Injury hit Jammers respond in style with a good win.
By dave garwood
A hat trick, including two penalties for Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, sees Maldon and Tiptree to three points against Tilbury
Maldon and Tiptree FC v Tilbury FC Bostik league One North Saturday 30 September 2017
With 7 players out injured Jammers boss Kevin Horlock was forced into 5 changes from Tuesday's game including debuts for youngster Oliver Kensdale and on loan Harry Morgan, both of whom turned in fine performances.
In near perfect conditions the home side made the better start with Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe heading down to Ryan Gondoh who got a fierce shot away from the edge of the area that needed visiting keeper Clarke Bogard to go full length to turn the ball away then Ryan Clampin ended a good run by giving Gondoh another shooting chance but this time the ball flew over the bar. This was followed by a good run and cross down the right by Nicholas Akoto that a desperate Tilbury defender just turned over his own bar but after 16 minutes the Jammers took the lead when Akoto played in Gondoh who turned inside from just outside the penalty box before hitting a wonderful left foot effort that curled right into the far top corner. The home side increased their lead just 4 minutes later when Ogedi-Uzokwe controlled Oliver Kensdale's long ball before moving into the penalty area where he was tripped for the referee to award a penalty. Ogedi-Uzokwe picked himself up to bury the spot kick into the bottom right hand corner to leave Bogard with no chance of a save. Gondoh and Ogedi-Uzokwe continued to cut through the visitors defence almost at will and both could have added to the scoresheet but Gondoh fired over twice when well placed and Ogedi-Uzokwe just missed getting on the end of Clampin's centre when close to goal. Akoto then made a chance for Condoh that he again put over before Keiran Bailey's effort from the edge of the area suffered the same fate before Ogedi-Uzokwe headed Bailey's free kick just over the bar. With 5 minutes to go until half time Tilbury got in virtually their first meaningful attack on the home goal when a good passing move put Tobias Aromolaran through on goal and he reached the ball just before home keeper Dominic Kurasik but he pulled off a good block to deny Aromolaran's shot then bravely claimed the loose ball amongst the flying legs and boots. There was still time for another close effort from the home side when Ogedi-Uzokwe played Bailey in but he lifted his effort over the bar then, as the referee was starting to look at his watch for the end of the half, Clampin was clumsily tackled as he moved into the visitors penalty area and the referee awarded another penalty to the home side. Again Ogedi-Uzokwe stepped up to fire in the spot kick home in almost identical fashion and the same place as his first successful kick
Half Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 3 Tilbury FC 0
The strong words heard from the visitors dressing room at half time seemed to have little effect as the home side continued on the offensive and have should added at least two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. With only a minute gone Akoto got in another good run down the right before finding Ogedi-Uzokwe close to goal but a visiting defender took the ball off his foot as he was about to score then Ogedi-Uzokwe headed the resultant corner over the bar. Then Akoto and Condoh combined well to leave Akoto to shoot low just past the far post then Bogard was guilty of dropping a high cross and Ogedi-Uzokwe turned well to fire into what looked an open net some somehow a defender got back to block the shot. Bogard was soon in action again to save well from Ogedi-Uzokwe's close range effort from a narrow angle but he knew little about Gondoh's shot from close range into an open goal that crashed against the cross bar before rebounding out. From 60 minutes onwards the visitors at last started to get into the game and Aromolaran's high cross into the home goal area was headed up by Adam Vyse before he managed to again get his head to the ball as it dropped but a defender just hacked the ball away off the line then Bryan Kyungo hit a 25 metre shot that Kurasik only held at the second attempt. Despite this spell of pressure it was the home side who scored again after 67 minutes when Clampin and Gondoh combined to free Ogedi-Uzokwe in the penalty box and he turned well to fire past Bogard and into the corner. A change of formation by Tilbury, the introduction of substitute Luke Hornsley and some possible complacency by the home side then combined to give a different emphasis on the game as the visitors started to force the home side back. They were rewarded after 70 minutes when Vyse did well to wriggle his way along the goal line before getting over a low cross that found Hornsley in front of goal and he had little trouble putting the ball home. The visitors Ryan Melaugh then went along the penalty area edge before seeing his goal bound shot blocked on the line before the visitors got a further goal back after 74 minutes when Aromolaran again got down the right before finding Vyse who cracked his shot against the cross bar but Hornsley was again in the right place to force the ball home from close range. Numerous dangerous inswinging corners were dealt with well by the home defence but could not stop Hornsley getting to the by line before seeing his cross cause some panic in the home defence before the ball was cleared then a cross to the far post saw Vyse miss a good chance with a mishit shot. Vyse then headed Danny Smith's corner wide before the home side weathered the Tilbury storm and, almost on full time, made Bogard pull off a fine diving save to keep out Ogedi-Uzokwe's fine shot from 15 metres
Final score Maldon and Tiptree FC 4 Tilbury FC 2
Maldon and Tiptree
Domonic Kurasik, Nicholas Akoto, George Forrest, Harvey Brown, Oliver Kensdale, Dexter Peter, Kieran Bailey (Suliman Bah 68), Harry Morgan, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Ryan Condoh (Jack Humphrey 90), Ryan Clampin
Alfie Rowland, Lewis Hewitt, Andy Walker
Clarke Bogard, Abdus Salami (George Pullen 46), Kyan Gulliver, Emiel Aiken (Luke Hornsley 66), Joseph Turpin, Bryan Kyungu, Daniel Smith, Danny Norton, Adam Vyse, Ryan Melaugh, Tobias Aromolaran
Aaron Walters a used substitute but not sure who he replaced
Michael Salako, Anthony Martin