Month: December 2016

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Cambridge United 1

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Leyton Orient grabbed an injury time equaliser, to continue their recent home form of unbeaten in three as they drew 1-1 with in form Cambridge United at The Matchroom Stadium.

Luke Berry took the lead for the visitors midway through the first half with a close range effort.

Ollie Palmer got the all important stoppage-time leveller for the O’s to send the crowd into ecstasy with his last minute half volley, as Orient now take seven points from their last nine at home.

Andy Edwards named an unchanged eleven that overcome Crawley Town 3-2 last week, with added team news that Callum Kennedy returned to the bench after his recovery from a groin injury.

Cambridge had the first real opportunity of the match, as Luke Berry’s dangerous cross could not be turned in by Uche Ikpeazu inside the box and the cross went just passed the post.

Orient had their first chance in front of goal, as the ball came out to Captain and defender Nicky Hunt to hit a fierce strike from long range just wide.

The hosts created a great chance for the lead, as Gavin Massey slotted it into Paul McCallum who laid the ball off to Sandro Semedo to strike just inside the box but his shot was straight at Will Norris.

Cambridge took the lead against the run of play, as the ball found its way into the box and was scrambled to Harrison Dunk who rode Judd’s challenge and slipped his shot past Alex Cisak.

In the second half, Cambridge threatened to extend their advantage through Ikepeazu, as he pounced on a blocked clearance inside the box but his strike was straight at Cisak.

Orient had a great chance from a Michael Collins corner, as McCallum met the ball with his head but fell straight to Norris.

Cambridge had the ball in the net, as Ikepeazu diverted a shot in – to the relief of the Orient players the linesman raised his flag for offside.

The away side should have doubled their lead, as Brad Halliday burst forward and his cross found Dunk at the far post to head onto the bar.

Collins’ free-kick found McCallum head which looked to be heading in but for his header to be diverted out for a corner.

Orient grabbed a late equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time, as the ball was clipped into McCallum who was bundled over and the ball dropped to substitute Palmer to strike his half volley which squirmed underneath Norris, to snatch a late point at the death.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 29 Myles Judd, 19 Teddy Mezague (33), 6 Tom Parkes, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 11 Gavin Massey, 7 Michael Collins, 15 Nigel Atangana, 22 Sandro Semedo (67), 10 Paul McCallum, 30 Sam Dalby (52)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 37 Yvan Erichot (33), 3 Callum Kennedy, 8 Robbie Weir, 28 Josh Koroma (67), 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer (52)

Cambridge United Lineup: 1 Will Norris, 28 Brad Halliday, 6 Leon Legge, 5 Mark Roberts, 2 Greg Taylor, 7 Piero Mingoia, 4 James Dunne, 24 Conor Newton (62), 8 Luke Berry, 11 Harrison Dunk (86), 26 Uche Ikpeazu (94)

Substitutes: 13 David Gregory, 3 Blair Adams, 10 Ben Williamson (86), 15 Sean Long, 16 Tom Dallison, 20 Max Clark (62), 23 Joe Pigott (94)

Attendance: 5,897 (1,391)

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 3 Crawley Town 2

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Leyton Orient held on to their 3-0 lead to claim back-to-back home victories for the first time this season, as they won 3-2 against Crawley Town at the Matchroom Stadium.

Sam Dalby grabbed the early goal for Orient for his first senior goal for the club with a shot from close range.

Paul McCallum double the O’s advantage shortly after, with another effort from inside the box – found the back of the net and just before the break converted from the spot this time for his brace.

Andy Edwards made four changes to his side that were defeated 1-0 away at Wycombe Wanderers last weekend. With a debut for 17 year old defender Teddy Mezague who replaced the injured Callum Kennedy. Dalby, Sandro Semedo and Michael Collins all return to the side as Robbie Weir, Jordan Bowery and Jay Simpson all shuffle to the bench.

Before the match both sides respectfully had a minutes silence for those that were lost throughout the year from both clubs.

Orient took the lead just five minutes in, as Nigel Atangana intercepted the Crawley defender slotted it into Gavin Massey who burst out wide into space gave it back to Atanagana to square it across goal for Dalby’s first senior goal for the club.

Massey was threatening again from the right flank, as his deep cross was met by McCallum who headed it back across goal but went just wide.

The O’s doubled their lead within 12 minutes, as a quick free-kick from Orient by Collins to Massey and his low cross found Paul McCallum sliding in to turn it under Glenn Morris.

Crawley had their first shot on goal just after the half hour mark, as James Collins rifled a shot that was straight at Alex Cisak.

In added time of the first half, the O’s got their third. Myles Judd worked hard down the right to feed Massey into the box who was brought down by Jordan Roberts and the referee did not hesitate to point to the spot. McCallum stepped up and sent Morris the wrong way to get his second of the day.

In the second half, Crawley got a goal back just eight minutes in as a dangerous ball across goal was headed beyond Cisak at the far post by Mezague.

McCallum was in search of his hat-trick, as Massey’s cross was headed wide by McCallum to deny him the match ball.

