Month: January 2014

Essex A Team Breeze Past Devon in to the ICC Prelim-Finals

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Essex A progressed into the Quarter-Finals of the Inter County Championships with a 29-11 win on Saturday at neutral venue Bristol Indoor Bowls Club.
Essex made just two changes to the side that beat Norfolk at home on the last game of the group stages.
The first session was emphatic for Essex with four straight wins, as Pauline Childs kept her opponent at bay in the singles to win 16-10 and secure her two points for the side. Roger Dover had to battle hard in his match as two thirds of the way through was locked at 7-7 but managed to gain the lead in the final stages and hang on to win 14-9, to make it two out of two in the singles. The pairs continued the great start to the session as Phil Banner and Frank Amoss won four straight ends in the final third of the game to win 16-11. The other pairing Dave Amoss and Shirley Walker completed the full house with ease as they won 18-7, to give Essex a well deserved 8-0 lead.
The second session was much more competitive from Devon and Essex looked to extend their lead in the triples and fours. Devon started the comeback with a narrow victory over Rita Blackhall, Eileen Smith-Allen and Pat Goodchild 13-11. Essex’s other triple Ian Arthur, Mark Saunders and Paul Cairns responded with a slender 9-6 victory after hanging on to a 9-2 lead earlier in a game. The fours on the other hand had drama, with Danny Curl, Dave Chittock, Heather Amoss and Peggy May leading 8-6 with two ends to play dropped a four to go 10-8 behind going in to the last end, but regained their lead to take the two points with a four themselves to win 12-10. The other Essex quartet completed an even more surprising finish as Alan High, Brian Daley, Rose Hambleton and Peter Debenham went in to the last end losing 9-4, stayed positive and picked up a five on the last end to grab a well deserved point and avoid defeat.
At the break Essex extended their lead once again going 13-3 in front needing only eight points to secure the win.
The third session was strong again from Essex with Pauline winning in style with a 20-3 score line to virtually claim the two bonus points. Roger continued his close encounters as he fell 11-3 behind but fought back hard and never gave up and was rewarded as he nicked it on the last end to win 13-12, to make it four out four in the singles and the bonus points. The pairs however had a blimp as Phil and Frank could not maintain their good start to lose 17-9. But other pairing Dave and Shirley maintained the lead with a great final three ends to make sure of the win 14-8 to put Essex through to the next round, still with a session remaining taking the bonus points as well.
Going into the final session 23-5 up, Devon were playing for pride and started well beating Ian, Mark and Paul 14-7. Essex refrained from letting up off the gas with Rita, Eileen and Pat winning 8-5 but lost out on the triples bonus points by two shots. The fours had another tight game as Dan, Dave, Heather and Peggy went 10-2 down early on but fought back well but came off losing despite the comeback 11-10, to keep the shots down. The final four was Alan, Brian, Rose and Peter won comfortably 13-6 and kept hold of the bonus points to complete a 29-11 win and great team performance from everyone.
Essex A will now face current ICC Champions Kent A on the weekend of the 15/16 of February in the Quarter Finals, to see if they can pull of what would be their best victory of the season.

PREVIEW: ILFORD v Hullbridge Sports

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Ilford v Hullbridge Sports at Cricklefields Stadium
Essex Senior League

Mitchell Young looks ahead…

Ilford will look to push themselves further into the top ten as they play Hullbridge Sports on Saturday.

Ilford go into the game with a bad run of form with only one win in their last five games.

The visitors go into the game the in-form side as their unbeaten in their last four games and can overtake take the home side with three points at the weekend.

If Ilford can take all three points they can move further into the top half and avoid being dragged back down into the bottom half of the table.

Although Ilford are prone to conceding goals with over double the goals that Hullbridge have conceded this season.

The game is sure to be a well contested one with both sides separated by a point with Ilford sitting in 10th and Hullbridge in 11th.

But who will come out on top in this middle of the table clash? Can Hullbridge continue their recent run of form or will Ilford stop them in their tracks?

Join us at the Cricklefields Stadium to find out.

UEL 2nds Return to the Top of the Table with a First Class Performance

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University of East London 2nds reinstated their position at the top of the British University and Colleges Sport League in division four with a 6-1 win against Herefordshire 3rds.

Herefordshire went in to the game top of the league joint on points with UEL but were ahead due to head to head after their narrow victory away from home earlier in the season.

