Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 5th January 2019.
Gas Recreation have moved into a strong position in the premier division, probably unassailable, following there resounding home win against Hatfield Peverel, whilst there immediate challengers dropped vital points.
The 4-0 victory puts the leader’s nine points clear and on course for there 13th championship title.
Second place West Bergholt were beaten at home against fourth place Alresford Colne Rangers 2-1, whilst Tiptree Heath were held at home by Lawford Lads in a competitive 1-1 draw. Joe Chester scored for the home side whilst Oliver Mann replied. Referee James Kelly had a busy afternoon brandishing seven yellow cards.
At the other end of the table Brantham Athletic Reserves already looked doomed, but several sides need points to extricate themselves from the drop.
Kelvedon Social gained a good point at The Chase in a goal less draw against mid table Hedinghams United, but Barnston are in a precarious position following there 3-0 defeat at Wormingford Wanderers where Ben fowler, Luke Whybrow and substitute Ashley Stoneman got the goals.
They have played more matches than there closest rivals and will need to show vast improvement to escape this time. They were reprieved last season when finishing bottom of the premier, but this may be a bridge too far on this occasion.
Earls Colne will be looking over there shoulders following there demise at Great Bentley, there fourth consecutive defeat, again having played more games than the lower positioned sides. They were well beaten 3-0.
Elsewhere in the premier White Notley won 4-2 at Dedham Old Boys to consolidate there fifth place in the table. John Vitelli was again amongst the goals for the home side with a brace whilst the visitor’s marksmen were Regan Farley-Hearn also got two, and Josh Godfrey and Lee Ifield one each.
In the first division Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves stretched there lead at the top to five points with a 3-2 win at Ford lane against struggling Little Oakley ‘A’ who are third from bottom. Roger Smith hit two and Russell McLean the other whilst Christopher Stratton replied with two for the visitors.
Tiptree Engaine whilst remaining second nevertheless lost ground having been held to a 1-1 draw at Burches Meadow.
All the goals came in the first 45 minutes in the clash between 3rd place Flitch United and struggling Gas Recreation Reserves. The home side won 4-2 with two goals each from Daniel O’Brien and Shane Pyne and are nine points adrift from the leaders with four games in hand.
The top match in the second division saw second placed Long Melford Reserves thrash third place Tollsbury 9-2 to enhance there promotion credentials. Those on the score sheet were Will Howe, Sam Newton and substitute Stuart Tricker with two each and further goals from Maxwell Maughn, Cory Willings and Perry Newman.
The runaway division two leaders Stanway Pegasus were without a game as FC Clacton Reserves amazingly were unable to raise a side!
AFC Sudbury ‘A’ was also on the rampage with a comfortable win over Ramsey & Mistley at Furze Hill. The 7-0 saw Fred King strike five times and the two remaining goals were from Ethan Mayhew and Ethan Mills.
Third division leaders Gosfield United beat Bradfield Rovers 7-1 and have opened up a five point gap between them and Tiptree Engaine Reserves who drew 1-1 at Barnston Reserves for whom Christopher Atkinson scored for the hosts.