Essex Premier were knocked out of the Inter County Championship quarter-finals by West Sussex 25-15, at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.
West Sussex despatched the Essex side in three sessions, to reach only their third semi-final in their recent history.
Essex manger David Chittock stuck with the majority of the side that overcome Herefordshire, which left some regular Essex players out of the side.
Essex got off to a miserable start, as Alan Jones lost 24-3 to Jack Rollings.
In the pairs, Shirley Walker and Greg Wade were beaten by the West Sussex duo 21-6. With Babs Morokutti and Keith Paxman also going down 16-12 to the West Sussex pair.
Antony Fautley was the only saving grace for Essex in the opening session, as he edged out Chris Page 13-12 which gave West Sussex a 6-2 lead.
In the second session, West Sussex continued to dominate as they beat Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert and Mark Chittock 18-4. Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham responded as they won 14-8.
In the fours Essex again struggled, as Shirley Banner, Sheila Booker, Roger Booker and Phil Banner were heavily beaten 14-4. In the other four, Pat High, Emily Poulter, Steve Killington and Mitchell Young were held to a 11-11 draw.
West Sussex then gained a healthy 11-5 lead into the break.
Essex made changes at the break, as reserve Paul Bax was substituted into the singles in place of Alan Jones. Ian Arthur also moved into the pairs with Shirely Walker. Shirley Banner sat out, as Linda Lambert slotted into the four and Jones into Mark Chittocks triple.
West Sussex secured the victory after the break, as Rollings edged past Fautley 13-12. Substitute Bax ran Page close but was also beaten 14-10 and claimed the bonus points.
In the pairs Morokutti and Paxman also were defeated 18-5. The newly formed pair Walker and Arthur was the only win of the third session for Essex, with a healthy 16-6 victory but lost the pairs bonus points. To claim the overall match 21-7.
Despite the defeat Essex played on and made the scoreline slightly more respectable, as Binstead, Kay and Ealham won both their matches of the day with a 13-8 win.
The other newly formed triple Wade, Chittock and Jones also won comfortably 16-5, which overturned the bonus points in the triples.
In the fours High, Poulter, Killington and Young came from behind to nick the win on the last 13-12.
The final four to finish Booker, Lambert, Booker and Banner lost out on the final end as they lost 14-12 for West Sussex to take the bonus points in the fours.
West Sussex will now face Cornwall in the semi-finals in two weeks time. With the other semi-final being West Midlands vs ICC reigning champions Norfolk.
A Paul Mullin’s second half effort from range was the only goal of the match that sealed all three points for the visitors and extend their unbeaten run to five games now.
Danny Webb made two changes to his sides that lost 2-1 at home to high-flying Carlisle at the weekend, as Yvan Erichot replaces Callum Kennedy and Victor Adeboyjo got the nod for his first league start ahead of new signing Rowan Liburd.
Gavin Massey got the crowd off their feet early with an opperutnity four minutes in, as his low cross found Nigel Atangana but he could not make the right connection as it trickled through to Barry Roche.
Morecombe threatened after Orient’s early pressure, as the ball came to the far post for Kevin Ellisons’ to strike but was headed away by Tom Parkes.
Erichot made a huge crossfield pass to turn defence into attack, which found Sandro Semedo – he burst into the box and hit his low cross which was stopped by Roche and out for a corner.
Orient worked a great chance and were almost rewarded with a goal on the half hour mark, as Collins slotted in Massey whose shot with the outside of his boot was pushed around the post by Roche.
From the resulting corner, the ball fell to Collins inside the box and his snap shot went just the wrong side of the post.
The O’s heaped even more pressure on the Morecombe defence, as Semedo’s corner was met by Parkes at the back post but headed straight into the arms of Roche.
The hosts almost broke the deadlock just before the break, as Massey flashed a low ball acorss the six-yard box just out of the reach of Sam Dalby and Adeboyejo.
In the second half, Orient again were the dominant side and set the pace with Myles Judd advancing on the edge of the area clipped the ball back to Semedo whose shot was tame.
Morecombe so nearly got the opener, as Ellison was played through one-on-one and his shot was superbly stopped by Sam Sargeant to deny the away side the lead.
Orient used the same cobination again form the corner kick, as Semedo’s whipped in ball was headed just over the bar by Parkes.
Morecambe still showed their threat on the counter attack, as Paul Mullin early ball into the box was turned just over the bar by substitute Rhys Turner.
The visitors struck 72 minutes in, as Mullin had the ball on the edge of the area and whipped his shot into the top corner, to stun the O’s.
