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Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 16th December Round-Up


Premier Division

May & Baker E.C. return to winning ways after beating Bishops Stortford Swifts; in doing so return they return to the top of the table. Kiel Chandler, Conor Okus and James Barlow scored the goals in the 3-1 victory over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts with Tom Prendergast notching their reply. Springfield suffered a 1-0 reverse at Frenford that knocks them off the top position and lands them in fourth. Luke Woodward scored the Frenford goal and the victory moves them up to third. Dan Gillard and Rob Whitnell score a goal apiece in Harold Wood Athletic’s 3-2 win over Basildon Town. The other goal comes via an own goal and the result moves Harold Wood up to second while keeping Basildon Town firmly rooted to the bottom position in the table. Catholic United win 3-0 at Canning Town; while Rayleigh Town also taste defeat at home as they succumb to White Ensign. Liam Sewell, Lloyd Wilson and Brett Munyard score the White Ensign goals in the 3-2 victory with Chris Brown and Max Jobson supplying the Rayleigh replies. Leigh Ramblers beat Manford Way 2-0 which means they are now unbeaten in five games. Harry Haysom and Justin Hazell scored the goals and Leigh now move up to ninth.


Division One

There was only one game played in Division One as FC Hamlets entertained Shenfield AFC. Josh Sumner and Ben Carroll scored the goals that ensured a 2-1 Shenfield win which moves them up to fifth. Jack Potton scored the FC Hamlets goal.


Division Two

Herongate Athletic stretch their unbeaten run to eight after handing A1 Sports a 4-0 defeat. Lee Atkinson scored a hat-trick with the other goal coming via an own goal. The win also means Herongate now open up a four point lead. Rochford Town remain in the relegation zone after their hosting of Rayleigh Town Res. saw the visitors snatch all three points via a 3-2 victory. James Braithwaite scored twice with Charlie Legg the other scorer. Ben Foord scored twice in Benfleet’s 3-1 win over Newham United. Mason Shave scored the other goal with Newham’s reply coming via the evergreen Omar Jomanday. Desmond Gallen and David Major scored the Toby goals in a 2-2 draw with May & Baker E.C. Res. who scored via Darren Seymour and Carl Patten.


Division Three

Manford Way Res. open up a seven point lead at the top after a 3-1 win over Frenford Res. Carl O’Malley scored the Frenford goal who remain eleventh after this result. White Ensign Res. move up to second after a 4-3 win over Hutton Res. Charlie Cooney notched a hat-trick with Chris Wall providing the other goal. Tom Price, Jack Gifford and Elliot Pollard supplied the Hutton goals. Darren Wettner scores twice with Darren Leung scoring once in Harold Wood Athletic Res.’s 3-1 away win at Beacon Hill Rovers. John Saunders scored for the hosts.


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Essex Senior League – Saturday 16th December Round-Up



Essex Senior League Round-up

By Peter Dudley

Burnham Ramblers 3 Wadham Lodge 2

A brace from Charlee Hughes saw Ramblers to all three points against Wadham Lodge at Leslie Field. After Sherwin Stanley fired the  Walthamstow visitors in front on 14 minutes, Hughes managed to level for the Essex side just past the half hour mark. And five minutes into the second period Karl Swanborough continued his terrific recent goal scoring form by putting the hosts ahead, only to see Lodge level it up again via Stanley  with twenty minutes remaining. However with three minutes left Hughes popped up to net the winner and see the hosts just two points off the top ten in thirteenth whilst Lodge are one place below and now four points behind their opponents.

Hullbridge Sports 2 Redbridge 3

Two Brian Moses goals saw leaders Redbridge come back from two goals down at the break to net another three points against ten men Hullbridge at Lower Road. The hosts led in the sixth minute when Michael Salako slotted home and five minutes before the break the hosts doubled their lead when Harry Watkins netted superbly from distance. The visitors had a chance to get back into the contest three minutes after the break but saw the visitors penalty saved by Russell Harley, however just four minutes later Moses headed one back for the Motormen to reduce the arrears. And then in the 54th minute Redbridge won another penalty when Charlie Buffin handled on the line, and was subsequently sent off, Moses converted the spot kick to bring his side level. And then just past the hour mark The Motormen netted what proved to be the winner when Liam Thomas converted a corner kick meaning the Oakside outfit now open up a seven point lead at the top whilst Hullbridge remain bottom on goal difference.

