Hello and welcome to a bonus blog, going through the action in the Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division on Saturday 24th October. Thanks for reading.
Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer
Essex & Suffolk Border League – Saturday 24th October
ESBL Premier Division
At the top of the standings are Gas Recreation, despite being held to a 3 – 3 draw by Lawford Lads at Salary Close. Strikes by Aston Firkins, Shane Goodyear and Callum Rogers’ ninth league goal of the season wasn’t enough to grab their eighth league win of the campaign as Lawford responded through a brace from Jack Wood and one from Oliver Mann. Dean West’s side are still four points clear at the summit, whereas Lawford remain 15th after one win in their eight games thus far. Nearest challengers Colne Athletic were also held at home this weekend as they drew 2 – 2 with White Notley. Daniel Bradley and substitute Aran Yarwood both netted for Notley but replacement Gareth Evans was dismissed. Kane Dobrowolski scored his fifth league goal of the campaign for the visitors, with Regan Farley-Hearn also on the score-sheet to keep Notley in seventh.
There was no such trouble for third-placed Great Bentley who comfortably defeated Dedham Old Boys 4 – 0 at the Village Green. Joseph Hurd struck twice to take his tally to five this term already, with Archie Herbert and lead scorer Louis Olymbios notching his eighth this season to see Jack Murray’s side to the points. Dedham’s usually tight defence was outclassed here and drop to ninth spot. West Bergholt continued the theme of stalemates for the top four as they drew 2 – 2 with Hatfield Peverel with Benjamin Adams and Joshua McFaull netting for Peverel in this one.
Elsewhere, Stanway Pegasus notched their fifth win in their seven matches this term to rise to fifth spot. They won 2 – 1 at Flitch Utd with Callum Griffith grabbing his seventh league goal of the campaign and Jake Plane both scoring for the visitors. Alresford Colne Rangers drop to sixth after being held 3 – 3 by draw specialists Earls Colne at Ford Lane. Ryan Lewis got two goals for Rangers here with Jack Johnson getting the other goal but strikes by Keiran Adams, Connor Randall and Benrico Stripe made sure of a point for Earls who have drawn five of their seven games thus far.
Also, Tiptree Heath rise to eighth after a 3 – 1 triumph over Felixstowe & Walton Utd Res, thanks to goals from Charlie Green, Joe Chester and replacement Billy Coe. Declan Cameron responded for Felixstowe but Rhys Henry saw red which only made the afternoon for the strugglers, who remain 17th. In the last game this weekend in the division, Little OakleyRes defeated Sudbury Sports 3 – 0 with Robert Pratt getting two goals here, plus Jamie Eades notched his sixth league goal this term to send his side up to tenth, with Sports a place and two points behind, though they do have four more matches in hand on Oakley’s second-side.
Hello and welcome to a guest blog, going through the action in the five Essex & Suffolk Border League divisions on Saturday 12th September, alongside the action in the Olympian League it is good to welcome this round-up of ESBL action, thank you Spencer. This round-up is posted with the author’s permission, with thanks. Thanks for reading.
Guest Blog Written by Spencer Hume [Twitter: @SpencerHume03] – ESBL Social Media Officer
Essex & Suffolk Border League – Saturday 12th September
Gas Recreation made it back to back wins with a 1-0 win away at Alresford Colne Rangers, Shane Goodyear’s 7th minute goal was enough as Gas left Ford Lane with all 3 points. Gas are top, ACR in 4th.
West Bergholt grabbed their first win of the season with a 2-1 win away at Brantham Athletic Reserves, Jack Harrington and Perry Newman on the scoresheet. Good win for Bergholt which sees them sit in 9th place, Brantham in 15th.
Earls Colne & Sudbury Sports shared the points in an entertaining 3-3 draw. Kieran Adams, Connor Randall and an own goal for Earls Colne while Jake Banyard (2) and Sam Cooke netted for the visitors. Earls Colne in 7th, Sudbury in 13th.
Great Bentley came away with a 5-1 win over Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves, goals from Joe Hurd (3), Chris Bowles and Bailey Farley. Good win for the bulldogs which sees them sit in 6th place. Dan Norman was on target for the Seasiders.
