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.

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National League: Leyton Orient 0 Gateshead 2

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Leyton Orient fell to a further 2-0 home defeat to Gateshead at the Matchroom Stadium.

A Jordan Burrow’s brace with a goal in each half was enough to see off Orient who now lie just four points off the relegation zone.

Steve Davis made two changes to his side that were beaten 1-0 at home on Saturday to Macclesfield Town. With James Dayton and Romauld Boco switching to the bench, as James Brophy and Jobi McAnuff get the nod to start.

Leyton Orient found themselves behind just eight minutes in, as Luke Hannant was given the ball to deliver his first time cross for Burrow to guide in – which left Charlie Grainger stationary.

Orient responded, as David Mooney played a delightful ball into Jake Caprice who cut in on goal to shoot which was blocked by Dan Hanford in the Gateshead goal.

Joe Widdowson flashed a cross into the box after he beat the Gateshead defender but the pass was just to heavy for Caprice at the far post.

Gateshead nearly doubled their lead, as JJ O’Donnell burst through the Orient midfield and let fly just outside the box but for a superb block by Mark Ellis.

Orient had a half chance, as Caprice slotted the ball into Macauley Bonne who held it up gave it back to Caprice to strike but his shot was tame.

The visitors almost doubled their lead, as O’Donnell beat Myles Judd down the left and played an early ball across the box for Jordan Preston to strike his shot just wide.

In the second half, Orient made a offensive change as Widdowson was replaced by James Dayton. The visitors also followed suit, as Theo Vassell came on in place of Callum Williams.

Dayton was straight into the action, as he whipped a ball in which Hanford parried away from Bonne’s head.

Gateshead were again given a glorious opportunity, as the ball got put into Burrow’s on the edge of the box and lashed his shot straight at Grainger.

Orient had the best chance of the match, as Caprice’s ball in bounced off Bonne and fell into the path of Mooney six-yards out but his shot was straight at Hanford.

The O’s tried to find the breakthrough, with neat play around the box as Bonne held the ball and laid it to Craig Clay to drag his shot well wide.

The sucker punch then came for Orient with eight minutes remaining. After an mistake at the back through Ellis’ bad headed pass went past Grainger and Burrow’s scored into an empty net, to heap more pressure on Orient.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Charlie Grainger, 2 Jake Caprice, 29 Mark Ellis 25 Dan Happe, 3 Joe Widdowson, 14 Myles Judd, 23 Craig Clay, 7 Jobi McAnuff, 26 James Brophy, 10 David Mooney ©, 9 Macauley Bonne

Substitutes: 12 Sam Sargeant, 31 Zain Westbrooke, 11 Romauld Boco, 27 James Dayton, 28 Ruel Sotiriou

Gateshead Lineup: 21 Dan Hanford, 3 Scott Barrow, 5 Neill Byrne ©, 4 Fraser Kerr, 24 Callum Williams, 14 JJ O’Donnell, 13 Patrick McLaughlin, 16 Russell Penn, 19 Luke Hannant, 11 Jordan Preston, 10 Jordan Burrow

Substitutes: 2 Theo Vassell, 7 Wesley York, 8 Richard Peniket, 9 Danny Johnson, 15 Luke Maxwell

Attendance: 3,468 (63)

Essex Premier grab narrow victory

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Essex Premier held on to take a 21-19 away victory over Surrey in the Inter County Competition at Wey Valley Indoor Bowls Club.

Surrey battled back from 12-4 down to just get edged out by the split bonus points in the triples.

Essex stumbled over the line as they only took two wins in the second half. Despite that, Essex now go second in the group ahead of Kent by nine points who take on Norfolk tomorrow.

Essex were without Jake Atrill, Dave Wooler and Alan Jones.

In the first session, Essex got off to a flyer in the singles as Dom Reed won 13-9. Mitchell Young also held on to win 14-12.

The pairs also kept the momentum going as Alan Kay and Derek Coates gained a convincing 23-7 victory over Peter and Jan Smith. 

Whereas Chris Coates and Babs Morokutti were held on the last end to draw 18-18 to take a 7-1 lead.

