Month: November 2013
UEL started well putting pressure on the opposition in the opening exchanges, after the ball was passed back to the keeper was closed down by Johan Caney-Brown to put a block in went out of play for a goal kick. Herefordshire showed their threat going forward from Emmanuel as his snap shot on the turn, outside the box was always climbing. Although UEL’s first shot on target came from Harry Tew-Robinson who returned to the side, as William Semain laid of the ball for him to strike was saved down low by the keeper. The home side continued to threaten, with a free kick taken by Dylan Feehily was met by Tew-Robinson who could only tip his shot just over the bar.
Although the deadlock came 26 minutes after a long clearance by UEL keeper Dan Robinson was flicked on by Caney-Brown into the path of Tew-Robinson, to strike the ball into the near post to put the home side into the lead. UEL nearly doubled their lead due to a great counter attack with Tew-Robinson linking up well with Caney-Brown, after a great one-two to put him in on goal but was scooped up well by the keeper. However Hertfordshire equalised minutes before the break as the ball wasn’t cleared fell to the visitor’s number 12 to lash home the loose ball into the net and bring the game back to all square. The away side then capitalised and took the lead moments before half time as the Herefordshire striker Dom broke the offside trap and headed it over Robinson to give Herefordshire the lead going in the break.
At half time UEL made a tactical change with Victor Lelis coming off for Jonathan John and tweak their formation from a 4-4-2 to a more attacking 3-4-3 with Aman Gill going left midfield and John joining Lukman Adesina and Jaden Osei-Bonsu at the back.
UEL put on immediate pressure from the whistle to get them selves back in the game after another great free kick from Feehily, was flicked on by Caney-Brown to Semain at the near post to head the ball towards the far post but just over dropped over the bar. But UEL got them selves back on level terms as Caney-Brown was brought down in the box just before he was about to pull the trigger. He then stepped up to take the resulting penalty and placed it low in the right corner of the net as the keeper went the wrong way.
Just before the hour mark Brandon Manoka came on for Henry Hayden to bolster up the midfield. On the hour mark a long throw from Feehily was flicked on to Tew-Robinson to head just over for the home side. With UEL dominating all first and second balls into the box despite the oppositions presence, continued to have aerial threats from set pieces as they searched for the lead. As we approached the last 25 minutes Johan Caney-Brown was replaced by Olly Soulsby after picking up a groin injury from a few sinister challenges by the visitors. Although against the run of play the visitors went in front after Emmanuel turned Adesina and got a shot across goal, in the box which rolled into the far post and stunned the home side.
This was just the start of the drama, as minutes later another dangerous cross from Feehily was met by Osei-Bonsu and went off celebrating with the team rightly believing the goal to be given. However the equalising goal was disallowed as the referee believed a hand was used to guide the ball into the net. It was later found that video footage was taken by a spectator showing no evidence of a hand and looked to be a genuine goal, UEL understandable felt hard done by. Although lots of credit has to go to the whole team as they kept pushing for another equaliser. With less than 17 minutes to play another set piece from Semain this time was put on the head of Tew-Robinson but his header just went wide of the goal. As the final ten minutes came the away side felt they would sit on their lead as they made changes and switched to a more defensive formation of 4-5-1.
Four minutes from time UEL thought they had nick a late equalising after a corner was whipped in by Soulsby, met by Tew-Robinson was denied by the keeper but was headed home by William Semain. As the celebrations continued the linesman on the right hand side raised his flag, this brought massive controversy as the referee then went to consult with the Hertfordshire linesman and chose to disallow another goal. This caused uproar from the home side as the referee could overrule the linesman and should have done as he was from the naked eye onside. With the final whistle imminent tempers flared after an altercation with Harry Tew-Robinson and a couple of the opposition players, pushing and shoving occurred resulted in a yellow card for the striker. Moments later the final whistle went and UEL felt incredibly bereaved and was a shock too many spectators how UEL lost the game, after being the better team overall throughout. The referee was later shown the video evidence of the goal and apologised for his mistake, which from some UEL player’s point of view was worse. Also players asked for further clarification from the referee on his decision on the second disallowed goal.
