Essex A won their opening home game of the Inter County Championship with a close 22-18 victory over Suffolk at Deanes School.
The hosts had a brilliant final session to take the win, with a substitution at half time made by County Manager David Chittock which paid dividends for the victory, despite without several key players also.
Suffolk took the advantage in singles with two big wins, as Pauline Childs and Roger Dover lost 20-4 and 14-9.
The pairs again performed well unchanged from the previous week, as Peggy May and Chittock won 16-9. With Paul Glenister and Andy Philbrick followed up with a 19-14 win to level the session at four a piece.
In the second session, there was once again little between the sides as Sylvia Ealham, Eileen Smith-Allen and Neil Paul won well 22-11. Whereas Shirley Banner, Peter Harris and Brenda Crowe were beaten 20-8.
In the fours Essex did not fared similar, as Carol Taylor, Colin Addis, Pat Goodchild and Jonathan East lost 12-5. Whereas the other four, Josie Robinson, Chrisie Le Rosenger, Rob Taylor and Peter Debenham managed a small victory 10-7. To replicate the second session with two games a piece with the match poised at 8-8.
After the break, Essex made a substitution switching Childs out the singles with Harris in the triples but were out muscled in the singles as Dover lost heavily 29-3 and Harris 20-9 to lose out on the bonus points by a whopping 58 shots.
Essex’s pairs tried to compensate for the singles, as Phibrick and Glenister stormed to a 22-7 victory but Chittock and May were well beaten 29-3. However, held on to the bonus point by just one shot as Essex fell behind 16-12.
In the final session, Essex fought back with both triples coming through as Ealham, Smith-Allen and Paul won 14-7 and Banner, Childs and Crowe won 20-14. To secure the bonus points by 12 shots and went in front overall 18-16.
The Essex quartet finished with mixed results, as Taylor, Addis, Goodchild and East were just edged out 13-11. Robinson, Le Rosenger, Taylor and Debenham won comfortably 16-8 and snatched the bonus points to take the victory 22-18.
Essex lost out on overall shots 191-234, but now take that win into the reverse fixture away to Suffolk in two weeks where they look to repeat their victory.
Essex premier gained their first home victory after a slender 22-18 win over a resilient Kent side at Deanes School.
A brilliant second session from Essex was ultimately the difference between the sides as they swept the session and a took a commanding lead.
But a late surge from Tim Rycraft’s side in the second half put Essex on the back foot but managed to creep over the line with the bonus points.
Essex were again without key players as, Antony Fautley, Dave Wooler, Mo Binstead, Linda Lambert, Alan Kay and Dom Reed all unavailable.
In the first session, Kent took command of the singles as Rycraft beat Barry Hedges 16-10 and Matt Dillon lost heavily 23-9.
Essex had better fortune in the pairs, as Babs Morokutti and Chris Coates came from behind to snatch victory 16-14 over Nicky Bartlett’s duo. In the other pairing Del Coates and Paul Bax just got over the line to win 13-12 against the Kent pair – to split the session 4-4.
In the second session Essex took control of the tie, as Phil Banner, Nigel Reed and Alan Jones won comfortably 15-10.
The game of the session came in the other triple, as Greg Wade, Mark Chittock and John Pye came from 12-6 down to win late in the day 16-14 against Gary Allard’s trio.
In the fours, Essex has two debutants in the side Josh Woods and Jake Atrill alongside two veterans Ian Arthur and Mitchell Young who came through 12-5.
The other quartet, had yet another close match but Kay Debenham, Emily Poulter, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman edged out the Kent four to win 8-5. To take the clean sweep in the session, to lead overall 12-4.
After the break Kent came out and made it difficult for Essex, as they again cleaned up in the singles with Hedges and Dillon both being narrowly edged out 17-15 and 14-11. To bring the scores back to 12-8 as they picked up the bonus points.
But Essex found some points when needed, as Morokutti and Coates won with ease 20-10 and secured the bonus points. Despite Bax and Coates who lost 15-7, to leave Essex with a small advantage 16-12 going into the last session.
