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CHELMSFORD SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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Pope & Smith Chelmsford Sunday League - Report for 14th October 2018

Essex Sunday Junior Cup Second Round

  • Royal Regina maintained their unbeaten start to the season but it was a struggle, going behind in the first half to Coppice Row. Regina recovered well and should have equalised before the interval but had to wait until the 53rd minute with Ross Kochan scoring at the second attempt. Kochan netted again 3 minutes later with a powerful header to convert a Brad Keefe free kick. Regina were now in complete control and Max Hall scored the third and soon after two more to complete his hat-trick. Coppice Row pulled one back but James Aishford timed his run perfectly to avoid the offside trap and he side footed Hall's well flighted cross into the net to complete the scoring, Regina winning 6-2.
  • Our other two sides playing in this competition today both lost in close games; Writtle 1-0 at Abridge Village, and Old Brentwood United (hampered by a red card for Billy Ayres) 4-3 at Greyhound despite Dan Jarvis, David King and Ben Stone all netting.

Essex Sunday Junior Trophy Second Round

  • An outstanding match as Danbury & Bicknacre went ahead early on against Stock United with an exquisite finish from Ed Baldry. Stock fought back well and deservedly equalised just before half time and continued in the same vein to win and convert a penalty soon after the re-start, their goals from Ryan Barnard and Joshua Joyce. Danbury rallied and a Baldry thunderbolt equalised, then soon after scored his third to see his team home in a proper cup tie.
  • A closely fought and highly competitive encounter saw Tulip Royals secure their third cup success in as many weeks though opponents Chelmer Athletic had their chances. Del Boardman scored the only goal of the game on 20 minutes with a powerful run and finish.
  • Brookhouse went behind at home to Springfield Green but Luke Rumble equalised before half time and Brookhouse thought the game was theirs when Gary Payne put them ahead but they had to settle for 2-2 after 90 minutes and Springfield deservedly ran out 4-2 winners in extra time. Springfield's scorers were Aaron D'cruz, Jordan Maclean, Brad Price and Gareth Thomas.
  • Another all Pope & Smith tie saw Kenson take an early lead through a penalty against Mayland who then began to get a foothold in the game, Ben Lewis twice drawing fine saves from the Kenson keeper. Just before the interval the ball fell to Liam Gill on the edge of the area to rifle home a stunning volley, 1-1 at half time. Mayland began the second half the stronger but chances at both ends should have been converted. Mayland pushed forward and were exposed at the back allowing Kenson to take the lead, which was extended to 3-1 in the dying moments, a great game of football all round; with Kenson's goals from Alex Broad twice and Steve Shelley.
  • A Matthew Willis brace saw Blackwater progress 2-0 at home against Witham Phoenix.
  • Chelmer Wanderers, for whom Kurtis Lipman was on target, and Great Baddow (scorer Adam Jones) couldn't be separated after full time and then extra time, 1-1 the score; Chelmer winning 5-3 on penalties.
  • South Woodham Ferrers United secured a good 4-2 win at home to Debden Sports club, goals from Charlee Hughes twice, Dean Longhurst and Ben Arnold.
  • Galleywood Rangers lost out 4-2 away at Chelmsford Athletic despite a Jason Howard brace.

League Premier Division

  • Priory Sports maintain top spot and their unblemished league record in a 5-2 win over Willam de Ferrers, goals for Will Locker and a Ross James brace helping them on the way.
  • Stones lost ground and local bragging rights, defeated 2-0 by neighbours Redstones for whom Liam Wallis scored both goals.
  • Old Chemsfordians improved their goal difference with a 7-2 trouncing of CMS, Sam Hart striking both goals for the losers. OC's showed their ability and range of scorers, on target were Ryan Fleming and Paul Tiffen with 2 apiece, Ryan Baxter, Matt Crick and Tom Lakin.

League Division One

  • Priory Sports Reserves continued their great start to the season with another accomplished team performance, turning on the style to score 8 without reply in a comfortable win over Latchingdon. A John Watson brace and a hat-trick from Steve Forman led the way with further goals from Mike Forman, Alan Turner, and an unfortunate own goal.
  • A hard fought match at Ongar United, the visitors Broomfield claiming the points with 2 second half goals from Alex Lockwood and Gary Woodhatch. Billy Holland, Ronnie Hall and Scott Stuart all tried to drive Ongar onwards and upwards but it was not to be.
  • William de Ferrers Reserves are comfortably in mid table, beating Queens Park Hannakins 3-2 thanks to strikes from Ben Newman twice and sub Brad Morgan. For Hannakins Alex Lloyd hit a brace but it wasn't enough in a competitive match.

League Division Two

  • A two week break for Sparta Broomfield showed as they began slowly at Southminster Aragon, but the visitors came from behind to win 2-1, goals from Jibby Ali and Josh Duhig.
  • Galleywood Athletic tuned on the style to crush Ravens 8-1 and improve their league standing with games in hand on the teams above them.
  • Springfield won 3-0 against Margaretting SSC to move ahead of them in the table and onto the coat tails of the leading group, goals courtesy of Grant Kirkby, Dan Lovelady and Tyler Pearson.

League Division Three

  • High flying Bramston started well but both sides had chances in a goalless first half, the Danbury & Bicknacre Reserves keeper with some great saves. After the break it was a goal fest as Bramston ran out 7-2 winners. Elliott Snowling set up Max Westwood for the first of his brace and Westwood then set up Jamie Bull for the third. Ross Beckworth made it 4 before Danbury pulled one back from a penalty converted by James Donkersloot. Bull then netted his second with further goals from Jack Charnock and Owen Spears before Danbury who continued to work hard, hit a late consolation goal from Alfred Hunt.
  • Leaders Hatfield Peverel A' maintained their 100% record winning 3-1 at Waltham United for whom Matthew Darvill was on target. Hatfield's marksmen were Harry Arnold, Liam Barr and skipper Dan Harding.
  • An injury ravaged Mannex MR turned in a creditable performance at home to a youthful Hannakins Farm Reserves. 2-0 down at half time Mannex struck back with a powerful header from the excellent Chris Hopgood but despite pressing hard they couldn't find an equaliser and lost out 2-1 to Kai Walton and Tom Dunning goals.
  • Melbourne Athletic with goals from Brandon Eva, Daniel Gregory a fabulous foursome, and Jacques Moret; showed some style to beat Woodham Radars 6-3 for whom Bradley O'Connell and Brett Smith were on target.

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