Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 19 Jan) [BLN 20.1.19]

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 Saturday 19th January. How did your side do?
Saturday 19th January 2019

AFC Sudbury  4 – 3  Tilbury     | King’s Marsh (3G) | Att: 230

The Suds had to really work to see off resurgent Tilbury at King’s Marsh. The Dockers took a shock lead after two minutes through talisman Lewis Smith. Joe Whight restored parity on 22 minutes for the home side though the visitors had the better of the first half as Smith completed his hat-trick with goals on 37 minutes and a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time. The home side roared back though with two goals in six minutes from Reece Harris on 69 minutes and Tom Dettmar five minutes afterward. Billy Holland completed a superb comeback with the winner with nine minutes left. Their 5th win in their last seven stay 6th, five points off Coggeshall in the last play-off spot. Tilbury’s five-match unbeaten stretch ended here as they dropped to tenth.

Barking  1 – 3  Canvey Island | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 84

Canvey maintained their recent unbeaten run with a good win at Mayesbrook Park. Mark Bentley’s team were two ahead by the half-hour, thanks to Adam Vyse’s opener [22′] and Frankie Merrifield’s effort seven minutes later. Martin Tuohy got in on the goal action midway through the second-half to seal the points for the Islanders. Tobi Joseph’s late goal was scant consolation for a Barking side who drop to 13th. Canvey rise to 8th spot.

Basildon Utd  2 – 1  Brentwood Town  | Gardiners Close  | Att: 128

The relief was palpable as the Bees finally got a home win after a long wait. Two goals in the first 20 minutes from ex-ESL pair Jeffrey Cobblah [9′] and Mattheus Santos [18′] put Neil Blackburn’s side ahead, before Tony Stokes halved the deficit eight minutes after the break. The Bees held off the challenge of the visitors to end their recent 12-match run without a win. Basildon rise above Town to 11th.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 2  Coggeshall Town  | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att:

Bowers edged a real top-five battle at the Len Salmon. Callum Leahy’s header put Rob Small’s side ahead on eight minutes. That slender lead persisted at the break. Six minutes into the second half, Nnamdi Nwachuku levelled the match for Cogg. Lewis Manor restored Bowers lead [65′] though Nwachuku pegged the hosts back with his second of the afternoon seven minutes later. Manor hit back though as he got the crucial goal & his brace on 77 minutes to give the hosts their 7th win in their last eight as they lead by six points at the top. Cogg drop to fifth after their third loss in five.

Bury Town  2 – 0  Felizstowe & Walton Utd | Ram Meadow  | Att: 425

A quick-fire double saw Bury Town to a solid success over Felixstowe. Ryley Scott gave the hosts the lead on 24 minutes, before Jake Chambers-Shaw doubled that lead a mere three minutes later. The visitors could find no answer though and succumbed to their 5th loss in their last eight games as they reside in 14th. Bury rise to 7th, six points off the play-offs.

Dereham Town  1  – 1  Aveley   | Aldiss Park | Att: 224

Aldiss Park saw Dereham hold high-flying Aveley. The Millers took the lead on 41 minutes through the prolific Andy Freeman four minutes before the break. Matthew Castellan levelled things on 72 minutes to end a three-match losing run to inch closer to the sides above them. Aveley’s recent run of one loss in seven sees them in 4th, though they do have two games in hand on the top three sides.

 

Grays Athletic  0 – 1  Witham Town  | Parkside (3G) | Att: 235

Witham narrowly won this one, thanks to a Kevin Coyle goal on 66 minutes to give Town their sixth win in their last seven matches to send Mark Ashford’s side seven points clear of the bottom two. Grays are in the middle of a blip at present with one win in their last six, they drop to 9th.

Great Wakering Rovers  2 – 1 Romford  | Burroughs Park  | Att: 126

I attended this match: here’s my report from a tense scrap at Burroughs Park: https://survivor16b.wordpress.com/2019/01/20/match-report-great-wakering-2-1-romford-sat-19-jan-bln-20-1-19/

Maldon & Tiptree  5 – 1  Mildenhall Town | Park Drive  | Att: 130

Maldon got a resounding win over lowly Mildenhall at Park Drive. Wayne Brown’s team were three goals ahead at half-time as Jerome Slew’s 21st-minute opener was added to by a brace by Kojo Awotwi [30′ & 42′]. Michael Brothers made it four on 73 minutes and although Jarid Robson’s goal for the visitors two minutes from time was a rare chink of hope in this game for the Hall, Slew struck again on the 90 to complete the win. The Jammers rise to 2nd spot after this win while the Hall remain third-bottom.

