Month: November 2017

Essex topple Surrey to snatch qualification from Kent

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Essex Premier qualified for the knockout stages of the Inter County Championship after a 27-13 victory over Surrey Premier at Deans School.

Essex managed to secure second place after Kent lost 27-13 at home to Norfolk as Essex qualified by 12 points.

Dave Chittocks’ side were without some key players as Dom Reed, Nigel Reed, Jake Atrill and Alan Jones were all unavailable.

Essex had a positive opening session, as Mark Chittock come home strong to win 18-12.

Captain Mitchell Young could not follow suit, as he lost 15-13.

In the pairs Essex had better joy as Babs Morokutti and Chris Coates won handy 21-3. Whereas Del Coates and John Pye came back from 12-6 to settle for a point at 14-14 – to give Essex a 5-3 lead.

In the second session Essex turned the screw as Greg Wade, Phil Banner and Dave Wooler won 12-9.

The other triple, Kay Debenham, Emily Poulter and Paul Bax were victorious 16-6.

Essex fours produced much of the same as Mo Binstead, Ian Arthur, Steve Killington and Keith Paxman won 17-7.

The other Essex quartet Alan Kay, Linda Lambert, Matt Dillon and Anthony Faultey were edged out 11-10 to go 11-5 in front at the break.

In the second half, Essex found some resistance from Surrey, as Chittock lost 17-9. But Young came through 19-7 to take the bonus points in the singles.

Peter and Jan Smith beat Morokutti and Coates for Surrey 15-7.

Coates and Pye were on hand to take a 16-11 win and the bonus points to extend Essex’s overall lead to 19-9.

In the final session Essex did not let up as Lambert, Kay, Dillon and Fautley won well 13-5 to set Essex on their way to the knockout stages.

The other four Binstead, Arthur, Killington and Paxman were well beaten 19-3 to snatch the bonus point at the death by one shot.

Essex’s trio Wade, Banner and Wooler fought back well late on but just lost out 11-10 on the last end.

The final triple Debenham, Poulter and Bax came through strong 16-7 to take the bonus points and Essex through to the knockouts.

Essex now look ahead to the rinks qualifiers in two weeks at Wey Valley where Essex will face Wilkshire and last years champions Northampton.

Where Essex will look to cap off a successful first half of the season.

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National League: Leyton Orient 2 Chester 2

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10-man Leyton Orient grabbed a 2-2 draw at home to Chester after an eventful evening at the Matchroom Stadium.

 

The O’s took an early lead just moments into the match, as Macauley Bonne’s flicked on header sent the Orient fans into ecstasy.

 

Chester levelled shortly after, as James Akintunde’s delicate touch was deemed to have crossed the line. The visitors then went on to take the lead with a superb free-kick from Ross Hannah before the break.

 

Orient then found themselves down to 10-men, as Jamie Sendles-White was sent off as he brought down the Chester midfielder inside the box. Sam Sargeant came to the rescue and saved the resulting spot kick to end an eventful first half with Interim boss Ross Embleton also sent to the stands.

 

Jobi McAnuff got the equaliser in the second half with a brilliant strike to share the points, as Orient remain at arm’s length above the relegation zone.

 

Embleton named an unchanged eleven after Orient’s 1-1 home draw against top of the league Dover Athletic at the weekend, as Sargeant kept his place in goal with Charlie Grainger out injured after the warm-up on Saturday.

The O’s asserted the early pressure with a succession of corners and almost grabbed the opener, as James Daytons’ corner was met by Joe Widdowson but headed just over the bar.

 

Orient grabbed a deserved lead six minutes in, after a McAnuff cross was delicately guided into the far post by Bonne to get the Brisbane Road rocking.

 

Chester got a bizarre equaliser nine minutes later, as a deflected shot bounced goalwards and Akintunde guided the ball on target for Sargeant to palm onto the post and away but the linesman deemed the ball to have crossed the line.

 

Orient went in search of their advantage again as the ball was slotted into Bonne, he teed up Dayton to strike a fierce shot on target but was well stopped by Alex Lynch.

 

The visitors went in front five minutes from the break, after Hannah’s free-kick was bent around the wall and beat Sargeant down low to his right.

 

Just on the stroke of half-time, there was a few minutes of madness as Sargeant flew out his box miss timed his headed clearance which let Nyal Bell in on goal he was then brought down by Sendles-White inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. He then sent off Sendles-White with the O’s down to 10-men. Hannah then stepped up and his shot was superbly stopped by Sargeant to deny the away sides two goal cushion.

 

The evening got worse for the O’s as Embleton was sent to the stands in added time of the half with the Orient fans venting their frustration at the break.

 

In the second half, Orient looked comfortable down to 10-men and got their reward with an equaliser on the hour mark as McAnuff continued to surge forward and hit a shot from 25-yards into the bottom corner with Lynch rooted to the spot.

 

The hosts thought they had won it at the death, as Jake Caprices’ high cross into the box was challenged by substitutes Matt Harrold and then fell to David Mooney on the volley which he fired narrowly wide of the target as Orient settled for the point.

