S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior Lge (Sat 12 Nov) [ESL 13.11.22]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the three Essex Senior League matches that took place on the weekend of Saturday 12 November. We saw nine goals in the top-tier, while we also have sections on the FA Vase Round Two, the one Reserve D2 match & the Len Cordell Trophy action, with the latter featuring the Reserve sides.

Essex Senior Lge –  Saturday 12 November

The weekend’s action behigs with Ilford returning to winning ways with a 4 – 2 victory at White Ensign. Ilford were indebted to Joshua Boxall who grabbed a fine treble to give the Foxes a big advantage. Joe Lilly got the other goal for Richard Ponsford’s team. Ensign replied through goals from skipper Mitchell Stuart-Evans and new recruit Kian Bradshaw. The win takes Ilford above their opppnents here & into 13th spot. West Essex had to battle for a 1 – 0 success over Clapton at Wadham Lodge. Oliseh Okuguni was again the hero for Kwame Kwateng’s side with the winning goal midway through the second half, after good initial work by substitute David Bell. The Stags have gone four points clear in fifth.

Lastly, Halstead Town got a hugely important triumph as they won 2 – 0 at Southchurch Park. Tom White and Joel Older got the goals for Mark McLean’s side. This win takes them above Sawbridgeworth into fourth-bottom on goal difference. The majority of sides didn’t play this weekend because of the FA Vase action this weekend, but at present Enfield sit top, two points clear of FC Clacton in second, with Redbridge in third and Little Oakley in fourth spot.


Meanwhile, in the FA Vase Round Two, Athletic Newham booked their spot in Round Three with a 4 – 0 success at home to Kennington. Daniel Izekor added to his growing reputation with a fine treble here for Chris Davis’ team. Richard Kone added the other goal early in the second half as Newham took their place in the Last 64. Romford put a difficult week behind them and also progressed with a 2 – 0 triumph over divisional rivals Little Oakley, with Camilo Restrepo scoring a brace for Steve Butterworth’s side. In other results, Dunstable Town edged Enfield 1 – 0 at Creasey Park on Friday night. Lakenheath responded superbly after an early setback to defeat Buckhurst Hilll 3 – 2. Sam Hawley, a penalty from Luke Young and Thomas Thulborn’s late goal sealed te Eastern Counties Premier side’s progression. Suleyman Zuhdu had given Buckhurst the lead after 13 minutes and Nathan Sollosi added a late consolation.

Elsewhere, Norwich Utd scored two late goals to defeat Stansted 2 – 0 at Plantation Park. Haydn Davis & Thomas Hunter got those goals to break the Airportmen’s hearts. Leighton Town won 2 – 0 at Saffron Walden Town as the Bloods played their first match after the departure of long-serving boss Jason Maher this week. Finally in the Vase, Woodford Town exited on the lottery of penalties after a 2 – 2 draw with Fakenham Town at Ashton’s. Alejandro Machado got both goals for Shane Baptiste’s team but a double from Jack Robinson for the Ghosts forced a shoot-out, with Fakenham won 4 – 3.


In the the Len Cordell Trophy, Barking U23 grabbed a fine 4 – 0 triumph at Frenford Res, with Argest Nela scoring twice, with Abdul Charfi & George Fairhead also scoring. Billericay Town Ressies also won away from home, coming away with a 4 – 2 win at May & Baker Res. Joshua Brown led the way with a double, added to by strikes from Rhian Fowler and substitute Jes Oshitola. Other results in the Cordell Cup were Barkingside Res’ 2 – 2 draw with Grays Athletic Res on Friday night and Romford’s second side drawing 3 – 3 with Redridge Res at Westlands on Saturday.

We close this article with the one Reserve Division Two match that took place on Friday night, which saw Takeley Res win 2 – 1 at Southend Manor U23. Bryn Thorpe notching both goals there for Takeley’s second side, which took them level on points with leaders Barking U23.

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S22-23 Match Report: Romford 1 – 4 White Ensign (Wed 9 Nov) [ESL 22-23 10.11.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 84

2022-23 Season: Match 26

Wednesday 9 November 2022 – 7.45pm KO

Romford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

White Ensign: Red  Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Jesse Olukolu (centre) on the ball for Romford

Incredible turnaround sees Ensign grab big win

Romford 1 – 4 White Ensign

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The second match of this midweek saw a welcome return to Mayesbrook Park to see Romford entertain White Ensign in another Essex Senior League match. Romford had something of a re-jig in their starting XI with free-scoring Charlie Morris having recently departed for Step 4 Tilbury and skipper Kris Newby unavailable. Jake Anderson was the goalkeeper here, with an experienced backline comprised of Tambeson Eyong, Danny Hurford & centre-backs George Allen & skipper Scott Doe. Adalberto Pinto & Billy Harris were in central midfield, with wingers Jesse Olukolu and new recruit Josh Osude supporting forwards Emmanuel Robe & Lewis Smith. Ensign fielded Charlie Martin between the posts, with a defence of Ben Sargent, Callum Ferris plus centre-backs Mitchell Stuart-Evans (also skipper) and Charlie Portway. Iyiola El-Ameen Adebayo & Ethan Evison were the central midfield pair, with forwards Billy Bonham-Dare & Harry Kateley being supported by Ben Allen & Emmanuel Abudiore.

The match began with Romford putting Ensign under pressure from the early-going. Forward Lewis Smith made a good turn before getting his strike away but it didn’t test visiting goalkeeper Charlie Martin. Ensign had to do a large amount of defending during the half but when they did get forward, they did pose a threat. Harry Kateley did have a half-chance after a decent run down the left flank but saw his strike blocked. Centre forward Emmanuel Robe had the first of a few good chances but saw his effort saved low down by Martin, and rapid winger Josh Osude also firing off-target.