Essex’s reliable triples put the hosts close to victory, as Wade, Chittock and Pye won 15-13 against the Kent trio. The other triplet Banner, Reed and Jones lost on the final bowl as it agonisingly fell of the side of the mat after a pause for Allard’s triple to take an 8-7 win. Essex held on to the bonus points and got to the holy 20 points at that stage.
In the fours, Kent reversed the first round of fours, as Debenham, Poulter, Killington and Paxman lost out 10-8. The other quartet also came off worse, as Arthur, Woods, Atrill and Young lost 14-7 but despite defeat held on to the rink’s shots by one to take the 22-18 victory.
Essex lost overall on shots 198 to 189 but now take their opening win onto their travels, as they go to Kent 16 points behind them in third, for the reverse fixture in two weeks’ time where they look to repeat their victory.
Essex A’s late fightback was not enough as they lost 23-17 to Norfolk A in their ICC opener.
Essex has a poor start similar to their counterparts but a late surge gave them a positive result to take into next weeks home clash against Suffolk.
The visitors were also without key players such as Tony Hayes, Pat High, Brenda Neil, Kay and Peter Debenham who were all unavailable.
Essex kicked off with a poor start, as Pauline Childs suffered a last end defeat 15-14. Roger Dover also found trouble in his singles, as he lost 16-7.
In the pairs Andy Philbrick and Paul Glenister were also on the end of a tight 15-14 defeat. Norfolk completed the clean sweep, as Peggy May and County Captain David Chittock lost 14-11.
Essex responded in the second session as Eileen Smith-Allen, debutant Neil Paul and County A team Captain Rob Wade won 15-9.
In the other trio Paul Reed, Brenda Crowe and Shirley Walker fell to a 19-4 defeat.
In the fours Jodie Robinson, Bob Taylor, Alan High and John Wade edged out the Norfolk four to take a 10-9 victory.
The other quartet Carol Taylor, Colin Addis, Pat Goodchild and Jonathan East won comfortably 14-4 to bring Essex back into the contest, as they trailed 10-6 at the break.
In the second half Essex struggled to continue their momentum, as Childs was narrowly beaten 12-10. Where Dover was also well beaten 19-8 to secure the bonus points for Norfolk.
In the pairs, Philbrick and Glenister won Essex’s only game of the session 15-9. With May and Chittock going down 19-5, as Norfolk took the pairs bonus points and a 20-8 lead into the final session.
In the last session, Essex showed true grit despite the scoreline, as Smith-Allen, Paul and Wade won 13-7.
The other trio Reed, Crowe and Walker nearly followed suit but had to make do with a 14-14 draw, as Norfolk held on to the bonus points by three in the triples.
The fours continued where they left off, as Robinson, Taylor, High and Wade won 15-9.
Taylor, Addis, Goodchild and East also took a convincing 17-3 victory to take the bonus points and session victory.
Essex’s late 23-17 comeback could prove vital later in the group stages. This gives them a good stepping stone for next weeks home encounter where they face Suffolk.
Essex Premier were defeated 27-13 by Norfolk in the Inter County Championship opener at Hingham Sports & Social Club.
Norfolk stormed into a healthy which was enough to see off Essex.
Essex were without key players for the match, as Alan Jones, Matt Dillon, Nigel Reed, Dominic Reed, Sheila and Roger Brooker were all unavailable.
In the first session Norfolk imposed their home advantage, as Barry Hedges lost 13-9 to Jack Pye.
Mitchell Young was also out muscled in the singles by Gary Best who won 14-9.
In the pairs, Chris Coates and Babs Morokutti lost out to John Turner and Dave Lamb 14-8. The other Essex duo Paul Bax and Derek Coates also came off to a similar defeat 17-11 to Norfolk County Captain John Sparham as the hosts took a clean sweep.
