Non-league football round-up

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 November 2007 | UPDATED: 13:49 04 March 2010

IMPROVING Braintree Town moved to within two points of the play-off zone in Blue Square South thanks to a 3-0 win at Sutton United on Saturday, while Chelmsford City opened up a three-point gap at the top of the Ryman League Premier Division after beating Ashford Town 4-0.

IMPROVING Braintree Town moved to within two points of the play-off zone in Blue Square South thanks to a 3-0 win at Sutton United on Saturday, while Chelmsford City opened up a three-point gap at the top of the Ryman League Premier Division after beating Ashford Town 4-0. There was a victory for Maldon over Bury in Ryman League Division One North while AFC Sudbury lost their unbeaten home record in the same division.

BLUE SQUARE SOUTH

Sutton United 0 Braintree Town 3

BRAINTREE Town moved to within two points of the play-off zone with a comfortable win over rock-bottom Sutton United.

Despite the hosts having a new manager and several fresh loan signings, the Iron went out and dominated from start to finish.

With only eight minutes on the clock Louis Riddle was brought down by Sutton debutant Bryan Glover who was shown a straight red card and, within minutes, Chris Sullivan nodded home from close range to give Braintree the lead.

It took an hour before Town could double their advantage, a fine run and drive by Mark Jones out on the left ending with Sutton's Craig Tanner turning into his own net.

Leon Archer came off the bench to finish off a poor Sutton side with a fine individual goal, bursting clear before calmly shooting low past Wilson.

RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Chelmsford City 4 Ashford Town (Middlesex) 0

CHELMSFORD City opened up a three-point gap at the top of the table following a fine win over Middlesex's Ashford Town.

The Essex side went into the break a single goal up courtesy of Jeff Minton's penalty after John Palmer's cross had been handled after half an hour.

The Clarets then killed the game off rapidly after half time, scoring three times in 10 minutes.

Within two minutes of the restart for the second period the superb Ricky Holmes drove inside from the right and set loan striker James Lawson away to double Chelmsford's advantage.

Almost straight afterwards, debutant and ex-Conference player Oliver Berquez was involved as Ainsley swung in an accurate cross from the right and Lawson volleyed home from close range.

Holmes got on the scoresheet himself after 55 minutes, finishing from close range after Jon Keeling's strike had been parried by goalkeeper Craig Ross.

RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH

Maldon Town 2 Bury Town 1

MALDON Town recorded an impressive victory over Bury Town on Saturday.

Despite keeper Darren Gould being unavailable and Ollie Berquez having left for Chelmsford City, Maldon went ahead after six minutes when a cross from Ross Parmenter was headed home at the far post by Steve Wareham.

Harry Laskonski was deputising well between the sticks. However he was finally beaten after 26 minutes when a penalty given for handball was duly put away by Lee Smith.

Maldon regained the lead just before the break though, Wareham grabbing his second.

The second half saw Maldon produce some of the best football that they have played this season, some fine defensive work stopping Wayne Purser and James Robinson increasing the lead.

Witham Town 1 Tilbury 0

WITHAM Town ended Tilbury's six-game unbeaten run thanks to a single first-half goal.

The winning goal came in the 11th minute when Kevin Hawes's header towards goal was headed in by Phil Goodwin from close range.

Tilbury, who had drawn seven of their 11 league games prior to this match, fought back as Luke Stanley hit the cross bar and Danny Smith hit the upright. Witham had the better of the second half exchanges as they held on to their lead.

AFC Sudbury 1 Northwood 3

A WOEFUL performance by AFC Sudbury saw them surrender their unbeaten home record on Saturday.

After neither keeper had been seriously tested in the first half, Northwood were then gifted the lead after the break when Munson carried a tame shot from Buchanan into his own net.

Buchanan then went on to seal his hat-trick, first beating two defenders before shooting low into the corner of the net, before shooting home powerfully on the run moments later.

Heath swept home a low cross from Driver for a consolation goal two minutes from time.

Enfield Town 2 Wivenhoe Town 0

WIVENHOE Town produced an improved performance under new manager Richard Carter. The Dragons didn't look out of place against one of the promotion favourites Enfield Town, but yet again slipped to defeat.

The hosts broke the deadlock after 78 minutes, ex-Wivenhoe player Dave Bastian scoring with a superb header, before Macona's spectacular shot sealed the win.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Needham Market 2 Dereham 1

NEEDHAM Market laboured to victory over Dereham to remain top of the league by a single point.

Dereham looked lively at the start, but it was Needham who took the lead when a wonderful Scott Wark pass to Jason Evans saw the latter cross for Tom Smith to score.

The visitors deservedly drew level when Danny Beaumont's cross was headed in by Sam Willis.

