Essex Premier claim opening away victory

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Essex Premier claimed a surprise 21-19 away victory in their opening Inter County group match at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club. 

Essex were without several key players ahead of their first ICC match with Debbie Dillon, Linda Lambert, Ian Arthur, Mitchell Young and current national triples champions Matt Dillon, Barry Hedges and Adam Sultana were all absent.

Many of last years ‘A’ team were given their opportunity in the Premier side for the tie and seized it.

Steve Killington was first up in the singles but he bumped into Northampton’s Lee Hall who won 22-5.

Last year’s ‘A’ team singles player Pauline Childs slotted into the other singles role and fought well against England International Callum Beale. With the game going to the wire at 12-12 last end but Beale snatched the victory at the end 13-12.

In the pairs, Greg Wade and Shirley Walker lost 13-6 against the Northampton pairing of C Drage and Thelma Hopkins.

Mark Chittock and Peter Fautley were Essex’s saving grace in the opening session, as they faced G Dormer and Chris Hopkins. Neither duo could be separated after 15 ends with a 14-14 draw. 

Which gave Essex their only point of the session and trailed 7-1.

In the second session, Essex hit straight back as they often do with new trio Andy Philbrick, Paul Bax and John Pye – who won 15-7.

The other triple, was unchanged from last year as Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and team captain Tony Ealham replicated their teammates as they won 17-9 – to take maximum points for the triples.

In the fours, Babs Morokutti, Phil Banner, Keith Paxman and Antony Fautley won convincingly over Ed Sawbridge’s quartet 20-7.

In the final game of the first half, new fresh Premier blood was involved in the fours, as Eileen Smith-Allen, Pat Goodchild, John Wade and Rob Wade were beaten 11-7.

At the break Essex had pulled back after their bad start to trail 9-7.

In the second half, Childs then faced Hall which she came off second best despite her best efforts as she lost 15-9.

Killington also had a tough time against Beale who won 17-8 and Northampton comfortably claimed the bonus points in the singles.

In the pairs, Fautley (Senior) and Chittock (Chittock) won 17-8 to put Essex in a two shot lead on the bonus points in the pairs.

The other duo, Wade (Junior) and Walker went to the wire as they were narrowly beaten by Hopkins (Mr) 14-13 but took the pairs bonus points by one shot. 

Northampton extended their overall lead to 17-11 after their 8-4 session win – needing just four points to take the match.

But Essex had other ideas, as Binstead, Kay and Ealham made it two wins from two as they held on to win 12-11 to get the visitors off and running for the comeback.

The other triple were unfortunate not to also take a victory as Philbrick, Bax and Pye were just beaten 14-11. Although Essex took the two extra bonus points in the triples.

Smith-Allen, Goodchild, Wade and Wade managed to grind out their win 8-5 against Sawbridge’s rink, to bring the score back to 19-17 with one match remaining.

Morokutti, Banner, Paxman and Fautley brought it home for Essex with another huge victory 19-4 to level the scores and secure the bonus points to take an overall 21-19 away win.

In the other group fixture Surrey travelled to the current ICC champions Norfolk. Where Surrey were beaten 23-17.

Essex now look to carry their confidence into the next group game, on the 9th October with another away trip this time to top of the table Norfolk.

This leaves county manager Dave ‘The Tinkerman’ Chittock with a headache over selection as some absentees return for the tough outfit of Norfolk.

Essex A qualify for rinks finals

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Essex A secured their place in the Inter County rinks finals for the first time at Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club.

Essex won their final match against Surrey A to book their place in the finals in January next year.
The first round in the group saw Dorset A win comfortably against Surrey.

Essex then faced a strong Dorset side and had a tough time, as Josie Robinson, Colin Addis, John Pye and Alan High were beaten 16-1.

Shirley Walker, Emily Poulter, Brenda Neil and Pat High suffered a similar defeat 18-5.

In the others rinks, Heather Clements, Dave Chittock, Tony Hayes and John Wade tried to contain the deficit but lost 12-6.

Essex’s only win in the rink came through, Andy Philbrick, Greg Wade, Bart Clements and Rob Wade as they won comfortably 19-8 to lose overall by 25 shots.