In the second session, Norfolk continued their early pressure as Maureen Binstead, Alan Kay and Dave Wooller recovered well to only suffer a 18-11 defeat to the Norfolk trio headed by Simon Willies.
The other triple, Greg Wade, John Pye and Mark Chittock gained Essex’s first points of the day with a 15-8 victory against Keith Cooke’s triple.
In the fours, Essex were edged out in both as Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert, Phil Banner and Antony Fautley lost 9-6 to Norfolk County manager and skip Selwyn Goldsmith.
The other quartet Shirley Banner, Emily Poulter, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman also lost 8-7 despite being infront for a large spell of the match.
For Norfolk to take a healthy 14-2 lead going into the break.
After the break, Essex settled and started to find their way as Young beat Pye 13-8. Although Hedges lost 17-10 to Best to claim the bonus points for Norfolk in the singles.
In the pairs, Coates and Morokutti stormed to a 17-4 victory. Coates and Bax were just edged out on the last end in a 11-10 thriller to split the bonus points overall.
Which secured the overall victory for Norfolk as they lead 21-7 going into the final session.
But Essex did not give up and battled on to collect some vital points. Despite both triples struggling as Binstead, Kay and Wooller fell to a 17-7 defeat. Wade, Pye and Chittock also found themselves on the end of a heavy 21-6 defeat with Norfolk taking both bonus points.
However the fours had better joy, as Arthur, Lambert, Banner and Fautley managed to get passed the Norfolk four 12-6.
Banner, Poulter, Killington and Paxman also found a way passed Goldsmith’s quartet 11-9 to also take the bonus points.
To claw important points for Essex to conclude the ICC opener 27-13.
Essex Premier now look to next week where they host their first ICC match of the new campaign at their new venue against Kent.
Leyton Orient remain unbeaten at home this season, after a convincing 4-1 home win against Guiseley at The Matchroom Stadium.
Guiseley took a shock lead, after Kayode Odejayi tucked in from close range to silence the O’s fans.
But a Macauley Bonne double from the spot gave the O’s the advantage at the break.
The O’s continued to go forward and were rewarded, as new signing Matt Harrold got his debut goal and Bonne capped off the afternoon to complete his hat-trick and seventh of the season.
Steve Davis made three changes from his side that won 1-0 away at Maidenhead United on Bank Holiday Monday. One forced changes, as Alex Lawless was out injured with a hip injury as Henry Ochieng got his first start alongside Craig Clay.
David Mooney and Jobi McAnuff both regained there starting spots, as Josh Koroma moved to the bench and Romauld Boco was left out of the squad.
Orient’s new signing Matt Harrold was named on the bench along with young Myles Judd for the first time this season.
The hosts’ nearly took the lead just five minutes in, as McAnuff was played through on goal he decided not to give it an open Bonne who was free and his strike was well-stopped by Joseph Green.
The O’s were offered a great chance 16 minutes in, as Green did not clear his lines Bonne closed him down got the block and the ball went trickling across the goal line and Bonne could not chase the rebound to poke it in.
Just after the half hour mark, Guiseley were given an opening, as Elokobi gave the ball away to Lee Molyneux to strike but was parried by Charlie Grainger.
Orient found themselves behind nine minutes before the break, as Kevan Hurst fired a ball across the box and Odejayi was there to tuck in unmarked.
The O’s then went more direct, as Ochieng ball up to Mooney was flicked on for Josh Coulson to strike but was straight at Green.
Mooney then got round the back of the defence, whipped a ball in which clearly hit the arm of the Guiseley defender and the referee pointed straight to the spot.
Bonne stepped up and confidently despatched the strike into the bottom left corner to level the match up.
In added time, Alex Purver bundled into Mooney just inside the box and the linesman gave the foul – for Orient’s second from the spot in three minutes.
Bonne stepped up for the O’s to put the ball in the same corner, depite Green diving the correct way could not get a hand to his strike.
In the second half, just after the hour mark Orient grabbed their third as Joe Widdowson’s cross was met by substitute and new signing Matt Harrold to head home.
