Non-league football round-up

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 February 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 04 March 2010

FA TROPHY THIRD ROUND



Aldershot 3 Braintree Town 0

BRAINTREE bowed out of the FA Trophy at Blue Square Premier leaders Aldershot on Saturday.

Despite conceding three goals, the Essex side can be proud of their display against a side 36 places above them in the non-league pyramid.

FA TROPHY THIRD ROUND

Aldershot 3 Braintree Town 0

BRAINTREE bowed out of the FA Trophy at Blue Square Premier leaders Aldershot on Saturday.

Despite conceding three goals, the Essex side can be proud of their display against a side 36 places above them in the non-league pyramid.

The Hampshire side took the lead in the 17th minute when John Grant broke free and beat Morgan with a shot that went in off the far post.

Braintree had a fair share of the possession in the first half but created little threat in front of goal. However, with substitute Chris Sullivan on after the break, the Iron started to find holes in the Aldershot defence.

First Baker set Bradley Quinton free, but his low drive flew past the post, before Sullivan hit a sweet volley that came off the upright.

Braintree were made to rue these missed chance when Aldershot doubled their advantage after 55 minutes when Ben Harding unleashed an unstoppable strike from 25 yards.

Aldershot wrapped up the win after 85 minutes with a second goal from Grant after a mistake by Cousins left him clear on goal to steer a low shot past Morgan.

RYMAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

East Thurrock United 0 Chelmsford City 3

CHELMSFORD City have opened up a commanding 15-point gap at the top of the table after a thumping three-goal first-half performance at Rookery Hill buried the demons of past performances at the difficult venue.

Chelmsford opened the scoring after 21 minutes when man-of-the-match Jamie England's long-range strike was pushed away for a corner by keeper Shane Gore and, from the resulting flag kick, Bertie Brayley emerged six yards from goal to half-volley into the net.

City added to their lead just five minutes later through Brayley again when Gore sprinted from goal to collect a defensive header but could only get a glancing touch to the ball as it flew past him and into the path of the in-form front-man who simply tapped over the line.

The visitors made it 3-0 after 30 minutes, Stuart Ainsley brushing aside several defenders before hammering powerfully into the back of the net just inside the penalty box.

After the interval, the hosts were happy to restrict any further damage, while City were content with their existing deficit.

Billericay 3 Heybridge Swifts 2

HEYBRIDGE Swifts threw away a two-goal lead to lose against Billericay Town.

Despite being hit hard by numerous unavailable players, Heybridge took the lead after just two minutes when Adam Passfield hammered home after receiving his own rebound.

The dream start continued five minutes later when Stafford Browne converted a penalty after a foul on Gary Burrell.

Swifts continued to hold the upper hand and were denied a third goal when Browne's headed finish was foiled by an offside flag.

Inexplicably Swifts then began to resort to a long ball game and this allowed the home defence to control the game as gradually Billericay began to dominate possession.

The dangerous Bradley Woods-Garness was the host's key man and it was he that scored just before the interval after beating three defenders in a mazy run before rounding keeper Ollie Saunders.

Woods-Garness then equalised after 53 minutes with a fine free kick and the same man caused havoc after 65 minutes when he ghosted past McGowen to cross from the bye line for sub Semanshia to give the hosts the win.

RYMAN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE NORTH

Witham Town 2 Potters Bar 3

WITHAM Town were made to pay for their defensive mistakes in the first half as they lost to Potters Bar Town.

Nick Makay gave the visitors the lead after 13 minutes as he side footed over Stuart Crumpen.

After George Sifonios had gone close with a free kick for Potters Bar, they scored a second when a cross from Makay found Sam Adjokum who turned and scored another soft goal.

The visitors were now rampant and, just before half time, they scored a third when Junior Dadson shot fiercely past Crumpen after players of both teams had stopped playing, waiting for the ball to be kicked out as a player laid injured at the other end.

Witham improved somewhat after the break and Cody McDonald pulled one back in the 62nd minute with a tremendous volley.

After suffering some badly missed chances, Witham scored again when a corner went across the line after a goalmouth scramble, the goal later credited to Joe Smith.

