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 (& Sth) round-up (BLN 15.4.18)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

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

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

 

Saturday 14th April

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Heybridge Swifts  2 – 1  Tilbury | Venue: Scraley Road

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Fixtures this early midweek:

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

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

 

Bostik Division South  – Saturday 14th April 2018

 

 

Ashford Utd  1 – 2  Greenwich Borough     | Att: 280

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

Cray Wanderers  8 – 0   South Park  |

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

Herne Bay  1 – 3     Guernsey  | Att: 210

Horsham  0 – 3    Faversham Town  | Att: 126

Hythe Town  5 – 3   Chipstead  | Att: 255

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

Molesey  1 – 1   VCD Athletic  |

Phoenix Sports  0 – 1  Sittingbourne   | Att: 108

Ramsgate  2 – 2   Corinthian-Casuals   | Att: 181

Thamesmead Town    2 – 1  Walton Casuals  | Att: 93

 

Fixtures to come:

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

 

 

 

 

Bostik League Division North (& South) round-up (BLN 24.3.18)

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, followed as usual by a list of the results in Bostik Division South:

Friday 23rd March

Bowers & Pitsea 1 – 0 AFC Hornchurch
| Venue: Len Salmon Stadium | Att: 410

Bowers edged this top-two clash thanks to a solitary goal from Jamie Dicks six minutes before the break. They held on in front of a huge Friday night crowd of over 400 to close the gap on the Urchins to seven points, having played a game more. Crucially, Bowers also extended their lead over Potters Bar in 3rd to six points after their 3rd win in their last six outings.

 

Saturday 24th March

Canvey Island  4 – 1  Witham Town
| Venue: Park Lane | Att: 248

Canvey picked up a much-needed win at Park Lane. Mitchell Gilbey [28′] and Ryan Charles [39′] strikes put the hosts ahead before Martin Tuohy sealed the win five minutes from time. Chinedu Osadebe struck again for Town on the edge of the 90 mark before Ryan Melaugh added to the home scoresheet. CIFC’s 2nd win in their last five outings sees them rise to 4th spot, six points behind Potters Bar. Witham’s 3rd defeat in their last six means they sit 14th.

Cheshunt 2 – 0   Brentwood Town
| Venue: Theobalds Lane  | Att: 157

Jason Hallett’s brace [64′ & 73′] sealed another huge three points for the Ambers. The hosts’ 4th win in their last 7 matches sees them leapfrog Norwich Utd back into 22nd, eight points clear of the relegation spot. Brentwood’s third match inside a week perhaps took a toll though they are two points ahead of Cheshunt in 21st after their third loss in their last 6.

Grays Athletic 2 – 2 Ware | Venue: Parkside | Att: 162

Grays hit back late to deny Ware an important win at Parkside. Jordon Watson’s penalty three minutes after the break broke the first-half stalemate before Dave Cowley struck with 14 minutes left. The hosts hit back through Tommy Wade’s quick-fire brace [82′ & 83′] to secure their 6th draw in their last 9 matches, they stay 11th. Ware remain 20th and are unbeaten in their last four matches now.

 

Haringey Borough  3 – 3   Heybridge Swifts
| Venue: Coles Park  | Att: 189

The points were shared in this cracker at Coles Park after Swifts roared back from 3-0 down after the break. Haringey may have thought they were on their way to victory as Ralston Gabriel [16′], Anthony McDonald [44′] and debutant Andre McCollin [51′] goals put them well ahead. Though the Heybridge spirit shone once again as Tambleson Eyong [67′] and hot-shot Matt Price [72′] started the comeback trail before Kresnic Krasniqi’s spot-kick three minutes later sealed a point. Haringey are now five matches unbeaten but drop to 5th. Heybridge still have matches in hand but drop to 10th, only two points behind the play-off spots in a mightily-congested top ten.

