Two goals in one second half minute decides the game in the Jammers favour
By dave garwood
Maldon and Tiptree had to dig deep to capture three points off a determined Felixstowe and Walton
Maldon and Tiptree FC v Felixstowe and Walton FC Bostik League One North Saturday 15 December 2018
Jammers boss Wayne Brown made just one change from last Saturday's victory over Basildon United as leading scorer Decarrey Sheriff was given a rest with Kojo Awotwi (after 2 goals in two games) taking his place.
With rain falling steadily driven by a strong wind down the pitch both teams started brightly with the home sides Sammie McLeod firing just wide after a free kick for Maldon and Tiptree had only been half cleared before Michael Brothers saw his shot from the penalty area edge well held by visiting keeper Jack Spurling. The visitors Liam Hillyard then responded with a low shot from the penalty area edge that flew just wide after Miles Powell had made the chance then a quick break by the visitors from a home corner almost caught the Jammers defence out but home keeper Ben McNamara managed to hold Powell's shot. The match then seemed to go dead with neither side getting anything good going forward with the majority of the play held in midfield although, after 30 minutes, Spurling did well to put the ball over when the home sides Kojo Awotwi and McLeod combining for the latter to get a good shot away. Felixstowe and Walton's Jordan Matthews then shot wide from the penalty area edge before the home sides Matthew Briggs saw his shot suffer the same fate then the visitors Rhys Henry made it a hat trick of misses from a similar distance with another shot that this time went high as well as wide. Just as the first half was coming to an end Brothers, for Maldon and Tiptree, almost profited from a freak effort as his deflected shot ballooned up to drop just the wrong side of the post.
Half Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 0 Felixstowe and Walton FC 0
As the rain and sleet came down even harder and the wind strengthened both teams deserve credit for continuing to try to play neat passing football without resorting to long ball play. The jammers McLeod was soon in action to see two close range crosses just blocked before a good home passing move ended disappointingly with Stephane Ngamvoulou shooting well over. The same player almost took advantage of a defensive error when he was gifted possession but then saw his effort fly off keeper Spurling and hit the goal post to rebound back for Eddie-Louis Dsane to see his effort blocked then Ngamvoulou hit the rebound over. The visitors took the lead after 61 minutes when, firstly a corner was just put over his own bar by McNamara, then from the second flag kick the ball was only half cleared into a melee of players around the edge of the penalty area from where Powell got a shot away that took a wicked deflection off a home defender to wrong foot McNamara and settle into the opposite corner. The goal unleashed a wave of home attacks as they sought parity and substitute Decarrey Sheriff was just denied when his strong angled shot was just booted off the goal line with an unorthodox save by Spurling then Awotwi was inches away from connecting with a cross when clear in front of goal. In a rare visitors foray into the home penalty area Hillyard played Powell in to get a shot away that McNamara did well to hold but it was the home side who continued to press with both Sheriff and Dsane just failing to get shots away when in dangerous situations. The home sides pressure finally told on the visitors defence after 74 minutes when a rash tackle inside the penalty area resulted in a spot kick being awarded and Sheriff buried his spot kick confidently into the top corner sending Spurling the wrong way. Things had hardly settled when the home side took the lead just a minute later when McLeod kept possession well before putting Dsane through on goal and he rode a couple of tackles before striking a strong shot that Spurling got a touch to but could not prevent entering the net. A free kick by the visitors Stuart Ainsley was only parried by McNamara and two miskicks by the visitors forwards saw an opportunity missed before the home sides Laste Dombaxe hit a fine shot from 20 metres that pulled an excellent diving save from Spurling to push the ball round the post. Dsane then almost scored after Awotwi had done well down the right but pulled his close range shot wide before, almost on the final whistle, Jammers old boy Rhys Henry thought he had earned a point for the visitors with a good shot into the top corner but unfortunately for him the referee's assistant had flagged sometime earlier for an offside decision.
Final score Maldon and Tiptree FC 2 Felixstowe and Walton FC 1
Maldon and Tiptree are next in action at Heybridge Swifts on Boxing Day December 26th KO 3 pm then are at home to Witham Town on 29 December KO 3 pm