Soham Town Rangers  3 – 1  Heybridge Swifts  | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 142

Soham got arguably the ‘result of the day’ with a fine victory over Heybridge. Sam Mulready struck on 14 minutes though Swifts powered level nine minutes later thanks to Kreshnic Krasniqi. Callum Russell’s brace was the difference though on 54 & 63 minutes to give Robbie Mason’s side a third win in their last four and pull four points clear of the bottom two. Swifts’ eight-match unbeaten run ended here and drop to 3rd on goal difference.

That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.

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Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 5 Jan) [BLN 6.1.19]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first Bostik North round-up piece of the new year, on a day where there were no draws at all in the ten matches in the division.

Saturday 5th Jan

AFC Sudbury  0 – 2  Aveley  | King’s Marsh (3G) | Att: 255

Aveley continued their almost unblemished recent form with a good win at King’s Marsh. Tom Rochardson broke the stalemate on 33 minutes to put thevisitors ahead. That lead was doubled nine minutes into the second-half by influential forward Andy Freeman. The Millers picked up their seventh win in their last ten outings to go into 4th place, five points off the promotion spot. The Suds saw their four-match winning run end here though still sit in 6th place, five points adrift of the play-offs.

Barking  5 – 1  Basildon Utd  | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 72

The Blues added more misery to the Bees with this comprehensive win at mayesbrook Park. Justin Gardner’s side were three up by the half-hour as Kemo Darboe 5th-minute opener was added to by a brace by former Ware forward Ross Elsom [16′ & 26′]. Darelle Russell made it four, six minutes before the interval. Jeffrey Cobblah struck Basildon’s consolation [53′] though new boss Neil Blackburn’s re-building job isn’t going to be easy. Abs Seymour rounded out the scoring by getting the hosts’ fifth with six minutes remaining. Barking have won three of their last five matches which sees them reside in 12th spot. Basildon’s eighth loss in their last eleven matches sees them drop to 11th, a point clear of their opponents here.

 

Canvey Island  2 – 1  Mildenhall Town   | Park Lane  | Att: 208

Adam Vyse inspired Canvey to success over struggling Mildenhall. Town did take the lead in this one though through Abouhadje Kouassi [25′]. Vyse levelled matters from the penalty spot, seven minutes before the break. Vyse then got the winner with 16 minutes remaining to give the Islanders their third win in five matches, which sees them up to 9th spot. The Hall are winless in seven matches now, which sees the remain second-bottom, two points from safety.

 

Felixstowe & Walton Utd  3 – 0  Coggeshall Town  | Dellwood Ave  | Att: 560

Felixstowe upset Cogg to claim a much sought-after three points at Dellwood Avenue. All three goals came in a twenty-minute spell. First, Rhys Henry broke the deadlock right on the hour, and a brace from Josh Kerridge [73′ & 80′] sealed their first win in seven matches. They rise to 13th while Coggeshall drop to 5th, five points clear of nearest rivals Sudbury.

 

Grays Athletic  3 – 2  Bury Town   | Parkside (3G)  | Att: 192

Grays battled to victory in a match which saw most of the goal action after the innterval. Kieran Bishop added to his glowing reputation with the Ath fans with the opener just before half-time. Kyran Clements got an equaliser on 72 minutes though barely four minutes later, Bishop struck again to restore the home side’s lead. Aron Gordon made it 3 – 1 on 82 minutes and although Ryan Horne added a 90th-minute second for the visitors, it wasn’t enough to deny Ath a first win in five outings and go above their opponents here into 7th place.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  2 – 4  Maldon & Tiptree  | Burroughs Park  | Att: 103

Maldon came away with the points from this tussle at Burroughs Park. Wayne Brown’s side had the better of the first half as DeCarrey Sheriff’s spot-kick put them ahead on 16  minutes, before Sammie Mcleod’s brace [30′ & 32′] put the Jammers well ahead. Jake Gordon pulled one back for a stubborn Wakering side 12 minutes before the break. The first period ended with Sham Barnwell netting for the hosts and Sheriff grabbing his second for the visitors. The visitors held on without further incident to achieve their fourth win in their last six to stay third. Wakering’s 4th loss in their last seven sees them drop to 15th.