 

Hertford Town  3 – 2  Tilbury
| Venue: Hertingfordbury Park | Att: 209

Hertford won this clash late on as they chase the top ten. The hosts fell behind ten minutes in through Harry Norman’s strike though Charlie Ruff [18′] levelled before Jason Beck [28′] turned the tide in favour of the hosts. Jack Carlile restored parity for Joe Keith’s side with 15 minutes left though Michael Toner’s late spot-kick sealed the points – Hertford’s 4th win in their last six to rise to 12th place. Tilbury’s 2nd loss in their last six means they are in 19th spot.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  0 – 2   Bury Town
| Venue: Park Drive | Att: 177

A goal in each half sealed this triumph for the visitors in this battle of two play-off chasing sides. Jack Lankester broke the deadlock after six minutes though the match was only sealed late on by hot-shot Cemal Ramadan to give Town their third straight win and up into 9th. Maldon’s fourth straight loss means they are being caught by the sides below them, though Kevin Horlock’s side have matches in hand.

 

Mildenhall Town  0 – 2   Barking
| Venue: Recreation Way | Att: 171

The Blues struck late on to give themselves a better shot at sneaking into the play-offs. Goals from Billy Jones [80′] and Ben O’Brien [86′] sealed the visitors their 3rd success in their last six to go level on points with Dereham & Maldon in 8th. Town’s third loss in their last 6 sees them drop to 18th.

Potters Bar Town 1 – 0 Dereham Town
| Venue: Pakex Stadium  | Att: 139

Third-placed Potters Bar continued their knack of picking up victories with this narrow win over play-off chasing Dereham. Ben Ward-Cochrane’s first-half goal was enough to give the Scholars their 5th straight win and once again go three points behind Bowers. Dereham’s five-match unbeaten run ended here and they have four sides bearing down on them though remain 6th on goal difference.

 

Romford  1 – 1   AFC Sudbury
| Venue: Ship Lane | Att: 54

Romford held Sudbury in a match delayed by 80 minutes due to serious traffic problems which hampered the visitors’ journey to Ship Lane. After a goal-less first half, Phil Kelly struck eight minutes after the break to give the mid-table Suds the lead though Ayo Olukoga levelled with 11 minutes remaining. Romford’s run of one win in their last nine simply has to improve as they now are six points adrift of Norwich Utd and safety. Sudbury drop to 13th as they ended a three-match losing run here.

 

Soham Town Rangers   1 – 1 Aveley
| Venue: Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 132

Aveley held Soham in this mid-table clash. Sam Mulready’s header [24′] put the hosts ahead though midway through the second half, Tom Richardson struck to give the visitors a point. Soham’s 3rd draw in their last 5 means they’re in 15th. Aveley are 17th after only one defeat in their last ten matches.

 

Waltham Abbey  1 – 1   Norwich Utd
| Venue: Capershotts | Att: 81

Abbey came from behind to grab a point at Capershotts. Loan signing Matt Blake put the Planters ahead just seven minutes in before Mitch Hahn levelled two minutes before the break. Abbey are winless in their last five, sitting in 16th while Utd have a similar recent record and drop to 23rd, six points clear of relegation-threatened Romford.

 

Bostik Division South R’s – Sat 24th March

 

Carshalton Athletic  0 – 0  Guernsey  |

Corinthian-Casuals  0 – 1 Cray Wanderers | Att: 252

East Grinstead Town 3 – 2  Ashford Utd | Att: 163

Faversham Town  1 – 2  Hastings Utd | Att: 201

Horsham 1 – 4 Ramsgate  | Att: 148

Lewes 3 – 0  VCD Athletic  | Att: 777

Phoenix Sports  2 – 2  Molesey  | Att: 67

Sittingbourne  1 – 0  Shoreham   | Att: 142

South Park 1 – 8  Greenwich Borough  |  Att: 68

Thamesmead Town  1 – 0  Chipstead   | Att: 98

Walton Casuals  7 – 0   Herne Bay  | Att: 162

Whyteleafe  2 – 2  Hythe Town  | Att: 142

 

That’s all for this week, thank you for reading.

FA Cup FQR & Bostik League South Results round-up – 1st-3rd September 2017

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello one & all and welcome to a lengthy round-up of some FA Cup First Qualifying Round (FQR) ties focusing on Bostik League sides plus two results from Bostik Division South fixtures this weekend. Grab a cuppa and enjoy.

FA Cup FQR

Friday 1st September 2017

Kingstonian 3  – 2  Shoreham

Venue: Feltcham Grove   Attendance: 218

Bostik Premier side Kingstonian edged Bostik South side Shoreham at Feltcham Grove to advance to the next round. New signing Kane Haysman gave the K’s the lead after eight minutes. The Musselmen responded six minutes later as Evan Archibald levelled for the visitors. Shoreham took the lead four minutes before the interval through Mark Goldson’s strike. Craig Edwards’ men went into half-time level, courtesy of a Lewis Taylor spot-kick just before the break. Taylor scored another penalty with 18 minutes left to see his side progress. Shoreham had to see out the last four minutes with ten men as Scott Packer was dismissed for two bookings.

