Month: November 2014

Essex A claim top spot

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Essex A finish top of the group after another great team performance as they won 29-11 against Cambridgeshire at Stonyhills.

Essex only needed 25 points to secure mathematically top spot in the group and gives Essex a great chance of getting a bye to the quarter-finals.

Pauline Child set the standard as she knocked up the shots as she won 18-7.

Roger Dover was 11-11 after 11 in his match up but fail to score a shot after that as he lost 18-11.

The Essex pair Shirley Newman and Colin Addis maintained their recent form as they made easy work of their first game with a 13-6 victory.

The young duo in Mark Chittock and Sadie Young made the Cambridge pair pay as they took their chances as they won 20-6, to take a 6-2 lead into the second session.

Greg Wade, Pat Goodchild and Phil Banner breezed past their opponents with a 19-4 win.

Rita Blackhall, Michelle Squires and Tony Hayes could not replicate their team mates as they just lost 9-6.

Rob Wade’s quartet of Racheal Cordy, Peggy May and Dave Chittock eased to a 15-5 victory.

The other Essex four, Frank Amoss, Eileen Smith-Allen, Paul Cairnes and Peter Debenham edged their game with a 10-8 win, with a repeat of the first session and lead 12-4 at the break.

In the third session Child’s had a tougher game than her first but she came through with a 20-16 victory.

Dover was did not get out the blocks and fell to a heavy 18-5 defeat which cost the singles bonus points by four shots.

Newman and Addis made it two wins out of two with a copy of their first as they won 13-6.

Chittock and Young had a tight game which went down to the final end as they were in front by one but held of the pair, as they won 15-12 and secured the bonus points to lead 20-8 overall.

In the final session the Essex triple Wade (Junior), Goodchild and Banner sped to an easy 15-5 victory.

Blackhall, Squires and Hayes won with an easy 13-1 which secured the bonus points as the triples only dropped two points out of the 12.

Amoss, Smith-Allen, Cairnes and Debenham were content with a 7-7 draw, which avoided the loss.

The final four to finish was Cordy, May, Chittock and Wade (Senior) as they kept their game tight as they lost a narrowly 8-7.

Which claimed the fours bonus points to finish 29-11 with Essex on 208 shots to Cambridgeshire’s 141, to secure top of the table and qualify for the knockouts.

Essex will have to wait and see if they get a bye to the quarter-finals or have to play a prelim.


Essex secure qualification to knockout stages

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Essex Premier secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Inter County Competition with a 20-20 draw against Northampton at Stonyhills.

The home side despite a healthy lead at the break, had to come from 16-12 down at the end of the third session to scrape a draw in the final session.

Adam Sultana gave Essex their first two points as he won 13-10 over Lee Hall, as his aggressive tactics just paid off.

Matt Dillon took Edward Sawbridge all the way, at 9-9 in the final end but Sawbridge edged Dillon to win 11-9.

Barry Hedges and Mo Binstead got an early lead and held off Callum Beale’s pairing, as they won 18-13.

Babs Morokutti and Dominic Reed fell 11-4 down after 11 ends and despite their best efforts lost out 13-10 against Thelma Hopkins and Chris Western, to go into the second session 4-4.

The second session was vastly improved by Essex as Del Coates, Tony Ealham and Mitchell Young held off Chris Hopkins triple, as they won 10-4.

Essex’s other triple Linda Lambert, Fred Gudgeon and Jack Shepard also kept the Northampton triple at arm’s length as they won 11-7.

The fours precipitated, as Debbie Tomlinson, Tony Orpin, Nigel Reed and Anthony Faultey did enough as they won 9-6.

Ian Arthur, Sammy Lambert, Keith Paxman and Steve Killington had a narrow 11-8 victory to make it a clean sweep for the hosts and went into the break with a 12-4 lead.

Northampton responded after the break as a frustrated Dillon was out bowled by Hall and lost 17-7.

Sultana was caught out by Sawbridge in his second game, after he lead 11-7 after 11 ends was pegged back and lost 14-11, which secured the bonus points for Northampton.

It went from bad to worse for Essex as Hedges and Binstead fell to another session defeat 16-13.

Northampton completed the reverse clean sweep as Reed (Junior) and Morokutti lost out to Beale’s pair 14-6, which gave them the bonus points and lead 16-12 going into the last session.

Essex had it all to do in the final session and Coates, Ealham and Young stormed to a 15-4 victory, to start the revival.