On Dave (The Tinker Man) Chittock’s managerial debut he made a few changes, as reserve Peggy May slotted into Alan High’s rink and Josie Robinson moved into Shirley Walker’s four as Brenda Neil was sidelined. 

The revived Essex side came out with an incentive, as Walker, Poulter, Addis and Robinson won 15-9 against the Surrey four.

Philbrick, Wade (Junior), Clements and Wade (Senior) had a narrow defeat 12-11, to hold a five shot overall lead with two rinks remaining.

Clements, Chittock, Hayes and Wade had also a narrow 13-11 defeat, leaving a three shot lead with one rink remaining.

Essex relied on High, May, Pye and High to confirm qualification to place second in the group, as they won 13-11 to beat Surrey by five shots overall.

Essex A will now look forward to their first appearance at the A rinks finals in a mixed day overall for the new manager.

Essex Prem suffer shock rinks exit

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Essex Premier fail to qualify in the Inter County Rinks qualification at Tamworth Indoor bowls club.

Essex was denied sneaking through from Surrey’s Derek John’s final bowl to squash qualification for the finals.

Herefordshire and Surrey kicked off the first group game, in which Hereford blew Surrey away with a 16 shot victory.

Essex under new management in Dave Chittock, then faced buoyant Hereford who flew out the blocks which left Essex stunned. 

Barry Hedges rink, including Matt Dillon, Pat Goodchild and Steve Killington had a torrid time as they were beaten 24-8 by the Hereford quartet.

Eileen Smith-Allen, Alan Kay, Mitchell Young and Craig Burgess clawed back the shot deficit to within four after a 18-6 win.

In the other rinks, Debbie Dillon, Pauline Childs, Mark Chittock and Tony Ealham pulled back from behind to gain a narrow victory on the last end 9-8.

In the final four to finish, Babs Morokutti, Linda Lambert, Phil Banner and Peter Fautley dropped the two shot overall lead on their final end to draw the opening tie.

After the break, Essex found themselves behind again this time against Surrey. Chittock’s side found themselves 19 shots behind with five ends to play overall on all rinks, but came back fighting.

With Dillon, Childs, Chittock and Ealham as they closed their defeat to only one shot with a big final end as they lost 11-12, to the Surrey rink.

Hedges’ quartet (Dillon, Goodchild and Killington) struggled again, as they lost their second match of the day 13-10.

Smith-Allen, Kay, Young and Burgess won their final match 10-7 to claim Essex’s top rink.

Fautley’s rink (Morokutti, Lambert and Banner) made a superb comeback from 13-2 down early on to pull it back to 13-13 on the final end. 

The Essex rink were holding the two shots needed to take the overall victory, until John’s final bowl drew the shot to take the deserved win and qualify in second place for the second successive season.

Which sent last years finalists to crash out at the first stage and sent group winners Hereforshire through with Surrey.

Players Ratings:

Matt Dillon 6/10

Pat Goodchild 6/10

Steve Killington 6/10

Barry Hedges 5/10

Eileen Smith-Allen 7/10

Alan Kay 7/10

Mitchell Young 6/10

Craig Burgess 7/10

Debbie Dillon 6/10

Pauline Childs 7/10

Mark Chittock 5/10

Tony Ealham 6/10

Babs Morokutti 6/10

Linda Lambert 6/10

Phil Banner 6/10

Peter Fautley 7/10

Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group G: Leyton Orient 3 Stevenage 1

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Leyton Orient go top of the Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group G, after a 3-1 victory over 10-man Stevenage at The Matchroom Stadium.

Stevenage’s Dean Wells saw red early on for Stevenage after a high elbow which aided to Paul McCallum’s brace with one in each half and a Sandro Semedo volley.

The away sides second half goal was only a consolation shortly after the O’s doubled their lead, as Fraser Franks scored with his head.

Andy Hessenthaler made six changes to his side that lost 2-1 at home to Mansfield at the weekend.

The visitors had the first chance of the match, as the O’s defence called for an offside that was not given on Jake Hyde – who on the turn fired a shot which was straight at Sam Sargeant.

The home side then had their first shot on target, as Semedo burst forward and his shot from range stung the hands of Jamie Jones.