In the second half, Essex found some residence from Surrey as Greg Wade, John Pye and Mark Chittock were well beaten 22-13.

Essex’s other triple, Emily Poulter, Phil Banner and Nigel Reed covered their loss as they won 14-7.

In the fours, Essex asserted the pressure as Mo Binstead, Jonathan East, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman held off Derek John’s quartet 12-8.

Essex other rink, Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert, Matt Dillon and Antony Fautley came from 11-1 down to snatch a draw 12-12. To give Essex a 12-4 lead overall.

After the break, Surrey fought back as they swooped the pairs to beat Morokutti and Coates 20-9 by the Smiths.

In the other pair, Coates and Kay were just held off as they lost 13-15 but held on to the bonus points.

Essex returnee Reed made it two from two as he won 12-9. Whereas Young was pipped on the last end as he lost 11-10 but held on to the bonus points to take a 18-10 advantage into the final session.

Surrey were not going down without a fight, as Poulter, Banner and Reed were defeated 15-9. The other Essex triple, Wade, Pye and Chittock won 15-7 to split the bonus points overall.

In the rinks, Essex were second best again as Binstead, East, Killington and Paxman lost 9-3 against the Surrey quartet.

Arthur, Lambert, Dillon and Fautley fell to a narrow 11-8 defeat to John’s four as Surrey took the bonus points in the fours for Essex to hold on 21-19.

Essex now leapfrog Kent into second in the group. They will now wait to see the result of Norfolk and Kent who both play on Sunday.

Essex A superb away victory sends them top

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Essex A now top their Inter County Championship group with a brilliant team performance to gain a comfortable 33-7 away victory over Cambridge.

Essex were six points behind Cambridge before the match but a strong first half performance was carried throughout the day to now lead the charge to qualify out the group.

In the first session Pauline Child went back into here natural singles position and set Essex of with a 19-8 win. Shirley Walker also followed suit, as she came through 15-9.

The pairs continued the momentum, as Carol Taylor and county manager David Chittock won convincingly 22-8. But Essex were denied the clean sweep, as Phil Glenister and Andy Philbrick were held at 13-13 to take a healthy 7-1 lead.

In the second session, Essex continued to push as Eileen Smith-Allen, Neil Paul and county captain Rob Wade edged out the Cambridge trio 13-12. Essex’s other triple Pat High, Pat Goodchild and Tony Ealham were held at 11-11 to take a well earned point.

In the rinks, Josie Robinson, Bob Taylor, Alan High and John Wade found enough to get over the line 12-11 winners. Essex’ other quartet, Peggy May, Colin Addis, Brenda Crowe and Paul Bax stormed to a 23-5 win. To take a 14-2 lead into the break.

After the break, Essex did not let up on the pressure as Childs held on to claim her second victory 14-13. Walker followed the pattern with a comfortable 22-7 win to take the bonus points – for maximum points in the singles.

In the pairs, Glenister and Philbrick were well beaten 21-8 for Essex’ first defeat of the day. However, Chittock and Taylor counteracted the loss with a 15-9 victory to also claim the bonus points in the pairs. To put Essex in a commanding 24-4 lead.

In the final session, Essex did not let up as Smith-Allen, Paul and Wade won 16-6. High, Goodchild and Ealham had another tight encounter as they drew 9-9 as the triples claimed their bonus points.

In the fours, May, Addis, Crowe and Bax lost 17-7 for only theor second loss of the day. Robinson, Taylor, High and Wade made it two from two with a 12-5 victory to claim all bonus points available

Essex now leapfrog Cambridge to stretch their lead to 20 points and now extend their unbeaten run to three back-to-back victories. They now look ahead to the visit of Norfolk in two weeks where Essex look to continue their push for qualification.

Essex close the gap on Kent

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Essex Premier claimed back to back victories in the Inter County Championship with a 22-18 away win at the New Line Learning Academy.

Essex made a dent in the deficit to Kent as their victory now leaves them just 12 points behind the hosts.

Dave Chittock’s side were without more key players as Dave Wooler, Alan Jones, Barry Hedges and Dom Reed were all unavailable.