The comeback was halted somewhat as Lambert, Gudgeon and Shepard came from 9-3 down to 9-8 last end but was edged out by Hopkins’s triple 10-8, as Essex held on to the bonus points.

Tomlinson, Orpin, Reed (Senior) and Faultey came from behind to snatch a draw from 8-5 down as Faultey drew his last bowl to take the valuable draw, with Essex trailing at 19-17 overall.

The final four, Arthur, Lambert, Paxman and Killington were 8-6 in front on the last end and were in danger of the defeat but held on for the draw and took the bonus points to draw 20-20 overall.

Essex secured qualification to the knockouts and top the group for momentarily, as Norfolk have a game in hand and play Northampton in the final group game next week with only 13 points required to reclaim top spot.

Players Ratings

Adam Sultana 6/10

Dom Reed 6/10

Mo Binstead 7/10

Barry Hedges 6 ½ /10

Babs Morokutti 6/10

Matt Dillon 6/10

Del Coates 8/10

Mitchell Young 8/10

Jack Shepard 7/10

Linda Lambert 7/10

Tony Ealham 7 ½ /10

Tony Orpin 7/10

Debbie Tomkinson 7 ½ /10

Nigel Reed 7 ½ /10

Keith Paxman 8 ½ /10

Ian Arthur 7/10

Sammy Lambert 7/10

Fred Gudgeon 7/10

Anthony Fautley 8/10

Steve Killington 7 ½ /10

Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 3 Great Wakering Rovers 0

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Brentwood Town extend their unbeaten league run to six as they swept aside Great Wakering Rovers with a 3-0 victory at the Brentwood Arena.

Robbie Rees grabbed a brace, one from a free-kick and the other with a deflected shot on the edge of the box.

In between Rees’s goals was a quality drilled free-kick by Sam Bantick as Brentwood move up to third.

Brentwood took the lead with their first shot on target as a Rees free-kick was clipped in to Ryan O’Rawe who missed the header but caught Adam Seal off guard and crept in.

“The Blues” almost doubled their lead down the left flank as Bantick squared the ball across goal came to Mcfarlane, who burst in the box and fired his shot over.

Great Wakering nearly equalised just before half-time as Liam Nash was slotted in over the far side but his shot was blocked by Ollie Bowles.

Brentwood doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a sweetly struck free-kick by Bantick was arrowed into the near post.

Wakering nearly got back in the game as the ball fell to Jay Nash at the far post and his header was superbly saved by Bowles.

Brentwood sealed the three points seven minutes from time as Rees picked up the ball on the edge of the box and his deflected shot found the bottom corner.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Robbie Rees (87), 7 Ryan Mcfarlane (67), 8 Danny Dafter, 9 Sherwin Stanley, 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Sam Bantick (86)

Substitutes: 12 Christian Mbulu (86), 14 Danny Aldwinckle (67), 15 Adam Rooke (87), 16 Yeshaya Lomotey

Great Wakering Rovers: 1 Adam Seal, 2 James Pugsley (81), 3 Elijay Worrell, 4 John Bradley, 5 Dan Trenkel, 6 Nick Skelton, 7 Billy Johnson, 8 Tom Ranger, 9 Liam Nash, 10 Jay Nash, 11 Tom Strickland

Substitutes: 12 Tony Jacobs (45), 14 Antonio Mehmeti, 15 Malaki Toussaint, 16 Lewis Sparrow, 17 Adam Holmes (81)

Attendance: 85

Goal fest rewards UEL 1st with Quarter-Final

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The University of East London progressed to the quarter-finals of The South Eastern Conference Cup with an emphatic 11-1 victory over fellow league opposition Imperial University 1st.

UEL grabbed two hat-tricks, the in-form Johan Caney-Bryan got his three goals in the first half with 14 goals in seven games and recently back from injury Stefan Neilson.

The East London side also got a double brace through Shahid Kasako and Jason Ngandu who now has three goals in two games with the other from Saio Levi-Blackwood.

UEL broke the deadlock 15 minutes in after Caney-Bryan laid off the ball on the edge of the box for Levi-Blackwood to curl his shot past the keeper.

The home side doubled their lead four minutes later after great work from Dillian Stephenson down the right flank and whipped a ball in for Caney-Bryan to tuck in the bottom corner.

The third goal was inevitable as Caney-Bryan squared a ball to Kasako in the box which he lashed inside the far post.

