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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – March 3rd 2017

Still on sabbatical, Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (March 4th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd  v  Chelsea  – Monday 6th March –  KO 7.45pm  (Premier League)

Venue: The London Stadium

Ipswich Town 1  – 1  Brentford    (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys were held by fellow mid-table side Brentford at Portman Road. On-loan midfielder Emyr Huws gave the home side the lead, before Nico Yennaris levelled just before the break. This was Ipswich’s fourth league 1-1 draw in a row, they drop to 15th place. Brentford are now unbeaten in three league matches, residing in 14th place.

Southend Utd  1  – 1    Port Vale      (EFL League One)

The Shrimpers came from behind to hold the Valiants at Roots Hall. Much-travelled midfielder Chris Eagles put the visitors ahead with just 12 minutes left. Though Anthony Wordsworth levelled for Phil Brown’s men with five minutes remaining. Southend remain 7th in the table, just four points behind the top six. Port Vale remain in the bottom four, sitting 22nd & four points from safety, having failed to win in nine league matches now.

Cambridge Utd  1 –  1  Colchester Utd        (EFL League Two)

Colchester grabbed a point late-on at the Abbey Stadium. Gerry McDonagh put Cambridge ahead on 20 minutes. With time ticking away, substitute Sammie Szmodics levelled for John McGreal’s men. Cambridge drop to 12th place. Colchester remain in 9th spot, three points away from the play-off spots.

Newport County  0  –  4  Leyton Orient     (EFL League Two)

The O’s recorded a very important win at Valley Parade in the battle of the bottom two sides. Steven Alzate put the visitors ahead after just eight minutes. Josh Koroma then grabbed a first-half brace to give Danny Webb’s side a commanding lead at half-time, in front of 395 travelling Orient supporters. Koroma completed his hat-trick from the spot mid-way through the second-half. Newport remain bottom, but crucially now 11 points from safety after extending their winless run to seven league matches. Orient’s woes have eased a little, though they remain 23rd and are five points from safety.

Braintree Town 1   –  2  Wrexham    (National League Premier)

The Iron were defeated by a resurgent Wrexham at Cressing Road. Michael Cheek gave the hosts the lead with just moments on the clock, though just minutes later Ntumba Massanka levelled for Dean Keates’ men. On the hour, Ollie Shenton grabbed all three points for the visitors. Braintree drop to 18th spot, six points ahead of the bottom four. Wrexham, who’ve now won six of their last nine league matches, remain in 10th place, eight points off the play-off spots.

Gateshead  1  –  0   Dag & Red           (National League Premier)

The Heed narrowly defeated the Daggers at the Gateshead International Stadium. Danny Johnson’s goal early in the second-half was enough to give Neil Aspin’s side their 5th league win in-a-row. They reside in 7th place, just two points away from the play-off spots.

Concord Rangers  0   –  0  Margate  (National League South)

Concord were held in a inglorious stalemate by bottom side Margate at the Aspect Arena. Adam Flanagan’s men fall to 17th spot. Margate pick up their first point in ten league matches, though remain bottom, 13 points from safety.

Ebbsfleet Utd  6  –  1   East Thurrock Utd  (National League South)

The Rocks endured a bruising afternoon at Stonebridge Road. It started well for John Coventry’s side as a early penalty from Reece Harris gave them the lead. Though leaders Ebbsfleet showed their mettle as goals from Anthony Cook (2) and Andy Drury meant they lead 3-1 at half-time. Drury’s second of the afternoon, coupled with late goals from Jack Powell and Darren McQueen added some gloss to a great afternoon for Daryl McMahon’s side. Ebbsfleet’s 9th win in their last ten league matches sees them go top, two points clear of Maidenhead Utd. East Thurrock remain 13th, firmly mid-table.

Hemel Hempstead Town  2   – 2  Chelmsford City        (National League South)

The Clarets fought back to grab a point at Vauxhall Road. A Jordan Parkes penalty put the hosts ahead just past the hour. Moments later, Chris Dickson levelled for the visitors. Parkes grabbed his brace with eight minutes left as Hemel re-took the lead. Though in added-time, Dickson completed a brace of his own to give Rod Stringer’s men a share of the spoils. Hemel remain in 9th place, 11 points off the play-off positions. Chelmsford remain 4th.

Harlow Town 0  –  2  Billericay Town      (Ryman League Premier Division)

Billericay, under the caretaker charge of owner Glenn Tamplin following Craig Edwards’ resignation earlier in the week, grabbed a important win at the Harlow Arena. Goals from Adam Cunnington and Billy Bricknell either side of the break grabbed all three points for ‘Ricay. Their play-off charge is well & truly on as they rise to 9th place, six points away from the play-off positions.

Bowers & Pitsea    5   –   0   Ware              (Ryman League Division North)

Bowers thumped Ware at the Len Salmon Stadium. Goals from Martyn Stokes, Brad Warner and David Knight saw Rob Small’s men go 3-0 up within the first ten minutes. Knight completed his hat-trick with goals either side of the break to give play-off chasing Bowers & Pitsea a big win. Bowers remain in 5th spot, a point clear of Cheshunt in 6th. Ware’s 5th league defeat in-a-row leaves them in 20th spot, four points clear of the bottom three.

Tilbury   2  –  0   Brentwood Town      (Ryman League Division North)

Brentwood stuttered to a disappointing defeat to mid-table Tilbury at Chadfields. Lewis Jaggs put the Dockers ahead just before the break. Late on, Aaron Waters made the points safe for Gary Henty’s men. Tilbury rise to 12th spot, after their first win in eight league matches. Brentwood remain 22nd, two points from safety.

For post-match reaction from manager Tony Ievoli follow this link – www.phoenixfm.com/2017/03/04/tilbury-2-0-brentwood-town-tony-ievoli-reacts/

Romford 2  – 1   Great Wakering Rovers    (Ryman League Division North)

Wakering suffered more heart-break at Ship Lane. Iain O’Connell’s side took the lead thanks to Stephen Butterworth 8 minutes before the break. Though after the break, Chris Taylor levelled for Romford, four minutes into the second half. Taylor popped up again with just minutes remaining to grab all three points for Boro’. Romford remain 16th, now 14 points clear of the bottom three. Wakering by stark contrast are 12 points away from safety, remaining in 23rd spot.

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Thank you for reading. After a three-week break, my local Round-up’s will return on Saturday April 1st. Have a good month in March!

In the meantime, check out my blog – survivor16b.wordpress.com for Match Reports on all the matches I watch, mainly in Essex Senior League, though some are from Ryman Leagues too, and other articles.

If you fancy it, here is the report of the match I went to see today (Sat 4.3.17)  – Rochford Town v Lakeside in the Essex Olympian League Division Two:  survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/rochford-town-1-3-lakeside/

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – February 25th 2017

Although on sabbatical from the Sports show itself, Scott W still manages to report with a round-up of all of today’s results (Feb 25th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

Watford  1 – 1  West Ham Utd    (Premier League)

Watford held the Hammers at Vicarage Road. An early Troy Deeney penalty put the Hornets ahead. After the break, substitute Andre Ayew secured a point for Slaven Bilic’s men with 20 minutes left. West Ham finished the match with ten men as Michail Antonio saw red for two bookable offences.  Watford stay in 12th spot, ten points clear of the bottom three. West Ham remain 9th.

