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)

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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.

Bostik League Division Nth (& Sth) Round-up (BLN 24.2.18)

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:

 

Friday 23rd February

Witham Town 1 – 1 Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Spa Road | Att: 407

Witham left it late to deny Heybridge victory as a crowd of over 400 braved the chilly weather at Spa Road. Harrison Chatting broke the deadlock four minutes into the second half to put the visitors ahead. Correy Davidson has had a good season for Town and he stepped up again right on the cusp of full-time to grab a point for the hosts. Heybridge boss Jody Brown was also dismissed for remonstrating for the officials. Witham’s winless run extends to five matches now, and are 17th after Saturday’s action. Heybridge’s four-match winning run ended here though sit 12th, 12 points off the play-offs.

 

AFC Hornchurch  1 – 1   Tilbury
| Venue: Bridge Avenue  | Att: 176

Hornchurch were held by improving Tilbury on an emotional day at Bridge Avenue. The Urchins had manager Jimmy McFarlane foremost in their thoughts after he sadly suffered a stroke on Monday, I sincerely wish him a speedy recovery. On the pitch, the hosts led just before half-time through Christian Assombalonga’s goal though new signing Harry Norman, recruited from Canvey, levelled mid-way through the second half and a resolute showing from Joe Keith’s side extended their unbeaten run to four matches as they rise to 15th. Hornchurch’s recent run has seen them lose only once in their last six, as they remain top by 11 points.

 

Aveley 4 – 1  Cheshunt  | Venue: Parkside | Att: 237

Aveley’s early goal-blitz helped them on their way to an excellent win over strugglers Cheshunt at Parkside. New signing Tom Richardson opened the scoring after just four minutes, before Connor Witherspoon [7′] added a second. Richardson struck again on 20 minutes to give James Webster’s side a big lead at the break. Lewis Gard [53′] secured the points before Sam Alderson [61′] pulled one back for Craig Edwards’ side. Aveley are now unbeaten in their last seven matches, and stay 19th, ten points ahead of Brentwood just behind them. The Ambers remain 23rd, two points clear of Romford now.

 

Bowers & Pitsea  2 – 0  AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium  | Att: 87

Bowers secured another victory in their promotion charge, this time against Sudbury at the Len Salmon. Ben Sartain [34′] and David Knight [49′] goals were enough to seal Rob Small’s men their 7th win in their last eight matches and stay 2nd, though extend their lead to eight points over Canvey in 3rd. The Suds suffered their first loss in seven matches and drop to 10th spot.

 

Brentwood Town 1 – 1  Dereham Town
| Venue: Brentwood Arena | Att: 99

Brentwood struck late to deny play-off chasing Dereham the win at the Brentwood Arena. Rhys Logan put the visitors ahead on 23 minutes before Tony Stokes struck ten minutes from time to ensure Craig Shipman’s side left with a point. Brentwood’s indifferent form persists though with only one win in their last six matches and they are now only five points clear of the relegation spot. Dereham’s 5th draw in their last eight matches sees them drop to 7th because of their three-point deduction this week due to an ineligible player (I believe).

 

Bury Town  0 –  0  Waltham Abbey
| Venue: Ram Meadow  | Att: 274

Bury Town were held by mid-table Abbey at Ram Meadow. Town’s inconsistent form continues with only two wins in their last seven outings, sitting in 9th place, 12 points adrift of the play-offs now. Abbey are also finding wins hard to come by with one win in their last ten though they look set for a mid-table finish as they are currently 14th.

 

Haringey Borough  2 – 0  Ware  | Venue: Coles Park | Att: 123

Haringey continued their recent good run with victory over out-of-form Ware at Coles Park. A goal in each half from Coby Rowe [34′] and Anthony McDonald [59′] sealed the win, Boro’s 4th win in their last six matches and go two points ahead of Maldon and into 4th place, due to Potters Bar’s points deduction. Ware’s fourth defeat on-the-spin leaves them mired in the middle of the relegation dogfight in 22nd, four points off the foot of the table.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  1 – 2   Mildenhall Town
| Venue: ParkDrive | Att: 105

Mildenhall bested ten-man Maldon to come away with all three points at Park Drive. Joe Ellul struck again for the Jammers to give them the lead on 22 minutes, though Joshua Curry levelled a minute before the break for the Hall. Substitute Tom Debenham put the visitors ahead six minutes after the interval. Moments later, the hosts were a man light as Harvey Dailly was dismissed. Town held on to claim their fourth win in their last six matches and go into 13th place. Maldon’s second defeat in their last five sees them in 6th spot, in the play-offs by virtue of Dereham’s points deduction this week.

