Jammers quell Phoenix fire
By dave garwood
Maldon and Tiptree recorded a fine first win of the season
Phoenix Sports FC v Maldon and Tiptree FC Ryman League One North Saturday 8 August 2015
A new look Maldon and Tiptree turned in a fine performance to overturn a one goal half time deficit to score two second half goals in an impressive performance against league newcomers Phoenix Sports.
In full sun and on a good looking surface both teams quickly settled to provide a decent contest with some patches of really good football. The visitors threatened first from a free kick by Matt Lock on the edge of the area that was just headed over the bar by a home defender before the home side tested visiting keeper Danny Sambridge when he had to produce a full length diving save to turn Chris Hill's gaol bound header round the post after the defender had climbed well to connect with George King's corner kick. The Jammers Nnamdi Nwachuku and Kieran Monlouis then combined well to give David Segura a shooting chance that he put over before Phoenix's King turned well on the edge of the area but then saw his shot just blocked. On 22 minutes the home side took the lead when Russell Bedford's high ball in saw the visitors defence move forward anticipating an off side whistle but the assistants flag stayed down and Hill was left on his own in front of goal to head the ball just inside the post. Sambridge was soon called into action again when he was only able to palm away a shot to King but the keeper responded brilliantly to turn away the home forwards fierce close range shot. The home sides keeper Steve Phillips then made the first of a number of fine saves when he just managed to tip away Kieran Monlouis's great shot from the edge of the area that was heading for the top corner. As the first half drew to a close it was Maldon and Tiptree who started to gain the ascendency with centre forward Femi Akinwande really prominent with some excellent control that kept the home defence on their toes and it was the forward who forced another fine save by the home keeper when he stayed strong to retain possession of a long clearance before getting a good shot away that Phillips just put over the bar. The last action of the half saw Jammers defender Ben Wyatt move into a long run that only ended when he shot just wide from the penalty area edge.
Half Time Phoenix Sports FC 1 Maldon and Tiptree FC 0
Maldon and Tiptree started the second half strongly with the home side again indebted to Phillips in keeping their goal intact when, after the visitors had worked the ball along the edge of the goal area, Wyatt was left to fire in a close range low shot that the keeper not only stopped but managed to hold onto. The home side then created a good chance when Harrison Carnegie got away down the right and his centre found Chinedu McKenzie in front of goal but he fired his shot wide. Jammers substitute Sam Grimshaw had an immediate impact when on 62 minutes he touched on Sambridge's long kick to Akinwande who kept possession well to work a position on the right penalty area edge and his strong shot was good enough to beat Phillips and finish in the far corner of the net. This spurred the visitors on and they gradually took more and more control but the home side stubbornly fought on and did produce some half chances for themselves against an excellent visiting central defensive partnership of Gavin Greenfield and Lewis Probert. The Jammers Darren McQueen showed his trickery when beating a couple of defenders in a small space but then shot wastefully over before the same player found himself well placed in front of gaol but just missed connecting with Tyler Brampton's long cross. After the home sides Carnegie had shown good control to bring down a high ball and produce a shot that Sambridge needed to save, Maldon and Tiptree's further substitute Rhys Henry than stroked an effort narrowly past the post after McQueen had made the opening before Akinwande looked certain to get his second goal when he latched onto Probert's long ball to go clear on goal but he seemed to misjudge the bounce and Philips was able to grab the ball from under the forwards feet. The visitors did get their fully deserved second goal on 87 minutes with a marvellous effort by Monlouis when he gained possession on the edge of the area, moved past a couple of defenders and then fired an unstoppable effort into the net. Two home substitutes, Andy Constable and Jacob Mingle then combined to make a scoring chance but the latter shot over from a good position inside the box. Into added time the visitors passed up a clear chance to add a third goal when after McQueen had chased a back pass then blocked Philips's attempted clearance the ball ran to Akinwande who only needed to put the ball into an open net but his low effort agonising rolled onto the post before being cleared. The home side almost gained something from the game deep into added time when the visitors sloppily lost possession in midfield and were outnumbered in defence but Constable's effort was just block tackled away then from the resultant corner Bedford headed over.
Fianl score Phoenix Sports FC 1 Maldon and Tiptree FC 2
Jammers manager David Wright's after match comments were that he was extremely pleased with his players attitude and application particularly in coming back from a goal deficit. The same commitment now needs to be taken into future fixtures.
Phoenix Sports FC
Steve Phillips, Jeff Allen, Lewis Mingle, Russell Bedford, Scott Whibley, Chris Hill, Harrison Carnegie, Jason Goodchild, Chinedu McKenzie (Andy Constable 66), Yacine Gnahore (Jacob Mingle 77), George King.
Ryan Andrews, Lemar Hurley, Steve Springett
Maldon and Tiptree FC
Danny Sambridge, Tyler Brampton, Ben Wyatt, Matt Lock, Gavin Greenfield, Lewis Probert, Nnamdi Nwachuku (Sam Grimshaw 58), Keiran Monlouis, Femi Akinwande, David Segura (Rhys Henry 76), Darren McQueen
Ollie Emsden, Liam Nolan