Norwich City   v  Ipswich Town – Sunday  12pm KO  (EFL Championship)

Venue: Carrow Road

Gillingham 2 – 1  Southend Utd    (EFL League One)

The Shrimpers were defeated by the Gills at Priestfield. A brace from Josh Wright, the first a penalty, just before half-time did the damage. Blues defender Ryan Inniss also saw red just before half-time. Substitute Nile Ranger got a late consolation for Phil Brown’s side. Gillingham rise to 17th place, five points clear of the bottom four after their first win in ten league matches. Southend drop to 6th spot, a point clear of Millwall.

Colchester Utd  2  –  1  Hartlepool Utd      (EFL League Two)

The U’s picked up their 7th win in their last nine home league matches at the Colchester Community Stadium. After a quiet first period, Kurtis Guthrie put the hosts ahead just past the hour. A penalty from Chris Porter doubled the advantage late-on, before Nathan Thomas got a consolation for Dave Jones’ side soon afterwards. Colchester stay 7th, eight points off the promotion places. Hartlepool remain 22nd, nervously looking over their shoulder at the bottom two, they are three points clear of Leyton Orient in 23rd.

Leyton Orient 0   –  1  Cheltenham Town    (EFL League Two)

Speaking of Orient, they once again endured a difficult afternoon, narrowly losing out to Cheltenham at Brisbane Road. A first-half goal from Carl Winchester was enough to grab all three points for Gary Johnson’s men. Orient remain 23rd, three points from safety after their 20th defeat of a miserable campaign. As for the Robins, they rise to 19th spot, six points ahead of the bottom two.

Braintree Town  0 – 0  Maidstone Utd    (National League Premier)

A crowd of 1,002 witnessed a stalemate at Cressing Road. The Iron fall to 17th spot, four points clear of the bottom four after their 8th draw of the campaign. Maidstone remain in that bottom four, sitting 21st, though are level on points with Woking (just above them).

Dag & Red not in action today            (National League Premier)

Chelmsford City  4   –  3  Concord Rangers      (National League South)

The Clarets edged a cracker at Melbourne Park. On-loan Dion Semble-Ferris put Concord ahead after 25 minutes. Though Chelmsford levelled through Josh Rees five minutes before the break. A quick-fire brace by Shaun Jeffers (the second a spot-kick) mid-way through the second-period gave the hosts the lead, before Steve Cawley equalised for the Beach Boys with 20 minutes left. Michael Spillane restored the hosts’ two-goal lead with ten minutes remaining, before Lyle Della-Verde grabbed a late third for the visitors. The Clarets rise to 5th place, a point clear of Hungerford Town in 6th. Concord drop to 18th, though are seven points clear of the bottom three & a much superior goal difference.

East Thurrock Utd 1  –  2 Poole Town  (National League South)

The Rocks narrowly lost to Poole Town at Rookery Hill. A Steve Devlin penalty put the Dolphins ahead just before the break. Late on, James Walker levelled for the home side, though just three minutes later Marvin Brooks grabbed all three points for the visitors. East Thurrock drop to 11th place, comfortably mid-table. Poole though remain 4th, eight points off leaders Ebbsfleet.

Billericay Town  4   –  1  Hendon      (Ryman League Premier Division)

Billericay’s good recent run continued with a comfortable win at New Lodge. Rob Swaine gave the home side the lead early on, before a brace from Billy Bricknell mid-way through the first-half pretty much gave Craig Edwards’ side the win. Adam Cunnington added a fourth mid-way through the second-half. Marcel Barrington got a consolation for Hendon two minutes later. The Blues’ 5th win in their last seven league matches helps them rise to 10th spot, seven points off the top five. Hendon remain 23rd, four points from safety.

Fri Result: Thurrock  3 – 1  Bowers & Pitsea  (Ryman League Division North)

On Friday night, Mark Stimson’s side grabbed another important win at fortress Ship Lane. Goals from Mark Onyemah and Joe Christou in the first ten minutes put them ahead. After the break, Bowers were reduced to ten men as recent signing Luke Wilson saw red. Thurrock made sure of the win, thanks to Ronnie Winn’s goal with 15 minutes or so remaining. Ben Sartain got a late consolation for Bowers though it wasn’t their night. Thurrock’s 8th home league win in-a-row sees them remain 4th, 9 points off leaders Brightlingsea Regent. Bowers’ first defeat in six league matches leaves them in 7th place after Saturday’s matches, two points away from the top five.

Brentwood Town  3 –  0 Norwich Utd    (Ryman League Division North)

Brentwood powered to a excellent win over play-off chasing Norwich Utd at the Brentwood Arena. Second-half goals from Ife Ogunbayo, Brendan Cavalier and Lamar Reynolds sealed the points. Tony Ievoli’s men have now won three of their last four home league matches now & remain 22nd though crucially are just two points from safety. Norwich Utd’s first loss in seven league matches leaves them in 8th place, three points away from the top five.

Listen again to Tony Ievoli’s post-match reaction here: www.phoenixfm.com/2017/02/25/brentwood-town-3-0-norwich-united-tony-ievoli-reacts/

Great Wakering Rovers 2 – 2  Soham Town Rangers  (Ryman League Division North)

On the first Saturday of my sabbatical from Phoenix Sport, I attended this match. My match report from the game is here: www.survivor16b.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/match-report-gw-rovers-2-2-soham-tr/

The result means Wakering are 12 points from safety in 23rd spot, whilst Soham are still in ‘the thick of it’ in 21st, just two points clear of Brentwood in 22nd. Both teams haven’t won in ten league matches now.

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Match report: Billericay Town 4 South Park 3

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from New Lodge

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Billericay Town made their way into the Ryman League cup final on Tuesday night with what should have been a comfortable victory over Surrey outfit South Park, but it transpired to be a close affair which the Blues ended up contesting with ten men.

Craig Edwards’ side were obviously keen to bounce back from their shock 1-0 defeat away to the Ryman League Premier Division’s bottom side Grays Athletic on Saturday, which ended their run of 4 straight league victories. Goalkeeper Alan Julian, recently recruited from National League side Bromley and who has football league experience with Brentford, Gillingham and Stevenage made his New Lodge bow after making his Billericay debut at the weekend. Blues’ Reigate based visitors currently lie mid-table in Division 1 South of the same league, and Edwards made 3 changes to the starting line up of the Billericay side that played on Saturday.

Billericay, as was the case last week when they hammered Needham Market 6-0 made the best possible start to the game. After just 2 minutes they won a corner, which Billy Bricknell flicked home to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead and they came close to doubling that lead 3 minutes later, when Lewis Taafe crossed to Bricknell whose effort went agonisingly wide of the post. Luke Moore went close with 9 minutes on the clock, but saw his effort saved by South Park goalkeeper Callum Thomas.

Bricknell continued to trouble the visitors, his 11th minute strike just going wide of the woodwork. Recent signing Adam Cunnington, who like Julian arrived from Bromley also had a 20th minute effort punched away by Thomas. But with 22 minutes gone it was captain from the night Matty Johnson who doubled Ricay’s lead, firing an impressive right footed drive from the edge of the box into the corner of the net.

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South Park tried their best to break down the home defence, but it was to no avail and it seemed as if the game would be more or less over after only 28 minutes, Taafe sidefooting the ball into the net to make it 3-0 after being set up by Tambeson Eyong.

South Park managed a goal back 5 minutes before half time with centre half Dylan Merchant firing home, which seemed to spur the home side back into action as just a minute later Cunnington replied for the Blues at the other end to make it 4-1. South Park had another rare effort close to half time with a shot from Joe Jackson, but it was well over the bar.

