Johan Caney-Brown scores a hat-trick to move UEL 2nds top of the BUCS league, as they saw off a strong Queen Mary University 2nds side 4-2.
The opening ten minutes of the half were tense for both teams as they looked threatening on their attacks.
The breakthrough came just before the half hour mark as Dylan Freehily’s long ball up to Caney-Brown was cleverly flicked on, into the path of Henry Hayden, who ran through on goal and slot it calmly into the bottom right hand corner to put UEL in front.
The second goal came minutes later after a great ball over the top by Semain fed in Caney-Brown, who wound up his shot and smashed it home from close range, the keeper didn’t get a chance to move and UEL steamed into a growing lead.
UEL were completely dominating the last 20 minutes of the half after a tense start, but Queen Mary’s still looked a threat on the break as the QM’s striker shot was saved once again by Dan Robinson who was having a great first half.
A third goal looked imminent with five minutes to play as Manoka’s shot from the right side was well saved by the keeper. The resulting corner was whipped in low to the near post by Semain and met by Hayden, striking a fierce shot which was somehow saved by the QM keeper.
In injury time UEL broke from the back as Lelis pinged the ball down the line to play in Hayden on the left side, who lifted the ball in to the box for Caney-Brown to attack and nodded the ball past the keeper and put UEL three goals to the good at the break.
Just before the hour mark, UEL failed to clear their lines and QM took advantage, with their striker coolly finishing past Robinson, who couldn’t deny the goal.
UEL killed the game off approaching the final 20 minutes as the ball was picked up in midfield by Soulsby, who went on a mazy run and beat three players before he cut it back for Caney-Brown to slot it home from close range and complete his hat-trick and send UEL into a 4-1 lead.
With six minutes remaining the away side grabbed a consolation as they slotted it home after breaking the offside trap and finished calmly into the bottom left corner.
UEL saw out the rest of the game and boosted themselves in to top position after their well deserved victory due to their sterling performance by all.
UEL’s next fixture is an away match at the University of Essex as they look to sustain their position at the top.
Lineup: Robinson, John (Silva 52), Freehily, Osei-Bonsu, Gill, Manoka, Semain, Baloye, Lelis (Kadiki 64), Caney-Brown, Hayden (Soulsby 52)
The University of East London 2nds go in to the last 64 of the BUCS Cup after a 2-0 win over The University of Essex 2nds.
UEL 2nds got off to a bright start, with great intricate play from the home side and sharp passing working from the back against a physical away side. The partnership between Lamin and Harry Tew-Robinson was set to threaten the visitors with the flair and pace they both possessed. This was shown as with only ten minutes on the clock, a great one-two from Lamin to Tew-Robinson on the edge of the box allowed Lamin to burst through on goal but after taking it round the keeper couldn’t get a shot away.
UEL managed to break the deadlock in the in the 23rd minute after all their hard work, Dylan Freehily’s Rory Delap-like throw caused havoc before falling to the captain Brandon Manoka, who put UEL deservedly in front. Moments later a corner taken by William Semain was met by Tew-Robinson who directed it towards goal, but bounced off the bar to deny UEL an almost instant second. The rest of the half remained scrappy with no guilt edge chances from the home side and they went into the break only a goal up.
Going into the second half, UEL made an early change with Micheal Baloye replacing Norwegian striker Philman. An immediate attack from the home side put UEL into a two-goal lead after only 25 seconds in. The slick passing in midfield with Lamin now in the centre midfield position played in Tew-Robinson who burst into the box and guided it past the keeper, to get his eighth goal of the season.
UEL were now in full control and grew in confidence as another fierce throw was produced by Freehily on the hour mark which was won by Lukman Adesina, who hit the outside of the post, which would have put the game to bed.
Lamin was substituted moments later to avoid getting a yellow card after a number of late challenges and was replaced by Richard to pose his presence in midfield. Also with just over 20 minutes to play captain Manoka was taken off for Ollie Soulsby.
The away side made a change upfront to bring more presence up top and attempt to cause a problem for the UEL defence and did, as his shot from just outside the box looked to be comfortable for Dan Robinson was fumbled thankfully past the post.
With 15 minutes to play the opposition looked deflated and were exploited by the UEL forwards as a succession of passes from Tew-Robinson to Hayden fed in Semain and finally laid it off to Soulsby whose shot was well save by the keeper.