Stevenage were reduced to 10-men only 13 minutes in, as Dean Wells was given his marching orders after an elbow to the face of Paul McCallum.

Orient again looked threatening as Harry Cornick stretched the Stevenage defence, he whipped a ball to the far post for Semedo to cut inside and test Jones once again who was equal to it.

Jordan Bowery was then played through on goal but he placed his shot straight at the rushing Jones who denied the striker.

Bowery again was stopped by the fingertips of Jones this time, as the ball was slipped into him inside the area and his low drilled shot was parried by a strong right hand from Jones.

On the half hour mark, Orient nearly took their deserved lead as a cross field ball from Callum Kennedy found Cornick and his strike from a tight angle hit the near post.

Orient took the lead shortly after, as Cornick again caused Stevenage problems as his cross was cleared only to McCallum in the centre of the box to volley into the top corner.

Cornick almost scored from a wonderful solo run with five minutes before the break, as he took on and beat two players but his shot from a tight angle went narrowly wide of the far upright.

McCallum was inches away from a superb goal, as his audacious overhead kick attempt from Nicky Hunt’s cross went just over the bar.

Cornick nearly capped off a superb first half performance with a goal, as the ball came to him just outside the box and his strike was kept out by another great stop from Jones.

In the second half, Orient doubled their lead just eight minutes into the second half. Just two passes undone the Stevenage backline, as Kennedy’s cross field ball to Cornick was clipped to the far post for Semedo to volley in.

Stevenage grabbed a goal back just five minutes later, as a free-kick was whipped in by Andrew Fox and met by Franks with Sargeant in no man’s land.

Orient got their third and McCallum’s second, as Cornick beat his man and squared the ball across goal for McCallum to tuck in from close range – to claim all three points.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 24 Sam Sargeant. 3 Callum Kennedy, 6 Tom Parkes, 8 Robbie Weir ©, 10 Paul McCallum, 15 Nigel Atangana (45), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick, 21 Jordan Bowery (74), 22 Sandro Semedo, 25 Aron Pollock

Substitutes: 1 Alex Cisak, 4 Liam Kelly (45), 9 Ollie Palmer, 23 Freddy Moncur, 28 Josh Koroma, 30 Sam Dalby (74), 31 Steven Alzate

Stevenage Lineup: 1 Jamie Jones, 3 Andrew Fox, 4 Jack King, 5 Fraser Franks, 11 Tom Pett, 15 Jake Hyde (59), 19 Dean Wells, 22 Charlie Lee, 23 Harry Cowans, 25 Ronnie Henry ©, 24 Matt Godden

Substitutes: 16 Chris Day, 8 Steven Schumacher, 9 Rowan Liburd, 18 Michael Tonge, 20 Connor Hunte (59), 28 Nathan Kerr, 30 Mark McKee

Attendance: 876 (47)

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 3 Stevenage 0

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Leyton Orient secured their first league victory of the season, with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Stevenage at The Matchroom Stadium.

Orient gained an early a two goal cushion in the first half, through Gavin Massey’s strike for the advantage.

Dean Cox got the second with a superb header to dismantle a struggling Stevenage in the opening half.

Massey grabbed his brace for his third goal in three games in the second half, to deny Stevenage any chance of a revival as the O’s secured their first victory of the season.

Andy Hessenthaler made four changes to his side that were defeated 1-0 by Newport County at Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Ollie Palmer, Sean Clohessy and Captain Robert Weir all moved to the bench with Paul McCallum not in the squad due to a knee injury as Nigel Atangana, Nicky Hunt, Harry Cornick and Jay Simpson all started for the O’s.

The visitors nearly scored within the second minutes, as former O’s midfielder Jobi McAnuff was slotted in but for a firm hand down to his right by Alex Cisak.

After a mistake by the hosts, Matt Godden was played through on goal and he lifted it over the rushing Cisak which was hooked off the line by Hunt.

Massey burst down the left into the box to cross, after good work from Sandro Semedo for Cox who headed over the bar.

Orient took the lead 20 minutes in, with Cox to whip a daring low ball across the box for Jay Simpson who’s shot was saved by Jamie Jones. The rebound then came to Harry Cornick to head against the post, which then fell to Massey who struck home on the third attempt for his second goal of the season.

