MATCH REPORTS 1ST FEBRUARY 2014
All the games that survived the weather this weekend in the League were played on Astroturf with four Clubs switching venues to enable matches to take place.
Division Two East
Sporting Club Woodham and Tillingham Hotspur took part in a closely fought encounter which was affected by the strong wind. Tillingham Hotspur took the lead on 18 minutes when the wind held the ball up on the edge of the area which meant the Sporting Club Woodham keeper couldn’t use his hands as he challenged for the ball. It broke to Scott Jones who rolled the ball into the net. Sporting Club Woodham equalised on the half hour when Aaron Smith finished at the far post. The game remained in the balance until seven minutes from time when a good piece of refereeing by Sam Everitt saw him pull the ball back for a free kick to Tillingham Hotspur on the edge of the area. Mark Hubbard headed home the resulting cross to give the points to Tillingham Hotspur. Warren Backhouse gave Chelmer a half time lead against Pavilion United. They could not hold on as the visitors equalised in the second half.
Division Two West
Danny Creasey with his 13th and 14th goals of the season and Scott Pether with his fourth enabled Heath Park to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points at the expense of Hale End Athletic. Maidonians completed their home fixtures with a 5-0 win over Harold Wood Athletic.
Division Three West
Darren Johnson scored in the 20th and 32nd minute for West Essex Reserves against Ryan with Roy Cox’s 39th minute strike extending their lead at half time. On sixty-three minutes Phil Curran’s penalty put West Essex Reserves further in control with Darren Johnson completing his hat trick ten minutes later. Peter Dawes scored Ryan’s consolation.
Division Four East
Chelmer Reserves raced into a four goal half time lead against Leigh Ramblers Reserves. Steve Isabel scored a second half hat trick to close the gap but Chelmer Reserves ran out 5-3 winners. The home sides goals coming from a Ray Woods hat trick and a brace from Mark Ashford.