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 142

The Blues were outplayed by Potters Bar who had a jubilant end to their three-way tussle for the second promotion spot. The visitors led through James Budden’s goal just shy of the half-hour and after the break, a double from Eoin Casey [51′ & 77′] secured Potters Bar’s upward trajectory into the Bostik Premier Division at the first time of asking.

Barking ended their first season back in the division in a highly-respectable 10th spot despite three wins in their last eight outings, while the Scholars held on to second spot thanks to a sterling streak of ten wins in their last 14 matches.

 

Bowers & Pitsea  4 – 1 Brentwood Town
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Att: 163

Bowers missed out on automatic promotion despite a good victory at home to struggling Brentwood. Lewis Manor [1′] and Ben Sartain [6′] goals got Rob Small’s side off to flying start before further strikes by Jamie Dicks [17′] and Martyn Stokes [23′] ended the contest really. On-loan midfielder Tom Ranger got one back for the Blues 11 minutes before half-time but it wasn’t enough to stave off Town’s 6th defeat in their last 12 matches, perhaps influenced by their heavy fixture congestion in the last month or two. Bowers finsh 3rd despite 5 wins in their last eight matches and face a home play-off semi-final with Canvey.

 

Bury Town  1 – 2  Haringey Borough
| Venue: Ram Meadow | Att: 425

Haringey went into the play-offs on the back of yet another win. Lauren Luke broke the deadlock just three minutes in for Borough. Hot-shot Cemal Ramadan levelled from the spot four minutes before the break. Ralston Gabriel struck the winner for the visitors midway through the second half to claim Haringey’s eighth straight win and end the regular season unbeaten in 15 matches to finish fourth, just a point off the second promotion berth. Bury’ inconsistent finale means they end the campaign in 9th spot.

 

Canvey Island  2 – 2  Ware
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 245

Canvey ended the normal 46-game season being held by bottom-six side Ware. Mitchell Gilbey gave CIFC the lead on 25 minutes though the visitors restored parity a minute into the second half thanks to Jordon Watson and led just four minutes afterward

The Islanders finished sixth though recent form hasn’t been the best – six wins in their last 14 matches. Danny Heale’s side face a trip to local rivals Bowers & Pitsea in midweek. Ware end a ambivalent season in 20th after a run of three wins in 11 games. They will look for better next term.

 

Cheshunt  6 – 3  Norwich Utd
| Venue: Theobalds Lane   | Att: 146

The Ambers won an absolutely enthralling contest at Theobalds Lane, which had dire consequences for the Planters. The hosts started strongly as Jason Hallett struck twice [10′ & 28′] either side of a strike by in-form Kyle Roberts [23′]. The Planters, knowing they needed a draw to survive the drop, responded through Adam Hipperson’s spot-kick [36′] and Harry Barker’s goal five minutes later. The visitors levelled as Charlie Hitch found the net nine minutes after the interval. Craig Edwards’ men had a heck of a final say as Ricky Sappleton’s brace [60′ & 81′] and Roberts’ second midway through the half made sure of the hosts’ 5th win in their final 6 to finish up in 18th on 50 points.

Norwich Utd’s 6th loss in the last 11 mean they fell to the bottom on the last day and are relegated to Step 5, most likely the Eastern Counties League.

 

Dereham Town   3 – 2 Hertford Town
| Venue: Aldiss Park  | Att: 102

Dereham edged this one late on to finish the campaign in 8th. Hertford led ten minutes in through on-loan striker Charlie Cole though the hosts powered back courtesy of Matthew Castellan [44′] and Joe Gatting [63′] goals. George Lutaaya levelled once again for ghe visitors with eight minutes left. Substitute Ryan Crisp snatched the winner three minutes later. Hertford’s 7th defeat in 10 means they end in 15th.

 

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 1  Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Scraley Road | Att: 444

Swifts ended the 46-game term with another victory to see them into the play-offs in good touch. Luke Callander [24′] & Juan Luque [42′] both netted to give Jody Brown’s side a half-time lead. Four minutes after the break, Lewis Clayton scored for Soham who then saw Erkan Okay dismissed with 20 minutes left. Heybridge’s 5th straight victory means they finish 5th and face a trip to Haringey Borough in midweek. Soham finish the season in 13th spot.

 

Romford  4 – 2 Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 105

Romford once again refused to accept ‘fate’ and dragged themselves to safety by virtue of this massive win. It didn’t start well as on-loan striker Lee Barnard [9′] continued his scoring run for Maldon though Paul Martin’s side ‘turned the tables’ thanks to goals from Carlos Djalo Oso [17′], Ayo Olukoga [42′] and Kris Newby [49′]. Barnard struck again with seven minutes left to get the nerves jangling for the Boro faithful. Though Greg Akpele scored with a minute left to finally end the season on a massive high and Ship Lane gave them a ‘parting gift’ of sorts – Step 4 status for next term. Maldon end the season 7th and suffered their fourth straight defeat here, the Jammers may well be ‘in the hunt’ next season.