Sawbridgeworth Town 3 Barkingside 0

The Robins grabbed only their fifth league games in of the season, seeing off a badly out of form Barkingside at Crofters. Goals from Billy Skinner, Toby Cleaver and the returning Ollie Cleaver capped a decent performance from the hosts, seeing them into 15th spot, whilst for Side it was a seventh straight league defeat, and they now occupy third bottom spot in the division.  

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Jonathan Adams Talks Tokyo 2020



Listen again as Paralympian and Eleiko Sport athlete Jonathan Adams joined Phoenix Sport to discuss what he’s been up to in the last 18 months and look ahead to Tokyo 2020.

Jonathan talks about his partnership with The London Orthotic Consultancy, his new coach and agent, his passion for snooker and whether it’s Strictly or The Jungle…

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FA Trophy 1st Round: Billericay Town 3 Havant & Waterlooville 1



Billericay Town enjoyed cup success against opposition from a higher league – not for the first time this season – as they saw off National League South high fliers Havant & Waterlooville at the AGP Arena to progress to the 2nd round of the FA Trophy.

The visiting Hawks – currently lying fourth in the National League South- had the first chance of the match, a header from Jason Prior which was blocked by Billericay captain Dean Inman but The Blues took the lead after just four minutes, when midfielder Sam Deering seized an opportunity from a defensive error and set up prolific forward Jake Robinson who put the home side in front.

As the first half progressed Havant had a lot of possession, and put pressure on the home defence but Ricay coped well, and had chances to extend their lead via Ricky Modeste and Louie Theophanous in spite of being on the back foot at times.

The Hawks, managed by former Manchester City and Southend United striker Lee Bradbury came close to an equaliser seven minutes before half time, when Wes Fogdan rounded Blues goalkeeper Alan Julian but he was unable to find the corner of the net with his subsequent shot.

Then on 40 minutes, both sides were suddenly down to 10 men. Billericay’s Matt Paine received a straight red card from referee Jack Packman despite appearing to have won the ball. In the melee that followed Havant’s Jordan Rose was also given his marching orders.

The visitors had the first chances of the second half, both of which were stopped well by Julian but then Josh Urquhart had a strike saved by Havant keeper Ryan Young at the other end. Then in the 49th minute Robinson scored his and the home side’s second, latching onto a long through ball and superbly smashing it into the corner of the net for his 33rd goal of the season.

Another excellent Julian save from Prior prevented the Hawks from getting back into the game a few minutes later, but on 64 minutes Matt Tubbs – who had only come on as s substitute seven minutes previously – headed home to bring the score back to 2-1.

As the game went into the last 20 minutes the Billericay management team decided to add to their attacking options, with striker Adam Cunnington replacing Modeste. Shortly after the substitution Blues’ Robbie Evans fired over the bar from 20 yards, then a few minutes later at the other end Havant came very close to an equaliser, which was denied them due to a superb goal line clearance from defender Urquhart.

The Hawks continued to push for an equaliser as the game approached the 90 minute mark, Urquhart and Julian as well as Inman all denying the Hampshire side with some excellent defending. Four minutes of time added on followed, during which Cunnington and Danny Waldren had efforts stopped by Young.

Then with 94 minutes on the clock, Deering made sure that Billericay’s name went into the hat for the second round when he scored with virtually the last kick of the game to make it 3-1 to Glenn Tamplin’s side.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Robbie Evans, Josh Urquhart, Joe Kizzi, Dean Inman, Sam Deering, Danny Waldren, Matt Paine, Ricky Modeste (Adam Cunnington 71), Louie Theophanous (Rob Swaine 58), Jake Robinson (Jermaine Pennant 86).

Havant & Waterlooville: Ryan Young, Rory Williams, Ryan Woodward, Edward Harris, Wes Fogdan, Theo Lewis (Matt Tubbs 57), Jason Prior, Bradley Tarbuck, Mike Carter (Theo Widdrington 60), Andreas Robinson, Jordan Rose.