 

Heybridge Swifts  1 – 0  Bowers & Pitsea  | Scraley Road  | Att: 329

This battle of the top-two went the way of the hosts, with recent signing Charlie Kendall grabbing the only goal on 62 minutes. Bowers’ five match-winning run is over  while Swifts continue to impress under boss Julian Dicks as they are unbeaten in seven matches now.

 

Soham Town Rangers  4 – 0  Romford  | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 136

Soham won this ‘six-pointer’ with something to spare in the end to consign Boro to their sixth loss in their last seven. Soham were two goals up inside the first 20 minutes as Sam Mulready continued his fine scoring form with the opener on 11 minutes, before Callum Russell [18′] doubled the lead. Mulready put the game realistically beyond doubt with his second of the afternoon, ten minutes after the break. Michael Baulk added a late fourth to give his side a second straight victory to send them above their opponents into 17th, four points above the bottom two. Romford are two points behind Soham in 18th.

 

Tilbury  4 – 2  Dereham Town   | Chadfields  |  Att: 101

The Dockers continued their fine run with a good win over bottom side Dereham. The visitors took the lead through David Hinton’s goal on 21 minutes though that advantage only lasted six minutes before talisman Lewis Smith levelled the match. A brace from influential midfielder Thomas Barton [56′ & 64′] turned the course of the game. Smith got his second of the day with 11 minutes to play. Joe Gatting grabbed a second for Town on the stroke of the 90 though the visitors winless run extends to nine matches. By contrast, Marc Harrison’s team has only tasted defeat once in eight matches and go up to tenth spot.

 

Witham Town  2 – 1  Brentwood Town  | Spa Road  | Att: 117

Witham extended their winning run to five matches with a hard-fought win over Brentwood at Spa Road. Ernest Okoh gave the visitors the lead on 24 minutes though Town restored parity ten minutes afterward through Toby Aromolaran and then led on the stroke of half-time thanks to Luke Mallett’s penalty.  Witham sit 16th, seven points clear of the drop zone while Town slip to 14th because of results elsewhere.

 

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 29 Dec) [BLN 31.12.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up of Bostik Division North action from the festive schedule on Saturday 29th Dec. Thanks for reading.
Saturday 18th November

Bostik Division North

Bowers & Pitsea  4 – 1  Great Wakering Rovers    |  Venue: Len Salmon Stadum (3G) | Att: 200

Bowers crowned off a super 2018 with a fine win over Rovers at the Len Salmon. David Knight [19’] and Martyn Stokes [28’] goals put them in a good position after GWR spurned a good chance to lead themselves. Ben Sartain made it three for the hosts three minutes before half-time. Brad Warner popped up to grab a fourth with 20 minutes remaining and although ex-Basildon forward Brian Moses got a consolation for his new side with 11 minutes left, Bowers roared to their fifth straight league win and extend their lead at the summit to seven points. Wakering’s third loss in their last six sees them in 14th though to fair to them, they have adapted well to the rigours of Bostik North and are building their side well.

Brentwood Town  2 – 2  Tilbury | Venue: Brentwood Arena    |   Att: 233

These two Essex rivals produced a cracker of a tie at Brentwood Arena. The Dockers got their noses ahead five minutes before half-time thanks to Oliver Spoone’s strike. Mitchell Gilbey doubled that lead on 62 minutes and the visitors may have thought the points were theirs. Not so as a roaring comeback from the Blues ensured they took a point. Substitute Harry Doyle’s thunder-bolt halved the deficit with three minutes left before skipper Quba Gordon struck on the cusp of the 90 to complete another come-back this term and crucially, without the prolific Charlee Hughes. Town have lost only one of their last six now and sit 10th. Tilbury are 11th after one loss in their last eight games.