 

Leyton Orient Lineup: 12 Sam Sargeant, 2 Jake Caprice, 6 Jamie Sendles-White, 25 Dan Happe, 3 Joe Widdowson, 4 Alex Lawless (45), 23 Craig Clay (45), 27 James Dayton (82), 7 Jobi McAnuff, 26 James Brophy, 9 Macauley Bonne

 

Substitutes: 20 Dean Brill, 29 Mark Ellis, 31 Zain Westbrooke (45), 10 David Mooney (82), 24 Matt Harrold (45)

 

Chester Lineup: 1 Alex Lynch, 2 Andy Halls, 3 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner (77), 4 Kingsley James, 5 John McCombe C, 10 Ross Hannah, 15 Nyal Bell, 17 Lucas Dawson, 20 James Akintunde, 31 Jordan Gough, 33 Ryan Rainey (81)

 

Substitutes: 32 Nathan Vaughan, 18 James Jones, 26 Llyod Marsh-Hughes, 34 Jerome Slew (81), 35 Myles Anderson (77)

 

Attendance: 3,352 (173)

National League: Leyton Orient 1 Dover Athletic 1

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Leyton Orient grabbed a 1-1 draw in Ross Embleton first interim game in charge against the league leaders Dover Athletic at The Matchroom Stadium.

 
Dover took a first half lead through Nortei Nortey’s strike from close range to maintain their momentum at the top of the National League.

 
Orient got their deserved equaliser in the second half, as Craig Clays’ curling effort found the back of the net with Orient still three points off the relegation zone.

 
Ross Embleton took temporary charge of Orient after the departure of Steve Davis and made five changes to the side that lost 2-1 away to Ebbsfleet United.

 
Macauley Bonne returned for the O’s from International duty with Zimbabwe, as Jobi McAnuff captained the side after a return from a toe injury. Joe Widdowson reclaimed his place after he served his suspension and Craig Clay returned to the lineup. With David Mooney, Matt Harrold, Mark Ellis and Zain Westbrooke were all side-lined.

 
Charlie Grainger was injured in the warm up, which left Sam Sargeant to step up to the mark for his first game of the season.

Within the opening minute, James Alabi was slipped through one-on-one with just Sargeant to beat, after a mistake from Joe Widdowson but he superbly denied the visitors the lead.

 
Orient then surged straight up the other end on the counter attack and from the resulting corner Dayton’s whipped in ball was just headed over by Bonne.

 
The hosts had their first real opportunity, as Dan Happe surged forward played a lovely ball to Bonne who laid the ball to Clay to slide in James Brophy who cut it back for Clay but could not guide the ball on target.

 
Alabi again the threat for Dover, as the ball was lifted over the defence and he was in a footrace with Widdowson but blazed his shot over from inside the box.

 
Dover then broke the deadlock 23 minutes in, as the ball was cut back to Nortey who fired first time into the far corner to take an early advantage.

 
A long stoppage halted the match, as Dover’s Josh Passley crashed into the advertising hoardings, recovered but then went down in the next phase of play and had to be substituted for Lou Fazakerley.

 
In the second half, Dover had the first opportunity of the half as Connor Essam rose for the cross but miss-timed his header.

 
Orient somehow could not get the ball over the line, as Bonne with the first header was palmed away by Mitch Walker and then Happe’s header was cleared off the line as Dover scrambled the ball clear eventually.

 
The hosts then grabbed that elusive equaliser 13 minutes from time, after great work from Clay to create the chance laid it to Dayton who returned the pass cut back inside and curled his shot into the far corner.

 
Orient thought they had won it with five minutes to go, as Dayton’s ball to the far post was met by Bonne who thought the ball had crossed the line but was clawed away by Walker, as Orient settled for a point.

 
Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Charlie Grainger, 2 Jake Caprice, 6 Jamie Sendles-White, 25 Dan Happe, 3 Joe Widdowson, 4 Alex Lawless (65), 23 Craig Clay, 27 James Dayton, 7 Jobi McAnuff (C), 26 James Brophy, 9 Macauley Bonne

 
Substitutes: 12 Sam Sargeant, 29 Mark Ellis, 31 Zain Westbrooke, 10 David Mooney, 24 Matt Harrold (65)

 
Dover Athletic Lineup: 1 Mitch Walker, 2 Josh Passley (45), 3 Femi Ilesanmi, 4 Giancarlo Galliifuoco, 5 Manny Parry, 6 Connor Essam, 8 Mitch Brundle (C), 11 Mitchell Pinnock, 17 Ryan Bird (76), 18 Nortei Nortey, 19 James Alabi

 
Substitutes: 7 Kane Richards, 12 Lou Fazakerley (45), 16 Ejiro Okosieme, 23 Kadell Daniel (76), 25 Anthony Jeffrey

 
Attendance: 4,548 (537

Essex A fail first attempt to qualify

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Essex A were defeated 25-15 at home in the group stages of the Inter County Championship to Norfolk A at Deanes School.

Essex missed their first opportunity to qualify for the knockout stages with a game to go in the group, as they remain top but only by six points now after their defeat to second placed Norfolk.