Attendance: 705

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Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 16th December Preview


Prokit UK Essex Olympian League


Springfield climbed to the summit last weekend and now lead the table. The defending Champions travel to Frenford who could spring a surprise. The hosts sit fourth and go into the game knowing that a win would keep their sights firmly fixed on the top spot. They could even go to the top of the table should they win it so it’s a real humdinger of a game. Springfield travel well on the road having picked up a great result at then leaders May & Baker E.C. last time they played away. Springfield will not be relinquishing their grip on the lead just yet.


May & Baker E.C. are down to second having suffered minor blip that has seen them lose their last two league games. They need to pick themselves up quickly and meet Bishop’s Stortford Swifts who should p rovide a toigh test. The side from Hertfordshire are only two points behind May & Baker and will be looking to continue the Barking-based team’s losing streak which would of course move them up the table.


Harold Wood Athletic are third and perhaps have the easiest assignement of all the other top three teams. They host an out-of-sorts Basildon Town who have found the step up from Division One to be a wide one. The visitors sit bottom with only a win and a draw from thirteen games. They are starting to be cut adrift and desperately need to get a win from somewhere. It is hard to see them achieving it at Harold Wood who could go top if other results go their way. They have to do their bit by handing Basildon another defeat before they can start thinking in those terms though.


Saturday 16th December

Premier Division

Canning Town v  Catholic United

Frenford v  Springfield

Harold Wood Athletic v  Basildon Town

Leigh Ramblers v  Manford Way

May & Baker E.C. v  Bishop’s Stortford Swifts

Rayleigh Town v  White Ensign




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Essex Senior League – Saturday 16th December Preview


Essex Senior League


The midweek programme was decimated by snow, rain and frost which continued to cause problems as Friday evening’s game between Woodford Town 2017 and Sporting Bengal United was lost to the elements. Clapton’s pitch has taken a battering over the last few days meaning their Saturday encounter with Takeley was called off on Friday evening too.


Hopefully the weather behaves itself and allow the ESL to get on with the football! A mouth-watering encounter sees bottom-placed Hullbridge Sports host leaders Redbridge. Before immediately plumbing for a Motormen away win it has to be remembered that Hullbridge are on a winning run of three – two of those games being in cup competitions. Hullbridge could be in a bit of a false position, after all how they can be the only Essex Senior League team left in the FA Vase and also be the team currently at the foot of the table? Redbridge will have to be wary of Darren Manning’s resurgent Hullbridge. Should Redbridge win they will at least maintain their four point lead at the top. Hullbridge need the points just as badly and a win for them would see them off the bottom; Redbridge stay top regardless of the result but will certainly not be looking at things that way.


FC Romania will want to keep the pressure on Redbridge so need to beat Great Wakering Rovers at Theobalds Lane. Great Wakering are fifth and a win for them would move them closer to the top. The Wolves have won four and drawn one from their last five, with the last three games bringing in a healthy sixteen goals. Great Wakering have a seven game winning run in the league and did have enough about them to have beaten FC Romania in an FA Vase encounter in November. The oringial game finished 2-2 with Wakering winning the replay 1-0. That suggests that either side can win this one and that it could be a tight affair.


Tower Hamlets take on fourth-placed Basildon United who also want to be picking up all the spoils at Mile End Stadium so as to keep the pressure on the leaders. The Bees have won their last three and have been buzzing around the top of the table for most of the season, even occupying pole position in early November. Tower Hamlets haven’t fared so well against the top teams this season and lost the corresponding fixture 3-0 in September.


Sawbridgeworth Town sit third from bottom but will be hoping that free-falling Barkingside continue their losing run when they visit Crofters End. The visitors are on a six game losing spell which has seen them plummet down to seventeenth. A win for the Robins would see them fly above Barkingside in the table. Waltham Forest look to continue their move away from the bottom end of the table with a home game against mid-table Southend Manor. Burnham Ramblers entertain Wadham Lodge with both teams having managed to claw themselves out of the relegation mire into safer mid-table waters.