Romford could well have been ahead by this point but soon afterward, they had a big chance which saw Robe in on goal, with only Martin to bypass but Robe skewed his shot wide of the left-side post. The visitors had a few glimpses at goal themselves as the half wore on, with centre-back Charlie Portway angling a header over the crossbar & also Kateley also fizzed an effort wide. In the main, Ensign defended resolutely but Romford really should have had a comfortable lead at the interval, given the chances they had.


Half-Time: Romford 0 – 0 White Ensign

The second half began with a big moment for the hosts, as experienced centre-back Scott Doe was dismissed for a foul on the edge of the area. That ended up being a massive turning point as moments later, a fine strike by Ethan Evison found the net after good work by Emmanuel Abudiore, to give Aaron Bloxham’s side the lead. Before the Blues could wrestle back the momentum, Ensign’s lead was doubled on 53 minutes. Kateley was felled in the area, and referee Lukas Wood pointed to the spot. Portway stepped up & duly blasted the ball into the left corner, past Anderson.

Ensign about to have set-piece in 2nd half

The surprising turnaround continued on the stroke of the hour, as Ensign struck again with a third goal. Kateley finally did get past the Romford defence and his crisp, low finish defeated Anderson and found the left corner. Steve Butterworth’s side still pushed forward, with Osude & substitute George Cox having half-chances, with Cox being well denied by Martin. However, the home side did finally grab a goal with 13 minutes remaining. After jostling in a congested penalty area, replacement Camilo Restrepo slotted home low into the left side of the goal, five minutes after coming on to replace Olukolu.

Six minutes later, Ensign pushed forward again & after a good surging run, Ben Allen added a fourth goal with his low drive finding the far corner to complete a remarkable turnaround, in what was a really good match to watch.


Full-Time: Romford  1 – 4 White Ensign

This match is tough to summarise. Romford were the stronger side in the first half & should’ve had a clear advantage at the interval but Doe’s dismissal for the hosts energised Ensign to a terrific counter-effort which saw them score three goals in thirteen second-half minutes to utterly change the flow of the game. To their credit, the Blues never stopped pushing forward but it was ‘one of those games’ where not taking their chances cost them. That and you must also credit Ensign’s makeshift defence who competed very well indeed, as well as scoring some very good goals themselves in a incredible second half performance, boss Aaron Bloxham will have been delighted with the reaction.

There were some superb performances to note as ever. For Ensign, forward Ben Allen put in a fine display, testing the Romford defence for most of the game, as well as showing savvy passing and movement. Charlie Portway also stuck to his task really well playing as a centre-back here, making several important clearances aerially. Full-back Ben Sargent also showed his characteristic high work-rate and also made some good tackles. Forward Harry Kateley also deserves a mention for his good goal & showed good movement in the channels.

For Romford, rapid winger Josh Osude made several fine sprints down the flanks, and with it put in some good passes which on another day would’ve been key. Jesse Olukolu also put in a good display, utilising his pace and movement well and was thwarted by dedicated defending. Full-back Danny Hurford made several intelligent passes and important tackles while a mention too for tricky number 10 Lewis Smith, who made several fine runs & was unlucky not to score.

I’ll close by wishing both sides well for remainder of the season & a thank you also to Romford for their hospitality.


Teams

Romford    |  Manager: Steve Butterworth |  Assistant: Dan Spinks

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Jake Anderson (GK), 2 Tambeson Eyong (16 Bleron Ademi 60′), 3 Danny Hurford, 5 Scott Doe (Capt), 6 George Allen, 4 Adalberto Pinto, 8 Billy Harris (12 Jacob Wiggins 60′), 10 Lewis Smith (17 George Cox 60′), 7 Jesse Olukolu (14 Camilo Restrepo 72′), 9 Emmanuel Robe (15 Jake Gordon 72′), 11 Joshua Osude

Goal-scorer: Camilo Restrepo [77′]

Booked: Olukolu | Sent Off: Doe  |  Subs Not Used: None


White Ensign  | Manager: Aaron Bloxham | Assistant: Enrico Tiritera

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Charlie Martin (GK), 2 Ben Sargent, 3 Callum Ferris (6 Teddy Rumsey 46′), 4 Mitchell Stuart-Evans (Capt), 19 Charlie Portway, 8 Ethan Evison (12 Jack Allen 82′), 5 Iyiola El-Ameen Adebayo (15 Kyle McAlindon 62′), 11 Emmanuel Abudiore (16 Charlie Sullivan 74′), 10 Ben Allen, 9 Billy Bonham-Dare, 7 Harry Kateley

Goal-scorers: Ethan Evison [47′], Charlie Portway [pen 53′], Harry Kateley [59′], Ben Allen [83′]

Booked: Stuart-Evans, Evison & Bonham-Dare | Subs Not Used: None


Referee: Lukas Wood
Asstistants: Craig Wood & Gary Telling

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior Lge (Sat 8 Oct) [ESL 22-23 9.10.22]

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Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League & ESL Writer

Hello & welcome to the latest of my occasional series, looking at the Essex Senior League action, looking at all ten matches that took place on Saturday 8 October, which saw three teams get important away wins.

