Essex Saturday Veterans Cup Quarter Finals

If there was an award for the variety of places to play home games then Debden Sports of Division Two West would be well in the running. This week they did a seventy mile round trip to Canvey Island to play Hutton Old Boys from the Premier Division on the 4G pitch at Waterside Farm. Hutton Old Boys won the first key item of the day, the toss, electing to play with the gale force wind and rain at their backs.  The first goal of a highly competitive game came after 13 minutes with a neat finish from Leli Badaja to give Hutton Old Boys the lead. Troy Brown extended the advantage fourteen minutes later with his first of the afternoon slotting in at the near post. Debden Sports got into the game as the rain stopped showing they would be a threat with the conditions. The “hosts” suffered a hammer blow on the stroke of half time when they allowed Troy Brown to advance unchallenged and he took full advantage by lashing in the goal of the game from over thirty yards out.

Debden Sports didn’t let their heads drop and battled away in the second half. After 76 minutes Mick Nunn the Debden Sports manager will take the credit for the inspired introduction of Steve Game from the substitute’s bench. A minute later he latched on to a wind assisted kick from his goal keeper and with his first touch he rolled the ball into the far corner. Debden Sports kept pushing forward but as the game moved into added time Hutton Old Boys caught them on the break with Michael Black making the score 4-1. There was still time for Troy Brown to complete this hat trick from the penalty spot. Hutton Old Boys thoroughly deserved their victory however the final score was a little harsh on the underdogs.

Division Two West

Maidonians beat Hale End Athletic 2-1 on Saturday which leaves both teams with just two away games to play to complete their seasons. Paul Groome gave Maidonians the half time lead with Daniel Weaver scoring the winner ten minutes from time. Hakim Ashagidigbi scored Hale End Athletic’s goal.

Division Four East

Chelmer Reserves had the advantage of playing for the third week on the trot whilst their opponents Horndon were playing their first game in two months. Chelmer Reserves won 4-2 which included two goals from Ray Woods and one from Mark Ashford. Horndon’s replies came from Nathan Sanders and Vince Boswell.

Over 45 Division

The Division’s highest goal scorers Old Parmiterians increased their tally by seven goals against Doddinghurst Olympic. Alun Wood with a hat trick and single strikes from John Cowen, Ian Greenwood, Dennis Hawkins and Gary Luck doing the damage. Doddinghurst Olympic managed three second half replies which came from Steve Fletcher, Steve Mann and Paul Boor

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