Match Report Written by: Spencer Hume
Essex and Suffolk Border League Premier Division
Saturday 5th January 2018
Great Bentley FC v Earls Colne FC
Jack Murray & Greg Taylor’s Great Bentley welcomed Chris Hudson’s Earls Colne to Bentley green on this freezing Saturday afternoon. Both sides are sitting in the bottom half of the table as we start 2019. Can Bentley go 4 games unbeaten?
The home side got us underway and it was a very slow start to the game, but the first chance fell to Bentley on 9 minutes, Charlie Durling picked the ball up out wide, he looked up and found the run off Aran Yarwood, Yarwood first time played a great ball into the box too Connor Jones, Jones cut back from his man but fired his shot over the bar.
Great Bentley certainly on top in the early stages and almost went ahead when a Joe Hurd corner was half volleyed over the bar by Kieran Baker. With 22 minutes on the clock neither side created much and it was a very dull opening to the game but Bentley had a great chance to go ahead, Aran Yarwood picked the ball up down the bye-line from a Chris Bowles throw, Yarwood cut back off his man and crossed a ball at the far post which met the head off Dale Brown but Brown’s header was missed timed and went out of play.
On 27 minutes the deadlock was broken, and it was the home side who took the lead, a free kick on the edge of the box down the far left, Dale Brown stepped over it and crossed in a great ball back post which meant the head off Charlie Durling who’s header was too strong for Alfie Mauguari who couldn’t keep it out.
Great Bentley 1-0 Earls Colne
Straight from kick off, Colne almost equalised, a long ball down the left hand side towards Benrico Stripe, Stripe got the ball under control and got down the bye-line and delivered a great ball into the box, which was then headed out but only as far as Tommy Hayes, Hayes beat to the ball first Alan Yarwood and drilled a low effort at goal which required a strong hand by Greg Waltham to deny Colne an equaliser.
With half time approaching Great Bentley looked too grab a 2nd goal and came close when Yarwood met a Dale Brown corner but his header was over the bar!
With the Referee about to blow for half time Benrico Stripe had an effort for Earls Colne which was fired well over the bar
HT: Great Bentley FC 1-0 Earls Colne FC
Earls Colne got underway for the second half and again it was a very slow start to the second half with the first opportunity occurring in the 9th minute, and it was the hosts who had that chance, another Joe Hurd corner was volleyed towards the bottom right corner by Pete Brought but Earls Colne cleared well.
Earls Colne then had a great chance off their own to punish Great Bentley when a long ball down the line met the run off Jordan Matthews who looked up and crossed a great ball too Craig Skipper, Skipper won his header, but his header went well past the post.
With 20 minutes remaining Bentley should have been 2-0 up, Archie Herbert with a fantastic ball through to Connor Jones who went through 1 on 1, Jones went into the area and with a heavy touch didn’t get a great connection on the effort and Alfie Mauguari saved, a huge let off for Colne.
Great Bentley continued to stay on top and had another good chance to go 2-0 up, Lee Barrett got down the line and crossed a ball back post for Jake Vaughan, Vaughan was believed to be pushed into the back but the ref played on, the ball fell to Connor Jones who looked up and saw the run off Charlie Durling on the edge of the box, Jones picked him out but Durling’s first time effort went over the bar.
With 8 minutes remaining Great Bentley were reduced to 10 men after Chris Bowles was shown his 2nd yellow card.
Bentley then brought on young Nathan Byford who this season has scored 10 goals for the Reserves in Division Three.
And in the 89th minute Nathan Byford put Bentley 2-0 up. A horrendous mistake at the back by Ben Madden as he plays the ball straight to Nathan Byford, Byford takes a touch and fired past Alfie Mauguari to double Bentley’s lead!
Great Bentley 2-0 Earls Colne
Into added time and Great Bentley comfortably saw off any threat from Earls Colne and deservedly grabbed the 3 points
FT: Great Bentley FC 2-0 Earls Colne FC
A great win for Bentley who now go 4 games unbeaten. Earls Colne lacked any creativity going forward. Bentley didn’t play to well but were definitely the better side and deserved the 3 points. All the best to both sides for the rest of their season.
MOTM: Charlie Durling (Great Bentley)
MOTM: Cameron Easter (Earls Colne)
Great Bentley LINE UP| Greg Waltham, Archie Herbert, Chris Bowles, Charlie Durling, Pete Borough, Kieron Baker, Dale Brown, Aran Yarwood, Connor Jones, Jake Vaughan, Joe Hurd
SUBS| Ian Morton, Jack Murray, Lee Barrett, Nathan Byford
Earls Colne LINE UP| Alfie Mauguari, Cameron Easter, Callum Carter, Ryan Luckman, Ben Madden, Connor Randall, Jordan Matthews, Tommy Hayes, Sam Warwick, Jamie Hudson, Benrico Stripe
SUBS| Brandon Phillips, Callum Tracey, Jordan Snaith, Craig Skipper
REFEREE| Stephen Tymms
ASSISTANT| Colin Lamb
ASSISTANT| Louise Bull