Dereham  Town  0 – 1   Soham Town Rangers  | Venue: Aldiss Park | Att: 185

Soham compounded Dereham’s poor end to the calendar year with a narrow win at Aldiss Park. Callum Russell’s goal was the difference-maker a minute into the second-half to give Rangers their fourth win in their last eight matches, which sees them up to 17th and two points clear of danger. Dereham are winless in eight matches now and also have the worst defensive record in the division as they drop to the foot of the table.

Maldon & Tiptree  0 – 1  Witham Town |  Venue: Park Drive   |   Att: 244

Witham’s upturn in form continued with a fine battling win at Maldon & Tiptree. Sam Ashford got the only goal a minute before the break. Town had to see out the match with ten man as substitute Jack Kemsley was dismissed soon after coming on though Mark Ashford’s side notched their fourth straight victory to rise to 16th, five points clear of the bottom two. Maldon’s nine-match unbeaten run was ended here as they lost more ground to leaders Bowers & Pitsea.

Mildenhall Town  3 – 3  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Venue: Recreation Way       |  Att: 223

These two bottom-half sides had a right ding-dong battle at Recreation Way. The visitors took the lead through Miles Powell after six minutes. That lead only lasted mere minutes before Thomas Debenham [9’] levelled for the out-of-form Hall. Abouhadje Kouassi put the hosts ahead for the first time five minutes before the interval though Rhys Barber netted right on half-time to ensure two interesting team-talks at the break. The home side struck first after the interval as Jarid Robson struck on 49 minutes. Joseph Bloomfield struck for Felixstowe [66’] to eventually ensure that the points were shared though both sides are now winless in their last six matches.

Round-up: Bostik League North (Sat 15 Dec) [BLN 16.12.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round-up  of action this weekend that took place in the Bostik League Division North as every match did take place on the rain-drenched Saturday 15th of December.

Saturday 15th December

AFC Sudbury  8 – 2  Dereham Town  | Venue: King’s Marsh (3G)  | Att: 194

The Suds absolutely vanquished sorry Dereham with this massive win at King’s Marsh. The hosts led thanks to a brace from Paul Hayes [22’ & 40’] and a third from Callum Harrison, three minutes before the break put the hosts in command. The onslaught continued soon after the restart as Reece Harris smashed a hat-trick inside nine minutes [53’, 58’ & 61’] to erase any doubt as to where the points were heading. Joe Gatting did give the travelling support ‘something to shout about’ with a 67th-minute goal though Tom Monk made it 7 – 1 on 86 minutes. Gatting got his second two minutes later for the visitors before Mekhi McKenzie completed the rout on the cusp of full-time.

Sudbury claimed their fourth win in their last eight games and soit 9th spot while Dereham fall to the foot of the table following a run of six matches without a win.

Bowers & Pitsea  3 – 1  Soham Town Rangers   | Venue: Len Salmon Stadium  (3G)  |    At: 86

Bowers had super-sub David Knight to thank for this victory at the Len Salmon. Soham have shown sprinkles of revival of late and did take the lead on 25 minutes here through Sam Mulready’s spot-kick. Crucially though, that lead didn’t quite last until half-time as Lewis Manor levelled for Rob Small’s side just before the break. This ended up giving the hosts some impetus after the break as Knight got a brace [63’ & 90’] to secure Bowers’ their third straight win  which takes them back to the summit of Bostik North. Soham’s third loss in their last five sees them fall to second-bottom.

Bury Town  2 – 1  Barking    | Venue:  Ram Meadow   |  Att: 240

Town overcame the Blues thanks to two goals from key man Ollie Hughes. He got the opener on 25 minutes though Darelle Russell eliminated that lead eleven minutes afterward. The hosts re-took the lead right before the interval as Hughes grabbed his second of the afternoon and with no further goals in the second period; Town’s four-match winless run is over as they sit in 8th spot. Barking reside in 14th place.

Canvey Island  0 – 1  Witham Town   | Venue: Park Lane  | Att: 121

Witham continued their recent upturn in form with a terrific win at Canvey. Johnny Ashman got the only goal on 62 minutes to give Mark Ashford’s men their third straight win to catapult them out of the bottom two, into 16th. Canvey’s inconsistent form reared its head again with their 5th loss in their last eight matches here which saw them drop to 11th.

