Essex Premier back in the mix

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Essex Premier claimed a vital 25-15 home victory over Surrey in the Inter County group stages, at Stonyhills Indoor Bowls Centre.

Essex now move up to third in the group and sit just outside qualifying but put themselves right back into contention.

Dave Chittock’s side were without Alan Jones due to being unavailable and Babs Morokutti who withdrew through illness, as reserve Shirley Banner stepped in.

The hosts flew out the blocks in the pairs, as Chris Coates and Peter Fautley dug in deep to win comfortable in the end 17-9.

Shirley Walker and Greg Wade also worked well to win 19-9 to take maximum points out the session in the pairs.

The singles however, struggled as Mark Chittock fell short to lose 14-10.

Mitchell Young suffered the same, as he lost 14-10 to square the session 4-4.

In the second session, Surrey came back and edged the session as Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert and Dave Wooller could not sneak a result as they lost 9-8. 

Although the other triple had better fortune, as Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham won 10-5.

Both fours went down to the wire, as Derek Coates, Paul Glenister, Steve Killington and Keith Paxman were ahead but held on to draw 8-8.

In the other four, Shirley Banner, Emily Poulter, Phil Banner and John Pye battled throughout but came unstuck on the last end to Derek Johns’ quartet as they lost 9-7.

To give Surrey a 9-7 lead at the break.

In the second half, the singles had a spirited performance as Chittock came from 9-1 down to just lose out on the final end 13-12.

Young came through strong to win 16-6 and overturn the eight shot deficit to take the bonus points.

In the pairs, it was a mixed bag as Walker and Wade came through 14-12 winners. 

Essex’s other duo Coates (Junior) and Fautley were beaten in the latter stages, as they lost 13-9 but held on for the bonus points.

The home side went in to the final session with a slender 15-13 lead.

Essex then stamped their authority on the match, as Arthur, Lambert and Wooller won 14-6.

Although Binstead, Kay and Ealham lost 11-6 it did not stop Essex’ momentum, as they took the bonus points in the triples.

The fours continued to press Surrey for points, as Coates (Senior), Glenister, Killington and Paxman beat John’s side 14-5.

The final four to finish was Banner (Mrs), Poulter, Banner (Mrs) and Pye who came from 7-4 down to take the victory 11-9 and take the bonus points also and claim a 25-15 win overall. 

Essex now look ahead to their final match at home to Norfolk just before Christmas in hope to secure qualification.

Premier Table (as it stands)

Surrey Pl 6 Points 107

Norfolk Pl 4 Points 101

Essex Pl 5 Points 99

Northants Pl 5 Points 93

Player Ratings:

Mitchell Young 7.5/10

Mark Chittock 7/10

Chris Coates 7/10

Peter Fautley 7/10

Greg Wade 7/10

Shirley Walker 7.5/10

Mo Binstead 7/10

Alan Kay 7/10

Tony Ealham 7/10

Ian Arthur 7/10

Linda Lambert 7/10

Dave Wooller 7/10

Derek Coates 7.5/10

Paul Glenister 7/10

Steve Killington 7.5/10

Keith Paxman 7.5/10

Shirley Banner 8/10

Emily Poulter 7.5/10

Phil Banner 7/10

John Pye 7/10

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Exeter City 1

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Leyton Orient sink to their eighth successive home league defeat, after a 1-0 loss to Exeter City at The Matchroom Stadium.

Ollie Watkins got the only goal of the night for Exeter in the first half with a close range strike to take them off the bottom of the table, as Orient flirt just above the relegation zone.

Alberto Cavasin made two changes to his side that lost 2-1 at home to Blackpool, as Myles Judd got his first league start for the club with Yvan Erichot out injured. Paul McCallum’s late impact on Saturday earned his call up to the starting eleven, ahead of Ollie Palmer who moved to the bench.

Exeter took the lead 25 minutes in, on the break as Liam McAlinden long deep cross found David Wheeler, who put the ball across goal for Watkins to slot into the far corner.