Orient got their fourth with seven minutes remaining, as Harrold’s flick on sent Bonne through he beat both chasing defenders and slotted his shot underneath Green – to secure the three points.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Charlie Grainger, 2 Jake Caprice, 3 Joe Widdowson, 5 George Elokobi, 7 Jobi McAnuff, 9 Macauley Bonne (84), 10 David Mooney (C) (62), 17 Henry Ochieng (80), 18 Josh Coulson, 27 James Dayton
Substitutes: 12 Sam Sargeant, 6 Jamie Sendles-White (8), 14 Myles Judd, 19 Josh Koroma (84), 24 Matt Harrold (62)
Guiseley Lineup: 1 Joseph Green, 3 Daniel Lowe (C), 5 Ashley Palmer, 7 Kevan Hurst, 8 Will Hatfield, 10 John Rooney (68), 11 Lee Molyneux, 17 Alex Purver, 19 Kayode Odejayi (66), 20 Marcus Williams, 23 Daniel East
Substitutes: 9 Reece Thompson (68), 18 Frnak Mulhern (66)
Attendance: 4,323 (76)
Leyton Orient grabbed a last gasp equaliser to deny Eastleigh the victory with a 1-1 draw at The Matchroom Stadium.
The O’s missed the opportunity to take the advantage, as David Mooney missed from the spot.
Eastleigh took their chance from the spot, as Ayo Obileye tucked his spot kick in to lead at the break.
Orient got the equaliser late into injury-time through Craig Clay to strike and send the O’s fans into jubilation.
Steve Davis made one change to the eleven that won 2-0 away at Woking last weekend, as Craig Clay starts ahead of club Captain Charlie Lee who sustained a knee injury in training.
Orient had the first half chance of the game, as Alex Lawless had a shot from range but pulled his attempt wide.
The O’s again applied the early pressure, as Macauley Bonne slid a ball into Mooney whose shot from a tight angle was well-stopped by Graham Stack.
After a poor clearance from Charlie Grainger, James Constable had a shot from range and his bending effort from 30 yards just went wide with Grainger out of position.
Just after the half hour mark, James Dayton wriggled through the defence and was hacked down inside the box by the Eastleigh defender which gave the referee no option but to point to the spot.
Mooney stepped up for the O’s, sent Stack the wrong way but put his shot wide of the goal.
The tables then turned, as Eastleigh threatened from a set piece through Obileye went up for the loose ball inside the box but put his header wide from inside the six-yard box.
Lawless whipped in a quick ball back into the box from the breakdown for Mooney to attack but he could not guide the ball goalwards.
The visitors were then given an opening in added time of the first half, as Lawless brought down Mark Yeates inside the area. Obileye then outfoxed Grainger, waited for him to commit and slotted his strike straight down the middle.
In the second half, the visitors started the brighter as Yeates free-kick was met by Obileye which came back off the post and was finally cleared by Orient.
Yeates fired a shot on goal for Eastleigh, which stung the hands of Grainger but the O’s managed to scramble the ball clear.
Both Orient substitutes linked up well, as Josh Koroma teed-up Romauld Boco but fired his shot over the bar.
Orient put the ball in the back of the net in injury time, as Jake Caprice’s high cross was cut back by Boco and tucked in but for the linesman to give offside.
The O’s then grabbed their long-awaited equaliser with seconds of the game, as the Eastleigh defence cleared a Boco header the ball off the line which fell to Clay to strike and crept over the line to share the points.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Charlie Grainger, 2 Jake Caprice, 18 Josh Coulson, 5 George Elokobi, 3 Widdowson, 4 Alex Lawless, 23 Craig Clay, 27 James Dayton, 7 Jobi McAnuff (69), 10 David Mooney (69) ©, 9 Macauley Bonne
Substitutes: 12 Sam Sargant, 6 Jamie Sendles-White, 17 Henry Ochieng, 11 Romauld Boco (69), 19 Josh Koroma (69)
Eastleigh Lineup: 1 Graham Stack, 4 Sam Togwell ©, 7 Sam Wood (61), 8 James Constable, 10 Mark Yeates, 11 Chris Zebroski (71), 15 Ayo Obileye, 19 Danny Hollands, 22 Andrew Boyce, 25 Ben Wiiliamson (76), 27 Callum Howe
Substitutes: 13 Ross Flitney, 3 Michael Green (61), 18 Craig McCallister (71), 24 Cavaghn Miley, 26 Sam Matthews (76)
Leyton Orient made it back-to-back home victories after a 2-0 win against Maidstone United, at The Matchroom Stadium.
