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Matchday Report for Saturday 04.01.2020

  • 05/01/20
  • By Brian Rowe
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Matchday Report

Report for Week Ending Saturday 04.01.2020

Football returned this week for the Colchester and East Essex Football League teams after the Christmas and New Year break with six scheduled League matches. However only five took place, as Tiptree Engaine ‘A’ had a walk over against Stoke by Nayland due to Stoke being unable to raise a side.

Of the matches that did get played, leaders Oyster Reserves were away in the Mersea Island derby to their mid table hosts Mersea Island Reserves, and duly won 5-1 after leading 2-1 at the break increasing their lead at the top to five points. On the Oyster score sheet it was Dominic Mosses with a brace, Ashley Jackson, Aaron Perkins and Ethan Ward. Reece Fulwood was the target man for Mersea. Second placed Sporting Rebels were away at another mid table side Ramsey & Mistley Reserves in a match played at Furze Hills, Mistley, but crashed to a 3-0 defeat, dropping to third in the process; as the former fifth placed side, the Ramsey & Mistley 1st XI at home at Ramsey Recreation Ground entertaining third from bottom Parkeston Welfare Park, eased to a 4-1 victory and jumped into second spot in another local derby. Ramsey took a 1-0 lead early and added a second two minutes before the break. Parkeston pulled a goal back with the goal of the game from Daniel Tweed hitting home from fully forty yards. Parkeston, riding their luck with some last ditch defending and goalkeeping kept the score line down, however, Ramsey added two more goals in the second period to run out the 4-1 winners.

The former third placed side, Langham Lodgers were away at second from bottom Tollesbury Reserves but were held to a 2-2 draw, with both of the Tollesbury goals being Langham own goals.

In the other game fourth placed Abbey Fields were away at bottom side Stanway Athletic Reserves, and in an even game it was the rejuvenated Stanway side that a took a sixteenth minute lead through new signing Carl Gordon, who turned home a scrappy goal following a goal mouth scramble from a corner. However, they only held onto this lead for a minute before Rhys Callely crashed the ball home from a left-wing cross, to bring the scores back level. Stanway deservedly went 2-1 up on thirty-seven minutes with a well-placed Samuel Hunt shot from inside the six-yard area, after previously having had a shot cleared of the line and another that hit the cross bar. Abbey pulled the score line back level once more three minutes from the break when Joseph Durbridge ran through the Stanway defence to shoot home. With both sides cancelling each other out and failing to add to the score line, it looked as if the game would fizzle out to a draw; however, with just ten minutes left substitute Carlos Andres Nunez Diaz rounded of the score line with a speculative thirty five yard toe poke to give Stanway the 3-2 victory and the valuable three points to move them of the bottom and up two places in a game sensibly refereed by new Referee Andrew Morton.

Brian Rowe

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