Month: February 2014
The University of East London lost away to Queen Mary’s University in a top of the table clash 4-2 and now fall one point behind the lead with two games remaining.
UEL only needed a point to keep Queen Mary’s at bay to stay on top spot but could not hold off the home side.
Queen Mary’s hit the ground running and got an early lead in the second minute as an early one-two between the two QM strikers on the half way line, with Gemill breaking through the defence and took a shot on the edge of the box which went in of the far post leaving Sam Pashley no chance.
QM nearly doubled their lead on the 19th minute as a controversial handball on the far side was not given. So QM broke with a two on one and the QM winger lifted the ball over the stranded Dylan Feehily to the QM’s striker to strike straight at Pashley to deny a second. UEL gained a bit more control in last 20 minutes of the half and nearly scored a superb equaliser. Marley Spindel ran down the channel and whipped in a superb ball for Harry Tew-Robinson who shaped himself for an overhead kick and connected with the cross but the shot went just wide.
The warning signs were still their for UEL as QM had another shot on goal but this time rebounded off the post. UEL almost got their well earned equaliser just before half-time as Johan Caney-Brown burst in to the box and clipped a ball across goal which fell to Maliki who took a touch and shot which was grasped by the QM keeper.
In the second half UEL started much brighter as the away side increased the tempo of the game and again so nearly got the leveller as Richard Johnson took a curling shot on the edge of the box. Which looked comfortable for the keeper but he spilled the ball and then reclaimed it before it went over the line.
UEL were rewarded for their hard work with 25 minutes to go as Spindel’s ball over the top of the defence forced the goalkeeper to come out. The keeper then collided with Tew-Robinson forcing the referee to point to the spot, Johnson stepped up and smashed the ball into the top left hand corner to level up the game.
All that hard work was undone nine minutes later as a ball back to Pashley was cleared straight to the QM striker and he tucked in the interception to regain QM’s lead.
UEL responded straight from the restart and got a free-kick on the edge of the 16 yard box. Johnson stepped up and curled his shot into the bottom right hand corner to once again equalise the game with just less than 15 minutes to play. The resulting free-kick injured the keeper’s finger from the set piece meaning play had to stop for him to get treatment. The keeper was replaced by QM’s centre back as they had used their only substitute.
With five minutes to play it was heart-ache for UEL as QM’s midfielder played a ball which cut through the defence leaving a foot race between Brandon Manoka and their right wing substitute. The winger got the better of Manoka and slid the ball home to go 3-2 in front. The injured keeper returned and came back on to the pitch as an outfield player after treatment. Then it got worse for the away side as the winger again broke down the right hand side away from the defence and put the ball across goal. Pashley looked to have smothering it but spilled it due to a sliding challenge from their centre forward and was smashed in to an empty net by their left midfielder.
Despite the extended injury time of seven minute UEL could not get back into the game and lost their place at the top of the league.
UEL will now face the University of Essex 3rd next week in their final home game of the season but will now have to hope for a slip up by Queen Mary’s if they are to win the league.
Lineup: Pashley, Spindel, Feehily, Egole-Harold, Darren (Manoka 63) , Baloye (Mirza 63), Johnson, Hayden, Maliki (Jason 45), Tew-Robinson, Caney-Brown
Essex was defeated by Hampshire in the Inter County Championship Quarter-final on Sunday 27-13 at Caroline Chisholm.
Both sides were looking for a semi-final spot next weekend but Essex going in as the favourites could not match a resolute performance by Hampshire and surprised the southerners.
The first session was eagerly awaited as the singles had match ups of Barry Hedges and National Singles Champion Jason Mclean, the other being Ben Pay and Mitchell Young. Barry fell behind early on to give Jason a 6-1 lead and from then he was chasing, leaving himself too much to do and lost 15-8. The other singles game was a one sided affair, with Mitchell still in the changing rooms, but not taking nothing away from Ben’s performance heaping constant pressure on Mitchell to romp home with a 22-4 win. Essex was on the back foot but the pairs restored some calm as Dom Reed and Babs Morokutti held off Trevor Pay and Paul England to win 17-11. Jack Shepard and Nigel Reed were the other pairing for Essex who had a very tight game throughout against Jody ‘The Chief’ Bright and Tom Clough but edged the game on the last end to win 11-10 levelling up the opening session.