Saturday 2nd September

AFC Sudbury  1 –  1  Mildenhall Town

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   Attendance: 239

Mildenhall came from behind to deny Sudbury the win at the Wardale Williams Stadium. Jake Turner gave the Yellows the lead six minutes into the second half. Mildenhall’s Jake Chambers-Shaw restored parity with 20 minutes left and the stalemate continued so a replay at Recreation Way is required in midweek.

Arlesey Town 0 – 7  Heybridge Swifts        

Venue: New Lamb Meadow       Attendance: 163

Heybridge produced a superb display to thump Arlesey in their own back-yard. In the first minute, Juan Luque set the tone as he gave Swifts the lead. Only two minutes afterward, Luke Callander doubled the lead. The hosts did get some respite though after the break the floodgates opened as Luque grabbed his second two minutes after the interval. Sam Bantick made it four on the hour before full-back Ben Sampayo’s goal after 67 minutes erased any doubt Jody Brown’s side would prevail here. Late goals from Joe Gardner (70’) and substitute Joshua Fagbohun (85’) sealed a dominant display and sees Swifts through to the next round.

Ashford Town (Middx)  2 – 0  Corinthian Casuals 

Venue: Short Lane   Attendance: 125

Ashford secured an important win and progression to the next round at Short Lane. Mark Bitmead gave Town the lead after 25 minutes, before Dan Fleming struck on the half-hour to seal the win for the hosts. Casuals finished the match with ten-men as substitute Reyon Dillon was dismissed for two bookings, 16 minutes after coming on.

Aylesbury 1 –  3   Leiston

Venue: SRD Stadium     Attendance: 109

Leiston saw off the challenge of Aylesbury to progress to the next round. Loanee Byron Lawrence opened the scoring six minutes before the break. Leiston doubled their advantage through Dominic Docherty’s goal nine minutes into the second half and Seb Dunbar made the match safe three minutes later. Jonny Montgomery grabbed what turned out to be a consolation for the hosts 14 minutes from time. Leiston had to play the last six minutes a man light as Docherty was given his marching orders late on.

Bedford Town 0 – 2   Lowestoft Town       

Venue: Meadow Lane           Attendance: 264

Lowestoft Town progressed to the next round with this win at Meadow Lane. An Ollie Swain OG on 26 minutes gifted the Trawlerboys the lead. Travis Cole struck just past the hour to seal the win for Ady Gallagher’s men.

Billericay Town 5  –  0  Didcot Town

Venue: New Lodge     Attendance: 1,159

Billericay eventually powered past Didcot Town to advance into the next round. The Blues led on 40 minutes through hot-shot Jake Robinson. Robinson struck again with 23 minutes remaining to send Glenn Tamplin’s side on their way. Substitute Ricky Modeste made it three with 17 minutes to play before late goals by Robinson (to complete his hat-trick) and Adam Cunnington (pen) sealed a hefty win to delight the ‘Ricay supporters.

Cheshunt  2 – 0   Takeley

Venue: Theobalds Lane                Attendance: 185

Cheshunt prevailed in Steve Newing’s first match in charge at Theobalds Lane. A quick-fire double by Kyle Roberts (65’) and hot-shot Jason Hallett (67’) sealed the win over ESL side Takeley, whose excellent FA Cup adventure ends here.

Clapton  0 – 3 Needham Market

Venue: Old Spotted Dog Stadium   Attendance: 143

Bostik Premier side Needham improved in the second-half to take the win at the OSD. Gareth Heath gave the Marketmen the lead 20 minutes into the second half. Late goals from Luke Ingram and Callum Harrison secured the win and ended Clapton’s good run in the competition.

Dorking Wanderers 3 –  2 Worthing

Venue: London Road           Attendance: 281

Dorking fought back and consigned fellow Bostik Premier side Worthing to another defeat at London Road.  David Ray gave Wanderers the lead after six minutes, though Isaac Newton (no, not that one!) levelled on 26 minutes. Worthing grabbed the lead through James Fraser’s goal four minutes after the break. Marc White’s side responded just eight minutes later as Isaac Philpott restored parity. Matthew Briggs got the winner 22 minutes from time to seal the hosts’ path to the next round.