Orient then broke on the counter-attack, as substitute Jordan Bowery cut the ball to Massey who went down inside the box but the referee was unmoved.

The vistors found themsleves back in game with their second, as Boldewijn broke through the defence went round Cisak and neatly tucked it in from a tight angle.

Josh Payne for Crawley had a shot from a freekick but Cisak tipped it over the bar to deny the away side.

Orient held on in injury time to claim a vital three points points and move up to 19th.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Michael Collins, 10 Paul McCallum, 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 19 Teddy Mezague, 22 Sandro Semedo, 29 Myles Judd, 30 Sam Dalby (58)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 8 Robbie Weir, 9 Ollie Palmer, 21 Jordan Bowery (58), 27 Jay Simpson, Josh Koroma, 37 Yvan Erichot

Crawley Town Lineup: 12 Glenn Mrris, 2 Lewis Young, 4 Josh Payne, 6 Mark Connolly, 8 Jimmy Smith (C), 11 Jordan Roberts (74), 14 Andre Blackman (45), 15 Josh Jorwerth, 18 Billy Clifford, 19 James Collins

Substitutes: 13 Yusuf Mersin, 17 Bobson Bawling (73), 20 Aryan Tajbakhsh, 22 Joe McNerney (45), 24 Kaby Djalo, 33 Sanchez Watt, 44 Connor Henderson

Attendance: 4,486 (295)

Essex and Norfolk both qualify for knockouts

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Essex Premier secured their place into the knockout stages of the Inter County Championship with a 22-18 victory over Norfolk Premier in the East Anglian derby at Stonyhills.

Both Premier and A sides for both teams all qualified for the knockout stages.

Essex Premier only needed eight points to qualify and got those before the half time break.

The hosts were without two key players Peter Fautley and Dave Wooller who were both unavailable.

Essex started the first session slowly but finished strong with three superb comebacks.

Nigel Reed came from behind to beat Chris Mann 17-13.

His son Dom Reed came back also to be level on the final end and snatch victory with the final bowl against Gary Best.

In the pairs, family duo Chris Coates and Del Coates came from two behind last end to take the win 14-13 against John Sparham and Simon Warnes.

Norfolk denied Essex the clean sweep, as Jack Pye and Morgan Warnes won comfortably 20-4 against Shirley Walker and Greg Wade – with Essex taking a 6-2 lead and needing just two points to qualify.

In the second session, Essex got their points to qualify for the knockouts before the break. With Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert and Alan Jones securing Essex place with a 10-6 win over Keith Cooke’s trio.

The other triple, Mo Binstead, Alan Kay and Tony Ealham lost 14-6 against Melvin Woods triple.

The Essex fours had good solid results as Babs Morokutti, John Pye, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman edged out Dave Lamb’s quartet to win 13-10.

Paul Bax, Phil Banner, Mark Chittock and Mitchell Young just had enough to take the victory by the same margin 13-10 against Simon Willies’ four. 

Essex took the session 6-2 again to have a healthy 12-4 lead at the break.

In the second half, Reed (Junior) made it two wins from two with a 23-8 win over Mann to secure the bonus points in the singles.

Reed (Senior) battled hard against Best but came off the later as he went down 21-12.

In the pairs, Coates pairing were just held off 13-9 by Pye and Warnes.

In the other pair, Walker and Wade came from behind to take the win 16-12 over Sparham and Warnes (Senior) but lost out on the bonus points in the pairs to lead 18-10 in the last session.

In the final session, the game hit its flat point, as both teams had qualified but Norfolk nearly grabbed the overall victory.

With Arthur, Lambert and Jones going down 14-6 to Woods’ trio and Ealham’s triple just narrowly lost in the end 13-12 to Keith Cooke’s triple and Norfolk took the bonus points.

The fours for Essex had a mixed bag as Morokutti, Pye, Killington and Paxman fell to a 14-2 defeat to draw Norfolk back level 18-18.

The final fours match was Bax, Banner, Chittock and Young who came through comfortably 20-5 to take the bonus points and the overall victory 22-18.

Both Norfolk and Essex Premier will face a preliminary knockout round and with a clash of date for the preliminaries to be played in February. It will be touch and go for Essex to see if they can get a side out.

Premier Table 

Norfolk Pl 6 Points 154

Essex Pl  6 Points 121

Surrey Pl 6 Points 107

Northants Pl 6 Points 98

Player Ratings:

Dom Reed 9/10

Nigel Reed 7.5/10

Chris Coates 7/10

Del Coates 7/10

Shirley Walker 6.5/10

Greg Wade 6.5/10

Ian Arthur 7/10

Linda Lambert 7/10

Alan Jones 7/10

Mo Binstead 6/10

Alan Kay 6/10

Tony Ealham 6/10

Babs Morokutti 7/10

John Pye 6.5/10

Steve Killington 7/10

Keith Paxman 6.5/10

Paul Bax 8.5/10

Phil Banner 8/10

Mark Chittock 8/10

Mitchell Young 8.5/10