Non-league football round-up

PUBLISHED: 13:30 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 04 March 2010


Hayes & Yeading 3 Braintree Town 3

BRAINTREE Town secured a precious point in a dramatic game packed full of incident.

An incredible game not only produced six goals, but also eight yellow cards, two red cards, three penalties and an amazing 13 minutes of time added on.


Hayes & Yeading 3 Braintree Town 3

BRAINTREE Town secured a precious point in a dramatic game packed full of incident.

An incredible game not only produced six goals, but also eight yellow cards, two red cards, three penalties and an amazing 13 minutes of time added on.

The controversy started in the 23rd minute when Braintree appeals for handball in the box were turned down and, on the counter attack, Hayes were awarded a spot kick following an Ian Cousins foul and Staforde Palmer cleanly tucked it away.

Braintree drew level 10 minutes later through a penalty of their own, captain Bradley Quinton stepping up to send Hayes' Italian shot-stopper Alessio de Angelis the wrong way.

However, on the stroke of half time Braintree again found themselves behind after poor defending let Keiran Knight in to fire Hayes back in front with a rising drive.

Braintree pulled level again two minutes into the second half courtesy of yet another Quinton penalty after a high ball into the area was handled by Hayes captain Saroya.

Plucky Hayes went back in front on the hour after long ball out of defence caught Braintree out and Knight fired past the exposed Morgan from 25 yards.

With tempers fraying the referee sent off two Hayes players after this, Peter Collins dismissed for a clumsy challenge on James Hawes before Ollie Fayed soon followed after hauling down Chris Sullivan.

Braintree poured forward in search of an equaliser against the nine men and were rewarded in the 93rd minute when defender Ryan Moran fired home from 25 yards


Chelmsford City 1 Ramsgate 1

CHELMSFORD City finally confirmed the title and promotion to the Blue Square South with this point against Ramsgate.

The Essex side had to come from behind to seal the vital point, play-off chasers Ramsgate taking the lead after 13 minutes when Stuart Vahid got in-between two defenders before blasting home.

However, after Vahid hit the far post with a header, Chelmsford equalised through Kezie Ibe in the 38th minute. A superb ball cut through the visiting defence to Chris Duffy on the left wing who provided the low centre which was converted at the near post.

After the interval, around ten minutes into play, incredible chances were missed at both ends. Steven Clark barged Dean Hill over in the box to give away a penalty that could have put Ramsgate back in front had Danny Gay not got down brilliantly to his right to save Lee Minshull's penalty.

Within minutes at the other end, Bertie Brayley did all the hard work when being put through on goal and dragged the ball round keeper Paul Wilkerson but amazingly he stabbed onto the post with an open goal in front of him.

Margate 5 Heybridge Swifts 4

HEYBRIDGE Swifts have dropped into the relegation zone after losing by the odd goal in nine at Margate.

After an early strike 25-yard strike by Margate's Ryan Martin was cancelled out by a superb Dave Wareham free-kick, the hosts regained the lead through James Pinnock before Swifts' leading scorer Stafford Browne forced the ball to again level the scores.

Margate regained the lead once again through Pinnock after 55 minutes before he completed his hat-trick after 75 minutes.

The Kent side then added a fifth goal through Jimmy Jackson. However, Heybridge staged a late fight back when Sean Marks headed home in the 80th minute.

Colchester United loanee Tom Devaux scored three minutes later but despite Swifts pushing on in search of a remarkable equaliser it was not to be for the Essex side.


Wingate & Finchley 2 AFC Sudbury 2

AFC Sudbury missed a chance to close the gap on league-leaders Dartford as they were held to a draw by lowly Wingate & Finchley.

Despite taking a first-half lead Sudbury looked jaded following their midweek Isthmian Cup final penalty defeat and in the end it required a second half equaliser to record a point.

After Ellis had missed an early chance for the home side, Bethell opened the scoring for AFC by forcing home Simon Head's low cross after King had parried Simpson's shot.

Wingate equalised after the break when Batt stooped to head home Gershfield's free kick at the near post before a calamitous mistake by Neil gifted the hosts the lead when he dallied on Wardley's back pass allowing Batt to angle the ball home for his second.

Smith then came to the rescue, turning smartly on to Boardley's long throw to drive the ball low past King, before Bethell almost snatched the winner when he volleyed David Head's cross against the bar.

Maldon Town 1 Northwood 1

MALDON Town's play-off hopes took a serious knock with this draw against Northwood.

The visitors started the game stronger than the home team, but they were held at bay by some drastic defending and some great saves by Darren Gould in the Maldon goal.

Northwood finally took the lead after 23 minutes when James Robinson was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area and Sean Sonner netted from the spot.

Maldon then came back into the game and were rewarded for their perseverance when Matt Cutchey met Robinson's cross at the near post.

Maldon had two penalty appeals downed down in the second half as they pushed everyone forward in search of the winner, however Northwood goalkeeper Mitch Swain was always on hand to tidy up his defence's good work.

Bury Town 1 Canvey Island 0

BURY moved to within a point of the play-off positions after this hard-fought victory over a useful Canvey Island side.

Bury started well and, in a lively opening period, could have gone ahead when first Steve Bugg shot straight at the keeper from close range before Sam Reed twice fired over from good positions.

The visitors came back strongly towards the end of the first half and Dean Greygoose did well to cut out a dangerous cross shot from Curran.

Defences were generally in control throughout the second half but the deadlock was finally broken with 10 minutes remaining when, following a sharp break down the right, Bugg's long floated cross was headed home at the far post by Reed.

Canvey staged a late rally, but despite one or two scares around the home box, the Bury defence held firm to record a very important victory.

Witham Town 4 Waltham Forest 1

WITHAM Town ended a run of five games without a win with victory over lowly Waltham Forest.

The Essex side took the lead after seven minutes when Joe Smith and shot past Roberto Gagliard La Gala. However, Joel Etienne-Clarke equalised just before the break after hesitation in the Witham defence.

Home keeper Ryhs Madden made a great save at the start of the second half before his side took control.

Cody Macdonald shot past the advancing keeper in the 51st minute before Joe Smith fired into the empty net after the keeper had blocked a shot from Michael Towner.

Macdonald completed the scoring with an unstoppable shot after more good work by Smith.

Wivenhoe Town 1 Arlesey Town 0

WIVENHOE Town kept alive their faint hopes of avoiding relegation with this win over Arlesey.

The Dragons started well as Woodcock had five chances in the first half hour to get onto the score sheet, the best when he forced Robinson into a full length save.

Woodcock's strike partner Adam Hampson went very close with a header and was also unlucky when he chipped the advancing keeper.

Wivenhoe eventually took a deserved lead in the 50th minute when Hampson had a shot blocked and Hibbs managed to head the ball home the rebound.

The hosts then saw the game out in reasonably comfortable fashion.


Kirkley & Pakefield 1 Harwich & Parkeston 2

HARWICH & Parkeston nicked a late winning goal against the run of play to beat Kirkley & Pakefield. The Essex side took the lead after 23 minutes when Scott Page to put the ball past keeper Pauling after Gino Defoe's run and pass.

Kirkley pulled level two minutes later when Nathan Stone headed into the back of the net from a Stockeld corner, while two reflex saves by the Harwich keeper kept the scores level at half time.

Harwich got on top for the first quarter of the second period before Kirkley dictated the remainder of the game, Dawson seeing a shot saved by the keeper's legs and also firing a shot onto the top of the crossbar.

Lee Hunter also hit the side netting as Kirkley were well in the ascendancy, however five minutes from time Harwich's Jimmy Chatters was allowed to run and shoot into the far corner of the net to give Harwich the win.

Needham Mkt 2 King's Lynn Res 1

NEEDHAM Market moved into second place with this scrappy win over King's Lynn Reserves.

The title-chasing Suffolk side had to come from behind though after captain Dan Buhlemann fired the visitors in front after 26 minutes when his 35-yard free kick found the top corner. Needham equalised 10 minutes later when Joby Thorogood received Nathan Szyszlyk's pass and fired in off the crossbar from 25 yards.

With the wind keeping football to a minimum, home keeper Liam Jones made a brilliant save from Alex Vincent to keep the scores level. Szyszlyk fired home well from distance soon afterwards to seal a vital three points for Needham and keep his side 10 points behind league-leaders Soham with five games in hand.

Wroxham 1 Haverhill Rovers 2

HAVERHILL Rovers ended their four-game losing streak with a shock win at title-chasers Wroxham.

The away side took the lead after three minutes when Paul Shaw, playing his first game in 17 months following a back injury, headed home Marc Abbott's free kick at the near post.

This lead was cancelled out in the 56th minute when Danny White calmly placed the ball wide of goalkeeper Jamie Smith and into the bottom left corner of the net.

What proved to be the winning goal came eight minutes later when Abbott's corner was headed into the air at the near post by home defender Gavin Pauling, with Andy Key back-heading into his own bottom right corner under pressure from Marcus Hunt.

Wroxham then had a golden opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty in the 77th minute, however Smith got down well to save Gary Gilmore's spot kick.

Leiston 1 Swaffham Town 1

A LATE header from Judd Chenery earned Leiston a fourth successive draw in a volatile clash at Victory Road.

Visitors Swaffham, fighting for their Premier League lives, took a ninth-minute lead when Harper was allowed to control a deep free kick and pick his spot from 10 yards.

Leiston were somewhat unnerved by the visitors' robust tactics yet amazingly just the one booking ensued over the 90 minutes despite some zealous challenges. The home side produced a brighter second half display and, after missing three half-chances, levelled after 85 minutes when Chenery powered home Cunningham's corner.

Felixstowe & Walton United 0 Lowestoft Town 1

FA VASE finalists Lowestoft Town gained ground on Felixstowe & Walton United thanks to two controversial second half decisions.

In a goalless first half, Bloomfield cleared off the line in the 28th minute to deny the visitors, while Crump saved from King and Rix held Frost's shot.

The home side had the better of the second half possession but failed to turn it into clear-cut chances and in the end saw the points slip away through two crucial refereeing decisions. Frost's corner looked to have put Felixstowe in front but he saw his effort ruled out by the referee before, in the 78th minute, Howlett was penalised when he looked to have won the ball cleanly and from the resultant free kick Ali McKenna fired past Crump.

Woodbridge Town 2 Norwich United 2

A FULL-length diving save by Marcus Garnham four minutes into injury time denied Norwich United striker Paul Atkins' volley from snatching all three points for the visitors.

A share of the spoils was a fair reflection of a game in which Norwich stormed into the lead inside the opening minute when Steve Shipley's shot from the edge of the area deflected off Ben Miller and looped over Garnham.

The visitors were the better side in the opening period but were unable to add to their lead before they too were similarly caught cold straight from the restart. A good passing move down the right wing ended with Simon Peddie crossing low into the box and Craig Roberts, under pressure from Woodbridge striker Lee O'Neill, got the final touch for an own goal.

O'Neill was replaced soon after following a clash of heads and within three minutes substitute Paul Hart finished well with a shot across Matthew Hill to put the home side ahead. They held the lead until six minutes from time when Nathan Page's cross saw Atkins arrive at the far post to side-foot home.

Walsham-le-Willows 1 Wisbech Town 2

WALSHAM-le-Willows went down to a goal in each half against Wisbech Town.

Wisbech had gone close to scoring on three occasions early on before they finally took the lead in the 20th minute when a Jimson long throw, which caused big problems in the Walsham defence throughout, found Darren Eady who turned and lobbed Bugg with ease.

Walsham went close through Deeks, who rattled a post with a stinging drive, and Musgrove at the start of the second half, while Bugg saved well at Eady's feet. The Suffolk side drew level through a great free kick from Deeks, however a bad mistake by Gooderham allowed Smith a clear run at goal and he beat Bugg with aplomb for what proved to be the winner.

Ipswich Wanderers 1 Dereham Town 3

IPSWICH Wanderers remain in the bottom three after they were made to pay for a poor second half performance. The hosts played well in the first half and, although Harris hit a post for Dereham, Wanderers led at the break courtesy of a McGlone goal, the striker outpacing his marker and slotting home after 25 minutes.

Dereham equalised soon after the break through Willis before, in a moment of madness, Wanderers' Jennings was sent off for aggressive play. Five minutes later Beaumont put Dereham into the lead as they broke in numbers and, with Dereham continuing to press, they sealed the win in the final minute when Abselin's header crept into the top corner.


Godmanchester Rovers 1 Tiptree United 4

TIPTREE United are now just two points away from confirming the title after victory at Godmanchester.

The visitors took the lead after eleven minutes when a corner from Lee Owen was headed home by Richard Manning, although home skipper Nicky Hurst seemed to get the final touch.

The Essex side extended their lead after 14 minutes when, from an Owen free kick, Rhys Darg rose above a static defence to place his header into the far corner of the net.

Godmanchester reduced the deficit in their first meaningful attack after 34 minutes when Fenton was allowed too much space on the right and his cross to the near post was headed home from close range by the unmarked Lee Boon.

The game swung back in Tiptree's favour after 38 minutes when Lewin Ward was adjudged to have been brought down in the area by Brierley and Tom English fired home the resultant penalty.

Tiptree remained comfortably in control of the game and increased their lead after 73 minutes when Gary Wright coolly lobbed the ball over the advancing Armitage.

Thetford 0 Halstead 2

FIRST-half goals by Danny Rochester and skipper Steve Day enabled Halstead to complete the double over Thetford at Mundford Road.

