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ESBFL – Weekly Round-Up for 8th December 2018 by John Campany

Essex & Suffolk Round – Up 8th December 2018.


There were a number of matches off in the league program due to the adverse weather.

In the premier division West Bergholt took advantage of Gas Recreation’s inactivity by drawing level at the top by virtue of a fine 4-2 win at the Lorkin Daniel Field over visiting Great Bentley. ‘Gas’ still head the table on goal difference, but ‘Bergholt’ have played two more games. On target for the hosts were Luke Bloomfield, David Weir and substitute Daniel Woods with replies from Joseph Hurd and Jake Vaughan.

Hedinghams United’s 2-1 victory over high riding Alresford Colne Rangers is testament to there fine recent form after as poor start to the season. It is now nine games without defeat that includes five wins and four draws since there crushing defeat on the 29th September at the hands of the league champions.

The Lawn Meadow boys have now moved to 8th in the table. ‘Rangers’ goal was scored by Jerome Murphy.

Little Oakley Reserves ended there poor run with a crucial win over visiting Lawford Lads. ‘Oakley’ has struggled recently and this was there first win from the last seven outings that sees them remain second from bottom, but with games in hand over other relegation candidates. They were well served by Samuel Poole and Harry Windred who were on target, whilst prolific scorer Oliver Mann replied in the second half for the ‘Lads’ making it 21 in all competitions.

It was a return to form for Hatfield Peverel whose solitary goal scored from Sam Willis over Barnston sees them comfortably in 5th position.

Kelvedon Social and Dedham Old Boys played out a 1-1 draw at The Chase, a good point for the home side whose scorer was Troy Pitkin, whilst Keenan O’Boy replied for the visitors who had James Parker sent off.

Meanwhile at the Brantham Leisure Centre the ‘Athletic’ Reserves continue to find life difficult. The basement club were beaten by White Notley 3-2 who were securing there third successive win to consolidate in 4th position in the table five points off the leaders. The goal scorers for the visitors were a brace from Reis Farley – Hearn and Josh Goodey netting his 14th goal of the season.

In division one following two recent setbacks Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves is back to form with a fine victory over at Ford Lane. The 4-1 win over West Bergholt Reserves is ample revenge for there reverse at ‘Bergholt’ in November.

Although they have played more games than the chasing sides, its points in the bag, as they consolidate there top spot with a  nine point advantage over Tiptree Engaine who were without a match. On target were Kye Learoyd – Tuckwell with a brace and Roger Smith.

The two remaining matches that survived saw Brantham Athletic ‘A’ grab a point at Bures United in a 1-1 draw with the host’s scorer Courtney Prince.

Meanwhile Bell Vue Social won handsomely at Little Oakley ‘A’ with goals from Bruce Poole (2), Daniel Goodman and John Thorndike. ‘Oakley’s response came from Dean Whiten.

In division two Stanway Pegasus travelled to Cavendish and marched on with a 10-1 drubbing to make it 14 straight league wins.

Third place Tollesbury were held at home by Wormingford Wanderers in a 3-3 draw and Boxted Lodgers Reserves proved too strong for visiting Lawford Lads Reserves winning 5-0.

In the third division amazingly there was another 10-1 result at Shrub End. Visiting Gosfield United strengthened there position at the top of the table opening up a four point lead. Alex Greaves helped himself to a hat trick and Jake Gilder netted twice. The remaining scorers were Tom Doughty, Josh Green and substitute Liam Bowman.


John Campany.

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