After Essex lose out narrowly to Suffolk 23-17 in Felixstowe on the 20 of October. The return visit was another close encounter but Essex got the better of Suffolk at home to nick the win 21-19.
In the first tie Essex got off to a good start with a split session after a convincing win from in-form Pauline Child to win 17-6. Although the other singles player for the away side Paul Caines lost 21-5 to Suffolk S Samson. The pairs also had one win and a lose to even up the side as Shirley Walker and Dave Amoss lost 12-8 but was cancelled out by Dave Chittock and Heather Amoss’s win of 16-11. The second session had another split session after the wins coming from the fours as Peggy May’s rink including Racheal Cordy, Frank Amoss and Danny Curl 9-7 and also Peter Debenham’s rink with Elieen Smith-Allen, Rose Hambelton and Paul Glennister 7-5. But loses in both triples including Rita Blackhall, Pat Goodchild and John Finn 12-6 and the other Peter Snelling, Stewart Blackhall and Brian Daley 15-5.
The third session swayed to the home side as Pauline lost out to Sawson in a tight game 10-7 and Paul again losing in a close game 14-11, with the bonus points also going to the home side. The pairs had the only win of the session for Shirley and Dave of 13-8 with Heather and Dave just losing out 12-11 after a well fought game and resulting in the bonus again going to the home side. The final session was finished strong by the hosts as the triples had the only win of the session as John, Rita and Pat won 10-9 with Brian, Peter and Stewart managing a draw 9-9 but losing out on the bonus points again. However the fours got a loss for Peter’s rink as they fell to a 9-4 defeat but with the final game remaining, a win for Essex would guarantee the bonus points and win 21-19 but unfortunately Peggy’s rink went down 12-7. Ensuring the bonus points for Suffolk and cementing a 23-17 win.
The return leg had another close fought match but Essex didn’t get off to a great start after losing the first session 6-2. With the only win coming from Pauline winning convincingly 18-3, as Roger Dover clawed back his slow start at 12-4 down to lose by only 5 finishing 15-10. Shirley and Dave A despite being 10-5 up on the last end 15-14, the other pair Phil Banner and Dave C after being level at the half way stage could hold on and lost 15-8. The second session was much tighter as both fours drew with Racheal, Stewart, Paul and Peggy finishing 8-8 after being one shot up on the last end. The other four Ian Arthur, Rose, Eileen and Peter came from one shot down to get the draw at 6 a piece. Whereas the triples include Maxine Horn, Alan and Brian being 11-5 up and losing managed to hold on and get the draw. With the other triple Rita, Pat and John unfortunately went down 11-6 and after the two sessions went into the break 11-5 down at half time.
The third session saw a great response from the home side as Roger won 13-8 to start off the comeback. Whereas Pauline went down 12-8 to S. Samson but with Roger shot difference was enough to hold on and win the bonus points. The pairs both responded well after two good win with Shirley and Dave also winning 13-8 and Dave and Phil winning comfortably with a 16-9 win and taking the bonus points, to bring the home side from 11-5 down to level the score at 13-13. Although the final session didn’t go according to plan for Essex as Maxine, Alan and Brian went down heavily 17-8 and the other triple involving Rita, Pat and John also lost 10-8. The fours however brought it home as Peter’s rink won well 11-3 to set up the final rink to bring it home. In the early stages Peggy’s rink: Racheal, Stewart and Paul were 4-1 down but turned it around and came home with a 9-6 win and claimed the bonus points to win 21-19 after a great match throughout.
Essex stay in second place with two games remaining, with Essex travelling to Cambridgeshire on December 1st.
Due to the loss at Northampton 24-16 on the 20th of October and after the availability of Adam Sultana and Anthony Fautley in the return visit, Essex turned it around and produced a resounding 33-7 win.
