Dominant display but only one goal for the Jammers
By dave garwood
Maldon and Tiptree make hard work of beating Basildon United with a single second half goal just enough to take three points
Maldon and Tiptree FC v Basildon United FC Bostik League One North Saturday 6 April 2019
Jammers manager Wayne Brown made two changes to his starting line up from last weeks game at Felixstowe with James Shepherd replacing the injured Rob Girdlestone and Kojo Awotwi recalled in place of Stephane Ngamvoulou.
The first half was just a question of what may have been with the home side having large amounts of the play but just unable to break through a resolute Basildon defence and it took until the 20th minute for the first real chance to be created when Laste Dombaxe volleyed a fine effort just over from 25 metres. Basildon's first and really only chance of the half followed with Matthew Brinklow seeing his 20 metre shot saved by home keeper Ben McNamara before the home side came close to opening the scoring when James Shepherd's long ball forward found Eddie-Louis Dsane but his shot across goal went just wide of the far post. On 41 minutes the Jammers should have taken the lead when Dombaxe played Dsane through on goal but visiting keeper Russell Harley came quickly out to the edge of his penalty area to make a vital block to force the ball away. Maldon and Tiptree's under par performance was summed up after 42 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for a trip in the area but Jack Cawley became the latest Jammer this season to become unsuccessful at spot kicks when his effort flew onto the crossbar and over.
Half time Maldon and Tiptree FC 0 Basildon United FC 0
For the second half, In an effort to get more pressure on the Basildon defence, Jammers boss Wayne Brown took off defender James Shepherd and defensive midfielder Lewis Dark and replaced them with central attacker Liam Hope and attacking midfielder Tobi Coker. After the home sides Tariq Issa had seen his 15 metre shot saved the half time changes earned an almost immediate reward after 54 minutes when the home side took the lead after Coker and Dsane combined to put Hope through on goal down the left channel and he took the ball on before firing low across Harley and into the far corner. Basildon almost profited from a bizarre own goal when Callum Taylor's centre skewed off Billy Roast's boot but luckily for him the ball ballooned up and fell just outside the post. Maldon and Tiptree continued to have much the better of the play and did start to create some chances as a long clearance beat the visitors defence for Dsane to get a clear shot at Harley's goal but he hit his shot disappointingly just wide of the post then Hope played Jorome Slew through on goal but he screwed his shot wide from 15 metres. Basildon best effort came from a poor piece of defensive play by the home side when possession was gifted to Callum Taylor and he took the ball down to the by line before firing in a strong effort that McNamara saved at his near post. As the half entered its last third Maldon and Tiptree's Matthew Briggs dribbled his way into the penalty area before seeing his shot blocked then Tobi Coker saw his follow up effort suffer the same fate before the same players second effort was diverted just wide of the post. The home sides Dsane then went close with a 15 shot before Kojo Awotwi got away down the right before crossing to Hope whose effort flew just wide. A last minute effort from the visitors saw Robert Hodgson head a left wing corner over the bar.
Full Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 1 Basildon United FC 0