Jammers drop more vital home points
Maldon and Tiptree continue to show erratic form at home in tough match against Grays Athletic.
Maldon and Tiptree FC v Grays Athletic FC Bostik league One North Saturday 12 January 2019
With Decarrey Sheriff leaving for Dulwich Hamlet and Sammie McLeod having to pull out from the warm up, Jammers boss Wayne Brown was forced into two changes from last Saturday's win at Great Wakering Rovers. Robert Girdlestone and Michael Brothers were both recalled to take their places in the starting line up.
Both teams started hesitantly with play being mainly contained in midfield but the home side passed up a great chance to open the scoring after just 9 minutes when Matthew Brigg's low cross was just put off for a corner then from the resultant flag kick Kojo Awotwi hit wide when only a few metres from goal. A heavy price was paid after 11 minutes when the visitors Thomas Wade had a shot blocked and Charlie Allen reacted first to seize on the rebound and score from a narrow angle. Play then never reached any great heights of excitement until the 22 minute when the Jammers were awarded a penalty after a good passing move by the home side ended with Eddie-Louis Dsane being bought down in the penalty box. A stuttering run up to the spot kick by Laste Dombaxe ended with a firm shot into the net to bring the scores level. A second goal just 4 minutes later seemed to have put the home side on course for a fine win when Awotwi and Briggs did well down the left before the latter got over a good low ball which found Stephane Ngamvoulou in plenty of space to force the ball home from 8 metres out. After dominating the rest of the first half Maldon and Tiptree really should have put the game to bed but, among a number of chances, Michael Brothers fired over from 25 metres then Tobi Coker fired just wide before Dsane saw his fierce shot deflected wide.
Half Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 2 Grays Athletic FC 1
Whilst looking really good in their build up play the home sides failure to add to the scoreline kept the visitors in the game and a half time talking to and change of players saw Grays come out fighting in the second half with the belief that they could get something out of the game although the home side still made and missed a number of good goal scoring opportunities. The Jammers Dombaxe hit a 30 metre screamer that flew just over before a fine move saw Ngamvoulou and Briggs combine before getting the ball over for Dsane to head wide. The Grays attack had not looked that dangerous up to the 66 minute but they then shocked the home side with an equalising goal when Allen's left wing corner seemed to trick everyone into leaving it alone and Kieran Bishop stole in to get a firm touch to force the ball over the line. Grays keeper, Clarke Bogard, was then called into action to dive to his right to keep out Jack Cawley's firm 25 metre free kick then Ngamvoulou hit another free kick wide before Briggs got some more joy down the left before freeing Coker to get to the by line before seeing his cross just cleared. The home sides keeper Ben McNamara just gained possession when a long ball downfield almost caught out the home defence before a quick Grays break saw Joao Carlos fire in a fierce shot that McNamara just managed to keep out at his near post then from the resultant corner a goal bound shot was just cleared off the goal line. Half chances continued to come for the home side but no one seemed able to break down a resilient Grays defence and a last minute chance typified the afternoon when Tobi Coker was played through on goal but his shot at the whole of the goal was fired straight at Bogard who was able to trap the ball into his body.
Final score Maldon and Tiptree FC 2 Grays Athletic FC 2
Next game is at home against Mildenhall Town FC on Saturday 19 January KO 3 pm