The second session was where Hampshire took control of the tie as Essex triple Dave Sifford, Shirley Walker and Tony Ealham was well beaten by Hampshire’s triple 16-5. The partnering triple Mo Binsford, Paul Bax and Peter Faultey had a tight affair against young star Callum ‘Gangle’ Goodman, Phil Mills and Leah Woods. The game went to the wire as they went in to the last end 14-13 down but the Hampshire triple saw out the last end and picked up two to win 16-13. Both Essex fours had similar trouble as they both gave away early leads, Sammy Lambert, Mark Chittock, Mark Saunders and Keith Paxman could not get in front against the Hampshire four and won 10-5. Antony Faultey’s rink Sadie Young, Linda Lambert and Steve Killington was a tight encounter against Hampshire’s Captain James Bucknall’s rink but James’s team kept Antony’s rink at bay to scrap home a 6-4 win.
Taking a clean sweep in to the break, Hampshire led Essex 12-4 and was comfortable in three of the four bonus points at this stage. Essex made some minor changes to their side for the second half to get them selves back in the game.
The third session was key for both teams, with the Essex singles looking just to win and forget the shots for the bonus as they were out of sight. Barry got Essex on the road to recovery as he put in a well grafted performance to beat Ben 20-10. Mitchell and Jason’s match was well contested and with two ends remaining, Jason led 15-10 and looked likely for the win but both players were content with the draw as they finished up 15-15 and the bonus points righty going to Hampshire. Dom and Babs went about their business and got the result in their game against Jody and Tom as they won 17-9. The remaining game was a match defining game as a win for Essex would put them one point behind Hampshire leaving it all to play for in the last session. Jack and Nigel came from 14-8 behind to 14-14 in the last end, after a dramatic last end Paul England made the match winning shot as him and Trevor won the game 15-14, to retain their lead despite losing the pairs bonus points.
Going in to the final session Hampshire led 17-11 and Essex needed all four mats and one bonus discipline to win the game. It was a tall task but Sadie, Linda, Tony and Antony kept the fight back alive with a 13-3 win. Although Hampshire quickly shut the door on Essex’s comeback as both triples games was tight but went in favour of the leaders. As Mo, Paul and Peter lost 9-8 with the other triple Dave, Shirley and Steve losing to Callum, Phil and Leah who was in great form 9-6. Coincidently picking up the triples bonus points and finishing up the contest the last four to finish Sam, Mark, Keith, Mark lost 17-6 and also losing the bonus points completing the score line 27-13.
Hampshire deserved the win after a great team performance with Essex coming up short. The winners will now face Oxfordshire next weekend which will be another interesting fixture and the other semi-final featuring Kent and current ICC Champions Cheshire.
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Mitchell Young reports…
David Knight scored an injury time winner to take a well deserved three points at Ship Lane.
After going an early goal down in the first half by a Joseph Marsden penalty against the run of play. Thurrock equalised on the hour mark by Captain Lewwis Spence with a header.
Thurrock’s domination in possession was rewarded in the 94th minute as David Knight’s header was enough to clinch all three points and move up a spot into to the playoffs.
The home side started the better side taking control of the game and Thurrock’s top goal scorer David Knight was the first to get a shot on goal as he wriggled past his marker and curled a shot which was well saved by Robert Juhasz.
Wroxham were the side that broke the deadlock against the run of play 15 minutes in with Aaron Sanders who dribbled past two Thurrock defenders before being brought down in the box. The referee pointed to the spot and right back for the visitors Joseph Marsden stepped up and send the keeper the wrong way to give Wroxham the lead.
The home side had to make an early substitution half hour in for Lewis Clark as he picked up an injury and was replaced by Loui Hazelwood. The away side nearly doubled their lead nine minutes before the break as Ross Durrant flicked the ball into the path of Remy Gordon who shot from 20 yards but clipped the outside of the post. Spence nearly equalised just before the break with a first time volley after great play by Ross Wall and Bradley Warner but went just over the bar.