Orient almost struck straight back, after a sloppy back pass by Exeter played Jay Simpson in down the left flank but held the ball up, as Christy Pym rushed out and the opportunity closed with his pass going astray and was cleared.

Gavin Massey was brought down just outside the box, as Nicky Hunt stepped up and fired the set piece just over the bar.

Exeter thought they had grabbed a second, as McAlinden whipped in a ball on a plate for Watkins unmarked inside the box but his header went wide from six-yards out – despite the offside flag.

Orient’s Alex Cisak came to collect a high ball which he miss-timed, with Wheeler waiting to poach he lifted the ball across the box which was half cleared by Hunt and the danger eventually cleared.

In added time of the first half, Michael Collins burst into box for the O’s and cut across a teasing ball but Exeter Captain Jordan Moore-Taylor did enough flick it away for a corner.


In the second half, Orient made a double substitution as Callum Kennedy and Captain Robbie Weir were replaced by Sandro Semedo and Alan Dunne.

Exeter nearly extended their advantage, as Watkins was in space just inside the box and slotted it into McAlinden who turned his shot goal wards but was saved at the feet of Cisak.

Orient should have equalised 67 minutes in, as Massey’s low ball across goal was slotted towards goal by Nigel Atangana but stopped by Pym. Atangana got to the second ball and his shot rebounded back off the defender and fell to Simpson from close range whose shot was blocked and went over the bar.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt, 29 Myles Judd, 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy (45), 11 Gavin Massey, 8 Robbie Weir © (45), 15 Nigel Atangana, 7 Michael Collins, 10 Paul McCallum (59), 27 Jay Simpson

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (45), 32 Henry Ochieng, 22 Sandro Semedo (45), 30 Sam Dalby, 9 Ollie Palmer

Exeter City Lineup: 30 Christy Pym, 3 Craig Woodman, 4 Lloyd James, 11 David Wheeler (66), 14 Ollie Watkins (88), 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor ©, 19 Liam McAlinden, 25 Jake Taylor, 29 Luke Croll, 31 Pierce Sweeney, 33 Reuben Reid (66)

Substitutes: 1 Bobby Olejnik, 8 Robbie Simpson (88), 12 Joel Grant, 16 Matt Oakley (65), 28 Jack Stacey (66), 39 Troy Brown, 20 Matt Jay

Attendance: 2,926

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Blackpool 2

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Leyton Orient continue to struggle at home, after a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool at The Matchroom Stadium.

Jemille Matt for Blackpool gave the visitors the lead with a first half strike inside the box.

Tom Aldred doubled Blackpool’s advantage with the header to move them up to seventh in the league just outside the playoffs, to cancel out a late Paul McCallum header.

Alberto Cavasin named an unchanged lineup that won 3-0 away at Colchester last week.

Blackpool had the first chance of the match, as Brad Potts ran on to a cross field ball inside the box but his shot was denied by Alex Cisak.

Gavin Massey for Orient burst away on the counter-attack from a Blackpool attack, as he played in Jay Simpson who returned it to Massey but his shot was saved and was also given offside.

The visitors struggled in the early stages to find their shooting boots, as the ball dropped to Colin Daniel ball on the edge of the box but blazed his volley well over the bar.

Blackpool took the lead on the half hour mark, as Matt outwrestled Yvan Erichot out wide and cut back inside the box to lash his shot into the roof of the net at the near post.

Orient were in possession in Blackpool’s final third, where Massey went for goal 25-yards out and let rip, as he rattled the post – to deny Orient an instant reply.

The away side had a dangerous free-kick, as Andy Taylor’s low free-kick bent around the wall and was palmed away by Cisak.

Orient had the ball in the net, after Nicky Hunt’s cross was met by Collins who tucked it past Sam Slocombe but the offside flag went up.

The hosts again threatened with the leveller, as Michael Collins volley inside the box from the corner went just over the bar.