UEL have to pick them selves up and look forward to an away trip to league strugglers Canterbury Christchurch 4ths.
Lineup: Robinson, Gill, Adesina, Feehily, Osei-Bonsu, Lelis (John 45), Semain, Baloye, Hayden (Manoka 58), Tew-Robinson, Caney-Brown (Soulsby 64)
Unused Subs: Silva, Kaley
UEL’s second away game of the season was a poor team performance and cost the league leaders as The University of Essex 3rds scored five at home to win 5-1.
The first chance of the half went to the away side 13 minutes in, when the ball was picked up by William Semain on the edge of the box and struck it towards goal but was well saved by the Essex keeper.
However minutes later the home side broke the deadlock from a UEL corner which was countered upon as the ball was lifted over the defence, to play in the Essex number nine Jacob who sprinted in on goal and couldn’t be caught by Semain as he took it round the UEL keeper Sam Pashley.
A response was needed by the table toppers and it came through John Silva as he managed to get half a yard on his man on the edge of the box to shoot but was well handled by the keeper.
With minutes left of the half a corner taken by Semain was whipped in which was met by the head of Johan Caney-Brown who got up ahead of his marker, but was cleared off the line by the man on the near post to prevent the equaliser. The following attack from the home side doubled their lead as the defence switched off, which let in Jacob again to slot home into the bottom right corner inside the box to put Essex 3rds 2-0 up as the half time whistle blew.
UEL had to try and turn this around in the second half but with loose passes and lapses of concentration it was going to be tough. Although eight minutes into the second half, a penalty was awarded after a long ball up from the keeper was chased down by Jacob on the left side, but he was challenged by Lukman Adesina as Jacob cut inside the box. The referee pointed to the spot despite the player being positioned away from goal, Lars stepped up and waited for Pashley to move and calmly placed it straight down the middle for a third to the home side.
A fourth was imminent, after the defence couldn’t deal with Jacob once again as he burst through the UEL back line and slotted it inside the far corner to pick up his hat-trick.
UEL finally got onto the score sheet just after the hour mark when a giant throw by Dylan Freehily was flicked onto Henry Hayden to tap in from six yards to make it 4-1 to start a hopeful revival.
However the comeback and three points were safely wrapped up six minutes later as the Essex number 10 span Adesina on the left side of the box and finished it inside the near post giving Pashley no chance and putting the host 5-1 in front. The rest of the half stayed the same as UEL attempted to play football, which they had done so well throughout the season so far but couldn’t seem to gel as they had done in previous games. With moments remaining Jacob was in on goal again after a goal kick wasn’t cleared but Pashley made another good save to avoid any more embarrassment for UEL.
Line-up: Pashley, John, Freehily, Adesina, Gill, Semain, Soulsby, Silva, Lelis (45 Baloye), Hayden, Caney-Brown
Top Goal Scorers (League)
Harry Tew-Robinson- 7
Henry Hayden- 5
Johan Caney-Brown- 3
Jaden Osei-Bonsu- 1
Ollie Soulsby- 1
Dylan Freehily- 1
By Mitchell Young
Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 2 at Ship Lane
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young reports….
AFC Sudbury continue their good league form as they extend their league record to only one defeat in their last 12 as they secure a 2-1 win away at Romford. Although it wasn’t looking likely after an immediate start from the home side with an early lead from Ryan Imbert. After Sudbury failed to clear their lines, took a snap shot which caught Alex Archer off guard and trickled into the bottom left corner. As the game settled down on the stroke of the 15th minute ‘The Boro’s’ should have doubled there lead as Imbert put pressure on the Sudbury defender the ball then fell into the path of Robbie Norris, who only had the keeper to beat but put it harmlessly wide. However Romford were putting themselves into danger, from not clearing there lines and giving the ball back cheaply.
