Dereham Town v Brentwood Town at Aldiss Park
Ryman League North
Brentwood Town look to continue their good run of form after getting back to back wins with a win against Barkingside last weekend. Brentwood have picked up 10 out of a possible 15 points with a new lease of life from new joint management Adam Flanagan and Danny Dafter as they increase the gap to fours points away from the drop zone. ’The Blues’ travel to Dereham Town who have also won three of their last five games currently sitting in ninth spot three points off the playoffs. Brentwood’s goals in their last two games have come from their centre-half’s Bobby Port and Martin Stokes with two goals each. Both sides will be looking not to lose to continue their good run of form, can Brentwood get themselves a well earned point away from home or even better and take all three points?
Brentwood Town 2 Barkingside 1 at Brentwood Centre Arena
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young reports…
Brentwood came from a goal behind to take all three points and move them further away from the relegation zone in this local bottom of the table clash.
The visitors took the lead ten minutes in after a break by Calvin Poku down the far left side, cut a ball in to the box for Jason Fontaine who got in front on his man and finished it into the roof of the net to take a deserved lead.
Barkingside then sat back and allowed the home side to get back in to the game, and they responded eight minutes later to equalise. With a corner not dealt with by the away side turned into a goal mouth scramble as Dan Subuola’s shot was saved but not away from danger as Martin Stokes slotted in the rebound through a crowd of players and in.
Brentwood kicked on from here and three minutes later took the lead through another set piece as Jason Gardener’s corner was nodded back across goal and was finally nodded in by Bobby Port.
The game then began to open up with end to end action as Fontaine had a shot just wide. Then at the other end Martin Tuohy was played in and attempted a dinked shot over the Barkingside keeper Chris Clark but just would not get down in time and landed on to the roof of the net. As the half hour mark past, Subuola squared his ball back to Stokes on the edge of the box for him to shoot which was deflected and was well grasped by Clark.
Barkingside nearly got back on level terms just before the break as Poku’s cross was met by Jake King but was comfortable for Dean Neil.
The second half had chances for both sides as Barkingside went looking for an equaliser as another corner by Gardener was put on a plate for Stokes but could not get enough on it to turn it goalwards. As both teams went in to the final 20 minutes Barkingside’s Matt Gulfer scuffed shot could not be guided in by King.
Time was running out for Barkingside and change after change was slowing the game down but the most glorious chance came in injury time with seconds remaining of the game Dean Neil made an important double save to keep a Barkingside equaliser out. With danger man Calvin Poku’s shot inside the box was well saved by Neil and Poku’s second bite at the cherry was once again saved and Brentwood finally cleared it away and with that came the final whistle.
Barkingside felt hard done by and Brentwood were delighted as they move further away from the relegation and move fours points clear of the relegation zone.
Brentwood Team: Dean Neil, Martyn Stokes, Sam Cross, Connor Witherspoon, Bobbie Port, Ryan O’Rawe, Jack Gardner, James Love, Martin Tuohy, Alex Akrofi, Dan Subola.
Subs: Sam Knott, Shad Ngandu, Anthiny Martin, Christian Mbulu, Adam Flanagan.
Barkingside Team: Chris Clark, Corey Ellis, Dan Mackin, Sean Crossley, Matt Waldron, Dan Calloway, Jake King, Jason Fontaine, Andy Edmunds, Matt Gulfer, Calvin Poku.
Subs: George Smith, Adam Salmon, Dan Hayes, Reece Cosson, Tim Ptman.
Brentwood Town 0 Barkingside 1 (Jason Fontaine 10)
Brentwood Town 1 Barkingside 1 (Martyn Stoakes 20)
Brentwood Town 2 Barkingside 1 (Bobby Port 22)
Brentwood Town v Barkingside at Brentwood Centre Arena
Ryman League North
A crucial three points up for grabs for both these sides in this local encounter as Brentwood host Barkingside. Only four points separate the two sides but Barkingside despite being higher in the table have only one win in there last five games and have the second highest goals conceded in the league. Although the home side go into this match with a better string of results with two wins, two draws and one loss. Brentwood will be looking to move away from the bottom three and leapfrog the teams above them. Neither side could gain the upper hand in their previous meeting locked at 3-3, but can Brentwood continue their improved form and end the year on a high or will Barkingside turn their form around and take all three points?
Lewes v AFC Hornchurch at The Dripping Pan
Ryman League Premier Division
Jimmy Mcfarlane will hope his side can continue to “win ugly” after their 3-2 win against Margate last Saturday. The ‘Urchins’ go into the game sustaining their position on the top of the Ryman Premier and intend on staying there with a visit to Lewes. Hornchurch are unbeaten in six league games and have in form striker Stefan Payne to partly thank with three goals in three games, with help from strike partner George Purcell and winger Michael Spencer scoring twice in their last outing edging Margate at home. Hornchurch will hope to make lighter work this weekend after their last couple of games with tight encounters. Although Lewes won’t be a roll over with another tough test ahead for the leaders as they push for promotion currently sitting in 7th place. But can the ‘Urchins’ maintain their good form and stay top of the league?