In the first session Essex had a slow start, as Mitchell Young was edged out 13-11 to Kent’s singles player.

Essex’s transferee Jake Atrill was also narrowly beaten 13-12 to Kent’s team manager Tim Rycraft.

In the pairs, Essex found some joy as Babs Morokutti and Chris Coates won 16-9 against Nicky Bartlett’s duo. 

The other pair Alan Kay and Del Coates lost out 18-10 as Essex fell 6-2 behind after the first session.

In the second session, Essex hit back with strong results all round as Greg Wade, John Pye and Mark Chittock won well against the Gary Allard’s trio 18-9.

The other triple, Emily Poulter, Phil Banner and Nigel Reed got another comfortable victory 15-7. 

In the fours Essex kept their foot on the pedal, as Ian Arthur, Linda Lambert, Matt Dillon and Anthony Fautley won handy 16-6 against Tom Coles’ quartet.

The other rink, Mo Binstead, Jonathan East, Steve Killington and Keef Paxman also flew to victory 17-11 to take the clean sweep and surged into a 10-6 lead at the break to turn the tie on its head.

In the second half, Essex singles woke up and Atrill took a well earned 16-10 win.

Young also made hard work after coming from 14-9 down to take a shock 17-14 victory to swoop the bonus points by six shots.

Essex had a hard time in the pairs, as Coates and Morokutti lost 19-13 to the Kent duo.

Coates and Kay also came off on the wrong end of a defeat as they were edged out 14-13. Kent took the bonus points in the pairs with Essex remaining four points in front at 16-12.

In the final session Kent found their second wind similar to the reverse fixture, as Poulter, Banner and Reed lost 16-8.

Essex’s other trio Wade, Pye and Chittock got Essex over the line as they won 12-9 and claimed the bonus points.

The fours struggled, as Arthur, Linda, Dillon and Fautley lost heavily 18-8. 

Whereas Binstead, East, Killington and Paxman were narrowly beaten on the last bowl by Coles in a 10-9 thriller but held on to the bonus points to complete the 22-18 victory. 

Essex now continue on their travels, as they face Surrey in two weeks time where they look to close the gap further on Kent to hunt down a qualification spot.

The other game in the group, Kent will travel to Norfolk on 22nd of October.

National League: Leyton Orient 1 AFC Fylde 2

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Leyton Orient fell to their third home defeat of the season, as they lost 2-1 to 10-man AFC Fylde at the Matchroom Stadium.

Danny Rowe grabbed a brilliant brace with two long range strikes one in each half to give the visitors a two-goal cushion.

Jobi McAnuff got a goal back for Orient with 15 minutes to go but could not go on and get that elusive leveller even with the dismissal of Lewis Montrose late on.

Steve Davis made three changes to his side that came from behind to get a draw away to Aldershot last weekend. New loan signing Mark Ellis was handed his debut, as David Mooney and Dan Happe both slotted back into the first eleven for Joe Widdowson (Thigh injury), Josh Coulson (Groin Injury) and Jamie Sendles-White who moved to the bench.

The visitors poached first, as Clay was intercepted and Rowe found space for a shot from outside the box but went just wide of the target.

Orient then reacted and has an opportunity for themselves, as McAnuff cut the ball into Dayton who clipped the ball across the box which Jay Lynch had to spread himself to stop.

AFC Fylde took the lead just 15 minutes in, as debutant Mark Ellis brought down Jonny Smith on the edge of the box. Rowe stepped up and fired the ball which took a slight deflection through the wall to fly into the net.

Orient started to press down the left for the equaliser and were almost rewarded as McAnuff cut the ball into Clay to find a yard and let rip which was well-stopped at the feet of Lynch.

McAnuff became creator again with a whipped in ball across the box which could not be turned in, as Lynch dived to collect to stop the cross creeping in at the far post.

The O’s again found joy down the left, as McAnuff’s cross looked to be on a plate for Macauley Bonne but his miss-timed his header went wide of the target.

In the second half, AFC Fylde doubled their lead just two minutes in as Rowe let fly after not being closed from 25-yards out and his strike crept into the top corner.

