Essex & Suffolk Border League Round – Up 23rd February 2019.
There was a five goal, thriller at Green Farm Meadow as relegation threatened Earls Colne followed up their impressive win at Wormingford Wanderers last week with another fine performance and with three games to go will surely be playing senior football next season.
Little Oakley Reserves were the visitors who themselves won handsomely last week and it appeared that successive wins, was, the likely outcome after 45 minutes with a 2-0 lead as the home side struggled. However, full marks to Chris Hudson’s side who stormed back with three second half goals.
Club legend, the genial Robin Bragg, said “we battled back from 2-0 down in a very important fixture for us with only three games now remaining it was essential to get three points. Our goals came from Connor Randall and two from substitute Dan May to secure a great comeback and maximum points against a useful ‘Oakley’ side”.
Christopher Stratton scored twice for the visitors in a game well officiated by top referee Andrew French.
Great Bentley provided a shock in the Premier Division by denying second place Tiptree Heath with a 2-1 away win, whilst Alresford Colne Rangers slipped up at Ford Lane dropping two vital points against visiting Hatfield Peverel.
These results were good news for champions Gas Recreation who defeated Dedham Old Boys at Bromley Road, who were also involved in a five-goal thriller, to take closer order, to yet another title tilt with goals from Ryan Dale and a brace from Harry Hewes.
Ryan Knill Jones was on target for Tiptree Heath at Tolleshunt Knights Village Hall, but a second half winner was enough for Great Bentley whose marksmen was Joseph Hurd. Tiptree Heath remain in second place three points behind ‘Gas’ but have played one game more.
Fourth place Alresford lost ground only drawing at Ford Lane 1-1 to Hatfield Peverel whose scorer was Lawrence Hale
West Bergholt had an emphatic win at Lorkin Daniel Field by thumping Hedinghams United. The home side powered there way to four first half goals and added a fifth in the second period with Jake Bethell, Luke Bloomfield, Gareth Gibson and a brace from Nicholas Farthing on target.
White Notley had a good win at Oak Farm against Lawford Lads winning 3-1 and remain in a healthy sixth place. Lee Ifield struck a couple of goals with Robert King adding the third. Lawford’s response came from Oliver Mann whilst Jake Long received a straight red card.
Elsewhere at The Chase, Wormingford Wanderers beat Kelvedon Social 3-2 whose marksmen were Liam Close, Elliot Lamb and Jamie Pringle.
In the first division, Flitch United have gone two points clear at the top, despite being held 1-1 by visiting Tiptree Jobserve, to strengthen their promotion credentials with Shane Pyne on target.
Boxted Lodgers enjoyed a 5-3 success at Cage Lane against luckless Brantham Athletic ‘A’ with goals from Conor Howard, Ryan Trussler, Mathew Norris and a couple from Kieran Whittaker.
In the Tommy Thompson Cup Long Melford Reserves progressed to the semi-final in a hard-fought match at Stoneylands against Mersea Island. The score after 90 minutes was 2-2, but the home side stormed through with five further extra time goals without reply. The Melford scorers were Steven Cole, Josh Collins, Perry Newman and two each from Will Howe and substitute Dan Smith. Dan Gibbons and Jack Mahon replied for the Islanders.
AFC Sudbury ‘A’ overwhelmed Tollesbury winning 11-1 to also reach the semi final whilst in the Reserve Knock- Out Cup both Dedham Old Boys and Tiptree Engaine won through to the semi final stage.