Jammers earn a point at White Hart Lane
Maldon and Tiptree just failed to inflict a first league defeat this season on Haringey Borough at their famous address.
Haringey Borough FC v Maldon and Tiptree FC Bostik League One North Monday 16 October 2017
Jammers boss Kevin Horlock saw a slight improvement in the injury situation with Ryan Gondoh and Johnville Renee returning after missing the last game and Chris Millar was able to start after a number of weeks out. This good news was tempered by Matt Lock having to miss the game after sustaining an injury in the previous Saturday's game.
After just 2 minutes the home side almost took an early lead when Anthony McDonald got down the left before playing the ball into Rakim Richards and his low shot hit the base of the near post before going across goal before being hacked clear. It didn't take long for the Jammers to respond with a long ball downfield being misjudged by the home defence to give Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe a shooting chance but his effort flew straight at home keeper Valery Pajetat before Ryan Clampin went on a fine run from the half way line before getting over a good low cross along the home goal area that no one could get a touch to. After 13 minutes Maldon and Tiptree took the lead with a well worked goal from a short corner routine that saw Chris Millar (pictured) do extremely well to get along the by line before squaring the ball to the unmarked Ogedi-Uzokwe who was left with a simple tap in from close range. Stung by this reverse the home side put the pressure on but it was a mistake by the visitors rearguard when they gifted possession to Ralston Gabriel who said "thanks very much" before moving forward and striking a fine shot from the edge of the penalty area that flew past visiting keeper Dominic Kurasik to find the far top corner. Haringey's almost perfect artificial pitch suited Maldon and Tiptree's passing game perfectly but although they showed good approach play their attacks seemed to break down just as they reached the danger areas whereas the home sides more direct approach with the strong wind behind them proved more effective with Gabriel getting a shot away as he fell which went just over the bar then a header from a left wing corner was just cleared off the line by a Jammers defender before the rebound was also just got away. The visitors Clampin was showing up well down the left and his good run and cross was just cleared off Ogedi-Uzokwe's boot before Johnville Renee showed good skill to get a shooting chance but his shot was saved by Pajetat. Towards the end of the half Haringey's Gabriel had another good chance to score but after being put clear by McDonald's through ball he pulled his shot wide from a clear opening before the visitors Ogedi-Uzokwe found himself in a similar position from Millar's through ball but he lifted his shot just over the bar.
Half Time Haringey Borough FC 1 Maldon and Tiptree FC 1
Maldon and Tiptree made the stronger start to the second half with Millar shooting just over then a great run by Renee ended with a fast cross that Ogedi-Uzokwe just failed to connect with as he faced an open goal but they were rewarded after 57 minutes when Renee and Ogedi-Uzokwe combined down the right before playing in Millar to get his shot away that went across Pajetat before finding the far corner. The visitors, with the wind in their favour, were playing a fine game with Harry Morgan and Harvey Brown getting through a lot of good work in midfield and the speedy Renee and Ogedi-Uzokwe causing problems with their strong running. Nicholas Akoto moved up to join the attack but pulled his shot to fire just wide then Clampin hit a free kick from the corner of the penalty area that went just over the bar but the Jammers had Kurasik to thank for a brave diving block to deny Gabriel as he broke into the visitors penalty area. After the visitors Gondoh had freed Renee to get a 22 metre shot away that was saved the home side were gifted a perfect chance to draw level when Jammers substitute Josh Pollard was somewhat cruelly deemed to have handled the ball as it bounced onto his arm as he went to clear a Haringey corner. The award seemed especially harsh as there were two almost identical incidents in the home penalty area that went unpunished and it was perhaps justice that Gabriel hit his spot kick horribly over the bar. Just as it seemed that the Jammers might leave with all three points Gabriel popped up after 77 minutes to redeem himself with a fine header into the corner from a pin point left wing centre. Seemingly undaunted Maldon and Tiptree continued to take the game to their opponents and Millar fired in a good low 25 metre drive that flew just past the post then Gondoh ended a good move downfield that saw his shot just saved before Brown came as close as possible to scoring without doing so when he saw his fine 25 metre shot hit the home crossbar before flying out. .Continuing to attack to the final whistle the Jammers Brown again featured with a header that went just wide then substitute Keiran Bailey fired just over from the edge of the penalty area before a Bailey free kick was just cleared at the expense of a corner and from this the ball flew across goal before being scrambled off the goal line. So a fine game ended all square which maintained Haringey's unbeaten league record and kept up Maldon and Tiptree's recent unbeaten run.
Final Score Haringey Borough FC 2 Maldon and Tiptree FC
Haringey Borough FC
Valery Pajetat, David Olufemi, Michael O'Donoghue, Lawrence Yiga (Michael Ademiluyi 72), Scott Mitchell, Quba Gordon, Rakim Richards, Jorge Djassi-Sambu, Ralston Gabriel, Kai Heather, Anthony McDonald
Luke Lauran, Ruaridh Kay, Daniel Aristidou, Austin Byfield
Maldon and Tiptree FC
Dominic Kurasik, Nicholas Akoto, Ryan Gondoh, Harry Morgan, Oliver Kensdale, Dexter Peter, Chris Millar, Harvey Brown, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Johnville Renee (Kieran Bailey 85), Ryan Clampin (Josh Pollard 67)
Suliaman Bah, George Forrest, Emmanuel Udoji