Going into the final ten minutes saw three glorious chances to finish the game in style missed, as the first was a great one-two from Philman to Hayden but Philman blazed his shot well over from just inside the box. The next was great play from Soulsby to Tew-Robinson, but was taken over by Richard who struck his shot straight at the keeper.
The final clear-cut chance fell to Philman who was in on goal, but hit his shot again down the keeper’s throat.
UEL now progress in to the last 64 of the BUCS Cup and keep there 100% home record as they get back to the league and play hosts to the league leaders Queen Mary University 2nds next week.
Romford v Burnham Ramblers at Ship Lane
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Mitchell Young looks ahead…..
The ‘Boro’ plays hosts to the ‘Ramblers’ with only three points separating the two sides, as they look to change there fortune after there last outing defeat to Dereham Town. Both teams look evenly matched as both sides have just two league wins in the last six.
As the hosts sit in 17th place in the league, three points are vital to push the ‘Boro’s’ away from the relegation zone and by doing so can go in front of the ‘Ramblers’ on goal difference. The ‘Boro’s’ top goal scorer so far this season has been Tom Richardson with 9 goals and will look to pose a threat and add to his tally in front of his home crowd. But the ‘Boro’s’ in-form striker Abs Seymour has 2 league goals in the last 3 games and will looking to add those at the weekend.
However with the away side bringing goal threats from Neil Richmond who has 6 goals this season and their leading goal scorer Billy Hunt with 7, they cannot be taken lightly. After the postponed game on Tuesday night against Dagenham and Redbridge the away side go into Saturday’s game with a home win against Wroxham. But the ‘Ramblers’ have only won 1 game in there last 3 away games. Romford look to have the edge despite being 3 places behind them going into Saturday.
The University of East London 2nds came back from a goal down to beat the University College of London 2nds with a Tew-Robinson hat-trick to keep their 100% home record with a 3-1 win.
The opening 20 minutes were dominated by UEL who couldn’t create any guilt edge chances and struggled in the final third, and they were punished for not taking advantage of their early possession after the visitors took a surprising lead. UEL got caught napping at the back, with the UCL centre forward allowed to get a shot away just outside the box, which was parried by Ben Jones straight to the UCL’s number 11 to stun the home side.
UEL were looking to respond immediately and just past the half hour mark UEL’s hard work paid off, Dylan Freehily’s freekick was whipped in superbly for Tew-Robinson to guide the ball in the net for the equaliser.
UEL started the second half much like the end of the first, always looking a threat when going forward and their determination paid off just two minutes into the half, a great ball over the top of the defence by William Semain put in Tew-Robinson who burst into the box and lifted the ball over the keeper at the second time of asking to put UEL into the lead.
It seemed just a matter of time before Tew-Robinson completed his hat-trick, and it came on 54 minutes when he instinctively attacked the defence and took on the back four, found half a yard and got his shot away and slotted it home into the bottom right corner.
With 15 minutes remaining UEL could have had the game out of sight after Shepard went down the far left side and whipped in an inviting cross for Tew-Robinson, who somehow couldn’t tap it home.
UEL held on to their precious 3-1 lead having come from a goal down with the help of a Harry Tew-Robinson hat-trick, who has now scored seven goals in three games.
The East London outfit are now back in the mix at the top, with the home side welcoming The University of Essex 2nds next week in search for back to back home wins.
Lineup: Jones, Freehily (Shepard 64), Osei-Bonsu, Adesina, Gill, Kadiki, Baloye, Semain, Manoka C (Matthews 60), Hayden (81 Connery), Tew-Robinson.
UEL 2nd lose to Hertfordshire 3rd in seven goal thriller
By Mitchell Young
An action-packed match saw Herefordshire 3rds defeat UEL 2nds 4-3
It was UEL’s first away match of the season, but Hertfordshire got out of the blocks quickest with early pressure on the UEL defence. They capitalised on this after only 5 minutes, when Hereford’s forward went round the UEL keeper Ali Woods before cutting it back for an easy tap in to put the home side in the lead.
In the 19th minute the UEL defence got caught napping as the Hertfordshire turned UEL’s Dylan Freehily and slotted it past Woods to make it 2-0.
A response was needed from UEL and after a slow start it came on the 25th minute, a great counter was rewarded as the away side took the ball from their own penalty area and fed Olly Soulsby down the right side, cut inside and chipped the ball across goal causing a mix up between the Hertfordshire defender and goalkeeper, ending up with the ball in the back of the net and putting UEL back in the game at 2-1.
