ESSEX & SUFFOLK BORDER FOOTBALL LEAGUE
COLNE ATHLETIC FC: 1. TIPTREE JOBSERVE FC: 1.
Date: Saturday 22nd September 2018.
Venue: Bayard Recreation Ground, Regent Road, Brightlingsea.
With all my family descending on my home over the weekend I thought a short journey to football at Brightlingsea, last Saturday would keep me in somebody’s good books, and by avoiding Essex Premier Cup matches, found a decent, competitive league match to watch between these ESBFL Division One teams. The home team, Colne Athletic FC only entered the ESBFL last season but swept every team aside winning all twenty-two league matches in Division Three, too strong perhaps, but when new clubs, with no track record, enter a competition it can be difficult to pitch where they should start from. That said, the ESBFL Member Clubs agreed that they should receive a double promotion so this season they have started in Division One, with two victories after three defeats and now sit mid-table. Tiptree Jobserve FC have had a good start with three victories and two draws to sit second in the table at the start of play and like the hosts advised me that they were several players short for this match.
The referee, who would be assisted by club linesman was Christopher Green and he, like me thoroughly enjoyed this match with honours, eventually shared.
Colne Athletic FC kicked-off on the short and narrow, but legal pitch and home defender Dennis climbed all over Barham for the first free-kick taken by Flatts but struck too long, new signing Moore looked lively down the left flank for Colne Athletic beating Flatts and Trussler before Irons headed the eventual cross away and both teams set about building attacks from defence, with the hosts perhaps the more adventurous in the opening minutes. Yearling (S) tried to set Goldie-McSorley away but he was caught off-side, a tight call but it looked correct as keeper, Williams advanced to catch the goal attempt. A curling free-kick taken by Yearling (S) forced keeper, Williams to punch clear under pressure, Goldie-McSorley was always looking to use his pace to get behind the Tiptree Jobserve defence but a free-kick taken by Flatts found Pateman whose down-ward header fell back to Flatts who knocked his attempt at goal wide of the target from twenty-five yards with keeper, Ringe scrambling across his goal area. Then on fifteen minutes, when Flatts lost control after a dribble forward he dived into a tackle to foul Connell who showed his displeasure, however, the free-kick taken by Moore struck the defensive wall and was cleared by Thompson (M).
Trussler for the visitors took a throw-in finding Pateman who forced a corner off Thompson (J), taken by Flatts but headed over the cross-bar by Page, Vaughan was lucky to escape punishment for a lunged challenge from behind on Flatts with the referee allowing play to continue with the visitors in possession until Goldie-McSorley fouled Irons who went down clutching his face. Ringe made a fine save to deny Pateman whose initial shot he had covered but the ball took a huge deflection off Thompson (J) forcing the keeper to change direction and tip the ball wide for a corner, taken by Flatts and punched clear by Ringe. Moore fouled Thomson (M) when chasing the defender back towards his own keeper, Williams who drove the free-kick towards Pateman whose knock-on fell to Flatts who rifled the ball over the cross-bar. Tiptree had defended well, both teams were confident when in possession and a break by Flatts was almost rewarded when keeper, Ringe, flapped at the right-side cross with irons heading over from close range. At the other end a chase forward by Yearling (S) saw his pass reach Moore whose left footed cross found the head of Gooch who headed up and over the cross-bar.
An injury to Griffin saw a break in play and when play re-started Bradley beat three players down the right side, crossing to Yearling (S) only to be fouled just on the edge of the penalty area, Bradley took the resulting free-kick hitting the defensive wall and as Thompson (M) broke forward he was fouled by Homewood. The next free-kick, to Colne Athletic resulted in the first goal, not sure who fouled Connell, right on the edge of the penalty area, but JOSHUA VAUGHAN struck a left-footed ball into the six-yard box, keeper Williams, called, advanced but only managed to fumble the slippery ball into the unguarded net, a sloppy goal to concede from a defensive perspective. Tiptree Jobserve countered straight away with Lindsay and Barham getting past Bradley and Connell to force a corner, taken by Flatts only for Barham to head the ball straight at keeper, Ringe. Vaughan tested keeper, Williams again with a high cross, Connell fouled Griffin, keeper, Williams took the free-kick finding Page whose effort flew straight to keeper, Ringe. Barham controlled a high ball in front of Thompson (J) before pushing the ball wide to the unmarked Page who ran out of pitch as the ball bounced across the penalty area.
HALF-TIME: 1 – 0.
Tiptree restarted this match looking to get back on level terms, certainly they deserved to be level on their first half performance, as only the keepers unfortunate error separated the teams. Lamp pushed the ball forward to Pateman and from his pass Lindsay curled the ball just wide. Once again Colne Athletic found space down the left side through Moore who found Goldie-McSorley and from the return cross from Moore there was no home player to capitalise inside the penalty area. A great free-kick taken by Lamp was just a fraction too high for Barham to make any connection and keeper Ringe gratefully retrieved the bouncing ball, then Thompson (J) fouled Barham just outside the penalty area, about twenty yards out left of a central position and only five minutes of the half had elapsed. Flatts stroked the ball forward where it hit the defensive wall and when Flatts reacted quickest to the loose ball he laid the it back across the pitch to MATHHEW GRIFFIN who fairly smashed the ball into the back of the net from outside the penalty area. From the restart Colne Athletic got forward, Vaughan forced keeper, Williams to save low at the near post, Gooch made a run with the ball inside the penalty area with Moore fouling Irons near the penalty spot. Connell was pulled up for a high foot against Barham, but the free-kick taken by Flatts was punched clear by keeper, Ringe. Another raid by Goldie-McSorley set up Moore but his cross was held by keeper, Williams with Moore pulling up with what looked like a muscular problem.