In the second half Blues centre half Joe Ellul was sent off for a what referee Ryan Whittaker considered an over-physical challenge, resulting in a straight red card. The subsequent free kick saw Merchant head in his and his side’s second to make it 4-2. Jackson had a chance to bring the tie even closer a few minutes later, but with only Julian to beat the Billericay keeper saved fairly comfortably.

This was not the case after 62 minutes, Jackson this time making no mistake and bringing the scoreline back to 4-3. South Park were showing an improvement and starting to frustrate their hosts, who struggled to get some fluent moves together in what was a scrappy second period. But Billericay held on and go through to the final where they will face the winners of the other semi-final between Tonbridge Angels and Dulwich Hamlet, which is due to be played on 14 March.

Billericay: Julian, Diallo, Fitzsimons, Eyong, Farquharsen, Ellul, Taaffe, Johnson, Bricknell (Assombalonga 70), Cunnington, Moore (Krashniqi 80).

South Park: Thomas, Lovegrove. Elliott, Nicholls, Merchant (King 90), Stafford (Laverty 45), Burgess (Ayling 45), Gill, Quartey, Moody, Jackson.

Attendance: 275

Mike Joyce adds:

Another exciting match at New Lodge – 10 goals scored in the last two games. This was a game of two halves; BTFC dominated the first half and were leading 4-1 at half time. The second half though was dominated by South Park FC.

Billericay’s Joe Ellul was sent off and the home team were hanging on at the end, but without doubt it was an entertaining game.

Billericay will now play Dulwich or Tonbridge in the final which is a great achievement for the team as well as for Glenn Tamplin, who took over ownership of the club in November 2016.

Every time you visit the ground, changes have taken place improving the facilities and infrastructure. It’s certainly a positive time for the club, players and supporters.

On Saturday 25th February Billericay are at home again v Hendon FC. The club deserves increased support – come along, support the team and see the changes taking place.

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – February 18th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Feb 18th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

In the main, it was a disappointing day for our local sides.

West Ham Utd were not in action today.    (Premier League)

Ipswich Town  1 – 1    Leeds Utd  (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys were held by Garry Monk’s side at Portman Road. Freddie Sears put the hosts ahead early on, before Stuart Dallas levelled for the Whites just before the break. Ipswich stay 13th with this result, whilst Leeds stay 5th.

Southend Utd  2 – 2 Northampton Town  (EFL League One)

The Shrimpers were twice pegged back by the Cobblers at Roots Hall. Jermaine McGlashan put the home side ahead on twenty minutes, though Marc Richards levelled ten minutes later. Though Phil Brown’s side re-took the lead just two minutes later courtesy of forward Simon Cox. Ex-Colchester midfielder John-Joe O’Toole drew the visitors’ level just before half-time. Southend remain 6th in the table, ten points away from the promotion places. Northampton remain in 14th spot.

Accrington Stanley   2 – 1   Colchester Utd  (EFL League Two)

Stanley held on to gain a important win at the Crown Ground. Billy Kee put John Coleman’s side ahead on 18 minutes, before Matty Pearson doubled their advantage just past the half-hour. The home side were reduced to ten men just before the break as Omar Beckles received a straight red card. Substitute Chris Porter pulled one back for the U’s with a late penalty. Stanley rise to 19th with this win, whilst Colchester drop to 11th place, three points away from the play-off places.

Leyton Orient  2 – 3  Notts County   (EFL League Two)

Orient suffered another agonising afternoon at Brisbane Road as Kevin Nolan returned to haunt his former club. Jorge Grant put the visitors ahead with ten minutes of the first half remaining, before early in the second-half Jon Stead doubled their lead. Orient pulled one back through Paul McCallum just moments later. Late on, Teddy Megazue pulled Danny Webb’s side level and Orient did look set for a point. Not to be however, as Stead popped up five minutes from time to grab all three points for the Magpies. Orient have lost their last four home league matches now, and remain 23rd, three points from safety. Notts County rise to 20th in the table, four points clear of today’s opponents.

Dagenham & Redbridge  1 – 2  Guiseley           (National League Premier)

John Still’s men suffered a setback to their promotion-hunt at Victoria Road. The Lions took the lead early on through Jordan Preston. Things got worse for the Daggers as striker Corey Whitely was set off after just 15 minutes. Preston doubled the visitors’ lead ten minutes into the second period. Oliver Hawkins grabbed a late consolation for the hosts. Guiseley jump out of the bottom four with this win, into 19th spot, two points clear of the bottom four. Dagenham stay 2nd, though are three points off leaders Lincoln, who also have two games in hand.

Macclesfield Town  2 – 0   Braintree Town  (National League Premier)

The Silkmen recorded a important win to keep their play-off hopes going at Moss Rose. Two goals in three minutes deep into the second-half from Connor Jennings and Chris Holroyd were enough to give John Askey’s side the points. Macclesfield remain 9th in the table, six points behind the top five. Braintree remain 16th, four points clear of the bottom four.

Dartford   0 – 1   Chelmsford City  (National League South)

The Clarets grabbed a big win at in-form Dartford. A solitary goal from Anthony Church with twenty minutes remaining was enough for the win. Dartford remain 3rd in the table, four points away from joint-leaders Ebbsfleet and Maidenhead (who are level on points & goal difference). Chelmsford rise to 6th place, just a point away from the top five.

East Thurrock Utd  2 – 1  Hampton & Richmond Borough  (National League South)

A goal in each half for the Rocks was enough for the win at Rookery Hill. Reece Harris put John Coventry’s side ahead early-on. After the break, Duncan Colley levelled for the Beavers. Though with just minutes remaining, Tom Wraight’s winner grabbed all three points for the home side. East Thurrock stay 11th, whilst Hampton fall to 7th place.

Truro City   1 – 2    Concord Rangers  (National League South)

Concord’s first away league win in five matches boosted their fight against the drop at Treyew Road. Ex-Plymouth forward Tyler Harvey put the hosts ahead on the quarter-hour, before Lyle Della-Verde levelled for Adam Flanagan’s side just before the half-hour. Steve Cawley then put Concord ahead six minues before the break. Truro, who have now only won one of their eight league matches, remain in 18th spot – three points clear of the bottom three. Concord rise to 15th place, now eight points clear of the bottom three.

Grays Athletic    1 – 0   Billericay Town  (Ryman League Premier Division)

Grays battled to a hard-fought win at Mill Field, courtesy of a cracking free-kick by Kwabena Osei with moments remaining. Billericay stay 11th, whilst Grays remain bottom though gain ground on the rest of the bottom four, though they are seven points from safety.

Fri Result: Bowers & Pitsea  4  –  0  Tilbury  (Ryman League Division North)

On Friday night, in front of a crowd of over 250 fans, Bowers produced to display to match, comfortably defeating Tilbury at the Len Salmon. David Knight puts the hosts ahead just past the quarter-hour, before second half goals from Martyn Stokes, Knight and Brad Warner sealed the points. Bowers are now unbeaten in five league matches, though sit in 6th place, two points away from the top five. Tilbury are now winless in six league matches, and are in 12th place.

Waltham Abbey    1 – 0    Brentwood Town   (Ryman League Division North)

The Abbotts won their 4th league match on-the-trot, narrowly defeating Tony Ievoli’s side at Capershotts. Michael Spencer got the only goal of the match, just on the half-hour mark. Abbey rise to 16th place, eleven points clear of the bottom three. Brentwood remain 22nd, four points from safety.

