Brentwood Town v Burnham Ramblers
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young reports
One goal was enough to win this bottom of the table clash after a late goal with minutes remaining of the game by Neil Richmond to take all three points for the away side.
The first half was a stalemate with only a few chances to talk about, despite the home side controlling most of the half with their possession. Brentwood struggled to create any clear cut chances in the half and this showed with no shots on target in the first half. However the two chances of the half came from the away side which should have been taken. The first main effort came in the 16th minute as Neil Richmond burst down the right side and managed to cut his cross back to Mike Sammut unmarked around the penalty spot, but smashed his shot well over. The other main talking point was moments before the break Ricky Evans whipped a dangerous far post ball to Richmond, who squared it across goal to Liam Burgess only yards out put the ball over the crossbar. As both sides went into the break all level with neither side looking to break the deadlock at this stage.
The second half had more in the way of chances, with the first going to Burnham three minutes in as a ball not cleared away from danger fell to Evans to smash a shot towards goal but hit the inside of the post and was scrambled away by the home side. After early pressure from the away side Brentwood started to dominate and create chances, as Martin Toohy dinked a ball over the defence to put through Sos Yao to attack the goal but his shot at the near post just went the wrong side of the goal to stay goalless. The following 20 minutes of the game was stop start with substitutions from both sides as the home side replaced Jack Gardener for Nick Barrett and Toohy for Scott Williams. With only six minutes remaining Bentwood thought they had won it after captain James Lowe fired a shot from 20 yards out, looked to be heading in but hit the crossbar and then was followed up by Barrett to smash well over. As the game continued it looked to be heading for a stalemate but with three minutes of normal time remaining, a dangerous ball across the box by Burnham was tapped home by Neil Richmond to put them in front. Burnham managed to hold on and seal the three points despite Brentwood’s best effort as they see themselves slip further away from the visitors in the table.
Team: Dean Neill, Martyn Stokes, Scott Dixon, Connor Witherspoon, Bobbie Port, Paul Shave, Jack Gardner, James Love, Martin Tuohy, Sos Yao, Sam Knott
Subs: Scott Williams, John Bradley, Ryan O’Rawe, Dan Subuola, Nick Barret
University of East London 2nds were gifted three points going into the Christmas break after Canterbury Christchurch 4ths were unable to supply a referee for the game, writes Mitchell Young.
UEL were handed a three-goal away win from the cancellation, which puts UEL back in contention with Queen Mary 2nds and Herefordshire 3rd in joint top spot.
But with other fixtures still to play later in the day the gap could be restored, leaving UEL to rely on other results to boost their position in the league.
UEL return back to action on the 22nd of January to play Herefordshire 3rds at Memorial Park in a crucial game that will determine their title contention.
Team picked to play: Robinson, Manoka, Feehily, Osei-Bonsu, Adesina, Gill, Soulsby, Semain, Greene, Silva, Lelis, Hayden, Caney-Brown, Kadiki
Top Goal Scorers (League & Cup)
Harry Tew-Robinson- 9
Henry Hayden- 5
Johan Caney-Brown- 4
Jaden Osei-Bonsu- 1
Ollie Soulsby- 1
Dylan Freehily- 1
Brandon Manoka- 1
Brentwood Town v Burnham Ramblers
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young looks ahead…
Brentwood go into the game with a three game unbeaten run in the league as they host Burnham Ramblers who have had three straight league defeats. With three points Brentwood could get them selves out of the relegation zone if results go their way and would be just be three points behind Burnham with a win on Saturday. Burnham will be without their midfielder Danny Cossington after Tuesday evenings game was abandoned due to his serious injury, thankfully no severe injury was done but is a big blow for the visitors. Although the threat going forward will still be their with Neil Richmond and Billy Hunt who have 16 goals between them this season. The home side also have great presence up top with Danny Subuola with seven goals this season supported by Steve Carvell and Martyn Stokes who also have a handful of goals each, as Brentwood in 22nd place warmly invite Burnham Ramblers in 17th position on Saturday.
UEL started well putting pressure on the opposition in the opening exchanges, after the ball was passed back to the keeper was closed down by Johan Caney-Brown to put a block in went out of play for a goal kick. Herefordshire showed their threat going forward from Emmanuel as his snap shot on the turn, outside the box was always climbing. Although UEL’s first shot on target came from Harry Tew-Robinson who returned to the side, as William Semain laid of the ball for him to strike was saved down low by the keeper. The home side continued to threaten, with a free kick taken by Dylan Feehily was met by Tew-Robinson who could only tip his shot just over the bar.
Although the deadlock came 26 minutes after a long clearance by UEL keeper Dan Robinson was flicked on by Caney-Brown into the path of Tew-Robinson, to strike the ball into the near post to put the home side into the lead. UEL nearly doubled their lead due to a great counter attack with Tew-Robinson linking up well with Caney-Brown, after a great one-two to put him in on goal but was scooped up well by the keeper. However Hertfordshire equalised minutes before the break as the ball wasn’t cleared fell to the visitor’s number 12 to lash home the loose ball into the net and bring the game back to all square. The away side then capitalised and took the lead moments before half time as the Herefordshire striker Dom broke the offside trap and headed it over Robinson to give Herefordshire the lead going in the break.