Saturday 16th December

Premier Division

Burnham Ramblers v  Wadham Lodge

FC Romania v  Great Wakering Rovers

Hullbridge Sports v  Redbridge

Sawbridgeworth Town v  Barkingside

Tower Hamlets v  Basildon United

Waltham Forest v  Southend Manor




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FA Trophy 1st Round Preview


This weekend sees the 1st Round Proper of The FA Trophy as National League sides embark on the road to Wembley.  64 sides play across Saturday and Sunday for their chance to reach the 2nd Round and claim £6,000 in the process.

Saturday 16 December

Solihull Moors vs Tranmere Rovers @15:00

The hosts are bottom of the National League and took two bites to get past Evo-Stik Northern Premier North Ossett Town in the FA Cup.  In fact The Moors have only won twice at home all season, but one of those did come against Leyton Orient two weeks back.  Tranmere have won their last two in the League without conceding, scoring seven, to find themselves 9th in the National League. They were, however, heavily beaten by Peterborough in the FA Cup.  This fixture will be settled on the day with extra time and penalties, no replay.

Blyth Spartans vs AFC Telford Utd @15:00

Blyth are 4th in the National League North, having won six and lost four at home.  They have, however, faced a long break after last weekend’s match, like many, fell foul of the weather.  Despite a good run in the FA Cup a couple of seasons back, they struggled this season, losing to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Shaw Lane.  The visitors, and fellow National League North side Telford find themselves mid-table and have faced an even longer break, having not played since beating Droylsden to get here on 25th November.  They have won five and lost four away in the League and got to the first round of the FA Cup before losing to giant killers Hereford, beating FC United and Stafford Rangers in the process.

Kidderminster Harriers vs York City @15:00

Another all National League North affair sees Harriers host the reigning champions.  The hosts are 7th and have only lost once at home in the League.  They are also seven unbeaten in all competitions and beat Chester in the FA Cup in a run to the 1st Round.  York have struggled since relegation last season and are in 10th, but were improving before Boston United ended their four game unbeaten run on 2nd December.  Things haven’t gone too well in the cups either, having lost out to Northern Premier League North South Shields in the FA Cup.

Chorley vs Marine @15:00

The hosts are 8th in the National League North, having only lost once at home in the League.  A tight defence is the order of the day with only the top two having conceded fewer than Chorley’s 18.  The Magpies have also had a good run in the FA Cup, making it to the 1st Round before losing to Fleetwood.  Visitors Marine are 21st in the Northern Premier League Premier and lost in their first match in the FA Cup, but have saved their best for the FA Trophy, making it through three qualifying rounds to get here, including a victory against National League North FC United.

FC Halifax Town vs Macclesfield Town @15:00

Halifax have struggled in the National League, sitting 16th.  However, things are starting to look up with last week’s victory against Aldershot breaking a run of 12 without a win.  They have it all to do though as league leaders Macclesfield visit.  The Silkmen have won eight from 12 away in League and are six undefeated in all competitions.

Spennymoor Town vs Gainsborough Trinity @15:00

This is a rerun of the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie which the hosts lost 2-1.  Spennymoor are 5th in the National League North, but have lost their last two, conceding seven.  The visitors are 19th in the same division, but have had a great FA Cup run, albeit losing to Southern Premier Slough Town in the 1st Round.

Chester vs AFC Fylde @15:00

An all National League affair sees both sides keen to get this game out the way on the day, with extra time and penalties if this is level after 90 minutes.  Chester are 21st, having scored only 22 goals in 23 League matches.  They were also shocked by Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, but thinks are looking up with a win over Solihull Moors last time out. Visitors Fylde are 17th, but with games in hand on their rivals.  They have excelled in the FA Cup this year, finally losing to Wigan in a 2nd round replay, but not before beating the likes of Wrexham and Chester’s conquerors Kidderminster.

Wrexham vs Harrogate Town @15:00

Talking of Wrexham, The Dragons are 3rd in the National League, but have lost their record of having the tightest defence in the division having suffered a 4-1 humiliation against Macclesfield in their last match.  The defence will be tested further this weekend as National League North top scorers Harrogate Town (50 goals in 20 matches) visit.   Harrogate are 3rd in the division having won seven from ten away League games, but have only picked up one point in their last two and lost to lowly Gainsborough in the FA Cup.