Cheshunt   3 – 1    Great Wakering Rovers  (Ryman League Division North)

The Ambers won their 6th league match on-the-spin at Theobalds Lane. Thoug Wakering took the lead through Jake Gordon’s spot-kick six minutes before the break. Cheshunt equalised on the strike of half-time through Liam Hope. Wakering’s afternoon got tougher after Eliot Warren was dismissed for two bookings mid-way through the second period. The home side made them pay late on as goals from James Thomas and Jason Hallett sealed the win. Cheshunt go back into 5th, leap-frogging Bowers after their win the previous evening. As for Wakering, their winless streak in the league stretches to ten matches, and they remain bottom, 12 points from safety.

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – February 11th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Feb 11th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd 2  – 2   West Brom    (Premier League)

The Hammers were held by the in-form Baggies at the London Stadium. The visitors took the lead early-on through Nacer Chadli. After going into half-time a goal down, Slaven Bilic’s side levelled through Sofiane Feghouli just past the hour. Manuel Lanzini put the home side ahead late-on before at the death, Gareth McAuley got the final touch to grab a point for Tony Pulis’ men.  West Ham have now only lost three of their last ten league matches, dropping to 10th place. West Brom stay 8th.

Aston Villa   0  –  1   Ipswich Town       (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys struck late-on to grab all three points at Villa Park. On-loan Emyr Huws got the winner for Mick McCarthy’s side. Villa are now winless in seven league matches, falling to 16th in the table. Ipswich by contrast, rise to 13th spot, ten points above the bottom three.

Millwall 1  –  0  Southend Utd             (EFL League One)

The Blues suffered a rare blip on-the-road as they narrowly lost to the Lions at the New Den. The visitors were reduced to ten men when Will Atkinson received a straight red card just past the half-hour mark. After the break, Fred Onyedinma grabbed the only goal of the game to give play-off chasing Millwall all three points. The Lions move up to 6th place in the table, and are now unbeaten in nine league matches. Phil Brown’s men fall to 8th place, only one point behind today’s opponents.

Colchester Utd  2  –  1 Barnet               (EFL League Two)

The U’s picked up another important win at the Colchester Community Stadium. The home side went ahead courtesy of Kurtis Guthrie’s goal on 18 minutes. Just before the break, Brennan Dickenson doubled their advantage. The visitors could only add a consolation late-on through John Akinde as John McGreal’s side held on to take all three points. The U’s have now won their last five home league matches, and sit in 9th spot, just two points away from the play-off places. Barnet lost ground on the top seven today, they’re in 12th spot.

Yeovil Town  1  –  1  Leyton Orient    (EFL League Two)

The O’s struck late on to grab a muchly-needed point at Huish Park. Just before half-time, Francois Zoko gave the Glovers the lead. With only minutes remaining, Gavin Massey levelled to give Danny Webb’s side a share of the spoils. Yeovil have now only won one of their last ten league matches and rise to 16th spot. Orient have ended a six-match losing streak with this result, though remain 23rd, three points from safety.

Braintree Town  1  –  0   North Ferriby Utd   (National League Premier)

The Iron grabbed a morale-boosting win at Cressing Road against the Villagers after being dumped out of the FA Trophy in mid-week. Substitute Reece-Hall Johnson grabbed the solitary goal late-on. Braintree stay in 18th spot, though are now four points ahead of the bottom four. North Ferriby remain bottom, now three points from safety.

Southport  1   –  4    Dagenham & Redbridge    (National League Premier)

Dagenham came back from an early setback to grab an important win at Southport. The Sandgrounders took the lead through a Jamie Allen penalty mid-way through the first-half. Just past the half-hour, the Daggers drew level thanks to Jordan Maguire-Drew. John Still’s men went ahead through an OG from Robbie Cundy. Fejiri Okenabirhie extended the visitors’ advantage just before the break. A late Corey Whitely penalty sealed the points. Dagenham stay 2nd after their 5th league win in-a-row. Southport fall into the bottom four on goal difference, in 21st spot.

Chelmsford City  1  –  1  St Albans City    (National League South)

The Clarets were held by the Saints in a battle of two play-off chasing sides at Melbourne Park. Elliott Buchanan put the hosts’ in-front early on, before Louie Theophanous grabbed a late equaliser. Chelmsford are now unbeaten in their last ten home league matches, they drop to 7th spot, four points off the top five. St Albans are level on points with today’s opponents, they fall to 8th place.

Concord Rangers  3  –  1 Eastbourne Borough   (National League South)

Concord picked up an important win at the Aspect Arena. Tony Stokes put the hosts ahead early-on, before Lyle Della-Verde doubled the lead on the half-hour. Elliott Romain pulled one back for the visitors ten minutes before the break. Steve King made the points safe with his goal late-on. The Beach Boys rise to 16th place, six points clear of the bottom three. Eastbourne stay in 12th place.

Welling Utd  2  –  0  East Thurrock Utd    (National League South)

The Wings defeated the out-of-form Rocks at Park View Road. Second-half goals from Adam Coombes and Dan Walker earned the win. Welling rise to 15th spot, whilst East Thurrock stay 11th.

Billericay Town  2  –  1 Harrow Borough    (Ryman League Premier Division)

Craig Edwards’ side grabbed another important win at New Lodge. A first half brace from Billy Bricknell put the home side in the ‘driver’s seat’ at the break. Josh Webb scored a late penalty to reduce Boro’s arrears though the home side held firm. ‘Ricay rise to 11th place, whilst Harrow fall to 19th place, just two points clear of the bottom four.

Aveley  1   –  1  Bowers & Pitsea         (Ryman League Division North)

Aveley came from behind to hold Bowers at the Mill Field. Ross Adams put the visitors ahead on the half-hour. Just four minutes later, Mason Bloomfield levelled for the Millers. Aveley drop to 9th place, six points away from the top five. Bowers drop to 6th place with Cheshunt leapfrogging them after a big win at Haringey Borough.

Brentwood Town  0  – 1   Ware             (Ryman League Division North)

Ware picked up a narrow win at the Brentwood Arena. Evandro Delgado’s  second-half winner sealed all three points for Anwar Uddin’s side. Brentwood stay 22nd in the table, four points from safety. Ware rise to 18th spot, seven points clear of the bottom three.

Great Wakering Rovers 2   – 5   AFC Hornchurch   (Ryman League Division North)

Wakering endured another hard afternoon at Burroughs Park. Ross Wall put the visitors ahead early-on, before Jake Gordon equalised for Rovers mid-way through the first half. Hornchurch roared clear after the break as Abs Thompson and a hat-trick from hot-shot Leon McKenzie (including one from the spot) sealed the points for the Urchins. Wakering are now winless in their last ten league matches, remaining bottom of the pile, 12 points from safety. Hornchurch rise to 3rd spot, six points behind leaders Maldon & Tiptree.

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – February 4th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Feb 4th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

Southampton  1 – 3  West Ham Utd      (Premier League)

Slaven Bilic’s men gained another good away win, this time at St Mary’s. The Saints took the lead through new signing Manolo Gabbiadini early on. The Hammers hot-shot Andy Carroll levelled just minutes later. Pedro Obiang gave West Ham the lead two minutes before the break. Shortly after the interval, An OG from Steven Davis sealed the win for the visitors. The Saints have lost six of their last seven league matches now, residing in 13th spot. As for West Ham, they rise to 9th place.

Ipswich Town  2 – 2   Reading       (EFL Championship)

Ipswich twice took the lead as they were held at Portman Road by Jaap Stam’s high-flying Reading. Tom Lawrence got both goals for Town either side of the break, whilst second-half goals from new loan signing Jordan Mutch and Jordan Obita grabbed a point for the Royals. The Tractor Boys rise to 16th place, whilst Reading stay 3rd, four points away from the top two.