Essex Senior Lge –  Saturday 8 October

The weekend’s action started on Friday night as Saffron Walden Town got a 2 – 1 win in a heated battle at Barking. Luke Hirst got the goal for Charlie MacDonald’s side, but Jason Hallett’s free-kick & a Connor Scully goal was enough to see Jason Maher’s team to a hugely important win which sees them rise to mid-table. On Saturday, Stanway Rovers grabbed a 4 – 0 victory over visitors Clapton in the early kick-off at the Hawthorns. Ernest Okoh netted another two goals for Danny Slatter’s team, with Ezequiel Franchi & Joe Debell also on target to leave Clapton two points adrift of nearest rivals Halstead.

Elsewhere, FC Clacton got another good win with a 2 – 1 success at Halstead Town in the match I attended this weekend. Charlie Thompson and Jake Clowsley’s penalty was enough to overhaul Ben Morris’ first goal for Town at Rosemary Lane and send Tommy Austin’s side up to fifth spot. If you’d like more on this match, my report is available here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/10/09/s22-23-match-report-halstead-town-1-2-fc-clacton-sat-8-oct-esl/


Ilford also got a good 3 – 1 win over Buckhurst Hill at Cricklefield. Joe Lilly netted twice (one from 12 yards) for Richard Ponsford’s team, with Harry Rawlins also scoring to outdo another goal for the in-form Hassan Nalbant for Buckhurst. The Foxes are up to 13th place after this win. Romford got an important 2 – 0 win at rivals Redbridge, with Charlie Morris and Jesse Olukolu the goal-getters for Steve Butterworth’s side there, which saw them up to tenth with games in hand.  Enfield are up to third spot after a super 3 – 0 victory at Little Oakley, thanks to strikes by Danny Norton, Gavin Cockman & Dwade James. Jamie Cureton’s side are well-placed with two games in hand on the top two.

West Essex went back up to the summit with a 4 – 0 success at Southend Manor. Marlon Ortiz netted twice after coming off the bench, with Callum Bloss and Cameron Gray also on target for Kwame Kwateng’s side. Manor also announced Alex O’Leary as their new gaffer this week, and his role in lifting this hastily rebuilt side will be a hard ask as they seek to get out of the bottom two. Takeley also prevailed with a 2 – 0 win over White Ensign at Station Road, with George Powell & Glenn O’Hanlon on target for Marc Das’ team, which saw them go up to 12th spot.

We end this article with two home wins. First, Sawbridgeworth Town continued their impressive start to the campaign with a 3 – 2 success over Stansted at Crofters. Larry Akanbi, Zach Davidson & David Etcheri all netted for Kieran Amos & Ben Taylor’s team which sent them up to ninth. Carl Conway & Connor Hammond scored for the Airportmen but they remain in mid-table. Lastly, Woodford Town managed an excellent 3 – 1 triumph against Athletic Newham at Ashton’s. Jaedon Phillips, Lee Sharpe & substitute Dimi Christou’s goal ensured Shane Baptiste’s side ended the day in seventh. Chris Nguidjol got his second goal this week for Chris Davis’ team. 

S22-23 Round-ups: Essex Senior Lge (Fri 16/Sat 17 Sept) [ESL 22-23 18.9.22]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] – Non-League Writer

Hello & welcome to the latest of an occasional blog series this term looking at the action in the Essex Senior League this weekend, plus the two representatives in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. This weekend saw eight League matches take place.

Still from behind Manor’s goal late on v Ensign on Fri night

Essex Senior –  Friday 16 & Saturday 17 September

We begin with Friday night’s matches, as Redbridge failed to take their chance of reaching the summit as Woodford Town defeated them 3 – 2 at Ashton’s. Luke Parrott, Zivonimir Lopes and Samir Ali got the goals for Shane Baptiste’s side as they went up to fourth. The Motormen replied through goals from Solomon Ogunwomoju and replacement Loui Hazelwood but they are still three points clear in third. Also on Friday, there was a rare match at Southchurch Park as White Ensign won the derby match, defeating Southend Manor 3 – 1 in front of a crowd of over 140. Daniel Monk, Charlie Portway and an injury-time goal from substitute Jack Allen gave Aaron Bloxham’s side the points as they rose to mid-table. Kieran James topped off a good performance with the only goal for Manor. I was at this game & if you’d like more on it, my report can found here: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2022/09/18/s22-23-match-report-southend-manor-1-3-white-ensign-fri-16-sept-esl/

On Saturday, West Essex got the result of the day as they grabbed a superb 6 – 2 win away at Halstead Town. David Bell gave Kwame Kwateng’s team a sixth-minute lead there, but Jordan Pavett’s strike from 12 yards levelled things up 11 minutes later. West were in a mood to score goals though as two spot-kicks from Callum Bloss put them 3 – 1 up at the break, with the Humbugs down to ten men following Matt Travell’s dismissal just before the break. Further goals for the Stags from Oliseh Okuguni [58′], experienced forward Cameron Gray [68′] and substitute Tyler Morgan added to a fine day out for them – they also went two points clear at the top. Stansted maintained their mini-revival with a narrow 1 – 0 win over Athletic Newham at Hargrave Park. Jack Mitchell’s penalty was enough to give Paul Pittuck & John Watters’ team the points there.

Elsewhere, Takeley got a fine 3 – 0 triumph over Stanway Rovers at Station Road. First-half goals by Alex Lambrou and Lewis Deamer were added to midway into the second half by Bryn Thorpe to give Marc Das’ side a convincing victory, which sent them a point adrift of mid-table. Clapton also got their first win of the season with a late flourish to give them a 3 – 2 success at Ilford. Saidu Salifu gave Ross Weare’s team an early advantage, only for Jake Chadwick and Josh Boxall goals to turn it round for Richard Ponsford’s side. However, there was another twist in the offing as late strikes by Ricky Shaw and Vieira Mandica meant the Tons prevailed.