Blackpool still looked dangerous, as Daniel squeezed through the Orient defence but Tom Parkes tackle delayed the shot as Daniel was forced wide and his shot was then dealt with by Cisak.

In the second half Blackpool almost grabbed their second, as Kyle Vassell went past Hunt and his strike was saved by Cisak at his near post.

From the resulting corner Blackpool did extend their advantage, as Aldred met the Jack Payne corner at the near post to catch Cisak unaware, despite Orient claims for hand ball waved away by the referee.

Potts nearly got Blackpool’s third, as he lifted the ball over Cisak inside the box but Parkes denied the goal by shepherding the ball away from goal.

Orient substitute Sandro Semedo went for a shot from range but went just wide of the post, as he looked to get the O’s back in the game.

The hosts were given a lifeline with a couples of minutes to play, as both substitutes combined with Alan Dunne’s cross met by McCallum to head into the far corner.

Orient nearly got the equaliser three minutes into injury, as Hunt clipped a high ball into McCallum which was nodded into the path of the Captain Robbie Weir whose shot was blocked by the Blackpool defender – as the sea siders took home all three points.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt, 37 Yvan Erichot (52), 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 11 Gavin Massey, 8 Robbie Weir ©, 15 Nigel Atangana, 7 Michael Collins (66), 9 Ollie Palmer (75), 27 Jay Simpson

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (52), 32 Henry Ochieng, 22 Sandro Semedo (66), 26 Victor Adeboyejo, 10 Paul McCallum (75)

Blackpool Lineup: 1 Sam Slocombe, 2 Kelvin Mellor, 15 Tom Aldred, 5 Clark Robertson, 3 Andy Taylor, 8 Brad Potts, 22 Danny Pugh, 28 Jack Payne, 23 Colin Daniel (82), 19 Jamille Matt (85), 7 Kyle Vassell (93)

Substitutes: 25 Myles Boney, 16 Eddie Nolan, 4 Jim McAlister (82), 21 Bright Osayi-Samuel, 9 Mark Cullen, 18 Danny Philliskirk (93), 31 Armand Gnanduillet (85)

Attendance: 4,376

Essex A leapfrog Suffolk in second

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Essex A got a superb 27-13 away victory in the Inter County group stages against Suffolk, at Stowbridge Indoor Bowls Club.

Essex now move up into second in the group ahead of Suffolk, after 

County manager Dave Chittock have to make a few changes to his side due to players availability. With Paul Bax and Mitchell Young stepping in, as Roger Dover was unavailable and others already playing for the Premier side on Saturday.

In the first session, Pauline Childs got Essex off to a flyer as she won comfortably 23-2.

Young could not follow suit as he lost 18-10 after a solid performance from the Suffolk singles player.

In the pairs, Dave Chittock and Heather Clemants went behind early on and could not claw the deficit back as they lost 16-10.

Bax and Andy Philbrick swapped after going behind early and recovered to win at the death 13-12, to level the session 4-4.

In the second session, Eileen Smith-Allen, Tony Hayes and county captain Rob Wade came from behind to grab a late draw on the last end 10-10.

The other triple was not so fortunate, as Kay Debenham, Paul Reed and Peter Debenham went down 14-8. 

In the fours Josie Robinson, Bart Clemants, Alan High and John Wade went behind early on but came back and won comfortably 16-5.

Carol Taylor, Collin Addis, Pat Goodchild and Jonathan East held on after late pressure from the Suffolk four to win 13-9. To give Essex a 9-7 lead at the break.

In the second half, Essex heaped the pressure on Suffolk as Young won 11-7.

Childs made it two wins from two, as she edged out the Suffolk bowler 11-8. To take maximum points from the singles in the session and claim the bonus points.

Philbrick and Bax maintained their unbeaten day, as they won 17-11.

Unfortunately Chittock and Clemants could take the clean sweep session, as they fell to a 18-6 defeat and lost out on the bonus points.

Essex took a healthy 17-11 lead going into the last session. 