Colne Athletic made it 2 from 2 with a 1-0 win away at Flitch United, Scott Yearling with the only goal of the game to give the visitors all 3 points. Colne Ath are in 3rd ahead of a trip to Gas next week, Flitch in 16th.
White Notley also made it 2 from 2 with a 5-3 win away at Hatfield Peverel. Kane Dobrowolski with a hat trick on his debut while Rob Cole and Josh Goddey netted the others! Excellent win for Notley which puts them in 2nd place. Hatfield in 14th.
Little Oakley Reserves beat Barnston AFC 6-1, goals from Jamie Eades (3), Rob Pratt, Theo Sanderson and Franky Selwyn. Excellent win for the acorns which sees them sit in 5th ahead of a trip to Sudbury on Friday. Barno are bottom.
Tiptree Heath picked up a big 3 points with a 2-1 win over Stanway Pegasus, goals from Charlie Green and Ryan Knill-Jones. Excellent result for Heath which sees them pick up their first win of the season, they sit in 12th, Pegasus sit in 10th.
FC Clacton Reserves made it back to back wins with a 3-1 win away at Cressing United, goals from Thomas Ayton, Dan Baldwin and Terrance Kangandu. Good win for Lionel Toms’ men which sees them in 2nd place. Cressing sit in 12th.
Gosfield United picked up their first 3 points of the season with a 1-0 win over Boxted Lodgers, a second half goal from Ross Swann was enough for the 3 points. Big win for Gossy which sees them in 7th.
Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves made it back to back wins with a 5-3 win away at Hedinghams United, goals from Kieran Radford (2), Russell McLean, Garry Machin and Robert Czapla. Good win on the road for ACR which puts them in top spot.
Holland A & Tiptree Jobserve shared the points in Eastcliff, a 1-1 draw. The point sees Jobserve drop to 5th place while Holland get their first point on the board, they sit in 11th.
Shrub End United picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 win at home to Coggeshall United Reserves, goals from Alex Curtis and Jake Kingsnorth . Great win for the Shrub which sees them sit in 9th place. Coggeshall in 10th.
Belle Vue Social made it back to back wins with a 4-1 win away at Silver End United, goals from Bruce Poole (3) and Josh Chapman. Excellent away win for Belle against a good Silver End side. Belle in 3rd place.
Stanway Pegasus Reserves made it back to back wins with a 2-1 win over Mersea Island, goals from Kane Elliot and Daniel Shaikly. Good win for Pegasus which sees them sit in 4th place. Jack Szmodics on target for Mersea who sit in 6th.
Dedham Old Boys Reserves picked up a 1-0 win away at Brantham Athletic ‘A’, Sam Hodder on target for the away side who came away with a big 3 points. 4 points from 2 games and 2 clean sheets for Dedham, they sit in 4th.
Great Bentley Reserves picked up their first 3 points of the season with a 3-2 win over Hatfield Peverel Reserves. Excellent result for Bentley which sees them sit in 6th. Hatfield in 11th.
Harwich & Parkeston Reserves came away with a 2-1 win over Harwich Rangers in the Harwich derby. Goals from Robert Good and Elliot Fay. 3 wins on the bounce for the shrimpers which puts them in top spot. Harwich Rangers stay bottom.
Rowhedge & Brightlingsea Town shared the points in a 1-1 draw, Ricky Griggs with the goal for the away side. The point sees Brightlingsea in 14th place while Rowhedge sit in 8th place.
St Osyth & Stanway Athletic shared the points at Cowley Park in a 2-2 draw. Dan Austin and Matthew McGowan-Harvey on target for the Tossey while James Hardy and Dean Frost were on target for the lions! St Osyth in 13th, Athletic in 9th.
7 goal thriller at Florence park as Tiptree Jobserve Reserves beat Oyster 4-3. An excellent result for Jobserve which sees them climb into 3rd place while Oyster sit in 12th.