Brentwood Town v Maldon & Tiptree at Brentwood Centre Arena
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young looks ahead……
Brentwood face a tough test on Saturday as they look to move up the table as they host a in-form Maldon and Tiptree. The home side go into the game off the back of a victory themselves from last weeks game with a 4-2 win against Erith and Belvedere and will look to continue putting points on the board. The visitors however also go into the game unbeaten in their last six league games with their last two outings winning 4-1. The previous meeting between the two sides was the first league game of season at Maldon as they came away victorious with a 3-1 win. But will that be a repeat as Maldon and Tiptree sit just outside the playoffs and Brentwood looking to lift themselves out the relegation zone.
AFC Hornchurch 3 Margate 2 at Bridge Avenue
Ryman League Premier Divison
Mitchell Young reports…
The ‘Urchins’ came from behind twice to take all three points at home to stay top of the Ryman Premier after a 3-2 victory against Margate.
Hornchurch dominated the early periods of the first half with a tame shot from Carl Rook which went wide. The first real chance for the home side came 12 minutes in after a dangerous corner by Michael Spencer was met by Frankie Curley went just over the crossbar. Although on the half hour mark the visitors took the lead against the run of play as a controversial free kick was given on the far right of the box. The whipped in ball was retrieved by Warren Whitely on the left hand side, found a yard for a shot and struck it towards goal and somehow found its way in the bottom left hand corner. Inigo Echepare looked to have it covered but it seemed to trickle into the goal, should have done better. The home side responded well and equalised three minutes later as the ball was headed around the area and eventually dropped to Spencer who didn’t hesitate and lashed home the leveller.
To put both sides in at the break all square, despite the home sides dominance in the first half could not test the away sides goalkeeper Holloway enough for Jim Mcfarlane’s liking.
The second half started pretty even with shots from both sides not testing the keepers. The next half chance fell to the ’Urchins’ after a great ball by left back Alex Bentley to captain Elliot Styles, was nodded down into the path of Stefan Payne to shoot but just dragged his shot wide. However Margate regained the lead just before the hour mark as Moses Ashikobi shot was saved by Echepare but was still heading in was scrapped off the line by Hornchurch but was not enough as Phil Walsh made sure and tapped the visitors to lead.
The ‘Urchins’ responded once again, even quicker this time with the lead only lasting a minute as Payne caught the defence napping and got in passed the defenders and took the ball round the keeper to finish into an empty net. Hornchurch then kicked on again and within five minutes Margate had thrown away the lead to trail. As Curley picked up the ball in a tight spot found his way out, taking three players out the game and gave the ball to Michael Spencer, who had one thought on his mind and struck his shot from at least 25 yards into the left hand corner leaving the keeper no chance to lead 3-2. George Purcell could have wrapped up the game 13 minutes from time as he was put through on goal but his shot was well saved by Holloway. The home side made a couple of changes with less than ten minutes to go to slow the game down and see the rest of the game out as Payne was replaced by Bremner and Purcell was swapped for Eyong.
The ‘Urchins’ secured all three points and stay top of the Ryman Premier after a tough fought contest with Margate as they look to continue their form and position away to Lewes next Saturday.
Listen to what Jim Mcfarlene had to say…
Team: Ingio Echepare, Phil Starkey, Alex Bentley, Elliot styles, Rickie Hayles, Frankie Curley, Carl rook, Dave Rainford, Stefan Payne, George Purcell, Micheal Spencer.
Subs: Billy Coyne, Joey May, Tambeson Eyong, Leigh Bremner, Chris Bourne.
AFC Hornchurch 0 Margate 1 (Warren Whitely 30)
AFC Hornchurch 1 Margate 1 (Michael Spencer 35)
AFC Hornchurch 1 Margate 2 (Phil Walsh 59)
AFC Hornchurch 2 Margate 2 (Stefan Payne 61)
AFC Hornchurch 3 Margate 2 (Michael Spencer 63)
AFC Hornchurch v Margate at Bridge Avenue
Ryman League Premier Divison
Mitchell Young looks ahead….
Hornchurch go into the game top of the Ryman Premier and will look to maintain and extend their run of form at the top. With a five game unbeaten run they will have to see off a Margate side that have only won one game in their last five. The visitors sit right in the middle of the table in 12th place after losing out to Billericay Town on Tuesday at home.
Hornchurch have in form George Purcell and Stefan Payne to hopefully make it just another day at the office for the ‘Urchins’. With 29 goals already this season between them, the home side will hope the striker’s partnership can continue and keep them top of the table and away from the chasing pack. Three points big for both sides with Margate looking to get up towards the promotion places and Hornchurch looking to hold on to top spot, who will come out victorious at the Bridge on Saturday?