With that came the equaliser on the half hour mark as a long free kick was lumped up towards James Baker to flick it on to Olly Huges, who had time to chest it down and smash it in from inside the area to put Sudbury level. The home side could have regained the lead three minutes later the ball made its way through to Eddie Hart from a Robbie Norris pass to shoot across goal but was dragged just wide. The away side then took the lead five minutes later with a corner by Michael Shinn was headed away only to the edge of the box to Steve Spriggs who struck a volley which hit the inside of the post, rolled across the line, hit the other post and rolled agonisingly in to put the visitor in front. Sudbury could have added to their lead as Matt Daniels played in Baker but was denied by Aaron Omand. The resulting corner again wasn’t cleared properly and the ball fell to Ryan Henshaw to strike on the half volley, but was saved off the line by David Ottley to finally clear the danger and keep Romford in the game at the break.
The second half needed more quality in the final third for the hosts, if they were to get an equaliser and they started better after a shot from the captain Jack Barry was saved by Archer six minutes into the half. Romford after the hour mark made their first change of the game to bring on Tom Richardson for Jack Barry to stretch the play and create more width. Although the away side were next to cause a threat as a short free kick played in Baker, to whip his shot across the front of goal into the far post but went inches wide. The game slowed down which suited Sudbury as both managers made changes as Lewis Francis replaced Robbie Norris, with Isa Hussain coming on for George Woodward as last throws of the dice for Paul Martins side. As Romford pressed forward it aloud Sudbury space, once they got the ball back to kill the game off. They almost did after a great one-two from Spriggs to Daniels shot into the near post was well stopped by Omand to stay in the match. But Sudbury saw out the final minutes to claim all three points and put Romford into more danger at the bottom, while the away side continue to climb the table.
Team: Aaron Omand, David Ottley, George Woodward, Scott Truman, James Ishmail, Paul Clayton, Jack Barry, Abs Seymour,Eddie Hart,Ryan Imbert, Robbie Norris.
Subs: Hussein Isa, Tom Richardson, Lewis Francis,Matt Toms, Atu Ngoy.
Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 0 (Ryan Imbert 4)
Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 1 (Ollie Hughes 29)
Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 2 (Ross Watson 39)
Romford v AFC Sudbury at Ship Lane
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young looks ahead……
‘The Boro’s’ with only two wins in their last six league games are looking for a change in fortune on Saturday as they play hosts to AFC Sudbury. After back to back league defeats for ‘The Boro’s’ including their latest at Wroxham last Saturday they look to turn their good performances of late into wins. The visitors however have just one defeat in their last 11 league games sitting in a respectable 9th position and will be a difficult team to break down. With the attacking threat coming from James Baker who has 2 goals in his last 5 league games and the in-form player for Sudbury Ryan Henshaw who has 3 goals in his last 5 appearances. Although the home side have plenty for Sudbury to think about with ‘The Boro’s’ top goal scorer Tom Richardson with 8 goals already this season partnered by Abs Seymour who also has had his fair share of goals with four. The hosts look to bag a valuable three points to put some distance between them and the sides below them to move away from the relegation zone as ‘The Boro’s’ sit two places above the drop.
After Essex lose out narrowly to Suffolk 23-17 in Felixstowe on the 20 of October. The return visit was another close encounter but Essex got the better of Suffolk at home to nick the win 21-19.
In the first tie Essex got off to a good start with a split session after a convincing win from in-form Pauline Child to win 17-6. Although the other singles player for the away side Paul Caines lost 21-5 to Suffolk S Samson. The pairs also had one win and a lose to even up the side as Shirley Walker and Dave Amoss lost 12-8 but was cancelled out by Dave Chittock and Heather Amoss’s win of 16-11. The second session had another split session after the wins coming from the fours as Peggy May’s rink including Racheal Cordy, Frank Amoss and Danny Curl 9-7 and also Peter Debenham’s rink with Elieen Smith-Allen, Rose Hambelton and Paul Glennister 7-5. But loses in both triples including Rita Blackhall, Pat Goodchild and John Finn 12-6 and the other Peter Snelling, Stewart Blackhall and Brian Daley 15-5.
The third session swayed to the home side as Pauline lost out to Sawson in a tight game 10-7 and Paul again losing in a close game 14-11, with the bonus points also going to the home side. The pairs had the only win of the session for Shirley and Dave of 13-8 with Heather and Dave just losing out 12-11 after a well fought game and resulting in the bonus again going to the home side. The final session was finished strong by the hosts as the triples had the only win of the session as John, Rita and Pat won 10-9 with Brian, Peter and Stewart managing a draw 9-9 but losing out on the bonus points again. However the fours got a loss for Peter’s rink as they fell to a 9-4 defeat but with the final game remaining, a win for Essex would guarantee the bonus points and win 21-19 but unfortunately Peggy’s rink went down 12-7. Ensuring the bonus points for Suffolk and cementing a 23-17 win.
The return leg had another close fought match but Essex didn’t get off to a great start after losing the first session 6-2. With the only win coming from Pauline winning convincingly 18-3, as Roger Dover clawed back his slow start at 12-4 down to lose by only 5 finishing 15-10. Shirley and Dave A despite being 10-5 up on the last end 15-14, the other pair Phil Banner and Dave C after being level at the half way stage could hold on and lost 15-8. The second session was much tighter as both fours drew with Racheal, Stewart, Paul and Peggy finishing 8-8 after being one shot up on the last end. The other four Ian Arthur, Rose, Eileen and Peter came from one shot down to get the draw at 6 a piece. Whereas the triples include Maxine Horn, Alan and Brian being 11-5 up and losing managed to hold on and get the draw. With the other triple Rita, Pat and John unfortunately went down 11-6 and after the two sessions went into the break 11-5 down at half time.
The third session saw a great response from the home side as Roger won 13-8 to start off the comeback. Whereas Pauline went down 12-8 to S. Samson but with Roger shot difference was enough to hold on and win the bonus points. The pairs both responded well after two good win with Shirley and Dave also winning 13-8 and Dave and Phil winning comfortably with a 16-9 win and taking the bonus points, to bring the home side from 11-5 down to level the score at 13-13. Although the final session didn’t go according to plan for Essex as Maxine, Alan and Brian went down heavily 17-8 and the other triple involving Rita, Pat and John also lost 10-8. The fours however brought it home as Peter’s rink won well 11-3 to set up the final rink to bring it home. In the early stages Peggy’s rink: Racheal, Stewart and Paul were 4-1 down but turned it around and came home with a 9-6 win and claimed the bonus points to win 21-19 after a great match throughout.
Essex stay in second place with two games remaining, with Essex travelling to Cambridgeshire on December 1st.
Due to the loss at Northampton 24-16 on the 20th of October and after the availability of Adam Sultana and Anthony Fautley in the return visit, Essex turned it around and produced a resounding 33-7 win.
The opening encounter was held at Caroline Chisholm the venue for the knockout stages of the ICC which Essex are hoping to be in at the later stages. The Essex singles players Jack Sheperd and Mitchell Young were in tough battles throughout the day against Edward Sawbridge and Lee Hall. As Jack lost 15-9 to Ed and Mitchell also went down 13-11 to Lee after great performances in the first session. A solid performance was seen from Babs Morokutti and Dominic Reed as they came through with the only points of the session from a 14-11 win. Although the other new pairing for the Essex side Barry Hedges and Ian Arthur also had another slim defeat as they lost 13-11. The second session produced a split of two wins a piece as despite Steve Killington’s rink with Mo Binsford, Sammy Lambert and Nigel Reed going 6-0 up at the half way stage lost 11-7 to Chris Hopkins’s rink. The other rink involving Maxine Horn, Barry Clarke, Mark Chittock and Keith Paxman manage to fend off the comeback from the Northants four after being 7-2 up, came home winning 13-10. Another team unfortunately not managing to hold on to a lead was Sadie Young, Linda Lambert and Tony Ealham after being 7-2 up couldn’t hold on and lost 13-10. To even up the session was a comfortable win for Paul Bax, Dave Stifford and Matt Stifford of 14-6, keeping Essex in the game at the half way stage at 6-10 down.