 

Waltham Abbey  2 – 2 AFC Hornchurch (C)
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 124

A topsy-turvy matvh ended all-square at Capershotts. Christian Assombalonga broke the stalemate for the champions on the edge of half-time though moments into the 2nd half, Darelle Russell equalised. Russell got his brace nine minutes later though substitute Theo Fairweather-Johnson [85′] snared a point for the Urchins. Abbey end the season with only one win in thrir last 14 matches to sit 19th while Hornchurch end the season unbeaten in eight outings and with the best defence in the division, with 103 points.

 

Witham Town  0 – 2  Tilbury
| Venue: Spa Road | Att: 122

A Harry Norman double [30′ & 82′] meant the Dockers ended the season with their fourth straight win. Witham have had a good season, ending in 11th after five wins in their last nine. Tilbury finish 17th.

 

Bostik North Play-off Semi-Finals

Wednesday 2nd May

Bowers & Pitsea v Canvey Island  | V: Len Salmon Stadium
Haringey Borough v Heybridge Swifts | V: Coles Park

The Final will be held on Sunday May 6th, I understand.

 

 

Bostik Division South  – Saturday 28th April 2018

 

Ashford Utd  1 – 4  Walton Casuals (P/O)    | Att: 321

Carshalton Athletic (C)  7 – 0 VCD Athletic  | Att: 785

Cray Wanderers (P/O)  4 – 0   Guernsey  | Att: 202

Hastings Utd   1 – 2  Sittingbourne  | Att: 540

Herne Bay  1 – 0  Greenwich Borough (P/O) | Att: 276

Horsham  2 – 5  Whyteleafe |

Hythe Town  1 – 1  Corinthian-Casuals (P/O)  | Att: 493

Lewes (P)  0 – 0  Chipstead  | Att: 1,134

Molesey  2 – 1  Faversham Town  | Att: 56

Phoenix Sports  4 – 0  Shoreham (R)  | Att: 71

Ramsgate  4 – 0  East Grinstead Town   | Att: 204

Thamesmead Town  6 – 2  South Park  | Att: 73

 

Bostik South Play-off Semi-Finals

Tuesday May 1st

Cray Wanderers v Walton Casuals
Greenwich Borough v Corinthian-Casuals

 

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Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 22.4.18)

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 as we entered the last five weeks of this weather-induced chaotic season, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South:

 

Friday 20th April

AFC Hornchurch 2 – 1 Aveley
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Att: 328

The Urchins enjoyed their championship party at Bridge Avenue though only secured the win late on. Connor Hogan put the hosts ahead in the 11th minute. Garrett Kelly levelled for James Webster’s team with 19 minutes remaining which threatened to leave the Urchins fans with a tinge of frustration though record-scorer George Purcell fired home the winner in added-time to secure Hornchurch’s sixth straight win and break the 100-point barrier. Aveley’s 4th loss in their last seven matches sees them stay 16th.

 

Saturday 21st April

Brentwood Town  2 – 1 Romford
| Venue: Brentwood Arena | Att: 126

Brentwood fought hard to banish any slight relegation doubts with the win at the Brentwood Arena. Tony Stokes fired the hosts ahead on four minutes though Carlos Djalo-Oso struck to restore parity for Bro only four minutes after that. Just after the hour mark, Stokes got his and his team’s second to give Town their first win in five matches to go up to 19th spot on goal difference and push Romford close to relegation. Paul Martin’s side are five points adrift of Norwich Utd and simply have to win both of their remaining matches and hope the Planters slip up.

 

Grays Athletic  1 – 4 Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Parkside | Att: 273

Grays suffered another hefty home defeat, this time at the hands of in-form Heybridge. Swifts led through Joe Gardner on 32 minutes before Luke Callander doubled that advantage eight minutes after the break. Callum Thompson halved the deficit for Ath six minutes afterward. Substitute Matt Price’s late brace [82′ & 87′] secured Heybridge their 6th win in their last eight matches to remain 5th and you wouldn’t envy who has to face them in the end-of-season play-offs either. Grays reside in 15th place after their third straight defeat.

 

Haringey Borough  1 – 0 Witham Town
| Venue: Coles Park  | Att: 221

Haringey narrowly overcame Witham at Coles Park, thanks to Jorge Sambu’s 72nd-minute goal to maintain their terrific form (10th victory in their last 12 matches) and stay 4th with an faint chance of going up automatically IF Potters Bar & Bowers slip up in the next week. Witham sit in 11th spot and are having a decent season.

