By Richard Buckby
Kevin Horlock's Jammers made it thirteen home league wins in a row on Tuesday 13 December, after coming from behind to beat 10-man Waltham Abbey by two goals to one.
Horlock was without three of his most experienced players, with Gavin Greenfield unavailable due to personal reasons, plus Sam Newson & Curtis Haynes-Brown were still missing through injury. Having signed on the day of the match from Colchester, young defender Joshua Pollard started his first match for the club in replace of Greenfield, being the only change from Saturday's impressive win over Cheshunt.
The Jammers started the match on the front foot, creating a couple chances inside the opening five minutes but it was Waltham Abbey who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot. Maldon goalkeeper, Daniel Wilks was adjudged to have fouled the Abbey attacker, in which he had no complaints. Waltham Abbey's captain, Billy Holland stepped up and scored converted his penalty with ease.
Maldon continued to test the defence, from various set pieces including one effort which was cleared off the line...much to amazement of the 86 supporters inside Park Drive. As frustrations began to build with Maldon's ranks, Waltham Abbey continued to look dangerous on the counter attack and at times, were perhaps unlucky not too score.
It took The Jammers until stoppage time, to peg Abbey back. As Liam Nash (pictured) broke in to the box, he fell to floor after a tackle from ex Maldon defender, Spencer Harrison and the Referee quickly pointed to the penalty spot - despite the protests from Waltham Abbey, due to an apparent dive, the Referee allowed the penalty to stand. Nash, who had picked himself up after the foul, decided to place his penalty straight down the middle of the goal, past James Pellin.
Half Time: Maldon & Tiptree 1 - 1 Waltham Abbey
Again, Maldon began the half on the front foot determine to improve on their first forty-five minutes and they did not have to wait long to take the lead for the first time. Captain, Matthew Lock delivered a delightful ball in to the eighteen yard box which defender, Billy Roast managed to keep alive. The ball eventually popped up to new signing, Joshua Pollard who was able to loop his header over a stranded Pellin in the sixty sixth minute.
Just one minute later, Waltham Abbey had the ball in the net again. A cross from Maldon's right hand side, manage to bypass everyone included Wilks who tried to claim the cross. As Abbey wheeled away in celebration, the Referee decided to blow his whistle for a foul on Wilks and awarded The Jammers with a free-kick, much to the despair of Waltham Abbey.
As Abbey began to lose their patience with the Referee, they also lost their discipline. Their talisman up front, Sam West was sent for an early bath after a clear stamp on goalscorer, Pollard. Without much of an argument, striker West headed straight for the dressing room. Just two minutes later, Maldon were again subject to a strong tackle. This time from another ex Maldon man, Ruddock Yala as he wiped out Maldon's other goalscorer, Nash from behind - he was awarded with a yellow card from the Referee.
As Horlock, began to ring the changes, Abbey had several changes to level the game up, with Yala missing the best chance of the lot, as he put his effort wide of the goal from just eight yards. There was only one last sour note for The Jammers, as in the eighty seventh minute, wide man, Adam Mills was shown a yellow card for simulation.
Full Time: Maldon & Tiptree 2 - 1 Waltham Abbey
Maldon & Tiptree Team:
Daniel Wilks, Kyle Hammond, Joe Claridge, Matthew Lock, Billy Roast, Joshua Pollard, Tarryn Allarakhia (Tyler Brampton 78'), Montel Agyemang (Kieran Monlouis (66'), Rhys Henry (Jeremiah Kamanzi 85'), Liam Nash & Adam Mills.
Maldon & Tiptree Unused Substitutes:
Eoin McKeown & James Behan.
Waltham Abbey Team:
James Pellin, Emmanuel Otria, Macauley Jones, Jack Daveney (Gregory Moorse 88'), Spencer Harrison, Sam Robbins, Ruddock Yala, Billy Holland (Ben Glasgow 84'), Sam West, Glenn Bolasie, Daniel Rimmell.
Waltham Abbey Unused Substitutes: