The Jammers Come Unstuck
By Richard Buckby
Maldon & Tiptree lost their first game of the season, to league newcomers Hertford Town.
With two games in three days, boss Kevin Horlock rang the changes with Matthew Lock, Kieran Bailey and Suliaman Bah were rested.
The Jammers started the game extremely well and looked to be in control of the game throughout the opening stages. Alfie Rowland let slip two chances, in which he should've done better - Maldon should've been ahead.
Hertford continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack with their direct play. As Nicholas Akoto cleared an effort off the line, it was not enough to stop the Yellows from taking the lead against the run of play. Hertford striker, Tommy wade squared the ball to Daniel Bond who rolled the ball past Walker and in to the back of the net, 0-1 to the visitors.
Following the opening goal, Hertford continued to put The Jammers under pressure whilst the defence stood resolute. Right on the stroke of half-time, Maldon finally got the goal they had deserved. A delightful cross from attacking full-back, Ryan Gondoh found winger, Ryan Clampin who rose above all of the defenders to head the ball in to the top corner.
HALF TIME: The Jammers 1-1 Hertford Town
A goal on the stroke of half time for Maldon would've slightly changed Horlock's team-talk and The Jammers again started on the front foot as they looked to take control of the game.
Without too many clear cut chances, Horlock decided to make a double change with Matt Lock & Joshua Pollard being introduced at the expense of Harvey Brown and George Forrest.
With Maldon pressing on, Hertford continued to look dangerous from every set piece. A corner in the 75 minute saw them score their second goal of the afternoon, against against the run of play. Tommy Wade as involved again, as he battled hard to somehow lob the ball over a diving, Andy Walker which was goal-bound, however ex Maldon & Tiptree man, Michael Toner made sure and smashed the ball home from 1 yard out. 1-2 to the league newcomers.
As Horlock's side searched for their second equaliser of the match, he made another change as Kieran Bailey replaced Alfie Rowland. As Maldon's frustrations begin to build, several sloppy free kicks were given away, which saw full-back, Akoto be given a yellow card with 6 minutes left.
As the game began to slip away, The Jammers were awarded a free-kick 25 yards away from goal after a foul on Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. After Maldon tried to take the free-kick quickly, the Referee forced them to re-take it! Up stepped Gondoh, who scored a similar free-kick against Waltham Abbey last week. Gondoh appeared to deceive the Goalkeeper with his eyes and launched the ball in to the bottom corner, as it looked like the points would be shared at a sunny Park Drive.
Having not long been booked, Akoto committed a cynical foul, wiping the attacker out from behind. Much to the delight of the travelling away support, Akoto was shown a second yellow card and given his marching orders by the man in black.
From the resulting free-kick, Hertford snatched the game. The free-kick, from wide on the left was whipped in to a dangerous position and somehow, dropped to Jason Beck, who amazingly was free 8 yards from goal. Beck didn't think twice as he smashed the ball home, past a helpless Andy Walker... 2-3 to the visitors and the three points!
FULL TIME: Maldon & Tiptree 2-3 Hertford Town