Early Halstead pressure was rewarded after 14 minutes when Rochester won and scored a delightful free kick from the edge of the box.

Thetford raised their game for a spell but, with half time fast approaching, Daly dispatched a cross from the right for gaol number two.

Thetford began to gain in stature after the break but found the Halstead defence in fine form.

FC Clacton 1 Diss Town 4

FC CLACTON were comfortably beaten by promotion hopefuls Diss Town.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the final minutes of the first half when a corner from the right was headed over keeper Rulton and into the net by Norman.

Dan Smith came close to drawing Clacton level three minutes into the second period but found the side netting and five minutes later the visitors scored a second. Matt Ryland had acres of space on the left and his cross was turned home by North.

Eight minutes from time Luke Catchpole sent a header downwards and past Rulton for his side's third before another header saw a fourth goal for Diss as Ben Deacon was left totally unmarked in injury time.

There was still time for a consolation goal when Sean Hillier's off target shot was deflected past Hilton by Diss defender Josh Hull.

Saffron Walden Town 1 Hadleigh United 0

HADLEIGH United's promotion ambitions took a blow as their awful record against Saffron Walden Town continued with an injury time loss.

Hadleigh, who are now just a point ahead of fourth place, have now failed to beat Saffron Walden in all nine of their Ridgeons League meetings. Saffron Walden had dominated most of the play in the first half before the tables were turned after the break when Hadleigh camped in their opponents' half.

Despite this, Tommy Bouchart fired in the only goal of the match deep in injury time to move his side to within three points of Hadleigh and the promotion places.

Debenham LC 6 Downham 0

DEBENHAM LC demolished Downham to equal their biggest win of the season.

The Suffolk side are now just three points away from the promotion places with a game in hand on the teams around them.

Defender Mark Powling set the Hornets on their way, scoring after John Farrell's initial shot had been blocked before a three-goal burst leading up to the interval made it a comfortable afternoon for Mel Aldis' team.

Warren Taylor-Holt grabbed a second following a mistake by the visitors' keeper then forwards Ian Gedny and Stuart Jopling both netted in clinical fashion.

The Hornets eased off in the second period but still equalled their highest score of the season as Powling and Gedny both completed their braces.

Whitton Utd 7 Fakenham Town 1

WHITTON United once again beat lowly Fakenham Town by six goals to take the mid-table side's goal difference to the fourth-best in the division.

The hosts went ahead after 12 minutes when Martin Fenwick headed past his own keeper before Oliver Canfer slotted home an Anton Clarke free kick to double the lead.

Fakenham halved the deficit after the break, Julian Delicata turning in a cross from Connolly to give the visitors a glimmer of hope, before a Ronaldo Wright strike and a Chris Williams bullet header put the hosts firmly back in control.

Fakenham's slim hopes were finally extinguished when keeper Stockdale landed badly and had to be taken away in an ambulance, with Nicky Haynes taking on the gloves.

Whitton's Sam Banya chipped in from close range before Leon Ottley-Gooch completed the rout deep into stoppage time with a screamer that threatened to break the net.

Stowmarket Town 1 March Town United 1

STOWMARKET Town extended their unbeaten run to six games with a draw against March Town.

March went ahead after four minutes when a challenge by Austen King on striker Lee White was controversially deemed a penalty. Lee Pepper's spot kick was turned around a post by Ross Charters. However the referee ordered a retake for Charters moving off his line and Pepper scored at the second attempt.

A confident-looking March side should have doubled their lead but Bate headed well wide from an unmarked position, while White hit the crossbar when it looked easier to score.

Stowmarket introduced substitutes Sharp and Bernard in their bid to equalise and the move paid immediate dividends when Sharp's shot was tipped around a post.

From the resulting corner, Beeney crossed for James Ward to head home.

Long Melford 2 Great Yarmouth 2

LONG Melford recorded their first point in 13 games thanks to a classy stoppage-time equaliser.

The visitors dominated early on before Melford slowly came back into things.

Melford surged at the Yarmouth goal after the break but fell behind against the run of play when Thompson hooked the ball back into box from a half-cleared corner and Roach headed home.

A spirited Melford levelled when a poor clearance found Brind and he hit home hard and low from 20 yards.

Minutes from time it looked like heartbreak time for Melford when keeper Croll uncharacteristically missed his punch on the edge of the box and Roach had a simple task to head into the net.

However, Melford did not give up and after a good move Manser crossed from the left, Grindrod headed back to the far post and Chisholm volleyed home.

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