In the final session, substitute Peggy May stepped in to play with Reed and Debenham to come from behind to win 13-7.

The other triple Smith-Allen, Hayes and Wade got a good lead and held on to win 11-7 and overturn the shot difference to take the triples bonus points – to give Essex a 23-11.

In the fours, there was a real battle as Robinson, Clemants, High and Wade were beaten on the final end 17-16 by the Suffolk quartet.

The final game to finish, was a corker as Taylor, Addis, Goodchild and East won on the last end from 10-9 down to take the win 13-10 and secured the 27-13 victory.

Essex now look ahead to the return leg against Suffolk, at Stonyhills in two weeks time.

Current A Team Table as it stands:

Norfolk Pl 4 Points 111

Essex. Pl 4 Points 84

Suffolk Pl 5 Points 83

Cambs Pl 5 Points 76

EFL League Two: Colchester United 0 Leyton Orient 3

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Leyton Orient leapfrogged fellow strugglers Colchester United at the bottom of League Two, after a 3-0 victory at The Western Homes Community Stadium.

Jay Simpson opened the scoring with a tidy finish early in the first half for his first goal of the season.

Nicky Hunt struck the O’s second in the opening minutes of the second half, which then spurred a superb Simpson strike from long range to cap of the convincing victory for Orient, as they move up to 19th in the table.

Alberto Cavasin made seven changes to his that were hit for six in the FA Cup last weekend by Sheffield United. Whereas Colchester defender Luke Prosser was injured in the warm-up and was replaced by Frankie Kent.

Leyton Orient took the lead just 11 minutes in with the first real attack of the match, as the ball was not cleared by Colchester. A fortunate ricochet off the Colchester defender for Orient inside the box put Simpson in on goal to tuck it passed Sam Walker.

Orient were the more threatening, as a long ball was headed down by Simpson for former U’s winger Gavin Massey to hit on the volley but was well stopped by Walker.

Colchester were struggling to break Orient down, as Richard Brindley had a shot from 30 yards which went well wide of the target.

Massey burst down the left and into the box but his ball across goal could not be turned in by Simpson as it went all the way across the Colchester box.

The hosts pressed before the break for the equaliser, as Drey Wright’s shot was straight at Alex Cisak.

Brennan Dickenson for Colchester whipped in a dangerous ball in injury time to the far post but could not be turned in despite the home sides on rushing sliding efforts.

In the second half, Orient scored virtually from the restart after Collins’ endeavour to keep the ball in out wide was rewarded, as the ball fell to Hunt whose drive went low into the bottom corner.

The hosts had a glorious chance to get back into the game, as Dickenson cut the ball back across goal for Kurtis Guthrie to have a shot unmarked inside the box but dragged it wide.

Just after the hour mark, Dickenson was again dangerous down the left as he hit a fierce shot which stung the hands of Cisak but was cleared by the Orient defence.

Colchester possession dominance showed over Orient, as Tom Lapslie found some space on the edge of the box but his shot went over the bar.

Just when Colchester looked like getting back into the match, a long ball by Cisak was headed by Ollie Palmer into the path of Simpson who strike from 20 yards went straight into the top left corner, to secure the three points for Orient.

Orient were then playing with confidence, as Callum Kennedy clipped the ball into Palmer who headed the ball into the path of Massey whose volley was saved by Walker.

Captain Robbie Weir then got in on the action, as he drove in a shot from a broken down corner to lash his shot goalwards, which was tipped over the bar superbly by Walker.

Leyton Orient secured their fourth away victory of the season, as they jump ahead of Colchester and look to carry the confidence into their game at home against Blackpool next weekend.