UEL were looking brighter after the goal, but a nothing ball by the home side wasn’t dealt with by captain Brandon Manoka, giving the chance to regain the two-goal lead at the break.
With half-time substitutes Harry Tew-Robinson and Harry Mathews introduced at the break, UEL were shaped more offensively in the second half and restarted well, applying more pressure to the Hertfordshire back four.
10 minutes into the second half saw the comeback emerge, after a Freehily throw that caused havoc in the area left Henry Hayden space to bring it down with an exquisite first touch and then unleash a frightening shot just inside the box into the roof of the net to reduce the deficit to one at 3-2.
The momentum was with the visitors, and just after the hour mark came the equaliser, a great cross field ball from Soulsby to Tew-Robinson was brought down before he unleashed a rocket from 25 yards out into the top corner leaving the keeper no chance.
Going into the last 15 minutes, it was apparent the next goal would win it for either side, and it was Hertfordshire who got themselves back in front with the right-winger for Hertford attacking Aman Gill. He whipped a deep ball to the far post, which was headed back into the box their centre midfielder who tucked it home from close range.
Inside the last 10 minutes UEL were searching for yet another equaliser, with goal-mouth scrambles and clearances off the line preventing UEL’s fourth. With seconds remaining, a throw-in was taken long into the box by Dylan Freehily, which was flicked on to Henry Hayden who looked to nick the ball from the keeper grasp and finish it into a open net, but the referee halted the celebrations by disallowing the ‘goal’ for a foul. The UEL players felt grieved, and having swarmed around the referee cost them two yellow card for descent for Soulsby and Tew-Robinson.
UEL 2nds put three points on the board in the opening match of the season with a 9-0 thrashing of Canterbury Christ Church 4ths. After a 15 minute delay due to the heavy rain the game finally got underway when a playable pitch was found by the officials.
In the opening exchanges UEL were the dominant force and tested the Canterbury defence from the off. Their early work was rewarded after only eight minutes when a great ball, whipped in by Ollie Soulsby from a corner, picked out Harry Tew-Robinson, who rose above his marker and headed it into the bottom right corner.
That goal was an incentive for UEL to go on and attack Christ Church’s defence with Tew-Robinson again tormenting the left back and getting beyond him with ease. When he finally curled in the cross it fell to Soulsby, who hit it on the half volley but just missed the target.
Tew-Robinson continued to cause the defence problems with his pace as a ball over the top sent him through on goal but his attempted chip went just wide of the left post.
With only 20 minutes on the clock Tew-Robinson was put through yet again but this time opted for a low shot which was straight at the keeper. Christ Church could hardly get the ball out of their own half with poor goal kicks from the keeper and the defence looking shaky on every UEL attack.
The home side felt confident. Emmanuel Kadiki and Louis, bursting forward from midfield, tried their luck with long range shots but both went just wide. Right-midfielder Soulsby was linking up well with Tew-Robinson, who had switched sides to cause the other wing back problems. A cross to the far post reached Soulsby, who cut back inside and hit a shot which was tipped onto the post by the keeper.
UEL could have been out of sight at the break after several corners and attempts on goal, but went in with only a one goal advantage despite great first half performances from Soulsby and Tew-Robinson.
The second half showed a change in formation for UEL, who switched from a natural 4-4-2 to a more daring 3-5-2 to be more dominant in midfield. It was Christ Church got out the traps earliest, though, when a low ball across the box was cleared straight up in the air and then off the line by Jaden Osei-Bonsu.
That early wake up call for UEL switched them back on and they got a second goal when a ball from Louis found Tew-Robinson, who burst through off the heels of the defenders, dinked the keeper and finished it into the bottom left corner.
Minutes later Tew-Robinson completed a superb performance with his hat-trick. A pass from captain Brandon Manoka allowed Tew-Robinson time and space to take on the defence before unleashing a fierce shot which flicked off the centre back and curled into the bottom left of the goal.
An early change for UEL saw Jaden take over the captaincy as Manoka was relieved of his duties. The fourth came through Tew-Robinson once again when he got on the end of a great, goal-bound cross to continue the rampage.
The fifth was imminent as the UEL striker Henry Hayden was put through again and finished into the bottom left corner on the hour mark.
After Tew-Robinson departed, UEL continued to surge forward and got their sixth midway through the second half. A great ball from William Semain over the top of the defence allowed Louis to burst forward from midfield and lift it perfectly over the keeper.
