Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 22nd December 2018.
Wormingford Wanderers made progress in the League Knock Out Cup travelling to first division Tiptree Jobserve and returning with a convincing 5-2 win that puts them into Round 2. A brace from Luke Whybrow and goals from Martin Curtis, Elliot Lamb and Jamie Pringle sealed the victory.
Gas Recreation continued to lead the way in the premier division with a close fought win at Bromley Road beating Earls Colne 2-1, but Tiptree Heath there most likely challengers, also won a tight match against visiting Alresford Colne Rangers 3-2 and remain four points behind with a game in hand.
It was the leader’s 13th win with Aston Firkins and Jack Gregory on the score sheet.
It was an important six pointer for Tiptree over Alresford and provides the greatest threat to ‘Gas’. Ryan Knill Jones hit two whilst Harry Hazell made the game safe.
At the Drift Dedham fought out a 2-2 draw with Little Oakley Reserves. Home scorers were Tristan Moseley and Henry Welham whilst the visitor’s marksmen were Sam Eldridge and Harry Windred.
The remaining premier game saw Hedinghams United comfortably beat hosts Hatfield Peverel 5-1.
In the first division Flitch United moved into third place with a resounding 10-3 win at Little Oakley ‘A’ and were well served by scorers Shane Pyne with four, a hat trick by Michael Morgan and further goals from Billy Sykes and Neil Rivett.
Colne Athletic hit seven against struggling Gas Recreation Reserves winning 7-1 with there top scorer Scott Yearling scoring four bringing his tally to 15, and further goals from Thomas Moore and Josh Vaughan that completed the route.
Boxted Lodgers won 2-1 away at West Bergholt Reserves with goals from Stephen Clewlow and Connor Howard and Bures United were comfortable winners at Brantham Athletic ‘A’ with a brace from Jack Hubbard and one each from Courtney Prince and Tom Wingfield.
In division two runaway leaders Stanway Pegasus beat hosts Tollesbury 4-1 and Mersea Island beat visiting second place Clacton Reserves 2-1 at The Glebe with goals from Andy Gibbons and Ryan Mahon. This was Clacton’s second successive defeat.
At Furze Hill Lawford Lads Reserves beat Ramsey & Mistley 3-0 with goals from Gregg Harrison, Dylan Lonergan and Adam O’Brien, but remain anchored at the bottom of the second division.
Elsewhere Hatfield Peverel Reserves won 2-0 at Boxted Lodgers Reserves and Harwich Rangers had a good win against visiting AFC Sudbury ‘A’.
In the third division, leaders Gosfield United were held at Great Bentley Reserves 1-1, but remain at the helm, whilst third place Dedham Old Boys Reserves had a convincing 4-0 win at Bradfield Rovers with there four goals coming from a Daniel Irving brace, Shane Pike and Jamie Rush.
Mid table Shrub End United had a fine win at Hedinghams United winning 4-2 with goals from Ryan Amass, Kiean Daniels, Craig Turner and Bradley Smith.
Elsewhere Tiptree Engaine Reserves beat Harwich & Parkeston Reserves, who surprisingly continue to struggle, 3-2.