Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 12th January 2019.
Brantham Athletic Reserves who are struggling in the Premier Division had a change of fortune in the 1st round proper of the League Knock – Out Cup beating visiting Hatfield Peverel 2-1 at the Leisure Centre. Despite their league problems this is their second premier scalp having disposed of White Notley in the preliminary round.
In last week’s summary, it had been suggested that champions Gas Recreation might be on course for another premier title. However, Gary Bright’s Alresford Colne Rangers had other ideas by inflicting a solitary goal defeat in front of the Bromley Road faithful scored by substitute Aiden O’Brien
Alresford moved into third placed eight points behind the leaders but have a game in hand.
The main beneficiary proved to be Tiptree Heath who won at Hedinghams United 4-2 to consolidate there second spot reducing the deficit to six points, but also with a game in hand. The winners virtually wrapped up the points by half time with a three goal, interval lead. Their scorers were a brace from Charlie Green and one each from Joe Chester and substitute Callum Hunt.
Relegation haunted Barnston got a point at home to Kelvedon Social 1-1 with a goal from Ademola Ayilara. Martin Young replied for the visitors. Great Bentley were held by 5th placed White Notley in another 1-1 draw with the visitor’s goal from James Duckworth.
In the remaining premier matches Earls Colne earned a vital three points hosting Lawford Lads at the Recreation Ground with two goals from Connor Randall and one from Ricky Loveridge and Benrico Stripe to ease any potential relegation issues. Lawford’s marksmen were Sean Lorimer and Oliver Mann.
Mid table Dedham Old Boys won at Wormingford Wanderers with a solitary goal.
In the first division Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves opened up an eight point, lead over second placed Tiptree Engaine surprise losers at Bures United, whilst 3rd and 4th placed Flitch United and Cressing United both won.
At Ford Lane Alresford’s reserves beat Brantham Athletic ‘A’ 5-1 there 14th league win of the season with goals coming from Robert Cant, Daniel Finlay, Glen Linnane and Luke Harrison.
Bures entertained Tiptree Heath whom they beat 2-0 with Jack Hubbard getting a brace.
Cressing United were winners at Cage Lane 4-1. They were 2 up at half time and a strong second half saw them comfortably home. There scorers were Craig Copas with two and Daniel Hume who also scored twice. Paul Goddard replied for the home side.
Flitch United won vital points at Colne Athletic and are nine points behind Rangers, but have four games in hand and ready to consolidate a challenge for the First Division title. There 3-1 win was by courtesy of a Shane Pyne brace and one from Daniel O’Brien.
Bell Vue Social and Little Oakley ‘A’ fought out a seven goal, thriller with the home side narrowly triumphing against the visiting Oakley side. The home side scorers were Josh Grimes with two and one each from Bruce Poole and Ben Quinney. Christopher Stratton was unlucky to be on the losing side with a brace whilst Franky Selwyn got the other.
In the Tommy Thompson Cup, Long Melford won 5-1 at Harwich Rangers, Mersea Island beat Rowhedge 5-1, Stanway Pegasus defeated Ramsey & Mistley 4-0 whilst Tollesbury won 3-1 against visiting FC Clacton Reserves
The featured match was at Low Road Recreation Field that saw the Melford side convincingly move into the next round with goals from Will Howe, Perry Newman, Cory Willings and two from Sam Newton.