Maldon Town 2 Tilbury 0

MALDON Town kept up their play-off hopes with victory over a brave Tilbury side.

The Essex side took the lead after six minutes when Lee Perry put over a perfect cross from the right for Kevin Hawes to head home his fourth goal in as many games.

Despite being close to the bottom of the league, Tilbury gave Maldon plenty of problems, but as the game progressed the hosts grew in confidence.

After three minutes of the second half Maldon were awarded a penalty when Steve Wareham was brought down by Danny Smith, however Wareham put the spot kick over the bar.

Tilbury never gave up and brought several good saves out of Maldon's Darren Gould, before the hosts increased the lead after 71 minutes.

James Robinson beat a number of men down the left and his final shot could only be parried out by the keeper straight to Lee Perry who finished off the move.

Edgware 3 Wivenhoe Town 1

WIVENHOE Town could not build upon their first away win of the season at Edgware Town.

The Dragons got off to the worst possible start when, in the second minute, keeper Trebes produced an appalling mis-kick that left Ngoyi with a simple finish.

Wivenhoe then worked their way back into it and were rewarded with a fine goal after 20 minutes when the impressive Eames set-up Flack for a 25-yard finish.

Ngoyi added a second for the hosts before the break, but Wivenhoe pushed on after the interval and forced several free kicks and corners.

The visitors' good work was undone in the 72nd minute when Wallace out-muscled Cole to give the hosts a highly flattering score line.

Ilford 0 AFC Sudbury 1

TITLE challengers AFC Sudbury struggled to beat a relegation-threatened Ilford side on Saturday.

In a match that seldom rose above mediocre, both sides found difficulty in putting together a decent pass on a very poor and uneven surface.

It was an hour before the boring spectacle produced any semblance of a chance, but that brought the only goal of the game, when Bacon gave Rowe the chance to get in a shot that although blocked, fell back to Rowe who shot home from close range.

After David Head had almost headed into his own net, Downer headed wide of the open goal after a mis-kick by Neil, and then Kayembe headed over from a mere five yards.

Bury Town 3 Enfield Town 0

A GOALKEEPING error and an own goal set Bury Town on their way to victory over Enfield Town.

Bury spurned a number of early chances and it took until the 31st minute for them to go ahead when Sam Reed's 25-yard strike slipped through Foster's fingers into the net.

The second period started as the first, with Bury well on top but unable to make it count, Sam and Luke Reed both missing good chances.

The second goal finally came after 82 minutes courtesy of the Enfield defence. A breakdown in communication between centre- back Simon Tickner and keeper Foster resulted in Tickner heading into his own net.

Bury made the game safe a minute later when Liam Barrett was on hand to stab home Sam Reed's low cross from close range to give them a well-deserved victory.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

King's Lynn Reserves 0 Needham Market 1

NEEDHAM Market extended their 20-match unbeaten run against a King's Lynn side that had only been defeated once at home this season.

Both teams struggled to find any consistency in their passing, Needham's first chance falling to Ben Cranfield whose effort was flicked onto the crossbar by Duncan McNally in the home goal.

Needham were getting on top as the half wore on and they took the lead on the stroke of half time when Craig Parker headed home a Danny Thrower corner.

The second half was very much the same as the first, with neither keeper being troubled.

King's Lynn did push forward but could not break down the resolute Needham defence where Rhys Barber and Richard Butler were outstanding.

Felixstowe & Walton 2 Histon Reserves 1

FELIXSTOWE & Walton held on for the win in this scrappy match against Histon Reserves.

Over the 90 minutes the home side just about deserved the points but for long periods the game was a non-event confined to the midfield.

Phillips added to his tally in the 13th minute, dispatching a penalty after being pulled back by Hipperson, but there was little action between that goal and the half-time whistle.

The home side had more purpose to their play at the start of the second half but they were caught out in the 56th minute when a long clearance allowed Blandford to calmly lift the ball over the advanced Crump from 35 yards to level the score.

The one piece of neat football from the home side came in the 74th minute when Phillips and Betson combined to set up Hetherington, who volleyed the ball into the roof of the Histon net from 12 yards.

Felixstowe's defence then had to work hard in the closing minutes to deny the visitors a second equaliser, with Webster seeing his effort rebound off the bar with eight minutes left.