Leamington vs Stourbridge @15:00

Hosts Leamington are 17th in the National League North, with only three home wins.  This match has giant killing written all over it with visitors Stourbridge 10th in the Northern Premier League Premier with games in hand on their rivals and with great cup form.  So far they have beaten Alfreton Town in making it to the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and have made it through three rounds of qualifying to get this far in the Trophy, knocking out National League North Bradford PA.

Lancaster City vs Stockport County @15:00

Another game with a potential for an upset, hosts Lancaster reside in the Northern Premier League Premier, where they sit 13th, but with games in hand on those above and only one home League loss to their name.  Visitors Stockport are 9th in National League North, but have only won two away in the competition.  They did, however, snap a poor recent run with a victory against Spennymoor Town last time out.

Warrington Town vs Altrincham @15:00

An all Northern Premier League Premier tie which sees 4th placed Warrington take on top of the table Altrincham. It promises to be a close game with the hosts winning seven from 10 home League games and the visitors only losing two away games in the division. Both beat National League North teams to get this far in Tamworth and Alfreton respectively.

Gateshead vs Guiseley @15:00

Another all National League tie, another game with the sides opting to finish it on the day.  Hosts Gateshead are 15th in the National League, and have only conceded 22 in 23 League matches.  They also made it to the 2nd Round of the FA Cup where they were taught a lesson by high scoring Luton Town.  Visitors Guiseley are struggling in 23rd with only one away League win and a League low 19 goals scored.  They did, however, make it through to the 2nd Round of the FA Cup as well, as they overcame Accrington Stanley on penalties in Round 1.

Nuneaton Town vs Barrow @15:00

Nuneaton haven’t pulled up any trees this season, sitting 20th in National League North and losing to Northern Premier League Premier Nantwich Town in the FA Cup.  They are, however, three without defeat.  National League Barrow have picked up under Ady Pennock and have won three of the last five in the League, to find themselves 19th.  They also lost to Northern Premier League Premier opposition in the FA Cup, with Shaw Lane doing for them.

Workington vs Hartlepool Utd @ 15:00

Another Northern Premier League Premier side to make it this far, Workington are 5th in the division.  They are on a great run of form, undefeated in their last eight in all competitions.  They face National League Hartlepool at the perfect time, the visitors having lost the last three in the League, conceding nine and scoring only one.  In fact Hartlepool have found goals hard to come by this season, scoring 24 in 24 League matches.

Haringey Borough vs Leyton Orient @15:00

One of the ties of the round when it was drawn, Haringey are 7th in the Isthmian North, the fourth step of non-league.  They have had to go through four rounds of qualifying to get this far and also made it through four rounds of qualifying in the FA Cup before falling to Heybridge Swifts.  This is a real banana skin for the O’s, but would look even worse had they not snapped a run of 15 without a win in the League with victory against Sutton Utd last time out.  Defence has been a problem with 41 goals conceded in 24 League matches, as has away games with only two wins in the League.

Dover Athletic vs Eastbourne Borough @15:00

Hosts Dover are 4th in the National League, but could be even higher had they not won only one of their last five in the League.  Defence is the strength, conceding a League low 17 in 24 matches, but The Whites come into the match in good scoring form, beating Hartlepool 4-0.  Visitors Eastbourne are 15th in the National League South, and have struggled in the cups, losing at home to lowly Bognor Regis Town in the FA Cup (a side with only one away win in the League) and stuggling through against Southern Premier Royston Town in the last round of this competition.


Wealdstone vs Wingate & Finchley @15:00

The Stones are 11th in the National League South and have a good home record winning seven from 10 in the division.  They face Isthmian Premier Wingate & Finchley having lost to a side at this level in the FA Cup.  Wingate are 9th in the division but have a poor away record, losing seven from 10 in the League.  They have, however, made it through three qualifying rounds to get this far.

Billericay Town vs Havant & Waterlooville @15:00

Another tie with the potential for fireworks, hosts Billericay are one of the stories of the season, rarely out of the press.  They sit 2nd in the Isthmian Premier, with four games in hand on top of the table Dulwich Hamlet.  They have conceded a League low 13 from 18 matches, scoring 48 (the joint highest).  The Blues made it to the 1st Round of the FA Cup before losing to League rivals Leatherhead, but beating National League South Hungerford (who they also beat in this competition) and National League North high flyers Brackley Town to get there.  Standing in their way are National League South Havant.  The visitors are 4th in the League, but with a game in hand on the three above.  They similarly have a good defensive record, conceding only 19 in 22 League matches.