Orient pushed for the equaliser but struggled to create a clear cut chance, as they remain in the bottom two.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 24 Sam Saregant, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins (89), 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 22 Sandro Semedo, 26 Victor Adeboyejo (90), 29 Myles Judd, 30 Sam Dalby (77), 37 Yvan Erichot
Substitutes: 12 Charlie Grainger, 4 Liam Kelly (89), 14 Sammy Moore, 19 Teddy Mezague, 20 Rowan Liburd (77), 28 Josh Koroma (90), 34 Michael Clark
Morecombe Lineup: 1 Barry Roche, 5 Ryan Edwards, 6 Dean Winnard, 7 Paul Mulin (81), 8 Peter Murphy (C), 10 Lee Molyneux (65), 11 Kevin Ellison, 15 Aaron Wildig, 16 Alex Whitmore, 19 Michael Duckworth, 24 Michael Rose (75)
Substitutes: 12 Dan Nizic, 2 Liam Wakefield, 3 Aaron McGowan (81), 4 Alex Kenyon (75), 14 Luke Conlan, 18 Rhys Turner (65), 21 Antony Evans
Attendance: 2,660 (58)
Leyton Orient had their three home game unbeaten run ended, after a 3-1 defeat to Barnet at the Matchroom Stadium.
Ricardo Santos grabbed two quick-fire second half goals from close range inside the box.
Paul McCallum grabbed one back for the O’s with a header for his 10th goal of the season, to give the hosts a glimmer of hope.
However, Curtis Weston put the final nail in Orients coffin, as he secured the points for the visitors with a strike from inside the box.
Andy Edwards made two changes to his side that were beaten 1-0 away to Exeter City last weekend, Josh Koroma gets his first league start for the O’s and Teddy Mezague returns from a groin injury, as Sandro Semedo and Sam Dalby are both side-lined with injury.
Barnet almost found the opening goal just two minutes in, as Curtis Weston’s ball into the box was not gambled on by Mauro Vilhete or John Akinde.
Orient responded with a strike from range by Koroma which had to be parried by Jamie Stephens in the Barnet goal but Nigel Atangana could not get to the loose ball at the rebound.
Collins took a long range shot from around 25 yards, which whistled just past the post and out for a corner, after a deflection from the Barnet defence.
The visitors nearly took the lead, as Simeon Akinola was played in with a clipped ball over the top which his shot on the volley was palmed away by Alex Cisak for a corner.
The away side again threatened on the counter-attack, as Akinde powered passed Tom Parkes burst into the box and poked his shot goalwards but was stopped and the feet of Cisak.
Barnet were gifted a great oppertunity, as they intercepted a Orient throw went down the other end and Akinde went passed Erichot and with just Cisak to beat put his shot over the bar.
Cisak denied Barnet once again, as Vilhete wriggled through the defence from out wide and his shot from six-yards out was parried just around the post down low to Cisak’s right.
In the second half, Barnet had the first opportunity of the half as Akinde clipped the ball into the box for Akinola to meet but his header looped over the bar.
Barnet took the lead just after the hour mark, as a cross by Vilhete was headed by Akinde goalwards and Cisak was unable to hold on to the header which the ball then came back off the post and was tucked in by Santos.
The visitors doubled their lead, just two minutes later from the same man with Akinde’s low ball into the box, which was slotted smartly by Santos past Cisak.
Orient searched for a way back into the match, as Atangana battled to win the ball inside the Barnet penalty area and laid it off for substitute Ollie Palmer to shoot but his shot was blocked and away for a corner.
From the resulting corner Orient got their lifeline back into the match, as Callum Kennedy’s set piece was met by McCallum, to set up an entertaining final ten minutes.
Barnet sealed the three points in the second minute of injury time, as the visitors broke after Orient had committed men forward and substitute Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s shot came back off the crossbar and Weston was in the right place to put the ball into an empty net.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 3 Callum Kennedy, 19 Teddy Mezague (67), 6 Tom Parkes, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 11 Gavin Massey, 7 Michael Collins, 15 Nigel Atangana, 28 Josh Koroma (73), 10 Paul McCallum, 37 Yvan Erichot
Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 18 Ulrich Nnomo (73), 23 Freddy Moncur, 25 Aron Pollock, 29 Myles Judd, 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer (67)
Barnet Lineup: 1 Jamie Stephens (9), 3 Elliot Johnson, 5 Ricardo Santos, 6 Michael Nelson, 8 Curtis Weston, 9 John Akinde, 14 Simeon Akinola (61), 16 Harry Taylor, 18 Nana Kyei (70), 28 Jack Taylor, 32 Mauro Vilhete
Substitutes: 12 Josh Vickers (9), 11 Luke Gambin, 13 Jamal Campbell-Ryce (61), 17 Sam Muggleton, 20 Tom Champion (70), 23 ALex Nicholls, 40 David Tutonda
Attendance: 4,642 (730)
Leyton Orient grabbed an injury time equaliser, to continue their recent home form of unbeaten in three as they drew 1-1 with in form Cambridge United at The Matchroom Stadium.
