Three Out Of Three
By Richard Buckby
The Jammers made it three wins out of three against Great Wakering Rovers this season, thanks to goals from Liam Nash and Eoin McKeown.
Maldon boss, Kevin Horlock made one change from last week’s impressive win over Waltham Abbey, with the injured Sam Newson being replaced by youngster, Eoin McKeown.
Having shipped ten goals in their last two games, Great Wakering visited Park Drive looking to sure up their defence in front of their new Goalkeeper, Dylan Skinner who has previously played for The Jammers. However, Maldon didn’t have to wait too long before they opened their account for the afternoon.
After turning twenty-one in the week, leading goal-scorer, Liam Nash helped himself to another goal to add to his tally. Youngster, McKeown broke in to the box, as he his pace began to frighten the Wakering defence. McKeown gave the ball to the impressive Tyler Brampton, who in-turn passed it to Nash who was lurking, twenty yards from goal. Nash, let rip after one touch and his effort rolled under Goalkeeper, Skinner in to the bottom corner – it was an effort that Skinner really should had saved.
Six minutes later and The Jammers had the ball in the net, again. Attacking left-back, Joe Claridge made a superb run at the back post; however his headed effort was ruled out, due to an apparent push. Wakering began to grow in to the game, being led by ex Maldon and Colchester forward, Jamie Guy. However, Rovers failed to create any chance of note in the opening stages.
As Wakering continued to attack, Maldon hit them with a sucker-punch counter attack. As exciting midfielder, Tarryn Allarakhia broke away, he released McKeown. As the Rovers defenders began to chase McKeown’s shadows, he was already one-on-one with Skinner, who had no chance as McKeown left-footed volley was drilled in to the back of the net for his first Maldon & Tiptree goal.
HALF TIME: Maldon & Tiptree 2 – 0 Great Wakering Rovers
The Jammers started the second half on the back foot, with Wakering showing a lot more intent. Their intent was rewarded after two minutes of the second half as Maldon captain, Matthew Lock brought down Ricky Evans in the penalty area. After a discussion with his teams, Jamie Guy stepped up the take the penalty, with only Daniel Wilks to beat. However, unfortunately for Guy and to the delight of Wilks and his Maldon team-mates, Guy put his penalty well-wide of the goal.
The second half was much like the first, there was not much to talk about. However, Wakering continued to be on the front foot as The Jammers looked to secure their sixteenth home league win this season. Hearts were in mouths though, as Scott Pethers smashed an effort from the edge of the eighteen yard box against the frame of the goal with ten minutes left on the Referee’s watch.
With minutes remaining, boss Horlock began to ring the changes ahead of next week’s home game against Bowers & Pitsea. In truth, the game petered out and the Jammers managed the game out, to pick up three points and to secure their sixteenth home league win of the season.
FULL TIME: Maldon & Tiptree 2 – 0 Great Wakering Rovers
Maldon & Tiptree:
Daniel Wilks, Kyle Hammond, Joe Claridge (Curtis Haynes-Brown 67’), Matthew Lock, Billy Roast, Gavin Greenfield, Tyler Brampton, Montel Agyemang, Eoin McKeown, Liam Nash (Rhys Henry 67’) & Tarryn Allarakhia.
Adam Mills, Jeremiah Kamanzi & James Behan.
Great Wakering Rovers:
Dylan Skinner, Jason Ring, Jimmy Nottage, Harley Kee, Elliot Warren, Nikki Beale (Kye Judge 76’), Scott Pethers, Ricky Evans, Jake Gordan, Jamie Guy & Jamie Age (Kyle Ruel 57’).
Michael Ogboin, Joel Barnett & Kai Heather.