Coggeshall Town  3 – 0  Great Wakering Rovers  | Venue: West Street | Att: 64

Coggeshall continued their good home form with a strong performance at West Street. Sam Bantick put the hosts ahead after 29 minutes before Connor Hubble doubled that lead on 62 minutes. Rovers had Brian Moses and Jake Gordon among their front line though Cogg sealed the win thanks to Ross Wall’s goal ten minutes from time. The hosts have only tasted defeat once n their last eight and rise to 3rd spot, just three points off leaders Bowers. Wakering are winless in their last four now and fall to 15th.

 

Grays Athletic  2 – 2  Basildon Utd  | Venue: Parkside (3G)  |  Att: 204

These two playing-off chasing sides couldn’t be separated at Parkside. The Bees took the initiative three minutes before the interval as Luke Stanley struck. Ryan Reed inadvertently levelled for the hosts by putting through his own net on 63 minutes though Callum Taylor struck from 12 yards with nine minutes and caretaker boss Lee Connor may have thought they may have earned the three points. It wasn’t to be though as Aron Gordon got Ath another draw with his strike four minutes later. Grays stay 6th despite not winning in their last three games while Bas remain two points behind in 7th and today have appointed Laindon Orient boss Neil Blackburn as their new manager until the end of the season.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 1  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Venue: Park Drive | Att: 122

Maldon produced a stirring comeback to claim all three points at Park Drive. Miles Powell put the Seasiders ahead on 61 minutes though two goals in two minutes swayed the direction of the points as a spot-kick by DeCarrey Sheriff on 74 minutes plus Eddie Dsane’s winner a mere minute later sealed the match’s fate. Utd have lost three on-the-bounce now and drop to 13th while the Jammers rise to 2nd spot, just two points off leaders Bowers after 7 wins in their last eight matches.

 

 

Mildenhall Town  0 – 6  Brentwood Town |   Venue: Recreation Way  |  Att: 110

Brentwood pummeled the Hall to add to their hosts’ misery at Recreation Way. Charlee Hughes continued his fantastic recent scoring run with a hat-trick, firstly to put the hosts ahead on 29 minutes and then added two more in the latter stages [72’ & 76’]. Tony Stokes also grabbed a pair of strikes, one from the spot on the hour and late on [82’]. Goalkeeper Rob Budd also scored with 11 minutes remaining to complete a stellar day for Craig Shipman’s improving side – their third win in their last four, which helps them rise to tenth. Mildenhall have only had one success in their last eight now and are a point clear of the bottom two in 17th.

 

Romford  1 – 5  Heybridge Swifts   |   Venue: Rookery Hill   |  Att: 118

Heybridge continued their fine form with a big win at beleaguered Romford. The dependable Matt Price stroked home a penalty on 21 minutes to give Swifts the lead. Debutant Reece Hewitt levelled for Boro four minutes before the break though full-back Guillem Ramon struck right on half-time to give the visitors the lead once again. Price got his second [62’] before the visitors made the points safe thanks to strikes by Jack Adlington [76’] and Elliot Ronto three minutes later. The winless stretch extends for Paul Martin’s side, and having lost eight of their last nine outings, they fall to 18th. Swifts have opened up a six-point gap from the play-off chasing pack, thanks to their fourth win on-the-spin.

 

Tilbury   3 – 0  Aveley   |   Venue: Chadfields |  Att: 159

The Dockers sent ten-man Aveley to a rare defeat at Chadfields. Oliver Spooner gave Marc Harrison’s side the lead on the half-hour mark before Aveley saw Dan Humphreys dismissed. The hosts took advantage as Lewis Smith [75’] and George Sykes late on sealed the points to take them up to 12th. Aveley drop to 4th on goal difference after their 13-match unbeaten streak ended here.

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 1st Dec) [BLN 2.12.18]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up’s of Bostik League North action, on the first week of December 2018. How did your side fare?

 

Saturday 1st December

Bostik Division North 

 

Barking   0 – 1   Bowers & Pitsea   | Mayesbrook Park  (2pm KO) | Att: 54

Bowers got their fourth win in their last six league matches as ex-Blues winger Quentin Monville continued his superb season by getting the only goal with 21 minutes remaining. Justin Gardner’s men continue their intermittent form and drop to 15th spot while Bowers remain 2nd, two points behind leaders Aveley.