The visitors then had a chance to level, through Mcanuff but he unselfishly tried to square the ball across goal which almost fell to Tom Conlon, until Semedo slid in and cleared the danger at the far post.

The hosts doubled their lead eight minutes from the break, as Cornick’s cross on the touchline was met by Cox to power a header just inside the box which came off the inside of the post and in.

Orient nearly put the match beyond doubt, as Cornick’s over hit cross was spilled by Jones under no pressure, which was picked up by Massey to cut inside and his shot was desperately blocked by Stevenage to deny a third.

In the second half, Stevenage had a chance to get back into the match, as a high ball was won by Godden fell to Macnuff whose shot on the volley went wide of the target.

The O’s secured the three points with 15 minutes to go for Massey’s second of the evening, as substitute Jordan Bowery burst down the right to drill a low ball across goal, which found its way to Massey to fire in from close range.

Cisak held on to his clean sheet in the closing minutes, Stevenage substitute Dale Gorman shot was stopped as Orient now move up to mid table.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 4 Liam Kelly ©, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Dean Cox (66), 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana (50), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick, 22 Sandro Semedo, 27 Jay Simpson (74), 37 Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 2 Sean Clohessy, 3 Callum Kennedy, 8 Robert Weir (45), 9 Ollie Palmer (74), 21 Jordan Bowery (66), 24 Sam Sergeant, 45 Armand Gnanduillet

Stevenage Lineup: 1 Jamie Jones, 25 Ronnie Henry ©, 6 Luke Wilkinson, 5 Fraser Franks, 3 Andrew Fox, 32 Tom Conlon (66), 18 Michael Tonge, 22 Charlie Lee (45), 7 Jobi McAnuff, 24 Matthew Godden, 14 Ben Kennedy (45)

Substitutes: 16 Chis Day, 11 Tom Pett, 26 Shaun Donnellan, 20 Connor Hunte (66), 15 Jake Hyde, 9 Rowan Liburd (45), 17 Dale Gorman (45)

Attendance: 3,774 (304)

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 3 Stevenage 0

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Newport County 1

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Leyton Orient open their home account with a disappointing 1-0 home to Newport County at the Matchroom Stadium.

Newport took the lead midway through the first half, as Jamie Turley poked it in from close range.

Andy Hessenthaler made five changes from his sides 3-2 midweek home defeat in the EFL League Cup to Fulham and three changes from his sides 1-1 away draw at Cheltenham.

With Nigel Atangana, Harry Cornick and Jordan Bowery benched after a knee injury last week as Dean Cox, new signing Liam Kelly and Paul McCallum slotted into the starting lineup.

Orient started brightly, as Dean Cox slotted into Gavin Massey out wide on the outside of the box to square the ball across goal but was cleared away by Newport.

Newport showed their attacking intent, as Sean Rigg nicked the ball off Sandro Semedo and his shot from the edge of the box went just wide with Alex Cisak at full stretch.

The visitors had another opportunity minutes later, as the ball fell inside the box to Rigg who rifled his shot over the bar.

Massey then got the O’s fans to their feet, as he skipped passed his man – cut the ball across the box to Ollie Palmer, whose shot on the turn was straight at Joe Day.

Jennison Myrie-Williams whipped the ball across the face of goal for Marlon Jackson’s diving header to be saved by Cisak but was penalised for a foul.

The game began to get scrappy without any clear-cut chances, until a corner from Newport was flicked on at the near post by Jackson to Turley who tucked the ball in at the back post, to stun the hosts.

In the second half, Orient looked to respond and almost did through Ollie Palmer out wide and his low cross was given to Kelly inside the box whose shot was blocked by Darren Jones.  

Orient were pressing and were getting joy from their substitutes, as Harry Corwick burst through and selfishly shot from a tight angle which was saved by Day.

The hosts threatened form a set piece this time, as it was flicked on twice towards goal until Palmer headed over from inside the six-yard box.

Orient went on the break with seven minutes remaining and nearly equalised as Semedo cross was met by Palmer but he headed wide and was relieved when the offside flag was raised.