The opening encounter was held at Caroline Chisholm the venue for the knockout stages of the ICC which Essex are hoping to be in at the later stages. The Essex singles players Jack Sheperd and Mitchell Young were in tough battles throughout the day against Edward Sawbridge and Lee Hall. As Jack lost 15-9 to Ed and Mitchell also went down 13-11 to Lee after great performances in the first session. A solid performance was seen from Babs Morokutti and Dominic Reed as they came through with the only points of the session from a 14-11 win. Although the other new pairing for the Essex side Barry Hedges and Ian Arthur also had another slim defeat as they lost 13-11. The second session produced a split of two wins a piece as despite Steve Killington’s rink with Mo Binsford, Sammy Lambert and Nigel Reed going 6-0 up at the half way stage lost 11-7 to Chris Hopkins’s rink. The other rink involving Maxine Horn, Barry Clarke, Mark Chittock and Keith Paxman manage to fend off the comeback from the Northants four after being 7-2 up, came home winning 13-10. Another team unfortunately not managing to hold on to a lead was Sadie Young, Linda Lambert and Tony Ealham after being 7-2 up couldn’t hold on and lost 13-10. To even up the session was a comfortable win for Paul Bax, Dave Stifford and Matt Stifford of 14-6, keeping Essex in the game at the half way stage at 6-10 down.
The third session had seen a repeat of the first with Dom and Babs getting the only win 18-9 again, with Barry and Ian going down 19-8 which cost the bonus points in the pairs by one shot. The same effect continued for the singles as Mitchell also went down to a sterling performance from Ed to win 13-9. Jack too lost narrowly to Lee after going into the last end all level but Lee snatched the shot to win 12-11 and also ensure the bonus point in the singles. Going into the final session Essex had a mountain to claim as maximum points were needed just for a draw and at the half way stage it was looking achievable with three teams winning. With Tony’s triple coming home with a rampant 18-8 win and Matt’s triple fetching a similar score of 17-6, securing the bonus points for the away side and giving them a glimmer of hope for the draw. Keith’s rink held off Chris Hopkins’s rink from an early 10-2 lead to narrowly win 10-8 leaving it down to Steve Killington’s rink to carry out the final leg of the comeback. Although unfortunately they couldn’t claw back the deficit of 8-3 and finished 7-10 to the home side, picking up the bonus points in the fours. Completing the home win of 24-16 for Northampton a win well deserved with an off par performance from Essex.
The return fixture was a different story as Northampton travelled to Stonyhills and with Essex having all their players available to play Anthony and Adam returned to the side. The first session was well fought by both sides As Ed and Lee again posed a threat to the Essex singles player Mitchell and Barry. Lee faced Mitchell in his opening game which was tight throughout with two ends to play being 10-9 to Lee, but Mitchell finished strong and brought home the two points with a 14-10 win. Barry on the other hand got off to a great start with a 9-2 lead against Ed, however Barry was pegged back in the final stages to finish all level at 11-11. The pairs replicated the singles as Dom and Peter Fautley stormed home with a 17-7 win. Although Adam and Babs after being 11-5 in front couldn’t complete the win and was held at 12-12, going in to the second session with a deserved 6-2 lead. The next session involving the triples and fours having another good session for the home side as the in form triple Paul, Dave and Matt won convincingly with a 14-5 win. The other triple however Sadie, Nigel and Tony couldn’t seem to get going as they were defeated 15-2. The fours both had good start as Sam, Mark, Keith and Jack went quickly into an 8-1 lead and Mo, Linda, Steve and Anthony went 7-1 up also. However they both had to fight for their wins as Anthony’s rink finished up narrowly winning 11-10 and Jack’s rink coming home with a 10-7 win. At the break Essex were opening up an ever widening lead of 12-4 and were clawing back the points lost at Caroline Chisholm.
The third session was even tighter for the singles as a great comeback from Barry after being 9-3 came back going in to the last end 10 a piece with Lee. But after replaying the end couldn’t nick the win and dropped a three to finish 10-13. Leaving only one shot up on the bonus points overall with Mitchell’s game against Ed still playing. At this stage after a tight game throughout Ed was leading 12-11 going in to the last end but after a great display of bowls Mitchell fought off Ed to snatch the win after picking up two shots to win 13-12 and secure the bonus points. Both pairs had less stressful games as they both breezed through with Dom and Peter winning 20-6 and Adam and Babs finishing up 20-11, with the bonus points wrapped up also. The final session had a comfortable win for Sadie, Nigel and Tony triple as they won 14-7, with the other triple Paul, Dave and Matt matching their counterparts with an 11-8 win and bagging the bonus points. Jack’s rink completed their second win of the day after finishing 14-7. The final match to finish was Anthony’s rink as despite being 6-3 down at the half way stage pulled back the shots and finished with a draw at 8-8, to take all the bonus points available and conclude the win 33-7. Although with the convincing win, Norfolk did better as they take a two point lead at the top of the group with two matches remaining.
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.