The third session had seen a repeat of the first with Dom and Babs getting the only win 18-9 again, with Barry and Ian going down 19-8 which cost the bonus points in the pairs by one shot. The same effect continued for the singles as Mitchell also went down to a sterling performance from Ed to win 13-9. Jack too lost narrowly to Lee after going into the last end all level but Lee snatched the shot to win 12-11 and also ensure the bonus point in the singles. Going into the final session Essex had a mountain to claim as maximum points were needed just for a draw and at the half way stage it was looking achievable with three teams winning. With Tony’s triple coming home with a rampant 18-8 win and Matt’s triple fetching a similar score of 17-6, securing the bonus points for the away side and giving them a glimmer of hope for the draw. Keith’s rink held off Chris Hopkins’s rink from an early 10-2 lead to narrowly win 10-8 leaving it down to Steve Killington’s rink to carry out the final leg of the comeback. Although unfortunately they couldn’t claw back the deficit of 8-3 and finished 7-10 to the home side, picking up the bonus points in the fours. Completing the home win of 24-16 for Northampton a win well deserved with an off par performance from Essex.
The return fixture was a different story as Northampton travelled to Stonyhills and with Essex having all their players available to play Anthony and Adam returned to the side. The first session was well fought by both sides As Ed and Lee again posed a threat to the Essex singles player Mitchell and Barry. Lee faced Mitchell in his opening game which was tight throughout with two ends to play being 10-9 to Lee, but Mitchell finished strong and brought home the two points with a 14-10 win. Barry on the other hand got off to a great start with a 9-2 lead against Ed, however Barry was pegged back in the final stages to finish all level at 11-11. The pairs replicated the singles as Dom and Peter Fautley stormed home with a 17-7 win. Although Adam and Babs after being 11-5 in front couldn’t complete the win and was held at 12-12, going in to the second session with a deserved 6-2 lead. The next session involving the triples and fours having another good session for the home side as the in form triple Paul, Dave and Matt won convincingly with a 14-5 win. The other triple however Sadie, Nigel and Tony couldn’t seem to get going as they were defeated 15-2. The fours both had good start as Sam, Mark, Keith and Jack went quickly into an 8-1 lead and Mo, Linda, Steve and Anthony went 7-1 up also. However they both had to fight for their wins as Anthony’s rink finished up narrowly winning 11-10 and Jack’s rink coming home with a 10-7 win. At the break Essex were opening up an ever widening lead of 12-4 and were clawing back the points lost at Caroline Chisholm.
The third session was even tighter for the singles as a great comeback from Barry after being 9-3 came back going in to the last end 10 a piece with Lee. But after replaying the end couldn’t nick the win and dropped a three to finish 10-13. Leaving only one shot up on the bonus points overall with Mitchell’s game against Ed still playing. At this stage after a tight game throughout Ed was leading 12-11 going in to the last end but after a great display of bowls Mitchell fought off Ed to snatch the win after picking up two shots to win 13-12 and secure the bonus points. Both pairs had less stressful games as they both breezed through with Dom and Peter winning 20-6 and Adam and Babs finishing up 20-11, with the bonus points wrapped up also. The final session had a comfortable win for Sadie, Nigel and Tony triple as they won 14-7, with the other triple Paul, Dave and Matt matching their counterparts with an 11-8 win and bagging the bonus points. Jack’s rink completed their second win of the day after finishing 14-7. The final match to finish was Anthony’s rink as despite being 6-3 down at the half way stage pulled back the shots and finished with a draw at 8-8, to take all the bonus points available and conclude the win 33-7. Although with the convincing win, Norfolk did better as they take a two point lead at the top of the group with two matches remaining.