The fourth came almost from the restart after Caney-Bryan involved once again was brought down 20 yards out. Neilson stepped up and fired the free-kick into the far post leaving the keeper no chance, to put UEL in a commanding lead.

UEL got their fifth ten minutes from the break after a long throw from Stefan Wright was headed into the top corner by Caney-Bryan.

Caney-Bryan capped off a comprehensive first-half in added time as he snuck in and poked the ball underneath the keeper.

UEL continued the rout seven minutes into the second-half as the ball fell to Neilson on the edge of the box and his shot was too strong for the Imperial keeper as he parried it into his own net.

Substitute Ngandu made an immediate impact as he burst away down the left, beat the defender and unselfishly cut it back for Neilson to fire home from close range.

The ninth came only a minute later as Ngandu popped up on the right and his individual shot caught the keeper off guard and crept into the top corner.

UEL had to go down to ten men after all substitutes had been used and Wright limped off but that did not stop UEL’s tenth as Kasako’s shot fizzed into the bottom right corner.

Substitute Vendal Nunes got a superb 11th goal as he burst from the right back position beating several Imperial defenders, crossed a low ball into the box for Ngandu to tap in.

Imperial however did get a goal as UEL switched off in final seconds to give them a consolation as UEL progressed to the quarter-finals.

UEL now have another home tie either against Chichester 3rd or Portsmouth 1st in two week’s time.

UEL Lineup: 1 Richie Robins ©, 2 Stefan Wright, 3 Darren Hammond, 4 Jaden Osei-Bonsu, 5 Nnamdi Harold-Egole (65 Ousmone Kone), 6 Shahid Kasako, 7 Siao Levi-Blackwood, 8 Harry Mathews, 9 Johan Caney-Bryan (52 Jason Ngandu), 10 Stefan Neilson, 11 Dillan Stephenson (69 Vendal Nunes)

White ‘Amazed’ at women’s Wembley showdown

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England women’s football International Ellen White has described the popularity of their friendly against Germany this weekend as “Overwhelming”.

This was after the England women’s team had out sold the England men’s side with over 55,000 tickets been purchased already.

The three lions will take on Germany in an international friendly next week in the ‘home of football’ England’s National stadium Wembley.

The England side know “It’s important to put on a good performance and show everyone we are a good team”.

The former Arsenal striker does not want this to be a one off occasion “We’ve got to keep them engaged because it’s alright having 50,000 for this but then the next game five turn up for a WSL game”.

“Were all really proud to be playing at Wembley but now there will be pressure to keep it at Wembley” after the big step to play in such a prestigious stadium.

The Notts County striker expressed that the occasion was “a major step for women’s football”.

The game has been put in place in preparation for the upcoming World Cup which England qualified with a 100% record with ten wins, which will take place next summer in Canada.

“It’s what we always wanted to be able to go to Wembley. We are so overwhelmed at how quickly the tickets have sold.” said White.

Although the game is an important friendly with the gulf of people coming to watch the game but White explained “Friendlies are totally different to tournaments”.

White experienced the Olympics for Great Britain in 2012 “we grabbed it with both hand and it was like wow this is amazing none of us never would have thought we would experience an Olympics.”

White has been involved in a previous World Cup experience in 2010, where she scored a memorable goal against eventual winners Japan which was one of her personal best performances.

White is positive she will be back fit for the World Cup after surgery on her knee and expects to be involved in pre-season for the Women’s Super League in January.

Despite White expressing the women’s game as “growing massively” she admits “were a good few years behind the men in terms of the funding and the spectators”.

“We need to do well in the World Cup but we will put pressure on ourselves for that” was her reaction to where the women’s game needs to go.

“Those behind the scene will make sure were working hard to ensure we have a good World Cup”.

The draw for the World Cup groups will take place in December and you can watch the England game this Sunday which will kick off at 3pm on BBC2.

10-man UEL 2nds progress to last 16

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10-man University of East London 2nds progressed to the last 16 of the South East Conference Cup as they won 3-1 against University of Herefordshire 2nds.

Michael Ogboin grabbed a second half hat-trick with his first from the penalty spot. Despite substitute Alan Egunyemi given a straight red for violent conduct.

Dan Robinson denied the visitors the lead 24 minutes in as a far post cross was headed goalwards and emphatically saved at full stretch by ‘The Geordie’.

Minutes later Robinson kept out Herefordshire once again, as a miss timed header by Conrad Roka fell to the away winger as his shot was blocked, due to the stature of UEL keeper.