Leiston 2 Lowestoft Town 0

LEISTON kept their unbeaten run for the year in tact with an entertaining win at Victory Road.

After an end-to-end start the home side drew first blood with a superb goal after 29 minutes. Saker released Allen down the right flank and his excellent cross was sweetly controlled by Crane before firing low to the left of the static Reynolds.

The Trawlerboys took the game to Leiston in the second period, with Woodrow hitting a post and then the bar. In between this, he also had a penalty brilliantly saved in the 67th minute by Stannard after Cunningham was adjudged to have fouled Godbold.

With the game evenly balanced Leiston were rewarded a penalty with four minutes remaining when Saunders tripped Manning and Cunningham drove his kick beyond Reynolds to secure the points.

Soham Town Rangers 2 Haverhill Rovers 0

HAVERHILL lost two games in a row for the first time in almost five months at Soham Town Rangers.

The opening goal came after nine minutes when, following a low ball in from the left of the area, Furnell slid in ahead of the Haverhill defence to put the ball past a full stretch Benstead.

The lead was eventually doubled in the 41st minute. Michael Simpson's saved effort was volleyed back into the area from Jimson and the keeper, already off balance from his first save, could only punch the ball onto the underside of his own crossbar and over the line.

Soham were reduced to 10 men after the break when Furnell was red carded for serious foul play in a challenge on Dan Pilcher. This numerical change did not alter the scope of the game tremendously, though, and Soham held on for the win.

Stanway 2 Ipswich Wanderers 2

STANWAY Rovers twice battled back from behind to secure a point against lowly Ipswich Wanderers.

A poor first half seemed to be dwindling to an end until a poor clearance from a cross fell perfectly for Danny Smy to smash home on the volley to give Wanderers the lead at the break.

Rovers flew into the second half and were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute, however Angelo Harrop saw his spot kick saved by Gary Hammond.

Stanway did draw level in the 61st minute though, Mark Gaisford towering above everyone in the box to head home for the second week running.

Both sides attacked freely after the goal and it was Wanderers who retook the lead when Darius Laws saw his shot deflect in past Michael Church.

Rovers threw men forward in the search of an equaliser and it came when a long clearance from Church allowed Sam Newson to round the keeper and pass into the open net.

Harwich & Parkeston 2 Swaffham 2

HARWICH & Parkeston twice came from behind to grab a point against Swaffham.

The deadlock was broken in the 30th minute, Ashley St John keeping his head when through on goal to round Wootten and stroke the ball into an empty net.

Harwich scored the equaliser minutes before the break, Matt Carmichael taking full advantage of a mix up in the Swaffham defence to send a fierce shot past the outstretched keeper.

Harwich were the more creative side in the second half, but it was the visitors that regained the lead with a rapier offensive which culminated in Doherty firing home from 18 yards low into the net.

Wootten then kept Harwich in touch with the Norfolk outfit with an amazing series of saves from a melee in the area, the last of which sent the ball inches over the bar.

The hosts were rewarded for their persistence in chasing the game ten minutes from time, Scott Page beating Norris from close range.

Woodbridge Town 3 Mildenhall Town 1

WOODBRIDGE'S Allicion Blake created a goal on his return from long-term injury in a comfortable victory over Mildenhall Town. The hosts opened the scoring after half an hour when Nash, put clear by Hart's through ball, coolly placed his shot wide of Nower.

Campbell should have equalised just before the break but his shot, when one-on-one with Garnham, was weak and wide. Seconds later a fine effort from Hughes crashed against the crossbar.

Woodbridge were two up after 52 minutes when Churchyard passed across the area to Seaman, who beat the keeper at his near post from six yards.

The highlight of an uneventful following 20 minutes was when Woodbridge's top scorer from last season, Allicion Blake, returned from a long injury to replace Seaman.

Blake was the provider as Woodbridge sealed the points with three minutes remaining, finding Nash, who shot low into the corner of the goal.

Substitute Baillie scored a consolation for the visitors with the final kick of the game.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Saffron Walden 0 Tiptree Utd 3

TABLE-TOPPERS Tiptree United put in one of their best performances of the season to inflict the first home league defeat since October, 2006, on a shell-shocked Saffron Walden.