The home side again tried to break down the Newport defence down, as Kelly’s first time shot went narrowly wide, which was the last effort for the O’s as Newport took all three points.

Leyton Orient: 1 Alex Cisak, 2 Sean Clohessy, 4 Liam Kelly, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Dean Cox (72), 8 Robbie Weir © (72), 9 Ollie Palmer, 10 Paul McCallum (60), 11 Gavin Massey, 22 Sandro Semedo, Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sergeant, 3 Callum Kennedy, 15 Nigel Atangana (72), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick (72), 21 Jordan Bowery (60), 45 Armand Gnanduillet

Newport County: 1 Joe Day, 3 Dan Butler, 4 Darren Jones, 5 Jamie Turley, 6 Joss Labadie, 8 Mark Randall (85), 11 Jennison Myrie-Williams (64), 13 Marlon Johnson, 15 Jordan Green (63), 17 Scott Bennett ©, 27 Sean Rigg

Substitutes: 30 James Bittner, 2 Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (63), 12 Ben Tozer (64), 14 Paul Bignot, 16 Josh Sheehan, 20 Tom Owen-Evans (85)

Attendance: 4,184 (306)

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Newport County 1

Ryman League Premier: Farnborough 3 Brentwood Town 0

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Brentwood Town ended their Ryman League Premier season with a 3-0 away defeat to Farnborough at the Cherrywood Stadium.

Already relegated Brentwood finished the season with a dreary defeat, which confirmed Farnborough’s safety for now in the Ryman Premier.

John Oyenuga opened the scoring in the first half for Farnborough with a strange goal to give the hosts the early lead.

The home side extended their advantage in the second half, as Dennis Oli tucked his close range shot away.

Freddie Grant sealed the three points late in the second half, as he was brought down and then stepped up to tuck away the spot kick.

Mike Flanagan made one change to his side that were beaten 3-1 away at Bognor Regis in the week, as Joshua Banton is preferred to Marcus Milner.

Brentwood had the first shot on target, as a cross dropped to Petrit Elbi just outside the box which he had to adjust his body to get a strong shot on goal that was well held by Melvin Minter.

‘The Blues’ had another opportunity through sloppy defending, as Alex Teniola slotted in Shad Ngandu, who looked to be offside but the linesman didn’t flag but Ngandu could not turn it past Minter.

The home side took the lead 21 minutes in, from Oyenuga out wide as his hopeful high ball caught Ollie Bowles off guard and found its way into the top corner.

Brentwood almost equalised shortly after, as Sam Cross’ free-kick was heading into the top right hand corner but for Minter who tipped it over the bar.

In the second half, tried to shake things up with two changes as Tom Richardson came on for Petrit Elbi and Simon Glover replaced the injured Ryan O’Rawe.

Farnborough doubled their advantage 11 minutes from the end, as Joshua Gallagher put a low cross into Oli who peeled away and struck his shot into the far corner.

‘The Borough’ nearly added insult to injury, as Grants free-kick was heading goalwards but for Bowles to direct it over the bar.

The hosts extended their lead with moments to go, as Glover brought down Grant inside the box, which left the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Grant then brushed himself down and sent Bowles the wrong way to finish the match off.

Farnborough Lineup: 1 Melvin Minter, 2 John Oyenuga, 3 Freddie Grant, 4 CJ Fearn, 5 Keith Emmerson, 6 Terrell Forbes, 7 Joshua Gallagher, 8 Charlie Allen (88), 9 Dennis Oli (85), 10 Oliver Bailey, 11 Jack Battie (68)

Substitutes: 12 Matt Ball (68), 14 Jack Barton (85), 15 Usman Adeniji, 16 Dean Joseph-Whittingham (88), 18 Harry Knight

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Andrew Freeman, 4 Sam Cross, 5 Ryan O’Rawe © (45), 6 Mitch Hahn (88), 7 Petrit Elbi (68), 8 Connor Witherspoon, 9 Shad Ngandu, 10 Alex Teniola, 11 Sam Bantick

Substitutes: 12 Tom Richardson (68), 14 Simon Glover (45), 15 Kevin Watson (88), 17 James Scammell

Attendance: 315

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Ryman League Premier: Farnborough 3 Brentwood Town 0