Orient had a great chance to get a foot hold back in the game, as McAnuff’s free-kick was put into a dangerous area for Ellis to head unmarked over the bar.

The hosts again pressed, as Jake Caprice played a one-two with McAnuff and whipped the ball in for Bonne who just could not keep his header down.

The O’s went even closer, as another McAnuff free-kick was met by Bonne which came back off the far post.

Orient grabbed their chance to get back into the game a minute later, as Dayton went to the by-line and clipped a cross which was headed away only for McAnuff to head in at the far post.

The O’s thought they had their equaliser, as Dayton’s ball found substitute Matt Harold to head on target by was stopped on the line by Lynch.

AFC Fylde found themselves down to 10 men in injury-time, as Lewis Montrose got a second yellow for a deliberate trip on Caprice.

Orient could not find that searching equaliser to get them a late point, as they drop further down the table to 15th.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Charlie Grainger, 2 Jake Caprice, 29 Mark Ellis, 25 Dan Happe, 26 James Brophy, 4 Alex Lawless (71), 23 Craig Clay, 27 James Dayton, 7 Jobi McAnuff, 10 David Mooney © (54), Macauley Bonne

Substitutes: 12 Sam Sargeant, 6 Jamie Sendles-White, 17 Henry Ochieng, 11 Romauld Boco (71), 24 Matt Harrold (54)

AFC Fylde Lineup: 13 Jay Lynch, 2 Lewis Montrose, 3 Zaine Francis-Angol, 5 Jordan Tunnicliffe, 6 Andy Bond ©, 7 James Hardy (45), 9 Danny Rowe, 14 Tom McGready (69), 15 Simon Grand, 18 Jonny Smith (45), 22 Luke Burke

Substitutes: 11 Jack Muldoon (45), 16 Jordan Richards (45), 17 Matt Blinkhorn, 20 Serhat Tasdemir, 27 Henry Jones (69)

Attendance: 4,357

Essex A gain first home game victory

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Essex A won their opening home game of the Inter County Championship with a close 22-18 victory over Suffolk at Deanes School.

The hosts had a brilliant final session to take the win, with a substitution at half time made by County Manager David Chittock which paid dividends for the victory, despite without several key players also.

Suffolk took the advantage in singles with two big wins, as Pauline Childs and Roger Dover lost 20-4 and 14-9.

The pairs again performed well unchanged from the previous week, as Peggy May and Chittock won 16-9. With Paul Glenister and Andy Philbrick followed up with a 19-14 win to level the session at four a piece.

In the second session, there was once again little between the sides as Sylvia Ealham, Eileen Smith-Allen and Neil Paul won well 22-11. Whereas Shirley Banner, Peter Harris and Brenda Crowe were beaten 20-8.

In the fours Essex did not fared similar, as Carol Taylor, Colin Addis, Pat Goodchild and Jonathan East lost 12-5. Whereas the other four, Josie Robinson, Chrisie Le Rosenger, Rob Taylor and Peter Debenham managed a small victory 10-7. To replicate the second session with two games a piece with the match poised at 8-8.

After the break, Essex made a substitution switching Childs out the singles with Harris in the triples but were out muscled in the singles as Dover lost heavily 29-3 and Harris 20-9 to lose out on the bonus points by a whopping 58 shots.

Essex’s pairs tried to compensate for the singles, as Phibrick and Glenister stormed to a 22-7 victory but Chittock and May were well beaten 29-3. However, held on to the bonus point by just one shot as Essex fell behind 16-12.

In the final session, Essex fought back with both triples coming through as Ealham, Smith-Allen and Paul won 14-7 and Banner, Childs and Crowe won 20-14. To secure the bonus points by 12 shots and went in front overall 18-16.

The Essex quartet finished with mixed results, as Taylor, Addis, Goodchild and East were just edged out 13-11. Robinson, Le Rosenger, Taylor and Debenham won comfortably 16-8 and snatched the bonus points to take the victory 22-18.

Essex lost out on overall shots 191-234, but now take that win into the reverse fixture away to Suffolk in two weeks where they look to repeat their victory.