Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 1st December 2018.
Gas Recreation won the clash of the Border League giants beating old rivals West Bergholt at Bromley Road to ease there way to a three point lead at the premier table summit. However, it was not without cost as both John Bulmer and Ryan Dale received two yellow cards, but secured the points with goals from Luke Taylor and Dale.
Tiptree Heath suffered a surprise setback in a seven goal thriller losing 4-3 at White Notley and is a point behind second place ‘Bergholt’ with two games in hand. In a terrific match the half time score saw both sides sharing four goals, but Josh Goody settled the result with a hat trick with Lee Ifield getting the fourth. Tiptree scorers were the two Charlie’s – Charlie Abrehart and a pair from Charlie Green.
Fourth place Alresford Colne Rangers lost ground when there scheduled match at Brantham Reserves Friday evening was postponed and although with games in hand are now eight points off the leaders.
Wormingford Wanderers made it three successive wins with a fine victory at Barnston by 3 goals to 2 placing them into a comfortable 9th position. On target for the visitors were Ben Fowler and a brace from Marc Brown with Jake Newlove’s brace being in vain.
Lawford Lads defeated Hatfield Peverel who has rapidly slipped down the table after such an encouraging start to the season. The 2-1 away win for the ‘Lads’ has pushed them up to 5th place but have played more games than the teams around them. On the score sheet were Oliver Mann and Jack Allam for the visitors.
Great Bentley eased there way from the relegation zone with the visit to Kelvedon Social winning with a solitary goal from Scott Stallan.
The remaining premier match saw Earls Colne eclipse Little Oakley Reserves at the War Memorial by 4 goals to 1 and now occupy a mid table position. After a goal less first half there goals came from Andrei Patrascu with a brace, Joseph Parrott and substitute Cliff Akurang. Substitute Samuel Poole got he consolation goal.
In the first division Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves redeemed themselves after successive defeats beating Gas Recreation Reserves 5-3 at Ford Lane. They have now opened up a six point lead over Tiptree Engaine who did not play. On target were Kye Learoyd – Tuckwell, Roger Smith with a brace each and Ashley Sauka.
Third place Flitch United were comfortable winners over visiting Little Oakley ‘A’ winning 4-1. Jack Buckland struck a hat trick and Billy Sykes completed the scoring.
Cressing United earned a narrow 2-1 win at Bell Vue Social. Aaron Collier and Daniel Hume were the visitor’s marksmen whilst Josh Grimes replied and also received a straight red card.
In the Essex Junior Cup second division leaders Stanway Pegasus progressed to the quarter finals with a narrow 1-0 win at first division Tiptree Jobserve. They will now travel to play Old Southendians Reserves on the 26th January.
However, Great Bentley Reserves fight against Extreme United was in vain. After a goal less tie, they were beaten on penalties 4-3.
Still awaiting to play there 4th round tie are Boxted Lodgers Reserves against, as yet, unknown opposition.
The third division Title race saw the top three all win. Leaders Gosfield United beat Harwich & Parkeston Reserves 3-1 with goals from Jake Gilder and Andrew Turner. Dedham Old Boys Reserves, a point behind, beat visiting Barnston Reserves 2-0 with Ryan Lee and Shane Pike on target and third place.
Bradfield Rovers hosted Tavern and were well beaten 6-0. The visitors remain just three points behind Gosfield United. There were two individual hat tricks from Jared Richter and Ryan Wayland.