 

Hertford Town  2 – 4 Barking
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Att: 281

Barking twice came from behind to power past out-of-form Hertford at Hertingfordbury Park. Emmanuel Osei [9′] put Town ahead before Adem Ramadan levelled for Justin Gardner’s side eight minutes later. Daniel Palmer struck mid-way through the first half to edge the hosts ahead. Though again, the Blues restored parity through Billy Jones seven minutes before the interval.

After the break, Alan Taylor [54′] swung the match in the visitors’ favour before Kemo Darboe’s late fourth sealed Barking’s fourth win in their last six outings and one more win will seal a very respectable top-ten finish for them. Hertford’s sixth successive defeat keeps them 14th.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  0 – 2 Cheshunt
| Venue: Park Drive | Att: 154

Cheshunt got the win thanks to a goal in each half to end Maldon’s slim hopes of making the play-offs. Ricky Sappleton [26′] put the Ambers ahead though only sealed the points with six minutes left through Kyle Roberts. Maldon’s recent indifferent form of two wins in their last six means they can only finish 7th at best now. Craig Edwards’ side remain 22nd as one of four sides on 46 points after their fourth consequtive success.

 

Mildenhall Town  1 – 3 Canvey Island
| Venue: Recreation Way  | Att: 182

Canvey finally vanquished any doubts of making the play-offs with this success at lowly Mildenhall. A goal-blitz midway through the half sealed the win for the Islanders. Martin Tuohy opened the scoring on 21 minutes before a brace from Mitchell Gilbey [23′ & 28′] pretty much did the job despite Joshua Curry’s goal back for the Hall a minute into the second half. Town’s season has really gone off-kilter as their winless run extended to nine matches, dropping to 20th place. Canvey’s third win in seven outings confirms 6th spot though getting a bit of form back ahead of the play-offs seems crucial for Danny Heale’s men.

 

Norwich Utd  3 – 1 AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Plantation Park | Att: 132

History may well recall this result being the one that kept the Planters in the division. It started well for the Suds as they led 20 minutes in through Milo Grimes. The Planters roared back into the contest seven minutes after the break thanks to Shaun Wones’ goal. Adam Hipperson’s brace [57′ & pen 71′] ‘turned the tide’ of this match as Utd got their second win on-the-spin and now they only realistically need a single point to send Romford down. Sudbury’s recent inconsistent form means they are in 12th spot.

 

Soham Town Rangers  0 – 2 Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Att: 124

Bowers kept things tight before grabbing a priceless victory late on thanks to substitute Fahad Nyanja’s brace [86′ & 90′]. Bowers have recovered their form after a slight lull and their fourth win in their last six encounters means they realistically need four points from their last two matches to pip Potters Bar to promotion. Soham’s season is faltering away somewhat, though they sit 13th.

 

Tilbury  2 – 0 Dereham Town
| Venue: Chadfields | Att: 67

Tilbury got the points thanks to a double from Siju Odelusi’s brace [7′ & 47′] and in the process rise to 17th place. Dereham are another side that haven’t enjoyed the best of form after their fifth loss in their last seven outings which keeps them 10th.

 

Waltham Abbey  0 – 3 Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 114

Potters Bar continued their relentless pursuit of promotion with an excellent win at struggling Abbey. Michael Murray’s penalty on the stroke of half-time started things off before Jack Bennett’s late brace [81′ & 89′] earned the Scholars their 9th win in 13 matches though have to win their last match to have any realistic hope of promotion. Abbey’s 8th loss in their last 12 outings means they drop to 18th.

Ware  0 – 1 Bury Town
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 98

Bury Town edged Ware courtesy of hot-shot Cemal Ramadan’s spot-kick [64′] to grab their fifth win in their last eight matches, and they are in 8th spot. Ware drop to 21st.
 

 

Bostik Division South Results – Saturday 21st April  2018

 

Chipstead  2 – 3  Ashford Utd    | Att:106

Corinthian-Casuals  1 – 3   Herne Bay  | Att: 256

East Grinstead Town  0 – 3 Hythe Town  | Att: 110

Faversham Town  2 – 0  Lewes  | Att: 328

Greenwich Borough  2 – 2  Hastings Utd | Att: 221

Shoreham (R)  1 – 5  Ramsgate  | Att: 112

Sittingbourne  3 – 1  Carshalton Athletic (P)  | Att: 167

South Park  4 – 1 Molesey  | Att: 87

VCD Athletic   2 – 1  Horsham  | Att: 125

Walton Casuals  5 – 2   Cray Wanderers  | Att: 186

Whyteleafe  1 – 3  Thamesmead Town  | Att: 123

 

Sun 22nd Apr  –  Guernsey  1 – 1  Phoenix Sports   | Att: 881

Bostik League Division North (& Sth) round-up (BLN 15.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog.