Chesham Utd vs Weston Super Mare @15:00

Chesham Utd of the Southern Premier sit 11th in the League, but have had a great run in this competition, counting a victory against National League South Gloucester City amongst three so far.  Could their run continue against Weston Super Mare, the seaside club sitting 13th in the National League South, having won only two away in the division?  They also lost to lowly Bognor Regis Town in the FA Cup.

Sutton Utd vs Truro City @15:00

Sutton arrive for this fixture having lost top spot in the National League with their loss to Leyton Orient last weekend.  They are, however, still second, but haven’t had their usual FA Cup run, for once not shocking League opposition as they lost to Cambridge Utd.  Truro were one of the stories of the FA Cup, being the first Cornish side to make it to the 1st Round since 1969.  The South West side have also not taken their eye off the League, sitting 7th in National League South.  One to watch.

Woking vs Maidenhead Utd @15:00

The Cards have struggled in the National League of late, winning only one of their last six, but have still only lost two at home.  The FA Cup has been a source of joy this season, after beating Bury in Round 1 before taking Peterborough to a replay.  Maidenhead sit only one place below Woking in the League in 13th, but arrive eight without a win in all competitions and have only won three away in the League.

Whitehawk vs St Albans City @15:00

Whitehawk are having a nightmare. Bottom of National League South without a win in the League and only four points, having conceded a hefty 58 goals.  In fact, the only win for the home side this season came in the last round of this competition against Chippenham Town.  It would take a monumental effort to overcome visitors St Albans who are 8th in National League South and are three without defeat.

East Thurrock Utd vs Aldershot Town @15:00

The Rocks sit 10th in National League South, but have only three home wins in the division.  They did, though, take Ebbsfleet to a replay in the FA Cup.  Aldershot are 6th in the National League, but wold be higher were they not two without a win, having not scored a goal.

Hendon vs Bath City @15:00

Isthmian Premier Hendon are 7th in the League, with eight wins from their 11 home League games and will be happy to get to this stage, having won through three qualifying rounds.  There is, however, reason to be optimistic they can go even further with Bath City having drawn their last four and sitting 12th in National League South.

Ebbsfleet Utd vs Eastleigh @15:00

Ebbsfleet’s draws were the story earlier in the season, but they have found a way to win matches, picking up victories and clean sheets in their last two in the National League.  In fact The Fleet have conceded only 24 in 23 League matches.  They sit eight places ahead of opponents Eastleigh, The Spitfires floundering down in 18th with only two away League wins.  They have gone seven without a win in all competitions and the FA Cup hasn’t been a welcome distraction either following a loss to giantkillers Hereford in the 4th Qualifying Round.

Torquay Utd vs Maidstone Utd @15:00

22nd in the National League, but that only tells half the story of a Torquay side reborn under Gary Owers with only one loss in the last five in the League, picking up two valuable victories.  Maidstone are 11th in the same division and are four without a win, but have good cup form, beating Cheltenham Town in the 1st Round of the FA Cup.

Hartley Wintney vs Bromley @15:00

One of the sides to watch in this years competition, Hartley Wintney of the Evo-Stik Southern League East have come through all four previous rounds to reach this stage, including victories against two Southern Premier opponents.  They have won six of nine home League matches.  Visitors Bromley are 8th in the National League, but have gone three without a win in the division, conceding eight, including a 4-4 draw with Eastleigh last weekend.

Braintree Town vs Brackley Town @15:00

A reverse of the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round tie which Brackley won 4-1, the hosts are 2nd in National League South, with only the leaders having scored more than their 42 in 21 games. Brackley are 2nd in National League North having only conceded 18 in 21 league matches, but will want to have a good cup run having lost to Billericay Town in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round.