Dulwich Hamlet  3 – 1  Hastings Utd

Venue: Champion Hill         Attendance: 1,288

Dulwich produced an extraordinary comeback to seal their place in the next round. Hastings led just before the break through Ollie Rowe though the drama was yet to come. Recent signing Nana Boakye-Yiadom came off the bench and turned the tide with a superb 11-minute hat-trick to give Gavin Rose’s side the win.

Enfield Town 2 – 1  Harrow Borough

Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Stadium    Attendance: 421

Enfield struck late-on to secure their place in the next round at the QE II Stadium. Simon Thomas gave the Towners the lead after 11 minutes. Fellow Bostik Premier side Harrow levelled with 14 minutes to play through Michael Bryan’s strike. Thomas grabbed his brace and the win for Andy Leese’s men two minutes from time.

Erith Town  0 – 3  Burgess Hill Town

Venue: Oakwood          Attendance: 105

Burgess Hill took their place in the 2nd Qualifying Round with this win at VCD Athletic’s Oakwood. A brace from Tony Garrod (21’ & 42’) put the Hillians comfortably ahead at the break. Substitute Pat Harding made sure though with a goal moments from time.

Faversham Town 3 –  1  Tonbridge Angels     

Venue: Salters Lane     Attendance: 346

Bostik Premier side Tonbridge exited the competition at the hands of Bostik South’s Faversham at Salters Lane. Mark Lovell put the Lilywhites ahead on six minutes, before Lovell struck again on the half-hour. Andre McCollin cut the arrears in half for the Angels nine minutes before the break. Matthew Bourne pounced on 67 minutes to restore Faversham’s two-goal cushion and seal the tie.

Folkestone Invicta  3 – 2  Greenwich Borough  

Venue: The Fullicks Stadium     Attendance: 351

Folkestone sealed a last-minute win at the Fullicks. Ex-pro striker Charlie MacDonald gave Greenwich the lead eight minutes in. Samuel Hasler restored parity just before half-time. Greenwich once again took the initiative through Travis Gregory just before the hour.  Greenwich were a man down when Kaka Dembele was sent off with 23 minutes remaining. Invicta took advantage & were level with 15 minutes remaining thanks to Michael Everitt ‘s goal. The game wasn’t finished there though as Kieron McCann’s header sealed a narrow win for Neil Cugley’s men.

Gorleston 0 – 4 Barking

Venue: Emerald Park       Attendance: 192

Barking produced a good display to progress to the next round. Theo Ola gave the Blues the lead on 28 minutes, before Dan Gilchrist made it two eight minutes later. After the break, Justin Gardner’s men made the win safe with goals from Alan Taylor (54’) and Gilchrist’s second of the afternoon (72’).

Hanwell Town  4 – 1 Brightlingsea Regent      

Venue: Perivale Lane      Attendance: 142

Step 4 Hanwell upset Regent to reach the next round at Perivale Lane. Charlie Mitchell put the hosts ahead after seven minutes. Glen Yala made it two four minutes before the break. Regent reduced their arrears through Matt Cripps’ goal a minute before half-time. Though second-half goals from Oliver Duffy (56’) and Yala’s second of the afternoon (86’) sealed the hosts’ progression here.

Haringey Borough  1  – 1 Hitchin Town

Venue: Coles Park        Attendance: 171

Haringey fought back to level this encounter at Coles Park. An Quba Gordon OG 12 minutes in gave Hitchin the lead before Rakim Richards levelled just past the hour to force a replay in midweek.

Hendon  1 – 1   Wingate & Finchley     

Venue: Silver Jubilee Park         Attendance: 298

Hendon forced a replay late-on in front of nearly 300 fans at Silver Jubilee Park. After a goal-less first half, Wingate led through Spencer McCall’s goal two minutes after the re-start. Hendon struck three minutes from time thanks to Rian Bray’s leveller and deny fellow Bostik Premier side the win.