 

Norwich Utd  P – P   Hertford Town
| Venue: Plantation Park | Att:

This match was postponed due to an frozen pitch.

 

Potters Bar Town  1 – 1   Canvey Island
| Venue: Pakex Stadium  | Att: 173

These two play-off chasing sides duked it out at the Pakex Stadium before ending all-square. James Walker opened the scoring for the visitors with 21 minutes gone. The Scholars were down to ten men 12 minutes later as Billy Adcock was dismissed. Despite this, George Nicohlas restored parity for the hosts five minutes after the break to maintain their good run of only one loss in their last eight matches, in 5th spot after they were deducted three points this week for an ineligible player (I believe). Canvey are 3rd, having drawn three of their last four matches now.

 

Romford  2 – 1  Barking   | Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 67

Romford put a disheartening midweek result behind them to claim a hugely important three points at Ship Lane. Craig Jeakins [29′] put Paul Martin’s side ahead before Greg Akpele’s spot-kick a minute before half-time doubled their lead. Izzy Bademosi got an injury-time consolation for Justin Gardner’s side though Boro finally ended an eight-match losing run here to close the gap to Cheshunt to two points at the bottom. Barking’s first defeat in five sees them stay 8th though they are eight points off the play-off positions.

 

Soham Town Rangers  0 – 0   Grays Athletic
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 155

Soham were held by Ath at Julius Martin Lane. Soham stay 18th after a run of three wins in their last seven matches while Jamie Stuart’s men justified their growing reputation of being tough to beat, as they’ve only lost once in their last nine though have drawn five of those matches, they go into 11th spot.

 

Bostik Division South R’s – Sat 24th Feb

 

Ashford Utd  2 – 1 Cray Wanderers  | Att: 198

Carshalton Athletic  2 – 1  Thamesmead Town  | Att: 371

Corinthian-Casuals  3 – 1  Sittingbourne   | Att: 201

East Grinstead Town  P – P Herne Bay

Greenwich Borough  1 – 0  Chipstead

Guernsey  1 – 1 Hastings Utd   | Att: 573

Hythe Town  1 – 1  Horsham  | Att: 218

Phoenix Sports  2 – 4 Lewes  | Att: 140

Ramsgate  2 – 1 Molesey   | Att: 133

Shoreham  0 – 1  VCD Athletic  | Att: 58

South Park  1 – 1  Faversham Town  | Att: 86

Whyteleafe  3 – 2  Walton Casuals  |

Bostik League Division North (& South R’s) Round-up (Matchday 4)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome another round-up of the action in the Bostik League Division North here on my blog. Here’s the round-up of the action that took place on Bank Holiday Monday, followed by a run-down of the results in Bostik League Division South on the same day. Enjoy.

Monday 28th August

AFC Hornchurch 4 – 1   Romford

Venue: Bridge Avenue   Attendance: 244

The Urchins continued their fine start to the season with victory at Bridge Avenue. Kenzer Lee put the hosts ahead five minutes after the break, before Brad Warner doubled the lead only two minutes later. The quick-salvo was complete as George Purcell’s penalty on 58 minutes made it 3-0. Jamie Dicks grabbed a consolation for Romford with 21 minutes left though Warner got his second in injury-time to seal a handsome win for Jimmy McFarlane’s men.

AFC Sudbury 0  – 2   Mildenhall Town

Venue:  Wardale Williams Stadium    Attendance: 270

Mildenhall pulled off a decent win at Sudbury. Jacob Brown gave the visitors the lead just past the hour, before Danny Crow sealed the points with 21 minutes remaining to give the Hall three good points.

Canvey Island 3  – 0   Bowers & Pitsea

Venue: Park Lane    Attendance: 319

I attended this match and for the full match report, it’s here – survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/report-canvey-3-0-bowers-bln/

Grays Athletic 4  – 2  Aveley

Venue: Parkside   Attendance: 322

Grays came from behind to claim a good win in the first Parkside derby against landlords Aveley. Michael Osei put Aveley ahead on 20 minutes, before Joao Carlos levelled with nine minutes of the first half remaining. Kieran Bishop tucked away a penalty on the stroke of half-time to give Grays the lead. Glenn Wilson made it 3-1 with 18 minutes left before Kiernan Hughes-Mason first goal for the club sealed the win for Jamie Stuart’s side. Aveley got a late consolation from substitute Adam Bolle’s late penalty.