Taunton Town vs Bognor Regis Town @15:00

Another one of the sides to have gone through four ties already to get to this point Evo-Stik Southern League West table toppers Taunton have eight wins from nine home League games, and have scored a massive 46 goals, conceding only 19 across all their League matches this season.  They also beat National League South Concord Rangers to get this far, and will hope to add another with Bognor sitting 21st in National League South, with only one away League win.  There has been respite for them in the Cups though, beating higher placed Weston Super Mare, Eastbourne Borough and Hemel Hempstead.

Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Heybridge Swifts @15:00

Another one to watch on Saturday is this tie between Hampton & Richmond and Heybridge Swifts.  The Beavers are 3rd in National League South, having lost only one at home in the League and conceding 19 from 21 matches in the division.  Heybridge Swifts of the Isthmian North are turning into real cup specialists this season.  Swifts have made it through four rounds to get to this point and also made it all the way to the 1st Round of the FA Cup where they lost to Exeter City.  As a result of these cup exploits, the visitors have played only 11 League games, but have a great record in them, scoring 29 and conceding only nine.

Dartford vs Boreham Wood @15:00

Another game where the odds could be upset, Dartford are top of the National League South, scoring the highest number of goals in the division (43 from 21 matches), only conceding 23.  Opponents Boreham Wood are 7th in the National League, and also have a great defensive record in League action, conceding 22 from 23 matches.  They have won the last three in the League, conceding only one and caused a shock in the FA Cup by beating Blackpool.

Sunday 17 December

Hereford vs Dagenham & Redbridge @15:00

Giantkillers Hereford hope to continue their good run in the cups.  The Southern League Premier side made it all the way to the 2nd Round of the FA Cup, losing to Fleetwood Town in Thursday’s replay and are also in great League form, winning eight from 11 at home, conceding only 14 in 18 games, scoring a massive 47.



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Chelmsford City Council Honours Essex County Cricket Club


Chelmsford City Council has presented Essex County Cricket Club with a brass plaque, in recognition of the Club becoming the 2017 County Champions of England.

Engraved with the words, “The City of Chelmsford proudly congratulates Essex County Cricket Club on becoming the 2017 County Champions of England”, the plaque was presented by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Duncan Lumley, during Full Council on Wednesday 6 December.

In presenting the plaque, Councillor Duncan Lumley, said “We congratulate Essex County Cricket Club for some fine performances which have helped them be crowned 2017 County Champions. Essex’s winning performances have been exceptional, and they thoroughly deserve to be awarded this title.”

Club Chairman, John Faragher accepted the plaque on the Club’s behalf, saying: “I would like to thank Chelmsford City Council for presenting the plaque to Essex County Cricket Club in recognition of us becoming the 2017 County Champions. It will forever acknowledge our great achievement and history here in the City of Chelmsford.

“We have an excellent relationship with the County Council and the Club thanks them for their continued support as we strive to progress further.”

The Club lifted the Champion’s trophy for the first time in 25 years after beating Yorkshire in Chelmsford.

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Essex 0-4 Durham (FA County Youth Cup Third Round)

11 Dec 2017

Chris Evans reports…

Essex 0-4 Durham, Saturday 9th December 2017, Kick-Off 12:00pm, Wallace Binder Ground, FA County Youth Cup Third Round.

Essex’s FA County Youth Cup Third Round hoodoo continued as they exited the competition at that stage for the sixth successive season following defeat to Durham at Maldon & Tiptree FC.

The home county had trailed to Bailey Prudhoe’s 5th-minute strike at the interval and had a mountain to climb just five minutes into the second period when Matthew Ridley doubled Durham’s lead.

Essex were dealt a blow 15 minutes from time when substitute Jamie Marsh was forced off with a head injury, leaving the side facing an uphill battle with ten men. Having used all three replacements, two goals inside the final minutes handed a 4-0 win to the visitors, with Kieron Parnaby and Aaron Thompson sealing the win.

Graham Hall’s side would’ve come into the game with confidence following a 5-1 Round Two win over Bedfordshire and a fine 4-2 South East Counties win in Kent a little over two weeks earlier. But Durham’s early goal proved a sucker punch on a chilly day on the Blackwater Estuary.

