Jammers back on winning trail with super win
After two successive defeats Maldon and Tiptree got back to winning ways with an emphatic win over third placed Thurrock.
Maldon and Tiptree FC v Thurrock FC Ryman League One North Saturday 11 February 2017
With Curtis Haynes-Brown and Tarryn Allarakhia both nursing slight knocks Jammers boss Kevin Horlock made a further two changes from last weeks starting line up in the defeat at Brightlingsea. Joe Claridge and Rhys Henry came in for Haynes-Brown and Claridge while Jerry Kamanzi and Adam Mills returned in place of Montel Agyermang and Tyler Brampton.
Thurrock's Remi Sutton featured twice early on but two good crosses were unable to find any team mates while the Jammers Liam Nash hit a shot wide after a short corner routine had made the opening. The visitors Joe Christou could do no better than put a 25 metre central free kick straight into home keeper Daniel Wilk's arms before the home side fashioned the best chance to date when Femi Akinwande (pictured) and Kyle Hammond combined to give Jerry Kamanzi a shooting chance but his fine effort flew just over the visitors crossbar. Maldon and Tiptree took the lead after 26 minutes and the goal owed much to the battling qualities of Liam Nash and Akinwande when the former took a heavy blow to the stomach but still managed to get his pass out to Akinwande and he in turn just managed to fight off two defenders to get enough contact with the ball off his outstretched leg to get his pass into the recalled Rhys Henry and he hit a cool clean shot into the net from 10 metres. Akinwande then put in a strong driving run into the heart of the visitors defence to release Nash to get a shot away that was just blocked with the rebound falling to Kamanzi who saw his fine drive put round the post by an athletic flying dive from Thurrock keeper Bobby Mason. Play then developed pretty evenly with Thurrock's Charlie Stimson getting on the end of a ball in from the left before turning well but then putting his shot disappointingly wide from a good position before the home sides Akinwande matched this with his own expert turn before seeing his shot roll just wide of the far post. The visitors had the first half's last word when David Cowley did well down the left before passing to Stimson but his shot from inside the area was well held by Wilks.
Half time score Maldon and Tiptree FC 1 Thurrock FC 0
The first goal of the second half was going to be of vital importance and it was the home side that got the better start but Nash's cross to the far post was just too high for Mills and he could not direct his header on target. However the Jammers were not to be denied and after 50 minutes increased their lead when Nash and Kyle Hammond worked another short corner routine which ended with Hammond firing in a tremendous firm low shot from what looked an impossible angle to get the ball between Mason and his near post to nestle into the far corner of the net. Mason saved his side going a further goal behind with a great blocking save to deny Akinwande after the Jammers forward had been made the chance to go through on goal after a swift interchange of passes between Henry and Nash. Akinwande was starting to run the visitors defence ragged and he registered the goal his performance deserved with the home sides third goal after 60 minutes when Adam Mills picked the ball up in his own half before beating a couple of defenders in a strong run for goal then passed inside to Akinwande who hit a firm shot from just inside the penalty area past a static Mason. After 67 minutes the game was virtually all over with the home sides fourth goal when the unfortunate Mason was caught in possession by the marauding Akinwande and the ball broke loose to Nash and he had little trouble in lobbing the ball from 15 metres into the back of an unguarded net. Although Thurrock continued to fight well they caused few problems to a strong home rearguard and with Matt Lock and Kamanzi, who just pipped Akinwande as Man of the Match, dominating midfield the home side looked the more likely to add to the goal count with Akinwande and the speedy Mills only just being stopped from scoring. The Jammers Henry fired a good shot wide before Nash got away down the right but was just dispossessed as he pulled the trigger then both Kamanzi and Hammond saw efforts from outside the penalty area just blocked. As the game came to its conclusion Thurrock came the closest to scoring that they had seen all game when an innocuous ball into the home penalty area was missed by the defence and keeper Wilks but luckily for them Joe Claridge was on hand to clear from off the goal line to leave the home side still very much in the promotion mix.
Final score Maldon and Tiptree FC 4 Thurrock FC 0
Maldon and Tiptree FC
Daniel Wilks, Kyle Hammond, Joe Claridge, Matt Lock, Billy Roast, Gavin Greenfield, Rhys Henry, Jerry Kamanzi, Femi Akinwande, Liam Nash (Tyler Brampton 82), Adam Mills
Montel Agyermang, Tarryn Allarakhia, Sam Newson, Curtis Haynes-Brown
Bobby Mason, Ronnie Winn, Remi Sutton, George Winn, James Goode, Perry Dunn, Jordan Clark, Glenn Poole (Mark Onyemah 64), Charlie Stimson, Joe Christou, David Cowley (Michael Pindy 64)
Harry Cook, Connor Wheatley, Hussain Jaffa