Thurrock started the second half bright again and almost got the leveller two minutes into the half as Knight’s shot just inside the box trickled towards goal but bounced off the post and cleared away. The host continued to press and got their deserved equaliser on the hour mark from Lewis Perkins corner put straight on Spence’s head to guide towards goal and back into the game.
With less than 20 minutes to play Simon Kings header was cleared off the line from a corner to deny Thurrock the lead. The home side thought they had scored four minutes from time as Hazelwood closed down the defence and laid it off to substitute Charlie Stimson which was headed off the line onto the crossbar and Spence could not guide the rebound goalwards.
Thurrock thought their best chance had gone and were heading for a frustrating draw until, in the fourth minute of five in injury time a free-kick was cleared by the rushing keeper Juhasz. Spence then lifted the loose ball back into the box over the keeper and Knight headed the ball past the three desperate defenders to take the win and all three points.
Current A team Inter County Champions Kent beat Essex 28-12 to progress to the semi-finals at Northampton on Sunday.
Essex performed valiantly but it was not enough to get past the Champions despite being on of their best season in many years.
The singles kicked off proceedings with the reliable Pauline Child kept up her great season with a 13-9 win to get Essex off the mark. After being behind in first two thirds of the game Pauline fought back in the final four ends to take the two points. Unfortunately the same could not be said for Roger Dover as he could not get going in his opening game and lost 21-6. The pairs also had a mixed bag as Phil Banner and Frank Amoss won comfortably 20-10 to chalk up another win for Essex. The other pairing Dave Amoss and Shirley Walker could not take the lead at the end of the session as they lost 19-12 to go into the second session 4-4.
The second session was where the tide started to turn in Kent’s favour with the only win in the session coming from Shirley Banner, Ian Arthur and Mark Saunders winning 9-7. The other triple Rita Blackhall, Eileen Smith-Allen and Pat Goodchild were leading 9-6 with two ends to play but could not hang on to lose 10-9. Both fours found it difficult to keep their games tight as Paul Caines, Brian Daley, Rose Hambelton and Alan High lost 11-4. With the other Danny Curl, Dave Chittock, Heather Amoss and Peggy May lost by a larger deficit 20-4.
At the break Kent took a 10-6 lead which was not a lead that could not be caught but Essex have to regain control of the next two sessions to stage a comeback.
The third session did not get off to a great start with Roger losing his second 17-10 with Pauline also not finding her game in this one as she lost 24-6, losing the bonus points in the singles with the three heavy defeats out of the four matches. The pairs restored what was not looking a good session as Shirley and Dave won narrowly 15-13. With Phil and Frank’s other match although losing closely 13-9 was enough to take the bonus points in the pairs after picking up one on the last end to keep the game alive.
Going in to the final session Essex needed all four mats and both bonus points to snatch the win. The great comeback was on as Shirley, Ian and Mark won 14-11 but ended up being the only team in the Essex side to win both games. As the match quickly slipped away from Essex as the other triple Rita, Eileen and Pat lost 16-6 to let he triples bonus points go to Kent. The fours had similar troubles as Danny, Dave, Heather and Peggy lost 12-8 dropping a vital five in the game which ultimately cost them their game. But the other four Paul, Brian, Rose and Alan had the tie killed off after losing 16-1 with no wins in the fours and also lost the bonus points.
Finishing up with a respectable score line of 28-12, Essex did not disgrace themselves and contested till the end but Kent were just the stronger side. I’m sure they will go on to win the ICC so Essex can hold their heads up high. Essex A have had a great season with the home and away wins against Norfolk which has not been done for some years and reached the Quarter-Finals which is a great achievement. I’m sure the side can push on from here and only get stronger as it has vastly improved on previous years.
Essex will look to make it a fifth consecutive semi-final in the Inter County Championships as they take on a Hampshire side who are struggling to get their full strength side out for the Quarter-Finals on Sunday.
Hampshire have lost only one of their eight group games narrowly at home to Kent, with two draws against East Sussex.
Hampshire go into the game with two wins under their belts and will took to take any slip ups that may arise by Essex.
Essex have had a mixed bag in the group stages this season with two losses to Norfolk and Northamption, with Essex not travelling well losing two out of their three away games so far this season.
The current in-form players for Hampshire which pose a threat to Essex is the current England Singles Champion Jason Mclean and SMPT English Master semi-finalist Ben Pay who have both recently been selected for the World Championships.
Both players are in line to play in the singles for Hampshire where they will face out of form Barry Hedges and the inconsistent Mitchell Young.
Hampshire will have lots of experience in the shape of Jody Bright and Phil Mills to bring on their up and coming young talent Callum Goodman.
Essex will be used to the knockout situation with players stepping up to the mark such as Dom Reed and the confident Jack Shepard both also being selected for the World Championships. Not forgetting the SMPT English Masters Bronze medallist Antony Fautley.
Hampshire Captain and England player James Bucknall was asked on his team selection ahead of the game “I would like to say yes my friend, but that would be telling”.
Essex go in as favourites I’m sure Hampshire will agree, but will it be a potential banana skin for Essex?
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Peterborough snatched all three points with two late goals from Britt Assombalonga and Tommy Rowe.
Leyton Orient were 20 minutes from returning to the top of league with Brentford’s game being called off after David Mooney took the lead for the ‘O’s’.
The visitors started the game brighter with Danny Swanson the first man to have a real chance six minutes in as the ball fell to him in the centre of the box, but his shot was comfortably saved by Bournemouth loanee goalkeeper Shwan Jalal. Peterborough again continued to pressure Orient, as Tommy Rowe had his header well saved once again by Jalal. Orient were thankful for their keeper Jalal for keeping the score goalless with another great save from Nicholas Ajose’s right footed shot. ‘The O’s’ seemed to weather the ‘Posh’s’ storm in the opening 20 minutes and began to take control as Orient’s striker David Mooney’s low left footed shot was well saved by Olejnik down to his right hand post. The home side had turned the game around and were applying more and more pressure and nearly took the lead, with what would have been goal of the season if it had gone in. As Dean Cox from the right hand side struck a shot from 40 yards out hit the post. Mooney missed another glorious chance just before the break from close range inside the box but put his shot just wide of the left hand post.
Peterborough once again started the second half like the first as Tommy Rowe’s left footed shot from outside the box was well saved by Jalal down to his bottom left hand post to palm it away for a corner. Orient had to make an early substitution ten minutes in to the second half after an injury to Elliot Omozusi and was replaced by Gary Sawyer. The visitors threatened Orients goal as the hour mark pasted for Peterborough, as striker Britt Assombalonga cut in from the right hand side and hit a left footed shot which came back off the right hand post. Orient made their second substitution of the game as Chris Dagnall was replaced by Kevin Lisbie. The home side broke the deadlock on the 70th minute to take the lead, after Lloyd James down the left flank whipped in a deep cross to the far post for Mooney to head in from close range back across goal to leave the keeper no chance. To give Orient a valuable lead and give David Mooney his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.
Peterborough nearly struck back immediately from the restart with Ajose but put his shot inside the box just wide of the left post. The away side were pushing for an equaliser and it nearly came from Rowe from a free-kick outside the box but just went wide of the left post. Another dangerous free-kick was given to Peterborough as Swanson stepped up this time but his shot like Ajose’s went just wide of the left post. Peterborough finally equalised agonisingly three minutes from time for the ‘O’s’ as Assombalonga’s header from Nathanial Knight-Percival cross from the left headed in to the top right hand corner to level the game and give him his 22nd goal this season. Peterborough then gave Orient more pain and heartache on the 90th minute as the ball broke to Tommy Rowe in the middle of the box and his strike fizzed into the top left hand corner of the net, for Peterborough to snatch all three points.
Peterborough now move in to the playoffs with that five minute flourish as they go from getting nothing from the game, to taking all three points away from home.