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South this weekend as two sides secured promotion and one was relegated.

 

Saturday 14th April

AFC Sudbury  1 – 3   Ware
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 242

Ware realistically secured their place in the division next season with this triumph at King’s Marsh. Louis Brown gave Ware the lead on 24 minutes, before Callum Harrison levelled for the Suds three minutes before the break. John Dreyer’s side stepped it up after the break though as strikes from Damian Green [68′] and Josh Oyibo [89′] secured their first win in four matches and takes them back to 20th, nine points clear of the relegation spot. Sudbury’s 5th defeat in their last eight sees them drop to 12th.

 

Aveley  0 – 5  Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 323

Aveley were surprisingly thumped by the Jammers at Parkside. Chris Millar set the visitors on course with the breakthrough 16 minutes in, before Eoin McKeown’s quick-fire double [26′ & 29′] gave Kevin Horlock’s side daylight. Lee Barnard’s spot-kick two minutes before the break and McKeown securing his hat-trick with 12 minutes to go sealed Maldon’s 20th win of the campaign and stay 7th, three points off the play-offs. Aveley’s third loss in their last ten matches sees them drop to 15th place.

 

Barking  3 – 1  Norwich Utd
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 85

The Blues secured a important win as they seek a top-ten finish. Ben O’Brien set the tone for the hosts with his 3rd-minute opener, before Kiernan Hughes-Mason struck [56′]. Planters’ substitute Damon Cooper netted with 17 minutes left though Hughes-Mason settled the match with his second of the afternoon, two minutes from time. This was Barking’s fourth win in their last nine outings and they stay 9th, behind Dereham on goal difference. Things are somewhat more problematic for Utd as their winless streak extends to eight matches now and they slip below Romford into the danger zone.

 

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 1     Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Att: 133

Bowers prevailed over mid-table Mildenhall at the Len Salmon. David Knight broke the deadlock on 22 minutes though the Hall were level five minutes before the break thanks to Thomas Debenham’s strike. Rob Small’s side wouldn’t be denied though as Adam Vyse restored the lead five minutes after the re-start before Callum Leahy [61′] secured the points to extend Bowers’ unbeaten stretch to four matches. They stay 3rd, just a point shy of Potters Bar with two matches in hand on them. Town are 18th and haven’t won in seven outings now.

 

Bury Town  2 – 0   Brentwood Town
| Venue: Ram Meadow | Att: 283

Bury Town did the business over nine-man Brentwood at Ram Meadow. A brace from Ollie Hughes [13′ & 48′] was enough to grab all three points while Brentwood had both James Pugsley and Brenden Cavalier dismissed in what was a ‘day to forget’ for them. Bury stay 10th with three matches left while Brentwood have six matches to play and likely need one more success to finally shrug off any relegation doubts.

 

Canvey Island  2 – 1   Hertford Town
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 272

Canvey obtained a much-needed win here at Park Lane over inconsistent Hertford. Martin Tuohy’s double [27′ & (pen) 37′] did the trick though Ricky Light added a late consolation for the visitors. The Islanders’ fourth win in their last ten matches sees them remain 5th, four points clear of Maldon in 7th. Hertford’s third straight defeat means they drop to 13th.

 

Cheshunt  1 – 0    Grays Athletic
| Venue: Theobalds Lane   | Att: 185

The Ambers edged to victory over Grays at Theobalds Lane. Kyle Roberts got the only goal 21 minutes from time to assist Craig Edwards’ side to an important victory. Grays had influential winger Joao Carlos dismissed late on and haven’t won in five matches, slipping to 14th spot. Cheshunt stay 22nd though are six points clear of danger after three wins in their last five.

 

Dereham Town  0 – 2   Haringey Borough
| Venue: Aldiss Park  | Att: 129

Haringey continued their impressive run with a ‘smash & grab’ win secured late on at Aldiss Park. Chinedu McKenzie  [87′] broke the stalemate before Jordan Edwards doubled the lead on the cusp of 90 minutes. Dereham’s play-off challenge has surely faded after a run of six defeats in their last seven as they remain 8th on goal difference. Borough’s 8th win in their last ten leaves them still 4th, only four points off the second promotion spot.

 

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 1  Tilbury | Venue: Scraley Road

Swifts continued their recent good form with the win over out-of-form Tilbury. Kreshnic Krasniqi’s spot-kick [62′] opened the scoring for the hosts though the Dockers thought they’d grabbed a point thanks to Albert Keith’s leveller three minutes from time though Ryan Henshaw popped up ‘at the death’ to grab Heybridge’s 6th win in their last ten, impressive considering their lengthy fixture congestion – Jody Brown’s side stay 6th, three points clear of Maldon.

