Three points for The Jammers but made to work hard
By dave garwood
Great Wakering Rovers give Maldon and Tiptree a strong challenge to their final play off position
Maldon and Tiptree FC v Great Wakering Rovers FC Bostik League One North Friday 19 April 2019
Jammers boss Wayne Brown made his customary changes to the starting line up from last weeks draw at Canvey Island with Lewis Dark and Stephane Ngamvoulou recalled in place of Tobi Coker and Laste Dombaxe.
The glorious conditions and fine playing surface promised a game full of good passing football and, by and large, this is what the two sides delivered with the home side having the better of the first half and being rewarded with two goals, although the visitors still caused some problems, before the second half produced a much closer contest with the visitors a little unlucky not to score more than a very late consolation goal. An early sortie from the Jammers saw Matthew Briggs getting down the left before his low cross along the goal was missed by everyone before James Sheperds, at the far post , gained possession before firing in a low shot that visiting keeper, Bobby Mason, did well to save. Maldon and Tiptree took an early lead after 6 minutes when Eddie- Louis Dsane took on a loose ball to shoot low into the near post and again Mason saved well before the ball was played out to Briggs for him to release Dsane to get down to the byline before cutting inside then hitting a strong shot from an acute angle into the roof of the net. Great Wakering almost handed the home side another goal when a poor pass gifted possession to Dsane who ran through clear on goal but his rather weak effort was straight at Mason who was able to easily make the save before the visitors strung some good football together to create three good scoring chances. The first saw home keeper Ben McNamara saving well from Shmari Barnwell's strong shot before the same player received the ball on the penalty area edge before turning well then shooting in a rising shot that McNamara did well with to tip the ball over the bar then 3 minutes later the same player again was foiled by a fine save from McNamara when his header seemed destined for the corner but the keeper somehow threw himself across the goal to push the ball clear. Provoked by this the home side went onto full attack with Jack Cawley heading Sheperds's free kick back across goal for Dsane to fire into the side netting at the far post then Liam Hope looked free on goal but a combination of bouncing ball and attendant defender saw the chance somewhat closed down and he saw his shot deflected over. The Jammers added to their goal tally after 27 minutes with Briggs playing Dsane through to advance on goal but his powerful shot was stopped by Mason but the keeper could not prevent the ball from rebounding out of his grasp and Liam Hope quickly followed up to hammer home from close range. Mason again did well to save another Hope shot after the attacker had again broken through the visitors rearguard before Dsane's pace put him clear but again Mason did well to save. The home sides Briggs was then taken off after injuring himself and to be honest the home side did not look the same after this and it was the visitors who came closest to scoring when Marcus Milner played in Billy Johnson but he screwed his shot wide from a good position before a good passing move down the left ended with the ball finding Firmin Ngandu who hit a shot that hit the inside of the post before rebounding clear then Barnwell headed wide from a right wing free kick.
Half Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 2 Great Wakering Rovers FC 0
The home side started the second half well with Dsane getting clear down the left before cutting inside and seeing his firmly struck shot crash against the post before rebounding out then Dsane, again from the left, played in Stephane Ngamvoulou to get a low shot away that Mason saved. The visitors responded with substitute Martin Tuohy livening things up in the Wakering attack as his shot flew just wide of goal then his header down to Johnson saw his shot just pushed away by McNamara. Although play at times become a bit of a stale affair both teams created chances with the home sides Ngamvoulou putting Tariq Issa through down the right before a good cross found Hope who could not quite stretch far enough to get good contact on the ball before the visitors Tuohy did well to gain possession from a long goal kick before turning and shooting just wide. The Jammers were denied a good goal scoring chance when Dsane played substitute Jorome Slew through on goal but after rounding Mason he was bought down by the keeper who escaped with just a caution before Slew hit a cracking effort from the edge of the penalty area that Mason was just able to push away. Tuohy looked to have a late clear chance to reduce the arrears when Simon Glover's long free kick found him in front of goal but he could only put his header straight into a grateful McNamara's arms before, on 88 minutes, Wakering keeper Mason paid the ultimate price when he was sent off for coming out of his area before handling the ball. A double punishment occurred a couple of minutes later as Issa put the resultant free kick, from outside the penalty box, into the top corner, easily beating the replacement goal keeper. Deep into added time the visitors scored the goal that their overall performance deserved when substitute Anthony Martin did well to get down the left before crossing for further substitute Joshua Wiggins to slide the ball home from close range.
Final score Maldon and Tiptree FC 3 Great Wakering Rovers FC 1
Maldon and Tiptree's next game is a Bostik League fixture on MONDAY 22 April away to Witham Town FC KO 3 pm.
The final Bostik league fixture is on Saturday 27 April at home to Barking FC KO 3 pm