Lamp for Tiptree Jobserve skipped down the left side to set up Pateman who flicked the ball over Vaughan but missed the target when one-on-one with keeper, Ringe, a big, missed opportunity to score. Flatts fouled Goldie-McSorley mid-half but the free-kick from Vaughan was under-hit and the danger passed, then Dennis defended well as Griffin threatened, running onto a great pass from Lamp, now seeing more of the ball down the left side. On sixty-five minutes Homewood and Griffin clashed right on the half-way line, the ball was loose, both players ran forward, both players went to ground and their momentum forced them to collide heavily whilst on the ground, it looked nasty but both players had been committed to winning the ball, a melee followed which led to Dennis, who ran thirty yards to get involved and Connell for dissent were summarily cautioned. Both players received treatment and re-entered the field of play. On sixty-six minutes Tiptree Jobserve replaced Pateman with Billimore, a quick throw-in taken by Moore found Connell who allowed the ball to bounce once before rounding defenders Irons and Thompson (M) and forced keeper, Williams into a fine save when tipping the dipping ball away for a corner kick. Colne Athletic replaced Connell with Smith and two minutes later Moore was replaced by Yearling (M).
With twenty minutes still to play a long goal-kick from keeper, Williams was headed clear by Dennis to Vaughan and when Goldie-McSorley broke through Thompson (M) was quickly across to defend, conceding a corner. Flatts, not for the first time fouled Goldie-McSorley, the free-kick from Yearling (S) forced keeper, Williams into another fine save, Tiptree Jobserve were still pushing forward, both teams wanted to win, a long ball from keeper, Ringe found Yearling (S) who set off toward goal getting past the attempted tackle of Trussler only to volley over the cross-bar. Yearling (M) fouled Griffin, once again suffering from the tackle and the game remained as competitive as it was at the start and when Yearling (S) wriggled through near the penalty spot, we thought, he must score, but Thompson (M) made one of the best tackles I’ve seen this season, cleanly winning the ball off the toes of the eager striker. A fine left footed cross from Vaughan was headed clear by Griffin but only to Gooch whose first time, goal-bound volley struck the head of defender Trussler who needed treatment after the ball went out for a corner. With five minutes remaining Tiptree Jobserve replaced Page with Gill, Barham controlled the ball on his chest before turning to shoot over the cross-bar, a ball from Vaughan found Yearling (S) but despite the off-side flag being raised his shot was expertly caught by keeper, Williams. In the last minute, Gooch was replaced by Edmonds for Colne Athletic and both teams pushed for a winning goal right up to the final whistle.
FULL TIME: 1 – 1.
Another decent, competitive match from Division One, two committed teams that played some excellent football at times, Colne Athletic with the effort shown, seem to be back on track for a high league position whilst undefeated Tiptree Jobserve drop to third position, but on this performance should be in the hunt at the seasons close.
Now for my Player-of-the-Match choice, the combination of Dennis and Thompson (J) thwarted the aerial threat from the visitors, Gooch, Connell, Homewood and Moore had to work hard to create chances for Goldie-McSorley and Yearling (S) who is probably still wondering where that defender came from to deny him what might have been a winning goal. Turning to Tiptree Jobserve, this team had numerous new players that I had not seen before, three or four were there last season but they can play some nice football, keeper, Williams, made one error but also made several crucial saves, like the home team the defence collectively looked sound, in midfield Flatts., Page, Griffin and Lindsay had to battle to service Barham and Pateman who worked well together. Now I mentioned the Tiptree Jobserve defence, Irons, Trussler and Lamp did what they are there to do but for me Thompson (M) played even better, hardly putting a foot wrong all game, competing fairly for every ball, and making a fantastic challenge inside the penalty area late in the game, well done young man.
COLNE ATHLETIC FC: Colours: Light Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts and Blue Socks.
Elliot Ringe., Daniel Bradley., Joshua Vaughan., Jamie Thompson., Timothy Dennis., Ben Connell., Luke Goldie-McSorley., Ryan Gooch., Daniel Homewood (C)., Scott Yearling., Thomas Moore.
Manager: Ben Connell.
Used Substitutes: Jamie Edmonds., Marc Yearling., Daniel Smith.
Unused Substitutes: Matthew Short.
TIPTREE JOBSERVE FC: Colours: Red Shirts, Red Shorts and Red Socks.
Daniel Williams., Daniel Trussler., Michael Lamp., Matthew Thompson., Lewis irons., Matthew griffin., Harry Page., Perry Flatts (C)., Elliot Patemen., Kevin Barham., Josh Lindsay.
Manager: Glenn Wiggett.
Used Substitutes: Harry Billimore., Danny Gill.
Unused Substitutes: George Ponta.
Referee: Christopher Green (Colchester)
Player-of-the-Match: Matthew THOMPSON (TIPTREE JOBSERVE FC)
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