Herne Bay 3 – 1 Walton Casuals

Venue: Winch’s Field     Attendance: 192

Herne Bay triumphed in this all-Bostik South contest at Winch’s Field. Junior Aikhionbare gave the Bay the lead nine minutes before the break. Roscoe D’Sane restored parity from the spot with 23 minutes remaining though late strikes from Alex Mulrooney-Skinner (77’) and substitute Nassim Dukali (90’) sealed a good win for John Embery’s men.

Hertford Town  1 – 1  Grays Athletic   

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park       Attendance: 315

Hertford came from behind to force a replay against Grays at Hertfordingbury Park. Hot-shot Kieran Bishop gave Ath the lead from penalty spot on 21 minutes. With 15 minutes to play, Tommy Wade struck to give Town another chance for FA Cup glory at Parkside in midweek.

Horsham 6 – 0 Ashford Utd

Venue: Goring’s Mead         Attendance: 243

Horsham powered to a big win over fellow Bostik South side Ashford at Goring’s Mead. Most of the damage was done in the first half as goals in the opening 20 minutes from Darren Boswell (11’) and Toby House (18’) gave the Hornets a decent cushion to build from. And that they did as House grabbed his second of the afternoon 11 minutes before the break and Steve Metcalf made it 4-0 at half-time. Second-half goals from Michael Waller (58’) and Robert O’Toole (62’) sealed the thumping win for Dominic Di Paola’s men.

Leatherhead 6  –  0 Cray Valley PM     

Venue: Feltcham Grove        Attendance: 283

Leatherhead sealed the place in the next round with a dominant performance at Feltcham Grove. Chike Kandi put the Tanners ahead on 28 minutes, before Jack Midson grabbed a quick-fire brace (32’ & 37’) to put the hosts three up. Kandi grabbed his second seven minutes before the break before completing his hat-trick eight minutes into the second half. Sam Blackman completed the rout seven minutes from time for Sammy Moore’s side.

Maldon & Tiptree 3 – 3 Hayes & Yeading Utd   

Venue: Park Drive         Attendance: 91

Maldon need a late-leveller to force a replay at Park Drive. Things started well for Maldon as Junior Ogedi-Uzowke gave them the lead from the spot 13 minutes before half-time. Hayes fought back though after the break as Harry Wise struck five minutes after half-time. The visitors took the lead through an unfortunate OG six minutes later. Ryan Gondoh restored parity just past the hour before Immanuelson Duku scored from the penalty spot on 68 minutes. 2-3. Johnville Renee grabbed a late equaliser to force a replay in midweek.

Margate   3 – 1   East Grinstead Town

Venue: Hartsdown Park        Attendance: 458

Margate prevailed in this one in front of a good down on the 3G at Hartsdown Park. Harry Stannard put the Gate ahead after 18 minutes, before Jordan Chiedozie doubled the lead seven minutes afterward. Chiedozie struck again eight minutes after the break to seal the win. Bostik South side East Grinstead pulled one back from the spot thanks to Marcus Elliot with six minutes left though the Bostik Premier side went through.

Metropolitan Police  3 –  2  Staines Town   

Venue: Imber Court

Met Police edged this all-Isthmian Premier encounter at Imber Court. Ryan James gave the Met the lead on the half-hour before Staines’ Max Worsfold levelled three minutes before half-time. A double-salvo from Charlie Collins (50’) and Tom Bird (54’) gave Jim Cooper’s side a cushion though the Swans still ensured a nervy ending through Elliot Buchanan’s consolation two minutes from time.

Phoenix Sports 2 –  0 Eastbourne Town

Venue: The Mayplace Ground          Attendance: 177

Phoenix secured their passage into the next round late-on at the Mayplace Ground. Goals from Jack Hopkins (82’) and Kweku Ansah (90’) were enough to win this one for the Isthmian South side.

Potters Bar Town  1 – 0  Bishop’s Stortford

Venue: Pakex Stadium        Attendance: 181

Isthmian North Potters Bar edged out Stortford to send the Evo-Stik Southern Premier side out of the competition. Eoin Casey got the only goal with 25 minutes remaining on a good day for Steve Ringrose’s side.

Ramsgate 3 – 3 Egham Town         

Venue: Southwood Stadium        Attendance: 204

Ramsgate came from behind three times to force a replay at Southwood. Egham led three minutes into the second half through Matthew Woods’ goal. Tom Chapman levelled for the hosts four minutes later before a penalty from Brendan Matthews on 58 minutes made it 1-2. Egham were sitting pretty as Louis Stead gave them a two-goal cushion with 13 minutes left. The Rams recovered though as late goals from Alfie Paxman (82’) and Luke Wheatley (90’) denied the visitors an impressive win.