Barking also got a important success as they held on to win 4 – 3 at Saffron Walden Town. Jason Hallett got all three goals for Walden by the hour mark, but strikes by Sa-Sean Lutumba, George Fairhead, Luke Hirst and Eljay Worrell meant Charlie MacDonald’s side prevailed. Finally, Buckhurst Hill got another victory, this time winning 3 – 1 at Sawbridgeworth Town. Goals from Tyler Dolan, Ezekiel Bademosi and Suleyman Zuhdu were enough to see them to the win and sets up their clash with Redbridge at home on Tuesday well.


Emirates FA Cup – Second Qualifying Round (Sat)

Romford pulled off a superb 2 – 1 win at Step 3 Potters Bar Town to make the third Quali Round. Goals from Charlie Morris and Emmanuel Robe were enough to complete a comeback win for Steve Butterworth’s team. They will find out their opposition in the draw on Tuesday. Enfield are out though after a 4 – 0 home loss to Step 3 team Billericay Town. Former Witham & Braintree player Alfie Cerulli scored a hat-trick and Bradley Stevenson got the other goal as the E’s played well but couldn’t muster a comeback.

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S22-23 Match Report: Romford 1 – 1 Takeley (Sun 21 Aug) [FAC PR 21.8.22]

The Emirates FA Cup – Prelim Round

Venue: Mayesbrook Park 3G

Attendance: 136

2022-23 Season: Match 8

Sunday 21 August 2022 – 3pm KO

Romford: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts & Blue Socks

Takeley: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Hurford (#3) about to cross ball in for Romford

Takeley deny 10-man Romford to force a Replay in midweek

Romford 1 – 1 Takeley

Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The FA Cup returned for its Prelim Round stage this weekend and I made the trip to Mayesbrook Park to see tenants Romford face a tricky test in fellow Essex Senior side Takeley. Romford fielded goalkeeper Billy Lawlor, on loan from local side Dagenham & Redbridge, with a defence of full-backs Toby Barlow and Danny Hurford, plus centre-backs Tambeson Eyong and John Mbamrah. Kris Newby skippered the side in a deep midfield role, with wingers Charlie Morris and Jesse Odukolu supporting forwards Alex Balisani and Emmanuel Robe. Experienced forwards Martin Tuohy and Jake Gordon were among their substitutes. Takeley had Matt Gill between the sticks, with Bryn Thorpe and George Powell in central defence. George Frodsham and Warren Kayembe were the lead forwards for Marc Das’ side, and Glen O’Hanlon once again captained the visitors.

The early stages of this match were lively, and Takeley had a left-off early on as forward Alex Balisani broke clear of the visiting backline before curling a strike wide of the target. The visitors responded a minute later as skipper Glen O’Hanlon fizzed a header wide but we didn’t have to wait long for goals. Five minutes in, the tricky Balisani was felled in the area and home skipper Kris Newby duly converted into the left side corner, giving opposition custodian Matt Gill little chance.


However, Takeley responded within five minutes as Jordan Westcott’s initial strike was parried by Romford stopper Billy Lawlor, but George Frodsham was in prime position to follow-up and his low effort went into the net. That leveller provided a lot of impetus for Takeley in the increasing temperatures, and forward Warren Kayembe’s incisive pass found Frodsham, only for full-back Danny Hurford to make a fine tackle to deny him a good chance at Lawlor’s goal.

Frodsham was continuing to be lively on the right flank, as Romford could not retain the ball for long periods, or create much to sorely test the visiting backline, with Thorpe and Powell well-placed to rebuff any runs down the channels. Romford did have a few good moments, mainly through the runs of Balisani, who couldn’t quite find that telling pass.

Half-Time: Romford 1 – 1 Takeley


The second half didn’t quite get energised like the first half start did, though the job got harder for Takeley on 56 minutes as full-back Andre Humphrey was given a straight red card for a ‘reckless’ tackle. Even with a numerical advantage, the hosts could not strive to really make said advantage count. Indeed it was the visitors who had next chance as Thorpe’s well-hit strike was well-gathered by Lawlor.

Romford boss Steve Butterworth elected to bring on experienced forward pair Martin Tuohy and Jake Gordon in place of Emmanuel Robe and Charlie Morris and the two substitutes combined moments later, with Gordon’ cross from the right finding Tuohy, who toe-poked an effort narrowly wide of the near post.

Newby continued to have an influence on his side and his long searching pass found winger Jesse Olukolu well but Olukolu’s effort was well-gathered by Gill. As the minutes went by, it looked increasingly likely that Takeley were going to hold firm and force the replay in midweek and by the time the final whistle arrived, Marc Das’ team had completed that job.

Full-Time: Romford 1 – 1 Takeley

In summary, this hard-fought Cup tie was high on guts and strong tackles but a bit lighter on chances created as the match went on. Takeley will be happy to have seen off the hosts despite playing with ten men for over half an hour of the second half. Romford may rue the fact they could not test a tiring visiting defence that much in the latter stages, in front of a good attendance of over 130 in the sunshine at Mayesbrook Park.


There were some good performances to note as ever. For Romford, forward Alex Balisani did look to get past defenders quickly and put in some telling passes, though he had to come deeper into midfield to get on the ball in the second half. Captain Kris Newby put in some fine passes too from deep and generally was a good influence for his team. George Cox was his usual hard-working self in central midfield, while a mention also for full-back Danny Hurford who stuck to his task keeping the lively Frodsham from galloping past him several times on his flank.

