Jammers miss out on a win
Maldon and Tiptree denied a deserved win by a last minute goal.
Maldon and Tiptree Fc v Dereham Town FC Ryman League One North Tuesday 23 February 2016
Despite having the majority of the play and creating many goal scoring chances Maldon and Tiptree were pegged back by a last minute equaliser by a never say die Dereham Town.
Jammers manager Steve Ball made two changes to the line up than that starting the last game against Thamesmead with Tarryn Allarakhia (pictured) recalled and new signing Chris Regis making his debut. Adam Mills and Rhys Henry returned to a strong looking substitutes bench.
Jammers winger Darren McQueen, who was a constant menace to the visitors defence, made a shooting chance for himself in the very first minute but visiting keeper Will Viner just managed to block away the effort from an acute angle. After just three minutes the Jammers took the lead when McQueen again beat his man before getting a low cross into new signing Chris Regis just inside the penalty area and he seemed to have all the space and time in the world to place his shot into the corner past a static Viner. Despite having to make an early substitution of Jack Anema for the injured Jadim Costandacki the visitors equalised after nine minutes when a ball in from the left was not cleared by the home defence and Rhys Logan pounced to put the ball into the net from 5 metres. Play then developed pretty evenly with both sides playing a fine passing game on the excellent surface with the home sides Keiran Monlouis and Regis combining well to create a chance for Sam Newson whose shot was just diverted wide before the visitors put in a good passing move downfield which left Ryan Crisp with a shooting chance from a good position in front of goal but he hit his shot wastefully wide. Dereham's Dion Frary then tried his luck with a speculative shot from 30 metres that went wide before the visitors were forced into another substitution when Jankco Cooer had to be replaced by Seb Bialasik. Towards the end of the half the home side put some pressure on with a Joe Francis corner causing problems in the visitors goal area before being cleared then Francis put in a good run across the penalty area edge before seeing his goal bound shot just diverted at the expense of a corner. From the resultant corner
the ball was only cleared out as far as McQueen and his cross was volleyed just over by Tarryn Allarakhia then right on the half time whistle Monlouis and Regis again combined well for Regis to get a cross over that was only cleared by a desperate defensive header.
Half Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 1 Dereham Town FC 1
With the home sides Nnamdi Nwachuku replacing Tarryn Allarakhia at the start of the second half it took the home side just one minute to move into the lead when Curtis Haynes-Brown's long ball up field was completely misjudged by the visitors defence and keeper Viner who rushed from his line only to find himself lobbed from the penalty area edge by Francis for his first goal for the club. Further substitutions were made by both sides as they went for goals and Dereham's Crisp cut in well before getting a shot away that home keeper Shaun Phillips needed to save before a free kick for the visitors saw substitute Anema get up well only to see his header slide just past the post.That was about as good as it got for the visitors as they were pushed back by the home side who began dominating the play. A great move for the Jammers between Sam Newson and Francis saw the latter get to the by line before crossing for Newson to see his shot blocked right on the goal line before Monlouis picked the ball up in his own goal area before moving quickly up to the half way line before releasing McQueen to again get down the line before crossing to Newson, who was having some wretched luck, but he again saw his goal bound shot just diverted for a corner. From the resultant corner the ball was again worked to Newson but he shot into the side netting. Newson then spurned a great chance after Francis's fine through ball had put him in the clear but most uncharacteristic of him he then hit his shot over the angle of bar and post. Nwachuku was next to go close as his run ended with his shot being saved before both Francis and McQueen were denied by last ditch tackles by the visitors defence. As the home side got more and more on top they were perhaps guilty of trying to play one pass too many with the result that a lot of promising forward play had no end product as the visitors defence eventually closed down the space. The home side were certainly made to pay a heavy price at the end of normal time when an innocuous ball forward by the visitors into the home penalty area was not dealt with and visiting centre forward Crisp sneaked in to hit a fine effort on the turn that flew into the net just inside the near post. Conceding a goal so late almost felt like a defeat and not for the first time this season Maldon and Tiptree were left to rue the missed chances costing them points.
Full Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 2 Dereham Town FC 2
Maldon and Tiptree
Shaun Phillips, Billy Roast, Ben Wyatt, Keiran Monlouis, Gavin Greenfield, Curtis Haynes-Brown (Tarik Moore-Azive59), Tarryn Allarakhia (Nnamdi Nwachuku 46), Chris Regis, Sam Newson, Joe Francis (Rhys henry 76), Darren McQueen
Cemel Ramadan, Adam Mills
Dereham Town FC
Will Viner, Jadim Costandachi (Jake Anema 5), Fraser Blake-Tracy, Robbie Linford, Matt Howard, Dion Frary, Rhys Logan (Connor Green 59), Sam Borrer, Ryan Crisp, Peyton Swatman, Janko Cooper (Seb Bialasik 39)