 

Basildon Utd   0 – 1   Coggeshall Town   | Gardiners Close | Att: 78

The Bees were on the wrong end of another tight result as high-flying Cogg got the points at Gardiners Close. Correy Davidson struck on 32 minutes to give the visitors their 5th win in their last six, to keep hold of third spot in the standings. Basildon are in 7th place.

 

Brentwood Town   3 – 1   Felixstowe & Walton Utd   |  Brentwood Arena | Att: 136

Town produced a stirring fight-back to overwhelm Felixstowe in a match where all the goals came in the last 25 minutes. The visitors opened the scoring on 68 minutes through the prolific Jack Ainsley though Charlee Hughes levelled for Craig Shipman’s team eight minutes later. The hosts finished the stronger and took the points thanks to strikes by Albert Levett [82’] & Ryan Mallett [87’] which takes them up to 14th place. Utd remain 9th after only their second defeat in five matches.

 

Bury Town  3 – 3  Dereham Town    |  Ram Meadow  | Att: 329

This see-saw encounter saw the hosts scramble a last-moment leveller. Cema Ramadan put Bury ahead though Dereham returned the favour from the penalty spot, as Karol Wengrzik [62’] converted from 12 yards. Ollie Ebbage put the visitors ahead on 71 minutes though only a minute after that, Jake Kerins fired the home side level. Then came the late drama as deep into added-time, Joe Gatting would have been forgiven for thinking he’d scored the winner. Not to be though as Ramadan snared another equaliser for Bury to ensure the points were shared. Bury stay 8th while Dereham drop into the bottom two on goal difference.

 

Canvey Island   0 – 1   Soham Town Rangers  | Park Lane  | Att: 133

Soham continued their recent resurgence with a huge victory at Canvey. Ryan Auger struck the solitary goal after ten minutes to see Soham out of the drop zone after their third win in their last four matches. Canvey’s fourth defeat in their last six league outings keeps them in 11th spot.

 

Grays Athletic  0 – 1   Heybridge Swifts  | Parkside (3G) (2pm KO)  | Att: 133

A moment to forget for home defender Stanley Muguo ended up being the difference for Grays in another tight battle this weekend. Heybridge’s moment of fortune came on 26 minutes when Muguo unwittingly put past his own keeper Lloyd Anderson. Swifts kept up their recent good run with one loss in their last six now and go above Grays into 5th. Ath are a point behind in 6th.

 

Great Wakering Rovers  2 – 3    Tilbury  | Burroughs Park  | Att: 111

Wakering fought hard but ultimately fell to defeat as the Dockers got their third straight victory. Lewis Smith put Marc Harrison’s side ahead on 33 minutes though shortly after coming off the bench, a quick-fire brace for Jake Gordon [55’ & 61’] saw Garry Kimble’s side ahead. Mitchell Gilbey’s strike saw that lead vanquished though only four minutes later and George Sykes got the decisive strike with six minutes remaining. Wakering sit 12th, ahead of their opponents by goal difference only, Tilbury are 13th.

 

Maldon & Tiptree  4 – 1   Romford   | Park Drive  | Att: 110

The Jammers enhanced their unbeaten run with this big win over Boro at Park Drive. Eddie-Louis D’Sane had a big part to play in that with his hat-trick [12’, 27’ & 90’] with Matthew Briggs snaring the other goal just shy of the hour. George Forrest pulled one back for Romford on 66 minutes though the long wait for a win goes on for Paul Martin’s side. Maldon keep 4th place while Romford slide to 16th.

 

Mildenhall Town   1 – 2  Aveley  | Recreation Way | Att: 139

The Millers achieved their sixth win on-the-spin with this battling performance at Recreation Way. Andy Freeman put them ahead nine minutes in. Things didn’t go all their own way as former Aveley defender Hussein Jaffa restored parity for his current side, three minutes before the break. Alex Akrofi got the winner mid-way through the second half to keep the visitors at the top of the standings. The Hall reside in 17th, only outside the drop zone by virtue of goal difference.

 

Witham Town   2 – 0   AFC Sudbury  |  Spa Road  | Att: 108

Witham finally ended a long drought with this triumph over Sudbury at Spa Road. John Watson’s double [17’ & 73’] made sure of only their second win of the campaign which tightens up the bottom five (Town are five points off Romford in 16th) while the Suds remain in 10th spot.

