Another successful away day for the Jammers at Aveley
Maldon and Tiptree defeated one of their main play off rivals with a convincing win at Aveley.
Aveley FC v Maldon and Tiptree FC Bostik League One North Saturday 9th February 2019
Jammers boss Wayne Brown named the same starting eleven as had played in last Saturday's home win against Bury Town.
With the wind seeming to drop as the match got underway the opening exchanges were very cagey with both teams seeming to understand the importance of not conceding early goals. Play was generally confined to midfield with both teams probing their opposing defences for any weak links with the result that any goalmouth action was in short supply although the home side did enjoy the better of the opening exchanges. . The game occasionally came to life with Aveley's James Love getting a dangerous low cross over that everyone missed then the home sides Amir Berkane played Tom Richardson through but visiting keeper Ben McNamara was quick to grab the loose ball. The visitors Matthew Briggs then fired well over from 25 metres before McNamara was again quickly off his line to block Alex Akrofi's shot as the forward burst though into the penalty area. The home sides Richardson then got away down the right but his low shot across goal went wide of the far post and then McNamara pulled off a good sprawling save at the post to keep out Richardson's 25 metre free kick. The Jammers then came strongly into the game as they settled down to play some good passing football and deny the home side much in the way of attacking ideas. The visitors Liam Hope played in Jorome Slew but he finished weakly wide then a typical shot from Sammie McLeod from 25 metres crashed against the inside of the post before rebounding out before Briggs and Slew combined well on the edge of the home penalty box before leaving Kojo Awotwi a shooting chance but his effort flew just wide of the far post. Aveley then featured with some good interplay on the edge of Maldon and Tiptree's penalty area ending with Richardson firing a good shot just over but the visitors ended the half strongly with Slew almost scoring with a shot that went just wide of the post then Awotwi just missed connecting with a hard low cross that flew along the home goal area. Just as the referee was looking at his watch for half time the visitors took the lead with a goal that was well worth waiting for
(if you were a Jammers supporter) when the ball was played across the pitch from right to left until it reached Slew and he took a touch forward before unleashing a fine shot that flew into the top corner from 25 metres leaving home keeper Ryan Nicholls no chance of making a save.
Half Time Aveley FC 0 Maldon and Tiptree FC 1
The first part of the second half saw the visitors continuing to have much the better of the play with Laste Dombaxe seeing his free kick from wide left finishing up bouncing across goal and just missing the far post before Mcleod headed over from a Briggs centre. With the Jammers midfield dominating the play it came as little surprise when the visitors added to their goal tally after 62 minutes but they were certainly helped by some poor Aveley defensive play when Dombaxe played a short corner to Awotwi and he managed to wriggle his way along the goal line, through a couple of tackles, before pulling the ball back for Slew to touch the ball home from close range. If that was bad for the home side even worse was to follow just 8 minutes later when there appeared little danger as home defender Harry Gibbs gained possession on the right of the penalty area but his pass back to Nicolls saw the unfortunate keeper miss the ball and it rolled under his foot and into an unguarded net. The Jammers back line then held firm as the home sides attacks became more desperate but in truth the visitors goal rarely came under any direct attack with Maldon and Tiptree often looking the more dangerous with quick breaks down the field. The Jammers Stephane Ngamvoulou was a tower of strength in midfield and his fine pass into McLeod almost produced another goal but his shot flew over the bar then Briggs, on another raid down the left, got a good cross over that Liam Hope just failed to connect with. With frequent stoppages for free kicks, injuries and substitutions, play in the latter stages became rather fractured with Aveley substitute Freddie Gard hitting well over from 25 metres then an Aveley throw in down the left ended with a cross that went just over the far post. As a rather messy half came to an end on 87 minutes the referee decided that what looked a 50/50 collision warranted a penalty kick for the home side and Shad Ngandu put his spot kick away expertly into the top left hand corner. Maldon and Tiptree@s back line continued to hold the home attack and the last minutes plus stoppage time were dealt with expertly to deny any further scoring.
Final score Aveley FC 1 Maldon and Tiptree FC 3
Maldon and Tiptree's next game is at home against table topping Bowers and Pitsea FC on Saturday 16 February 2019 KO 3 pm