The visitors took a deserved lead in the 12th minute when a long clearance from Darren Smith found Tommy Noble on the left and he squared the ball the ball inside to Jamie Arlick who drove a left- foot shot into the corner of the net from 15 yards.

Tiptree increased their lead after 39 minutes when a cross from the right by Ward was flicked on by Tommy English and Lee Owen bravely got his head to the ball in front of a defender's boot to loop the ball over the retreating Pledger in the home goal.

The home side started the second half in a more determined manner but Tiptree's defence was being superbly marshalled by Liam White and Neil Shade.

After 77 minutes Lewin Ward's run from the half-way line was ended when he was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and English curled the free kick around the wall and into the net.

Halstead 3 Fakenham 0

HALSTEAD moved up to third spot in the table after completing the double over Fakenham by exactly the same score in the reverse fixture.

The Essex side gave a debut to Colchester United youngster Jamie Wright, but he unfortunately hobbled off soon after half time following a first half knock.

Despite this setback, it was a comfortable victory for the home side, defender Tom Austin opening the scoring in spectacular fashion after six minutes when he took a Stuart Fergus pass and cracked home a splendid 25 yarder.

Halstead had most of the possession throughout, but never took a firm grip on the game until top scorer Chris Bryan struck twice in ten minutes.

Just after the hour Ross Barton wriggled through to set up Bryan to fire home, the scorer was then fouled by keeper Stockdale after being cleverly freed by Saunders and he got up to net his 19th of the season from the spot.

FC Clacton 1 March Town Utd 1

FC CLACTON and March Town United shared the points in this relatively uninspiring match.

A dour first half saw the two sides go into the break goalless, Clacton keeper Craig Rulton making two smart saves in the opening period.

The second period offered a little more entertainment and more importantly goals. The Seasiders opened the scoring after 58 minutes thanks to Sean Hillier's first goal of the season.

The visitors pulled level with a goal from an acute angle from Luke Pepper, who got his right foot around a deep free kick to score across Rulton.

Debenham LC 1 Whitton United 2

CHRIS Williams took his tally to six in the last four starts against Debenham as his brace of goals inside the opening 20 minutes consigned the Hornets to their first home league defeat of the season. It took Williams just four minutes to outpace the home defence and slot the ball past keeper Craig Ellis.

His second didn't come with the same grace, Duane Wright's shot was parried by Ellis and Williams was in the right place to ungainly bundle the ball across the line.

Jamie Abbott's excellent free kick brought Debenham back into the match and, with Whitton controlling the midfield, Abbott's set pieces were the main threat to the visitors.

Kevin Inglis showed his own prowess from a dead-ball situation in smacking the Debenham crossbar, but it was Abbott who almost rescued an undeserved point with the perfect delivery onto the head of substitute Stuart Jopling. However, his flashing header went wide.

Cornard United 1 Stowmarket Town 2

STOWMARKET Town picked up three vital points to maintain their push away from the relegation zone.

After chances for both sides, Stowmarket broke the deadlock after 32 minutes when, from a Dellar corner, the ball bounced around the penalty area until Cracknell fired home.

Cornard, second from bottom having played five games more than those around them, forced an equaliser when Proske and Thorne combined for the latter to score.

Stowmarket had the ideal start to the second half when Leys headed home on his knees following a superb cross from Dellar.

Both Ward and Dellar should have increased the visitors' advantage, but both players missed their chances when well positioned.

Stowmarket then had keeper Charters to thank for when he dived full length to tip a stinging shot from Lawson around a post.

Stowmarket then finished the stronger, with substitute Bernard hitting the woodwork.

Downham 1 Hadleigh 1

HADLEIGH held on for a point in this match between two of the division's promotion hopefuls.

The visitors were on top early on and they duly took the lead when leading goalscorer Payne lobbed the keeper for a fine goal after 24 minutes.

However, two minutes later a defensive error allowed Kavanagh in for the equaliser.

Downham grew stronger as the game progressed and, in the second half, Hadleigh keeper Whitwell and the woodwork stopped Downham increasing their score.

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