 

Romford  0 – 0   Potters Bar Town
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 118

Romford held Potters Bar to their second straight goal-less draw though importantly for Boro, it lifts them off the foot of the table, a point clear of Norwich Utd after a run of six matches without defeat now for Paul ‘Magic’ Martin’s side. Potters Bar retain 2nd spot by a single point and have only lost one of their last 12 matches now.

 

Waltham Abbey   1 – 2    Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 64

Soham condemned Abbey to another loss to give their faint hopes of a top-ten finish a boost. Sam Mulready gave the visitors the lead with 56 on the watch, before substitute Craig Gillies [74′] made sure of the points. Mitch Hahn’s 90th-minute goal was too little, too late for Abbey, whose torrid 2nd half of the season continues with only one win in their last 11 now,sitting 17th. Soham rise to 11th after their 3rd win in their last six outings.

 

Witham Town  1 – 6  AFC Hornchurch (P)
| Venue: Spa Road | Att: 178

The Urchins powered to victory at Spa Road to confirm promotion to Step 3. Brad Warner [20′] and skipper Elliot Styles [45′] gave the visitors a cushion at the break. Liam Whipps halved the deficit just shy of the hour though George Purcell’s penalty two minutes later signalled what was to come. Substitute Alex Bentley [73′], Warner’s second 10 minutes from time a late sixth from fellow substitute Christian Assombalonga made sure the travelling Hornchurch fans could begin their party, thanks to their side’s 30th win of a memorable season. Witham are in 16th spot after their 3rd loss in their last six.

Many congratulations to Jimmy McFarlane’s side on their promotion to Bostik Premier, it certainly hasn’t been for the want of trying!

 

Fixtures this early midweek:

Aveley  v  Haringey Borough | V: Parkside  (Mon 16th April)

AFC Hornchurch  v  Mildenhall Town
Canvey Island  v  Norwich Utd
Dereham Town v Bretwood Town
Hertford Town  v  Heybridge Swifts
Soham Town Rangers  v  Ware
Tilbury  v  Maldon & Tiptree
Witham Town v Romford   (all on Tues 17th Apr)

 

Bostik Division South  – Saturday 14th April 2018

 

 

Ashford Utd  1 – 2  Greenwich Borough     | Att: 280

Carshalton Athletic (P)  4 – 3   Whyteleafe  | Att: 488

Cray Wanderers  8 – 0   South Park  |

Hastings Utd   1 – 0     Shoreham  (R)  | Att: 300

Herne Bay  1 – 3     Guernsey  | Att: 210

Horsham  0 – 3    Faversham Town  | Att: 126

Hythe Town  5 – 3   Chipstead  | Att: 255

Lewes (P)  2 – 0  East Grinstead Town  | Att: 659

Molesey  1 – 1   VCD Athletic  |

Phoenix Sports  0 – 1  Sittingbourne   | Att: 108

Ramsgate  2 – 2   Corinthian-Casuals   | Att: 181

Thamesmead Town    2 – 1  Walton Casuals  | Att: 93

 

Fixtures to come:

Molesey  v   Herne Bay
Ramsgate v Carshalton Athletic
Shoreham v Walton Casuals
Sittingbourne v  Thamesmead Town
South Park  v  Guernsey    (all on Tuesday 19th Apr)

 

 

 

 

Bostik Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 17.3.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of Bostik League North & South action. The weather struck once again as rain & snow heavily affected both divisions this weekend.

 

Saturday 17th March

AFC Sudbury 0 – 2 Potters Bar Town
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 190

The Suds fell to a home defeat against in-form Potters Bar. Goals from Lee O’Leary [11′] and Michael Murray [23′] secured the Scholars’ 6th win in their last 8 matches to take them above Canvey, into 3rd spot. Sudbury’s third straight defeat leaves them in 12th spot.

Barking 0 – 2 Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 71

Barking’s inconsistent nature struck again with a loss to mid-table Soham. Lee Chaffey broke the deadlock on 14 minutes before an OG from Barking defender Adeyemi [68′] sealed the points for the visitors and in doing so ended a three-match winless run for them. Barking’s third loss on-the-trot sees them 9th while Soham are 15th.

Bury Town 2 – 1 Canvey Island | Venue: Ram Meadow | Att: 251

The Islanders lost out at Ram Meadow. Jack Lankaster gave Town the lead two minutes after the break, before Tevan Allan [71′] gave the hosts a more comfortable advantage. Canvey replied through Mitchell Gilbey’s strike eight minutes from time though Danny Heale’s side drop to 4th as they continue to stutter somewhat with two wins in their last six matches. Bury stay 11th after their first win in four matches.