With the team 6-0 up, position changes were made to give the centre-backs a sniff of goal. Defender Osei-Bonsu swapped with Louis in midfield.
When the seventh came it was a surprise to see Osei-Bonsu on the score sheet. A low ball into the box was snatched off the defender by Osei-Bonsu and his shot, with no real pace on it, was fumbled by the keeper and trickled in at the near post.
The eighth came minutes later with when Dillan Freehily was sent forward after Osei-Bonsu had grabbed his goal. Great play down the left between the UEL left back and Freehily allowed the defender-turned-midfielder, who had stayed alert, to nick the ball off the defender in the box and finish it low at the near post.
The ninth came with five minutes remaining when Semain pinged a lovely ball from midfield to send the UEL forward through on goal and he finished low into the far corner.
Man of the match went to Harry Tew-Robinson for his outstanding performance.
Overall, it was a great overall performance from the whole team and a clean sheet for the UEL goalkeeper and defence who weren’t tested throughout the game.
After a sterling performance against Norfolk in their previous game, next up was a Cambridgeshire side that lost their opening encounter to Suffolk. But they looked to improve and hoped to gain a result against Essex on their first home game of the season.
In the first session, Pauline Child keep her 100% record in the singles after winning convincingly, after a great start and continued throughout the game coming home with an 18-8 win to get Essex of to a flyer. The other singles player for Essex was Phil Banner where mid way through the game there was virtually nothing in it against Cambridge’s banker Joe Peters. But unfortunately the game slipped away from Phil in the final stages as he lost 17-8. In the pairs, Maxine Horn and Paul Glennister were kept at bay throughout a tight match against the Cambridge pairing to lose 13-9. The other pairing Dave Amoss and Shirley Walker got off to a great start by taking an 11-4 lead two thirds of the way through the match and looked certain to claim the 2 points. But in the final few ends and despite being 12-10 up in the last end could only manage the draw to finish 12-12 to share the points. After the first session Essex were still in first gear as they were 5-3 down going into the second session.
The second session featuring the triples and fours got Essex back on track going into the break. With the triple, Rita Blackhall, Pat Goodchild and Alan High securing their two points with a great performance finishing up with a 16-4 win. The other Essex triple involving Peter Snelling, Stewart Blackhall and Brian Daley also never looked like losing after being 13-0 up after 8 ends and concluded with a 14-4 win or maximum points in the triples. It was now over to the fours with Roger Dover’s rink consisting of Dave Chittock, Rose Hambleton and Eileen Smith-Allen were in full control of their match and claimed a 9-4 win to continue the great session. To complete the session Peggy May’s rink including Racheal Cordy, Danny Curl and Paul Cairns have a tight game after only being 7-5 down with two ends to play but could not claw back the deficit and finished 11-6. At the half way stage, Essex had taking a small lead of 9-7 leading into the second half.
The third session started with Phil losing a second game by 18 shots to 9 and putting Cambridge back on level terms. But Pauline after a great display in her first game continued her form in her second game against Joe Peters, with only two ends to play the game was level. However Pauline managed to get in front and finished off with a 16-11 win to put Essex back in the lead. Although that win was not enough to gain the bonus points in the singles with only three shots in it and the two points going to Cambridge. The pairs had a win for Dave and Shirley after a tight game in the early exchanges but were in full control of the match and finished strongly to win 16-7. To complete the third session where Maxine and Paul who struggled to keep up with the Cambridge pairing and lost 20 shots to 4. With that score taken into account the pairs bonus points go to Cambridge. Going into the final session Cambridge go into the lead with the bonus points added at 15 points to 13.
To conclude the contest, Essex needed to win the session to win overall. The triples were first to finish, Rita, Pat and Alan couldn’t repeat their earlier performance and were defeated 22 shots to 10. The other triple Peter, Stuart and Brian had a much tighter contest. With two ends to play they were 8-6 down and the overall match was in the balance, but the triple dug deep and won the match 10-8. With the win also came the two bonus points for Essex’s triples and regained the lead 19-17, with two games remaining. The fours came to an end with Roger’s rink completing a great team performance from the start after winning comfortably 16 shots to 5. The final game to conclude the day was Peggy May’s four who were in full control from start to finish with a 6-3 win, this saw the fours bonus points also go to Essex.
Essex finished victors as they came from behind going into the final session, to win 23-17. After winning 10 of the 12 points available Essex gained another win and kept them top of the table despite a fine win for Norfolk against Suffolk.