Colchester United Lineup: 1Sam Walker, 2 Richard Brindley (68), 4 Tom Lapslie, Frankie Kent, 7 Drey Wright, 11 Brennan Dickenson, 14 Alex Wynter, 18 Tom Eastman, 19 Macauley Bonne, 28 Kurtis Guthrie (54), 32 Glen Kamara (54)

Substitutes: 25 Dillon Barnes, 10 Sammie Szmodics, 17 Denny Johnstone (54), 24 Craig Slater (54), 31 Tarique Fosu (68), 41 Louis Dunne

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 3 Callum Kennedy, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins, 8 Robbie Weir, 9 Ollie Palmer (90), 11 Gavin Massey (78), 15 Nigel Atangana, 16 Nicky Hunt, 27 Jay Simpson (84), 37 Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 5 Alan Dunne, 10 Paul McCallum (84), 22 Sandro Semedo (78), 25 Aron Pollock, 26 Victor Adeboyejo (90), 32 Henry Ochieng

Attendance: 7,003

Essex Premier claw back to draw against Northampton

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Essex Premier opened their first home game in the Inter County Championship with a 20-20 draw against Northampton, at StonyHills Indoor Bowls Club.

The home side came from six points behind to get the draw. But Essex remain currently bottom of the group but with have a game in hand.

In the opening session, Northampton got off to a flyer and caught Essex unaware as Alan Jones returned to singles duty but bumped in Lee Hall who won 25-7.

Mark Chittock was also well beaten in his first Premier singles game, as he lost to Callum Beale 22-11.

In the pairs, Shirley Walker and Greg Wade’s match went to the wire against Chris Hopkins and his partner, but were just edged out 15-14.

Chris Coates and Peter Fautley were Essex’s saving grace in the first session, as Coates’ last bowl came in to win it and take the game 15-13. 

To get Essex’s only points of the session, as Northampton lead 6-2.

Essex had a better second session, as Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert and Dave Wooller won comfortably 15-9.

Although Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham were narrowly beaten on the final end to lose 15-11.

Babs Morokutti, Steve Killington, Phil Banner and Keith Paxman sped to an early 13-0 lead. However, they were pegged back by Chris Western’s quartet but held on for the victory 14-10.

In the other fours, Shirley Banner, Brenda Crowe, John Pye and Mitchell Young came back from behind but could not find enough as they lost 12-8 against Edward Sawbridge’s four. 

At the break, Essex trailed 10-6 in a game they much needed to win. 

In the second half, the singles again struggled as Jones lost 14-7 to Beale.

Chittock gave it his best shot against Hall but just came up short on the final end as he lost 13-12 – as Northampton took the bonus points in the singles.

The pairs was better news for Essex, as Walker and Wade strode to a 16-7 victory against the Northampton duo.

Coates and Fautley looked to be in control, 11-8 up on the final end against Hopkins but dropped a three to draw 11-11. But held on to the bonus points in the pairs with Northampton now having a 17-11 lead.

Essex came back strong and Arthur, Lambert and Wooller ground out a 13-9 victory, to get Essex back on the comeback path.

Binstead, Kay and Ealham won 13-5 to secure the bonus points and level up the match 17-17.

Banner (Mrs), Crowe, Pye and Young made sure to win their second match and did 13-8 to give Essex the narrow overall lead 19-17.

Morokutti, Killington, Banner (Mr) and Paxman battled back from falling behind against Sawbridge’s quartet to nick the crucial last end. Despite defeat of 15-10 both sides split the bonus points in the fours to draw the overall match.

Essex’s next match is a tricky away game to Surrey where Essex need the victory to keep their qualification hopes on track.

Table:
Northampton  Played 4 points 84

Norfolk           Played 3 points 70

Surrey            Played 4 points 70

Essex             Played 3 points 56           

Player Ratings: 

Mark Chittock: 5/10

Alan Jones: 5/10

Shirley Walker: 7/10

Greg Wade: 7/10

Chris Coates: 7/10

Peter Fautley: 7.5/10

Ian Arthur: 8/10

Linda Lambert: 8/10

Dave Wooller: 8/10

Mo Binstead: 7.5/10

Alan Kay: 7/10

Tony Ealham: 7/10

Babs Morokutti: 7/10

Steve Killington: 7/10

Phil Banner: 7/10

Keith Paxman: 7/10

Shirley Banner: 6/10

Brenda Crowe: 6.5/10

John Pye: 7/10

Mitchell Young: 6/10

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Luton Town 2

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Leyton Orient suffer their fourth successive home defeat, after they lost 2-1 to Luton Town at The Matchroom Stadium.

