Jammers turn on the style to beat league leaders
By dave garwood
Helped by a first half hat trick from Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Maldon and Tiptree secured a fine victory over top of the table Dereham Town
Maldon and Tiptree FC v Dereham Town FC Bostik League One North Saturday 25 November 2017
Jammers boss Kevin Horlock made just one change from last Saturday's line up with new signing Callum Jones coming in for Nicholas Akoto who reverted to a stronger than usual substitutes bench.
Maldon and Tiptree made the early running with Callum Jones soon in action to head Johnville Renee's cross wide before a long ball cut through the visitors defence to give Jones a shooting chance from a good position by he fired over. On 10 minutes another through ball, this time from Joshua Pollard, caught the Dereham defence square and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (pictured) beat the offside trap to sprint forward then round visiting keeper Elliott Pride before putting the ball home from a difficult angle. The visitors responded strongly and had a valid shout for a penalty turned down after one of their forwards appeared to have been pushed to the ground then were only denied a goal by a great block by home keeper Dominic Kurasik after Ryan Crisp's ball in had given Rhys Logan a clear shooting chance in front of goal. The home sides Ogedi-Uzokwe and Jones then combined to give the former the chance to put a fine ball in that fell just too far in front of Jones before back came the visitors with Logan doing well down the right before cutting inside then seeing his fierce shot just beaten away by Kurasik. As the first half reached its midpoint Maldon and Tiptree's Ryan Gondoh gained possession from a corner then cut inside before shooting narrowly over then another through ball again caught out the visitors defence but Jones, when clear on goal, pushed the ball just too far for a defender to clear. On 27 minutes the Jammers were denied a second goal by a very close offside decision after a great header by Ogedi-Uzokwe from Gondoh's free kick flew into the net but they were not to be denied for long and after 34 minutes a short corner routine gave Matt Lock the chance of a shot from fully 25 metres which rattled the cross bar before coming out to Gondoh and his twisting run was only stopped by a trip which resulted in clear penalty being awarded. Ogedi-Uzokwe stepped up to score with his customary ease with a firm strike into the corner before just a minute later he again found the net when from the restart Joe Claridge freed Jones down the left and his cutback found Ogedi-Uzokwe in loads of space in front of goal and he had the easiest of tasks to ram the ball home. The home side kept the pressure up with Ogedi-Uzokwe gaining possession wide right before playing in Jones who moved forward before hitting his shot just wide of the far post then Jones again featured when his header from Gondoh's free kick went just wide before a quick break gave Renee a clear run on goal but Pride saved well from the resultant shot. Dereham had the last attack of the half when Jamie Forshaw broke down the right before getting a cross over in front of goal that was returned for Crisp to see his header well saved by Kurasik before Forshaw saw his follow up effort again well saved by the home keeper.
Half Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 3 Dereham FC 0
The second half got off to a slow start with Gondoh's free kick for the home side being deflected wide before Ogedi-Uzokwe and Gondoh again combined but Gondoh fired over the bar. On 60 minutes the visitors, somewhat surprisingly, pulled a goal back when the ball was played out wide to the left before being returned into the penalty area where Crisp was left unmarked to force the cross home. Seemingly undaunted the home side continued to have more of the play and from another Gondoh corner Josh Pollard saw his header at the far post just hacked off the line before the 3 goal margin was re-instated after 63 minutes when another through ball again caught out the Dereham defence and Gondoh ran through unchallenged to round Pride and score without too much trouble. Just 5 minutes later the home side added a fifth goal when Emmanual Udoji's long throw was headed on by Ogedi-Uzokwe for substitute Kieran Bailey to score spectacularly with a first time volley from 8 metres that flew into the top corner. Still hunting more goals Gondoh almost wriggled through but was just thwarted as he lined up his shot then Ogedi-Uzokwe was not far away with another shot that just went wide before Jones's long ball in found Ogedi-Uzokwe at the far post but he was unable to force the ball home. The tireless Harry Morgan then played in Gondoh but again he was inches away from converting when in a good position in front of goal before another ball forward caught out the visitors defence again but Jones, with Pride advancing on him, could only push his close range effort just wide of the post. Again the visitors got in the last action of the half--this time when Ashley Jarvis's cross gave Forshaw a shooting chance but again Kurasik pulled off a good save, low down, to keep his goal intact.
Final score Maldon and Tiptree FC 5 Dereham FC 1
Maldon and Tiptree FC
Dominic Kurasik, Emmanual Udoji, Joe Claridge, Matt Lock (Harvey Brown 76), Joshua Pollard, Dexter Peter, Harry Morgan (Suliaman Bah 89), Johnville Renee (Kieran Bailey 64), Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Callum Jones, Ryan Gondoh
Nicholas Akoto, Christopher Millar
Elliott Pride, Matthew Castellan, Jake Anema, David Hinton, Oliver Ebbage, Robbie Linford, Rhys Logan, Owen Murphy, Ryan Crisp, Jamie Forshaw, Ashley Jarvis
Harry Exley, Andrew Howell, Seamus Kelleher, Archie Bean