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ESBFL – Weekly Round-Up for 19th January 2019 by John Campany

Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 19th January 2019.


Tiptree Heath took closer order in the Premier Division with a 3-2 win at Dedham Old Boys. They took advantage of the abandonment of leaders Gas Recreation’s match versus Barnston at Bromley Road and are now three points behind following a hat trick from sharp shooter Charlie Green. George Vallentyne and John Vitelli replied for the Old Boys.

Third place Alresford Colne Rangers were held at Lawford Lads 2-2 where Oliver Mann another prolific scorer hit two more for the home side.

Fourth placed West Bergholt was held to a goal less draw at The Chase by Kelvedon Social whilst Great Bentley eased past visiting Wormingford Wanderers 4-0.

The remaining Premier match saw Hatfield Peverel beat struggling Earls Colne 3-2 at the Keith Bigden Memorial Ground with goals from Lawrence Hale, James Irvine and Lewis Nial whilst Cameron Easter and Ricky Loveridge replied.

Hatfield remain in 6th position, but Earls Colne are in a perilous position in the relegation zone.

In Division One Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves maintained a healthy nine-point lead at the top drawing with Cressing United 1-1 at Ford Lane. There marksman, was Kye Learoyd–Tuckwell.

Flitch United maintained their challenge in third spot with a 2-2 draw at West Bergholt Reserves where Daniel O’Brien and Mathew Wickham both scored. The response from ‘Bergholt’ came from Craig Isom and Scott Cannon.

Little Oakley ‘A’ were convincing winners at Bures United gaining valuable points as they fight against the threat of relegation. There 5-0 victory featured two braces from Frank Selwyn and Christopher Stratton and one from Thomas Simpson.

Equally, there was a big win for Gas Recreation Reserves against basement side Brantham Athletic ‘A’. The 6-2 victory however sees ‘Gas’ remain second from bottom in the table.

At Florence Park Tiptree Jobserve were engaged in a thriller against Colne Athletic who finally won 3-2 having held a, three goal interval lead. Lee Monk and Nelson Taylor scored for the home side whilst Joe Hawkins and a brace from Luke Rogers wrapped up the points for ‘Athletic’.

Bell Vue Social and Boxted Lodgers shared the points at Fords Lane with a 1-1 draw with Jayson Sowden scoring for the home side and Daniel Watts replying.

In Division Two runaway leaders Stanway Pegasus continued with there relentless pursuit to the title with a comfortable 3-1 win over visiting Hatfield Peverel Reserves whose scorer was Alex Soloman.

Long Melford Reserves consolidated there second position with a 4-2 win against Lawford Lads Reserves at Stoneylands. The Melford goals were evenly distributed between Will Howe, Addy Roy, Cory Williams and substitute Daniel Harewood. Lawford’s reply came from Christian Rayner and Chris Upton.

FC Clacton reserves are third with a 2-0 win at Wormingford Wanderers Reserves with James Gregory and substitute Bradley Pile on target, whilst Mersea Island are two points behind in fourth place. The Islanders were 2-1 victors against Harwich Rangers with goals from Alex Akinola and Dan Gibbons and a reply from Ricky Davies.

In Division Three, leaders Gosfield United maintained their charge for the title with a 2-0 win at Harwich & Parkeston Reserves with goals from Jake Gilder and Andrew Turner but, pursued by Tiptree Engaine Reserves who beat Shrub End United 3-0.

Meanwhile Dedham Old Boys Reserves strengthened there third spot with a resounding 7-0 win at Barnston Reserves that included four goals from Ryan Lee.


John Campany.

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