Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 2nd February 2019.
It was a truncated program for the Border league Saturday, but the top match that was played saw the exit of Alresford Colne Rangers in the Quarter Final tie against Essex Olympian league leaders Buckhurst Hill at Ford Lane.
It was always going to be a formidable challenge for the home side against arguably the favourites to win the prestigious cup. Buckhurst Hill has won 14 of there 15 league games with just one loss.
In another quarter final tie Tiptree Heath’s home match with holders Catholic United, also from the Olympian league, was a casualty of the weather, and will be played this Saturday.
In the domestic league Knock – Out Cup, the holders Gas Recreation moved smoothly into Round 3 with an emphatic win over second division Cavendish 4-0 at Bromley Road. Luke Taylor bagged a hat trick whilst Ryan Dale scored the other.
In the other tie Lawford Lads inflicted a straight third consecutive defeat on runaway division two leaders Stanway Pegasus at School Lane in a feisty match. There was no score after 90 minutes and the sides could not be separated after extra time. However, the ‘Lads’ progressed winning 6-5 on penalties despite being reduced to 9 men following a straight red card for Sean Lorimer and two yellows shown to Samuel Perry.
In the premier division West Bergholt took closer order in third place crushing Barnston 7-0 at Lorkin Daniel Field and is four points behind Gas and Tiptree Heath who both remain on 46 points. Lewis Blanchett led the scoring with a fine hat trick, supported with one each from Jake Bethell, Ryan Brown, Gareth Gibson and Lee Townrow.
Fifth place White Notley had a fine 5-0 win over Wormingford Wanderers at the Playing Field leaving the home side amongst the strugglers. A Josh Goodey brace set them on there way with Lee Ifield, Adam Bennett and Rory Bone completing the scoring.
Another away victory saw Dedham Old Boys hit three at Lawn Meadow against Hedinghams United to consolidate there comfortable 6th place with goals from Keenan Oboy, James Parker and Henry Welham.
In the other premier match Great Bentley beat bottom side Brantham Athletic Reserves 3-1 at the Leisure Centre.
In division one Flitch United took closer order to leaders Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves who were inactive, by beating struggling Brantham Athletic ‘A’ 6-1, who remain seeking there first win.
They are now just three points behind the leaders with three games in hand and look strong promotion candidates. Shane Pyne scored twice whilst the other goals came from Troy Featherstone, Jordon Marsh, Daniel O’Brien and substitute Neil Rivett.
Tiptree Engaine surprisingly lost ground at Burches Meadow by visitors Bell Vue Social 2-1. Although still in third place, they are six points behind Flitch United. James Ennew and Jayson Sowden did the damage despite the sending off of Daniel Gasson – Davies.
It was an eight goal thriller at Cage Lane where Boxted Lodgers drew 4-4 with Gas Recreation Reserves. The Lodgers scorers were Paul Goddard, Conor Howard, Jack Keeble and Kieran Whittaker.
In division two, Long Melford beat Mersea Island 6-2 at the Glebe and Tollesbury defeated Harwich Rangers 6-1 at Low Road Recreation Field.
In division three, Gosfield United march on to the title with a 4-2 victory at Church Road and hold a fourteen point lead over Dedham Old Boys Reserves and Tiptree Engaine Reserves.