Southend Utd  3 – 1   Scunthorpe Utd  (League One)

The Blues continued their good home form, defeating promotion-chasing Scunthorpe at Roots Hall. Murray Wallace opened the scoring for the Iron early on, though Marc-Antoine Fortune levelled before half-time for the Blues. Phil Brown’s side then sealed the points late on through goals from Simon Cox and Ryan Leonard. Scunthorpe’s day was compounded as Neal Bishop was sent off late on. The Shrimpers rise to the play-off spots in 6th, whilst Scunthorpe fall to 2nd spot, behind new leaders Sheffield Utd by two points.

Blackpool   1 – 1     Colchester Utd    (League Two)

The in-form U’s picked up a useful point at Bloomfield Road. The Seasiders took the lead early-doors through Jamille Matt. A matter of minutes later, Kurtis Guthrie levelled for John McGreal’s men and grabbed a point. The visitors finished the match with ten men as substitute Sean Murray saw red late on. Blackpool stay in 14th place, eight points off the play-off spots. Colchester rise to 9th spot, four points off the top seven.

Leyton Orient  1 – 2   Carlisle Utd    (League Two)

The Cumbrians came from behind to defeat the O’s at Brisbane Road, in new manager Danny Webb’s first match in charge. It started well for the home side as Gavin Massey gave them the lead mid-way through the first period. Only ten minutes later though, Carlisle levelled courtesy of a Gary Liddle goal. New loan signing Jamie Proctor grabbed all three points with his goal mid-way through the second-half. Orient now haven’t won in six league matches and stay 23rd, a point from safety. Carlisle stay 3rd , after their first win in six league matches.

Dag & Red    3 – 2   Chester   (National League Premier)

Dagenham won a real see-saw encounter at Victoria Road. Jake Sheppard gave the Daggers the lead just before half-time. Though after the break, Chester hit two quick-fire goals through Luke George and Tom Shaw to lead 2-1. A pivotal moment in the match came five minutes from time though as Johnny Hunt saw red for hand-ball on the goal-line. Corey Whitely scored the resulting spot-kick to level the match. And with moments left, substitute Jordan Maguire-Drew grabbed all three points for promotion-chasing Dagenham. John Still’s men have now won their last four league matches and rise to 2nd place, three points off leaders Lincoln, who have a game in hand. Chester fall to 12th place.

Braintree Town  0 – 0  Dulwich Hamlet  (FA Trophy 3rd Round)

A crowd of more than 600 saw this stalemate at Cressing Road. The Iron were not at their best, so Hakan Heyrettin’s men will have to travel to Dulwich for a replay though they stay in the hat for the FA Trophy Quarter-Finals.

Tranmere Rovers 1  – 1  Chelmsford City  (FA Trophy 3rd Round)

The Clarets held their more illustrious opponents at Prenton Park. Robbie Wilmott opened the scoring for the visitors on the half-hour. Tranmere levelled twenty minutes from time through Cole Stockton’s goal. The Super White Army will travel to Melbourne Park to settle this tie in a replay.

East Thurrock Utd  2 – 3  Hemel Hempstead Town   (National League South)

The Rocks were edged out late on by fellow mid-table side Hemel at Rookery Hill. Jake Robinson gave the visitors an early lead, before Michael Clark equalised mid-way into the second period. Just minutes later, Tom Wraight put East Thurrock ahead, before late goals from Charlie Sheringham and Jordan Parkes grabbed all three points for the Tudors. East Thurrock fall to 11th spot, whilst Hemel Hempstead rise above today’s opponents into 10th place.

Ebbsfleet Utd    4 – 0  Concord Rangers      (National League South)

Fleet comfortably swept aside lowly Concord at Stonebridge Road. Kenny Clark put Daryl McMahon’s side ahead early-on. Bradley Bubb doubled the lead just before the break. Ex-Dagenham youngster Sean Shields made it three just past the hour, before Bubb grabbed his second five minutes from time. Fleet have now won five league matches on-the-trot and stay 2nd, three points behind leaders Maidenhead. Concord stay 18th, four points ahead of the bottom three.

Havant & Waterlooville  1 – 2   Billericay Town   (Ryman Premier Division)

Billericay picked up a big win at West Leigh Park. Just before the half-time whistle sounded, Christian Assombalonga put the Blues ahead. Lewis Taafe doubled the lead twenty minutes from time, before Jason Prior reduced the Hawks’ arrears. Havant stay 3rd, though are now five points behind leaders Bognor Regis. Craig Edwards’ men rise to 12th spot.

Brentwood Town did not play today (Ryman Division North)

Norwich Utd   1 – 1   Great Wakering Rovers   (Ryman Division North)

Keith Wilson’s Wakering picked up a creditable point on-the-road at Plantation Park. Jamie Guy put the visitors ahead just past the hour, though ten minutes later, Liam Jackson equalised for in-form Norwich Utd. The Planters rise to 9th place, six points off the play-offs. Rovers stay bottom, ten points from safety.

Bowers & Pitsea  P-P   VCD Athletic    (Ryman Division North)

This match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Check back next week (11th February) for the next ‘Local Sides’ round-up.

 

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – January 28th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Jan 28th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

The sides that were not in action today was due to their respective exits from the FA Cup.

West Ham Utd didn’t play today.      (Premier League)

Preston North End  1 – 1   Ipswich Town    (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys were denied a morale-boosting win by Simon Grayson’s Lilywhites at Deepdale. Tom Lawrence put the visitors ahead just after the quarter-hour mark. That looked to be enough until late on Jordan Hugill, ironically a transfer target for Ipswich – levelled for his current side. Preston sit in 10th place. Ipswich are 14th.

Fleetwood Town 1  – 1 Southend Utd  (League One)

Fleetwood grabbed a last-minute equaliser against Phil Brown’s Shrimpers in a battle of two in-form sides at Highbury Stadium. Anthony Wordsworth put the visitors ahead seven minutes before the break. Uwe Rosler’s side levelled through David Ball. The Cod Army reside in 4th spot, seven points off the top two, unbeaten in their last ten league matches. Southend stay 7th, two points shy of the top six.

Mansfield Town  2  –  0  Leyton Orient  (League Two)

Two second-half goals from Ben Whiteman & Danny Rose were enough for the Stags to claim the three points against out-of-form Orient at Field Mill. Mansfield rise to 10th place, now unbeaten in six league matches. The O’s fall back into the bottom two on goal difference, sitting 23rd.

Colchester Utd didn’t play today.    (League Two)

Tranmere Rovers 0  –  2  Dag & Red   (National League)

John Still’s Daggers picked up a big win at rivals Tranmere’s Prenton Park. Goals in each half from Corey Whitely and Oliver Hawkins were enough for all three points. The Super White Army drop to 4th place in the table. Dagenham leapfrog today’s opponents into 3rd place, just three points off leaders Lincoln City.

Braintree Town didn’t play today.   (National League)

Chelmsford City  2  –  0  Truro City  (National League South)

Rod Stringer’s men picked up an important win at fortress Melbourne Park. Second-half goals from Elliott Buchanan and Shaun Jeffers saw the Clarets keep up their impressive recent record at home, now unbeaten in ten league matches there. Chelmsford rise to 4th spot. The White Tigers fall to 17th place after their fifth loss in six league matches.

Concord Rangers  3  –  2  St Albans City  (National League South)

Adam Flanagan’s men picked up a vital win at the Aspect Arena. Steve King and Dion Sembie-Ferris put Concord two-up at the break. The Saints roared back after the break as Shaun Lucien and Ben Herd put the visitors level with minutes remaining. Sembie -Ferris popped up again though to grab all three points for Concord, for their first win in seven league matches. The Beach Boys are 18th, four points clear of the bottom three.

