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ESBFL – Weekly Round-Up for 29th December 2018 by John Campany

Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 29th December 2018.


There were four League Knock Out cup ties on Saturday, one of which saw division two runaway leaders Stanway Pegasus, prove too good for premier West Bergholt at the Lorkin Daniel Field.

Given the strength of the visitors this could hardly constitute a surprise as the all conquering side, unbeaten this season, will now travel to Lawford Lads in round two following their 3-1 win.

The ‘Lads’ progressed by virtue of a convincing win at Cage Lane against division one Boxted Lodgers 6-2 and now face the enviable task of hosting Stanway Pegasus next.

The scorers for Lawford saw the prolific Oliver Mann getting a brace and one each from Nathan Ainger, Aaron Skeggs, Macauley Watson and Harry Parkes whilst Paul Goddard and Jamie Ridley replied for Boxted.

Little Oakley Reserves triumphed by beating visiting Kelvedon Social 3-2 after extra time. They held an interval two goal lead, but Kelvedon stormed back to take the tie into extra time but ‘Oakley hit the vital goal to earn there place in round two.

On target for the hosts were Tom Farthing, Gary Stanford and Oliver Wright. Kelvedon’s Ben Turner was unlucky to be on the losing side having scored twice, whilst referee Carl Pearce showed a red card to the home side’s Harry Windred.

There was a surprise in the remaining tie with second division Cavendish beating first division Flitch United away 4-0 following a goal less first half. Cavendish was indebted to Haydon Taylor’s brace supported by goals from Chris Brewster and James Wyatt.

In a Reserve Knock – Out cup tie Wormingford Wanderers Reserves progressed with a 3-0 win over Hedinghams United Reserves to reach the quarter final stage.

In the premier division match of the day leaders Gas Recreation fought back from a interval deficit of two goals to beat there main challengers Tiptree Heath with a fine hat trick from Jack Gregory. Harry Hazell put the hosts firmly in control in the first half with two goals, but the defeat leaves ‘Gas’ seven points clear of Tiptree albeit the third place, side have a game in hand.

Dedham Old Boys returned from Barnston with a 3-1 win with another hat trick hero in John Vitelli. Robert Manso replied for Barnston.

Elsewhere in the premier there were wins for Alresford Colne Rangers 3-0 at Earls Colne and Great Bentley beat Hatfield Peverel 4-1, whilst Brantham Athletic Reserves picked up a point against visiting Hedingham United in a 1-1 draw at the Leisure Centre.

In division two Tollesbury moved into second spot with an emphatic 7-0 win at Rowhedge with two goals each from Will Butcher, Ashley Collins and one a piece from James Bright, John Hill and Tommy Gregory.

Harwich Rangers had a good 3-1 win over visiting Long Melford. Leroy Eade scored twice and also received two yellow cards whilst Philip Taylor also scored, but received one yellow card. Melford’s reply came from Perry Newman.

Finally, the remaining division two match saw Lawford Lads Reserves and Hatfield Peverel Reserves share the spoils with a 1-1 draw. Daniel Eaton scored for the ‘Lads’ and Beck Pascal replied for the visitors.

There were no third division matches.


John Campany.

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