Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 2nd March 2019.
In the Premier Division top match, Gas Recreation defeated their old rivals West Bergholt 4-2 at the Lorkin Daniel Field, in front of an enthusiastic crowd, to consolidate there slender lead from challenging Tiptree Heath.
Luke Taylor grabbed a brace whilst Harry Hewer and Jonathan Ogusanya were also on target. Referee Carl Pearse showed a straight red card to Garry Machin. ‘Gas’ are three points clear, but with an emphatic goal difference that might be crucial in the run – in.
Second placed Tiptree Heath travelled to the Leisure Centre and beat relegated Brantham Athletic Reserves by two goals to nil to keep the pressure on the leaders. Joe Chester scored both goals.
Alresford Colne Rangers retained third spot with a solitary goal against visiting Barnston who in 15th spot are perilously close to losing there senior status with only three games to play.
Dedham Old Boys saw off Lawford Lads 2-1 with goals from Liam Macklin and Tristan Moseley with both sides comfortably mid table. The League’s leading scorer Oliver Mann, with 33 goals, replied for the visitors.
Kelvedon Social earned a goal less draw against visiting Earls Colne who are finishing the season with a flourish and are now 10th a vast improvement upon last season’s position. Whilst Kelvedon are languishing in 13th place, they should have enough about them to maintain their Premier status.
Little Oakley Reserves had a good win at home to Great Bentley 2-1 at the War Memorial with Matthew Geen and Sam Eldridge on the score sheet for the hosts.
Wormingford Wanderers still in need of points were soundly beaten by visitors Hatfield Peverel 4-0.
White Notley had a comfortable win at Oak Farm seeing off Hedinghams United 4-1 where both Lee Ifield and Alfie Cleal scored twice.
There’s an exciting race developing for the First Division title where Flitch United and Tiptree Engaine are both looking for the promotion spots. Leaders Flitch was given a rude awakening at home to Colne Engaine who beat the hosts in a five-goal thriller winning 3-2. United held an interval lead, but the visitors stormed back to take the points. The home scorers were James Oates and Mathew Wickham, whilst Ben Connell, Thomas Moore and Scott Yearling responded.
Meanwhile Tiptree Engaine overwhelmed Boxted Lodgers 8-1 and are two points adrift of Flitch, but with a game in hand.
Elsewhere Cressing United maintained 4th spot with a comprehensive 6-1victory over Bures United. Their scorers were Luke Bearman, Sean Goode, Levi Gray and a fine hat trick from Craig Copas.
In division two Stanway Pegasus have virtually clinched the title, and promotion, without even playing, and the chase is now on for the second spot. Second placed FC Clacton Reserves beat Ramsey & Mistley 7-0 with goals from Jake Richardson, Tyler Shillingford, a brace from Sean Hillier and a hat trick from Samuel Thompson.
Meanwhile both Long Melford Reserves and AFC Sudbury ‘A’ will compete for the runners spot with games in hand. Neither side had a game a Saturday.
In the Tommy Thompson Cup Cavendish made further progress beating Great Bentley Reserves 2-1 through a brace from Haydn Taylor.
In division three Gosfield United gained promotion with a narrow 2-1 win over Tiptree Jobserve ‘A’ with goals from Jake Gilder. One further point will probably suffice for Mark Whiskin’s side claiming a deserved title, at the first attempt.