Thamesmead Town 3 – 0 Lewes   

Venue: Princes Park        Attendance: 104

Thamesmead sent fellow Isthmian South side Lewes out with a good display at Princes Park. An early brace from Paul Vines (2’ & pen 17) put the Mead ahead and substitute Tashi-Jay Kwayie added a third with 13 minutes to play to seal a good day for Tommy Warrilow’s men.

Thurrock  1 – 1  Harlow Town         

Venue: Ship Lane    Attendance: 159

Harlow were denied the win late-on at Ship Lane. The Hawks led through Tommie Fagg’s opener just before the break. Thurrock did force a replay though as Lewwis Spence’s 25-yarder restored parity with just four minutes remaining.

Tilbury 0  –  1 Aylesbury Utd           

Venue: Chadfields       Attendance: 115

Aylesbury edged fellow Step 4 side Tilbury at Chadfields. Tyriq Hunte got the only goal ten minutes into the second half to seal the away-day win.

Tooting & Mitcham Utd  2 –  0   Merstham    

Venue: Imperial Fields       Attendance: 256

A goal in each half secured Tooting’s passage into the next round. Chace O’Neill’s opener three minutes before the break gave the Terrors a half-time lead. Substitute Jake Baxter struck with nine minutes left to send fellow Isthmian Premier side Merstham out of this year’s FA Cup.

Ware  2 – 1  Witham Town               

Venue: Wodson Park            Attendance: 101

Ware survived a second-half comeback from fellow Isthmian North side Witham to prevail at Wodson Park. First-half goals from Denzel Conteh (6’) and Yannick Kamanan (45’) gave the Blues the advantage. Elliott Ronto halved Town’s arrears with 16 minutes left though Kem Kemal’s side held on to progress to the next round.

Yaxley  0 – 1  Dereham Town       

Venue: Leading Drove          Attendance: 125

Dereham grabbed a narrow win at Leading Drove. Daniel Beaumont grabbed the only goal six minutes into the second half to seal the Isthmian North’s side place in the next round.

And..

Hadley 2 – 3 FC Romania    

Venue: Brickfield Lane   Attendance: 65

ESL side FC Romania sealed their place in their next round. Fellow Non-League writer Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980) was at the match and here is his report: http://www.realfootytalk.com/2017/09/02/hadley-2-fc-romania-3/

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Littlehampton Town  2  – 2  Chipstead      

Venue: St Flora’s Road       Attendance: 229

Bostik South side Chipstead held Littlehampton at St Flora’s Road. Jordan Martin put the visitors ahead on 27 minutes, before Lee Garnham levelled with three minutes to go until the break. After the break, Dan Kempson put Town ahead with 25 minutes remaining though Sam Bell grabbed an equalizer three minutes from time to take it back to High Road for a replay.

Romford 0 – 1  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Ship Lane          Attendance: 333

Hornchurch swept aside Romford at Ship Lane in front of a good crowd. Nathan Cooper scored the only goal with 19 minutes gone to seal the Urchins’ march to the next round. Romford can take some positives though they had goalkeeper Michael Gooch to thank for keeping them in the match.

Saturday 2nd September

Bostik League South

Hythe Town  5 – 1   Guernsey

Venue: Reachfields Stadium     Attendance: 192

Hythe powered their way to a big win at Reachfields. Kenny Pogue gave the Cannons the lead on 26 minutes. Charlie Webster struck to make it two seven minutes before the break, before Pogue got his brace five minutes into the second half. Thomas Dodds got what would be a consolation for the Green Lions 11 minutes from time. Late goals from Dean Grant (89’) and a Jamie Dodd OG (90’) sealed the points for Clive Cook’s side.

Sittingbourne 2  – 1  Whyteleafe    

Venue: Woodstock Park        Attendance: 122

Sittingbourne fought back to claim the points at Woodstock Park. Tommy Hutchings gave the Leafe the lead after eight minutes. After the break, the Brickies restored parity through Kane Rowland’s goal on the hour, before Tom Loynes got the winner on 71 minutes. As a result, Nick Davis’ side go second in the table.

Thank you for reading.