Haringey Borough  3 – 2  Cheshunt

Venue: Coles Park    Attendance: 155

Haringey fought back to narrowly defeat Cheshunt at Coles Park. Cheshunt took the lead through Mark Summers’ goal after 12 minutes. Michael O’Donoghue levelled for Borough, before Ralston Gabriel’s penalty put the hosts ahead with 12 minutes left. Jason Hallett equalised for the Ambers with five minutes to play, though Ramii Sherriff sealed the points for Tom Loizou’s side with moments to spare.

Hertford Town 1 – 1   Potters Bar Town 

Venue: Hertfordingbury Park    Attendance: 333

This intriguing tussle between these newcomers to the division ended all-square. Eoin Casey gave Potters Bar the lead nine minutes before the break. Hertford levelled just before half-time through Tommy Wade’s goal. The visitors had to play the last nine minutes with ten men as Lee O’Leary was dismissed.

Heybridge Swifts 5  – 0  Maldon & Tiptree

Venue:  Scraley Road   Attendance: 329

Heybridge thumped ten-man Maldon at Scraley Road. The hosts led after just three minutes as Ryan Henshaw struck. They made it two after only 12 minutes as Harrison Chatting scored to give them a cushion. Sam Bantick added to the Jammers’ pain only four minutes later to make it 3-0. And a forgettable afternoon got worse for the visitors Nicholas Akoto saw red 19 minutes from time. Late goals from substitutes Joe Gardner & Joshua Fagbohun (pen) sealed the rout for Jody Brown’s side.

Norwich Utd   1 –  3  Dereham Town

Venue: Plantation Park            Attendance: 194

Dereham pulled off a good away-day win at Plantation Park. Ashley Jarvis gave the Magpies the lead ten minutes in, before grabbing his and his team’s second 12 minutes before the break. Jarvis then completed an excellent hat-trick on 75 minutes. Both sides saw a player dismissed with eight minutes to go, Andy Eastaugh for Utd and David Hinton for Dereham. Liam Jackson grabbed a late consolation for the Planters two minutes from time.

Soham Town Rangers  2 – 2  Bury Town 

Venue: Julius Martin Lane    Attendance: 230

Bury fought back to claim a point at Julius Martin Lane. Soham led through Lewis Endacott’s goal on 11 minutes. Matt Allan extended the lead with eight minutes of the first period left. The tables turned though after the break as half-time substitute Ollie Hughes scored a minute after coming on. Fellow replacement Darren Mills sealed a point for Ben Chenery’s side just past the hour.

Tilbury 2 – 1 Brentwood Town

Venue: Chadfields   Attendance: 109

Tilbury edged Brentwood to claim the win at Chadfields. Adam Vyse gave the Dockers the lead after ten minutes, before Luke Hornsley doubled the lead with 25 minutes to play. Matt Price grabbed a goal back for the Blues though Gary Henty’s side held on.

Ware 2  –  1  Waltham Abbey

Venue: Wodson Park   Attendance: 93

Ware came from behind to grab another win at Wodson Park. Christian Assombalonga gave Abbey the lead on the half-hour. After the break, Marcus Milner levelled for the hosts. Right on the stroke of full-time, Yannick Kamanan popped up again to seal all three points for Kem Kemal’s side.

Witham Town  1 – 0  Barking

Venue: Spa Road     Attendance: 110

It was a case of ‘fine margins’ again for Barking as Witham secured a narrow win at Spa Road. Tim Monsheju got the only goal of the match just before the hour mark to give Adam Flint’s side the win.

Bostik League Division South results

Monday 28th August

Chipstead 1 – 2  Whyteleafe        Venue: High Road         Att: 103

Corinthian Casuals 2 – 4 Carshalton Athletic  Venue: King George’s Field Att: 242

Faversham Town  0 – 3  Herne Bay         Venue: Salters Lane       Att: 238

Greenwich Borough  3 – 0  Phoenix Sports      Venue: DGS Stadium  Att: 204

Hastings Utd  1  – 2  Lewes     Venue: The Pilot Field         Att: 699

Horsham  2 – 1   Guernsey         Venue: Goring’s Mead         Att: 206

Hythe Town  4 – 1 Ramsgate       Venue:     Att: 185

Molesey  1 – 2  Walton Casuals       Venue: Walton Road   Att: 116

Shoreham 0 – 3  Cray Wanderers        Venue:  Middle Road    Att: 152

Sittingbourne 0 – 0   Ashford Utd        Venue: Woodstock Park    Att: 207

South Park  3 – 1 East Grinstead Town      Venue: Whitehall Lane    Att: 146

VCD Athletic 3 –  1 Thamesmead Town         Venue: Oakwood     Att: 64

 

Thank you for reading. If you’d like to catch up on Saturday 26th August round-up from Bostik Division North, add this URL: survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/bostik-div-n-s-r-m3/