Month: September 2016
A resilient 9-man Leyton Orient were beaten 2-0 at home to top of the table Plymouth Argyle, at The Matchroom Stadium.
Orient were reduced to 10-men in the opening minute, as Captain Robbie Weir was given a straight red for a late challenge.
The away side took the lead early on, as Jimmy Spencer slotted in for the visitors with Orient reduced to ten.
The evening then got even more difficult for the ‘O’s, as Jens Janse was sent off for a mistimed tackle on Jake Jervis as the last man.
Plymouth then grabbed their second late in the second half, as substitute Ryan Donaldson’s strike extended their unbeaten run to eight games.
Caretaker manager Andy Edwards first game in charge saw two changes to his side that were defeated 3-1 away at Notts County. Sandro Semedo and Jens Janse made his debut for the club ahead of Harry Cornick and Yvan Erichot who both moved to the bench.
Orient looked to overturn their back-to-back defeats against top of the table Plymouth who were on a seven game unbeaten run.
Within the first 30 seconds of the match Captain Weir was given a straight red deemed by referee Charles Breakspear for a late tackle on the Plymouth midfielder.
Orient then found themselves behind 13 minutes in, from the first real attack of the game as Spencer was played through inside the box and tucked it past Alex Cisak.
The home side were forced into a change, as Liam Kelly came off with an injury for Nigel Atangana.
Shortly after the restart, Orient went down to nine men as debutant Janse made a miss timed challenge on Jake Jervis out on the left hand side. The referee also sent him off due to him being the last man, as well to leave Orient with an uphill struggle.
Plymouth’s David Goodwillie made an off the ball challenge on defender Tom Parkes, as Cisak collected but the referee just gave the forward a talking too.
Goodwillie missed an unchallenged header inside the box for Plymouth to double their lead, who were enjoying the majority of possession.
In the second half, substitute Atangana was also forced off injured and had to be replaced by Harry Cornick.
Plymouth put the ball into the net for a second time but Goodwillie’s goal was disallowed for offside.
Cisak kept Orient in the match with some superb stops, to give the home fans some hope with time running out.
Although Plymouth secured the three points with six minutes to go, as substitute Donaldson slotted in from a cut back inside the box to put the nail in Orient’s coffin.
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 3 Callum Kennedy, 4 Liam Kelly, 6 Tom Parkes, 8 Robbie Weir ©, 10 Paul McCallum (82), 11 Gavin Massey, 16 Nicky Hunt, 22 Sandro Semedo, 27 Jay Simpson, 46 Jens Janse.
Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 9 Ollie Palmer, 15 Nigel Atangana (13) (48), 18 Ulrich Nnomo, 20 Harry Cornick (48), 21 Jordan Bowery (82), 25 Aron Pollock
Plymouth Argyle: 23 Luke McCormick ©, 2 Gary Miller, 4 Yann Songo’s (57), 5 Nauris Bulvitis, 6 Connor Smith (77), 7 David Goodwillie, 9 Jimmy Spencer, 10 Graham Carey, 14 Jake Jarvis, 15 Sonny Bradley, 16 Ben Purrington
Substitutes: 8 Jordan Slew, 11 Ryan Donaldson (77), 18 Oscar Threlkeld, 21 Vicent Dorel, 22 David Ijaha, 24 David Fox (57), 27 Craig Tanner (74)
Essex Premier claimed a surprise 21-19 away victory in their opening Inter County group match at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club.
Essex were without several key players ahead of their first ICC match with Debbie Dillon, Linda Lambert, Ian Arthur, Mitchell Young and current national triples champions Matt Dillon, Barry Hedges and Adam Sultana were all absent.
Many of last years ‘A’ team were given their opportunity in the Premier side for the tie and seized it.
Steve Killington was first up in the singles but he bumped into Northampton’s Lee Hall who won 22-5.
Last year’s ‘A’ team singles player Pauline Childs slotted into the other singles role and fought well against England International Callum Beale. With the game going to the wire at 12-12 last end but Beale snatched the victory at the end 13-12.
In the pairs, Greg Wade and Shirley Walker lost 13-6 against the Northampton pairing of C Drage and Thelma Hopkins.
Mark Chittock and Peter Fautley were Essex’s saving grace in the opening session, as they faced G Dormer and Chris Hopkins. Neither duo could be separated after 15 ends with a 14-14 draw.
Which gave Essex their only point of the session and trailed 7-1.
In the second session, Essex hit straight back as they often do with new trio Andy Philbrick, Paul Bax and John Pye – who won 15-7.
The other triple, was unchanged from last year as Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and team captain Tony Ealham replicated their teammates as they won 17-9 – to take maximum points for the triples.
In the fours, Babs Morokutti, Phil Banner, Keith Paxman and Antony Fautley won convincingly over Ed Sawbridge’s quartet 20-7.
In the final game of the first half, new fresh Premier blood was involved in the fours, as Eileen Smith-Allen, Pat Goodchild, John Wade and Rob Wade were beaten 11-7.
At the break Essex had pulled back after their bad start to trail 9-7.
In the second half, Childs then faced Hall which she came off second best despite her best efforts as she lost 15-9.
Killington also had a tough time against Beale who won 17-8 and Northampton comfortably claimed the bonus points in the singles.
In the pairs, Fautley (Senior) and Chittock (Chittock) won 17-8 to put Essex in a two shot lead on the bonus points in the pairs.
