The Jammers Stay Top
By Richard Buckby
Maldon & Tiptree stayed top of the Ryman Division One North on goal difference, thanks to goals from Montel Agyemang, Liam Nash and an own goal against Great Wakering Rovers
Boss, Kevin Horlock made one change from last week’s defeat against Billericay as Montel Agyemang replaced Kieran Monlouis, whilst Sam Newson was still unavailable.
On a blustery and cold afternoon at Burroughs Park, the first half almost mirrored the match conditions, with neither side being able to create a clear goal scoring opportunity despite The Jammers having most of the football.
Maldon did manage to get the ball in the net, after eleven minutes after Liam Nash pounced on a deflection from a Montel Agyemang effort. Nash toe-poked the ball beyond Harrison in the Wakering goal, however the Assistant Referee had already raised his flag, as Nash was in an offside position.
As Maldon battled against the wind throughout the first half, Wakering under new boss, Keith Wilson for the first time failed to unlock the Jammers defence.
On the stroke of half time, The Jammers were denied what looked like a stone-wall penalty. As leading scorer, Adam Mills coasted in to the box; he came in to a contact with a Wakering defender. Having been pushed to the ground by the same defender, Mills and his team mates appealed for a penalty, however the Referee decided to produce the first yellow card of the afternoon for simulation, much to surprise of Mills and the Maldon supporters.
Half Time: Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 0 Maldon & Tiptree
Kicking towards “Nobby’s End” with the wind in their favour, The Jammers started the second half on the front foot and again were denied a penalty early in the half. As wide-man, Tyler Brampton surged in to the box to chase a bouncing ball; he was met by Goalkeeper, Harrison. The two players collided and the ball was cleared for a Maldon throw-in, a decision Maldon again, disagreed with as they believe Brampton was fouled by Harrison inside the penalty area.
The Jammers then began to create chances. A long pass from Billy Roast, found Adam Mills however he could only hit his effort in to the side netting. The same man then tried his luck from distance; however Harrison was able to make another easy save in the Wakering goal. Adam’s brother, Darren then joined in, as he controlled a cross from Kyle Hammond superbly on his chest; however his volleyed effort finished over the cross-bar.
With twenty-five minutes on the clock, Adam Mills thought he had scored. He skipped past his marker and hit an aggressive effort past Harrison in goal, who was finally beaten only for a defender to clear the ball from the goal-line to keep the score at nil-nil. As Horlock began to search for a goal, he introduced Rhys Henry in replace of Striker, Darren Mills who has only just returned from injury.
Nash was the next Maldon player to test Harrison, as he let fire from long range, it looked like he had caught the reliable stopper off guard, but he recovered to tip the strike over the bar for a corner. From the resulting corner, Maldon had another goal ruled out for offside; it was Adam Mills who found himself in an offside position this time, as the frustration began to build within The Jammers.
But they didn’t have to wait too long to break the deadlock, as two minutes later Maldon opened their account for the afternoon. Nash whipped in a free kick from a central position to the far post, where Gavin Greenfield climbed the highest to the head the ball to the edge of the box to find Agyemang unmarked, who drilled his effort through a crowed of players and in to the net from fifteen yards.
As soon as the goal was scored, Horlock made his second change of the afternoon as Kieran Monlouis replaced Matt Lock who was struggling with a severe headache.
Maldon did not wait too long before they scored their second goal of the afternoon. Adam Mills was again involved as he drilled a cross-cum-shot across the face of the goal, to find an unmarked Nash at the far post who tapped from a matter of yards against his old side to cement the three points.
As the game began to draw to a close, the influential Rhys Henry managed to create another goal. A superb passing move involving several Maldon players, eventually found Henry in the eighteen yard box, who’s wicked cross resulted in Wakering defender, Kye Jude heading the ball in the corner of his net, for Maldon’s third goal of the afternoon.
Full Time: Great Wakering Rovers 0 – 3 Maldon & Tiptree
Great Wakering Rovers:
Ashley Harrison, Jason Ring, Jimmy Nottage, Emmanual Sackey, Kye Judge, Joshua Banton (Earmon Payne ’60), Jack Adlington, Harley Kee, Abiola Tanimowo, Sonny Shining (Bradley Nobbs ’77) & William Harris (Kyle Asante ’68).
Ross Elsom & Harry Daley.
Maldon & Tiptree:
Daniel Wilks, Kyle Hammond, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Matt Lock (Kieran Monlouis ’80), Billy Roast, Gavin Greenfield, Tyler Brampton, Montel Agyemang, Darren Mills (Rhys Henry ’69), Liam Nash & Adam Mills.
George Eussman, Jeremiah Kamanzi & James Behan.