UEL got out of the blocks immediately and within 90 seconds nearly took the lead, as Lahmin Bah attacked the defence and threaded the ball through to Johan Caney-Brown to shoot just inside the box but was comfortably saved. The home side continued to put Herefordshire under pressure and were rewarded six minutes in with the breakthrough with a Rory Delap esk Dylan Feehily long throw was pounced on by Caney-Brown who leapt above everyone and headed into the top right hand corner.

The middle period of the half became scrappy after the goal but the UEL defence stood strong from any pressure from the visitors. As the half came to a close another wave of pressure came from UEL to double their lead with another dangerous throw in from Feehily was too strong for Harry Tew-Robinson but dropped to Henry Hayden inside the six yard box but his first touch was too heavy and the keeper gathered.

With nine minutes remaining of the half a collision involving Aman Gill the UEL left back was enough to see him leave the pitch injured and was replaced by Brandon Manoka. Just before the break UEL nearly doubled their lead down the far left side after great play from Caney-Brown. He then teed it up for William Semain who struck his shot from at least 25 yards with his weak foot which was saved on to the post by the Herefordshire keeper to deny UEL a glorious second.

At half time UEL were pleased with their lead but could have been more clinical in front of goal to be further in front.

The visitors responded three minutes into the second half which stunned the home side after a long ball was not dealt with by the UEL defence and the Herefordshire midfielder burst in to the box and smashed home the leveller. The home side were looking for an immediate response and they regained the lead five minutes later with a typical Feehily throw once again but this time Tew-Robinson rose above everyone to head in from close range to restore UEL’s lead. The hosts nearly extended their lead five minutes later with a great ball by Caney-Brown across the six yard box to Tew-Robinson who looked like he could not miss was somehow parried away by the away keeper but only to Semain who managed to smash his shot well over from close range.

On the stroke of the hour mark UEL used up their remaining two substitutes as Henry Hayden was replaced by Stefan Neilson and Harry Matthews left the field for Victor Lelis who both put in great shifts today. Several minutes later the two substitutes linked up to score the third goal as Neilson’s long free-kick evaded the defence for Lelis to pull off his man, cut back inside and volley his shot which squeezed inside the near post and passed the keeper. UEL put the game beyond reach seven minutes later as again Neilson long free-kick was met by centre back Feehily for Tew-Robinson to tap home from a yard to steam in to a 4-1 lead.

UEL did not sit on their lead and continued to attack and got another superb goal down the far right as Neilson again fed in Caney-Brown who of the turn smashed his shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner to extend their lead even further.

The home side completed the drubbing two minutes from time and Neilson completed his hat-trick of assists as he fed in Tew-Robinson to burst in on goal and waited for the keeper to commit and placed it into the bottom corner to claim his third hat-trick of the season.

UEL go back to the top of table with a hat-trick from Harry Tew-Robinson a brace from Johan Caney-Brown and Victor Lelis popped up with a goal to complete the superb performance from the whole squad and go three points clear with three games remaining. Next week UEL travel to University College of London.

Lineup: Robinson, Gill (Manoka 36), Feehily, Adesina, John, Hayden (Neilson 58), Matthews (Lelis 58), Semain, Bah, Tew-Robinson, Caney-Brown.

Top Goal Scorers (League & Cup)

Harry Tew-Robinson- 12

Henry Hayden- 5

Johan Caney-Brown- 6

Jaden Osei-Bonsu- 1

Ollie Soulsby- 1

Dylan Freehily- 1

Brandon Manoka- 1

Victor Lelis- 1

By Mitchell Young

PREVIEW: AFC Sudbury v BRENTWOOD TOWN

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AFC Sudbury v Brentwood Town at MEL Group Stadium
Ryman League North

Mitchell Young looks ahead…

Brentwood Town will look to maintain their seven point gap from the relegation zone as they travel to an in form AFC Sudbury side on Saturday.

‘The Blues’ go into the game with two wins in their last five games after a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Chatham Town which saw them leap frog Brentwood on Tuesday night.

The hosts AFC Sudbury are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions with five wins and six draws. We have to go back to middle of November to find the last time AFC Sudbury lost in a Cup Replay.

Despite the home sides run they only sit in 10th due to their last three games ending in draws with Brentwood sitting in 18th wary of the teams behind them.

Last time the two sides met ‘The Blues’ lost 2-1 at home and will seek revenge I am sure. With Brentwood scoring in all of their last six games there are sure to be goals but AFC Sudbury will be hard to break down.

Can Brentwood nick a valuable point away from home? Or will AFC Sudbury continue their unbeaten run and take all three points?

PREVIEW: Brentwood Town vs Romford

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Brentwood Town v Romford at The Brentwood Centre Arena
Ryman League North

Mitchell Young looks ahead…

Brentwood Town will look to string back to back wins together after their blip was put behind them on Tuesday, as they face a Romford side unbeaten in the New Year.

Brentwood go into the game with only one loss in their last five games whereas their counterparts are yet to be beaten this year.

The hosts turned their heavy defeat against Harlow Town last Saturday around after a great performance at home during the week with a 2-0 win against Malton and Tiptree.

Both sides will be eager for three points to push themselves further away from the drop so they can stop looking behind them and enjoy the rest of the season.

But who will come out on top in this local derby with only one point separating the sides.

Can Romford continue to be unbeaten or will Brentwood continue their good home form and make it three straight home wins.

PREVIEW: Harlow Town v BRENTWOOD TOWN

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Harlow Town v Brentwood Town at Barrows Farm Stadium
Ryman League North

as Mitchell Young looks ahead…

Brentwood Town continue their good form in to the New Year as they are once again on their travels to promotion pushers Harlow Town on Saturday.

After staging a great comeback away from home to Dereham Town last weekend Brentwood stretch to four game unbeaten run. With two goals in seven minutes from super sub Tony Martin to snatch a point from a two goal deficit.

Brentwood progress their league form with only one loss in their last eight games and are slowly climbing up the table away from the relegation zone.

Harlow Town have better form with only one loss out of their last 12 games in all competitions and sit comfortably in fifth position, going in to the game with confidence after a 3-1 win over Kingstonian in the Cup on Tuesday.

Brentwood will have to stop Harlow’s top goal scorer Alex Read with 27 goals this season but Brentwood have shown great spirit with fight backs recently against Barkingside and Dereham Town.

Both sides haven’t met so far this season, so who will come out on top as 5th place Harlow Town host 19th Brentwood Town?

Essex A topple Norfolk to secure second place

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Essex A had a great team performance to beat Norfolk in their final group game to secure second place in the group and progress in the knockout stages after a 24-16 win last Sunday.

The first session got Essex of to a good start Phil Banner and Frank Amoss won 19-12 in their opening game. The other pair Dave Amoss and Shirley Banner narrowly won with a 14-12 victory to get Essex into a good lead. Roger Dover responded for the home side to put another two points on the board with a 19-10 win. Pauline Childs could not cap off a great first session for Essex as she went down 24-6 to a great performance from Neil Davidson. As they head in to the second session the home side took a deserved 6-2 lead.

The second session was again good for Essex as Ian Arthur, Stewart Blackhall and Paul Cairns won 11-7. The other triple with Rita Blackhall, Eileen Smith-Allen performed very well together winning convincingly 18-5. The rearranged fours also did well with Peter Snelling, Brian Daley, Rose Hambelton and Peter Debenham winning 15-6. However the other changed four was unable to complete the clean sweep as Danny Curl, Alan, Heather Amoss and Peggy May lost 15-3. But at the break the home side were in the lead 12-4, a platform they hope they can build on in the second half to rack up the points to make sure of second place.

The third session was another good performance by the home side as they carried on their good form throughout the day as Pauline won to make up for her earlier lose with a 16-8 win. However Roger could not turn over the in-form Neil Davidson to lose 15-6. Dave and Shirley also made their day two out of two as they won another tight game 15-12. Although Phil and Frank could not complete win as they suffered a 22-5 loss, with both bonus points going to the away side to claw the points back.

As both sides went in the final session it was 16-12 with Norfolk closing the gap on the home side. However it was not looking good for the home side as both triples suffered losses as Ian, Stewart and Paul lost 15-12 and Rita, Eileen and Pat after being 10-6 up could not hold on and lost 11-10. The fours had better luck and retained the situation as Peter, Brian, Rose and Peter won a respectable 9-3 and Danny, Alan, Heather and Peggy finished off the day with a comfortable 10-3 win. The home side they took both bonuses in the triples and fours, as the triples kept both losses to a minimum finishing the day with a 24-16 win.

Essex put them selves 33 points in front of Suffolk as they played Cambridge the following day but could ot manage the task Essex had set. This puts both Norfolk and Essex in to the knockout stages of the A team knockouts in January.

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