Norfolk came out the blocks flying, as Shirley Walker was just edged out 13-10 by Robbie Lamb – whereas Pauline Child fell to a defeat on the final end 14-13.

In the pairs, Essex also had a hard time as Shirley Banner and Phil Glenister went down 16-7. Carol Taylor and County Manager David Chittock denied Norfolk the clean sheet after they came back from the depths of defeat to snatch a 15-14 victory late on, to end the session 6-2 behind.

Essex withstood the Norfolk pressure in the second session, as Pat High, Pat Goodchild and Tony Ealham won 15-10. Unfortunately Eileen Smith-Allen, Andy Philbrick and County Captain Rob Wade were beaten comfortably by the Lamb trio 17-8.

In the fours Essex had a mixed bag as Josie Robinson, Brenda Crowe, Bob Taylor and Alan High were narrowly defeated 12-9.

The other Essex four including Peggy May, Colin Addis, Peter Debenham and Jonathan East could not be separated by the Norfolk quartet as they drew 8-8 – with Essex 11-5 behind at the break.

In the second half, Essex still found it difficult to break Norfolk down and could not make a dent in their lead, as Child went down 16-7 to Lamb. But walker counteracted Childs’ defeat to win handy 14-7 as Norfolk took the bonus points.

Banner and Glenister were just beaten at the death as they lost 12-11 with Taylor and Chittock also going down 20-8. Norfolk claimed another set of bonus points, as Essex only took two points from the session for Norfolk to secure the overall win with a 21-7 advantage going in to the final session.

Essex battled on and doubled their overall score in the progress, with both triples coming through High, Goodchild and Ealham 15-8 and Smith-Allen, Philbrick and Wade storming to a 26-5 victory to overturn the four shots to take the bonus points.

In the fours Essex again had a mixed bag as Robinson, Crowe, Taylor and High took a slender 8-6 win. Although May, Addis, Debenham and East went down 15-8 and lost out on the bonus points in the fours to complete the 25-15 defeat to Norfolk.

Essex now look ahead to their final group game at home to Cambridge where a victory should be enough to qualify them for the knockout stages, as their opponents Norfolk will travel to Suffolk on the same day in three weeks’ time.

 

Essex Premier edged out by Norfolk

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Essex Premier were narrowly defeated in the Inter County Championship 21-19 against Norfolk at Deanes School.

That now confirms Norfolk’s qualification into the knockout stages and top spot, with Essex now two points behind Kent after their 21-19 victory over Surrey yesterday.

Essex were without key players once again, Jake Atrill, Anthony Fautley and Paul Bax who were all unavailable ahead of the fixture.

The hosts flew out the traps, as Dom Reed and Jack Pye went head to head in the first singles match as they ended up unseparated at 13-13.

Mitchell Young had another battle with Gary Best and was just able to come through with a 15-13 victory.

The Essex pairs also applied the pressure, as Del Coates and Chris Coates held off Dave Lamb’s duo 14-11.

Babs Morokutti and Alan Jones followed suit with a 15-8 win over John Sparham and Simon Warnes. To give Essex a 7-1 lead.

Norfolk fought back in the second half, as Mark Chittock, Greg Wade and John Pye were beaten 13-7.

The other triple Phil Banner, Alan Kay and Nigel Reed also came off on the wrong end of a 19-7 defeat to Mark Linscell, Morgan Warnes and Simon Willies. 

In the fours Essex held their own with Mo Binstead, Ian Arthur, Steve Killington and Keith Paxman who won handy 16-5 against the Norfolk quartet. 

The other Essex four made up of Emily Poulter, Linda Lambert, Matt Dillon and Dave Wooller were unlucky to fall to a narrow 9-6 defeat.

For Essex to hold on to a slender 9-7 advantage at the break.

Norfolk then asserted their authority, as Pye held off Young 15-10. Reed was also just beaten on the last end by Best 11-10 for Norfolk to take the bonus points.

In the pairs, Sparham and Warnes just did enough to hold off Coates and Coates 16-15. The other pair Morokutti and Jones were also involved in a tight match but got the victory 13-12 and claimed the bonus points – as Norfolk took the lead for the first time overall 15-13.

The game went to wire, with Norfolk edging closer to the victory as Poulter, Kay and Reed were beaten 20-12 by the Norfolk trio headed by Keith Cooke.

Essex did snatch a victory in the triples as Wade, Chittock and Pye who picked up a big last end to overturn a 10-7 scoreline to win 12-10 but lost out on the bonus points.

In the fours Norfolk sealed the victory, as Melvin Woods quartet won comfortably 17-8 over Binstead, Arthur, Killington and Paxman to get to the 21 points.

Essex were not done yet, as every point counted for them with Banner, Lambert, Dillon and Wooller who won 13-8 victory and held on to bonus points to end up with 19 points. 

Essex now took ahead to three weeks time for the final round of matches as they host Surrey. 

While Norfolk travel to Kent where it becomes a one game shootout for Essex and Kent in order to snatch that final qualification spot.