Hungerford Utd 3  – 0  East Thurrock Utd  (National League South)

The Crusaders comfortably defeated the Rocks at Bulpit Lane. Louie Soares put the hosts ahead ten minutes before the break. In the last 20 minutes, Stefan Brown and Rhys Tyler made the points safe. Bobby Wilkinson’s side rise to 5th place & are now unbeaten in ten league matches. John Coventry’s men drop to 10th place.

Billericay Town 1  –  0  Staines Town    (Ryman Premier Division)

Billy Bricknell scored the only goal eight minutes before half-time to claim a much-needed win for Craig Edwards’ men at New Lodge. Billericay rise to 14th spot, still ten points off the top five. Staines stay 13th.

Brentwood Town 2  – 1  Thurrock   (Ryman Division North)

Tony Ievoli’s side picked up a big win against high-flying Thurrock at the Brentwood Arena. Harrison Georgiou put the Blues ahead on the quarter-hour. Fleet levelled five minutes into the second half through David Cowley. The home side wouldn’t be denied though as hot-shot Lamar Reynolds grabbed the winner to take the hosts out of the bottom three. Brentwood now sit 21st, unbeaten in three league matches. Thurrock fall to 3rd place, now nine points off leaders Maldon & Tiptree after their first loss in ten league matches.

Listen to manager Tony Ievoli’s reaction to the win here: www.phoenixfm.com/2017/01/28/brentwood-town-2-1-thurrock-tony-ievoli-reacts/

Great Wakering Rovers 1   –  2  Brightlingsea Regent   (Ryman Division North)

Regent kept up their excellent recent form with victory at Burroughs Park. A Dylan Skinner OG and a goal from hot-shot Aaron Condon put the visitors’ two-up at the break. Late on, Jake Gordon pulled one back for Wakering though they succumbed to their seventh straight home league defeat. Wakering stay bottom, now nine points from safety. The R’s rise to 2nd place, now six points behind leaders Maldon & Tiptree, having lost only one of their last ten league matches.

Maldon & Tiptree  2  – 3  Bowers & Pitsea   (Ryman Division North)

Bowers won a titanic battle against leaders Maldon at the Wallace Binder Stadium. The visitors took the lead through Lewis Clark on the half-hour. Hot-shot Liam Nash levelled for Kevin Horlock’s men just six minutes later. Maldon then went in-front through Tyler Brampton on the hour. Just moments later, Ben Sartain saw red for two bookable offences. Straight after that, Brad Warner levelled for Rob Small’s men. Then only two minutes after that, a penalty from Warner was enough to grab all three points and end Maldon’s brilliant run at home so far this season. Maldon stay top though their lead is cut to six points. Bowers first win in five league matches sees them stay 5th on goal difference.

Check back next week (4th February) for the next ‘Local Sides’ round-up.

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – January 14th 2017

Scott W once again reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Jan 14th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd 3 – 0 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

The Hammers picked up a morale-boosting win against ex-boss Sam Allardyce’s new club at the London Stadium. Three goals in a 20 minute spell from Sofiane Feghouli, Andy Carroll & Manuel Lanzini sealed the points for Slaven Bilic’s side. West Ham rise to 12th place in the EPL table, whilst Palace sit 17th, outside the bottom three on goal difference, having failed to win in seven league matches now.

Ipswich Town 3 – 2 Blackburn Rovers (EFL Championship)

The Tractor Boys won a hard-fought game at Portman Road. Tom Lawrence put Mick McCarthy’s side ahead five minutes before the break, though Hope Akpan levelled just before the interval. Christophe Berra & another from hot-shot Lawrence put the home side two goals clear, though a penalty from Danny Graham reduced the arrears. Town held on though for all three points.  Ipswich rise to 14th spot, whilst Blackburn remain 22nd, a point from safety, having won only one of their last eight league matches.

Southend Utd 2 – 1 Rochdale (EFL League One)

The Blues defeated in-form Rochdale at Roots Hall. Mac-Antoine Fortune put Phil Brown’s side ahead on the quarter-hour mark. Dale lost Keith Keane to a straight red card just 21 minutes in, though the referee levelled that out soon after as Jermaine McGlashan was off for two bookings soon after the half hour. Keith Hill’s side took advantage mid-way through the break through Calvin Andrew though Simon Cox’s late winner grabbed all three points for the Shrimpers. Southend are 7th in the League 1 table, a point off the top six. Dale stay 5th, though lose ground on the top two.

Newport County 1 – 1 Colchester Utd (EFL League Two)

The U’s came from behind to hold bottom side Newport at Rodney Parade. Josh Sheehan put Graham Westley’s side ahead midway through the first period. A penalty from Chris Porter grabbed a point for the visitors ten minutes before the break. The Exiles are six points from safety, having not won in nine league matches now. By contrast, Colchester are now unbeaten in nine league matches, and sit 7th, seven points behind the promotion places.

Portsmouth 2 – 1 Leyton Orient (EFL League Two)

Pompey continued their decent home form, defeating the O’s at Fratton Park. Conor Chaplin got both the home side’s goals, while Gavin Massey grabbed the Orient goal. Portsmouth reside in 4th spot, just two points off the promotion places, while Orient remain 20th, just two points clear of the bottom two.

Dag & Red did not play today.

Dartford 0  –  1 Chelmsford City     (FA Trophy Second Round)

The Clarets defeated the Darts in an all-National League South tie at Princes Park. A solitary goal from recent signing Chris Dickson twenty minutes from time was enough to see Rod Stringer’s side advance to the next round.

East Thurrock Utd 2 – 5 Braintree Town (FA Trophy Second Round)

An all-action match at Rookery Hill saw the Iron advance to Round Three. A quick-fire hat-trick from Michael Cheek saw Hakan Heyrettin’s men three up just after the break. Prolific scorer Sam Higgins converted a penalty soon afterwards to give the Rocks some hope though goals from Jack Midson and Lee Barnard ended those hopes. Higgins grabbed a second late on.

Concord Rangers  3 – 3  Oxford City (National League South)

Concord showed no little amount of battling spirit to hold mid-table Oxford City at the Aspect Arena. Michael Fandop put the visitors ahead 25 minutes in, though the Beach Boys levelled soon after through Lyle Della-Verde. Matt Peake-Pijnen put City back ahead soon after the break. Though Steve Cawley’s penalty just seven minutes later made it 2-2. Justin Merritt’s men re-took the lead through Stephane Ngamvoulou just part the hour mark. Concord wouldn’t be denied though as another spot-kick from Cawley ensured honours were even. Concord rise to 19th spot, a point clear of the bottom three. Oxford City stay 14th.

Leiston 4 – 1 Billericay Town (Ryman Premier Division)

High-flying Leiston showed their mettle against Billericay at Victory Road. It started well for the visitors as new signing Christian Assombalonga netted just five minutes into his debut for Craig Edwards’ side. Though the home side roared back through a Matt Blake brace to lead at the break. Goals from Niko Muir-Merchant and Oliver Brown late on, sealed the win. Glenn Driver’s men rise to 4th in the table, six points off leaders Bognor Regis. Billericay stay 15th, 12 points off the play-off spots.

Brentwood Town P – P Wroxham (Ryman Division North)

This match was postponed on Friday evening due to the inclement weather this week.

Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 5 Dereham Town (Ryman Division North)

Wakering suffered another painful defeat at Burroughs Park, this time to mid-table Dereham Town. A brace from Daniel Beaumont put the Magpies two up. Further goals from Joe Gatting (2), Nikki Beale (OG) completed a handsome win for Matt Henman’s side. Wakering remain 23rd, eight points from safety. Dereham remain 15th.

Heybridge Swifts 2 – 2 Bowers & Pitsea (Ryman Division North)

Bowers were held by a late comeback from lowly Heybridge at Scraley Road. A double from Brad Warner in each half (one a penalty) put Rob Small’s men two up, though two penalties by substitute Reece Grant, late on sealed a point for Swifts. Jody Brown’s side are unbeaten in three league matches now, residing in 20th place, eight points ahead of the bottom three. Bowers, by contrast haven’t won in four league matches, sit 5th, in the top five on goal difference.

Check back next week (21st January) for the next ‘Local Sides’ round-up.

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Football: Local Sides Round-up (Through the Divisions) – January 7th 2017

Scott W reports with a round-up of all of today’s results (Jan 7th ‘17) from the local sides we look out for on Phoenix Sport, from West Ham Utd all the way to Bowers & Pitsea & Brentwood Town.

West Ham Utd 0  –  5 Man City   (Fri R – FA Cup Third Round)

The Citizens blasted the Hammers out of the FA Cup with a dominant performance at the London Stadium. First-half goals by Yaya Toure (pen), Raheem Sterling and David Silva put the visitors almost out of sight by half-time. Sergio Aguero and John Stones made their side’s progression more than safe.

Ipswich Town 2 – 2 Lincoln City  (FA Cup Third Round)

Ipswich were held at Portman Road by National League visitors Lincoln City, managed by ex-Braintree boss Danny Cowley. Lincoln took a surprise early lead through Theo Robinson, before Tom Lawrence levelled for the Tractor Boys just five minutes later. Midway through the second period, Robinson put the Imps back ahead. Though with just minutes remaining, Lawrence struck again to deny a cup upset though Ipswich will have to play a replay at Sincil Bank for the right to passage into Round 4.

Southend Utd 2  – 4  Sheffield Utd      (EFL League One)

Southend’s unbeaten recent run was ended by division leaders Sheffield Utd at Roots Hall. Ethan Ebanks-Landell put the Blades in front just three minutes in, though Simon Cox levelled for the Shrimpers. Jack O’Connell once again put the visitors in front before half-time, then made the game safe with two goals in five minutes from Caolan Lavery and Kieron Freeman. Jermaine McGlashan got a late consolation for Phil Brown’s men. Southend stay in 7th place in the league table, whilst Chris Wilder’s men stay four points clear at the top, having won their sixth league match on-the-trot.

Colchester Utd 4  –  1 Carlisle Utd  (EFL League Two)

Colchester continued their good recent run, defeating Keith Curle’s men at the Colchester Community Stadium. Chris Porter put the U’s in front early on, before Shaun Brisley levelled for the Cumbrians. Kurtis Guthrie put his side back ahead before the break, before adding two more in the second half to complete his hat-trick and the win for John McGreal’s side, their fifth league win in a row. They rise into 6th spot, seven points off the promotion spots. Carlisle stay third.

Leyton Orient 1  –  3 Barnet    (EFL League Two)

The O’s indifferent recent form continued as the Bees claimed the win at Brisbane Road. Recent signing Ricardo Santos’ brace mid-way into the second half put the visitors 2-0 up. Paul McCallum  pulled one back for Orient with ten minutes left, then Curtis Weston sealed the win late-on for Barnet. Orient are in 21st place, four points ahead of the bottom two, whilst the Bees rise to 7th spot, having won six of their last eight league matches.

Braintree Town 1 –  2 Chester  (National League Premier)

The Iron fell to Chester at Cressing Road. Jack Midson put Town in front on the half-hour, though a James Alabi second-half brace grabbed all three points for the Seals. Braintree are in 18th spot, just two points clear of the bottom four. Chester rise to 9th spot, seven points away from the top five , having only lost two of their last ten league matches.

North Ferriby Utd  0 – 4 Dagenham & Redbridge    (National League Premier)

The Daggers comfortably defeated National League newcomers North Ferriby at Grange Lane. Feijiri Okenabirhie and Oliver Hawkins put John Still’s men two-up in the first 15 minutes. On the half-hour, Luke Guttridge added a third before Hawkins netted again just after the hour mark to increase the Villagers’ pain. North Ferriby have lost 7 of their last 10 home league matches now, and fall to 23rd place, two points from safety. As for the Daggers, they sit 4th, three points off leaders Lincoln, who have two games in hand.

Chelmsford City  1 –  0 Whitehawk      (National League South)

Chelmsford narrowly defeated the out-of-form Hawks at Melbourne Park. Max Cornhill scored the only goal to give Rod Stringer’s side the win. The Clarets rise to 3rd spot, whilst Whitehawk slip to 19th place, only out of the bottom three on goal difference.

Concord Rangers 1 –  3 Weston-super-Mare     (National League South)

Concord slipped to defeat against fellow strugglers Weston-super-Mare at the Aspect Arena. The Seagulls were three-up at the break through goals from Bradley Ash, Jamie Chamberlain and Gethyn Hill. The Beach Boys pulled one back with twenty minutes left through Steve Cawley but it wasn’t to be. Concord are now in the bottom 3 in 20th spot, whilst Weston rise to 16th place, three points clear of today’s opponents.

Dartford 6  – 1 East Thurrock Utd   (National League South)

The Rocks were hammered by the Darts at Princes Park. Tom Bonner, Alex Brown, Tom Murphy and Andy Pugh made the win safe before half-time. Ryan Hayes and Elliot Bradbrook (pen) added to John Coventry’s side’s off-day, though Tom Wraight got the Rocks’ consolation. Dartford rise to 5th place, having only lost one of their last ten league matches at home. East Thurrock are in 9th spot, now 11 points away from the top 5.

Bognor Regis Town  2 –  1 Billericay Town     (Ryman Premier Division)

‘Ricay were defeated late-on by leaders Bognor at Nyewood Lane. Chad Field put Bognor in front just past the hour mark, though Craig Edwards’ men levelled through Lewis Taafe with seven minutes left. A late penalty from James Fraser pinched the win for Jamie Howell’s side, who are now undefeated in six league matches. They stay top, a point ahead of Needham Market. Town are in 14th spot.

Great Wakering Rovers 0  – 5  Ware               (Ryman League Division North)

Ware, under the tutelage of ex-Daggers legend Anwar Uddin for the first time, romped to a big win at Burroughs Park. The visitors were 4-0 up at half-time, Dean Mason, Gareth Price and Josh Oyibo getting the first three inside the first ten minutes. Price added his second before half-time before Oyibo grabbed his brace after the hour-mark to complete the rout. Ware rise to 18th spot, eight points clear of the bottom three. Wakering are 23rd, now eight points from safety.

Haringey Borough 3  – 2  Brentwood Town       (Ryman League Division North)

Tony Ievoli’s Brentwood side once again were edged out late-on, this time by mid-table Haringey at Coles Park. Dean Fenton put the hosts ahead, before Andy Freeman levelled on-the-hour mark for Town. Two goals in a four-minute spell did for the visitors though, as Anthony MacDonald and Ralston Gabriel put Tom Loizou’s men 3-1 ahead. Returning hot-shot Lamar Reynolds got another back for the visitors late-on. How they need his goals at this point in time. Brentwood stay in 22nd place, six points from safety. Haringey stay 11th, just four points off the top five, having won their 7th consecutive home match here.