Needham's expected second half revival did not materialise, but they still managed to grab a winner in the 83rd minute when Richard Butler headed in James Evans' corner.

Haverhill Rovers 4 Harwich & Parkeston 1

HAVERHILL made it five wins in their six-game unbeaten run as their downed Harwich & Parkeston.

The hosts took the lead after 40 minutes, Colin Vowden reacting first to finish a rebound.

The lead was doubled eleven minutes after the break, a through ball by Marc Abbott setting up Sam Green to fire across the diving Wooten and into the bottom left corner.

Haverhill scored again in the 63rd minute through a neat finish by Joe Harvey and, although Harwich's Scott Page side-footed into the net after 86 minutes, Adam Ben-Saud scored Haverhill's fourth two minutes into added time.

Felixstowe & Walton United 2 Walsham-le-Willows 2

FELIXSTOWE & Walton were denied late once again as Walsham-le-Willows came back from two goals down to steal a point.

The hosts controlled the opening half, Danny Phillips giving his side the lead with a low finish in the 40th minute following good build-up play.

Walsham had the better of the early stages of the second half. However, Phillips scored again after 72 minutes, drilling home after a neat through ball by Scopes.

The lead was halved when George saw Cudworth off his line and hit a speculative effort over him from fully 50 yards into the net. It was then all Walsham and Musgrove duly followed up his own saved shot to equalise in stoppage time.

King's Lynn Reserves 6 Leiston 1

TEN-MAN Leiston conceded six against King's Lynn Reserves on Saturday.

By the time Leiston striker Lee McGlone was sent-off in the first half, the visitors trailed 2-0 thanks to goals from Spriggs and Heath-Preston.

Nicholls then added a third, J Defty headed a fourth, before substitute Roach pulled one back.

Heath-Preston scored his second from the spot, before Stanley missed another penalty. In the closing stages the league's leading scorer Heath-Preston completed his hat-trick to end a gloomy afternoon for managerless Leiston.

Kirkley & Pakefield 2 Ipswich Wanderers 1

KIRKLEY & Pakefield came from a goal behind to beat a stubborn Ipswich Wanderers side.

Having missed a comparatively easy chance in front of goal, Ronaldo Wright atoned for his error after 32 minutes when he guided a shot home inside the box.

Wanderers drew level just four minutes later when a good move saw Jordon Blyth finish off neatly.

Kirkley & Pakefield took the lead after 63 minutes, Stokeld curling home a 20-yard free-kick.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION

Diss Town 1 Saffron Walden 0

A LATE goal from top scorer Mark Angel secured three valuable points for Diss.

After an even first period, Michael Hilton produced a fingertip save to prevent Zac Collins from giving the visitors the lead in the 54th minute.

Chances then petered out and a share of the spoils seemed certain until substitute Gavin Norman crashed an angled drive against the post and Angel calmly side footed home the rebound after 86 minutes.

Ely City 3 Stowmarket Town 1

ELY City weathered an early Stowmarket storm to complete a comeback win.

Having taken the lead in the fourth minute through Tourney-Godfrey, Stowmarket proceeded to batter down the Ely City door for 15 minutes without scoring.

Ely City forced an equaliser against the run of play, the towering Beech bulleting home a header.

The hosts took over in the second half and took the lead after 55 minutes when, from another free kick, Beech hammered his shot past Charters.

Ten minutes later, Beech completed his hat-trick by crashing home Mason's drilled pass.

Debenham LC 1 Hadleigh United 0

HADLEIGH United slipped to a single-goal defeat at Debenham LC.

The visitors will have been disappointed to have not at least taken a point after missing a host of chances, Ben Goodchild twice heading wide when well placed in the second half.

It looked as if the Hornets would hold out for a point, but they ended up taking all three thanks to Stuart Jopling latching onto a loose ball to shoot beyond Luke Whitwell seven minutes from time.

Fakenham 0 Halstead 3

HALSTEAD eased to victory over basement side Fakenham on Saturday.

The Essex side dominated from the start against a side with only two points to their name this season. Halstead duly took the lead after 30 minutes when Paul Abrahams fired home, before Abrahams set-up Chris Bryan for goal number two.

It was again one-way traffic for most of the second half, but the visitors had to wait until five minutes from time to increase their tally, substitute Carl Metson crossing for Abraham to slide home.

Tiptree United 2 Long Melford 0

TIPTREE United completed their first double of the season with victory over Long Melford.

Former Jam Makers keeper Floyd Croll kept the dominant home side at bay until the 59th minute when Ian Nimmo placed a well-directed shot into the top right-hand corner.

Despite their superiority, Tiptree failed to press home their advantage until the 74th minute when Luke Webster finished off a rebound.

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