Bostik League Division North (& Sth) Round-up (M5 – 9 & 10.9.17)

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 9th September, followed by a run-down of the results in Bostik League Division South this weekend.

Saturday 9th September

Aveley  0 – 1  Heybridge Swifts     

Venue: Parkside      Attendance: 248

Heybridge grabbed another three points at Parkside. Luke Callander got the only goal 11 minutes before the break to maintain Swifts’ 100% record (5 wins from 5), one of only two sides to achieve this.

Barking   3 – 1  Grays Athletic  

Venue: Mayesbrook Park         Attendance: 88

Grays came unstuck at Mayesbrook Park as Barking got their first league win of the season. An Suley Zuhdu strike, though credited as an OG  put Grays ahead after only five minutes. Jay Knight levelled things for Barking on 18 minutes, before Theo Ola put Justin Gardner’s side ahead five minutes later. Dan Gilchrist sealed three precious points for the hosts 11 minutes into the second half.

Bowers & Pitsea  1 – 1  Hertford Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium   Attendance: 94

Things ended honours-even at the Len Salmon Stadium. Lewis Manor gave Bowers the lead on 18 minutes, before Tommy Wade restored parity on the half-hour. Both sides currently reside in mid-table.

Brentwood Town  1 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: The Brentwood Arena        Attendance: 143

Nine-man Witham held out to get the win at the Brentwood Arena. Witham were reduced to ten men five minutes before the break as Alex Anderson was dismissed. Ex-Ilford loanee Liam Whipps put the visitors ahead 12 minutes into the second half. Substitute Izzy Bademosi levelled for the Blues ten minutes later. Witham took the lead again with ten minutes left through Damien Green’s goal. Witham had to play the last eight minutes with nine men as Whipps was dismissed for two bookings. Adam Flint’s side held on though to record their second win of the season.

Bury Town  6 – 1  Tilbury

Venue: Ram Meadow       Attendance: 260

Town thumped Tilbury in front of a good crowd at Ram Meadow. Darren Mills put the hosts ahead with 19 minutes on the clock, before Leon Ottley-Gooch doubled the lead just two minutes later. Ollie Hughes made it three after 27 minutes. The Dockers pulled one back through Toby Aromolaran’s strike four minutes before the interval. On the stroke of half-time, Cemal Ramadan made it 4-1. Ramadan completed his hat-trick after the break (48’ & 73’). The afternoon was summed up for the visitors as ‘keeper Charlie Bogard was dismissed with twenty minutes to go. This handsome win for Ben Chenery’s men is their second win of the season.

Cheshunt  3 – 2  AFC Sudbury

Venue: Theobalds Lane                Attendance: 163

Another star turn by hot-shot Jason Hallett swung this one at Theobalds Lane. Adam Mills put Sudbury ahead on 14 minutes. Hallett got his first of the afternoon just two minutes later, before completing his hat-trick with a quick-fire double just before the break (41’ & 43’). A spot-kick from Sam Clarke did ensure a nervy end though Steve Newing’s side held on for their first success of the season.

Dereham Town  1 – 2  Ware

Venue: Aldiss Park                Attendance: 146

Ware struck at the death to claim all three points at Aldiss Park. Eliot Charles put the visitors ahead four minutes before the break. Steve Taylor levelled 16 minutes into the second half. Though, Ware hot-shot Yannick Kamanan pounced in the 90th minute to grab his side their third win of the new season.

Maldon & Tiptree  4 – 1  Norwich Utd

Venue: Park Drive                Attendance: 63

Maldn comfortably defeated out-of-form Utd at Park Drive. After only three minutes, Ryan Clampin put the hosts ahead. Johnville Renee doubled the lead on 26 minutes. The Planters got what turned out to be a consolation seven minutes into the second half through Nathan Stewart’s goal. A second-half brace from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (56’ & 76’) sealed the Jammers’ second win of the campaign.

Mildenhall Town  1 – 2  Haringey Borough

Venue: Recreation Way     Attendance: 151

Haringey struck late to claim all the points at Recreation Way. After a first-half stalemate, Matthew Green put the Hall ahead on 65 minutes. Substitute Anthony McDonald levelled six minutes later before Borough got the winner thanks to Chris Benjamin with seven minutes remaining.

Potters Bar Town  1 – 2  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Pakex Stadium            Attendance: 110

Hornchurch edged this one to retain their 100% start to the league campaign. Theo Fairweather-Johnson gave the Urchins the lead on eight minutes, though Eoin Casey restored parity for the Scholars a minute before the break. Leon McKenzie struck six minutes after the re-start. The hosts were reduced to ten men with moments remaining as Billy Lobjoit saw red. The visitors held on to give Jimmy McFarlane’s side another success and stay top of the table on goals scored. In fairness, this was Potters Bar’s first loss of the campaign.

Romford  0 – 1   Soham Town Rangers  

Venue: Ship Lane     Attendance: 77

An early goal from Matt Allan (3’) was enough to claim all three points for Soham at Ship Lane. This is Soham’s second win of the new season.

Waltham Abbey  1 – 2   Canvey Island

Venue: Capershotts              Attendance: 110

Canvey fought back late-on to grab all three points at Capershotts. Hot-shot Christian Assombalonga struck to give Abbey the lead with 23 minutes left. Frankie Merrifield levelled with a minute of normal time left, before on-loan Charlie Cole got the winner four minutes into injury-time to give Canvey their second win of the campaign.

Bostik League Division South results

Saturday 9th September

Ashford Utd  0 – 1   Molesey        Venue: Homelands |  Att: 196

Carshalton Athletic  2 – 1  Faversham Town  Venue: Colston Avenue | Att: 266

Cray Wanderers 0 – 0  Chipstead        Venue: Hayes Lane  | Att: 128

East Grinstead Town  2 – 2  Greenwich Borough      Venue: College Lane | Att:

Herne Bay 4 – 0  VCD Athletic         Venue: Winch’s Field    | Att: 243

Lewes 1 – 0  Hythe Town        Venue: The Dripping Pan     | Att: 400

Phoenix Sports 3 – 0  Hastings Utd     Venue: The Mayplace Ground  | Att: 120

Ramsgate 1 – 3  South Park        Venue: Southwood Stadium | Att: 218

Walton Casuals 1 – 1 Horsham     Venue: Elmbridge Sports Hub | Att: 296

Whyteleafe 2 – 0   Shoreham                Venue: Church Road   | Att: 146

 

Sunday 10th September Results

Guernsey 0 – 1  Corinthian Casuals    Venue: Footes Lane  | Att: 614

Thamesmead Town  2 – 2  Horsham       Venue: Princes Park | Att: 134

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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/

Bostik League Division North Round-up (Matchday 3)

Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome another round-up of the action in the Bostik League Division North here on my blog. There’s a quick turnaround with most teams playing twice in three days over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Below the Division North round-up, there’s also a mention of the results from today’s matches in Bostik Division South. Enjoy.

Friday 25th August result

Aveley 2 – 1 Witham Town

Venue: Parkside    Attendance: 292

Aveley struck late on to deny Town and pick up a ‘smash & grab’ victory at Parkside. Elliot Ronto put the visitors ahead with 12 minutes remaining. Aveley levelled five minutes into injury-time though substitute Jack West before Aveley completed the turnaround two minutes later with fellow substitute Jordan Weston grabbing all three points after West’s flick on.

 

Saturday 26th August results

Barking 0 – 1 Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Mayesbrook Park     Attendance: 72

Heybridge picked up a narrow win at Mayesbrook Park. Juan Luque got the only goal with 18 minutes remaining to keep up their 100% record in the division so far this season.

Bowers & Pitsea 1 – 2  Haringey Borough

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    Attendance: 102

Haringey picked up their second successive win at the Len Salmon Stadium after their FA Cup triumph last weekend. Micheal O’Donoghue gave Borough the lead ten minutes before the break. Borough substitute Michael Ademayui extended the lead for the visitors with six minutes left. Bowers grabbed a consolation through substitute and new signing Gavin Cockman four minutes from time though the visitors held on for their second win of the season.

Brentwood Town  5 – 2  Norwich Utd

Venue: The Brentwood Arena    Attendance: 120

Brentwood produced a five-star performance at the Brentwood Arena. The Blues took the lead on 19 minutes through Matt Price’s spot-kick. Harrison Georgiou doubled that lead seven minutes later, before Andy Freeman made it 3-0 on 37 minutes. The Planters pulled one back through Lawrence Cheese three minutes before the interval. The visitors reduced their arrears to one on 58 minutes thanks to Ben Jones’s goal. Brentwood rallied late on after some nerves as Price converted a second penalty and struck at the death to complete his hat-trick.

Bury Town  1 – 4  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Ram Meadow   Attendance: 301

Hornchurch continued their unbeaten start to the season with a big win at Ram Meadow. Tobi Joseph put Hornchurch ahead after 13 minutes, before a Sam Mott OG levelled things for Town. After the break though, Hornchurch rallied to pick up the win as Brad Warner put the Urchins back ahead nine minutes after the restart. Joseph grabbed his second with 19 minutes left and substitute Theo Fairweather-Johnson made it four eight minutes from time.

Cheshunt  3 – 3   Canvey Island

Venue: Theobalds Lane    Attendance: 180

Canvey recovered to claim a point in a entertaining draw at Theobalds Lane. George Sykes gave the visitors the lead after just three minutes, before Jason Hallett levelled for the Ambers ten minutes after the break. Cheshunt then took the lead through Daniel Cheema on the hour before Mark Summers made it 3-1 with twenty minutes to go. The Islanders fought back in the last ten minutes as goals from substitute James Walker and Ashley Dumas sealed a point for Danny Heale’s men.

Dereham Town  2- 0  AFC Sudbury

Venue: Aldiss Park     Attendance: 210

Dereham continued their impressive start to the season with this win at Aldiss Park. Ashley Jarvis gave the Magpies the lead seven minutes into the second half. Sudbury were reduced to ten men with 16 minutes left as Julian Smith was dismissed. Daniel Beaumont’s penalty just a minute later sealed the win for a Dereham side yet to concede a goal in three matches.

Maldon & Tiptree  2 – 3  Hertford Town

Venue: Park Drive      Attendance: 87

Hertford upset Maldon at the death to claim a big win at Park Drive. Daniel Bond gave Hertford the lead twenty minutes in, before Ryan Clampin levelled for the Jammers on the stroke of half-time. Michael Toner put Hertford back ahead with 13 minutes left. Maldon thought they’d grabbed a point as Ryan Gondoh levelled with minute to play. Though in injury-time, Maldon’s Nicholas Akoto was sent off for two bookable offences. Seconds later, Jason Beck’s goal pinched the win for the Bostik North newcomers, their first of the campaign.

Mildenhall Town 1 – 0 Ware

Venue: Recreation Way    Attendance: 177

Mildenhall picked a narrow win over ten-man Ware at Recreation Way. Ware had to play 59 minutes with ten men as Ahmed Abdullah was dismissed just after the half-hour. Two minutes after the break, Shaun Avis broke the deadlock with the only goal of the game to grab an important three points for the Hall.

Potters Bar Town  3 – 1  Soham Town Rangers

Venue:  Pakex Stadium   Attendance: 126

Potters Bar continued their excellent start to the season with a good win over Soham at the Pakex Stadium. The Scholars took the lead after 12 minutes through William Wambeek. Soham were reduced to ten men on 24 minutes as Harry Norman saw red. Soham did level five minutes later from a James Tricks penalty, though Micheal Murray restored Potters Bar’s lead with two minutes of the first half left. Six minutes after the restart, Murray grabbed his second to make the points safe for Steve Ringrose’s side.

Romford  4 – 1 Tilbury

Venue: Ship Lane   Attendance: 82

Romford powered to a good win over Tilbury at Ship Lane. Jonathon Nzenga gave the hosts the lead on the quarter-hour. Luke Hornsley levelled for the Dockers a minute before half-time. Romford pushed on after the break, as Ben Clarke restored their lead ten minutes after the interval. Nzenga grabbed his second twenty minutes from the end and Chris Taylor made it four with six minutes remaining.

Waltham Abbey  2 – 1  Grays Athletic

Venue: Capershotts     Attendance: 114

Abbey came from behind to grab the win at Capershotts. Kieran Bishop gave Grays the lead after 25 minutes. Abbey levelled though through a Christian Assombalonga penalty eight minutes after the break before Darelle Russell grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

 

Bostik League Division South results

Saturday 26th August

Ashford Utd 2 – 5 VCD Athletic        Venue: Homelands           Att: 264

Carshalton Athletic  4  – 1  Shoreham     Venue: Colston Avenue      Att: 195

Cray Wanderers  4 – 0  Molesey         Venue: Hayes Lane             Att: 72

East Grinstead Town 0 – 5   Corinthian Casuals     Venue: College Lane  Att: 120

Guernsey 1 – 2 Greenwich Borough    Venue: Footes Lane          Att: 675

Herne Bay 3 – 1 Chipstead         Venue: Winch’s Field          Att: 208

Lewes 2 – 2  Sittingbourne       Venue: The Dripping Pan     Att: 446

Phoenix Sports 2 – 0  Hythe Town       Venue: The Mayplace Ground    Att: 137

Ramsgate 1 – 2 Hastings Utd        Venue: Southwood Stadium      Att: 253

Thamesmead Town 5 – 0 Horsham       Venue: Princes Park    Att: 105

Walton Casuals   4 – 3  Faversham Town     Venue: The Reg Madgewick Stadium    Att: 44

Whyteleafe 3 – 1  South Park                Venue: Church Road      Att: 135

2017/18 FA Cup Prelim Round: Results round-up

Written by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to a special round-up of some of the results from this weekend’s FA Cup Prelim Round ties, specifically involving Essex Senior League & Bostik Division Clubs. The winners of each receive £1,925 in prize money & a place in the First Qualifying Round of the competition.

Saturday 19th August

AFC Hornchurch  2 – 0 Brentwood Town   

Venue: Bridge Avenue   Attendance: 309

The Urchins progressed to the next round, defeating fellow Bostik North side Brentwood at Bridge Avenue. Both goals came in the second half from Hornchurch striker Ross Wall (64’ & 84’). Craig Shipman’s side will have to wait another season for a potential FA Cup adventure.

AFC Sudbury 4 – 0 Aveley

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium   Attendance: 174

Sudbury comfortably defeated fellow Bostik North side Aveley at the Wardale Williams Stadium. The Yellows took the lead through Julian Smith with 27 minutes on the watch. Three minutes before the break, Adam Mills doubled the home side’s advantage. After the break, two goals in ten minutes from Dave Cowley (60’) and Alfie Carroll (69’) sealed the win for Jamie Godbold’s side.

Barking 0 – 0 Saffron Walden Town

Venue: Mayesbrook Park    Attendance: 76

Barking held Thurlow Nunn Premier side Saffron Walden Town at Mayesbrook Park. This stalemate means that both sides will have to do it all again at Catons Lane in midweek.

Bowers & Pitsea 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium    Attendance: 174

Haringey overcame Bowers at the Len Salmon. The visitors led on 67 minutes as former Bowers player Ayron Coley struck, soon after coming off the bench. Borough made their progression into the next round safe with moments left as fellow substitute Ashley McDonald grabbed their second.

Bury Town 1 – 2  Tilbury

Venue: Ram Meadow    Attendance: 233

Tilbury fought off a late fightback from Bury Town to make it into the hat for the next round at Ram Meadow. Tilbury led after the quarter-hour through Adam Vyse before just past the hour mark, fellow striker Luke Hornsley doubled their lead. Darren Mills pulled one back for Town with 21 minutes remaining.

Canvey Island 0 – 2  Witham Town

Venue: Park Lane    Attendance: 224

Witham Town produced a good away-day win to defeat Canvey at Park Lane. Tyler Corlett put the visitors ahead on 21 minutes. Substitute Sam Ashford secured the win late on for Adam Flint’s men.

Clapton 2 – 0 Norwich Utd  

Venue: Old Spotted Dog   Attendance: 122

Clapton secured their passage into the next round by defeating Bostik North side Norwich Utd at the Old Spotted Dog. Substitute Raphael Duyile put the Tons ahead three minutes before the break. After the interval, Ikem Odeh sealed an important win twenty mnutes from time for Jon Fowell’s men.

Dereham Town 3 – 0  Corby Town

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 164

Bostik North side Dereham grabbed a good win at home to Corby Town. After only three minutes, Daniel Beaumont put the Magpies ahead. Dereham sealed the win with two goals in the last ten minutes courtesy of Ashley Jarvis and Beaumount grabbing his brace. Credit has to go to Corby goalkeeper Paul Bostock who played in this match aged 47 – best wishes to him.

Grays Athletic 2 – 0 Redbridge

Venue: Parkside   Attendance: 174

Grays defeated ESL side Redbridge on the 3G at Parkside. Sully Zuhdu gave the hosts the lead seven minutes before the break. Then, just six minutes after the re-start, Joao Carlos doubled the lead and ensured Jamie Stuart’s side are in the next round.

Great Yarmouth Town 1 – 0 Basildon Utd

Venue: Sandown Road    Attendance: 163

Great Yarmouth grabbed a late winner to knock out ESL side Basildon Utd in a tightly-contested match at Sandown Road. Substitute Lee Roots grabbed the winner eight minutes from time to seal the hosts’ passage into the next round.

Haverhill Rovers 1 – 1 Heybridge Swifts

Venue: The New Croft    Attendance: 188

This hard-fought encounter ended in a draw. Heybridge were reduced to ten men after just 15 minutes as defender Ryan Henshaw saw red. Swifts took the lead just three minutes later though, as Sam Bantick struck. Rovers recovered after the break though to seal a replay as Jordan Palmer scored 12 minutes from time. The replay will be played at Scraley Road in midweek.

Hertford Town 4 – 1   Hadleigh Utd

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park   Attendance: 260

Bostik North newcomers defeated Thurlow Nunn Premier side Hadleigh at Hertingfordbury Park. Hertford led after just two minutes through Daniel Bond. Jason Beck doubled the lead just before the break. Hadleigh pulled one back from the spot, thanks to Ben Elliott’s penalty on the hour. Hertford pushed on though as Bond got his second nine minutes later. Substitute Charlie Ruff grabbed a fourth for Town on 74 minutes, soon after coming on.

Ilford 1 – 1 Haverhill Borough

Venue: Cricklefield   Attendance: 82

Ilford were held by Thurlow Nunn Premier side Borough at Cricklefield. Khadean Campbell gave the Foxes the lead ten minutes before the break with a curling 20-yard strike. Borough were level only eight minutes later though as Sam Hawley struck. Ilford had to see out the last 17 minutes with ten men but they held on for a replay at New Croft 3G in midweek.

Long Melford 1 – 2 FC Romania

Venue: Stoneylands    Attendance: 84

FC Romania secured their place in the next round with a good win at Stoneylands. Sergiu Pitaru gave FCR the lead with 26 minutes on the clock, before Toby Cleaver doubled the lead eight minutes before the break. Melford raised their game in the second half, and grabbed a goal back six minutes from time though substitute Nathan Rowe. The visitors held on though for a good win.

Maldon & Tiptree 5 – 1 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Park Drive   Attendance: 73

Maldon knocked out fellow Bostik North side Abbey at Park Drive. The home side took the lead on the quarter-hour through Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Only two minutes later, Chris Millar made it two. Macauley Joynes pulled one back for the Abbotts seven minutes before the break. After the break, Kieraan Bailey restored the Jammers’ two-goal cushion on 55 minutes, before Ogedi-Uzokwe grabbed his second two minutes later. Ryan Gondoh added a fifth from a super free-kick to seal a good win for Kevin Horlock’s men.

Newmarket Town 1 – 2 Ware

Venue: Ridgeons Stadium   Attendance: 100

Ware secured a good away-day win at Newmarket to make the next round. Yannick Kamanan put Kem Kemal’s side ahead after only five minutes. A Jack Watson penalty levelled things for the home side, before Kamanan struck again 12 minutes into the second half to grab the win for the Blues.

Potters Bar Town 4 – 1 West Essex

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 121

Potters Bar recovered from faling behind to record a good win over ESL side West Essex at the Pakex Stadium. Michael Mignot gave the visitors the lead six minutes before the break. George Nicholas levelled for the Scholars almost immediately, before Eoin Casey put the hosts ahead on 52 minutes. Steve Brown grabbed a third mid-way into the second half, before Casey sealed the win with his second with twenty minutes left.

Soham Town Rangers 3 – 2 Cogenhoe Utd

Venue: Julius Martin Lane   Attendance: 123

Soham edged to an important win over Cogenhoe Utd. Two goals in a four-minutes spell saw Soham take the advantage through Daniel Buddle (36’) and Matt Allan (39’). After the break, the visitors pulled one back through Matt Long levelled thanks to Ryan Dove. Soham’s Callum Russell grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.

Southend Manor 2 – 3 Gorleston

Venue: Southchurch Park   Attendance: 64

Manor narrowly lost out to Thurlow Nunn Premier side Gorleston at Southchurch Park. Manor took the lead through Michael Hopkins two minutes after the break. Jack Garrod levelled for the visitors on 58 minutes, before taking the lead five minutes later through Connor Deeks’s penalty. Stuart Marshall’s side were reduced to ten men as winger Alfie Lindfield was sent off. Manor fought back though and levelled through defender Daniel Okah’s over-head kick. The hosts probably thought they’d done enough for a replay though Gorleston’s Garrod grabbed his second in injury-time to seal the win for Ricci Butler’s side.

Stowmarket Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Humber Doucy Lane

Romford held Stowmarket Town at Humber Doucey Lane. The home side took the lead through Andrew Wood four minutes before the break. Paul Martin’s side levelled on 53 minutes through Jonathon Adebayo to get back in the match and the sides couldn’t be separated so it’ll be a replay at Ship Lane in midweek.

Tower Hamlets 0 – 4 Takeley

Venue: Mile End Stadium    Atendance: 55

Takeley saw off ESL rivals Tower Hamlets to make it through to the First Qualifying Round for the first time. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead after six minutes, before George Wappett increased the advantage eight minutes later. Bryn Thorpe added a third though it may have been an OG. Stuart Zanone sealed a good win for his side with three minutes remaining.

Sunday 20th August

St Margaretsbury 2  –  2 Hullbridge Sports

Venue: The Recreation Ground

Hullbridge fought back to deny St Margaretsbury and take the tie to a replay. Hullbridge took the lead through Sam Dulieu’s free-kick after only four minutes. St Margetsbury levelled through captain Ryan Wade’s penalty on 54 minutes. The hosts then took the lead with twenty minutes remaining as Wade struck again from the penalty spot. Hullbridge secured a replay with a last-gasp leveller from substitute Ronnie Pallett. The replay will be held at Lower Road in midweek.

The First Qualifying Round takes place on the weekend of September 2nd/3rd. Thank you for reading.

Bostik Division North Results round-up – Matchday #2

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the round-up of action that transpired in Bostik League Division North in midweek (Monday-Wednesday).

Monday 14th August Result

Haringey Borough  1  –  1  Barking

Venue: Coles Park       Attendance: 188

Haringey came back from behind to hold the Blues at Coles Park. Glen Golby & Justin Gardner’s side took the lead after 25 minutes through a goal from Ricky Tarbard. The task for Borough got harder when Jorge Dtassi-Sambu saw red just before the hour mark. The ten men did find an leveller though as defender Scott Mitchell’s goal sixteen minutes from the end ensured it was honours even.

Tuesday 15th August Results

Bowers & Pitsea  3  –  0  Witham Town

Venue: Len Salmon Stadium      Attendance: 160

Bowers comfortably swept aside ten-man Witham at the Len Salmon Stadium. Bowers forward Tony Stokes scored from the penalty spot after 34 minutes to give Rob Small’s men the lead. Adam Flint’s side saw Ryan Imbert dismissed early in the second half as their evening got ever-tougher. Stokes converted another spot-kick ten minutes into the second half before Lewis Manor made the points safe only two minutes afterward.

Canvey Island  2  –  3 Tilbury

Venue: Park Lane     Attendance: 268

Tilbury resisted a Canvey fight-back to take all three points at Park Lane. The Dockers took an early lead just three minutes in through Kurt Smith’s opener. Smith then scored at the other end as Canvey levelled, before Ryan Charles’ goal six minutes before the break gave Danny Heale’s side the lead. Tilbury roared back though late on as goals from Adam Vyse and Smith again sealed a good win for Gary Henty’s side.

Cheshunt  1  – 3  Ware

Venue: Theobalds Lane   Attendance: 147

Cheshunt suffered their second successive loss at the hands of a resurgent Ware at Theobalds Lane. The Ambers took the lead five minutes before the break thanks to Tom Bruno’s opener. Ware recovered well after the interval though, levelling through Yannick Kamanan’s goal seven minutes into the second half. Ware sealed the points with further second-half goals by Murat Karagul (65’) and substitute Finbarr Robins (87’).

Hertford Town  0  –  6  Bury Town 

Venue: Hertingfordbury Park         Attendance: 209

Bury Town bounced back from Saturday’s draw by demolishing newcomers Hertford Town at Hertingfordbury Park. Glenn Draper’s OG gave Town the lead eight minutes in, before Leon Ottley-Gooch put Ben Chenery’s side two-up at the break. After the break, Town piled on the goals with Ollie Cenfer (49’), Ryan Jolland (69’), and a late Ollie Hughes brace in the last eleven minutes sealed a big win for the visitors.

Maldon & Tiptree  A  –  A   AFC Sudbury 

Venue: Park Drive        Attendance: 143

This match was abandoned at half-time due to floodlight failure. The Yellows had taken the lead thanks to L’heureux Menga’s calm finish mid-way into the first half. Maldon levelled through Junior Ofelia-Uzokwe’s tap-in with ten minutes of the half remaining. However, the match was halted as the lighting became steadily worse and this match will be replayed later in the season.

Mildenhall Town   0  – 1    Dereham Town 

Venue: Recreation Way     Attendance: 204

Dereham picked up another narrow win, this time at Recreation Way. The match was only settled with moments left as Jake Anema’s strike was the deciding goal that gave the Magpies their second win on the trot.

Potters Bar Town   2 – 1   Brentwood Town

Venue: Pakex Stadium      Attendance: 130

Potters Bar fought back to claim an important win at the Pakex Stadium. Brentwood took the lead through Matt Price after 25 minutes. As half-time was approaching, the Scholars levelled thanks to Steve Brown’s goal. With five minutes remaining, Lee O’Leary pounced to give Steve Ringrose’s side their second win of the season.

Soham Town Rangers  4  – 1    Norwich Utd  

Venue: Julius Martin Lane        Attendance: 134

Soham recovered from the previous weekend’s loss to hand Norwich Utd their second straight loss. Soham led through Joe Carden’s goal eight minutes before the break. Two goals in the space of eight minutes after the break from Lewis Endacott (56’) and Marcus Hall’s penalty (64’) gave Robbie Mason’s side a comfortable cushion. The Planters pulled one back through Adam Hipperson though Soham’s Matt Allan scored a late fourth to give his side a good win.

Waltham Abbey  0  –  1   Aveley    

Venue: Capershotts             Attendance: 105

Aveley pulled off a narrow win at Capershotts. Tommy Spillane’s 21st-minute goal was enough to give the Millers the points & their first win of the campaign.

Wednesday 16th August Results

Grays Athletic 0  –  2  AFC Hornchurch

Venue: Parkside       Attendance: 377

Hornchurch fought to a good win at Parkside. The Urchins led through Bradley Warner with 15 minutes to play. The visitors were awarded a penalty just four minutes later, which resulted in Grays’ Glenn Wilson being sent off. Unfortunately, forward Leon McKenzie had his penalty saved by Grays goalkeeper Lamar Johnson. Hornchurch did get a second goal however, as with moments remaining, George Purcell securing the points for their second win of the campaign.

Romford   1 – 5    Heybridge Swifts

Venue: Ship Lane        Attendance: 127

Heybridge produced a superb performance to defeat ‘Boro at Ship Lane. The visitors went ahead on 21 minutes through Sam Bantick’s opener. Only four minutes later, Luke Callander doubled Swifts’ advantage. Just past the hour, Juan Luque made it three. Romford grabbed a goal back thanks to Jonathan Nzenga on 71 minutes. Late on, Heybridge inflicted further pain on the home side as Luque got his second ten minutes from the end and with the match in its final moments, Harrison Chatting added a fifth.

This match was Romford Manager Paul ‘Magic’ Martin’s 400th league match in charge of the side; many congratulations go to Paul for his long, successful reign in charge of the club, thus far.

This weekend, Bostik North clubs are involved in the FA Cup Prelim Round, the action in the league returns on Friday/Saturday 25th/26th August.

Bostik Division North Results round-up – Matchday #1 of 2017/18 Season

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to the first round-up of action of the new season in the Bostik League Division North on Saturday (12th August).

Saturday 12th August Results

AFC Hornchurch 3 – 0 Soham Town Rangers  

Venue: Bridge Avenue        Attendance: 168

Jimmy McFarlane’s Urchins started the season with a good win against Soham at Bridge Avenue. New signing Brad Warner put the home side ahead after just six minutes. Hornchurch made the win safe with goals from George Purcell  on 72’ and substitute Ross Wall added a late third with six minutes left.

AFC Sudbury 1 – 1 Canvey Island   

Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium      Attendance: 384

This battle of the two recently-relegated clubs ended all square. Canvey took the lead just before the break through George Sykes. Jamie Godbold’s Sudbury got a late leveller three minutes from time though thanks to forward Adam Mills.

Aveley 1 – 3 Bowers & Pitsea

Venue: Parkside    Attendance: 354

Bowers were the party-poopers at Aveley in their first league match at their new Parkside home. All the goals came in the second half. Bowers took the lead through Fahad Nyanja’s opener ten minutes after the interval. Rob Small’s side doubled their advantage on 66 minutes thanks to forward Lewis Manor. Terry Spillane’s men pulled one back four minutes later thanks to Jordan Peart’s goal. Manor struck again though for the visitors nine minutes from time to seal a good win for one of last season’s surprise packages.

Barking 2 – 3 Waltham Abbey

Venue: Mayesbrook Park   Attendance: 85

Barking narrowly lost out in their first match back at Step 4. Abbey took the lead ten minutes in through Billy Holland’s opener. Ben O’Brien levelled for Glen Golby & Justin Gardner’s men. The visitors re-took the lead thanks to goals from Darelle Russell and new signing Christian Assombolonga, before the hosts made it a nervous end thanks to Billy Jones’ penalty late on.

Brentwood Town 2 – 2 Hertford Town

Venue: The Brentwood Arena      Attendance: 144

Brentwood began their campaign with a draw against newly-promoted Hertford Town at the Brentwood Arena. It started well for Craig Shipman’s side as Matt Price gave them the lead after just five minutes. Forward Harrison Georgiou doubled that lead five minutes before the break. To their credit, Hertford responded with two goals in four minutes in the last quarter of the match. First, Charlie Edwards scored then just three minutes later Ollie Sharman levelled. Brentwood finished the match with ten men as Georgiou was sent off late on.

Bury Town 1 – 1 Romford

Venue: Ram Meadow   Attendance: 318

Bury Town & Romford shared the points at Ram Meadow. Paul Martin’s side took the lead through Jonathan Nzenga’s goal with 18 minutes left. The Blues responded though with nine minutes remaining as Cemal Ramadan’s goal ensured a point for Ben Chenery’s side.

Dereham Town 1 – 0 Cheshunt  

Venue: Aldiss Park    Attendance: 161

Dereham picked a narrow but nonetheless decent win over Cheshunt at Aldiss Park. Jamie Forshaw grabbed the only goal of the game just after the hour mark in Neal Simmons’ first league match in charge.

Heybridge Swifts 2 – 1 Mildenhall Town

Venue: Scraley Road      Attendance: 172

Heybridge picked up an opening-day win against newly-promoted Mildenhall at Scraley Road. Reece Grant grabbed a first-half brace to give Jody Brown’s side the advantage at the break. Mildenhall pulled one back from the penalty spot thanks to Christopher Bacon 13 minutes from time. The visitors were reduced to ten men late on as Jake Kerins saw red for two bookable offences.

Norwich Utd 0 – 2 Haringey Borough

Venue: Plantation Park    Attendance: 124

Haringey pulled off a good win at Plantation Park. An OG from Andy Eastaugh after just six minutes put Tom Loizou’s side ahead. A late second from substitute Michael Ademayui made the points safe.

Tilbury  1 – 2  Grays Athletic              

Venue: Chadfields     Attendance: 202

Grays grabbed all three points late on at Chadfields. Jamie Stuart’s side took the lead eight minutes after the break thanks to talismanic striker Kieran Bishop. Tilbury levelled six minutes from time through Emiel Aiken’s goal. Though Grays were not to be denied as a late penalty from Bishop sealed the win.

Ware  0 – 1  Maldon & Tiptree         

Venue: Wodson Park     Attendance: 95

Maldon started their season with a narrow win at Wodson Park. Forward Chris Millar got the game’s only goal four minutes before the break to give Kevin Horlock’s men the perfect tonic as they set about another promotion charge this season.

Witham Town 1 – 2 Potters Bar Town

Venue: Spa Road   Attendance: 72

Potters Bar came from behind to grab a good win at Spa Road. All the goals came in a frantic three-minute period. First, Witham took the lead thanks to Usman Adeniji’s goal four minutes after the re-start. Only a minute later, the visitors levelled through Eoin Casey. And only moments later, George Nicholas scored what ended up being the winner on a good day for Steve Ringrose’s side.

There is a mid-week programme of matches in the Bostik Division North, the fixtures are below.

Monday 14th August – 7.45pm KO

Haringey Borough  v Barking          Venue: Coles Park

 

Tuesday 15th August – 7.45pm KO’s

Bowers & Pitsea v Witham Town       Venue: Len Salmon Stadium

Canvey Island v Tilbury                        Venue: Park Lane

Cheshunt  v Ware                                Venue: Theobalds Lane

Hertford Town  v  Bury Town            Venue: Hertingfordbury Park

Maldon & Tiptree  v   AFC Sudbury           Venue: Park Drive

Mildenhall Town   v   Dereham Town        Venue: Recreation Way

Potters Bar Town  v  Brentwood Town       Venue: Pakex Stadium

Soham Town Rangers   v   Norwich Utd      Venue: Julius Martin Lane

Waltham Abbey  v   Aveley                              Venue: Capershotts

 

Wednesday 16th August 7.45pm KO’s

Grays Athletic v AFC Hornchurch        Venue: Parkside

Romford v Heybridge Swifts                Venue: Ship Lane

 

Check back later this week for more from the Bostik League Division North.

Bostik Division North Matchday #1 Preview

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to the new Isthmian Division North season, now known as the Bostik League Division North after twenty years of it being known as the Ryman League. It’s been mentioned that only one club will be relegated come season’s end and two will be promoted. Below is a list of the fixtures on Matchday #1.

Saturday 12th August  (3pm KO’s)

AFC Hornchurch v Soham Town Rangers      Venue: Bridge Avenue

Jimmy McFarlane’s Urchins welcome Soham to Bridge Avenue. Hornchurch have recruited a number of good players during the summer, including the likes of forwards Bradley Warner and Theo Fairweather-Johnson. Soham’s late revival of form at the latter stages of the season certainly assisted them in averting relegation last term and will look for a positive start here.

AFC Sudbury v Canvey Island           Venue: Wardale Williams Stadium

This encounter sees two sides that were both relegated last term clash as Canvey travel to Sudbury on the Suffolk/Essex border. Both sides will also be looking for a favourable campaign and may well be in the play-off hunt come season’s end. Former Bowers & Pitsea forward David Knight are among the signings Danny Heale has made in the close-season.

Aveley v Bowers & Pitsea               Venue: Parkside

Aveley welcome Bowers & Pitsea in what is their first league match at their brand-new Parkside home, which they will continue to share (as they did with Mill Field) with tenants Grays Athletic for the next two seasons. In what could be an even more highly-contested division than last term, both sides may be angling for another run at the play-offs this term.

Barking v Waltham Abbey        Venue: Mayesbrook Park

Essex Senior League champions Barking welcome Waltham Abbey to Mayesbrook Park in their first match back at Step 4. The hosts have a much-changed squad and a new co-manager in Justin Gardner this term, joining Glen Golby in the dug-out. The Abbotts will be looking to avoid the nerves of a relegation dogfight this season, as they had at times last campaign. Will Barking see previous ESL champions Bowers & Pitsea’s ‘yardstick’ of a top-six finish last season as encouragement for them? Perhaps, though I suspect they’d be content with a mid-table finish in April.

Brentwood Town v Hertford Town       Venue: The Brentwood Arena

Brentwood welcome Bostik North newcomers Hertford Town to the Brentwood Arena. Craig Shipman starts his first full season in charge with a squad largely the same as last term, though forward Lamar Reynolds clinched a big move to EFL Two side Newport County during the summer. Hertford might be thankful for the temporary reduction in relegation this season, though it’ll be an adventure for Gavin Kelsey’s men this term.

Bury Town v Romford          Venue: Ram Meadow

Romford travel to Ram Meadow in their season’s opener. Both these sides achieved creditable mid-table finishes last term. Paul Martin’s side has stayed in the division for around a decade and will look to continue to progress this term.

Dereham Town v Cheshunt       Venue: Aldiss Park

Dereham welcome Cheshunt to Aldiss Park. The Magpies appointed Neal Simmons in the summer as their new manager, as they look to improve on their 18th place finish last term. Cheshunt, who for a while last season looked to be contenders for a play-off spot, eventually finished a very creditable 10th. Jonny Ashman is among their summer signings as they perhaps quietly seek another tilt at the play-offs this term under manager Paul Wickenden.

Heybridge Swifts v Mildenhall Town              Venue: Scraley Road

Jody Brown’s side have made a number of intriguing signings in the summer as they look to avert another scramble with the drop, after their final-day heroics last season. They welcome newcomers Mildenhall to Scraley Road. I saw Heybridge in pre-season at Southend Manor in which they played very well, they might fancy a tilt at a top ten-finish, under the radar.

Norwich Utd v Haringey Borough         Venue: Plantation Park

The Planters take on ‘Borough in their league opener. Both sides perhaps performed above expectations last term as they achieved top-ten finishes.

Tilbury  v  Grays Athletic                 Venue: Chadfields

Tilbury welcome Grays to Chadfields. Tilbury finished 12th last season, as Grays finished bottom of Isthmian Premier last term. Grays though have overseen somewhat of a squad re-construction which has seen old faces such as Lamar Johnson and Jamie Slabber return to the club. Under Jamie Stuart’s tenure, they will be going for an immediate return to Bostik Premier.

Ware  v   Maldon & Tiptree           Venue: Wodson Park

Ware, who were reprieved from the drop in the summer, welcome last season’s play-off finalists Maldon & Tiptree to Wodson Park. Maldon’s top-scorer last term Liam Nash grabbed a huge transfer to League One side Gillingham in the summer though Kevin Horlock’s Jammers will again look to be in the promotion reckoning this season.

Witham Town v Potters Bar Town      Venue: Spa Road

Finally, Witham welcome newcomers Potters Bar to Spa Road. Ex-Stansted forward Sam Ashford is among the additions to Adam Flint’s side this term. It could be an ‘open book’ as to how these two get on this season.

Check back at the weekend for the the first Bostik League Division North results round-up of the new season.