For Takeley, forward George Frodsham was the livewire of their attack, taking his goal well and making several rapid runs down the right side for most of the game, before switching to a more defensive role late on to aid the visitors. George Powell and Bryn Thope symbolised the defensive effort for Marc Das, making several good jnterceptions and also a word for winger George Wappett who also made good runs down left side and added to the home defenders’ headache until he had to come off with a knock late on.

So, a Replay is required on Wednesday night at Takeley’s Station Road.


Teams

Romford    |  Manager: Steve Butterworth |  Assistant: Dan Spinks

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Billy Lawlor (GK), 2 Toby Barlow, 3 Danny Hurford, 5 Tamerson Eyong, 6 John Mbamarah, 4 Kris Newby (Capt), 8 George Cox (17 Jacob Wiggins), 7 Jesse Olukolu, 9 Emmanuel Robe (16 Martin Tuohy 61′), 10 Alex Balisani, 11 Charlie Morris (14 Jake Gordon 61′)

Goal-scorer: Kris Newby [pen 5′]

Booked: Newby, Gordon  |  Subs Not Used: Ademi, Sibanda


Takeley  | Manager: Marc Das | Assistant: Kevin Riley

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Matthew Gill (GK), 2 Mike La Ronde, 3 Andre Humphrey, 4 Bryn Thorpe, 5 George Powell, 6 Freddie Burrell (15 Charlie Dobinson 73′), 10 Glen O’Hanlon (Capt), 8 Jordan Westcott (14 Lewis Powell 39′), 7 George Frodsham, 9 Warren Kayembe, 11 George Wappett (17 Charlie Allum 81′)

Goal-scorer: George Frodsham [10′]

Booked: Frodsham, Burrell, Dobinson  | Sent Off: Humphrey [56′]

Subs Not Used: Lambrou, Bull (GK), Deamer

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Romford (Sat 19 Jan) [BLN 20.1.19]

Bostik Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 126

2018-19 Season – Match 42

Saturday 19th January 2019  – 3pm KO

Great Wakering: Green & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

Romford: Blue & Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

 

GWR prevail in tension-filled basement battle at Burroughs Park 

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Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

This weekend saw me dip into the Bostik North to see Great Wakering welcome Romford in what was the visitors’ 1,000th league match, an extraordinary achievement – particularly given their rather nomadic existence in recent years. Gary Kimble’s side had a change in goal with Harry Seaden coming in, with new signing Marc Gorbell joining Ollie Woodhouse in the centre of defence. Physical forward Shomari Barnwell was joined in atack by debutant Matt Rush, on loan from Southend Utd Academy. Boro were once again led by the fearless Danny Cossington, with Nick Reynolds, Ridwan Hussein and Alfie Cleal among their attack. A strong bench contained Reece Hewitt, Khadean Campbell and Roddy Lemba.

The match got underway with a flourish from the hosts, though in the opening quarter-hour, winger Billy Johnson and forward Sham Barnwell missed good chances when through on goal to break the deadlock. Romford gradually found their way back into proceedings in terms of territory though you got the sense the tension was rising, given that both sides really could have done with the points here. Boro forward Nick Reynolds lashed a strike from a narrow angle which Rovers goalkeeper Harry Seaden was grateful to gather. The visitors could have pinched a lead in the latter stages of the half as midfielder Ayo Olukoga spurned two half-chances but was stopped by Seaden. Rovers responded strongly as both Matt Rush couldn’t quite get a shot away from Johnson’s cross before winger Jake Gordon blazed a free-kick over the woodwork, from a promising position.

Half-Time: Great Wakering 0 – 0  Romford

 

The match badly needed a goal and both sides made a change at the interval with Josh Wiggins replacing the injured Gordon for GWR while Boro took full-back Toby Barlow off, to be replaced by Reece Hewitt. Hewitt had a strong start, making two telling interceptions to in his own box to assist his defence.

 

Hewitt then broke the deadlock on 50 minutes as he found acres of room on the Boro left flank, and struck a powerful drive, beating Seaden at his near post to really put ‘the cat amongst the pidgeons’ for the home side. Wakering responded almost immediately though midfielder Lewis Jaggs and Johnson both blazed wide. GWR skipper Pethers was unusally replaced on the hour, by Brandy Makhendi as the armband passed to consistent full-back Jason Ring. Barnwell had ‘one of those days’ for the hosts as his drive smashed against a post at that point. It was looking like the hosts would struggle to convert their chances before Wiggins put Rovers level on 66 minutes with a cool side-footed finish past Aldridge in a crowded 18-yard area. Minutes later, Rush was well-denied by Aldridge who spread himself well to deny a clear shot at goal.

With 19 minutes remaining, Rovers talisman Johnson’s effort was denied by ‘keeper Aldridge, Barnwell followed up with a effort of his own which would’ve gone in, though a brillant goal-line interception by Boro centre-back Danny Cossington denied the luckless forward. Barnwell had two further oppurtunities to break his mini-hoodoo though to his credit, he did keep running and working hard for his team. Wakering’s pressure in the last half-hour finally bore fruit with eight minutes left as a good cross by the enthusiastic forward Rush found Billy Johnson at the back stick who had a simple header from point-blank range.

Wakering held form to get only their second win in their last nine matches while Boro have won one in their last 14 games now as they remain in the drop zone. Centre-back Marc Gorbell led the stand–out performances for the home side with a committed display, with Rush, Gordon and Barnwell also proving influential, even if on another day the latter could have had a hat-trick. Still, you’ve got to put the hard yards in and that also applies to Boro skipper Cossington who must have made four or five superb interceptions today, a credit to his side’s defensive showing. Substitute Reece Hewitt also shone in what was a rare beacon of light in an otherwise forgettable attacking display which boss Paul Martin will want his side to improve on.