A David Mooney header grabbed the O’s lead early in the second half and his second for the season.
Orient then secured the points in injury-time through substitute Romauld Boco for his first of the season, as Orient move up to fourth.
Steve Davis named an unchanged lineup after their 3-1 home victory midweek over Solihull Moors. Whereas the visitors made two changes one forced as Stuart Lewis serves his three match ban for Tuesdays red card and Alex Finney are replaced by Jack Paxman and Alex Wynter.
Orient had a lively start and threatened just four minutes in, as Joe Widdowson was played in at the by-line by Jobi McAnuff, Widdowson’s low ball across goal could not be steered goalwards by Macauley Bonne.
Delano Sam-Yorke had the ball in the back of the net for Maidstone, as the ball was hung up to the far post for him to guide in but he impeded O’s keeper Charlie Grainger in the process and Orient breathed a sign of relief.
Bonne picked the pocket of the Maidstone defender and went to strike just outside the box but mistimed his shot and was collected by Captain Lee Worgan.
Maidstone nearly took the lead, as Sam-Yorke’s clever ball over the Orient defence found Joe Pigott whose shot through on goal was smartly saved by Grainger and Tom Wraight fired the rebound over.
Orient again looked threatening but just missing the final ball, as David Mooney slotted a ball for James Dayton to chase who could not quite get there ahead of Worgan.
McAnuff worked an opportunity just before the break on the edge of the box and hit his shot which was well stopped down low to Worgan’s right.
In the second half, Bonne burst Orient forward from his own half and went to strike but dragged his shot wide of the target.
Maidstone had a half chance, through the right back who clipped the ball to the far post for Wraight who guided his header well off target.
Orient took the lead on the hour mark, as Jake Caprice cut the ball back for Dayton who whipped the ball in for Mooney to guide into the bottom corner.
The hosts’ almost doubled their lead, as Caprice’s low ball across the goalmouth was just beyond Bonne’s stretched leg and could not guide the ball into the net.
Maidstone thought they had equalised, as Pigott’s snap shot was well-saved by Grainger and fired in on the follow-up by Sam-Yorke but the linesman raised his flag to Orient’s rescue.
The O’s then broke, through Charlie Lee in injury time who slotted in substitute Boco to slide his shot passed Worgan to double their lead and secure the points.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Charlie Grainger, 2 Jake Caprice, 18 Josh Coulson, 5 George Elokobi, 3 Joe Widdowson, 4 Alex Lawless, 8 Charlie Lee (C), 27 James Dayton (86), 7 Jobi McAnuff (79), 10 David Mooney (79), 9 Macauley Bonne
Substitutes: 12 Sam Sargeant, 16 Michael Clark, 23 Craig Clay (79), 11 Romauld Boco (86), 19 Josh Koroma (79)
Maidstone United Lineup: 1 Lee Worgan (C), 2 Josh Hare, 4 Reece Prestedge (74), 5 Alex Wynter, 9 Delano Sam-Yorke, 10 Jack Paxman, 11 Tom Wraight (80), 13 Joe Anderson, 14 Jai Reason, 16 Seth Nana Twumasi, 32 Joe Pigott
Substitutes: 20 Tommy Taylor, 6 Magnus Okuonghae, 17 Harley Willard (74), 21 Harry Phipps, 23 Jack Richards (80)
Attendance: 5,085 (595)