Luke Berry took the lead for the visitors midway through the first half with a close range effort.
Ollie Palmer got the all important stoppage-time leveller for the O’s to send the crowd into ecstasy with his last minute half volley, as Orient now take seven points from their last nine at home.
Andy Edwards named an unchanged eleven that overcome Crawley Town 3-2 last week, with added team news that Callum Kennedy returned to the bench after his recovery from a groin injury.
Cambridge had the first real opportunity of the match, as Luke Berry’s dangerous cross could not be turned in by Uche Ikpeazu inside the box and the cross went just passed the post.
Orient had their first chance in front of goal, as the ball came out to Captain and defender Nicky Hunt to hit a fierce strike from long range just wide.
The hosts created a great chance for the lead, as Gavin Massey slotted it into Paul McCallum who laid the ball off to Sandro Semedo to strike just inside the box but his shot was straight at Will Norris.
Cambridge took the lead against the run of play, as the ball found its way into the box and was scrambled to Harrison Dunk who rode Judd’s challenge and slipped his shot past Alex Cisak.
In the second half, Cambridge threatened to extend their advantage through Ikepeazu, as he pounced on a blocked clearance inside the box but his strike was straight at Cisak.
Orient had a great chance from a Michael Collins corner, as McCallum met the ball with his head but fell straight to Norris.
Cambridge had the ball in the net, as Ikepeazu diverted a shot in – to the relief of the Orient players the linesman raised his flag for offside.
The away side should have doubled their lead, as Brad Halliday burst forward and his cross found Dunk at the far post to head onto the bar.
Collins’ free-kick found McCallum head which looked to be heading in but for his header to be diverted out for a corner.
Orient grabbed a late equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time, as the ball was clipped into McCallum who was bundled over and the ball dropped to substitute Palmer to strike his half volley which squirmed underneath Norris, to snatch a late point at the death.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 29 Myles Judd, 19 Teddy Mezague (33), 6 Tom Parkes, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 11 Gavin Massey, 7 Michael Collins, 15 Nigel Atangana, 22 Sandro Semedo (67), 10 Paul McCallum, 30 Sam Dalby (52)
Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 37 Yvan Erichot (33), 3 Callum Kennedy, 8 Robbie Weir, 28 Josh Koroma (67), 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer (52)
Cambridge United Lineup: 1 Will Norris, 28 Brad Halliday, 6 Leon Legge, 5 Mark Roberts, 2 Greg Taylor, 7 Piero Mingoia, 4 James Dunne, 24 Conor Newton (62), 8 Luke Berry, 11 Harrison Dunk (86), 26 Uche Ikpeazu (94)
Substitutes: 13 David Gregory, 3 Blair Adams, 10 Ben Williamson (86), 15 Sean Long, 16 Tom Dallison, 20 Max Clark (62), 23 Joe Pigott (94)
Attendance: 5,897 (1,391)
Leyton Orient held on to their 3-0 lead to claim back-to-back home victories for the first time this season, as they won 3-2 against Crawley Town at the Matchroom Stadium.
Sam Dalby grabbed the early goal for Orient for his first senior goal for the club with a shot from close range.
Paul McCallum double the O’s advantage shortly after, with another effort from inside the box – found the back of the net and just before the break converted from the spot this time for his brace.
Andy Edwards made four changes to his side that were defeated 1-0 away at Wycombe Wanderers last weekend. With a debut for 17 year old defender Teddy Mezague who replaced the injured Callum Kennedy. Dalby, Sandro Semedo and Michael Collins all return to the side as Robbie Weir, Jordan Bowery and Jay Simpson all shuffle to the bench.
Before the match both sides respectfully had a minutes silence for those that were lost throughout the year from both clubs.
Orient took the lead just five minutes in, as Nigel Atangana intercepted the Crawley defender slotted it into Gavin Massey who burst out wide into space gave it back to Atanagana to square it across goal for Dalby’s first senior goal for the club.
Massey was threatening again from the right flank, as his deep cross was met by McCallum who headed it back across goal but went just wide.
The O’s doubled their lead within 12 minutes, as a quick free-kick from Orient by Collins to Massey and his low cross found Paul McCallum sliding in to turn it under Glenn Morris.
Crawley had their first shot on goal just after the half hour mark, as James Collins rifled a shot that was straight at Alex Cisak.
In added time of the first half, the O’s got their third. Myles Judd worked hard down the right to feed Massey into the box who was brought down by Jordan Roberts and the referee did not hesitate to point to the spot. McCallum stepped up and sent Morris the wrong way to get his second of the day.
In the second half, Crawley got a goal back just eight minutes in as a dangerous ball across goal was headed beyond Cisak at the far post by Mezague.