 

Match Report: Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 1 Witham Town (Sat 20th Oct) [BLN 21.10.18]

Bostik League Division North

Venue: Burroughs Park

Attendance: 104

2018-19 Season – Match 25

Saturday 20th October 2018  – 3pm KO

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

Witham Town: Yellow Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Wakering put in strong display to outmatch Witham

 


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

On a sunny autumnal day at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering welcomed Essex rivals Witham in what was for me a rare Bostik League Division North match this season. I’d last seen Rovers in their Errington Challenge Cup Final win in May and since then they’ve had a bit of a squad turnover, as well as a new gaffer in Garry Kimble. Here, they went with the front three of Billy Johnson, Marcus Bowers and Stephen Butterworth with ex-Redbridge defender John Mbamarah skippering the side.

Witham are now managed by ex-Stansted boss Mark Ashford as they seek to avert flirting with danger at the bottom end of the division this season. They fielded Luca Collins in goal, with the physical L’heureux Menga and young forward Alfie Cerulli in attack, plus ex-ESL players Sam Ashford and Johnny Ashman on the flanks.

The match didn’t take long to settle as only four minutes in, a long-throw from home forward Marcus Bowers caused chaos in the Witham back-line and a inital fine strike cannoned off the underside of the bar, fellow forward Billy Johnson reacted quickest to nod his side ahead. The hosts had the better of the forward play and with it, the chances though winger Jake Gordon and captain John Mbamarah had efforts that went wide of the ‘onion bag’. Witham goalkeeper Luca Collins was in fine form throughout, denying Mbamarah’s fine header with an equally good save on 17 minutes.

Witham had few chances in the half though skipper Danny Norton nearly took advantage of a slip-up by home custodian Coey Turipa though the ‘keeper recovered by parrying Norton’s lob wide for a corner. Wakering did go into the break with a two-goal cushion as the impressive Bowers struck a low drive past Collins from a narrow angle seven minutes before half-time.

 

Half-Time: Great Wakering  2 – 0  Witham Town

In the second half, it was a fair bit more even-stevens though on 52 minutes, from Johnson’s corner, forward Stephen Butterworth’s fierce drive smashed off the crossbar. Town did look a threat on occasion with wingers Johnny Ashman and Sam Ashford arguably having the biggest influence with their pace, crossing and touch. Rovers spurned chances to wrap the match up though substitute Billy Harris shot wide with his first touch, while winger  Jake Gordon also saw his strike on-the-volley sail over when one-on-one with Collins.

In the latter stages, the visitors did keep going and substitute Sam Owusu’s effort fizzed wide after good play by full-back Luke Mallett. Fellow substitute Elias Siligato’s shot also pinged off the woodwork though Sam Ashford’s late penalty did give them something to go away with though they will be cursing their inability to create chances in the first half here.

Wakering forwards Marcus Bowers and Billy Johnson and centre-back John Mbamarah stood out for me today while Witham defender Jack Kemsley along with Ashman and goalkeeper Collins did well for Mark Ashford’s side.

Full-Time: Great Wakering  2 – 1   Witham

 

Great Wakering Rovers  | Manager: Garry Kimble

Coey Turipa (GK), Jason Ring, Tom Skelton, Simon Glover, John Mbamarah (Capt), Brandy Makhendi (Billy Harris 72′), Jake Gordon, George Cox (Aaron Russell 84′), Marcus Bowers, Stephen Butterworth (Adam Vyse 81′), Billy Johnson

Goal-scorers: Billy Johnson [4′], Marcus Bowers [38′]

Booked: Cox    | Subs Not Used: Folkes

 

Witham Town      | Manager: Mark Ashford

Luca Collins (GK), Luke Mallett, Liam Whipps, Danny Norton (Capt), Patrick Ahern, Jack Kemsley, Johnny Ashman (Sam Owusu 65′), Michael Osei-Saahene (Elias Siligato 65′), L’heureux Menga, Alfie Cerulli (Antoni Paredes-Garcia 79′), Sam Ashford

Goal-scorers: Sam Ashford [pen 90’+4]

Booked: Menga   |  Subs Not Used: Isherwood, Fisher

Round-up: Bostik Division North (Sat 18th Aug) [BLN 18.8.18]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This weekend saw the second weekend of action of the new campaign.