 

Full-Time: Great Wakering 2 – 1 Romford

Finally, thank you to GWR for their welcome & hospitality and also was a pleasure to meet the legend that is Boro boss Paul Martin. Wish both sides well in their respective battles to stay in the division.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Gary Kimble

Harry Seaden (GK), Jason Ring, Eljay Worrell, Ollie Woodhouse, Marc Gorbell, Scott Pethers (Capt) (Brandy Makhendi 62′), Jake Gordon (Joshua Wiggins 46′), Lewis Jaggs, Matt Rush (Simon Glover 90′), Shomari Barnwell, Billy Johnson

Goal-scorer: Joshua Wiggins [66′], Billy Johnson [82′]

Booked:  None | Subs Not Used: Bradford, Hawes (GK)

 

Romford      | Manager:  Paul Martin

Harry Aldridge (GK), Nathaniel Joseph, Toby Barlow (Reece Hewitt 46′), Danny Nesbitt, Ayo Olukoga (Khadean Campbell 70′), Danny Cossington (Capt), Chris Taylor, Malaki Toussaint, Nick Reynolds (Roddy Lemba 78′), Ridwan Hussein, Alfie Cleal

Goal-scorer: Reece Hewitt [50′]

Booked: Nesbitt | Subs Not Used: Fisher, Scammell (GK)

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 15th Sept) [BLN 16.9.18]

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 on the weekend of the 15th September. How did your side do?

Saturday 15th September

Aveley  3 – 2  Heybridge Swifts    | Parkside (3G)   |  Att: 243

Aveley Roared back in the secon half to deny Heybridge any share of the points at Parkside. Things looked sweet for Swifts after Sam Bantick’s double [35′ & 49′] had put them two goals up though a devastating six minute spell ended up putting paid to that. Alex Akrofi’s quick-fire brace [67′ & 69′] had levelled things up though Tom Richardson ended up having the final say on 72 minutes to give the Millers their third win in four league outings. Heybridge fell to their third defeat on-the-spin here.

Basildon Utd  1 – 0  Soham Town Rangers  | Gardiners Close  | Att: 108

Basildon continued their soaring form with a gritty win over Soham at Gardiners Close. Jack Adlington nabbed the only goal six minutes after half-time to see Marc Harrrison’s side extend their league run to four wins from as many matches. Soham have lost four of their opening five outings this term.

Bowers & Pitsea  4 – 0  Felixstowe & Walton Utd | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att: 452

Bowers welcomed in their new 3G pitch at the Len Salmon and dismantled Felixstowe in front of a bumper crowd of over 400. David Knight was again the difference-maker and after four goals in the FA Cup last weekend, he grabbed another fine hat-trick [6′, 17′ & (pen) 60′] to set Rob Small’s side well on the way to victory. Lewis Manor added a fourth late on though it was a stellar day for the hosts who are still unbeaten in their four league matches and incredibly, Bowers haven’t conceded a single goal either in that time. Felixstowe fell to only their second loss in five matches here.

Brentwood Town  0 – 1  Grays Athletic   | Brentwood Arena  | Att: 105

Grays edged Brentwood at the Brentwood Arena thanks to an early second-half goal from summer signing Michael Mignot [46′]. Jamie Stuart’s side held on afterward to claim their first win since the opening day of the campaign. Town’s season league-wise hasn’t quite started as yet with two losses in four though this was their first defeat since their first match of the campaign.

 

Bury Town  3 – 2  Great Wakering Rovers   | Ram Meadow | Att: 280

Bury made the most of some good fortune to pinch a win at Ram Meadow. There wasn’t anything lucky about the time they broke the deadlock though as Ollie Hughes did in the first minute, though the first half ended with a Rovers leveller, from the penalty spot by Stephen Butterworth. Tanner Call’s deflected effort made it 2 – 1 though another pearler from Billy Johnson’s free-kick collection restored the stalemate for Garry Kimble’s side. However, an OG by unfortunate GWR right-back Jason Ring two minutes from time saw Town grab the points, their second win of the season while for Wakering it’s their third loss in five matches.

Coggeshall Town  1 – 1  Tilbury  | West Street | Att: 149

The Dockers denied Coggeshall a handy three points late on at West Street. Connor Hubble had powered Cogg into the lead on 65 minutes though with moments remaining, after a adjudged hand-ball on the goal-line by George Cocklin, the hosts were down to ten men and Luke Smith scored the resultant spot-kick. On the plus side for the hosts, they are unbeaten in three matches now while Tilbury are yet to win in five matches this term.

Dereham Town  2 – 0  Witham Town | Aldiss Park  | Att: 137

Dereham held firm and struck twice in twelve second-half minutes to give them the victory over Witham. Daniel Beaumont [pen 58′] and Ashley Jarvis  [70′] strikes were enough to claim Dereham’s second straight win and see Witham to their third loss in five matches.

Maldon & Tiptree  1 – 2  Canvey Island   | Park Drive   | Att: 186

Canvey had recent signing Josh Hutchinson to thank for their third win of the season. Hutchinson struck on the half-hour to give CIFC the lead though they were pegged back thanks to Decarrey Sheriff’s spot-kick on 69 minutes which continued the striker’s sterling start to the campaign. Late on though, Danny heale’s men claimed the win as Hutchinson got his second of the afternoon to hand the Jammers their first defeat of the season.