At half time UEL made a tactical change with Victor Lelis coming off for Jonathan John and tweak their formation from a 4-4-2 to a more attacking 3-4-3 with Aman Gill going left midfield and John joining Lukman Adesina and Jaden Osei-Bonsu at the back.
UEL put on immediate pressure from the whistle to get them selves back in the game after another great free kick from Feehily, was flicked on by Caney-Brown to Semain at the near post to head the ball towards the far post but just over dropped over the bar. But UEL got them selves back on level terms as Caney-Brown was brought down in the box just before he was about to pull the trigger. He then stepped up to take the resulting penalty and placed it low in the right corner of the net as the keeper went the wrong way.
Just before the hour mark Brandon Manoka came on for Henry Hayden to bolster up the midfield. On the hour mark a long throw from Feehily was flicked on to Tew-Robinson to head just over for the home side. With UEL dominating all first and second balls into the box despite the oppositions presence, continued to have aerial threats from set pieces as they searched for the lead. As we approached the last 25 minutes Johan Caney-Brown was replaced by Olly Soulsby after picking up a groin injury from a few sinister challenges by the visitors. Although against the run of play the visitors went in front after Emmanuel turned Adesina and got a shot across goal, in the box which rolled into the far post and stunned the home side.
This was just the start of the drama, as minutes later another dangerous cross from Feehily was met by Osei-Bonsu and went off celebrating with the team rightly believing the goal to be given. However the equalising goal was disallowed as the referee believed a hand was used to guide the ball into the net. It was later found that video footage was taken by a spectator showing no evidence of a hand and looked to be a genuine goal, UEL understandable felt hard done by. Although lots of credit has to go to the whole team as they kept pushing for another equaliser. With less than 17 minutes to play another set piece from Semain this time was put on the head of Tew-Robinson but his header just went wide of the goal. As the final ten minutes came the away side felt they would sit on their lead as they made changes and switched to a more defensive formation of 4-5-1.
Four minutes from time UEL thought they had nick a late equalising after a corner was whipped in by Soulsby, met by Tew-Robinson was denied by the keeper but was headed home by William Semain. As the celebrations continued the linesman on the right hand side raised his flag, this brought massive controversy as the referee then went to consult with the Hertfordshire linesman and chose to disallow another goal. This caused uproar from the home side as the referee could overrule the linesman and should have done as he was from the naked eye onside. With the final whistle imminent tempers flared after an altercation with Harry Tew-Robinson and a couple of the opposition players, pushing and shoving occurred resulted in a yellow card for the striker. Moments later the final whistle went and UEL felt incredibly bereaved and was a shock too many spectators how UEL lost the game, after being the better team overall throughout. The referee was later shown the video evidence of the goal and apologised for his mistake, which from some UEL player’s point of view was worse. Also players asked for further clarification from the referee on his decision on the second disallowed goal.
UEL have to pick them selves up and look forward to an away trip to league strugglers Canterbury Christchurch 4ths.
Lineup: Robinson, Gill, Adesina, Feehily, Osei-Bonsu, Lelis (John 45), Semain, Baloye, Hayden (Manoka 58), Tew-Robinson, Caney-Brown (Soulsby 64)
Unused Subs: Silva, Kaley
UEL’s second away game of the season was a poor team performance and cost the league leaders as The University of Essex 3rds scored five at home to win 5-1.
The first chance of the half went to the away side 13 minutes in, when the ball was picked up by William Semain on the edge of the box and struck it towards goal but was well saved by the Essex keeper.
However minutes later the home side broke the deadlock from a UEL corner which was countered upon as the ball was lifted over the defence, to play in the Essex number nine Jacob who sprinted in on goal and couldn’t be caught by Semain as he took it round the UEL keeper Sam Pashley.
A response was needed by the table toppers and it came through John Silva as he managed to get half a yard on his man on the edge of the box to shoot but was well handled by the keeper.
With minutes left of the half a corner taken by Semain was whipped in which was met by the head of Johan Caney-Brown who got up ahead of his marker, but was cleared off the line by the man on the near post to prevent the equaliser. The following attack from the home side doubled their lead as the defence switched off, which let in Jacob again to slot home into the bottom right corner inside the box to put Essex 3rds 2-0 up as the half time whistle blew.
UEL had to try and turn this around in the second half but with loose passes and lapses of concentration it was going to be tough. Although eight minutes into the second half, a penalty was awarded after a long ball up from the keeper was chased down by Jacob on the left side, but he was challenged by Lukman Adesina as Jacob cut inside the box. The referee pointed to the spot despite the player being positioned away from goal, Lars stepped up and waited for Pashley to move and calmly placed it straight down the middle for a third to the home side.
A fourth was imminent, after the defence couldn’t deal with Jacob once again as he burst through the UEL back line and slotted it inside the far corner to pick up his hat-trick.