Luton Town’s Cameron McGeehan grabbed their opener midway through the first half as he tucked in from close range.

Danny Hylton doubled the away sides lead with a fierce strike, but Orient then struck back as Ollie Palmer slotted home from close range which was not enough as Orient now sit third from bottom.

Alberto Cavasin made three changes to his side that lost 1-0 at home to Portsmouth last week, as Nigel Atangana returned from injury, in midfield with Sandro Semedo and Ollie Palmer returned up top alongside Jay Simpson.

Orient lost their last six league games prior to this one and had only scored one goal in their last four home games.

Within the second minute, Luton had a shot from Hylton but his long range effort went over the bar.

Semedo’s over hit cross almost found the back of the net, as his out-swinging ball had to be parried-out by Christian Walton 11 minutes in.

Orient should have taken the lead with their first real threat on goal, as Captain Nicky Hunt’s early cross was flicked on by Gavin Massey to Palmer at the far post but his diving header went wide – from 12 yards out.

Alex Gilliead caused Callum Kennedy havoc down the right flank, as his cross to the far post had Alex Cisak at full stretch and looked to be heading in but fell just over the crossbar.

Luton then played a well drilled free-kick, as Jordan Cook pulled a low pass just inside the box to McGeeham to strike which was stopped by Cisak.

Orient found themselves behind on the half hour mark, as Luton intercepted Jay Simpson in his own half and Jack Marriott got his shot off inside the box which was saved by Cisak – only into the path of McGeehan to tap into the empty net.

The visitors almost extended their advantage, as Cook found some space out wide and ran all the way into the Orient box and his shot was blocked by Tom Parkes – to deny Luton their second.

In the second half, the away side nearly grabbed a second, as Cisak made a great double save as he originally palmed Marriott’s shot onto the post and then clawed the ball away from being tucked in by Cook facing goal – to keep the O’s in the game.

Hunt nearly got Orient their searching equaliser, as his shot got deflected and trickled just around the near post for a corner.

Orient were again after the leveller, as substitute Paul McCallum dispossessed the Luton defender in their half and gave Palmer some space, his rifled strike from outside the box was palmed away by Walton.

Luton extended their lead shortly after, as the ball was squared inside the box and Hylton fired in with Cisak given no chance.

Orient responded straight back, as McCallum got the ball out wide and pulled it back inside the box for Palmer whose shot went in off the post.

Luton looked to put the game to bed, as Hylton wriggled free of Yvan Erichot and Hunt but his strike was again stopped by Cisak – which was enough to claim all three points for the away side who move up to fourth.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 16 Nicky Hunt ©, 37 Yvan Erichot, 6 Tom Parkes, 3 Callum Kennedy, 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana (76), 46 Jens Jense, 22 Sandro Semedo, 9 Ollie Palmer, 27 Jay Simpson (68)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 25 Aaron Pollock, 5 Alan Dunne (76), 33 Zan Benedicic, 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 21 Jordan Bowery, 10 Paul McCallum (68)

Luton Town Lineup: 1 Christian Walton, 36 James Justin, 6 Scott Cuthbert ©, 44 Alan Sheenan, 3 Dan Potts, 16 Glen Rea, 8 Cameron McGeehan (83), 10 Jordan Cook (89), 15 Alex Gilliead (92), 9 Danny Hylton, 14 Jack Marriott

Substitutes: 31 Craig King, 2 Stephen O’Donnell, 4 J Smith (83), 5 J Mullins (89), 7 J Gray (92), 17 Pelly Ruddock, 20 Isaac Vassell

Attendance: 5,471