The other duo, Wade (Junior) and Walker went to the wire as they were narrowly beaten by Hopkins (Mr) 14-13 but took the pairs bonus points by one shot.
Northampton extended their overall lead to 17-11 after their 8-4 session win – needing just four points to take the match.
But Essex had other ideas, as Binstead, Kay and Ealham made it two wins from two as they held on to win 12-11 to get the visitors off and running for the comeback.
The other triple were unfortunate not to also take a victory as Philbrick, Bax and Pye were just beaten 14-11. Although Essex took the two extra bonus points in the triples.
Smith-Allen, Goodchild, Wade and Wade managed to grind out their win 8-5 against Sawbridge’s rink, to bring the score back to 19-17 with one match remaining.
Morokutti, Banner, Paxman and Fautley brought it home for Essex with another huge victory 19-4 to level the scores and secure the bonus points to take an overall 21-19 away win.
In the other group fixture Surrey travelled to the current ICC champions Norfolk. Where Surrey were beaten 23-17.
Essex now look to carry their confidence into the next group game, on the 9th October with another away trip this time to top of the table Norfolk.
This leaves county manager Dave ‘The Tinkerman’ Chittock with a headache over selection as some absentees return for the tough outfit of Norfolk.
Essex A secured their place in the Inter County rinks finals for the first time at Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club.
Essex won their final match against Surrey A to book their place in the finals in January next year.
The first round in the group saw Dorset A win comfortably against Surrey.
Essex then faced a strong Dorset side and had a tough time, as Josie Robinson, Colin Addis, John Pye and Alan High were beaten 16-1.
Shirley Walker, Emily Poulter, Brenda Neil and Pat High suffered a similar defeat 18-5.
In the others rinks, Heather Clements, Dave Chittock, Tony Hayes and John Wade tried to contain the deficit but lost 12-6.
Essex’s only win in the rink came through, Andy Philbrick, Greg Wade, Bart Clements and Rob Wade as they won comfortably 19-8 to lose overall by 25 shots.
On Dave (The Tinker Man) Chittock’s managerial debut he made a few changes, as reserve Peggy May slotted into Alan High’s rink and Josie Robinson moved into Shirley Walker’s four as Brenda Neil was sidelined.
The revived Essex side came out with an incentive, as Walker, Poulter, Addis and Robinson won 15-9 against the Surrey four.
Philbrick, Wade (Junior), Clements and Wade (Senior) had a narrow defeat 12-11, to hold a five shot overall lead with two rinks remaining.
Clements, Chittock, Hayes and Wade had also a narrow 13-11 defeat, leaving a three shot lead with one rink remaining.
Essex relied on High, May, Pye and High to confirm qualification to place second in the group, as they won 13-11 to beat Surrey by five shots overall.
Essex A will now look forward to their first appearance at the A rinks finals in a mixed day overall for the new manager.
Essex Premier fail to qualify in the Inter County Rinks qualification at Tamworth Indoor bowls club.
Essex was denied sneaking through from Surrey’s Derek John’s final bowl to squash qualification for the finals.
Herefordshire and Surrey kicked off the first group game, in which Hereford blew Surrey away with a 16 shot victory.
Essex under new management in Dave Chittock, then faced buoyant Hereford who flew out the blocks which left Essex stunned.
Barry Hedges rink, including Matt Dillon, Pat Goodchild and Steve Killington had a torrid time as they were beaten 24-8 by the Hereford quartet.
Eileen Smith-Allen, Alan Kay, Mitchell Young and Craig Burgess clawed back the shot deficit to within four after a 18-6 win.
In the other rinks, Debbie Dillon, Pauline Childs, Mark Chittock and Tony Ealham pulled back from behind to gain a narrow victory on the last end 9-8.
In the final four to finish, Babs Morokutti, Linda Lambert, Phil Banner and Peter Fautley dropped the two shot overall lead on their final end to draw the opening tie.
After the break, Essex found themselves behind again this time against Surrey. Chittock’s side found themselves 19 shots behind with five ends to play overall on all rinks, but came back fighting.
With Dillon, Childs, Chittock and Ealham as they closed their defeat to only one shot with a big final end as they lost 11-12, to the Surrey rink.
Hedges’ quartet (Dillon, Goodchild and Killington) struggled again, as they lost their second match of the day 13-10.
Smith-Allen, Kay, Young and Burgess won their final match 10-7 to claim Essex’s top rink.
Fautley’s rink (Morokutti, Lambert and Banner) made a superb comeback from 13-2 down early on to pull it back to 13-13 on the final end.
The Essex rink were holding the two shots needed to take the overall victory, until John’s final bowl drew the shot to take the deserved win and qualify in second place for the second successive season.
Which sent last years finalists to crash out at the first stage and sent group winners Hereforshire through with Surrey.
Matt Dillon 6/10
Pat Goodchild 6/10
Steve Killington 6/10
Barry Hedges 5/10
Eileen Smith-Allen 7/10
Alan Kay 7/10
Mitchell Young 6/10
Craig Burgess 7/10
Debbie Dillon 6/10
Pauline Childs 7/10
Mark Chittock 5/10
Tony Ealham 6/10
Babs Morokutti 6/10
Linda Lambert 6/10
Phil Banner 6/10
Peter Fautley 7/10