 

Heybridge Swifts 3 – 1 Cheshunt | Venue: Scraley Road | Att: 203

Heybridge took another stride towards the play-offs with a good win over nine-man Cheshunt. Matt Price’s brace [21′ & 44′] put the hosts ahead before the visitors were not one but two men down after Agholor & Symons were both dismissed in a six-minute spell midway into the second-half. Despite their numerical disadvantage, Amadou Kassarate struck nine minutes before time for the Ambers to perhaps put the odd doubt in the home fans’ minds though that doubt was quelled six minutes later as Jack Cawley scored to secure the win for Jody Brown’s side. Heybridge’s 6th success in their last 8 matches sees them up to 8th, six points off the top six with at least four matches in hand while Cheshunt slip back to 23rd after only their second loss in their last six.

 

Norwich Utd 1 – 1 Bowers & Pitsea | Venue: Plantation Park | Att: 82

Bowers made the long trip north though were held by the improving Planters. David Knight’s sweet 35-yarder [33′] powered Rob Small’s side ahead though Nathan Stewart levelled on the hour to extend the hosts’ unbeaten run to three matches and go back into 22nd on goal difference. Bowers remain 2nd, six points clear of Potters Bar in 3rd.

Ware 1 – 0 Hertford Town | Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 251

Ware secured a vital win over mid-table Hertford. Jordon Watson’s goal [35′] was enough to give his side their 2nd straight win and rise to 20th, ten points off the bottom. Town’s 4th loss in their last six sees them in 13th spot.

Matches OFF on 17.3.18 (Due to the adverse weather)

AFC Hornchurch P – P Mildenhall Town
Aveley P – P Haringey Borough
Brentwood Town P – P Grays Athletic
Dereham Town P – P Waltham Abbey (Due to Travel conditions)
Tilbury P – P Maldon & Tiptree
Witham Town P – P Romford

 

Bostik Division South (Sat 17.3.18)

Ashford Utd 2 – 3 Phoenix Sports | Att: 198
Hastings Utd 1 – 0 Walton Casuals | Att: 263
Shoreham 0 – 3 Corinthian-Casuals | Att: 97
VCD Athletic 2 – 1 East Grinstead Town | Att: 42

Postponed matches: Chipstead P – P South Park, Greenwich Borough P – P Thamesmead Town, Guernsey P – P Faversham Town, Herne Bay P – P Whyteleafe, Hythe Town v Sittingbourne, Molesey P – P Lewes & Ramsgate P – P Carshalton Athletic

Sunday 18.3.18 Fixture

Cray Wanderers v Horsham | Att: TBA

 

 

Bostik League North (& South) round-up (BLN 18.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to this week’s round-up of Bostik North action with results from Bostik South. There were some crucial battles at the bottom and between play-off contenders this weekend. How did your side do?

Saturday 17th February

AFC Sudbury 1 – 0 AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: King’s Marsh | Att: 315

The Suds narrowly defeated Hornchurch at King’s Marsh. Joe Whight’s spot-kick 16 minutes from time was the difference-maker as the hosts extended their unbeaten run to six matches, they rise one place to 9th spot. The Urchins retained their 13-point cushion at the summit thanks to Bowers’ defeat at Cheshunt as the recent four-match winning run ended here.

 

Barking 3 – 1 Bury Town
| Venue: Mayesbrook Park | Att: 91

Barking continued their play-off charge with a excellent win over mid-table Bury Town. Adem Ramadan broke the deadlock 12 minutes before the interval. Abs Seymour [16′] doubled that advantage before Kemo Darboe, on debut, secured the win with 20 minutes left. Bury nabbed a late consolation through Tommy Robinson though the visitors fell to their 5th loss in their last seven, dropping to 10th spot. Barking’s now four-match unbeaten run sees them retain 8th place, six points outside the play-offs.

 

Canvey Island 2 – 1 Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 271

Canvey lept above the Jammers in the table after a good, battling win over fellow play-off chasing Maldon. James Walker gave the Gulls on eight minutes, before Ryan Charles [45′] gave Danny Heale’s side a two-goal cushion. Joe Ellul [48′] scored for the visitors though couldn’t find their way past Canvey ‘keeper Henry Newcombe afterwards. Canvey’s 4th win in their last seven sees them up to 3rd. Maldon drop to 6th.

 

Cheshunt: 2 – 1 Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Theobalds Lane | Att: 195

Cheshunt overcame promotion-seeking Bowers at Theobalds Lane. David Knight [21′] struck to gice Rob Small’s side the lead, though that advantage lasted three minutes before Kyle Roberts levelled for Craig Edwards’ side. The turnaround was complete thanks to Jack Lampe’s winner 13 minutes into the second half. Cheshunt’s second win in their last seven sees them iff the bottom, two points ahead of Romford. Bowers’ second loss in their last seven sees their lead over their rivals cut to six points with Canvey and Potters Bar both having 2 games in hand.