Cavendish made it back to back wins with a 3-1 win away at Tollesbury, goals from Ryan Tatum, Haydn Taylor and Dan Ashdown. Excellent result for the Dishmen who move into 2nd place. Tollesbury in 5th.
Wormingford Wanderers made it back to back wins with a 2-0 win away at Abbey Fields, goals from Sam Moss and Liam Whittaker. Another strong win for the Worms, 2 wins, 12 goals and 2 clean sheets, they stay top.
Barnston Reserves made it 4 points from a possible 6 with 9-0 win over Hedinghams United Reserves, goals from Ryan Johnson (6), Kyle Johnson, Jamie McLaughlin and Nathan Waterfield. Great result for Barno which lifts them up to 2nd place.
Colne Athletic Reserves picked up their first 3 points off the season with a 6-0 win over Langham Lodgers, goals from Ryan Brown (2), Charlie Usher (2), Ross Barnard and Khamron White. Great way to bounce back for Colne Ath who sit in 8th, Langham in 16th.
Kelvedon Social & Thorpe Athletic shared the points at the Chase, a 0-0 draw. Thorpe in 3rd place, Kelvedon in 4th. A good point for both, two strong sides.
Little Clacton picked up a big 3 points with a 2-1 win over Felsted Rovers AFC, goals from Simon Prior and Dave Guy. Excellent win for the tractor boys who bounce back from last weeks defeat. LC in 10th, Felsted in 6th. George Hammil on score-sheet for the away side, scoring from his own half!
University of Essex started life back in the ESBL with a 5-1 win away at Oyster Reserves, goals from Aidan Sansom, Kiah Fround, James Hanrahan, Charlie Fletcher and Sam Allan. Great result for the Uni who sit in 7th place, Oyster Reserves start life in ESBL with a defeat.
Sporting Rebels & Flitch United Reserves shared the points in Kirby. A 2-2 draw. Jason Powell and Kieran Crolla put Rebels 2-0 up after just 9 minutes but Flitch fought back with goals from Ash Kowkabzadeh and Ed Killin. Rebels are in 11th, Flitch in 5th.
Frinton & Walton made it back to back wins with a 8-0 win over Mersea Island Reserves, goals from George Giltinane (5), Patrick Dixon and Jack Brownsdon. Excellent result for Frinton, who sit in 2nd.
Gosfield United Reserves also made it back to back wins with a 4-2 victory over FC Clacton ‘A’, goals from Will Drew, Brad Harris and a brace from James Anderson. Two wins on the trot for Gosfield Reserves, great start to life in the ESBL, they stay top! Jack Perry and Mark Trebes netted for the away side.
Boxted Lodgers Reserves picked up their first 3 points of the campaign with a 2-1 win away at New Field, goals from Sam Bloomfield and the winner coming from James Burton. Big 3 points for Lodgers! James Reeve on target for New Field.
Cavendish Reserves also picked up their first 3 points off the season with a 7-2 win away at Parkeston Welfare, goals from Lewis King (2), Jamie Rendall, Steve Hill, Oli Ditton and an own goal. Strong away win for the Cavendish who pick up their first points of the season! Mitchell Good and Adam Williams on target for Welfare.
Ramsey & Mistley Reserves came away 6-1 winners in the local derby against Dovercourt Rovers, goals from Gary Merchant (3), Gareth Hyums, Jamie Cook and Tom Allen. Great result for Ramsey which moves them up to 4th. Dovercourt in 14th.
Great Bentley ‘A’ made it back to back wins with a 2-1 win away at Stillwaters, strong away win for Bentley against a tough Stillwaters side, the win sees Bentley in 3rd and Stillwaters in 6th.
Kelvedon Social Reserves started the life in the ESBL with 3 points, a brace from Gerry Roulston in a 2-0 win. Excellent start for Kelvedon who sit in 7th place, back-to-back defeats for Tollesbury who sit in 15th.
Bradfield Rovers picked up their first 3 points off the season with a 3-1 win over Wethersfield, goals from Michael Boswell (2) and Steve Ball. First 3 points on the board for Bradfield. Charlie Archer on target for Wethersfield.