Audio round-up of all Bostik League Divisions & more here: https://m.mixcloud.com/EastLondonRadio/gfs-extra-results-podcast-saturday-18th-august-2018/

Saturday 18th August

 

AFC Sudbury  0 – 1   Heybridge Swifts    |  King’s Marsh   (3G) | Att: 285

This one was settled very late on at King’s Marsh. Sam Bantick’s 94th-minute spot-kick narrowly edged Swifts to the victory. It goes down on the scoresheet as their first defeat of the new season.

 

Barking    2 – 3  Witham Town   | Mayesbrook Park  | Att: 72

This topsy-turvy encounter was also settled in the dying embers of the match. Things started well for the Blues as new signing Daniel Cheema opened the scoring just two minutes in, before young forward Henry Fisher levelled the match on 28 minutes. The goals kept coming as Rashid Kamara [58′] struck for the hosts though again the spirited visitors restored parity through Andrew Tirivanhu on 61 minutes. More drama was to come though as ex-Clapton & Bowers & Pitsea player Johnny Ashman grabbed the winner on the 90 minute mark to give Town their first win of the season.

 

Basildon Utd   2 – 1   Mildenhall Town   | Gardiners Close  | Att: 159

The Bees made the most of their first Isthmian League match in over 25 years with victory over the Hall at Gardiners Close. Giant forward Brian Moses opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half, though the hosts were pegged back by Thomas Debenham’s effort [64′]. Game on. Though enter centre-stage the Essex Senior League’s top scorer from 2017/18 – Marcus Bowers who got the winner with 11 minutes remaining. Basildon held on to give Marc Harrison his first win in the new division.

 

Bury Town   1 – 1   Romford                   |  Aldiss Park   | Att: 296

The hosts recovered late on to deny Romford a second straight win. Paul Martin’s side took the lead right on half-time through recent signing Roddy Lemba. Town rescued a point six minutes from the end thanks to Tanner Call’s strike.

 

Dereham Town    4 – 2   Coggeshall Town    | Ram Meadow  | Att: 308

Dereham produced an excellent response to a humbling defeat last weekend at Aveley to defeat newcomers Coggeshall at Ram Meadow. Nnamdi Nwachuku gave the visitors a surprise lead nine minutes into the match though only two minutes later, Ashley Jarvis levelled things up for the hosts. Centre-back Luke Wilson restored Coggeshall’s advantage on 23 minutes and it stayed that way at the break.

Two rapid goals from Dion Frary [62′] and Danny Beaumont [67′] gave Dereham the lead before Beaumont’s late second goal confirmed the win for Neal Simmons’ men.

 

Grays Athletic    1 – 1    Canvey Island       | Parkside (3G)  | Att: 221

Ath were held by the Islanders at Parkside. Mitch Hahn’s 36th-minute opener gave Grays the impetus at the break though Frankie Merrifield’s strike seven minutes into the second half helped Danny Heale’s side to claim a draw as both sides remain unbeaten.

 

Great Wakering Rovers   2 – 0  Felixstowe & Walton Utd  | Burroughs Park | Att: 108

Last season’s Essex Senior League champions Great Wakering defeated last term’s Eastern Counties League champs Felixstowe at Burroughs Park. Goals from Steven Butterworth [11′] and Billy Johnson [22′] saw GWR to the victory.

 

Maldon & Tiptree    1 – 0    Brentwood Town    | Park Drive    | Att: 120

The Jammers narrowly edged the Blues at Park Drive thanks to Sammie McLeod’s 90th-minute winner to obtain their first victory of the season. Brentwood’s first match of the new campaign ended in frustrating defeat for manager Craig Shipman.

 

Soham Town Rangers   2 – 2    Tilbury     | Julius Martin Lane  | Att: 156

Tilbury were denied by a last-gasp salvo by nine-man Soham at Julius Martin Lane. Adam Vyse put the Dockers ahead right on half-time and Lewis Smith doubled the lead two minutes into the re-start. After Lewis Endacott and Jon Kaye had both been dismissed for the hosts, Sam Mulready first put away a spot-kick on the 90 minute marker before Mulready struck an injury-time leveller completed an improbable comeback for the hosts.

That’s all for this week. Cheers for reading.