Mildenhall Town  1 – 2  Barking  | Recreation Way  |  Att: 145

The Blues continued their upturn in form with a good win at Recreation Way. Afolabi Obafemi broke the stalemate on 24 minutes before on the stroke of half-time, Rashid Kamara stole in to grab a second for Justin Gardner’s side. Thomas Boxer pulled one back for the Hall just past the hour though the visitors got their second win of the season while consigning the hosts to continuing their winless start to the campaign.

Romford  3 – 1  AFC Sudbury    | Rookery Hill  | Att: 116

Boro raced to a fine win at Rookery Hill. A brace from Taylor Tombides [13′ & 21′] plus a third from Jonathon Nzengo on 26 minutes pretty much saw Paul Martin’s side to victory though Ben Hunter reduced the visitors’ arrears on 31 minutes. The hosts secured their third win in five matches while the Suds haven’t won since the opening day of the season.
That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 11th Aug) [BLN 12.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another season of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the first action of the regular season.

Update: If you’d like audio version of the Bostik Lge round up – it’s here (Click link or add the URL):  m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/grassroots-football-show-extra-results-podcast-13th-august-2018/

 

Saturday 11th August

Aveley  6 – 0 Dereham Town   | Venue: Parkside  | Att: 288

Aveley smashed past Dereham on opening day in a match which featured no fewer than six different goalscorers. Harry Gibbs [16′] and George Doyle [34′] got the party going before after the break, Freddie Gard [57′], Alex Akrofi [61′], Andy Freeman [64′] plus a Tom Richardson penalty two minutes afterward sealed a memorable day for James Webster’s side. Town will no doubt be looking to forget this horror-show quickly.

Canvey Island  1 – 0   Barking   | Venue: Park Lane | Att: 253

The Islanders edged a battle of two top-half sides from last season at Park Lane. Mitchell Gilbey’s strike on 18 minutes was the difference for Danny Heale’s men as they look to go one better than last term – promotion.

Coggeshall Town  0 – 0  Bowers & Pitsea | Att: 242

Bowers introduced much-fancied Coggeshall to the rigours of Isthmian League football and held them in this stalemate. Both sides will look to be among the top six come season’s end.

Felixstowe & Walton Utd   3 – 1   Bury Town |  Venue: The Goldstar Gound | Att: 567

Early firepower from the Bostik newcomers Felixstowe & Walton assisted them to a good win here. New signing Rhys Henry bagged the opener just five minutes in and it stayed that way at the break. Miles Powell [49′] and Rhys Barber [53′] strikes put the hosts in a strong position and although Town pulled one back on 64 minutes through Ryan Horne it wasn’t enough to rescue the match.

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 0   Soham Town Rangers
| Venue: Scraley Road | Att: 214

Heybridge started their campaign well thanks to goals from Sam Bantick on the hour and Luke Callander [79′] as Jody Brown’s side look to build on the impetus of last season’s stand-out campaign.

Mildenhall Town  1 – 1   Maldon & Tiptree  | Att: 205

The Hall recovered sharply after falling behind to claim a share of the spoils. Decarrey Sheriff broke the deadlock with 15 minutes left though the hosts only needed four minutes before Luke Butcher levelled. A point each is how it finished.

Romford  3 – 0  Great Wakering Rovers  | Rookery Hill |  Att: 116

Paul martin’s side started their campaign with a very encouraging victory at the expense of Wakering at their new ‘home’ of Rookery Hill. The hosts were two goals up inside ten minutes as Kris Newby [5′] and Jonathon Nzengo [9′] struck. Jake Gordon missed a penalty on the half-hour for the visitors and on 73 minutes, Ex-Barkingside forward Roddy Lemba secured the points for Boro.

Tilbury 0 – 4 AFC Sudbury  | Chadfields | Att: 120

The Suds powered to victory with a strong display. Billy Holland struck first five minutes before half-time before Phil kelly doubled that advantage ten minutes after the restart. Further goals by Callum Harrison on the hour and Darryl Coakley [80′] sealed the deal for the visitors.

Witham Town 0 – 2 Grays Athletic | Spa Road | Att: 144

Grays struck early-doors to assist them in a decent victory against Witham and their new boss Mark Ashford.  New signings Shomari barnwell [3′] & Mitch Hahn [17′] provided the goals as they put in a good display as they look to improve on last season’s mid-table fiinish.

 

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

 

Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 8.4.18)

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:

 

Saturday 7th April

AFC Hornchurch 1 – 0 Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Bridge Avenue | Att: 287

The Urchins edged another important tussle here as Connor Hogan’s 33rd-minute goal secured victory in the end for the title-chasers. Hornchurch grabbed their third successive win here and could wrap up promotion n midweek if other results go their way. Heybridge suffered their first loss in five which is some going considering their gruelling end to the season. Swifts are 6th, two points clear of Maldon in 7th.

 

Brentwood Town  1 – 0  Barking
| Venue: Brentwood Arena | Att: 84

Brentwood pretty much secured their Bostik North status with this tight win over Barking at the Arena. Tony Stokes once again did the damage with the only goal four minutes into the second-half and ended a five-match winless run here. Craig Shipman’s side rise to 20th, ten points clear of the solitary relegation spot, with eight matches still to play.

Grays Athletic  1 – 6 Dereham Town
| Venue: Parkside | Att: 213

Grays suffered a heavy home defeat to play-off chasing Dereham at Parkside. Rossi Jarvis opened the scoring for the visitors on 14 minutes before Kieran Bishop levelled for Ath only a minute later. Dereham powered back ahead through Ryan Crisp eight minutes before half-time and a goal-blitz after the interval extinguished any doubt of where the points were heading. Ashley Jarvis got a brace [48′ & 58′] either side of substitute Karol Wengrzik’s strike [49′] and Jamie Forshaw added to the hosts’ pain with a sixth for the visitors 18 minutes from time. Grays’s first defeat in eight games sees them drop to 13th spot. Dereham’s first win in five matches sees them four points adrift of the play-off spots in 8th.