Thamesmead Town  2  –  1 Bowers & Pitsea       (Ryman League Division North)

Thamesmead came from behind to defeat Rob Small’s men at Bayliss Avenue. David Knight had put the visitors ahead six minutes before the break, but goals from Alex Teniola and Bode Anidugbe after the hour mark sealed the win for Tommy Warrilow’s side. Thamesmead rise to 14th place with this, their 8th win in their last ten league matches. Bowers fall two places to 5th.

 

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Billericay Town Fans’ Forum – as it happened

LIVE UPDATES: We’re at the Billericay Town Fans’ Forum at the New Lodge, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay.

Manager Craig Edwards, new owner Glenn Tamplin and new chairman Danny Groves will be chatting with fans about their plans for the club.

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There are well over 100 people in attendance – standing room only in the bar!

Glenn Tamplin has started by welcoming everyone present and said that Craig Edwards will answer questions too, including when he will get his first three points under the new ownership, which raised a big cheer!

GT explains he played for CE 20 years ago at Barkingside and he knows what it feels like to kick a football around with passion and be in a winning environment.

He says that the most important thing he can input into the club is not money but more a desire to build the club up at all levels.

GT says the new players haven’t gelled yet and every one needs to be patient.

The Colts (Youth team) and Ladies teams are very important to the new ethos of the club.

GT hopes to get 1,000 fans at matches every week and hopes to support all areas of the club and that they’ll support the club in return.

GT says that the club needs to be able to fund and pay for itself – so he is setting the club up to run as a business, and not reliant on his money.

GT went on to talk about his experiences in football and how he would run the club. He wants to make Billericay Town to be somewhere that the fans want to come.

He hopes to offer free admission to local schools and get local schoolchildren involved as mascots each week. He says that the club will dedicate a lot of time to disabled supporters – there will be charity fundraisers at the club in aid of disabled charities.

GT wants to get more youngsters through the doors.

He talked about his experience in business – said he has learned a lot.

A question from the ground – the ground isn’t very disabled-friendly at the moment, and will this be improved?

Danny says that a topographical survey is taking place next week to find out where improvements can be made.

GT said there will be major changes to the ground and access for the disabled will be improved. Drawings are being made at the moment.

Another comment from the fans – is the club doing more to publicise the games through the town?

GT mentioned that Phoenix FM is giving the club more publicity and the Echo is now increasing coverage. DG said that all marketing opportunities are being looked at.

GT said that more leaflets will be produced and asked if the fans can help to distribute them to help publicise the games.

A question from the fans – has the new ownership had any discussions with Basildon Borough Council?

GT says that there is only six months left on the lease at the ground and he will be visiting the council to talk about his plans to see what they will and won’t be happy with.

Another fan mentioned that a former chairman, Rod Moore, put in plans for a new stadium 20 years ago but they were rejected. GT says he will be thinking positively and will be constructive with the Council.

GT was asked if it would be possible to turn the whole pitch round. He said that they have already looked at this but the cost was prohibitive.

GT went on to talk about his strengths and weaknesses. He says he won’t take unnecessary risks. Money has already gone on new players and patience is needed. He stressed that he wants to make the club a community and a family.

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GT explained why he chose Billericay. The first reason was because Dagenham and Redbridge turned down his offer. He’d also spoken to Bishops Stortford but the deal wasn’t right for him. So there was an element of luck, but he is very happy at the set up at Billericay and feels fortunate that other offers did not go through.

GT then went on to outline his plans for the club.

GT says that clubs are definitely trying harder against Billericay now they have brought new players. However he says the club can still get in the playoffs and be the best side at the end of the season. He also hoped for a cup final this season too!

GT says that if plans go through, it will take 2 1/2 years to build the stadium he wants. He doesn’t see any reason why Billericay can’t be in the National League in 5 years and have a 6,000 seater stadium. He will open up facilities to attract new corporate sponsors too, which he feels Dagenham and Redbridge does well.

GT’s vision is 3 promotions in 5 years. He says it’s a lot to ask for but he wants to excel where the club has failed before. He repeated that at the end of that time the club has to run without GT and his wallet.

A question from the fans – will the club be building a 4G pitch as previously mentioned on Phoenix FM? GT said yes, he wants a pitch behind the ground, with new changing room and bar areas which the Colts and Ladies can use along with local schools. It could hopefully bring in more income.

GT says he will be looking for at least 40 more parking spaces with the new facilities.

Another fan asked the club thinks it could get 6,000 people to fill a stadium? GT says he believes the club can come up to 1,500 people a week. He says that he can build a bigger stadium due to his knowledge and resources in his existing steel business.

GT then asked the fans if he wants standing areas behind the goals to remain. The fans in the room were very strong in their support of keeping this.

GT asked if the food and drink should be improved? One fan asked if cards could be taken behind the bar – GT said this would be arranged. Another fan asked if lunches could be served on match days too, and GT said they would look at trialling this.

Another fan asked if Steve and Sharon Kent were still going to be involved in the club. GT said that they are welcome to continue their involvement at a different level if they want to be.

Another fan asked if floodlight bulbs could be purchased! DG said that this is in hand.

A fan asked if the TVs could be improved in the bar area with the introduction of Sky Sports. DG said that improvements will be made and would look into getting Sky back to keep them in the bar longer.

GT then spoke about what is currently under development.

– A new website, to include a forum and other developments to benefit the club

– A new Billericay Town FC logo, which would keep the old heritage but modernising the style. The Mayflower motif would stay. The fans would be presented with the old badge and four new designs by the end of January and fans would vote on their favourite

– A new slogan, to help the club and the fans be as one and get behind the community, players and supporters

– A mascot – which will involve supporters’ suggestions

Fans were asked for suggestions to the website and a number of fans were very complimentary of the unofficial site at btfcunofficial.wixsite.com/1880.

One fan asked if the New Crawdaddy Club would continue and GT said that events would remain an important part of the community feel of the club.

Some fans talked about the number of official and unofficial sites, Twitter accounts and so on. GT said he wants to unite the club and wants to talk to any fans who have issues with this regard.

GT wrapped up by asking for feedback at the following web address: www.billericaytownfc.co.uk/feedback

He said, “I look forward to this exciting challenge which I intend to make my ultimate goal for my family, colleagues, and those of this amazing club.”

GT then handed the floor to manager Craig Edwards.

He was immediately asked if he was confident that the players would succeed on the pitch.

CE said that the club has had a lot of new players come in recently. The club has also has its worst injury crisis in his time as manager, losing several key players to injury.

New players had to come in quickly as the squad was getting short. This coincided with GT’s introduction to the club – if GT had not come in, lower league players would have been recruited instead.

CE was very confident on Saturday but the club just had a bad day. He said it would settle down.

CE says that every year the club has to build a new side, and this wouldn’t happen in future as he hoped to keep the core of the club.

The cups are very important and the club aims to “win the league in the second half of the season” which would put BTFC in the playoffs.

One fan asked if the injured players would be part of the club’s plans and CE said the sooner the players come back, the better.

Another fan asked if the passion and commitment from players would continue and CE said he wants all players, no matter what level, continue to give everything they’ve got on the pitch.

CE was asked about player recruitment. He said that all of the players who had come in were good lads and the challenge was keeping players motivated who had dropped down a level to play at BTFC.

One fan asked if the side was settled now. CE said that if players didn’t have the desire to play at BTFC he has to let them go.

CE said he felt it was exciting times for the whole club. The club was on a dip in form but the team has quality players who want to play well and he expects them to bounce back.

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