UEL finally got onto the score sheet just after the hour mark when a giant throw by Dylan Freehily was flicked onto Henry Hayden to tap in from six yards to make it 4-1 to start a hopeful revival.
However the comeback and three points were safely wrapped up six minutes later as the Essex number 10 span Adesina on the left side of the box and finished it inside the near post giving Pashley no chance and putting the host 5-1 in front. The rest of the half stayed the same as UEL attempted to play football, which they had done so well throughout the season so far but couldn’t seem to gel as they had done in previous games. With moments remaining Jacob was in on goal again after a goal kick wasn’t cleared but Pashley made another good save to avoid any more embarrassment for UEL.
Line-up: Pashley, John, Freehily, Adesina, Gill, Semain, Soulsby, Silva, Lelis (45 Baloye), Hayden, Caney-Brown
Top Goal Scorers (League)
Harry Tew-Robinson- 7
Henry Hayden- 5
Johan Caney-Brown- 3
Jaden Osei-Bonsu- 1
Ollie Soulsby- 1
Dylan Freehily- 1
By Mitchell Young
Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 2 at Ship Lane
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young reports….
AFC Sudbury continue their good league form as they extend their league record to only one defeat in their last 12 as they secure a 2-1 win away at Romford. Although it wasn’t looking likely after an immediate start from the home side with an early lead from Ryan Imbert. After Sudbury failed to clear their lines, took a snap shot which caught Alex Archer off guard and trickled into the bottom left corner. As the game settled down on the stroke of the 15th minute ‘The Boro’s’ should have doubled there lead as Imbert put pressure on the Sudbury defender the ball then fell into the path of Robbie Norris, who only had the keeper to beat but put it harmlessly wide. However Romford were putting themselves into danger, from not clearing there lines and giving the ball back cheaply.
With that came the equaliser on the half hour mark as a long free kick was lumped up towards James Baker to flick it on to Olly Huges, who had time to chest it down and smash it in from inside the area to put Sudbury level. The home side could have regained the lead three minutes later the ball made its way through to Eddie Hart from a Robbie Norris pass to shoot across goal but was dragged just wide. The away side then took the lead five minutes later with a corner by Michael Shinn was headed away only to the edge of the box to Steve Spriggs who struck a volley which hit the inside of the post, rolled across the line, hit the other post and rolled agonisingly in to put the visitor in front. Sudbury could have added to their lead as Matt Daniels played in Baker but was denied by Aaron Omand. The resulting corner again wasn’t cleared properly and the ball fell to Ryan Henshaw to strike on the half volley, but was saved off the line by David Ottley to finally clear the danger and keep Romford in the game at the break.
The second half needed more quality in the final third for the hosts, if they were to get an equaliser and they started better after a shot from the captain Jack Barry was saved by Archer six minutes into the half. Romford after the hour mark made their first change of the game to bring on Tom Richardson for Jack Barry to stretch the play and create more width. Although the away side were next to cause a threat as a short free kick played in Baker, to whip his shot across the front of goal into the far post but went inches wide. The game slowed down which suited Sudbury as both managers made changes as Lewis Francis replaced Robbie Norris, with Isa Hussain coming on for George Woodward as last throws of the dice for Paul Martins side. As Romford pressed forward it aloud Sudbury space, once they got the ball back to kill the game off. They almost did after a great one-two from Spriggs to Daniels shot into the near post was well stopped by Omand to stay in the match. But Sudbury saw out the final minutes to claim all three points and put Romford into more danger at the bottom, while the away side continue to climb the table.
Team: Aaron Omand, David Ottley, George Woodward, Scott Truman, James Ishmail, Paul Clayton, Jack Barry, Abs Seymour,Eddie Hart,Ryan Imbert, Robbie Norris.
Subs: Hussein Isa, Tom Richardson, Lewis Francis,Matt Toms, Atu Ngoy.
Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 0 (Ryan Imbert 4)
Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 1 (Ollie Hughes 29)
Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 2 (Ross Watson 39)
Romford v AFC Sudbury at Ship Lane
Ryman League North
Mitchell Young looks ahead……
‘The Boro’s’ with only two wins in their last six league games are looking for a change in fortune on Saturday as they play hosts to AFC Sudbury. After back to back league defeats for ‘The Boro’s’ including their latest at Wroxham last Saturday they look to turn their good performances of late into wins. The visitors however have just one defeat in their last 11 league games sitting in a respectable 9th position and will be a difficult team to break down. With the attacking threat coming from James Baker who has 2 goals in his last 5 league games and the in-form player for Sudbury Ryan Henshaw who has 3 goals in his last 5 appearances. Although the home side have plenty for Sudbury to think about with ‘The Boro’s’ top goal scorer Tom Richardson with 8 goals already this season partnered by Abs Seymour who also has had his fair share of goals with four. The hosts look to bag a valuable three points to put some distance between them and the sides below them to move away from the relegation zone as ‘The Boro’s’ sit two places above the drop.