Before the break Simon Omooba had a shot on the edge of the box which went inches wide.

UEL made a second half substitution as Egunyemi replaced Omooba and won his side a penalty as he was brought down by the Herefordshire keeper, six minutes into the half.

As Ogboin stepped up to take the penalty, off the ball Egunyemi was elbowed on the edge of the box which was not spotted by the referee and sent off Egunyemi for his retaliation.

Ogboin did finally step up to fire the penalty past the keeper to give UEL the lead.

Cemal Agdelen’s free-kick on the right hand side looked to be over hit but nearly founds it’s way in as it came off the crossbar.

Herefordshire equalised 73 minutes in as the strikers shot crept under Robinson to nestle into the net.

UEL held strong despite down to 10-men and went in front after a great move involving Agdelen and William Semain as he cut the ball back for Ogboin to weave past the defenders and poke it home.

The hosts extended their lead a minute later from a solo run from Semain into the far corner, laid it off for a great cross which fell to Ogboin to lash the shot into roof of the net for his hat-trick.

Herefordshire were awarded a penalty for a late challenge two minutes later, with a chance to put pressure on UEL. Robinson gave the striker the eyes and saved the penalty down low to his right.

UEL will now face University of Greenwich 1st in two weeks time, who are yet to register a win this season.

UEL Lineup: 1 Dan Robinson, 2 Simon Omooba (45 Alan Egunyemi), 3 Mohamed Skeikhnor, 4 Dylan Feehily, 5 Conrad Roka, 6 Ricky Brown, 7 William Semain, 8 Cemal Agdelen ©, 9 Joshua Adjei (67 Marcus Smithies), 10 Henry Hayden (67 Sam Aggrey-Adams), 11 Michael Ogboin

UEL 1sts progress to last 16 in seven goal thriller

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University of East London progressed to the last 16 of the South Eastern Conference Cup as they won 4-3 after extra-time against Buckinghamshire New University 2nds.

UEL opened up a two goal lead through an own goal and Ade Joshua’s curled shot. The visitors got back to level terms and went in front with two minutes remaining.

East London equalised in the 90th minute through a rare header from Jason Ngandu on his return from injury, to force extra-time.

Extra-time was tense with all the other UEL sides watching in anticipation as they got the winner through the clinical Johan Caney-Bryan to put UEL into the last 16.

The home side broke the deadlock 13 minutes in, after Ngandu’s great work down the right flank to cut the ball into the box was turned in by the away defender.

UEL doubled their lead as Caney-Bryan worked the ball to Joshua to bend his shot on the edge of the box into the top left hand corner.

The visitors struck back 36 minutes in as the Buckinghamshire centre forward slotted the ball past UEL captain Richie Robins.

Buckinghamshire equalised eleven minutes into the second half after a great cross field ball was chested down and lashed home by the forward for his second goal.

UEL nearly responded shortly after as Caney-Bryan lifted the ball through for Ngandu as he went round the keeper but his shot hit the post.

Buckinghamshire snatched a late lead with two minutes to go as the midfielder weaved into the box and cut inside to whip his shot into the far corner.

In the 90th minute UEL equalised as Robins was pushed up for the corner, Siao Levi-Blackwood’s cross was met at the near post by Ngandu to head into the bottom corner.

In injury time UEL were fortunate after a blatant handball by Nnamdi Harold-Egole was not spotted by the referee as extra-time was needed.

The second half of extra-time was full of action as three minutes in Levi-Blackwood’s free-kick hit a hand in the wall, the rebound was volleyed in but the referee brought play back for the penalty.

Levi-Blackwood stepped up for the penalty and his strike hit the crossbar to deny UEL the lead which was agonising for the UEL crowd.

UEL got the winner with seven minutes remaining as Caney-Brown picked the ball up just inside the Buckinghamshire half and burst goalwards and slotted his shot into the far corner. Which send the UEL supporters mad, to put themselves into the last 16 of the cup.

East London will now face Imperial University 1st who are in the same league as themselves at home in two weeks time.

UEL Lineup: 1 Rickie Robins ©, 2 Darren Hammond, 3 Stefan Wright, 4 Luqman Adesina, 5 Nnamdi Harold-Egole, 6 Harry Mathews (77 Sam Cassell), 7 Shahid Kasako, 8 Siao Levi-Blackwood, 9 Johan Caney-Bryan, 10 Ade Joshua (77 Micheal), 11 Jason Ngandu