 

Haringey Borough  2 – 0  Canvey Island
| Venue: Coles Park  | Att: 207

Haringey  continued their superb recent form with this win over fellow play-off chasing side Canvey at Coles Park. Ralston Gabriel [37′] and Lauren Luke [76′] goals were the difference to give Boro their sixth win in their last eight matches, they stay 4th, four points clear of their opponents here. Canvey’s inconsistent form remains, this was their 5th defeat in their last nine encounters, the Islanders are 5th and still need a few wins to secure their play-off spot.

 

Hertford Town  0 – 1  AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Att: 210

Sudbury won this baattle of two mid-table sides to leapfrog their opponents here in the table. Callum Harrison scored the only goal on 26 minutes, his first goal for the club. Hertford’s 3rd defeat in their last eight encounters sees them drop to 12th while the Suds rise to 11th.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 2  Bowers & Pitsea
| Venue: Park Drive | Att: 114

High-flying Bowers battled back to secure a point at Park Drive. Maldon led just three minutes in through Lee Barnard’s penalty  and George Brown doulbled that lead on the cusp of half-time. Bowers, who had midfielder Jamie Dicks dismissed, fought back through goals from Callum Leahy [67′] and recent signing Adam Vyse [81′]. Maldon have six matches remaining and remain 7th, two points off the play-off spots while Bowers lose ground on Potters Bar in the promotion race – they stay 3rd, five points off the in-form Scholars with six games left.

 

Mildenhall Town  1 – 2  Cheshunt
| Venue: Recreation Way  | Att: 171

Cheshunt recorded a significant win at Recreation Way. Nick Symons broke the stalemate on 24 minutes though that lead only lasted seven minutes before Andrew Ofusu restored parity for the Hall. Craig Edwards’ side kept going though and were rewarded eight minutes from time as Jack Lampe struck to give the Ambers second win in their last five matches to go above Norwich Utd into 22nd, six points clear of danger with five games left to play. Mildenhall sit 18th as they are now are six matches without a win.

 

Norwich Utd  0 – 3  Aveley
| Venue: Plantation Park | Att: 87

The Millers sent the Planters back into relegation danger with a good win at Plantation Park. Calvin Expiteta’s goal four minutes shy of half-time gave the visitors the lead. Tom Richardson then secured the points with another double [50′ & 84′] to extend Utd’s run without a win to eight matches. Utd drop to 23rd, only three points ahead of Romford who they meet in what’s sure to be a nerve-jangling encounter in midweek. Aveley’s third win in their last five matches helps them rise to 15th place.

 

Potters Bar Town  3 – 0  Bury Town
| Venue: Pakex Stadium | Att: 174

Potters Bar secured another important victory to maintain their commanding form as they seek promotion. Ben Ward-Cochrane gave the hosts the lead after 7 minutes before further strikes from Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes on the half-hour and Eoin Casey [76′] made sure of the Scholars’ 8th win in their last ten matches to stay 2nd, five points clear of Bowers in 3rd. Bury Town remain 10th, with four matches left.

 

Soham Town Rangers  0 – 1 Witham Town
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane | Att: 140

Witham pipped Soham here thanks to Eliott Ronti’s 74th-minute winner to seal third win in their last five outings and stay 14th. Soham drop to 16th and have seven matches yet to play.

 

Tilbury  1 –  2  Waltham Abbey
| Venue: Chadfields | Att: 77

Abbey finally ended their long run without a win with this success at Chadfields. Nathan Koranteng put Abbey ahead with 17 minutes on the watch before Darelle Russell all but sealed the victory with six minutes remaining. Jack Carlile’s late spot-kick ended up being mere consolation for Joe Keith’s men who haven’t won in six matches now, residing in 19th spot. Abbey’s own eight-match winless stretch ended here as they rise to 17th spot.

 

Ware  0 – 2  Romford
| Venue: Wodson Park | Att: 62

Romford probably averted instant relegation with this priceless win at Wodson Park. Carlos Djalo Oso coverted a spot-kick before the half-hour though Danny Cossington made it two eight minutes after the restart. Romford’s first win in six means they are only three points behind Norwich Utd who they play in midweek in another critical match for Paul Martin’s side. Ware’s third loss on-the-spin drops them back to 21st though they are still nine points clear of their opponents here.
Bostik Division South Results – Saturday 31st March 2018

 

Chipstead  1 – 3  Hastings Utd    | Att: 90

Corinthian-Casuals  1 – 3   Lewes  | Att: 316

East Grinstead Town  1 – 2   Phoenix Sports | Att: 68

Faversham Town  0 – 0  Thamesmead Town | Att: 163

Greenwich Borough  1 – 2  Hythe Town | Att: 151

Shoreham  0 – 1   Herne Bay  | Att: 59

Sittingbourne  1 – 0   Molesey  | Att: 112

South Park  1 – 3   Horsham  | Att: 135

VCD Athletic   0 – 0   Cray Wanderers  | Att: 120

Walton Casuals  0 – 1  Carshalton Athletic  | Att: 286

Whyteleafe  1 – 1  Ashford Utd  | Att: 135

 

Sun 8th Apr  –  Guernsey  1 – 4    Ramsgate  | Att: 625

 

That’s yer lot for now, cheers for reading.