The first goal itself came courtesy of Prudhoe, a hat-trick hero in his side’s dramatic 6-4 win over Sheffield & Hallamshire in the previous round. He cut in from the left and rolled a shot inside the far post. Additional first-half opportunities were limited, but Essex did have a chance to respond quickly as good work from Kieran Southgate teed-up Albert Keith who fired just wide under pressure.

Shortly prior to the break, Durham’s Bradley Burns shot just over the top from a tight angle before his side did double their lead on 50 minutes. Ridley’s low shot slipped into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

After an hour had passed, Essex’s Brandon Wood found himself through on goal only for his run to be abruptly ended by Durham goalkeeper Jack Ramage. Ramage avoided punishment other than conceding a free kick, which he pushed onto the bar and into his gloves from Misha Djemaili.

The best chance of the game for Essex saw Southgate pull the ball back for Wood who couldn’t quite force it past Ramage from close range. Essex defender Marsh then unfortunately had to leave the action and, with repeated substitutions not permitted in the national competition, the home side had to seek a route back into the game a player short.

It proved a task too far in the end and, on 86 minutes, the result was put beyond doubt. Parnaby lobbed in from long range to add a third for the visitors. In the fifth minute of added time, Durham added another as Thompson skipped into the penalty area and poked in with virtually the last kick of the contest. His side now face a quarter-final trip to Gloucestershire.

Essex: James Scammell (Thurrock), Ryan Knight (Barking Abbey School) (Jamie Marsh [Brentwood Town], 71), Toby Barlow (AFC Hornchurch) (Callum Fitzer [Billericay Town], 46), Jack McQueen (Barking), Jake Jolliffe (Shenfield School), Wyan Reid (Thurrock), Tyler Richardson (AFC Hornchurch), Misha Djemaili (Barking Abbey School), Kieran Southgate (Aveley), Albert Keith (Tilbury), Afolabi Soyemi-Ololade (Grays Athletic) (Brandon Wood [Chelmsford City], 58).

Durham: Jack Ramage (South Shields), Aaron Thompson (Chester-le-Street Town), Joe McGill (Stockton Town), Matthew Ridley (Chester-le-Street Town), Ryan Kirby (Stockton Town), Shahban Mohammed (Stockton Town), Kieron Parnaby (Tow Law Town), Bradley Burns (Spennymoor Town), Aaron Duell (Jarrow Roofing BCA), Bailey Prudhoe (Spennymoor Town), Cieran Jackson (Spennymoor Town). Substitutes: Ellis Tait (Tow Law Town), Declan Sproston (South Shields), Ryan Hucks (New Hartley Juniors), Vinnie Steels (Darlington), Aidan Crooks (Spennymoor Town).

Bookings: Essex: Southgate (foul, 65). Durham: Jackson (dissent, 45), Mohammed (persistent foul play, 60), Ridley (68, foul).

Referee:  Paul Forrester (Luton).

Assistant Referees:  Ian Stewart (Kempston) and Jack Scott (Luton).

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Leopards Look for Early Christmas Present


Dave Ryan reports…

Levett Essex Leopards will look to end 2017 in style when they host Middlesex LTBC at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday, 4pm.

Both sides will go into the game on the back of postponements due to the snow on Sunday, and neither team has played since November. With several players across Herts, Essex and Bedfordshire unable to travel to London Greenhouse Pioneers on Sunday, the Big Cats reluctantly asked for a postponement.

Middlesex LTBC consists entirely of Lithuanians and won promotion from Division Three South last season.

With disciplinary issues causing them problems, Sunday’s visitors to the Brentwood Centre have had a tough start to the campaign and are joint tenth in the 12-team Division Two with a 2-7 record.

Early Division Two title favourites Thames Valley Cavaliers proved to be their bogey team in both the National Cup and Patrons Cup, although they did beat Sussex Bears  in the latter competition.

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Big Cats are again staging their popular pre-game coaching session with the Leopards’ players, further details are available by calling 07828 470015.

Along with the postponed game at Pioneers, there are a number of fixture changes for the Big Cats.

With Team Birmingham Elite having reached the Patron’s Cup semi-final, Sussex Bears will replace them as visitors to the Brentwood Centre on Sunday February 4.

Thames Valley will now visit Brentwood on Sunday February 11, and the club are currently trying to arrange a date for the Birmingham game.


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