McCallum was in search of his hat-trick, as Massey’s cross was headed wide by McCallum to deny him the match ball.
Orient then broke on the counter-attack, as substitute Jordan Bowery cut the ball to Massey who went down inside the box but the referee was unmoved.
The vistors found themsleves back in game with their second, as Boldewijn broke through the defence went round Cisak and neatly tucked it in from a tight angle.
Josh Payne for Crawley had a shot from a freekick but Cisak tipped it over the bar to deny the away side.
Orient held on in injury time to claim a vital three points points and move up to 19th.
Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 8 Robbie Weir, 9 Ollie Palmer, 21 Jordan Bowery (58), 27 Jay Simpson, Josh Koroma, 37 Yvan Erichot
Crawley Town Lineup: 12 Glenn Mrris, 2 Lewis Young, 4 Josh Payne, 6 Mark Connolly, 8 Jimmy Smith (C), 11 Jordan Roberts (74), 14 Andre Blackman (45), 15 Josh Jorwerth, 18 Billy Clifford, 19 James Collins
Substitutes: 13 Yusuf Mersin, 17 Bobson Bawling (73), 20 Aryan Tajbakhsh, 22 Joe McNerney (45), 24 Kaby Djalo, 33 Sanchez Watt, 44 Connor Henderson
Essex Premier secured their place into the knockout stages of the Inter County Championship with a 22-18 victory over Norfolk Premier in the East Anglian derby at Stonyhills.
Both Premier and A sides for both teams all qualified for the knockout stages.
Essex Premier only needed eight points to qualify and got those before the half time break.
The hosts were without two key players Peter Fautley and Dave Wooller who were both unavailable.
Essex started the first session slowly but finished strong with three superb comebacks.
Nigel Reed came from behind to beat Chris Mann 17-13.
His son Dom Reed came back also to be level on the final end and snatch victory with the final bowl against Gary Best.
In the pairs, family duo Chris Coates and Del Coates came from two behind last end to take the win 14-13 against John Sparham and Simon Warnes.
Norfolk denied Essex the clean sweep, as Jack Pye and Morgan Warnes won comfortably 20-4 against Shirley Walker and Greg Wade – with Essex taking a 6-2 lead and needing just two points to qualify.
In the second session, Essex got their points to qualify for the knockouts before the break. With Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert and Alan Jones securing Essex place with a 10-6 win over Keith Cooke’s trio.
The other triple, Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham lost 14-6 against Melvin Woods triple.
The Essex fours had good solid results as Babs Morokutti, John Pye, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman edged out Dave Lamb’s quartet to win 13-10.
Paul Bax, Phil Banner, Mark Chittock and Mitchell Young just had enough to take the victory by the same margin 13-10 against Simon Willies’ four.
Essex took the session 6-2 again to have a healthy 12-4 lead at the break.
In the second half, Reed (Junior) made it two wins from two with a 23-8 win over Mann to secure the bonus points in the singles.
Reed (Senior) battled hard against Best but came off the later as he went down 21-12.
In the pairs, Coates pairing were just held off 13-9 by Pye and Warnes.
In the other pair, Walker and Wade came from behind to take the win 16-12 over Sparham and Warnes (Senior) but lost out on the bonus points in the pairs to lead 18-10 in the last session.
In the final session, the game hit its flat point, as both teams had qualified but Norfolk nearly grabbed the overall victory.
With Arthur, Lambert and Jones going down 14-6 to Woods’ trio and Ealham’s triple just narrowly lost in the end 13-12 to Keith Cooke’s triple and Norfolk took the bonus points.
The fours for Essex had a mixed bag as Morokutti, Pye, Killington and Paxman fell to a 14-2 defeat to draw Norfolk back level 18-18.
The final fours match was Bax, Banner, Chittock and Young who came through comfortably 20-5 to take the bonus points and the overall victory 22-18.
Both Norfolk and Essex Premier will face a preliminary knockout round and with a clash of date for the preliminaries to be played in February. It will be touch and go for Essex to see if they can get a side out.
Norfolk Pl 6 Points 154
Essex Pl 6 Points 121
Surrey Pl 6 Points 107
Northants Pl 6 Points 98
Dom Reed 9/10
Nigel Reed 7.5/10
Chris Coates 7/10
Del Coates 7/10
Shirley Walker 6.5/10
Greg Wade 6.5/10
Ian Arthur 7/10
Linda Lambert 7/10
Alan Jones 7/10
Mo Binstead 6/10
Alan Kay 6/10
Tony Ealham 6/10
Babs Morokutti 7/10
John Pye 6.5/10
Steve Killington 7/10
Keith Paxman 6.5/10
Paul Bax 8.5/10
Phil Banner 8/10
Mark Chittock 8/10
Mitchell Young 8.5/10
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
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