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ESBFL – Weekly Round-Up for 15th December 2018 by John Campany

Essex & Suffolk League Round – Up 15th December 2018.


Gas Recreation remain in command in the premier division with a comfortable 3-0 win at Barnston. Scott Page, Luke Taylor and Aston Firkins were there marksmen and the league champions are now three points clear of West Bergholt.

Indeed ‘Bergholt’ were beaten at home by the fast emerging Tiptree Heath who perhaps present the greatest danger to ‘Gas’ retaining the title.

Two goals in each half produced an emphatic win with their leading scorer Charlie Green getting two, bringing his season’s tally so far to twenty, with Cameron Ward and James Chesney completing the rout. They are in third spot, a point behind ‘Bergholt’ but with three games in hand and trail ‘Gas’ by four points with a game in hand.

There was a goal bonanza at Oak Farm that saw White Notley share eight goals with visiting Hatfield Peverel. Both sides retained their respective 4th and 5th positions in the table with 30 points, each a point clear of both Alresford Colne Rangers and Lawford Lads who both had fine wins.

‘Rangers’ were the division’s leading scorers with the 6-0 eclipse of Wormingford Wanderers at Ford Lane. With games in hand, a decent run of results, could see a real challenge from Gary Bright’s side.

Lawford Lads made it successive victories with a comfortable win over basement side Brantham Athletic Reserves 3-1. It was ‘hot shot’ Oliver Mann with a fine hat trick bringing his tally to 24 ensuring the School lane side being comfortably placed in 7th in the table.

Elsewhere in the premier there were wins for both Dedham Old Boys over Earls Colne 3-0 and Great Bentley who ended Hedinghams fine run of form 2-1.

In division one Tiptree Engaine will be disappointed that they did not take full advantage of leaders Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves inactivity with a goal less draw at Colne Athletic. With two games in hand of ‘Rangers’ they are now in a real challenging position trailing by five points.

Tiptree Jobserve won 2-1 at Bell Vue Social and both teams are level on points in 5th and 6th places respectively. Jack Webb got the home side’s goal whilst Ewan Cameron and Mark Hudson were on target for the visitors.

There was a goal feast at Bromley Road that saw Gas Reserves hitting four, but Cressing United went one better to win 5-4. Aaron Collier was the man of the moment with four goals bringing his tally to an impressive 25 whilst James King chipped in with the other. Cressing jumped into third spot whilst ‘Gas’ remain anchored second from bottom. Kieran Fisher was unlucky to score a hat trick and be on the losing side. The other goal scorer was Kieran Radford.

Flitch United will be disappointed with there draw at struggling Brantham Athletic ‘A’. They had the opportunity to move into third place, but the 1-1 draw sees them remain in fourth. They have plenty of games in hand and could be strong challengers for a promotion spot. Shane Pyne was there scorer.

Elsewhere Little Oakley ‘A’ was beaten at home to West Bergholt Reserves.

In division two leaders Stanway Pegasus were idol, but Friday night saw second placed Clacton Reserves humiliated 14-1 away to AFC Sudbury ‘A’. The avalanche of goals was lead by Fred King with five, Nathan Read hit four and one each from Ben Altintop, Samuel Girling, Bradley Sayer, Thomas Maycock and Isaac Skubick.

In the local derby, Long Melford Reserves moved smoothly into third with a decent win at Stoneylands beating rivals Cavendish 3-2. They are two points behind Clacton with two games in hand. Melford’s goals came from Maxwell Maughan, Perry Newman and Cory Willings with William Chaplin and substitute Chris Brewster responding for the visitors. Mersea Island and Tollesbury shared eight goals and Harwich Rangers hit five at Hatfield Peverel winning 5-1.

I wish Seasonal Greetings to all Readers.


John Campany

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