Scrappy affair gets the Jammers three points
By dave garwood
Maldon and Tiptree made to work hard for the win at Basildon United
Basildon United FC v Maldon and Tiptree FC Bostik league One North Saturday 8 December 2018
Jammers boss Wayne Brown went for experience in his line up and made two changes to the starting line up that started the previous game against Ronford. In came the experienced Lewis Dark and Rob Girdlestone in place of Kojo Awotwi and Tobi Coker who reverted to the substitutes bench alongside new signing Laste Dombaxe.
The ground conditions and the weather were certainly not conducive to passing football along the ground with the grass being rather overlong and the surface rather bumpy with fine rain often blowing down the pitch and both sides found it difficult to play the ball to feet. Two early efforts in what could have been dangerous positions for the visitors from just outside the penalty box were wasted with both the free kick and the follow up not getting past the wall before a free kick for the home side in about the same position lead to some panic in the visitors defence with keeper Ben McNamara, uncharacteristically, not making a clean catch before a couple of headers were only half cleared before an overhead kick was only just cleared off the visitors goal line. Maldon and Tiptree took the lead after 13 minutes when Michael Brothers kept possession well down the left before getting over a good cross that found Sammie Mcleod at the far post and he fired in a strong shot across goal to enter the net at the post. Just a couple of minutes later Brothers again laid on a chance for Eddie-Louis Dsane but a covering defender did well to just get the ball away from his foot as he made to fire home. The visitors continued to have the better of the play as Dsane saw his low cross go along the goal line with no one getting a touch before Stephane Ngamvoulou headed Rob Girdlestone's cross wide before another free kick, again from just outside the penalty box, was fired disappointingly straight at the defensive wall. Basildon's best effort of the half came after 39 minutes when a good move down the pitch then across the penalty area edge left Luke Stanley to fire in a good low shot that flew just wide of the post before Brothers, for the visitors unluckily missed his kick as he was about to shoot home after Mcleod's header had made the opening.
Half Time Basildon United FC 0 Maldon and Tiptree FC 1
There was not to much change in the type and standard of football in the second half although the home side, after half time substitutes did enjoy a better share of the play. After Brothers for the Jammers, had headed McLeod's cross wide the home sides Fahad Nyanja and Ryan Reed combined for the latter to see his dangerous cross well held by McNamara before substitute Ayrton Coley shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area. On 66 minutes the home side drew level with a poorly conceded goal by the visitors when from their own free kick high up the pitch the Jammers hit the ball straight to a Basildon player and with two quick passes Coley was set free through the middle of the defence to go on and beat McNamara as the keeper advanced to register a well taken effort. Without too much success both sides pushed for a winning goal but defences generally had the better of things with the visitors Jack Cawley hitting wide when freed on the left and the home sides Coley not able to profit after being set free again through the defence but only able to finish weakly into McNamara's arms. Home keeper Emmanuel Olajide was almost embarrassed as he left McLeod's free kick thinking it was going over but the ball dropped to hit the junction of bar and post before rebounding clear before the visitors had the ball in the home net from a header to a free kick but the referee ruled the effort out for a push. As the game moved into its final stages Maldon and Tiptree put in final efforts to get the win but looked as if they would be unsuccessful when Olajide pulled off a good save to dive to his right to keep out Cawley's fine shot from the edge of the penalty area but they had better luck after 88 minutes when a good ball forward released substitute Kojo Awotwi and he moved forward to round OLajide and plant the ball into an open net from 8 metres.
Final score Basildon United FC 1 Maldon and Tiptree FC 2
The Jammers are back in action on Tuesday 11 December away to Heybridge Swifts, KO 7.45 pm, in the Darcy Cup and are then at home on Saturday 15 December KO 3 pm against Felixstowe and Walton in the Bostik League One North.