 

Dereham Town 2 – 2 Aveley | Venue: Aldiss Park | Att: 159

Dereham were twice pegged back by the Millers in this encounter at Aldiss Park. Rhys Logan got the opener for the hosts on seven minutes. Alex Stephenson restored parity for James Webster’s side on the half-hour. Sam Borrer [57′] restored the hosts’ lead though Aveley left with a point after Myles Keizer-Burrows’s injury-time leveller. Dereham drop to 5th after their 4th draw in their last seven outings. Aveley stay 19th as their unbeaten run stretched to six matches.

 

Grays Athletic 4 – 1 Witham Town | Venue: Parkside | Att: 192

A double of braces sealed Grays’ first win in five matches. A quick-fire Tommy Wade double [34′ & 37′] was followed by hot-shot Kieran Bishop’s third goal for the hosts two minutes later. Bishop [80′] secured the win with his 2nd before Aidara Moulaye got one back for Town though they fall four places to 17th spot. Grays stay 11th.

 

Hertford Town 0 – 1 Haringey Borough
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Att: 258

Haringey Borough narrowly won at mid-table Hertford to keep up their top-six ambitions. Lawrence Yiga struck nine minutes into the second half to give Boro their third win in their last eight games and close to within a point of Maldon in 6th. Hertford drop to 14th following their 3rd loss in their last six.

 

Heybridge Swifts 3 – 1 Brentwood Town | Venue: Scraley Road | Att: 253

Heybridge’s first-half dominance saw them to victory at Scraley Road. Luke Callander’s sixth-minute spot-kick opened the scoring, before Ryan Henshaw [40′] and Harrison Chatting [42′] sealed the win. Luke Foster [83′] got one back for Town who suffered their fourth defeat in their last six, remaining 20th, seven points clear of the relegation place. Swifts rise to 12th after their third straight win.

 

Mildenhall Town 0 – 0 Potters Bar Town | Venue: Recreation Way | Att: 161

The Hall held Potters Bar at Recreation Way. The visitors drop to fourth though have only tasted defeat once in their last eight matches. Mildenhall drop one to 15th spot.

 

Tilbury 2 – 0 Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Chadfields | Att: 68

The Dockers secured the points thanks to goals from Kurt Smith [45′] and Jack Carlile [Pen 90′] and in doing so rise to 16th place, following their third win in their last seven games. Soham fall below their opponents here to 18th.

 

Waltham Abbey 3 – 1 Romford
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 103

Abbey prevailed in this battle of two our-of-form sides at Capershotts. Shad Ngandu was the hero for the hosts with a hat-trick [23′, 25′ & 90′]. Andrew Tirvanhu had earlier got one back for Romford on 34 minutes though Boro slip to the foot of the table, two points below Cheshunt after their seventh straight defeat. Abbey ended their own long winless run here and go up to 13th.

Ware 1 – 3 Norwich Utd
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 60

The Planters sealed a big win at Wodson Park to go level on points with Ware & Brentwood. Adam Hipperson once again was the visitors’ hero with a treble [33′, 42′ & (Pen) 64′] before Ahmed Abdullah scored a spot-kick [69′] for the hosts. Ware’s third straight loss sees them trade places with Utd, seven points clear of the bottom. Utd’s first win in five was a timely boost to their chances of survival.

 

Bostik Division South results – Sat 17.2.18

 

Chipstead 1- 2 Corinthian Casuals | Att: 125

Cray Wanderers 1 – 2 Carshalton Athletic | Att: 318

Faversham Town 0 – 2 Whyteleafe | Att: 192

Hastings Utd 2 – 3 Hythe Town | Att: 423

Herne Bay 3 – 1 Ramsgate | Att: 272

Horsham 2 – 1 Phoenix Sports | Att: 135

Lewes 2 – 0 Greenwich Borough | Att: 591

Molesey 1 – 1 Shoreham | Att: 39

Sittingbourne 1 – 2 East Grinstead Town | Att: 141

Thamesmead Town 3- 1 Ashford Utd | Att: 139

VCD Athletic 2 – 2 Guernsey | Att: 102

Walton Casuals 2 – 1 South Park | Att: 171

 

Bostik League North (& Sth) Round-up (BLN 11.2.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another Bostik North round-up, here on the blog.

Here’s the round-up, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South this weekend:

Saturday 10th February

 

AFC Hornchurch 2 – 1  Haringey Borough
| Venue: Bridge Avenue  | Att: 158

Hornchurch secured another three points at Bridge Avenue. The Urchins led 28 minutes in through George Purcell’s opener before Purcell [72′] grabbed his brace. Lionel Stone pulled one back for Borough four minutes from time though Haringey fell to their fourth loss in their last nine matches as they stay seventh. Hornchurch maintain their heady gap at the summit after their fourth win on-the-trot.

 

Barking P – P Cheshunt | Venue: Mayesbrook Park  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Brentwood Town  P – P Canvey Island  | Venue: Brentwood Arena |

This match was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Bury Town 2 – 1  Mildenhall Town
| Venue: Ram Meadow  | Att: 337

Bury Town emerged from this battle with the victory. Influential player Cemal Ramadan found the net once again five minutes before the break to give the hosts the lead before Thomas Debenham [57′] replied for the Hall. The hosts grabbed the points thanks to Ollie Hughes’ winner 12 minutes from time and in doing so their second straight win, remaining in 9th place. Mildenhall’s second loss in their last six matches sees them drop to 18th.

 

Grays Athletic 2 – 2 Maldon & Tiptree
| Venue: Parkside  | Att: 174

This tussle ended honours-even at Parkside. Maldon struck twice either side of the break through recent signings Jimmy Shepherd [36′] and Joe Ellul [51′] to put the pressure on Ath. The hosts responded late on though as Stanley Muguo [79′] & ex-Hertford striker Tommy Wade [87′] secured a point for Jamie Stuart’s side. Grays remain 11th after four draws in their last seven matches while Maldon have lost three of their last eight encounters, they reside in 6th.

 

Heybridge Swifts  6 – 1  Ware
| Venue: Scraley Road  | Att:193

Heybridge powered to a fine win over strugglers Ware at Scraley Road. Ryan Henshaw’s 5th-minute goal put Jody Brown’s side ahead, before Marcus Milner [16′] levelled for the visitors. Matt Price [27′], Harrison Chatting [31′] and Juan Luque [44′] struck to give Swifts a big lead at the break. Price [66′ & 77′] completed his hat-trick to give the hosts a second straight win, they rise to 13th. Ware’s 4th loss in their last seven matches sees them stay 21st.

 

Potters Bar Town  0 – 1  Aveley
| Venue: Pakex Stadium  | Att: 121

Aveley struck early to claim an excellent win at Potters Bar. Ryan Cosson came up trumps with the winner eight minutes in. The Millers also had to see out the last 23 minutes with ten man following George Doyle’s dismissal. The hosts’ six-match unbeaten run ended here though they stay 3rd. Aveley stay 19th after their 4th win in their last 5.

 

Romford  0 – 2  Dereham Town  | Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 58

Dereham added to Boro’s pain with a routine win at Ship Lane. Sam Borrer [45′] and Ryan Crisp [69′] goals secured the win for a Town side that ended the match a man down after Seamus Kelleher’s dismissal 15 minutes from the end. Romford’s 5th straight loss sees them remain second-bottom, a point clear of Cheshunt. Dereham’s recent run of just one defeat in their last ten sees them up to 4th spot.

 

Soham Town Rangers  5 – 0  Hertford Town
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Att: 134

Soham secured a handsome win over Hertford at Julius Martin Lane. The hosts were three-up at the break through goals from Joe Carden [15′], Callum Russell [28′] and Marcus Hall [37′]. After the break, Craig Gillies struck just past the hour before Russell [68′] gothis brace to give Soham their 3rd win in their last four to rise to 15th. Hertford’s 5th loss in their last nine sees them drop below Soham into 16th spot.

Tilbury  0 – 0  AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Chadfields  | Att: 81

Tilbury held the Suds at Chadfields to a goal-less stalemate. The hosts recent run has seen them pick up two wins in their last nine matches, as they fall to 17th. Sudbury’s unbeaten run extend to five matches now as they remain 10th in the table.

Waltham Abbey 0 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue:  Capershotts  | Att: 83

Bowers edged to the victory at a soggy Capershotts. Substitute Charlee Hughes [62′] grabbed his first goal for the club, just a minute after entering the action to secure the win. Abbey’s 7th-straight loss sees them down to 14th while Bowers remain 2nd after their 6th win in their last 7, gaining ground on Potters Bar Town in 3rd.

Witham Town P – P Norwich Utd   | Venue: Spa Road  |

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

 

Bostik Division South  – Saturday 10th February 2018

 

Chipstead  2 – 2   Molesey     | Att: 68

Corinthian-Casuals  2 – 0  Horsham   | Att: 203

East Grinstead Town 1 – 1  Faversham Town  | Att: 70

Greenwich Borough 1 – 3  VCD Athetic    | Att: 71

Guernsey 2 – 2  Thamesmead Town    | Att: 530

Hastings Utd  2 – 1  Ashford Utd  | Att: 420

Herne Bay P – P  South Park

Hythe Town 6 – 0  Shoreham  | Att: 175

Lewes P – P  Carshalton Athletic

Phoenix Sports 2 – 5  Whyteleafe  | Att: 122

Ramsgate 1 – 2  Cray Wanderers   | Att: 186

Sittingbourne  P – P  Walton Casuals

 

 

 

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